How Carlo Ancelotti attempted to block Lucas Torreira’s Arsenal transfer

first_img Emery post-Watford: ‘We can be happy with result’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:48FullscreenEmery post-Watford: ‘We can be happy with result’ is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Torreira returned from a three-game domestic suspension following his red card in last month’s north London derby in last night’s 1-0 win over Watford but was brought off at half-time as a consequence of the role he played in the game’s flashpoint involving Troy Deeney.Explaining the change, Emery said: ‘First I decided to do the change of Lucas Torreira because after the red card, the atmosphere is against him,” said Emery.‘Also the doctor said to me in the first half that he has a little pain for Thursday and I decided okay, it’s the moment.‘I think it’s small and he can be ready for Thursday physically.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement How Carlo Ancelotti attempted to block Lucas Torreira’s Arsenal transfer Comment Lucas Torreira was wanted by Napoli before he completed his transfer to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Carlo Ancelotti made a desperate last minute plea to Lucas Torreira’s agent to try and convince his client to snub a move to Arsenal.The 23-year-old, the most expensive of Unai Emery’s five headline summer recruits at £26million from Sampdoria, has enjoyed an exceptional first season in the Premier League.After starring at the World Cup for Uruguay on their run to the quarter finals, Arsenal moved quickly to confirm Torreira’s signing and he has slotted in seamlessly at the base of their midfield.It could have been a different story, however, had former Chelsea manager Carolo Ancelotti got his way upon succeeding Maurizio Sarri.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Ancelotti wanted me to bring him to Napoli up until the last minute, but we already had a verbal agreement with Arsenal,’ Torreira’s representative Pablo Bentancur told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.‘He rang me personally to try and convince me, but I’m sorry I just couldn’t bring him to Napoli.’The tenacious midfielder played a key role in last Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League quarter final first leg win over Napoli at the Emirates, forcing an own goal from Kalidou Koulibably. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Apr 2019 12:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img read more

This luxury Brisbane residence is in a design class of its own

first_img50 Hillside Cres, Hamilton.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoCustom joinery, polished tiles, high ceilings and ducted airconditioning give the residence a homely yet executive ambience, with the thoughtful floor plan split into two wings and nearly every room opening to an outdoor area.To the right rear of the level is a kitchen with timber cabinetry, elongated benchtops, integrated European appliances and a bi-fold serving window. The cooking space is adjacent to a formal dining room with a chandelier and a formal lounge with a fireplace. 50 Hillside Cres, Hamilton.THIS multi-level residence is in a class of its own when it comes to bold, innovative design. With expanses of glass and multiple outdoor areas capturing city and river views, this five-bedroom residence at 50 Hillside Crescent, Hamilton, epitomises innovative and opulent living.Next to a four-car garage, an entry foyer featuring a 13-person tinted glass elevator and a staircase offers access to the house’s upper levels. 50 Hillside Cres, Hamilton.Glass bi-fold doors connect the kitchen to a rear courtyard with established gardens and a water feature.The dining and lounge rooms open to a river-facing terrace with an infinity pool and built-in barbecue area.A bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite and a laundry with access to a drying courtyard occupy the rear left of the residence, while the entertainment room stands out with a bar area featuring glass cabinets, a dishwasher and commercial-grade bar fridge.The third level of the residence houses three more bedrooms, including the main with river views, a walk-in wardrobe and an elegant ensuite with twin vanities, a double shower and spa bath. 50 Hillside Cres, Hamilton.The other bedrooms also have ensuites, while one opens through a wall of bi-folding doors to a terrace. Separating these two bedrooms from the main is a TV room and study space with built-in shelving.Agent Dwight Ferguson of Ray White Ascot described the property as nothing short of breathtaking, created with exceptional vision and passion. Inspections are by appointment with the property for sale by tender, which closes at 4pm on March 30. 50 Hillside Cres, Hamilton.On the first floor is a versatile bedroom with an ensuite that opens to a balcony. Up another level, the elevator opens to a versatile entertainment space with plantation shutters, a powder room and bi-folding doors to a partially covered terrace with river views.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant confident in front office rebuilding quickly

first_imgThe Lakers are considered the NBA’s most valuable franchise, worth $2.6 billion, according to Forbes’ annual rankings that were released Wednesday. The Lakers can thank their lucrative cable deal with TWC SportsNet, worth $5 billion through 25 years. The Lakers’ value increased by 93 percent, according to Forbes, because of the NBA’s new $24-billion national television deal. Of course, the Lakers also have 16 NBA championships.But what about the Lakers (12-31) being on pace to set their worst record in L.A. franchise history?Mindful that the Lakers have enough cap space to sign free agent to a maximum-salary contract, Bryant expressed confidence in general manager Mitch Kupchak and called his track record “phenomenal.”“The league had to protest the trade that he made,” said Bryant, referring to the Lakers acquiring Chris Paul from New Orleans in 2011 before the NBA rescinded the deal. “He pulled that off and saved money. What other GM could pull that off? You have to lean on the track record of the front office and the decisions they make. He makes really solid ones.”Lakers coach Byron Scott said he and Kupchak have talked about potential free agents they like. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW ORLEANS >> Which free agents Kobe Bryant plans to recruit this offseason remains a mystery. He may have told the Boston Herald he would still talk to point guard Rajon Rondo about joining the Lakers despite the Celtics recently trading him to the Dallas Mavericks, Bryant would not divulge who else he would target, although the candidates could include Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Phoenix’s Goran Dragic, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Cleveland’s Kevin Love. What will Bryant tell them?“It’s the best organization in the world, the best brand in the world and we win championships,” Bryant said following the Lakers’ 96-80 loss on Wednesday to the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. “There’s no place like winning in Los Angeles.”center_img “We have a lot of holes to fill,” said Scott. “We still feel the future is bright. We just have to take the necessary steps to get there.”Scott has experienced quick rebuilding projects. After finishing 26-56 his first season with the former New Jersey Nets, Scott guided the Nets to the 2001 NBA Finals the following season before losing to the Lakers in four games.“That doesn’t happen that often,” Scott said. “We had three first-round picks and got Jason Kidd in a trade. We struck lightning in a bottle.”Instead, Scott looked at his rebuilding success with the former New Orleans Hornets. After going 18-64 in the 2004-05 season, New Orleans selected Paul in the 2005 NBA draft before making two consecutive playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009.“The way we did it here in New Orleans is the way we’re going to have to do it again,” Scott said. “Progressively it gets better each year and then boom, the guys explode on the scene.”last_img read more

“Defendo Academy”: The only School in BiH that teaches Ju Jitsu

first_imgDefendo Academy was established in 2011 as a result of the enthusiasm of several lovers of the Japanese martial arts.The activities and objectives of the Academy are studying the Japanese martial arts, self-defense skills and the modern concept of the fight, with the special intention of Combat and Goshin ryu ju jitsu as the concept of self-defense in real situations.The head coach of Defendo Academy is Muharem Kesko, 5th Day of Combat and Goshin ryu ju jitsu. Kesko is the only master of Combat ju jitsu and Goshin ryu ju jitsu in Bosnia and Herzegovina certified ahead of the Goshin ryu International and the World Alliance of Martial Arts and the direct disciple of Steve Barnett, the greatest authority in the world when it comes to Combat and Goshin ryu ju jitsu.Defendo Academy is the only school of martial arts in Bosnia and Herzegovina where Goshin ryu and Combat ju jitsu are being taught. Goshin ju jitsu is a more modern and comprehensive style of ju jitsu oriented primarily around self-defense.Since recently, in addition to Combat and Goshin ryu ju jitsu training, School of fight started with work as well.Training at Defendo Academy is held on Mondays and Thursdays (Combat and Goshin ryu ju jitsu), while the School of fight is being held on Tuesdays in the evening in the hall of Defendo Academy in Cultural, Sports and Recreational Center in Hadzici.(Source: read more

LeBron ‘humbled’ to join Lakers, expects ‘something special’

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James fields questions during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — LeBron James realizes the size of the challenge he accepted when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. After eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances, he knows his new team isn’t a true contender with Golden State and the NBA’s elite just yet.The superstar welcomed every step in the process Monday as he began his next chapter in purple and gold.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I think this is a great start for the Lakers to get back to championship caliber,” said McGee, who just won two championship rings in Golden State. “For me personally, I feel like this is everybody’s dream as a basketball player, to put on the purple and gold and compete for a championship.”But on their first formal day together, nobody suggested the Lakers are remotely ready to compete with the Warriors, who would have four consecutive championships if James hadn’t won the Cavs’ first championship in legendary fashion instead in 2016.“We’ve got a long way to go to get to Golden State,” James said. “They can pick up right where they left off, starting with training camp. … We’re picking up from scratch, so we’ve got a long way to go. We can’t worry about what Golden State is doing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James finally made his first formal appearance as a member of the Lakers at their media day, nearly three months after he left Cleveland for a four-year, $153.3 million free-agent deal. In between posing for photos in his new gold No. 23 uniform, the 33-year-old superstar revealed part of the motivation behind his decision to join an iconic franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in five years.“No matter what uniform I’m in, I’m always humsbled that I’m able to play this game at this level,” James said. “I think we all know that this franchise has been a historical franchise in this league for years. … That’s an excitement in its own right. And then it’s just always humbling for me when I get a chance to be a part of something special.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe burgeoning entertainment mogul also politely scoffed at the notion his numerous interests in film and television production would be any distraction from his day job. Moving to Hollywood was not his motivation for going West, he insisted.“My decision was based solely on my family and the Lakers,” James said. “I’m a basketball player. I play ball. That’s what I do.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown James joined the Lakers along with veterans Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley this summer. They’ll team up with the Lakers’ talented young core to change the face of a 16-time champion franchise emerging from the worst half-decade in its lengthy history.But James made it perfectly clear he won’t judge his achievements in Los Angeles solely on championships, particularly not during these Lakers’ first season together.“I don’t believe the only thing that’s a success in marking a season is winning a championship,” James said. “There’s only one champion, but that doesn’t mean you’re not successful. There’s going to be wins and losses, but what you control is how you prepare every day.“We’re a new ballclub coming together. They have some returning guys, but as far as the ballclub, we’re all new to each other. So we have to take our bumps and our bruises. There’s going to be good times. There’s going to be bad times. That’s what happens when a team is new. But if we continue to work the process and we continue to sacrifice for one another and put in the commitment and the time to being great, everything else will fall into place.”This perspective contrasts sharply with the ring-or-bust mentality held by Kobe Bryant, the last superstar to wear this uniform. Two seasons after Bryant’s retirement, the Lakers have been replenished by the arrival of James and the veterans that he assembled around him.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Modric crowned world’s best, ends Ronaldo-Messi eralast_img read more

Steven Gerrard ‘persuades Liverpool starlet to join Rangers’

first_img targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest transfer news Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Kent endured tough loan spells at Freiburg and Bristol City last term LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets moving on Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent is set to join Rangers on loan, according to reports.Kent, the winger, endured a tough time last season having spent time with both Freiburg of the Bundesliga and Championship side Bristol City, but only managing 18 appearances in total. three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star The 21-year-old has been tracked by Blackburn this summer as Tony Mowbray hunts to improve Rovers’ squad, but the Scottish Sun say Rangers have won the race for Kent’s signature.Steven Gerrard, the Rangers manager, knows Kent well from his time at Anfield, and he wishes to improve the Gers’ attacking options following some poor showings in their Europa League first qualifying round defeat of Shkupi. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Liverpool have certain demands of clubs that sign their players on loan, with Bristol City reportedly facing a £500,000 penalty for failing to sufficiently use Kent last season, but Gerrard is said to have ‘persuaded’ his former club that the youngster will play more than enough when he completes a switch to Ibrox. Kent has featured for Liverpool this pre-season IN DEMAND 2 Having progressed to the Europa League second qualifying round, Rangers will face Osijek in an away tie next Thursday, before welcoming the Croatian side to Scotland a week later. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland last_img read more