Dani Ceballos speaks out after clash with Arsenal teammate Eddie Nketiah during warm up The pair had a heated row shortly before kick-off at Craven Cottage (Pictures: Instagram / BT Sport)Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah have already made up after clashing during Arsenal’s warm up before Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Fulham on the opening day of the Premier League season.Both players were named on the bench at Craven Cottage and were taking part in a rondo drill with the rest of the substitutes, though tempers flared when Ceballos went in late on his teammate.The initial challenge resulted in a furious exchange of words and a shove from the Spaniard, with the incident escalating after a second late and overly zealous tackle. Nketiah had to be escorted away after Ceballos squared up to him (Picture: BT Sport)Ceballos got in Nketiah’s face, who stood his ground, and the pair started pushing and screaming at each other before a member of the coaching team pulled the striker away.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBT Sport’s punditry team played down the incident, with Rio Ferdinand claiming it happens all the time in training, and it appears the two players have already forgotten about it.Ceballos uploaded a picture alongside a smiling Nketiah to his Instagram stories following the victory over Fulham, with the two appearing in great spirits. Asked if the clash was actually the kind of passion that a club needs, Manchester United legend Ferdinand said: ‘Yeah of course, this is part of it. I think at the end of the day sometimes it gets heated.‘You’d see that probably once or twice a week at the training ground. It’s just we happen to be here, we’ve seen it. I’m sure Arteta won’t be too disappointed to see that.’Peter Crouch added: ‘That’s good passion I think.’MORE: Mikel Arteta praises unsung Arsenal hero Mohamed Elneny against Fulham and reacts to Gabriel’s debut displayMORE: Emiliano Martinez demands massive Arsenal pay-off as he’s left out of squad vs FulhamFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Ceballos and Nketiah were back on good terms after the game (Picture: Instagram / @danifuli10)Alongside the photo, the Spaniard wrote: ‘No problems here my brother.’Manager Mikel Arteta was also asked about the incident at his post-match press conference but, taking a leaf out of Arsene Wenger’s book, claimed he was unaware of what happened: ‘I haven’t seen anything, sorry. I was inside.’ Comment You don’t see this every day ðDani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah got into a heated exchange during a pre-match training routine ð pic.twitter.com/u1qMPuZ8Ux— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 12, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 4:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.5kShares Advertisement
Associated Press Update on the latest sports VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSaints head coach test positiveUNDATED (AP) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton told ESPN that he learned Thursday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Payton is the first employee of either an NFL team or the league to make such a diagnosis public. He tells the network he came forward to motivate people to educate themselves about what they can do to help fight the pandemic. Payton says he took the test Monday after he began to feel ill a day earlier. He adds that he has not been admitted to a hospital and does not have a fever or cough. The 56-year-old coach says he has been resting comfortably at home, where is in in self-quarantine.In other virus-related developments:— The number of known coronavirus cases within the NBA has doubled to 14. Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics pleaded with people to take social distancing more seriously Thursday and the league ordered all teams to shutter their training facilities indefinitely. Smart revealed that he tested positive and the Los Angeles Lakers said two of their players tested positive as well, bringing the number of players who have acquired the virus to 10. The Philadelphia 76ers said three members of their organization tested positive and the Denver Nuggets said someone within their franchise was positive as well. March 19, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWS-SALESale to get Tommy JohnBOSTON (AP) — San Francisco Giants right-hander Tyler Beede will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi made the announcement and Beede’s surgery will be performed by Dr. Keith Meister in the Dallas area. Beede joined others who are having procedures, some because there is ample time given baseball’s season being pushed back because of the novel coronavirus. The Red Sox announced Thursday that left-hander Chris Sale would have Tommy John surgery. The operation would keep him out the entire 2020 baseball season if and when it resumes after the coronavirus pandemic. The team made the announcement two weeks after saying that the 30-year-old left-hander had a flexor strain near the elbow. At the time, the team hoped Sale would avoid the operation that usually requires a full year to recover from. Olympic flame arrives in JapanTOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flame has arrived in Japan from Greece and was greeted in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan. The flame touched down amid doubts if the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers and the IOC say it will, but postponement or cancellation is seen as a growing option. The flame reached Japan aboard a white aircraft painted with the inscription “Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay” along its side. The flame will stay in northern Japan for almost a week until the four-month torch relay begins officially on March 26 from the northern Fukushima prefecture. This is the northeastern part of Japan that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and meltdown of three nuclear reactors.NFL-NEWSNFL allowing teams to announce free agency agreementsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s off-the-field business has joined most of the rest of the country in full work-from-home mode. That has turned signings and trades into tests of patience and technology. Conducting a free agency period during a global pandemic has produced complications well beyond the usual salary-cap constraints. Because team facilities have closed out of concern for the spread of the coronavirus, players have not been able to take the physical exams required to finalize contracts with team physicians. The biggest news on the second day of the new league year was the Los Angeles Rams releasing running back Todd Gurley. — The American East Conference announced that two people on the floor during recent tournament games have tested positive for the coronavirus. The games involved teams in the America East, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during play from March 7-11. The teams involved were Maine at Vermont (Burlington, Vermont); UIC vs. Wright State; (Indianapolis); Manhattan vs. Fairfield and Manhattan vs. Siena (Atlantic City, New Jersey).— The Seattle Mariners have shut down their spring training facility in Arizona because of the virus outbreak and told their players to view the coming weeks as though they’re in offseason mode. The Mariners had initially planned to keep the facility open and work with players in small, staggered groups of 10 after Major League Baseball announced it was delaying the start of the season. But, only a few players were showing up for those workouts and most of the 40-man roster had gone home.— Minor league players shut out of spring training camps will receive allowances from teams through April 8, and a plan is underway to compensate those players during the postponed portion of the regular season. Minor leaguers will receive allowances of $400 per week from teams in a lump sum. That’s a significant bump from their usual spring per diems of $100-200 per week. Teams hope that will allow players to cover housing, food and other expenses through the previously scheduled end of spring training. The minor league season was supposed to open April 9. MLB said it is working with teams to develop an industry-wide plan to compensate players for missed games.— The Cleveland Indians are continuing to pay minor league players their weekly stipends to help offset any “hardship” during the coronavirus shutdown. The team also is closing its year-round facility in Arizona although the team is not aware of any players or staff members testing positive for COVID-19. The team’s complex in Goodyear, Arizona, will close Friday.— The iconic Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak and two other Formula One races were postponed. F1’s showcase race was scheduled for May 24 in the tiny principality on the Mediterranean coast between France and Italy. Hours after being postponed along with races in the Netherlands and Spain, it was scrapped for 2020 having held a race every year since 1955. The Dutch GP was set to return to host an F1 race on May 3. Spain was set to follow on May 10. It is not known when the season will start. In other NFL news:— The Los Angeles Rams have released Todd Gurley. The superstar running back had a massive contract and a troubling injury history. The Rams made the move several minutes before roughly $10 million in the three-time Pro Bowl selection’s contract became fully guaranteed. Gurley will consume $20.15 million in dead salary cap space this season for the Rams, who signed the 2015 first-round pick to a four-year, $60 million contract with $45 million guaranteed in June 2018. Gurley was cut before even playing the first year of that contract extension, which made him the highest-paid running back in the NFL at the time.— A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos are waiving Joe Flacco after he failed his physical. Flacco sustained a neck injury last season and missed the final two months of the season. He was eventually replaced by rookie Drew Lock. Earlier this week the Broncos agreed to terms with new backup quarterback Jeff Driskel. Cutting ties with Flacco means the Broncos take a $13 million salary cap hit but it also frees up $10 million for the team to spend in free agency.— The Baltimore Ravens have announced the deal that secured defensive end Calais Campbell, a skilled run-stopper who also has a knack for getting to the quarterback. To get Campbell, Baltimore gave Jacksonville the 2020 fifth-round pick it got from Atlanta in a trade that sent tight end Hayden Hurst to the Falcons. The Ravens agreed in principle with Campbell on a one-year contract extension, pending the passing of his physical.— The Minnesota Vikings and kicker Dan Bailey have agreed to terms on a new contract. Bailey was fourth in the NFL in 2019 with a 93.1 percent field goal rate, his best since 2015. Bailey made 27 of 29 kicks, including all three tries from 50-plus yards. Bailey also landed touchbacks on 66 of 87 kickoffs. The 32-year-old joined veteran punter Britton Colquitt in returning to the Vikings, after both specialists became free agents. And Houston’s Justin Verlander underwent groin surgery.BASEBALL-MINORSMinor league players to receive allowancesUNDATED (AP) — Minor league players shut out of spring training camps will receive allowances from teams through April 8, and a plan is underway to compensate those players during the postponed portion of the regular season. Minor leaguers will receive allowances of $400 per week from teams in a lump sum. That’s a significant bump from their usual spring per diems of $100-200 per week. Teams hope that will allow players to cover housing, food and other expenses through the previously scheduled end of spring training. The minor league season was supposed to open April 9. MLB said it is working with teams to develop an industry-wide plan to compensate players for missed games.TOKYO-OLYMPIC FLAME — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are donating $50,000 toward food during the coronavirus outbreak. The Mayfields announced on Instagram that they’re making their donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, an organization they’ve worked with in the past. They asked others to donate and pledged to match those contributions.— Two senior Italian sports executives have issued emotional appeals to the International Olympic Committee to revise its stance over the Tokyo Games. The calls come as the death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtakes China’s. Former Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Petrucci tells The Associated Press that “saying that the Olympics will still go on is a big mistake in communication.” Italian and European swimming federation president Paolo Barelli adds that “if this situation continues like this into April talking about the Olympics is ridiculous.”— An Italian company that makes cycling apparel for some of the world’s best teams along with jerseys for the world championships will shift production to masks to help the nation confront the coronavirus crisis. Santini said Thursday it would work with a local textile company to begin making masks next week. It hopes to provide up to 10,000 per day.Cycling is one of the most popular sports in Italy. The country has been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus. NHL-PREDATORS-SMITHPredators sign forward Cole Smith to 1-year deal — The NBA has told its teams to close its training and practice facilities to all players and staff starting Friday. The league says the shuttering will last indefinitely in the latest response to the global coronavirus pandemic. The league told teams of the new directive in a memo sent Thursday afternoon, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. As recently as Monday, the NBA was telling teams that individual workouts could take place using what the league called the “one player, one coach, one basket” rule. Now, that’s not even permitted. —The Philadelphia 76ers say three members of the organization have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Sixers did not identify the members. They say players, coaches and specific basketball operations support staff were tested for COVID-19. The tests were secured and processed privately. All other tests results are currently negative. The individuals are in self-isolation and will be monitored closely by medical professionals.-Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Celtics said in a statement Thursday night that they received word of a positive COVID-19 test by a player who had been exposed to a known positive case. They didn’t identify him, but Smart confirmed it was him in a video posted on Twitter. He added that he is not exhibiting any symptoms and is feeling well thus far. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Since then, Jazz All-Star players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have both tested positive for the virus.— The Denver Nuggets say an unidentified member of the organization has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The person was tested after experiencing symptoms Monday and is under the care of the team’s medical staff and in isolation. Entering Thursday, the NBA had seven players known to have tested positive for COVID-19. The total included four from the Brooklyn Nets, two from the Utah Jazz and one from the Detroit Pistons.— The NBA has told its teams to close their training and practice facilities to all players and staff starting Friday in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The league says the shuttering will last indefinitely. As recently as Monday, the NBA was telling teams that individual workouts could take place using what the league called the “one player, one coach, one basket” rule. Now, that’s not even permitted. — Roger Penske (PEN’-skee) tells The Associated Press no decision has been made yet regarding the Indianapolis 500 in May — a race that draws more than 300,000 spectators annually. Penske bought Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series in January and has been preparing to host his first Indy 500 on May 24. The Indy 500 has been held every year since 1946, with postponements only because of weather. Previously, world wars stopped the race.— Horse racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York has been suspended indefinitely after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The New York Racing Association says there will be no live racing until further notice after a backstretch worker who works and lives at Belmont Park tested positive. Belmont Park remains open only for the training and care of horses.— The first player under the PGA Tour umbrella has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The tour says Victor Lange of South Africa was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon returning home to Johannesburg on March 9 from playing a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was tested as a precaution while going to a non-virus-related doctor’s appointment with a friend. Lange received the diagnosis on Tuesday. The tour says Lange has no symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery while under quarantine at home in South Africa. The PGA Tour Latinoamerica is one of six circuits the tour runs.— USA Cycling is tweaking its selection timeline for the Tokyo Olympics after the UCI, the sport’s global governing body, instituted a freeze on points accumulation and results due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The first deadline for the American team is May 1 for track cyclists. The BMX freestyle team will be May 15, followed by the mountain bike and road racing teams on June 1. The BMX racing team will be June 3. USA Cycling says it will adjust its schedule if the International Olympic Committee alters the date of the Tokyo Games.— Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and left tackle Andrew Whitworth have donated $250,000 apiece to pay for 2 million meals with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The Rams announced the charitable donation as the first gift heading into a virtual telethon in conjunction with KABC-TV, to be held next Tuesday. The money raised will benefit the food bank and United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Pandemic Relief Fund. The 38-year-old Whitworth agreed to a three-year contract Wednesday to stay with the Rams. — Darius Slay got what he was waiting for — a trade out of Detroit and a big new contract. The Lions agreed to trade Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles, ending the standout cornerback’s seven-year stint in Detroit. Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the trade Thursday and said Slay has agreed to a three-year, $50 million extension with Philadelphia. The Lions drafted Slay 36th overall in 2013, and he earned All-Pro honors in 2017.— The Cleveland Browns beefed up their defensive front, agreeing to terms with former Bengals tackle Andrew Billings. His agency announced the move with a posting on Twitter. Billings is the third defensive player to strike a deal with the Browns in 24 hours. The team reached deals with linebacker B.J. Goodson and safety Karl Joseph on Wednesday.— The Buffalo Bills have confirmed signing safety Jordan Poyer to a two-year contract extension, which locks up the three-year starter through the 2022 season. Poyer was entering the final year of the four-year contract.— The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing back a key backup on their offensive line. The Jaguars agreed to terms with center/guard Tyler Shatley on a one-year contract worth $1.5 million. The deal includes $600,000 guaranteed. The Jags previously agreed to terms with Cleveland linebacker Joe Schobert, Cincinnati cornerback Darqueze Dennard and Arizona defensive lineman Rodney Gunter over the last two days.— A person familiar with the deal says the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a one-year contract worth about $3 million with free agent guard Tom Compton. Compton will help fill the void created by the planned release of Mike Person. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Cole Smith to a one-year, two-way deal for the 2020-21 season.Smith just finished his senior season at North Dakota, where he scored a career-high 11 goals and had 18 points in 34 games. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound forward played on both the power play and penalty kill as a senior and helped North Dakota win its conference’s regular-season title.He finished with 51 points in 137 games over four years at North Dakota.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
LeBron James injury update: Lakers star (groin) reportedly ruled out vs. Clippers The Lakers’ offer to the Pelicans for the 25-year-old star “has to start” with guard Lonzo Ball, forward Kyle Kuzma, center Ivica Zubac and a future first-round draft pick, according to an earlier report from The Los Angeles Times. Davis will not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded, agent Rich Paul told ESPN. The Lakers have reportedly “been determined” to acquire him.Los Angeles coach Luke Walton did not address the rumors with the team before its loss to the 76ers on Tuesday, according to ESPN. But, he did speak to individual players about them. Related News Davis has missed the Pelicans’ last five games with a finger injury. He’s averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds this season. The loss to Philadelphia dropped the Lakers to 26-25 this season. They’ll face the Clippers on Thursday. Anthony Davis trade rumor roundup: Pelicans taking calls, just not from Lakers; Lonzo Ball looks East Trade rumors may be affecting some on the Lakers’ roster.The speculation surrounding Los Angeles potentially dealing for Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been “weighing heavily” on several of the team’s young players, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources.
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is one of the most marketable fighters on the Bellator MMA roster and the reigning flyweight champion is quickly making her way through the competition. So with that in mind, why not use this space to introduce you to someone who could find herself standing across the cage from “The Illiminator” somewhere down the line if everything breaks the right way?Join DAZN and watch Bellator 218 plus more than 100 fight nights a yearWhile just 2-0 in her professional mixed martial arts career, Hermansson is one to keep tabs on as she enters the Bellator MMA cage for the first time this weekend in a preliminary card pairing with Victoria Leonardo.Hermansson has come out on the happy side of split decision verdicts in each of her first two starts, with her last appearance coming last April under the Cage Warriors banner. Prior to making the transition to MMA, however, the Swedish flyweight competed in the boxing ring, racking up more than 50 bouts by her count while medaling at the national level.And at this stage of her development and the development of the Bellator women’s flyweight division, a sound background in a core martial art coupled with a little bit of toughness and strength could be enough to pick up the wins needed in order to secure a title shot.Combing through her social media pages, “The Herminator,” who gets bonus marks for such a terrific nickname, appears to be in tremendous shape and naturally athletic, two additional elements that will potentially aid in her ability to make an expedited climb up the flyweight rankings.Some people may want to take this as a slight, but the female ranks are several years behind where their male counterparts are at the moment. As such, fighters who are athletically sound and skilled in an individual disciple have a great opportunity to succeed. Hermansson appears to fit that description and if that is the case, she could make a quick rise up the rankings.This weekend’s fight with Leonardo will be an outstanding indicator of where she stands, as the Louisiana native is coming off a first-round submission win over Jamie Milanowski at Invicta FC 34 and sports a 4-1 overall record inside the cage. She’s faced some familiar names while competing across three disciplines, having beaten Ariel Beck in a boxing match and lost to Shannon Sinn in a kickboxing bout, along with facing Hailey Cowan, Salina Rowland and Miranda Maverick in MMA bouts, so if Hermansson can cruise into Bellator 218 and hand Leonardo her second loss, it will indicate that she’s already on the cusp of contention and someone who indeed possesses championship upside.Fights like this often go overlooked because the athletes are unknown to everyone but the hardest of hardcore fans, but the reality is that in a shallow division with a dominant champion, a couple solid performances is all it takes for someone like Hermansson (or Leonardo) to put themselves in position to fight for the title or at the very least, face off with one of the more established contenders in the division with a title shot hanging in the balance.Hermansson profiles as someone who could make an immediate impact in the division and although her Bellator MMA debut is stationed on the preliminary portion of this week’s card, you should make a point of checking it out because eight, 10, 12 months down the line, she could emerge as a challenger for the flyweight title. Prior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle.Name: Malin HermanssonRecord: 2-0 overall; Bellator MMA debutDivision: FlyweightTeam: Akademi Nord