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
Congerton’s appointment confirms owner Ellis Short’s continued belief in the system which De Fanti was recruited to oversee. The 40-year-old Welshman said: “I’m delighted to join Sunderland AFC and would like to thank the Board and owner for this great opportunity. “Working alongside Gus and his team was one of the influential factors in me joining the club and something that I am very much looking forward to.” After his playing career was ended prematurely by injury, Congerton served as Academy Director at Wrexham before joining Liverpool in 2002. But it was at Chelsea that he made his big breakthrough, rising to the rank of chief scout during a six-year spell before following Frank Arnesen to the Bundesliga after the latter was appointed as Hamburg’s sporting director. Poyet said: “I would like to welcome Lee to the club. Recruitment is one of the most important areas in football nowadays, so I’m looking forward to working alongside Lee for the best of the club.” Sunderland will hope Congerton’s expertise in recruitment will help them to bring greater order to their transfer dealings after a chaotic summer under De Fanti last year when then manager Paolo Di Canio saw no fewer than 14 new faces arrive, some of whom have since made little or no impact. Poyet and chief executive Margaret Byrne conducted the club’s business in January as Liam Bridcutt, Oscar Ustari, Marcos Alonso, Santiago Vergini and Ignacio Scocco were drafted in, but the newcomer will now take over many of those duties. Byrne said: “Lee is very highly regarded within football circles and we have been very impressed by him. “We feel he is the perfect fit for the club in terms of developing our player recruitment strategy and helping to take the club forward.” What Congerton is able to do this summer could depend largely upon where the club is playing its football next season with the spectre of relegation from the Barclays Premier League still looming large. Poyet remains confident his players can amass the necessary points to beat the drop, and he is equally comfortable with the prospect of working with Congerton. Asked about the prospect last Friday, he said: “It’s normal all over the world. Because you are not used to it, the words ‘technical director’, ‘sporting director’ mean ‘devil’, ‘terrible’. “It’s normal. The most important thing is the relationship between that person and the manager or the head coach. It needs to be spot-on, it needs to be clear, it needs to be honest, it needs to be in the same direction. “It needs to be special because if not, it’s not going to work. It’s about working together, understanding each other, knowing what is needed and doing your job. “Apart from that, again for me, it’s natural. I would take the situation, to work with someone in that role. It’s natural, I am not worried at all. “Now, if it’s going to work or not, I don’t know. I hope.” Sunderland have confirmed the appointment of Lee Congerton as the club’s sporting director. Congerton joins the club from German outfit Hamburg, where he was working as technical director, and effectively replaces former director of football Roberto De Fanti, who left the Stadium of Light in January. He will work alongside head coach Gus Poyet, overseeing player recruitment and the club’s domestic and international scouting operation. Press Association
THE ‘Jump Rope’ phenomenon will take centre stage today at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall today, when over 100 students, drawn from 50 primary and 50 secondary schools in eight districts around the country, compete in the inaugural National Skip to My Lou – Jump Rope Team Championship.The Skip to My Lou – Jump Rope competition originated in Linden and will take place today from 10:00hrs to 16:00hrs, thanks to the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Ministry of Education, National Sports Commission (NSC) and long-time supporter Banks DIH under their Coca Cola Brand.As per competition rules, each team will comprise five jumpers, who will be able to participate in Individual Freestyle, Individual Single Rope/Double Dutch Teams and Last Man Standing.Dr George Norton, Minister of Social Cohesion and who also holds the portfolio as the Minister responsible for Sport, said, “There is no doubt about the fact that this competition has numerous benefits, one of which is the fostering of social cohesion.“Participants will be able to develop better interpersonal skills through interaction with others from various educational districts. At the same time, the competition will allow for the students to engage in team-building.“It is our aim to very soon have a well-established National Jump Rope Federation in Guyana. With such a body in place, we will have jumpers to participate at world class competitions such as the Pan-American Jump Rope Competitions and the International Double Dutch League,” said Norton.The NSC ensured that Guyana, for the first, participated at this year’s World Jump Rope Championship and Camp, July 1 – July 10, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Shavin Green and Mackenzie High School student Adriell Wilson were Guyana’s representatives.According to Green the competition will allow for the growth in the sport, and also help to spot Guyana’s future representatives for next year’s World Jump Rope Championship.The Ministry of Public Telecommunications also came in for high praise, being named as one of the sponsors of the event, through the E-Governance unit.The Public Telecommunications Ministry donated two laptops as part of the prizes offered for the top performers.
The MLS team had been scheduled to leave by charter Friday. Toronto opens the World Cup-style tournament on July 10 against D.C. United.The New York Red Bulls also delayed their Friday departure, saying a staff member had produced an inconclusive COVID-19 test result. The Red Bulls said they would reschedule their flight once all the test results were confirmed. Six players from FC Dallas and one from Columbus Crew SC have already tested positive in the Sunshine State. They have been isolated and are receiving care while the other members of their delegations are in quarantine pending more testing.Major League Soccer had required teams to arrive in Florida no later than a week before their first game at the tournament, which runs July 8 to Aug. 11 at Disney’s Wide World of Sport Complex in the Orlando area. But issues with test results have caused several delays.___ The Baltic News Service reported the new date.Soccer has resumed around much of Europe in empty stadiums. The Champions League is scheduled to be completed in August at a mini-tournament in Portugal.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Lafayette informed the Naval Academy that it cannot bring its football team back to campus in time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS.Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent.___The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings.The NFL club also acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July. Kansas has suspended its voluntary football workouts because of an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the program.The school says it has tested 164 athletes and recorded 16 positives, including 12 football players. It says 45 athletes are currently in quarantine across all sports. “When we welcomed our young men back to campus a couple of weeks ago for voluntary workouts, even with the policies and procedures in place to try and protect them from becoming infected with the virus, events outside of our control has made the decision to pause these workouts necessary,” coach Les Miles said in a statement.The school says the other teams with athletes back on campus will continue their voluntary workouts.___ Reduced seating capacity means the Packers can’t guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets. Season-ticket holders will be asked if they want to be part of a process allowing them a chance to reserve tickets. Those who opt out can have their 2020 payment refunded in full or credited to 2021.___The Latvian soccer federation says its national team will play a postponed friendly at Montenegro on Oct. 7.The match in Podgorica was originally scheduled to be played March 26 but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, said DeShields tested positive before coming to Cleveland. The Indians held their first workout at Progressive Field on Friday.Antonetti said DeShields is doing well and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He’ll have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.The 27-year-old DeShields spent the past five seasons with Texas. He was acquired by the Indians in the offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.___The Sept. 12 football game between Lafayette College and Navy has been canceled. July 3, 2020 A third Washington Nationals player has decided to opt out of playing this Major League Baseball season because of concerns about the novel coronavirus.Manager Dave Martinez said depth catcher Welington Castillo was uncomfortable playing because he has young children. He joins first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross among those deciding not to play for the defending World Series champions.The 33-year-old Castillo played last season for the Chicago White Sox and then joined the Nationals as a backup option.___Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Toronto FC pushed back its departure to Florida for the MLS is Back Tournament to Saturday, saying more time is needed to complete pre-travel COVID-19 testing. The Latest: Delays for MLS teams headed to Florida tourney New Jersey’s premier thoroughbred track is scrambling to follow capacity limits set by the state as it prepares for its opening night of racing.Monmouth Park is scheduled to present a six-race card Friday evening. Track officials said in an afternoon statement that no more than 500 people would be allowed in certain areas, but added that information on a final capacity number would be released later in the day. The Asbury Park Press reported the track had submitted a plan to the state to allow roughly 16,000 people in the track’s outdoor areas, but the plan was not approved. The track has hosted as many as 60,000 for the Haskell Stakes, its signature event. Monmouth Park’s sports book will open but be restricted to 25% of normal capacity. All visitors to the track or sports book will be required to wear a mask and be given a brief health questionnaire.___