Mikel Arteta speaks out after Matteo Guendouzi is dropped for Southampton vs Arsenal clash

first_imgArteta dropped Guendouzi (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)‘The needs of the team and the needs of the football club are always the same, put the best players on the pitch that are 100% focused to win the game.’Arteta made four changes with Guendouzi, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette dropping out.Kieran Tierney, Emiliano Martínez, Granit Xhaka and Eddie Nketiah all came into the side.MORE: Kieran Tierney reveals how Arsenal players reacted to their dismal defeat at BrightonMORE: Claudio Bravo speaks out on his future amid Arsenal transfer interestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Guendouzi was left out of Arsenal’s squad (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Matteo Guendouzi was dropped for Arsenal’s clash with Southampton amid rumours about his future at the club, with Mikel Arteta suggesting there was an ‘internal issue’.Arteta, the Arsenal manager, was said to have reacted angrily to Guendouzi’s behaviour during the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at Brighton. Reports claimed Guendouzi had called Brighton’s players ‘s**t’ and mocked the Seagulls’ squad for earning less than his £40,000-a-week deal, with Brighton goalscorer Neal Maupay suggesting he lacked ‘humility’ after they clashed at the end of the match.Arteta was desperately unimpressed and has reportedly decided to sell the French midfielder – who has attracted interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Leicester – after growing tired of his attitude.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlthough Guendouzi avoided a ban for grabbing Maupay’s throat, he was not a part of Arsenal’s 20-man squad for the Premier League tie with Southampton and Arteta was questioned on his absence.‘Squad management. Whatever internal issue we have, we deal with it privately,’ the Arsenal manager said. Advertisement Mikel Arteta speaks out after Matteo Guendouzi is dropped for Southampton vs Arsenal clash Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jun 2020 5:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Mike Trout blasts 39th homer as Angels open final weekend with victory

first_imgPreviousThe Angels’ Shohei Ohtani steals third as Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman takes a late throw from home during the second inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Mike Trout greets teammate Shohei Ohtani with a celebratory slap on the hand after Ohtani scored during the second inning of Friday’s game against the A’s. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Taylor Ward #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two-run homerun during the second inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward, right, hits a two-run home run while Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy watches during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward, right, heads to first as he hits a two-run home run while Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy, center, and home plate umpire Doug Eddings watch during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Lou Trivino throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, smiles at first base umpire Joe West after hitting a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, hits a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels reliever Taylor Cole throws watches a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two-run home run during the third inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim congratulates teammate Mike Trout #27 at home plate after Trout hit a two-run homerun as catcher Jonathan Lucroy #21 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during the third inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a sacrifice fly to left field during the fifth inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a sacrifice fly to left field during the fifth inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Pitcher Taylor Cole #67 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets the tag down on Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics trying to steal second base for the out during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels catcher Taylor Ward, left, attempts to throw out Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano as Stephen Piscotty, right, heads to third during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Laureano was safe at first and Ward was charged with a fielding error on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles throws during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa, of Japan, throws during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Pitcher Hansel Robles #57 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after striking out the last batter for the last out in the ninth inning to win the game 8-5 against the Oakland Athletics in the MLB game at Angel Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani steals third as Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman takes a late throw from home during the second inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 20The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani steals third as Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman takes a late throw from home during the second inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — While the Angels’ final weekend of games have little bearing on the present, they opened the series with all sorts of storylines relating to the past and the future.The Angels’ 8-5 victory over the Oakland A’s on Friday night included big offensive contributions from rookies Shohei Ohtani and Taylor Ward, the scoreless pitching of rookies Jaime Barría and Taylor Cole, and a closing flourish from Hansel Robles.It all came against a backdrop of what is likely to be the final weekend for Mike Scioscia after 19 years managing the team.On Saturday, the Angels will honor Scioscia with a bobblehead, and on Friday the ballpark concourse included at least one ad for the promotion that included a list of the manager’s accomplishments. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Trout singled and hit a two-run homer, his 39th of the season. Trout, however, might only be cementing his place as the MVP runner-up – for the fourth time. Mookie Betts is having a season that, by most measures, is equal to Trout’s, but he’s doing so on a 107-win team going to the playoffs.The Angels, meanwhile, are going nowhere, but at least feeling good about a four-game winning streak in the final week and the performances of a few players who could be part of the solution in 2019.Barría, a 22-year-old who began last season at Class-A Inland Empire, has risen quickly to become a reliable member of the rotation. In his 26th start of the season, Barría did not allow a hit or a run. He was knocked out after 4-2/3 innings because he walked six, though.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone The Angels got the lead with three runs in the second, including two on a homer by Ward, his fifth of the season and second in as many games.Ward had a rough defensive game. Still learning third base after being a catcher until this year, Ward made an error and had an infield single deflect off his glove in the A’s five-run eighth inning.Although the lead was sliced to three, Robles finished it off with a dominant ninth, striking out three of the four batters he faced. He also hit 100 mph for the first time with the Angels, and he was consistently at 99 mph. He had been throwing mostly around 97 mph.Robles, who has a 2.97 ERA in 37 games since the Angels claimed him on waivers, said the adrenaline of the ninth inning helped boost his velocity.“All my life,” he said through an interpreter, “I’ve wanted to be a closer.” Barría finished his season with a 3.41 ERA in 129-1/3 innings.“For his first crack at the major leagues, Jaime did terrific,” Scioscia said. “Tonight, he uncharacteristically totally lost his release point. That’s not the way Jaime can pitch.”His shot to pitch part of a combined no-hitter ended when Cole gave up a single to Jed Lowrie leading off the sixth. Around that, Cole pitched 2-1/3 innings, striking out five of the eight batters he faced. Signed as a minor league free agent right before spring training, Cole has a 2.75 ERA in 36 innings.Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone In between all that, the most significant developments relating to 2018 came from Mike Trout and Ohtani, who are making their final statements in the bid for individual awards.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Ohtani, who had two singles, a double and a sacrifice fly, seems like a good bet to win the AL Rookie of the Year award.“For my money, he’s hands down Rookie of the Year,” Scioscia said. “I don’t know if anyone’s come into this league in a long time and done what he’s done. His pitching season was cut short but when he was out there, he was dominant. At the plate, you see the talent. He’s having a terrific season.”Ohtani also stole his 10th base of the year. As you’d expect, Ohtani is also the first player in major league history to steal 10 bases, hit 10 homers and start 10 games as a pitcher in the same season. The only other Angels rookies to combine the 10 steals and 20 homers – Ohtani has 22 – were Devon White (1987) and Trout (2012).Trout was the unanimous Rookie of the Year then, and now he’s trying to win his third MVP award. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher placed on IL as ‘precautionary’ move

first_img MLB trade rumors: Cubs looking to add leadoff hitter, reliever before deadline MLB trade rumors: Royals focused on moving Billy Hamilton, Ian Kennedy, other veterans MLB trade news: Cubs send Mike Montgomery to Royals, receive Martin Maldonado in return The Cubs placed catcher Willson Contreras on the injured list Tuesday, which Cubs Insider reports is a “precautionary” measure.The move is retroactive to Sunday, and Contreras, who is dealing with a right foot sprain, is expected to resume baseball activities by Friday and return to the lineup after the minimum 10-day stay. The #Cubs today placed catcher Willson Contreras on the 10-day IL (retroactive to July 14) with a right foot strain, added catcher Martín Maldonado to the 25-man roster and recalled RHP Alec Mills from @IowaCubs. pic.twitter.com/0T9DtzaMoa— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 16, 2019According to the report, Contreras, who hasn’t played since July 13, told manager Joe Maddon he could have played Monday against the Reds, but the decision was made to rest him. He’s seen a specialist, who diagnosed him with a “fairly innocuous” bruise.It’s obviously good news for the Cubs that Contreras will only be out a brief period. With 19 home runs, 55 RBIs and a slash line of .286/.382/.565, the 27-year-old catcher is on pace for career highs in all those categories. The Cubs acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Royals on Monday night in exchange for left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery.Maldonado is slashing .224/.288/.359 this season. Related Newslast_img read more

Sarajevo Defeats Borac in Banja Luka with 3:1

first_imgIn the match of the second round of the football BHT Premier League of B&H, the footballers of Sarajevo defeated last night Borac from Banja Luka with the result 3:1.Sarajevo was really much better in every segment of the match and deserved the victory and three points.Although the players of Sarajevo had many chances to score in the first halftime, the first goal was scored in the 69th minute by Haris Duljević.Only five minutes later Nemanja Bilbija brings 2:0 to Sarajevo, but Borac returns back to the game in the 76th minute by Stokić’s goal.Two minutes later, in the 78th minute, the third score for Sarajevo comes from Ognjen Todorović who at the same time sets the final result of 3:1.Sarajevo is now first on the list while Borac has two matches behind and two defeats.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

September is Literacy Month

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – September has been proclaimed as Literacy month in Fort St. John and there are many great reasons to celebrate and support literacy programming in the community.This September’s Province-wide initiative called Literacy is life is a way to raise awareness of the importance of literacy for British Columbians, raise awareness about community-based resources and raise funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives with all funding staying in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -Upcoming events to celebrate Literacy include;September 7th, 2019, Retro Run, For more information; CLICK HERESeptember 8th, 2019, Purple Light up of the Cultural Centre and LibrarySeptember 25th, 2019, Financial Literacy WorkshopSocial Media involvement with #PutYourPurpleOn #Literacy #LiteracyisLife #lLD2019The Fort St. John Literacy Society is dedicated to delivering diverse community programming that promotes literacy and provides learning opportunities in a supportive setting.The Literacy Society shares that literacy impacts every area of modern life such as health care, education, employment and the economy.last_img read more