Arsenal hopeful Aaron Ramsey will be fit for Newcastle clash Coral BarryMonday 25 Mar 2019 1:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link248Shares Comment Ramsey is suffering from a thigh injury (Picture: Getty)Arsenal fans will be waving goodbye to Ramsey this summer when the 28-year-old’s contract ends and he joins Juventus.Ramsey was forced to leave the Emirates after Arsenal withdrew their contract offer last year.But with Arsenal fighting for Champions League qualification and to make the final of the Europa League, Unai Emery will want Ramsey fit for selection.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Ramsey withdrew from the Wales squad (Picture: Rex Features)Arsenal are hopeful Aaron Ramsey will be available to play against Newcastle on Monday, reports say.The midfielder was forced to withdraw from international duty with Wales last week after picking up a thigh problem.Ramsey was set to feature for Wales against Slovakia, but returned to Arsenal when feeling pain in his left thigh. Advertisement Arsenal play Newcastle in seven days’ time (Picture: Getty)The Evening Standard claim that although Ramsey is yet to be assessed by Arsenal’s medical team, there is a confidence it is a minor injury.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal resume club action against Newcastle in a week’s time and believe Ramsey will shake off his thigh injury by then.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt is believed the Welshman has not sustained a tear, but instead is suffering from tightness.More: 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
Danish driller Maersk Drilling has been awarded two contract extensions for two jack-up rigs working in the North Sea.Maersk said on Thursday that the jack-up Maersk Resolve was awarded a contract extension by Wintershall for the drilling of a third well in the ongoing drilling campaign.The drilling of the third well will take place in the Dutch sector of the North Sea, and the work scope includes drilling as well as potential testing and completion activities.Maersk Resolve is currently drilling the first well for Wintershall in the UK North Sea and will soon move to the Dutch sector to begin drilling the second well. The contract extension is up to 90 days and extends the duration of the contract with Wintershall from the original 160-190 days to a total of 210-280 days with further options included.Maersk also received an extension for the Maersk Resolute jack-up with Petrogas E&P Netherlands. The extension covers two workovers at the Haven platform and brings the contract duration from the current 140 days to approximately 155 days.Maersk Drilling’s chief commercial officer, Lars Østergaard, said: “I am pleased that our services have been well received by Wintershall as well as Petrogas E&P Netherlands. Both customer relationships are new, and it is very rewarding to be able to leverage our extensive experience in the North Sea and support our customers’ business by delivering safe and efficient drilling operations with rigs and crews that are prepared to work across the UK, Dutch and Danish parts of the North Sea.”Before beginning initial contracts with the oil companies, the Maersk Resolute and Maersk Resolve were warm-stacked in Esbjerg. According to Maersk, the rigs have both had a rig uptime of over 99% since beginning work.This is the second time the deals were extended as Offshore Energy Today reported on the initial extensions back in September.Namely, the Resolute has been working for Petrogas since June under a contract awarded back in January. The initial deal for the rig was for 75 days, and the first extension was for two months.The Resolve has been working for Wintershall since early July under an 86-day contract awarded in June. The first extension awarded by the oil company was until February 2018.
Coman missed the last 16 second leg win over Chelsea with a muscle problem, but according to reports from Marca, he played a full role in their first training session in Lisbon. Loading… Promoted Content6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better French international Benjamin Pavard has remained behind in Germany to continue his own recovery from injury, and he will join up with the squad, if Bayern make it into the semi-finals. Read Also: Blaise Matuidi to quit Juventus for MLS clubHans-Dieter Flick’s side will stay in their training base on the outskirts of Lisbon ahead of their crunch meeting with the Catalan giants at the Estadio de Luz on August 14.The winners will take on either Manchester City or Lyon in the semi finals at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on August 19.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Boateng was taken off against Frank Lampard’s side with a thigh injury, and despite training alone in Portugal, he is expected to be fit in time to start against Quique Setien’s side. Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have been boosted by the return to fitness of Kingsley Coman and Jerome Boateng ahead of their Champions League clash with Barcelona.Advertisement
by Ira PodellUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back from their home disappointment and dished out their fair share to the suddenly shocked New York Islanders.All it took was Sidney Crosby and a very powerful power play to do the trick.Chris Kunitz scored his second man-advantage goal of the game 8:44 into overtime, off the third assist of the day by Crosby, and the Penguins rode a slew of ups and downs Sunday en route to a 5-4 victory over the Islanders that gave top-seeded Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.The Islanders came in still enjoying the positive effects of their 4-3 comeback win on Friday in Pittsburgh that gave them a surprising split of the first two games of the Eastern Conference series.The Penguins will try to take a commanding 3-1 lead Tuesday on Long Island.Crosby, playing his second game after missing a month because of a broken jaw, drew the decisive penalty against Brian Strait, who held the Penguins captain as he drove the net 33 seconds before the winning goal.“He kind of wrapped me up,” Crosby said. “I pulled up looking for someone. I didn’t see anyone so I thought I would take it to the net.“We were hoping we could get it done quickly.”The Penguins went 3-for-5 on the power play and yielded Kyle Okposo’s short-handed goal, but held New York scoreless on its three advantages.“We had our chances. They scored on the power plays and we didn’t,” said Islanders coach Jack Capuano, who declined to comment on the officiating. “You always talk about special teams being a big factor, and that was the difference.”When New York scored twice in the first 5:41 to go up 2-0 in Game 3, old Nassau Coliseum rocked as it did in the Stanley Cup-winning days of the early 1980s. However, this was the Islanders’ first home playoff game since 2007, and the fans were soaking it all in.Not so fast.The Penguins stormed back with a pair of power-play goals 19 seconds apart — first by Jarome Iginla on a 5-on-3 advantage, and then by Kunitz on the second half. When Pascal Dupuis gave Pittsburgh its first lead with 1 minute left in the opening period — capping the three-goal spurt in 5:42 — the early euphoria was gone in a flash.“You have to give them credit. They got up two and they showed no quit,” said Iginla, a key late-season trade pickup by the Penguins. “It meant a lot on the road to get those two back.“There is a lot of emotion, unpredictability in the playoffs. You have to learn to control that.”Douglas Murray pushed Pittsburgh’s lead to 4-2 in the second, and it appeared the Penguins would cruise. But it was a bumpy road back to regaining home-ice advantage against the upstart Islanders.It was tough enough for the Penguins to erase their own deficit, but squandering a two-goal lead in the third period is certainly out of character for one of the Stanley Cup favorites.Pittsburgh took the series opener 5-0 on Wednesday, but since then has been dealing with an inability to hang on. Allowing two goals in the third period led to a loss Friday. Pittsburgh led that one 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period.“There was a lot of emotion in this game. They really came after us,” Kunitz said. Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, second from left, assists Pascal Dupuis (9), right, in his goal past New York Islanders’ Lubomir Visnovsky, second from right, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series on May 5, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The Kootenay Wildcats Girl’s Hockey team needs help from the public to attend the prestigious Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament next month in Wilcox, Sask.The tournament attracts many elite teams and college scouts from across North America.“This year the Wildcats have worked hard and as result of their early achievements have for the first time qualified to participate in the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament to be held at Notre Dame,” said a team spokesperson.The estimated cost to attend the tournament is approximately $20,000. The players are currently locked in fundraising plans to help offset costs.The Wildcats, consisting of players from Golden to Trail, compete in the B.C Hockey Female ‘AAA’ Midget League playing against teams from Richmond, Fraser Valley, Prince George and Kelowna.Team members train weekly, some traveling hours in cars to attend practice.The Wildcats program has experienced tremendous success during the past decade, twice earning Female Midget ‘AAA’ Provincial Championship honours.Graduates of the Wildcats have received scholarships at play at the college and university level while pursuing an education.For more information on how to help the Wildcats get to Saskatchewan contact Team Manager Curtis Biggs at (250) 357-9373 or email [email protected]; or coach Cary Fisher (250) 368-1688 [email protected]: To help raise funds the Kootenay Wildcats have entered the Best Buy All Star Grants competition. This is an online voting competition with 10 winning teams taking home a $2000.00 grant. Voting is open now until December 6, allowing fans to can vote once everyday. Go to http://application.3tierlogic.com/bestbuy/microsite/bc/preview.php?p=&cid=482# to help Kootenay Wildcats:
Nelson Leafs exploded for seven third period goals en route to a 9-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League pasting of the Golden Rockets Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Leaf forward Andy Fitzpatrick, named Nelson’s game star, led the charge, scoring twice while adding two assists in the third frame as the Leafs handed Golden its ninth consecutive loss to open the season.The teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes and 2-2 following the second period before Nelson jumped all over the Rockets.Jordan Davie snapped the 2-2 tie with a goal 51 seconds into the third period.Newcomer Nick Novin, scoring his second of the game, increased the lead to 4-2 before Leaf captain Rayce Miller scored to give Nelson a three-goal advantage.Kyran Karol cut the margin to 5-3 with power play marker. However, Tyler Garcia restored the three-goal advantage minutes later.Garcia’s marker also was on the power play.Eamonn Miller and Fitzpatrick completed the third period barrage as Nelson outshot the Rockets by a 23-3 margin.Ren Mason, scoring his first goal for the Leafs this season, also scored for Nelson.Terix Fischer-Kobes and Darion Nordick scored the other goals for Golden, which was out shot by a 45-21 margin.Nelson returns to action Saturday when Beaver Valley Nitehawks visit the NDCC Arena. The Hawks lost for the second consecutive time Friday, 5-3 to Summerland Steam.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Sunday, Nelson hosts the Summerland Steam at 2:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.LEAF NOTES: This is the first time this season Nelson has scored more than four goals in a game. The previous high came Friday, September 18 against Spokane Braves. . . . Andy Fitzpatrick finished the game with five points while Rayce Miller had four points. The explosion thrust Fitzpatrick into a four-way tie for top spot in Leafs scoring with seven points. Fitzpatrick is tied Jordan Davie, who leads the team in goals with six, Eamonn Miller and Brendan Smith. . . . Golden, which now has allowed a league high 56 goals, played the game with only 12 skaters.
0Shares0000Nasser Al-Khelaifi is also the president of French football giants PSG, who were knocked out of the Champions League last week by Real Madrid © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFECAIRO, Egypt, Mar 13 – Qatar’s BeIN Sports chief executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is also the president of Paris Saint-Germain, was hit with a second anti-trust fine by an Egyptian court on Monday.The court accuses BeIN of forcing its Egyptian customers to replace their existing satellites to obtain their services. A fine of 400 million Egyptian pounds ($22.7 million, 18 million euros) has been handed down after prosecution by the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) in a Cairo economic court.The fine is the second one BeIN has incurred in Egypt after a similar one was imposed in January.The decision imposed comes at a politically-charged time for the two countries, with ties between Egypt and Qatar deeply strained.Egypt was one of several countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting extremists and being too close to Iran.Qatar denies the allegations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Nakumatt FC players ose for a group photo before a past kenyan Premier League match. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13- New Nakumatt FC owner Francis Mureithi says plans are in top gear to rename, revamp and re-launch the club after taking over from previous owners Nakumatt Holdings Limited early this week.Speaking to Capital Sport, Mureithi said he is confident the team will retain its Premier League status despite struggling and has warned they will be in to challenge for the title next season. “We are still consulting with various people to get a new name for the club so that we attract sponsors. We are just finalizing the finer legal issues with the previous owners and we will be good to go. We want by the time the team comes back for the second leg, we have everything in place,” Mureithi said.Politician Francis Mureithi has bought Nakumatt FCThe club, erstwhile owned by Supermarket chain Nakumatt, had been dwindling in instability due to the financial situation of the sponsors but Mureithi’s takeover breathes a new lease of life to them.“Most of these players are from my constituency here in Embakasi and I saw their suffering and got concerned. Some had even told me to take over the team and I seriously considered it, also bearing in mind I am a person who loves sports,” Mureithi revealed.“Our first target is to ensure that the team remains in the league. It is still early because they have played only 10 games and there is a chance to recover. I have met with the players and talked to them assuring everything is under control,” he added.Nakumatt FC head coach Anthony Mwangi. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe city politician, who vied for the Embakasi East parliamentary seat in 2017 General election, says he will also look to inject some experienced players into the squad during the mid-season transfer window.“This is a good team and there was no way we could watch as they go down. Now the hard work begins and hopefully we can get back on track. All the players and technical bench salaries will be sorted and the players will turn their focus back into the pitch and not where their salaries will come from,” Mureithi further affirmed.The club begins its new era on Saturday when they play away to Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Five back to back losses have seen the club drop down to the basement of the KPL log.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The Warriors will play the second game of a back-to-back set against the Charlotte Hornets Saturday, and Green’s status is … The injuries keep piling up for the Warriors.Draymond Green had a bandage on his left hand following the Warriors’ 127-110 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Friday for what he said was ligament damage.This, on the heels of playing their first game without guard Stephen Curry, who will miss at least three months as he recovers from surgery on his left hand.
Sunday’s matches weren’t supposed to happen. None of the four teams playing was given even a 50 percent chance of reaching the knockout stage by ESPN’s Soccer Power Index-backed model at the start of the tournament. Now two will reach the quarterfinal and one will play a semifinal.Netherlands vs. Mexico: 12 p.m. EDTCosta Rica vs. Greece: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHThe big favorite of the four is the Netherlands, which has a 56 percent chance of reaching the semis by beating Mexico and then the winner of Costa Rica-Greece. (This is the probability of the Netherlands beating both Mexico and the winner of the second match, weighted by the probability of either Costa Rica or Greece teams coming through.) The Dutch looked like just the third-best team in their group at the start of the tournament. Then they shocked defending champion Spain, 5-1, in their opener, and beat another top team, Chile, 2-0. That’s seven goals against two of the best defenses in the tournament. The Netherlands also beat Australia, 3-2, for a clean sweep of Group B.The Dutch have improved from a long shot to one of the favorites. Before the tournament, our model gave them a less than 1 percent chance of winning their country’s first World Cup. Now they have a 10 percent chance. That’s by far the biggest bump any country got from the knockout stage — it’s nearly twice as large as Argentina’s increase. And none of the other three teams playing Sunday has even a 1 percent chance of winning the Cup.The Netherlands has seen its chances rise partly because SPI has been updated to take into account its dominance in the group stage. Before it looked like the 10th-best team in the world; now it looks like the sixth-best. It also benefits from the weakness of the rest of its draw in the knockout stage; the Netherlands has the third-best chance of reaching the semifinals, ahead of three teams that are better. Notably, Colombia ranks third in SPI but before its game Saturday it had less than half the chance of the Dutch to reach the semis.Mexico is no gimme for the Netherlands, though. El Tri showed its mettle in drawing tournament favorite Brazil and has the world’s fourth-best defense — stronger than any the Netherlands has faced. The matchup of Mexico’s defense, led by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, against the formidable Dutch offense of Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben et al. should be Sunday’s most exciting.The late match won’t be the best played in the Round of 16 — featuring two of the four worst teams to make it out of their groups — but it might be the most competitive. Costa Rica has just a 57 percent chance of winning, the lowest for a favorite in the round, and has a statistical edge of just two-tenths of a goal. Because soccer stubbornly refuses to introduce fractional goals, this could be the second match of the tournament to go to added extra time.YESTERDAYBrazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals behind two penalty kick saves from goalkeeper Júlio César. Although Brazil continued its competitive home unbeaten streak to 61 games (including 20-0-7 against Chile), the hosts were forced to play on their heels for long stretches Saturday.Chile finished the match with more touches than Brazil (716-703), the first time Brazil has failed to lead in touches at the end of a World Cup game since the 2010 Round of 16. The opponent? Chile. In 2010, though, Brazil cruised to a 3-0 victory. Chile’s advantage in possession was built away from goal, with nearly 100 more touches in its defending half than Brazil (444-358). When Chile threatened to get forward, Brazil was quick to commit a foul. The Brazilians committed 28 fouls, the most in this World Cup and the most by Brazil at a World Cup since 1978 against Argentina.Chile, which has been eliminated by Brazil in all four of its World Cup knockout-round appearances, could not convert when it put the ball in the box. The Chileans failed to complete a cross Saturday (0-for-18). Chile’s 18 cross attempts are the most by a team without a completion at this World Cup.Brazil sat back and turned forward quickly when gaining possession. It had more than twice as many touches in the attacking penalty area (31-14), led by Neymar’s eight. Brazil, which has eliminated its opponent in five of its last six competitive matches that have gone to penalty kicks, completed 71 percent of its passes against Chile, its third-lowest mark in at least the last 50 years at the World Cup.Fortunately for Brazil, its defense performed. Brazil held Chile to one completed pass in the attacking penalty area after halftime (none in extra time), compared with three for Brazil.— Zach Rodgers, Statistics Analyst for ESPNOFF THE PITCHWhen you think of Greece, you probably think of beaches, the Parthenon, feta cheese and Kalamata olives. But what office products and circuit breakers? According to 2012 data from the BACI International Trade Database, 41 percent of Greek exports to Costa Rica were “paper office containers,” followed by circuit breakers and panels at 22 percent. Other big exports included cutlery, candles and matches, and of course, vegetables, olive oil and wine. But trade flowing in the opposite direction probably adheres more to expectations. More than 84 percent of Costa Rican exports to Greece were bananas. The next-largest exports were miscellaneous fruit at 9 percent and coffee at 4 percent. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWere the Billions Brazil Spent on World Cup Stadiums Worth It?Extra Time Isn’t a Crapshoot in the Knockout Round, But Penalties AreCORRECTION (9:56 a.m., June 29): This post originally stated that if the Costa Rica match went to extra time it would be the World Cup’s first match to do so. After Brazil’s match yesterday, that is incorrect. It would be the second.