Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Aug 2020 12:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Arsenal ready to submit offer for Amadou Diawara as Mikel Arteta seeks Lucas Torreira upgrade Lucas Torreira has struggled to win his place back in the Arsenal starting XI after recovering from an ankle injury (Picture: Getty)The Uruguay international, who is also interesting the likes of Fiorentina and AC Milan, featured prominently during the early part of Arteta’s reign but struggled to win his place back after recovering from an ankle injury.Roma, themselves, are interested in signing the 24-year-old and, according to Corriere dello Sport, would be willing to entertain the possibility of a swap deal involving the combative Diawara who impressed last season following his move from Napoli. 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 ArsenalArsenal enjoy cordial relations with Roma after the two clubs reached a mutually beneficial agreement recently over the deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan effectively rip up the remainder of his Gunners contract and join the Serie A side on a permanent basis. Ghana international Partey had been Arsenal’s first choice to bolster their midfield but are not in a position to activate his £50m release clause and the 27-year-old now looks likely to sign a new contract. MORE: Arsenal to announce Gabriel Magalhaes transfer after defender signs five-year contractMORE: Gareth Southgate explains decision not to include Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka in England senior squadFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Mikel Arteta is hoping to overhaul Arsenal’s midfield this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are preparing to tempt Roma with an opening £27million bid for midfielder Amadou Diawara after abandoning their pursuit of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.Mikel Arteta has largely focused his efforts so far this summer on strengthening his defence. After securing new deals for Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares and David Luiz, Arsenal are preparing to announce the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille imminently. With captain and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to commit his future to the club, Arteta’s most pressing concern now centres on bolstering his central midfield.With Mateo Guendouzi still in exile and Dani Ceballos back at Real Madrid after a successful loan spell in north London, Granit Xhaka represents the only senior and in favour midfielder available to Arteta ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield against Liverpool at Wembley. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTorreira shone during his first season at Arsenal following his £24million move from Sampdoria but struggled when Unai Emery deployed him in a more attacking role at the start of last term. Advertisement Comment
Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio BAR HARBOR — Coaching transitions are never easy to make, but when the outgoing coach is a program icon, they become even more challenging.On Oct. 8, the Mount Desert Island swim team bid farewell to its head coach of 19 years, Tony DeMuro. DeMuro, whose 11 state championships at MDI include the past two Class B boys’ titles, left the post to accept the same position at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.Yet DeMuro’s departure from MDI doesn’t mean the Trojans won’t have a familiar coach at the helm in 2019-20. That’s because one of MDI’s longtime assistant coaches, David Blaney, has taken the reins following his predecessor’s departure.“Understanding the change is hard, but I think the transition has been easier for the kids because it’s me moving into Tony’s spot,” Blaney said. “With any change, you’re going to have to rip the Band-Aid off and then settle in, but the transition would be a lot tougher on them if it were someone from out of state who didn’t know the program.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBlaney, a 1997 MDI graduate, competed on the school’s swim, football and tennis teams. He went on to attend Bates College, where he was an All-New England Small College Athletic Conference selection during each of his four years on the swim team.Between his success as an MDI swimmer and his 12 years as an assistant coach under DeMuro, Blaney knows the ins and outs of program he’s inheriting. He’ll also have a remarkably talented roster at his disposal this season with the Trojans having graduated just four boys’ swimmers and one girls’ swimmer from last year’s roster.“We have 48 athletes, three of which are just divers, and I think that’s the most we’ve ever had,” Blaney said. “With the kids we have and the expectations we have, we’re hoping to do very well.”On the boys’ side, MDI returns a strong group of swimmers that includes Tyler Willis, last year’s state runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly, Tyler Woodworth, who took third in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, and Amos Price, the fourth-place finisher in the 200-yard freestyle. The Trojans also bring back Sam Mitchell, who was the Penobscot Valley Conference champion and state runner-up last year in the 1-meter dive.For the MDI girls, only Anna Naggert has graduated from the squad that placed third of 21 teams at last year’s state championships. The Trojans’ returnees include Adria Horton, the reigning PVC champion in the 500-yard freestyle, and Ruby Brown, Maria Saltysiak and Addy Smith, strong individual and relay swimmers.“We have a lot of depth in our girls’ program,” Blaney said. “We have a lot of our experienced swimmers back, and we also have a lot of freshmen. It’ll be exciting to see where they go.”Promoting from within the program was also appealing to MDI’s athletic director, Bunky Dow. Dow cited the prospect of a “smooth transition” as well as Blaney’s strong understanding of the Trojans’ swimming traditions upon appointing him as the next head coach Oct. 23.“Coach Blaney brings a wealth of swimming knowledge and experience to our swimming program,” Dow said. “[His] passion and enthusiasm for the sport of swimming is contagious. Our student-athletes are fortunate to have him as their head coach.”MDI divers will begin their season at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, against John Bapst at the Bangor YMCA, and swimmers will take on Bangor, Ellsworth and Hampden Academy in the Ram Invitational at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Husson University. With such a potent team under his mentorship, the early meets will provide Blaney’s group with a chance to hit their stride early.“My job is to make sure we see developments on all levels,” Blaney said. “You want to see that growth and development from the new swimmers in Lane 6 to the kids who’ve been doing this since they were 6 or 7 years old, and my goal is to get that out of them.”
“We’re very proud to have the risk of incorporating the Electronic Review to the Mutua Madrid Open. The revolutionary character has at all times been a trademark of our event and avant-garde, so the use of this know-how reaffirms our spirit. As well as, there isn’t a doubt that it is going to be an necessary further assist for the gamers, ”mentioned event director Feliciano López. “I can solely present my pleasure at this nice advance. We would have liked to have it on clay, and we’re very blissful to have it in the Magic Field. I need to spotlight the dedication of Madrid to at all times be at the forefront of know-how. ”The use of Electronic Review on clay is meant to enhance the accuracy of arbitration and was launched for the first time on the ATP Tour in onerous monitor in Miami 2006. From then on it was integrated to different surfaces, saved in clay, the place the protocol of permitting gamers to ask the chair decide to overview the mark throughout the matches had been maintained. Till this 12 months 2020. The Mutua Madrid Open and tennis on clay once more take a brand new step in direction of the future. At all times hand in hand with the vanguard, each gamers and followers can take pleasure in a historic occasion in the 2020 version of the Magic Field, incorporating For the first time this season the Electronic Review, the digital overview know-how on the floor on clay.The Electronic Review shall be accessible on the three predominant tracks of the event: Manolo Santana Stadium, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario Stadium and Stadium 3, which even have a retractable roof. And they are going to be used in the particular person and double matches, in addition to in the earlier section in each the ATP males’s and the WTA ladies’s.The use of clay know-how, developed by FOXTENN, was formally accredited by the ATP final November 2019 and is on trial in some tournaments chosen by ATP and WTA. After an utility course of to use the Electronic Review, the Mutua Madrid Open shall be the solely ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Obligatory class event, which has the risk to host this innovation on the European clay court docket tour in spring.