Arsenal remain focused on signing centre-back amid Philippe Coutinho speculation

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Philippe Coutinho is not Arsenal’s priority at the moment (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal may be interested in signing Philippe Coutinho on loan, but their priority is bringing in a central defender rather than bolster their attack.Barcelona have offered Coutinho to the Gunners on a season-long loan, and according to reports in France, a deal is close to being done for the Brazilian.However, other clubs, including Tottenham, are also interested in the former Liverpool man and a switch to Arsenal is not as close as previously thought.This is also because the Gunners are focusing their efforts on signing a centre-back, reports the Guardian, which is the position most obviously in need of strengthening in Unai Emery’s squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementThree targets are receiving the most focus currently, with Juventus’ Daniele Rugani, Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano all on Arsenal’s radar. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 8:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link109Shares Daniele Rugani is being targeted at centre-back (Picture: Getty Images)Rugani looks the most likely option of the three, with Leipzig quoting Arsenal £70m for Upamecano and Umtiti preferring to stay at Barca.The Italian is surplus to requirements at Juve and although Arsenal have seen an initial offer of a two-year loan move turned down, the Turin side are keen to do a deal on improved terms.As it stands, Emery’s options at centre-back are Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi, Callum Chambers and an injured Rob Holding.Mustafi is on the transfer list, meaning that it will likely be Sokratis and Chambers in the middle of defence when Arsenal face Newcastle in their Premier League opener on Sunday.Improving these options remains Emery’s number one priority before the transfer window closes at 5pm on Thursday.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 CityCoutinho’s future is still up in the air with Manchester United and Liverpool also interested in a loan deal, along with the two north London clubs.Spurs are thought to be leading the chase for his signature, partially thanks to Coutinho’s relationship with boss Mauricio Pochettino after they briefly worked together at Espanyol in 2012.However, stumbling blocks for all interested parties are the £21m loan fee that Barcelona want and having to pay his hefty £200,000-a-week wages.MORE: Tottenham looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan from BarcelonaMORE: Wolves looking to beat Arsenal to Juventus defender Daniele Rugani with £30m offer Arsenal remain focused on signing centre-back amid Philippe Coutinho speculationlast_img read more

Richard Buckler – age 82, of Brookville

first_imgMemorial contributions can be directed to the Franklin County 4-H Association.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Richard Buckler. Those surviving who will cherish Richard’s memory include his loving wife of 55 years, Geraldine Buckler; children, Ronald (Kimberly) Buckler of Brookville, Debbie (Darrell) Banks of Laurel, and Sandy (Joe) Baxter of Brookville; five grandchildren, Kaylee, Evan, Anna, Ben and Jax; one great-grandchild, Jamison; one brother, August (Marilyn) Buckler of Millville, OH, and one sister, Mary (Jon) Schuck of Brookville.  He was preceded in death by his parents. Richard R. Buckler, of Brookville, was born on May 25, 1938 in Brookville, a son to Francis and Marie Ziegler Buckler.  He married Geraldine Stenger on May 1, 1965 at St. Michael Catholic Church and together they raised three children.  Dick farmed and also worked at National Monument, Gillman’s and the Franklin County Park.    He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and was a Franklin County 4-H Committee Leader, showing chickens.  Dick loved horses, farming, fishing and collecting toy farm equipment.  On Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the age of 82, he passed away in Columbus, Indiana. Due to the COVID-19 precautions and state mandates, all attending will be asked to follow proper social distancing protocol, including wearing a mask. If you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Fr. Vincent Lampert will officiate a Mass of Christian burial at 12:30 at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.last_img read more

FB : SAVING FACE: Syracuse defense redeems itself with overtime interception in win over Toledo

first_img Comments Published on September 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Same throw, same spot, same situation. Kevyn Scott recognized it immediately. Austin Dantin’s lofted pass in overtime to the back right corner of the end zone was a carbon copy of the desperation pass Wake Forest threw three weeks ago against Syracuse.‘It was kind of like déjà vu,’ Scott said.The pass designed to lead wide receiver Bernard Reedy in behind Scott’s coverage was identical to Ted Stachitas’ heave toward Chris Givens on Sept. 1. That pass fell incomplete due to Scott’s tight coverage. This time — the second time — he was even a step faster and swooped in front of Reedy to pick off Dantin’s pass.‘I was in my press coverage, and I turned around and looked for the ball,’ Scott said. ‘I saw that it was coming, and it was kind of like a baby seeing candy. I saw the ball coming to me, and I was just ready for it.’His interception in the end zone gave Syracuse (3-1, 0-0 Big East) the ball and set the stage for Ross Krautman’s game-winning field goal in a dramatic 33-30 overtime victory against Toledo. On a day in which the SU defense was torched, the interception by Scott provided 39,116 fans inside the Carrier Dome with an ironic twist to end the game. The unit that was paraded up and down the field by Dantin and wide receiver Eric Page madeAdvertisementThis is placeholder textthe game’s biggest play in overtime to seal a win for the Orange.With the win, SU begins the season 3-1 for the second straight year under head coach Doug Marrone.From the opening drive, Toledo’s (1-3, 0-0 Mid-American Conference) offense toyed with Syracuse. Dantin orchestrated a 22-play, 75-yard marathon series that took more than 10 minutes off the clock and resulted in a field goal for the Rockets.With just one play in excess of 9 yards on the drive, Toledo dinked and dunked its way downfield in whatever way it desired. Dantin rushed for 26 yards, Page caught three passes and running back David Fluellen racked up 27 total yards.‘After being on the field for a long drive, you know a long series, coach (Marrone) preached to us about getting three-and-outs and getting off the field,’ freshman linebacker Dyshawn Davis said. ‘Toledo did a good job of converting on third downs, getting first downs.’Though the Rockets never compiled a drive of more than 10 plays during the rest of the game, their ability to frustrate Syracuse through precise offensive execution continued. By the time regulation ended, Toledo’s offense ran up 438 yards just one week after Southern California churned out 501 yards.And as USC did with wide receiver Robert Woods, Toledo forced the ball into the hands of its playmaker — Page. The junior wide receiver finished with 14 receptions for 168 yards. SU’s top three receivers (Nick Provo, Van Chew and Jarrod West) combined for 149 yards.‘He’s a good ball player, and he presents a tough matchup for us all,’ Scott said. ‘Kind of like USC did with Woods, they kind of put him in different positions to get him the ball. Their offensive scheme is schemed around him.’Toledo’s use of bubble screens to either side of the offense created space for Page to showcase his ability the open field, SU safety Phillip Thomas said. Unlike Givens, who burned Syracuse on long passes, Page had only one reception longer than 27 yards.He took advantage of the flanks for chunks of 7, 8 and 9 yards at a time. He caught at least one pass on eight of Toledo’s 12 possessions in regulation.‘I don’t think you can ever stop a player like Page,’ Marrone said. ‘He’s a talented kid.’Though the Orange couldn’t contain Page from a production standpoint, it did keep him out of the end zone. All season long Marrone has been proud of his team’s red zone defense and preventing touchdowns deep in his own territory.Saturday was no different. Three-hundred passing yards by Dantin and fellow quarterback Terrance Owens were impressive until it came time to punch the ball in for touchdowns. The SU defense allowed only one touchdown in three red zone trips by the Rockets, including a crucial stop late in the game.Dantin drove his team down to the 9-yard line with time dwindling in regulation. Toledo had first-and-goal but failed to advance past the 3 and settled for a field goal to force overtime.‘We would have liked to have ended the game in regulation and stopped them,’ Scott said. ‘But at the end of the day, it didn’t happen.’Given another chance in overtime, though, the defense redeemed itself. The 60 minutes of abuse the unit suffered meant nothing once Scott came down with his interception.Its resiliency won out.‘It feels real good because we felt like we let people down,’ Thomas said. ‘So coming out with that big stop, Kevyn Scott with that big stop, it felt real good knowing we gave the offense a chance to get the victory.’mjcohe02@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Film ‘S druge strane medalje’ in SARTR and on TV SA

first_imgIn the premises of Sarajevo War Theatre, there was a press conference on the occasion of the film premiere ‘S druge strane medalje’ (The other side of the medal) by Esma Velagić in production of TV SA.The film talks about BiH para-Olympic volleyball team who won European and World Championships.‘The Golden Boys’- as they call them have broken the prejudice of being a disabled person by winning many medals, including several Olympic medals.Nonetheless, this film is not just a story of their sports achievements, but also about their life achievements too.Executive director of TVSA Mirza Sulejmanović, Velagić, manager of the Para-Olympic Volleyball team of BIH Mirza Hrustemović and manager of SARTR Nihad Kreševljaković said that the Para-Olympic Volleyball team of BiH have conquered themselves first, surpassed all obstacles, and the author of the film found the inspiration in that struggle to overcome own limitations.The film will premiere on 14 March at 9 p.m. in SARTR and on TV SA.last_img read more

Dharamlall, IDB official settle “threat” matter

first_imgAfter having the Police file for almost two weeks, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers on Wednesday returned the document to the Criminal Investigations Department without any recommendations for charges to be filed against People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Nigel Dharamlall, who had threatened to shoot an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) official.Guyana Times was made to understand that DPP Shalimar Ali-Hack did not make any recommendations on the issue since the lawyers for the two parties have decided to settle the matter and not go through the judicial process.Dharamlall recently came into the limelight after a Police complaint was filed that he allegedly whipped out his gun and threatened toPPP/C MP Nigel Dharamlallshoot the official after the individual was seen communicating with his (Dharamlall’s) ex-wife.The Police had confirmed the report and launched an investigation into the matter. The case file was subsequently sent to the DPP chambers on May 27.After the matter was publicised, Dharamlall was advised by his attorney, Glenn Hanoman, not to comment on the issue as to not interfere with or prejudice the investigation.The Attorney further noted that given the sensational speculations and inaccurate information in the public domain, it must be made clear that his client was “unequivocally” denying any involvement in any criminal act.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had told a news conference that the Party would be expecting an explanation from its MP.“Clearly, he has to give solid explanations, believable explanations to the executive of the Party and to us. He has to give those because it is a serious matter, the allegations are serious,” Jagdeo posited.The Opposition Leader went on to say that the matter would be discussed at the Party’s executive meeting, which was scheduled for last Friday. However, when contacted over the past weekend, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee said that the matter was not brought up.last_img read more

Transfer gossip: Spurs linked with Mawson

first_imgTottenham are the latest club to be linked with Alfie Mawson.Centre-back Mawson, from Hillingdon, has impressed for Swansea City this season and was recently given an England call-up.He has been linked with several clubs in recent months and The Sun on Sunday claim Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is now showing an interest in the former Brentford man.Embed from Getty ImagesMeanwhile, the Daily Star Sunday claim Luis Enrique is stalling over a deal to become Chelsea boss because he is keen on the potential manager’s job at Arsenal.It comes amid speculation over the future of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and reports that Enrique is in line to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.It is now claimed that former Barcelona boss Enrique is reluctant to commit himself to taking over at Chelsea in case the Arsenal job becomes available.The Daily Star Sunday also claim Paris St-Germain are keen on both Enrique and Conte but would prefer to appoint Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.Embed from Getty ImagesAnd there continues to be speculation over the future of Fulham star Tom Cairney.The Sunday Mirror claim Cairney will be allowed to leave Fulham for £20m if the Whites fail to win promotion to the Premier League this season.The newspaper declare this will “spark a race” for the Scotland international and will interest West Ham, Watford and Newcastle.Fulham would also struggle to hold onto Ryan Sessegnon and Ryan Fredericks if they do not go up, the Sunday Mirror say. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Live updates: Raiders vs. Chiefs, Sunday afternoon

first_imgGet live updates, news and analysis Sunday at 1:05 p.m. as the Raiders try to slow down the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs at the Coliseum.Kansas City (9-2) comes into Oakland on the heels of a scandalous episode that resulted in the Chiefs releasing their star running back Kareem Hunt Friday. Hunt was let go hours after a video surfaced of him physically assaulting a woman last February. Hunt, who was fifth in the NFL with 824 rushing yards, will be replaced by veteran backup …last_img

Panthers through to NCS semis, first time since 2011

first_imgPitcher Cameron Saso carried a shutout for six innings and Lance Lally finished it off as the top-seeded Panthers prevailed in the the quarterfinal round of the North Coast Section Division-IV playoffs, silencing the No. 8 Redwood Christian — San Lorenzo Eagles 3-0 Wednesday night at McKinleyville High.Saso struck out nine while allowing a third as many hits and walks in the win. Lally, the go-to closer for the Panthers throughout the season, ended the night with a quick no-hit seventh inning. …last_img read more

Real-Time Search Startups on Google/Bing/Twitter News: Who Will Prevail, Who Will Profit?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Is today’s news of major search engines’ integration of Twitter posts in search results the herald of a mass extinction or a mass acquisition?According to tonight’s conversations with key players in the space, the day’s events and announcements could spell either or both. Every real-time search engine we spoke to has expressed every intention of weathering the storm on their current strategies, all of which center on providing an excellent UX though excellent product development. And all see the day’s events as a validation of years of concentrated effort. But who will prevail, and who will profit?We spoke tonight with Tobias Peggs of OneRiot, Gerry Campbell of Collecta, and Bill York of Wowd. We’ve had in-depth conversations with each of these real-time search engines in the past, and we’re indebted to them for their insight.Gut ReactionsUniversally, these startups said that hearing today’s Google/Microsoft/Twitter news was a welcome validation of their years of perseverance in real-time search.“It’s super exciting,” siad Peggs. “There’s been one way to search the web for 10 years, and we’re looking at a total revolution in the way that people find information. It’s a huge change in the industry. To see that feeling validated is awesome.”According to York, “I don’t think we could ask for anything better than an endorsement from the major players. This is nothing but good for us. Back when I started, the marketplace was not very receptive to a new strategy.” York continued to say that he supported mainstream exploration of the real-time space, with the telltale caveat, “even if it means licensing someone else’s information and community.”Campbell said this new information is something Collecta has built into their corporate strategy. “This is something we heard rumors on and had anticipated. It was fully expected. Having been involved with one of the giants [AltaVista] at one time, it’s quite obvious. It’s something we’ve anticipated and part of how we structured our company.”Thoughts on Product DevelopmentAll the startups in real-time search have taken various approaches to the monumental task of indexing the real-time web. Collecta has employed the XMPP technology that powers IM clients in order to push streams of information. OneRiot has a fascinating algorithm that indexes tweet content, links in tweets, and the content of the linked-to pages to serve relevant results. And Wowd has developed a SETI@Home-like distributed computing model to effectively harness and parse the dataset created by users of real-time technologies.Each company is proud of its hard-won advances and speculated on how Google and Microsoft will handle the data.Campbell told us, “I can’t say Google will bring to real-time search. But it makes sense that any dataset will be part of their approach. This is the largest corpus of real-time data that has not been accessible. As a search practitioner, I think they’re going to keep on with their ranking approach.”York added that nothing unforeseen has yet been announced. “The Twitter thing, that’s the kind of thing people have been expecting.”But he also talked about the challenges of parsing real-time user-generated content. “I think the data stream is broader and shorter. There’s more and more real time, and you need different architecture to keep up with it. It’s important to have real filtering applied to a noisy, low-value data stream. We believe people are the key to finding the good stuff.”“Knowing what goes into the product is quite eye-opening,” said Peggs. “There’s a tremendous lot of work to do once you’ve got tweets containing links, to process that information in real time and index the content on the page and render results based on content rather than just tweets. It’s relatively easy for someone to spam Twitter with irrelevant links; but you’ve got to follow the links and index the pages and search against the content of the pages, not just the 140-character tweets. You also have to link to results based on relevancy, not just based on retweets.”Follow the MoneyThe opportunities for monetizing a new and powerful stream of Google- and Bing-driven traffic are both exciting and confounding for these startups, some of which have not yet put into play their own ideas for generating revenue.As York noted, Google’s and Microsoft’s entry into real-time search represents a shift in the marketplace from these startups and their technology being a geek’s plaything to being a new way to direct user attention and serve powerfully relevant advertising.“Google is in the enviable position of having a high profit margin in the search business itself,” he said. “It does fit their strategy to have as many eyeballs as possible, to get more people doing more stuff. We’re interested more in matching personal interest profiles.”Also, as Peggs noted, “OneRiot has an API that allows anyone to incorporate our results. We also have a real-time ad model.”Collecta also has rolled out two APIs, one for general search results from the real-time web and one for XMPP-powered streaming data. Campbell has also hinted that their monetization plans are innovative, but his team has not yet released specifics.“Having been involved in this growth of paid search several times over,” said Campbell, “the creation of new technology creates new business opportunity. The monetization of search was a redefinition of online business models: You can advertise to users without being slimy. There’s now an opportunity to make users even happier without distracting them from the page.”Strategy: Beyond “Get Acquired Or Die”The startups in the real-time search space also universally expressed a commitment to current business strategies. Some seemed to have clearer exit goals than others, but all believe that their unique focuses on tech and product will allow them to survive the intrusion of Microsoft and Google into their arena.Campbell, like many of his cohorts at other startups, noted that Twitter is a small segment of the available content sources for real-time web information. He also said, “Engines that are based solely on Twitter are probably more dead-on in terms of competition [with Google]. The less-funded companies are in a position where they have to do something more clever and unique.”Collecta, he said, is still figuring out their role in the story. “We are a push search engine,” he told us. ‘That is increasingly our defining characteristic. The perception of speed is critical, but it’s not our most unique characteristic. Because we’re based on XMPP, the chat protocol, we’re pushing results as soon as possible.”Said Peggs, “Our strategy doesn’t change. We’re focused on producing the most relevant web results based on not just Twitter, but also Digg and other services – a much wider pulse of the real-time web on the back end. And we continue to distribute those through our API.”What’s to Come for Real-Time Search StartupsEvery single startup we spoke to tonight expressed some trepidation about things to come.“What happens to the bubble of startups in this space?” asked Campbell. “I hope they’ve had the foresight to see this through.”“It doesn’t really change our strategy,” said a confident Peggs. “Two years ago, when you explained how this would change search, they looked at you like you were crazy.”York’s assessment of Wowd’s place as an open-sourced approach to a problem now being tackled by major corporations was also optimistic. “When you’re a startup company competing with established players, there are always reasons to be cautious. We believe the approach we’re taking is a great way to go. It’s different, even than what you’ve heard today. We think this approach isn’t a gimmick; it is a fundamentally different approach.”The bottom line, as in all verticals, is that once the major leagues take interest, some startups will sink and some will swim. Some will be acquired, and some will fail. Some may survive long enough to pose a legitimate challenge to the dominant players, but this circumstance is less likely.Let us know your prognoses in the comments, and stay tuned for developing coverage of this space and these startups from ReadWriteWeb.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts last_img read more

Choosing the Direction in Which You Are Being Pulled

first_imgHoward Schultz, the Chairman, and CEO of Starbucks is stepping down from his role as CEO. He is doing so for the following two reasons: first, he wants to lead the development of a new offering, and second, he wants to do more with Starbucks’ social responsibility programs.Pulled Apart at the SeamsWhat is this new offering? It’s a $12.00 cup of coffee. The coffee is going to be brewed from spectacularly rare beans and in very small batches. This $12.00 cup of coffee is also going to be brewed differently, like some kind of fusion brew, or something.At the very same time that this story is making news, it is also being reported that Amazon.com was responsible for 31 percent of all Thanksgiving weekend spending online. If you are a retailer, you felt a sharp pain in your heart. Bezos is the alpha predator, the Great White shark, and he is chomping up everything in sight.What does this mean for you and me? Here is my take. Markets are being torn in two. Literally.Things that can be made more transactional are being pulled sharply in that direction. Amazon.com believes that retailers don’t add a lot of value to most purchases and that people prefer the convenience of buying what they want and having it delivered straight to their doorstep (in some cases, the same day).Who is suffering because of Amazon’s ascendance? Walmart. The problem with a transactional model now is that technology can enable competitors to be even more transactional.Don’t lose hope here; stay wth me. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.Where greater value can be created, things are being sharply pulled in that direction. I pay $2.35 for a large cup of Starbucks coffee. I have paid for their special reserve coffees. Coffee is one of my very favorite things on Earth, and I believe that it is worth paying more for that experience. Many of you will read this newsletter on an Apple device, one that had a higher price than the alternatives available to you.There is a market for people who will pay for something much better than average. There are people who want to pay more for something exceptional. The people willing to pay more in one area may choose to transact in other areas.This is important because most of us aren’t going to benefit by trying to be more transactional. If you think it is difficult to win clients with a higher price, try winning clients when you are not different than your competitors. More still, trying running a business with razor thin margins. Being exceptional in some way that is meaningful to the clients you serve is a better–and safer–long term strategy.What makes you worth paying more to obtain?Which way are you being pulled, and what does that mean for your future?last_img read more