Dani Ceballos to complete Arsenal return on season-long loan today

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 3 Sep 2020 10:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.4kShares Ceballos is set to re-join the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are set to complete the re-signing of Dani Ceballos on another season-long loan deal today, according to reports in Spain.The 24-year-old spent the 2019/20 campaign at the Emirates on loan from Real Madrid, helping fire Mikel Arteta’s side to their FA Cup triumph.It was a slow start to life in north London for Ceballos, struggling initially to break into the team under Unai Emery and then suffering an injury in November which kept him out for the best part of two months. Comment Advertisement Dani Ceballos to complete Arsenal return on season-long loan today Ceballos tasted success with the Gunners in the FA Cup (Picture: Getty Images)The Spaniard’s fortunes began to turn around under Arteta, and particularly after the Premier League restart, when he formed a solid partnership with Granit Xhaka in midfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTCeballos returned to Madrid at the end of the domestic campaign to consider his future and even took part in training with the La Liga giants earlier this week.However, the playmaker has been allowed to return to the Gunners on another season-long loan and according to ABC, he jetted into London on Wednesday to complete his medical.The report states that he will sign the contract today to keep him at Arsenal until next summer.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 ArsenalThe news will come as a big boost for Mikel Arteta, who relied heavily on Ceballos as a creative spark in midfield.Ceballos is set to join Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes as Arsenal’s third major summer signing ahead of next season.The Gunners’ Premier League campaign kicks off on September 12 with a trip to Craven Cottage where they take on newly-promoted Fulham.MORE: Why Arsenal failed with bid for Manchester United-bound Donny van de BeekMORE: Napoli want Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos without paying transfer feeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisementlast_img read more

Wildcats outsmart, outplay Badgers

first_imgEVANSTON, Ill. –?With the Wisconsin football team leading the Big Ten in rushing defense, the Northwestern Wildcats did what any logical opponent would do?when faced with such a stiff test on the ground.They took to the air with reckless abandon.NU quarterback?and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year candidate Mike Kafka attempted 40 passes against the Badgers beleaguered secondary, completing 26 for 326 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-31?UW loss?Saturday.The Badgers were blitzkrieged?early, giving up a touchdown on the first drive of the game and 27 points in the first half.The 248 yards passing and 33 points for the game were the most the Badgers have given up all season.As if Kafka wasn’t doing enough damage on his own, Northwestern found the end zone on a 38-yard wide receiver pass by Zeke Markshausen.“I think what it was is they knew a lot of the stuff that we were doing,” UW junior cornerback Niles Brinkley said. “They knew the concepts, they knew what coverages we were doing. … It was just them making a couple of big play that we didn’t make.”“It was crazy,” UW senior linebacker Jaevery McFadden added. “They was calling out names of our coverages out, right down to the number. It was crazy.”Only sacked once in 40 pass attempts, the UW pass rushers hit home several times throughout the game only to find the elusive quarterback scrambling.Although Kafka only finished with 17 yards on seven carries, the mobile senior often robbed Wisconsin of a drive-killing sack.Making pass rushers even more frustrated, the Wildcats utilize a quick hitting spread attack, usually getting rid of the ball on three step drops or short out routes.“Their offensive line did a great job,” UW sophomore defensive end J.J. Watt said. “And Kafka got the ball out real quick. We tried to get our hands up to bat some balls away, but we just didn’t do that. We put a lot of pressure on our D-backs because we didn’t get enough pressure on the quarterback.”“It’s extremely hard and it’s really frustrating as a defensive lineman, even if you win you may not get there.”Although Wisconsin scored a reasonable 14 points in the first half utilizing a balanced attack, UW took a note from Northwestern’s playbook and came out in the second half throwing.The Badgers threw 10 straight times with mixed success to open up the third quarter, moving the ball 51 yards but only coming away with a field goal. UW quarterback Scott Tolzien hit wide receiver Nick Toon for 25 yards and Garrett Graham for 14 yards on the drive, but the Badgers were stalled by two Isaac Anderson penalties.“We thought there were some opportunities down the field,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “Scotty [Tolzien] has been pretty clean with his reads and just based off what they had been able to do against us in the run game I thought we would loosen it up a bit.”Trailing by nine points entering the fourth quarter, the Badgers quickly cut the lead to two points when Tolzien hit Graham in the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.It was the last time the Wisconsin seniors would score in a Big Ten game, however, as the Badgers turned the ball over two times in their final three drives.“Probably danced with the devil too many times,” Bielema said of UW closing out late in games. “Even with 42 seconds, I guarantee there was not anyone on our sideline that didn’t think we would win that game.”Wisconsin’s last good chance came with 3:43 left in the game and the Badgers starting on their own 34-yard line.After picking up a first down on a five-yard interference call, UW went to sophomore running back John Clay on third-and-one. Having a decent game to that point with 100 yards on 23 carries, Clay fumbled the ball running into the back of senior tight end Mickey Turner.“It was me just trying to fight for extra yards,” Clay said. “I wasn’t holding the ball high and tight. … I tried to jump over [Mickey Turner] at the same time so I could get the first down, but I ran into him.”?????last_img read more

SOLD: Lukaku!

first_imgInter Milan announce signing of Lukaku from Man UnitedRome, Italy | AFP |  Romelu Lukaku has signed for Inter Milan from Manchester United on a five-year deal, the Serie A club announced on Thursday. “The Belgian footballer, arriving from Manchester United on a permanent basis, has signed a contract with the Nerazzurri until 30 June 2024,” Inter said in a statement.The club did not reveal Lukaku’s wages nor the fee paid to Premier League side United, reported to be in the region of 80 million euros ($90 million).td/jcShare on: WhatsApplast_img

A tip from Stanford finds player a home at Cal

first_imgIn this Oct. 28, 2014, photo, California’s Penina Davidson plays during a practice workout in Berkeley, Calif. Davidson of New Zealand has found a home at Cal after an unusual collaboration between the two coaches for the longtime rival schools. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Sleep-deprived and feeling a bit down, coach Lindsay Gottlieb took a stroll last March a day after California’s season ended in the NCAA tournament. She was still absorbing being abruptly thrown into the offseason.Her phone buzzed with a text message. Hall of Fame Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, whose team was still playing, wrote: “Do you have any scholarships left?”Gottlieb had an open spot — but wanted to know who her colleague was talking about. VanDerveer provided a quick rundown on a 6-foot-3 forward from New Zealand named Penina Davidson. Gottlieb texted back with one word, “Interested!!!!!!” with “about 5,000 exclamation points,” she said.The rival coaches worked together to find Davidson a new home when the young woman’s test scores didn’t get her into Stanford, a thoughtful gesture by both sides not seen every day in college athletics.Gottlieb, who led Cal to its first Final Four in 2013, credits not only VanDerveer’s commitment to doing right by Davidson but also her care for the game of women’s basketball.“Any time I coach against Tara I still feel like I need to pinch myself,” said Gottlieb, who learned from VanDerveer’s example handling this situation. “It’s an amazing story — 100 percent it makes me say, ‘Wow,’ that someone who’s across the bay and is clearly very competitive but values what we’re doing here enough to say this might be a good fit for a young player that she cares about, that means a ton. It really is neat.”VanDerveer discovered Davidson when she attended Stanford’s camp as a way to get noticed in the United States. Everything seemed a go for Davidson to join the Cardinal until that devastating email arrived from Stanford’s admissions office: She wasn’t getting in.“Thankfully, and I really appreciate it now, Tara reached out to Lindsay, and that’s how I ended up here,” said Davidson, who liked the similarities of Northern California to what she knows back home. “We really appreciate the work they did. They helped us quite a bit. I didn’t know anything considering that my only one option was Stanford.”VanDerveer’s longtime associate head coach, Amy Tucker, called the family and promised to do her best to find Davidson a spot somewhere that would be a good fit. Then came the text messages and calls, a half-dozen or so different inquiries to other coaches by VanDerveer and Tucker. Arizona State’s Charli Turner Thorne got one.“We were so disappointed that Penina did not get in. She had put all of her eggs in the Stanford basket,” VanDerveer said. “She is an outstanding young woman and she comes from a terrific family. When Stanford was no longer an option Amy spoke with the family and told them that she would help find Penina a good fit.”Two and a half weeks after that conversation, Davidson was on a plane and visiting Cal’s campus with her father, Greg.“I realize that putting Penina’s interests and the game first was quite unusual in the highly competitive NCAA basketball environment,” he said. By the last night of her official visit, she committed on the spot surrounded by her new teammates, who roared in delight at the new addition. Before the trip, she had no idea she would be playing for Stanford’s No. 1 conference rival.“We hope she has a great career and is nice to Stanford!” VanDerveer said.“Tara’s just one of a kind, just so genuine,” said Cal assistant Charmin Smith, who played for VanDerveer at Stanford. “She’s coaching basketball, coaching young women, for the right reasons.”When Davidson asked Smith how the commitment process would go, Smith advised the center to let everybody know, “I want to be a Bear.”So, at Burger Bar in San Francisco on April 12, Smith held her breath when Cal’s players began clinking their glasses to alert everyone that Davidson had an announcement to make: “I want to be a Bear!”It’s not completely uncommon for college coaches — especially those at schools with rigorous admission requirements such as Stanford — to reach out to other schools to find student-athletes an alternative choice.Former Stanford football coach Jim Harbaugh, a close friend with VanDeveer and now leading the San Francisco 49ers, did it.“She’s amazing. She’s a phenomenal friend,” Harbaugh said. “The Cal coach can take that as a great compliment, obviously somebody Tara cares about and wants to see them go to a good program and a good coach and a good environment and atmosphere.”Now, Davidson — always one to find the positive in every situation — is settled at Berkeley and ready to contribute in any way she can as a freshman.“I don’t like to not achieve a dream,” she said.A month after arriving in the Bay Area and beginning her summer program, Davidson got a large wing tattooed on her right forearm. It’s to honor her mother, Bronwen, “my right-hand woman.”“She can pull it off. She fits in,” Smith said. “She’s a Berkeley kid.”Berkeley by the way of Stanford.last_img read more

Olympia I-5 Bridge Work Reaches Halfway Mark

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationAfter a busy weekend, crews plan to return this coming weekend to Olympia where they will finish replacement of a northbound Interstate 5 bridge expansion joint.Although there were delays, the Washington State Department of Transportation thanks drivers who helped prevent major backups.Unless drivers again make plans or go early or late in the day, WSDOT expects I-5 traffic woes in Olympia will likely happen again this coming weekend. Drivers also can expect delays on southbound US 101 approaching I-5.10:00 p.m. Friday, July 28 through 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 31Northbound I-5 approaching Lacey will reduce to two lanes.What if drivers must use northbound I-5 in Olympia? Expect considerable delays with miles of stop-and-go traffic.Due to around-the-clock lane closures, drivers are urged to consider traveling through the area early before 9:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m.Allow plenty of extra time to reach travel destinations.Real-time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.last_img read more