Comment Umtiti is a World Cup winner with Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Arsenal chiefs have held talks with Barcelona about signing Samuel Umtiti this summer, reports say.The Gunners are battling Premier League Manchester United for the Frenchman’s signature, who has been put up for sale by his club.Barcelona want to offload Umtiti to raise transfer funds for their summer targets and have a host of clubs vying for Umtiti. Advertisement United and Arsenal want to sign the defender (Picture: Getty)Arsenal may have as little as £40m to spend this summer should they fail to qualify for the Champions League.Unai Emery’s side sit in fourth place, two points ahead of United in fifth and three points clear of Chelsea in sixth.Umtiti has given no public indication he wants to leave Barcelona and is a popular figure in the dressing room.But Barcelona are keen to sign defender Matthijs de Ligt and will need to offload some players in order to meet Ajax’s asking price.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 Arsenal begin negotiations to seal Samuel Umtiti transfer ahead of Manchester United Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Mar 2019 4:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement Barcelona are ready to offload Umtiti (Picture: Getty)Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claim Arsenal’s director of football Raul Sanllehi has been in contact with his counterpart at Barcelona, Eric Abidal, about signing Umtiti.ADVERTISEMENTWhile Arsenal are very interested in bringing Umtiti to England, they may be priced out of any deal for the 25-year-old.AdvertisementAdvertisementBarcelona reportedly value the centre-back between £60million and £77m, which would be out of Arsenal’s price range.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
Chinese national oil company CNOOC Limited has started production from the Weizhou 12-2 oil field phase II project offshore China. The Weizhou 12-2 oil field phase II project is located in Beibu Gulf in the South China Sea with an average water depth of approximately 35.7 meters.In addition to fully utilizing the existing facilities of Weizhou 12-2 oil field, the project has also built one wellhead platform, CNOOC said in a statement on Tuesday.There are seven wells currently producing approximately 6,400 barrels of crude oil per day and the project is expected to reach its ODP designed peak production of approximately 11,800 barrels of crude oil per day in 2018.The Weizhou 12-2 oil field phase II project is an independent oilfield in which the company holds 100% interest and acts as the operator.
New Delhi: Pakistan snapped a 12-match losing streak in ODIs against New Zealand as Sarfraz Ahmed’s team clinched the second ODI at the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi by six wickets on Friday to level the three-match series 1-1.Read More |Women’s World T20: Lesbian couples give tournament colourful twistNew Zealand had last tasted defeat against Pakistan in this format in December 2014 in Sharjah but here, they were undone by a superb spell of bowling from left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi (4/38) and a wonderful knock of 88 by Fakhar Zaman.Read More | Women’s World T20: Harmanpreet Kaur’s epic ton creates many recordsThe Blackcaps, leading the series 1-0, chose to bat and they immediately lost Colin Munro for 13 after a fast start. Kane Williamson (1) was run-out and with Goerge Worker (28) and Tom Latham (1) departing in quick succession, the onus was once again on Ross Taylor to steady the ship.Taylor bats throughOn a sluggish pitch, Taylor found an able ally in Henry Nicholls and the pair stitched a 75-run stand for the fifth wicket. However, with both batsmen not able to find the boundary, the pressure mounted.Read More | Harmanpreet Kaur’s ton helps India to win in Women’s World T20Towards the end, Afridi and Hasan Ali bowled with tremendous discipline as they conceded just two fours and two sixes in the last 10 overs. Taylor scored his 43rd fifty but it included just three fours and a six as New Zealand ended up on 209/9.Zaman the starIn response, the left-handed Zaman gave Pakistan a good start in pursuit. There was a scary moment in the game as Imam-ul-Haq (16) retired hurt after he was hit on the helmet by a bouncer from paceman Lockie Ferguson.However, Zaman found good support from Babar Azam, who recently became the fastest to 1000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals. Zaman and Azam took the game away with a partnership of over 100. However, New Zealand had a glimmer of hope when Ferguson picked up three quick wickets in a fiery spell. The pacer accounted for Zaman (88), Azam (46) and Shoaib Malik (10) as New Zealand pushed for an unlikely win.However, Mohammad Hafeez held firm and his calm, unbeaten 27 ensured Pakistan secured a six-wicket win and broke the hoodoo in style. The third and final ODI will be played on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Source: Asante Kotoko Kjetil Zachariassen has been tasked to lead Asante Kotoko to the group stage of the 2019/20 CAF Champions League as he pens a three-year coaching deal with the Porcupines.The Norwegian’s deal, sealed on Saturday, takes immediate effect and comes after guarding regional rivals, Ashantigold to the Special Competition’s Tier Two Cup.The development follows Asante Kotoko’s decision to promote coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor to the role of a Technical Director and Head of the technical team.Kjetil Zachariassen’s contract would see him through the 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons, and he is expected to lead the Porcupines to the group stage of the Champions League in the first season.The second-year should also see him qualify the team for the Champions League again with the target of a semi-final berth.The Champions League qualification is also expected the following year, this time around with a place in the final on the cards.The Porcupines would take solace in three CAF Confederation Cup campaigns within Kjetil Zachariassen’s three-year period should they fail to make the Champions League mark.The club, however, expects to win at least one of the three competitions within the period of the relationship with the coach.The Champions League and Confederation Cup qualifications depend on Asante Kotoko winning either the Premier League or the FA Cup.“The club shall finish in the top three teams in all the three seasons with at least one league win during those years, and also reach the semi-final stage of the FA Cup in all three seasons with at least one win in the competitions,” the agreement reads.“Notwithstanding the above, the Head Coach shall ensure that in each of the football seasons, the club shall win either the league or the CAF Cup competitions.”
Zion Williamson could be playing with the pros sooner than most anticipated.USA Basketball is interested in bringing Williamson to the FIBA World Cup this summer, according to a New York Times report, which cites unidentified sources. USA Basketball intends to gauge the interest of Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson in joining the 12-man squad it sends to China for the @FIBAWC in the late summer, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 1, 2019Williamson’s Duke team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Sunday and he hasn’t yet declared for the NBA draft. He is projected to be the first overall pick. Talks of playing for Team USA will likely ensue once he hires representation, according to the report. Related News March Madness 2019: Zion Williamson discusses Duke’s loss to Michigan State Williamson averaged 26 points and 8.5 rebounds through his four NCAA Tournament games. But, the Blue Devils fell short of reaching the Final Four after a 68-67 loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight.
Madrid, Spain | AFP | New Real Madrid winger Brahim Diaz vowed Monday to give his all after completing a “dream” move to the Spanish giants from Premier League champions Manchester City.“This is the most important day in my life. I have joined the club which I have dreamed of playing at since I was a child,” the 19-year-old said after being officially unveiled at Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.“When I decided it was time to leave Manchester City I only considered three options: the first was joining Real Madrid, the second was playing at Real Madrid and the third and last was playing at Real Madrid. I didn’t want to go anywhere else.“I promise to give 100 percent from the first day.”Real announced on Sunday that Diaz had agreed to a six-and-a-half-year contract with the European champions.Madrid have reportedly agreed to pay 17 million euros up front for Diaz, whose deal at Manchester City was set to expire in June, with a further seven million euros due depending on performance. He moved to the Premier League from Malaga in 2013 but has struggled to establish himself in City’s first team, having made just three League Cup starts in this campaign.Diaz, who will play under the number 21 jersey at Real Madrid, will join a talented group of young Spanish players at the club, which already includes Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente, Alvaro Odriozola and Sergio Reguilon.Real are currently fifth in La Liga, 10 points behinds leaders Barcelona, following their shock 2-0 defeat at home on Sunday to Real Sociedad.They are also struggling with a string of injuries as Wales forward Gareth Bale missed Sunday’s shock 2-0 home defeat to Real Sociedad due to a calf injury, while Asensio has been out since mid-December.Both are expected to return later this month but their injuries give Diaz a possible immediate route to the club’s starting line-up.Real host struggling Leganes in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, while on Sunday they travel to face Real Betis in La Liga.Share on: WhatsApp
The shifting teeth in Former Vice President Joe Biden’s mouth got more focus than what was coming out of it last night during the third Democratic debate in Houston, Texas. He struggled to answer a question on gun control prompting viral claims that his teeth were falling out.ABC News host David Muir had asked Biden, 76, why voters should give him a second chance to pass gun control proposals after none were signed into law while he was in office in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.“Because I’ve got it done before. I’m the only one up here that’s ever beat the NRA. Only one to beat the NRA nationally. I brought the Brady Bill into focus and became law,” Biden replied as he moved his mouth uncomfortably.It is not clear whether Biden was chewing gum that got stuck in the wrong place or if he suffered some other oral problem. Biden appears to have undergone significant cosmetic surgery in recent decades, including having hair plugs, Botox injections, and veneers. He is known for his startlingly white teeth, which have had their own website for more than a decade.
BILL NEAL • President Obama . . . I love ya like a brother, you know I do. And for the 400 years you put on the line you know I wouldn’t sell you out. But . . . you gotta fix this health care problem man. Just fix it! (Hey, we only tell the truth here.)• If you think we’re going to let the lowly Detroit Lions roll in our house and take a game from us, you’re crazy. Steelers whip that broke city ass “megatron” and all 31-14.• Keep your eyes on a young man down at Duquesne named Micah Mason. This boy can light it up. I mean really shoot. I was at a b-ball camp with him a couple of summers ago . . . he shot 3’s around the horn 14 times without a miss. That’s about 20 3’s in a row.• Andrew McCutchen National League M.V.P. and “The Skipper” takes home the coaching gold, not a bad week at the office.• See the celebration at the 38th Annual Willie Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquet, Saturday, December 7th, also honoring Steeler legend Greg Lloyd and the Penn Hills Eagles Track Club Regional and National Champions. Keynote speaker internationally known Federal District Court Judge Reggie Walton from Donora, Pennsylvania at the Wyndham University Center in Oakland (formerly the Holiday Inn) 6:00 p.m. cocktail reception – 7:00 p.m. dinner – 8:00 p.m. awards – business attire – parking in UPMC garage only $5 – quality vendors – 50/50 raffle – tickets only $50 – call the Champions at (412) 628-4856 for more information.< YOU’VE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINE >
Smith’s offensive production and playmaking ability helped lead the Saints to a weekend sweep of Thompson Rivers University.During the series opener, the 21-year old scored twice and collcted six points in an 11-0 Selkirk victory and was named the game’s second star. Smith assisted on Jordan Wood’s goal to open the scoring and then fired home from the point later in the first period to extend his team’s lead.The Delta native went on to set up second period tallies off the rush by Cody Fidgett and Ben Stabuck and was credited with his second goal of the game in the third when a TRU player accidentally poked the puck into his own net. One night later, Smith opened the scoring just 23 seconds into regulation and picked up helpers on power-play goals by Kam Crawford and Mason Spear to complete a three-point performance. He was named the game’s third star following Saturday’s 8-1 win. Smith now leads all BCIHL scorers with 12 points on four goals and eight assists. Through five regular season outings he has picked up three or more points three times. Runners up for this week’s award include Trinity Western University goaltender Harry Fredeman, Selkirk College forward Jordan Wood and Simon Fraser University defenceman Bruin McDonald.The Saints return to the ice Saturday when defending playoff champion University of Victoria invades the Castlegar Recreation Complex for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop. When your team sits in first place, is undefeated and has a plus-25 goal differential, at least one player is bound to get a little recognition.So without further adieu the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League presents the latest player of the week, Selkirk Saints defenceman Dylan Smith.
The 19-year-old, who had breakout season recording 21 goals and 40 points in 62 games, followed by a team-high four goals and one assist in four playoff contests, landed an amateur tryout with Carolina, and played so well as the recent camp, Hurricanes staff decided to invite to play in the Prospects Tournament.”I’m just going to go in with an open mind,” Hunt told the Regina Leader Post.”I’m obviously nervous because there are a lot of great players down there. I’m just going to try to play my game, do what I do best, and then see if they like how I did.”As for MacLeod, who played for the Nelson Leafs before landing a NCAA college scholarship, the 22-year-old rearguard needed to wait out the summer before beginning his professional career after graduating from Boston College in the spring.MacLeod, who spent time recently in Boston training before the Prospects Tournament, signed a minor league contract in the East Coast Hockey League but was granted status to play in the tournament with the Blue Jackets squad.”(Playing in the tournament) will be great for exposure for me and the chance for me to see the level of other rookie players,” MacLeod said.The Traverse City tournament, which begins Friday, is divided into two divisions — Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay.Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota and St. Louis are in the Gordie Howe pool while Buffalo, Carolina, Dallas and NY Rangers make up the Lindsay draw.The teams cross over into Tuesday’s playoff round.Nelson Leafs president Larry Martel said while NMH may have played a part of the equation to get the three to this level of hockey, hard work put them over the top.“I feel proud because I understand the work, commitment and sacrifice these athletes have gone through to get to this point in their young careers,” Martel explained.“It’s and incredible amount of work and they have a dream and they are doing everything in their ability to realize that dream.”Of course nothing is etched in stone during the weekend with more than 400 players trying to catch the eye of NHL scouts and brass at the Traverse City tournament, other than Hiller working behind the bench in the NHL for Detroit.Hunt is going back to junior in Regina to play for the Pats while MacLeod is destined for the minor leagues, hopefully with a team in the American Hockey League.But one can only hope the success of these Heritage City players can pave the way for other Nelson Minor Hockey grads to enjoy success on the professional hockey stage. The Octopus Thrower website lists five players for Red Wings Nation to watch at this weekend’s 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.The Die by the Blade site puts the spotlights the top 2014 draft picks of the Buffalo Sabres in Sam Reinhart and Brendan Lemieux as two players to keep an eye on.The main focus of The Nelson Daily is three grads from Nelson Minor Hockey Association who will also be wetting their NHL appetitie at the Traverse City tournament in one capacity or another.Forward Dryden Hunt and defenceman Isaac MacLeod will suit up on the ice for the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets, respectively, while former Nelsonite Jim Hiller will make an appearance as one of the new assistant coaches for the Red Wings staff.“This is great for Nelson,” said Simon Wheeldon, a former professional hockey player and hockey coach of the KIJHL’s Nelson Leafs.“I don’t think any other time there has been this many players taking part in an NHL like camp . . . maybe the only time was when Danny (Gare), Pat (Price) and Greg (Adams) were playing in the NHL,” Wheeldon added.Danny Gare, Pat Price and Greg Adams all played minor hockey in Nelson before going on to experience successful NHL careers.While Hiller, MacLeod and Hunt all got their first taste of life on the pond game in the Heritage City in Nelson Minor Hockey, the trio took different routes to Traverse City and the NHL Prospects Tournament — an event that runs from Friday to Tuesday (September 12-16) and features from Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.Hiller played his hockey in Nelson before moving with his family to finish his minor career in Cranbrook.He then played NCAA hockey with North Michigan before getting a taste of the NHL with Los Angeles and Detroit.Hiller, finishing his playing career in Europe, coached in the BC Hockey league before landing a spot with the Tri-City Americans where he took the Western Hockey League club to the League Finals in 2010 and winning the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as WHL Coach of the Year.Hunt, who jumped Junior B Hockey in Nelson for a few seasons with the Notre Dame Hounds program, is currently on the roster of the Regina Pats of the WHL.