McDonald’s faces bumpy recovery; 2Q sales down 30%

first_imgOf the chain’s 39,000 restaurants worldwide, 96% are now open, compared with 75% at the start of the second quarter. Ccmparable-store sales that were down 39% in April were down only 12% by June. A McDonald’s sign is displayed outside the fast food restaurant in Wheeling, Illinois, United States (US). McDonald’s says it will be requiring customers to wear face coverings when entering its U.S. restaurants as the number of new virus cases continue to surge in many states. The move announced on July 24 will be in effect on Aug. 1. Last week, McDonald’s said it will delay dining room reopenings for at least another month, and will require face masks for anyone entering its restaurants.(AP) BUSINESS did improve for McDonald’s throughout the second quarter as restrictions lifted across the globe, but the fast food giant faces a bumpy recovery. The recovery is uneven, however. In some markets, like Australia and Japan, sales are already running ahead of 2019. In China, sales are down. In the U.S., McDonald’s put on the brakes, pausing the reopening of dining rooms in early July as coronavirus cases spikedlast_img read more

Lady Wildcats Win Against Lady Lions On The Links

first_imgDespite the wet conditions the Lady Wildcat Golf Team was able to post another low round at Brook Hill Golf Club. The team shot a team score of 169 to Rushville’s 226 and was able to get another win. Sophomore, Gracie Graf, posted her low round of the season with a score of 39 and earned medallist honors.The team will be back in action this Saturday when they travel to take part in the Connersville Invite.Varsity: Abby Orschell – 40; Maggie Brack – 47; Gracie Graf – 39; Camryn Brewer – 43; Ashlan Hill – 47.JV: Taylor McCreary – 60; Erin Hesselbrock – 59; Samantha Ebrens – 54; Kelsey Brackney – 65.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.last_img read more

Benitez: No problem with anyone at Blues

first_img Benitez appeared to backtrack from some of his comments made earlier this week in which he criticised the decision to give him the ‘interim’ title and the supporters’ continued barracking of him. Benitez said: “I didn’t have any problem with the board. I didn’t have any problem with Michael Emenalo (the technical director). I didn’t have any problems with Roman Abramovich (the owner). I don’t have a problem with the players.” Rafael Benitez has insisted he has no issue with the Chelsea board, that his job title is not a concern and that his criticisms of fans were designed to encourage a unified backing of his team. He added: “What I want to do is the best for the team, the best for the club. “I have been for 26 years training and coaching and always I have had principles, respect and education. “It’s the way that I have achieved what I’ve achieved. We have 11 games to play. If we stick together, it will be easier and we can get more points. “I would like to see a fantastic atmosphere supporting the team, and I will be really pleased with that.” Following Wednesday’s FA Cup win at Middlesbrough, Benitez said the decision to appoint him as ‘interim manager’ was “a mistake”. “It’s not an issue now,” Benitez said. “I said before… One thing’s a mistake. Another’s an issue. Now it’s not an issue. “In my head, I am the manager. I have to manage the team. The title doesn’t matter. The Champions League is a big title. “I just concentrate on my job. That’s fine, okay.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

AVB: Bale can fulfil potential here

first_imgTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas does not think Gareth Bale needs to go to Real Madrid to fulfil his potential. Press Association The Tottenham manager also warned Real president Fiorentino Perez he would find it extremely hard to deal with his opposite number Daniel Levy. “We don’t want Gareth to go by any circumstances,” he said. “I have told you in the past that our chairman is very, very difficult to deal with. “We will try to hold on to our assets. We believe that we have to hold on to the best players in order to achieve our objectives.” Bale’s form has seen him compared to Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo as well as Ballon d’Or holder Lionel Messi. Some critics – Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand among them – have questioned whether Bale should be mentioned in the same breath as a duo widely regarded as two of the greatest players of all time, but Villas-Boas disagrees. “He is world class and those two players are,” the Portuguese said. “Gareth at the moment is showing that level of form to be at the level of those two players, who have won so much throughout their careers, including European trophies. He still has to achieve that and we hope he can achieve it with us. I think he is very down to earth.” center_img The Wales forward has been linked with Real, and their big rivals Barcelona, after a stunning season that has seen him fire in 23 goals for club and country. Madrid are thought to have made the 23-year-old their number one transfer target, and Bale would no doubt be tempted by a move to the nine-times European champions should they come calling this summer. Villas-Boas remains confident of hanging on to his man however, and said: “I think for a player to develop to his full potential, it can be done perfectly in this league. I think Gareth has that in mind, not only regarding Spurs but regarding this league too. We have the best league in the world in my opinion. The best clubs are continuing to attract the best players over.” last_img read more

Australian Open sets air pollution limit after angering over bushfire smoke

first_imgMELBOURNE: Australian Open organizers on Saturday introduced a scaled air quality rating to determine when play can be suspended following stinging criticism after days of toxic smoke during qualifying.Air quality in Melbourne was among the worst on the planet on Tuesday and only marginally better Wednesday because of smoke from bushfires that have devastated huge swathes of the country.It was recommended that people and their pets stay indoors, but qualifying for the opening Grand Slam of the year went ahead regardless.Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic was forced to retire from her match after a distressing coughing fit, while Britain’s Liam Broady claimed “multiple” players needed asthma medication. Broady also was seething over what he considered a lack of clarity on the decision-making process about when to suspend play.”The more I think about the conditions we played in a few days ago the more it boils my blood,” he said. AgenciesAlso Read: Australian Open top seed Rafa Nadal surprised to still be on top of the gameAlso Watch: Protesters, who walked all the way from Tinsukia-Guwahati to protest against CAA 2019, Detained!last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSXFL player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The XFL says a player with the Seattle Dragons has tested positive for coronavirus. Race officials are also paring down their own staff to only essential personnel needed in Nome for the finish. That list is limited to veterinarians, necessary dog handlers and staff needed for communications and to coordinate logistics.The Iditarod had previously postponed post-race events in Nome, including the musher’s banquet and an annual meet-and-greet with mushers.VIRUS OUTBREAK-HORSE RACINGCoronavirus can’t keep fans from going to Nebraska racetrackGRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Jerry Moritz has been attending horse races at Fonner Park regularly since 1970 and almost every day in recent years. Associated Press — Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell’s father, who works for the New York Mets, has tested negative for the coronavirus. Donovan Mitchell Sr. is the Mets’ director of player relations and community outreach. The younger Mitchell confirmed Thursday he tested positive for the virus after Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive. The Mets said in a statement that the elder Mitchell was tested Thursday and a negative result was received last night.— The Pac-12 Conference has canceled all spring sports and championships following a meeting of conference executives and athletic directors. The conference also announced that all organized team activities are not allowed until at least March 29, when that decision will be revisited. The smaller Southland Conference also announced a similar move. The NCAA had already decided Thursday to cancel the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as well as all remaining winter and spring championships.— The Chinese soccer team that was originally stuck in Spain because of the coronavirus outbreak is going back home to try to avoid its rapid spread in Europe. Wuhan Zall was expected to return to China on Saturday, nearly 1 1/2 months after it arrived in Spain for preseason training. The team had not been able to leave because of the restrictions in China but expedited its departure because of the worsening situation in Spain. Confirmed coronavirus infections have reached nearly 6,000 people in Spain and the government has declared a two-week state of emergency.— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned. He says the virus outbreak hasn’t reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe. Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee. President Donald Trump suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics, which are scheduled to open July 24.— Super Rugby organizers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games. SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body that runs Super Rugby, said Saturday the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future.” The decision was prompted by the New Zealand government’s directive that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday. That would make Super Rugby untenable, with the tournament featuring teams from five nations, including five from New Zealand, and involving regular travel between countries. Teams from Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina also compete in the competition, which runs from January through to June. Update on the latest in sports: The fledgling football league says the unidentified player reported his symptoms to team medical staff on Tuesday and has been in quarantine ever since. He was tested for COVID-19 and received the result Friday. The league says the player participated in the Dragons’ March 7 game against the Roughnecks in Houston and a Feb. 29 game against the BattleHawks in St. Louis. He was asymptomatic at the time.The league says it’s alerting players, staff, vendors and partners associated with the Dragons, Roughnecks and BattleHawks and is monitoring the situation closely.Late Thursday, the XFL canceled the remainder of its season, which had five weeks left.In other developments related to the virus:— Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) has donated $500,000 to support health services in the U.S. and France and employees of the team impacted by the coronavirus. Gobert became the first NBA player to be stricken with the virus, which led to the league suspending play for at least 30 days. His donation was announced by the Jazz, who said some of the money will go to COVID 19-related social services relief in Utah, Oklahoma City and within the French health care system. — The Italian soccer players’ association says it is “saddened and outraged” that clubs are still calling on their players to attend training sessions. In a statement, the players’ association notes that “some clubs” are bringing in players to train in small groups, “or, even worse, for daily checks of their temperature.” Italy is the European country hit worst by the virus, where the number of virus cases climbed to over nearly 20,000, with more than 1,000 deaths. The government in Rome has ordered an unprecedented lockdown, ordering businesses to close and restricting people’s movement. The lockdown has suspended all sports in the country through at least April 3.— A leading executive at a relegation-threatened Premier League team has called for the English soccer season to be abandoned, saying officials were in “dreamland” if they thought play could resume early next month after games were suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a column in The Sun newspaper, West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady wrote that “The only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void.” West Ham is in 16th place in the 20-team division. The Premier League said it hopes to be back up and running, if possible, by the weekend of April 3-4 – meaning two rounds will have been missed – but Brady sees that prospect as unlikely.— The International Triathlon Union has suspended all of its competitions and activities from Monday to the end of April. Major events postponed include the second world series event in Bermuda on April 18-19, and four World Cups in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico.— The Edinburgh Marathon that was to take place on May 24 has been postponed. Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday.— The men’s curling world championships in Scotland have been canceled, along with the mixed and senior events in Canada. The World Curling Federation says it acted on the advice of the Scottish government in canceling the men’s tournament, which had been scheduled for Glasgow from March 28 to April 5. The mixed doubles and seniors events were to take place in Kelowna, British Columbia, from April 18-25. The women’s world championships in Prince George, British Columbia, were canceled on Thursday.center_img Scherff and Washington had been in talks on a long-term deal. Instead, the Redskins ensured their 2015 first-round pick would not reach free agency. The 28-year-old could have been among the NFL’s highest-paid guards had he hit the open market. He dealt with numerous injuries the past two seasons but has been a force for Washington when healthy.Scherff was named to his third Pro Bowl in 2019 after starting 11 games. He has started all 65 games he has played in since turning pro out of Iowa and being drafted fifth overall by the Redskins five years ago.The Redskins used the regular, not the exclusive, franchise tag on Scherff, meaning he can still talk to other teams. They’d have the right to match another offer or receive two first-round picks as compensation. They also have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term contract.In other NFL news:— The Detroit Lions have re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach. Muhlbach is entering his 17th NFL season. He is second on Detroit’s career list with 244 games played. By playing in 16 games each season from 2010-19, Muhlbach became the first player in franchise history to appear in all 160 games in a decade. Muhlbach originally entered the NFL in 2004 as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens, but he’s never appeared in a game for anyone but the Lions. — German cyclist Maximilian Schachmann has won the Paris-Nice race in a rare case of a sporting event still going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic. France’s soccer and rugby leagues scrapped their matches indefinitely on a hectic Friday amid cancellations around the world but organizers maintained one of cycling’s biggest stage races. They only shortened it by scrapping Sunday’s traditional last stage into the southern city of Nice. Schachmann held the overnight lead heading into the hilly seventh and final stage ending with a steep Category 1 climb. He kept it despite a late attack from Belgian rider Tiesj Benoot, who finished 18 seconds behind in second overall. Colombian climbing specialist Nairo Quintana won the stage.IDITARODIditarod mushes on; fans being urged to skip finish in NomeANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As Iditarod mushers drove their dog teams across Alaska on Saturday, race officials scrambled to make last minute changes prompted by concerns over the new coronavirus, including asking fans not to fly to Nome for the finish.Officials late Friday night urged race fans, especially those from out of state, to skip the finish this week. City officials in Nome followed most other Alaska cities in closing or limiting access to most public buildings in wake of the state’s first positive test, that of a man from outside the United States. The man was tested Thursday at an Anchorage hospital after earlier arriving in the city on a private cargo plane. The track in central Nebraska was one of the few sporting venues in the country open to fans Saturday, and the 73-year-old from Grand Island wasn’t going to let concerns over the new coronavirus stop him from going.No cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Hall County, where Fonner Park is located, and that was part of the reason track CEO Chris Kotulak decided to allow fans for the weekend racing programs.NFL-NEWSRedskins put franchise tag on guard Brandon ScherffUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins have placed the franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff to keep him in the fold next season. March 14, 2020 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SYRACUSE-GOODINESyracuse freshman guard Brycen Goodine to transferSYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse freshman Brycen Goodine is transferring.Goodine made the announcement Friday night on his Twitter account.The 6-foot-3 guard from New Bedford, Massachusetts, played in 23 of the Orange’s 32 games. He averaged just under nine minutes and 1.9 points. He struggled from long range, hitting 3 of 23 (13%) from behind the arc.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

North Essequibo congratulates GCB Franchise League champions

first_imgTHE North Essequibo Cricket Committee (NECC), which is a constituent member of the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB), in a released statement, expressed congratulations to the management, coaches and members of the Essequibo senior cricket team upon winning the GCB Franchise League tournament 2017, for the first time.The Committee stated its pride and joy on behalf of the cricket fraternity of Essequibo, adding that the collective tremendous achievement of the team is a reflection of resilience, strength and the unified manner exhibited on every occasion.According to the release, winning the title and displaying fine qualities of sportsmanship will inspire young cricketers from the county to achieve similar success.The statement further recognised the outstanding performances of captain Anthony Adams who was voted Most Valuable Player, as well as Ricardo Adams and former West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul, for their individual brilliance.Mention was also made of the coaching staff including Michael Franco Hyles and Ryan Hercules who the release stated had combined to bring the best out of the players.The NECC added that while cricket remains quite dormant in the county especially in the longer format, with the rare achievement of the senior team, it is the hope that it will provide impetus for the sport to progress administratively, gaining more competitions and exposing the players to further coaching and developmental programmes. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

BCB launches Let’s Bet Sports 100 Balls tournament

first_imgTHE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) last Sunday launched four different Let’s Bet Sports competitions across Berbice as it continues its 80th anniversary celebrations.BCB president Hilbert Foster, along with Let’s Bet Sports Brand Manager Ian De Barros and Brand Ambassador Rawle Toney, launched the tournaments at the Area ‘H’ Ground.Foster stated that BCB would be hosting four tournaments at the 100 Balls levels for teams in West Berbice, New Amsterdam/Canje, Lower Corentyne and Upper Corentyne.Each Zone would produce its own champion and then the four champions would play another tournament to decide the overall winner. The BCB boss hailed the $1M investment by Let’s Bet Sports Company as a blessing for the Ancient County.Toney expressed delight at the start of the tournaments after a long delay due to the rainy season. The company, Toney stated, was committed to a long-term investment into Berbice cricket and called on teams to play within the spirit of the game.The visiting, sponsored delegation witnessed the entire opening game and saw Rose Hall Town Bakewell cruise past UG Elites by ten wickets.Scores in the games played:At Tain ground: Rose Hall Town Tigers defeated Tain Block 4 by 17 runs.Rose Hall Town Tigers scored 160 for 3 from 100 Balls. Balchan Baldeo 40, Delbert Hicks 68, Khemraj Mahadeo 26 not out. Tain Block 4 scored 143 all out. G. Budhoo 30, T. Tallip 32, L. Singh 29; Khemraj Mahadeo 3 for 30, T. Jagdeo 3 for 20.At Blairmont Com Centre ground – Blairmont Community Centre defeated Bath CC by 4 wickets.Bath CC scored 132 for 7 from 100 balls. C. Arandram 36, Chetram Sanaecs 31; Javed Karrim 4 for 26, R. Somwaru 2 for 13. Blairmont Com Centre CC scored 135 for 6 off 93 balls. Govindharaj Khan 50 not out, Javed Karim 24; G. Gossai 2 for 26.Rose Hall Canje CC defeated Kendall’s Union Sports Stars by 8 wickets.Kendall’s Union Sports Stars 58 all out in 13.2 overs – S. Totaram 10; Roy Jafferally 2 for 6, Michael Campbelle 2 for 6 and Raymond Vankenic 2 for 6. Rose Hall Canje CC 61 for 3 from 8.2 overs. David Lubernauth 40 not out.Rose Hall Town Bakewell defeated UG Elites by nine wickets.UG Elites scored 96 all out in 15.3 overs. Romeo Lynch 20, Samuel Panchan 10; Keith Simpson 2 for 8, Junior Sinclair 2 for 6. Rose Hall Town Bakewell 97 without loss off 6 overs. Kevin Sinclair 47 not out, Junior Sinclair 43 not out.Crabwood Creek CC beat No. 52 Survival CC by nine wickets.No. 52 Survival 74 all out in 16.4 overs – A. Jeffrey 22, M. Kendall 28; L. Tamasar 2 for 17, J. Singh 2 for 22 off 4.2 overs. G. Sugrim 2 for 6 off 3 overs. Crabwood Creek Sports Club 79 without loss from 7 overs – B. Sukram 13, N. Deo 59.No. 69 Vikings defeated Scottsburg United CC by 29 runs. No. 69 Vikings CC 133 for 5 from 100 balls. Viendra Gooniah 59 not out. Sachin Ramrattan 29 not out. R. Jamaladen 1 for 9, S. Rashid 1 for 24. Scottsburg United CC 104 for 9 from 100 balls. A. Jamaladin 17, N. Ceres 20, S. Rashid 28. Viendra Gooniah 2 for 12, Tuleshwar Narsingh 2 for 13.No. 70 MYO CC defeated All Family CC by 8 wickets.All Family CC 90 all out in 15.4 overs. Seepersaud Persaud 15, Zaheer Mohamed 15. Jameel Asad 4 for 10 from 4.2 overs – Mohamed Khan 3 for 28 from 3.2 overs. No. 70 MYO 92 from 11.5 overs – Ahmad Khan 22, Mohamed Khan 25 not out, Alim Khan 30 not out.Dukestown Warriors defeated No. 68 Darkeners CC by 68 runs. Dukestown Warriors 143 for 9 from 16.4 overs – Clavern Beresford 21, Jermaine Reid 29, Kevin Clark 15, Vandem Narine 21; Kumar Latchminarine 3 for 23, Tavi Pariag 2 for 14. No. 68 Darkeners CC 75 all out in 14.1 overs – Doloram Persaud 10, Vekinand Deowraj 10; Vandam Narine 2 for 14 from 3 overs, Clavern Beresford 4 for 7, Wayne Garnett 4 for 13.No. 64 Fighting Marines defeated Radha Krishna Academy by 63 runs. No. 64 Fighting Marines scored 167 for 8 in 16.4 overs. Charles France 46, Jason Itwaru 32, Leonard Sandy 17; Khemraj Dhup 2 for 18. Deolall Deochand and Darsharand Jairam had one wicket apiece. Radha Krishna Academy 105 for 6 off 16.4 overs. Khemraj Dhup 20, Nankumar Chatterpaul 33; Trishan Heera 14 not out. Ramson Subhan 3 for 16, Vadanand Sugrim 2 for 18.No. 68 Turn Team defeated No. 71 Sports Club by 4 runs. No. 68 Turn Team 137 for 7 from 16.4 overs – A. Pourjohdan 20, Jason Hulosce 37, A. Seecharran 42; N. Ali 3 for 24, N. Mohamed 2 for 19. No. 71 Sports Club 133 from 16.4 overs. N. Ali 28, N. Vincent 20, R. Persaud 30; Jason Hulosce 4 for 21, A. Jones 3 for 21.No. 70 Young Blood CC defeated Skeldon Titans by 1 wicket.Skeldon Titans CC 131 for 8 from 16.4 overs – Anthony Seeraj 19, Gajendra Ramnarine 19, Harish Sahadeo 25. No. 70 Young Blood CC 139 for 9 from 16.4 overs. D. Ramersaud 44, F. Ally 23, F. Khan 15; Gajendra Nauth 5 for 40, Amzan Appalsamy 2 for 33.Achievers CC defeated Bush Lot United CC by 8 wickets.Bush Lot United CC 102 for 7 off 16.4 overs – Asgar Matabeek 32, H. Darsan 18, J. Dichand 16; Andrew Dutchin 3 for 19 from 4.2 overs, Darius Nedd 3 for 10 (2 overs). H. Darsan 1 for 28 off 3 overs. R. Tajurran 1 for 14 from 2.4 overs.East Bank Blazers CC defeated Tucber Park CC by 4 wickets.Tucber Park 111 all out in 15.5 overs – Martin Singh 16, Orlando Tanner 24, Luke Wilson 3 for 12, Devon Lewis 2 for 12. East Bank Blazers CC 112 for 6 in 14.1 overs. Philbert Wilburg 67, Carl Campbelle 18. Nial Smith 4 for 10.At Fyrish ground: Fyrish CC defeated Kildonan CC by two wickets – Kildonan CC 155 for 7 off 100 balls. C. McKenzie 38, J. Seelall 39, R. De Cumha 32; Troy Mathieson 3 for 29. Y. Chinapen 2 for 38, K. Rengasammy 2 for 33. Fyrish CC 156 for 8 in 14.3 overs. Chandradat Roopnarine 23, Troy Mathieson 31, Timothy McDonald 18. A. Williams 2 for 44, M. Rabindranauth 2 for 20.last_img read more

Bukayo Saka: Nigeria’s Newest Arsenal Prodigy

first_imgSince Nwankwo Kanu’s debut for Arsenal in the ‘90s after moving from Inter Milan, Nigeria players have been trying to hold their own with the North London side. Alex Iwobi is presently commanding a regular shirt at the Emirate and only last week, another Nigerian, Bukayo Saka, had a feel of first team play with the GunnersLast Thursday, 17-year-old Bukayo Saka got his maiden foray with the senior squad, stepping off the bench against Vorskla in the Europa League.The speedy winger has turned heads with consistent performances for the U-23s this season and won a penalty in the recent Checkatrade Trophy match against Forest Green Rovers after beating more than four defenders with a skillful run. “Today Saka also played with a good performance, with a very big personality and we were speaking at half-time,” Emery said about the winger who has contributed to 11 goals for the youth teams this season, which works out as a goal every 79.5 minutes.”They were trying… his personality is very important for us to continue trying to go 1v1 and break lines with his quality.”He played with a very big personality and sometimes with a very good performance. It’s very important for his confidence and for us also, because we can look at this player and see the quality to help us.”Born and raised in London, Saka is of Nigerian descent and has represented England at youth level where he currently plays for the U-19s.He recently scored just three minutes into his debut in a 4-0 win over Moldova, finishing Stephen Walker’s through ball to score the third goal for England.A direct, tricky left winger who is one of the youngest players in the U-23 set-up, Saka remains highly regarded by his coaches at Hale End and there is a growing belief that he could be close to making more first-team appearances if his performances continue on the same level for the youth teams.“Bukayo is a great talent and played very, very well today,” Gunners youth coach Freddie Ljungberg told Arsenal Player after the 4-0 win over Liverpool in September.“We’ve given him 15 minutes here and 20 minutes there to help him get used to the tempo, the speed and strength of opponents, and he’s taken it in his stride. He’s just going to get better and better, keep his head down and keep on working.”Saka turned down Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Watford to sign for Arsenal as a child.He impressed supporters in his full debut at the Emirates Stadium against Qarabag in the Europa League with an energetic and exciting performance, even if he admitted afterward he should’ve scored at the end.Even though many Arsenal fans probably hadn’t even heard of the youngster before this season, he’s been around the club for eight years now, joining as a nine-year-old. The winger explained that when he first signed, he had offers from plenty of other London clubs, but turned them all down.“I had invitations from Spurs, Chelsea, Fulham and Watford but the only choice was Arsenal,” said Saka. “I enjoyed the way that Arsenal played so the choice was easy for me.“I trained at Hale End and signed when I was nine years old. Receiving a scholarship and then signing a professional contract a couple of months ago and playing for the first-team has made this year very special already.”Saka has consistently found himself fast-tracked to higher levels throughout his time with the Arsenal academy. Reaching the U-23s before he turned 17 was impressive enough, with all the competition at that level at the moment. Now he’s in contention for the first-team squad.It says a lot about Saka’s talent that he was eligible to play in the FA Youth Cup last Wednesday, a competition for U-18s, yet he started for the senior side the next day instead.As in, hype aside, how soon might we expect him to make an impact on the first team, or start appearing on the bench, at the very least?It is amazing how clear the road ahead is for Saka. There is no one in his way. Not a soul. Maybe Alex Iwobi, but Iwobi is a creative midfielder with a specific skill set and can be rotated around.Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are both there as well, but their diminishing value and Emery’s push towards youth couldn’t favour Saka any more than it already is.Saka brings something no one else currently provides on the first team. He brings the ability to shake defenders with ease. And while we have yet to see how he would handle the added pressure of Premier League opposition, it’s safe to say that he doesn’t shy away from the spotlight.All things considered, it’s a bit hasty to expect his impact to be felt this season. Not even Reiss Nelson could manage that, though if Saka continues on the trajectory that he’s on, Nelson may be playing second fiddle before long.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nwankwo Kanulast_img read more

REVIEW: Despite the success of his latest album, Lil Uzi’s latest single flops

first_imgIn this track, Uzi uses the infamous baby voice; a recent trend in the hip-hop community, with none other than Carti at the forefront of it all. 645AR’s “4 Da Trap” is an example of the baby voice use going viral as the song was featured in countless memes. The voice, along with Uzi’s cadence and adlibs, makes the track eerily similar to Carti’s style. Yet, because of this, this track is probably less of a serious release and rather part of a larger promotional plan for Carti’s highly anticipated album, “Whole Lotta Red”— just my guess.  In a response to one of Carti’s tweets alluding to his new album, Uzi quote-tweeted asking the rapper, “Did u drop yet?” All of this teaser material points to a collaboration between the two artists rather than a beef, with Uzi playfully mimicking Carti’s typing style and also showing an alternate cover to Carti’s single. Their recent tweets professing their love for each other add more to the mix. “Sasuke” perfectly fits into this scheme, but it doesn’t mean it’s a great track. If a Carti-Uzi project is truly in the works, it might mean that an entire collaborative album could be on its way since a project between the two, “16*29” was teased as early as 2017. The two seemingly simultaneous drops from each artist certainly add fuel to the fire since fans have been waiting for another Carti-Uzi song after the immense success from songs like “Shoota,” “wokeuplikethis*” and “Of Course We Ghetto Flowers.” This review is just as much about Carti as it is Uzi since the two have been going back and forth for unknown reasons on Twitter, fueling speculation of “beef” between the two long time collaborators and friends. In the midst of this tension, Carti dropped his single on April 16, which was followed by Uzi’s “Sasuke,” released Friday night, more than a week later.  As exciting as it is when Lil Uzi Vert drops new music, his new single “Sasuke” falls short of expectations — if you even had enough time to conjure up any with the surprise release. What is exciting, however, is the wave of speculation following the track and Uzi’s hyperactivity online. The repetitive nature of the track grows tiresome by the middle. It doesn’t feel like an actual song, especially in the midst of this online feud, but rather as a demo of what Uzi would sound like if he was copying Carti. Coming off not only the “Eternal Atake” drop but also the deluxe version, “Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World 2,” (which can stand alone as an album) it’s strange to see Uzi again after a long hiatus. center_img (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) After dropping the long-anticipated album “Eternal Atake,” Uzi has taken to social media, often engaging with fans on Twitter as well as other artists. One artist in particular, who recently returned to the music scene, has the focal point of Uzi’s recent tweets and fan interactions. This artist, of course, is Playboi Carti. After two years since the release of his critically acclaimed album “Die Lit,” Carti has finally put out his own music, with a single titled, “@ MEH.” “Sasuke” is not going to have a lasting legacy like Lil Uzi Vert’s other hits. Though, the hype drawn from it and Uzi’s constant Twitter interactions hinting at a Playboi Carti collaboration have certainly made it a better listen than it is alone. The song does have a Carti-esque nature, but it also sounds like a generic Uzi song. References to fashion, sexual innuendos and cars in the typical Uzi delivery make for nothing special. The title of the track refers to Sasuke Uchiha, a character from the Naruto universe. The anime theme has been a large part of Uzi’s recent image, with his car collection featuring various anime-inspired designs catching lots of online attention.last_img read more