Transfer news: All you need to know about the midfielder interesting Arsenal

first_img1 Aymen Barkok (right): The midfielder has completed his breakthrough at Eintracht Frankfurt Arsenal may already have made two exciting additions this summer, but they are not finished yet.Arsene Wenger secured the free signing of Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac in June, before adding Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in a deal worth £52million.The FA Cup winners are now said to have made an approach for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Aymen Barkok, but a bid of £10m has been snubbed by the Bundesliga side, who are bracing themselves for another approach.So, who is Barkok? And why are Arsenal interested?Here, talkSPORT profiles the 19-year-old who could be preparing for life in London…Full Name: Aymen BarkokDate of birth: May 21, 1998 (age 19)Birthplace: Frankfurt, GermanyPosition: MidfielderWhat’s his story?A Germany youth international of Moroccan descent, Barkok only made his full debut for hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt in November. He went on to make 19 senior appearances in total for the DFP-Pokal finalists.Midfielder Barkok scored twice and assisted two more as he impressed for Niko Kovac’s side.He is currently away with Germany at the European Under-19 Championship and has one goal in two appearances.What type of player is he?A lot of his cameos last term came from the bench, but he excelled mostly in a central role. An early criticism would be the fact he commits fouls too often, but he is an exciting prospect when the ball is at his feet.A set-piece specialist, WhoScored statistics show he is a player who shoots from distance often, while he also enjoys carrying the ball. He favours playing long passes, so maybe the latter is something Arsenal can see as a strength, while teaching him when the right and wrong times are to go for a flashy cross-field pass.How could he fit in at Arsenal?Definitely one for the future, with the Gunners’ current competition in the centre of the park a loan move would suit Barkok in order to get regular game time, be it a return to Frankfurt or elsewhere.Arsenal currently have the likes of Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mohamed Elneny, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain among their central midfield options.If he stays put and gets his chance at the Emirates, Barkok would have to hit the ground running to keep his place in the team.last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Drops A Pair To End Regular Season

first_imgSouthern Illinois 4, #46 Drake 4Apr 23, 2016 at Normal, Ill.  Drake was down early against the Redbirds after dropping the doubles point with a 7-5 loss from sophomores Bayo Philips and Ben Wood and then a 7-6 setback from freshmen Tom Hands and Ben Clark. Sophomores Calum MacGeoch and Vinny Gillespie defeated their opponents 6-4 at the No. 2 spot. Doubles competition Doubles competition Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,5,6,2,1) The Bulldogs will head to the Missouri Valley Conference in Wichita, Kan. on Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. Singles competition 2. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Jakub Eisner (ILS) 7-6, 6-0 1. Urh Krajnc Domiter (ILS) vs. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) 1-6, 6-3, unfinished 2. Lott, Ben/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Pimentel, Wilder/Pozo, Alex (SIU) 7-5 5. Pozo, Alex (SIU) def. Stride, Ben (DU) 7-6, 6-4 Hands and MacGeoch each gave Drake an early lead with strong singles performances. Hands won 6-1,6-1 at the No. 5 spot while MacGeoch defeated Jakub Eisner 7-6 in the first set and dominating the second set with a 6-0 performance in the No. 2 spot. Despite the impressive first two wins Philips fell after a close 6-4, 7-6 match up in the No. 3 spot. Illinois State’s Christoffer Greve defeated Stride 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to clinch the Redbirds win. 4. Christoffer Greve (ILS) def. Stride, Ben (DU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 Illinois State 4, #46 Drake 2Apr 23, 2016 at  2. MacGeoch, Calum/Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Christoffer Greve/Dylan Steffens (ILS) 6-4 4. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Molloy, Peter (SIU) 6-2, 6-1 1. Rigby, Jonny (SIU) def. Lott, Ben (DU) 7-6, 5-7, 6-1 1. Jakub Eisner/Andreas Boers (ILS) def. Philips, Bayo/Wood, Ben (DU) 7-5 6. Dylan Steffens (ILS) def. Clark, Ben (DU) 6-1, 6-4 3. Rodrigo Oliveira/Rolando Torrellas (ILS) def. Hands, Tom/Clark, Ben (DU) 7-6 Singles competition Hands continued his stellar performance with a dominating, 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 4 spot to put Drake up 2-0. Southern Illinois evened the match with wins on courts three and five. After dropping the first set 7-5, Wood bounced back to win the next two sets, 6-3, 6-4, putting Drake ahead, 3-2. The Salukis completed the comeback with three-set wins on courts one and two. 3. Pimentel, Wilder (SIU) def. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-0, 7-5 In the Bulldogs’ second match of the day against the Salukis, Drake got out to a quick lead by winning the doubles point and then getting the first point in singles. 1. Rigby, Jonny/Baranski, Piotr (SIU) vs. Wood, Ben/Philips, Bayo (DU) 5-6, unfinished Match Notes 2. Baranski, Piotr (SIU) def. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 5. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Andreas Boers (ILS) 6-1, 6-1 6. Wood, Ben (DU) def. Martinez, Daniel (SIU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 3. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Molloy, Peter/Martinez, Daniel (SIU) 7-5 NORMAL, Ill. – The 46th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team dropped its final two regular season matches as the Bulldogs fell to Illinois State, 4-2, and Southern Illinois, 4-3, on Saturday in Normal, Ill. 3. Rodrigo Oliveira (ILS) def. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-4, 7-6  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Medupi power station ‘ready by December’

first_img29 July 2014 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she is confident that construction of South Africa’s new coal-fired power plant, the 4 764 MW Medupi power station near Lephalale in Limpopo province, will be completed by December. Brown said this in Cape Town on Tuesday when she, along with Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and the top management of state electricity company Eskom, appeared before Parliament’s portfolio committees on public enterprises and energy. The R105-billion power plant is expected to ease the pressure from Eskom’s ageing power grid, which in recent months has been battling to supply electricity to both residential and industrial customers. Brown said that despite many challenges and construction delays, she was “very confident” that the synchronisation of Medupi’s Unit 6 into the national power grid would happen by December. Medupi is one of the two large coal-fired stations that Eskom is currently building. It will the first South African power station to have “super-critical” technology, and one of the world’s largest dry cooled stations, so it will much more efficient than older coal-fired stations. The other station, Kusile, is located in Mpumalanga province and will have the same technology but with the addition of flue-gas desulphurisation, a state-of-the art technology used to remove oxides of sulphur from the exhaust flue gases of coal-fired power plants. President Jacob Zuma, in his State of the Nation address last month, said the government would pave the way for a “radical transformation” of South Africa’s energy sector as it moved to address one of the major constraints to faster economic growth in the country. This transformation, he said, would require “structural changes in the manner in which government departments, affected state-owned companies and the industry as a whole address the energy challenges”. It would also call for an injection of capital and human resources into the sector, as well as innovative approaches to fast-track procurement and delivery by the government in the sector. On Tuesday, Brown stressed the importance of increasing Eskom’s power supply capacity, saying the parastatal’s performance was vital to the country’s economic growth. She added that she wanted Eskom’s new CEO to be announced no later than mid-August. Former CEO Brian Dames stepped down at the end of March. “Following this, I have urged the board to move rapidly to fill all the other critical vacant executive positions to ensure the sustainability of the company.” She said she had also given Eskom’s board until September to produce a plan on ensuring the sustainability of South Africa’s national power grid. and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

It’s final: PBA veteran superstars to beef up Gilas in Fiba Asia in Lebanon

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Also because of this development, the PBA will make last-minute adjustments in the Governors’ Cup schedule. The season-ending conference opens Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Top talents now available for Gilas as PBA opens next season in December National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas will have the team it wants for the Fiba Asia Championship next month, this, after the PBA’s board of governors agreed to lend its top players to the national team.This means that the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva are now available for inclusion to the squad that will try to regain Asian supremacy in the August 8-20 event in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ There were mixed reports that came out months leading to the prestigious event that Gilas would also be playing its Cadet team in Beirut, since the event does not fall into the hectic Qualifying process of the World Cup 2019 in China.Chito Narvasa, the PBA commissioner, confirmed this development in a teleconference on Tuesday morning, saying that it is “the board’s priority to be involved and to be able to help the Gilas program.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The PBA, its coaches in particular, were just informed of the schedule (of the Gilas events), which is important to all of them,” said Narvasa.The PBA had also moved the opening of its next season to December this year to be able to accommodate the National Five in the WC Qualifying that starts in November. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola ponders loan move for ‘awesome’ Sandler

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola ponders loan move for ‘awesome’ Sandlerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is delighted with the progress of Philippe Sandler.Former PEC defender Sandler was on the bench for this week’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal win over Leicester City.”We were planning to take him on tour for preseason, but unfortunately he came to us with injuries,” said Guardiola.”He has started training again in recent months and I have to say that he played’s awesome with the youngsters. It is not easy if you go back to a second team or a team of youngsters, but he has helped his teammates a lot and that says a lot. “We will now decide what is best for him, for the club and for his future perspective.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham to issue lifetime ban to supporter for Deeney incident

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say West Ham to issue lifetime ban to supporter for Deeney incidentby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United are set to ban a supporter for life from their stadium.The Hammers are furious at a fan who tossed a coffee cup at Troy Deeney when they lost 2-0 to Watford.Deeney is the Watford skipper and he had the cup thrown at him when he celebrated the penalty that gave his side the opening goal.A West Ham statement read: “The Club is aware of the incident and will be working to identify the offender.”In line with our zero tolerance approach, anyone identified will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium.”There is no place for this kind of behaviour at our stadium.”An FA spokesperson added: “The referee (Lee Mason) has reported the incident and we will be looking into it.” last_img read more

Um The Red Sox May Actually Be In Trouble

Brock Holt3.4+1.31.6-0.3-1.7 David Price4.9+3.45.2+3.9+0.5 Brandon Workman1.2+0.42.1+1.4+1.0 SeasonTeamPreseason Elo RatingWinsLosses Christian Vazquez2.5-0.33.9+1.7+2.0 2018Dodgers1568514 In the bullpen, the team probably has missed closer Craig Kimbrel, who recorded 1.8 WAR last season but was not re-signed (and remains a free agent today). But mostly the story of the 2019 Red Sox is of the holdovers from last year’s championship team — and most of those have fallen short of the performance standards they set for themselves a season ago.Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has actually played extremely well in the early part of this season, starter David Price and first baseman Mitch Moreland have been solid, and third baseman Rafael Devers has improved on last year’s disappointing sophomore campaign. But those gains don’t make up for declines by Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez and subreplacement starts from Jackie Bradley Jr., Eduardo Nunez, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and — most concerning — Sale. Nathan Eovaldi1.5+1.15.7-2.0-3.1 2000Yankees1565316 2010Yankees1563613 2019Red Sox*1562613 2019221822301727 Rafael Devers4.5+0.56.2+2.5+2.0 The Red Sox’s strengths have become weaknessesMLB-wide wins above replacement (WAR) rankings for the Boston Red Sox, 2018 vs. 2019 seasons Steve Pearce1.5+1.22.1-3.4-4.5 PlayerPlaying timeWAR/162Playing timeWAR/162WAR/162 Diff. Worst 19 Games Andrew Benintendi6.1+4.15.6+2.8-1.3 WAR numbers are through games of April 17, 2019.Sources:, FanGraphs J.D. Martinez6.0+6.16.6+5.0-1.2 201821818653 * Based on plate appearances and (leverage-weighted) innings pitched.WAR numbers are through games of April 17, 2019.Sources:, FanGraphs Chris Sale4.4+6.54.9-2.5-9.0 * First 19 games of season. Heath Hembree2.0+0.32.4+0.0-0.3 Eduardo Nunez4.6-0.73.8-5.8-5.1 Sam Travis0.4-0.20.6-0.1+0.1 Mitch Moreland4.2+0.85.3+2.2+1.4 Tyler Thornburg0.6-0.21.4-0.2+0.0 Blake Swihart1.9-0.32.4+0.6+0.9 Betts has placed a lot of the responsibility for the team’s slow start on himself. “Basically, what I’m doing is unacceptable,” Betts said Monday. “I have to figure out a way to get something done and help the team.”The reigning AL MVP should start to turn things around sooner or later, though. His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is an unsustainably low .208 this season, indicating a lot of potential for improvement, and most of his Statcast metrics are in line with his career numbers before last year’s career season — when he still was a .292/.351/.488 hitter with outstanding defensive skills.If Betts will be fine, Sale is a bigger worry. The lanky left-hander’s fastball velocity has been low in three of four starts — though he did reach an average of 96.1 mph against the Yankees on Tuesday (which is near where he was most of last season before a sharp drop-off in September). But radar-gun readings aside, Sale is also walking a career-high2Among seasons with at least 100 innings pitched. 2.5 batters per nine innings and has already given up nearly half as many home runs (five) as he yielded all of last year. The Red Sox have enough other talented players to remain a good team in a down year from Sale, but they might not be able to be a truly great team without him pitching at his best.And are they actually a good team, despite this horrid start? Or will this season eventually spiral into disaster the way Boston’s last championship defense did? As bad as the Red Sox have looked, it still seems foolish to count them out. In a sport where it takes 67 games before a team’s record is even roughly half-luck and half-skill, 19 games shouldn’t matter much to our expectation for a team going forward. Even after this rough start, our Elo model gives the Sox a rating of 1538, which equates to the talent needed to win about 89 times per 162 games. That’s only about five and a half fewer wins of talent than Elo thought they had before opening day.But the problem is that the Red Sox have to live with that 6-13 record they’ve banked for themselves so far. If they play like an 89-win team over the rest of the season, they’d still only end up with 85 wins by season’s end. In a division where the Tampa Bay Rays and even the up-and-down Yankees are on track for 92 or more wins, 85 to 90 wins might leave Boston right on the edge of the playoffs. (And to get to, say, 95 wins, they’d have to play at a 102-win pace over the rest of the season.) Although it is often said that the MLB season is a marathon and not a sprint, don’t be surprised if Boston’s early struggles force it to run ragged down the stretch just to make a bid for the AL’s second wild-card spot.Check out our latest MLB predictions. WAR Rankings Xander Bogaerts5.4%+4.36.2%+6.5+2.2 Tzu-Wei Lin0.7+0.00.1-0.1-0.1 Marcus Walden0.3+0.22.0+0.2+0.0 Sandy Leon2.7+0.00.2-0.7-0.7 1977Reds1566415 Dustin Pedroia0.1-0.11.7-3.2-3.1 Ryan Brasier1.1+1.12.8+1.3+0.2 Most of the Red Sox holdovers are ice-coldPercentage of team playing time* and wins above replacement (WAR) per 162 games for players who were on both the 2018 and 2019 Boston Red Sox 2002Athletics1565415 It’s a bad idea to read too much into any April baseball games, but this week’s two-game sweep at the hands of the archrival New York Yankees appears to have officially sent the Boston Red Sox into a full-blown crisis. The team’s record dipped to 6-13 — tied for the second-worst for a defending champ since 1947 (trailing only the fire-sale 1998 Marlins) — and they landed once again in last place in the American League East.[Our 2019 MLB predictions are updated after every game.]“This is flat-out embarrassing for my family, for my team, for our fans,” Boston ace Chris Sale told reporters after giving up four runs over five innings in Tuesday’s 8-0 loss. “This is about as bad as it gets. I have to pitch better.”“We’re not really playing very well anywhere,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski added. “Our starting pitching hasn’t been very good, our defense hasn’t been overly good, our hitting hasn’t been like it’s been capable of being.”As Dombrowski suggests, Boston has come by its horrible record honestly: Only the dreadful, rebuilding Miami Marlins (-49) have a worse run differential than the Red Sox’s -42 mark this season. Bad stretches happen to good teams sometimes, but ones this terrible haven’t happened often to teams that were supposed to be as good as Boston — especially coming off last year’s 108-win season. Since World War II, only six other teams that started a season with an Elo rating of at least 1562 (like the 2019 Red Sox) had any 19-game stretch in which they won six or fewer games — much less had those be the only 19 games we saw of them. 1955Yankees1568613 Hector Velazquez2.2+1.02.7+1.8+0.8 When bad stretches happen to good (we think?) teamsAmong teams that started a season with an Elo rating of at least 1562, the worst 19-game stretches at any point in the season, 1946-2019 SeasonBattingBase runningFieldingStartersBullpenTotal Jackie Bradley Jr.4.9+2.44.8-4.0-6.4 Brian Johnson2.6+0.91.0-1.9-2.8 (The good news for the Red Sox? Those other teams posted an average of 94.3 wins per 162 games even with the bad 19-game stretch, and none won fewer than 87. But again, those 19 games weren’t the only bits of evidence we had about the teams to begin the season.)It was always likely that the Red Sox would regress some — and perhaps even a lot — after last year’s storybook season. But nobody could have predicted that the wheels would fall off so quickly and thoroughly as they have. According to wins above replacement (WAR),1Averaging together the WAR figures found at and FanGraphs. the Red Sox went from the third-best team in MLB last season (behind the Astros and Yankees) to the fourth-worst this year (ahead of the Orioles, Marlins and Rockies). For two categories in which the team ranked among the top six last season — hitting and starting pitching — Boston has dropped into the bottom nine (including the very worst starting performance in baseball), and the bullpen has also dropped from the top five to the league’s bottom half: Rick Porcello5.3+2.93.0-4.8-7.7 Eduardo Rodriguez3.6+2.54.0-1.6-4.2 Mookie Betts5.7+10.66.8+1.5-9.1 2018 Season2019 Season Matt Barnes2.1+1.22.3+3.0+1.9 read more

Mens volleyball teams run ends at Final Four

The No. 10 men’s volleyball team was swept 3-0 by No. 1 Stanford in the NCAA Championship semifinals last Thursday.Sophomore Shawn Sangrey earned a team-high 12.5 points.Giving up 11 service errors in the match, the Buckeyes gave up the battle in the third set, falling 30-17.Stanford went on to defeat No. 12 Penn State in the finals 3-0 on its home court, Maples Pavilion on Saturday.

Lampard buzzing after Derbys comeback win

first_imgDerby County manager Frank Lampard is in seventh heaven after his side scored two late goals to win 4-3 at Norwich City on Saturday.Norwich were 3-2 ahead with just nine minutes to go, but Florian Jozefzoon’s 87th-minute goal pulled the game level before Jack Marriott netted in stoppage time to complete the comeback for Frank Lampard’s side.The game was delayed by 25 minutes after a fuse box problem caused a section of the stadium to lose power after Norwich had gone 3-2 up.“It was a game which had everything and I don’t think I have been involved with one like that before,” Lampard told Sky Sports.“I have certainly never gone back to the dressing room and then come back like that before and as a manager, I have never been involved in a game with two late goals like that.Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Premier LeagueFrank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.“I think the delay worked in our favor because Norwich had just scored their goal and the momentum was with them.It was bad timing for them and good timing for us because it gave us the chance to reorganize things and I thought David Nugent did a superb job when he came on, playing a part in both our goals.“Norwich will be saying they deserved something from the game, and they would have [deserved] a point to be fair, but I think we deserved this for the way we came out after the delay.“The players deserve so much credit for coming away from a tough place like this with three points.”last_img read more