Ryan Fraser reveals how he is dealing with Arsenal transfer speculation

first_imgRyan Fraser has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer (Picture: Getty)Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser admits he needs to get back to basics amid ongoing speculation surrounding his future.The Scotland international has enjoyed his most productive Premier League season to date, scoring six goals and registering 10 assists – only Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen have provided more.Fraser’s exceptional has, however, tailed off in recent weeks, coinciding with reports he has been targeted by Arsenal manager Unai Emery who is looking for reinforcements in wide areas this summer having decided not to retain Denis Suarez on a permanent basis following his January loan move from Bournemouth.‘I’m just trying to get on with my work,’ said Fraser ahead of Saturday’s match against Brighton.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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‘Every player says they try to come away from the speculation but at the same time the best thing I can do is concentrate on the pitch.‘There’s no point in stuff coming out and then I start to have bad games. Unai Emery previews Watford v ArsenalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:52FullscreenUnai Emery previews Watford v Arsenalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-previews-watford-v-arsenal-1904190/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘So need to get back to start scoring start assisting start winning agian and what will be will be‘I love it here, not just the football club but the manager and especially my teammates as well -I’m close with them all.’Fraser’s current contract expires at the end of next season and Bournemouth are said to remain undecided as to whether to cash in this summer, or risk losing the 25-year-old for nothing in just over 12 month’s time.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 Arsenal Advertisement Ryan Fraser reveals how he is dealing with Arsenal transfer speculation Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Apr 2019 2:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link247Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal hero Lee Dixon slams Unai Emery’s ‘very, very poor’ team after draw with Watford

first_imgArsenal hero Lee Dixon slams Unai Emery’s ‘very, very poor’ team after draw with Watford Comment Phil HaighSunday 15 Sep 2019 9:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link261Shares Watford had 31 shots during the game, the most Arsenal have ever seen taken at them during a Premier League game.The Gunners seemed to be far too devoted to their plan of passing it out from the back from goal kicks, an insistence which led to Watford’s first goal.A poor effort at a pass from Sokratis Papastathopoulos in his own penalty box was intercepted by Cleverley who slotted past Bernd Leno.Sky Sports pundit Tim Cahill questioned the tactic, saying: ‘There were warnings from the goal-kicks, playing one-twos on the edge of the box and losing possession, how many times do you want to do it?’Emery attempted to dismiss this criticism by saying that his side tried a different tactic, but that wasn’t working either.‘We were also trying the long ball and physically they are more strong than us and they were also winning the long ball,’ Emery told Sky Sports.MORE: Granit Xhaka says his Arsenal team-mates were ‘scared’ during draw with WatfordMORE: Arsenal were ‘like a semi-professional team’ in draw with Watford, says Graeme Souness Advertisement David Luiz gave away a penalty in Arsenal’s draw with Watford (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal legend Lee DIxon has blasted the Gunners’ performance in their 2-2 draw with Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.Unai Emery’s side looked to be a in a great position at half time, holding a 2-0 lead thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.However, everything seemed to change at the break and Watford came out to dominate the second half, with goals from Tom Cleverley and Roberto Pereyra leveling things up.The Hornets had numerous other chances in the second period and Abdoulaye Doucoure had a wonderful chance to score a winner as the clock ticked down.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGunners captain Granit Xhaka admitted that his team were happy to take a point in the end, and said Arsenal were ‘scared’ in the second half.Dixon, who made over 600 appearances for Arsenal, has slammed the performance at Vicarage Road for a range of reasons.The former full-back tweeted: ‘The worst performance without the ball for a very long time. No accountability what so ever. Game management zero. Game understanding zero. Responsibility to others zero. Very very poor.’The worst performance without the ball for a very long time. No accountability what so ever. Game management zero. Game understanding zero. Responsibility to others zero. Very very poor— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) September 15, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

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UK government consults on merger of two local authority pension funds

first_imgWest Midlands Travel Limited, one of the two employers in the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority pension fund, trades as National Express West MidlandsAs a result of the merger, WMCA would cease to be an administering authority in the LGPS and Wolverhampton City Council would administer a single pension fund.More specifically, the plan is for the assets and liabilities of each of the two employers in the transport authority fund to be transferred to their own “admission body funds”, which have yet to be established.The proposed merger also foresaw WMCA, as a scheme employer in the WMPF, agreeing to subsume any outstanding assets and liabilities of West Midlands Travel Limited with its own assets and liabilities in the WMPF if the bus company were to exit the admission agreement fund without there being enough assets to meet its liabilities.Asset pooling effectThe government consultation document did not flag any major effects of the proposed merger on LGPS Central, the asset pool in which WMPF and the transport authority pension fund have chosen to participate. Instead of having nine “partner funds”, the investment pooling company would only have eight.The government indicated that cost savings resulting from the merger were expected to be moderate, “given the operational efficiencies already in place through existing delegations”.The merger was proposed to be effective retrospectively, from the end of March this year. The government noted the recent merger of the Wandsworth and Richmond LGPS funds was successfully made with retrospective effect.A similar transport-related consolidation within the LGPS took place in 2017, when the Greater Manchester Pension Fund took on legacy bus company pension assets and liabilities from West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.The consultation will run until 7 September. According to the merger proposal, which was put forward on behalf of the two pension funds’ administering authorities earlier this year, the merger would involve transferring the assets, liabilities and admission agreements of the ITA fund to Wolverhampton City Council, which administers the latter on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and also administers WMPF. The UK government is consulting on a proposal to merge two West Midlands local government pension scheme (LGPS) funds in a bid to reduce financial risk.According to a consultation document, the proposal was developed after a 2018 government analysis identified solvency risks associated with the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) Pension Fund.Established in 1991 following the deregulation of bus services in the West Midlands, the transport authority pension fund is closed to new entrants and comprises only two private sector employers, with the majority of liabilities backed by only one of them, West Midlands Travel Limited.The proposed merger of the £492m (€552m) ITA pension fund into the £15.7bn West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF) was intended to address this situation.last_img read more

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The Latest: Fauci to throw 1st pitch at Yanks-Nats opener

first_imgCalifornia is currently seeing soaring rates of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued strict guidelines that will require most of California’s 6.7 million K-12 students to at least start the coming school year with online classes.___The Pac-12 has postponed its football media days.The league said Monday the move is the result of the Pac-12’s decision to schedule league-only games this season and to delay mandatory athletic activities. The Washington Nationals announced Monday that Fauci — a self-described fan of the reigning World Series champions — accepted the team’s invitation to have the pregame honor Thursday.The Nationals will host the New York Yankees to open the season nearly four months after it originally was scheduled to begin.___The University of Texas says it anticipates hosting football games this season at 50% capacity in the stands.Athletic Director Chris Del Conte emailed season ticket holders Monday telling them the school is working closely with Gov. Greg Abbott’s office and is following state guidelines on social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world:___The country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the first game of Major League Baseball’s pandemic-delayed regular season. The Jets and Giants say the decision to not have fans – at least for now – was reached after discussions with Murphy, with the health and safety of fans, players and staff being considered.The teams also announced that “out of an abundance of caution,” fans will not be able to attend training camp practices this summer.In the statement, the NFL clubs said they will continue to work with Murphy’s office as the situation is reviewed and evaluated, but “until circumstances change, both the Jets and Giants will play our games without the benefit of fans in attendance.”Rutgers University, in Piscataway, announced that all of its athletic venues will operate with 500 or fewer in attendance and safety precautions will be in place for those fans who come to sporting events there.___ Texas said it’s still preparing for the season to start Sept. 5 at home against South Florida. The Big 12 has not yet said if it will duplicate moves by the Big Ten and Pac-12 to play only conference games. South Florida plays in the American Athletic Conference.Texas’ Royal-Memorial Stadium holds about 100,000, although that figure was going to be reduced slightly this season because part of the stadium is undergoing renovation.Even with limited capacity, the school said it expects to offer all season ticket holders a chance to get tickets.___Georgia’s governing body for high school sports has pushed back the start of football season for two weeks, until the week of Sept. 4. The Latest: Fauci to throw 1st pitch at Yanks-Nats opener The event, originally set for July 29-31 in Los Angeles, will be held at a later date to be decided.___The University of Louisville says it suspended men’s and women’s voluntary swimming activities for two weeks on Saturday after three members of the program tested positive for COVID-19.A university news release issued Monday did not specify whether those impacted are student-athletes or staffers. It says all three have been quarantined, with procedures and protocols being followed.Twenty-seven swimmers and divers have returned to campus in three phases for training. ___One University of Oklahoma women’s basketball player has tested positive for COVID-19, and a second player has been deemed a close contact.Oklahoma made the announcement in a news release on Monday. Both players are in quarantine off campus.The result comes from 100 tests performed Friday on Oklahoma athletes and staff members. The women’s basketball player was the only person with a positive test in a group that included 14 men’s basketball players and 15 women’s basketball players.Oklahoma re-opens its facilities to members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams on Monday. The Georgia High School Association still plans for a full 10-game regular season and a full playoff schedule. Other fall sports will start on time. The delay was needed for several school districts, including Atlanta public schools, which have pushed back the start of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.The association’s board of trustees voted 8-4 against a proposal to keep the current sports calendar. The subsequent vote was unanimous to push back the football opening schedule by two weeks. The opening games had been planned for the week of Aug. 21.___The New York Jets and Giants announced they will not have fans at home games this season “until further notice” because of the coronavirus pandemic.The teams, who play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and have separate training facilities in the state, released a joint statement Monday after Gov. Phil Murphy announced an executive order limiting outdoor public gatherings to 500 people. The ISU Council will meet online on Aug. 3 to further evaluate events for the 2020-21 season.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___The International Skating Union has canceled the Junior Figure Skating Grand Prix for the upcoming season.Citing increased travel and entry restrictions, the international governing body for the sport said Monday it could not sanction the series. The ISU also said the potential extensive sanitary and medical care measures, including possible quarantine, “would put an unsustainable burden on the organizers.”The ISU has not made a decision yet on the senior series that features the top skaters, including current world champion Nathan Chen and two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu.Potential international junior events could be held if “the pandemic developments and situation change and allow for the safe organization” of them. The ISU said it would provide financial assistance for such events, with preference given to venues that were a part of the canceled series. ___California’s governing body for high school sports said Monday that the 2020-21 seasons will begin no earlier than December.The California Interscholastic Federation said the normal fall, winter and spring sports seasons will be condensed into two seasons.The federation set time frames for most playoffs and championships. Football will complete its playoffs and championships by mid-April. Actual regular season and playoff schedules will be set separately.Decisions by state and local health authorities will determine whether games are actually played . The NHL says only two players tested positive for COVID-19 during the first five days of training camp last week.The league, in consultation with its players, is not revealing the identity of players who test positive, or their teams. The two players who tested positive are self-isolating per national and local health protocols.A total of 2,618 tests of more than 800 players from July 13-17 were done by the league. Training camps opened July 13, with 24 teams preparing to compete in an expanded playoff format in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, starting on Aug. 1.Teams are scheduled to travel to both hub cities on Sunday.The NHL reported it had 33 players test positive during the period after the league paused its season in March to the start of camps. July 20, 2020last_img read more

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NCAA has bias against USC

first_imgLast week, the NCAA released a mountain of evidence related to former USC running backs coach Todd McNair’s defamation lawsuit against the NCAA. Among the 500 plus pages of documents is concrete evidence that undoubtedly demonstrate a negative bias held by members of the infractions committee toward USC.Of course, this wasn’t exactly a revelation. It doesn’t take a super sleuth to look at the NCAA’s actions over the past five years and recognize inconsistencies in punishments handed down.Miami had its Ponzi scheme- running benefactor. Auburn was making cash payments to Cecil Newton. Ohio State’s number one sponsor was not Adidas or Nike, but the local tattoo parlor. North Carolina had its academically rigorous fake major for basketball players and a nice compensation plan in place for their football players. Finally, there was the most egregious and disturbing situation of all in Happy Valley with Penn State.A broad range of rules were broken in these instances, yet the common denominator among all of these situations was the weak penalties handed down by the NCAA. In one case, sanctions were lifted before they even ended.Up until last week, the argument could be made that talk of NCAA hypocrisy was simply bitter resentment from the Trojan faithful who couldn’t view the situation objectively. Not anymore, though. The release of those documents offer incontrovertible proof that the NCAA acted unfairly in their deliberations before punishing USC.In the words of Dennis Green, “they are [who] we thought they were.” In the case of the NCAA, that means a hypocritical, morally bankrupt organization. It’s equally important to remember, these documents don’t paint the full picture. There are still 200 pages left of internal communication among members of the committee. There is evidence in there that led the judge in the McNair case to conclude there was “ill will or hatred” on the part of the NCAA.It would be easy to place 100 percent of the blame for USC’s situation in the last few years on the corruption of the NCAA. That isn’t necessarily right, however. USC should have fought the penalties with more vigor, instead of complying and taking the penalties passively.Obviously, it’s easy to critique the actions of the athletic administration in hindsight, but there were fans and ex-players calling for action three years ago. It was nice to see our athletic director finally take a firm stance last week, but where was that when the Trojans needed more scholarship players? As a program, USC has been too focused on optics and complying with the unjust and hypocritical requirements of the NCAA and during that time lost sight of the best interests of the football program.Now that the scholarship limitations are over, the damage is done to the football program. They are already recovering. The combination of malice on the part of the NCAA and timidity on the part of USC is the culprit for the full enforcement of these unduly harsh penalties. At this point, it is simply about seeking justice for USC and ensuring broad and sweeping changes throughout the NCAA.These documents can be the catalyst to finally take the NCAA to court. It seems that the only way to bring the NCAA to its knees is to hit it where it hurts — its purse strings. I am not a legal expert, but rudimentary research indicates that the Trojans have a case to make against the NCAA.USC certainly performed admirably while under sanctions, going to bowl games every year they were eligible and putting together highly ranked recruiting classes. Yet, they were undoubtedly handicapped by the sanctions.A full roster would have allowed them to possibly compete in BCS bowl games, which generates more revenue for the school than the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Sue the NCAA for that. Attendance has been down the last three years, negatively impacting revenue. Sue the NCAA for that. USC’s national brand was tarnished. Sue the NCAA for that. The list could go on and on. With USC leading the charge, the NCAA could finally be crippled by a deluge of lawsuits from not just USC, but aggrieved individuals and institutions nationwide.Money won’t retroactively help USC win any games. It won’t help any players’ whose draft stock and professional aspirations were adversely affected by USC’s diminished spotlight. It won’t clear Todd McNair’s name, whose career in college football was ruined. What it will do, though, is offer a measure of closure to all those in the Trojan world who were unjustly affected by the culture of corruption inside the NCAA.USC failed to act three years ago when something could have been done about the scholarships. I hope they don’t fail to capitalize on this opportunity as well. The NCAA lacks institutional control, plain and simple. If they took down USC, they can take down anyone. Someone needs to put a stop to them, and USC is in the perfect position to do so. McNair had no fear taking them to court, and the Trojans should follow his lead. If legal fees are the issue, I have no doubt that there is a contingent of the Trojan faithful who would happily fund that battle to stick it right back to the NCAA.The time is now to finally take the NCAA down a peg. Their unbridled arrogance cannot go unchecked any longer. Though it certainly won’t compete with the shellacking USC gave Oklahoma in the national title game in 2005, watching Mark Emmert admit fault or write a check to USC would be pretty sweet in its own right. Let’s make it happen; this is a game USC will certainly win.Jake Davidson is a sophomore majoring in accounting. His column “Davidson’s Direction” runs Mondays.last_img read more

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