Month: December 2019

first_img1 Moussa Sissoko Napoli have registered an interest in signing Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.The French midfielder has been linked with moves abroad in the past but has remained loyal to Newcastle despite their struggles in recent seasons.According to L’Equipe, Serie A leaders Napoli are the latest side to try and lure Sissoko away from St James’ Park but a move this month still appears unlikely.The report suggests Newcastle have put a £27m price tag on Sissoko’s head, while the player is also keen to remain in the Premier League as he tries to secure a place in France’s Euro 2016 squad.Napoli are now considering whether to stump up the cash for the 26-year-old this month or bide their time and wait for a better deal in the summer.last_img read more

first_img1 Tottenham stars Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele have been ruled out of Thursday’s crucial Europa League last 32 second-leg against Fiorentina.Spurs coach Maurico Pochettino confirmed in his pre-match press conference the duo would not be available as Spurs host the Serie A club at White Hart Lane with the tie level at 1-1.Kane skipped training on Wednesday after injuring his nose during Spurs’ FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend. It was rumoured he could play through the pain and wear a face mask for the tie, but Pochettino has confirmed he will sit out.He is, however, expected back in time for Sunday’s visit of Swansea in the Premier LeagueMeanwhile, Dembele faces ten days to two weeks on the sidelines with the groin strain that forced him off against the Eagles.On top-scorer Kane, Pochettino said: “We expect and hope he will be available on Sunday. Today he wasn’t here as he is seeing a specialist about his nose.”There was better news on goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and winger Erik Lamela, with Pochettino confirming the duo were available following a shoulder problem and illness respectively. Tottenham will be without key duo Mousa Dembele and Harry Kane against Fiorentina at White Hart Lane last_img read more

first_img1 Ilkay Gundogan in action for Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund are ready to cash in on Ilkay Gundogan this summer – and Arsenal are now set to rekindle their interest in the German ace.According to Bild, Dortmund are finally open to selling the £23m-rated midfielder, who is out of contract in 2017 and refusing to pen an extension.And Arsenal, who have held a long-standing interest in Gundogan, are among the clubs currently weighing up a summer move.However, the report also suggests that Arsene Wenger will not have a straight run at the schemer, who is also wanted by Barcelona and Juventus.Manchester City and Liverpool have also expressed an interest in him in the past and both Premier League clubs could join the race given Dortmund’s decision.Gundogan has emerged as one of the Bundesliga’s finest players since arriving at Dortmund from Nurnberg back in 2011.He has made 21 top-flight appearances so far this term, scoring once, in what could be his final campaign with the club.last_img read more

first_imgThey remembered her records. The way she ran. How high she jumped. And the way she smiled, more than anything. For years, they defended Marion Jones when others tried to besmirch her name. She was their star and they knew her best, long before the world ever did. Jerry Sawitz even sent a letter to Time magazine defending Jones, whom he coached in the long jump at Thousand Oaks High in 1991-92. But now. … Now? … “But the Marion Jones you see today is a different person than the Marion Jones we knew in 1992. The Marion you see now is the result of a lot of poor decisions. It’s really sad.” Those who knew her at Thousand Oaks aren’t the only ones trying to make sense of the shocking turn of events. Inger Miller was never close with Marion Jones, but their careers have been intertwined for more than 15 years. Miller had starred at Muir High in Pasadena in 1987-90; Jones burst onto the scene as a freshman at Rio Mesa High in Oxnard in 1990 and was good enough as a 14-year-old to push Miller in her senior year. Later, they’d team on the winning 400-meter relay team at the 1997 World Championships. In 1999, Miller finished second to Jones in the 100 meters at the World Championships. Miller won the 200 meters in record time, but only after Jones pulled out with back spasms. Saying a prayer At the time, everyone wondered whether Jones would’ve won both races if she hadn’t got hurt. Now, that question has been flipped on its head. “It’s a shame that we are where we are right now,” said Miller, who now runs an event-planning company in Los Angeles. “It’s a good thing for everyone that the truth has come out. Ultimately, I think the sport is bigger than any one person.” Asked whether she thought she should be awarded the gold medal in the 100 from the 1999 World Championships, Miller said, “I just want them to do what’s just and what’s right. … This is a sad day. It’s not something I’m rejoicing over. It’s not a happy occasion.” Gail Devers, the former UCLA star who went on to win three Olympic gold medals and has competed against and with Jones since 1991, said she was saddened by Friday’s developments. “My first thought was to say a prayer for her and her family and whatever she is going through. That’s all we can do is pray. I am not the judge or jury,” Devers said. “All I ask is that she asks God for forgiveness and that her family and particularly her son will be shielded from any harm.” Now that Jones has admitted to lying to federal prosecutors about using banned substances, there could be a lot of rewriting of the record books. She could be stripped of the Olympic and World Championship medals she won. “She has done so much for the sport. I am sure that she was afraid of letting everybody down. Everybody makes mistakes and it’s hard for me to jump on her,” said rising sprint star Danielle Carruthers, a two-time indoor national champion in the 60 meters. “But she made some bad decisions and now she has to answer to it.” Jones’ brushes with the drug-testing authorities began in high school. In 1992, she missed an out-of-competition drug test when an overnight package informing her of the test was misplaced in a coaches office. High-profile lawyer Johnnie Cochran Jr. came to her aid, and she was later cleared at a hearing. Suspicions resurface The suspicions about Jones using performance enhancers resurfaced in 2000, when her then-husband, C.J. Hunter, tested positive for steroids. Then in 2003, her name was linked to Victor Conte and his BALCO operation. “You heard whispers and speculation, but I really tried to stay away from that,” Miller said. “I knew I was running as fast as I could, by doing things the right way, so I knew she (could be too).” Sawitz is one of the only people who knew Jones as a high schooler that is left at Thousand Oaks High. Head track coach Art Green died in August. Sprints coach Jerry Murphy passed away last year. Girls’ basketball coach Chuck Brown is retired, and did not return messages left at his home phone number. In 2000, when Jones won five medals (three gold, two bronze) at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, about 200 people gathered at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, which is adjacent to the school campus, to watch her perform and to celebrate their hometown hero. In 2004 though, Jones published a book that claimed she was lonely, unhappy and had no friends in her years at Thousand Oaks. “To this day, my memories of Thousand Oaks are painful,” she wrote in “Marion Jones: Life in the Fast Lane.” “Thousand Oaks used me. But I used them too.” Those words stung Sawitz and those who’d known Jones in high school. He couldn’t imagine that the “happy-go-lucky girl” he’d known had been unhappy and lonely the whole time. So he called up one of her friends from high school, Samantha Clark (now Hollister), and asked how good of friends they were. “Samantha was like, ‘We were best friends. I thought,”‘ Sawitz said. “I didn’t know what to make of it. It was sad. I guess she’s just a different person.” Kirby Lee contributed to this report. [email protected] (818) 713-3617 Marion Jones’ statement Friday “Making these false statements to federal agents was an incredibly stupid thing for me to do, and I am responsible fully for my actions. I have no one to blame but myself for what I’ve done. “To you, my fans, including my young supporters, the United States Track & Field Association, my closest friends, my attorneys, and the most classy family a person could ever hope for, mainly my mother, my husband, my children, my brother and his family, my uncle and the rest of my extended family, I want you to know that I have been dishonest, and you have the right to be angry with me. “I have let them down. I have let my country down. And I have let myself down. I recognize that by saying that I’m deeply sorry, it might not be enough and sufficient to address the pain and the hurt that I have caused you. Therefore, I want to ask for your forgiveness for my actions, and I hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me. “I have asked Almighty God for my forgiveness. Having said this and because of my actions, I am retiring from the sport of track and field, a sport that I deeply love. I promise that these events will be used to make the lives of many people improve. That by making the wrong choices and bad decisions can be disastrous. I want to thank you all for your time.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNow … they’re just sad. Friday afternoon, after years of steadfast denials, Marion Jones pleaded guilty in White Plains, N.Y., to lying to federal investigators about her use of banned drugs from 1999 to 2001, then apologized to her supporters and the sport in a tearful news conference on the courthouse steps in which she announced her retirement from track and field. Until Sawitz heard the words from Jones’ mouth, there was a part of him that believed she’d been clean. That part, the coach now says, is the part that has always wanted to believe her because of the Marion Jones he got to know as a high school junior and senior. “She was just one of the most amazing athletes you’re ever going to see. “I mean, once-in-a-lifetime kind of athletes,” Sawitz said. “I’ve seen her take a tennis ball and dunk it in a basketball hoop. I’d always defended her because what she was doing at 15 or 16; running the 100 meters in 11.1 (seconds) wasn’t that much of a stretch from what she did on the world stage. I just thought it was a natural progression for a great athlete. last_img read more

first_imgSAN DIEGO – A merciful easing of the winds fueling Southern California’s sprawling wildfires finally gave firefighters a chance to fight back against some blazes Wednesday, and weary residents could take solace in an overriding sign of hope: Just one person has died from the flames. That contrasts to 22 dead from a fire of similar magnitude four years ago, and while the final toll has yet to be tallied from this week’s fires, officials were crediting an automated, reverse 9-1-1 calling system that prompted the orderly evacuation of more than half a million people. That was 10 times the number evacuated four years ago. “They are more determined that people leave,” said Steve Levstik, who got his call 15 minutes before flames swept through his Rancho Bernardo neighborhood. “It was very intense. On the call, it was like, `This area, go! This area, go!’ In 2003, there was less guidance. It was like, `Just pay attention to the news and if it looks bad, leave.”‘ The Slide Fire, which has consumed more than 200 homes, more than doubled in size Wednesday to more than 10,100 acres. Still, it appeared to consume only a few houses Wednesday, and stalled on the mountainside on the northeast side of Highland. The Grass Valley Fire, after destroying at least 113 homes in and around Lake Arrowhead, slowed significantly, allowing firefighters to get it 30 percent contained. “They’re taking it down considerably,” said Dennis Bouslaugh of the U.S. Forest Service. Authorities said they had largely contained many of the fires north of San Diego, and all five fires in Los Angeles County were 50 percent contained or more. The death toll from the most recent blazes may rise as authorities return to neighborhoods where homes turned to piles of ash, but displaced homeowners and authorities were relieved that early reports were so low. The San Diego County medical examiner officially listed six deaths connected to the blazes, but he included five who died during the evacuation who were not directly killed by the fire. In 2003, all but a handful of the 22 dead succumbed to the flames. Terry Dooley, who was ordered out of his home with his wife and three sons Monday, said authorities learned important lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the 2003 California fires that wiped out 3,640 homes and blackened 750,000 acres during a two-week period. “They learned how to get things done more quickly,” Dooley said as he waited at a roadblock Wednesday to return home to San Diego’s upscale, densely populated Rancho Bernardo area. In addition to the reverse-9-1-1 system, authorities also shut down schools, halted mail delivery and urged people to stay home if they were not in danger. In 2003, only 50,000 people were evacuated in San Diego County. This week, more than 500,000 people were ordered to evacuate in San Diego County alone. Unlike many of the poor neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Katrina, the hardest-hit areas in California were filled with upscale homes, with easy access to wide streets. Less-wealthy areas – including rural enclaves and horse farms that stretch through the mountains east of San Diego – benefited from easy road access and small crowds. Despite Wednesday’s progress, none of the six major blazes in San Diego County was more than 15 percent contained, and those fires threatened more than 8,500 houses. The top priority was a fire in San Bernardino County that threatened 6,000 homes and continued to rage out of control. This week’s fires have destroyed about 1,500 homes since they started late Saturday and triggered the largest evacuation in California history. The flames have burned about 674 square miles, across five counties, from Ventura in the north all the way into Mexico. Property damage has reached at least $1 billion in San Diego County alone, and President Bush signed a major disaster declaration for California. The president was scheduled to visit the region Thursday. On Wednesday, about two dozen people gathered at a police barricade in Rancho Bernardo, which was one of the hardest-hit areas, hoping to retrieve medications and belongings – or simply to see if their homes were intact. What awaited many was an apocalyptic scene: entire streets leveled, charred hulks of metal that once were cars sitting in driveways of homes with only chimneys left standing. House after house, 29 on one street alone, were reduced to piles of blackened concrete and twisted metal. At one point, police officers lifted a barricade into the neighborhood only to turn residents away several hundred yards down the road at a second barricade. Some of the homeowners cursed at the officers. “You let us in just to send us back out,” one angry man yelled from his car. Dooley knew his home was OK because his home answering machine still worked. Six of San Diego County’s 42 evacuation centers were full Wednesday but there was plenty of space at Qualcomm Stadium, home to the NFL Chargers, where 10,000 people sought refuge. People rested on cots that lined covered walkways circling the bleachers and quietly watched television as National Guard troops watched. There were no bathroom lines. Some displaced homeowners complained that the evacuations went too far. Ron Morris, 68, saw smoke but no flames when he was ordered to leave a motor-home park in Ramona, northeast of San Diego, Sunday night. He drove his home to Qualcomm Stadium’s parking lot. “It’s good that everyone got out, but they did it too early in my opinion.” he said. Authorities made no apologies. “One happy consequence” of the 2003 fires is that people remember that fire can be very unpredictable, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday in an interview. “All but the most unlucky people can see the fire coming,” he said. “There’s no reason you should have loss of life, certainly for civilians.” The only confirmed death from the flames was Thomas Varshock, 52, of Tecate, a town on the U.S. side of the border southeast of San Diego, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Authorities had told him to evacuate, but he didn’t leave and authorities left to take care of other evacuations, the medical examiner’s office said. Firefighters returned to save two people trapped at his home Sunday but were unable to rescue Varshock, said Rick Hutchinson, a deputy incident commander for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Four firefighters were overcome by flames. One was in critical condition Wednesday; another was in serious condition. Al Guerin, a San Diego County assistant sheriff, estimated only 100 to 200 people ignored evacuation orders. That number included 20 people in the rural community of Jamul, near the Mexican border. Firefighters returned to save them. Another 25 to 30 homeowners ignored orders Tuesday to leave unincorporated Deerhorn Valley southeast of San Diego, forcing firefighters to return to save them, Hutchinson said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.On Wednesday, winds dropped to 21 mph to 36 mph, considerably less than the fierce gusts of up to 100 mph that whipped fire zones earlier in the week. As the fire threats diminished, authorities began allowing tens of thousands of people to return to their homes. “The vast majority of the city is now open for people to return,” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders told a news conference late Wednesday afternoon. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender said the priority now is getting people back into their homes and back to their businesses. The improving weather also allowed for a greater aerial assault on the flames and helped firefighters beat back the most destructive blazes. Within hours of returning to the sky, helicopters and air tankers dropped 30 to 35 loads of water on two fires that have burned hundreds of homes in the San Bernardino Mountains, near Lake Arrowhead. last_img

first_imgLAPD Cmdr. Kirk Albanese told the commission Tuesday that the Explorer program does not condone the anti-homosexual beliefs of the Scouts. “Any discrimination, any lack of values as it relates to the Explorers, is not to be tolerated by the department,” he said. “They do not get exposed to anything that the Boy Scouts of America teach.” Even as commissioners asked for more answers to the Explorers’ administrative links to the Scouts, they praised the program for providing teens with an introduction into community service. “I am torn because I am the beneficiary of this program,” Commissioner Alan Skobin said. “It’s a program of real value, but we need to determine what the linkage is to Learning for Life.” While the LAPD runs the Explorer program, which receives thousands in donations from boosters and philanthropic groups per year, Learning for Life provides the administrative support. “I am proud to be affiliated with the membership (of Boy Scouts of America),” Salce said. “But we don’t discriminate. That is not what we do.” About 40 officers supervise LAPD Explorers and say the LAPD is the sole guiding influence. According to a commission report in 2002, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo in a letter to Chief William Bratton clarified that the only association with Learning for Life and the department is an $8 fee per Explorer to cover insurance. He also noted that Learning for Life had a nondiscriminatory policy consistent with the LAPD’s. The independent nonprofit organization has similar agreements with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District, Salce said. In 2000, the Los Angeles City Council cut the Boy Scouts from the Explorer program and blocked troops from using city property for free. The effort came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the group could legally ban the hiring or inclusion of Scouts on the basis of religion and sexual orientation. [email protected] 818-713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe administration of the 16-week program that recently graduated 176 youths through the Los Angeles Police Academy is handled by Learning for Life, an Irving, Texas, company that provides programs nationwide on character development and career education for young people. The company broke with the Boy Scouts of America more than a decade ago, said Greg Salce, director of its Los Angeles area chapter, but the two organizations still share several national board members and offices in Texas. “You can easily see the connection between these organizations … on the Internet,” Freeman said, pointing to publicly available tax forms that show the two share the same address. Anthony Pacheco, president of the five-member citizens commission that oversees the LAPD, ordered the department to look into options to replace Learning for Life and asked the LAPD to demonstrate that the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy does not seep into the Explorer program. “This is an issue that’s of paramount importance to the commission,” he said. The Los Angeles Police Department’s largest youth program came under fire Tuesday for its links to the Boy Scouts of America, which condemns homosexuality, and the department is looking into possible replacements. Every year, hundreds of youths participate in the department’s Explorer program in an effort the LAPD sees as key to recruiting. But the program was assailed by departing and openly gay Los Angeles Police Commissioner Shelley Freeman and other commissioners for its ties to the Scouts. “This is a very disturbing relationship,” Freeman said during a commission meeting Tuesday. last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL taxi drivers are threatening to leave the HSE without emergency back-up.The Irish Drivers Association spokesman in Donegal says they have been inundated with calls in relation to the new registration for taxi drivers.In mid Jan every taxi driver in the county had been contacted by the National Transport Association that they must register by Jan 31 or face a €40 on the spot fine. “Every driver must phone the NTA at the start of every shift but this has been taking up to 45 mins to place the call and costing drivers in some cases €6 for the call,” said Mr Doherty.“The NTA has furnished each driver with a website that they can login to to register. But the website dosent work. I’ve meet with different drivers over the weekend and they have showed me that they can’t get past the login page. They are then redirected to the helpline which is costing upto €6 for every call. This means it’s going to cost every driver €6 per shift.“This leaves Drivers that they may no longer be in a position to take an emergency call from hospitals in some cases getting a Gardai escort to the border to collect specialist doctors from Airports to attend a bad road traffic accident or in some case where doctors are involved with organ Donar Removal and transport.“Drivers have stated that they are been discriminated against as one section of the community and stated that they have been bullied into handing over very personal details like DOB. Address phone number. SPSV number PSV badge Number. “And worst of all one driver said that PRSI numbers were being passed around like snuff at a wake. He explained to me that he was of the understanding that his PRSI number was covered under the Data protection act due to the recent duplicating scandal of PRSI numbers.“The driver explained to me now his number will be distributed between the NTA. Revenue and the Taxi regulator who will have this in paper form on the roadside doing roadside checks he said who knows now where his details will end up as it’s not the first time records have been lost or stolen by departments.“This seems to have been hashed through by the different departments without any consultation with Taxi operators or indeed to the individuals.” DONEGAL TAXI DRIVERS’ ANGER AT NEW HSE CALL-OUT SYSTEM was last modified: February 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL TAXI DRIVERS ANGER AT NEW HSE CALL-OUT SYSTEMlast_img read more

first_img.Milseog Na Mara creators, Mary Kate Carr, Ronan O’Hare, Aimee Byrne and Rebecca McShane from Colaiste Na Carriage, Co. Donegal, pictured here after they won the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2015. Pic Robbie ReynoldsBREAKING NEWS: A group of Donegal teenagers have been named European Youth Entrepreneurs of the Year 2015 at a ceremony in Budapest.Mary Kate Carr (16), Aimée Byrne (17), Rebecca McShane (16), Paddy McShane (16) and Ronan O’Hare (15) from Carrick won the award for their business ‘Milseog na Mara’, meaning Desserts of the Sea, which offers healthy alternatives to jellies and chocolate mousse using a type of locally sourced seaweed – Carrageen Moss – as the main ingredient.The competition is hosted by YouthStart, European Entrepreneurship Award – an affiliate of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Budapest, which is run in Ireland by Foróige – Ireland’s leading youth organisation. Earlier this year, the young people were named the Youth Entrepreneurs of the Year 2015 in Ireland and their reward was to represent their country on the European stage.Ireland has now been honoured on the European stage at the awards for three consecutive years.The NFTE programme was founded by US businessman Steve Mariotti in New York in 1987 to prevent at risk young people from low-income communities from ‘dropping out’ of the education system.The programme teaches young people to think like entrepreneurs, to take calculated risks, to be open to learning and be empowered to own their own futures. The programme now operates in countries across the globe, including in the United States where the programme is supported by global star and Bad Boy Entertainment founder Sean “Diddy” Combs. In Ireland, a total of 1,500 participants who set up 600 businesses as part of this year’s Foróige NFTE entrepreneurship programme, generating a collective turnover of €250,000. The programme runs from September to May every year.Research carried out by NFTE among 3,600 young people who participated in the programme found that 70% of all participants have found a job, either as an employee or an entrepreneur. The survey also shows that each NFTE entrepreneur in turn employs an average of 3.5 people. BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL TEENAGERS NAMED EUROPEAN ENTREPRENEURS OF THE YEAR! was last modified: November 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrickdonegalEuropean Entrepreneurs of the Yearlast_img read more

first_img1 Sunderland are out of the relegation zone after a goalless draw with Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.The Blacks Cats were well worthy of their point and perhaps should have claimed all three against a disappointing Gunners team.They had numerous chances to win the match but the stalemate is enough to move Sam Allardyce’s side above Norwich on goal difference and into 17th in the Premier League table.For Arsenal, their failure to win will give Manchester United hope that they can snatch the final Champions League qualification place.Arsene Wenger’s men remain fourth but United, sitting fifth, will close the gap to just two points if they win their game in hand.In a scrappy start, Sunderland struggled to keep hold of the ball and Arsenal had the first sight of goal when Alex Iwobi broke forward and flashed a shot wide of Vito Mannone’s right-hand post.Olivier Giroud then saw an effort pushed away by Mannone before the Sunderland goalkeeper was called into action again soon after to keep out Per Mertesacker’s header.The may have looked nervy in the opening stages, but Sunderland were not short on energy and soon grabbed a foothold in the game.As their confidence grew, Yann M’Vila, Wahbi Khazri and Lee Cattermole all tried their luck from distance before Patrick van Aanholt came within inches of giving the home side the lead with a powerful, dipping free-kick which beat Petr Cech but not the woodwork.Sunderland were pressing Arsenal relentlessly but the visitors were enjoying the majority of possession and Ozil’s deflected shot was kept out by Mannone as they signalled their attacking threat.The Sunderland shot-stopper then produced an ever better stop to keep out Alexis Sanchez’s well-struck free-kick.But Sunderland came charging back and Jermain Defoe thought he should have had a penalty when his goal-bound effort struck Mertersacker’s left arm in the visitors’ box.Referee Mike Dean was unmoved, however, and it was the same story minutes later when Arsenal had an appeal of their own turned down after Iwobi’s shot was blocked by the arm of DeAndre Yedlin.Sunderland, arguably in greater need of the three points than their opponents, began the second half with more urgency.Defoe was looking lively and saw an effort beaten away by Cech. The Gunners goalkeeper then reacted quickly to keep out M’Vila’s follow-up.Sunderland were well in the ascendancy and Defoe’s clever chip over Cech fell agonisingly wide before Lamine Kone failed to get a touch on a Khazri corner with the goal at his mercy.Arsenal were struggling to create anything of note, although they were almost gifted an opener when Mannone came tearing out of his box and missed the ball. Luckily for him, Younes Kaboul was on hand to clear the danger.Arsene Wenger introduced Jack Wilshere with seven minutes remaining as he looked for inspiration – the midfielder’s first taste of action since May 2015.He had little chance to make an impact but Arsenal almost fashioned an underserved winner when Sanchez struck a fierce effort from just outside the Sunderland box which Mannone did well to keep out.That was to prove the final action of the game, and while Sunderland will be disappointed not to have claimed the win, they have at least put survival in their own hands.For Arsenal, this was an uninspiring performance which will give United real hope they can beat their rivals to a top-four spot. Jermain Defoe appeals for a penalty during Sunderland’s draw with Arsenal last_img read more

first_img Vincent Kompany 1 Besiktas are planning an ambitious move for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, according to reports in Turkey.The Turkish champions are believed to have a huge transfer war chest this summer ahead of their return to the Champions League group stages and have lined up a £25m bid for the Belgian. City are extremely unlikely to sell their club captain this summer, who is determined to make an impression on new head coach Pep Guardiola. According to Fanatik, Besiktas are still set to go ahead with the bid as they aim to turn Kompany’s head with the view of perhaps signing him in a future transfer window. Kompany has been at City since 2008 and has led the club to two Premier League titles as captain.last_img read more