Arsenal investigate Pepe transfer

first_imgArsenal‘s efforts to streamline and improve their operations has extended to an internal investigation into whether they overpaid for £72m club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.Sources have told ESPN the deal has been re-examined as part of the wider recruitment overhaul which led to the departures of a host of scouts including Francis Cagigao, Brian McDermott and Brian Clark as well as several more senior employees based throughout Europe.Pepe ended his debut season in England with eight goals and 10 assists across all competitions; a satisfactory return despite some inconsistent form. There is said to be no sense of regret at signing the 25-year-old but many people within the game were surprised at the size of the fee Arsenal paid to Lille, especially coming from a club where finances are notoriously tight. The Gunners paid £20m up front but have committed a further £52m over the next five years, the first instalment of which is due this summer. The depth of that commitment has led to a review of the scouting reports and negotiating process which led to such a big deal being sanctioned.Pepe attracted interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs after impressing in Ligue 1 but sources have told ESPN that individuals working for other clubs who became involved in preliminary talks with Lille were taken aback by the amount Arsenal eventually paid.Technical director Edu joined the club three weeks before Pepe signed for Arsenal — he held up Pepe’s shirt with the winger at his unveiling — but the bulk of the work on the deal had already been done. Former head coach Unai Emery has previously stated he preferred to sign Wilfried Zaha but Crystal Palace wanted the majority of a similar fee up front and Arsenal opted for Pepe instead.Edu has led a drive to overhaul Arsenal’s recruitment at all levels — Ty Gooden, Arsenal’s leading scout in France, has also been released — in the belief that a global network is less important than data-driven analysis and forging relationships with key agents.With COVID-19 a contributing factor to 55 non-playing staff redundancies and further pressure on a modest summer transfer budget, Edu is determined to make every penny count. Source: ESPNlast_img read more

Ghana League Cypher: Stats session for match day 6

first_imgThe Ghana League Cypher team brought you the analysis of matchday 6. Now they bring you the stats and figures from the matchday.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

Reunited after injuries, Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Chris Paul still adjusting

first_img“Just because they’re playing doesn’t mean you’re back yet.”Griffin returned to the Clippers lineup in January after knee surgery knocked him out for 18 games while Paul recently recovered from a torn thumb ligament that cost him 14 appearances.Could those two, partners in crime for so long, really require an adjustment period to one another?“For (Griffin) it’s tough to come back,” Rivers said, “and Chris is hurt, so you’re trying to get your offense going. Now that Chris is back and Chris is trying to get his offensive rhythm going, I think Blake is doing both (trying to facilitate and score).”Rivers and his players stressed that they would not use the injuries or the time needed for these players to adjust back to one another as an excuse for their slide in the West. “I don’t know how true it is,” Griffin said. “I mean, yeah, we haven’t played with our regular lineup. The majority of that lineup, we’ve been together a long time.”Griffin scored 17 points against the Rockets and Paul had 16 points and 11 assists.While things are far from dire — the Clippers are fifth in the West — the last week proved how much of a gap exists between them and the top three teams in the conference. Golden State, San Antonio and Houston took turns beating L.A. up since the trade deadline.“You figure it out,” Paul said. “We don’t have much practice time. We’ve got games. Regardless, when you step on the court you (try to) win the game. Figure it out and win at the same time.”The common thread in the Clippers worst losses has been the complete abandonment of their offensive principles. The ball stops moving from side to side, players stop moving away from the ball. Isolation and desperation is no recipe for success.“We’ve got to do better,” Rivers said. “We are better. And I’m going to keep saying that. We have to be a better team; we are a better team.”When the Clippers took a 37-34 lead in the first quarter against Houston, Rivers kept waiting for Houston to lose its poise. To see it revert to the bad habits that have cost the Clippers so many times this season, and especially in the past week.It never happened.“They stuck with their stuff,” Rivers said. “Right when they made a run on us and took the lead after we had the early lead, I thought we abandoned our stuff.“They just stuck with their movement and kept doing it. That’s who we thought we were. And that’s who they are.” LOS ANGELES >> Blake Griffin has run the pick and roll with Chris Paul for going on six seasons. DeAndre Jordan has been leaping over defenses since Lob City. Those three, plus J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers, have been together since the cursive logo days.That history has made Doc Rivers’ best explanation for the Clippers’ 1-3 record following the All-Star break somewhat surprising.In essence, he has it that these guys still have to get comfortable with each other. The reason? All the themes missed playing together because of injuries.“I still don’t overlook, without making excuses, that we’re still getting right,” Rivers said after Wednesday’s 122-103 loss to Houston. “We got our two guys back and it’s going to take a little bit of time.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Parents can now give kids test for learner’s permits to drive

first_imgDES MOINES — Many young Iowans who are turning 14 while schools are closed due to the pandemic are anxious to get their learner’s permits to drive, and the Iowa Department of Transportation is working to accommodate them.Darcy Doty , director of the DOT’s Driver & Identification Services, says those teens can now take their instructional permit written tests — at home. “Many of the students were doing that through the Skip the Trip program at school and we’ve modified that so that parents can actually proctor that exam at home,” Doty says. “The student does not need to come into our service centers right now because we’re only open for essential service needs.”The test is administered through a secure website and if the student passes, they’ll know right away and the results are automatically forwarded to the DOT. Once the service centers reopen — tentatively in May — the teen will be able to stop in to get their first provisional license.“We know that when somebody turns 14, that’s one of the most exciting things they want to do, come in and take that instructional permit test and get that permit,” Doty says. “We want to be able to make sure that the student has a ‘win’ during this COVID-19 experience.”Parents, guardians and legal custodians are able to proctor or supervise, the test-taking process and Doty says she’s not concerned that a teen wanna-be driver might be allowed to cheat. “We certainly hope that a parent would not do that because ultimately it’s about that individual getting behind the wheel, that young person being able to be knowledgeable enough to earn that instructional permit,” Doty says. “It is to everyone’s best interests to proctor that exam appropriately.”To apply to take the test at home, the parent must have a valid Iowa driver’s license and will need to complete and submit the Application to Proctor Knowledge Exam form to the Iowa DOT. read more

WDFW Tentatively Schedules Razor Clam Digs Through December 31

first_imgNov. 20, 2014, Thursday; 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 21, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 22, 2014, Saturday; 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisNov. 23, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 24, 2014, Monday; 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 25, 2014, Tuesday; 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 26, 2014, Wednesday; 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Nov. 4, 2014, Tuesday; 4:26 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 5, 2014, Wednesday; 5:14 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 6, 2014, Thursday; 5:59 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 7, 2014, Friday; 6:42 p.m., -1.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 8, 2014, Saturday; 7:24 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisNov. 9, 2014, Sunday; 8:05 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 10, 2014, Monday; 8:47 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 11, 2014, Tuesday; 9:31 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Facebook202Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe first razor clam dig of the season is tentatively scheduled next month with additional digs planned through New Year’s Eve.In announcing the initial digging schedule, state fishery managers emphasized that final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat.“We’re announcing this proposed schedule to give people time to makes plans,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “However, none of the digs are confirmed until we announce the results of the toxin tests.”During the first set of digs, scheduled October 7 through October 12, both Twin Harbors and Long Beach will be open all six days, with additional harvest opportunities at Mocrocks and Copalis. Through the end of the year, WDFW has tentatively scheduled a total of 41 days of razor clam digs.Beach surveys indicate an average razor clam population at Copalis this year while Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks show excellent numbers of clams, Ayres said.“Overall, there are a lot of clams out there and we expect this to be another great season,” he said.Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.Razor clam diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses of various kinds are available on the department’s website at and from license vendors around the state. A new WDFW video, which demonstrates how to teach your kids to harvest razor clams, is available at recently sought public comments on the upcoming razor clam season.  Ayres said he appreciates that so many people sent in comments.“We have done our best to incorporate as many of those suggestions as possible in the months ahead,” Ayres said.Below is the schedule of proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches:Oct. 7, 2014, Tuesday; 6:26 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 8, 2014, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 9, 2014, Thursday; 7:58 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 10, 2014, Friday; 8:43 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 11, 2014, Saturday; 9:28 pm, -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisOct. 12, 2014, Sunday; 10:15 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks Dec. 19, 2014, Friday; 4:41 p.m., 0.0.feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 20, 2014, Saturday, 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisDec. 21, 2014, Sunday, 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 22, 2014, Monday, 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 23, 2014, Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Dec. 3, 2014, Wednesday; 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 4, 2014, Thursday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 5, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 6, 2014, Saturday; 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisDec. 7, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 8, 2014, Monday; 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 9, 2014, Tuesday; 8:21 pm, -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Oct. 22, 2014, Wednesday; 6:31 p.m., 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 23, 2014, Thursday; 7:07 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 24, 2014, Friday; 7:44 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 25, 2014, Saturday; 8:22 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisOct. 26, 2014, Sunday; 9:03 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 27, 2014, Monday; 9:47 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 28, 2014, Tuesday; 10:36 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Dec. 31, 2014, Wednesday, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet,  Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis For more information on razor clam digging, visit the WDFW website at read more

Watch: Carlos Vela humiliates entire San Jose Earthquakes’ defence before scoring into an open…

first_imgAdvertisement 2qff1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3o19yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7n8q( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2zsyWould you ever consider trying this?😱1ycCan your students do this? 🌚akooRoller skating! Powered by Firework LAFC superstar Carlos Vela is having a remarkable season with the Los Angeles club since his move from Real Sociedad. The Mexican netted 26 goals in 25 games this season, which includes a brace against San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday. The black and golds kicked off in style, with left winger Diogo Rossi scoring in the 6th minute. Eight minutes later, Vela doubled their lead through a penalty. But his best was yet to come as he added one more to his name in a spectacular fashion.Advertisement Zlatan Ibrahimovic may claim he’s the best MLS has seen so far, but Vela has been more effective to his team. He has 18 more goals and assists than the Swedish megastar in the MLS this season, so the stats here aren’t lying about who’s the better player right now. The former Arsenal striker has scored outstanding goals for Los Angeles in 2019 and added another one to his collection last night by completely humiliating San Jose’s defense. After a quick dummy with the ball, Vela skipped past two defenders, rounded off the goalkeeper and then sent another defender sliding before finding the back of the net. You can check out the golazo here:Advertisement LAFC are top of the Western Conference by 19 points and the skipper has almost single-handedly taken his team to that position. There were some comparisons between the Mexican and the Swede this season in and Ibrahimovic claimed they can’t be compared because of where they played in their primes, whereas Vela said the numbers speak for themselves.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more