Shkodran Mustafi’s agent and father speaks out on Arsenal trying to sell him

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jul 2019 3:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link417Shares The Gunners are looking to offload the error-prone centre-back this summer (Picture: Getty)Shkodran Mustafi’s agent and father, Kujtim, has played down the prospect of an imminent departure from Arsenal and says a move to Serie A is not on the cards.The Gunners are actively looking to offload a player they spent £35million on just three years ago due to the series of high-profile gaffes and errors that have plagued his time at the Emirates.Ligue 1 side Monaco are reported to have made an approach to Arsenal to sign Mustafi, while Italian giants Roma have also been credited with an interest. Emery is thought to be keen for Arsenal to move Mustafi on and buy a replacement (Picture: Getty)However, Mustafi is believed to want to fight for his place at Arsenal and his dad – who also represents him – has poured cold water on the transfer speculation.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s news to me,’ he told Romanews. ‘There’s nothing in it. There has been no contact with Roma or any other Italian club.’More: 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 CityArsenal boss Unai Emery is believed to have finally lost patience with Mustafi after the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, telling club chiefs to find him a new club.The Gunners are so desperate to offload him they will even let him go out on loan, though the 27-year-old still believes he can win over his doubters and prove himself at Arsenal.center_img Shkodran Mustafi’s agent and father plays down chances of leaving Arsenal for Serie A Advertisement Mustafi was booed by the Arsenal crowd during last weekend’s defeat to Lyon (Picture: Getty)With Mustafi set to leave and skipper Laurent Koscielny having asked for a transfer, Emery could be left with few options at centre-back – though wants a new central defender before the window closes.The back-line was an area he wanted to strengthen significantly over the summer, but William Saliba was sent back out on loan to Saint-Etienne and the club have struggled to reach an agreement with Celtic for left-back Kieran Tierney.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 Arsenallast_img read more

India beats the nerves for another title win

first_img England international India Clyburn overcame a late attack of the nerves to seal a superb season by winning the girls’ title at the 2014 Telegraph BMW Junior Championship at Quinta do Lago in Portugal. The 17-year-old from Woodhall Spa has been on stunning form this summer and led from the front at Quinta do Lago’s redeveloped North Course to add the prestigious title to her season’s roll of honour. India has already won the English girls’ open amateur, the Scottish junior stroke play and the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy – and helped England to win both the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. India, sister of Ladies’ European Tour player Holly, held a commanding five-stroke lead after the first day, when she returned a course record 69, and extended her advantage by a further stroke going into the final 18 holes. But on a rain-interrupted last day, North Yorkshire’s Lily Downs began to close the gap as India hit trouble as the event reached its climax. There was just one stroke in it when India overcooked a shot and found her ball lying by a tree root on the 15th hole, leading to her second double-bogey of the day. But India settled her nerves by securing a fine birdie at the par-three 16th hole before maintaining her composure over the final two holes to clinch a two-stroke victory from Lily Downs (Romanby), with Surrey’s Elizabeth Prior  (Burhill) five shots further back in third. “It was so tough out there, especially with two doubles in my last round,” said India.”I was getting angry with myself and in the end I lost count of my score and didn’t know what to do. I just tried to do something in the final three holes.   “It’s great to add my name on the trophy and all the things that come with winning this. My coach, Graham Walker, happened to be out here for the first round so I was happy to tell him that I shot a 69 in my opening 18!” Meanwhile, the boys’ event featured an impressive performance from Portugal’s number one teenager Vitor Lopes, who produced sub-par rounds of 70 and two 68s to win the title by four shots from Cheshire’s Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) with Worcestershire star Oliver Farrell (Evesham) back in third.     India and Vitor Lopes, winner of the boys’ title, will now play in next year’s BMW Championship Pro-Am at Wentworth, an initiative first revealed by Paul McGinley at last year’s finals. Previous winners of the event, which was hosted by Quinta do Lago for the second year running and celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, have included the likes of the 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose and stars of the men’s and ladies’ tours in Europe, Oliver Fisher, Melissa Reid and Carly Booth. In addition to competing in one of the world’s biggest junior tournaments, the finalists enjoyed a trip to the Portugal Masters during their stay to watch some of the top Tour stars in action, while they also received an assortment of the latest top-of-the-range golf equipment from TaylorMade adidas Golf. India was one of 12 boys and nine girls to take part in the 54-hole competition and the 21 finalists became some of the first golfers to play Quinta do Lago’s totally revamped North Course. The North Course has been redesigned by renowned American architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with Paul McGinley, and the European captain of the winning 2014 Ryder Cup team was on hand to officially open the new development just 24 hours before the tournament started. Caption: India Clyburn with John Dwyer, the chief executive of Quinta do Lago. Click here for more details and full scores. 15 Oct 2014 India beats the nerves for another title win last_img read more

The R&A boosts nine-hole golf with new championship

first_img20 Apr 2016 The R&A boosts nine-hole golf with new championship The R&A is demonstrating its support for nine-hole golf as an ideal way to play golf in less time whilst still doing so competitively and for handicap purposes by introducing a new championship for amateurs at Royal Troon this summer. The announcement comes as England Golf prepares to roll out its Golf Express initiative, which promotes nine-hole golf to busy people and has been described by ambassador Justin Rose as “A great way to play all the game in half the time.” Golf Express is part of England Golf’s strategy to make golf more accessible and attract more club members. It encourages clubs to offer nine-hole green fees and to hold after-work roll-ups for members and non-members. It was trialled in Staffordshire and is soon to be launched nationwide, with a dedicated website which will feature green fee offers and highlight nine-hole golf clubs. The R&A’s new championship will be played on Saturday 9 July at Royal Troon, giving the players the opportunity to play nine holes at the historic Ayrshire links on the eve of The 145TH Open. In 2017, the event will be expanded to cover golf clubs in Great Britain and Ireland with players being given the opportunity to qualify at nine hole events held by The R&A’s affiliated national associations in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Padraig Harrington, two-time Champion Golfer of the Year and R&A Working for Golf Ambassador, welcomed the initiative. “People who want to play golf are increasingly struggling to find the time to play and so positioning nine-hole golf as a legitimate alternative makes a lot of sense,” he said. “I’m really pleased to see The R&A taking the lead in this area. “For regular amateur golfers to be able to play The Open venue in championship condition immediately before the best players in the world is a fantastic initiative and I’m sure this new competitive format will encourage more people to get out on the golf course and play nine-hole golf.” The R&A’s extensive survey on pace of play and the subsequent Time for Golf conference in St Andrews last November highlighted the challenges many people face in finding time to play 18 holes, with 60% of the golfers surveyed expressing the view that they would enjoy golf more if it took less time. The survey also revealed that among 25-44 year-olds who are unhappy with the pace of play, 21% would like to see the playing time reduced by as much as one-and-a-half hours, while 19% said they would welcome the opportunity to play nine holes more often as an alternative format. Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “One of the messages that came through clearly from the survey and the Time for Golf conference is that people would play more golf if they could do so in significantly less time. Nine hole golf is not new but we feel it is often overlooked as a perfectly valid way to play the sport either with your family and friends or competitively. “We are delighted to introduce a nine-hole championship and will be promoting this format as a way of playing golf in less time which can have wider appeal among people who lead increasingly busy lives today. We are very much looking forward to working with the national associations to promote nine-hole golf and we hope to see more events being played throughout Great Britain and Ireland to cater for this important audience.” This year’s event will see 30 golfers playing a nine-hole championship at Royal Troon. Two players will qualify from events held at each of the 13 Regional Qualifying venues for The Open throughout Great Britain and Ireland with host venues Royal Troon Golf Club and The Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon each providing two players. The handicap event will be open to men, women, boys and girls who are members of the clubs taking part. Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Trial that could reshape college athletics begins

first_imgIn this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. Five years after the former UCLA star filed his antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, it goes to trial Monday, June 9, 2014, in a California courtroom. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File) Some believe it could upend the way college sports operate. Others say Ed O’Bannon’s legal crusade against the NCAA already has.Five years after the former UCLA star filed his antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, it goes to trial Monday in a California courtroom. The stakes are high in the biggest challenge yet to the NCAA’s authority to operate college sports at a time when big money makes so-called “amateur” sports look an awful like the pros.Here’s a look at the issues surrounding the case:Q. What is this trial about?A. The NCAA is being sued by O’Bannon and others over the use of their images in broadcasts and video games without compensation. They will argue at trial that the NCAA has acted as a cartel in violation of federal antitrust laws by conspiring to keep players from making money while at the same time pocketing billions of dollars in big television contracts. The NCAA contends that rules on “amateurism” are necessary to retain competitive balance and that a successful lawsuit could create a free-for-all that will seriously damage college athletics.Q. What are the plaintiffs asking for?A.  In the short term, not much. The 20 named plaintiffs dropped their demands for money in damages a few weeks before the trial in a strategic move to narrow the scope of the case. But they are asking for the judge to rule in their favor and issue an injunction that would prohibit the NCAA from enforcing rules against paying players for the use of their images in broadcasts. Lawyers for the plaintiffs will also argue they deserve reimbursement for legal fees that they said exceeded $30 million even before the trial. “Just to get to trial alone is huge,” said Jon King, an attorney handling several related cases. “To obtain an injunction will be revolutionary.”Q. Why would a win be so important?A. This is the first time a challenge to the way the NCAA operates has gotten this far. It is part of a broader effort to change the way major college sports are operated that includes several other lawsuits challenging various NCAA regulations and a unionization effort that won a vote for football players at Northwestern earlier this year. Plaintiffs and others claim that there is no real amateurism in a college sports industry where coaches make millions, administrators are well paid and everyone profits except the athletes providing the labor. “O’Bannon represents a watershed moment for the NCAA,” said Northeastern University School of Law professor Roger Abrams, an expert in sports and antitrust law. “When combined with the Northwestern football team unionization effort, the case raises the question whether the NCAA must totally re-conceptualize its approach to regulating college athletics.”Q. What will we find out during trial?A. There will be a lot of testimony about the huge amounts of money coming into college sports, literally billions of dollars for the conferences and the NCAA from television rights deals. At least two conferences — The Big 12 and Conference USA — made last-minute challenges in court to keep their television deals secret, arguing they would be at a competitive disadvantage if other conferences and schools knew exactly what the terms of those deals are. There will also be testimony on the NCAA side about the many benefits athletes get while in college, including tuition, room and board and tutors to help them get degrees.Q. Will other athletes, say swimmers or golfers, get something from this?A. No, the class-action suit is limited to football players and Division I basketball players. Those two sports are the biggest revenue generators for colleges.Q. Why haven’t they settled?A. The NCAA says it can’t budge on the fundamental question of paying players, because doing so would upend the model of college sports. The organization also believes many of the lawsuits are lawyer-driven and says athletes are treated better than ever and happier than ever. The plaintiffs did reach a separate settlement with videogame maker EA Sports and the Collegiate for $40 million that will allow some payments to former players. The NCAA dismissed that by saying “the real benefactors of this settlement are the lawyers, who could pocket more than $15 million.”Q. Will this lead to pay-for-play in college sports?A.  Not right away, though the pressure brought by unionization attempts and lawsuits has already led to proposals for the five biggest college conferences to increase scholarship money and change other rules to benefit athletes. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the whole college sports system doesn’t need to be blown up, but there are remedies that will help athletes prosper while at the same time keeping a structure to control college athletics. They’re suggesting the establishment of a trust funded by the NCAA and its schools that would take money for the use of player images and dole it out to individual players — but only after they’re done with school. “Notwithstanding the NCAA’s conjecture that the sky will fall, an unfettered market will not bring college athletics to a halt,” attorneys for the plaintiffs wrote in a trial brief.last_img 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