Arsenal in competition with Barcelona over the signature of AS Nancy teenager Bilel Hassaini

first_imgArsenal in competition with Barcelona over the signature of AS Nancy teenager Bilel Hassaini France youth international Bilel Hassaini is on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)A report from Foot Mercato last week stated that Arsenal would be looking to integrate Hassaini into their U23 team initially rather than into the first-team squad. Crystal Palace are also in the market for the youngster and could offer him a quicker route to first-team football.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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 CityUnai Emery is on the market for cheap reinforcements this summer having been given a meagre transfer budget of between £40-45m and signing a highly sought-after young player for a small fee would be in line with the club’s current financial situation.Arsenal have been linked with a number of young French players this summer including PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe, Saint-Etienne’s William Saliba and Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou.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 Comment Unai Emery is on the lookout for reinforcements this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are competing with Barcelona over the signing of AS Nancy forward Bilel Hassaini after PSG dropped out of the running, according to Get French Football.The 18-year-old, who has been capped 11 times by France at U17 level, is available for transfer this summer as cash-strapped Nancy need to raise money to avoid relegation to National – the third-tier of French football.Hassaini had been in advanced discussions to join PSG, however, negotiations with the Ligue 1 champions have reached a dead end, resulting in Barcelona and Arsenal moving to the front of the queue to secure his services.Nancy would be entitled a compensation fee should Hassaini depart as he has refused to sign a professional contract with the club, meaning he is technically still a youth team player. PSG had been set to pay just €300,000 for him before talks collapsed.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Jun 2019 12:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link201Shareslast_img read more

USA Water Polo recognizes USC’s Vavic

first_imgUSA Water Polo honored USC men’s and women’s head coach Jovan Vavic with the Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Men’s Coaching Award on Monday. The award, annually given at the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Induction and National Awards Dinner, honored Vavic for his contributions to the USA Water Polo program. A native of the former Yugoslavia, Vavic took over head coaching duties for the USA Men’s Senior National Team last year on an interim basis, helping the team qualify for the 2013 FINA World Championships.The skipper · In 19 years at USC, Jovan Vavic has won 13 national titles and 12 National Coach of the Year Awards. Last fall, Vavic claimed a record sixth consecutive national championship with the men’s squad. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanVavic has been remarkably successful in his 19-year tenure at USC. In that timespan, he won a combined 13 national titles and 12 National Coach of the Year awards with the men’s and women’s programs. He has led the men’s team to a record six consecutive national championships in the past six seasons, a record the Trojans will put to the test once again next fall. Last week, Vavic’s women’s team lost for the first time in 28 games, a streak dating back to the team’s 2013 National Championship season.Recently USC water polo has been a family affair for Vavic  — he has coached both his son Nikola and his daughter Monica to great individual success. Nikola, who won four consecutive national championships with the Trojans from 2010-2013, was a four-time All-American and two-time National Player of the Year. He also became the school’s all-time leading scorer as a senior.Monica, a junior on the women’s team, has already become one of the best players in program history. She is a two-time first team All-American, and was named the MPSF Player of the Year last season. Her 57 goals so far in 2014 are currently tops for the Women of Troy.Though he graduated from crosstown rival UCLA, the elder Vavic will certainly be remembered as one of the greatest Trojans of all time. Next year will be his 20th year coaching the men’s squad — in the last 19 years, the team has finished outside the top three in the country just five times. Since 1996, when the USC women’s team entered Division I play, the Women of Troy have finished outside the top three only seven times. Jovan and Monica are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host No. 11 Loyola Marymount at the Uytengsu Aquatic Center.last_img read more

Lonzo Ball-De’Aaron Fox duel doesn’t emerge as Kings top Lakers

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, left, and Brook Lopez watch the closing moments of the Lakers 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Kosta Koufos, left, and Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, center, hangs from the rim after stuffing dunking against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Garrett Temple, left, and De’Aaron Fox during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, left, drives against Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, center, grabs a rebound between Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, and Brook Lopez during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Skal Labissiere during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, drives against Kings forward Skal Labissiere during the first quarter of Wednesday’s game in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, right, goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, hangs from the rim after dunking over Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III, right, drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton questions referee Leon Wood about a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, of Serbia, gestures after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, right, talks with Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, left, of Serbia, drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield, left, and Bogdan Bogdanovic exchange high fives in the closing moments of the Kings 113-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, left, and Brook Lopez watch the closing moments of the Lakers 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Kosta Koufos, left, and Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Kosta Koufos, left, and Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)ExpandSACRAMENTO – Drafted three spots behind Lonzo Ball in June, Kings point guard DeAaron Fox understands pressure.He played at Kentucky, after all. Still a teenager, he is the starting point guard for a moribund NBA franchise desperate for a savior.Not even Fox, however, can relate to what Ball faces with the Lakers.Related Articles Yes, the LaVar Ball, Donald Trump feud is still going and now Don King and LeVar Burton have been sucked in too Julius Randle continues to make case for bigger role with Lakers After Ball snatched 29 rebounds over his previous two games, the Kings (5-13) limited him to just six boards.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 20 points, while Kings reserve center Willie Cauley-Stein led all scorers with 26. Veteran center Zach Randolph added 22 points.It was a more efficient, though quiet, night offensively for Ball (4 for 8 from the field) whose 30.8 field goal percentage entering the night remains cause for concern. He did, however, record the highlight of the night when he cut backdoor to receive a lob from Corey Brewer and dunked with one hand over Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein with 8:17 left in the second quarter. Fox has been among those studying Ball’s every move. It’s not so much that the Kings rookie seeks out the latest updates on LaVar vs. Donald Trump, or Lonzo’s haircut.It’s that they can’t be avoided.“I wake up in the morning, it’s 8 a.m. and the first thing that’s trending is that,” Fox said. “So you see it.”He toed the line of equating the Life of Lonzo to that of members of another reality TV family.“It’s basically a famous family,” Fox said. “I was going to compare it to the Kardashians. Just necessarily saying how famous the family is, not what you do to get famous or anything like that. They are all being watched.”Fox has had a more sheltered NBA experience than his Lakers’ counterpart. Though he started Wednesday, he has come off the bench in all but five of his first 18 games.The Lakers have not had the same luxury with Ball, who was declared the star and starter from the beginning.“Being a rookie you usually have more time to adjust to NBA life,” Coach Luke Walton said. “You get little opportunities here and there and you grow from those, you have vets that kind of take you under their wing and show you how it’s done at this level.“It’s more of a patient process. I think he (Ball) is handling it well, so I think this way is working for him.”A night earlier, Ball checked into a game with the Lakers trailing by seven against the Chicago Bulls. He keyed a rally that completely flipped the game and saw the Lakers emerge with a 103-94 win.There was no such comeback magic on Wednesday. The Lakers simply could not stop the Kings offense, which ranks last in the NBA at 94.3 points per game.“It’s tough to win on the road in the NBA,” Walton said, “and I think our guys are still learning that.” Put LaVar Ball in Parent Hall of Shame: Letters AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWith four days until their next game, the Lakers, who did not lead after the first quarter, saw their two-game winning streak snapped as they fell to 8-11.After Ball missed scheduled matchups with Fox in summer league and the preseason due to minor injuries, the two rivals finally met on an NBA court Wednesday night, their first tilt since Fox scored 39 points in a victory over Ball and UCLA in a regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament last spring.Earlier in their freshman seasons, Ball scored a victory over Kentucky at Rupp Arena.In Chapter 3 on Wednesday, Ball finished with 11 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in 37 minutes, while Fox recovered from two ugly airballs to score 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting.“It was a lot of fun playing against him,” Ball said. “It’s always fun. Everybody in the crowd loves it and all the fans and stuff, so it’s good for basketball.” Fox has also been criticized for his shooting. Before Wednesday he was shooting just 26.1 percent from 3-point range. Against the Lakers he made both his attempts.Fox, who was among the players the Lakers considered drafting with the No. 2 pick, has been friends with Ball since he was starring at a high school in suburban Houston and Ball was at Chino Hills. This was before LaVar Ball became a presidential nemesis; before Big Baller Brand molded its first prototype.“He is the same kid that I met,” Fox said. “I mean, you just got more followers, you got more money and people really look upon everything that you do now. He is still the same chill, laid-back, doesn’t-say-much guy that I met in high school.” In the Donald Trump vs. LaVar Ball exchange, does one brand help another? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “The expectations are out of this world for him,” Fox said before the Kings’ 113-102 win over the Lakers. “I couldn’t imagine it.”last_img read more

Emir Spahić negotiating with FC Hertha?

first_imgAfter the arrival of Mitchell Weiser from Bayern, FC Hertha turned to the new reinforcements for the next season.Close to the signing for the club from Berlin are also Sidney Sam from FC Schalke, and Balazs Dzsudzsak from FC Dynamo Moscow. Two nights ago, German Bild passed the information that FC Hertha is also negotiating with the BH national team member Emir Spahić.“Regardless of age, the BH national team member is currently one of the best defenders of Bundesliga. Along with Toprak, he formed one of the best tandems in Germany”, stated the journalist of the Bild.“I do not hide that there are offers, but Bundesliga is always interesting for Emir. Regardless of the injury and age, Spahić is in top form, which he confirmed in the national team match against Israel. He can play at a high level for a few more years”, said Spahić’s adviser Daniel Delonga.(Source: klix.ba/ photo radiosarajevo)last_img read more