Arsenal Baits Leicester with £40m Plus Xhaka for Ndidi

first_imgArsenal Manager Mikel Arteta is considering a remarkable player-plus-cash bid for Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, with Granit Xhaka potentially moving the other way.Arteta is drawing up a shortlist of players to refresh his squad at Arsenal after being confirmed as manager last week.And, according to UK’s The Guardian, Foxes midfielder Ndidi is one of his top targets. The 23-year-old has been an integral part of Leicester’s surge up to second in the Premier League table, with 20 appearances and two goals in all competitions so far this campaign.Tempting Leicester into talks will be difficult during the mid-season transfer window, with boss Brendan Rodgers looking to consolidate their position in the top four. Leicester are also in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, where they will meet Aston Villa.When Leicester defeated Unai Emery’s Arsenal in November, Rodgers heralded Ndidi’s role in his team.“In any team you need a good defensive midfield player that can do a lot of the dirty work as they say,” Rodgers said noted of Ndidi’s sterling qualities.“He (Ndidi) smells danger. He can cover the ground so fast, he can press up to the ball, he can cover in.“Tactically he is improving and playing better. He is playing in a specific position we haven’t played before where he can run and he has got a clear role to sit and protect and be that link player.“With the ball he is getting better. His game is simple. He just needs to serve the players in front of him and be an option to play off the centre-halves and full-backs and continuity in the game.”Switzerland midfielder Xhaka appears destined to depart Arsenal after reacting angrily to being substituted off during the club’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October.He appeared to shout “f*** off” at fans as he made his way off of the pitch and towards the Arsenal dugout in the Premier League clash with his team’s London rivals.Fellow midfielder Lucas Torreira has been repeatedly linked with a move to Napoli in the new year as well.Arteta’s first match as Arsenal boss was the 1-1 draw on Boxing Day at Bournemouth while Ndidi and Leicester hosted leaders Liverpool in the last game of Boxing Day.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Racism: T-shirts No Longer Enough, Says Nigerian Basketballer Aminu

first_imgNigeria international and Orlando Magic power forward Al-Farouq Aminu, has said that having already protested against racism over the years the NBA needs to make even more of a statement.North America’s men’s NBA basketball season resumed Wednesday after it was put on hold on 11 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The intervening months have also seen the Black Lives Matter movement return to prominence following the death in the United States of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while a police officer knelt on his neck. Like other sports around the world the NBA has been discussing how it will show its support in the battle against racism.“We have already taken action, as we’ve had ‘I can’t breathe shirts’” the 29-year-old told BBC Sport Africa, referring to the stance of players in 2014 following the death or Eric Garner at the hands of police in New York.“We’ve seen guys be very vocal about the matters.“I think what a lot of people forget is that we had a black president, we had a black Attorney General and we had let’s say many of the best basketball players in the world are black.“All those different things happened after the Black Lives first happened and the movement first started.“So I don’t believe that these gestures are 100% the remedy, obviously it is nice to bring awareness to different things like that but after a while you have to get the job done.”“And I think that that’s what I’ve been emphasizing to the players, this time is on. I’m not really a one to protest that way.“A dangerous man is one who doesn’t care about the consequences.“We have to make sure that the consequences for doing these egregious acts are very high so that people don’t even think it’s something that they could maybe get away with or even want to consider doing.”Aminu was born in the USA but now plays internationally for Nigeria, helping them win the 2015 African Basketball Championships, and is in contact with friends and family in Africa.He is keen to explain that despite all the problems that Africa faces the Black Lives Matter should also resonate on the continent.“I’ve heard some of those same sentiments and something that I would encourage them to understand is that Nigeria was colonized as well,” he pointed out.“And those same type of rules and tactics are in systematic racism.“Racism was implied for Africa as well and it’s done in different ways.”He explained that when African nations declared independence all they got was actually their own land returned to them.“That isn’t land given, there hasn’t been money given, there hasn’t been resources given after what was being done.“So, I think that the reason that it relates to everybody, because it’s a human thing, I think that humans should be treated equally.“I don’t think that anybody should be underneath the law in the sense of being able to not find any justice and not to be treated as a decent human being.“So whether that is happening in Nigeria, or happening in Antartica and or on another planet, I think that as human we should always understand that there’s no reason to treat each other in an inappropriate way.”The NBA regular season and play-offs are being completed at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.To limit the number of personnel inside the NBA ‘bubble’, only 22 of the league’s 30 teams are taking part. Franchises with no chance of progressing to the post-season are not involved.Aminu’s Orlando Magic side re-start their season on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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High Performance Dressage meeting in Horse Sport Ireland

first_img High Performance Dressage meeting in Horse Sport Ireland Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Other Disciplines  »  Dressage News  »  High Performance Dressage meeting in Horse Sport Ireland On Monday last a High performance dressage meeting was held in the Horse Sport Ireland Offices. Horse Sport Ireland CEO, Damian McDonald said;It was obvious from the meeting on Monday last there is a great desire amongst Irish International Dressage Riders to improve Irelands standing in International Dressage. The riders are focused on having a team at the World Equestrian Games and trying to compete more on the international stage.Pictured below are the international riders who attended the meeting;Back Row L to R: Anne Marie Dunphy, Phillipa Teggin, Bethany Quinn, Maureen Dwyer, Carolyn Mellor, Marguerite MacSweeney, Judy Reynolds, Heike HolsteinFront Row L to R: Joan Adrain, Dane Rawlins, Roland Tong, Kate Dwyer 3 February 2014, 15:36 Tags:last_img read more

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All-Ireland 3 Year Old Sport Horse Futurity Class at Ballina Agricultural Show 2015

first_img Tags: 8 July 2015, 19:45 The start list for the All-Ireland 3 Year Old Sport Horse Futurity Class at Ballina Agricultural Show 2015 is now available. CLICK HERE FOR START LIST.This class was one of the successful projects to receive funding from the Innovation Fund in 2015. Class details can be found below.INNOVATION FUNDEarlier this year the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, announced an additional allocation of funds of €600,000 for Horse Sport Ireland for promotion and marketing activities. A portion of this funding was made available as prize money for new innovative classes/competitions at new or existing shows/events.Following public advertisements, applications for 68 projects were received, seeking prize money allocations of in excess of €730,000. Following an adjudication process, 11 projects were chosen for funding.CLASS DETAILS All-Ireland 3YO Sport Horse Futurity – Class Details All-Ireland 3 Year Old Sport Horse Futurity Class at Ballina Agricultural Show 2015 Home  »  Breeding News  »  All-Ireland 3 Year Old Sport Horse Futurity Class at Ballina Agricultural Show 2015 last_img read more

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Midlands Connemara Pony Breeders Show Live Streaming

first_imgHome  »  Breeding News  »  Midlands Connemara Pony Breeders Show Live Streaming Tags: Midlands Connemara Pony Breeders Show Live Streaming MIDLANDS CONNEMARA PONY BREEDERS SHOWThe Midlands Connemara Pony Breeders Show takes place on July 26th at Mullingar Equestrian Centre commencing at 9.30 a m. competing will be many of Ireland’s leading Connemara Ponies comprising of 23 in-hand and 10 Performance classes. The Feature is the All Ireland Connemara Broodmare Championship (at approx.  13.15) sponsored by Willows Ingredients which carries the highest prize fund in Europe (€1,900) for a single In-hand class.The show will be live streamed across the world.  Persons wishing to access Live Streaming information please visit the Midlands Website www.midlandsconnemaraponies.com 24 July 2015, 15:32last_img read more

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Irish riders set for Olympia

first_img Irish riders set for Olympia Team Ireland Equestrian riders head to London’s Olympia Horse Show this weekend, with representation in both showjumping and dressage for Ireland. Elsewhere on the showjumping circuit, Ireland will be represented at Frankfurt (GER), Roosendaal (NED) and  Lier (BEL).This week in excess of 40 entries have been made for almost 20 riders competing in FEI international competitions worldwide. All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). Tags: Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Showjumping News  »  Irish riders set for Olympia 13 December 2016, 22:33last_img read more

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Pender claims victory in Mullingar International

first_img 3 June 2018, 17:36 Home  »  General  »  Pender claims victory in Mullingar International Tags: Pender claims victory in Mullingar International HHS Fortune (ISH) by Catoki (HOLST) bred and owned by Marion Hughes and ridden by Mikey Pender jumped double clear in a time of 36.63 seconds to win the 7 Year Old Final of the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Showjumping Series at Mullingar International Show. One of only 15 double clears in the 7 year old class, Pender beat off stiff competition from the twenty-five combinations who made it through to the final.In the 5 Year Old final, twelve combinations jumped double clear to split the win. While in the 6 Year Olds, there were only six clear rounds. There was €9,500 on offer in Mullingar from the Irish Sport Horse Studbook for these young horse classes. The next leg takes place in CoilOg on 30th June and 1st July.Full results, including breeding information, are detailed below. Photo Credit Laurence Dunne5 Year Olds=1st Castle Camiro (ISH) mare by Sligo Candy Boy (ISH) out of Camiro Lady (UNK) bred and owned by Noel Ruane and ridden by Vincent Howley.=1 Abc Caruso (ISH) gelding by Cardento (HOLST) out of Ardnehue Diamond Cruiser (ISH) by Cruising (ISH) bred by Patrick Kehoe, owned by Ivor Fox and ridden by Catherine Thornton.=1st Swift Action (ISH) mare by Ballycapple Diamond Cruise (ISH) out of Diamond Society (ISH) by Nigrasine (Gb) (TB) bred by Rory Finnerty, owned by Norman Allen and ridden by Olive Clarke.=1 The Kiwi (ISH) gelding Orestus (KWPN) by Orchid Hill (ISH) out of Clover Hill (ID) bred by Eamonn Gleeson bred by Riona Finn ridden by J Naughton.=1st Presidential Ball (ISH) stallion by Clinton (Be) (HOLST) out of Echo Peach (ISH) by Clover Echo (ISH) bred and owned by Brendan McSorley ridden by Kevin Gallagher.=1st Curraghgraigue Coevers Quality (ISH) gelding by O.B.O.S. Quality 004 (OLD) out of Curraghgraigue Coevers Z (ISH) by Coevers Diamond Boy (ISH) bred and owned Baden Powell and ridden by Gemma Phelan.=1st Ladycastle Diego (ISH) gelding by Pacino (BWP) out of Vimminka (KWPN) by Nabab De Reve (BWP) owned and bred by Ladycastle Syndicate ridden by Nicholas Butler.=1st Diamant De La Mer (ISH) gelding by Diamant De Semilly (SF) out of Vuelta Du Ter (SF) by Eurocommerce Berlin (HOLST) owned and bred by Hugh Ward and ridden by Angela Percy.=1st Killaloan Cobra Carel (ISH) gelding by Cobra (HOLST) out of Carrigeen Carel (ISH) by Harlequin Du Carel (SF) bred by Owen Cooney owned and ridden by Richard Hourigan.=1st Ladycastle Paco (ISH) gelding by Pacino (BWP) out of Vimminka (KWPN) by Nabab De Reve (BWP)      bred and owned by Ladycastle Syndicate ridden by Nicholas Butler.=1st Baskin Phinesse (ISH) mare by Peppermill (KWPN) out of Utah Van De Bucxtaele (BEWB) by Phin Phin (BEWB) bred by Margaret  Dobby owned by John Carey ridden by Olive Clarke.=1st Rhs Blue (ISH) mare by Cheers Cassini (HOLST) out of Tullibards Ask Benny (ISH) by Cruisings Micky Finn (ISH) bred by Deirdre Mcguckian owned by John Hoyne and ridden by Louis Delplace. 7 Year olds1st  Fortune (ISH) mare by Catoki (HOLST) out of Hhs Daisy (ISH) by Ard Vdl Douglas (KWPN) bred and owned by Marion Hughes and ridden by Michael James Pender.2nd Paciro (ISH) gelding by Pacino (BWP) out of Ramiro View (ISH) by Ramiro B (BWP) bred by Patrick Flanagan owned by Lorna Daly and ridden by Thomas O’Brien.3rd Flexability (ISH) (TIH) gelding by Flexible (ISH) out of Diamond Ballerina (ISH) by Diamond Lad (ID) bred and owned by Noel Cawley ridden by Darragh Ryan.4th Zilko (ISH) mare by Je T’Aime Flamenco (BWP) out of Zilke (KWPN) by Corland (HOLST) bred by Thomas O’Brien                owned by Tom Moloney Jnr an ridden by Linda Moloney.5th Intuitive (ISH) gelding by Beach Ball (ISH) out of Sandiamo (AES) by Andiamo Z (NRPS) bred and owned by Edgar Hogg ridden by James Hogg         .6th  Tara M (ISH) mare by Luidam (KWPN) out of Lasina Ii (HOLST) by Lasino (HOLST) bred and owned by Natalie Macken and ridden by Francis Connors. 6 year olds1st Cuffesgrange Cavadora (ISH) mare by Z Wellie 72 (KWPN) out of Cuffesgrange Cavalidam (ISH) by Luidam (KWPN)                bred and owned by Clare Hughes, ridden by Cian Goggins.1st Krafty Kitty (ISH) mare by Ars Vivendi (HOLST) out of Krafty Kate (ISH) by Diamond Serpent (ISH) bred by Stephen Keane owned by Ronan Tynan ridden by Tholm Keane.1st Drumiller Sensation (ISH) mare by Arko Iii (OLD) out of Revelene (ISH) by Puissance (ISH) bred by Paul Dillon owned by Catherine Thronton & Patricia Kavanagh and ridden by Catherine Thornton     .1st King Lupin (ISH) gelding by Lux Z (HANN) out of Thornfield Lupin (ISH) by Cruising (ISH) bred and owned by Patrick Sutton ridden by Gerard Clarke Jnr.1st Moonahaw Dvz Diamond (ISH) mare by Dignified Van’T Zorgvliet (BEWB) out of Moonahaw Diamond Nadia (ISH) by Lux Z (HANN) bred by Blaithnaid Clarke owned by Maurice Cousins and ridden by Sophie Richards1st Corraghoe Bounce (ISH) gelding by Lux Z (HANN) out of Corraghoe Tiger (ISH) by Cruising (ISH) bred by Patrick Smith owned by Miley Dunning & Joyce Veld and ridden by Joyce Veld.last_img read more

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Irish eventers compete in final leg of the Nations Cup Series

first_img 9 October 2019, 11:49 Irish eventers compete in final leg of the Nations Cup Series Team Ireland Equestrian’s eventers line out at Boekelo (NED) this week, for the final leg in the 2019 FEI Nations Cup Series. Action at the Dutch event kicks off on Thursday with the first of the dressage tests.On the showjumping circuit, Irish riders compete at Rabat (MOR), Vilamoura (POR), Tryon North Carolina (USA), Oliva Valencia (ESP), Opglabbeek (BEL) and Chevenez (SUI). In endurance, Ireland will be represented at Vic (ESP).All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Eventing News  »  Irish eventers compete in final leg of the Nations Cup Series Tags:last_img read more

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