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Hill-Wood counting on his Chips

first_imgArsenal’s transfer kitty is in safe hands with new chairman Sir Chips Keswick, according to former custodian Peter Hill-Wood – but whether manager Arsene Wenger spends any of that on Luis Suarez before the transfer window slams shut remains to be seen. The Gunners, who failed to win a match as they hosted the Emirates Cup last weekend, maintain there is plenty of hard work going on behind the scenes to strengthen the squad, albeit perhaps not in time to help with the Champions League play-off in a couple of weeks time. Liverpool, however, remain steadfast that they have no intentions of selling star man Suarez – the forward reportedly considering legal redress to force the club to allow negotiations with Arsenal. The London club have seen a specific bid of £40million plus £1 – which was believed would trigger the Uruguayan’s release clause – rejected out of hand. When pressed at the weekend, Wenger insisted he would continue to do negotiations away from a public auction, claiming the club were “on other different cases” as well as Suarez. Having failed to deliver Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain as the Argentinean striker eventually opted for Napoli instead, Wenger does appear to have several others on the radar, with reports in Romania suggesting a free transfer deal for forward Ciprian Marica was close following his release by Schalke. So far, though, France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo, who arrived without a fee on a Bosman from Auxerre, is the only confirmed signing. Vice-captain Mikel Arteta said Wenger and the board were “working really hard” to deliver the players needed to bolster the squad’s long-overdue bid for a sustained assault on the Barclays Premier League title, with Keswick – appointed chairman in June after Hill-Wood stepped down following his recovery from a heart attack – heading that up. The 73-year-old life-long Gunners fan, a former director of the Bank of England, has been on the board since 2005, and Hill-Wood is in no doubt he will help the club drive on with their self-sustaining business model. “We couldn’t have a better man at the helm than Chips, he’s absolutely first-class,” Hill-Wood said in an interview with the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com. “There are huge sums of money involved in football now and Chips certainly understands the world of finances better than most – he was a director of the Bank of England and has worked in finance all his life. He has a very good grasp.” Arsenal end their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Premier League rivals Manchester City in Helsinki on Saturday, when they will again be without captain Thomas Vermaelen, who is recovering from a back problem. France defender Bacary Sagna has been asked to fill in during the warm-up games as cover for the preferred central partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. The 30-year-old, who is out of contract next summer, has no problems with weighing in wherever it helps the team. “It is different, but I love learning,” he said on Arsenal Player “I see myself as a right back, but if I have to cover sometimes or play centre back, I will do it for the club, my team and myself as well.” Sagna added: “I was injured last season so I didn’t have any pre-season and I think you could see it in my performances. “I was not as sharp as I used to be so I am very happy to start from the beginning and I am looking forward to win something this season.” Arsenal have also offered trials to Morocco midfielder Alharbi El Jadeyaoui, who is with French Ligue 2 side Angers and Sebastian Perez from Atletico Nacional, as well as Al Ain talent Omar Abdulrahman, who caught the eye at London 2012 with the United Arab Emirates. The club are also set to shortly confirm the sale of Ivory Coast forward Gervinho to Roma and also Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh to newly-promoted Crystal Palace. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Organisers to Change Marathon Venue over Heat Fear

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said athlete welfare was “at the heart” of changes.Sapporo can be as much as six degrees cooler than Tokyo in peak summer.The plans will be discussed by the IOC at the end of the month as part of a special session on “heat countermeasures”.International Association of Athletics Federations president Lord Coe said: “Giving athletes the best platform for their performances within the environment they are in is central to all major events, and we will work with the organisers to create the very best marathon and race walk courses for next year’s Olympic Games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram TOKYO OLYMPICSThe marathon and race walking at next summer’s Tokyo Olympics are set to be moved to Sapporo – 800km to the north – because of its cooler conditions.Measures to combat the heat in the Japanese capital, including better shade and water sprays, have been trialled at test events this summer.last_img read more

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Kartje: In the wake of LeBron’s exit, Cleveland hopes to have found a new savior

first_imgStill, Darwish adds, with Mayfield under center, “I’m more optimistic than I’ve been in years.”On this Sunday, however, hope slams headlong into a roadblock. Against the Chargers, Mayfield struggles, and the Browns lose badly. Expectations are tempered, ever so slightly.Nevertheless, the Browns and Bakermania have the city buzzing, just as basketball season approaches. The Cavs will open their first season post-LeBron unlike any other in recent memory, away from the microscope they once operated under. No one here is clamoring for the Cavs, whether for reasons of subconscious self-preservation or otherwise.This is a Browns city now, fans will tell you, it always has been. And so, in the wake of LeBron’s exit and the uncertainty in his exit, the city will cling tightly to its quarterback and the new hope he brings, for however long it might last.“Once football season is over,” LaChance says, “I think people will start to realize LeBron is gone. But right now, we’ve got to ride this while we can.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Cleveland has always been a football town. That’s the cliche, anyway. On the Muni Lot tailgate, just across the highway from the Browns’ lakeside stadium, it’s the first thing everyone will tell a reporter from Los Angeles who comes around asking about LeBron.For years, they’ve waited desperately for the Browns to show some flicker of hope, wearing their loyalty through hopeless heartache as a badge of honor. Of course, it was during that painfully long wait that Cleveland just so happened to land one of the greatest basketball players of all time.But here, in Northeast Ohio, the Browns are gospel, a fixture every Sunday, and football’s roots run deep within the region. So when Baker Mayfield took over in Week 3, dripping with moxie as he led the long-hapless Browns to their first victory in 635 days, his arrival galvanized the city, just when it needed it most.Amid these tailgates, drenched in brown and orange, Bakermania is in full swing. His No. 6 jersey, already a top-10 seller in the NFL, is everywhere. Screen-printed shirts bearing his likeness are peddled in large piles, with slogans like “Baker, Baker, touchdown maker” or “Real Deal Mayfield.”A bright orange sign hangs at the entrance to the lot. “QB Purgatory, R.I.P., 1999-2018,” it declares. John Terwoord, the Cleveland native who made the sign, is already selling “I survived QB Purgatory” shirts. Like everyone else here, he’s found hope again.Across Cleveland, you can feel it. Bartenders conferring about the Browns, Uber drivers raving about Mayfield. He’s only been the quarterback for three weeks, and yet, the rookie has already ascended to mythic status in this Midwestern city. Darwish, who for more than a decade has held his own tailgate here, admits he’s worried how quickly Cleveland has fallen for its new quarterback. The city has been hurt before. “They see an instant spark, and they go buy jerseys and they call him their savior,” he says.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs center_img CLEVELAND — A cold rain is falling outside Quicken Loans Arena, dripping steadily off the plastic tarps and steel scaffolding that surround the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. On this gray October Saturday, days before a new NBA season begins, the building where LeBron James became the greatest basketball player on Earth is a construction site, empty and eerily silent, save for the pitter-patter of drizzle on steel beams and concrete.On the same day that James signed a four-year deal with the Lakers, leaving Cleveland for the second time, Cuyahoga County made its first payment on the arena’s $140 million renovation. Construction has been underway since. Around the building, signs promise a “TRANSFORMATION”. But the arena won’t be finished until next fall. For now, as a new era of basketball here begins, Cleveland and its team are left mid-metamorphosis, unable to fully move forward, unable to put the past fully behind them.As such, the specter of LeBron still lingers here, even as his once-towering presence has been scrubbed from view. The iconic banner of LeBron that once hung on the corner of Huron and Ontario Streets has been removed, leaving only a few black marks on the red brick, the only subtle reminders of the now-bygone era.Lamp posts outside the arena which once bared his likeness now declare the Cavs’ new motto, “All for One, One for All”. There are no banners featuring Kevin Love or J.R. Smith or stud rookie Collin Sexton; even their jerseys in the team store are arranged somewhat democratically. Where James was once prominently featured as the city’s outsized superstar, his image plastered everywhere, his influence felt across this lakeside city, now no Cavs player is bigger than any other. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThis is the awkward ground on which the Cavs will open this NBA season. As Los Angeles ushers in a new era with LeBron, Cleveland is still understandably sorting out the complicated feelings that come with his absence. The sentiment is much different now than in 2010, when James left for Miami and enraged fans burned jerseys en masse. No one here is cursing his name or dowsing Nike gear in lighter fluid. Their divorce has been mostly amicable, anger replaced by understanding.“He brought us a championship,” says Jason Darwish, 42. “I’m not mad at him. But he doesn’t look right in a Lakers uniform.”Former Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James sits on the bench in the final minutes of the second half of an NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)“He was Northeast Ohio, man,” adds Sol LaChance, 36. “We all saw him play in high school. He’s from here.”The pain of his exit is still there, buried deep beneath the surface. Maybe it always will be. But James ended the championship curse after 52 years, and for that, he would always have their undying respect. Though, as the NBA season begins and the reality of life without him sinks in, it helps that a new star is emerging, one the city is already ready to anoint as its sports savior.*** Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

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