‘Special!’ Arsenal coach hails Mesut Ozil for trademark goal in training Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 26 Oct 2019 9:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShares Read More Coming Next Top articles Skip Ad Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire 1 min. story PLAY About Connatix V67539 by Metro Full Screen Read More / Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Skip 1/1 Read More Advertisement Video Settings Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Emery was ultimately rescued from suffering a second defeat in four days by Nicolas Pepe’s two late goals and afterwards refused to be drawn on Ozil’s situation.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 ArsenalHe said: ‘Tonight is not the day to speak about that.‘He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.’Ozil trained with the rest of the first team squad on Friday ahead of tomorrow’s match against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium and evoked memories of the goal he scored in last season’s fixture, bouncing the ball over the advancing goalkeeper using the side of his foot.Watching first team coach Pablo Villanueva was clearly impressed, lauding Ozil as ‘special’ but Emery is unlikely to be swayed into handing the former Real Madrid star a reprieve.Asked by Sky Sports to give fans an answer as to why Ozil isn’t featuring, he simply replied: ‘I think now is not the moment to speak about him.’Who will last longer at Arsenal?Unai Emery0%Mesut Ozil0%They’ll both leave at the end of the season0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & LiverpoolMORE: Roy Hodgson aims dig at Arsenal over failed summer move for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha SPONSORED Mesut Ozil has not been involved in any of Arsenal’s last five matches in all competitions (Picture: Arsenal YouTube)Mesut Ozil earned the praise of Arsenal’s coaching staff during Friday’s training session, but the he is unlikely get the chance to showcase his skills on Sunday after Unai Emery again refused to clarify his reasons for exiling the club’s highest earner.The former Germany international has made just two appearances this season and hasn’t featured in any of Emery’s five most recent matchday squads.Emery’s decision to freeze out the 30-year-old World Cup winner has coincided with a series of muddled performances while the likes of Dani Ceballos, Joe Willock and even Lucas Torreira have been trialled in Ozil’s preferreed No.10 role with little success.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal were booed off at half time during Thursday’s Europa League match against Vitoria while trailing 2-1 with a large section of home fans singing Ozil’s chant.ADVERTISEMENT
The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic could return to the club as a player in the final years of his career.Milan and most of the other Italian league clubs resumed training on an individual basis last week before full team training restarts next Monday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month.The federation says the league, clubs and players at all times “assume the risk of infection” and “bear the responsibility” of all possible consequences related to the disease and to “the risk for public health.”The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday. Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31.Commissioner Atsushi Saito says “I don’t think anyone can make preparations by setting a specific opening day.”Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20.Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku says it would be difficult to set a date for the season to start with the state of emergency still in effect.Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set. The Latest: Baseball in Japan could start in June Associated Press The government recently said it would allow the league and the cup to resume on May 30. The second division was canceled.___Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Italy to spend two weeks in quarantine ahead of the potential return of the Serie A season with AC Milan.He leaves behind plenty of questions in his native Sweden.Ibrahimovic has been keeping up his fitness by training with Hammarby. He bought a nearly 25% stake in the Stockholm-based club last year in his first move into soccer ownership. The striker practiced with the men’s and women’s teams and played in a training match because Sweden is not under strict lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic. May 11, 2020
Head football coach Clay Helton has had a penchant for hiring former assistants for his new staff, and Tuesday the trend continued as the Trojans announced the addition of Tommie Robinson as running backs coach.Robinson served as running backs coach and passing game coordinator for USC in 2013 under head coach Lane Kiffin but was not retained after Steve Sarkisian was hired.The 52-year-old has plenty of experience at the collegiate and NFL levels — 30 years in all — and he spent the last two seasons as the running backs coach for the Texas Longhorns.“We are thrilled to welcome back Tommie Robinson to the Trojan Family,” Helton said. “He is one of the most respected running back coaches in our profession. He has had an extensive career in both the NFL and college and he will pass on that knowledge to our young running back group.”Helton also worked with Robinson at Memphis, where they were both assistants in 2006.“I have had the good fortune to work with Tommie on two different occasions, at USC and at Memphis, and have seen firsthand how he develops young men both on and off the field,” Helton said. “He is a true professional and a terrific recruiter.”During the 2013 season at USC, Robinson guided the Trojans’ offense to 29 rushing touchdowns, its most in eight years.After starting his career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas, Robinson spent time at Utah State, TCU, and UNLV. Then came a three-year stint in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys where he served as a wide receivers and special teams assistant. Prior to his first stint at USC, Robinson was the running backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals from 2010-2012.Robinson’s career has also seen stops at Memphis, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State and Miami.Last season, the Longhorns averaged 5.67 yards per carry under Robinson, who will look to get the best out of several running backs the Trojans plan to feature, including Ronald Jones II and Justin Davis.Robinson joins Clancy Pendergast (defensive coordinator), Tee Martin (offensive coordinator), John Baxter (special teams coordinator and tight ends coach) and Helton as former assistants under Kiffin who will be on Helton’s staff in 2016. Pendergast and Baxter were brought in while Martin was promoted from wide receivers coach.Robinson’s hire means that Johnny Nansen, who was the running backs coach the last two seasons at USC, will shift to linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. Nansen was retained by Helton after coming over with Sarkisian from Washington.
Maddenoliday will soon be upon us, which means the time for ratings is here.Starting on July 13, ESPN will reveal “Madden NFL ’21” ratings throughout the week on its programming. The reveal will include members of “Madden’s” 99 Club, members of which are rated 99, the highest rating in the game. ESPN’s morning show “Get Up!” will hold the reveal of the 99 Club while “First Take,” “SportsCenter” and “NFL Live” will all house different coverage of player rankings and ratings throughout the week. MORE: ‘Madden’ fans are disappointed with EA for a big reasonAs with every year, the “Madden” ratings are the cause for debate and contention among fans of the longstanding video game franchise. A player’s rating is correlated to his on-field production and is updated weekly as the regular season rolls along.The unofficial start of ratings-reveal season starts with the rookie QB ratings, which were revealed Thursday by former NFL QB and Hall of Famer Steve Young.”Dang! This is the guy you guys got!?” – @[email protected] reveals #Madden21 Ratings to Rookie QBs pic.twitter.com/PLLH1Fh8XK— Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 9, 2020Madden 21 rookie QB ratings:- Joe Burrow: 76- Tua Tagovailoa: 73- Jordan Love: 71- Justin Herbert: 70- Jalen Hurts: 68 (86 speed)- Jacob Eason 63- Jake Fromm 62— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) July 9, 2020 On July 17, remaining ratings will be revealed on a “SportsCenter” special, which will also detail EA Sports’ ratings process,Last year, just four NFL players were members of the 99 Club: the Rams’ Aaron Donald, current Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins, Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. This year, freshly paid Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes may enter the group as a 99-overall player.