Unai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Watford vs Arsenal

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 14 Sep 2019 9:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Advertisement Watford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:54FullscreenWatford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/watford-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-2005254/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Responding to the managerial change at Watford, Emery said: ‘They finished with Javi Gracia, they did a very great season last year and now they signed a very great coach also with Quique Sanchez Flores.‘I think now he’s going to know the team, the players and he knows some players because he trained them three years ago and I think he is also going to be good also.‘I really respect every coach. I think now with Quique Sanchez Flores, they are going to continue working well like they were doing with Javi Gracia.‘We are going to respect them and prepare for the match thinking of us in the beginning and after, respecting them with their characteristics.‘After, some things can change. Watford are going to be the same in their great spirit like a team and also they are going to push a lot in Watford with their supporters. They have very good players.’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 Unai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Watford vs Arsenal Nicolas Pepe was sent home early from international duty by Ivory Coast (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is hopeful Nicolas Pepe will be fit enough to play a starring role for Arsenal against Watford on Sunday.The club’s record signing has shown flashes of huge potential during the opening weeks of the new season following his £72million move from Lille.Pepe caught the eye, in particular, during the recent defeat against Liverpool at Anfield, providing the usually unflappable Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson with several uncomfortable moments.The 24-year-old has already operated as a conventional winger and a support striker as Emery continues to tinker with his system and make alterations to his starting line-ups depending on the opposition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 confirmed on Friday that Alexandre Lacazette would be out of action until October with a persistent ankle injury, which could force Emery to deploy Pepe in the role he filled at Anfield on Sunday alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Pepe was sent home early from international duty by Ivory Coast last week, but Emery his confident his major summer signing will feature at Vicarage Road.‘We decided to keep him here with us [during the international break] & we were working with him to have him ready for Sunday & we think he will be.It is a small problem. Where is it? I don’t know exactly.’Watford have taken only a single point from their opening four matches this season and last weekend parted company with Javi Gracia, who was instantly replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores, who coached the Hornets during the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.last_img read more

PKL: Top five raiders in the history of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League

first_img LIVE TV Written By FOLLOW US COMMENT WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Devika Pawar center_img Since its launch in 2014, PKL has witnessed a variety of players establish their talent. From Anup Kumar to Joginder Narwal, players have proved their prowess on the mat multiple times. This year, the Pro Kabaddi League is in its seventh season. As the playoffs for PKL 2019 are fast approaching, let us take a look at the top five PKL raiders of all time.Also read | PKL | Top Raiders From Pro Kabaddi League: Pardeep, Naveen And PawanTop five raiders in the history of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League 1. Pardeep NarwalUnsurprisingly, Pardeep record-breaker Narwal tops this list with 1101 raid points. Becoming the highest point-scorer for his debut season with Patna Pirates, this young talent from Haryana took the kabaddi world by storm. His eight-point raid against Haryana Steelers in season 5 is still clearly etched in everyone’s memories. For PKL 2019, Pardeep has a total of 243 points.Also read | PKL | TAM Vs GUJ: Thalaivas Vs Fortunegiants Match Prediction2. Rahul ChaudhariWith 942 raid points, Rahul Raid Machine Chaudhari is placed second on this table. As quick as a fox, this star raider is known to change the game around single-handedly. In season 4, Chaudhari became the first raider to cross the 400-point mark. This PKL season, Chaudhari ranks ninth with 117 raid points.Also read | PKL 2019: Haryana Steelers Qualify For Playoffs With A Stellar Win3. Deepak Niwas HoodaCurrently the captain of Jaipur Pink Panthers, Deepak Hooda ranks third with 856 raid points to his name. In PKL season 6, Hooda was the most successful all-rounder with 208 total points to his name. He is known for his flawless execution of the running hand touch. As per the PKL season 7 rankings, Hooda has scored 146 raid points.4. Ajay ThakurThe hero of India’s 2016 Kabaddi World Cup victory, Ajay Iceman Thakur is placed fourth on this list of all-time raid point scorers. Thakur has scored a total of 790 raid points throughout PKL history. His signature move is the spectacular frog jump. For the current PKL season, Thakur has earned a total of 58 points.5. Maninder SinghManinder Singh is ranked fifth on this list with his total of 718 raid points. Scoring most raid points for Jaipur Pink Panthers in his PKL season 1, Maninder has only enhanced his performance throughout the years. Currently, he is the captain of Bengal Warriors. Maninder has scored 192 raid points in PKL season 7.Also read | PKL | Bengal Warriors Vs Dabang Delhi KC: Match Preview And Team News First Published: 30th September, 2019 13:03 IST 11 months ago PKL 2019: Top four raiders in Pro Kabaddi League 2019 so far WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 30th September, 2019 13:03 IST PKL: Top Five Raiders In The History Of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League PKL has gained a massive fan following since its inception in 2014. With new raiders emerging each year, here is a list of five all-time raiders in PKL historylast_img read more

Caribbean nationals nabbed in US

first_imgIn Dorchester, Massachusetts, a 40-year-old national of the Dominican Republic was arrested with convictions for cocaine trafficking and money laundering, ICE said, adding that a 23 year-old national of the Dominican Republic, who had assumed the identity of a US citizen, was arrested in Methuen, Massachusetts.He had prior convictions for drug trafficking, identity theft and resisting arrest, and is facing current pending drug trafficking charges.ICE said 30 of those detained had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses; 33 have criminal charges pending; and 15 individuals were previously released from local law enforcement custody, correctional facilities and/or court custody with an active detainer.In addition, ICE said nine of the immigrants were referred for criminal prosecution to the appropriate US Attorney’s Office in the jurisdiction and that some will face federal criminal prosecutions for illegal entry and illegal re-entry into the US after deportation.“The arrestees who are not being federally prosecuted, are detained in ICE custody, and will be processed administratively for removal from the United States.  Any individual that returns to the United States illegally after being deported, is subject to immediate removal from the United States,” ICE added. Several Caribbean nationals have been nabbed by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during a five day exercise.ICE said nationals from Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, and Antigua and Barbuda were among 58 people arrested during the exercise.It said a 41-year-old Jamaican national was arrested in Hyannis, Massachusetts, who was previously convicted of possession of cocaine.last_img read more

What happened to the Mets in ‘Avengers: Endgame’? A theory

first_imgYes, in the concluding chapter to a massive saga about good vs. evil, the value of teamwork and friendship, and the complexities and ethics of being a hero, the thing that stuck out most to me was that MLB had downsized. This is one side effect of viewing so much of life through a baseball lens. RIVERA: 20 things to watch in the 2020 MLB seasonObviously, this conclusion probably wasn’t the intention of the Russo brothers when they made their 3-hour adventure, which, by the way, is the highest-grossing move of all time. But, in full disclosure, I’m not a huge Marvel guy, which is why I saw “Endgame” on New Year’s Day instead of last spring when it came out. Don’t get me wrong: The movies are fine. I’ve seen most of them, but I tend to view them as individual experiences, rather than pieces in a bigger story. I know enough to follow along, but I’ve never made a point to study all the intricate details and every inter-connecting plot point.So, if you’re a huge Marvel fan who loves to discuss fan theories and expanded universes, you’ll have to forgive that my contribution to the conversation is so very minor and silly.Anyway, here are three reasons why I think the Mets were contracted in the “Endgame” universe:Citi Field is still there: In an early flyover shot of New York, we clearly see the Mets’ home appearing to still be in excellent shape. In other words, it wasn’t destroyed in any battles or in the chaos that resulted from the blip when Thanos snapped and wiped out half the Earth’s population. Perhaps the city keeps the stadium in good shape in hopes of landing another team, or perhaps it still hosts other events or other sports. But from the few seconds we see, it doesn’t appear the stadium has been converted into a shelter or anything else. Maybe Yankee Stadium was destroyed and that’s where the Bronx Bombers play now. In any case, it’s curious. Sports still exist: It would be easy to suggest that the tragedy of the blip caused all sports to cease, as it’s a safe assumption that people just wouldn’t care about such frivolous things anymore. We can assume that thousands of pro athletes across all sports would’ve fallen victim to Thanos’ snap, gutting rosters and farm systems everywhere. The whole sports ecosystem would’ve crashed. But that’s apparently not what happened. How do we know? Because when Banner/Hulk goes to Fat Thor’s house to recruit him on his time-travel mission, Thor mentions that sports are “fuzzy” on his TV. So, at least some sports are still happening. Perhaps they’re shells of what they used to be, but they still exist. But does that mean baseball is still a thing? Well, that brings me to my next point.The guy in the therapy scene says he misses the Mets (not baseball in general). This seems like a big clue. The guy, played by co-director Joe Russo, talks about being on a date and mentions how he and his date “miss the Mets.” Notice that he didn’t say “miss baseball.” Even if someone is a huge fan of a particular team, it seems more likely that they’d say they miss baseball itself if the sport had ceased to exist. I guess it’s possible that someone doesn’t really like baseball as a whole and only enjoys watching one team, but that seems weird to me. We’re still a long way from pitchers and catchers reporting, and actual baseball news has slowed significantly since the Winter Meetings, so in lieu of timely baseball commentary, I’ll offer some mindless, months-late baseball-related theorizing. Here it is: I finally watched “Avengers: Endgame” and had one major takeaway: The Mets were contracted.  That’s it. That’s the evidence. What do you think?I guess it’s possible that the Thanos blip would result in all two-team cities or states losing one of their teams. After all, it would be hard, if not impossible, to support two MLB teams in one geographic area if half the population vanished. So maybe MLB shrunk by several teams.Or maybe something else happened. Maybe the entire Mets team got blipped. Statistically, that seems unlikely. But also, it would be so Mets.last_img read more

What the 2020 Winter Classic meant to the NHL, Dallas and the southern hockey fan

first_imgSome fans bristled when the league announced an outdoor hockey game in the South, but southern hockey fans are used to it.Winter Classic: 10 things to know about this year’s gameI grew up in the South — and I am proud of that. I also grew up a huge hockey fan when many of my friends were not. When I went to college, I got many awry looks any time professors and classmates asked what I wanted to do for a living and I responded, “I would like to work in hockey media.”This isn’t their fault. They’re not used to that. It just doesn’t happen. Lakes and ponds in Louisiana don’t freeze over, either, so while it’s true that hockey is different in the South, it is still very much alive.OFFICIAL: Hockey is alive in the South.Puck drop is in about an hour and a half. 🏒 pic.twitter.com/dddSf8g2Cw— Jace Mallory (@MalloryJace) January 1, 2020″Are you sure you want to do hockey?” was the first question one professor asked me following my graduation ceremony. “Yes,” was my answer, plain and simple. Why? Because there is an overlooked pool of passionate hockey fans in the South and I’ve never met a person who watched a live game and was not invested.So I made it a personal goal of mine to try and bring some of that northern flair for the winter sport to the depths of down south. Daunting a task as it may be, hockey media was the outlet I chose to work in, and the NHL surely recognizes the same untapped potential, which drove them to chose Dallas as the host for the 2020 Winter Classic.Even some players don’t have the same expectations for southern teams as they do for northern ones. Stars alternate captain Tyler Seguin, who was traded to Dallas by Boston in 2013, admits he didn’t know what to expect.”I expected cowboy hats and horses running around and everything, the typical stuff,” Seguin said on Tuesday. “But the people we have here, the fan base we have here, I think the NHL saw a bit of it at the NHL draft (in 2018) and liked what they saw and now we’re here for this game and it’s going to be a good day.”MORE: 10 things to do in Dallas during the Winter ClassicTyler Seguin on coming to Dallas and not knowing what to expect.The Stars and Predators both making their first outdoor NHL game debut at the #WinterClassic. @sportingnewsca pic.twitter.com/BFNAINWTfH— Jace Mallory (@MalloryJace) January 1, 2020But Seguin wasn’t the only player hesitant about hockey in Dallas. Recently inducted Hall of Famer Sergei Zubov has outwardly admitted that he didn’t want to be traded to Dallas when the Penguins dealt him in 1996. But once here, a Stanley Cup and many great years of hard-fought hockey later, he was forever enshrined in Toronto.There is a stigma that true hockey fan bases do not — or barely — exist in the South, but that stigma is fading.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stated that more Predators fans were in attendance at the Cotton Bowl than could fit in their hometown Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, which has a capacity of 20,000. So not only are there legitimate fan bases for these southern teams, but dedicated ones as well.”First of all, how awesome is that?” Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said about the number of fans expected at Cotton Bowl Stadium. “To have that many fans and have it sell out the way it did down here in Texas … it says a lot, I think, about the growth of the sport, in general, to be in Texas against a team in Nashville and close to 90,000 people that want to watch a hockey game outdoors is awesome so we’re really excited about that.”MORE: History of Cotton Bowl Stadium, NHL Winter Classic gamesPeter Laviolette discussing the expected crowd at the Cotton Bowl for the #WinterClassic. Over 20,000 fans are expected from Nashville alone. @sportingnewsca pic.twitter.com/LsaS6gTko1— Jace Mallory (@MalloryJace) January 1, 2020″It’s awesome to see how the fans have responded to it with all of the ticket sales and jersey sales,” Stars forward Joe Pavelski said of the Winter Classic being in Dallas. “It’s been a tremendous fan base since I got here and it’s going to carry over, I think, into [the Winter Classic] game.”When Dallas hosted the 2018 NHL draft, it gave the city and all of its hockey fans their first opportunity to showcase how real their passion for the fastest game on ice truly is in Texas. Then, holding true to “everything’s bigger in Texas,” they went all out with Winter Classic festivities that included but were not limited to Texas State Fair rides, pig races, fried treats and hockey-themed games just outside Cotton Bowl Stadium for fans of all ages. DALLAS — Ponds don’t typically freeze over in Dallas, but on Wednesday at the Cotton Bowl, one man-made pond did.The NHL brought the league’s most prestigious regular-season competition to the Lone Star State, making it the southernmost regular-season outdoor hockey game in NHL history — and it did not disappoint. Officially 85,630 fans were in attendance to see the Dallas Stars defeat the Nashville Predators in dramatic fashion on New Year’s Day, making it the second-most attended NHL game in history (behind the 2014 Winter Classic). Ultimately, the event was a major hit and successfully kicked off the new decade in impressive fashion.Still, the challenge exists. Even after the ice melts and the grass is uncovered, the media leaves and the fans retire to their homes, hopefully, an impression has been made — one of resiliency and one of passion.For southern hockey fans, this was more than a game. This was a statement that we are here, we are loud and we are proud. Whether hailing from Dallas, Nashville or any of the other southern cities that the NHL calls home for one of its 31 franchises, remember not to overlook our passion.last_img read more