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Arteta will have be without one of his most consistent defenders of late (Picture: Getty Images)When asked if the defender will miss the start of next season, Arteta replied: ‘Yes he will, yes.‘He pulled the tendon of his bone in his hamstring and that’s normally a lot of weeks.’With three senior centre-backs out through injury, Arteta is likely to be forced into persisting with a backline of Rob Holding, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.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 ArsenalThe Gunners started out with a back four against Watford, but quickly reverted to their recently adopted 3-4-3 formation in what proved to be another dismal defensive display.With their numbers at the back dwindling, Arteta conceded that it’s an area they will have to look at. ‘I already mentioned three central defenders who are not available and we haven’t had them available for a long time anyway, during this season. We will have to address that.’MORE: Arsenal include Raul Jimenez and Alan Saint-Maximin on shortlist to replace Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMORE: Arsenal chiefs preparing to travel to Lisbon to seal deal for Sporting wonderkid Joelson FernandesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Mikel Arteta provides injury update on Shkodran Mustafi after Watford win Mustafi hobbled off against City (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has revealed that Shkodran Mustafi’s injury looks ‘really nasty’ and the Arsenal defender will miss the start of next season.The German went down clutching his hamstring after a collision with Raheem Sterling in the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City last week.Mustafi has since been ruled out of their FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday August 1, but, speaking after Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Watford on Sunday, Arteta admitted that the centre-back’s injury looks likely to be a long-term one.‘Yes, it looks a really nasty injury again,’ the Spaniard said.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We have lost Calum Chambers the week after I arrived here, we lost Pablo for three months and we’ve lost Musti so at the back we are really short.‘Musti’s been playing really consistently and at a really good level with me and we wish him a quick recovery.’ Metro Sport ReporterSunday 26 Jul 2020 8:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link277Shares Advertisement Advertisement
PLANS FOR a three-route light rail network have been given the go-ahead in Bordeaux; on February 28 the Communauté Urbaine voted in favour of a Systra-Sofretu-Sofrerail proposal. Two years ago plans for a VAL mini-metro were abandoned after studies costing FFr370m.The 21·3 km first phase is costed at between Fr2·8bn and Fr3·2bn; it would open in 2002-03. Three segregated ground-level routes would have trams at 4min intervals during peak hours. Line A would run northeast from Mériadeck through the city and cross the River Garonne to the hospital at Lormont, with a branch turning south to Cenon-La Morlette. Line B would initially start at Quinconces, north of the city centre and run southwest to Saige. Line C would link Quinconces to the main SNCF station at St Jean.Phase two would see Line A extended to Mérignac, Lormont Grand-Came and Dravemont-Floirac, Line B to Gare de Pessac and Claveau, and Line C to Le Lac and Bosc. Several SNCF stations around Bordeaux are to be opened or reopened as part of an overall public transport policy, and some of these would later form interchanges with the light rail network. Public Transport authorities in Lyon have put forward proposals for 12 tram routes as more cost-effective than further metro construction. Some would run parallel to metro lines and others would provide orbital journeys seen as crucial to reducing road congestion. Two high priority routes could open as early as 2000. One would offer a direct Perrache – Part-Dieu link, continuing north to La Doua, and the other would run from the southeastern suburb of St Priest to Perrache via Bron-Parilly and Jean Macé. o
The new owner of Aqua in the Whitsundays can fly in, sail in, or drive in, when they want to escape the daily grind.A STATEMENT home with one of Australia’s largest private pools, its own rainforest and a helipad has sold in the Whitsundays. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoQueensland Southeby’s International Realty agent Carol Carter, who worked on the deal with Ray White Whitsundays, refused to confirm the price, but said the sale proved prestige homes in the area were in demand.“The sale of Aqua comes after the sale of Mandalay House (December 2017) and recently, Botanica,” she said. “We didn’t get it (Aqua) on the market … it sold to a client known to both agencies which is fantastic.” Overseas buyer says ‘I do’ to Whitsundays wedding venue Aqua was owned by another Melbourne-based couple, and was listed for rent on a number of luxury holiday sites. Described as ‘akin to an exclusive luxury private resort’, Aqua is situated on a secluded and private peninsula surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Pioneer Bay.It has four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, five car space, its own private beach, marina, a helipad and an infinity edge pool, complete with sandy beach and swim up bar. What a view!The five bedroom masterpiece known as Aqua was bought off-market by a Melbourne businessman and his family, who intend to use it as a holiday home.It is understood to have sold for more than $13 million but less than the $14 million paid for nearby Mandalay House. Aqua has sold in The WhitsundaysThere is also a teppanyaki pavilion with private chef.“Houses like this are in demand,” Ms Carter said. “You would be surprised just how many inquiries we get from people interstate and overseas looking for high-end homes in the Whitsundays.“I have a few more prestige properties, including Solis on Hamilton Island. “That’s listed for $15 million and I expect that will be the next one to go.”
Community members enjoy music from celtic rock band Mother Grove in downtown Batesville Thursday.Area singers will give it their best shot tonight during the Country Showdown. The event is in conjunction with the Batesville Music and Arts Festival.The 33rd annual showdown will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Liberty Park pavilion and is sponsored by Jim True Ford, Brookville and WRBI.The winner of the Batesville contest will advance to the state competition and will have an opportunity at reaching a national final.The 41st Batesville Music and Arts Festival featured the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra on Wednesday and the 16th annual RAA Community Art Show on Thursday.In Brookville on Friday, the community is welcome to take part in the Hometown Throwdown. The event is sponsored by George’s Pharmacy.Sidewalk sales, chicken dinners and beer garden, prize giveaways and live music will take place throughout the day at 5th and Main in downtown Brookville. The band, Pistol Holler, will perform at 7:00 p.m.The Friendship Flea Market and the National Muzzle Loading Rifle competition is ongoing in Ripley County this weekend. Almost 500 vendor spaces are selling a wide variety of new and used antiques and collectibles. The spring national shoot takes place through Sunday.Find other events this weekend here >>
The 7th grade Batesville football team finished their season with an exciting 12 – 8 victory over Rushville on Tuesday night.The Bulldogs scored their first touchdown on a 46 yard run by Brayden Linkel. Rushville scored to take a 8 -6 lead. Towards the end of the 3rd quarter, Jacob Cruse took a snap out of punt formation and ran 93 yards for a TD to end the scoring.The defense was led by Seth Gausman who had 2 interceptions. Sam Bowman, Marshall Kinnard, Abe Peetz, and Ethan Meyer also had good games for the Bulldogs.Batesville finished with a 2 – 6 record.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.
Jack Tolson, 87 years old, of Cincinnati, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020. Jack spent 25 years on the maintenance team for the Indian Hill school district. He was a collector of guns and knives and loved shopping at flea markets.Jack will be missed by his sons Scott Tolson of Reading, OH and Steven Tolson of Dayton, KY; his sister Alice (Tom) Early and his brother-in-law Tom Dance. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jacquie Widolff, daughter, Melissa Luckey, son, Wayne Dagley and sister, Susan Dance.A graveside service will be held at All Saints Parish, St. Martin’s Campus, on Wednesday, March 4 at 10:00 am. Masses may be said as memorials for Jack. Please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com to offer online condolence.
The announcement by the Swiss follows Ireland, McQuaid’s home federation, also refusing to support him and has led McQuaid’s opponent for the presidency, Britain’s Brian Cookson, to question whether the election should be allowed to go ahead. McQuaid said however that he will push ahead with nominations from Thailand and Morocco – which need to be validated by the UCI Congress in Florence next month. International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid has insisted he will fight to the bitter end to keep his position despite suffering the embarrassment of the Swiss federation withdrawing their nomination. “I would remind Brian Cookson and his campaign supporters that the UCI Congress will ultimately decide who should lead the UCI for the next four years,” said added. “Federations all over the world want me to stand for re-election. I am standing as a candidate for re-election. That is not going to change. “I am calling on Brian Cookson and his campaign supporters to accept that and to put an end to their concerted attempts to refuse the Congress a choice between two candidates.” McQuaid claimed the decision of Swiss Cycling was due to the federation facing possible bankruptcy. He added: “This was apparently a snap decision in the face of mounting pressure from the company who financed the challenge to my Swiss nomination and whose actions threatened to condemn the Swiss Cycling Federation to financial ruin had it proceeded to an arbitration hearing and lost.” Both McQuaid and Cookson have emphasised their readiness to take the increasingly hostile battle to a vote, but the Briton again questioned the validity of the process. Cookson, president of British Cycling since 1996, said in a statement: “The important principle in any democracy is that you must respect the rules as they are, not how you’d like them to be. “My hope remains that we have a democratic process based on the rules of the race when it started rather than those made up half way through.” Cookson was making reference to the proposed amendment of article 51.1 of the UCI constitution, which states that “the candidates for the presidency shall be nominated by the federation of the candidate”. In McQuaid’s case Ireland. The suggested new wording reads that candidates should be nominated by their federation, or “two federations other than the federation of the candidate”, which McQuaid has received, from the Thai and Moroccan federations. The UCI yesterday announced the legal opinion of Baker & McKenzie that the proposed constitutional amendment was valid and will be incorporated in next month’s election. The change, coming during a presidential tussle, is certain to be challenged, particularly as evidence has come to light – seen by Press Association Sport – which shows the UCI insisting nominations must be received in writing by June 29; the Thai and Moroccan nominations were made by email. Opponents of McQuaid celebrated Swiss Cycling’s decision, but there is some way to go in their quest to remove the Irishman from power. Skins owner Jaimie Fuller, who funded the Change Cycling Now pressure group, said in a statement: “Mr McQuaid should now accept that the writing is on the wall. “His latest stunt of attempting to introduce retrospective changes to the UCI constitution reflect a man who is both delusional and despotic; his arrogance knows no bounds.” Press Association
Early in the innings, former England batsman Ed Joyce incredibly survived a delivery striking his off stump, when the bails bounced and shuffled but landed immaculately back in place in their groove. Left-hander Joyce was 16 not out and went on to make 37, crucial runs come the end of the game for Ireland as they made it two wins from two matches so far. Wilson said of his runs: “I was delighted. I hadn’t had too many coming into the game so it was nice to come back and make a good contribution. “I was confident. I told myself it was my day and luckily enough it worked out. “I’ve batted a lot with Kev over the years at county and international level and we dovetailed quite well together, it was great to have a partner like that.” He added on Sky Sports World Cup: “It was a little bit closer than we would have liked, but all we can ask for is that we came through at this stage of the tournament so we’re pretty pleased. “We’re ‘two from two’ and that’s all we can ask for.” Wilson had made just a single against the West Indies nine days ago, but the Surrey batsman was back in prime form as he collected his runs from just 69 balls, stepping up the pace late in the innings. Ireland were bailed out by a giant slice of fortune and big innings from Gary Wilson and Kevin O’Brien as they beat the United Arab Emirates in a thriller at the Gabba. After their stunning opening win over the West Indies in Pool B at the World Cup, Ireland looked to be deep in trouble this time against supposedly inferior opposition. But 80 from man of the match Wilson and a spectacular 25-ball innings of exactly 50 from the destructive O’Brien spurred Ireland to a two-wicket victory, reaching their target of 279 with four balls to spare. He was eventually caught out in the 48th over, held well by Amjad Javed at gully off Mohammad Naveed. The same combination accounted for O’Brien immediately after Ireland’s number seven brought up his half-century with two sixes in three balls. Amjad was the bowler who had seen the ball clattered over the ropes, but had his revenge by having O’Brien caught by Naveed at cover. Ireland had earlier lost Paul Sterling in just the second over and were plunged into deep trouble when Joyce, captain Will Porterfield and Niall O’Brien joined him in the dressing room. Joyce, on his second life, snicked a drive through to wicketkeeper Swapnil Patil, while Porterfield and Niall O’Brien both swept and missed to costly effect against off-spinner Mohammad Tauqir. From 97 for four, and behind on the run rate, Ireland were second favourites, but Andy Balbirnie, who made a handy 30, and Wilson began the rebuilding job. Kevin O’Brien set about savaging the UAE attack once he reached the crease, with 11.2 overs remaining and Ireland 108 runs short, batting in the vogue that brought him a 50-ball century against England in a winning cause at the 2011 World Cup. The work was incomplete when the key protagonists departed, but Alex Cusack and George Dockrell, who punched away the winning runs, scrambled the team over the winning line. Ireland’s dramatic revival meant the excellent century from UAE number six Shaiman Anwar, who plundered an aggressive 106 from 83 balls in a team total of 278 for nine, went unrewarded. The biggest test yet for Ireland comes next, on March 3, when they tackle South Africa in Canberra. There was a sting in the tail for Kevin O’Brien, who was fined 30 per cent of his match fee after admitting a Level 1 offence under the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct – “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”. O’Brien bowled a wide in the 48th over of the UAE innings, and then continued to question the umpire’s decision. Press Association
Source: BBC Sports Tyson Fury’s rematch with WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will take place in Las Vegas on 22 February, both fighters have confirmed.Briton Fury, 31, drew with undefeated American Wilder, 34, in December 2018.Wilder, whose WBC belt will be on the line when they meet at the MGM Grand, tweeted “there will be no more unanswered questions” and “I will finish what I started”.Fury told fans on Instagram to “watch me knock out Deontay Wilder”.Wilder said as long ago as June that an agreement had been signed for a rematch, but that it would take place after his fight with Cuba’s Luis Ortiz, who he went on to defeat at the MGM Grand in November.Fury survived two knockdowns by the American to earn a draw when they last met, in Los Angeles.The Briton defeated Germany’s Tom Schwarz in June, but suffered a cut eye in beating Sweden’s Otto Wallin in September, which led to concerns a rematch with Wilder could be delayed.Fury has said he would “love” to take up an offer to spar before the fight with fellow Briton Anthony Joshua, who holds the other three world heavyweight belts – the IBF, WBO and WBA titles.Joshua made the offer because he felt Fury would be more likely than Wilder to agree to meet him for a unification bout if he won the WBC belt.No fighter has ever held all four major world titles in the heavyweight division.