Lyon accept €27million bid for former Arsenal star Jeff Reine-Adelaide

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Sep 2020 5:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link448Shares Lyon accept €27million bid for former Arsenal star Jeff Reine-Adelaide Lyon manger Rudi Garcia is battling to keep hold of their prize assets including the likes of Houssem Aouar (Picture: Getty)Lyon have accepted a €27million offer from Hertha Berlin for former Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide.The 22-year-old joined last season’s Champions League semi finalists last summer having resurrected an injury ravaged career during his solitary season at Angers. Reine-Adelaide made just 14 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon last term, however, and had been keen to move on again in search of regular first team football. Rennes had been in contention to sign the elegant midfielder whose burgeoning Arsenal career was effectively ended by a cruciate knee ligament injury but the French club were unwilling to to offer more than the €24m plus €1m in bonuses.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHertha have now agreed personal terms with the France Under-21 international who is expected to complete his move to Germany before next week’s deadline, according to BILD. Jeff Reine-Adelaide is on the verge of joining Hertha Berlin from Lyon (Picture: Getty)Lyon, meanwhile, are continuing to fend off interest from Arsenal in their captain and prize asset Houssem Aouar. Mikel Arteta has identified the 22-year-old as the ideal player around whom he can build a new-look midfield.Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas said earlier this week, however, that Arsenal’s latest bid was rejected because it was ‘timid’ and did not reflect the midfielder’s quality. 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 have had two bids turned down for the player, with the latest believed to be in the region of £32million. Lyon were seeking around £55m for the Frenchman at the start of the transfer window but the Ligue 1 club are said to have lowered that asking price and would accept closer to £46m. Asked about the nature of Arsenal’s bid and why it was rejected, Aulas said: ‘There was a timid offer. We felt like either they didn’t consider the fact that this is a player in the French national team. ‘So it was not an offer that was even susceptible to making us consider a sale.’MORE: Thomas Partey or Houssem Aouar? Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn makes his choiceMORE: Manchester United respond to rumours they are signing Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-NilesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Irvine – We have to respect United

first_img Press Association The Baggies host United on Monday and Irvine reckons the former champions are still a top draw. United chief Louis van Gaal has seen his side lose 5-3 at Leicester and stunned 4-0 in the Capital One Cup by MK Dons already this season. They are 11 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea following Van Gaal’s stuttering start since replacing David Moyes in the summer. Victory would move Albion level on points with United but, while Irvine believes they are in transition, he is wary of their threat. He said: “They are still Manchester United and have some great players. It’s going to be a huge game for our club, players and fans. “When the fixtures come out most people up and down the country look to see when they are playing Manchester United at home. “They have been a fantastic team over the years but the squad was looking like it was going to need some changes and I read something from Sir Alex Ferguson saying it has needed an overhaul. “It was getting to that time and David Moyes inherited that situation. It’s a period of transition. “Manchester United have been dominant for many years so they are eventually going to have to change and that’s the situation they are in at the moment.” The Baggies have won three of their last four games after failing to win their opening four league matches. West Brom head coach Alan Irvine insists Manchester United are still a force and warned his side to treat them with respect. United have beaten Everton and West Ham in their last two outings and Irvine has called on Albion to shut them down early. “They will work the ball out and we’ve got to make sure they don’t get moves started easily,” he said. “We’ve done our video work and there are clips of them scoring goals where it starts with the goalkeeper and ends up in the back of the net. “Clearly that involves a lot of control and a lot of movement and good positioning of their players. “We’ve got to be really well organised when we don’t have the ball in order to stop them building these attacks. “But one of the things we’ve spoken about is the need for us to be really good with the ball and not give it back really cheaply to players of the quality of Manchester United.” last_img read more

Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe retires from First Class cricket

first_imgSydney: Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe has retired from First Class cricket after being denied a new contract for his domestic side New South Wales.“I was disappointed when I was told that I wasn’t getting a contract but I respect and accept the decision, so I have decided to retire from first-class cricket,” O’Keefe is quoted as saying by ESPNCrinfo.“I will forever be grateful to Lee [Germon, the Cricket NSW chief executive] and all the staff, from the front office to the warehouse to the development officers in regional areas, who have all shared the same passion for the game.“They’ve played a huge role in making the last 15 years so memorable. And, of course, I am indebted to the fans, who supported my left-arm inswingers against their better judgement. On a personal level, I want to thank my family, as well as my manager and friend, Andrew Fraser. They’ve been by my side through everything and I couldn’t have done this without them.”O’Keefe famously took 12 wickets in the Pune Test against India in 2017, recording figures of 6/35 in both the Indian innings. Australia won the match by a whopping 333 runs but is figures dried up as India fought back in the rest of the series and won it. In a first class career that has spanned 15 years, O’Keefe has played a total of 88 matches and taken 301 wickets at an average of 24.66.Also read: Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest to have played cricket: Brian LaraAlso watch: Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digitallast_img read more

Old Fort upstage GCC to  take U-20 hockey league title

first_imgYMCA Old Fort Ballerz upstaged defending champions, GCC Pitbulls, with a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon in the final clash of the Solo Beverages Boys’ U-20 Outdoor Development Hockey League at the St. Stanislaus College (SSC) ground, on Carifesta Avenue. Old Fort Ballerz had given themselves a chance, by scoring a whopping 6-0 against SHC Storm on Saturday afternoon with Shaquon Favourite firing a hat-trick.  Although Old Fort were within striking distance and had a superior goal difference (22-12), the Pitbulls just needed to draw their clash to retain the title.Both teams had chances early and GCC enjoyed a fair share of attacks, but then the Ballerz got into their zone and with the combination of Omar Hopkinson and Luis Adams in defence, they were able to keep the GCC attacks at bay.On the stroke of half time, a pass by Hopkinson to Favourite beat the goalie, which handed the Ballerz a slim lead. GCC came out attacking in the second period and had a few chances, including a disallowed goal, due to an infraction and a shot from deep, which darted through the defence and struck the right side of box only to ricochet away from the goal-mouth.The exchanges continued until the last few minutes of the game, when Old Fort attacked in numbers and had managed to bring the goalie off his line, which left a clear shot on goal, but it was well protected by the defence. The ball was, however, not cleared and a slick move by Theodore Thierens, which saw him delivering a backhanded shot, with the slimmest of opening, into the goal, carrying the side two up.GCC did not give up and answered one minute after when Rahim Oliver found himself on a one-on-one with the goalie.In the last minute, the defending champions had two chances, one of which should have been converted. Unfortunately for them, the final whistle blew with the score at 2-1.Kareem McKenzie, from the GCC Pitbulls, was named the Most Valuable Player, while the Ballerz’ Paul D’Andrade copped the Best Goalkeeper’s award and Yonnick Norton, from the YMCA Old Fort Generals, the Most Promising Player. Favourite also won an award for finishing with 12 goals, the most in the league.last_img read more

Southerland’s return revives Syracuse’s depth as Orange heads to Connecticut

first_img Related Stories Dog fights: Ahead of final regular-season Big East matchup, five of the most memorable Syracuse-UConn games Facebook Twitter Google+ All eyes were on James Southerland during Syracuse’s pregame routine Sunday. The senior was back on the floor, getting loose with his carefree windmill dunks and half-court shots, just as he had before missing the previous six games.The buzz continued to build until the opening tip, when Southerland took a seat between head coach Jim Boeheim and assistant coach Adrian Autry. His No. 43 jersey was on and visible – no need to bother with the team’s long-sleeve orange warm-ups – and he was ready to go.His presence meant Syracuse had some depth again.“It gives us an eighth guy,” Boeheim said. “Seven guys is really not enough. You can get by with seven, but if you have foul problems or you get in a fast-paced game, you need that extra guy.”That extra guy also changes the dynamic of a Syracuse team that already sits alone atop the Big East. The Orange won four of its six games without Southerland – largely due to the emergence of freshman forward Jerami Grant as an aggressive playmaker – but it’s a different team with its shooter on the court. His effect was on display in a 19-point win over St. John’s on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe and his teammates will look to continue to roll through conference play when Syracuse (20-3, 8-2 Big East) takes on Connecticut (16-6, 6-4) at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Wednesday at 7 p.m.With Southerland back in the fold and Grant playing at a high level, SU suddenly has two 6-foot-8 threats on the wing who can stand tall in the team’s 2-3 zone. “It’s a very dangerous team, especially him being the threat he is and then Jerami,” forward C.J. Fair said. “He stepped up while James was gone so Jerami just got to be ready.“Overall, I think our team is very deep.” Thirteen days earlier, Syracuse’s deep roster was suddenly thin when it was announced that freshman center DaJuan Coleman would miss four weeks after undergoing knee surgery.Boeheim’s rotation was cut to seven players. Foul trouble became a concern, and the scoring load fell on Fair, Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams. An off game by one jeopardized SU’s chances of winning.But with Southerland back, those problems disappear.Rakeem Christmas picked up his fourth foul less than three minutes into the second half against St. John’s and sat for the next 15-plus minutes. It didn’t matter.Southerland hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the final 20 minutes. Triche, Carter-Williams and Fair all could score with less pressure.Though Southerland’s return was seamless on Sunday, Boeheim said chemistry on the floor still needs to develop.“It’s going to change, it’s different, it takes time to get used to it,” Boeheim said. “There’s no knowing or no way of figuring out how it’s going to work when you don’t play in games.”Grant averaged 9.8 points and played 33.2 minutes per game while Southerland was out. He played all 40 minutes in Syracuse’s games against Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, but the freshman saw his time drop to 15 minutes against St. John’s.Boeheim said the slow pace of the game meant Fair could handle 39 minutes, and the need for a 3-point threat against SJU’s zone led to more minutes for Southerland.Still, the head coach said Grant is a crucial part of SU’s lineup moving forward, and the freshman is staying positive after gaining plenty of confidence and proving his value during a tough six-game stretch of Big East play.“I’m fine with that,” Grant said. “As long as our team wins, that’s all that matters.”For Boeheim, the stretch run of Big East play isn’t quite as daunting now. Foul trouble can easily be overcome. There is enough depth at each position.With that extra guy back in rotation, Boeheim’s worries for the last two weeks are gone.“With three forwards and three guards, and we have two centers so if we get in foul trouble we can keep them in there,” Boeheim said Sunday. “They did get in foul trouble today, but they did a good job inside.“But eight’s fine.” Commentscenter_img Published on February 13, 2013 at 1:21 am Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

3 games down for decision in Premier League

first_imgThe German missed the Gunners win against Crystal Palace due to illness.In the nights other action Damien Delaney is back from suspension as Crystal Palace welcome bottom side Swansea while Stoke host Watford.The game at the Vitality stadium starts at 7.45 with the other two kicking off at 8. MeanwhileJulian Draxler won’t be moving to the Premier League.He’s long been linked with Arsenal, but the Germany midfielder has moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Wolfsburg.Draxler’s signed a contract until 2021.last_img read more

BetRegal diary – Moving past some of the early frustrations

first_img Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Former Pinnacle Marketing Director Aly Lalani is one of the key drivers behind the launch of BetRegal.com, a new sportsbook created to provide its customers with the “highest possible value” in prices. In the fifth diary of this series, we are moving towards the present day. It’s the summer of 2017 and the product is live, but there are a still a few issues to iron out.The faithful diary readers amongst you will know that we chose EveryMatrix after meeting with a wide selection of software providers at last year’s ICE conference in London. We were immediately taken by the potential of the platform’s granular margin management and how quickly we could take our product to market.However, we knew that no one platform was ideal for our needs, and that all would require some form of compromise. For us, this was knowing that the iframe solution that we chose gave us less control over the betting experience as it was being shared by other operators, and that working with a third-party provider would, at least until we had the leverage of a huge customer base and/or significant volume, pit us against all other EveryMatrix clients for attention.Obviously when you operate all aspects of your sportsbook internally, you have greater control over your development priorities with a clear and visible finish line. It’s easy to say ‘this is priority #1’ when dealing with an internal team of developers. With a software provider, it is harder to gauge where your ‘priority #1’ stands in the queue with all the other operators’ priorities. As expected with any new software-based integration and launch, we are going to uncover technical issues that need to be addressed. We are definitely finding our fair share of bugs and issues, and it has been frustrating trying to get some of these issues solved expeditiously. Don’t get me wrong, things are getting crossed off the list, just not at the pace I would hope for.Knowing that all startups have problems in the first few months, we deliberately overstaffed on the support side to help us to execute a ‘killing them with kindness’ strategy. After all, we defined an over the top level of customer support as one of our brand differentiators. By having these extra support staff, we can ensure there is a warm body there to respond to any customers who have a problem within minutes by email, and seconds by live chat. Although the intent is there for us to be as responsive as humanly possible to our customers, we have to accept that there is a learning curve when it comes to managing customer service queries when dealing with a brand new software. There are some questions that we simply don’t know the answer to (or more likely don’t know where to find the answer yet). This creates a need for us to escalate to our software provider support, who in turn has to prioritize the query, investigate, respond to us and then we respond to the customer. Needless to say that’s not the most efficient communication chain. Sometimes that communication process can take hours or days depending on complexity. Making customers wait extended periods for seemingly simple queries can prove frustrating, for both the us and the customer. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As we build our knowledge of the backend system, and begin seeing repeat questions, it’s becoming easier to deal with customer support interactions quickly and compassionately.We have to keep in mind that this is a marathon not a sprint, and make long term decisions while learning as we go. It is for this reason that we have actually held off on larger marketing spend in target regions such as Latin America, because we understand the importance of first impressions. There are some fundamental UX issues that we need to address before I would feel comfortable engaging in any reasonable marketing spend. The positive here is that focusing on the product, and the quick resolution of player problems, has helped to refine elements of our own strategy moving forwards.A key part of this strategy is to give players the highest value prices we can in terms of our odds pricing. As I mentioned in the first diary of the series, building on the exclusivity and aspirational part of our ‘Regal’ branding, it’s key that our users are treated like royalty with the margins that we offer in the sportsbook. As someone with a marketing background, this is where EveryMatrix’s margin management provides an ‘arrow in the quiver’ for BetRegal’s marketing team.I said in the last diary that BetRegal was starting to make its mark, and I stand by that statement. Sure there are website UX issues that need to be addressed, but those are being constantly documented and reviewed by our team and we are working to prioritize and fix them as quickly as we can. We are getting very valuable feedback from customers and affiliates that let us know quickly and directly where we need to focus our efforts.We have had to reign in the expectations of early marketing spend, but we are growing the affiliate base, and player counts are growing as well. We have begun to define ourselves in terms of our pricing model, as we priced the ATP World Tour Finals at 98% last week, and promoted it heavily with a couple of key partners. We have also used this strategy for some key Premier League matches which have driven solid acquisition from our odds comparison affiliates.It’s exciting to be live and servicing customers. I’m sure these aren’t the last set of challenges we are going to face. Onwards and upwards. Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

SIS promotes William Morris to Head of International Racing

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Share SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Racing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that William Morris has been promoted to Head of International Racing.Morris initially joined SIS back in 2016 as the company’s Digital Sales Manager, where he supervised the domestic and international expansion of SIS’ digital division.Commenting on his new position, Morris said: “This is a really exciting move for me as I enter the next chapter of my career at SIS.“We already have a fantastic portfolio of racing rights and I’m keen to ensure we continue to build on this to optimise our 24/7 racing offer for operators globally.”In his new role, Morris will be responsible for managing and growing SIS’s international horse racing rights portfolio, which forms an integral part of the company’s betting channels including its 24/7 Live Betting Channels.Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, added: “William has made a significant impact since joining the company three years ago and we’re pleased that he’s now taking on the role of Head of International Racing.“With his industry experience and passion for horse racing, we believe William is the perfect candidate to further enhance our international racing rights operations.” Related Articleslast_img read more

Hornets’ spacing, 3-point shooting proves key in ending Nuggets’ winning streak

first_imgDenver left Friday’s game beaten up as Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap and Monte Morris appeared on the Nuggets’ injury report on Saturday. The loss Friday ended the team’s seven-game winning streak.Injuries aren’t the only thing that has held Charlotte back, and Borrego said the team has been putting emphasis on driving and dishing to create open shots from behind the arc. The Hornets made 13 3-pointers on Friday, which was five more than the Nuggets in the 113-107 victory. Related News The bench showed up in a huge way for Charlotte. Frank Kaminsky, Malik Monk and Tony Parker all had double-digit scoring nights off the pine, and it helped Buzz City maintain its energy for the duration of the game. Kaminsky has seen an uptick in minutes lately, and he said Borrego has brought important notions from his time as an assistant coach with the Spurs.”Something we hammered in practice was spacing the floor and making the next pass,” Kaminsky said. “In the Minnesota game we were getting good shots and good looks, but there were better ones available. We call it ‘good to great,’ and that’s what we were really doing well tonight. We were just moving the ball and finding the open guy.”The Hornets are now 12-13 on the season and in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte travels to New York on Sunday to face off with the Knicks. “We’ve been intentional about that. That’s not just by accident,” Borrego said. “We’re working on that, we believe in that and I think our guys followed up and executed our plan tonight.” The Hornets have hovered around .500 for a majority of the year, but they beat the No. 1 team in the West on Friday. The Nuggets came to the Spectrum Center and fell short to a Charlotte team that had lost three straight. Hornets head coach James Borrego named a number of things that have held his team back recently.”Every team goes through injuries,” Borrego said. “Last time we were whole, we had just beat Atlanta. The next game against Utah we get injured, and we’ve been injured the last three games. When this team has been whole, we’re a pretty good team. In the NBA, to win in the league you have to stay healthy.” Hornets G Kemba Walker on if he’s a superstar: ‘I don’t know if I can put myself in that category’last_img read more

Police chief says they hope to find missing Davenport girl alive

first_imgDAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A police chief says investigators continue to chase leads in the disappearance of a 10-year-old Davenport girl and are still hoping to find her alive. Authorities looking for Breasia Terrell have called off an organized search in Clinton County, which began last week and included hundreds of volunteers. Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski says that investigators have determined their time would be better spent now following up on other leads they have developed. He says that everyone on the team wants to “find her alive” and that is their intent. Terrell disappeared on July 10 while spending the night at an apartment with her half-brother and his father.last_img read more