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Robert Pires rates Alexis Sanchez’s chances of making sensational Arsenal return from Manchester United

first_imgRobert Pires rates Alexis Sanchez’s chances of making sensational Arsenal return from Manchester United Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 9:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Alexis Sanchez won the FA Cup twice during his four years at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘There’s no chance Sanchez will return to Arsenal.‘Sanchez isn’t playing his best football and he is on a lot of money at Manchester Utd which Arsenal are not willing to pay.‘Sanchez won’t want to come running back to Arsenal with his tail between his legs after having a rough time elsewhere.‘He will have to hope he returns to form with a fresh chance under [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer at Manchester United.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Alexis Sanchez has been a major disappointment since swapping Arsenal for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Robert Pires believes it would be virtually impossible for Alexis Sanchez to return to Arsenal amid uncertainty over his Manchester United future.Sanchez swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford last January but has struggled to rediscover the form which marked him out as one of the Premier League’s most prolific forwards during his time in north London.United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was critical of Sanchez’s performance during the recent Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain and the former Barcelona star failed to stake a claim for a regular place in the side following to subdued displays against Liverpool and Crystal Palace in the last week.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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 CityFormer Arsenal winger Marc Overmars, touted as a possible candidate for the vacant technical director’s role at the Emirates, suggested recently that Sanchez could make a sensational return to the club at which he won two FA Cup, but Pires cannot envision such a scenario.ADVERTISEMENT‘It would be very strange to see Arsenal sign Sanchez back in the summer,’ the Frenchman told BWin.‘I don’t see how it makes sense for either Sanchez or Arsenal after how it ended. Advertisementlast_img read more

PSA Marine orders LNG-fueled tug, eyes second order in 2018

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of PSA MarineMarine services provider PSA Marine has ordered a dual-fuel LNG harbour tug and is eyeing a similar ordered for January 2018. The company, a unit of PSA International, that operates over 60 tugs, said in a statement that the two dual-fuel LNG vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2019.Under the LNG bunkering pilot programme, PSA Marine will receive a grant of up to S$2 million for each vessel from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).The decision to add the two dual-fuel LNG tugs to its fleet is a step towards supporting MPA’s drive towards a sustainable maritime transport system.The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has recently injected another S$12 million ($8.91m) to boost liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in the Port of Singapore.Half of this sum has been set aside to co-fund the building of new LNG bunker vessels (LBVs) to facilitate the development of ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore.The remaining half will be used to top up MPA’s existing co-funding programme to support the building of LNG-fuelled vessels.last_img read more

Badgers slip up in hostile home matchup with Illini

first_imgComing off victories against two top-10 ranked teams (Michigan State and Minnesota) earlier in the week, the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team was looking forward to a painless match against a mediocre Illinois Fighting Illini squad.Instead of cruising to an expected victory, the No. l6 Badgers (17-5, 6-4 Big Ten) fell to the unranked Illini (9-11, 5-5 Big Ten) in four sets (22-25, 26-28, 25-10, 22-25) Sunday afternoon at the University of Wisconsin Field House.In the midst of a tough stretch, perhaps the squad let this one slip under the radar.UW struggled to contain Illinois junior outside hitter Liz McMahon, who towers over the net at a height of 6-feet-6n. She led players on both sides of the court with 20 kills and 21.5 points on the afternoon. Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jocelynn Birks also gave the Badgers defense trouble, adding 15 kills.“As a team we beat ourselves, I don’t think it was so much Illinois who did anything spectacular,” junior outside hitter Ellen Chapman said. “We didn’t execute what we planned on doing.”The sets the Badgers lost were highly contested, only losing the sets by either two or three points. However, the Badgers dominated the third set with a 25-10 statement, and the tide seemed to be turning. Regardless, the Badgers were not able to continue the momentum into the fourth set that resulted in a loss and a disappointing afternoon for the team.“In game three it felt like it was a collective effort,” junior outside hitter Deme Morales, who led the Badgers with 17 kills, said. “Not to say that the other sets weren’t, but you could feel it during the third one.”In his post-game press conference, head coach Kelly Sheffield said he was concerned about a lack of attendance and support by the home fans. UW Field House announced an attendance of 3,657, but almost half of the crowd were those who made the trek to Madison from Champaign sporting orange to support the Fighting Illini.“Hopefully at some point we win enough where we get more students at our home match than what our visiting team does,” a frustrated Sheffield said. “We are looking forward to that day. It is disappointing to see more students cheering for the opposing team than our own.”The ringleaders of this coalition of Illini fans were a group of Illinois students called the “Spike Squad.” They are an official division of the Illinois’ student section organization called “Illini Pride,” and “Spike Squad” is specifically dedicated to the women’s volleyball team. They posed as Badger fans prior to first-serve, wearing red shirts over their orange ones, and then proceeded to go crazy after they revealed their true identities.The rowdy fans occupied the first four rows of the south side bleachers, just feet away from where the Badgers served in the first and third sets. Before each serve, the group would attempt to distract the server through a series of organized chants.The Badgers had four of their nine service errors come in the first set, possibly because of the unexpected distraction the group created. During the impressive third set, UW committed no service errors, an indication that they were able to adapt to a somewhat hostile environment at home court.“What you don’t expect is that in your own building there are more people willing to make that drive than to get out of bed and walk across campus,” Sheffield said. “This is a pretty good team we’ve got here, we just took out two top-ten teams, and we certainly could have used the students today.”The first year coach insists that Wisconsin’s faithful school spirit is one of the things that attracted him to Madison, and wonders why the students are reluctant to embrace his team. He says that the team is trying to make connections on campus by visiting residence halls, as well as bonding with the greater Madison community by visiting State Street and the Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.“Hopefully at some point we get to a point where we travel like that,” Sheffield said. “But that will take time.”The Badgers have not been in the NCAA tournament since 2007, a year in which they set a Big Ten record for attendance. Since then, they have not had a winning record at home. The Badgers have already matched last season’s win total only halfway through this one and are in the process of rectifying an abysmal 5-15 Big Ten showing last year.last_img read more

Nadal reigns in clash of former US Open champs as Zverev exits

first_imgNew York: Rafael Nadal ramped up his quest for a fourth US Open title with an impressive win over 2014 champion Marin Cilic to advance to the quarter-finals while Alexander Zverev slumped to a four-set defeat. Second seed Nadal — the winner at Flushing Meadows in 2010, 2013 and 2017 — produced some electrifying moments of brilliance to end the challenge of Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 on Monday. After barely breaking a sweat in reaching the last 16, a run that included a second-round walkover, Nadal stared down his stiffest test so far to surge into a quarter-final meeting with Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The Spaniard exchanged the first two sets with Cilic but grasped control by breaking for 3-1 in the third, a series of dazzling winners drawing an animated fist-pump from golf legend Tiger Woods at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nadal reeled off nine games in succession across the third and fourth sets and 12 of the final 15 to nail down a 40th Grand Slam quarter-final appearance, nine of which have come at the US Open. “The emotions I have when I play here are impossible to describe. I love the sport and feel very lucky to still be playing tennis here. Eight years ago I didn’t think that would happen as my body was suffering badly,” Nadal said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “It’s a huge honor playing in front of all of you and playing in front of Tiger is a very special thing. I always say I don’t have big idols but one idol is him and I always try to follow him.” Nadal’s path to the final sees him take on Schwartzman next after the 5ft 7in (1.70m) Argentine chopped down sixth seed Zverev. “He is playing amazing, nothing new, he’s one of the players with best talent on tour,” the 18-time Grand Slam champion said of his upcoming opponent. “It will be a big challenge. I have to play my best. I’m happy for him. He’s a close friend and I hope to play a great match.” – Berrettini, Monfils win – =========================== Zverev rolled through the opening set against Schwartzman under the roof on Ashe during a rainy afternoon session, but he lost his way to go down 3-6 6-2 6-4 6-3. The German was enjoying his deepest run in New York but committed 17 double faults and 65 unforced errors and received a point penalty for swearing as Schwartzman advanced to a second US Open quarter-final in three years. “Generally my season so far has not been the best,” said Zverev, who has reached just two quarter-finals in 18 Grand Slam appearances. Zverev said he was hindered a “very swollen” back and right hip following a fall in his previous match. “I had a lot of chances which I didn’t use early in the match. He kind of ran away with it.” Zverev lost his serve three times during the second set but appeared to have steadied himself when he moved a break ahead at 3-2 in the third, only for Schwartzman to wrest the momentum back in his favor after a lengthy sixth game. “It was tough because I was feeling I had the chance to win this and I had a few break points I could not take,” Schwartzman said. “He was up a break and then I recovered really quickly and I felt great after that.” Matteo Berrettini became just the second Italian man to progress to the US Open quarter-finals, 42 years after Corrado Barazzutti’s run to the last four in New York. Berrettini, the 24th seed, eased to a 6-1 6-4 7-6 (8/6) win over Russia’s 43rd-ranked Andrey Rublev to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time. “It’s something really crazy. I cannot believe it right now. I need a few hours to understand what happened,” said Berrettini, 23, who goes on to play French 13th seed Gael Monfils. “I’m just happy. Seeing my team and family here and crying, for me it’s unbelievable.” Berrettini went one step further than his run to the last 16 at Wimbledon in July, where he was beaten by Roger Federer. Monfils, a 2016 US Open semi-finalist, crushed the 33-year-old Andujar’s bid to become the oldest player in the Open era to reach his first Grand Slam singles quarter-final with a 6-1 6-2 6-2 rout.last_img read more

Metis National Council faces financial audit by outside consulting firm

first_imgOTTAWA — The finance minister for the Metis National Council says he embraces an outside financial audit of his organization.David Chartrand says he expects a financial review by the firm Ernst & Young to be completed by next week.Chartrand says the federal government’s decision to hire the firm to scrutinize the council’s books stems from a complaint from a person he describes as a “disgruntled” former employee.The office of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says it cannot comment because the financial review of the Metis National Council is ongoing.The Metis National Council has had a close working relationship with the federal government and at a June meeting known as the Crown-Metis National Summit, the organization’s president thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his leadership.Chartrand also says no one in his organization, which is meant to reflect and promote the aspirations of Metis governments, has received a call from the RCMP regarding the issue.The Canadian Presslast_img read more