Arsenal midfielder nears Serie A return

first_imgArsenal are close to letting Lucas Torreira leave London for Fiorentina — but only once a pending loan move for Dani Ceballos is confirmed. The Sun believes that Ceballos is close to sealing a second loan spell from Real Madrid and, should the deal go through as expected, Torreira will then return to Serie A for between £21m-£24m. Torreira struggled to cement a starting place in Mikel Arteta’s side last season, as the Uruguayan made just 17 starts.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The Worldcenter_img Read Also: Juventus trying to skip passport saga with SuarezArteta is keen to raise some cash in an effort to continue to rebuild his Gunners side ahead of the new season, with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partay and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar at the top of his wishlist. Fiorentina are willing to pay £8m for the 24-year-old this season, with the option of a further £16m next summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Ireland well aware of threat posed by Italy “great” Sergio Parisse

first_img Press Association “I think he makes people believe around him because he believes himself so much. “I suppose Brian O’Driscoll would have done that a lot for Ireland in the earlier days. “We’ve looked at him a lot during the week, we guessed he was going to be back and was going to do everything he could to be back. “He has everything. He catches high balls, he chases high balls, he chips, he can make turnovers on the ground, he intercepts, he’s a phenomenal carrier, if he has to go straight he has great footwork, he’s a brilliant passer, he pressurises the referee. He does it all. “He’s right up with any of the great players who have played the game.” Munster flyer Keith Earls has slotted from wing to centre for Sunday’s Italy clash, with club-mate Murray hailing the Limerick native’s resolve to fight back from a 29-month Test absence owing to a string of serious injuries. Murray and Earls starred together in St Munchin’s College’s first XV, before progressing into the Munster set-up. Scrum-half Murray said the depth of Earls’ talent was obvious from the outset. “He likes to say he pretty much won us the senior cup at school,” said Murray of Earls. “He’s a special talent and I think everyone in our group knows how lucky we are to have him. “He’s had a tough run of injuries and it’s been pretty tough on him over the last couple of seasons, but it’s no surprise to me because I know him so well to see him playing like this, but it’s great to see him doing what he does on the world stage. “In terms of his mental strength it’s incredible, that amount of time out of the game and watching those two Six Nations wins, that’s got to be tough on any player. “And to have the mental strength and durability to bounce back, it’s a long time out of the game and a lot of lonely hours with the physio. “He was obviously dreaming of this and he’s taken his chance incredibly well.” “Yes we do look at them completely differently when he’s in their team,” said Murray, when asked if Ireland must adapt to cope with Parisse’s threat. “We have to be very switched on to what he can do, but hopefully we know how to cover that. “Individually and collectively he will galvanise them, he’s a world-class player and we’ve seen him over the last few years what a good player he is and the threats he brings. “He’s an X-factor player, brings something out of nothing and can be a real magician for them. “So he’s pretty important for them.” Evergreen Munster lock O’Connell believes Parisse has the same kind of influence on Italy that Brian O’Driscoll used to exude over Ireland. ‘He’s right up there with the best,” said O’Connell. “I’ve sat with him after plenty of games because I’ve been captain and he’s been captain. He is a little bit like a Johnny Sexton, or a Sean O’Brien, or Jamie Heaslip. Ireland have a special plan to combat “magician” Sergio Parisse in Sunday’s vital World Cup clash against Italy, according to Conor Murray. Fit-again linchpin Parisse will transform the Azzurri, the Stade Francais talisman finally over the calf haematoma he had to have drained. Ireland captain Paul O’Connell believes Parisse “makes people around him believe”, and has warned his side not to underestimate the number eight’s influence at London’s Olympic Stadium. last_img read more

Christmas tallies double-double, struggles with foul trouble in Syracuse’s 65-47 win over Hampton

first_img Published on November 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb If not for his second foul of the half, Rakeem Christmas could’ve had his double-double by the break.Instead, the big man had to wait for the second half to record it. He finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds in No. 23 Syracuse’s (2-0) 65-47 win over Hampton (0-2) in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. It was a promising follow-up for Christmas, who dropped a career-high 21 points to go with nine boards in SU’s season-opening win over Kennesaw State on Friday.“He’s playing like a beast.” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “He’s playing like Rak. That’s how he is. Whenever he gets position, we’ve just got to keep finding him and he’s got to go to work.”But the 6-foot-9 senior also committed four fouls for the second straight game, a trend that could pose trouble down the road for the Orange, whose backup big men are thin and inexperienced.Sophomore Chinonso Obokoh only made his SU debut on Friday night, Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye is a sophomore walk-on and the injured DaJuan Coleman’s season is in jeopardy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut head coach Jim Boeheim said he is confident in freshman forward Chris McCullough’s ability to patrol the middle of the 2-3 zone. He said he also expects opposing offenses to target Christmas to attack the Orange’s depth.“He’s not alone. He’s fine,” Boeheim said. “He’ll have some foul problems and he’s learned how to play in those situations and I think he’ll be fine. But big guys do, from time to time, have foul situations and Chris is capable of going in there and playing.“I’m sure people will try to do that.”Christmas’ first foul came 63 seconds into the game as he got tangled up with Hampton’s Dwight Meikle at the elbow.But then he showed off his scoring talent, accounting for eight of the Orange’s first 13 points. Then his passing out of the post by finding sophomore forward B.J. Johnson for a 3.Still, the physicality that the Pirates presented got Christmas in some trouble, as he hacked Meikle once more at the 3:06 mark and had to sit the rest of the half. He committed two fouls within just over four minutes of each other in the second half and had to take a two-minute break.“We knew it was going to be a physical game,” Christmas said.Cooney and Christmas both mentioned the big man’s role in the offense as the focal point. Through two games, Christmas has impressed with his improved touch around the rim.But he has yet to exhibit the caution he’ll need to to ensure he stays around the rim and not on the Orange’s bench.“Rak’s physical and I guess the only way to compete with Rak is to try to be physical as well,” forward Michael Gbinije said. “We had depth today, we got some people to step up and Rak still played great.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Local Walgreens Celebrates National Red Nose Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisNot only are celebrities across the nation and the world wearing red noses. Here in Alpena our very own local Walgreen’s is making sure to donate one nose at a time to fight child poverty.What started in 1988 in the U.K., Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015, the global campaign has helped raise over one billion dollars throughout the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world.Starting early with the campaign; the store made it very clear that this year’s goal would be met. Showing a more creative way to rock out red, one employee made a true fashion statement for her support of today. A red nose special will be held tonight to tally up donations across the world.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Biggby Coffee Finds a New HomeNext Bicyclists Takes Advantage of National Ride Your Bike to Work Daylast_img read more