Ray Parlour tells Arsenal to snub Mikel Arteta and talks up Mauricio Pochettino appointment

first_imgLjungberg was appointed caretaker manager following Emery’s dismissal (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has backed Ljungberg to produce ‘something special’ during his time in the hot seat.‘He can give us something special,’ the striker said following Arsenal’s draw at Carrow Road.‘If I’m not wrong, he was part of the ­Invincibles. His career speaks for itself. We will try to follow him and give the best for him.More: 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 City‘Everybody is respectful of Freddie. He played for Arsenal, he knows as a player how we feel. It’s interesting to have him‘We had only one [training] session with him, maybe two for those guys who didn’t play on Thursday.‘We will see this week what is going to happen. I think it’s good for us. He played for Arsenal and he has this in his heart.’Who should manage Arsenal?Mauricio Pochettino0%Brendan Rodgers0%Max Allegri0%Nuno Espirito Santo0%Freddie Ljungberg0%Mikel Arteta0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain teases greedy Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour says he would ‘love’ to see Mauricio Pochettino manage Arsenal, but believes the Argentine will likely end up at Manchester United.Arsenal sacked Unai Emery in the wake of their 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt last week and the dismal performance summed up the side’s miserable start to the campaign on all fronts.Club legend Freddie Ljungberg has taken charge on a temporary basis and oversaw the Gunners’ 2-2 draw away to Norwich in the Premier League at the weekend.The Swede will also lead the team on Wednesday evening when the north London giants play host to Brighton at the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v Brighton preview: Freddie Ljungberg 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 9:48FullscreenArsenal v Brighton preview: Freddie Ljungberg press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-brighton-preview-freddie-ljungberg-press-conference-2062026/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.While Arsenal have every confidence in Ljungberg succeeding as caretaker boss, several managerial targets remain under consideration.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked to rank Arsenal’s options, Parlour told talkSPORT: ‘Number one – I don’t think he’ll go to Arsenal – but I would love to see him there, is Pochettino but I think he goes to Manchester United first, if I’m honest.‘Number two, definitely, is Brendan Rodgers – I think he’s done a great job at Leicester and he’d improve Arsenal.‘Number three would be Max Allegri with his experience. Certainly fourth would be Nuno Espirito Santo. Wolves, he’s done a brilliant job there, as well‘Freddie would be my fifth. And, believe it or not, the favourite is Arteta in getting the job, and he’d be the last choice for me. No experience.’ Ray Parlour tells Arsenal to snub Mikel Arteta and talks up Mauricio Pochettino appointment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Dec 2019 12:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Commentlast_img read more

Kieran Tierney hails ‘frightening’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and reveals the Arsenal player that shocked him in his first training session

first_imgAubameyang’s double saw Arsenal win the FA Cup for a record 14th time (Picture: Getty)On his connection with Aubameyang at Wembley, Tierney joked: ‘Long balls, eh?!’Asked whether it was a pre-planned tactic against Chelsea, he replied: ‘100 per cent. We know that it depends if teams are pressing high, his pace… he’s the quickest player I’ve ever seen in my life.‘[Kylian] Mbappe was always the quickest I said but he’s just as quick. He’s frightening.‘If the ball’s in behind, he’s running onto it. You see the one against Man City where I played it to him and he scored, his touch just to go in and take it on his right and he still gets the chance to look up and square it and then just puts it through the goalkeeper’s legs.‘That’s unbelievable. It’s incredible.’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 ArsenalMikel Arteta’s men return to training this weekend, with the 2020/21 campaign due to get underway on September 12.The fixtures for the new Premier League season were announced on Thursday morning and Arsenal discovered that they will start away to newly promoted Fulham.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Lyon chief provides transfer update on Arsenal and Manchester United targets Moussa Dembele and Houssem AouarMORE: Arsene Wenger reveals major regret over Serge Gnabry’s Arsenal career Comment Advertisement Martinelli stunned Tierney with his ability on the training ground (Picture: Getty)Tierney’s work ethic and lung-busting performances have quickly made him a fan favourite at the Emirates but he admits to being tested in his first few training sessions south of the border and was shocked by the standard of some of his new team-mates, notably young forward Martinelli.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘For me, going into the first couple of training sessions, it was the tempo,’ the full-back explained in a lengthy chat with the Open Goal podcast. ‘Honestly, the first session, I was against Martinelli. Young boy, I knew he was good. ‘I was like “Woah, this is the standard man. He is unbelievable!”‘The effort and attitude was unreal (from Martinelli). Probably the biggest thing is the technique. I’ve not been gifted with that. All the young boys are unbelievable. Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock, their technique is incredible man.’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has blown Kieran Tierney away at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Kieran Tierney has reserved special praise for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli while looking back on an impressive debut season in the Premier League with Arsenal. The 23-year-old was still recovering from a double hernia operation when he arrived in north London from Celtic last August and a dislocated shoulder further hampered his first few months with the Gunners. However, Tierney came into his own and nailed down the left-back spot as English football returned in March and the Scot was named Arsenal’s Player of the Month for June before starring in their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea. The Scotland international shone in the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)It was Tierney’s searching ball down the left flank to Aubameyang that led to Arsenal’s crucial equaliser in last month’s FA Cup final. Cesar Azpilicueta was treading water as Aubameyang ran onto Tierney’s perfectly weighted pass and brought down Arsenal’s captain inside the penalty area.The Gabon striker made no mistake from the spot to level up the score before dinking home an exquisite winner in the second half. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Aug 2020 11:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link243Shares Kieran Tierney hails ‘frightening’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and reveals the Arsenal player that shocked him in his first training session Advertisementlast_img read more

Poten: China LNG imports on track to hit record high

first_imgImage courtesy of Poten & PartnersChinese LNG imports are on track to set an annual record this year due to strong policy support, with January and February imports averaging more than 4 million tonnes per month, according to the consultancy Poten & Partners.LNG imports hit a record 5.18 million tonnes in January, 51% higher than the same month last year.  Official data for February shows that China imported 3.99 million tonnes in February.Based on this data, Chinese LNG demand November through February would have increased by 50% to 18.26 million tonnes, the consultancy noted in a report issued last week.To remind, in the meantime, official customs data showed that China imported 3.25 million tonnes of LNG in March, up 64.2 percent from March 2017.“In a typical year since China imported its first LNG in 2006, state-owned terminal operators would be told to ensure adequate LNG supply during the winter – November through February – because China relied on it for gas supply security during its peak energy demand,” Poten said.However, this was the first year operators have been officially ordered to guarantee sufficient LNG supply throughout the year, Poten said citing industry sources.Coal-to-gas switching policies put in place last year would continue to be enforced throughout North China this year, and there is room for more conversions to be completed, especially in Hebei province, according to the consultancy.On the infrastructure side, new terminals to be commissioned this year in China include Sinopec’s Tianjin, CNOOC’s Shenzhen Diefu, ENN’s Zhoushan and Shenzhen Gas’s small-scale facility, while CNOOC Tianjin could complete a 160,000-m3 storage tank this coming winter, Poten said.last_img read more

Thomas Muller extends Bayern deal until 2023

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Long-serving forward Thomas Müller has signed a two-year contract extension at Bayern Munich, keeping him at the club until June 2023. The 2014 World Cup winner has been at the Bavarian club since the age of 10 and has become a mainstay in the first-team since breaking through from the youth academy in 2009. Muller has made over 500 appearances for Bayern and has won eight Bundesliga titles, five German Cups and five German Super Cups in addition to the 2013 Champions League. The 30-year-old, who had been linked with a move away in recent seasons, told the club’s official website: “I’m sure that once we’re playing again, we’ll continue to be very successful. That spurs me on. “For me, the number one priority was to extend at FC Bayern – and the club felt the same way. “This club is not just any old employer for me. It’s my passion. I’m happy that I’ll be here for two extra years, and I’ll give everything on and off the pitch.”Tags: Bayern MunichBundesligaContract ExtensionGermanyThomas Mullerlast_img read more

Martinez: We’ve turned a corner

first_img “I don’t think it was a turning point or the reason why we won because we were very much in control but it always helps.” Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver’s initial thoughts were to agree with Martinez but he admits he will closely examine all footage over the next day or two before deciding the next course of action. “I have looked at it from four or five angles and it is not conclusive,” he said. “When it actually happened, from the reaction of the Everton players, straight away I thought ‘that must be a red’. But when I came in and looked at it, it was very difficult to decide. “I will look at it again and if it is worthy of a sending off then I will accept it but if it is not I will appeal. “There seemed to be more of their players surrounding the situation than our players.” With nothing to play for Newcastle are limping towards the end of the season but Carver stressed that would not be allowed to happen and there was an immediate dressing room inquest after the game, although he was keen to point out it was not confrontational. “A few of the guys had a few composed words after the match,” he added. “I told one or two players not to say anything because usually it is one or two players who come forward – I wanted it to come from other people. “The fact people make a point I think is a healthy situation – it can’t always come from me, I’m not a dictator. “We can’t go hiding or disappear anywhere. I can’t walk around miserable as sin, I have to do something about it. “The guys had a good two-way conversation and we will review it all on Tuesday.” “It was a big game for us and sometimes that can bring extra pressure in that you play the occasion rather than the game,” he said. “The perfect preparation was Thursday. Probably Thursday was a real turning point in that moment when we managed to take control of the situation. The first 20 minutes (against Kiev) was as bad as it can be in terms of suffering because you feel the anxiety and responsibility as a player then all of a sudden we found the way we should perform. “The mindset today wasn’t of a team who had fear of losing at home, some of the play was outstanding but when we had to defend and work hard for each other we did that with total composure. “From scoring the first goal we managed the game really well and I thought we defended really composed. Tim Howard had a big save in the second half but apart from that I thought we protected him very well. Everton were already 2-0 up when Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off for a lunge at winger Aaron Lennon and Martinez had no doubts about the straight red card. “I haven’t seen the replay but I thought it was reckless and high,” he added. “If you look at the reaction of the Newcastle players I don’t think anyone was surprised when they saw the red card. Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes his side have finally banished the fear factor which has been holding them back. The 3-0 win over 10-man Newcastle thanks to goals from James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley was the Toffees’ first in the league at Goodison Park in 2015. It was a crucial one as it lifted them six points clear of the relegation zone and Martinez believes the basis for the performance was founded in the come-from-behind 2-1 Europa League win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Some States Receiving Rotted, Broken Medical Supplies from National Stockpile

first_imgSome states and cities across the country that have received shipments of masks, gloves, ventilators and other equipment from the nation’s medical stockpile to fight say the materials are unusable.For example, about 6,000 medical masks that were sent to Alabama had dry rot and a 2010 expiration date.In addition, more than 150 ventilators shipped to Los Angeles were broken and had to be repaired.Meanwhile, in Oregon, some masks came with faulty elastic that could cause the straps to snap.“Several of the shipments we have received from the strategic national stockpile contained (personal protective equipment) well past expiration dates and, while we are being told much of the expired equipment is capable of being used for COVID-19 response, they would not be suitable for use in surgical settings,” Charles Boyle, a spokesman for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, said in an email.He added that some of the equipment had been purchased during the H1N1 outbreak more than a decade ago and that the masks were among products that had previously recalled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The cloth face coverings recommended to slow spread of #COVID19 are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those critical supplies must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.— CDC (@CDCgov) April 3, 2020 “It’s really alarming because those masks are desperately needed,” explains U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama. “When our national stockpile is not monitored enough to know that you’ve got expired masks and rotted masks out there and not replenished, that is a real problem.”Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado on Friday requested an investigation into the management of the supply and distribution of ventilators from the national stockpile. Among other issues, he cited reports that maintenance failures were contributing to the lack of working ventilators “at a time our country desperately needs them.”The CDC has acknowledged that some of the items in the U.S. stockpile have exceeded their manufacturer-designated shelf life but are continuing to be distributed due to the urgent demand.  Dr. Don Williamson, president of the Alabama Hospital Association and the former top public health official in that state, says he has received multiple emails from hospitals about stockpile shipments of N95 masks in which the rubber bands that hold the mask tight around the user’s face had dry rot.center_img A shortage of protective gear has challenged doctors, nurses and other medical workers. In particular, ventilators have been in short supply as more states experience COVID-19 outbreaks.last_img read more

Uttar Pradesh’s Priyam Garg to lead India in U-19 World Cup 2020

first_imgPRIYAM Garg will lead India’s quest to defend the Under-19 World Cup after being named captain for the tournament, to be played in South Africa from January 17 to February 9.The squad was announced on Monday, a day after the national junior selection committee, headed by Aashish Kapoor, met at the BCCI headquarters here with Rahul Dravid, the head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy, as a special invitee.Led by Prithvi Shaw and  Rahul Dravid as coach, India lifted the trophy in 2018. Garg will have his Utter Pradesh( UP) team-mate Dhruv Chand Jurel as his deputy. Kartik Tyagi will complete the UP triumvirate in the squad of 15.Besides UP, Mumbai will also see three of its promising cricketers in the squad. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who became the youngest double-centurion in senior List A cricket in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, would look to carry his sensational form to South Africa.While Atharva Ankolekar, the left-arm spinner who was the star of India’s U-19 Asia Cup triumph, and batsman Divyaansh Saxena, from the stables of Dilip Vengsarkar Foundation, will hope to play the supporting role.The squad, which sees representation from eight associations, also includes Divyansh Joshi, who has an interesting tale. The all-rounder who is from Greater Noida in UP and studies in Dehradun in Uttarakhand was first spotted while batting for Mizoram in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy. He will be hoping to kick-start a cricket revolution in Mizoram despite being one of the three guest players in the north-eastern state’s under-19 team.The India under-19 squad couldn’t have asked for a better preparation than a bilateral series against South Africa and a quadrangular series featuring South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand’s under-19 teams in South Africa just ahead of the tournament.India U19 squad for World Cup: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Divyaansh Saxena, Priyam Garg (Captain) , Dhruv Chand Jurel (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shashwat Rawat, Divyansh Joshi, Shubhang Hegde, Ravi Bishnoi, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi, Atharva Ankolekar, Kumar Kushagra (wicket-keeper), Sushant Mishra , Vidyadhar Patil.(Sportstar)last_img read more

Wembley Showdown! Super Eagles in Real Test against Three Lions

first_imgSouthgate has gradually imposed his own ideas and tactics on England since taking charge of the national team in November last year, such as a three-man defence and wingbacks with free reign to press further up the pitch, though it is unclear whether he plans to deploy other approaches against Nigeria.Goals have been an issue for England of late, with the Three Lions having found the net six times in their last seven fixtures, but defensively, they have been solid and this has continued into Southgate’s tenure.England have shipped just two goals in these games, dating back to their 2-1 victory over Slovakia in qualifying, a run which includes impressive shutouts against World Cup favourites Brazil and Germany.Despite being unbeaten in eight games, the Three Lions remain a work in progress under the former centre-back, and as such, expectations are somewhat lower ahead of Russia than they were for previous tournaments.Southgate has shown faith in youth and ushered out some of England’s old guard – including goalkeeper Joe Hart and defender Chris Smalling, but it remains to be seen whether he will field his strongest XI today or give prospects such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek a runout.Following their 1-1 draw against Italy last time out, England find themselves placed 13th in the FIFA World Rankings, and that result marked a third stalemate in four matches against teams ranked above them.This hints at subtle progress under Southgate, since the Three Lions have often struggled against higher-ranked sides, although that is a moot point where Nigeria are concerned since the Super Eagles are placed in 47th.Nigeria are sure to provide a stern test for Southgate’s men when they travel to the English capital this weekend.The Super Eagles were stellar during World Cup qualifying, becoming the first African nation to book a place in the tournament in early October 2017 when a strike from Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi secured a 1-0 victory over Zambia. That result gave Nigeria an unassailable 13-point lead at the top of Group B, dubbed Africa’s ‘group of death’ due to the inclusion of Algeria and continental champions Cameroon.Like England, Gernot Rohr’s team are a young side full of energetic and talented prospects, although their form since World Cup qualification has dipped during a run of two wins in the last five internationals.However, the Super Eagles’ away performances have been impressive during the last six months, as Rohr’s charges have won five of their last six on the road, a run which includes a 4-2 victory against Argentina in Russia.Moses Simon, who travelled with the squad has undergone a late fitness test after sustaining a thigh injury, while a number of familiar faces will play at Wembley; John Obi Mikel is a former Chelsea player, Ahmed Musa, a former Leicester City player while Victor Moses currently represents the Blues, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi both ply their trade in the Premier League.Meanwhile, Changchun Yatai striker, Odion Ighalo, is optimistic that Nigeria can beat the host, having recently recorded wins over heavyweights Argentina and Poland in pre-World Cup friendlies.“England have a good team. All the players they have in the squad for the World Cup are playing for top teams in the Premier League. It is going to be a difficult game, a tough one. Being a friendly game, we will try to do well and correct some mistakes.‘’It is going to be a tough one, but it is also possible for us to win, but the most important thing about the World Cup is not the money. But I must admit that the fact that the money is there and we know is there gives us extra energy, extra motivation in the preparations,” Kelechi Iheanacho told thenff.com.“England’s players know us and we know them. It will be a good match,” he added.Skipper Mikel John Obi told thenff.com: “We are in England, a terrain most of us know too well. I was here and won several trophies with Chelsea, including the Champions League. It will be an interesting encounter on Saturday (today).”Meanwhile, Chelsea star, Victor Moses, has joined the team in London and took part in his first training session with the Super Eagles Wednesday afternoon.England qualified for the World Cup with ease – sailing through a group also featuring Scotland, Slovakia and Slovenia unbeaten, while Nigeria topped their group, besting Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria, who drew with England at the 2010 tournament, to punch their ticket to Russia and, as such, this encounter with Nigeria is an intriguing one.Momentum, of course, is key, and the Three Lions would do well to be wary, as Nigeria will also be looking to kick off their preparations with a bang.The Three Lions will face Panama, Tunisia and Belgium in their World Cup group in Russia, while the Super Eagles face Argentina, Iceland and Croatia. Gareth Southgate’s side will also face Costa Rica before jetting off to the tournament, while Nigeria take on the Czech Republic.Nigeria SquadGoalkeepersIkechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi ,Francis Uzoho,DefendersWilliam Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne EbuehiMidfieldersJohn Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi, Mikel Agu,ForwardsOdion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses (Chelsea, England), Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Simeon NwankwoEngland TeamGoalkeepersJack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick PopeDefendersTrent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker,Ashley YoungMidfieldersknockout roundEric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-CheekForwardsHarry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie VardyFixture: England v NigeriaTime: 5: 15pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Kunle AdewaleSuper Eagles of Nigeria will today face their first major test since booking a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia when they come against the fire power of the Three Lions of England at the Wembley Stadium, as part of their final preparations towards having a good showing at the Mundial.Nigeria’s German-born Coach, Gernot Rohr, who is yet to prune down the team to 23 players from the 25 that hit London is expected to roll out his first team and give the country’s teeming fans a feel of what to expect in Russia.It remains to be seen if Manager Gareth Southgate will take the opportunity to experiment against Nigeria, though it is more likely that he will begin to lay the groundwork for his starting XI in Russia, but he is likely to play a strong team, as he bids to prepare his side for their opening games next month.Phil Jones, a defender Southgate is understood to rate highly, could be given the day off as his partner is due to give birth, while Nick Pope has expressed hope that he would be given a chance to shine.last_img read more

Ahmed has 5 RBIs in Diamondbacks’ 10-1 win over A’s

first_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 19th August, 2020 07:00 IST Ahmed Has 5 RBIs In Diamondbacks’ 10-1 Win Over A’s Nick Ahmed homered and had five RBIs, Luke Weaver pitched five effective innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks stretched their winning streak to six games with a 10-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday First Published: 19th August, 2020 07:00 IST COMMENTcenter_img FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News LIVE TV Nick Ahmed homered and had five RBIs, Luke Weaver pitched five effective innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks stretched their winning streak to six games with a 10-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.The Diamondbacks put the game out of reach right away, batting around each of the first two innings to complete their first undefeated homestand since Aug. 25-31, 2017.Ahmed hit a three-run homer off Frankie Montas (2-2) in the first inning and had a two-run single in the second. Kole Calhoun also homered off Montas and Weaver (1-4) allowed a run on three hits, retiring the final 10 batters he faced.The A’s had four hits — one after the second inning — and struck out 13 times.The right-handed Weaver has struggled to start his second season in the desert, allowing at least four earned runs in three of his four starts. He was on a tight pitch count (3 1/3 innings) the last time out in attempt the limit the potential for blowup.Weaver worked out of a jam in the first inning, but pitched so well manager Torey Lovullo left him on the mound to earn his first win. He struck out six.Montas was scratched from his last start Friday against San Francisco and had not pitched since Aug. 8 against Houston.The right-hander had control issues coming off the long layoff, uncorking a wild pitch for the game’s first run and walking three in the first inning. Ahmed’s homer put Arizona up 5-0.Montas gave up a leadoff homer to Calhoun in the second inning and was lifted after his fourth walk loaded the bases with two outs. Ahmed greeted Lou Trivino with a two-run single to put the Diamondbacks up 8-1.Montas allowed nine runs on six hits.TRAINING TABLEA’s: LHP A.J. Puk will likely need a couple more bullpens before facing live hitters as he tries to return from a shoulder injury. He threw 30-pitch bullpen at the club’s alternate site Monday and is scheduled to throw again Wednesday.Diamondbacks: OF/INF Ketel Marte was given the day off. … 3B Jake Lamb took a bad-hop shot to the neck on a ball hit by Stephen Piscotty to third in the second inning, but stayed in the game.UP NEXTA’s: LHP Jesus Luzardo (1-0, 4.79 ERA) will start Wednesday’s series opener at home against Arizona after allowing six runs in 3 1/3 innings against San Francisco his last start.Diamondbacis: RHP Merrill Kelly (3-1, 1.71) has allowed one run in 12 2/3 innings his past two starts heading into Wednesday’s game.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports last_img read more

Heisler: Following the bouncing heads – Lakers now officially out of scapegoats

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Laker apocalypse now….So much for being a family-style organization, even if no one will lament Jim Buss’s departure and GM Mitch Kupchak was clearly in the crosshairs.Popular as these moves are among Laker fans, the biggest shakeup in Laker history leaves Magic Johnson in charge amid reports that Rob Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s former agent, will replace Kupchak.Johnson and Pelinka have one thing in common: Kupchak was in there bidding but backed off when the Kings asked for Brandon Ingram, whom the Lakers value above all their young players.It’s not clear that Mitch got a chance to make a lower bid with the Kings failing to exhaust all options.Sacramento GM Vlade Divac said that New Orleans dropped its offer from two No. 1 picks to one after failing to get any indication from Cousins, an upcoming free agent, that he will stay. The Kings accepted, anyway.Bumbling Kings owner Vivek Ranadive surely made this call while hiding behind Vlade as his front man.In typical Vivek style, he doesn’t see mere stardom in Hield. ESPN’s Baxter Holmes quoted an unnamed source saying, “Vivek thinks Buddy has Steph Curry potential.”I’m not sure Hield’s mother thinks he’s that good with her Buddy averaging a modest 8.6 points, less than half the 17.5 Steph scored his first season.For sheer grandiosity, the NBA has no one like the pint-sized Ranadive. Even if he decided he’d had enough of the tempestuous Boogie, as anyone would have, that left just one thing to do: Whatever it took to get the best possible package for their most precious asset.These are typically offered, not at the mid-season trade deadline … and certainly not three days before it which the Kings could have used to seek better options … but at the draft in June.Johnson was surely aware of the Lakers’ trade talks or involved in them. Whatever his participation, he would have been as disappointed as any of them when Boogie landed elsewhere.Coincidentally or not, within hours of reports that Cousins was New Orleans-bound, the move that shook Lakerdom was under way.I’d guess it went down this way.A) Jeanie was thinking this was what she wanted to do all along, noting Tuesday on the team’s cable channel, “It was probably so hard for me to make that I probably waited too long. For that, I apologize to Lakers fans.”B) Realizing she needed professional advice, she brought in Johnson.C) Magic came in agreeing with Jeanie’s assessment. “It really wasn’t about the last couple of weeks,” he said. “It’s been about the years.”D) They planned to make the decision after the season but E) moved it up to now, crushed at seeing a star in whom they had invested so much hope in — Kupchak talked to the Kings for at least two years — go to another West team for pocket change.Or, if you prefer the house version, Jeanie explained it this way: “Once the decision became clear in my mind, there was no reason to wait.”Actually there was a reason, the trade deadline a mere 48 hours off.If Kupchak was on the hook for the costly signings of Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng, he’ll also be due the credit if Ingram and/or D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. become stars.Mitch isn’t the first Laker who was in the wrong place at the wrong time in the team’s historic downdraft. Mike D’Antoni, all but DOA here, is the leading candidate for coach of the year in Houston, running the style he taught Golden State Coach Steve Kerr who taught it to Laker Coach Luke Walton.The current Laker cast cries out for one thing: Experience.The purge left Ryan West, a Kupchak lieutenant, in place. Whether that means Johnson will ask Ryan’s father, Jerry, to consult remains to be seen … but Jerry is the one with the experience they need, even in so limited a role, not to mention the aura and Laker pedigree.“I can’t turn it around tomorrow,” said Johnson, “or I really would be magic, right?”Don’t let your expectations run wild. There’s a long way to go and they’re now officially out of scapegoats.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published weekly by the Southern California News Group.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNeither has worked a day in his life in an NBA basketball operation, apart from Magic’s involvement since he assumed his new role Feb. 2.It’s hard to sell this as a measured response when you fire your GM two days before the trade deadline, along with John Black, the p.r. director for 27 years, presumably because he was close to Kupchak as, indeed, he should have been.Golden State’s Bob Myers — reportedly the Lakers’ No. 1 choice — is from the same Santa Monica-based office as Pelinka and has shown that agents can become GMs although it helps if they have experienced help like Warrior consultant Jerry West.With Johnson and Pelinka, the Lakers get a double learning curve.Insiders see the bizarre timing as an internal Laker response to not landing Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, the NBA’s most talented center — and, in keeping with this saga, its leading wacko — who went, instead, to New Orleans for rookie Buddy Hield, upcoming free agent Tyreke Evans, journeyman Langston Galloway and a No. 1 pick … essentially spare parts.last_img read more