Arsenal news: Emery confirms injured star is closing in on a first-team return

first_imgArsenal club captain Laurent Koscielny could make his long-awaited return from injury after the international break, says Gunners manager Unai Emery.The Frenchman has been sidelined since May 3 after rupturing an achilles tendon in his right leg during the Gunners’ Europa League semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid. Latest Football Stories Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow Koscielny is yet to feature under new manager Emery but the Spaniard has revealed that the 33-year-old could return to the Arsenal squad after the international break.“Laurent Koscielny is getting better and training with us,” Emery revealed ahead of the Europa League clash against Sporting Lisbon.“The most important thing is how he feels every day. He’s more near, closer to being with us. shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “He’s getting better every day and after the international break I hope we can continue working and start to think about playing games.” no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? GETTY REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY RANKED Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny in action prior to his injury. 1 MONEY last_img read more

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Indian government depriving its citizens of India-Pakistan spectacle, feels Ehsan Mani

first_imgEhsan Mani, chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), once again attacked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and called their stand on India-Pakistan series as “hypocrisy”.India and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2012, which was a short and limited overs series. Since then, BCCI has time and again stated that it needs government clearance to play bilateral series against Pakistan.PCB, which has spoken against India’s stance again and again, filed a compensation case of Rs 447 crore with the Disputes Resolution Forum of ICC on India, for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), according to which India and Pakistan had to play six bilateral series from 2015-2023.The compensation case’s hearing concluded earlier this month.”There is a lot of hypocrisy at the moment. India plays an ICC event against us but doesn’t play a bilateral series. That is something that we need to address,” Mani told ESPN Cricinfo.Mani once more stressed that the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan will be good for the fans from both side, who are eager to watch the two countries compete against each other.Also read – India-Pakistan should resolve their issues on bilateral cricket: ICC president”The main thing is that we play cricket against each other. When we play cricket, especially in our countries – when we go to India or when they come here – helps in increasing people-to-people contact. Indian fans come to Pakistan. Lakhs of fans have come to Pakistan from India and everyone goes back happy.advertisement”There’s no better way to improve the relations between countries than having sporting contacts, cultural contacts. For me, that is far more important than any amount of money that comes into the game,” Mani said.PCB has failed to generate much revenue with India not being a part of their cricketing fixtures for years now. Mani said, Indo-Pak series had the “highest value financially in the world”, but he maintained that the PCB’s desire for the resumption of ties was about more than money.When questioned if cricket in Pakistan could survive without bilateral series against India, he quipped: “forever.”Also read – New PCB chief Ehsan Mani wants to rebuild relations and trust with BCCI”Money isn’t the issue, it’s more about the game,” he said. “There are more viewers for an India-Pakistan match than any other match in the world. So, if the Indian government decides to deprive its own citizens of watching an India-Pakistan match then that is their choice.”He also said that with India going into the general elections in 2019, he knows that chances of a series in near future is bleak.”Indian public obviously love to see India and Pakistan playing, and so does the Pakistan public. Rest of the work is of the politicians and frankly, once India is in the lead-up to its elections next year, so I don’t think there will be any softening in their attitude. But in the long term, the people want it and you can’t go against the will of the people forever.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Beside The Points For Monday March 12 2018

Things That Caught My EyeVirginia with the best shotThe bracket for the 2018 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament is out, and your top seeds are Virginia (which FiveThirtyEight gives a 18 percent chance of winning), Villanova (17 percent), Kansas (7 percent), and Xavier (er, 3 percent chance). Duke, which many basketball fans will recall as that school that lost to UNC this past weekend, has a 10 percent chance of winning to North Carolina’s 5 percent. [FiveThirtyEight]Mark it down: Florida State upsetAccording to FiveThirtyEight’s analysis of the bracket, the likeliest upset of the first round of the men’s tournament is 9-seed Florida State over 8-seed Missouri, where the lower ranked school has a 61 percent chance of winning. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Philly rebuilt using the Chicago blueprintIn three of the past five years the Phillies got younger, in four of the five past years they improved their farm roster, and in four of the past five years they cut pay roll. If you look at the five year run from 2010 to 2014 when the Chicago Cubs rebuilt their roster, that’s the same thing that happened. Only five teams since 1988 have done that style of rebuild. [FiveThirtyEight]15 games too muchThe last team out of the March Madness tournament was Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish had to deal with star Bonzie Colson’s 15-game absence that contributed to a few close losses. [ESPN]Losing 14 games used to mean something in this townIn the past 60 years, only 15 teams with 14 losses or more made their way into the tournament. Now nine of those teams have broken into the dance since 2011, and this year there are two, Alabama and Texas. It’s the second year in a row where there were multiple 14-loss teams, after Vanderbilt and Michigan State got their tickets punched last time around. [ESPN]Half the timeThe overall No. 1 seed in the tournament has a dicey record in March; in the 14 years since the NCAA spilled the beans on the overall No. 1, half of them have made it to the final four. Of those, only three won the title, which is exactly as often as the team was eliminated in the round of 32. [ESPN]Big Number26.8 percentThe Legion of Boom is over in Seattle, and what comes next is unclear. In 2012, 43.8 percent of Seattle offensive snaps came from players on rookie contracts, and five years later that figure was essentially unchanged at 42.5 percent. On the defensive side, though, the seasoned vets took over: 54.9 percent of snaps were from rookie deal players in 2012, but in 2017 that was down to 26.8 percent. With the legion dispersing, that leaves a gaping hole on defense. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:The verdict is in on Shohei Ohtani’s bat and it’s not goodrob:based on spring training?Predictions NBA See more NBA predictions All newsletters We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Oh, and don’t forgetMy puny ape brain cannot comprehend perfection read more

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