Arsenal join Leicester and Newcastle in hunt for Brentford winger Said Benrahma

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Feb 2020 8:04 amShare 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 Comment Said Benrahma is attracting Premier League interest (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are keeping tabs on Brentford winger Said Benrahma, with Leicester City and Newcastle United also holding an interest in the Championship star.The 24-year-old has caught the eye for the Bees since signing from French Ligue 2 side Chateauroux in 2018.He scored 10 league goals last season and has eight to his name this campaign as the London side battle for promotion to the Premier League.It seems that reaching the top flight would be the only way Brentford would keep hold of the Algeria international, with Premier League clubs circling for his signature.ADVERTISEMENTThe Sun reports that a fee of around £15m will be offered for the winger over the summer, which would represent a huge profit for Brentford, who paid just £1.5m for him two years ago.AdvertisementAdvertisementLeicester and Newcastle reportedly hold the firmest interest in Benrahma, but the Telegraph credit the Gunners as a club that admires his talents.Benrahma scored a hat-trick in Brentford’s 5-1 win over Hull last weekend, just days after the death of his father.Bees manager Thomas Frank hailed his star player’s commitment and quality after the emotional performance.‘We all know it’s very difficult when people lose a loved one. We gave him (Benrahma) all the time off that he needed to get his head in the right place,’ said the Danish boss.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‘It was a very nice tribute for his father. He’s had some emotional days but he said he wanted to play for his Dad and do the best he can.‘He was magnificent in his actions, his touches and of course scoring three goals. It was a fantastic performance from him.’Brentford are currently fifth in the Championship after the crushing victory over the Tigers boasting the best defence in the division, having conceded just 23 goals in 30 games.MORE: Arsenal consider move to sign Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana on free transferMORE: Arsenal trying to convince Arsene Wenger to return to clubcenter_img Arsenal join Leicester and Newcastle in hunt for Brentford winger Said Benrahma Advertisementlast_img read more

FC Ifeanyi Ubah on Verge of History, Tackle Nasarawa United for…

first_imgAt the expiration of a 10-year sponsorship deal with the then NFA, the competition went back to its former name, Federation Cup.Meanwhile, the management of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, which is popularly known as the Anambra Warriors, yesterday urged all football lovers, all Ndi Igbo in Lagos and its indefatigable fans all over the country to grace this great occasion.FC Ifeanyi Ubah management declared free entry for everyone coming to watch the game, while free buses have been made available to convey supporters to the stadium.President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah in a bid to ensure that the match is well covered, has invited all Anambra-based radio and television sports On-Air personalities and reporters to grace the occasion.He said; “We kindly crave your usual support and indulgence as we look to lift this trophy which will automatically hand us a ticket for the CAF Confederation Cup come next season. We wish you a safe trip to Lagos as you gladly join us in making history. May God continue to bless and strengthen you as you keep on supporting us.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FC Ifeanyi Uba are on the verge of making history today if they beat Nasarawa United in the FA Cup finals taking place today at the Teslim Balagun Stadium in Lagos by 3pm. Since the creation of Anambra State, no club from the state has ever won the trophy.The FA Cup, virtually the oldest football competition in Nigeria, will witness for the first time, two teams that have never been to the final of the championship. The competition which started as War Memorial Challenge Cup in 1942, had ZAC Bombers of Lagos winning the maiden edition though it was then limited to clubs based in Lagos.The cup was renamed Governor’s Cup with improved format in 1945 and in 1954, it was again renamed Federation Cup after the promulgation of Nigeria Football Association (NFA). In 1960, after a revised format the competition, it was renamed Challenge Cup until 1999 when soft drink bottlers, Coca-Cola took up the sponsorship and consequently named it Coca-Cola FA Cup.last_img read more

Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers final score: Kawhi Leonard leads LA to 98-88 win

first_imgAnunoby has left the court for now, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has entered the game in his place.Here’s the inadvertent eye poke by Leonard on Anunoby. pic.twitter.com/STRUNHZVJ6— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) November 12, 201910:41 p.m. ET — The Raptors win the opening tip, but Patrick Beverley earns the first points of Monday’s contest with a layup.Pregame10:38 p.m. ET — Here is the Raptors’ starting five against the Clippers: VanVleet, Powell, Anunoby, Siakam, and Gasol. The Clippers’ starters? Beverley, Shamet, Leonard, Patterson, Zubac. Raptors coach Nick Nurse’s defensive gameplan was effective in limiting Leonard but wasn’t enough to earn a second win in as many nights in LA.Four different Raptors scored double-digit points on Tuesday: Pascal Siakam (16), Norman Powell (15), Fred VanVleet (14) and Chris Boucher (13). But an inability to finish down the stretch — they were outscored 25-10 in the fourth quarter — and only 15 trips to the free-throw line compared to LA’s 30 ultimately left the Raptors down by 10 at the final buzzer.MORE: Kawhi Leonard on facing Raptors: ‘They’re taking up where they left off’The Raptors lost starting forward OG Anunoby to injury early in the game when Leonard inadvertently poked him in the eye while Anunoby grabbed a rebound. The team confirmed early on that Anunoby would not return Monday, but the third-year player’s status moving forward is still unknown.Sporting News tracked live scores, updates and highlights from Raptors vs. Clippers on Monday.Raptors vs. Clippers scoreQuarterQ1Q2Q3Q4FinalRaptors2323321088Clippers1536222598Raptors vs. Clippers live score, updates and highlightsQuarter 41 a.m. ET  — The Raptors, on the second night of a back-to-back, appear gassed at the end of this one. Leonard and the Clippers take a win, 98-88, after a hard-fought game.12:56 a.m. ET  — Harrell makes up for the block on him a minute earlier and slams a dunk home off Leonard’s feed. Leonard knocks down two free throws to bring the lead to eight points.12:55 a.m. ET  — Chris Boucher completely stuffs Harrell at the rim, sending the Raptors’ bench — and the Toronto contingent at Staples Center — to their feet. He puts a layup in a few moments later to help the Raptors crawl to a four-point deficit. The Clippers lead 92-88 with 1:21 to play.Norman Powell slipped on a wet spot and came away limping, but he remains in the game.WHAT A BLOCK BY BOUCHER! pic.twitter.com/KsumwJoDZ6— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 12, 201912:49 a.m. ET  — The Raptors have only scored eight points through the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter and miss several shots, even after stripping the ball from Leonard yet again. Kawhi ties his career-high for turnovers in one game (eight). Nick Nurse takes a timeout with a little more than three minutes left to play. Clippers hold a six-point lead (92-86). 12:40 a.m. ET  — After Siakam misses two free throws, both teams miss shots back and forth until Harrell slams home a dunk for the Clippers. Hollis-Jefferson’s foul sends Harkless to the line — he knocks done one of two free throws, bringing the game to 87-82 Clippers.12:32 a.m. ET  — The Raptors call a timeout with 9:11 remaining. They trail Los Angeles 82-79.12:30 a.m.  ET  — The Clippers take a one-point lead with a three-point shot. 10 minutes remain in the game.End of Quarter 3 — Raptors 77, Clippers 7312:25 a.m.  — Raptors rookie Matt Thomas knocks down a three to take a 75-72 lead. He has six points so far on Monday. VanVleet is able to extend Toronto’s lead to three points after being fouled, and Thomas knocks down a bank shot to end the third quarter. 12:20 a.m. ET  — Clippers guard Landry Shamet is helped off the court after falling while on defense.Here’s the Landry Shamet injury. It’s hard to see exactly what caused it. pic.twitter.com/GApUPOywIR— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) November 12, 201912:13 a.m. ET — The Raptors continue their fantastic defense on Leonard (seven turnovers), but VanVleet misses a clear layup. The Raptors remain down by two (67-65) with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter.12:09 a.m. ET  — Toronto’s Powell drives to the net and slams a dunk for his 15th points of the game, a Raptors team-high.Yeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh @npowell2404 pic.twitter.com/5FzhJMy5sR— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 201912:05 a.m. ET  — Five consecutive missed shots by the Clippers result in a breakaway for Toronto’s Powell, but he is fouled. The Clippers take a timeout with a three-point lead, 58-55.Clippers just had eight offensive rebounds inn a single possession, and failed to score a single point. Ivica Zubac’s face says it all. pic.twitter.com/nvJlvUbiZK— Clipper Insider (@clipperinsider) November 12, 201912:03 a.m.  ET  — Fred VanVleet is given a technical foul for arguing with the referees during a Clippers possession.11:57 p.m. ET —   It takes a full 90 seconds for either team to score to start the second half, but Los Angeles’ Landy Shamet puts up a three to open the scoring once more.End of Quarter 2 — Raptors 46, Clippers 5111:36 p.m. ET  — A flurry of missed shots and wild turnovers in the last few minutes of the half. Patrick Beverley’s layup takes a 49-36 lead for the Clippers just before the half ends, and Toronto’s Powell takes an offensive foul with 0.5 seconds left. Patrick Beverley takes two free throws and sinks both to end the quarter. The Clippers lead 51-46.11:27 p.m. ET  — Leonard’s fourth turnover of the night causes analysts to note how well Nick Nurse and the Raptors have planned to defend their former teammate.Kawhi just committed his 4th turnover. He’s played 16 minutes without a FG (0-for-5). Credit to Nurse and his sleepless night of game prep, Hollis-Jefferson, who has been excellent, and several others that have done a great job trapping him.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) November 12, 201911:25 p.m. ET  — Siakam slams a dunk home after a pretty feed from Gasol.This right here is what you call a DIME pic.twitter.com/EQVmsVd5qd— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 201911:20 p.m. ET  — Clippers center Montrezl Harrell draws a foul for a potential three-point play. Raptors remain ahead, 35-33, during a timeout.11:14 p.m. ET  — The Clippers go on a 10-1 run and briefly take back the lead, but Toronto quickly regains the lead.End of Quarter 1 — Raptors 23, Clippers 15Freddy pullin’ up from ANYWHERE pic.twitter.com/0RCtZQ6pCu— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 201911:04 p.m.  ET  — Toronto’s Marc Gasol draws a charging foul. The teams trade missed shots until Raptors’ Chris Boucher hits a three-point shot to extend Toronto’s lead to seven points.10:58 p.m. ET  — Norman Powell hits one of two foul shots and the Raptors take a 10-9 lead with five minutes left in the first quarter.10:55 p.m. ET  — Sportsnet reports that OG Anunoby has a poked right eye and will not return to Monday’s game. The Raptors confirmed this report minutes later.10:52 p.m. ET  —   Siakam sinks a floater to cut Toronto’s deficit to three points. The Clippers take a timeout.10:43 p.m. ET  — Play is stopped less than two minutes into the game after Raptors forward OG Anunoby goes down with an injury. Kawhi Leonard hit  22-year-old Anunoby  in the eye as he collected a rebound. Raptors coach Nick Nurse was given a technical foul for protesting after play continued while Anunoby laid on the ground. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Toronto Raptors 98-88 in Los Angeles on Monday in Kawhi Leonard’s first game against his old team since he helped bring Toronto its first NBA Finals title in June.Leonard nearly earned a triple-double on the night (12 points, nine assists, 11 rebounds) but often found himself double-teamed by his old teammates, limiting his scoring ability. Clippers guard Lou Williams led all scorers with 21 points in a fairly low-scoring, sometimes sloppy night for both the defending NBA champions and this year’s Finals favorite, the Clippers.last_img read more

Senate Berates Economic Management Team for “Poor Report” on Economy

first_imgThe EMT comprises, among others (from left) Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah, Jr.; Commerce Minister Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh and Central Bank Governor Nathaniel Patray.Over a dozen Senators on Tuesday, November 7, made public their strong disagreement over a three-page report from the Economic Management Team (EMT) on the state of the economy; the alleged missing L$16 billion and the status of the infusion of the supposed US$25 million into the economy to strengthen the depreciated Liberian dollar.The angry lawmakers, including Senators Thomas Grupee, Matthew Jaye, Varney Sherman, Nyonblee Karngar-Lawrence, Henrique Tokpa, J. Gbleh-bo Brown and Dan Morais, said the report lacked detailed explanations on the specifics on the economy, but instead it is filled with financial graphs which they cannot understand to interpret to their constituents who elected them.In a soft-but-firm tone, Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee rebuked the Chairman of the EMT, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah for speaking from his head and not from a prepared text, taking into consideration the severity of the matter.Senators Brown, Jaye and Lawrence, said the “graphs are laughable, because the EMT did not take into account their professional backgrounds.”Tough-talking Senator from Grand Cape Mount County, Varney Sherman, said the current state of the economy is too alarming for the Economic Management Team to be toying with.“I have been here for the past four years and I don’t remember us having public hearing and anything good come out of it. Why? Because the people who come to talk to us give us generalities and no decision can be made by us. The status of this economy is very serious. We call our experts here – people who’re supposed to advise us – and they come and talk to us from the top of their heads… How can you expect me to understand the status of the economy on three pages,” Cllr. Sherman said.Bong County Senator Henrique Tokpa said based upon his professional background he understands the graphs but  his other colleagues who are from different backgrounds need a simple explanation on the monetary and fiscal policy and the impact of the US$25 million infusion in the economy.The lone female Senator in session, Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, described the three-page report as unprofessional, far below standard and does not fall within the best financial practice.She asked that Senators Morris Saytumah and Jonathan Kaipay, whose arguments were in defense, be allowed to give a general perspective on the economy and through questions-and-answers, the Senators’ specific questions will be addressed.However, Min. Tweah apologized for not making reference to the summary compiled by the team but said copies had been made available for members of the Senate.The Economic Management Team comprises of the Central Bank Governor, Nathaniel Patray, Finance, and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah, Commerce Minister, Wilson Tarpeh and Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority, Thomas Doe Nah.For a way forward, after berating the EMT, River Cess County Dallas Gweh proffered a motion for the EMT to be discharged in order to bring a detailed report on the economy, including the alleged missing L$16 billion, the state of the economy, the infusion of the US$25 million and the impact as well as which institutions benefited or how it was infused.The motion, which was amended by Senators Morris Saytumah and Peter Coleman, also said about 33 copies of the report should be submitted to the Secretary of the Senate, latest on Friday, November 9 and then return on Tuesday, November 13 in the Senate Chamber, by 11 am.The issue of EMT remaining under oath was disregarded by Senate President Pro Tempore Albert Chie.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more