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

The Latest: Novak Djokovic praised for donation in Italy

first_imgThe Latest: Novak Djokovic praised for donation in Italy April 15, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Novak Djokovic has been praised by the director general of the local health authority in Bergamo for his donation to help control the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. Peter Assembergs says “we never expected to see on our bank account a donation from such a prestigious person.”Assembergs says “reading among the donators the name of the best tennis player in the world … made me emotional.”The money will be used to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment.Djokovic, his wife and their foundation recently donated 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help hospitals in Serbia.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 This year’s Tour de France will start on Aug. 29 and finish on Sept. 20 and will be followed by cycling’s two other major races.The International Cycling Union announced the new dates after consulting with race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation. The Tour could not start as scheduled on June 27 because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.The UCI also says the world championships will go ahead as planned from Sept. 20-27 and will be followed by the Giro d’Italia and the Spanish Vuelta. No official dates were given for those two major races.The UCI says prestigious one-day road classics such as Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be maintained at dates still to be defined.___last_img read more

Softball: Badgers sweep double-header with two mercies

first_imgWisconsin softball hosted the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix for a double-header during a chilly afternoon Tuesday, but the weather did not seem to affect the Badgers.Wisconsin’s (26-19-1) bats came alive as the team dominated both games 8-0, thanks to a strong performance at the mound from pitcher Taylor-Paige Stewart and situational hitting.The Badgers were held in check for the majority of the first game, only leading 2-0 going into the bottom half of the fifth inning. But the team would go on to score six in the final two innings, invoking the mercy rule for an early end to the game.Wisconsin expanded on their two-run lead thanks to an RBI single by Ashley Van Zeeland in the fifth and a sacrifice fly by Melanie Cross increased their lead to 4-0.Sara Novak sunk the dagger in the sixth when an RBI single and an error allowed another score, putting the Badgers up by six. Wisconsin would add two more in the frame to get the final score of 8-0.Stewart, who received the win in both contests and improved to 15-10 on the year, was on cruise control for both games. The senior allowed only one hit in each game while striking out nine in the first of the twin bill, tying her season high. Stewart added another five punch-outs in game two and again allowed only one unearned run in her three innings pitched.With an ample amount of run support in both games, Stewart said games like these ease the pressure when pitching.“The atmosphere of our dugout changes and the stress on the mound definitely decreases when you know your offense is lighting it up,” Stewart said.The Badgers picked up right where they left off in game two by getting to Phoenix pitcher Katie Rossman early in the bottom of the first. Both Kelsey Jenkins and Van Zeeland reached base, and were followed by Chloe Miller’s three-run blast to right — all before Green Bay recorded an out.“[Hitting a home run] always feels good,” Miller said. “It happens in practice, but until you get it in the game, there’s nothing like seeing your team when you cross home plate.”Wisconsin continued to pile on hits and runs in the following two innings.In the second, Jenkins ripped an RBI-double down the left field line and followed with a third inning that saw Katie Christner hit a line-drive home run down the left field line, which got out in a hurry to give the Badgers a 5-0 lead. Wisconsin chased Rossman in the same inning while tacking on three more runs and would hold their eight-run lead to the end of the fifth to again force the mercy rule.Coming into the day’s double-header, Wisconsin owned a 4-6-1 record at home, but head coach Yvette Healy said wins like these are what her team needed as they try to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament in two weeks.“Just to play well on our field is a big deal,” Healy said. “This weekend is another huge weekend and I think these mid-week games give us a little momentum going into it.”The Badgers will welcome the Northwestern Wildcats this weekend for a three-game set and the team’s final home series of the season. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m Friday.last_img read more