first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Feb 2020 12:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Comment Advertisementcenter_img Gabriel ha been impressive for Lille this season (Picture: NurPhoto via Getty Images)Arsenal will have to fork out around £30m for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes if they want to sign him in the summer.The Gunners were interested in signing the central defender during the January transfer window, making ‘firm offers’ for him as Mikel Arteta looked to strengthen his shaky defence.The moves were unsuccessful, but Arsenal maintain an interest in the 22-year-old Brazilian and may return with a bid in the summer.However, he will not come cheap as the Sun report that Lille are looking for around £30m for one of their hottest prospects.ADVERTISEMENTGabriel cost Lille just £1.5m three years ago when he arrived in France from Avai in Brazil, but his current club are confident they can receive a huge fee for him after Arsenal signed William Saliba for £27m from Saint Etienne last summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Ligue 1 side have also proved to be stern negotiators after they managed to secure £72m from Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe over the summer.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 CityGabriel is an imposing central defender, standing at 6’3″ and has become a regular in the Lille starting XI over the last year.He signed for the French side from his home country in 2016, but has also spent time on loan at Troyes and then Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.His performances this season have caught the eye, not only of Arsenal, but also of Everton who have shown an interest in signing him as well.The Gunners did bring in two new defensive signings in January as Pablo Mari arrived on loan from Flamengo and Cedric Soares signed arrived on a six-month deal from Southampton.Arteta is still struggling with injuries at the back, though, with Calum Chambers out of the season, while Kieran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac and new signing Cedric all sidelined.MORE: Barcelona confirm transfer interest in Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMORE: Arsenal plot early transfer move for Feyenoord star Orkun Kokcu Lille will demand £30m for Arsenal transfer target Gabriel Magalhaeslast_img read more


first_imgBy Mike HughesHAYS, Kan. (Sept. 21) – It was championship night at RPM Speedway with three of the five track titles still up for grabs when the evening started.In the S & W Supply IMCA Modifieds, it was a two-car race for the championship as four points separated Corey Lagroon and Dylan Sherfick. Scott Brown took the lead at the start of the 20-lap feature with Tim Watts and Ronnie Hill in tow. Hill took over the top spot on the following lap.Hill led the field back to green following a lap eight caution, only to be passed by Travis Sherfick on lap nine. The red flag flew on the following lap when Teel flipped on the back straightaway. Teel was okay, but done for the night.Travis led the remaining distance to claim his third win of the year at Hays. Younger brother Dylan finished second. Lagroon’s third place finish was good enough to claim the track title. Watts and Hill completed the top five.In the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Northern SportMod point standings, Tyler Frye entered the night with a seven point lead over Clay Money. Cody Pancake took the lead at the drop of the green and held onto the top spot through a couple of caution periods to lead at the halfway mark of the 15-lap A-main.Defending track champion Jake Krone took over the top spot on lap nine, but had to retire to the pits two laps later, handing the lead over to Frye. Frye held off the field to claim his sixth feature win and the track championship. Pancake finished in the runner-up spot followed by Kurtis Pihl, Dustin Daniels and Clay Sellard.The closest point race was in the Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock division as G.W. Fuller held a slim two point advantage over Garrett Hager. Ron Wehling led the first two laps of the 15-lap feature before the first caution waved on lap three.When the green flag reappeared, Fuller shot to the lead. The caution flag waved several more times throughout the race, but Fuller was up to the task and was first to the checkers to get his first win at Hays this season, along with the track championship. Hager finished second with Aaron Gray, Kent Tammen and Leon Pfannenstiel rounding out the top five.At the start of the night, Jeff Tubbs already had the track championship wrapped up in the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car division. Tubbs took over the race lead on lap eight when Geoff Jermark got high coming out of turn two and fell back to fourth.Tubbs went on to make his second appearance in victory lane at RPM Speedway this season. Nick Tubbs, Josh Hudson, Nolan Remus, and Jim Powell rounded out the top five. All Michael Smith had to do was take the green flag in the D K Ranch IMCA Sport Compact division to claim the track title. He did just that as he chased Monte Honas most of the feature.Honas held on to win his 10th feature of the year at Hays. Smith finished second followed by Dallas Dunn, Kirk Pfannenstiel and Tanner Chapin. Honas missed the first point night at Hays in April and finished 17 points behind Smith.Darren Unrein won the school bus feature.The evening’s race sponsor was Discovery Drilling.There was a special 50/50 raffle with the track’s proceeds going to the Chloe Medina medical fund. Chloe is 18 months old, was recently diagnosed with pre-leukemia and will have to travel for treatments. The winner donated his portion back to the fund, so at the end of the evening over $1,000 was raised.The season finale will be the annual Fall Nationals on October 10-12. The Sport Compacts will run a full show on Thursday night with $300 to the winner. The remaining four classes will compete on Friday and Saturday nights. The Modified feature winner will collect $5,000 and qualify for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The Stock Cars will race for a $3,000 winner’s share, the SportMods $2,000 and Hobby Stocks $1,000. Race time on Thursday & Friday will be 7 p.m. and 6 on Saturday.last_img read more


first_img A superb round of 69, containing eight birdies, saw Billy Watson secure the Junior County Champions title for Hampshire over the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, ending a two-year domination by Lincolnshire golfers.His 36-hole aggregate of 142, four under par, was five strokes ahead of runner-up, Gian-Marco Petrozzi from Staffordshire, his playing partner, and six clear of Essex champion Taylor Carter.“Although I won the Hampshire Boys Championship, this is my biggest victory as it is a national title,” said Watson. “It is a big achievement for me and a great boost. It also gets me automatic entry into next year’s Brabazon Trophy and hopefully on to better things.”Watson (image © Leaderboard Photography), the 18-year-old son of former European Tour professional Scott Watson, started his second round one shot off the lead held by Lincolnshire’s Sam Done. But he was soon setting a hot pace.“I was fighting a left pull on my long irons this morning so before I went out this afternoon I spent some time in the net with my dad and he put me right,” added Watson.“This afternoon was fun. I started well with a birdie at the first from six feet and I missed chances at the next two holes. But I birdied the sixth and bogeyed the seventh to be out in 36 but I had six birdies on the back nine. “This win will take a while to sink in. It was good to have dad on the bag, not necessarily for tips but for his support.”While most of the field were struggling with the Hotchkin’s tough challenge, Watson, who stands 6ft 6ins, made it look easy. He had birdies at the tenth, 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 18th while bogeys at 12 and 15, both to three putts, kept him on an even keel.He and Petrozzi were in the last group on the course and the Staffordshire youngster also beat the par with his five-birdie 71 for 147.Carter, who won all six of his games for Essex in the recent English Boys County Championship, added a level-par 73 to his opening 75 for third place on 148.“I started poorly with a double bogey at the second after getting a bad lie in a bunker,” said the 18 year old from Rochford. “But I played O.K. but didn’t hole a thing. I had a lot of chances but couldn’t get the ball to drop. But I finished well with an eagle at 18, hitting my hybrid to eight feet.”Although Cheshire boy champion Max Rogers finished down the field he had the satisfaction of securing his first ever hole-in-one. It came at the 209-yard eighth hole when he sank his five iron tee shot.“I didn’t see the ball go in but the pitch mark was about ten feet in front of the hole so I assume it rolled in from there,” said the 17 year old from the Astbury club. “I’ve never had an ace before and I needed it today. It made up for a bogey at that hole this morning. 13 Sep 2014 Victory proves elementary for eight-birdie Watson last_img read more


first_imgThree of the members have Brier experience.So does two of the first two rinks the Shypitka team plays against to open the eight-team spiel  — Craig Lepine of Langley and Mel Steffin of New Westminster.“We feel confident, we have a lot of experience on the team,” Thomson explained. “We can play an aggressive game and if we get up a little bit we have the skills to hopefully keep things pretty clean.”Day two Team Shypitka meets the other Kootenay rep in the tournament, Castlegar’s Myron Nichol.Joining Nichol is third Rick Brown, second Terry Kryzcka and lead Rob Babiarz. The Sunflower City rink opens Tuesday against Wes Craig of Victoria and Rick Pughe of New Westminster.Each team plays two games each day with the top three teams advancing to Saturday’s playoff round. Friday is set aside for tie-breakers.The top teams automatically gains a spot in Saturday’s final while the second and third squads battle to advance into the championship.“Playoffs would be ideal, finishing first would be even better,” Thomson explained.“You might get away with three losses to get into a playoff but four losses and your probably done. If you can go through with one or two losses I think you’ll have a pretty shot at finishing first.”EXTRA END: The Teresa Hiram rink of Grand Forks is the lone rep for the Kootenays in the Tim Horton’s B.C. Senior Women’s Championships held at the same time as the men’s in Trail. Hiram is joined by third Rhonda Lee Bedard, second Rose Beauchamp and lead Cindy Pettapiece. Fred Thomson would like to think all his years of competing in the Trail Curling Club would give his team the edge heading into play Tuesday at the Tim Horton’s B.C. Senior Men’s Championships.That may be the case, say, at the junior level.This is the Senior Men’s Division where skips, thirds, seconds and leads have seen more ice than an Eskimo.“It’s not going to be easy at all,” said Thomson, playing third for the Kootenay’s top seed, the Tom Shypitka rink of Cranbrook.“I understand (Trail committee) has brought in a different icemaker so he’s probably going to change up the ice somewhat.”“Plus (our rink) doesn’t see a lot of each other during the year . . . we don’t practice we don’t throw rocks together so I don’t think there will be a whole lot of home ice advantage for us.”Thomson, is joined by skip Tom Shypitka of Cranbrook, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale.last_img read more


first_imgFrom an elite event of standard distance the Wasa Triathlon, in the Kootenays of B.C., has transformed into one of the most family friendly festival weekends in Western Canada. The event has grown over the last 20 years from 90 competitors to over 1000 participants with nearly one quarter being young triathletes aged between four to 15 years old. Race director, Charlie Cooper says “the event attracts families from all over B.C., Alberta and North West USA.”  “The growth in recent years has been led by the number of young triathletes coming with their families.  We are proud to cater for all ages with the first event day being dedicated to support our younger competitors.”On Saturday June 11, the Trikids Triathlon will again see a large group of smiley kids crossing the finish line for a well-earned medal.  Cooper explains that all young competitors will get to enjoy the same race experience as the adults: professional announcer Steve King, loads of volunteer support, drink stations, electronic timing, the exciting finish chute lined up with spectators, a catered lunch and a groovy t-shirt. “We want these young triathletes to love the sport, experience the competition but above all it’s about participation and having a fun weekend with the family,” Cooper said.”Many Albertan families use the Wasa triathlon as a camping weekend, enjoying the long summer mountain days and impressive setting.” For mums and dads there is some serious racing to be had on the Sunday with the sprint and standard distances both for individual and relay teams.The scenic shores of Wasa Lake attract amateurs and elite triathletes to compete in this swim-bike-run event. First-timers in the sport also target this event as a must-do to kick off their season. It’s not only the picturesque mountain scenery and pure air that attracts competitors says Cooper, the prize money is good too, with $4,300 to be awarded to the top five finishers in the women and men categories. The quality of the competition every year makes Wasa’s standard course one of the most competitive and fastest. All TriKids receive some good orienteering and preparation to make it a fun, memorable and safe experience. Many parents report young ones sleeping with their medals and proudly wearing their Wasa event shirt to school! Registration at www.rmevents.com closes June 9 for Adults & TriKids.last_img read more