first_img Coral BarrySaturday 9 Nov 2019 2:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link110Shares Newcastle United are keen on Xhaka (Picture: Getty)‘Then, if I decide he is in the group with us, if he is ready and 100 per cent in his mind with the decision to help us and to play with his quality helping us.‘We need that quality and that player.‘We’re now a little weaker without him in that position because we have one less player.’MORE: Ian Wright says Arsenal should already be looking to replace Unai Emery regardless of Leicester resultMORE: Arsenal’s decision to hold vote to decide club captain wasn’t Unai Emery’s idea Xhaka may not play for Arsenal again (Picture: Getty)Steve Bruce has dismissed transfer speculation linking Newcastle United with Granit Xhaka.The Arsenal midfielder appears set to exit the club in January after being stripped of the captaincy following a furious confrontation with fans at the Emirates.Newcastle are reportedly prepared to take Xhaka on loan once the winter window opens and Bruce was asked if he was interested in signing the Gunner.Bruce replied: ‘Granit Xhaka? Look, I was only in the job two weeks and I was linked with 42 players.ADVERTISEMENT Leicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery 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 12:06FullscreenLeicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/leicester-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-2045018/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.‘So I am not going to comment on anybody else’s players. He is a very good player.’AdvertisementAdvertisementIt is unclear if Xhaka will play for Arsenal again, but he ruled himself out of the game against Leicester City on Saturday.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 CityEmery revealed Xhaka felt he could not feature amid the turmoil at the club and could not say if the former captain would be given a chance at redemption.‘As a coach I have a responsibility for the team. We need a player like Granit Xhaka,’ Emery said before the game at Leicester City.‘But also, I don’t know if he’s going to play again. I don’t know if he is available in his mind to continue helping us and continuing defending the Arsenal shirt. Advertisement Steve Bruce refuses to address transfer links to Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka Comment Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgNAGPUR, India (CMC) – Bermudan Delray Rawlins helped lead England Under-19s to safety as the second and final Youth Test against India fizzled out into a draw at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here yesterday.Rawlins scored an attractive 49 to follow up his first-innings 140 before falling to fellow slow left-arm bowler Anukul Roy for the second time in the four-day match, as England were dismissed for 255 in their second innings before the captains accepted the draw.The left-hander faced 85 balls and struck five fours and a six, further enhancing his reputation as a reliable top order batsman.Slow left-arm bowler Harsh Tiaga took the bowling honours with four for 67 from 25 overs.Resuming on 34 for two, England suffered an immediate setback when nightwatchman Daniel Houghton was forced to retire hurt on nought with no addition to the total.But number four George Bartlett and left-hander Rawlins, in at number five, repelled the Indian attack, adding 121 for the third wicket. Bartlett’s 76 came from 135 balls and included six fours and three sixes.India had declared their first innings on Thursday at 388 for nine in response to England’s first innings of 375 all out.The series ended all square with last week’s first Test at the same venue also drawn.last_img read more


first_imgClayton Kershaw’s scoreless-innings streak has ended. His dominant pitching for the Dodgers, however, is very much in tact. Kershaw threw a complete-game, three-hit, 11-strikeout gem, leading the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.Kershaw’s scoreless-innings streak came to an end at 41 when Chase Headley homered to center field with two outs in the sixth inning, but the 50,332 fans gave Kershaw a standing ovation. Two, actually.Although the streak was over, it was a dandy — the fifth-longest scoreless-innings streak since the expansion era began in 1961. He hadn’t allowed a run since June 13. It wasn’t the streak’s end that bothered Kershaw.“I guess (I was) disappointed I gave up the homer,” Kershaw said. “I really don’t care about the innings streak. We’re not supposed to give up runs. That’s our job. More than anything, that tied the game.”As Kershaw was interviewed on the field after the game, fans chanted “MVP! MVP!”Kershaw improved to 11-2 for the Dodgers, who lead the NL West. He won his last eight starts and is 8-0 with a .74 ERA over that span. His next appearance will be in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.Kershaw received a standing ovation after Headley’s homer off a slider and another as he walked to the dugout. The focused Kershaw never looked up. The score was tied, after all. However, he knew, and he welcomed it. “That’s really cool they know what’s going on and they have a feeling for it and they appreciate what you’re doing,” Kershaw said. “That’s really cool.”What wasn’t cool for Kershaw were the countless questions on his feelings over the streak’s end. By the third one, a frustrated Kershaw said: “Not good. It tied the game. I don’t really care about the streak.”To know Kershaw is to know that he cares about winning, and the Dodgers are in good position with three games remaining before the All-Star break.When Kershaw’s streak ended, there could’ve been a letdown. Not so.“You’re not going to find Kershaw on a start day unfocused,” said outfielder Scott Van Slyke.Orel Hershiser holds the longest scoreless-innings streak in baseball history at 59 innings in 1988, the last time the Dodgers won the World Series. Don Drysdale had a streak of 58 innings in 1968. Kershaw’s streak was the longest since Brandon Webb had 42 scoreless innings in 2007.Kershaw retired the first seven batters he faced, and Alexi Amarista singled to left to end any thoughts of another no-hitter in the third inning. The Padres own the worst offense in baseball and with Kershaw throwing so well so early, it was surely on the minds of many people. The Dodgers never trailed.Yasiel Puig doubled on a ball that hit off Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne in the fourth inning and trickled into left field. With two outs, Van Slyke singled in Puig for a 1-0 lead. The Padres tied the score in the sixth on Headley’s home run, but the Dodgers took back the lead in the bottom of the frame.And Kershaw returned to the mound for the inning and retired the side in a 115-pitch game, his third complete game this season and 14th of his career.“It doesn’t get more competitive than that,” catcher A.J. Ellis said of Kershaw. “You can use every adjective — special, relentless and has the will to win…”And that’s why the streak didn’t matter as much as another Dodgers win to Kershaw. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more