Arsenal confident of new Bukayo Saka deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal is reportedly confident of tying Bukayo Saka down to a new long-term contract at the Emirates.The 18-year-old has enjoyed a stellar breakthrough campaign in North London – registering three goals and nine assists across all competitions from an unfamiliar left-back position. However, Saka’s future at Arsenal has been the subject of much speculation recently, but the Gunners are said to be hopeful of keeping the teenager on the books at the Emirates.According to, Saka has not yet penned a new deal with Arsenal, but Mikel Arteta’s side are confident that the Englishman will commit his long-term future to the Gunners.Benge also echoed previous reports that Arteta’s side were not looking to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer, and a potential move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is likely to be hindered by the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.Saka’s current deal in North London is set to expire next summer, with Liverpool and Valencia both said to be monitoring developments surrounding the youngster.Tags: ArsenalBukoya SakaContract NegotiationsNew Deallast_img read more

MDI girls top Old Town; Deer Isle-Stonington leads Class D North

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts Bio OLD TOWN — Brent Barker knew he’d be facing a different version of a longtime adversary when the Mount Desert Island girls’ basketball team headed on the road for its season-opener. From the opening tip, the MDI head coach’s intuition proved correct.In past years, MDI’s victories over Old Town had been decisive. The Trojans had beaten the Coyotes 11 straight times entering Friday, a streak that included 41-, 35-, 31-, 40- and 47-point victories.This time, though, Old Town was coming into the game with all but one player returning from 2016-17, and with a promising freshman class entering the fold, the Trojans had to take their game to a different level. The result was a contest that was closer than the teams’ previous encounters but in which the visitors showed the resilience expected of a contender.The MDI girls used an early second-half run to build a comfortable lead over Old Town and never looked back in a 61-47 road win Friday. The victory marked the ninth consecutive season-opening win for the Trojans, who now enter the thick of a busy December schedule.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We knew were going to have to scrap in order to win and that Old Town was going to pressure us,” MDI head coach Brent Barker said. “They came out and made us work hard for it, but once we got hot in that second half, we kept going.”MDI went on an 8-1 run to start the game before Old Town scored 11 of the next 14 points to pull ahead. Yet the Trojans (1-0) regained the lead on the last shot of the quarter when Hannah Chamberlain hit a 3-pointer from near the half-court line to the amazement of both fan bases.Old Town (0-1) hung with the Trojans for much of the second quarter but couldn’t take the lead. MDI capitalized with under a minute left when Chamberlain made yet another 3-pointer that gave the visitors a 29-23 lead heading into halftime.Yet it was the second half in which MDI began to take control. Led by Julia Watras and Maddy Good, the Trojans went on an 8-0 run in the opening minutes after the break and prevented Old Town from scoring in bunches to build a comfortable lead.“We had our good moments, and we had our bad moments,” senior Emily Banks said. “We really worked well together to pull it off.”The Coyotes threatened at times in the fourth quarter, in which they pulled to within 10 points on two occasions. Yet the home team’s comeback hopes were derailed for good when Chamberlain hit yet another 3-pointer to give MDI a 58-42 lead in the game’s final two minutes.“Every 3 she hit came at a big moment for us when we needed it,” Barker said. “As a team, we needed some of the players who didn’t get as many minutes for us last year to step up and be productive right from the get-go, and I think those players did that.”MDI’s next game will be at home against Foxcroft (0-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. The team will then host Oceanside (0-1) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.“Looking at our schedule, we play eight of our 18 games this month,” Barker said. “It’s going to come quickly for us, and we’ll have to be ready for that just like we were tonight.”DI-S girls start season 2-0The Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ basketball team returned the bulk of its key contributors from last year’s state tournament squad this season, and the Mariners have picked up where they left off in the early going.With wins over George Stevens Academy and Searsport, the Mariners are currently Hancock County’s only 2-0 team. Those wins also have Deer Isle-Stonington as the No. 1 team in Class D North.Against defending Class C North runner-up GSA on Friday, the Mariners got 14 points from Rylee Eaton and a combined 18 from Lily Gray and Kaylee Morey to start the season with a win. The team then defeated Searsport 47-34 on the road Monday to give itself back-to-back victories over Class C opponents.Deer Isle-Stonington’s next game is at home against Sumner (0-2) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14.center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more

Bennett, Bo, establish hoops cred

first_imgThe men\’s basketball team celebrates after taking its third Big Ten title under head coach Bo Ryan.[/media-credit]Badger basketball from 2000-09 will go down in Wisconsin lore as either the decade that sparked UW hoops to national prominence or as simply the best 10-year span for basketball in Wisconsin history.Starting with a Final Four appearance in 2000 by a Dick Bennett-led squad and peaking with consecutive 30-win seasons from 2006-08, Badger basketball made the jump from Big Ten afterthought to conference powerhouse and consistent NCAA Tournament presence.In 2001, Bennett retired two games into the season for UW, and after an interim stay from Brad Soderberg, the Bo Ryan era kicked off.With eight years under Ryan, the Badgers captured three Big Ten titles, two Big Ten Tournament crowns and advanced to March Madness every single year, only losing in the first round once. Ryan’s teams have averaged 24 wins a season, never finished lower than fourth place in conference and reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament three times. Currently, Ryan boasts the best Big Ten winning percentage of all time, better than some guy named Robert Knight.Most impressively, however, was how all these accomplishments came about. Five-star recruits? Not in Madison. McDonald’s All-American’s? The Badgers grabbed exactly one in Brian Butch. Ryan attained all of his accomplishments with players others had overlooked, guys who had skills but were limited athletically and, most importantly, athletes who wanted to learn and worked hard.Furthermore, Ryan produced an identity.Known for the swing offense, Badger teams could be defined by working the shot clock and limiting turnovers. Often one of the slowest-paced teams in the nation, UW might not score in high doses, but the efficiency was almost always there.On defense, the Badgers’ game was simple.Make you hit tough shots.With several standout defenders over the decade in Mike Kelly and Michael Flowers to name a few, almost every conference game was guaranteed to be a stereotypical Big Ten defensive battle.While it may not boast the name cache of some major national powers, an all-time starting five from the decade would certainly win its fair share of games. At point guard, Devin Harris and his lightning quickness would start, sharpshooter Kirk Penny would fill the “two” guard, all-time UW leading scorer Alando Tucker could start at small forward, inside-outside threat Mike Wilkinson would man the “four” position, and the continually underrated Brian Butch would anchor the defense from center.In a game with continual one-and-done superstars, it is refreshing to see Ryan put together a consistent powerhouse utilizing four-year players.Badger basketball certainly was not always pretty, and sometimes it was downright ugly, but the Grateful Red could always count on a win.last_img read more