Mikel Arteta is set to accept Arsenal’s job offer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are increasingly confident of appointing Mikel Arteta as their next manager this week after holding late-night talks with the Spaniard on Sunday, sources have told Metro.co.uk.Senior figures from the Gunners, including managing director Vinai Venkatesham and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy, were seen leaving Arteta’s Manchester residence early on Monday morning following City’s 3-0 win against the Gunners on Sunday afternoon.Metro.co.uk revealed on Saturday that City expected an approach from the Gunners following Sunday’s clash at the Emirates and the club had already given Arteta permission to speak to his former side about an exit from the Eithad.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe meeting at Arteta’s house lasted around two-and-a-half-hours, where he was given promises about the club’s budget, updates on contract renewals and assurances over the board’s expectations in the short-term.ADVERTISEMENTArteta had been one of a number of candidates to replace Unai Emery a fortnight ago but he’s now the leading contender and the Spaniard has made it clear that he’s willing to put reservations over taking the job in mid-season to one side in order to accept his ‘dream job’.The Gunners had been willing to bide their time over an appointment but just one win in five matches under Freddie Ljungberg has hastened the club’s pursuit of a new manager. Arteta has served under Guardiola for three years (Picture: Getty)City will not stand in Arteta’s way and had been willing to let him leave 18 months ago, when the Spaniard was ‘heartbroken’ to be overlooked in favour of Emery in the running to become Arsene Wenger’s successor.Arteta has long been touted as a replacement for Guardiola but City do not view the 37-year-old as a viable option once Guardiola steps down. Both Newcastle and Everton have both shown interest in Arteta during the last 12 months but the Spaniard made it clear to Guardiola that he would not leave City for anyone other than Arsenal.Arsenal will have to pay a small compensation fee to City to hire Arteta and the Spaniard can expect a substantial improvement on his £900,000-a-year salary at the Etihad.Arteta had been in north London earlier on Sunday to witness first hand the chaos at Arsenal.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 CityCity beat the Gunners 3-0 at the Emirates and interim boss Freddie Ljungberg urged the club afterwards to speed up their move to appoint a replacement for Emery.‘I think it needs to be cleared up, to make a decision so everybody knows,’ the Swede said after the game.Arteta joined Arsenal in 2011 from Everton and spent five years at the club before retiring in 2016 in order to work with Guardiola at the Etihad.MORE: Europa League round of 32 draw: Arsenal vs Olympiacos; Man Utd vs Club Brugge Arsenal confident of making Mikel Arteta appointment in next 48 hours Comment Advertisement Advertisement Sean KearnsMonday 16 Dec 2019 2:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Arsenal’s chief executive Vinai Venkatesham visited Arteta at his home (Eamonn and James Clarke)Pep Guardiola admitted after Sunday’s game that the decision was in Arteta’s hands and the pair were set to meet on Monday afternoon, where it was expected that Arteta would convey his desire to join Arsenal.When asked about Arteta’s situation after City’s win over Arsenal, Guardiola replied. ‘If it happens, it will happen.‘When he wants to talk we are open to talk but it’s private, I don’t want to make things uncomfortable.’
GREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWith the WCHA title already clinched and four more games remaining in the regular season, it would be very easy for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team to coast into the postseason.That’s far from the case, however.UW head coach Mark Johnson knows how important the last two series of the regular season will be in order for his team to head into the postseason strong. With the Badgers (25-1-4) looking for back-to-back national championships, the team can’t afford to get complacent.And step one is getting past WCHA opponent Ohio State this weekend.The Badgers and Buckeyes haven’t met since mid-October when Wisconsin swept Ohio State (16-10-4) on the road. Back then, the game was played on a smaller ice rink–something normally advantageous to Ohio State. However, the home ice didn’t make a difference as Wisconsin prevailed 3-2 both nights.Now, the Buckeyes have to face the Badgers on a regulation-sized rink at the Kohl Center. UW hopes to reap the benefits of the extra space.”The Kohl Center is a lot bigger,” team captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “We just have to move the puck, we’ve got to out-skate them and I think we’ll tire them out, and that’s something we’re going to concentrate on.”Several other factors stack the deck in Wisconsin’s favor as well. The Badgers have a long history of dominance over Ohio State, boasting a 25-3-5 all-time record. Recently, UW has done even better. The last eight games played between the teams have all ended in Wisconsin victories.Offensively, the Badgers cannot be beat. They are averaging more than four goals per game, while the Buckeyes’ offense is averaging a little more than three.Of the top five point scorers in the conference, four of them belong to Wisconsin — Sara Bauer, Meghan Duggan, Meaghan Mikkelson and Jinelle Zaugg have combined for 164 points thus far this season.The only player in the top five who isn’t a Badger is the Buckeyes’ leading scorer Erin Keys, who has 37 points.Bauer, who leads the WCHA with 52 points, was unable to pick up any points last weekend keeping her two points shy of 200 for her career. Once she reaches that milestone, Bauer will become just the seventh player in NCAA history to achieve that feat.Freshman forward Duggan has been spectacular as well. For three straight weeks she has been awarded WCHA rookie of the week, making her the first Badger to win a conference award in three consecutive weeks. In six games over that span, she has scored 4 goals and recorded 11 points. On the year, Duggan has five weekly conference honors, the most in a season for any UW player.And while the Badgers’ offense gets all the recognition, the defense and goaltending has quietly had an incredible season, allowing just one goal per game. Both Wisconsin’s offensive and defensive production are tops in the conference.The numbers put up by the Badgers goaltending duo of Christine Dufour and Jessie Vetter say it all. They have the best goals against average and two of the best save percentages in the conference. Ohio State’s senior goalie Erika Vanderveer has very solid numbers in both categories, as well as three shutouts this season, but pales in comparison.Wisconsin’s special teams have been equally impressive. The power play is converting almost a third of all opportunities, while the penalty kill is stopping more than 92 percent of opposing power plays.Finally, one facet of Wisconsin’s success that hasn’t been touched on this season is its discipline. All season long the Badgers have committed the fewest penalties, giving the opposition few opportunities to score with the man advantage.Going into this series with a 15-game unbeaten streak, advantages in most statistical categories and the confidence they’ve displayed all season long, the Badgers will look to continue their march toward the postseason while Ohio State will be looking to build some momentum going into the playoffs.”Ohio State is playing for home-ice advantage in the playoffs,” Johnson said. “With four games left … they’re battling for that last home-ice position. They’re 10th in the polls, they’re ninth or 10th in the power rankings, so they have a lot to play for. So if we don’t come ready to play, then it’s not going to be a very successful weekend.”
The Fort St. John Huskies and the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks will drop the puck on their best of five NWJHL quarter final tonight in Dawson Creek. Tonight’s game gets underway at 8 p.m. as the Huskies will try to do something they were not able to do all regular season, which was win in Dawson Creek.Assistant coach Todd Alexander kept the final practice relatively simple as the team spent time sharpening their powerplay and hammering home further the X’s and O’s of what the team needs to do on the ice to be successful.“It wasn’t too technical of a practice. We just worked on systematical stuff. You are what you are at this point. There isn’t too much that you’re going to be able to change. You just try to stick with what you do best and run with that in the playoffs,” he said.- Advertisement -Alexander went on to say that while the team also worked on their puck possession, if the Huskies don’t match the energy from Dawson Creek the hard work will be all for not and the series will be over quick.“Our puck possession is our game,” he explained. “We want to play with the puck and give ourselves more time with it and better opportunities. We’d rather not chase it around. The power play is obviously important this time of year, it could make or break you in a tight game. Those two things are catchy parts of the game. What you really need is the nuts and bolts. If you don’t have any nuts and bolts it will be a quick series. We need to come out and match their intensity and play well when we don’t have the puck.”Travis McLean is expected to start game one tonight from the Kin Arena. Game two has the teams returning to Fort St. John at 8 p.m.Advertisement
In a process that had more twists and turns than San Francisco’s Lombard Street, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on Wednesday released three preliminary alternatives for managing salmon fisheries from Humbug Mountain (OR) to Horse Mountain (which includes Humboldt County). According to the PFMC, 359,200 Klamath and 229,432 Sacramento fall Chinook are said to be swimming in the ocean, which should provide what we didn’t have last year – opportunity. As you recall, in 2017 the …
Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, has lauded the sports bodies taking a stance against the xenophobic attacks and says that sport, yet again, is playing a role in uniting people in our country.Sport is, yet again, playing a role in uniting people in South Africa. The South African Football Association and Premier Soccer League are organising two international friendly matches against neighbouring countries to create unity in the wake of attacks on foreign nationals. (Image: South African Football Association) Minister of Sceince and Technology Naledi PandorThe Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Fikile Mbalula, welcomes the initiatives led by the South African Football Association, the Premier Soccer League and the entire sporting fraternity leadership in the fight against xenophobia.Minister Mbalula urges all peace loving people to stand together against all forms of attacks to innocent people. “Xenophobia is wrong, it’s inhuman and it does not belong to South Africa or anywhere in the World. Just yesterday, we found refuge in other African countries when apartheid was in full force. Governments of other African countries gave us homes, fed us and most important, helped in the liberation of all South Africans. Imagine if when we were in pain they told us to go home; the freedom we have today would have never been achieved.”The stance taken against xenophobia by the leadership, the teams and supporters in sport yet again signals the importance of sport in uniting people. Let us all unite in our diversity as the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa urges us to.For enquiries contact the minister’s media liaison officer, Esethu Hasane, on 012 304 5114 or 071 259 2422.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since last fall, 6,586 growers and producers responsible for farming some 1 million acres of Buckeye State farmland have gone through fertilizer applicator certification training offered by researchers from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University as part of the college’s efforts to continue to improve Ohio water quality.Taught by Ohio State University Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program staff, the training is designed to help farmers increase crop yields using less fertilizer more efficiently, thus reducing the potential for phosphorus runoff into the state’s watersheds.The ultimate goal of the training is to keep nutrient runoff from fertilizers, especially phosphorus, out of Ohio’s waters, said Greg LaBarge, an OSU Extension field specialist and co-leader of Ohio State’s Agronomic Crops Team.The training, which meets the educational needs of Ohio’s new agricultural fertilization law, is just one aspect of the work Ohio State is doing to continue to improve water quality. The new law requires farmers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres to become certified.The training supplements the college’s Field to Faucet water quality program announced in September 2014 and launched in March designed to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector. The program already has five initial projects up and running, said Jay Martin, an ecological engineer in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, who was chosen to lead Field to Faucet.Field to Faucet projects include:•An app is being developed that will allow farmers to record nutrient application rates and methods. Future plans include developing further apps geared toward nutrient stewardship.• A project will develop a geospatial data warehouse with controlled access that will allow producers and researchers to secure and share publicly available data. It is likely the project will later serve as a model approach for a national program.• Researchers are studying how best to remove phosphorus and nitrogen from manure and from anaerobic digester discharge before these materials are applied to fields. This effort would especially benefit the watershed around Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio, where there are a large number of livestock farms.• A project will use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to provide real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters. Microcystin is a toxin made by certain harmful algal blooms.• A sensor will be developed to detect real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.Field to Faucet also involves researchers from multiple Ohio State colleges and other regional universities, Martin said, with three additional research projects supported by Field to Faucet now underway:• A Regional Conservation Partnership Program with a U.S. Department of Agriculture award of $17.5 million is creating a tri-state cost-share program to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. Ohio, Michigan and Indiana farmers in designated watersheds can get assistance in instituting a variety of best management practices that will keep nutrients on fields and improve water quality.• Working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, one project will create a weather risk management tool that combines weather forecasting with Ohio-specific land use data to warn farmers of impending storms to lessen runoff risks before nutrient applications.• A Best Management Practices Handbook is being developed that will allow farmers to determine the best farming practices to use based on their specific crops, fields, topography and region, among other considerations, to reduce nutrients coming off fields into Ohio watersheds.“We need to find ways to protect downstream ecosystem and water quality, while also preserving food production across the landscape,” Martin said. “We will strive to accelerate the applications of research.“It’s great to write theses and dissertations and publish journal articles, but we need to link with Extension and farmers to get the information in the hands of people who can use it to improve things.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the Renewable Fuel Standard turns 10 years old, the message is coming loud and clear that renewable fuels are working for rural America.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the first soybean planting Cab Cam of 2017, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found Fairfield County farmer Billy Pontius running on April 25th. In a year where farmers are thinking twice about putting additional costs into inputs and equipment, Pontius made some enhancements to his planter that he thinks will pay off come harvest time. He tells Ty all about those upgrades.
The 2026 World Cup hosts will be decided in a FIFA vote in 2020 after bidding countries will undergo stringent new checks on their suitability to stage the soccer showpiece.The governing body pledged to beef up the rules after the tainted dual votes in 2010 for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups set off years of scandals that culminated in Sepp Blatter being forced out of the presidency.FIFA is yet to settle on the format for the 2026 tournament or which countries will be eligible to be hosts.FIFA’s ruling council decided Tuesday that by October there should be a decision on whether FIFA President Gianni Infantino can honor an election manifesto pledge and expand the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams.With Africa, South America, Europe and Asia hosting the World Cups before 2026, it had been widely accepted that it should be North America’s turn for the first time since 1994. A joint bid between the United States, Canada and Mexico has been mooted. A FIFA statement said there would also be a review on whether to allow joint bids and the “eligibility of confederations.”Bidders are set to be subject to human rights regulations that FIFA plans to codify during a bidding consultation process that will last until next May. FIFA’s newfound commitment to human rights follows criticism about working conditions in 2022 World Cup host Qatar.The consultation phase will also firm up rules that will see bidders excluded if they do not meet “technical requirements,” FIFA said. There was criticism that FIFA’s executive committee disregarded a report that highlighted the dangers posed by the summer heat in Qatar by voting for the Gulf nation in 2010.advertisementFIFA expects to complete the strategy and consultation phase by next May before a bid preparation phase between June 2017 and December 2018. Bids will be evaluated between January 2019 and February 2020 and the vote – originally planned for 2017 before FIFA was beset by corruption scandals – will be staged in May 2020.Unlike past votes, the entire FIFA membership, which is currently 209 nations, will decide the hosts at a congress.
Savannah State just could not keep up with Florida State.Clearly, Mother Nature has a heart. How else do you explain that thunderstorms forced the premature end of the carnage of Savannah State’s meeting with Florida State, a match up many believed should not have happened in the first place?The Tigers from the quaint Georgia coastal town had to feel like a condemned prisoner receiving a reprieve. Florida State led 55-0 with still 8:59 left in the third quarter. Clearly, the Seminoles were on their way to covering the largest betting line in college football history, which at one point last week reached 70 ½ points.But two long delays because of severe thunderstorms of 56 minutes and 40 minutes – and a forecast for more – forced officials to call the game, a reprieve of sorts for Savannah State.Yes, the Tigers lost 55-0. But it could have been worse. It likely would have been worse.Worse, even, than the 84-0 crushing Savannah State suffered last week at Oklahoma State. Why would the small school from the historically black college conference, the MEAC, endure such beatings?It was paid $860,000, that’s why. That goes a long way toward meeting its $5.1 million athletic budget. So, from a Savannah State business perspective, the end justified the means.“It would be really good for my perspective at Savannah if those two teams play for the national championship and you guys call me for my evaluation of the game because I’m the only one who has seen them both,” Savannah State coach Steve Davenport said. “But like I said before, it’s really a helpless feeling. Those two programs and those players are really, really tremendous players.“We knew we were coming in a bit overmatched. Now we just hopefully got to get this thing turned around.”But what about those who bet on the game? According to pregame.com, a sports gambling website, all wagers on the game will be refunded — college football bets aren’t official until 55 minutes have been played.Before weather jumped in to save Savannah State, Florida State racked up 255 yards in the first quarter while the Tigers were minus-20 yards.Florida State led 28-0 seven minutes into the game, 35-0 in the first quarter and 48-0 at halftime. The out-manned Tigers could do nothing to stop the No. 6 team in the country. But Mother Nature did.