Arsenal confirm signing of Pablo Mari from Flamengo

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m really looking forward to playing in this jersey and helping my team.’Arsenal technical director Edu added: ‘Pablo is an experienced player who will provide us with additional defensive quality.‘We have been monitoring Pablo’s career for a while and we are very pleased to have reached agreement with Flamengo for him to join us initially until the end of our season.‘Together with Mikel and his coaching team, we are all looking forward to seeing Pablo in an Arsenal shirt.’MORE: Arsenal target another loan signing once Pablo Mari arrivesMore: 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 Arsenal confirm signing of Pablo Mari from Flamengo Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Pablo Mari from Flamengo (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have confirmed Pablo Mari as the first signing of Mikel Arteta’s tenure.The 26-year-old defender joins the Gunners on loan from Flamengo until the end of the season, with Arsenal having the option to make the deal permanent in the summer.He said: ‘I’m happy to be here today and to have signed for a big club. I’m going to do my best to help my team-mates and the club.‘When I spoke to my agent, it was a big thing that Arsenal were interested in me. This is one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m absolutely delighted to be joining.ADVERTISEMENTWelcome to London. Welcome to Arsenal.@PabloMV5 is coming to the capital! 👋— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 29, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Jan 2020 1:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

All Blacks’ Barrett brothers introduce their sister Zara, raising awareness for Down syndrome

first_imgStuff 12 August 2019Family First Comment: “People with Down syndrome need to feel loved and included.”#chooselifewww.lovethemboth.nzAll Blacks stars, the Barrett brothers, have shared the story of their 16-year-old sister Zara – a teenager who is “funny, cheeky, very honest” – and has Down syndrome.“She’s so honest, and we love that about her,” Beauden Barrett said of his little sister, who they call “Zars”.“People with Down syndrome need to feel loved and included.”The Barrett family, dairy farmers in coastal Taranaki, includes eight children all up – fellow All Black Blacks players, Scott and Jordie, two other brothers, and three sisters. They spoke to Newshub to raise awareness for the charity UpsideDowns.Down syndrome can occur in any family, regardless of history. It happens when “cells contain an extra chromosome, number 21”, according to the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association.People with Down syndrome have delays in development and learning. Speech therapy can help improve their communication skills, however this is only available through private practitioners and can cost between $4000 to $10,000 a year.UpsideDowns is an education trust that aims to help children with Down syndrome “develop their communication, confidence and independence, and the right to participate fully in society”.Beauden, told NewsHub: “Zara without speech couldn’t keep us honest, couldn’t share her views and points – and tell us how much she actually loves us and cares for us and supports us.“It is super special that she can do that. She’s so awesome and we love that about her. She calls it how she sees it and she appreciates the simple things in life.READ MORE: read more

Beat writers unanimously pick Clemson to beat up on Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) kicks off with No. 2 Clemson (6-0, 4-0) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Tigers beat the Orange 54-0 last year in Death Valley. Clemson has not won an ACC game by fewer than 14 points and won at then-hyped Louisville 47-21.Friday night’s SU-CU game will air on ESPN.Tomer Langer (5-1)Makes senseClemson 44, Syracuse 24Earlier this week, quarterback Eric Dungey said he liked the fact that nobody thought they’d be able to beat Clemson. And while it would be a good story for Syracuse to win this game, I need to throw my hat in with the group of people who don’t think the Orange will pull it off. Clemson’s defense is just too tough for SU to consistently crack, and if the Orange can’t move the ball it’ll give the Tigers short fields on offense. I think Syracuse manages to score by aggressively going for it on fourth downs, but Clemson should pull away.Matthew Gutierrez (4-2)Eye of the TigerClemson 45, Syracuse 17AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe defending national champs prove to be too much for Syracuse, which only narrowly beat a fledgling Pittsburgh team last week. As head coach Dino Babers said this week, Clemson’s front is “O-M-G.” So is the rest of the team. Clemson has its way in the primetime matchup.Joe Bloss (4-2)As it should beClemson 31, Syracuse 20Eric Dungey and this Syracuse offense can do some very nice things when they have the time. But that necessary time will not be granted against a Clemson defensive line that has accounted for 14.5 of the Tigers’ 22 sacks. It will occasionally get ugly. Feel free to look away when it does. A solid Syracuse defense won’t let up 54 points like it did a year ago, but it won’t be able to contain Kelly Bryant and his weapons to a score Dungey and Co. can match. As it has been in Syracuse’s losses thus far, the better team will win. Comments Published on October 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ammerman’s standout season adding to prolific career

first_imgSenior forward Brooke Ammerman of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is not just having a standout season. She’s having a standout career.Halfway through her senior season, Ammerman already ranks in the top 10 for career goals, points, shots, power play goals and game-winning goals in Badger women’s hockey history. In her eyes, the statistics only tell part of Ammerman’s story.“I think [my success] has a lot to do with my teammates. I’ve learned a lot from the leaders of the past, and my teammates have always made me better.” Ammerman said. “[This year], we’ve just been moving the puck well, and we’ve been on fire since the beginning of the season, so I can’t complain.”Since arriving in Madison in 2008, Ammerman has had plenty of success as a Badger. Her first national championship came on the heels of being named WCHA Rookie of the Week three times, UW Rookie of the Year and earning spots on the All-WCHA Rookie Team and All-WCHA Third Team. Her success continued into fall 2009, and although the team did not have a championship-caliber season, personal accolades for Ammerman piled up.The season started with Ammerman being named WCHA Preseason Player of the Year and ended once again with a spot on the All-WCHA third team. In between, she led the team with 20 goals, 38 points and 166 shots. She also was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the WCHA All-Star Team.The 2010-2011 season ended with a second national championship in three years for Ammerman and the Badgers. Her two power-play goals in the NCAA Frozen Four and stellar play throughout the postseason earned her a spot on the Frozen Four All-Tournament team.Ammerman’s goal against Boston University ultimately won the championship game. She finished the season with 17 goals, eight on the power play, and a total of 46 points, six of which came during a weekend sweep of St. Cloud State that earned her WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second straight year.This season, Ammerman currently leads the team in power play goals with six and sits second on the team with 22 assists, 38 points and a plus-minus of plus-33, behind only linemate and junior forward Brianna Decker in all three categories.Together, the pair has developed chemistry that has impressed head coach Mark Johnson and the rest of the coaching staff while contributing close to 40 percent of UW’s goals and points thus far.“[Ammerman and Decker] have been good; they’ve got quite a bit of chemistry,” Johnson said. “They create a lot of opportunities, score a lot of goals, do well on the power play, kill penalties [and] eat up a lot of minutes for us. When you find kids with good chemistry, you generally stay with it.”Ammerman is part of a Badger senior class that has accomplished a great deal, including winning national championships in 2009 and 2011. That senior class also set an NCAA record with 37 wins during the 2010-2011 season, including winning the last 27 straight. Before losing to Minnesota Oct. 16 this year, Wisconsin’s 32 straight wins tied a program and NCAA record.“They’re a fun group,” Johnson said of the senior class. “There’s some interesting personalities, but there’s a lot of energy, a lot of skill, a lot of talent within there. When they’re focused and working hard, they’re a pretty tough group to play against, and that’s certainly one of the reasons they’ve been successful. They have half a season to go, and hopefully it will continue.”With a tough matchup against Minnesota coming after this weekend’s series with Bemidji State, Ammerman, the rest of the seniors and Coach Johnson hope to avenge their only loss of the season with a weekend sweep. With the team currently riding a 12-game win streak, the senior class has a chance to create success similar to that of last year’s.With Ammerman currently on a 10-game point streak of her own, she has the opportunity to climb even higher among the ranks of Badger hockey greats.“I think we will be a good success,” Ammerman said. “There’s definitely going to be adversity along the way; it just depends on how we will bounce back from that. The second half [of the season] is really hard, but I think we will have a pretty exciting and successful season.”last_img read more