Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos gives hope to Arsenal and Tottenham over summer transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal and Tottenham have been heavily linked with Ceballos (Getty Images)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 CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t want them [Real Madrid] to sell me,’ Ceballos told Onda Cero.‘But I want to enjoy myself and feel important, wherever that may be.‘I have a bit of experience and I believe that next year will be my best year.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Jun 2019 8:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Dani Ceballos has hinted his future could be away from Real Madrid (Getty Images)Dani Ceballos admits he doesn’t want Real Madrid to sell him this summer but has not ruled out the prospect of joining Arsenal or Tottenham on loan.The 22-year-old started only 13 games in La Liga last season and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.Reports in Spain claim that Madrid would be open to a loan deal with both Arsenal and Tottenham heavily linked with a move for the midfielder.Ceballos has been one of Spain’s standout performers during their European Under-21 Championship campaign this month and the midfielder has suggested that he could be leaving Madrid for a temporary spell.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos gives hope to Arsenal and Tottenham over summer transferlast_img read more

Reports: Lakers set to acquire Reggie Bullock in trade with Pistons

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBullock is averaging 12 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds in his sixth NBA season. Drafted by the Clippers in 2013, he is shooting 38 percent from 3-point range, which would make him the second-most efficient 3-point shooter in the Lakers’ rotation, behind Lance Stephenson.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Mykhailiuk, 21, was the Lakers’ second-round pick last summer, No. 47 overall, out of Kansas. The Ukraine native played in 38 games this season, averaging 3.2 points in 10.7 minutes. He often occupied a seat between LeBron James and Rajon Rondo on the bench, but appeared some time away from being a meaningful contributor himself.The looming question ahead of Thursday’s noon PT trade deadline is whether the Lakers will make another move, this one for New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis. Reports from several outlets including ESPN cited that the Lakers had prepared a package that included Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, a few veterans and two first-round draft picks, but had stopped upping their bid as of midday Tuesday after the Pelicans made a push for additional draft picks.The pressure of the deadline appears to be having an influence on the team: The Lakers were crushed Tuesday night in their worst loss of the season, a 136-94 thrashing by the Indiana Pacers. Several players acknowledged afterward that they had difficulty shielding themselves from pervasive trade rumors shared via text and social media.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs INDIANAPOLIS — Whether it’s the first domino to fall or merely a singular stroke of a team trying to make the playoffs remains to be seen.But the Lakers have made their first in-season trade. And it isn’t the one that has had most of the NBA holding its collective breath.Multiple media reports indicated that the Lakers have agreed to send rookie Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a second-round draft pick to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Reggie Bullock, a 27-year-old guard who will become a free agent this summer. The trade is scheduled to be completed Wednesday, according to The Athletic.The move indicates that the Lakers (27-27) are gearing up for a push for a playoff berth, a journey that has taken a serious hit thanks to injuries up and down the roster. Bullock’s acquisition targets several areas where the Lakers are looking to improve: 3-point shooting, defensive toughness and veterans who are ready to contribute.last_img read more

Who is Alexis Lafreniere? Canadian forward consensus first-overall pick in 2020 NHL draft

first_imgMORE: How to watch the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery’s Phase 2Here’s everything you need to know about the top NHL prospect.Where is Alexis Lafreniere from?The 18-year-old star winger hails from Saint-Eustache, Que. When he was just 14, he played bantam hockey and posted 69 points (35 goals, 34 assists) in 26 games. In 2016-17 he played for the Saint-Eustache Vikings midget team and led the team in scoring with 83 points (33 goals, 50 assists) in 36 games. If he is selected first overall, Lafreniere would be the first Quebec-born player taken No. 1 since current Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was drafted in 2003 by the Penguins. He’ll also be the first non-goaltender from Quebec taken at No. 1 overall since Vincent Lecavalier in 1998 by the Lightning.Where has Alexis Lafreniere played?Ranked the top skater among North Americans by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau, the 6-1, 193-pound left winger torched the competition in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). This past season he led the QMJHL with 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in 52 games for the Rimouski Oceanic. His 2.15 points per game were the best in Canadian Hockey League history since Connor McDavid’s (Erie Otters) 2.50 PPG in 2014-15.  Over the course of three seasons, he netted 297 points in 173 games and an impressive 1.72 points per game. By comparison, the NHL’s top points man, Leon Draisaitl, had 1.55 points per game this past season.Lafreniere with some smooth moves behind the net 😱😱— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 2, 2020In late December and early January he led Canada to the gold medal at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship — despite missing two games with a knee injury. He potted four goals and six assists in five games; the previous tournament he had one goal in five games and was often the 13th forward. MORE: NHL Draft lottery Phase 2, explainedWhat awards has Alexis Lafreniere won?Lafreniere captured his second straight QMJHL MVP award back in May. The last guy to do that? Former Rimouski star Sidney Crosby (2004, 2005), which puts him in some pretty solid company. Shawinigan goalie Mathieu Chouinard also won back-to-backs from 1999 to 2000.YEAR LEAGUEAWARD2017-18QMJHLRookie of the Year (RDS Cup)2017-18QMJHLAll-Rookie team2017-18QMJHLFirst All-Star team2017-18QMJHLOffensive Rookie of the Year (Michel Bergeron Trophy)2017-18CHLWawanesa Rookie of the Year2018-19QMJHLFirst All-Star Team2018-19QMJHLMVP (Michel Briere Memorial Trophy)2018-19QMJHLPersonality of the Year (Paul Dumont Trophy)2018-19CHLSportsnet Player of the Year2020WJCMVP2020WJCAll-Star Team2020WJCBest forward2019-20QMJHLFirst Team All-Star2019-20QMJHLMVP (Michel Briere Memorial Trophy)2019-20QMJHLTop Scorer (Jean Beliveau Trophy)2019-20QMJHLTop Prospect (Michael Bossy Trophy)2019-20QMJHLPersonality of the Year (Paul Dumont Trophy)2019-20CHLDavid Branch Player of the Year Award2019-20CHLTop Draft Prospect AwardWhat are the experts saying about Alexis Lafreniere?“Lafreniere has exceptional skills and attributes which make him a scoring threat every time he steps onto the ice. Whether it’s with Rimouski in the QMJHL or on the world stage, he has continually shown that he is a force that can impact and be a difference maker in games. What sets him above in this Draft class is the natural compete and battle traits that are ingrained in his game, allowing Alexis to lead the way and make others around him better.” — NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr Monday night is Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft lottery, which means we’ll finally know who will select first overall come October. Regardless of which team gets the honor, one thing is already a given: Alexis Lafreniere has long been established as the top prospect for this year’s draft. Now, granted, depending on who gets the top slot it may not be him because of team needs (and 2020 has just been kooky); however, that’s probably not going to happen because he’s a surefire generational talent. Lafreniere brings speed, physicality, a high hockey IQ, silky mitts and an insane ability to put the puck in the back of the net.  “Obviously, Alexis is quite the player when you look at every aspect of his game. I think you could consider every aspect as elite when you look at his skating, his puck skills, obviously it’s above average. He’s been excellent for his three years with Rimouski.” — J-F Damphousse, Central Scouting’s regional scout for Quebec and the Maritimes”A gifted and versatile scoring winger with outstanding hockey sense and the ability to elevate his game when the situation calls for it, Lafreniere possesses many traits that scream elite and potential NHL superstar. From his deadly wrist shot to his superior playmaking and vision, the St. Eustache native checks every block imaginable when it comes to possessing the puck. What makes Lafreniere unique, however, is his insanely high compete level, tenacity on the puck, physicality, and selflessness. Play him on a line with equally heralded or accomplished prospects, and he’ll make it a point to tap into their strengths rather than make himself the center of attention.” — Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst”A premier, point-producing machine of a forward who continued to elevate his game throughout the season. Extremely dangerous in one-on-one situations. Scores in a variety of ways and will be one of the rare wingers who will dictate everything. Joined Sidney Crosby as the only two-time CHL Player of the Year winner. A very worthy first-overall pick.” — Cam Robinson, Dobber Prospectslast_img read more

Two dead after falling through ice on Storm Lake

first_imgSTORM LAKE — Two people died, two others are hospitalized, after a vehicle fell through the ice at Storm Lake late on Sunday afternoon.Officials went out onto the ice and located one adult male and three small children who were brought to the shore and transported to a local hospital. The adult male and one of the children later died.The other two children were transferred by air to a Sioux Falls Hospital. Authorities have not released the names of the victims at this time. The incident remains under investigation by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa DNR.last_img read more

Russell Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Nets

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Westbrook scored 31 points in his 26th triple-double of the season, but it was the passing that made the difference for the league’s assist leader.“I just tried to stay in attack mode and find ways to continue to get my teammates — I thought in the first half, I did a bad job in the first half of finding my guys,” he said. “In the second half, I made an adjustment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWestbrook also had 12 rebounds for the 130th triple-double of his career.Paul George had 25 points and nine rebounds and Jerami Grant added 15 points for the Thunder, who shot 49 percent in the second half. Oklahoma City has won three of four as it battles to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. “Russ creates opportunities,” George said. “He just made the game easy for everybody else around him. That’s just Russ being in his element.”TIP-INSNets: Opened the game with a 9-0 run. … G Shabazz Napier sat out with right hamstring tightness. … Shot 6 for 21 in the fourth quarter. … Ed Davis had 11 rebounds.Thunder: George scored 13 points in the third quarter. … F Markieff Morris sat out with neck soreness. … C Steven Adams scored 13 points. … Outrebounded the Nets 51-43.HE SAID ITRussell, on Oklahoma City’s defense: “Give them a lot of credit defensively. They made it tough for us all night. They were physical all night.”BOUNCING BACKGeorge, the league’s No. 2 scorer, had averaged just 14.5 points in his previous two games on 7 for 24 shooting. He made 9 of 18 against the Nets.He’s been fighting through a right shoulder injury.“It’s not going to stop me from trying to help the team win and doing whatever I can,” he said. “My legs are perfectly fine. The shooting part — it is what it is. I’ll get through it. The trainers here will get me through it.” Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant lead Wizards to crucial win over Magic Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after a 3 point shot during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/June Frantz Hunt)OKLAHOMA CITY— Once Russell Westbrook figured out which of his many skills to focus on, everything changed.Oklahoma City’s point guard had 10 of his 11 assists in the second half and posted a triple-double to help the Thunder beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-96 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points and D’Angelo Russell added 14 points and seven assists for the Nets, who saw their four-game win streak snapped.“I think against a team like this, you’ve got to be close to perfect to beat them on the road here,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We weren’t at that level.”The Nets were up by 17 at one point in the first half and led 52-42 at halftime behind 11 points from Dinwiddie. Westbrook scored 17 points in the first half to keep the Thunder in the game, but Oklahoma City shot just 35.6 percent from the field before the break.Oklahoma City quickly eliminated Brooklyn’s lead in the second half. The Thunder scored 20 points in the first 3:41 of the third quarter to take the lead, and they took an 80-78 edge into the fourth.Oklahoma City dominated the fourth behind Westbrook’s all-around play. He hit a 3-pointer after a scramble to put the Thunder ahead 100-87 with 4:51 to go. He had seven points, five rebounds and five assists in the final period.ADVERTISEMENT View comments WESTBROOK’S 3sWestbrook has struggled from 3-point range for most of the season, but he has made 18 of 39 in his past five games (46.2 percent). He made four of eight against the Nets to increase his season percentage to 28.9 percent.UP NEXTThe Nets play at the Utah Jazz on Saturday.The Thunder play at the Indiana Pacers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more