first_imgArsenal have been encouraged in their pursuit of AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has held talks with ASM about the youngster.L’Equipe says the Gunners are currently front-runners ahead of Juventus in the battle to secure his services.Wenger is a known admirer of the £30 million-rated winger, who scored 14 goals and provided 17 assists last season.And it’s emerged Lemar is reluctant to sign a contract extension with Monaco.last_img

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first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal (L) embraces Austria’s Dominic Thiem after victory at the end of their men’s singles final match on day fifteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERGBeaten French Open finalist Dominic Thiem hailed Rafael Nadal’s “exceptional” 11th Roland Garros triumph on Sunday, joking that it was easier to watch the great Spaniard on TV as a child.The 24-year-old Austrian was playing in his first Grand Slam final, and although he pushed Nadal at times, he fell to an ultimately one-sided 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 defeat.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Rafael Nadal, master of the impossible MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the last two years after wins in Madrid this year and Rome in 2017.The world number eight is also one of just three men to have defeated the 17-time Grand Slam champion three times on his favoured surface in total, but he had no answer to the 32-year-old’s relentless pressure on Sunday.“He was playing very well, I think, and there is a reason why he won 11 times here,” Thiem added.“It’s definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport. For sure, me, I’m confident that this was not my last Grand Slam final, and that’s my biggest goal, to get into the next one and then to do it better than today.“But if you win a Grand Slam tournament 11 times, one single one, then this is just very exceptional and amazing.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “You need to have, I think, many extraordinary skills and talents and work ethic to achieve that.”After winning just one point in the first two games, Thiem dragged himself back into the contest, only to throw away the opening set with an erratic 10th game as he was broken to love.Nadal has never lost a best-of-five-set match on clay when he has won the first set, and every time Thiem has faced the world number one the winner of the first set has gone on to take the match.But the seventh seed insisted that his hopes weren’t automatically ended before set two.“It was a bad game, but I did the right plays always, and I just missed some close balls.“And in general… game-wise it was a good game. It was just terrible misses. And it was, for sure, not the turning point.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 “Physically I enjoyed more watching him on the couch,” smiled Thiem, who was 11 years old when Nadal won his first French Open in 2005.“When he won here the first four or five times, I was always watching it. Of course it’s really a great thing that I made my way and that I was competing in a final against him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s a really great thing, honestly, but still I’m disappointed, of course. It was a final. I really wanted to win.“I gave everything I had, and I’m the loser of today. So at the end, it’s not the best day.” View commentslast_img

first_imgGIVEN the way Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti has made himself a shill for an LAX-area hotel workers’ union – even to the point of driving business way from the city – we can only assume he’s angling for some prestigious job in Big Labor. And that’s just as well, because Garcetti has damaged his ability to serve as council president beyond repair. It’s unconscionable to think that Los Angeles’ second-most powerful leader would actively try to steer business away from the city. But that’s exactly what Garcetti has done. At the request of UNITE Here, the union that’s trying to organize workers at various hotels around Los Angeles International Airport, Garcetti wrote a letter last week to groups looking to come to L.A. for conventions. In the letter, he urged potential customers to boycott the LAX Hilton in particular and cast doubt on LAX-area hotels in general, citing potential labor unrest, including protests that could shut down nearby streets. These are all taxpaying companies that hire a lot of people and provide valuable services. But singling out Hilton – one of a major companies that still maintains global headquarters in this anti-business city – is beyond belief. Hilton owns 10 hotels here. The LAX Hilton alone pays $5.6 million a year in taxes. Compare that to the massive tax giveaway that Garcetti and his colleagues engineered for a new luxury hotel near the convention center – itself the worst white elephant in city history, gobbling up tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to cover its losses. For an elected official to deliberately try to harm an employer and taxpayer is outrageous, especially when city leaders regularly complain that they lack the funds to pave roads or adequately staff the police department. Worse yet, though, is the ripple effect of Garcetti’s letter. With his note, Garcetti has sent out word that Los Angeles officially sides with labor disruption and opposes the interests of those who provide jobs and invest in the community. He might just as well have told convention planners to take their business to Anaheim or Las Vegas, which is probably what they’ll do. What makes Garcetti’s conduct especially galling is that he was instrumental in agreeing to give $300 million in public subsidies for to the luxury hotel near the Convention Center. Why should taxpayers subsidize the convention business when the City Council president undermines it? Tourism is vital to the Southland economy, bringing in $13 billion a year. It is our golden goose, yet Garcetti is trying to kill it. This is unacceptable from an elected leader who should be working to strengthen our economy, not undermine it. It’s more than just an error in judgment. It’s a reflection of backward priorities. Garcetti should resign as president of the council, and if he doesn’t, the council should remove him. But don’t count it. This is a council that has not shown any more concern for the people of Los Angeles and the well-being of the community than has the man it elected as its leader. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Fabian Delph and David Silva show the strain of their shock defeat to Lyon © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 20 – Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta admitted his side had only themselves to blame for their shock 2-1 defeat against Lyon on Wednesday.With City manager Pep Guardiola serving a touchline ban, it was Arteta in charge as the Premier League champions suffered a dismal start to their Champions League campaign. Tipped as favourites for the European title, error-prone City were well below their best.First-half goals from Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir punished mistakes from City duo Fabian Delph and Fernandinho.“We saw two very different halves. We conceded many counter-attacks and at this level you get punished,” Arteta said.“If you give cheap goals away it is difficult.”Despite their sloppy performance, Arteta was adamant City would have been worthy of a draw if they had snatched an equaliser.“In the second half we dominated and played in the opponents’ half and created many chances,” he said.“I still believed we could do it. We reacted really well. On another day we could have come back.“The subs affected the game but sometimes it is too late.“It is disappointing. We are usually strong at home. Now you have to go and win away from home.”City are the first English team to lose four successive Champions League matches, a run that includes last season’s three knockout-stage defeats against Basel and Liverpool.Bernardo Silva’s second-half strike gave City hope of a fightback, but their inconsistent efforts spluttered out.Silva admitted City had lacked their usual high tempo and desire.“The first half we were not at our best. We didn’t press with the same intensity we usually do,” he said.“They scored two goals, then in the second half we tried to go after the result.“We were not good enough. And unfortunately we did not want to start this way in the competition but it is what it is and we have to look to the next games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img

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