Advertisement Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Mar 2019 10:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Ozil has only made 15 league starts this term (Picture: Getty)If Bale doesn’t end up at United this summer, Merson believes either Chelsea or Arsenal would suit the forward ‘down to the ground’.‘Bale would be brilliant at Chelsea as well but that all depends on their transfer embargo. If it’s delayed could they do some kind of swap with Eden Hazard?More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I think Hazard is going to Real Madrid. He would have signed a new contract by now otherwise. But Bale would not be a bad replacement, would he?‘I think he suits Arsenal down to the ground as well. If they could get him in and get Mesut Ozil out they’ve had a big result.’MORE: Barcelona provide Lionel Messi update after injury in Argentina’s defeat to Venezuela Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid could see Gareth Bale leave the club this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged Unai Emery to replace Mesut Ozil with Gareth Bale in the summer transfer window.Ozil became Arsenal’s top earner when he signed a bumper £350,000-a-week contract in north London last January but the 30-year-old has struggled to nail down a place in Emery’s starting XI this season.While Ozil has started Arsenal’s last three matches, reports last month claimed the German playmaker was being offered to other clubs by intermediaries with strong links to China and Italy.Zinedine Zidane’s return as manager of Real Madrid has cast serious doubt over Bale’s future at the Bernabeu and Merson believes the Welshman could be the ideal replacement for Ozil.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityHowever, the former Arsenal midfielder admits that Manchester United is the most likely destination for Bale.‘Manchester City and Liverpool don’t need him and for them it would be a lot of money to invest in someone of his age and with his injury record,’ Merson said in his Daily Star column.‘But most of the clubs below them would love to take the risk if they could afford the transfer fee and wages. Arsenal should replace Mesut Ozil with Gareth Bale, says Paul Merson Merson thinks Bale would be the ideal replacement for Ozil (Picture: Getty)‘Manchester United looks like the best fit for him. They’ve tried to sign him before and it didn’t come off, but he’s always felt like their kind of player.‘They will be on a rebuild next season and there could be lots of ins and outs at Old Trafford. They are also one of the only teams who could afford him.’
Darren Bent ‘surprised’ Arsenal have not launched summer move for former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill
Advertisement Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe became Arsenal’s third signing of the summer last week following the deals for Daniel Ceballos and William Saliba.Reacting to Pepe’s arrival at the Emirates, Gunners boss Unai Emery said: ‘Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe.‘Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.‘He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Darren Bent ‘surprised’ Arsenal have not launched summer move for former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 3 Aug 2019 5:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Comment Arsenal should look to sign former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, according to Darren Bent (Picture: Getty)Darren Bent says he is ‘surprised’ Arsenal have not attempted to sign former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill this summer.Ex-England defender Cahill played almost 300 games for Chelsea during a seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge which saw him replace John Terry as club captain.Cahill only made nine appearances last season, however, and the club confirmed midway through the campaign that he would leave in the summer.The 33-year-old remains a free agent and former Premier League star Bent is ‘surprised’ that Arsenal are not seeking to secure his signature.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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‘It’s quite surprising not more people have moved for him, even someone like an Arsenal,’ Bent told Football Insider.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘As a defender, as an out-and-out defender, he’s good Cahill, he’s one of the best.‘He’s experienced, he’s won the biggest trophies in the game – Champions League, Europa League – played for England.‘He’s slightly older, so maybe that’s the reason.’Welcome to The Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe 🤩🇨🇮 #PepeIsHere ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/nXJIB9XdLW— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2019 Advertisement
37 View St, Paddington.ALREADY generating extensive interest, this four-bedroom home at37 View St, Paddington is on a 785sq m block oriented towards an impressive Brisbane CBD skyline panorama.ALREADY generating extensive interest, this four-bedroom home at37 View St, Paddington is on a 785sq m block oriented towards an impressive Brisbane CBD skyline panorama.Marketing agent Gabrielle Trickey described the residence as an “extraordinary” property for city views, while its position is close to the suburb’s vibrant cafe, dining and shopping culture.“The property is located in a really prestigious part of Paddington – there’s walkway access to Enoggera Tce and the views of the city are just extraordinary,” she said.“Locals enjoy a casual lifestyle here – fine dining, shopping, cafes, restaurants and bars. They stroll past the boutique stores on Latrobe Tce, and watch Brisbane’s best sport and music events at Suncorp Stadium.“The owner wanted to live in a lively, walk-anywhere area and enjoy a view – and now it’s available for someone else to love.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019There’s a four-bedroom house on the block in original condition, and featuring an open-plan living and dining area looking towards the vistas. Neutral tones and timber floors make up the decor, while the kitchen is large and bright. A bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub services the living hub, which is set on the upper level, while underneath the house offers space for car parking, storage and entertaining.Ms Trickey said the property had been tightly held within the family for many years and the auction day would thus be a celebration of family.“The property means a lot to the owner – it has been a very family-oriented residence and so we’re making the auction day a celebration with a coffee van and sandwiches,” she said.With recent Development Approval for two separate lots providing the opportunity to subdivide the land, the recent open homes have stirred plenty of interest, and there’s a list of bidders already awaiting the auction day.“There are people interested in subdividing the land and building two houses, and there are also people looking to build one amazing house looking to the views,” Ms Trickey said.“We’re looking forward to a successful auction day.”The residence sits about 2km from Brisbane city.
The investor said the product should be in a UCITS format or non-UCITS AIF, in addition to being investable via a German Spezial AIF.Knowledge of German Spezial AIFs would be an advantage.Liquidity should be at least monthly – daily or weekly is preferred – and the product should be euro denominated.The target return will be three months Euribor plus 4-6% per annum, while the target volatility will be 3-7%.Applicants must have a minimum of €500m in assets under management (AUM) for the mandate itself and €5bn in AUM as a company.The client also requires a track record of at least three years, preferably five.Interested parties should state performance, net of fees, to the end of 2014.The deadline for applications is 18 February.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. An undisclosed corporate pension fund in Germany has tendered a €100m liquid alternative strategies mandate using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1488, the client is looking for a multi-strategy fund (single or multi-manager) that is absolute return-orientated and uses liquid alternative strategies.The product should be broadly diversified over strategies and/or asset classes and/or countries/regions.The correlation of the asset manager’s offering to equity markets and the euro bond market should be low, according to the search.
Credit: Rachel FixsenNorges Bank’s office in Oslo, Norway“At the same time, unlisted equity investments may affect the reputation of the fund and challenge key characteristics of the current management model,” the ministry added.It also cited the lack of transparency of private equity funds and their relatively high costs.“The ministry is also taking into account that the equity share is now being increased to a level where it may be inappropriate to expose the GPFG to other types of risk,” it said.The finance ministry also rejected allowing the GPFG to allocate to unlisted infrastructure.However, it indicated that it was open to investments in renewable energy infrastructure, saying it would follow up on a comment from the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs about expanding the fund’s investment universe in the near future.The ministry said it would assess “whether unlisted renewable energy infrastructure investments can be effected within the scope of the special environment-related mandates, with the same transparency, return and risk requirements as apply to the other investments in the GPFG”.GPFG to cut fixed income?The sovereign wealth fund could also remove corporate bonds and exposure to 20 currencies from its portfolio. The ministry said it was taking more time to decide whether to make a big reduction to its bond allocation.Last autumn, Norges Bank recommended narrowing the fixed-income benchmark index to comprise solely nominal government bonds with duration of less than 10.5 years, and issued only by the US, the UK or euro-zone countries.“The ministry finds that additional analyses are needed and has therefore appointed an expert group to assess the fixed income investments in the GPFG,” it said. The ministry planned to present its assessment in next year’s annual report.The finance ministry has yet to make a decision on three other ongoing issues for the GPFG. It said it was still considering:whether the fund should cut the oil and gas sector out of its investment universe;the Gjedrem Commission’s proposals on changes to the management of the GPFG; andNorges Bank’s idea of using Norwegian rather than foreign holding companies for its unlisted real estate investments. “Whether to allow unlisted equity investments in the GPFG is a matter of weighing advantages and disadvantages,” the ministry said in its report.Even though the GPFG’s large size and liquidity could give grounds for expecting a somewhat higher return on private equity than that of the average investor, it said such advantages were uncertain. It also argued that the contribution to the fund’s overall risk and return would be limited. Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund has been denied permission to invest in private equity – but the country’s government has opened the door to an allocation to green energy infrastructure.In the report published yesterday, the Norwegian Finance Ministry said it would discuss with Norges Bank – which runs the NOK8.1trn (€842bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) – the possibility of investing in privately held companies intending to seek a listing.However, the ministry said: “Based on an overall assessment, the Ministry of Finance does not propose that investments in unlisted equities should be allowed in the GPFG on a general basis.”The decision went against Norges Bank’s recommendation made in January that the fund be allowed to extend its investment universe to include unlisted equities.
Press Association Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has maintained Albion are not looking to sell the 22-year-old, and his resolve has not been broken by Tottenham’s opening offers. There needs to be a huge change from Spurs for the deal to happen, but former Redknapp expects Berahino to eventually move to White Hart Lane. “It’s only a game of poker at the moment between (Tottenham chairman) Daniel Levy and Jeremy Peace,” former Tottenham boss Redknapp told talkSPORT. “Jeremy Peace holds all the aces in that situation because Tottenham are desperate for a striker – he’s the one they’ve identified, so I think the deal will happen before the deadline. “Everything’s probably all done with the player behind the scenes. He probably has a good idea about where he’s going to live, even. “All it is now is a game of bluff between the two chairmen, who are trying to get the best deal for their clubs. “In this case, and in Everton’s case with John Stones, the aces are held by the clubs with the players, because they are two players who are really wanted and they’ll squeeze another million or two out of the deal, for sure. “Spurs need something at the moment and Berahino’s a good young player, there’s no doubt about that. “I think it’s a good deal for both clubs and I don’t think (West Brom manager) Tony Pulis is going to lose any sleep over losing him. “He’s got a few strikers at the club and he’ll be quite happy now to take the money and not have an unhappy man at his club.” Spurs have had two bids rejected for the Albion striker, who saw a transfer request dismissed by his club on Monday. Press Association Sport understands the Baggies are believed to be aggravated by the north London club’s approach, with Spurs’ last bid on Tuesday understood to rise to £21million only with a series of lengthy add-ons and clauses. Harry Redknapp believes Saido Berahino will join Tottenham, but insisted West Brom hold the trump cards.
Junior college guard Greg Allen signed a national letter of intent to join the USC men’s basketball program next fall, USC coach Kevin O’Neill announced Wednesday.Allen, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard for Navarro College (Corsicana, Texas), will be eligible to play when the Trojans begin the 2011-2012 season Nov. 11 against Cal State Northridge.“We are excited to have Greg join our program,” O’Neill said in a statement. “He has the ability to shoot the ball and defend the opposition’s best player which will be important and allow him to make an immediate impact on our program. He’s a great kid with an amazing work ethic, and we are excited about him becoming a Trojan.”This last season, Allen averaged 11 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, while leading the Bulldogs to the quarterfinals of the Region 14 junior college tournament. Throughout the season, Allen made 63 three-pointers while shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. Navarro College also advanced to the NJCAA Final Four in 2010.As a senior at Eureka High School during the 2008-2009 season, he averaged 25.1 points per game, while shooting nearly 37 percent from 3-point range.Allen, who has two years of eligibility remaining, initially committed to USC in late January, two days after USC freshman guard Bryce Jones announced he would leave the program.With his signing, USC’s 2011 incoming recruiting class includes four prospects, 7-foot-1 center James Blasczyk (Bayton, Texas), 6-foot-2 guard Alexis Moore (Long Beach, Calif.), 6-foot-5 guard Bryron Wesley (Etiwanda, Calif.) and Allen.Next fall, the Trojans will also gain the services of forwards Dewayne Dedmon and Aaron Fuller, who transferred to USC and practiced with the team last season.
Redshirt freshman Sam Darnold will replace redshirt junior Max Browne as USC’s starting quarterback, head coach Clay Helton announced after Monday’s practice.Helton attributed the decision to wanting to change up the offense after its struggles earlier in the season. “When you’ve scored one touchdown against Stanford and Alabama, I wanted to see a spark in our offense,” Helton said. But the coach stopped short of criticizing Browne, who has completed 55 of 87 passes this season for two touchdowns.“I truly appreciate how honorably Max has played and competed,” Helton said. “He’s done it with extreme honor and class. He is not the reason we are 1-2. He is not the scapegoat here.”Darnold, who was locked in a fierce battle with Browne for the starting job throughout camp but ultimately lost out to the redshirt junior, will take over the reins from Browne just three games into the season.“I was stoked to finally get that opportunity,” Darnold said. “Max competed his butt off. It was a coach’s decision. I’m ready whenever coach puts me in just like any other game.”The redshirt freshman has seen playing time in all three games this season. He is 14-of-22 passing, accruing 136 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.Helton said he met with both quarterbacks last night and wanted to give Darnold a chance at taking over the offense. “It’s not that Max played bad,” he said. “The ball was not getting in the end zone. I looked at the opportunity that Sam has had. I look at the opportunities Sam has had and what he did. Knowing he was very talented but not knowing how he performed in ball games. He was given that opportunity in the first three games and did a very good job at it.” Darnold performed well beyond his years during camp. The accomplished recruit out of San Clemente High School forced the issue during practices with an impressive display of his dual-threat abilities.Standing 6-foot-4 at 225 pounds, Darnold has been praised for his strong instincts and ability to run the ball.Browne admitted to being disappointed about the decision, and said he had an inkling that a change was in the works the way Darnold received playing time in each of the first three games. Darnold played two series against Alabama, the entire fourth quarter against Utah State and the last drive of the game against Stanford. “Just by the way Sam was sprinkled in there, you kind of know [a change was coming],” Browne said. “When you’re losing ball games, it’s not easy on anyone. After I watched the film, I was better than I thought. [The switch] surprised me for sure. I’d be lying if I said otherwise.”Browne said he regrets not connecting on more deep balls, which could have changed the tone of the offense. For now, he will stay ready as the backup — Browne was the backup to Cody Kessler for two seasons before taking over this season. “I know how these things work,” Browne said. “Once the young guy goes, you know how it is. But I’ll be ready. I owe it to my teammates and the guys I’ve been with four years now. I’ll be ready at a moment’s notice.”Helton, though, described Darnold as an “every down” quarterback and mentioned that redshirt sophomore quarterback Jalen Greene could be used in certain packages. “It’s only Week 4,” Browne said, while admitting he was considering options for his football future. “There’s a lot of ball to play. I’ll stay ready. It’s been like that for all my career.”USC’s next game is on Friday against No. 24 Utah on the road.Angel Viscarra contributed to this report. This story was updated at 8:23 p.m.Read more: Sam Darnold adds unique dimension for USC
LOS ANGELES >> Is this how it ends?At the age of 6, does Lob City get annexed by Tap City?Blake Griffin power-dunking, Chris Paul winning playoff games in the lane, DeAndre Jordan swatting shots off front-row heads, Jamal Crawford leaving his defenders in sprained-ankle agony, Steve Ballmer’s dances with invisible strings, the Clippers on the right side of Lawler’s Law …Is it all just a TV series that runs its course and dives into syndication? Maybe it ends with the indignity of losing a Game 7 in Utah, a team that was lottery-imprisoned when Paul came to town like Oral Roberts and made the Clippers walk and run.Maybe it officially ends with Paul, Griffin and J.J. Redick leaving in free-agent season, because they think they can win elsewhere, because Clippers management says it’s time for a teardown, and a return to the days of Ken “The Animal” Bannister.Nobody who squirmed in a half-empty Sports Arena could rationally yearn for that. But these Clippers are a conundrum not even they can solve.On Sunday they had an 18-point lead over Sacramento, at home, with 5 1/2 minutes left. The win probability was roughly equal to that of thunder following lightning.And yet the Clippers lost. They are fifth in the Western Conference with seven games to go. “If we don’t get consistent it will be an early exit,” Jordan said Tuesday. “We’ve gotta find it. But it should already have been found.”The pointed questions come from those of us who were enraptured by the Clippers’ first month. “A long time ago,” Jordan said, laughing, but it remains vivid.The Clippers were 14-2 on Nov. 23 and had an average point differential of plus-13. They held nine of those teams under 100 points. Many victims were NBA bottom-feeders, but the Clippers swaggered their way into San Antonio and won by 24.They were guarding people, they were moving the ball themselves, they were getting great shots and making them.You idly wondered if they would sweep the Warriors in the spring or maybe give them a game, just to be sporting.“I thought it was real,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “I still think that’s who we are.”Then they went east and lost to Detroit and Brooklyn. Then came the injuries. Paul and Griffin missed 24 games apiece. They’re back, but the groove is not. The Clippers are 32-27 since they ran that hot lap.“That was the mistake we made,” Jordan said. “We showed people we could do it. That was a good mistake, but it looks even worse when you don’t do it.”Paul Pierce, observing the final year of a Springfield-bound career, was part of a merciless championship team in Boston nine years ago, with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. He knows the gold from the pyrite.“There is definitely championship talent in this locker room,” Pierce said. “That 2008 team had a lot to prove. We were targets. Everybody picked us to win. People hated us, but we were at a point in our career where we didn’t have much time left. There was a real sense of urgency.”And here?“We’ve been inconsistent. But we’re built for the playoffs. We have guys who have been here a long time. Maybe some of the guys get a little bored, but we’re up for the good teams. We’ve had our issues with Golden State, but that’s something separate. I think when we focus on one team in a playoff setting, our focus will be there.”The Clippers have lost 13 times to teams that aren’t in the current playoff matrix. Three of those losses were to Denver, two to Dallas.But remember the shiny newness of the 2011-12 Clippers, like a shirt before you take the pins out?Griffin averaged a double-double that season. Paul provided the ignition and Jordan the liftoff. The bench bulged with Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe, Nick Young, Kenyon Martin, Randy Foye, Bobby Simmons, etc.That season didn’t begin until Dec. 25, thanks to a lockout, and the Clippers waxed Golden State by 17. On Jan. 14 they beat the Lakers, who still had Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. They won a playoff series that year, a Game 7 at Memphis. They never had won 50 games in a season. They did that four consecutive times.That six-year sliver of NBA history will be remembered by what these Clippers do in the next month. “Or two months, we hope,” Marreese Speights said.“That’s the thing about the playoffs,” Pierce said. “You only have to beat four teams.”The Clippers can find comfort with that whenever they stop beating the Clippers.email@example.com @MWhicker03LANG on Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Tags: England Men’s Team, Gloucestershire, Jake Bolton, Joe Long, Northamptonshire, Robin Williams, Sam Bairstow, Wiltshire, Yorkshire Jake Bolton insists every England player has been inspired by watching Charlotte Heath’s brilliant victory in the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship.Bolton (pictured above) is part of a strong England contingent announced today for four prestigious tournaments in South Africa next month.Alongside 21-year-old Bolton from Wiltshire , Sam Bairstow (21) from Yorkshire, Gloucestershire’s Joe Long (22) and Northamptonshire’s Robin Williams (18) will all represent England.The men will compete at the African Amateur Championship, South African Stroke Play Championship, South African Amateur Championship and Cape Province Open on consecutive weeks throughout February.On Sunday, women’s squad player Heath put in a dominant performance to win the Australian Amateur title and set the ball rolling on what could be a fantastic year of golf for England’s elite players.And Bolton hopes the men can continue the early-season charge when they land on African soil early next month and emulate the play of their England colleague.Bolton said: “Charlotte’s win in Australia was a great way to start the year.“When you see other England players doing well on the world stage it just makes you want to add to the success story.“I know the four lads going to South Africa are all desperate to do well and hopefully get their hands on more silverware.“This will be my first time in South Africa, but we have some experience on the team with Joe (pictured below) having played over there a couple of times.“Robin was born in South Africa and I know he’s looking forward to competing and Sam makes up a strong four.“It would be terrific to carry on the good work of Charlotte and do well in the four events we’re playing in.”The month tees off with a trip to a course on the southernmost tip of the the Kruger National Park for the African Amateur Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club between 3-6 February.Next comes a visit to Johannesburg for two events.First up there is the South African Stroke Play Championship at Randpark Golf Club between 10-13 February.Three days after the conclusion of that event, the South African Amateur Championship will be staged at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.A month of top-class amateur golf finishes between 24-26 February with the Sanlam Cape Province Open at Kingswood Golf Estate near George.Bolton has just returned from playing in the South American Amateur Championship in Chile and has high hopes for himself and his team-mates in Africa.He added: “I think we’re spoiled with the quality of course we’ll be playing. Leopard Creek hosted the South African Open a few weeks ago and the other courses have a fine reputation.“Playing in these events is great experience. I learned a lot travelling to Chile – not only in terms of adapting to different course conditions but dealing with the aspects of travel.“I ended up finishing 11th in Chile, but it was frustrating as I holed no significant putts all week.“I didn’t putt badly – I missed one putt under six foot all week. But reading greens was an issue and I hope that things can change in South Africa.”Photograph credit: Leaderboard photography 21 Jan 2020 South Africa-bound quartet inspired by Heath heroics