Monchi confirms offer from Arsenal after shock return to Sevilla

first_imgMonchi was unveiled at Sevilla on Monday (Picture: Sevilla FC)‘It was the one that brought things together and had the conditions for me.’Arsenal reportedly offered Monchi a deal worth £2.5milliona year to become their sporting director.The Gunners are in the process of a restructuring of their club hierarchy and the snub from Monchi is a major blow for the Londoners.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 CityMislintat reportedly left his role as head of recruitment because he felt his authority was diluted by football administrator Raul Sanllehi.Monchi would too have had to answer to Sanllehi, who joined Arsenal last year just before Arsene Wenger’s exit.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 Sevilla made a late move for Monchi (Picture: Getty)But Sevilla hijacked Arsenal’s deal for Monchi and managed to convince him to return to the club where he built his reputation 17 years ago.ADVERTISEMENT‘I appreciate the interest of Arsenal, perhaps the one that has shown the most interest, and of other clubs who have made contact,’ Monchi said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I have evaluated the proposals I had and I have chosen Sevilla. Comment Arsenal failed in a bid to bring Monchi to London (Picture: Getty)Monchi reveals he chose to re-join Sevilla over an offer from Arsenal because the project at the Spanish side appealed to him more.The new club sporting director confirmed Arsenal had pushed hard to bring him to the Emirates, but ultimately could not lure him away from Sevilla.Arsenal were thought to have bagged Monchi to replace the departed recruitment head Sven Mislintat in a new role when he left Roma earlier this month. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Monchi confirms offer from Arsenal after shock return to Sevilla Coral BarryMonday 18 Mar 2019 2:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Shareslast_img read more

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Warriors alive after Walton show

first_imgTHE Guyana Amazon Warriors kept their 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League campaign alive after opener Chadwick Walton waded into the Barbados Tridents’ attack to hasten a four-wicket win last evening at the National Stadium, Providence.The Warriors season as of last night was quickly becoming a matter of pride. With one win from six games, a loss last evening could have severely dented the Warriors semi-final qualification chances.But, Walton clubbed a brutal 92 off just 57 balls, with seven fours and six sixes, in a clinical show of power. His approach to what seemed a stiff target was simple outstanding, as the Warriors reached 160-6, with five balls to spare.With five runs needed from the last over, Assad Fudadin hit a first-ball four before a wide secured the win.Earlier in the evening, the Warriors were brutalised by a Dwayne Smith storm, who chalked up his fourth T20 century, with a brutal display of hitting that set the hosts a challenging target.Smith, once a Warriors recruit, bullied his way to a magnificent 100 from just 70 balls, as the Warriors bowlers had little answer to his broad strokes, knowing that their margin for error was so small.However, there is not a lot any bowler can do when Smith is in this kind of mood. He smashed ten fours and five sixes.Dwayne Smith after reaching his fourth T20 hundred. (Photo: Adrian Narine)But the Warriors had only themselves to blame for the debacle, as they made one costly blunder in the 13th over when Smith received an unexpected lifeline when Keemo Paul had him caught on the long-on boundary off a no-ball, which was confirmed from multiple replays.The Warriors were left ruined after the let-off, with their bowlers erratic in the final stretch, leaking 81 runs in the last seven overs.Asked to bat first, the Tridents endured two quiet overs before Smith got the innings going, with three boundaries off Sohail Tanvir, hitting the first through cover, the second wide of mid-on and the third pulled imperiously into the deep backward square leg region.But the steady rotation in the bowling department allowed the Tridents only ten runs in the next three overs, as they exited the Powerplay at 27 without loss.Both Smith and Kane Williamson (47 off 43), played responsibly in the middle-overs, striking occasional boundaries, but making clear efforts not to give their wickets away, and at half-way through the innings they were 61-0.However, their patience paid dividends, and they added 107 for the first wicket, which set the tone for the tourists.Smith continued the assault, and even the dismissal of Williamson in the 16th over to leg-spinner Rashid Khan could not prevent the onslaught.Joined by his captain, Kieron Pollard, Smith also dominated the 47 run second-wicket stand, hitting 19 runs each off Paul and Rayad Emrit in the 18th and 19th overs, respectively.He brought up his century in the final over bowled by Tanvir. In that over the visitors lost three wickets, including both Smith and Pollard, along with Nicholas Pooran.The Warriors were off to a solid beginning as their new opening combination of Walton and Tanvir, in for the out-of-form Martin Guptill, put on 48 in 31 balls before the latter was removed by Imran Khan for 16.Gajanand Singh joined Walton, but his stay at the crease was short, and at the end of the Powerplay, the Warriors were 71-2.Unperturbed by those dismissals, Walton raised his fifty just off 27 balls, with five fours and three sixes. He and Guptill added 71 for the second wicket, with the captain contributing 27 off 33 balls.However, both were dismissed in the 17th over, bowled by Pollard, with the Warriors 15 runs short of the target.Jason Mohammed and Assad Fudadin took the score to 152 before Pollard removed Mohammed and Paul off consecutive balls in the 19th over.The Warriors will now play the St Lucia Stars tomorrow from 18:00hrs.SCOREBAORDBARBADOS Tridents inningsD Smith c Singh b Tanvir 100K Williamson c Permaul b Khan 47K Pollard c Khan b Tanvir 6N Pooran b Tanvir 0S Springer not out 0T Webster not out 2Extras: (lb-2, nb-2) 4Total: (four wickets; 20 overs) 159Fall of wickets: 1-107, 2-152, 3-157, 4-157Bowling: Tanvir 4-0-40-3, Permaul 4-0-20-0, Emrit 4-0-36-0, Khan 4-0-21-1, Jacobs 2-0-20-0, Paul 2-0-20-0GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS inningsC Walton c Williamson b Pollard 92S Tanvir c Springer b Khan 16G Singh b Hosein 0M Guptill c Williamson b Pollard 27J Mohammed c Webster b Pollard 5A Fudadin not out 7K Paul c Williamson b Pollard 0R Emrit not out 1Extras: (lb-3, nb-1, w-8)Total: (six wickets; 19.1 over) 160Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-64, 3-145, 4-145, 5-152, 6-152Bowling: Rampaul 4-0-37-0, Parnell 4-0-26-0, Hosein 3-0-28-1, Khan 2-0-27-1, Pollard 4-0-16-4, Jacobs 1-0-12-0, Springer 1-0-11-0last_img read more

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Mike Trout, Tyler Skaggs lead Angels to victory over A’s

first_imgSign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“We’re going to keep playing,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Even though guys are down, we still feel like we have a team that can win games.”It helped that they were playing the A’s, who the Angels have beaten in six of their eight meetings this year.Although they’ve been competitive for most of the season, the A’s started off with a much shallower talent pool than the Angels, and they’ve also been beset by injuries. They have five of their top starting pitchers on the disabled list, which is why Chris Bassitt was thrust into the rotation.Bassitt gave up seven hits and a walk in his four innings against the Angels. His own poor defense contributed to the first two Angels runs. With one out and two on in the first, Albert Pujols hit a dribbler in front of the plate, and Bassitt picked it up and chucked it down the right-field line, as two runs scored.Two innings later, Pujols was at the plate again with runners at first and second and no outs, and he hit a routine double-play ball to third baseman Chad Pinder. Pinder made a bad throw, and the A’s didn’t get an out. Ian Kinsler belted a homer in the fourth, pushing the lead to 6-0. It was Kinsler’s seventh homer in his last 16 games. Kinsler drove in another run in the fifth with a bases-load walk, which preceded a Trout sacrifice fly.That was an ample cushion for Skaggs, who had no trouble for most of his night.Skaggs struck out five of the first seven hitters he faced, and he didn’t give up a hit until Josh Phegley reached on an infield hit in the third.Skaggs did not allow a run until the A’s got him for two unearned runs in the fifth. Shortstop Nolan Fontana made a bad throw on a routine grounder by Mark Canha leading off the fifth. Skaggs struck out the next two hitters, before allowing back-to-back doubles to plate a couple runs.After that, Skaggs bounced back to work an eight-pitch sixth inning and a 14-pitch seventh.“Tyler was right on the money tonight,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “I thought he had all his pitches working. He mixed everything up well… That’s a terrific outing.” Pinder was at third because Matt Chapman, the A’s outstanding defensive third baseman, was out with a hand injury.The Angels padded the lead to 5-0 on RBI singles by José Fernandez and José Briceño – one of his three hits. Fernandez and Briceño would both be in the minors if not for the Angels’ injuries.Related Articles Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img PreviousLos Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout hits a single against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton (8) and Mike Trout (27) celebrate with teammates after both scored against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton (8) and Mike Trout (27) are greeted by Jose Fernandez (20) and other teammates after both scored against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics pitcher Chris Bassitt throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler, right, throws to first base after forcing out Oakland Athletics’ Chad Pinder, bottom, at second base on a double play hit into by Jed Lowrie during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson, left, jumps as Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) reaches safely on a throwing error by pitcher Chris Bassitt that scored two runs during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Jose Fernandez singles against the Oakland Athletics to score Justin Upton during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 15: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated by manager Mike Scioscia #14 after Pujols scored against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the third inning at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on June 15, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, top, runs toward third base after Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie, bottom, could not field a throwing error by third baseman Chad Pinder during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 15: Mike Trout #27 and Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after they both scored on a throwing error against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on June 15, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler (3) is congratulated by Mike Trout after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha, rear, scores behind Los Angeles Angels catcher Jose Briceno during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)The Angels’ Mike Trout, right, is congratulated after scoring during the third inning of Friday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. Trout had his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 15: Nolan Fontana #16 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim completes the double-play throwing over the top of Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the fourth inning at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on June 15, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels players celebrate after beating the Oakland Athletics 8-4 in a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels catcher Jose Briceno, left, celebrates with Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. right, after the Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics 8-4 in a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 20Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)ExpandOAKLAND — For all that has gone wrong for the Angels lately, their 8-4 victory over the Oakland A’s on Friday was a good reminder of some of the reasons that Angels fans shouldn’t get too down.Mike Trout is still the best player in the world, and he had three more hits in his fourth straight multi-hit game. Trout is now 10 for 14 in those games with four homers and four walks, lifting his season average to .323 and his OPS to 1.140.Tyler Skaggs has emerged as the front-line starting pitcher he always knew he could be. He gave up two unearned runs in seven innings, continuing his breakthrough season. Skaggs, whose season ERA dropped to 2.81, has allowed one earned run in his last 20 innings.Getting a victory on a day when they increased their disabled list to 15 was “a morale boost,” Skaggs said. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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