by Metro Mathieu Flamini defends Laurent Koscielny after Arsenal captain refuses to travel on club’s US tour 1 min. story Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Full Screen PLAY 1/1 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Manchester United captain Harry Maguire SPONSORED / Coming Next Read More Comment Mathieu Flamini played alongside Laurent Koscielny for three years (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has defended Laurent Koscielny’s refusal to travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.Koscielny stunned the club last Thursday by stating his intention to stay in England until his future was solved instead of travelling with the rest of the squad.The 33-year-old is believed to be angry at a supposed broken promise from Arsenal that would have allowed him to leave for free this summer.Instead, the Frenchman has another 12 months to run on his deal at the Emirates and the Gunners have set a price tag of around £8.8m for his services.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Top articles Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Jul 2019 8:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Read More Read More Read More About Connatix V67539 Skip Flamini formed a strong friendship with his compatriot during his time in north London and he says there can be a ‘positive’ outcome.‘Lolo, my thoughts and support are with you,’ said Flamini.‘First and foremost, I know how committed and true to the Arsenal badge you have been all these years.‘Furthermore, I know how hard it must be for you to face this difficult situation.‘Emotions run high so sometimes with reflection, one can look at things from a different perspective. Given all of the above, I’m sure a positive solution will be found.’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 ArsenalArsenal begin their pre-season tour against the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday.The Rapids are owned by Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.MORE: Ashley Giles reacts to claims England were wrongly awarded extra run against New Zealand Advertisement Video Settings Skip Ad Read More Advertisement
___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDuquesne (20-8, 10-6) vs. VCU (18-11, 8-8)Stuart Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two junior forwards will be on display as Marcus Weathers and Duquesne will take on Marcus Santos-Silva and VCU. Weathers has scored 20 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 13 over his last five games. Santos-Silva is averaging 11.4 points over the last five games. Weathers, Duquesne visit VCU March 2, 2020 FEARLESS FRESHMEN: VCU’s Santos-Silva, Nah’Shon Hyland and Issac Vann have collectively accounted for 40 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 43 percent of all Rams points over the last five games.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Sincere Carry has had his hand in 45 percent of all Duquesne field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has 18 field goals and 21 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Rams are 14-0 when they make eight or more 3-pointers and 4-11 when they fall shy of that mark. The Dukes are 16-0 when they hold opponents to 69 points or fewer and 4-8 whenever opponents exceed 69 points.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Rams have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Dukes. VCU has an assist on 37 of 66 field goals (56.1 percent) across its past three matchups while Duquesne has assists on 48 of 87 field goals (55.2 percent) during its past three games.STINGY DEFENSE: VCU has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25 percent of all possessions this year, the eighth-highest rate among all Division I teams. Associated Press
(REUTERS) – England players will wear training shirts bearing the names of key workers before the start of the first test against the West Indies next month to honour their service during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s cricket board said on Monday.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said people whose names will feature on the shirts have been nominated by their local cricket clubs and include teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and carers.The first Test is scheduled to begin in Southampton on July 8, with the last two matches at Old Trafford, as international cricket returns following its suspension in March.“As we get back to playing the game we love, we want to take the time to honour the brave key workers who went into bat for their country under the toughest circumstances,” England skipper Joe Root said in a statement.“It’s only fitting that we use this series as an opportunity to ‘raise a bat’ in their honour. We’ll wear their names with pride.”The ECB said the series would be called the #raisethebat test series in honour of key workers.“It has been a long and challenging journey to cricket’s return and while this pales in comparison to what the country has faced, we hope the #raisethebat test series will bring some enjoyment… to people’s lives,” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said.The novel coronavirus has infected more than 304,300 people in the United Kingdom, causing more than 42,600 deaths.