Tierney faced Messi for Celtic (Picture: Getty Images)The club and La Liga both maintain that any teams interested in signing the 33-year-old must pay his £632million release clause.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTShould his exit be sanctioned, Manchester City have been touted as his most probable destination given the connection with his former boss Pep Guardiola.Arsenal left-back Tierney came up against Messi while playing for Celtic, but by his own admission, he didn’t fare too well.‘I kinda played him before, I was marking him but I was nowhere near him, I was miles off it,’ the Scotland international told Sky Sports.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‘I don’t know what’s going to happen with him, I see the links to Manchester City.‘It would be the biggest challenge of my career playing against him a couple of times a season hopefully.’MORE: Official: Arsenal complete transfer of Gabriel MagalhaesMORE: Manchester United star Mason Greenwood reacts to rumours Lionel Messi could be joining Manchester CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Messi wants to leave Barca (Picture: Getty Images)Kieran Tierney has opened up on the nightmare prospect of having to defend against Lionel Messi for two games a season if he makes the switch from Barcelona to Manchester City this summer.The Argentine has handed in a transfer request to leave the Catalan club after almost two decades at Camp Nou.Barca’s fortunes have taken a turn for the worse in recent years and their 8-2 loss against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals further highlighted their decline. Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 1 Sep 2020 5:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney reacts to the possibility of facing Lionel Messi in the Premier League
This home has some serious street appeal.Bi-fold doors open the interior out to an expansive covered timber deck ideal for entertaining with its glass balustrade, outdoor speakers, ceiling fans and an outdoor kitchen comprising a built-in stainless steel barbecue and sink and commercial-grade exhaust fan. The deck overlooks an 18m lap pool, which directly adjoins a championship-sized floodlit tennis court and established gardens. Back inside, the residence’s ground floor also includes a side hallway that grants access to a laundry and bathroom, study with separate entry and built-in desks and shelving, and a cinema with surround sound, theatre seating, a projector screen and airconditioning. What a great spot for a barbecue.Carpet adorns the first floor of the house, from a living room with plantation shutters to four bedrooms, including three with built-in wardrobes. These bedrooms share a modern bathroom with a shower and separate bath. Along with his-and-her walk-in wardrobes, the main bedroom has an ensuite and a ceiling fan. About 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, this property is about a 15-minute walk from Eagle Farm Racecourse. The Portside Wharf dining and entertainment hub is about five minutes away, while Bannister Park is one street over. My dream home would have awnings like these.Stairs lead down from an entry gate to a front courtyard with established gardens and a double carport nearby.A timber door invites entry into the ground floor, where a tiled foyer sits between a bathroom and bedroom with built-in wardrobes and a formal carpeted lounge room with air conditioning and decorative lighting.Beyond the lounge room is a formal dining room with built-in cabinetry and decorative cornices. It borders a living room, meals area and a kitchen with black granite benchtops, Miele appliances, a breakfast bar and corner pantry. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago 26 Blaikie St, Hendra, goes under the hammer on October 28.TENNIS court, oversized lap pool, space galore – this modern Brisbane home will have you ticking off boxes on your wishlist in no time.With five bedrooms – all with built-ins and two walk-in robes in the master – and four bathrooms this could be the answer to family bliss during the morning rush.The luxurious residence at 26 Blaikie St, Hendra, which has a wealth of modern luxuries on a massive 1,619sq m block, is a must see during this weekend’s inspections, opening for half an hour at 12.30pm Saturday October 14. Now that’s what I call spacious.Listing agent Michael Spork described the property as an ideal family room boasting all the modern amenities potential buyers could need. The home is set to go to auction on site at 2pm on Saturday October 28.
Women in Kenya are playing a key role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as decision-makers, caregivers, frontline healthcare workers, community leaders and mobilisers often at great risk to their health.According to a virtual meeting of Commonwealth Ministers for Women’s Affairs and Gender and Development on COVID-19, Kenya has women leaders in key positions at the national level committees that are coordinating the management of COVID. For instance, Prof Margaret Kobia chaired the committee on Post-COVID Economic Recovery Plan.At the regional level, the County Government Coordination and Food Supply Working Group have women representatives at the decision-making level. In addition, the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA), the National Gender Equality Commission (NGEC) and selected women’s rights organizations under the leadership of the Ministry of Public Service and Gender have worked together to meet the practical needs of women and girls in low resource settings affected by the pandemic.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 They have managed to implement a cash transfer programme, and continue to distribute dignity kits to cushion women and girls from the negative effects of the pandemic.Also Read Kalonzo applauds Senate for ending revenue stalemateLike many other countries, Kenya has witnessed a rise in Gender-Based Violence cases as a result of COVID–19 pandemic.It is through the exemplary leadership of women in Kenya at various levels, state and non-state actors that Gender-Based Violence is an integral component of the COVID- 19 response.Also Read Noordin Haji reorganizes ODPP in renewed war on graft“They have strengthened the medical-legal response to GBV, enhanced and publicized the national toll-free helpline 1195 and rolled out a public awareness campaign on prevention and response to GBV,” the Commonwealth Secretary General, the Right Hon. Patricia Scotland said.The Secretary-General lauding the Kenyan Government noted that it has put in place measures to promote women’s economic empowerment.This includes access to affordable credit facilitation for women, youth and persons living with disability through Women Enterprise, Uwezo Fund, Youth Enterprise Development and National Government Affirmative Action Funds.In addition, it was also noted that within the COVID 19 pandemic response, Kenya has created employment for women and young people through local manufacturing of face masks especially those residing in informal settlements.Also Read Teachers to report back to school on MondayThe initiative has transformed local companies like Kitui County Textile Company (KICOTEC), Shona EPZ Limited and Bedi Investments Limited, into surgical mask assembly lines in a country that barely produced any previously.In conclusion, it was also noted that in the next few weeks, the “Commonwealth Says No More” campaign will be launched and will offer an impressive array of expert resources and tools to support action by everyone from Governments to private individuals to help combat domestic abuse and violence against women and girls.
The Magpies had travelled to south Wales on the back of a run of four straight wins, but they fell to a comprehensive defeat as Nathan Dyer and Jonjo Shelvey found the net either side of a Mathieu Debuchy own goal. But Newcastle were aggrieved that Webb did not award them spot-kicks after Ben Davies appeared to handle a Loic Remy shot, and Yoan Gouffran went down after an aerial challenge with Ashley Williams. Both incidents happened with the score at 1-0 and Pardew also felt Shelvey could have seen red after he appeared to aim a headbutt towards Debuchy during a heated exchange a few minutes before the ex-Liverpool man rounded off a superb individual display with a stunning, curling strike. The Newcastle boss said: “Two big decisions went against us and that was crucial in the result. “The first one was a penalty, no doubt in my mind about that. I felt that at the time and my players reaction told me everything I needed to know, and that should have told Howard as well. “It hit his arm and it’s going in the back of the net. That’s a penalty isn’t it? “Again the second was for a foul on Gouffran. I thought Williams had no chance of winning that header, he has gone into the back of Gouffran and he just played on. “I was disappointed in those decisions. I’ve told him that as well. He has given me his explanation and I accept that, and I don’t agree with it. “Then there is the incident with Jonjo, looking at video highlights I think that was disappointing for Jonjo as I think he is a terrific lad and that’s unlike him, but again maybe you could argue he should not be on the pitch.” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup unsurprisingly had a different take on matters, particularly after his side recently conceded a controversial penalty to draw a game they should have won against Stoke. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew felt World Cup final referee Howard Webb made three errors which cost his side dear during their 3-0 defeat at Swansea. Of the Shelvey incident he said: “Football is about temperament the most important thing keep on the right side, to not go over it and he didn’t do that. “It’s important everybody sticks to the right side of the line.” Asked if he had headbutted Debuchy, Shelvey told BT Sport: ”That’s what you think. Nowadays you can’t do anything. ”I was trying to move to get out of the way. That’s life at the end of the day.” On the two penalty incidents, Laudrup added: “They claimed for two penalties. The one with the handball is what I would call 50-50. One of those that if you don’t give it, it’s okay. “If I had been on the other side I would have claimed it, but if there are experts in penalties being given or not given it’s Swansea. “If he’d given it I would have accepted it. “The other one I don’t think was a penalty.” Press Association
Shaw has endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford since his £28million move from Southampton. Van Gaal made the 19-year-old train on his own during the tour of the United States because he felt the player had turned up to pre-season out of shape. Van Gaal seemed perplexed by Hodgson’s comments. The Dutchman said: “He is not fit now because he is injured. Roy Hodgson cannot judge at this moment. He cannot judge him because I have never seen him here at a (United) training session. “I think he is referring to the World Cup. It is possible, I don’t know. That is what I want to ask. “But now Shaw is doing a great job.” Shaw, one of nine United players sidelined through injury, is expected to be fit after England’s double-header against Norway and Switzerland. Michael Carrick could also be back soon as he is making good progress from the serious ankle injury he suffered in the summer, Van Gaal revealed. “Carrick is also doing a great job,” the United boss continued. “Carrick removed his (protective) boot (on Friday).” Sam Johnstone, Rafael, Shaw, Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera, Shinji Kagawa, Marouane Fellaini and Carrick are currently out injured for United, who have one point from their first two league games. The United manager was, however, impressed with the way Shaw battled his way back to full fitness, and had it not been for a hamstring injury he picked up just before the start of the season, it seems certain the England left-back would have played in the club’s opening two league games. “I have read nasty articles about Shaw,” the United boss said. “In the United States I said to him ‘you came and you were not fit’. “I changed his programme and he did everything that he has to do to be fit. “Now he is an example in the dressing room. He is training fantastically.” Given that Shaw has been out for a fortnight with the hamstring injury, it came as something of a surprise to Van Gaal that Hodgson accepted an invitation to speak about the defender’s fitness during a press conference at Wembley on Thursday. Hodgson appeared to suggest he thought Shaw was not currently fit enough. “If Louis thinks that he can get him fitter then I’m sure he will certainly have our approval,” said the England boss, who also claimed he told the player his fitness was not up to scratch at the World Cup. Louis van Gaal will ask Roy Hodgson to clarify his comments on Luke Shaw after the Manchester United manager launched an impassioned defence of the teenage star. Press Association
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam finished at 7th place with 76 medals in the 3rd Khelo India Games which concluded in the city today. It was the best-ever performance by Assam in the history of the Games. On the last day, Assam collected 12 medals including a gold, to take their final tally to 76 which included 20 gold, 22 silver, and 34 bronze medals. The lone gold medal came in the boxing which was collected by Ankushita Boro in the girl’s U-21 category. Anubhuti Barua and Priyanka Barua collected silver medals in the swimming and boxing disciplines respectively while the U-21 boy’s football team finished second losing to Punjab in the final 0-2. Among the 8 bronze medals, one came in swimming (Reinita Gogoi in 200mt breaststroke in U-21 girls) and remaining all in boxing.Utilizing home conditions, Assam came out with flying colors in the Games this time. There were 20 disciplines in the third edition of the Games and Assam bagged medals in 12 of them. Lawn bowl, swimming, weightlifting and boxing are the disciplines where the home State dominated and collected most of the medals. In terms of overall best performance, lawn bowl will rank one with 10 medals including seven gold. There were ten medal events in lawn bowl and the host team won medals in all categories.Swimming came in second spot with 14 medals which included five gold, three silver and six bronze. Weightlifting at third spot with 8 medals (3 are gold). On the other hand, in boxing, the State collected 19 medals with a single gold.In individual performance, Shivangi Sarma was the star among the all participating athletes. The Assam swimmer bagged seven medals from the pool and five of them are gold.Also Read: Assam’s Ankushita Bora clinches gold for Assam in boxing at Khelo India Games in GuwahatiAlso Watch: Minister of State for Education Smt. Vibhavariben Dave addresses Academia in Guwahati.
CRICKET West Indies (CWI) and Whisper, the sport and live production specialist, is pleased to announce a new trial partnership, which sees Whisper as the host broadcaster of the West Indies vs Ireland series in January 2020.The series consists of three Colonial Medical Insurance One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three T20Is in Barbados, Grenada and St Kitts from January 7 to 19.In line with Whisper’s ambitious approach to its productions, the coverage will be led by established producer Rob Williams, who was in the chair for this summer’s dramatic World Cup final at Lord’s. The vastly experienced Simon Wheeler, a veteran in world cricket, will direct.The commentary team will feature some of the best from the region including Ian Bishop, Daren Ganga, Samuel Badree, Darren Sammy and Niall O’Brien.Apart from managing the TV production, Whisper has also been appointed to produce a range of digital and multi-platform content for CWI, to promote the reach of its games and maximise their impact.“As we move into a new five-year international match cycle, CWI plans to improve the coverage, accessibility and quality of international cricket matches on both television and digital channels.This trial with Whisper is a key step to enhancing how we engage cricket and sports fans around the world with the unique story of our much-loved West Indies teams,” said Dominic Warne, Commercial Director for CWI.Sunil Patel, Whisper CEO, believes working on the series will be an exciting prospect.“It’s great to be working on these games for CWI, which has some really exciting young players coming through. We are looking forward to showcasing them around the world,” he said.“Cricket is the heart and soul of communities in the Caribbean and we intend to draw on that by working with local production talent and benefitting from their vast experience. It’s a really exciting partnership for us, which also offers great potential for future opportunities.”Whisper is one of a number of companies currently involved in an active tender process with CWI for the long-term broadcast production of West Indies international cricket matches.The West Indies vs Ireland agreement comes at a time of growth for Whisper in the cricket market and sits alongside another significant cricket win, which is due to be announced soon.(Sportsmax)
“As a company, we have been involved in initiatives that are designed to create fun moments for our stakeholders. “This is one of such opportunities to promote healthy competition among participants in the Lagos Club Tennis League. It is our hope that this will go a long way in fostering lasting friendship through tennis,” he said.Cadbury Nigeria is also hosting a sports tournament tagged: ‘Cadbury Bournvita Duathlon Championship, in collaboration with Nigeria Triathlon Union (NTU), on 10th February 2019, in Lagos.Cadbury is a staunch supporter of sporting activities in the country, particularly lawn tennis and football.TomTom, the leading candy brand in Nigeria from Cadbury, is the official candy of the Nigeria senior national football team-Super Eagles.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cadbury Nigeria Plc has announced that it is sponsoring the maiden edition of the Club Tennis League, which will run from February 2 to mid-April in Lagos, in collaboration with John Christie Ventures.The competition is expected to bring together members of the various tennis clubs in Lagos.In a statement, the company’s Corporate and Government Affairs Director for West Africa, Mr. Bala Yesufu said Cadbury was supporting the initiative to help build closer affinity amongst members of participating clubs.
In the first period of Saturday night’s game against conference rival Ohio State, an errant puck coming from the Buckeye’s defensive zone found its way to the stick of Wisconsin team captain Meghan Duggan. And as head Coach Mark Johnson has instructed her and the rest of her teammates, Duggan wound up and fired.“I don’t know if it deflected off a stick or a skate or whatever, but the puck was kind of bouncing and I figured I’d just throw it on net. Coach always says good things happen when you throw the puck on the net so that’s all I did and it went in,” Duggan said.Early on in this season the Badgers have drowned opposing goaltenders with all types of shots on goal and with a 6-0 record after this weekend’s sweep of Ohio State, the strategy seems to work.In the two games this past weekend the Badgers outshot the Buckeyes 98-40 and two weeks ago Wisconsin outshot Bemidji State 79-22. According to Johnson, there is a method behind the madness, as simple as it may sound.“One thing I’ve always told the players and the teams that I’ve coached is that you’re not going to score unless you shoot,” Johnson said.The success of Johnson’s philosophy shone throughout this past weekend’s games. With a stubborn goaltender between the pipes for Ohio State, the Badgers knew that putting one past her would prove difficult.When shots from the deep slot didn’t get through, the Badger’s resorted to crashing the net and putting bodies in front of Buckeye net minder to create pressure.“She made some great saves but as I told the team, if you keep coming and you keep creating those opportunities, eventually things are going to go in your favor,” Johnson said.The Badgers’ persistence led to eleven goals this weekend against a squad who gave up only four total in their previous four games. However, Ohio State has likely not experienced an offensive attack such as the one Wisconsin possesses.“Coach said, ‘just keep shooting.’ You’re going to get your chances and its going to go in, so we just had to keep going at them,” sophomore center Brianna Decker said. Decker recorded a hat trick in Friday night’s game.However, the other number that jumps out from the stat sheet this weekend is the save percentage for Wisconsin’s two goaltenders. Over the two games the freshman Alex Rigsby and sophomore Becca Ruegsegger had a combined save percentage of 82 percent.With the talent that the Badgers will come across throughout the course of the year, to have success, the young net minders must put up better numbers no matter how few or how many shots they see during a game.“You sit down there and watch for a long period of time and then all of sudden here comes (OSU forward) Natalie Spooner and boom, here comes a quality shot from a great player. It’s hard to do that. You’ve got to stay focused,” Johnson said.The Badgers don’t believe the fact that they don’t allow many shots is a problem.“I definitely have full trust and faith in our goalies and that’s one of the most important things,” junior winger Hilary Knight said.Although Johnson and the Badgers know that limiting the opposing team’s scoring opportunities is important, the goaltender must stay on task. In past years the Badgers have experienced a similar trend.“You’ve got to stay focused. It’s no different from when Jessie [Vetter] was here, it was the same type of thing. You might out shoot a team 45-14 but those 14 are important,” Johnson said.The bottom line for the Badgers is that they are winning games. If they continue to barrage opposing teams with the puck, stick with it on rebounds and continue to create second chances they are going to score a lot of goals. And at that point it won’t matter what the save percentage is.