Ian Wright sends message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Real Madrid transfer move

first_imgAdvertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract at Arsenal in 2021 (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright says he’s ‘praying’ that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stays on at Arsenal but has wished the forward ‘all the best’ regardless of the decision he makes this summer. Aubameyang has established himself as one of the most deadly attackers in the Premier League since his £56million switch from Borussia Dortmund back in 2018 and the 30-year-old took over Arsenal’s captaincy in November after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the armband. But Aubameyang’s contract expires in 2021 and the Gabon international has been heavily linked with a move away from north London, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United all monitoring the situation.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Gunners are now weighing up whether to cash in on their star player in the summer or risk losing him for free in 12 months’ time. ADVERTISEMENT Ian Wright sends message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Real Madrid transfer move Comment Wright understands why Aubameyang would be tempted to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘But if he did [leave]… if he was somebody that was tempted away, I’m not sure that people could really fault him at this stage because you look at Arsenal and the current plight, you have to say we’re going through a transitional period, coming off of [Arsene] Wenger, coming off of Unai Emery and now getting the coach that I believe is going to take us to the promised land.‘It depends totally on whether Aubameyang has the patience to wait for this to kick in but if he didn’t I’m not sure at his age what people could say, he’s somebody that deserves to be playing at a level where he’s able to win things. ‘Depending on his ambition, his people around him and what they’re saying to him, how much he loves the club – and I know he loves the club immensely – you have to pray that’s going to be enough for him to stay. ‘But I’m not gonna sit here and say anything other than I wish him all the best with what he does but I pray to God he stays at Arsenal.’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 ArsenalEarlier this week, Xhaka – who Aubameyang succeeded as skipper – admitted it would be a ‘great loss’ if the attacker departed Arsenal.‘If that were to happen, it would, of course, be a great loss for the team and the club, the Arsenal midfielder told SportBild. AdvertisementAdvertisement ‘Auba is always dangerous and always good for a goal, and as a guy, he’s also really great. ‘He is always positive, optimistic, helpful and very professional.’Will Aubameyang still be an Arsenal player next season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Gael Clichy blasts ‘typical Arsenal’ for ‘crumbling’ under Arsene WengerMORE: Arsenal fans convinced club have dropped Bukayo Saka contract hintcenter_img Tom OlverWednesday 20 May 2020 7:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Aubameyang has been heavily linked with Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Considering Aubameyang has entered the twilight years of his career, Wright understands why he may be tempted to leave for a club like Madrid, with more immediate ambitions of winning major silverware.However, the ex-Arsenal striker admits he is ‘praying to God’ that Aubameyang stays on for at least another year to continue working with Mikel Arteta.Asked whether he can see Aubameyang at Arsenal next season, Wright told SPORF: ‘I hope so.‘But if I’m gonna sit here and speak about Aubameyang at the stage of his career that he’s at, maybe wanting to win things, maybe one last chance and people are saying that Real Madrid are sniffing around him.‘He’s somebody with the way he’s scored goals in his career, he probably wants something to show for it… I know he’s won stuff in Germany. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Here’s a List of 58 Gender Options for Facebook Users

first_imgABC News 13 February 2014Facebook introduced dozens of options for users to identify their gender today – and although the social media giant said it would not be releasing a comprehensive list, ABC News has found at least 58 so far.Previously, users had to identify themselves as male or female. They were also given the option of not answering or keeping their gender private.User’s can now select a “custom” gender option.“There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world,” Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison told the Associated Press. Harrison, who worked on the project, is in the process of gender transition, from male to female.Facebook will also allow users to select between three pronouns: “him,” “her” or “their.”The following are the 58 gender options identified by ABC News:AgenderAndrogyneAndrogynousBigenderCisCisgenderCis FemaleCis MaleCis ManCis WomanCisgender FemaleCisgender MaleCisgender ManCisgender WomanFemale to MaleFTMGender FluidGender NonconformingGender QuestioningGender VariantGenderqueerIntersexMale to FemaleMTFNeitherNeutroisNon-binaryOtherPangenderTransTrans*Trans FemaleTrans* FemaleTrans MaleTrans* MaleTrans ManTrans* ManTrans PersonTrans* PersonTrans WomanTrans* WomanTransfeminineTransgenderTransgender FemaleTransgender MaleTransgender ManTransgender PersonTransgender WomanTransmasculineTranssexualTranssexual FemaleTranssexual MaleTranssexual ManTranssexual PersonTranssexual WomanTwo-Spirithttp://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/02/heres-a-list-of-58-gender-options-for-facebook-users/last_img read more

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Ronald Fred Zoller

first_imgRonald Fred Zoller, 83, of Moores Hill passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg.  Ron was born Thursday, September 12, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Fred and Helen (Wagner) Zoller.  He married Joan Hamant on September 24, 1960, and she survives.  Ron joined the National Guard in Cincinnati while still attending Greenhills High School in Cincinnati, OH and served in a field artillery fire control unit.  He served in the National Guard until he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in September of 1955.He served in the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines.  Ron took his basic training in San Diego, CA, and then infantry training at Camp Pendleton in CA.  After basic and infantry training, he served at Kaneohe Bay in HI until March of 1958.  After returning from Hawaii, he spent the last six months of duty at Quantico Marine base in VA until he was honorably discharged Sept. 15, 1958.  He served in the reserves until he was discharged in January 1963.  Ron attended Central Academy of Commercial Art; worked as a lithographer at Standard Publishing Company in Mt. Healthy, OH for 37 years and retired from there in 1995.  Ron was a member of multiple organizations including: a 50 year member of E.T. Carson F & AM Masonic Lodge # 598 in Cincinnati, OH; Mt. Sinai United Methodist Church; Southeastern Indiana Art Guild; G.C.I.U.  Local #508; was active in the Mt. Healthy, OH and Milan/Moores Hill Cub Scouts and R.S.V.P. pen pal program.  His hobbies included artwork: drawing and watercolor painting; reading; word puzzles; bowling; and horseshoe pitching.Ron is survived by wife, Joan of Moores Hill; his three sons: Jeffrey (Cindy Ollier) of Guilford, IN, James (Jamie) of Erlanger, KY, and R. Joseph(Kelly Riehle) of Moores Hill, IN; 6 grandchildren: Jack (Isabella Gentile) Zoller of Milwaukee, WI, Lydia Zoller of Erlanger, KY, Morgan Zoller of Lawrenceburg, Jill Zoller of Indianapolis, Madison Zoller (Zachery) Roberts of HI, and Carly Zoller of Versailles; special grandchildren: Makenna, Kiersten and Kennedie Dixon; brothers Fred and Alan (Lillian) Zoller.   He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Laura and brother-in-law Mike Enwright.A service celebrating his life will be held 10 AM Thursday, June 20 at Mt. Sinai United Methodist Church, 9813 Mt. Sinai Road, Aurora, IN 47001 with Pastor LaJo Dunbar officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill with full military rites provided by the Moores Hill American Legion Post #209.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 4 – 8 PM Wednesday, June 19 also at the church.  Memorials may be given in honor of Ron to Mt. Sinai United Methodist Church, Ripley Crossing Activity Fund or Donor’s Choice.  Sibbett- Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812) 744-3280.  You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

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Fantasy Baseball Trade Value: Yasiel Puig, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. among buy-low, sell-high candidates

first_imgAnother week, another fantasy baseball stock watch report! This week we are taking a look at a mix of young players and more established players who got off to slow starts. In all sports, but more specifically baseball, a small sample can change a player’s perceived fantasy value very quickly. With how quickly values can change, it is always incredibly important to stay on top of whose value is changing and why, both for trades and waiver wire pickups.Without further ado, let’s dive in! Interested in sports betting? Tell us what YOU want from a mobile sportsbookFantasy Baseball Trade Value: Stock risingJordan Yamamoto, SP, Marlins. Yamamoto was a 12th-round pick and was ranked as the No. 17 prospect in Miami’s organization, so when he got called up there wasn’t a whole lot of excitement in the fantasy community. However, he has been fantastic in his first three starts in the bigs (19 IP), compiling a 0.95 ERA, a 0.79 WHIP, 19 strikeouts, and a 3-0 record. He pitched well at AA prior to his call-up, too, compiling a 3.58 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and an 8.8 K/9 across 65.1 innings. When digging deeper into his profile, we quickly see a mixed bag of results. His .167 BABIP against is extremely lucky and will go up, and his 45.2-percent hard-contact rate against is very high and also pointing toward luck being on his side. However, he has induced soft contact at a 31-percent rate, which would easily be the best in baseball with enough innings to qualify, and he has given up line drives at a 16.7-percent clip, which would be sixth best in baseball. He doesn’t have an overpowering fastball at 91 mph, but he does have a six pitch mix that allows him to keep hitters off balance. It’s also important to keep in mind that he will pitch half his games in Miami, which ranks as the best pitchers park in all of baseball when it comes to home runs.Lourdes Gurriel Jr., 2B/OF, Blue Jays. Gurriel Jr. hit so poorly (.175, zero home runs) in his first 13 games this year that it led to a demotion to AAA, where he stayed for over a month. Most fantasy owners cut him and rightfully so, but since being recalled on May 24 he has been playing great, hitting .330 (37-for-112) with 10 home runs across 29 games. Last season, he had 11 home runs across 249 at-bats, so what has led to his 10 home runs across 152 at bats this season? The key cog is a change in approach. He is hitting fly balls 10-percent more often, and he has upped his launch angle from 10.4 degrees to 14.6 degrees this year. For a guy who  hits for hard contact over 40 percent of the time, getting lift on the ball will almost certainly result in hitting home runs at a pretty good rate. He should continue to be a strong fantasy asset, and the fact that he is hitting third in the Blue Jays lineup on a daily basis is perfect for fantasy purposes.Yasiel Puig, OF, Reds. Puig had been dreadful for the majority of the season, hitting just .207 through his first 59 games. He did have 11 home runs and nine stealss, but a .207 batting average is still a category killer in fantasy. However, he is smoking hot right now, hitting .400 (18-for-45) with five home runs, 11 RBIs, and two steals over his past 12 games to raise his season average up to his current .240 mark. With 16 home runs, 11 steals, and 44 RBIs, he is currently on pace to put together a 30-20 campaign with 90 RBIs, and that’s nothing to scoff at. That would give him new career highs in all three of those categories. Similar to Gurriel Jr., Puig has changed his approach this season. He is hitting fly balls at a career high 47.2-percent rate (11-percent more often than last year), and his 18.4-degree launch angle is a six degrees increase from last year (which was his highest mark prior to this season). The buy-low window is gone, and we can expect Puig to continue to find success with the Reds and the hitter’s dream park that is the Great American Ball Park.MORE: Fantasy Alarm PRO toolsFantasy Baseball Trade Value: Stock fallingVladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays. Vlad hasn’t quite been the immediate big bat that everyone expected him to be, as he is hitting a poor .255 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs across 188 at bats and 49 games played. He has also struck out (40) far more often that he has walked (18), which is a far cry from what he was doing in AAA. Unfortunately for his owners, the underlying stats aren’t showing a guy who has been unlucky. In fact, they show a guy who needs a major change in approach. Sure, his 40.3-percent hard-contact rate and 90.8-mph exit velocity are both strong, but that doesn’t do him a whole lot of good when he has a dreadful 6.8-degree launch angle and is pounding the ball into the ground 48.3 percent of the time. His 17.4-percent line-drive rate and 34.2-percent fly-ball rate are both lousy, especially when considering the type of hitter he is supposed to be. Right now is the perfect time to buy low on Vlad in fantasy, as a quick turnaround could take place at any moment.Zach Davies, SP, Brewers. Davies got off to a torrid start this year, pitching to a 1.54 ERA and a 5-0 record through his first nine starts. However, the wheels have completely come off in his past six starts, as he has a 5.76 ERA in that span with hitters batting .336 against him. The biggest issue for Davies is simple: He does not have very good “stuff”, and he can’t strike any one out. His velocity ranks in the fourth percentile, as he rarely hits 90 mph on the gun and his 5.79 K/9 is the second worst in all of baseball (Brett Anderson takes home the crown with an unsightly 4.57 K/9). Pitching to that much contact is going to lead to a lot of hits and a high WHIP (currently 1.36). Maybe he could get away with being a contact pitcher if he was in a pitchers park but Miller Park ranks as a top-10 hitters park. Robinson Canó, 2B, Mets. Cano’s first season with the Mets has been flat-out awful. He is hitting a dreadful .223 and has just four home runs and 16 RBIs through 54 games despite hitting third on a team that ranks in the middle of the pack in runs scored this year. He has been unlucky, though, with a .263 BABIP and a batting average .045 points lower than his xBA. That being said, even if he wasn’t unlucky this year, he would still have the stats of a bad player. There are a lot of factors working into why he has fallen off a cliff this year. His 5.6-percent walk rate is his lowest mark in 10 years, his 19.5-percent strikeout rate is the highest of his entire career (and it isn’t even close), and his 50.9-percent ground-ball rate is dreadful (especially for someone as slow as he is – 15th percentile in sprint speed). His 5.8-degree launch angle is barely half of the league average (11.0). To put it simply, Cano is a shell of his former self and is not going to do your fantasy team any favors.Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch: Potential waiver wire pickupsFrancisco Mejía, C, Padres. Here we go again with Mejia. After starting the year as the Padres backup catcher and struggling to the tune of a .167 batting average with zero home runs through 19 games, Mejia was sent down to AAA. While at AAA he hit .365 with four home runs across 63 at-bats. While he was plugging away at AAA, Austin Hedges continued to be the Padres starting catcher, but he has been dreadful this year with a .195 average and six home runs across 174 at-bats. Looking for a spark at the catching position, the Padres recalled Mejia on June 20, and he immediately started the next four games. In those four starts, he went 5-for-15 with a home run and had a hit in every game. While the production has been good, the biggest key is that he drew four straight starts and that is what should draw your attention. The catching position is a wasteland in fantasy, especially in deep two-catcher formats, so why not take a shot on a guy who was a top-50 prospect each of the past three years?Trent Thornton, SP, Blue Jays. Thornton has been a very interesting case this year, and in fact this is the second time he has landed in this section. He has been a mixed bag of results this year with a 4.25 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 9.5 K/9. The ERA and WHIP aren’t great, but the strikeouts are strong and he has pitched very well against two of the league’s top offenses in Houston and Boston in his past two starts. Against Houston he fired 6.2 shutout innings and then followed that up with 6.1 innings of two-run ball against Boston. Back-to-back outings like that against those offenses is something that gets my attention. His next start will come against another elite offense in the Yankees and if he is able to pitch well once again, it will be time to start taking Thornton a little more seriously.last_img read more

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Working to boost safety

first_imgSheriff’s deputies from Lancaster and Palmdale stations were involved in rail grade-crossing operations Wednesday in what both cities’ public safety officials said was designed to raise awareness of crossing dangers. Union Pacific railroad police joined the deputies in enforcing vehicle codes. Law enforcement officials also enforced laws prohibiting pedestrians from trespassing on railroad property. The operation featured a train that ran along the Antelope Valley tracks throughout the day. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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