Ray Parlour picks Dennis Bergkamp over Thierry Henry as his best ever Arsenal teammate

first_imgRay Parlour picks Dennis Bergkamp over Thierry Henry as his best ever Arsenal teammate Comment Advertisement Parlour played alongside two of the Premier League’s greatest forwards (Pictures: Sky Sports & Getty)Ray Parlour has chosen Dennis Bergkamp above the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams as the best player he ever played alongside at Arsenal.The former England midfielder spent 12 years at the north London club, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in that time.Parlour was surrounded by some of the greatest players to have graced the English game, including feared forwards Henry and Bergkamp who formed the front two of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles in 2003-04.French World Cup winner Henry has scored the sixth-most goals in Premier League history, while Bergkamp was famed for his velvet touch and immaculate technique.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd when asked who came out on top out of all of his Gunners teammates, Parlour told Sky Sports’ The Football Show: ‘The best player, it’s got to go down to two players, it’s either Henry or Dennis Bergkamp.‘Henry was amazing, what he achieved at Arsenal. When he first turned up we thought he couldn’t hit a barn door, seven games, scoring no goals, we said we can’t win the league with Thierry. We’d just lost Nicolas Anelka who was a brilliant player. Advertisement Bergkamp earned himself a statue outside the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)‘But I’d have to pick Dennis [over Henry] slightly, because he changed the attitude a lot with the British players as well. ‘He first come in in 1996, his training methods, the professionalism of him was first class, he used to stay behind in training, practice on his own. ‘We were all looking at him like wait a minute, shouldn’t we be doing a bit more practicing. I think he influenced a lot, but what a special player as well. 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‘Dennis was the one who would always be at the right place at the right time, if you were playing with him as well and he always read your mind. ‘If I was in a situation where I’ve only got one pass, Dennis would read that and he’d be tucking off of the centre-half and there he was picking the ball up in a dangerous area.‘So I think Dennis was a cut above everyone at that time, but Thierry would go very, very close to being the best as well.’MORE: How Jack Wilshere reacted to Arsenal selling Robin van Persie to Manchester UnitedMORE: Mikel Arteta ready to sell three Arsenal centre-halves this summer, including Rob HoldingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 May 2020 12:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link953Shareslast_img read more

Park six cars and take the lift to the rooftop of your quarter acre house

first_img5 Westwood Street, Wavell Heights offers almost 1300sq m of living spaceTalk about a home on a grand scale … and in suburban Brisbane to boot.The house at 5 Westwood St, Wavell Heightsnailed the brief when it came to ambitious construction.There are seven-bedrooms and eight-bathrooms over four levels and 911sq m of internal living area.That’s right, internal living area — not land area. And you could add another 372sq m of external living space to that count.And it’s all accessible via your glass-walled lift.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoGet to the billiard room via your glass-walled elevatorListing details from Sotherby’s International selling agent, Joseph Lordi, painted an imposing picture.“The adjoining foyer features massive panelled timber entry doors and a contemporary chandelier over the stair void, with polished marble tiles underfoot,” he said. The grand entry was bigger than most studio apartments.“Also on this level is a large games room, a storeroom, gymnasium and executive study, plus extra guest accommodation and a wine cellar.”For outdoor lovers, the owners installed concertina glass doors opening on to the swimming pool terrace and entertaining area.The property has been on an elevated 1200sq m allotment with city views that could’ve formed the backdrop for a Tourism Queensland advertising campaign.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

NBA Coming to Africa: South Africa to Host NBA Megastars in…

first_imgAfrica will host its first ever NBA match later this year. An exhibition match will be played in Johannesburg on August the 1st. But organizers hope it is just the starting point. As Dan Williams now reportslast_img

Raiders And Trojans Split SEI Tourney Games

first_imgBoys SEI Junior High Tournament.South Ripley versus Sunman-Dearborn at Milan.7th Grade-South Ripley 39-38.South Ripley built a comfortable lead going into half-time, only to see Sunman rally for an exciting finish. With under a minute to play in the 4th quarter and the game tied at 36, Sunman hit a two-point bucket to take a 38-36 lead. After a South Ripley time-out, Lane Sparks drilled a deep three to give the Raiders a 39-38 lead with 8 seconds remaining. Sunman was unable to get a shot off and the Raiders hung on for the 39-38 victory.Sparks led with 14 points, while Cody Samples added 12, Bryce Franklin scored 9, and Brady Linkel chipped in 4 points.On Thursday, South Ripley (16-1) travels to Batesville for the championship game against the winner of St. Louis and Greendale. Tip off scheduled for 5:30.8th Grade-Sunman-Dearborn 33, South Ripley 32.In another nail bitter, Sunman-Dearborn escaped in a 33-32 thriller. With South Ripley leading 31-30 and 20 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, Sunman hit a baseline jumper to take a 33-32 lead. South Ripley called time-out and worked for a last second shot that just bounced off the rim.Dakota Day lead all scorers with 16 points to go along with 8 rebounds. Conner McCarty scored 6 points, Eric Vickers added 4 points with 7 rebounds, and Kaleb Rinear scored 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.The Raider 8th graders conclude the season with a 12-5 record.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Jeff Greiwe.last_img read more

Aribo: Nigeria’s switch, no brainer

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has admitted that the decision to play for Nigeria rather than England at international level was a “no brainer” after growing up watching Super Eagles icons such as Jay-Jay Okocha and Kanu.The Ibrox star has made a huge impression already after scoring just three minutes into his debut and forcing manager Gernot Rohr into a stunning selection u-turn.Aribo’s parents are Nigerian and, despite the player being born in London, he opted to play for the Super Eagles ahead of the Three Lions – before quickly being compared with Okocha after his debut against Ukraine earlier this month.“I could have played for England but my parents are from Nigeria and I always watched players like Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu as a kid so it was a no brainer to play for them,” Aribo said, as quoted by the Evening Times.“I read the headline where a journalist compared me to Okocha after the Ukraine game – that’s putting a lot of pressure on me!”Aribo will now face Brazil in a friendly in Singapore before the upcoming AFCON qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho.After his quick rise in international football, hopefully, Aribo can continue to impress and put in a stellar performance against the Brazilians.The comparisons with stars such as Okocha will put some lofty expectations on Aribo’s shoulders for his country but it could really help him grow as a player and help him get used to the pressure he’s under constantly at Rangers.Tags: jj okochaJoe AriboSuper Eagleslast_img read more

Bale flattered by Ronaldo comparisons

first_img He added: “It’s flattering, but I don’t really look too much into it. I don’t get the newspapers or read too many reports, so I don’t really know how much hype there is. Obviously my friends tell me things, but I just treat every day as normal and focus on my job. “I don’t model my game on Ronaldo’s. I have my own way of playing and it’s not exactly the same but we do have similar attributes. I just like watching the best players: seeing Messi and Ronaldo. I’ve watched Ronaldo in the past and you do take things from other people’s games to try to improve as a player, which I have – hopefully.” Bale grabbed the world’s attention in 2010 when he scored a thrilling hat-trick against Inter Milan in the San Siro and then went on to embarrass Maicon with a breathtaking display in the reverse fixture. Some doubted whether Bale could improve much more following those two games, but his game has come on immeasurably since. The former Southampton player now operates in just as devastating fashion down the centre as he does out wide and he has almost doubled his tally from the 2010-11 season with at least 13 games remaining. Bale says Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has played a significant part in his development, improving his tactical awareness since the days of the previous manager Harry Redknapp. “Harry was more ‘go out there and play how you feel and express yourself’. With Andre, there’s a certain shape and a style we play,” Bale said. “I think Harry was more free and let you do what you want. Andre does that too, but there’s a lot more tactical work. I think it’s something that’s good to learn. We’ve done well this year and I think that’s down to our defending as well as attacking.” Tottenham star Gareth Bale admits he is flattered at being described as one of the best players in the world after a series of scinitilating displays for club and country. The 23-year-old has scored 23 goals in total this term, leading to speculation that Real Madrid have made him their number one transfer target for the summer. Bale’s powerful cutting runs, and his ability to bamboozle goalkeepers with logic-defying free-kicks have led to him being compared with the biggest superstar currently on the books at the Bernabeu – Cristiano Ronaldo. Tottenham’s talisman says he is honoured to be mentioned in the same breath as Ronaldo and Barcelona ace Lionel Messi, although he claims to be unaware of just how much of a stir his superb performances have caused this season. Bale said in an interview with Sport magazine: “I think anybody would love to be mentioned alongside the best in the world.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning win charity golf match in Hobe Sound

first_imgTiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady played a live golf charity match to raise money for COVID-19 relief funds on Sunday.Tiger Woods and retired NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning, secured a 1-up victory over Mickelson and Brady in “The Match: Champions for Charity.”The goal was to raise $10 million or more for coronavirus relief funds, and they ended up raising almost twice that much.The match was just as exciting as the real thing. It brought millions of viewers because it brought back live sports.last_img

Three recruits could make or break class

first_img“Leveling the Playing Field” runs Mondays. To comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Sean McCormick at swmccorm@usc.edu. This Wednesday marks the most scrutinized date during college football’s offseason: national signing day. Forty-year-old men will log onto Twitter, troll, then “unfollow” high school recruits who elect to sign with their alma mater’s rivals. Coaches will hole up in their offices all day, waiting for the signed letters of intent to filter through their fax machines. Current players will witness the fruits of their labor after hosting several recruits on official visits.As overhyped and nauseating as national signing day has become, there’s still ample evidence that recruiting stars matter, especially when programs’ so-called “can’t-miss” recruits perform as expected and justify their hype. For example, Matt Barkley and Robert Woods, USC’s 2009 and 2010 consensus top recruits, respectively, both appear ticketed for the 2013 NFL draft’s first round.Of course, high school recruiting remains an inexact science. Not every five-star recruit pans out, and countless less-heralded prospects flourish.Oftentimes, highly touted recruits fall flat because that’s the nature of the business. It’s dicey predicting how a 17-year-old kid will respond to a marked uptick in competition and the various time demands of performing as a Division I student-athlete. Indeed, many recent USC recruits, to this point of their careers, have failed to meet expectations. Out of the 2011 recruiting class’ top-10 signees according to ESPN, only one — sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee — started in more than two games for USC this past season.That said, national signing day still wields a magnetic quality, if only because we’re all just starved for more college football news and eagerly counting down the days until spring practice. In that vein, I’ll break down who I consider to be USC’s three most important recruiting targets in the 2013 class, excluding the seven players who already enrolled early at USC this spring semester.Cornerback Jalen RamseyIt’s no secret that USC’s secondary is in shambles. A team that has consistently allowed opponents about seven yards per passing attempt in the past three seasons just lost its top three safeties and junior Nickell Robey — USC’s only shutdown cornerback option.Ramsey, a 6-foot speedster from Tennessee’s Brentwood Academy, would help restock USC’s bare cornerback cupboard. Rated ESPN’s No. 14 overall prospect in the nation, the USC verbal commit has left some observers thinking that he might renege on his promise and choose the University of Florida or Florida State come Wednesday. Those sentiments intensified when USC recently fired defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders. But if USC reels in the star prospect, the Trojans can pair him with fellow 2013 recruit Chris Hawkins to form an enviable cornerback tandem for the next few years.Defensive tackle Eddie VanderdoesOriginally a USC commit, Vanderdoes decommitted from the Trojans on Dec. 27, citing no particular reason other than the fact that he enjoyed in-home visits from Notre Dame, Washington and UCLA. Since that time, USC has clearly prioritized landing the consensus five-star talent. Vanderdoes would fit new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s 3-4 defensive scheme perfectly as a nose tackle who can occupy multiple blockers.Rumors persist, however, that the 310-pound brick wall currently leans toward signing with UCLA — a not-so-enticing prospect given USC’s porous offensive line. Regrettably, former four-star defensive end commit Kylie Fitts, who starred in the football program’s latest controversy when USC head coach Lane Kiffin disallowed him from enrolling early days before the spring semester began, appears poised to join Vanderdoes along that Bruin defensive line. Ace recruiter Ed Orgeron needs to live up to his reputation here.Running back Ty IsaacIn one of his many postseason retrospectives, Kiffin vowed that USC will return to a more physical style of play on offense. Isaac, a 6-foot-3, 217-pound tailback from Joliet, Ill., factors heavily into that plan. The verbal commit, who amassed 45 touchdowns as a junior, features a nice blend of power and elusiveness.For the first time since 2009-— when the Trojans fielded Joe McKnight, Stafon Johnson and Allen Bradford -— USC appears to have an abundance of viable tailback options. Senior running back Silas Redd will likely start, but competition for his immediate backup will be stiff. Promising sophomore Tre Madden will return from a torn ACL and freshman Justin Davis — a fellow four-star talent — has already enrolled early this spring.Though the 15 hours of coverage on ESPNU is laughably obnoxious, like it or not, Wednesday matters. After a ghastly 2012, national signing day begins USC’s long ascent back to national — heck, even Pac-12 — preeminence.last_img read more

England, Venezuela in U20 World Cup Final Showdown

first_imgAlso, the third place play off between Uruguay and Italy will come up at the same Suwon stadium before the closing ceremony and final match of the tournament.England which beat Italy in Thursday’s semi-final has now gone unbeaten in 12 matches, of which they’ve won ten.Earlier, England defeated Croatia 2-1 in round of 16 and pipped Mexico 1-0 to secure the semifinals. Venezuela on the other hand defeated Japan 1-0 in the round of 16 and sent USA packing with a 2-1 defeat in the quarter finals before sending Uruguay packing in the semifinal on Thursday.StarTimes has assured football viewers they can enjoy the best of the World Cup and other thrilling sporting actions on its ST World Football Channels 244 and 254.Speaking on these coming World Cup sporting actions, Acting Brands and Marketing Director, StarTimes, Mr. Qasim Elegbede, said StarTimes remains committed to delivering quality sporting contents to its subscribers.“Quality sporting content was the reason behind the exclusive acquisitions of sporting rights like the FIFA World Cup in over 48 territories in Africa and other sporting event such as the Serie A, Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Chinese Super League, Eredivisie.He said StarTimes will be showcasing the best of these football actions live from the various match centres to the subscribers with the final matches involving the four countries.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The stage is set today for the final showdown in the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea as South Americans Venezuela take on England in what is a clash of two continents.As usual, Pay TV Company, StarTimes, has concluded plans to beam live actions of these matches from Suwon World Cup Stadium to Nigerian subscribers.last_img read more

Ashantigold CEO Emmanuel Frimpong promises improved Africa campaign

first_imgChief Executive Officer of Ashanti Gold FC Emmanuel Frimpong is confident that the team will improve on their last performance in the Caf Confederations Cup.This comes after the Obuasi based side were given the nod alongside Asante Kotoko to represent Ghana on the continent following the decision of the GFA to cancel the league season.The two teams are eligible due to their status as winners of the Normalization Committee’s tier one and tier two competitions.According to Emmanuel Frimpong the team has spent time correcting their errors from the previous campaign and hope to do better.“One thing a lot of people don’t know is I was with the team the last time we went to Africa.“I was working under Frederick Acheampong so I know what did not go as planned.“I feel like we have learnt from our mistakes and we know what to do and what not to do.“We have signed a couple of new players that will help us get to the level we aspire and we also have a new coach coming in,” he told Citi Sports in an interview.Ashanti Gold’s campaign in the 2019/20 CAF Confederation Cup came to an end after a 2-0 defeat at RS Berkane with ten men.The Miners bowed out 4-3 on aggregate despite winning the reverse fixture at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium.last_img read more