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Chelsea teen on Arsenal radar, Walcott targeted and more transfer gossip

first_img 5. Gunners to offer Zlatan Ibrahimovi? a two-year contract? – Ibrahimovi?, according to the Daily Star, is keen on ending his career in the Premier League and while Manchester United have been strongly linked, the Gunners are also interested. United are willing to offer the 34-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker, who is out of contract in the summer, £250,000 per week, but Arsenal are allegedly preparing a lucrative offer of their own. Dream away, Arsenal fans! Arsenal have some work to do this summer.The Gunners have fallen short – again – in the Premier League title race, and supporters are expecting changes at the end of the season.The transfer window could therefore be a busy period, and various names have been linked with a moves to and from north London.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at the latest transfer rumours concerning Arsenal – check them out by viewing the slideshow above. 1. Pep Guardiola asks Manchester City to monitor Theo Walcott? – Read all about it below, then check out four more top transfer stories on Arsenal by clicking the arrow above, right – Incoming Citizens manager Guardiola has, according to the Evening Standard, asked his soon-to-be new club to monitor Walcott’s situation at the Emirates. It’s understood the England international isn’t keen on leaving the Emirates, but has grown disillusioned by his treatment from Arsène Wenger. 5 5 5 5 4. Arsenal to move for Granit Xhaka if move for N’Golo Kante falls through? – The Gunners have reportedly listed Kante as a major summer target, but are unsure on the figure Leicester City could demand given he has been key to their title-challenge this season. If they fail to land the Foxes midfielder, The Sun claim Arsenal will push through a deal for Granit Xhaka, with talks already taking place over a £27.5m transfer. 5 3. Newcastle want full-back Kieran Gibbs? – The Magpies, according to reports cited in the Express, are interested in luring Gibbs to St James’ Park in the summer. Despite being a bit-part player at Arsenal having fallen behind Nacho Monreal in the pecking order, the Gunners could demand as much as £12m for his signature. Any such move is likely to depend upon Newcastle’s Premier League survival, however. 2. Arsenal planning move for Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke? – Solanke is currently on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem and his future has predictably been called into question. The 18-year-old has one year remaining on his deal at Stamford Bridge, and is reportedly demanding £50,000 per week to extend his stay. Chelsea are unlikely to give into such demands given he is yet to make a start for the senior team, and Arsenal are now said to be considering a move. The Sun claim Solanke would consider a pay cut if he’s assured of a role in the Gunners first team. last_img read more


first_imgFINN VALLEY’S SARAH COLLINS IS OFF TO RHODE ISLANDSarah Collins of Finn Valley Athletics Club is off Stateside – after landing a super scholarship.The Irish junior cross country and track champion has accepted an offer from Providence College, Rhode Island, of an athletics scholarship.She takes up the offer towards the end of August and will then depart for the U S East Coast university. Recently returned home from the world championshipa in Barcelona where she returned a personal best in the 3k final at 9.26.26 she has had an exciting season.Said Ireland athletics Olympic team manager and Finn Valley stalwart Patsy McGonagle: “Providence offers her the opportunity to improve her athletic performance in a dedicated performance environment while continuing to pursue her academic ambitions in an NCAA Div. 1 competitive challenging surrounding.“A college of some 4000 students it has become something of a host for numerous Irish international athletes including John Treacy,Mary Cullen, Martin Fagin, Geraldine Hendricken, Maria Mc Cambridge, Keith Kelly and David Mc Carthy to name a few.”This is a full scholarship offer to include accommodation, board ,tuition etc valued at $ 52k annually. Added Patsy: “This offer has been there for some time and I am totally at one with her in her decision to go Stateside to a University that will open the opportunity to her to improve parallel to her obvious talent.” WOW! FINN VALLEY ATHLETE LANDS $52K-A-YEAR USA SCHOLARSHIP! was last modified: July 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:sarah collinsWOW! FINN VALLEY ATHLETE LANDS $52K-A-YEAR USA SCHOLARSHIP!last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Visits Indiana State Sunday

first_imgDrake (17-7, 12-0 MVC) cruised past Evansville, 101-50, Friday night. The Bulldogs had six players score in double figures with Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) leading the team with 19 points. Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) scored 18 points, Maddy Dean (Walker, Iowa) added 13 points, Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) and Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) had 12 points each and rounding out the group was Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) with 10 points. Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) just missed double digits with eight points, but handed out a career-high nine assists. Dean flirted with a triple-double with nine rebounds and eight assists. TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Drake University women’s basketball team visits Indiana State in Missouri Valley Conference action Sunday afternoon. The game against the Sycamores will start at 1 p.m. broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. As a team, the Bulldogs made a MVC and program-record 20 three-pointers, shot 69.1 percent (38-of-55) from the field and handed out 32 assists. Drake’s shooting percentage is the second-best single game mark in program history. The 32 assists are tied for fourth all-time in MVC history. Drake is just the third team in NCAA Division I to make 20 or more three-point field goals in a game this season joining FGCU & South Florida. Drake Game Notes Live Stats UNI defeated Indiana State (8-14, 6-5 MVC), 56-46, Friday night. The Sycamores pulled to within three points with three minutes left in the game, but the Panthers made seven free throws as part of a 9-2 closing run to earn the road win. Wendi Bibbins led Indiana State with 14 points while Ashli O’Neal added 11 points. Earlier this season, Drake never trailed in the 85-64 win over Indiana State at the Knapp Center.  center_img Story Links Live Audio ESPN3 Following Sunday’s game, Drake closes its three-game road trip at UNI on Feb. 16. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the McLeod Center. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Kenya hosts elite players in Mombasa for Africa Region Four Golf Challenge Cup

first_imgNyali golf club in MombasaEight countries will take part in the inaugural Africa Region Four Golf Challenge Cup, which will be hosted in Mombasa on Saturday and Sunday.Kenya, which is keen to market itself as bets sports tourism destination, will be hosting the tournament which brings together over 200 golfers in the coastal city of Mombasa.The eight countries taking part in the Golf Challenge include host Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Seychelles and DR Congo.Kenya’s coach Ali Kimani said his team was strong and will host firm against the challenge of her neighbors eyeing back-to-back victory.“The players are more than ready after the practice round. They have played here before and they know the course very well. We are going for nothing short of a victory,” said Kimani on Saturday.The veteran coach has had successful spells with the Kenyan team and was in charge when the country emerged victorious at the Africa Zone Six Championship in Botswana.Each team apart from DR Congo, which sent two, will be represented by a team of four players.Meanwhile, Kenya Golf Union is hopeful its premier competition – the Kenya Open Golf Championship may soon be promoted from its current status as part of the European Tour’s Challenge to a full European Tour event.The Kenya Open is the only survivor of the Safari circuit of the 70s and 80s. The others died along the way including the Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania legs.South Africa created the Sunshine Tour, which now has one played in Nairobi at the Karen Golf Club and also hosts two events on the European Tour. The Morocco Golf Open is also on the European Tour.Commentslast_img read more

ArcelorMittal SA to buy Canadian miner

first_img9 November 2010The board of directors of Canada’s Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation has approved ArcelorMittal SA’s all-cash offer to take over the company, ArcelorMittal South Africa said on Monday.Baffinland is a Canadian junior mining company focused on the exploration and development of the iron ore deposits located on its 100 percent-owned Mary River property.The property has 365-million tonnes of proven and probable reserves grading 64.7 percent iron and 500-million tonnes of additional resources (52-million tonnes of measured and indicated resource grading 64.6 percent iron, and 448-million tonnes of inferred resource grading 65.5 percent iron), as reported by Baffinland.ArcelorMittal SA has offered to acquire all of Baffinland’s issued and outstanding common shares, and all outstanding common share purchase warrants governed by the warrant indenture dated 31 January 2007 by way of a take-over bid, it said in a statement.Under the offer, holders of common shares would receive CAN$1.10 in cash per share, and holders of 2007 warrants would receive CAN$0.10 in cash per 2007 warrant.The offer, which valued Baffinland’s equity at CAN$433-million on a fully-diluted basis, represented a premium of 15.8 percent to Baffinland’s closing share price of CAN$0.95 on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) on 5 November 2010.“The board of directors of Baffinland has approved the offer and unanimously recommends that Baffinland’s shareholders and the holders of 2007 warrants tender their common shares and 2007 warrants to the offer,” ArcelorMittal SA said.In addition, each of the directors and officers of Baffinland had agreed to tender all common shares and 2007 warrants held by them to the offer pursuant to lock-up agreements with ArcelorMittal.Baffinland’s largest shareholder, Resource Capital Funds, had also entered into a lock-up agreement with ArcelorMittal pursuant to which it had agreed to tender all of its common shares and 2007 warrants, representing approximately 23 percent of the outstanding common shares, to the offer, ArcelorMittal said.Sapalast_img read more

How in the Hell Do I Find the Decision Maker?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now For most of us, there is no longer a single decision-maker. Instead, there are decision-makers. The nature of authority—and the way it is exercised—has changed dramatically.It used to be that you started as high as possible on your dream client’s organizational chart. You knew you’d be pushed down a level or two, but at least you’d show up there telling the story as to how you C-level sponsor asked you to pursue the opportunity with your new contact. If the big boss vetted you, you already knew who the authority was in any decision; and you’d already made contact.But now, the higher up you start, the more difficult it is to get any time or attention. In fact, unless you’ve got some serious game, C-level executives don’t have a lot of use for you until their people have vetted you. They want to be sure you are a value creator before they give you any time. You can’t help me improve my performance? I don’t need you. Can’t help me make the number go up? No reason to meet. Can’t make some other numbers go down? You’re boring, kid; get outta here!More and more, decisions are being made by consensus. The reason salespeople struggle to find the single person with the authority to bind their dream client to a deal is because authority is no longer consolidated in the hands of one person. It’s all over the place.The end-users of your product or solution need to buy-in. The management stakeholders need to buy-in. Sometimes the ancillary stakeholders need to approve your solution, even though it barely touches them. And sometimes there is no formal process for building consensus or for a caucus to be held. It’s messy.Couple all of this with the fact that executive approval is needed for smaller and smaller purchase orders, and you have some real challenges in identifying authority.Here’s what to do about.Don’t start at the very top. Start where you can get in and where it makes sense. Find your way in by finding someone with some level of authority who is very likely to care about what it is that you sell. It’s a good place to start finding all the stakeholders you need. Ask them, “Who will we need on our team to get this done?”Second, assume that power is no longer consolidated. Assume that you will need to build consensus. Go into your opportunity knowing that you are going to have to find the people that your solution touches—and that you are going to need to get them onboard. Do the work to build consensus around you and your solution.Finally, know that someone is going to sign your contract. It’s my experience that more and more senior managers want their people to testify that your solution is what they need and that together you are going to execute. Only then will they sign off.But after all of this consensus building, there is often still one person within the organization that holds the veto power.In one opportunity I was involved in, there were 14 people on the buying committee. They all got an equal vote. Well, sort of. After they voted, a committee of three took their recommendation and discussed it themselves. I received two of the three votes. That should have done it, but the vote in opposition had veto power. I was asked to join a meeting, and I (finally) won him over.First I had to win fourteen. Then I had to win three. Then I had to win one. Yeah. It’s messy. There’s your decision-maker.QuestionsHow do you find authority in a deal?How do you find authority when a decision is made by consensus?Why do executives insist their team buys-in before they are interested in you or your solution?What is the right level to get in now?last_img read more

For All You Know

first_imgFor all you know:Your dream client is no longer in love with their long time provider. In fact, they moved on 6 months ago, and they are still not happy. Right now, they are getting ready to look for a new provider.That prospect that never used a product or service like you has had a change of circumstances, making what you sell something they now need. They’re not sure where to look to find help, and they are searching for someone with answers.That past client company that left you three years ago has had complete turnover in their management team, and no one there has any memory of your company, positive or negative. They’re not married to anyone, and they are open to new ideas.That lead that doesn’t look like much and clearly hasn’t been qualified is a multi-million dollar user who happened upon your company when they were referred by a friend. They reached out to engage with someone, but they are moving on because no one followed up.That price conscious prospect who you could never do business with now perceives what you sell as something strategic. After being disappointed by three of your competitors in a row, they are now sufficiently disabused of the idea that they can have what they need and the lowest price.Your irrational competitor is strapped for cash and struggling to stay afloat. While you are perceiving them as a threat because they sell on price alone, they are close to the brink of disaster and suffering from serious quality issues.That dream client who doesn’t answer your emails does in fact answer their telephone. Your competitor just booked an appointment because she had the audacity to dial and was pitch perfect in her approach. She’s going to be sitting with the decision-makers next week in a face-to-face meeting because she is willing to do what others are not.Your dream client took your pricing and proposal and met with their team, but they didn’t have the answers to the questions that surfaced in that meeting. Since no one was there to help them with good counsel, they decided to punt the initiative into next year.For all you know, you never really know unless you do the work to discover what is true right now. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Indian wrestling lost a mentor in Dara Singh, says IOA chief

first_imgThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has mourned the death of wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh, and said Indian wrestling has lost a guide and mentor.IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra, in a condolence message, said Dara Singh raised wrestling’s profile with his impeccable demeanour, both on and off the arena, and added glamour quotient to it.”Indian wrestling in ’50s and ’60s was synonymous with Dara Singh and he gave a new dimension and direction to the sport which then it was confined only to rural India,” said Malhotra.He said Dara Singh’s rise to the fame also attracted rural youths to the sport and gave them a sense of self-belief.Dara Singh, 83, died at his residence in Mumbai early Thursday morning after a brief illness.last_img read more