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Video Settings About Connatix V67539 Lille chief Luis Campos explains why Nicolas Pepe will be a success at Arsenal The winger has made an unspectacular start to life at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Lille sporting director Luis Campos has no doubt Nicolas Pepe will succeed at Arsenal and has revealed the lengths the winger goes to in order to perfect his game.Pepe became Arsenal’s club-record signing this summer when he completed a £72million move to the Emirates from Lille, though he has only scored once – from the penalty spot – for his new club.Although the Ivorian has not quite lived up to his price tag so far, Campos says his hard work and willingness to improve are reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo and has backed him to come good. ‘I remember working with Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe: they know everything about football. Mbappe knew all the results of the second division in France.‘Nicolas Pepe is like that. He’s another example of the importance of a player liking football.‘After a game he watches the whole game again two times, to make himself more perfect.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCampos has bought and sold some incredible talents during his time at Monaco and Lille – such as Bernardo Silva and Anthony Martial – though says Fabinho is the one he is most proud of.He continued: ‘I remember I went to the Copa Sao Paulo [Junior Football Competition] to see Fluminense who had a top team, some very good players. Now heʼs champion of Europe. It’s amazing. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Oct 2019 10:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.8kShares Advertisement Full Screen Campos bought Pepe from Angers before selling him on to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘In my opinion one of the characteristics of a top, top player is that they like football,’ Campos told Sky Sports when asked about Pepe.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Comment 1 min. story Campos signed Fabinho when he was at Real Madrid and again at Monaco (Picture: Getty)‘I went to Brazil to watch Fluminese because they had some good players, they played Paulinia, the first team of Fabinho.‘Paulinia lost three or four-nil. I went there to see Fluminese players, but in the end I signed Fabinho. The talent is forever there, and sometimes you have an early opportunity.’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 PLAY Advertisement
The Americans defeated New Zealand, Lithuania and Senegal by an average of 29 points. Their greatest concern in trying to regain the gold medal won in 2009, 2013 and 2015 is whether they can shoot well enough to win the biggest games. Their 3-point percentage of .204 ranks 15th out of 16 teams. Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton has been the team’s one consistent player from long range; he is 6 of 11 through three games, although he was scoreless against Senegal. 10 of the 12 players on the roster have not made even two 3-pointers.That could be problematic against a team such as France or Serbia, which were stuck together in Group D. Although Serbia finished pool play undefeated, same as the USA, they could meet in Saturday’s semifinal round. A balanced scoring effort led a dominant second half that dropped Senegal from a six-point deficit just minutes after halftime into an 87-58 defeat Tuesday in Crete, Greece. The U.S. got 14 points each from Jalen Suggs, a point guard from Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis and Jalen Green, a wing from Prolific Prep in California, as well as 11 points and 9 rebounds from Purdue center Trevion Williams and 10 points from Oklahoma State guard Isaac Likekele. Mississippi State power forward Reggie Perry delivered 9 points and 8 rebounds for the U.S.MORE: Zion Williamson, Ja Morant listed as Rookie of the Year favoritesThe U.S. outscored Senegal by 27 points in the second half.The Americans did a poor job on the boards, allowing Senegal to bring down 31 offensive rebounds, 50 percent of the available total. They made up for that by forcing 27 turnovers. Three games. Three wins. Three blowouts. But that doesn’t make pool play of the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup any different than most of these tournaments for the United States junior national team.What always has been decisive for USA Basketball has been the medal rounds, which start Wednesday, with the U.S. seeded as the No. 1 team in Group A against Group B fourth-place team Latvia. The Americans stand four wins from regaining the U19 world championship that has belonged to Canada since RJ Barrett beat them almost singlehandedly in 2017.
It’s one thing to make it to the top of the WWE Universe. It another thing to stay there. Just ask “The Man.”It’s been nonstop Becky Lynch — the current “RAW” women’s champion — over the last year when her WWE’s career exploded to another level behind her sharp tongue and relentless work ethic both in and out of the ring. For her to come out and talk about how much it means to her to get a title shot against her friend, I’m not your friend anymore. I’m your opponent. You’re trying to take away something I’ve worked my entire life for, something I care about more than anything. I’m going to beat the hell out of you in your home country and snap your arm in front of your family if that’s what it comes down to.SN: Considering how the two of you were tied together for so long, do you miss not having Ronda Rousey around WWE?BL: Do I miss her? Absolutely not. If she wants to come back, I’ll still be holding onto the championship and happy to face her. I didn’t run. She ran. I still want that singles match. I still want that singles match so whenever she wants to come back and face me, I’ll be right here waiting, carrying this division that she abandoned. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearLynch had her defining moment at WrestleMania, winning both the “RAW” and “SmackDown” women’s championships as women headlined the annual mega-event.Now, she’s trying to enjoy the fruits of the labor, but there is no stop. But there are perks that come with the job. That includes donning the cover of the upcoming WWE2K20 video game alongside fellow WWE superstar Roman Reigns..@2K just announced that The Man @BeckyLynchWWE & The Big Dog @WWERomanReigns will be on the cover for #WWE2K20!! https://t.co/JPkWvEa492 pic.twitter.com/Di37NOL6Nl— WWE (@WWE) August 5, 2019This Sunday at SummerSlam in Toronto, Lynch will put her “RAW” women’s championship on the line in a submission match against Toronto’s own Natalya in front of what should be a raucous crowd at the Scotiabank Arena.Just hours before the Aug. 5 edition of “RAW” in Pittsburgh, Sporting News spoke with the “Irish Lass kicker” about making the cover of the upcoming WWE2K20 video game (out on Oct. 22 and available for pre-order now), trying to stay on top of the mountain, her upcoming SummerSlam match and her arch-nemesis Ronda Rousey.SPORTING NEWS: You are on the cover of the new WWE2K20 video game alongside Roman Reigns. What was your reaction when you found out?BECKY LYNCH: You know, “The Man” doesn’t shriek but I may have shrieked when I found out. It’s pretty cool. There’s certain things you want in your life. One of them is main-eventing WrestleMania, one of them is to be a playable character in a video game. And to be on the cover of the video game — stop it. That’s next level stuff. SN: You wanted this spot, these opportunities for a long time. Now you’ve had them for close to the last year. Has it been everything you thought it would be?BL: Absolutely. Absolutely. It’s a lot of targets on your back. It’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of no sleep. It’s a lot of running on adrenaline and I love it.SN: There’s always a process of getting to this stage in a career. Now that you’re there, that you’ve main-evented WrestleMania, you’re on the cover of the new WWE 2K video game, how difficult is it to maintain this position?BL: Yeah, it’s probably harder, you know because you’re always the hero on the chase to the villain and the victory, right? Everybody wants to support you when you’re climbing but once you get there, everybody kind of wants to knock you down a peg or two … or three or four or five. So, the work gets harder. We are in the business of how have you entertained me lately.OK, yeah, you did something cool last week but what have you done this week? What did you do on Twitter? What did you do in Instagram? So, it’s always constantly thinking of more ways to evolve and then you’ve got more attention, you’ve got more eyes on you. You always have to be thinking. You always have to be creative and working and trying to evolve.SN: This huge boom in your career really began a year ago at SummerSlam when you attacked Charlotte Flair following your match. Did you think that was going to be a career-altering moment?BL: Yes, I actually did at the time because I knew that the people were there supporting me and that I knew once you decide that you’ve had enough and you’re not going to take crap anymore, people can feel that because we’ve all felt like that. We’ve all been in that position where we’re taking so much and we’re just sick to death but finally, one day, you wake up and say enough’s enough. I’ve done things the right way — now let me do them my way and see where that gets me. And let me tell you from experience, it gets you pretty far. SN: Obviously, you had success in WWE before that moment but it had never been to this level. Is there any part of you that wonders ‘what took them so long to really get me like this?’BL: The fans were always behind me. Fans were always with me. The reason why I got where I am was because of them. It was them telling the people behind the stage ‘She’s got something. We like her. We have a connection with her.’ When I was on top of that ladder in Chicago at Money in the Bank (in 2018), the crowd went mad and that showed everybody that I have something.People that thought I was destined to be good but not great, a good hand, somebody who can make people look good, somebody that can make people into stars but wasn’t necessarily a star herself. The crowd and the reaction, that changed everybody’s perception backstage which then pushed me to the next level. SN: We all know that you and Seth Rollins are in a relationship and we’ve seen you work together in WWE including a match teaming up at Extreme Rules in July. We haven’t seen you together on TV since then. Would you like to work together or is it better to go your separate ways on screen?BL: I think it was cool to see us side-by-side but we both have our own divisions to carry right now. So, I think let me go and do my own thing, let him go and do his own thing. We’ll be fighting and defending for my championship and hopefully his championship after SummerSlam.I think when you see two bad asses fighting together, that’s cool. When you hear about them being in a relationship every few minutes, maybe not so cool. (laughs)SN: Is it tough to have that kind of a spotlight? It’s one thing to be seen together in public but it’s another when you’re doing your job together and the job is in the WWE, which is very unique and brings a different kind of spotlight. BL: Yeah, it is what it is. It was cool to work with him and he is the best at what he does and I’m the best at what I do. Side-by-side, I think that’s awesome. I think when we put the focus on the wrong thing, then things can get a little bit skewed.Knock knock @NatbyNature #summerslam #canadasnewhero pic.twitter.com/6289wmoHTF— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) August 5, 2019SN: You’re going to facing Natalya at SummerSlam for your “RAW” women’s championship. Do you think the buildup and the match will be more satisfying considering the history between the two of you and that you’ve known each other for more than a decade?BL: We’ve known each other for 14 years. I had my first tour with Nattie 14 years ago in Japan. Before that, I met her, I think in September in Canada and we’ve got through a lot. We were the closest of friends and then she stabbed me in the back. When I got my face broken, when I was concussed, she held my hand when I was getting stitches and then she goes off and trains Ronda Rousey to try and beat me. When she knows all that I’ve been through to get where I am, it busted my heart a little bit.
Goal of the season? Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates his second goalMadrid, Spain | AFP | Zinedine Zidane said Karim Benzema “shuts people up a bit” when he scores goals like his stunning volley against Valencia on Thursday.Benzema brilliantly lifted the ball over defender Hugo Gillamon with his right foot and then shot with his left into the top corner as Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.Marco Asensio had earlier made it two after Benzema gave Madrid the lead, his brace taking his tally for the season to 21 goals in 38 games.“His performance was magnificent, like the whole team, but his goal was extraordinary,” said Zidane.“We know that he is comfortable with his left foot but wow, to lift the ball in that way and to swing like that with his left foot, without the ball touching the ground, truly it’s a very complicated piece of skill.“It’s beautiful to see it and I’m happy for him.“Often we see Karim as the number nine of Madrid and he must score goals, but he doesn’t only do that. So when he does score, I’m happy because he shuts people up a bit, and the work, he always does that no matter what.” Benzema is a controversial figure in France after his alleged involvement in a blackmail plot against former teammate Mathieu Valbuena. He has not played for the national team since 2015.But the 32-year-old has been in sensational form for Real Madrid this season and his latest goal was his 243rd for the club, putting him fifth on Madrid’s all-time list.“We know all these matches are finals so this was very important for us and for me personally as well,” said Benzema.“It was a beautiful goal, I think I can say it was beautiful, it went in and that was great. Sometimes I do that in practice and today I did it in the match.” Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook209Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyLetter to the Community: July 8, 2020Hello Thurston County! I am excited to be your new Health Officer. I moved up from California and I have been exploring the county on the weekends. I have loved being near mountains, the Puget Sound and forests. It has been wonderful to be in the middle of so much natural beauty. As a coffee person, I have enjoyed sampling incredible coffee in our area. In my spare time I have been taking urban walks and hikes, meeting my neighbors, sampling amazing local food, reading a lot and enjoying being in the Pacific Northwest. I am looking forward to working with all of you to keep Thurston County healthy!These are challenging times as we take on the COVID-19 pandemic together. The COVID-19 pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint, and I look forward to running it with you. We have seen our positive case numbers of COVID-19 increase over the past week. It is important to be vigilant as more businesses open and more people go back to work.In recent days, traveling and private gatherings with family and friends are common ways people are contracting COVID-19. If you must gather, outdoors is better than indoors. The advice for preventing COVID-19 remains the same: cover your cough, wash your hands, wear a mask and stay more than six feet from people who are not part of your household when possible. I am using digital means to keep up with friends and family, limiting my travel within Thurston County and taking the opportunity to explore close to home.As our cases rise, you may have the opportunity to meet one of our intrepid disease detectives. Our contact tracers and epidemiologists interview every person who has a positive COVID-19 test. Contact tracers try to determine how people got sick and if anyone else they encountered might be at risk of getting sick. It is really important to share the names of people with whom you have had close contact, meaning you have been closer than six feet for fifteen minutes or longer. This information is completely confidential. We only collect it so we can see who else might be sick and offer them resources. Our goal in contact tracing it to find out how people are getting sick and break the cycle.When we know someone has been exposed, we ask them to quarantine at home for 14 days while watching for symptoms of COVID-19. This is to prevent other people from getting sick. COVID-19 can be transmitted even before people develop symptoms and know they are sick. By staying home after an exposure to COVID-19, we are doing our part to not make the people around us sick.During the contract tracing process, one way we find out if people are having symptoms of COVID-19 is by using a technology tool called SARA. This tool sends a text message every day and offers people the opportunity to share whether they are experiencing concerning symptoms. If people develop symptoms, we can help find testing locations and make sure people have what they need during isolation and quarantine. Being able to connect by text messages allows us to help take care of more people who are at risk of becoming sick from COVID-19.The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge. I am excited to be here in Thurston County and to be tackling this challenge with all of you. If we all work together, we can contain this virus and work toward a safe return to public life. This means staying home when you are sick, wearing a face covering when in public, washing your hands, covering your cough, and maintaining a distance of six feet from people outside your household. If you become sick or are concerned you may have been exposed, we can help. I am looking forward to contributing to our Thurston County community and meeting all of you from six feet away, wearing a face covering!Wishing you the best of health,Dimyana Abdelmalek, MD, MPHHealth Officer, Thurston County