Arsenal defender Rob Holding close to Newcastle loan move

first_imgArsenal defender Rob Holding close to Newcastle loan move Rob Holding is set for a short-term move away from the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal defender Rob Holding is nearing a loan move to Newcastle United, with a deal expected to be completed this week.The centre-back started and impressed in the Community Shield win over Liverpool last week, but with a plethora of options in the middle of defence for Mikel Arteta, Holding appears to be on his way out of the Emirates.The former Bolton man, who turns 25 this month, is under contract at Arsenal until 2023 and will not be leaving on a permanent deal as he could still have a future in north London.Holding had looked like he was securing a place in the first team at the start of the 2019/20 season before suffering a serious knee injury which kept him out for the majority of the campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNewcastle appear to have won the race to sign him on loan, with newly-promoted Leeds United also interested in bringing him in, with the Guardian reporting that a deal will be done this week to take him to St James’ Park.Arsenal played three central defenders against Liverpool at Wembley and Arteta has deployed that formation regularly, but even with a three-man defence, competition is fierce for places in the starting XI.David Luiz, Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and William Saliba are traditional centre-backs, while Cedric Soares, Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney can operate on either side of the back three.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 CityThe Gunners are also expected to complete the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille in the coming days, adding yet more competition in defence.The Brazilian had attracted the attention of Manchester United and Napoli but Arsenal appear to have won the race for his signature and former Gunners man Martin Keown is very excited about his expected arrival.‘I sincerely hope so (he signs) he’s really strong, quick, left-footed player,’ he told BT Sport. ‘I saw him play against Chelsea for Lille last season I went out to watch him.‘Magnificent player, I think he’s the future. He sees danger and he’s a leader. He’s strong, powerful, I sincerely hope this transfer does go through and he becomes an Arsenal player. ‘That will really secure them at the back whether it’s going to be a four or a three I think this lad can play in either system.’MORE: Dani Ceballos closing in on Arsenal return following Mikel Arteta interventionMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message to Henrikh Mkhitaryan after Arsenal terminate his contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 1 Sep 2020 10:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kSharescenter_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Lakers Monday Mailbag: Who could still be added? Will Rondo’s role change?

first_imgThis is the Monday, Feb. 10 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Maybe Darren Collison has it figured out. After all, we’re all working this Monday, and he’s not.It might work for the 32-year-old still-retiree, but that doesn’t help the Lakers very much after the news emerged that he’s still ready to kick back and stay out of the league. Adding him potentially gave the Lakers the second creator and shooter who they’ve been so clearly in need of.What’s left? It’s a perilously thin buyout market that many of you have questions about. Let’s dive in: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMany of you want to know what’s going on in the buyout market, including @GregF___11, @TheHugo Morales, and @Jimmyy_lee1.First, it has to be said that the Lakers would have to clear a roster spot to add a new guy. You’re looking at probably someone on the end of the bench: Troy Daniels or Talen Horton-Tucker leap to mind. One might be wondering why not DeMarcus Cousins, as the Lakers already have a trade exception that indicates it’s unlikely that he’s coming back this year. And yet the Lakers have really hedged on that: We’ve seen DeMarcus shooting after practices, and Coach Frank Vogel has said multiple times there’s a chance he could come back. It’s relevant that Cousins is really close to Anthony Davis and other members of the roster – he has a role, just not on the court. Whether his ACL heals before the season ends or not, it’s hard to see him being cut to make space for a guy who might or might not help the Lakers.Speaking of that guy, there’s a few options that have been discussed through various reports:Dion Waiters: ESPN said the Lakers would look into “exploratory” talks with Dion Waiters, who was just waived by the Memphis Grizzlies after being jettisoned by the Heat in a trade for Andre Iguodala. Waiters is 28, theoretically in his prime. A 6-foot-3 guard who can handle and score (13.3 ppg, 2.8 apg in his career), it’s theoretically what the Lakers need. Note the heavy use of “theoretically,” because Waiters’ career is on a slow downward slide that reached a pretty bad point in Miami: He was suspended 10 games for an incident on the team plane when he reportedly had an edible-induced panic attack. He was later suspended for posting a photo of himself on a boat on the same day he told the team he was unavailable for sickness. This is all during this season, even though you might be telling yourself that’s a career’s worth of strikes.Waiters also has a poor history with LeBron James, losing a starting role in Cleveland before being traded midseason. Before that, he had a problematic relationship with Kyrie Irving, believing he was the better player. The ensuing years have not proven him right. Has he grown since then? Recent events in Miami suggest he still has problems fitting in a winning locker room. The possible counterpoint is that the Lakers have done the unlikely once already by resurrecting Dwight Howard’s career. J.R. Smith: The New York Times has reported that he could be in line for a workout with the Lakers. If you’re interested in such things, you can look up a lot of recent Instagram workouts of Smith, who is based in Los Angeles at the moment and, at 34, is conducting four- or five-hour daily workout sessions in the hopes that he can re-enter the league. Obviously he has experience, winning a championship in 2016 with James and Cleveland. He’s a career 37.3 percent 3-point shooter, and at 6-foot-6, he fulfills a positional need for the Lakers who need wing depth.But he’s also 34. The last NBA game he played was Nov. 19, 2018. That’s a long layoff. He also had dramatic swings in reliability (everyone remembers the Game 1 gaffe when Smith accidentally forced overtime, right?). It’s hard to say to what degree he would help the Lakers, who could have picked him up this summer but did not.Jamal Crawford: This is not in association with any report, but someone asked me about the 39-year-old J-Crossover, who I freely admit to having a soft spot for. Who hasn’t at least had a fleeting moment of joy when watching Crawford light up a team for, I don’t know, 51 points last season? That being said, he’s going to turn 40 before this season ends. He’s not gotten much of a sniff from other teams. The last two teams he played for were not winners. I’m not convinced that Crawford fulfills the needs of the Lakers, who need a second-unit initiator, not just a scorer. Crawford’s defense at this point in his career also can’t be counted on, and the Lakers need that as much as anything in order to keep that player in the rotation come postseason. I would gladly cheer a Crawford return to the NBA, but I’m not sure he adds value to the Lakers at this point and helps them achieve their goals.As you’re probably sensing, the market is pretty dry at this point barring more buyouts or surprise returns. It’s on the Lakers to start shoring things up from within, even if they do add another player.@FiL_Hannah wants to know: “Is it realistic that Rondo actually loses minutes to current Lakers roster players? Or at all?”It’s apparent that Rajon Rondo has seen his production dip. He actually started out very well in November, shooting nearly 45 percent from 3-point range and with a reasonably low turnover ratio for how much he handles the ball. But in the month-by-month splits, there’s been slippage: He’s now just shooting 33.3 percent from deep and under 42 percent on all shots, and his turnover ratio is now up to more than 17 percent in just four games in February (small sample size, but indicative of how his numbers are trending). Overall, the Lakers are not playing as well when he’s on the floor as when he’s off. People have asked me about this many times – trust me, it’s noted.There are numerous factors that influence that last particular stat, including that Rondo doesn’t play with LeBron James in lineups as other players do. When he and James play together, the Lakers have a plus-11.5 rating. But that also reflects his role: He’s expected to run the show when James sits, and that hasn’t been going so well lately. The Lakers’ third-most used lineup in the last 10 games is Rondo, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso, and that group has a minus-20.3 net rating in that span. The dips at the end of the first quarter and third quarter when James sits are obvious to every regular viewer.That doesn’t all lay at the feet of Rondo, but he has not elevated the situation. And yet the Lakers have not changed his role, in part because they lack another guard who duplicates what he does. Quinn Cook has struggled as a creator for this team, in part due to his size. Caruso has proven to be more valuable as an off-ball guard to this point, or someone who can run transition offense. If you look at the monthly splits, Rondo has hovered right over 20 minutes per game. It’s hard to see that role changing, especially if the Lakers’ roster doesn’t add a new play creator (which is dramatically less likely with Darren Collison off the board).It’s worth mentioning that “Playoff Rondo” is kind of a thing, as he was brilliant in the playoffs for both Chicago and New Orleans in recent years. There’s potential that as the regular season winds down and the playoffs get closer, Rondo is able to tune in a little more to his role. But that does feel like quite a bet for a 33-year-old point guard (about to turn 34) who has seemingly lost a step.— Kyle GoonThanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Additional coverageDon’t bet on Darren – Collison is reportedly going to stay retired.Improvement comes from within – How the Lakers have to start looking in the mirror to get better.Winning against the Warriors – The Lakers got the better of Golden State just barely on a night they honored Kobe Bryant.A small-ball pain – The Rockets’ gimmicky roster had some real punch.Last of the young Lakers – Mark Heisler meditates on Kyle Kuzma, who is just still here.All-Star selection – LeBron got to pick his team for the third straight year, and it’s an interesting mix.Memorial on the way – A date has been set, Feb. 24, for Kobe Bryant’s public memorial at Staples Center.Dwight’s deep dive – Dwight Howard recently revealed how hurt he’s been by Kobe’s death.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Tomlin and Kidd join a select group with antics

first_imgIn this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd, center right, watches as attendants clean up a spilled drink beside the Nets bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Mike Tomlin’s sideline stroll was an expensive one, costing him $100,000 and possibly costing the Pittsburgh Steelers even more.Jason Kidd had to dig into his wallet to pay $50,000 for spilling a soda, arguably the priciest spilled drink in sports history.It’s been 35 years since Woody Hayes punched a Clemson player in the Gator Bowl, and almost that long since Bobby Knight threw a chair across the court to protest a call that went against his Indiana team. One thing hasn’t changed in all those years: Coaches aren’t behaving any better than they once did.Chalk some of that up to a lack of self-control by people who generally top the category of control freaks. But sometimes it’s a simple matter of trying to gain an edge or intimidate an opponent.That was the case when Kidd tried to buy some time for his beleaguered Brooklyn Nets by bumping into reserve Tyshawn Taylor with 8.3 seconds left against the Lakers, causing his drink to spill. Watch a video of the play and it shows Kidd seeming to ask Taylor to “hit me” as he walked toward the bench.While workers cleaned up the mess, Kidd drew up a play for his team. It didn’t help, as the hapless Nets still lost.What Tomlin’s intentions were will be debated long after he and the Steelers part ways. He claimed he was “mesmerized” by watching on a giant stadium video screen as Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff in his direction, swerving to avoid the coach in a move that possibly cost him a touchdown.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t buy that, levying the second biggest fine against an NFL coach ever (Bill Belichick got the biggest, a $500,000 hit for Spygate) and warning that the Steelers just might lose a draft pick, too.Tomlin apologized and said his actions were embarrassing to the Steelers, then said he didn’t plan to discuss it any more. With good reason, because while he’s a Super Bowl winning coach with a .630 winning percentage, his legacy may forever be tied through video to the two-step he did on the sideline with his back turned to the play.“What Tomlin did, that was just rude, let’s be honest. You stepped on the field. You’re lucky,” San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone said. “I was kind of hoping Jacoby would run right in the back of him and forearm him in the back of the head. Stuff like that, that’s uncalled for.”So was the punch thrown by Hayes, who won three national championships at Ohio State but is remembered more today in YouTube videos showing him hitting Clemson nose guard Charlie Bauman after he intercepted a pass to cinch a 17-15 win in the 1978 Gator Bowl. And as much as Knight would like to be remembered as the tough but fair coach who won 902 games and three national titles at Indiana, he will always be the out of control coach who threw a chair and later choked a player during a practice.They both also lost prime jobs because of their tempers, with Hayes getting fired the next day after the Gator Bowl and Knight lasting just a bit longer after a video surfaced of him choking a player in practice in 1997.“Just a two-second choke,” Knight said in a 2002 book, unrepentant to the end.One other thing the two coaches had in common was that cameras were rolling, and it’s hard to defend what is caught on tape.Rutgers coach Mike Rice found that out when his career at the university came to a sudden end after he was caught on video screaming homophobic slurs at players in practice and throwing basketballs at them. The video was so disturbing that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Rice an “animal” after viewing it, and he was quickly dismissed.The unrelenting pressure of being a head coach, of course, can take a toll. Fans, alumni, and boosters demand wins and anyone making millions of dollars a year is a big target.Sometimes, though, the moment in a game simply becomes too much, like when Barry Switzer became so enraged after a call in the 1995 NFC Championship game that he may have cost the Dallas Cowboys a third straight trip to the Super Bowl.The Cowboys were trailing San Francisco 38-28 midway through the fourth quarter when Deion Sanders clearly interfered with a deep throw to Michael Irvin and no flag was thrown. A livid Switzer decided a demonstration was in order and went up and threw his hip into the head linesman the way Sanders did to Irvin, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that caused the drive to flounder.“I contributed to us getting beat — no question,” Switzer said afterward. “It’s damn frustrating.”And then there was the 2010 incident when cameras caught New York Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi tripping a Miami player on the sideline. Alosi was suspended by the Jets and eventually resigned after the season, while the team was fined $100,000.In Tomlin’s case, the coach claimed it was inadvertent, that he was lost in the moment with his back turned to the play and simply wandered too far. Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said that can happen to coaches immersed in what they’re hearing on headphones and concentrating more on the next play than the one that perhaps they should be watching.Pagano said most teams have a person designated to keep the coach off the field if he gets too close.“There’s a guy that has got the title of ‘get-back coach’ on the sideline,” Pagano said. “In college, when you wore the headset with the cords, they’d just pull you by the cord. Now you’re wireless so they grab you by the hoodie or the back of the belt.“It happens.”That can work, but sometimes the coaches don’t have headsets on at all. That happened in Detroit two years ago in a postgame handshake between two volatile coaches that almost turned into a brawl.San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh seemed to push the Lions Jim Schwartz over the edge with something he did or said — or both. Harbaugh ran across the field after the game and lifted his shirt, exposing his belly to attempt a victory chest bump and handshake that the Detroit coach wanted no part of.A livid Schwartz charged after Harbaugh as the two teams left the field before the two were separated by their respective sides.“I was really revved up. That was on me a little, too hard a handshake there.” Harbaugh said in what was as close to an apology as Schwartz would get.Didn’t matter. The game was over.For once it was a case of no harm, no foul.__AP Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Michael Marot, Arnie Stapleton and Larry Lage contributed to this story.last_img read more