Bukayo Saka admitted he had difficulty understanding Unai Emery (Getty Images)‘I have conversations particularly with Bukayo and Freddie does the same with individual players, not only with Saka.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Also I spoke to Saka alone in my office and prepared sometimes some videos [for him]. I have also done videos with English players, Spanish players, German players, French players.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 City‘Last year on my first day I spoke to them [the players] very bad, worse than today.‘But I have [continued to speak] English and now I think better.‘My English is, from one to 10, maybe a six. But at six I think the players can understand me. But if not, some help is good.’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 Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Sep 2019 11:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery says there is no language barrier at Arsenal (Getty Images)Unai Emery has dismissed suggestions from Bukayo Saka that he is struggling with a language barrier at Arsenal.Earlier this month, Saka admitted that he seeks out Freddie Ljungberg, who was promoted to Arsenal’s first-team coaching staff this summer, as he unable to understand what Emery is saying.‘Sometimes when I don’t understand, when the coach is trying to communicate with me, I have a better communication with Freddie sometimes, he speaks better English,’ said Saka, who scored his first senior goal in the 3-0 Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt two weeks ago.But when asked if communication is a problem at Arsenal, Emery replied: ‘I think no.ADVERTISEMENT Unai Emery responds to Bukayo Saka claiming he can’t understand his instructions at Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement
— The Oilers pulled out a 2-1 win over the Wild on Alex Chiasson’s (CHAY’-sahnz) power-play goal 1:08 into overtime, Mikko Koskinen (MEE’-koh KAHS’-kih-nehn) stopped 42 shots and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tallied in Edmonton’s third straight win. Oilers forward Leon Draistaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) picked up his league-high 108th point with an assist.— San Jose ended Toronto’s three-game winning streak as Evander Kane provided two goals in the Sharks’ 5-2 victory against the Maple Leafs. Stefan Noesen (NAY’-sehn) and Antti Suomela (soo-oh-MEH’-lah) each added a goal and an assist for the Sharks. The Leafs wasted Auston Matthews’ 46th goal of the season.— The Islanders continued their slide from an Eastern Conference playoff berth with their fourth straight loss, 6-2 against the Canadiens. Joel Armia (ahr-MEE’-uh) and Brendan Gallagher each had a goal and an assist as Montreal beat New York for the sixth time in seven meetings. Carey Price needed to make just 20 saves and blanked the Islanders until Brock Nelson made it 4-1 with just under 14 minutes left.— Forward Kyle Connor has a career-high 35 goals after scoring twice while furnishing an assist in the Jets’ 3-1 victory over the Sabres. Connor scored on the power play and at even strength, and he set up a short-handed goal. Tucker Poolman also tallied and Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) made 25 saves for Winnipeg.— Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) scored for the fifth straight game and Minnesota moved ahead of Nashville in the Western Conference playoff race by topping the Predators, 3-1. Luke Kunin (KOO’-nihn) and Zach Parise (pah-REE’-say) also had goals and Alex Stalock (STAY’-lahk) made a season-high 37 saves for the Wild, who have won four times during Fiala’s streak. The Predators lost their third straight game and had a seven-game winning streak against Minnesota snapped. Portal’s cycling team, Ineos, says the former rider turned sports director died suddenly at his home in Andorra on Tuesday. Media reports say he had a heart attack.As Froome’s sports director, Portal helped plot the Briton’s wins at the Tour, speaking into his ear via radio from a team car.Froome says on Twitter that “He was the kindest, happiest guy I knew and always lived life to the fullest.” Associated Press March 4, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: NBA-NEWSKyrie Irving has shoulder surgeryUNDATED (AP) — Kyrie Irving has undergone surgery to repair the injured right shoulder that ended his first season with the Brooklyn Nets after just 20 games.The Nets say the procedure to relieve the impingement was performed Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The team says Irving is expected to make a full recovery.Irving began having trouble with the shoulder as he worked to get back in shape after another injury in the preseason. He missed 26 games before returning in January. NHL-SCHEDULEBruins nip LightningUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have added two more points to their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division by notching their third straight win.Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk provided power-play goals in the Bruins 2-1 triumph at Tampa Bay. Marchand opened the scoring in the last minute of the opening period and DeBrusk doubled Boston’s lead midway through the second.Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask stopped 20 shots and blanked the Bolts until Mitchel Stephens notched a short-handed goal late in the second period. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard delivered 25 points and the Clippers picked up their fifth straight win by defeating Oklahoma City, 109-94. Paul George received a warm reception from Thunder fans before scoring 16 points against the team that traded him last summer. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell also had 16 points against the Thunder, who matched their most lopsided home loss of the season.Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) scored 24 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari each added 15 for Oklahoma City.The Nuggets were stunned by the lowly Warriors as Eric Paschall (PAS’-kul) furnished nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter of Golden State’s 116-100 win at Denver. Andrew Wiggins finished with 22 points and 10 assists in the Warriors, second win in their last 11 games. The Nuggets led by 12 midway through the third quarter before the Warriors embarked on a 43-15 run.Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:— Anthony Davis scored 18 of his 37 points during the second-quarter to lead the Lakers past the 76ers 120-107. LeBron James had 22 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds for the Lakers, who moved to 47-13 with their ninth win in 10 games. Glenn Robinson III matched his career high with 25 points and Tobias Harris had 18, but the 76ers suffered their ninth straight road loss since Jan. 20. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Chief Operating Officer Donald Remy did not dismiss the possibility of games being played with no fans in arenas. The games presumably would still be televised.The NCAA declined further comment to the AP on the possibility of no fans in the stands. Also, the NCAA announced it has established a coronavirus advisory panel of medical, public health and epidemiology experts and NCAA schools.TOKYO GAMES-POSTPONEMENT?Japan Olympic minister says games could be held any time in 2020TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Olympic minister says the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020. Spartans beat Nittany Lions, catch TerrapinsUNDATED (AP) — Michigan State has pulled into a first-place tie with Maryland in the Big Ten.The 16th-ranked Spartans are 13-6 in the conference after turning a 19-point, first-half deficit into a 78-71 victory at No. 20 Penn State. Xavier Tillman Sr. scored 23 points and had 15 rebounds for Michigan State, which trailed 46-31 at intermission before scoring the first nine points of the second.Rocket Watts added 18 points, Cassius Winston had 14 and Aaron Henry chipped in 12 for the Spartans.The Terrapins lost for the third time in four games as Jacob Young came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points in Rutgers’ 78-67 win against Maryland. Montez Mathis added 15 points and Gio Baker had 11 as the Scarlet Knights snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 19-11 overall. — Houston ace Justin Verlander says the groin tightness that has slowed him this spring is no longer worrisome. Verlander made his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday, throwing 2 2/3 innings against the Cardinals.— St. Louis pitcher Andrew Miller will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time as he tries to regain the feel for his pitches. The two-time All-Star and 2016 ALCS MVP with Cleveland says there’s no pain, but that his release simply doesn’t feel right.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NCAA TOURNAMENTAn NCAA Tournament with empty arenas? It can’t be ruled outUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is ruling out no contingencies when it comes to coronavirus and the NCAA Tournament. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEClippers pass Nuggets for No. 2 seed in the WestUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have moved a game ahead of Denver for second place in the NBA’s Western Conference. — Caris LeVert pumped in a season-high 51 points and the Nets halted a four-game losing streak by outlasting the Celtics, 129-120 in overtime at Boston. Brooklyn erupted for 51 points in the fourth quarter to erase a 17-point hole before outscoring the Celtics, 11-2 in OT. Jaylen Brown finished with a team-high 22 points and Kemba Walker had 21 for the Celts, who fell 1 ½ games behind the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors.— Toronto ended a three-game skid as Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) provided 33 points and Kyle Lowry added 28 in a 123-114 win at Phoenix. Siakam scored 12 in the third quarter to help the Raptors erase a seven-point halftime deficit. Norman Powell added 26 points while backup Chris Boucher furnished 19 points and 15 rebounds.— Malik Beasley contributed 28 points and D’Angelo Russell scored 14 of his 23 in the second half of the Timberwolves’ 139-134 downing of New Orleans. James Johnson scored 19 points and helped Minnesota shoot 55.7% from the field and 17-for-20 from the line. Zion Williamson scored 25 points and Jrue (jroo) Holiday had 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who are four games behind Memphis for the final Western Conference playoff berth.— Dejounte (deh-ZHAHN’-tay) Murray scored 21 points and the Spurs gave Tim Duncan his first victory as an acting head coach with a 104-103 victory at Charlotte. San Antonio longtime coach Gregg Popovich missed the game while dealing with “personal business,” according to the team. Bryn Forbes added 15 points for the Spurs, who trailed by 17 in the first half.— De’Aaron Fox poured in 31 points and the Kings blew a 28-point lead before winning for the sixth time in seven games since the All-Star break, 133-126 versus the Wizards. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 21 points and Buddy Hield (heeld) added 17 as Sacramento had seven players score in double figures. Seiko Hashimoto’s response to a question in the upper house of parliament implies the Olympics could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24 as planned.The issue of a delay follows the fast-spreading virus that has been blamed for 12 deaths in Japan and has shut down most schools, sports competitions and Olympic-related events in the country.OBIT-PORTALPortal, who helped guide Chris Froome at Tour, dies at 40PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Portal, a team official who helped guide four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome to victory at the race, has died. He was 40. Irving signed with Brooklyn in July along with Kevin Durant, who is recovering from surgery to repair his Achilles tendon.In other NBA news:— The Pistons say guard Derrick Rose suffered a sprained right ankle during the first quarter of Sunday’s loss at Sacramento and is expected to be re-evaluated in two weeks. The 31-year-old Rose is averaging 18.1 points over 50 games this season, his highest scoring output since 2011-12. He was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2010-11 but hasn’t played more than 66 games in any season since.— Suns forward Kelly Oubre (OOL’-bray) Jr. will miss at least four weeks after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Phoenix has gone 0-3 while the 6-foot-7 Oubre sat out because of the injury. Oubre ranks third on the team with 18.7 points per game and is averaging 6.4 rebounds.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE The Bruins lead the division by nine points over the Lightning and pace the entire NHL with 96 points.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Brayden Schenn broke a 1-1 deadlock midway through the third period before the Blues completed a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Jaden Schwartz added an empty-netter and set up the deciding goal as St. Louis won its eighth in a row to expand its lead in the Central Division to three points over Colorado. The Rangers remain seventh in the Metropolitan Division after their third straight loss.— The Penguins ended their six-game losing streak as Sidney Crosby scored and collected his 800th career assist in their 7-3 rout of Ottawa. Bryan Rust collected his third career hat trick for the Penguins, who tied a season high in goals and ended their longest slide in eight years. Pittsburgh defenseman John Marino tallied 48 seconds into his return after missing 11 games due to facial surgery.— William Karlsson notched his 100th career goal and Robin Lehner stopped 27 shots in his 300th career game to spark the Golden Knights to a 3-0 win over the Devils. Lehner recorded his first shutout of the season and improved to 2-0-0 since joining Vegas from Chicago at the trade deadline. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) and Ryan Reaves also scored as the Knights kept their two-point lead over Edmonton atop the Pacific Division. — Dylan Strome (strohm), Alex Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) and Patrick Kane hit the net on consecutive shots late in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 6-2 trouncing of the Ducks. Strome scored twice and added an assist in the rout.MLB-NEWSSale has elbow sorenessUNDATED. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox say starter Chris Sale has undergone an MRI after experiencing soreness in his throwing elbow.Manager Ron Roenicke (REH’-nih-kee) said Sale felt the soreness in his elbow Monday morning, the day after his 18-pitch batting practice session. Sale missed the last seven weeks of last season due to elbow inflammation, finishing the year 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts. Jalen Smith had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland, while teammate Anthony Cowan added 19 points. But the Terps shot a horrendous 6 of 32 from 3-point range, including 2 of 16 in the first half.The Spartans and Terrapins will have company atop the conference if Wisconsin and Illinois each win their next game.In other top-25 action:— John Fulkerson scored a career-high 27 points and Tennessee rallied from a 17-point deficit to upset sixth-ranked Kentucky, 81-73 at Lexington. The Wildcats appeared in control leading 51-34 early in the second half before the Volunteers outscored them 29-9 over the next 10:09. Tyrese Maxey had 21 points and Immanuel Quickley 15 for the Wildcats.— Eric Hunter Jr. dropped in a career-high 19 points and Evan Boudreaux added 14 with 14 rebounds to help Purdue beat No. 18 Iowa, 77-68. The Boilermakers dominated inside, scoring 30 points in the paint and enjoying a 47-33 edge in rebounding. Luka Garza led the Hawkeyes with 26 points and 12 rebounds, his 15th double-double of the season. Sale already was slated to start this season on the IL after reporting to camp with pneumonia.In other MLB news:— Carlos Carrasco made his first start for Cleveland since last May, allowing two runs over two innings against the Angels. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last May and missed three months while undergoing treatment. He returned to pitch 15 innings of relief in September.— An arbitrator has accepted Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein’s rationale for delaying Kris Bryant’s debut at the start of the 2015 season. The ruling was that there was no proof of “a nefarious motive” by Epstein to delay the third baseman’s eligibility for free agency. The decision accepts Epstein’s explanation that injuries to Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella prompted the timing of Bryant’s call-up to the Cubs in April 2015. Had Bryant been brought up one day earlier, he would have been eligible for free agency after this season.—Yankees outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are likely to miss the team’s season opener at Baltimore on March 26 because of their injuries. Judge is having more tests to determine the cause of soreness in the right pectoral area near his shoulder. Stanton strained his right calf last month.
“It’s going to be an incredible night and I’m thrilled so many of my fans are going to be there, particularly from the United Kingdom,” said Joshua. “It’ll definitely be a night people will tell their grandchildren they were at, one of those iconic evenings of boxing. Everyone from Saudi has been brilliant to work with.”Landed safely.. we give thanks KSA pic.twitter.com/PIfNJ1ZCY0— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) November 24, 2019Joshua also posted a video on social media after landing at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the former world champion posing for pictures and chatting with fans.✈️🇸🇦🧳🚶🏾♂️🚖🎟 https://t.co/3RqR1N24nv pic.twitter.com/7viyYLkq4W— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) November 24, 2019 Anthony Joshua has promised an “incredible night” of boxing on Dec. 7 after arriving in Saudi Arabia ahead of his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua is aiming to reclaim the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles after suffering a shock loss — the first of his professional career — at the hands of replacement opponent Ruiz last June. Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 and 100-plus fight nights a yearHaving dropped his rival earlier in the round, the Briton was sensationally floored in the third. He was also knocked down twice in the seventh, leading to the contest being stopped.After their first bout was staged at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York, the duo will meet again in Riyadh, with the determined challenger predicting an unforgettable fight as he bids to avenge the only blot on his boxing CV.