Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 May 2020 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link663Shares Advertisement Liverpool enter race to sign long-term Arsenal transfer target Dominik Szoboszlai Szoboszlai would cost around £26m (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are reportedly preparing another transfer raid on Red Bull Salzburg, this time for highly-rated midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai.The 19-year-old has consistently been linked with a switch to the Premier League, with Arsenal regarded as long-time admirers of Szoboszlai.Arsenal have seen their transfer budget slashed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the talented Szoboszlai might be picked up for just £26million in the next window.Liverpool secured the bargain £7.25m signing of Takumi Minamino last January from RB Salzburg and are eager to repeat the trick with Szoboszlai.ADVERTISEMENTMinamino has been eased into life at Liverpool and although he has made just seven appearances for the Reds since joining, Jurgen Klopp expects big things from the Japan International.AdvertisementAdvertisementItalian outletTuttosport claim the Reds have entered the race to sign his former team-mate Szoboszlai, but will face competition not only from Arsenal, but Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.Klopp will be very familiar with Szoboszlai, as Liverpool played the Hungarian and Salzburg in the Champions League group stages. Liverpool snared Minamino from Salzburg last January (Picture: Getty)Minamino managed to convince Klopp to sign him with his performances against the Reds and it appears Szoboszlai has now caught the German’s eye.While Arsenal are reportedly targeting free transfers and swap deals, it is unclear how Liverpool’s transfer business will be affected by the public health crisis.The Reds have been linked with a move for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who are both long-term targets of Klopp’s.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 CityBut for now Liverpool’s focus will be on winning their first ever Premier League title, with players gradually returning to training this month.Premier League chiefs want to finish the 2019/20 season this summer which would likely see the upcoming transfer window moved, putting any plans Liverpool or Arsenal might have on hold.MORE: Patrick Vieira praises Mikel Arteta’s impact as Arsenal bossMORE: Bayern Munich chief hits out at Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea transfer target Timo WernerFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment
Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-MARLINS RETURNMarlins return to play after virus outbreakBALTIMORE (AP) — The Miami Marlins are set to resume play in Baltimore following an outbreak that left 21 members of their traveling party infected with the coronavirus, including 18 players. The team has not played since July 26. There also are opt-out provisions for players who experience emergency or extenuating circumstances during the season due to the coronavirus. Another person with direct knowledge of the agreement between the league and the players’ union tells The Associated Press that relief in the 2020 salary cap is being provided to the 32 teams.NFL-JAGUARS-MINSHEW Minshew off of COVID listJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have cleared starting quarterback Gardner Minshew from the COVID-19 list.Minshew spent the last two days in mandatory quarantine after being in close contact with someone infected. Safety Andrew Wingard also was activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Minshew, Wingard and receiver Michael Walker are roommates in Jacksonville and have been for more than a year. Walker remains on the list. Klages is the second person other than Nassar to be convicted of charges related to his serial molestation of young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. Associated Press — Oakland left-hander Jesus Luzardo will make his long-awaited first turn in the A’s rotation when they open up a three-game series against Texas. Just shy of his 23rd birthday, Luzardo will be the youngest starter for the A’s since Brett Anderson in 2010. Luzardo made six appearances as a September callup last season and made two appearances out of the bullpen this season.— Angels star Shohei Ohtani will be shut down from throwing for four to six weeks with a right forearm strain near his surgically repaired elbow. With only about eight weeks left in the season, Ohtani might not pitch again until 2021. Ohtani reported discomfort in his arm Sunday after struggling through his second start since having Tommy John surgery in 2018. The two-way sensation is traveling with the team to Seattle and is day-to-day as a hitter.— The Dodgers could be without Mookie Betts for a second straight game as they continue a series in San Diego. Betts sat out Monday with swelling on a finger on his left hand that manager Dave Roberts described as substantial. Betts was potentially available to defend Monday, but not to hit. TENNIS-MADRID OPENMadrid Open canceled because of virus spike August 4, 2020 MADRID (AP) — The Madrid Open in September has been canceled because of a new spike in coronavirus cases in Spain. The joint men’s and women’s tournament was originally scheduled in May, but moved when Spain became a hotbed for the virus. Its new slot in September allowed it again to be a major lead-in event for the rescheduled French Open at the end of that month. But organizers last weekend were advised by local authorities not to stage the tournament due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. NFL-OPT OUTSThursday deadline set to opt-out of the seasonUNDATED (AP) — NFL players who decide to opt out of the coming season must do so by Thursday afternoon. That’s according to a person familiar with the agreement between the league and the players. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MINNESOTA-BATEMANGophers star Bateman skips season amid virus worry, goes proMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman has opted out of the 2020 season amid concerns about the coronavirus. He will forgo his remaining two years of eligibility to enter the 2021 NFL draft. Bateman posted a video on Twitter that he narrated in explanation of his decision. The university confirmed his departure, which Bateman called “the hardest decision that I’ve ever had to make in my life.” The native of Tifton, Georgia, totaled 111 receptions, 1,923 yards and 17 touchdowns over two seasons. Bateman was a third team All-American in 2019. He won the Big Ten Conference’s receiver of the year award. DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-COACHFormer coach gets 90 days in connection with Nassar caseLANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for lying to police during an investigation into ex-Olympic and university sports doctor Larry Nassar. Sixty-five-year-old Kathie Klages was found guilty by a jury in February of a felony and a misdemeanor for denying she knew of Nassar’s abuse prior to 2016 when survivors started to come forward publicly. She also was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months probation. Klages said in a tearful statement that she did not remember being told about abuse and apologized to victims if the conversations occurred. Jacksonville had an NFL-leading dozen players on the COVID-19 list Monday, with most of them being rookies and second-year players like Minshew, Wingard and Walker.The Jaguars are expected to hold their first training camp practice next Wednesday.In other NFL news: — Six-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy has finalized a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the signing, the Bucs add another offensive playmaker to help Tom Brady with his new team. The 32-year-old McCoy is entering his 12th NFL season. He has started 141 of 160 career games, rushing for 11,071 yards and 73 touchdowns. He also has been effective in the passing attack, with 503 receptions for 3,797 yards and 16 touchdowns with the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. McCoy added a Super Bowl title to his resume as a backup with the Chiefs last season.— The New York Giants improved their pass rush by re-signing linebacker Markus Golden. The Giants announced Tuesday the signing on their leader in sacks last season. Golden’s contract is a one-year tender for $5.1 million. Golden had 10 sacks in 2019, more than twice the total of any other Giants defender. The 29-year-old is entering his sixth season. Miami is replacing sidelined players with prospects, along with veterans the organization scrambled to acquire. Manager Don Mattingly said he has never spoken with some of the players joining the team.Right-hander Pablo Lopez will start against the Orioles. The pitching staff was especially hard hit by the outbreak and will rely heavily on newcomers.Elsewhere in the major leagues: — Cleveland’s Shane Bieber has 27 strikeouts through two starts, matching a big league record, and he’ll face Cincinnati in his third start of the year. Bieber tied the mark set by Karl Spooner of the Brooklyn Dodgers in September 1954, fanning 13 Twins last Thursday after punching out 14 Royals on opening day. — Kansas City right-hander Brady Singer makes his third major league start on his 24th birthday at Wrigley Field. Singer, who was selected by the Royals in the first round of the 2018 amateur draft, is still looking for his first big league win after pitching well in a pair of no-decisions this year. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball for the Chicago Cubs.
Just like the quarterback position, the Wisconsin linebackers will be battling all spring for spots on the depth chart.[/media-credit]While a lot of focus this spring season will be directed toward the Wisconsin quarterback and running back positions, there also are several defensive positions with question marks.Among those is linebacker, where the Badgers will be without the services of graduating seniors Jonathan Casillas and DeAndre Levy, as well as Elijah Hodge, who has decided to forego his fifth year in favor of graduating in May.Replacing the two starters and three seniors will be a tough challenge for the Badgers over the next five months before the 2009 season kicks off.“Those three guys — Dre, JC and even Hodge — all made a lot of tackles last year,” linebacker Jaevery McFadden said. “But, there’s not really a lot of pressure. I feel like this year we’re just trying to get back to the basics of being a physical, dominant team.”“It’s exciting this spring with JC and DeAndre Levy leaving,” linebacker Blake Sorensen added. “Guys need to step up, and right now my name’s being called, so it’s a lot of fun. We’ve just got to try to get better this spring and improve.”Enter juniors Sorenson and Culmer St. Jean alongside redshirt senior McFadden — who led the team in tackles with 84 as a starter in 2008 — into the starting lineup for Wisconsin.As the current No. 1 unit at linebacker for Wisconsin in spring ball, Sorenson, St. Jean and McFadden also are the only Badgers with starting experience at the position. As a result, the questions of depth and youth at linebacker come into play.“As far as depth, there’s guys that don’t really have that experience,” McFadden said. “But we’ve got a lot of good guys that can really play. They just need to get the playbook down and the basics of the defense to make our depth that much more reliable.”Sorenson, a 6-foot-1-inch native of Eden Prairie, Minn., has been a reliable special teams player for the Badgers over his first two seasons while seeing some time at linebacker, but with the opportunity to enter the season as a starting outside linebacker, he knows he must make the most of it.Not only is it Sorenson’s chance to prove he deserves the starting role, but with a lack of depth at linebacker, Wisconsin will need Sorenson to play a big role defensively in 2009.“It’s really important; the guys are counting on me to do well, and I also put a lot of pressure on myself to do well,” Sorenson said. “I just try to come out and compete every day to try to get better.”The 6-foot-1-inch St. Jean also played a lot on special teams last year for the Badgers before recording a career-high nine tackles while seeing extensive time at linebacker against Cal Poly and starting against Florida State in the bowl game.St. Jean will replace McFadden at middle linebacker this season, forcing the redshirt senior to the outside and earning not only the pressure of starting, but also the added weight that comes along with playing in the middle of the Badgers’ defense.“In my eyes, I see it as the quarterback of the defense,” St. Jean said. “I’m just trying to improve and take that leader role and make plays.”And though two-thirds of the starting lineup is different than it was at this time a year ago, the players don’t feel like the situation they find themselves in is really much different.“Nothing has really changed,” St. Jean said. “I played with [Sorenson and McFadden] before as the twos, so the chemistry is there and the communication is there. The only difference now is that we’re in the starting roles.”As the only senior starting linebacker, McFadden has had to step up into a leadership role as well with the departure of Casillas, Levy and Hodge. For the 6-foot-3-inch native of Riviera Beach, Fla., the transition has been one of actions more than words.McFadden has made an effort to be a leader wherever he can, from what he does on the field to the little things, like cleaning up after himself in the locker room.“I’m just trying to be a leader in everything I do,” McFadden said. “Everybody is looking at me to lead with me being the oldest guy here now, and I think actions speak louder than words. So, I’m just basically trying to do the right thing all the time.”Additionally, as the elder statesman of the group, McFadden has had the opportunity to watch both Sorenson and St. Jean develop over the last two years, giving him a good perspective on their respective strengths and weaknesses.Sorenson and St. Jean showed what they could do Saturday in practice — the first with full pads — as they both recorded interceptions during drills against the first-string offense.While the interceptions may not count for much in spring ball, the opportunity to pick off their own quarterbacks gives the linebackers an extra sense of confidence.“We have a big play chart and a bad play chart, and we always compete,” St. Jean said. “Any time you can get your name on that big play chart, you get a little bragging rights and you can talk a little smack to the opposite side of the ball, so it’s fun.”For McFadden, the key to both players is their wealth of game experience despite this being the first year in a starting role.“Blake is a good guy — he does a lot of good things,” McFadden said. “And even though this is his first year starting, I think Blake will surprise people with what he can do.”“Culmer has a lot of game experience, but this is his first year starting out starting,” McFadden continued. “He showed what he can do in a couple games last year, and I think those two guys are going to pick up right where JC, Dre and Hodge left off.”
Christine Yoo | Daily TrojanStudents gathered in McCarthy Quad Thursday for Program Board’s Trick Out Your Treat event. The event featured a mask painting Instagram contest with the winner receiving prescreening tickets for Disney’s Big Hero 6. The event included free giveaways including water bottles, bags and candy.