Comment Hector Bellerin pays ultimate compliment to Arsenal summer signing Dani Ceballos Ceballos impressed on his full debut against Burnley (Picture: Getty)Ceballos also earned rave reviews from former Arsenal stars Martin Keown and Robin van Persie following his performance against Burnley.‘Well it’s been a few years I think since they’ve seen someone this talented in the Arsenal midfield, with the confidence, panache, vision and desire to get on the ball,’ said Keown.‘He looks a good prospect, certainly at home. If he can produce that away from home, then Arsenal really will have all their prayers answered this season.‘I think it’s a good while since we saw a debut that good from an Arsenal player. I think he’s excellent, a really good addition to the group.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Hopefully he’s going to have a big future at Arsenal, he’s been miles ahead of anyone else in this game as Man of the Match today.’Van Persie added: ‘Ceballos was by far the best player on the pitch. He was making the game, creating, he wanted the ball constantly. He was just a joy to watch.‘He runs a lot. I think the stats tell you as well that he ran the most of all players, so that tells you that he’s alive, he’s there, he wants to play, he wants to create.‘He’s just a very positive player who’s having fun, you can see he’s having fun.’MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Diogo Dalot injury setback for Manchester United Metro Sport ReporterFriday 23 Aug 2019 12:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link686Shares Advertisement Hector Bellerin has heaped praise on Arsenal summer signing Dani Ceballos (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin has heaped praise on Dani Ceballos and says the Arsenal summer signing is ‘one of the best players he has seen in his career’.Spain international Ceballos joined Arsenal at the end of last month on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, who he joined in 2017.After being handed the number eight shirt, which was previously worn by Wales star Aaron Ramsey, Ceballos made his full debut for the Gunners in the 2-1 win over Burnley.The 23-year-old produced a brilliant performance, providing two assists and winning the Player of the Match award.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityBellerin, who is currently out with injury, told Arsenal’s official website: ‘I think Dani’s one of the best players I’ve seen in my career.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’ve played with him since we were like 18 or 19 years old. We’ve played in the under-21s, we get on really well off the pitch.‘He’s a great player, I think he’s going to be a great addition to the team and the Premier League is going to be very different to any other league, but he’s shown in training that he’s ready for it.‘He’s up for it and he’s a player who will go through thick and thin to do the best for his team. He’s got a great heart and he plays for everyone around him. I think he’s a great addition.’ Advertisement
MORE: Penn State player receives racist letter about dreadlocksThe academy leaders rejected the claims of racism in separate statements (via CNN.com).From Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy: “Last Saturday we had reason to believe these actions were an innocent game and not linked to extremism, but we must take allegations such as these very seriously. We are disappointed by the immature behavior of the cadets.” The leaders of the U.S. Military Academy and the Naval Academy announced Friday that hand signals flashed by cadets and midshipmen before last weekend’s Army-Navy football game were not statements of “white power” but instead part of the well-known “circle game.”The findings were announced five days after the start of an investigation into ESPN cameras capturing the signals during the network’s pregame show. There was sharp division over whether the gestures — index fingers and thumbs joined in a circle, the other three fingers outstretched — were racist. The hand signal, generally associated with saying “OK,” is also associated with “WP,” or “white power.” From Vice Adm. Sean Buck, superintendent of the Naval Academy: “We are confident the hand gestures used were not intended to be racist in any way. However, we are disappointed by the immature behavior of the two Fourth Class Midshipmen, and their actions will be appropriately addressed.”According to CNN, the investigating officer assembled over 40 pieces of evidence, including emails and interviews.The object of the “circle game” is to get another person to look at the “OK” sign, which is delivered underhand. Those caught gazing upon the hand are then punched in the arm.
Uganda are CECAFA champs. PHOTO FUFA MEDIANairobi, Kenya | AFP & URN | Uganda beat Eritrea 3-0 to win the Cecafa Cup for the 15th time on Thursday and become East Africa’s most successful side in the regional competition.Goals from Bright Anukani, Mustafa Kizza and Joel Madondo saw Johnathan McKinstry’s side triumph against the resurgent Eritrea who eliminated the defending champions Kenya in emphatic fashion on Tuesday.But it was Eritrea who took the early initiative, and almost got an opener in the seventh minute when dangerman Robel Kidane was denied an open chance by the resilient Ugandan backline.Uganda fought back and appeared to have taken the lead in the 11th minute when Allan Okello found the back of net but the referee ruled out his effort for offside.The new champions, however, did not make a mistake when Anukani beautifully curled home the opener past Eritrean goalkeeper Solomun Haile Kibrom after 31 minute.Two second half goals from Kizza and substitute Madondo wore down the spirited Eritrea side, who were featuring in their first ever final in the regional championships.Kenya won the bronze medal after edging out arch-rivals Tanzania 2-1. McKinstry’s first title“I am happy that the boys have worked hard and won the trophy. It is a good tournament we have used to prepare for the 2020 Africa Nations Championship because we have won all the five games,” said Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry after the game.“We have worked as a team and deserve to win this trophy,” said Uganda Cranes skipper Halid Lwaliwa. Eritrea’s coach Efrem Haile Alemseghed said they lost to a good side.Kenya finished third to win bronze after beating Tanzania 2-1 in an earlier match. Kenneth Muguna and Hassan Abdallah scored for the Harambee Stars of Kenya, while Gadiel Michael Kamagi converted a second half penalty for Tanzania.Uganda Cranes also received the Fair Play Award, while Uganda’s Charles Lukwago was voted best goalkeeper. Kenya’s Oscar Wamalwa was best scorer with three goals, while Eritrea’s skipper Robel Micheal Tekle was voted Best player of the tournament.Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – In January the YWCA of Olympia began offering the nationally recognized Girls Circle prevention program across Thurston County. More than 60 middle-school age girls are now participating. “We’ve had a good response from girls and parents”, said Kelly Hanson, YWCA Girls Circle staff. “The program is a safe, positive place for girls during a sometimes tumultuous time in life”. Girls Circle is held once a week, usually afterschool, over an 8 to 12 week period. Research shows participating in Girls Circle promotes academic achievement, reduces alcohol use and improves the ability of girls to form healthier bonds with others.Five local school districts and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County signed on to offer the program. “Being a rural district, it can be hard to access outside resources,” said Charla Dunham, Tenino District School Nurse. “Girls Circle is a great opportunity for our families.” YWCA staff provides the program on-site, at no-cost to partner schools and agencies.“We are pleased to be working in the communities of Tenino, Rochester, Olympia, Lacey, Rainier and Tumwater”, said Karmel Shields, YWCA Executive Director. “That is a great start, but we have room for more.” The YWCA wants to hear from schools and other youth-serving organizations interested in hosting Girls Circle this Spring. The program serves girls between the ages of 10 and 14 who live in Thurston County.Girls Circle is made possible through a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health grant awarded to the Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department. The purpose of the grant is to improve health outcomes of local girls.For more information about Girls Circle call the YWCA at 360-352-0593.For information about the grant, visit the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health webpage at www.co.thurston.wa.us/health or call the Health Department’s Women’s Health Coordinator Kateri Wimsett at 360-867-2516.