Dennis Praet’s agent promises Arsenal transfer target’s future will be ‘sorted’ in next fortnight

first_imgDennis Praet’s agent promises Arsenal transfer target’s future will be ‘sorted’ in next fortnight Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More SPONSORED PLAY / by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling About Connatix V67539 Read More Skip Ad Full Screen Read More Dennis Praet has been heavily linked with transfer to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Dennis Praet’s agent Martin Riha insists the Belgium international midfielder’s future is likely to be finalised within the next fortnight.The 25-year-old, who had a trial at Arsenal as a teenager, has emerged as one of Unai Emery’s primary targets to replace Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal reportedly saw a joint £49million bid for Praet and his Sampdoria teammate Joachim Andersen rejected earlier this week, but the north London club are expected to return imminently with an improved offer.AC Milan, however, are understood to represent significant competition for Praet’s services and could hold a significant advantage given Marco Giampaolo’s appointment as Gennaro Gattuso’s replacement as head coach after three years at Sampdoria.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Comment Top articles Read More Unai Emery is interested in Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen (Picture: Metro / Getty)MORE: How Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen can solve two of Unai Emery’s biggest issues at Arsenal‘Everybody knows what Giampaolo thinks of Dennis. For now, I can’t say anything else,’ said Riha.‘AC Milan is an important brand, it’s a big name. But there are also other clubs that want to sign him, especially abroad, they’ve already shown their interest.’On whether Arsenal specifically had lodge a formal interest in Praet, he said: ‘I can’t add anything else now, I think you can understand.‘Dennis is a complete footballer and he is ready to join a big club.‘There are many clubs interested, we’ll know everything in a few weeks.’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 Advertisement 1/1 1 min. story Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings 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 Skip Read More Coming Next Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 15 Jun 2019 10:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link351Shareslast_img read more

D’Abbraccio: Hack reflects on storytelling passion, early influences that cultivated it

first_img Published on April 27, 2015 at 10:14 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ My homework was pushed aside once my grandfather entered my room.He’d go to the bookshelf, pick up “The Yankees: An Illustrated History” and revive his 70-plus years of baseball memories as he flipped through the pages. He had witnessed all the New York Yankees legends I could only dream of being in the same ballpark as.An 80-year-old man reminiscing about old times, and his 9-year-old grandson longing like hell to be a part of them.Storytelling in its purest form.We’re all storytellers in some capacity. Some better than others, naturally, but we all do it. Some of us, like me and my colleagues at The Daily Orange, desire to make a living out of it. And whether I’m ready for it or not, this unforgettable chapter of my story is over in about 500 words.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe seeds of this dream of mine were planted in the mornings I’d soak in Newsday’s sports section, forcing my mom to cut me off because the bus was coming in five minutes and I hadn’t brushed my teeth yet. I’d also rack up extra credit in gym class by cutting sports photos out of the paper and thumbtacking them to a corkboard before homeroom.My sports writing truly started, I suppose, in the form of the Post-it notes I used to leave for my dad to read in the morning. He missed plenty of thrilling Yankees comeback victories because he’d gone to bed.Why let the newspaper or someone at work tell him about it first?Fast forward to my tenure at The Daily Orange, where one of the first things I learned was the purpose that anecdotes served in a story. From there I grew an appreciation for telling those stories: the influence of the late Robert “Apache” Paschall on the Syracuse women’s basketball program; Nicky Galasso making his late mother proud on the lacrosse field; Why Marc Kuzio goes all-out in Orange apparel for his niece’s SU field hockey games.Stories are valuable — probably to an underrated extent. They’re how memories of nights are pieced back together when drinks blur them up. They define friendships. They’re how I know Grandpa D’Abbraccio, even though he’s been gone for 20 years.I cherish the chance journalism gives me to bring out what people have been through, what inspires them and what makes them who they are.This year, I was fortunate enough to have that chance on the highest level for The D.O. And in the process of covering the football and men’s basketball teams and rising to this esteemed position of sports editor, I was surrounded by people who helped make this 420-byline journey memorable and the furthest thing from “work” I could’ve ever imagined.We kicked back some Budweisers in a grass parking lot in Clemson before an incredible Smokin’ Pig dinner. My seat at Cameron Indoor Stadium was close enough to smell the players. Flanked by beat partners Jesse Dougherty and Jacob Klinger, we covered Jim Boeheim during one of his most eventful seasons ever — classic postgame rants and all.I never want to see the endless asphalt of Interstate-81 again and I can do without the Carrier Dome’s subpar Italian food.But sh*t, that was fun.And now, the end is near. And so I face the final curtain.We all know what the future of the journalism industry looks like. Who knows where I’ll end up or whose stories I’ll be striving to tell.But if one day my grandson wants to hear some stories, I think I’ll have some pretty good ones to share.And I’ll make sure he gets his homework done, too.Phil D’Abbraccio is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @PhilDAbb.-30- Commentslast_img read more

Disaster proclamations issued for Fayette and Van Buren counties

first_imgThe governor has issued a disaster proclamation for two counties.The state disaster proclamations for Fayette and Van Buren counties come in response to a severe storm that went through on June 20th. The proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the storm damage and also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. The program provides grants of up to five-thousand dollars for households that meet the income guidelines for things like home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website.last_img read more