Comment Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a deal for the Celtic full-back (Picture: Getty)‘We’ll just wait and see what happens but here’s hoping he stays.‘As it stands he’s a Celtic player and I’d love him to stay because of what he’s done the last five seasons.’‘There’s always going to be speculation on top-quality players and that’s what Kieran is.‘There will always be speculation whether he goes through this window to the next window, it will always be there.‘That is what we expect when the team is doing so well and we’re doing well in Europe, and he’s performing well in Europe.‘It will always be there or thereabouts.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 9:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Kieran Tierney has not been distracted by the Arsenal transfer rumours, says Scott Brown (Picture: Getty)Celtic captain Scott Brown claims that Kieran Tierney has brushed off rumours linking him with Arsenal and is solely focused on returning to training ahead of the new season.Unai Emery identified Tierney as his priority left-back target at the start of the summer, but Arsenal’s two opening bids for the 22-year-old left-back were turned down by Celtic.In the last few days, though, Arsenal have made a breakthrough in their talks with Celtic and are reportedly confident of reaching an agreement after restructuring their second offer of £25million for the Scotland international.The Gunners are now willing to pay a larger proportion of the fee up front and it’s believed the two clubs are finally nearing a deal, with deadline day fast approaching.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityWhile Tierney could be forgiven for being distracted by the intense speculation, it appears the full-back is instead focusing his efforts on recovering from a recent injury.Asked how Tierney has been coping with rumours surrounding his future, Brown replied: ‘He’s fine, he’s just come back from an injury.‘He’s looking forward to trying to get himself back into training and get himself back on the pitch as well.‘He’s been a phenomenal player for us for the last five seasons. Tierney has reportedly told Celtic that he wants to play in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes Arsenal will be getting a ‘massive player’ if they manage to get a deal over the line for Tierney this summer.‘You can’t say Kieran isn’t worth that kind of money,’ Gordon said.‘A £25m player could have been £5m a few years ago.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‘That’s just what it is so we almost have to put that to one side and not look at the figures and only concentrate on the ability of the player.‘And Kieran has everything you’d want in a modern day full-back.‘Whoever manages to get him playing for them this season is lucky because he’s going to be a massive player for us or anybody else.’MORE: England’s Rugby World Cup bid will not suffer 2015 ‘off-field’ issues, says Mike Brown Advertisement Advertisement Celtic captain Scott Brown reveals how Kieran Tierney has reacted to Arsenal transfer speculation
Junior guard Alyssa Karel drives in the Badgers\’ victory over Indiana. Wisconsin will look to grab a \”signature\” win over No. 7 Ohio State tonight at it hosts the Buckeyes at the Kohl Center.[/media-credit]In the history of Big Ten women’s basketball, no team had ever clinched a conference title on or before Feb. 11, or with four games remaining in the league schedule. That is, until the Ohio State Buckeyes (25-3, 13-2) did just that last Thursday, for their sixth straight season in which they have at least shared the crown.It is that juggernaut of an OSU squad that will roll into Madison today to take on the third place Wisconsin Badgers (18-7, 8-6) at the Kohl Center.Although the Buckeyes already have the conference title wrapped up, the matchup is critical to the home Badgers in a conference race where, behind OSU, just three-and-a-half games separate second-place Purdue and last-place Illinois.Besides conference implications, however, Thursday’s contest also presents the Badgers with a prime opportunity to make a statement against a highly ranked foe, something they let slip through their fingers back in December when the teams last met.“I think we’ve been circling this game for awhile now, and we’re excited to get another chance at them,” junior guard Alyssa Karel, the team’s leading scorer at a clip of 14 a game, said. “We gave them a shot [in December] but kind of fell apart in the second half of the second half, so hopefully we can just give them a complete game, and I think it will be a great game. I’m really excited about it.”“This is an opportunity to seize the moment,” head coach Lisa Stone added. “To seize the moment regardless of who it is. And the fact that we’re playing at home, we want to protect home court and do our very best to play as hard as we can, for as long as we can.”While facing a seventh-ranked opponent is indeed a golden opportunity, emerging victorious will be no small feat for the unranked Badgers.The Buckeyes are led by two first-team all-conference performers, Jantel Lavender, a 6-foot-4 junior center who has scored in double figures every game of her career (93 in all), and Samantha Prahalis, a 5-foot-7 sophomore guard who leads the Big Ten in assists with an average of just over eight per game.The first time the teams met — in the first week of December and in the midst of six straight road games for UW — the Badgers built a 28-20 first half lead, before OSU charged back on the strength of seven second-half threes and a 17-1 advantage in second-chance points, to escape with a closer-than-the-score-indicated 70-55 win.According to Stone, Wisconsin played well outside of an eight-minute stretch when they were outscored 32-7. This time around, the UW head coach said if the team can avoid similar lapses, they definitely have a fighting chance.“The play longer, harder philosophy [applies],” Stone said. “And that really is important against Ohio State because they’re talented. You can’t have a four-minute gap — you can’t. You can’t have a one-minute gap. You can’t have a possession off.“You have to be locked in the entire game against a team like Ohio State. And I really, really believe in our team, and we stress that. They’ll have an understanding of what it’s going to take and I believe we can do it.”If they can make it happen, the win would go a long way toward solidifying the team’s chance at its first NCAA tournament berth since 2001-02 by giving them a key “signature” win. It would also put the team one game closer to receiving a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament with three games remaining.The top five league finishers get a first-round pass.But even if the mighty Buckeyes prove too formidable for UW, junior forward Tara Steinbauer said it’s all about ensuring that the team is peaking at the right time.“It’s not about the win or loss at the end of every game, so long as we know that we put it all out there and played to the best of our ability,” Steinbauer said. “If we can come away from the Ohio State game knowing that we left it all out on the court, and that we played the best game we knew how to play, regardless of a win or loss it’s a victory.“And I think it sends us into the last three games of our season with the right momentum.”
Source: BBC England concluded their successful Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a victory over Kosovo that ensures they will be among the top six seeds in next summer’s tournament.Despite the emphatic scoreline, it was an unconvincing performance by Gareth Southgate’s side but they were still able to end as comfortable winners in a remarkable atmosphere in Pristina.It was a celebratory occasion where the visitors’ received a heroes’ welcome as icons in this country and for the part the United Kingdom played in its 1999 liberation following the Kosovo war.Needing to avoid defeat to make sure they are in the top pot when the draw is made, England took a first-half lead as Harry Winks produced a composed finish for his first international goal.Captain Harry Kane effectively wrapped things up with his 32nd goal for England from close range late on – maintaining a superb record of scoring in all eight qualifiers, before substitute Marcus Rashford got in on the act with a smooth finish.Mason Mount rounded things off in the closing moments for his first goal for his country at senior level.Kosovo, who were out of automatic qualifying contention but still played with great heart, had opportunities to make it even more of a gala night when trailing by a single goal but missed the chances that presented themselves, captain Amir Rrahmani headed wide of an open goal and Valon Berisha was inches off target.England, however scrappy in spells, got the job done and can now start planning for Euro 2020.