Lucas Torreira has been heavily linked with a summer transfer to AC Milan (Picture: Getty)AC Milan are set to drop their interest in Lucas Torreira and switch their focus to Sampdoria’s Dennis Praet.Torreira enjoyed an impressive debut campaign following his move to Arsenal last summer, but fueled speculation surrounding his future by conceding he had struggled to acclimatise to life in England.The Uruguay international’s admission has prompted Milan to test the waters and tempt Arsenal, who need to sell players in order to boost their measly £40million transfer budget, to part company with the 23-year-old.New Milan manager Marco Giampaolo worked with Torreira during their time together at Sampdoria and had hoped to make the player the centre piece of a new-look midfield engine room.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 CityThe Serie A club, who on Friday were forced to withdraw from next season’s Europa League due to FFP breaches, are reported to have put together an audacious £4.5m two-season loan deal, with an additional fee of around £25m to make his move permanent at the end of that period.Arsenal have dismissed that proposal out of hand and given their determination to resist any offers for Torreira, Milan will now look elsewhere, according to Sky Italia.Praet was reported to have been the subject of join £41m bid from Arsenal, who also want his Sampdoria teammate Joachim Andersen, earlier in the summer window.MORE: How Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen can solve two of Unai Emery’s biggest issues at ArsenalSampdoria value the creative midfielder at around £25m and the player’s agent had hoped that his client’s future would be resolved imminently when he spoke earlier this month.‘Everybody knows what Giampaolo thinks of Dennis. For now, I can’t say anything else,’ said Martin 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 Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 29 Jun 2019 2:57 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 AC Milan drop Lucas Torreira pusruit to focus on Arsenal transfer target Dennis Praet Comment Advertisement
Frances McIntosh, 95, of Moores Hill passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Ripley Crossing in Milan. Frances was born Tuesday, October 9, 1923, in Gray Hawk, Kentucky, the daughter of Henry and Matilda (Smith) Peters. She married Edward McIntosh on March 31, 1939, and he preceded her in death on June 24, 1996. She was a former member of Moores Hill Church of Christ. She was the former owner/operator of McIntosh Grocery Store in Moores Hill and former member of Moores Hill Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening, bowling, bingo and was an avid Cincinnati Reds baseball fan. Frances is survived by sons: James (Pat) McIntosh of Decorah, Iowa, Kenneth (Cheryl) McIntosh of Rising Sun and Deron McIntosh of Dillsboro; daughter Sandy Hollitt of Milan; daughter-in-law Connie McIntosh; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren and sister May Quinn of Louisville, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward, sons: Jerry and Ron, 1 brother, 1 sister, son-in-law Peter and 1 step-sister. A service celebrating her life will be held 11 AM Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 5 – 7 PM Wednesday, August 14 also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Frances to Moores Hill Life Squad. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 16717 Manchester Street, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032 (812)744-3280. You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
Mike Radja scored the only goal of the shootout as Belfast Giants returned to the top of the Elite League standings with a 2-1 Elite League victory over Manchester Storm. Press Association Craig McCallum scored a hat-trick and added an assist to lead Edinburgh Capitals to a 7-5 victory over Sheffield Steelers, while two goals from Lou Dickenson helped Dundee Stars to a 6-3 win over Fife Flyers. Ricards Birzinsh opened the scoring 3:45 into the contest but the Giants drew level just 41 seconds into the second period when Colin Shields scored his ninth goal of the season on the powerplay. Neither side could find a winner to send the game into the shootout and after each side came up blank following nine attempts each Radja finally beat Zane Kalemba to earn the extra point.
A sense of calmness radiated through Derek Fisher’s voice as he boarded the Thunder’s team plane, giving a sense that not much has changed since he wore a Lakers uniform.He’s averaging a career-low 2.7 points on 35.2-percent shooting, raising the never-ending gripes about Fisher’s age (39), a streaky shooting stroke and a lack of foot speed. Yet, his coaches and teammates endlessly laud him for his on-court hustle and locker-room leadership. But as he sat on the team plane before the Thunder traveled this week for a set of back-to-back games in Atlanta and Memphis, one significant backdrop was different.Fisher will retire after this season, putting an end to an 18-year career that brought him five NBA championships and becoming the league’s second-oldest player behind the Lakers’ Steve Nash. “I rarely use the word never, but I feel like this is a good opportunity to put a cap on a great career,” Fisher said in an interview this week with this newspaper. “I think we have a legitimate chance to make a run at the title.”Fisher’s quest to earn his sixth championship seems realistic. The Thunder (17-4) enter tonight’s game against the Lakers (10-11) at Chesapeake Energy Arena with a four-game winning streak, an undefeated home record (10-0) and the NBA’s leading scorer in Kevin Durant (28.4 points per game on 47.2-percent shooting). Fisher also notices Durant and Russell Westbrook adopting similar traits from Bryant that ensured five NBA titles. “Kevin has a lot of Kobe’s versatility. Kobe is a very versatile player and has all the skills. He can shoot, he can dribble, he can pass, he can defend and he wants to win,” Fisher said. “With Russell, I see similarities in the way that Kobe wanted to impose his will on every game. They try to physically dominate so they can attack the game. They have no conscience shooting the ball. They take and make the big shots and they play through their mistakes.”Bryant has played differently in two games since returning from a left Achilles tendon injury that sidelined him for eight months. Bryant has morphed between becoming a ball-handling point guard and off-ball screen setter instead of his usual dominant scoring role. He’s averaged 14.5 points on 40-percent shooting, 3.5 assists and 5.5 turnovers through two games, a far cry from his career averages of 25.5 points on 45.4-percent shooting and 4.7 assists. “It’s been difficult for him to persevere through all the different stages of rehab that he’s gone through just so he can come back,” Fisher said. “Now that he’s back on the court, I think there’s a new beginning. This is the first step. I see a very strong trajectory going up in the near future.”What will that entail?“When the switch goes on, it will go on to the way people are accustomed toward seeing Kobe Bryant play,” Fisher said. “It’s just a matter of time before that happens.”For Fisher’s sake, hopefully not quickly enough for Bryant to lead the Lakers out of a 12th-place standing in the Western Conference and unexpectedly spoil the Thunder’s title aspirations. A sixth NBA title for Fisher would put him in a tie with Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Scottie Pippen and Bob Cousy. Do Bryant and Fisher engage in friendly banter over who will end his career with the most rings?“That never comes up. In some ways, I can’t even fathom winning championships and looking up and not seeing him right there,” said Fisher, who played with Bryant for 12½ seasons before being traded in 2012 to Houston in a salary dump. “It’s hard to even have that kind of conversation. But at the same time, we’ll feel very driven to try to be on a championship team again before our career is over.”That’s why Fisher said he hasn’t planned yet for post-retirement. “I’m not going to want to necessarily just sit around the house, but I’ll take a step back from the grind of the NBA schedule and see where my heart and passion takes me,” said Fisher, who believes he’ll have some broadcasting opportunities. “I want to take a step back right after retiring from playing and see through conversations, meetings and discussions what would fit the best.”After serving as the president of the National Basketball Players Association during the 145-day lockout in 2011, Fisher also expressed interest in possible leadership positions. But Fisher still has to deal with an early termination lawsuit from former NBA players’ union executive director Billy Hunter that accuses Bryant and his agent Rob Pelinka of acting on behalf of Fisher by urging Hunter to accept a 50-50 split in of basketball-related income. Both sides eventually agreed to a near 50-50 split, but Fisher has denied he secretly negotiated with owners. “I don’t really lose a lot of sleep over it,” Fisher said. “We have attorneys who are doing the heavy lifting. It’s in the hands of the lawyers and the legal system. Hopefully something will get figured out and clarified pretty soon.” Instead, Fisher pledges he will focus his last NBA season, fulfilling a job description that sounds very familiar to Laker fans. “I’m trying to continue building this team in terms of the relationships. I think they appreciate feedback better when they know you more,” Fisher said. “If I make some shots, that’s great. But I’m always going to do a lot of other things that don’t necessarily show up in the stat sheet that helps my team win.”Fisher did that plenty of times with the Lakers, including his game-winner with .04 seconds left in the Lakers’ Game 5 win over the San Antonio Spurs in the 2004 West semifinals and his endless clutch shots in the 2009 NBA Finals and 2010 NBA playoffs en route to two championships.But Fisher talked more on the Lakers’ 2000 NBA season that ended the franchise’s 13-year championship drought and the “luck” he had in staying healthy on talented teams than rehashing his memorable playoff moments.“The success of our teams helped feed my development,” Fisher said. “But if you have a passion or love for something that you do, you’re willing to persevere and endure and fight through adversity and still enjoy the process of what you do.”Soon enough, the Thunder’s plane departed. Fisher had to go to fill that role one last time. 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