Watford complete the signing of former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Welbeck scored five times in 14 matches for Arsenal last season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury against Sporting Lisbon in a Europa League clash in November.ADVERTISEMENTThe England international joined Arsenal from Manchester United for £16m in 2014 and scored 32 goals for the club in 126 appearances in all competitions.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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 CityWelbeck’s time in north London was beset by injury problems, though, as he missed a total of 113 matches for the club over the past five seasons, suffering from two serious knee injuries as well as a broken ankle last term.Prior to his spell at Arsenal, Welbeck netted 29 times in 142 matches for Manchester United, helping the club win the Premier League title in 2012-13.He will compete with club captain Troy Deeney, Andre Gray and Gerard Deulofeu for a place in Javi Gracia’s attack next season.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 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 3:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Watford complete the signing of former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck Comment Danny Welbeck has completed a move to Watford (Picture: Getty)Watford have completed the signing of Danny Welbeck on a free transfer with the former Arsenal striker signing a three-year deal with the FA Cup finalists.The 28-year-old endured an injury-ravaged five-year spell at Arsenal and was allowed to leave at the end of his contract in June, paving the way for a move to Vicarage Road.We’re delighted to confirm the signing of @England international @DannyWelbeck on a free transfer 🖋️ pic.twitter.com/5S1Lcx7u1C— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) August 7, 2019last_img read more

Rosberg retakes F1 title lead after Singapore thriller

first_imgBy John O’BrienSINGAPORE, (Reuters)-Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated his 200th Formula One race by retaking the championship lead from Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton after a pole to flag win in Singapore yesterday.After a chaotic start that brought out a safety car on the opening lap, Rosberg stayed clear of Red Bull’s late-charging Daniel Ricciardo at the floodlit Marina Bay Street Circuit.Triple world champion Hamilton completed the podium in third place.“The whole car was on the edge, it always is here in Singapore, so it’s very satisfying to finish like that,” Rosberg told reporters.The German’s third victory in a row, and 22nd of his career, lifted Rosberg on to 273 points, eight clear of Hamilton, with six rounds remaining and Australia’s Ricciardo a distant third on 179 in the title race.Rosberg’s win was his eighth of the season and first in Singapore, a grand prix that has only been won by world champions until now.The German had started two points behind Hamilton and, despite leading comfortably halfway though the race, crossed the line just 0.488 seconds ahead of Ricciardo after having to complete the last 28 laps on the same soft tyres.Red Bull opted for a bold tyre strategy to put pressure on Rosberg late on and Ricciardo was eating into the advantage at roughly three seconds a lap in the closing stages but ran out of road before the chequered flag.“Of course Daniel tried to pull one up on me with the pitstop at the end, we knew it was going to be tight but we got there so I’m very happy,” added Rosberg, who opened a 43-point lead on Hamilton at the start of the season before falling behind when the Briton won six of seven races.OVERHEATING BRAKESHamilton had his own private battle with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen behind the leading duo, the Briton losing third place to the Finn after a mistake on lap 34 but reclaiming the position with a timely pit stop to hold on to the finish.“This weekend has been a tricky one for me but I’m just happy to get on the podium and get some points for the team,” Hamilton said.“The brakes were way overheating so I had to slow down. Once I did my second or third stop we managed to sort it out.”Last year’s race winner Sebastian Vettel drove brilliantly from last on the starting grid to claim fifth place in the other Ferrari, the German coming home ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso in a McLaren.The safety car was deployed immediately after the start when Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India, eighth on the grid, suffered a heavy crash after making contact with Carlos Sainz’s Toro RossoRosberg got away cleanly to lead from Ricciardo, with Hamilton in third and Raikkonen behind him after Verstappen suffered a woeful start to slip back to eighth from fourth on the grid.The race restarted and Rosberg would have been startled to see a marshal at the end of the start-finish straight picking up debris, the man just managing to get off the circuit before the Mercedes reached him.There were no more safety cars, throughout a 61-lap race that has yet to be completed without one, but the different tyre strategies of the leading cars made for a tactical and exciting race on a circuit that offers very few overtaking opportunities.Mexican Sergio Perez was eighth for Force India with Russian Daniil Kvyat ninth for Toro Rosso.Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen scored the final point for Renault in only the second finish in the points for the team this season.last_img read more

Errors, sloppy play haunt Wisconsin

first_imgThe first game of Wisconsin’s home opening doubleheader didn’t prove to be as successful as the team had hoped. On a dreary, cold and overcast afternoon, the weather echoed the team’s sentiments after a series of errors and untimely hitting helped end the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota’s nine-game losing streak. It was a tale of two games because for everything that went wrong in their first game, the Badgers managed to find an equal amount of success in their second — a 4-3 victory.It began in the bottom of third inning of the first game when Badger shortstop Katie Soderberg walked, then advanced on a ball that passed under the glove of Fighting Sioux catcher Kindra Bennett. The rally was quickly stunted when Jen Krueger lined a two out shot into the right fielder’s glove.In the fourth, the Badgers managed to get a leadoff single by Theresa Boruta, who then stole second, only to be stranded there when pitcher Letty Olivarez got fooled on a nasty changeup by Greater West Conference Pitcher of the Week Hanna Peters-Rose.The trend persisted in the fifth as well. Ashley Hanewich smoked a double, the first of the two she had on the day, where she was left until the inning ended.Granted, the Badgers only left four base runners on throughout the game, but for a team that hadn’t registered a run in the last 19 innings, every potential score was crucial.Behind a strong outing from Olivarez, the defense wilted, yielding three unearned runs. UW head coach Chandelle Schulte emphasized the need to play together on defense and minimize the teams’ errors.“I just said to them, ‘You know what, we don’t have an All-American, were not built on All-Americans and it’s going to take 13 kids.’ We saw that again today — you have to play as a team,” Schulte said. In the top of the sixth inning, the Sioux were essentially spotted four runs on errors by Livi Abney, catcher Boruta, and senior third basemen Leah Vanevenhoven. The latter of which was a high pop to third that was especially difficult for Vanevenhoven to nab given she’s traditionally a pitcher and outfielder.“I counted in one inning we had eight errors, and those are physical and mental errors as well,” Schulte said.While the Badgers struggled in the field in the first match, their gloves did the talking in the second game of the day.In the top of the second of game two, second basemen Livy Abney atoned for her error earlier in the day when she lunged to her left and snagged a liner, saving the day’s second pitcher, Vanevenhoven, much work.In the third, shortstop Katie Soderberg decided not to be outdone by her up-the-middle counterpart when she flashed the leather. On a blooper heading towards second, Soderberg dove to her left, barely hanging onto the ball, as it sat precariously at the end of her glove.In the fifth, third basemen Karla Powell made an impressive catch, turning 180 degrees to grab a high pop off the bat of a Fighting Sioux. Even more impressive, third base has become a position by committee, and this was one of Powell’s first appearances there. “[It hasn’t] been too big of a transition,” Powell said. “Just had to keep focus and get my job done and know the people behind me were going to step up and do theirs.”Luckily for the Badgers, it wasn’t only the defense that displayed short-term memory. The untimely hitting Wisconsin had been accustomed to in the first game proved to have no lasting effects as the second game came about. Wisconsin jumped on the Sioux early scoring in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. However, had Jen Krueger, who led off the game with a bunt single, not left early before North Dakota pitcher Erica Younan released a pitch and was consequentially called out, the damage may have been much worse.In the bottom of the fifth, after a lead off single by Livi Abney, the Badgers were able to capitalize on Letty Olivarez’s double to deep left and tie up the score at two. More timely hitting from Wisconsin saw Abney knock an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to give Wisconsin the lead. The tides had completely turned when errors and passed balls befuddled the Fighting Sioux and extended the Badger’s lead 5-2.The two games proved to be mirror images of each other. In the first, mental lapses on defense and unsuccessful plate appearances with runners in scoring position doomed the Badgers. In the second game, the Badgers showed excellent hitting and sparkling defense.last_img read more