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Allen Robinson asks Bears to trade him as things get messy

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Allen Robinson asks Bears to trade him as things get messy

Allen Robinson wasn’t just redecorating his social media pages.

The star wide receiver removed any mention of the Bears on his Twitter and Instagram accounts and has asked the team about a potential trade, according to The Chicago Tribune, as he continues to wait on a new contract.

The 6-foot-2 Robinson is in the final season of a three-year, $42 million deal.

While general manager Ryan Pace recently said he wasn’t opposed to hammering out a deal, it doesn’t appear any progress has been made.

Robinson’s teammates appear on his side. Running back Tarik Cohen tweeted “#ExtendAR” on Tuesday and rookie wideout Darnell Mooney retweeted that message.

“We know how important A-Rob is to us not just as a player but as a teammate,” Pace said on Sept. 7. “But those things are going to remain behind the scenes as we work through the process.” According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, a formal trade request has not yet been made.

Robinson, 27, caught five passes for 74 yards in Sunday’s win over the Lions and registered 98 catches for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago.

As it stands, he is grossly underpaid. Similar receivers such as Keenan Allen of the Chargers and Amari Cooper of the Cowboys recently received contracts paying them $20 million a season. DeAndre Hopkins just received a two-year extension from the Cardinals that pays him $27.75 million per year.

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Wubetu Abate named new Ethiopia coach to replace Mebratu

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The Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) has named Wubetu Abate as the new coach for the national team.

Abate was appointed to the hot seat following the departure of Abraham Mebratu after his contract expired on August 6, and the EFF opted not to renew his contract which lasted two years.

EFF president Esayas Jira confirmed the new coach, who signed a two-year contract by stating on CafOnline: “Following the government’s approval on football activities resumption, we took only a few days to name a new coach. The technical committee proposed a list of coaches and our choice fell on Wubetu Abate.”

Speaking after being unveiled, Abate said as quoted by CafOnline: “I like challenges and enjoy them. I face many challenges in my coaching career. The higher the risk, the higher the reward. It was a dream for me to manage the Ethiopia national team. Surprisingly, the dream has come true, and I hope to achieve good results during my spell.”

His immediate task is to qualify with Ethiopia to the 2021 African Cup of Nations and the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers final play-offs.

Abate had a brief playing career with Pulp and Worket at the end of the 1990’s before injury made him hang up his boots.

He then turned to coaching and got a distinguished name in the process. His mesmerizing run with Adama Ketema in the 2007 season of the Ethiopian Premier League landed him a job at big spenders Dedebit but he left the club early.

He is famous for guiding Ethiopia Bunna to their first-ever – and last, to date – Ethiopian Premier League title in 2011, beating cross-city rivals Kidus Giorgis.

The new coach also had spells in Ethiopia with Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Hawassa Ketema, Fasil Kenema, and Sebeta Ketema.

He also had a successful stint at Sudanese side Al Ahli Shendi, where he guided the team to a third-place finish and participation in the Caf Confederation Cup.

The Walya Antelopes are currently lying second in Group K with three points after they suffered a 1-0 defeat in the first match away to group leaders Madagascar before they shocked Cote d’Ivoire 2-1.

Ethiopia will tackle Niger in the African Cup of Nations qualifier in November.

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“Don’t Want To Speak On Her”: Victoria Azarenka Shuts Down Reporter on Serena Williams Question

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"Don't Want To Speak On Her": Victoria Azarenka Shuts Down Reporter on Serena Williams Question

Today, the French Open 2020 saw two dominant athletes exit the tournament. Serena Williams announced that she is withdrawing from her event, while Victoria Azarenka suffered a shock defeat at the hands of World No.161, Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova. During Azarenka’s post-game presser, a question about Serena infuriated the Bulgarian! 

Now, what could it be? Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams are familiar foes who share immense respect for each other. Their most recent meeting came at the semi-finals of the 2020 US Open, a match which Azarenka won. 

However, Serena was allegedly battling a heel injury during the US Open semi-final which limited her performance. This Achilles injury has now aggravated to a point where Serena is struggling to walk. Now, if she played her US Open game with a serious heel condition, how aware was her opponent about Serena’s condition? 

Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Serena Williams of the United States reaches for her left ankle during the match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women’s singles semifinals match on day eleven of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Victoria Azarenka responds to a reporter who questioned her awareness about Serena’s injury

How much do you think players peep into their opponent’s routine during a match? Professional athletes are all about preparing themselves mentally when they’re out on the court. When Azarenka played Serena in the semi-final game at Flushing Meadows, she really didn’t pay much attention to the latter’s struggles. 

Days after the incident happened, a reporter brought it up at Roland Garros. It was in relation to Serena’s exit earlier in the day, but it was directed to Azarenka when she had just faced a shocking defeat. 

“Well when I was down 1-6, I didn’t really feel like there was anything wrong. I felt that the match was close and I don’t think a player really watches the other player. I do think we turn around and try to take care of your own business,” Azarenka responded

Victoria Azarenka reacts during her match with Serena Williams at the 2020 US Open
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Furthermore, it seemed like she was really upset with the reporter. The Belarusian was unhappy with the question and kept her answer brief. “I don’t know. I don’t want to speak on her. It’s not my…I’m not going to do that. I don’t like to do that and I’m not going to talk about it.”

After what seemed like Victoria Azarenka’s resurgence, the former World No.1 has fallen short at Roland Garros. With this defeat, Azarenka has now crashed out of Roland Garros in the second round in back-to-back years. 

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Why Aouar is the answer to Arsenal’s midfield problems

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Why Aouar is the answer to Arsenal's midfield problems

For the last two decades, the No.8 has held a special status in Lyon.

Since Juninho pulled on the shirt for OL and inspired them to a record-breaking seven successive Ligue 1 titles, it has been a revered number among fans of the Rhone giants.

The Brazilian, who is regarded as one of the greatest free-kick takers the game has ever known, now pulls the strings behind the scenes at the Groupama Stadium and is set to preside over a critical week in the transfer market.

Among the deals waiting to be done is the sale of hometown hero Houssem Aouar, a 22-year-old midfielder who so looked up to the Recife-born star that he elected to inherit his number when he established himself in the senior squad.

Juninho was no traditional No.8 – more of a graceful playmaker than a link to the forward line – but Aouar is better suited to the usual, multi-purpose requirements of the role. 

At Lyon, though, Aouar’s versatility has proven as much of a blessing as a curse. Happily willing to play anywhere across the centre or left of the pitch, he has at times sacrificed his personal betterment for that of the team.

His ability to play deeper than a typical creator has tempted Lyon to utilise him in a system that has curbed his natural attacking instincts, restricting him to a modest three goals and three assists in 25 Ligue 1 outings last season.

Such statistics reflect badly but unfairly on a player so technically gifted that he has been hailed by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as “incredible”.

Indeed, City have been just one of many clubs linked with Aouar since he first broke through in the Lyon first team proper in 2017 as a teenager before rapidly becoming a key component of the starting XI thanks to his graceful nature on the ball, his keen eye for a pass and his ability to wriggle out of tight spaces.

It is with good reason that Chelsea, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid have all been associated with the player at one time or another, but as the race to sign him draws to a conclusion, it is Arsenal who are leading the pack.

Lyon have already fielded what president Jean-Michel Aulas bluntly called a “timid” offer from the Gunners, and said the Ligue 1 club are holding out for more than €40 million (£36m/$47m).

Given Lucas Paqueta is already on his way from AC Milan, it seems that Aouar, whose contract is up in 2023, will be granted the exit he craves, with the Emirates Stadium still looking the likeliest destination. 

And it is at Arsenal where the greatest opportunity to unlock his enormous potential lies.

Mikel Arteta plans to use him in a 4-3-3 formation as the foremost central player, where Arsenal are crying out for a player capable of operating comfortably in between the lines of midfield and attack.

It would also offer Aouar the opportunity to play in a system and position tailor-made to his game.

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Aouar, who was only denied a first France cap earlier this month when he contracted Covid-19, has also already shown his ability to shine on the big occasion, positing a goal and six assists in just eight Champions League games, as OL made an unanticipated run to the semi-finals last season.

Lyon, as a whole, were better suited to playing counterattacking football than the monotony of breaking packed defences down, but by the time they made a decisive move to remedy that issue by signing Bruno Guimaraes in the winter window, the coronavirus crisis, which caused the Ligue 1 season to be aborted, was looming.

“When Houssem plays like a second striker, you lose him in the midfield,” Juninho explained in February. “We have to find balance and Bruno can give us that.”

They were on the field together for just 445 minutes last term, but during this time Aouar offered four assists and a goal – a decisive action every 89 minutes in comparison to his overall season figure of 171. 

This is all the more impressive given that among these fixtures were a 1-0 win over Juventus, a 3-1 defeat of Manchester City and a 3-0 Champions League semi-final loss to Bayern Munich in which Rudi Garcia’s side got far closer to the European champions than the scoreline suggested.

The evidence is clear: given the liberty to attack, Aouar will thrive.

Arsenal are ready to give him that freedom and if they can find a way to broker a deal, it promises to be the start of a special relationship.

Lyon’s beloved No.8 could become just as adored at Arsenal.

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