Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gives update on Shkodran Mustafi injury after FA Cup win

Mikel Arteta fears Shkodran Mustafi could be set for a long spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury in Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup win at Bournemouth . Mustafi had to be stretchered off after landed awkwardly during the victory, which earned the Gunners a trip to face Portsmouth in the fifth round. The 27-year-old Germany defender will have scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of the problem, but Arsenal boss Arteta fears the worst after admitting the early signs were not positive. “We’ll be assessing him between…

Empire State Building lit up purple and gold for LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant

The Empire State Building was lit up purple and gold as a tribute to tragic LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on Monday night. Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed along with seven others when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning. Regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and breaking the franchise’s all-time scoring records. And as the sporting world mourned the loss of…

National Super League: Bidco edge Talanta to put pressure on leaders City Stars

Bidco FC’s Lambert Otieno and Rogers Omondi (left) of Talanta FC during NSL round 22 match at Camp Toyoyo on Sunday Jan 26, 2020. [Jonah Onyango, Standard] Bidco United maintained their pursuit of National Super League (NSL) leaders Nairobi City Stars after defeating Talanta 1-0 at Camp Toyoyo over the weekend. Eric Gichimu scored the only goal of the match to hand Anthony Akhulia his 14th win of the campaign as they remain seven points behind City Stars with 45 points.  Speaking to Standard Sports, Akhulia said he was pleased…

Tusker Safari Tour golf: Greg Snow digs in for a fight heading into third round at Sigona today

Thika Sports Club’s Simon Ngige tees – off in the first round of the ninth leg of 2019/2020 Safari Tour Series at Sigona Golf Club, January 26, 2020. [Mose Sammy, Standard] Muthaiga Golf Club Greg Snow maintained his good run as he fired level-par 72 to maintain the lead at 2-under after the second round of the 2019/2020 Safari Tour Series ninth leg at Sigona Golf Club yesterday. Snow the winner of both the seventh and eighth legs at Thika Greens Golf Resort and Muthaiga Golf Club respectively had a…

Boston marathon: Cherono gears up for title defence

Lawrence Cherono, of Kenya, holds the trophy after winning the 123rd Boston Marathon, on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) Chicago marathon champion Lawrence Cherono is set to defend his title at the Boston Marathon in April after winning the race in a thrilling finish last year. Last year, Cherono took Boston by storm, edging out Ethiopia’s Lelisa Dedisa in a sprint finish. The two-time Amsterdam marathon winner (2017 and 2018) said he is preparing well for the title defence. “It was tough last year and I’m…

Coach of the Year winner Bitok trains eye on 2020 Olympics after award

Coach of the year award winner Paul Bitok (centre) with Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed (right) and her Chief Administrative Secretary Noor Hassan Noor (left) during the 2019 SOYA awards ceremony at the Mombasa Sports Club, on Friday night, January 25, 2020. PHOTO BY GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD]. Coach of the Year winner Bitok says he will take up Tokyo Games as personal challenge. Newly installed Coach of the Year winner at the Safaricom 2019 Sports Personality of the Year Awards Paul Bitok said he is ready to roll up the sleeves…

Mikel Arteta gives update on Arsenal transfers as January deadline approaches

Mikel Arteta promised Arsenal were still looking to make signings in the final week of the January transfer window as he hailed his young side following their FA Cup win over Bournemouth. First-half goals from youngsters Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah were enough to see the Gunners into the fifth round, despite Sam Surridge’s injury-time consolation goal making for a tense finish. Arsenal now face a trip to Portsmouth in the last 16, with ties to be held in the week commencing March 2. Arteta said he had “a lot…

Newcastle could be out of the frying pan and straight into the fire if consortium seals takeover

Some Newcastle fans will be rubbing their hands together at the news Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on the brink of buying their club. That he’s willing to pay £340million to Mike Ashley to take an 80 per cent controlling stake in the club with a British consortium snapping up the remaining 20. I’d be in the other group if I were a Toon supporter, though. The one which fears that with such a deal the club could be jumping out of the frying pan and straight…

Jimmy Garoppolo hailed as ultimate team player for San Francisco 49ers ahead of Super Bowl

Jimmy Garoppolo learned from the best as Tom Brady’s understudy in New England for three years. But according to teammate Joe Staley, his greatest strength is that he doesn’t need to be a superstar for San Francisco to be champions. The 49ers quarterback was little-used in the NFC Championship Game victory over Green Bay that saw San Francisco qualify for Sunday’s Super Bowl here against Kansas City. The 49ers used their running backs instead to wear down the Packers and Staley insists Garoppolo deserves a lot of credit for being…

Eddie Nketiah hints at Arsenal first-team role after impressing Mikel Arteta

Eddie Nketiah has hinted he could be primed to play a significant part in Arsenal’s season after returning from his loan spell. The 20-year-old forward spent the first half of the season with Leeds in the Championship, but was recalled by the Gunners after only making a handful of starts for the Elland Road club. Nketiah was handed his first start for Arsenal in over a year in the FA Cup fourth round clash with Bournemouth on Monday, and capped his performance with a goal. After initial thoughts Nketiah would…