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Seattle Protester Struck by a Driver During Demonstration on a Closed Freeway Dies at 24


One person was killed and another was seriously injured after a man drove his car into a crowd of protesters in Seattle on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Summer Taylor, 24, suffered fatal injuries after being struck by the vehicle which plowed into protesters during the "Black Femme March" on a closed stretch of Interstate 5. Taylor, a Seattle native, was transported to the Harborview Medical Center where they later died, spokesperson Susan Gregg told The Seattle Times.

Another protester, 32-year-old Diaz Love, was also hit by the car and is in serious condition in the intensive care, the hospital said.

Capt. Ron Mead of the Washington State Patrol told CNN that the incident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday. The suspect, Dawit Kelete, a 27-year-old man from Seattle, allegedly drove his car around a series of "support vehicles" — which protesters had parked to block off the areas of I-5 — and onto the shoulder of the freeway into the crowd of people.

Kelete, who was given a sobriety test and showed no signs of impairment, was booked into King County Jail on Saturday morning on an investigation of felony vehicular assault, though he could also face felony hit and run, said Mead, who added that investigators are unsure if it was a "targeted attack."

However, "troopers don't believe impairment was a factor and said Kelete drove the wrong way on the Stewart Street off-ramp to enter the interstate," according to the Times. 

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Prosecutors announced a hearing for Kelete is scheduled for Monday, and a judge will make a decision regarding bail.

A GoFundMe page was originally set up for Taylor, who used nonbinary pronouns, to help "cover medical expenses or any additional support they may need" and has raised over $50,000 as of Sunday afternoon.

Described as "an incredibly strong and independent spirit," Taylor was "a bright and caring person who's presence elicits joy and laughter in others. Summer works at a veterinary clinic and takes pride in their community & supporting others," the GoFundMe page description states.

The veterinary clinic shared the news of Taylor's death on Instagram. "It is with great sorrow that we are closing our doors tomorrow, Sunday, July 5th to honor the loss of one of our own, Summer Taylor. Summer was one of the protestors hit by a car on I-5 in the early morning of July 4, 2020. The suddenness and circumstances of this tragic loss has taken a great toll on all of us," the post read.

Sen. Kamala Harris mourned Taylor's death in a tweet on Sunday. 

"Absolutely heartbreaking. Summer Taylor was only 24-years-old, peacefully protesting for Black Lives Matter when they were struck by a car," Harris wrote. "Thinking of their family during this difficult time and everyone in the movement today."

A GoFundMe was also set up for Diaz Love and has raised over $33,000.

"At this time, we know that Diaz is stable. We will update this GoFundMe as we learn more," the page reads. "Diaz is a huge animal lover and fights for the rights of people everywhere. Let's support them through the next couple months and help them keep fighting."

In recent weeks, Seattle has seen various protests over police brutality and systemic racism following the death of George Floyd on May 25.

The city even saw a six-block area controlled by protesters after police abandoned their precinct, dubbed the Capitol Hill Organized Protest or Capital Hill Autonomous Zone, which was cleared by authorities on Wednesday, according to The New York Times.

To help combat systemic racism, consider learning from or donating to these organizations:

  • Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
  • ColorofChange.org works to make the government more responsive to racial disparities.
  • National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help Black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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Ryan Adams Pens Apology Letter a Year After Abuse Allegations: 'No Words to Express How Bad I Feel'





In 2016, the year Moore's divorce from Adams was finalized, the actress spoke with PEOPLE about her six-year marriage and moving on after a painful divorce.

“I wasn’t a participant in my own life for a while,” she said. “I poured so much of myself into my personal life and when that wasn’t as fruitful as I hoped it would be and I extricated myself from that situation, I was able to realize I wasn’t honoring myself and my dreams and what I wanted in life.”

If you suspect domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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Arizona Woman, 59, Falls to Her Death While Hiking and Taking Photos at Grand Canyon



This is now the second death to occur in the past month at the Grand Canyon National Park.

On June 26, Catherine Houe, 49, of Daly City, California, died after suffering heatstroke symptoms while hiking into the Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch, USA Today reported.

The temperatures at the park on that day reportedly reached 114 degrees.

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These Are The Local Elections Where You Can Vote For Police Accountability, So Pay Attention

As activists continue to take to the streets in protests against racist police brutality, they are also advocating for major changes to police departments, demanding everything from police accountability to defunding or abolishing the police. But these demands will likely be more effective if the officials who make the final calls are receptive, and in order to elect more supportive officials, you have to vote for them. The decisions about where to allocate budget resources and how to oversee police forces are typically in the hands of local officials, like your mayor or district attorneys — officials who are often elected. So if you want to demand justice for the Black people killed by police and you want to challenge existing systems of racism and discrimination, these are the local races you should pay attention to.

All across the country, activists have demanded justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Elijah McClain, and many other Black people who have been killed by police — and at the local level, they have put pressure on city councils and other elected officials to invest in communities, rather than in policing. Calls to defund and ultimately abolish the police have been coupled with demands to invest in schools, health care, social work, and other resources, especially in disproportionately marginalized communities and neighborhoods.

In many areas, the political pressure activists have placed on local officials has gotten results. On June 12 — 18 days after Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers on May 25 — the Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted in favor of a plan to disband the city’s police department and replace it with a community-led safety model, thereby highlighting the importance of local elections and the effectiveness of grassroots activism. If you want to take your activism to the ballot box as well as the streets, here are some of the races and elected positions you should be ready to vote on — whether you want to support specific changes to policing, complete overhauls of law enforcement, or the ultimate abolition of the prison industrial complex. Not all of these elected positions may be applicable to where you live, but even if they’re not, you can use this as a starting point to research what’s most effective for your area. Remember, there are all kinds of ways to enact lasting change.

City Council

In Minneapolis and many other cities, activists are specifically calling on city councils to take action, because city councils approve annual budgets, regulate public safety, pass local laws, and more. As a result, they often ultimately have the power to approve police budget cuts and funding reallocations. If you want to see your local police department defunded, or call for funds to be allocated to resources other than policing, calling and emailing your city council members — and meeting with them in person wherever possible — is an important way to make your voice heard.

Unlike national lawmakers, city council members are uniquely accountable to the voters in their community — so if the majority of the people in your city or town inundate city council members with calls for justice, they likely won’t be able to ignore you. City council meetings are frequently open to the public, too, so showing up at those meetings can be another way to publicly share your demands. City council members generally hold office for four-year terms.

Mayor

Mayors are often the face of their city or town, which means they negotiate labor agreements, propose police budgets, and often appoint police chiefs. If you want to demand that your city defund and dismantle its police department, the mayor’s office should be at the top of your list of officials to call — and high on your list of elections to follow. The city council has the final say on budgets, but mayors often put forth budget proposals, hiring suggestions, and more, making them the first step in changing policy.

If you do call your mayor or mayoral candidate, there are a few different demands you can make. You can urge them to propose a budget to the city council that includes significant cuts to your city’s policing budget. You could also lobby them to fire a police chief who hasn’t held their officers accountable for violent behavior or misconduct. Mayors generally hold office for two-year or four-year terms, depending on city or town regulations.

Sheriff

If your town or county has a sheriff’s office instead of or in addition to a police force, voting for change may be an even more direct for task. Unlike police chiefs, who are usually appointed by mayors, sheriffs are typically elected directly by their constituents. Depending on where they are, sheriffs’ responsibilities vary: in some parts of the country, their offices are the primary sources of law enforcement; while in others, they may be in charge of running county jails or serving court papers. Although they are accountable to voters, sheriffs can nevertheless abuse their positions.

According to The Appeal, sheriffs have historically imposed dangerous jail conditions, supported federal deportation efforts, and violated people’s civil liberties. If your community’s main source of law is a local sheriff’s office, your demands as a voter may go further if you call that office, because a mayor cannot fire a sheriff like they can a police chief. Sheriffs generally hold office for four-year terms.

District Attorneys & Attorneys General

You’ll also want to pay close attention to district attorneys and state attorneys general (AGs), who make decisions about charging officers accused of misconduct. Kentucky’s attorney general, for example, said on June 18 that he had not concluded his investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death and that he would not be swayed by celebrities like Beyoncé calling for answers. His investigation was still ongoing as of July 2, despite widespread outrage and calls to charge the officers involved, who, more than three months after they killed Taylor, have not been charged with any crimes relating to her death.

District attorneys are responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in court and reviewing police arrest reports, among other duties, so they play a key role in police accountability. State AGs, meanwhile, represent state governments in legal proceedings, and cases like Floyd’s often end up being passed up to state AGs. District attorneys and state AGs both typically hold office for four-year terms — except in Vermont, where the state’s AG serves two-year terms.

And remember, you don’t have to wait for a public instance of police brutality or violence to happen in your area to call these officials and demand change in your town or city. You can proactively call on your mayor and city council to cut local police budgets, or demand that your sheriff’s office hold itself accountable for violent actions.

Pushing officials to commit to change works: Minneapolis was not the only city in recent weeks to vote on changes to its police department. On June 11, the Austin City Council voted unanimously to reallocate some of the police department’s budget to social services, and to ban police from using certain deadly practices. In Spokane, Washington, the city council unanimously voted on June 29 to shoot down a proposed labor agreement with the Spokane Police Guild, on the grounds that the contract did not sufficiently implement civilian oversight. And on June 30, the New York City Council voted to cut $1 billion from the city’s $6 billion police budget, though activists have alleged that the cuts are little more than budgetary sleight of hand with no real impact.

Voting is not enough as a stand-alone action, because police unions have a lot of power and it’s difficult — though far from impossible — to change entrenched systems. If you want to take more action, you can still get out and protest, support activists, and donate. However, if you help elect officials who are more sympathetic to defunding the police, it’ll be easier for you and your fellow voters to put pressure on them once they’re in office.

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Coronavirus UK news LIVE: Clap for Carers returns for NHS birthday after Super Saturday mayhem and deaths hit 44,198

Clap for Carers is set to return to tonight to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS.

The last Clap for Carers took place on May 28, and the event is making a one-off return to celebrate, while public buildings are being lit up in blue.

It comes as pubs, restaurants and hairdressers opened up across England for the first time in months in day dubbed 'Super Saturday'.

But boozing Brits caused mayhem as thousands of revellers hit pubs and bars up and down the country.

The chairman of the police federation said it was 'crystal clear' today that drunk Brits cannot socially distance

Meanwhile, the coronavirus death toll in the UK rose to 44,198 after 67 more deaths in Britain and Northern Ireland, making it the lowest Saturday death toll since lockdown began.

Follow our live blog for the latest news and updates on coronavirus…

  • HELP FOR SOMALIA

    An EU humanitarian flight has today arrived in Mogadishu, Somalia from Brindisi, Italy, carrying medical supplies including personal protective equipment (PPE).

    Two other flights to Somalia will take off from Brindisi in the coming days, with additional material on board, bringing the total of cargo to 42 tonnes.

    Somalia has suffered for decades from prolonged conflict combined with extreme weather, especially recurrent droughts and floods.

    Against a background of widespread poverty, it is now also facing the worst desert locust infestation in 25 years and a rapidly escalating coronavirus outbreak, says the EU.

  • OVER-70 ‘NOT HIGHER RISK’

    Defiant Stanley Johnson disputes the government's definition of those over 70 being at 'high risk' due to coronavirus.

    Boris Johnson's outspoken dad, 79, has risked his son's wrath in Saga Magazine.

    He wrote: “I know that, being over 70 years old, I officially fall into the 'high risk' category in this Covid-19 pandemic.

    “Frankly, I query that definition.

    “There are almost nine million over-70s in the UK, and it is inconceivable that we are all at 'high risk'.

    “More to the point, I would be deeply worried if use of such terminology encouraged the government to relax lockdown rules for everyone else, while keeping restrictions for the over-70s.

    “I am against ageism in all its forms, especially when applied to me!”

  • MET POLICE: ‘NO WORRIES’

    The Metropolitan Police said today there were “no significant issues” across London on Saturday as members of the public flocked to pubs and bars across the capital.

    Commander Bas Javid said: “Yesterday saw lockdown restrictions lifted further and many Londoners attended pubs and bars last night to enjoy themselves.

    “The majority of the public complied with social distancing guidelines and remained vigilant.

    “While some areas were notably busy such as Soho and Portobello Road, we are pleased there were no significant issues or incidents in the capital.”

  • FLOOD OF ‘LOCKDOWN PUPPIES’

    With months of working from home and a seemingly endless amount of free time, lockdown seemed – for some – like the perfect time to get a puppy.

    But it seems the ‘puppymoon’ is coming to an abrupt end as the country slowly returns to work.

    Animal charities fear more pets will be abandoned or sold, as owners no longer feel able to take care of them.

    Disgusted Facebook users recently hit out at a dog owner who advertised on a local Facebook group in Kent.

    The person announced they were having to sell their 13-week-old fox terrier puppy because, “I’m back at work so do not have the time for him”.

    To read the full story, see HERE

  • VOUCHERS TO BOOST SPENDING?

    Finance minister Rishi Sunak is considering plans to hand out vouchers of £500 for adults, and £250 for kids to boost the UK's economy.

    To help sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, the Guardian reported that proposals are being drawn up by the Resolution Foundation think tank.

    The group recently held talks with the Treasury, the newspaper added.

    These vouchers are to be spent only in sectors such as hospitality and “face-to-face” retail, as opposed to online buying.

    Sunak is set to make an announcement in a few days on the government’s job support schemes and its plans to steer the economy through the pandemic.

  • CORONAVIRUS DOESN’T STOP HOT-DOG EATING CONTEST

    The coronavirus put a damper on this year’s Fourth of July celebrations in New York.

    But, the killer bug failed to stop competitive eater Joey Chestnut from breaking the hot dog-eating world record – by chomping through 75 hot-dogs!

    Although he beat his 2018 mark of 74 by just one hot-dog, he proudly declared “there is still room,” and patted his full stomach.

    Chestnut and Miki Sudo were again hailed men’s and women’s champions at Saturday’s Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot-dog eating contest.

    Sudo downed an impressive 48 1/2 wieners and buns in a contest that took place at an undisclosed location with no in-person spectators, because of coronavirus restrictions.

  • SPORTS STARS EXEMPT FROM UK QUARANTINE

    The government says selected sports stars are to be exempt from quarantine requirements when competing in England.

    However, those involved will have to live and work in “bubbled” environments behind closed doors, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced on Sunday.

    The new measures will allow Formula One, international soccer, golf and snooker events to take place.

    Competitors involved in these events will be granted quarantine exemptions.

    International cricketers are also now formally exempt, although individual special arrangements have already been made for the touring West Indies and Pakistan teams this summer.

  • FAMILY SHOCKED AFTER BEING ASKED TO REMOVE NHS TRIBUTE RAINBOW DOOR

    A family who painted a beautiful rainbow around their front door in tribute to the NHS have been asked to remove the paintwork.

    The Hemmings family painted a bright, colourful rainbow around their door in Bewdley, Worcestershire, to thank those risking their lives on the coronavirus frontline.

    But miserable boffins at Wyre Forest District Council wrote to the family demanding the paintwork be “rectified within 14 days”.

    The Hemmings were told that as their home is a Grade II listed property their art could not remain.

    The council demanded it be removed by today, July 5.

    Luckily for the family, though, their plight attracted attention from hundreds of supporters on social media and caused a huge outcry from unimpressed Brits.

    In the end, the bureaucrats backed down, and in a temporary U-turn said the Hemmings could leave the rainbow on the entrance until September 7.

  • WHICH PUBS HAVE REOPENED AND WHAT ARE THEIR HOURS?

    The majority of major pub brands reopened at least some of their pubs yesterday.

    You can see the full list of chain pubs and their opening house here.

  • UK FREE GLOBAL TRADE BID BOOSTED BY COVID PANDEMIC

    The UK is planning on worldwide free trade once the EU’s shackles are released on New Year’s Eve 2020.

    The government will lobby for low tariffs and greater powers for the World Trade Organisation, according to an exclusive in The Mail on Sunday.

    The aim is for the UK to use its year-long presidency of the G7 to work out free trade with like-minded states, such as Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

    The “top priority” plan has been boosted since the coronavirus pandemic, with some blaming the spread on international supply chains.

  • CELEBS HIT BOOZERS ON SUPER SATURDAY

    Louise Redknapp and Laura Whitmore were among celebs who hit boozers yesterday as pubs reopened their doors for the first time in months.

    Louise Redknapp declared “yasss we're going for a pint”via Instagram from the back of a car on her way to a boozer.

  • PRET A MANGER SET TO CLOSE 45 STORES

    Sandwich chain Pret A Manger is set to close to 45 stores, putting 800 jobs at risk.

    The company has been struggling during the coronavirus lockdown with the company already confirming that it's been losing “tens of millions of pounds each month”.

    Pano Christou, the cafe chain's chief executive, will make an announcement on the future of the stores this Wednesday, June 8, according to The Mail on Sunday.

    The newspaper reports how the move is set to impact almost one in ten of Pret's 434 UK branches, as well as up to 800 of its 8,000 employees.

    A Pret spokesman told The Mail on Sunday: “We will update our team members in early July once the plan has been finalised.”

  • MATT HANCOCK SAYS ‘MOST’ REVELLERS FOLLOWED NEW PUB RULES

    Matt Hancock has insisted that “most people” followed social distancing rules as pubs reopened yesterday.

    Mr Hancock told Sky News: “Largely, although there are some pictures to the contrary, people have acted responsibly.

    “Overall I am pleased with what happened yesterday,” he added.

  • DONALD TRUMP CLAIMS 99 PER CENT OF COVID CASES ARE ‘HARMLESS’

    Donald Trump has claimed 99 per cent of coronavirus cases are “harmless”.

    The states has seen a huge spike in infections recently.

    In an Independence Day speech at the White House, the President insisted his strategy for dealing with the pandemic was “moving along well”.

    Trump said 40 million people had tested positive for coronavirus and added: “By so doing, we show cases – 99 per cent of which are totally harmless.

    “Results that no other country can show because no country has testing that we have, not in terms of the numbers or in terms of the quality.”

  • INSIDE HOLLY WILLOUGHBY'S LAVISH LONDON LOCKDOWN PAD

    Holly Willoughby has been spending lockdown at her lavish London lockdown pad.

    The five bedroom house is worth £3 million.

    She has given her Instagram followers a sneak peak inside her home – read the full article here.

  • WHAT IS RISHI SUNAK SET TO ANNOUNCE IN HIS MINI BUDGET THIS WEEK?

    • EXTRA funding for a huge expansion in apprenticeships and skills training.
    • TAX breaks and other incentives for companies who take young people on to their payroll.
    • A MASSIVE investment in the careers service and work coaches to mentor young job-seekers.
    • SUBSIDIES for struggling firms who keep young employees in work.

    RISHI SUNAK TO PUMP BILLIONS INTO JOB SCHEME FOR UNDER 25s

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak will put young people at the centre of his coronavirus job recovery scheme.

    Mr Sunak fears the young are most at risk of redundancy and long-term unemployment when furlough ends in October.

    A source close to Mr Sunak said: “The Chancellor’s focus is on protecting and creating jobs and supporting people back into employment, particularly the young.

    “Those leaving school or college are going to be entering a tough labour market and if we can’t get them into work quickly, it will have a long-term impact on their lives.”

    HERO NURSES AMONG FIRST BACK IN PUBS

    Hero NHS nurses were some of the first customers back at the bar as pubs reopened this weekend.

    Nurses Alex Macey and Becky Nolan had just finished a gruelling night shift when they were served their drinks at 9am.

    As she sipped a strawberry and lime Kopparberg cider, Alex, 21, said: “It’s really exciting. We thought it was a perfect way to finish off our night shift.

    “We wanted to be the first ones.”

    ‘DRUNK PEOPLE CAN’T SOCIAL DISTANCE,’ COPS SAY

    The chairman of the Police Federation has said drunk people can’t social distance properly.

    John Apter said: “What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t, won’t socially distance.

    “It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope. I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted.”

    SUPER SATURDAY BOOZER SAYS HE MISSED PUB ‘MORE THAN EX-WIFE’

    A desperate boozer has said he missed pubs while they were closed during lockdown more than his ex-wife.

    He said his first pint was “heaven”.

    He added: “I've missed this more than my missus when she left,” he told Sky News.

    “You can drink at home but you can't get this feeling anywhere else.”

    Another keen boozer named Jimmy said he couldn't wait to enjoy a beer at his local in Manchester this morning.

    Straight off night shift, and without any sleep, he grabbed a pint at The Shiredale.

    “Having my first Carling was like an angel p***ing on the tip of my tongue,” he told the Manchester Evening News.

    SUPER SATURDAY CHAOS

    Scenes of chaos were witnessed across the country yesterday as pubs reopened.

    Thousands of thirsty Brits poured into pubs and restaurants to mark Super Saturday today after three months in lockdown.

    Rowdy boozers were seen emerging from busy pubs in London, Blackpool and Newcastle.

    However pubs in four Nottinghamshire towns were closed early due to bad behaviour, and four people were arrested.

    Inspector Craig Berry from Nottinghamshire Police said: “Officers were quickly on the scene to deal with a number of alcohol related anti-social behaviour reports including a smashed window and minor assault.

    “As a result four arrests were made by officers and we supported licensees who chose to close their own premises.”

    A pub in Narborough, Leicestershire, also had to shut early after a punter was assaulted and suffered neck injuries.

    Meanwhile a vicious brawl broke out on the High Street in Brentwood, Essex, where another four people were arrested.

    ONLINE REHAB SERVICES TO LAUNCH FOR CORONAVIRUS SURVIVORS

    Tens of thousands of the most seriously affected coronavirus survivors will be offered online recovery services in the coming months.

    The NHS is launching an online portal, Your Covid Recovery, for people who are suffering with breathing difficulties, muscle damage from being on a ventilator, or from mental health problems such as PTSD, anxiety and depression.

    Advice about recovering from the virus is accessible via the portal from later in July.

    Through the portal, they will be able to speak with nurses and physiotherapists over the phone, join a survivors' community, follow exercise tutorials to help regain muscle strength and lung function, and access mental health support.

    HIGH END STARS TO BE GIVEN QUARANTINE EXEMPTIONS TO RESUME FILMING IN UK

    Filming on the latest Mission: Impossible movies will be able to resume in England as the Government looks to exempt high-end stars from quarantine.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to have spoken to the franchise's 58-year-old star Tom Cruise earlier in the week about how the production will be able to continue.

    Both Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 – which feature American actor and director Cruise – are being shot at the Warner Bros Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire.

    The Government said it will publish guidance this week allowing “small numbers” of essential cast and crew to travel to the UK without having to quarantine for 14 days.

    Exempted individuals will instead have to live and work in controlled “bubbled” environments – such as filming locations – for the same period of time.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “The world's biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain.

    “Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy.

    “We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again.”

    The exemption applies to individuals coming to England specifically to work on film and television productions which qualify as British, the Government said.

    GHANA'S PRESIDENT IN SELF-ISOLATION

    Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo will self-isolate for 14 days on the advice of doctors after a person in his close circle tested positive for coronavirus, the government said in a statement late on Saturday.

    “He has, as at today, tested negative, but has elected to take this measure out of the abundance of caution,” the statement said.

    The president will continue to work during the period, in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

    Ghana has recorded 19,388 coronavirus cases, one of the highest number of cases in sub-Saharan Africa, with 117 deaths.

    The West African nation's deputy trade and industry minister Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah resigned on Friday for violating coronavirus self-isolation measures after he tested positive for the virus.

    SUPER SATURDAY REVELLERS LOOK WORSE FOR WEAR AS SOME PUBS CLOSE EARLY

    Some drinking holes were forced to close early due to 'major disorder' as thousands of thirsty Brits poured into pubs and restaurants.

    Rowdy boozers were seen emerging from busy pubs in London, Blackpool and Newcastle.

    Pubs in four Nottinghamshire towns were closed early tonight due to bad behaviour, and four people were arrested.

    A pub in Narborough, Leicestershire also had to shut early after a punter was assaulted and suffered neck injuries.

    Meanwhile a vicious brawl broke out on the High Street in Brentwood, Essex, where another four people were arrested.

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QUIZ: England vs West Indies through the years – test your knowledge

One of cricket’s greatest rivalries is about to resume as England welcome West Indies for a three-Test series.

But how much do you know about previous battles between the sides? Take on Benedict Bermange’s quiz below to find out and let us know how you get on through Twitter @SkyCricket

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England and West Indies begin this summer’s behind-closed-doors series on Wednesday, with live coverage of the first Test starting at 10.30am on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event.

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Prince Charles Celebrates the 72nd Birthday of National Health Service in Heartfelt Message



In addition to being of service for over 70 years, the NHS has also been on the frontlines of the coronavirus health crisis.

“The current pandemic means that the NHS – and the entire country – has been through the most testing time in the service’s history. Our remarkably selfless nurses, doctors, paramedics and countless other staff have made costly sacrifices to provide treatment for more than a hundred thousand patients with Coronavirus and thousands more who needed other care,” said Charles, who contracted a mild case of coronavirus in March and has since recovered. “And, in tribute to them, we have come together as a nation to thank them for their skill, professionalism and dedication.

“Of course, our whole society has risen to this extraordinary challenge: from the farmers, fruit and vegetable pickers, delivery drivers and shop workers who provided our food; to the energy workers who kept the lights on, the transport staff and the public servants and business people who continued to provide vital services. Every new difficulty has been met with a new solution,” he said. “This renewal of our community spirit has been a silver lining during this dark time."

As his message came to a close, the royal extended his gratitude to “all who have given so much during this present danger.”

“Despite all that has been endured, there is deep cause for gratitude, and a true reason for pride. In the way we care for all members of our society, our greatness truly is in gentleness. So, thank you all for what you have done – more than I can possibly say,” he added.

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Charles’ video message came just days after he saluted the country’s "dearly missed" hostelries and pubs, which are now in the process of reopening.

“Hospitality connects people and enables them to create wonderful memories with families and friends," he said in a special video address, "be it over a pint of beer, a special meal with family or an overnight stay to explore new places.”

“All these experiences have been dearly missed as normal life has been put on hold," Charles added. "I know that those at the forefront of hospitality have missed their guests too, so I can only express my warmest appreciation for the resilience and fortitude shown by those in hospitality and offer my deepest sympathy to those who are struggling to keep their businesses going.”

His son Prince William also celebrated as the U.K. took the first steps to reopen the hospitality industry, by visiting a pub located just about five miles from his home at Amner Hall, Norfolk.

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6.30pm Arsenal news LIVE: Saka celebrates contract with goal, Partey ‘preparing to move’, Griezmann-Aubameyang transfer – The Sun

ARSENAL travel to Wolves this evening, while the signing of Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey is moving ever closer.

Meanwhile, a sensational swap deal between captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Antoine Griezmann has been mooted.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…

  • GOAL!

    Arsenal take a 1-0 lead moments before the half-time whistle at Wolves.

    Bukayo Saka scores a delightful goal to celebrate his new contract signed just days ago.

    FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG.

  • LITTLE NICKY

    Arsenal are without Nicolas Pepe against Wolves after his pregnant wife went into labour.

    The club announced the news on social media, writing: “Nicolas Pepe misses today's game due to personal reasons, as his wife has gone into labour.”

    Gooners on social media had questioned why the Ivorian star had not been put in the starting XI when it was announced earlier this afternoon.

    But congratulations poured in after the news was announced.

    It is believed to be the first child of Pepe and his wife, who are both devout Muslims.

  • FOLLOW THE GAME LIVE

    Kick-off is approaching fast at Molineux, Gunners fans.

    Nervous? Join us HERE for build-up and then live text commentary of a huge game in the European race.

  • WARY OF WOLVES

    Wolves' team to face Arsenal.

  • TEAM NEWS IS IN!

    Arsenal's team to face Wolves at Molineux this evening.

  • TWO HOURS TIL ARSENAL ARE XHAK

    Arsenal vs Wolves kicks off in little more than an hour.

  • WHAT A MES

    Mesut Ozil's stats do not make for good reading at Arsenal.

  • Morgan hit back: “Your tweets to me over the last 4 months: March: ‘STOP SCARE-MONGERING!’ April: ‘Sorry mate, you were right!’

    “May: ‘STOP CRITICISING THE GOVT!’ June: ‘The Govt’s a shambles!’ That’s what I call nonsense.”

    Cricketer-turned-conservationist Pietersen then fired: “I slap you when I see you! That won't be nonsense!”

    But the tweet was removed by Twitter for “violating rules against abuse and harassment”.

  • TAKING THE KP

    Kevin Pietersen Twitter was temporarily locked after he jokingly threatened to “slap” Arsenal fan Piers Morgan.

    The pair were involved in a social media spat as they discussed the reopening of pubs in England on Saturday morning.

    Morgan started the exchange by tweeting: “Reopening Britain's pubs on a sunny Saturday in July was dumb enough.

    “Letting them open from 6am is stupefyingly stupid. Does anyone at No10 have a brain? Or do they just want us all to die? Serious questions.

    KP replied: “Average age to die is around 80! Small % death rate. Stop your nonsense, fat boy!”

  • LUC WHO'S BACK

    Arsenal have teased Lucas Torreira's return ahead of their game at Wolves this afternoon.

  • MART MY WORDS

    Gabriel Martinelli had some positive words for Arsenal fans after signing a new contract with the club.

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta thinks the gulf between Arsenal and the Premier League teams above them is still very big.

    Speaking ahead of his team's trip to Wolves today, he said: “It looks like it's [the top two clear of the rest] at the moment and what happened in the table for the last two or three years suggests that.

    “But things change very quickly. Look how Liverpool have evolved in the last four or five years. Manchester United as well is looking really strong at the moment.

    “They are making a lot of good decisions. Leicester the same, Wolves with the season they are having.

    “It’s going to be a challenge but that gap has to be closed. For us, the margin that we have for improvement is still very, very big.”

  • IT'S VARCICAL – EXCLUSIVE!

    West Ham vice-chair and SunSport columnist Karren Brady wants VAR scrapped from the Premier League next season.

    She said: “VAR was brought in to reduce the number of innocent mistakes a referee makes during a game.

    “But in this strangest of football seasons, it is clear VAR has not corrected those mistakes.

    “It has made its own.

    “Because the ref on the pitch has simply been replaced by one in a box — and not the penalty box. One in a box in a remote location in Stockley Park.”

  • For Akpom Arsenal would receive 40 per cent of the fee if he moved to a British club, but only 30 per cent if he went elsewhere.

    While Frosinone would pay the Gunenrs 30 per cent of the fee if Campbell was sold back to the UK, but only 25 per cent if he went anywhere else.

    The clauses were not initially declared prompting an investigation which began in January.

    Fifa's disciplinary committee found Arsenal to be violating rules for entering into contracts that influenced other clubs, and also for failing to declare data in its Transfer Matching System.

    Fifa disciplinary committee member Thomas Hollerer wrote: “The committee considers that, by the mere existence of these clauses, Frosinone and PAOK FC are influenced by Arsenal in employment and transfer-related matters.

    “The committee considers that the relevant clauses undoubtedly grant Arsenal the ability to influence in employment and transfer-related matters the independence, policies and the performance of PAOK FC and Frosinone’s teams.”

  • PAIN IN THE ARSENAL

    Fifa have fined Arsenal £34,000 and warned them about their future conduct regarding transfers.

    It comes after an investigation into the sales of Chuba Akpom and Joel Campbell in 2018, undertaken by the Associated Press.

    Akpom was sold to Greek club PAOK, while Costa Rica forward Campbell joined Italian side Frosinone.

    But the North Londoners included variable sell-on clauses in their contracts which are prohibited.

    The contracts stated that if the clubs sold the players back to the UK, the Gunners would receive a bigger fee than if they offloaded them elsewhere…

  • CLAP FOR CARERS

    All of this weekend's Premier League games will see players and staff from both teams join the final clapforcarers for the UK's NHS Heroes.

  • WOLVES AT THE DOOR

    Arsenal posted a throwback to “Five-of-the-best” goals against Wolves ahead of their game against Nuno Espirito Santo's side tonight.

  • PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal are ready to treble the wages of Atletico Madrid's £45million midfielder Thomas Partey to make him Mikel Arteta's first summer signing.

    The Gunners are favourites to sign the 27-year-old Ghanaian, who has a £45m release clause in his contract, according to sources in Spain.

    Italian Serie A side Napoli are also chasing the African and could offer Poland international Arkadiusz Milik in a player-plus-cash swap.

    Spanish outlet Diario AS claim the Gunners will make him one of their highest earners as they target a new-look midfield.

  • TEAMNEWS ALERT

    Boss Arteta is primed to rotate his Arsenal squad for their trip to Wolves on Saturday evening.

    Mesut Ozil continues to be assessed by physios after missing the 4-0 thrashing of Norwich with a bad back.

    Bukayo Saka is one of those set to jump straight into the starting line up after signing a new deal that increased his wages ten-fold to £30,000 a week.

    Expect him to fill in for Kieran Tierney in the left wing back position after the Scotland star played in the last three games.

    On the opposite flank, Cedric Soares looks likely to finally make his full Arsenal debut after scoring off the bench against the Canaries.

  • GOOD MORNING, GOONERS

    After Bukayo Saka agreed to renew his Arsenal vows, Gabriel Martinelli has signed a long-term contract extension with the club.

    The Brazilian has taken to English football like a duck to water and Mikel Arteta was effusive in his praise of his rapid rise.

    Arteta beamed: “I am very happy that Gabi has signed a new contract with us.

    “He is a very talented young player and he has impressed us with his performances, attitude and work-rate.”

    Martinelli added: “It is the first of many and I can’t wait to be back to play a part in the exciting seasons to come!”

    One man who may or may not be joining the youngster in Arsenal’s attack next season is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The Gabonese forward is seeking a pay rise to £250,000-a-week and a three-year deal if he is to agree a new contract.

    That is according to ESPN, with Aubameyang’s current deal expiring in 12 months’ time.

    Finally on the Gunners’ striker front, Alexandre Lacazette may be offered to Atletico Madrid as part of a swap deal for Thomas Partey.

    The midfielder is a long-term target for the North London club and has a release clause thought to be worth around £45million.

  • FOOTY FIX

    The Premier League is back!

    And from now until the end of the season EVERY game will be televised so you can see your club's full run-in.

    And now – as of July 3 – we know all of the fixtures remaining for the campaign after the Premier League released their full TV schedule…

    Click through to check out the entire list.

  • IT’S ACADEMIC

    Edu has praised Arsenal’s academy off the back of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli committing their futures to the club.

    Developing a pathway from youth to first-team football is vital for any club’s success and the technical director is pleased with the Gunners’ approach.

    He told the club website: “The academy is doing a proper job, the coaches from the academy are doing a proper job, the performance guys as well because you have to prepare the players to be strong to stay in the first team.

    “Then of course, the quality of the guys in the first team. To see and to do the right process with the players because at times if you push too much it's not good for the players.

    “You have to understand the right time to start training, the right time to start to including the players on the bench and the right time to expose the player to play football for the first team.

    “The process is a very big piece for everybody.”

  • I GOT SOL

    One of English football’s most controversial transfers took place 19 years ago today.

    It worked out alright in the end, for the Gunners…

  • MORE FROM MARTINELLI

    Gabriel Martinelli has praised the “family” aspect to life at Arsenal.

    After signing his new long-term contract in North London, the striker told the club website why he loves being a part of the dressing room.

    Martinelli enthused: “It's as if we are a family and everyone is united. Everyone chats to everyone and you have players like Aubameyang or Lacazette, who are top footballers, but they're great people as well.

    “Emi Martinez and David Luiz as well. I can't thank them enough for helping me settle in and I'm grateful to God for this opportunity.

    “[Mikel Arteta] helped me so much since he took over. As I've said before, when the ball is in midfield, I have to shape my body correctly to head towards goal.

    “He's helped me in many areas, so I think he'll be very important in terms of my development at Arsenal. I hope to contribute with lots of goals, assists, good performances and results for the club.”

  • SAY E-DU

    Arsenal technical director Edu has spoken of Gabriel Martinelli’s excellent adaptation to English football, that even caught the Brazilian out.

    He told the club website: “I am surprised too because I know how difficult it is if you live in Brazil, to come to here and straight away adapt the way he has.

    “As I say, the plan with Martinelli was to start with the under-23s, be with the first team in pre-season, then come back to the under-23s.

    “But in that pre-season he already showed how important he's going to be for the team. It's quite similar, at that point, it's a quite similar situation to Bukayo Saka.

    “When you are talking about behaviour, attitude, mentality, family, so it's really nice, really nice. I met as well his family, and I saw properly how nice they are, how educated Martinelli has been during that period.”

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1pm Arsenal news LIVE: Partey ‘preparing to join’, Griezmann-Aubameyang swap transfer, Stones EXCLUSIVE – The Sun

ARSENAL travel to Wolves this evening, while the signing of Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey is moving ever closer.

Meanwhile, a sensational swap deal between captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Antoine Griezmann has been mooted.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…

  • MART MY WORDS

    Gabriel Martinelli had some positive words for Arsenal fans after signing a new contract with the club.

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta thinks the gulf between Arsenal and the Premier League teams above them is still very big.

    Speaking ahead of his team's trip to Wolves today, he said: “It looks like it's [the top two clear of the rest] at the moment and what happened in the table for the last two or three years suggests that.

    “But things change very quickly. Look how Liverpool have evolved in the last four or five years. Manchester United as well is looking really strong at the moment.

    “They are making a lot of good decisions. Leicester the same, Wolves with the season they are having.

    “It’s going to be a challenge but that gap has to be closed. For us, the margin that we have for improvement is still very, very big.”

  • IT'S VARCICAL – EXCLUSIVE!

    West Ham vice-chair and SunSport columnist Karren Brady wants VAR scrapped from the Premier League next season.

    She said: “VAR was brought in to reduce the number of innocent mistakes a referee makes during a game.

    “But in this strangest of football seasons, it is clear VAR has not corrected those mistakes.

    “It has made its own.

    “Because the ref on the pitch has simply been replaced by one in a box — and not the penalty box. One in a box in a remote location in Stockley Park.”

  • For Akpom Arsenal would receive 40 per cent of the fee if he moved to a British club, but only 30 per cent if he went elsewhere.

    While Frosinone would pay the Gunenrs 30 per cent of the fee if Campbell was sold back to the UK, but only 25 per cent if he went anywhere else.

    The clauses were not initially declared prompting an investigation which began in January.

    Fifa's disciplinary committee found Arsenal to be violating rules for entering into contracts that influenced other clubs, and also for failing to declare data in its Transfer Matching System.

    Fifa disciplinary committee member Thomas Hollerer wrote: “The committee considers that, by the mere existence of these clauses, Frosinone and PAOK FC are influenced by Arsenal in employment and transfer-related matters.

    “The committee considers that the relevant clauses undoubtedly grant Arsenal the ability to influence in employment and transfer-related matters the independence, policies and the performance of PAOK FC and Frosinone’s teams.”

  • PAIN IN THE ARSENAL

    Fifa have fined Arsenal £34,000 and warned them about their future conduct regarding transfers.

    It comes after an investigation into the sales of Chuba Akpom and Joel Campbell in 2018, undertaken by the Associated Press.

    Akpom was sold to Greek club PAOK, while Costa Rica forward Campbell joined Italian side Frosinone.

    But the North Londoners included variable sell-on clauses in their contracts which are prohibited.

    The contracts stated that if the clubs sold the players back to the UK, the Gunners would receive a bigger fee than if they offloaded them elsewhere…

  • CLAP FOR CARERS

    All of this weekend's Premier League games will see players and staff from both teams join the final clapforcarers for the UK's NHS Heroes.

  • WOLVES AT THE DOOR

    Arsenal posted a throwback to “Five-of-the-best” goals against Wolves ahead of their game against Nuno Espirito Santo's side tonight.

  • PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal are ready to treble the wages of Atletico Madrid's £45million midfielder Thomas Partey to make him Mikel Arteta's first summer signing.

    The Gunners are favourites to sign the 27-year-old Ghanaian, who has a £45m release clause in his contract, according to sources in Spain.

    Italian Serie A side Napoli are also chasing the African and could offer Poland international Arkadiusz Milik in a player-plus-cash swap.

    Spanish outlet Diario AS claim the Gunners will make him one of their highest earners as they target a new-look midfield.

  • TEAMNEWS ALERT

    Boss Arteta is primed to rotate his Arsenal squad for their trip to Wolves on Saturday evening.

    Mesut Ozil continues to be assessed by physios after missing the 4-0 thrashing of Norwich with a bad back.

    Bukayo Saka is one of those set to jump straight into the starting line up after signing a new deal that increased his wages ten-fold to £30,000 a week.

    Expect him to fill in for Kieran Tierney in the left wing back position after the Scotland star played in the last three games.

    On the opposite flank, Cedric Soares looks likely to finally make his full Arsenal debut after scoring off the bench against the Canaries.

  • GOOD MORNING, GOONERS

    After Bukayo Saka agreed to renew his Arsenal vows, Gabriel Martinelli has signed a long-term contract extension with the club.

    The Brazilian has taken to English football like a duck to water and Mikel Arteta was effusive in his praise of his rapid rise.

    Arteta beamed: “I am very happy that Gabi has signed a new contract with us.

    “He is a very talented young player and he has impressed us with his performances, attitude and work-rate.”

    Martinelli added: “It is the first of many and I can’t wait to be back to play a part in the exciting seasons to come!”

    One man who may or may not be joining the youngster in Arsenal’s attack next season is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The Gabonese forward is seeking a pay rise to £250,000-a-week and a three-year deal if he is to agree a new contract.

    That is according to ESPN, with Aubameyang’s current deal expiring in 12 months’ time.

    Finally on the Gunners’ striker front, Alexandre Lacazette may be offered to Atletico Madrid as part of a swap deal for Thomas Partey.

    The midfielder is a long-term target for the North London club and has a release clause thought to be worth around £45million.

  • FOOTY FIX

    The Premier League is back!

    And from now until the end of the season EVERY game will be televised so you can see your club's full run-in.

    And now – as of July 3 – we know all of the fixtures remaining for the campaign after the Premier League released their full TV schedule…

    Click through to check out the entire list.

  • IT’S ACADEMIC

    Edu has praised Arsenal’s academy off the back of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli committing their futures to the club.

    Developing a pathway from youth to first-team football is vital for any club’s success and the technical director is pleased with the Gunners’ approach.

    He told the club website: “The academy is doing a proper job, the coaches from the academy are doing a proper job, the performance guys as well because you have to prepare the players to be strong to stay in the first team.

    “Then of course, the quality of the guys in the first team. To see and to do the right process with the players because at times if you push too much it's not good for the players.

    “You have to understand the right time to start training, the right time to start to including the players on the bench and the right time to expose the player to play football for the first team.

    “The process is a very big piece for everybody.”

  • I GOT SOL

    One of English football’s most controversial transfers took place 19 years ago today.

    It worked out alright in the end, for the Gunners…

  • MORE FROM MARTINELLI

    Gabriel Martinelli has praised the “family” aspect to life at Arsenal.

    After signing his new long-term contract in North London, the striker told the club website why he loves being a part of the dressing room.

    Martinelli enthused: “It's as if we are a family and everyone is united. Everyone chats to everyone and you have players like Aubameyang or Lacazette, who are top footballers, but they're great people as well.

    “Emi Martinez and David Luiz as well. I can't thank them enough for helping me settle in and I'm grateful to God for this opportunity.

    “[Mikel Arteta] helped me so much since he took over. As I've said before, when the ball is in midfield, I have to shape my body correctly to head towards goal.

    “He's helped me in many areas, so I think he'll be very important in terms of my development at Arsenal. I hope to contribute with lots of goals, assists, good performances and results for the club.”

  • SAY E-DU

    Arsenal technical director Edu has spoken of Gabriel Martinelli’s excellent adaptation to English football, that even caught the Brazilian out.

    He told the club website: “I am surprised too because I know how difficult it is if you live in Brazil, to come to here and straight away adapt the way he has.

    “As I say, the plan with Martinelli was to start with the under-23s, be with the first team in pre-season, then come back to the under-23s.

    “But in that pre-season he already showed how important he's going to be for the team. It's quite similar, at that point, it's a quite similar situation to Bukayo Saka.

    “When you are talking about behaviour, attitude, mentality, family, so it's really nice, really nice. I met as well his family, and I saw properly how nice they are, how educated Martinelli has been during that period.”

  • GIFT OF THE GAB

    Gabriel Martinelli is ecstatic to be putting pen to paper on a new long-term contract.

    He wrote on Instagram: “I am very happy to commit my future to this great Club and I would like to thank Arsenal and all the fans for this fantastic year.

    “It is the first of many and I can’t wait to be back to play a part in the exciting seasons to come!”

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    I am very happy to commit my future to this great Club and I would like to thank Arsenal and all the fans for this fantastic year. It is the first of many and I can’t wait to be back to play a part in the exciting seasons to come! “Play for the name on the front of the shirt and they’ll remember the name on the back.” @tonyadamsofficialEstou muito feliz e comprometido nos próximos anos com este grande clube. Gostaria de agradecer ao Arsenal e a todos os torcedores por esse ano fantástico. Espero ser o primeiro ano de muitos e mal posso esperar para poder voltar a jogar as próximas temporadas que estão por vir!

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  • LU MUST BE JOKING

    Mikel Arteta has PRAISED David Luiz for his time at Arsenal.

    After joining last summer, the centre-back has been a regular starter for the Gunners but continues to make high-profile errors.

    But Arteta told Sky Sports: “His attitude and the way he has behaved with everybody at the club, not just in easy moments but in difficult moments, tells me everything about the person.

    “He knows the role he has here. You can ask any player in the team how he is with his team-mates, what he brings to the table, and how willing he is to do well at this football club.

    “He made a really difficult decision to leave Chelsea with two years left on his contract. It was a complicated decision to change clubs in London like that.

    “But he felt it was the right move and that is the type of character he is. I will keep pushing him, keep trying to make him better and stop his weaknesses so that all the positive things he has can flourish.”

  • TOP TIER

    Kieran Tierney has perhaps enjoyed his best spell at Arsenal since the restart.

    And the Scot is one of four Gooners nominated for the club’s player of the month gong.

    Also up for it are Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka.

    Who will prevail? My money’s on the lad who signed da ting.

  • BREAKING

    Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli has committed his future by signing a new long-term contract.

    The Brazilian ace joined Arsenal one year ago today from Ituano.

    And he will be staying put for some time after penning fresh terms with Mikel Arteta's side.

    The Gunners boss beamed: “I am very happy that Gabi has signed a new contract with us.

    “He is a very talented young player and he has impressed us with his performances, attitude and work-rate.

    “We are looking forward to getting him back to full fitness and to watching his development at our club.”

  • SZO LONG

    AC Milan and Napoli will battle Arsenal for transfer target Dominik Szoboszlai.

    Rated at just over £20million, with a release clause payable in installments, the RB Salzburg midfielder, 19, is a hot property.

    According to CalcioMercato, incoming Milan boss Ralf Rangnick – who currently works as part of Red Bull’s football setup – could be key to persuading Szoboszlai to snub Arsenal and come to Italy.

  • MES NOT GIVE UP

    Mikel Arteta has revealed Mesut Ozil DOES have a future at Arsenal… if he is willing to adapt.

    The German playmaker, 31, has not featured for the Gunners since the season restarted last month and Arteta reckons the ex-Real Madrid man may force his way back into the team with the right attitude.

    The Gunners chief said: “I think players can adapt to different systems and we can adapt systems for different players.

    “Sometimes it's not just about what we want to play or how we want to play.

    “Sometimes we have to try to fit the players we have available in the right moments in the right positions to perform and be comfortable on the pitch to do what we require them to do.

    “There's always a place for a player of his [Ozil's] quality.”

  • WHEN ALL IS CED AND DONE

    Cedric Soares has emphasised the need for harmony inside the dressing room, no matter who plays.

    The defender is up against Hector Bellerin for the Arsenal right-back role and he believes the busy schedule will keep players happy with rotation likely.

    He said: “It’s healthy competition. I knew Hector from before and we are supporting each other.

    “Right now everyone is getting an opportunity to play. This is what the team needs.

    “It’s most important to get the win whoever is playing. I am here to give my best for Arsenal.”

  • WAY AUBA

    More reports on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract situation.

    ESPN report that the striker is ready to sign a three-year deal to stay at Arsenal, providing they meet his £250,000-a-week wage demands.

    The 31-year-old is thought to currently earn just under £200,000-a-week. His current deal also expires in 12 months’ time.

    What do you reckon Gooners, worth it?

  • GUT DEAL

    An incoming over at Arsenal's Women's team…

    Swiss teenage midfielder Malin Gut signs from Grasshopper Zurich.

  • ART OF THE DEAL

    Mikel Arteta is intent on improving his Arsenal squad this summer.

    With many focusing on the Gunners keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the coach has told Sky Sports that he is optimistic of his side's market prospects.

    He said: “I know that the situation that we have at the club and the context that we are in, but the club know my plan.

    “In January, the situation was that we had to fill some gaps and give some stability to the squad.

    “Now is the moment to make another step forward and improve the squad and the players that we have.”

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7.30am Chelsea news LIVE: Rice targeted as Zouma replacement, Digne transfer UPDATE, Havertz LATEST, Kepa to Sevilla – The Sun

CHELSEA are looking to bounce back from defeat at West Ham as they host struggling Watford.

But Hammers ace Declan Rice could be making a reunion with the Blues as early as this summer as Frank Lampard looks to snap up the England starlet.

Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from West London below…

  • GOOD MORNING, BLUES FANS

    A blast from the past as Chelsea are reportedly scouting Hoffenheim winger Nick Breitenbucher – dubbed 'the next Arjen Robben'.

    German website Spox reports Chelsea face competition from a fellow Premier League rival in Liverpool for the 17-year-old wonderkid.

    Schalke remain the favourites to poach the talent from their Bundesliga rivals.

    Breitenbucher's style of play has been compared to former Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben.

    One of Breitenbucher's team-mates described him as “a little devil” and that he “says exactly what he thinks and is very direct”.

    Another youngster tipped to join the club is Kai Havertz.

    Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid are all fighting for the German star and Bayer Leverkusen colleague Wendell believes the English duo could have the best shot.

    He said: “Psychologically, the Germans are very focused people.

    “They are very concentrated on what they want. If he goes to the Premier League, he will learn a lot.

    “I think Kai dreams of playing there. He has that desire, and I think if he decides to play in England he will be a success.”

    Meanwhile, Chelsea have offloaded a member of their loan army with Nathan joining Atletico Mineiro on a permanent deal.

    Mineiro were hoping to extend Nathan’s loan, but instead they’ve now been able to sign him for just £3m.
    It’s believed Chelsea were hoping to pocket at least £6.5m.

    But the Blues have decided £3m is acceptable and Nathan is now an official Mineiro man.

  • FOREVER HUMBLE

    Frank Lampard has admitted to being “surprised” by getting a Manager of the Month nomination.

    Up against the Chelsea boss are Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Nuno Espirito Santo and Steve Bruce.

    Lampard stated: “I’ve still got West Ham in my head so I was slightly surprised but it’s a small thing to be proud of.

    “These are not the huge, important things but it shows our good form – five wins in five in that period, and playing some good stuff.

    “Obviously it was disappointing against West Ham, we know that but before that we’d been on a good run. It’s always a collective award because it shows more the work of players and staff included.”

  • CAL-TEKKERS

    Can Callum Hudson-Odoi earn a starting berth against Watford?

    Frank Lampard could do a lot worse, judging by this calmest of finishes.

  • DONE DEAL

    Former Brazilian youth star Nathan has been dumped by Chelsea without making a single appearance in five years.

    The attacking midfielder, 24, has joined Atletico Mineiro after a lengthy loan spell.

    Mineiro were hoping to extend Nathan’s loan, but instead they’ve now been able to sign him for just £3m.

    It’s believed Chelsea were hoping to pocket at least £6.5m.

    But the Blues have decided £3m is acceptable and Nathan is now an official Mineiro man.

  • BO AND ENJOY YOURSELF

    Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo is one of many hot talents on the Stamford Bridge production line.

    After a spell at Roda JC, the striker is ready to head out on loan again next season after being named on the club’s retained list.

    Nottingham Post name Nottingham Forest, Derby County, West Bromwich Albion and Championship-bound Coventry as considering moves for the England Under-20 international.

  • SEA YOU LATER

    Swansea have confirmed the loan extensions of Marc Guehi and Connor Gallagher for the rest of the season.

    The Chelsea duo will hope to push towards the play-offs, with Welsh rivals Cardiff four points above them in the race for sixth place.

    Swans boss Neil Cooper said: “They’re all good to go, they’ll be with us for the rest of the season and available for selection.

    “I don’t know why it was left longer than the others, there was certainly nothing untoward going on.

    “It was just a matter of getting stuff done at Chelsea’s end, but that's all firmed up. Conor and Marc will play a part in the next six games.”

  • NEV-ER MIND

    Gary Neville was one of many pundits who criticised Marcos Alonso following West Ham’s winner two days ago.

    However, Frank Lampard insists outside opinions are irrelevant to his team with the matter not discussed with the Spanish left-back – even though he was left for dead by Andriy Yarmolenko in stoppage time.

    The Chelsea boss stated: “I haven't spoken to him about it.

    “I think it's a dangerous game to comment on every pundit because you would probably have to have conversations with all of your players every week.

    “That's the nature of the beast and what we do. Yes, if I felt a player needed help or support in those situations, I would do, but I think we as players and myself are the biggest self-critics.

    “We analyse games and go over them, talk with players individually or collectively. That's my main focus, not so much what comes from outside.”

  • FRI-YAY

    All smiles in Chelsea training today…

    But who will be laughing at 10pm tomorrow night?

  • MIKE’D UP

    Chelsea’s hunt for a new goalkeeper could take them to France and Lille star Mike Maignan.

    Le10Sport name the Blues and Tottenham as interested in the 25-year-old, who came through PSG’s academy.

    Rated at around £15million, a bid is reportedly yet to land for Maignan.

  • FOR-EMER YOURS

    Emerson Palmieri has already held talks over a move to Inter Milan in the summer, according to reports.

    The Independent claim that Chelsea are ready to hear out offers around the £25m-£30m mark for the left-back.

    It is said that the club believe Emerson’s time in West London to be all-but over.

    Ben Chilwell is one man linked with replacing the Italy international.

  • FRANK DISCUSSION

    Frank Lampard has added his voice to the discontent over VAR in the Premier League.

    Chelsea benefited from West Ham’s seemingly legitimate opener being ruled out on Wednesday.

    But the Blues boss hopes to be part of an honest discussion with the game’s authorities at the end of the campaign.

    He told reporters: “We need a reflection at the end of the season, a collective sit-down — managers, players, referees, anyone who loves the game — to have an input and get it closer to where we want it to.”

  • NOT SO KEANE

    Manchester United and Chelsea have a mountain to climb if they are to challenge for next season’s Premier League title.

    That is according to Roy Keane, who feels Manchester City and Liverpool are still some way off for Solskjaer and Lampard.

    He told Sky Sports: “Liverpool have been desperate for this Premier League, that was something they were desperate to do.

    “Manchester City are more than capable of winning two more trophies [this season]. Man City are an outstanding team, brilliant team.

    “Different transfer situation coming up for them this summer. Sane’s left, Silva’s going off, so they have to recruit.

    “You have to trust these managers. Klopp and the recruitment policy for Liverpool, it’s obviously worked. He’s bought the right players, the right characters to the club, and that’s why they are champions.

    “And that’s why these two teams will be the teams to beat next year. I know United made a bit of progress. People are talking about Chelsea but it will be difficult to get past these two.”

  • LIVING IT L-ARJ

    Chelsea are reportedly scouting Hoffenheim winger Nick Breitenbucher – dubbed 'the next Arjen Robben'.

    Despite already having Christian Pulisic and Willian in the ranks, and Hakim Ziyech joining this summer, Blues are keeping their eye on Breitenbucher.

    German website Spox reports Chelsea face competition from a fellow Premier League rival in Liverpool for the 17-year-old wonderkid.

    Schalke remain the favourites to poach the talent from their Bundesliga rivals.

    Breitenbucher's style of play has been compared to former Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben.

    One of Breitenbucher's team-mates described him as “a little devil” and that he “says exactly what he thinks and is very direct”.

  • FAN’S VIEW

    He’s changed the minds of many, and Chelsea MUST pursue a Declan Rice swap deal.

    When I say that West Ham star Rice has changed the minds of many, I tend to include myself here.

    Although I have maintained that Rice is a top player, I have always pushed the agenda that Chelsea didn’t need to sign him because they have Ethan Ampadu.

    Now though, for two reasons, I am firmly in the ‘Rice in’ camp.

    Read Simon Phillips’ Chelsea Fan’s View here.

  • DREAMING OF BLUE

    Kai Havertz is “dreaming” of a move to the Premier League with Chelsea in pole position to land the Bayer Leverkusen ace.

    The German outfit currently value the highly-rated midfielder at an eye-watering £90million, amid interest from Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

    And the Blues are said to be leading the charge for the hotshot after his teammate, Brazilian left-back Wendell, admitted Havertz has his heart set on a move to England.

    Wendell said: “Psychologically, the Germans are very focused people. They are very concentrated on what they want.

    “If he goes to the Premier League, he will learn a lot. I think Kai dreams of playing there. He has that desire, and I think he decides to play in England he will be a success.

    “He's a complete player. If you play him as a No9 or No10 a little bit behind, or if you put him out wide, he'll know what to do.”

  • MANAGER OF THE MONTH

    Frank Lampard has been nominated for the best boss award for June.

    Here is how the four nominated managers stack up.

    • Steve Bruce (Newcastle) – P3 W2 D1 L0​ GF5 GA1 GD+4
    • Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves) – P5 W4 D1 L0​ GF7 GA2 GD+5
    • Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – P3 W3 D0 L0​ GF8 GA2 GD+6
    • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man Utd) – P5 W3 D2 L0​ GF10 GA2 GD+8

    NEED TO KNOW: WERNER

    Here is all you need to know about the new Blues striker.

    DIGNE-FIED APPROACH

    Chelsea are interested in Everton defender Lucas Digne, according to reports.

    The Blues are desperate to land a new left-back this summer, with neither Emerson Palmieri nor Marcos Alonso having convinced Frank Lampard this season.

    Leicester City star Ben Chilwell has long been considered their No1 target in the position.

    But with the Foxes set to demand £75million for their home-grown England international, Chelsea have decided to look at other options.

    And according to ESPN, they have “identified” Digne as the perfect alternative.

    The 26-year-old has played well for Everton since joining in 2018, replacing the popular Leighton Baines as the Toffees' first-choice left-back.

    NIC OF TIME

    Chelsea are planning to make a move for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico, according to reports.

    The Argentina international is set to leave the Dutch giants at the end of the season.

    Tagliafico, 27, is viewed as a cheaper alternative to top target Ben Chilwell.

    According to Transfermarketweb, Chelsea will make a “serious run” at bringing him to Stamford Bridge.

    PREM BETTING TIPS (Ladbrokes)

    Chelsea vs Watford

    Chelsea matches this season have featured an average of 3.2 goals, which is the second-highest in the league behind Man City.

    We reckon the Blues have been chastened by that loss to the Hammers and will come out all guns blazing.

    Back over 1.5 goals in the first half at a huge 31/20, while 2/3 on over 2.5 goals in the entire game is a steal.

    Tammy Abraham wasn't at his best against the Hammers, with Christian Pulisic going close twice to landing our goalscorer tip.

    The American is likely to be a favourite of many at 3/2 to net anytime, but we like Olivier Giroud should he start ahead of Abraham.

    The Frenchman has two in his last four and is 11/10 to net at any point – value even if he's coming off the bench.

    BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

    Chelsea star Ross Barkley is reportedly still wanted by West Ham following the club's failed loan bid in January.

    The Daily Mirror claim David Moyes is keen on a reunion with the England midfielder after their time at Everton together.

    The Scottish manager brought Barkley through the ranks at Goodison Park after nurturing his progress through the Toffees’ youth teams.

    Moyes attempted to land the 26-year-old on loan back in January but Chelsea rejected the move.

    But the Hammers boss is said to be holding out hope that his former protege could be on the lookout for regular first-team starts.

    Barkley has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and will need to revive his fortunes to be back in Gareth Southgate’s thinking for next year’s European Championships.

    BAT MAN

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