Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina taken to hospital after sustaining serious head injury for Napoli against Udinese

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper David Ospina taken to hospital after sustaining serious head injury for Napoli against Udinese David Ospina left the field on a stretcher shortly before half time (Picture: Getty)Medics were rushed onto the pitch after Ospina gestured towards the crowd and was loaded onto a stretcher before being taken to hospital in an ambulance with Alex Meret introduced as a substitute.AdvertisementAdvertisementSky Sports Italia later reported that Ospina was conscious upon his arrival at hospital where he was with his wife Jesica Sterling.Ospina had been hopeful of facing his parent club in the Europa League after Arsenal were drawn against Napoli in a heavyweight Europa League quarter final tie on Friday.The former Nice goalkeeper is unlikely to return to the Emirates in the summer and Napoli had already indicated they were keen to exercise the option to buy clause they inserted in his contract.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal David Ospina collided with Udinese’s Argentine forward Ignacio Pussetto (Picture: AFP) Advertisement Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Mar 2019 6:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link555Shares David Ospina was taken to hospital after sustaining a head injury against Udinese (Picture: Getty)Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina was taken to hospital after appearing to collapse having sustained a serious head injury against Udinese.The Colombia international was treated by the Napoli physio in the fifth minute after a nasty collision with Ignacio Pussetto.Ospina, currently on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season, soldiered on and watched goals from Amin Younes and Jose Callejon help Carlo Ancelotti’s side take a 2-0 lead.The 30-year-old was powerless, however, to prevent Udinese drawing level through Kevin Lasagna and Seko Fofana, before crumpling to the floor shortly before half-time.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisementlast_img read more

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Knutson and Ramirez drop 5th-straight doubles match

first_imgPittsburgh’s Claudia Bartolome and Gabriela Rezende celebrated with fist bumps and a high five when Gabriela Knutson’s backhand went too long. This gave the Panthers a 6-2 win, ultimately culminating into Pittsburgh’s first Atlantic Coast Conference doubles point this season.Knutson looked to the ceiling. Although No. 30 Syracuse (12-8, 5-6 Atlantic Coast) would go on to defeat Pittsburgh (4-14, 0-11) 5-2, the loss added up to their fifth straight. Just one court over, a banner hung celebrating Knutson and Ramirez’s All-American doubles honors in 2018, the first in program history. This year, the pair, while still receiving a national ranking at No. 90, is 10-8 and hasn’t found the same success that allowed them to finish at No. 8 last season.“They know that they’re a very good team,” head coach Younes Limam said. “And they just need to go and commit to their shots and play with a lot of energy, obviously. But also when you’re returning, when you’re serving, you gotta go and get it and commit to your shots.”The pair was broken early as Pittsburgh gained a 1-0 lead on a Ramirez shot into the net. The Panthers held serve easily. Down 2-0, Knutson shook her hand after a serve that went weak into the net. She shook her head and squinted in a bit of pain.Limam had been aware her right arm had been bothering her even before today’s match and decided to rest her after doubles. Knutson said Thursday her health might be one of the reasons for the slip in the rankings. Between laryngitis and colds, she said she’s had “one, max two weeks” of full being fully healthy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was hoping that we’d shoot up quicker,” Knutson said Thursday “… I don’t really know what’s missing. It’s kind of up and down.”After being broken again, Knutson and Ramirez got one back. A powerful backhand winner down the line from Knutson made it 30-30. She swung through the next serve, but the Orange pair was able to force a deuce and then win the next.On Ramirez’s serve the pair was up 40-30, but a forehand by Ramirez into the net forced a deuce. This time Pittsburgh came through.“They were playing really good at net,” Ramirez said. “They knew when to poach, when to stay back so it was really tough to get it by them.”Down 4-1, the Orange badly needed a break. Pittsburgh wouldn’t cede it, though, and miscommunication between the Knutson and Ramirez resulted in the final point. A shot fell between them as Ramirez started reaching back but didn’t commit and Knutson didn’t have enough time to then react.The chemistry between the pair has rarely faded, however. Knutson and Ramirez strive to play a mens’ doubles style, staying more aggressive at the net.“Sometimes, even when we had bad matches, we know who we are as a team and what we’re capable of,” Knutson said. “That even if we’re not playing that good, I would not want to choose anyone else.”Syracuse would get one more game back, holding serve, but then failed to break Pittsburgh. Throughout the Orange’s losing streak they played a handful of nationally ranked duos but only one player on the Panther’s roster is currently ranked: Bartolome at No. 125 in singles.Limam knows what his top singles pair is capable of. Confidence, he said, could be playing a role after their recent stretch.“You win a few matches and all of a sudden, you’re rolling, you’re playing with more authority, you’re playing on your terms,” Limam said. “And you lose some matches and everything that you do, you start thinking twice, and the last thing you want to do in tennis, or in any sport is to overthink things.”The pair’s season may not end up as banner worthy as the prior season. But Knutson and Ramirez still serve as the backbone of the team. When they win in doubles, the team is 8-2. The Orange haven’t won a doubles point this season when Ramirez and Knutson fall.“I don’t think we’ve been blown off the court once,” Ramirez said. “So we’re still right there, we’re still a great team and we know that, everyone knows that. So yeah, we’re still doing well.” Comments Published on April 5, 2019 at 8:21 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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F1 Australian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen revelling in Red Bull’s ‘amazing’ new Honda era

first_imgMax Verstappen is revelling in Red Bull’s “amazing” partnership with Honda after starting the season with a third-place finish at the Australian Grand Prix.Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton made it a Mercedes one-two at Albert Park on Sunday, with Verstappen denying Sebastian Vettel a top-three finish. 2008 – @HondaRacingF1 (engine) have reached their first podium in F1 thanks to the third @Max33Verstappen ’s place since Rubens Barrichello got it for Honda in UK GP in 2008. Change pic.twitter.com/mSvU6RvLj2— OptaJuan (@OptaJuan) March 17, 2019Verstappen picked up 15 points and his only slight disappointment was being pipped to another for the fastest lap by Bottas.”It can be 21 extra points at the end of the season, so it’s quite powerful,” he added.”I was just trying to push up to Lewis and go for the fastest lap but it didn’t work out, but I’m happy to be third, happy for the team and Honda.” Red Bull are expected to move to another level with Honda engines this season, team principal Christian Horner describing the change to new power units as “the missing ingredient.”Verstappen was encouraged by his first race in a new era for Red Bull after ending a wait of almost 11 years for a Honda-powered car to take a podium finish.The Dutchman said: “Since we started working together it’s been amazing, I’m really enjoying it, so also well deserved for [Honda].”On the first tires, as soon as you got within one and a half seconds the tires overheated and I couldn’t place an attack.”As soon as I got on to the medium tire, the car felt good and I was just slowly pushing up to him [Vettel], not destroying the tires, and as soon as I had the opportunity I went for it, but Lewis had more pace than Seb and at this track it is so hard to get past.”last_img read more

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