Mesut Ozil wants coffee shop deal to make switch from Arsenal to DC United

first_img Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Comment / 1/1 PLAY Read More Advertisement Top articles Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Mesut Ozil wants coffee shop deal to make switch from Arsenal to DC United Mesut Ozil is considering a switch to MLS with DC United (Picture: Getty Images)Mesut Ozil’s proposed switch from Arsenal to MLS side DC United could hinge on him striking a deal to open a coffee shop in America.The Washington-based side are set to hold talks with Arsenal and Ozil’s representatives over a potential move Stateside and they will partly be talking about cafes.Ozil owns 39 Steps Coffee, a cafe with three branches in London, and he is keen to open a new shop at DC United’s Audi Field if he moves there, according to The Athletic.It is, of course, not the German’s only concern and there will also be discussions over salary and what it means for his playing career, but coffee will certainly be on the menu.ADVERTISEMENT Read More AdvertisementAdvertisementDC United are looking for a blockbuster name to replace Wayne Rooney who is leaving to take up a player-coach role at Derby County in January.Ozil is currently paid £350,000-a-week at Arsenal and has two years left on his contract, so a deal could still be tricky to do for the 30-year-old.The World Cup winner has said nothing of a potential move away from the Emirates, although he appeared to commit his immediate future to Arsenal with a Twitter post on Wednesday in the Gunners’ new away shirt, which read: ‘New. season. loading. 〽⏳💥⚽ #M1Ö #YaGunnersYa @Arsenal’More: 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 CityDC United are also considering a move for Mario Balotelli, who is currently out of contract and available on a free transfer after leaving Marseille at the end of last season.The former Manchester City and Liverpool man has also been in talks with Brazilian side Flamengo, while League Two side Carlisle have also thrown their name into the hat to sign the Italian.Carlisle director of football David Holdsworth told the News and Star: ‘I said Mario could come over and we’d have a look at him – we’ve got a little bit of budget left!”‘I told one of the agents that works with him that he would love the country walks here and he’d enjoy himself in the area.‘There are lots of appealing things in Cumbria and the Carlisle fans would love him as long as he worked hard for us.‘He’s a free agent, after all – if he wants to come and say hello to Carlisle, I haven’t got a problem with it…’MORE: Nicolas Pepe’s agent approves Arsenal’s deal for David LuizMORE: Martin Keown warns Unai Emery against signing Chelsea outcast David Luiz for Arsenal Full Screen Coming Nextcenter_img Read More SPONSORED Skip Ad Read More by Metro Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings Advertisement 1 min. story Phil HaighThursday 8 Aug 2019 8:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link110Shares Skip About Connatix V67539last_img read more

Take in nature with these socially distant LA sights & hikes

first_imgDue to the coronavirus, the indoor galleries and some high-touch outdoor areas — including the Children’s Garden and the Conservatory — remain closed. However, The Huntington boasts 14 other themed gardens spread out over an astounding 120 acres that are a treat to visit any time of year. With nearly 15,000 different plants, the grounds are bursting with flowers, herbs and foliage of every imaginable color and scent.  If you’re a movie buff, you’ll recognize that this pier and the famous Lighthouse Café behind it are featured in “La La Land.” For bonus points and an added layer of fun, pop in some headphones and listen to the movie soundtrack as you and your friends ride back down the bike path.  Once you reach the summit, you’ll find plenty of striking boulder formations — a good place to rest, have lunch and take in the quiet landscape. Foot traffic on the wide trails is light and these rocky outcrops can be great places to practice meditation and breathing exercises alone, with your quarantine pod or alongside a few socially distanced friends.  Sights  Some weekend warriors enjoy biking the entire 21-mile beach path in a single day, but I’d recommend starting small for your first time on The Strand. A popular choice is the stretch from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach. This mile-and-a-half route is ideal around sunset so that when you reach the famous Hermosa Beach Pier, you can watch the sun dip below the horizon.  Art by Sara Heymann Marvin Braude Bike Trail  Established in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington and his wife Arabella, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution located just 30 minutes from campus in the quiet suburbs of San Marino.  As the second week of classes begins, those who have moved back to Los Angeles are likely looking to fill the void. So for those itching to escape the confines of their apartments and get some fresh air, here is a list of socially distant sights and hiking trails to explore in and around the city.  Whether you’re a hiker, trail runner, bird watcher or flower enthusiast, this trail has enough variety to satisfy any outdoorsman’s needs. The landscape frequently changes on the hike, from tree tunnels to vast grass fields, and includes several creek crossings. One section of the trail is a dead ringer for the alpine meadow in the opening scene of “The Sound of Music” — you’ll almost expect to see Julie Andrews twirling around in the wildflowers when you walk through it.  Let’s face it, weekends in college are not what they used to be. With the student body scattered to the four winds this semester, the typical atmosphere of door-to-door frat parties, late-night food runs with friends on Fig and Downtown L.A. day trips has become a faint recollection. (Although some people seem to be having a hard time letting go of the past when it comes to off-campus ragers.) The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens  Backbone Trail to Corral Canyon Road  The steep incline for the last half of the hike will definitely get your blood pumping and can be difficult for some when wearing face masks, but the views of Malibu Canyon from the top are good compensation, as are the wildflowers and other native flora that line the trail on your way up. If you take the trail to Castro Crest, you’ll also find an unusual spiral rock art formation on the ground maintained by hikers over the years.center_img Waterman Mountain Loop Trail  While Musch Trail often has heavier foot traffic than the Waterman Mountain Loop Trail, there are large footpath sections that are wide enough to maintain social distance when passing others. The first half of the trail is pretty flat and gradually gets steeper with a pretty serious incline the last mile or so, but the final push up the hill is more than worth it when you see the far-out rock formations. If you aren’t afraid of heights, climb to the top of the sloping rocks and take in the Pacific Ocean’s 180-degree view.  Hikes  Whether you’re a photographer, artist, architecture student or looking to practice mindfulness, a visit to The Huntington Gardens is one of the best ways to experience L.A. while maintaining social distancing.  Musch Trail to Eagle Rock is bound to make for an exciting weekend adventure from the strange art to the otherworldly rock formations at the end of the hike.  Another day hike option is Musch Trail to Eagle Rock. About a 40-minute drive from campus, the 4.5-mile-long trail is located in the middle of Topanga Canyon. You’ll be treated to bohemian roadside art installations reminiscent of 1970s counterculture along the journey to the trailhead.  If you’re looking to leave the city bubble and get out into nature, consider a hike along the Waterman Mountain Loop Trail. Located in the Angeles National Forest, a little more than an hour’s drive from campus, this six-mile-long, moderately rated route features stunning alpine views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Massive pine and cedar trees line the trail providing shade and an intoxicating aroma can be enjoyed even through face masks.  While picnics are not permitted, consider swinging by the 1919 Café for grab-and-go refreshments that you can enjoy while strolling through the grounds.  For the environmentally conscious Trojans out there, a bike ride along the Marvin Braude Bike Trail — also known as The Strand — is the ideal way to get a taste for the various beach towns dotting the L.A. coastline. Starting at Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades, The Strand passes through popular Southern California destinations, including Santa Monica, Venice and Dockweiler (to name a few) before ending at Torrance Beach.  For those looking to break away from their screens, a trip to The Huntington is perfect for clearing the mental clutter after a long week of online classes.  Located in the Santa Monica Mountains, less than an hour from campus, Backbone Trail is another essential L.A. hike. The 63-mile-long trail is best made for weekend trips in smaller sections; one popular choice is a trek from Backbone Trail up to Corral Canyon Road.  Musch Trail to Eagle Rock last_img read more

Nunoo – Sarpei pleads for better infrastructure for players in Ghana

first_imgGhana and Greuther Furth’s Hans Nunoo – Sarpei wants football stakeholders back home to make greater efforts to improve football infrastructure.This he believes will be key to the nurturing of players and also reduce the risk of career threatening injuries.“It is risky playing out there in such condition because a player can easily end his career.“This is because of a lack of facilities or lack of funds to cater for the player in the case of a serious injury.“Any injury can end someone’s career and you look at how much money they get every month it is so appalling they can’t afford to take care of themselves,” he stated on The Tracker on Citi TV.The young midfielder spent time in Ghana’s Division One with Accra Great Olympics and the junior side of Liberty Professionals before eventually departing for Germany.last_img read more