U.’s Nevill making impact

first_imgFreshman averages over 40 minutes ppg rebs FG % FT %tAndrew Bogut (season) 16.7 13.3 57.7 64.0 Luke Nevill (through 7 games) 18.0 11.6 58.5 64.0 Although he definitely hasn’t made Utah fans forget about Andrew Bogut, Luke Nevill has a few things in common with the former Ute star who was last year’s national player of the year and NBA No. 1 Draft pick.Like Bogut, Nevill is a 7-foot-tall basketball player who grew up in Australia and came to America to play basketball for the University of Utah.Nevill isn’t likely to become another Bogut — how many players become national player of the year and a No. 1 draft choice? — but something else the two have in common are their freshman statistics.After seven games, Nevill is averaging 9.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, which are less than the 12.2 ppg and 9.9 rpg numbers Bogut put up as a freshman in 2003-04. However, Bogut averaged 30 minutes per game, compared to Nevill’s 21 minutes per game and if you extrapolate the numbers over a 40-minute game, Nevill measures up.Nevill would have the slight edge in scoring over 40 minutes, 18.0 to 16.7, while Bogut would have the edge in rebounding 13.3 to 11.6. As for shooting percentages, they are amazingly identical — 58.5 percent for Nevill to 57.7 for Bogut from the field and 64.0 percent from the line for both.The two Aussies didn’t know each other before coming to Utah — Bogut being from Melbourne on the southeast coast and Nevill growing up in Perth on the west coast.Nevill wanted to pursue a college career, so he came to the U.S. as an exchange student to a host family in Georgia in 2003. Being 7 feet tall he was an attraction to several colleges and was recruited by the likes of South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Charlotte and Georgia.He also got the attention of Utah, which already had Bogut in the program. Former Ute coach Rick Majerus started recruiting him early in his season at Kell High School, where he averaged 17.6 points and 8.9 rebounds, and after Majerus left the program, interim Ute coach Kerry Rupp continued pursuing Nevill.However, when Rupp wasn’t retained by new coach Ray Giacoletti, who brought in his own staff, the recruitment of Nevill stopped cold. It was almost as if he had never been recruited by Utah. In fact, Giacoletti’s staff wasn’t even informed of Nevill’s recruitment.Instead, Giacoletti found out about Nevill almost by accident when he was doing some checking with the Australian Institute of Sport to talk about Bogut, who had just completed his freshman year.He asked if there were any other players he should be aware of, and an Australian official mentioned a big kid named Luke Nevill who was an exchange student in Georgia.It was April, just before the signing period and Giacoletti was understandably skeptical about a player still available at such a late date.But he decided to check him out and flew down to Georgia. It was then he found out the surprising news when Nevill said Utah had already been recruiting him for the past year or so.”They were like, wow, you’re not even on any of the records we have,” Nevill recalls.Giacoletti also discovered there were some eligibility issues that had scared off most recruiters. Because Nevill had only attended school one year as an exchange student, he wasn’t eligible to graduate from high school under rules in the state of Georgia, which required two years of attendance.That didn’t deter Giacoletti, who persisted where other schools didn’t. The problem wasn’t Nevill’s GPA or test scores, which were excellent. He just needed more schooling. So Giacoletti arranged for Nevill to go to a private school in Utah in the summer, paid for by Nevill’s family, to get the credit necessary to be eligible in the fall.The other main school Nevill considered was South Carolina, but he enjoyed Utah on his visit and it also helped to have fellow Aussie Bogut to show him around town and tell him the good points of Utah.”That made a difference because I saw another Australian in the system doing well,” Nevill said. “It was really helpful to see someone from the same country. It was a very good choice. I enjoy my teammates and the coaching staff is a great bunch of guys.”The only thing that bothers Nevill about Utah is the colder weather. He lives right near the beach in Australia and misses that. He saw snow for the first time in Georgia, but nothing like he’s seen in Utah.”They got two inches and closed the schools. Here you get three feet and keep going,” Nevill said with a chuckle.Last year, Nevill redshirted because Bogut was playing close to 35 minutes a game and another center, Chris Jackson, who had been in the program for four years, was backing him up. Even though they could have used him at times, Utah decided it wasn’t worth wasting a year of eligibility on a few minutes a game for Nevill.However, playing against Bogut every day in practice was invaluable to Nevill and prepared him for this year. Though not a starter, his coaches are happy with his play.”To be honest, I’ve been very pleased with Luke,” Giacoletti said. “Because of how well Chris Jackson has played, we’ve been able to play him in situations where he can be successful and get a good feel for the game.”Like a typical freshman, Nevill has been inconsistent, like getting 19 points and 13 rebounds against Rice one Saturday and then scoring just one point with five rebounds against Southern Utah.”He needs to be more aggressive and work on his post position deep in the paint,” said Giacoletti. “He also needs to work on boxing out so he can rebound and get more area rebounds instead of just position rebounds.”Nevill agrees with his coach about the aggressiveness issue.”Sometimes I get a bit soft when I’m inside,” he said. “I may take a fadeaway shot or don’t go strong to the rim. I need to focus on that. Also boxing out is a big thing for me to focus on.”As he gets more experience, Nevill could turn out to be a very good player for Utah, even if he never reaches the heights of Bogut. As Giacoletti points, out, he’s only in his fifth year of organized basketball.”He’s still a young pup,” he said. “He just needs strength and experience. Looking down the road, Luke has a chance to be pretty darn good” E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more


Scouts work for heritage badge

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN THE fight to have the Pakenham Scout Hall heritage listed has “gained legs” following a letter of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img


Tough fight

first_imgPH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK The seven-time trainer of the year feels Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion and current World Boxing Organization welterweight titlist, will be thoroughly tested by the unbeaten Crawford (30-0 with 21 knockouts), the unified light welterweight king.“It’s a tough fight, yes,” Roach told badlefthook.com. “But it’s one that we have to say yes to… because we don’t wanna just be fighting nobodies. We still want to be the best.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngCrawford, nine years younger than Pacquiao at 29, is certainly one of the best.  He is favored to be named 2016 Fighter of the Year after defending his 140-pound crown thrice this year, the last via an eight-round stoppage of the overweight John Molina Jr. in April.Roach even likened Crawford to a “young Mayweather but he probably has a better punch than Mayweather.”  Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford is declared winner over John Molina Jr. after a WBO junior welterweight boxing bout at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Crawford won by TKO in the eighth round. APWhen Manny Pacquiao fought against Jessie Vargas last November, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach felt certain of a dominant victory. He was right.Now that Terence Crawford looms as a prime candidate to tangle with Pacquiao this year, Roach has some reservations.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA This week’s #KicksStalker pick: Jio Jalalon’s Lillard 2 Easter Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are younglast_img read more


Bolick, San Beda edge La Salle for Filoil title

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda’s Robert Bolick usually had a chip on his shoulder when playing against De La Salle.Seldom-used during his time as a Green Archer, Bolick made his way to the NCAA powerhouse.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “The second half he shared the ball, but in the end we live and die with Bolick. I devised a play, but at the end of the game, in the last 10 seconds, it should be Bolick who’ll take the last shot.”And although Bolick had his prayer answered, he wasn’t the only Red Lion to come up in the clutch.AC Soberano had his moment in the sun when he labeled the scores at 72-72 with a triple from the left wing at the 59.9-second mark of the game.Still, it was Bolick who saved San Beda and he finished with 24 points, eight rebounds, and six assists while Javee Mocon had 13 points and 13 rebounds.Ben Mbala led La Salle with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks.ADVERTISEMENT And on Sunday, the feisty Red Lion turned that chip into a boulder and used that to demoralize the Green Archers, 75-72, in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup finals at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.Bolick, who scored 16 points in the first half alone, had the ball in his hands with less than 30 seconds remaining and the scores tied at 72-72.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe former Green Archer stared at Santi Santillan with title-winning intentions on his mind, and a death glare on his eyes. He then dribbled right, popped back, and hit the game-winning triple with 8.5 seconds left in the game.“Bolick really wanted to prove himself in the first half and I told him you can’t win it alone,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “He forced his shots in the first half and we only had four assists in the first half.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipino MMA fighters set for China tilt Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workingcenter_img View comments 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. A dream fulfilled for Christian Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


The plot thickens…

first_img…on elections riggingIt looks like folks are finally listening to your (barefoot) Eyewitness crying in the wilderness (so it seemed!) about the ground being laid for first delaying, and then rigging if necessary, the scheduled 2020 general elections. As he’d explained, the two-year delay – like the one from 1990 to 1992 – will ensure oil is flowing by then, and (hopefully) the good times are rolling.If, in fact, the latter scenario plays out, there will be no need to rig – whether with a scalpel or a sledge hammer. But crucial to everything is to drag out the elections. And as a Government filled with military types, they aren’t just rolling out a single plan. There are plans A, B, C and the entire alphabet drafted to handle all possible contingencies.In play right now is the “delay option” through foot dragging and digging in of heels on the GECOM Chairman. Apart from the mice playing with (and eating out) the cheese while the cat’s away, if a chairman isn’t found by 2020, then there will be no legitimised elections. Delaying the elections then becomes the ONLY option feasible, no?But we just heard about another delay option…which sounds even more convincing to your Eyewitness. It’s so good it could even be Option A. This is the “need for constitutional change” option. The international community – A,B,C,D and the whole alphabet soup of countries – has pronounced on the need for constitutional change. Seminars have been held. (Pliable) front groups have been formed to push the (fine) point. The Government insists it “believes” in constitutional change.The PM Minister’s even been allocated million dollars for countrywide “consultations” on the subject – after a high-powered group held a year of hearings and came up with a raft (or a canoe) of proposals. A hint about this new “delay option” came when Pressie dismissed those proposals as being gathered behind four walls! He – a man who launches CoIs sitting within four walls at the drop of a beret – insisted the entire country must be canvassed! Presumably in open spaces. Hence the million. But nothing’s been done since by the PM, and even though he’s no Speedy Gonzalez, the delay is ominous.So, at a high-powered gathering, the ex-chair of the AFC (who just happens to be the fella who led the “four walls” constitutional initiative) opined there ain’t no way consultations would be completed by 2020. His successor as AFC Chair, who just happens to be the Public Security Minister, stoutly asserted there ain’t no way he’s going to ALLOW any delays on elections.Really?? And exactly how will this be done? Holding his breath??…on tradeYour Eyewitness has been following the emanations from the Business Summit sponsored by our Private Sector. Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, for instance, was on the critical panel on trade. Incidentally, this fella Greenidge takes his designation much too literally. Being a “Foreign” Minister doesn’t mean he has to be “foreign” all the time!! Or is it he and Pressie can’t be in the same hole at the same time??!!Anyhow, Greenidge moaned about us not breaking out of the traditional EIGHT primary products (he expanded on Pressie’s “six curses”) and wondered when our Private Sector would get its act together. But hold it! What about that Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) he negotiated on behalf of CariCom with Europe? Wasn’t this supposed to ensure “value added” gets shipped to Europe?Jagdeo was upset with the deal, but Greenidge said “not to worry”!! Yeah right!!Incidentally, whatever happened to the big bucks that came via “Aid for Trade” to help the Private Sector add value??…on Police Top BrassIf one CoI’s delivering results, it’s the one into the alleged assassination plot against Pressie. The recommendation is to axe the entire top brass. So, is a sergeant to take over?Cause Ramjattan said, unlike TT, Guyana’s not looking foreign.last_img read more


An opportunity to start over

first_imgFor a Government with a one-seat majority, the PNC-led coalition behaved after 2015 as if they had the two-thirds majority Forbes Burnham rigged for the PNC in 1973. Yet they had gone into a coalition with the AFC, which had earned five seats in the National Assembly in 2006 on the promise they would provide a countervailing force to both the PPP and PNC. Most of their supporters assumed they would maintain some semblance of independence to keep the PNC on the straight and narrow, since the withdrawal of their support on any spending bill could bring the Government down.But it was not to be, even though they had a signed agreement, dubbed the “Cummingsburg Accord”, to guarantee their autonomy of action. Their behaviour between 2011 and 2015, however, when they consistently supported the PNC/APNU positions against the PPP minority government, signalled their opportunism to the PNC. The latter’s first move after they acceded to office was to sweeten the pot on salaries and perks of the AFC leaders, so that when they, the PNC, reneged on all the promises of the Accord, the AFC not only stayed mum, but actively connived with them to introduce several authoritarian measures.  President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of the octogenarian Justice James Patterson to the Chair of GECOM, which vitiated the painstakingly-crafted Constitutional provision for the meaningful input of the Opposition Leader, was a case in point. AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan gleefully allowed that he had actually suggested the feint to Granger.In his peroration as to why the PNC-led Coalition Government should not be allowed to finish its five-year term, Bharat Jagdeo, Leader of the Opposition, offered a masterful summation. Fundamentally, the clinching argument was based on the question of what the Government had to show after spending $1.3 trillion, apart for them enjoying the “good life” with their super salaries and their perks. Jagdeo also honed in on the chasm between their manifesto promises and the sordid reality of non-accomplishment.The “yes” vote by AFC MP Charandass Persaud stunned the Government, because they had come to believe that everyone on their benches would stifle their consciences. It was the quintessence of democratic representative Government when Persaud explained that, unlike his party leaders, he was not an automaton to be remote controlled by the PNC. As the British High Commissioner Greg Quinn said, “The democratic process as laid out in the Constitution has been followed.  It is important that everyone now respects the results.  Members of Parliament must be allowed to undertake their constitutionally mandated roles in the absence of fear or favour.”The Constitution, specifically Art 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution, states respectively: “The Cabinet, including the President, shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” And “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall, by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly, determine…”After the vote, the Opposition Leader acknowledged that both sides have constituencies, and as such, he said, “We have to find a way now to ensure that we maximise all of the national skills and look past the politics of it, so that we can, in the upcoming era, which can be transformative, we can present a united face to the rest of the world. And this, although it may seem an unprecedented and maybe disappointing for the members of the Government side, it’s also an opportunity – and I would hope we all see it as an opportunity – for engagement very, very early on both sides, and decide on how we [move forward].”This newspaper supports the call for a free and fair election and a campaign fought on the issues that confront Guyana and its future development.last_img read more


Govt not walking the talk on local democracy – Luncheon

first_imgThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) is seemingly drifting away from the commitments made on the campaign trail, and its promise of a revitalisation of local democracy. This is according to former Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon, who was speaking to journalists at his party’s weekly media briefing, at Freedom House on Monday.Dr Luncheon said the current Administration is moving away from its promise of local democracy and social cohesion; critical issues it promised before taking the helm of Government.“Speaking about local government and the Granger Government and its emphasis publicly and repetitively on things like local democracy and social cohesion… there are a couple of instances that begs the question, how sincere is the Granger Government in its talk of local democracy and social cohesion and to remind you that for a political party, trust is fundamental; if it behooves the [People’s Progressive Party] PPP to view the Granger Government with the greatest distrust and to concede that nothing the Granger Government says publicly cannot be accepted as a fact until it is carried out, then we are in dire circumstances,” Luncheon said.He pointed to a meeting between Government and the Mayors of three local authority areas that have controlling PPP presence, held at the Marriott Hotel. The issue discussed was the National Regional Development Committee. Luncheon said due process was not followed as the invitation to meet came a mere 24 hours before the actual appointment.Former Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon“This Administration speaks to social cohesion and local democracy and time after time examples are on the table to walk the walk and you all know what the stance of this Administration is,” he added.Luncheon also addressed the issue of the tied Councils of the local Authority area, and reminded that Government wanted to resolve the issue, contrary to what the PPP had insisted was lawful. That bickering had caused the matter to be taken to the court, now months later, there still has not been a resolution.The PPP/Civic had moved to the courts to stop Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan from illegally appointing a Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Mabaruma in Region One (Barima-Waini), as well as the Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons in five other local authority areas in which the PPP/C and the APNU/AFC had the same number of seats, after the LGE.Bulkan had appointed officials of the Gibraltar-Fyrish, Industry-Plaisance NDC; Malgre Tout-Meer Zorgen and Woodlands-Bel Air NDCs; and a Mayor of the municipality of Mabaruma.However, the court quashed those appointments and ruled in favour of the PPP/C on the grounds that they were contrary to, and in violation of, Municipal and District Councils Act Chapter 28:01 and the Local Government Act Chapter 28:02.Justice Diana Insanally said the decision “is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and improper considerations, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultravires, null, void and of no legal effect”.last_img read more


Tuyisenge late goal drowns Sony resistance

first_imgSalim Babu’s side who won their first match of the season last weekend against neighbors Chemelil had hoped to extend their positive run against an equally limping Gor.They had managed to put up a superb defensive structure to frustrate K’Ogalo’s forays upfront with the defending champions keen to bounce back from last weekend’s controversial loss to Tusker FC.A decent team move by Gor saw Tuyisenge race for a ball wide on the left with the Rwandese swinging in a cross that was hugely missed by Ronald Omino racing into the box. Gor continued to pile the pressure forward with Walusimbi and Omino doing most of the work on the wings.Tuyisenge came close on the half hour mark but his header from an Abouba Sibomana cross went wide. Sony had minimal movements going forwad and they only came close with a freekick from the left that sailed wide.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi is closed down by Sony Sugar’s Hamidu Kwizera/ PHOTO-CourtesyAt the start of the second half, Gor Mahia tactician Jose Marcello Ferreira pulled out Sibomana and his place taken in by youngster Erick ‘Marcello’ Ouma. Three minutes in, Gor won a freekick at a good goal scoring range, but Jacques Tuyisenge hit wide.The onslaught continued and George Odhiambo missing a good chance with only the keeper to beat while Karim Nzigiyimana had a freekick being cleared before finding the target.In the 65th minute, Ferreira made his second sub, a clear attacking intent with Francis Kahata coming in for Godfrey Walusimbi with Jacob Keli also joining the party in the 75thminute for midfielder Erick Ochieng.Two minutes after coming into the pitch, Keli had a chance to endear himself to the Gor fans who still harbour hard feelings after his penalty miss in the 0-0 draw with Ushuru two weeks ago but he failed to score one-on-one with the keeper.Gor kept the pressure with the hope of getting a nerve calming goal and their insistence paid off with three minutes left, Tuyisenge finding the back of the net to ease the pressure.The win now sees Gor move to 5th on the league on 14 points, six shy of the leaders Tusker FC and Mathare United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge lifts his fingers to the sky after scoring the winner/ PHOTO- CourtesyNAIROBI, April 23 – Rwandese striker Jacques Tuyisenge once again showed what Sh4million can exactly get a club. In his third start for the club, the Amavubi skipper stung in the 87th minute as Gor Mahia beat a stubborn Sony Sugar 1-0 at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.Tuyisenge has now scored four goals for Gor in as many matches, three of them being match winners and this justifies the hefty pay perk Gor had to bear to lure him from Rwanda’s Police to the 15-time defending champions.last_img read more


Higway 97 closed near the Pine Pass

first_imgUPDATE as 8:10 pm Saturday – Highway 97 is open.OPENED – #BCHwy97 45 km east of #Chetwynd following downed power lines. Road is open to single-lane alternating traffic. Give crews space, expect heavy delays. #PinePass— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) January 27, 2019CHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed between Powder King Road and Nicholson Road due to a downed power line.- Advertisement -Drivebc.ca says the Highway is closed for 82.7 kilometres due to the obstruction.  The power line is down 4km south of Mt. Lemoray.CLOSED – #BCHwy97 45 km east of #Chetwynd due to downed power lines. No estimated time of opening, no detour available. Crews are on scene, expect heavy delays. #PinePassAdvertisement — DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) January 27, 2019Drivebc.ca says the next update on the road condition will be issued at 8 p.m. Saturday.You can visit www.drivebc.ca for further updates.last_img read more


Mesut Ozil set to STAY at Arsenal…as no clubs are willing to pay his crazy wages

first_imgMesut Ozil could look to sign a new contract at Arsenal after all…because no clubs are willing to pay his staggering £330,000-a-week wage demands.The German playmaker is in the final year of his current Gunners contract and is set to become a free agent in the summer after rejecting several offers to extend his stay at the club.He has been widely linked with moves across European football, including Italy, France and Turkey.But according to The Sun, he could end up staying in north London as no clubs are willing to meet his huge wages.It means Ozil may now attempt a humiliating U-turn and try to revive the £250,000-a-week Arsenal deal which was on the table over the summer, which he initially rejected as he wanted more money.The 28-year-old likely expected clubs to scramble to sign him when he made it clear he was looking to move on from Arsenal at the end of his contract.But it is claimed Turkish champions Besiktas are the only side to have shown any serious interest, and even they are not willing or able to pay anything near his demands of £17million a year.Inter Milan have been linked with a move for the midfielder, but they have also passed up the chance to sign him due to his wages.Arsenal spent a then club-record £42.5m to sign Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013, but, despite often shining as one of the club’s best players, the Germany international has also been slammed for his lazy playing style.The former Schalke and Werden Breman man is currently out on the sidelines with a knee injury but Arsenal haven’t missed him, having gone six games unbeaten without the playmaker in the side. 1 Mesut Ozil could be staying at Arsenal after all… last_img read more