Alcacer backs Sancho to become one of world’s best

first_imgPaco Alcacer believes that his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho has what it takes to become one of the world’s best. Sancho enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2018-19, scoring 12 Bundesliga goals and tallying 14 assists, the most of any player in the German top flight. The England international has followed that up with a strong start to the current season, having already scored two and assisted three in just three league games thus far.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? At 19, Sancho has become the youngest Bundesliga player to ever reach 15 career league goals. Alcacer, who has had three of his four Bundesliga goals this season assisted by Sancho, has backed his team-mate to go on to achieve even bigger things.”He’s a kid, 19 years old, with great quality. If he keeps his head, he will be a top player,” Alcacer told Sport.”There’s uncertainty at that age, but as a player and a person in the dressing room, he’s top.”If he improves and picks up other qualities, he will be one of the best in the world.”Alcacer has joined Dortmund permanantly after spending part of the 2018-19 season with the Bundesliga club on loan from Barcelona. After struggling for form at Barca, the 26-year-old had a breakout season with Dortmund last term by scoring 18 goals in Bundesliga play. Paco Alcacer Borussia Dortmund 2019-20Asked if this is the most confident he’s felt in his career, Alcacer said: “It could be. The numbers suggest that. I feel confident and comfortable with my teammates — which is a plus on the pitch. “It’s a question of confidence and feeling comfortable on the pitch. Minutes are important. The treatment from my teammates, having an understanding with them, that’s also key.”Alcacer will get a chance to square off against his former club in this season’s Champions League, as Dortmund have been drawn with Barcelona in Group F.When asked if he would celebrate against his former club if he scores, Alcacer wouldn’t rule the possibility out. “I wouldn’t know what to do, because at the end of the day you’re really happy [to score],” Alcacer said.”A lot of people behaved really well with me there, a lot of people also said things that you don’t like, but the respect was always there.”last_img read more

Toronto stock index down on tumbling oil prices as the loonie remains

TORONTO — Tumbling oil prices saw the commodity-heavy Toronto stock index give up some of the week’s gains on Friday ahead of the holiday weekend.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 47.98 points to 15,728.32, as the November crude contract fell $1.50 to US$49.29 per barrel.It was a wobbly week of fluctuating optimism and pessimism about OPEC oversupply fears.Panic resurfaced on Monday following a report from oilfield services company Baker Hughes that more oil drilling rigs went into operation last week after two weeks of declines, and Reuters reported that output of OPEC nations grew in September.Then earlier on Wednesday, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration temporarily swayed concerns when it reported that U.S. commercial crude oil inventories decreased by 6.0 million barrels for the week ending Sept. 29. But then later that same day the EIA reported that U.S. crude exports jumped to 1.98 million barrels per day, marking the fourth weekly increase.“People have started to have some second thoughts or doubts about the ability of OPEC to effectively curtail production enough to push crude higher,” said Andrew Pyle, a senior wealth adviser at Scotia Wealth Management. “That will weigh on the markets.”It was last November that OPEC and 10 other oil-producing countries, including Russia, agreed to cut their production until March 2018 in a bid to combat a supply glut and shore up crude prices.Still, Pyle added, “I don’t think the story has really changed for crude oil going into the fourth quarter. We’ve been hovering around the US$50 mark, global growth remains strong.“Yeah, we are seeing U.S. production come back — that’s eating through the export numbers — but the demand side of it really hasn’t changed at all.”Slumping energy stocks also took a toll on U.S. stocks’ record high week on Friday, as Wall Street’s S&P 500 index gave back 2.74 points to 2,545.49 and the Dow Jones industrial average nudged down 1.72 points to 22,773.67.Only the Nasdaq composite index was able to squeak out its sixth consecutive record high, as it added 4.82 points to 6,590.18.In economic news, it was a washout for U.S. jobs growth as employers cut more jobs last month than they added, the first time that’s happened in seven years. Economists, who had been warning of a particularly weak figure in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, downplayed the report.In Canada, jobs data was far rosier. Statistics Canada said Friday that the labour market posted a 10th-straight month of net job gains in September to match the economy’s longest monthly streak since the financial crisis almost a decade ago. The national unemployment rate stayed at a nine-year low of 6.2 per cent.Experts underlined a lot of positives in the jobs report that arrived amid recent signs suggesting the economy is already starting to cool down, as widely expected, following red-hot start to the year.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was unchanged, trading at an average price of 79.69 US.Elsewhere in commodities, the November natural gas contract was down six cents at US$2.86 per mmBTU, the December gold contract was up $1.70 to US$1,274.90 an ounce, and the December copper contract dropped two cents to US$3.03 a pound.The TSX will be closed Mon., Oct. 9 for the Thanksgiving holiday. U.S. markets will remain open.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter read more

AlAhly wins Arabian Club Championship

By beating African Club from Tunisia in the final game of the 28th Arabian Championship 29:27, the team of Al-Ahly (Egypt) has won this club competition.  IHF President Dr. Hassan Moustafa handed over the winner’s trophy and the prize money (15.000 US-Dollar) to the captain of the Al-Ahly team, Kareem Elsaid. Hassan Hamdy (Al-Ahly club board President) and Dr Salman Mohammad Al Sedairy, President of the Arabian Handball Federation, handed over the gold medals to the winning team.The Egyptian Olympic team took the second place in this competition and received a prize money of 10.000 US-Dollar. El Wehda El Saudi ranked third and won prize money of 7.500 US-Dollar.Source: African handballAl Ahly ← Previous Story Presentation of handball across the USA Next Story → Al-Sad won Asian Club League Championship read more