Serie A Arsenal and Chelsea target Manolas signs new five-year Roma deal Rob Lancaster 21:59 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Serie A Roma The Premier League sides have been dealt a blow in their quest to add a centre-back to their ranks, as the Greek has committed himself to the Italians Kostas Manolas has signed a new contract with Roma, pledging his future to the Serie A club until June 2022.The Greece defender, who arrived from Olympiacos in 2014, has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all reported to hold an interest in the centre-back.However, the 26-year-old now appears set to remain in Italy for the foreseeable future after penning a three-year extension with his current employers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I am very happy to sign this extension,” Manolas told Roma’s official website.”I wanted to stay, the club wanted me to stay, and we were able to reach an agreement.”I’m ready to do the best I can, as I always have, for this team. I want to win something with this club.”Manolas | “I am very happy to sign this extension. I’m ready to do the best I can, as I always have, for the team. I want to win something with this club.”#ASRoma #Manolas pic.twitter.com/WRq5y6doLb— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) December 2, 2017Roma were always determined to keep hold of a key player who has made 144 appearances for the club, according to sporting director Monchi.”We are very pleased with this contract extension,” Monchi said.”Both the player and the club wanted to reach an agreement, and now we will go forward together, aiming for some important targets.”
ESPN College GameDayAfter serving as the host of ESPN’s College GameDay for 25 years, Chris Fowler has moved on to focus on his duties as play-by-play announcer for ABC/ESPN’s prime time Saturday night games. While Rece Davis should fill in admirably, GameDay definitely won’t be the same. To pay tribute to Fowler, GameDay put together an amazing feature piece, narrated by Tom Rinaldi. After the piece, Fowler joined his old GameDay crew, and Davis, on stage. Things got pretty emotional when Fowler discussed his relationship with Lee Corso, who he spent all 25 years with on the show. He even gave Corso a kiss on the cheek.It is getting a bit dusty in here this morning. We’ll miss you, Chris.
zoom Overall contracting of new vessels plunged in the three-month period from July to September to a mere 88 units, according to data provided by Clarkson Research.When compared to the same period in 2015, the orders dropped by some 81 percent from 481 vessel orders.Due to an oversupply in the shipping market, accompanied by low freight rates, the owners were not eager to invest in newbuildings during the third quarter.In September, the shipbuilders received a total of 18 new orders, a 91 percent drop from the 220 ship orders placed in the same month a year earlier.During August the owners ordered 45 new ships, down from 101 reported in the same month in 2015, while July numbers reached 25 new orders, compared to 160 placed a year before.Clarksons earlier said that the shrinking orderbook has led the number of active yards, ones which have at least one vessel (1,000+ GT) on order, to decline since the financial crisis in 2009.The number of ‘active’ shipyards globally has more than halved since the start of 2009, falling to around 400 shipyards at the start of September 2016.As of start September 2016 there were 402 active yards, down 57% on the 2009 peak, Clarkson Research said.Alongside this drop in the number of active yards, newbuild output has fallen and this year is projected to stand 34% below its 2010 peak in CGT terms.World Maritime News Staff