One Dead After Car Rams Into Activists Peacefully Protesting On Closed Stretch Of Seattle Highway

This is absolutely horrific…

A group of people protesting in support of Black Lives Matter were doing so on a closed stretch of Interstate 5 in Seattle, Washington on Saturday night when a car somehow got onto the road and appeared to intentionally run down two of the activists. Now, one is dead from her injuries sustained in the hit and run, while the other person remains in serious condition in the ICU.

The incident took place on I-5 in downtown Seattle last night, when protesters had peacefully gathered on the highway to promote their activism and engage in non-violent demonstration. The highway was purposely shut down by police, too, so there should’ve been no one on the road at the time. And yet…

However, as you can see in this horrifying video footage (below), a car plowed through the protest line at full speed, striking 24-year-old Summer Taylor, and fellow activist Diaz Love. Now, hours later, Taylor has passed away from her injuries, dying in the hospital after being transported there after the incident. Love remains in the ICU in serious condition, having been severely injured during the apparent attack.

Be warned, this video is very violent, and terrifying to watch:


The driver, Dawit Kelete, was since found by police and arrested. He was initially charged with two counts of vehicular assault, but now that Taylor has passed away from her injuries, it’s possible those charges could be upped to homicide or something similar.

As you can see from the video of the car appearing to veer and speed up upon reaching the protesters, eyewitness on scene believed the incident to be a “purposeful attack,” and not simply a horrible accident or mistake.

Moments before it occurred, everything about the protest was peaceful and compliant, too:

Why would someone do something like this to a peaceful protester?!

Washington State troopers are currently investigating motive, among other things, and trying to figure out how the alleged assailant got onto the closed stretch of highway in the first place:

For now, it appears that the driver is still in police custody as the investigation unfolds.

Our hearts go out to Summer Taylor’s friends, family, and loved ones during this unimaginably difficult and gut-wrenching time. We can’t even imagine having to go through something like this. So, so sad. And such unnecessary violence.

Just awful.


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Morgan Stewart Is Engaged to Jordan McGraw — and His Dad Dr. Phil Is ‘So Thrilled’

Morgan Stewart celebrated the Fourth of July with a bang!

The E! News’ Nightly Pop host, who filed for divorce from husband Brendan Fitzpatrick last year, broke the happy news on Saturday that she had gotten engaged to boyfriend Jordan McGraw (the son of television host Dr. Phil McGraw!)

“Fireworks 💥,” she captioned a photograph of herself smiling while wearing a strapless bikini — as well as a diamond sparkler on that finger.

“Plenty to smile about…” McGraw wrote in his own happy announcement, posting a photograph of the pair holding hands, in which Stewart’s ring was just barely visible.

Dr. Phil and his wife Robin also made it crystal clear that they’re thrilled by the news.

“Robin and I are so thrilled for you and Jordan. So proud to add you to the family! Love you both!!!” the television personality wrote in a sweet comment on Stewart’s photo, while his wife left a string of “X” and “O” emojis in a separate reply.

Back in March, Stewart, 32, confirmed the pair had been dating for three months after the singer, 34, popped up in the background of one of her Instagram Live videos.

“Hot couple? Thank you!” Stewart said while reading some of the sweet notes left by fans.

She went on to reveal that while their relationship was new, the pair — who had first sparked romantic speculation in February, after McGraw posted a photograph of them cuddling up in Paris — had briefly dated a decade earlier.

“We dated 10 years ago for a year and then he broke up because he was like, ‘I’m not down with you, bitch,’ ” she said. “And then I was like ‘Fine, whatever, I’m over you, I don’t care.’ And then I went on obviously to have another relationship.”

“Then the past year we got back together. Isn’t that cute?” Stewart added. “He was persistent and I was like, ‘all right.’ ”

This is Stewart’s first public relationship since she split with Fitzpatrick after three years of marriage.

She announced their split in early August on her Instagram Story.

“Brendan and I have spent six wonderful years together, but we have made the difficult decision to go our separate ways," she wrote. “I wanted to take the time to clarify that our reason for separating has nothing to do with anything other than two people who sadly grew apart, deciding what’s best for themselves in the next phase of their lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the extremely heartfelt and supportive messages so many of you have sent.”

The former Rich Kids of Beverly Hills costars got married in 2016. The couple gained fame as part of the original cast of the reality series in 2014, and he proposed to her on the show in 2015.

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Actor Earl Cameron, Trailblazing Star of Doctor Who and The Dark Man, Dies at 102

The actor's last major role was a small part in the 2010 film Inception.

"I never saw myself as a pioneer," Cameron told The Guardian in 2017. "It was only later, looking back, that it occurred to me that I was.”

His accomplishments as a Black actor in film were honored in 2009 when he was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

In 2016, Cameron was inducted into Britain Screen Nation Hall of Fame.

Cameron left a lasting impact on many Black British actors today, as seen in a variety of tributes on social media.

David Harewood called Cameron a "total legend," while Paterson Joseph thanked him for laying a foundation for actors today.

"His generation’s pioneering shoulders are what my generation of actors stand on. No shoulders were broader than this gentleman with the voice of god and the heart of a kindly prince," Paterson wrote.

Cameron's children thanked those who honored their father and paid tribute to his accomplishments.

"Our family have [sic] been overwhelmed by the outpourings of love and respect we have received at the news of our father’s passing," his children told The Guardian. "As an artist and as an actor he refused to take roles that demeaned or stereotyped the character of people of colour. He was truly a man who stood by his moral principles and was inspirational.”

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Jonny Bairstow: Door not closed on England batsman in Test cricket, says Ed Smith

National selector Ed Smith says “no doors are closed” on Jonny Bairstow after the wicketkeeper-batsman was left out of England’s squad for the first #raisethebat Test against West Indies.

Smith announced Bairstow and spin-bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali will link up with a “white-ball bubble” – full details of which will be released in due course – after being omitted from both England’s 13-man squad to face West Indies at The Ageas Bowl from Wednesday and a list of nine reserves.

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England squad for first Test against West Indies

Ben Stokes (Durham, captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Dominic Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Joe Denly (Kent), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)

England reserves for first West Indies Test

James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Olly Stone (Warwickshire)

Bairstow, 30, has played just one Test since the Ashes – that coming as a replacement for the ill Ollie Pope in South Africa in December – with Jos Buttler now embedded as Test gloveman and Ben Foakes his deputy.

“No one doubts he is a very good cricketer across all formats and no doors are closed for him. We are fully aware of what he can do in Test cricket,” Smith said of Bairstow, who averaged just 18.55 in 10 Tests in 2019.

“But it is also the case that we are where we were before coronavirus caused a suspension – Jos Buttler is the man in possession and Ben Foakes was the deputy on that tour to Sri Lanka.

“I wouldn’t make any presumptions in terms of anything being blocked for Jonny. There is a wide understanding of how good he is at his best.

“He is a very talented player and has played some very fine innings for England across the formats. That is not going to be forgotten.

“Jonny has had an exceptional spell of form in white-ball cricket and there is cricket to be played there, so it seemed the best arrangement for Jonny to move across to the white-ball bubble.

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“With Moeen and Jonny, part of the calculation is that they have been very good performers in white-ball cricket.”

Moeen has made himself available again for Test cricket after a self-imposed break after the Ashes but Dom Bess has been selected as England’s spinner for the series opener, with Jack Leach in reserve.

“We are very glad Moeen is available – he is a trusted and valued cricketer and his availability is good news for the spin department,” added Smith.

“Dom Bess did very well in South Africa and Jack Leach has had spells in recent months where he has been England’s spinner and been unfortunate with illness and injury, so there is no change.”

Joe Denly, meanwhile, has retained his place and is set to join Rory Burns, Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley in England’s top four with captain Joe Root missing the match in order to attend the birth of his second child.

Denly, 34, averages 30 from 14 Tests with no centuries and his spot looked a little precarious after the uncapped James Bracey and Dan Lawrence – both named as reserves for the first Test in Southampton – hit half-centuries in England’s internal warm-up fixtures last week.

However, Smith pointed to the Kent man playing his part in England winning three Test matches in a row – they rallied from 1-0 down to beat South Africa 3-1 this winter – and the top-order becoming less brittle.

Ben has been both extremely focussed on his own game and also very interested in all the things to do with the team, playing a full and active part in all discussions about planning for the upcoming game. He is really looking forward to the challenge.

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Root’s likely return for the second Test at Emirates Old Trafford, though, means one of Burns, Sibley, Crawley and Denly could lose their spot.

“England have come off the back of three consecutive Test victories and there is clearly an emerging Test plan from coach Chris Silverwood and Joe Root, supported by the selectors, about how they are setting up the team,” said Smith, who expects Denly to bat at No 3 next week with Burns and Sibley opening and Crawley filling in for Root at No 4.

“There has been a real emphasis on solidity at the top of the order and getting a bank of first-innings runs so that the bowlers can bowl as a unit and win games of cricket. There has been more solidity this winter and Joe has been a big part of that.

“The standout performances may have come down the order from four, five or six but the platform has been laid by the top order. Joe has made lots of good starts, lots of good contributions.

“Obviously as a top-order batter he would like to convert those starts into hundreds and big hundreds, that goes for any batsman. But it is fully understood that he has contributed to good team batting performances and contributed very well at times.

“You want competition for places and for it to be the case that there are more players you want to select than there are places in the team, like in the World Cup last year. That’s the problem, in inverted commas, you want as a selection panel.

We are very excited to have the depth we have in key positions and the training group was a very useful exercise for all of us. It was an opportunity to see guys who have done well in the Lions – James Bracey, Ollie Robinson – play against and with people in the England side and also practise against those people. That has been the most pleasing thing about this period. We are encouraged about the developing depth.

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“I think we are moving to that point in Test cricket now, with a lot of the conversations around ‘it’s hard to leave that guy out’. That’s what we want – positive problems.”

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Neil Young slams Trump's use of his songs at Mount Rushmore speech

President Donald Trump has once again aroused the wrath of a popular musician.

Two Neil Young songs — "Rockin’ in the Free World" and "Like a Hurricane" — were heard playing before Trump's Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday.

Observers on Twitter noted the use of the songs, and Young soon voiced his displeasure on his official account, also voicing his support for the Lakota Sioux tribe. Mount Rushmore was carved into a mountain in South Dakota's Black Hills after the U.S. government seized the land from the Lakota in the 1870s.

"This is NOT ok with me," Young tweeted, before adding, "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me."

This is not the first time Trump has run afoul of this particular musician. Back in 2015, the president used “Rockin’ in the Free World" to accompany the announcement of his candidacy. Young released a statement claiming Trump was not authorized to use the song.

Young, who became an American citizen earlier this year, has also been an outspoken critic of the president.

He recently penned an open letter in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, writing, "[Trump] is, in the end, just a poor leader who is building walls around our house. I believe he will be powerless soon… That sorry man will not destroy the American Dream."

Young also modified the lyrics of his protest song "Lookin' for a Leader" to criticize Trump during a recent virtual concert.

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1pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho terms ‘AGREED’, Bruno Fernandes and Pogba INJURED, Grealish transfer ‘DONE’ – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED host Bournemouth this afternoon as they aim to extend their winning run to an incredible 16 matches.

And Jack Grealish has reportedly all but agreed to join the Red Devils while defensive target Kalidou Koulibaly's asking price has been slashed to £64m.

Follow ALL of the latest United news here…


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer credited his players' hard work for their current good form.

    Speaking ahead of today's home game vs Bournemouth, he said: “The boys are working hard now and they did so over lockdown.

    “They’re fit and they’re confident. When you’re confident it’s so much easier to go into the next one feeling that little bit sharper.

    “We’re getting fitter and fitter the more games we have now.

    “I’ve just been impressed by the attitude and the mentality of everyone.

    “We know it’s there and you just need to keep focusing on your job for Bournemouth then it’s the next one after that.”

  • “It would be historical to see both playing together and I’m sure many Juve sponsors would love to help financially, so, it’s also a possibility for Messi.

    “If there are rumours about his exit, then of course every club will be thinking about how they can sign him.

    “That said, the two best players in the world for the past ten years playing at the same club would be massive.

    “If he is considering leaving the club, then something mustn’t be good in the Barcelona dressing room and perhaps he is tired with all the constant problems that have surrounded the club in the last few months.”


    Superstars Lionel Messi and ex-Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo could form a sensational dream team up front for Juventus – if agents get their way.

    Argentina’s world player of the year Messi is set to leave Barcelona next year.

    And former Brazil star Rivaldo reckons agents are conspiring to get Messi to make Juve his next stop.

    He told Betfair: “With all this speculation, I believe that some agents are already dreaming about a Messi-Ronaldo double at Juventus and how big it will be around the globe.

    “If that happened there would be a world “boom”, and I believe Juventus would quickly recover any investment on the Argentinian thanks to the boost they would get from visibility and marketing…


    West Ham vice-chair and SunSport columnist Karren Brady wants VAR scrapped from the Premier League next season.

    She said: “VAR was brought in to reduce the number of innocent mistakes a referee makes during a game.

    “But in this strangest of football seasons, it is clear VAR has not corrected those mistakes.

    “It has made its own.

    “Because the ref on the pitch has simply been replaced by one in a box — and not the penalty box. One in a box in a remote location in Stockley Park.”


    According to The Transfer Window Podcast, United have reached an agreement over Sancho’s wages.

    Journalist Ian McGarry said: “Sancho has agreed in principle in the last few weeks a five year contract with Manchester United which will pay him initially around £140,000-per-week.

    “But increasing to around £200,000-per-week over the course of that deal.

    “The player’s agent Emeka Obasi has recently been busy doing other deals notably [Bukayo] Saka’s new deal at Arsenal.

    “But he is still hopeful that United will be able to agree a fee with Borussia Dortmund.“


    Jadon Sancho has reportedly agreed personal terms with Borussia Dortmund ahead of a summer transfer.

    The Red Devils have been chasing the England ace for months but now they have settled on a contract, according to journalist Bolarinwa Olajide.


    All of this weekend's Premier League games will see players and staff from both teams join the final clapforcarers for the UK's NHS Heroes.


    Odion Ighalo knows his Manchester United career will only be judged by the goals he scores.

    Speaking ahead of United's game with Bournemouth at Old Trafford later today, he told United review: “With strikers, we are being judged on goals.

    “Sometimes, when you don’t score goals, you’re sad. As long as the team wins, that’s the most important thing but, as a striker, I would like to score in every game.

    “That is what you are being judged on – goals, goals, goals. It’s the measure of a striker – how many goals you have scored. It is what people want to know about.

    “That’s why we’re always eager to score goals and why, every time I’m on the pitch, I give my best to try to make sure I can create chances and score goals.

    “But if I don’t score then, as long as we win the game, and my team-mates score, it’s okay for me.”


    Carlo Ancelotti named the best XI players he has managed during his long career – but left out ex-Man Utd superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in favour of Andriy Shevchenko.


    United host Bournemouth on THIS AFTERNOON hoping to keep up their remarkable momentum – but they may have to do so without Paul Pogba or Bruno Fernandes.

    The pair were involved in an accidental collision during training on Friday.

    And while Manchester United refused to comment on the severity of the injuries sustained, it is thought both players are doubts for the clash at Old Trafford after limping off at Carrington.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side haven't looked back since signing Fernandes in January and are currently unbeaten in 15 matches in all competitions – and could climb into the top four with another win.

    Chelsea's dismal 3-2 defeat at West Ham in midweek leaves them just two points above the Red Devils, who could profit with a win at home against a Cherries side that have lost all three games since the restart and sit precariously in 19th.


    Are Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes going to be fit for today’s game with Bournemouth?

    That’s the question on every Manchester United fan’s lips after Daily Mirror reported on the pair being involved in a collision in training.

    Fernandes is thought to have come off worse in the unconfirmed accidental incident with United kicking off at 3pm later today.

    Either way, some rotation may be likely when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names his side.

    The Norwegian said yesterday: “We’ve got many games coming up and we’ll keep chopping and changing and players are getting better and better – the ones who haven’t played.”

    Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund are remaining tight-lipped over Jadon Sancho’s potential move to United.

    Sporting director Michael Zorc told daily newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten: “If there were a transfer, it would also have a certain economic dimension.

    “But we can very well imagine going into the next year with Jadon because he simply delivers sporting added value.

    “We'll see everything else in the next few weeks.”

    Across Germany, Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey and Arsenal target Ismael Bennacer have been linked to the Red Devils.

    In terms of outgoings, Alexis Sanchez may be making his loan move to Inter Milan permanent after all.

    Goal name a figure of £18million being discussed between the clubs with the Chilean’s temporary stint extended until August.


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    Daniel James was signed by Manchester United after advice from Ryan Giggs, the ex-winger has claimed.

    With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interested in the Welshman, he is said to have asked James’ national team boss for a tip.

    Giggs told the Webby & O’Neill channel on YouTube: “Ole asked me about him.

    “Ole was the one that came to me, it wasn’t the other way [around]. It was last season. He nearly went to Leeds before that so Ole knew about him and the club had been watching him.

    “It was a no-brainer. He’s [on an upward trajectory] in his career. As a lad he’s a great lad as well, he wants to get better and he’s someone that wants to learn.

    “He’s someone I thought would be suited to this place.”


    Manchester United and Chelsea have a mountain to climb if they are to challenge for next season’s Premier League title.

    That is according to Roy Keane, who feels Manchester City and Liverpool are still some way off for Solskjaer and Lampard.

    He told Sky Sports: “Liverpool have been desperate for this Premier League, that was something they were desperate to do.

    “Manchester City are more than capable of winning two more trophies [this season]. Man City are an outstanding team, brilliant team.

    “Different transfer situation coming up for them this summer. Sane’s left, Silva’s going off, so they have to recruit.

    “You have to trust these managers. Klopp and the recruitment policy for Liverpool, it’s obviously worked. He’s bought the right players, the right characters to the club, and that’s why they are champions.

    “And that’s why these two teams will be the teams to beat next year. I know United made a bit of progress. People are talking about Chelsea but it will be difficult to get past these two.”


    Manchester United promoted Ethan Laird to first-team training ahead of the clash with Bournemouth.

    Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is without centre-backs Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe due to injuries.

    And with the pair both unavailable – Tuanzebe until next season – the Norwegian has turned to the club's youth set-up to bolster the training squad.

    Laird, however, is not expected to feature in Saturday's game with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly all ready for selection.

    Solskjaer told the club website ahead of the weekend's game: “Of course there are a couple of knocks.

    “You do start feeling things now after a little bit, so there might be a couple of changes but let’s see.”


    Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas reckons United will continue their 100 per cent restart record against Bournemouth on Saturday.

    Despite having his doubts over the Red Devils, the ex-Arsenal man predicts a 3-0 win at Old Trafford.

    He stated: “I applaud what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done and they look to be in a good position. Let's see if they can finish it off.

    “Have they got great choices on the bench? Not as much as they did have, but their fixtures have been good and I expect their form to continue here.”

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    Why are Manchester United set to miss out on Jude Bellingham?

    According to The Times, the youngster’s biggest concern was playing time.

    At the end of the season, the Birmingham hotshot is reportedly on the way to Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth over £20million.

    United were also keen but evidently could not match the German side’s impressive recent record when it comes to developing young talent.


    Who is backing Anthony Martial to bag against Bournemouth tomorrow?

    The Frenchman has looked on fire since the restart.


    Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are BOTH doubts for tomorrow's clash with Bournemouth after a collision in training.

    The pair ran into each other during a session at Carrington and are now at risk of missing the game at Old Trafford.

    According to the Mirror, Pogba accidentally knocked into his new team-mate.

    The report adds that both players were taken off for treatment, with Fernandes coming off worse.


    Diogo Jota has given his take on reports linking Raul Jimenez with a move to Manchester United.

    And the Wolves forward believes his teammate is happy to remain at Molineux and fight the Red Devils for a spot in the Champions League.

    Jota told Sky Sports: “I think he, like us, is happy here, I think everyone is. If we are happy then we always play better.

    “After the season is finished, everyone can think about their own career. But until then, we will go as a team and do our best in each game.

    “He’s an unbelievable player. We signed him when we came to the Premier League and, not from the beginning, but I started to create a good relationship with him. Not just on the pitch, but out of the pitch as well.”


    Could this be Dean Henderson’s year to break into the Manchester United first-team?

    The goalkeeper certainly hopes so and has spoken of hitting a “brick wall” in his previous attempts to unseat David De Gea.

    If he does not get the chance, Henderson has admitted he may have to look elsewhere.

    He told TV3: “I think it’s clear for everyone to know. I want to play for Manchester United and England.

    “It feels like I always hit a brick wall.

    “Maybe I’ll get the opportunity, maybe I won’t, then I’ll have to look down a different avenue.”


    Jadon Sancho is tailor made to succeed at Manchester United, according to Dwight Yorke.

    The former Manchester United striker has told Goal that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could do much worse than sign the England winger.

    Yorke stated: “He’s a terrific talent and he’s linked with every top team around the world.

    “So, if Ole sees him as a player that can really bring something to the team and really make sure that core of players keep competition for places, then they should go for it.

    “It would force other players to get their skates on and start performing. That's a healthy thing and that’s what you want to see at United.

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if he's a player the club add going forward.”


    Many have Odion Ighalo down as a simple penalty-box finisher but the Nigerian has spoken of how he attempts to bring his teammates into play.

    Being far from the star at Old Trafford, the striker told United Review that he is having to be selfless to best help the team.

    He said: “If you can’t touch the ball or you can’t do anything with the ball, you have to unsettle the defenders so your other teammates can move and do something with the ball.

    “It’s what I was trying to do in the first half against Norwich when I wasn’t getting too many balls,”

    “You have to keep the mentality the same, work hard and take the chance when it comes.

    “You play for the team, even if you don’t score a goal, you can give an assist and work for the team. That’s the most important thing because it’s a team game.”


    Dean Henderson has slapped down the idea that he will stroll straight past David De Gea and take up Manchester United's No1 jersey next season.

    Speaking to TV3, the young goalkeeper insists that he still has a lot to learn from the Spanish star.

    He said: “The fans have to remember what he's done for the last nine years – he's been phenomenal.

    “I'm a young lad. I'm working hard.

    “I'm a fan of the club and I want to play for them. Hopefully I have a career at Man United like David De Gea has.”


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Mason Greenwood is well on the way to topping even his achievements as a goalscorer with Manchester United.

    Solskjaer is a legend at Old Trafford with his 126 goals from 366 appearances, many of them as a substitute.

    Solskjaer said: “Mason's way ahead of what I was at 18 or 19 years old that's for sure.

    “He's got a knack of scoring goals and I don't want to say anything different. It's natural for him and it’s what I could do as well.

    “He is a brilliant boy to learn with and just keeps making better decisions.

    “The sky's the limit. It's up to him and he knows what he should do, can do and must do to continue playing.”

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7am Arsenal news LIVE: Partey ‘preparing to join’, Griezmann-Aubameyang swap transfer, Jovic ‘bargain-basement’ signing – The Sun

ARSENAL travel to Wolves this evening, while the signing of Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey is moving ever closer.

Meanwhile, a sensational swap deal between captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Antoine Griezmann has been mooted.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…


    After Bukayo Saka agreed to renew his Arsenal vows, Gabriel Martinelli has signed a long-term contract extension with the club.

    The Brazilian has taken to English football like a duck to water and Mikel Arteta was effusive in his praise of his rapid rise.

    Arteta beamed: “I am very happy that Gabi has signed a new contract with us.

    “He is a very talented young player and he has impressed us with his performances, attitude and work-rate.”

    Martinelli added: “It is the first of many and I can’t wait to be back to play a part in the exciting seasons to come!”

    One man who may or may not be joining the youngster in Arsenal’s attack next season is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The Gabonese forward is seeking a pay rise to £250,000-a-week and a three-year deal if he is to agree a new contract.

    That is according to ESPN, with Aubameyang’s current deal expiring in 12 months’ time.

    Finally on the Gunners’ striker front, Alexandre Lacazette may be offered to Atletico Madrid as part of a swap deal for Thomas Partey.

    The midfielder is a long-term target for the North London club and has a release clause thought to be worth around £45million.


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    Edu has praised Arsenal’s academy off the back of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli committing their futures to the club.

    Developing a pathway from youth to first-team football is vital for any club’s success and the technical director is pleased with the Gunners’ approach.

    He told the club website: “The academy is doing a proper job, the coaches from the academy are doing a proper job, the performance guys as well because you have to prepare the players to be strong to stay in the first team.

    “Then of course, the quality of the guys in the first team. To see and to do the right process with the players because at times if you push too much it's not good for the players.

    “You have to understand the right time to start training, the right time to start to including the players on the bench and the right time to expose the player to play football for the first team.

    “The process is a very big piece for everybody.”


    One of English football’s most controversial transfers took place 19 years ago today.

    It worked out alright in the end, for the Gunners…


    Gabriel Martinelli has praised the “family” aspect to life at Arsenal.

    After signing his new long-term contract in North London, the striker told the club website why he loves being a part of the dressing room.

    Martinelli enthused: “It's as if we are a family and everyone is united. Everyone chats to everyone and you have players like Aubameyang or Lacazette, who are top footballers, but they're great people as well.

    “Emi Martinez and David Luiz as well. I can't thank them enough for helping me settle in and I'm grateful to God for this opportunity.

    “[Mikel Arteta] helped me so much since he took over. As I've said before, when the ball is in midfield, I have to shape my body correctly to head towards goal.

    “He's helped me in many areas, so I think he'll be very important in terms of my development at Arsenal. I hope to contribute with lots of goals, assists, good performances and results for the club.”

  • SAY E-DU

    Arsenal technical director Edu has spoken of Gabriel Martinelli’s excellent adaptation to English football, that even caught the Brazilian out.

    He told the club website: “I am surprised too because I know how difficult it is if you live in Brazil, to come to here and straight away adapt the way he has.

    “As I say, the plan with Martinelli was to start with the under-23s, be with the first team in pre-season, then come back to the under-23s.

    “But in that pre-season he already showed how important he's going to be for the team. It's quite similar, at that point, it's a quite similar situation to Bukayo Saka.

    “When you are talking about behaviour, attitude, mentality, family, so it's really nice, really nice. I met as well his family, and I saw properly how nice they are, how educated Martinelli has been during that period.”


    Gabriel Martinelli is ecstatic to be putting pen to paper on a new long-term contract.

    He wrote on Instagram: “I am very happy to commit my future to this great Club and I would like to thank Arsenal and all the fans for this fantastic year.

    “It is the first of many and I can’t wait to be back to play a part in the exciting seasons to come!”

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    I am very happy to commit my future to this great Club and I would like to thank Arsenal and all the fans for this fantastic year. It is the first of many and I can’t wait to be back to play a part in the exciting seasons to come! “Play for the name on the front of the shirt and they’ll remember the name on the back.” @tonyadamsofficialEstou muito feliz e comprometido nos próximos anos com este grande clube. Gostaria de agradecer ao Arsenal e a todos os torcedores por esse ano fantástico. Espero ser o primeiro ano de muitos e mal posso esperar para poder voltar a jogar as próximas temporadas que estão por vir!

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    Mikel Arteta has PRAISED David Luiz for his time at Arsenal.

    After joining last summer, the centre-back has been a regular starter for the Gunners but continues to make high-profile errors.

    But Arteta told Sky Sports: “His attitude and the way he has behaved with everybody at the club, not just in easy moments but in difficult moments, tells me everything about the person.

    “He knows the role he has here. You can ask any player in the team how he is with his team-mates, what he brings to the table, and how willing he is to do well at this football club.

    “He made a really difficult decision to leave Chelsea with two years left on his contract. It was a complicated decision to change clubs in London like that.

    “But he felt it was the right move and that is the type of character he is. I will keep pushing him, keep trying to make him better and stop his weaknesses so that all the positive things he has can flourish.”


    Kieran Tierney has perhaps enjoyed his best spell at Arsenal since the restart.

    And the Scot is one of four Gooners nominated for the club’s player of the month gong.

    Also up for it are Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka.

    Who will prevail? My money’s on the lad who signed da ting.


    Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli has committed his future by signing a new long-term contract.

    The Brazilian ace joined Arsenal one year ago today from Ituano.

    And he will be staying put for some time after penning fresh terms with Mikel Arteta's side.

    The Gunners boss beamed: “I am very happy that Gabi has signed a new contract with us.

    “He is a very talented young player and he has impressed us with his performances, attitude and work-rate.

    “We are looking forward to getting him back to full fitness and to watching his development at our club.”


    AC Milan and Napoli will battle Arsenal for transfer target Dominik Szoboszlai.

    Rated at just over £20million, with a release clause payable in installments, the RB Salzburg midfielder, 19, is a hot property.

    According to CalcioMercato, incoming Milan boss Ralf Rangnick – who currently works as part of Red Bull’s football setup – could be key to persuading Szoboszlai to snub Arsenal and come to Italy.


    Mikel Arteta has revealed Mesut Ozil DOES have a future at Arsenal… if he is willing to adapt.

    The German playmaker, 31, has not featured for the Gunners since the season restarted last month and Arteta reckons the ex-Real Madrid man may force his way back into the team with the right attitude.

    The Gunners chief said: “I think players can adapt to different systems and we can adapt systems for different players.

    “Sometimes it's not just about what we want to play or how we want to play.

    “Sometimes we have to try to fit the players we have available in the right moments in the right positions to perform and be comfortable on the pitch to do what we require them to do.

    “There's always a place for a player of his [Ozil's] quality.”


    Cedric Soares has emphasised the need for harmony inside the dressing room, no matter who plays.

    The defender is up against Hector Bellerin for the Arsenal right-back role and he believes the busy schedule will keep players happy with rotation likely.

    He said: “It’s healthy competition. I knew Hector from before and we are supporting each other.

    “Right now everyone is getting an opportunity to play. This is what the team needs.

    “It’s most important to get the win whoever is playing. I am here to give my best for Arsenal.”


    More reports on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract situation.

    ESPN report that the striker is ready to sign a three-year deal to stay at Arsenal, providing they meet his £250,000-a-week wage demands.

    The 31-year-old is thought to currently earn just under £200,000-a-week. His current deal also expires in 12 months’ time.

    What do you reckon Gooners, worth it?


    An incoming over at Arsenal's Women's team…

    Swiss teenage midfielder Malin Gut signs from Grasshopper Zurich.


    Mikel Arteta is intent on improving his Arsenal squad this summer.

    With many focusing on the Gunners keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the coach has told Sky Sports that he is optimistic of his side's market prospects.

    He said: “I know that the situation that we have at the club and the context that we are in, but the club know my plan.

    “In January, the situation was that we had to fill some gaps and give some stability to the squad.

    “Now is the moment to make another step forward and improve the squad and the players that we have.”


    Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina was left covered in blood and needing a stretcher after a horror head injury on Thursday night.

    The Colombian collided with Napoli team-mate Mario Rui and Atalanta's Mattia Caldara and had to be carried off after five minutes of treatment.

    The incident, which took place after 30 minutes with the game at 0-0, came when Atalanta had a free-kick on the edge of the box.

    Papu Gomez swung in a ball to the far post where Caldara and Rui were arriving at speed.

    Ospina came to punch the ball – tipping it round the post for a corner – before the two players clattered into him.

    It appeared as if Caldara's knee connected with Ospina's forehead as he stretched for the ball.


    Arsenal plan to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and swap Alexandre Lacazette for Thomas Partey, according to recently revealed transfer plans.

    The Gunners also hope to offload Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira with RB Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai coming in.

    Mikel Arteta will also look to offload some of his SEVEN centre-backs and Sead Kolasinac could also leave, according to the Times.

    Aubameyang has been continually linked with a move away this summer after remaining coy on a new deal with his current contract expiring at the end of next season.

    But he recently confirmed he will negotiate with the club after praising them for tying down Bukayo Saka to a long term deal.


    Sol Campbell signed for Arsenal on this day in 2001.

    The rest is history…

  • PREM BETTING TIPS (Ladbrokes)

    Wolves vs Arsenal

    Wolves don't concede many goals at Molineux and haven't let one in during any of their past five matches on home soil.

    In what could be a potentially tense, low-scoring affair we're siding with under 2.5 goals at 2/3.

    All of Wolves' games since returning from lockdown have seen three goals or less, while only Palace and Sheffield United are below them in the goals-per-game league.

    In such a low scoring affair, we're expecting a potential second half winner and are therefore happy to make a play on the draw at half-time market.

    That's a very generous 19/20, while you could also have a play on the second half to produce the first goal at a massive 21/10.

    Raul Jimenez leads the line brilliantly for Wolves and continues to be a constant nuisance for defences.

    He's still in the running for the Golden Boot and is a whopping 7/5 to net anytime, while 7/2 for the opener. Overpriced.

  • GUN HO

    Mikel Arteta is primed to rotate his Arsenal squad for their trip to Wolves on Saturday evening.

    Mesut Ozil continues to be assessed by physios after missing the 4-0 thrashing of Norwich with a bad back.

    But the good news for the Gunners gaffer is that he has plenty of strength in reserve as he battles to gain a European spot.

    Here's how the North Londoners could line-up at Molineux.


    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly looking to bring fan favourite Santi Cazorla back to the Emirates in a coaching role.

    However it has been claimed that the Gunners face competition from Besiktas who want to sign the midfielder on a free transfer when his contract expires at Villarreal.

    According to Spanish news outlet AS, the two-time European Championship winger is in negotiations with Turkish outfit Besiktas.

    But journalist Guillem Balague has revealed that Arteta is keen to work with the little magician in the future.

    In a video he posted to his 1 million Twitter followers, he said: “I do know that Arteta will ask Cazorla to be a member of the coaching staff at some point in the future.

    “They understand football the same way, they love working with each other.”


    Napoli are trying to muscle in on Arsenal’s bid for Thomas Partey, according to reports.

    They are happy to include Arkadiusz Milik as part of a deal to bring the Ghana midfielder to the San Paolo.

    Diego Simeone reportedly sees the Polish striker as a viable alternative to Edinson Cavani if they can’t bring the PSG – and former Napoli – striker to the Wanda Metropolitano.

    AS claim Atleti are likely to fall short of Paris Saint-Germain's valuation of Cavani.


    It's all settled now.


    Granit Xhaka held his hands in an L and A gesture to celebrate scoring against Norwich.

    The celebration was dedicated to his wife Leonita and daughter Ayana.

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Bethenny Frankel and Daughter Bryn, 10, Wear Matching Tie-Dye Face Masks: 'The New Abnormal'

"Peanut, I love you so much. You have given me ten years of joy, inspiration, laughter and absolute love. You bring meaning to my life every day. You are such a sweet, loving and sunny person that shines light on everyone around you," Frankel captioned her birthday tribute to Bryn.

She continued: "You are loved. I wish for you health and happiness and that you continue to do what you love and what makes you happy every day and let your free spirit fly!"

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Pregnant Hannah Ferrier 'Can't Stop Smiling' as She Shows Off Her Growing Baby Bump

"I think I'm probably done," she told Entertainment Tonight in early June. "I learned when I first started yachting in my very early 20s, you know, I would see these women who were in their late 30s, 40s, sitting at a bar, getting wasted with 20-year-olds living in a tiny cabin, and I was like, 'I don't want [that].' "

"I want this to be a good, fun, enriching experience that allows me to travel a lot, but I don't want to get to the stage where I'm locked into yachting and there's nothing else in my life except that," Ferrier continued. "It's a bit different if you're captain, but as a chief stew? They just don't seem like very happy people to me."

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UFC Star Khabib Nurmagomedov's Father Dies of Coronavirus Complications

According to ESPN, Khabib has previously credited his father for his success in the sport. The fighter currently holds the title for the longest active undefeated streak in MMA, according to CNN.

Several other stars in the sport shared condolences on social media after hearing of Abdulmanap's passing.

"So heartbreaking to hear this news of the Legend Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov," Interim UFC lightweight champion Justin Gaethje wrote on Twitter. "I’m very sorry @TeamKhabib You’re dad passed with a heart full of pride knowing you will carry on his legacy."

The coach of Khabib's rival, Conor McGregor, also spoke out about the tragic news.

"Very sorry to hear of the passing of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. A genius of combat sports and absolute inspiration to so many up and coming fighters," Coach John Kavanagh wrote. "Sadly only entering his prime of coaching such a loss and tragedy. RIP and best wishes to his family during this difficult time."

McGregor also tweeted his condolences, writing, "The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated supporter of the sport. Condolences and rest in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov."

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