Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Jun 2019 1:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link289Shares Comment Arsenal transfer target Yannick Carrasco suspended by Dalian Yifang Yannick Carrasco has been suspended by Dalian Yifang (Picture: Getty)Arsenal transfer target Yannick Carasco has been suspended by Dalian Yifang.The 25-year-old returned late from international duty with Belgium last week and subsequently missed his side’s match against Hebei CFFC.Carrasco issued an apology on Twitter after he missed a connecting flight but has failed to escape disciplinary action.‘Yannick Carrasco of the Dalian Football Club was absent from the away game against Hebei China Fortune and missed training,’ the club wrote in a statement.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City‘The club now imposes the following penalties on him: Order Carrasco to apologise to the team within three days and stop training.‘The club has always attached importance to the team’s discipline construction, and no individual is above the collective. The club treats everyone equally.’AdvertisementAdvertisementEarlier this week one of Carrasco’s teammates accused the former Atletico Madrid winger of deliberately incurring a suspension to avoid having to play for his club.Speaking on Chinese social media platform Weibo, Yu Ziqian said: ‘You’re a star and you play well, but you can’t win a game by yourself.‘When we played Shanghai Greenland Shenhua you deliberately got a fourth yellow card (in the season) and got a suspension to avoid playing Shanghai SIPG; and then you went back to Europe ahead of schedule.‘When we played Hebei China Fortune you told the club your plane was late. If you came back one day earlier, how could you be late?‘Now you are back, but you don’t even move in training. When we play training matches you just you just stand around the pitch, you do not attack and do not defend.‘The atmosphere of team training has been ruined. As a professional football player, training and games are as important as life.‘No matter how important a person is, he cannot override the team. I really hope we can say a nice goodbye to you just like we welcomed you at the beginning!’Unai Emery is keen to bring Carrasco to north London, while the player is desperate to return to Europe in order to boost his chances of making Belgium’s Euro 2020 squad.Arsenal, who failed in their attempts to sign Carrasco in January, are, however, struggling to agree a fee with Dalian who are yet to decide whether or not to cash in on their prize asset.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement
— Nebraska’s Scott Frost could shoot up the top 25 this year with the high expectations at Nebraska, but we need to see him win some big games, too. The Huskers gave up 30 or more points in eight games last season, and they were 1-7 in those games.— The Big Ten has the most coaches in the top 25 of our rankings, with seven, and 10 coaches in the top 40. That is part of the legacy Meyer leaves behind. The quality of the conference is just better now.— Of the returning coaches, Rutgers’ Chris Ash is the only one who moved more than five spots in either direction in our overall rankings. Ash fell seven spots to No. 90. That means most of the conference has stability. But he hasn’t won anything. Who else would you put No. 1? Mark Dantonio and James Franklin have Big Ten championships. That’s fair, but Harbaugh has evened the series with Dantonio traded blowouts the last three years with Franklin. You can get cute and say Pat Fitzgerald, Paul Chryst, Jeff Brohm or Scott Frost. That does not hold up. Harbaugh is 6-1 against those coaches in Big Ten play. MORE: Big Ten 2019 early conference primerThis comes down to the fact Meyer is out and Ryan Day is in, and Harbaugh’s albatross it the Ohio State game. He’s 0-4 against the Buckeyes, and that’s why this No. 1 ranking is temporary. If you want to put Day ahead of Harbaugh you can, but that’s a reach considering Day hasn’t felt the pressure of being a head coach in The Game yet. Meyer was 7-0 in that one and beat all those other coaches, too.Can Harbaugh do that now? He still has a lot to prove in Ann Arbor.We can all agree on that. With that in mind, here is a look at our Big Ten coach rankings:2019 Big Ten Coach Rankings RankNameSchoolWLPCT.OVR1Jim HarbaughMichigan6735.657102Mark DantonioMichigan State12568.648133James FranklinPenn State6936.657144Paul ChrystWisconsin6131.663165Pat FitzgeraldNorthwestern9670.578186Ryan DayOhio State301.000227Kirk FerentzIowa152101.601258Scott FrostNebraska2315.605289Jeff BrohmPurdue4323.6523210P.J. FleckMinnesota4235.5453911Tom AllenIndiana1015.4006712Mike LocksleyMaryland331.0887913Lovie SmithIllinois927.2508814Chris AshRutgers729.19490MORE: SN’s post-spring preseason top 25Quick reads — Ohio State’s Ryan Day is difficult to rank because we know he can coach. He proved that in the 3-0 stint while Meyer was suspended last season. But to be fair, we have him higher than the last time we faced this predicament. When Lincoln Riley took over for Bob Stoops two years ago, our initial ranking was No. 44. If you want to go higher with Day, then that’s OK by us. Jim Harbaugh is the top coach in the Big Ten heading into 2019. Everybody OK with that? Sporting News’ annual 1-130 coach rankings were released this week, and our Big Ten rankings were a little tougher at the top after Ohio State coach Urban Meyer retired in the offseason. That was the default setting since 2012. That’s why Harbaugh is No. 1 — at least for 2019.
Our “Ask the Mayor” topic on May 1, 2019 was “Logan’s Law”, a bill unanimously passed by the Iowa Legislature that allows those purchasing hunting and fishing licenses to declare they want to be organ, tissue and skin donors. Among those heard on the program are House Minority Leader Todd Prichard (D-Charles City), and Wendy Luft, the mother of Logan Luft, who died after an ATV accident in July 2017. Logan family donated five major organs.