Share Share Sharing is caring! 11 Views no discussions Share Tweet News Ivory Coast: parts of Abidjan resemble war zone – UN by: – March 4, 2011 Parts of Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan resemble a “war zone”, the UN refugee agency head in the West African nation, Jacques Franquin, told the BBC. The UNCHR has suspended plans to open a camp in the west for those fleeing the violence because of safety concerns. “The situation is deteriorating rapidly,” Mr Franquin said. Tensions have been rising since President Laurent Gbagbo refused to hand power to Alassane Ouattara, widely seen as the winner of November’s poll. Mr Franquin comments come as UN peacekeepers in country say they are overstretched and cannot provide security for all civilians.Violent clashesOn Thursday, security forces shot dead six women marching in support of Mr Ouattara in the northern Abobo neighbourhood of the city. “We are overstretched in terms of patrolling. We conducted over 865 patrols last week. You can’t be in every corner of the city,” UN spokesman Hamadoun Toure told the BBC. “Certain areas of Abidjan are truly in a situation of war with the population fleeing,” Mr Franquin said. “The situation is making it impossible to reach people who are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,” he said.In the west, UNCHR staff had been withdrawn to Abidjan for their safety and the agency was trying to set up networks using local non-governmental organisations to help those displaced, he said. A camp is being set up in neighbouring Liberia where tens of thousands have also fled. Meanwhile, Mr Toure said the UN had received two helicopter gunships this week and he hoped the security situation would improve with the arrival of more peacekeepers. The BBC’s international development correspondent Mark Doyle says the delivery of the helicopter gunships is a measure of the seriousness of the situation.The idea that these machines might be used, even in a defensive capacity, in a big overcrowded city like Abidjan takes the situation in Ivory Coast to a new level, he says. African Union heads of state who are attempting to resolve the crisis are due to meet in Mauritania later on Friday. The presidents of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and South Africa and Tanzania were initially given a month by the AU to do their work. But this week that time frame was extended until the end of March.Source: BBC News
BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Briefs MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “It’s been really hard. Eighteen months, a lot of ups and downs. It was tricky just to get back on the court competing again,” said Murray, who had a noticeable limp between points but didn’t show many injury signs during rallies of strain from his troublesome hip. “I’m happy I’m back out here competing again.”He appeared stiff and rusty to start the match but managed to chase down Duckworth’s chips and drop shots and moved across court well, twice manufacturing forehand winners from defensive positions on important points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionWinner of three majors and a five-time finalist at the Australian Open, Murray is playing on a protected ranking in Brisbane after sliding to No. 240 in a 2018 season in which he finished 7-5 from 12 matches after surgery on his right hip in January. He missed the last five weeks of the season with an ankle injury.“I want to try to enjoy it as much as I can,” Murray, a two-time champion in Brisbane, told the crowd in a post-match interview. “I’m not sure how much longer it’s going to last.” He had ankle surgery in November and played one match at an exhibition tournament before traveling to Australia to build up for the season’s first Grand Slam tournament.In first-round women’s matches, Johanna Konta ousted No. 3-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-3 to set up a second-round meeting with Ajla Tomljanovic, who beat Katerina Siniakova 1-6, 6-3, 6-0.Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, finished last season in the top 10 for the first time and is more concerned about the Australian Open later this month than recording a loss in her season-opener in Brisbane.“I’m always like ‘It’s going to work out, like in the long run … when it really matters, when it’s really important,’” she said. “Just doing little things now to try to help me in the long run.“It’s the first match of the year — I have like 80 more matches to go,” she added. “Ask me in November what I think about my first-round loss in Brisbane.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a shot during his match against James Duckworth of Australia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Andy Murray doesn’t know how long his latest comeback can last, so he’s planning on making the most of it.The 31-year-old Murray returned to competitive tennis for the first time since September and gradually warmed into it, going on a late roll to take the last four games in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Australian wildcard entry James Duckworth at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal is also scheduled this week to play his first competitive match since September, but he is taking a cautious approach after being restricted to nine tournaments last year because of injuries.“After the surgeries, I don’t want to do it a step back. I want to move forward,” he said. “After all I suffered last year in terms of injuries, I don’t want to do mistakes in terms of playing without being 100 percent.”Nadal is set to play either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round on Thursday.“I’m here, so I hope to be ready for it. My goal is, of course, to be on court on Thursday and to be on court with a positive feeling.”Despite the disruptions last season, Nadal won his 11th French Open title and reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, where he had to retire because of an injury, and finished the season ranked No. 2.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Kansas City thank you ??— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) April 29, 2017 Like their fellow teammate Blake Jarwin, neither Jordan Sterns nor Ashton Lampkin heard their names called from a podium in Philadelphia this weekend. But both have already found opportunities to prove themselves at the next level—and with the same team, no less.Sterns and Lampkin have come to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs as undrafted free agents, as the two announced on their social media.All the teams that passed on me thank you??— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) April 29, 2017 God never said it would be easy. Wanna thank the @chiefs for the opportunity to ball again at the next level. Major chip on my shoulder ???? pic.twitter.com/Ym2AmY53gE— Ashton Lampkin (@OSU_DB6) April 29, 2017The Chiefs won the AFC West in 2016 before losing in the divisional round to the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Kansas City, Sterns will get to learn under 5-time Pro Bowl strong safety Eric Berry. Lampkin will compete with, and alongside, former Washington cornerback Marcus Peters. They will join former teammate Tyreek Hill, who was drafted by the Chiefs last season out of West Alabama. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State rides into summer on a wave of optimism. A loaded offense returns eight starters and the front seven, which was lauded last season for its depth and talent, could anchor OSU once again in 2017.Mason Rudolph has a slew of freak athletes to throw the ball to and the running game is in the midst of a renaissance. If the defense is as good as Mike Gundy thinks big things could be on the horizon for Oklahoma State.Can the Cowboys get over that schooner-sized hurdle for their second Big 12 title? Let’s take a look at the offensive side of the roster both in the present day and what it will look like in future years (note: this includes scholarship players as well as walk-ons).*Tyler Moore to sit 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules.QuarterbackMason Rudolph is a darkhorse Heisman candidate poised to break every QB record on OSU’s books. Behind him is a redshirt junior in Taylor Cornelius who should be the de facto No. 2. Mike Gundy also insinuated that either Keondre Wudtee or John Kolar may feature role in short-yardage situations, a la J.W. Walsh.Rudolph is the key. If anyone else is thrust into a major role the Cowboys prospects suffer greatly. If he plays, they have a chance to win each game on their schedule. There’s not a lot of teams who have that luxury.The future looks bright, too, with Wudtee to go along with Jelani Woods and Spencer Sanders. The Cowboys are feeling good about their prospects at QB for years to come.Running BackJustice Hill should be healed up from his offseason shoulder surgery in time for full participation in fall camp. That’s the good news. Behind Hill are a lot of question marks. The running back group is young and seemingly talented but Jeff Carr is the only other back with any experience.Either of the two incoming freshmen, Chuba Hubbard and J.D. King could make a push for serious reps if a defined hierarchy is not present heading into fall camp. Hubbard has world-class speed and King is a bigger, powerful runner who was probably a little under recruited early because he played for a smaller school. He already has D-I size and rushed for over 5,000 yards during his high school career.OSU is still trying to fill in this spot behind them for the future.Wide ReceiverI was tempted just to fill this section with fire emojis.The Cowboys might have the most talented wide receiver corps in the nation. That’s a real thing. We talk about it so much that it may lose its luster. But think about this. Of returning Big 12 receivers, James Washington and Jalen McCleskey were ranked first and fifth respectively in receiving yards a year ago.Add in Marcell Ateman, who missed last year due to injury, who was a top-10 receiver in the Big 12 with 766 yards and five scores in 2015. Former LSU-transfer Tyron Johnson is apparently about to redefine the position and then you have several young freaks, including the Tylan Wallace who is the highest rated receiver prospect at OSU since Dez.Toss C.J. Moore in the mix, and this is pretty easily OSU’s deepest spot not only now but for years to come. It’s also unclear what position Jaelyn Nolan will play as he’s a QB in high school but could be placed anywhere on a college roster.Cowboy BackThe hybrid tight end/fullback group is undergoing significant turnover as it lost two of its pioneers in Blake Jarwin and Zac Veatch. Keenen Brown brings a big-play ability in the passing game and Britton Abbott may fill more of the blocking role. Incoming transfer fullback, Sione Finefeuiaki, will also vie for reps.OSU has shown a dedication to this position by continuing to recruit towards it. Although this is probably the most flexible spot in terms of being able to move players elsewhere on the roster, there is a clear emphasis on continuing to develop cowboy backs.Offensive LineRight tackle, Zachary Crabtree, has seen four offensive line coaches during his career at OSU. It’s no wonder the Cowboys have struggled to field a consistent front. The Cowboys improved last year in run blocking and sacks allowed but still were dead last in the conference.But with a seeming home run hire in Josh Henson leading the way, the Cowboys seem to be headed in the right direction. He’s already gained four more commits than total high school signees from last year’s class — four.That spot for incoming freshmen is as bare as the one next to it is full.
RankCoachWin %Team 4Barry Switzer83.7%Oklahoma 10Bud Wilkinson82.6%Oklahoma 12Percy Haughton81.7%Harvard 14Frank Thomas81.2%Alabama 22Nick Saban77.4%Alabama 5Tom Osborne83.6%Nebraska 2Frank Leahy86.4%Notre Dame On Wednesday afternoon, Berry Tramel dropped a bombshell on all of us: Bob Stoops, after 18 years in Norman, is retiring as the head coach at the University of Oklahoma. He’ll be replaced by 33-year-old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.“Big Game Bob” has been around the Big 12 seemingly forever, and whether you love him or hate him, there’s no question he’s owned the Big 12 unlike any coach has the last several decades. Let’s take a look at Bob Stoops’ career by the numbers.• 190-48 overall record. Stoops owns a 79.8% winning percentage over 238 games since 1999. Think about how hard that is to do! Per Sports Reference, that puts Stoops No. 17 in the history of Division 1 football coaches, ahead of the likes of Bear Bryant, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, and for now, Nick Saban. 8Bob Neyland82.9%Tennessee 17Bob Stoops79.8%Oklahoma 13Jock Sutherland81.2%Pitt Fielding Yost83.3%Michigan 15Bob Devaney80.6%Nebraska 21Bo Schembechler77.5%Michigan 16George Woodruff80.3%Pennsylvania 23Andy Smith77.1%California 11Chris Petersen82.1%Boise State 25Wallace Wade76.5%Duke 1Knute Rockne88.1%Notre Dame 9Jim Tressel82.8%Ohio State 18Henry Williams78.5%Minnesota 6Charley Moran83.3%Centre 3Urban Meyer85.1%Florida 19Fred Folsom78.1%Colorado 24Fritz Crisler76.8%Michigan • 10 Big 12 Titles. This one is nuts. Oklahoma has won the Big 12 10 (!) times since the conference’s inception (and all since Bob Stoops became the head coach in 1999). The next closest is Texas, with three conference championships. The rest of the Big 12 combined has won at least a share of 13 conference titles, just three more than Stoops all on his own.With Bob Stoops as coach, Oklahoma won 10 conference titles. Over the same span, the rest of the Big 12 combined to win… 10.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) June 7, 2017• 14 double digit win seasons in 18 seasons. Remarkable consistency.11 AP top 10 finishes in 18 seasons6 Big 12 Coach of the Year awards, including 2015 and 2016.14-4 against Oklahoma State (77% winning percentage)9-9 in bowl games, including 5-6 in the Sugar, Fiesta, Rose, Orange, or BCS championship games.1 very bad Bedlam decision.Overall, Bob Stoops goes down as the greatest Big 12 football coach to date (and maybe ever when the Big 12 is all said and done), and one of the most successful coaches of his era, leaving young Lincoln Riley with enormous shoes to fill in Norman.Love him or hate him, Stoops has been the definition of greatness in the Big 12 and his exit is a relief for Cowboy fans. 20Bear Bryant78.0%Alabama While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Our next number belongs to an under-the-radar cowboy back who could have a significant role in the offense in 2017.How he got to OSUAbbott came to Oklahoma State as a preferred walk-on as part of the 2014 class. He played quarterback for his dad, former NFL Football Giant and now head coach at Liberal High School (Kan.). Abbott (the younger) held scholarship offers from the likes of UTSA, Wyoming and Tulsa, but chose OSU with the hopes of earning a scholarship.What he’s down in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2014, Abbott saw the field in two games in 2015 and 12 in 2016, mostly on special teams. During spring practice, Mike Gundy said Abbott was twice the player he was a year ago.AdChoices广告Role in 2017Abbott resides near the top of a pretty inexperienced cowboy back group. While that inexperience and an embarrassment of riches at wide receiver may lead to more four-wide sets, the cowboy back isn’t going anywhere.Abbott talked about where the group is as whole during the spring.“We’re a young group, not a lot of starts.” Abbott told Scout, “Just come out here early, try to get a lot of work in before practice, just get everything down best we can. You know experience is hard to come by at our position group, so we’re just trying to get in as many reps as we can.”It was hard to come by and has been since Abbott arrived in Stillwater. He’s sat behind the likes of Jeremy Seaton, Blake Jarwin, Zac Veatch and even fellow junior cowboy back Keenen Brown. But Seaton, Jarwin and Veatch have all moved on. And there’s an opening for the upperclassmen to make a name on offense.Mason Rudolph talked about the hybrid position on Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days.“Britton, as well as Keenen, played sparingly last year,” Rudolph told PFB. “They kind of know the scheme. They know what that position is about. They’re going to be able to do a good job for us whether it’s blocking or catching the ball, as a check-down in the flats.”Abbott fits more into the Zac Veatch, blocking fullback role but has the ability to catch passes.Noteworthy stats and highlightsWas named the Kansas Class 5A Player of the Year his senior season after throwing for over 3,000 yards, rushing for over 1,200 and was responsible for 49 touchdowns.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. At number 25 on our countdown, we look at an important part of Oklahoma State’s depth on defense who made an early splash in his very first game.How he got to OSUThe three-star prospect from Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas) has a knack for being early. He ended up with offers from 17 schools including Oklahoma, Stanford, Pittsburgh and Kansas State, but was stuck with his early pledge to Oklahoma State. Harper graduated from high school early and was an early enrollee. That allowed him to take part in last year’s spring game — where he got an early first interception.Madre Harper picks off Kolar’s pass to set up Team Orange with great field position. #okstate https://t.co/qHmFPbmGLT— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) April 16, 2016AdChoices广告 What he’s done in StillwaterHarper didn’t stop there. In Oklahoma State’s season opener, Harper saw early playing time on special teams. When Southeastern Louisiana defensive back Javon Tillman muffed the first punt of the season, Harper took full advantage securing the loose ball in the end zone for the Cowboys’ first touchdown of 2016. Harper played in every game but Central Michigan getting most of his burn on special teams.Role in 2017During Oklahoma State’s golf media availability, Glenn Spencer mentioned Harper as one of three young cornerbacks he saw who could make an impact this fall along side Clemson transfer Adrian Baker.“Between the A.J.s (Green), the Madres (Harper) and the Rodarius’ (Williams),” Spencer told PFB “there’s three young guys that have ability. But that doesn’t mean anything unless they perform and execute and play with the right temperament.”Harper’s got the ability and he’s got the frame. Oklahoma State has been focusing on tall, rangy and athletic recruits for their secondary as of late. And at 6-1 and a half, Harper fit the bill. But during his time in Stillwater, he’s gone from a 167 pounds to 190 and looks ready to compete for more than just special team reps this fall.Noteworthy stats and highlightsAfter his flashy start in the season opener — which we will show you below — Harper played in 12 games as a true freshman. He recorded three tackles against Colorado in the Alamo Bowl.
Transfers ‘LA is a nice city’ – Ibrahimovic hints at MLS move Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 20:29 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Zlatan Ibrahimović LA Galaxy Premier League MLS The Manchester United striker’s contract expires this summer and he has suggested that he could move to America this summer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested that he could move to MLS from Manchester United.The Sweden striker is currently sidelined with a knee injury, having played just seven times in all competitions this season.Ibrahimovic’s contract at United expires this summer, and it is currently unclear if he will be offered an extension by Jose Mourinho’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The 36-year-old is thus exploring his options and has now claimed that he could move to the American top-flight, having expressed his admiration for Los Angeles.“I did not know that several Swedes went to MLS,” Ibrahimovic told SportExpressen.“That means it’s tempting to play in the United States.“Los Angeles is a nice city and I’ve been there a lot on vacation. It is laid back. I think it’s rumours all the time [about my future]. When I play and when I do not play it is rumours. That’s good, that means I live.”Ibrahimovic retired from Sweden duty in 2016, following the European Championships, but he has also hinted that he may return to the international fold for the World Cup this summer.”I miss the national team. If I want, I do it. I want to feel I can deliver a good performance,” he said.”We’ll see, it’s a tough question. I want to feel that I can perform and give back. I don’t want to come just because I’m somebody. The door isn’t closed for anything.”
Tottenham Hotspur Pochettino joins elite group with 100th Premier League win Joe Wright 02:21 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town nly five managers have managed a century of victories faster than the Argentine, who reached the milestone on Saturday Mauricio Pochettino reached 100 Premier League wins as Tottenham manager in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Wembley.Two goals from Son Heung-min secured all three points for the home side and moved them into third place in the table, a point above Liverpool, who face Newcastle United in their game in hand.It was Spurs’ third straight win in the Premier League, and marked 11 games unbeaten since folding to Manchester City shortly before Christmas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The former Argentina international has now managed a century of wins in England’s top flight in just 197 matches, which matches ex-Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers boss Kenny Dalglish’s efforts.In doing so, the manager enters an elite group of bosses who have managed the mark with such speed.Only six managers reached the milestone in fewer games. Jose Mourinho leads the way, having won 100 of his first 142 matches, ahead of Alex Ferguson, who needed 162 contests to get a century of victories.100 – Mauricio Pochettino has reached 100 Premier League wins as a manager in 197 games – the joint-6th quickest alongside Kenny Dalglish. Only Jose Mourinho (142), Alex Ferguson (162), Arsene Wenger (179), Rafa Benitez (181) & Claudio Ranieri (187) reached it in fewer games. Ton pic.twitter.com/MqKt3yKHXE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is next on the list (179 matches), ahead of Rafa Benitez (181) and Claudio Ranieri (187). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Milan ‘We must remember men like him’ – Gattuso pays tribute to Astori Joe Wright 01:05 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Milan UEFA Europa League Milan v Arsenal Arsenal Fiorentina The Milan coach recalled meeting Davide Astori when he was at the Rossoneri, and described him as “a great example” to youngsters. AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso says it is important not to forget people like former Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who passed away on Sunday.Astori was found dead in his hotel room ahead of his side’s Serie A clash with Udinese, with an autopsy later confirming he died of heart problems due to natural causes.The defender started his career with the Milan youth academy before signing for Cagliari in 2008, after failing to break into the Rossoneri first team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But Gattuso, who spent 13 years at San Siro as a player, still remembers Astori as a polite and humble man who wished him well after his appointment as head coach last November.”Astori was a great player on and off the pitch,” he told a news conference. “He is a great example for all young men. I hope we never forget him. It’s important to remember men like him.”I was at Milan when he was in the youth teams. Whenever I saw him in the gym, he would ask me if he could use it. The third time that happened I told him that it was his home – he didn’t need my permission.”The last time I saw him was on December 30 in Florence. Before the match, he said he was proud and happy for me and my new adventure with Milan.”He was always respectful and had a fantastic attitude. The team was very shaken on Sunday. There was none of the usual music in the dressing room.”Gattuso’s side host Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday, looking to extend their 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions.The 40-year-old feels the Gunners should still be considered favourites given their squad depth and resources, despite them having lost their last four matches, but he believes Italian sides deserve credit for helping youngsters to flourish.Fiorentina honorary president Andrea Della Valle visits the Davide #Astori tribute at the Franchi #DA13 pic.twitter.com/VEFoH0a7IB— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) March 7, 2018″The Italian teams are doing well in Europe, but we can’t compare English football with Italian football nowadays,” he said. “Ten years ago, it was the opposite, but today the top players go to the Premier League.”At the same time, this has been an opportunity for our young players. It’s not a coincidence that today we speak about [Patrick] Cutrone and [Davide] Calabria. Because of these changes, they have been able to show their qualities, like many other young Italians.”