Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann says the club have no plans to sell Jiri Pavlenka despite reports linking the goalkeeper with Liverpool and Juventus.The 27-year-old has impressed in the Bundesliga following his arrival from Slavia Prague in the summer of 2017.That has sparked rumours of a potential transfer, with Liverpool linked with a move for the player as they seek a back up to Alisson. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? It was claimed the newly crowned European champions were considering a player-plus-cash deal involving fellow goalkeeper Loris Karius.Karius hasn’t played for the Merseysiders since his disastrous performance in the Champions League final against Real Madrid last season, when he gifted Los Blancos two goals in their 3-1 victory.The German is unlikely to have a long-term future at Anfield and was sent out on a two-year loan at Turkish side Besiktas last summer. It has been speculated that the 25-year-old could be recalled back to Merseyside in order to be included in a part of the deal for Pavlenka.As well as Liverpool, Italian champions Juventus have also been credited with an interest as they seek competition for Wojciech Szczesny and Mattia Perin.However, those reports appear premature with Bremen chief Baumann insistent that the club have received no bids for Pavlenka and have no interest in selling him this summer.”We plan with Pavlenka for the new season,” he told Weser-Kurier. “There is no offer from Juventus or Liverpool for Jiri Pavlenka.”The 27-year-old began his career at Banik Ostrava in 2012, spending three-and-a-half seasons at the club before joining Slavia Prague in January 2016.He went on to make 41 appearances for the club and was part of the side that won the 2016-17 Czech League title.Pavlenka has since made 77 appearances for Werder Bremen since joining from Slavia Prague for around €3 million in June 2017.After an impressive first season for Florian Kohfeldt’s side, he signed a new contract last summer keeping at the club until 2021.He made his international debut for the Czech Republic in a friendly against Denmark in November 2016 and has gone on to make nine appearances for the national team.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Off-season attrition is a fact of life in college football. Nevada is being particularly hard-hit right now.Over the weekend, the Wolf Pack lost starting wide receiver McLane Mannix and starting safety Nephi Sewell to transfer. Mannix, a sophomore, was a freshman All-American in 2017.Citing “personal family reasons,” Mannix announces his transfer on Twitter on Sunday.“This has not been an easy decision for me,” he wrote. “I have made lifelong friends and learned many lessons both of which, I will always be grateful.”Thank you for the memories #JungleBoys pic.twitter.com/DOypQnhFhc— McLane Mannix (@mclane28) December 3, 2018This season, Mannix totaled 50 receptions for 875 yards and seven touchdowns. As a freshman, he grabbed 57 balls for 778 yards and six scores.Nevada finished the regular season with a 7-5 record in its second season under Jay Norvell. Norvell improved on a 3-9 record in his first campaign.The Wolf Pack will finish their year out in the Arizona Bowl against Arkansas State on December 29.
Hundreds of elementary school students are getting the chance to explore Nova Scotia’s natural resources. The Department of Natural Resources has helped plan three fun and educational events in May to bring young people in touch with nature. “The Kids in the Forest program was created to give all children in Nova Scotia the opportunity to be engaged with nature,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “The forest can stimulate creativity, physical activity and reduce stress in young people. Yet, many young people may not ever have the opportunity to travel to the woods without this program.” About 250 Grade 6 school children from Halifax Regional Municipality are expected to spend a day in the forest on Thursday, May 3. The field trip will take place at Beaverbank Lake, north of Middle Sackville on Route 354. Students will rotate between stations that include displays on aquatic life, helicopter crews, wildfire prevention, wildlife adaptation, water quality, silviculture treatments, rocks and minerals and forest harvesting. Other Kids in the Forest field trips will take place in Digby County and the village of Whycocomagh. On Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10, students will explore a forest near Digby High School, and on May 23, Whycocomagh Provincial Park will hold an event.