• Crown outperforms IPD in bright year

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  • Mikel Arteta explains why he is not picking Mesut Ozil

    first_imgArteta reflected on a good night’s work (Picture: Getty)‘Of course I understand and I respect your questions but I have to try to do my job as fair as possible. I try to select the players that are, in my opinion, in better condition.‘The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving. This is where we are at the moment. We want to evolve more and play better and compete better. We need to keep maintaining that.’An own goal from Christian Fuchs and a late poachers effort from Eddie Nketiah did enough to secure the win for the Gunners, who could face Liverpool in the next round.‘I’m really happy with the performance, especially the attitude,’ added Arteta. ‘The senior players really took the lead.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 ArsenalHe would not give much away about the futures of Reiss Nelson, who almost scored from distance against Leicester, and Lucas Torreira. On Nelson, who is linked with a loan move, he said: ‘He played really well. We don’t discuss the things that are happening [with regards to his future].’He added on Torreira: ‘I’m not making decisions on players who might leave or stay. It’s the players in the best condition.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 23 Sep 2020 10:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.5kShares Comment Mikel Arteta explains why he is not picking Mesut Ozil Ozil is struggling to make the team (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta insists that it is ‘difficult’ for Mesut Ozil to be picked for Arsenal at the moment as he is picking the players in the ‘best condition’. The Arsenal manager left Ozil out of the squad that beat Leicester City 2-0 in the Carabao Cup and is yet to select him for any of their Premier League fixtures this season. Ozil is the club’s highest-paid player and has insisted he will not be leaving Arsenal this summer, despite being continually snubbed by Arteta. Arteta has always played down his continued absence and simply claims that other players are in front of Ozil in the pecking order.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘You can see that the players we are changing, we are using, it’s very difficult every week not for Mesut but for some other players as well to make the squad. Every week we try to pick the right players.’ said Arteta.‘I’m really happy with the performance here, how difficult they’re making things for the coaching staff to select the squad.‘It’s difficult for others as well that aren’t involved in the Premier League and didn’t play tonight either. We have a squad of 26, 27 players at the moment and we can’t give playing time to all of them. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Kiwis getting better at reporting child abuse – PM

    first_imgONE News 17 June 2013The Prime Minister is optimistic that a shocking jump in the number of child abuse cases is because the country is getting better at reporting them.Information released to ONE News shows rates of child abuse have risen by 32% over the last five years, with some children being abused while in state care.More than 21,000 children were victims of child abuse last year.Around 4000 of them were taken from their families and put into Child, Youth and Family care homes. But it was in these supposedly “safe homes” that at least 23 vulnerable children were further abused.“I suspect the numbers are greater in part because as a country we are getting better at reporting them,” John Key told TV ONE’s Breakfast today.He also highlighted that most foster parents “do a fantastic job” caring for children.“Any number [of abuse cases] above zero is unacceptable, but there were about 6000 children who were in Child Youth and Family care … last year of which there were 23 cases of abuse.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwis-getting-better-reporting-child-abuse-pm-5466848last_img read more

  • Arteta ‘tired’ of Rice, Houston

    first_img Rice played for Arsenal 528 times after joining as an apprentice in 1964 before serving as Arsene Wenger’s assistant manager for 16 years. He helped oversee an Arsenal side that won three Premier Leagues and four FA Cups. read also:Juventus set asking price for Ronaldo as PSG consider move It is believed Rice will continue to be involved in an ambassadorial capacity. The duo, both 71, are departing the club amid 55 redundancies at Arsenal as they count the cost of the coronavirus impact. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art12 Marvel Superheroes Before The FameCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action Movies12 Countries With Higest Technology In The World20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… center_img Arsenal hero, Pat Rice is leaving the club – after 56 years of involvement. Rice and Stewart Houston’s long and storied association with Arsenal is coming to an end as part of the club’s behind-the-scenes restructuring. The Athletic says Rice is no longer needed in his role as a video scout, bringing the curtain down on a 56-year association with the Gunners. Houston, who was also working as a scout but has also served as Arsenal’s assistant manager alongside George Graham as well as caretaker manager on three occasions.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Eastman wins Hand-in-Hand feature 35-lap cycle race

    first_imgIn-form Hamza Eastman yesterday stopped the clock at one hour, 17 minutes 02.16 seconds to win the feature 35-lap event of the Hand-in-Hand Insurance sponsored 11-race cycle programme in the National Park.After breaking from the main pack along with Christopher Griffith with 14 laps remaining, Eastman was unstoppable as he and Griffith controlled the pace of the race and together opened a lead of approximately 350 metres from the main chasing pack with 10 laps remaining and they continued to work in tandem.Coming for the finish, Eastman passed Griffith with 60 metres remaining and won by a handsome margin.Griffith finished second and Shaquille Agard outsprinted Paul DeNobrega for third while Michael Anthony was too good for Jamal John who took fifth and sixth respectively.Of the eight prime prizes that were on offer during the event, Junior Niles,who broke from the pack from the start of the race,won the first two but was pulled back into the pack during the 10th lap and this allowed Stephano Husbands to claim third. John then took the fourth prime before Eastman outsprinted his rivals to take the sixth.Eastman, while in company with Griffith at the head of affairs, claimed another two primes.In other results, Dwayne Gibbs Jr won the 10-lap race for juveniles ahead of Adelaie Hodge and Mario Ellis respectively, while Jaikaran Sukhai won the five-lap race for veterans’ under 50 years of age.Andrew Spencer was the winner of the five-lap race for veterans’ over 50 years of age.The BMX boys 6-9 years old two-lap race was won by Alexander Leung. Second was Taried Barrington and finishing third was Jose Rodrigues.The three-lap race for BMX boys 12-14 years of age was won by Taran Garbarran. Second was Marcus Mars.Jeremiah Harrison won the BMX boys 9-12 years old two-lap race ahead of Zab Jones and Shay Sue-Hang respectively.Prior to the presentation of prizes to the respective winners, race coordinator Hassan Mohamed thanked the participants and noted that they are all winners as without their participation, there would not have been a programme on yesterday.Hand-in-Hand’s Marketing Coordinator,Andrea Jodhan-Khan,also thanked the participants for their presence and committed the company’s continued sponsorship of the event.last_img read more

  • Women’s golf ties for fourth in tournament

    first_imgThe USC women’s golf team wrapped up their regular season over the weekend as it competed in the Ping/ASU Invitational, hosted by ASU in Tempe.  USC was hot heading into the desert coming off two straight wins.Following one day of action, the team had carded an overall score of 1-over 289, which placed them in seventh.  The Women of Troy were five shots back of leader Arkansas and three behind second place Duke.Junior Annie Park and freshman Amy Lee came into the clubhouse following 1-under 71s.  Both women were tied for 14th following the first day of play.  Their rounds included four birdies each and a strong back nine on which they went 1-under.On the second day of action, Park fired off a 6-under score of 67 to lead USC into fifth place with an overall score of par 576, however, the Women of Troy remained a distant 12 shots behind new leader ASU.With the six birdie round, Park grabbed a share of the lead.  Park now has 21 rounds of shooting in the 60s, tying her with teammate, junior Kyung Kim for most on the team this season.  Both women are only one round shy of tying the school record which is 22.Heading into the final day of action, Park was searching for her seventh career win.  Park already owns the record for most wins in school history.  Park fell short of her hopes though finishing third overall in the tournament.  Park finished the tournament at 5-under 211.After getting off to a rough start that included three bogeys on the front nine, Park battled back with three back nine birdies regaining her share of the lead until a final bogey on hole 17 dropped her to one shot back.  Park now has three top-5 finishes on the year.The other Trojan to have considerable success in the tournament was sophomore Gabriella Then who finished tied for sixth with a score of 2-under 214.  The finish is Then’s fourth top-10 finish in the last five events.USC finished the tournament with a combined score of 6-over 870 which was nine back of first place Arizona.  Host ASU finished at 4-over, good enough for a second place tie with Baylor.  USC and the other USC (University of South Carolina) tied for fourth overall.Senior Doris Chen made her spring debut for USC and finished tied for 39th at 6-over 222.  Following her strong day one performance, Lee slipped to 7-over 223 and tied for 45th.  Sophomore Karen Chung finished tied for 66th at 12-over 228.  The Ping/ASU Invitational was the final regular season competition for the Women of Troy.USC will begin its postseason quest for a national championship starting April 20-22 in Boulder, Colorado, at the Pac-12 Championships.last_img read more

  • REVEALED: How Man United almost sold Ronaldo to Valencia in 2006

    first_img Source: Manchester Evening News Former Valencia director Amedeo Carboni has revealed how he nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2006.The move almost happened after the World Cup in Germany and Ronaldo’s infamous ‘wink’ that contributed to Wayne Rooney’s sending off in the England versus Portugal quarter-final.There was speculation that the United pair would not get along under Sir Alex Ferguson in the 2006/07 season at Old Trafford, with Ronaldo even quoted as saying: “The circumstances are not right to keep playing in Manchester. In two or three days I will decide where to go.”And it has now become clear that Valencia were the frontrunners for his signature after Ronaldo indicated a preference to play in Spain.“I arrived at the right time, Valencia was the city that benefited most from this economic, social and sporting ‘boom’,” Carboni told Spanish media outlet Il Posticipo of that time in 2006.We had found the financial resources to get him, we had made arrangements with Nike and Coca Cola – the player’s sponsors.Ronaldo at that time was already earning 10 million net a year, a lot for a club like Valencia.“Then we reached the stage where Cristiano had argued with Manchester United. In 2006-07 Valencia was experiencing a ‘boom’ and I had his ‘yes’ to sign him.“The contracts [had been] signed by [Jorge] Mendes, nothing was missing between Ronaldo, his agent and myself. The deal, however, did not materialise.”Ultimately Ronaldo was happy to stay at United and his bond with Rooney and Ferguson got stronger, as he inspired United to reclaim the Premier League title in 2007. Ronaldo won both the PFA player of the year and young player of the year awards, after netting 17 league goals, while Rooney scored 14.last_img read more

  • Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic believes Lakers’ Ivica Zubac will be “really good”

    first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The two big men never formally crossed paths. Yet, they nearly took the same journey. Lakers center Ivica Zubac played for Mega Leks in the Basketball League of Serbia two years after Nuggets center Nikola Jokic did. While the two had vague memories of squaring up against each other in European tournaments, Jokic remembered more of his coach Dejan Milojevic gushing repeatedly about Zubac’s growth.Since then, Jokic has witnessed it during Zubac’s rookie NBA season. Though Jokic sat out when the Lakers played the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Staples Center with a left hip flexor strain, the 6-foot-10 Serbian center played against Zubac earlier this month. Then, Zubac posted 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting and 13 rebounds. That confirmed to Jokic what Milojevic had told him about Zubac all along. “He’s really talented,” Jokic said of Zubac. “He finishes around the rim. He can dunk the ball. He’s a good rim protector. He just needs a couple of years to become a NBA player. He’ll be really good.” “He needs to be patient,” Jokic said of Zubac. “He has a lot of experienced players in front of him. But I think he will be good. He has a bright future.”Stretched thinMost of the shots have swished into the net. So even if Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. nursed frustration over missing 16 games with an injured left knee, he became encouraged that he made most of his mid-range jumpers and 3-pointers during his shooting workouts.“When they play off of me,” Nance said, “hopefully it’s a mistake.” Could Nance make enough teams pay by becoming a stretch forward?“I do, as long as he doesn’t fall in love with it,” Walton said. “We still need him to be under the basket.”It does not appear Walton has to worry about Nance becoming consumed with expanding his range. Walton has told Nance frequently that he passes up too many open looks. “He’s better at knowing when he should take it, but he still struggles with not taking it sometimes,” Walton said. “We’re pretty open about telling him when he’s open that he’s a good enough shooter that he should take that shot.”center_img Zubac still has become good enough to “absolutely” exceed what Lakers coach Luke Walton thought of his potential as the team’s 32nd overall pick out of Croatia. “For a 19 year old that is living here in America for the first time and first hand seeing what the NBA is about …,” Walton said, trailing off. “He was a little on the heavy side earlier in the season and was going back and forth from the D-league. To mentally handle all of that, take on the challenge of losing weight and taking advantage of random opportunities, he played himself in the rotation.” The 21-year-old Jokic has experienced similar growth with the Nuggets. The second-year center has averaged 15.5 points on 59.4 percent shooting and 4.0 assists, leaving Walton and Zubac raving equally about his outside shooting and passing. “He’s doing everything the same, but better,” Zubac said of Jokic. “All of those moves he does now, he was using them in Europe. He’s slimmer and faster. When you’re faster, you can do everything better.” Jokic expects the same out of Zubac, who has averaged 9 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 46.3 percent in 21 minutes per game in the past five contests. last_img read more

  • Pitt recruits’ Boyd and Howard lead Pennsylvania over Maryland 58-27 in Big 33

    first_imgPennsylvania’s Titus Howard makes an interception and avoids Maryland’s Shane Cockerille as he scores a touchdown during the first quarter of the Big 33 football game, Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Joe Hermitt) Pennsylvania’s Tyler Boyd takes the opening kick off back for a touchdown against Maryland during the first quarter of the Big 33 football game, Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Joe Hermitt) by Jim CarlsonHERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Tyler Boyd didn’t think he had anything to prove at Saturday night’s Big 33 Football Classic high school all-star game.But with an NFL Network audience watching, along with about 8,000 fans in the stands, Boyd showed off the all-around skills that made him a solid recruit for the University of Pittsburgh.The 6-foot-1 receiver from Clairton returned the opening kickoff 91 yards and had a hand in five touchdowns as Pennsylvania defeated Maryland 58-27.Boyd was named the game’s most valuable player after accumulating 310 total yards, including 144 on returns and 68 passing. Boyd also added 89 receiving yards and nine on the ground.“I am what I am, I’m going to Pitt and I didn’t have to prove myself” to anybody, Boyd said. “I just wanted to help my team.”Maryland recruit Shane Cockerille (Gilman HS) was 13-of-32 passing for 247 yards, throwing for two scores and rushing for one.The Pennsylvania all-stars scored the game’s first 21 points in just 1:56 on Boyd’s opening run; a 16-yard pass to Boyd from Mack Leftwich; and a 40-yard interception return by fellow Clairton graduate and Pitt recruit Titus Howard. Pitt had six recruits in the game.center_img “We wanted to start off fast and grab the lead so we had nothing to worry about,” Boyd said. “I came out there and did what I had to do and we won it.”Pennsylvania’s victory snapped a four-game losing streak in the Big 33 game, which also marked Maryland’s return to the all-star game for the first time since 1992. Maryland replaced Ohio as the Big 33 opponent.“We lost four straight and all we kept saying is that we had to bring this one home,” Boyd said.Boyd caught the opening kickoff at the 9, paused to let a would-be tackler fly past, and took off for the score. “All I saw was straight daylight and I just took full advantage of it,” he said.Pennsylvania, which had 21 Division I recruits on its roster as opposed to six for Maryland, was led by quarterbacks Mack Leftwich (NorthAllegheny/UTEP) and Damion Terry (Erie Prep/Michigan State). Terry rushed for 42 yards and threw for 83 while Leftwich was 9-of-12 passing for 107 yards.Also scoring for Pennsylvania were Brian Lemelle (Bishop McDevitt/Connecticut), who was on the other end of Boyd’s 68-yard touchdown pass; and Chris Jones (Coatesville/Coastal Carolina), who caught a TD pass from each of the Pennsylvania quarterbacks.last_img read more

  • Wilson, May outlast huge field to take home Kootenay Kramp titles

    first_imgEli Bukowski of J.V. Humphries snapped the Bomber streak of top finishers.In junior boys, swimmer turned runner Samuel Matthew edged teammate Owen Box by a second to place first.Third was Keiran Marchand with Ezra Foy fourth as Trafalgar runners took the top four spots.Rossland’s Michaela McLean stopped the LVR, Trafalgar, J.V. Humphries domination by capturing the junior girl’s division.Isabella Kroker of Trafalgar finished second with Sage Wilton of J.V. Humphries third.In the open boys race, BlackJack Cross Country skiers David Palmer, Julien Locke and Peter Locke finished one-two-three.The trio raced in preparation for the upcoming winter season on snow.More than 60 runners tackled the grueling Kootenay Kramp course that took participants through and over trails above Nelson.To see complete results go to: http://www.scribd.com/doc/108999648/Kootenay-Kramp-Results-2012 Taylor Wilson of J.V. Humphries and Bomber Micah May took home the top prize as the Kootenay Kramp High School Cross Country race Wednesday at L.V. Rogers.Wilson nipped LVR’s Maddy Murphy in a sprint finish to claim the senior girl’s title in a time of 26 minutes, 38 seconds. Murphy finished right behind the Kaslo runner in a time of 26:43.Third was Lucy Carver of Wildflower at 28:59.Mia Ida of Trafalgar was fourth followed by Hailee Gerun of LVR in fifth.May covered the grueling 6.4 kilometer Kramp course in a time of 30:22 to win the senior boy’s race over Livi Smith of LVR.Owen Thurston of LVR was third at 33:18 as the host Bombers took the top six spots.last_img read more