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Wenger ready for Hull of a test

first_img Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his side they will face another “big sweat” against Hull when Barclays Premier League action resumes on Saturday. The summer arrivals of players like Hatem Ben Arfa, Abel Hernandez and Mohamed Diame arguably make the Tigers even more of a threat this time around. “The Hull game for us is a remembrance of a big sweat because we played against them in the cup final in a very difficult game,” Wenger said. “They could not use (Nikica) Jelavic in the cup last season, and since then they have bought Diame, Hernandez – they have bought some good players. “When you look at their team sheet now, they look like they can beat anybody so I expect a tough game. “Look at the quality of players they got in, you can say they bought top quality.” Midfielder Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal cannot afford to drop their guard against a side looking to cement their place in the top flight for a second campaign. “Hull were a good team last year, but they have improved their squad and have got a year of experience in the Premier League,” the England midfielder said on Arsenal Player. “They are going to be a hard team to play against because their players will want to do well at the Emirates.” The Gunners will tackle the team they beat after extra-time in last season’s FA Cup final looking to close back up on the top four following defeat away to leaders Chelsea before the international break. Wenger knows all too well what problems Hull will pose, having watched on from the touchline at Wembley in May as Steve Bruce’s men raced into a 2-0 lead before Arsenal mounted the comeback which would eventually end a nine-season trophy drought. After such a promising start, Arsenal have once again been hampered by an injury crisis. Mesut Ozil is not expected to play again for at least two months after suffering a knee injury at Chelsea which was confirmed while on international duty with Germany. Defender Laurent Koscielny returned early from the French camp after an Achilles problem flared up again. “Koscielny finds it difficult to play with it at the moment. You can only trust what the player says, he does not feel ready to play,” said Wenger. “With an inflammation of an Achilles tendon, if you wait for it to be better, it can be a short time. If you want to get rid of it completely, it is long term. “We will monitor him and as soon as he can take enough pain again he will play. “We have scanned him, there is no real deterioration of his Achilles at all. It is just the pain of the inflammation.” With Calum Chambers serving a one-match suspension on Saturday, Spain international Nacho Monreal is likely to be drafted across to centre-back alongside Per Mertesacker. Captain Mikel Arteta should be available again following a calf problem. Midfielders Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry were set to feature for the under-21s against Blackburn on Friday night following their knee injury problems. Wales international Aaron Ramsey should be in contention to travel to Belgium ahead of next week’s Champions League tie against Anderlecht after limping off against Tottenham on September 27 with a hamstring injury. last_img read more

BV’, Golden Grove advance on ‘penalty’

first_imgIT was an evening of penalty shoot-out victories, as Beterverwagting (BV) and Golden Grove secured semi-final berths in the inaugural 592 Beer Inter-Village Football Championship on Sunday at the Golden Grove Community Centre ground.Both matches ended scoreless at the end of regulation time, as BV defeated Ann’s Grove and hosts Golden Grove downed Brusch Dam. BV prevailed 3-1 in a tense penalty shoot-out. Kicking first, BV got off to the perfect start, as the first round ended 1-0 in their favour, following a miss from Brusch Dam.BV maintained their lead at 2-1, as both teams converted in the second round. However, BV missed to start the third round, gifting Ann’s Grove the perfect opportunity to equalise. Ann’s Grove spurned the opportunity, firing wide of the mark, much to the disappointment of their fans.BV secured a 3-1 advantage to start the fourth round as they converted. Needing to score to keep their hopes alive, Ann’s Grove were eliminated as the goalkeeper denied their fourth effort.Similarly, Golden Grove defeated Brusch Dam 3-0 from the penalty mark. However, the clash was almost decided in the 89th minute, when Golden Grove was awarded a penalty kick for a wild challenge on Dwain Jacobs. The penalty kick was wasted as it was blasted over the crossbar.Brusch Dam started the penalty shoot-out and missed wide of the right corner. Golden Grove capitalised to take the 1-0 lead. Brusch Dam’s misfortune continued as they fired over the crossbar in the second attempt.Once again, the hosts capitalised to score to make it 2-0. The failure for Brusch Dam continued as they once again blasted the ball over the crossbar to start the third round. The match was then sealed as Golden Grove scored once more.Tournament coordinator Eon Havercome, during a brief comment said, “The knockout round has clearly lived up to its billing and has provided entertaining football. Both matches required penalty kicks to decide the outcome which indicates the competitiveness of the tournament.The fans were treated to the drama of the penalty shootouts which is always a sight to behold and I anticipate much more drama and excitement as we now progress to Christmas Day for the second round of quarterfinals in Buxton.”The first match on the card will pit Mahaica against Friendship from 20:00hrs. In the second fixture, hosts Buxton tackle Paradise at 22:00hrs.The winners of the competition will receive $500 000 and the championship trophy. Meanwhile, the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will receive $200 000, $150 000 and $100 000 respectively and the corresponding trophy.Individual prizes will also be awarded – Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, MVP of the finale, Best Goalkeeper of the tournament and the Best Goalkeeper of the final.Sponsors of the tournament include Bakewell Guyana Incorporated, ExxonMobil, the NSC, Flavours Boss BBQ Grill and the Colin Talbot Construction Services.last_img read more

Pandey offers suggestions to Improve women’s game

first_img(ESPNCRICINFO) – India pace-bowling allrounder Shikha Pandey has become the latest in a long line of cricketers to offer views on whether women’s cricket needs any tweaks – like smaller balls or shorter pitches – to help it further flourish and attract more fans. In a series of tweets, Pandey on Saturday said “most of the suggestions” to alter the women’s game were “superfluous”.“Please, don’t compare women’s sport, women’s cricket in this case, with men’s sport. We need to see it as a different sport altogether… A sport that 86,174 spectators turned up to watch on March 8, 2020 and several million watched live on their television sets,” she tweeted, referring to the record crowd at the final of the 2020 T20 World Cup between Australia and India at the MCG in March.A mainstay of the Indian attack that finished runners-up both at the 2017 ODI World Cup and the recent T20 World Cup, Pandey wrote, “Reducing the size of the ball is fine, but as Ian Smith suggested, it only works if the weight remains the same. This will allow for bowlers to grip the ball better – more revs for the spinners – and hits will also travel further (not be the case if it is light).”As for reducing the length of the pitch from 22 yards, Pandey said: “An Olympic 100m female sprinter doesn’t run 80m to win First place medal and clock the same timing as her male counterpart,” she wrote. “So the whole ‘decreasing the length of the pitch’ for whatever reasons seems dubious. Also, it almost definitely takes the double-headers [with the men’s teams] out of question.”Instead of “tinkering with rules or the very fabric of the game to attract an audience”, Pandey said, “Growth can be achieved by marketing the sport well.”She also advocated more technology in the women’s game. “Why not have DRS, Snicko, Hotspot, all of the technical acumen and live broadcast for every game that we play anywhere in the world.”Potential changes to the women’s game, such as using a shorter pitch and a smaller ball, were suggested by New Zealand captain Sophie Devine and India batter Jemimah Rodrigues in a recent webinar conducted by the ICC. Then, in a series of interviews by ESPNcricinfo last week, the likes of Smriti Mandhana, Rachael Haynes, Lea Tahuhu, Kate Cross and Nida Dar had also laid out their views on the debate.“If it [the act of proposing tweaks] is about bringing it [women’s cricket] aesthetically closer to the men’s game, I don’t think that’s the right way to go about it. The women’s game is a good product that’s continuing to evolve & make its own mark,” Haynes said.Tahuhu pointed out that “if you’re having to prepare two-sized pitches, then you lose out the opportunity to host double-headers with men, while Mandhana added: “Although I feel women’s cricket is exciting as it is… reducing the length might make it interesting from the viewer’s perspective.”Cross and Dar emphasised that better infrastructural and monetary investment and more publicity on the part of the media is the ideal way to the take the women’s game forward. “Having the WBBL, the KSL, the Hundred or a women’s IPL – that’s the kind of change the women’s game needs,” said Cross, while Dar wondered, “How about publicising the matches rigorously on social media and mainstream media? … Give players more incentive to raise the standard of the game and things will get more entertaining.”last_img read more

World Cup call paves the way for summer like no other

first_img… CA committed to completing a full international summer, but concedes the schedule could change again given the global uncertaintyBy Andrew RamseyTHE International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to postpone this year’s planned men’s T20 World Cup has afforded cricket authorities worldwide greater clarity for scheduling purposes and enables Cricket Australia (CA) to focus fully on delivering its 2020-21 programme.While the uncertainty that enshrouds all event planning amid the global coronavirus pandemic means it is unknown if Australia will host the showpiece tournament next year or in 2022, CA’s interim CEO Nick Hockley indicated either outcome would be welcomed.He reiterated the ICC’s rationale for not yet confirming which of Australia or India would stage the planned T20 World Cups in October-November 2021 and 2022 was to give both nations the best possible chance to deliver a successful tournament against the backdrop of COVID-19.“Whether it’s 2021 or 2022 in Australia, we will put on a fantastic event,” Hockley said, adding the current view is the postponed tournament would be rescheduled with the same “footprint”, number of competing teams and matches.“If it’s 2021, the plans are really well progressed and we’re really well placed to deliver that event.“Equally if it’s 2022, it will be a fantastic event and in many ways it gives even more time to create certainty around the health situation because no-one knows how long this is going to last.”It’s the uncertainty relating to freedom of movement across international and domestic borders as well as the vast costs that accompany the creation and operation of bio-secure environments that led the ICC, as had been widely predicted, to abandon plans for a 16-team tournament in Australia this year.But with the question of how CA (as the host board) and the local organising committee (that successfully delivered the women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year) might stage such a logistically complex tournament now deferred, planning turns to a no-less-complicated summer schedule.CA has already released its proposed men’s and women’s international fixtures as well as the BBL and WBBL programme for 2020-21 and, while stressing that a “level of flexibility” will be needed as the health landscape changes, Hockley noted CA plans to deliver the schedule as it stands.That includes the proposed historic one-off men’s Test against Afghanistan at Perth Stadium beginning on November 21, even though the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expected to utilise the now vacant October-November window in the international schedule to hold its lucrative IPL.“At the moment, we’re scheduled to play Afghanistan in Perth and we’ll be doing everything we can to get those opening bowlers to the top of their run and get cricket back being played,” Hockley said.“As we work through all the different scenario planning, and as we do real-time monitoring of the health situations and restrictions, that will inform our planning.“If there’s a change to the current schedule, then we’ll be making announcements in due course.“Currently we’re planning to go ahead, but there’s a lot to work through and a lot that can happen between now and then.”BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has recently reaffirmed India’s commitment to touring Australia later this year for a four-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series as well as a three-game Gillette ODI campaign.Earlier this month, Ganguly told an India television show the BCCI would be seeking a reduction in the number of days players might have to serve in quarantine upon entering Australia “because we don’t want the players to go all that far and sit in hotel rooms for two weeks”.Hockley said yesterday that while those protocols are set by government and health authorities, CA was mindful of ensuring international visitors – and Australia players returning from overseas commitments such as the IPL – have access to “optimal” training facilities while observing quarantine requirements.CA has been closely liaising with its England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) counterparts to glean information gathered from the current England-West Indies Test series, the first international cricket fixtures since world sport entered lockdown.Hockley noted the yet-to-be-completed hotel at Adelaide Oval drew close parallels to facilities provided at England’s bio-secure Test venues at Southampton and Manchester, and that was one consideration for cricketers entering Australia in coming months.“It’s unlikely that international travel restrictions will have lifted by time India are due to come into the country, so clearly there will be testing regimes,” he said.“The reality is we will be able to test people before they get on the plane and then it’s a situation of making sure we’ve got the quarantine arrangements in line with government and health authority protocols.“What we’re working on is making sure that, even within that quarantine environment, players have got the absolute best training facilities so their preparation for the matches is as optimal as it can possibly be.“Whether it’s a hotel on site, or whether it’s hotels in close proximity to venues, creating that environment where we’re minimising the risk of infections and creating a bio-secure environment is the absolute priority.“There’s a huge amount at stake if we’re unable to do that.“Adelaide Oval has got a hotel (due for completion in September), and we’re obviously in discussion with all venues, but that does provide a facility not dissimilar to Old Trafford (in Manchester) or the Ageas Bowl (Southampton) where a hotel is integrated into the venue.”Hockley conceded that in the absence of certainty due to the ongoing pandemic, clarity such as that flowing from the ICC’s decision overnight (and with an IPL announcement expected this week) was vital to finalising a full summer schedule.He said CA was also being regularly informed by codes such as the Australian Football League, National Rugby League and Super Netball that are currently mid-season and dealing with the daily complexities of programming and delivering matches.But he also noted there were unique challenges in fixing men’s and women’s international and domestic cricket games in an ever-changing environment.“I think what’s different for cricket is that we’ve got – between now and through the summer – an overseas (men’s) tour outbound potentially to England, we’re bringing international teams in both women’s and men’s, we’ve got two domestic leagues in the WBBL and BBL, and then we’ve got all the domestic cricket competitions,” Hockley said.“So whereas other sports have been focussed on a singular league, we do have this portfolio of cricket across all the different formats and that brings with it its own massive set of complexities.“What’s clear is we’re going to need to have a level of flexibility, and it’s by no means going to be a normal summer.“In relation to the T20 World Cup, with international borders currently closed and requiring exemption and the same with some state borders, the prospect of bringing 15 teams in and moving them around the country … the decision to postpone the event was absolutely inevitable. “But it allows us to focus with real clarity on the summer ahead, and we’ve got a brilliant summer to look forward to. (Cricket.com.aU)last_img read more


first_imgThe Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company performs to music by D.J. Filip Zachary at Bovard Auditorium on Friday. The show included sets created by composer-producer Zachary. The dance company began in an arts management class at USC.Otto Hsiao | Daily Trojanlast_img

Forward Madison FC: Flamingos get huge win in Richmond behind large group of road supporters

first_imgForward Madison FC (10-9-6) won in a major game over the weekend as they held onto their playoff position with just three games remaining. The Flamingos beat the Richmond Kickers (8-12-4) on the road, their second win against the Kickers in less than a month.Forward Madison had “well over 50 fans” according to the team’s official website as some of the Flock traveled across the country on a mini-bus. With the strength of their traveling section behind them, the Flamingos turned in their fourth clean sheet in six matches.The scoring opened quickly, with striker Danny Tenorio scoring a goal in the sixth minute to give the Flamingos a 1–0 lead early. Tenorio was able to split Richmond’s defenders before finding space in the box, scoring off a pass from midfielder Josiel Núñez.Despite having two other opportunities late in the first half, the Flamingos were limited to just one goal and took their 1–0 lead into halftime.Forward Madison FC: Flamingos gear up for final stretch as they hope to make playoffs in inaugural seasonWhen Forward Madison FC began to play this past spring, they officially became Madison’s first-ever professional soccer club. Playing their Read…After the half, the Flamingos noticeably focused their efforts on defense as they tried to hold onto their lead and add to the win column. They were able to do just that, winning by a final of 1–0 and keeping them in playoff position.The Flamingos have gotten hot at the right time, moving from out of contention to right in the thick of the race with less than a month remaining in the regular season.Other games around League One managed to go Madison’s way, as the team now sits alone in fourth place with a three-point lead over both Tormenta FC and Chattanooga Red Wolves SC. All three teams have three games remaining, meaning FMFC will just need to perform as well as the other two teams in order to hold their spot.Badger soccer looks to gain momentum heading into Big Ten playThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team looks to bounce back following a disappointing performance at the Lakeside Classic in Read…If Madison is able to make the playoffs, it will be for good reason as they play both of the top two teams in the league in their final three games.Forward Madison will return home Tuesday for a special exhibition game against the Milwaukee Torrent at Breese Stevens Field, followed by the continuation of their USL league play Sunday against North Texas, the top team in the league.last_img read more

Okpekpe Race Promoter Hails Amazing Cheprot

first_imgPromoter of the IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race, Mike Itemuagbor, has hailed Kenyan athlete, Simon Cheprot for his heroic feat at the 7th edition of the race held last Saturday in Okpekpe, Edo State.The lanky Cheprot who won the Okpekpe race men’s title in 2016 and was first runner up last year won the hearts of fans both at the venue and those watching live on television across the African continent when he stopped to help a rival who collapsed towards the end of the race.Cheprot helped his colleague across the finish line before beckoning on the medical team at the finish for aid. The Kenyan was rewarded with $10,000 for his humanitarian effort and Itemuagbor said what Cheprot did is the true definition of sportsmanship.”Simon (Cheprot) may not have fulfilled his ambition of becoming the first athlete (man or woman) to win two Okpekpe titles since 2013 when we began this race but he came to Okpekpe this year, ran and left as the hero. He did not win any medals but he won hearts.“While running, his colleague collapsed and on instinct, Simon picked him up; held tight to him and lifted him. That ended his race. But he saved a life. In 2016, Simon came first at Okpekpe; was second last year. Now, in 2019, he won hearts. One of our partners gave him $2,000,former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole added $3,000 before Edo State’s Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu increased the reward from $5000 to $10,000 with an additional $5000.But most significantly, everybody hailed his “brother’s keeper” attitude. This is what is called sportsmanship. Simon gave proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with his competitors. He is our hero, he is the hero of the seventh edition of the race,” Itemuagbor gushed with excitement.Bahrain’s Dawit Fikadu (29.03) and Kenya’s Sheila Chelangat (32.59) won the men and women’s titles while a couple, Emmanuel Gyang Gwon and Deborah Pam emerged the best Nigerian athletes at this edition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Is Erin Andrews married? A relationship timeline for the Fox Sports reporter and Jarret Stoll

first_imgView this post on Instagram MORE: Erin Andrews and Richard Sherman look back on The Interview View this post on Instagram Of course there was a party…and I wore a jumpsuit or two 😘🙋 @daniel.wingate @wingateofficial More details at @harpersbazaarusA post shared by Erin Andrews (@erinandrews) on Aug 18, 2017 at 6:38am PDTStoll is 37 years old, while Erin is 41.They currently do not have any children but they do have an adorable dog named Howard. Little sample of what you can find (and more) at @harpersbazaarus Photos by @toripintarphotographyA post shared by Erin Andrews (@erinandrews) on Aug 17, 2017 at 3:45pm PDTFrom Harper’s Bazaar:”At the 2012 World Series, two-time Stanley Cup winner Jarret Stoll sent a text to his friend, NFL alum and morning TV host Michael Strahan. It read: “Can you set me up with Erin Andrews?” One text lead to another. Strahan texted Erin, “My friend Jarret Stoll wants to take you to dinner.” Erin wasn’t interested—she wanted to wrap up her work covering the World Series.It was at the Tigers/Giants game in San Francisco that Jarret figured he’d try to make a move in person, walking past two security guards and bending over a railing to get to the dugout that Erin was reporting from. Impressed by his sly ability to trick security just to be able to introduce himself, Erin decided to give him a chance. After the World Series, the two went to dinner in Hollywood. The rest, as they say, is history.” “It was a huge step for my relationship with my boyfriend at the time,” Andrews said in a 2017 interview with Health magazine. “Because you don’t know if a guy is going to want to sit in with an oncologist and see, ‘OK, so this is your cervix, and this is your uterus, and we are cutting out this part.Andrews continued, “We hadn’t even been discussing marriage. We hadn’t discussed babies! It really puts things on the fast track for you — because you have an oncologist saying to you, ‘We highly recommend that you guys do your embryos right now, freeze them.’ I’m like, ‘Hi, hon. I love you. I hope we’re spending our lives together.’ And he was amazing.”Stoll popped the question three months later. View this post on Instagram Erin Andrews will be covering her third Super Bowl on Sunday as the 49ers take on the Chiefs in Miami.The Fox Sports broadcaster is married to former NHL star Jarret Stoll after their wedding in 2017. The pair started dating in 2012. Happy Birthday to Howard’s Dad @stolly28! We love you 🐻❤️🐶! Thank u @brozaphotoA post shared by Erin Andrews (@erinandrews) on Jun 24, 2017 at 6:12am PDTTheir relationship has not been without controversy.Andrews stuck by Stoll when he was arrested in 2015 for attempting to smuggle cocaine into a Las Vegas pool party .Kings’ Jarret Stoll had cocaine, Ecstasy on him at time of arrest in Las Vegas, police say http://t.co/hj4c9RWlmP pic.twitter.com/OIAmQJla1e— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) April 21, 2015Following Stoll’s arrest, Andrews  appeared to take a dig at him  during an episode of “Dancing with the Stars.”After Season 20, contender Willow Shields told Andrews about her anti-partying ways, and the DWTS host responded, “There’s nothing wrong with that. I feel like some other people should learn from you.”Likewise, Stoll supported Andrews through her $75 million civil trial against stalker Michael Barrett, who illegally filmed a video of the sportscaster in the nude through a peephole in her hotel room and posted it on the internet.During her second day of testimony, Andrews took the stand and said the video was ruining her relationship .”He [Stoll] didn’t know me before this happened,” Andrews said. “I think he would’ve loved the girl more that was there before this happened, and I feel very guilty about that.”Stoll once again proved himself as a solid support system for Andrews when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016.Andrews said the diagnosis accelerated their relationship.last_img read more

Shazier shines in Steelers debut

first_imgSHAZIER’S DYNAMIC DEBUT—Steelers rookie LB Ryan Shazier sparkles in NFL debut. Above he intercepts ball in front of Scott Chandler. (AP photo)PITTSBURGH (AP)—Ryan Shazier let Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler sprint by him before the rookie Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker gave chase.The moment Chandler appeared to be open down the seam, EJ Manuel lofted a pretty spiral in Chandler’s direction.It looked like the right decision. It wasn’t.Shazier needed all of two steps to close the gap on Chandler. One well-timed leap and the 15th pick in May’s draft had the ball in his hands. By the time he was finally tackled more than 25 yards downfield, the Steelers were in Buffalo territory – and any concerns about Shazier’s banged-up right knee were long forgotten.So much for that “boo boo” coach Mike Tomlin kept talking about.In the span of a precocious half during Pittsburgh’s 19-16 win Saturday night, Shazier did more than make up for the week he lost while nursing his knee back to health. He offered proof he’s ready to handle his role in what the Steelers hope is a defensive revival in 2014.last_img read more