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first_imgAlexandre Lacazette sends message to Arsenal fans after injury blow Comment James GraySaturday 14 Sep 2019 11:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link234Shares Arsenal are not short of attacking talent to replace him, having smashed their club transfer record over the summer to bring in winger Nicolas Pepe while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 35 goals in 53 Premier League appearances since joining in 2018.However, Emery appears willing to give some fans what they want and offer some of the club’s up and coming talent the chance to prove themselves in the heat of battle.‘It’s our philosophy and our idea to give them chances to be with us in training and taking confidence and playing minutes and if they achieve the performance we want, then continuing,’ Emery said.‘They can take experience being with us, training with us, playing with us and also helping them with our experienced players and sharing with those players our way.’Those words will be music to the ears of the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson, both teenagers with just six league appearances between them for the Gunners.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 Advertisementcenter_img Alexandre Lacazette is desperate to be back in first-team action as soon as possible (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has promised Arsenal fans he is already thinking about his comeback after he was ruled out until next month with an ankle injury.Lacazette has already scored twice in three Premier League appearances so far this season but has been managing the problem and has only played 147 minutes in total.The France international initially picked up the injury in a pre-season friendly against his old club Lyon with manager Unai Emery insisting at the time that it was ‘not a serious’ problem.However, the Spanish boss was forced to confirm yesterday that Lacazette would need a break from first-team action in order to recover.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 Alexandre Lacazette got injured over the summer playing against Lyon (Picture: Getty)‘After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness,’ Emery said.‘Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks.‘He is likely to be back in action in October.’Lacazette responded with a message to concerned supporters on his Twitter account, reassuring them that he would be making swift progress on his recovery.‘Already started my rehab and looking to the future,’ Lacazette wrote.‘Thanks everyone for your messages!!’Already started my rehab and looking to the future.. Thanks everyone for your messages !! #Coyg #Laca 9️⃣♣️— Alexandre Lacazette (@LacazetteAlex) September 13, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDutch parliament buildings in the Hague, the NetherlandsDespite the unions’ reticence, social partners and pensions sector have been encouraged to embrace the Dutch government’s framework for pensions reform.Jacqueline Lommen, pension strategist at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), said a 10-point plan presented by social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees earlier this year contained the ingredients to satisfy pension fund participants and pensioners.At a symposium hosted by Dutch pensions magazine Pensioen, Bestuur & Management in Amsterdam last week, Lommen cited a State Street survey of 10,000 participants in six European countries – including the UK, Sweden and Italy – as well as Australia and the US.The study showed that early and sufficient pensions saving, clarity about its progress and future benefits were main contributors to people’s ‘pension happiness’, she said.Other important factors were a sense of individual responsibility through a personal pension account as well as options for tailor-made solutions, Lommen said.Dutch participants appeared to be almost the most pessimistic about their future financial position after retirement, and the least informed about their choice options for contributions, benefits and retirement age, SSGA found.Lommen said the outcome was “distressing, as the Netherlands does many things right”, explaining that the government’s framework had almost bridged the gap between increasingly unaffordable defined benefit plans and flexible forms of defined contribution.“There are already four different benefits arrangements possible under DC, easing implementation,” she said.In Lommen’s opinion, the core of the government’s proposals shouldn’t be dismissed as merely “individual pension pots”.“It is about the possibility to virtually divide a collective pension pot across individual assets for tailor-made implementation,” she argued.Dutch unions oppose the concept of individual pension pots, and want to stick to the traditional collective approach to saving and risk sharing.Lommen said the cabinet’s proposals for individual pension pots were aligned to the unions’ demands.Highlighting other advantages of the Dutch pensions system, Lommen said the Netherlands was the only country with mandatory lifelong benefits where the “mortality gain” benefited the remaining participants, rather than disappearing to the heirs.She also emphasised that all energy put into pension reform came at the expense of other promising innovations, such as the development of apps and pension planners as well as solutions for part-time retirement. The Netherlands’ largest trade union has threatened to stop co-operating with the government over pension system reform if it proceeds with a scheduled increase in the state pension age.FNV has said that, if the government proceeded with its plan raise the retirement age for the state pension (AOW) to 66 years and eight months, it would walk out of pensions reform negotiations.The union’s negotiator Tuur Elzinga said FNV had urged the government to take a decision in the coming weeks, according to financial newspaper FD. On the union’s website it said the government had until 1 July to respond.FNV wants the AOW age to be frozen at 66, whereas the government has already decided on a gradual rise from 65 years in 2013 to 67 years and three months in 2022. After then, any further increases will be linked to longevity improvements. The current retirement age for the AOW is 66 plus four months.center_img Tuur Elzinga, FNVIn the opinion of the unions, the planned rise is too fast, in particular for workers in physically demanding jobs. However, fixing the AOW age at 66 would be expensive and the government has not shown any willingness to set aside money for this purpose.During the past few weeks there have been exploratory discussions between the government, employers and unions about the resumption of negotiations for pensions reform, according to the FD. Negotiations collapsed in November, in part because of disagreements over the AOW age.Elzinga said the union would continue with its industrial action if the cabinet ignored its demand.Embrace government reforms, pension sector toldlast_img read more

first_imgOSKALOOSA, Iowa – Ken Schrader returns to Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified fields for all four nights of Frostbuster Week.Southern Iowa Speedway at Oskaloosa hosts opening night on Wednesday, March 30. Frostbust­ers follow on Thursday, March 31 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Friday, April 1 at Mar­shalltown Speedway and Saturday, April 2 at Boone Speedway.Top prize each night for the Modifieds is $1,000 with a berth on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot at stake as well.Most recently a Frostbuster competitor last spring, Schrader has enjoyed early-season success in the Belleville Motorsports North Central Region in the past. The popular NASCAR driver was a Frostbuster winner in 2012.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $500 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $400 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250 to win each night of the Frostbuster.One thousand dollar point funds will be paid to top five drivers in each division. Champions will be eligi­ble to qualify for their respective race of champions events during the IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s and receive jackets and plaques during the national awards banquet in November.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. at Oskaloosa. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.The gates open at Vinton at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m.Gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing be­gins at 7 p.m. at Marshalltown.Boone opens the pit gates at 2 p.m. and the grandstand at 3 p.m. Hot laps start at 4 p.m. and rac­ing at 5 p.m.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance Iowa State points will be awarded at all four shows. Entry fees each night are $30 for Modifieds, $25 for Stock Cars and $20 for SportMods and for Hobby Stocks. Pit passes are $25.More information about the respective Frostbusters is available from SIS promoter Mike Van Gen­deren at 641 521-0330, Benton County promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526, Marshalltown pro­moter Toby Kruse at 515 231-5444 and Boone promoter Robert Lawton at 515 987-1220.Track websites are,, and regular point season starts April 6 at Oskaloosa, April 8 at Marshalltown, April 9 at Boone and April 10 at Vinton.last_img read more

Morgan: I’ve never sung anthem

September 20, 2020 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgEngland captain Eoin Morgan has defended his decision not to sing the national anthem before matches at the World Cup. The 28-year-old left-hander was born and raised in Dublin but, after making his international debut for Ireland, has represented England since 2009. “It’s pretty simple. I’ve never sung the national anthem whether I’ve played for Ireland or England,” he said. Press Association “It doesn’t make me any less proud to be an English cricketer. I’m extremely proud to be in the position I am in and privileged to be captain of a World Cup side.” When asked to expand on why he did not sing ‘God Save the Queen’, Morgan added: “It’s a long story. It’s a personal thing.” Outspoken broadcaster Piers Morgan suggested on Twitter this week that the one-day captain should sing the anthem. Eoin Morgan has made 181 appearances for England in all formats – he played 23 times for Ireland – and was handed the captaincy for the World Cup after Alastair Cook was stood down following his lean tour of Sri Lanka before Christmas. Morgan’s first tour in full-time charge has not been smooth, however, after it began with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealing he was the victim of a £35,000 blackmail plot before the Tri-Series match in Hobart. Morgan then suffered a horror run of outs – during which he made three successive ducks against Australia – and saw his team heavily beaten in their opening two World Cup matches. He was even incorrectly identified as ‘Eoin Rogers’ by the mayor of Wellington at a Maori welcoming ceremony. A 119-run over Scotland in Christchurch on Monday got England’s campaign off the mark although the criticism of his long-held decision not to sing the national anthem is another unwelcome distraction. Morgan, who has been steadfast throughout, has also been the subject of some ridicule Down Under with former Australia captain Steve Waugh suggesting this week he might be having second thoughts about his move to England. “A couple of their players might have regretted going to England, like Boyd Rankin and Eoin Morgan – they might be wishing they’d stayed with Ireland,” Waugh said. Ireland have won both of their games to start the World Cup. The form of the Irish has pushed the International Cricket Council’s decision to reduce the 2019 World Cup, to be held in England, down to 10 teams into the spotlight. The consensus of opinion has been that scrapping for places, which would most likely prevent associate nations from reaching the World Cup, was not in the best interests of the game on a global level. The fact the closest matches at this World Cup have so far involved the associate teams has also further strengthened the argument against the ICC’s cull that Morgan agrees with. “I think it would be a terrible shame,” he said. “Part of playing in a World Cup – the agenda of the ICC should be to spread the good word of the game we play. “The more teams we can, within reason, have playing then the more exposure they get in their home nation and the more exposure they get against top sides.” Morgan also called for the ECB to consider organising a home Tri-Series including Ireland to help cure their chronic lack of matches between World Cups. Ireland managed just nine completed ODIs against full-member nations in the four years since the last World Cup and at present have a deal to play England every two years. “They want much more cricket and it wouldn’t be a bad thing if we played a Tri-Series between whoever is touring (and Ireland),” Morgan said. That would help Ireland’s quest to play more games, and lift their ranking, after the ICC last month handed them a chance to directly qualify for the next World Cup should they rise into the top eight. “If it’s the Ashes then it’d be Australia and then Ireland in between,” Morgan added. “The Tri-Series we played recently, albeit against Australia and India, was brilliant. If there is a window for that absolutely.” Morgan also backed moves for an ‘English Premier League’ franchise-based Twenty20 tournament following revelations via a leaked document that the ECB were discussing the possibility, amongst a raft of potentially wide-reaching changes to the structure of the game. “Striking a balance between having a similar international calendar as we have at the moment and three or four weeks of this EPL would be brilliant,” he said. “You look at templates like IPL – obviously they have their international players – but the Big Bash don’t. They facilitate that with having two overseas players. “If they’re big enough names I think it can certainly work. It would obviously have to be less teams.” last_img read more

CWI president praises UWI for Faculty of Sport

September 19, 2020 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron has congratulated the University of the West Indies’ initiative to include a Faculty of Sport.Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Physician, Dr Akshai Mansingh has been appointed dean of the new faculty. His appointment comes into effect August 1.The faculty, which becomes operational in the 2017-2018 academic year, will offer Certificate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sports Business, Sports Management, Sports Science, and the Art and Science of Coaching.It is the first time in four decades that the UWI is adding a new faculty and the Cricket West Indies president believes it has come at an opportune time.“The Faculty of Sport at the University of West Indies is a welcome addition to the academic inventory of the Caribbean at this time,” Cameron said in a statement.“The University continues to be innovative and cutting-edge in its academic development and this suggests that the region is preparing the next generation of leaders, managers and workforce.”Cameron said the value the faculty adds to the established sporting prowess of the region on the field, track, court and in the ring, shows the extent of what the university believes is an industry worthy of investment.“We are pleased with the addition and wish the university the best in its efforts to support one of the fastest growing industries in the world,” he said, adding that the CWI stands ready to support the effort of the university.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Syracuse nearly lost to Villanova and did lose to Maryland — the two times it’s faced teams led by dual-threat quarterbacks this season.No. 8 Notre Dame and its quarterback, Everett Golson, are likely to be the Orange’s toughest such test of the season to date. SU (2-1) faces the Fighting Irish (3-0) at 8 p.m. Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. And in his Tuesday teleconference, Orange head coach Scott Shafer talked about the need to contain Golson, who led UND to an undefeated regular season and the 2013 national title game, which it lost to Alabama.“I think you have to take a look at the prepared run game stuff and then you also have to do a good job — he creates,” Shafer said. “He creates in passing downs with his feet, he extends plays and throws the ball down the field. And he can also scamper for good yardage.”Golson missed last season after being suspended from school for “poor academic judgment,” but has thrown for seven touchdowns and no interceptions this year. He has also has four rushing touchdowns.In SU’s 27-26 double-overtime win against Villanova, Wildcats quarterback John Robertson rushed for 133 yards. Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown only ran for 46, but his constant threat to the Orange defense helped the Terrapins to a 34-20 win in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSaid Shafer: “Have to have a good game plan and we have to have really good vision on our job at hand in the run game as well as getting our eyes back and always knowing where Golson is throughout the course of the play.” Commentslast_img read more

Fans can be critical, but should still be loyal

September 16, 2020 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgRight now, being a USC fan is pretty hard. It was quite a task on Friday night as the team lost to Utah. To say it’s been difficult over the last couple seasons would be an understatement, but just because it’s been hard, doesn’t mean Trojan fans should stop supporting their team.Tal Volk | Daily TrojanNo hot seat yet · On Saturday, head coach Clay Helton said he talked to and has the support of Athletic Director Lynn Swann (above).It may not be as enjoyable as when the team only lost nine games in a span of seven seasons, but still, as a fan you should be with the team through thick and thin.You’ll see it on Twitter and Facebook — a plethora of Trojan fans threaten to stop supporting the team or that they’re done being loyal. To even propose the idea doesn’t really make them true supporters.By all means, fans can criticize the team and expect more from them. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly made a comment last week that if the fans aren’t upset with the team’s poor start, than they aren’t really fans at all. So yes, USC fans should be disappointed in the Trojans’ 1-3 start. This isn’t how a USC team is supposed to start their season. There was promise in young talent this season, but some of that promise is still there.Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold looked impressive against Utah. He showed spurts of talent that, with a bit more experience, could make him a great quarterback. If anything, he was the team’s bright spot against the Utes. That and the fact that junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster tallied up 98 yards in the game, just one yard shy of his season total and in two less catches. Darnold was able to inject a life into USC’s disorganized, lackluster offense. But, just because Darnold was behind center, doesn’t mean that their offensive problems were fixed.It’s crazy to think that a running back who was averaging 12.6 yards per carry didn’t touch the ball in the fourth quarter while the other two backs averaged less than six yards combined. That’s nothing against the other two backs, it’s just that senior Justin Davis was having quite a night. It’s on the coaching staff for not putting him in. Head coach Clay Helton claimed that there’s a rotation and they “trust their backs.” While that’s great, you would have to be blind not to see that Davis was tearing up the Utah defense and not putting him in was a disservice to the Trojans’ offense.Fans should opine on these decisions by the coaches to literally stray from what was working and try something else that was continually not working. It’s mid-game adjustments like that that the staff can’t quite seem to get themselves around this season.Fans can do more than criticize, though. They can be upset, and rightfully so. USC has the talent to be better than this; they should be better than this.After LSU fired head coach Les Miles, almost immediately, tweets popped up on my Twitter feed calling for Athletic Director Lynn Swann to fire Helton and offer Miles a job. If anything, USC does not need another coaching change in the middle of the season. Three times in four seasons is just ridiculous.I may be in the minority, but Helton should remain the head coach of USC for the entirety of the season. After the Trojans’ final game of 2016, whether that be against UCLA at the Rose Bowl or at a bowl game, Swann can sit down, assess the team’s standing and — if he deems it necessary — look for another head coach.USC fans, whether they back Helton or not, should support the Trojans the rest of the season. Against Utah, the players, pretty much as a whole, looked fired up and played like a different team than the one that lost to Alabama and Stanford. True fans owe it to the players to support the team this season, no matter what.Jodee Storm Sullivan is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. Her column, “The Storm Report,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

first_imgEmily Hawryschuk and Sarah Cooper were both named to the Media All-American second team by Inside Lacrosse on Tuesday. Hawryschuk led Syracuse with 75 goals in 2019 and Cooper is of two freshmen chosen in Inside Lacrosse’s Media All-American selections.In her junior season, Hawryschuk took over control of the Orange’s scoring attack, registering a hat trick in 18 of SU’s 21 games. She scored an overtime game-winner against then-No. 4 Northwestern in the Carrier Dome on Feb. 24, and finished the season with the second-most goals in program history.Hawryschuk led the way with seven points in Syracuse’s first NCAA tournament win since 2016, and had another five-goal performance in the Orange’s loss to the Wildcats in the NCAA quarterfinals.“It shows that she refuses to be denied,” head coach Gary Gait said after SU’s season-ending loss. “She’s one of the few players in the country that hasn’t been shut out before.”Cooper came into Syracuse as the No. 1-ranked defender in the Class of 2018, and followed it up with a team-high 33 caused turnovers. The freshman was the Orange’s “backer” and occasionally took draws throughout the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe freshman’s lone score of the season came off a caused turnover against Coastal Carolina. Hawryschuk and Cooper passed the ball to each other twice until Cooper scored on the run, netting her first and only collegiate goal. In her first season, she was named ACC freshman of the year and was ACC defender of the week during the first week of March.“I’m really excited for everyone that’s not on the field or on our team to see how good our defense is,” goalkeeper Asa Goldstock said during the 2019 season, “because we have Sarah Cooper on defense, who’s been just absolutely amazing.” Comments Published on May 28, 2019 at 7:47 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Former NFF Board Member, Umeh off EFCC Hook

September 9, 2020 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgFormer Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board member, Chief Mike Umeh, is right now on cloud nine, thanks to the dismissal of a N300 million fraud charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2013.The anti-graft body had dragged the football buff to court for alleged fraudulent receipt of N300 million belonging to Sokoto State government.After a three-year legal battle, Justice Bello Abbas of the High Court of Sokoto State discharged and acquitted Chief Umeh. Abbas, in a judgment delivered on February 17, held that the prosecution failed to prove its case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt as required by law. Umeh, in a statement made available to the media yesterday in Lagos, was full of praise to God for seeing him through the case. He also thanked the judiciary for a job well done.“I thank God that I have been discharged and acquitted. God knows that my hands are clean and that I am innocent. I thank the judiciary for giving me justice. I also want to thank my family members and friends who stood by me with their prayers in the last three years,” Umeh stated.Umeh stressed that as a businessman, he has never involved himself in any illegal activity. He added that he would continue to work for the unity and progress of the country.He was quick to add that he would also continue to contribute his quota to the development of Nigerian football.Umeh, it would be recalled, was also a former team manager of the then Green Eagles in the days of Dutch coach, Clemens Westerhof.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hearts appoint Yaw Preko as assistant coach

August 28, 2020 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgHearts of Oak has agreed a two year deal with Yaw Preko as deputy coach of the club, according to the club’s official newspaper.The former Hearts winger who tormented defenders with his pace back in the ’90s will join the Phobians for the upcoming 2015/2016 season after almost 20 years away from the club.This move is part of the Phobians’ plans to strengthen their technical bench after a woeful showing in the just ended season.Yaw Preko will join Nii Sabahn Quaye with Black Stars goalkeeper’s trainer Nassam Yakubu set to join after Eddie Ansah resigned from that role.Preko will join the long list of ex Hearts players such as Sam Johnson, Jacob Nettey and Amankwa Mireku who have at one point or the other joined the technical bench of the Phobians.Preko will be assistant to a yet to be named coach but reports indicate Swedish coach of Medeama Tom Strand is most likely to take the job. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more