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Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding join Arsenal squad on Dubai trip

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Mar 2019 11:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link919Shares Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding join Arsenal squad on Dubai trip Arsenal’s squad for Dubai Arsenal’s squad for Dubai: Cech, Leno, Okonkwo, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Koscielny, Mustafi, Jenkinson, Medley, Osei-Tutu, Pleguezuelo, Holding, Sheaf, Thompson, Olayinka, Gilmour, Suarez, Amaechi, Maitland-Niles, John-Jules, Ozil, Lacazette, Welbeck. Emery ‘excited’ by prospect of winning Europa League with ArsenalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:11FullscreenEmery ‘excited’ by prospect of winning Europa League with Arsenal is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Manchester United make contact with Eintracht Frankfurt over Luka Jovic transfer Comment Advertisement Advertisement Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are both recovering from serious injuries (Picture: Instagram)Injured Arsenal trio Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding have traveled to Dubai for the side’s warm-weather training camp and friendly match with Al-Nasr Dubai SC.Unai Emery has selected a 23-man squad for the trip as Arsenal prepare for their Premier League run-in with clashes against Newcastle and Everton coming up after the international break.The Gunners also have both legs of their Europa League quarter-final with Napoli next month.Several youngsters have been taken to Dubai, including the likes of Charlie Gilmour, Zech Medley and Ben Sheaf, along with first-team stars such as Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech.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 CityBellerin, Welbeck and Holding will also be in Arsenal’s camp despite all three players being unavailable with season-ending injuries.Arsenal defenders Bellerin and Holding are both recovering from ACL knee injuries, while Danny Welbeck broke his right ankle back in November.🇬🇧✈️🇦🇪Traveling in style with @emirates – see you soon, Dubai👋#ArsenalInDubai— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 21, 2019 Arsenal will arrive at Dubai airport at around 8pm on Thursday night and training is due to take place on Friday.The match with Al-Nasr Dubai SC kicks off at 6pm local time on Tuesday and it will mark the opening of the newly built Al Maktoum Stadium.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesOn Arsenal’s trip to Dubai, Emery said: ‘It will be great to get some warm weather training and break up the usual routine as we enter the final stage of the season.‘The facilities in Dubai are fantastic and it will be an honour to be part of the formal opening ceremony for the new stadium.’last_img read more

Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood will ‘definitely’ be fit for Arsenal

first_imgGreenwood missed the game against West Ham to illness (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood will ‘definitely’ return to action against Arsenal.The crocked strikers missed Manchester United’s defeat to West Ham on Sunday, with Greenwood suffering from illness before the game.United are facing an injury crisis upfront after Marcus Rashford hobbled off during the loss to West Ham, but Solskjaer insisted he would soon have Martial and Greenwood available for selection.‘It’s just one of these moments,’ Solskjaer said about Rashford going off injured.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood will ‘definitely’ be fit for Arsenal Advertisement Martial last played in August (Picture: Getty)‘We’ve had historically loads of centre-backs over the last few years struggling with injuries, we’ve gone down here with Michael Carrick playing centre-back – I don’t know if he played here – and Darren Fletcher.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘And at the moment it’s strikers. That’s just how it’s gone.‘Hopefully Mason and Anthony will be back for definitely Arsenal, hopefully one of them against Rochdale.’ Coral BarrySunday 22 Sep 2019 9:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link373Shares Advertisement Solskjaer has no fit strikers at the moment (Picture: Getty)United take on Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, before welcoming Arsenal to Old Trafford on 30 September.Martial has not played since August, but Greenwood marked his first Europa League start last Thursday with the winner against Astana.Solskjaer also expects to have Paul Pogba back from injury this week.‘Hopefully he will be available for Rochdale midweek,’ Solskjaer said before the game against the Hammers. Pogba should return this week (Picture: AP)‘He has just started training, it means we have named an unchanged team and sometimes that helps as well.‘Nemanja is experienced and he does give that protection, as a different type of player to Paul.‘Nemanja has always been a top top professional and for me having Scott and Nemanja gives us a foundation to play from.’MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to Jose Mourinho’s dig at Manchester UnitedMore: 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 Citylast_img read more

Industry welcomes IORP II despite concerns over risk-evaluation rules

first_imgThe European pensions industry has given a cautious welcome to the revised IORP Directive but expressed concerns about the potential impact of the new risk evaluation required of pensions funds.Under the Directive, the Risk Evaluation for Pensions would be performed “regularly and without delay” in instances where a scheme’s risk profile undergoes a “significant” change – examining internal risk management, funding needs and requiring qualitative assessments of covenant, operational and climate change risks.Joanne Segars, chair of PensionsEurope, said it would “pay attention” to the delegated acts by the European Commission that would clarify the scope of the new risk framework, to then be drawn up by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).UK consultancy Punter Southall echoed Segars’s reservations about the new risk framework, with its head of research Jane Beverley saying its evolution would need to be scrutinised, lest the industry see certain quantitative measures introduced “through the back door”. “It would be unfortunate, to say the least, if, having dropped the idea of solvency funding for pensions, the Commission were to bring in some of the key elements of the holistic balance sheet through its new governance requirements,” she said.The Directive specified that the Commission’s delegated act should not introduce “additional funding requirements beyond those foreseen in this Directive”, seemingly ruling out such a move.Alfred Gohdes, chief actuary at Towers Watson in Germany, said the risk framework appeared to be the only fundamentally new governance burden for the German occupational sector.However, he added: “Dependent on how it is fleshed out by EIOPA, it could lead to significantly increased requirements and costs.”The inclusion of the new risk evaluation requirements was welcomed by Insurance Europe, the industry’s lobby group, which noted that the system would allow pension funds to “assess the real risks of their business”.However, it was unhappy with the absence of quantitative requirements for the rival industry that brought regulation in line with Solvency II, noting that the Directive was “incomplete” as a result.The group’s director general Michaela Koller argued that it was an issue of consumers deserving the same level of protection, regardless of which of the two industries provided the pension benefit.“To ensure that this is the case,” she said, “we call on the European institutions to include a clear timeline in the IORP Directive for the Commission to develop appropriate quantitative requirements.”Other commentators, such as Francois Barker, head of pensions at law firm Eversheds, lamented the “far too detailed and prescriptive” nature of the proposals and noted that, despite internal market commissioner Michel Barnier’s repeated pledges to cut red tape emanating from Brussels, the Directive was “full of it”.The European Association of Paritarian Institutions’ secretary general Bruno Gabellieri said he regretted that the Directive still had a “strong internal market point of view”, which it said did not fully appreciate the important role of social partners in providing occupational retirement provision, or the characteristics of IORPs.He added: “Governance and information requirements for IORPs executing agreements between social partners cannot be the same as for pure financial institutions selling products to consumers.”The concerns that an approach applied to the remainder of financial institutions was simply being transferred was one shared by Andreas Zakostelsky, chairman of Austrian pension association FVPK.“The rules will lead to additional expenses and do not fit with the occupational pensions system,” he argued.He added that Austrian pension funds already were compliant with the vast amount of the new requirements, but that it would nonetheless increase the regulatory burden and result in increased costs.Matti Leppälä, secretary general of PensionsEurope, also raised concerns about the costs associated with the proposals, noting that the standardised Pension Benefit Statement would “drastically” increase administrative costs without resulting in added value to members.“We therefore need an adaption of the information requirements based on the pension promise given,” he said. “DB, DC and hybrid schemes bring different benefits, choices and risks to the members. This needs to be taken into account.”While Dave Roberts, senior consultant at Towers Watson, criticised the lack of changes to cross-border funding regulation, he was mostly positive about the proposals for improved governance and transparency.“Few would argue against such aims,” he said, “but it makes no sense to agree such measures without assessing whether the improvements they are expected to bring represent value for money – especially on a day when the UK government is trying to emphasise the importance of low charges.”last_img read more

Herath’s 400th Test wicket seals dramatic Sri Lanka win

first_imgSRI LANKA 1st innings 419 (D. Chandimal 155 n.o., D. Karunaratne 93, N. Dickwella 83)PAKISTAN 1st innings 422 (A. Ali 85, H. Sohail 76, S. Masood 59, S. Aslam 51; R. Herath 5-93)SRI LANKA 2nd innings (overnight 69-4)Dimuth Karunaratne c Masood b Shah 10Kaushal Silva lbw b Sohail 25Lahiru Thirimanne c S. Ahmed b Shafiq 7Kusal Mendis lbw b Abbas 18Dinesh Chandimal c Shafiq b Shah 7Suranga Lakmal c B. Azam b Abbas 13Niroshan Dickwella not out 40Dilruwan Perera lbw b Shah 6Rangana Herath c Masood b Shah 0Lakshan Sandakan c Amir b Shah 8Nuwan Pradeep b H. Ali 0Extras: (lb-3, nb-1) 4Total: (all out, 66.5 overs) 138Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-33, 3-51, 4-65, 5-73, 6-86, 7-101, 8-101, 9-135.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 12-4-27-0, Mohammad Abbas 12-3-22-2 (nb-1), Yasir Shah 27-5-51-5, Hasan Ali 7.1-0-21-1, Asad Shafiq 3.4-0-7–1, Haris Sohail 5-2-7-1.PAKISTAN 2nd innings (Target: 136 runs)Shan Masood c K. Silva b D. Perera 7Sami Aslam c Karunaratne b Herath 2Azhar Ali c Dickwella b Lakmal 0Asad Shafiq c Karunaratne b Herath 20Babar Azam c Dickwella b D. Perera 3Haris Sohail lbw b D. Perera 34Sarfraz Ahmed stp. Dickwella b Herath 19Hasan Ali b Herath 8Mohammad Amir b Herath 9Yasir Shah not out 6Mohammad Abbas lbw b Herath 0Extras: (b-1, lb-4, nb-1) 6Total: (all out, 47.4 overs) 114Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-7. 3-16, 4-32, 5-36, 6-78, 7-98, 8-100, 9-111.Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 5-1-12-1, Rangana Herath 21.4-4-43-6, Dilruwan Perera 18-4-46- 3 (nb-1), Nuwan Pradeep 2-1-4-0, Lakshan Sandakan 1-0-4-0… RANGANA Herath claimed his 400th Test wicket as Sri Lanka secured a dramatic 21-run win over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi to answer their critics in style.The veteran bowler stole the headlines on an action-packed final day of the first Test, bringing up his landmark scalp with the match-clinching lbw dismissal of Mohammad Abbas.It was the 16th wicket to fall yesterday as Pakistan were all out for 114, after Sri Lanka – whitewashed in all formats on their tour of India – posted 138.Herath ended with figures of 6-43 to give his side the lead in the two-match series, becoming only the second Sri Lankan to take 400 wickets in the longest format – half the total compiled by legendary compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan.The 39-year-old’s man-of-the-match display came on a pitch that deteriorated badly on the fifth day, when runs were hard to come by and no batsman was able to stamp his authority.It all meant that a contest which had failed to provide much in the way of entertainment for four days concluded in memorable fashion.Sri Lanka were left to defend 136 after lunch, with Niroshan Dickwella’s 40 not out representing their only meaningful resistance with the bat.Yasir Shah helped himself to a five-for to set up what looked to be a very achievable chase for Pakistan.But the warning signs were there from very early in their second innings, with Herath dismissing Sami Aslam for two, as the left-arm spinner began to weave his magic.Pakistan were rarely able to build momentum and on 36-5 they were well on their way to blowing it.A brief rally saw Sarfraz Ahmed (19) and Haris Sohail (34) put on 42, but Herath refused to stay quiet for long and he ultimately broke up the partnership when Sarfraz came down the pitch and missed a dipping delivery, allowing Dickwella to stump him.That broke Pakistan’s spirit and the tail was cleaned up in short order, although only after Kusal Mendis had prematurely celebrated the win when his catch came off a Dilruwan Perera no-ball.Herath’s place in the history books was the final action of the match, sparking wild celebrations from a Sri Lanka side who exorcised some of the demons of their India misery.The second meeting starts on Friday in Dubai. (Omnisport)last_img read more

The Latest: Cape Cod League cancels season

first_imgThe FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”FIFA previously said it will make substantial sums from its $2.7 billion reserves available in an emergency fund.___The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans.The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season. Associated Press “Given that juniors in most parts of the country are not physically attending school at this time, we did not feel comfortable asking them to compete in qualifying events,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of championships.Meanwhile, qualifying for six other amateur events — including the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur — have been delayed until May 18.___Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche ownership Kroenke Sports & Entertainment established a COVID-19 relief fund for its employees and donated $500,000. The organization hopes the fund will soon top $1 million.KSE formed a committee to review the requests to offer financial assistance. Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo expects there to be a 2020 major league season.Baseball has been on hold since last month because of the coronavirus pandemic, right along with most sports and other aspects of everyday life.Rizzo said on a conference call Friday: “I’m optimistic, as is the commissioner, that we’ll have baseball in 2020. I’m upbeat about that. The most important thing is to do it in the right way and the safest manner we can. But I believe that we will have baseball.”The GM said the owners of the World Series champions have committed to giving Nationals employees full salary and benefits through the end of May.___ The NCHSAA announced the move Friday. That followed the announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper that public schools in the state would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the school year.The NCHSAA had previously suspended sports through at least May 18, including the men’s and women’s basketball state championship games originally set for March 14. The organization’s board of directors will discuss finalizing the basketball playoff results, summer policies and eligibility concerns for the fall next week.Commissioner Que Tucker said it was a statement the group “had hoped we would not have to make.” But it followed guidelines from Cooper’s office, the Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education.___The National Women’s Soccer League says it is extending the team training moratorium through May 15. The 10-team league said Friday its executive committee made the decision in a unanimous vote “based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved.”“The league determined it would be impossible to guarantee the safety of players, coaches, umpires, host families, volunteers and fans during this unprecedented health crisis,” it said.The season had been scheduled to start June 13 and the playoffs on Aug. 4. The league was founded in 1885 and had not missed a season since 1945, the last year of World War II.___A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The Milwaukee Bucks arena will serve as a distribution site for 2½ million non-surgical face masks. The Bucks opened Fiserv Forum to speed up the delivery of masks to the community. The distribution is part of MaskUpMKE, a local initiative.Healthy individuals are invited to sign up for a volunteer shift and pick up a box of face-covering kits at the Fiserv Forum’s loading dock, starting Saturday. Kits contain instructions and materials to quickly make 700 face masks. Volunteers then can return the boxes to Fiserv Forum.Volunteers will answer questions to ensure they’re not exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.After a 72-hour quarantine period, the face coverings will be distributed under the guidance of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity also will assist in the distribution of the masks to those most at risk of contacting the coronavirus. April 24, 2020 Federation president Fritz Keller says “it is extremely unfortunate that in all likelihood this special game will have to take place in a stadium without spectators.”There are also no dates for the postponed semifinals. They were originally scheduled to be played earlier this week with champion Bayern Munich hosting Eintracht Frankfurt and fourth-division club Saarbrücken welcoming Bayer Leverkusen.___France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says resuming soccer leagues should not come at the expense of people’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic.Talks are ongoing in leagues around the world as to when the season can restart. South Korea’s K-League will kick off on May 8 in empty stadiums. The Bundesliga in Germany is discussing playing again on May 9. The organization said last month it would pay part-time and hourly employees through the end of the regular season after leagues announced the suspension of their seasons.“We could not be prouder of how our company and employees have come together to provide relief and support to the many in need,” chairman Stan Kroenke and vice-chairman Josh Kroenke said in a joint statement Friday.The Kroenkes thanked their full-time staff for “continuing to adapt” through this tumultuous time. They added that “while tough decisions lie ahead for all businesses worldwide, we will continue to do everything in our power to support the well-being of our entire staff.”___The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has canceled remaining winter championships and spring sports for the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, the X Games postponed a winter event stop in Chongli, China, scheduled for February and canceled an installment in Shanghai in May.The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city. The deal was originally for 2017 and ’18, but two more years were added after a successful first year.X Games vice president Tim Reed praised Minneapolis for its hosting of the event.The X Games plans to bring regular and original programming through the World of X Games TV series and on digital and social channels. They will kick off an event called “Real Street” in May. It’s an all-video, all-street skateboarding competition shown on The league, heading into its eighth season, was scheduled to start play on April 18. The nine teams had started opening training camps when the season was postponed on March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak.All NWSL training facilities are closed except for medical treatments that cannot be performed at home.The league said when play is resumed there will be an appropriate training period before matches are played.Triathlon’s world series grand final in Edmonton in August has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision was inevitable after Alberta’s chief medical officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, extended the provincial ban on all gatherings of more than 15 people through summer.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Cape Cod League, the top summer competition for college baseball players, canceled its 2020 season. Ajax was level on points with second-placed AZ Alkmaar but ahead on goal difference when the league was suspended last month. The Dutch soccer federation, known as the KNVB, says Ajax is considered to be on top of the final standings but won’t be awarded a 35th national title.The KNVB adds it will allocate Champions League and Europa League spots by the current standings.Among the clubs to lose out is Utrecht, which was sixth, three points behind fifth-placed Willem II, which occupies the last Europa League spot. However, Utrecht had played one game less and had superior goal difference. There will be no promotion or relegation. ___ ___The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games.The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021.More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials.The money is being awarded through the Olympic Solidarity program. The program aims to help all 206 national Olympic teams and the refugee team send athletes to the games. Lloris says “there’s so much at stake financially for clubs … But above all of that there is health.”Lloris plays for Tottenham in the Premier League. The team has nine matches remaining this season.Lloris says in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper that “if we have to finish the league without fans then we will.”But the World Cup champion adds that “soccer remains totally secondary given the current situation.”___ The president of the French soccer federation wants the season to restart with the two domestic cup finals followed by remaining league games.France is on lockdown until May 11 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The league is scheduled to restart on June 17 if the government allows it.French soccer federation president Noël Le Graët says he hopes “to resume the season and try to go to the end.”His new proposal is that the French Cup final be played either on June 13 or 20 with the League Cup final three days later and then the 10 league games.Le Graët says “this proposal wasn’t challenged.” Rebel Converting, which manufactures hospital-grade disinfectant wipes, is making and donating the masks. ___The U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior have been canceled. That makes six USGA championships that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The U.S. Junior Amateur was to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National outside Minneapolis. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was scheduled for July 13-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo.The USGA says it wouldn’t be able to hold qualifying for its two premier junior championships because of health guidelines. State associations were to hold 100 qualifying events in 41 states between May and July. ___FIFA says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic.Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle.FIFA says the next installment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year.FIFA is easing some criteria required before being paid but the money is still subject to audit checks. The Latest: Cape Cod League cancels season More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Edmonton’s triathlon, scheduled for Aug. 17-23, was the grand final to a seven-race world series, of which the previous six have all been postponed.World Triathlon said it was trying to organize new dates for some of those races. ___The rest of the Dutch soccer league has been canceled and leading team Ajax won’t be declared the champion.The Eredivisie is the first top-tier European league to end its season prematurely because of the coronavirus crisis. Belgium could ratify an end to its season on Monday.last_img read more

Man City Hammers Arsenal 3-0 to Lift League Cup

first_imgManchester City won the first trophy of the Pep Guardiola era yesterday, brushing Arsenal aside 3-0 in the League Cup final with the help of an old-fashioned route-one goal from Sergio Aguero.It was an impressive statement of intent from Guardiola’s team at Wembley after a shock FA Cup defeat to lowly Wigan last week ended their bid for an unprecedented quadruple.Man City opened the scoring in the 18th minute when a long punt upfield from goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was controlled by Aguero, who coolly lifted the ball over a helpless David Ospina in the Arsenal goal.Captain Vincent Kompany doubled the lead in the second half with just over half an hour to go and David Silva put the game out of the reach of Arsene Wenger’s team. The runaway Premier League leaders will be hoping to use the victory as a springboard to greater glory as the season approaches its final stretch but defeat for Wenger means he has never lifted the League Cup.On a bitterly cold, clear day in London, City, in their light blue kit, took control early, playing measured football and enjoying the lion’s share of possession against a side who have made Wembley a second home in recent years.But Arsenal went closest to taking the lead within the first 10 minutes, with new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seeing his scuffed shot saved by a sprawling Bravo.Seconds later Aguero found the side netting after an incisive break from City, who looked short of their fluent best.But it was Aguero who broke the deadlock, controlling the ball as Arsenal’s defence failed to deal with the danger, silencing the boisterous Arsenal fans.The Argentine striker has scored in each of his past five games in all competitions against Arsenal and this was his 199th goal in City colours. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Smooth operator: Freshman Ennis brings quiet confidence, unwavering nerve as point guard for No. 8 Syracuse

first_imgThroughout Tyler Ennis’ childhood, his father — and often his coach — Tony McIntyre would ask him the same series of questions.Do you even like basketball? Are you sure? Why don’t you show it on the court?For years, McIntyre failed to see the competitive fire in his son’s game. Tyler would play up on his older brother’s teams. Dylan, two years ahead of Tyler, and Brandon, four ahead, were fiercer on the court.McIntyre wondered if Tyler felt pressured to play the sport that controlled the family’s everyday life. It wasn’t that Tyler was passive. He was outgoing off the court, just not exclamatory on it. There was never any yelling. There was never frustration after a mistake or celebration after a success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textZiniu Chen | Staff PhotographerSo McIntyre would ask his son those questions. On the court after games. In the car on their way home. At the dinner table later that night.The questions baffled Tyler because there were never any questions in his mind.Only an answer: “That’s how it’s supposed to be.”“I just played and that’s how I always was. It helps me in pressure situations and keeping guys in control and things like that. My dad always wondered why. I don’t know why.”Tyler is preparing to be  the seventh freshman to run the point for Jim Boeheim in the last three decades. But he’s far from an ordinary freshman — preposterous passing ability and catlike vision aside.He’s as prepared a freshman Boeheim said he has ever had — more poised than former Duke superstar Jay Williams, according to Mark Taylor, who coached both in high school.“I don’t really look at myself as a freshman,” Tyler said.Not many people do — mostly because he doesn’t look like one. The calm command and unwavering nerve he brings as the Orange’s court general is a sharp contrast from the animated reactions of Michael Carter-Williams last season.“He’s going to have good games. He’s going to have average games,” McIntyre said. “I’ve never seen him play a bad game.”Now at Syracuse, the university he once called his “dream school,” he’ll look to lead the Orange to its first national championship since 2003.“I know a lot of people are expecting a big year, expecting a lot,” Tyler said, “but that comes with what I wanted. I wanted a big role as a freshman and I got it. I know high expectations come with that.“Now I have to produce.”Suzette Ennis loved to shoot homemade videos of her children when they were young.Many times when she was focusing on another sibling, Tyler would jump in front of the camera and break in: This is Tyler TV and we’re doing a show on Dylan Ennis.“He actually liked being on the camera,” Suzette said.Even as a kid, Tyler’s personality off the court contrasted that on it. In the house, rambunctious battles with his brothers in NBA Live would spill out onto the street in front of their house where they would play basketball.He was the kid brother, but he wasn’t the shy kid brother.“He was always the kid they would push around on the street when he was 4 or 5 years old,” McIntyre said. “They would always be like, ‘You can’t play. And he said, ‘Well I’m going to play.’”But on the court, he was stoic. The chatterbox Dylan roughhoused with around the house was sometimes emotionless on the court. For a while it was concerning for the family, but over time Dylan began to see it as a strength.“I think that’s what I like most about him. You can’t tell that he’s down. You can’t tell that he’s mad,” Dylan said.Tyler played up on Dylan and Brandon’s teams from age 4 all the way until high school.Always a point guard for his father’s CIA Bounce program — an AAU team — Tyler gained confidence playing with his brothers.From the beginning, he carved out a role as a distributor and ball-handler.“We would really push each other, beat each other up to the point where we made sure we got a lot out of it and made sure we got better that day,” Brandon said.There was a time when Tyler would come home from practice with hair long enough to braid and scratches up and down his arms.That was back when basketball was only his second-best sport.From age 4 until the end of sixth grade, Tyler was a better box lacrosse defender than point guard.“He was actually amazing at it,” McIntyre said. “I think that helped him, too, with his emotions.”Lacrosse helped him gain the confidence to hang with his brothers and other players their age, Dylan and his parents agreed. But rather than the 6-foot-2 point guard he is now, Tyler was one of the biggest players on the lacrosse field.From a physicality perspective, lacrosse prepared Tyler to challenge big men at the rim. To absorb contact, and still finish his shots.But from a tactical perspective, box lacrosse is similar to basketball. Reading screen-and-roll plays and zone rotations carried over to the basketball court, where Tyler thrived in pick-and-rolls.They’re still his favorite play to this day.“I think that’s what’s made him a better basketball player in terms of coming off screen-and-rolls,” McIntyre said. “Because in lacrosse, if you put your head down, you’re getting killed.”There came a point, though, when Tyler’s lacrosse career had run its course. Entering middle school, that’s when the basketball dominance began.“I remember thinking, ‘He wasn’t the little Tyler who I used to beat up,’” Brandon said. “I’ve really got to play him now.” Courtesy of St. Benedicts PrepFive hundred ninety-eight.That was St. Benedict’s ranking after Tyler’s first year at the school. After head coach Roshown McLeod resigned in April 2011 following a 13-12 campaign. After all the non-seniors split for greener pastures.Other prep schools swarmed to Tyler. He could have gone anywhere, St. Benedict’s assistant coach Bob Farrell said.But two years later, Tyler would lead the Gray Bees to the national championship game.It all started with a trip to Newark Liberty International Airport in spring 2011 when newly hired head coach Mark Taylor picked him up.“He was unsure what he was going to do,” Taylor said. “He really didn’t know. But I gave him a lot of credit just getting on the plane, coming down and talking.”Taylor and Farrell had only spoken with him over the phone at this point, but they knew the program’s immediate success hung in the balance of that conversation.“If you commit to us, we’re going to commit to you,” Taylor told Tyler. “This is your team. We’ll build the pieces, but we’ve got to have a point guard that has the ability and the IQ that you have, and everything else will fall into place.”He stayed.St. Benedict’s won a school-record 35 games en route to the No. 2 ranking in New Jersey that year, as Tyler was named Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year.As a senior he led the Gray Bees to the No. 2 national ranking and just seconds from a national title.When he didn’t make the McDonald’s All-American team, Tyler dropped a school-record 53 points on Eastern (N.J.). When highly acclaimed Princeton Day Academy star Aquille Carr talked smack to him on the court, Tyler scored 10 straight points on “the Crimestopper.”Tyler helped the Gray Bees snap No. 1 Findlay Prep’s 54-game winning streak, then St. Anthony’s 83-game streak.“He’s a true gamer,” Farrell said. “If you’ve got to send somebody to hit free throws in the last few seconds or take that last shot, Tyler would be my guy.”Tyler was Farrell’s guy off the court, too. The strict Monday-to-Friday confines of St. Benedict’s were often difficult for Tyler. He would complain about the living situations, Bob’s wife Michelle Farrell said, like being unable to have food in his room.But more than anything, he just needed a change of environment from Newark.So on weekends without basketball games, he stayed at the Farrell’s home in Point Pleasant Beach. He became part of the family, walking or biking to the nearby Jersey Shore regularly with the Farrell’s son Matt, and attended family dinners on Sunday — the quiet Canadian surrounded by as many as 20 boisterous Italians.“I remember the first time he came and my husband introduced me to him,” Michelle said, “he talked so quiet I couldn’t understand him.“He had to repeat himself, and I finally just said, ‘If you want to stay here, you’re definitely going to have to speak up because nobody can hear you.’”Gradually, Tyler became comfortable there. He learned Michelle would take care of his laundry for him and cook him pork roll, egg and cheeses on a hearty bagel each morning.The bedroom he slept in each weekend became Tyler’s room, and the family support from the Farrells allowed him to stay focused on basketball and maintaining his control on the court.“He was part of the family,” Michelle said. “That was just another one of my kids out there.”C.J. Fair, Jerami Grant, Rakeem Christmas and Michael Gbinije all agreed: They haven’t seen Tyler get frustrated on the court once.Through two months of practice, a four-game homecoming exhibition tour to Canada, Orange Madness and SU’s two scrimmages, Tyler has fit the bill as a smooth operator.“The only time he gets frustrated is when I take the towel from him while he’s in the shower,” Gbinije said before cracking a smile.Tyler said he’s comfortable with the weight placed on his shoulders. He wants it there.Seemingly, Boeheim does, too. Before the season he said that Tyler would play 38 minutes per game this year.More than the 35.3 per game that Gerry McNamara played as a freshman in SU’s 2003 championship season and the 35.5 that Jonny Flynn played as a freshman five years later.That confidence shone through in Boeheim’s press conference after SU’s 79-41 win over Holy Family last Friday.When asked about his assessment of Tyler’s performance, Boeheim merely shrugged.“He was fine. I don’t even think about him.” Commentslast_img read more

Defensive linemen adjusting to system

first_imgJacob Freedman is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Four-Point Shot,” runs every other Monday. To comment on this story, visit or email Jacob at Steve Sarkisian’s hiring last December meant the reinvigoration of the up-tempo, partially no-huddle offense in Troy. It also meant that for some of the largest guys on the football field at USC, life was about to get a lot more tiring. Opposing defenses will need to adjust to a faster pace from the Trojans next fall, but until then, USC’s defensive line is tasked with matching that pace after each snap and staying aggressive without becoming fatigued.“It’s tiring, mentally more than anything,” said redshirt junior lineman Antwaun Woods, one of two returning starters on the line. “It’s hard on your body, but it’s going to become real, real good for us.”If there was a position group that symbolized USC’s turbulent 2013 season and the offseason that followed, it would be the D-line. Preseason All-American candidate Morgan Breslin played just five games while fighting a hip injury, and on New Year’s Eve, George Uko made a somewhat surprising decision to enter the NFL Draft rather than return for his redshirt senior season.On the coaching side, the position became a carousel. Ed Orgeron ceded the defensive line coaching spot to Pete Jenkins when Orgeron was promoted to interim head coach. Both left after the season, Orgeron in a huff after not being offered the permanent head job. In January, former Texas defensive line coach Bo Davis was brought in — or so we thought. He didn’t make it past the first day of classes in the spring semester before bolting for the same position at Alabama. In a cruel subplot, Davis left USC to become coworkers with Lane Kiffin, who now coaches the offense in Tuscaloosa.That brought in Chris Wilson, hired from the same spot in Georgia, as the eventual position coach. The media and fans watched the hectic sequence play out from afar, but the whirlwind took its toll on USC’s linemen.“I didn’t really want to see any new coaches, but I came to the conclusion that it’s part of football, so I had to deal with it,” junior defensive lineman Leonard Williams said. “Me and the new coach are on good terms, so I’m just taking in everything he’s telling me.”One of those conversations has been on leadership, a quality that needs refreshing on the line after Uko and Devon Kennard’s departure.“Coach has been expecting me to step up and be a leader, and to voice my opinion more,” Williams said.Woods concurred with Williams, adding that the two needed to follow Uko’s example by being leaders in practices and on the field.“[Uko] brought that leadership by his play and how he practiced,” Woods said. “[Leonard and I] just need to be more vocal and take over. We have to step up.”Not only do they need to step up, but they also might be standing up a lot more this fall. The departed Clancy Pendergast’s defense ran a 5-2 scheme comprising five linemen, with three of those in a three-point stance on the line. With USC’s faster new offense, there’s simply no time to get into a stance. Instead, the defensive line has to read and react on a dime.For one likely starting lineman, though, facing such an offense in practice is old hat.“Coming from [Texas] Tech to last year to this year, it’s a transitioning thing,” said redshirt junior defensive lineman Delvon Simmons. “I’m pretty used to it, more than others are, but we still have to get used to running as many plays as we do.”Simmons mentioned how he helps encourage his fellow linemen to keep up with the pace, and being eligible after sitting out last year due to transfer rules, he expects to be a big part of keeping ready on the field in the fall.After practice last week, Woods and his fellow linemen looked gassed after scrimmaging to close out the practice. When you take into account the pace as well as USC’s impressive stable of running backs, four of whom could be starting Pac-12 backs today, it’s no surprise that the defensive players closest to the ball are being pushed to their limits.“That’s part of why I went to USC,” Williams said. “I remember coming here out of high school, and they always told me that ‘going against great will make you great.’”That’s a valuable mentality to have, because the practice pace is ample preparation for the type of offense becoming more prevalent in the Pac-12. Half of USC’s opponents for 2014 were in the Top 30 in plays per game in 2013, and that’s without USC facing the lightning-speed Oregon Ducks this fall.“They run so many fast-tempo offenses [in the Pac-12] nowadays, so they’re definitely preparing us for game time,” Williams said. “It’s a good thing, but at the same time, you can tell a lot of people are tired out there.”USC had 35 sacks and allowed just more than 120 rushing yards per game last year. Replacing the three starters will be a tall task, but if fatigue is USC’s biggest obstacle to D-line success, then it could be another special season up front.last_img read more

Syracuse football finishes 2016 with 2nd-worst attendance in Carrier Dome history

first_img Published on November 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Despite a new head coach, hurry-up offense and a victory over a Top 25 team, Syracuse football attendance finished the 2016 season second-worst in Carrier Dome history.Figures improved 2 percent over last season, the worst in Dome history, which dates to 1980. Through three games, the Carrier Dome average had been on track for a record low. But after SU beat then-No. 17 Virginia Tech, Syracuse saw its most-attended game of the year, 34,842, against North Carolina State. Attendance for SU’s last three games of 2016 checked in 4 percent higher than it did the same period last year.National Division I FBS attendance has fallen in six of the last seven years after peaking in 2008.Last year, when the Orange sprung to its first 3-0 start in more than 20 years — SU finished 4-8 — attendance dropped 21 percent, the largest decline among Power 5 schools over the year.Schools calculate attendance different from one another. At Syracuse, it’s a paid number, including SU employees on site. Season ticket holders who do not attend are counted toward the total. What’s not counted are large groups that do not show up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo increase attendance among students, SU Athletics plans to unveil a new student ticket model in the coming months. Other efforts to get fans through the Carrier Dome turnstiles include themed games, such as Medical Appreciation Night, Homecoming and Military Appreciation Day. SU has amped up promotions during timeouts and halftime to keep fans engaged, especially as games grow longer in length.This summer, Syracuse upgraded Carrier Dome Wi-Fi speeds and ran its “No Huddle Tour” in Rochester, Buffalo and Binghamton, New York, for the first time since 2010, emphasizing “New York’s College Team.” Fans can meet players and coaches at the events. Still, Syracuse’s 2016 home football attendance finished second-worst over the last three and a half decades.Syracuse men’s basketball attendance, by contrast, consistently places among the top of the nation. Last year, SU slotted in second behind only Kentucky. Syracuse has placed fourth or better each season since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980. Commentslast_img read more

Women’s basketball: Optimism still remains for Badgers after dismal start

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin women’s basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis had a clear message for his players and the media during his Monday afternoon press conference — this season isn’t over. The new head coach stressed that as long as there are games left on the schedule, there is massive potential for improvement.“I look at it as a new opportunity with a glass half full,” Tsipis said. “We’ll take every bit of this time we have left and try to make some progress moving forward.”Riley Steinbrenner/The Badger HeraldThe press conference comes following another tough week for the Badgers (5-18, 0-10 Big Ten), in what has already been a disappointing run through conference play so far. The Badgers haven’t won a game in their last ten tries and have yet to put a conference victory on their resume to date. Despite all that, Tsipis remained optimistic and chose to pull out some positives from last week’s losses against Northwestern University and Ohio State University.One of those bright spots was the play of junior guard Cayla McMorris, despite her 0-9 shooting Saturday against Ohio State. Tsipis spoke on McMorris’ continued aggressiveness and commended her effort in finding other ways to affect the game even when her shooting stroke wasn’t dead on.McMorris’ aggression this weekend paid off as she was able to make it to the charity stripe on fourteen separate occasions, going an astounding 14 for 14, the third best mark from the free throw line in Badger history. What’s even more surprising is that she did this on a night where otherwise, she didn’t hit a single shot from the field.Women’s basketball: Badgers eyeing No. 14 Ohio State upset to end 10-game skidThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (5-17, 0-9 Big Ten) will try to avoid losing 10 straight games since Read…Tsipis’ comments on McMorris reiterated the attitude he has preached over the course of this season. Tsipis is looking for continued effort and improvement from his players and as long as he gets that, he’ll be satisfied no matter the final stat line or win-loss record.Looking forward, things don’t get any easier for the Badgers as they travel to Ann Arbor Sunday to play the University of Michigan after a date with the University of Nebraska at home on Thursday. Tsipis and company aim to turn their optimism into some positive on-court results against a Wolverine team they’ve already lost to by 17 points at the Kohl Center earlier this season.Tip off for Nebraska is set for 7 p.m. in Madison and 1 p.m. CT in Ann Arbor. The game Tuesday will air on BTN Plus while the game Sunday is set for prime time on BTN.last_img read more