Aubameyang a doubt for Arsenal debut due to illness

first_imgA frantic few days was rounded off when German playmaker Mesut Ozil ended speculation over his future by signing a new three-year deal on Thursday.“Many predicted Ozil would not commit but it is good news for Arsenal,” said Wenger.“The fact you can keep a player of that calibre is good news.”However, Wenger admitted he didn’t get all he wished for in the January window as Arsenal’s leaky defence went unstrengthened despite persistent rumours of a bid for West Brom’s Jonny Evans.No side in the top eight of the Premier League has conceded more goals than Arsenal’s 34 this season and their defensive frailties were again clear as they lost 3-1 at relegation threatened Swansea on Tuesday night.“I couldn’t do everything. I wanted to do more,” added Wenger.“Our defensive numbers are not good enough. That’s where we needed some possible strengthening as well.“We have to improve our defensive numbers. We want to go in the top four. We have to improve our offensive numbers and defensive numbers.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be forced to wait before handing club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang his debut after the Gabon striker missed training on Friday due to illness.Aubameyang joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in a £56 million ($79 million, 63 million euros) switch on Wednesday, but may be forced to sit out Saturday’s visit of Everton.“Aubameyang was sick, so we will assess him,” said Wenger on Friday.Arsenal are hoping Aubameyang can reignite his prolific partnership with former Dortmund teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who also joined from Manchester United last month as part of the deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford.An unusually busy transfer window for Wenger also saw Olivier Giroud join Chelsea, while Theo Walcott could quickly come back to haunt the side he played with for over a decade when he returns to the Emirates in an Everton shirt.Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi joined Dortmund to complete a striker swap triangle between the two London sides and the German giants.“It was difficult because of course Dortmund needed a replacement,” added Wenger on the drawn-out deal for Aubameyang.“It was a cryptic deal because Giroud went to Chelsea and Batshuayi went to Dortmund. That is why it was short in time and tense until the end.”last_img read more

7. The race from Darke County to Rio: Former hog showman turns Olympian

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In what was maybe my all-time favorite story interview, I sat down with runner Clayton Murphy just a few weeks before he left to compete in the 2016 Olympics. The former Darke County Fair and Ohio State Fair hog showman then went on to win a bronze medal. It was a real honor and privilege to meet this humble young man who represented Ohio agriculture in an impressive manner on the international stage.last_img

NCAA: San Sebastian humbles Arellano in home turf

first_imgTambeling regains confidence, hot hand to lead Tanduay El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian overstayed its welcome and proceeded to run over host Arellano, 65-56, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Arellano Gym.The Stags bounced back from an opening day loss and improved to a 1-1 record, the same slate as the Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim RK Ilagan capped the Stags’ 9-0 game-closing run with a booming triple from the right wing to give San Sebastian a 61-50 lead with 2:00 left in the match.Stags head coach Egay Macaraya was proud his team was able to pull-off a win against a hostile Arellano crowd, considering any movement from the Chiefs triggered the home fans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“This win lifts our morale and it really is a disadvantage when Arellano tries to make a comeback, the intensity is far from normal so it’s really hard to hold our composure,” said Macaraya.“But, I told my players that it’s about the desire to win and we have to compete and forget about the fact that this is the Chiefs’ homecourt.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Michael Calisaan led San Sebastian with 12 points and 13 boards, six of which came off the offensive board, while Alyyn Bulanadi and JM Calma added 10 points, apiece.Kent Salado had 15 points to pace Arellano. View commentslast_img read more

Germany May Be the Best National Soccer Team Ever

Germany didn’t begin the World Cup as the favorite. That honor belonged to (ahem) Brazil. But that’s a slightly deceptive measure. This was a top-heavy World Cup; not only Brazil but also Germany, Argentina and Spain would have been the front-runners in many past editions of the tournament.By the end of the World Cup, Germany left little doubt it is the best team in the world. In fact, it may be the best national soccer team ever assembled.One simple way to compare World Cup winners is by their goal differential throughout the tournament. Germany, with 18 goals scored and four allowed, comes out at a plus-14. This is tied for the best goal differential ever for a World Cup champion; Brazil also scored 18 goals and allowed four in winning the 2002 tournament.No, the Germans weren’t flawless. They tied Ghana in the group stage and had a little more trouble than they should have with Algeria in the Round of 16. But few World Cup champions are perfect in every match. All but three eventual winners took a draw or loss, or required a penalty shootout, along the way (soccer statisticians usually count games that go to penalties as draws).And some of these teams were fortunate in other respects. Uruguay only needed to play four matches to win the inaugural World Cup in 1930. Uruguay also had the benefit of playing on home soil. Brazil, in 2002, had a favorable draw — China, Costa Rica and Turkey were in its group.The Germans, by contrast, did this against some tough competition. They took down Argentina and Brazil in the knockout stage, along with a French team that had been playing as well as anyone.The World Football Elo Ratings provide one way to account for all these factors: a team’s strength going into the tournament, its dominance during the tournament itself, the quality of its competition, and whether it was aided by playing at home.Germany’s Elo rating was high to begin with at 2046, which is stronger than a number of World Cup winners. But it gained 150 more points throughout the World Cup (about half of them by beating Brazil 7-1), finishing with a rating of 2196.This is the highest Elo rating ever for a World Cup champion. The 1962 Brazil team previously held the top spot.In fact, it’s the highest a national soccer team has ever been rated in the Elo system. Before Germany, the highest-rated team of all time had been Hungary in 1954. Hungary’s rating peaked at 2166 after winning the World Cup semifinal, but then it lost to West Germany in the tournament’s final match.I’ll be curious to see how this year’s German team is regarded in barroom arguments around the world, both now and with the benefit of hindsight. It doesn’t have a transcendent superstar, although it has a number of players who might rank in the top 20 or 25 in the world. It’s often said that the Germans didn’t have a distinctive style — although their relentless attacking play represents the new paradigm in world football, and it led to the highest-scoring and perhaps most exciting World Cup in many years.Other teams — notably Spain from 2008 to 2012, and Brazil under Pele — had longer sustained stretches at the apex of world football. But Germany is young and deep. Mario Götze, who scored the winning goal in the final Sunday, is 22. Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos are 24, and Mesut Özil is 25. The Germans have a good chance to go in as the favorites in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Still, the competition is going to be tough. At the start of the next tournament, Brazil’s Neymar and Colombia’s James Rodríguez will be just 26, and Lionel Messi — despite playing in his fourth World Cup — only 30. France is perhaps a player away from competing with the world’s best teams, and after having won FIFA’s Under-20 World Cup last year, it could make that transition soon. This is a great era for the international game, and that makes what Germany accomplished all the more impressive. read more

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman named head coach at Houston

Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom HermanCredit: Hayden Grove / Lantern TV Sports directorOhio State co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman has officially been named the next head coach at Houston, the school announced Tuesday.Herman is set to be introduced at Houston in a Friday press conference, the school announced in a press release. His contract spans five years and is worth $6.75 million.The release said Herman will stay with the Buckeyes’ coaching staff until OSU’s run in the College Football Playoff comes to an end.“This is a tremendous opportunity for my family and I to come back to Houston and lead one of the top programs,” Herman said in the release. “I am looking forward to working with one of the top athletic directors in the country as well as (Houston Chancellor Renu) Khator in a partnership that will make the city of Houston and the great state of Texas proud.”Under Herman in 2014, the OSU offense finished fourth in the nation with 45.2 points per game. The Buckeyes were also eighth in the country with 507.6 total yards per game.In each of his three seasons at OSU, a Buckeye quarterback was named the Big Ten’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year.Current senior quarterback Braxton Miller won the award in 2012 and 2013 — as well as being named the conference’s MVP and Offensive Player of the Year both seasons. After Miller was ruled out for the season after injuring his shoulder during fall camp, Herman coached redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett to a record-setting season and the Quarterback of the Year honor.In his only season as the starter, Barrett set the Big Ten and OSU record for total touchdowns in a season with 45 and set school records for passing touchdowns in a season and total yards in a season.Herman also picked up an accolade of his own this year, as he was named the 2014 Broyles Award winner. The Broyles Award is given annually to the top assistant coach in the nation.Herman — a California Lutheran University product —  joined the Buckeyes in 2012 along with coach Urban Meyer after holding the same position at Texas State, Rice and Iowa State in previous seasons. He also spent time as an assistant at Sam Houston State and a graduate assistant at Texas.The Simi Valley, Calif., native is set to replace Tony Levine at Houston after Levine led the Cougars to a 21-17 record over three seasons. Levine was fired on Dec. 8.Herman’s hiring was initially reported by Fox Sports on Monday.After coaching Barrett to an 11-1 record as a starter, Herman was also tasked with preparing another quarterback for their first collegiate start after Barrett fractured his ankle in the regular season finale against Michigan.With a week of preparation, Herman helped redshirt-freshman quarterback Cardale Jones throw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in his first start, leading OSU to a 59-0 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. The win also helped the Buckeyes secure a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff.Herman is set to coach Jones and the Buckeyes against No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day. Kickoff for the semifinal matchup is set for 8:30 p.m. in New Orleans. read more

Salah hints that he will continue with Egypt

first_imgMohamed Salah has hinted that he will continue to represent Egypt at international after posting a cryptic social media message calling for an unspecified “change”The 26-year-old was present in the Egyptian national team at the World Cup this summer, despite nursing a shoulder injury that was sustained in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid back in May.But, despite his struggles to regain fitness in time, Salah made a comeback in Egypt’s second game against hosts Russia and managed to score twice in his two games for the national side.But even the inclusion of Salah failed to have the required impact needed for Egypt with Hector Cuper’s side having a dismal campaign in what was their first appearance in the World Cup for nearly 30 years.After their 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their final Group A game, reports emerged that Salah was prepared to call time on his international career after he felt “used” by the Egyptian FA for political gain.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.But, after head coach Cuper’s exit, the Pharaohs look to have received a welcome boost with Salah now suggesting that he may continue.“Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change,” he wrote on Twitter.Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change.— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) July 1, 2018last_img read more

Illegal structures demolished earlier this week in 5 Cays

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppReportedly placed under pressure by the planning department, owners of some 6 acres of property in the Five Cays community were forced to start demolition of illegal structures earlier this week. Reports are the Planning Department served the owners of the land with notices to clear their property of some 50 structures. Eight frames have already been mowed down causing raging reactions by those who feel they are justly residing at the site. Word is a January 8, eviction notice has been given by landowners to the occupants which is owned by James Cox and his family; news break understands that sections of the land have been rented since 1998 and rent runs from $50- $200 depending on the size of the parcel occupied. Related Items:last_img read more

NTSB To Investigate In Alaska After Deadly Midair Collision

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A team of federal accident investigators is expected to arrive in Alaska Tuesday to try to piece together what caused a deadly midair collision between two sightseeing planes. Weather conditions in the area on Monday included high overcast skies with 9 mph (14 kph) southeast winds. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and the families of those impacted by today’s accident. Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved,” Princess Cruises said in a statement. A spokeswoman for Taquan Air, operator of the Otter, said the company had suspended operations while federal authorities investigate the deadly crash. Local emergency responders worked with state and federal agencies and good Samaritan vessels to help rescue and recover victims. Eleven people were inside Taquan’s single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 when it went down as it returned from Misty Fjords National Monument, which is part of the Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest. Ten people were taken to a Ketchikan hospital. Three people who died were among five people aboard the second plane, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, according to Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens. It’s unclear which plane carried the fourth victim, whose body was recovered during a Monday night search, Rios said. The floatplanes collided under unknown circumstances, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email to The Associated Press. Floatplanes have pontoons mounted under the fuselage so they can land on water. “We are devastated by today’s incident and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families,” Taquan said in a statement. Four people were killed after the floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, the Coast Guard said. Two others were missing, said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, a Coast Guard spokesman. The Washington, D.C.-based investigative team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive in Ketchikan Tuesday afternoon, agency spokesman Peter Knudson said. He said board member Jennifer Homendy also is traveling with the so-called “Go Team,” which investigates major accidents.center_img The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. Photo courtesy of  Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP “It’s been a long day and the crews have been working really hard to rescue people and recover the deceased,” Deanna Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the local government, said Monday evening. Cindy Cicchetti, a passenger on the Royal Princess cruise ship told the AP that the ship captain announced that two planes were in an accident Monday. She said the ship is not leaving as scheduled and there weren’t any details as to how the accident will affect the rest of the trip. In June 2015, a pilot and eight passengers died when a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter operated by Promech Air Inc. crashed into mountainous terrain about 24 miles (39 kilometers) from Ketchikan. The NTSB later determined that pilot error and lack of a formal safety program were behind the crash. The ship left Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 11 and is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday. It’s not the first time a major plane crash has occurred near Ketchikan, a popular tourist destination. All patients were in fair or good condition, according to Marty West, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. The passengers were from the cruise ship Royal Princess and were on sightseeing flights, one of which was operated by flightseeing company Taquan Air.last_img read more