Vermaelen: Gunners run must go on

first_img “Tuesday is an important game again at home so we have to keep fighting and try to get three points.” Arsenal could have Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky available again after he missed the Norwich game with a hamstring problem, which could see Jack Wilshere rested. Wenger must also decide whether to recall Mertesacker or stick with his captain alongside Laurent Koscielny. Full-back Nacho Monreal was on the bench at the weekend, and could return in place of Kieran Gibbs, while Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski – who scored the third goal in stoppage-time – are all pressing for a place in the starting XI after impressive substitute displays when they came on to help change the Norwich game around. German forward Podolski, 27, has seen his recent impact limited by injury as well as being utilised more from the bench by Wenger. Despite stories linking the £11million summer signing from Cologne with a swift move away from the club, Podolski, who has 14 goals this season, maintains he is enjoying life at Arsenal. Speaking to the official Arsenal matchday programme, he said: “I did well earlier in the season, then had an injury which put me out for a few weeks, however now I am back and hope to play a big part in the final run of matches – but it is the coach’s decision, of course. “Overall I am happy. You must remember I came from a team [Cologne] that was going down, and it wasn’t so easy to come straight to a big club and be strong. But I believe I have the quality to play in every game here and think I have done well until now. “I have scored some goals and made assists, so I am content, but I will be happiest if we can make the Champions League, because every player – and every team – wants to play at that level.” Press Association Captain Thomas Vermaelen has challenged Arsenal to maintain their momentum towards securing a top-four finish with victory over Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.center_img The Gunners produced a late rally to come from behind and beat Norwich 3-1 on Saturday, which lifted them into third place as neither Chelsea nor Tottenham were in Barclays Premier League action. It was a fifth straight win on the back of their Champions League victory away to Bayern Munich – an heroic performance which looks to have restored the belief within Arsene Wenger’s squad. Vermaelen, recalled to the side against Norwich as Per Mertesacker was suspended, called on Arsenal to make the most of their new-found spirit when David Moyes’ well-drilled side come to the Emirates Stadium. “We are on a run now. We have got a good momentum at the moment. We are winning a lot of games,” Vermaelen said on Arsenal Player. last_img read more

O’Connell praises Schmidt

first_img Attacking frailties blew a Grand Slam tilt this year, with the 23-16 defeat in Wales putting paid to Ireland’s ambitions of a clean sweep. O’Connell vowed Ireland would “keep the faith” with Schmidt’s game plan amid criticism for a lack of cutting edge that compounded defeat in Wales. The 35-year-old lock and his team-mates came good against an admittedly poor Scotland, running in four tries to land the Six Nations title on a six-point, points-difference margin. How it would all have been so different had those Ireland stars who had never worked with Schmidt before had failed to adjust to his unremitting regime. Schmidt’s steely attention to the most minute detail led Leinster to multiple Heineken Cup and Pro12 triumphs. When Munster claimed European glory on O’Connell’s watch, passion and fervour drove the Limerick legion as much as any acumen. O’Connell was typically blunt in 2013 defeat to Wales that unless Ireland married the two approaches, the Schmidt era would have floundered from the outset. “I suppose for a few of us we’ve a little bit to learn under Joe, there’s a lot of technical stuff we need to get right,” said O’Connell in the wake of that November 2013 Australia defeat. “But you can’t lose track of that intensity and that aggression that’s required at Test rugby as well. “You could see how high their emotion was in comparison to ours when we got our turnovers, and that was disappointing from our point of view.” Munster playmaker Conor Murray had just established himself as the British and Irish Lions’ top scrum-half in touring victory in Australia when Schmidt took the Ireland helm. The fast-improving half-back was not prepared to rest on his laurels however, and admitted that Schmidt has since taken him to task at every occasion, badgering him to refine and distil his precision still further. “When Joe came in we were nervous whether he would like you as a player, the style of play and would you fit into that,” said Murray, delighting in Ireland’s second Six Nations triumph. “That was the main part for me. I’m sure for a number of other players too. “As time went on, you knew how good he was with what he had done with Leinster. “It was just taking time to get used to his game plan. “It was a little different to what we have played with before with our province or Ireland, so it just took a little bit of time “But the information he gives you is so clear and so accurate, you see it on the Tuesday in the video room and it does happen on Saturday in an international game. That is no surprise. “He studies the game unbelievably hard and knows it inside out and we are blessed to have a coach like him.” Ireland skipper O’Connell hailed head coach Schmidt’s meticulous mindset in the wake of 40-10 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield that swiped the Six Nations crown once more. Munster talisman O’Connell believes Ireland’s twin glories are wholly constructed on full confidence in boss Schmidt – even in the wake of galling defeats. “He’s right up there with the best I’ve worked with, he is a fantastic coach,” said O’Connell. “I think the trust the players have in what he does and what his coaching staff do is a massive part of why we’re successful. “Certainly times like Australia in the first game, the England game last year, Wales last week, those were times where other teams might question themselves – but we never did. “I don’t think we’ve ever once done that. “There’s a lot of trust and a lot of confidence in the coaches.” Such unstinting praise is a far cry from the fallout from Ireland’s first loss under ex-Leinster boss Schmidt, a 32-15 Dublin defeat to Australian in November 2013 – and O’Connell knows that, too. O’Connell conceded Ireland had “a little bit to learn” in adapting to new boss Schmidt’s approach in 2013, with the head coach citing a “disconnect” among the players for that loss. Not since that Australia defeat could Schmidt label “defensive naivety” as among his side’s shortcomings. Paul O’Connell insists Ireland’s back-to-back RBS 6 Nations titles rest entirely on never once questioning taskmaster boss Joe Schmidt’s intense methods. Press Associationlast_img read more

Brave Nichols Canyon takes flight in Ryanair at Leopardstown

first_imgNichols Canyon showed all the old battling qualities of his former stablemate Hurricane Fly to win the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown. Press Association “He’s got huge reserves. I’m delighted with him.” Walsh said: “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him and he’s going forward and improving.” De Bromhead said of Identity Thief: “I felt the ground was playing to his favour more than ours so I’m delighted. “He’ll go down the Champion Hurdle route – I was thinking that after he won at Down Royal.” Mullins completed a double when Lucky Pass justified 4-7 favouritism by three and three-quarter lengths from First Figaro in the Ryanair Flat Race. The now-retired Hurricane Fly won four of the previous five renewals of this race but for much of the home straight Nichols Canyon looked like coming off second best. Henry de Bromhead’s Identity Thief proved his win in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle was no fluke as he cruised into the lead before the final flight. Bryan Cooper got a great leap out of Identity Thief, which appeared to seal victory, but Ruby Walsh threw the proverbial kitchen sink at Nichols Canyon. The Willie Mullins-trained 2-5 favourite began to eat into the gap and eventually got on top to win going away by two lengths. Nichols Canyon was winning a sixth Grade One from just nine starts over hurdles. Winning owner Graham Wylie said: “That was tough to watch, but he’s a tough horse. “I’m not sure if he’ll run before Cheltenham – I’ll have to speak to Willie – but it’s great to have a live Champion Hurdle horse and hopefully he’ll get there.” Mullins said: “His battling qualities and his hurdling qualities remind me of Hurricane Fly, and the size of him. “He probably hasn’t the zip of Hurricane Fly – the speed – but he has his stamina and aggressiveness. “It’s going to take him a long time to get over that now, and that’s my worry if we’re looking at the Irish Champion Hurdle. last_img read more

Man accused of trying to kidnap 4-year-old after breaking into Tampa hotel room

first_imgPolice say a North Carolina man allegedly broke into a hotel room in Tampa and tried to kidnap a 4-year-old over the weekend.According to the Tampa Police Department, 31-year-old Desmond Johnson, got inside a Hampton Inn at 4817 West Laurel Street on Saturday night and broke into one of the hotel rooms where there were 3 children.Johnson tried to grab a 4-year-old, but the child’s mother ran out of the bathroom and fought off Johnson, police said.Other hotel guests heard the screams, so they opened the door and let the mother and her children inside for their safety. However, Johnson followed the four victims and began fighting with the guests from the other room, police said.An off-duty Palm Beach County deputy was in the area and was able to hold Johnson until Tampa police arrived.Neither the mom or the children were hurt, TPD said. TPD said Johnson and the mother didn’t know each other prior to the incident.Johnson was charged with two counts of burglary with battery and a count of attempted kidnapping.One witness recorded the tense moments after the alleged attempted kidnapping. The child’s mother cries to a TPD officer, “He tried to kidnap my child. You can look at his shirt, I had to fight…I had my daughter in my hand.” @abcactionnews pic.twitter.com/gfYq7cYIGH— Ryan Smith (@RyanReports) June 15, 2020last_img read more

UDFA/GFF/NAMILCO U-17 League

first_imgEagles lead point standingsBy Joe ChapmanEAGLES United are current leaders of the Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA) Guyana Football Federation (GFF)/NAMILCO Flour Power-sponsored Under-17 League championship, underway at the Wisburg Secondary School.Following their latest win against Net Rockers, Eagles, who won the recent U-17 championship staged by the UDFA, have three wins and a draw for an unbeaten 10 points. The Eagles had wins over Silver Shattas (2-0), Hi Stars (4-0) and Net Rockers (3-2) while being held to a 0-0 draw by Amelia’s Ward Panthers.They are followed by Topp XX who have two wins against Net Rockers (3-1) and Amelia’s Ward (6-0) but went down to Mileorck (1-4).Third are Milerock who beat Topp XX, but were held to a draw by Botafago (1-1) for four points.Net Rockers whose lone win is against Hi Stars (7-0) follow on three points from that one win and two losses, while Amelia’s Ward Panthers and Silver Shattas also have three points from three draws and one loss each.Botafago are next with two points after two draws while on the carpet are Hi Stars with no points after losing two matches.The competition continues at the Wisburg Secondary School ground next Wednesday when Botafago and Hi Stars clash in the first game at 13:00hrs. The second at 15:00hrs brings together Milerock and Silver Shattas.last_img read more

Schools, Civic Engagement, Student Affairs revamp awards

first_imgThe Community Service Awards, distributed annually to students who go above and beyond in serving the local community, will undergo a radical change in procedure this year.Since the 1990s, awards had been offered jointly through the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, represented by JEP; Student Affairs, represented by the USC Volunteer Center; and USC Civic Engagement at an annual dinner. Now, Dornsife, the Marshall School of Business, the Gould School of Law, the Viterbi School of Engineering and other schools and departments plant to take part in the annual Community Service Banquet on April 16 at Town and Gown.The awards will be distributed among various departments and schools to reflect their increased involvement in the past two decades.Director of Non-Profit Partnerships at the Joint Educational Project Office Jacqueline Whitley said that, although the numbers are not finalized, as many as eight to 15 different schools are expected to take part in this year’s awards ceremony, each with one designated winner.The idea for change came last year when Civic Engagement host its own event.“When it looked like the office of Civic Engagement was going to break off from how we were doing the awards previously, we saw that as an opportunity to invite schools and academic units from across the campus and make this more of a unified event,” Whitley said.Whitley said the new system will better unite students from different schools within the university as it will give them a chance to coalesce in a centralized location for one evening.“There are so many awesome things being done all around campus and sometimes it’s kind of decentralized,” Whitley said. “But, let’s see how many people we can get in one place to highlight the great work that both community members and students are doing.”Associate Dean of Students and Director of USC Volunteer Center Judi Garbuio, who aided in brainstorming the new changes, echoed Whitley’s sentiments.“It’s great networking,” Garbuio said. “It provides more of an avenue for students to learn about what other students are doing and it’s a great vehicle for deans to promote what the students are doing within their academic units. It’s a win-win every way around.”Although the criteria have not changed for preexisting awards, this year’s dinner will include four new categories of awards: the Extraordinary Engagement Award, Multiple Engagements Award, Innovations in Service Learning Award and Advocacy and Activism Award. Each school in attendance will focus on one category of its choosing and pick a single winner based on that category.Pre-existing awards, such as the Grace Ford Salvatori Scholarship and Desiree Benson Award, will still be awarded based on the same qualifications, though they will not be presented at this year’s dinner.Whitley acknowledges that the changes might be risky, given that this is the first year they will be implemented.“We’re still in the process of seeking out the changes before the [dinner],” Whitley said. “We’re still figuring it out.”Whitely said, however, that the changes are necessary to the continuing development of USC students.“A great takeaway is seeing what an important role the local community plays with academics at the university and really seeing the wide breadth of different things that are happening on campus with the community,” Whitely said. “Hopefully, students will be inspired to come up with new and great ideas to deepen their learning as well as help the community.”Alan Raouf, a senior majoring in policy, planning and development who volunteers as a youth basketball coach, was enthusiastic about the new developments.“Each major puts their focus on different aspects of society. By doing this, every different angle of the community will be supported,” Raouf said. “Not everyone has the opportunity and privilege to come to USC. It’s important to give back the knowledge and experience we gain here to the community.”Garbuio hopes these changes will motivate students of all majors to realize the importance of community service.“By giving up your time and talent, you think that you are helping other people, but really, you end up gaining more from the experience than you give,” Garbuio said.last_img read more

USC professor creates minor under School of Pharmacy

first_imgWhen Daryl Davies, a professor of clinical pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy, started a conversation with his students about what they wished to see in their curriculum, he realized they lacked a distinct pathway that led toward pharmacy school. That’s why, Davies created a new minor — science and management of biomedical therapeutics — that focused on training students in the fundamentals of pharmacy as well as introducing them to the wide array of opportunities available in the medical field.“Many of our students applying to pharmacy school have very strong foundations in organic chemistry and biology and microbiology, but those are all very basic science trainings,” Davies said. “What I recognized was that they struggled when we start talking about bio systems, regulation of multiple systems in therapeutic development or treating patients with therapies.”Davies wanted to provide undergraduate students interested in going into a health-related professional program a strong background in more targeted subjects such as clinical pharmacology and immunology, which would help them to identify diseases in patients, their causes and their treatments.“Rather than just being able to recite the Krebs cycle, they get to see the biology and the biochemistry of the disease in the human population,” Davies said. “We cover all aspects of the disease, from the receptor target to how you develop the drug, the different classes of drugs that are available, what are the pharmacological and genomic differences. This is exactly what we teach in our professional schools.”Davies also hoped to reach out to students who, having started out taking classes geared toward entering medical school, may have changed their minds and decided to pursue a different path within the medical field. The minor will help provide these students with information about other career options within the pharmaceutical industry.“This is a great way to introduce students who had absolutely no idea of the many different job opportunities that were available within the pharmaceutical industry, in academia, in government that are focused on career drugs and the development of novel therapeutics,” Davies said. “Our goal is to help our students begin to get this rich understanding of the complexities and the networking that’s linked to drug discovery and development so that they can be better prepared regardless of where they go forward.”Jacqueline Parizher, a sophomore majoring in human biology, decided to participate in the minor program because she believed the courses taught would help give her a leg up during her interviews and application to pharmacy school.“It’s the first pre-pharmacy type of track that USC has offered,” Parizher said. “They’ve never actually had a program that had specific pharmacology courses, so that was what geared me towards the minor. In the future I want to be a pharmacist, so I think having this knowledge beforehand, before I apply to pharmacy school, will be helpful.”Nick Tran, a senior majoring in biochemistry, enjoyed the way the classes within the minor allowed students more hands-on approach and also appreciated how the real-world applications of their studies were readily apparent.“These courses weren’t just, ‘Here’s some information, memorize it, understand it,’” Tran said. “It was more like, ‘Here’s the information, now here’s a clinical situation, this patient has these symptoms, this medication history, so how would you treat them.’”Tran believes that the minor provides a look into the professional field.“We’ve also done some direct clinical experience, like being able to measure each other’s blood pressure,” Tran said. “They use an interdisciplinary approach, so it’s a good way to get you out of the bubble of your own field.”Davies cited the exposure to the outside world as a strength of the program.“This is exactly what we teach in our professional schools,” Davies said. “They are already starting to think and learn how to distill information as a clinician versus an undergraduate student that is just trying to memorize some scientific endeavor.”last_img read more

Tyler Lydon hits 2 clutch 3s, plays heavy minutes at center in win

first_imgTyler Lydon slowly backpedalled into St. Bonaventure’s half of the court with a smile stretching across his face. Trevor Cooney came to bump chests and Michael Gbinije raised both hands in the air on his way to join the celebration as the Bonnies called a timeout.With 3:42 left in the second half, Syracuse’s lead stretched to double digits for the first time all night. A game once in the balance was now firmly in the Orange’s grasp.Lydon logged 31 minutes, the majority of which came at center, and hit two 3s in the second half that helped SU pull away. The first tied the game at 54 with 9:03 left and dug Syracuse out of its last deficit of the game. The second put SU up 10, igniting the Carrier Dome crowd and sending a static Bonnies team back to their huddle.Topped off with a 5-for-5 mark from the foul line and four second-half rebounds, Lydon’s night showed continued flashes of a thorough repertoire in Syracuse’s (2-0) 79-66 win over SBU (1-1) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome.“He creates a disadvantage for the other team because then they have to step out and play all five of us,” Malachi Richardson said, “and not just three or four of us.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLydon’s night started off with him exposed down low. Starting center Dajuan Coleman subbed out with 13:54 remaining in the first half and didn’t re-enter until after the break. In his place, Lydon grabbed two boards while a smaller St. Bonaventure front dominated SU in the paint.Denzel Gregg made both foul shots after being fouled by Lydon on a dunk attempt.  Then Dion Wright quickly released a layup before Lydon had time to tap the backboard. And when Gregg slammed home a putback dunk with Lydon standing flat-footed, he watched the ball drop through the hoop with a perplexed look on his face.But after Lydon took Coleman’s spot four minutes into the second half, an offensive rebound, assist and block followed. Minutes later began the stretch of four consecutive fouls shots from the freshman that began building SU’s cushion.“I think that probably helped him get going a little bit,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.With Lydon’s two late 3s, a pre-practice craft honed by assistant coach Adrian Autry materialized on the court. Lydon’s shown he can be a streaky shooter in practice, his form unwavering as he knocks down shot after shot from deep.But on Tuesday, when Syracuse needed a spark from behind the arc with St. Bonaventure clinging to life, his stroke from deep in the Carrier Dome helped the Orange escape.“I felt like I had a lot of confidence at the time,” Lydon said. “It felt good to get out there and knock down a couple.” Comments Published on November 17, 2015 at 11:46 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pep trumps Jose in Manchester derby

first_imgCrystal Palace have their first league win of the season after getting past Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Riverside, while Burnley drew 1-1 with Hull, and Bournemouth won 1-0 against West Brom. Their 2-1 victory keeps Pep Guardiola’s team at the top of the table.West Ham suffered their first top-flight loss at their new home, beaten 4-2 by Watford.Tottenham were 4-0 winners at Stoke, while north London rivals Arsenal scored a late penalty in winning 2-1 at home to Southampton.last_img

Uzama: Infantino Commiserates with NFF

first_img“On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, please allow me to extend my deepest condolences to the football community of Nigeria, and most importantly, to his family, friends and loved ones.“We hope that, in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness.”The former Under-17 and Under-20 international player who was on the books of Gombe United FC, was murdered by unknown persons in Benin City, Edo State on Thursday, December 29, 2016. The NFF has already called on the Nigeria Police to intensify the search for his killers in order to bring them to justice.The killing of the Gombe player is coming barely two months after another Shooting Stars of Ibadan defender, Izu Joseph was shot dead in Rivers State in circumstances that still remained a mystery to his family and friends.The Gombe United FC player was said to have been killed where he had gone to celebrate the yuletide with his family.According to reports from Benin City, the former Flying Eagles invitee was hit by a bullet while in company with close friends.The player was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Nobody has been arrested in connection with the death of the Gombe player.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has written to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, to commiserate with Nigeria over the killing of former youth international, Douglas Uzama.In a letter dated January 6 and personally signed by him, the FIFA supremo wrote: “I would like to express my deepest sympathy on hearing the news of the tragic passing of Nigerian youth international Douglas Uzama.last_img read more