Gazidis expects title challenge

first_imgArsenal can head into the new campaign with real belief they will be able to mount a sustained assault on the Barclays Premier League title, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Press Association Having brought in veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech from the champions, Arsenal have again signalled their intent to build on FA Cup success and so close the gap on the Blues and Manchester City. Gazidis accepts while the Gunners may continue to face a somewhat uneven financial playing field, the squad should be positive of what they can achieve going forward. “We always have to do things better than our competitors, that is our challenge, b ut there is a real belief we can win the Premier League and compete to win major trophies in the next few years,” Gazidis said in an interview with Fox Sports Asia. Wenger is preparing for a 20th campaign in charge of the Gunners. Gazidis believes the 65-year-old Frenchman, whose last contact extension took him up to the summer of 2017, still has the appetite for more success following almost a decade without silverware before back-to-back FA Cup successes. “It is difficult to imagine anybody else could have done it as well as Arsene. I think Arsene has had tremendous support from the board and in return Arsene has really put the club first and made sure we progressed through that period and come out of it strongly,” the chief executive added. “I joke that we are developing our training ground and one of the things we are doing is putting a cryo-chamber in there and if we put Arsene in there we can preserve him for a little longer. “But he is in great shape – fit, enthusiastic, as hungry as ever and ambitious as ever, and he can see what is happening with this squad and he is very excited about the direction of travel so we aren’t thinking at all about changes. “Of course long-term you have to have the right infrastructures in place and a lot of work is going into that with Arsene’s support and involvement as he knows at some point – and I hope that will be far down the road – he will step aside and someone will step into his large shoes.” Wenger remains keen to add further quality to the squad before the end of the transfer window. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is one reported target, while Borussia Dortmund moved to warn Arsenal off any interest in Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini, meanwhile, is expected to join Galatasaray. Competition is set to be fierce for a place in the Arsenal starting XI next season, provided everyone remains fit. England midfielder Jack Wilshere is hopeful he can remain very much in contention following recent injury setbacks. He told Arsenal Player: “I have played two games (in Singapore) and there are another two games coming up next weekend after another tough week of training, so I am feeling good. “I think you feel better day by day. The fitness staff here are really good. They make the sessions individualised, so they know what you need in your position. “Each session gets harder and harder. I am feeling better and better and hopefully that can continue.” The Gunners have returned to London from a successful tour to the Far East where they won the Barclays Asia Trophy with an impressive 3-1 victory over Everton on Saturday. Arsene Wenger’s men will now step up their preparations for the start of the domestic season by hosting the Emirates Cup at the weekend, with games against Lyon and Wolfsburg, before the traditional curtain-raiser of the FA Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley on August 2. last_img read more

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Ellsworth’s St. Peter wins at middle school wrestling tournament

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Pine Tree Wrestling League, which consists of 21 varsity middle school teams and independent representatives from 10 additional middle schools, held its championship meet Saturday at Skowhegan Area High School.Ellsworth’s Landon St. Peter won the 99-pound weight class in a major decision against Bucksport’s Kaleb Nightingale. Elsewhere for Bucksport, Travis Hutchinson reached 105-pound title bout, and Jaxon Gross won the consolation bracket at 155 pounds. Below is list of team scores.Mattanawcook Academy, 149.5Troy Howard, 128Mount Blue, 86Skowhegan, 86Bucksport, 78Medomak Valley, 71.5Bath, 69.5Mountain Valley, 59.5Oxford Hills, 58.5Oceanside, 50Mount Ararat/Brunswick, 48Nokomis, 45Dirigo, 32.5Ellsworth, 23Mount View, 23Hermon, 22Camden-Rockport, 16Surry, 16Cony, 15Gardiner, 10Spruce Mountain, 7Winslow, 5Oak Hill, 3Lawrence, 2Erskine Academy, 1Monmouth, 0Messalonskee, 0Beach Hill, 0Dedham, 0Hampden, 0Sugg, -1This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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P.K. Banerjee was my godfather says, Indian Legendary striker Shyam Thapa

first_imgKolkata: Legendary Indian striker Shyam Thapa, best remembered for his back volley in 1978, feels he is what he is today because of ‘magical’ coach P.K. Banerjee who breathed his last at a city hospital here on Friday.A pall of gloom descended on the footballing world in the country as one of India’s greatest players and coach succumbed to prolonged illness at the age of 83.As several former stars, belonging to the golden era of Indian football, mourned the death of a footballing colossus, Thapa said he would never have become a great striker without Banerjee’s guidance and famous ‘vocal tonic’.“I scored a goal dribbling past four Mohun Bagan defenders when I was at East Bengal in 1975. Pradip da was the coach. Yes, I scored the goal but you won’t believe how it was made possible by Pradip da. You have to see it to believe it. He was magical,” Thapa told IANS.Known for his famous back volley for Mohun Bagan against East Bengal in the 1978 Calcutta Football League, Thapa said the iconic goal which was part of Durga Puja celebrations that year in Bengal, was also to Banerjee’s credit. Banerjee had also jumped ship to Mohun Bagan by then after helping East Bengal win four of their six consecutive Calcutta Football Leagues during 1970-75.“It was a goal I am still told about. People see me on the streets and still recall that goal. But again, if you ask me that was also Pradip da’s credit. Not only the technical side, but his motivational talks also spurred me on. Not only me, ask anyone from the team or his teams. They will tell you,” said Thapa who was a regular in the Indian team from 1970-77.“I had played under Pradip da in the Indian team also. He was a true leader. I have not played under such a great coach, great human being and someone who always used to bring the best out of you. I am Shyam Thapa because I had Pradip Kumar Banerjee to guide me. He was my godfather,” he concluded.Former India midfielder and coach Gautam Sarkar, who was famously assigned to mark Pele during New York Cosmos’ 2-2 draw against Mohun Bagan in 1977, said Banerjee was the man behind modern coaching in India in the 1970s.“I am talking to you because of him. Ask anyone who has played under him, they all will echo me. I have never seen someone who can inspire players like him. ‘Vocal tonic’ is an art and he had mastered it,” said Sarkar who captained East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.“I have learned so much under him and just by seeing him you get motivated. I don’t want to demean anyone but since Pradip da, Indian football has not seen such a great coach, such a legendary footballing personality,” he added. IANSAlso Read: Shyam Thapa reveals sad state of Indian footballAlso Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assamlast_img read more

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Sublime Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay put India ahead against England

first_img(REUTERS)-India captain Virat Kohli maintained his red-hot form as he and Murali Vijay struck fine centuries to help the hosts overtake England on day three of the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday.The hosts, leading 2-0 in the five-match series, reached 451 for seven at the close, 51 runs ahead of the touring side.Captain Kohli was unbeaten on 147 at stumps with Jayant Yadav on 30 not out.The 28-year-old Kohli brought up his 15th test hundred and second of the series and celebrated with a leap in the air, bringing the 22,000 crowd at the stadium overlooking the Arabian Sea to their feet.Kohli batted majestically, rarely looked in trouble, and hit 17 fours with sublime stroke-making.He shared crucial stands with the lower-order batsmen – 57 with Ravindra Jadeja for the seventh wicket and an unbroken 87 with Yadav.England successfully reviewed the umpire’s not out decision to dismiss Karun Nair lbw for 13 off Moeen Ali before part-time off-spinner Joe Root picked up the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin in four balls.India, who were comfortably placed on 262-2, were reduced to 307-6 before Kohli and Jadeja propped them up. Jadeja was out to Rashid for 25.The hosts could have been in more trouble if Rashid had held on to a return catch from Kohli, then on 68. Root also dropped Yadav on eight off James Anderson, compounding England’s problems.Yadav was reprieved again on 28 when replays showed he had edged Moeen to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow down the leg side but England did not have any reviews left to challenge the umpire’s not out decision.Resuming on 146 for one, the hosts suffered an early jolt when Cheteshwar Pujara (47) was bowled by the second ball of the morning shouldering arms to paceman Jake Ball.However, it proved to be the only success for the English bowlers in the morning as Vijay and Kohli flayed the attack.Vijay reached his second century of the series with a single against off-spinner Moeen and hit 10 fours and three sixes in his knock.He was given out lbw to Rashid on 116 but managed to overturn the decision on review as replays suggested he got an inside edge before the ball struck his pad.ENGLAND 1st innings 400 (K. Jennings 112, J. Buttler 76, M. Ali 50; R. Ashwin 6-112, R. Jadeja 4-109) India 1st innings (Overnight: 146-1)L. Rahul b Ali 24M. Vijay c&b Rashid 136C. Pujara b Ball 47V. Kohli not out 147K. Nair lbw b Ali 13P. Patel c Bairstow b Root 15R. Ashwin c Jennings b Root 0R. Jadeja c Buttler b Rashid 25J. Yadav not out 30Extras (b-5 lb-7 w-2) 14Total (for 7 wickets, 142 overs) 451Fall of wickets: 1-39 L. Rahul,2-146 C. Pujara,3-262 M. Vijay,4-279 K. Nair,5-305 P. Patel,6-307 R. Ashwin,7-364 R. JadejaTo bat: B. Kumar, U. YadavBowling : J. Anderson 15 – 5 – 43 – 0, C. Woakes 8 – 2 – 34 – 0(w-1),M. Ali 45 – 5 – 139 – 2, A. Rashid 44 – 5 – 152 – 2, J. Ball 14 – 5 – 29 – 1(w-1)B. Stokes 8 – 2 – 24 – 0. J. Root 8 – 2 – 18 – 2.last_img read more

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RHTYSC, Food for the Poor (Guy) make donation

first_imgTHE Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club and Food for the Poor (Guy) Inc. on Friday last assisted three cricket clubs with cricket gears, while the Rose Hall Town Primary School along with two young club members also received assistance.Of the three clubs – Rose Hall Canje Cricket Club and Young and Restless Cricket Club received two cricket bats, two pairs of batting pads and gloves along with a complete set of stumps, while the Mount Sinai Cricket Club collected a cricket bat, a pair of batting pads and gloves and a set of stumps.The Rose Hall Town Primary School received a collection of trophies, certificate frames, cleaning detergents, sports equipment, school bags among other things, while two young cricketers of the RHTYSC, Simon Naidu and David Prahalad,received a complete cricket kit for their hard work over the last year.At the simple presentation ceremony, Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that this year will be a historic one for the RHTYSC as they aim to complete a total of 500 programmes/activities for the first time in its history.With Berbice cricket in a crisis due to a court injunction against the Berbice Cricket Board, Foster said the club will seek to play a greater role by hosting more cricket tournaments at the junior, female and second division levels.last_img read more

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Cricket News Mickey Arthur, Pakistan cricket coach, gets one demerit point for dissent at third umpire decision

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mickey Arthur, the coach of the Pakistan cricket team, has been handed one demerit point and an official warning from the International Cricket Council (ICC) following his team’s defeat to South Africa in the opening Test of the three-match series in Centurion. Pakistan lost the match which lasted just three days by six wickets to trail 0-1 in the series in what was a closely fought match on a difficult wicket in Centurion. According to a statement from the ICC, Arthur accepted his sanction and thus no formal hearing was required. “After the match, the Pakistan coach admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee David Boon.The incident took place during the fourth innings of the match. Chasing 149, South Africa had suffered an early jolt and the match was evenly poised. At 16/1, Dean Elgar edged left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi to slip where Azhar Ali claimed the catch. The soft signal was out and it needed conclusive evidence to overturn the decision from the third umpire. Replays increased the doubts whether the catch was clean but third umpire Joel Wilson ruled it not out. Elgar went on to make 50 and his partnership with Hashim Amla (63) gave South Africa victory. However, following the decision, Arthur, seething with rage over the decision, stormed into the third umpire’s room and questioned a decision to deny Azhar the catch at first slip.Read More | Fans evicted from major stand in Melbourne over racist chantsArthur was officially charged by Wilson for “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match” after questioning the decision and left the room immediately afterwards. The decision might have played a small part in Pakistan continuing their poor run in Tests in the last couple of months, heading into the series after losing a series against New Zealand at home for the first time in 49 years.Read More | Arise, Sir Alastair Cook: Former England skipper gets special honourPakistan batted first and it needed an aggressive 71 from Babar Azam to help Pakistan reach 181. Duanne Olivier took 6/37 while Dale Steyn broke Shaun Pollock’s record of 421 Test wickets. South Africa managed to take a 42-run lead with Temba Bavuma hitting 53 and an aggressive 45 from Quinton de Kock. Imam ul Haq and Shan Masood slammed fifties but another collapse, with Olivier taking five wickets and ending with 11/96 in the match helped South Africa bowl Pakistan out for 190.The second match of the series is in Cape Town in January 03 and Pakistan will be aiming to stay alive in the series. last_img read more

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Supligen dominoes competition set for March month end

first_imgDominoes enthusiasts will have the chance to show their skills when the Lions club of Bell-Air, in collaboration with Beepats through the Supligen brand,hosts a two- day tournament on March 25-26.The tournament, which was officially launched on Friday at the Lions’ headquarters in section K Campbellville, was initially slated for 32 teams, but organisers say they have in excess of that figure.However,they said that provision will be made to accommodate those additional teams that are interested.The tournament will be run under the auspices of the Guyana Dominoes Association and according to vice-president,Rodwell Phillips,his entity was happy to be on board once again.Phillips added that the tournament fits hand-in-glove with their plan to decentralise the sport and have it spread throughout the country.President of the Club,LN Matthew Langevine,contended that they were happy to be joining with the Supligen brand for the tournament, reminding that their friendship goes way back in the areas of benevolence.Meanwhile, Supligen Brand Manager,Michael Gomes contended that the support comes because of the fund-raising nature of the event, adding that the relationship between the company and the organisation has grown over the years.He contended that they are keen on initiatives that support the less fortunate in society,and noted that funding of this nature came ‘without hesitation.’He too called on interested groups,both in the Private and Public Sectors,to come out and support a worthy cause.GDA Special Events Co-ordinator,Orin Boston,contended that there is no shortage of prizes for the event, adding that over $500,000 in total prize money will be up for grabsTeams can uplift registration forms from trophy sponsors,Rays One Stop Auto Parts and Ramchands on Sheriff Street,as well as the Lions club. Entrance fee is $12,000 per team and the Most Valuable Player will receive $10,000 and a case of Supligen.last_img read more

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Bassarath displeased with Tendulkar stand-naming

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board(TTCB) president, Azim Bassarath, has made clear his displeasure at a stand at the Brian Lara Stadium being named after Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.Speaking on the contentious issue this week, Bassarath contended there were a host of outstanding former West Indies players from Trinidad and Tobago who were more deserving of the honour.“Why not name a stand after Deryck Murray and I call Deryck Murray’s name first,” the outspoken administrator said.“Why couldn’t we name a stand after Ian Bishop, Gus Logie, Raphick Jumadeen, Larry Gomes – we have a number of people [like] Sonny Ramadhin who had lived just a stone’s throw away from the stadium.“They are great Trinidadians who have made significant contributions to West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago cricket.”It emerged earlier this week that the North West Stand at the Stadium would be named after the Indian icon, who holds the record for the most career runs in Tests with 15 921 from a record 200 matches.He and Lara were contemporaries and are often regarded as the two finest batsmen of the modern era.Chairman of the Sports Company of T&T, Michael Phillips, said the decision to name the stand after Tendulkar, had been on Lara’s advice.Bassarath also took issue with the appointment of a board to run the stadium, stressing the TTCB had been kept out of that decision.“I wasn’t aware that a board being appointed and the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board was not consulted and was never consulted with respect to the naming of a board to run the stadium.”last_img read more

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Despite early exit from tourney, future looks bright for UW

first_imgGREG SCHMITZ/Herald photoPHILADELPHIA — One and done.Even though the infamous phrase fits the UW basketball team’s performance in this year’s NCAA tournament, many of the team’s players simply aren’t buying it.While the 94-75 loss to eighth-seeded Arizona marks the end of the Badgers’ 2005-06 season, Wisconsin would rather opt for another all-too-common saying — there’s always next year.Though Wisconsin was certainly a disappointed team in the locker room following the first-round loss, many players couldn’t help but be optimistic to start next season already — and understandably so.The Badgers lose only lone senior Ray Nixon, and all the hardships they suffered this season will certainly pay dividends for the young team’s improvement going into next year.”We have to use this game as a starting point for next year,” freshman Joe Krabbenhoft said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys and we’ll get after it.”With Wisconsin losing only Nixon, practically the same lineup will be on the floor next season with a year’s experience of playing together under its belt.Not to mention the Badgers hope to get back some of their missing contributors off the bench in freshman Marcus Landry and sophomore Greg Stiemsma. The two were ruled academically ineligible this semester, which undeniably affected Wisconsin’s hot mid-season stride and resulted in a roller-coaster ride for the rest of the year.But while much of the team is returning in 2006-07, staying together over the offseason will still be critical if the Badgers hope to build on this past season for next year.”As a team, we have to all stay together,” junior Alando Tucker said. “We had a tough time, but if you look over the course of the season and look back at it, we did some incredible things despite the fact that we lost guys and a lot of adversity we handled. But as a team, we stuck together, and that’s one of [the] things we’re still trying to do for next year.”And with so many players coming back, Tucker thinks a loss like this will actually help in the long run.”We were young, and I think this really helps,” Tucker said. “Guys need experience, and we’ve got a lot of guys coming back. We lost one guy in Ray (Nixon), but everybody else is coming back, and they should take from this year having been through a tough Big Ten schedule, playing in an NCAA tournament, playing in the Big Ten tournament — that gives players experience.”Even head coach Bo Ryan was more than willing to talk about next year after his team’s abysmal loss to the Wildcats — it must’ve been the aroma of cheese steaks and hoagies that got to him.Or maybe it was because he simply couldn’t find a spot to hide in his hometown of Philadelphia during the embarrassing loss.”I couldn’t hide,” Ryan joked. “I looked for a spot, but somebody in the band had already taken it.”In all seriousness, however, Ryan is already looking forward to next year, just like the players.”[Next year] looks pretty good,” Ryan said. “I like what we have going. … A lot of these guys will come back next year better, hopefully all of them.”Aside from the 13 potential returning players from this year’s roster, Ryan is also happy to welcome three new, highly touted recruits next year.Jason Bohannon, J.P. Gavinski and Trevon Hughes make up Wisconsin’s recruiting class of 2006, and all hope to play a role in the Badgers’ success next season.Gavinksi, a 6-foot-11 center out of Wisconsin Dells High School, and Hughes, a 6-foot-2 guard who scored 22 points in St. John’s Northwest Military Academy’s (Delafield, Wis.) loss to Seymour in the WIAA Division II state tournament semifinals in Madison Friday, will add some much-needed depth to their respective positions for Wisconsin’s roster.And as for Bohannon — a 6-foot-2 guard from Linn-Marr High School in Marion, Iowa — he is simply the type of player Ryan loves to coach.”You’ve just got to like the kid,” Ryan said of Bohannon. “They were down and the fans started chanting in a derogatory way, and he scored 17 points in three minutes, and they won by one. I like those kind of guys.”But Ryan won’t be looking to the three newcomers as much as he will be to Landry and Steimsma to bounce back from their academic suspensions.Whereas some coaches would probably be upset with their mishaps in the classroom this past semester, Ryan hopes to see the two improve both on and off the court next year and help the two out as much as he possibly can as their head coach.”Hopefully, the other guys that had some misfortune that, as coaches, just like family members, you just keep encouraging them and working with them, that they’ll be ready to go,” Ryan said. “It doesn’t change anything now, but we’re always ready to teach, we’re always ready to help guys get better, that’s for sure.”Next year appears to be getting better already — and that’s for sure.last_img read more

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Bromley turns in solid performance at NFL Scouting Combine

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley thinks his draft stock improved following an impressive NFL Scouting Combine performance on Monday.The 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman recorded a 5.06-second 40-yard dash. He said he was happy with the result, but that his official time wasn’t too much of a concern.“What really matters is the times that the coaches put down with their hand,” Bromley said. “So with that I ran a 4.9. I’m cool with that, I ain’t sweating it.”His time was good enough to place him 28th out of 42 defensive linemen.“It was a good experience,” Bromley said. “Being around some of the best players, and just getting able to go out and compete and show what I can do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBromley, an All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team selection who led SU with 10 sacks in 2013, said he was happy with his showing in the defensive line drills. He was also pleased with his 33.5-inch vertical leap, which ranked 15th out of 50 defensive linemen in the field.He had 26 reps on the 225-pound bench, which was 17th out of 50, and his 106-inch broad jump was 29th.Bromley is projected to go in the sixth round or seventh round according to CBS Sports, but hopes that his time at the Combine will show that he can go higher.“From what I’ve heard from all the coaches who talked to me, I believe it has,” Bromley said. “I pray to God that I’ve done enough to at least draw interest at my pro day, and have a good crowd.“We’ll see what we can do there.”A defensive lineman that really impressed was defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who ran a 4.53 40-yard dash.Clowney’s times rivaled that of the top running backs and quarterbacks in the 40-yard dash.“We understand who’s fast and what it means,” Bromley said. “It wasn’t a big deal to us. We knew he was gonna run something stupid. And he did.”Bromley didn’t raise eyebrows like Clowney, but he did outdo his former SU teammate Jerome Smith at his respective position. Smith placed 30th out of 33 running backs when it took him 4.84 seconds to run the 40-yard dash.Both Smith and Bromley will have a chance to improve their draft stock at SU’s pro day on March 26th at Manley Field House. Comments Published on February 25, 2014 at 2:40 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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