Petr Cech called on Arsenal to move on from the disappointment of another defeat to Chelsea to steer their Premier League title challenge back on course. The Gunners had Per Mertesacker sent off after 18 minutes and Diego Costa scored the decisive goal in Sunday’s 1-0 win for Chelsea, which leaves Arsene Wenger’s men three points behind leaders Leicester with 15 games to go. The immediate focus is on the FA Cup which Arsenal have won in the last two seasons. The Gunners play Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Press Association But the next two home Premier League matches will be a further test of their title credentials, against Southampton and Leicester. Arsenal are bidding for a first championship since 2004. “We are only three points off the lead and have Leicester and Southampton at home coming up,” Cech said on arsenal.com. “They are difficult games but if we can keep winning our games, we can go back to the top.” Arsenal beat Chelsea in August’s Community Shield, but are without a league win against their rivals in nine games, since October 2011. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini added: “We are fighting for the title and it is frustrating. “We gave it everything and it was not easy against 11 men, but what can I say? “It is a long run and we still have to fight and move forward. It is only a game but (losing to Chelsea) is frustrating and a disappointment.” Arsenal are without a league goal against Chelsea in more than nine hours, since Theo Walcott’s strike in defeat at Stamford Bridge in January 2013. Flamini had a fine opportunity in the first half, but rather than head it, he tried to acrobatically divert the ball in. He added: “I thought I could take it with one touch but it was going very quickly so it was hard.” Wenger clung to the positives of the performance, although he admitted it would be difficult to raise spirits after the loss. Wenger told Arsenal Player: “We had such a high expectation level and to lose a game the way we did it it’s really frustrating and difficult to accept. “I feel we couldn’t play with our real team for 90 minutes. I was very disappointed. “In recent games we lost we had really hard decisions against us, against Southampton and (against Chelsea). “We had a good attitude, a fantastic spirit. Despite a result that is negative, I think we should come out with even more belief.”
Guyana rake in 16 medals with 11 gold on day threeGUYANA excelled once more at the 16th North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF) and 32nd South American Powerlifting Federation (FESUPO) Championships being contested in Orlando Florida.During the third day of the competition and the first day for the equipped category, Team Guyana raked in a total of 16 medals: 11 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.Kicking off the day’s competition were young sub-junior power-lifters Britny Mack (47kg class) and Tineisha Toney (57kg class) who scored four medals, two each.Mack copped two gold medals after excelling in the NAPF sub-junior and FESUPO sub-junior equipped categories for her weight class. She amassed a total of 267.5 points from a 117.5kg squat, 35kg bench press and 115 deadlift.Arif Immamdeen is decorated with two of his three gold medals.Toney, on the other hand, proved to be a warrior who fought valiantly to cop her gold medal in the sub-junior category and silver in the FESUPO sub-junior category. She garnered 247.5 points from her 75kg squat, 62.5kg bench press and her 110kg deadlift. She was bettered by Jane Krueger (USA) who scored 416 points.The team continued to fire in the men’s equipped category with Arif Immamdeen (66kg class), Nairanjan Singh (83kg) and Winston Stoby (74kg), each earning four medals.Immamdeen collected 542.5 points after his 210kg squat, 117.5kg bench press and his 215kg deadlift. The young Guyanese scored two gold medals in the FESUPO and NAPF junior, gold in the male open and bronze in the NAPF male open.Nairanjan battled through, earning 382.5 points and was able to score gold in the FESUPO Masters 4, two silver medals in the FESUPO open and NAPF Masters 4 open and a bronze in the male open.He squatted 105kg, bench-pressed 117.kg and deadlifted 160kg – breaking the national, Pan American and South American record for his 160kg deadlift in the 83kg Masters 4 category during his second deadlift attempt. During his third and final deadlift attempt, he tried to break this record again by lifting 170kg but just could not muster the strength.Stoby fired too, garnering 615 points after his 235kg squat, his 130kg bench press and his 250kg deadlift. In the end, Stoby walked away proudly with four gold medals, beating all his competitors in his 74kg weight class, in the Masters 2 and open categories for both NAPF and FESUPO competitions.The day’s competition showcased the diversity of the Guyanese contingent with the youngest lifters on the team: Mack and Toney (both aged 17) and Nairianjan and Stoby, as the much older folks.In total, Team Guyana have amassed 26 medals so far – 15 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze. The team will seek to continue along their journey of success as Day Four of the competition continues today.
FOLLOWING on the heels of the MACORP Golf Extravaganza of June 9, Lusignan Golf Club will today see competition in a Pre-Fathers’ Day Classic. Tee-off is scheduled for 12:30hrs and the format is Medal Play in 3 Flights, with prizes being awarded by the Survival Supermarket, for 1st and 2nd best Net in each Flight, along with Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive.The public is invited to witness this event free of cost, and to even begin to learn about the game of golf while there.For more information on the LGC, on how to become a member, how to learn the basics of golfing free of charge, how to contribute to the Club, or how to use the facilities, please visit the LGC’s Facebook page at lusignangolfclub or call 220-5660 or 668-7419.
USC Graduate Student Government voted to pass a resolution on Monday to support graduate students’ unionization efforts through USC Forward, a group of students, faculty, alumni and community organizers seeking to better working conditions, wages and educational accessibility at USC. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThe resolution was passed with an 84.4 percent approval from GSG Senate and will be presented to all graduate students, University President C. L. Max Nikias, Provost Michael Quick and the Board of Trustees. GSG will also publicly declare its support for a graduate student union. The motion was penned by Senator John Oltean, who represents the Gould School of Law, and co-sponsored by Director of External Affairs Gilbert Felix. Oltean worked alongside members of USC Forward to write the resolution and believes unionization will improve students’ professional lives by holding the University accountable to their working conditions and needs.“As the diversity of graduate student populations increases, we have more students with families [and] nontraditional students entering this higher education sphere,” Oltean said. “Formal union representation [will] bolster a lot of the recent work that GSG is doing — institutionalizing a complementary organization with codified mechanisms will give us more of a voice and power to relay these concerns to the administration regarding diversity and inclusiveness.” Oltean and Robert Chlala, a doctoral student in sociology and USC Forward member, have worked to solicit graduate students’ opinions and concerns across all academic schools to recognize the diversity of student needs the union should address.“The greatest reason to unionize is evident in the daily life situations here,” Chlala said, noting how graduate employees provide integral academic labor to USC as teaching assistants and researchers. “We have limited protections over that work, and in case an issue does arise, we don’t often have the capacity to do anything about it.”A union would provide more accountability for graduate workers and set up a system where students can elect their representatives and contact them with any concerns, according to Chlala. This will reduce the burden dissertation advisors face, as a union would serve as an arbitrator between graduate workers and the University.USC Forward began to mobilize for a graduate student union during the Fall 2016 semester, following a National Labor Relations Board ruling in August 2016 that allowed graduate students working as teaching and research assistants at private universities to mobilize. Before that landmark ruling, the NLRB did not consider graduate assistants employees of a university because of their statuses as students.The organization was present at the monthly GSG meeting, clad in bright orange t-shirts with the motto “Uniting to reclaim higher ed” on their backs. Members loudly cheered when the vote was approved. Clare O’Connor, a doctoral student in communication, said unionization is crucial to ensure increased basic rights for students who are starting families. O’Connor, who is pregnant, was concerned about the healthcare options for her future child, since USC covers only its students directly but not their dependents. “A union provides the negotiating power that would allow us to legally require USC to follow through on commitments, like [healthcare],” she said. “One of the most persistent problems for graduate student workers, for TAs and residential assistants, is overwork. We’re supposed to be working 20 hours a week in most cases and do so much more.” The motion ensures that GSG will be able to present its resolution to USC administrators, but a union can only be recognized legally through the NLRB or voluntarily by the University. Regardless, Chlala and Oltean said they will continue to advocate for unionizing efforts and graduate workers’ needs.“For us, success comes with operating like a union, operating like a collective body that can collectively voice these issues,” Chlala said. “We have the capability now to put that into practice for graduate workers, and it’s really critical that we seize on that and show that.”
After missing the ITA National Team Indoor Championship last year, the Women of Troy have made their way back to Charlottesville, Va., riding a five-game winning streak to start the year.Ranked No. 16 in the country, USC just made the cut for the Indoor Championships, which only allows the top 16 teams in the nation to compete.The Women of Troy are looking at this tournament as a great learning experience, but they also are coming to Virginia ready to prove themselves among the nation’s best. USC has not reached a semifinal match in the National Indoor Championship since 2003, and before then it had been 15 years since their previous appearance.Armed with a slew of freshman, most notably No. 18 Sabrina Santamaria and No. 19 Zoë Scandalis, the Women of Troy should not be overlooked because of their inexperience, and coach Richard Gallien views his youth movement as a positive heading into the weekend.“While we might be a young squad, I view it as a good thing,” Gallien said. “Even though we may not have the experience [of] other teams, our girls are very excited to go out there and play, which is extremely important to us.”In their first round match, which starts on Friday at 3:15 EST, the Women of Troy square off against No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels.Coming off of a tough defeat against No. 12 Northwestern, the Tar Heels (5-2) are looking for revenge against USC. Lead by No. 16 Lauren McHale, who lost the decisive match to the Wildcats’ Kate Turvy last weekend, North Carolina is playing a de facto home game, especially compared to the West Coast-based Women of Troy.The Tar Heels boast a quality doubles team in junior McHale and senior Shinann Featherston, who received ITA All-American honors and ended up ranked No. 7 in the country last season. On top of that duo, North Carolina also has a talented freshman of their own in Georgia native Caroline Price. Despite her youth, the 5-11 lefty is currently ranked No. 55 in the nation and is coming off of a solid win in third singles against Northwestern.The way it looks to shake out this weekend would put Santamaria up against the fellow freshman Price in the third singles with junior Danielle Lao matching up against the also experienced Featherston. In first singles, McHale is set to face off against Zoë Scandalis, who will once again take on a top opponent this seasonDespite being possibly the fourth singles this weekend, sophomore Kaitlyn Christian was recognized as Pac-12 Player of the Week after not losing a set this past weekend. Christian is just one example of the great depth that the Women of Troy possess throughout their lineup.If the Women of Troy do dispatch of the Tar Heels, which will be no easy feat, their competition includes 14 of the top 16 teams in the country, with only No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Stanford not competing this weekend. Despite their absences, the tournament still boasts perennial powers like Duke, Georgia and Baylor, along with Pac-12 rivals UCLA and Cal as well.While winning will always be the ultimate goal, the Women of Troy will be provided a great experience against quality competition going forward.
Head dropped and spirits low, then-junior Stephanie Grossi was visibly frustrated. After jumping out to a two-goal lead against then-No. 6 Boston College, the Orange faced a four-goal onslaught and whiffed a potential upset.That was 10 months ago on Jan. 4.Now, with a rematch against No. 3 Boston College (6-0-1, 3-0-1 Hockey East) approaching, Syracuse (1-6-1) looks to jump start its season with a home upset. With two weeks to prepare for the Eagles, the Orange is relishing an opportunity to strike back.“We really played well that first period and built a two-goal lead,” head coach Paul Flanagan said referencing last year’s loss. “I would like to think that our veterans look at the (Boston College) game as a chance for revenge.”With only one win against BC in the history of the program, Flanagan and Syracuse have historically struggled against the Eagles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, after Syracuse scored twice in the first period, Boston College stormed back with four second-period goals, including a hat trick from then-senior forward Kristyn Capizzano. While disheartening, that stretch led to a greater motivation toward this weekend’s game, sophomore defender Lindsay Eastwood said.On Dec. 10, 2015, SU was determined to defend home ice against BC, Flanagan said. Facing the then-undefeated and second-ranked Eagles, the Orange was ready to pull a major upset.Two minutes in, Boston College dashed SU’s hopes. Then-Eagles senior Dana Trivigno dug the puck out from near the boards and found then-senior Lexi Bender at the point. Her shot in traffic bounced right to a forward who easily placed it past SU senior goalkeeper Abby Miller.That goal was only the start of a six-goal run in the first 35 minutes, and the Orange never fully responded in a 7-2 loss.SU still has memories of that game and having to finish out one of the worst losses in program history.“We know what we didn’t do well and that was play defense,” Grossi said. “They’re definitely a skilled offensive team so we need to focus on our defense.”This season, the Orange enter the rematch with Boston College on a three-game losing streak. After notching its first win against Providence on Oct. 13, SU has scored four goals while allowing 13 in nine periods.Following a bye week, SU had time to fix offensive and defensive issues, Flanagan said. The Orange will face another strong offense in a BC team that averages just over four goals a game.“The bye week has come at an opportune time,” Flanagan said. “We tried to do some extra things off ice … I wanted to give them some time to be students, recover any nagging injuries, and just get away from the game for a little bit.“Boston College is very good and we need to be ready.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2017 at 1:07 am Contact Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @_adamhillman
Well, that was quite the wake up call.It didn’t quite have David-defeating-Goliath proportions, but Western Illinois shocked the Wisconsin men’s basketball team Friday night at the Kohl Center, taking down the Badgers 69-67.The Fighting Leathernecks (0-1) staked out a 64-56 lead with less than five minutes remaining before the No. 17 Badgers (0-1) began their comeback.WIU earned a possession with 31.4 seconds remaining. UW freshman Khalil Iverson, who performed admirably in his collegiate debut (six points, seven rebounds, three blocks and three steals) got called for a reach-in foul and WIU’s Garret Covington went to the line for a one-and-one with 10.2 seconds remaining. He’d make both free throws and Bronson Koenig couldn’t get a jumper in the lane to fall in the closing seconds.The loss was the first time Wisconsin lost its season opener under head coach Bo Ryan.Western Illinois head coach Billy Wright commended his team for the poise it showed in his first career road victory.“Obviously I’m thrilled for our program. [I] shed a few tears of joy,” Wright said. “I think that it’s something that can help us move forward.”Down 64-56, Vitto Brown injected life to the Badgers with a jumper from the top of the key. He then made two free throws to cut the Fighting Leathernecks’ lead to four.Brown then recorded a block on the other end and a Bronson Koenig step back from the right corner brought the Kohl Center to its feet. But Covington finished an and-one to bring the Fighting Leathernecks up five. Koenig then answered with a three of his own.That forced Wright to call timeout. Off the ensuing inbound, Khalil Iverson saved a ball heading out of bounds and Brown tied the game up at 67 with a lay in.“It’s upsetting, knowing that we had control of the game and let it slip away,” Brown said.Nigel Hayes and Koenig each scored 17 points for the Badgers, who shot just 35.5 percent from the field compared to Leathernecks’ 54 percent.When it was all said and done, Wisconsin couldn’t blame anybody but themselves. Too many easy drives to the hoop and lackadaisical defense dearly cost UW. Ryan said his team’s defense didn’t rotate or pinch effectively enough, which is something that develops over time.“I just thought offensively that we would be a little better and we could handle not being very good defensively at this point,” Ryan said.The Badgers’ defense was shaky from the beginning.Western Illinois scored on its first three possessions of the game and shot 60.9 percent from the field in the first half. It made all four three-pointers it attempted and led UW 30-29 with 6:34 remaining in the first half.Hayes scored all of his 17 points in the first half, with seven of those coming on Wisconsin’s 9-0 run to go up 38-30 with just more than four minutes to go in the half. Koenig hit a spin-around jumper to send the Badgers to the locker room up 44-37.That didn’t deter the Fighting Leathernecks. They went on a 7-0 run to open the half to tie the game. A lay in from redshirt freshman Ethan Happ, who made his Badgers debut, ended that stretch. Happ finished with four points.From there, the teams once again exchanged buckets up until the Leathernecks pulled away in the middle of the second half, setting up the Badgers’ unsuccessful comeback and exciting finish.J.C. Fuller led Western Illinois with 20 points, while Covington added 16. As a team, WIU shot 7-for-9 from three. Hayes said the loss allowed UW to put their defensive failures in perspective.“I never want to say I’m glad we lost or it’s a good thing we lost, but the fact that it happens allows you to see it better,” Hayes said. “It’s kind of hard to see things. If we win tonight then we don’t talk about how bad we were defensively.”Wisconsin made up for the disparity in shooting percentages by working hard on the offensive glass, hauling in 18 rebounds on the offensive end. Those second chances resulted in 17 points.And on a night the program raised a banner commemorating the national runner-ups from a year ago, Friday night served as a sobering reminder that past success does not guarantee future victories. Ryan said the youth of this team means he and the coaching staff have their work cut out for themselves as the season progresses.“But now you know why I was saying all of the things I was saying earlier about ‘Wow, some days, we got a long way to go.’” Ryan said. “But you guys thought I was saying the same old stuff. I think you see [why] now.”
Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, a week ago, threatened that government would not release more funds to the Pinnick-led NFF until it duly accounts for the money granted it for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.But in what appeared to be a riposte to the minister’s threat, Pinnick, who spoke yesterday on Channel TV, said himself, the NFF Vice President Shehu Dikko, General Secretary Dr Sanusi Mohammed and Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) Dr Mohammed Salihu, were portrayed as bunch of criminals over the money.A document released by NFF during the Yuletide puts the summary of the World Cup expenses at about N1. 5 billion. But some of the retired items were not related to the FIFA World Cup campaign.NFF said it ‘borrowed’ about $448,000 from the money for the U-20 women team, to prosecute Super Eagles versus Seychelles Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Victoria in September last year and for the U-17 male team continental campaign in Niger Republic. It said the money would be returned.Pinnick described the allegation of misapplication of the World Cup money as unfortunate, saying that the Sports Minister was listening to too many people.´”I don’t know where this is coming from, but I pray to God to open our eyes for us to know who are our friends and enemies. I pray every day to God not to destroy our enemies but to let change them,” Pinnick said.The NFF president, who is also the CAF Vice President, admitted that many of the Russia 2018 World Cup activities were funded outside the government’s approved budget.He disclosed that the federation used money it sourced from its sponsors to organise all World Cup warm up matches for the Super Eagles.These high profile friendly matches were against Argentina, Serbia, Poland and Congo Democratic Republic.He also claimed that they sourced about $800,000 from Coca Cola and some other corporate sponsors. Pinnick said they used the realised money to reimburse the former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh, the players and other coaches that participated in the World Cup qualifying campaign.“But looking beyond that, the situation was not about the World Cup. For the first time, our World Cup preparation was faultless. Nobody talked about the money $2.8 million that was given to the Super Eagles as bonuses. Nobody talked scandal, nobody talked about retirement. And the friendly matches before the World Cup. Where did the fund come from? Admit we got $1.5m from FIFA to ensure that we did not just participate but have a decent and flawless preparation,” Pinnick said.He also revealed that the national team travelled aboard the same charter flight that took Liverpool to the final of the UEFA Champions League. The flight lifted the national team from Lagos-London-Austria- Russia.The NFF president said the federation would not join words with Dalung but were particular about their integrity and the bond with their sponsors.“There is nothing anyone can do, to our sponsors that will discourage them from sponsoring us. They conducted their own security and integrity test on the principals and management of NFF before doing business with us. If detractors think they are trying to discourage our sponsors by this innuendoes, falsehood –it is unfortunate because there is nothing you will tell FIFA about Pinnick or Dikko on our integrity,” Pinnick restated.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram RUSSIA 2018 FALLOUTOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaNigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, has lamented that the leadership of the federation was harassed like bunch of criminals following accusation that it failed to account for the N1. 6 billion 2018 World Cup budget. Amaju Pinnick
Source: BBC Five-time champion Roger Federer is out of the US Open after Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov won a late-night thriller to finally beat the Swiss great.Federer, 38, had won all seven of their previous meetings but Dimitrov fought back for a memorable 3-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 win in New York.Federer needed treatment for a back injury in the latter stages, allowing unseeded Dimitrov to take the victory.Dimitrov, 28, will play Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev in the last four.World number 78 Dimitrov’s shock win ensured there will be at least one first-time Grand Slam finalist on Sunday.Third seed Federer, who lost to Australian John Millman in the last 16 last year, has now been knocked out of the US Open by players ranked outside of the world’s top 50 for the second successive year – after never previously having lost to one at Flushing Meadows.Afterwards, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said he was struggling with the back problem throughout the match.“I feel low. I’m disappointed it is over because I feel as I though I was playing well,” Federer said.“It is a missed opportunity. I thought if I could get through I’d have two days off after.“I felt it the whole time, but I was able to play.”
It appears that boxing legend Manny Pacquiao’s final fight will take place in 2016, before ‘Pac-Man’ hangs up the gloves to tackle politics full-time.Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum was out at Craig’s, a popular restaurant in West Hollywood, on Tuesday night when he told TMZ that Manny is planning to fight again next year once he heals up – but that’s probably the very last bout for the 36-year-old:” He’s gonna fight again next year but his goal is to become a senator in the Philippines, which he will be next year, and then to be president. I think Manny will retire once he’s elected to the Senate of the Philippines which is next year … he’s gonna hang up the gloves.”Manny has been involved in politics for years in the Philippines — and has been elected to Congress twice before. Pacquiao will turn 37 in December. His career record stands at 57-6-2, with 38 victories coming by way of the knockout.He’ll go down as one of the best boxers ever, and a hero in his home country, regardless of how his final bout turns out by virtue of some of his memorable wars over the years and becoming the first (and so far only) world champion in eight different weight classes.His last bout came on May 2 of this year against Floyd Mayweather, which he lost by unanimous decision in a technically-sound but nonetheless disappointing bout which nonetheless broke countless boxing box office records. He claimed after the defeat that he was hampered by a shoulder injury which he had kept to himself in the build-up to fight night.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports