Ramsey: Win was for Wenger

first_img Ramsey stroked in a second before his blistering strike, with the tempo dropping following the restart when the Welshman and Mathieu Flamini had made way for youngsters, both players rested as a precaution against injury. Although Galatasaray scored a late consolation free-kick from Wesley Sneijder, Podolski grabbed a fourth on the break deep into stoppage time to give the English side a memorable victory. Arsenal will, though, face one of the top seeds in Monday’s draw for the last 16 of the Champions League, having finished as runners-up in Group D behind Borussia Dortmund. Before February’s European tie, by which time the likes of Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott are expected back from injury, Ramsey accepts Arsenal must regain their Barclays Premier League form, with Wenger’s men currently sixth following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Stoke. “I am getting sharper in every game, am feeling good and hopefully now I can play my part as they team go on a run,” said Ramsey, who scored his first goal since the end of August at Stoke. “That is the thing we need to do now. “We have a busy couple of weeks coming up now and hopefully we can take full advantage of them, and hopefully take maximum points throughout December.” Wenger came in for some fierce personal criticism from the club’s own supporters who waited for the team to board the train back to London on Saturday evening. Press Association Ramsey felt the squad owed their under-fire manager a response out in Turkey. “Every player here wants to work hard for him, we have proven that again here,” the midfielder said. “He has been under some unfair criticism, but we are all out there, are in it together. We wanted to get the result for us and for him. “Whenever we go into a game, he knows our qualities, always believes in us and gives us a great feeling. “Every time we go out there we are representing ourselves, our club and our manager.” Ramsey, who expects to shake off a tight hamstring for Saturday’s visit of in-form Newcastle, had remained modest in his initial post-match reaction on Tuesday night. But having seen the sublime finish replayed over and over again, the Wales midfielder hailed the goal as the best of his career so far. “I have always got into goalscoring positions, but now I have found my composure more in front of goal,” he said. “As soon as I hit it, I thought it had a chance of going in and thankfully it went into the top corner. “(Of my other goals before) I liked the volley at Norwich (in the final match of the last Premier League season), probably that one (was my favourite). “But I have seen this goal back now, and it is definitely the best I have scored.” Ramsey, who also netted in Arsenal’s 2013 Champions League play-off win at Fenerbahce, added: “I like playing in Istanbul – I have scored a few goals here now and I would like to play them every week if I could.” The 23-year-old’s sensational 30-yard half-volley, crashing the ball back into the top corner after it was cleared from a corner, was applauded by the home fans, despite seeing their side fall 3-0 behind, and sparked debates about great goals on social media. Arsenal had made an electric start on Tuesday night at the Turk Telekom Arena, which had plenty of empty seats after Galatasaray’s forgettable Champions League Group D campaign, with a goal from Lukas Podolski after just two minutes, the German forward making the most of a rare opportunity in the first XI. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey hopes his wonder goal against Galatasaray in Istanbul can help spark a run which kick-starts the Gunners’ domestic campaign – and dedicated the victory to under-fire boss Arsene Wenger. last_img read more

GSA volleyball team beats Machias for 1st playoff win, falls to Calais in semis

first_imgBLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy volleyball earned its first-ever playoff win Saturday against Machias before falling to Calais in Tuesday’s state semifinal match.Against Machias, Evelyn Dagan served 14 of 18 and provided 16 assists for No. 2 GSA in a 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-12) victory. Sophia Biggie-Jennings added three aces, five digs and seven kills in the win over the seventh-ranked Bulldogs (7-8).On Wednesday, GSA hosted third-ranked Calais (12-4) and fell to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-21) defeat. Dagan served 19 of 20 with 15 assists and seven kills for the Eagles (13-3), and Biggie-Jennings (seven digs and seven kills) Erika Hipsky (13 of 15 serving, four digs and 11 kills) also contributed in the hard-fought defeat.In Class B, No. 10 Ellsworth (4-11) fell 3-1 at seventh-ranked Brewer (8-7) in Thursday’s preliminary round. The No. 6 MDI girls (8-7) fell 3-0 to third-ranked Cape Elizabeth (11-4), the two-time defending Class B champion, in Saturday’s quarterfinal match.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Manchester and Merseyside square up in EPL

first_imgThey go head to head at Old Trafford at 4.00pm.United started the weekend sixth in the table but a win would see them move just two points behind second-placed Liverpool.Liverpool haven’t won in three matches in all competitions and have failed to score in their last two. Manchester United got a 0-0 draw at Anfield in October but United boss Jose Mourinho wants three points from this game.Before that, Morgan Schneiderlin could make his Everton debut when they host Manchester City at 1.30pm.The midfielder completed his move from Manchester United to Everton on Thursday.City have suffered three league defeats in seven matches, which is as many as they had lost in their previous 24.Everton have lost just one of their last five league matches.last_img

PSG wants Brandao ‘banned for life’ after headbutting Motta

first_imgParis Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta has been left with a broken nose after being headbutted in the tunnel following his side’s 2-0 French league win against Bastia.Motta was left with blood running down his nose after Bastia striker Brandao headbutted him, having waited in the tunnel for the Italian after the match.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has called for Brandao to be banned for life after saying the incident left Motta with a broken nose, though the club have not disclosed any details of the injury.Immediately after the incident, Brandao – who was making his debut for Bastia – ran away toward his team’s dressing room before PSG players could surround him.”He waited for Thiago Motta in the tunnel and attacked him with a headbutt,” Al-Khelaifi told beIN Sports. “He should be banned for life.”last_img read more

Germany finally leave Stade de France after spending night in stadium

first_imgWorld champions Germany departed the Stade de France this morning after opting to stay in their dressing room rather than return to their Paris hotel.Joachim Low’s squad remained in their dressing room at the 1998 World Cup final venue before travelling to Charles de Gaulle airport on Saturday morning for their flight back to Germany.Fans were told to gather on the pitch at the end of the friendly match between France and Germany with two suicide attacks and a bombing near the stadium part of multiple attacks on the French capital. At least 127 have been confirmed dead in the Paris attacks.It is not yet clear if Germany’s friendly with the Netherlands will go ahead on Tuesday with the team “very affected” by the happenings after receiving messages from concerned friends and relatives.“We are of course happy that we have landed safely, but our thoughts are with the relatives and the victim.“The team is very affected, and therefore we decided to give them a day off today, for them to go home…and be with their loved ones.” French president Francois Hollande was forced to leave the stadium during the match. *Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Campus Sports: Ashesi University’s Red Army claims historic fifth league crown

first_imgAshesi University crowned its eight league champion after an intriguing set of games which saw the winners decided on the final day of league action.It was a decisive day in both the bottom and top half of the league as team played for their final positions on the league log.The first game of the weekend was between LOL (League of Legends) and Highlanders.This match was to decide who finished fourth and fifth on the log in what was an abysmal season for both sides. The Black and White of LOL scored their first goals of  league campaign through Joseph Akyin and Daniel Bempah to ensure they won 2-0. This victory meant LOL leapfrogged Highlanders in the league to finish fourth.GOALS-Joseph Akyin, Daniel Bempah. ASSISTS- Derek Acheampong. The second game of the day was to decide the title was between Red Army and Kasanoma. And Red Army walked out 4-0 winners at the end of the 60 minute match. The game started off with Kasanoma squandering 2 chances in the first minute and duly paid the price five minutes later with Red Army capitalizing from a corner with Elvis Amposel knocking home the first goal of the game. The match went into recess at 1-0 but Red Army provided a masterclass in attacking in the second half providing a swashbuckling display combined with speed and flair to tear their opponents apart with three goals.The Reds showed their class by scoring two goals in the space of a minute before finding a fourth in the latter stages of the game to add gloss to the scoreline. The trio of Philip Owusu Afriyie, Peter Plange and Samuel Maision tore teams apart with their constant skills, pace and trickery and their combination could be likened to the famous MSN trident of Barcelona.Red Army is Ashesi University’s most successful club having claimed their fifth league title out of eight attempts after an imperious streak of performances which saw the Reds sweep past all their opponents.The team which has been built around hard work, team ethic and discipline have maintained a winning habit since its inception in 2010. They have also won two FA Cup titles in three attempts.GOALS- Elvis Amposel, Phillip Owusu-Afriyie, Samuel Maison, Jacob Ashong-Mettle.ASSISTS- Michael Akpawu, Phillip Owusu-Afriyie.Here is what the league table looked like at the end of this season TeamsPointsGoal Difference1. Red Army10 +122. Elites7+23. Kasanoma 7-14. LOL 3-7 5. Highlanders1-6last_img read more

Antonio Brown tweets goodbye to Steeler Nation, reportedly requests trade

first_img Steelers’ Antonio Brown guilty of reckless driving Antonio Brown has not been traded nor has he been released. But Brown wants a trade and he officially has requested that from the Steelers, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019Brown’s future has been the subject of speculation since before the end of the regular season. He missed the Steelers’ final week of practice and sat out the team’s finale against the Bengals amid an alleged feud with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. His name has since swirled in trade rumors. Antonio Brown’s time in Pittsburgh appears to be up.The Steelers wide receiver tweeted goodbye to Steeler Nation on Tuesday, all but assuring that a trade from the team that drafted him in the sixth round of the 2010 draft is inevitable at this point. He was also accused of being involved in a domestic dispute in Florida in mid-January, though no charges were brought. He has since filed for custody of his daughter in the wake of the alleged incident.Brown was additionally found guilty of reckless driving after failing to make his court appearance in Pittsburgh earlier Tuesday.In nine seasons with the Steelers, Brown has 837 catches for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns. He is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first-team All-Pro. Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years…time to move on and forward……….✌🏽 #NewDemands pic.twitter.com/fbIoFNdqK4— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019″Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years…time to move on and forward……….” Brown wrote.ESPN later reported Brown officially asked to be dealt. Related Newslast_img read more

BiH’s Coach Robert Prosinecki announces List of Players for UEFA European Championship 2020 Qualifiers Match

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH’s) coach Robert Prosinecki on Thursday announced the list of 25 players for the matches against Italy and Lichtenstein in UEFA European Championship 2020 qualifiers.During the press conference at BiH’s Football Association headquarters in Sarajevo, Prosinecki emphasized the need to play well in the two last qualifying matches.Following is the BiH squad:Goalkeepers: Ibrahim Sehic, Kenan Piric, Jasmin BuricDefenders: Sead Kolasinac, Toni Sunjic, Ermin Bicakcic, Eldar Civic, Marko Mihojevic, Adnan Kovacevic, Zoran KvrzicMidfielders: Mato Jajalo, Muhamed Besic, Gojko Cimirot, Miralem Pjanic, Elvis Saric, Rade Krunic, Amer Gojak, Haris Duljevic, Haris HajradinovicForwards: Edin Dzeko, Luka Menalo, Armin Hodzic, Edin Visca, Izet Hajrovic, Dino Hoticlast_img

NFL free agency rumors: Patriots working out kickers after Stephen Gostkowski struggles

first_img Jerry Rice believes Larry Fitzgerald could pass him on receptions list “Stephen Gostkowski’s an All-Pro in this league. I always count on him to deliver,” Brady said earlier this week. “I mean, it doesn’t always go our way. You know, he’s working through some things, we’re working through some things on offense but I’d say our kicking game in general ⁠— the punt team, the kickoff team, punt-return team, all those phases ⁠— we got a punt blocked for a touchdown, so those phases are real positives for us.”The Patriots signed Gostkowski, 35, to a two-year, $8.5 million deal in April. New England (4-0) will face the Redskins (0-4) Sunday, with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET. Archie Manning says grandson is better than Eli, Peyton Related News The Patriots may be looking to add a free-agent kicker amid Stephen Gostkowski’s recent struggles.ESPN reported Wednesday the workouts scheduled for Wednesday are “consistent with their due-diligence approach at all positions to keep emergency lists updated,” adding the timing of the workouts makes sense because of Gostkowski’s performance lately. Derek Carr on Vontaze Burfict’s season-long ban: ‘I think that’s a little excessive’ The Patriots are working out some free-agent kickers today, which is consistent with their due-diligence approach at all positions to keep emergency lists updated. Veteran Stephen Gostkowski has missed four P.A.T.s this year, which adds a layer of context to the kicker workouts.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 2, 2019 While the Patriots could just be taking precautionary measures, the report comes after Gostkowski missed four extra points and a field goal over the last three weeks. He’s made 7 of 8 field goals this season with his only miss coming from 48 yards.Veteran quarterback Tom Brady defended his teammate after New England’s 16-10 victory over the Bills on Sunday.last_img read more

Sea Bright Officials Secure In Use Of Metered Parking Fees

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – Could a court decision last month that ordered Belmar to place funds from increased beachfront parking fees into the account that is utilized only for beach operations have any impact on Sea Bright’s new metered parking revenues?Kenneth Pringle, who was the mayor of Belmar until 2010, recently argued in a suit against the town that Belmar beachgoers were not treated fairly because the town was using the fees from beachfront parking for other uses than the operation of the beachfront, such as projects that did not benefit them.Superior Court Judge Katie Gummer ruled that funds from the parking fees that had been slated for use for projects not related to the beachfront instead be put back into the beachfront account.In 1989, the New Jersey Supreme Court said the towns on the Jersey shore could not use beach revenue to lower municipal taxes.Councilman Charles Rooney said that because the parking in the Sea Bright lots is metered between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., it does not fall in the same category as Belmar, since it covers more than beach parking.He said the council had only wanted to have paid parking from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but the Sea Bright Business Association objected and said the burden of possible loss of customers from paid parking was being unfairly placed on the merchants and requested the time be extended to 9 p.m. to share it with other businesses in the town. The attorney for the Sea Bright Business Association, Rooney said, told the town that if the hours were not changed until 9 p.m., it would face a lawsuit. Rooney said that changing the metered parking to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. beyond beach parking hours “gets us out of that situation.” “They actually did us a favor,” Rooney said.“We would’ve probably found out about it eventually,” he said, referring to constraint on using beach parking fees for uses other than the beach facility as cited in the Belmar case.Rooney was a strong supporter of the new paid parking system and at council meetings, stressed how the income from it would help pay for the $5.7 million bond issue that voters approved last month to rebuild facilities lost in Super Storm Sandy by lowering the burden of paying for the bonds on taxpayers.Acting Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said Tuesday that the 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. hours of metered parking make it general parking. He said that all the costs of installing and operating the metered parking system were paid out of the general funds of the borough, not the beach facility funds.The paid parking system in the town extends from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The kiosks to pay for the parking have been removed for storage.last_img read more