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Freddie Ljungberg has noticed one big change in Arsenal squad since Unai Emery sacking

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first_imgFreddie Ljungberg has noticed one big change in Arsenal squad since Unai Emery sacking Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 14 Dec 2019 10:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link90Shares Comment Freddie Ljungberg is coaching Arsenal on a game by game basis (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg admits he is relieved to see members of the Arsenal squad smiling against following a tumultuous end to Unai Emery’s tenure.The Spaniard was sacked a fortnight ago following a disastrous run of form which culminated in a Europa League defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, played out in front of a half empty Emirates Stadium.Ljungberg’s interim tenure got off to a difficult start following a draw at Norwich and a first ever home defeat against Brighton, but the club legend is hoping his side has turned a corner following Monday’s victory at West Ham and a spirited draw against Standard Liege, when a young team battle back from 2-0 down force the point which helped Arsenal top their Europa League group.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 42-year-old was also encouraged by the sight of his players coaching one another through a testing situation on Thursday and he believes that bodes well ahead of Sunday’s acid test against Standard Liege.ADVERTISEMENT‘I’m happy you saw [the players telling each other what to do in Liege]!’ he said. Advertisement Arsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:20FullscreenArsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-man-city-pep-guardiola-press-conference-2070094/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I actually had a little review today and I showed just that. We’re actually coaching each other now and you do communicate.‘For me then, at least, the principles of how you want to play is becoming more clear and it’s a lot easier then to play football.‘I try to look at – not quick fixes – but the things that are urgent that I see in a game so I know we need to get that right and try to prioritise 10 to 15 things we want to get better at.‘But we can’t do that all in one go when we have no training sessions. So maybe try to build video sessions on that, trying to show the players small details that we need to fix and I feel that we are developing our gameplan.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Of course that doesn’t go that quick, it has only been 10 days, two weeks. But I feel there are certain things that are much, much better in the games and that I feel really good about.‘I’m happy. The players are smiling at least and that’s important. Of course people that play are smiling more than players that don’t, but in general terms I’ve always believed in that. Of course you need to be professional and all of that, but they’re still human beings and they need to be happy.’MORE: Arsenal respond to Mesut Ozil social media postMORE: Kieran Tierney set for second surgery of 2019 as Arsenal injury nightmare continues Advertisementlast_img read more

Kuldeep hat-trick; Rohit, Rahul hundreds crush Windies

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first_imgVISAKHAPATNAM, India (CMC) – In-form Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran carved out contrasting half-centuries but Kuldeep Yadav’s dramatic hat-trick crippled West Indies’ run chase and propelled India to a series-levelling 107-run victory in the second One-Day International here yesterday.Chasing a mammoth 388 at the ACA-VDCA Stadium after openers Rohit Sharma (159) and KL Rahul (102) slammed scintillating hundreds, West Indies were challenging at 192 for three in the 30th over and creating some worry in the Indian ranksBut Kuldeep intervened with his left-arm spin to knock over Hope, Jason Holder (11) and Alzarri Joseph (0) in successive deliveries in the 33rd over as West Indies lost their last seven wickets for 88 runs to be all out for 280 in the 44th.Hope stroked a top score of 78 off 85 deliveries while Pooran unleashed a breathtaking 47-ball 75 but their dismissals ended all hope of pulling off the record run chase.With the game gone, all-rounder Keemo Paul lashed a stroked-filled 46 from 40 balls, in an attempt to take some of the shine off India’s convincing win.Kuldeep finished with three for 52 while seamer Mohammed Shami picked up three for 39, including the key wickets of Pooran and captain Kieron Pollard (0) off successive deliveries in the 30th over.The victory saw India avoid a series defeat to West Indies and turn Sunday’s final game in Cuttack into a series- decider.Sent in, India flourished through Rohit and Rahul, the pair posting an astonishing 227 at the top of the order – a record first-wicket stand for the hosts against West Indies.Man-of-the-Match Rohit Sharma crunched 17 fours and five sixes in his 28th ODI ton.Rohit, a deserving Man-of-the-Match, crunched 17 fours and five sixes in a knock lasting 138 balls while Rahul chipped in with eight fours and three sixes off 104 deliveries.Rahul, though, was first to his fifty off 46 balls in the 16th over and Rohit followed in the 22nd over, bringing up his landmark off 67 balls by pulling seamer Paul to the square boundary.Capitalising on a dropped chance on 70, Rohit raced to his 28th ODI hundred off 107 balls in the 34th over and Rohit joined him three overs later, reaching his fifth one-day century off 103 balls.The stand ended when Rahul was taken at third man off pacer Alzarri Joseph off the final ball of the same over and the Caribbean side struck again in the next over, the 38th, when Pollard removed his opposite number Virat Kohli for a first-ball ‘duck’.However, Shreyas Iyer, who slammed 53 from 32 deliveries, then put on a further 60 for the third wicket with Rohit and 73 for the fourth wicket with Pant (39), to get India up to their second highest-ever total against West Indies and ninth highest total overall.Needing to score at nearly eight runs an over, Hope and Lewis gave West Indies a solid, if not dashing, start to their run chase when they posted 61 off 66 balls to deny India early success.Surviving a chance at slip off the fourth ball of the innings before he had scored, Hope struck seven fours and three sixes while the left-handed Lewis punched five fours in a 35-ball stay at the crease.With the required run rate steadily rising, Lewis holed out to deep square off pacer Shardul Thakur in the 11th over and first-match century-maker Shimron Hetmyer lasted just seven balls before he was run-out for four going for a second run in the 14th over.When left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja squared up Roston Chase (4) and rocked back his off-stump, West Indies were reeling at 86 for three in the 16th over – having lost three wickets for 25 runs in the space of 30 balls.Pooran then entered to unveil a gem of an innings, belting half-dozen fours and sixes in an up tempo 106-run fourth-wicket stand with Hope to give the Windies Hope.While Hope reached his fifty off 58 deliveries, Pooran wasted little time in racing to his – the fourth of a promising career – off 34 balls in the 27th over with disdainful pull to the mid-wicket boundary off pacer Deepak Chahar.Dropped on 22 in the 24th over, Pooran eventually perished in the 30th over, top-edging Shami to Iyer at long leg and off the very next ball, Pollard edged one that left him and was caught at the wicket.Hope was eyeing a third straight ODI hundred when he swung Kuldeep to Kohli at deep mid-wicket. Holder, who had crossed, was then deceived and stumped by Pant and Joseph edged a prod to Kedar Jadhav at slip, to give Kuldeep the second hat-trick of his career.INDIA inningsRohit Sharma c wkp. Hope b Cottrell 159KL Rahul c Chase b Joseph 102V. Kohli c Chase b Pollard 0S. Iyer c wkp. Hope b Cottrell 53R. Pant c Pooran b Paul 39K. Jadhav not out 16R. Jadeja not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-3, nb-1, w-13) 18Total: (5 wkts, 50 overs) 387Fall of wickets: 1-227, 2-232, 3-292, 4-365, 5-373.Bowling: Cottrell 9-0-83-2 (w-2), Holder 9-0-45-0 (w-1), Pierre 9-0-62-0 (w-2), Paul 7-0-57-1 (w-1), Joseph 9-1-68-1 (w-3), Chase 5-0-48-0 (w-3, nb-1), Pollard 2-0-20-1 (w-1).WEST INDIES inningsE. Lewis c Iyer b Thakur 30S. Hope c Kohli b Yadav 78S. Hetmyer run-out 4R. Chase b Jadeja 4N. Pooran c Kuldeep Yadav b Mohammed Shami 75K. Pollard c wkp. Pant b Mohammed Shami 0J. Holder stp. Pant b Kuldeep Yadav 11K. Paul b Mohammed Shami 46A. Joseph c Jadhav b Kuldeep Yadav 0K. Pierre c Kohli b Jadeja 21S. Cottrell not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-2, w-8) 11Total: (all out, 43.3 overs) 280Fall of wickets: 1-61, 2-73, 3-86, 4-192, 5-192, 6-210, 7-210, 8-210, 9-260.Bowling: Chahar 7-1-44-0 (w-2), Thakur 8-0-55-1 (w-2), Shami 7.3-0-39-3 (w-1), Jadeja 10-0-74-2 (w-1), Yadav 10-0-52-3, Iyer 1-0-13-0 (w-2).Man-of-the-Match: Rohit Sharma.last_img read more

Inconsistent Lakers fall to Golden State

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first_imgOther than Jordan Hill posting 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting on surprisingly effective mid-range jumpers, no other Laker shot above 50 percent. The most egregious offenders included Nick Young (20 points on 5-of-18 shooting), Jodie Meeks (13 points on 4-of-11 shooting) and Wesley Johnson (0-of-7 shooting). It added up to the Lakers setting a season-low in points, shattering their record when they posted only 85 points Nov. 8 against New Orleans.The Lakers’ 24 turnovers also matched a season high, and mostly reflected their lacking point guard depth. Kendall Marshall’s three points on one shot attempt and four turnovers in five minutes hardly offered much promise in his first game since joining the Lakers two days ago. The ball handling didn’t fare much better for Young (four turnovers), Meeks (four) and Henry (three). “We made some careless passes, myself included,” Meeks said. “Guys got to get used to running the point guard spot, including myself, Xavier, and Kendall.” All those elements snapped the Lakers’ two-game winning streak and halted the temporary elation they could tread above water without their star players. After holding the Warriors (15-13) to 34-percent shooting in the first half, Golden State broke open with a 22-point lead they never relinquished. Golden State also poured it on when forward Marreese Speights picked up a flagrant foul type 2 and an automatic ejection after wrapping his hands around Young as he drove to the basket with 9:29 left in the fourth quarter. By that point the Lakers trailed 83-65.“I knew if I got ejected, we’d head to Phoenix (on Monday) with just another person out,” Young said. “I had to think about a lot in a quick moment, but I still kept cool. I’m glad my teammates came to help me.”As the Lakers have shown all season, their fortunes can change. But they’ll have to do so knowing they have a depleted cast once again. Hence, why it should hardly surprise many that the Lakers’ 102-83 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at Oracle Arena contrasted to when the Lakers unseated Minnesota the night before despite missing three point guards and Kobe Bryant?Pau Gasol couldn’t even leave his hotel room because of a respiratory issue, an illness that plagued him earlier this season but not enough to keep him out of the starting lineup for the first 26 games. That forced the Lakers (13-14) to field their 12th different starting lineup featuring seldom-used Chris Kaman and a player named Xavier Henry whose recent stretch at point guard marked the first time he manned the position since playing AAU basketball. “We ran out of gas,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We tried to battle. But we ran out of energy. We’re not going to be smooth. There’s no way. We have 15 point guards out.”The Lakers actually have four, but the point well taken. Kobe Bryant (fractured left leg), Steve Nash (nerve issues in back), Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow) and Jordan Farmar (strained left hamstring) all remained sidelined. Add in Gasol’s absence, and the Lakers lost a combined 45.39 points those players collectively average. In related news: Lakers shot 26 of 80 from the field (32.5 percent).“Those players definitely make it easier for the other players,” said Kaman, whose 17 rebounds was offset with 10 points on a 5-of-17 clip. “But our offense works consistently with guys who aren’t playmakers if we move the ball. We didn’t move the ball very well. When we did, guys had a lot of open looks and they just didn’t make them.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img OAKLAND — Here’s the good news about the Lakers:They’ll never take nights off. They boast the versatility, work ethic and teamwork on a roster that represents a sum greater than its parts. They even can feature a role player ascending toward a career night.Here’s the bad news about the Lakers:They’re not talented enough to do that on a consistent basis.last_img read more

Basketball sub-state update: Friday, March 6.

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first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Class 2A sub-state at Oswego BoysFirst roundWest Elk 58 Yates Center 31Pittsburg Colgan 50 Oxford 25Udall 76 Uniontown 46Sedan 66 Oswego 45.SemifinalsPittsburg Colgan 58 West Elk 49Sedan 65 Udall 59.ChampionshipPittsburg Colgan vs. Sedan, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Class 1A Div. 1 sub-state at Argonia BoysFirst roundNorwich 74 Buffalo-Altoona-Midway 59SemifinalFridayCaldwell vs. Norwich, 7:30 p.m.Argonia vs. Colony-Crest, 6 p.m.SaturdayChampionship game at 7:30 p.m. GirlsFirst roundChetopa 60 Central Burden 44Dexter/Cedar Vale 54 Marmaton Valley 59 (OT)SemifinalSt. Paul 56 Central Burden 29South Haven 65 Marmaton Valley 36.ChampionshipSt. Paul vs. South Haven, Saturday, 6 p.m. Class 1A Div. 1 sub-state at St. PaulBoysFirst roundCentral Burden 62 South Haven 60St. Paul 54 Marmaton Valley 48SemifinalsFridayDexter vs. Central Burden, 6 p.m.Chetopa vs. St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.SaturdayChampionship game at 7:30 p.m. GirlsFirst roundBuffalo-Altoona-Midway won by forfeit.SemifinalsNorwich 66 B-A-Midway 11Caldwell 54 Argonia 41ChampionshipNorwich vs. Caldwell, Saturday, 6 p.m.Follow us on Twitter. Class 3A sub-state at Douglass. BoysFirst roundWichita Collegiate 77 Belle Plaine 27Sedgwick 61 Remington 50Wichita Independent 58 Douglass 51Conway Springs 76 Bluestem 52.SemifinalsFridayCollegiate vs. Sedgwick, 6 p.m.Wichita Independent vs. Conway Springs, 7:30 p.m.ChampionshipSaturday at 7:30 p.m. GirlsFirst roundDouglass 46 Bluestem 18Collegiate 34 Sedgwick 31Remington 53 Belle Plaine 32Conway Springs 35 Wichita Independent 29SemifinalsDouglass 38 Collegiate 34Remington 51 Conway Springs 38ChampionshipDouglass vs. Remington, 6 p.m. By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the updated information of sub-state basketball tournaments involving Sumner County teams.Class 4A Div. I sub-state at Winfield. BoysFirst round:Wellington 63 Mulvane 30Rose Hill 65 Winfield 55Championship game:Rose Hill (4-15) vs. Wellington (11-10), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. GirlsFirst RoundFriday#1 Wellington (13-7) vs. #4 Mulvane (5-15), 6 p.m.#2 Winfield (11-9) vs. #3 Rose Hill (5-15), 7:30 p.m.ChampionshipSaturday at 6 p.m. GirlsFirst roundPittsburg Colgan 53 Yates Center 16Oswego 32 Uniontown 27Sedan 50 Udall25Oxford 39 West Elk 14SemifinalsFridayPittsburg vs. Oswego, 7:30 p.m.Sedan vs. Oxford, 6 p.m.SaturdayChampionship game at 6 p.m.last_img read more

European podium place for City of Newcastle trio

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first_imgClick here for final scores in the European Men’s Club Trophy 10 Nov 2017 European podium place for City of Newcastle trio The three-man team from City of Newcastle Golf Club flew the flag for England with a podium place in a European championship.Northumberland county champion Phil Ridden and team-mates Mark Wharton and Alex Dixon and won the bronze medal at the European Men’s Club Trophy in one of the best-ever performances by an English club.“It was fantastic, it was such a good experience,” said Wharton. “We’re not full-time golfers, we’re all working hard so it was nice to get a taste of that type of championship.”The event was played at the Golf du Médoc Resort in Southern France and contested by 24 teams from across Europe. The title was won in runaway style by Racing Club de France La Boulie, who were 12-under par and claimed the title for the fifth time, making them the most successful club in the history of the event.Meanwhile, the English challengers were locked in a close battle with Galway, representing Ireland, and were eventually pipped for the silver medal by just one stroke.However, their bronze medal is one of the best-ever results for England, since Ealing GC won in 1989 and 1990 and Brokenhurst Manor took the title in 1988. “We’d love to try and do it again,” said Wharton.The trio, who are all county golfers, booked their place in the championship when they won the English Champion Club tournament in September.The final round at East Devon Golf Club was much delayed by fog – and similar weather also affected the last round of the European championship. “It follows us around,” laughed Wharton. Caption: City of Newcastle team with club supporters. From left, Jim Screen, club president; Phil Ridden, Alex Dixon and Mark Wharton, with John Franklin, club captain. Tags: City of Newcastle Golf Club, European Championshiplast_img read more

Pioneering NBA referee Ken Hudson dies in Atlanta

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first_imgKEN HUDSON Atlanta, Ga.—Ken Hudson, one of the first full-time African-American referees for the National Basketball Association, passed away on May 9 in Atlanta. He officiated in the league from 1968 to 1972. During this phase of his career, he interacted with such notable players as Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Walt Frazier, Lenny Wilkins, and Jerry West, to name only a few. Hudson became beloved by both players and owners. In 2009 he was recognized by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as the recipient of the prestigious Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where he attended Westinghouse High School, Hudson earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio where he began his refereeing career. He returned to Pittsburgh to teach elementary school students for several years. Ken also attended the University of Pittsburgh. But, after working in other arenas, he found his niche in the world of sports.The former executive for the Coca-Cola Company successfully negotiated agreements with the Big East, CIAA, SWAC, MEAC, and SIAC Conferences. After moving to Atlanta with Coca-Cola, he was on the committee that was responsible for developing relationships with the NBA.He served as special assistant to Mayor Maynard Jackson and coordinated sports-related events and facilitated weekly “Success Seminars” at Atlanta area high schools.In the early 1970s, Hudson served as general manager of Sheridan Broadcasting owned WILD radio in Boston. It was during this time that Hudson developed several Boston-area youth basketball programs. He founded the Boston Shoot-Out (1972), a basketball program that continues to attract top USA high school players. To encourage young people to achieve success in life, Hudson authored “A Tree Stump in the Valley of Redwoods.” The book imparts proven techniques, success stories and alliances that help young people become confident, well-rounded students, players and citizens.Demonstrating the generosity that characterized his life, one of his final unselfish acts was to donate his body to science in the hope that cures and treatments could be identified for others. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on May 17 at 11 a.m. at the Cascade United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Kenneth Hudson Scholarship Fund at Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, Ga., 30310.last_img read more