Oxlade-Chamberlain salutes Sanchez

first_imgAlexis Sanchez has been a “breath of fresh air” at Arsenal, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain praising his team-mate for bringing a winning mentality back to the club. A big-money summer arrival from Barcelona, the 25-year-old has hit the ground running in north London with a remarkable return of 14 goals from 22 appearances. Those displays have helped spare Arsenal’s blushes on several occasions, including Wednesday’s Barclays Premier League encounter at home to surprise package Southampton. It took a last-gasp Sanchez strike to see off the well-drilled visitors 1-0, after which Oxlade-Chamberlain heaped praise on the game-changing Chile forward. “There is no rest for him,” the England midfielder told BT Sport. “On recovery days he wants to be playing and he is not happy if he is not allowed to play the game at the end. “In training, he wants to win. He has brought that winning mentality to the side and I think it definitely rubs off on a lot of players. “It has been an eye-opener for me. To make it to the top and to be able perform like he does week in, week out you have got to be an absolute winner and you never want to lose at all. “He is not happy when he doesn’t score. If I scored as many goals as he has at this stage, I’d be over the moon. “He has been brilliant for us and a breath of fresh air, so hopefully he can stay in the form that he is in and we can help him out to keep producing goals like he has been.” As good as Sanchez is, though, Oxlade-Chamberlain – like anyone else in attendance at the Emirates Stadium – will be aware Arsenal need to improve and quick. This was a far from convincing display from Arsene Wenger’s men and one which left Saints defender Toby Alderweireld cursing his luck. Press Association A first-half injury to Jack Cork saw the Belgian moved from centre-back to holding midfield for the second match in a row – a role he impressed in until a hamstring injury forced him off with less than 10 minutes remaining. Saints had already used their full complement of substitutions by that point and Sanchez capitalised on the fact Saints had to end the game a man light. “It’s really s***,” Alderweireld said. “I think everybody knows when it happens with your hamstring you can’t run any more, so with pain in my heart I had to go off. “That was really s*** and, unfortunately, we let a goal in. “On Thursday I will have a scan and I hope it’s not too serious, but for sure a hamstring is always bad, so we’ll see. “I’m hoping to recover very soon, very fast. I will do everything to be back very quickly on the field, but that’s for the future and I can’t tell.” Injuries to Alderweireld, Cork and Dusan Tadic made this a costly defeat for Saints – hardly the ideal preparation for Monday’s match against Manchester United. It is a game they not only approach low on numbers but fresh from back-to-back losses for the first time this season. Saints have only been beaten four times in all competitions during their remarkable start, yet those reverses have come against Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal. The latest defeat will only fuel the doubters’ suggestions that Saints are only third in the standings due to a kind fixture list, but such talk angered Alderweireld. “Maybe last week we were not that good, but today we played very good against a good team, especially here, where it’s very difficult to play,” he said. “I think we played very good and I think we deserved a point at least. “They have to watch the game. Maybe after Sunday, City (3-0 home defeat), we didn’t play that good, but today we played very good, so we’re still there and we will work very hard to get the points again, so we will do our best.” last_img read more

Chase century lifts Windies to key tour win

first_imgNEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Roston Chase struck an imperious hundred as West Indies warmed up for tomorrow’s opening One-Day International with a dominant six-wicket victory over the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI here yesterday.Playing in their final warm-up contest at FTZ Sports Complex, the Caribbean side easily chased down their target of 277 with 21 balls to spare, thanks to Chase’s 136 off 113 balls.Opener Shai Hope hit a typically composed 85 off 102 balls while Sunil Ambris saw the Windies over the line with an unbeaten 34 from 44 deliveries.The President’s XI had earlier posted 276 for eight off their 50 overs with wicketkeeper Minod Bhanuka stroking a top score of 69 from 88 balls and Ramesh Mendis, batting at number seven, chipping in with a near run-a-ball unbeaten 64.Asela Gunaratne carved out 47 off 56 balls in the middle order while opener Pathum Nissanka hit an enterprising 41 from 43 deliveries.The hosts rebuilt to reach 47 for one in the 11th over after captain and opener Lahiru Thirimanne fell cheaply for four in the eighth over, but off-spinner Chase (2-57) struck twice as three wickets tumbled for 27 runs.Stumbling on 74 for four in the 18th over, Bhanuka anchored two half-century stands to stitch up the innings and put the President’s XI back on course for a competitive total.A 24-year-old left-hander with a single ODI under his belt, Bhanuka, struck four fours and a six, adding 69 for the fifth wicket with Gunaratne and a further 83 for the sixth wicket with Mendis, whose knock contained five fours and a pair of sixes.Bhanuka was eventually sixth out in the 46th over, the second of seamer Keemo Paul’s two wickets.West Indies then found themselves in a spot of bother at 35 for two in the eighth over when the out-of-form Brandon King (7) and Darren Bravo (3) perished cheaply to catches at the wicket.However, Chase arrived at number four to turn the game in the visitors’ favour, inspiring two successive century stands, first with Hope and then with Ambris.He put on 133 for the third wicket with Hope who stroked 11 fours in his knock, and then added 108 for the fourth wicket with Ambris who counted a four and a six.All told, Chase hit 16 fours and a six before perishing with scores level, bowled by new-ball left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando (2-56).last_img read more

USC to subsidize public transport for staff

first_imgCompared to the program discontinued in 2015, which capped at $30 per employee per month, the new subsidy program will allow employees to pay for the E-Passes with payroll deductions in pre-tax dollars. According to the release, this will provide “even greater value” to faculty and staff enrolling in the program. “Metro’s E-Pass Program makes transit easier to ride for employees by providing unlimited boardings on multiple transit agencies,” Phillip Washington, CEO of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said in the release. “The E-Pass has increased transit riders by participating employers up to 15%.” According to the USC News release, the USC Transportation-administered program, which improves upon a previous subsidy that was discontinued in 2015, will provide greater incentive for all USC employees in the United States to take the bus or rail to work, aiming to reduce the number of single-passenger cars for commute purposes.  “Transportation demand management is an essential part of modern urban planning,” the release read. “At its simplest level, it is about providing travelers with additional commuting options; this is most frequently used in an effort to minimize the number of cars on the road, especially single-passenger vehicles.” Folt wrote that the program will supplement the existing options made available to graduate and undergraduate students. The discount, Folt wrote, will be established in addition to lower base rates negotiated by transit partners including those in LA Metro, Metrolink and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. The subsidy also marks the “first step” in a “comprehensive transportation demand management plan” that will be included in the Sustainability 2028 Plan currently in development. center_img USC will subsidize 50% of public transit costs of University employees in the new USC Transit Subsidy Program, President Carol Folt announced in a letter to faculty and staff Tuesday. The program will take effect Oct. 1. “One common request I heard during my listening tours was how much our staff and faculty wanted their transit subsidy back,” Folt said in the release. “I’m especially thankful to our employees in the HR community for expressing their wishes, and that we could quickly restore and improve upon the program. Choosing public transit is a great way to positively impact our environment on a daily basis.” The Expo Park/USC Station is located right across from USC’s campus. According to a USC News Release, USC employees who use public transportation will have their transport costs subsidized by the University. ( Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) According to the release, USC Transportation will offer employees LA Metro E-Passes that can be purchased through the USC Transportation services office. The E-Passes grant access to all Metro rail, Metro local buses, Metro Rapid buses, LADOT DASH and Culver City and Pasadena Transit municipal buses. Additionally, the subsidy can be applied to LA Metro EZ Transit, Commuter Express and Metrolink passes. last_img read more

County Under 21 football finals decided

first_imgJK Brackens are the County Under 21 A football champions.They had just a point to spare over Moyle Rovers in this afternoons decider.1-5 to 0-7 the final score. The B final was also a close fought affair with Upperchurch Drombane beating Killenaule on a scoreline of 1-7 to 1-5.Inane Rovers won the North Minor A football final beating Kilruane 4-12 to 0-5.In the West Minor B Football Championship Kickhams ran out 4-20 to 0-5 winners over Clonoulty.last_img

Portugal Invites Sad France Fan to Visit

first_imgPortuguese tourism officials wednesday invited the France supporter who was consoled by a young Portugal fan following the hosts’ narrow Euro 2016 defeat in images that have taken the internet by storm.Video footage of the heartwarming moment when the boy offered kind words, a shoulder to cry on and a hug to the tearful France fan in a Paris fan zone has gone viral.Now Portugal’s tourist board has invited both the French supporter and his young guardian angel – the son of Portuguese parents living in France – to visit the country that produced Cristiano Ronaldo. “Tourism Portugal has launched an appeal to find the France supporter and invite him to visit Portugal,” the board said in a statement.The actions of the boy, named Mathis, “communicated the intense emotions of the final and demonstrated the way to be friendly, tolerant and authentically Portuguese,” added the tourist board.Officials said they wanted the mystery France fan to “get to know Portugal and experience the authentic Portuguese welcome”.An extra-time goal by Eder saw Portugal beat hosts France 1-0 in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Rafa Benitez appointed Newcastle boss on three-year deal

first_imgNewcastle United have confirmed the appointment of Rafa Benitez as their new manager.It is reported that Benitez could opt-out of the deal if he fails to keep the club in the Premier League this season. Newcastle are currently in 19th place with 10 games remaining.The club’s poor form over the duration of the season prompted Newcastle to sack Steve McClaren earlier on Friday after days of deliberation over his future.But now Benitez, who started the season as Real Madrid manager, has been given the reins for the Premier League run-in, starting with Monday’s tricky match away to leaders Leicester City.Newcastle also announced that backroom staff Fabio Pecchia, Francisco de Míguel Moreno and Antonio Gomez Perez would be appointed, with Paul Simpson, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black all leaving the club.”I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League,” said Benitez in quotes reported on the club’s official website. “It will be a challenge not just for me and my staff but for the players, the club and the fans. “All of us must push together in the same direction and with the same target in mind. This is the reason why I’m going to ask for your total support to successfully complete this task. Personally, it means my return to the Premier League, closer to my home and my family. I can’t be happier.”C’mon Toon Army! The club and I need your total involvement!”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

NBA free agency news: Khris Middleton will decline option with Bucks, command max deal

first_imgAnother All-Star will be available in free agency as Bucks forward Khris Middleton plans to decline his $13 million player option for next season, his agent told ESPN.This move from Middleton isn’t shocking as he’s expected to re-sign with Milwaukee for five years and near-max money, according to multiple reports. NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Knicks among 6 teams interested in Bobby Portis Though Milwaukee is fresh off an incredible season  that netted the Bucks the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, the roster could look much different than the one that faced Toronto in the Eastern Conference Finals as Middleton, 2017 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and midseason acquisitions Brook Lopez and Nikola Mirotic are all free agents. Middleton was named to his first All-Star team last season despite taking a small step back in scoring from last year (18.3 points per game vs. 20.1 in 2017-18) with Mike Budenholzer taking over the Bucks, but he averaged a career-high in rebounds (6.0) and assists (4.3). He remains very efficient at putting the ball in the bucket, as he has shot better than 45 percent from the field, 38 percent from the 3-point line and 87 percent from the free-throw line in his career.A max deal in Milwaukee for Middleton would net him roughly $190 million over five seasons. If he signs elsewhere he’d be eligible for about $140 million over four years. Related Newscenter_img Lakers rumors: Los Angeles eyeing third max contract player, looking to shed salary NBA trade rumors: Celtics have ‘checked in’ with Rockets about potential deal for Clint Capelalast_img read more

Futsal: BiH – Montenegro 2:2

first_imgLast night BiH futsal team played the second match with Montenegro and the result was 2:2.Although BiH team played better than Montenegro, the fact that they lacked some important players was a hinderance.In the first match, BiH defeated Montenegro with 3:1.Goal scorers: Nermin Kahvedžić 1:0 13’, Vladimir Vukčević 1:1 15’,  Nermin Kahvedžić 2:1 31’, Darko Ćalasan 2:2 34’.last_img

Talented youngsters win Skills Challenge national final

first_img4 Oct 2012 Talented youngsters win Skills Challenge national final Eight talented youngsters have been crowned 2012 champions of England Golf’s National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf. They won their titles at the grand final at The National Golf Centre, Woodhalll Spa, on Saturday, 29 September 2012. The event was contested by 30 young golfers from all over the country who had won through regional finals. They demonstrated some fantastic skills and will no doubt continue to be great golfers in the future.   The National Skills Challenge is now in its seventh year and continues to progress with nearly 800 clubs registered and 6,200 juniors involved nationwide.  England Golf are delighted that FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, has continued to support the National Skills Challenge in 2012 and have kindly donated products and prizes to the qualifiers and winners. The 2012 champions (image © John Thompson) are: Rookie 8 years & under Boys’ winner – Drew Mackinnon, Southampton GC Girls’ Winner – Rio Everitt, Stowmarket GC   Rookie 9 to 11 years Boys’ winner – Harry Fricker, Ufford Park GC Girls’ winner – Bethany Fletcher, Heysham GC   Tour 12 to 14 years Boys’ winner – James Swash, Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy Girls’ winner – Georgina Hirst, Flamborough Head GC   Tour 15 to 17 years Boys’ winner- Josh McMahon, Bromsgrove Golf Centre Girls’ winner – Megan Cullen, Heysham Golf Club They were among the 30 finalists listed below, who had all won their respective age categories at regional finals around the country. They all demonstrated impressive putting, chipping, bunker, pitching and long game skills, with some great scores achieved on the particularly challenging set-up on the famous short game academy. Richard Flint, England Golf Development Manager, said: “It is great to see youngsters with such golfing talent taking part in our Skills Challenge National Final and this can be credited to the coaching they receive from their home clubs.   “The Skills Challenge continues to grow each year and England Golf would like to see even more clubs represented, giving their juniors an opportunity to take part and potentially qualify for the regional and national final”. Following this year’s final, England Golf ran a fun, Ryder Cup Challenge for the participants, over five holes at the short game academy with Team USA winning the event. Russell Lawes, FootJoy’s European Marketing Manager, is delighted to have once again supported the initiative, “Grass roots golf is immensely important and we are committed to supporting the stars of tomorrow. “This is a fantastic initiative that provides a fun and easy way for junior golfers to improve all aspects of their game in an enjoyable and relaxed environment. “This year’s event has once again proved extremely successful and we at FootJoy would like to congratulate not only just the winners but all junior golfers who participated in this event. We look forward to continue to support this event further next year” The National Skills Challenge is an initiative provided by England Golf via the England Golf Partnership’s Whole Sport Plan for golf and is an integral part of the partnership’s vision to grow the game.  For more information on the National Skills Challenge visit www.getintogolf.org/skills   The following players qualified for the 2012 National Final: Rookie 8 yrs & under Callum McManus, Cuddington Golf Club Drew Mackinnon, Southampton Golf Club Sam Haynes-Coote, Kilworth Springs Golf Club CJ Linfoot, Blackpool Park Golf Club Rio Everitt, Stowmarket Golf Club Maisie Coward, Weymouth Golf Club Georgia d’Araujo, Wharton Park Golf Club Grace Worth, Blackpool Park Golf Club Rookie 9 to 11 years Harry Fricker, Ufford Park Golf Club Sebastian James, North Wilts Golf Club Hugo Kedzlie, Spalding Golf Club Robert Hillier, Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy Lily Rendell, Clacton on Sea Golf Club Shannon Parfitt, Weymouth Golf Club Charlotte Voysey, Wharton Park Golf Club Bethany Fletcher, Heysham Golf Club Tour 12 to 14 years Ben Rendell, Clacton on Sea Golf Club Sam Keyte, Royal North Devon Golf Club James Weaver, Sherwood Forest Golf Club James Swash, Ingleby Barwick Golf Club Chloe Rose, Clacton on Sea Golf Club Emma Anderson, Sherwood Forest Golf Club Georgina Hirst, Flamborough Head Golf Club Tour 15 to 17 years Jonathan Hewett, Clacton on Sea Golf Club Liam Walker, Southwick Park Golf Club Josh McMahon, Bromsgrove Golf Club Connor Marriott, Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy Khadeejar Khan, Fairlop Waters Golf Club Jasmine Skinner, Droitwich Golf Club Megan Cullen, Heysham Golf Clublast_img read more

The Mallorca Championships is postponed and will be held in 2021

first_img“We’re very sorry that the event can not be held as deliberate this 12 months regardless of the essential work carried out by the group. I don’t need to miss the chance, given the troublesome scenario, to want all the most effective to our sponsors, our followers and everybody in normal “, added Toni Nadal, Match Director.Ticket dataFrom the group you need to inform individuals who have already bought their tickets, that In a most of ten working days you will obtain an e-mail from our official ticketing associate with all the mandatory data to be in a position to alternate your seats for tickets for the 2021 version or request a refund. The event group needs to thank the customers for his or her understanding and present their dedication to all these followers who resolve to redeem their ticket for the brand new dates by providing them essential consumption incentives that they will get pleasure from completely on the times of the event. As soon as the talked about communication has been despatched in the following ten days, All this data will additionally be accessible on the official web site of the occasion, www.mallorca-championships.com/es, or by contacting Tickets.com by means of https://centrodeayuda.entradas.com. The Mallorca Championships, which had been suspended since final April 1 the ATP introduced the cancellation of the skilled tennis circuit till at the very least July 13 and which straight affected the grass tour, lastly it will not be performed in the 2020 season. After rigorously exploring all the chances and options to play the event at a later date this 12 months, the group of the occasion regrets having to speak that mentioned postponement will not be potential and proclaims that, definitively, The first version of the event will be held from June 19 to 26, 2021.One of many major causes for this determination is that the event in latest weeks of the present international pandemic attributable to COVID-19 doesn’t rule out that the suspension measures of the ATP circuit ought to be prolonged. This uncertainty, along with the numerous variety of tournaments scheduled in the present calendar, after evaluating completely different situations and potential modifications to the official dates of the circuit in 2020, there are not any glimpses of obtainable choices in which the event might be performed safely.“The suspension by the ATP of all of the tennis tournaments on the grass tour was undoubtedly the best determination given the present scenario,” explains Edwin Weindorfer, CEO of e | movement. And he provides: “It is true that this has been a setback for us since we had been very excited and with all of the preparations geared toward providing followers and all our collaborators an unbelievable event, the primary on grass performed in Spain. Taking into consideration the occasions of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the resultant measures and restrictions, we’re very sorry to need to report that we didn’t discover options to play the Mallorca Championships this 12 months. Defending the well being and security of tennis gamers, assistants, collaborators and followers is above all else and has all the time been our precedence when making selections. ”last_img read more