October 18

Charlie Nicholas slams shocking Matteo Guendouzi and tells Unai Emery to drop Arsenal star for Leicester clash

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi is having a shocking time of it, according to Charlie Nicholas (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has urged Unai Emery to drop ‘shocking’ Matteo Guendouzi ahead of Saturday’s vital clash against Leicester City.The 20-year-old impressed during the early stages of the season, particularly with a man-of-the-match performance against Tottenham in the north London derby and was rewarded with his first call-up to the senior France side last month.Guendouzi has found the going tougher in recent weeks, however, with Emery constantly changing his midfield combinations.Nicholas, however, believes the former Lorient star has avoided criticism due to the Granit Xhaka controversy and believes, like the Switzerland international, he needs to be taken out of the firing line.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Kieran Tierney needs to work on his final ball and this is important to get the service into the frontmen. Matteo Guendouzi is having a shocker and he is getting away with it due to Xhaka – he needs to be taken out of the team. I would rather Unai Emery go with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira, he told Sky Sports. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Nov 2019 8:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Charlie Nicholas slams shocking Matteo Guendouzi and tells Unai Emery to drop Arsenal star for Leicester clash Lucas Torreira has struggled to nail down a place in the Arsenal starting XI this season (Picture: Getty)‘This is his normal position, so let them be the legs in front of you. Mesut Ozil played well so he should stay in the side ahead of Dani Ceballos, while bringing Nicolas Pepe in for the counter-attack. I am not feeling good about this one.’Leicester will move nine points clear of the Gunners in the race for the top four with a win at the King Power and Nicholas is predicting more misery for his old club.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‘It is a very good Leicester team at the moment. Brendan Rodgers has earned the praise. Jamie Vardy’s goalscoring level has returned and James Maddison has been great, not to mention everybody else playing their part.‘This Leicester side are much better to watch than the title-winning side. They have pace, balance and are technically very good – you can get at them defensively in my mind but they are a decent force with pace and movement in the attacking half. Arsenal do not know how to handle that and cannot defend.‘Leicester have too much of this for my liking.’Who will score more goals on Saturday?Aubameyang0%Vardy0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal have one ‘concern’ over selling Granit Xhaka in JanuaryMORE: Jose Mourinho set to meet Arsenal boss Unai Emery at UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum Advertisementlast_img read more

September 24

Cardinals 5th Graders Team Champs At STL Tourney

first_imgThe SLS 5th Grade Cardinals basketball team was crowned 5th Grade SLS Tournament Champions Saturday, December 6.The Cardinals defeated St. Lawrence in the opener 29-19. The Cardinals then defeated Milan Elementary 27-15 in the Championship Game.Thomas Raver led the team in scoring throughout the tournament and Abe Streator led the team in rebounds. Cayden Pohlman, Hunter Laudick, and Luke Wilson led a spirited defensive effort in helping the Cardinals win the championship.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dale Amrhein.last_img read more

September 17

Students won’t join search committee

first_imgDespite recommendations from student leaders, the group searching for President Steven B. Sample’s successor has decided not to add students to the search committee.Though members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee have held sessions with student groups to gather student input, there is no student representation on the committee. This has raised concern among some students and prompted the Undergraduate Student Government to pass a resolution recommending the addition of students to the committee, which currently includes seven trustees and six faculty members.But even in light of the recommendations from USG and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, the search committee announced in a leader to the student government presidents that they will not change their process, citing confidentiality, among other reasons.“We were bummed when we heard that they didn’t want to change their process,” USG President Holden Slusher said.The last presidential search in 1991 did  include students on the search committee.But in a recent letter to Johannes Schmitt — the president of GPSS — and Slusher, the Board of Trustees Chairman Edward P. Roski Jr. wrote, “every institution seeks input in a different way, depending on the conditions that exist at the time,” and they “appreciate” the resolution.Previously, Roski told the Daily Trojan that it was “important” to get student input and that the committee was “making every effort to include student viewpoints.”Slusher said USG was thankful for the sessions, but  “hopes that student interests were always number one.”“We trust the trustees in their decision,” Slusher said. “And we understand that there is more to it than what students want.”last_img read more

September 16

2 key performances lead to Badgers 2nd conference sweep

first_imgThe men’s hockey team may finally be able to shed the youthful tag it’s been wearing all year.After sweeping Alaska Anchorage (6-14-2, 3-14-1 WCHA) with 4-0 and 3-2 decisions at home, Wisconsin (12-10-2, 7-9-2 WCHA) earned its second conference sweep of the season – third sweep overall – and finally broke above a .500 record.Junior forward Derek Lee broke the sweep down to the bare essentials that made the distinction between a win and a loss.“It’s the little things that we did this weekend,” Lee said. “And a lot of guys stepped up for us.With seven goals on the series coming from seven different Badgers, Wisconsin was looking consistently stronger than it has throughout the first half of the year.But it was two key performances that made the difference in each game.Schultz continually a game-changerJunior defenseman Justin Schultz will always be a catchy topic. It’s rare for him to not make a difference in any performance and whether by assist or goal, he – along side sophomore Mark Zengerle – is normally quarterbacking UW’s offense.With four assists and a goal on the weekend, Schultz ended with a plus-7 on the ice.But without a beautiful backhanded pass from Schultz, UW wouldn’t have swept UAA and could be cemented at its .500 status.Streaking up the right side, Schultz took a pass from freshman forward Joseph LaBate at center ice. Schultz drove all the way to the net before tapping it out to LaBate in the slot, who notched the go-ahead goal.“I don’t think he gets tired, to be honest with you,” Lee said. “He’s just so effortless when he skates. Basically he’s so competitive that he wants to be out there. It showed tonight once again; every night it shows. He’s a game-changer. It was a real nice pass over to LaBate to finish it.”While Lee joked about his fellow Canadian’s playmaking ability, Eaves spoke about Schultz’s heightened fitness and mechanics.“I think one of the Justin has going for him is because he’s such an effective skater, he doesn’t have to work as hard as some people do when they skate,” Eaves said.Rumpel stone cold in shutoutIn a 4-0 decision Friday night, freshman netminder Joel Rumpel could not have been more solid in net or look more sure of himself. After turning away 23 shots, Rumpel earned his second shutout in a three game span and of the season.The last time a rookie posted two shutouts in a single season for the Badgers was in the 1980-81 season.Head coach Mike Eaves broke Rumpel’s performance down to the simple metaphor – that incidentally mixed two opposites.“His virtue is his vice,” Eaves said Friday night. “His virtue of having ice in his veins is a very good thing as a goaltender because he’s not going to get rattled. At the same time that pilot [light] in his belly has got to be lit.”And it certainly was.While Rumpel gave up two goals the following night, he still faced a total of 50 shots on the weekend, resulting in 48 saves.Rumpel has started all six games since the break and has only allowed eight goals through that stretch, going 5-1.“He’s patient in there, and his rebound control has been looking really good,” Zengerle said, speaking to Rumpel’s development throughout the season. “There were some shots today, they were tough shots, a lot of deflections that he moved and got the save on.”Notoriously one of the most laid-back players on the team, Rumpel’s calm demeanor and maturing confidence in the crease has started to trickle through the rest of the locker room.“He’s one of the most laid back goaltenders I’ve ever played with; I think all the guys would agree with that,” freshman Jake McCabe said. “It was kind of scaring us at first. Usually your goalies are all nervous before the game, but he’s nice and relaxed. I think it’s starting to get us relaxed. We see him in net, nice and confident.”While Rumple wasn’t able to cap off the sweep with another shutout, he still made key saves that kept the Badgers in the game.Through the beginning of the second half of the season, Rumpel has started to pull away as Eaves’ go-to goalie, but the freshman can’t lose whatever is currently fueling his play.“We as a coaching staff don’t to want him to ever lose that ice in the veins because that’s one of the skills he has, but he … is raising that level of competitiveness by turning up the flame in his belly,” Eaves said.last_img read more

September 16

DiSturco: Syracuse’s win over No. 1 Duke deserves recognition, but expectations need to simmer down

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments DURHAM, N.C. — One of Syracuse’s most unexpected wins in recent memory should not be overlooked: The Orange defeated No. 1 Duke inside Cameron Indoor Stadium. That in itself, deserves credit.But to say that Syracuse is on the brink of a dominant conference run would be a stretch. Don’t get it twisted: Duke’s rotation was depleted. Its best 3-point shooter, Cam Reddish, sat out with an illness, and its best defender and floor general, Tre Jones, left with a shoulder injury eight minutes in, never to return. This upset, while monumental and definitely an NCAA Tournament resume booster, does not change the fact that Syracuse (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) has many questions still unanswered. Preseason hopes are returning, and it’s time to simmer down.Nearly one month ago, SU head coach Jim Boeheim addressed Syracuse’s fourth nonconference loss after falling to Buffalo.“Your record is what you are,” the 43-year head coach said. “This is what we are. It’s not what people thought we could be or hope we could be or think we could be. This is what we are.”That was in reference to Syracuse’s No. 16 preseason ranking and the high expectations that followed suit. SU seemed primed for another deep tournament run entering the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTyus Battle entered the NBA Draft only to pull his name out of the running and return for his junior year. Oshae Brissett, once considered a future NBA-talent, immediately said following the Sweet 16 loss to Duke that he’d play for another season. Even Frank Howard, Boeheim said, had improved his shot drastically in the offseason and arrived a more polished player.Then, everything changed.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHoward suffered a lower leg injury before the season that held him out until Nov. 21 against Colgate. SU dropped two-straight at Madison Square Garden against Connecticut and Oregon without its senior leader. One month later, on its home court with Howard back, the Orange blew a double-digit lead and fell to Old Dominion on Dec. 18.Three days later, Syracuse dropped to 7-4 against UB, a number of nonconference losses SU has never made the tournament with. That’s when Boeheim stood at the podium and hung three fingers in the air, one for each postseason win.“The expectations are all based on (that) we won three games last year,” the SU head coach said. “We lost 14 games last year in the regular season. We have the same team back with some help, but it’s the same team … There’s a reason we lost 14 games.”Boeheim was right: SU’s three wins were part of a Cinderella-like NCAA Tournament run that created a distorted expectation that Syracuse would be a National Championship contender. The Orange, after all, returned all five of its starters and added sharpshooter Elijah Hughes and top-40 prospect Jalen Carey.But as seen time and time again, this Syracuse team is filled with surprising road victories and even more surprising home losses. The Orange are undefeated outside of New York state, pulling off unlikely wins at then-No. 16 Ohio State and at top-ranked Duke.Four days ago, inside the Carrier Dome, a stout Georgia Tech defense stopped SU with a variety of zones to the fine tune of 59 points on 31.6-percent shooting. All of a sudden, after winning its first two ACC games, the same disorganized Orange team from nonconference play reappeared.“We really don’t have that ability to score around the basket,” Boeheim said after the 73-59 loss on Jan. 12.The Orange resorted to the 3 ball, taking 33 shots from beyond the arc against Georgia Tech, converting at a 21.2-percent clip (7-for-33). Battle and Brissett combined to shoot 1-for-8 from 3. The game prior, against Clemson, the duo didn’t make a single long ball in 10 tries.“At some point in time, you have to look in the mirror and say ‘I’m shooting 27 percent from the 3,’” Boeheim said of Brissett’s struggles from beyond the arc. “…‘What’s the best way to help me and help the team?’ Both Tyus and (Brissett) were really looking to shoot 3s and percentage wise, it’s not a good play.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerTo make matters worse, the GT loss showed another weakness that hadn’t been present in games prior: interior defense. James Banks III and Abdoulaye Gueye led the Yellow Jackets to score 36 points in the paint.GT head coach Josh Pastner and multiple players said after the game that the Yellow Jackets looked to take advantage of Marek Dolezaj, a “mismatch” inside. Georgia Tech left the Carrier Dome with a win and exploited an Orange unit that relies so heavily on its defense.Duke provided an opportunity for Syracuse to bounce back. But it was doubtful as the Orange entered 17-point underdogs. Zion Williamson scored 35 points, mostly inside the paint, and Dolezaj only played 12 minutes. But without Reddish or Jones, RJ Barrett controlled the offense, and both he and Jack White chucked 3s in attempt to break SU’s 2-3 zone with little result. The two combined to shoot a disastrous 4-for-27 from deep, dooming the Blue Devils in a game where the Orange couldn’t seem to miss.The win should not hide the fact that Syracuse already has five losses just four games into ACC play. And the rest of Syracuse’s schedule is daunting. Six opponents are currently ranked, three of which will travel to the Carrier Dome.Upsets, like Duke, are a necessity. They will need more to make the NCAA Tournament. Other games — like facing a Pittsburgh squad that just upset No. 11 Florida State and Louisville, which came in at No. 26 in the most recent Associated Press Poll — are must-wins. The margin for error is even slimmer now.Does this remind you of something?This isn’t the No. 16 Syracuse team the fans and media expected them to be entering the season. They’re the same Syracuse team from a year ago. The one with bad losses, the one that struggled to find its identity early in conference play and the one that sat on the NCAA Tournament bubble unsure of its outcome. Charlie DiSturco is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at csdistur@syr.edu or on Twitter @charliedisturcocenter_img Published on January 15, 2019 at 11:24 pmlast_img read more

August 31

Oxlade-Chamberlain Turns Down New Arsenal Deal, Wants To Leave The Emirates – Reports

first_imgThe 24-year-old forward, who joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2011, has one year left on his current contract and have been reportedly linked to Chelsea and Liverpool this summer.However, Arsene Wenger have always expressed his desire to keep Oxlade-Chamberlain at the Emirates, declaring that he wants to “build his team around” the Englishman.RelatedOfficial – Liverpool Completes £35m Signing Of Oxlade-Chamberlain From ArsenalAugust 31, 2017In “England”Liverpool Agree £40m Transfer Fee For Arsenal’s Oxlade-ChamberlainAugust 30, 2017In “England”Ramsey Pays Heartfelt Tribute To Oxlade-Chamberlain, Says Arsenal “Lost A Great Player”August 31, 2017In “England” England international, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down a new £180k-per-week contract at Arsenal, reportedly declared he wants to leave the Emirates.Sky Sports reports that Oxlade-Chamberlain held talks with the Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger, and Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis on Thursday, with Arsenal telling the player and his representatives that they will decide whether he will be allowed to leave or see out his contract in the next 24 hours.last_img read more

August 29

NC Special Tier II: Hearts edge past Uncle T Stars in 6-goal thriller

first_imgHearts of Oak made it through to the Round of 16 of the NC Special Tier II Competition with a hard fought 4-2 win over lower division side Uncle T Stars at the Accra Sports Stadium. Hearts Head Coach Kim Grant put out probably his strongest eleven, but they struggled to break down a very resilient Uncle T, and went behind a few minutes to the break, against the run of play. Hearts however hit back almost immediately as Joseph Esso headed home through a precise cross from Christopher Bonney, to make the score level at halftime.Hearts, after the restart, began to knock on the door in search of the lead, but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping let them down.Bonney eventually gave Hearts the lead after 60 minutes, converting coolly from the spot, after a foul on Fatawu Mohammed in the box. The lead didn’t last long though, as Uncle T found the equalizer, just two minutes later after a mistake from Hearts goalkeeper Richmond Ayi. Hearts continued to search for the winner, and found the back of the net after 80 minutes, when Kojo Obeng Jnr headed home from  Bonney corner. Substitute Kofi Kordzi finally put the game beyond doubt with a well taken finish from close range to make the score 4-2 to the Phobians. Hearts join rivals Kotoko and AshGold in the next round, with Karela and Aduana bowing out after respective first round defeats.last_img read more

August 27

Cape Coast High Court declares MNS Doe winner of Central FA elections after two years

first_imgA Cape Coast High Court has ruled by declaring MNS Doe winner of the disputed Central Region FA chairmanship election two years ago.Judge Justice Dapaah has restrained Roy Arthur from holding himself as the Football Association Chairman.The veteran administrator lost in October 2015 but questioned the ineligibility of Roy Arthur.Doe polled 24 votes as against the 26 garnered by his sole competitor at the Cape Coast Stadium.This ruling means Doe will reclaim his position on the Ghana FA Executive Committee.last_img read more

August 14

NFL mock draft 2020, Oklahoma edition: Projecting Jalen Hurts, CeeDee Lamb & other Sooners picks

first_imgHere are the Sooners players SN projects will be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft according to our seven-round mock draft .NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD:  Ranking the top 100 prospects in 2020NFL mock draft 2020: Oklahoma’s projected picksCeeDee Lamb, WRProjected:  Round 1, Pick No. 12 (Raiders)Lamb is a monster after the catch. He doesn’t have the blazing speed of other wideouts, but his shiftiness with the ball in his hands is enough to turn any catch into a big play. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has an elite offensive system that often created wide open lanes for Lamb without utilizing an extensive route tree. That doesn’t mean Lamb can’t be a successful route runner in the NFL, it just means he didn’t show it in college. Lamb is a beast with huge upside and very small bust potential due to his exceptional ability to rack up YAC.Vinnie Iyer: The Raiders have a glaring need for a top receiver no matter who their QB is in 2020, whether that’s Derek Carr or someone else. The Antonio Brown debacle is behind them, but they also need to worry about Tyrell Williams coming off a disappointing season and foot surgery. Lamb can be the Raiders’ version of DeAndre Hopkins, an explosive field-stretcher and steady possession guy outside. At 6-1, 198 pounds, Lamb needed only 58 receptions to post 1,208 yards and 14 TDs in 13 games last season.Kenneth Murray, LBProjected:  Round 1, Pick No. 28 (Ravens)Murray is a sideline to sideline defensive playmaker with elite speed for an inside linebacker. His 4.52 40-yard dash was barely behind Lamb’s 4.50. He plays with so much energy that he can be overeager to make a tackle and misjudge running back lanes, but can be coached up into an integral member of a defense, especially if he ends up in Baltimore.Iyer: The Ravens didn’t address linebacker in the first wave of free agency, and they need more speed on the second level to better handle the run and cover short-to-intermediate routes. Murray (6-2, 241 pounds) is an active, rangy playmaker who can be as effective dropping back as he is getting downhill against the run or blitzing.Neville Gallimore, DTProjected:  Round 2, Pick No. 59 (Seahawks)Gallimore has great athleticism for a big man in the middle of a defensive line. Gallimore contributed all four years in Norman but only has 8.5 career sacks on his resume. He has the potential to be an impact player but his overall production didn’t quite match up with the ability that is seen in flashes on film. Iyer: Should the Seahawks get a versatile edge defender such as Zack Baun in the first round, the interior of their front will take priority in the second round. Gallimore (6-2, 304 pounds) packs a relentless, powerful punch for his size. Jalen Hurts, QBProjected:  Round 3, Pick No. 80 (Raiders)Hurts was every bit as productive for the Sooners as the last two No. 1 picks. He had 54 total touchdowns in 2019 (32 passing, 21 rushing) and threw for over 3800 yards at a nearly 70% rate. His passing ability doesn’t quite compare to Mayfield and Murray. His receivers were often wide open, and when they weren’t, he often took off and ran instead of anticipating when his receivers would break free. Hurts doesn’t have the smooth, effortless delivery of his predecessors, but there’s something to be said about his leadership and running ability that could make him work in the NFL.Iyer: The Raiders, namely Jon Gruden, have been enamored with the winning makeup and pedigree of Hurts (6-1, 222 pounds) as a potential replacement for Derek Carr in the near future. Hurts’ toughness and leadership intangibles are off the charts, and while finishing his career in Lincoln Riley’s offense, he improved as a runner and as a downfield passer. For the first time since 2017, an Oklahoma player won’t be the first pick in the NFL Draft. That doesn’t mean Sooners won’t be a big factor in the 2020 draft.Oklahoma’s group of NFL prospects doesn’t have the depth of 2019 when eight players were drafted, but the 2020 class has just as much early firepower. CeeDee Lamb headlines a group that could make an early impact, especially if they end up where Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer has them projected. Kenneth Murray and Neville Gallimore helped lead a much improved Sooner defense in 2019, and quarterback Jalen Hurts finished second in the Heisman after a senior season that is statistically equivalent to the last two No. 1 overall picks, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. last_img read more