Wenger expects the combative midfielder to continue his recovery in time to play some part in the final matches of the domestic season and also be available for the World Cup. A win this weekend would see Arsenal move level on 66 points with City, who thumped Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford in midweek and have two matches in hand on all their championship rivals. “We have not given up (on the title), believe me and we can show that tomorrow. It is our attitude that will decide that,” Wenger said. “Champions keep going when everybody else would give up. We have an opportunity to show that we have that mentality.” Beating City would boost Arsenal’s flagging title hopes, and also put some distance back between themselves and fifth-placed Everton, who are six points behind and with a match in hand ahead of their showdown at Goodison Park next weekend. “If people say that Everton can catch us, that means we can catch the teams above us as well because they play against each other,” said Wenger. “The next game is of massive importance because it is Man City and they fight at the top. “They are the favourites with Chelsea and Liverpool, but when you play one of the favourites, you have an opportunity to shorten the distance with them.” Wenger added: “Let’s not forget we are in an important race in the Premier League, we are in the semi-final of the FA Cup, so it is at the moment not as doom and gloom as everybody paints the situation. “We want to finish first in the league and everything else, the other priorities are still there. “You want to be in the Champions League of course, but it is never good enough to be anything other than first and you hope always you are the best. “If you ask any team, and they have to be in the top four (so) you cannot say as well it is a shame, but you want to be first – you do not work day and night to be second.” Wenger also rejected reports suggesting City were ready to offer Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna a lucrative deal when his contract expires in the summer, branding such a move “illegal”, and remains hopeful the 31-year-old France international will stay on at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not concern himself with criticism of his team from former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes – a man with “zero” managerial experience. Following the Gunners’ 2-2 draw against Swansea on Tuesday night, in which midfielder Mathieu Flamini netted a bizarre last-minute own goal, Scholes had claimed Arsenal were “a million miles away” from challenging for the Barclays Premier League title. The former United man, who won a string of medals under Sir Alex Ferguson, used his role as a TV pundit to launch a fierce attack on Arsenal, claiming they had “midfield players with no discipline” and “there are no leaders”, as well as questioning the development of Jack Wilshere. However, Wenger – who took charge of his 1,000th Arsenal game in the 6-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend – used his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Manchester City to put the 39-year-old firmly in his place. “Everybody has opinions, people who have managed zero games have opinions and we have to accept that. What you live is what you do on the pitch, and all the rest is only opinions,” said Wenger. “We are in a society where there are thousands of opinions every day, and some go for you and some go against you. You have to live with that. “If six points (from the top of the league) is a million miles away, then I don’t know what the translation from a mile into a point is.” The Gunners boss also took exception to Scholes’ claim that midfielder Wilshere, 22, has “not improved since he was 17”. Wenger continued: “You cannot say that. Jack Wilshere is an exceptional player for me who has been handicapped by many injuries. “Once Jack is back and consistently on the pitch, he will prove everybody wrong about that because he is an exceptional player – and Scholes knows that as well.” Wilshere is recovering from a fractured foot suffered when playing for England in a friendly against Denmark at the start of March. Press Association
A sterling all-round performance, led by Jemimah Rodrigues’ unbeaten 40, helped India surge to a 3-0 series lead after the third T20 clash at the Providence National Stadium, last night. Batting first proved to be a nightmare for the home team, who were snuffed out cheaply at the end of their 20 overs as they ended on a paltry 59-9.India, in reply, cruised to 60 for 3 in 16.4 overs thanks mainly to Rodrigues who oozed class in her unbeaten 40 from 51 balls with four boundaries, leading the batting charge.Only all-rounder Hayley Matthews 2-7 managed to look threatening as the home team failed to keep the five match series alive.Right-hander Jemimah Rodrigues steered India to the T20 series win with her unbeaten knock of 40.Forced to go at 2.95 runs an over, it was a horrid batting card for the Windies Women as all of their stars misfired terribly, with Chinelle Henry and Chedean Nation the only two players to reach double figures with 11 runs apiece.The Indians were nothing short of ruthless in their bowling approach, collectively sharing the 9 wickets among them with Radha Poonam Yadav bowling a magical spell of 2-6 from her four overs and all-rounder Deepti Sharma duly lending support with 2-12.India lost their leading run-scorer in 15-year-old Shafali Verma who was stumped by wicket-keeper Shamaine Campbelle for a duck off Matthews.But Rodrigues played confidently as she carried her side close to the total, even surviving a caught and bowl chance after spinner Sheneta Grimmond spilled a return catch.Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur fell to Fletcher for 7, but the unfazed Rodrigues pushed on as she took her score into the 20’s as her team crept to 37-3 at the end of 10 overs.Earlier, Windies suffered a huge blow as their top three batters– vice-captain and home-girl, Campbelle (02), Matthews (05), and Stacy-Ann King (07)– were back in the dressing room with 26 runs on the board.When the team’s 50 came up, the Windies were eight down with just four overs remaining. The innings inevitably ended as the pair of Mohammed (06) and Selman (02) were left stranded in the middle.The two teams will clash in the fourth T20 at the Providence Stadium on Sunday. The match bowls off from 13:30hrs.
English women’s mid-amateur champion Sammie Giles kept her good form going to win the Liphook Scratch Cup by the narrowest of margins. The Cornwall player pipped girl international Sophie Keech on countback after they tied on two-under par at the end of the 36-hole event on the Hampshire course. Sammie, 19, (St Mellion, image © Leaderboard Photography) was playing in the event for the fourth time, took the trophy by virtue of her second round score of two-under 70. Third place went to Surrey’s Lauren Horsford who had the low score of the day with her first round 69 and finished two ahead of Carolyn Walley of Leicestershire. Fourteen-year-old England international Hollie Muse finished fifth. Leading scores 142 Sammie Giles (St Mellion) 72 70; Sophie Keech (Parkstone) 70 72 143 Lauren Horsford (Wimbledon Park) 69 74 145 Carolyn Walley (Cosby) 72 73 147 Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) 76 71; Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) 72, 75 8 Sep 2014 Champion Sammie wins again
In this Nov. 9, 2013, file photo, former Pittsburgh and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Notre Dame in Pittsburgh. Dorsett is one of more than 4,500 former players that have filed suit, some accusing the NFL football league of fraud for its handling of concussions. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL believes that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and twice as often as the general population.The disclosure Friday comes in data the league prepared for its proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion lawsuits.Both the league and players’ lawyers estimate that 28 percent of the retirees will develop Alzheimer’s disease, moderate dementia or more serious neurological problems.That would represent nearly 6,000 of the 19,000 living former players. Dozens of them could develop Lou Gehrig’s or Parkinson’s disease.A federal judge in Philadelphia has granted preliminary approval of a settlement plan that offers awards reaching $5 million. However, most men would get far less.The retirees must decide next month whether to participate.
By John BurtonRED BANK – An incident recently involving a pedestrian and two motor vehicles on Broad Street, once again reminds us that Red Bank remains a potentially dangerous place for pedestrians.A female employee of a local financial firm on Broad Street told this week of a harrowing incident that could have ended in a serious injury if not death for her or others involved.On Tuesday, July 28, Michelle Bennett was attempting to cross Broad at the Mechanic Street intersection, going west to east. She stressed she was in the designated crosswalk. And while looking to cross, a van transporting an elderly woman stopped as required under law to give the pedestrian the right-of-way. As the woman attempted to walk across the street a young woman driver collided into the rear of the van. “She hit him pretty good,” the pedestrian said of the female driver.The collision pushed the van forward. And had the pedestrian not been quick enough to jump out of the way (actually having to jump out of her shoes to avoid being struck by the van), she too would have been hit in the chain reaction. Her shoes were halfway under the van that had been pushed for ward.“The van was pretty banged up,” the pedestrian said, recalling the driver of the second vehicle had “been moving at a pretty good speed.”Police did respond. However, the pedestrian was uncertain about any violations that may have been issued.Borough Police Chief Darren McConnell on Wednesday said the report was not immediately available and couldn’t recall the incident sufficiently to immediately offer a comment.Mayor Pasquale Menna, an attorney who is a municipal prosecutor for a number of Monmouth County communities and a member of the Two River Times Crossroads initiative, said it sounded like a classic example of careless driving. Which, under state statute, Menna explained, is “any driver who operates a motor vehicle without due care and circumspection.”“And it should be enforced,” Menna added.Unfortunately, he added, it is fact of life that no amount of enforcement would be able to completely protect against such occurrences. “Accidents happen. It’s regrettable, it’s unfortunate,” he said. “How do you account for individual accidents, individual carelessness, day in and day out in all of our lives?” State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), a Red Bank resident, said the emphasis has to be “all about getting expectations from people living in town and visiting the town,” making everyone aware “that we enforce the crosswalks; there are penalties and there also have to be communications for people visiting the town that this is a pedestrian town.”The senator added that the public has to be made aware that Broad Street is a busy thoroughfare, heavily used by vehicles and those on foot. “And if you’re in rush don’t go down Broad Street.”Beck is also a participant in the Two River Times Crossroads initiative. The publication has been actively working with elected officials on the state, county and local level, along with members of the education, business and law enforcement communities and other stakeholders to find ways to improve public safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in the greater Red Bank area. The newspaper will soon hold a public safety to raise awareness and public forum seeking input about troublesome areas and proposed solutions.
Kelowna entered the week as the fourth ranked squad but mowed through the competition before edging Brentwood of Vancouver Island 58-47 in the final.LVR lost to 69-60 to Wellington from Vancouver Island’s Nanaimo before putting together a two-game win streak to finish the season feeling pretty good.The Bombers dumped Charles Hays of Prince Rupert 81-54 Friday.Kingdon was a force throughout contest for the Bombers, finishing the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds.The game was tied at halftime 37-37 before the Bombers turned up the defence allowing Charles Hays to score 17 points in the final two quarters while ringing up 44 points.Zak added 13 points and five assists while Sturrup, Zukowski and Erich Schepkowski had 11, 12 and 10, respectively.The game was the final contest for senior starters Matt Zukowski, Jack Sturrup, Jesse Zak and Adam Berg and Cail Spencer and Erich Schepkowski. The L.V. Rogers Bombers rode into the sunset of the senior boy’s basketball season on a high note, stopping host Sahali Sabres 70-60 at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships Saturday in Kamloops.The result elevated the Bombers to finish 13th overall in the 16-team tournament. The Bombers were 15th in 2012.LVR entered the tournament as the 13th ranked team.Senior forward Matt Zukowski led the change for LVR with a game-high 25 points.Grade 11 forward Isaiah Kingdon added 20 points with Jesse Zak scoring 12 and Jack Sturrup 10.Zak also had five assists.The Kootenay champs led 57-39 after three periods before holding off a late fourth-quarter charge by the Sabres.The Bombers opened the tourney Wednesday falling to eventual champion Kelowna Christian 106-67.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceDENVER — When Alex Dickerson’s back tightened up and forced him to miss a pair of games in Milwaukee over the weekend, the left fielder explained he’s dealt with the pain off and on throughout his entire professional career.If Dickerson wakes up feeling out of sorts on Wednesday, the back soreness he’ll experience might feel a little different.No one would blame Dickerson if his back was ailing from carrying the …
Google Launchpad and Google Play South Africa were launched in November 2017 to boost African technology start-ups and develop a unique African design aesthetic.Google’s Africa operations partner with several tech hubs across the continent to help local start-ups thrive. (Image: Google Africa)CD AndersonThe two initiatives will be based entirely in Africa, including in South Africa, and will offer budding and experienced tech entrepreneurs and designers hands-on and direct access to the Google brain trust, which will help them develop their ideas.Google LaunchpadThe Google Developers Launchpad Africa Space was opened on 13 November in Lagos, Nigeria. It will interact directly with tech entrepreneurs in that country, as well as offer support and software tools to help build sustainable tech business ideas from the rest of Africa.The Lagos operation is the first of its kind to be established outside the United States. The programme is accepting applications for its first onsite and online courses, beginning in early 2018.Applications are open to tech start-ups with their own seed funding from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Those chosen to participate in the three-month programme will receive more than $3-million (R42m at today’s exchange rate) in equity-free support, working space, travel and public relations support, as well as access to Silicon Valley tech business experts over three years.Google’s sub-Saharan Africa regional manager, Andy Volk, said Google had been looking for ways to get more involved in African tech businesses for a number of years. With an increasingly favourable tech business climate and a surge of unique technology ideas coming out of the continent, the time was right to begin building business relationships.“Anyone who spends time in the African technology space knows that the continent is home to some exciting innovations,” Volk told IOL News. “[Google’s small-scale engagement with African start-ups so far] has been able to tackle everything from healthcare, education and streamlining e-commerce to improving the food supply chain.”It was now time, he said, to step that up and open opportunities to more African ideas: “We are looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of innovators for Launchpad Africa and continuing to work together to drive innovation in the African market.”One example of the Google effect on African tech innovation is the South African start-up Jumo, a financial services platform aimed at emerging markets. The company was the first and so far most successful start-up to go through the Launchpad accelerator.Company founders and some staff attended an intensive two-week boot camp at Google headquarters in California in July 2017. The two weeks were aimed at building the business and developing tools that would increase its footprint in offering easy-to-use financial services on mobile platforms.The company received a $50,000 funding boost, and benefits from ongoing support and mentorship.For more information about the Google Developers Launchpad Africa Space, click here. Opening Google Play to South African designersGoogle’s online app store, Play, this month opened to South African app developers and designers, no matter how small or inexperienced.In addition to gaining a virtual marketplace for their apps, designers are able to access Play’s development and commerce tools that will help them to monetise their products and access a market of millions of global users.Apps for Play are limited to Android operating systems, but unlike competitors Apple, Google Play accepts all types of apps, with the aim of helping to develop and streamline app design for the benefit of the consumer and designer. This means that even the most novice and rudimentary app idea has access to and can get help from the global Google brain trust.Developers in South Africa can get started right away by signing in to Google’s Developer Console and setting up a Google merchant account. If existing apps are already published as free, designers can choose to monetise them by adding in-app products or subscriptions.Armed with fully developed apps and in-app products, developers can price them in any available currencies, publish, access financial and marketing data, and get pay-outs in South African rand.“There have been plenty of amazing apps built in South Africa,” Luke McKend, director of Google South Africa, told IOL News at the announcement of the programme, “[but] the process of monetising them was never as smooth as we knew it could be.“By allowing local developers to monetise their products on the Play Store, we’re underscoring how serious we are about digitally empowering South Africans.”While the programme is currently limited to South African app development, success in this first stage of the project may lead to expansion into the rest of the continent over the next few years.For more information about accessing Google Play and the Google Developer Console, click here.Source: IOL News, AFK Insider, Google AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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“I’ll take threes anytime we can get them,” Fizdale said. “I’ve seen enough games where we’ve been on the dismal end of the 3-point shooting.”Tyreke Evans led the Memphis reserves with 20 points, while the Grizzlies also got 13 from Brandan Wright, 12 from Mario Chalmers and 10 from Chandler Parsons.Starting center Marc Gasol added 21 points.The Clippers struggled to mount much offense beyond Griffin. Patrick Beverley scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 23. No other Clipper scored more than Lou Williams’ 13.THE CONLEY DIFFERENCEThe Memphis shooting point guard hit four of his nine 3-point attempts, playing 33 minutes and showing no ill effects from his Achilles.“You could just a difference in places we could get on the floor,” Fizdale said. “Any time he’s playing well, we’re in the game.”BAD THEMERivers said there was a consistent thread to the Clippers’ three losses this season.“If I had one frustration, offensively in the three games we’ve lost, we kind of get stuck,” he said. “The ball stays on one side of the floor. It’s not moving. If you don’t see our guards at the basket a lot, it probably means we’re not moving the ball. That was disappointing.” Said Clippers center DeAndre Jordan: “(The offense) got stagnant, we got stuck on one side of the floor again. Then we become easier to guard. So for our team everybody needs to be involved. We have a lot of guys standing around right now.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: After playing six of their first eight games at home, Saturday marked the first of five consecutive road games. . Entering Saturday the Memphis reserves had outscored opposing bench players 344-198.Clippers: Recalled rookie guard Jawun Evans from its development team. The 6-foot Evans, out of Oklahoma State, had played two games with Los Angeles before being sent to its nearby Ontario affiliate.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Return to Staples Center on Sunday to play the Los Angeles Lakers.Clippers: Have back-to-back 12:30 p.m. games, returning to Staples Center Sunday to meet the Miami Heat. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I don’t think we should rely on anyone too much,” Rivers said. “We should just move the ball and play. The ball will find the better players always.“We have to get away from just looking for one guy.”The Clippers’ only lead was early in the first quarter. The Grizzlies started hitting 3-pointers — they connected on 11 of their first 19 attempts — and pulled away.Although the Clippers would twice rally to tie Memphis, they could never regain the lead.The Clippers were 4 of 26 from 3-point range, while the Grizzlies went 13 of 31.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “Any time you can get multiple guys in double figures, it means the ball’s moving, everybody’s in rhythm, people are being unselfish,” said Grizzlies coach David Fizdale.The Memphis backups outscored the Los Angeles reserves 55-22.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They’re a team that every single guy is in attack mode,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “That’s what makes them good. They also share the ball well and space the floor. Every single guy you have to be ready to guard. Just watching it was frustrating.”Blake Griffin scored 30 points to lead the Clippers, who too often found their offense motionless and Griffin forced to go one-on-one. St. Pierre set for comeback fight vs Bisping at UFC 217 Read Next Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, defends against a shot by Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)LOS ANGELES — Memphis used a balanced offense and strong play from its reserves to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.The Grizzlies had seven players score in double figures, including all four reserves to top the Clippers 113-104 on Saturday. Mike Conley returned to the lineup after sitting out the last game with a sore Achilles go lead Memphis with 22 points.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Franz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan TamayoThe UAAP has suspended the referees, who officiated in La Salle’s controversial 82-75 win over Adamson in their UAAP Season 80 Final Four duel.The suspension came three days after the game that saw the Green Archers book a return trip to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT In a letter addressed to Adamson athletic director Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM, league commissioner Rebo Saguisag said that the school, which was outraged by the officiating, “are not alone.”“I called for an emergency meeting the very next day to address the seeming public outrage over said game to send a message to the referees that much is at stake,” Saguisag wrote, sharing that he, alongside tournament director Mark Molina of FEU and Erika Dy of Ateneo met on Sunday to discuss the urgent matters surrounding the game’s officiating.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdamson was called for 33 fouls, while La Salle was only whistled for 12. Those calls led to the Green Archers shooting 26-of-39 from the free throw line, while the Soaring Falcons shot just 2-of-5.Those freebies certainly helped defending champion La Salle overcome a 15-point deficit in the third period and beat Adamson, 82-75. Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Adamson community were dismayed, prompting Suan to pen a letter to Saguisag regarding the matter.“From the bleacher’s standpoint, and even if one does not know how a foul can be committed, it is loud and clear that the calls made by the referees were downrightly unfair and biased. The manner the game was officiated was revolting and calls for an immediate action in order to forestall its duplication in the future,” Suan wrote. “In hindsight, the game was marred by a biased refereeing.”Saguisag said the technical committee has decided to suspend referees Enan Alejo, Ian Borbe, and Mollie de Luna indefinitely, with two of them being considered for a possible ban for the rest of the season.“While we are still in the process of evaluating the whole game together with the statistics, the officials that worked [the La Salle-Adamson] game were immediately suspended with two strongly recommended for being banned for the rest of the season, if only to preserve public confidence in our league,” Saguisag wrote.Adamson coach Franz Pumaren also expressed his displeasure with the officiating following the loss, describing it as “the worst officiated game” he ever saw.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Focus on fighters’ safety adds to ONE Championship’s success Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I don’t want to sound sourgraping but I guess all the basketball fans saw the game. I guess, everybody saw the game, everybody noticed and knows what happened. Stepping out of the Coliseum, my friends from La Salle were embarrassed and can’t even celebrate the victory,” he said.In contrast, La Salle coach Aldin Ayo liked how the game was officiated.“It’s a good thing, the referees were consistent,” Ayo said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ