Mikel Arteta fires fresh warning to Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi

first_img Video Settings About Connatix V67539 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 4 Jul 2020 11:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi have been dropped by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has reminded Arsenal outcasts Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi of the standards they must meet if they are to have a future at the club while he is at the helm.Ozil hasn’t played a single minute of competitive football since the Premier League resumed last month, owing only partly to a mysterious back injury. Guendouzi, meanwhile, hasn’t been seen since he was accused of showing a lack of humility by Brighton matchwinner Neal Maupay when the two sides met at the Amex Arena a fortnight ago.In their absences, Arsenal have strung together three successive victories and after the midweek thrashing of Norwich, Arteta warned that any player not willing to buy into his methods would be welcome to ‘jump on the boat’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT PLAY Comment Full Screen Wolves v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta 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 13:01FullscreenWolves v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/wolves-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2203332/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.‘Players that are ready to help each other, fight for each other and enjoy playing together. That is what I mean by being in the boat. ‘If you behave like this every day you are very, very welcome here and we want to get the best out of you and help you to enjoy your profession with us.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‘You see that in every reaction of the player. What time he comes into training, how he comes, how ready he is, the way he communicates, the energy he brings in, the way he transmits his feelings to his teammates, the way he reacts to certain things, the way he behaves in training, during games. There are a lot of things we can pick up.‘We all have moments when you have doubts about your future, you have difficult times and that is why the conversations have to be open.’MORE: Mikel Arteta vows to address David Luiz’s ‘weaknesses’ as he hails influence of Arsenal defenderMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tells Arsenal his wage demands for signing new contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Asked to expand on what he meant by that ahead of Saturday’s match at Wolves, Arteta said: ‘[It refers to] players that respect the values we want to implement, that are 100% committed to our culture, and players that are accountable every day for what we demand from them. Mikel Arteta fires fresh warning to Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Sun shines on coast’s property market

first_img5370 Bay Hill Terrace, Sanctuary Cove – Listed with Ray White Prestige Gold Coast for $615,000 34 MAHOGANY DVE MARCUS BEACH – Also sold by Tom Offerman Real Estate for $1.25 millionLeading the way was the Noosa council region, which recorded an 8.5 per cent increase in house values (to $710,321) over the 12 months to September.It was also revealed that while sales transactions were down on last year, houses were selling three days faster than a year ago and unit were being snapped up nine days faster. 57 WHISPERING GUM AVE EUMUNDI – Sold by Tom Offerman Real Estate for $1.01 millionOf the other major regions, house values on the Gold Coast recorded the second highest growth with house values rising 4.3 per cent.Wide Bay recorded a 1.7 per cent jump in house values, and Cairns was up 1.4 per cent.In terms of units, the Sunshine Coast was again the top performer, with values increasing by 5.3 per cent. On the Gold Coast, unit values rose 2.8 per cent.Cairns (-0.7%) and the Wide Bay (-0.6%) both recorded falls in median unit values. Townsville was the only major regional centre to record a fall in both house and unit values over that same period.“Sunshine Coast home values have increased over the year to September 2018, with detached house values increasing by 7.7 per cent and unit values increasing by 5.3 per cent, bringing the current median house value for the Sunshine Coast region to $617,785 and $429,886 for units,” according to the report.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago 12 Hardwood Court – Sold by McGrath Estate Agents for $765,000BuderimIn terms of the Gold Coast, house values had increased by around $26,000 over the past year, according to CoreLogic. However, median time on market increased for both houses and units, up six and seven days respectively. Mooloolaba BeachTHE Sunshine Coast is the shining star in the regional property market, recording the largest increase in house values.The latest Quarterly Regional Market Report (September) by CoreLogic has revealed that house values on the Sunshine Coast have, on average, rose 7.7 per cent over the 12 months to September.last_img read more

Mourinho reveals Man Utd’s weakness even with Pogba, Fernandes

first_imgJose Mourinho has revealed that he allowed Manchester United to have more possession in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham as he believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are ‘not very good’ at build-up play. Jose Mourinho says he was happy to let Manchester United have possession Spurs went in front in the first half through Steven Bergwijn’s excellent individual solo effort. However, United escaped with a point after Eric Dier brought down Paul Pogba inside Spurs’ box and Bruno Fernandes scored the penalty. Mourinho, who managed United for three years, admits he was wary of Unted’s threat on the counter and says he was comfortable with allowing Solskjaer’s players to have the ball, even though they had Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, who came on in the second half, in midfield. ‘We analyse United [before the game] but I don’t think it’s for us to speak about them,’ Mourinho said after the match.‘I’ll just say that I think we gave them what I think they are not very good at, which was to given them the opportunity to have the ball and to play in organised attack. ‘I think they are much more dangerous in counter-attack situations. They have fast people in attack and they can be really dangerous, but we managed to control that in an amazing way. Jose Mourinho admits he was wary of Manchester United’s counter-attacking threat ‘I can even remember when the game was broken in the end where Marcus Rashford had a long ball [from Pogba] in the space and this kind of action but we controlled him very, very well. ‘We wanted to be dangerous in counter-attcks but we knew that would be difficult for 90 minutes. ‘The Lucas injury and the Dele Alli suspension took us [away] that power.’ Steven Bergwijn opened the scoring for Tottenham in the first half ‘You ask me better today the options than the last part of the league before the lockdown, of course much better as in that period we had zero attacking players and today we had four. ‘We played with Bergwijn, Lamela, Kane and Son, and our bench was very strong in defensive options. We had Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen on the bench but we didn’t have Lucas or Dele or Lamela or Bergwijn. ‘Imagine Bergwijn on the bench and Lucas playing and coming out minute 60-65 and Bergwijn coming for the last period, I can imagine the impact that we could have. Jose Mourinho says he was happy to let Manchester United have possession Read Also: Solskjaer delighted by Pogba’s impact after penalty drama ‘So a bit of frustration but at the same time really happy with the players. ‘Really happy to see people like Harry, Sonny, Moussa four months without playing, Harry six months without playing, and then giving us 90 minutes, I think from the boys I can only be really happy with them.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

Eight member associations in race to host 2023 women’s World Cup

first_img(REUTERS) – Eight member associations will continue their bid to host the expanded women’s World Cup in 2023, soccer’s world governing body FIFA confirmed yesterday.FIFA agreed to increase the number of participating teams for the 2023 event from 24 to 32 following this year’s edition in France, and it subsequently reopened the bidding process.Bidding member associations include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea, which is interested in a joint bid together with North Korea.Belgium, which registered its interest last month, as well as Bolivia, was not on the latest list.“FIFA has dispatched updated bidding and hosting documents to all eight member associations, which will have until December 13 to submit their bid book, the signed hosting agreement and all other hosting and bidding documents,” FIFA said in a statement here. “Up until the deadline for bid submissions, any member association wishing to join an existing bid will be permitted to do so provided it also submits a bidding registration to FIFA.”The tournament’s expansion was pledged by FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the end of this year’s World Cup, which was won for a record-extending fourth time by the United States. Interest in the women’s game has arguably never been higher, with broadcast records broken all over the world in the June-July showpiece.Almost 59 million people watched France beat potential 2023 hosts Brazil in the last 16, becoming the most viewed women’s soccer match of all-time.FIFA will conduct official inspections for relevant member associations in January and February 2020, and the hosts are expected to be named in May.last_img read more

Breibart’s Ben Shapiro talks to USC GOP

first_imgSeeing red · USC College Republicans hosted Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large of Breitbart and founder of Benjamin Shapiro Legal Consulting ,Wednesday. – Jessica Zhou | Daily TrojanThe USC College Republicans hosted Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large of Breitbart and founder of Benjamin Shapiro Legal Consulting, who spoke about anti-Semitism on college campuses across the United States.“I’m here specifically to talk about the attempt to stop the Jihad,” Shapiro said. “I’m here to talk about what’s going on on campuses across the country like USC, where idiot leftists are doing idiot things, which is what they always do.”Jacob Ellenhorn, president of the College Republicans, said that it is important that his club bring “controversial speakers” like Shapiro to campus.“USC and the administration is not interested in bringing diverse speakers to campus,” Ellenhorn said. “They’re interested in bringing speakers who represent the major viewpoint on campus and not really bringing anyone else. That’s evident through the speakers USC has brought in the past. I think that unless there’s a drastic change in campus culture, nothing’s going to change.”Shapiro began by saying the left has the tendency to accuse people who speak the truth of being racists, bigots, homophobic or Islamophobic. He then explained what he identified as the two goals of the left: ending Islamophobia and destroying Israel, which he went on to argue demonstrates a moral contradiction.“Israel is a democracy,” Shapiro said. “For all of its flaws, Israel is a significantly tolerant country compared to any other country in the Middle East. Israel is a beacon of liberty in a region of darkness, and if you’re going to go after Israel and you’re going to take out everything Israel does and call it a brutal human rights violator, in order to do that, you have to remove all the context — the context being the region in which Israel exists and the people with which Israel has to deal.”Shapiro said the left ignores the fact that Islamic countries are not supportive of other tenets of its agenda, such as gay rights, abortion, women’s equality and women’s suffrage.“These are not places leftists would like to live,” Shapiro said. “If you were to take the LGBT club on campus and plop it down in the middle of Saudi Arabia, it would last all of two minutes. If you were to take the feminist club here and dump them in the middle of Iran, that would not be a pleasant experience. The average lifespan would diminish largely.”Shapiro argued that the left needs to understand that the United States will never be taken down by Islamic radicalism because Western civilization is too powerful. According to him, the U.S. is the most powerful country with an extraordinary military force. He emphasized that if the United States were to be defeated, it would be defeated not by forces of radical Islam, but by a left that allows it to win.The conversation then moved to President Barack Obama and the left’s concern over rising Islamophobia. Shapiro argued that, for the left, equality of outcome is the only thing that matters, not equality of opportunity or behavior; the left’s idea is that if one country is successful and another is not, the unsuccessful country must have been exploited.“Believing [in] equality of outcome means you end up siding with people who are bad. The truth is, as a general rule, [if] you make responsible decisions, you tend to end up with a better outcome. This is true internationally and this is true in your personal life as well,” Shapiro said.Shapiro spoke about what he believes is fueling rampant anti-Semitism in the United States. The left, which according to Shapiro is largely based on Marxism, looks at Israel and sees an outpost of Western colonialism: Israel has money, high-rises, and nightclubs — things that Shapiro said leads the left to believe that Israel must have exploited someone.Additionally, Shapiro argued that evil is not just “something out there fostered by the actions of psychopaths.” In his opinion, evil comes from a place that is common: ideology. For radical Islamists, he claimed that their “ends-justifies-the-means” ideology leads to them performing evil in order to achieve “Islamic utopia.”Toward the end of the discussion, Shapiro talked about U.S. involvement in the Middle East and its implications on the expansion of ISIS.“Obama is a very dangerous man for Israel and the United States,” Shapiro said. “If the U.S. had not pulled thousands of troops out [of] the border meant to contain ISIS, chances are lower that ISIS would exist [in this extent] today. The question is what to do now, and the left’s favorite thing to do before calling you a racist or a bigot is shouting out ‘Bush’ at random intervals.”last_img read more

The Racecourse Association strengthens condemnation of antisocial behaviour

first_img Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 Trade association for 59 British racecourses, The Racecourse Association (RCA) has emphasised its condemnation of antisocial behaviour at British courses.Working alongside The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and The Horsemen’s Group, the RCA aims to best serve the interests of its 59 racecourse members, assisting them with legal, professional and technical advice as they strive to reach their goals.Responding to the recent spate of incidents at British racecourses, The RCA has echoed the sentiment of the BHA, underlining that there’s no place for antisocial behaviour at UK courses.“The Racecourse Association Supports all racecourses to deliver a first-class raceday experience where racegoers can enjoy a wonderful day out in safety and comfort. Unfortunately, rare incidents do occur where our sport is brought into disrepute by the poor behaviour of a very small number of our racegoers.“All racecourses support the Pace Yourself responsible drinking campaign in association with Drinkaware and are committed to the End Your Day on the Right High initiative (illegal substance deterrent) with the Horseracing Police Practitioners Forum.”The group continued by stating: “The RCA condemns in the strongest terms antisocial behaviour which has no place in society, let alone a racecourse. We will continue to work with racecourses and appropriate third parties to ensure such behaviour remains an extremely rare occurrence.“The balance must be one of providing a safe environment for racegoers without impacting on the enjoyment of the day. It’s rare to see any major event in this day and age without a very high security presence which is as it should be.”The BHA also underlined its stance on antisocial behaviour at racecourses: “The ability for racegoers to enjoy a calm and safe atmosphere at the races is of great importance, as is ensuring that the consumption of alcohol and the presence of illegal substances are properly controlled.“While this is the raceday experience that we believe the vast majority of the 6 million people who go racing every year enjoy, the BHA has recently stated that we will add the issue of raceday security to our areas to examine in our racecourse licensing review later this year.” Share Submit Related Articles HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Share StumbleUpon SBC Digital Summit Latinoamérica’s Land-Based 2.0 track to focus on casinos, lotteries & payments June 11, 2020last_img read more

Highlights from maritime research collection coming to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — The maritime research collection at the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library will come alive on Thursday, September 27.Library Researcher Marlo Broad will present some of the highlights of the vast collection, featuring thousands of photographs and pieces of information on different maritime vessels from the Great Lakes. Broad has helped develop this special collection over the past 17 years. The amount information draws researchers and enthusiasts from all over.“We have researchers from all over the world who are interested in that collection, and the George N. Fletcher Library Collection is particularly well recognized,” said Katie Wolf, Director of Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. “It’s nationally and internationally, so they attract people from all different aspects of maritime research there.”Broad will also discuss how people can access the information and take a look at the collection for themselves.The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information call the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary at 989-884-6200.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, Alpena County Library, GREAT LAKES MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER, Great Lakes Vessels, lecture series, Marlo Broad, research, shipwrecks, Special Collections, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for September 20Next What’s Trending for September 24last_img read more

Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors: First-round scouting report

first_imgx-Game 5: at Warriors, Wednesday, April 24, time TBA Prime Ticket/TNTx-Game 6: at Clippers, Friday, April 26, time TBA, ESPN or ESPNEWSx-Game 7: at Warriors, Sunday, April 28, time TBA, ABC or Prime Ticket/TNTx- if necessaryHEAD-TO-HEAD (this season)Warriors won the regular-season series 3-1 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SERIES SCHEDULE (all times PT)Game 1: at Warriors, Saturday, April 13, 5 p.m., ABC/Ch. 7Game 2: at Warriors, Monday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket/TNTGame 3: at Clippers, Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket/TNTGame 4: at Clippers, Sunday, April 21, 12:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 7center_img Nov. 12: Clippers 121, Warriors 116 (OT), at Staples CenterDec. 23: Warriors 129, Clippers 127, at Oracle ArenaJan. 18: Warriors 112, Clippers 94, at Staples CenterApril 7: Warriors 131, Clippers 104, at Oracle ArenaTALE OF THE TAPEWarriors (NBA rank) … category … Clippers (NBA rank)57-35 … Season Record … 48-34117.7 (second) … PPG … 115.1 (fifth)111.2 (16th) … Opp. PPG … 114.3 (25th)49.1 (first) … FG Pct. … 47.1 (seventh)38.5 (third) … 3pt Pct. … 38.8 (second)80.1 (fifth) … FT Pct. … 79.2 (eighth)46.2 (11th) … Rebounds … 45.5 (13th)29.4 (first) … Assists … 24.0 (18th)7.6 (15th) … Steals … 6.8 (23rd)6.4 (first) … Blocked shots … 4.7 (22nd)14.3 (21st) … Turnovers … 14.5 (22nd)STARTING BACKCOURTIt’s Shai and Sham (and Patrick Beverley) vs. the Splash Bros.! Combined, talented Clippers rookies Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (10.8 ppt, 2.8 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Landry Shamet (9.1 ppg) have played in 161 NBA games – and, obviously, no playoff contests. Conversely, Steph Curry (27.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.2 apg) and Klay Thompson (21.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg) – perhaps the best shooting duo in basketball history – have a bit more experience, with a combined 1,309 regular-season and 192 playoff games on their splashy resumes. Beverley (7.6 ppg, 5 rpg, 3.8 apg) should be his typical pest self defensively and is a candidate to lead the series in trash-talk. EDGE: WarriorsSTARTING FRONTCOURTRemember when DeMarcus “Don’t Call Me Boogie” Cousins made his Warriors debut after rehabbing from a torn Achilles tendon against the Clippers on Jan. 18? The 6-foot-11 center had 14 points that night and now enters his first postseason action averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 games with the Warriors. It will fall largely on the Clippers’ 22-year-old center Ivica Zubac, who’s also seeing his first playoff action, to contend with Cousins. It’ll be a welcome challenge, the 7-footer said: “I’m a big guy too, so whoever is on the other side, I’m just trying to play my game and help the team win and play the best defense I can.” The mercurial, disruptive facilitator Draymond Green (7.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 6.9 apg) and two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant (26 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 5.9 apg) round out the starting frontcourt for the Warriors, while laid-back Italian scorer Danilo Gallinari (19.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg) is the only true forward the Clippers start with their three-guard starting five. EDGE: WarriorsBENCHESLed by reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams and his running mate Montrezl Harrell, the Clippers led the NBA in bench scoring, averaging 53.2 points per game, the highest scoring average by a reserve unit in more than 30 seasons. Together, Williams (20.1 ppg) and Harrell (16.8) became the highest-scoring bench duo in league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Eleven times this season, they both scored 20-plus points. Golden State’s bench? Its reserves average 30.3 points per game, 28th in the NBA. EDGE: CLIPPERSCOACHESDoc Rivers is a championship coach (Boston Celtics, 2008-09). This season, he became one of just seven coaches to win 300 games with different franchises. He’s led his teams to the playoffs in 15 of 20 seasons – including bucking the expectations with this Clippers squad, which becomes the fourth team to reach the postseason sans a current or former All-Star on its roster. Rivers speaks his mind on important matters and is among the favorites for Coach of the Year consideration. Steve Kerr, meanwhile, is favored to win his fourth ring in five years as a head coach. EDGE: WARRIORSINTANGIBLESThe Clippers have nothing to lose. They weren’t expected to make the playoffs and aren’t expected to beat the Warriors. “All the pressure’s on them,” Beverley said. “We’re coming in as an underrated team all year. We’re gonna be underrated in the playoffs. We’re playing the champions the first round, you can’t ask for anything better than that.” Meanwhile, the Warriors’ home-court advantage at Oracle Arena is well-documented – and with so many Warriors fans traditionally attending their team’s games at Staples Center, Golden State is likely to feel at home on the road as well. EDGE: CLIPPERSSERIES PREDICTIONThe Clippers have proven themselves to be a gritty, resilient bunch – “the roach after the atomic bomb,” as Rivers put it, and they might have had a chance at an upset if they had drawn any other first-round matchup. The Clippers are in good shape going forward and could enjoy their best offseason ever when it comes to free agency, but they’re not ready to put an end to a Golden State dynasty that now features five All-Stars in its starting lineup. The Warriors figure to take their game up a notch, as they did last spring, but the Clippers won’t be swept away silently. WARRIORS IN FIVElast_img read more

In Man City’s shadow, top-four scrap begins

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | With Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City team galloping away towards the Premier League title, attention is starting to shift to the jostling for Champions League positions.Manchester United, 11 points below City in second place, and third-place Chelsea are well placed, but beneath them the picture is more fluid.Just a point separates fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur and seventh-place Arsenal, while Burnley and Leicester City are both threatening to crash the cabal of the ‘Big Six’.Man Utd and Chelsea lower their sightsUnited and defending champions Chelsea find themselves in a strange hinterland, both miles behind City — 11 and 14 points respectively — but otherwise enjoying broadly successful seasons.Jose Mourinho’s United had gone 40 home games without defeat prior to last Sunday’s stormy 2-1 loss to City in the derby, while Chelsea have taken 22 points from a possible 27.United drew a line beneath the derby defeat by beating Bournemouth 1-0 on Wednesday and defender Phil Jones says it has restored belief ahead of Sunday’s game at West Bromwich Albion. “We wanted to win the game (against City) and unfortunately it wasn’t to be, so it was important that we came out (against Bournemouth), showed a bit of fight and a bit of courage,” he told MUTV.“We had to dig deep and grind it out, but the most important thing was to get three points and get back on track.”Chelsea host Southampton on Saturday after bouncing back from their shock 1-0 loss at West Ham United with a one-sided 3-1 victory at Huddersfield Town.Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal seek consistencyHaving ended a four-game winless run with back-to-back victories over Stoke City and Brighton and Hove Albion, Tottenham appear to have rediscovered form just as Liverpool and Arsenal’s has disappeared.Spurs beat Brighton 2-0 on Wednesday and with Liverpool and Arsenal both drawing 0-0 — at home to West Brom and away to West Ham respectively — it lifted Mauricio Pochettino’s men up to fourth.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are without a win in two games, having been pegged back by Wayne Rooney’s late penalty in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Everton. Arsenal, meanwhile, are yet to win a league game in December, their stalemate at West Ham following a 3-1 home defeat against Manchester United and a 1-1 draw at Southampton.But despite their current difficulties, Arsenal trail Spurs and Liverpool by only a point and they will expect to get back on track on Saturday against free-falling Newcastle United.“It’s not a concern. The manager and the boys have a plan, so we’re just trying to get back to winning ways,” says 20-year-old winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who made his league debut in mid-week.“We’ve got our home crowd behind us (on Saturday) and I think that could be what we’re missing in terms of getting that finishing touch on a goal,” he told the Arsenal website.Burnley and Leicester plot surprisesHigh-flying Burnley sit between Liverpool and Arsenal in sixth place and were briefly as high as fourth after beating Stoke 1-0 on Tuesday — their highest position since March 1975.Sean Dyche’s tightly drilled side have won six of their last eight league games and on Saturday travel to Brighton, who are without a win in six.Leicester have put last season’s post-title turmoil behind them under new manager Claude Puel, who has lost just once in eight league games since succeeding Craig Shakespeare.They sit four points below Arsenal ahead of Saturday’s home game with improving Crystal Palace, who are six games unbeaten in the league.FixturesSaturday (1500 GMT unless otherwise stated):Arsenal v Newcastle, Brighton v Burnley, Chelsea v Southampton, Leicester v Crystal Palace (1230 GMT), Man City v Tottenham (1730 GMT), Stoke v West Ham, Watford v HuddersfieldSunday:Bournemouth v Liverpool (1630 GMT), West Brom v Man United (1415 GMT)Monday (2000 GMT):Everton v SwanseaShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Wade, James and Heat deliver right message

first_imgDwyane Wade, Lebron James and the Miami Heat aren’t the first athletes to use a photo to make a statement.Gold medal swimmer Amanda Beard did it to much less fanfare four years ago in Beijing when she unveiled a nude poster of herself in front of an American flag in an anti-fur protest at the Olympics.The Chinese weren’t happy about it, showing up at the hotel and shutting down a press conference before it began. Beard ended up displaying the poster in an impromptu gathering outside the athletes’ village, while police and security officials looked on. MAKING A STATEMENT—In this image posted to Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James’ Twitter page, Miami Heat players wear team hoodies. Heat stars Dwyane Wade and James decided March 22 to make their reactions about the Trayvon Martin situation public, and James felt the best way to do that was the team photo with everyone wearing hoodies. (AP Photo/LeBron James via Twitter) Wade, James and the Heat faced no such problems. LeBron James posted a picture Friday that showed the team wearing hoodies, with each of the players’ heads bowed and hands in pockets—putting the image in front of his millions of Twitter followers.Later that night, the Heat took the court in Detroit with slogans honoring slain teenager Trayvon Martin written on their shoes.It was simple, yet dramatic. And it accomplished what Wade, James and others wanted—to bring even more attention to a case that has sparked a nationwide outcry.“You never know, that could be your kid,” James said. “As leaders and as role models we’re happy we can shed the light on a situation we feel isn’t right.”If it seems personal to the Heat, that’s because it is. James and Wade are both the fathers of two sons, and they played in the All-Star game on the same night when Martin—a Black 17-year-old wearing a hoodie as he walked to a family home after buying some iced tea and candy—was shot to death by a community watch volunteer a few miles from Orlando’s Amway Arena.The more they heard and read about the case, the more outrageous it seemed. The more they thought about it, the more they wanted their voices heard.Nothing wrong with that, unless the slogans on their shoes draw attention from David Stern’s uniform police for violating the NBA’s strict guidelines. Even admirable, if you subscribe to the theory that they could be making enemies—or cost themselves shoe sales—by inserting themselves into a controversial case.If Wade and James were making a statement, though, they made a very careful one. Unlike the NBA players’ union, they didn’t call for the resignation of the police chief in the Florida community where Martin was shot to death, or demand the immediate arrest of the person who shot him.Instead, they talked as fathers with sons who ask for hoodies for Christmas. They talked as Black men who have every right to wear hoodies.And they talked about their hope that justice would be done.They used their platform as NBA superstars to deliver a message from the heart. And they got it right.They weren’t the only ones, of course. People posed Friday in hoodies on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and around the nation. President Barack Obama even weighed in, urging Americans to “do some soul searching” and saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”Still, Wade and James could have left it to others to make the case. Their job is to entertain and there are perils associated with taking a stand on anything more controversial than what flavor of Gatorade they prefer.Others before them had spoken out on the issues of the day, and paid the price.Muhammad Ali was hated by millions for refusing his draft induction during the Vietnam War and it cost him three years in the prime of his career. Tommie Smith and John Carlos were ostracized for years for giving the Black power salute on the medal platform in the 1968 Olympics.Tiger Woods was so afraid of alienating any of his sponsors or fans that he sidestepped for years any questions about social inequities in golf.It’s easy to play ball and make millions of dollars and leave the real world to others. And that’s usually what we want our heroes to do because sports offers an escape, a time to forget about the problems of our time.This is different in a lot of ways. The fact Wade and James spoke out publicly underscores just how personal the issue is. The fact they did it so well underscores how much thought was behind it.They’re famous, sure. But they’re Black men with sons first, horrified like so many others that something as innocent as a walk through a neighborhood or a choice of clothing could lead to a death.“I’m thinking about my son, thinking about how easy something like that could happen,” Wade said.That’s the message they wanted to deliver. And that’s a message any parent—Black or White—can understand.(Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg.)last_img read more