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Kieran Tierney sends message to Unai Emery about making his Premier League debut for Arsenal

first_imgGabriel Martinelli celebrates scoring his Arsenal’s first goal with Kieran Tierney (Getty Images)‘We know the ambitions and aims of the club and supporters, we are all in it together and I hope we can do that.‘We’ve got the potential, we’ve the ability.‘I’ve come here and the standard has been great for me to learn off.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s took me a few weeks to get up to standard and up to speed with the other boys.‘They are a world-class standard and so for me learning off them is brilliant.’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 Comment Advertisement Advertisement Kieran Tierney is waiting to make his Premier League debut for Arsenal (Getty Images)Kieran Tierney insists he is ready to make his Premier League debut for Arsenal after impressing in the 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday evening.The 22-year-old joined the Gunners from Celtic in the summer but his introduction to the team was delayed as he needed a double hernia operation in May.Tierney was handed his debut for Arsenal against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup last week but was left out of the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Monday.Tierney returned to the squad for Thursday’s Europa League match and made a quick impact as he provided an excellent cross for Gabriel Martinelli’s goal in the 13th minute.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kieran Tierney sends message to Unai Emery about making his Premier League debut for Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Oct 2019 12:33 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 Tierney impressed in the 4-0 win over Standard Liege (PA Wire)Arsenal face Bournemouth on Sunday and many Arsenal fans are hoping to see Tierney make his first appearance in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd when asked if he was ready after the match against Standard Liege, Tierney said: ‘I’m just doing my best every day.‘I work hard, if the manager trusts me then I’ll give 100 per cent.’Tierney is also confident that Arsenal can secure a top-four finish this season and return the club to the Champions League.‘I think the club is a massive club, they deserve to be in the Champions League,’ he said.last_img read more

Pope Francis wants ‘Church for poor’

first_img 45 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img FaithLifestyle Pope Francis wants ‘Church for poor’ by: – March 18, 2013 Tweet Pope FrancisPope Francis has said he wants “a poor Church, for the poor” following his election as head of the world’s 1.2bn Catholics on Wednesday. He said he chose the name Francis after 12-13th Century St Francis of Assisi, who represented “poverty and peace”.He urged journalists to get to know the Church with its “virtues and sins” and to share its focus on “truth, goodness and beauty”. Pope Francis takes over from Benedict XVI, who abdicated last month. The former Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was the surprise choice of cardinals meeting in Rome to choose a new head of the Church.In his first audience at the Vatican, he said Jesus Christ and not the Pope was the centre of the Church, which he stressed was “spiritual not political” in nature. He said the Holy Spirit had inspired the resignation of Benedict XVI and guided the cardinals choosing him as the next pontiff. The Pope said he had been inspired to take the name Francis by a Brazilian colleague who embraced him and whispered “don’t forget the poor” when it was announced that he had been elected Pope. He said he immediately thought of St Francis of Assisi, the Italian founder of the Franciscan Order who was devoted to the poor. As well as representing poverty and peace, he said St Francis “loved and looked after” creation – and he noted that humanity was “not having a good relationship with nature at the moment”.St Francis of Assisi is said to have loved animals as his “brothers and sisters” and even to have preached to birds. HumourThere had been speculation that Pope Francis – who was a member of the Jesuit order – had chosen his name in honour of St Francis Xavier, a 16th Century Jesuit missionary in Asia. But he said this was not the case. The new Pope’s style is very different to that of his predecessor, BBC Vatican correspondent David Willey says. He talks in simple, easy to understand terms about ethical values and shows a remarkable sense of humour, our correspondent says. Earlier, the Vatican said Pope Francis would visit his predecessor Pope emeritus Benedict next week. Pope Benedict, 85, became the first Pope in 600 years to abdicate last month when he said old age and health meant he could no longer continue in the job. BBC Newslast_img read more

1982 Brazil team reunite to help fight COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Members of Brazil’s 1982 World Cup squad have reunited to ask their compatriots to work together and donate money to help the country’s overcrowded slums avoid the worst ravages of the coronavirus. In an initiative led by Paulo Roberto Falcao, 19 players, including Zico, Junior and Leandro, recorded a video message appealing for donations. “The 1982 Brazil team was known for its creativity, union and collective work ethic,” Falcao said, adding: “Now we are springing into action for Brazil again.” The former AS Roma and Internacional midfielder said 2.6 million reais ($500,000) has been raised in less than a week. His appeal is the latest in a series of efforts by leading current and former Brazilian footballers to help the South American nation cope with the effects of COVID-19. More than 900 Brazilians have died from the virus, but doctors fear the death toll could rise exponentially if it gets a foothold in the densely populated favelas that dot most Brazilian cities. The Brazil team at the 1982 World Cup in Spain is widely held to be one of the greatest sides never to win the tournament. After beating the Soviet Union, Scotland, New Zealand and Argentina, Brazil needed a draw against Italy to move into the semi-finals. However, a hat-trick from Paolo Rossi gave Italy a 3-2 win and helped them on the way to the final, where they defeated West Germany. All the Brazil team except Socrates, goalkeeper Waldir Peres and midfielder Batista are still alive and contributed a video for Falcao’s initiative. Reuters/NAN.Tags: 1982 Brazil World CupAS RomaCOVID-19Paulo Roberto Falcaolast_img read more

Morrison bailed in ‘assaults’ case

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been freed after a judge granted him bail following a private court hearing. He was refused bail by District Judge James Prowse at his first court appearance at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and spent the weekend in custody. On Monday Judge Michael Henshall granted Morrison bail. An application by the Press Association to allow the press and public into court for the hearing was rejected by the judge and the hearing went ahead in private. Morrison was given bail but his bail conditions were not given by the court following a request from the press. Despite being touted as a bright prospect at Old Trafford, Morrison only appeared in the League Cup before former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sold him to West Ham for £650,000 in January 2012. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce took him to Upton Park but he was soon shipped out to Birmingham and QPR on loan. Morrison is next due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. The 21-year-old was in custody and not present at Manchester Crown Court to hear the bail application made by his lawyers. Former Manchester United midfielder Morrison is accused of two counts of common assault on his ex-girlfriend Reah Mansoor, 19 and her mother Parveen Mansoor, 39, in the early hours of last Sunday morning. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Costa omitted from Spain squad

first_img The striker’s fitness has been one of the talking points of the season – the problematic hamstrings he had at Atletico Madrid still hampering him – and last month club boss Jose Mourinho said he thought his troubles were coming because of his work with Spain. When asked if he thought Costa was now fit, he said “but he still has to play for the national team in November!” suggesting more trouble could lie ahead. Press Association But Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has overlooked the 25-year-old for next week’s fixtures – news which is sure to please Mourinho. “Costa has some annoyances,” Del Bosque said when announcing his squad through the Spanish national team’s official website. He added, suggesting there were no underlying problems: “He is the first who is willing to be with us. “Our idea is that all 23 players come to be useful.” Costa’s Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas is included in the squad, with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla the other English-based players. Spain face Belarus next Saturday, sitting unusually off the top in qualifying group C after defeat to leaders Slovakia. They then face the side which this summer took their world crown, Germany, in a friendly on Tuesday. Spain squad: Casillas, De Gea, Casilla, Juanfran, Azpilicueta, Ramos, Pique, Albiol, Bartra, Alba, Bernat, Busquets, Camacho, Koke, Cazorla, Fabregas, Callejon, Nolito, Morata, Alcacer, Pedro, Raul Garcia, Isco. center_img Chelsea’s Diego Costa has been left out of Spain’s squad for their forthcoming fixtures with Belarus and Germany.last_img read more

Sullivan cards 64 to extend English Championship lead to 5

first_imgLast Updated: 9th August, 2020 07:56 IST Sullivan Cards 64 To Extend English Championship Lead To 5 Andy Sullivan is closing in on his first win in almost five years after a third-round 64 on Saturday gave him a five-shot lead at the English Championship FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV First Published: 9th August, 2020 07:56 IST Associated Press Television News center_img COMMENT Written By Andy Sullivan is closing in on his first win in almost five years after a third-round 64 on Saturday gave him a five-shot lead at the English Championship.The 33-year-old Englishman won three times in 2015 as he finished in Europe’s top 10 but he has not lifted a trophy since the Portugal Masters in October of that year.The 2016 Ryder Cup player entered the third day at Hanbury Manor with a one-shot advantage and carded two eagles, five birdies and two bogeys to move to 21 under, five strokes clear of countryman Steven Brown.“My strategy (Sunday) will be the same as today,” Sullivan told “Just control what I can do. I can’t control anyone that is going to come up behind me.”Sullivan set the tone with a remarkable drive to 2 feet on the par-four No. 1 for an eagle but he needed another eagle on the ninth to reclaim the lead from a charging Brandon Stone (67), who had six birdies before the turn.As the South African faltered on the back nine, Brown became the nearest challenger, signing for a 66 that included him hitting the pin to be denied a hole-in-one on the sixth.But Sullivan picked up four birdies in six holes from the 12th, with a three-putt on the 13th his only blemish on the back nine.Stone was alongside countryman Dean Burmester (69) and Spain’s Adrian Otaegui (67) at 15 under.The top 10 players on the European Tour’s mini Order of Merit after the first five events of the U.K. Swing will seal a place in the U.S. Open, with Sullivan having finished fourth at the British Masters two weeks ago.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

UK government to implement online tax rise before FOBT stake cuts

first_img Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 The Times has this morning reported, that the UK government will delay its implementation of an industry-wide £2 FOBT machine stake reduction until April 2020, citing that the UK Treasury has struck a ‘backroom deal’ with betting leadership.Last May, UK Culture Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the government’s decision to reduce FOBTs wagering levels to £2 limit, stating that the government would implement the UKGC’s recommendations on the controversial subject matter.Upon the announcement of the £2 cut, industry leaders urged the government to implement a ‘transition period’ aimed at reducing the impact of the judgement on the UK betting sector’s retail enterprises.In its report, The Times states that betting leadership has convinced the Treasury to adopt an ‘extended implementation period’ to reprogram betting shop terminals.The reported delay on FOBTs reductions is set to have deepened the rift between Matt Hancock’s DCMS department and the Treasury. Overseeing the implementation of UK gambling laws DCMS expected the new FOBTs wagering regulations to be implemented within a nine-month period.Prior to the government’s decision to implement a £2 reduction, UK news sources reported that Treasury leadership had expressed concerns related to lost duties, as the Office of Budget Responsibility detailed that FOBTs machines could raise circa ‘£74 million of the forecasted £119 million in UK machine gaming duties for the period up to 2023’.However, it appears that UK betting will not be able to escape political implications, as The Times reports that the Treasury will move to impose a higher tax rate on online gambling services which will be delivered in the April 2019 budget.An online gambling tax hike is designed to compensate the exchequer for the loss of tax revenues from lower FOBT profits. At present, little is known with regards to the government’s potential new online gambling tax rate, however, the potential introduction before the lower FOBT stake mandate would see the UK Treasury benefit from a year of double taxation.last_img read more

Chargers’ Melvin Gordon could play vs. Dolphins, coach Anthony Lynn says

first_imgThe Chargers ruled out running back Justin Jackson for Week 4 because of a calf strain, leaving only two active running backs (Austin Ekeler and Troymaine Pope). This injury opened up the door for Gordon to be thrown back into the fire after being away from the team for 64 days, and he’s ready to be a contributor as soon as possible. “I’m good, man,” Gordon said. “I didn’t really get to gauge myself like I wanted to, but like I said, if they call my number (I’m ready). I’ve been grinding. It’s not like I’ve been sitting around and I’m coming in overweight or anything like that. But it’s not like I get a preseason game to get warmed up. You kind of get in and get right in the fire.”Gordon, 26, averaged 5.1 yards per carry as he rushed for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns last season while adding 490 receiving yards for four touchdowns.The Chargers (1-2) will face the Dolphins (0-3) Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Melvin Gordon might be making his 2019 debut earlier than expected.A report earlier this week said the Chargers running back likely wouldn’t play Sunday after he ended his contract holdout and returned to the team, but now he has been added to the NFL’s two-game exempt list, which makes him eligible to play this weekend. Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn praised Gordon’s good shape at practice Friday but remains cautious about using him in a game too early.”We understand that Melvin’s been back for a day and a half, so we have to be careful if he plays, how much he plays and even if he plays at all,” Lynn told reporters. Related News Matthew Stafford injury update: Lions QB questionable vs. Chiefslast_img read more

How to Win PGA DFS Contests: Strategy, advice, tips for DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy golf tournaments

first_imgGolf can be a difficult DFS market to manipulate due to the volatility of each individual player’s results for any given PGA tournament. One player’s missed cut can turn what could have been a GPP winning lineup on DraftKings or Fanduel into a lineup barely in the money. Results like this can be frustrating for fantasy golf players, but there are several strategies you can implement to combat the volatility of so many independent commodities. Below, we’ll address these strategies and provide tangible examples of how this advice can work in practice. MORE DFS Strategy: NBA | NHLHow to Win PGA DFS Contests: Strategy, advice, tips for daily fantasy golf tournamentsDiversificationAny golfer in a field can win a tournament, and any golfer in a field can miss a cut. At the Desert Classic this year, Aaron Wise and Luke List were two of the pricier and most coveted golfers in the field. Wise was given 3.2% odds to win the tournament, and List was given 2.8%, both relatively high numbers. Adam Long was minimum-priced and given 0.2% odds to win the tournament. Most DFS players had never even heard of him. Wise and List missed the cut and Long won the entire tournament.While I don’t expect Long to win any more tournaments this season, this extreme case shows just how wide the range of possible results is for a golfer in any given tournament. The best way to manage this reality is to diversify your lineups up and down the pricing scale.A heavily diversified approach in golf has two primary advantages. More than perhaps any other sport, I avoid overinvesting in any one golfer, regardless of value or their perceived dominance over the field. This helps to limit the damage a single golfer can do to your lineup portfolio if they miss the cut. Given the unpredictability of any golfer in one tournament, I prefer this approach.Additionally, effective diversification will create exposure to more golfers. While even the most diversified strategies likely wouldn’t have mixed in Long for the Desert Classic, some strategies may have included Phil Mickelson, who was overlooked by most of the field. Mickelson saw very limited ownership despite solid 2.4% odds to win. He was only 7.3% owned in the biggest DraftKings GPP and finished second only behind Long in fantasy points scored. Unless highly contrarian, an overconfident, undiversified strategy would likely have faded Mickelson. The best way to manage golf tournaments is to diversify your lineups and allow the frequent volatility to work in your favor instead of against you.DOMINATE DFS CONTESTS: RotoQL Lineup BuilderEmphasize historical success over recent successMany golf experts constantly talk about the importance of a golfer’s form, which is essentially just a buzz word for whether a golfer has been hot or cold of late. DFS players often target players in good form hoping that they will carry their recent success over into the tournament of interest. Recent results are far too heavily weighted in DFS contests both in terms of ownership and price. Because golf results are so volatile in the short run, recent data generally has a much weaker predictive power than long-term performance. Even the best golfers go through slumps, and depending on the severity of the slump, they will therefore usually see a significant price drop. With most of the field focusing on golfers in strong form, you can swoop in and target proven golfers at both a price and ownership discount. Despite the discomfort you may feel taking a golfer who has been missing cuts or just not performing up to their usual standards recently, almost every golfer with strong historical statistics bounces back eventually. There is no rule that says an ice-cold golfer can’t post a top five finish or a golfer that is on fire can’t miss a cut. Both happen all the time.One of the best ways to combat unpredictability is by increasing your sample size. By weighing longterm historical results over short-term, recent hot streaks, you can more confidently attack the market’s inefficiency.FREE ONE-WEEK TRIAL: Fantasy Alarm DFS PlaybookTake a balanced statistical approachDFS players tend to lean heavily on certain statistics when selecting golfers. Without injuries or other absences creating value in sports like football and basketball, factors like Vegas odds and course fit can become the clearest path to value. The problem is, while these metrics are statistically significant, they are not as highly correlated with value as, for example, a sudden spike in projected snaps for a football player.  Phrases like “It’s a bomber’s course,” meaning the course is well-suited for longer drivers, are tossed around by DFS analysts before most contests. Although the occasional course has an extreme layout which may benefit some players’ strengths over others’, most high-level golfers can compete on any course. A “bomber’s course” can quickly turn into an accuracy fest if there is heavy enough wind to impact long drives. Shorter hitters can and do win on “bomber’s courses.”Don’t fixate on popular indicators like Vegas odds, course fit, and course history. Not only are these numbers not as predictive as perceived, but the edge that they would otherwise offer is negated by an increase in ownership on the resulting players of interest. Implementing a more balanced analytical strategy will help to generate natural diversification in your lineups and more sustainable profitability.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings.last_img read more

Liverpool boots first chance to do good with furlough announcement — but gets it right in the end

first_imgThe goal that sent Liverpool Football Club to the 2019 UEFA Champions League final came on a quickly taken corner kick, with right back Trent Alexander-Arnold aware that FC Barcelona’s defenders were distracted and unsettled and still trying to figure out their positioning. LFC forward Divock Origi scored before any of them realized the ball was in play.The Barca players complained to the referee, of course, insisting what had occurred had been unjust or unfair, but there are no do-overs in organized sport. After a week of blistering criticism, though, the club reconsidered. And that should lead to an understanding that, like all Premier League teams — like pretty much every professional sports operation on the planet — LFC is dealing with an unprecedented circumstance and must make decisions regarding the best means of continuing operation with a lot going out and almost nothing coming into the club.“In the spirit of transparency we must also be clear, despite the fact we were in a healthy position prior to this crisis, our revenues have been shut off yet our outgoings remain,” Moore wrote. “And like almost every sector of society, there is great uncertainty and concern over our present and future.”Liverpool faced a tough situation. It blundered. Fortunately for the club, a proper apology and a different course of action can lead to the right result. This may be the business of sport, but it’s still business — not sport. Or are there?MORE: Will LA Galaxy’s Efrain Alvarez play for U.S. or Mexico in the future?On Monday, following severe criticism of Liverpool’s Saturday decision to furlough its staff and participate in a government pandemic program that would compensate those employees, LFC announced it has withdrawn its participation in that plan and apologized for originally making an imprudent choice.The club deserves no applause for doing the right thing — but neither does it warrant scorn for making the decision too late.Think of it in the context of another great Champions League triumph for LFC, in 2005, when manager Rafa Benitez made the bewildering decision to start injury-prone Harry Kewell at forward. It was a shocking decision that seemed to detonate when Kewell got hurt inside the first 20 minutes. But replacing him with Vladimir Smicer produced one of the goals that won the game.“We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that,” read an open letter from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore.“Our intentions were, and still are, to ensure the entire workforce is given as much protection as possible from redundancy and/or loss of earnings during this unprecedented period.“We are therefore committed to finding alternative ways to operate while there are no football matches being played that ensures we are not applying for the government relief scheme.”MORE: How USWNT will be affected by postponement of 2020 OlympicsLiverpool’s original plan led to a tweet from one Liverpool fan, as quoted by journalist Melissa Reddy of the Independent , that read: “It’s like going to the foodbank when you can still comfortably afford to go to the supermarket to buy meals.”Asked Reddy: “What has been the moral cost of an organisation still fully capable of paying those employees rushing to use a policy whose support may not arrive quickly enough to keep thousands of small businesses alive?”The United Kingdom’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a program that covers up to 80 percent of wage costs for businesses that feel compelled to furlough workers with their businesses shut down because of the pandemic. LFC had planned to make up the 20-percent difference for its workers.last_img read more