Swindon offices: Slowdown in Swindon

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Alexandre Lacazette shuts down suggestions Unai Emery has lost the Arsenal dressing room

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette shuts down suggestions Unai Emery has lost the Arsenal dressing room Read More Read More / Pressure is growing on Emery after a string of bad results and performances (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have publically backed Emery despite calls for him to go, and Lacazette insists the Spanish coach still has the backing of the dressing room.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT PLAY Video Settings SPONSORED Skip Ad Skip Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Nov 2019 9:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link195Shares Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling The Gunners frontman insists the manager still has the full support of the squad (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette insists the Arsenal dressing are still behind under-pressure boss Unai Emery, while he rejected suggestions the team have gone backwards under his management.The Gunners are losing pace with the rest of the top four after failing to win in the Premier League since the start of October, with their most recent defeat to Leicester City leaving them eight points adrift of the Champions League places.Emery has now collected fewer points in his first 50 games in charge than predecessor Arsene Wenger did in his last 50, racking up fewer wins, having fewer shots and giving up more chances. 1 min. story Read More Full Screen 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Top articles Read More Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Coming Next by Metro Comment Asked how much support there is for Unai Emery, Lacazette told the club’s website: ‘We’re working together every day on a constant basis to pick up the slack.‘The group definitely supports the coach and I’m sure the club does as well. We’re a very tight group and we’re doing everything we can to improve.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‘His best quality is that he’s really passionate. Every day at training he’s always really happy to be there and to work with us, to teach us and his staff things.’Rejecting the Wenger comparison, Lacazette continued: ‘I believe we have progressed in many ways. Like all clubs, we go through difficult times but progress has been made.’Arsenal face a kind fixture list over the coming weeks, taking on Southampton, Norwich City, Brighton and West Ham, and Lacazette is focused on returning to winning ways.He added: ‘Obviously we’re not at the top of our game at the moment, but we remain leaders in the Europa League, we’re still in the running in the championship. I think now we just need to work on keeping things calm and moving forward with that.’MORE: Patrick Vieira issues warning to Arsenal fans who want Unai Emery sackedMORE: Thierry Henry explains why Nicolas Pepe is struggling at ArsenalMore: 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 Advertisementlast_img read more

Two vehicle accident kills KY man

first_imgPleasant, IN— Monday morning, the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an automobile accident at the intersection of SR 129 and State Road 250. A vehicle driven by Chad Fox, of Ripley County, was headed south on SR 129 when it was hit by Roland McNeely, of Grant County Kentucky as McNeely was turning west onto State Road 250. McNeely was airlifted at the scene and transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital where he later died.  Fox received minor injuries and was transported to Kings Daughters Hospital.The crash is still under investigation by the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department.  They ask anyone with information on the accident to contact them at 812.427.3636.last_img

Grave hints at hectic schedule if England tour comes off

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive, Johnny Grave, has described a “best-case scenario” for the Test tour of England which would see the regional side play in July instead of June, have a single warm-up match before the start of the series and play back-to-back Tests.The June 4-25 three-Test series is currently in doubt following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which has halted all international cricket and caused severe disruption across the global sporting calendar.Only recently, England and Wales Cricket Board pushed the start of its domestic and international itinerary back to the end of May, further complicating the staging of the series against West Indies.Grave acknowledged there would need to be major adjustments if the series was to go ahead as planned.“I think probably the best-case scenario for us, although we’ve not discussed it yet, is we would have one four-day game leading into what would almost certainly be back-to-back Test matches, starting Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and possibly look to play those in July and shift our summer accordingly,” Grave explained.“The easiest matches for us to rearrange would be the six games against New Zealand. We are blessed that we can host cricket any time of year.”West Indies are already down to host New Zealand in three Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals from July 8 to 19, meaning that series would also have to be shifted.Also, the Caribbean side are scheduled to welcome South Africa for two Tests and five T20 Internationals from July 15 to August 16, meaning that any amendments to the England itinerary would continue to spark a ripple effect.Grave said CWI would hold discussions with ECB following Easter in order to get a clearer picture of the options available.“We’ve agreed with the ECB we’ll sit down after Easter to see how the world looks and when we think we can get that series on,” Grave said.“The only good thing is the three venues – Oval, Edgbaston and Lord’s – are prepared for international cricket at a moment’s notice, therefore in a relatively short period of time we could prepare for those matches.“We would certainly want to have a minimum preparation period for our players, to do themselves justice as we look to defend the Wisden Trophy.“But at the same time it’s hugely important for ECB to get those games on. They are in a new broadcast deal with Sky so they’re very keen to get that series on to keep their broadcast revenues flowing.”last_img read more

Badgers take on winless ‘Cats

first_imgUW head coach Lisa Stone and the women?s basketball team will travel to Evanston, Ill., today for a Monday night showdown against the winless Wildcats of Northwestern.With injuries to key starters early in the season, the Wildcats (0-13, 4-21) currently hold the last place position in the Big Ten. The Badgers (5-8, 12-11), however, know all too well that a team?s record is no indication of its abilities.?We?re going to play them like they?re the best team in the conference, like they?re the No. 1 team in the country,? senior Janese Banks said. ?Any given night, anybody can win in our conference.?With the home court advantage, Northwestern will look to the blocks for success in their starting center, Amy Jaeschke.?[Northwestern] is still a Division I team with one of the most premiere post players in the country in Jaeschke,? Stone said. ?They?re dangerous because they?re so hungry [for a win], and on top of all that, they?re playing at home.?Northwestern last played in Madison Jan. 27, a game that ended in a 75-45 rout in favor of Wisconsin. The win was the second straight for UW at the time, initiating what would become a bit of a season-saving streak for the team.?[The wins] have been a big boost for us, and especially with the games [this week]; it gives us that encouragement,? Banks said. ?To get that ?roll? going and to get that momentum will be huge.?With a win last Thursday night against Illinois, the Badgers are now 4-2 in their past six games with five games remaining. Stone recognizes a sharper focus by her players, which in her mind has led to the team’s recent success.?We?ve been paying more attention to detail,? Stone said. ?We?re a lot more consistent, and we?re taking care of the basketball. We?re playing our best basketball at the right time of the year, so we want to continue that as we finish the season strong.?From a momentum standpoint, the team can argue its case for ?most feared opponent.? The Badgers’ young players have gained experience and are starting to gel with the seniors and their respective skill sets. It is this balanced scoring attack that forces teams to respect each individual defensively, which creates opportunities in the one-on-one game.?I think every game when we can get three or four players in double digits, it?s important to us,? Banks said. ?Instead of focusing on one or two of us, they have to focus on everybody and worry about guarding all of us.?To avoid becoming the first win for the Wildcats, the Badgers have to avoid giving the game away by turning the ball over and wasting offensive possessions. At times against Illinois, Wisconsin settled for low-percentage shots with time remaining on the shot clock. It is this shot selection that Stone is focused on for tonight’s game.?It?s something you always talk about ? good shot, better shot and best shot,? Stone said. ?Our team?s hunger for success sometimes overtakes them, and that was some decision making and some details we will go over.?Win or lose against Northwestern, Wisconsin won?t have much time to react to the outcome, with a game Wednesday in Madison against Indiana. Without much time to prepare and rest, the more efficient the Badgers are in practice, the better.?Our kids right now want to play,? Stone said. ?This time of the season you want to play games, so it?s going to be important to get rest and be prepared. We?re not going to let up ? pedal to the metal.?last_img read more

USG Senator sworn in amid new role assumptions

first_img“I’m really ready to get some good work done,” Chanda said during the induction, “and I really hope that despite all the challenges we face, not only with the student government but with USC and just life, in general, we can all move forward in a safe, healthy and progressive manner. Sophomore Shreya Chanda was sworn in as an Undergraduate Student Government senator during the first Senate meeting of the 2020-21 academic year Tuesday. Chanda fills the vacancy left after the resignation of senator-elect Isabel Washington following surfaced accounts of racist and classist remarks on social media this summer.  Later in the meeting, Asian Pacific American Student Assembly co-executive director Jessica Kim, a junior majoring in environmental engineering, raised the issue of protocol for filling the open positions of president and vice president. Former executives Truman Fritz and Rose Ritch resigned from their respective positions this summer after calls for their impeachment amassed following allegations that Fritz made anti-Black remarks on multiple occasions and Ritch had remained complicit.  Following anonymous submissions to @black_at_usc — an Instagram account created to provide a space for Black Trojans to share their experiences of racism and microaggressions on campus — that allege discriminatory behavior by Washington, text screenshots between Washington and former assistant director Nathaniel Manor also emerged displaying crude and bigoted language. Washington resigned amid the scandal, leaving a position that would have been open to Manor since he ranked 13th in the USG 2020-21 Senator elections, garnering 976 votes.  As Speaker of the Senate, and by virtue of USG bylaws, Savage will be filling the role of USG president for the remainder of the term. With Chanda’s inauguration, the Senate is currently at full capacity of 12 members, allowing them to move forward in voting for the new speaker of the senate and vice president, both of which will be filled by current senators. Savage and the appointed vice president will then be sworn in, leaving two new vacancies in the Senate. USG’s bylaws state these positions will be offered to those who ran but did not win Senate seats in the general election. The roles will be offered to the candidates with the highest number of votes that currently do not hold office. According to Savage, one of the two Senate seats is accounted for and the second is awaiting confirmation, after which they will be sworn in during the following Senate meeting.  Shaylee Navarro contributed to this report. Savage did not respond in time for publication about the DEI statement. “USG has historically lacked representation and inclusion of [Black, Indigenous and people of color] communities, and the organization as a whole must have leaders with varying experiences to create an inclusive campus,” the statement read. “As the Cabinet collectively lacks this understanding, we ask for their voluntary resignations to demonstrate their commitment to and acknowledgment of the lack of BIPOC representation within USG as a whole.” The first virtual Senate meeting of the 2020-21 academic year was led by Speaker of the Senate Gabe Savage, who filled in the role of President following the resignation of former Undergraduate Student Government President Truman Fritz. Savage assumes the position despite a recommendation from USG’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council for cabinet members to step down from their positions. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) Chanda, who is majoring in global health, said that although this semester is being conducted in an unprecedented manner following many changes within USG, she is excited and committed to serve the undergraduate student body.  In a public statement obtained by the Daily Trojan that was sent to USG July 6, the USG Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council recommended that the USG Executive Cabinet step down along with Fritz and Ritch due to their  “lack of transparency and failure to show accountability” towards addressing the discriminatory actions committed by their members. The executive cabinet includes in addition to the president and vice president, the chief of staff, the speaker of the senate, the chief financial officer, the chief programming officer, the chief communications officer and the chief diversity officer. Although released as a public statement, the letter was not released to the student body by USG.  In a communitywide letter, USG stated that Manor would not be considered for the role. However, in an interview with the Daily Trojan Speaker of the Senate Gabe Savage said Manor declined the position when offered to him. Chanda was next in line to be offered the position and garnered 937 votes in the Senate election.     The Council also made recommendations to USG that include the implementation of mandatory bystander intervention and bias training by incoming USG leadership, for the new president and vice president to provide rationale to Cabinet position appointments to the student body and to release public information of Black and Indigenous people and people of color representation in the organization.  Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled Shreya Chanda’s name. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

Men’s water polo falls to Cal in championship rematch

first_imgSenior goalie McQuin Baron and the Trojans look to put their loss to Cal behind them quickly as they face No. 3 UCLA this week. Photo by Austin Paik | Daily TrojanIn a tough repeat of last year’s NCAA Championship, the top-ranked men’s water polo team lost to No. 2 Cal after a closely fought battle in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday. The match went down to the final quarter, but it was the Golden Bears who ultimately prevailed, 6-3.Having focused on defensive preparation throughout the season, the Trojans started off strong as senior goalie McQuin Baron tallied five saves to begin the match. Building from the strong defense, senior utility James Walters pushed forward and scored the opening goal — the only score of the first quarter.Entering the second, the Trojans had momentum, but Cal’s defense shut them out throughout the period. The Bears were also able to figure out a way to get past Baron and USC’s defense. By halftime, the Trojans found themselves down 3-1.USC looked like it was returning to form to open the third quarter, as sophomore 2-meter Matt Maier put a shot away to pull the Trojans within one. As Baron held the fort defensively, junior driver Zach D’Sa tied things up halfway through the period. But with seconds left in the third, Cal was able to fire another shot past Baron, giving the Bears the lead once again heading into the final quarter.Their momentum continued into the fourth as Cal broke down USC’s defense. The Bears took advantage of a Baron ejection to extend their lead to 5-3, and none of USC’s shots hit their mark as the Trojans came up empty for the entirety of the quarter. Cal scored once more to finish USC off, maintaining its perfect home record this season. While a frustrating game for the Trojans, the team found a silver lining this weekend when it traveled to No. 5 Pacific on Sunday and clinched an 11-7 victory. Baron tallied 15 total saves at Cal, and he needed only one more against the Tigers to reach 1,000 career saves. He claimed 15 more to blow past the mark: It was only fitting Baron accomplished the feat against Pacific, considering the only other player in MPSF history who managed to tally 1,000 career saves was former Tiger Alex Malkis, who played from 2010 to 2013.Even though they ended on a positive note this weekend, the Trojans will still look to rebound in pursuit of a national championship. Next up, USC readies for a trip to Westwood on Saturday to face crosstown rival No. 3 UCLA in the Trojans’ regular-season finale.last_img read more

Beat writers agree SU will leave Homewood Field victorious against Johns Hopkins

first_imgIn its first game as the No. 1 team in the country since 2017, Syracuse (4-0) will renew its historic rivalry against Johns Hopkins (1-3) at Homewood Field in Baltimore on Saturday afternoon. The two programs head into the game trending in opposite directions. The Blue Jays lost their last three games and slipped out of the top-25. The Orange still haven’t lost and claimed the No. 1 spot in the country behind two top-20 wins. Here’s what our beat writers predict for Saturday’s game at Homewood. Mitchell Bannon (4-0)Bat FlipSyracuse 19, Johns Hopkins 11The Hopkins-Syracuse matchup is often competitive. The Blue Jays have won four of the last ten meetings and even hold an all-time series lead. But Saturday’s match won’t be close.The Jays are coming off three straight losses (outscored by 17 goals in that time). In Hopkins’ most recent loss to Princeton — Pat March’s old squad built around Tewaaraton Award favorite Michael Sowers — the Tigers midfield scored 10 goals. The week before, Hopkins allowed a nine-point performance from North Carolina’s Chris Gray. SU scoring Saturday will not be a question of if but who. Not how, but how many. March’s offense has been unpredictable in the best way possible — opposing teams have been unable to effectively shut down one aspect without allowing another facet of SU’s attack to feast. And that is exactly what the Orange will do this weekend: feast.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAndrew Crane (3-1)Jay-KSyracuse 15, Johns Hopkins 9I’ll let Mitch make the joke about the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays and the Toronto Blue Jays in his tagline. This is the earliest JHU has lost three games in a season since 2000, albeit against three ranked teams, two of which are in the top 5 — Loyola, North Carolina and Princeton. The Blue Jays aren’t as bad as their record implies they are, but that doesn’t matter against a Syracuse team that’s cruising right now. Look for the Orange to prove Hobart head coach Greg Raymond right that there’s not a “better midfield in the country.” Scanlan’s four goals were overshadowed by the midfield’s explosion against the Statesmen, and he’ll continue to pace SU in scoring from his attack spot. Johns Hopkins’ leading goal scorer is Garrett Degnon with eight goals, and even an average offensive output by Syracuse standards this season should be enough for a fifth-straight win.Arabdho Majumder (4-0)Open seasSyracuse 18, Johns Hopkins 11The only reason this game might stay close, at least for a half, is because of the long history between Johns Hopkins and Syracuse dating back to the 1980s when one of the two were in every final, save for 1986. This season, the matchup kicks off a vital road trip for the Orange, who should win their first two games on the road comfortably against unranked opponents.North Carolina cut open Johns Hopkins’ defense for 17 goals. Princeton added another to that total last weekend. UNC scored in similar ways to what can be expected from SU: lots of step-down shooters and individual wing dodging. Syracuse likely won’t rely on going through the X as much as the Tar Heels did, but that won’t limit the Orange’s output. The SU defense will again be in a spotlight with the absence of Nick Mellen, but it has given up just 20 goals in the last two games without the former All-American. JHU plays slow and likes to work from behind the cage, so penalties — like Brett Kennedy’s three against Hobart — are an absolute no-no. Still, the length of all three close defenders Syracuse will start on Saturday will make it tough for the Blue Jays to get anything going offensively. Comments Published on March 6, 2020 at 6:41 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Augsburg coach barred from Bundesliga match after leaving team quarantine to buy toothpaste

first_imgWith the Bundesliga season set to resume on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic, strict protocols are being enforced to ensure this weekend’s round of games goes off without a hitch.Augsburg head coach, Heiko Herrlich, found out the hard way the extent to which officials are determined to see the season resume.With his side set to take on Wolfsburg on Saturday, Herrlich left his team hotel to go and buy toothpaste.“I have no toothpaste and then I went to a supermarket,” he said at a news conference.Teams in Germany’s top two leagues are being housed in hotels ahead of the games with none of the players or staff allowed to leave.“I made a mistake by leaving the hotel,” Herrlich admitted in a statement.He will now miss his side’s game on Saturday and will only return to training after two negative COVID-19 tests.Augsburg said they are constantly testing their staff and players.“Even though I have followed all hygiene measures both when leaving the hotel and otherwise, I cannot undo this. In this situation, I was not able to act as a role model for my team and the public.“I will, therefore, be consistent and stand by my mistake. Because of this misconduct, I will not be leading the training [on Friday] and will not be in charge of the team against Wolfsburg on Saturday.”The Bundesliga will be live on Citi FM with games on Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

Four Guinness World Records broken in Tuzla?

first_imgMirsad and Irma Nokto from BiH and Zarko Jankovic from Montenegro left many citizens of Tuzla simply breathless. A “Guinness World Records Day” was held in the Mejdan Sports Hall in Tuzla, and a group of athletes managed to break current records in four official categories.Mirsad Nokto, the master of martial arts and the coach of WuShu Kung Fu National team of BiH, broke two world records.This 49-year-old man from Tuzla managed to perform 103 push-ups in a minute, with which he surpassed Roman Dossenbach from Switzerland, who held the world record in this discipline with 101 push-ups.Also, 16 plates made of autoclaved concrete were broken on Nokto’s stomach with a hammer of 6.30 kg in 4.22 seconds, which pushed Ali Bahcetepe from Turkey from the first place, at whose stomach was done the same in 4.74 seconds.Mirsad’s daughter, 13-year-old Irma Nokto, broke another record by popping 60 balls in her heels by a hit over the head, and she popped a total of 39 balloons, with which she surpassed Ana Marie Petzolt from Germany, who held the world record with 18 balloons.“It’s a great feeling to be a new world record holder. I was preparing for a month and it was very hard, but the effort paid off at the end,” said young Irma.Zarko Jankovic from Montenegro broke the record of Adem Dulas from Austria in breaking plates made of autoclaved concrete with his elbows while holding the egg in his hand, which was not supposed to crack until the end.Namely, Jankovic broke 82 plates in 9.74 seconds, while the earlier record was 78 plates.(Source: A. K./Klix.ba)last_img read more