Szczesny extends Gunners stay

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_imgGoalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. Press Association The Poland international, who is in his third full season with the north London club, joined Arsenal’s academy in 2006 from his hometown club of Legia Warsaw. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website: “We’re very pleased Wojciech has signed a new long-term contract. I have always believed he is an extremely talented player, with excellent reflexes and good mental strength. center_img “He continues to grow and improve all the time too, so he has the potential to be even better. He can be an important part of Arsenal Football Club for many years to come.” Szczesny made his debut for the Gunners in a League Cup win over West Brom in 2009 and has featured 121 times for Arsenal. The 23-year-old said: “I am very pleased to have signed a new contract. Arsenal is like my family and I’m so happy to be committing my long-term future here. “I’ve been at this club for over seven years now and I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support towards me during my time here. “Many people have given me amazing support since I arrived as a boy, people like (Arsenal goalkeeper coach) Tony Roberts, who helped my development as a player from a young age. “I’m so proud to be an Arsenal player and am looking forward to helping our club towards success in the years to come.” last_img read more


Renewed Hope for Broward Family of FBI Agent Bob Levinson Held in Iran

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgU.S. officials for years said Levinson was working for a private client on his trip to Iran. In December 2013, The Associated Press reported that the ex-agent had actually been on a mission for CIA analysts who had no authority to run spy operations.Since his disappearance, photos and video of Levinson in an orange jumpsuit emerged in 2010 and 2011. His family is suing Iran in U.S. federal court under the allegation that the Iranian government kidnapped him.FBI posterIran has acknowledged there is an open Revolutionary Court case involving Levinson, but a foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday that the case was a “missing person” filing — not a sign that the ex-agent was being prosecuted.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced last week that the State Department would offer $20 million on top of a previously posted $5 million reward for information on Levinson’s case.“The Trump administration has made clear that the regime in Iran must release all missing and wrongfully detained Americans, including Robert Levinson, Xiyue Wang, Siamak Namazi, and others,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We will not rest until they are reunited with their families.”Dan Levinson said his family has never given up hope Levinson’s alive even though they haven’t heard from him in 12 years, making him the longest-held hostage in U.S. history. The Coral Springs family of former FBI agent Bob Levinson held captive in Iran for over a decade, is emboldened in their fight for his release.Last week, the U.S. government announced a $20-million reward for information leading to his location and safe return.That’s on top of the $5-million FBI award.FILE – In this March 6, 2012, file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now after five years in captivity, and an image, center, taken from the video, released by his kidnappers, and a picture before he was kidnapped, left, displayed during a news conference in Washington. Iran is acknowledging for the first time it has an open case before its Revolutionary Court over the 2007 disappearance of a former FBI agent on an unauthorized CIA mission to the country. In a filing to the United Nations, Iran said the case over Robert Levinson was “on going,” without elaborating. The Associated Press obtained the text of the filing Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)President Donald Trump on Sunday used Twitter to urge Iran to turn over former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in 2007 on an unauthorized CIA mission.“If Iran is able to turn over to the U.S. kidnapped former FBI Agent Robert A. Levinson, who has been missing in Iran for 12 years, it would be a very positive step,” the president wrote. last_img read more


Wallace says ‘disrespectful’ former CWI boss will never get support for ICC chairman

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgFORMER West Indies and Barbados batsman, Philo Wallace, believes the combative leadership style of former CWI president Dave Cameron means he will never get the support of the current board, in his bid for ICC Chairman.Cameron has written to CWI, seeking its nomination to stay in contention for the position.  The former CWI boss had already received the nomination of The United States Cricket Hall of Fame for the post.The Cricket West Indies (CWI) board is, however, yet to decide on backing its former chairman, with current vice-president Dr. Kishore Shallow suggesting the body’s support for Cameron would be unlikely.  Nor does Wallace, for that matter, believe it should be expected, based on the often-stormy tenure of Cameron’s presidency.“I think it is going to be difficult for Cricket West Indies to support Dave Cameron in his bid to be ICC Chairman.  First of all, there is animosity between Cricket West Indies and Dave Cameron.  Those who are members or directors of Cricket West Indies will say there is, and he will find it very hard to get their support,” Wallace told the Mason and Guest radio programme.“I honestly believe that Dave Cameron should just tell himself ‘i’ve run West Indies cricket for six years’ and just leave it out and just be an observer now, because going up for the ICC job and looking for the West Indies support, it can’t work,” he added.The ICC is yet to finalise a nomination route for selecting the successor of Shashank Manohar following his resignation from the post of ICC Chairman after a two-year tenure.  Should he receive support, Cameron could go up against Former England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) head Colin Graves and president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly.“It’s like trying to get a dumpling up a hill.  Unfortunately, he isn’t going to get the support of Cricket West Indies and we all know it.  It’s very sad that a former president has come to this, a former president of West Indies cricket, but sometimes the way that you rule comes back to bite you, there is something called karma…he disrespected leaders and prime ministers in the region and that cannot work.”(Sportsmax)last_img read more


Wideouts share painful season

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgHenry Mason was there in spirit, Luke Swan was there oncrutches and Paul Hubbard Sr. was there in the stands.Senior receiver Paul Hubbard saved the best for last, catchingseven passes for 134 yards in his best performance at Wisconsin before hismentor, his friend and his father. Given all that has transpired in thereceiving corps this season, every corral was more than just a catch, it was atoken of appreciation.As Hubbard acknowledged during the postgame interviewsfollowing Wisconsin’s emphatic 37-21 win over Michigan, Saturday was foreveryone who couldn’t participate in the spirit and emotion of defeating theNo. 13 team in the country on Senior Day.Before the season began, the receiving corps lost itsdevoted leader and father Henry Mason when he suffered a spinal cord injuryafter falling in his house.Hubbard’s 22-yard reception on the first completion of thegame was for the wide receivers coach, giving credit to what he has gonethrough this season and what he has meant to the program.Two weeks into the season Hubbard himself went down with asprained right knee. Initially, based on the pain, he thought it was season-ending.Not wanting to deter his teammates as they attempted to battle back againstUNLV, he kept it to himself. That put the entire burden on Swan, who now had toplay for his coach and teammate.But soon he too would fall, tearing his hamstring on a playacross the middle against Illinois.Insert freshmen David Gilreath and Kyle Jefferson. Whilethey took advantage of the injuries to get better through invaluable playingtime, the entire offense clearly missed the dependability and care of Mason,Swan and Hubbard.Racing back from his injury, Hubbard provided that emotionallift the Wisconsin offense so desperately needed following two straight losses.He returned Oct. 20 against Northern Illinois — at least a week earlier thanthe estimated six to eight weeks he was originally slated to miss.No injury is a good one, but it offered Hubbard, and laterSwan, a new perspective that they had begun to overlook after coming to UW aswalk-on nobodies freshman year. “Once you get going through the season, you get complacent,saying, ‘There’s nothing that’s going to happen.’ I mean, you never think thatyou’re going to get hurt and be done,” Hubbard said. “You take it for granted.”Once you get hurt, you have to go through the situation, gofrom being successful to being on the bottom of the mat. It gives you a lot oftime to get humble.”It made them more empathetic to others’ problems, knowing theywill never again be able to run out on the field as a member of the WisconsinBadgers.”I take a look at what happened to my teammates like LukeSwan, and maybe this time next year he’s going to be able to walk again, mayberun again,” Hubbard said. “I think about stuff like that– the other guys aroundme — and [it] doesn’t make me feel as bad about what happened to me.”During Hubbard’s time in a leg immobilizer, it was Swan whopicked him up when times looked bleak.Ever since Hubbard returned he has done the same for hisfriend.”He’s been that smiling face that I can talk to whenever,”Swan said. “It’s just good that I can have someone to lean on like that.”Hubbard’s 25-yard snare on first-and-19 in the openingquarter was for himself, to rekindle his draft stock and to show that theHubbard of old is back. Catches of 14 and 19 yards, and a spectacular juggling15-yard reception were for Swan, giving him a chance to live through hisfriend.To the Fennimore Flash, the season hasn’t been perfect byany means. Still, he has no regrets.”I think in life you’ve got to deal with what’s given to you,and I think the team has done a great job with that,” Swan said.Hubbard’s father might have waited until the last game ofhis son’s career to attend a Badgers game, but Hubbard didn’t mind; it made theappearance that much more significant. The senior’s final two receptions inCamp Randall — 10 and 29 yards — were for his pops.Anyone on the team will tell you that this season ofsetbacks, particularly in the wide receiving corps, couldn’t have happened tobetter people. After interviewing them and covering them this season, Icouldn’t agree more. Kevin Hagstrom is asenior majoring in economics and journalism. He can be reached via e-mail at khagstrom@badgerherald.com.last_img read more


Roos Weers deals with dyslexia, transition to U.S. in becoming star at Syracuse

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img Published on October 21, 2015 at 7:55 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR As Rob Weers drove his rental Kia Sorento through Syracuse, he turned to the passenger seat and asked his daughter which direction to turn for J.S. Coyne Stadium.It had become a familiar conversation through the years, first while biking to primary school in the Netherlands.“She said to go to the left and she meant the right,” Rob said. “She is dyslexic … so it’s difficult to distinguish for her. Left and right are abstract; (they) don’t say anything.”Eventually the Weers family arrived and Roos had two goals and two assists in a 9-1 win later that day.It’s been a season of successes for Weers — who leads No. 1, undefeated Syracuse in goals, game-winning goals and is tied for most assists — especially considering she was going to attend Albany until a chance encounter with SU midfielder Alma Fenne at a friend’s birthday party in the Netherlands.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe transition to American field hockey has been a challenge, but it’s one Weers wanted. She expected to learn English, but didn’t know the jargon of the sport she’d played all her life – the one her father thought she’d never learn – would change.“It was pretty embarrassing in the beginning,” Weers said. “(At practice, my teammates) said, ‘Right, Roos,’ and I’d say, ‘I’m on my way,’ but be going the wrong way.”Weers grew up hearing “forehand” instead of “right” and “backhand” instead of “left” on the pitch about 500 meters from the family’s house. Holding the stick helped her visualize the directions and made dealing with dyslexia easier.Her mother, Janneke Rutten, a schoolteacher who also has dyslexia, recognized the signs around when Weers was five years old.  Weers struggled to read and write words and repeated her mistakes, sometimes 10 times consecutively. It took her twice or three times as long as others to learn the same material and she never read in groups.“It’s difficult because sometimes it’s really annoying and embarrassing,” Weers said. “… You have to accept it. You can’t do anything about it. The only thing you can do is work harder. That’s what I’ve done all my life.”When Rob, a field hockey coach, and her brother, Bram Weers, a star player who’d eventually play on one of the world’s top clubs, went to the pitch, Roos went too.Rob describes Bram as a natural talent who didn’t need much instruction and could do anything with the ball.“Then Roos started. Complete different story,” he said, laughing. “I explained things to her and she’d always do the opposite … I said to her mother, ‘I think she’s never going to learn it.’”Weers joined a team and trained four times per week. In her free time, Weers copied Bram and they played games. They practiced one of field hockey’s most difficult skills, the drag flick. It requires wrist action which many American girls aren’t strong enough for, Rob said. Roos stood at the 25-yard line and Bram stood about 20 yards behind her. They practiced flicking, competing to see who could most consistently reach the baseline.At 14, Roos joined Bram’s club, Kampong, and played there for five years. By the time she reached juniors at 17, the club asked Roos to play Saturdays in the younger tournaments and Sundays for the seniors.“She puts a lot of effort in … People with a lot of talent have it easier,” Rob said. “(Bram) doesn’t get all out of his skills, and Roos does.”Weers wanted to travel and learn foreign languages, but she had a difficult time learning Dutch itself. She decided she needed immersion, playing for clubs in Barcelona and Manchester. After her year abroad, Weers returned to Amsterdam, where she met Fenne.Before Fenne and Weers moved to Syracuse, became South Campus roommates and the top two scorers for the Orange, they ran into one another at a friend’s birthday party in the Netherlands and started talking about America.Fenne thought she was going to Boston College, but “they blew me off,” she said. Weers mentioned she’d been talking to Albany for three months because her friend, Fiori Van Rijswijk, went there.“Well, I’m not sure if they’re good enough, like if I would learn a lot,” Weers said.“Oh my God, dude. You have to come to Syracuse,” Fenne said.As soon as Weers arrived, she struggled. Not just with the lefts and rights; she also hadn’t finished her paperwork, couldn’t travel to away scrimmages and failed her first 2,000-meter run test. English presented a challenge, but a welcome one. She’s learning tenses. Sometimes she says, “I did saw,” instead of “I saw,” but she’s practicing. She also finds comfort in her South Campus apartment, where she cooks Dutch pancakes and speaks Dutch with Fenne, friends over FaceTime and her parents.But which language Weers is speaking doesn’t matter; she’s usually talking about one thing.“She debates in field hockey over everything,” Fenne said. “Sometimes it’s really fun debating in Dutch … Sometimes it’s like, ‘OK, Roos. No field hockey today. We practice for four hours.’”When Rob came to Syracuse and the three went to Chili’s, Fenne saw it was a family attribute. Rob peppered dinner conversation with questions about the team’s press defense.Earlier that day, Rob had watched practice. There he saw his daughter, the one who left him exasperated many years ago on the pitch near home, as one of the best players on America’s No. 1 field hockey team.“Every time, I’m surprised,” Rob said. “… When she was eight, I thought, ‘Ohhhh. We’re never going to make it.’“But we did.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Ryan says hurling season going to plan

Posted On Sep 9 2020 by

first_imgTipp FM will have live coverage of Tipp’s trip to Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday from 2.50pm, which will be brought to you in association with Donal Ryan Motor Group Nenagh, Thurles & Roscrea and Arrrabawn Store, Tyone, Nenagh. The Premier have already booked their place in the Allianz National League quarter-finals and will find out their last eight opponents this weekend.Tipp conclude their Division 1A campaign with a trip to face Cork on Sunday.Michael is delighted that so many of his objectives have been achieved…last_img


GPL: Lions blank Hearts in Kpando

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgHearts of Oak suffered their fifth defeat of the season after losing 2-0 to Heart of Lions in Kpando on Sunday in their 11th week fixtures of the Glo Premier League.Kwame Bonsu scored first for Lions with a half volley in the 35th minute before Godwin Bonsu scored an own goal by directing a corner kick into Tetteh Luggard’s net on 64 minutes.Elsewhere, Defending champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko came back to beat Wa All Stars 3-1 at the Baba Yara Stadium.All Stars took the lead from the spot courtesy Seidu Salifu in the 43rd minute. Kwabena Adusei pulled one back in the second half and Nafiu Iddrisu and Ransford Osei, who scored his debut goal for the club, wrapped up their fourth win.In other results:Amidaus 1-0 New Edubiase United AshantiGold 1-1 Tema YouthLiberty Professionals 1-0 Ebusua DwarfsBerekum Arsenals 1-2 King FaisalAduana Stars 2-0 MedeamaSaturday: Real Tamale 2-3 Berekum Chelsealast_img read more


Watch Photos: Stephen Appiah visits Ex-President Kuffour at his residence

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgFormer Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah paid a courtesy call at the residence of former Ghana President John Kuffour on Thursday afternoon to invite him to his upcoming testimonial match.last_img


Why Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard isn’t unanimous NBA Finals MVP

Posted On Aug 16 2020 by

first_imgRaptors star Kawhi Leonard finished the 2019 NBA Finals with averages of 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks, so it was no surprise he earned the Finals MVP trophy after leading Toronto to its first title in franchise history.What did come as a surprise? Leonard not receiving every Finals MVP vote. (Yes, you read that correctly.) To be clear, the Raptors needed VanVleet’s stellar play off the bench throughout this playoff run. He came up huge in the Eastern Conference finals against the Bucks, and he reached double-digit points in five of the six NBA Finals games against the Warriors.With that said, come on, Hubie. Sometimes the easy answer is the right one. Let’s explain this in your terms:”Now here’s a guy that can do it all. You see the scoring, the rebounding, the defense. There’s the drive, and then you have the jumper in the midrange. And how about that efficiency?! Just a terrific player. I mean, what else do you have to see from him?” MORE: Three reasons why the Raptors beat the WarriorsThe Athletic’s Sam Amick shared the results from the 11 voters, and legendary NBA analyst Hubie Brown decided to go with . . . Fred VanVleet.NBA Finals MVP voting results. Kawhi was a Hubie Brown vote away from being unanimous. pic.twitter.com/A0sGNchSBg— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 14, 2019VanVleet posted 14.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from 3-point range. He had a huge performance in the deciding Game 6 on Thursday night, scoring 22 points and drilling five of his 11 3-point attempts. last_img read more


Bob Huggins’ ascent to tie Adolph Rupp in career wins has him walking among legends

Posted On Aug 14 2020 by

first_imgIt has been more than 17 years since Huggins suffered a heart attack while traveling through the Pittsburgh airport on a recruiting mission, which led to him being treated in an ambulance by a cousin of his friend and rival John Calipari.It has been just short of 15 years since Huggins’ awkward removal as Bearcats coach, which led to a full season out of the business — or he might have zoomed past this milestone a year ago.MORE: Chaotic college basketball teams worth your attentionOh, yes, the milestone: On Saturday, with West Virginia’s 74-51 win over Missouri, Huggins tied the great Adolph Rupp in career coaching victories. This was No. 876 for Huggins, compiled during his career at WVU, Kansas State, Cincinnati, Akron and, indeed, Walsh College.Huggins is tied for seventh among Division I coaches, just one more win from breaking the tie with Rupp and three more from catching up to — let’s take a breath here, because it’s kind of amazing — Dean Smith. Ahead are only Roy Williams, Jim Calhoun, Bob Knight, Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski.My goodness.The perception of Huggins has changed so much since his return to West Virginia, and his continued ascent through the career coaching victories list can only help in getting basketball fans to appreciate his greatness.Huggins has shown the capacity to reinvent his teams, embracing the “Press Virginia” style in 2014-15 and now turning back to his love for severe halfcourt defense with a group of Mountaineers who were not expected to achieve a ton but now stand 16-3, ranked No. 14 in the AP poll and third in the Big 12 Conference behind Baylor and Kansas. West Virginia ranks third in Division I in defense, according to the efficiency stats at KenPom.com.Huggins is the only one in this neighborhood without an NCAA championship. Of course, he spent the better part of his career coaching in off-Broadway conferences, rolling from the Metro to the Great Midwest to Conference USA during his time at Cincinnati. He helped get the Bearcats to the promised land, the Big East, but they went forward without him after he was removed from the position in the summer of 2005.There had been a few too many recent episodes of off-court indiscipline, but it was clear the move to replace him was as much about reputation as any particular incident. Huggins had begun Cincinnati’s advance toward college basketball prominence by heavily recruiting junior college talent, a team loaded with such players reaching the Final Four in 1992, just three years after he arrived. Many in the media sneered at this, and at his demonstrative and sometimes confrontational sideline style, and Huggins chose not to make a sustained effort to change anyone’s perception.That 2000 season might have done it. A championship can melt a lot of ice. That season’s Cincinnati roster was loaded with exceptional young men. Martin was the most obvious example, but also wing DerMarr Johnson; guards Kenny Satterfield, Steve Logan and Leonard Stokes; and forwards Pete Mickeal, Jermaine Tate and Ryan Fletcher. Winning a championship with this group was not a lock, because it never is, but the Bearcats would have gone into the tournament as clear favorites. A single instant changed that.”My frustration is for the guys,” Huggins said that day in Memphis. “I think I’m going to be able to do this a lot longer and will have more good teams. This was their chance. I think in life you have very few chances to be special.” He was exactly right about most of that. He has been able to coach many more years, and to compile a record that almost is staggering in its breadth. Huggins coached West Virginia to the 2010 Final Four, but the Mountaineers weren’t quite up to the challenge presented by the Duke Blue Devils and another devastating injury, this one to star forward Da’Sean Butler, wrecked any chance at a miraculous comeback.So that championship season remains what separates Huggins from Rupp, Smith, Williams, Calhoun, Knight, Boeheim and Krzyzewski.It’s about all there is now. It is hard to believe how much time has passed since the roughest moments, but it’s reflected in Bob Huggins’ burgeoning win total.It has been just short of 20 years since Cincinnati Bearcats superstar Kenyon Martin set a simple down screen in a Conference USA Tournament game at the Pyramid in Memphis, got his legs tangled with an opponent and went down with a leg fracture that ended his season and Huggins’ best shot at an NCAA championship.last_img read more