Matai’s diary from Rio Olympic Village

first_imgThe number of delegations in the Games Village is nearing 200 by Sunday afternoon here in Rio.206 is the full complement of nations that make up the International Olympic Committee (IOC).IOC boss Thomas Bach reiterated his confidence at a press conference of an excellent Rio Games following all the internal and external challenges faced by the Rio Organising Committee.Bach is expected to tour the village and have lunch at the dining hall again today.For the Pacific Islands, two more countries have arrived- Solomons and Federated State of Micronesia.Monday saw the flag raising ceremony for Tonga and Palau.This will be followed by Guam, FSM and Fiji on Tuesday.Several leaders are expected to attend the flag raising ceremony for their respective countries.Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is expected to be present for Fiji’s flag-raising at the Olympic Village today (Wednesday).Nauru, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Samoa and American Samoa will have their flag-raising on Wednesday.Another five – Marshalls, Cook Islands, Solomons, Tuvalu and Papua New Guinea on Thursday.However, the combined Oceania flag- bearer naming ceremony will be held on Thursday at Urca Beach, close to Copacabana.We had an afternoon church service at the Oceania Office in the village and was attended by several Team Fiji members led by Chef de Mission Cathy Wong and her assistant Wayne O’Connor.  Fiji Broadcasting Television journalists Vashneel Prasad and Rohit Deo arrived minus their luggage from Buenos Aires, Argentina.Also arriving on the same flight and without their luggage were the Tongan athletes along with the New Zealand sailing team.According to Vashneel, a freak storm affected the loading of luggage onto the flight from Buenos Aires to Rio.Life in the Games Village has picked up significantly over the weekend with the arrival of larger teams.The restaurant is very busy and so many people are awaiting the opening of McDonalds at the dining hall today.last_img read more

Burrell won’t comment until nominations

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Facing what is likely to be the most serious challenge to his presidency of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell is refusing to respond to comments made by Montego Bay businessman Orville Powell, who is seeking to boot him from the sport’s top position locally, until nomination closes next week Thursday. Powell announced that he is making himself available for the presidency of the JFF at a press conference on Tuesday, slamming the Captain Burrell-led administration for presiding over a period of rapid decline for the country’s football. However, Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday he has nothing to say on the list of issues laid out by Powell. “He has to first be nominated by four parish associations, so until he is nominated, it makes very little sense in making a comment at this time,” Burrell said. “Mr Powell has made himself available and there is a process where he will have to receive the support of at least four associations,” Burrell reiterated. “When he (Powell) becomes a credible candidate, then I will issue a statement, but at this time, he is not a candidate. I will do so after nominations,” stated Burrell. Gauging his support and weighing his words, Powell said on Tuesday the feedback he has been getting suggests that his candidacy is just a matter of formality. “Let me put it this way; discussions are ongoing and I am confident as can be. All we have to do now is to wait until such time when we will know what we will know,” he said. “As it is now, it’s highly possible I will get the required amount for nomination. Discussions have been good and the support I am already feeling is a positive one,” Powell added. According to a source, who requested anonymity, Powell, who also owns Montego Bay United Football Club – which won the Red Stripe Premier League two seasons ago and were runners-up last season – should get the required nomination from neighbouring parishes Westmoreland, Hanover and his resident parish, St James, while Trelawny’s stance is less certain. Powell is a former JFF vice-president and chairman of the JFF Western Confederation.last_img read more

Bravo extends fine batting form in Big Bash T20

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo extended his fine batting form, upstaging both West Indies teammates Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, as he fired Melbourne Renegades to a handsome five-wicket win over Sydney Thunder yesterday.Chasing a challenging 174 at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Renegades swept to victory in the final over with Bravo hammering a stroke-filled 47 off 24 deliveries.He struck three fours and three sixes and put on 91 for the third wicket with captain Cameron White, who top-scored with 61 from 46 deliveries.Bravo, who also got a half-century at the weekend, looked en route to another when he moved into the 40s with two sixes off medium pacer Russell in the 18th over.However, he was deceived with the fourth ball, top-edging a slower delivery for Russell to snare the caught and bowled chance. Three balls later, Russell accounted for White to finish with two for 42 from his four overs.Gayle had earlier struck a breezy 28 off 20 deliveries as he put on 46 off 29 balls for the first wicket with Tom Cooper who got 25.He perished in the fifth over, caught at fine leg off seamer Clint McKay, looking for his sixth boundary of the innings.Opting to bat first, Thunder mustered 176 for five off their allotted 20 overs, with opener Usman Khawaja (62) and Shane Watson (62) both top-scoring.Khawaja helped add 61 for the first wicket with Jacques Kallis (13) and a further 57 for the second wicket with Watson.Russell, batting at number four, belted a four and a six in scoring 16 from nine balls, while Bravo picked up two for 26 from four overs of medium pace.last_img read more

Knicks hand Clippers ninth straight loss

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES New York then led by 26 in the fourth quarter.The game was tied at 20 after one quarter, but the Knicks opened a double-digit lead late in the half after a 9-2 spurt and were ahead 56-44 at the break.“In the first half we weren’t moving the ball. One pass or no passes and the guys were shooting it,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “Once we got into passing the ball and moving it from side to side, then we ended up with 20 assists in the final 32 minutes and that’s pretty good.”The Clippers traded Chris Paul in the offseason and the search for reliable guard play remains. Austin Rivers was 1 for 9 for two points, Lou Williams came off the bench to shoot 2 for 8, and rookie Jawun Evans shot 2 for 8.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles had won five straight at Madison Square Garden. … Clippers assistant Mike Woodson was the Knicks’ coach last time they beat Los Angeles, on April 25, 2012.Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr. played with a sore left foot and scored 13 points. He had been listed as questionable but Hornacek said Hardaway felt better after rest. … Enes Kanter had 12 points and 16 rebounds.STREAK SNAPPEDThe Clippers’ 10-game winning streak over the Knicks was their longest active streak against any opponent. Now it’s seven in a row against Portland and Orlando.STARKS WITH THE “STEAL” Injured Haye pulls out of heavyweight rematch with Bellew Los Angeles Clippers’ Jawun Evans (1) and New York Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn (9) fight for control of the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Things are going so poorly for the Clippers that they can’t even beat the Knicks anymore.Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and New York extended Los Angeles’ losing streak to nine games with a 107-85 victory Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Porzingis outplayed a frustrated Blake Griffin and helped the Knicks snap a 10-game skid in the series with their first victory over the Clippers in more than five years.“Bottom line, we just can’t sustain anything,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Right now we get it going a little bit and one thing happens and it just implodes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneDoug McDermott added 16 points for the Knicks, including a 3-pointer that swung the momentum for good midway through the third quarter.“I got in there, had to bring some energy because we got off to a little slow start to start the third quarter,” McDermott said.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Doc Rivers was talking to reporters before the game when former Knicks teammate John Starks walked by.“Can you bring my wedge back?” Rivers yelled out. “Guy stole my wedge and didn’t give it back.”Rivers said he had been without his golf club, which Starks contended that Rivers had left in his bag, for about two months.“You know, when someone allegedly leaves a club in your bag, the right thing to do is mail it back to them,” Rivers said. “That’s all I’m saying. At some point, it’s stolen.”UP NEXTClippers: Visit Atlanta on Wednesday.Knicks: Host Toronto on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Griffin scored 21 points but shot just 6 for 18, picked up a technical foul and fouled out with 4:46 remaining. The Clippers (5-11) still haven’t won since Nov. 1 at Dallas, when they improved to 5-2.“Tonight was not a good showing,” Griffin said. “We have to put together 48 minutes rather than playing in spurts. We know as a team that this is not going to be the end.”Patrick Beverley returned after missing five games with a sore right knee and had nine points and six rebounds. But the Clippers are still without fellow guard Milos Teodosic and the rest of their backcourt play was mostly dismal.The Clippers fell behind by 17 early in the third quarter before running off 15 straight to cut it to 66-64 midway through the period. But McDermott hit a 3-pointer in transition and added another during a 12-0 response by the Knicks that gave them a 78-64 advantage with 4:11 remaining in the period.“I thought that was disheartening,” Rivers said. “I thought that took the spirit away but it shouldn’t and that’s where we’re at right now. When you lose nine games in a row, you’re in a losing streak, you start feeling sorry for yourself when things don’t go right and you can’t do that.”ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

Pistons top Raptors in OT

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief The highly charged, closely contested game in Detroit may be a first-round matchup in the Eastern Conference playoffs.Both teams had chances to win in regulation, and in the extra period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsReggie Jackson put the Pistons up 96-91 with 1:56 left and turned the ball over on a no-look pass on their next possession. Kyle Lowry scored Toronto’s next five points and OG Anunoby tipped in a shot with 25.6 seconds left to tie the score at 100.Lowry had the Raptors’ first seven points in overtime, giving them a 107-102 lead with 2:22 remaining. The cushion wasn’t big enough. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Pistons rallied and Andre Drummond made two free throws to put them ahead 109-107 with 46.1 seconds left. Lowry missed a contested layup with seven seconds left and Detroit made free throws to seal the win.Lowry scored a season-high 35 points and Pascal Siakam had 21 points.Jackson scored 19 points and Drummond added 15 points and 17 rebounds.Detroit led by 13 points in the opening quarter and didn’t trail until Marc Gasol made a 3-pointer with 8-plus minutes left in the third.The go-ahead shot came shortly after Toronto got fired up because Siakam and Danny Green were called for technical fouls for arguing with officials. Detroit’s Zaza Pachulia was ejected after getting called for two technical fouls for screaming at officials and he will likely be disciplined by the NBA for bumping a referee.ADVERTISEMENT Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) drives against Toronto Raptors guard Patrick McCaw (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Blake Griffin scored 14 of his 27 points in the first quarter and the Detroit Pistons finished with plays at both ends of the court to beat the Toronto Raptors 112-107 in overtime on Sunday night.Detroit took advantage of Toronto resting star forward Kawhi Leonard less than 48 hours after he made the go-ahead shot in the closing seconds of their win over Portland.ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INSRaptors: Jeremy Lin started in Leonard’s place and was 0 for 8 and scored only one point. …. Leonard went through a workout on the court before the game and studied previous games on a laptop in a front-row seat.Pistons: Luke Kennard became the 10th player in franchise history to make at least five 3-pointers in two straight games and finished with 19 points. … Reggie Bullock, who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, made the winning shot as time expired in November when Detroit won at Toronto 106-104 as Dwane Casey made an emotional return to face his former team.UP NEXTRaptors: Host Houston on Tuesday night.Pistons: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA D-League: Diliman College dumps Trinity for 1st win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

“Don’t take Venezuela’s threats for granted” — former Foreign Affairs Minister

first_imgIn light of a recent move which saw the Venezuelan military forcing a seismic vessel belonging to ExxonMobil’s local subsidiary out of Guyanese waters, former Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Henry Jeffrey believes that nothing should be taken for granted and careful attention must be paid to this matter.ExxonMobil’s local subsidiary has suspended the 3D seismic operations it started only a month ago in Guyana’s Stabroek Block after the appearance and approach of the Venezuelan military on Saturday, which forced the company’s seismic vessel to pack up shop and vacate the area.The vessel in question is the Ramform Tethys, which is owned by Norwegian company Petroleum and Geo Services (PGS) that was contracted by ExxonMobil to carry out tests and acquire seismic data.The incident happened less than a day after a no-confidence vote in the National Assembly saw the coalition Government being toppled, paving the way for fresh elections in three months.Dr Jeffrey said, “If they are willing to come into our waters and attempt to arrest a ship that has been given legitimate permission by us, I can’t tell what else they can do.” As such, the former Government Minister is urging the Administration to step up security in the area.While he opined that there should not be any attempts to spread fear, he thinks that Government should perceive that the Venezuelans could go further. “You don’t know how far they would go … They have infrastructure out there and those infrastructure, they have to be protected,” he added.Dr Jeffrey posited that Government should also be seeking intelligence on what was taking place on the ground in our western neighbour. He believes if the embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was using this to get people’s support, he may likely “do more of it”.He said: “You can’t take it for granted that the Venezuelans will do nothing else. There is more to come; yes, of course. It’s a normal response in international relations.”However, the former Foreign Affairs Minister pointed out that the Americas (not Guyana) and the “more radical elements in the region” have been talking about invading Venezuela and getting rid of Maduro.As such, Dr Jeffrey is of the opinion that Maduro will, of course, use friends to make a point about any claim.“They are refusing to go to court and the court will decide, but in the meantime if they do this, they can do other things. It’s not like the <<>>>, they took it and they went away,” he added.As it pertains to the Government’s response, Dr Jeffrey said that for the most part, it has been doing the right thing to make representation and to condemn these actions, both nationally and internationally.“Of course, they will have to talk with the Venezuelans. I don’t see what else they can do. It has been flagrant breach of our rules and laws and we have to talk about it,” he stated.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge has condemned the actions of the Venezuelan military, which he noted were both illegal and aggressive, having occurred in the Exclusive Economic Zone on the continental shelf of Guyana.According to the Minister, ExxonMobil reported that the Venezuelans intercepted the Ramform Tethys at approximately 10:30h on Saturday. Greenidge noted that the vessel had a crew of 70 on board, including the Captain.“The Government of Guyana rejects this illegal, aggressive and hostile act perpetrated by the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela which once again demonstrates the real threat to Guyana’s economic development by its western neighbour; an act that violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country.“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be bringing this latest act of illegality and blatant disrespect for Guyana’s sovereignty by Venezuela to the attention of the United Nations,” Greenidge said. “It is also in the process of informing the several Governments of the 70 crew members of the threat to their safety.”According to Greenidge, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will also receive formal communication from the Government of Guyana on the matter.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday contacted Foreign Affairs Minister Greenidge after receiving information about the incursion and interception of the ExxonMobil seismic vessel.Jagdeo notes that the Opposition gives its full support to the Government on any matter relating to infringement of Guyana’s sovereignty or territorial integrity.Less than two weeks ago, Russia flew two of its bomber aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons to Venezuela. They are TU-160 supersonic bombers, known as “White Swans” by Russian pilots.Reuters said these bomber aircraft landing was a show of support for Venezuela’s socialist Government that has infuriated the United States Administration in Washington.Guyana has taken its border controversy case with Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).(Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

B-17 visits Fox Airfield next week

first_imgLANCASTER – Aviation enthusiasts can ride next week in a World War II-era B-17 bomber or get an up-close look at the vintage plane on the ground. The restored bomber is making a stop at Fox Airfield as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Keep It Flying” tour in the western United States. “The B-17 played a significant role in World War II,” said Scott Weathers, an Edwards Air Force Base flight test engineer and member of a local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter. “Part of the EAA’s purpose is keeping aviation alive and keeping some of the old planes flying. Once a year they take it around the country to let people touch and smell that bit of history,” he said. The plane will be at Van Nuys Airport April 20-22. The national B-17 tours have taken place each spring and fall since 1994. About a dozen B-17s are still flying. The B-17 is considered one of the greatest military airplanes ever built and one of the best-known aircraft types of the World War II era. The B-17 visiting Fox Airfield was built in 1945 but was delivered to the Army Air Corps too late to see active service in World War II. It was purchased as war surplus for $750 by a private individual and served in mapping and spraying operations until a preservation group purchased it in 1978. The B-17 was donated to the EAA Aviation Foundation in 1981 with the provision of being maintained in air-worthy condition. After being displayed at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., for a decade, the airplane made its national tour debut in the spring of 1994. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Plane rides will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday at Fox Airfield. Flights will take place every 45 minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the last flight of the day at 12:30 p.m. Flights are $359 for EAA members and $399 for non-members who pre-book their flights on the EAA Web site at or call toll-free 1 (800) 359-6217 before the plane arrives. Once the plane is at Fox Airfield, the cost for EAA members is $385, and $425 for non-members. To book a flight, call (920) 371-2246. Tours of the plane on the ground will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and are $10 for a family, $6 for adults, $5 for students. Ground tours are free for children under age 8 and for World War II veterans. The plane is due to arrive in Lancaster about noon on Monday, but there will be no tours or public flights that day. last_img read more

Jovetic joins Monaco to fill Mbappe void

first_imgJovetic started out with Partizan Belgrade before joining Serie A side Fiorentina. He had a spell with Manchester City and was loaned out by Inter to Sevilla last season.“He has developed in the big leagues and has experience at the highest level,” said Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.“We’re convinced that he’ll find here the conditions to fully express his ability.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Stevan Jovetic (left) in action for Inter Milan during a pre-season match against Lyon in Nanjing, eastern China © AFP/FileMONACO, Monaco, Aug 29 – Monaco confirmed the signing of Montenegrin international striker Stevan Jovetic on Tuesday on a four-year deal from Inter Milan.The 27-year-old Montenegro captain is set to inherit the number 10 shirt worn by Kylian Mbappe, with the teen sensation’s mega money move to Paris Saint-Germain expected imminently.last_img read more

AFC Leopards set to sign two Ugandans

first_imgAFC Leopards goal keeper Ian Otieno is among players to leave the den. Photo/COURTESYWhile the club is continuing with recruitment of new players, several current members of the squad are set to leave.Mule has confirmed that goalkeeper Ian Otieno will leave the club after his contract runs out at the end of December with Andrew Tololwa also expected to follow the same route. Defender Joshua Mawira will however earn a six-month extension.“Mawira will be leaving for Sweden in June for studies and therefore will only have a six month extension to his contract. For Ian, I don’t think we will renew his contract, same as Tololwa,” Mule further added.Burundian striker Alex Kitenge is not expected to sign a permanent contract after his loan deal from Bujumbura based Olympic Atletico expires next month.AFC Leopards celebrate with Andrew Tololwa after the midfielder scored the lone goal in their 1-0 win over Nakumatt FC on November 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMatano was categorical that he is not interested in retaining the services of the Burundian after failing to impress in the six months he has been hunting at the den. Ghanaian striker Gilbert Fiamenyo will also not be expected to return.Striker Allan Katterega who was loaned out to Kampala City Council Authority also has his contract ending and despite being in blistering form for the Ugandan club, he is not expected to renew his deal at Ingwe after falling out with Matano.Meanwhile, winger Samuel Ndung’u signed in January from Muhoroni Youth has been a target for Mathare United though Mule said the Slum Boys are yet to table a formal bid.“The coach will give us his decision. If he (Ndung’u) is still in his plans then there is no reason to sell him. He is still under contract and if Mathare are serious in their ambition, they are open to talk to us officially,” Mule further opined.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) “He (Matano) was there twice and he has come back with two players who he says fit into the frame he wants. We will talk to them plus their clubs as well and hopefully by Friday we will have finalized the transfers,” Mule told Capital Sport on Wednesday.Matano has been known for his keen scouting eye and is vividly remembered for sighting and signing the likes of Khalid Aucho, Robert Omunuk and Andrew Ssekayombya while at Tusker in 2012.AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano feeds instructions to midfielder Harun Nyakha during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Kariobangi Sharks on October 7, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, the tactician has a verbal agreement to renew his contract at the club for a further two years with Mule confirming that the only bit remaining is the paperwork but the coach will be part of the club in the new season.At the same time, the club has within its ranks two West Africans; a Nigerian striker and Cameroonian midfielder training with the rest of the squad and after assessment the technical bench will make a decision on whether or not to sign them.Matano insisted that the club’s management has to give him a free hand to bring in the players he wishes if he is to make a mark in the league next season especially after merely surviving the axe of relegation.“At AFC we need quality players; players who know what it means to play for the club. I will work with the players who I feel will bring results to the team and the management has to know that is what I want,” Matano said in a previous interview.-Players to exit- 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano with Team manager Gilbert Selebwa after their Kenyan Premier League match against Nakumatt on November 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29- GOtv Shield champions AFC Leopards are on the verge of signing two Ugandan players as head coach Robert Matano begins to rebuild the team ahead of the new season and particularly their participation in the CAF Confederations Cup.Chairman Dan Mule has revealed that Matano had been on a scouting mission in Uganda and identified two players who they will engage in contractual talk with the view of completing their capture by Friday.last_img read more

Arsenal on the rise under Emery

first_imgBut once Rafa Benitez’s side quickly ran out of attacking ideas and intent, the Gunners took an increasingly firm stranglehold to post their best run of league results for more than five months thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil in the space of nine minutes early in the second-half.It was another tough 90 minutes to endure for Spanish manager Benitez, whose side remain in the bottom three with a single point, equalling their lowest tally after five games of a Premier League season.But England manager Gareth Southgate would have been equally frustrated watching two international hopefuls at St James’ Park, as midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was an unused substitute after his recent injury layoff, while centre-back Jamaal Lascelles failed to reappear for the second half after sustaining a thigh problem.– Emery intensity –Arsenal still clearly need time to acclimatise to the demands of new manager Emery following the end of Arsene Wenger’s near 22-year reign, but they secured victory with enough to spare to suggest they are heading in the right direction under the 46-year-old Spaniard, who himself put in a fair shift while patrolling his technical area with the kind of high-intensity effort he wants from his players out on the pitch.Following further supporter protests against the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley outside the ground prior to kick-off, Benitez’s side failed to make the most of their early dominance.Once again, Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech looked ill at ease with the ball at his feet in his new ‘sweeper-keeper’ role, with questions very much remaining over the Arsenal skipper’s ability to play out from the back.In mitigation, Cech saved well from Jacob Murphy’s header midway through the first half, but the home team fell away and were undone by two fine finishes shortly after the interval.Xhaka broke the deadlock with a sublime 49th-minute free-kick which found the top corner after Federico Fernandez had fouled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 25 yards from goal.Former Germany international midfielder Ozil, whose influence grew as the contest wore on, settled matters just before the hour, side-footing home from the edge of the area after Alexandre Lacazette’s initial shot was blocked by Fernandez.Newcastle famously fought back from four goals down at half-time to earn a 4-4 draw against the Gunners here seven years ago, but there was never remotely a suggestion they could overturn half that deficit.Defender Ciaran Clark did reduce the arrears with a header from Fernandez’s injury-time cross, but it failed to prevent Emery’s side gaining further momentum as Arsenal secured back-to-back league away wins for the first time in 16 months.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka opens the scoring with a free-kick in a 2-1 win at Newcastle on Saturday © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Sep 15 – New-era Arsenal continue to be a work in progress, but they made it three straight Premier League wins under Unai Emery with a 2-1 victory at struggling Newcastle United on Saturday.It was far from pretty from the visitors, who were forced to weather an early storm from their winless hosts.last_img read more