Unai Emery makes admission about Arsenal top-four chances after Manchester City defeat

first_imgUnai Emery makes admission about Arsenal top-four chances after Manchester City defeat Comment Advertisement Advertisement Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick against the Gunners (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘They showed their superiority in 90 minutes. They held their level in 90 minutes and our level in the second half was worse than the first.‘Our challenge now is the next week, continue to work and improve, and think how we can work and be better.’After his hat-trick helped down Arsenal, Aguero told Sky Sports: ‘It was important to win. The other day I scored early and we lost, today I am very happy.’Manchester City have reduced the gap to leaders Liverpool to two points. The Reds face West Ham on Monday evening.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Feb 2019 7:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Unai Emery’s Arsenal were beaten by Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits Arsenal will need ‘big help’ from their rivals to finish in the top four of the Premier League after the humbling defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.Reigning champions City outplayed Arsenal at the Etihad, with Sergio Aguero’s tenth Premier League hat-trick helping the hosts clinch a 3-1 win.Aguero scored in the first minute before putting City back in front on the stroke of half-time as Laurent Koscielny’s equaliser proved futile.Argentine superstar Aguero completed his hat-trick with a controversial goal that appeared to go in off his arm.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityThe defeat sees Arsenal remain in sixth position, a point behind Manchester United, who defeated Leicester City on Sunday.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked whether he is still confident that Arsenal can secure a top-four finish, Emery said: ‘Yes, but after losing 3-1 it’s not easy to say that.‘I have confidence in our work and in our way. I know now we need to pick up and have some big help.’City created a number of opportunities against the Gunners and Emery felt Pep Guardiola’s side showed their ‘superiority’ in the Premier League encounter.last_img read more

Mason: Vikings fans hope for Favre in purple and gold

first_imgI get it, Packer fans. You’re terrified (or upset, or disgusted — fill in your own emotions here) at the thought of your one-time hero suiting up for your cross-state rivals. He’s already dragged the Green Bay organization through the mud, but now he might be donning purple and gold for the hated Vikings? How dare he!Just think how we Minnesota fans feel.Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a Vikings fan. From Warren Moon and Robert Smith, Randall Cunningham to Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson and … Tarvaris Jackson, I’ve been through the good, the bad and the ugly.But through it all, as any Minnesota fan will tell you, there was no choice but to hate the Green Bay Packers.I was only 5 years old when Brett Favre came over to the Packers in 1992, and just like Cheeseheads my age, I didn’t know any other quarterback to wear green and gold until last season.So do the math: a natural disdain for the Packers instilled in Minnesota culture + Brett Favre at quarterback in Green Bay for 16 seasons = a hatred for Favre.With the latest news that No. 4 wants to play for my Vikings, though, how exactly am I supposed to react?Well I know how fans across the border are reacting. There was a report today some retailers are already making Viking shirts with Favre’s likeness. A little premature, if you ask me, but it seems as if my fellow Minnesotans are welcoming Favre with open arms.As for me, well, to be quite honest, part of me is giddy at the thought of welcoming No. 4, and for several reasons — the least of which is that Favre would be practicing in my hometown of Eden Prairie, Minn., headquarters of the Vikings.Obviously, Favre would be an upgrade from the “quarterbacks” Minnesota currently have.But wait, you say. Favre’s washed up. He tanked at the end of last season for the Jets. He’s thrown more passes to the wrong team than any quarterback in NFL history.Maybe so. But in Minnesota, he wouldn’t be up against much competition.On and off for the past few seasons, it’s been Jackson calling plays under center. Yes, he of the 76.5 career quarterback rating. This offseason, the Vikes brought in Sage Rosenfels, who hasn’t played more than nine games in a season. His career 30 touchdowns and 29 interceptions leave much to be desired.So take your pick: Favre, or one of these bums? The choice seems easy, regardless of how healthy Favre’s bicep is — or how much Vikings fans may have hated him in the past.The Jets finished just 9-7 with Favre at the helm last season. Granted, that was in a surprisingly strong AFC East, with the Dolphins and Patriots both going 11-5. If Favre is to make his return to the NFC North, he’d have a decidedly easier schedule. Minnesota opens with Cleveland, Detroit and San Francisco — setting up a week four Monday Night matchup with you-know-who’s former team (and it’s not the Jets).The surrounding cast of characters is arguably better with the Vikings as well. Running back Adrian “All Day” Peterson is 10 times better than Thomas “I’m not even worthy of having a nickname” Jones. The Minnesota defense — led by Jared Allen, Antoine Winfield and the Williams Wall of Pat and Kevin — is stouter than New York’s as well.The one question mark is wide receivers, but if rookie Percy Harvin stays out of trouble, his scary quick speed — along with Bernard Berrian’s ability to stretch the field — would have Favre licking his lips.Maybe I’m trying to talk myself into the thought of Favre in purple. Like I said, I’ve despised the man for years. Booed him plenty (including a game at Lambeau; that didn’t go over too well).I even had the nerve to wear a Vikings jersey in his hometown of Kiln, Miss., last spring. Needless to say, that prompted some heckling as well.Well, Cheeseheads, Viking fans are now one step closer to becoming the hecklers.Favre in Minnesota will inevitably cause many Packers faithful to lose what little respect for Favre they had left. To face him twice a season will not only be weird for Green Bay fans — it’ll be downright infuriating.And that might be the best part of seeing Favre in purple.Tyler is a senior majoring in journalism, and graduating next week. Good luck to all other graduates. If you’d like to share your thoughts on Favre in purple and gold, you can e-mail Tyler at tjmason@wisc.edu.last_img read more

Presidents Cup golf scores, results, highlights as Tiger Woods leads USA rally to win

first_imgThe U.S. trailed for most of the first three days of the 2019 Presidents Cup. The International squad took control of the competition on Day 1 at Royal Melbourne in Australia after playing captain Tiger Woods and partner Justin Thomas gave the Americans an early lead.Woods’ squad was down two points entering singles play on the final day, Sunday in Melbourne. It erased that deficit quickly and ended the day still holding the Cup. MORE: Watch the Presidents Cup live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Once again, Woods gave the U.S. an early boost as he led off the one-on-one matchups with a victory. When Matt Kuchar halved his match vs. Louis Oosthuizen, the Americans had reached the needed 15.5 points for the victory. The Americans closed out a 16-14 victory soon after. They outscored the Internationals 8-4 in singles.President Donald Trump offered congratulations shortly after the U.S. clinched:Congratulations to Tiger and the entire U.S. Team on a great comeback and tremendous WIN. True Champions! https://t.co/wyjBAgoF7J— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2019The Internationals last won the Presidents Cup in 1998. Captain Ernie Els’ side was well-positioned to end that drought Down Under, but the Americans refused to let the Cup go.Presidents Cup 2019 live scores, updates, highlightsTeam USA trailed the international squad 10-8 through three days of competition. Twelve points were up for grabs during singles play Sunday (Australia time) to decide the tournament. The U.S. needed to finish with 15.5 points to retain. Follow along below.Tiger Woods def. Abraham Ancer 3 and 2Woods not only gives his team momentum but also breaks a tie with Phil Mickelson for most Presidents Cup wins. Tiger now has 27.The winningest #PresidentsCup player of all time, @TigerWoods 👏 pic.twitter.com/dckmGE4v1r— Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) December 15, 2019Woods, wearing his customary Sunday red, avoids going down a hole on the first when Ancer misses a makeable birdie putt short. Tiger missed his birdie putt to the high side. He takes the lead at No. 2 when Ancer misses a longer putt. He gives back the lead with a bogey on the par-3 third. Tiger goes 1 up after six thanks to a birdie on the sixth.Fast-forward to the 12th, where Woods halved the hole to remain 2 up.  In between, he was sticking approaches like this one:The captain calling all the shots.Dialed in 🎯 #PresidentsCup pic.twitter.com/5dRFsDVWfG— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) December 15, 2019Tiger finishes the job on 16 with a long, curling birdie putt.Walk it in? Nah, removing the hat before it’s in the hole.Captain Tiger Woods delivers again 🇺🇸 #PresidentsCup pic.twitter.com/tN7M7UPGxK— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) December 15, 2019Woods’ record-setting victory cuts the gap to 10-9.Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama tieMatsuyama takes the early lead with a birdie on the par-5 second. He stretches the lead to two with another birdie on No. 3. The advantage is 4 up through 10. Finau, however, roars back to tie the match after 14 holes. He wins 11 through 14, going birdie-par-birdie-birdie. The match stays tied to the end, giving the Internationals a needed half-point.Patrick Reed def. C.T. Pan 4 and 2Reed has been in the news for a lot of bad reasons this weekend, capped by his caddie pushing a heckler on Saturday. Reed takes the lead on No. 1 on Sunday with a birdie, then makes it 2 up with a birdie on the second. He’s well in control at the turn, 4 up through nine. Pan has the better of during the back nine, halving his deficit to 2 down after 14. Reed, though, wins 15 and 16 and takes the match.Dustin Johnson def. Haotong Li 4 and 3DJ wins Holes 3-5 and then takes the seventh en route to a 4-up lead through nine. He’s 3 up through 14 and then wraps up the victory one hole later.Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Hadwin tieDeChambeau’s birdies on 3 and 5 are the difference as the match heads toward the back nine. Hadwin responds later on the front and the match is all square after 13. DeChambeau regains control by winning 16, but Hadwin knots it at 17. They’re on 18 green . . . and DeChambeau just misses from distance. Hadwin can win it with a birdie . . . and he, too, misses, leaving a tester back. DeChambeau does not concede, and Hadwin sinks the par putt for the halve.Sungjae Im def. Gary Woodland 4 and 3Woodland wins the fifth and sixth holes to erase an early deficit and go 1 up. Im grabs the lead on the 11th and halves the 12th. From there, Im surges with wins on 13, 14 and 15.Patrick Cantlay def. Joaquin Nieman 3 and 2This has been a back-and-forth match, with Cantlay winning three holes and Nieman winning two in the first seven. Nieman wins 9 and 10, Cantlay 11, and Nieman is 1 up after 11. Cantlay then takes control of the match with wins at 12, 13 and 14 and wins it on 16. The Americans are 5-2 on the day and ahead 13-12 overall after Cantlay’s victory.Xander Schauffele def. Adam Scott 2 and 1This match has been all Schauffele through the first six. The American is 3 up. He stretches the margin to 4 up at the turn before Scott wins the 10th hole. Schauffele stretches the lead to 4 up at 11, and now he’s poised to give the U.S. another point on 15. Scott, though, stays alive on 15 with a long eagle and on 16 after Schauffele bogeys. Schauffele recovers to halve 17 and take the match. Make is 6-2 on Sunday and 14-12 overall. The U.S. still needs 1.5 points to complete the rally.Webb Simpson def. Byeong Hun An 2 and 1An’s bogey on 5 is the difference in the early stages. Simpson follows with a win at 6 and remains 2 up after 10. He makes it 3 up by winning 13. The lead is 2 up as they play 17. Simpson two-putts for the win on 17, and the Americans, up 15-12, are now just a half-point away, although the Internationals are in each of the final three matches. Cameron Smith def. Justin Thomas 2 and 1 Thomas continues his strong play with a fast start against Smith. He wins three of the first four holes to take a 3-up lead. Smith responds and cuts the margin to 1 up after nine. He’s now 1 up after 12. The lead grows to 2 up before Thomas wins 15 to get back into striking distance. He sticks a huge approach on 17 but misses the putt. Smith makes his from the same distance for a huge International victory. It’s 15-13 with two to go.Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen tieConversely, Oosthuizen has dominated his match early, winning the first three holes and carrying that 3-up lead into the 10th. He’s 2 up after 12. Kuchar, though, rallies to knot the match through 15. It stays tied through 16. Kuchar takes the lead on 17 with a birdie. It’s down to 18. It’s halved, the match is halved, and the U.S. retains the Cup by getting to 15.5 points.For The Win!Matt Kuchar’s 1/2 point secures the Cup for the #USTeam ! pic.twitter.com/ZD4ALfw3Qu— Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) December 15, 2019Rickie Fowler, Marc Leishman tieThe final match to tee off, and Leishman gets the jump on Fowler by winning the second hole. Leishman gets it to 2 up after four before Fowler wins the sixth. It’s all square after 10. Leishman gets a nose in front at 14 and is 1 up with four to play. Fowler knots it at 15 and the match stays tied after 16. Fowler noses ahead on 17, but 18 will be a formality. Leishman wins the hole to halve the match and make the final 16-14, USA.Presidents Cup Day 4 singles resultsMatch time/resultPairings6:02 p.m. ETTiger Woods (USA) def. Abraham Ancer (INT) 3 and 26:13 p.m. ETTony Finau (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (INT) tie6:24 p.m. ETPatrick Reed (USA) def. C.T. Pan (INT) 4 and 26:35 p.m. ETDustin Johnson (USA) def. Haotong Li (INT) 4 and 36:46 p.m. ETBryson DeChambeau (USA), Adam Hadwin (INT) tie6:57 p.m. ETSungjae Im (INT) def. Gary Woodland (USA) 4 and 37:08 p.m. ETPatrick Cantlay (USA) def. Joaquin Nieman (INT) 3 and 27:19 p.m. ETXander Schauffele (USA) def. Adam Scott (INT) 2 and 17:30 p.m. ETWebb Simpson (USA) def. Byeong Hun An (INT) 2 and 17:41 p.m. ETCameron Smith (INT) def. Justin Thomas (USA) 2 and 17:52 p.m. ETMatt Kuchar (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (INT) tie8:03 p.m. ETRickie Fowler (USA), Marc Leishman (INT) tielast_img read more

Nimba Legislative Caucus, County Authority Resolve Dispute

first_imgNimba County Superintendent, Fong Zuagele has disclosed that cordial relationship has been restored between the county authority and the legislative caucus following a protracted period of hauling and pulling.Zuagele told the Daily Observer recently in Sanniquellie, “March 20 made me two years as Superintendent, and when we got here, we began on a roller coaster because we were misunderstood. My brothers in the caucus had some bad feelings about the conduct of some officials of the county, but with the intervention of Nimba businessman Tomah-Seh Floyd and the coming of Development Superintendent Dorr Cooper and others, we are working together smoothly as a team.”He said restoring relations between the county administration and the caucus brought changes at all levels involving the “Assistant Superintendent for Development and the Project Management Committee (PMC), coupled with the appointment of Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs.”Zuagele said the chairmanship of the Legislative Caucus was turned over from Senator Thomas Grupee to Senator Prince Johnson to settle the leadership dispute that existed among its members. Since the changes were made, the caucus and the county administration are working in unity with the goal of bringing improvement to the county, the Supt. said.He added that with cohesion existing among them, caucus and the county authority are moving on with every activity the national government has released money for, citing the opening of streets, building of schools, awarding scholarships and assisting the county community college.He said as head of the team, his role is to strengthen his deputies to do their work under the economic principle of division of labor.Supt. Zuagele said restoration of relations between the county authority and the Legislative Caucus now allows him to issue gas coupons and scratch cards to local chiefs.According to him, the coupons and scratch cards are meant to empower the local chiefs and to allow regular flow of communications, and unhindered travel to wherever they are called.He indicated that an accounting system has been set up to ensure checks and balance in line with the Public Financial Management Act, and noted that as a result, the Ministry of Finance has commenced releasing Nimba County’s money withheld over the years.He said they first received US$ 2.6 million when he took over and they recently received US$1.9 million after the Public Procurement and Concession Commission approved the county’s procurement plan.The Nimba Legislative Caucus and the County Administration had been at odds over the use of development funds in the county. It led District #9 Representative, R. Matinokay Tingba to requeset the House of Representatives to summon Supt. Zuagele and former Assistant Superintendent for Development, Teko Tozay Yorlay.At the hearing, some members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus said they would not work with the county administration if the two senior officials were part of it.A few months later the Ministry of Internal Affairs dismissed Assistant Superintendent for Development, Teko Yorlay, but maintained Superintendent Zuagele. Teko was later appointed by President Sirleaf as Assistant Minister for Youth Development at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more