Arsene Wenger: Arsenal form creates confidence ahead of Anfield trip

first_img Arsenal are expected to return to full strength for their trip to Anfield as they look to defend their two-point lead at the top of the table. And Wenger, who remains hopeful a deal for Egypt international midfielder Mohamed Elneny will be completed by the end of the week, feels the current run holds his side in good stead heading into the game with Jurgen Klopp’s men. “The momentum creates confidence and confidence is vital at that level,” he said. “In December and now in January we have been consistent and we go into a very important part of the season because we play many games and that consistency is a good basis to go into the next game with the right belief. “The consistency of our results is very important. Therefore it was important to win on Saturday and not to break that belief. “It was good for me to see some players that have played less and to be down 1-0 and respond in the way we did and have an outstanding second half. It was all a very positive basis in preparation for Liverpool.” While Wenger will call upon his key men at Liverpool, one player who will not feature is Chile forward Alexis Sanchez – who continues to recover from a hamstring complaint. “We should have Ozil and Mathieu Flamini available,” Wenger said of his squad. “We will have to test David Ospina who is not available on Saturday. For Alexis, the Liverpool game will come too soon for him but he has a chance to be available for Stoke and his development is going well. “He is always keen to play. If you listen to Alexis, he can always play – even when he is injured. We try to be cautious. With a muscular injury you never exactly (know) how big the risk but he is very close. If you look at him training he is very close.” Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s current run of form means they go to Liverpool with the right belief to maintain their place at the Barclays Premier League summit. The Gunners have won seven of their last eight matches in all competition, with a Boxing Day defeat at Southampton the only blemish on their recent good run. Wenger made five changes for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round victory over Sunderland with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker rested completely for the 3-1 win. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Werder Bremen eyeing loan deal for Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji

first_imgDefender Papy Djilobodji could join Werder Bremen on loan – after playing just one minute for Chelsea. The 27-year-old defender signed from Nantes in August, but his solitary appearance to date came in the Capital One Cup at Walsall in September, when he was a late substitute. Werder Bremen chief executive Thomas Eichin told Bild: “We are in negotiations.” Chelsea declined to comment. Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho admitted the Senegal defender was signed on a recommendation. But despite Chelsea’s defensive lapses this season, neither Mourinho nor his successor Guus Hiddink, the caretaker boss, has fielded Djilobodji in a Premier League game. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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A Judge Declares a Mistrial in Murder Trial of a Retired PBSO Officer

first_imgOn Tuesday a Palm Beach County judge declared a mistrial in the high profile murder trial of a former Palm Beach County deputy who was accused of shooting and killing his son-in-law in 2018.The retired officer, Carlton Nebergall Jr., is charged with first-degree murder after he shot and killed Jacob Lodge. Nebergall claimed it was an act of self defense.The arrest report stated that Nebergall’s daughter claimed her husband Lodge showed up to her home to exchange clothing for their two children, and Nebergall walked out as Lodge attempted to leave the house and shot him.On Monday Nebergall said that Lodge had a violent history. He told the jury he walked outside that night with a loaded revolver and fired a warning shot into the air. Lodge then left and later returned in an attempt to “look for something.” That’s when Nebergall said he “feared for his life” and shot Lodge in the head.Attorneys said the mistrial was declared on Tuesday because a juror was on his cell phone as the defense team was delivering their closing arguments. The jury was dismissed, and a brand new jury will have to be picked later on.last_img read more

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Two Dead, One Injured in TX Church Shooting

first_imgTwo people are confirmed dead and another has been injured, in a shooting at a church in Fort Worth, Texas.The shooting occurred at about 11:30 a.m. at the West Freeway Church.One person was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second victim succumbed to their injuries en route to the hospital.Authorities believe the shooter is dead.This is a developing story.last_img

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Manchester United, Arsenal , PSG battle it out for Jerome Boateng

first_imgBerlin: Three top European football clubs are said to be in the running to sign Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng. Arsenal and Manchester United of the English Premier League are said to be interested in the 29-year-old, as are Paris Saint Germain, with the French champions appearing to be leading the race to sign the 2014 World Cup winner.Time is running out for Arsenal and Manchester United to complete a deal as the English transfer window closes this Thursday. Meanwhile, PSG and their German coach Thomas Tuchel are reportedly Boateng’s first choice.Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Boateng would be allowed to leave if a club was prepared to match their figure on the player who has a contract that runs until 2021. The defender is reportedly valued at more than 50 million euros ($57.9 million).The Bavarian club has regularly announced that it intends to rejuvenate its aging squad. After signing 23-year-old German international Leon Goretzka from Schalke 04, Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal was allowed to depart, with the 30-year-old having joined FC Barcelona in Spain.According to several media reports, a decision regarding Boateng’s future is expected shortly, and may happen by the end of this week.While Arsenal have not commented on the matter, both Tuchel and United coach Jose Mourinho say the German international would add quality to their defenses.“My boss knows about my wishes and demands,” Mourinho commented. United are said to have contacted Bayern while playing a friendly in Munich last Saturday.Other reports speak about a meeting between Tuchel and Boateng a few weeks ago.While some have suggested that joining the star-studded PSG side would enhance the image-conscious Boateng’s marketing appeal, others say that playing in the English Premier League would result in more global exposure for the German international.Several newspapers have spoken about signs coming from the player’s entourage that Boateng is very interested in opening a new chapter in his career. IANSlast_img read more

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni was much calmer in 2013 CT than 2007 World T20: Irfan

first_imgMumbai: India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has said Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a lot calmer as captain during the 2013 Champions Trophy than he was in the 2007 T20 World Cup, both of which India won. Irfan was part of India’s 2013 Champions Trophy squad and was also a vital cog in the team’s wheel in 2007 when they lifted the inaugural WorldT20 trophy. “He was much calmer in 2013. Look in 2007 it was the first time and you understand that when you’re given a big responsibility of leading the country you always get excited about certain things,” Irfan said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected. “Obviously, the meetings were always smaller even in 2007 and in the 2013 Champions trophy as well, there were no differences in terms of five minute meetings,” he added. “But one thing that has really changed and that happens with experience, when young Dhoni became a captain in 2007 he used to run from the wicket-keeping end to the bowler in excitement and try to control the bowler as well. “By 2013, he was letting the bowler control himself rather than controlling them so he understood that and he was very calm and in control in 2013 Champions Trophy,” explained Irfan. “When Dhoni became the captain for the first time and then obviously talking about 2013 Champions Trophy he gave the experience in between of trusting his slow bowlers, he used to always trust his slow bowlers, he used to always trust his spinners and I think by the time Champions Trophy came he was very clear that in a crucial moments, he needs to get his spinners into play to win the games.” IANSAlso Watch: Get Set Global: Assamese in UK coping with the Pandemiclast_img read more

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George siblings perform well at Goodwill Swim Meet

first_imgBy Tamica GarnettTWIN sisters Jadyn and Daniel George were Guyana’s top performing swimmers at this year’s Goodwill Swim Meet. Guyana collected a total of 15 medals and finished with 373 points to end in sixth position at the meet which concluded last Sunday at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre in St Lucia.Jadyn and Daniel ended with three gold and three silver medals, respectively. Jadyn was the only swimmer on Guyana’s team of 29 swimmers to win a gold medal at the regional event, in which teams from Suriname, Barbados, Trinidad, St Lucia, and the Bahamas also participated.The ultimate team win once again went to Trinidad and Tobago, who amassed 1 397 points to defend their title. In an almost exact repeat of last year’s placing Suriname once again came in second, ending with 1 080 points this year. Barbados again finished third, after assembling 721 points, and St Lucia were in for fourth, with 635 points.The only change in this year’s results was that Bahamas moved up to finish fifth, having 566 points, while the Guyana team returned to the cellar position.The other medal-takers on the Guyana team were Phillip DeNobrega, Ariel Rodrigues, Reakwon Noel, Nathan Hackett, and Kenita Mahaica.Jadyn won Guyana’s first gold on Friday, when the competition began, in the Girls 11-12 100m freestyle, where she clocked 1:05.25s for the win. Danielle was just on her heels clocking 1:06.12s to take the silver.The pair were back at it again on Saturday for the gold and silver in the 50m freestyle, with Jadyn finishing in a time of 29.69 seconds and Danielle touching the wall in 30.21 seconds.On Sunday they challenged each other in the 200m freestyle, closing off their medal earnings by finishing in 2;21.58s for gold and 2:26.88s for silver.On the Boys side, Phillip DeNobrega started off with silver in the Boys’ 15-17 100m freestyle, ending the race in 56.74 seconds. On the same day he put forward a time of 1:04.06s in the 100m backstroke, which was just enough to get him the bronze medal in that event.As the competition continued he managed a bronze in the 50m butterfly with a performance of 28.07 seconds, before he ended with silver in his 200m freestyle (2:05.81s).After shining brightly in the Girls’ 8-and-under category last year, multiple gold medallist Aleka Persaud fell from grace as she took on a new age category this year. She could only muster a single bronze medal performance in the Girls’ 9-10 50m butterfly with a time of 33.67 seconds.This year’s 8-and-under girl, Ariel Rodrigues, saw herself claim a bronze medal off her 42.18 seconds’ swim in the 50m butterfly of her category.Kenita Mahaica took bronze in the Girls’ 13-14 50m backstroke (35.02s), Raekwon Noel won bronze in the Boys’ 9-10 50m butterfly (32.52s). in the Boys’ 13-14 category Nathan Hackett clocked 30.77 seconds to take a bronze in the 50m backstroke.last_img read more

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Cricket News Asia Cup 2018: India vs Bangladesh: Men in Blue win by 7 wickets

first_imgNew Delhi: Team India made a strong comeback by demolishing Pakistan by 8 wickets in their second game of the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. Pakistani batsmen were sent crashing by the brilliant Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the surprise package Kedar Jadhav as they picked three wickets each, while Jasprit Bumrah scalped two wickets. However, Rohit Sharma-led Men in Blue were handed a big blow after Hardik Pandya got stretchered off due to an injury. The Super Four stage of the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 is set to go underway as India gear up to lock horns with Bangladesh at the Dubai International Stadium today (September 21). India have an impeccable record against their neighbours Bangladesh, especially in the Asia Cup as they have defeated them 15 times out of 16 with the Tigers winning one.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018, India vs Bangladesh | Top 3 talking pointsHighlights: # Dinesh Karthik nudges it towards mid wicket and India win by 7 wickets to bag another dominating victory.# After 32 Overs, India are 159/2# After 30 Overs, India are 142/2. Easy, easy chase for Men in Blue.# After 28 Overs, India are 130/2 with MS Dhoni and Rohit at the crease.# OUT! Rubel sends Rayudu back to pavillion. India are 107/2# After 20 Overs, India are 89/1 with Dhawan and Rayudu at crease. Things looking easy for India.# 14.2 Overs: OUT! Dhawan departs after a solid start, misses out on a deserved half-century. India 61/1# After 14 Overs, India are 61/0 with Rohit and Dhawan batting at 21 and 40 respectively.# What a brilliant start this is by Rohit and Dhawan, 51/0 in the first 10 overs. Both have made it look just flawless, cover drives and cuts have dominated the initial 10 overs. # In the match between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Green Army have lost their first wicket for 6 runs in the pursuit of 258.# Lovely start by India as Dhawan and Rohit keep the runs flowing in the initial overs. India 20/0 after 4 Overs.# Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan begin the 173-run chase for the Men in Blue.# Jadeja: I am very happy to be back in blue. I didn’t play shorter format for a long time and I was not focusing much on my no-balls so my foot went over the line in the first over. I was disappointed after that. This wicket is slow but we have a very good batting line-up and we should chase it down# Bangladesh finish at 172. A late surge by Mehidy Hasan and Mashrafe Mortaza managed to take Bangladesh to a respective score comparatively. Will India go quick about the chase or will Rohit Sharma and co take things cautiously and slowly pave their way to victory? Join us soon for more action.# After 45 overs, BAN 152/7 with Mortaza (12) and Hasan at (39) at crease# Mosaddek Hossain also departs, caught behind by MS Dhoni on Jadeja’s delivery, BAN 101/7 # Bhuvneshwar Kumar removes Mahmudullah at 25, BAN 101/6 after 32.5 overs# 100 up for Bangladesh after 32 overs# BOUNDARY AGAIN! by Mahmudullah# FOUR! by Mahmudullah to Kuldeep Yadav, BAN 95/5# Hossain and Mahmudullah aim to get something on board, BAN 90/5 after 30 overs# Half innings completed, BAN 78/5 after 25 overs# Only two runs added in the over, BAN 74/5 after 22 overs# OUT! Ravindra Jadeja scalps Rahim at 21, BAN 65/5# One run added to the total, BAN 60/4 after 16 overs# After 15.4 overs, Jadeja to Mithun (9), out Lbw# After 15 overs, BAN 59/3 with Rahim (16) and Mithun (9) out in the middle# After 14 overs, BAN 58/3 with Rahim (15) and Mithun (9) out in the middle# Shakib Al Hasan departs at 17, BAN 42/3 # FOUR! by Shakib Al Hasan, BAN 38/2 after 9.3 overs# With just 5 runs added to the total, BAN 26/2 after 8 overs# After 6 overs, BAN 21/2 with Mushfiqur (1) and Shakib (4) at crease# BOUNDARY! by Shakid Al Hasan# OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalps Liton Das at 7, BAN 15/1 after 4.3 overs# FOUR! by Liton Das, BAN 14/3 after 4 overs For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Cricket News Virat Kohli’s India achieve rare distinction in double declaration vs Australia in Boxing Day Test

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team declared early on day 4 of the Boxing Day Test against Australia after they had reached 106/8, with Pat Cummins taking his career-best haul of 6/27. India set Australia a target of 399 but the Indian team achieved a rare distinction in Melbourne. In the first innings, they had reached 443/7 declared thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara’s 106 and fifties from Mayank Agarwal (76), Virat Kohli (82) and Rohit Sharma (63*). This was only the third time in their cricketing history that India had declared twice in the Test match in an overseas tour. Out of the three, this was the second time that they had achieved the feat in Australia.Before the Melbourne Test, India had declared twice overseas for the first time during the Sydney game in 2004. Sachin Tendulkar’s brilliant, unbeaten 241, combined with VVS Laxman’s 178 helped India reach 705/7 declared, which is their second-highest overseas score in a Test match. In the second innings, Rahul Dravid’s 91* and another aggressive 60* from Tendulkar helped India to 211/2 declared but the match ended in a draw as Australia held on to give Steve Waugh a bittersweet farewell.Read More |Yearender 2018: Virat Kohli’s list of dodgy decisions hurt IndiaThe second instance was in the 2007 Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong. Sachin Tendulkar (101) and Sourav Ganguly (100) helped India to 382/8 declared and they managed a lead of 144 runs after bowling Bangladesh out for 238. In the second innings, in the quest for quick runs, India lost wickets but they declared at 100/6 to set Bangladesh a target of 250 runs but the hosts held on for a draw.Read More | India vs Australia, live cricket score: Bumrah strikesOverall, there have been six instances of overseas teams declaring twice in a Test in Australia. West Indies were the first to achieve this feat when they scored 350/6 and 124/5 declared in Sydney to secure a 30-run win in 1931. England declared twice in a Test in 1986 at WACA, Perth while New Zealand also achieved a double declaration feat in 2001 also at the WACA. South Africa declared twice in 2006 in Sydney but they still lost the game.India would be hoping that they can secure a win in a double declaration for the first time in their history in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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