Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso aims dig at Arsenal ahead of Europa League final in Baku

first_imgAdvertisement Marcos Alonso has risked riling up Arsenal ahead of the Europa League final (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal need to win Wednesday night’s Europa League final against Chelsea to secure a Champions League spot for next season, but Marcos Alonso does not see this added motivation as an advantage.Chelsea have already nailed down a place in the Champions League by finishing third in the Premier League, while Arsenal’s fifth-place finish means they need to win in Baku to rejoin Europe’s top table.It was put to Alonso that the Gunners may have the mental edge as a result, but the Spaniard believes it is in fact the Blues who have the advantage as they are more used to lifting trophies than their London rivals.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We aren’t tired with this kind of thing and we have had the days to recover,’ said Alonso. ‘We are training properly every day. It’s a final. It’s the last chance we have to win a trophy this season, so it is a massive game for us.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Phil HaighWednesday 29 May 2019 12:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso aims dig at Arsenal ahead of Europa League final in Baku Alonso has an excellent goal-scoring record against Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)‘It is always important for us, for the fans, for the club to win a trophy. Of course, we are preparing to be ready and we are going to go for it. No, I don’t think so [that Arsenal are more motivated over Champions League qualification].‘We have the same need here at Chelsea to win something. In the last few years, we have won more trophies than them and are more used to winning things. I don’t think that is something bad. It is something even better for us. We know what it is and this is another chance and something we all want.’More: 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 CityAlonso enjoys playing against Arsenal and has scored against the Gunners in each of the last three seasons from left-back.He is not fussed who scores the goals in Azerbaijan as long as Chelsea get over the line and get their hands on the trophy.‘To be honest, I don’t care who scores the goals,’ the Spaniard continued. ‘Of course, I have great memories playing against Arsenal and have scored three or four times against them already. But it is a different game. It is a final, so I don’t care who scores.’MORE: Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea star Eden Hazard is a ‘problem’ in trainingMORE: Why is the Europa League final in Baku? How Arsenal vs Chelsea came to be in Azerbaijanlast_img read more

UK to accelerate state pension age rise

first_imgThe UK’s state pension age (SPA) will rise to 68 seven years earlier than currently planned, the government has announced.It also outlined plans for further increases, meaning the SPA would reach 70 by 2056.David Gauke, secretary of state for work and pensions, told parliament today that the increase would take place between 2037 and 2039, following a recommendation made by John Cridland’s review of the UK’s state pension system.In his foreword to the government’s report, published today, Gauke said the change would save £74bn (€83.6bn) by 2045-46. “Increased longevity is a triumph of improved health and better living standards,” Gauke said. “But an ageing population also presents us with some profound challenges.”He added that the only alternatives to bringing forward the SPA increase would be to lower payments to pensioners or increase the payments made by workers to fund the state pension.Currently, the SPA is due to rise to 66 by 2020 and to 67 by 2028.The government said it would conduct a further review before finalising the SPA increase “to enable consideration of the latest life expectancy projections and to allow us to evaluate the effects of current rises in state pension age”. Recent longevity data has suggested that improvements to UK life expectancy have plateaued.In addition, the report also outlined the government’s intention to cap the proportion of a person’s working life in which they can receive the state pension at 32%. The report said: “In order to keep the state pension sustainable and maintain fairness between generations in the future, the government will aim for ‘up to 32%’ in the long run as the right proportion of adult life to spend in receipt of state pension. A 32% timetable is consistent with the average proportion of adult life spent above state pension age experienced by people over the last 25 years.”According to calculations from the Government Actuary’s Department, capping this figure would mean further rises in the SPA, to 69 by 2042 and to 70 by 2056.John Cridland’s review also recommended that the UK’s triple lock be scrapped. This was introduced in 2010 as a guarantee that the state pension would be increased annually by the higher of wage inflation, price inflation, or 2.5%.However, the ruling Conservative Party’s plans to remove the triple lock were scuppered following last month’s election. Prime minister Theresa May was forced to drop the proposal as part of an agreement with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to support the Conservatives in parliament.last_img read more

Reds Hall of Fame

first_imgThe latest entries into the Reds Hall of Fame were Jake Beckley, Ken Griffey, Jr., Ron Oester, and Dave Parker.  With the exception of Beckley, the other 3 are products of the Cincinnati Youth Baseball Programs.  They join a long list of major leaguers who got their start in Cincinnati.Dave Parker and Ken Griffey, Jr. were both power hitters with Griffey hitting over 600 home runs in his career.  Although Parker was way behind Griffey in home runs, the length of some of his home runs are still talked about today.  Both were excellent outfielders as well as good base runners.Ron Oester was a very talented infielder.  Oester was the type of player that major league baseball teams need to be winners.  Although his physical talents could not match Griffey’s, his hard play made every Reds’ team he played on better just by being in the lineup.Jake Beckley, who played before 1900 for the old Redlegs, was known as the “triple man”.  All of us have to go by what we read, but Jake must have been quick like the present Billy Hamilton.Cincinnati has been very successful keeping their own athletes in Cincinnati and playing for their home team.last_img read more

Man Utd stars are raring to go ahead of Chelsea clash – Solskjaer

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Manchester United were “raring to go” again ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial saw United past Crystal Palace 2-0 on Thursday as they continued their top-four push in the Premier League. United have a short turnaround ahead of playing Chelsea and Solskjaer had questioned why Frank Lampard’s team were afforded 48 hours more rest. Read Also: Real Madrid winning La Liga is one of my best days – Zidane“We need to smile and go into this, we have earned this right, no-one thought in January that we would be in with a shout for top four. We have done fantastic since the restart.“These are the games that matter. That is the thing at Manchester United, you have to step up and show your personality.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… But the United manager said his players were ready to go for the clash at Wembley. “We’re fine, we’re fit and the players are raring to go, want to play again,” Solskjaer told a news conference. “Of course, anyone can hold their hands up at any moment and say, ‘I want to sit out this one’.center_img “We’ve got players on the bench desperate to join in, but it was forced with Brandon [Williams] and Luke [Shaw] not being available today. “Timothy [Fosu-Mensah] did great and Scott [McTominay] has been fantastic. He took a shift for Nemanja [Matic]. “We’ve got the players who’ve had the chance over this period to take players off, being three goals up in many games after 60 minutes. We’ve been fortunate in that respect.” United are fifth in the Premier League table, a point behind Chelsea and level on points with fourth-placed Leicester City with two games remaining. The Red Devils boss believes his side earned the right to smile after claiming a crucial three points against Palace. “It is a tight game and didn’t get the rhythm in our passing but two fantastic goals won it for us,” he told BBC Sport. “Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are enjoying themselves, when they go out onto the pitch for a shift, they go out with a smile and they defend each other too. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian Women10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalAmazing Bridal Looks From Around The WorldThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPlast_img read more

Schmidt – England is toughest game

first_img Press Association Head coach Schmidt rates Ireland’s Twickenham trip as their toughest test in this year’s RBS 6 Nations. Ireland will fight for their first Triple Crown since their 2009 Grand Slam on Saturday, February 22. Victory over Stuart Lancaster’s men would set up a potential Grand Slam decider against France in Paris on March 15. Regardless of that scenario though, former Leinster coach Schmidt believes England offer the tournament’s greatest threat. After victories over Scotland and Wales, Schmidt is steeling his squad for more hard grind yet. “So far we’ve learned that it’s always going to be tough, and we’ve had a little bit of luck go our way too,” said Schmidt. “There are tougher games coming and probably the toughest of all coming next, at Twickenham against England.” Ireland have spent their fallow week at a training camp in Clonmel, where tactician Schmidt has no doubt got to work in earnest on the England masterplan. Ireland dismantled Wales’ tactical approach in their comprehensive 26-3 victory in Dublin in round two of the tournament. Schmidt is happy to adapt his approach to fit each individual challenge and has made no secret of the fact he will do so again if required at Twickenham. After battling on through gale-force winds and nasty weather in Clonmel, a host of Ireland’s squad will be made available for club action this weekend. Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin and Martin Moore are now established as Ireland’s understudy front-row, but that trio will be back in Leinster action against the Dragons on Friday night. Eoin Reddan returns for Leinster after injury, boosting Ireland’s scrum-half options for the England clash, with wing Luke Fitzgerald also fit to start. Schmidt remains hopeful Munster’s Donnacha Ryan can boost his second row resources after Dan Tuohy broke his arm against Wales. “I think those guys should be available post-injury, and we’re very interested in seeing how those sorts of guys come along,” he added. “We’d be interested to see how Tommy O’Donnell goes for Munster as well. “You’ve got to balance selection on form mostly. One of the difficult things of trying to grow the squad, if they are on great form, it’s hard to leave them out of the side. “So that’s their challenge, to keep performing and delivering, and it’s a challenge for the other guys to put in the best performances they can as well.” England at Twickenham poses a bigger challenge than France in Paris, according to Ireland boss Joe Schmidt.last_img read more

Florida Man Charged with Assault for Coughing on Store Employee

first_imgDeputies who arrested him said he denied the charges, and told them that he does not have COVID-19 symptoms.The arrest report states that Canfora also told deputies that he did not expect anyone to understand his sense of humor. A Florida man is facing an aggravated assault charge, after authorities say he intentionally coughed on a cashier.The store worker told deputies that 49-year-old Christopher Canfora, of DeBary, had complained just before the incident that he felt that social distancing precautions for the coronavirus pandemic are “getting out of hand.”She added that Canfora then intentionally coughed on her and the cash register.Today, deputies charged a DeBary man with aggravated assault after he intentionally coughed in the face of a retail store employee, claiming social distancing is “getting out of hand.” Details at— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) April 8, 2020last_img read more

In Surprise Press Conference, Trump Orders All Houses Of Worship To Open

first_imgBy  Stephen DienerIn a short but historic press conference, President Trump shocked everyone by announcing his Presidential order to immediately open all houses of worship throughout the country, despite governor’s orders, and to deem them all as essential services.This includes all mosques, synagogues, and churches.Trump made this announcement during an unplanned press conference earlier this afternoon to a surprised press corps who did not expect to see him today.During the announcement, Trump said that he was disgusted by the actions of some governors to deem liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential services, but refuse to open churches at the same time. He said that the country needs more prayer, not less.He went on to say that if any governor has a problem that they can call him directly with their concerns, but he said he does not expect it to be a “productive call.”The President reiterated his order to have all houses of worship immediately opened before leaving the podium without taking any questions.last_img read more

CWI should review  how it manages young players like Hetmyer, Pooran – PM  Mitchell

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell believes Cricket West Indies(CWI) should review how it manages young players like Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer, in order to get the most out of their talent.The veteran leader said he was worried that picking such players in all formats of the game – especially in Twenty20s – could result result in “spoiling a talent” that could be of benefit to West Indies, especially in the longer formats.Hetmyer, 23, currently plays all three formats while fellow left-hander Pooran, 24, is involved only in the white-ball formats. Stylish right-hander Shai Hope, along with 21-year-old all-rounder, Keemo Paul, have also featured recently in all formats.“We have some talented players, the Poorans and Hetmyers and so on. I’m not sure that the right thing is to play these young people in all formats of the game at this point in time,” said Mitchell, a former chairman of CARICOM’s Prime Ministerial sub-committee on cricket.“You have talent in Pooran and Hetmyer – these guys on the 50-over and on the Test team, we’d be moulding these guys. But when a guy gets used to sixes and sixes and hitting the ball in the air in the 20-over game which they must do, I think the mindset if they’re not well-developed yet … you can be spoiling a talent that is there for the [longest] version of the game and the 50-over game. “That’s my opinion; I might be wrong … but in watching it from the sidelines, I think it is something [CWI] and selectors must look at – do you need to play these young players in all versions of the game? I’m not sure that’s the right thing to do.”West Indies are coming off a mixed tour of the subcontinent where they whitewashed minnows Afghanistan in a three-match one-day series before losing the subsequent T20 series.In the first ever Test between the two sides, the Jason Holder-led Windies registered a crushing nine-wicket victory inside three days.The Caribbean side then suffered 2-1 defeats in to India in both the three-match T20s and one-day series, despite showing flashes of brilliance throughout.Mitchell said while there was obvious development taking place in the shorter formats, the Test format still required attention.“We have three forms of the game in cricket and I’ve giving my own personal opinion as someone who has watched the game a lot and is interested,” he said.“I honestly believe the shorter version, I see us having made movement there. I’m not sure yet about our Test team – maybe there needs to be some movement and changes there too but I can’t say I feel that confident yet.”West Indies, ranked eighth in Tests, ninth in ODIs and 10th in T20s, face a difficult year ahead which includes the defence of their T20 World Cup title in Australia.They also defend the Wisden Trophy in a three-Test series in England before playing hosts to New Zealand and South Africa.Mitchell said while he did not anticipate overwhelming success going forward, he expected a progressive improvement in results.“I don’t expect to see them winning every game or even beating some of the best teams but [I expect to see them] competing well, and I won’t be surprised if they’re able to beat those teams,” he stressed.“But I’m looking for the improvement and I’ve started seeing it already, so hopefully in Twenty20 we’ll see more successes.”last_img read more

IPL cricket to start September 19 in UAE, says chairman

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (AFP) – The star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket will start on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), its chairman told AFP yesterday, adding that players may need to undergo quarantine.Although India’s cricket authorities are still awaiting Government approval, Brijesh Patel said the world’s richest cricket tournament will be played for 51 days with the final on November 8.Under current UAE coronavirus rules, all travellers must self-isolate for two weeks after arriving. “Whatever are the UAE rules for tourists will be followed by everyone,” Patel told AFP.“The IPL will take place between September 19 and November 8. This is confirmed and the rest we will decide in the (IPL) governing council meeting next week.”Top stars, ranging from England’s Ben Stokes to Australians Steve Smith and David Warner, have been lined up by the eight IPL teams on lucrative contracts. Any quarantine period could clash with domestic seasons.Patel said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will prepare operating procedures to combat the virus’ threat during the tournament.“It is going to be a full-fledged 51-day IPL. We are in touch with the ECB – Emirates Cricket Board – and we will get clearance from the Indian Government soon,” he said.last_img read more

In injury-riddled season, depth separates cross country teams

first_imgAs redshirt freshman Noah Beveridge prepared for his first championship race at Syracuse on Nov. 1, he realized the significance of the moment. The then-No. 28 Syracuse men lined up for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship race at a decisive moment in its season.Once a perennial powerhouse, the Orange was vulnerable, coming off its first ever defeat at ACCs in 2018. SU had just suffered its worst regular season defeat since 2001 — as far back as the team’s website records go — in Wisconsin two weeks prior. Plus, the Orange had recently learned that its best and most experienced runner, senior Aidan Tooker, would miss the remainder of the year.Beveridge saw the situation as a turning point and stepped up, finishing 15th and helping a depleted Syracuse to its sixth ACC title in seven years.“I was really happy to be All-ACC in my first cross country ACCs,” Beveridge said. “That was kind of the goal all year.”The 2019 season has been filled with struggle for both the men’s and women’s teams. Both sides lost top performers during the scheduled month-long break in the middle of their season and have gone in opposite directions since. After the men and women both swept the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, the first at the event since its inception in 2013, the men stumbled in Wisconsin before turning around and recapturing the ACC Championship. Then, they secured an NCAA Championship bid with a second-place finish at Regionals. But the women posted three straight poor finishes, ultimately ending their season early this past weekend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe difference between the two sides has come at the back end of their lineups. While the men have been able to plug in young runners — like Beveridge — who have contributed earlier than expected, the women have failed to find production outside their top scorers.The top of the men’s lineup includes seasoned performers Joe Dragon, Kevin James, Simon Smith and Dominic Hockenbury. While they will not always be the top scorers in any given race, they possess the maturity valued by head coach Brien Bell to be consistent contributors.Behind the group of experienced runners, underclassmen have filled in the hole left by Tooker. Multiple teammates said that the absence of Tooker from big races down the stretch has made it one of their most special seasons in recent history. “It is even sweeter just to be able to do it without him,” Beveridge said.Redshirt sophomore Nathan Henderson led the Orange in ninth at ACCs and turned in another strong performance at Regionals finishing 10th. Redshirt freshmen Nathan Lawler and Beveridge have also had an instant impact at the back of the lineup, totaling three top-21 finishes between them in the last two races.“When you are 18 years old, you don’t know what you don’t know,” Bell said. “Most of the time when you are young, you go to NCAA Championships you get crushed, the second time you do a little bit better, and the third time you get it figured out. It takes a very rare and special athlete to get it right the first time.”Kevin Camelo | Co-Digital EditorSophomore Matthew Scrape also finished in the top-50 in both championship races. Beveridge, Henderson and Lawler each earned All-ACC honors as underclassmen.“There are not many redshirt freshmen that end of being All-ACC when they are that young,” James said. “It is shades of someone like Colin Bennie and hopefully that is where they end up.”In contrast, the women have not been able to replace the production of sophomore Laura Dickinson, who went down in early October with an undisclosed injury. While the top of the women’s lineup has come through, the back-half hasn’t kept pace.Redshirt junior Kelsey Potts turned in a good performance at ACCs placing 52nd but failed to follow it up with a team-low 104th place finish at Regionals. Freshman Justus Holden-Betts has performed well for a first-year runner but has failed to springboard herself to the top of the lineup the way several underclassmen on the men’s side have. Senior Madeleine Davison has seen a placing drop at every event over the past year and hasn’t impacted races either.Consistent performances from All-ACC junior Amanda Vestri and redshirt junior Rachel Bonner kept the Orange afloat, but a lack of depth kept them from competing at the national level. Overall, the women placed fifth at ACCs.Heading into the Wisconsin Invitational, the women were ranked No. 15. There, they finished 25th. Bonner called it a “wakeup call,” but SU hasn’t recovered — or been ranked — since.“There are certain things you have to tackle mentally before you get to the race, I call them demons in my head,” Bonner said after Wisconsin. “The doubts that are in your head.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 19, 2019 at 11:04 pm Contact Eli: last_img read more