Press Association Former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry believes with the right additions, star man Alexis Sanchez can fire the Gunners to the Barclays Premier League title next season. It is, however, the performances of Sanchez, now leading Chile’s hopes at the Copa America, which for Henry will be key. “As an Arsenal fan I am very excited about next season and hopefully we can bring some people to the club, some new players maybe but when you have a guy like Alexis Sanchez anything can happen. Hopefully he can fire us to the title next year,” said Henry, Arsenal’s record goalscorer and member of the Invincibles 2003/2004 squad. “Look at what he did in the FA Cup final and what he has been doing since his arrival. He has been more than tremendous.” Henry said on Arsenal Player: “We want to see that more and more and I know that he has that in his locker. When you have a guy like Alexis Sanchez, it is the X-factor. “He is the guy who can change the course of a game. I love the way he plays, he plays with his heart and I know the fans love that about him.” The departure of Arsenal goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts for Swansea has fuelled speculation the way is being cleared for Cech’s arrival from Chelsea. The 33-year-old hopes to stay in London, and despite Blues manager Jose Mourinho not wanting to sell him to a direct rival, is believed to now have accepted the wishes of the player who does not want to remain as understudy for Thibaut Courtois. It has been suggested Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon would also be making a switch to the Emirates Stadium. Should Cech’s expected arrival materialise, then David Ospina could be set to depart just a season after the Colombia international’s arrival from Nice, with Fenerbahce said to be a likely destination. Arsenal appear on the verge of bringing in veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea. Manager Arsene Wenger is also expected to strengthen the outfield, with targets such as Porto forward Jackson Martinez, Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Bender and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.
Press Association The victory sparked scenes of wild jubilation as Northern Ireland reached their first major tournament in 30 years, a prize which may just persuade the IFA that the 7,000 euro (£5,040) fine is a price worth paying. In a statement on its website, the IFA indicated it would not appeal against the decision from UEFA’s Control Ethics and Disciplinary Body. The Irish Football Association has been handed a UEFA fine for the pitch incursions which came after Northern Ireland beat Greece 3-1 at Windsor Park to secure their place in the Euro 2016 finals. Following the win over Greece, Northern Ireland drew 1-1 away to Finland to secure top spot in Group F.
NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE CHANGESNHL playoffs to resume this weekendUNDATED (AP) — The NHL’s second-round playoff series will resume this weekend with three games each on Saturday and Sunday after players prompted the league to postpone two days of action to protest racial injustice.In the NHL’s Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto, Tampa Bay and Boston will play Game 4 of their series at noon EDT Saturday, followed by Philadelphia and the New York Islanders playing Game 3 at 7 p.m. EDT. Vegas and Vancouver will play Game 3 of their series at 9:45 p.m. EDT in the West hub city of Edmonton, Alberta.On Sunday, in Edmonton, Colorado and Dallas will play Game 4 of their series at 6 p.m. EDT followed by Vegas and Vancouver set to play at 10:30 p.m. EDT Philadelphia and the New York Islanders will play in Toronto at 8 p.m. EDT. NFL-SAINTS OWNER-VIRUSSaints, Pelicans owner Benson tests positive for coronavirusNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans has tested positive for COVID-19. Gayle Benson hasn’t been hospitalized and has continued to work from home, according to Saints and Pelicans vice president for communications Greg Bensel. He says the 73-year-old Benson hasn’t missed a daily work call with Saints and Pelicans staff and hasn’t missed an NBA or NFL owner call in recent days.Benson has been sole owner of both New Orleans franchises since her husband, Tom Benson, died in March of 2018. Any plan will need the approval of university presidents and chancellors. The person told the AP that the Big Ten will only play if certain benchmarks related to the coronavirus — such as transmission rates, testing capacity and availability, and testing accuracy — are met in each of the 11 states that are home to the league’s 14 schools.The Big Ten announced on Aug. 11 it was postponing its fall football season because of concerns about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pac-12 and some smaller conferences soon followed suit.The Big Ten and first-year commissioner Kevin Warren have faced pushback and criticism ever since, including a lawsuit filed by eight Nebraska players who want the decision overturned.In other pandemic-related college sports news:— Seven members of the Kansas State football team have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first outbreak since the Wildcats convened for summer workouts in June. The Wildcats will continue to practice for the season-opener Sept. 12 against Arkansas State. Wildcats coach Chris Klieman is wary about the first rounds of large-scale testing since students arrived on campus. He said: “It’s going to be difficult, there’s no question. They’re still 18-to-22-year-old college students.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditRACIAL INJUSTICE-NBANBA prepares to restart after protest pauseLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoffs are set to resume Saturday, after the league and the National Basketball Players Association detailed the commitments that made players comfortable continuing the postseason. —The Chicago White Sox have acquired speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson in a trade with Pittsburgh and reinstated Nick Madrigal from the 10-day injured list. Dyson is batting just .157 this season, but he swiped 30 bags last year. He won the World Series in 2015 with Kansas City and could serve as a valuable pinch runner for Chicago as it chases its first playoff appearance since 2008. RACIAL INJUSTICE-COLTS PLANColts return to practice with plan to combat injusticesINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts returned to practice Friday — with a plan and a purpose.They want to help end racial and social injustice. After spending Thursday discussing the issues instead of working out, the Colts suited up, worked out and announced the four issues they intend to focus on this season: voter registration and access to polling places; food drives for low-income local families; showing more support for Indianapolis Public Schools; and helping improve community-police engagement. Ten baseball games were postponed over two days as some teams joined other sports like the NBA, WNBA and MLS in protesting social injustice.Jackie Robinson Day is usually on April 15, but the celebration was moved to Aug. 28 this season to accommodate the COVID-19-altered schedule, which started in late July. The date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the March on Washington in 1963 and also the day in 1945 when Dodgers GM Branch Rickey met with Robinson to discuss breaking the color barrier.Yankees manager Aaron Boone broke down in tears during a media briefing and left the room when he was asked about his two Black adopted sons Friday. He returned a few minutes later, still shaken. He said it’s been a heartbreaking year and prays things will be better.In other MLB news:— A diversity report finds that Major League Baseball showed a modest increase in its overall hiring practices. The improvement is attributed to gender diversity. A study released Friday by the University of Central Florida gives MLB a letter grade of B. The grade for racial hiring dropped slightly from a year ago to a B-plus while gender hiring increased to a C. Only 7.5% of opening day rosters consisted of Black players, the lowest percentage the study has recorded since it was started in 1991. The Seattle Mariners had nine Black players on its roster, tops in the majors. UNDATED (AP) — Friday’s doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins has been postponed because of bad weather.The teams now have a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday that allows them to make up one of Friday’s two games. The other is being made up as part of a doubleheader at Minnesota on Sept. 4. The Tigers will be the designated home team for that makeup game.The Tigers and Twins had two games scheduled Friday after both teams decided not to play the series opener Thursday night amid athlete protests for racial justice. A doubleheader was scheduled for Friday, but the weather wouldn’t cooperate. There was a delay of over an hour before the postponement was announced.In other MLB news:— The Yankees have placed right fielder Aaron Judge on the 10-day injured with a strained left calf just days after the star slugger returned. Judge was activated Wednesday but aggravated the injury in a game at Atlanta and was removed in the sixth inning. He was added back to the IL on Friday before the opener of a doubleheader against the Mets. New York promoted top outfield prospect Estevan Florial to be the 29th man, batting the 22-year-old seventh and starting him in center field. RACIAL INJUSTICE-MOTORSPORTSNASCAR plans to race, Wallace says fight for racial equality goes onCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR drivers don’t plan to skip tomorrow night’s race at Daytona International Speedway to raise awareness of social and racial injustices. But Bubba Wallace, the only fulltime Black driver in the Cup Series, says that decision should not be interpreted as “turning away from the dark and evil acts that have taken over our nation.” The 26-year-old Wallace has been a leader in pushing NASCAR for more diversity and its recent ban on the Confederate flag at racetracks. He was the first driver to address any action potentially planned at Daytona as other sports leagues have reacted to the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin. Other racing series also pressed ahead this week, including IndyCar in Illinois and Formula One in Belgium, where six-time champion Lewis Hamilton — the only Black driver in F1 — said he had no plans to sit out. Associated Press In a joint statement released Friday, the sides say they will immediately establish a social justice coalition, made up of players, coaches and owners, that would focus on issues such as voting access and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform. Play stopped Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the court for their playoff game against Orlando to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin and acts of racial injustice. There have been no games since, while players met among themselves and with coaches and owners before an agreement to resume was reached. All 13 teams remaining in the postseason scheduled practice Friday.RACIAL INJUSTICE-MLBMLB celebrates Jackie Robinson, calls for justice continuePHOENIX (AP) — Major League Baseball observed a Jackie Robinson Day like no other Friday, with teams celebrating a man who broke the sport’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 while the racial reckoning continued. The postponements of four games to be played Thursday and Friday have led the NHL to push back the potential completion of the second-round schedule by as many as two days should three of the series require a Game 7. Dallas and Colorado and Vegas and Vancouver are both scheduled to play Game 7 on Sept. 4, if necessary. Game 7 of the Philadelphia-Islanders series is scheduled for Sept. 5.The playoffs will then shift to Edmonton, where the conference and Stanley Cup finals will be played.MLB-NEWSTigers, Twins have doubleheader postponed because of weather — The Chicago White Sox acquired speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson in a trade with Pittsburgh on Friday and reinstated Nick Madrigal from the 10-day injured list. Dyson is batting just .157 this season, but he swiped 30 bags last year. He won the World Series in 2015 with Kansas City and could serve as a valuable pinch runner for Chicago as it chases its first playoff appearance since 2008. The White Sox sent international signing bonus pool money to the last-place Pirates for the 36-year-old Dyson. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSAP Source: Big Ten working on multiple options for footballUNDATED (AP) — Big Ten coaches, athletic directors and medical personnel are working on multiple plans for staging a football season — including one that would have the league kicking off as soon as Thanksgiving weekend.A person with direct knowledge of the conference’s discussions told The Associated Press the conference is in the early stages of a complicated process that also involves broadcast partners and possible neutral site venues. — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt canceled practice for the Volunteers after what he called “a few more positive tests.” The Volunteers were scheduled to practice Friday. Pruitt had adjusted the schedule for Saturday to allow his players to take part in an on-campus march against racism. Pruitt says he decided to cancel Friday’s practice with everyone tested again to see where the team is.— The Atlantic Coast Conference has enhanced its medical protocols for athletes during the season, including testing players for COVID-19 three times a week. The league announced its updated practices from its Medical Advisory Group on Friday and it pertains to football, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. The guidelines call for testing three times a week of the team’s opening competition. In football, one of the tests will be administered the day before the game and the next within 48 hours of its conclusion. The ACC said the test done before the game will be done by a third party, chosen by the league office. — North Carolina State has allowed 12 programs to resume workouts after the school paused all athletics activities earlier this week, but football remains on hold for now. In a statement Friday, athletics director Boo Corrigan said the school plans for another round of testing for the football program and will make a decision on next steps with “additional information available to us.” The school has had to postpone its Sept. 12 game against Virginia Tech for two weeks because of a cluster of cases among Wolfpack athletes.— A person with knowledge of the situation says Auburn’s football team has canceled its last two practices because of issues related to COVID-19 after positive tests this week. It wasn’t clear how many players, coaches or others tested positive. The Tigers are scheduled to open the season Sept. 26 against Kentucky.— North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham says the school will begin football and other fall sports without fans at home because of the pandemic. Cunningham says the restriction will last through September for football, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross country. In addition, tailgating won’t be allowed on campus. The school has canceled all in-person undergraduate classes in favor of online-only instruction. Coronavirus clusters appeared on campus since students returned for the fall semester. Update on the latest sports August 28, 2020 TENNIS-WESTERN & SOUTHERNNaomi Osaka into W&S final after calling for racial justiceNEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka overcame a faulty first serve and reached the finals of the Western & Southern Open on Friday following a one-day break in the tournament prompted by her call for racial justice. Osaka, the last Top 10 player left in the women’s bracket, sparked the break by announcing she would drop out of the tournament rather than play a semifinal match against Elise Mertens. Oaka will face resurgent Victoria Azarenka, who beat Johanna Konta 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Western & Southern final for the first time since 2013, when she beat Serena Williams.In the men’s bracket, Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nihch) beat fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6, 6-3 to reach the finals after fighting off a break point in the first set. Raonic was one of the first players to publicly support Naomi’s decision to drop out of the tournament. The Western & Southern Open was moved from Mason Ohio to the U.S. Open site in Flushing Meadows because of pandemic precautions, creating a two-tournament event without spectators.
On Wednesday, the Ronald Tutor Campus Center ballroom transformed to accommodate the Annenberg symposium, an event hosted by the USC Graduate School’s Office of the Vice Provost.At the event, Annenberg graduate fellows showcased their innovative and cutting-edge communications research through different booths and presentations.The event featured “Stacy,” an episode from the docuseries “Finding Home.” The episode follows a 27-year-old Salvadoran transgender asylum seeker as she struggles to navigate her first months in the United States.Stacy Alejandro tells her story as the directors of the short documentary, Abraham Troen and Sam Shaib, conduct interviews and document her journey. Other notable members of the project include producers Xin Li and Marc Mounier, and editors Yongle Wang, Elisa Oh, Erick Del Aguila and Mengna Lei.Meredith Drake Reitan, associate dean of the Graduate School, discussed the importance of the symposium, citing the collaboration that the event fosters, especially with productions such as this one.“When incoming students begin [their programs] in the fall, they have a chance to meet and talk about ways they might collaborate,” Drake Reitan said. “The symposium is the final event of the year and serves as the culminating moment where students are able to show their work.”Troen, a master’s of fine arts studying in cinematic arts, film and television production, said that when the creators of the documentary series came to work on the project, it wasn’t easy finding a subject who would perfectly fit the role the directors had envisioned.“We met a lot of people and tried to explore who could open up, who was willing to share their stories and who could share their personal tale and not just focus on political topics,” Troen said.Shaib, also a master’s of fine arts student studying cinematic arts, film and television production, said the crew faced challenges when filming. He said that because the documentary covered a controversial social and political conflict, it was sometimes difficult to depict the individual’s entire story.“We want to personalize their stories and be able to tell their journeys because they hold important messages,” Shaib said. “And it’s not easy to get individuals to open up because of the controversy on these matters.”Both Troen and Shaib saw the benefits of telling Alejandro’s story because it’s one that isn’t often told or heard. Alvaro Parro, master’s of fine arts studying cinematic arts, film and television production, emphasized the importance of documenting a story like Alejandro’s.“There is a severe lack of awareness of the Latina trans community,” Parro said. “I wanted to work on a project that would raise more awareness of a marginalized community. I was compelled by Stacy’s charisma. To see her moving through Los Angeles and to see how she was able to bring so much meaning to her life so far from El Salvador was very courageous.”Parro also discussed the difficulty of accurately depicting stories on the screen. According to Parro, it can be tricky to portray the story being told.Shaib said the filmmakers have gained perspective through working on the project.“Our challenges seem so trivial now,” Shaib said. “What we’ve had to go through is nothing in comparison to what they had to go through.”
Syracuse jumped four spots from No. 10 to No. 6 in the latest NSCAA poll after a 1-0 win over then-No. 15 Virginia Tech on Friday night.The Orange (9-3-1, 3-2-1 Atlantic Coast) is one of five ACC teams in the top 10 along with No. 2 Wake Forest, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 8 Clemson. The remainder of the top 10 consists of No. 1 Maryland, No. 5 Denver, No. 7 Indiana, No. 9 Charlotte and No. 10 CreightonThe Orange travels to Clemson for a visit with the Tigers on Friday in its second-to-last game of the regular season. Syracuse visits Hartford on Tuesday night and hosts Wake Forest on senior night next Friday. The Orange’s win over the Hokies was its first in five games after an 8-0 start.Ian McIntyre’s side currently sits fourth in the ACC Atlantic division behind the Demon Deacons, Louisville and Clemson. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on October 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+
Barbados’ unemployment rate stood at 9.7 per cent in 2016, a decrease of 1.6 percentage points from the 11.3 per cent recorded at the end of 2015.This is according to official figures from the Barbados Statistical Service’s Continuous Household Labour Force Survey which note that the the unemployment rate among males stood at 9.3 per cent and 10.1 per cent among females.In the review period, the number of persons employed totalled 132,900, of whom 67,500 were males and 65,400 were females. The unemployed numbered 14,300,, while the number of persons in the labour force stood at 147,200. TAccording to the figures, the number of persons not actively looking for work was 74,000.In 2016, the Wholesale & Retail Trade sector generated jobs for the largest number of persons, employing 22,400, while 16,400 worked in the Accommodation & Food Services sector.The Construction, Mining & Quarrying sector generated employment for 14,000 persons and the Public Administration & Defence Sector generated work for 9,700 persons. Employment in the Manufacturing sector reached 9,400 persons and the Other Groups Sector reached 8,300 persons. The Administrative & Support Service Sector and the Transportation & Storage Sector employed 7,600 and 6,700 persons, respectively.The Human Health & Social Work sector employed 6,600 persons, while the Education sector and the Finance & Insurance sector generated employment for 6,100 and 5,800 persons, respectively.
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Princella Adubea ruled out for a few months and will therefore miss the rest of Ghana’s campaign at the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.The Ghana attacker came out worse with a knee injury from a heavy challenge during the Black Maidens’ last group game against Canada on Saturday.Ghana team doctor, Mabel Aboah confirmed on Monday evening that Adubea is expected to be out for a few months but ruled out surgery to repair the damage.The injury will curtail her campaign and deny Ghana coach her services for the remainder of the competition which has reached the quarter-final stage.
Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNOn the value side, J.A. Happ (@Blue Jays) is particularly affordable on DraftKings, while Chris Archer (vs. Braves) looks like the best deal on FanDuel. That’s not saying much, so paying up might be your best option. Freddy Peralta (vs. Marlins) is in a good spot matchup-wise, and Jose Quintana (vs. Rockies) is relatively affordable and in a good spot for a win against a rookie pitcher. Several games have at least a moderate chance of seeing rain at some point, with the Red Sox-Royals and Orioles-Rangers the most likely to see showers. Check the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest weather reports.MORE THURSDAY MLB: DFS picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Thursday, June 6RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Justin VerlanderAstros@ MarinersN/A110 (8th)$12,000N/A2Patrick CorbinNationals@ Padres89 (T-20th)88 (20th)$10,900$10,3003Jose BerriosTwins@ IndiansN/A83 (T-24th)$9,300$9,7004Caleb SmithMarlins@ Brewers103 (11th)N/A$9,500$9,4005Trevor BauerIndiansvs. TwinsN/A119 (2nd)$10,400$9,4006Zack WheelerMetsvs. GiantsN/A81 (27th)$10,200$10,5007J.A. HappYankees@ Blue Jays80 (25th)N/A$8,600$7,8008Jose QuintanaCubsvs. Rockies89 (T-20th)N/A$7,400$7,5009Joey LucchesiPadresvs. Nationals122 (4th)N/A$8,200$9,00010Chris ArcherPiratesvs. BravesN/A96 (T-14th)$6,400$7,70011Freddy PeraltaBrewersvs. MarlinsN/A79 (28th)$6,800$7,00012Jalen Beeks (PLR)Rays@ Tigers92 (T-17th)N/AN/A$7,60013Mike FiersA’s@ AngelsN/A114 (5th)$6,700$6,90014Danny DuffyRoyalsvs. Red Sox93 (T-15th)N/A$7,200$7,90015Anthony DeSclafaniReds@ CardinalsN/A97 (T-12th)$6,000$6,80016Dakota HudsonCardinalsvs. RedsN/A83 (24th)$7,300$6,20017Ryan WeberRed Sox@ RoyalsN/A97 (T-12th)$6,400$6,30018Tyler SkaggsAngelsvs. A’s126 (3rd)N/A$8,000$8,70019Daniel NorrisTigersvs. Rays92 (T-17th)N/A$6,000$5,80020Mike FoltynewiczBraves@ PiratesN/A95 (17th)$7,300$8,50021Ariel JuradoRangersvs. OriolesN/A83 (T-24th)$6,100$6,40022Shaun AndersonGiantsvs. MetsN/A96 (T-16th)$6,600$6,90023David HessOrioles@ RangersN/A109 (9th)$5,900$4,20024Edwin JacksonBlue Jaysvs. YankeesN/A113 (6th)$5,500$5,00025Tommy MiloneMarinersvs. Astros132 (1st)N/A$7,000N/A26Peter LambertRockies@ CubsN/A111 (7th)$5,500$6,30027Ryne Stanek (O)Rays@ TigersN/A73 (30th)$4,000$4,300wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. It’s a packed Thursday of MLB action, with 13 overall games. The afternoon/evening slates are split up in different ways on FanDuel and DraftKings, but the one constant is the only way to use the No. 1 pitcher in today’s rankings — or hitters facing No. 25 — is to play an all-day contest on FanDuel. While that’s unfortunate, there are still plenty of high-quality arms to use in your various MLB DFS lineups.Trevor Bauer (vs. Twins) is an expensive boom-or-bust option, but we know he has the stuff to quiet even the best offenses. Joey Lucchesi (vs. Nationals) is in a similar spot against the Nationals, who have generally crushed lefties this year, so expect him to be faded heavily today.
A Mason City man has pleaded not guilty to drug and assault charges. Police say that on January 2nd, 28-year-old Armondo Grays ran from several uniformed officers who tried to arrest him at an apartment in the zero block of South Jefferson. He later was arrested in the 300 block of West State. Police say Grays was in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and more than $1500 in cash at the time of his arrest. Grays was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and was charged with carrying weapons, failure to possess or display a weapon permit, third-degree theft, assault on persons in certain occupations causing bodily injury, attempting to remove an officer’s communication or control device, speeding, and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. He filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges on Tuesday. His trial is scheduled to start on March 17th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.