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Arteta hopes FA Cup win convinces Aubameyang stay at Arsenal

first_img Promoted Content6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least Once6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Best Cars Of All Time10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Did You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Read Also: Barcelona, Inter Miami offer contract to Chelsea winger Willian “It’s a final, the only focus is on winning that trophy tomorrow,” said Arteta. “Financially it would be really helpful and on the sporting side, to play European football for this club is a must.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Winning a trophy in his first season in management would also be a huge bonus for Arteta to prove he can restore Arsenal’s former glories. “It generates trust when you win titles,” he added. “It generates moments when together you go through some good emotions. “It brings everybody together, you have memories, there is a lot of things about winning a trophy that is so positive for any group and when you are in a process of (development) that makes it even more important, so we have a great opportunity tomorrow, let’s go for it.” Beating their London rivals behind closed doors at Wembley would also ensure Arsenal do not miss out on European football next season for the first time since 1995⁄96 by qualifying for the Europa League. Mikel Arteta hopes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at Arsenal could be influenced by the outcome of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea as the Gunners try to convince the Gabon international to extend his contract. Aubameyang, 31, has just one year left on his deal at the Emirates and given Arsenal’s financial predicament, it would make sense to sell in the close season if he cannot be convinced to prolong his contract. Despite his strike rate as one of Europe’s deadliest forwards over the past six years, Aubameyang has just two major trophies to his name with cup wins at St Etienne and Borussia Dortmund. Arteta captained Arsenal to two FA Cup wins during his playing career and believes experiencing that success could convince Aubameyang to trust the club are going in the right direction. “No, I don’t have that feeling,” said Arteta on Friday when asked if Saturday’s clash could be Aubameyang’s final game for the club. “It’s a package at the end. You need to have a lot of ingredients on the table to persuade a player of his level to be at this football club. “Don’t forget that he still has a contract here with us. We want to do it in a long-term, at the moment he’s with us and he should be really proud of where he is. “Winning a trophy helps to really believe and feel ‘wow’, I want more of these moments. If you are wearing the armband and able to lift that cup, it is such a moment. This is going to help for sure.” Loading… last_img read more

Stone happy with freshman Wurtz, UW’s defense

first_imgAfter Sunday’s 106-39 exhibition rout over Division III opponent UW-Oshkosh, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team is ready to begin the 2009-10 regular season. The Badgers will face the North Dakota Fighting Sioux this Sunday at the Kohl Center for the first time in program history.“We’re certainly looking forward to the start of the season,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said in her Monday press conference. “Yesterday, we had the exhibition game and got to put the uniforms on for the first time, got our freshmen out there to be in front of the lights and their fans and their families. I thought we did a nice job, stayed fairly disciplined. What I was most encouraged with was the fact that we only had nine turnovers in 40 minutes.”In Sunday’s triumph over Oshkosh, Stone’s new four-out, one-in motion offense was on display as the Badgers shot 62.5 percent from the field and had five players in double figures. Junior forward Tara Steinbauer led the way with 25 points on 12-13 shooting, while senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie contributed 19 points and six assists.Badger defense strong from the startDespite the lopsided final score, Stone was able to sufficiently assess where her team is at heading into Sunday’s opener.“You find out a lot about your team, actually,” Stone said of measuring her team after such a victory. “Our defense made it very difficult for Oshkosh to score, but there’s still things you can take. We looked at the film today and for a period of time in the second half, we weren’t closing out as hard as we could, we got a little lazy on the weak side, and it’s hard for your team to stay focused but that was the challenge.”The Badger defense was definitely at its best, as Oshkosh was unable to score its first field goal for almost 14 minutes. Wisconsin forced 32 turnovers and had 22 steals, including five by sophomore forward and tri-captain Anya Covington, as well as four by freshman guard Taylor Wurtz.“Anya Covington is a natural-born leader,” Stone said. “She has been a leader her entire life, both in the classroom, the community and on the court. As a freshman, [she] was not afraid to speak up in a team meeting, was not afraid to come to coaches with concerns or maybe wanting to get some help or try improve her game or how to make the team better. She earned the respect of her teammates as a freshman.”Freshman Wurtz has an impressive debutStone also expressed enthusiasm about the play of Wurtz, who was well thought of as the 89th-ranked player nationally by HoopGurlz — ESPN.com’s women’s college basketball forum — coming out of Ripon High School in Ripon, Wis. Listed as 6-foot, Wurtz boasts solid size for a Big Ten guard, which was on definite display against Oshkosh.Aside from her stellar defense, Wurtz scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds in an impressive 21 minutes of playing time. Along with other freshman guards Catie O’Leary and Aly Bucierka, Wurtz will be counted on to provide the Badgers with an upbeat, youthful presence.“She is a freshman, she has a lot to learn, and it was good to see her be able to play the number of minutes she did in different positions and not turn it over,” Stone said. “[Wurtz] shot the ball fairly well, you saw her get an offensive board, hit a three, get out in transition; she was our leading rebounder yesterday. Her versatility is definitely something that we’re going to lean on. We were injured in the post yesterday; we only had three post player rotations, so you’ll see her rotate inside and outside … if we’re facing a team maybe with a big point guard, that matches up very nice. If we’re facing a team with an athletic power forward, Taylor matches up very well.”last_img read more

Syracuse crushes Iowa State, 85-65, in NCAA Tournament opener

first_imgSTORRS, Conn. — Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes have lifted Syracuse all season. The two leading scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference have been co-alphas in the Orange attack, and the two main pieces opposing coaches focus on.The triangle-and-two defense that Iowa State runs is designed to put an extra defender on the opposing team’s two best players. The SU guards had fewer driving lanes, but there was space open on the wings. So they fed Gabby Cooper.She made the first shot for SU, a 3-pointer from the corner. Three possessions later, she made another one. And then another one two possessions after that.“The shots that Cooper was getting early, that was part of the plan,” Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said.“The plan was not to go 2-for-18 in the first quarter.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Quentin Hillsman set a clear goal from the beginning of the season. He wanted his team to prove that last year’s run to the national championship game was no fluke. Eighth-seeded Syracuse (22-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) took the first step in doing that, using a massive first quarter to set the tone in an 85-65 drubbing over ninth-seeded Iowa State (18-13, 9-9 Big 12) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. SU will play top-seeded and undefeated Connecticut on Monday in a rematch of last year’s national championship.The first quarter ended with SU up 25 on the Cyclones. While the scoreboard was close the rest of the way, the damage had already been done.“We weren’t knocked out,” Fennelly said about the team’s outlook after first quarter, “but we were wobbling pretty bad.”Cooper’s hot 3-point shooting forced the Iowa State defense to adjust and start covering her. That meant new scoring opportunities for Sykes.She began by hitting a 3-pointer from the wing. The next possession she drove right, crossed over left and pulled up for a flailing jumper, drawing a foul for an and-1.All the while, Iowa State struggled to break the Orange pressure. On some possessions, 20 seconds were used trying to get the ball past midcourt before running a weave at the top of the key to search for a crack in the defense.The Cyclones averaged just 12 turnovers per game, one of the best marks in the country. They committed that many in the first half alone.“Our defense feeds our offense,” Sykes said. “Our defense is ultimately going to carry us through this Tournament.”ISU’s adjustments were enough to win the second quarter by four, limiting the Orange to just 12 points. Ten of those came from Sykes, and SU still entered halftime with a 21-point advantage.In the third quarter, ISU managed to cut its deficit as low as 17 on five different occasions. Each time was met with a counterstrike from either Peterson (25 points), Cooper (24) or Sykes (28), who combined to score nearly all of the Orange’s points.It came as a surprise when Syracuse was selected as a No. 8 seed to begin with, something Fennelly alluded to. The team that had been ranked inside the Top 25 for much of the season showed why that spot seemed low on Saturday.Now, the Orange gets a national championship game rematch against UConn, winners of 108 straight games. Syracuse will be a major underdog, but it’s not a position the team seems to mind.Just like it always has — at the start of the season and even when it was up 22 late in the fourth against ISU — the Orange will pressure the ball and shoot 3s. It’s the formula that’s fueled it up to this point and that isn’t going to change.“We always talk about … the lifetime of the opportunity,” Hillsman said. “And the lifetime of the opportunity is 40 minutes. So there’s no sense for you to go out there now and start pulling the reigns back.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2017 at 5:21 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

SSC Constable GD: Admit cards released for Kerala Karnataka Region

first_imgThe SSC (Staff Selection Commission) will be conducting an exam for recruitment at the post of Constables (GD) in CAPFs, NIA & SSF and Riflemen (GD) in Assam Rifles. The exam is scheduled to be conducted on October 4.The test is conducted in three stages consisting of PET/PST, written examination, and medical examination. The candidates of Kerala Karnataka Region (KKR) who have qualified the Physical Efficiency Test/ Physical Standard Test (PET/PST) can download their admit cards now.The admit card will contain all the details including the roll number, exam centre, exam duration and other important information. It is mandatory for the candidates to carry this admit card, without which they won’t be provided the entry.Steps to download the admit cardsLog on to the official website ssckkr.kar.nic.in.Click on ‘KKR SSC Constable GD Admit Card 2015′.Enter your roll number and the date of birth in the provided fields and submit.SSC Constable Kerala Karnataka Region constable GD Hall ticket will be displayed on the screen. Download the same and take a printout of the admit card.Paper patternThe test will be conducted online as well as in the offline mode.The written examination will consist of one objective type paper containing 100 questions carrying 100 marks, from the following topics:General Intelligence and Reasoning: Analytical aptitude and ability to observe and distinguish patterns will be tested through questions principally of non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualization, spatial orientation, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, etc. advertisementGeneral Knowledge and Awareness: Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution, and scientific Research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.Elementary Mathematics: This paper will include questions on problems relating to Number Systems, Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals and Fractions and relationship between Numbers, Fundamental arithmetical operations, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Mensuration, Time and Distance, Ratio and Time, Time and Work, etc.English/Hindi: The candidates’ ability to understand basic English/ Hindi, his basic comprehension would be tested.last_img read more