UEFA decides today on Liga and Champions League

first_imgThe President of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, has called today telematically at 55 federations European. You have a plan to fit all 17 matches still missing from the Champions. Spain and the Premier vote for end the season, even from September. FIFPro sets conditions.Calendar. UEFA manages three possible dates to restart the championships: mid May, June and September. The closest seems unlikely due to the uneven advance of the coronavirus in Europe, and the farthest would mean having to readjust next season, probably with cuts in the number of teams in each league, in Cup competitions and the change in the formats in European competitions. June is he key month, in which Ceferin trusts that it will be possible to play again, even if it is behind closed doors, to finish the domestic leagues. The Premier and LaLiga give priority to finish the domestic leagues when you can. In Spain and Italy, where the virus attacked earlier, it is hoped that it can be restarted sooner. France, Germany and England pose more problems.Champions. The UEFA competition secretary, Giorgio Marchetti, works as the best and fastest solution final four. The idea is to play the return matches that remain pending of eighth (City-Real Madrid, Bayern-Chelsea, Barça-Nápoles and Juve-Lyon) and from there play the rooms from end to single party and by pure draw to then dispute the two semifinals and the final in Istanbul the last weekend of June. If the pandemic reaches Turkey with force as it has in southern Europe, a change of venue due to force majeure would not be ruled out. He same plan is contemplated for the Europa League, but here the problem is that while to finish the Champions League there are 17 games left to finish the Europa League 27 missing. There is a date problem. In any case, finishing both national and continental competitions is considered a priority for save integrity of the television contracts. Contracts. One of the problems with ending the season in August or even already on dates of the next, that is to say in Septemberis that it would have to enlarge the duration of player contracts and coaches beyond June 30, which is even more conflictive in the case of the transferred. While the FIFA is willing to adapt the rules so that they consider this circumstance, the World Players Union (FIFPro) warns that if this is the case, the measure must be universal and reach all players, not just those that clubs want to retain.Transfers. Another of the measures that the season extension beyond June it would be to enlarge the next transfer window, It would run from June to January, when the winter season should begin. This measure would facilitate the end the campaigns with a certain normal and ease the transfer market at a time when no one knows when the championships will be able to restart. This matter has also been agreed upon between FIFA and UEFA.Selections. The dates on the FIFA calendar for selections they are affected by the collapse of the calendar. The Eurocup has been postponed next summer, but have not yet been suspended international friendlies of June. The will be soon, among others the one that is scheduled for June 5 between Spain and Portugal in Madrid. The teams will give up their dates so that they can finish the European leagues and competitions, and if it is still necessary to restart club football after the summer, they would also suffer a modification the League of Nations.last_img

Aldridge, Spurs hand Suns their most one-sided loss ever

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Alex Len scored 14 for the Suns, who shot 34 percent from the field and were 3-of-32 on 3-pointers.“I think it was an embarrassment for all of us out here tonight,” veteran Jared Dudley said. “I think the fans definitely earned an apology for the display. It’s definitely unexcusable.”But Popovich thought the Suns did have some mitigating factors.“Suns’ didn’t have all their bodies,” he said. “You got to have your bodies at this level or it is tough. To have the guys that they have out really hurts.”Phoenix was without leading scorer Devin Booker for the second game in a row due to a hip pointer. Center Tyson Chandler missed the game with a sore neck and Tyler Ulis left with back spasms in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak The 48-point blowout matched the most one-sided loss in Suns history — set against Portland in this season’s opener — and was the third-largest margin of victory for San Antonio.Only a 51-point Spurs win at Philadelphia on Dec. 7, 2015, and a 49-point blowout of Vancouver on Nov. 5, 1995 were bigger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “We are, I think, obviously undermanned and they just walked all over us,” Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. “They’re a veteran team, they play well and we had no answer.”The Spurs never trailed against a Suns team that has lost four straight and nine of 10. Phoenix’s 38 losses are the most in the NBA.San Antonio dominated from the opening tip and led 69-31 at the half. The 38-point margin was the largest halftime lead for the Spurs against a team in their history. Phoenix never got any closer than 36 points in the second half and trailed by as many as 53 in the fourth quarter.The Suns averted a 50-point loss with Danuel House’s dunk on a fastbreak lob pass with six seconds to play.“Guys made shots, the ball moved and guys competed on defense,” Aldridge said, “so hopefully it will carry over.”The level of competition will go up in a hurry. The Spurs play at Golden State Saturday night.TIP-INSSpurs: The “rodeo road trip” occurs when the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo takes over the AT&T Center. … San Antonio swept the season series with Phoenix 4-0 and has won 13 of the last 14 meetings. … Spurs won’t play at home again until Feb. 28 (against New Orleans). … The center Bertans got his fifth start of the season, replacing Pao Gasol. … San Antonio will travel 6,546 miles on their annual “rodeo trip.” Spurs have been taking the trip every year since 2003.Suns: In the 49 seasons before this one, the Suns’ biggest loss was by 44 points. … Phoenix started a lineup with the ages 24, 21, 20, 21 and 22. … Suns are 3-9 without Booker this season. … With Booker and Ulis hurt, Josh Gray — called up last week from the G-League’s Northern Arizona Suns — was the team’s’ lone healthy point guard.UP NEXTSpurs: at Golden State Warriors Saturday night.Suns: host Denver Nuggets Saturday night. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award SPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We made shots,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “You make shots, things get easy.”Patty Mills added 18 points and Danny Green 17 for the Spurs. Dejounte Murray scored 14 before leaving with a sprained ankle in the second quarter. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Big shot: LeBron’s jumper at buzzer lifts Cavs past Wolves San Antonio Spurs guards Tony Parker (9) and Patty Mills (8) high-five after a scoring run forcd the Phoenix Suns to take a timeout during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — The San Antonio Spurs opened their long, annual “rodeo road trip” with one of the biggest routs in the team’s history.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points in 28 minutes and the San Antonio Spurs demolished read more

Mavs pull away in 4th, beat Celtics

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES MOST READ Unbeaten Bivol beats Pascal to retain light heavyweight belt Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Celtics: Al Horford returned after missing his first game of the season to rest a sore left knee. He had eight points and eight rebounds. … Brown scored 16 points, and Morris added 13. … Irving was 9 of 24 from the field with six assists and five turnovers.Mavericks: F/C Dwight Powell missed his third straight game with a left knee injury. … Coach Rick Carlisle said Smith sprained his right wrist in a loss to Memphis two games earlier. He played but was limited in a win over Brooklyn.UP NEXTCeltics: At New Orleans on Monday.Mavericks: At Houston on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Doncic looked like a natural at the point from the start with five assists in the first quarter while making all three of his 3-point attempts for nine points.In one sequence, he sent Marcus Morris lunging toward the basket with a fake away from the ball, then watched Irving fly past him by faking the shot before making a 3.Irving got rolling in the second quarter, scoring nine points on 4-of-5 shooting while helping cut an 11-point deficit to three at halftime (59-56).DECKING DONCICDoncic was doing enough for the Celtics to feel the need to try to knock him off his game in the third quarter.Jaylen Brown put a forearm in Doncic’s chest when he was looking another direction while running up the floor and sent the 19-year-old sprawling. Brown’s move came after Doncic intercepted a pass in transition near midcourt, drove to the baseline and slipped a pass to Jordan for a dunk.Jordan was given his second technical for hanging on the rim, but officials ruled it a non-unsportsmanlike technical, allowing Jordan to avoid an ejection as he finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Brown received an offsetting technical on a video review for the blindside hit on Doncic.CHIPPY LATE, TOODoncic had to be separated from Brown after getting knocked to the floor, and there was another dustup when Smart shoved Maxi Kleber not long after they were part of a jump ball in the final seconds, long after the outcome had been decided. Smart was assessed a technical.TIP-INS Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Barea scored 20 points and tag-teamed with Wesley Matthews on back-to-back 3s to take control in the fourth quarter of a 113-104 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.“I was mad that I missed the one before that one, went in and out on me,” Barea said. “First time I think I’ve been lifted up from the other side of the court all the way to the bench. We’re having fun.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHarrison Barnes also had 20 points, teenage rookie Luka Doncic totaled 15 points and matched Barea with eight assists, while starting at point guard with Dennis Smith Jr. sidelined by a wrist injury, as the Mavericks (9-9) got back to .500 with their seventh win in nine games.It’s the latest Dallas has been .500 or better since the end of the 2015-16 season, and it’s the first six-game home winning streak for the Mavericks in almost two years. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dallas Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan, right, holds onto guard Jose Juan Barea after Barea made a three-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Jacobsohn)DALLAS — J.J. Barea held the shooter’s pose for several seconds before big center DeAndre Jordan picked him up and carried him to the bench , the diminutive Dallas guard high-fiving everybody along the way.It just felt like a big 3-pointer in the Mavericks’ sixth straight home victory.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart had 19 apiece for the Celtics, who followed a win with read more

VP Condemns Students Becoming ‘Breadwinners’

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr., has expressed resentment about the way and manner in which the youths that supposed to be in schools are nowadays being used as ‘breadwinners’ for other family members. The Vice President’s comment was contained in a statement delivered on his behalf over the weekend by his Chief of Office Staff, Sam Stevequoah, at the official program of the F. SHAM of Faith Girls Academy ‘Open House’ in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The school is transforming an all girls school into a high-technology institution with two well-equipped modern computer laboratories. According to Mr. Stevequoah, one of the surest ways to ensure a bright future for the youths is to invest in their education, rather than use them to sell in the street corners, thereby reducing them to becoming the breadwinners.  Mr. Stevequoah, who proxied for the Vice President at the occasion, maintained that investment in the education of the youths is one means to secure their future for the better. The F.SHAM is an acronym of four outstanding Liberian ladies, in partnership for quality education with the Foundation for Women, founded and headed by the FW CEO, Ms. Deborah Lindholm. F-SHAM offers a basic educational program for Girls, which provides the foundation for continuous and lifelong learning for sustenance, particularly in the area of sciences. The vision, according to the principal, Madam Sarah K. Taylor, is to provide among other things a unique opportunity for the students (all girls) to have sound Christian education, and prepare them for good citizenship. The mission is to aid students (all girls) educationally in their growth towards full maturity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Lucretia Thomas’ Classmates

first_imgDear Mr. Editor:Here we go again with your wrong information regarding your family people. I have been getting calls regarding Lucretia’s obituary of May 6, 2015, which you have written. You claim that Lucretia graduated from CWA in 1940, and among her classmates were Rudolph Grimes your cousin and fellow person from Crozerville, Rochforte Weeks.The Class of CWA 1940 had two young ladies and young men. Lucretia was one and Rudolph Grimes was one of the five young men. In the class of CWA 1940 were:Lucretia Collins, later Mrs. Sylvester ThomasMaude A. Morris, later Mrs. Francois ConteMoses Ledlum DaviesJoseph Rudolph GrimesArthur Momolu MassaquoiReid Page WilesRichard Jones Wiles Sincerely,Doris D. Grimes (Mrs. J. Rudolph Grimes) Editor’s Note:Thank you for your correction. Please be informed, however, that the Best, Porte and Weeks families are all fellow Croziervillians, but the Bests and Portes are NOT related to the Weekses.-Ed. center_img Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Kennard connection may make LAWA job candidates wary

first_imgKennard has served twice as executive director of LAWA and was credited with helping resolve lawsuits over a massive modernization plan for Los Angeles International Airport. At the same time, however, she has not won any friends among the airlines, which are suing LAX over proposed rent increases. For Villaraigosa, Kennard is seen as a valuable adviser, and the Airport Commission recently awarded her a $200,000-a-year consulting contract on matters involving LAX. Villaraigosa drew some more national attention last week when The New York Times featured him in a four-part online video interview. Reporter Calvin Sims couldn’t resist asking the mayor about his political plans – particularly speculation that Villaraigosa is looking to run for governor in 2010. The mayor’s response is certain to continue to fuel speculation. The shadow of former airport chief Lydia Kennard appears to be affecting the search for the next director of Los Angeles World Airports. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – who invited several City Council members to join him last week in interviewing three finalists for the post – is said to be nearing a decision on an appointment. The three candidates are Gina Marie Lindsay from Seattle-Tacoma Airport; Thella Bowens, president of the San Diego Airport Authority; and Susan Kurland, a former associate administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. All three are said to have done well in interviews, but several have questioned the continuing presence of Kennard and how much freedom they would have running LAX and the city’s other airports. “I’m not taken with myself,” Villaraigosa said of the national audience he has attracted. “I’m a grandpa. I’ve got four kids. I’ve been blessed. I don’t think a lot about being a national leader, frankly. “What I’ve told people is let me just be grateful for what I’ve been blessed with, with this opportunity. The best way to demonstrate that gratitude is to do my job. I want to be mayor today. I want to be mayor tomorrow. I want to be mayor the next day after that. The future will play itself out.” Cops like to pride themselves on always being there to back up their partners. But Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton is still looking over his shoulder, waiting for the Police Protective League to back him up. Bratton, who has done more to try to improve relations with the union than his three predecessors, announced he would seek a second term last week – but it took nearly 48 hours before the league issued a statement of support. “While the LAPPL will not always agree with Chief Bratton – and we do not expect that he will always be in agreement with the officers union – during his term in office he has shown the willingness to hear our views. “The current success the department enjoys is a shared success … and we hope to see this success continue.” The league’s slow response came amid squabbles among its board of directors. Some directors were concerned members believe they are too in line with Bratton and sought to use the opportunity to leverage their support into concessions from the chief. It is not often that a candidate who places second in a primary election uses a Rose Garden strategy. Yet that’s what it looks like in the Los Angeles Unified school board race in which incumbent Jon Lauritzen is struggling to keep his job against Deputy City Attorney Tamar Galatzan. Lauritzen got fewer votes than Galatzan in the March primary and, so far, has refused to debate her. He also has issued a plea to Galatzan to run a positive campaign. “Too often, campaigns sink into a morass of negative campaign tactics,” Lauritzen said. But in a school district where teachers aren’t getting their full paychecks and test scores continue to decline, he might be better off confronting Galatzan and defending his record. Lauritzen’s campaign aides say they will accept a debate if it’s in a “fair” setting. So far, they have rejected the Chamber of Commerce’s offers to host a debate. The chamber has ties to Villaraigosa, who is backing Galatzan. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

West Ham midfielder Morrison cleared of assault charges

first_img Ravel Morrison West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been cleared of all charges of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her mother.The 21-year-old was accused of hitting his Reah Mansoor, 19, and her mother, Parveen Mansoor, 39, after a night out at a nightclub in his home city of Manchester last July 24.He was due to go on trial at Manchester Crown Court later this month but on Thursday the charges were dropped by the prosecution and Morrison, who was not in court, was found not guilty.Guy Mathieson, prosecuting, told the court the charges had been withdrawn after Morrison’s defence team recovered CCTV footage of the first alleged assault outside the One Central nightclub, in Manchester city centre.It showed that Morrison had not hit his ex, as was alleged, and she had “slumped” to the floor on her own.The ex-girlfriend also withdrew her statement alleging Morrison later assaulted her outside her home when he dropped her off and there was “reluctance” from her mother to proceed with the alleged assault on her.All three charges of assault were withdrawn.Morrison had also been initially accused of threatening to throw acid in the face of his ex and have her shot during a four-year period of harassment.But at a hearing last November the harassment charge was also withdrawn by the prosecution and he was found not guilty on those charges.Morrison is currently back with West Ham after a loan spell with Cardiff. He has been linked with a move to Italian side Lazio.He was first arrested last August after it was alleged that, during a night out, he assaulted his ex and, after “bundling” her into his Porsche Panamera car, took her home to her mother’s house in Salford.When they got back to the house, he is alleged to have assaulted Miss Mansoor again, as well as her mother.But Mr Mathieson said Morrison’s lawyers had got the CCTV footage from an office building which captured the alleged first assault.He said that, in her statement, Miss Mansoor said she remembered her boyfriend standing in front of her and then waking up on the floor with him standing over her.Mr Mathieson continued: “When reviewing the CCTV footage, it’s clear there’s a gap she doesn’t remember between those two statements.“She’s seen falling, or slumping to the ground, remaining there for a minute or two before, quite clearly, the defendant and her friend come to her assistance, trying to get her to stand up.“And it is right, thereafter, the Porsche Panamera, the defendant’s car, is seen to come, she’s put, bundled or half-carried into the car and she’s then taken home.“It’s quite clear from that CCTV footage there’s no assault at that stage.“The Crown have to accept there’s a gap in the evidence and the Crown is in the position where they have to reconsider the prospect of a conviction and offer no evidence in respect of count one.” 1last_img

Majestic Messi hits 100 CL goals as Chelsea crash out

first_img0Shares0000Lionel MessiBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 14 – Barcelona hailed Lionel Messi as ‘The King’ and he handed Chelsea the royal punishment by scoring twice to reach 100 Champions League goals and end their quarter-final hopes.After unfurling a banner showing the words ‘God Save The King’ before kick-off, Barca’s fans were celebrating after just 129 seconds at the Camp Nou as Messi found the net before Chelsea had even made a pass. He then teed up Ousmane Dembele to double Barca’s lead in the second leg of the last-16 clash before registering a century of Champions League goals on his 123rd appearance to complete a 3-0 victory, 4-1 on aggregate.Messi becomes only the second player to reach the milestone in Europe’s premier tournament, following Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 117 goals in 152 games.By the end, the Argentinian’s scintillating breakaway in the build-up to Dembele’s first Barcelona goal had become little more than a footnote to what was another Messi masterclass.It caps a remarkable five days for the 30-year-old, who sat out Saturday’s La Liga win over Malaga to attend to the birth of his third child.Chelsea, in touch after the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, were therefore unfortunate enough to encounter the striker fresh, free and at his frighteningly brilliant best.At the finish, Chelsea coach Antonio Conte left the field with his arm around the forward, perhaps with nothing to add but congratulations.Conte’s team had chances, particularly in the first half, but the sense was once Barcelona were in front they were content to sit back and counter.With Manchester United dumped out by Sevilla and Tottenham outmanouevred by Juventus, Chelsea’s exit means for all the talk of a Premier League resurgence, Liverpool and Manchester City are its only two representatives in the quarter-finals.Spain have three, after Real saw off the challenge of Paris Saint-Germain.– Fastest Messi goal –Andres Iniesta shook off a hamstring strain to start while Dembele was a surprise inclusion, preferred to Paulinho and rewarded for his excellent display against Malaga.Conte, meanwhile, plumped for Olivier Giroud up front ahead of both Alvaro Morata, who was on the bench, and Eden Hazard, who was granted his wish to play deeper in attacking midfield.Within three minutes, however, Chelse’s plan to frustrate was spoiled. Messi started the move and finished it, with Dembele, Luis Suarez and a deflection off Marcos Alonso, helping him find the space to fire through the legs of Thibaut Courtois for the fastest goal of his career.Chelsea responded well, with Willian and Victor Moses both posing a threat down the right, only for Barcelona to strike again in the 20th minute.Cesc Fabregas failed to secure possession in midfield and Messi was away, skipping past a desperate lunge from Andreas Christensen, before taking the whole stadium by surprise by squaring to the back post.The excellent Dembele took one touch and slammed the ball into the top corner.Alonso and N’Golo Kante both went close before half-time, the latter arguably robbing Fabregas of an easier finish with the Spaniard’s right foot. Alonso then clipped the edge of the post with a bending free-kick just before half-time.After an hour, however, any hopes Chelsea had of a comeback were extinguished. Suarez raced through midfield but looked to have hit a wall on the edge of Chelsea’s box.Messi took over, tearing past the rooted Moses and banging the ball, again through the legs of Courtois, into the net.Antonio Rudiger headed against the bar late on but Chelsea could not even find the scantest of consolations. Messi’s work was done. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img

Is this Emery’s Arsenal XI with Leno, Lichtsteiner and more new signings?

first_img Emery was confirmed as Arsenal’s new manager following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 9 Aubameyang was bought by Arsenal in January and looked sharp in front of goal during the second half of the season, while Alexandre Lacazette showed enough promise to suggest he still has a future at the Emirates. There is not really a player who provides a plan B in attack, as Olivier Giroud was sold to Chelsea during the winter, and Emery may look to resolve this by bringing in a more physical forward to compete with Arsenal’s current attackers. However, this is unlikely to be a priority for the manager at this moment in time. gameday cracker possible standings Arsenal seem to have enough strength throughout their midfield to compete at the highest level as long as they are coached well. Granit Xhaka has struggled in north London but proved before joining Arsenal that he is a top class midfielder, with a skill set that will allow him to almost perfectly emulate Krychowiak’s role in Emery’s Sevilla side. It will be on the Switzerland international to drop between Arsenal’s centre-halves, picking up possession and keeping play ticking over from deep.Lucas Torreira, reportedly set to join Arsenal from Sampdoria, also looks suited to this role, but it would not be a surprise for Xhaka to start the season as Arsenal’s first choice holding midfielder while Torreira acclimatises to English football. 9 Aaron Ramsey is energetic enough to play the box-to-box role in the midfield, pushing forward when the number 10 drops deep while also covering in defence if required, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a great choice for one of the wide positions as he has the willingness to track back as well as attack.There are two issues Emery will have to look at in Arsenal’s current squad to implement his preferred system.The first is: who takes the number 10 position? Mesut Ozil has the creative skill set to play the role, but he hardly has it in himself to drop into Arsenal’s half to pick up possession. Ever Banega made this role his own at Sevilla, and it is no surprise Emery is trying to bring the Argentina international to the Emirates this summer.The second issue arises on the flanks: as mention, Mkhitaryan is a certain pick for one role, and Ozil could be selected for the other against lesser opposition Arsenal are expected to dominate. This should be a fair approach in such fixtures as Ozil will not be forced to track back as much.However, if Arsenal know they will be on the back foot during a match, Emery may drop Ozil for Stephan Lichtsteiner, knowing his first aim will be to cover the flank with a defensive mindset, rather than an attacking one. The versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles could also be utilised in such a role, if Emery looks to choose defensive wingers on both flanks.Arsenal’s reported interest in Cristian Pavon, the Boca Juniors and Argentina winger, and Mexico’s Hirving Lozano suggest Emery wants to further strengthen his wide attacking options before the transfer window closes. Both are direct players who love to run at opposing defenders with pace, and they could be good impact players for the Gunners late in matches. It is unlikely either would start for Arsenal straight away, if they are signed this summer, unless Emery feels he wants to replace Ozil on the left flank with a more direct runner. LATEST 9 The new Arsenal manager is expected to implement his favoured 4-2-3-1 system at the Emirates, despite sticking consistently to a 4-3-3 while in charge of Paris.This tactical system was selected due to the players at his disposal, but Emery – when building a team forced to challenge stronger opposition – prefers the pragmatic suitability of the 4-2-3-1.He likes the pragmatic as that is what he is – a pragmatic coach. He is an avid user of video technology to prepare for matches, with a new tactical plan built for every single fixture which changes based upon the opposing team’s strengths. There are two very important roles in Emery’s system – the holding midfielder and the attacking midfielderThe holder – Grzegorz Krychowiak at Sevilla – drops deep to slot between the two centre-backs, who move wide, allowing the full-backs to move high up the pitch.The furthest forward of the three midfielders, Ever Banega – who played under Emery at Valencia and Sevilla – is tasked with creating play, but to do this he falls back and allows the third midfielder – Steven N’Zonzi – to fill the gap between the opposition’s lines created in his absence.It was a unique role played by Banega, and one which needs a player equally capable of defending as he is attacking; it is no surprise Emery is trying to bring the Argentina international to the Emirates this summer.With Emery’s tactical vision explained, you can see a potential Arsenal line-up for next season read more

Feather Mistake: Dinosaurs Were Mostly Scaly

first_img(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some paleontologists have been going overboard with dino-feathers.“Feathers were the exception, not the rule” says Nature News in a paradigm-correction move.  “Survey of dinosaur family tree finds that most had scaly skin like reptiles.”  Matt Kaplan doesn’t doubt that birds are evolved dinosaurs, but reports that the field needs a reality check:Birds evolved from dinosaurs, and dinosaur fossils are often covered with impressions of feathers, which made some palaeontologists speculate whether feathers were a common trait that appeared early in their history. Now a team analysing feathers on the overall dinosaur family tree argues this is taking things too far.Surprisingly, it’s been the ornithischian dinosaurs (“bird-hipped”) that were scaly, and the saurischian (“lizard-hipped”) that supported the “feathered dinosaur” claims.  Evidence of “integumentary structures” on ornithiscians have been rare exceptions.  Paul Barrett (Natural History Museum, London) and a colleague made a database of all known dinosaur skin impressions to show that scales were the rule throughout the family tree.The findings provide “a valuable reality check for all of us who have been enthusiastic about suggesting dinosaurs were primitively feathered”, says Richard Butler, a palaeontologist at the University of Birmingham, UK, who was not associated with the study.Butler added that there are not any known “primitive dinosaurs from the late Triassic and early Jurassic” to answer the question of the origin of feathers.As we reported before (list), the scattered appearance of “feathers” (actually, not flight feathers except on real birds) on the dinosaur “family tree” creates real problems for evolution, making paleontologists retreat to the lifeboat of “convergent evolution” to explain their independent appearances (5/28/13).  If you can’t imagine a flying triceratops or ultrasaurus, go to the movies, where imagination cures data problems.  Darwin would have loved Smaug in Hobbit II.last_img