Don’t let level drop, Wenger warns

first_imgThe Frenchman claims the performance against Manuel Pellegrini’s side confirmed the growing belief in his team after a season marred by inconsistency.But he is well aware of the risk of failing to build on recent progress ahead of the fixture against a Southampton side struggling for form.And he has challenged his players to match the levels they set in beating City and confirm their credentials as a team capable of sustaining their title challenge.“It was an important win for us, but we already had a good confidence level,” Wenger said.“To win these sorts of game, you need to believe you can do it. Overall what came out of the game was a strong team attitude and strong team effort.“Everybody put hard work into the game. We got a positive result against a strong team who will fight for the championship, so it was an important night for us.“I believe for us, the most important is to focus on ourselves. We have not to speculate too much on any weakness of Southampton.“When you look at their team, they have the potential to be a very strong team. We have to convince ourselves that we again need another top-level performance.”Mesut Ozil was again outstanding against City, providing two assists to take his season tally to 15, while Olivier Giroud also maintained his current form with his 12th goal in 14 appearances.– ‘Back to basics’ –The form of those two players, together with the return to fitness of Theo Walcott, has strengthened belief that Arsenal can end their 12-year wait for the title, but Wenger knows that nothing can be taken for granted.“We have had quite a positive year and stabilised our defensive record and improved our record against the strong teams in the Premier League, so it looks like we are on the right train going the right way,” he said.“It’s down to being pragmatic, putting the effort in to win your next game and worrying about your performance. That gives you a chance over a longer distance to maybe achieve your goals.“At the moment, it’s miles too early to say who will win the Premier League. We’ve played 17 games — we’re not even at halfway.”Southampton manager Ronald Koeman reacted angrily to his side’s 2-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur — their fifth in six games — which left the club in 12th place.Koeman made it clear that he was unhappy with the performance of his players and centre-back Virgil Van Dijk admits that he must improve after his error cost his side a goal against Spurs.“It’s been a tough couple of weeks, but I think we need to stick together, get back to basics and start winning again,” the Dutchman told the club website.“It’s part of the game. Sometimes you make mistakes, but you have to move on and stay strong.”He added: “If you win one game it can turn around really quick. It’s a beautiful game to play on Saturday.“Hopefully we can get a good result and start playing our football again. Last game against Tottenham we played very well first half and we should have rewarded ourselves.“We need to start with the same intensity because they are in a great place right now, they are doing very well, but I think at St Mary’s everything is possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger. PHOTO/FileSOUTHAMPTON, December 25- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that his players must maintain the standards they set against Manchester City if they are to keep pace in the Premier League title race.Monday’s 2-1 victory over third-place City moved Wenger’s side to within two points of leaders Leicester City and they can consolidate that position when they travel to face Southampton on Saturday.last_img read more

Victim tackles shooting suspect

first_imgPolice said Hudson got out of his vehicle and opened fire with a semiautomatic pistol. “All of sudden, the guy just starts shooting at him,” said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Scott Crowe. “Unfortunately, one of the rounds went into the hookah bar, ricocheted and struck a guy in the face.” The wounds were not life-threatening, Crowe said. Meanwhile, as glass shattered in the cafe behind him, the Chatsworth man heard people screaming inside the cafe and feared that his girlfriend might have been shot, Crowe said. He quickly decided he didn’t want the shooter to get away, Crowe said. “He didn’t even think twice,” Crowe said. “He just took off after him.” After the initial barrage of gunfire, Hudson began running down Ventura Boulevard, but opened fire again when he saw the man chasing him, Crowe said. “At some point (Hudson) runs out of bullets, and our victim catches him and tackles him, and they have a little fight on the ground,” Crowe said. In the brief struggle, the gun was knocked away, but Hudson bit the man on the face and back, Crowe said. Police soon arrived and arrested Hudson. Hudson’s companions were initially arrested, but have not yet been charged in the case. Police said the confrontation started earlier after the Chatsworth man dropped his girlfriend off at the cafe and drove to a nearby supermarket. He was driving back to the cafe when he was reportedly cut off by Hudson and his friends in another vehicle. The Chatsworth man “flashed his lights and tooted his horn,” said LAPD Detective Joel Price. That enraged Hudson and his two friends, Price said, and they challenged the man to pull over. The man drove on, thought he had eluded them, and parked on a side street near the cafe. But the other vehicle had made a U-turn, and Hudson and his companions were waiting for the man as he approached the cafe, police said. Deputy District Attorney Jane Creighton said because a firearm was used in the attack and a man inside the cafe was struck in the jaw, Hudson could spend decades in prison if convicted. Creighton said the Chatsworth man’s adrenaline was probably a factor in his decision to run after the shooting suspect. “It might be hard for people to grasp,” Creighton said. “You don’t have time to think. If you did, you probably wouldn’t do it.” rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TARZANA – A Chatsworth man turned the tables on a gunman who fired at him outside a Ventura Boulevard cafe last month, dodging bullets as he chased down and tackled the startled shooter, authorities said. The 25-year-old Chatsworth man chased down Robert Hudson, 20, of Porter Ranch, accused of turning violent after a road-rage incident June 1. Hudson faces multiple felony counts and is expected to enter a plea in a July 20 arraignment hearing at the Van Nuys Courthouse, police said Wednesday. Police said that at about 10 p.m. June 1, Hudson and two friends got into a car-to-car confrontation with the Chatsworth man, whose name was not released. They allegedly followed him to the 19300 block of Ventura Boulevard, where the man was about to walk into Ramzey’s Cafe, a restaurant and hookah bar, to meet his girlfriend. last_img read more

4-foot-long fossil of walrus bone a hit

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEVERLY HILLS – A 4 -foot-long, fossilized penis bone from an extinct walrus sold for $8,000 Sunday at an auction here. The item was sold to the company that runs the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museums. The price will run $9,600 when auction fees are included. “Their corporate office bought it and they’ll probably display it around the country,” said Josh Chait, director of operations for the I.M. Chait Gallery, his family’s auction house. There were only three bidders and the contest lasted only a couple of minutes, Chait said. The final price was well below the $12,000 to $16,000 the item had been expected to bring. “I thought it was a bargain,” Chait said. Discovered in Siberia, the fossilized baculum, or penis bone, is from a species of walrus that went extinct 12,000 years ago. The piece curves to a point and is covered with weathered skin and dry muscle tissue. The auction house said it was believed to be the largest known mammal penis fossil.last_img read more

Transfer report: Prolific Russian striker claims Stoke want to sign him

first_img1 FC Krasnodar striker Fedor Smolov has revealed Stoke City are interested in snapping him up.The prolific 26-year-old has scored 15 goals in 19 appearances this season and has plenty of suitors, including German side Wolfsburg.Smolov, who represented Russia at Euro 2016, has now claimed that the Potters are also after his signature.“It seems there are clubs interested in Europe; in England, Stoke City, and Germany,” Smolov told Match TV.“From the latter there is even an offer to move this winter. I need to think.“There is an offer [to move in January from a German team] that I do not want to name. That’s where I’m ready to go, even this winter.” Smolov in action with Dele Alli at Euro 2016 last_img read more

FIFA 17 ratings refresh: 25 top stars who have had their ratings downgraded

first_img 2. Claudio Bravo (Manchester City) – Rating = 85 (down from 83) 25 25 25 3. Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) – Rating = 84 (down from 85) 25 17. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Paris Saint-Germain) – Rating = 82 (down from 84) 25 16. Julio Cesar (Benfica) – Rating = 81 (down from 83) 25 25. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke) – Rating = 79 (down from 81) 24. Jeremy Toulalan (Bordeaux) – Rating = 80 (down from 83) 25 7. Hatem Ben Arfa (Paris Saint-Germain) – Rating = 83 (down from 84) 18. Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich) – Rating = 82 (down from 84) 25 6. Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain) – Rating = 84 (down from 85) 25 13. Andre Gomes (Barcelona) – Rating = 83 (down from 84) 4. Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – Rating = 84 (down from 85) 25 15. Naldo (Schalke) – Rating = 83 (down from 84) 20. Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) – Rating = 82 (down from 83) 19. John Terry (Chelsea) – Rating = 82 (down from 84) 25 25 14. Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) – Rating = 83 (down from 84) 25 12. Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon) – Rating = 83 (down from 84) 25 9. Pepe Reina (Napoli) – Rating = 83 (down from 84) 22. Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg) – Rating = 82 (down from 83) 11. Jonas (Benfica) – Rating = 83 (down from 84) 8. Carlos Bacca (AC Milan) – Rating = 83 (down from 84) 25 23. Gary Medel (Inter Milan) – Rating = 82 (down from 83) 25 25 25 5. Steve Mandanda (Crystal Palace) – Rating = 84 (down from 85) 25 25 25 10. William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon) – Rating = 83 (down from 84) 21. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) – Rating = 82 (down from 83) 25 After half a season of consideration, EA have given FIFA 17 a winter refresh, upgrading and downgrading hundreds of players across the world.The full game has now been altered and a huge number of stars have seen their ratings change.But which superstars around the world have been unfortunate enough to see their virtual persona decline?Click the right arrow above to see the top 25 players on FIFA 17 who had their ratings downgraded… 1. Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich) – Rating = 89 (down from 90) 25 25 25last_img read more

Swansea 1-0 Liverpool: Reds stars rated and slated

first_img SUB – Danny Ings – 6 – Looked sharp and was one of the few bright points of a terrible night at the Liberty Stadium. Will hope to build on this display. Emre Can – 5 – Captained the side on the night but failed to lead by example as he drifted through the game. Snatched at a volley in the closing stages when a better finish was expected. Loris Karius – 6 – Fortunately saw his failure to save at his near post count for nothing as the ball went out of play. Stood no chance with the goal but his distribution was questionable. 13 Virgil van Dijk – 6 – It was his feeble header which led to Swansea’s winning goal. Sent an effort narrowly wide from a corner but will be disappointed to mark his Liverpool Premier League debut with a defeat. 13 13 Andrew Robertson – 6 – Delivered a teasing cross which deserved to be finished by his onrushing teammates in the second half. Looked a threat as an attacking force in the second half. 13 13 13 13 13 Roberto Firmino – 5 – Somehow failed to level the scores in the dying seconds when it looked easier to score before hitting the woodwork. Full of effort but lacked the finish like many of his teammates. Joel Matip – 7 – One of the few Liverpool players who looked to create openings. The defender regularly brought the ball out of defence to great effect before losing his composure higher up the pitch. Sadio Mane – 4 – Another forward who disappointed for the Reds. Should have equalised before the interval and looked content to drift through the game without any real purpose to his play. 13 Joe Gomez – 5 – Needs to be taken out of the limelight. The youngster has struggled in recent weeks and endured another difficult night comprising of missed tackles, wayward passes and loose marking. 13 Georginio Wijnaldum – 4 – Is the Dutch midfielder Liverpool’s answer to Moussa Sissoko? Added nothing to the game in any aspect before being dragged off the pitch by Klopp. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5 – Failed to relive his heroics against Manchester City in what was a disappointing display. Energetic as ever but looked short on ideas for the majority of the game. 13 Mohamed Salah – 5 – A rare off night for the usually brilliant Egyptian. The forward simply could not find his shooting range as he wasted chance after chance. 13 SUB – Adam Lallana – 5 – Given a 20 minute cameo but failed to add the creative touch the Reds were missing. Snatched at a chance of a rebound following Firmino’s incredible failure to score. 13 Liverpool failed to pull clear in the race for Champions League qualification after losing to bottom club Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.The Reds endured a miserable night in Wales as they succumbed to defeat thanks to Alfie Mawson’s first half header.The loss leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side in fourth place but they end the weekend two points clear of Tottenham in fifth when they had chance to create a five-point gap.But how did the Reds perform against the Swans?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Liverpool player ratings…last_img read more

Rangers fined by Scottish FA over Willie Collum comments

first_imgThe club were charged with breaching five rules and the case was heard at a disciplinary tribunal at the national stadium on Wednesday.The first charge, which says that clubs should not “(i) criticise the Decision(s) and/or performance(s) of any or all match official(s) in such a way as to indicate bias or incompetence on the part of such match official; or (ii) make remarks about such match official(s) which impinge on his character” was proven and Rangers were fined £5000.A further £1000 fine was levied for breaking the rule that states all clubs must “at all times, act in the best interests of Association Football”.Charges of “bringing the game into disrepute” and “observing the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship” were not proven, while the fifth charge, of failing to ensure that employees act within the rules, was withdrawn. A Rangers spokesperson said: “We are pleased that the majority of charges raised against the Club have been dismissed.“We remain convinced that the second yellow and red card issued to Daniel Candeias was mistaken and should have been rescinded. But it seems clear that for a red card issued after a second yellow to be rescinded in circumstances where an obvious refereeing error has occurred it will require a change to the rulebook. Rangers will be pressing for that change to be made and would hope that the Scottish FA would support this request.” Rangers have been fined £6000 by the Scottish FA for criticism of referee Willie Collum and for not acting in the best interests of Scottish football.The Ibrox club had published a statement on their club website after Daniel Candeias was sent off for two yellow cards in their recent match against St Mirren.Candeias’ second booking for what was later clarified as “unsporting behaviour” towards Anton Ferdinand after blowing a kiss in the Buddies defender’s direction whilst celebrating a goal.The statement, which said that Collum had frequently made errors of judgement and that members of the SFA were unimpressed by the category one official, drew the attention of the governing body’s compliance officer.last_img read more

Pair charged with theft of plywood

first_imgAn off-duty officer spotted two suspicious people driving a truck early Wednesday in an area under construction on Peach Tree Drive in Chatham.Chatham-Kent police reportedly found the truck leaving the area at a high rate of speed with the tailgate down and several sheets of plywood in the back.The officer who began a traffic stop saw 11 sheets of plywood in the box of the truck valued at approximately $500.A 34-year-old Wallaceburg woman was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000. She was released with a court date.The second woman, a 38-year-old woman of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000. She was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to attend court. She was held for bail.Assault chargeA vehicle parked without permission in a person’s driveway sparked a Tuesday night argument between the property owner and his unwanted visitors.A female passenger in the vehicle exited during the squabble and allegedly struck the man. The vehicle then fled prior to police arrival.Through investigation, police identified the woman and she was arrested later that night.The 23-year-old woman was charged with assault and released with a court date.Man charged with theftPolice responded to a shoplifting complaint last week at Sobeys in Blenheim.Through investigation, police identified the man wanted for allegedly stealing $190 worth of groceries.On Tuesday afternoon, police found the man in Chatham and he was arrested.The 33-year-old Chatham man was charged with theft under $5,000. He was released with a court date.Warrant arrestOn Tuesday night, police arrested a man wanted for reportedly breaching conditions of his probation order.The 25-year-old Chatham man was arrested and released with a court date.The man, also wanted by the OPP, was then turned over to their officers for court purposes.Crash investigatedEmergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision on Communication Road near Drury Line Tuesday morning.Two vehicles were travelling south on Communication Road when one vehicle rear-ended the other, causing it to hit a hydro pole, police said.A 24-year-old Chatham woman and her two-year-old daughter were taken to hospital as a precaution.A 29-year-old Chatham man was charged with careless driving.Total damage was estimated at $25,000.Tool theftSome time over the past couple of days, someone entered a shed on Dufferin Avenue and stole a welder, two chainsaws and various tools.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Kyle Bakker at kyleba@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87320.Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.Break and enterPolice responded to a break and enter Wednesday morning at the Subway restaurant on St. Clair Street in Chatham.Damage to the front glass doors was estimated at $1,000.Police believe the suspect is a thin, 5’6″ white man in his early 20s. He was last seen wearing a red bandana, a red ball cap, a black hoodie, baggy dark-coloured pants and white running shoes.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Will Sharrow at willsh@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 84996, or Crime Stoppers.last_img read more

Sketchnoting Fun with Mike Rohde

first_imgWhen Mike Rohde came to Ann Arbor a couple weeks ago to teach sketchnote workshops, he graciously offered to meet up and chat with people in our design community. Local designers, an engineer, user experience folks, and a librarian joined us for a great evening at The Songbird Cafe. We chatted about design, books, our favorite pens, and sketchnoting. Talking #visualSketching with @redcrew and @rohdesign at Songbird Cafe. This day gets better and better 🙂 pic.twitter.com/KesKjxTPwG— Nicole (Rhoads) Smith (@nniiccoollee) March 12, 2015And thanks to Mike and Nikki McDonald, senior acquisitions editor at Peachpit Press and New Riders, people who attended the meetup received free sketchnoting books and great-looking sketchnote stickers. How lovely! The staff at The Songbird Cafe loved the sketchnoted coffee cup Mike left behind.The following day I joined Mike at his afternoon workshop for Ross School of Business students at the University of Michigan. What fun!While Mike explained the basic concepts of sketchnoting, I sketchnoted his talk. Note: I’m a beginner at sketchnoting (I usually live tweet events and conferences). Be gentle with your remarks on my work. Check out the key takeaways from the sketchnotes.Key TakeawaysWhat are sketchnotes?Notes +Writing +Letting +DrawingSteal concepts from PowerPoint slides.When you sketchnoteKeep it simpleCapture important conceptsConsider layout beforehandFocus on ideas, not artUse arrowsPoint out ideasFocus attentionConnect ideasUse five basic shapes to create objectsCircleSquareTriangleLineDotCreate an icon library you can use throughout your sketchnotes. Create images for ideas/concepts you repeat: help, alert, clock (time), love, pencil, etc. Add imagery as you take notes. Observe, listen, and have fun!Treehouses, Lemonade Stands, and Fun at the Sketchnote WorkshopThroughout the workshop, Mike gave us mini-assignments to sketchnote. We had a lot of fun learning how to draw faces, people, and other objects from the five elements. We also createed sketchnotes of our ideal treehouse, the perfect lemonade stand, and business icon concepts. I was impressed with the treehouses students created, with slides, waterfalls, and one even had a pulley.Students shared their work, presented their sketch, and explained their thought process.Give Sketchnoting a TryIf you haven’t tried sketchnoting, give it a whirl!It’s fun, you don’t need to know how to draw, and it’s a cool way to capture notes. Check out Mike’s sketchnote handbook and the sketchnotes others have created.It was great to see Mike again. I had a wonderful time at the meetup and workshop! And I hope we’ll see Mike return to Ann Arbor soon. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedCasual Meetup with Mike Rohde on March 12Join me for a casual meetup Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Ann Arbor with Mike Rohde, author of The Sketchbook Handbook and The Sketchbook Workbook. Mike is in Ann Arbor next week to teach a workshop and is making time to get together with people in our designer community. There’s…In “Miscellaneous”Detroit User Experience: Bringing Together User Experience and AnalyticsFor our August 2014 Detroit User Experience meetup, we’re proud to host my friend and colleague Mike Beasley, author of Practical Web Analytics for User Experience Professionals. Mike will discuss why web analytics is an important tool in the user experience (UX) professional’s toolkit. He’ll also address: How a UX…In “User experience”February 2017 User Experience and Web Professional EventsIf you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”last_img read more