Arsenal impress at home to beat Napoli

first_imgArsenal took control of their Europa League quarter-final tie with Napoli as they outclassed their Italian opponents to secure a first-leg victory.The Gunners extended their fine run of home form, this their 15th win from the last 16 games at the Emirates Stadium, as an Aaron Ramsey strike and a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal gave them a 2-0 victory to take to Naples next week.Gunners boss Unai Emery had admitted on the eve of the game that he knew his team needed to win this first leg, given the stark contrast of their away form when compared to the near-perfect run at home.They have lost both away knockout ties in this season’s Europa League to BATE Borisov and Rennes, two teams not considered as strong as Napoli – who sit second in Serie A.Arsenal managed to turn both of those ties around when back in north London but this time they need to defend an advantage as they look to reach the semi-finals for the second year in a row.The hosts started well and enjoyed plenty of possession as both Ramsey and Ainsley Maitland-Niles saw efforts blocked by Koulibaly as they pushed for an early goal.Emery’s side made their good start count as Ramsey opened the scoring following a flowing move, latching onto a Maitland-Niles pass after good work by Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette.The lead was doubled 11 minutes later as Lucas Torreira had the wherewithal to steal possession from Fabian Ruiz and charge at the Napoli goal before his weak shot was diverted past goalkeeper Alex Meret off the leg of Koulibaly.Arsenal continued to create chances, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang twice drawing saves off of Meret as the first half wore on, although fit-again captain Lorenzo Insigne passed up a fine opportunity to half the deficit as he blazed over before the interval.The visitors responded to their poor first-half showing as they attacked from the off after the break, Insigne tucking away a chance only to be correctly flagged offside before Koulibaly saw a header tipped over by Petr Cech.Arsenal were still creating chances of their own and – following a short-corner routine – Ramsey stung the palms of Meret before Nacho Monreal headed the resulting corner over the crossbar.With the game more end-to-end than in the first 45 minutes, Dries Mertens failed to connect with a header after Insigne played him in over the top of the Arsenal defence.With Napoli coming more and more into the game, Emery responded by replacing Ozil and Lacazette with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the final quarter of the contest.Iwobi was involved immediately, starting a counter-attack which resulted in Maitland-Niles drawing another save out of Meret following a marauding run from Sead Kolasinac.Napoli then missed their best chance of the night as Piotr Zielinski could only send Insigne’s low cross over Petr Cech’s crossbar from close-range.Ramsey was next to spurn a marvellous opportunity as he spooned Mkhitaryan’s cross well over the bar after being picked out free inside the Napoli box, with Aubameyang hitting the side-netting late on.The visitors attacked in the dying stages in an attempt to get an away goal but Arsenalstood firm and head to the San Paolo Stadium as the favourites to advance to the last four.last_img read more

Advantage Tusker in Kinoru rumble

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – Defending champions Tusker FC are one step to the final after Brian Osumba’s goal silenced Gor Mahia 1-0 in the first leg of KPL Top 8 semi-final at a rocking Meru’s Kinoru Stadium on Sunday.The former KCB midfielder scored the solitary goal in the 46th minute to break the Green Army hearts who had traveled in their hundreds to rally behind their team. Brewers need a draw of any kind to book them a successive final as they remained on course to be the first team to retain the title.“A good game though a tough one since it is a tournament and we needed to get advantage because we were playing at home. We enjoyed the game at least we had a good first half but there was mixed reaction when we scored and that what we wanted just to make sure we utilize our home advantage.“It’s still a hard fight since it’s a knockout, Gor needs a goal to equalize and that makes it tight,” Tusker head coach Francis Kimanzi, stated after the win.“It was a tough game, they dominated possession but most of it was on their own half so we will rectify that in the return leg. We were planning to defend and probably not to concede but unfortunately we did forcing me to make offensive substitution so that we can push the game. We promise them a tough game in the return leg,” K’Ogalo Team Manager Francis Ouna who was standing in for bereaved head coach Bobby Williamson, said.With both sides entering the match from KPL wins, Kimanzi made two changes from the squad the beat City Stars 1-0 bringing on Harambee Stars left back Aboud Omar for his first match of the season replacing Athman Mbuki while Andrew Tololwa stepped in for Bob Mugalia.K’Ogalo who were playing without their head coach and assistant John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla who is recuperating after being hospitalized last week saw stand-in Team Manager Francis Ouna made no changes.Playing in Meru after 15 years, the visitors were outclassed by Brewers who were attacking now and then with Kevin Kimani coming close twice in the first 10 minutes but was denied by captain and keeper Jerim Onyango after completing a set piece from Clifford Alwanga, Martin Kiiza and Khalid Aucho before defender Musa Mohammed cleared his shot.The host could have doubled in the13th but missed two clear chances that forced Onyango to pull saves after spilling Aucho’s free-kick only for Lloyd Wahome to head wide.The Kenyan international custodian had to come out of his line to clear danger that could have been the opener for Tusker, if Alwanga had reached Kimani’s through pass as both sides shared the spoils at a barren draw to the break.Lady luck seemed to have knocked on Brewer’s door upon resumption with Osumba breaking the deadlock 15 seconds after the breather from Alwanga through pass that beat defenders for last season’s midfielder of the year to notch his second successive goal.Kimani once again missed a chance from a close range after good combination from Osumba, Alwanga and Tololwa to blast wide.Ouna brought in Shaba Kenga for Erick Ochieng as well as pulling out Dan Sserunkuma for Timonah Wanyonyi but the two could not sustain the pressure neither break through the solidified defence of Jockins Atudo, Omar, Wahome and Kiiiza as Kimanzi proved too good against the league champions, picking maximum points to head to the return leg with a 1-0 advantage.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Countrywide under federal investigation for abusing bankruptcy system

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The U.S. Trustee has launched an inquiry into Countrywide Financial Corp.’s claims against two South Florida borrorers seeking bankruptcy protection to determine whether actions of the nation’s largest mortgage lender “threatened an abuse of the bankruptcy system.” The federal agency, which is part of the Department of Justice and oversees bankruptcy cases, filed subpoenas in at least a dozen cases in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas asking Countrywide for information about questionable claims, demanding the company turn over internal documents and provide sworn testimony in the cases, according to the Associated Press. Calabasas-based Countrywide filed objections to the subpoenas in Florida earlier this month, arguing the U.S. Trustee was exceeding its authority and engaging in “an impermissible fishing expedition.” Last week, a judge in Miami overseeing the Florida case ruled in favor of the U.S. Trustee, and an order was being prepared for the agency to proceed with its request for documents.last_img read more

Family offers reward for Laci’s ‘real’ murderer

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MODESTO – Scott Peterson’s family offered a $250,000 reward Friday for information leading to an arrest in the murder of his pregnant wife. Peterson was convicted in November 2004 of killing Laci Peterson and her 8-month- old fetus. Now on Death Row at San Quentin State Prison, he has always maintained his innocence. The family is offering the reward for “specific information leading to an arrest and conviction for the abduction and murder of Laci and Conner Peterson, or for specific information leading to the exoneration and release of Scott Peterson,” according to a news release. “All of us remain deeply committed to Scott’s innocence and to finding Laci’s real killer,” Lee Peterson, Scott Peterson’s father, said. Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant when her husband reported her missing on Christmas Eve 2002. At Scott Peterson’s trial, prosecutors argued that he strangled her at the couple’s home in Modesto and then dumped her body in the bay near where Peterson claimed to have been fishing that Christmas Eve day.last_img read more

Arsenal and Chelsea target NOT FOR SALE, insists Roma sporting director

first_imgRoma sporting director Monchi has dismissed talk the club could sell Arsenal and Chelsea target Kostas Manolas before the transfer window closes.The defender looked certain to leave the Italian club earlier this summer after they accepted an offer of around £30million for him from Zenit St Petersburg.However, that move broke down and it then seemed possible the Greece international would end up at Chelsea instead.Blues boss Antonio Conte is a big fan of Manolas, but the Italian has failed to wrap up a deal for the centre-back.And now Roma’s sporting director, Monchi, has confirmed the 26-year-old will not be leaving this summer.“Manolas for sale? No, we are working to sign players, not sell them,” Monchi told Mediaset Premium.“I spend all day with the players and can see they have faith in the coach and the system they are adopting.” 1 Roma star Kostas Manolas will not be sold with only weeks left of the transfer window last_img read more

Pep Guardiola: We can still do much, much better

first_imgPep Guardiola insists his Manchester City team can get even better despite sweeping almost all comers aside this season.City are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League after winning their last 15 games, a record in the English top flight.Plaudits have poured in for the stylish and resilient football City have played this term but, for Guardiola, there is no resting on laurels.He said: “What’s important is to focus on the pitch what we have to do to play better, to increase our chances and concede few. That’s what we have to do.“When I’m happy, it’s not because of the result but the way we play. That’s what I’m more satisfied by.“I have the feeling we can do better – much, much better. That’s what we have to try to insist in them.”The City boss is already convinced, however, that this team would have been too good for Guardiola the player.Asked if he could have got into the side, Guardiola, who enjoyed a glittering playing career with Barcelona, said: “No way! Fernandinho is much better!”City’s current winning run may be unique in England but it does not yet match Guardiola’s personal best as a manager. The Catalan won 16 league games in succession at Barca and bettered even that with Bayern Munich, winning 19 in a row.But such figures are also of no interest to Guardiola, who must prepare his side to face Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.He said: “The record is OK, but records stay there and one day are going to be broken.“Statistics are statistics. It’s good to write about that but with the way we play I am satisfied the most.”Spurs were among the sides tipped to challenge City for the title at the start of the season but, despite sitting in a healthy-looking fourth place, they already trail the leaders by 18 points.Guardiola said: “(On Saturday) is an important game. The opponent, Tottenham Hotspur, are so, so tough. They remain a top team. (The table) doesn’t matter. The results are the results. I see what they do, I don’t see the table.”City will be without centre-backs Vincent Kompany and John Stones, but both are close to returning.Captain Kompany missed the midweek trip to Swansea after suffering a minor muscle problem in the first half of last week’s derby win at Manchester United.Guardiola said: “He’s much better. He’s got a little, little problem. I don’t know if (on Saturday) he’ll be fit, but hopefully in the next games he will be ready.”Stones has been out for the past month with a hamstring injury but is now in the final stages of his recovery.“This weekend will be the fourth week,” Guardiola said. “Doctors said between four and six, so in one or two weeks he will be ready, hopefully.” Guardiola’s City have already been hailed as one of the greatest Premier League teams of all time 1last_img read more

Man United’s Aubameyang move, Liverpool open Koulibaly talks, Man City make £95m bid

first_img Paul Pogba said this week it “could be a good time to move elsewhere” – but he will still be rewarded by Manchester United TOP WORK Manchester United will make a £70million bid for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, talkSPORT has been told. The 30-year-old forward is being targeted amid doubts over Romelu Lukaku’s future at Old Trafford. (FULL STORY)Liverpool have made contact with Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent over a possible summer swoop for the Napoli defender. The Italian club are said to be open to selling the centre-back, but only if their £100million asking price is met. (Il Mattino)Manchester City are said to have offered £85million for Koulibaly as Pep Guardiola moves to improve their centre-back options this summer. Harry Maguire of Leicester is also on City’s radar. (Gazzetta dello Sport) GETTY IMAGES – GETTY GETTY IMAGES – GETTY 5 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 5 LATEST talkSPORT.COM GOSSIP targets rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online. Koulibaly has long been linked with a big-money move to the Premier League LATEST 5 5 Everton will complete the permanent signing of midfielder Andre Gomes in the next 24 hours having agreed a fee with Barcelona for his transfer. Portugal international Gomes spent last season on loan at Goodison Park. (Sky Sports)Manchester United have made contact with Napoli over the possible signing of Albania full-back Elseid Hysaj. The 25-year-old is also wanted by Atletico Madrid, and is ready to move on this summer as he searches for more consistent game time. (Football Italia)United have also approached West Ham as they bid to sign Declan Rice, the midfielder, this summer. The Hammers will reportedly soften their stance on selling Rice if they receive a bid worth £80million. (The Sun)Arsenal are expected to table an initial offer for Kieran Tierney over the next few days as Unai Emery steps up his search for a new left-back. Celtic value their homegrown starlet at around £20million. (Daily Mail) The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tottenham are prepared to smash their transfer record to sign Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele after not buying a single player in either of the past two transfer windows. Spurs have seen an opening £53m bid for Lo Celso already rejected by Real Betis, but they will return with an improved offer over the next few days. (Daily Star)Spurs striker Fernando Llorente, who will become a free agent when his contract expires at the end of the month, is being tracked by West Ham. (Daily Star)Watford are chasing deals for both Ismaila Sarr, the Rennes winger, and West Brom defender Craig Dawson. (Sky Sports)Paul Pogba will receive a £3.78m loyalty bonus from Manchester United on 1 July, despite the France midfielder recently admitting he wants to leave the club. (Daily Mail)Romelu Lukaku’s move to Inter Milan could depend on whether the deal will involve Argentina striker Mauro Icardi moving to Old Trafford. If not, Inter will need to sell Icardi before pushing forward in their attempts to sign the Man United frontman. (Daily Telegraph)Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has rejected an approach from Derby County, as the Championship club plan for the anticipated departure of Frank Lampard to Chelsea. (The Times)Real Madrid are preparing a bid for Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen, with the the Spanish giants set to offer £45m plus 22-year-old midfielder Dani Ceballos. (The Sun) targets Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly willing to sell Neymar this summer. (ESPN)Real Madrid could include Brazil midfielder Casemiro in any offer to sign Neymar from PSG. (Marca)Evertonare close to finalising a deal to sign Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes from Barcelona for £22m. (Daily Mail)Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is open to a move to Liverpool, with the Reds set to let current No.2 Simon Mignolet leave Anfield to secure regular first-team football. (Evening Standard)Watford have approached PSV Eindhoven about signing 24-year-old Uruguay midfielder Gaston Pereiro. (Watford Observer)Southampton are set to beat Sheffield United and Burnley to the £14m signing of 22-year-old English striker Che Adams from Birmingham. (Daily Star)Brighton are in advanced talks to sign Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke, for £3.9m, with Leeds United and Stoke City also interested in the 22-year-old. 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LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Ray Parlour talks about Paul Pogba and dealing with transfer rumours REVEALED getty moving on 5 Tierney is widely regarded as one of the best young full-backs in the European game Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND Meanwhile, Spurs have been offered the chance to sign Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen for £31.2m, after rivals Arsenal decided not to follow up their interest in the 23-year-old Dane. (Daily Star)Roma want €70m (£62.4m) for 19-year-old Italian midfielder Nicolo Zainiolo, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham. (Calciomercato)Manchester United have been told they will have to pay up to £75million to sign 22-year-old West Ham defender Issa Diop. (Daily Mirror)But, United are said to be prioritising a deal for Crystal Palace’s 21-year-old full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka before they move on to other targets this summer. (Manchester Evening News)Leicester City and Manchester United are £40m apart in their valuation of England defender Harry Maguire, with the Foxes pricing the 26-year-old at £80m. (ESPN) Getty Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit?last_img read more

All-New Character Meal Announced For Trattoria al Forno

first_imgShare This!©Rikki NiblettCan you feel the love in the air? It’s not just because Valentine’s Day is quickly coming up. No….it’s because today Disney announced that an all-new character breakfast will be debuting this spring at Trattoria al Forno.This table service restaurant located at Disney’s BoardWalk will feature a great way to start your day with a fun meal that not only includes some of your favorite Disney Princesses, but also their Princes, as well! Characters will include Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled and Ariel and Eric from The Little Mermaid.Not much else is known about this new dining opportunity. Stay tuned to the blog for further information about this great breakfast option.last_img read more

Stratford girls basketball blows past Rib Lake

first_imgTigers improve to 6-1 with home winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — Sammy Griesbach scored a game-high 15 points as the Stratford girls basketball team rolled past Rib Lake 44-19 in a nonconference matchup Tuesday night at Stratford High School.The Tigers held Rib Lake (2-5) to just nine points in the first half and opened up an 11-point lead at intermission.Andie Zuelke scored all eight of her points in the second half for Stratford as it built on its double-digit advantage.Stratford (6-1) is off until Monday when hosts Wisconsin Rapids Assumption as part of a Marawood Conference South Division doubleheader. The girls play at 5:45 p.m. with the boys to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 44, Redmen 19Rib Lake 9 10 – 19Stratford 20 24 – 44RIB LAKE (19): Megan Wiitala 0 0-0 0, Mariah Thums 0 0-0 0, Caitlyn Fitzl 0 1-4 1, Casey Scheithauer 1 0-0 3, Katie Cardey 0 0-3 0, Jasmine Fitzl 1 0-0 3, Regan Dobbs 2 3-5 7, Hailey Wudi 1 0-4 2, Samantha Rodman 0 1-2 1, Gracie Weinke 1 0-0 2. FG: 6. FT: 5-18. 3-pointers: 2 (J. Fitzl 1, Scheithauer 1). Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-5.STRATFORD (44): Olympia Garrigan 0 0-0 0, Savannah Schillinger 3 0-0 8, Taya Nett 1 1-2 3, Sammy Griesbach 5 5-6 15, Macie Frueh 1 0-0 2, Olivia Burrows 1 1-5 3, Chelsey Gliniecke 1 0-0 2, Anna Goldbach 0 0-0 0, Kaylee Hollatz 0 0-0 0, Makayla Krall 1 1-2 3, Andie Zuelke 4 0-1 8. FG: 17. FT: 8-16. 3-pointers: 2 (Schillinger 2). Fouls: 17. Fouled out: Zuelke. Record: 6-1.last_img read more

Arellano coach braces for ‘tough’ stretch vs contenders

first_imgView comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Arellano coach Obet Javier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University head coach Obet Javier is bracing for a gauntlet of games to end the elimination round.The Lady Chiefs are gunning for their third title in four years and Javier knows achieving the feat won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sonnen outlasts Rampage, advances in Bellator heavyweight tournament Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Up ahead in the latter part of their schedule are four of the top five teams last season—San Sebastian, San Beda, College of St. Benilde, and University of Perpetual Help.“These are four tough teams so we know that we have to prepare well for them,” said Javier in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIn what served as a tune-up match for Arellano before its tough stretch, the Lady Chiefs dominated the Lyceum Lady Pirates in three sets, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, to extend their perfect run to 5-0.READ: Arellano blasts Lyceum for 5th straight win Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim But Javier added that for Arellano to sweep its remaining games, it has to play even better than how it performed against the Lyceum.“We’re still starting slow and that’s not a good sign for any team especially if you’re playing against these next ones,” said Javier. “We have to show them, or show ourselves at least, that we can immediately get it going.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more