Arteta: Why we lost against Chelsea

first_img Arteta said: “It was very cruel the way we lost it, in the first half we saw a lot of positives and saw what we are trying to implement. But the way we conceded was disappointing. “It was clear why it was disappointing, I don’t need to say any more. Read Also:Arsenal vs Chelsea: Late Leno error deny Arteta first win as Gunners boss “Our reaction was right, we were doing the right things, it is hard to dominate all periods of the game against this team. We started to defend too deep and our energy levels are in a different place to Chelsea’s. “We need to sustain those periods for longer periods in the game and against top sides. Individual errors cost you games but I can’t fault the effort, commitment and for putting in place what we practised.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Gadgets & Inventions That Could Save Our PlanetA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal in front in the 13th minute with a fine header, a lead which they deservedly maintained for the vast majority of the game. The Gunners were relatively comfortable until Bernd Leno flapped at a Mason Mount free-kick in the 83rd minute to allow Jorginho – who came on and changed the game – to sidefoot into an empty net. Tammy Abraham then nicked all three points for Chelsea four minutes later after a wonderful touch and finish after Willian broke away and crossed for the English frontman.Advertisement Loading… Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, believes his side started to “defend too deep” in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates, and admitted, “the way we conceded was disappointing”.last_img read more

Former Eagles coach Chukwu lauds Nworgu over coaching progress

first_img Promoted Content12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Legend of the round leather game and former captain and coach of Nigeria’s senior national team, Christian Chukwu (Mfr), has showered praises on one of his former players, Chukwudi Nworgu over his progression in the managerial aspect of the game. Chukwu, in an exclusive chat in Enugu, described the news of Nworgu’ success in the game and further progression in the management of the game was heart-warming while challenging him to be steadfast in his application of the rules of the game to achieve great success. Coach CHUKWU who worked with Nworgu’ in the senior national team described him in nice words stressing, “Chukwudi, during his time in the national team, showed signs of leadership both on and off the pitch. He does whatever task that was assigned to him with diligence. Since he left the shores of the country, I never knew he was quietly building himself in the game. I am happy to see his progress.” The vastly travelled gaffer further said, “At least we have more qualified hands that can take over from the current crop of coaches and help discover and develop budding football talents that abound the length and breadth of our country.”Advertisement Loading… center_img ‘Chairman’ as coach Chukwu is fondly referred to by his admirers stated that he still remembers some of the games Chukwudi featured for the Super Eagles of Nigeria as the international friendly encounter against Brazil in Abuja, the CAN 2004 qualifier against Malawi in Blantyre where the game ended in a draw just as the encounter against Angola was also memorable stressing, “Chukwudi displayed his rugged self in these games and really impressed and I am not surprised he is where he is now.” read also:Osimhen thrilled by Gattuso’s coaching style Nworgu’ who featured for such clubs as Bendel Insurance and Enyimba International F.C in Nigeria’s domestic league before exporting his talents to Europe where he now manages a team in the first division of the Swedish Female football league. It should be noted that the combative attacking sensation in his playing days featured for such European clubs as, Beita Jerusalem in Israel, Metalog Donesk of Ukraine, Poltava of Ukraine, Degefors of Sweden, Syrianska in Sweden and a host of others. He is currently the vice president of a Swedish division 4 male football club, Afrikansk FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Lambert keen on Albrighton talks

first_imgAston Villa manager Paul Lambert is willing to sit down with young midfielder Marc Albrighton in a bid to keep him at the club. Albrighton has been with Villa since he was a trainee, signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2008, although he has only made 91 appearances in total over the past five and a half years. The 24-year-old, who was loaned out to Wigan earlier this season, has been hampered by injuries over the past two seasons. Villa are now just four points above the relegation zone, yet Lambert is confident the club will avoid the drop, as they did last year when they were in a far more precarious position. “There are two ways to look at it – (the situation) will either take you under, or you thrive on the challenge,” said Lambert. “It’s the same as last year. You either meet it head-on or it takes you under. “We came through last year when we were in a worse position than now, so we will come through this one. “If you look at it everybody is capable of beating everybody else, with one win taking you up the table, one defeat dropping you down. That is the way it is at the moment.” The one downside for Lambert in visiting Cardiff is that close friend and fellow Scot Malky Mackay is no longer in charge after he was sacked just after Christmas. Despite getting Cardiff promoted to the top flight last summer, Mackay found himself at the mercy of controversial owner Vincent Tan. “I’ve spoken to him, but it’s not something where I’ve sat and asked ‘What happened?’,” said Lambert. “The job he did was excellent, getting promoted, which is never an easy thing to do, and he had the crowd right behind him. “But football is a strange game at times. “It’s still going to be a really good atmosphere, and whether Malky was in charge or not, it was always going to be a hard game.” Lambert has doubts over defenders Ryan Bertrand (ribs) and Ron Vlaar (hamstring). Press Association But not for the first time Albrighton showed on Saturday the talent he possesses after coming on as a 56th-minute substitute soon after Villa had gone 2-0 down to West Ham. Although it was a situation Villa failed to recover from, Albrighton did enough to suggest he should start what is another key Barclays Premier League relegation clash at Cardiff on Tuesday, and be handed a new deal soon. Asked whether he was planning to thrash out a new deal with Albrighton, Lambert said: “I’ll definitely sit down and talk to him. “It’s just the way things have worked out with games, his injuries, one after the other, but I know he’s out of contract, so I’ll sit down with him. “Every time he has come on for me he has done well. He’s just been really unlucky with his injuries which have kept him out for a long spell. “But he was excellent on Saturday. He put some great balls in, he hit the post and set up the chance for Christian (Benteke) when he hit the bar. “He was a plus point, the one really bright spot for us.” Albrighton aside, Villa’s performance against the Hammers proved to be another dismal home affair which has increased the pressure on them to get a result at Cardiff. last_img read more

Tigers Hammer Mariners

first_imgThe Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first three innings en route to an 8-2 win over the Mariners on Monday at Sullivan.Sarah Leighton went all the way to third on a single and ensuing error in center field, then scored on a groundout by Lona Sargent to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first inning.They added two more in the second as Katelyn Hodgkins walked and scored when Morgan Whitten reached on an error, and Whitten scored on a single by Emily Leighton.The Tigers struck again in the third when Sargent doubled, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSargent finished with a double and a single and two RBI, Ashley Pennartz tripled and singled with two RBI and Sarah Leighton had two singles with an RBI for the Tigers.Janelle Ciomei singled three times, driving in the Mariners’ two runs in the seventh inning. Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admincenter_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Postslast_img read more

Robbie Henshaw expected to stay with Connacht

first_imgThat means he’ll definitely miss the game against England on Sunday week. The centre has been linked with a move to Leinster all this season but according to the Irish Independent he will stay at least until his current contract ends at the end of next season.The paper report that Munster will make a move next year for the 20 year who has featured in Irelands two Six Nations wins so far.Meanwhile it’s been confirmed that Jamie Heaslip fractured three vertebrae in his back and will around a month.last_img read more

Nigeria U-23 Team Threatens to Boycott Q’final Match Over Allowances

first_imgRIO OLYMPICS FOOTBALLNigeria’s quest to win tomorrow’s quater final match against Denmark has suffered a major set back as players threatened to boycott the match unless their outstanding allowances are paid in Brazil.Reports on Thursday indicate that the team skipped training in Salvador to further butteress their stand against the authority. The country was in similar situation at the last World Cup finals in Brazil two years ago when the Super Eagles players boycotted trainning session before the crucial second round match against France insisting on collecting their share of FIFA wind fall after qualification to play at the mundial.The U-23 team arrived Salvador in good time yesterday but chose to skip training and now left with only today to perfect their match plan for tomorrow’s tie against Denmark at *pm Nigerian time.The team are now ready to make history for the wrong reasons by staying away from the match against Denmark unless their remaining monies are paid.According to competent sources disclosed that “the players said that their level of patriotism has already dwindled because of the way they have been treated by the government officials prior to the Olympic Games.“Now they said they won’t step out to train until the remaining balance of their training and camp allowances are paid.“Not only that, they have threatened not to play the quarter-final against Denmark on Saturday until all the monies owed them are paid.“As we speak now, the only money that the players have received was the $150 dollars per day for 11 days, while there are more than that 11 days still to be paid and no extra money was received for the matches played so far”, the source also disclosed.The coach Samson Siasia-led team have already been overtaken by drama and controversies in the last few weeks, from the players stopping their coach from quitting his post to the team being stranded for several days at their training base in Atlanta, Georgia.In yet another fresh scandal, Chelsea star Mikel Obi has had to shell out $4,000 to ensure the Nigeria Olympic team caught their flight to Salvador after the hotel in Sao Paulo held the entire team to ransom over the bills incurred by additional officials.Organisers have insisted on a team of 25 players, made up of 18 players and seven officials, and even sports minister Solomon Dalung has ordered this rule be strictly adhered to.An impeccable source close to the team revealed that it took the intervention of the Chelsea star, who is also the team captain, who paid over $4, 0000 before the players and officials of the team were allowed to leave the hotel.According to the source this time around it was the responsibility of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to settle the hotel bills of the extra five officials.“We just arrived Salvador now (5.20pm Nigerian time) from Sao Paolo. We nearly missed our flight because of unpaid bills in the hotel. The hotel held us to ransom,” a team official told“The problem is that all the additional officials here in Brazil are the responsibility of the Nigeria Football Federation, who said they will pay for them, but they did not pay for them again.“The affected officials included the team’s media officer, the team coordinator, the kits manager in charge of players and officials’ kits and the accompanying assistant director technical.“A call was put across to the honourable minister of youths and sports, he said we should put the bill in the (credit) card but the card didn’t work. They tried and tried but the minister said that only 18 players and seven officials should be captured as regards payment according to the rules of the Olympic Games.“So, the hotel bills of these other officials, about five of them cost the sum of over $4,000. They held us hostage for more than one hour and we nearly missed our flight. It was Mikel (Obi) who rescued us by paying the money.“I can tell you honestly speaking that this incident is not the fault of the minister because the minister listed the people to be accommodated which were 18 players and seven officials”, the source disclosed last night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Week 14 FanDuel, DraftKings Picks: Sleepers, advice, strategy for NFL DFS contests

first_imgTypically I look to really spend down at tight end, but with how much value there is at running back this week we can look to spend on Ertz, who might be the best mid-range value on the slate at $6,400 on DraftKings. Ertz has been simply dominate this season and has commanded a huge share of targets in the Eagles offense. Ertz has one of the safest target floors on the slate, having seen eight or more targets in 11 of 13 games and has posted an excellent plus/minus of plus-6.4.The icing on top is that Ertz has a great individual matchup against the Cowboys, a team that he lit up for 43.5 DraftKings back in Week 10. There is no way Ertz should be sub-$7,000 on DK given his production and you should be able to get him at decent ownership given Eric Ebron and Travis Kelce are two other high-priced tight ends who are also in great spots that will garner attention.Other TE Values: Vance McDonald, David Njoku We’ve typically seen the majority of DraftKings/FanDuel value this season come in with the wide receivers, but Week 14 has blessed us with one of the most interesting NFL DFS slates of the year for value running backs. The backfields of the 49ers, Steelers, and Chargers are all in flux, and each has players who are extreme value picks and should see 15-plus touches in great matchups. However, as usual there are still plenty of great high-end options at both running back and wide receiver in daily fantasy football contests, so nailing the value options is going to be as important as ever.Finding good value plays is usually more important in cash times, as you often don’t need to overthink rostering values in GPPs if diversify your lineup in other areas. Check out the RotoQL Trending Players Tool to quickly identify the top values are each week. ​WEEK 14 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsPlease remember that this article should be just one stop on weekly daily fantasy football research journey. The top DFS players always look at numerous sources before putting together lineups. We might be biased, but the best place to start is RotoQL’s NFL lineup optimizer, which, as always, played a major role in the picks below. RotoQL’s industry-leading fantasy football packages are packed with stats and user-friendly DFS tools.Check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for more great NFL, NBA, MLB, and PGA DFS advice.Week 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerNFL DFS Picks Week 14: QB sleepers, valuesDeshaun Watson, Texans vs. Colts (DK: $5,900 | FD: $7,800)The quarterback position is interesting this week in that you can easily spend up over $6,000 on DraftKings; Patrick Mahomes is priced down in a home game against the Ravens, Philip Rivers has an elite matchup, and Jameis Winston is in what projects to be the best scoring environment of the week against the Saints. However, for tournaments you can get a ton of leverage by choosing to save a little bit on QB and dipping below $6,000.The main player I’m looking at in the range is Watson, who has a great matchup against the Colts at home. Watson is finally back to rushing the ball seven-to-10 times per game after recovering from a rib/lung injury that hampered him in the beginning of the season and has shown great upside playing at home in his career, posting a plus/minus of plus-5.7 over his last 10 games played in Houston.Other QB Values: Andrew Luck, Josh Allen, Cody KesslerWEEK 14 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsWeek 14 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: RB sleepers, valuesJeff Wilson Jr., 49ers vs. Broncos (DK: $3,800 | FD: $5,600)The running back position this week is the most loaded in terms of value that it has been all season. There are legitimately four players below $4,000 on DraftKings who are in play at the position, and deciding between them is going to be a critical decision this week. For me, the top value running back is Wilson Jr., who will take on the primary running back role in a home matchup against the Broncos. Wilson entered the game last week for injured Matt Breida and made a huge impact in the passing game; catching eight balls on nine targets for 73 yards. Now it should be noted that we can’t expect that kind of passing game usage as the 49ers got behind early and opted to air it out last week against the Seahawks, but with that in mind, Wilson should be a near lock for around 75 percent of the snaps on offense against a Broncos defense that is middle of the road against the run and will now be without their best corner in Chris Harris Jr.Jaylen Samuels, Steelers @ Raiders (DK: $3,700 | FD: $4,600)I personally prefer Wilson Jr. as the top value at running back, but Samuels is right there and is also perfectly viable option as he steps in for the injured James Conner. Samuels is an excellent pass catcher out of the backfield, so he should see the vast majority of the passing down work in a great matchup against the Raiders. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has already come out and said that this will be a backfield committee with Stevan Ridley mixed in, which is the primary reason why I favor Wilson over Samuels, but make no mistake the upside of Samuels is massive with the Steelers projected to blow out Oakland as 10.5-point road favorites.  Other RB Values: Justin Jackson, Kerryon Johnson (if active)MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Last week’s perfect lineup | Stacks | Lineup BuilderFanDuel, DraftKings Picks Week 14: WR sleepers, valuesChris Godwin, Buccaneers vs. Saints (DK: $4,900 | FD: $5,600)Last week the Bucs finally unleashed second-year wideout Chris Godwin with DeSean Jackson out with a hand injury. Godwin went off (5-101-1) and has a chance for a repeat performance against a Saints defense that has had trouble with WR2s all season. Godwin’s viability at his $4,900 price point on DraftKings is heavily reliant on the status of Jackson, but with the Bucs out of playoff contention it would make sense for them to give Godwin as many reps as possible with Jackson being a free agent in the offseason.Godwin has also been excellent at home this season, with or without Jackson in the lineup; posting a plus/minus of plus-7.0 through six games. There is so much value at running back this week that you shouldn’t need to drop very far below $5,000 on DraftKings, so it’s very possible to make Godwin the cheapest wide receiver in your lineup.  Other WR Values: Larry Fitzgerald, Dante Pettis, Curtis SamuelWEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 14 NFL DFS Picks: TE sleepers, valuesZach Ertz, Eagles @ Cowboys (DK $6,400, FD: $7,400)last_img read more

Andrew Friedman: Dodgers’ bullpen hasn’t been good enough, but it will get better

first_imgIt is the bright red light blinking on the dashboard. Sure, you can keep driving. But sooner or later, you’re going to have to deal with it.As the Dodgers cruised into San Francisco this week with the best record in the National League, they also lead the National League in runs scored (second in the majors) and have the lowest ERA (3.08) in the league.But flashing red in the midst of all that is the bullpen. Dodgers relievers have a 4.49 ERA, 18th in the majors.Over the past 16 games, it has gotten worse. The Dodgers’ bullpen has a 6.28 ERA in that time with a 1.56 WHIP. Relievers have given up runs in 11 of the 16 games. Take away closer Kenley Jansen’s five scoreless appearances in that time and the ERA of the rest of the bullpen group jumps to 7.17. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Our guys have the stuff and we have enough diversified looks to be really good down there,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “We’re not doing it. We haven’t done it to this point consistently enough. But we do feel like there’s a potential for us to have a really good bullpen with internal guys. If we’re able to do that, great. If not then we’ll try to remedy it from the outside.”One remedy is no longer available.Free-agent reliever Craig Kimbrel agreed to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. A source confirmed that the Dodgers were in contact with Kimbrel before he chose the Cubs. But the seven-time All-Star closer with 333 career saves (14th all-time and tops among active pitchers) was not interested in a situation where he would, at best, share the closer’s role with another pitcher.Friedman already broke from his history of bullpen building by committing significant money to a non-closer when the Dodgers signed Joe Kelly to a three-year, $25 million contract this offseason. But Kelly has been part of the problem, not the solution. Through his first 20 appearances as a Dodger, Kelly has a bloated 7.91 ERA and an unsightly 1.81 WHIP thanks to a .325 average against and .933 OPS.“There have been like eight outings where he’s had bad outings,” Friedman said. “In his last eight, he’s been way better. He had one bad one with some fluky hits or whatever. So he’s been way better. It’s still not good enough. But it’s directionally been way better. We’ll see. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Friedman was given two ends of another spectrum to choose from. At one end, there is the optimistic belief that the bullpen will improve and the current group will be good enough to carry the team through the postseason. At the other, there is the conviction that the bullpen needs to be torn down and rebuilt.Where does his opinion land?“It’s definitely not a rebuild because I feel, no matter what, we have good pieces,” he said. “It’s more about augmenting than tearing down. So between the tearing down and ‘We’re going to be good,’ the benefit is we don’t have to choose that. We’re spending a ton of energy trying to make our existing guys better and while we’re doing that we’ll also be assessing the market which is not major-league exclusive.”ALSOAs expected, the Dodgers activated Austin Barnes from the Injured List on Thursday and sent Will Smith back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Smith was 6 for 21 (.286) with a double and two home runs in six games with the Dodgers. Barnes (out for 10 days with a groin injury) went 2 for 5 with a pair of singles and caught 12 innings on a two-game rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. … The Dodgers have signed two of their 2019 draft picks: Fresno City College pitcher Alec Gamboa (ninth round) and Virginia Commonwealth shortstop Zac Ching (10th). While they have agreed to terms with other draft picks, their contracts are not official because the players have not passed their physicals.Staff writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed. “It’s about feeling like we’ve got four to five ’pen arms in October that we trust and can help us. That’s what you need.”It’s hard to see where those arms are going to come from at this point. Right-hander Dylan Floro is the only reliever among the current non-closer group with an ERA under 3.20.“We have certainly had stretches this year where our bullpen has not performed up to our expectations,” Friedman said. “That being said, we still feel like we have a lot of really talented pitchers down there and other guys that are knocking on the door for an audition at some point.“As we sit here today, all of our focus is on how to help each individual guy perform at their highest level. And now that the draft has concluded we’ll have one eye on that and one eye toward potential adds (before the July 31 trade deadline) and the bullpen is certainly an area that is top of the list.”Among the options, Friedman acknowledged, are top pitching prospects Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin. Both are starters with bright futures in that role. May is 2-4 with a 4.18 ERA at Double-A Tulsa. Gonsolin was shut down for more than a month with an injury in his side (a convenient way to put a governor on his workload) and has made only five starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA.“It’s certainly possible. Sure,” Friedman said of seeing them in the Dodgers’ bullpen later this season. “There’s just a lot more that is going to play out before now and then. But as we’re assessing candidates we have a number of really exciting upside-type players in our existing bullpen and also in our minor leagues.”Some of those upsides are attached to major-league starters Kenta Maeda and Julio Urias. Both have experience pitching out of the bullpen in the postseason and could be part of the solution in October.With a 10-game lead in the division already, the Dodgers have shown they can absorb their bullpen problems in the regular season – they are 37-3 when leading after seven innings and even with the swollen ERA over the past 16 games they are 13-3 in that time.There will be little sense of urgency to overpay for a reliever on the midseason trade market. But the Dodgers under Friedman have shown an ability to identify the team’s greatest midseason need and address it by getting the best player available at the position – from Rich Hill to Yu Darvish to Manny Machado – though they have had to dig deep into the organization’s prospect inventory to do so.“Lining up on trades is never easy,” Friedman said. “We’ll operate on dual tracks of doing everything we can to get our existing guys better while canvassing the market. The answer will kind of fall out of doing both of those things.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: 3 storylines to follow in final round

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — There have been plenty of stories to follow in the 119th U.S. Open and the final day has no shortage either.Gary Woodland continues to lead, a history making finish is possible and a number of golfers in contention could use an early push. U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods closes out day with birdie to finish at even par U.S. Open 2019: Gary Woodland holds serve as Justin Rose sits one shot back Pebble Beach has been surprisingly fair but you never know what Sunday at a major has in store.Here are three storylines to follow in the final round of the U.S. OpenCan Gary Woodland win his first major championship?The three-time PGA Tour winner is in a new position heading into the fourth and final round at Pebble. It is the first time he has held a 54-hole lead in a U.S. Open. Related News U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods refuses to blame pain as cold weather triggers issues Each will approach it differently. Rose will come up with a plan in the morning. It will take him about an hour to evaluate the conditions, wind speed and pin placements. Reavie, who is searching for his first win since 2008, will focus on hitting the fairways and greens in the right spot. While Louis Oosthuizen, who is also tied for third, is just trying to go mistake free — which is much easier said than done for any one of these golfers.It will be entertaining to say the least when the first group tees off at 10:21 a.m. ET. Woodland, who currently sits 11 under for the tournament with a one-stroke advantage over Justin Rose, has had recent success in major championships. He finished tied for eighth at this year’s PGA Championship and ended the 2018 PGA Championship in a tie for sixth. But he has never been close to contending in a U.S. Open.Woodland’s best finish was in 2011 when he left the Congressional Country Club tied for 23rd. There’s added pressure sleeping on a lead, and entering the final round on a course like Pebble. Things can change quickly, and Woodland has a lot of time to think — for better or for worse. Will Brooks Koepka make history? Koepka is in an unusual position. The four-time major champion is chasing history as he tries to win his third consecutive U.S. Open, but this time he will have to climb up the leaderboard if he wants to come away with a victory. Koepka sits four strokes behind Woodland in a tie for third (7 under) and will be paired with Chez Reavie in the second to last group to tee off Sunday.He is happy with how he has played this week, but there’s a difference when you’re in the lead and have to catch up to the leader. Koepka doesn’t plan on chasing Woodland or anyone else who might sneak into the top spot. He is focused on playing his game, which certainly has worked to his advantage to this point. Who, if anyone, can come back?In 22 of the past 23 U.S. Opens, the winner has been in sixth place or better after the second round. There are currently six golfers in that position after three rounds now, and seven golfers one to two strokes outside of the top six. It will make for an exciting day of golf and an eventful one if a player can make an early charge, which is the key to triumph at Pebble.For any one of these golfers to have a chance Sunday they will have to take advantage of the first seven holes. If they can card 2- to 3-under par heading into the tough stretch from No. 8 to No. 10, it will certainly put pressure on the leaders — who can’t escape the oversized scoreboards that line the course. last_img read more

Sunday Blog: Is the Confederate Flag controversy really about racism?

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (17) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Caldwell Forever · 267 weeks ago Bravo! Very well said. Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 267 weeks ago Where can I buy a one. Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 267 weeks ago My problem what will they go after next that they are not happy with. It is a slippery slope and they will not be happy until they ruin this country. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Nothing to see here · 267 weeks ago I love the “tell me where I can buy one” crowd. The person that is that passionate and attached to a flag yet completely dismisses someone else’s perspective as if it’s childish and petty. I’ve heard Caucasian males cry reverse discrimination for a decade and have always invited them to spend a day in a black man or any race of woman’s shoes. Man, it must be a horrible existence being a privileged white man in America. Oh the horror. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Rodney King · 267 weeks ago Why can’t we all just get along? Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 267 weeks ago I decided early in life there are certain things i would rather not look at again. For instance, mangled bodies in a car accident. So, i try to not look unless i have to. Now, if one has a rainbow sticker or flag, they’re labeled. A flag is merely an emblem, a sign. You don’t have to look. And no twist of the senses can deny you the sweet smell of success in life through hard work and prudent choice. Ive fallen, made mistakes and felt disenfranchised, mad and wanting to blame somebody or something. In the end, the answer is always the same: its not about what needs to be changed in the world to suit me, its how *I* needed to change and adapt to it. Pull up your bootstraps, dust yourself off, and succeed on your own merit. We arent entitled to anything and if you dont like something, dont look. Character, grace, and effort are a formidable combination. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 267 weeks ago Gee, I wonder how Wellington citizens will react to this article. (Just kidding, I already know) Report Reply 2 replies · active 267 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down SuCoPride · 267 weeks ago I love how everyone is crying about their free speech being violated. No one is saying you can’t display this flag proudly at your home, or on your car, or on your hat, or that tacky t-shirt…etc. You are free to do so as you please. They are simply asking that it not be flown in official purposes for the state/nation, and I think that is the sound decision. Whether it means this to you or not, for many it has become a symbol of hate, and it is used in such a manner. I’ve always found it odd that the flag of the defeated has been flown in any official capacity at all. Yes, it has a historical significance, but in my opinion it has no CURRENT significance. Report Reply 2 replies · active 266 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Deanne · 267 weeks ago SuCoPride, then why is the Gettysburg Civil War Museum no longer carry items that only depict the Confederate flag by itself, for Heavens sake it is a part of the CIVIL WAR, can’t change history. You can buy nazi flags but not one that is part of American history. I find the rainbow flag offensive, what are the chances of banning that one? Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — I remember the flag controversy in South Carolina in 1995. There was a strong debate about taking the  Confederate Flag off the top of the statehouse. The flag had been put up there in the 1960s as part of a celebration of some kind. There were people who wanted it to come down because it had become a symbol of racism, while others wanted it to stay as a symbol of heritage.James JordanBy that time I had lived in Columbia, S.C. a couple of years, and to that point had never noticed the flag up there. It was rather small and up very high, so unless you were looking for it, you would not notice it in most cases. But it did become a point of contention.The thing I remember most is the debate itself. For the most part people made their arguments, and eventually a compromise of moving it to the statehouse grounds was reached.Also during that time, both sides held a rally on the statehouse grounds, at the same time on the same day. At one end were flag supporters, what many would call rednecks, proudly displaying their flag. At the other end were those that wanted the flag down, and a good majority of those were black people.There was some concern among law enforcement, and they were plenty around just in case things got too testy, but both sides were on their best behavior. Both sides had speakers, music and all the rest. I also watched at the edges, where the two sides were close together, and both sides went out of their way to avoid problems.I am a southerner, but I have never really understood the flag. Growing up, it was just a flag that meant rebelliousness, and nothing more. It was really kind of a joke.But later on I did learn it was offensive to some people. I did understand the debate. There is the idea of preserving history, and the war between the states was about more than slavery. The bottom line to me was that it was offensive to a large section of the population, and therefore it should come off the state capitol.I am not sure that helped with the problem of racism at all. In some ways I think we were better back then at working things out than we are now. I’m not sure two sides on any issue could hold a rally side by side at the same time and not have it get violent. That is where we have come in 20 years.There was the shooting in Charleston last week that was horrible. It was racially motivated and shows that racism can rear its ugly head anywhere at any time.Some want to use it to create gun control, while others want to use it as a reason to get more guns. One presidential candidate blamed the victims for voting against a bill that would have allowed guns in churches in South Carolina. One of the dead was a state representative. Still others wanted to use the event to promote the idea that Christians are under attack, even though the shooting had nothing to do with religion.But plenty of people are talking about taking the flag down, and some are even blasting things like civil war re-enactments, which have nothing to do with race at all.Yet no one is really talking about the real problem of racism.Where is the voice of reason in all this?Have we deteriorated that much since 1995?I don’t see our society dealing with racism. I see people trying to use it for political purposes which makes this tragedy even worse.———Jordan is staff writer for Sumner Newscow… This article was first published in the… us on Twitter.last_img read more