Wenger: I’m going nowhere

first_img He added: “I want this club to do well, that is my basic feeling. We have gone through a period that was very sensitive, we are coming out of it now, in a much stronger position financially. I believe the club is in a very strong position for the future.” Wenger, who has transformed Arsenal since he arrived at Highbury in October 1996, is in no doubt when he does eventually call it a day, the club will be in good shape for the future. “I believe a big club should be run where everybody does his job and I try to do my job. The only thing I can say is that I do it with a lot of commitment and a lot of loyalty. I try to do as well as I can for this club,” he said. “I believe that this club is today in a very, very strong position and has gone through a very sensitive period in a very intelligent way. After that, everything is here to have a great future. “We have a good fanbase, we have now a strong financial situation, we have good young players and a squad with a bright future with the quality of the young players we have. It is just to manage it well now.” Arsenal head to Loftus Road on the back of a seven-match unbeaten league run which has moved them into fourth place, one point behind Chelsea and two ahead of Tottenham, albeit having played a match more. “We focus on winning our games and then look at the results of other teams,” said Wenger. “The most important in that is not to lift your head, just focus on our job and continue our strong run. We have put a strong run together and we want to use this belief in a very positive way.” Arsene Wenger has again ruled out leaving Arsenal before the end of his contract – and hinted for the first time he would like to stay on past 2014. The Gunners boss, 63, still has another season left to run on his current deal, but has been linked with a summer switch to big-spending Paris St Germain. Speaking at a media conference ahead of the trip to relegated QPR, Wenger said: “I answered that question already. I respect my contracts. I want to stay (on past 2014) if I do well and if I consider or the club considers that I do well, that is all.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

University Students File Lawsuits Alleging “Inferior” Online Classes

first_imgShe reportedly paid $7,880 in tuition and fees for the spring semester.Meanwhile, the lawsuit filed last week in Leon County circuit court against the Board of Governors by University of Florida graduate student Anthony Rojas seeks only to obtain a refund of fees, and not tuition.“Plaintiff’s claims relate solely to fees paid by Florida residents for on-campus services and do not concern fees or costs for tuition and/or room and board because students were able to complete their courses and obtain their credits for the spring semester and because the universities have offered appropriate refunds relating to room and board, but not as to fees,” the Rojas lawsuit said.All three of the lawsuits make allegations such as breach of contract and “unjust enrichment.”While the Fagundez and Rojas lawsuits seek are seeking class action status on behalf of students throughout the university system, the Egleston case focuses only on the University of Florida.Judges will end up deciding whether to allow any or all of them to proceed as class action claims. A Florida International University student this week filed what is at least the third potential class-action lawsuit seeking refunds for students within the state university system.The latest complaint, like the others, alleges “inferior” online classes when campuses closed this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.Attorneys for Sarah Fagundez, an FIU graduate student from Miami, filed the suit against the university system’s Board of Governors on Tuesday in Leon County circuit court.Meanwhile, University of Florida student Dylan Egleston filed a similar lawsuit on Monday against the UF Board of Trustees. That action also followed another case that was filed against the Board of Governors in circuit court.Fagundez argues that she and other students in the university system should receive refunds for parts of tuition and fees they paid for the spring and summer semesters.“Plaintiff (Fagundez) does not impugn defendant for taking measures to protect the public health; but the defendant must acknowledge that the education and services it now provides to students throughout the university system lack the full value of those for which plaintiff and the class paid,” Tuesday’s lawsuit against the Board of Governors said.It continues, “Not only is a fully online college experience inferior, socially and academically, to the in-person experience for which plaintiff and the class paid; but the university system’s ersatz online courses now offered to students are inferior to online courses that were conceived as such in the first instance.”PRESS RELEASE: State University System Student Debt Continuing to Decline https://t.co/Jk2B61tpAr— Board of Governors (@FLBOG) May 5, 2020last_img read more

Difficult for Real Madrid to bring in Mbappe from PSG, feels Fabio Cannavaro

first_imgPARIS: Former Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro believes Spanish giants Real Madrid are always on the lookout for world superstars like Kylian Mbappe but stated it will be difficult to prize him away from a club like Paris St. Germain.Mbappe has been linked with a move away from PSG in recent times with Santiago Bernabeu being a possible destination considering his high market value. Real Madrid are known to break their bank for top players time and time again but Cannavaro believes the young Frenchman might just be out of their reach. “Madrid need players like Mbappe, a young star who could follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo,” Cannavaro was quoted as saying by en.as.com. “It’s normal that Madrid want to sign him but it also has to be taken into account that PSG’s owners don’t need the money. They are ambitious and they want to win the Champions League. “I think it will be difficult for Madrid to get him. The president of PSG is a person who wants to win, I know them well and they will fight tooth and nail to keep Mbappe,” he added. Cannavaro, who was the last defender to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or, also lauded former Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta, who recently turned 36. Iniesta was part of the Barcelona dream team that won numerous domestic and European titles while he also helped Spain win the World Cup in 2010, sandwiched between two Euro crowns. “He played with such style, you couldn’t help but love him when you saw him play,” Cannavaro said. “He was a perfect professional, very humble…I loved him. Everybody might have been watching Messi but I was watching Iniesta.” (IANS) Also Read: Matter of time before India wins another Olympic gold: Abhinav Bindralast_img read more

No letting up, says Griffith

first_img… Jaguars unchanged for sixth round clashGUYANA Jaguars manager/assistant coach Rayon Griffith, says there is no room for complacency heading into tomorrow’s sixth round of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day game against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The Jaguars crushed Barbados Pride by eight wickets last Sunday.The result gave the Jaguars their fourth victory of the season and they have now extended their lead at the top of the table, moving to 86.4 points, having gained 21.6 from the match.Speaking with Chronicle Sport yesterday, Griffith indicated that the hosts will play tough cricket, with the aim to garner maximum points.“Definitely there is no room for complacency. We will come hard at them (Windward Islands Volcanoes); we will play tough cricket as usual, with the aim to get maximum points,” Griffith, the former national fast bowler pointed out.He added, “We will be looking again to exploit the home conditions to our advantage, something we have done really well in the past. Having said that, I want the guys to remain focused, since the inclement weather could be a major factor”.Meanwhile, the Jaguars have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the key sixth round clash.Guyana Jaguars squad reads: Leon Johnson (captain), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Vishaul Singh, Anthony Bramble, Keemo Paul, Akshaya Persaud, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie and Keon Joseph.last_img read more

UW club tennis competing at high level

first_imgHumble beginnings can result in big things.In its sixth year of existence, the UW club tennis team has quickly emerged as the second largest club sport on campus with close to 95 members.“I think what makes us great is our depth, we have a lot of players that are really good, and then we have a couple that are excellent. But the really good part of our line up is larger than a lot of schools,” coach Kevin Johnson said.The team was formed in 2005, consisting of 10 individuals hoping to spread their passion for tennis and to create a competitive atmosphere for tennis on campus, outside of varsity tennis.“This was a great alternative for me, because I have more time to do other activities outside of school and still be able to enjoy tennis and play,” said former varsity Junior Michael Koval.Early on the team experienced great success, being ranked No. 1 in the country in 2008. In 2009 they were ranked No. 2 in the country, and fell last year to No. 9 in the rankings after a loss at Nationals to Duke. The Badgers were the Midwest Champions in 2007, 2008 and 2009. After losing their spot last year, they hope to regain their title as 2011 Midwest Champions this February. The Midwest Sectionals are held every year at the Nielson Tennis Stadium in Madison.Excellent DepthOne of the benefits the team has here at Wisconsin is the large pool of students to draw from.“We are really lucky because we are at such a big school. We get over 100 kids to try out every year,” said team president Lauren Smyczek.From the tryouts, the team is broken down into a traveling team and a recreational team. Club tennis holds practices two nights a week, and its members participate in dual matches, which can be official (report scores to the United State Tennis Association) or unofficial. The USTA is the national program that facilitates club tennis through its Tennis On Campus program.“The program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors of a varsity program” states the website.Badger ClassicThis past weekend the UW Club Tennis team hosted its sixth Annual Badger Classic Tournament and it’s always an event the players are excited about.“The Badger Classic Tournament is one of the biggest [tournaments] outside of the Midwest Sectionals and Nationals; we get more legit teams every year,” senior Carolyn Sandvick said. Play is based on the World Team Tennis format, which consists of men and women’s doubles and singles matches followed by mixed doubles matches.“Mixed doubles are a lot of fun, a lot of pressure because every match comes down to the mixed doubles. But it’s also really interesting because every team has a chance, it doesn’t end. You can always come back and keep winning games to bring your team back. It’s exciting bringing the guys and the girls together to play as a team. It’s fun how in the end it all comes together,” said senior Dmitry Ragozin.On the first day of play, teams are divided into eight pools (four teams per pool) and based on those results are further placed into a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Copper Bracket for Championship play.“Last year at the Badger Classic, we lost in the finals to Duke, so we are back here for revenge, trying to gain that championship back,” Smyczek said.Although the Badgers won their pool on Friday, they feel short of their goal, losing in the first round of bracket play on Saturday.Great OpportunitiesAbove all, the club tennis team gives students at UW a chance to continue their competitive tennis careers.“The one thing to know about club tennis would be that it’s a great opportunity for college students to continue tennis at a competitive level. A lot of people don’t think it is as competitive as it is, but it’s actually a really good alternative to playing tennis in college without being fully committed to a varsity program. It’s really easy to balance school work with club tennis,” said junior Matt Ship.Even beyond the tennis aspect of it, club sports provide a great social network and endless possibilities for students.“I just heard such good things about the friendships, so it’s great just to meet new people, and share something in common,” said graduate student Molly Casperson.last_img read more

USC opens season with confidence

first_imgThe USC track and field team’s indoor season began weeks ago, but its focus remains on the sunny outdoor skies.Record holder · Senior sprinter Ahmad Rashad holds the USC 100-meter sprint record of 10.10 seconds, which he ran at last year’s NCAAs. – Daily Trojan file photo Despite the fact that several members of the team have already competed in several indoor invitationals, USC Director of track and field Ron Allice says the season has yet to begin.“Our focus is absolutely on the outdoor season,” Allice says. “We won’t put our best combinations forward until later.”That outdoor season begins Saturday when USC will compete in the Claremont Rossi Relays in Claremont, Calif., and begin its march toward what Allice hopes will be another top-10 season for the Trojans.“Our goal is always to be in the top 10 programs in the country and finish higher than we did the previous year,” Allice said. “In addition, our expectation is always to win the UCLA dual meet.”Entering his 16th year at the helm of the Trojans track team, Allice has plenty of reasons to believe his team will accomplish those goals in 2010. The team returns 14 All-Americans and 22 athletes already ranked in USC’s all-time top 10 for a variety of events.Among those athletes is senior sprinter Ahmad Rashad, who finished second in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA championships with the fourth best time in Trojan history at 10.10 seconds. Sophomore Joey Hughes, who finished second in the 400-meter dash at both the Pac-10 championships and the NCAA West Regionals, joins Rashad at the core of USC’s talented group of sprinters.On the women’s side, Dalilah Muhammad, who last year took third place in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA championships as a freshman, returns to lead USC’s women sprinters. Muhammad was also part of the 4×400-meter relay team that took sixth at the NCAA championships. That team returns all four members, including seniors Shalina Clarke, Elizabeth Olear and Myra Hasson.However, sprints shouldn’t be the only strength for the 2010 Trojans. Allice has always prided himself on having a well-rounded team, as opposed to having what he calls “pockets” — a focus on one area of the team while the others get left behind.“You cannot neglect any aspect of the program,” Allice said. “A lot of other schools have their ‘flag,’ like Washington and Oregon do with their distance runners. We’re going to have everything.”USC’s field competitors also made splashes at last year’s marquee meets. Senior Manjula Wijesekara finished third in the high jump at the NCAA championships, while seniors Aaron Dan and Colin Campbell each emerged as two of the best discus throwers in the West region last season.For the women, junior Zsofia Erdelyi, who holds the USC all-time records in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races, leads the distance squad. Junior Kristine Busa leads the women’s field athletes as the team’s best javelin thrower, finishing eighth at the NCAA championships last year and earning All-American status.With a talented team like the one Allice has, it’s easy to get excited early. But the veteran director says the team understands that the season itself is a marathon, not a sprint.“Everything is a stepping stone and progression towards the Dual Meet, the NCAA regionals, the NCAA finals and nationals,” Allice said. “We target from the middle of May until June. Everything else is a stepping stone towards being our best at that time in the season.”last_img read more

Alpena High School Inducts Three More ‘Hall of Fame’ Members

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena High School inducted three former wildcats into their ‘Hall of Fame.’It was a day jammed packed with activities and the Alpena Hall of Fame was just one of many as Alpena High School celebrates their annual homecoming.Three more alumni will see their plagues placed on the Hall of Fame brick wall.“Well I certainly didn’t deserve it and it’s really nice to be recognized, and I’m glad to have my family here to back me up,” Gary Austin Lutes, class of 1956 said.Encouraging students to follow their dreams, inductee Bill Gappy gave these words of advice.“It’s going to be important in life that you know how to communicate. It will help you develop as a person, and it will help you become successful in whatever your endeavor is,” Gappy said.Pulling from her own obstacle having a child in high school, Sweet–Cushman said never let anything stop your achievements.“One choice that you make maybe doesn’t send you in the right direction, you’re going to have lot’s of forks in the road. If you make the right choices when you get to those points you can get right back on track,” Jennie Sweet-Cushman, class of 1994 said.Congrats inductees, and happy homecoming.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena High School, Hall of FameContinue ReadingPrevious Fitness Friday: Is Sitting Too Long Causing Your Health Issues?Next Friendship Room, and Project Connect Committee Coming Together for Community Eventlast_img read more

Official: AC Milan sign Niang from Caen

first_imgCaen have announced that M’Baye Niang has completed his transfer to AC Milan.The 17-year-old has agreed terms over a three-year contract with Massimiliano Allegri’s side, and is expected to be thrown straight into the first team, despite his tender age.A statement on Caen’s official website read: “Caen would like to thank M’Baye Niang for what he brought to the club over the course of the past four years.“The young striker today [Tuesday] signed a three-year contract with AC Milan.“Caen wish him every success with his new club and in his personal life.”Niang, a France youth international, made his professional debut in April 2011 and went on to make 30 Ligue 1 appearances for Caen, scoring five times. Milan are likely to follow up the signing of Niang, if reports are to be believed, with those of Bojan Krkic and Nicklas Bendtner, as the club strive to plug the gap left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.last_img read more

Bale named double Player of the Year

first_imgTottenham forward Gareth Bale has been named Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.He becomes only the third player to win both awards in the same season.“It’s a massive honour,” said the 23-year-old. “To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest things in the game.”Bale fought off competition from Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie of Manchester United to win the prestigious main award.Suarez, currently serving a 10-match suspension for biting, and Van Persie were named in the Premier League team of the year, although Suarez’s name was twice booed during the ceremony in London.Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick and Chelsea forwards Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, all three of whom were on the shortlist for the main award, were also included in the side.Bale, who was named Player of the Year in 2010-11, was honoured again by his fellow professionals for a season in which he has scored 19 Premier League goals – and 24 in all competitions. “It’s great to win it and I am delighted,” he added.“When you look at the list there are some massive names on it and the other nominees have been unbelievable this year, but I couldn’t have done it without the team.“They have been fantastic this year and so has the manager (Andre Villas-Boas).“I couldn’t have won it without them so I would like to give them all a big thank you as well.”Wales international Bale came through the ranks at Southampton before joining Tottenham in 2007 in a deal that could rise to £10m. In addition to his goal-scoring, Bale has been responsible for four assists and 243 crosses. His seven goals from outside the box is the most in the top flight.In the young player category, Bale beat Hazard, Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, on-loan West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck.Andy Gray (1976-77) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2006-07) are the only other players to have won both awards in the same season.PFA chairman Gordon Taylor said: “Gareth has had a tremendous season. He has had the same impact on Welsh football as Ryan Giggs did. He is part of the Southampton success story.”Coach Eric Harrison was awarded the Merit award for his role in developing players from Manchester United’s academy in the early 1990s. Premier League Team of the Year: David de Gea (Manchester United), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Leighton Baines (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Robin van Persie (Manchester United).Championship Team of the Year: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Mark Hudson (Cardiff City), Wayne Bridge (Brighton and Hove Albion), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Thomas Ince (Blackpool), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City), Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace), Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace), Matej Vydra (Watford).League One Team of the Year: Wesley Foderingham (Swindon), Simon Francis (Bournemouth), Robert Jones (Doncaster), Harry Maguire (Sheffield United), Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth), Matthew Ritchie (Bournemouth), Luke Murphy (Crewe), Alan Judge (Notts County), David Cotterill (Doncaster), Patrick Madden (Yeovil), Leon Clarke (Coventry).League Two Team of the Year: Stuart Nelson (Gillingham), Sean Clohessy (Southend), Adam Barrett (Gillingham), Ryan Cresswell (Southend), Joseph Martin (Gillingham), Jacques Maghoma (Burton), Marlon Pack (Cheltenham), Gary Jones (Bradford), Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale), Tom Pope (Port Vale), Jamie Cureton (Exeter).last_img read more

Broncos won’t exercise LB Brandon Marshall’s option, reports say

first_imgMuch Love for Broncos country! Still not over yet, but being injured 2 out of the last 3 years after the Super Bowl killed me! But that’s life. I’ll land on my feet as I always do. ✊🏾— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshh) February 15, 2019As he acknowledged, Marshall, who’ll turn 30 in September, was limited in 2017 and ’18 by knee and ankle injuries. He played in only 11 games for the 6-10 Broncos in 2018, finishing with 42 tackles.Marshall, who came to Denver in 2013 after being drafted by the Jaguars in 2012, had two years remaining on a four-year extension he signed in 2016 and was set to make base salaries of $6.5 million in 2019 and $7 million in 2020. Related News The Broncos have told veteran outside linebacker Brandon Marshall that they “most likely” will not exercise the option on his contract, ESPN.com reported Friday and NFL Network confirmed, meaning he would become an unrestricted free agent March 13.The linebacker tweeted a farewell to Broncos fans Friday morning. In 74 games (63 starts), he has 423 tackles (28 for losses), 6 1/2 sacks and two interceptions in his career.center_img Colin Kaepernick wanted $20M to play in AAF, report sayslast_img read more