Arsene Wenger: Diego Costa has got two Arsenal players sent off this season

first_img Press Association Wenger told Sky Sports 1: “Mertesacker made the challenge but I said he got Mertesacker sent off, you can not say it’s not true. “I haven’t seen it again, I said in the first game he got Gabriel sent off and today he got Mertesacker sent off. A fact is a fact, I do not accuse him of anything, it’s just what happened.” Asked about the incident later in his post-match press conference, Wenger said: “I said Costa got two of our players sent off in the last two games against Chelsea. Those are only facts. “Is the decision right or wrong? I don’t know. That is a fact, without accusing him of anything.” Wenger had not seen the incident again nor spoken to Mertesacker, but described referee Mark Clattenburg’s decision in the 18th minute as “quick and harsh”. “The referee made a decision and we have to get on with it,” Wenger said. “I didn’t know if Costa was offside or not, or if Per Mertesacker touched him or not. I don’t know. “It was of course frustrating, but it’s a decision we have to take on the chin and get on with our job. That’s what we did.” Arsene Wenger bemoaned the influence of Diego Costa as the Chelsea striker once again proved a thorn in 10-man Arsenal’s side. Costa in September tussled with Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel, who was sent off, and on Sunday drew a foul from Per Mertesacker which saw the German dismissed at the Emirates Stadium in Chelsea’s 1-0 win. The Chelsea striker then netted his sixth goal in six games to dent the Gunners’ title hopes and extend their winless league run against their London rivals to nine games. The Frenchman declined to address Costa’s role further, but rued his side’s inability to make the most of the opportunity against a Chelsea side whose title defence has fallen apart this season. “I would not compare today’s situation,” Wenger said. “It was not a confrontational situation like it was at Chelsea. “It was a fact of a game and a decision of a referee. I don’t think it was linked with any bad behaviour or attitude. “We come out with a lot of regrets because we couldn’t play with our (full) team, and looking at Chelsea today, there was a lot of room to beat them if we had played with 11 players.” Wenger praised his team, despite a fifth loss of the season which leaves them three points behind Leicester in third place. “Despite the disappointing result, we should have even more belief in ourselves after the game,” Wenger said. “The team were focused and resilient, fighting to the last second.” Striker Olivier Giroud was sacrificed for defender Gabriel after Mertesacker’s dismissal, a decision greeted by boos from Gunners fans. “Do you want to make a poll for every decision to see who does what?” Wenger said. “I made the decision and, for me, it was quite a normal decision. We knew we had to drop deeper and to use pace to get forward.” Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink is now unbeaten in seven matches and the Blues undefeated in eight since Jose Mourinho’s departure last month. Captain John Terry believes a top-four place and Champions League qualification is not beyond the team, despite a 14-point gap to fourth-placed Tottenham with 15 games to go. Hiddink said: “With that gap, it’s difficult to go into fourth position. But when the captain is saying that I will follow my captain.” Hiddink described the sending off as “obvious” and rued the decision to deny Cesc Fabregas a penalty when Koscielny body-checked the playmaker. “There was no doubt. From what I saw (Costa) was tripped,” Hiddink said. “I had some doubts over the Fabregas penalty, yes or no. I can understand why the referee didn’t give a penalty, fair enough. “But on Mertesacker’s red card, look closely. It was obvious I think.” Costa was withdrawn in the second half with a knee problem, but Hiddink did not know the extent of the injury. last_img read more

WBB : Orange strong on boards in 2nd half after poor 1st-half performance

first_imgSyracuse recognized that Cincinnati had neutralized the Orange’s biggest asset. And it showed on the scoreboard.The Orange was outrebounded by an undersized Bearcats squad and trailed by five at halftime. The SU players took it upon themselves to get back to their strength in the second half.‘We knew going into halftime that we were being outrebounded and that’s one of the things that we’re good at,’ SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said, ‘so we just made a more conscious effort to get on the boards and get in the paint.’Despite a spirited effort on the glass in the second half, pushing Syracuse to the brink of victory, the Orange (13-9, 2-6 Big East) fell 55-54 to Cincinnati (10-11, 1-7) on a last-second jumper. That shot thwarted a valiant effort inside in the second half following a poor first 20 minutes. In the second half, SU scored 26 points in the paint and 11 second-chance points, but it was not enough.With center Kayla Alexander playing limited minutes due to foul trouble in the first half, Bearcats forward Jeanise Randolph made her mark off the bench, grabbing double-digit rebounds in the first half alone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRandolph was instrumental in Cincinnati opening up with a halftime lead. She put up nine points and 11 rebounds in a dominant first-half effort for a Cincinnati team desperate for a conference win.But SU came out with a purpose in the second half. With 9:34 remaining, SU guard Phylesha Bullard grabbed an offensive rebound and got fouled on the putback attempt. She hit two free throws to get the Orange within four points to start a 6-0 run fueled by rebounding that eventually tied the game.Two possessions later, Bullard caught the ball off a miss by Iasia Hemingway and hit a short jumper to knot the game at 43-43 with 8:12 remaining.‘We started getting on the offensive glass and started getting points in the paint,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘For the longest time we weren’t getting points in the paint, and we started getting in the paint and hitting some shots.’The effort on the glass allowed the Orange to get more high-percentage looks than it was getting in the first. After attempting seven 3-pointers and missing each attempt in the first half, SU pounded the ball inside and crashed the boards for second-chance points.After Cincinnati grabbed its largest lead of the game, 10 points, early in the second half, it was evident that the Orange mindset had changed drastically from the first half.Bullard grabbed an offensive rebound on a miss by center Shakeya Leary, and the Orange grabbed four offensive rebounds on subsequent shots before Hemingway hit a close shot at the hoop to finally reward the team’s effort.‘We do what we do,’ Hillsman said. ‘We try to get the ball inside, and I thought overall we did that. I don’t think we took a lot of bad shots.’And a spirited half by both Alexander and Leary negated Randolph’s first-half performance. Alexander did it on the offensive end, grabbing four of her five offensive rebounds in the second half. Leary added four second-half rebounds on the defensive end.‘I just try to do my job, just get rebounds and help my teammates,’ Leary said. ‘That’s what I’m here to do, help my teammates and if that’s what it takes, that’s what I’m going to continue to do.’Five Orange players finished with five rebounds or more in the loss. And despite Syracuse shooting 40.6 percent in the second half, the Bearcats notched their first Big East win on Bjonee Reaves’ jumper to stun the Orange at the buzzer.With Syracuse’s formula for success working in the second half, it was a tough defeat for the SU head coach to understand.Said Hillsman: ‘That’s tough when you get the ball in the paint and you do your job in the lane and don’t get enough baskets to win the basketball game.’  Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 28, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

London Baby Ice Breaker…Justin Helden – Fingaming

first_img Share Bringing the buzz at ICE: US, Big Data, Blockchain and Crypto February 2, 2018 SBC strengthens conference team appointing Ana-Luiza Olanescu as production lead January 7, 2019 Share Related Articles SBC moves at ICE London to brand new stand location S3-206 January 18, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit Justin Helden, BildabetJustin Helden the CEO & Commercial Director of  Fingaming, will be launching the firm’s small form factor betting product, Bildabet, at ICE 2017.A London Baby Sponsor  (7 February – Café de Paris Leicester Square), Helden details to SBC readers what topics, debate and discussion 2017’s industry agenda. ____________________SBC: What new products and services will you be bringing to market in 2017?Justin Helden: We have created several versions and designs of our Bildabet products that enable customers to operate Sports Betting, Virtual Gaming and Casino style games. We are unique, in that we design and build all of our own hardware and software. We can operate loyalty or gaming card mechanisms as well as cash loading.SBC: What will be the industry buzzword for 2017 and why?JH: Agility. I think that’s the industry hasn’t tried to move on technically for a number of years. Customers will stay with the status quo as long as suppliers do. We feel that more companies should act as technologists for this marketplace, and not just be there to skim margin off of the clients.SBC: Which new technology, service or consumer trend will have the biggest impact on the igaming industry in 2016?JH: I think the emergence of virtual gaming will have a crossover at some point into gambling. I also think mobile and tablet led products will create a more nimble and appealing market for the younger adult market.SBC: Why have you chosen to begin 2017 by sponsoring the London Baby Party?JH: I think it’s a great way to enjoy people’s company in a more relaxed and fun environment. We all spend most of our days in offices or travelling, so a few drinks with friends isn’t a bad way to end day oneSBC: Finally, where can people expect to find you at ICE and/or LAC?JH: We will be on stand S3-100, just by the middle concourse______________________________last_img read more

Critiques of jails miss larger issue: Staffing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The question the supervisors should be asking themselves is: Why can’t the sheriff fill 1,100 positions? And why are 100 to 150 deputies leaving the Sheriff’s Department every year for a career at another law enforcement agency? At the current rate of net increase in staffing, the Sheriff’s Department will reach its current authorized and safe staffing levels in about 120 years. Of the ever-decreasing number of qualified people considering a career in law enforcement, none of them expects to be exceptionally well paid. All of them, however, compare the pay and benefits between the agencies that are hiring. And the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department does not compare well. Our pay and benefits are fast falling behind other Los Angeles County police agencies, and all of them are hiring by the scores. That leaves the county at the end of the line on recruiting, and at the front of the line on sworn personnel transferring to other agencies. The current county budget and the next both include the salary and benefits for 1,100 deputies who are not currently on the payroll. For each month that goes by, we are less safe, we can expect more problems in the jails. For a small percentage of the amount the county is already allocating to the Sheriff’s Department, for what amounts to vacant positions, the Board of Supervisors could make our pay and benefits package competitive with other agencies. The supervisors should look at the problems of recruiting and retaining in the Sheriff’s Department, and make the obvious determination that there should be a plan in place to aim compensation at a level that will allow recruiting and retaining of sworn personnel. I know that I speak for many deputy sheriffs and police officers when I say that I did not take the job of a peace officer because it paid well. The fact is, it still doesn’t. Most of us are willing to work hard, in a dangerous job, because the pay is fair – or at least it should be – and because the medical and retirement benefits are a secure commodity that I can count on when I retire. Deputy sheriffs are the individuals who are willing to stand guard in the jails with arguably the largest group of the most dangerous people in the country. We are the individuals who are willing to confront violent suspects to keep Los Angeles County residents and businesses safe. All we ask is that the county provide the resources to hire enough of us to do the job safely. Steve Remige is president of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors seem to think it’s appropriate for them to berate Sheriff’s Department commanders for the problems with safety in our county jails. But it’s the board that’s failing to properly fund public safety programs that would easily prevent most of what they claim concerns them. There is a direct correlation between deploying enough sworn personnel and keeping our jails and patrol areas safe. Having enough deputies on duty simply means safer streets and safer jails. But our deputy sheriffs are working 1,100 deputies below authorized staffing levels, thanks to a hiring freeze imposed by the sheriff three years ago. Because of the staffing shortages, deputies are routinely ordered to work forced overtime. It is not at all uncommon for deputies working the jails to be held over to work an extra shift because the minimum staffing levels could not be otherwise secured. It should be obvious what this practice does to morale. Moreover, overtime is more expensive for the county. Proper staffing levels would also allow the deployment of two-officer cars in neighborhoods where safety and backup make the difference between life and death. On more than one occasion, we have lost a deputy sheriff because he was deployed as a single-officer car in a gang- and crime-impacted area. last_img read more