Podolski wants Gunners to learn

first_img Podolski accepts if Arsene Wenger’s squad are to close that gap over the next 12 months, then they cannot afford to be second best when they line up against City, Liverpool and Chelsea again, having suffered heavy away defeats at all three. “It is not easy to [look back on the season finishing fourth] when you are on top of the league for weeks and weeks,” said the Germany international. “But we lost against the clubs around us to Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea and these are the points we miss. Next season we must now focus as well on big games.” Podolski continued: “Now we have to focus on the FA Cup final and after the season, the boss and the staff will look at the matches and what was good and what was not so good. “We will see and we must change that next season, but it is not easy. “This is the Premier League, which is not like other leagues. Every year, you have six or seven teams who fight to be champions and as well the teams who are at the bottom fight every game. “But I think we played well in the season and if we can win the FA Cup final, then it is a good season for us.” Ramsey’s moment of brilliance, volleying home a floated cross from Olivier Giroud at the far post, finally broke the deadlock at Carrow Road after John Ruddy had made some decent first-half saves. Press Association The Gunners signed off with a 2-0 win over Norwich, which confirmed relegation for the Norfolk club, to end their campaign just seven points behind champions Manchester City. Arsenal had led the table for some 128 days before falling away in mid-February following the loss of key men to injury – notably Aaron Ramsey, who scored a fine goal at Carrow Road – and then rallying to end with five straight wins after beating Wigan on penalties to book their place in the FA Cup final. The Wales midfielder hopes Arsenal can carry their recent momentum into the FA Cup final against Hull, which will offer England midfielder Jack Wilshere the chance of another run-out, having made a welcome return from a fractured foot with a substitute’s appearance on Sunday. “We have got 79 points and that is an improvement on last season. It was important to win before we go into the FA Cup final,” Ramsey said. “[Everyone] wants to play in finals and we have one now, so I am looking forward to that. “We haven’t won anything for many years now so this would be a great trophy to win and I am sure that if we do win it, it will make us more hungry to go on, get to more finals and win more trophies.” Full-back Carl Jenkinson added a second for Arsenal when he swept the ball in from close range – before wheeling away in delight to celebrate his first club goal in front of the travelling support in what was a special moment for the life-long Gunners fan. “As a kid, I have scored that goal 100 times in my back garden and celebrated like I am celebrating in front of the fans. I have done it for real now and it was the best feeling in the world,” Jenkinson said on Arsenal Player. “I am a defender so I am not going to score too many goals and hopefully that will kick-start it now and I will get a few more.” Forward Lukas Podolski maintains Arsenal must not make the same mistakes again when tackling the Barclays Premier League’s top three if they are to last the distance in next season’s championship race. last_img read more

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NASCAR at Sonoma: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, live stream for Toyota/Save Mart 350

first_imgHere’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Toyota/Save Mart 350.(All times Eastern)Friday, June 21TimeEventChannel2:40 p.m.Cup Series first practice (3 p.m. tape delay)FS15:40 p.m.Cup Series final practiceFS1Saturday, June 22TimeEventChannel11:35 p.m.Truck Series first practiceNo TV1:35 p.m.Truck Series final practiceNo TV3:10 p.m.Cup Series qualifyingFS1/PRN6:35 p.m.Truck Series qualifying (8:30 p.m. tape delay)FS210 p.m. ETTruck Series CarShield 200 presented by CK PowerFS1/MRNSunday, June 23TimeEventChannel3 p.m.Toyota/Save Mart 350FS1/PRNToyota/Save Mart 350 Starting LineupBelow is the full starting lineup for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.StartingDriverNumberTBDLandon Cassill00TBDKurt Busch1TBDBrad Keselowski2TBDAustin Dillon3TBDKevin Harvick4TBDRyan Newman6TBDDaniel Hemric8TBDChase Elliott9TBDAric Almirola10TBDDenny Hamlin11TBDRyan Blaney12TBDTy Dillon13TBDClint Bowyer14TBDGarrett Smithley15TBDRicky Stenhouse Jr.17TBDKyle Busch18TBDMartin Truex Jr.19TBDErik Jones20TBDPaul Menard21TBDJoey Logano22TBDWilliam Byron24TBDReed Sorenson27TBDCorey Lajoie32TBDMichael McDowell34TBDMatt Tifft36TBDChris Buescher37TBDDavid Ragan38TBDDaniel Suarez41TBDKyle Larson42TBDDarrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43TBDRyan Preece47TBDJimmie Johnson48TBDJJ Yeley51TBDCody Ware52TBDJustin Haley77TBDAlex Bowman88TBDMatt DiBenedetto95TBDParker Kligerman96 He’ll be looking for his fourth win of the year and third ever at the 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway in California.MORE: Watch the Sonoma race live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Kyle Busch is coming off of yet another top-10 finish and will be looking for his fifth win of the year and third ever at Sonoma.The Toyota/Save Mart 350 can be seen at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1.What time does the NASCAR race start at Sonoma?The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will take place Sunday, June 23. Live coverage begins on FS1 at 3 p.m. ET.What TV channel is the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on?The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will be broadcast nationally on FS1. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.Toyota/Save Mart 350 schedule, how to watchAll of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Xfinity Series, can be seen on NASCAR.com, PRN, MRN and FS1. It’s the first road coach race of the year this week as NASCAR heads to Sonoma for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.The more technical of NASCAR’s two true road courses on the schedule, Martin Truex Jr. comes in having raced well this year and as the defending champion.last_img read more

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Oilers star Leon Draisaitl on keeping sharp in self-isolation: ‘I try to dangle around my dog once in a while’

first_img“I try to dangle around my dog once in a while with my stick — I have a stick in my basement,” Draisaitl said with a laugh. “But other than that there’s not much opportunity for me to work on my skills or anything like that.””I try to dangle around my dog once in a while.”Leon currently on a video chat with the #Oilers media contingent, asked how he’s keeping his hockey skills sharp during the @NHL season pause🐶🏒#HockeyAtHome | #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/xiHBHG6ULe— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 30, 2020While the German-born star has been trying to keep it lighthearted as he waits out the pandemic in his Edmonton home, his thoughts are also with his family in his homeland. Draisaitl said that his loved ones in Germany are safe and following the instructions set by governments worldwide as COVID-19 continues its devastation.”My family is doing what they’re supposed to do, they’re staying in. So far everyone’s healthy. I hope that it stays that way, back home they’re doing what they’re supposed to do right now,” Draisaitl said, adding that he considered returning to Germany but decided against it. “It definitely crossed my mind, but I don’t think it makes much sense for me to go there right now, especially since it’s probably worse over there than it is here. So yeah, I thought about it, but I think I’m in a good place here right now.” But many sport-specific exercises have taken a back seat during the pandemic, or they’ve been heavily altered as even the most lavish houses cannot compete with the first-class training facilities that most top-tier athletes are used to accessing through their respective teams.Coronavirus and the NHL: Tracking how the pandemic has impacted hockey’s landscapeThis is the case for Leon Draisaitl, the Edmonton Oilers star who built up a 13-point lead atop the NHL scoring charts before the league was paused in an attempt to help halt the spread of the coronavirus. Draisaitl is a scoring machine who crossed the 100-point threshold for the second straight year despite the Oilers still having 11 unfinished games in the suspended season, and in addition to being the runaway leader in the race for the Art Ross Trophy, he’s also an odds-on favorite to win the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player.Despite his excellent personal season and the success of the Oilers overall, Draisaitl says the right call was made to shut down all sports leagues and large gatherings in general. He shares in the fans’ frustrations of having no hockey but believes in the self-isolation methods mandated by governments worldwide.”Just stay positive, stick with it just like we are,” Draisaitl told reporters via video conference on Monday. “We all want to play, we all want to get back to playing as soon as possible, but right now there’s more important things in the world going on and we have to accept that. Hopefully, we can all get back to playing soon.”Along with the rest of the players in the NHL, Draisaitl has been asked to remain as sharp as possible for an unspecified return to the ice. General fitness is not a problem, as the 24-year-old says he has workout equipment at home, but maintaining hockey sharpness is something that he’s finding to be a challenge these days.With no access to a rink, Draisaitl is proving that necessity truly is the mother of invention. Sometimes you have to make do.Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, athletes have been forced to alter their usual workout routines as they remain in self-isolation like the rest of us. Many have home gyms, so strength training and cardio can still be achieved.last_img read more

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Cheptegei’s father unhappy, Maj Seiko cries

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The father of Uganda’s double gold medal winner at the just ended Commonwealth Games has expressed his unhappiness on how the government treats family and friends of medal winners.Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won gold for Uganda in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the Games that climaxed on Sunday in Gold Coast, Australia.The team returned on Thursday afternoon and members from the Sebei Community, where Cheptegei comes from, were unfortunately first denied access to Entebbe International Airport and later the Old Airport VVIP Section to receive the team.“This is very unfortunate because we travelled from Kapchorwa to receive our children and now we have been denied chance to welcome them because the government wants to run the show. This is very bad,” Cheptegi’s father Stephenson Munerya Kwalya told URN. They had first been denied access at the Old Airport VVIP Section where the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni, was welcoming the team.Kwalya said there was no way him and his wife would enter the building unless the relatives who also travelled from Kapchorwa were allowed in. When State House staff Norah Nassimbwa arrived at the gate asking for Cheptegei’s mother, security then allowed all Sebei community members to enter, but were again denied entry to the Hall where a press conference was held. Only Cheptegei’s parents were allowed inside the Hall. The arrival of the team and planning was obviously not well coordinated as many members including some from the National Council of Sports (NCS) were bounced at the entrance.Major Juma Seiko, an aide of Gen Salim Saleh, the head of Operation Wealth Creation, was also a victim as he was seen crying after he was denied entrance to the Hall where the press conference took place. Seiko was heard abusing some security officers whom he said accused him of stopping Cheptegei’s parents from entering without other members from the Sebei community.“How can a junior officer accuse me of something I have not done and tarnishing my name in-front of the First Lady. I have served the army for 39 years and you cannot spoil my name like this,” said Seiko as his tears rolls down the face.Major Seiko is also a member from the Sebei community and occasionally comes to Entebbe International Airport to welcome athletes from Kapchorwa who win medals. Some of the athletes including Mose Kipsiro occasionally stay at his house in Nakasero when they are in Kampala.last_img read more

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Grizzlies make 13 3-pointers, beat Clippers

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Detroit improved to 7-3 with its fifth victory in six games. Avery Bradley had 24 points, and Tobias Harris added 20.Sacramento lost its seventh straight game to fall to 1-8. Zach Randolph led the Kings with 19 points. /cbb Read Next LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Blake Griffin had 30 points for the Clippers, and Patrick Beverley had 23.The Clippers were 4 of 26 from 3-point range, while the Grizzlies went 13 of 31.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPISTONS 108, KINGS 99.DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 16 points and 19 rebounds to help Detroit beat Sacramento. Wilder wants to get rid of Stiverne, then unify heavyweights Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, defends against a shot by Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. APLOS ANGELES, United States — Mike Conley scored 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies made 13 3-pointers and dominated off the bench to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-104 on Saturday.Marc Gasol added 21 points and Tyreke Evans had 20 to top four reserves in double figures. The Memphis backups outscored the Los Angeles reserves 55-22.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoRiver Plate midfielder Palacios eager to delay Real Madrid move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say River Plate midfielder Palacios eager to delay Real Madrid moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRiver Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios is eager to delay his move to Real Madrid.Having just won the Copa Libertadores in fine style, the youngster is in no rush to move to Europe.”My idea is to stay at River a little longer, enjoy this moment and take advantage of everything that comes along,” he said.”I’m very happy and enjoying where I am.”Leaving aside what was just achieved, we always need to compete for more here.” last_img read more

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20 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning run

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning runby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wants to build on their midweek win over Inter when they return to domestic action against Sevilla on Sunday.Valverde has called on his players to put together a good run of form.”At Barcelona you can be at rock bottom on Monday and in heaven on Friday,” Valverde said of the ups and downs in the mood around the club at his pre-match press conference.”And also the other way round.”We’re fine, we have had a good run and we want to do well against Sevilla.”Focusing on the game at the Camp Nou, Valverde is expecting as difficult a challenge as ever.”It’s always intense against Sevilla,” he explained.”They’ve started well away from home, winning all three of their games.”They look good and convincing and played well in the game they lost against Real Madrid.” last_img read more

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Trump trade tariffs sink stocks

first_imgNEW YORK (NEWS 1130) – US President Donald Trump’s approval of tens of billions of dollars in duties on Chinese imports sparked a selloff in stocks.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial average was down 724 points or 2.9 per cent to 23,958. The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 1.8 per cent of 275 points to 15,400.The Trump administration announced trade sanctions against China Thursday, and Beijing has said it will defend itself.Dow drops 700 points late in the session, 2.8%, on investor fear about Trump’s trade tariffs on China.— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) March 22, 2018Industrial and technology companies, which depend heavily on foreign trade, took some of the worst losses.Boeing, Caterpillar and Microsoft all fell sharply.Bond prices surged as investors sought cover, sending yields lower. That helped push bank stocks sharply lower too.High-dividend stocks like utilities, another safe-play investment, rose.last_img read more

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DDA launches new housing scheme online

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority Monday launched its new housing scheme online, which offers nearly 18,000 flats across four categories, officials said. The DDA Housing Scheme 2019 which opened to receive applications in the morning, has “received three lakh hits” on the urban body’s website, they said. “As many as 17,922 flats are on offer on four categories –HIG, MIG, LIG and EWS. The scheme closes on May 10,” a senior DDA official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe flats available in the four categories are –488 (HIG), 1,555 (MIG), 8,383 (LIG) and 7,496 (EWS), he said. For the EWS category, application fee is Rs 25,000 and Rs 1 lakh for the LIG category and Rs 2 lakh for MIG and HIG flats. The scheme is for sale of nearly 18,000 newly built flats in Vasant Kunj and Narela residential areas. Application forms can be accessed online on websites of 13 empanelled banks, the official said.last_img read more

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