Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Unai Emery insists Arsenal working towards clean sheets away from home Read More ‘Yeah, but we won. Above all to win the game,’ Emery said when asked about the clean sheet.‘We spoke in the dressing room, after the win it is to take the individual targets also. Coral BarrySaturday 9 Feb 2019 6:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link323Shares About Connatix V67539 Advertisement PLAY Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Video Settings / Read More Read More Coming Next Read More 1 min. story Emery’s side has struggled with defending away from home this season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery dismissed concerns about Arsenal’s defending after his side yet again failed to keep a clean sheet away from home.A 2-1 win over Huddersfield ensured Arsenal return to London with three points, but the wait for a clean sheet on the road in the Premier League this season goes on.Arsenal fans have been calling for more consistency at the back and were enraged to see an own goal from Sead Kolasinac in the 93rd minute deny them their first away clean sheet.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery was pleased with his side’s performance, but admitted he was eager for Arsenal to produce a shut-out.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Comment Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home in the league this season (Picture: Getty)‘We just had to score one goal more than them. The attitude is great from everybody.’The result keeps Arsenal in sixth place, level on points with Chelsea, but the Blues have a chance to go back into the top four against Manchester City on Sunday.MORE: Why Arsenal are without FOUR key players including Mesut Ozil for clash vs Huddersfield SPONSORED Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Kolasinac’s own goal gave Huddersfield a late goal (Picture: Getty)‘The most important target is to score one more than them. After, clean sheet.‘The last action they scored and maybe they deserved that.’He added: ‘A clean sheet is another thing we want before every match but we spoke about a lot of things about the match and the win is the first thing. Top articles Skip Ad Full Screen Skip 1/1 by Metro Advertisement
Stoke have confirmed midfielder Steven Nzonzi’s transfer request has been rejected but stress it was not related to the departure of Tony Pulis. And Stoke have also dismissed reports claiming goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is on the verge of a move to Liverpool as “complete fabrication”. The sense of upheaval in the wake of Pulis’ departure, which is also likely to see a clear-out of his backroom staff with the club seeking to go in a new direction, has only been increased by speculation about Begovic. Reports began to emerge in Bosnia that a deal had been struck for him to move to Anfield to replace Jose Reina, who has been linked with a summer switch to Barcelona for some time. The 25-year-old is on Liverpool’s list of potential targets should they be faced with replacing Reina – which is far from certain – but he is by no means their first choice, but with the rumours gathering momentum the Potters have been compelled to quash speculation. “Asmir’s agent rang me as soon as these stories surfaced,” chief executive Tony Scholes told scfc.com. “He assures me that Asmir doesn’t know the Bosnian journalist and has certainly never spoken to him. “It’s complete fabrication and unfortunately it has been picked up by a paper in this country. “It’s inevitable when a manager parts company with a club that there’s a period of uncertainty and erroneous newspaper reports certainly don’t help matters.” French midfielder Nzonzi put in his request before Pulis’ departure after seven years in charge was confirmed on Tuesday, but the club have no inclination to sell a player they only signed on a four-year contract from Blackburn for £3.5million last summer. “Stoke can confirm the club has rejected a written transfer request from midfielder Steven Nzonzi,” said a statement. “Contrary to reports the French midfielder tabled his request earlier this week before the departure of Tony Pulis from the Britannia Stadium. The club intend to make no further comment on this matter.” Press Association
Many athletes know that learning from your mistakes will help improve your performance. This Thursday, the women’s basketball team will be hoping to learn from their mistakes that caused them a loss to Illinois early in the season.In that game just over three weeks ago, Illinois jumped out to a 16-point lead midway through the first half and never looked back. Wisconsin ended up suffering its worse loss of the season 84-54, and it all took place at the Badger’s home court at the Kohl Center.Illinois was unstoppable in that game as they finished 57 percent from the field and an astounding 11-of-16 from behind the arc.”Well, we hit a buzz saw when [we met last time],” head coach Lisa Stone said of the game. “They were obviously hot and made a ton of three’s on us. We had trouble getting through staggered screens the last time we played them. But they came in off a disappointing loss and then took it at us, and they’ve not won a game since they played us.”Now that doesn’t mean that they’re not capable,” Stone continued. “They’re having a nice year, and hopefully we can play much better defense on the perimeter.”The Badgers will have to contend once again with 5-foot-8 senior guard Janelle Hughes, who leads the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game. She has come out strong her senior year after coming off the bench all of last year. Hughes had 15 points in the last meeting, and the outside shooting of her and Lori Bjork burned the Badgers.The duo combined to go 9-of-13 from the three-point line, which all but sealed the Badgers fate. “They’ve got a terrific freshman in Bjork and great leadership, a senior point guard and a senior inside that really are leading the charge,” Stone said. Bjork had a career-high 24 points to lead all scorers in that earlier matchup, tallying five of those 11 made three-point shots. Another Illini who had a stellar game last time the two teams met is senior point guard Maggie Acuna, who got a record of her own in that game when she recorded 16 assists. That number was not only a school record but also the high mark for assists in a game ever at the Kohl Center. Now, things look different for the Badgers when they head to Champaign.The once strong Illinois team has been struggling as of late. Illinois started the season hot in conference play at 4-1 but has now lost six straight contests.Illinois now sits at 4-7 in conference but 12-10 overall.In all fairness to Illinois, they faced all the teams in the top half of the Big Ten standings, excluding Iowa, in just the past three weeks. That includes two matchups with last year’s national runner-up, Michigan State. And the Illini, whose last five games are to teams ranked lower than them in conference, can possibly finish .500 in conference play if they can defeat the Badgers.For the Badgers getting out to a strong start will be key to victory, as they were never able to catch up after falling behind so far in the last game.”If we’re not hitting and we’re hurrying all the time, we’re going to be playing from behind the whole game,” Stone said. “That’s the type of mentality that we have to have, because that’s the way you’re going to win games.”The only Badger to get into double figures in the last game was Jolene Anderson, who had the team high with 16 points. The team as a whole shot just 37 percent, but the return of Janese Banks to the starting lineup should bolster the offense.Banks, the team’s second leading scorer, came back slowly, coming off the bench originally. Since then, she has gotten to start again and she has produced in a big way.The sophomore guard has combined for 29 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in just the last two contests.Wisconsin will definitely need her to help not only on offense but to contain the outside shooting if they have any hope to come away with a win. The last time Wisconsin defeated Illinois was two years ago on their home court, and they hope to accomplish that feat again Thursday at Assembly Hall in Champaign.
FAIR HAVEN – The Fair Haven PTA’s biennial house hour will include a Super Storm Sandy relief fundraising effort designed to assist local victims with replacing kitchen and household items lost in the storm.The tour will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.The Fair Haven First Floor House Tour will be Dec. 14. Displaying kitchenware donated to the Super Storm Sandy relief effort are: from left, co-chair Britt Garrison, homeowner Jennifer Uzzi and co-chair Lauren Steets.Tour attendees will be encouraged to donate new kitchen essentials and much needed gift cards to home-goods stores. There will be donation boxes at each of the eight tour homes. These donations will be given to Sandy Family Match, which will in turn distribute the items to local victims of Sandy.“We thought it would be a unique way of supporting the hundreds of Two River area homeowners who lost or sustained severe damage to their homes,” said tour co-chair Lauren Steets. “Most of us know at least one local family who is suffering now as a result of the storm, and we all want to help in some way.”The 2012 holiday tour features eight distinctive Fair Haven homes. Each home will be decorated for the holidays with fabulous tabletops and floral arrangements sure to inspire.Tour-goers will sample some of the best local fare from popular chefs, including David Burke’s Fromagerie (Rumson), Lusty Lobster (Highlands), Pop’s Garage (Shrewsbury), Woody’s (Sea Bright), Cups and Cakes (Rumson) and Fair Haven favorites Tavolo Pronto, Gourmet Picnic and Taste and Technique.Two special raffle prizes will be offered. The grand prize is $3,000 worth of landscaping donated by Sycamore Landscaping. The first prize features dinner for 10, prepared in the winner’s home or other local home of their choice, by Chef Hernan Garces of the Raven Tea Room. The dinner includes beverages, flowers, dessert, and service to help the host and hostess relax. Tickets for these two great prizes are $10 each.Fair Haven’s First Floors has several generous sponsors to help make the event possible, including Sycamore Landscaping, Merrick Builders, Heritage House/Sotheby’s, and Better Housekeeping.Proceeds from the tour will support the educational programs of the Fair Haven school system. The mission of the Fair Haven PTA is to promote the welfare, safety, and educational development of Fair Haven’s children in the home, school and community through cooperative efforts of parents and teachers.Tickets to Fair Haven’s First Floors are $50 and will be sold, beginning at 10:30 a.m. the day of the tour, at 248 Kemp Ave. and 85 Grange Ave. No children will be allowed on the tour and participants will be asked to remove their shoes.For more information, or to support the Fair Haven PTA, contact house tour co-hairs Britt Garrison at 732-272-8622, Lauren Steets at 732-933-1867 or visit www.fairhavenpta.com.
In the end, it was Trafalgar versus Trafalgar for all the bragging rights.Trafalgar A needed three sets to outlast their school rivals, Trafalgar B, to capture the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Volleyball Championship Saturday at Mount Sentinel Gymnasium in South Slocan.“This was a great group of girls and their overall play improves so much from the beginning of the year . . . they kind of peaked at the tournament,” said Trafalgar coach Staci Proctor. The interest in the school for volleyball allowed Proctor to enter three teams into the tournament — two teams in Tier I and one in Tier II.Trafalgar A went undefeated through the round robin draw in Tier I, defeating Mount Sentinel, Stanley Humphries of Castlegar, Grand Forks, Rossland and the other Trafalgar squad.Trafalgar B finished a strong second to force the meeting of the two squads in the final.The other Trafalgar side in Tier II finished fourth, losing in the consolation final.“The final was really well played,” Proctor said. “It went to three games with both teams playing very well with three hits to every rally.”Trafalgar not only won the top prize, but the squad finished second in the Team Cheer contest, third in the Team Poster contest and first in Serving Competition.