Planning Preserving Westminster peace?

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Stan Kroenke to give cash injection to Arsenal with players close to agreeing pay cut

first_imgAdvertisement Stan Kroenke to give cash injection to Arsenal with players close to agreeing pay cut Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Apr 2020 11:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Stan Kroenke is providing a major cash injection for Arsenal (SIPA USA/PA Images)Stan Kroenke will give Arsenal a ‘major cash injection’ to help the club through the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.Kroenke has been heavily criticised by Arsenal supporters in the past and has been accused of not investing enough in the club.But according to MailOnline, the 72-year-old has ‘guaranteed’ that he will inject millions into the club in order to help their finances whilst the season remains suspended.Kroenke, who is worth around $10 billion (£8bn), also owns NFL side Los Angeles Rams, while his wife owns the Denver Nuggets in the NBA and the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal’s players have been in talks with the club’s hierarchy to discuss a potential pay cut while the season has been halted.Mikel Arteta has reportedly urged the players to accept a 12.5 per cent cut over the next 12 months, although the figure depends on whether they qualify for next season’s Champions League. Mikel Arteta has been a vital link between the players and Arsenal’s hierarchy (Getty Images)According to The Athletic, Arsenal are now ‘very close’ to reaching an agreement with their players following Arteta’s intervention.The report claims that 14 first-team players were initially against the club’s proposal to cut wages.Members of the squad are said to prefer a pay deferral and wanted guarantees that the money would be used to pay non-playing staff at the club.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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Bulldogs Baseball Team Slayed By Dragons

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs drop another to the New Palestine Dragons 15-1.Bulldogs vs. New Palestine Varsity Baseball (5-8)Batesville is now 10-5 on the season and next game against East Central this Friday Evening (5-9) in a DH at Liberty Park starting at 4:30 PM.Submitted by Batesville Coach Alex Davis.last_img

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Patricia J. Lucas, 74, Blooming Grove, Indiana

first_imgPatricia JoAnn Race Lucas, age 74, of Blooming Grove, Indiana died Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Reid Health in Richmond, Indiana.Born March 3, 1943 in Brookville, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Fred & Agnes (Kunkel) Race. On January 14, 1961 she was united in marriage to Larry Wayne Lucas, and he survives.She was a homemaker and had also helped with the bookkeeping for her husband’s trucking business. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and in her leisure time she liked to be outside gardening and growing flowers.Besides Larry, her husband of 57 years, survivors include three children, Douglas Wayne Lucas of Brookville, Indiana, Eugene Allen Lucas of Brookville, Indiana and Teresa Lucas of Brookville, Indiana; a granddaughter, Kayla (Roy) Stephen; three great-grandchildren, Brantley, Knox, and Stella; four sisters, Judy McMann of Cincinnati, Ohio, Darlene Newkirk of West Harrison, Indiana, Sherrie Wolfe of Brookville, Indiana and Vickie Lee of Brookville, Indiana; three brothers, Richard Race of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Jerry Race of Brookville, Indiana and Tim Race of Brookville, Indiana.Family & friends may visit from 4 till 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Mike Holman will conduct the Funeral Services on Friday, January 19, 2018, 10:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, with burial following in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lucas family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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Clarke claims Odemwingie could stay

first_img Odemwingie unleashed a bitter Twitter rant against the Baggies during January after they rejected his transfer request. The Nigeria international then turned up at Loftus Road on transfer deadline day without permission from West Brom, only for a possible move to QPR to fall through. But when asked if Odemwingie could have a future with West Brom beyond the summer, Clarke said: “Yes, why not. Things happen and then life moves on. That’s the world. It happens in life and in sport. There is a possibility, yes, and Peter is under contract for another year. It is not a conversation I’ve had with Peter. He is still trying to get back into the team.” Press Association Head coach Steve Clarke believes West Brom’s wantaway striker Peter Odemwingie could still be at the club next season.center_img When asked if Odemwingie’s desire to leave had been expressed in the heat of the moment, Clarke said: “That’s a question for Peter really. It is not one for me.” Clarke also admitted there “is a chance” Albion could turn left-back Goran Popov’s loan move from Dynamo Kiev into a permanent deal. Popov will return to the squad for Saturday’s home game against Swansea after serving a three-game ban for the red card he was shown after spitting at Tottenham defender Kyle Walker. Albion have an option to sign Popov if they desire. Clarke said: “There’s a chance (of a permanent deal). Goran has come in, has done well. He and Liam Ridgewell have had great competition for the left-back spot. “They drive each other on for better performances and that’s what I’m trying to achieve in every position if I can. “Popov is on loan, there is an option for us to buy him in the summer, we will address that at the end of the season.” last_img read more

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Szczesny makes case for defence

first_img Much of that has been down to a settled back four and the growing central defensive partnership between Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Poland international Szczesny feels the growing understanding through the Arsenal rearguard could yet prove decisive. “Our defensive record, especially at home, has been fantastic and we know that if we keep clean sheets we have got every chance of winning the game,” said Szczesny, who made a smart save from point-blank range to deny Cameron Jerome what would have been an equaliser. “Over the last couple of seasons we have had less luck with injuries. I never played with the same back four for more than two or three games whereas now we play with the same back four, sometimes we rotate the full-backs but in general we stay with the same defence. “We read each other and it is a very good understanding that we have.” Szczesny continued: “We realise that if you want to win the championship then you have to be solid defensively and that is the most important thing. “We know that clean sheets give you the best platform to go on and win games so if we can keep a few more until the end of the season then we can get our rewards.” Arsenal travel to Liverpool on Saturday before hosting Manchester United and then tackling the Reds again in the FA Cup fifth round ahead of their Champions League last-16 first-leg meeting with Bayern Munich. The Gunners moved two points clear of City, who host third-placed Chelsea on Monday night, with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium in a match where they had to be patient to eventually break down what was a determined defensive display from the visitors with a second-half brace from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Since shipping six at City on December 14, Arsenal’s defence has been breached just four times – with Arsene Wenger’s men registering seven clean sheets from those 10 matches in all competitions. Defender Koscielny maintains Arsenal will be ready for the challenges ahead. “February is a very important for us, but the season is long and the other teams will play against the teams who try to win the league so it’s a long (season) and too early to say if we can win the title,” Koscielny said on Arsenal Player. “It’s the team who will be the most consistent in the league (that will win it). “We will see, but February and March will be very important for us.” Midfielder Mathieu Flamini will not be available for another two matches after starting a suspension on Sunday, although Jack Wilshere should recover from his ankle injury to play at Anfield. With Aaron Ramsey still sidelined by a thigh problem, Wenger conceded it was far from ideal to learn deadline day loan signing Kim Kallstrom is expected to need around six weeks to recover from a micro-fracture in his back. Palace, meanwhile, must regroup for their battle to stay up, and are now just a point ahead of 18th-placed West Ham. Tony Pulis’ squad will be bolstered by several deadline day signings, including Tom Ince from Blackpool. Forward Marouane Chamakh, sold by Arsenal in the summer, said: “It was really hard for us in the end, but we learned a lot and are ready for the next game against West Brom. “The new players can be good for the team because we can be stronger and there is more choice for the coach.” Chelsea will be out to end City’s 100 per cent Premier League home record out of 11 matches on Monday evening. Szczesny feels some teams may well already be beaten before they get off the bus given the free-scoring form of Manuel Pellegrini’s side. “Their run has been incredible and they seem to score five or six goals every single game. You have got to respect that and I think teams that go to the Etihad now are sort of scared of them,” he said. “It is a natural thing, but you have to give credit to them because they’ve been fantastic but we just hope we have got the edge and we will try to challenge them this season.” Szczesny maintains Arsenal will be ready to tackle their own daunting fixture list head-on. “I love it. I think every player looks forward to big games against big opponents and world-class players so it is very exciting,” he said. “It is a difficult run we have got, but we look at it as a chance to create an even bigger gap between us and the teams behind us so hopefully we can show people what we are made of.” Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is confident Arsenal’s solid defence can provide an edge in the battle to stay ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Berahino open to Baggies exit

first_img Midfielder Gabriel Obertan will miss Newcastle’s trip after tearing a thigh muscle. Manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that the Frenchman will be sidelined for a minimum of six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery, but was coy over suggestions he could be out for four or five months. Winger Rolando Aarons is a doubt with an unspecified knock, while striker Papiss Cisse is working to shake off the effects of irritation from the screws used to repair his fractured kneecap. Midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote (calf) is likely to miss the next two weeks, joining central defender Mike Williamson (muscle strain) in the treatment room. Pardew has warned summer signing Remy Cabella he will have to toughen up if he wants to make it in the Barclays Premier League. The 24-year-old midfielder, who has lost his place in the France squad after finding himself sitting on the bench for his club in recent weeks, has struggled to get to grips with the physicality of English football since leaving Montpellier. Pardew is confident Cabella, who has himself admitted that the Tyneside public are yet to see the best of him, has the ability to make a major impact, but only if he can learn to ride the challenges which will inevitably come his way. The Magpies boss said: “His conduct and professionalism are very, very impressive. That gives you heart that he’s going to be a success. “Obviously he’s definitely got technical quality, but he’s got to get a grasp. I don’t think he really gets referees. He moans (in training) when me and (assistant) John (Carver) ref – and we’re better than Premier League refs! “He goes down and he thinks some of the challenges in this division should be fouls. He genuinely believes that – but they’re not.” Cabella started the first six league games, but was eventually taken out of the firing line for the trip to Swansea on October 4. He has been used as a substitute in each of the last three, all of which have resulted in victory for the Magpies, and Pardew is confident he is quietly learning his trade in a new environment. The 53-year-old said: “I think he’s beginning to get the intensity of the division. The cameos he’s done have been significant – Spurs, Liverpool, they were significant. “He’s on the cusp of starting again now as he comes to grips with what this division’s about. The striker has been handed his first senior England call-up and would be prepared to move, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham all linked with the 21-year-old. And Berahino, who is contracted to the Baggies until 2017, acknowledged he could quit The Hawthorns to progress. “If that’s what it comes to, it has to be that,” he said. “I appreciate what West Brom have done for me and I am working hard to bring the club up. I just stay focused and right now I’m focused on West Brom and the games coming up. “I just take each game as it comes, my aim would be to play in the Champions League, to be involved in the England seniors and go and play in World Cups and Euros. “I take each game as it comes, work hard and I have a big vision and hopefully I can reach my goals. “There will be more eyes on me but I know I can handle the pressure and I have just got to focus on myself and let the football do the talking. “I’ve had a good start to the season and worked extremely hard and now I have the chance to progress even more. It’s up to me to take it with both hands.” Jonas Olsson and Silvestre Varela are the only absentees for West Brom ahead of the visit of Newcastle. Olsson is struggling with an Achilles problem while Porto loanee Varela is yet to regain fitness following a groin operation. Record signing Brown Ideye may come back into the squad after being left out completely in last week’s 1-0 win at Leicester. Saido Berahino admits he may have to leave West Brom to achieve his ambitions. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Oliver Norwood hails Sir Alex’s impact on Northern Ireland’s stars

first_img Press Association Six of Michael O’Neill’s France-bound squad came through the ranks at Old Trafford, although only defender Paddy McNair is still with the club. Jonny and Corry Evans, Oliver Norwood, Craig Cathcart and Luke McCullough all learned their trade under the Ferguson regime before moving on. Sir Alex Ferguson may be long retired, but his influence will still be felt at Euro 2016 in the shape of resurgent Northern Ireland. Yet Reading midfielder Norwood is convinced the values instilled by the peerless Scot are continuing to do Northern Ireland proud. “It might sound silly, but the United lads were brought up properly,” he said. “We worked under the regime of the best manager who’s ever managed in football, Sir Alex Ferguson. “What he passed through that club – to the youth team, to every academy boy – that’s something we can look back on with pride. “We were all together there and now we’re all together here at Northern Ireland. “We were brought up in a proper football club, training every day with world-class players, but seeing they’re just normal people. “I don’t think you’ll ever see a ‘big time Charlie’ coming out of that Manchester United system because it’s not allowed there.” The Old Trafford effect has not been lost on manager O’Neill either. “There’s a number of our players who have that same good grounding,” he said, having watched his side seal top spot in Group F with a 1-1 draw in Finland. “They may have come away from Manchester United, but they’ve fought back from that disappointment and developed careers for themselves. “Some of them, like Cathcart, are back in Premier League and some are in the Championship, but now they’re here performing on the international stage and they’re going to get the chance to go to a major finals.” Norwood, whose club connections helped him get Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt when Northern Ireland drew in Porto three years ago, is one of only two ever presents in the current campaign, alongside Gareth McAuley. It might all have been very different for the Burnley-born player had he not been persuaded by the Evans brothers to commit to the country of his grandfather. He had been capped by England at Under-17 level, but was persuaded he could progress more quickly in a green shirt. Twenty-nine caps and one triumphant qualification later and it is a call the 24-year-old is more than happy with. “It was thanks to Corry and Jonny that I came aboard five or six years ago, and I’m grateful to them for tapping me up now!” he said. “It was actually very easy to be fair, it was a chance to play international football. “It’s a decision I’m really proud of and glad that I took.” Norwood can now look forward to testing himself on the big stage next summer, where Northern Ireland will once again be looking to turn expectations on their head. “There’s great team spirit in this squad. Everybody buys into what Michael wants to do and now we’ve got the chance to play in a major tournament,” he said. “That’s what you dream of as young boy watching those competitions on the TV. “That’s something we’re going to be a part of now. It’s something I’m personally very proud of. “I’ve been available for every game in qualifying and for the manager to pick me each time means I must be doing something right.” last_img read more

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No. 2 Badgers complete weekend sweep of Catamounts

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team played their second series of the season against a struggling Vermont Catamounts team at the Kohl Center this past weekend. The Badgers swept the Catamounts, winning both games 5-0.Coming into the series, the Catamounts were hoping to reverse their fortunes after being swept by Clarkson in their previous series. The No. 2 Badgers came into the series looking to find their rhythm on offense after splitting with the No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.Sunday, Badgers’ forward Jinelle Zaugg scored just 29 seconds into the game with an assist from Sara Bauer. The Badgers scored again at the 10-minute mark of the first period when defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar jumped into the fray in front of the Catamounts net and received a nice pass from forward Angie Keseley.Later in the first period, Cyndy Kenyon scored on the power play when Vermont goalie Shivaun Siegl left a healthy rebound, which Kenyon capitalized on.In the second period, Siegl was pulled from the game in favor of sophomore goalie Katie Nichols. But the Badgers got things started early once again when captain Sharon Cole scored just 39 seconds into the period.However, the Catamounts’ defense tightened up and allowed just one more goal during the reminder of the game.Freshman forward Tia Hanson tallied late in the second period, which gave the Badgers’ a 5-0 lead.Wisconsin junior goalie Christine Dufour got the shutout, her first win of the season and was the first star of the game.Saturday’s game also displayed the Badgers’ offensive power from the start of the game. The Badgers survived a five-on-three Vermont power play early in the first period due to a game misconduct penalty on forward Kayla Hagan and a two-minute minor penalty on Slusar.After killing off the penalties, the Badgers responded with a goal from Keseley and Bauer added another goal soon after.The Badgers scored again when Cole received a nice pass from Bauer midway through the second period. Bauer added her second goal of the game minutes later and Zaugg scored the final goal in the middle of the third period.The Badgers ended up with 68 shots on goal, tying the program’s record for shots on goal in one game.There were points in the game where the Catamounts found it hard to even move the puck out of their zone and were forced to ice the puck in order to receive a stoppage in play or change players.Vermont goalie Katie Nichols made 63 saves and was the third star of the game, while Bauer finished with two goals and one assist, making her the number one star. Bauer has collected seven points in the first four games this season.”One thing about this weekend is that a lot people got an opportunity to play,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We played four lines both nights, so everybody got more experience … so from an offensive standpoint, we created a lot of chances [to score.]”The Badgers will be splitting time between Dufour and Meghan Horras for the time being. Freshman goalie Jessie Vetter may eventually see playing time as well.The Badgers will travel to Mankato, Minn., to take on the Minnesota State Mavericks next weekend. The Badgers are undefeated against Minnesota State, holding a 23-0-1 record against the Mavericks. But Johnson is still worried about the team losing focus and wants to make sure it comes out strong against Minnesota State. “[Minnesota State’s All Seasons Arena is] a smaller building, it’s a smaller rink, so things will happen a lot quicker,” Johnson said. “So for a couple days we’ll prepare to go up there.”last_img read more

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Bubba Wallace’s Black Lives Matter car: Why he changed No. 43 paint scheme for the Martinsville race

first_imgEverything aligned perfectly for Bubba Wallace to be able to make a statement with the paint scheme on his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet during Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.Wallace, a 26-year-old who is the only black driver in NASCAR’s three top series, has been a leader for the sport amid global protests of racial injustice after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of police. He wore a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt during pre-race ceremonies last week at Atlanta and a day later called upon NASCAR to ban all Confederate flags from race tracks. His next action is scheduled for Wednesday night, and it will come from his car. “It’s not that we’re saying no other lives matter,” Wallace explained in RPM’s Twitter video. “We’re trying to say that black lives matter, too. If we put t-o-o on the end, I think a lot more people would understand it. We want to be treated equally and not judged off our skin color.”Rest in Power, Beautiful. @BlkLivesMatter honors those we have lost to police violence. #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/AtqA0YtEOK— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) May 29, 2020Per the organization’s website, Black Lives Matter “affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.”We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise. We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.” Bubba Wallace No. 43 car https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/36/cc/bubba-wallace-car-martinsville-ftr_1nuwakjmm27po1e71rt8zh92j4.jpg?t=-1688348118&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Odds for Wednesday’s race at MartinsvilleRichard Petty Motorsports on Tuesday unveiled a new blackout paint scheme for Wednesday night’s race that prominently features the Black Lives Matter hashtag among other symbolic logos. It just so happened that RPM had not yet sold a primary sponsor for the No. 43 car at Martinsville, so the paint scheme had been TBD.Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, but the forecast for the area called for scattered thunderstorms and the possibility of rain.RPM has not said what it would do with the Black Lives Matter car should the Martinsville race get postponed or even canceled. The next race on the schedule, Sunday’s event at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will run on an intermediate track and will require a different car than the short-track special the team has at Martinsville. If Wednesday night’s race gets postponed, it will either run June 17 or will be turned into a doubleheader at Homestead.Let’s hope NASCAR can get the race in Wednesday night so we all can see this beauty of a paint scheme in action.Bubba Wallace’s Black Lives Matter carBelow are some images of the paint scheme that will be featured on Wallace’s No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro for Wednesday night’s Martinsville race.center_img .@bubbawallace will run a special paint scheme to honor #BlackLivesMatter for Wednesday night’s race at @MartinsvilleSwy. pic.twitter.com/1axOlSsig7— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 10, 2020Another look at the Bubba Wallace paint scheme for Martinsville: #nascar ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ pic.twitter.com/38dIi3aA3H— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 9, 2020The image on the car’s hood of black and white hands grasping each other was illustrated by a Richard Petty Motorsports designer. The words compassion, love and understanding are featured below that logo as well as above the read bumper.The peace symbols on the rear quarterpanels, located below the Black Lives Matter hashtags and featuring hands of all colors, were actually Petty’s idea. The seven-time Cup Series champion’s cars in the 1960s and 1970s often featured peace signs in the interior.Why Bubba Wallace has a BLM paint scheme for Martinsville raceTechnically, the paint scheme for Wallace’s car at Martinsville was not changed because it was never set in the first place. In a video RPM tweeted Tuesday, Wallace explained the Martinsville race was open in the sense that the team had not yet sold a primary sponsor for the car.”It was actually on Blackout Tuesday, which was a special day and a big day for our country,” Wallace said of the day the decision to create a blackout car was made. Blackout Tuesday (June 2) was organized in the music industry as collective action to protest racism and police brutality. Many who participated simply posted all-black images to their social media accounts.pic.twitter.com/C9prFx4FFh— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 2, 2020Wallace continued: “It sparked an idea of, ‘Why not run a blackout car?’ I was like, ‘Absolutely, that would be incredible.’ Our team brought that idea to me, and I jumped all over it.”We had further conversations of, ‘Why not make a statement behind it and run a foundation or a charity that is helping push the narrative and initiative of what’s going on in the world today — racial inequality. Let’s find somebody that aligns with that. Why not dive straight into the root and putting Black Lives Matter on the car?'”Tomorrow night at @MartinsvilleSwy, @BubbaWallace will run a special #BlackLivesMatter paint scheme promoting racial equality. #CompassionLoveUnderstandingLearn more: pic.twitter.com/MHWwNzIzFJ— Richard Petty Motorsports (@RPMotorsports) June 9, 2020What is Black Lives Matter?Black Lives Matter, founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of the man who killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., is an organization with a mission “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”The words “black lives matter” are meant to draw attention to the historic degradation of black people in the United States and have become a rallying cry beyond the organization itself — hence the hashtag. (NASCAR)last_img read more

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