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first_imgThe Arsenal Supporters’ Trust fears that Arsene Wenger’s “obsession” with developing young players is damaging the club’s chances of winning silverware. It is understood that a bid for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been rejected, adding to the sense of frustration. “The failings we highlighted in Arsene Wenger holding far too much power have only been amplified in recent weeks. These must be addressed as a matter of urgency,” the AST’s statement read. “For now the club’s entire focus must be on using the remaining days of the transfer window to strengthen the team significantly.” Arsenal are reported to have a budget in the region of £70million for new players but with only 12 days of the window remaining, they have yet to spend a penny of it. Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa and a lengthy injury list that now includes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has brought their lack of transfer activity into sharp focus and Tim Payton, a spokesman for AST, is critical of Wenger’s prudence. “We don’t know what’s going on but clearly there’s a manager that by his own words isn’t a big fan of spending money on strengthening the team through expensive player acquisition,” Payton said. “His apparent obsession with being a developmental manager is in danger of holding the club back. “I’m absolutely certain that Arsenal will invest in players before the window closes, but will they be players of the required quality we want to compete to win trophies rather than once again competing to come fourth? Press Association AST has issued a strongly worded statement outlining their belief that offering Wenger a new contract would be “inappropriate” and that any decision on extending his stay beyond 2014 should only be made after the transfer window closes. The group’s key concern is Arsenal’s failure to recruit any new players other than little-known France Under-20 free agent Yaya Sanogo, with attempts to sign Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez proving unsuccessful. “Arsenal fans pay some of the highest ticket prices in world football and we want to see that invested in top players.” AST hold majority shareholder Stan Kroenke “ultimately responsible” for the situation at Arsenal and are unsatisfied with the boardroom structure at the club. Payton denies the timing of the statement is a knee-jerk reaction to the Villa defeat. “It’s actually the continuation of concerns we have been raising with the club,” he said. “We’ve been raising concerns about the lack of football people in the boardroom and who’s managing the manager and his expenditure for a long time. “Why it was issued after the Aston Villa game is because we’re more than three-quarters of the way through the transfer window without a penny being spent despite the huge amounts of cash held in reserve. “Our squad is palpably not good enough to represent Arsenal effectively in games at the moment. We felt there had to be a challenge to that.” Arsenal head to Istanbul for Wednesday night’s Champions League first-leg play-off against Fenerbahce reeling from their shock loss to Villa and the knee injury sustained by Oxlade-Chamberlain during the match. It is feared the England winger could be out for up to six months with ligament damage, casting a cloud over the Gunners’ preparations for a critical match. Mikel Arteta, Nacho Monreal and captain Thomas Vermaelen were sidelined for the opener at the Emirates Stadium and with the UEFA deadline for registering new players having passed, Wenger can only rely on the dwindling options already available to him. last_img read more

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first_imgThe Trojans have been emulating the loud Autzen Stadium all week in an effort to simulate what it will be like playing in such a loud environment. Senior defensive tackle Christian Tupou knows it will be hard to hear his teammates, even those standing right next to him.“As close as [he was standing next to me as I interviewed him] we’d have to be screaming to hear each other,” Tupou said. “It says a lot about their crowd.”The loud crowd of around 59,000 at Autzen Stadium will not be the only thing the Trojans have to worry about; the Ducks own the fifth-best running game in the country, averaging almost 300 yards per game. As an offense, they average close to 47 points per game.“[They’re] just fast paced. They’re [going to] come out, no huddle, they feed off their crowd. They’re just explosive,” Tupou said.Coming off a big win against Washington, the Trojans are feeling confident in their defense.“In terms of what went well … we kept it all about us,” Tupou said. “It was a big game for us, but our mentality wasn’t set on that; it was set on doing things right on the practice field.”Tupou said that the key to slowing down Oregon is to play sound, mistake free football.“You just gotta play good football. There’s no ‘stop that one guy’,” Tupou explained. “You gotta play well on all three levels: D-line, linebackers and [defensive backs] … You gotta be assignment perfect.”Tupou explained that to stop Oregon’s explosive offense that includes quarterback Darron Thomas and running back LaMichael James at its core, all the key components he listed must be performed in tandem.“If you wanna call yourself a great defense, that’s what you gotta do,” he said.Though this is another nationally televised game for the Trojans, they are not caught up in the hype surrounding the contest. To Tupou, this is another game, and every game is to be treated the same: as a “must-win.”“Just like Minnesota was in game one, this is game 11,” Tupou said. “It’s a must win; every game’s a must win.” Practice for No. 18 USC was a little bit louder than usual on Thursday morning. In fact, “Mighty Oregon,” the university’s fight song, blared as the offense and defense took the field to take part in the Trojans’ last practice before Saturday’s huge matchup with the Ducks.Tough test · Senior defensive tackle Christian Tupou is part of a USC front-seven that will try to slow down Oregon’s ground game. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

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first_imgThe left-hander has been sidelined since spring training with a shoulder injury and has spent time in Double-A Tulsa to rehab the issue. He threw 81 pitches in six innings Tuesday night for the Drillers, striking out six but allowing a pair of home runs.  “It was a little better than my last rehab start, so that was good,” Kershaw told reporters of his outing Tuesday, via ESPN. “Got to get through six innings, which was big. Got my pitch count up there, so next time I’ll be ready to go.”The timing is good for the Dodgers, who just lost lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu to an injured groin.Kershaw’s season debut will come against longtime teammates Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, who were acquired by Cincinnati in an offseason trade. Clayton Kershaw will make his season debut for the Dodgers on Monday against the Reds, the team announced. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNlast_img read more

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first_imgby Doug Ferguson(AP)—To appreciate how fast and how far Tiger Woods has fallen is to understand what put him on such a pinnacle in sports.Woods put his name on every page of the PGA Tour record book with 10 incomparable years in golf. He won more major championships than anyone except Jack Nicklaus, more PGA Tour events than anyone except four of the greatest golfers in history. That’s not his career, that’s his decade. Then, in just days, he became a tabloid magnet. No one can be certain how Woods will weather the storm.His past as a golfer, however, is not up for debate. Woods turned in one of the greatest 10-year spans in golf history, making him a candidate for The Associated Press’ Athlete of the Decade.“He is doing stuff that no one else has done in the sport,” Geoff Ogilvy said. “He has changed the game.”Only a month ago, any discussion involving Woods was about his golf. The conversation becomes more muddled now, ever since his mysterious late-night traffic accident on Nov. 27 and all that followed: the lurid allegations from mistresses, Woods’ shattering admission of infidelity, and his pleas for the privacy he craves but has forever lost.Talk has turned from whether Woods will win the next Masters to whether he’ll even tee it up, now that he’s taking an “indefinite” break from the sport to become a better husband, father and person.The lone time Nicklaus played with Woods in a major, he walked off the course at the 2000 PGA Championship and said, “I think he’s a better player than I was.” At the end of a decade, all Nicklaus could say of the world’s No. 1 player was: “He’ll figure it out.” Nicklaus was talking about Woods’ private life, not his golf.Yet the game is defined by numbers, not personal analysis.Woods won his first U.S. Open by 15 shots. He won another U.S. Open in a playoff on a broken leg. Not only did he become the youngest player—at 24—to complete the career Grand Slam, he won the Grand Slam twice more before the decade was over. And he became the only player in history to hold all four professional majors at the same time.“If you’re the fastest in the world, you’ll be there at the death. In golf, that’s not always the case,” said Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal & Ancient. “Golf, because of its very nature, is difficult to dominate. And so the way Tiger has dominated is quite remarkable. At a time when technology is supposed to be a great equalizer, at a time when there are more and more good players, it’s absolutely astonishing. That, above all else, is the measure of his performance.”Woods won 56 times on the PGA Tour this decade, including 12 majors. He won at a staggering rate of 30 percent, with nine victories by at least eight shots.“I don’t know of anyone who has been at the pinnacle consistently over 10 years—in his case, more than 10 years,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. “All of that is punctuated by a long series of incredibly fantastic things to do it. Add it all up, and he’s the most recognized athlete on the planet.”Two majors at both ends of the decade, with different outcomes, speak to how Woods has ruled his sport—one because of the ridiculous margin by which he won, the other because of the news it made when he lost.The first was the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where Woods became the first player to finish at double digits under par (12), a barrier similar to the 4-minute mile. He finished a 15 shots ahead, the largest margin in 140 years of major championship golf.The other was the 2009 PGA Championship, where Y.E. Yang proved that Woods is human on the course. It was the first time Woods had led a major going into the final round without winning, perhaps the biggest shocker of the decade until his “transgressions” were suddenly revealed.Between those majors, Woods delivered a rate of winning never before seen.“He’s ruthless when it comes to winning,” Paul Goydos said.Beyond the trophies—that includes eight money titles—are the anecdotes. Like the time he hit a 6-iron out of a bunker, over the water and right at the flag with the tournament on the line in Canada. Or when his famous chip at the 2005 Masters ran up the green, made a U-turn, then hung on the edge of the cup for two full seconds and dropped for birdie.Clutch moments?Another long list, although the most memorable was his 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the 2008 U.S. Open to force a playoff, which he won the next day. Two days later, Woods revealed he had shredded ligaments in his left knee and a double stress fracture in his left tibia. He had season-ending surgery the following week.With each moment, the legend grew.Few other athletes have meant more to their sports. Television ratings spiked when Woods played, and often doubled when he won. Total prize money on the PGA Tour was $65 million when Woods turned pro in 1996. This year, prize money was at $275 million.“That’s one guy’s fault,” Ogilvy said. “That hasn’t happened in tennis, has it? If you can’t separate sports, if you can’t compare them, you have to look at other ways he has changed the game.“Look at this,” Ogilvy said, pointing to some 5,000 fans trailing after Woods in a tournament played recently in China. “That wouldn’t have happened without him.”Finchem pointed beyond prize money to the galleries Woods attracted on the PGA Tour, which helped the tour go over $1 billion in charity (almost all tournaments are nonprofit events), and to how he helped make golf part of the conversation among mainstream sports.“Pick any metric applied to all sports, and his contribution has lifted the game,” Finchem said.Woods has been No. 1 in the world ranking for all but 32 weeks during the decade. Not since Tom Watson in 1980 had any player won six PGA Tour events in one season. Woods did it five times this decade, including nine victories in 2000, a year that became the benchmark of his success.Over the ’00s, Woods didn’t have one rival. He recycled them.Ernie Els might have said it best at the start of the decade, when he went toe-to-toe with Woods over the final 38 holes in Hawaii.Woods matched his eagle on the final hole to force a playoff, matched his birdie on the first extra hole, then won with a 35-foot birdie.“I think he’s a legend in the making,” Els said that day. “You guys have helped, but he’s backed it up with his golf game. He’s 24. He’s probably going to be bigger than Elvis when he gets into his 40s.”For a long time, that statement had the ring of truth. Now, who knows? Yet even if Woods never picks up a club again, it’s hard to argue he was anything but the most dominant athlete of the decade. ‘MOST DOMINANT ATHLETE OF THE DECADE’—This is an April 11, 2008, file photo showing Tiger Woods hitting out of a bunker on the second hole during the second round of the 2008 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. last_img read more

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first_imgNOTES: The winning owner is Robbie Norman of Thomasville, Alabama. JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTESMARK GLATT, SILENT BIRD, WINNER: “He’s an exceptional horse. He’s had to overcome quite a bit and he finally got over his problems. He really wants to go long, and now with a couple of sprints under his belt, if he continues to come back good, and I think he will, you might really see something with this horse going longer. He’s a big horse, long-striding, and probably doesn’t want to sprint that bad, but he’s overcome it because he’s such a good horse. We’ll see how he comes back and see what’s out there for him and maybe we’ll look to stretch him out next time.”center_img FERNANDO PEREZ, SILENT BIRD, WINNER: “We had a really good break against three really fast horses . . . I know I have a really good horse that likes to come from behind and he gave a big run.”last_img read more

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first_imgA psychologist at the University of Virginia is probing the evolutionary origins of morality:[Jonathan] Haidt shows how evolutionary, neurological and social-psychological insights are being synthesized in support of three principles: 1) Intuitive primacy, which says that human emotions and gut feelings generally drive our moral judgments; 2) Moral thinking if [sic] for social doing, which says that we engage in moral reasoning not to figure out the truth, but to persuade other people of our virtue or to influence them to support us; and 3) Morality binds and builds, which says that morality and gossip were crucial for the evolution of human ultrasociality, which allows humans – but no other primates – to live in large and highly cooperative groups.    “Putting these three principles together forces us to re-evaluate many of our most cherished notions about ourselves,” says Haidt….    Haidt argues that human morality is a cultural construction built on top of – and constrained by – a small set of evolved psychological systems….    “We all start off with the same evolved moral capacities,” says Haidt, “but then we each learn only a subset of the available human virtues and values.  We often end up demonizing people with different political ideologies because of our inability to appreciate the moral motives operating on the other side of a conflict.  We are surrounded by moral conflicts, on the personal level, the national level and the international level.  The recent scientific advances in moral psychology can help explain why these conflicts are so passionate and so intractable.  An understanding of moral psychology can also point to some new ways to bridge these divides, to appeal to hearts and minds on both sides of a conflict.”Moral psychology is thus squarely built on the notion that morality itself is a product of evolution – not a reflection of universal truths or ideals of right vs. wrong.  The article says Haidt’s ideas represent “a new consensus scientists are reaching on the origins and mechanisms of morality.”    Apparently some even think one’s world view is an evolutionary artifact.  In a related story posted by EurekAlert, psychologists at New York University are probing the evolutionary origins of ideology.If you are a veteran reader of these pages, it’s time for a pop quiz.  The commentaries here should not be doing all the work for you.  Each of you needs to think through these ideas and make sound reasoning part of your skill set in life.  So before we post a response to the article, please go read it, and list on a sheet of paper your own reasons why the ideas expressed are stupid, wicked, or both.  The quiz is open book and open notes.  You can refer to previous commentaries and our Baloney Detector for help.  Come back later for our reactions, or send your responses here.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_img29 May 2003Wines of South Africa (WOSA) presented diplomas earlier this month to the first group of students to complete a new custom-made wine course for black hospitality industry operators in Cape Town. The two-month course was created by the Cape Wine Academy (CWA), and the 15 students were sponsored by WOSA.According to Su Birch, CEO of WOSA, the course will help bridge the divide between the traditional wine community and emerging tourism operators.It is intended as a vehicle to promote Cape wine tourism while providing operators with the necessary skills to offer tourists an informative and entertaining experience.To meet the differing needs of both restaurant owners and tour guides, the group was divided in two. After the preliminary classes those in the restaurant trade focused on wine service, storage and wine and food combinations, while the course for tour guides concentrated on the different wine regions and varietals.Both groups did several tastings and tours to gain practical experience, and at the end of the course of about two months sat for a formal CWA examination.Birch sees the course as a big step towards creating new wine ambassadors for South Africa and contributing to the Cape wine experience of international tourists.“We also like the idea of working with established operators who have a vested interest in learning about wine to enhance their service levels and the profitability of their businesses”, Birch added.WOSA will present the course on a regular basis, with the second starting later this year.Western Cape Tourism CEO Mike Fabricius commented: “The days of two separate tourism industries – township and mainstream – are over. We are entering a new phase, where visitors will be offered a seamless tourism experience, and the wine industry has a vital role to play in building bridges in this regard.”Senzeni Ndebele, marketing manager at WOSA and course co-ordinator, said that various new business ideas came out the course.“Paula Gumede of One City Tours is going to use expand her beer garden in Mandalay into a fully-fledged wine shop, and Jeannie Fletcher has formed Yamme Investments (‘yamme’ is Sotho for ‘my mother’s’), a women’s investment group that will start marketing wine under their own label towards the end of the year.”Source: Wines of South Africalast_img read more

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first_imgPBA IMAGESStar knocked off NLEX, 89-77, to clinch the first semifinals slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Kristofer Acox had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Hotshots, who will face the winner between the top-seeded Meralco Bolts and No. 8 Blackwater Elite matchup in a best-of-5 semis series.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Durham says Bolts ‘didn’t play like ourselves’ in upset loss to Elite LATEST STORIES “It’s very hard for us because it was our third game in five days. But because of our willingness to go to the next level, we were able to do it,” Star head coach Chito Victolero told reporters.It was just a four-point game before the Hotshots went on a 14-4 run to put the game away, 89-75, with Paul Lee scoring eight of his team’s final 10 points.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 shutout“We limited them to under 80 points and that was our goal which was to limit their fastbreak points,” said Victolero.Star beat NLEX for the second time in just two nights after picking up a 101-93 on Sunday that kept the Road Warriors from securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR01:37Protesters 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 Lee scored 18 points, making all of his six free throws, against Yeng Guiao, his former coach back with Rain or Shine, while Ian Sangalang added 14 points and four rebounds.The Hotshots smothered the Road Warriors, who registered their lowest output this conference. Their previous low was also against Star.Star also had an impressive showing on the offensive end, shooting 52% from the field.Victolero steered Star to the semis in the previous two conferences as well but the Hotshots have failed to advance in each of those times. He believes his team has what it takes to get over the hump this time with more experience under its belt.“We’ve been here before. all-Filipino, Commissioner’s Cup, but we’ve only reached until the semis. But now we’re more experienced than before and we hope we get through this time.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Aaron Fuller scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for NLEX, which ended the conference on a three-game losing skid after a going on franchise-best 4-0 start. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgVan der Sar warns Man Utd: Stars won’t join on past gloriesby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEdwin van der Sar has warned Manchester United will not able to recruit players on reputation alone.The Red Devils have not won the Premier League in six year and their current position of 12th on the Premier League table suggests that drought will not end soon.United are still considered one of the biggest clubs in world football, but former goalkeeper van der Sar says the biggest starts want to join winning teams.”Of course, the name is there. And of course the following they have all over the world,” van der Sar told ESPN.”But for a player […] you want to play at a certain level, you also want to have an idea that you can win trophies and they must take that opportunity also to improve the squad and make the world-class players they have, or the players that they’re going to sign, that they feel welcome and that there’s a good path to where they’re going to go to.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgNewcastle captain Lascelles: Longstaff just what we neededby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles says Matty Longstaff’s breakthrough is exactly what the club needed.The 19-year-old academy graduate had a debut to remember against Manchester United, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory at St. James’ Park. “I’m buzzing for him since he’s come into the squad. Everything we do, he is up for it. He’s fit, he works hard and always gives extra,” Lascelles told Sky Sports News.”The hard work has recently paid off, he’s been thrown into the deep end like his brother.”What you do know is that he is a young Geordie lad who is going to roll his sleeves up and play with his heart.”Straight after the Leicester game we needed players to be like that, he was a prime example of what you can get from that. His goal got us the three points, I’m over the moon for him.””You see all these big teams signing players for millions of pounds from overseas and everywhere else, Matty was not long ago training down with the reserve team.”He’s just come up through the ranks and grabbed a first team spot with two hands.”He’s humble, a very nice genuine lad. It must mean the world to him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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