first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 1:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Unai Emery believes mitigating factors have hampered Arsenal this season (Getty Images)Unai Emery believes multiple issues away from the pitch have been responsible for Arsenal’s poor performances this season.The Spaniard is under huge pressure having guided the Gunners to just one win in their last five Premier League games.Arsenal are already six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and fans are calling on the club to sack Emery just 18 months after he replaced Arsene Wenger as manager.Emery, however, feels incidents at the club including the attempted robbery involving Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny’s decision to go on strike in order to force through a transfer before the season had begun, and Granit Xhaka’s clash with supporters have had an impact on the team.ADVERTISEMENT Laurent Koscielny went on strike to leave Arsenal this summer (Getty Images)‘I’m not really disappointed with our work,’ said Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am being realistic because some circumstances did not help us to achieve our best performance.‘The circumstances with Ozil, Kolasinac, Koscielny and, remember also, that if he [Koscielny] was here as captain, that would give us no problem.‘Then Xhaka’s circumstances.’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 also conceded that his Arsenal players had failed to follow his game plan.‘We are not playing really with a good performance to impose our idea, impose our capacity on each match,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘I said to them we rarely lost at home but we didn’t impose as I want and will want in the next matches in our process.‘It’s a process we need to do with the players.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Unai Emery explains reasons why Arsenal have struggled this seasonlast_img read more

first_imgDoc Rivers, like all NBA coaches, preaches defense. It can help a team win when its offense is off.Such was the case Thursday night at New Orleans. On a night when the Clippers shot 38.9 percent as a team – due in part to Chris Paul’s 3 of 18 performance – the team needed to be stingy. Luc Mbah a Moute, in particular, was just that in the Clippers’ 95-89 victory.Mbah a Moute scored just four points in 27 minutes, but he helped hold Pelicans leading scorer Anthony Davis to 14 on 7 of 17 shooting; Davis averages 23.1 points. Rivers noticed, and doled out praise.“You know, it’s a great example and we talk about it all the time,” said Rivers, whose team will take on the lowly Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night at 7:30 at Staples Center (on Prime Ticket). “Your offense is going to let you down and you have to be prepared for that. We had great offense all year and tonight they let is down. We couldn’t make shots, but we won the game because we dug in the entire game defensively. “It won’t say statistically, but Luc was the star tonight. Luc guarded (Anthony) Davis as well as you can guard and doing that allowed everybody else to do their thing.”Other poor shooting games for the Clippers belonged to Paul Pierce (1 of 6), Wesley Johnson (3 of 10) and Austin Rivers (3 of 9).Winning without Blake GriffinThe Clippers (21-13) won all five games of the just-concluded road trip, the first of those games coming against the host Lakers at Staples Center on Christmas night. Blake Griffin played in that game, but that’s where he sustained a partially torn quad tendon. He hasn’t played since and won’t for at least another week.Winning without Griffin has been very positive, but J.J. Redick wants Griffin back as soon as possible. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I think our rotation has been better,” Redick said. “The bench has given us a lift, not just scoring, but with their energy and their spirit, which has been really good.“It’s hard to make any broad proclamations because we are going to need Blake Griffin for us to do what we want to do. It’s great to win these games without him, but let’s hurry up and get him back on the court.”Redick scored 26 points Thursday for the second consecutive night. He made 9 of 15 from the field, 4 of 7 from 3-point range. He is 9 of 13 from beyond the arc his past two games.Scouting the 76ersPhiladelphia took a record of 3-31 into its game New Years Day against the Lakers at Staples Center. The 76ers entered that game having actually won two of their previous three games – at Phoenix and at Sacramento.Rookie center Jahlil Okafor leads the team in scoring and rebounding with respective averages of 17.3 and 7.9.• Related: Lakers have no regret taking Russell before Okaforlast_img read more

first_imgRosemary Williams, 85, formerly of Oxford, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK.Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m.., Friday, May 23, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. Visitation will be Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 9 a.m., until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Burial is at the Oxford Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are with the Oxford Funeral Service of Oxford. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Rosemary was born December 15, 1928 the daughter of Melvin and Muriel (Nice) Spence in Winfield, Kansas. She graduated from Oxford High School. Rosemary was united in marriage to Alvin “Tuffy” Williams on January 15, 1947 in Beeville, Texas. She worked at the floral shop in Winfield and as the secretary of the school in Oxford. Rosemary was a member of the First Baptist Church in Oxford and active in the Choir. She volunteered at the Wm. Newton Hospital in Winfield and loved to play bridge.Surviving to honor her memory are her children: Terry L. Williams and his wife Linda of Oxford, KS and Dee Ann Knoll and husband Jerry of Broken Arrow, OK; grandchildren, Angie Matheson and husband Matt of Broken Arrow, OK, Treva Super and husband Drew of Ft. Smith, AR, Zachary Knoll and wife Kat of Tulsa, OK great grandchildren; Harley Matheson, Taylor Matheson, Adelle Super, Londyn Super, Elijah Super, Legend Super and Liberty Super, brothers, Bill Spence and wife Bonnie of Salida, CO and Don Spence of Kechi, KS, sisters, Phyllis Rush and Marsha Delp and husband Jim of Oxford, KS.Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, sister Carol Ann Knapp and brother Bud Spence and grandson Jacob Knoll.last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court’s order is a significant win for Trump, who is expected to use the ruling as a main talking point on the upcoming campaign trail. On Friday, the Supreme Court will allow Trump administration to use $2.5 billion from the Department of Defense to construct parts of a wall along the southwestern border that the government claims is “necessary” to protect national security.With the recent approval of the Defense Department money to be spent, a court battle will play out over whether or not the government had the authority to discuss if funds that were not appropriated for the wall.The Supreme Court recently voted 5-4 to allow the funds to be used while the court appeals goes underway.Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan of the liberal wing, voted that they would have blocked the funds for now. The fourth member, Justice Stephen Breyer, wrote separately to say that he would have given the approval for the government to use the funds to finalize the terms for contractors, but block the funds from being used for the actual construction. On Friday, President Trump tweeted out his approval of the ruling:“Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”last_img read more

first_imgHowever, getting MacLeod to the tournament has not been finalized yet.Currently MacLeod is property of Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League.But to get to play in the Prospects Game, the Business major needs to have a deal worked out between the BlueJackets ECHL affiliate in Kalamazoo and Elmira.If the deal is completed, MacLeod could have a two-way contract between between the American Hockey League team in Springfield and the ECHL affiliate in Kalamazoo.”So I’ll most likely be starting in the east coast and hoping to get a call up to Springfield at some point and play some games,” MacLeod said.MacLeod played minor hockey in Nelson before joining the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL, helping the Green and White to the 2009 league title.He then played two seasons in Penticton in the BC Hockey League before getting a scholarship with Boston College.During his senior season at Boston College, MacLeod served as an assistant captain while playing all 40 games for the Eagles.He tallied 11 assists with four of the points coming 20 Hockey East contests, finished with a plus-8 rating and set Patrick Brown up with the game-winning goal to help Boston College clinch its fifth-consecutive Beanpot title.Off the ice, MacLeod won the William J. Flynn Coaches Award captured the Academic Excellence Award as the senior with the highest grade point average. Nelson Minor Hockey grad Isaac MacLeod has landed a contract to play professional hockey next season.However, the final resting place for the 22-year-old defenceman remains up in the air.The Boston College Eagle grad, drafted 136th overall  — fifth round — by San Jose Sharks in the 2010 NHL draft, is hopeful when all the dust has settled, the 6’5”, 212 pound mobile rearguard will be part of the Columbus BlueJackets squad that will be playing in the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.”(Playing in the tournament) will be great for exposure for me and the chance for me to see the level of other rookie players,” MacLeod said.The NHL Prospects Tournament runs from Sept. 12-16.The eight-team tournament includes prospects from the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.last_img read more