President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating Essential Air Service subsidies to smaller cities who depend on the funding to attract airline service to their communities.Sioux City previously received EAS funding for four years, but in 2015 American Airlines told federal officials they didn’t need the subsidy to operate their Sioux City to Chicago flights.Sioux Gateway Airport director Mike Collette says EAS funding can be a critical safety net for small city airports:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/EAS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..fall back in that program. :24Collette says Sioux City’s flights to Chicago and Dallas continue to have strong passenger numbers:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/EAS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………a big issue. ;09The EAS program subsidizes airline flights to 171 communities in the continental U.S., including Pierre, Aberdeen and Watertown in South Dakota and Fort Dodge, Mason City, Burlington and Waterloo in Iowa.Airports in Kearney, Scottsbluff and Grand Island, Nebraska also receive EAS funding.They would likely otherwise have no air service.
Sioux City’s two main hospitals received several newly knitted red hats to help keep newborns warm in their cribs Thursday.Michele Wolfe presented around two dozen of the hand made hats to Mercy Medical Center’s Family Birth Center:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/HATS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..20 MINUTES. :16April Leigh, Manager of Mercy’s Family Birth Center, says the donation is part of the American Heart Association’s “Little Hats Big Hearts” effort to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/HATS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…GO HOME WITH. :15The Heart Association also delivered hats to UnityPoint- St. Luke’s on Thursday.
A spokesman for a central Iowa nonprofit says the reward fund for a missing University of Iowa student has grown to more than $300,000 and is likely to continue climbing.Greg Willey, spokesman for Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, says the Mollie Tibbetts reward fund has reached $301,363, which is a record for the organization that was incorporated in 1982.Willey says donations have come from more than 180 individuals and businesses from across the country.The 20-year-old woman went missing July 18th from her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.
A POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY DEPUTY MAKING A TRAFFIC STOP NEAR COUNCIL BLUFFS WAS INJURED EARLY SATURDAY WHEN A SEMI CRASHED INTO HIS S-U-V.THE IOWA STATE PATROL SAYS 31-YEAR-OLD DEPUTY ADAM FIELDS WAS PARKED ON THE SHOULDER OF I-29 NORTHBOUND NEAR COUNCIL BLUFFS AROUND 4AM WITH HIS EMERGENCY LIGHTS FLASHING.A SEMI DRIVEN BY 26-YEAR-OLD AUSTIN OLIVER OF BRONSON STRUCK THE DEPUTY’S VEHICLE, CROSSED THE MEDIAN AND WENT OVER THE SOUTHBOUND LANES AND JACKNIFED INTO A DITCH.THE PATROL SAYS OLIVER HAD FALLEN ASLEEP WHEN HIS SEMI CRASHED INTO THE DRIVER’S SIDE OF THE DEPUTY’S S-U-V.DEPUTY FIELDS WAS STILL WEARING HIS SEATBELT WHEN THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED.HE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED FROM A COUNCIL BLUFFS HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING A LEG INJURY..
Photos by Fremont County Emergency Management “Catastrophic devastation.” is how Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds describes the carnage from the second major flood along the Missouri River within a decade.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/REYNOLDS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….enough is enough. :17Reynolds toured flood-impacted southwest Iowa Monday with stops in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Pacific Junction and Hamburg.Hamburg Mayor Cathy Crain told Reynolds citizens fought valiantly, but water swamped all but the northern portion of the community.Flooding knocked out the city’s water plant, but also Hamburg’s City Hall, fire station and almost all the businesses in the community.The mayor says virtually all the equipment the city owned is gone.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/REYNOLDS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..A skid loader. :13An elementary school is now serving as Hamburg’s temporary city hall.Reynolds also heard concerns about how this latest flooding incident will impact the local farming community.Fremont County Supervisor Dustin Sheldon says many residents were still recovering from the floods of 2011.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/REYNOLDS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………what do we do?” :13(BARTLETT IOWA)Others expressed anger that federal officials forced the city to remove fortifications to a levee which helped protect Hamburg during the 2011 flooding.The governor says she intends to review that levee issue.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/REYNOLDS4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..and red tape.” :07Reynolds says the state will come up with a plan to rebuild and recover, but we’ve got a long road ahead.”Interstate 29 remains closed in southwest Iowa due to flooding.
I don’t really need the vortex flames coming off the football but Wes Lunt looks pretty good in this video. And how nice will it be for him to switch from Adidas to Nike next year?I’m telling you, the 2012 QB race is going to be fascinating. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
I-League I-League 2017-18: No bid from Rajasthan as Ozone FC & Gokulam FC vie for direct entry! Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:49 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AIFF Media I-League Ozone The Indian FA only has to deliberate between two bids as no bid arrived from a Rajasthan-based party for a spot in the league… The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) I-League Bid Evaluation Committee, set to meet next week, will only have to two bids to evaluate after it emerged that a Rajasthan-based group failed to table their bid. This leaves just Kerala-based Gokulam FC and Bengaluru’s Ozone FC as the only two parties to have submitted a bid for a direct spot in the I-League for the coming season. Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) are the independent auditors who go through the bid documents of each interested party and place their thoughts in front of the Bid Evaluation Committee, which was set to meet on 15th but have pushed the meeting back after PwC needed more time to go through the bid documents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing It is to be noted that the AIFF had rejected the initial bids from Gokulam FC, Ozone FC and another Rajasthan-based group early last month because of incomplete and unsatisfactory bids.The governing body went on to invite bids again and Gokulam FC and Ozone FC have re-submitted their bids while the rumoured third bid from another Rajasthan-based group never materialised, leaving the aforementioned two teams competing for the spot(s). The I-League already has nine teams, with the inclusion of the Arrows, and it is likely that the AIFF will select only one of the two bids. But it is also possible that they may choose not to select either.It will be interesting to see whether the AIFF decides to add any team into the I-League for the 2017-18 season.
Barcelona Barcelona team news: Rakitic benched as Catalans face Olympiakos Goal Last updated 2 years ago 01:41 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Barcelona UEFA Champions League Barcelona v Olympiakos Piraeus Olympiakos Piraeus The Croatia star is rested and will not start at Camp Nou, with Paulinho picked to play alongside Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets in the middle Ivan Rakitic has been benched as Barcelona continue their Champions League campaign against Olympiakos on Wednesday.Paulinho starts ahead of the Croatia midfielder in the engine room, alongside Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta. Rakitic’s absence gives him a much-needed rest, after being almost ever-present for Barcelona and Croatia so far in 2017-18. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Ernesto Valverde is also without Jordi Alba, out with a muscle complaint, meaning Lucas Digne fills in at left-back. Barca are otherwise at near full-strength for the visit of Olympiakos, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez starting after a strenuous past week with club and country. The pair, who helped Argentina and Uruguay qualify for the World Cup, are joined by Gerard Deulofeu up front at Camp Nou.There is no room, however, for Nelson Semedo, as Sergi Roberto gets the nod from Valverde to start on the right side of defence.Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Deulofeu.Substitutes: Cillessen, Semedo, Rakitic, Denis, Mascherano, Alcacer, Andre GomesOlympiakos: Proto; Elabdellaoui, Botia, Nikolaou, Koutris; Gillet, Romao, Zdjelar; Carcela-Gonzalez, Odjidja, Androutsos.
Real Madrid Carvajal to miss Champions League last-16 first leg for intentional yellow card Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 04:01 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Real Madrid APOEL v Real Madrid APOEL UEFA Champions League The Real Madrid defender has been given a two-match ban by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal will miss the first leg of his side’s Champions League last-16 tie after being suspended for two matches by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) for an intentional yellow card.The CEDB launched an investigation after Carvajal was booked for delaying a throw-in during stoppage time near the end of Madrid’s 6-0 victory over APOEL in the Champions League on November 21.The booking was Carvajal’s third in the competition this season and it meant that the 25-year-old was suspended for Madrid’s final Group H game against Borussia Dortmund, which they won 3-2. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Had he escaped punishment, Carvajal would have been eligible to return to Champions League action when the knock-out stage commences in February, but the CEDB’s decision means he will miss the first leg of Madrid’s round-of-16 tie.A statement released by the CEDB said: “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Real Madrid CF player Dani Carvajal for two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible.”Given that the Real Madrid CF player Dani Carvajal did not participate in the match Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund played on 6 December 2017, the player still has to serve one (1) UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible.”Carvajal was in the starting line-up for three of Madrid’s six group games, helping them to finish second in Group H behind Tottenham.
Leicester City 1 Manchester City 1 (aet, 3-4 pens): Vardy & Mahrez miss in shoot-out as visitors reach semi-finals Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 06:43 12/20/17 Getty Images Manchester City are into the semi-finals of the EFL Cup thanks to a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Leicester City following a 1-1 draw. Jamie Vardy equalised from the spot but failed in the shoot-out as Manchester City beat Leicester City 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.The England striker and Riyad Mahrez were brought on in the second half as Claude Puel looked to put City under pressure, but Vardy saw his penalty strike the post before Claudio Bravo stopped the Algerian’s effort to spark the visitors’ celebrations.Leicester were their own worst enemy for much of the first half, inviting pressure with a string of avoidable mistakes and one ultimately led to the opening goal – Bernardo Silva steering home after Ilkay Gundogan had wrestled the ball from Kelechi Iheanacho just before the half-hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The hosts improved after the break and gave City more to worry about, though clear-cut chances remained at a premium for them, with Bravo rarely forced into meaningful saves until late in proceedings.The spotlight was on the Chilean deep into eight minutes of stoppage time at the end of regulation time and he could do little to prevent Vardy from forcing an extra half hour with his penalty, which was controversially awarded after Demarai Gray went down under pressure from substitute Kyle Walker.Still the two sides could not be separated and it came down to the shoot-out, with City ultimately reigning supreme, scoring all four of their kicks and claiming victory thanks to Vardy missing and Bravo swatting away Mahrez’ final penalty.Claudio is back @C1audioBravo pic.twitter.com/5v4fMPLKOM— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) December 19, 2017The much-changed and youthful visitors looked more threatening early on and received plenty of encouragement from the error-prone Foxes.Christian Fuchs was robbed by Silva to the left of Leicester’s penalty area, with Ben Hamer bailing the full-back out by parrying the Portuguese playmaker’s shot to safetyHamer then made a mess of things himself in the 15th minute as the ball squirmed from his grasp on the edge of the box.Harry Maguire stepped in to prevent Gundogan from finishing into the empty net and Silva knocked the rebound wide.Leicester’s resistance ended in the 26th minute, with City finally punishing an error.Gundogan stole possession from former City youngster Iheanacho in the centre circle and charged through the heart of the Leicester team before flicking a clever pass towards the right-hand side of the area, where Silva provided a neat finish.Leicester looked a little more promising in attack after the break and, seemingly optimistic about his side’s prospects, Puel introduced Mahrez and Vardy from the bench just before the hour mark.But chances did not suddenly become more frequent, with City actually the next to go close.Silva seized upon another Fuchs mistake and darted into the area, only to drag a pass behind the lurking Gabriel Jesus.And Leicester took full advantage of that let-off, as Vardy slammed home from 12 yards after Walker was harshly penalised for tripping Gray deep into the eight minutes of stoppage time added on as a result of a facial injury to Eliaquim Mangala.The hosts looked understandably buoyed by their equaliser and Vardy nearly had another towards the end of the first half of extra-time, blocking a Bravo clearance and seeing the ball rebound just wide of the bottom-left corner.Fatigue played an obvious role in the additional period and contributed to some wasteful play at both ends of the pitch, with the finale from 12 yards looking a formality for most of the second period.Tiredness had no impact on City’s players in the shoot-out, however, as Gundogan, Yaya Toure, debutant Lukas Nmecha and Jesus all scored with aplomb.@C1audioBravo #foxesvcity pic.twitter.com/jT0CdcXxwA— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 19, 2017Leicester’s main stars could not follow suit, with Vardy seeing his effort strike the outside of the left-hand post, before Bravo brilliantly denied Mahrez to clinch a place in the final four. read more
In the train on the way back to London were several young Indian men who had been at the cricket. They were glued to a laptop watching the World Cup football between England and Colombia. Their overwhelming joy when England won was unconditional. A country at peace with itself, multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-coloured and multi-patriotic.Lynn MareeWhitstable, Kent• The Guardian must be horrified at what a PR triumph the World Cup is turning out to be for Vladimir Putin, but Tom Rosenthal’s article nailed it (Message to the English: come to Russia and feel the love, Journal, 3 July). It is fantastic and one wonders who’ll turn up to represent the British state should England reach the final and what shade of red their faces will be.Most of the mainstream British media were falling over themselves to scare England fans away from going to the World Cup. After our embarrassingly low numbers of fans in Russia has been shown up by the tens of thousands following Peru or Columbia, how many England fans must now be scrambling to make it to the semi-final?Tim BarlowChester• Join the debate – email email@example.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters Reuse this content Russia Read more Cricket Share on LinkedIn India Share via Email World Cup Share on Messenger World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp World Cup 2018 Topics Share on Pinterest letters “I’m having a bit of an English flag moment,” says Suzanne Moore (6 July). On Tuesday we went to Old Trafford in Manchester to watch England play India at cricket, with the intention of introducing our Irish daughter-in-law to the game. The first thing we noticed was the number of white guys selling Indian flags. The second was the fact that the spectators were made up of many Indian families. India won and the jubilation of the crowd was immense, Indian flags were waved all over the ground, and the atmosphere stayed friendly in the summer sunshine. Share on Facebook
Women’s football But this again is a demand that plays well to the attributes of the Matildas group – a team bursting with individual characters willing to play without fear and to take the game to opponents, irrespective of their reputation.Unlike the at-times unbending idealism of Postecoglou, Milicić has already shown pragmatic flexibility – he’s willing to cut the suit according to the cloth. By adjusting his tactics to the individual qualities of his playing group we’ve already seen a progression from the Cup of Nations.The challenge remains to now build and improve upon this in France, on the biggest stage of all. Read more features Did the USA women’s national team abandon the old guard too quickly? Share on Messenger Share on Twitter USA 5-3 Australia: women’s football international friendly – as it happened Read more USA get better of Matildas in eight-goal pre-World Cup thriller Women’s World Cup Share on WhatsApp Matildas In the rarified air of the “Mile-High City” strange things happen in football matches between the USA and Australia. Seven years ago, these two sides played out a curious 6-2, in which Lisa De Vanna scored a virtuoso solo goal from inside her own half that underlined her status as one of the greats of the women’s game.Fast-forward to 2019, and another eight-goal encounter in Denver has given Matildas fans the opportunity both for optimism and concern. Do you focus on the fact that Australia are the first team to score three goals against the world’s No 1 team on home soil in over two years, or dwell on the fact that it’s the first time the Matildas have shipped five since that fateful first encounter at altitude? Share on Pinterest The effect was profound. With an overload created down the right through Carpenter and Yallop, the US defence at times got drawn across the field. The best illustration of that was De Vanna’s goal, with left-back Crystal Dunn pulled forward and the right back Emily Sonnett tucking in to cover her central defenders, the veteran Matilda was able to stride into far too much space and finish with aplomb.This uneven right-sided overload also contributed to Kerr’s late header to make it 4-3, with Carpenter attracting the defensive interest of Dunn once again, before playing back to an unmarked Hayley Raso (playing in the Yallop role) who had the time and space to fire in a perfect cross for Kerr.Milicić’s structural adjustments also saw Foord playing more centrally, a tactic which maximises the effectiveness of the striker’s near telepathic understanding with fellow forward Kerr, as demonstrated by their sublime dummy and one-two combination in the lead up to the Matildas’ second goal.But for all the positive benefits of the Matildas’ attacking system, there were also significant pitfalls on display. Playing a high defensive line, Australia’s defence caught the US offside seven times in the first half. But in injury-time youngster Mallory Pugh successfully sprung the trap, to lob over a stranded Lydia Williams in goals.For Alex Morgan’s opener, the space with which she had to run at goal was also a factor, after centre-back Clare Polkinghorne was isolated one-on-one and beaten for strength and pace.At times, the Matildas looked uncharacteristically nervous playing out from the back – with the US pressing high to try and turn the ball over in dangerous areas. To play consistently short, to look for the dual playmakers Kellond-Knight and Van Egmond will take plenty more work, as well as courage. Topics Read more Women’s World Cup 2019 Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Australia sport Reuse this content Early in Ange Postecoglou’s tenure as Socceroos coach we saw a game of similar break-neck freneticism and explosive attacking gusto as Australia lost 4-3 to Ecuador, having led 3-0 early on. It marked a turning point for the men’s team, as the players were encouraged to reject the staid football of previous years and to play with full belief in their attacking quality – a philosophy former Postecoglou-assistant Ante Milicić is now looking to embed within the Matildas.While the recent Cup of Nations showed a subtle evolution in basic principles, underlying this one-off friendly result was a seismic shift in terms of courage. Australia not only went to the United States looking to proactively get a result, but even altered their basic system – more aggressively – to do so.Gone was the 4-3-3 formation the Matildas had played for years under predecessor Alen Stajcić, in came a hyper-attacking 4-2-4, with Tameka Yallop (née Butt) pushing forward from midfield to overload the US backline.More than just flicking a switch to PlayStation-mode all-out-attack, this was a tactical adjustment that spoke to Milicić’s increased understanding of the talents of his squad. Regarded as one of the fittest and fastest players in the group, right-back Ellie Carpenter was given licence to push forward, almost taking up the position of a second winger when the Matildas were in possession.Working in tandem, Elise Kellond-Knight and Emily van Egmond dropped from midfield to receive balls out from the back, an adjustment that identifies both their skill as ball carriers and play-starters, but also their calmness under pressure. The third midfielder, Yallop, then pushed high and wide ride, stretching the US backline with four attackers, with Caitlin Foord joining captain Sam Kerr almost as a second out-and-out No 9 central striker, and De Vanna hanging wide on the left.
Transfers Batshuayi and Joao Mario talk curbed by West Ham boss Moyes Ryan Benson 02:29 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Michy Batshuayi West Ham United Premier League Rumours had suggested the Chelsea striker and Andy Carroll could be involved in a swap, while Inter’s Portuguese forward is another mooted target David Moyes did not attend Chelsea’s FA Cup replay against Norwich City to scout Michy Batshuayi, while the West Ham boss has dealt a blow to the Blues in their reported chase of Andy Carroll.Belgium international Batshuayi has been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in January after struggling to make an impact at Chelsea in the year-and-a-half since moving from Marseille.Batshuayi – who scored for Chelsea against Norwich – had been suggested as a potential makeweight in a deal to take Carroll the other way, with Antonio Conte’s side linked with several surprising options, including Stoke City veteran Peter Crouch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Moyes attempted to end those rumours in his column for the London Evening Standard, with Carroll unlikely to play again for anyone this month.”Categorically, I did not go to Stamford Bridge to watch Batshuayi or any other player in particular,” he wrote.”I like to get out and watch plenty of matches, I hadn’t seen Norwich this season and there were some players there who had been mentioned to me as having been doing well.”What may defuse much of the speculation is that the ankle injury Andy picked up against West Brom is sufficiently serious that he will not be able to play again this month anyway and it could even need an operation to put things right, although that has not yet been confirmed.”Moyes, meanwhile, has also sought to curb talk suggesting that Inter winger Joao Mario is among those on his January wish list.The Portugal international, who has also been linked with Manchester United, is a player the Hammers boss admires, but one he is reluctant to speculate on.The Scot added: “I think he’s a name which has been mentioned but whether he’s from Inter Milan or Chelsea or wherever I’m not talking about players from other clubs,” Moyes added. “He’s an interesting player, he’s a good footballer and certainly very talented.”
Arsenal Wenger won’t be following Mourinho’s lead by prioritising Arsenal Europa League win Chris Burton 01:29 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Europa League Manchester United secured a passage to the Champions League through European success last season, but the Gunners are still chasing a top-four finish Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not follow Manchester United’s lead by prioritising Europa League success as a route into the Champions League.Jose Mourinho took the decision in 2016-17 to throw in the towel on a top-four finish and focus on continental glory.That gamble paid off, with the Red Devils back among the European elite despite finishing sixth in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal could soon find themselves in a similar position, with a north London derby defeat having left them six points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool, but Wenger maintains that he will not be looking to sneak into the Champions League party through the back door.Quizzed after a 1-0 defeat to arch-rivals Tottenham on whether it is too early to be giving up on Premier League places, the Frenchman said: “It’s too early, yes.“Football is not about switching off for three games and then switching it on for one game.“Manchester United decided that once they were in the semi-final. We are far from the semi-final and we have to fight to have a chance to come back.“For me, it’s a very disappointing result because the priority has to be to get into the Champions League from the Premier League.“I’m not a great fan of qualifying through the Europa League because I don’t think it’s right.“If it’s an opportunity, we’ll have to try to take it as well. The priority is still to be in the Premier League.”Having come unstuck against Spurs, Arsenal’s focus will now switch to continental matters.With the current holders of the famous trophy having also slipped out of the FA Cup, their next two outings will be in Europa League action – as they prepare to face Swedish minnows Ostersund at the last-32 stage.They will then take on runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final – with major silverware on the line which could salvage another season – before returning to top-flight competition on March 1 with another meeting with Pep Guardiola’s title hopefuls. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Premier League ‘We deserve to finish second’ – Mourinho takes aim at Man Utd critics again Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 16:07 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Getty Premier League Manchester United Manchester United v Swansea City Swansea City José Mourinho Paul Pogba Romelu Lukaku Some pundits have claimed Liverpool and Tottenham have the edge over United, but the Red Devils boss is insistent that the league table does not lie Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has again taken aim at those who criticise his team, insisting his side deserve to finish second in the Premier League.Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez against Swansea City sealed a fourth successive league win for the Red Devils – a result that leaves them two points ahead of third-placed Liverpool with a game in hand in the race to finish as runners-up behind Manchester City.Despite that, Mourinho’s tactics have been criticised throughout the campaign, with some pundits claiming both Liverpool and Tottenham are better sides. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But given his side’s consistency, the former Chelsea boss has refuted those claims ahead of next week’s derby with City at the Etihad Stadium.”Manchester City is not important for me. What is important to me is that since the moment we left the first position, we have been second for the whole of the season,” he told reporters.”We deserve to finish second no matter what the critics say. You all say the teams in third, fourth, fifth and sixth are all better than us, but they are not better than us. We have more points than them.”We are going to fight in the seven matches we have left to go to finish second.”Pep Guardiola’s side can wrap up the title race with victory over United at the weekend, with the Catalan set to claim a host of managerial awards at the end of a dominant campaign.But Mourinho – a long-term adversary of the former Barcelona boss – singled out Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal for special praise despite the Swans defeat on Saturday – just their second in the league since he took over in January.And Mourinho believes that if the Liberty Stadium outfit survive relegation then their coach should be under consideration for prizes come the end of the season.”This guy is going to keep Swansea in the Premier League, and when he does that he will be Manager of the Season,” Mourinho said having been joined in his press conference by his compatriot and opposite number. “He is going to save them.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
World Cup ‘Don’t make opinions based on rumours’ – Smertin ‘convinced’ World Cup will have no racism problems Naim Beneddra 16:20 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Russia Russia v Saudi Arabia Russia v Egypt Uruguay v Russia Saudi Arabia Egypt Uruguay The former Chelsea midfielder has been working to decrease discriminatory incidents in the country since taking up his post in 2017 Former Russia star Alexey Smertin is certain that the 2018 World Cup will pass without incident in Russia despite fears the finals could be clouded by racist incidents. Concerns that black players could be targeted were heightened in March when France stars Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele were allegedly targeted by monkey noises during a friendly in St. Petersburg. Yaya Toure is among those who have expressed their misgivings about possible discrimination, while Moscow club Spartak have also been censured in the last 12 months for similar offences aimed towards Liverpool youngster Bobby Adekanye. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Smertin, however, believes that all visitors to Russia will be treated with “hospitality and respect” in June and July. “I’m sure this World Cup will be very high level, in all areas. And what makes me confident is the last Confederations Cup, where there was not a single incident of a discriminatory nature,” the ex-Chelsea midfielder, who played 55 times for his country and who in 2009 was elected MP for the Altai region, explained to Goal. “In Russia, people know what hospitality and respect are. So come on, I invite you to come. You will see with your own eyes. Don’t make opinions based on rumors.”I sometimes meet old team-mates or players that I faced and those who have been to Russia speak to me very warmly and say only good things. “And, of course, that makes me happy. Of all those who were in Russia, no one will tell you that there is not a good football atmosphere here. That’s why I’m very optimistic for the World Cup.”Smertin was appointed to the role of Discrimination Inspector for the World Cup in 2017, with the brief of cracking down on racist and other discriminatory incidents. He explained that a combination of surveillance and education has been utilised to try to erradicate the problem from Russia.”There is certainly progress and that is visible. First, we introduced a surveillance system for the Russian championship, where there are the most high-risk matches,” he added.”We also introduced a special course on anti-discrimination at Moscow State University. Then, we made sure that there were also lessons against discrimination in schools. Then, in cooperation with Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), banners and advertisements were put in the stadiums. We also organized a multi-ethnic tournament at the Sochi Youth Festival. We also animate interfaith events.”I am convinced that Russia will host this competition in the best conditions. Although it took place in four cities and not 11, the Confederations Cup was very revealing. I have no doubt that the World Cup will go perfectly well. That it is from the point of view material and the infrastructures: stadiums, hotels, airports. “Or from the non-material point of view: the memory that will remain, especially with the younger generation. I also remember my own experience when I was 11 years old. I watched the World Cup in Mexico and I saw Maradona and that’s when I wanted to look like him in the game. I also saw Marius Tresor and Patrick Battiston, whom I then met with great pleasure in Bordeaux. “For me it was very important. So I can imagine how important it is for today’s youth to see these great teams and their great players.”