Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech delighted with clean-sheets record

first_img Press Association A first goal for the club for Gabriel and a strike from in-form Mesut Ozil wrapped up the points against the Cherries but the clean sheet was also more newsworthy than usual. For in keeping it, Cech continues to show what a shrewd move it was and, in picking up his eighth league clean sheet for his new side, he surpassed David James’ old record. He celebrated as he left the field, punching the air as the record he had been eyeing for some time was finally his and he knows how important his role in a title-winning side can be. “I feel really proud,” he said after the game. “I believe that this is the best league in the world and one of the most difficult leagues to play for a goalkeeper so to have achieved such a record, obviously, it’s a great personal achievement so I’m really proud of that. “What makes me happy the most, probably, is that these clean sheets so far brought four Premier League trophies, so hopefully we will add clean sheets this season and we will celebrate at the end of the season, because this is far more important. “I think the most important (thing) was to win the game and obviously once we got the 2-0 lead and it was going towards the end of the game, then, I have to confess that I started thinking about the record and in the last 10 minutes, I was checking the clock.” Cech is the studious type and, when it was falsely claimed he had broken the record some months ago, the Czech Republic international took to Twitter to say that someone had jumped the gun. The 33-year-old secured his 170th Premier League shut-out in Monday’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth – a result which also saw the Gunners move to the top of the table and Cech enter the history books. He was Arsene Wenger’s only summer acquisition at the Emirates Stadium, signed from rivals Chelsea because the Arsenal boss wanted an assured pair of hands. How did he know that? He puts it down to his father’s meticulous data-collection. “I have a kind of a chronicle where I have every game that I’ve played, so you just look through and you can see,” he said. “My father has a book where ever since I started playing games, he wrote down the games that I played in. “So if you go to my website, then you will find it all there. And you can set what league, what competition, what year, whatever you want, you will find it there, so it’s easy to track. “It’s great when somebody gives you the record but I want to have the record when I know I have really done it in the right way. I always like to do things the right way. “Obviously, as I was approaching the number of David James and people kept reminding me, I had a look because I really wanted to make sure that I knew when it could happen.” Cech enjoyed a brief chat with former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson as he prepared to leave the stadium on Monday night before the 74-year-old told a story about someone he labelled a “special guy”. Wilson watched on as Cech, fresh from the 4-0 hammering at Southampton on Boxing Day which delayed Arsenal’s ascension to the Premier League summit for 48 hours, entered the crowd to hand over his gloves and apologise to supporters along the way. Cech certainly has the fans onside and he will only boost that reputation if his clean-sheets, experience and all-round calming nature aid Arsenal to the title this year. Having lifted the trophy four times across London at Chelsea, the former Rennes man is a perfect judge of title-winning credentials – and he spots that in his current dressing room. “I think that the great thing is that we go game by game,” he added. “We don’t feel overwhelmed when we win. Obviously, you are disappointed when you lose a game like we did two days ago but the reaction and consistency of the work is very important and so far we’ve been doing that, preparing every game as well as we could. “Now, we are in a really good position so hopefully we can carry on that. Now going into the New Year, we are in a position where we can actually aim for our targets.” Cech plans to commemorate the occasion by getting his team-mates to sign the shirt he wore in his record-breaking game and a ll of the Arsenal players are likely to oblige as they know just how crucial he is to their hopes of a first league trophy in 11 years. Arsenal’s record-breaking goalkeeper Petr Cech knows all about keeping clean sheets and the importance they play in winning Barclays Premier League titles. last_img read more

March Madness bracket 2019: Upset predictions, Final Four pick in East Region

first_img… And the agony of defeat: Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history: It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw.Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history: The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.” SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsNCAA Tournament bracket picks: East RegionSN’s BRACKET GUIDES: WEST | MIDWEST | SOUTH  Best storylineThis is Zion’s region. Do we even need to say his last name? Perhaps to meet proper journalistic standards we should note his full name is Zion Williamson, that he is a forward at Duke playing in his first NCAA Tournament, that he is 6-7, 285 pounds and was named the Sporting News Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. But you probably know all of this.There is a small segment of fans still to be introduced to him, who will come on board for March because that’s what they do each year when the bracket is released. If they haven’t yet seen Zion — but have heard vaguely about him — they are in for a treat.Likewise, there is a segment of fans worn out from promotion of his feats, but is it really possible to be cynical about him when he creates magic like he did on Saturday night, with a full-court bounce pass through traffic with just enough backspin to make it perfectly catchable for Devil point guard Tre Jones. Zion is not Magic — but he is magical.All-region teamPlayerPositionTeamZion WilliamsonForwardDukeRJ BarrettGuardDukeCassius WinstonGuardMichigan StateTremont WatersGuardLSUBruno FernandoCenterMarylandHoly heck, Zion, RJ and Cash are 60 percent of the Sporting News’ All-America first team.Best first-round gameNo. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10 Minnesota. The committee members want us to believe they do not set up these “storyline” games in the bracket. I’ve been a part of the mock bracketing process four times, and I know they can happen by accident. But if the committee wanted everyone to believe such games are not contrived, they’d have taken this one off the board as soon as their bracketing exercise cooked it up. Gophers coach Richard Pitino against the school that fired his father 18 months ago? Not only is it awkward, it also invited those covering the tournament to dredge up the ugliness of the FBI investigation of the basketball talent game. Yeah, it’ll be a fine game, with the Gophers’ Amir Coffey and Jordan Murphy up against Louisville star Jordan Nwora and his excellent supporting cast.MARCH MADNESS: Get your printable NCAA Tournament bracketSeeded too highNo. 5 Mississippi State. If seems like the Bulldogs lost most of their biggest games, it’s only because they did. They had Kentucky in their building and lost, LSU in their building and lost. They won six games against the field, but four of them were at home. They were under .500 against the field. Yes, Nevada botched their final few weeks, but there’s no way there are two seed lines between that team and this one. There was nothing about Mississippi State’s season that declared they had one of the game’s 20 best seasons.Seeded too lowNo. 2 Michigan State. The Spartans could have been a No. 1 seed, although their bad losses to Indiana and Illinois could reasonably be used against them. They could have been the No. 5 overall squad on the seed list, ahead of fellow No. 2 seed Tennessee. But even if you grant that the committee got those two decisions right, there’s no defense for putting the Spartans in the East Region with a potential game against overall No. 1 Duke. It had to be clear to everyone in that room that the extra 120 miles the Spartans would need to travel if placed in the Midwest Region at Kansas City would be preferable than to be paired with Duke. And they did it, anyway. Pathetic.BRACKET TIPS: KenPom | Play the odds | Idiot’s guideUpset specialNo. 9 UCF over No. 8 VCU. It’s hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t seen UCF 7-6 center Tacko Fall how thoroughly he wrecks the game for Knights opponents. His vast presence makes challenging the rim impossible at times, forcing teams to rely more heavily on the 3-point shot. This is not good news for the Rams, who rank near the bottom of Division I in 3-point offense. Now, VCU certainly can force an opponent into turnovers, and that’s what they’ll have to do to UCF. That way, they can race down for layups before Fall is in the neighborhood to reject their shots.Best potential gameNo. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State. These are two of the nation’s best teams, even with MSU compromised by a series of injuries that has damaged their perimeter game. The latest was a severe ankle sprain that is expected to knock out junior wing Kyle Ahrens for the remainder of the season, an injury he suffered in the Big Ten Tournament championship game against rival Michigan. When the Spartans won and went to collect the trophy, the first two players to climb onto the podium — Ahrens and star wing Joshua Langford — did so in walking boots. It has heaped more pressure on Winston, but he has handled it beautifully. The most famous college basketball injury this season, to Williamson, is long since past the Devils; they will be at full strength. And that is a frightening proposition for all opponents.I HATE MARCH MADNESS BRACKETWhat do you hate about March Madness? Vote in SN’s poll Best potential player matchupMichigan State PG Cassius Winston vs. LSU PG Tremont Waters. Winston is not a great defender, and Waters is disruptive with his ability to gathers steals — but not one to overpower the basketball. These two creative geniuses going at one another (Winston averages 7.5 assists, Waters averages 5.9) could be a brilliant display.Get to knowYale PG Miye Oni, who averages 17.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists and shot .388 from 3-point range. He is considered a professional prospect and could be a rare — very rare! — early NBA draft entrant from the Ivy League. Once committed to Division III Williams College, Oni started to catch the attention of Division I programs with a strong senior year at Viewpoint High in Calabasas, Calif., and when Yale became one of them he could not resist its prestigious education. He has averaged double-figure scoring in each of his three seasons and 1,286 career points.MORE BRACKET PICKS: DeCourcy (Duke) | Bender (Duke) | Fagan (Duke) | KenPom (Duke)Don’t be surprised if …Bradley coach Brian Wardle meets with some degree of hostility at his news conference. Wardle and the school’s sports information department took the bizarre step of attempting to ban veteran beat writer Dave Reynolds from covering a press event to discuss the upcoming tournament with the Braves, who qualified by winning the Missouri Valley Conference. Reynolds has been covering the team for 29 years, but assistant director of athletic communications Jason Veniskey told Reynolds, “You don’t promote the Bradley brand” and told him player interviews were off limits. The United States Basketball Writers Association protested. The school since retreated from this stance, but not before turning one of the happiest occasions in the basketball program’s recent history — this is the first NCAA bid since 2006 — into a sorry occasion.Sleeper teamNo. 4 Virginia Tech. They are not deep into the field, but think about this: The Hokies earned a 4-seed while playing for six weeks without top-notch point guard Justin Robinson, who averages 13.7 points and 5.2 assists and had 35 against Syracuse just a game before he went down with a foot injury. Tech beat Duke without him – yes, the Devils were without Zion, but still — and went 7-5 without him, with two of the losses coming to Florida State in overtime. They might be capable of something special as a complete team.Final Four pickDuke. The Devils are loaded with lottery picks and both score and defend at an elite level. The games in D.C. should be de facto home games, given their audience appeal on the East Coast. If they have to shoot the ball to win this thing, though, that might be an adventure. They’re still 338th in Division I in 3-point offense.March Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven: Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.How to stop Zion Williamson: Opposing coaches dish on their strategies to deal with Duke’s freshman phenom and, with some luck, beat the Blue Devils.A barrier-breaking title: The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout: In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City: Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx: They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. DeCourcy’s best of 30 years: Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. The thrill of victory …: Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament. last_img read more

Cop nabbed with ganja in car

first_imgA policeman found himself in hot water after he was nabbed by his colleagues on Monday afternoon with a large quantity of marijuana.Reports are at about 15:00h, Police swooped down on one of their own in the vicinity of Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown.This newspaper was told that a corporal, attached to a police station in Berbice, was in his motorcar when the vehicle was stopped. There was another male occupant inside the car.The cops then ordered that their colleague and his passenger exit the vehicle and proceeded to conduct a search on the vehicle.A large quantity of marijuana was discovered in the trunk of the vehicle.Both men were immediately arrested and are in police custody where investigations are ongoing.This newspaper was told that the men travelled to Georgetown with the illegal substance with the aim of distributing/selling to customers. Berbice and Linden have been identified as two leading areas in Guyana where marijuana is cultivated on a large scale and then sold to various locations throughout the country.last_img read more

Salah’s World Cup bid ends with a whimper

first_imgSalah returned to action for the first time in three weeks for his side’s do-or-die clash with hosts Russia in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday but was a pale imitation of the player who dazzled for Liverpool last season, scoring 44 goals.He did get on the scoresheet late on from the penalty spot in Saint Petersburg but it was too little, too late, with Russia already 3-0 up and steaming towards the last 16.The hosts and Uruguay, both in Group A, became the first two sides into the knockout round on Wednesday after the South Americans beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Rostov-on-Don.Salah carried his country to their first World Cup since 1990, scoring five of his side’s eight goals in the the third qualifying round.But Egyptian excitement that he was appearing on the biggest stage in club football last month turned to fear when he trudged off the field in tears after being hauled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.Floored: Mohamed Salah never fully recovered from a shoulder injury in time for the World Cup © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKY“This is very bad for Mo, very bad for us, very bad for Egypt,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, minutes after seeing his side lose 3-1 in the Ukrainian capital.The Spanish captain quickly became a hate figure for furious Egyptian fans on social media, but there was no quick remedy for the damage Ramos inflicted.– Salah risk –Salah could only watch from the bench as Egypt conceded late to lose 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening game, leaving coach Hector Cuper little choice but to risk his best talent for the must-win game against Russia.He manfully tried to carry the expectations of a nation on one good shoulder but Stanislav Cherchesov’s men were in no mood to play the role of accommodating hosts.On the eve of the match, Cherchesov said he saw nothing wrong in Ramos’s challenge, insisting he only saw the Real skipper “holding the cup of the Champions League” at the end of an action-packed night in Kiev.One Russia fan even attended the game with Ramos’s name and number on the back of a Real shirt. After the game Cherchesov said his mission to stop Salah had been successful.“If he was not injured, it is very difficult to know what would have happened but we know the quality he has,” lamented Cuper, who admitted at the very least Salah’s match sharpness had been blunted.“He wasn’t in all the preparation with us and that cost him a little bit of his physical ability. He would have worked almost three weeks with us before the first game, with the same intensity as the rest of the team.”Salah, whose team still have a dead rubber to play against the Saudis, celebrated his 26th birthday on the day of the Uruguay defeat, meaning time is still on his side for him to return to the World Cup stage.But injury at the most inopportune time has soured the season that made him a worldwide phenomenon.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah’s Egypt will not progress from the group stages in Russia after two defeats © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – Mohamed Salah’s World Cup campaign arguably ended when Egypt’s talisman tumbled to the turf in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26.Uruguay administered the last rites on Wednesday but the Pharaohs already knew the writing was on the wall.last_img read more