Wenger focused on Newcastle

first_img Wenger accepts if his men fail to win at St James’ Park, then that scenario would be redundant. “I would fancy that,” said the Arsenal manager, who revealed negotiations over signing Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer from Auxerre were at an “advanced” stage. “The biggest task is to win the game and not speculate too much on what happens after because the first compulsory thing we face is to win the game on Sunday.” A superb unbeaten nine-game league run has propelled Wenger’s men back up into the top four, when earlier in the campaign it looked as if they would struggle to be in contention. Arsenal edged out Tottenham on the final day 12 months ago to snatch third, and history could be set to repeat itself again this weekend. “I know for a long time that for us, when we were seven points behind, we would all be happy that it goes to the last day,” said Wenger. “We are in a position where nobody expected us to be. We have our destiny in our hands, our fate in our hands and that’s what you fight for in the game. “It is a game that we will now want to win but at least we fought back to be in a position where we master our own fate.” Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would “fancy” a play-off for Champions League qualification with Chelsea – but challenged his team to just concentrate on securing the “compulsory” victory at Newcastle this weekend.center_img The Gunners head to St James’ Park one-point clear of Tottenham following their 4-1 win over Wigan. Europa League champions Chelsea are two points ahead, but the statistics are so close that should Arsenal win by a two-goal margin and the Blues slip up at home to Everton, then Wenger’s men would leapfrog up into third place and with it automatic entry into next season’s group stages. However, should the Gunners win 2-1 at Newcastle and Chelsea draw 0-0, then the two London clubs would be locked together and, under Barclays Premier League regulations, sent into an extraordinary play-off. And Wenger said: “A play-off exists only if we win the game (at Newcastle), so let’s win the game and see what happens.” last_img read more

O’Brien has International options

first_imgAidan O’Brien has a host of top-class options for Wednesday’s Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday. Roger Charlton’s Al Kazeem has been one of the success stories of the season with wins in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and Eclipse and he will aim to add another Group One to his growing list of achievements. Richard Hannon has left in Sussex Stakes winner Toronado, who would be stepping up to 10 furlongs for the first time if he is allowed to take his chance. Jim Bolger’s Irish Derby winner Trading Leather and Sir Michael Stoute’s Royal Ascot winner Hillstar are other three-year-olds engaged while James Toller’s Rewarded is the final contender. As expected, French runner Cirrus Des Aigles will not be making the journey over following his defeat last weekend. The Ballydoyle handler’s quartet includes last year’s dual Derby winner Camelot, though he has finished behind likely market leader Al Kazeem twice already this season. O’Brien also has the option of running Queen Anne winner Declaration Of War, Epsom Derby hero Ruler Of The World and one of last year’s leading juveniles Kingsbarns, although he is also entered in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes on the same day and is yet to run this term. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Joseph, Alphonso triumphant at Lucozade Handicap Squash Tournament

first_imgNYRON Joseph and Michael Alphonso were crowned champions in their respective categories, but both had to work extremely hard to achieve their victories, when the curtains came down on the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) Ansa Mc Al/Lucozade Handicap Squash Tournament at the Georgetown Club Squash Courts yesterday.Nyron Joseph (left) and Michael AlphonsoIn the Open final Joseph (-22) was pitted against Jonathan Antczak (+7). Antczak had secured his place in the final with an upset semi-final victory over Daniel Islam, while Joseph had beaten Theron Mohabeer to book his place in the final.Joseph came out of the minus handicap with Jonathan at 10 points and eventually caught him at 11. He eventually won the first game 15 – 13. However, in the second game Joseph could only come out of the minus handicap with Jonathan at 12 points and just could not close the gap fast enough, as Antczak won the second game 15 – 12.In the third game Joseph again came out of the minus handicap with Antczak at 10 points. At 12 – 2, Antczak was three points away from securing victory but could only win one more point as Joseph came back to win the third game 15 – 13.In Category ‘A’ defending champion Abosaide Cadogan (0) was matched against Michael Alphonso (-4). Cadogan won a close first game 15 – 12 but Alphonso rebounded to take the second game 15 – 9. In the third game, Cadogan jumped out to a fast start, and leading 12 – 8 it seemed as if she would successfully defend her title . However, Alphonso won the next seven points to claim a well-deserved victory 15 – 12.In the open category, Islam (-5) placed third when he defeated Theron Mohabeer (+8 ) by two games to one. In Category ‘A’ Kirsten Gomes (0) would finish third as she defeated Gianni Carpenter (-8), by two games to nil.In the plate finals, both matches had straight set winners. In the Open plate final, Adam Alves (+5) beat Nicholas Narain (-12) 15 – 0 in the first game.last_img read more

The Latest: Alabama to allow 20% capacity at home games

first_imgThe Latest: Alabama to allow 20% capacity at home games Stadium officials said in a statement on Tuesday that the state will not allow fans at any event next month. That includes the Patriots’ games on Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins and the one two weeks later against the Raiders.While saying that they “fully support” the state’s position, stadium officials also said they “would have welcomed the opportunity to host fans in August and September, but are hopeful to do so later in the season.”The Patriots had previously announced a plan that would have limited Gillette Stadium to about 20% of its 66,000 person capacity. Officials said they worked with experts to develop a plan to reopen at partial capacity and “are confident in our ability to provide a safe and comfortable environment for fans.”According to the Massachusetts reopening plan, sporting events with fans will not be allowed until the state reaches Phase 4, which requires a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press Orgeron says LSU administrators overseeing coronavirus protocols, led by Senior Associate Athletic Director of Health and Wellness Shelly Mullenix, have done a “tremendous job.“We’re ahead (of) most programs,” Orgeron said. “Our players feel comfortable that they’re getting proper care.”August camp formally opened on Monday and LSU has had two players opt out because of coronavirus concerns, senior cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. and senior defensive end Neil Farrell Jr.___The New England Patriots will be playing without fans in Gillette Stadium at least through September. ___German soccer club Union Berlin wants to hold a pre-season friendly match with 3,000 spectators and is hoping that “preventative” coronavirus tests for fans will allow it to happen.The Bundesliga club says it has applied to the local Treptow-Köpenick health authorities for permission to hold the game with an altered hygiene plan on Sept. 5.Union says “a preventative test for all spectators is intended to replace the currently valid social distancing rules.”German soccer clubs previously outlined plans to resume games with some socially distanced fans attending in seated areas. Union’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei has mostly standing terraces so it could have far fewer fans attending than its competitors. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Alabama will allow about 20% capacity for games at Bryant-Denny Stadium this season. Nashville’s MLS team has three games scheduled through Sept. 12 at Nissan Stadium. Nashville SC set a record for the largest soccer crowd in Tennessee with its MLS debut on Feb. 29 as fans packed Nissan Stadium.___One person who isn’t a player returned a positive result for COVID-19 out of 1,400 tests administered in the controlled environment set up for the U.S. Open and another tennis tournament preceding it at the same site in New York.The U.S. Tennis Association said Tuesday that the person is asymptomatic and must isolate for at least 10 days.Contact tracing has started to see who might have been exposed to that person and should quarantine for two weeks. Two players from Roma’s youth team have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Italian soccer club has not named the players but says they are asymptomatic and have begun self-isolating.Roma says “those who have come into contact with the two individuals have been traced and notified” and adds that “a deep clean and disinfection of the club’s training facilities has also already begun.”The two players, their teammates and the youth team staff will undergo further tests.The team’s training activities have been suspended until at least Aug. 24. North Carolina coach Mack Brown said he remains “confident” that the Tar Heels will play football this season after the school shut down in-person undergraduate classes.Brown said Tuesday that the school’s move to online courses after recent coronavirus clusters in student housing and a fraternity could ultimately help “create a better seal around our program and a better bubble.”Brown said team staffers hosted a Zoom call for parents on Monday to address questions. Athletes can choose to remain in current residences, while some football players have previously chosen to opt out of the upcoming season.Brown said many players were already taking online courses and that the team will continue once-weekly testing of players for the coronavirus.He said the team is trying to “make sure our players and our staff understand that we’ve got three months here where we cannot go outside for social reasons or to eat or anything else if we want to have our football season.”center_img August 18, 2020 ___The Southeastern Conference will prohibit “suite hopping” as part of COVID-19 guidelines designed for fan safety and health in preparation for conference-only play this season.Decisions on whether fans can attend games will be made closer to Sept. 26 when the league begins play. Attendance numbers will be left to member schools but must follow state and local guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations should be followed in the absence of those measures.Furniture in premium seating and clubs shall be arranged to promote physical distancing, the guidelines add. Physical distancing and face coverings will also be stressed there as well as in public areas, including concessions, where barriers must be installed. The SEC guidelines also suggest “grab and go” food options, with drinks provided directly to spectators and single-serve condiments offered.SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said its 14 schools adopted the fan guidelines as a baseline and added, “They provide conference-wide expectations for protection of guests who are able to attend our games.” ___The Tennessee Titans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic.Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the Titans announced the decision Tuesday. Nashville’s Major League Soccer team also won’t have any fans at home games in September.Burke Nihill, the Titans’ president and CEO, says they wish they could open in front of fans as a franchise coming off its first AFC championship game in 17 years. But he says the Titans support the mayor and the local health department’s decision to keep Nissan Stadium closed to fans at least to start the season.The Titans play only one home game in September. Team officials have been working with public health experts to design a stadium plan in the hopes that fans will be able to attend some of the eight scheduled home games this season. Those precautions include mandatory masks, socially distant seating, contactless faucets and hand sanitizer stations throughout the stadium. The university released its plans for dealing with COVID-19 at games, noting seating will be set up to allow social distancing.The Crimson Tide opens its home schedule against Texas A&M on Oct. 3. Southeastern Conference teams are scheduled to play only 10 league games starting on Sept. 26.Alabama will have mobile-only ticketing and parking to allow for contactless entry for all venues. ___All Ohio high school sports can go forward this fall, with an option for sports like football or soccer to be delayed until the spring if schools wish, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday. South Africa had been scheduled to travel next month and play using the same bubble-style protocol used for men’s tours of England by West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan.The announcement leaves the England women’s team without any confirmed matches for the rest of the year after a planned tour by India was called off last month. The England women’s team has not had a game since the T20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.The ECB says it is in “multiple discussions” to host international women’s cricket tours.It’s the third women’s series to be canceled this year for South Africa following a planned series against Australia in South Africa and a tour of the West Indies.___ The governor’s order takes effect Friday and prohibits spectators at events other than family members or individuals close to athletes, with final decisions on those people left up to schools. It will be up to schools to police the limits on attendance at sporting events.___LSU coach Ed Orgeron says the defending national champion Tigers have had “very few” players test positive for COVID-19.Orgeron said during a video conference Tuesday that the team had “two or three guys that are out” because of positive tests. He did not specify which players had tested positive. The Chiefs will allow up to 2,000 season ticket holders to attend training camp on Saturday, making them the first NFL team to allow fans since the coronavirus pandemic dramatically altered the way teams are preparing for the season.The team also said that up to 5,000 season ticket holders will be allowed at practice on Aug. 29, when the franchise plans to raise a new Super Bowl championship flag over the west end zone.The Chiefs typically draw thousands of fans daily to training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University, about an hour’s drive north of Kansas City in St. Joseph, Missouri. But the pandemic caused the Chiefs and the few other teams that still leave home for training camp to instead hold all their workouts at team facilities.The Chiefs are fortunate in that their practice facility is just across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium. They have been using both locations to allow for more social distancing in walk-throughs and meetings. The practices that are open to fans will be at Arrowhead Stadium, where they will be able to social distance.___ The Western & Southern Open, moved this year from Cincinnati to New York because of the coronavirus pandemic, begins Saturday. The U.S. Open starts Aug. 31.Testing began last Thursday.___South Africa has withdrawn from a planned women’s cricket tour of England because of coronavirus-related restrictions.The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa say “this decision was taken due to the current international travel regulations in place for South African national teams.”last_img read more

Women’s ICC events receive prize money boost

first_imgAN extra US$2.6 million will be up for grabs at women’s tournaments after the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a major boost in the prize money pool.Winners of the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia next year will receive US$1 million and the runners-up US$500,000, five times the amounts on offer at the 2018 edition.The overall prize money will increase by 320% for 2020, compared to 2018, meaning a windfall for each of the 10 teams competing.The prize pot for the Women’s World Cup in 2021 will rise to US$3.5 million from $2 million in 2017 under changes announced by the ICC on Monday in the wake of increased revenue.The ICC Board also confirmed the introduction of an Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup, to be played in Bangladesh in 2021 and staged every two years after that.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said the moves were part of a “commitment to reach parity across men’s and women’s cricket as part of a broader plan to grow and develop the women’s game”.“We want to build a long-term sustainable foundation for women’s cricket and that is about more than just prize money,” he said in an ICC release. “It is about building a product that fans want to watch, that kids want to take up, that sponsors and broadcasters want to be part of.“Creating a Women’s U19 event also improves the pathway available to young cricketers and ensures they have the same opportunities as their male counterparts.“Next year it’s our ambition to fill the MCG on International Women’s Day for the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 which would be a world record for a women’s sporting event. This significant increase in prize money and the introduction of a Women’s U19 event is part of a much larger effort to grow the women’s game around the world.”The Board decided that the eight-year cycle starting in 2023 will comprise eight men’s events, eight women’s events, four men’s Under-19 events and four women’s Under-19 events.The ICC will call for expressions of interest from all member nations wanting to host events, with the bidding process to start early next year for women’s and Under-19 events.Meanwhile, Indra Nooyi was unanimously reappointed as the ICC’s independent director for a second two-year term from 2020-22. Former PepsiCo chairperson and CEO Nooyi became the ICC Board’s first independent female director in 2018. She sits on the board of directors at Amazon and Schlumberger.(ESPN Cricinfo).last_img read more

Former Arsenal Star, Parlour, Tips Iwobi for Greatness Â

first_img *Commends MTN, Gunners for organising coaching clinic in Lagos By Duro Ikhazuagbe A former Arsenal FC star, Ray Parlour, has tipped Super Eagles attacking midfielder, Alex Iwobi to become one of the best footballers of his generation if he adds scoring more goals to his game.Iwobi was the star of the senior Nigerian team at the weekend as his 73rd minute goal against Zambia helped the three-time African champions qualify for a sixth World Cup.Parlour who spoke yesterday at the closing ceremony of the MTN/Arsenal Football Clinic for Coaches and Children at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, insisted that Iwobi  has a great future ahead of him if he continues to work very hard.“Iwobi is still a young player and in (Arsene) Wenger he is in good hands.  He listens and works hard and with time I believe he will become a top player not only for Arsenal but also for Nigeria.“What he needs is to learn to score more goals and contribute more to the defensive side of the game. Iwobi’s movement on and off the ball is excellent, but he still has a lot to learn. He is one of the players to watch at the World Cup,” observed Parlour who was part of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ of the late 1990s and early 2000s.The former midfielder who played alongside another Nigerian, Nwankwo Kanu at Arsenal further rates Iwobi as one of the most promising midfielders in the game. Parlour was in Nigeria for three days for the MTN/Arsenal coaching clinic. He was excited by the passion shown by the participants for football.While commending MTN for their partnership with Arsenal, he advised aspiring young footballers to always believe in themselves, work hard and listen to their coaches in order to fulfill their potentials. “Its quite nice to see so many kids who are enthusiastic about football here in Nigeria. I remember that I got into the Arsenal Academy when I was just 11 years old. I am excited about this opportunity because it’s a heartwarming reminder of how it all began for me. “My advice to these youngsters is that they must always show belief in their ability. Anybody, who wants to make it in football, must listen to his coache, ask questions when they are lost and keep practising because practice makes perfect,” concludes Parlour.Meanwhile, Alex Iwobi’s father, Chuka Iwobi has expressed his happiness with the performance of his son for the Super Eagles.The senior Iwobi wrote on his personal Facebook timeline yesterday:  “Young Alex following in the footsteps of his uncle Jay Jay… Russia World Cup, here we come!!!  Iwobi is an uncle to former Super Eagles Captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha.In apparent show of gratitude to God and also making Nigerians happy, the senior Iwobi concluded: “We have so many reasons to thank the Lord. So proud of you as a father- I am honoured that you played a part in our qualification to the World Cup in Russia.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UW ends recent slump, manages split

first_imgAJ MACLEAN/Herald photoDULUTH, Minn. — In a series highlighting both the youth of Duluth and the experience of Wisconsin, it was the freshmen from both teams that made big impacts throughout the two-game series, as Wisconsin pummeled Duluth 7-2 Friday night before falling 4-1 Saturday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. In Saturday’s contest, Duluth jumped on the board first when senior Tim Stapleton beat Connelly on a power-play one-timer for his 12th goal of the year and a 1-0 lead.The Badgers responded with a power-play goal of their own, as Joe Pavelski cashed in a rebound off senior goaltender Isaac Reichmuth to tie the score at 1-1.However, the youth of the Bulldogs would dominate the experience of Wisconsin for the rest of the night. The Bulldogs responded 4:01 into the second period when freshman Mason Raymond fired a puck at the Wisconsin net that deflected off of a UW defender’s stick and over Connelly’s shoulder to put Duluth ahead for good at 2-1.Freshman MacGregor Sharp extended the Bulldog lead to 3-1 when he buried a rebound for a power-play goal halfway through the second period for his second goal of the series, and another freshman, Nick Kemp, closed out the scoring with a tip-in power-play goal in the third period.”Even though we lost a lot of games, I am really proud of their effort,” Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin said. “We did much better as a team tonight, and we scored some power-play goals. They went out tonight, and I was really impressed with what we saw. Hopefully, this can give our team a boost.”Along with the superb play of the Duluth freshmen, the story of the night for Wisconsin was its lack of success on the penalty kill, which led the WCHA at 88 percent.Duluth, which has the second worst power play in the league (14 percent), was an outstanding 3-for-6 on the power play and scored those three goals on only seven shots. On the night as a whole, Wisconsin out shot UMD 32-21, but behind junior goalie Isaac Reichmuth’s 31 saves, UMD broke its seven-game losing streak.”It was a tough night,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “I thought we could have been better on the penalty killing and could have executed better on the power play. Their power play beat our power play tonight.”It was a different story on Friday night, as Wisconsin came out the aggressor, pummeling Duluth goalie Josh Johnson early and often with 19 shots in the first period. Coupled with Duluth’s leading-scorer Michael Gergen receiving a game misconduct for checking from behind, Wisconsin was able to break out of an offensive slump that had plagued them over the past two weeks.The seven goals Wisconsin put up equaled its offensive output from the past four games combined, as defenseman Tom Gilbert, center Andrew Joudrey, left wingers Robbie Earl and Ross Carlson, and right winger Adam Burish scored goals in the Badgers victory, as they regained first place in the WCHA over idle Minnesota and Denver.Additionally, freshman Ben Street had his first three-point game as a Badger, adding two goals in the third period and an assist in the Wisconsin victory.The turning point for Wisconsin came in terms of a coaching change midway through the second period with Wisconsin up 3-2. Not pleased with how his lines were performing, Eaves decided to switch Jack Skille to Ben Street’s line in hopes of boosting the offense. Eaves’ gamble paid off, as the ensuing goal proved to be the back-breaker for Duluth. Skille made a touch pass to the Duluth native Carlson, who fired the puck between Johnson’s legs to give Wisconsin a two-goal advantage.”We decided to roll the dice,” Eaves said. “I think [that] we had a good first period with the lines we had [and] it was pretty solid. In the second period, we lost what we had and rather than sit around to see if something happens, let’s be proactive and see if we can set ourselves up here by making some changes.”However, the real topic of conversation Friday was the play of Shane Connelly and his superb goaltending in the net. After four consecutive defeats, Connelly stopped 28 shots and allowed two goals off deflections to earn his first collegiate win.When Wisconsin was struggling in the second period, Connelly proved to be the rock of the Wisconsin defense, stopping 17 of 18 Bulldog shots, allowing the Badgers to find their niche and retake control of the game. “It’s hard for a freshman goalie to come in and play Denver and Minnesota right away,” Street said. “He stayed positive through the whole thing, and he had a lot of support around him. It’s been a little tough going 0-4 but, as coach said, Curtis Joseph didn’t have a good start, and it turned out all right for him, too. I am just so happy and so proud of him.””I’m a little happier and upbeat to experience a win after the last four,” Connelly said. “It’s always more fun when you win. It just felt good as a team. We had lost four in a row and finally got some wind back. We put up seven goals tonight, and it’s a big lift for the whole team. It feels really good.”last_img read more

Networks call re-election for Obama

first_imgPresident Barack Obama finished off a hard-fought race with a victory, becoming re-elected as the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday night.As most major networks began calling the election around 8:20 p.m., hundreds of students keeping tabs on the results in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center erupted in screams and cheers.Though the popular vote remains close, Obama took enough key states to make it nearly impossible for Republican challenger Mitt Romney to win the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.Obama won the battleground states of New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, and was widely projected to win Wisconsin, making it highly unlikely that Romney could catch up.Exit polls and most major networks also predicted that Obama would carry Ohio, taking 18 more key electoral college votes that Romney would have needed to win.The president was also leading in Colorado, New Mexico, Florida and Virginia, as of 9 p.m.last_img read more

Griffin III focuses on winning in 1st start at QB since 2016

first_img The previous time Robert Griffin III started a game in the NFL, he was protecting a broken shoulder while flinging the ball for a miserable Cleveland Browns team staggering through a 1-15 season in 2016.On Sunday, Griffin returns to a role he’s coveted since that lamentable year. RG3 will start at quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, who have already sewed up the top seed in the AFC playoffs and have designs of ending the regular season with a 12-game winning streak and a 14-2 record.Griffin will open against Pittsburgh because potential NFL MVP Lamar Jackson is being held out of a game that is essentially meaningless to the Ravens. Though Griffin has been a backup in Baltimore since the outset of the 2018 season, he still believes he’s got enough drive, talent and leadership skills to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.This would seem to be the perfect time for him to prove it. But that’s not what motivates RG3 in his return to the spotlight that shined upon him so brightly when he won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor in 2011 and earned the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award with the Redskins in 2012.“I’m not going to make the game about me. I know everyone wants to,” Griffin said Tuesday. “I’m not really focusing on this being a stepping-stone game. It’s not really about that. It’s about going out and trying to win.”Now 29, Griffin appreciates having a job in the NFL after what he’s been through. He enjoyed great success during his first two years in Washington, then struggled through an injury-riddled 2014 season. A concussion in the second preseason game of 2015 dropped him to third on the depth chart, and he did not take a snap the entire year.He was cut in March 2016 and signed two weeks later by the Browns.Griffin began his only season with Cleveland as a starter but hurt his shoulder in Week 1 and languished on the injured list until December. He led the Browns to their only win against San Diego on Christmas Eve.Griffin was dumped in March 2017 and sat out the entire 2017 season. He returned to the NFL last year when the Ravens signed him to be the backup to Joe Flacco and a mentor to Jackson, then a 21-year-old rookie.Looking back, Griffin knows he made the right choice.“Obviously, any quarterback in my position is going to want to get back in the league and be starting right away,” he said. “So I don’t think in that sense it was ideal, but that was the hand I was dealt and I knew that coming here. It was an ideal situation because I was coming to an organization that has an identity, takes care of their players and allows you to be yourself. That’s something that I was fighting a lot in previous stops.”Because Griffin made a name for himself as a running quarterback at Baylor and with the Redskins, he has been a perfect tutor for the fleet-footed Jackson, whose running ability helped earn him the 2016 Heisman at Louisville.Mostly, though, the Ravens got Griffin because his experience, right arm and ability to scramble out of the pocket.“Robert has bought into the Baltimore Ravens. He’s bought into this offense,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s bought into what I’m selling in the room, and he is all-in. He’s been there, done that. He knows his role, and it’s very defined and very clear to him what his role is.”Griffin played three games as a backup last year. He’s appeared in six games this season, either in a mop-up role or as part of what the Ravens call “The Heisman Package”‘ — an alignment that features Jackson, Griffin and 2009 winner Mark Ingram.This week, Griffin’s task is to put a ribbon on Baltimore’s magical regular season. He’s sturdier and wiser than the 2016 version of RG3, who threw three interceptions and just two touchdown passes for Cleveland.“I was playing with a broken shoulder back then,” Griffin said. “I’m healthy and I’ve learned a lot. To be in the position I’ve been in the past two years, you’re either upset about it and don’t work, or you’re upset about it and you work. I worked through it.“I just try to be a testimony to everybody who’s ever gone through something — keep fighting and eventually you’ll come out on top,” Griffin said. “’Hopefully you get Lamar Jackson as the starting quarterback and you get an opportunity to play in the last game of the year.”___More AP NFL: SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 25th December, 2019 12:43 IST Last Updated: 25th December, 2019 12:43 IST Griffin III Focuses On Winning In 1st Start At QB Since 2016 The previous time Robert Griffin III started a game in the NFL, he was protecting a broken shoulder while flinging the ball for a miserable Cleveland Browns team staggering through a 1-15 season in 2016.center_img Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

#AFCONonCiti: Jordan Ayew opens up on torn emotions after Benin draw

first_imgBlack Stars forward, Jordan Ayew, may have been the best of the 22 men who featured in Tuesday’s Group F clash between Ghana and Benin in the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt but left the pitch in a rather torn state emotionally.His reason?The award for his good performance did not match the result he wanted from the game as Ghana drew 2-2 with Benin. The Swansea City forward, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, scored Ghana’s second of the night in the 42nd minute to put the Black Stars ahead after they had fallen behind in the 2nd minute.The result left Ayew quite unhappy but he chose to be philosophical about things.“I am experiencing mixed feelings because I wanted to win the game. I wanted the three points but unfortunately, we could not get them due to the difficulties that emerged after the red card (to John Boye).But fair play to Benin, my team mates and I think it was a good game for the fans. That is what football is all about. It is about making happy but I have mixed feelings.”Jordan Ayew and his team mates will have to pick themselves up and get ready for their second game of the group against Cameroon on Saturday.last_img read more