Wilshere waits on FA

first_img Such sanctions have been implemented in the past as was the case with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was suspended for one match, fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct after he made a gesture to home fans as he walked off the pitch following a 1-0 defeat at Fulham in December 2011. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted in his post-match press conference that “if he (Wilshere) did it and he is banned, then we will have to accept it.” If that proves to be the case, then Wilshere will miss the visit of second-placed Chelsea next up on December 23. Defeat for Arsenal – who have been drawn with Bayern Munich once again in the last 16 of the Champions League – saw their lead at the top of the table cut down to just two points. Wenger feels the way his men respond from the defeat could well shape the rest of what has so far been a promising campaign. The Gunners could now be overtaken by first Liverpool, who host Cardiff on Saturday lunchtime, and then City who are at struggling Fulham. Indeed Wenger’s men may well end up down in fourth spot for Christmas should Chelsea win at the Emirates Stadium – with fifth-placed Everton out to also close up to potentially one point if they can win at Swansea. Wilshere feels Arsenal must learn fast from their disappointing defensive display at the Etihad Stadium. Television cameras picked up Wilshere raising his middle finger in the direction of home fans at the Etihad Stadium during the second half of Saturday’s 6-3 defeat for the Barclays Premier League leaders. Following the submission of observations from referee Martin Atkinson and his officials, Press Association Sport understands the governing body is gathering more evidence to help with the context of the situation and under their disciplinary procedures have until 6pm on Tuesday to lodge any formal charge against the player. “Most of the goals were individual mistakes. I know I certainly am beating myself up about it and the other players I know will be disappointed,” Wilshere said on Arsenal Player. “We will learn from that individually and collectively. “I think we were too stretched and the space between the defence and the midfield was too much. “We have to tighten up a little bit.” Arsenal are set to monitor the healing process of the deep cut to defender Laurent Koscielny’s knee which was sustained when attempting to prevent City’s second goal late in the first half and was unable to continue. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere must discover if he will be charged with misconduct by the Football Association for an abusive hand gesture towards Manchester City supporters which could see him eventually hit with a one-match ban. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Journalist Lisa Ling speaks about her work abroad

first_imgLisa Ling, an American journalist and host of CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling, spoke Tuesday night in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom about her humanitarian efforts around the world.The event, hosted by USC Speakers Committee and co-sponsored by the USC Service Student Assembly, USC Political Student Assembly, USC Special Events Committee, Asian Pacific American Student Assembly and Women’s Student Assembly, also featured a question and answer session and a meet and greet.Ling introduced herself as a fellow Trojan, who attended USC in the early ’90s but “didn’t quite make it to graduation.” Because she entered the professional sphere at a young age, reporting for Channel One News, Ling said she became enraptured by the stories she collected on her job assignments and elected to find her education by visiting different countries instead.“Some of these stories made me a better person,” Ling said. “My hope is that you take these stories back to your dorm, and that they make you a better person.”Reporting from distant places, Ling was faced with some harsh realities as a 21-year-old reporter, such as witnessing young, Afghan boys holding RPG guns larger than their frame. Ling said she was haunted by these images, but the questions that arose spurred her passion for field experience even more.“I got to travel and immerse myself in different cultures and engage with different young people,” Ling said. “That’s why I didn’t graduate from USC — it’s because I was traveling. I think traveling is the best education. If there’s one takeaway here tonight, it’s to travel … I’m convinced that you are better, smarter, more marketable  as a job candidate if you travel.”From there, Ling entered the daytime talk show arena, becoming a host on the ABC’s The View in the early 2000s. She quickly realized, however, that her position was just to draw out the younger demographic. While Ling wanted to share her knowledge about globalization and drug wars, her efforts were quickly curtailed at business meetings.“The executives said, ‘Lisa, nice try, but no one in the United States cares about what’s happening in the world,” Ling said. “But I didn’t really believe that. I felt like there was this incredible world I needed to explore.”Ling  left the show in 2002, and later joined the National Geographic channel, where she decided to spotlight places such as North Korea, a country in which her sister, Laura Ling, who is also a journalist, was imprisoned. Ling also set out to highlight the one-child policy in China, where the preference for male children has created an imbalance of males to females in the country.In recent years, Ling has covered domestic issues, such as the mass incarceration problem in the United States. According to Ling, one in 12 black men will see prison walls at some point in their lives, often a result of minor charges such as drug possession, and are frequently forced into criminal activity because of financial hardship. After release, it can be hard for former convicts to find jobs due to company policy, she said.“We say that we are a country that offers second chances to people, but I often wonder, ‘Are we really?’” Ling said.Ling closed with a recitation from a poem, which implored audience members to affect change in their communities. She also cited a quote from Oprah, urging students to open their eyes to the injustices of the world.“Oprah said, ‘Now that you know, you can’t pretend that you don’t,’” Ling said.last_img read more

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Badgers ready to storm Indianapolis

first_imgMarch is here, and the Big Ten is ready to jump into the Madness.With conference tournaments already underway, the 14th edition of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament begins today in the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.With many bracket pundits predicting as many as six Big Ten teams to go on to the NCAA Tournament, half of the league enters this playoff battling for their lives.But for third-seeded Wisconsin, whose fate in the Big Dance rests not on the conference tournament, there’s no shortage of motivation.“We’re going down there to win the thing,” first-team All-Big Ten forward Jon Leuer said. “It’s [been] one of our goals before the season started. Obviously we wanted to win the Big Ten regular season; we didn’t get a chance to do that, so now we have a new opportunity in front of us.”Being the third seed, Wisconsin receives a first-round bye. The Badgers open their postseason on Friday afternoon against the winner of the Indiana-Penn State game, which is played today.Wisconsin enters the tournament after suffering its most lopsided victory of the season. Ohio State converted an NCAA record 14-of-15 3-pointers in a 93-65 victory over the Badgers at home last Sunday.But fellow first-team All-Big Ten guard Jordan Taylor calmly dismissed any notion of a hangover by citing the team’s performance last year, when the team’s fortunes were reversed.Wisconsin ended the year with an encouraging 72-57 road win against Illinois to end the regular season, but the Badgers followed that with a 58-54 loss to the Illini in the conference tournament and a second-round exit in the NCAA tournament.Taylor knows UW’s season finale has no further bearing on the team’s postseason now that it’s over.“Last year we went in and beat Illinois on the road in the last game of the regular season, and we didn’t play that well in the postseason,” Taylor said. “[The Ohio State game] was a pretty big loss in terms of the point spread – it’s in the past, and you got to go to the next one, so all of us have already put it behind us.”En route to a 13-5 Big Ten record, the Badgers beat all 10 of their conference opponents at least once during the record season and went 4-3 against ranked conference foes. Wisconsin swept Indiana and traded victories with Penn State this year.Thursday’s game between the Hoosiers and Nittany Lions begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Its conclusion will give the Badgers about 24 hours to prepare.According to sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz, in the three days of preparation the team has had since its loss against Ohio State, the Badgers have prepared for both PSU and IU, spending Tuesday preparing for the former and Wednesday the latter.“We’ve been doing both teams, Penn State and Indiana, and we’ve been working on stuff for ourselves as well,” Bruesewitz said. “I think so far we’ve had two really good days of practice.”Wisconsin met with Indiana as recently as one week ago, where Taylor produced the third-highest scoring performance in UW history with 39 in a 77-67 win on the road.The Badgers and Nittany Lions last clashed on Feb. 19 at the Kohl Center, where Wisconsin came out on top in a 76-66 result. PSU guard Talor Battle scored 23 points in that game, and Taylor knows players like Battle can’t be taken lightly in the postseason.“Talor Battle’s been one of the best players in the Big Ten for four years now, and he’s never even been to an NCAA Tournament,” Taylor said. “I’m sure he wants nothing more than to get there, so I’m sure [Penn State is] going to throw everything they have at Indiana first and then at us if they get to us.”And though Taylor has enjoyed two trips to the NCAA tournament already, there’s no lack of motivation for the junior who is winless in the conference playoffs.“I’ve never won a game at the Big Ten Tournament, so I want to get at least one this year. It’s a pretty big deal for me,” he said.last_img read more

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Paying The Penalty! Lille Manager El Loco Suspended By Club

first_imgFrench Ligue 1 side Lille Metropole have suspended their manager Marcelo ‘El Loco’ Bielsa from his duties with immediate effect.The former Argentina boss has paid the penalty for an underwhelming start to the season in charge of the team. RelatedFrench Ligue 1 Wrap: Monaco Thrash Lille To Pile More Misery On ‘El Loco’September 23, 2017In “Europe”Angers’ Interest Hands Enyeama Renewed World Cup HopesDecember 28, 2017In “Africa”Vincent Enyeama Set for Trials with French Ligue 1 Side DijonJuly 24, 2019In “France” Bielsa joined the club in the summer and has led the former league champions to an unimpressive 19th position in the league following Monday night’s disappointing 3-0 loss at Amiens.last_img

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William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities

first_img Submit tweet StumbleUpon Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 A year-on from implementing its corporate transformation programme, William Hill Plc has praised the execution of its new strategy which has helped the company navigate Covid complexities and further industry headwinds.Publishing its half-year results for the six months ended 30 June 2020, the COVID-19 disruptions to live sport were a key factor in the 32% decline in net revenues, which fell from £811.7 million to £554.4 million.The bookmaker noted that this was ‘partially offset by favourable sports results and a resilient gaming performance’, with online gaming increasing by 1% from £367.3 million to £369.3 million.Online activity, which accounts for 67% of William Hill’s operations, appeared to withstand the effects of the pandemic. While a decline in staking levels as a result of live sport impacted UK net revenues – which dropped by 8% from £244.9 million in 2019 to £225.5 million in 2020 – international net revenues grew.Stating that this was ‘in line with the ambition to diversify internationally’, William Hill reported that 39% of revenue was generated outside the UK compared to 35% during the same period last year.Online international net revenue increased by 10%, up from £122.4 million in 2019 to £143.8 million. William Hill attributed this to ‘increasing traction from product developments launched late in 2019, a shift from retail to online and some substitution from sports betting’.This was compounded by ‘strong progress with Sweden returning to growth following the regulatory developments of the prior year and Denmark net revenue nearly doubling’.Pre-tax profit for the six month period amounted to £141.1 million, compared to losses of £63.5m in the comparative period last year, which was largely due to a one-off £201.6 million value-added tax refund.The FTSE250 betting group continues to ‘remodel its retail estate’, which recorded a 49% drop in like-for-like revenues to £147 million, down from £391 million in H1 2019, citing a number of continued market adjustments to the FOBTs £2 stake reduction and the company significantly reducing its shop units in 2019.Forced by Covid to place its retail estate in hibernation for 13-weeks’, William Hill retail segment recorded operating losses of £129 million. The bookmaker states that it does not anticipate ‘longer term retail footfall’ to return to pre-Covid levels, with 119 betting shops remaining permanently closed.This July, William Hill confirmed the merger of online and retail divisions as ‘the next logical step to create value and drive growth’ as the company plans to deliver a ‘smart retail offering with the best of retail and the power of online’.Ulrik Bengtsson, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “I am delighted with William Hill’s performance in these extraordinary times. Our team has been remarkable, supporting each other and our customers throughout the pandemic, and I would like to thank them for their continuing efforts.“We are pleased with the moves we have taken to further strengthen customer protection, sending over 1.2 million player safety messages, and we are fully supportive of an evidence-based approach to the review of the Gambling Act, as suggested by the recent House of Lords report.“We have clear proof that our strategy of focusing on Customer, Team and Execution is working. Our trading was strong before COVID-19, we controlled costs effectively during lockdown and we have recovered well post-lockdown with good performances in our online businesses throughout the first half.“The furlough scheme provided welcome and timely support and meant we could protect the jobs of our 7,000 UK retail colleagues. Therefore, given the strength of our recovery post-lockdown, we have decided to repay the furlough funds.“We have continued to develop both our technology platform and our product offerings, with more significant enhancements to come in the second half. The balance sheet has been strengthened by the prompt actions we took to keep cash in the business, the successful placing, and the recognition of the VAT refund.“As a result, we have the financial strength to confidently pursue our growth agenda, taking advantage of our market leading position in sports betting in the US, and the terrific opportunity that Eldorado’s merger with Caesars brings.” William Hill matches finance sector screening capacity with Accuity  July 8, 2020last_img read more

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Portugal coach Benito extends contract to 2016

first_imgPaulo Bento will lead Portugal until the end of their UEFA EURO 2016 campaign after the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) agreed a two-year extension with the national team coach.”We made an overall assessment of the period that we have worked together and we think that because of the results, processes and methods of work, commitment to the FPF and work with other technical areas of our structure, Paulo Bento should extend his contract for two more years,” said FPF president Fernando Gomes.”We are very pleased to be able to continue a project that has paid dividends not only with the senior side but also other national teams.”The 44-year-old Bento has been in charge since September 2010, guiding Portugal to the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2012 and to this summer’s FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.”It is an honour to continue to serve my country,” said the former Portugal midfielder. “I have never hidden the fact that I like working at the Portuguese Football Federation, where I feel I can continue to develop a project that aims to get results with the national team but also has a rewarding strategic aspect.”last_img read more

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Wish Upon a Star- A Disney Themed Ice Show set for March 3 at NDCC Arena

first_imgWish Upon a Star- A Disney Themed Ice Show runs Saturday, March 3rd at 2 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.To see the rest of the winners visit nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca The Capitol Theatre’s Neil Harrower and musician and vocalist Allison Girvan are surrounded by entries for the Nelson Figure Skating Club’s Wish Upon A Star Poster Contest.Harrower and Girvan served as judges to determine winners from three age categories plus an overall winner whose work will become the official poster for the ice show.Girvan holds the winning poster created by 14 year-old Courtney Shrieves.last_img

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Ceres battles past Shan United to set up clash vs Brisbane Roar

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Schrock was denied by the post deep into extra time, after shooting from a tight angle following a flowing move involving substitute Manny Ott and OJ Porteria. The Burmese champions sat deep and absorbed the pressure for most of the match, denying the Busmen space in the final third. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut as both teams searched for a winner in extra time, it was Schrock who provided the flash of inspiration when his effort was deflected into the bottom corner, beating Shan goalkeeper Thuha Sithu.Shan hit back when Asare turned and lifted the ball past debuting goalkeeper Toni Doblas. The goal sent the match into penalties, where Carlie De Murga, Stephan Schrock, Mike Ott and Bienvenido Maranon all found theback of the net. Racela looking for better finishing kick from TNT Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros dug deep and kept its poise in the shootout to subdue Shan United of Myanmar, 4-3, on penalties last Tuesday night to advance to the second round of AFC Champions League qualifiers at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. Far from their best form after returning from a break only last week, the Busmen forged ahead in the 92nd minute through a deflected effort from Stephan Schrock only for Patrick Asare to pull the hosts level sevenminutes later. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The hosts missed two penalties, allowing the Busmen to punch their ticket to the second round where they will face Brisbane Roar of Australia on Jan. 23. “It was a tough game, we weren’t ready to play 120 minutes because we only had four training sessions before the game but everytime we wear this jersey, we represent Ceres, we represent Bacolod, we represent the Philippines, so we have to give our best,” said Ceres skipper Carlie De Murga.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas PLAY LIST 01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:17Christmas Eve chaos in Hong Kong as police and protesters clash00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

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Karate hopes to find redemption in Asiad

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) disburses the allowances directly to the athletes after the government sports agency decided to suspend the financial assistance of the Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF).The PSC has asked the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the liquidation of funds by the PKF after several karatekas complained they failed to receive the full allowance due them during the team’s 20-day training last year in Germany.Documents provided by PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez showed the PSC allocated P3,217,874.75 for the entire trip with each member of the team allotted a daily allowance of US$90, or $1,800 for 20 days.Fernandez said some of the athletes claimed they only received 400 euros, or roughly $470, with Reyes as disbursing officer. PKF officials, however, said everything was accounted for and no money was lost.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Five karatekas from the national team will try to erase the stigma attached to their sport in the coming Asian Games.Mae Soriano is ready to rise to the challenge in the women’s kumite (-55kg) as the 2014 Incheon Asiad bronze medalist aims for a higher finish on the medal podium this time.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Matthysse tames trash talk this time Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jayson Ramil Macaalay, silver performer in the men’s kumite -60kg during last year’s Indonesia Southeast Asian Games, also provides an opportunity for the Philippines to capture its first gold medal in the biggest gathering of topnotch athletes in the continent.Likewise seeking to attract attention are 2017 SEA Games bronze medalist Junna Tzukii (-50kg), Sharief Afif (84kg) and kata specialist Orencio James Virgil Delos Santos (-84kg).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Japanese coach Tsukii and fellow national coach Norman Montalvo will accompany the team during the Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 Games set in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.Since karatedo got included in the 45-nation quadrennial sportsfest in 1994 Hiroshima, the Philippines has had a couple of near-gold performances. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more

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Inspector Quamie in Nigeria to Appraise Sports Stadium

first_imgLiberia’s football administrator, G. Andy Quamie has been appointed for the second time by Confederation of African Football (CAF) to scrutinize stadiums ahead of major tournaments.Mr. Quamie, FIFA and CAF Match Commissioner as well as CAF Inspector will inspect four stadiums in Nigeria ahead of 2016 CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup preliminary matches involving Enyimba FC, Warri Wolves, Nasarawa United and Akwa United.CAF through its Club Licensing Manager Ahmed Harraz wrote Quamie to inform him of his selection over the weekend.Yesterday, Quamie departed for Nigeria where he will spend a week to vet the four stadiums.Upon the approval of Quamie, the following matches will then be played at those stadiums: Warri Wolves – Sporting Praia Cruz, 12-14 February (Champions League); Nasarawa United – Génération Foot, 12-14 February (Confederation Cup); Enyimba – Vipers FC, 26-28 February (Champions League); and Akwa United – Vita Club Mokanda, 26-28 February (Confederation Cup).It may be recalled that on 28 December 2012, Mr. Quamie got his inaugural inspection assignment as “CAF Inspector” to appraise sports facilities in the Gambia from the 7th to the 14th of January 2013.His visit included hotels and the stadium in the framework of the Club Licensing System. During the inspection, it was learnt that he was accompanied by Gambia Football Association’s Secretary General; a representative from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and General Manager of the Independence Stadium, including liaison officers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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