The Sayreville Stars Softball Association’s 12-and-under girls’ fast pitch traveling team opened its double elimination competition at the 2000 PONY National Tournament of Champions in Sterling, Va., last week hoping to build on past success. Under founder, President and Coach Leo Kirchner, the Stars tested their mettle against the country’s finest travel teams, and Kirchner was looking forward to seeing how his girls perform throughout the tournament. “All these teams are champions, and it’s interesting to see how our program stacks up against them,” said Kirchner, who, along with co-coach Mark Funk, has led the team to a 40-11-1 record this year. “What we’ve accomplished, we’ve done with pitching and defense. We’ve recorded 24 shutouts, which speaks very highly of those aspects of our game.” The Sayreville team, which is also made up of girls from Aberdeen and Old Bridge, went 2-1 in their preliminary play to earn a top seed in their A bracket. In the first contest, the club defeated the Long Island Bandits by a 3-1 score, with Mallory Kirchner taking the win, and key hits by catcher-third baseman Tricia Allutto of Matawan-Aberdeen and outfielder-pitcher Lauren Gelmetti of Westfield. Then the Stars conquered the Swansea (Mass.) Maddogs, 1-0, on great pitching by Jackie Funk of Clark, excellent defense and a little good luck: Marianne Marinella, the pitcher-first baseman from Matawan-Aberdeen, scored the lone run on consecutive passed balls. Although Sayreville fell 1-0 to the Prince William Comets July 24, the Stars were already guaranteed a first-seed. They earned their berth in the nationals by hosting a 12-team PONY National Qualifying tourney over Father’s Day weekend at the new Middlesex County Raritan Bay Waterfront Park in Sayreville. Among the Stars’ other accomplishments, the team placed first in the NJSASA Kickoff Classic and Mid Summer Fun tourney, and finished third out of 14 teams in the NSA State Tournament, as well as second in the ASA State Tournament. Rounding out the rest of the roster are second baseman-outfielder Kaitlin Calo-gera of Old Bridge; outfielder Martha Frazier of Weehawken; Jessica Nicola of Sayreville, who plays catcher, outfield and second base; shortstop-catcher Jilliam Ortega of Matawan-Aberdeen; and outfielder Nicole Riggio from Old Bridge. —Richard Jerome
By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Brookdale Community College’s Terrel Cox puts up a running one-hander during a recent win against Atlantic Cape Community College at Brookdale’s Collins Arena in Lincroft. The Jersey Blues are currently in a tie for first place in the Garden State Athletic Conference. The Jersey Blues were 8-6 overall before games against Passaic County Community College on Jan. 17 and Ocean County College on Jan 20. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Brookdale Community College’s men’s basketball team has had to make a lot of adjustments this winter.Head coach Paul Cisek has had to nurture a freshmen-dominated team with no returning starters through its growing pains. At the same time, the Jersey Blues have something they haven’t had in recent seasons: size up front with two centers who are 6 feet 8 inches tall and 6 feet 9 inches tall.“We’ve usually been a smaller, quicker team,” the veteran head coach said. “We’ve got size, which is a little different for us.”Cisek expected his team to start slow, but perhaps not 3-6 slow.That record can be chalked up, in part, to the schedule, which had the Division III program playing Division I and II teams early on.“We’re young, and the schedule was pretty strong — one of the strongest in a while,” Cisek said. “It was challenging.”There was a bright side to playing the challenging schedule early, as it helped the freshmen mature quicker and had them ready for the competition in Region 19.Brookdale has reeled off five straight wins to improve to 8-6 overall. Most important, it has moved up to second place in Region 19 and into a tie for first place in the Garden State Athletic Conference with a 7-3 mark.Cisek’s patience and confidence in his team through the slow start have been rewarded. “I knew it would click,” he said. “We’re starting to play better defense, and we’re figuring out the offense.“With no returning starters, it took a while to learn the system and understand what we want to do. Every day, we get better.”Brookdale’s offense has been predicated on dribble-drive penetration in recent years, but the Jersey Blues are looking to take advantage of their size up front this season. It took some time to get the centers into the offense. “We have to capitalize more on our size,” Cisek said.Norbert Allen (Boys & Girls, Bronx, N.Y.) and Brian Crosby (Middletown North), both freshmen, are the centers who are giving the offense a new look. The Jersey Blues are playing a more patterned offense with screens and pick-and-rolls because of them.Helping the offense come around has been Long Branch High School graduate Terrel Cox, who was asked by Cisek to do something he hasn’t done before: play point guard. As he has become more comfortable running the point, the Jersey Blues offense has flourished.“It was a learning process,” Cisek said. “Terrel has gotten stronger, and he’s a pretty solid leader.”A transfer, sophomore Isaiah Johnson (Notre Dame High School/Trenton), has been the go-to man on offense averaging 22.9 points.Although no one else is averaging double figures, Johnson has been getting support from Tevon Bennett (Orange), Cox and Corrie Brown (Teaneck), who are averaging 9.7, 9.5 and 9.1 points, respectively. On any given night, they can score in the high teens or 20s. Allen and Crosby are averaging 10 points a game between them.Because of what Allen and Crosby are bringing up front, Brookdale can be flexible on defense, go man-to-man or sit back in a zone. The Jersey Blues are playing more zone than in the past. In a recent game, the Jersey Blues had 10 blocked shots.What has pleased Cisek the most is the rebounding. The Jersey Blues are starting to build up a noticeable rebound advantage over their opponents each night.Completing the roster are Noah Dean (Bloomfield), Tyler Gurczeski (Raritan), Johnson Akerele (Old Bridge), William Gay (Neptune), Brian Reese Jr. (New Rochelle/NY) and Glenn Bates (Freehold).The five-game win streak has Brookdale right where Cisek wants the team to be.“With 10 [region games] to go, we’re OK,” he said. “We have to keep winning.”Cisek remarked that Brookdale’s goal is to reach the Region 19 Final Four.“This is the last year we have it [region semifinals and finals], and we want to make it there,” Cisek said.The best way to do that, the coach explained, is to finish in the top four during the regular season. That guarantees home games through the first rounds of the playoffs leading up to the Final Four that Brookdale is hosting.Another reason to get there is Brookdale’s dominance at the Collins Arena. The team has been almost unbeatable at home. A top-four finish will guarantee the Jersey Blues home games throughout the playoffs.After a road-heavy schedule early, the Jersey Blues end the season playing seven of their last nine games at home, which is a big advantage for Brookdale because of its home-court dominance.Brookdale begins a three-game home stand on Jan. 24, hosting Bergen Community College at 2 p.m. That is followed by games against Union County College on Jan. 27 (6 p.m.) and Cumberland County College on Jan. 29 (5 p.m.).The games with Bergen and Union are important. Union is 7-3 in the region and tied for second, while Bergen is 9-4.Brookdale goes for its fourth straight championship when the tournament begins at the end of February.In 2013, Brookdale rode its region title win to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship. Last year, the Jersey Blues were back and finished third at the NJCAA Championship.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ MOST READ Benefits of township living “As coach (Titing Manalili) told us, we just had to stay aggressive regardless of the score,” said the 6-foot-4 McAloney, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.“I have the responsibility to take charge especially in the endgame because we’ve lost the last two games by close margins,” added McAloney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Sharks lost to Biñan on Wednesday on a game-winner by Allan Mangahas in overtime.Raffy Octobre added 11 points and nine rebounds for Cebu, which held Iloilo to just 29-percent shooting. MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Center Will McAloney completed a three-point play with 2.8 seconds left to lift Cebu to a thrilling 69-68 victory over Iloilo on Monday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season at Valenzuela Astrodome in Valenzuela City.With the Sharks trailing by two, the bull-strong big man from University of San Carlos powered his way past veteran Erick Rodriguez to tie the game, before hitting the bonus free throw for the marginal score. Alfrancis Tamsi missed a three-pointer at the buzzer for Iloilo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Crack foreign field vying in Pradera Classic Sharks gunner Patrick Cabahug, the former Adamson ace in the UAAP who is Cebu’s leading scorer, tallied only eight points.But Cabahug delivered the pinpoint pass for McAloney to finish and come up with the game-winning three-point play in the dying seconds.The Royals drew 20 points from Samboy De Leon, but no other player from Iloilo finished in twin digits.The victory snapped a two-game slide for the Sharks, who improved to 3-3 and moved up to seventh in the 15-team South division.The Royals have lost two of their last three games and fell in a tie with General Santos City with a 3-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division
The official results of the Local Government Elections (LGE) were finally announced by GECOM, and they confirmed what the PPP/C had declared a week ago: the PPP had won the popular vote with 61 per cent of votes cast, while APNU trailed far behind with 34 per cent and the AFC collected an insignificant 4 per cent.Because the political parties had contested the LGE separately in their own names, it is not surprising that the vote is seen as a referendum on the performance of the incumbent PNC-led coalition.The PPP/C then decided to file a “motion of no confidence” in the Government, paraphrasing the stark language set by the British House of Commons: ‘That this House has no confidence in the APNU+AFC Government’. In such motions, there is no need to state the reasons for placing them before the Legislature; the practice is an intrinsic aspect of Westminster-style Parliamentary governments.The official House of Commons’ description of “no-confidence” motions quotes Rodney Brazier’s “Constitutional Practice, 2nd ed”: “The real significance of the general requirement that a Government retain the confidence of the House of Commons is not in the rare loss of a vote of confidence or in the somewhat more frequent legislative defeat, but rather that it obliges every Government to defend itself, explain its policies, and justify its actions to its own backbenchers, to the Opposition parties, and through them to the country as a whole.”When filing the no-confidence motion, the PPP/C had insisted that it be given the highest priority, and had placed this responsibility on the Speaker of the National Assembly. In clarifying this latter point, the Clerk of the National Assembly released a statement which revealed that in the event that our National Assembly’s Standing Orders do not cover a particular point of order (as, in this case, who controls the timing of the debate on a no-confidence motion) the said Standing Orders instruct that the practice from the British House of Commons be followed. He then quoted from the authoritative Erskine May, Parliamentary Practice, 23rd edition, 2004, as did the House of Commons itself in the aforementioned definition of no-confidence motions:“From time to time, the Opposition puts down a motion on the paper, expressing lack of confidence in the Government, or otherwise criticising its general conduct. By established convention, the Government always accedes to the demand from the Leader of the Opposition to allot a day for the discussion of a motion tabled by the official Opposition which, in the Government’s view, would have the effect of testing the confidence of the House. In allotting a day for this purpose, the Government is entitled to have regard to the exigencies of its own business, but a reasonably early day is invariably found…”From this statement, the Clerk averred that it is the Government, rather than the Speaker, that sets the date for the debate. For us in Guyana, this is unfortunately a moot issue, since the actions and decisions of the incumbent Speaker have never — not on a single issue, no matter how contentious — taken a position against the Government.The PNC-led Government, to its credit, did not question the right of the Opposition to call for the no-confidence vote, even though PM Moses Nagamootoo questioned its propriety in light of President Granger’s unfortunate illness. He appeared not to appreciate that the fortunes and fate of the Government that is in charge of the state demand that the representatives of the people look beyond personal challenges in favour of the greater good.But as for the timing, which the Government insists must be after the Budget Debate, it is unfortunate that the Clerk did not include the rest of the paragraph from Erskine May:“This convention is founded on the recognised position of the Opposition as a potential Government, which guarantees the legitimacy of such an interruption of the normal course of business. For its part, the Government has everything to gain by meeting such a direct challenge to its authority at the earliest possible moment.”Why is the Government dodging?
The Argentine forward, who had gone six games without a goal, then turned provider for Ilkay Gundogan on 79 minutes before the latter sealed it in the closing moments.Victory ended City’s six-match winless run in all competitions and was the perfect preparation for their Champions League clash with Guardiola’s former side Barcelona on Tuesday.City, who made eight changes from Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United in the League Cup, rarely looked in danger and controlled much of the game as they matched their biggest Premier League win of the season.West Brom forced the first opening when Nacer Chadli’s first-time effort swerved away from goal after Craig Dawson won the ball on the byline and Salomon Rondon teed him up.City responded with a floated effort from Raheem Sterling that forced a save from Ben Foster and the visitors had the ball in the net in the ninth minute when Aguero squared for Nolito to tap home, but the effort was ruled out for offside.City began to exert control and forced two chances in quick succession.First Sterling tested Foster with a fierce volley that was palmed away, then John Stones produced a glaring miss after being left free from Nolito’s cross, firing wide from five yards out.Given the pressure from the visitors, it was no surprise when City took the lead.Gundogan split the Baggies defence as Aguero peeled off his man and slotted home across Foster from an acute angle.– Thumping strike –Aguero was in superb form and set up the next chance when he robbed Darren Fletcher in midfield and fed Gundogan, whose pass released Nolito.His shot beat Foster but hit Gareth McAuley in front of the line.City fans didn’t have to wait long for a second goal as Aguero claimed his 13th of the season.It was a thumping strike to live long in the memory as he took advantage of some sloppy passing from Dawson and Fletcher just outside the Albion box to rifle an unstoppable drive into the top corner of the net.Two minutes after the break, David Silva’s skidding left-foot drive clipped Nolito and deflected just wide.Gundogan was next to try his luck when he attempted to pick his spot inside the box, but his side-footed effort trickled wide.West Brom made a double substitution six minutes after the break when Jonathan Leko and James Morrison replaced Jonas Olsson and Fletcher.Chris Brunt set up Rondon with a pass that had keeper Claudio Bravo racing to the edge of his area and Rondon, West Brom’s record signing, then headed narrowly wide.But City were always a threat and Sterling screwed his shot over after some pinball in the Albion box.West Brom should have scored in the 72nd minute but Rondon miscued from six yards out after James McClean broke down the left and crossed low into the box.City ended any faint hopes of a Baggies comeback 11 minutes from time when Aguero produced a lovely dink over the defence to beat the offside trap for Gundogan to slot home.Gundogan added a fourth on 90 minutes when he stroked home first time after substitute Kevin De Bruyne broke down the left and crossed.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000To watch Premier League action on your mobile now download the Football Score Centre on iPhone or Android.PHOTO/Sky SportsWEST BROMWICH, United Kingdom, Oct 29 – Sergio Aguero’s brace ended Pep Guardiola’s worst run as a manager as Manchester City turned on the style with a 4-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.Aguero has been linked with a move away from City after being dropped for a Champions League tie at Barcelona recently, but he underlined his value with clinical first-half goals at the Hawthorns.
Crazy penalty decision in the Chelsea U19 vs Valencia U19 game. No goal pic.twitter.com/xUK6nOoupN— Footy Planet (@Footy_Planet) February 23, 2016 Valencia announced on Tuesday evening they would be appealing to UEFA about the disallowed goal. A club statement on www.valenciacf.com read: “Valencia wish to inform all our fans that the club will present a written protest in relation to the refereeing decision to disallow a goal for our team in the penalty shoot-out of the UEFA Youth League game against Chelsea. We trust that UEFA will give an appropriate response at the level required by the situation, after it has had the opportunity to analyse our appeal.” The statement added: “Finally, Valencia wish to thank the sportsmanship of Chelsea for having recognised that the disallowed penalty had gone in.” 1 Reigning UEFA Youth League champions Chelsea made it through to the quarter finals of this year’s tournament due to an almost unbelievable refereeing mistake during their round-of-16 tie against Valencia.The game had ended 1-1 and, due to competition rules, went straight to a penalty shootout in which the bizarre incident occured.In the end Chelsea won the shootout 5-3, however Valencia were left displeased after their second penalty – taken by 18-year-old Alberto Gil – was disallowed despite clearly having crossed the line.The ball hit an extra piece of framing on the inside of the goal, as you can see for yourselves in the video below, leaving the Spanish side furious. Valencia starlet Alberto Gil’s penalty hits the inside framing of the goal
Coleman shot 7-under par 30 on the back nine to storm past the competition, including her twin sister, Jenny, who placed second with a 72. “I’ve never heard of any girl shooting a 30, and certainly not in a championship tournament like this. It was phenomenal,” Peninsula coach Bob Wilton said. “I can’t help wondering what she would have shot if she hadn’t shot a 41 on the front side. That would have been something else.” Better iron play was what played the greatest part in her 11-stroke improvement on the back side. She didn’t know her back-nine score was historically low until she finished her final hole. “I knew I was sinking a lot of birdies, but I didn’t know the exact score,” Coleman said. “I was really impressed and happy with the score. “On the front nine, my accuracy was a little off. I just started getting my iron shots to go near the pin and I was sinking a lot of puts. The Chadwick football team suffered more than a blemish to what was a perfect record Saturday. The Dolphins lost two of their three biggest scoring threats. Wide receiver Trevor Niemann broke two bones in his right arm and is out for the season. All-purpose yardage and scoring leader George Mavredakis suffered a deep bruise on his right forearm and will miss at least one game. Niemann had scored 10 touchdowns for Chadwick (7-1, 2-1 Prep League). Mavredakis was averaging 188.8 all-purpose yards and had scored 17 touchdowns (seven receiving, four rushing, six on returns). “Both those two are huge losses,” Chadwick coach Gary Willison said. “Trevor really helps open things up for us. “We have the guys to be able to not have to change what we do on offense, but it would really be helpful to get George back for the end of the year.” Almost lost in the verbal jousting after the Palos Verdes football team’s shocking 35-7 win over West Torrance on Friday night was the fact that the Sea Kings defense pulled down four interceptions for the second straight week. Palos Verdes had four interceptions in a 49-30 win over Mira Costa two weeks ago. Mickey Mance, who had two of those interceptions, got the pick parade started against West with a first-quarter swiping. Mance intercepted the ball at the West 38-yard line and returned it to the 29, helping set up Marc Venning’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Adam Aranda, who had three touchdown receptions on the night. The score gave the Sea Kings a 14-0 lead and they were on their way. Palos Verdes coach Pat Fresch acknowledged that it was a big win for his team. “Yeah, West was No. 1 in CIF for six weeks,” Fresch said. “I know they’ve had a couple of injuries that have made them vulnerable, but it’s a really good win for us.” There was a lot of talent relegated to the West Torrance sideline during the team’s 35-7 loss to visiting Palos Verdes on Friday night. Star running back Brian Baucham was not dressed for the game. He was on the sideline on crutches, cheering the team on and nursing what he said was a high ankle sprain. Quarterback Marc Oslund watched on the sideline with Baucham as sophomore Ronnie Clark threw four interceptions. Oslund, who has missed the last few games with a knee injury, was chomping at the bit to get in the game, but he didn’t get the call. Oslund’s sore knee has affected his mobility, but he wanted to play. “Every week it’s week-to-week and then I don’t get to play,” Oslund said. “I feel like I can get in there and do the job, but, oh well, it’s OK.” Lineman Bruce Boyd joined the duo when he had to leave the game in the second half with a leg injury. Redondo girls basketball star Atonye Nyingifa, a two-time Daily Breeze Player of the Year, was named an EA Sports Preseason All-American. Nyingifa is the first All-American in Coach Marcelo Enriquez’s 14-year tenure at Redondo. She has verbally committed to attend UCLA. Nyingifa averaged 16.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game last season, earning Bay League MVP and the CIF Division I-A Co-Player of the Year honors after leading Redondo to the semifinals. “I just love her ability to take over a game when we need her to,” Redondo assistant coach Chris Bouche said. “The only player we’ve had who could possibly compare to her is Ofa (Tulikihihifo). They were two very different players, but as far as being a go-to-player, they’re both right up there.” El Segundo softball junior Jenna Rich enjoyed a stellar performance at the National Futures Camp in Walnut earlier this month. Student Sports said Rich “cemented” her status as one of the top players in the Class of 2009. El Segundo coach Keith Cameron said one scout told him that Rich is “the best shortstop in the 2009 class” and will have her choice of any college in the country. Cameron said she has begun to take recruiting trips, including one to Arizona. “Being a Bruin fan, I’m cringing at that,” joked Cameron. “I am happy for Jenna. She works so hard and is so humble. It is good to see good things happen to good people. But I don’t know what I will do if she chooses Arizona. How can I root for them when they play UCLA?” A round to remember Chadwick clipped Sea Kings master thieves Talent on the sideline All-American girl A perfect dilemma Spartan commits to Poly South Torrance left-handed pitcher Matt Dunbar made a verbal commitment to receive a baseball scholarship from Cal Poly Pomona, Spartans coach Grady Sain said on Monday. Dunbar was 2-3 with an ERA of 4.05 and had 48 strikeouts in 39.2 innings for South, which went 16-12-1 last season. – Tony Ciniglio, David Saunders, Dave Thorpe160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports With the devastation of the Southern California wildfires fresh in his mind, Redondo girls volleyball coach Tommy Chaffins wanted to help in some way. So he decided to convince Principal Mary Little and Athletic Director Les Congelliere to donate all proceeds from Thursday’s match against Mira Costa to the American Red Cross Fire Victims Fund, much like Mira Costa did when the Mustangs donated their proceeds from the first meeting for breast cancer research. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7 for this Bay League showdown at 6:30 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I personally didn’t know anyone affected by the fire, but this is a good opportunity to donate to a worthy and charitable cause, and at this time, there is no other cause that needs it more,” Chaffins said. The match is a battle between two teams that won tournaments last weekend – Redondo at its own Sea Hawk Classic and Mira Costa at the Santa Barbara Tournament. Chaffins estimated 2,500 people attended the first match at Mira Costa and that at least $4,700 was raised for breast cancer research. “I’m thinking we’re going to get close to 2,000 people again,” Chaffins said. “We have the No. 1 team in the nation in Mira Costa, and ourselves, two of the top 25 teams in the country, doing battle in an area that is volleyball crazy.” Peninsula golfer Kristin Coleman didn’t card your ordinary, run-of-the-mill 71 to win the Bay League individual title at Harding Golf Course Thursday.
A sport-utility vehicle struck and killed an unidentified man in his 60s this morning as he was crossing the street near the Sepulveda Pass, authorities said. The man, who will not be identified until his family is notified, tried to cross the street against a red light shortly before 9 a.m. and was struck, said Sgt. Roy Ballesteros of the Los Angeles police West Traffic division. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The collision occurred near Skirball Center Drive and Sepulveda Boulevard. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “The coach prefers that we make mistakes but still play our game instead of just playing anything so he cannot identify us with the game we were supposed to be playing.“You want to finish the game knowing you did this, this, this and that is why you won the game. Rather than saying, ‘How the hell did we win that, because we were bad…’“That will not bring you consistency. You are not going to get away with just playing and hoping you win.“You are not going to win without an identity and that was how we wanted to play.”Arsenal take on Chelsea in the Europa League final, LIVE on talkSPORT on Wednesday, May 29 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Shkodran Mustafi has warned Arsenal’s defenders to be ‘very careful’ ahead of their Europa League final against Chelsea on Wednesday.Under manager Unai Emery, the Gunners have played out from the back, which has led to mistakes leading to goals. Shkodran Mustafi has struggled for form this season gameday cracker shining 2 REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow Getty Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City ADVICE deals REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “If in the end of the season you made 70 points, it is for a reason. If you go into the game without the defence and only with attacking players, I am not sure you are going to make 70 points.“At the end of the day, even when we try to play out of the back, people say, ‘Why are they doing this? Why aren’t they just kicking it out from the back?’ But that is not our game. And Mustafi, who joined Arsenal in a £35million deal in 2016, has faced criticism from fans for his performances this term.The Gunners conceded 51 goals as they finished fifth in the Premier League, however, they will qualify for next season’s Champions League if they beat Chelsea in Baku.Mustafi said: “It’s going to be a game where one mistake punishes you and that’s why we’ve got to be very careful.“Our job as defenders is to try not to concede goals, but if you make 90 per cent of your job and in the 10 per cent the opponent scores a goal, people forget about the 90 per cent. tense Getty no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 LATEST Shkodran Mustafi has been criticised by Arsenal fans for his performances lately
Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos getty SORRY Paul Pogba wants to leave Manchester United this summer And the Frenchman is now ready to leave the Red Devils once again, with his agent Mino Raiola confirming his client’s stance in an exclusive statement released to talkSPORT on Tuesday morning.Kleberson failed to live up to expectations during his two-year spell at the Premier League giants having been dogged by injury and inconsistent form.And the Brazilian believes the World Cup winner must leave the club now too for a fresh challenge – having simply not adapted to the club’s style.“It is the right move to sell Paul Pogba, he’s a great player and his talent is unbelievable,” he told Your-promotional-code.co.uk. Former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson says it will be the ‘right move’ for all parties if Paul Pogba leaves Old Trafford this summer.The mercurial playmaker has endured a topsy turvy spell back in Manchester since rejoining the club from Juventus three years ago for a then world record fee of £89m. Former United midfielder Kleberson believes Pogba must leave Old Trafford 2 scrap Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest Getty gameday cracker “But his style is a little bit different, and not particularly what Man United need. He could use this opportunity now to leave and get a fresh start, play in a different atmosphere, and embrace a new challenge. “Sometimes it’s hard to come to Manchester United and adapt to play a particular style. It doesn’t mean he’s not a good player with great quality. “There’s a lot of criticism around the players, sometimes it doesn’t always go well. “You work hard, you want to perform for the team, but some things go wrong, and these can be out of your control.” Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL deals 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Andy Goldstein says he’d love Manchester United to swap Pogba for Neymar Kleberson further stated his belief that the Frenchman has performed well for United, but not to the standard he is truly capable of producing – like at last year’s World Cup.He added: “Paul Pogba had played a lot more games, more opportunities than me when I was at Man United. I had many injuries in the time when I was there. “He’s played well since being there but not to the level we should expect from him. “When he plays for France, we see it, he was a massive part of them winning the World Cup. He’s the heartbeat of the France team.” LATEST Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:24Loaded: 11.71%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update PAYBACK ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane