Arsenal legend Wright says Saka played out of position

first_img Originally a winger, the 18-year-old got his break in the first-team this season by playing left-back. Asked if Saka could become the next Ashley Cole, Wright said: “For me he’s a better winger. “It’s just because of his ability and how good he is that he can play that position. “Ashley turned out to be one of the best full-backs in the world but this guy is better further forward.” Saka has yet to sign a extension on his current which expires in 2021.Advertisement Loading… And Wright thinks the Englishman should hold out for the best deal. “He’s right him and his representatives to hold out as best they can because he’s the future of the club,” added Wright. “They cannot afford to let a player like this leave, When you look at what Callum Hudson-Odoi has done and he’s a year younger. read also:‘Why Saka will make England’s 2021 European Championship squad’ “The contract he signed, Saka’s representatives will be saying: ‘Why should I sign for any less?’ “I believe he will sign but I do think him and his reps are doing the right thing by dragging it out to get the best deal they can. Arsenal is the right place for him at the moment.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, thinks Bukayo Saka should be playing further forward.last_img read more

Viscarra’s Vice: Dodgers flipping script this postseason

first_imgOh yeah, something’s definitely different.The past five seasons of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball have reaped five divisional titles and three trips to the NLCS. But in each of those postseason runs, something was undoubtedly missing from those teams, hindering their pursuit of World Series glory. Dodger squads of postseasons past lacked something — something you couldn’t quite put your finger on — a playoff magic of sorts that would lead to ultimate failure come October.Over the past decade, Angelenos have witnessed the Dodgers strand runners in scoring position when a big hit was needed. When a strong inning of relief pitching was required of the bullpen, a Dodgers hurler would be sure to serve up a game-winning run to the opposition in devastating fashion. There’s been no shortage of postseason disappointment for L.A. fans over the past three decades.But at the exact moment when Justin Turner launched a 3-run homer past the outfield wall in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday night, I concluded that this year’s Dodgers team is in fact, different. Turner’s walk-off blast, which gave his team a 2-0 lead in the NLCS against the reigning champion Chicago Cubs, came on the exact 29-year anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s legendary World Series home run in Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic. It doesn’t get more Hollywood than that. The Dodgers’ bullpen also performed heroically in Game 2, completely shutting down the Cubs lineup from the sixth inning on after starting pitcher Rich Hill delivered five frames of one-run baseball. Dodgers relievers combined for four innings of shutout, no-hit baseball: The only Cub to reach base was Anthony Rizzo, who was hit by a Kenley Jansen pitch in the top of the ninth inning. Through the opening two games of the NLCS, the L.A. bullpen has retired 24 of the 25 hitters faced. Chicago has yet to record a hit or walk against Dodger relievers in this series.Jansen, in particular, has been automatic for the Dodgers, recording a save in Game 1 and a win in Game 2. Through 2.1 innings pitched against Chicago in the series, Jansen has struck out six and allowed only one hitter to reach base. Jansen is the finishing move that opposing teams never want to see the Dodgers resort to. “[The bullpen is] just executing pitches, and they’re ready when called upon and competing,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media following Game 2. Considering the Dodgers have been victim to bullpen meltdowns in past postseasons, it has been a refreshing sight to see Dodgers relievers locking things down in the early stages of the NLCS. Moving forward, Los Angeles must keep dialing up strong outings from the back end of its bullpen. Timely hitting and heroic pitching efforts are twomust-have elements for any team looking to make a title run in October. In their 5-0 start to this postseason, the Dodgers have put both aspects on display. And now, following Sunday’s magical win, Los Angeles is believing that the Commissioner’s Trophy could be coming to the southland for the first time in 29 years. The Dodgers’ postseason slogan in 2017 has been “This Team.” The slogan is appropriate, as it appears that this team could be the one to finally solve the championship puzzle for the Dodgers. It appeared so during the regular season, but through five games of postseason play, the Dodgers have confirmed that they have the championship attributes necessary to win a World Series title. “What’s different about this team?” Jansen said. “We all care about each other. It’s not about that one guy or this … every night it’s been someone [different] stepping up for us.”Jansen’s sentiments about this Dodgerg team ring true. It’s been a different hero every night for Los Angeles all season long. The Dodgers have had 10 walk-off wins in 2017, coming from nine different players. The Dodgers’ collective efforts have brought them to the gates of baseball’s promised land. Two wins from a World Series berth and six wins away from ending a nearly three-decade title drought. This team will look to make another advance toward the Fall Classic Tuesday night in Chicago for Game 3. The Dodgers now leave the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine for those of Wrigley Field. Behind Yu Darvish, Los Angeles will look to take a stranglehold on this series and return home by the end of the week with the franchise’s first National League pennant since 1988. This team. This team is the one with all the potential to return World Series prosperity to the Dodger faithful. Angel Viscarra is a junior studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, Viscarra’s Vice, runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Former President Kufuor helped me get my first Black Stars coaching job – Kwesi Appiah

first_imgCoaching a national team is as important as the players representing the country at any tournament or friendly game.In recent times, the Black Stars of Ghana have had many head coaches to guide them through qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup and African Cup of Nations (AFCON) as well as the tournaments themselves once they qualify.In 2007, a year after the AFCON 2006 in Egypt, the role of the assistant coach for the Black Stars was vacant, a role James Kwesi Appiah would eventually fill with the help of the president at the time.Kwesi Appiah disclosed to Godfred Akoto Boafo on Citi TV’s Face To Face that he had the opportunity to be Ghana’s assistant coach as a result of the intervention of the former president of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor.“I was in the United Kingdom when I heard the national team wanted a new assistant coach. At that time, Claude Le Roy and Sellas Tetteh were in charge of the team and so after the African Cup of Nation, there was the chance to apply.So I applied for the job. But I knew there is no one in this world who will say he got any job without going through anybody.On the day when I spoke to Kufuor, he said, you send your CV to them and if they are interested in you, then you come back to me.As such, I sent my application, then they called me for an interview. Afterward, I called him and told him about the turn out of the interview. I added that by the look of things, the panel told me I had a better CV so at that point he has to do something to help me.So Kufuor told me that the position of the assistant coach is to learn so it will not be a problem.”last_img read more

Heisler: Happy New Year, or not, from our NBA favorites

first_imgJeanie — You were the one who said you’d quit if you didn’t turn this around in three or four years.Jim — Like I really meant it.Kobe Bryant — You know, my legs are feeling better than they have in years.Luke Walton — That’s because you’re not playing. Besides, we stress passing these days.Kobe — Oh, right. Forget I said anything. Phil Jackson, Knick president — Even if Jeanie and I are no longer an item, I still care about the Lakers. As someone charged with resurrecting a franchise that’s once again in a playoff slot, I suggest you do what I did … find one in the East.Doc Rivers — We’re going to keep on keeping on. What’s the problem?Chris Paul — My hamstring hurts.Blake Griffin — I wish all I had was a hamstring that hurt. As one of the few people who had a worse year than Hillary Clinton, I vow not to do a single thing I did again.DeAndre Jordan — I will keep working on my free throw shooting [CRASH!] I will keep working on my free throw shooting. [BAM!]J.J. Redick — We only have two starters who space the floor and I’m the one who’ll be a free agent. Next year I’ll be making $15 million per or they’ll be down to one.Luc Mbah a Moute — I’m the starting small forward, meaning I’m good for 6.4 points a game. Nice work if you can get it.Steve Ballmer — Not that I’m concerned but $2 billion here, $2 billion there, the next thing you know you’re talking about real money.Donald T. Sterling — I told you it’s harder than it looks. Thanks for the payday, big guy.LeBron James, Cavaliers — I resolve to continue my relentless pursuit of Michael Jordan, even if I knock off for a game here and there, like the ones between Monday and Friday.Michael Jordan, Hornets owner — As if. I won six titles and played all 82 games when I was 39. You’ve only got three titles even if you start resting for the Finals in December.Bron — We’re in the East. If I played 82, we’d sew up the No. 1 seed by the All-Star break.Russell Westbrook, Thunder — Even when you press people are kissing my feet, you do it wrong. I’m not answering any more questions about my triple-doubles, our record, my turnovers and, especially, Kevin Durant. I’m willing to talk about my fashion choices and endorsements.Dwight Howard, Hawks — I finally found the right team! I resolve never to go anywhere with someone like Kobe or James Harden or Paul Millsap. Oops. Scratch that last one.Dwyane Wade, Bulls — I should have taken a little less money to stay in Miami. Whatever our problems, frostbite wasn’t one of them.Pat Riley, Heat president — I should have given Dwyane the money. Hey, we were going to have to start over one of these years, anyway.Besides, there’s a lot of untapped potential out there.DeMarcus Cousins, Kings — Who you calling untapped?Not that I’m talking to writers from Southern California… or the Sacramento Bee… or Cowbell Kingdom… or anyone else as long until you leave this dressing room.Vivek Ranadive, Kings owner — Of course, you’re not untapped. You’re (ital)complex(endital) and (ital)misunderstood(endital). Actually, the best word for you is (ital)meshugeh(endital) which is Yiddish for, uh… colorful!Nevertheless, I must discipline you again. Please put $1 in the swear box and try not to threaten any more local writers. They’re running out of people willing to cover our games.Cousins — Who are you again, shorty, one of the Seven Dwarfs? Say, Dopey?Ranadive — I’m the guy who pays your salary. I might add I was a giant in the computer business and an ace coaching my daughter’s seventh grade basketball team.Cousins — Oh, right. You’re the doofus I work for, at least until I force you to trade me.Ranadive — Never happen.Cousins — Want to bet? I’ve got teams lined up from here to Boston who think I’m just misunderstood.Ranadive — Hey, we’re in a playoff slot now. What could go wrong?Joe Lacob, Warriors owner — People got upset when I said we were “light-years” ahead of the other teams but I was just speaking the truth. We were until we blew out a tire with that 3-1 lead in the Finals.Kevin Durant, Warriors — Not that I came to finally win a title… but there’s no way we miss this year, is there, Draymond?Draymond Green, Warriors — Hey, I’ve got to be me, even if that meant getting suspended for Game 5 in the Finals when we blew that 3-1 lead.If anything goes wrong this time, we can go get DeMarcus Cousins. He told me he’d love to be here, too. And now, New Year’s resolutions from the NBA family:Jim Buss — On behalf of myself and my sister, we wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year and assure you we’ll continue working together to restore Laker greatness!Jeanie Buss — Not so fast there, Jimbo.Jim — What’s your problem? Dad said I could have this job!center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Basketball: Great Britain vs. Dragons on TV

first_imgOur senior basketball team will play the first match of the qualifications on Wednesday 13th August against Great Britain. The match will be held at 20:00 o’clock and will be broadcasted by BHT Television.After the BHT’s broadcasting of the match against Italy, held at the International basketball tournament in Sarajevo and a friendly match against Sweden from the Arena in Zenica, this TV will now broadcast the London match as well.We hope our Dragons will play an excellent match and start the qualifications for the European Championship next year successfully.We fly to London tomorrow and all our players are ready for this, probably the most important, match of the qualifications. – was stated at the Sport Centar)last_img read more