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

Freshmen more stressed than ever, report shows

first_imgLike many freshmen at USC, Meghan Johnson, an undeclared freshman, is stressed. She is taking a biology class, a chemistry class and  Johnson is enrolled in Thematic Option.Stressed out · Jason Cho, a freshman majoring in biology, completes his homework in a study lounge. Only 51.9 percent of students reported their emotional health was “above average,” according to a UCLA survey. – Robin Laird | Daily Trojan “There’s just a lot of work for those classes, so there is stress to do well on them and get everything done on time,” Johnson said.This year’s college freshmen have the highest levels of emotional stress in 25 years, according to an annual survey conducted by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute.The results of the survey, “The American Freshman,” are generally considered the most comprehensive representation of the emotional well-being of college freshmen. This year’s survey consulted more than 200,000 incoming freshmen at 279 four-year colleges across the country.Only 51.9 percent of students rated their emotional health as “above average,” a decrease of 3.4 percent from 2009.Because stress levels are higher than ever, the number of students seeking out help has risen, as well.To adapt to the growth in demand, USC increased its counseling staff last spring. Two half-time psychiatrists and one full-time employee who helps students with referrals for therapy off campus have been hired, Rosenstein wrote.“Grades, parents putting pressure on you because they want you to get good grades, scholarships to keep, there’s a lot of stressful things,” said Helene Jouin, a junior majoring in environmental engineering.The survey also revealed an important gender gap: Less than half of the female students surveyed described themselves as emotionally healthy, compared with 59.1 percent of male students.Dr. Ilene Rosenstein, director of Counseling Services at USC, said in an e-mail that, in general, females also seek out counseling more than males. At USC, 60 percent of the Counseling Service’s clients are female, Rosenstein wrote.“We clearly have seen nationally and at USC an increase in symptoms in young adults,” Rosenstein wrote. “It is true at all college counseling centers across the U.S. that the numbers of students seeking counseling has increased significantly, doubling and tripling over the last decade. Universities have increased staff, understanding the importance of quick access to counseling, so minor problems don’t become bigger issues … We will continue to offer preventive programs while balancing the need for clinical demands.”The results of the study also underscore the influence of the economic downturn and how it creates additional stress for students who worry about being able to pay for college. According to 62.1 percent of students in the survey, the recession impacted their college choice.The anxiety induced by economic hardship doesn’t end once that choice is made. Dr. Kelly Greco, staff psychologist at Counseling Services, said she observes students facing the challenges of today’s economic climate.“In terms of how the economy hits, how people survive financially and how this impacts [a student’s] family — so maybe they need to pick up a job because their family can’t support them anymore. I really see how this impacts them on a day-to-day basis, and then their academics,” Greco said.According to the survey, more freshmen now depend on loans, grants and scholarships to pay for college. USC raised its financial aid budget this school year in response to increased need.Many students find scholarships difficult to come by. Anar Bhansali, a sophomore majoring in business administration, has experienced anxiety in her search for scholarships.“It’s very disappointing when you apply for so many and don’t get the scholarship that you want,” Bhansali said.And though financial aid does relieve some stress, it comes with its own pressures.Kristin Burger, an undeclared freshman, said she regularly experiences this pressure.“Just being here costs a lot, so I have to watch everything,” Burger said.With increased stress levels, it’s crucial that students learn the coping skills necessary to deal with stress.“I can’t always do as well as I want to and that’s stressful,” Jouin said. “To cope, I run a lot. I feel like exercise makes such a difference, because when I exercise it’s a good way to vent.”Greco emphasized the importance of being aware of outside resources, such as counseling services at the University Park Health Center, and having a network of people — peers, family, faculty and advisers — to rely on.“It’s really important that people continue to reach out and get the support that they need and use coping skills,” Greco said.“It is true at all college counseling centers across the U.S. that the numbers of students seeking counseling has increased significantly, doubling and tripling over the last decade,” Rosenstein wrote. “The good news is that treatment, including therapy, works and gives lifelong skills to help students reach their goals.”last_img read more

Tiana Mangakahia’s improved efficiency a big part of Syracuse’s revamped offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Tiana Mangakahia wasted little time establishing herself as Syracuse’s best player and one of the best passers in the nation last season. Eight-straight games with double-digit assists to start the campaign. Fourteen double-doubles. Forty-four points in one game.By the end of the season she’d broken multiple records, including the Atlantic Coast Conference single-season assists mark. Mangakahia’s 304 dimes not only led the conference, but the nation as well. But she also led the country in turnovers, by a wide margin.Eventually, they piled up. During games that she committed a lot of turnovers, she stressed over her decision making and told herself that she needed to limit them.This season, she has. Through 25 games, the redshirt junior has cut down on her turnovers significantly and is averaging just 3.68 per game, a full two giveaways less than last year. A focus in the offseason on being smarter with passes, combined with more patience and poise on the court, has upped Mangakahia’s game. Her improved passing, along with jumps in her shooting percentages, have helped push No. 18 Syracuse’s (19-6, 8-4 ACC) offense to the next level.“Last year I was forcing things and trying to create things that just weren’t there,” Mangakahia said. “It’s my mentality, I don’t really want to turn the ball over, I hated turning the ball over.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTalia Trackim | Digital Design DirectorAfter having just three games with two or fewer turnovers in her first season with the Orange, Mangakahia has nine such games this year. As for games with no turnovers at all, she’s already doubled last season’s mark of one.Aside from individually being more conscious of the passes that she’s making, Mangakahia’s been helped by a few other factors this season. The foremost is added guard depth, specifically with the addition of Kiara Lewis, who transferred from Ohio State. Lewis is in her first year with Syracuse after transferring from Ohio State.Last season, Mangakahia was almost always on the court and had to be the team’s sole distributor. That’s changed this season thanks to Lewis’ point guard skills. She’s already tallied more assists (51) than the second-highest mark on the team last year and has allowed Mangakahia to take more frequents breaks and play off the ball.“Tiana’s playing less minutes so it’s not taking much of a toll on her,” associate head coach Vonn Read said. “I think last year we asked her to do a lot … she’s playing with a lot more confidence this year.”With a year under her belt, Mangakahia’s earned more confidence from her head coach.“You have to allow your point guard to make some mistakes and be able to get back on the other end and get a stop,” Hillsman said earlier this season. “I’ve been a little more conscious of that and trying to let her play through some mistakes and not try to over-correct her … I haven’t had to correct much. She’s been doing a really good job.”Her improved maturity offensively has impacted her shooting efficiency, as well. Mangakahia took the most shots on the team last year but was only the fourth-most efficient shooter. Her range from deep was even worse. Of the 142 3-pointers that she took, she only made 41 of them — an abysmal 28.9 percent.Her percentages this year are up across the board. She’s up to 36 percent from 3, second-best on the team. From the field as a whole, she’s up to 44 percent, 1.8 percentage points better than last season. Her ability to shoot off the dribble has taken a leap, too, something her teammates credit to her “always” being in the gym.Having the added skill in her repertoire has allowed Mangakahia to bail out Syracuse’s offense at the end of shot clocks when everyone else is covered. Most recently against North Carolina State on Feb. 13, Mangakahia nailed a 3-pointer with eight seconds left in the first half to give SU the lead after a possession in which the rest of the offense was stagnant.“We have a point guard who isn’t just a passer,” Engstler said. “She knows how to score, and a lot of real point guards, you don’t find that skill. So I think it’s a big factor, because she already has the ball in her hands, so if she can go and score for us when the time goes 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 — it’s gonna help us a lot.”As Mangakahia goes, so does the Syracuse offense. Over time, Hillsman’s learned to give Mangakahia more control of the offense. When she has freedom, he said, she can “really play her game,” and more often than not, that translates into success as a team for Syracuse. It may have taken Mangakahia a season to work out her ball security issues, but after a turnover-less game in SU’s most recent contest against Wake Forest, she’s proving that those struggles are in the past.“There’s times where I say, ‘We need you to keep the ball in your hands a little bit longer and make a decision,’” Hillsman said. “When the ball is in her hands, we have a chance to make plays … she’s stepped up in key moments and made some big plays and has been able to help us win.” Comments Published on February 20, 2019 at 11:13 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34last_img read more