Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMore proof Trump doesn’t understand our military or our democracy: He could have been the military man he says he is. But he instead used his money (fake medical) not to. He played golf while others were killed, maimed and got PTSD. The military should not be used to feed his ego and bullying personality.Jeffery DareLathamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Albany County warns of COVID increase
Cesc Fabregas criticises Maurizio Sarri for not bringing on Chelsea captain Gary Cahill in Europa League final Advertisement Ewan RobertsThursday 30 May 2019 7:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link871Shares The Italian chose to bring on Davide Zappacosta in the last few minutes instead (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas has criticised Maurizio Sarri for not handing Chelsea captain Gary Cahill one last farewell appearance in the Blues’ comprehensive Europa League final win over Arsenal.Chelsea blew away their London rivals in a rampant second half in Baku on Wednesday night, with a brace from Eden Hazard and goals from Olivier Giroud and Pedro sealing the win.Cahill, who will leave Chelsea when his contract expires this summer, was left on the bench throughout despite the wide margin of victory, with Davide Zappacosta coming on as the final sub in the 89th minute instead. Cahill was denied one last appearance but got to lift the trophy (Picture: Getty)Cesar Azpilicueta, who was wearing the armband in Baku, was quick to invite Cahill to lift the trophy with him, but both Fabregas and Eidur Gudjohnsen felt Sarri missed an opportunity to properly honour the centre-back with a late cameo.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘A fantastic servant for the club. I mean, if there is one thing that I am missing tonight, it was this touch from somebody,’ Fabregas told BT Sport.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Especially it should come – and I know it’s his [Sarri’s] night, I don’t want to say anything negative tonight – but a little touch to Gary Cahill, five minutes to go, 4-1 against Arsenal, put him on, give him the armband.‘Let him leave as a proper hero as he deserves. I missed that to be honest. But anyway, great night for Chelsea football club.’ Fabregas, who gets a winners’ medal, felt Sarri should have brought Cahill on (Picture: BT Sport)Gudjohnsen, who was also in the studio, agreed: ‘That is absolutely spot on. I am not sure it even crossed Sarri’s mind, because maybe as a coach he was so focused on everything that goes on.’Cesc chimed in: ‘But that’s why you have people around you as well that help you.’Gudjohnsen agreed again, saying: ‘Yeah, people that say, “Listen, five minutes to go, 4-1 up, show the respect that he deserves”. He’s been a fantastic servant to Chelsea.’Sarri’s treatment of Cahill – who has been ostracised from the first team, playing just twice in the Premier League this season for a total of 22 minutes – is believed to have annoyed a number of the Chelsea squad.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has questioned the “conflicting” scheduling of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League showdown between Chelsea and Manchester United in direct competition with their FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley. Arsenal have a near full-strength side to choose from this weekend, with midfielder Jack Wilshere having returned to full fitness, although captain Mikel Arteta is not yet back in contention from his injury lay-off nor is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Wenger feels the fierce competition for places can only be positive. He said: “Everybody feels that it is difficult to get in the team, all the players have top, top quality. “Of course it’s difficult for me as well to make these kind of decisions. “You do not ask anybody to understand that he doesn’t play because they all deserve to play. “They have to accept it and to respect the decision, that is what you want from the players.” One player who has watched from the bench in recent weeks is Theo Walcott, his last appearance as a substitute in the 2-0 Champions League win in Monaco on March 17. The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of the 2015-16 season, and speculation has already begun over his future with talks over a new deal still to be finalised. Wenger, though, hopes that will be at the Emirates Stadium. “Yes I am confident because I believe that Theo has a great future,” said the Arsenal boss. “He is just coming back from a very, very difficult injury. Every week he is getting better. “Theo is very young and I believe he will have a great goalscoring record in the future because of the quality and intelligence of his game, and therefore I would like him to stay with our club.” Wenger also confirmed he expected veterans Arteta and Tomas Rosicky to agree contract extensions before the end of the season. Arsenal needed penalties to get past Wigan in last season’s semi-final, before going on to beat Hull on their return to Wembley after being 2-0 down early in the final. “We know that it (semi-final) is always tricky. We have learnt from Wigan last year,” he said. “The urgency level will be quite high in our team.” Wenger added: “Reading have many players who have the experience in the Premier League. “They have a very efficient style, who go a lot for crosses, so for us they can be a danger going forward.” Press Association The Gunners take on the Royals at 5:20pm which will be shown live on the BBC. However, only some 10 minutes later, the Premier League leaders will kick off on Sky Sports against third-placed United at Stamford Bridge. Under Premier League broadcast deals, the selection of Chelsea versus Manchester United was set back in February, when the FA Cup semi-finalists were still unknown. The Football Association and rights holders BBC and BT Sport decide independently on the weekend slots for their competition. Despite the fixtures timings not playing out as all broadcasters may have first hoped, Wenger still feels more consideration should have been made to keep the two high-profile games separate. “I am a bit surprised that a (Premier League) game of the same stature is played at the same time. There is a bit of conflict there that is difficult to understand,” said Wenger at his pre-match media conference on Thursday morning. “Something should be done about it. “I am surprised that they did not analyse that in television deals because basically what happens there, it is something that should have been planned, that two television channels who pay a lot of money for football have conflicted interests in promoting games. That inside the country shouldn’t happen.” Wenger added: “You would like it (FA Cup) to be the unique competition that is played, especially a semi-final and a final, you would want it not to conflict with other competitions.” Chelsea could extend their lead over Arsenal to 10 points should they beat United, but also remain just seven ahead and level on matches if they are defeated by Louis van Gaal’s in-form side. Arsenal host Chelsea next weekend, but Wenger is not looking any further ahead than Saturday’s cup tie at Wembley. “Mathematically yes (defeat for Chelsea would open up the title race again), but we have to win our games. That is all we can do,” Wenger said.
Sam Arslanian | Daily TrojanGrowing up as an athlete and video game aficionado, I always saw myself as a hybrid. I was never the stereotypical “jock” meat-head — rather, a significant portion of my young life was consumed by computer gaming. I was fascinated by competitive games, both shooters and sports games alike. The pure joy of earning a new rank or winning a match rivaled the feeling I experienced when I won a game on the ice or diamond. From a young age, I felt like an anomaly. There were gamers who loved playing video games and there were athletes who treated sports as the only aspect of their lives that mattered. That phenomenon has been challenged in recent years. The first instance I can remember is former Detroit Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya essentially ending his big league career due to an injury from excessively playing Guitar Hero. As an 8-year-old Guitar Hero enthusiast, I was fascinated by how one of my baseball heroes played the same video game I was obsessed with. That was just the beginning of the revolution, though. Since then, the sports world has witnessed some of the biggest professional athletes challenge each other in games such as NBA 2K and FIFA. Honestly, this didn’t come as a huge shock to me. These athletes are just playing virtual versions of the sports they have dedicated their lives to. But what really caught me by surprise was the rampant popularity of Fortnite. The game has taken both the professional sports and video game worlds by storm. Fortnite is estimated to have over 45 million players (over 3.4 million concurrent) and even has its own online section on Bleacher Report. If you are somehow still unfamiliar with the game, let me explain. Fortnite is a competitive battle royale-style survival game in which 100 players compete to be the last man standing. The barrier to entry is much lower than other titles. Fortnite is a free-to-play game with an easy-to-learn concept but an insanely high skill ceiling. This is seldom seen with games that are released today. Traditionally, games made in 2018 are either too easy to perfect or too difficult that it scares away the less skilled. Fortnite has found the perfect balance between these two areas. This phenomenon allows for the less skilled gamers to have fun and play the game while not hindering the more skilled gamers from perfecting their craft in new ways.What separates Fortnite from other popular titles is not only its celebrity attention but its celebrity participation and community. Athletes from various sports have alluded to their membership to the community by celebrating with the taunt dances from Fortnite in their professional games. On Opening Day, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts slapped a double in the 7th inning and celebrated at second base with the “Take the L” dance from the game.Perhaps the most notable Fortnite event took place when former Trojan wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster played and live-streamed a squad match with Drake, Travis Scott and Fortnite legend, “Ninja.” Smith-Schuster noted that the match was the craziest thing he has ever done and is “better than scoring a touchdown.”Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart said he experienced a similar feeling when he embarked on a 10-hour Fortnite marathon before earning his first victory. “It’s tough, because we won the national championship in dramatic fashion,” Hart said to CBS Sports. “But the first time I won Fortnite, I was screaming, I jumped up out my chair, I was hype.”One could look at this as just a bunch of athletes messing around playing a computer game for fun. In my opinion, this practice is so much deeper. It speaks to the legitimacy of competitive video games.Although, Fortnite Battle Royale is not the ideal format for esports, its popularity indicates a significant step forward for esports. The game’s celebrity patrons compare playing Fortnite to the emotions they experience in their professional sports. This further proves that esports can be and are competitive games that evoke the same emotions and require the same level of dedication as their traditional counterparts do. With big name spokespersons promoting esports, their fans will be more likely to believe that esports are a legitimate form of sport and entertainment. It excites me to see more and more professional athletes enter the world of esports and I think we are very close to a time where esports will become as popular as traditional sports. Sam Arslanian is a freshman majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Mondays.
Move aside John Terry, Tony Adams and Nemanja Vidic; Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back the Premier League has ever seen.Well, that’s Vincent Kompany’s opinion anyway.The former Manchester City captain sparked discussions on social media after declaring the Liverpool big man as the best central defender in the Premier League’s history.Kompany argued that despite not playing at the top level for too long, van Dijk has made a significant enough impact in his two-and-a-half years at Liverpool to be adjudged the best.He stated that despite the longevity and success enjoyed by players like Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Vidic in the top flight, the solidity van Dijk had brought to Liverpool gave him the edge“I would go back to players that impressed me when I played against them. I would bring it back to Virgil V=van Dijk. It’s a weird one because he hasn’t been on the scene for as long as these names – John Terry, Rio Ferdinand – these guys were there for a long, long time.”Kompany believes that had he been at the top level much longer, van Dijk would undoubtedly be widely regarded as the best.“The signs he showed in the last few years make it so obvious that if he [van Dijk] had been at the top level before that, he would have been further.“From what I’ve seen, in terms of having an impact of the team – and for a defender it’s never about yourself but your communication with other guys and how you make your team more solid – the Liverpool before van Dijk and the Liverpool after him it’s a completely different setup.”The Dutch defender enjoyed a stellar year for Liverpool last season in the Premier League as he led from the back, as the Reds lost only one game in the Premier League in the last campaign, finishing as runners-up to Manchester City.He was in imperious form for Liverpool in the Champions League as they became European Champions for the sixth time. He also helped Holland reach the UEFA Nations League final.This season van Dijk has been immense for a Liverpool side that has lost only one league game and is six points away from the Premier League title.van Dijk was named UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year and was on the final shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year Award.He was also one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or before he was beaten to the award by Lionel Messi.Kompany’s comments have sparked a conversation on social media with some people offering varying views.Names such as multiple Premier League winners, Terry, Ferdinand, Vidic Adams, Jamie Carragher, Ricardo Carvalho have been thrown into the mix.A few even mentioned Kompany himself as being in with a shout for the Premier League’s best defender. More from Citi Sports
SANTA FE SPRINGS – New asphalt for Alondra Boulevard, a new community center for Lakeview Park, and an expanded transportation center are among the big-ticket items on a long wish list of improvement projects City Council members will review tonight. In all, staffers will ask the council to approve more than $10 million to spur along or complete hundreds of projects detailed in a list of capital improvements to be tackled between now and 2012. Don Jensen, director of public works, called the capital improvement plan “a program guide to the improvements we need to make in all areas of our city facilities.” The 28-page plan includes about 400 different projects. The items “cover all areas of modifications to city buildings, utility system improvements and park facility improvements,” Jensen added. Officials are recommending, for example, that the city spend money to upgrade its Web site, modernize its computer systems, and replace air conditioning in some municipal buildings, Jensen said. McCormack called the overall improvement plan a “living document,” one that will change and be revised according to the city’s future needs. It includes additional funding for the ongoing Sister Cities Garden park project, which is slated to open in August, as well as money for a river nature park near the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. Officials will present the comprehensive plan to the council tonight. Council members will review it and try to come up with a time line for which projects should be tackled first. “What are the priorities?” aske McCormack. “This is a culmination of … staff going out and identifying the needs of the city. And we’re getting direction as to what \ priorities might be.” The council last approved such a plan in 2003. The newest capital improvement plan should take care of most of the city’s needs for the next six years. “It’s a continuing effort to keep facilities in good condition and expand to accommodate existing programs and new programs in the city,” said Jensen. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2It includes the construction of a $3.3 million community center at Lakeview Park that will have community meeting rooms and space for receational classes. The park also would get a new snack bar and storage building, at a cost of $800,000. Also included is a $2.2 million project to resurface Alondra Boulevard between Shoemaker and Valley View avenues; an expansion of the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Transportation Center at a cost of $2.7 million; and a new children’s water park, which will cost $683,000. But much of the $10 million would be spent on “things we won’t be able to see – infrastructural things,” said Assistant City Manger Thaddeus McCormack.