Paul the apostle

first_imgWith the drop came the plummet of Zamar’s draft stock.The 2012 Draft was the year of “The Kraken.” San Miguel Beer selected June Mar Fajardo No. 1 overall in a pool that included the likes of No. 2 pick Calvin Abueva, No. 3 pick Alex Mallari, No. 4 pick Cliff Hodge and No. 9 pick Vic Manuel.While it wasn’t exactly a pool to remember, the class of 2012 had its share of talent, and Zamar was lost in the middle of all of them.“So many other players were getting picked, some whose names I didn’t even know,” said Zamar. When finally he got picked by Barangay Ginebra, just as he nearly fell over the edge of hopelessness, it wasn’t relief Zamar felt. It was the sobering thought that his road to the PBA would be a long one—he just didn’t know at that time how long it would be.The Kings were packed with guards in their roster: Ginebra had just acquired LA Tenorio. Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand were resident stars and Mike Cortez was also around.ADVERTISEMENT “I now understand the hardships our OFWs go through. They’re the real heroes,” he said. He got to bond with a lot of them with Thailand, and they eased his loneliness. “I became close with the Filipino community there.”“I cried before I left and told them someday, we’ll be together again, when it’s your turn to come home.”For Zamar though, Thailand needed to happen before he could play in the PBA. His stints there, particularly with Mono Vampire, taught him to grow up, “to be more mature,” to be responsible and prudent about his career benefits.He drove to his guesting at Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s live multiplatform sports talk show, in a modest sedan, a far cry from the often shiny rides PBA stars prefer.“It takes me from point A to point B just the same,” he said. “I’d rather save up for a house for my family, especially since my wife will give birth soon.”Basketball-wise, it taught him the value of hard work, of making sure he continued to get better. He worked on his shooting during his stint in Thailand and it was his ability to consistently hit the three ball that earned him that call that booked him a flight home.In a conference where Blackwater made the playoffs and had its best showing in franchise history, Zamar averaged a shade over 10 points per game, hitting 45 percent of his shots, including a 38 percent clip from beyond the arc. He has earned a player of the week citation and has made big shots to win games for the Elite.Now, he imparts life lessons to anyone willing to listen. Lessons he learned as he chased his PBA dream.“You will always be criticized,” he said, taking to heart what Mono teammate Patrick Sanders taught him. “It could be your father, your teammate your coach. But take those criticism to improve yourself. Because once you stop to improve as a player, that becomes you downfall.”His faith has been renewed, too, and he takes time to always pray and be thankful for the opportunities he was given, the lessons he learned which he someday hopes to pass to his future son. PVL’s star continues to shine bright Zamar displaying a picture-perfect form for Blackwater as he lives out his PBA dream.The heartache hits hardest at 3 a.m., when a sudden surge of sleeplessness startles Paul Zamar into surveying the empty spaces around him.As his eyes grow accustomed to the darkness, the reality becomes clear.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “You realize you’re alone in your room,” said Zamar in Filipino. One by one, the emotions land blows all around him. “You miss your family. You miss your loved ones. You get homesick.”He sometimes succumbs to phone calls to his dad, San Miguel Beer assistant coach Boycie Zamar, to pour out his feelings. Maybe this was the wrong decision. Maybe he should fly back home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut he always manages to reel himself back to the same steely determination that made him leave home in the first place: There is a dream. And Paul Zamar, no matter how late, believes he can make that dream come true.Zamar was a rotation guy at University in the East in the UAAP, a vital cog in teams that went to the Final Four and even the Finals of the country’s most prestigious collegiate tournament. Then the slide dreaded by those chasing a spot in the pros: UE dropped out of the Final Four race the next season and fell near the bottom the year after. LATEST STORIES Despite a relatively successful stint in the D-League, there were no call-ups. Thus, the decision to try his luck abroad.“It was a financial decision. I had just gotten married [in 2016],” said Zamar. “Plus, every year that I wasn’t getting into the PBA, fresh talents were getting added from the UAAP and NCAA.”Roster spots were getting fewer and fewer.When he flew to Thailand, he knew he’d fall out of the radar of PBA scouts, but he gambled anyway.And the right numbers came up when he rolled the dice.Zamar had a career to remember with the Mono’s sister club in Thailand, highlighted by a 52-point game and a Finals appearance in the ABL against San Miguel Beer-Alab, which finally sent Blackwater management dialing his number.Finally, he was on a flight home—for good. In between his Draft night and his first game in the PBA (against Ginebra, where before tip-off he got a congratulatory handshake and pep talk from Caguioa. “I didn’t want to let go of his hand. He’s my idol.”), was a circuitous path filled with D-League games, Thailand league matches, lost-in-translation basketball moments and wave after wave of homesickness.He was 24 when he got drafted. He was 30 when he finally got to play his first PBA game, looking like a wide-eyed rookie before tip-off. He was drafted when President Aquino was in power and played his first game under President Duterte’s rule.In between Zamar’s Draft night and his first PBA game, Fajardo had won four MVP trophies.Now, when Zamar looks back to those long Thailand days, his eyes well up until they can no longer hold back the tears. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “You should always be faithful to your dream and be faithful to God. Because God will always fulfill his promise. You never know when but his promise always prevails. And I will be a testament to that.”“Always be resilient because this world can be very cruel. If you don’t put up a fight, this world will swallow you whole. I think that’s a trait of every Pinoy. We’re all survivors. Put us in America, in the Middle East, anywhere, we will always put up a fight.“Me, I’ve always fought for my dreams—to play basketball, to play in the PBA,” Zamar said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

LNP Lauches Community Ambulance Service

first_imgAuthorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have launched an ambulance service to be used in Monrovia and its environs as part of the police’s community outreach program, an LNP release has said.The newly appointed Inspector General of the police, Gregory Coleman, according to the release, will by discretion, assign the ambulance service to any community where the need will arise, because the ambulance is intended to help communities for medical emergencies at night and for road traffic accidents.Coleman noted that the ambulance service is just one aspect of the Rapid Response System that his administration has put into place, “not just for the fight against crime, but to improve our service delivery to the public.”He therefore called on the public to make good use of the LNP ambulance service by helping the police respond to the needs of the public in emergency situations by dialing the LNP Hotlines, 0770800911 or 0770800990.This latest service by the LNP is the first of its kind since the 1990s, when the police first launched a similar service under the leadership of the late Police Director Joseph Tate. Coleman assured the public that the LNP under his watch will focus on responding to the needs and aspirations of residents. In a related development, the LNP has launched a new operation, code name: ‘Operation Visibility’, with the aim to make police presence felt in various communities as a means to promote a safe environment for sustainable economic growth and development.Operations Visibility, according to the release, seeks to especially deter criminals and apprehend and subsequently forward to court for prosecution individuals involved in illicit drugs peddling, as well as to curb the country’s alarming crime rate.“Operation Visibility entails the clearing of streets, carrying out raids and execution at the criminal hideouts and ghettos and maintain police presence and deploy officers at strategically raided sites,” the release noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nimba Chiefs Embrace CRS Innovative Approach

first_imgThe chiefs and elders at the meetingIn Strengthening Social CohesionChiefs, elders, youth and women leaders of Nimba County have welcomed the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) for its innovative approach in strengthening social cohesion in the County.In a press statement on Thursday, April 12, beneficiaries of CRS’ innovative 3Bs/4Ds Social Cohesion Cascade Training began self-help initiatives to tackle sources of community conflicts, build mutual trust, and strengthen social ties among members of their respective kinship communities in Nimba County.Brezhnev D. Paasewe, the Peace Building Program Manager of CRS’s “Connect for Peace,” commonly called “C4P” project team, traveled to Gbei Vonwea Town to observe the second phase of a peace and reconciliation meeting between supporters of Prince Johnson and Samuel Korgar.The dialogue, which was organized by the Peace Initiative Committee of CRS, was attended by over one hundred citizens of Nyor and Gbei towns, including supporters and family members of the two sons of Nimba, as they sought to mitigate the growing political rivalry between Senator Prince Y. Johnson and Rep Samuel G. Kogar of Nimba District 5.The peace dialogue was presided over by Chief elder John Lawelia and assisted by Paramount Chief David Wontoe of the Sroh Chiefdom in collaboration with the PIC members.The two traditional leaders also applied CRS’ appreciative inquiry method, to gather views from elders and chiefs before reaching a resolution. Unfortunately, Senator Johnson did not attend the peace dialogue on grounds that Hon. Kogar disrespected him before the Liberian Senate. As such, a letter written by Kogar should be withdrawn before he honors the call of the chiefs and elders, Mr. Paasewe saidThe elders, however, frowned on Senator Johnson’s assertion and admonished him to respond to their call.However, the executives of CRS’ Peace Initiative Committee and the chiefs and traditional leaders agreed to set up a seven-person delegation, headed by Paramount Chief David Wontoe, to visit the Monrovia residences of both lawmakers  to pursue the final phase of the meeting which will be announced later.The travel of the delegates will be facilitated by the CRS.Meanwhile, Elder John Lawelia has announced a fine of $700 each on the two lawmakers for disrespecting a section of the signed resolution from the previous meeting, which stated that the two honorable men should refrain from using the media until the dispute is resolved.In an angry mood, Paramount Chief Wontoe of the Sroh Chiefdom, asserted, “Our sons are not above the traditional norms set forth by our forefathers; they must attend to our call this time or traditional measures will be taken against them.”CRS is an international humanitarian relief and development organization founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States, and is present in over 100 countries, reaching more than 120 million people annually. CRS has been operating in Liberia since 1990, focusing specifically in the sectors of emergency response, health, justice and peace, and agriculture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Couple found dead in bathtub at Aracari Resort

first_imgThe bodies of a couple were on Sunday evening found in a bathtub at the popular Aracari Resort, Versailles, West Bank Demerara, in what appears to be a double suicide.Dead: Kevin SinghKevin Singh, 23, of Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and 25-year-old Subrina Nandram of Mon Repos, ECD and formerly of Corentyne, Berbice, were found dead at about 18:00h by staff of the resort.Based on information received, the couple checked into the resort on Saturday after lunch and was due to check out at 12:00h on Sunday but the male extended their stay.However, on Sunday, the hotel staff attempted to make contact with the couple but the phones to their room went unanswered. At that point, the staff did not suspect anything and thought the couple did not want to be disturbed.Dead: Subrina NandramNevertheless, after some time, the staff attempted to contact the couple for a second time and again, the phone went unanswered. The staff, thinking that something was amiss, walked over to the room and it was then that the gruesome discovery was made.The staff immediately informed management, who in turn contacted the police. The bodies were removed and taken to Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem.Regional Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police Simon McBean told a section of the media that investigators were unable to determine the cause of death since there were no marks of violence on their bodies.As such, the autopsy will help the detectives to solve the case, the Commander stated. Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

PSG see off Monaco to seal fifth straight League Cup

first_imgKylian Mbappe was a constant menace and perhaps the difference between the two sides, as his current team beat his former club for the second successive final after last year’s 4-1 victory.“Tonight there was a great Kylian on the other side, he was the difference in the game,” said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim.“I think we played with the right attitude, always tried to look for a goal after the penalty.”The capital club’s win also extended their all-time record amount of League Cup crowns to eight and stretched their winning streak in domestic Cup competitions to 40 matches since a French Cup defeat by Montpellier in January 2014.The holders were awarded a spot-kick after only four minutes, as Polish centre-back Kamil Glik brought down Mbappe.After a three-minute wait for the decision to be confirmed by VAR, Cavani stepped up to beat Subasic and grab his 34th goal of the season.Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring during their French Ligue 3-0 victory over Monaco on March 31, 2018.Monaco responded well and Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans fired over after some quick build-up play.But PSG doubled their advantage in the 21st minute as Mbappe set Di Maria through on goal with a wonderful pass, and the Argentinian international fired a low shot under goalkeeper Subasic to score for the third League Cup final in a row.Rony Lopes wasted a golden opportunity for Monaco to halve the deficit as he chipped wide with only PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to beat.Just seconds later it was Cavani’s turn to squander a magnificent chance, miskicking off target after Mbappe had laid the ball on a plate for him with the goal gaping.Trapp’s blushes were spared shortly afterwards, as after his error allowed a Radamel Falcao header to drop into the net, VAR ruled the goal out for offside.Jardim’s Monaco put up a much better fight than 12 months ago, and Portuguese winger Lopes came agonisingly close early in the second half when his curling effort flicked the top of the crossbar.Mbappe, who joined PSG from Monaco in a 180-million-euro deal last year, continued to look dangerous but proved wasteful in front of goal as he prodded past the post just two minutes after Subasic had saved at his feet.But the 19-year-old continued to create opportunities, and it was his jinking run which ended with Cavani slotting into the corner.The striker has now scored eight goals in French League Cup finals, after previous doubles in 2014, 2015 and last year.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint Germain players celebrate after winning the French Ligue One with a 3-0 win over Monaco on March 31, 2018.BORDEAUX, France, Apr 1- Paris Saint-Germain claimed their fifth consecutive French League Cup title as an Edinson Cavani double helped them ease to a 3-0 victory over Monaco in Saturday’s final at Bordeaux.The Uruguayan gave PSG an eighth-minute lead from the penalty spot after a lengthy delay for a video assistant referee review, before Angel Di Maria beat Danijel Subasic at his near post to make it two and Cavani completed the scoring late on.last_img read more

Eritrea coach ‘not afraid’ of Harambee Stars

first_img“We respect Kenya a lot but we are not afraid of them. We know they are a good team very strong and tactically good that is why they have won all their three games. I have watched them and I know it will not be an easy game,” the tactician told Capital Sport.He believes his team has grown in stature especially with a qualification to the Senior Challenge semis for the first time in 25 years and he hopes they can go across the line and reach the final.Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi and his assistant Zedekiah Otieno watching Eritrea taking on Djibouti at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe tactician says they have analyzed Kenya’s game plan in the first three matches of the campaign and they will devise a plan to beat them on Tuesday.“They (Kenya) play a lot of long balls, they like to play switching balls while our game is on the ground. Sometimes it is difficult to play against such a team but we will plan well for them and hopefully get the win. It is a knockout game and we will give our best,” he further stated.His sentiments are echoed by skipper Robel Teklemichel who also skippered the Under-20 team in Jinja.“We play tiki taka kind of football and we are confident with that we can beat Kenya. I know some of the players because I played with them at Under-20. We lost but this time hopefully we can revenge with the senior team,” the skipper noted.“We believe in ourselves because we have played well so far and it would be our dream to get to the final.” He added.Eritrea players walking off the pitch after a match at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluEritrea finished second in Group A with seven points after picking victories against Djibouti and Burundi, drawing with Somalia and losing 2-0 to hosts Uganda.The team believes they have gathered enough experience and are now a better outfit.“This is a new team we have tried to build from the Under-20. So far so good and I am happy with the players. When we get tough matches, it helps us to become better,” he added.The Red Sea Boys are returning to the Senior Challenge Cup after 12 years, having been banned from the competition after the 2012 showpiece here in Kampala.Their Achilles heel heading into the game against Kenya is their scoring. They have scored four goals; three against Djibouti and one against Burundi while they have fired blanks against Somalia and Uganda.Defensively, they have proved to be solid as they have only conceded two in the 2-0 loss to the Cranes while keeping four clean sheets.0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eritrea head coach Efrem Haile during a match at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 16 – Eritrea head coach Efrem Haile says he is not scared of Kenya’s Harambee Stars as the two sides prepare to lock horns in Tuesday afternoon’s 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda.Haile was also Eritrea’s head coach when Kenya’s Rising Stars beat the Eritreans 1-0 in the semi-final of the CECAFA Under-20 Championships held in Jinja, Uganda in October and has included up to eight players from that team into the senior side.last_img read more

Bush, White able to shine

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 With Matt Leinart ailing, USC made a decision that could last an entire season by making White and Bush the focal point. They responded with 269 yards rushing in the second half. White assumed a smaller role at the outset of the season, perhaps because he’s more outspoken than Leinart and Bush, but just like in the Orange Bowl (when he gained 118 yards), White demonstrated his worth when given enough carries. “We proved today that we can share time and still make the plays and score,” Bush said. It also showed USC could become a run-first team instead of making Leinart the focal point. Leinart received seven stitches in his chin and admitted he felt out of sorts although USC coach Pete Carroll said he didn’t suffer a concussion. “He wasn’t at his best,” Carroll said. “We tried a little too hard to get something going (in the first half).” Everyone knows White and Bush are two of the top tailbacks in the nation, but it took three games for USC to really take advantage of it. White, unfairly maligned by some within the USC program following the Hawaii game, showed against Arizona State that he’s possibly as talented as the more-hyped Bush. “He might be the most talented player,” the NFL coach said. An NFL coach watched USC’s come-from-behind victory over Arizona State on Saturday and made a quick observation about the No. 1-ranked Trojans. “The offense was in shambles in the first half,” the coach said. “LenDale White and Reggie Bush are the two best players on the team. Those two are legitimate NFL players and big-time prospects. I don’t understand why they just didn’t focus on those two guys and that way they don’t put the defense in any strenuous situations.” center_img Perhaps the best indication was a bootleg play Leinart ran independently in the third quarter that resulted in a six-yard loss. Asked where that play originated, Carroll said, “You can ask (Leinart). It came out of nowhere.” Meanwhile, USC’s running game set its own record Saturday. For the first time in school history, two USC tailbacks rushed for more than 100 yards in back-to-back road games. The last time two USC backs gained more than 100 yards in two straight games occurred in 1977, when Rod Connors and Dwight Ford did it against Texas Christian followed by Ford and Charles White eclipsing 100 yards each against Washington State. USC NOTES: Safety Kevin Ellison will probably be lost for the season with torn knee ligaments, and will undergo an MRI for confirmation today. With Ellison out, cornerback Mozique McCurtis, out since training camp with a hernia, will get a chance to step into the nickel-back role. .. Linebackers Brian Cushing and Dallas Sartz (dislocated shoulders) are doubtful this week, Carroll said. … Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is bothered by a sore hip and is questionable. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arnold calls for mayors’ support

first_img Alan Autry, the Republican mayor of Fresno and a supporter of Proposition 76, said the mayors opposing the measure were being pressured by labor unions. He said he had resigned from the league’s board over its refusal to endorse the measure. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger implored California’s mayors Thursday to support Proposition 76, a ballot measure intended to stabilize state finances and end deficit spending. He warned that if the measure fails to pass during the Nov. 8 special election, state lawmakers would likely raid local treasuries for funds to close the state’s persistent budget gap. “I’ve already been informed in Sacramento that that’s the very money they’re going to go after next year if they don’t have money,” Schwarzenegger told several hundred officials at the annual conference of the League of California Cities. “Remember, they can. The state can still borrow money.” Proposition. 76, dubbed the “Live Within Our Means Act” by supporters, would limit state spending to an average of the previous three years’ revenue. It would also give the governor new authority to initiate spending cuts and would repeal Proposition 98, a voter-approved funding guarantee to schools. Democrats and their allied labor unions, including the powerful California Teachers Association, have campaigned forcefully against the measure, saying it would slash education funding to unacceptable levels and give the governor too much say over spending decisions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The governor, a Republican, has called Proposition 76 the centerpiece of his “year of reform” agenda, which also includes measures to strip lawmakers of the power to draw political boundaries and make it harder for teachers to win tenure. Recent public opinion polls show none winning majority support, with Proposition 76 in the weakest position of all. A poll released last month by the Public Policy Institute of California showed 63 percent of voters opposed to the measure and just 26 percent supporting it. The Schwarzenegger campaign team said its internal polls indicate the measure is in stronger shape. Mayors of several of California’s largest cities – Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, Gavin Newsom of San Francisco and Jerry Brown of Oakland – jointly announced their opposition to Proposition 76, claiming it would slash funding for public safety and education. “The California State PTA and education groups statewide have expressed concerns about how this initiative will drain billions of dollars from our public schools,” Newsom said in a statement released by the Alliance for a Better California, a statewide coalition opposing Schwarzenegger’s reform measures. “I’m opposed to this initiative on every level because it hurts the priorities our community cares about most.” The statement by three of the state’s most visible Democratic mayors signaled a potential showdown looming for this Saturday, when the League of California Cities is expected to vote on whether to endorse Proposition 76. The league board has already voted to remain neutral on the measure, but supporters have pushed for a vote of the full membership. last_img read more

Raising funds to find cure

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Katy Harvey joined more than 6,000 men and women in San Diego Oct. 14-23 to walk 60 miles to raise awareness and money for breast cancer community outreach programs. “I have three sisters-in-law who participated in the three-day walk two years ago,” Harvey said. “When they asked me to join them and walk in memory of my mother-in-law, Alice Harvey, who died of cancer in 2000, I thought it was a great idea.” Each participant had to raise at least $2,100 for breast cancer awareness and research programs. Harvey raised more than $2,700. While trying to raise the money, Harvey gave presentations about breast cancer awareness at the base Officers’ Spouses Club and at the Health and Wellness Center. “I really believe that in order for the status quo to change, you need to participate in both research and awareness,” Harvey said. “Researchers have already found a vaccine for cervical cancer. If we all join together, who’s to say the next breakthrough won’t be for breast cancer?” Harvey, a mother of three whose husband is deployed overseas, trained for four months to prepare for the walk. She walked 14 miles a day, alternating days with 20-mile bike rides. She had to plan her training around her children’s school schedules and extracurricular activities. “Everyone knows someone affected by cancer,” Harvey said. “It has been worth every effort to know that we all strike a blow against breast cancer when we get involved.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsenal hope to pile more misery onto Man United

first_img Tags: premier leaguetop Burnely vs LiverpoolTurf Moor, BurnelyWednesday, 05-12-2018 @10: 45 pmReferee: Scott AttwellLiverpool have so far been impressive, grinding out wins which seem unimaginable at times. The 1-0 victory over Everton on Sunday was yet another victory that indicates that the Kops are on a run that normally would see a side top of the league. However, that is not the case as leaders Man City just can’t slow down at the moment. Liverpool start the day five points behind City and they will be confident they can take care of Burnely especially after the drama on Sunday.Captain Jordan Henderson returns from suspension for what will be his 300th career league appearance. Sadio Mane may miss out after having stitches in a cut foot, while Andy Robertson is nursing a minor problem.For the home side, James Tarkowski, who returned after hernia surgery as an unused substitute on Saturday, could make his first appearance for a month. Ben Gibson has overcome a similar injury but midfielder Steven Defour is a doubt because of a knee complaint.Burnley’s only win in 11 league games against Liverpool since 1974 was by a 2-0 scoreline at home two seasons ago (D3, L7). All seven of Liverpool’s Premier League goals at Turf Moor have come in the second half of matches.  Victory on Wednesday would give Liverpool their best record after 15 matches of a top-flight season: 12 wins and three draws. Their current best is 12 wins, two draws and a defeat, set in 1978-79 and again in 1990-91. They have only conceded five goals in 14 league games this season – no team has conceded fewer than six after 15 matches of a top-flight season. The Reds are unbeaten in 16 Premier League matches played on a Wednesday since a 3-1 defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day 2012 (W11, D5). However, their only victory in the past seven away games against sides starting the day in the relegation zone came at Huddersfield in October (D2, L4). Jurgen Klopp’s side have scored the opening goal in 86% of their league matches this season.Everton vs Newcastle UnitedGoodison Park, LiverpoolWednesday, 05-12-2018 @10: 45pm Referee: Lee MasonEverton have won eight of their past nine Premier League games against Newcastle, including each of the last five without conceding a goal. Newcastle’s solitary victory in their 14 most recent Premier League visits to Goodison Park came in September 2010 thanks to a Hatem Ben Arfa strike (D3, L10). There have been 18 penalties scored in Premier League matches between the two sides, the most of any fixture in the division.Everton manager Marco Silva will assess the fitness of several players ahead of their second game in 76 hours. Silva said forward Ademola Lookman is in contention to make his first league start of the season, but Morgan Schneiderlin has a leg injury.Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie must serve a one-match ban for accumulating five league bookings this season. Christian Atsu or Jacob Murphy will deputise, with manager Rafael Benitez considering other changes to the side. Paul Dummett and Isaac Hayden remain sidelined.Everton have won four successive Premier League home games, keeping three clean sheets. They last enjoyed a longer winning run when setting a Premier League club record of eight successive victories at Goodison Park between January and April last year. They could win six of their opening eight home league matches of a season for the first time since 1987-88. Marco Silva’s Premier League home record – 18 wins, seven draws and seven defeats with Hull and Everton – is the exact reverse of his away record (W7, D7, L18). Everton are unbeaten in their last seven midweek league matches since losing at Sunderland in May 2016.The 3-0 home defeat by West Ham on Saturday ended Newcastle’s four-match unbeaten run (W3, D1). Newcastle have 12 points after 14 matches. Their lowest tally after 15 fixtures of a Premier League season is 13 in both 1999-2000 and 2015-16.Fulham vs Leicester CityCraven Cottage, LondonWednesday, 05-12-2018 @10: 45 pm Referee: David CooteFulham’s Andre Schurrle has overcome the minor injury that caused him to miss Sunday’s defeat by Chelsea. Floyd Ayite is out with a groin strain as new manager Claudio Ranieri prepares to face one of his previous clubs for the second successive fixture.Leicester forward Jamie Vardy is nursing an ongoing groin problem and could miss Wednesday’s match. Harry Maguire is back in training but unlikely to play, while Rachid Ghezzal remains a doubt with a leg injury. Wes Morgan appeared to pick up an injury against Watford, with manager Claude Puel admitting several unnamed players are fitness concerns.This will be the first league game between Fulham and Leicester since 2003-04, when Fulham won both Premier League meetings 2-0. Leicester City have failed to score in all four Premier League meetings. No side has ever failed to score in their first five matches against a single opponent in the competition. The Foxes haven’t won away at Fulham in any competition since a second-tier game in April 1983, drawing one and losing three of their subsequent four visits.Wolverhampton Wanderers vs ChelseaMolineux Stadium, West MidlandsWednesday, 05-12-2018 @10: 45 pmReferee: Jonathan MossChelsea returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Fulham last Sunday. The victory was their first in three league games and will know they cannot afford any more slip-ups as they start the day 10 points behind leaders City who defeated Watford 2-1 on Tuesday night.Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Alonso, who are nursing ankle and back problems respectively will be accessed going into Wednesday’s game. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is set to make changes to keep his side fresh. Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are among the players hoping for recalls.Wolves are without midfielder Ruben Neves, who serves a one-game ban after accumulating five yellow cards. That could mean Morgan Gibbs-White, 18, starts his first Premier League game, while alternative replacements include Romain Saiss and out-of-favour summer signing Leander Dendoncker.Chelsea have won the last four meetings in league and cup by an aggregate score of 13-1, including a 2-0 victory at Molineux in the FA Cup fourth round last season. Wolves’ solitary victory against the Blues since 1983 came in a Premier League game at Molineux on 5 January 2011, courtesy of a Jose Bosingwa own goal.The Blues could keep clean sheets in consecutive league games for the first time under Maurizio Sarri. They have won seven of their last nine games in league and cup. The Londoners have lost just one of their last 13 away league games against newly-promoted sides (W10, D2), with that defeat coming at Newcastle on the final day of last season. Chelsea have kept clean sheets in four of their six Premier League away games this season.Tottenham Hotspurs vs SouthamptonWembley Stadium, LondonWednesday, 05-12-2015 @11: 00 pmReferee: Anthony TaylorGoing into the game, Southampton have won just three of their 19 Premier League visits to Tottenham, most recently in May 2016 when Steven Davis scored both of Southampton’s goals. Southampton have kept only one clean sheet in their last 27 away league games against Spurs.Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier returns after a groin injury but Jan Vertonghen is banned following his sending off against Arsenal. He could be replaced by Toby Alderweireld, who was rested on Sunday.Kelvin Davis will take interim charge of Southampton following the dismissal of manager Mark Hughes on Monday. Michael Obafemi, 18, is a doubt after being forced off against Manchester United with a muscle problem, while Mario Lemina is suspended. Bertrand, Matt Targett and Danny Ings are still injury concerns and will all be assessed.None of Tottenham’s last 18 Premier League games have ended in a draw (W13, L5) – the longest current run without one in the division. Spurs have kept just one clean sheet in their last six league games at Wembley. They have won all eight Premier League games this season against teams that began the midweek fixtures in the bottom half of the table.Manchester United vs ArsenalOld Trafford, ManchesterWednesday, 05-12-2018 @ 11: 00pmReferee: Andre MarrinerManchester United have had a disastrous start to the 2018/19 Premier League season, winning only 6 of their first 14 games. The 2-2 draw away to Southampton on Sunday compounded their recent misery that has seen Jose Mourinho’s side go three games minus victory in the League. After City’s 2-1 win at Watford on Tuesday, United start the day 19 points behind the leaders and a loss at home to Arsenal will surely bring back the echoes of ‘Jose Out’ chants for the up-tenth time.Against Arsenal, they come up against a side in high spirits especially after their North London 4-2 come-back victory last Sunday. The Gunners are currently on a 19 match unbeaten run (W15 D4) in all competitions. The appointment of Unai Emery looks to be paying off immediately and a win at Old Trafford on Wednesday could set the tone for Arsenal’s season and also confirm their top 4 aspirations.The 82 most recent league and cup encounters had featured one or both of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. This will be the first meeting in which neither of the long-serving managers is involved since 23 August 1986, when the Gunners won 1-0 in a league game at Highbury. Manchester United are unbeaten in 11 home league matches against Arsenal since September 2006 (W8, D3). However, the Gunners did win at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in March 2015.Manchester United go into the game short of defensive options, and will hope Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly recover from respective foot and back problems. Ashley Young serves a one-game suspension, Phil Jones is reportedly nursing an injury, and both Luke Shaw and Romelu Lukaku were forced off with knocks on Saturday.For Arsenal, midfielder Granit Xhaka is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards. Playmaker Mesut Ozil is unlikely to feature because of back spasms.United have conceded 23 goals in their opening 14 Premier League games – only the bottom five (prior to the latest round of matches) have a worse record. Last season it took the Red Devils until 10 March – and 30 matches – until they conceded 23 league goals. They have conceded six goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season, a joint-league high with Fulham. Jose Mourinho’s side are winless in three league games for the first time in 12 months. Their only home league defeat this term was the 3-0 loss to Tottenham on 27 August. A win would give the Gunners 16 away points – as many as they claimed in total on the road last season (W4, D4, L11). They have already equalled last term’s total of four away victories in the top flight. Sunday’s triumph against Tottenham was only Arsenal’s fourth win in their last 29 league games against other sides from the established top six (D10, L15). The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 12 league games (W9, D3), and 19 matches in all competitions (W15, D4). They are one of four teams to have kept just two Premier League clean sheets this season (along with Manchester United) – only Fulham, with none, have worse record. They have scored 24 second-half goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other side. Arsenal have lost their last three midweek league games, conceding three goals in each defeat.Tuesday’s results in the Premier League: -AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield Town-Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 Crystal Palace-West Ham United 3-1 Cardiff City-Watford 1-2 Manchester CityComments last_img read more