Team news and stats ahead of Arsenal vs Molde in the Europa League group stage on Thursday; kick-off 8pm.Team newsArsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that David Luiz will return to the squad against Molde in the Europa League on Thursday night.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Brazilian defender has missed the last two matches after he was forced off with a thigh injury during the home defeat to Leicester on October 25. Arteta initially feared Luiz would be out for “a few weeks”, but the 33-year-old has resumed training and is available for selection.Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns following the victory at Manchester United. Calum Chambers (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Gabriel Martinelli (knee) remain long-term absentees.Molde are still without injured defender Kristoffer Haraldseid, but midfielder Martin Ellingsten should be restored to the starting line-up, having come off the substitutes’ bench in the 3-1 win over Mjondalen at the weekend. Image:Arsenal made it two wins from two in the Europa League with a routine victory over Dundalk – Advertisement – – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win over Manchester United in the Premier League 2:59 How to followFollow Arsenal vs Molde with our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms from 6.30pm on Thursday; kick off 8pm.Opta statsArsenal will face Molde for the very first time in this match. The Gunners have won three of their four matches against Norwegian opponents (D1).Arsenal’s last match against Norwegian opposition was a 5-1 win against Rosenborg in the UEFA Champions League in December 2004, with goals from José Antonio Reyes, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fàbregas, Robert Pires and Robin van Persie.This will be Molde’s first meeting with English opponents; Norwegian sides have never beaten English opposition away from home, drawing twice and losing 20 times, with a goal difference of -87 (13 scored, 100 conceded).Molde have won four of their last six away matches in the UEFA Europa League (D1 L1), beating Scottish (Celtic) and Irish (Dundalk) opponents on this run.Since the start of the 2018-19 season, only Munas Dabbur (13) has scored more goals in the UEFA Europa League than Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12). Molde at a glanceThe coach: Erling Moe replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, initially as caretaker manager, when he left for Manchester United in December 2018 as interim boss. Moe, a former Molde player, had been Solskjaer’s assistant and was given the job on a permanent basis when it became clear Solskjaer would not be returning.European pedigree: The Norwegian club reached the Champions League group stage during the 1999/2000 season and the group stage of the Europa League in 2012/13. In 2015/16 Molde topped a group containing Fenerbahce, Ajax and Celtic to reach the round of 32 in the Europa League, losing 3-1 on aggregate to eventual winners Sevilla.Form: Second in the Norwegian Tippeligaen but 16 points behind league leaders Bado Glimt. Molde have won their last four domestic fixtures and, like Arsenal, both of their opening two games in the Europa League. They arrive in London on a six-match winning run.
On the famous Viennese square Am Hof, 12 Croatian wineries, gathered under the brand, present their wines Vina Croatia – mosaic wines organized by the Wine Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The beginning of the implementation of the strategy was in 2013 through a clearly stated goal and strength and character of the brand as well as a desire for a clear positioning of Croatian wines on the world wine list.”We wanted to remind the Austrians of the tastes of Croatia now, in the off-season, while their impressions from the summer on our coast are still fresh, to tell them that they can buy the same products they consumed in Croatia at home ”, said Nikola Drmić from the Krauthaker winery, one of the exhibitors in Vienna, where a four-day wine promotion is underway. In addition to this winery, from September 21 to 24 Badel 1862, Degrassi, Dvanajščak, Kozol, Feravino, Iločki podrumi, Kozlović, Kutjevo, PP Orahovica, Zigante, Zlatan otok, PZ Vrbnik, Delikroat and Aura Delikatessen promote their wines and food.The goal of the event is not only to strengthen the image of Croatian wines and wineries, but the overall image of Croatia at this time before and after the season in the most important Croatian emitting tourist markets, among which Austria is especially important to winemakers. “It is known that Croatia is the most popular tourist destination for Austrians. Austrians are in love with the Croatian coast and islands, but Croatia is not only a country that boasts beautiful nature, but also excellent cuisine and first-class wines”, said Tatjana Mrvoš from the Croatian Embassy in Vienna.Photo: Hgk”Austria is a close, significant, but above all demanding market. If our wines are recognized among the Austrians, who are great connoisseurs of wine, it will certainly ensure our profits to the wider market. We hope for a successful continuation of the project. Our vision is to promote Croatian wines in all European capitals”, Said the secretary of the Wine Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Igor Barbarić.”We reluctantly accepted this type of promotion. It is a great thing that we present ourselves together for easier profit in demanding markets. It is interesting to come to tourist emitting markets because consumers recognize you. Some are our regular tourists and have had the opportunity to drink our wines. It is also interesting to watch the reactions of Austrians about the similarities and differences with their wines because they are familiar with our varieties.”, Said the exhibitor Igor Hruška from PP Orahovica.Wine exports to the Austrian market are on the rise. In the first five months, we exported 718 and a half thousand liters of wine, which is more than in the whole of 2016 when we exported a total of 675 thousand liters to Austria. ”These results were achieved thanks to the past two good years of harvest, but also a series of marketing activities in EU markets through the Association of Winemakers of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce under the brand Vina croatia – vina mosaica. In the continuation, we expect further growth and placement of Croatian wines, not only on the Austrian but also on the EU market, thanks to the constant quality of Croatian wines. This event is one in a series of levers to increase the promotion and recognition of Croatian wines”, Said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović, who came to Vienna to support local winemakers.
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Jun 2019 11:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Unai Emery to make Emiliano Martinez Arsenal’s new No.2 goalkeeper after Petr Cech departure Advertisement Martinez gave a good account of himself while on loan at Reading (Picture: Getty)The Argentine, who has been at Arsenal since 2010, was third-choice shot-stopper for Arsenal for the first half of the season, playing once in the Europa League, but moved to Reading on loan in January.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMartinez had been desperate for more first-team football and got that immediately at the Championship side, playing 18 times – and recording five clean sheets – to help the team avoid relegation.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 CityArsenal have a limited transfer budget to play with this summer after failing to qualify for the Champions League and have little desire to use up a slice of it on a new back-up goalkeeper.Martinez can slot straight in, though he has made it known that he expects to play in Cup matches – just as Cech did this past season – and wants to be able to challenge Leno for the No.1 position. Martinez believes he can challenge Leno for the No.1 jersey (Picture: Getty)The 26-year-old made one appearance for Arsenal last season, keeping a clean sheet in the Europa League dead rubber against Qarabag, while he has made six Premier League appearances in total for the club dating back to the 2014/15 season – keeping clean sheets in 50% of them.Another goalkeeper still on Arsenal’s books is David Ospina, though not for long, with the report claiming an agreement has been reached between the Gunners and Napoli over a £3million deal.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 The Argentine impressed while on loan at Reading last season (Picture: Getty)Emiliano Martinez is set to take up the role of Arsenal’s new back-up goalkeeper, replacing veteran Petr Cech, with the Gunners unlikely to enter the transfer market.Cech announced earlier this year that he would retire at the end of the season, making his final appearance for the club in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea in Baku.The veteran Czech’s departure leaves Arsenal in need of a new No.2 to play understudy to first-choice keeper Bernd Leno, and football.london report that Martinez will get the nod. Comment
Indianapolis, In. — Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett with state and local leaders took part in a tree planting ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial over the weekend in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks 17 years ago.The tree planted during the ceremony is a sapling from a Callery pear tree that withstood the 9/11 attacks and was replanted in 2010 at the Memorial in New York City after much rehabilitation by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.“The tree was once burned and broken and now has smooth, blossoming branches,” said Paul McCormack, Retired NYPD Deputy Inspector. “The sapling from the tree that is now planted in Hoosier soil in commemoration of the lives lost on September 11, 2001, stands as living proof of America’s resiliency and survival in the face of terror.”McCormack made the journey to Indiana with family members of first responders who lost their lives during the deadliest terror attack on American soil. They are traveling the United States with the Ground Zero 360 Exhibition.The Ground Zero 360 Exhibit is comprised of photos, stories and donated artifacts from 9/11, allowing Hoosiers to take a step back in the past and feel what 8 million New Yorkers were feeling in the days that followed the attacks in 2001 and cost 3,000 Americans their lives.“The Ground Zero 360 Exhibit serves as a powerful reminder of the tragedy that our country faced on September 11th, 2001,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “In the wake of the attacks that September morning, brave Hoosiers stepped forward, as they always do, to assist their brothers and sisters in critical rescue and recovery efforts. Now, with the planting of this tree, we will have a permanent reminder of the incredible courage shown by first responders in our country’s time of need.”Hoosiers can visit the Ground Zero 360 Exhibit now through February of 2019. The survivor tree planted at the Indiana War Memorial will be a permanent remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price and as a tribute to the Hoosiers that joined in the rescue efforts after 9/11.For more information go online here.
By Roger WilliamsAUBURN, Mich. (June 9) – Inches made the difference between first and second as Timmy Near topped Friday’s Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature at Tri-City Motor Speedway.Matt Szecsodi led the opening laps before Near took over from his fourth place starting position. All eyes were on 10th starting Chad Wernette as he found speed in the bottom groove and caught Near after halfway.Wernette cleared Near and led on the white flag lap, but Near was able to make the winning pass coming out of turn four to win by inches.Chaz Pray, Kody Johnson and Szecsodi rounded out the top five.
RelatedPosts Saraki to Kwara Governor: Call those encroaching my land led by your SA to order FG hails Kwara Governor over social investment programme COVID-19 taught us to be closer to God – ex-NAN Director Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said he approved the resuscitation of the state annual sports festival as part of his belief in productive engagement of the youths to attain their full potentials. The state is currently engrossed with excitement as contingents from across its 16 local government areas participate in at least 26 games in the seventh Kwara State Sports Festival, which was last held in 2005. AbdulRazaq, who paid an unscheduled visit late on Wednesday to the Kwara State Stadium Complex to watch some of the games, said such event would also help to promote talents and sportsmanship in the populace. “The resuscitation of Kwara State Sports Festival hinges on the need to invest in the youths and sports. Hitherto, the state hired athletes to represent the state in festivals and we need to invest in ourselves and get the home-grown youths to take part in various sports events (nationwide and internationally),” he told reporters shortly after watching a photo finish (volleyball game) between Ilorin West and Offa. AbdulRazaq also said the administration plans to upgrade some facilities in the sports complex in the 2020 fiscal year, especially the indoor hall, to provide the right environment for local talents to thrive. “(There will be) renovation of the sports complex, investments in youth and sports. You will see a face-lift of the Indoor Sports Hall of the state stadium, a new squash court and renovation in all facets,” he said, offering insights into what the sector should expect in the 2020 budget that was passed on Wednesday. “It is a pity that we’ve allowed (sports) infrastructure to decay. But despite that we can see the zeal, commitment of the sportsmen and women as well as the officials. You can see that they want to participate in sports. So, we need to provide the enabling environment to do what they need to do.” AbdulRazaq said Kwara State looks forward to greater showings in the upcoming 20th National Sports Festival in March in Edo State, adding: “In fact, this is the good beginning. We are not going to hire athletes to represent the state. The home-grown talents will represent us. So, we’ll have a 10 year plan. We are not saying that we will be at the top of the medals table in Edo but gradually we will be the best.” The Governor had earlier met with members of the main organising committee of the festival in the indoor hall where he commended them for a good job. He was received by top government officials, sports veterans and entrepreneurs, including the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Joanna Nnazua Kolo; Special Adviser on Sports and Youth Development, Attahiru Ibrahim; Director of Sports, Tunde Kazeem; Serah Adebooa Esan; Olusola Abubakar Sheu; ex-international Hameed Adio; Coach Bola Mogaji; Dr. Steve Olarinoye; Razaq Olorunmako; Ibrahim Bako; and Abimbola Agbeke Olaoye.Tags: Abdulrahman AbdulrazaqKwara Sports FestivalKwara State
People traveling to Florida from three northeastern states just got a break.Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday quietly rescinded an executive order that required travelers into the Sunshine State from areas with “substantial community spread” of COVID-19 to quarantine for two weeks.The rule had affected those coming from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.DeSantis implemented the requirements on March 23, when New York City was a hotspot for the new coronavirus.We must stay the course. These steps are simple, and we’ve said them all along, but they make a difference. #OneGoalOneFlorida pic.twitter.com/npIVueQ7Gx— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 6, 2020 Since then, new cases of COVID-19 have fallen in New York.Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order requiring travelers from Florida and 34 other states to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive to his state remains in effect.To read DeSantis’ full executive order, click here.
FIRST vice-president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Brigadier (Ret’d) Bruce Lovell, met yesterday with the president of the Denmark Football Association, Jesper Moller, in Paris, France on the side-lines of the 69th FIFA Congress, to discuss areas of cooperation between the two football bodies.The discussions centred on Denmark providing assistance to the GFF in the areas of coaching and refereeing education, infrastructure development, governance and football administration, and girls and women development, and will lead to the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding for which the Danish president will visit Guyana in October this year to sign.The meeting was done within the framework of UEFA Assist programme, which was launched in 2017, where UEFA member associations provide assistance to other confederations and member associations to develop and strengthen football across the globe.At the FIFA Congress Brigadier (Ret’d) Lovell is representing GFF president Wayne Forde, who remained in Guyana to streamline the National team’s preparation for their Gold Cup debut.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. The son of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno issued a statement on his father’s behalf Friday, indicating that Paterno has hired an attorney.Scott Paterno said in a statement that he retained Wick Sollers of the King & Spalding law firm.‘On behalf of my father, I have retained Wick Sollers at the law firm of King and Spalding,’ Scott Paterno said. ‘My father’s desire is for the truth to be uncovered, and he will work with his lawyers to that end.Scott Paterno said his father asked him to make a short statement on his behalf.‘Like everyone who has watched this story unfold, my father is experiencing a range of powerful emotions,’ Scott Paterno said in the statement. ‘He is absolutely distraught over what happened to the children and their families. He also wants very much to speak publicly and answer questions.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘At this stage, however, he has no choice but to be patient and defer to the legal process,’ he said. ‘He cooperated fully with the grand jury and he will continue to cooperate with the investigation as we move forward.‘ … Going forward, Mr. Sollers has directed my father, our family and everyone associated with us to make no further public statements and to respond to no media inquiries. We will honor this request. Accordingly, all requests for comments or other information should be directed to Mr. Sollers,’ Scott Paterno said.As of Friday, there have been no charges filed against Joe Paterno in the fallout of the sex abuse scandal involving former PSU assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing young boys, and his attorney said that Sandusky maintains his innocence and denies the firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @Michael_Cohen13
DULUTH, Minn. – Wisconsin junior forward Brianna Decker emotionally embraced her family and made her way to the podium Saturday afternoon as she became the 15th recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.The award recognizes the best player in NCAA Division I women’s hockey each season – much like football’s Heisman Trophy. Decker was one of three finalists for the award, including Jocelyne Lamoureux of North Dakota and Florence Schelling of Northeastern.“It is quite an accomplishment,” Decker said. “I think it shows a lot about the depth of our program and the type of players that get recruited to Wisconsin. I think we have all-around staff and resources that are phenomenal.”Decker anchors one of the best offensive lines in hockey, playing alongside senior forwards Brooke Ammerman and Carolyne Pr?vost in a unit that combined for 77 season goals. Decker led the nation this season with 37 goals, and her 82 overall points tied for the nation’s best.Decker attempted six shots in the national championship against Minnesota Sunday but did not find the back of the net in the 4-2 loss.She became the fourth player in Wisconsin history to win the award, joining Sara Bauer (2006), Jessie Vetter (2009) and Meghan Duggan (2011). Four Wisconsin Patty Kazmaier winners in the past six years is quite an impressive feat for head coach Mark Johnson as well as the program.“We’ve had a couple of kids go though this arena before,” Johnson said. “Each one, if you look at all four, earned it. Brianna isn’t different than the other three; she went out and continues to grow as a player and continues to develop as a leader off the ice.”Although the Patty Kazmaier celebrates the nation’s best hockey player, Decker said the honor reflects the success of the team more than her individual play. The Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn. – host of this year’s ceremony – erupted with cheers from Decker’s teammates, a testament to the tight knit camaraderie within this Wisconsin squad.“I honestly don’t think this is an individual award,” Decker said. “Obviously it is given to one person, but it comes from the team and the team makes each player who they really are. I think that is exactly what my team did for me this year.”Johnson said the team held a dance contest after practice last Thursday, calling them an energetic group. That contagious attitude translated to Wisconsin’s play on the ice the season, uniting Decker and the entire Badger team.“If you are going to be successful in this game you have to play as a unit, and certainly players can make a difference, but it takes a group of players,” Johnson said.The success of Wisconsin’s program in recent years, including multiple national championships and Patty Kazmaier award winners also projects a good image to young hockey players.“I think it gives some young girls in Wisconsin some hope either to want to be a Badger one day or play hockey and be able to be successful, like Jessie (Vetter) and myself,” Decker said. “I hope the young girls take a lot out of it and come support our games.”As a sophomore last year, Decker cheered on Duggan – the 2011 Patty Kazmaier winner – never believing she would follow up her friend’s performance just a year later.Johnson believes playing alongside past UW leaders like Duggan helped develop Decker into the player she is today.“With the season last year, and the help of Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight, she understood what she needed to do to make the choice to go to the next level and the type of player she wanted to become,” Johnson said.Decker’s work ethic and will to win can’t be undermined, but she said her award-winning season relied upon support of those around her. “I can’t do any of this without my team, and I give so much credit to them and the coaches because they made me the player I am right now.”