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.
A woman in Delaware says she was unaware that she was pregnant until she gave birth to a baby in her sister’s bathroom.The incident occurred last month in Wilmington.Carla Collazo told reporters that she was using her sister’s bathroom when she suddenly began to have severe back pain. She then called out to her sister for help. At some point during the ordeal, Collazo told her sister to open her legs to see what was happening, and that’s when the sisters found out the Collazo was in the process of giving birth.The sisters successfully managed to birth the baby and then called 911 to administer much needed care to both mother and baby.Doctors said despite the baby being born six weeks early and weighing under 3 pounds, the baby is healthy and is recovering in the hospital.The new mother says the whole thing came as a complete shock to her because she did not have any symptoms of pregnancy, had taken several pregnancy test that came back negative, and had previously been told that she may not be able to have children due to a medical condition.Despite the shock, Collazo says she is very happy about her “miracle baby.”
GAME WINNER—Steelers running back Isaac Redman (33) dives for the winning touchdown during the fourth quarter of their game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 4, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Steelers won 24-20. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Tyson Trish) The Steelers, 5-3, continued on a roll playing their best football of the season as they defeated the NFL champion New York Giants 24-20 to keep them one game behind the Baltimore Ravens, 6-2, in the AFC North.Hopefully they will not look past the lowly 1-7 Kansas City Chiefs anticipating the head to head clash against the Baltimore Ravens Nov. 18 at Heinz Field on Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs continue year after year of being one of the worst teams in football. They are coming off a 31-13 beating by the hands of the San Diego Chargers. On paper they have no one on their roster who should be a threat to the Steelers. At quarterback Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn have been sharing the position with no one really standing out. Quinn had replaced Cassel, but because of an injury Cassel started last week. Who will start against the Steelers is still not known, most likely Cassel.Their running game is led by Jamaal Charles who has a good yards per carry average, 4.8, but only had 39 yards against a weak Charger defense, before having to leave the game in the second half. It’s not clear if he’s going to play against the Steelers or not.Overall the Chiefs are ranked 30th in points scored, 16.6, and 29th in points allowed, 30.Despite the loss of Troy Polamalu, the Steelers defense have actually improved over the past two games with Will Allen joining Ryan Clark at the safety spots, which has protected Ike Taylor and Keenen Lewis at the cornerback slots, allowing them to play tighter man-to-man defense. The Steelers defense has been solid to the man, especially the past two games. They currently rank second in the NFL overall behind the San Francisco 49ers, and 9th in points allowed.On offense the running game is back. After Jonathan Dwyer had two consecutive games of 100 yards or more, there was some concern when he went down with an injury, but Isaac Redman stepped in to make it three in a row with 147 yards on just 20 carries.The Ravens stayed on top of the AFC North with an unexpectedly tough 25-15 victory over the Cleveland Browns, 2-7. They will face the Oakland Raiders, 3-5, at home before they face off with the Steelers on Sunday Night Football.Week 11 is when flexible scheduling kicks in, allowing the NFL to move a more appealing matchup into prime time if need be. But with the rival Ravens (6-2) and Steelers (5-3) again battling for the AFC North title, NBC is keeping the game.The league said Monday that the Indianapolis Colts’ trip to play the New England Patriots, matching quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Tom Brady, would move from 1 to 4:25 p.m. EST on CBS that weekend.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning talks with reporters during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. The Broncos are scheduled to play the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Denver was walloped 40-10 by Seattle in the preseason with Ronnie Hillman fumbling, Montee Ball stumbling and Peyton Manning grumbling.The Broncos are a much different team now, one that should return to Colorado on Tuesday for a victory parade clutching their third Lombardi Trophy.Chewed out by boss John Elway after that spectacle in Seattle last summer, the Broncos responded with a season for the ages, scoring more points than any team in NFL history (606) with Manning throwing for more touchdowns (55) and yards (5,447) than anyone ever had.They’re not always the prettiest of passes, as Seahawks star talker and cornerback Richard Sherman pointed out, but Manning’s always won with his brain, not his arm.Manning didn’t disagree with Sherman’s assessment that he “throws ducks.”“I do throw ducks,” he said. “I throw for a lot of yards and TD ducks, so I’m actually quite proud of it.”Manning’s “Duck Dynasty” consists of an unprecedented five players who caught 60 or more passes and scored 10 or more touchdowns: Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno.This could be the difference Sunday night at MetLife Stadium, where the forecast isn’t for weather as frigid as so many feared.The Broncos boast enough pick-your-poison talent in their five-receiver sets to befuddle even the stingiest of secondaries like Seattle’s. Including the playoffs, Manning has thrown for an astonishing 59 touchdowns this season.“I think they had a heck of a season,” Sherman said. “I don’t know if they’re going to score 59 touchdowns in one game. I think that would be a record, too. … We’ve got our own accolades and awards and none of it means anything when you get between those lines.”No, what matters is execution and Manning has had his team on a no-nonsense mission for months and he’s only ratcheted up his focus and his dogged determination during preparations for the biggest game of his stellar career.Manning is the only player in this game who’s won a Super Bowl, and his top target Sunday could even be Jacob Tamme or Bubba Caldwell. He doesn’t discriminate, he distributes. He doesn’t often get duped. He deciphers. He doesn’t force passes, he finds the best matchup.And he’s got time to do it because the Broncos added size and strength to the middle of their line with the addition of right guard Louis Vasquez (6-5, 335 pounds), which moved Manny Ramirez (6-3, 320) to center next to left guard Zane Beadles (6-4, 305).They gave Manning the room to step into all those throws and he’s also quick enough in his recognition and release to usually avoid the edge rushers who might get past tackles Chris Clark or Orlando Franklin.The line’s also opened enough holes for Knowshon Moreno to capitalize on soft underneath coverages to amass 1,761 yards from scrimmage, rendering Ball a fresh-legged cohort and Hillman an afterthought.Ball famously whiffed on Seahawks blitzing linebacker Bobby Wagner in the preseason and Manning had to peel himself off the ground. That ruined his chances of winning the starting job in the Broncos backfield. And Hillman’s fumble at the goal line in that game, which Brandon Browner returned 106 yards for a Seattle score, opened the door for Moreno to become the featured back.Moreno picked up the blitzes and the first downs all season, providing balance to the Broncos’ aerial fireworks.Even though star left tackle Ryan Clady was lost for the season with a foot injury in September, Manning’s jersey hardly needed the laundry as he was sacked an average of just 1.11 times a game, the lowest takedown rate of any quarterback who started all of his team’s games.Even when they stall they don’t usually have to call upon Britton Colquitt, who’s punted just once in the last month, because the Broncos have the strongest, most accurate long-range kicker in football, Matt Prater, who kicked a record 64-yarder in icy conditions in Denver last month.Prater’s 170 points have helped Manning’s prolific offense make up for a defense that lost Von Miller and four other starters but came together down the stretch behind backups and Elway’s free agent jackpot of Terrance Knighton, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Shaun Phillips, Paris Lenon and Jeremy Mincey.Champ Bailey missed much of the season with a foot injury but he’s coming off his best game and playing in his first Super Bowl in his 15-year career.“Things do take time, and I finally got with the right group of guys,” Bailey said. “I played with some great players, but this is definitely the best team I’ve been on.”PREDICTION: Broncos 27, Seahawks 23___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org___Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton