Wenger proud of Gunners achievement

first_img Negotiations over the deal were lengthy and, although Wenger is adamant he always wanted to sign, he would not be drawn on whether victory in the cup final played a part in his decision. “I don’t want to answer that question,” he replied when asked if there would have been doubt over his future without the trophy win. “Was it always going to happen? Certainly. I always said the same thing, I want to think that I have done well for the club. My motivation was never at stake, I always wanted to stay. “But as well I wanted to feel that I had done a good job. The fact that we could not win was going on my mind and it was important for me to feel like I was doing a decent job. “I never look behind me at what is done. I look in front of me. I’m always turned forward. We have won the cup but we want to win more and we want to come back and fight for more, what is done is done.” A fourth Premier League crown would be Wenger’s ideal target for this coming season, with another assault on the Champions League also in his mind. With the extra money now at his disposal, he believes things are more even in Arsenal’s fights with the elite. “I would say that the balance of power is a bit more even than it was five or six years ago,” added Wenger. “With the financial fair play added to the fact we have more financial power than five years ago it gives us a better chance. “The last two seasons it has changed because we had the financial power to do it, the seasons before we could not and I was sitting here saying where do we go next, but we managed to get into a better position.” Press Association In the intervening years after leaving Highbury, Wenger still managed to guide Arsenal to top-four finishes in every season and finally ended his trophy jinx with a 3-2 win over Hull in May. With the purse strings also loosened as the loans taken out to build their new home were repaid, Wenger has finally been able to flex his muscles in the transfer market – breaking the club’s transfer record last year to sign Mesut Ozil and acquiring Chile forward Alexis Sanchez this simmer. But it was those years of battling against free-spending sides like Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as rivals such as Manchester United and Liverpool, which Wenger admits he may remember more fondly in the years to come. “I accepted the challenge when I signed my contract knowing what would happen,” he said. “Personally, I think it was the most sensitive and important period of my career here – it was exciting to keep the club at the level with less resources. “Did we do well or not? The only thing I can say is that we were consistent at that level but maybe we lacked some quality to really win it. “The only thing I can assure you is that I gave absolutely everything to do as well as I could. Is it enough? You’ll never know. Could someone have done better? You never know.” With the FA Cup success behind him, Wenger penned another contract extension at the club, with the new three-year deal taking him up until 2017. Arsene Wenger believes keeping Arsenal competitive in their barren years has been the most important achievement of his reign. Winning last season’s FA Cup final gave the Gunners their first piece of silverware in nine years, a trophy drought which had seen some question whether the 64-year-old Frenchman was still the right man to take the club forward. Having delivered three Premier League titles since taking charge in 1996, Wenger has also overseen a move to the Emirates Stadium – a decision which left the club unable to compete financially with other title rivals for almost a decade. last_img read more

Women of Troy face Oklahoma at home

first_imgThe friendly confines of McAlister Field proved to be the perfect ingredient for victory for the USC women’s soccer team as it came away with a weekend sweep against then-No. 25 Auburn and Northern Arizona University in the Trojan Invitational.Historic · Senior forward Megan Ohai scored the game-winning goal against Purdue to become 10th on USC’s all-time career goals list. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Looking to match their success last weekend, the Women of Troy (4-1-2) will face the Oklahoma Sooners (3-2-1) at 3 p.m. at McAlister Field — and once again, protecting home field will be of the utmost importance for the team.“We can use our home field to our advantage,” senior forward Megan Ohai said. “We don’t want to lose at home and the more wins we get at home, the tougher it gets for other teams to come in and play.”The team now finds itself on a six-game unbeaten streak and on the receiving end of some recognition because of its recent play. In the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer America polls, the Women of Troy are ranked No. 23.Despite what the rankings say, senior defender Karter Haug said the Women of Troy just need to go out and play.“We don’t really look at the rankings,” Haug said.  “It’s one of those things where we just want to come out, play our game and whoever we’re playing … we just want to do our best.”The defense has been shutting down opponents and the offense has been creating plenty of scoring opportunities — the only problem is that the team is not finishing those opportunities.Though the Women of Troy did score multiple goals for the first time against Northern Arizona, Ohai believes that their offense can still do better.“We can’t take it to heart too much,” Ohai said.  “It motivates us a little bit because we’ve been working on it, but we’ve got to keep going and there’s still room for improvement.”With some momentum going into the match against the Sooners, the Women of Troy are playing with confidence, but USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said the team shouldn’t worry about winning.“When you just focus on results, you’re going to be an inconsistent team,” Khosroshahin said. “But when you focus on how you play, the results will take of itself if you do the little things correctly.”If the Women of Troy do all the little things correctly and control what they can control ­— most notably, finishing their scoring opportunities and taking care of the ball — they will be in a good position to duplicate their recent success.last_img read more

Exclusive: Joseph Agbeko speaks to Joy Sports on ‘rusty’ career

first_imgFormer IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko is not in a rush to take any big fights yet after about a year of inactivity. The Fresh King is scheduled to take to the ring on May16 in Texas against Filipino Juanito Rubillar. A 10-round contest, the fight will be staged in Texas a fortnight after the Mayweather – Pacquiao mega fight. Coincidentally, Agbeko trains under Mayweather’s uncle at their Las Vegas gym, although he also frequents the set up owned by the legendary Roy Jones. “I lost to [Abner] Mares, I lost to [Guillermo] Ringondeaux. Well both fighters are top fighters who are at the top of their game, they are not just any fighters,” Agbeko tells Joy Sports on Wednesday in an exclusive interview. Joseph (29-5, 22 KOs) is aware of his critical need to get back in shape, especially after losing two high profile bouts in the last four years.”[Because of their high profile] the defeat does not  affect me that much . I see myself on the same level with them but that is sport for you.” Speaking from Las Vegas, it was clear the fighter was desperate to make up for lost time, and glory.”I’m working very hard in the gym to come back strongly and very impressively so definitely my return will make  a mark and then people will know that I’m back again.”Rigondeaux (13-0) defeated Agbeko by a shutout decision to retain his RING, WBA and WBO junior featherweight titles in Atlantic City two years ago.AGBEKO – last 10 fightsDecember 2013 – Lost v Guillermo Rigondeaux  March 2013 – Win v Luis MelendezDecember 2011 – Lost v Abner MaresAugust 2011 – Lost v Abner MaresDecember 2010 – Win v Yohnny PerezOctober 2009 – Lost v Yohnny Perez July 2009 – Win v Vic DarchinyanDecember 2008 – Win v William GonzalezSeptember 2007 – Win v Luis Alberto PerezAugust 2007 – Win v Fidencio Reyes–last_img read more

Sunday blog: talking Kennedy assassination, 8 things about me, etc.

first_img4. Christmas shopping…Sumner County merchants there are still spots available for the “30 days of Christmas” feature. Last week, I was out selling this promotion and stopped in at Wellington’s Hometown Rental. The business is selling these bluetooth Sound pOp speakers that are the size of a baseball. I can’t tell you how cool those things are.There are a lot of cool Christmas things you can buy here in Wellington. The key to this “30 days of Christmas” series which will start next Sunday, is it won’t be just about merchants advertising their wares, but educating the people what is available here in Wellington. There is a story to tell.Before walking the streets, I was surprised at all the things I can buy here. It is as if there is a disconnect between merchants and the people living here.Hopefully, the “30 days of Christmas” series starting next week can bridge that gap. 2. 8 things about myself… Being someone who frequents Facebook on occasion, there are always these silly little things to keep you interested. A couple weeks ago if you didn’t answer a riddle correctly you had to put a picture of a giraffe on your profile picture. Marijuana, anyone?This week some Facebook users are being given a number. Say you get an “8”, then you have to write eight things people might not know about you on your status update. That was my number. But instead of wasting such introspection on Facebook, I’d rather bring it over here on the superior website Sumner Newscow.1. I graduated with 16 classmates in an Eastern Colorado school. Therefore I can say I finished in the top 10 of my class.2. I find immaculately clean homes to be suffocating.3. Being the cynical journalist that I am, I decided to become an atheist a few years back. I became so lonely, depressed and in a constant state of panic that I brought God back into my life two days later. I’ve felt fine ever since.4. As I get older I seem to get closer to God, but further away from organized religion.5. I never felt worthy as a person until I married my wife, and then started having children.6. I started this website because after leaving the Wellington Daily News, I was staring at retirement at 47 and not really having served any purpose in life other than picking up a paycheck. I wanted to somehow make a difference.7. I finished reading Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus” and find Jesus to be the most courageous man that ever stepped on this earth. Even if you don’t believe in his salvation (and I do), you have to recognize his earthly accomplishments.8. I used to view sports strictly in terms of wins and losses. Now I’m more intrigued with how the games are played. 3. Playoff system…Conway Springs lost to Scott City 21-7 in the third round of the playoffs. You have got to love the Cardinals for what they accomplish year in and year out. They make it look so easy.This was one heck of a week for Kansas high school football. Friday night you had arguably the two best Class 5A teams squaring off: Bishop Carroll vs. Salina South and the two best Class 4A teams battling: Andale vs. Holton.I’m not sure Conway Springs vs. Scott City featured the best teams in Class 3A. That probably is reserved for Beloit and Rossville. But it did feature the two state champions of the past two years.Which makes me wonder. Why are these match ups being featured in the state quarterfinals? Shouldn’t these match ups be played in the finals when the two best teams finally meet?The Kansas State High School Activities Association should have a seeded tournament much like the NCAA basketball tournament. That way you have the potential of the two best football teams avoiding one another until the finals. Of course, that doesn’t mean they will. There is always a playoff upset. But it makes for a more climatic tournament. Andale is out of the playoffs in round #3 because it played Holton. The Indians probably deserve better. 5. Shout out of the week…This week’s shout out goes to Arianna Faith Ybarra, the daughter of Tyler Ybarra and Katie Sisson, who is fighting her way to good health after being born last week with a blood circulation disorder (see story here).There will be a benefit dinner in her honor next Saturday. The details are here:center_img Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Nov. 17, 2013…1. The Kennedy assassination…This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination. This isn’t a good week for me. I have a lot of other things to do. The last thing I need is to feed my obsession with the Kennedy family and the assassination that is already slightly borderline unhealthy.A few weeks back I came to an epiphany. After decades of being a Kennedy conspiracy nut, I have concluded Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. I hate that because deep down I don’t want to think that low life little whiney punk was the reason for one of the most tragic and life-changing events in our history. But there are two things that makes me think a conspiracy wasn’t likely.1) People love to talk. If there was such a grand conspiracy someone was bound to say something that would eventually lead to damning evidence that such a conspiracy did take place.2) Oswald himself. His actions after the shooting was bizarre. The guy shoots the president, then goes and shoots a police officer and then runs into a movie theater without paying. Is the guy a nut? Oh, yeah he is. Illogical behavior is usually the result of desperation.Plus, the whole event seems like a steady stream of buffoonery by government authorities from the Secret Service to the Dallas Police. One thing I’ve learned from reporting, is just because someone occupies a position of high importance, it doesn’t mean he/she is smart.Why did the Dallas police parade Oswald around the police station so any Tom, Dick and Harry could come out of nowhere and shoot Oswald. How do you allow someone like Jack Ruby in the building?And really. Why would the President’s men think parading Kennedy and his wife in an open convertible through Dallas – a hot-bed for right-wing Kennedy hating – was such a good idea in the first place? As JFK told his wife that morning. “We are heading into nut country,” after seeing a full page ad in a Dallas newspaper asking for the President to apologize for various things.Nevertheless, I’m still willing to change my mind at any point about the assassination if I hear another good conspiracy story come along. It wouldn’t be any fun otherwise. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Sally · 351 weeks ago I remember where I was when President Kennedy was announce dead on TV. Porters Marker where H&R Block and Jim’s Valentine Barber is. TV mounted back by the meat counter. Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down MJB · 351 weeks ago JFK: The Smoking Gun, made me see the assassination in a whole other light. Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Local · 351 weeks ago Thanks for sharing 8 things about yourself! Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down little bits · 351 weeks ago Hey Cue, I’ve been waiting to read information about he meeting at the Memorial Auditorium on 11/13/13 about the Lincoln Street project. Any information you could pass on is appreciated! Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Shop Local · 351 weeks ago Hey Cue, great point on buying local. So many of us are wired to believe that we have to drive to Wichita for everything, that we don’t even take the time to realize what’s available here in town. Many would be surprised by how much of the holiday shopping they might be able to get done in a single afternoon, WITHOUT leaving the City Limits. No, you can’t find everything, but you’ll find much more than you imagine. Small Business Saturday is November 30th. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and support your local businesses. Everyone benefits when those dollars are spent in Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WHS Fan · 351 weeks ago I have seen your house I understand #2. Not that mine is much different. #5 I thought your wife had the kids. #8 completely agree. Wins are important but not the only thing. Especially when they are kids. Although I don’t want to sound like Jerry Jones. Overall nicely written Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 351 weeks ago “frequents Facebook on occasion” Nice. Report Reply 1 reply · active 351 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down WHS Fan · 351 weeks ago Yeah I thought that too Ted Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. 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