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Wenger rues costly injuries

first_img And Arsenal will contest the FA Cup final against Hull at Wembley on May 17 as Wenger aims to deliver a first trophy in almost a decade. Nevertheless, the feeling of missed opportunities continues to sit uneasy with the Frenchman, who saw his team hit by injuries to key men like Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil. “When we came out of Christmas, we were in a strong position and what you want then is to have your strong players available in March and April. We had too many injuries,” Wenger said. “It is very, very difficult – you can have one or two, but after that when you have too many injuries you always have to play the same players and that is detrimental to the efficiency of the group. “The regret we have is that too many players were out at the same time between Christmas and April.” Arsenal – who lost heavily away to Manchester City, Liverpool and then Chelsea, thrashed 6-0 in Wenger’s 1,000th match – are seven points off the pace, having at one stage been well clear themselves. Wenger acknowledges just being able to turn the draws at home against Everton, Swansea and Manchester City into victories would have seen them still have a fighting chance of the championship. “The restriction we had was in the big games, when we only made draws and not wins in some of them, that is where the missing points are at the moment because we are very close to the top,” Wenger said. “Maybe one or two wins at home would have made that difference. “The regret we have of the season is that we have been remarkably consistent, (but) it is against the teams who did not fight for the Premier League title – and especially away from home in some of the big games – we could not claim the points.” Midfielders Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will again be missing on Sunday because of injury. Wilshere is closing in on a return from the fractured foot he suffered while on friendly international duty against Denmark on March 5. The combative midfielder had originally been expected to be in contention this weekend, but now the final match at Norwich looks an outside possibility at best ahead of the cup final. England manager Roy Hodgson indicated he would have no qualms about naming Wilshere in his 30-man squad, and, given there are three warm-up matches and a training camp, he feels the 22-year-old will have enough time to get himself in shape ahead of the Group D opener against Italy in Manaus on June 14. Wenger said: “It is not a gamble if he is completely fit. It is a strengthening of the (England) team. “If there was a medical doubt then, yes, it would be a gamble, but I think he will be completely safe and on that front medically he should be all right.” Oxlade-Chamberlain is another Arsenal player hoping to be on the England jet to Brazil. The pacy midfielder missed Monday night’s 3-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium because of a niggling groin problem, and Wenger maintains his return will not be rushed. “Oxlade-Chamberlain at the moment has an inflamed groin. We will see how he progresses,” the Arsenal boss said. “For the World Cup, he should be okay. For us, will he come back for the end of the season? I don’t know.” Right-back Bacary Sagna has a knee problem and so will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s game. Arsenal have confirmed final plans for the 2014 Emirates Cup pre-season tournament, to be held on August 2 and 3. Portuguese champions Benfica, La Liga side Valencia and French club Monaco will all travel to London, with the Gunners set to play Benfica and then close the tournament against Monaco, Wenger’s former club, on the Sunday. The Gunners prepare for their final Barclays Premier League home match against West Brom with title ambitions extinguished following costly defeats against the top three. However, there is still reason to be positive after Arsenal recovered form to get ahead of Everton in the race for Champions League qualification, with a place in the August play-offs secure should they win on Sunday or indeed before if the Toffees are beaten by Manchester City on Saturday. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepts there will always be a sense of regret around what might have been this season. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Burke, Sacco both win twice for girls swim Bees

first_img Tags: Baldwinsvillegirls swimming Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Oswego still won the meet, 98-78, over B’ville, overcoming those individual titles along with the 200 medley relay where Burke and Sacco, along with Ashley Konz, and Makenna Williams, helped the Bees prevail in 2:06.30.Konz continued to shine in the 100 backstroke, winning in 1:04.20, also getting second place in the 50 freestyle in 27.34 seconds as Kate Cornell was third in the 100 freestyle. Konz, Sacco, Burke and Madeline Sauro were second in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:57.56.Having not swam at home yet this season, B’ville finally does so next Tuesday when it faced Skaneateles, two days before a trip to West Genesee.center_img Clare Burke and Kali Sacco’s pair of individual race victories led the Baldwinsville girls swim team’s efforts in Tuesday’s road meet against the Oswego Buccaneers.Burke, in the 200-yard freestyle, prevailed in two minutes, 10.72 seconds, edging Oswego’s Ciarrah Tynan (2:10.87) by 0.15 seconds. The 100 butterfly wasn’t as close, Burke winning in 1:07.69 to the 1:10.87 from the Bucs’ Maya Upcraft.Sacco swam the 200 individual medley in 2:25 flat to pull away from Mallory Upcraft (2:29.66), and then was victorious in the 100 breaststroke, going 1:18.18 to the 1:22.68 from the Bucs’ Grace Wing.last_img read more

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“I’m tired of being number two at Chelsea” – Petr Cech

first_imgLong-serving goalkeeper Petr Cech says he will leave Chelsea rather than spend another season as understudy to Thibaut Courtois.The 32-year-old Czech Republic international has lost his place to the young Belgian this term, starting only four Premier League games and being primarily used in the domestic cup competitions.While accepting manager Jose Mourinho’s decision, Cech said the situation could not go on indefinitely. “I don’t know what the club’s idea will be. It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo,” he told the Idnes newspaper.”But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this,” he added while on international duty for the Czechs who play Latvia in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Prague on Saturday.Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 and has won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and three League Cups, the last of which was this season when he was in goal for the 2-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.With Mourinho clearly favouring Courtois, Cech’s future will be of interest to a host of top clubs across Europe. “There always will be speculation, I leave it for the summer,” Cech said.”It will be important to sit down with the club, with the manager, to consider all the pros and cons. We will see what will work out the best.”Asked about a possible move to European champions Real Madrid, Cech said: “Whan a specific offer comes I will consider it. There are offers one cannot turn down”.–last_img read more

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MAGOGO: End the football wars

first_imgMagogo flanked by Vice Presidents Justus Mugisha and Darius Mugoye. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Newly re-elected Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Eng. Moses Magogo has called for an end in-fighting withing the sports community.“Those fighting the persons are fighting the game and sowing seeds instability for long periods. Let us not take for granted what we have achieved and don’t want to talk about,” Magogo told a press conference on Wednesday.Magogo made the call as he officially revealed FUFA’s 4 year master plan (2017-2021). It was his first address since re-election for a second term, in polls that were contested by one of the aspirants Mujib Kasule.Kasule attempted to get a court injunction to stop the process, but court ruled the FUFA polls could go ahead with Magogo as the sole candidate.This happened on Wednesday during his first official address to the media at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala.“Those who have gone to courts, we remind you that our statutes and those FIFA do not allow that and you are advised to withdraw and come back to the FUFA Structures,” Magogo said, adding that, “Leadership comes from God. I am the President because God has allowed.”Chasing the Dream“There are not many Ugandans if not Africans who conceptualize football the way I do in addition to investing the hours I do,” Magogo said. “I have provided my time, person and brains to improve football. Everyone agrees there is a huge change, why should some few self-seeking individuals seek to destroy the person instead.”He charged that there people “wo work day and night to confuse and compromise state agents to arrest me for no crime?”“We have accounted for all the funds received from government with certificates of accountability issued. FUFA is one of the few FAs in Africa eligible to receive FIFA Forward Funding. There is even a central audit by FIFA on FAs,” he concluded.MAGOGO FULL SPEECHMagogo Speech 4-Year FUFA PLAN by The Independent Magazine on Scribd Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Treasure Coast neighborhoods remain underwater after heavy rain

first_imgTreasure Coast neighborhoods are currently underwater after heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.Our news partner, WPTV, captured video of communities in Martin County around 9 a.m. and saw streets underwater, cars driving through several inches of floodwater, and floodwater coming up to the front doors of many homes.WATCH CHOPPER 5 VIDEO: A flood watch is in effect for Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties until Saturday afternoon, and Palm Beach County until Friday morning.last_img

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