Wenger ‘surprised’ at job offers as he prepares for Arsenal farewell

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal after 22 years in charge © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 8 – Arsene Wenger said Tuesday he has been surprised at the number of job offers he has received since his departure from Arsenal was announced, urging the club to appoint his successor as soon as possible.The Frenchman will step down as Gunners boss after Sunday’s Premier League trip to Huddersfield, with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri reportedly the first choice of the Arsenal board as his replacement. Wenger will leave after almost 22 years at the helm and was handed an emotional tribute from the club following Sunday’s 5-0 defeat of Burnley, his final game in charge at the Emirates Stadium.The 68-year-old has said he will take a break from football before deciding on his next move but revealed on Tuesday he has not been short of suitors since last month’s surprise announcement.Asked if he had received any offers, Wenger replied: “Yes, more than I expected!“At the moment I focus on doing my job well. I didn’t analyse anything or consider anything. I want to work well until the last day of my contract, and then after, I will rest a little bit and go from there.”Allegri, who is set to deliver a fourth successive Serie A title with Juventus, is reportedly the frontrunner but Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique, both currently out of work, have been linked with the job.“I think the earlier, the better,” Wenger said when asked if an appointment should be made ahead of the World Cup, but he refused to be drawn on who he favoured.“People want hope and they need as well to prepare for the next season. I must say the squad doesn’t need much, because there’s a huge potential in there.“There’s a good spirit, a good basis. It needs two or three additions and this team will compete for the championship next year.”Arsenal’s last two games of the season come on the road, with the club yet to take a point away from home since the turn of the year.Wenger is set to depart with the club finishing in sixth, the lowest position of his reign, and with no silverware following their Europa League semi-final exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid last week.Captain Laurent Koscielny was carried off on a stretcher early on in Thursday’s 1-0 defeat in Spain and Wenger confirmed the 32-year-old is “devastated” as he faces up to six months on the sidelines with a ruptured Achilles.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Joel Klatt Thinks Oklahoma State Should be Retroactively Award Win over Central Michigan

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Matt Leinart and Joel Klatt sat down earlier this week to discuss week 2 of the college football playoff rankings. As they went down the list discussing some of their buzz schools, they landed on the discussion of the Big 12.Oklahoma State’s an interesting team too. They control their destiny in this conference. This goes back — this is so funny — (no its not!) to that Central Michigan game with that controversial call,” Leinart said.“If their only loss was at Baylor,” Klatt interjected. “Let’s say the officials make the correct call, or the Big 12 does what it should do which is retroactively award the win, because it wasn’t a subjective foul it was a game operations [error]. You can say the game was over and they played a play for fun.”Check out the full interaction in the video below:last_img read more

Oklahoma State offers 2017 QB Myles Brennan

first_imgThings just got very interesting on the recruiting trail for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have one commitment in the 2017 class at quarterback, in 6-foot-7 Jelani Woods. And it appears they are now targeting a second signal-caller to come in on scholarship in the recruiting class, extending an offer to Myles Brennan, a record-setting prospect from Mississippi.https://twitter.com/mylesbrennan12/status/803767537917890560Brennan picked up his offer from OSU yesterday, and today, announced that he was backing away from his commitment to the LSU Tigers, where had originally committed during the Les Miles era.Brennan made a visit to Stillwater 8 months ago, coming away without an offer — but it was clear interest was mutual after his visit. “It feels like one big family. They’re definitely a great fit,” Brennan told me after his visit, adding that he could “definitely see himself fitting in here in Stillwater pretty well.”Brennan made a 12-hour drive on his own dime to see Stillwater on an unofficial basis. OSU went in a different direction and accepted a commitment from Woods, a dual-threat QB from Ellenwood, Georgia, however, one source tells me that with former walk-on Nyc Burns leaving, the quarterback recruiting has taken a turn — and the goal is to take two quarterbacks in the 2017 class.At 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, Brennan fits the mold of a pocket passer that would complement Woods in the class to round out a good core. He is an Under Armour All-American, and four-star prospect who also attended the Elite 11 earlier this year, where the group of top quarterbacks gather to compete.On LSU’s end, it appears head coach Ed Orgeron has apparently elected to take a dual-threat quarterback to run the offense, with Lowell Narcisce committed in the class, and the Tigers extending an offer to Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa. With rumors that LSU may be targetting Lane Kiffin as the new OC, things opened up for Brennan. And it appears at the moment, Oklahoma State has stolen the recruiting momentum.With Brennan’s offer now on the table, don’t be surprised to see, if he does pick OSU, a decision to be made in the coming weeks. All his previous offers were handed out and may not still be on the table, but OSU’s may be the most “committable” at the moment. It will be interesting to see what, if any, impact it has on Jelani Woods and the rest of the class if things work out between OSU and Brennan. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Justice Hill Set to Win NCAA Freshman Rushing Title

first_imgAbout a month ago we looked at the possibility of OSU running back Justice Hill ending the season as atop the list of freshman rushers.Well, thanks to Clemson’s domination of Ohio State (and Buckeye redshirt freshman Mike Weber’s lowest output of the season of 24 yards), it looks like that possibility will be realized.Hill’s 1,142 yards are most among FBS freshmen. The only freshman with a chance to catch him is Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (891 yards), and it’s not really a chance. Hurts would need 251 yards against Clemson in the national championship game.So, since that’s not happening, I’ll go ahead and congratulate Justice for another badge of honor in an impressive (and record-setting) rookie campaign.Here are the top rushing freshmen for 2016-17.1. Justice Hill (Oklahoma State) – 1,142 yards / 5.5 yards per carry / 6 touchdowns2. Mike Weber (Ohio State) – 1,096 yards / 6 yards per carry / 9 touchdowns3. Benjamin Snell, Jr. (Kentucky) – 1,091  yards / 5.9 yards per carry / 13 touchdowns4. Damarea Crockett (Missouri) – 1,062 yards / 6.9 yards per carry / 10 touchdowns5. Trayveon Williams (Texas A&M) – 1,057 yards / 6.8 yards per carry / 8 touchdowns While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Clemson Cornerback Graduate Transfer Sets Official Visit to OSU

first_imgClemson cornerback transfer Adrian Baker has been in contact with a number of schools interested in landing his services — and OSU is one suitor who has caught his attention.Baker, who tore his ACL last spring, sat out the 2016 season with the Tigers because of the injury. He is set to graduate this spring and will be eligible to play immediately wherever he chooses to transfer, according to the NCAA graduate transfer rule. A rule OSU has become familiar with in the past several years, using it to land cornerback Lenzy Pipkins a season ago.According to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, Baker has scheduled two official visits: to OSU and to Texas Tech.The Cowboys will host him on March 4. Texas Tech will host him a week later on March 10.With OSU losing Ashton Lampkin and Lenzy Pipkins following the 2016 season, playing time is immediately available in Stillwater. That in itself might be a promising factor for a prospect looking to end his career on a high note as several others have done in Stillwater in recent years.Wherever he lands in the process will be a new start for a once promising prospect who sunk on the depth chart and had unfortunate injuries unravel his undergraduate career. Baker’s time at Clemson would have likely ended in a more prominent role in 2016, had it not been for the injury. And now Baker could be next in the long line of graduate transfers at Oklahoma State at a position that desperately needs bolstered before the 2017 season. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Coman out for ‘several weeks’ after ankle surgery

first_imgBayern München Coman out for ‘several weeks’ after ankle surgery Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 06:01 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) kingsley coman - cropped Getty Images Bayern München Bayern München v Hertha BSC France Bundesliga World Cup The Bayern Munich winger is not expected to play again this season — leaving his World Cup spot with France in doubt — after he had an operation Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman is expected to miss the rest of the season after surgery on his ankle.The 21-year-old was hurt in a collision with Mathew Leckie during the Bundesliga leaders’ 0-0 draw with Hertha Berlin on Saturday.Head coach Jupp Heynckes said afterwards Coman had avoided ligament damage and hoped the problem would not prove to be serious. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp However, the club confirmed on Monday the France international has had to have an operation that could cause him to sit out the rest of 2017-18.It also leaves his participation at the World Cup in Russia in serious doubt.”French international Kingsley Coman suffered a rupture of the syndesmosis ligament above the left ankle during Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Hertha Berlin,” Bayern said in a brief statement.”This resulted in a follow-up on the following day. Already this Monday, Coman was in Tubingen, where Dr Ulrich Stockle operated successfully.”The 21-year-old will be out for several weeks.”Coman has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring seven goals.last_img read more

€1b on transfers & flops PSG no closer to UCL

first_imgPSG Over €1 billion on transfers and flops PSG are no closer to Champions League glory Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 05:39 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(63) Nasser Al-Khelaifi PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images PSG UEFA Champions League Neymar PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid The Parisians endured another premature European exit at the hands of Madrid, showing they are still well off what is required to win the tournament Another year, another massive investment, another miserable Champions League elimination. Once again, come May, Paris Saint-Germain will not be holding aloft the European Cup.More than ever this season, PSG’s big dream seemed tantalisingly possible. The summer additions of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco and Dani Alves from Juventus suggested a strengthened challenge, but most of all it was the stunning signing of Barcelona ace Neymar for a world record fee of €222 million that signalled that PSG would mount a challenge for the trophy like never before.The group stage was easily negotiated, with a final round loss to Bayern Munich offering negligible damage to Unai Emery’s side, yet once again at the first sign of genuine danger in the last 16 they folded. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Real Madrid came through their last-16 clash 5-2 on aggregate, despite enduring a miserable season domestically. The Blancos are currently third in La Liga, 15 points off leaders Barcelona, and exited the Copa del Rey in the last eight to minnows Leganes. Yet they were too strong for PSG.The Parc des Princes side were punished for their naïve display at the Bernabeu, where they held a 1-0 advantage but folded late on to lose 3-1 to a side steeped in European glory. Back home, they never threatened to overturn the deficit, losing 2-1 on the night. It could have been more.Six years on from their acquisition by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), PSG are getting no closer to winning the Champions League. A handful of quarter-final appearances followed by successive exits in the first knockout round is a pitifully poor return for a club that will have spent over £1 billion on transfers by the time Mbappe’s original loan deal is converted into a permanent move.Of course, their greatest investment of all was consigned to watch this encounter from the stands, having broken a foot against Marseille in a recent Ligue 1 victory, potentially depriving Emery of his unique talents for the remainder of the domestic season.Even without Neymar, PSG had a group of players that should have been capable of unsettling their guests. However, the greater nous of the visitors restricted them to just a single shot on goal in the opening 25 minutes. That was a free kick from Angel Di Maria that deflected over, taking the edge from what was a fervent atmosphere at kick-off. An attack bought for upwards of €250m was much too easily blunted and in truth the Spaniards advanced without any fuss. By the time Marco Verratti was sent off for a second yellow card midway through the second half, the tie was already over following Cristiano Ronaldo’s third strike of the tie. Edinson Cavani bundled an equaliser soon after but a dreadful clearance by Adrien Rabiot allowed Casemiro to secure victory in Paris.PSG spending“We didn’t do anything we should have done tonight,” PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi admitted on beIN Sports after the game.”We don’t want to over react tonight, we will talk to the players. We need to be calm and relax and we will think at what we have to do next.”PSG have discovered that buying overnight success at this level is no easy task. Neymar’s arrival was supposed to give PSG the aura of a superpower to match their playing staff. As yet, they do not possess the swagger or the attitude to suggest they are at the pinnacle of the game. Perhaps that will only come with success, yet it appears there are key ingredients still missing to lift them to that level.On the field, they appear short of a top-class defensive midfielder. With Thiago Motta 36 this year, they need a player to act as a foundation for the defence to be constructed around. Meanwhile left-back is another area where there is scope for an upgrade, with neither Yuri Berchiche nor Layvin Kurzawa truly convincing at this level.Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridIt is in the dugout, though, where the building work is liable to start first. Emery may have been appointed on the back of his strong Europa League record with Sevilla, but in his first experience with a true European giant he has flopped.Emery has lacked the personality to handle the strongest characters in the dressing room and his tactics and game management have not been good enough in big games – particularly in the first leg against Madrid and during the stunning collapse to Barcelona at this stage last year.It would be unfair to dismiss him as an unmitigated failure – PSG’s domestic dominance this season has been formidable, even accounting for their financial strength – but his failure to win a single Champions League knockout tie is damning enough for PSG to look elsewhere.”We still believe in our project,” Al-Khelaifi said. “This is not the time to make changes. We have time to think about what we need to change, we must be calm.”We are happy with our investments. We believe in our players, Neymar and Mbappe are the future of the club.”Emery is not. Under the Spaniard, the quality of the squad has undoubtedly improved, yet they are as far from their holy grail as ever. For a spend of €1 billion, PSG must do better.last_img read more

Privacy czar decries gap in law for political parties handling personal info

first_imgOTTAWA – The fact that political parties are excluded from federal laws on handling personal information — such as social media data — amounts to “an important gap” that could jeopardize the integrity of the electoral process, Canada’s privacy czar says.There should be a law governing the use of personal data by parties to prevent manipulation of the information to influence an election, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said Thursday in an interview.“From a privacy perspective, personal information is unregulated with respect to political parties, so that’s clearly not a good thing,” Therrien said.Neither of the two federal privacy statutes — one for government institutions, the other for private-sector organizations — covers political parties.“The absence of regulation facilitates the manipulation of information to influence elections in a way which I think is completely contrary to the public interest,” Therrien told The Canadian Press.Therrien’s comments come as he begins investigating the alleged unauthorized use of some 50 million Facebook profiles — possibly including those of Canadians — by Cambridge Analytica, a firm accused of helping crunch data for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.Therrien said his officials will meet Facebook representatives to determine whether the data of Canadian users was involved. If Canadian information was harvested, the commissioner’s office will look at whether Facebook respected the federal privacy law covering private companies.Facebook Canada has said it’s strongly committed to protecting personal information and would answer any questions from Therrien.This week’s events have shown that weak privacy safeguards can have serious effects that go beyond the commercial realm, potentially distorting democracy, Therrien said. “It’s a wake up call, frankly, if not a crisis in confidence.”Therrien wants other legislative changes to usher privacy laws into the era of big data and artificial intelligence, including new powers for his office to audit companies, make binding orders and levy fines.To ensure a political campaign’s success, all parties have long been heavily dependent on access to quality data about voters.After news emerged about the Facebook breach, Scott Brison, the acting minister for democratic institutions, said he’d be open to strengthening federal privacy laws, although he did not specify whether any change could include applying privacy laws to political parties.Either way, public concerns over the use of private Facebook data will likely force political parties to re-examine how they use data — particularly as they prepare for the 2019 federal election.Karl Belanger, the NDP’s former national director, agrees Ottawa must broaden privacy laws to include political parties if it truly hopes to calm fears.“I think that people who are concerned about their private information should be worried and should demand changes in the law,” Belanger said in an interview.Melissa Bruno, the NDP’s current national director, said political parties are covered by some privacy rules and regulations on the use of data. The NDP fully respects them, Bruno said in a statement.When asked whether parties should be explicitly subject to federal privacy laws, Conservative spokesman Cory Hann wrote in an email: “On the laws, we’ll do what we’ve always done, and that’s follow them.“We recognize the importance of privacy and personal information, especially in light of these latest stories, and we take every step to keep that data protected,” Hann said.A spokesman for the Liberal Party insisted it follows the laws as well as a strict privacy policy. The party protects the information of Canadians it engages as a “foremost priority,” Braeden Caley wrote in an email.On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Liberals will continue to use social media as a way of connecting with people and getting their message out — but he insisted they will do it responsibly.He said he’s been calling on Internet companies to act responsibly as well.“There’s no question that Facebook and other Internet giants wield an extraordinarily large amount of power and influence over modern society, over the lives of individual citizens,” Trudeau said at an event in Sussex, N.B.Trudeau sidestepped a question on whether the Liberals would use Facebook data to target voters in the 2019 election campaign. He said the government would make ensure it protects citizens and online communities as well as electoral processes.This week, reports by The Canadian Press forced the Liberals to disclose that in 2016 their caucus research bureau awarded a $100,000 pilot project to the Canadian data scientist at the centre of the international uproar over Facebook users’ data being inappropriately mined for political gain.The research bureau says that after seeing a sample of Christopher Wylie’s services, it decided not to move forward.Wylie, who has not been accused of any unethical activities or of breaking the law in Canada, has argued that the profiling approach he helped create went too far.On Thursday, the all-party House of Commons ethics committee voted unanimously in favour of inviting Wylie, Facebook officials and Therrien to appear in front of them to discuss the privacy implications for Canada related to the data breach.— With a file from Lee Berthiaume— Follow @JimBronskill and @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

City and Community Development Institute launch Leaders Lab in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – UNBC’s Community Development Institute and the City of Fort St. John announced today the launch of a new initiative at The Forge in Fort St. John.The CDI has launched the Leaders Lab, which will be lead by facilitator Carolynn Oliver.The CDI said that Oliver’s main focus will be to strengthen community leadership through the delivery of programs, workshops, and a speaker series to actively encourage public, non-profit, and private sector organizations to work together to respond to emerging opportunities and issues. “I have a passion for learning and encouraging others to learn new things, so this role is a perfect opportunity for me to do something I love,” said Oliver.The Leaders Lab will develop and deliver a new model of strategic community engagement, leading to better and more creative decision-making, broader and more inclusive thinking, and more resilient private, non-profit and public sectors.“Since its inception in 2004, the CDI has worked with leaders from all sectors across northern BC. We are very pleased that this expertise will be housed at the Leaders Lab and that we will be able to continue to expand our impact through the programming that Carolynn will put into place,” said Marleen Morris, Co-Director of the Community Development Institute.The Leaders Lab launch has also provided the occasion to announce the first speaker for the Leaders Lab Speakers Series. Drew Dudley will speak on Every Day Leadership on October 4th. Other Speakers Series Events will feature experts from British Columbia and beyond discussing topics of interest to the community, and will be announced this Fall.“The Leaders Lab will fulfill an important role in developing community leadership capacity.  I am looking forward to what will be coming out of the Leaders Lab,” said Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman.last_img read more

Meteorologists forecasting temperatures to be slightly above normal this fall starting in

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Forecasters with The Weather Network are predicting that despite the cold, abrupt start to September, things should begin to get warmer than usual for the rest of the fall starting next month.Meteorologist Erin Wenckstern said that the Peace Region will likely see colder than normal temperatures for the rest of September, similar to other areas of Western Canada.Wenckstern said that things will be particularly cool this week, with temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees colder than seasonal values. However, she said that starting in October, the building of an El Nino in the South Pacific will result in temperatures being slightly above normal in October and November. A map showing average temperatures in Western Canada during this fall. Photo by The Weather Network A map showing average temperatures in Western Canada during this fall. Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Wenckstern explained that this year’s El Nino is forecast to be different than those seen during the2014/2015 and 2015/2016 winter seasons, which caused snowfall amounts in the Peace to be well below normal.Compared to a normal El Nino, which sees warm water pushed closer to the South American coast, this year is forecast to see a mild Modoki El Nino, which causes the pool of warm water to only come slightly closer than normal to South America.Wenkstern said that while this year’s El Nino will cause above-normal temperatures, precipitation levels are forecast to remain fairly close to normal across most of B.C.She said that snowfall amounts could be slightly above normal in November which would give skiers and snowboarders an earlier start to the season, provided termperatures don’t get too high.last_img read more