Arsenal legend Kanu claims Premier League sides are ‘already afraid’ of Nicolas Pepe

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Tom OlverThursday 12 Sep 2019 9:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Kanu has been impressed with Arsenal summer signing Nicolas Pepe (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Kanu believes opposition teams are ‘already afraid’ of summer signing Nicolas Pepe.Pepe joined the Gunners in a club-record £72million deal from Lille last month and the 24-year-old forward has gone on to make four appearances in the Premier League.The Ivorian has been thrown right in at the deep end, making his full debut in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat away at Liverpool before playing alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Unai Emery’s side drew 2-2 with north London rivals Tottenham.While Pepe is yet to find the net for his new club, he has impressed former Arsenal striker Kanu with his promising early showings in the English top flight this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City‘He’s a good player,’ Kanu told Goal.‘He’s got fast feet and I think he can unlock teams. He can score and he can assist.‘The league here is totally different from every other league so it takes time for somebody coming in to perform the way they have for their other clubs but I think he will do well for us because now he is getting more game time and I believe he will complement the other two strikers. Commentcenter_img Arsenal legend Kanu claims Premier League sides are ‘already afraid’ of Nicolas Pepe Pepe is yet to open his account for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)‘If you watch him you can see he is a really good footballer and his feet are very quick. He is going to score goals and he is going to play well.‘I believe that teams are already afraid of him after a few games.‘They are scared of what he can do and what he can offer. He’s a very good addition.’ Kanu wants Arsenal fans to be patient with the Ivory Coast international (Picture: Getty)Kanu has urged supporters to be patient with Pepe as the attacker adapts to playing in a new system under Emery.‘As a striker you want to create chances,’ Kanu added.‘If you keep missing them it doesn’t matter. The most important thing is to keep creating the chances because the goals will definitely come.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘People have to understand that he has come from a different country, everything is new. He has new team-mates and the coach will definitely want him to play different. All this counts.‘But a good footballer is always a good footballer. He will get much better and he will score goals for us. He brings us something different to the other two strikers.‘I want to just tell him to keep doing what he is doing.’MORE: Per Mertesacker admits he was ‘p*****’ with Mesut Ozil for ‘days and weeks’ at Arsenallast_img read more

Labour upset at Families Commission ‘cronyism’

first_img3News 17 July 2013National MP Amy Adams’ sister has been appointed as the  Families Commissioner, the second direct relative of a Cabinet minister to be  selected for the commission board.Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has announced  Belinda Milnes for the permanent position after appointing her as interim  commissioner in February.This follows the appointment of Education Minister Hekia  Parata’s husband Sir Wira Gardiner to the board in May.Ms Bennett said 90 people applied for a position on the  board.There are six commission board members in charge of the  organisation, which deals with government policy and funding for family  issues.

Lady Cats Blanked By Lady Spartans

first_imgThe FCHS Lady Wildcats started off slow showing signs of wear and tear after a back to back with Oldenburg to face the physical Connersville Team losing 2-0.Connersville dominated with the long ball and bodying up the Wildcats to score with a push through of the Defender and the Goalie in the first quarter. The second goal was a give me with a wide open shot to the corner in the second period.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach JOhn Litchholt.last_img

Arneson records Jamestown win on Sanders IMCA Modified Tour

first_imgWhen the Saturday checkers flew at Jamestown Speedway, Austin Arneson had a $1,000 win and a spot on the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot to show for his Sanders IMCA Modi­fied Challenge Tour efforts. (Photo by Cody Papke)By Mike SpiekerJAMESTOWN, N.D. (Aug. 19) – Austin Arneson led from lap eight to the lap 25 checkers in win­ning Saturday’s Sanders IMCA Modified Challenge Tour main event at Jamestown Speedway.The fifth starting Arneson worked his way by Jamie Trautner on lap two before getting by Michael Greseth and Rusty Kollman on lap six. From there, Arneson set his sights on Marlyn Seidler for the lead. Arneson was able to quickly reel in Seidler and make the pass for the lead on lap eight.“That was a blast,” said Arneson after the $1,000 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying win. “The track was pretty even early on but it got kind of tricky and a little choppy later on. Greseth was good on the bottom, Seidler was good all over, Kollman was good on top and I just kind of split them all and it worked.”Once out front, Arneson established a commanding lead as he paced the field around the high-banked quarter-mile clay oval and went on to lead the remainder of the event. At the checkers, Arneson topped Seidler by a whopping 3.616 seconds.“We were able to build our momentum up when we got out front. I didn’t really know where to run, but the track the track was good and we were able to get it done,” Arneson concluded.Greseth hung on for third while Dave Shipley charged from 18th to fourth. Trent Grager passed five cars to round out the top five.Forty-six of the best IMCA Modified drivers in the Upper Midwest gathered at Jamestown for night three of the four-race tour.Feature results – 1. Austin Arneson; 2. Marlyn Seidler; 3. Mike Greseth; 4. Dave Shipley; 5. Trent Grager; 6. Jason Grimes; 7. Rusty Kollman; 8. Josh Eberhardt; 9. Tyler Peterson; 10. Cale Arneson; 11. Rob VanMil; 12. John Corell; 13. Jarrett Carter; 14. Jamie Trautner; 15. Lucas Ro­din; 16. Michael Johnson; 17. Myles Tomlinson; 18. Dale Kraling; 19. Greg Friestad; 20. Tyler Hall; 21. Cody Peterson; 22. Troy Heupel; 23. Lance Schilling; 24. Tracy Domagala.last_img read more

Judith Lucille Fletcher – Sunman

first_imgJudith Lucille Fletcher, of Sunman, was born on May 4, 1940 in Batesville, a daughter to Filmore and Irene Richter Baas. She married Frank Fletcher on July 1, 1989 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church and he survives.  Judy worked for over 29 years at Batesville Casket Company in the embroidery department. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed cooking, gardening, farming, having a good time with family and friends, and traveling. On December 20, 2019, at the age of 79, she passed away at Ripley Crossing in Milan.Those surviving who will cherish Judy’s memory include her husband, Frank Fletcher; children, Sandra (Todd) Hon of West Harrison, Rhonda Hildebrand of Sunman, and Daniel Hildebrand of Aurora; step-children, Kerri Eckstein of Brookville, and Cory (Mara) Fletcher of Batesville; 10 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and one great, great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents.Friends may visit with the family on Friday, December 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Burial will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.Memorial donations can be directed to The Shriner’s Hospital or to St. Stephen’s Cemetery.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Judy Fletcher.last_img read more

Positive results for Team Guyana ahead of Williams Industries International today

first_imgANDREW King will start second on the grid for group two when the flag drops for the Williams Industries International Race Meet today in Barbados. The Guyanese who posted a 1:03.048 second time will line up alongside Barbados’ Mark Maloney who posted a 1:02.287.King, who spoke to the media said, “The performance today wasn’t bad. We have a few small changes to make and hopefully we can move up one spot.”“We are not worried, I think it was a good day considering how late we got the car yesterday,” King said.Meanwhile Mohan Rangasammy who is also running in Group 4 says that he is plagued with trouble.“We had found some issues with the car between Friday and today (yesterday) and we are getting better,” he said.Danny Persaud who will drive in Group 3 also suffered mechanical issues but qualified fourth.“We had some issues after qualifying but we will be ready for tomorrow (today),” he said.Meanwhile, Rameez Mohamed qualified seventh on the grid for the Group 2 and will run the ‘Class 2’ segment of the group.“Tyres made a big difference today (Saturday). We ran a less-grippy tyre than the other guys and we can’t get the tyre to buy here so we will run with a different class.”There was not much luck for Kristian Jeffrey who will start seventh as well, after mechanical issues plagued him also.“In the first practice, we were in the top three but just before qualifying, we had an issue with the car not downshifting. We found the problem after so tomorrow we should be good.“However, fighting through the pack will be tough. I have to get the launch perfect,” he added.Today’s race begins at 09:00hrs. (By Stephan Sookram in Barbados, compliments of Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc., Transpacific Motorspares and Auto Sales, Nexus Machining and Fabrication workshop, B.M. Soat Auto Sales and Spares, Miracle Optical)last_img read more

Unstoppable Warriors, ex-champs in tussle for vacant 2019 CPL title

first_imgBy Clifton RossA VACANT title, a former champion and a group of relentless Warriors now set the stage for possibly the biggest and most highly-anticipated final in Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) history; set to bowl off this evening at Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad.Barbados Tridents captain Jason Holder and his men held their nerve to knock out the defending champs Trinbago Knight Riders, who missed their shot at the final by 12 runs, following Thursday night’s thriller under lights.Tridents now face an uphill task should they have realistic plans to reclaim the title, having once beaten the Warriors a few seasons ago under weather-oriented circumstances. They now square off against the most dangerous team in this year’s tourney, and a side who have been waiting patiently for their opponents ever since qualifying for the cup many moons ago.The 11-0 Warriors have been on a rampage and should their records against Tridents hold up, it could be a tea party for the Guyana franchise. The in-form opener Chandrapaul Hemraj and his partner Brandon King will strike fear into the opponents without a shadow of a doubt, following the latter’s phenomenal season and his 132 which shattered the record books in Providence last week.Guyana Amazon Warriors openers Chandrapaul Hemraj and Brandon King will play huge roles for their side.Withstanding King’s factoring presence, the likes of Shimron Hetmyer will be under the scope following his mixed tournament. The left-hander could show up tonight especially after racking up seven individual scores under 10 from his last 7 matches played.The Warriors frontline all-rounders in Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul and Chris Green will make skipper Shoaib Malik rest easy as they have been major X-factors in both departments. Green, Shepherd, Paul will also lend ideal support to the veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir who will play a big role with the ball.Tridents will be in high spirits following their big win over TKR. The lion’s share of the work was done by the bowlers in the end who did a sterling job on ensuring that 160 was easily defended. Leading wicket-taker Hayden Walsh Jr ended with another good haul, snatching up 2 wickets.Holder will rely on Walsh, Englishman Harry Gurney, off-spinner Ashley Nurse, left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer and the world-ranked spin of Bangladesh’s Shakib Al-Hasan. Tridents signalled their intentions with the ball as all of their bowlers, except Shakib who qualifies for a pass; returned two wickets in the match against TKR.Given the history between these two franchises and how track records played in favour of the Tridents when they beat TKR heading into the game, having already gained a 2-0 win over the former champs this season.The last time Tridents beat the Warriors was way back in 2018 when Reifer bagged 5-20, ever since the Warriors have been running roughshod over Holder’s men and could likely dismantle them for yet another time to clinch their maiden title after failing in 4 finals.Weather permitting, 2019 CPL final will bowl off at 17:00hrs.last_img read more

Haven Lin-Kirk announced as USC Roski Dean

first_imgHaven Lin-Kirk has been announced as the new dean of USC Roski School of Art and Design. Photo courtesy of USC Roski websitePrior to her appointment,   Lin-Kirk served as the vice dean of design and was a professor at Roski for over 17 years.  During her tenure as vice dean, she utilized her background in design education to push for interdisciplinary studies and individual practices, which she helped integrate into USC Roski’s programs and courses. “Haven Lin-Kirk is an exceptional choice to lead USC Roski,” Provost Michael Quick said to USC News. “She is a respected professor, an artist and designer, accomplished scholar and researcher. We are excited to see the USC Roski school under her leadership.” Beyond her work at USC, Lin-Kirk has lectured at other institutions such as Scripps College, Loyola Marymount University and Otis College of Art and Design. Lin-Kirk has also worked for clients like the Los Angeles Times, NASCAR and Adobe. Along with her experience in teaching, Lin-Kirk has showcased her artistic capabilities to the real world. Her art exhibits were held at locations such as the Brewery Arts Complex and East Gallery at Claremont Graduate University. “It requires countless contributions to actualize our students’ potential,” Lin-Kirk said. “I look forward to engaging with all who are a part of this school to continue to elevate the programs and their benefits for our emerging artists in the coming years.” Lin-Kirk’s deanship will officially begin on July 1.last_img read more

Returning for more

first_imgNew Senior Associate Athletic Director John K. McKay was out of sports and practicing law at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP in August when he received an unexpected phone call.Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information It was McKay’s former teammate and current friend Pat Haden, who told McKay that he had decided to take the newly vacant athletic director’s spot at their alma mater, USC.“You’re kidding,” McKay said.Haden wasn’t kidding, and he wanted McKay to join him as his right-hand man in a reunion of one of USC’s most famous quarterback-receiver combos.“It literally took me 30 seconds to decide,” McKay said. “That’s how long it took for me to quit my law practice.”Perhaps he should have taken a little bit longer.“I called my wife and said, ‘We’re going back to USC with Pat,’” McKay said. “She said, ‘Great! How much money are you going to make?’”McKay laughed.“I forgot to ask how much money I would make,” he said. “I really did take the job without knowing anything about the money. It really didn’t have anything to do with the money for me, and I know with Pat it didn’t either.”A love of football and sports in general has always held a strong influence in McKay’s life as he grew up in the midst of one of USC’s greatest runs as a college football program. His father, John Harvey McKay, spent 16 seasons as head coach of the Trojans, winning four national titles in the process.“It was a great way to grow up,” McKay said. “My whole childhood was wandering around this campus, going to the Coliseum and going to football practice. It was a lot of fun.”McKay quickly developed into a highly prized recruit at wide receiver out of Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, Calif., alongside close friend and Bishop quarterback Haden. Both received scholarship offers from several schools, including one of the Trojans’ oldest rivals in Notre Dame, before mutually deciding to play for McKay’s father and attend USC.“The only school we really would have gone to other than USC would have been Notre Dame,” McKay said with a smile. “We were both Irish-Catholic kids and we really liked Notre Dame. But we decided that staying here and going to USC was the right thing to do.”That decision would impact both men’s lives in exponential ways. Haden and McKay became the key cogs in a Trojan squad that won national championships in 1972 and 1974.The latter was an especially memorable year. In the second-to-last game of the year, USC overcame a 24-0 deficit to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, scoring 55 unanswered points to beat the defending national champions.“That’s a game that today, wherever I go, people still talk about it,” McKay said.The next week, USC beat Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, 18-17, largely thanks to McKay’s 38-yard touchdown reception from Haden with just more than two minutes to play. The two were named the game’s co-MVPs. After the game, Haden and McKay went to a party and watched the Notre Dame-Alabama game on television. Alabama defeated the Fighting Irish, which gave the Trojans the national championship.“That’s the memory that sticks out far and away,” McKay said. “It was incredible.”The 1974 Rose Bowl was the last moment of glory on the gridiron for McKay. Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 16th round of the 1975 NFL Draft, he had, by his own admission, a “short and unremarkable” career at the professional level. McKay never saw the field with the Browns and ended up playing for his father again, this time with the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers. By 1978, McKay was out of football and looking to a career in law.“I’ve practiced law basically since 1985,” McKay said. “But I’ve taken a couple breaks from it. I’ve constantly been trying to get back into football and sports.”McKay tried several football-related endeavors over the next several years. In the mid 1990s, he worked with the current chairman of USC’s Board of Trustees Edward Roski in an attempt to acquire an NFL franchise and move it to Los Angeles. After the idea never materialized, McKay went back to law for a few years before the WWE’s Vince McMahon came calling. McMahon had forged a partnership with NBC and created the XFL, a wrestling-football hybrid, and he wanted McKay to run a franchise.“I left my law practice for a year to run the Los Angeles Xtreme,” McKay said. “We won the championship, which was great, but the league folded after a year.”So McKay returned to law once again, remaining there until Haden’s call four months ago. Yet even through all the misfires, McKay said he always knew where he would end up.“I grew up with a love for ’SC,” McKay said. “It was always in the back of my mind that I would do something associated with this place. The opportunity came out of the blue a little bit.”McKay also said he wasn’t surprised that Haden called on him to help lead the athletic program.“We’ve literally been best friends since 1967,” McKay said. “I’ve never done anything important in my life that I didn’t check with him on. It almost goes without saying that if he was going to do something like this, he would want me to come along.”McKay realized the challenges that awaited him when he arrived at USC, and none was more pressing than the firestorm of probation and penalties that had enveloped the football program. But, he said, there’s nothing he’d rather do than answer those challenges.“One of the most pleasant things we have found is that there are really, really good people here,” McKay said. “Sure, there are things we could do better. But I can’t think of a better place to be.”As for a return to law, McKay seems to think he has finally found a permanent vocation.“It’s sort of in my blood,” McKay said of his ties to USC. “It fits.”last_img read more

Mr Green selects Michael Vaughan as cricket ‘Sports Gent’

first_img Related Articles Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Submit Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share European online gambling group Mr Green has announced the appointment of former England Cricket Captain Michael Vaughan as its first ever ‘Sports Gent’ for sports betting subsidiary Mr Green Sports Betting.Confirming the appointment of Vaughan, one of England Cricket’s most successful captains, Mr Green  seeks to further establish its presence within the ultra-competitive UK online sports betting market.Enda Gaffney Head of Sportsbook for Mr Green detailed that Vaughan would be sharing his expertise and opinion across Mr Green social media platforms.Vaughan will be previewing busy summer of cricket for the England team, as it prepares for the One Day ‘Champions Trophy’ and summer Test Matches series against South Africa and the West Indies.“We’re delighted to partner with Michael Vaughan. Michael fits the brand perfectly as he’s a gentleman himself with great insight and opinions on various sports, not just cricket.  This type of deal will see us better engage our players via exclusive content and further add to the entertaining experience at Mr Green.” Gaffney statedVaughan is further recognised as one of the leading commentators on international cricket having worked for the BBC, Sky and Channel 5 sports.Michael Vaughan commented on promoting Mr Green as Sports Gent; “Mr Green has that unique smartness to how they do things, and that’s what I like about them. I’m into my sport and like the occasional fun little bet so hopefully I can get involved and help some punters win a few quid.”“Mr Green is just that little bit different and that’s what I like about them. There are some great sporting events coming up over the next few months, from the British Lions tour to the Ashes, the Premier League will be back before we know it, and I’m looking forward to giving out some great tips and offers.”last_img read more