Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco attends a press conference at Trigoria training ground in Rome, Monday April 9, 2018, on the eve of the Champions League quarter-final, second leg soccer match against FC Barcelona . (Riccardo Antimiani /ANSA via AP)ROME — Eusebio Di Francesco implored his Roma players to pull off the “unthinkable” against Barcelona.Roma has an away goal but trails Barcelona 4-1 going into the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT “These things are rare,” Ter Stegen said. “Maybe the goal made me a bit stronger, but it certainly didn’t change my game. That’s just part of life and football — things happen that you don’t expect.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES “We need to build that mentality inside Trigoria (the team’s training center) and we’ve got to do it with facts and not with chitchat.”While Roma is unbeaten at home in the Champions League, six of its seven losses in Serie A have come at the Stadio Olimpico, including a debilitating 2-0 defeat by Fiorentina on Saturday that dropped it to fourth place.Fortunately for Roma, key midfielder Radja Nainggolan has returned from a thigh injury after missing last week’s match in Barcelona.Turkey winger Cengiz Under, who scored six goals for Roma in February and March, remains questionable due to an injured thigh.It’s been an up-and-down season for Nainggolan, who was punished by Roma for drunken, live Instagram postings on New Year’s Eve.“It’s true that I’ve never won anything but those that know me know that I’ve always played to win,” Nainggolan said. “Sometimes I prefer the toughest road possible. I chose Roma because it’s got great fan support and it would be stupendous to win here.”Barcelona, meanwhile, is wary of a Roma response as it looks to reach the semifinals for the first time since its last title in 2015.Barcelona was eliminated at this stage in the last two years.“I’ve been in football a long time and know that extraordinary things can happen in football,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We’ve got to ensure nothing extraordinary happens tomorrow. We can’t take to the field thinking they cannot compete with us. Having too much confidence could cost us dearly.”Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is also wary not let in a repeat of Florenzi’s goal. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Having reached the last eight for the time in a decade, Roma feels it has nothing to lose against the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.“We have the chance to do something unthinkable, considering that they practically haven’t lost — a miracle if you will,” Di Francesco said on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBarcelona is undefeated in the Spanish league and the Champions League. Its only three losses came in both legs of the Spanish Super Cup to Real Madrid in August and to Espanyol in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals in January.“We’ve got the duty to try,” Di Francesco said. “Let’s remember the home match against Chelsea but let’s also remember that we’re facing an armada.” Celtics still eyeing long playoff run after rash of injuries Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Roma was thoroughly impressive in beating Chelsea 3-0 in the group stage, and can also take inspiration from the last time it hosted Barcelona.In the 2015-16 group stage, Roma held Barcelona to 1-1 courtesy of Alessandro Florenzi’s astonishing equalizer from near the halfway line.But Barcelona routed Roma 6-1 in the reverse fixture in Spain much like it manhandled the Giallorossi last week at the Camp Nou.Own goals by Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas plus some sloppy defending that allowed Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez to score left Roma on the verge of elimination.“Roma has never had a winning mentality — or hasn’t had it for very long,” said Di Francesco, who was a midfielder on the 2001 Roma squad that won the club’s last Serie A title and is in his first season as the team coach.ADVERTISEMENT
View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The 6-foot-10 Mirotic, acquired in a midseason trade after DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending Achilles tear, made 12 of 15 shots, scoring on everything from quick-release 3-pointers to cutting dunks and fast-break layups.Damian Lillard scored 20 for Portland, but also missed nine of 14 shots. CJ McCollum scored 22 and Al-Farouq Aminu added 21, but Portland trailed by double digits for most of the first half and all of the second.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGame 4 is Saturday.The Blazers had no answer for a Pelicans offense orchestrated once again to prolific effect by guard Rajon Rondo, who had 16 points and 11 assists — giving him 37 assists in the series. Jrue Holiday added 16 points for New Orleans, which shot 53 percent (46 of 87). Davis joined the fray with his typical array of alley-oop dunks, one of which he caught with his back to the basket and threw down with a two-handed reverse jam.Rondo ran New Orleans’ offense with a tempo that gave Portland fits, and even when he was forced to settle for a deep 3 late in the shot clock, it went down, pushing the Pelicans’ lead to 20 in the first half.Portland never got closer than 13 after that and trailed by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Starting F Evan Turner was scratched because of his toe injury sustained during Game 2 on Tuesday night. Maurice Harkless started in his place, scoring five points in 26 minutes. … The Blazers committed 24 turnovers, leading to 29 Pelicans points. … Finished 9 of 31 from 3-point range.Pelicans: Cousins was on the bench, attending his first game in New Orleans since his injury on Jan. 26. When he was shown cheering on his teammates on the main scoreboard, fans erupted into chants of “Boogie! Boogie!” … The Pelicans shot 11 of 27 from 3-point range and 16 of 19 on free throws. … Scored 62 points in the paint and 32 on fast breaks. … Coach Alvin Gentry started bringing in reserves with a little less than seven minutes to go. Guards Jordan Crawford and DeAndre Liggins, and center Emeka Okafor were among those making their series debuts.UP NEXTThe series remains in New Orleans for Game 4 on Saturday night, when the Pelicans have an opportunity to complete the first playoff series sweep in franchise history. 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Djokovic confident he can get back to highest level The Pelicans wore their alternate red uniforms and every fan was given a matching red T-shirt, turning the entire packed seating area into a sea of red.The volume was high early with the crowd revved up for the first playoff game in New Orleans since 2015 — and eager to see if the Pelicans could push Portland to the brink of elimination.The Trail Blazers did nothing to silence the place, shooting about 35 percent and committing six turnovers in the opening quarter.New Orleans raced to an 18-point lead in the period, aided by Mirotic hitting five of his first seven shots for 14 early points.Mirotic had 21 by halftime, giving him a playoff career high with 24 minutes still to play. He hit three of his first four 3-point attempts and triumphantly raised his fist to the exuberant crowd after one of his long-range rainbows went through.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (3) celebrates with forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in New Orleans, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Veronica Dominach)NEW ORLEANS — Nikola Mirotic scored a career playoff-best 30 points to go with eight rebounds, three steals and a block, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-102 on Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.Anthony Davis had 28 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks for New Orleans, which can advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008 with one more victory.ADVERTISEMENT
Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall has taken Government to task, requesting that the Ministry of Public Security provide details on the names of persons President David Granger intends to have released from prison.President Granger on Saturday evening had told Guyana Times that he intended to release some more prisoners, particularly women who are mothers and who have committed minor offences. The Head of State has so far released some 71 prisoners, both male and female since coming to office.Nandlall said it was imperative that Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, make known in the National Assembly the list of names of these selected prisoners, their dates of birth, offences which they have committed and what they are being pardoned from, theirFormer Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlallcriminal records and the length of the sentence that was served at the time when the pardon was granted.He is also requesting that the minister declare publicly the process and criteria used by President Granger or any authority who was acting on his behalf to determine prisoners’ eligibility for presidential pardoning.In addition, Nandlall is also seeking an answer as to under what statutory or constitutional provision, if any, did the President act in granting these pardons for the convicts.Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is requesting to be informed of the “approximate number of pardons” the president is likely to select on an annual basis.Recently, President Granger announced that steps are being taken to release another batch of convicts, most likely comprising of women with the exception of those who committed murder and manslaughter.President Granger explained: “There are certain criteria. It is not a reckless process. Persons who have been involved in crimes of violence – manslaughter or murder – will not be eligible and we are looking at persons who might have been convicted for short periods for what we call non-lethal offences,”In recent reports, President Granger urged Guyanese not to be worried with his decision to pardon more prisoners for the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary, pointing out that he is acting in accordance with the law.The news of pardoning of convicts has created tension among citizens, recalling the recent riot at the Camp Street Prison, which claimed the lives of 17 inmates.President Granger reiterated that the process of pardoning prisoners is governed by certain criteria. “I have behaved always in accordance with the constitution and on the advice by the Minister of Legal Affairs and as far as I am concerned, as long as I continue to behave in a legal manner, in a constitutional manner, the people of this country have nothing to fear.”According to the government, Rehabilitative programmes were initiated for pardon offenders that will effectively aid in them reintegrating in society. It is the hope of the President and his Administration that the pardoned prisoners will honour the second chance given and be productive citizens.
Protest in ParliamentPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is under fire for utterances made in the state media criticising the parliamentary Opposition’s protest at the President’s address to the 71st sitting of Parliament, in which the label of “domestic terrorism” wasPrime Minister Moses Nagamootooattached to the party.Dismissing the comments as “nonsensical”, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall upped the heat on the PM and insisted that everyone, including his party, has a constitutional right to protest. According to Nandlall, his party especially had this duty in light of the widespread discontent over the President’s unilateral appointment of a Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman.“A constitutional wrong took place in the country, committed by the President; and we have an obligation (to protest). The country is outraged. Every important stakeholder organisation in this country has expressed their condemnation of whatThe placard-bearing Opposition contingent during the President’s speech4the President did: the Bar Association of Guyana, the Berbice Bar, the Private Sector, the Berbice and Georgetown Chambers of Commerce, the human rights organisation, the labour movements, and a host of other individuals have condemned what the President did. If you walk on the ground, (it) is the same type of reaction,” Nandlall said.Nandlall pointed out that the party was betrayed by the President, who was not only bound by the Constitution, but had also committed publicly to working with the parliamentary Opposition to appoint a GECOM Chairman.“We sat with the President for hours and he provided a criterion which we tried to follow even though we felt they were in violation of the Constitution. A citizen of the country went to court to get a judgement to assist the President and the President threw all that out the window and unilaterally named a person of his own choosing,” Nandlall explained.He added that the PPP has a duty to its constituencies and the people of Guyana to convey their frustration and disappointment to the Government.“And those placards and chants in the National Assembly were expressive of the feelings of the Guyanese people. We expressed our dissent to the Government and the President, as we are entitled to do,” he said.In a report carried in the state media, Nagamootoo said, “I believe it was awful, disgraceful; it was disgusting. You see the Leader of the Opposition hiding behind a placard, reducing himself to the level of a placard-bearer, a picketer in the National Assembly.”Nagamootoo, paraphrased describing the protest in Parliament as an effort “to turn the National Assembly into an arena of domestic terrorism”, went on to label the Opposition’s actions as guerrilla tactics.Even the Government’s appointee to the GECOM post, retired Justice James Patterson, had noted that it was not unusual for legislators to get rowdy. He noted that politics is an area one does not go into if one is timid.“I don’t know if this is the norm that goes on. Worse than this has (happened) in the British Parliament. I’ve seen members take off their shoes and bang the desk and all of that. But I’m hoping that some degree of civility emerges,” the retired Justice Patterson said, when approached after the sitting.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday noted that the party opted for an active protest in Parliament over walking out, in order to better highlight its grievances to representatives of the international community sitting in the gallery.In a press statement, the parliamentary Opposition went even further in slamming the President. According to the party, the President paid “lip service” to the rule of law in his speech in wake of the GECOM appointment.“As usual, the President’s speech consisted of his usual platitudes and patronising sentiments. It did not address the real issues about which the Guyanese people are genuinely concerned at this point in time”, the Opposition statement said. “For example, the unconstitutional appointment of a Chairman of GECOM; job creation, heavy taxation, the lack of investment, the closure of the Sugar industry, the neglect of our farmers and miners, the spiralling crime wave, and other pressing issues of public importance”, the statement said.
0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists his club didn’t disrespect Jose Mourinho © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 19 – Pep Guardiola saw his rampant Manchester City beat Huddersfield 6-1 before denying accusations that his club had disrespected Jose Mourinho in a recent documentary.The eight-part series, entitled ‘All or Nothing’, was released by streaming service Amazon last week and has angered Manchester United manager Mourinho. Accusing City of disrespect, Mourinho took a swipe at the Premier League champions, claiming “you cannot buy class”, for the way it features him and United in the programme.But, after City swept aside Huddersfield at Eastlands, Guardiola addressed the claims and insisted his club had not intended to insult their neighbours.“That is true, you cannot buy class. I agree with Jose,” Guardiola said.“I think we lived an amazing season last season, there were cameras. We did it for ourselves.“I don’t agree with Jose in terms of being disrespectful to them. This was not our intention, just to film what happened last season.“But I think we are a club that is trying to grow, trying to win titles and we did it for ourselves, for the fans, to see what happened in our locker room.“It’s his opinion, it’s Jose’s opinion. Another guy is going to say ‘we like it’ another guy will say ‘no’. But I agree with him, class you cannot buy.”On the field, there was nothing to trouble the City manager, whose team enjoyed a three-goal performance from 30-year-old striker Sergio Aguero, who has now scored nine Premier League hat-tricks for the club.Aguero, who underwent knee surgery in March, might have scored even more, missing two clear chances and striking a post in the second half.“Three goals a game is okay!” said Guardiola. “I am not going to demand he’s more clinical.“Since he came back I saw him from the first second, from the first minute, wow. He came back perfect.“I think, the surgery from the doctor helped a lot. He feels free now, he suffered the last years with some problems.“When this happens he is one of the best, best, strikers in the world without a doubt. What can you say?”– Motivated Silva –Aguero opened the scoring after 25 minutes, with a brilliant lob over goalkeeper Ben Hamer following a long pass from City’s own keeper Ederson, and added the third when Hamer failed to hold a Benjamin Mendy cross.Gabriel Jesus claimed the second after neat inter-play with Mendy, although Jon Gorenc Stankovic pulled a goal back for the visitors from a long throw-in just before half-time.In the second half, Aguero claimed his hat-trick on 75 minutes from another Mendy cross and Terence Kongolo’s own goal completed the scoring.But the highlight of the game was David Silva’s superb 48th minute free-kick, scored in front of his son Mateo who was born prematurely eight months ago, requiring the Spanish star to return frequently to Valencia last season to be with his family.“Of course, he was so motivated because his family, parents, wife, and especially Mateo were here,” said Guardiola.“He scored an amazing goal for him. His son will never forget the first time he saw his father play football, he scored this outstanding goal.“We met him the first time a two days ago. Today, he was in the locker room with all the team, all the squad.“Last season was a tough moment for all his family. Fortunately the little boy fought a lot and he is here.“It’s a special day for him, for us, for David.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1. Manchester United – £274.6m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here 13 10. Everton – £29.15m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here 6. Arsenal – £47.1m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here 4. Liverpool – £127.93m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here 8. West Bromwich Albion – £42m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here 13 13 13 13 13 13 13. Tottenham Hotspur – £2.55m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – to find out which clubs have spent the most money, click the arrow above, right – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here 13 13 2. Chelsea – £199.05m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here 9. Swansea City – £31.78m* net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – *Accurate statistics for summer 2014 window not available due to number of deals with undisclosed fees. 7. Sunderland – £43.75m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here 5. Newcastle United – £69.3m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here 11. Stoke City – £26.1m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here 13 13 3. Manchester City – £185.45m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here 13 12. Aston Villa – £15.4m net spend in the past five summer transfer windows – To find out the top 20 biggest spending clubs in Europe, click here The 2015 summer transfer window closed this week and, now the dust has settled, we can begin to assess the deals that were done.CHECK OUT ALL 20 PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS’S SUMMER TRANSFER BUSINESS RANKED FROM WORST TO BESTBut which clubs have spent the most money in recent summer transfer windows?We’ve got the answers, with the 13 clubs to have featured in the top flight in this and the past four seasons, totalling five summer windows’ worth of net spend business.Take a look at the ranking, above, and let us know what you think of it all by sharing your thoughts with a comment below. 13
24. Manuel Almunia (wore Arsenal’s No.24 between 2004 and 2008) – It was also worn by Mark Flatts (1993-1994 and 1995-1996), Paul Dickov (1994-1995), John Lukic (1996-2001), Richard Wright (2001-2002), Rami Shaaban (2002-2004), Vito Mannone (2008-2013), Abou Diaby (2013-2015) and Hector Bellerin (2015-present). 28 17. Emmanuel Petit (wore Arsenal’s No.17 between 1997 and 2000) – It was also worn by John Jensen (1993-1995), David Hillier (1995-1996), Edu (2000-2005), Alexandre Song (2005-2012), Nacho Monreal (2012-2014) and Alexis Sanchez (2014-present). getty images – getty 4. Patrick Vieira (wore Arsenal’s No.4 between 1996 and 2005) – It was also worn by Paul Davis (1994-1995), Stefan Schwarz (1995/96), Cesc Fabregas (2006-2011) and Per Mertesacker (2011- present). 28 21. Lukasz Fabianski (wore Arsenal’s No.21 between 2007 and 2014) – It was also worn by Steve Morrow (1993-1995), Eddie McGoldrick (1995-1996), Luis Boa Morte (1997-1999), Tomas Danilevicius (2000-2001), Jermaine Pennant (2001-2004), Mart Poom (2005-2007) and Calum Chambers (2014-present). 28 28 28 28 28 28 15. Ray Parlour (wore Arsenal’s No.15 between 1995 and 2004) – It was also worn by Anders Limpar (1993-1994), Stefan Schwarz (1994-1995), Cesc Fabregas (2004-2006), Denilson (2006-2011) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (2011-present). 28 10. Dennis Bergkamp (wore Arsenal’s No.10 between 1995 and 2006) – It was also worn by Paul Merson (1993-1995), William Gallas (2006-2010), Robin van Persie (2010-2012) and Jack Wilshere (2012- present). 28 28 13. Alexander Hleb (wore Arsenal’s No.13 between 2005 and 2008) – It was also worn by Alan Miller (1993-1994), Vince Bartram (1994-1997), Alex Manninger (1997-2001), Stuart Taylor (2001-2005), Wojciech Szczesny (2011-2012) and David Ospina (2014- present). 9. Nicolas Anelka (wore Arsenal’s No.9 between 1997 and 1999) – It was also worn by Alan Smith (1993-1995), Paul Merson (1995-1997), Davor Suker (1999-2000), Francis Jeffers (2001-2003), Jose Antonio Reyes (2003-2006), Julio Baptista (2006/07), Eduardo (2007-2010), Park Chu-Young (2011-2012) and Lukas Podolski (2012-2015). 28 GETTY 19. Gilberto Silva (wore Arsenal’s No.19 between 2002-2008) – It was also worn by Jimmy Carter (1993-1995), John Jensen (1995-1996), Remi Garde (1996-1999), Stefan Malz (1999-2001), Junichi Inamoto (2001-2002), Jack Wilshere (2008-2012) and Santi Cazorla (2012-present). 27. Emmanuel Eboue (wore Arsenal’s No.27 between 2004 and 2011) – It was also worn by Paul Dickov (1993-1994), Scott Marshall (1994-1995), Paul Shaw (1995-1997), Kaba Diawara (1998-1999), Stathis Tavlaridis (2001-2004), Gervinho (2011-2013) and Serge Gnabry (2014-present). 28 28 8. Ian Wright (wore Arsenal’s No.8 between 1993 and 1998) – It was also worn by Freddie Ljungberg (1998-2007), Samir Nasri (2008-2011) and Mikel Arteta (2011- present). 14. Thierry Henry (wore Arsenal’s No.14 between 1999 and 2007) – It was also worn by Martin Keown (1993-1999) and Theo Walcott (2008-present). 7. Robert Pires (wore Arsenal’s No.7 between 2000 and 2006) – It was also worn by Kevin Campbell (1993-1995), David Platt (1995-1998), Nelson Vivas (1998-2000) and Tomas Rosicky (2006- present). 20. Mathieu Flamini (has worn Arsenal’s No.20 since 2013) – It was also worn by Pal Lydersen (1993-1994), Chris Kiwomya (1995-1997), Matthew Upson (1997-2002), Guillame Warmuz (2002-2003), Philippe Senderos (2003-2006) and Johan Djourou (2006-2013). 28 28 28 25. Nwankwo Kanu (wore Arsenal’s No.25 between 1998 and 2004) – It was also worn by Neil Heaney (1993-1994), Mark Flatts (1994-1995), Scott Marshall (1995-1998), Emmanuel Adebayor (2005-2009) and Carl Jenkinson (2011-2014). 12. Lauren (wore Arsenal’s No.12 between 2000 and 2006) – Lauren was an Arsenal player for seven years from 2000 28 22. Gael Clichy (wore Arsenal’s No.22 between 2003 and 2011) – It was also worn by Ian Selley (1993-1997), Oleg Luzhny (1998-2003), Francis Coquelin (2012-2013) and Yaya Sanogo (2013-2015). The best player to wear no.1 for Arsenal since squad numbers were introduced in 1993 is David Seaman. To find out the rest of Arsenal’s best ever players by squad number, click the arrow above! – Seaman had Arsenal’s number one shirt between 1993 and 2003. It’s also been worn by Jens Lehmann (2003-2008), Manuel Almunia (2008-2012), Wojciech Szczesny (2012-present). 18. Gilles Grimandi (wore Arsenal’s No.18 between 1997 and 2002) – It was also worn by David Hillier (1993-1995), Steve Morrow (1995-1996), Pascal Cygan (2002-2006), Mikael Silvestre (2008-2010), Sebastien Squillaci (2010-2013) and Nacho Monreal (2013-present). 28 11. Marc Overmars (wore Arsenal’s No.11 between 1997 and 2000) – It was also worn by Eddie McGoldrick (1993-1995), Glenn Helder (1995-1996), Nicolas Anelka (1996-1997), Sylvain Wiltord (2000-2004), Robin van Persie (2004-2010), Carlos Vela (2010-2011), Andre Santos (2011-2013) and Mesut Ozil (2013- present). 5. Martin Keown (wore Arsenal’s No.5 between 1999 and 2004) – It was also worn by Andy Linighan (1993-1995), Steve Bould (1995-1999), Kolo Toure (2006-2009), Thomas Vermaelen (2009-2014) and Gabriel (2015- present). 23. Sol Campbell (wore Arsenal’s No.23 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Ray Parlour (1993-1995), Paul Dickov (1995-1996), Alberto Mendez (1997-1999), Nelson Vivas (2000-2001), Andrey Arshavin (2008-2013) and Danny Welbeck (2013-present). 2. Lee Dixon (wore Arsenal’s No.2 between 1993 and 2002) – It was also worn by Abou Diaby (2005-2013) and Mathieu Debuchy (2014- present). 28 Squad numbers were first introduced to the Premier League in 1993.Prior to that, teams numbered 1-11 in each game (with two substitutes as numbers 12 and 14), meaning players could change number each game.Since the introduction of squad numbers, however, certain players have become synonymous with the number on their back.At Arsenal, Tony Adams wore the number 6 until he retired, while Thierry Henry will always be no.14, despite his brief time as no.12.Some numbers at Arsenal have been worn by a succession of star, while other digits have been assigned to lesser lights.So, who are the best players to wear 1-28 for Arsenal in the era of squad numbers?Take a look at the slideshow above to find out!Disagree with our selection? Comment below. 28 28 16. Aaron Ramsey (wears Arsenal’s No.16 after being handed it in 2008) – It was also worn by John Hartson (1994-1996), Stephen Hughes (1998-1999), Sylvinho (1999-2001), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (2001-2004) and Mathieu Flamini (2004-2008). 28 28 28 28 6. Tony Adams (wore Arsenal’s No.6 between 1993 and 2002) – It was also worn by Philippe Senderos (2006-2008) and Laurent Koscielny (2010-present). 26. Nicklas Bendtner (wore Arsenal’s No.26 between 2007 and 2009) – It was also worn by Jimmy Will (1993-1994), Lee Harper (1994-1997), Fabian Caballero (1998-1999), Moritz Volz (1999-2000), Igors Stepanovs (2001-2004), Emmanuel Frimpong (2011-2014) and Emiliano Martinez (2014-present). 3. Ashley Cole (wore Arsenal’s No.3 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Nigel Winterburn (1993-2000), Igors Stepanovs (2000/01), Bacary Sagna (2007-2014) and Kieran Gibbs (2014- present). 28 28 28. Kolo Toure (wore Arsenal’s No.28 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Paul Shaw (1994-1995), Stephen Hughes (1995-1998), Michael Black (1998-1999), Graham Barrett (2000-2001), Amaury Bischoff (2008-2009), Kieran Gibbs (2009-2014) and Joel Campbell (2014-present).
The plan would likely raise the qualifying income level to allow new police officers and firefighters to participate. The Housing Department program has about $30 million in federal funding, said Council President Eric Garcetti, and it could draw more from a proposed $1 billion housing bond under consideration by city officials. Fewer details were available for the other motion, which directs officials to study the expansion of another program in which city workers can buy back some retirement credits from work with other government entities. The intent of the plan is to encourage qualified officers from other California cities to move to the LAPD by allowing them to keep the pension time they already have built up, Smith said. The LAPD has hired four people from other California agencies so far this fiscal year, and it hired 21 last year, according to the Personnel Department. While the Fire Department is on track to meeting its goal of 250 recruits this fiscal year, Chief William Bamattre said the incentives could help hire more women and minorities. The plans drew the qualified support of Police Protective League President Bob Baker. “We also need to address retention, however,” he said in a prepared statement. “No matter how much Los Angeles spends to entice officers to come here, other cities have their sights on LAPD officers and are also offering generous recruitment packages. “We have to give our current well-trained, experienced officers competitive salaries and benefits to keep them from leaving for other cities.” Dan Laidman, (213) firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Confounded by a shortage of qualified police recruits, city leaders unveiled a plan Tuesday to help new cops buy houses in Los Angeles and to pay the pension costs of officers poached from other cities. Even though the plans lack detail – including estimated costs at a time when the city faces a $300 million budget deficit – officials seized on it as a useful tool to fill the department’s ranks. “We are clearly struggling to meet the hiring goals of the department,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief William Bratton said. “It’s ironic that we have political support and actually have the money to grow the department, but we’re competing against a difficult job market.” In contrast to previous years, when the LAPD lacked the money to add officers, the city has allocated funds for 720 more cops this fiscal year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant As of February, the LAPD had hired only 357 officers, according to the Personnel Department. Meanwhile, 209 officers left through January, most from retirement or resignation. “Recruitment has been very, very difficult as it has been for every agency in the country,” said William Scott DeYoung, a Personnel Department official, who blamed the problem on the low regional unemployment rate and stiff competition from neighboring cities. Councilman Greig Smith, who is introducing the two motions, said Los Angeles’ high housing prices are another factor. “They cannot afford to live in Los Angeles and they don’t want to commute 60 or 70 miles to work,” he said, citing the median Los Angeles home price of $575,000. Smith’s motion directs city officials to draft a plan that would expand a Housing Department program to provide homeownership assistance to people with moderate incomes.
A video of a young Donegal man surprising his girlfriend with a romantic puppy surprise has been shared this Valentine’s week.Ciaran Kelly from Termon surprised his girlfriend Niamh Watson with the experience of a lifetime in a Puppy Palace for her 18th birthday. The couple’s story was featured on the Dogs Trust Ireland page on Valentine’s Day, where the charity is convinced that they have found the most romantic man in the country.Ciaran schemed with the charity to shock Niamh on her 18th birthday last December. This surprise had been in development for months beforehand. Dog lover Niamh was in Dublin and dropped into the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, where the team were ready to give Niamh special treatment and pretend she was their 100th visitor.Niamh was admiring four energetic Labradors (her favourite breed) puppies in the Puppy Palace when she looked up to find the volunteer in the kennel was actually Ciaran! Ciaran had travelled to Dublin with John McGinley coaches that morning to surprise her with this once in a lifetime experience.The birthday girl teared up with laughter to see Ciaran in the white suit with the black coated pooches. It wasn’t long before she got the chance to get dressed up for a playtime with the puppies herself.Check out Niamh’s reaction video from DogsTrustIrelandOnline here: “The staff took her to the puppy block and then into the puppies. We played with more dogs and then got a tour of the palace and saw all the amazing work that they do up at Dogs Trust. It’s just incredible, they need more volunteers and funds and there’s a huge amount of strays being handed in that they have no room for. It’s a fantastic place,” Ciaran said.Ciaran is full of gratitude to the team at Dogs Trust Ireland for helping him plan the surprise.“The people at Dogs Trust couldn’t have done enough for us, Catherine was amazing. She lives at the Dogs Trust and works on call all day every day. The work she does and the passion she has for dogs is just unbelievable,” Ciaran said.The staff were happy to host the Donegal group, take photos and record the experience. They kindly dropped them off at their bus stop at the end of the day.Ciara McGowan, Communications Officer for the charity told Donegal Woman how the whole event was a special moment for everyone involved. “It was so adorable. Ciaran contacted us through Facebook and had clearly done his research and we were happy to arrange everything with him. It’s not something we can generally accommodate because we have very limited staff numbers but this was a very special request. We love watching back on the video now,” Ciara said. Dogs Trust is Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity. The Rehoming Centre in Dublin has to date rescued and rehomed over 6,000 dogs and puppies to their forever homes. The special Puppy Wings allow the charity to rescue an additional 500 puppies each year, along with their mothers. At any given time there are 150-200 dogs looking for homes.DDTV: Couple’s romantic ‘tail’ is true puppy love was last modified: February 16th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DDTVdogs trust irelandlovepuppySurprise
1 Italian champions Juventus have hired Matt Hanniver as the ‘Head of their Scouting Centre’ in Saudi Arabia.Hanniver leaves his role as assistant coach at Non-League side St Neots Town to embark on the career move of a lifetime. Matty Hanniver is moving from Cambridgeshire to Saudi Arabia to work for Juventus Matt Clements, the Cambridgeshire club’s current manager says the team are moving in the right direction and Juve’s poaching is a complement to his coaching team considering the Serie A side are one of the biggest in the world.Hanniver’s final game with St Neots was Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup victory over Bishop’s Stortford. It meant his former side qualified for a second qualifying round fixture at home to Midlands Premier side Romulus.The Saints have replaced him with former Bedford Town and St Ives Town number two Jack Cassidy.Clements spoke to Cambridgeshire Live and said: “It’s a brilliant once in a lifetime opportunity.“I’m proud to have had them as part of my coaching set up at St Neots.“Matty getting a job at one of the biggest clubs in the world and David [Bridges] at [Lincoln City] one of the most up-and-coming Football League sides outside the Premier League.”