Arsenal entertain Leicester after four wins on the bounce in all competitions (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has backed his former club to use the momentum they gained from their impressive victory at Wolves to beat Leicester this evening. The Gunners lost to Manchester City and Brighton in what was a miserable return following their enforced three-month break but Mikel Arteta’s men have since returned to form, winning their last four matches in all competitions. Goals from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette at Molineaux ensured Arsenal closed the gap on sixth-placed Wolves to just three points and the north London outfit will be in a confident mood ahead of tonight’s clash at the Emirates. Comment Ray Parlour makes prediction for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Leicester Leicester head into the clash after a comprehensive victory at home to Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)However, third-placed Leicester will also be buoyed after their 3-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace in the wake of successive defeats to Chelsea and Everton. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked for his prediction ahead of Arsenal’s encounter with the Foxes, Parlour told VBET News: ‘Leicester are coming off a really good win which they needed because they haven’t had a great start after lockdown. A good three points at home to Crystal Palace.‘Arsenal, what a result! What a fantastic result away to Wolves, winning 2-0. I had that one down as a draw. I would have been delighted with a draw.‘But it was a brilliant three points. Saka again. What a goal from him.‘So I’m going to go with Arsenal. I think they’ve got momentum, they are really doing well at the moment. They’re looking at that fifth place if they can close the gap and this is a massive game.‘They’ve got three big games coming up so I’m going to go with Arsenal. I think they’ll play three at the back and I’m going to go with a 2-1 win for Arsenal.’What will the result be at the Emirates?Arsenal win0%Draw0%Leicester win0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Arteta’s men play host to third-placed Leicester in north London (Pictrure: Getty)Mikel Arteta is under no illusions about the size of the task at hand in securing qualification for next season’s Champions League despite Arsenal’s impressive run of results. ‘Well now we are on a good run, we’ve got some momentum and we’re getting to the crucial point of the season where we’re going to face the top teams in the next two weeks and we’re just trying to get prepared as well as we can,’ the Arsenal head coach said. ‘We know how important these games are going to be for the future of the season. ‘We are very focused and committed to trying to do as well as we can.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Spaniard added: ‘I think we have to win every game and then wait and pray. ‘It’s not about winning one game. I think we need to go game-by-game. ‘A few weeks ago, we were really far from even thinking about Europe and now we are a little bit closer at the moment. ‘So let’s go game-by-game and see where it takes us.’Can Arsenal still qualify for the Champions League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal clashesMORE: Emiliano Martinez praises Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s ruthlessness amid Matteo Guendouzi saga Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 2:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link450Shares
Published on June 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 The NCAA on Thursday morning announced it had placed Louisville on probation and suspended its Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino for five games, somewhat echoing the sanctions the same governing body hit Syracuse with a little more than two years ago.Louisville may have to vacate its 2013 national title if it does not win the appeal filed on Thursday. If Louisville loses the appeal, it would be the first vacated national title in men’s basketball history. There are also 108 regular season games and 15 NCAA tournament victories that could be vacated, including the Cardinals’ Final Four run in 2012.At the surface, the Syracuse penalty may seem harsher. In 2015, the NCAA suspended SU head coach Jim Boeheim nine conference games for failed drug tests and an improperly completed academic paper for then-center Fab Melo. Boeheim’s suspension nearly doubled Pitino’s (five games for a sex ring), and it placed Syracuse on probation a year longer than Louisville.Though NCAA violation cases vary widely, these two punishments create a comparison between a pair of men’s basketball programs that both made recent trips to the Final Four and show the NCAA’s varying approach on rulings, the role of precedent and the power of big-time college athletics.Syracuse and Louisville were caught breaking the rules for very different reasons. For Syracuse, among the NCAA’s 94-page report, its findings included SU breaking its own drug policy, improper academic benefits and a “lack of institutional control” over the department. There also were several incidents of student-athletes receiving impermissible benefits from assistants and tutors.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe result for SU: The NCAA took away three scholarships in each of the next four seasons (2015-19), vacated 101 wins and placed the program on five years of probation. Boeheim was suspended for the first nine games of Atlantic Coast Conference play in 2015-16.Daily Orange File PhotoAfter its appeal, Syracuse won back four scholarships, one each year. Boeheim started his suspension prior to conference play.For Louisville, the NCAA found that a former director of basketball operations provided strippers and prostitutes to players and recruits in a dormitory and hotel for several years. In its own words, the NCAA found “instances of adult entertainment and/or prostitution for 15 prospective student-athletes, three enrolled student-athletes, a friend visiting campus with one of the prospects and two nonscholastic basketball coaches.”Pitino maintains he did not know about the sex ring, but the NCAA found ignorance a non-excuse, much like it did for Boeheim in 2015.The NCAA verdict for Louisville, announced Thursday morning, puts Louisville on probation for four years. The university was fined $5,000 and ordered to return any conference revenue sharing money it received for appearances in the NCAA Tournament from 2012-15. The director of basketball operations was handed a 10-year show-cause order, essentially barring him from coaching at any NCAA university. A former assistant coach was given a one-year show-cause order.How the NCAA even began to investigate the programs differed quite drastically. In 2007, Syracuse self-reported possible violations. The Louisville scandal, on the other hand, was revealed nearly two years ago, in the book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” by self-described former escort Katina Powell. She said she was an escort service employee providing women to entertain recruits and their player hosts. The incidents took place in an on-campus dormitory, according to an NCAA notice of allegations released by Louisville last year.Louisville responded by announcing a self-imposed postseason ban for 2015-16. Such actions are common — Syracuse self-imposed a postseason ban of its own during the 2014-15 season — because schools can pre-empt the sanctions and, by indicating a willingness to cooperate, lessen or absolve the penalty.Daily Orange File PhotoThe self-imposed ban came during a year in which the Orange was 18-13 overall, 9-9 in the ACC and unlikely to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. The year Louisville self-imposed its ban, the Cardinals finished the season 23-8 overall, 12-6 in conference and No. 14 in the Top 25.The NCAA said it accepted Louisville’s self-imposed postseason ban, but the NCAA said it didn’t accept Syracuse’s. It’s unclear why the NCAA responded the way it did in each case.Pitino has won a pair of national titles, led three colleges to the Final Four and completed his 16th season at UofL this spring. He ranks 12th in Division I men’s basketball with 770 career wins. At Syracuse, Boeheim has won a national title of his own, led the Orange to five Final Fours and completed his 41st season at the helm. His 1,004 unofficial wins would place him second in Division I men’s basketball.On the days the penalties were handed down — March 6, 2015 and June 15, 2017 — the legendary coaches responded in a similar fashion. Pitino called the punishments Thursday “over-the-top severe,” while Boeheim said SU’s were “unduly harsh.”Two top basketball programs in the ACC, each overseen by a Hall of Famer who in the eyes of the NCAA failed to monitor his staff. Two sets of vacated victories and scholarship reduction. Two self-imposed bans. Syracuse’s worked, and Louisville’s appeal is pending. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Fifth-seeded Gilles Simon claimed his 12th career title after coming out on top of a tense three-set battle with fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in the Marseille Open final on Sunday (Monday AEDT).Simon withstood 11 aces from Monfils and five breaks of serve before he proved the strongest in the tiebreak to win 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7/4).The 30-year-old Simon became the second most titled French player in the Open era, only trailing former French Open winner Yannick Noah, who amassed 23 titles during his career.Simon did not seem too tired following his three-set win over Sergiy Stakhovsky in the semi-finals and stood up to the long rallies that punctuated the match.Simon, who lifted the trophy for the second time after winning in the coastal city in 2007, also capitalised on Monfils’s 54 unforced errors to win in 2 hours and 29 minutes as his opponent’s poor record in ATP tournament finals did not improve.The 28-year-old Monfils has now lost 17 of the 22 finals he has contested, and his last title came more than one year ago in Montpellier. Simon will lead France against Germany in their Davis Cup first round match next month while Monfils, who did not drop a set before the final and came two points away from victory in the 12th game of the third set, has decided to skip the tie to reduce his schedule.
Wellington Police notes: Friday, Sept. 4 to Monday, Sept. 7, 2015: Friday, September 4, 2015â€¢8:18 a.m. Jorge L. Gonzalez, 58, Houston, Texas was issued a notice to appear for passing in a no passing zone.â€¢3:07 p.m. Melanie R. Ripley, 18, Deridden, La. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 51 mph in a 40 mph zone.â€¢4:55 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington by known suspect.Saturday, September 5, 2015â€¢12:08 a.m. Officers investigated possession of depressant and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢12:08 a.m. Cameron C. Dubberstein, 25, Anthony was arrested, charged and confined with possesson of depressant and possession drug paraphernalia.â€¢12:11 a.m. Officers conducted two assist outside agencies in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢12:11 a.m. Valerie L. Taylor, 31, Wichita, was arrested and confined on a city of Clearwater bench warrant for probation violation.â€¢12:11 a.m. Cameron C. Dubberstein, 25, Anthony, was arrested and confined on a Harper County warrant for distribute an alcoholic beverage to a minor.â€¢12:57 a.m. Officers investigated harassment by telephone in the 700 block W. Washington, Wellington by known subjectâ€¢1:27 a.m. Officers investigated possession certain stimulants, possession drug paraphernalia and transporting an open container.â€¢2:35 a.m. Harley J. Melendres, 20, Hurst, Texas was arrested, charged and confined with possession certain stimulants, possession drug paraphernalia and transporting an open container.â€¢2:35 a.m. Joseph V. Melendres, 57, Crested Butte, Colo. was arrested, charged and confined with possession certain stimulants, possession drug paraphernalia and transporting an open container.â€¢11:37 a.m. Officers took a report of found pill box in the 900 block E. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢2:58 p.m. Officers investigated illegal discharge of fireworks by known subject in the 900 block S. A, Wellington.â€¢3:59 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of bicycle in the 300 block W. 10th, Wellington.â€¢4:10 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1300 block N A, Wellington.â€¢4:18 p.m. Officers took a report of found wallet in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢11:07 p.m. Officers investigated criminal threat by known suspect in the 700 block N. Gardner, Wellington.Sunday, September 6, 2015â€¢3:10 p.m. Christy J. Case, 47, Chouteau, Okla., was issued a notice to appear for improper lane usage.â€¢5 p.m. Jose M. Jimenez, 21, Peso Robles, Calif. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone.â€¢5:09 p.m. Non-injury accident in the 100 block W. U.S. 81, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Meghan R. McCarty, 18, Wellington and Bridgette S. Diedrich, 46, Wellington.â€¢5:09 p.m. Meghan R. McCarty, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for fail to yield right of way.â€¢Misty L. Brown, 23, Wellington was served a summons to appear for dog bite violation and two countsÂ Dog at Large.â€¢Jonathan E. Fuhrman, 29, Wellington was served a summons to appear for dog bite violation.â€¢6:38 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a flower pot in the 200 block E. South, Wellington.â€¢9:17 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery in the 400 block W. 50th Street So, Mayfield.â€¢9:49 p.m. Christena B. Ybarra, 42, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery.Monday, September 7, 2015â€¢10:07 a.m. Officers investigated possession certain stimulants, possession drug paraphernalia, endangering a child and child in need of care in the 700 block N. Jefferson, Wellington by known suspect.â€¢1:51 p.m. Officers took a report of a child custody dispute in the 200 block E. Peachtree Lane, Wellington.â€¢4:26 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 200 block E. Lincoln, Wellington by unknown suspect(s).â€¢9:18 p.m. Officers investigated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving, fail to signal lane change and speeding.â€¢9:45 p.m. Troy E. Roberts, 36, Ponca City, Okla., was arrested, charged and confined with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving, fail to signal lane change and speeding.