Stephan Lichtsteiner confirms plans to leave Arsenal this summer

first_imgAdvertisement Lichtsteiner appears set for an exit from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Stephan Lichtsteiner has admitted it would be very difficult for him to stay at Arsenal beyond the summer.The Swiss was one of Unai Emery’s first signings as Arsenal boss, but reports last week claimed the Gunners have passed up the chance to keep Lichtsteiner at the club.Lichtsteiner joined Arsenal on a one-year deal and after just 23 appearances this season, the 35-year-old thinks it might be time to move on.‘I see it being quite difficult to stay, but we are going to see what happens,’ he said.ADVERTISEMENT Stephan Lichtsteiner confirms plans to leave Arsenal this summer Advertisement (Picture: Getty)‘I don’t know anything. The only important thing is the Europa League final now.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I really want to win this cup and bring this club back to the top level, back to the Champions League and winning important titles.’Lichtsteiner has managed just ten Premier League starts this campaign and has failed to make Emery’s matchday squad for Arsenal’s last six Europa League outings.center_img Coral BarryTuesday 14 May 2019 2:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link430Shares Lichtsteiner’s contract expires once the season is over (Picture: Getty)Arsenal take on Chelsea in the Europa League final with Champions League qualification, and bragging rights, on the line.A fifth-place finish in the league saw Arsenal miss out on a Champions League spot, but a win over Chelsea would book their place in next season’s competition.Chelsea have already qualified, but will be eager to wreck their local rival’s plans for next season by pipping them to the Europa League trophy.MORE: Arsene Wenger turned down chance to sign Denis Suarez year before loan move to Arsenal Commentlast_img read more

The Red Cross in Osgood to close

first_imgOsgood, IN—The American Red Cross of Southeast Indiana will be closing its office in Osgood, Indiana, by September 30, 2019.This transition aligns with continuous efforts to streamline all Red Cross operations to provide the best possible working environment for employees and volunteers, to ensure the best use of donor dollars, to reduce costs, and to allow the Red Cross to put more money back into mission delivery. “Our priority is always to provide help and hope in local communities, and this change will only enhance our ability to do that,” said Donna Colon, executive director for the American Red Cross—Indiana Region, Southeast Chapter. “The Osgood office closing will not impact the services we provide to the community every day.”last_img read more

Cowboys top Eagles in OT behind stellar performance from Amari Cooper

first_img Several Cowboys players were sick leading up to Eagles game, report says Cooper recorded 10 receptions for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Two of Cooper’s three touchdown catches came in the fourth quarter. He torched Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones on this fly route down the right sideline to help Dallas take a 16-9 lead. Related News RT to celebrate the #DallasCowboys get the HUGE WIN! @amaricooper9 for the OT TD🙌 pic.twitter.com/NCk5tXeMxr— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 10, 2018With the win, the Cowboys improved to 8-5 and claimed sole ownership of the lead in the NFC East. Dallas got off to a rough start, but it has won its last five games. Its next test will come against the Colts, who it’ll face next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Dak Prescott completed 42 of his 54 passing attempts for 455 yards and three touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott added 114 yards on the ground. Wentz tallied 228 passing yards and three touchdowns in the losing effort. The Cowboys and Eagles battled for the top spot in the NFC East on Sunday and Dallas came out on top.Dallas completed a regular-season sweep of Philadelphia with a 29-23 win and Amari Cooper couldn’t be stopped.center_img Eagles’ Kamu Grugier-Hill apologizes to Doug Pederson for ‘choking’ comment about Cowboys Amari Cooper with the TD🙌#PHIvsDAL#ProBowlVote | @AmariCooper9#ProBowlVote | @AmariCooper9#ProBowlVote | @AmariCooper9#ProBowlVote | @AmariCooper9#ProBowlVote | @AmariCooper9#ProBowlVote | @AmariCooper9 pic.twitter.com/q01gqRbjpy— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 10, 2018However, Philadelphia wouldn’t go down without a fight. The Eagles surged down the field and knotted the game at 16 after Carson Wentz completed a touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert with around 3 minutes left in the final quarter.Wentz + Goedert connect for the @Eagles TD…And we’re all tied up in Dallas!📺: FOX #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/CBaY37tFfr— NFL (@NFL) December 10, 2018The Cowboys didn’t have to be very creative to find success in the passing game as Cooper burned yet another Eagles cornerback for his second touchdown of the day, giving Dallas the lead once again.COOOOOPPPPP X TWO! #ProBowlVote | @AmariCooper9#ProBowlVote | @AmariCooper9#ProBowlVote | @AmariCooper9#ProBowlVote | @AmariCooper9#ProBowlVote | @AmariCooper9 pic.twitter.com/UFAmNmitXM— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 10, 2018Philadelphia battled back with an effective 2-minute drill, which was capped off by a Darren Sproles touchdown catch.And just like that, it’s all tied up AGAIN in Dallas!📺: FOX pic.twitter.com/eukmyKH3xD— NFL (@NFL) December 10, 2018The Cowboys had a chance to defeat the Eagles with a game-winning field goal, but a bad snap moved them out of their kicker’s range. Dallas received the first possession in overtime and it ran nearly nine minutes off the clock. Cooper then caught a tipped pass and ran to the house for his third and final touchdown of the day to secure the victory.last_img read more

Dodgers’ bullpen breaks down in eighth inning of loss to Diamondbacks

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies It is the kind of trend line that prompted Roberts to describe his bullpen as “reliable at times” earlier this season. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins this season and running away with the division. But can a bullpen that is only “reliable at times” carry them to the October finish they want?“That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “I do think it gives an opportunity to see what you have. As the season goes on, you give guys opportunities to pitch well and see how they respond. Then as the season moves on you really know what you have and decide what we need to do – if anything.“Right now, where we’re at, these are the guys we’re going to continue to run with until there’s a change.”If the bullpen breakdown seemed familiar, the starting pitching matchup certainly was.As teammates from 2013 through 2015, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were a combined 104-34. Monday was just the second time they faced each other since Greinke left L.A. for the Arizona sunsets following the 2015 season.They matched each other pitch for pitch – in the first inning. Both threw 22 pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning. All of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on a three-run home run by Christian Walker, who has three home runs and four hits in eight career plate appearances against Kershaw.But Greinke got the better of Kershaw in the second inning, hitting his third home run of the season on a 91-mph fastball from Kershaw. That gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead Greinke nursed into the seventh inning.Kershaw stuck around for six innings but the four runs he allowed were the most by a Dodgers starter since Kenta Maeda gave up five against the Angels on June 11 in Anaheim. And Kershaw finished with just two strikeouts, his lowest total of the season.“Just a bad game,” Kershaw said. “It’s just unfortunate. They scored three runs for me early and I just gave it right back. This lands on my shoulders to do better and do better next time.”Kershaw didn’t have to shoulder all of the blame.The Dodgers went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Greinke in the first inning, getting RBI doubles by Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor. But they went 1 for 8 the rest of the game, the lone hit an RBI single by Muncy with two outs in the ninth after the Diamondbacks had taken control.In the sixth, they put runners at first and second with no outs thanks to a single by Bellinger and an error by Walker on a potential double play. But Greinke struck out Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, throwing 13 pitches to the trio – not a single fastball. The three Dodgers saw five changeups, four sliders and four curveballs and couldn’t put any of them in play.“I think it’s just him being a competitor, bearing down and making pitches when he needed to,” said Bellinger, who was intentionally walked twice by the Diamondbacks. “We got off hot, just couldn’t finish the game for him.”After a leadoff single in the seventh, Greinke was done for the night. Two relievers – lefty Andrew Chafin and righty Yoshihisa Hirano – combined to load the bases then Hirano forced in the tying run when Max Muncy worked him for another walk.Taylor took a called third strike to leave the bases loaded that inning and the score stayed tied into the eighth.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsArizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) shakes hands with third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) while rounding the bases after a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after giving up a three-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his run-scoring double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates (33) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares to pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson, left, catches a pop fly by Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta as Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke (21) arrives at home plate after hitting a home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, pauses nearby during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: A fan falls onto the field as he attempted to catch a foul ball during the second inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 (top right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, tosses his bat after earning a walk with the bases loaded against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Dodgers’ Kyle Garlick (41) runs to home plate to score a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) look up on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano as the ball gets past everyone during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Infielder Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Outfielder Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a single during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Kyle Garlick #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Chris Taylor #3 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts as he scores a run off relief pitcher Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives Ketel Marte #4 after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)NextShow Caption1 of 27Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)ExpandPHOENIX — For three days, the Dodgers gave everyone something they had never seen before – consecutive walk-off home runs by rookies.This looked a lot more familiar.The Diamondbacks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers’ bullpen on Monday night, handing them an 8-5 defeat that snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak.Over their past 33 games, the Dodgers have gone 24-9. Six of the nine losses have been charged to relievers and the collective group has a 4.61 ERA in that stretch. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dylan Floro was the culprit against the Diamondbacks, allowing the first four batters in the eighth inning to reach base.“There have been moments to a man when they’ve been very good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone has a bad night then it reflects on the whole bullpen. The way we’ve been used you have a few guys down tonight so you give other guys an opportunity to perform. Tonight, it just didn’t work out for Flo, for us.“These are our guys right now and we’ve got to continue to run them out there.”Roberts would normally have gone to Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Monday but Baez was unavailable due to his recent usage (including pitching both Saturday and Sunday). Roberts went to Floro with the score tied instead.Floro wasn’t charged with an earned run in his first 16 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up 13 runs in 10-1/3 innings over 13 appearances. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Floro came out of the bullpen and gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning, the go-ahead run scoring on the third hit by David Peralta. After a walk loaded the bases, another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed.Bellinger’s pointless throw to third base – sailing over the cutoff man – allowed the trail runner to move into scoring position. That made Tim Locastro’s two-out single a two-run single, completing the damage.“That first at-bat to (Ketel) Marte was a seeing-eye single, a flare,” Roberts said. “Then (Eduardo) Escobar and Peralta took two really good swings and it just kind of snowballed, couldn’t limit the damage, then the hit from Locastro, a soft liner, a flare but sometimes that’s how it goes.”last_img read more

Ahly coach Al-Badry throws in towel after defeat by KCCA

first_imgQuarter-finalistsUS$0.65 million African club giants Al Ahly of Egypt suffered a shock 2-0 defeat away to Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda in the CAF Champions League group phase.Ibrahim Saddam Juma put the east African club ahead after 74 minutes at Nelson Mandela National Stadium in Namboole near Kampala.Timothy Awany clinched a famous victory for the Ugandan outfit in the second Group A matchday when he converted a penalty one minute from time.Ahly have been African champions a record eight times while City Authority reached the group phase of the elite African club competition for the first time this season.Defeat leaves Cairo-based Ahly with just one point after two rounds having been held 0-0 at home by Esperance of Tunisia this month.Kampala began with a 1-0 loss at fellow group newcomers Township Rollers of Botswana, making the Ahly clash a must-win affair for them to have a realistic chance of progress.Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals of a competition offering a $2.5 million (2.1 mn euros) first prize and a place in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup.Kampala and Rollers, the outsiders in the group, have three points each and Esperance and Ahly one apiece. Semi-finalistsUS$0.8 million Shaban and Okello round in on an Egyptian player. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAEsperance, who have been African champions twice, host Rollers later Tuesday in Rades near Tunis and victory will lift them to the top of the standings.In Group D, Felix Badenhorst scored on 60 minutes to give Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland a 1-0 home win over Primeiro Agosto of Angola in Manzini.When the ball was pushed back to the tall Swazi, he rifled a deflected shot into the net from outside the box.Primeiro came closest to levelling soon after when veteran Afonso Cabungula grimaced after his header rebounded off the post.Swallows have four points, former champions Etoile Sahel of Tunisia three and Zesco United of Zambia and Primeiro one each.Etoile host Zesco in Mediterranean resort Sousse on Wednesday and a win for either club would bring them level with Swallows, the first Swazi side to reach the group stage.****Starting line up KCCLukwago; Akwany (C), Okot, Kavuma, Kizza, Kirabira, Sadam, Poloto, Okello, Nunda, Shaban ChampionUS$2.5 million Runner-upUS$1.25 million Standings    P W D L  F A PTSEsperance     2 1  1 0   4 1 4KCCA            2  1  0 1  2 1 3Rollers         2  1  0 1   2  4 3Ahly             2  0  1 1   0 2 1Share on: WhatsApp 3rd in group stageUS$0.55 million The KCCA FC team that destroyed Al Ahly in Kampala today. PHOTO @bamulanzekiKCCA 2 Al Ahly 0Esperance 4 Township RollersJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Al Ahly coach Hossam Al-Badry resigned minutes after a humiliating away defeat to African Champions League newcomers KCCA on Tuesday.A statement on the club’s official website said that “Ahly’s management accepted Hossam El-Badry’s resignation and appointed his assistant Ahmed Ayoub as an interim coach.” 4th in group stageUS$0.45 million FinalpositionPrize moneylast_img read more