Unai Emery on Freddie Ljungberg being shown a yellow card by Mike Dean

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Oct 2019 8:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares The Arsenal assistant got a little too heated on the sidelines on Monday night (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg was shown his first yellow card in an Arsenal match in over a decade after arguing with the fourth official during Monday night’s defeat to Sheffield United.The Gunners had the opportunity to return to third spot in the Premier League table but fell behind after half-an-hour at Bramall Lane as Lys Mousset scrambled home from close range from a corner.Arsenal dominated possession in the second half but carved out few opportunities of note, though Bukayo Saka was again a livewire for the Gunners on an otherwise miserable night. Saka couldn’t believe he’d been shown a yellow card by Mike Dean (Picture: Getty)He had a great opportunity to cancel out Sheffield United’s lead just a few moments after they’d snuck ahead, driving into the box after a mazy run before appearing to be brought down.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, referee Mike Dean adjudged that Saka had simulated the contact and booked the teenager, prompting a furious reaction from his old youth team coach Ljungberg.The Swede berated fourth official Simon Hooper who eventually called over Dean, with the referee brandishing a yellow card in the 36th minute.More: 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 CityAsked about the incident afterwards, Emery said bluntly: ‘He was speaking with the assistant referee and he deserved the yellow card.’Somewhat amusingly, it is Ljungberg’s first booking in an Arsenal match since 2007, while he was also booked by Dean all the way back in November 2006 when the Gunners were beaten 3-1 away at Bolton.Booking… For Freddie Ljungberg 😳Arsenal are fuming as Saka is booked for simulation after going down in the Sheffield United area 📺 Watch #MNF now live on Sky Sports PL & Main Event pic.twitter.com/uEIGKg7odu— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 21, 2019 Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement The ability for referees to produce yellow and red cards for managers and coaches is a new introduction, with match officials able to issue cards for actions such as inappropriate language and gestures towards officials.Arsenal were not happy with the officiating throughout the match and Emery felt his side were denied a penalty when Sokratis had his shirt pulled at a corner.The Spaniard explained: ‘I was on the bench and really I watched perfectly, he won the timing to head the ball and for me it was a clear penalty. I think the VAR is for this reason. My point is to review and after to decide, but we need to also help the referees. I think the reason for the VAR is this.’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 Arsenal Unai Emery on why Freddie Ljungberg was shown yellow card during Arsenal defeatlast_img read more

Black Olympians at Sochi: Jamaican team “cool” running at Sochi Olympics

first_imgWinston Watts, the driver for JAM-1 of Jamaica, speaks on the phone after arriving at the sliding center during a training session for the men’s two-man bobsled at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Everything’s cool and running with Jamaica’s bobsled team.They’re back inside the Olympic rings, and back on the track.After their equipment was delayed in arriving to the Sochi Games, driver Winston Watts and his teammates got in their first two runs down the Sanki Sliding Center track on Thursday. The Jamaicans, who qualified for the first time since 2002, couldn’t train Wednesday because they arrived ahead of their luggage, which was on a later flight to Russia.Without their clothing, sliding suits, helmets or the expensive runners for their two-man sled, the Jamaicans couldn’t do anything but watch on their first day at the Olympic venue.Watts said the team got its gear around midnight, enabling them to take part in the second day of “unofficial” training. It wasn’t until the Jamaicans got to the track that they realized their belongings had been tampered with. Watts said security opened containers of protein powder and the contents spilled out on his clothes and equipment.He even got powder in his eyes after putting on his helmet.“Security went through them. I don’t know who, but the lids were open,” he said. “I didn’t look at my bags last night and all of the stuff was all over my stuff. Protein. They take the seal off and open. They may think there was something else in there.”Not even the transit delay could dampen Watts’ enthusiasm in making it to his second Olympics — he shrugged it off in Jamaican style.“We are from the sunshine,” he said, flashing his megawatt smile.The Jamaicans didn’t race on the World Cup circuit this season, but they qualified for these games by accumulating enough points in lower-tier races in North America.Qualifying was one thing, but the Jamaicans weren’t sure they were going to be able to make the trip because they didn’t have enough to cover the travel expenses as well as purchase additional sets of runners.Jamaica needed help, and got it as the team quickly raised $178,000 before telling fans and friends to stop donating.“We didn’t want them to think that we’re greedy people,” he said. “We said we wanted this to make it possible to get better equipment and that’s what our goal was. And apparently it went on and on because people want to achieve and they haven’t seen us for a long period of time.”Although they’re a longshot to win a medal, the Jamaicans, whose inspiring journey to the Calgary Games in 1988 was told in the film, “Cool Runnings,” have helped pull the spotlight toward bobsled.American driver Steven Holcomb said having the Jamaicans around is great for the sport.“They did work hard,” said Holcomb, who will defend his gold medal in four-man. “It’s not easy to qualify for the games. They were trying in ’06, they missed. They tried in ’10, they missed. They tried again, they made it. So it’s good to have that exposure.”Watts said he and his teammates have always felt embraced by the world’s other sliders.“All the guys in here, we are a family,” the 46-year-old veteran said. “The bobsleigh circuit is like a family and we’re welcomed. All people love Jamaica. When Jamaica is not around, they’re not happy because we are a fun-loving, caring group. We make people smile all the time even when they are having a bad day. We just keep them going.”Bobsled isn’t Jamaica’s best sport. Not by a long way.The island nation is home to sprinter Usain Bolt, six-time Olympic champion and the world’s fastest man.Watts hopes to hear from Bolt while he’s in Russia, and joked that he may one day ask him to jump in his sled.“He would be a very good pusher, but he’s not a person who likes cold,” Watts said. “He’s said that. It would be awesome to have him on my team because a strong guy like me and him, could you imagine that?”last_img read more

Fearsome Final Foursome headed to North Texas

first_imgKentucky’s Aaron Harrison and his teammates hold up their trophy after an NCAA Midwest Regional final college basketball tournament game against Michigan Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. Kentucky won 75-72 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Florida had not been to the Final Four since all those future first-round draft picks were in Gainesville. Wisconsin and coach Bo Ryan had never been.Connecticut wasn’t allowed to play in the NCAA tournament a year ago, and Kentucky supposedly had no shot at getting to North Texas after a midseason swoon.Unlike the past few years, there will be no upstarts or Cinderella in the Final Four.These are the big boys all right, but each one has a big chip on their shoulders.“In down times, what you do is you bond together as brothers,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “And you hold that fist up.”Billy Donovan won a pair of national titles at Florida with Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer and Al Horford, all top-10 NBA picks in the 2007 NBA draft. After that second title, he accepted the head coaching job with the NBA’s Orlando Magic, then changed his mind after the introductory news conference.Donovan continued to produce winning teams in Gainesville, but the biggest wins eluded the Gators. They lost in the regional final each of the past three seasons.That changed when the ferocious Gators (36-2) rode their chomping defense through a 30-game winning streak capped by Saturday’s 62-52 win over bracket darling Dayton.“We didn’t start off the exact way that we should have, but coach Donovan continued to remind us and humble us and help us see that, in order to get where we want to get to, the end goal, we have to continue to chase greatness every single day and stay in the moment,” Florida forward Patric Young said.To win another title, the Gators will have to go through the last two teams to beat them this season (UConn and Wisconsin) or their biggest SEC rival (Kentucky).The Huskies won the 2011 national title with coach Jim Calhoun and one-man show Kemba Walker.Things went sour in Storrs after that. Calhoun retired in 2012 and UConn was barred from the NCAA tournament last season for failing to meet the NCAA’s academic progress measure.UConn’s upperclassmen decided to stick it out instead of transferring and put together another magical bracket run behind another do-it-all-player, former Walker understudy Shabazz Napier. With their 60-54 win over Michigan State on Sunday, the Huskies (30-8) became the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.UConn beat Florida 65-64 way back on Dec. 2, the Gators’ last loss this season.“We play a great Florida team and we’re going to be well prepared, because I know about these guys’ heart, and that’s what got us through,” Ollie said.Then there’s Bo.Wisconsin’s tell-it-like-it-is coach had been a regular at the Final Four, taking his father, Butch, to every one since 1976 as a birthday gift.Bo had a hard time getting there with his team, though, winning over 700 games, playing in the NCAA tournament 13 straight years and reaching the Sweet 16 six times — and not one trip to the Final Four.Bo and the Badgers (30-7) get their chance now after pulling out an emotional 64-63 win over top-seeded Arizona in the West Regional final on Saturday, which would have been Butch Ryan’s 90th birthday.“I can remember some of the great teams that he had of kids and their first championships and how they acted and just the joy,” Ryan said. “These guys have had some others, but that’s all I wanted to see.”Rounding out this foursome could be the most fearsome bunch of the bracket.Kentucky won the 2012 national championship behind coach John Calipari’s get-the-best-players-no-matter-how-long-they-stay philosophy. Cal brought in another heralded group of one-and-doners and they were touted as the team to beat, ranked No. 1 in the preseason.After a string of losses, including three in five games, the kid Cats were out of the polls and supposedly out of contention.Well, look at them now.Showcasing their talent and depth, the Wildcats (28-10) are playing with a cohesiveness and confidence that wasn’t there earlier in the season, racing into the Final Four after pulling out a last-second victory over Michigan.“I can’t believe it; we went through so much,” said Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison, who hit a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in the 75-72 win over the Wolverines. “We went through a lot of ups and downs, and we’re blessed to be going to the Final Four.”They are not alone.last_img read more