Wenger turns down Barca job after talks to replace Setien

first_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHow Couldn’t You See The Impact Of These Women On Our Lives?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Did You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger turned down the opportunity to coach Barcelona after he held initial talks with the Catalan club about replacing Quique Setien, according to latest reports out of Nou Camp.The 70-year-old, who became the longest-serving and most successful manager in Arsenal’s history during his 22 year spell in North London, has been without a job since 2018.During his extended break, however, Wenger has received plenty of interest from a number of clubs, including La Liga giants Barca.The Spanish club are currently exploring their managerial options for next season after Quique Setien could only lead his side to a second placed finish in Spanish football’s top flight.And amid the rumours, Barca have recently approached Arsene Wenger about the possibility of taking over at the Nou Camp. Loading… center_img Wenger has been linked with a managerial return on numerous occasions since leaving Arsenal in 2018.Back in November, the experienced Frenchman said the chance of managing Bayern Munich would interest him after a long period away from coaching.“When asked by beIN SPORTS about being interested in the job, the Frenchman said “Of course.”“Coaching is what was my whole life until now,” he told beIN SPORTS.“Everybody who has coached will tell you the same. You miss the intensity but some things you miss a lot, some things you don’t miss. I enjoy the things I don’t miss too much.“But on the other hand, football games, winning football games, preparing the team for the game, and getting satisfaction and shared emotions. That is something that you miss.Arsene Wenger rejected Manchester United, PSG and many more clubs, even French NT to remain at Arsenal. According to reports he recently rejected Barcelona even after attractive offer. You can never question his love and loyalty for Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/L8q6gPX6LN— AfcVIP⁴⁹ (@VipArsenal) August 12, 2020Read Also: Pogba contract extension talks to begin after UEL campaign“So of course, yes. I was responsible from 33 years of age and I coached until 69 without interruption. And at a top level.“It’s 36 years without stopping. Even if I miss it, to get out of that pressure for a year was not too bad for me. People who know me well say I’m more relaxed – and it’s true.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Olympic Stadium managers oppose details of West Ham deal being made public

first_imgManagers of London’s Olympic Stadium have opposed a decision for details of West Ham’s rental deal to be made public. The London Legacy Development Corporations (LLDC) – set up to ensure the long-term success of the 2012 Olympics site – and West Ham want the contract to remain private. The LLDC has, however, vowed to publish more details over the agreement which will see West Ham take on on a 99-year deal as anchor tenants starting from next season. The decision to hand West Ham the keys to the stadium has been questioned since it was first announced two and a half years ago. A statement from the LLDC released on Thursday evening read: “We are lodging an appeal against the Information Commissioner’s judgement . “This follows careful consideration, informed by legal advice, and is limited to a smaller number of redactions. “The appeal relates only to information which if released could significantly reduce the level of financial return to the taxpayer as it would undermine negotiations with future users of the stadium and other partners. “We have listened to the Commissioner’s comments and as a public body are committed to maximising transparency. “As a result we will shortly publish more details of the agreement with West Ham United in all areas that fall outside the scope of our appeal.” Last month the Government rejected a request from a host of supporters’ clubs for an inquiry into West Ham’s move to the 54,000-capacity stadium. But fans seeking transparency over the move have accused the LLDC of “running scared of the taxpayer”. A spokesman for the coalition of club supporters’ trusts, formed to campaign on the issue, told the Guardian: ” We have always respected West Ham United’s absolute right as a privately owned business to negotiate the most favourable commercial terms. “However it is quite another matter for the LLDC, as a publicly owned corporation, answerable to the GLA, Government and ultimately responsible to the taxpayer, and charged with the oversight of public assets, to seek to block the publication of information about the use of those assets. “The public have the right to know. Fans have a right to know. The LLDC is running scared of the taxpayer.” West Ham, who have played at their current Upton Park home since 1904, will host all of their home matches at an Olympic Stadium sporting the club’s livery and colours. British Athletics also has a deal to take control of the arena for one month every summer. The Anniversary Games and the 2017 World Athletics Championships are set to be hosted there, but West Ham have had to face criticism, with a familiar complaint being that a football club playing in the richest league in the world should not receive taxpayers’ subsidy for a new home. It has been reported that the annual rental agreement on the 99-year lease is around £2.5million. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse clinches No. 5 seed in ACC tournament after double-digit win over Wake Forest

first_img Published on March 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Against Wake Forest, Syracuse exemplified the adage, “The best offense is a good defense.”The Orange (21-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) secured the No. 5 seed for the ACC tournament in a 64-54 victory against Wake Forest (14-15, 5-11) in front of 889 fans at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston Salem, N.C. And SU did so by scoring 25 points off 26 turnovers while leaning on a strong offensive output by its trusty backcourt. “We rotated well off the back of our press,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We got traps and they threw the ball out.”After a Lindsy Wright layup gave Wake Forest a 6-5 lead at 17:11 of the first half, Shakeya Leary responded with a jumper 21 seconds later. The Orange never relinquished that lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDirectly after the under-12 media timeout, Wake Forest turned the ball over. Syracuse took it down the court and after Taylor Ford missed a jumper, Leary corralled the offensive rebound and put it back up for two points.The next two Wake Forest possessions were mirror images of the last, as two more Demon Deacon turnovers turned into five more Syracuse points by the 10-minute mark.“I think our defense did a really good job of getting set,” Hillsman said. “We did a really good job getting out in transition, and we got some buckets.”The Orange backcourt turned in another strong performance, as Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes combined for 29 points.Butler scored a team-high 17 points, including four first-half 3 pointers, and five in the game.“We need (Butler) to score, and we need (Sykes) to score,” Hillsman said. “We’re trying to get them to score 30 to 35 points per game.”“Combined, if they do that, we’re in good shape.”After the Orange briefly pulled away thanks to a couple Alexis Peterson buckets in the second half, the Demon Deacons cut the lead to single digits at the 12:46 mark of the second half.But as it did the whole game, Syracuse responded.This time, Butler hit a 3 and Peterson turned a steal into a transition layup, both in a span of 23 seconds.The Orange coasted with a double-digit lead until the 2:09 mark, when Chelsea Douglas and Hamby hit back-to-back shots to cut the Syracuse lead to just five.Despite the fact that Syracuse didn’t hit a field goal for the final 8:33, it was able to secure its fourth double-digit victory in as many games, largely due to its suffocating defense.“When they put the ball on the floor and attacked us, we really shut down passing lanes very quickly,” Hillsman said. “That’s the key, just getting our defense set and ready to guard them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse looks to improve 2nd-half play against Boston College

first_imgStart-to-finish efforts by Syracuse have been few and far between. The team has had issues stringing together a complete game lately and several players admitted SU hasn’t played consistently for all 90 minutes.Junior forward Erin Simon thinks Syracuse needs to begin approaching each remaining game differently.“We have a lot of freshmen who need to understand that we need to play a full 90 minutes,” Simon said. “But it’s not all just them. It’s a team as a whole because we as veterans need to bring them in and teach them. We can’t take any time off in any of these games because they’re all vital.”Struggling in the second halves of games and defending set pieces, Syracuse (4-5-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) has recorded losses in its past six games and now sits in a tie for eighth-place in the ACC standings. SU needs to quickly regroup or risk missing the conference tournament. The Orange hopes to overcome its late-game struggles and its set piece defending this Saturday at 7 p.m. against Boston College (8-4, 1-2) at SU Soccer Stadium.The Orange has allowed 11 goals after halftime as opposed to only three in the first half this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU played scoreless first halves with Cincinnati on Sept. 21 and Pittsburgh on Sunday, but second-half collapses led to losses of 3-1 and 1-0, respectively. Earlier this season, SU held Penn State scoreless at halftime, but lost 2-0.The Orange needs to finish Saturday’s game stronger, goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan said, and bring a similar intensity to the second half that it does in the first frame.“We need to stay more focused in the second half,” junior defender Taylor Haenlin said. “A few times we’ve been up going into halftime and we kind of take our foot off the gas.”Despite getting 76 shots off in the second half as opposed to 62 in the first, SU has been unable to capitalize. The Orange has scored nine goals in the first half and only seven in the second frame, failing to convert on its chances.The team has also struggled giving up goals off of set pieces this season. Corner kicks, free kicks and penalty kicks have all troubled Syracuse late in games.“We’ve conceded a lot of goals off of set pieces,” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “As far as corner kicks go, it’s a lack of discipline by leaving someone unmarked or watching the ball.”SU let Drexel back into a game after leading 2-0 at halftime. The Dragons would later go on to tie the game after SU allowed a goal off a corner kick. A poorly defended corner kick less than two minutes into the game was all it took to give Louisville the lead and a 1-0 win as well.The team is focusing on defending set pieces, Simon said. She thinks Syracuse is improving by learning to vocalize and increase its energy during set pieces, especially in the second half of games.“We need to come out strong in the second half,” Haenlin said, “and really stay focused and make it a goal not to have any goals against us.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 2, 2014 at 12:07 am Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edulast_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 73-65 loss to Virginia

first_img Published on January 24, 2016 at 9:08 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Editor’s Note: The Daily Orange decided not to drive to Charlottesville, Virginia for Sunday night’s game between Syracuse and Virginia due to safety concerns stemming from the snowstorm.Syracuse (13-8, 3-5 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 13 Virginia (15-4, 4-3), 73-65, on Sunday night in Charlottesville, Virginia. After ripping off three straight wins in conference, the Orange was unable to crack a Cavaliers team stringent on the inside despite a late aerial attack from behind the arc. Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson led Syracuse with 24 and 23 points, respectively, but SU let a chance at a signature win slip away.Here are three quick observations from the game.Get rich quickSyracuse struggled to penetrate Virginia’s patented pack-line defense, so it had to put its fate mainly in the hands of Richardson, Gbinije and Trevor Cooney from beyond the arc. The freshman hit a trio of 3-pointers in the first half to save an Orange team that still trailed by eight at the break.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Richardson hit his second 3 of the second half to cut UVA’s lead to four with just under six minutes left, he put his pointer finger to his mouth to silence the home crowd. Then when he pulled from well beyond the arc and hit with 30 seconds left in the game, Syracuse’s hopes stayed alive as the Orange cut the Cavaliers lead to three.The freshman finished 6-of-10 from behind the arc and tallied his highest scoring output of the season. But despite it being an impressive complementary effort to Gbinije’s team-leading 24, hitting almost half of Syracuse’s 13 3s wasn’t enough.On the offensiveTyler Roberson slathered a career-high 20 rebounds on Duke last Monday, but into the second half against Virginia he hadn’t grabbed a single board. His first chance of the second half slipped right through his hands and out of bounds as Syracuse struggled to cut into UVA’s lead.Roberson grabbed four offensive rebounds in the second half and SU held its own on the boards, clawing back into the game. Syracuse cleaned up nine offensive rebounds, but the supporting efforts on the offensive glass were absent.Virginia grabbed 27 defensive rebounds and prevented Roberson and SU from the second- and third-chance points it had to pull ahead of the Blue Devils last Monday.PaintedSyracuse scored a meager two points in the paint in the second half as Virginia’s frontcourt negated Roberson and Tyler Lydon from scoring for the majority of the night.The tandem accounted for only eight points while Syracuse lived from beyond the arc. Despite the Orange only losing the rebounding battle by three, it’s frontcourt offense wasn’t nearly enough to crack the back line led by Anthony Gill.SU also struggled to convert at the rim as 13 of its 21 made field goals came from behind the arc while Virginia roasted SU inside on the other end. Commentslast_img read more

Munster & Leinster name Pro 14 sides

first_imgLeinster and Munster have named their teams for their respective Guinness PRO14 ties tomorrow.Leinster have welcomed back a number of Irish internationals for their clash with Southern Kings, which is the first ever PRO14 game in South Africa.Joey Carbery has recovered from injury to start at full-back, with Adam Byrne on the right wing and Dave Kearney taking the number 11 jersey. Head coach Leo Cullen has also confirmed that Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson-Park will rejoin the squad on Sunday after obtaining the necessary visas.The duo flew back to Dublin after they were initially denied entry to Johannesburg, but will now make the long trip back ahead of next week’s clash with the Cheetahs.Meanwhile Munster head coach Rassie Erasmus has made just the one change for their clash with the Ospreys.Tyler Bleyendaal returns to captain the side at fly-half.Ahead of that game, it’s been reported in Australia that the province are keen to appoint South African David Wessels as their new head coach.Wessels was most recently the head coach of Western Force and also served as assistant to Rassie Erasmus with the Stormers in his native country.Tonight in the PRO14 there’s three ties down for decision.Ulster play host to the Scarlets from 7.30, five minutes later Connacht take on the Dragons, and at the same time Edinburgh face Treviso.last_img read more

Russell Karp: DataArt – US betting faces a UX ‘culture clash’ challenge…

first_img StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit GAMING1 uses AI to combat problem gambling August 4, 2020 Share Russell Karp – DataArtDoes the betting industry recognise its prominent ‘UX challenge’ developing and delivering its initial product propositions for the liberalised US sports betting market post-PASPA.  Russell Karp Vice President of Media & Entertainment at DataArt, details to SBC audiences that effective European UX strategies cannot be simply transferred to a US playing field, without stakeholders undertaking their homework on multiple cultural dynamics… ________________________SBC: Russell thanks for this interview. From a product perspective, what have you made of betting’s first product releases for the liberalised US betting market post-PASPA? Russell Karp (VP Media & Entertainment DataArt): I think that many people initially expected it to be relatively easy to jump on board with sports betting in the aftermath of PASPA. Many players rushed to the market and, as a result, were not ready for prime time and released products that were poorly constructed buggy, and difficult to navigate. Even the leaders in the nascent U.S. online wagering – FanDuel and DraftKings sportsbooks – have both been plagued by technical issues and palpable errors.A year after the PASPA repeal, questions remain whether U.S. gambling operators are technically prepared to provide the necessary services for sports fans that will win bettors away from offshore sites and local bookies. SBC: Why is developing strong UX propositions for US sports consumers, such a ‘cultural challenge’ for betting incumbents? RK: Historically, sports betting in America has been land-based with official sportsbooks in Nevada and local bookies operating in the shadows everywhere else. If they wanted to place a bet online, consumers went to offshore gambling websites – and these sites have primarily focused on simply staying in operation rather than UX. Now that sports betting has been legalized in the United States, consumers expect a simple way to place a bet – to easily understand all the different types of bets they can make and, in some cases, to be educated on how sports betting works. These expectations are not often met.Sports betting is a user-facing industry and the customer journey has to take center stage for the U.S. market to evolve. Incumbents have to overcome the temptation to rush toward making quick profits and invest into getting the public away from the offshore sites and illegal bookmakers. Ultimately, it will be the ability to offer broader, more personalized choices to their customers that will be central to any operator who wants to fully monetize sports betting opportunities. UX is where this journey starts, long before the platform or app even launches.  SBC: Are US stakeholders undertaking enough R&D on UX as a core discipline – is this an overall industry shortcoming?  RK: The short answer is probably not. Most commonly, we see the R&D efforts concentrate on innovative data solutions, as sports betting has grown to rely very heavily on data. Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as crypto and blockchain,  are all being explored by the industry. However, we have noticed more focus on user experience recently. And DataArt has been working with global betting leaders such as PaddyPower Betfair for over a decade, so we have a good perspective on how the industry is evolving.Appealing to the new online customer is going to be vital for the continuous growth of the industry, with mobile apps taking centre stage as a leading betting interface. An understanding of UX is absolutely crucial for the mobile experience. Even if the app provided all the features and capabilities, if it’s not usable, the customer will never come back to it. You can have fast and intuitive app design, in terms of technology, but the real-life user experience can be quite the opposite. Operators must be aware of that and invest in effective UX strategies.SBC: Post-PASPA, have incumbents paid enough attention to ‘learning curve’ dynamics – presenting betting as a fresh proposition for consumers? RK: With more focus on the consumer and the growth of mobile wagering, new features are being developed for sports betting platforms, such as live video streaming and diverse in-play betting options. The U.S. market is not quite there yet, with certain legislative issues prohibiting the advance of online and mobile betting, but this is where the market is going and the U.S. stakeholders are taking notice of that. For instance, the leagues that have traditionally opposed the spread of legal sports betting realized its potential for driving fan engagement. We see more interactive features and innovative apps hit the market, adding sports betting might be the next logical step. User experience is critical for such solutions, to present betting as a fresh proposition to consumers.SBC: The US value chain appears to be getting more convoluted in stakeholder participation, is this a problem for developing effective UX strategies? RK: The U.S. value chain is indeed extremely diverse. Local licensees, European operators, tech suppliers, state regulators, sports leagues, and data aggregators all have their own objectives – it is easy to see how this may cause the apparent disconnect between the stakeholders. It is one of the unique challenges that sports betting has that must be carefully considered before investing in innovative wagering infrastructures and user experiences.Sports betting operators need to provide robust services but also avoid things that may lead to hurting sports integrity. Having a reliable technology partner with in-depth understanding of the betting domain will help to minimize risks and speed up time-to-market. At DataArt, we conduct a comprehensive solution design phase before embarking onto the project. The exercise of solution design is to establish the optimal business process and solution specifications that are practically achievable within the technological, budgetary, resource, time, and human constraints of any particular project.SBC: Furthermore, as US sports formats differ widely to European sports, how does this relevant factor influence/impact UX dynamics?  RK: The United States is a far more diverse sports market with five major professional sports leagues, as well as the tremendous and untapped college sports market. Understanding the social engagement within these sports that drives wagering (March Madness, team rivalries, etc.) is a big undertaking for European operators that have entered the U.S. market.Most of the American public is not educated on how sports betting works and, more specifically, the different types of bets that can be placed; spread, money line, parlays, props, etc.  UX is an effective tool that operators can leverage to help them stand out from the competition by addressing these differences.SBC:  Finally, what conversation/debate should sector leadership be having on UX as a core consumer proposition for the US Market? RK: Investing in UX is like building a bridge between consumer needs and business needs, between real-life use and underlying technology; it is not only about usability or visual aesthetics. At DataArt, UX and UI experts work closely with business analysts and system architects to build that bridge. In terms of sports betting, it can mean a lot of different things. For instance, developing UX guidelines for core bettors and newbies to accommodate different levels of engagement with the app and, ultimately, to attract and retain users and to generate the revenue for the business._______________Russell Karp Vice President of Media & Entertainment at DataArtDataArt is a global, full-service consultancy that designs, develops, and supports unique software solutions. With over a decade of experience and understanding of sports betting under its belt, DataArt’s Media & Entertainment practice now brings its domain knowledge and technology expertise to the U.S. sports betting market. DataArt helps betting operators, professional sports teams, and data providers achieve their operational, business, and technological goals with custom product development, white-label solutions, integrations, data analytics, business intelligence, UX strategies and more.last_img read more

Iker Casillas hospitalized after suffering heart attack in training

first_imgPorto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been taken to hospital after suffering a heart attack at their training ground, the club has said.The 37-year-old is “stable” in hospital and remains under observation.Spain goalkeeper Casillas won three Champions League titles, and La Liga five times, at Real Madrid.He was also part of the national squad that won two successive European Championships, in 2008 and 2012, and the World Cup in 2010.A Porto statement read: “Casillas suffered an acute myocardial infarction during Wednesday morning training session held at the PortoGaia training centre in Olival.“The work session was promptly interrupted to provide assistance to the Porto goalkeeper, who is currently at the Hospital CUF Porto. Casillas is well, stable and his heart problem [is] solved.”His former club Real Madrid published a statement, sending their former keeper “all the courage of the world”.“Real Madrid wants to transmit all their support to their beloved captain Casillas,” the statement read.“Casillas has taught us throughout his professional career to overcome the most incredible challenges to enhance the glory of our club.“It has taught us that giving up does not fit into our philosophy of life and has shown us countless times that being stronger the harder the challenge is, the way to achieve victory.“Real Madrid want to see their eternal captain recovered as soon as possible and send him all the courage of the world.”Source: BBClast_img read more

Ghana’s Abraham Akwasi Frimpong wins Hungarian league title with Ferencvárosi

first_imgGhanaian centre-back Abraham Akwasi Frimpong has won the Hungarian league title with Ferencvárosi who lifted the title for a record 31 times.This is the second league title for the 27-year-old since he joined the Hungarian from Red Star Belgrade in 2018.Ferencvárosi won the league title after defeating Mezőkövesd-Zsóry 1-0 in the last game of the season at the Groupama Arena on July 5, 2020, to clinch their second title in a row.Frimpong has been instrumental for the Hungarian side making a total of 32 appearances and scored one goal across all competitions this season.He previously played for Vojvodina, Napredak Krusevac and Red Star Belgrade all in the Serbian top-flight league and he is yet to make his debut for the Black Stars of Ghana.The Ghanaian international is yet to get a call-up to the Black Stars of Ghana.last_img read more

Redknapp sacked by Birmingham after 13 matches

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “A lot of the targets I was after I couldn’t get over the line. I still felt that given time I would have given them a team that would have been challenging for promotion, I had no doubt about that.” Harry RedknappLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Veteran manager Harry Redknapp was sacked by second-tier Birmingham City on Saturday after a 3-1 home defeat by Preston North End, just his 13th game in charge.The 70-year-old, whose coaching career has included Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth, was briefly hailed as a saviour after he kept Birmingham in the division last term having taken over following a disastrous spell in charge by Italian Gianfranco Zola.However, despite an influx of players in the close season, Birmingham suffered a sixth successive defeat and have just four points from eight league matches.“I am disappointed. It’s been difficult, I have had one week with a new team and new players, one week,” Redknapp told the Birmingham Mail.“It’s not an excuse but today I had three of the forwards missing who I would have picked, probably the three most exciting players in all honesty.“It takes time to build a football team, not one week. I didn’t get the players in I was after in pre-season and suddenly I have got a load of players in.last_img read more