Alexandre Lacazette shares social media post trolling Olivier Giroud after Arsenal FA Cup win

first_imgAdvertisement Lacazette shared the clip where Giroud looked despondent (Picture: Instagram)There has been some previous with Giroud and his former club.AdvertisementAdvertisementAfter Chelsea thumped Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final last season, Giroud openly mocked the Gunners in an Instagram video filmed by team-mate Jorginho.‘Thank you, Arsenal,’ Giroud exclaimed as he lifted the trophy aloft a year ago.The Frenchmen did cross over at the Emirates when Lacazette joined in the summer of 2017 but Giroud departed six months later, moving to Arsenal’s London rivals. Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Giroud appeared to be mocked (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)Alexandre Lacazette played his part in bashing Olivier Giroud on social media after Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Chelsea. The Arsenal striker was part of Mikel Arteta’s side that beat Chelsea 2-1 on Saturday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double securing the Gunners a record 14th FA Cup triumph.Former Arsenal striker Giroud was on the losing side and was snapped looking despondent in the stands as his current team went down to his ex-club. Lacazette shared a video on Instagram of Giroud looking desolate and underneath the clip was a cartoon of the Arsenal No. 9 dancing, along with some laughing emojis. ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Aug 2020 9:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Advertisement Alexandre Lacazette shares social media post trolling Olivier Giroud after Arsenal FA Cup winlast_img read more

No timetable yet for Anambra FA elections — Caretaker Committee

first_imgThe Caretaker Committee of the Anambra State Football Association says it is working hard to deliver on conducting elections into the FA board within three months, six weeks after inauguration.Victor Nwangwu, Vice-Chairman of the caretaker committee, told the News Agency Nigeria in Awka on Sunday that the election timetable was not ready. He said apart from working on the election programme, the committee was also raising awareness across the state to make the exercise more participatory.Nwangwu added that the committee had been greeted with a rousing welcome wherever its members visited.He said: “No election timetable for now.“We will get that done by next week.“We have agreed that we will open up the space for more people to join in the process. “The important thing is that we are on course.“It’s not easy to make changes in a structure that does not encourage mass participation.“So, we are working hard to get more people involved.“So far, we have met with the state Governor, Willie Obiano, the State House of Assembly, club owners and we have toured 19 out of the 21 local government areas of the state.“This is because we want to make the game strong at the grass roots.” Nwangwu added that his committee was satisfied with the response it has got so far.“I will say that we are happy with the kind of response we are getting. People are satisfied with the restart we are making with our football,” he said.Nwangwu added that the caretaker committee had no option than to work with the existing electoral committee, which has a lifespan of four years in line with the FA  statutes.He expressed confidence that the election would hold during the remaining days of the Emeka Okeke-led caretaker committee.RelatedPosts PDP gubernatorial aspirant commends FG over fuel subsidy removal Gynaecologist speaks on ‘menstruating’ during pregnancy DPR seals four filling stations for irregular operating licence in Anambra NAN reports that the committee was inaugurated on August 3 following the expiration of the tenure of the Ifeanyi Ubah-led FA board on August 2.Nwangwu added: “We are condemned to working with the electoral committee.“It is supposed to be in office for four years.“That is the standard.”So, it is not a matter of sacking it.“What is important is finding a common ground.“It is very possible for us to conduct election within the remaining two months of our committee.“It has been done before.“We are experienced enough to know we have to conduct elections, but the election has to be above board.“We want to ensure that there is inclusiveness against a situation where we had just one candidate each for the positions of chairman and vice chairman due to low participation as a result of general apathy.”Tags: Anambra StateAnambra State Football AssociationelectionsTimetablelast_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

Former Pirates manager Chuck Tanner dies at 82

first_imgFAM-A-LEE—In this Oct. 14, 1979 photo, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Chuck Tanner greets Bill Madlock as he returned to the dugout after scoring in the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series against the Baltimore Orioles in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/File) PITTSBURGH (AP)—For Chuck Tanner, it was all about family, in so many ways.There was was the 1979 World Series when the Pittsburgh Pirates—energized by the thumping anthem “We Are Family”—soared to a title that ended with the players’ wives dancing on the dugout roof.And there was Game 5 of that Series, when the great comeback started for a Pirates team facing elimination by Baltimore. Tanner learned his mother had died that morning, but he insisted on managing because he knew she would have wanted him to do the job. On Friday, Tanner, one of baseball’s relentlessly upbeat figures, died at 82 in his hometown of New Castle, Pa. He died of a long illness at his home after spending time in hospice care.“In baseball, we will remember his eternal optimism and his passion for the game,” Tanner’s son, former major league pitcher Bruce, said in a statement.Renowned for his never-wavering confidence and an inherent belief that no deficit was too large to overcome, Tanner managed the White Sox, Athletics, Pirates and Braves to a record of 1,352-1,381 from 1970-88. He won one division title and finished second five times.“It’s hard to win a pennant,” Tanner once said, “but it’s harder to lose one.”Tanner’s irrepressible faith was tested on that morning of Game 5 in 1979, with the Pirates trailing the Orioles 3-1. Tanner awoke and found out his mother had died in a nursing home in New Castle.A grieving Tanner stuck with his team. He took a huge gamble by starting left-hander Jim Rooker, who had won four games all season, rather than future Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven. Rooker held the Orioles to one run over five innings, and the Pirates, led by aging star Willie Stargell, went on to sweep the final three games.“Chuck was a class act who always carried himself with grace, humility and integrity,” Pirates President Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “While no one had a sharper baseball mind, Chuck was loved by his players and the city of Pittsburgh because he was always positive, enthusiastic and optimistic about his Bucs and life in generally.”The Pirates had seven winning seasons in Tanner’s first eight years, several after they had terrible starts. Some players later abused the considerable freedom Tanner gave them, however, such as allowing friends and family members to roam freely in the clubhouse.That permissive attitude was cited in part for the Pirates’ drug problems, involving such players such as 1978 NL MVP Dave Parker, that were revealed during the widely publicized Pittsburgh trials of alleged drug suppliers to major leaguers in 1985.Tanner testified he had only a cursory knowledge of such drug use. Former Pirates shortstop Dale Berra contradicted that claim, testifying Tanner specifically warned him to stay away from reputed drug dealers and once asked Berra if he had a cocaine problem.The Pirates fired Tanner in the aftermath of the drug trials—”I would have fired myself,” Tanner once said.Tanner had already made his mark in the dugout before joining the Pirates.He was one of the first managers to use relievers in situational roles, as all teams do today.Let go when owner Bill Veeck reacquired the White Sox in 1975, Tanner quickly hooked on with the Athletics. With Reggie Jackson gone and home runs at a premium, Tanner turned the 1976 A’s loose for an AL-record 341 stolen bases, an average of more than two per game.Tanner was coveted by the Pirates, and the team made one of the few trades involving a manager in major league history to obtain Tanner’s contract. Pittsburgh sent All-Star catcher Manny Sanguillen and cash to the A’s for Tanner.Tanner kept running, doubling the Pirates’ stolen base total from 130 to 260. They finished second in each of their first two seasons under him, in 1977 and ’78, then overcame a 7-11 record in April 1979 to win the NL East before sweeping the Reds in a three-game NLCS.Led by the 39-year-old Stargell’s clutch hitting (32 homers, 82 RBIs), the team adopted a popular song of the time by Sister Sledge to become known as the Family (or, as it was often spelled, the Fam-A-Lee). Stargell was the NL’s co-MVP, as well as the MVP of the NLCS and the World Series, despite being limited to 424 at-bats by age and injuries.“Having Willie Stargell that year was like having a diamond ring on your finger,” Tanner said.Born on the Fourth of July in 1928, Tanner hit .261 with 21 homers in 396 games as a spare outfielder with the Braves, Cubs, Indians and Angels.Tanner’s wife, Barbara, died in 2006, the month after her husband served as honorary NL coach in the All-Star game in Pittsburgh. Phil Garner, the NL manager, insisted Tanner be on his staff.“Chuck Tanner taught me nearly everything I know about baseball,” Garner said.last_img read more

Eight Days of Razor Clam Digging Starts April 17

first_imgFacebook210Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)  Razor clam diggers can return to coastal beaches starting Friday, April 17, state shellfish managers announced today.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, noted that the upcoming dig coincides with the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, scheduled April 18-19 in Long Beach. Festival events range from free clam-digging lessons to a fritter cook-off. More information is available at state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:April 17, Friday, 6:03 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 18, Saturday, 6:52 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 19, Sunday, 7:39 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 20, Monday, 8:25 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 21, Tuesday, 9:11 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 22, Wednesday, 9:57 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 23, Thursday, 10:46 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 24, Friday, 11:38 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsWDFW has also proposed additional digs in May, pending the results of future marine toxin tests. Tentative dates for those digs are posted on the department’s website.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula, and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.last_img read more

Oly Town Artesians Wrap Up Inaugural Home Slate Sunday

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Oly Town Artesians wrap up the home slate of their inaugural outdoor season on Sunday, July 23 when Tacoma’s Washington Premier South Sound FC comes to town. First kick between these two teams who are separated by just one point in the Evergreen Premier League standings is set for 3:00 p.m. at Wembley Soccer Shop Field at The Evergreen State College.Oni Mayer. Photo courtesy: Jo ArlowAdvanced tickets are just $6 and can be purchased at, and all youth soccer players in uniform will be admitted for free and can accompany the Artesians onto the field during introductions. Pregame festivities start at 2:55 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12-years-old.The Artesians enter the final two games of their first season in the EPLWA sitting at 4-5-3 overall with 15 points, just one point behind South Sound (5-5-1, 16 points). The Shock will take on the first place Seattle Stars on Saturday before making the trip to Olympia on Sunday. The Artesians and South Sound will wrap up their seasons one week later with a rematch in Puyallup.Oly Town is led by goalkeeper JJ Olson, who is tied for second in the EPLWA with two shutouts and has logged 889 minutes over 10 games this season. JT Meyer leads the team with three goals while Kyle Witzel has two goals since joining the club three games ago. Gabriele Zaccagnini racked up six assists before heading to Europe last week.South Sound FC are a charter member of the EPLWA playing in their fourth season in the league and have been through an up and down 2017 campaign. They absolutely drilled the Stars 5-1 on May 7, but have suffered losses to Olympic, Yakima and Spokane this season but are coming off of a 2-1 win over Vancouver last weekend. Isidro Prado-Huerto leads all Shock scorers with three goals.This weekend’s game marks the first time that three Olympia brothers will take the field together. Jake Zimmerman, a senior at Evergreen, and Alec Zimmerman, a senior at Capital High School, have each logged major minutes for their hometown team and Jake’s goal in Bellingham led the Artesians to their first league victory. Meanwhile, their brother Jordan Zimmerman, a junior at Evergreen, has scored one goal in his time with South Sound despite spending the preseason with the Artesians. Jordan scored the first ever outdoor goal for Oly Town in a friendly against the Washington State Club Soccer team on April 1.Follow the Artesians all season long and beyond including the 2017-2018 Western Indoor Soccer League season by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more