George Graham says Gunners lag behind Spurs but all the pressure is on Poch

first_imgGEORGE GRAHAM chuckles as he reveals how he came by his seat at today’s North London derby.The man who won silverware with Arsenal and Tottenham became a prize himself at the 30th anniversary of the day he led the Gunners to that famous stoppage-time title triumph at Anfield.4 George Graham managed both Arsenal and Spurs after hanging up his bootsCredit: Arfa Griffiths – The SunGraham said: “At the big ’89 do, one of the charity auction lots was to have a box for any game — and they asked me if I’d come and sit with the guy who won.“Lee Dixon and myself are going along as ‘experts’. I’ve got my car parking space, so that’s one thing!“The guy paid £22,000. But I think they got £23,000 from someone to have lunch with Arsene. He’s pipped me again!”Graham flashes a big grin. This is a man very much at ease with his football legacy.For all that he achieved at Arsenal, he is happy to admit Wenger is the best manager in the club’s history.But sitting in the garden of the house near the Finchley Road that he bought when he was Tottenham boss, he defends with pride and humour his record at both clubs.Graham said: “My teams were called boring, fair enough.“But my initial job, in my eyes, was to win something.“Maybe I went too defensive — but I have no problem with that because we picked up some good trophies.”He certainly did — two league titles, a European Cup Winners’ Cup, an FA Cup and two League Cups at Arsenal, plus another League Cup at Tottenham.Spurs have won just one more trophy since that 1999 triumph.Which is why Graham feels that Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are under more pressure going into today’s derby at the Emirates and this season as a whole.He says: “If Arsenal get into the top four, then it will be a fantastic season. For Spurs, it’s winning a trophy.“There’s more expected from Tottenham. Most people realise they have a very good manager — but he still hasn’t won anything.“Arsenal have a lot more work to do than Tottenham.”For all the changes in English football over the last 30 years, the task facing Spanish boss Unai Emery is similar to the one that Graham embraced when he arrived at Highbury in 1986.To make Arsenal contenders — without paying over the odds.Graham said: “You think of the price of the boys from Stoke, Steve Bould and Dixon — peanuts. And Nigel Winterburn — peanuts. Emery has been around Europe.“So he must know players that he likes and thinks, ‘If I can get him, I can improve him because he has the basic qualities I want’.“I’m positive he could do that. His first season I think was quite good.“He brought a bit of passion back into the game. You could see that in the way he acted and the way the players reacted.“But there’s still a big problem — they haven’t got a base at the back, that foundation.“The next thing I’m going to look at is, how hard is Emery going to work with the team on the training pitch?“The front boys are on fire, so they will score goals. But I want to see how he improves the defenders and the midfield.”Tottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clash He’s a quality player on the ball, sets things up, but he’s a mistake waiting to happen.George Graham on David LuizGraham acknowledges the game has changed a lot since he spent hours drilling that famous Arsenal back four.The fashion now is for ball- playing defenders like David Luiz, whose latest mental walkabout contributed greatly to the Gunners’ defeat at Liverpool last weekend.Graham said: “David Luiz has had a great career — but those mistakes come with the package.“He’s a quality player on the ball, sets things up, but he’s a mistake waiting to happen.”Luiz probably won’t change now, yet Graham’s point about turning good players into great one stands.4 George Graham wants to see improvement in Arsenal boss Unai EmeryCredit: Reuters4 Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has yet to win any silverware in North LondonCredit: ReutersFor evidence that you can still make huge strides with a restricted budget, Emery can look down the Seven Sisters Road to the Spurs side that has been built by Argentine Pochettino.Graham said: “You can see he improves players.“Harry Kane had been on loan at Millwall and other clubs. Pochettino working with him has made him a better player — and there are many more examples.“I’ve enjoyed watching Spurs since he’s been there.“It’s OK to say, ‘We enjoy the football, we don’t have to win anything,’ but I don’t believe that.“I’d like to see him win a trophy now, maybe not at Spurs.” Scot Graham laughs again. On the one hand, he remains unhappy at how Tottenham handled his sacking shortly after the 2001 takeover by current owners ENIC.On the other, he has fond memories of winning that 1999 League Cup and of life at Spurs’ former training ground in Chigwell.But he was and is an Arsenal man at heart, a red-and-white legend as player and manager.He left Highbury under a cloud in 1995 and was banned from football for a year for accepting an illegal payment from agent Rune Hauge.Many other managers may have done the same, but Graham was the only big name caught and was not welcome at Arsenal for a number of years.And now? Graham said: “If I want tickets, I’ll get them. That’s an improvement from when I left.”Arsenal manager Unai Emery says that Mesut Ozil is fit to face Tottenham But Graham does not look like someone eaten up by bitterness or self pity.It is hard to believe he will turn 75 at the end of November.Medication keeps his arthritis at bay enough for him to enjoy a game of golf twice a week.He also stays trim by working in his garden, although he leaves the lawn to the professionals — who are left in no doubt what is required.Graham said: “I tell them to cut it in curves. I can’t have straight lines on grass, can’t stand it.”You cannot help thinking that he probably insisted on straight lines on the training pitch when he was perfecting Arsenal’s offside trap.When Graham returned to Highbury for the first time as Spurs boss in November 1998 and his team ground out a goal-less draw, the Arsenal crowd sang: “Boring, boring Tottenham.” most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itBoth clubs now have a reputation for playing attractive football — and today’s showdown promises much.Graham said: “It should be a good game, there should be goals.“But wouldn’t it be great if it was 0-0? I’ll be like this!”And he stretches out his arms in mock triumph, his face lit up by the morning sunshine and a mischievous smile.4 George Graham wants to see Poch win silverware… but for a different clubCredit: Arfa Griffiths – The SunArsenal v Tottenham- Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Premier League clashlast_img read more

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PUMA signs STETHS’s Ellis – Ja sprint prodigy looks to bright future with global sports brand

first_imgHERZOGENAURACH, Germany: Having partnered with a number of new young athletes in recent months, PUMA has announced its “most exciting athlete endorsement of all” with the signing of Nigel Ellis. The junior sprinter joins a growing Jamaican line-up of PUMA track and field athletes that includes Natasha Morrison, Kaliese Spencer, Asafa Powell, Hansle Parchment, Jaheel Hyde and, of course, the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. Ellis has a big future in track and field. Under the coaching of Reynaldo Walcott at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), he lowered his personal bests to 10.16 and 20.40 at the age of 18, claiming both the 100m and 200m sprint titles at the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships in Kingston. He is also currently the fastest 100-metre junior athlete in the world. PUMA continues to invest in growing its stable of athletes and partner federations, maintaining its presence in a sport that has always been a rich part of its history. With the Olympics in Rio approaching, PUMA has made significant strides to enrich its athlete portfolio, continuing its focus on becoming the fastest sport brand in the world. Speaking about the new partnership with PUMA, Ellis said: “In Jamaica, PUMA is the number one brand in track and field. I’ve known PUMA all my life. “I’ve seen the athletes they work with, the high schools they support, the quality of the running shoes and training wear they make. Signing with PUMA is a big moment for any athlete and, for me, this is a big deal. “I’m proud of the potential they see in me and the opportunity to continue my education. I look forward to working with them for years ahead,” he added. Pascal Rolling, PUMA’s head of sports marketing for running, said: “We are very happy to have signed Nigel. He is improving so quickly and his commitment and desire to measure himself among the best is clear. “He embodies the spirit and values of PUMA, both on and off the track, by training and competing hard, while living well with a joy for what he does. He’s a young man with a huge future and we’re pleased to play a part of the success that will come.”last_img read more

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Maraño admits Petron more aggressive in decisive set

first_imgLATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAfter a crushing defeat to Petron in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference, all F2 Logistics can do is and move on.The Cargo Movers were swept by the Blaze Spikers in the finals with a 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11 win sealing the title Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Maizo-Pontillas ‘pressured’ after winning MVP plum Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “We were in a situation where we were down three points in the fifth set, but Petron was just more aggressive. And if we were in Petron’s situation, we would’ve done the same thing and finish it quick.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “That’s it, we can’t do anything but accept what just happened,” said F2’s middle blocker Aby Maraño after the tough loss.READ: Petron claims PSL All-Filipino Conference title, sweeps F2 FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’In a game that saw three extended sets and several lead changes, the match ended on a net fault from F2 Logistics.“When that kind of situation happens, there are so many things that enter your mind,” said Maraño who had 14 points in the loss. “’Is it over? Are we still going to fight it?’” IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View commentslast_img read more

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SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball team

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate The 24-year-old is still as potent as ever and is still a reliable point-getter when the going gets tough for the Filipinos.3. Everything Jaja doesCONTRIBUTED PHOTOWhile Valdez leads the team in scoring in the Asian tournament, Jaja Santiago provides the glorious highlights.Santiago has evolved from a towering middle blocker to a versatile hitter that can play from the three spots in front of the net.Santiago can still make those quick kills from the middle and she’s added a deadly running spike that, so far, has been a beauty.4. Kimmy’s sneaky attacksPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKim Fajardo is arguably the best setter among her peers as she steered De La Salle to three UAAP titles during her stay.The wily playmaker, though, is not only renowned for her assists but also for her scoring prowess.She won’t put up gaudy scoring numbers like Valdez or Santiago but when called upon Fajardo is willing to do the dirty work.5. Jove’s veteran smarts 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson And without further ado, here is the list.1. Mika’s leadershipFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMika Reyes’ appointment as the team’s skipper didn’t quite sit well with the fanbase of Philippine volleyball since the picturesque middle blocker hasn’t been a captain in recent memory.But so far, she has shown that she has the qualities of being a great leader. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe 2017 Southeast Asian Games just got going and what better way to pump yourself up for the regional sports showcase than read about a list of seven things to watch out for in Kuala Lumpur.And this is not about the tourist attractions in the Malaysian capital. This is about the seven best things about the women’s volleyball team of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Reyes was a visible figure in the Philippines’ campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, communicating with teammates every chance she gets.The captain has shown control and calm while dealing with her teammates, and she seems to have shrugged off any outside negativity regarding her appointment.2. Alyssa doing Alyssa thingsCONTRIBUTED PHOTOAnother point of controversy was Alyssa Valdez’ inclusion to the national team but just like Reyes, Valdez has shown why she deserves to be in the position she’s in.Valdez was the team’s best scorer in the AVC tournament averaging 14 points a game, and that’s enough to prove why she was chosen as the country’s outside hitter for the SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT NBA investigating Lakers amid George tampering allegation AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIf there’s one constant in Philippine volleyball, it has to be Jovelyn Gonzaga donning the Philippine tricolor.Gonzaga is just 25-years-old—for comparison Valdez is 24—but has represented the Philippines in every conceivable volleyball tournament since 2015.She’s captained the team that participated in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, played in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship, and just everything in between.Gonzaga is Philippine volleyball personified.6. Kianna breaking throughCONTRIBUTED PHOTOKim Kianna Dy was initially named as a reserve player of the national team but when Rachel Anne Daquis announced that she would be leaving the team months before the SEA Games the La Sallian was thrust into the main team.And in her first game as a national player, didn’t go the way she had imagined it.She was a nervous wreck when she came in as a substitute in the AVC tournament, but her shot at redemption came just two days after.After her disappointing showing against Hong Kong, Dy showed class as part of the first six that faced Kazakhstan.Dy showed flashes 0f brilliance as one of the better opposite hitters of the country and proved to head coach Francis Vicente that she deserves to be in the main team. 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The little ones, Denden and DawnPhoto from asianvolleyball.netDenden Lazaro and Dawn Macandili definitely breathe defense.Both Lazaro and Macandili have been prime examples of what a Philippine libero should be.The two defensive aces practically own the ground game and clean up whatever mess their taller teammates couldn’t get to.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View commentslast_img read more

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New York City sues ExxonMobil over climate change

first_img…four other oil companies also suedThe New York City Government is suing the world’s five largest publicly traded oil companies, seeking to hold them responsible for present and future damage to the city from climate change.The suit, filed Tuesday against ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips and Royal Dutch Shell, claims the companies together produced 11 per cent of all of the global-warming gases through the oil and gas products they have sold over the years.It also charges that the companies and the industry they are part of have known for some time about the consequences, but sought to obscure them.“In this litigation, the City seeks to shift the costs of protecting the City from climate change impacts back onto the companies that have done nearly all they could to create this existential threat,” reads the lawsuit, brought by New York Corporation counsel Zachary Carter and filed in US District Court for the Southern District of New York.The legal strategy has already been embraced by several California cities and counties, but prior lawsuits seeking to blame companies for their role in causing climate change have foundered.It remains unclear whether a new wave of litigation — propelled by stronger climate science, reports about how much some companies knew about climate change decades ago, and somewhat divergent legal strategies — would succeed where those efforts have failed.Exxon responded to New York’s lawsuit on its blog, where the firm has also challenged investigative reports from InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times that showed the company was an early pioneer in climate-change science in the 1980s, reports that were cited in the suit.“ExxonMobil welcomes any well-meaning and good faith attempt to address the risks of climate change,” wrote Suzanne McCarron, Exxon’s vice president of public and government affairs. “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a global issue, and requires global participation and actions. Lawsuits of this kind — filed by trial attorneys against an industry that provides products we all rely upon to power the economy and enable our domestic life — simply do not do that.”Chevron spokesman Braden Reddall said in an email: “This lawsuit is factually and legally meritless, and will do nothing to address the serious issue of climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a global issue that requires global engagement. Should this litigation proceed, it will only serve special interests at the expense of broader policy, regulatory and economic priorities.”New York charges in the lawsuit that it is “spending billions of dollars” to protect its coastlines, its infrastructure and its citizens from climate warming.The suit does not specify precisely how much money it is asking for from the oil companies in what it calls “compensatory damages,” saying that should be established in the case.At a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio focused on the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, calling it “a tragedy wrought by the actions of the fossil fuel companies.” He detailed the 44 people who died in New York as a result of Sandy, as well as the estimated $19 billion in damage it caused.“That is the face of climate change,” de Blasio said. “That is what it means in human and real terms.”De Blasio claimed fossil fuel companies were complicit in worsening climate change, because they knew of the problem decades ago, but continued to sell to Americans a product that contributed to only more greenhouse gas emissions. (Excerpted from Washington Post)last_img read more

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Caretaker found dead in Costello Housing Scheme yard

first_imgA 50-year-old man was on Monday morning found dead in the yard of a house of which he had been caretaker. There were blood stains about his mouth and nostrils.The property where the caretaker’s body was found in the yardDead is Lancelot Gransoult of Lot 22 Costello Housing Scheme, Georgetown.Reports are that the Police received a call informing them that the man was lying on the ground with signs of blood on and around his body. Upon arrival at the scene, Police cordoned off the area and the man’s body was examined.At time of its discovery, the man’s body was lying in the yard of the two-storey building clad in a pair of long blue pants and was shirtless.The Police have since said that a bucket containing what appears to be blood was found next to the man’s body, and blood stains were seen in the area of his mouth and nose. However, no marks of violence were seen on the body.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, neighbours explained that Gransoult had been an easygoing person, but he had not often been seen around the community. According to neighbours the man’s body was discovered by a woman who operates an internet café nearby. He would usually open her place of business in the morning, and when he did not show up, she decided to check for him at his house.After making the horrific discovery, the Police were immediately summoned.“He used to live and take care of the house; it was him alone… The internet girl see that he didn’t coming, so she come round to see what happen, and that’s when she find he,” one neighbour told the publication.Moments after receiving the news, relatives of the dead man showed up to collect his belongings.Gransoult’s body has been taken to the Lyken Funeral Parlour to await a post mortem examination. The Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

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Soccer registration underway

first_imgRegistration for the upcoming Fort St. John Soccer Club indoor season has started. The under four division is full with a wait list, however there are spots available in the other divisions.There’s six age divisions to choose from: under six, under eight, under ten, under 12, under 14, and under 16/18.All registration is done online. For information on registration click here.- Advertisement -Also of note, the club’s AGM is scheduled for September 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse.last_img

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District 60 SWIS Funding

first_imgThe Peace River North School District has received an as yet undisclosed amount of provincial funding for a pilot program aimed at supporting immigrant families in Fort St. John. Called “Settlement Workers In Schools,” the program is a partnership between the local school district and the Ministries of Advanced Education and the Attorney-General. SWIS has been in existence for two years in the lower mainland, and this area has been identified for a new wave of funding support based in part on Canadian immigration statistics of the past five years. Part of the SWIS role will be helping families and the school system with cross-cultural understanding.- Advertisement –last_img

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Local companies favour proposed Pine Pass upgrades

first_imgThe estimated cost of the improvements is $135 million. But, the Northern Development Chair Evan Saugstad (and Mayor of Chetwynd) says that money could easily be recovered.He says the investment would help businesses claw back work in the B.C. oil and gas and forest industries, currently being done by Alberta firms.[asset|aid=2206|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=896d169230e15b117a8b913fde779481-Evan Saugstad 1_2_Pub.mp3]The report is now in Minister Shirley Bond’s hands. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will review the proposal, and determine whether to go ahead with the upgrades.For a copy of the Northern Development Initiative Trust Economic Assesment, click on the attachment below.Advertisement Other loads that have been rerouted through Alberta include compressor station components, combines, manufactured homes, large dozers, drilling tanks, bridge components, and coal and ore trucks used in the mining industry.Greg Hammond is the President of Greensmart Homes, which has offices in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. He says if the existing low clearance overpasses are upgraded as recommended, his company would be able to bid competitively on large pre-manufactured structural building projects in the interior and northwest B.C.Hammond says currently, the majority of Greensmart’s opportunities for large projects are located in northeast B.C. and Alberta.[asset|aid=2205|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=896d169230e15b117a8b913fde779481-Greg Hammond 1_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisement Local businesses are backing the idea of improving sections of the Pine Pass.Just recently, the Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure completed studies on the stretch of highway 97, between Quesnel and Dawson Creek.The studies focused on eight low clearance overhead railway crossings and the Salmon River and Parsnip bridges.- Advertisement -Several businesses in Northeast B.C. are forced to haul oversized loads of equipment through Alberta due to Highway 97’s height and width constraints.Bob Fedderly, of Fedderly Transportation in Fort St. John, says the propsed upgrades would benefit companies in the B.C. interior. Fedderly says those companies have been unable to competitively participate in the oil and gas industry in northeast B.C.[asset|aid=2204|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=896d169230e15b117a8b913fde779481-Bob Fedderly 1_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisementlast_img read more

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Howes breaks BBC Cactus course record

first_imgPhoto – Ryan Dumaresq negotiates the Cactus Circuit on Wednesday night.  Submitted photo. Richard Howes won the Wednesday night mountain bike race and broke the course record. He set a time of 22:18 minutes for the ‘long lap’. Josh Martyn was second at 22:30 and Pat Ferris third at 24:24. Ryan Dumaresq was 4th at 24:43 and Kevin Shaw 5th at 26:56.Adam Currie was 6th at 31:54, Ken lane 32:42 and Kelsey Young 40:16.- Advertisement -Thanks to Cassie for timing!Coming up:Thursday is the final Baldonnel time trial of the year, at 7 pm.Sunday is another Cactus Mountain bike race at 11:am.Advertisementlast_img

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