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Winning formula! When Arsenal select these players the Gunners win in the PL more often than not

first_imgArsenal returned to winning ways at the weekend with a convincing 3-0 victory over Stoke, to give their pursuit of a top four place a huge boost.The Gunners have struggled for consistency this season, as Arsene Wenger spent almost the entire first half of the campaign contending with a plague of injuries, but with that largely behind his side, they can finally focus on kick-starting their season.In light of Arsenal’s struggles though, there have been a handful of key figures that have had a huge say in the outcome of matches.Most Gooners will point to summer arrival Alexis Sanchez as the true difference maker, with the Chilean’s 12 league goals proving a huge asset. Although that cannot be questioned, the £35m man only boasts a 45 per-cent win rate with his new club.Click the arrow above to see the three players who tend to win when playing for Arsenal.*All stats correct up to 12 January 2015.Click here to see the players who are more likely to lose for Arsenal this season. 3 3. Nacho Monreal has the third highest win rate percentage (53.3 per cent) in the Premier League of any Gunner this season* – click the arrow above to see which two players have an even higher win rate in red and white! – Widely regarded as a squad player and the back-up to injury-prone Kieran Gibbs (whose loss percentage suggests Monreal might be a better bet), Nacho Monreal has proven himself to be a good asset to Arsenal this season. When on the pitch, the Spanish international has won 53.3 per-cent of his 15 league appearances, the third highest of Gunners players to have played at least 10 times. 3 3 1. Olivier Giroud – 60 per cent win rate with Arsenal in the Premier League so far this season – One of the (many) criticisms of Arsenal this season has been their lack of a consistent goal threat, an area called into question much more throughout Olivier Giroud’s injury. While the Frenchman is far from the most prolific of goalscorers, his link-up play and work off the ball in exemplary and as such he has been on the winning side in 60 per-cent of his matches this season. 2. Laurent Koscielny – 54.5 per cent win rate in the Premier League this season so far! Click the arrow to see which Arsenal player has the BEST win rate… – The Frenchman’s true value has only been felt in his period absence throughout the first half of the season, with Arsenal’s backline looking largely shaky when he has not been present. When he has been fit though, Laurent Koscielny has been on the winning side 54.5 per-cent of the time this season, losing only 18.2 per-cent of his games. last_img read more

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Actress Marcia Mae Jones dies

first_imgJones played teenage roles in such films as “Let’s Go Collegiate” and “Secrets of a Co-Ed.” As a grown-up, she acted in television sitcoms and in Westerns such as “Wild Bill Hickok.” Her last major film appearance was in 1973’s “The Way We Were.” Beside Tim Chic, she is survived by another son, Robert Chic, two grandchildren and a brother, Joseph Jones of San Antonio Texas. The family is planning a memorial survived to be held at the Motion Picture and Television Country House. WOODLAND HILLS – Marcia Mae Jones, who starred as a child in such films as “The Champ” and “Heidi” and maintained an adult career in television Westerns and sitcoms, died at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital Sunday. She was 83. Her son, Tim Chic, said his mother died of pneumonia, which developed into a serious infection Friday. She had long suffered from bouts of pneumonia, he said. Although she never achieved the stardom of Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney, Jones played important roles in such films as “The Garden of Allah,” “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “These Three.” She started acting in films at age 2. Her son said she was proud of the fact that she was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild at age 6. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Ralph Krueger tells talkSPORT there will be NO Southampton fire sale this summer

first_imgSouthampton are determined to hold on to their best players this summer, their chairman Ralph Krueger has told talkSPORT.The south coast club have seen a number of key men – and managers – depart St Mary’s in recent years.Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin are just some of the talent they have cashed in on, while bosses Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman have moved to rival Premier League clubs.Southampton have continued to thrive despite the continual upheaval and reached the EFL Cup final under Claude Puel, where they suffered a narrow defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.With their reputation for selling, a number of Saints stars are likely to be in demand at the end of the season, but Krueger insists there will be no firesale this summer.In an exclusive interview with Jim White on talkSPORT, he said: “We would like to keep this group together.“We don’t want to do what we did in the last three summers every year. We would like to move away from that and we feel confident this summer will be a lot quieter in Southampton and we can keep the core of this team moving forward for a few years.“That is going to be important when you see how excellent the group is right now and how exciting the football is. The game we are playing is a pleasure to watch and a pleasure to be part of.”£15m signing Manolo Gabbiadini has scored five goals in three games for the SaintsSunday’s Wembley clash with United was Southampton’s first major final appearance since 2003.They came close to an historic triumph, fighting back from two goals down to level the score through a Manolo Gabbiadini brace, before succumbing to a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal.Krueger admits it was a painful outcome for everyone at the club, but believes Saints’ spirited display can spur them on to more Wembley appearances and major success.“We are extremely proud of how the team showed up and how they fought back from 0-2 down and in the end it is pain we will use as a club, but it is pain we grow from,” he said.“We are all hurting today but we are very, very proud of how they performed and our fans were definitely the better fans in that building last night.“They gave the team such a push and it would have been easy for us to lie down and pack up and go home, but nobody was leaving Wembley yesterday.“Our fans have waited so long for that experience and it has been a dream for me since I have been there to be at Wembley.“We need to learn how to win those games and I think we took a big step in that direction yesterday, together with our fans.”RELATED: Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger is confident Virgil van Dijk will still be at the club next season.last_img read more

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‘Mohamed Salah one of the best in the world… but he can get even better’ – Totti

first_img1 Roma legend Francesco Totti believes Mohamed Salah is one of the best footballers in the world, but can still get EVEN BETTER for Liverpool.Egyptian ace Salah has been a revelation since joining the Reds for £34million in the summer.He has been directly involved in 40 Liverpool goals – scoring 30 and providing ten assist so far in his debut season.The 25-year-old has quickly become a key player for the Reds and one of the Premier League’s brightest talents.But Totti, who played alongside Salah during the final two seasons of his celebrated 25-year Roma career, believes he still has room to improve and can step it up another gear.“The level he is playing at, at the moment, he is one of the best players in the world – and I think he can and will get even better,” said the Italian legend.“I know him well. He is a good friend and wants to keep improving, to keep getting better as a player.“He does all the right things, he trains hard, he works hard, he listens to the coaches – that’s why, as good as he is playing at the moment, I think maybe there is even one more level in him.” Mohamed Salah played alongside Roma legend Totti during the final two seasons of his career last_img read more

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LIFE’S ONE BIG DRAG-ON THE ELECTION TRAIL FOR CHARLIE!

first_imgDonegal North East election candidate Charlie McConalogue can certainly do the ‘business’ according to one old dragon.Sean Gallagher of RTE’s Dragon’s Den fame has given his backing to the Inishowen man before Friday’s big vote.According to Gallagher, the 33 year old Fianna Fail man can change politics and the political system for the better. He made his comments at an election rally on Sunday night where he gave a full endorsement of Charlie McConalogue to a crowd of 300 people.Returning to the core values of community and going back to our roots of society is what will make this country great again was the key message delivered by Gallagher.He also pointed out that while our country if facing its most difficult financial crisis in history our international reputation wasn’t built in the last 18 months and nor will it be permanently damaged in such a short space of time.He said he is heartened through his extensive travels the length and breadth of the country that a strong spirit of entrepreneurship still exists and one which is growing.  Cllr McConalogue said, “It is only through strong representation in Dáil Éireann that we can have a voice to contribute to reform of the political system.  I want to be that voice.” “I recognise we are fighting a difficult battle but I am determined to do everything I can to ensure that we maintain a seat in Donegal North East.  I will need every single vote on Friday if I am to become a voice for the people of Donegal North East in Dublin”.EndsLIFE’S ONE BIG DRAG-ON THE ELECTION TRAIL FOR CHARLIE! was last modified: February 21st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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First Annual WSLM SAY YES TO THE PROM DRESS

first_imgCleaning out your closets? Donate your “gently used” prom dresses and formal gowns to the First Annual WSLM SAY YES TO THE PROM DRESS event on Saturday, Feb. 21.WSLM RADIO is collecting prom dresses and gowns as well as all accessories — including purses, shoes, gloves, jewelry and hair accessories — for an upcoming event for girls in the WSLM listening area. “Prom season is upon us and I want all the girls in the Kentuckiana area to experience the prom,” said Becky White, WSLM Owner and General Manager.“I know some girls don’t have the resources to go to the prom. My goal is that any girl who wants to go to the prom, can get a dress at this event and have the chance to not only look beautiful on the outside but to have an experience that makes her feel like a princess on the inside.”The WSLM Prom Fashion Show and Dress Giveaway will take place in the Salem High School Presentation Room on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1p. The event is free and open to teen girls in the Kentuckiana area.Dillard’s of Clarksville will be on hand to show off the latest styles and fashions in a show involving local girls as models.“Girls can come in and see the latest fashions. If they can and are able to purchase a dress, then they will see what’s hot for 2015,” said White. “However, if they can’t afford a new dress, we will have a variety of gently used items that have been donated for them to take and wear to the prom.”Also, there will be a hair and makeup demonstration from 56 West. Linck’s Clothing will be on hand to show off Tuxedo’s and to assist with alterations.There will be door prizes and girls will have the chance to win a $3000 Dillard’s Shopping Spree as well as a Prom Prize pack.Dillard’s is working with Seventeen magazine with its YOUR POLISHED PROM SWEEPSTAKES. During this event, customers can enter for a chance to win by trying on their favorite prom dresses at Dillards.“Girls then take their picture in the dress and post them to Instagram using the hashtag #dillardsprom2015 and tag @dillardstores,” said Emily Beck of Dillard’s.Beck said ten finalists will be chosen and the picture with the most votes will win.Pictures must be posted between Feb. 7 and March 21st. Voting will take place between March 25 and April 1 and winners will be announced by April 3.First prize is a $3000 Dillard’s Gift Card and a style consultation with a Seventeen Style Pro via Skype, professional hair and makeup for the winner and five friends, limo service to and from their prom, a professional photographer to capture the night and one Seventeen Swag Bag for the winner and her five friends.Second prize is a $2000 Dillard’s gift card and a Seventeen Swag Bag.Third Dillard’s Gift Card and a Seventeen Swag Bag.The seven remaining finalists will each receive a Seventeen Swag Bag.There’s still time to donate dresses, gowns and accessories.For more information, call 812.883.3401 or 812.620.7271.  Call or email at wslmradio@gmail.com to make arrangements to have your items picked up.Bring your items to WSLM RADIO, 1308 East Hackberry Street during business hours or to Linck’s Clothing in Salem.last_img read more

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Ind vs WI: Sachin, Dravid light up India innings

first_imgSachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid lit up the third day’s play at the Wankhede on a track which has clearly assisted the batsmen throughout the game. Score | PhotosIn reply to West Indies first innings total of 590, India were coasting along with 281/3 on board at the end of Day 3.Rahul Dravid not only managed to cross 13000 runs in Tests, but also scored 1000-plus runs in this calendar year. Sachin on the other hand was just 33 runs short of his 100th international century at stumps on Day 3.In the morning session West Indies tail-enders Devendra Bishoo and Fidel Edwards added 15 runs to the team’s overnight total of 575 before R Ashwin clean bowled Devendra Bishoo on 12.The India openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir started off briskly, quickly getting among the runs. But soon their partnership came to an end with WI skipper Darren Sammy scalping Sehwag with his accurate ball that crashed into his stumps when the India total was 67. Sehwag scored 37.At lunch India were 74/1 with Gautam Gambhir (30) and Rahul Dravid in the middle.The second session too saw the India batters score at a brisk rate even as the Windies pacers pressed for more. Some sloppy fielding helped India’s cause as Kirk Edwards dropped Gambhir off Sammy early in the second session. Soon India’s score was past the 100-run mark and the runs kept coming in at a steady pace.With in a matter of time Rahul Dravid crossed his personal milestone of 13000 runs in Tests and it came off a four in Sammy’s over. However, Gambhir (55) fell to a Ravi Rampaul ball snapping his and Dravid’s 71-run partnership and paving the way for Sachin Tendulkar to chase his elusive milestone.advertisementTendulkar quickly opened his account and went ahead chasing his 100th international ton. Meanwhile, Dravid carried on and soon was past another milestone — 1000 runs in a calendar year.At tea, India score was 172/2 with both star batsmen, Rahul Dravid (52) and Sachin Tendulkar (20), in the middle.In the third session Tendulkar started scoring at a brisk rate, maybe in a bid to keep the pressure of his 100th ton at bay.However, Dravid could not support him in his pursuit as off-break bowler Marlon Samuels broke their 86-run stand by removing Dravid on 86 and India lost their third wicket on 224.Soon Sachin reached the half-way mark amidst resounding cheers and VVS Laxman by hisside. His fifty came off 88 balls and included four fours and one over-the-fence shot.At stumps on Day 3 India were 281/3 with Tendulkar (67) and Laxman (32) in the middle.last_img read more

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IPL: BCCI secretary assures action against Virat Kohli for meeting Anushka Sharma

first_imgVirat Kolhi was spotted chatting with Anushka Sharma during RCB’s IPL tie against DelhiPlaying down the controversy stirred by Virat Kohli’s interaction with actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma during an IPL match, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Wednesday said no player is above the game and investigations are on in the alleged code of conduct breach.Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Kohli was spotted chatting with Anushka in the VIP box during a rain break in the team’s game against Delhi Daredevils at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.Players are not allowed to interact with anyone other than the dug-out members during a match under the anti-corruption guidelines. Thakur assured that the star will be dealt with as per law.”According to the IPL guidelines, the anti-corruption unit issues a notice and they demand explanations. According to it, we did whatever we needed to do. No player is above the game. And whatever the rules of the game say, investigations will happen according to it and it has been like that always,” Thakur told media at a press-conference on Wednesday.Kohli will lead a 15-member squad in the one-off Test against Bangladesh starting June 10 in Fatullah. Thakur said he was happy with the team’s performance in the recent past and also sees the beginning of a new era in BCCI.Players are not allowed to talk with anyone other than the dug-out members during an IPL match”If you look in the last two months, you must have seen some change in the BCCI. This is just the beginning,” said the BJP MP.advertisementThe Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president also believes that the board’s education policy regarding match-fixing has had it’s effect on players.At the start of this edition a Rajasthan Royals player was approached by an alleged bookie and he reported the matter to the franchise. Thakur is pleased with the responsible behaviour of the players.”As far the players being approached is concerned, the BCCI education policy is working very well. If someone is being approached by anyone, he has reported back to the anti-corruption unit. I think this is the thing to highlight and admire that the players are reporting back,” he said.Thakur also reiterated that he wants the spotlight back on cricket rather than controversies that are over and done with.”Our focus will be to bring the spotlight back on cricket rather than the controversies. I am glad this year the IPL was very successful. The ratings were high, the TV ratings were up by 20 per cent. Even the stadia’s, we saw an increase of 30 percent as far as the crowd was concerned,” he said.last_img read more

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Olympic Wrap: Usain Bolt still the world’s fastest man, Dipa Karmakar targets Gold in Tokyo 2020

first_imgRio 2016: Perfect produnova was satisfying, Dipa Karmakar to India TodayDipa Karmakar was gutted after missing out on an Olympic Bronze by a whisker but she said she was satisfied after performing her produnova stunt perfectly.Watch: Thank you for your prayers and wishes, happy with fourth, says Dipa KarmakarAfter narrowly missing out on a historic bronze in the vault final of the Rio Olympics, trailblazing Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar said she is happy with her fourth-place finish.Rio 2016: Usain Bolt strikes again to win third successive Olympic Gold in 100mUsain Bolt became the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles, blowing down the straightaway in 9.81 seconds for his seventh overall Olympic gold.Rio 2016: Brilliant Van Niekerk smashes 400m world recordSouth Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk ran the fastest single lap in history to win the Olympic 400 meters Gold medal in 43.03 seconds and break Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record.Scowling Justin Gatlin booed by Rio crowdAmerican Justin Gatlin felt the full force of the crowd’s ire on Sunday and scowled back in response before finishing second to Usain Bolt in the Olympic 100 metres final and miss out on becoming the oldest man to win the event.last_img read more

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IT, bank employees express solidarity with Jallikattu protests

first_imgChennai, Jan 20 (PTI) With traders downing shutters following a bandh call against jallikattu ban, employees of information technology, banks and other commercial establishments today staged a protest here expressing their solidarity to the cause.Banking operations took a hit with some employees taking part in protests called by Bank Employees Federation of India, Tamil Nadu unit and All India Bank Employees Association.Employees of various IT companies expressed solidarity by holding placards and banners with slogans against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).While some employees went to the Marina beach extending their support to the ongoing agitation, some others wore black clothes and staged a protest in front of their respective offices, across the city.”We want to express our solidarity to the sport. It is our tradition and we do not want it to be banned. Since, we could not participate in the protests being held at Marina, we are conducting it here,” one Vanitha Subramanian said.Similarly, employees of a top multinational firm which has an office at the Old Mahabalipuram Road, conducted a protest on the road wearing black and holding placards.”We want jallikattu. We want jallikattu…Ban PETA” were some of the slogans raised by them.Some employees, representing various public and private sector banks, staged a protest at the famous Mount Road, officials said.Bank Employees Federation of India, Tamil Nadu unit, General Secretary C P Krishnan said the protest is not only to uphold traditional rights of Tamils “but also to showcase our unity against the central and state governments for not conducting the sport”.advertisementThe employees wore red shirts protesting the ban on jallikattu, he said.”As students were staging protests at the Marina in a peaceful manner, the Union decided to offer its support by staging the protest,” he added. PTI VIJ BN AARlast_img read more

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