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Phil revs Azkals Asian Cup bid but defense shows cracks

first_imgPhilippine Azkals vs Nepal in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netPhilippine captain Phil Younghusband wasn’t about to let a penalty miss minutes earlier throw him off his game. Not when the Azkals are enduring one of their worst run of games in recent years and struggling to find the back of the net.So as soon as Mike Ott won the penalty in the 21st minute, the skipper—on his 87th appearance for the national team—immediately returned to the penalty spot and converted the goal that opened the floodgates of a 4-1 win over Nepal at the start of AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Tuesday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT “My dad always told me that when you miss, you have to make the next one because if you miss again… that will play in your mind until you finally score,” said Younghusband.Younghusband scored twice in the space of three minutes in the first half to jack up his tally to 45 international goals, before Iain Ramsay added a third in the 28th minute as the Azkals snapped a four-match winless run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnJavi Patino was also on the scoresheet with his 72nd minute strike as the Azkals got their bid to claim a spot in the continental showpiece in the United Arab Emirates in 2019 off to a rousing start.Chinks in the Azkals’ armor showed, however, as the visitors, even with 10 men, managed to score through Bishal Rai just before halftime. MOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Lady Spikers back at 1 Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties The victory put the Azkals on top of Group F on goal difference ahead of Yemen, which beat Tajikistan, 2-1, in Doha, Qatar, early Wednesday.Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was glad to see his squad finally find the back of the net and winning. But he was critical of his defense for conceding a goal at the stroke of halftime.“I think it can be avoided, every goal can be avoided,” he said. “I’m a little bit upset at halftime, because even when you’re winning, 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, you should have enough urgency to do something when a chance like that happens.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

Round trip: Mike Brown returns to Cleveland with Warriors

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend After he was fired for the second time by the Cavs, Brown had stepped outside the coaching circle, choosing instead to watch oldest son Elijah play hoops at New Mexico and filming his other son Cameron’s Friday night high school football games. All the while, he stayed connected by talking with San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, his mentor and former boss.Popovich urged him to join Kerr.Brown’s willingness to accept an assistant’s job despite 563 career regular-season wins and 47 in the playoffs underscores his humility. But that’s Brown: unassuming, ego-less, the consummate teammate.And while he hasn’t strayed from preparation and the attention he learned growing up in a military family, Brown has shown a willingness to change. He has loosened up. With the Warriors, he had no choice.Borrowing philosophies from other coaches, Kerr has created a loose atmosphere, believing a less-structured environment allows players to perform more freely and effectively. Kickball games are not uncommon and yoga is practiced regularly. Warriors practices typically begin with loud music booming through loudspeakers.It can be jarring to outsiders.“I remember the first few practices, me and Mike, we were new guys and we were looking at each other like: ‘This is how it goes down here?’” Durant said. “So it was an adjustment for both of us. It was great for me to have Mike to kind of like go through the season with me, and kind of help me out and help me get adjusted. It was different for both of us.”If things had gone differently, Brown might still be Cleveland’s coach. Given only one season on his return, he was dismissed despite a nine-win improvement and a colossal jump defensively. He still had four years left on his contract, and unfinished plans.Brown could be in demand again. Kerr’s health may prompt a reshuffling at Golden State, and there are certain to be other vacancies next season.Brown though, isn’t in any hurry to pack up, and he’s not viewing his trip to Cleveland as anything more than business. In 2007, the Cavs were no match for the powerful San Antonio Spurs, who overwhelmed Cleveland and swept the series. Brown can surely appreciate the irony in coming back as part of a juggernaut.“Circle of life,” Brown said last week. “Like the ‘Lion King,’ everything comes back around, I guess.”Brown’s Finals debut must seem like a lifetime ago for the 47-year-old, who guided the Warriors to an 11-0 mark in this postseason while Kerr battled intense pain stemming from back surgeries.“My guy did OK while I was gone,” Kerr said before the Warriors won Sunday night.During last year’s Finals in Cleveland, Brown met with Kerr about joining the Warriors staff and replacing Luke Walton, who was bound for the Los Angeles Lakers. The interview came before the Cavs rallied from a 3-1 deficit, and before Kevin Durant announced he was headed to the Bay Area.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan’s last title in 1998 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:40Filipinos 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 Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, right, gestures next to interim head coach Mike Brown during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, California. APCLEVELAND — Mike Brown happily slid into his normal seat to coach Steve Kerr’s left for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. For the first time in weeks the Warriors were whole again.Brown has moved before — not always so willingly — and over the next few days he’ll return to a familiar place.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “I’m not looking at this as Cleveland fired me twice, this is the time to get back at them or is there any extra incentive?” he said. “I just want to win. I just want to be a part of a winning program and be the last team, quote/unquote, standing.” Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ Golden State’s well-liked top assistant, whose first two stints as a head coach were to nurture a young LeBron James and then pamper Kobe Bryant, is heading to Cleveland, the city that shaped him more than any other.It’s where he was hired twice and fired twice by the Cavaliers, who are paying him until 2020. It’s where he raised his two sons. It’s where he rooted himself in the community and stayed after losing his job in 2014. And it’s where he still has a home and keeps one of his Harleys, which he took for cruises along Lake Erie to clear his mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“He loves those Harleys,” said Warriors forward Draymond Green. “That just means he has ’em in every city he goes to. That’s an addiction.”When Game 3 tips off Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) with the Warriors holding a 2-0 lead that feels insurmountable, Brown will be back in a building where he and James appeared in their first Finals together 10 years ago. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Amer’s breakout conference earns him Gilas nod

first_imgBut despite his 25 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals in Game 3, Amer’s efforts still weren’t enough as TNT bagged an 104-96 overtime win on Friday to advance to the semifinals, leaving the sophomore guard weeping as the buzzer sounded.READ: Reyes taps Alas, Amer to join Gilas poolFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“The opportunity was there for us to make it to the semis, but we fell short,” admitted a somber Amer in Filipino. “We’re going to wait again for next conference. We’ll go back to work. Whatever I showed this conference, I have to double my effort and continue working with coach Jimmy (Alapag) and coach Ronnie (Magsanoc).”But Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes didn’t fail to notice Amer’s hardwork, with the former San Beda standout earning a spot in the national team pool. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions TNT outlasts Meralco in OT to clinch semis seat Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That made things better for Amer, who is grateful for shot to don the national team colors anew.READ: Amer drops 32 as Bolts take q’finals to decider“I’m thankful to coach Chot. I look at it as a reward for all the hard work I’ve done. My teammates know and my coaches know how much I give to our practices,” he said.Amer also gets a chance to once again play alongside friends Kiefer Ravena, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, and Kevin Ferrer, all of whom were his teammates in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.“I’m excited, more so because they’re all great players. That makes me strive harder because I’m with them and I can improve what I must improve on my game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend READ: Tired of losing, Amer gives Bolts another crack at semisHowever, Amer knows that his job with the national team is just getting started, as he braces for a tough competition to get a crack on Reyes’ final lineup.“I know I shouldn’t be comfortable with what I achieved in this conference. I’ll still work hard,” he vowed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup as his break out conference, Baser Amer has nothing to be ashamed of despite Meralco’s early exit.Averaging 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists this past conference, the Davao City native has fully embraced the lead playmaker role for the Bolts as he anchored the team to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View commentslast_img read more

Exclusions and discriminations

first_imgThe report produced on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) titled, “Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance Assessment of Guyana”, is valuable for several reasons: the least not being it was produced by a source seen as “friendly” to the present Government. Friends are allowed to be candid in their assessments and the subjects are expected to take suggestions in good stead.One observation related to the accusation by the Government that a statement in late July to a New York group by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo constituted “race baiting”. What Jagdeo actually said was “There is an assault on our democracy. There is an assault on people of Indian origin. There is an assault on supporters of the PPP. What we thought would never return to Guyana in just one short year has returned with full force, and even worse in some regards than the Burnham era.”Honing in on the section that referred to “an assault on people of Indian origin”, a statement issued through the offices of the Prime Minister and Presidency “condemn(ed), in the strongest possible terms, the irresponsible, hateful race baiting and malicious fabrications and falsehoods uttered by Opposition Leader Mr Bharrat Jagdeo.” In the following days, a sharp debate has erupted on the claims and counterclaims that, unfortunately, followed the lines of cleavage where race and politics coincide in Guyana.However, the USAID report, the data for which was compiled towards the end of last year – at least six months before the Opposition Leader made his statement – pointed out in reference to discrimination, “…there is perceived and real ethnic exclusion from the political processes and social discrimination based on race, gender, socio-economics, and sexual orientation. There is also de facto discrimination of indigenous people and those who live in the periphery in terms of access to social services and economic development.” It also said, “Too few resources are used for public good. Rural and hinterland communities are disproportionately affected.”Since the report took pains to confirm what had long been denied publicly – which is that the two major parties are ethnically based, it is difficult to understand the Government’s denunciation of Mr Jagdeo for highlighting the concerns of his constituency. A few weeks later, President David Granger, who is both the leader of the PNC and APNU, addressed a gathering of African Guyanese at the “African Forum” and referring to the PPP Administration, bluntly said: “There is evidence that there was discrimination.” Claiming that “we no longer have to face the song-and-dance people”, he explicitly acknowledged that African Guyanese must work together to ensure the enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights through their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.No one should denounce these statements as “racist” or as “race baiting” as they reflect the reality of politics being practised in a polity in which the concerns of the ethnic constituencies must be addressed. While the report went on to suggest a raft of short and medium-term measures to address the above and other political challenges in Guyana, they all are centred on constitutional changes that will not be easy to agree on in the short or medium terms as we explained in yesterday’s editorial “State of the State”.What we would suggest is the Administration implement immediately the “Ethnic Impact Statement” proposal it promised in its Manifesto. What this means is before any policy or initiative is launched, the Government should issue a statement on its possible impact on the several ethnic communities. For instance, if the Police and GDF are to embark on a recruitment drive or if the People’s Militia is to be resuscitated, statements should be issued ahead of time explaining whether and why there might be discrepancies in ethnic composition.To proceed otherwise is to invite charges of “ethnic discrimination”. And most likely, counter charges of “race baiting”?last_img read more

China’s trade surplus surges 73 percent in May amid growing U.S. pressure

first_imgBEIJING — China’s politically sensitive trade surplus soared in May to the third-highest monthly level on record, according to government figures released Monday, amid growing pressure from U.S. lawmakers for sanctions against Beijing.The surplus hit $22.5 billion (16.9 billion euros), up 73 percent from last May,the Chinese customs agency said on its Web site. Exports jumped 28.7 percent to $94 billion (70 billion euros), while imports rose by19.1 percent to $71.6 billion (53.6 billion euros). China has promised to narrow its yawning trade gap under pressure from Washington and other governments, but economists say that multibillion-dollar surpluses are likely to continue.The United States wants Beijing to raise the value of its currency, the yuan, which critics say is undervalued, giving Chinese exporters an unfair advantage. Several American lawmakers are calling for punitive tariffs on Chinese goods if Beijing fails to act.Senior American and Chinese envoys met last month for the second round of a high-level dialogue meant to address trade disputes. But they have failed to defuse tensions with the U.S. Congress, where lawmakers say support for trade penalties is growing.The United States had a $232.5 billion trade deficit with China in 2006; this year’s figure is expected to surpass that.President Hu Jintao’s government insists it isn’t actively seeking a trade surplus and is taking steps to rein in booming exports by imposing taxes on steel shipments and repealing export rebates. China ended the yuan’s direct link to the U.S. dollar in July 2005 and raised its value by 2.1 percent. Since then, the yuan has been allowed to rise by about 5.7 percent in tightly controlled trading. It has trading recently at about 7.65 to the dollar. Many economists say a change in the yuan’s exchange rate on its own is unlikely to close the U.S. trade gap.The European Union was China’s biggest trading partner in the first five months of the year, with total two-way commerce rising 29 percent to $129.9 billion, according to the customs agency. It gave no breakdown of imports and exports.The United States was in second place, with two-way trade rising 18.2 percent to$115.2 billion from January to May, the agency said. Japan was No. 3, with trade up15.5 percent at $91.2 billion.Beijing is trying to cut dependence on exports by encouraging China’s consumers to spend more; that would increase im-ports and narrow the trade gap. That has had only limited success. Exports still are growing much faster than domestic retail sales.This year, China’s global trade surplus is $85.8 billion (64.3 billion euros), equal to nearly half the total $177.5 billion 2006 surplus, smaller than the bilateral trade gap with the United States;China has deficits elsewhere.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Museum for kids meets its deadline

first_imgLAKE VIEW TERRACE – After a whirlwind fund drive, the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles dodged a financial crisis Thursday by raising enough cash to continue construction. In one month, the museum managed to raise $1.3 million – enough to meet today’s deadline for a matching city loan that will enable it to pay its builder. “This is wonderful,” said Cecilia Aguilera Glassman, the museum’s chief executive officer. “Everybody is ecstatic.” “I think the entire city of Los Angeles has rallied. … The city saw the crisis, addressed the crisis, challenged the museum – and we stepped up.” The museum is now looking for ways to rally Valley support, including future local fundraisers, festivals and its annual museum gala. “This is a great day for the city – I’m so proud,” said museum founder Bruce Corwin, co-chairman of the museum board. “Now we must go raise money for the exhibits.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Construction of the $58 million museum was imperiled last month when officials fell short of the $3.5 million needed to pay its contractor. Besides the matching loan from the city, the funds raised will trigger a $1 million allocation from the county, bringing the total raised to $3.6 million. Faced with the prospect of the museum going dark, museum officials managed to rally more donations in 30 days than all of last year’s fundraisers combined. More than $150,000 was given by San Fernando Valley donors, including a $2,500 gift Thursday by the North San Fernando Valley Rotary. Museum officials expect to move into the Lake View Terrace building in August, where they will launch a campaign to raise $21 million for exhibits and other items needed to open its doors. last_img read more

Fields leads the Griffins over Oilers

first_imgAfter one Sunset League this season, the Huntington Beach boys basketball coach Richard Alvarez already knows who’s the team to beat, again. Senior guard Landry Fields scored 18 points and junior guard Cameron Jones scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, as Los Alamitos began their quest for a third straight league title on Friday night by beating the Oilers 55-41 at Los Alamitos High. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Oilers closed to within four points at 21-17 with 13.8 seconds left before halftime on a 3-pointer by Nick Becker but Los Alamitos forward Charles Hinkle answered with a 3-pointer of his own with three ticks left on the clock to extend their lead to seven. In the third quarter however, the Griffins broke the game open, going on a 10-0 run thanks to several baskets by Fields and one each from Clint Amberry and Mike Chance. Jones then opened the fourth quarter by scoring eight consecutive points and just like that, Los Alamitos had a 47-30 lead with four minutes remaining in the game. “We had a couple of steals in the second half that helped our lead grow and Cameron has really started to come on as of late,” Griffins coach Russ May said. “He was sick to start the season and missed our first tournament and he’s been playing catch up ever since.” center_img “They’re definitely the team to beat in the Sunset League,” Alvarez said. “They have great talent, great size and even when we defended Fields well by putting a hand in his face when he shot; he still made most of them. We were hoping they would have an off night, but obviously they didn’t.” The Griffins (13-3, 1-0) took a 11-6 lead after one quarter and led by as many as 10 points in the second quarter when Huntington Beach (10-8, 0-1) started to mount a comeback. last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgBarbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Business After Hours Mixer, 5:30 p.m. at Mission Valley Bank, 25060 W. Avenue Stanford, Valencia. Cost: $10 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Bring a non-perishable food item for local food pantries. Canyon Country Advisory Committee will meet, 7-9 p.m. in the Banquet Room at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Point Parkway, Santa Clarita. Call Al Ferdman at (661) 713-9344. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association will meet, 11:45 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 287-3260. Tyke Hike for toddlers expecting a new brother or sister, 3:30-5 p.m. in the Greeley Room at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8051. Business workshop titled “Employment Law,” 5-8 p.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Cost: $30. Call (661) 294-9375. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet to socialize, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. Free Travel Show will explore Alaska, 7-9 p.m. at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call AAA at (661) 288-5532. Academy Night will help interested students apply for U.S. Military Services Academies, 7:30 p.m. at Hart High School, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-2111. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. FRIDAY Introduction to Watercolors on Rice-paper class, 1:30-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. First of three sessions. Call (661) 259-9444. Beyond the Honeymoon class for engaged couples and newlyweds, 8 p.m. at the home of Dan and Carli Broyles. Call (661) 296-6826 or e-mail crbroyles@sbcglobal.net. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY GOP party and forum for candidates running in the November elections, 5 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $10. Call (661) 253-3206 to R.S.V.P. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Advocacy and Transition workshop for parents of children with special needs, 3 p.m. at the LETMESAIL Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia. Call (661) 702-8555 or e-mail lisa@letmesail.org. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. .160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY Business Mixer, 7-9 a.m. at Wild Thyme Cafe, 25910 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call Lois Lopez at (661) 242-7835. Santa Clarita Republican Women will meet, 10 a.m. at Republican Headquarters, 24267 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-3422. Business workshop titled “Access to Capital,” 3-5 p.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Cost: $20. Call (661) 294-9375. Business workshop titled “How to Start and Manage a Business,” 5-8 p.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Cost: $30. Call (661) 294-9375. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer a beginners class, 7-9 p.m. at Mitchell Community School, 16821 Goodvale Road, Canyon Country. Call Cathy at (661) 257-4801 or Tammy at (661) 297-4463. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. 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Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans in light of Xhaka row

first_img Ozil has spent a lot more time in the stands than on the pitch this season 2 It is believed Emery has been disappointed by Ozil’s work rate and performances in training, but he has so far refused to explain why he is not playing the 31-year-old.His exile has coincided with a terrible run of results, compounded by Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace which was overshadowed by the actions of Granit Xhaka.Xhaka was booed off by his own fans, prompting the club captain to tell his own fans to ‘f*** off’ before he stormed down the tunnel.Taking to Instagram, Ozil wrote: “Big game ahead. No matter what – the only way is standing together as one.”Emery recently stated his decision to leave out Ozil has the backing of Emirates chiefs, but concded his side has lacked creativity in recent weeks.“Yes, tomorrow he’s in the group so he has a chance to play,” said Emery. “We have had this morning a very good conversation, Mesut and Me, and I said to him I haven’t changed my idea about him.“He knows what I want from him because it’s the same as last season in the first day of pre-season training when we had a conversation.“It’s the same as one month ago and in that way, some circumstances weren’t helping us in every moment to be consistent or available to play. Getty Images – Getty Mesut Ozil has urged Arsenal fans and players to ‘stand together as one’ as he prepares to make his return in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool.The German playmaker has made just one appearance this season, a 2-2 draw against Watford, and has been left out of Arsenal’s last six matchday squads entirely. Getty Images – Getty “But I will say I think the last weeks he has progressively been training well and adding his spirit to help us.“For example, our conversation this morning was because I wanted to listen to him about how he’s thinking now to help us and be with us tomorrow.“Then if we are in the same spirit and the same idea, to play. It was a very good conversation and tomorrow he’s in the group.“We need his quality, his skill and his consistency.“We need his positive mentality and then he will help us on the pitch. That’s the next step. I think he’s done the steps before, and now I want the steps like in pre-season and one month ago to help us on the pitch.” Ozil had the support of many Arsenal fans after being exiled 2last_img read more