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Arsenal legend Paul Merson names eight Liverpool players in his Premier League team of the season

first_imgMerson’s named eight Liverpool players in his team (Picture: Sky Sports)On Alisson, former Arsenal and England star Merson told Sky Sports: ‘He is an incredible goalkeeper.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Every goalkeeper needs to make saves that win you points, and he’s done that all season. He’s been absolutely outstanding.‘Nick Pope has done well for Burnley but for me, no other goalkeeper gets close to Alisson.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You’ve got to remember this team is 25 points clear and Alisson has made crucial saves at vital times during Liverpool’s unbeaten run, and there aren’t many big errors during that time.’On the Premier League’s top goalscorer, former England ace Vardy, Merson added: ‘Many people will go with the Liverpool front three, but I have to make room for Jamie Vardy.‘It’s freakish what he’s done for Leicester this season. He took a big gamble by saying he wouldn’t play for England again to look after himself and extend his career. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Apr 2020 11:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link464Shares Comment Arsenal legend Paul Merson names eight Liverpool players in his Premier League team of the season Jamie Vardy is one of only three non-Liverpool players to feature (Picture: Getty)‘After doing that, though, he has produced at the highest level.‘He’s recaptured his form and is back to the Vardy we all knew, and that Vardy is an absolute nightmare to play against.‘He’s a prime example for any kid out there who wants to play football at the highest level. To come from where he’s come from, it’s an incredible story.’MORE: Dortmund captain Marco Reus warns Jadon Sancho off Manchester United transferMORE: Arsenal target and Chelsea star Willian offered to Barcelona ahead of free transfercenter_img Arsenal legend Paul Merson has named his Premier League team of the season (Picture: Sky Sports)Arsenal legend Paul Merson has named eight Liverpool players in his Premier League team of the season.Jurgen Klopp’s side had moved 25 points clear at the top of the table and to within two victories of the title when the 2019-20 season had to be suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.Gunners hero Merson acknowledged Liverpool’s dominance by naming goalkeeper Alisson, defenders Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, midfielders Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum and forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in his team of the year.That leaves Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill, Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy as the only non-Liverpool players in Merson’s side.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Alexandre Lacazette explains Arsenal’s bitter motivation for Chelsea revenge in FA Cup final

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette explains Arsenal’s bitter motivation for Chelsea revenge in FA Cup final Alexandre Lacazette is as motivated as ever for Saturday’s FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette says last season’s Europa League final defeat to Chelsea is the perfect motivation for Saturday’s FA Cup final, after ‘the most difficult season’ of the Frenchman’s career.The Gunners were comfortably beaten 4-1 by the Blues in Baku last May, as former striker Olivier Giroud painfully opened the scoring, before Pedro and Eden Hazard, twice, scored.Having missed out on Champions League qualification through the Premier League, the loss left Arsenal without a seat at Europe’s top table this season and Lacazette admits that it really hurt.The forward says the trip back from Azerbaijan was as bad a journey as he can remember, but any player that was involved that day should use it to spur them on against Chelsea at Wembley,AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Nobody was really talking. It was a long flight, really silent,’ he said of the trop back from Baku. ‘Maybe the worst flight I have ever had. But when you lose a final it is really hard to talk with someone or laugh. ‘Hopefully the ones who played will not forget the final last season. Everybody has to find their own motivation for this game.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt was a fairly different Arsenal team over a year ago to the one that will take on the Blues on Saturday, although the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Granit Xhaka, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis Papastathopoulous will likely be starters in both games.It has been a chaotic time for Arsenal since that loss in Baku, with Mikel Arteta replacing Unai Emery as manager in December, and Lacazette admits that he has struggled over the last year, scoring just 12 goals in all competitions this season, his worst return since 2012/13.‘It was a difficult season, maybe the most difficult of my career,’ said the 29-year-old. ‘When we talk about statistics it is not the best one. But it’s still only one season and I know next season is going to be totally different.’MORE: Ian Wright explains why Bukayo Saka should start on the bench for Arsenal against ChelseaMORE: Roman Abramovich has not made contact with Frank Lampard ahead of FA Cup final vs ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Aug 2020 9:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShareslast_img read more

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Luxury listing: Brisbane power couple put mansion on the market

first_imgOne of the bathrooms in the luxurious home.But she said it was time to sell, though they planned on staying in the area.“It’s probably a bit big for us all now,” Mrs Stening said.Marketing agent Dwight Ferguson of Ray White – Ascot said the home was being sold without a price guide, but was likely to rival the sale of nearby 30 Windemere Road, which fetched $5.95 million in April last year.“It’ll be a signature sale, there’s no doubt about it,” Mr Ferguson said. The house has lots of glass panels, including around the pool, which can be viewed from the basement level.On the upper level is the master suite with walk-in robe and ensuite, two more bedrooms, Stening’s studio and a bathroom. On the other side of home are two more bedrooms, a glass framed office and a rooftop terrace. The property at 132 Windermere Rd, Hamilton, has a tennis court.Mrs Stening said she and her husband fell in love with the house because of its age and how well it was built.“I have always loved that house, always admired it,” Mrs Stening said.“It’s kind of like a fairytale house to me.“It’s got great bones and we knew it had potential straight away.” One of Claire Stening’s works. The mother-of-three, who is well-known for her still life works, and Mr Stening, who is the founder and managing director of fixed income broker FIIG Securities, recently extended and renovated the heritage-listed house. Brisbane artist Claire Stening is selling her luxurious Hamilton home. BRISBANE power couple Claire and Jim Stening have put their exquisite Hamilton home on the market, and it seems only fitting that it’s an architectural masterpiece.Just as the local artist’s paintings command premium prices, the house is also likely to fetch a pretty penny — around the $6 million mark. One of the five bedrooms in the huge home. One of the four bathrooms comes with this amazing freestanding bath. The swimming pool can be seen from the dining room.They recruited local architect Richard Groves to renovate and extend the house, without compromising its integrity.“It’s nice the way they’ve blended the old with the new,” Mrs Stening said.The home is a combination of brick, stonework, stucco, timber and a roofline comprising a series of intersecting gables. This house at 132 Windermere Rd, Hamilton, has been listed for sale by Brisbane artist Claire Stening.The grand 1928 estate known as ‘Lynford’ at 132 Windermere Road has been described as “the best example of a Tudor revival home” in the city.It has five bedrooms and four bathrooms on a huge 1503 sqm of blue-chip real estate.Records show the property last sold in 2012. The earthy kitchen and dining area in the house.The resort-style pool can be seen through glass panels in the subterranean garage, where there is also a wine cellar. There is also a full-size tennis court, which Mrs Stening said she would miss greatly.“I use it four or five times a week,” she said.“And we just upgraded the court, so it’s great.” The house is so large, it has numerous sitting rooms. One of the bedrooms in the attic-style top level of the home. One of the sitting rooms in the Tudor-style, Heritage-listed home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoFeatures include a formal lounge room with coffered ceilings, chandeliers, and a brick fireplace.Next door is a sunroom, library and alfresco loggia overlooking an outdoor entertaining space.The kitchen is a mix of sleek stone, marble and rustic timber, and comes with a butler’s pantry. The kitchen in the home at 132 Windermere Rd, Hamilton. REAL The pool and outdoor entertaining area at the home at 132 Windermere Rd, Hamilton. This house at 132 Windermere Rd, Hamilton, has been listed for sale by Brisbane artist Claire Stening. This house at 132 Windermere Rd, Hamilton, has been listed for sale by Brisbane artist Claire Stening.last_img read more

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‘Africa’s biggest Jesus statue’ unveiled in Nigeria

first_img 490 Views   4 comments Tweet Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint ‘Africa’s biggest Jesus statue’ unveiled in Nigeria by: Associated Free Press – January 2, 2016 Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! A picture taken on January 1, 2016 shows the nine-metre tall statue of Jesus Christ carved from white marble, thought to be the biggest of its kind in Africa, unveiled in Abajah, south-eastern Nigeria. (Photo: AFP)ABAJAH, Nigeria (AFP) – Nigeria on Friday unveiled a nine-metre tall statue of Jesus Christ carved from white marble, thought to be the biggest of its kind in Africa.Standing barefoot with arms outstretched, the “Jesus de Greatest” statue weighs in at 40 tonnes.More than 100 priests and hundreds of Catholic worshippers attended the nine-metre (30-foot) statue’s official unveiling in the village of Abajah in southeastern Nigeria.It was commissioned by Obinna Onuoha, a local businessman who hired a Chinese company to carve it and placed it in the grounds of a 2000-capacity church that he built in 2012.In his homily at a Mass before unveiling the statue, presiding bishop Augustine Tochukwu Okwuoma said it would be a “very great symbol of faith” for Catholic worshippers and passers-by alike.“It will remind them of the importance of Jesus Christ,” said Okwuoma.The cost of the statue has not been revealed.Earlier in the week, Onuoha told AFP it would be “the biggest statue of Jesus on the continent”.The 43-year-old boss of an oil and gas distribution company timed the statue’s unveiling to coincide with his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with 170 million people, is split between a more prosperous Christian south and a poor Muslim north – an occasional source of tension.More than 17,000 people have been killed in Islamist group Boko Haram’s six-year quest to create an independent state but the violence has been mainly confined to Nigeria’s Muslim-majority north.And even as Nigeria rings in 2016, the ever-present threat of violence by Boko Haram hangs heavy over the country, despite official claims that the battle against the Islamist group has been “technically” won.“We think religions can exist side by side,” Onuoha said. “We hope that people can live in harmony.”He said the idea of building a giant statue of Jesus came to him in a dream nearly 20 years ago.And when his 68-year-old mother fell seriously ill a few years ago, she made him promise that he would build a church if she survived.last_img read more

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SuperSport lands biggest fight of 2019

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight The biggest fight of the year – the much-awaited rematch between heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua – will be broadcast live on SuperSport on December 7. The event will be available on DStv packages from Compact Plus to Premium. Five months after American Ruiz upset Joshua in one of the greatest shocks in boxing history, the pair will meet in a purpose-built 15,000-seat arena in Saudi Arabia, in an event aptly titled: “Clash on the Dunes.” In June, Ruiz put Joshua down several times in their battle at Madison Square Garden before ending matters in the seventh round. The upset immediately drew comparisons with Buster Douglas’ upset victory over Mike Tyson in 1990 and Hasim Rahman’s dramatic victory over Lennox Lewis in South Africa in 2001. Ruiz was dismissed largely on the basis of his roly-poly body shape, but his fast hands and solid chin saw him prevail. Former Olympic champion Joshua swears that he will make the necessary adjustments to avenge the defeat, following the path of former heavyweight champions Lewis (against Rahman), Evander Holyfield (Riddick Bowe) and Muhammad Ali (Joe Frazier), who all rebounded to win their rematches. Speaking of Joshua last week, Ruiz said: “He looks a little slimmer, but I don’t think that’s going to do any different. You can do whatever you want outside of the ring, but inside of the ring when it’s fight time, like Mike Tyson said, everyone has a plan until you get hit. “He’s going to try and win by points, especially since he’s going to be running around. My job is to cut the ring, and that’s exactly what we’ve been training for.” Several outstanding fights will make up the undercard, including heavyweights Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter and junior-lightweights Scott Quigg and Jono Carroll.Tags: Andy Ruiz JrAnthony JoshuaEvander HolyfieldMuhammad Alilast_img read more

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Pastor who wanted to criminalize abortions arrested for sexually abusing teen

first_imgA Texas pastor who outspokenly supported legislation which would have criminalized abortions in Texas, has been arrested for repeatedly sexually abusing a teen relative.According the report, former Grace Family Baptist Church pastor Stephen Bratton admitted to his wife and to his co-pastors that he and the teen engaged in “sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week” between 2013 and 2015.It is unclear what prompted the confession, but authorities at the Grace Family Baptist Church told reporters that Bratton  has since been excommunicated from the church.“This person’s life is in such a contradiction to the faith that we see no evidence that they are a Christian,” Aaron Wright said.Bratton was jailed, however, court records show he posted a $50,000 bond on Saturday.It was also noted that Bratton who shares seven children with his wife, was outspoken about legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions. He testified at the hearing in April stating that:“Whoever authorizes or commits murder is guilty.”  “They’re guilty already in a court that is far more weighty than what is here in Texas,” Bratton continued.If the law would have passed, women who underwent the procedure could have been charged with homicide which is punishable by the death penalty in Texas.last_img read more

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Rana’s run out cost us the game, says Karthik

first_imgKolkata, May 26: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik feels Nitish Rana’s run out cost them dear as they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier 2 on Friday.Chasing 175 for victory, KKR were cruising at 87/1 when Rana slipped trying to run a second and Rashid Khan combined with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to effect the run out.KKR could never recover from there as Rashid weaved his magic to scalp 3/19 and get rid of Chris Lynn (48), Robin Uthappa (2) and the dangerous Andre Russell (3).KKR could manage 160/9 in 20 overs, thus missing a chance to play in the final against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.“Nitish Rana’s wicket changed the course of the game. Because we were 80/1 at that stage, if he had pushed off at that stage and taken off..we had wickets in hands towards the last 6-7 overs,” Karthik said at the post match press conference.“The game could have been ours. So Nitish’s wicket was very important at that stage and it was a silly dismissal,” he added.Lauding Rashid for his virtuoso performance, the Afghanistan spinner also smashed an unbeaten 10-ball 34 to drag Sunrisers out of a hole and post 174/7, Karthik said KKR batsmen had played him well in the previous two league matches but it was just his day.“He (Rashid) had a brilliant game. He batted really well, he fielded well and it was a day when everything went right for Rashid and credit to him. In these kind of games you expect an individual to stand up and he did really well,” said Karthik.“Till now we have actually played him well, the two times that we have played him. He is a quality bowler so on a day when he is bowling well and gets a couple of wickets,” the Kolkata skipper added.Karthik blamed the batters for the defeat, also prasing young Shubman Gill for his fightback till the last over when 19 was needed. Gill scored a 20-ball 30 before getting out.“The way we have batted, it was upto the batters to see the game through. Whenever we have chased down totals, one of the batters have stood there till the end and today that didn’t happen,” expressed Karthik.“Shubman fought hard which shows his character. He is special. Other guys could not perform today and that made the difference,” opined the 32-year-old.“A couple of good hits and things can change. But that did not happen today. Credit to the way we played, can’t take small things away. You got to give credit to Sunrisers as well, the way they have defended a target,” the KKR skipper said further.“They have beaten us twice at Eden Gardens. They have lost four in a row, so to comeback and win, hats off to them,” he added.Asked about the positives from the season for KKR, Karthik highlighted the evolvement of U-19 players Shubman and Shivam Mavi coupled with unearthing of pacer M Prasidh Krishna.“It was a good good campaign for us. We played as a team an made a lot of memories. That’s what you play cricket for,” Karthik reflected.“Shubman has been outstanding, Prasidh has been brilliant. Mavi has been real quality and Nitish also batted really well. So there are lot of good young players that KKR can look forward to,” he expressed.Captaining KKR for the first time since taking over the reins from Gautam Gambhir, Karthik has led from the front more often than not.Asked about his stint as a leader, he said, “As a leader I kept the team together. I was helping each other individually. I wanted to make sure everybody tried and I try and empower people to do what they do the best.”“My goal has always been that. I cannot comment about me as a leader, players can say that,” Karthik signed-off. IANSlast_img read more

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Louisville is Syracuse football’s first real test, even if Dino Babers won’t say it

first_imgLast Friday, the test looked something like this: Can Babers give Syracuse fans reason for optimism by starting out with a convincing win? Will this hyped-up offense produce the aerial numbers it has advertised? Has Eric Dungey returned to normal after seeing his career flash before his eyes as a freshman following multiple hits to the head?Syracuse aced the first test, but now it’s time for one where mistakes will do a lot more harm than an eventually meaningless first-drive touchdown. This Friday, the questions may look like this: Will Syracuse be able to contain Jackson, one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country? Can SU’s ground game make a dent in Louisville’s All-ACC-riddled front seven? Will Syracuse pick up an unexpected win to help its cause for bowl eligibility down the road?Those questions are more difficult, with outcomes that have a much greater chance of being no, no and no.“Whatever rank they are,” Samuels said, “just another game.”For Syracuse, though, it’s not just another game. It’s primetime on Friday night on ESPN2 with a chance to shock the college football world and make people really pay attention to what Babers has going here.The risk and reward were high and low, respectively, against Colgate. Lose and you’re an early-season laughing stock. Win and you’ve accomplished what was expected. Now it’s the opposite. Lose and it’s what is expected. Win and you have yourself a pretty nice reward.It’s early for a measuring stick game like this, one that could elevate Syracuse to new heights or keep it at the same ones it currently rests. Game 1 didn’t have that potential. That’s why this is the first true test, even if the head coach won’t say it.“I think Colgate was the first true test of the season,” Babers said, “and Louisville is the second test.”Matt Schneidman is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @matt_schneidman. Comments Published on September 9, 2016 at 12:04 am If Colgate was Syracuse’s first true test, then Louisville is like the final exam you didn’t study for.It’s fine that the Orange posted 33 points against the FCS Raiders, held them scoreless after surrendering a touchdown on the opening drive and set expectations for what should be a season teeming with offensive fireworks. But that was Jake Melville and a Patriot League defense. This is Lamar Jackson and some of the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference on the other side of the ball.“I think if we would have lost against Colgate, you wouldn’t be asking me that question,” Dino Babers said after being asked if UofL is the first true test of his Syracuse tenure.Of course that question wouldn’t arise if Colgate left the Carrier Dome with a win. But it’s a serious hypothetical Babers posed after a season-opening victory. This Friday, however, is different. The No. 13 Cardinals (1-0) visit SU (1-0) and the result will provide a better barometer of how Syracuse’s defense stacks up against ranked teams, if its offense can pierce an ACC defense and, ultimately, whether SU has advanced past an era that produced seven wins.“Really we face it like any other type of game,” defensive tackle Kayton Samuels said. “You can’t have anxiety too high … You can’t, ‘Oh, now it’s a big game.’ Nah, you gotta stay level-headed, so when you play, you play level-headed.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCoach speak is coach speak and that will produce an answer treating every team as an equal. While Babers preached on Monday that each game is a test, they’re different kinds of tests with different levels of difficulty and different questions.MORE PREGAME COVERAGE:Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is one of the nation’s hottest quarterbacksBeat writers make picks for Syracuse-LouisvilleOpponent preview: What to know about the Cardinals Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Lamar Jackson enters matchup with Syracuse as one of the nation’s hottest quarterbacksSyracuse football: Beat writers predict outcome of game against No. 13 LouisvilleSyracuse football opponent preview: What to know about LouisvilleQ&A with Louisville beat writer Steve Jones of The Courier-JournalSyracuse football’s offensive line faces uphill battle against Louisville’s front sevenlast_img read more

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Premier maintain winning run in NHL

first_imgMichael Ryan’s men scored their latest Division 1A victory against Clare, who they beat 0-28 to 0-21 at Semple Stadium.The home side had trailed by a point at the break but performed strongly in the second period to edge closer to place in the knock-out stages of the league.Tomás Hamill was named Man of the Match after being moved to full-back after James Barry was ruled just before the start of the match through illness. John McGrath was the most prolific of the Tipp players – he scored 0-10, half of which came from frees.’Bubbles’ O’Dwyer also made a significant contribution to his side’s impressive tally, registering 0-5 from play.However, the match was not without its concerns for the Tipp boss with three players having to leave the field injured.Brendan Maher picked a shoulder injury while both Niall O’Meara and Donagh Maher both suffered knocks to the head.Indeed, the Premier finished the game with 14 men as they’d used all their substitutes by the time Maher had to go off.Tipperary’s next match is against Kilkenny on Saturday evening.last_img read more

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