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Oxlade-Chamberlain defends Gunners

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first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “Ever since I have been at Arsenal, we have had numerous quality players and the whole squad had been very strong. It just seemed that in the big games we came up short sometimes and you wonder why. “The mentality going into those games was definitely a big thing. Since I have been here we’ve steadily got better at that, especially last year. “The addition of Petr Cech will certainly help us. He is a quality player but him as an individual and a character who won things, that’s another one with the winning mentality getting in our squad and can only help us going forward.” The midfielder added: “It does help the confidence and that belief and faith going into that next fixture against them. “It is a long season and it is very early doors. We can’t get too carried away but it is a good end to our pre-season which has gone really well.” Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a lively display against the Blues and hopes it can be the start of a positive campaign on the back of some frustrating injuries. “At the moment I feel good but you know what football is like. You can never speak too soon, so I take each game as it comes,” he said. “I am putting in the work off the pitch and fitness is one of the most important things in the game, it gives you the platform and allows you to do the things you want to do. “That is always important, so fingers crossed I have better luck this season.” Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has denied claims by Roy Keane the Arsenal players are obsessed with selfies and insists they are all deadly serious about winning trophies again next season. While 21-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain accepts the players are all fully immersed in the modern social media culture, he insists that does not make them any less determined to deliver on the pitch this season. When asked about Keane’s comments, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “It is a new era, isn’t it? Some people do it, some don’t. We are serious about winning trophies. “Personally, and I can speak for the rest of the squad, we have been serious every single year I have been at the club about winning trophies. “You can see that on the pitch when we are playing, through the season. “A lot of people don’t see when we lose and go through tough times how upset and disappointed we are. “We have always wanted to win trophies and in the last years we have won a few. This season we want to go that one better.” Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea was the first for manager Arsene Wenger against rival Jose Mourinho at the 14th attempt. There is a growing feeling this season could just develop into a vintage campaign for an Arsenal squad now bolstered by the summer signing of veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech from the Blues. The Gunners secured a long-overdue victory against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield on Sunday with a well-executed first-half goal by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ahead of the Wembley showdown between the 2015 FA Cup winners and defending Barclays Premier League champions, former Manchester United captain Keane had labelled Arsene Wenger’s squad as “more interested in selfies and six-packs” than focusing on delivering a first championship since the Invincibles of 2003/04. Press Associationlast_img read more

Under the radar

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first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoAnthony Davis, Ron Dayne, Michael Bennett and Brian Calhoun have all become household names throughout Badger Nation because of the University of Wisconsin’s tradition for successfully running the football.Bill Rentmeester, the current Badgers’ fullback, is aware that fullbacks rarely achieve such fame, but that doesn’t seem to bother him much. He’s perfectly content with doing the dirty work, even after converting from running back, his high school position.The transition hasn’t seemed to affect him much. “I knew I was going to be a fullback [when I came here], so I was prepared,” he said.To the average football fan, fullbacks tend to slip under the radar. But Rentmeester knows that his hard work doesn’t go unnoticed on the UW sideline. Rentmeester said hearing his teammates and coaches say “I saw you crush that guy out there” is the most rewarding part of his job.”[Rentmeester] understands his role and the importance of his position,” said Wisconsin running backs coach John Settle. “He approaches the game like a professional. Last year, he accepted his role as a backup, and fortunately for him, the opportunity came up [this year] and he was able to seize it.”Despite primarily being second-string last season, Rentmeester did see a fair amount of playing time.”Because he’s played some, [the running backs this year] are able to line up behind him and know that he’s going to take care of his assignment and he’s going to protect them,” Settle added.This year, his sophomore season (he red-shirted in 2004), “seizing the opportunity” has solidified Rentmeester’s role as freshman standout P.J. Hill’s lead blocker, a task that he thoroughly enjoys. “When [P.J.] breaks a big run, I’m down there celebrating with him,” Rentmeester said.Despite watching Hill, his locker buddy, receive continuous national hype, Rentmeester knows that he is privileged to be part of such a great tradition, and he remains humble. The Beaver Dam (Wis.) High School graduate is quick to credit his offensive line and fellow backs for the recent success in the Badger running game. But what he fails to mention are his own contributions.The box score may say that Hill rushed for 249 yards last Saturday, but Rentmeester, his teammates and his coaches know that Hill couldn’t have done it without the 256-pound fullback leading the way.Coach Settle was also quick to acknowledge Rentmeester’s versatility in the UW backfield.”Not only can he block, but he can catch the ball as well,” Settle said. This season, Rentmeester has caught six passes for a total of 18 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown pass against Bowling Green, quarterback John Stocco’s first touchdown of the season.He has also shown that he can run the ball as well. Last season he had six rushes for 27 yards against Temple en route to earning his first varsity letter.Fullback may not be the most glorified position on the football field, but in the case of Rentmeester, it is a vital one. He says that the play he dreams about is making a key block on a goal line play and getting Hill into the end zone. Clearly, this Badger fullback knows what it means to be selfless. Although you probably won’t see him featured on ESPN, Rentmeester is certainly the catalyst in the Badgers’ formula for rushing success. Rentmeester and the rest of the Wisconsin Badgers are getting ready to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers this Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.”It’s a trophy game, a rivalry game,” said the Badger fullback enthusiastically. “Everyone’s going to be jacked up for it. I’m excited.”last_img read more

AG no-show in court, case delayed

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first_imgSingh, Brassington challengeThe High Court challenge to the misconduct in public office charges against two officials of the former Government was delayed and rescheduled to early next month after Attorney General Basil Williams was a no-show for submissions.The Court was told that the AG had to attend Cabinet at the time the matter was slated to be heard on Tuesday and could not appear in Court although the hearing was fixed almost one month ago. Former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Chairman Winston Brassington are challenging their misconduct in public office charges thatFormer Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former NICIL Chairman Winston Brassingtonwere brought against by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Their challenge came up before acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, in chambers at the High Court on Tuesday. It was expected that open court proceedings would have continued, but this was not the case on Tuesday. Justice George adjourned the matter to November 1, 2018 when the AG’s side should be responding to submissions by the applicants. This was according to lawyer for the applicants, Anil Nandlall, who told reporters that prior to Tuesday’s hearing, the AG’s Chambers were always represented by a team of the Solicitor General and other lawyers.“Hopefully, he shows up or someone authorised by him shows up who is prepared to do the arguments because the case is fixed,” Nandlall noted on Tuesday.The defendants, who were released on $6 million bail each, denied the charges levelled against them by SOCU earlier this year. The men are accused of selling various properties at prices the State now contends were grossly undervalued. The charges relate to the sale of several plots of land on the East Coast ofAttorney General, Basil WilliamsDemerara to National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million; the sale of land to Scady Business Corporation for $150 million, and to Multicinemas Guyana Inc for $185 million.Another set of charges was later filed against Singh and Brassington, over the sale of the former Sanata Textiles Complex to Queens Atlantic Investment Inc (QAII). This, like other charges, was also challenged in the High Court.It was alleged that between October 26 and December 20, 2010, the men acted recklessly when they agreed to the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex to QAII. According to the charge, the 18.976-acre property was sold for $697.8 million, but it was valued at $1.04 billion. However, according to privatisation documents published by NICIL, the property was valued at $245 million by the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, but QAII paid $809.5 million for the property – more than three times the Government’s valuation as Guyana Times had reported.At the last court hearing, the acting Chief Justice heard further arguments from Attorneys representing Singh and Brassington where Nandlall disputed the application of the British common law principle to Guyana’s laws, having cited conflicts with this country’s Constitution with the definition of a public officer. He had observed that the particulars of the offence for which the men were charged had “no reference” that Singh and Brassington are public officers, saying that this was a fundamental defect.He had stated that it would be a worrying development for citizens to face charges for having accepted a lower valuation where the lower valuation was calculated by Government’s own Chief Valuation Officer.last_img read more