Metro Sport ReporterSunday 26 Apr 2020 4:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link200Shares Gilberto Silva names the three Invincibles who would improve current Arsenal team the most The Invincibles might well all walk into the current Arsenal team (Picture: Getty Images)Gilberto Silva was given the task of choosing a teammate from the Invincibles season to improve the current Arsenal team and he felt like he couldn’t pick less than three.The Brazilian was part of the legendary Arsenal team that went the entire 2003-04 Premier League season unbeaten, playing with some of the greatest names in the club’s history.The Gunners are not quite the force they were 17 years ago, sitting ninth in the Premier League table while football is on pause due to the coronavirus crisis.There could be an argument for every single one of the Invincibles line-up to get into the current Arsenal side, but when narrowing down his list to three – or actually four including himself – Gilberto went with a defender, a midfielder and a striker,AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I choose three, because that’s the way I see it,’ the Brazilian told beIN Sports.‘Sol Campbell would be number one, maybe Gilberto Silva or Patrick Vieira, one of those two, and Thierry Henry.’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 CityGilberto has made comparisons between recent Arsenal teams and the Invincibles earlier this year, and surprised many by picking out Mohamed Elneny as someone who fit the profile of the classic midfield of 2002-03.‘In the last few years, the situation has been difficult at Arsenal,’ Silva told France Football.‘They have very similar players in midfield, with profiles that resemble each other and not really players of the profile of Patrick Vieira, or even my profile.‘The only individual who resembled [us], that could have been Mohamed Elneny, but he didn’t play. But they have not really had those types of players to cover the defensive midfield position.’MORE: Jack Wilshere reveals the bizarre story of how he signed for ArsenalMORE: Borussia Dortmund eyeing shock move for Arsenal star Bukayo SakaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement Advertisement
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The UK government’s forthcoming white paper on defined benefit (DB) pension reform could be the “last chance” to make large-scale changes to the sector, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Charlotte Clark, director of private pensions and stewardship at the DWP, said her team was aiming to publish the document by the end of February 2018.Speaking at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s annual conference today, Clark said the paper would not lead directly to legislation but instead would aim to set out a “direction of travel” for changes to the DB system.“One of the things I impress upon myself and my team is that I think this is probably our last chance to make changes to the DB sector,” Clark said. L-R: Frank Johnson, PLSA DB Council; Charlotte Clark, DWP; Chris Hogg, Royal Mail Pensions Trustees; Lesley Titcomb, TPRClark and fellow panellists Chris Hogg, outgoing CEO of Royal Mail Pension Trustees, and Lesley Titcomb, chief executive of the Pensions Regulator, all echoed the government’s stance that there was no widespread crisis in the DB pension sector, despite public scrutiny of several high-profile schemes.Earlier this year in response to the DWP’s paper, the PLSA argued that two groups of schemes deemed to have the weakest sponsor covenants had only a 50% chance of reaching fully funded status in the next 30 years. The weakest group had only a 32% chance. These schemes accounted for three million members, the PLSA said. “Ten years from now, any white paper on DB is going to be quite a different beast. [We are] taking the time and really thinking through the issues, not just those we’re facing now, but what we believe this sector will look like in 10 years time and beyond. What are the things we can do to secure members’ benefits and ensure the sector is sustainable going forward? That is where our focus is.”The paper will build on a wide-ranging report released by the DWP under the previous pensions secretary, Richard Harrington. The report explored ideas and challenges for scheme consolidation, changes to indexation, and how to make it easier for stressed employers to restructure their schemes.
Loading… “Sports fosters peace and unity, it breaks all human barriers and promotes healthy living. As we seek to overcome this pandemic, let us encourage those that have caught the virus to be strong and resolute. Together we shall overcome. I encourage every Nigerian not to allow their spirit to be dampened, but use the occasion of the International Day of Sports and Peace to spread the message of peace through sports.” He added: “Despite the sobering moment, the world will always celebrate the advent of the modern Olympics which coincides with World Sports Day. Sports can be used to drive change, unite the world and keep hope alive even in challenging times like this. We must not be discouraged or disillusioned, but sustain the fight against the spread of the virus. When we have conquered, we shall celebrate through the vehicle of sports. My message is that we must not give up.”The United Nations had on August 23rd proclaimed April 6th of every year as the International Day of Sports and Peace in commemoration of the opening date of the modern Olympics which started in Athens in 1896. This yearis being celebrated without the usual fanfare due to the COVID-19 scourge. read also:Crown FC Appreciate Sunday Dare for Repairing Stadium PavilionThe United Nations has urged everyone to mark the occasion with increased awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic and how to stay safe. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeHow Most Popular Food In The World Came To Be Dare said: “On this historic day of the celebration of the United Nations International Day of Sports Development and Peace which is celebrated soberly due to the COVID-19 scourge, I urge all our sportsmen and women to remain steadfast, strong and to keep hope alive. As athletes, you remain the beacon of hope to unite Nigerians to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Sports and Peace. “We must use sports to foster peace, unity and lend support to those that are down. As sportsmen and women, you must take up the symbolic role of lifting the spirit of our fellow countrymen and women. Despite the experience the world is going through, we must not allow our spirit of unity, love, care for each other to wane. In our little corners, let us celebrate by getting active through exercises in our homes, a walk in the park and encouraging each other to stay safe. When we stay together, we win together. In the spirit of sportsmanship, we must never give up the fight against the spread of COVID-19. This fleeting, sober moment for sports, business, the social , and economic meltdown will pass and we shall emerge victoriously.”Dare then affirmed that the role of sports in global unity is crucial. “Sports remains the most powerful tool that unites the world during peace and war, and this experience would only strengthen our resolve to win always,” the minister said. Youths and Sports Development Minister Mr Sunday Dare has urged Nigerian athletes to keep hope alive on the occasion of the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Batesville, In. — Twenty-seven Batesville High School juniors and seniors were recently inducted into National Honors Society. The National Honors Society is a student-lead organization that encourages character, leadership and community service.The organization currently has sixteen senior members and recently welcomed twenty-seven new junior and senior members at its 2017 induction ceremony. The new inductees are: Lily Abplanalp, Beatrice Amberger, Alli Andrews, Adam Bedel, Sydney Bowman, Sophie Brown, Ashlyn Czerniak, Kendall Dickman, Nathaniel Dunbar, Nathan Eckstein, Jenna Ertel, Mark Samuel Giesting, Kelly Gole, Daniel Gutzwiller, Samuel Haskamp, Robert C. Heidlage III, Katherine Poltrack, Robert Raver, George Ritter, Avery Elizabeth Roell, Chloe Shaw, Corinne Stone, Grace Tonges, Elizabeth Waechter, Maggie Walsman, Melanie Werner, and Ian Yorn. Senior members include: Morgan Kramer, Joseph Choi, Christopher Laymon, Hannah Simpson, Audra Brewer, Ben Craft, Landry Current, Sam Doll, Emma Gausman, Quinten Gowdy, Madeline Greene, Coleman Jennewein, Carly Lents, Cody Perdue, Maddie Pierson, and Angela Weisenbach.Members of the group must maintain at least a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average, complete at least 20 hours of community service and participate in activities sponsored by the organization. Some of their annual projects include an ugly Christmas Sweater contest, Send-a-Kiss for Valentine’s Day and a Spring Ice Cream Social.
Nolan wants them to make the step up in the coming games and he also hopes free agent Carlton Cole will play his part if he persuades manager Sam Allardyce to give him a short-term contract. “When your major signing cost £15million and he’s not playing, it’s going to affect you, but it’s down to the lads to step up to the plate,” Nolan added. “Mo [Maiga] has had a few chances on Saturday and he probably could have done better with a couple, but it wasn’t to be. “At the end of the day, we’ve just got to keep fighting and creating the chances and one of them will go in. “Mladen Petric is getting up to full speed with us and we’ve got Carlton Cole who is going to join in with us soon in training. “Hopefully we’ll start creating more and better chances and converting them.” West Ham have not put a date on Carroll’s return from an Achilles injury, but the striker has been keeping fans updated with his treatment through an online diary that charts his work with Belgian physio Lieven Maesschalck. Carroll praised West Ham fans for the support they have given him during his rehab. “I just want to say a big thanks to all our fans that are sending me good luck and supportive messages,” Carroll wrote in his latest diary entry. “It means a lot and I am looking to be back as soon as I can to do my bit for the team.” Kevin Nolan has told his West Ham team-mates they must not panic despite their poor start to the season. To make matters worse, fixtures against Tottenham and Manchester City are just around the corner, but the Hammers captain is not a concerned man. “We can’t afford to panic,” midfielder Nolan told West Ham’s website. “We understand the position we’re in. I’ve been in this type of position at this stage of the season before. “At the minute, things are just not falling for us and refereeing decisions are absolutely killing us. “Tottenham are in a great run of form but it’s a local derby and we’re going to go there with nothing to lose and have a good go at them. “Hopefully it’ll be the start of the little run that we need.” Carroll’s absence was felt more than ever during last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Hull, where the Hammers lacked penetration in the final third. All West Ham’s goals have come from midfield with Modibo Maiga, Mladen Petric and Ricardo Vaz Te all failing to find the net in the Barclays Premier League. West Ham finished 10th last season but they have struggled so far this term, winning just one of their opening six fixtures. The absence of injured striker Andy Carroll has hit the east London club hard as they have only been able to find the net five times. Press Association
And he insisted he wanted to pay back both the club and chairman Randy Lerner for their support and would not have been tempted to leave by extra cash. “It wouldn’t have sat right with me to leave the club, especially on a free, after the faith everyone involved in the club have shown me. For me, that’s just the way I am,” he said. “Going on a free I would have been better off but I’m a kid from Bradford, brought up on a council estate. I am not motivated by money, I look after my family. “Most people in my situation would be looking to move on. “I was never pushed. Conversations were going on for a while and I just needed to take my time. “For me it was more about repaying the faith in the chairman. “I feel like I’ve give 100 per cent week in, week out. “The chairman has been great. If you can imagine being a young boy and you’re injured and the guy who has invested in me is calling me and giving me a text. You can imagine what that meant to me.” Fabian Delph has revealed he would never have left Aston Villa on a free transfer and values loyalty over money. Delph has made 116 appearances, scoring six goals, since signing from Leeds for £6million in 2009 and is a key man for manager Paul Lambert. He had been linked with a move to Liverpool but insisted he did not speak to any other clubs as his mind was made up to stay at Villa Park. “I’m quite a straightforward person. I would never try to get into something like that,” said the 25-year-old. “We have agents for that. I told him to leave me alone as I want to focus on my football and get myself fit. “He did as he was told. He’s a great guy and a great friend. If I have a bit of respect from someone I seem to get that easy bond with someone. I’ve told him what my thoughts are. “I knew probably about a week into it (two months of talks) I wanted to stay here.” The midfielder has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal at the club and insisted he always saw his future at Villa. Delph suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in 2010 but has since become an England international, making his debut against Norway last year. Press Association
LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool’s 30-year English title drought ended on Thursday as they were confirmed as Premier League champions courtesy of second-placed Manchester City’s 2-1 loss at Chelsea.The result at Stamford Bridge means Liverpool have an unassailable 23-point lead over City with seven games left.Liverpool were last champions of England when they won the old First Division title in 1989-90 after which a decline in fortunes saw Manchester United and Arsenal, then Chelsea and Manchester City seize power.Manager Juergen Klopp has rekindled the Anfield flame though and delivered the club’s 19th title, one behind arch-rivals United’s record of 20, after finishing runners-up to City in a thrilling title race last season. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a three-month suspension of the season and delaying Liverpool’s coronation, they have won the title with a record seven games to spare.They eclipsed the record jointly held by Manchester United (2000-01) and Manchester City (2017-18), who sealed their respective titles with five games left.Had it not been for the unprecedented stoppage Liverpool were on course to smash the record for the earliest league title. Instead they are now the first team to lift the coveted trophy as late as June. Liverpool ended last season with nine consecutive league wins and, after claiming the Champions League, began the new campaign in relentless fashion to leave all of their rivals trailing in their wake.With 28 wins and just one defeat in 31 games, Liverpool have set a record-breaking pace and were 25 points clear in February — the biggest lead in Premier League history. When they beat West Ham United that month it was their 18th successive top-flight win, matching Manchester City’s record, before their hopes of an unbeaten season were dashed by a 3-0 defeat at Watford, a result that was merely a blip.Leading the charge has been Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian forward who is the first Liverpool player to score 20 goals in all competitions in three consecutive seasons since Michael Owen at the start of the millennium.City were the first team to breach the 100-point barrier in the Premier League two seasons ago but Liverpool are on course to shatter that mark, as well as records for most points at home (55) and most wins in a season (32).
Many students made handwritten thank-you cards and passed them out to safety workers and DPS officers on and around campus. Photo by Wanting He | Daily TrojanInteraction with USC’s safety workers is part of daily life for students: From scanning into University dorms to showing ID cards to “yellow jacket” security ambassadors after curfew, these individuals are an integral part of the USC experience. USC’s Explore Kindness club hosted Safety Worker Appreciation Day on Thursday night to encourage students to take a moment and have a conversation with security workers they see on a daily basis. Students could also provide them with snacks or thank-you cards as tokens of appreciation. “[What] I’m hoping for is that all the safety workers here, especially the ones that are here late at night for us, that they just feel like they are appreciated by our community, because they are the protection for our community,” said Explore Kindness co-president Evelina Godecki, a junior majoring in business administration. “I just want them to have a smile on their face and feel like what [they’re] doing is impactful.”While the event was based on encouraging individual actions from students to demonstrate their appreciation, Explore Kindness met on Trousdale Parkway at around 9 p.m. to provide supplies students can pass out. The club provided snacks and candy, as well as supplies to create thank-you cards. Nancy Huang, a sophomore majoring in business administration, participated in the event by making and giving thank you cards to the security officers she often sees around campus. “These workers keep us safe every day — it’s the least we can do to thank them,” Huang said. “You can walk around on campus and feel totally fine, that’s because of the workers.”Beyond having safety workers feel appreciated on Thursday, Godecki hopes the event makes students more aware of safety workers to increase personal interaction throughout the year.“I hope that this will end up sparking the interest in doing it a little bit more,” Godecki said. “I remember last semester, there was a yellow jacket right outside of my building that I would always say ‘Hi’ to. I would always pass and she would ask how my day was, and I would ask her the same.” Godecki said she never exchanged names with the safety worker, but they always recognized each other when they passed. She hopes the event will encourage students to build a connection with the workers and become more familiar with them. The Explore Kindness club is a USC chapter of a nonprofit organization of the same name, dedicated to making the world a better place through random acts of kindness, according to its website. The USC chapter does campaigns throughout the year to brighten people’s days, such as provide coffee for students during move-in day and “Do Something Nice” day, where they hand out written tasks for students to complete on Trousdale Parkway, with each task being a gesture of kindness for the student to do that day. This also isn’t the first time Explore Kindness has shown gratitude for safety workers — during Spring 2017, it held a Yellow Jacket Appreciation Day, but event participation was low due to stormy weather, Godecki said. “It wasn’t the impact it could’ve been just because of weather reasons,” Godecki said. “So we decided that we wanted to do it again this year, and make it more inclusive, because there are a lot of people keeping us safe at night, so we wanted to include DPS officers, and the people who stay up late to let us into the buildings.”This event, and Explore Kindness in general, has a simple goal for students at USC.“We want people to have a little bit more intention with their day,” Godecki said.
Spring break could not have come at a better time for the USC men’s volleyball team, which has struggled mightily of late, dropping five of its last six games.But with only six games remaining in the regular season, the Trojans return to action and must now make the final push if they hope to reach the playoffs.USC entered its spring break on a bit of an upswing after a win over No. 3 Pepperdine. Although the Trojans had dropped the previous two games of their three-game homestand, the win over the Waves gave them plenty to celebrate.Pepperdine took the early lead with a first-set victory, but USC would mount a comeback. The Trojans responded in grand fashion, taking the next three sets and defeating the Waves 19-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-18.The match’s most exciting moment came at the end of the third set, when USC scored three consecutive points to win the set after Pepperdine had forced a set point.“Last week was great,” USC head coach Bill Ferguson said. “I thought the team practiced with a real sense of urgency with everything they did. We’ve been talking about winning on the court and working on our communication as a team on the floor, and I thought we executed a lot better.”Recently, the Trojans’ main focus for practice has been its service game. Though USC has been more conservative at the service line in past years, the team has shifted to a more aggressive attack. Sophomores Micah Christenson and Cristian Rivera have thrived under this new strategy, combining for 55 aces on the season thus far.But though the Trojans are now ranked among the top teams in the nation in aces, their aggressive serving has also brought a rise in service errors.It is for this reason that Ferguson looks to make some adjustments to his team’s approach.“We need to be better with our ace-to-errors ratio,” Ferguson said. “As a team we’re OK but not great, and that’s being carried by two guys. So we’re going to dial the rest of the guys back a bit.”But USC is going to need more than just a good serving game if they want to beat Cal Baptist on Thursday. The Lancers, who currently sit in the very playoff spot the Trojans wish to claim, have won four of their last five matches and have risen to seventh in the NCAA rankings.The recent success of this Cal Baptist squad largely rests on its dangerous pair of outside hitters, sophomore Guilherme Koepp and senior Levi Cabral, both from Brazil. The duo has taken control of recent matches with powerful serving and looks to be a major obstacle in USC’s road to the playoffs.“We’re always focusing on serving and passing, and that’s going to be a huge key,” Ferguson said. “Their two outside hitters are among two of the best servers in the league. If we can keep those guys at bay, or at least control what they’re doing a little bit more, then I think we’re going to be alright.”Regardless of Trojans’ change in approach, the loss of Ben Lam makes the playoff hunt significantly more challenging. Late in the second match against Hawai’i, the sophomore middle blocker blew out his ankle and now appears to be out for the season. Now, freshman Josh Kirchner must take the place of the injured Lam, who was one of the team’s defensive leaders.With only a handful of games remaining in the regular season, the Trojans must play their best volleyball to continue into the postseason. After Cal Baptist, USC will head to Utah to face top-ranked BYU before returning to the Galen Center for their final two home games.
Matt Karatsu | Daily TrojanAfter coming close to taking the NCAA Championship game last season, the men’s water polo team — which opens this season ranked at No. 2 — set its sights on winning it all. Even though they ended last season with a 24-2 record, with only one loss during the regular season, the Trojans hope to win the final game this year, with the national title game at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center in December.“We are going to try to put everything through the whole year preparing for the one game at the end,” sophomore driver Marin Dasic said. “It definitely is going to be a big motivation because it is going to be our people, our crowd — like Cal had [in the championship game] last year — and at the end they beat us. We didn’t win the last three years, but I think this is the time with our people, with our pool.”While the Trojans have their end goal in mind already, they have many games to play before achieving it. They will face Cal, perennial championship contender Stanford and many more quality programs throughout the season. But the team has confidence in head coach Jovan Vavic, who is returning for his 23rd season after leading USC to the NCAA title match for the past 12 years.“Our coaches are unique, and they pick the right people, the right captains, and they know what we have to do,” Dasic said. “They are dedicated, and they are doing everything they can to make us better. I think they have a huge impact on our game and on everything we do.”With 10 returning seniors, seven of whom are All-Americans, USC is heading into the season with a veteran roster. Along with the seniors, the team also sees the return of all its goalies as well as sophomores like Olympian driver Thomas Dunstan and the 2016 MPSF Newcomer of the Year, 2-meter Matt Maier. This experience allows the team to learn from its mistakes and continue to build upon the foundations already established.“I think we want to keep the same sort of energy and the same passion that we brought to last season,” senior driver Blake Edwards said.The returning captain also said the team had to make adjustments after coming up short last year.“Just a bit of composure when we’re in front and learning how to close out games,” Edwards said. “We had a fantastic record last season, and it just fell apart for us in the last quarter due to some defensive errors, which was really just us switching off.”USC will hold an edge if the team manages to make another deep postseason run this year. The NCAA Tournament will be held at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center in December, and the Trojans will have their home crowd to help them keep their energy at a high level.For the seniors, this fall is their last chance to bring home the championship — but more than that, it is a chance to defend their home pool.“I don’t think I really need to motivate the team,” Edwards said. “I think everyone is hurting from last year’s loss, and I think there’s just a whole lot of excitement within the playing group. There has been a whole lot of hard work put in over the summer, and we are just really looking forward to putting it all together.”The Trojans will play in the UCLA Mini Invitational this weekend for their season opener. They will be taking on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 10:20 a.m. and Pomona-Pitzer at 11:40 a.m. on Saturday.