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Wenger backs Theo to bounce back

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in no doubt that England forward Theo Walcott has the character to return “as strong as ever” from the knee injury which shattered his World Cup dream. Wenger, though, is confident Walcott’s “balanced” personality can help him recover fully from such a devastating setback. “Theo is handling it as well as you can when you have had such a shock because he is mentally strong, is very balanced as a person and he can put it into perspective,” Wenger said on Arsenal Player. “We know that he will have the dedication and the serious attitude to come back as strong as ever.” Wenger added: “He has surgery and then it’s rehab. You know that it is six months and that you hope it all goes well. The only thing I can say is it’s very sad news for us and above all for him.” Despite Wenger’s positive rhetoric for the future, the Gunners boss concedes the serious injury to Walcott removes a potent weapon in his team’s attack, with the former Southampton man having netted five goals since his return from a stomach injury. “We lost a very talented player, a very intelligent player and a player who was just grabbing his form again,” the Arsenal manager continued. “From game to game he became more influential, you have seen a complete player. “He can always decide a game through a final ball or through a goal. Sometimes in the same game he does both. The 24-year-old is set to be sidelined for six months after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage when making a defensive tackle in the FA Cup third-round win over Tottenham on Saturday. Walcott’s loss is a major blow for both club and country, with the pacy forward set to have been a key part of England manager Roy Hodgson’s plans in Brazil this summer. “I felt against Tottenham he had a very convincing performance because he integrates well our style of play as he has been here for so many years now. “When we combine at a high pace he is involved in it because he understands exactly what we want to do.” Arsenal will now have to plan for the rest of the campaign without the electric pace of Walcott, but the imminent return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from his own five-month lay-off with a knee injury and the emergence of German starlet Serge Gnabry – said to have sparked interest from Borussia Dortmund – does provide Wenger with options. Wenger said: “It has been five months where he has been completely out, so that means he is fresh and that should give us a boost.” Arsenal are understood to be looking to bring in back-up for lead striker Olivier Giroud during the transfer window, although Wenger concedes pushing through a big-money transfer such as Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa – at this time of the season – is historically difficult. “[Walcott’s injury] has accelerated speculation first and of course my desire as well – but let’s not forget about Serge Gnabry who can play in the first team,” the Arsenal manager added. “We have Oxlade-Chamberlain back and we have many other players who can play on the flanks so to find better solutions than what we have internally will not be easy. “Up front we lose Theo as a potential central forward and that’s maybe where we have to look outside, but we hopefully have (Nicklas) Bendtner back in three weeks. “We are there for the opportunities, but it is very difficult at the moment.” Wenger revealed midfielder Aaron Ramsey and defender Kieran Gibbs were “very close” to making comebacks, although captain Thomas Vermaelen is doubtful because of a knee injury sustained in the FA Cup tie against Spurs. Arsenal could be usurped at the top of the table by title rivals Chelsea and then Manchester City before they kick off at Aston Villa on Monday night. Midfielder Tomas Rosicky, however, maintains the Gunners have the maturity to last the distance through to May. “This team has more experience than it did in the past. We have [Per] Mertesacker – and[Mesut] Ozil, who won things in Madrid – and the other experienced boys like Mikel [Arteta] and [Mathieu] Flamini,” the Czech playmaker said. “Plus the English boys are not kids anymore, they gained experience through the years of playing here, so that is why I think we have the maturity to do it this year.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ellsworth-Sumner football team notches first home win

first_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Postscenter_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) ELLSWORTH — Friday night’s Ellsworth-Sumner football game was a blowout.And for once, The Ellsworth-Sumner Eagles were on the winning side of it. The Eagles notched their first home win in three seasons as a program, beating the Stearns Minutemen 42-6.“It’s a lot of fun,” Ellsworth-Sumner coach Duane Crawford said. “It’s better than where we’ve been the past three years.”Offensively, the Eagles rushed for 224 yards and passed for 95. Devin Wright led the team with 154 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries. Connor Petros contributed 65 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries as well as a catch for a successful two-point conversion. Tyler Hardwick had two catches from Javon Williams for 95 yards and a touchdown.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe offense did not have to punt once.Defensively, Austin Smith had six solo tackles and one assist. Ed Sadler and Jacob Shorey had four solo tackles. Petros had four solo tackles and a sack. Wright had four tackles and an assist. Wally Moon had a blocked kick, and Shorey and Ethan Kane each recovered a fumble.The Eagles improved their record to 2-1.“We’re getting better. I think we’re right in the mix with a lot of teams,” Crawford said. “It just depends on how we perform.”The Eagles will play next at Camden Hills (0-3) on Friday.Bucksport 53, Camden Hills 14Winslow 35, MDI 20 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

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For training of sports clubs in ”Skenderija” Centre 306 000 BAM

first_imgMinister of Culture and Sports of Sarajevo Canton Ivica Šarić and manager of Cantonal public enterprise ”Skenderija” Centre Hajriz Bećirović signed today a Protocol on keeping of trainings in halls of ”Skenderija”, reports FENA.”With this protocol we want to determine exact time of trainings in Skenderija, and help our clubs to achieve even better results”, said Šarić after the signing.With this protocol, KS Ministry of Culture and Sports will participate in expenses of keeping up of trainings in Centre’s hall from 1 January to 30 June and from 1 August to 31 December this year, said the PR office of KS.”The value of the protocol is 306 000 BAM, which is very significant for ”Skenderija”, and I because of that I want to thank minister Šarić” , noted Bećirović.This protocol includes trainings of basketball clubs Bosna, Spars 05, Koš, Realway and women basketball club Željezničar, table tennis club Bosna, Željezničar, Aladža , Spin Sarajevo and Forehand and handball school Željo.last_img read more

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Karatist Sadjid Bulut gave His Medal to the Girl in the Wheelchair

first_imgAt the recent international tournament in traditional karate that was held in Slovenia, Karatist Sadjid Bulut from Visoko made a twenty-year-old Jana Ljondov, who suffers from cerebral paralysis, happy by giving her his silver medal, and he will remember her smile, as he says, for the rest of his life.“When I entered the hall in Koper, I saw a girl in wheelchairs. I decided that if I win I will dedicate my victory and medal to her,” said Bulut, adding that he wanted to show that sport is both physical and spiritual upbringing.He said that he took the medal off his neck and gave it to Jana with the permission of her mother.Saso Ljondov, Jana’s father took a photo of them, and they found each other on social networks after their impressions settled down.Ljondov said that this is a huge thing for his family, especially to his daughter who loves sports and visits the competition often, especially karate competitions.“I was an athlete and I know what it means to give someone your victory, your medal, especially to someone that you do not know, and not to even present yourself, which makes the act even greater,” said Ljondov.He said that karatist approached his wife and asked if he could give the medal to the girl in the wheelchair and after she said yes, he did it.“My daughter is happy. He touched my heart and it has no price,” said Ljondov.Bulut is a member of the karate club “Visoko” from Visoko, but his coach Redzep Gradjan says that such moves are made by really great athletes and great people. He said that Bulut won two gold medals last year and he is the athlete of the year of 2016 in his hometown.On the karate competition in Koper participated competitors from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, and BiH.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Mason City Community School District to start school year with hybrid of in-person, online learning

first_imgMASON CITY — The Mason City School Board Monday night approved a “Return to Learn” plan that includes a hybrid of in-person and online learning to start the school year.Superintendent Dave Versteeg says with the high numbers of COVID-19 cases in the county recently, the school year will start with a four-day week with smaller groups of students. “This is still how many days out from school, we feel like hybrid is the right direction to go to get everybody back safely and manage that, and then grow it from there. Our goal is to have 100% of the kids at school 100% of the time as fast as possible. We think starting smaller groups and managing that will get us to that point faster, than in our situation, again our situation is different than other schools, bringing everybody back all at once.”Versteeg says if things go well in the first couple of weeks with no COVID issues, the district can start moving toward possibly moving to more in-person time for students.  “If we can have a couple of really good weeks where nobody sick, we don’t have any outbreaks in school, then I think we could think about what the next step might be.”Versteeg says plans for in-person or on-line classes can vary from day to day, just like when decisions have to be made currently with snow days.  “Really we monitor this on a daily basis. We’ve got other considerations for absenteeism among students or staff that may work just like a winter snowstorm that we may have to make a change in the particular building just in case based on the availability of staff on a particular day.”Versteeg says face coverings will be required for students and staff.   “We’re asking people to bring their own that they are most comfortable with, but we will provide face coverings and/or face shields and whatever other appropriate PPE would be necessary for a particular staff assignment. But at a minimum, face coverings and face shields will be provided and we will do face coverings for students if they cannot provide their own.”The first day of school is scheduled for August 24th.Review the “Return to Learn” plan by clicking here MCCSD – Board of Education Meeting from Mason City Community Schools on Vimeo.last_img read more

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