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About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Petit: Emery will ruin Arsenal with rotationby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit is warning current boss Unai Emery against heavy rotation.The Gunners have to manage their resources as they battle for several competitions, including the Premier League and Europa League.As they face a tough away test against fellow top four rivals Manchester United on Monday night, Petit believes excessive rotation could create a problem at the Emirates Stadium club.Petit wrote on the Paddy Power website: “What Unai Emery wants to create is a team.A collective unit.”Not just the first 11 but the whole group. This is why he’s constantly rotating his side and including young players.”I like this idea, but it’s difficult for players to operate in a system like this.”He changes so often – but you need to be playing regularly in order to adapt like this. His demands from the players are huge.”But if they show the character they’ve shown recently, they have the potential to do something.”Belief comes with results, but results come from what you bring to the pitch. That doesn’t come easily.”
BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 3: Offensive tackle Taylor Decker #68 of the Detroit Lions looks on from the bench against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame’s star junior linebacker, suffered what looked like a devastating leg injury during today’s Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State. Smith injured himself trying to regain his balance after taking a shove from Ohio State offensive lineman Taylor Decker near the end of the play. Some thought Decker committed a cheap shot, considering Smith wasn’t near the ball and the play was basically over. However, the veteran lineman took to Twitter a little while ago to clarify what happened. Decker tweeted at Smith, saying he’d never try to injure another player and didn’t intend to put him at risk. @JaeeSmiff9ENT pic.twitter.com/iNsILFwZjB— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) January 2, 2016This is a very classy move on Decker’s part. The play didn’t look malicious, even if the two players were engaged away from the ball.
Larissa Burnouf APTN National NewsA father in Saskatchewan wants answers from the province’s ministry of Social Services after it refused to return his two youngest children, even though, he and his spouse have been approved by the department to provide foster care to other children.The man who cannot be named because his children are in care of the state, lost custody of his six children in 2011, while he was away at work in Fort McMurray, Alta., for three weeks.His late wife was having problems caring for all of them by herself.She passed away a short time later and since then, he has managed to regain custody of his four oldest children, but not without what he said was a long, expensive fight with Social Services.“In 2014 they started having trial dates, but from 2011 to now, I think they’ve adjourned it 50-60 times and each time they adjourn it,” he said. “It costs us $2500-3000 and that moneycould have went to the kids.”He said between the legal fees, and missed days at work to attend the court hearings, it has cost him and his family over $100,000.He said he and his new wife have gone above and beyond what has asked of them by social services to have his six children returned.He said they have been met with resistance from social services and the foster family of the two youngest daughters who remain in the care of the Province.The man said they have proven to have a stable and healthy home and have even been approved to care for two other children in their home, including a new born baby.“Ya we can look after other people’s kids but not my own!” he said.He said his spouse has given up her job to stay home and care for the children while he works.“I’ve been fighting for them and social services has been neglecting on everything that I have been doing right. Working and providing for my family,” he said.His new wife said instead of paying thousands of dollars to fight social services, they could have spent that money on family.“We don’t get to go to theme parks, we can’t take them to movies,” she said. “We cant do outings unless they’re free because any extra money that we do have or any extra money that we manage to save goes to pay off, or we give to the lawyer.”The Provincial Ministry of Social Services would not comment on the case or confirm or deny the man’s claims.He is now turning to the help of Northern Saskatchewan’s MLA to see if he can help in any [email protected]
The Co-operators Group Ltd. has expanded its storm surge insurance coverage in Atlantic Canada after several high-profile weather events in the region.The insurer is making the coverage available for the first time to homeowners in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island.The company said Monday that the comprehensive water insurance provides coverage for storm surges, overflowing lakes, rivers and creeks and sewer or septic backup.“Overland flooding has been identified as the most pervasive and costliest cause of damage to Canadian homes, yet most are inadequately protected against this growing risk,” said Co-operators CEO Rob Wesseling in a statement.The Co-operator’s coverage was recently released in Nova Scotia.Atlantic Canada was hit by major flooding this past April and May that saw water levels reach and sometimes exceed levels last seen in the 2008 flood.Insurer Aviva introduced its overland water protection flood insurance across Canada in 2015 in recognition of changing weather patterns.Many insurance companies started flood insurance programs after the Alberta flood of 2013 caused more than $4 billion in uninsured losses.About three-quarters of Canada’s major insurance companies now offer overland flood coverage, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.The Co-operators first offered overland flood insurance in Alberta in 2015 and expanded the coverage to Ontario in 2016.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Dawn Rogerson.Dawn was last seen in Sexsmith on January 13, 2019. There is a concern for Rogerson’s well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.Rogerson is described as: Brown HairBrown eyes5″3′160lbsWearing black pants and black hoodie.If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com
Mumbai: A day after a foot overbridge connected to CSMT railway station collapsed, killing six persons and injuring 31, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to dismantle the structure. In a meeting chaired by BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta Friday morning, it was also decided that the civic body’s Chief Engineer (Vigilance) would conduct an inquiry into the causes that led to the deck of the FOB collapsing on Thursday evening. Ward Officer Kiran Dighawkar said work on dismantling the FOB had begun and cranes and gas-cutters had been assembled for the work. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “We aim to open DN Road for vehicular traffic by 7pm Friday,” he said. Another official said the Chief Engineer (Vigilance) has been asked to submit his preliminary report within 24 hours identifying staff responsible and the role of those who carried out its structural audit. The scope of the probe would include the history of the bridge, the time when the structural audit was carried out, and whether the methodology used was appropriate and staff deployed had adequate technical expertise, the official informed. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Earlier in the day, a BMC official had said the FOB was was found to be structurally safe when it was audited in August 2016, soon after a British-era bridge over Savitri River got washed away in monsoon downpour in Mahad in Raigad district. “During that audit, 354 bridges were checked for their structural soundness. The FOB that collapsed on Thursday was marked C2B. This means it needed minor repairs only. Tenders were floated for the repair but it got held up,” the official had said Friday morning. After a visit to the site Friday morning, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had asked Mehta to fix “primary responsibility” for Thursday’s foot overbridge collapse by evening.
Perth: Young striker Sumit Kumar Jr struck a brace after comeback-man Rupinder Pal Singh opened the scoring as India’s men’s hockey thumped Australia ‘A’ 3-0, here Friday. Drag-flicker Rupinder, competing after nearly eight-month injury layoff , scored in the the sixth minute to give the visitors the lead. Sumit found the back of the net in the 12th and 13th minutes, helping India win their second game in a row. The aggressive Indians dominated the first quarter, constantly looked to break into the striking circle. The tactic worked as all three goals were scored in the first quarter putting the home team on the back-foot. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju India’s first goal came when the team won their first short corner of the match. Rupinder showed good nick, as he timed the flick well with good power and speed to send it past the opposition goalkeeper. Defender Harmanpreet Singh’s skillful tackling saw Australia ‘A’ lose ball possession which led to India’s second goal. A fine assist by skipper Manpreet Singh to Sumit saw the youngster score a superb field goal in the 12th minute. The home team were left stunned when India converted their third goal in the very next minute when striker Akashdeep Singh set-up the goal scored by 21-year-old Sumit. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters With a formidable 3-0 lead in the first quarter, India did well in terms of stitching together good defence to hold off the Australian attack. Harmanpreet remained a vital cog of Indian defence as he won possession from Australian ball-carrier on several occasions that broke the home team’s rhythm. Australia’s lone goal-scoring opportunity came in the second quarter when they created a PC but India goalkeeper Krishan Pathak was up to the task. “It was a very good first quarter with the basics right. After a 3-0 lead, it was important we stayed focused on the process. The second and third quarter was tight. I was happy with the things we have been working on, we created a lot of opportunities and I believe we can still do better in our finishing,” Indian chief coach, Graham Reid said. India will play their next game on Monday where the team will look to continue their fine run in the tour. “The next game will be harder and we are looking forward to it. The team will be stronger from today’s which had about seven national players from Australian senior team. But it’s a good progression,” Reid added.
Atlanta156.36-0.3 According to Elo, Kansas City was expected to win about about eight of their 16 playoff games, four more than they actually won. That’s a testament to how good the Chiefs’ regular seasons have been, but also to how many ways they’ve fallen short in the playoffs. They’ve choked late in games (Chiefs fans surely remember the team’s slow collapse against Indy in 2014) and been blown out early (they fell in quick holes against the Colts in 2004 and the Bills in 1994). According to their win probability added (WPA) at various stages of the game, the Chiefs have done plenty of both during their run of playoff futility. Cincinnati94.21-3.2 Kansas City167.64-3.6 Houston62.63+0.4 Cleveland10.30-0.3 Arizona114.26+1.8 Tampa Bay115.35-0.3 Miami177.46-1.4 Philadelphia2613.212-1.2 WINS After a hard-earned bye in Week 1 of this year’s NFL playoffs, the Kansas City Chiefs are back in the divisional round for the second straight season. You’ll have to forgive K.C. fans, however, if they aren’t all that optimistic.Simply put, the second round of the playoffs is where Chiefs seasons usually go to die. Including this year, they’ve made seven trips to the divisional round since 1990 (when the league expanded its playoff field to 12 teams). They haven’t made it any further than that since 1993, when they lost to the Bills in the AFC Championship Game.And it hasn’t been for lack of trying. From 1990 through this year, K.C. has been in the postseason 13 times, the eighth-most of any team. But the Chiefs own one of the most disappointing playoff records in modern history: They’ve won a grand total of four playoff games over that span — the fifth-fewest of any team in football. Kansas City’s playoff record is an abysmal 4-12 during that stretch.In fairness to the Chiefs, they’ve played more than half of those playoff games on the road. They’ve also run into more than their share of tough opponents, including the 2015 Patriots and 2010 Ravens in recent years and the Super Bowl-bound Colts, Broncos and Bills in an earlier era. But even if we account for those factors using FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings — which can be used to create a prediction for each game — K.C. still has the biggest shortfall between its actual and expected playoff wins of any NFL team since 1990: Washington146.67+0.4 Buffalo189.610+0.4 Chicago125.95-0.9 San Diego167.87-0.8 Detroit103.91-2.9 Oakland136.76-0.7 New England3822.625+2.4 Minnesota199.16-3.1 Green Bay3619.620+0.4 Biggest playoff underachievers in the 12-team era, 1990-2016 Jacksonville114.55+0.5 Los Angeles105.66+0.4 New Orleans157.97-0.9 Pittsburgh3318.619+0.4 Dallas2413.514+0.5 This funk has lasted so long that it’s hard to assign blame for Kansas City’s struggles. The Chiefs’ stretch of underachievement spans seven different coaches and 11 primary quarterbacks. (Under the team’s current QB, Alex Smith, K.C. has a 1-2 record in the playoffs.) Maybe there’s something in the water — or at least in Arthur Bryant’s barbecue sauce — that precludes the team from making a deep playoff run. Or maybe, given enough teams and enough time, these kinds of droughts will inevitably happen to somebody.VIDEO: The Chiefs are chronic underachievers Indianapolis2913.814+0.2 Denver2613.715+1.3 Carolina167.49+1.6 Seattle2312.013+1.0 N.Y. Jets155.87+1.2 N.Y. Giants229.714+4.3 Baltimore2511.416+4.6 San Francisco2715.215-0.2 Forecasted wins are based on the game’s location and each team’s pregame Elo ratingsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com Tennessee168.16-2.1 FRANCHISENO. OF GAMESFORECASTEDACTUALDIFFERENCE Either way, this could finally be the year for a Chiefs breakthrough. On Sunday, they’ll play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Elo gives them a 64 percent chance of moving on to the AFC Championship Game — K.C.’s best odds in a playoff game since they hosted the Colts in a divisional-round game in 1996. (Naturally, the Chiefs lost that one, too.) Furthermore, Kansas City is built like a team that traditionally succeeds in the postseason, with a strong special teams and passing defense, plus a surprisingly efficient aerial attack featuring quarterback Alex Smith and tight end Travis Kelce.None of this guarantees that K.C. will overcome its long history of postseason disappointment, nor does it mean the Chiefs are necessarily “due” for a playoff turnaround after such a long wait. But with Elo giving the team a 15 percent chance of winning this year’s Super Bowl, Kansas City’s championship odds are the highest they’ve been at this stage of the playoffs in a long time.1Specifically, since K.C.’s divisional-round game against Denver in 1998, before which it had a 21 percent chance of winning the championship, per Elo. Now it’s up to this team to break with Chiefs tradition and win a dang divisional game.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions.