Pepe has struggled to make an impact at Arsenal so far (Visionhaus)‘He needs to make sure he doesn’t listen to that and go out and perform.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘People need to forget about the price tag.‘He didn’t ask to be bought for that amount of money himself.‘It’s not always easy to arrive in a team, adapt to a new style of play.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‘The Premier League, as we know, is not the same as the French League or any other league, by the way. So he needs to adapt to that. We need to give him time.‘People like to highlight the player but if the team were playing a bit better, maybe he would be playing a bit better.‘At the minute, it’s not a Pepe thing, it’s an Arsenal thing. Hopefully he and the team can get better so we can get in the top four again.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Arsenal spent £72 million on Nicolas Pepe this summer (AP Photo)Thierry Henry has defended Nicolas Pepe’s start at Arsenal and believes the winger has struggled due to the poor performances of Unai Emery’s side.Pepe joined in a £72 million deal from Lille in the summer but he has been unable to make an immediate impact with the Gunners.The Ivory Coast international has scored just once in 11 Premier League appearances so far but Henry is adamant that Arsenal’s failings under Emery have made it difficult for the winger to thrive this season.‘When you arrive like that, you’re always going to be talked about, and people are always going to target you,’ Henry told Yahoo Sport.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Thierry Henry explains why Nicolas Pepe is struggling at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Nov 2019 12:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link
But that’s just where the trouble for Jerry’s boys started. Dallas’ team plane was deemed “not viable to fly” following the game, so the team was stranded in Philly for hours waiting to get home after the loss. Brutal.MORE: Jason Garrett explains pulling Amari CooperTwitter, ever timely, ever present, decided to rub some salt in Dallas’ wounds by letting the jokes fly in the wake of their big loss and subsequent travel issues.The Cowboys fall to 0-2 vs. jets in 2019. https://t.co/Vhr0l2piXk— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 23, 2019Nah that’s the Cowboys waiting around for an update on their plane. https://t.co/Gw0Ge1Cf14— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) December 23, 2019The functional plane wasn’t sidelined, it just wasn’t in the Cowboys’ rotation https://t.co/cxtvtF6e1v— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) December 23, 2019I think I’ve figured out this whole Cowboy charter plane chaos…the flight crew got word from the FAA that under no circumstances to allow any player of the offensive side of the ball on that plane…if they do..they’ll never ‘touch down’…— Greggo (@TCUWhiteTrash) December 23, 2019Dak Prescott: Loser.Skip Bayless: Loser.Orlando Scandrick: Loser.Jerry Jones: Loser.Whoever jammed up the Cowboys plane so they had to sit and stew in the belly of the Linc for 2 hours: Winner.— Sundiata Fox Pittman (@BewareTheFoxII) December 23, 2019That’s ok. Jerry Jones has delayed Jason Garrett’s departure for 5 years now🤷🏻♂️ One little plane malfunction should be cake— Matt Vallee (@mvall13) December 23, 2019Even their plane couldn’t touchdown— Joseph Mastriano (@JMastrianoJR) December 23, 2019Did they let Garret on?Now to check how many times this joke has already been made…— Gunther Porchman (@GuntherPorchman) December 23, 2019Are we sure there just isn’t a goal line painted in front of the buses?— Nittany Tar Heel (@NittanyTarHeel) December 23, 2019This is actually fitting because Dallas literally couldn’t break the plane today, just sayin— Morgan Moriarty (@Morgan_Moriarty) December 23, 2019 Uh … how ’bout them Cowboys?It was a rough Sunday night for Dallas. First, the Cowboys lost to the Eagles 17-9 in a game that could have clinched the (hapless) NFC East. Instead, the Cowboys’ hopes at a second consecutive division crown hangs in the balance with Week 17 games the deciding factor. Should the Eagles beat the Giants, the division is wrapped up for Philly. (Good luck with rooting for an upset).
Olympic Swimmer promotes lessons for minorities: Water safety, formal instruction key to preventing fatalities
by Benjamin KoconisWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although an Olympic swimmer’s message about the importance of water safety was too late to save a 6-year-old Northeast girl from drowning last month, many others may be saved by his dedication to promote swimming lessons among minority youth nationwide.Cullen Jones, the first African-American swimmer to set a world record and win a gold, made a stop in the District recently where he hosted a series of events to promote “Make a Splash”— a USA Swimming initiative, which aims to promote swimming lessons by providing grant money to lesson providers to advance their programs.Jones’ started his day hosting a breakfast at the Marriott Wardman Park, in Northwest, where he told an audience of nearly 100 about the large numbers of minority children who have inadequate swimming skills – like himself, prior to his mother insisting that he take formal swimming lessons.“I understand how it feels to be afraid of the water,” said the 26-year-old 50-meter freestyle swimmer. “When I was five-years-old I almost drown.”Jones tells audiences in every city he travels to of his own near death experience at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, a water park, in Allentown, Pa., in 1989. My inner tube capsized, but I was determined to hold on because that is what my dad told me to do—I subsequently blacked out, he said.Mel Stewart, 41, another Olympic swimmer and gold medalist who spoke at the breakfast said swimmers, even of the Olympic caliber, know to respect the water and are often the most protective when it comes to children’s water safety.“We never swim alone. We have all been in positions where we have got a cramp. In an instant you realize it could be your death.”Anyone is capable of drowning, Jones said.“I love asking kids—I’m a gold medalist— I went to the Olympics—how many of you think that I almost drown—they never believe it.”Jones admitted he was slow to get back in the water after his frightening experience at the water park, but said after finding a good instructor he soon gained his confidence back. He advises children who are scared of the water to do the same.“There are certain things I don’t know how to do. I would love to learn how to play guitar, but in order to do that, I need to take lessons.” Jones said the same goes for swimming— if you don’t know how, you absolutely must take lessons.The “Make a Splash” campaign continued at Turkey Thicket Pool, a Department of Parks and Recreation facility in Northeast Washington, where Jones gave several children swimming lessons. Unfortunately, a dark cloud continues to loom over the public pool where young Yiana-Michelle Ballard drowned on June 23.Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer
UEFA said it opened disciplinary cases for “improper conduct of their supporters (racist behavior, racist chanting).”The European football body said its disciplinary panel will deal with the cases Thursday.Spain and Russia will likely receive financial penalties if the cases are proven.Russia has already been fined €185,000 ($230,000) after being charged by UEFA over its fans’ conduct at all three of its group-stage matches in Poland.UEFA also threatened Russia with a six-point deduction in its 2016 European Championship qualifying group after some of its fans attacked stadium stewards in Wroclaw following the Czech match on June 8. UEFA has said the deduction would be enforced if fans repeated their violent behavior. The Russian FA has appealed that sanction.In the first proven case of racist abuse at Euro 2012, UEFA fined the Croatia football association €80,000 ($100,000) for a range of charges including insults directed at Balotelli.Discrimination monitors appointed by UEFA reported that around 300 Croatia supporters made monkey noises at the Italy forward during a June 14 match in Poznan.A Spanish fans’ group previously reported that some Spain followers made monkey noises at Balotelli during a June 10 match in Gdansk. The group, affiliated to the Football Supporters Europe network, said other Spanish fans intervened urging the offenders to stop.Gebre Selassie acknowledged that he was racially abused by Russians during the opening group match but declined to file a complaint.UEFA received reports from monitors supplied by FARE, a Europe-wide fans’ network, and later asked Czech team officials to help provide evidence which could be used to prosecute the case.Russian fans displayed “illicit” imperialist flags and set off fireworks at each match, while a fan carrying a national flag aloft ran across the pitch after the match against Poland in Warsaw on June 12.UEFA pledged a zero-tolerance policy toward combatting racism and discrimination inside Euro 2012 stadiums.Russia was heavily favored to advance from Group A but was eliminated as the Czechs and Greece reached the quarterfinals.On Monday, Russia FA president Sergei Fursenko announced his resignation during a televised meeting with state President Vladimir Putin. STAR FORWARD—Italy’s Antonio Di Natale, left, replaces Mario Balotelli during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group C match between Italy and Croatia in Poznan, Poland, June 14. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) by Graham DunbarKIEV, Ukraine (AP)—UEFA charged the Spanish and Russian football associations on Tuesday for racist chants by fans at the European Championship.The charges follow reports that monkey noises were directed by Spain fans at Italy forward Mario Balotelli, and that Russian fans targeted Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie. Both players are Black.