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Thierry Henry explains why Nicolas Pepe is struggling at Arsenal


first_imgPepe 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 linklast_img read more


‘I do?’ Opposition dogs French gay marriage plans


first_imgNZ Herald 6 Nov 2012A plan to legalize same-sex marriage and allow gay couples to adopt was a liberal cornerstone of Francois Hollande’s election manifesto earlier this year. It looked like a shoo-in for the French President, supported by a majority of the country, and an easy way to break with his conservative predecessor. But that was then. Now, as the Socialist government prepares to unveil its draft “marriage for everyone” law Wednesday, polls show wavering support for the idea and for the president himself amid increasingly vocal opposition in this majority Catholic country. And it’s not just religious and rural leaders speaking out; top figures within Hollande’s own party also are at loggerheads over the plan. The Socialists are now dragging their feet, releasing the bill later than planned and delaying parliamentary debate on it until January. The political hot potato has exposed divisions between urban France, where homosexuality is widely accepted, and the rural heartland, where conservative attitudes hold sway.….Attracting equal controversy, Christian Democrat Party leader Christine Boutin – who brandished a bible in France’s National Assembly in 1998 to protest gay civil unions – has said the law could open the floodgates to moral decline. “(Back in 1998) I said that civil unions would lead to gay marriage. Everyone said: ‘Never. Not at all!’ (But) it’s just the natural direction. The logic of the situation is, that if we’ve got marriage (for all), we’ll move towards polygamy. Why is it so shocking to predict this?” France has allowed civil unions since 1999, and while they were initially seen as for gay or lesbian couples, they have proved hugely popular among heterosexuals, too. France would become the 12th country in the world – and the biggest so far in terms of economic and diplomatic influence, – to legalize same-sex marriage if the bill passes.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10845415last_img read more


Joc Pederson is benched in Dodgers’ most lopsided loss of the season


first_img“Yeah, it was unprofessional,” Pederson said. “I let the emotions get the best of me. I need to – I’m better than that.”The most frustrating part?“There’s no singling out anything,” Pederson said. “It’s a combination of things.”Pederson began playing first base in June to accommodate the return of center fielder A.J. Pollock from the injured list. Ironically, Pollock’s defense was not flawless either. He misjudged a ball in center field, which allowed Ian Desmond to collect a triple and score the Rockies’ first run.The Dodgers (69-39) appeared to need more than just fine-tuning on Monday – particularly on defense.While many advanced metrics flatter the Dodgers’ skill in the field, they committed two more errors to bring their National League-leading total to 79. Muncy committed the Dodgers’ other error when a ground ball up the middle caromed square off his chest.“We pride ourselves on being sure-handed,” Roberts said. “We’re just not making plays that we’ve shown to make consistently. I don’t have an explanation for that.”None of it served to benefit Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (7-8), who threw four efficient innings while allowing just one run – then became a different pitcher in the fifth inning. He faced seven Colorado hitters, and all seven reached base.Tony Wolters led off with a single. Gray squared around to bunt, only to pull back and let several sliders pass, ultimately drawing a walk. David Dahl singled cleanly, Wolters scored, and the Rockies led 2-0.Nolan Arenado then singled, scoring Gray and Dahl. Trailing 4-0, Maeda appeared to get the double-play grounder he needed from Trevor Story. But Muncy’s error allowed Story to reach base safely. Arenado scored to make it 5-0.Maeda walked Murphy and surrendered a two-run double to Ryan McMahon before Roberts had seen enough. The Dodgers trailed 6-0. The way Gray was pitching, the deficit seemed insurmountable.“He really kept the ball down, got a lot of ground balls, threw a lot of strikes,” Pederson said of Gray, who walked three batters and struck out six.For Maeda, it was only the second time in eight career starts at Coors Field that he failed to complete five innings. He had never allowed more than four runs here before, and he had lost only once. Yet past performance isn’t always predictive. Maeda was charged with six runs (five earned) in five innings, watching his ERA rise from 3.81 to 4.15.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season It was the second straight outing in which Maeda allowed one run in four innings, only to fade while facing the opposing a lineup a third time. Last Tuesday, the Angels broke open a 1-1 game by scoring three runs in the fifth inning against him.Asked to explain his fifth-inning struggles, Maeda said through his interpreter, “I don’t think there’s any particular reason.”Caleb Ferguson inherited a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the fifth inning and retired the next three batters in order without allowing a run. Yimi Garcia threw a scoreless sixth. Josh Sborz threw a scoreless seventh before unraveling in the eighth. A two-run homer by David Dahl, and an RBI double by Murphy, gave the Rockies their final runs.After the game, Pederson said he would continue to put in the work at first base. He made no excuses for his shortcomings in the field or on the basepaths. After his lowest moment this season, he owned it.“The last thing you want to do is give a team extra outs in baseball,” Pederson said, “let alone here at this stadium.” It came after a tumultuous day in the field for Pederson, another in a series of rough outings after barely a month playing first base.Pederson lost sight of a throw from third baseman Justin Turner in the bright sunlight, turning a first-inning ground ball into a free baserunner for the Rockies. In the seventh inning, he let a routine ground ball deflect off his glove. Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy was positioned to pick up his teammate, and he gloved the ball in time to record the out.By the time he batted in the eighth inning with Smith on third base, Pederson was 0 for 3. He’d been charged with one error and nearly a second. He hit a ground ball directly at Rockies first baseman Daniel Murphy. As Smith scored from third, Pederson never reached full speed en route to first base. He stopped running well short of the bag.When Pederson returned to the dugout, Manager Dave Roberts removed him from the game.“You’ve got to run the ball out,” Roberts said. “There’s a certain way to play the game and I didn’t see the effort there.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PreviousColorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray, left, hugs catcher Tony Wolters after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. The Rockies won 9-1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, left, celebrates with first base coach Ron Gideon after his two-run single in the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Dodgers at Coors Field in Denver. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith reacts as he strikes out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray to end the top of the second inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Ian Desmond follows the flight of his triple off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)From front left to right, Los Angeles Dodgers first base coach George Lombard confers with just-acquired infielder Christopher Negron as Enrique Hernandez, who was just put on the injured list, looks on in the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado throws to first base to put out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Raimel Tapia follows the flight of his RBI-single with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda works against Colorado Rockies’ Raimel Tapia in the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda to end the third inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 29: Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prepares to throw in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda grounds put against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray to end the top of the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado follows the flight of his single to drive in two runs off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 29: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits a 2 RBI single in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on July 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 29: Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies scores on a David Dahl single in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on July 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Colorado Rockies’ Ryan McMahon, right, follows the flight of his double to drive in two runs off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda reacts after giving up a single to allow in two runs to Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda leaves the mound after being removed by Manager Dave Roberts during the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Rockies in Denver. Maeda held the hosts to one run through four efficient innings, buthe pitched to seven Colorado hitters in the fifth inning and all seven reached base.(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Yimi Garcia works against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy reacts as he flies out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ David Dahl follows the flight of his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Sborz reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Colorado Rockies’ David Dahl in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies left fielder David Dahl gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Sborz in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, top, scores on a double hit by Daniel Murphy as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith, bottom, turns to apply a late tag in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock flies out against Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray, left, hugs catcher Tony Wolters after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Denver. The Rockies won 9-1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, left, celebrates with first base coach Ron Gideon after his two-run single in the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Dodgers at Coors Field in Denver. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 27The Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, left, celebrates with first base coach Ron Gideon after his two-run single in the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Dodgers at Coors Field in Denver. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)ExpandDENVER — The Dodgers invaded the Rocky Mountains with the best record in baseball, looking like a team in need of fine-tuning between now and Wednesday’s trade deadline. The Colorado Rockies own the National League’s worst record over the past month. Last among five teams in the NL West standings, the Rockies have reason to break up their roster during the three-game series.Naturally, the Rockies clobbered the Dodgers 9-1 on Monday before an announced crowd of 43,574 at Coors Field. It was the Dodgers’ most lopsided loss of the season.The final score was embarrassing, but much of it was owed to the dominance of Rockies pitcher Jon Gray. The lithe right-hander threw eight innings, allowing just three hits and one run. He kept the Dodgers in the ballpark and only lost a shutout when Will Smith doubled and scored on a groundout by Joc Pederson in the eighth inning.About that groundout. 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