Ready player one: eSports superstar sets sights on Olympics

first_imgFaker, dubbed the “Michael Jordan of eSports”, enjoys similar fame and fortune to professional basketball or baseball players in gaming-obsessed South Korea.There, multiple TV channels are dedicated to broadcasting competitions, held at large football stadiums to roars from tens of thousands of fans.The sheer weight of numbers — 25 million players, or half of South Korea’s population — makes professional gaming “just like any other sport”, he said.But eSports don’t enjoy such acceptance worldwide, and attempts to win a spot at the Olympics, alongside other new sports like skateboarding and surfing, have so far been rebuffed.“When will (eSports) be included in the Olympics? the simple answer is: I don’t know,” said Kenneth Fok, head of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation chief.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Most Chinese regard playing electronic games as internet addiction,” Neil Wang, the Greater China president of consultancy firm Frost and Sullivan, told AFP.“There is (a large audience), including a large amount of teenagers during the Asian Games, and CCTV needs to take that into account,” he added.Tech giant Tencent also began placing controls on its games, including the smash-hit “Honor of Kings” — the Chinese version of “Arena of Valor” — last year following concerns about marathon gaming by teenagers.Owing to China’s broadcast black-out, Chinese fans missed a showstopping moment at the Asian Games: the defeat of Faker’s six-man League of Legends team by Chinese opposition.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments In this Sunday Aug. 26, 2018 photo, the China eSports team play Taiwan in the eSports exhibition at the 18th Asian Games Arena of Valor, Britama Arena, Jakarta. Esports is debuting as an exhibition sport in the on-going Asian Games and is targeted for full inclusion in four years at the games in Hangzhou, China. (Dhemas Reviyanto,INASGOC via AP)The undisputed superstar in the growing world of eSports said gaming deserved its place in the Olympics — despite a mixed reception at its debut Asian Games.Faker, real-name Lee Sang-hyeok, has gone from high school drop-out to fame and fortune through eSports, which are now knocking loudly on the door of the mainstream.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Compton says games vs Phoenix like ‘family reunion’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Internet addictionEven eSports’ long-trailed inclusion as a medal sport at the next Asian Games has not been confirmed, after the Olympic Council of Asia said it couldn’t give the go-ahead without an international federation for the sport — which doesn’t yet exist.Given the fractured nature of eSports, and the competing interests of different games manufacturers, that could prove a significant hurdle.“There is still a distance between the eSports world and the sports world — I won’t kid, it is a far distance,” Fok said.“But there needs to be a give and take between the two worlds.”Much of the resistance to eSports comes from the non-athletic nature of the competition, and a reluctance to encourage children to spend too much time on screens.Nowhere is the dilemma more stark than in China, home of Alisports, which is leading the charge to have eSports as a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou — the headquarters of its parent company, e-commerce giant Alibaba.But China was also the first country to brand online addiction as a disorder, and 24 million young people are estimated to be addicts — a subject that causes great concern and has given rise to rehabilitation centres with harsh methods.When China won the first event at the Asian Games in Jakarta, in the Arena of Valor game, their coach wept as he praised the support from back home.But unlike China’s other events at the Asian Games, state broadcaster CCTV didn’t screen eSports, continuing a long tradition of keeping gaming off the airwaves. 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He said eSports’ growth potential and popularity among the young made them a must both for the Asian Games, where they were played as a demonstration sport in Jakarta this week, and the Olympics.“ESports has great potential to become an official sport in the Asian Games, as well as the Olympics,” the bespectacled League of Legends player told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“ESports are immensely popular among the youth so I think that eSports has far bigger growth potential than any other sport,” he added.The 22-year-old millionaire is among the biggest and best paid competitors at the multi-sport Games in Indonesia, which have also hosted footballer Son Heung-min and three-time Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang. 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AFC to petition Cabinet to keep embattled Ambassador

first_img…claims legal woes now a “spent conviction”The Foreign Affairs Ministry’s investigation into the veracity and gravity of the charges against Guyana’s Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr Shamir Ally, is still to be completed, but the Alliance For Change (AFC) is standing staunchly behind its member and will petition the Cabinet Council of Ministers to have him remain in his diplomatic posting.Guyana Times spoke with a reliable source close to the leadership of the AFC and was told that the party leader, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, will be looking to argue the case before Cabinet that Dr Ally’s legal woes in the United States of America should beDr Shamir Allyconsidered a “spent conviction”.A spent conviction refers to a penalty effectively being ignored on a person’s record given the time that has lapsed since the original charges were laid.This is the argument since the charges are now 14 years old and the party’s leadership is arguing that Dr Ally should not still be held liable or unworthy as Guyana’s Ambassador to Kuwait.The source has pointed out too that the party’s leadership, in making its case on behalf of Dr Ally, will point to the fact that he is a recipient of the highest award of the US Republican Party and will suggest that if this party saw Dr Ally as fit to receive the award despite his legal troubles, why should he be made to demit a ‘local’ diplomatic posting.According to reports, on May 11, 1994, Dr Ally received the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle Medal of Freedom from then US President George Bush for dedication, unwavering support, and as a prominent leader in the Republican Party –the highest honour the Republican members of the US Senate can bestow.The AFC, over the weekend, also in defence of its key supporter said since 2002, Dr Ally has continued to function unimpeded at very high levels in and out of the United States, voting at all national elections, city and town elections.At Indian Trail, North Carolina, Dr Ally was also sworn in to serve on six Town Boards and Committees from 2014 to December 2015.More recently, in February 2015, the North Carolina Secretary of State appointed Dr Ally as a Notary Public.The party was at the time adamant that Dr Ally was charged and required to pay a penalty by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was not convicted of a crime.The AFC, over the weekend, issued a missive in defence of Dr Ally, denying he was the mastermind in the US fraud scheme and instead claimed he inherited the accounting system. The party said he “vehemently denied the charges, but agreed to pay the US$10,000 penalty under protest”.Dr Ally and his co-accused had copped an out-of-court plea deal with the SEC to pay fines ranging from US$10,000 to US$50,000.He was charged in 2002 by the Commission for “the dissemination of false financial information” using his company, Acrodyne.The Guyana diplomat and others were said to be “aware of numerous and significant problems with Acrodyne’s accounting controls, but failed to assure that Acrodyne’s financial transactions were accurately recorded”.According to the AFC’s statement, Dr Ally was charged jointly with two other senior executives of Acrodyne, but “instead of proceeding with a long and costly trial, the three professionals were strongly advised by that company’s Attorney-at-Law, Mr Steven Thomas, to make a deal with the SEC to pay fines without admission of guilt”.This was done, but Dr Ally, in denying culpability, said the financial practices for which he was charged were in place when he started working at the company.He accused the SEC of “making him a scapegoat since the accounting procedures he had worked with, he had inherited from his predecessors, and he has consistently iterated that he worked under close supervision”.Dr Ally, in continuing to deny guilt, said he was prevented access to the accounting records “which would have enabled him to substantially rebut the SEC’s 2002 charge”.The AFC said that Dr Ally was employed by Acrodyne for a short period, “from February 2, 1999 to May 9, 1999 as the Cost Accounting Manager… On May 10, 1999, he was promoted to Controller and he served in this position for 15 months up to July 10, 2000.”Dr Ally was fired from Acrodyne in July 2000, circumstances he blamed on a “power struggle, falling revenue/income & a depleting labour force” in the company.He was later charged along with two other Acrodyne executives, including its President in May 2002, by the SEC with civil action.Dr Ally, in seeking to provide an explanation, said Acrodyne used to prepare quarterly financial reports “based on some actual, and some estimated figures”.He said the company would, at the end of the year, do an annual stock taking and these reports would be audited and sent to the SEC.He maintains that this system of preparing records based in part on estimates “was Standard Operating Procedure at Acrodyne”.In March 2003, the SEC had ordered Acrodyne to cease and desist from future violations of the anti-fraud, periodic reporting, and books and records provisions of the Exchange.last_img read more

Kenneth Best to Speak at Cuttington’s Commencement

first_imgThe Board of Trustees, Faculty Senate and student leadership at the faith-based Cuttington University (CU), formerly Cuttington University College (CUC), in Suakoko, near Gbarnga, Bong County, have selected veteran Liberian journalist Kenneth Y. Best to address the 53rd Commencement Convocation.Mr. Best, a 1963 CU graduate, is the publisher and managing director of the renowned independent newspaper, Daily Observer, published by the Liberian Observer Corporation.He will deliver his speech on Saturday, June 28 on Cuttington’s main campus in Suakoko, near Gbarnga.Best’s selection, according to faculty sources, is based on his concern for quality education and the growth and development of the Liberian society, where he has over the years, remained the “voice of the voiceless.”As a prolific writer and a powerful speaker, Mr. Best’s speech is expected to center on societal ills, which over the years, have plagued the country, leaving Liberians poor, powerless and vulnerable.Kenneth Y. Best was born on October 28, 1938, in Harrisburg, on the bank of the St. Paul River in Montserrado County.He is a product of St. Patrick’s Elementary School on Snapper Hill, Monrovia, the Booker Washington Institute, where he was a member of the Class of ’59, graduating with a diploma in Agriculture. In 1960 he entered Cuttington, where in his sophomore year he was appointed editor of the Cuttington Review, a literary magazine, which he ran until his graduation in 1963.Graduating on December 2 that year, with the Bachelor’s in English and Political Science, he was appointed the next day as Assistant to the Dean of Liberal Arts of the University of Liberia.  In April 1964 he was called to the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, where he started as an Information Officer.  He later studied Journalism at the Berlin Institut for Publizistic in Berlin, West Germany and later at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, New York, where in 1967 he received the Master’s in Comparative Journalism.Returning home in 1968, he was appointed Director of Press and Publications at Information and in 1972 President W.R. Tolbert, Jr. appointed Kenneth Assistant Minister for Information in the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT).Kenneth took the hand of his workmate at Information, Ms. Mae Gene Traub, in marriage on July 17, 1971.  The couple has been blessed with six children, two foster children (five daughters and three sons), and nine grandchildren.In December 1973 Mr. Best resigned his post at Information to become Information Director at the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) in Nairobi, Kenya.  There he helped develop communication strategies for African churches and published several AACC publications.  He was the co-founder, with the Information Directors of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), of the All Africa Press Service.  The service produced a weekly package of news and features about African churches and nations.  Mr. Best conducted journalism seminars throughout the continent in order to develop a cadre of reporters for the Service.In 1980, he resigned his AACC post to return to Liberia to launch, along with his wife Mae Gene, the Daily Observer, Liberia’s first independent daily newspaper.  The newspaper’s maiden issue was published on February 16, 1981. In 1990 in the heat of the war it became impossible to continue publishing the Daily Observer, which had suffered great persecution under the military regime of Samuel K. Doe. Mr. Best and his family sought exile in The Gambia on August 1, 1990, and there they started a second daily newspaper by the same name, Observer.  Though most people, including the seven journalists the Bests met in that country, did not believe that the country was ready for a daily newspaper.  But the Bests persisted and launched their second daily on May 11, 1992.  The newspaper took off in three weeks and became highly successful.  But following a military coup d’etat, overthrowing the democratically elected government of President Sir Dawda Jawara, the Gambian Observer told the story of the coup to the world.  However, when the newspaper started reporting on the human rights violations of the military regime, Mr. Best and several of his reporters were arrested and imprisoned, and a week later, on October 30, 1994, Kenneth was deported back to Liberia. A week later he received an invitation to address a media conference at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  In January 1995 Kenneth and his family applied for political asylum.  He remained in the USA for 11 years, and returned to Liberia in June, 2005 to re-launch the Daily Observer.  The newspaper reappeared on the newsstands in three weeks, after 15 years of exile.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Industry Fair Held for Dutch Trade Delegation Today

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Sustainable Marketplace Initiative Liberia (SMI-L) in conjunction with the National Investment Commission (NIC) and SPARK will today, July 6, host an industry fair for the visiting Dutch trade delegation, comprising 41 businesses from the Netherlands.The delegation, led by Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, is visiting Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus disease and striving to recover from huge economic losses.According to statement released by the delegation, the Dutch companies are interested in partnerships with local Liberian firms, in the areas of Agriculture, health care, automotive, among others.The goal of the visit is to promote trade between the Netherlands and Ebola affected countries and allow Liberian businesses have the opportunity to network with companies in the Netherlands providing information (IT), logistics, shipping, port maintenance and pharmaceutical services and products.The visit is the second Dutch business delegation to visit Liberia. The first was in 2012, during which the delegation evaluated opportunities for investment in the agricultural sector.SMI-L is sponsoring the Dutch trade fair as part of its business linkages service, which assists international buyers in identifying cost-competitive and high-quality domestic products and services. To date, SMI-L has facilitated over $3 million worth of contracts through this service. SMI-L is implemented by Building Markets, a non-profit social enterprise that works to create jobs and sustain peace in developing countries by championing local entrepreneurs and connecting them to new business opportunities.The USAID Sustainable Marketplace Initiative Liberia (SMI-L) creates jobs and sustains peace by working across sectors with both large and small companies to support local businesses, build and strengthen local supply chains, and ensure monies spent in Liberia stay in Liberia.Since its inception in March 2012, USAID SMI-L has supported more than 153 local businesses in winning contracts worth $50 million and enabled businesses to create over 1,500 full-time jobs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 4 personnel to get increased medical training – RHO

first_imgAs the Regional Democratic Council’s Regional Health Department forges ahead with an aggressive plan for 2018, the Regional Health Officer (RHO), Dr Quincy Jones has promised that there would be an increase in training opportunities for medical personnel within the Region.Region Four Health Officer, Dr Quincy JonesDr Jones said that this was part of the RDC’s vision of further strengthening and improving the effectiveness of medical personnel working at the various health centres throughout Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), thus ensuring that patients seeking various services could be effectively treated.“Since assuming the office of Regional Health Officer, it has been part of my overall vision and mandate to increase training, as with improved and increased training, then there will certainly be an overall improvement in the health care that is given to the general public,” he said.Dr Jones noted that a number of persons continue to seek medical attention at the two premier public hospitals – Georgetown Public Hospital and Diamond hospital – noting that in many circumstances the services they sought were offered by their respective health centres.“You have situations whereby persons go to either GPHC or Diamond hospital for services that they could have received at their health centres and as such, they are forced to wait for long hours because of the immense pressures on the medical personnel at these two hospitals. However, we are seeking to bring our medical personnel at the various health centres up to par and to ensure that they are trained effectively in a number of areas and ways, thus ensuring that they can render some of the services that they [members of the public] are seeking elsewhere,” he said.However, REO Pauline Lucas, in commending Dr Jones for his aggressive plan, said quality and enhanced health care would certainly help in boosting the productivity level of all. He further noted that once patients and residents could access improved health care holistically, the country’s human resources would improve. He added that this could only be possible with the appropriate training of medical personnel.Dr Jones reassured the public that persons seeking services at the various health centres in Region Four could be assured of sustained development and improved results, adding that he continued to meet with all levels of medical personnel operating at the health centres.“It’s no secret that the general public has concerns over the health-care services that they receive from the Government-run institutions, thus resulting in some seeking private services,  but I want to assure all that we within the region with the  RDC’s support are working towards holistic development,” he declared.REO Lucas, in commenting on the many training opportunities that would be made available to staff with the Regional Health Department, urged those benefiting to be dedicated, committed and, most importantly, disciplined. He said that they must be cognisant of value for money via demonstration of the skills and knowledge that they would gain from all the training programmes.“As the REO, I have and will continue to stress the importance of equal opportunities and to say that my office will continue to support the programmes and mandate of the Regional Health Officer as he continues to enhance and further develop our health sector,” she said.Dr Jones said that while they have already completed several training programmes thus far for the year, there were quite a number of additional training programmes that would be implemented. He also noted that another four doctors have been added to the Region’s health personnel.last_img read more

Ski & Snowmobile Report for Northeastern BC – Jan 15 2009

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Citrus student wins honor

first_imgLinda Bermudez is the type of student who teachers would call a model scholar – smart, engaging and motivated. But the 22-year-old Citrus College student nearly saw her pursuit for a college education derailed because of the one thing she didn’t have – money. Raised in a single-parent household, Bermudez’s mother worked two jobs to support her three children. Bermudez’s two older brothers sacrificed their own education to take jobs to help keep the family afloat. “I was the first one to graduate from high school and the first one to attend college,” Bermudez said. With help from Citrus College’s Extended Opportunity Programs & Services department and funds saved from her job at Sav-on Pharmacy, the Pasadena resident managed to continue her education. Bermudez was honored Friday for academic honors at a ceremony recognizing students in the EOP&S department graduating from school, transferring to a four-year college or students who have achieved a high grade-point-average. EOP&S helps economically and educationally disadvantaged students to transfer to a four-year college or find a job in an interesting field. In Bermudez’s case, the department’s vouchers have covered the cost of books and much of her tuition paid for by a Board of Governor’s waiver, which helps low-income students. A 2003 graduate from Marshall Fundamental High School, Bermudez was forced to take a two-year hiatus from school, unlike her college-bound classmates. Working full-time at the Sav-on allowed her to save enough to purchase a car and enroll in a summer class at Citrus. She acknowledges that it is still difficult to see some of her former classmates graduating from college, when “I’m just starting.” “I always planned to go to a four-year college after high school so it was difficult to let that go,” she acknowledged. Natalie Mendoza, her EOP&S counselor, said that Bermudez is self-driven and motivated. “She has grown a lot and being involved in the honors program has given her a huge motivation and pushed her in the right direction,” Mendoza said. Bermudez said that with her mother working multiple jobs, she was forced to take on the roles of mother and student. “The support from the family was always there though,” she said. School provides an escape, she said, and if she is not in class or studying in the library, Bermudez can be seen around campus speaking to prospective students or giving them a tour of the campus, in her role as a student ambassador. “I love to learn,” she said. If she accomplishes her goals, Bermudez will have a Ph.D in psychology. Going down that road means she will be in school for for at least the next five to 10 years, but the two-year break helped her realize her priorities. “I appreciate every opportunity now. I just enjoy going to class.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Henry, Vieira reunion ends in stalemate

first_img0Shares0000Thierry Henry embraces Patrick Vieira prior to Wednesday’s clash between Monaco and Nice © AFP / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Jan 16 – It was honours even between Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira as the old France and Arsenal teammates clashed for the first time as coaches on Wednesday in a controversy-laden 1-1 draw between Monaco and Nice.The presence of the two greats in the respective dugouts made an international event out of what is usually little more than a hotly contested local derby on the Cote d’Azur. It was a spicy encounter, with Allan Saint-Maximin putting Nice ahead before youngster Benoit Badiashile levelled for the hosts in the second half.Nice played half the game with 10 men but also saw Saint-Maximin miss a great chance to win all three points when he had a late penalty saved.Members of France’s 1998 World Cup-winning side and later colleagues for six years in Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team, Henry and Vieira embraced warmly before kick-off at the Stade Louis II.They did so again at full-time, both allowing themselves a smile even though the stalemate did not satisfy either man.“It was strange,” Henry said about taking on his old friend.“We played together for a long time and we came up the steps together,” from the dressing rooms. “We had a little chat but we were both focused on the match.”Henry’s side are scrapping to pull away from the relegation zone in Ligue 1, and they remain 19th in the table, three points adrift of outright safety. They have still not won at home this season.“A point is not enough, but we could also have been talking about a defeat here,” he said.Vieira’s Nice, meanwhile, have lost just once in 10 league matches but might regret dropping two points in their quest to qualify for Europe.“Thierry can be pleased, but that said the draw was the right result,” admitted Vieira, who took over last year after leaving New York City FC.– Fabregas absent –Henry and Vieira were facing each other as coaches for the first time © AFP / VALERY HACHEHenry, 41, has now won just twice in 11 league games since being appointed to his first coaching job in October, although performances have improved since the turn of the year.He will also wonder how this game might have ended had new signing Cesc Fabregas been available.The Spaniard — another former protege of Wenger’s at Arsenal — joined from Chelsea last week and made his debut at Marseille on Sunday.Unveiled to the media earlier on Wednesday, he was nevertheless ineligible for this match because it was originally supposed to be played in December before being postponed due to security concerns linked to the ‘yellow vest’ protest movement in France.Fabregas instead watched from the stands, and he saw Saint-Maximin, a former Monaco player, put Nice in front on the half-hour mark, running through to score after some sloppy play from the home side.– Penalty miss –That has characterised Monaco’s season, but they were helped when Nice were reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage time.Allan Saint-Maximin scored for Nice against his old team but later missed a penalty © AFP / VALERY HACHEIhsan Sacko raked his studs down the calf of Benjamin Henrichs, and was shown a straight red card after the referee reviewed the images.The hosts then drew level early in the second half, Badiashile’s header just crossing the line despite the best efforts of Nice ‘keeper Walter Benitez.There was controversy as referee Benoit Bastien used VAR again to give 10-man Nice a penalty in the 76th minute, despite the footage suggesting that Youcef Atal had dived.Henry will feel that justice was done, though, as Saint-Maximin’s kick was saved by Diego Benaglio.The home side could still have won it late on, but Radamel Falcao’s shot came back off the post, and Monaco are now just a point clear of bottom side Guingamp, who defeated Rennes 2-1.Champions League hopefuls Lyon needed a brilliant late free-kick by Nabil Fekir to grab a point in a 2-2 draw at Toulouse, while Nimes beat Nantes 1-0.Marseille’s rotten run persisted as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Saint-Etienne despite taking a first-half lead through Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman.Wahbi Khazri levelled from the penalty spot on the hour and the Tunisian slammed home a brilliant winner two minutes from time to bump Saint-Etienne up to third.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jose Mourinho makes SHOCK revelation about his Chelsea squad

first_img Jose Mourinho 1 Jose Mourinho says none of his Chelsea players are untouchable.The Blues boss memorably described the nucleus of his first Chelsea side as permanent names on the team-sheet, but believes his underperforming players are short of that status this term.“Untouchables in football, only consistency can give you that status,” said Mourinho, whose champions are 15th in the Premier League after two wins in the opening seven games.“You have to be a fantastic player, but you have to be consistent.“In this moment we have fantastic players, the players that gave us the title last season. But football is about today, it’s not about yesterday. In football you have to be consistent in your performance, in your emotion.“To be a winner you don’t need to win all the time, but to be a winner you must have a strong mentality every game, every day. At this moment I don’t have untouchables.”Chelsea have Diego Costa available for Tuesday night’s Champions League Group G clash at Porto, Mourinho’s former club, with the striker in the middle of a three-match domestic ban.Mourinho lauded Costa’s performance in the win over Arsenal, when the Brazil-born Spain striker was a nuisance and retrospectively banned for grappling with Laurent Koscielny.Asked if he would like 11 players to show the same desire of Costa, Mourinho said: “I think we would lose every game because the desire to suspend him is so big that we wouldn’t have players to start the game.“I’m happy to have only one and let him play until they decide to suspend him again.”last_img read more

Wenger to drop defender after nightmare performance? Predicted Arsenal line up v Bournemouth

first_img 11 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 14. Theo Walcott (right wing) 11 11 3. Kieran Gibbs (left back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 5. Gabriel Paulista (centre back) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 11 16. Aaron Ramsey (centre midfield) 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left wing) 11 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) Arsenal are looking to immediately bounce back after throwing away the chance to go top of the Premier League table on Boxing Day.Arsene Wenger’s men were beaten 4-0 by an inspired Southampton, a result that has been met with considerable frustration given Leicester City’s defeat to Liverpool could have seen the Gunners leapfrog the Foxes to first place.Having put in such a woeful performance versus the Saints, could Wenger therefore make some notable changes to his line up against a Bournemouth side unbeaten in six?Have a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 21. Calum Chambers (centre midfield) 11last_img read more