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Wenger: Missing out on Champions League will NOT affect Arsenal’s summer plans

first_imgArsene Wenger does not believe Arsenal’s transfer targets will weaken even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.The Gunners are in danger of failing to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition for the first time in 20 seasons, as they are currently languishing outside the top four.Such a scenario has never occurred during Wenger’s reign and there have been fears it could mean the club miss out on players this summer who want Champions League football.However, Wenger has been bullish in his response and does not believe it will have an impact on Arsenal’s transfer dealings.“No, it means we focus on the same players,” said Wenger.“We’ll deal with it. If we have to face it, we’ll deal with it. At the moment, we are not there.” 1 Arsene Wenger last_img


STATE CHAMPIONS: St. Bernard’s downs South-Torrance 34-20 in Division 6-AA title game

first_imgThe Crusaders are in a class of their own.Will Omey ran for four touchdowns and passed for another, the Crusaders scored 27 unanswered points to flip a two-score deficit into a two-touchdown advantage, and the St. Bernard’s football team beat visiting South-Torrance 34-20 in the CIF Division 6-AA state championship game, Saturday night at the Redwood Bowl.“It’s pure joy,” St. Bernard’s head coach Matt Tomlin said. “This senior class has been on a four-year mission to win a state championship. …last_img


SA ends Netball World Champs on a high

first_imgSouth Africa, though, had other ideas and hit back hard in the second quarter as they took over control of the midcourt. By the break, Amanda M ynhardt’s team led 28-26. In a tight match, South Africa capitalised on Irish errors to run out 46-41 victors and set up a clash with African champions Malawi for fifth place. “I’m over the moon,” Burger told Netball South Africa after winning the prestigious award. “It was really unexpected. I don’t have words to express how proud I am.” ContrastThe South African side’s fifth place finish and the sense of optimism that came with it was in stark contrast to how the team performed and how it felt after its opening Pool C game against Jamaica on 4 July. Back footThe loss in their opening encounter set South Africa’’s challenge on the back foot, and meant they needed to win their next two pool matches to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Proteas’ early loss to Jamaica left them with a very tough quarterfinal showdown against world number one New Zealand. NemesisThe Malawians had finished fifth in the previous edition of the World Championships and had proven to be South Africa’s nemesis in recent times. It appeared that story would continue when the Malawi opened up a 15-10 lead after the first quarter in the battle for fifth. Shut downSouth Africa started brightly and led 11-10 after the opening quarter. After that, however, they were shut down by the Silver Ferns, with former South African star Leana de Bruin performing brilliantly on defence on her way to a player of the match winning performance as the Kiwis went on to a 58-28 victory. FinalAustralia successfully defended their world title in a scintillating final against New Zealand, which went to extra time. In front of a very loud crowd, the Diamonds edged it 58-57. The Jamaicans were ranked just above South Africa in the world rankings and the sides appeared well matched as the game got under way. It was goal for goal until the end of the first quarter when the Jamaicans managed to open up a four-goal advantage at 15-11. They then dominated the next quarter 19-9 to go into the half 34-20 ahead. From there they pulled well clear to record a big 72-45 win. Narrow leadBotswana, ranked 10 places below South Africa, came out of the blocks strongly and led 11-9 after the first quarter. South Africa won the next quarter 14-7 to take a narrow 23-18 lead into half-time.center_img As a result of their loss to New Zealand, South Africa was left to battle it out for fifth to eighth places with Northern Ireland, Malawi, and Trinidad and Tobago. First up for the South Africans was Northern Ireland. Former South African Irene van Dyk starred for New Zealand, scoring 34 points on 34 out of 35 shooting. With Jamaica having defeated Botswana and South Africa’s neighbours having beaten Singapore in the tournament opener, it came down to South Africa versus Botswana to decide which Pool C team joined the Jamaicans in the quarterfinals. In their next game, hosts Singapore were well supported by a patriotic crowd and started strongly to lead 15-13 after the first quarter. South Africa’s netball team finished the World Netball Championships in Singapore on a high on Saturday when they claimed first place in Africa and fifth place in the world rankings. Putting the cherry on the top, Erin Burger was named Player of the Tournament. After the restart South Africa took charge and two 17-10 quarters saw them to a convincing 57-38 victory. They continued their dominance in the third quarter, taking it 17-9 to lead 45-35, which looked like a comfortable margin, but the Malawians were not yet done. Their goal shooter Mwayi Kumwenda and goal attack Sindi Simtowe were in fine form and ultimately missed only one of 50 shots in the game, and they combined to bring Malawi within breathing distance of South Africa in the final quarter. However, it was too little too late for Malawi as they came up two goals shy, with South Africa claiming a 52-50 victory. 11 July 2011 South Africa turned the contest on its head in the second quarter, however, dominating it 19-6 to take a 32-21 lead into the break. They continued to put space between themselves and the hosts in the remainder of the game and triumphed 70-33. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more