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North London Derby: Tottenham, Arsenal Battle for Top-Four Place

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s shock defeat to Burnley, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed that it could be up to 10 years before his team are able to win the Premier League title.If that seems like a lengthy wait the past seven days will have felt almost as long, with Tottenham following that Burnley loss up with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Chelsea on Wednesday.The only team Spurs dislike more than Chelsea is Arsenal, so the prospect of suffering three league defeats in a row for the first time since November 2012 at the hands of the Gunners – who were also responsible for the third defeat in that run, incidentally – will be a difficult one for them to stomach.It is more than just their pride which could be damaged this weekend, though, as Spurs are in serious danger of being dragged into a tightly-contested top-four battle when just seven days ago they were regarded as outsiders for the title.Victory over Burnley would have closed the gap to just two points at the top of the table, but Pochettino’s side are now nine adrift of the leaders and very much looking over their shoulders with only five points separating them from in-form Manchester United in fifth.Arsenal, United and Chelsea all gained three points on Tottenham in midweek and the big matches keep on coming for the Lilywhites with Borussia Dortmund to follow this derby next Tuesday.Pochettino can afford to push that match to the back of his mind for now, although if the current slump continues beyond the visit of Arsenal then even their 3-0 first-leg lead in that Champions League last-16 tie may not be safe.One of the more surprising elements of Tottenham’s two recent defeats is that they have both come away from home, where Spurs had the best record in Europe’s top five leagues beforehand. The return to Wembley may be a welcome one, then, despite having still picked up more points on the road than they have in front of their own fans.Tottenham have won their last four home games across all competitions, and another victory on Saturday would see them become the first team to beat Arsenal on three separate occasions at Wembley.Pochettino has also never lost a home Premier League game against the Gunners, and the pattern of home advantage proving important in this fixture continues in that only one of the last 16 league meetings have been won by the away team.There are still plenty of signs pointing towards a Tottenham win, then, but they may not be relishing the visit of their closest enemies quite as much as they were just a week or so ago.Unai Emery took over at Arsenal with top-four football as the number one objective, and as things stand he is on course to achieve it.There have been questions throughout the campaign, but realistically breaking into those Champions League places in his first season at the helm was a big ask considering they finished sixth last season and needed to adapt to the end of the Arsene Wenger era.The fact that Arsenal could move to within one point of a Spurs side that just a week ago were regarded as title challengers should be applauded, then, but there is plenty more work to be done.Manchester United’s form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left little margin for error in the top-four race, while Chelsea’s victory over Spurs has the feel of a turning point for the Blues and manager Maurizio Sarri too.It is in Arsenal’s hands at the moment, though, and it is up to them to keep clear of their rivals in a potentially season-defining run of fixtures which sees the Gunners face United in their next league game after this derby. Arsenal are certainly arriving into that decisive domestic double-header in the sort of form they require, having won five of their last six Premier League games – as many as they had managed in their previous 13.It is a different story when solely looking at away form, though; Arsenal have lost three of their last four outings on the road across all competitions and their only two away wins since November have come against League One Blackpool and Premier League basement club Huddersfield Town.Victory at Wembley would see Emery’s side record back-to-back away league wins for the first time since October, but they have lost as many top-flight games as they have won on their travels so far this term and would sit eighth in the table if only away form counted.Arsenal fans will be hoping that the old cliche of the formbook going out of the window for such matches is true to a certain extent this weekend, then, although they will also feel that this is a good time to be playing a stuttering Spurs off the back of their joint-biggest win under Emery.Emery believes the opportunity to inch close to within a point of Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League will be a “big motivation” for his players ahead of today’s north London derby.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With two successive loses in less than one week, Tottenham Hotspurs’ Premier League dream is now in ruin, therefore, hanging on to top-four position is now the ambition. That is why today’s encounter between the two North London rivals will be more than a derby as Arsenal are not prepared to lose their grip on the fourth positionWembley plays host to the 198th North London derby today lunchtime as Tottenham Hotspur take on Arsenal looking to arrest an alarming dip in form.Back-to-back defeats have threatened to drag Spurs into the top-four race, and their fiercest rivals could inflict more misery on them by moving to within one point with victory at the national stadium.last_img read more


Arsenal host Man Utd in FA Cup 4th round

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | The FA Cup’s two most successful ever sides will meet in the fourth round as Arsenal host Manchester United in the last 32.Premier League champions Manchester City are at home to Burnley, while Tottenham face a tough trip to Crystal Palace.Holders Chelsea have an easier task with Sheffield Wednesday or Luton to travel to Stamford Bridge.Wolves’ reward for beating Liverpool 2-1 on Monday is a trip to either Shrewsbury or Stoke.The ties will be played between January 25th and 28th.Draw in full:Swansea v GillinghamAFC Wimbledon v West HamShrewsbury or Stoke v WolvesMillwall v EvertonBrighton v West Brom Bristol City v BoltonAccrington v Derby or SouthamptonDoncaster v OldhamChelsea v Sheffield Wednesday or LutonNewcastle or Blackburn v WatfordMiddlesbrough v NewportManchester City v BurnleyBarnet v BrentfordPortsmouth v QPRArsenal v Manchester UnitedCrystal Palace v TottenhamShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Walmart Temporarily Reducing Hours Beginning Sunday

first_imgOne of America’s largest chains says it is temporarily adjusting its hours in order to better accommodate its customers and employees amid coronavirus concerns.Walmart announced in a statement Sunday that the change takes effect Sunday in all stores.The company’s stores and Neighborhood Markets will now open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice.“This will help ensure associates can stock the products our customers are looking for and to perform cleaning and sanitizing,” says Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer. Stores currently operating under more reduced hours will keep their current hours of operation.Read the company’s full statement here.last_img


NFL seeks right answer for marijuana use

first_imgIn this Oct. 24, 1993, file photo, New York Jets defensive lineman Marvin Washington (97) tackles Buffalo Bills’ Thurman Thomas (34) in the third quarter of a football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)Marijuana is casting an ever-thickening haze across NFL locker rooms, and it’s not simply because more players are using it.As attitudes toward the drug soften, and science slowly teases out marijuana’s possible benefits for concussions and other injuries, the NFL is reaching a critical point in navigating its tenuous relationship with what is recognized as the analgesic of choice for many of its players.“It’s not, let’s go smoke a joint,” retired NFL defensive lineman Marvin Washington said. “It’s, what if you could take something that helps you heal faster from a concussion, that prevents your equilibrium from being off for two weeks and your eyesight for being off for four weeks?”One challenge the NFL faces is how to bring marijuana into the game as a pain reliever without condoning its use as a recreational drug. And facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of former players complaining about the effects of prescription painkillers they say were pushed on them by team trainers and doctors, the NFL is looking for other ways to help players deal with the pain from a violent game.A Gallup poll last year found 58 percent of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized. That’s already happened in Colorado and Washington — the states that are home of last season’s Super Bowl teams.The World Anti-Doping Agency has said it does not need to catch out-of-competition marijuana users. And at least one high-profile coach, Pete Carroll of the champion Seahawks, publicly said he’d like to see the NFL study whether marijuana can help players.There are no hard numbers on how many NFL players are using marijuana, but anecdotal evidence, including the arrest or league discipline of no fewer than a dozen players for pot over the past 18 months, suggests use is becoming more common.Washington Redskins defensive back Ryan Clark didn’t want to pinpoint the number of current NFL players who smoke pot but said, “I know a lot of guys who don’t regularly smoke marijuana who would use it during the season.”Washington wouldn’t put a specific number on it but said he, too, knew his share of players who weren’t shy about lighting up when he was in the league, including one guy “who just hated the pain pills they were giving out at the time.” Another longtime defensive lineman, Marcellus Wiley, estimates half the players in the average NFL locker room were using it by the time he shut down his career in 2006.“They are leaning on it to cope with the pain,” said Wiley, who played defensive line in the league for 10 seasons. “They are leaning on it to cope with the anxiety of the game.”The NFL is fighting lawsuits on two fronts — concussions and painkillers — both of which, some argue, could be positively influenced if marijuana were better tolerated by the league.The science, however, is slow-moving and expensive and might not ever be conclusive, says behavioral psychologist Ryan Vandrey, who studies marijuana use at John Hopkins. Marijuana may work better for some people, while narcotics and other painkillers might be better for others.“Different medicines work differently from person to person,” Vandrey said. “There’s pretty good science that shows marijuana does have pain relieving properties. Whether it’s a better pain reliever than the other things available has never been evaluated.”Washington, who is part of the concussion lawsuit, is working with a bio-pharmaceutical and phyto-medical company called KannaLife Sciences that recently received licensing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a drug to treat concussions using derivatives from medical marijuana.last_img read more


Veronique Hivon considered favourite for PQ leader says she wont run

first_imgQUEBEC — One of the most popular advocates for Quebec sovereignty and the woman considered the favourite to take over the embattled Parti Quebecois has announced she will not run for leader.Veronique Hivon told reporters today her family has never needed her more since she entered politics, and passing up a run for PQ leader was the only decision she could make given her family circumstances.Hivon was first elected for the PQ in 2008 and represents the riding of Joliette, about 70 kilometres northeast of Montreal.She earned respect from members of all parties for her work on Quebec’s assisted dying legislation, the first of its kind in Canada. She introduced the bill in 2013 while in government with the PQ and the Liberals took up much of her work when they came to power a year later. The legislation was adopted in 2014.Hivon ran for PQ leader in 2016 but withdrew for health reasons. The winner, Jean-Francois Lisee, recognized Hivon’s popularity and named her deputy leader ahead of the 2018 provincial election.Both Lisee and Hivon’s faces were featured on PQ campaign material and on the leader’s bus, but her star power wasn’t enough to save the struggling party from finishing third with just 10 seats.The PQ quickly fell to fourth after its youngest member, Catherine Fournier, quit to sit as an independent in March 2019. Fournier said the PQ had become irrelevant.Hivon remains a member of the legislature for Joliette. The PQ has not yet set a date for its leadership campaign. Hivon says it won’t take place before 2020.Hivon says the party and its members deserve someone who can offer the level of commitment necessary to rebuild the party. She told reporters the PQ can put itself back together “one brick at a time.” But given her family situation, she can’t be the one to lead that process.“It happens in life, that we go through personal and family challenges, and I think we don’t have the choice but to live them,” Hivon said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Three more suspects wanted in Sunday shooting of ex Police

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPolice are asking for help in finding three more suspects in that bold daytime ambush of an ex police officer outside of Sunny Foods on Sunday afternoon in Provo. A group of three masked and armed men is said to have done the dastardly deed of nearly killing Tag Security Services, CEO, Alboin Williams. The culprits shot the man four times, and thankfully for a bullet proof vest, Williams survived the harrowing ordeal. At last check, two were in custody helping the investigation and a vehicle believed to be a part of the robbery was apprehended near the scene in Five Cays. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img


4 die as car plunges into ditch

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