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“You don’t achieve this kind of target if you’re not close to each other and you don’t have the same target. “We were really united, a strong team and when you look at the talented players we had in that team, it was fantastic.” Wenger admits the achievements of his then all-conquering squad can even now be difficult to comprehend. “At the time when you do it, it just looks normal and natural,” he said. “When I look back at the photos today and I see the quality of each player, I think that’s when you realise that it was an exceptional team. Not only those who played regularly, but also those who were on the bench. “It had never been done in the Premier League until then and I can’t remember anybody winning the championship without losing a game. “I’m very proud of that because there’s not a lot of room to do better. Apart from that, the quality of the players I had was absolutely exceptional.” It is 10 years this month since the Gunners’ incredible 49-game unbeaten streak was finally ended by title rivals Manchester United in an emotionally-charged showdown at Old Trafford. Arsene Wenger’s men had not tasted a league defeat at all in the 2003-04 season and in doing so matched a feat which had only been achieved once before in the top flight – by the Preston side of 1888-89. Patrick Vieira expects another team to one day emulate Arsenal’s Invincibles and go unbeaten throughout a full Barclays Premier League campaign. Press Association However, on the same day Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock suggested today’s Chelsea team may well finish this season unbeaten too, Vieira concedes Arsenal’s monumental achievement could well be repeated someday. Former midfielder Vieira, who was speaking at Manchester’s National Football Museum where he was being inducted into the English Hall of Fame, told Press Association Sport: “Yes, I think it will be matched one day. “Records are there to be beaten and that will be achieved one day by one team. We just have to wait and see which team will do it.” Warnock believes that like Vieira’s Arsenal, Jose Mourinho’s current crop are nearly “flawless” and strong across the board. Vieira, who now works as the head of Manchester City’s elite development squad, thinks the key to the Invincibles’ success was the close bond they shared at Highbury. “That is something that will stay in our memories forever,” the Frenchman added of their historic campaign. “We achieved something that no other teams have achieved so far. “When you look at the team and how close together we were, it was really good to be a part of this team.
March 15, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times UK):13:15 p.m.Valencia’s Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay says that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first Spanish league player to become infected. Associated Press Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “I have tested positive for the coronavirus,” Garay wrote on a social media account Sunday. “I feel well and now the only thing to do is to follow the instructions of health officials to remain confined.” Valencia added in a statement that a total of five members of its staff and team have the new virus, without specifying if Garay is the only player. It says that all are in good health and confined at their homes.Garay, who is recovering from surgery after tearing a ligament in February, said in a message posted on Instagram that “it’s clear that 2020 is starting on the wrong foot.”On Saturday, fellow Spanish club Alavés said that two members of its coaching staff had the virus. It said they are in good health. The Spanish league has suspended play due to the pandemic. The Latest: Spanish soccer league player tests positive
*Ministerial Task Force to begin work today in Sports-cityBy Olawale AjimotokanAfter several years of Illegal occupants and structures within the National Stadium in Lagos, the Ministerial Task Force set up by Youth and Sports Development Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare, will begin work today to identify those to flush out of the facility. Similarly, all illegal occupants at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja have been given a 25-day ultimatum to quit the place to enable rehabilitation work commence.The National Stadium in Lagos became haven to illegal squatters and miscreants over the years as a result of lack of attention from previous administrations.But Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who is determined to leave a lasting legacy in Nigerian sports set up a ministerial task force recently to source for how to renovate and put sports facilities in the country back to maximum use.According to the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister, John Joshua Akanji, the task force will begin work today with the verification of occupants and identification of illegal structures at the complex.The committee headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Gabriel Aduda, is mandated to restore sanity to the complex ahead of the planned concession.Already, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning, Dr. Jide Salako, has been co-opted into the committee as a member.While inaugurating the committee, Mr. Dare charged the committee to bring back the lost glory of the edifice.“The National Stadium, Lagos holds alot of fond memories for our sportsmen and other Nigerians. We shall no longer allow our infrastructures to lie waste. “All our national stadiums shall be put to best use. Abuja and Kaduna are at advanced stages of regaining their prestige.“Lagos has approval from the Federal Government for concession. Before the process is complete, we need to restore sanity to the place. So the work of the task force is cut out. In the past, we had interlopers. Not anymore more. The stadium is now going to be fixed to serve our teeming youth. The task force will carry out its assignment according to the law of the land,” the minister had laid out as part of the brief of the task force.The terms of reference of the commitee include; carry out audit of approved tenants; verify details of tenancy agreement; come up with list of all approved and unapproved physical structures and approved construction; list of all squatters and their business; investigate staff of the Ministry who allow the presence of the squatters; carry out a detailed analysis of all revenue generated at the stadium and take inventory of all shops and businesses within the stadium premises.The commitee headed by Mr. Aduda has members drawn from the Sports Ministry, Lagos State and the organized private sector.Other members of the committee include Dr. Paul Ohido, Director, Sports Medicine, Mr. Mohammed Danjuma, Director, Legal, Mr. Olajide Ajayi TA. To PS, Mr Sola Aiyepeku, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr Peter Nelson Director, PMI, Mr. Alanamu Abolore , Director FM/FASD, Okedairo,DD , SFDA, Alhaji Bode Durotoye, DD/ LO, Lagos, Mr. Abiodun Owoborode, Executive Assitant to HM, Benjamin Ukwuoma, CTO, FASD, Mr.Adeolu Fasanya, SAO,/ FASD, Mr Kehinde Owopetu, CSW/SM, Lagos.Others are Idris Oloruninbe, and Abdulgafar Idris representing the organized private sector.The committee has 21 days to complete its assignment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare
Some items that didn’t make the column from my conversation with Alex Verdugo but were too good to leave out as we discussed hitting, his popular walkup music – “Volver Volver” by Vicente Fernandez – and his, to now, limited grasp of Spanish:Q: It’s one of things when we’re talking to Doc (Dave Roberts) here in the dugout. I asked him, ‘What has impressed you most, what do you like most about Alex?’ And that was the thing he said, that consistency of approach and that consistency of concentration.A: Yeah. Just it’s just like I said it’s one of those things. You know I’m not trying to hit a home run up there. My perfect swing and perfect outcome is a line drive, you know. So no matter where I hit it – line drive to left, center, right, or you know even if it’s at somebody – that’s what I went up there to do. I went up there to hit the ball hard, put the barrel on it, and you know the rest happens. Sometimes you miss under it a little bit and get a homer, sometimes you’re on top of it and hit a hard ground ball.Q: Home runs are flukes sometimes. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Q: From when you first started playing regularly. Are you noticing that there are different patterns?A: I think every team has a different thing that they do. And some teams they want to come in, some teams they want to stay away and and play the up-and-down game. So really for me, it’s just not really mind like where they’re trying to throw me necessarily, just try to get a strike. I want to get the ball in the zone, and you know if the ball is in the strike zone, I feel like I have a pretty good chance of hitting it hard or putting it in play.—Q: And then I guess the walkup music kind of gets the energy going, too. What was behind that?A: It really is something I grew up listening to with my dad. You know, he was Mexican. So just every time he picked me up from school, or he’s cleaning the house, at home, he’s blasting Mexican music and a lot of Vicente for sure. So for me it’s just something I wanted to kind of have as my walkup because it reminds me of being home and with my dad. So it’s something that kind of like relaxes me, and obviously L.A. and the fan base here has taken over and really loved it and reacted amazing to it.Q: And yet you don’t speak Spanish.A: No, no, no, no, no. My dad does, though.Q: Was it the sort of deal where you were taking it in school and it just wasn’t taking? That’s how I felt: I took four years of Spanish and didn’t retain any.A: So when I was younger, my parents would work and then my tia would pick me up and she’d babysit me, and you know she would talk Spanish to me and that’s when I started really talking and I knew more. And then we ended up moving from there to the east side of Tucson, which is just a different area, so (I) kind of like lost the speaking Spanish. At least there every day I was speaking Spanish with her because she was trying to speak Spanish to me. And then once I moved it was kind of like, I got into that mindset. I was like, man, like even if my dad talked in Spanish, I wouldn’t answer. I’d answer in English or something. I think once we moved we kind of like lost it and just … I really didn’t think about speaking Spanish. I was like, my dad speaks it so we’re all right, you know. But yeah, that’s one of the biggest things I wish I would have stuck with and kind of kept going. But it’s never too late. So you know I’m sure I’ll learn and be fluent.Q: And you probably have enough guys in this clubhouse that can help you.A: Yeah, definitely for sure. Once I get a good grasp of it, I’ll be able to use the passive conversations with them and kind of walk my way through some stuff. A: Yeah, for certain people like me I think they’re flukes, kind of just happen, you know, just with being consistent and hitting the ball hard. I think with Belly (Cody Bellinger) and a couple other guys, those aren’t flukes. When they swing the bat, they swing the bat with a purpose and that’s to drive the ball out of the park.Q: Have you ever been tempted to change your swing or tweak your swing, to say, ‘OK, I’m going to try and get the ball in the air,’ or have you been able to pretty much stay with what you’ve got?A: Yeah, it’s really just been stay with what I have. I think now I’m kind of learning when to take my shot early in the counts or when I’m ahead. You know, just take my shot for trying to drive the ball a little bit further, and then after that if I miss it, then you know kind of zone it back up to just hitting line drives.Q: Are guys pitching you differently?A: As in, from what?