Defender Carl Jenkinson swept home another for his first Arsenal goal as the visitors closed out a comfortable victory ahead of their Wembley return, while Norwich, who sacked manager Chris Hughton with just five matches left, must now regroup for life in the Sky Bet Championship along with Cardiff and Fulham. Wilshere made a welcome return to the squad following a fractured foot suffered on international duty against Denmark in March, while with fourth place already secure and perhaps one eye on the FA Cup final, Lukasz Fabianski started in goal. Caretaker Canaries boss Neil Adams found no place in the match-day squad for club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who managed just one goal and along with captain Sebastien Bassong – another conspicuous by his absence – looks set to leave in the summer. With nothing other than pride to play for, Norwich – who actually had a decent home record this season – started brightly. On 17 minutes winger Nathan Redmond – one of the few summer buys to have performed consistently well – cut in from the left and drilled an angled shot from 20 yards which Fabianski palmed behind. The tempo of the match, however, was soon pedestrian again, which in the circumstance of both teams was understandable. Just before the half-hour mark a clever backheel from Olivier Giroud in the left side of the penalty area created space for Lukas Podolski, but goalkeeper Ruddy – the England international another likely to join the summer exodus from Norfolk – was out quickly to make a smart save. The Norwich number one then produced a quite remarkable stop after a neat one-two put Giroud clear, but the Arsenal forward’s chipped drive was pushed over at point-blank range. Norwich’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League was confirmed as Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners at Carrow Road, where England midfielder Jack Wilshere made his long-awaited return from injury. Arsenal were finally finding some rhythm, as another quick interchange on the edge of the Norwich box teed up Ramsey, whose snapshot was blocked by Michael Turner. Ruddy was again called into action five minutes from half-time when he tipped over a fine curling 20-yard effort from Giroud. There was not much more enthusiasm following the restart, before a moment of pure quality finally broke the deadlock. Giroud held the ball up on the edge of the Norwich penalty area before chipping a cross to the back post. Ramsey dropped a yard deep and volleyed the ball up over Ruddy into the top-right corner for a strike of the highest technical order. With the game, and ultimately their season, gone, Norwich handed a first-team debut to Jamar Loza, the 19-year-old forward just back from spells at Leyton Orient and Southend. But he was on the pitch just four minuted when Arsenal went 2-0 ahead. Full-back Kieran Gibbs carried the ball to the left touchline before cutting it back into a crowded box, where Jenkinson prodded it home. The life-long Arsenal fan wheeled away to the travelling support in wild celebration of his first goal for the club. Wilshere then replaced Ramsey to give him a run-out ahead of the FA Cup final and a likely summer trip to Brazil. There was also a welcome late cameo for Abou Diaby, the France midfielder recovered from a serious knee injury to play in his first match since March 2013. Fabianski saved bravely at the feet of Robert Snodgrass, the Norwich player of the season in a forgettable campaign, as the Gunners, already assured of a Champions League qualifying place, closed out a fifth straight league win. The Canaries were already all but down – needing to win, West Brom to lose and by a 17-goal swing. Arsenal, who play in the FA Cup final next weekend, were not in a generous mood. Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, hoping to be in Roy Hodgson’s England squad along with Wilshere when it is named on Monday, made three impressive saves in the first half before he was beaten by a fine strike by Aaron Ramsey on 53 minutes. Press Association
Meanwhile, in the Clippers’ past four games – all losses – they’ve been allowing an average of 120 points per game, 5.3 points more than their season average, while getting outscored by 12.5 points.“You catch teams at different times of the year,” said Rivers, in his 20th season as a head coach. “You catch them at one point when they’re playing poorly or when they’re playing well, (and) when you play a team that’s playing well, you have to play great to beat them.“And right now, (the Warriors) are playing really well, so we’re going to have to play well to beat them.“But we can.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.That will require better ball movement and efficiency on offense and improved trust and execution on defense, Rivers said, adding he envisions fewer staggered minutes for defensive-minded guards Avery Bradley and Patrick Beverley, the latter of whom has been coming off the bench for most the season.“We’ve proven we can score on most nights,” Rivers said. “Although I don’t think the last three or four games we’ve been good offensively either. We’re scoring points, but not the way we should score, not efficiently.“But what we’re not doing is defense. You have to do both to win, you really do. And if you don’t do both, you better be really good offensively, and we’re not that good.”It’s all fixable with the right kind of effort, guard Lou Williams said after Wednesday’s defeat.“We’ve had some slippage, it happens over the course of a season,” said Williams, the league’s leading bench scorer at 18.7 points per game.“And now senses are going to be heightened because it’s Golden State on Friday. But to us, it’s just another basketball team. We gotta go out there and be prepared to compete.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters LOS ANGELES — The Clippers are ebbing, the Golden State Warriors are flowing, and that’s just the nature of life in the NBA, Coach Doc Rivers said.His team has split a pair of high-drama games this season with the team that has won three of the past four NBA titles, winning in overtime at home and losing on a last-second layup by Steph Curry in Oakland. Recent history won’t be relevant when the teams meet again Friday night at Staples Center in a game ESPN recently added to its broadcast schedule.“We’ve played ’em well,” Rivers acknowledged. “But they’re playing probably the best they’ve played all year, just like Utah’s playing the best it’s played.”Indeed, Utah chalked up its fifth consecutive win when it walloped the Clippers 129-109 Wednesday to nudge them downward into seventh place in the Western Conference standings. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory BOBAN THE MOVIE STARDid you catch a glimpse of the 7-foot-3 “assassin” in the new “John Wick 3: Parabellum” trailer released Thursday?Clippers center Boban Marjanovic has a part in the forthcoming action film, which is set for a May 17 release. The movie’s trailer features a peek at a battle between the title character – a notorious hitman played by Keanu Reeves – and a familiar, sizable adversary.The scene appears to take place in a library, which explains Marjanovic’s tweet Thursday: “Joining the John Wick book club is harder than most people think!!” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum And now the Clippers (24-20) have a high-profile showdown with the West-leading Warriors (31-14), for whom center DeMarcus Cousins will be making his much-anticipated debut following his year-long recovery from a torn Achilles tendon.Golden State has been on a more favorable tear, winning six in a row, and finding another gear in the past four. The Warriors have averaged 138.5 points on 52.6 percent shooting from the field and 47.7 from 3-point range in those past four victories, three of which were against Western Conference opponents. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates
LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES “Having it here can encourage other communities to do the same,’’ said Daut on the second day of the Children’s Games Thursday at the Baguio Athletics Bowl. “But these communities should not be totally dependent on what the PSC has been giving. They should also be self-reliant in terms of looking for support,’’ added Daut, who is also deputy national training director of the Philippine Sports Institute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOver 400 kids from the area began to play in various team sports such as volleyball, football, basketball and running in the three-day competition that will end Friday.It was the fourth offering of the Unesco-cited Children’s Games after holding it in Davao City, La Trinidad, Benguet and Iligan City for the children of evacuees from war-torn Marawi City. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Read Next PSC chair Butch Ramirez said the Games would return to Davao in Turil town this weekend, which will gather children from different religious and tribal backgrounds to play together and socially interact.“The more kids that can play, the more talents we can discover. These Games, however, are not just about producing excellent athletes. It’s also about increasing the participation and the awareness to motivate more kids to get into the playing field,’’ said Daut. Children’s Games in Baguio City.BAGUIO CITY—The Children’s Games of the Philippine Sports Commission here in the country’s Summer capital should serve as a template for other communities to replicate.Professor Henry Daut, PSC head for grassroots sports development, said making the Games designed for 12-year-old kids and younger a regular activity in the city’s 128 barangays would not only promote fun and fitness but also expand the talent base of future elite athletes.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Double duty for water polo stars: Canete, Anota fielded in open water swim View comments
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wagner laments Schindler red card after Huddersfield defeat to Burnleyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield boss David Wagner believes Christopher Schindler’s dismissal influenced defeat to Burnley.The Terriers lost 2-1 as Schindler was sent off before halftime.Wagner, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “The sending off was the big decision that went against us, even if I thought it was the correct decision.”We started the game well and took the lead. We take this result on the chin. We have our own plan and schedule of what we have to do.”Statistically 100% we are relegated because no team has survived with 10 points after 21 games but this doesn’t change that we have something in our mind of what we will do.”We beaten lot of statistics in the past. We know what we have to do. We have our plan to follow and this plan is independent of where we are in the table.”
Although we’re loyal to the Soccer Power Index (SPI), the system we use to produce FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup projections, we’re also big fans of the World Football Elo Ratings.Unfortunately, the Elo ratings website has not been updated since the World Cup began. So we followed their instructions for calculating their ratings and ran the numbers ourselves:Brazil, as before, ranks as the world’s best team per Elo. But the Netherlands has made huge gains and now ranks No. 2, just ahead of Germany. Spain’s rating has fallen the most, 116 points, taking the team from second to sixth.Elo and SPI are highly correlated and they’ve fared well against other methods of predicting World Cup results so far, including betting lines.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Culottes are hot, but high-waisted shorts are definitely not.So says new research conducted by Google as the retail industry enters the ever-critical back-to-school shopping season — the second most lucrative moment on retailers’ calendars after Black Friday.Google has honed in on long-term trends that continue to rise (jelly shoes and kimono jackets) and fall (paracord bracelets and anything seersucker), as well as the evolving ways in which shopping is playing out in today’s omnichannel landscape.Shopping timelines are changing, for instance, as consumers tend to search for back-to-school products earlier online, while waiting later to pull the actual trigger. Eighty percent of shopping takes place in a span of just two weeks and among three retailers, Google said, typically closer to the start of the school year.Related: 8 Trends That Food Franchises Are Watching Right NowAnd mobile, of course, continues to grow. “Last summer, about 40 percent of back-to-school searches were done on mobile devices, and already this year, mobile share is topping 50 percent,” Google said.Google’s own YouTube has also emerged as a critical back-to-school shopping vehicle for 18 to 24-year-olds — 22 percent of whom said they “go to YouTube to find out what’s cool to purchase.” To target millennials, for instance, it might be wise to embrace the concept of an OOTD (Outfit of the Day) — a wildly prevalent video category on YouTube that currently accounts for 1.3 million search results.At the same time that it revealed these findings, Google announced new updates to help make shopping easier on mobile devices — including its long-rumored ‘buy button,’ (which the search giant is referring to in slightly flowerier language: ‘Purchases on Google.’)While a dozen major merchants are currently piloting the feature, which enables users to purchase items directly from ads displayed in Google search results, Google told Entrepreneur that it ultimately plans to roll out the feature to “retailers of all sizes.”Related: Get Ready for ‘Buy’ Buttons in Google Search Results 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 15, 2015