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Wenger can’t force Sagna to stay

first_img The full-back, who turns 31 on February 14, has yet to sign an extension past the end of the season and has been linked with a return to homeland clubs Paris St German and Monaco, while Turkish giants Galatasaray are also reported to be interested. Sagna is said to have already turned down the offer of a two-year deal for around £70,000 per week, with negotiations on-going as they are with midfielder Tomas Rosicky and German defender Per Mertesacker. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he cannot force Bacary Sagna to agree a new deal, but believes it would be the “wrong” decision for the player were he to leave the Emirates Stadium in the summer. Press Associationcenter_img Wenger – who has himself yet to formally announce whether he will be staying on in charge of Arsenal next season – would like to get Sagna’s future tied up sooner rather than later. “When I say I expect (him to sign), it is more that I want. I hope that in the end I am right. We are not close at the moment,” said Wenger. “Because he is a defender we are ready to give him more than one year. “He wants to keep his options open, because he is at the end of a contract. It is an important contract for him. He is 31 years old (this month) and I can understand.” Wenger added: “I am not all right with that (delay) because I would like him to sign just now, but I have to accept it. “It is his freedom – the decision belongs to him.” Sagna joined Arsenal from Auxerre in August 2007 and has been a consistent performer, chalking up more than 250 appearances despite the setback of twice suffering a leg fracture. Wenger said: “He is fantastic, not only a great player, but a fantastic attitude. “You know when you start the game that Bacary Sagna will give you 100 per cent commitment, no matter where you play or against whom you play, that is a fantastic guarantee.” Asked if he felt Sagna’s commitment to the Arsenal cause down the years would make it difficult for the player to walk away, Wenger said: “I believe that his future is here and any other decision would be wrong.” last_img read more

It’s official: Vin Scully Avenue is now a city street

first_imgThe way to get to the Dodgers has always been through Vin Scully. The city of Los Angeles literally made that so Monday.Elysian Park Avenue street signs came down and city workers replaced them in the morning with blue Vin Scully Avenue signs at the intersections of Sunset Boulevard and, further up the hill toward Dodger Stadium, Lilac Place. The honor was bestowed on the longtime Hall of Fame broadcaster when the City Council voted unanimously to rename the stretch of road.• Photos: Vin Scully Avenue is dedicated in front of Dodger StadiumScully stood at a podium on his own avenue and said he was “overwhelmed” by the gesture that has come in the final year of his 67th year as the Dodgers announcer. “This is what you did,” Cedillo said. “You united our city and the various communities and various generations.”Charlie Steiner, who also calls Dodger games, said the influence of Scully on him was immediate.“You had me at, ‘Hi everybody and a very pleasant good afternoon wherever you may be,’ ” Steiner said. “I happened to be in my mom’s kitchen.”Sam Kane, a 67-year-old Woodland Hills resident, said he can barely consider the idea of a season without Scully and, because it was his last season as the team’s broadcaster, had to be present for the ceremony.It all felt bittersweet.“I really wanted to be a part of history,” Kane said. “He has been the communicator of history.”Some have opposed the street change name, however.At the City Council meeting, some residents from the Echo Park and Elysian neighborhoods said the change was a greater move toward gentrification of the area.Luzia Padilla, who lives in the neighborhood, came to the ceremony and said she feared the street name was part of a larger plan to replace homes with a “restaurant row” and turn the newly named road into something similar to Universal City Walk: heavy on shopping and dining and light on housing.“I love Vin Scully, but I don’t love this action,” Padilla said.Scully began with the Dodgers in New York before the team moved to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1958. They started at Dodger Stadium in 1962. Dodger games became famous for fans sitting in the stadium listening to Scully on radios from their seats.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said there was a practical reason for that, which was explained to him by his father.“I said, ‘Dad, we’re at the game. Why are they listening to the radio? They can see it.’ And my dad had a two-word answer: ‘Vin Scully.’ He said they understand the game more. They understand the players and the history and the context,” Garcetti said. “Vin Scully, you have taught us all baseball.”Scully plans to be there today for the Dodgers’ home opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It will be his last home opener, despite the crowd’s chants for him to continue on for one more year.“I’ve done enough,” he said. “I still have this year left again, God-willing, and maybe on the final day of my final broadcast, I’ll somehow come up with the magic words that you deserve. As for now, I have only two magic words: thank you.” “I can’t believe you’re all here,” he said.A few hundred fans — some hoisting pictures and bobbleheads of the 88-year-old broadcaster — cheered, laughed and chanted his name as Scully told them what he was going to miss the most.“The roar of the crowd,” Scully said. “Which is really what I’m saying today. I don’t know you, and I miss you, believe me — each and every one of you.”City Councilman Gil Cedillo, whose district includes Dodger Stadium, had been key in pushing to make the name change, with Scully joking at the ceremony that the council, “despite my no, overrode it.”Cedillo said Scully brought the city together, telling how he used to listen to the radio with an earpiece. Then he heard how fellow council members had similar Scully experiences.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Second-half rally lifts Cal Poly Pomona

first_imgPOMONA – Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball coach Greg Kamansky is most irritated when his team doesn’t give an effort. The effort wasn’t there in the first half Friday night, and he let them know it at halftime. “He got his point across,” senior Dion Cook said. He certainly did, as the Broncos stepped it up in the second half, rallying from a 12-point deficit to beat UC San Diego 68-65 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association thriller at Kellogg Gym. “I think we just stepped it up on defense,” said Cook, who had 21 points and four assists. “And we got a few stops.” But San Diego stayed close, tying it up 62-62 on a Henry Patterson basket with 2:25 left. Cal Poly appeared to take a comfortable 67-62 lead after two Daniels free throws with 32.5 seconds left. Moments later, Kim was inbounding underneath UCSD’s basket and signaled for a timeout. Officials didn’t give it to him and he inbounded it to Lawlor, who made a three-point play with 22.5 seconds left to cut the deficit to 67-65. But that was as close as UCSD could get. The Broncos, ranked third in the NCAA Division II West Region, made 57 percent of their shots from the field in the first half, but forced only two turnovers and were outrebounded by a poor rebounding Tritons team, 14-10. UCSD led at the half 34-26, although the lead had been as large as 10. Those numbers changed in the second half, as the Broncos owned the boards, by a 23-7 margin and forced five turnovers. Kamansky figures Friday’s win clinches an NCAA Tournament spot regardless of what happens in the final three regular season games (only two of which count as West Region games). “I think we’re a better team this year, because we’re making free throws,” Kamansky said. The Broncos made 14-of-18 from the line in the second half. CAL POLY WOMEN Things in basketball are frequently relative. Yes, the Bronco women lost to UC San Diego 75-62, but it was a much better effort than the last time the teams played, and the second half was much better than the first. “I’m looking for improvement, and this was a big improvement over the last time we played,” Cal Poly interim women’s coach Michelle Fortier said. The first time the teams met, San Diego won 78-54. This time, the Broncos (7-17, 6-13) threw a couple of scares into the Tritons in the second half. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Cal Poly improved to 18-6 overall, 14-5 CCAA, while San Diego dropped to 10-14, 8-11. After Kaelen Daniels made a free throw with 12.3 seconds left to make it 68-65, the Tritons had two final chances. Kelvin Kim missed a 3-pointer, then Robby Peters’ 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out. “The bottom line, the first half the effort wasn’t there. I don’t think we took them for granted, but we took ourselves for granted,” Kamansky said. The Broncos trailed by eight points at halftime, then it got worse when Darryl Lawlor’s rebound basket 15:14 to play in the game put UCSD up 46-34. The Broncos quickly rallied by scoring 10 straight points, but it wasn’t until Larry Gordon made two free throws with 6:38 to play that Cal Poly had its first lead (55-53) since the game’s opening eight minutes. last_img read more

Rep Kelly Record funding for Michigan schools continues to advance

first_img18Apr Rep. Kelly: Record funding for Michigan schools continues to advance Enhanced safety at K-12 schools and college campuses, including provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities and dramatically increased expansion of the state’s OK2SAY school safety program. State Rep. Tim Kelly today announced the Michigan House Appropriations Committee approved increasing K-12 school funding by $120 to $240 per student for next academic year.The per-student increase – the largest for a single year in 15 years – is part of an overall House plan boosting state record-high funding for K-12 education. Early literacy, workforce preparation and school safety are also focuses of the House’s overall budget plan.“Schools are the key to a better future for our children and our state,” said Kelly, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid. “With this record investment in education, it’s clear we’re making children and their families a top priority.”Highlights of the House plan:More than a quarter of the House’s overall budget proposal goes to schools. School funding would increase to $14.8 billion, a new record for K-12 investment. Funding for community colleges and universities also would increase through the House plan. Kelly, of Saginaw Township, is the sponsor of the House Bill 5579 – the chamber’s education funding plan. The measure advances to the House floor along with House Bill 5578, the House’s other main budget bill.### Categories: Kelly News,Newscenter_img Approximately $100 million for career and talent development, including the Marshall Plan for Talent, in the state’s K-12 budget alone. Programs for financially and academically at-risk students would receive nearly $500 million, focused on programs to help improve reading and math. Early literacy education would receive $26.9 million, providing added instructional time and coaching to help improve K-3 students’ reading.last_img read more

British public broadcaster the BBC is to share cov

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French conglomerate Bouygues has upped the stakes

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