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ThayerMahan and Geo SubSea team up to provide seabed survey services

first_imgGeo SubSea has extensive offshore surveying experience covering multiple marine survey and marine science fields. The company has offshore wind experience and significant experience with high resolution surficial and subsurface sonar data manipulation, interpretation and reporting. Geo SubSea pesident, Jeff Gardner added, “We are very excited about this collaboration as we have been promoting the use of advanced surface and undersea technology for years in the offshore wind industry, and it is now coming of age as a force multiplier in a number of maritime sectors as well as becoming more cost-effective. This technology combined with Geo SubSea’s extensive offshore survey experience in marine geophysics, geotechnical, and environmental disciplines, as well as our post-survey technical capabilities that support all aspects of data analysis and product development, are a perfect complement to the ThayerMahan team. The fact that both companies are headquartered in Connecticut is a testament to the state’s leadership role in the advancement of marine science and technology in support of renewable energy locally, regionally, and globally.” ThayerMahan CEO Mike Connor said, “ThayerMahan is bringing best-in-class seabed imaging technology to customers in government, industry, and academia that provides a very efficient way to image and map the ocean floor and undersea infrastructure. We are proud to be partnering with Geo SubSea because they are experts in turning seabed monitoring technology into the products needed to ensure safe and efficient seabed development. Together, we will provide the next generation in maritime geophysics and ocean engineering support.” ThayerMahan has signed a partnering agreement with Geo SubSea to expand portfolio of seabed surveying capabilities and services which will be provided to the offshore wind industry, offshore oil and gas and US Government customers. Founded to promote the use of unmanned autonomous systems for the U.S. Navy and other government entities, ThayerMahan provides high-speed, large swath, precision, low-cost seabed surveys from vessels -large and small. ThayerMahan also operates and deploys the SeaScout system, a synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) imaging and survey suite.last_img read more

USC women’s soccer represents on a national level

first_img(From left to right) Defender Ashley Soto, forward Penelope Hocking, midfielder Savannah DeMelo and forward/defender Tara McKeown competed in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)When dozens of countries met to compete against each other in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in August, four women from USC’s soccer team played under two different flags.Redshirt sophomore midfielder Savannah DeMelo, freshman forward Penelope Hocking and sophomore forward/defender Tara McKeown competed for the U.S. team at the tournament, hosted in France, which is open to women under the age of 20. Freshman defender Ashley Soto was also called up to play for Mexico’s U-20 National Team.  For Soto, the strong bond with her teammates at USC helped her develop cohesion with the other players on the national team.“We really emphasize team building and team unity on the field and off the field,” Soto said. “Especially with the trust, we play as a team. I think that the ‘us’ part really means that we have to trust in each other and the team before other things.”While neither U.S. nor Mexico won  the trophy, which went to Japan, the Women of Troy said that playing with the U-20 National Team was an unforgettable experience. “I was able to play not just 60-minute games — I could play all 90 [minutes], and that was huge for my role with the national team,” DeMelo said. Hocking added that she had no idea  she could play for the national team, as her previous experiences have been solely with club soccer.“Last year in February I got invited and then I did not do well at all,” Hocking said. “Right before I came here I got the opportunity to play again with the national team and that has really prepared me for this, playing in the college level.” Playing soccer on two teams is not always easy. To stay on top of their academics, the four athletes focus on time management and utilize mandatory study hours. They have also faced physical challenges from having to practice for the USC team as well as prepare for national competitions. DeMelo, who attended the 2016 U-20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea but injured her knee in the months leading up to the tournament, said that she struggled to accept the times she did not achieve the success she aimed for. “I knew that going into it I wasn’t going to have a role that I necessarily wanted to, but that I was still part of the team, and I knew that every player on the team counts,” DeMelo said.They attribute much of their chemistry to head coach Keidane McAlpine’s teaching methods both on and off the field. “As much as I push them, I don’t want to be so on top of them that they don’t feel like they can just play,” McAlpine said. “I have to trust them to do their own thing.”McKeown said that McAlpine’s coaching methods have improved the way she plays. “He tells you straight up what you need to be doing to be able to play,” McKeown said. Now that the U-20 Women’s World Cup has come to an end, the four athletes are focusing on what’s ahead; playing their best with USC’s soccer team and getting good grades.“It’s been amazing especially for our whole team this year,” McKeown said. “We are like one unit and working together every day.”last_img read more

Eleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: Fight date, time, price, how to watch and live stream

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt didn’t take long for Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) to exercise a contract clause for an immediate rematch. Before suffering the first two losses of his career — to Andre Ward in back-to-back fights — Kovalev had bounced back with two stoppage victories, regaining the WBO belt, before losing it to Alvarez.Can Alvarez show the boxing world what they saw six months ago wasn’t a fluke? Or will the “Krusher” redeem himself and take back the title? Here’s everything you need to know about Alvarez-Kovalev II.(All times Eastern.)When is the Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 fight?Eleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev 2 commences on Saturday, Feb. 2. The main card begins at 10 p.m. Alvarez and Kovalev are expected to make the walk to the ring for the main event at around 1:00 a.m.How do I watch Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2?The Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 fight card will be streamed on ESPN+ at 7 p.m., before switching over to ESPN at 10 p.m. The last two fights, including Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2, can be seen on the ESPN streaming service. Where is the Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 fight?Eleider Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev will fight their rematch at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas. This marks both boxers’ first time fighting in the “Lonestar State.”Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 betting oddsAccording to, Eleider Alvarez is a -170 favorite, which means you’ll need to bet $170 to win $100. Meanwhile, Kovalev is a +144 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $144. Eleider Alvarez record and bioName: Eleider Alvarez Nationality: ColombianBorn: April 8, 1984Height: 6-0  Reach: 75½”Total fights: 24Record: 24-0 with 12 knockouts.Sergey Kovalev record and bioName: Sergey KovalevNationality: RussianBorn: April 2, 1983Height: 6-0  Reach: 72″Total fights: 36Record: 32-3-1 with 28 knockouts.Eleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev 2 fight cardMatchupClassBeltEleider Alvarez vs. Sergey KovalevLight HeavyweightWBOTeofimo Lopez vs. Diego MagdalenoLightweight…Oscar Valdez vs. Carmine TommasoneFeatherweightWBORichard Commey vs. Isa ChanievLightweight IBF (vacant)Patrick Day vs. Ismail IlievJr. Middleweight…Bakhram Murtazaliev vs. Elvin AyalaJr. Middleweight…Enriko Gogokhia vs. Vitor Jones FreitasJr. Welterweight…Jason Sanchez vs. Daniel OleaFeatherweight…Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Steven MartinezMiddleweight…Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 latest news- Sergey Kovalev is in a must-win situation and is fighting for his boxing career.- Meet boxing’s next rising star: Teofimo Lopez. A matchup that saw one of the biggest upsets in 2018 will go down one more time when Eleider Alvarez defends the WBO light heavyweight championship against former two-time titleholder Sergey Kovalev on Saturday, Feb. 2, live from the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs), a native of Colombia fighting out of Montreal, was behind on all three scorecards heading into the seventh round of that initial August 2018 fight, when he knocked Kovalev down three times in the stanza to pull off the shocker and capture his first major world title.  – Kovalev’s promoter at Main Event, Kathy Duva explains to Sporting News that Kovalev has to have a sense of urgency against Alvarez to regain his title.- Oscar Valdez returns for the first time in 11 months on Saturday. The WBO featherweight champ tells SN how he wouldn’t gotten to this point of his career if it wasn’t for his father. – After two tough back-to-back losses, Richard Commey reveals to SN that he wasn’t if he’d ever get anothet crack at a world title.last_img read more

Bolt dazzles at Penn Relays

first_img“It was so loud, I thought, ‘Is the president here?’” said Miki Barber, of USA Blue, who was warming up for her race at the time.By the time Bolt and his team took the track, the celebration had gone full- blown, with USA and Jamaican fans chanting for the respective countries, so much so that an announcement was made asking for quiet to start the race.When it began, Jamaica Gold and USA Blue remained close through the first three legs. Shawn Crawford later said his team struggled with bad handoffs, the Jamaicans played flawlessly, leading to Bolt’s impressive sprint.“If I’m in front of Usain Bolt, I don’t think he’s going to catch me, to be honest,” said Ivory Williams, who ran the final leg for USA Blue. “I ran a real good fourth leg, but I couldn’t pass him up (Bolt). I don’t care if it’s Usain Bolt or not, I’m trying to win. When they’re cheering for Usain Bolt, I feel like they’re cheering for me. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to pass him up, but I was trying. I think we really can beat these guys.”Bolt’s victory lap was met with a deafening roar, and he stopped twice to make a “lightning bolt” motion in front of screaming Jamaican fans. He also mingled before leaving the grounds, signing autographs and posing for pictures.“Over the past two years I’ve been surprised by the amount of people that know me and the welcome I get when I go to track meets or functions,” Bolt said. “I’m still trying to get used to it and I’m enjoying it.”Bolt’s popularity has also helped raise the profile of track and field for all competitors.“It excites and it motivates,” Crawford said. “The more excitement (Bolt) brings to track and field, we all get the attention because we’re on the same field. It motivates me because I want to be that guy winning. I want to get up there and showboat a little bit and be in the spotlight so I can talk a little mess.”Two Penn Relays records were set this year. Texas A&M’s quartet of Jeneba Tarmoh, Dominique Duncan, Jessica Beard and Porscha Lucas recorded a time of one minute, 29.42 seconds in the 800. That was also a NCAA record. Queen Quedith Harrison of Virginia Tech set a record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 12.61. THE PENN HILLS GIRLS 4 X 100 RELAY TEAM— From left: Paige Fields, Christina Roberson, Deshaun Squires and Iman Wilkerson, ran a 48.36 second race to make a good showing at the Penn Relays. PHILADELPHIA (AP)—They began filling up the streets around the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field hours before, a sea of black, green and yellow.Thousands of Jamaican track and field fans had come to see their star, three-time gold medalist Usain Bolt, live up to his fitting last name, and dazzle in his return to Philadelphia. BILL COSBY gives some sprinting tips to middle school girls at the Penn Relays. Cosby was the starter for the grade school and middle school relay races. “I told the guys to make sure I didn’t have to work, because I really didn’t want to do much,” Bolt said with a laugh. “I got the baton pretty much in front, so I wasn’t really worried about anything else.”Bolt, 23, holds the world record in the 100- and 200-meter runs, and his appearance at the Penn Relays—his first competition of 2010—was responsible for the highest single-day attendance (54,310) in the event’s 116-year history. A total of 117,346 fans watched the three days, also a record.Despite losing to Jamaica Gold, USA Blue rebounded to win three of the event’s six events. Lisa Barber, Allyson Felix, Mikele Barber and Carmelita Jeter took the women’s 400 with a time of 42.74, and the men and women won their respective 1,600 relays.Bolt, an international, track & field sensation, was the biggest draw from the moment his participation was announced. The excitement began to swell from the moment he appeared on the field, about an hour before his race. IMPRESSIVE SPRINT—Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt smiles after crossing the finish line to win the 4×100 relay at the Penn Relays athletics meet, April 24, in Philadelphia. Bolt dazzled them all with a lightning fast final leg of the 400-meter relay, taking the baton in a near dead heat, then overtaking USA Blue’s Ivory Williams to win the event at the Penn Relays.A quartet of Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson and Bolt finished in 37.90 seconds for Jamaica Gold, setting a competition record. Bolt took a perfect handoff from Anderson and blazed for the final 100 meters to a raucous ovation.Bolt’s dash lasted an unofficial, but exhilarating 8.79 seconds.last_img read more

Rumble in the Jungle so epic it needed a name

first_imgIn this Oct. 30, 1974, file photo, challenger Muhammad Ali watches as defending world champion George Foreman goes down to the canvas in the eighth round of their WBA/WBC championship match in Kinshasa, Zaire. (AP Photo/File)It was a fight so epic it had to have a name.Muhammad Ali gave it one, and then gave boxing one of its most memorable moments when he stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire.It was the Rumble in the Jungle, and it’s still a big part of the Ali lore today. Forty years have passed since the two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974 to earn $5 million put up by dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, but time has done nothing to diminish its place in boxing history.Foreman was the brooding heavyweight champion who destroyed Joe Frazier and Ken Norton without breaking a sweat. Ali was, well, Ali.“You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned,” Ali crowed before the fight. “Wait till I whup George Foreman’s behind.”FILE – This is a Thursday, Sept. 12, 1974 file photo of Muhammad Ali, who is due to fight World Champion Georeg Foreman tells a crowd of boxing fans in N’ Sele Zaire, “Ako bo mai ye,” which translates from Zaire’s Lingalla dialect as: “I will kill him.” Ali’s trainer Angelo Dundee is at left.  It was 40 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle. In one of boxing’s most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire. (AP Photo/Horst Faas, File)Few believed the bombastic Ali, whose oratorical skills at the time seemed better than his boxing skills. He wasn’t the same fighter who was forced into exile for refusing the draft, and many wondered why he had even agreed to the fight.“People were praying before the fight that Ali doesn’t get killed,” said Bill Caplan, who was Foreman’s public relations man in Zaire. “No one thought Ali had a chance, and that included George.”But Ali turned it into a home match, embracing Zaire from the moment his plane touched down at the Kinshasa airport, where thousands were waiting for his arrival. Before speaking, he asked his right-hand man, Gene Kilroy, what the people of Zaire hated most.“I told him white people. He said, ‘I can’t tell them George Foreman is white,’” Kilroy recalled. “Then I said, ‘They don’t like the Belgians, who used to rule Zaire.’”Ali stepped out on the tarmac and yelled out: “George Foreman’s a Belgian!”The crowd erupted, chanting “Ali boma ye, Ali boma ye (Ali, kill him).”Foreman’s arrival also set the tone for his African adventure. He got off the plane a day later with his dog, a German Shepherd he brought to keep him company for a trip he didn’t really want to make. But the crowd waiting for his arrival wasn’t quite as welcoming as they were for Ali.“The dog wound up being trouble,” Caplan said, “because that’s what Belgians used to use on the people to keep order.”If Foreman was miserable in Africa right from the start, it got worse when he was cut days before the fight and it was postponed six weeks. Foreman wanted to go to Paris to recuperate and train, but the fear was that if he left he wouldn’t come back. Kilroy, meanwhile, suggested to Zaire officials they might want to confiscate passports to keep him there.This is a Sept. 12, 1974 file photo of heavyweight champion George Foreman as he carries two unidentified little girls as he arrives at Kinshasa, Zaire Airport, where the fight for the championship against Muhammad Ali will take place in October. Boxing promoter Don King is seen in background, centre, in green shirt.  (AP Photo, File)The day before the fight, Foreman and Ali made separate trips to the presidential palace to pay homage to Mobutu, the brutal dictator who wanted to put his country (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) on the world map. The fight would finally unfold in the steamy darkness of equatorial Africa at 4 a.m., with machine gun-carrying soldiers watching the crowd from ringside and Joe Frazier among the interested spectators.Mobuto was a no-show, but if anyone had to be reminded who was in charge, a huge portrait of the dictator towered over the country’s main soccer stadium.Ali’s plan was to come out and hit Foreman with a hard shot to let him know he was there to fight, not run. He landed it and a flurry of quick right leads, but by the end of the round Foreman was landing some powerful punches of his own that forced Ali to the ropes.Much to the dismay of his corner, Ali stayed on the ropes, allowing Foreman to throw looping punches that seemed to be landing. Ali would later call it the “rope-a-dope” strategy, which would later seem even more brilliant because it was conceived on the fly.At ringside after the end of the second round, Caplan saw his fighter was already winded. He turned to Time magazine photographer Ken Regan and said: “Ken, we’re going to blow this fight.”In the final seconds of the fifth round, Ali hit Foreman with a series of punches that seemed to sap whatever power Foreman might have still had on his shots. Finally, late in the eighth round he landed a combination with a final right hand that seemed to crumple Foreman in pieces. As the champion was going down, Ali could have landed one more punch, but he pulled back.FILE – This is a Oct. 30, 1974 file photo of Muhammad Ali, right, as he stands back as referee Zack Clayton calls the count over opponent George Foreman, red shorts, in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali won the fight in Africa by a knock out in the 8th round. (AP Photo, File)“He had mercy on me,” Foreman said recently. “Would I have done the same for him at that time? No.”At ringside, longtime Associated Press boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr. was dictating the action back to an editor in New York, hoping someone was on the other end of the line. The fight had barely ended when a torrential rainstorm flooded the stadium and the dressing rooms of both fighters.“I think it was one of the top-10 upsets in boxing,” Schuyler said. “Foreman was Sonny Liston all over again. A young Ali beat Sonny Liston and an old Ali beat Sonny Liston.”Ali would go on to win another fight with a name, the Thrilla in Manila, the next year against Frazier, but the punches ended up taking a terrible toll on him. Foreman, meanwhile, would retire a few fights later only to return to boxing 20 years and become the oldest man to win the heavyweight title.And forty years later, the Rumble in the Jungle still lives up to its name.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or read more

Skokomish Indian Tribe Donates over $26,000 to Local Organizations

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Skokomish Indian Tribe of WashingtonThe Skokomish Indian Tribe of Washington contributed over $26,000 to local organizations at an event held at NorthFork Grill inside the Lucky Dog Casino.Nine local organizations were invited to a special event honoring their efforts.  The anticipation was palpable as the contribution amounts were not disclosed prior to the official presentation. Skokomish Tribal Council Members Joseph Pavel, vice-chairman, and Alex Gouley, secretary, joined Lucky Dog Casino’s General Manager David Owens to award each organization with a contribution of up to $5,000.Skokomish Tribal Chairman Guy Miller stated, “Congratulations and thank you to each of organization who works hard to help those around them from children to animals.  I continue to look forward to their positive impact on our community.”Event host David Owens, General Manager of Lucky Dog Casino, said, “What an amazing event where our business can give back to the community and provide additional resources to these great organizations.”Organizations receiving contributions include the following:Child Care Action Council The Episcopal Diocese of OlympiaHood Canal Education Foundation Mt. View Elementary School Northwest Harvest Operation Homefront Rez Animal Resources & Education The Saints’ Pantry United Way of Mason County Skokomish CEO Yvonne Oberly added, “Lucky Dog Casino, a tribal enterprise, is thrilled to support local organizations and the community in which we reside.”Contributions are focused on four key areas:Charitable – contributions to non-profit and charitable organizations in the State of WashingtonCommunity – contributions to Tribal government programs which impact the community (law enforcement, education, housing, health)Problem Gambling – contributions to problem gambling education, awareness and treatment in the State of Washington.Smoking Cessation and Prevention – contributions to smoking cessation, prevention, education, awareness and treatment in the State of Washington.If your organization is interested in applying for funds visit and click on the word “Contributions” on the left hand side for an application, explanation of qualifications and submission instructions. The Skokomish Tribal Nation and the State of Washington established this annual program through the Class III gaming compact.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament

first_imgThe tradition continued during the recent holiday season when past grads of the L.V. Rogers Bombers Basketball program returned to compete in the 2016 Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament Boxing Day at the Trafalgar Middle School Gymnasium.Team 2006-08 defeated Team 1999-2003 72-63 to capture the tourney title.However, the bigger winner was the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society as all proceeds from the Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament went to the local fund.last_img

Which Eastern Conference teams are the Warriors’ biggest threats?

first_imgAfter winning three NBA championships in the past four years, the Warriors … Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!PHILADELPHIA – The Warriors could not suppress their laughter.Yes, the Warriors felt disappointed they have lost three of their past five games, including two contests in consecutive nights. But does that mean the Warriors are worried?“No,” Stephen Curry said with a smile.last_img read more

NBA: Derrick Rose ‘fine’ with veteran’s ‘bargain’ salary with Cavs

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, photo, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose poses for a photo at his agent’s Wasserman Media Group offices in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)The Cleveland Cavaliers appeared to have gotten a massive bargain after signing Derrick Rose to a one-year $2.1 million salary this off-season.Rose, after all, holds the distinction as the league’s youngest Most Valuable Player winner,  capturing the prestigious award at 22 years old in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man PLAY LIST 03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man01:59Zarate bats for add-on budget to fund P30k basic pay for gov’t nurses00:51Clarkson on being PH flag-bearer: One of the happiest moments in my career01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES Messi treble fires Argentina to World Cup as Chile go out He’ll also receive plenty of opportunities to shine, as the Cavs’ newly obtained point guard, Isaiah Thomas, won’t be back until the All Star break.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemptionADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa After suffering multiple injury setbacks over the years, which have visibly sapped his prized athleticism, the now 29-year-old guard sees the massive pay cut as a chance to prove himself again.“I get a chance to reintroduce myself back to the league. I get to bet on myself,” Rose told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “That was one of the reasons I came here: I get to bet on myself. And I’m from Chicago, I’ve got that hustling side; it’s in me, man. Next time you’ve got to pay me, you’ve got to pay me double, so it’s fine with me.”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 shutoutLast year, Rose came up with his most productive season in years, averaging 19.5 points while suiting up for 64 games for the New York Knicks.Another healthy and fruitful showing could raise his stock among NBA teams again, as he enters free agency after this season. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READlast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery blasts Xhaka critics: We need him there!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery blasts Xhaka critics: We need him there!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery insists Granit Xhaka deserves praise for filling in at centre-half.Ahead of their clash with Burnley, Emery was asked whether he was overplaying fit-again Laurent Koscielny.He replied, “But I trust him and we have solutions for who can play in this position. For example, I read a little criticism for our midfielders like Xhaka playing centre back, but I am very happy with him because his mentality is a very big mentality. He helped us, and he played left back too sometimes and I think he played well. This reason, for me, is that I trust in another player and tomorrow we are going to play with the first 11 and other players in the bench with our performance.”I think we’re in a good position to play against Burnley. With respect, but with believing in our work, in our possibilities in other players to play, like a centre back or a midfielder. Above all, I think the mentality is a very big mentality to help us. We have the players and they are playing out of position, like Xhaka and Lichtsteiner last week at Southampton.” last_img read more