A reminder that the deadline for Woodbury County property taxes is the end of September.The last day you can pay in person will be Friday, September 30th.The property tax office has moved up the street out of the County Courthouse to the Trosper Hoyt Building located at 822 Douglas Street in Room 102.Mail in payments postmarked no later than September 30st will be honored.On October 1st, a penalty of one and one half percent will apply to all unpaid taxes.You may also pay online at www.iowatreasurers.org
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says she’s disappointed that the Oglala Sioux Tribal council voted to tell her she is not welcome to visit their reservation last week.The governor says she has always been welcomed by tribal members when she has come to the Pine Ridge area in the past:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/NOEM3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..and the tribe. ;23The tribal council voted 17-0 to tell the governor she was no longer welcome saying Noem led efforts to pass a state law targeting demonstrations such as those in neighboring North Dakota that plagued the Dakota Access oil pipeline.Noem says the pipeline does not run through tribal lands, so they were not consulted:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/NOEM4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….through the reservation. :16Noem says tribal leaders did state their opposition during the legislative session and says every voice was heard.She says will keep her lines of communication open with the tribe and hopes to meet with tribal members in the future.
Iowa’s Court of Appeals has set a date for arguments in a lawsuit that challenges a law giving the governor more power over the selection of supreme court and appeals court judges.Chief Judge Thomas Bower says the court will hear arguments on November 6th.Lawyer Bob Rush, a former Democratic state senator who is one of the plaintiffs, asked that Governor Kim Reynolds’ most recent appointment to the court, Judge Julie Schumacher, recuse herself because the validity of her appointment could be affected by the outcome.Bower rejected the recusal request and a request for a full court hearing.He says he and four other judges will hear the case on an expedited basis.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Gundy talked about Bullet’s struggles last weekend and said “He was probably just as frustrated as I was at how long it took us to score.”— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) September 14, 20154. The defensive line is elite (Boone)There was some concern that the defensive line might be hindered by the lack of experience at the defensive tackle position. But through two games, it appears the current rotation is going to be just fine. Vincent Taylor, Eric Davis, Mote Maile, and Darrion Daniels have all stepped up to the plate. They look good.5. Jeff Carr is going to be fun sooner rather than later (Boone)Carr didn’t do anything that would suggest he’s going to compete for the Heisman anytime soon, but in the clean up action he saw on Saturday he really impressed me. Towards the end of the game, he ran into a hole that closed up and, instead of powering through, just backed up and took it reverse field for a first down. Although his stature is slight compared to other Big 12 bell cows, his instincts as a runner combined with his elite speed will be hard to keep off the field much longer. As I said on Saturday after the game, it’s tough to really learn a ton about a team playing a FCS game, but we still had a few takeaways from the OSU-Central Arkansas game.1. Chris Carson is not just a power runner (Porter)I mean … it’s our Braxton Miller spin move moment so far this season. I just keep watching and watching it, waiting for it to get old (it hasn’t). Here’s a field level look I haven’t posted yet. It’s probably more accurate (ack-u-rut) than the other videos.AdChoices广告2. Kevin Peterson is going to be fine (Porter)Avoiding injuries is one of the keys to OSU’s nonconference schedule (especially with how easy it is) so it was good to see No. 1 back out on the field on Saturday. He didn’t do anything spectacular, but he did have five tackles and just the fact that he played is enough for me to be encouraged by an already-encouraging defense.3. Even Bullet has some rust (Porter)I somehow missed this on Saturday but !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#okstate OSU’s Bullet spirit horse just pitched his rider at midfield. Bullet had stage fright, apparently.— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) September 12, 2015
Antonio Puerta Ramos pays touching tribute to former Sevilla team-mate Antonio Puerta Joe Wright 05:04 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Sevilla Primera División The Real Madrid skipper marked the 10th anniversary of the death of his close friend with a series of heartfelt social media posts Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has paid tribute to “dear brother” Antonio Puerta, who died 10 years ago on Monday at the age of 22.The 31-year-old posted a series of messages on his social media accounts in recognition of his former Sevilla team-mate.Puerta suffered heart failure during a La Liga match against Getafe at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on August 25. He died in hospital three days later as a result of multiple organ failure brought on by the cardiac arrests, which were attributed to a hereditary heart condition called arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Writing on Twitter and Instagram, Ramos said: “10 years, dear brother. 10 years since you left us.”10 years of a vacuum that we can never understand.10 years of a penalty that will always accompany us.10 years of a life that will never be the same.10 years of a game you deserved to win.”10 years of memories and longing.10 years of feeling close even without being.10 years of victories that will always be yours.10 years of eternity.”Always with you, always with us. “Ramos progressed through the Sevilla youth system with Puerta and played alongside him in the first-team defence until his move to Madrid in 2005.Thousands of fans of Sevilla and bitter rivals Real Betis lined the streets for the defender’s funeral and the Trofeo Antonio Puerta memorial match has been held each year in his honour since 2008.
Victor Lindelöf Mourinho ‘more than confident’ in Lindelof ahead of Champions League bow Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:05 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Basel Basel UEFA Champions League José Mourinho The summer signing from Benfica struggled against Real Madrid in his only appearance so far this season but his manager has full confidence in him Jose Mourinho insists he has no concerns about starting Victor Lindelof in Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Basel on Tuesday.The Sweden international, a €35 million signing from Benfica, has not made an appearance since a difficult debut in the 2-1 UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.United to win to nil – 4/6 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing With Phil Jones and Eric Bailly suspended, Lindelof and Chris Smalling are set to start at the heart of United’s defence against the Swiss champions.But Mourinho believes the 23-year-old is better suited to European competition after regular appearances during his four years in Lisbon.”There is no need for him to adapt to the Champions League but he needs a bit of time to adapt to the Premier league, especially the new Premier League,” Mourinho told a news conference.”He is very bright and very clam and step by step he will be there. I am more than confident for tomorrow [Tuesday], he is a very good player with a very good potential.”Even if Bailly and Jones were not suspended, probably I would still play Lindelof and Smalling. They are at the same level, they are just different players.”Mourinho on Lindelof: “He needs a bit of time to adapt to the Premier League but he’s a very good player with a lot of potential.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/avwRchpbqH— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 11, 2017David de Gea, whom Mourinho confirmed will start the match despite his decision to rotate goalkeepers in the Europa League last season, does not see any problem with playing behind a new defensive partnership.”I feel really well with all my defenders,” he said. “They are all great defenders.”Marouane Fellaini remains a doubt for the match as he has yet to recover from a calf problem picked up while on international duty with Belgium.The midfielder did not train on Monday but Mourinho hopes he will be available, insisting he is a crucial part of his plans.”He had a [calf] problem with his national team and then he played a match against Greece, and after the match he felt the problem. If his condition improves he will be selected, because I need him,” he said.”He’s a very important player for me, much more important than you can imagine.”Jose Mourinho provides an update on @Fellaini in his @ChampionsLeague press conference… pic.twitter.com/qrME9j07OH— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 11, 2017
eSports FIFA 18 demo: The 13 teams you can play with & full details on Xbox One and PS4 release Last updated 2 years ago 22:57 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EA Sports eSports Gaming EA Sports have released a FIFA 18 demo on all major platforms, Goal has all the details on the new release FIFA 18’s demo will be released across Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on Tuesday, a little over a fortnight before the football sim’s global release.The demo will have 13 teams to choose from, including Champions League winners Real Madrid, Premier League table toppers Manchester United and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.There will also be four stadiums to play the shortened matches for users heading up to the full release on September 29. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Gamers also get a first look at the second chapter of Alex Hunter’s story, The Journey: Hunter Returns, which is a sequel to the popular story mode from FIFA 17.Goal sat down with gameplay producer Sam Rivera on Monday , who revealed some of the new features for the game including revamped crossing and a change in how attributes affect player performance.Diehard FIFA fans will have to wait for the full release to experience features such as Ultimate Team or playing with Icons like Pele, Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho .WHICH TEAMS CAN YOU PLAY WITH ON FIFA 18 DEMO? Manchester United Manchester City Chelsea Real Madrid Atletico Madrid Juventus Bayern Munich Paris Saint-Germain LA Galaxy Toronto FC Boca Juniors Guadalajara Vissel KobeFIFA 18 DEMO STADIUMS Santiago Bernabeu La Bombonera StubHub Center King Fahd StadiumFIFA 18 BEST PLAYERS EA Sports unveiled its top 100 players over the past week , with Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva kicking off the rankings in 100th place.Cristiano Ronaldo – the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or – has been named the best player in the latest FIFA edition with an overall rating of 94.The Real Madrid star also features on the cover of the game and has been included in the storyline of Alex Hunter’s career in The Journey.Lionel Messi has claimed second place with a player rating on 93, while Luis Suarez and former team-mate Neymar claim joint third with 92 ratings. Bayern Munich shot-stopper Manuel Neuer is the highest-rated goalkeeper also with a score of 92.
Juventus Alex Sandro replaces Marcelo in Brazil squad Joe Wright 04:14 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Juventus Bolivia v Brazil Brazil v Chile Brazil Bolivia Chile Real Madrid WC Qualification South America Serie A Primera División Marcelo The Juventus left-back has replaced the Real Madrid man for October’s World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Chile. Alex Sandro has been called up to the Brazil squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers in place of the injured Marcelo.The Real Madrid full-back suffered a hamstring tear in Wednesday’s shock 1-0 defeat to Real Betis and is expected to be out of action for at least a month.READ MORE: What did Tite learn from WCQ? | Willian states Brazil case | Tite explains Brazil squad And the former Porto man will now join the Selecao for matches against Bolivia and Chile. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “Alex Sandro was called up on Friday for the Brazilian national team’s next two matches,” the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement.”Real Madrid were very thoughtful and sent over medical reports of tests carried out on Marcelo. After analysing them, the need for a longer recovery period was clear, which prevents his participation in the next matches.”Brazil, who have already qualified for next year’s finals in Russia, face Bolivia in La Paz on October 5 before hosting Chile five days later in Sao Paulo.
Olympique Marseille Evra thanks ‘real’ Marseille fans after ‘get out’ banner Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 07:10 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Olympique Marseille Vitória Guimarães v Olympique Marseille UEFA Europa League Olympique Marseille v Caen Ligue 1 A section of L’OM fans held up signs telling the under-fire defender that they do not want him “wearing our colours” and to “get out” of Ligue 1 Patrice Evra thanked “real” Marseille supporters for their support after large banners unfurled at the Stade Velodrome told him to “get out” during Sunday’s 5-0 rout of Caen in Ligue 1.Marseille suspended Evra after he appeared to aim a kick at the head of one of his own club’s fans prior to their Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday.Marseille 33/1 to win EL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The altercation came after the 36-year-old – who became the first player to be red carded before kick-off in a Europa League match – was subjected to unkind chants from OM supporters, believed to be unhappy with his social media antics amid disappointing on-field performances.Further displeasure with Evra was expressed during Marseille’s emphatic victory over visiting Caen, which the full-back watched from home.Signs held up behind the goal read: “You thought you were above the institution OM and its supporters. We don’t want you wearing our colours. Evra get out!”Evra, who was given a one-match ban by UEFA and faces a hearing, congratulated Marseille on their win and appeared to aim a dig at those criticising him.”Great result tonight well done guys I’m really proud of you,” he wrote in an Instagram post.”Thanks to all real Olympique Marseille fans. I’m receiving so much support from them.”
Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo, Hazard & Neymar all feature in special FIFA 18 European Team of the Group Stage Stephen Darwin 00:38 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal Cristiano Ronaldo Eden Hazard Real Madrid PSG Chelsea Premier League Ligue 1 Primera División Neymar Gaming eSports Premier League stars including Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones are also in following their impressive performances in the Champions League FIFA 18 Ultimate Team have released a special European Team of the Group Stage featuring upgraded cards for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard and Neymar.The 23 upgraded players have been selected based on their form in the Champions League and Europa League group stages and will be available in Ultimate Team packs from 18:00 GMT on Friday.Premier League stars such as Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, Daley Blind and Roberto Firmino are included, with Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane, who helped Tottenham finish top of Group H above Real Madrid, also picked. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The top performers of the Group Stage are here! The European Team of the Tournaments will be available in packs at 6PM GMT. #FUT #FIFA18 pic.twitter.com/zIELlxUOLi— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) December 8, 2017PSG, who scored an impressive 25 goals in their opening six matches of the Champions League, have representatives in the form Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves, while Casemiro is the only other Madrid player selected, aside from Ronaldo.Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the only Barcelona representative despite the Catalans being unbeaten in the group phase and finishing above Juventus on 14 points.There is also Europa League representation with AC Milan duo Ricardo Rodriguez and Andre Silva included, while Diego Llorente, Sergio Canales, Emiliano Rigoni, Remo Freuler and Aleksandr Kokorin are also recognised.
Premier League Power outage delays kick-off between Stoke City and West Ham Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 23:02 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Premier League Stoke City v West Ham United Stoke City West Ham United Saturday’s Premier League clash has been push back an hour after a power outage at the Bet365 Stadium Kick-off between Stoke City and West Ham has been delayed by a power outage at the Bet365 Stadium.Stoke announced via Twitter that a power surge had affected both club generators and the stadium’s main supply, with a delayed kick-off confirmed shortly thereafter.Saturday’s match was originally set to start at 3 pm GMT, but kick-off has now been delayed until 4 pm. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The contest is a key clash for the Premier League relegation battle, with just two points separating Stoke, who sit 16th, and 19th-placed West Ham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
New Zealand held off a spirited fight from hosts South Africa to complete their Rugby Championship campaign unbeaten after a 25-24 win in a ferocious physical battle in Cape Town. Each side scored three tries at Newlands in a thrilling spectacle as South Africa restored some pride with a competitive display after being beaten by a record 57-0 in New Zealand last month. The All Blacks’ tries came from Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane and Damian McKenzie while Ross Cronje, Jean-Luc du Preez and Malcolm Marx scored for the home side.New Zealand led 8-3 at the break and were given a scare when Marx’s 79th-minute try, converted by Elton Jantjies, took the hosts to within a single point. But they held on to finish the southern-hemisphere championship with a 100% success rate for a second successive year. They had already secured the title for a fifth time in six years last week. Share on Messenger South Africa rugby team Share on Twitter Rugby union Since you’re here… Topics Share on WhatsApp Rugby Championship Support The Guardian Exeter back on top in Premiership with bonus-point defeat of Newcastle Read more match reports … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook The teams traded early penalties before Crotty scored a first try for the All Blacks, chasing on to a charge down by Beauden Barrett and scrambling beyond the try line to ground it. The points were awarded after lengthy deliberations by the television match official.The first half extended for eight minutes after the hooter as the teams kept the ball alive, looking for a score in a bruising battle of attrition.After the break South Africa piled on the pressure in the scrum and scored within five minutes when the scrum-half Cronje took the ball from the ruck to go over. The conversion by Jantjies put South Africa 10-8 up, but New Zealand could have been quickly back ahead had Lima Sopoaga not missed a kickable penalty from 45 metres out.With the crowd behind them, the Springboks surged forward to try to extend their 10-8 lead, only for the wing Ioane to pick off an interception and outsprint the defence, running 80 metres for a second New Zealand try.Within three minutes South Africa had restored their two-point advantage as the hooker Marx took the ball inside the 22 and set up the substitute loose forward Du Preez for the try.A slice of magic again proved the catalyst for the All Blacks at a decisive moment, as a counterattack by David Havli, on for only his second cap, caught out a disjointed defensive line and resulted in McKenzie jinking his way over.South Africa lost the centre Damian de Allende to a red card in the last five minutes, for a late tackle on Sopoaga as he went wide with a drop-kick effort.Even down to 14 men South Africa rallied in the closing stages and Marx scored with less than two minutes remaining.The All Blacks captain, Kieran Read, said: “Our guys will learn from it, but when you are in that situation you have to remain as calm as you can and the boys did that – they did enough and we will take the win.”Allister Coetzee, the Springboks’ coach, said he felt sorry for his players but the result showed “we are heading in the right direction”. Share via Email The Observer Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn New Zealand rugby union team Reuse this content
Ashes 2017-18 Australia sport Share on Twitter Pietersen was none too complimentary about the other batsmen, either. Later it seems that he became more animated when asking on this extravagantly punctuated tweet: “What the hell is happening in English cricket?!?! Strauss????? It’s becoming a f*****g embarrassment!”So this tour is becoming something of a nightmare for the English management, who took active steps to expose Duckett’s “unacceptable” behaviour.They might have adopted the risky strategy of keeping the incident to themselves and allowing Duckett to play at Richardson Park. Andrew Strauss, back in England, will be appalled at the turn of events. Conversely it is hard to tell who is enjoying Strauss’s discomfort more, KP or the Aussies. Read more Topics Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn The Observer Support The Guardian England cricket team The Ashes Another day in the paradise that is Perth that didn’t quite go according to plan for the England touring party. For a start there was rain about but there was no Ben Duckett about. He was supposed to be playing in the game; he was on the team sheet issued by the management on Thursday; but on Saturday morning he was replaced by Worcestershire’s Joe Clarke, and not because the selectors have suddenly realised the need for more right‑handed batsmen to combat off‑spinners such as Nathan Lyon and Ravi Ashwin.It is all about another bar, another late-night incident, another self‑inflicted blow that suggests a shambolic set of self-indulgent England cricketers drowning themselves in alcohol in Australia.This always seems to happen on the first night in Perth when no curfew has been imposed. Duckett, it should be stressed, is in the Lions squad rather than the senior one. Moreover these England cricketers probably do not drink more than their predecessors. But they perhaps do not drink as wisely or as well. The risks of this kind of incident taking place are significantly increased by the number of England cricketers in Australia, many of whom do not have much major cricket to play.Given the febrile atmosphere of this tour, the Lions suddenly come under the same sort of scrutiny as the senior Ashes side.So Duckett could be given a severe punishment to encourage the others not to be so daft. An early flight home he could bear; being removed from the shortlist of England hopefuls might be more painful. There is a certain amount of paranoia on this subject, not to mention media interest. The perception could be that England have an alcohol problem among a small minority of their squad and they have a batting problem: there are situations vacant, right-handed teetotallers preferred.On another tour the Duckett incident would be a pinprick. But on this one Trevor Bayliss’s reaction might easily have created a predictable, exasperated rhyming couplet. Against the backdrop of the weird “head-butt” affair on the first night in Perth back in October that has since tormented Jonny Bairstow, this matter is being treated very seriously. England’s tour has been haunted by their players’ nocturnal activities – as well as a shortage of runs from the top seven. In the past the Lions management has sought to set a stern precedent about player behaviour on tour – without conspicuous success. In February 2013 Kent’s Matt Coles was sent home from Australia early for alcohol-related offences. Thereafter Coles disappeared off the international radar.Duckett himself has a bit of form. He was removed as captain of the England Under-19s after failing a fitness test; he missed a pre-season tour for Northamptonshire for the same reason and he has been to court on a drink driving charge. These incidents do not sit prettily on his cricketing CV despite his obvious talent. And now this.It may not help his career prospects if he deposits large quantities of alcohol over the head of a senior colleague, which he appears to have done to Jimmy Anderson in the dreaded Avenue bar in well-to-do Claremont. Duckett has picked a bad time to transgress, though this may not be the first time.On top of all that Kevin Pietersen, in Australia as a BT Sport expert, popped off the golf course to do some more helpful punditry, during which he suggested that Alastair Cook did not look very interested – it was four years ago that Paul Downton, then the new England and Wales Cricket Board cricket director, observed that he had never seen anyone look so “disinterested” on a cricket pitch as Pietersen during the Sydney Test. Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Cricket Share on Facebook comment
Since you’re here… South Africa rugby team The Eddie Jones era has been nothing if not educational for the Rugby Football Union. The idea was to hire the world’s most experienced coach, shower him in cash and then sit back and watch him reel in the 2019 World Cup. The only thing Jones will be catching between now and Christmas, at this rate, is a flight back to Australia.Harsh, perhaps, on the guru who steered England to 24 wins in his first 25 matches, but those halcyon days are starting to read like dog-eared fable. England have lost five Tests in succession, are in danger of unravelling as World Cup contenders and, on and off the field, seem to have had the joy and personality sucked out of them. Twitter features Topics Share on Messenger Pinterest Aside from Jonny May, how many England players would make a combined XV picked purely on the evidence of the first two Tests? Nor is Owen Farrell’s first tour as captain proving an auspicious one. Twice his team have made positive starts only to be overtaken by a Springbok side playing with appreciably more belief. The Saracens fly-half’s warrior qualities are well chronicled but schmoozing referees is not his strongest point and the past two weeks have been sobering.“When the pressure has come on we have not been as clear as we should have been,” Farrell said. “We are going to have to figure it out if we are going to start turning it round.”Switching him to his preferred No 10 shirt next season and finding an alternative captain may sound an extreme solution but England cannot afford to rule out anything.It is yet another item for Jones’s bulging in-tray, with the third and final Test in Cape Town on Saturday a dead rubber. South Africa are planning to name a reshuffled side, with Schalk Brits at hooker. Of greater relevance is what may unfold in November, just a year out from the World Cup, when England host the Springboks, New Zealand, Japan and Australia on successive Saturdays.Jones says England require only a “two or three per cent” improvement to turn things around but their descent to sixth place in the world rankings would suggest otherwise. With Billy Vunipola under another injury cloud and more question marks hanging over the front five, the back‑row balance, half-back and midfield, an instant cure is unavailable. Eddie Jones: ‘Defeat to South Africa was like a horror movie’ Share on LinkedIn England rugby union team It is reaching a point where their morale is almost as shaken as it was in the aftermath of the 2015 World Cup. Things do not feel entirely right behind the scenes, with Jones’s all-pervasive influence at risk of becoming counter-productive. The players seem caught in a fug of indecision, many of the feted Lions of 12 months ago are shadows of their old selves, assistant coaches are either leaving or communicating publicly in robot-speak and the roster of backroom staff has been allowed to become ridiculously bloated.Worse still, England are acquiring a reputation that will concern the RFU even more than recent results. In addition to a few terse media interviews and unseemly on-field spats, both the coach and a squad member have been drawn into verbal altercations with supporters immediately after games. Travelling English fans staying at the team hotel in Bloemfontein reported even polite requests for pictures were frowned on. They were similarly unimpressed when a senior player jumped a lengthy reception queue saying he had an emergency, which turned out to be requesting an extension lead for his PlayStation.Jones remains a knowledgeable rugby man with a vast repertoire of amusing soundbites but the unhealthy culture he is overseeing needs rebooting. Too few English players are demonstrating an ability to think on their feet and, for whatever reason, good players are being sucked into a tactical morass. Blaming the absence of several players from this tour is a red herring; South Africa have lost hundreds of players to overseas clubs and have been comfortably the better side in the series. England coach Eddie Jones and his methods still in favour with RFU Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email Rugby union Share on Pinterest Rugby Football Union … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter The RFU also needs its cricket-loving coach to take a fresh guard. From slagging off the Welsh and Irish and comparing the Bath owner, Bruce Craig, to Donald Trump, to flogging players in training and unsuccessfully preparing in Durban for two Tests at altitude, Jones has not got a great deal off the square lately.Smashing the daylights out of an already weary squad during the Six Nations, ignoring some of the Premiership’s better players for no logical reason, conceding nine tries to the Barbarians, bringing players on tour who probably should have been rested, blooding youngsters only to humiliate them by dragging them off at half-time: it is not an edifying list.A damp forecast for Cape Town is the latest complication; a slower track should theoretically help England but without the two Vunipolas and Ellis Genge they are running short of dynamic ball-carriers. Biting the bullet and giving Danny Cipriani his first England start in a decade has to be one option, with Dan Robson also overdue a start at scrum-half.Neither is weighed down by the frustrating baggage of recent months, both are desperate for a proper chance to alter Jones’s perception of them. England need all the renewed energy and bright ideas they can muster. Facebook Share on WhatsApp Owen Farrell’s first tour as the England captain is not proving an auspicious one. Photograph: Gerhard Steenkamp/Rex/Shutterstock Eddie Jones Owen Farrell Reuse this content Read more
20 Bernardo Silva (s 66′) Read more Match stats Pep Guardiola says quadruple ‘almost impossible’ for Manchester City 8 Bissouma By the standards Manchester City set themselves these days, it is fair to say this was not the most shimmering or elegant performance from Pep Guardiola’s team. When, for example, was the last time they managed only four shots on target against an opponent? The official man-of-the-match award went to Anthony Knockaert of Brighton, rather than any of the players from the winning side, and the overall impression was that City peaked too early, scoring the game’s decisive goal after barely three minutes.Not that those details should matter greatly to Guardiola when his team still managed to maintain their extraordinary winning sequence – 22 victories now from their last 23 games – and keeps open all manner of possibilities for the remainder of the season. The quadruple? Guardiola, as always, wanted to play down that kind of talk. Yet City already have one trophy in the bag, are now in the final of the FA Cup and are two points off the Premier League summit with a game in hand, even before we get to the fact they are about to embark on a Champions League quarter-final against a Spurs team 16 points below them in England’s top division.The most important detail, as Guardiola acknowledged, was that City still succeeded in booking a return to Wembley on 18 May for what will be their 17th visit to this stadium in the past nine seasons. Raheem Sterling, for one, can play with much more menace. David Silva could not exert his usual influence, and at times Kevin De Bruyne found it unusually difficult to find the space for his precision passes. He did, however, set up Gabriel Jesus with such a sumptuous delivery that it would have been ungrateful in the extreme for the Brazilian to pass up the chance to score.Ultimately, though, City can probably be excused an off-day. They still found a way, and that is what really matters. The quadruple is still on – whatever Guardiola says – and nobody could say the win was undeserved when the possession statistics were often more than 75% in their favour. Even on a day when they did not reach their usual heights, the imbalance of talent was simply too great between the reigning Premier League champions and the side in 16th position.Brighton’s fans had turned up with their streamers, balloons and an old-school level of excitement that perhaps is no longer evident for City these days. They outnumbered City’s fans, out-sang them and stayed back at the end to applaud the efforts of the losing team. Yet there was a reason why some of the bookmakers rated the chances of an upset at 30-1 and, sadly for Chris Hughton and his players, they never had the wit or invention in attack to recover from the early goal.That was City’s 20th goal in this season’s FA Cup and, to put that into context, it is the first time since Chelsea in 2012 that any side has accumulated that many. The difference is Chelsea did it over seven games. This was City’s fifth tie of an obliging run that has also featured encounters with Rotherham, Burnley, Newport and Swansea. It was a beautifully constructed goal and De Bruyne’s part in it – a sumptuous, knee-high cross behind the Brighton defence – was a reminder that it is possible to score a goal in which the creation, rather than the finish, is the best part. Not that the low, diving header from Jesus was too shabby either.After that kind of start, City might have been expected to win far more convincingly than was the case. Instead, a measure of carelessness crept in. More than anything, City failed to move the ball as quickly as usual. They also came up against a defence that was superbly marshalled by Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. The problem for Brighton was that if they committed too many players forward in search of an equaliser, they always knew it would leave them vulnerable on the counterattack. Overall, perhaps they were not ambitious enough, especially in the final quarter of an hour. Yet they will also reflect on what happened in the 32nd minute and wonder whether a red card for Kyle Walker might have dramatically improved their chances.Walker was certainly pushing his luck when he squared up to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, taking their argument so far that the referee, Anthony Taylor, held up play to see whether the VAR officials considered it a sending-off offence.Walker was entitled to be irritated because, as he was shepherding the ball out of play, Jahanbakhsh came in from behind and kneed him in the back of the leg. As they went to ground, the Iranian’s studs landed on the back of Walker’s left thigh. Was it accidental? Probably, but Walker had his back to the player and was unwilling to give him the benefit of the doubt.The two players went nose to nose before Walker brought down his forehead with enough aggression to merit the involvement of VAR. What probably saved him was that it was not a forward motion. Hughton still felt it merited a red card. The officials disagreed, with Walker shown only a yellow, and when Brighton had their best opportunity in the second half Duffy’s knockdown inside the six-yard area was hacked away. 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Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. A few short months ago Katarina Johnson-Thompson made a startling confession: despite being one of the best athletes on the planet she suffered from impostor syndrome. Now even she must know that she is the real deal.It was staggering enough to see her go toe-to-toe – and then topple – an all-time great in Nafi Thiam to claim a heptathlon gold medal in Doha. But it was the way she did it that really seared into both skin and soul. Over the two days of competition Johnson-Thompson never gave off a slightest whiff of weakness as she set four individual personal bests to keep Thiam at bay. And then, when victory was in the bag, she continued to push her body through the pain barrier on the final event, the 800m, to score 6,981 points – a tally that surpassed Jessica Ennis‑Hill’s British record of 6,955, which had stood as tall and imposing as an obelisk since London 2012.As Johnson-Thompson burst into tears after crossing the line she said all the injuries, heartbreaks and self-eviscerations during the last few years were worth it. “It makes it more special and sweet for sure,” she said beaming. “This is crazy for me.”Of course, this being Johnson-Thompson it was natural to fear some calamity or other would arise in the 800m, even when she had a 137‑point lead. A trip or a fall, perhaps, or even a random act of God. After all, at the Commonwealth Games last year she injured her calf with just 300m to go and had to do an impromptu triple jump – hop, skipping and jumping her way to victory. But this time there were no travails or torments, just another personal best of 2:07:26 and elation. Katarina Johnson-Thompson threw a personal best in the javelin. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters Since you’re here… Katerina Johnson-Thompson gives everything down the home straight in the 800m. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Twitter Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp The question was whether Thiam could respond in the javelin. A heavily-strapped arm to protect an injured elbow suggested otherwise, and the Belgian could only throw out to 48.04m – more than 10 metres below her best. Johnson-Thompson’s response? Another personal best of 43.93m.It meant Thiam had to finish nine seconds ahead of her in the 800m – and given that the Belgian’s personal best was eight seconds slower it was never going to happen. “I was always worried,” Johnson-Thompson joked afterwards. “I thought I was going to run out of the line in the 800m and I was going to get disqualified. I didn’t take anything for granted until I saw my name on the scoreboard. Dina Asher-Smith sets sights on being all-time great after Doha 200m triumph “Nafi is a phenomenal athlete, she has set the standard, she is one of the greats like Carolina Klüft. I witnessed 7,000 points first through her. She has raised the bar. I am glad I have been able to step up and be competitive.”No wonder she was elated. It is a long time since she burst into the public’s consciousness at London 2012, an eager young apprentice learning at the feet of Ennis-Hill. Most expected a smooth succession, the flame passing from one Briton to another, but instead Johnson-Thompson had to suffer a seven-year itch before getting her due rewards.Earlier in her career she would constantly visualise herself standing on the podium, the national anthem striking up and a gold medal round her neck, thinking that if she only believed enough it would happen. Athletics Incredibly, she had beaten Thiam, who won silver, by 304 points – the biggest margin of victory in the heptathlon at the world championships since 1987 – with Austria’s Verena Preiner claiming bronze.Johnson-Thompson had laid the groundwork on the opening day, setting personal bests in the 100m hurdles and shot put to lead Thiam by 96 points overnight. If the Briton was nervous going into the second day she disguised it like a master. She started with a massive long jump of 6.77m – her best in a heptathlon and well ahead of the Belgian’s 6.40m – to extend her lead to 216 points and never looked back. Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more If only. There were European and world indoor gold medals, and a Commonwealth Games triumph but when it really mattered injuries and ill-fortune got in the way. At the 2015 world championships she fouled three times in a row in the long jump while favourite. At the 2016 Rio Olympics a quadriceps injury flared up. Then, in front of her home crowd at the London 2017 world championships, she fluffed her lines in the high jump.It did not help either that she was up against Thiam. But she accepted the challenge, and pushed herself to be even better.“The low moments have helped me come back, to make the move to France, to take care of myself,” she said. “I am so happy with this.”She also grew up. For years Johnson-Thompson was a self‑confessed “mummy’s girl” who had most things done for her. But moving to Montpellier in early 2017 to join a renowned group that included Kevin Mayer, the world decathlon record holder, changed everything.“Moving to France has paid off,” Johnson-Thompson said. “It has been such a long road, I am glad I am coming into my best in these next two years.”When she first arrived, her coaches would call her “droopy” because she used to drop her head in competitions, while her trainer, Bertrand Valcin, kept telling her to smile more. On a glorious night in Doha, she fulfilled those orders to the letter. Support The Guardian Read more World Athletics Championships Katarina Johnson-Thompson Share on Messenger news Share on Facebook Pinterest Facebook Facebook World Athletics Championships: Johnson-Thompson wins heptathlon gold – as it happened Twitter Share on Pinterest Reuse this content
Transfers Arda Turan in talks to join Istanbul Basaksehir from Barcelona, says president Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 20:50 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers İstanbul Başakşehir Barcelona Primera División Süper Lig The Super Lig side’s chief confirmed interest in the Barcelona midfielder and is optimistic of concluding the deal Arda Turan is in talks over a transfer from Barcelona to Istanbul Basaksehir, according to the Turkish club’s president.The midfielder is yet to make an appearance for the Liga leaders this season and the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool has increased speculation he will leave this month.Goksel Gumusdag has now claimed he has met with Arda in Barcelona and the player has confirmed he would like to join the club, who are top of the Turkish Super Lig, with discussions over a deal firmly underway. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player ”I spoke to Arda Turan face to face in Barcelona,” he said via Basaksehir’s official website. “He wants to come Basaksehir. I saw his passion and he told me his goals. After that, we met with Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau.”Barcelona’s approach is positive about this transfer. We would like to sign Arda, despite the high cost. Our two sponsors are willing to help with the transfer process.”I understand the media are excited and I’m so excited too, but we have to wait. We have a couple of steps to go in order to finish the deal.”Arda joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in 2015, and Besiktas, Everton and Chicago Fire have also been linked with the 30-year-old.Ernesto Valverde’s side could offload a number of players this month following Coutinho’s arrival for a reported €160 million and the return to fitness of Ousmane Dembele.Gerard Deulofeu has been linked with a move to Inter, while Aleix Vidal has been tipped to rejoin Sevilla and Rafinha is wanted by Celta Vigo.
Tottenham Hotspur Spurs star Kane matches Drogba record while reaching 150 club goals Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:19 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Premier League The Tottenham talisman was on target again in a meeting with Crystal Palace and now has as many London derby efforts to his name as a Chelsea legend Harry Kane’s remarkable strike rate at Tottenham has seen him hit two more notable landmarks on the goal front.With two Premier League Golden Boots secured in as many years, the England international is chasing down an impressive hat-trick this season.He leads that particular chase at present, with another effort added to his tally during a meeting with Crystal Palace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Spurs needed inspiration from somewhere as the clock ticked down at Selhurst Park, and their talismanic frontman duly provided it as he snatched a dramatic winner.His 24th strike of the season has edged him back in front of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and three clear of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who is in Carabao Cup final action this weekend.While continuing to set the standard in the 2017-18 campaign, Kane has also enhanced his reputation as a man for the big occasion.Few sides have been able to contain him down the years, but London rivals have found it particularly difficult to keep him out.Nobody has managed more goals in derby clashes than Kane, with his record now matching that of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba — with that landmark reached in considerably fewer games than the Ivorian.23 – Harry Kane has scored 23 goals in 34 London derbies in the Premier League – equalling Didier Drogba’s total in the competition (23 in 64). Capitalised. pic.twitter.com/g0Y6PC1egx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 25, 2018Kane’s late effort against Palace was also notable for having lifted him to 150 club goals, with that total reached in just 266 appearances.He remains the go-to man for Spurs when they need somebody to provide a spark, with no player in the Premier League having earned their respective side more points than Spurs’ No. 10.14 – Harry Kane’s goals have been worth more points to his club than any other player in the Premier League this season (14). Valuable. pic.twitter.com/7GjF5NVFJj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 25, 2018Spurs will be hoping that Kane can maintain his standards over the coming weeks, with an important run of games set to see them face Rochdale in the FA Cup, Huddersfield in the Premier League and Juventus in the Champions League.
England Eriksson: Why ‘tired’ England will never win the World Cup Chris Burton 19:39 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) England World Cup Premier League The former Three Lions boss believes global glory will remain elusive for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break England have been warned by Sven-Goran Eriksson that they will never win the World Cup for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break.The Three Lions will go in search of global glory once again this summer, with Gareth Southgate the latest man to be charged with the task of delivering on expectation.There is slightly less pressure on the current boss than Eriksson faced during his spell at the helm, with the Swede having worked with the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ between 2001 and 2006. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He suffered two quarter-final defeats on a World Cup stage and fears England will struggle to progress much past that point while players continue to be pushed to breaking point domestically.Eriksson told The Offside Rule Exclusives : “In 2006 I thought we should win it, I thought there wasn’t any team better than us, so that was a huge disappointment.”He added on the class of 2018: “I think they have a good chance and I’m positive they will do well. They have a lot of new young players who are doing great in the Premier League but they need luck with injuries.“That’s always a big problem for England, that and tiredness. I’ll say it again, they will never win the World Cup if there isn’t a winter break.”Pressed for any advice he would offer to Southgate, Eriksson said: “Do it your way, use your head, don’t listen to other people and don’t read the press.”Eriksson has spent time in domestic and international management since leaving the England post, with Manchester City, Leicester and Mexico among the sides he has worked with.He is now 70, but there remains a desire on his part to stay in football and he has not ruled out taking ownership of a team at some stage in the future.“I will probably go into football in another way. Maybe on TV,” he explained. “Then I think about buying a football club somewhere, not in England, it’s so expensive.“It won’t be in Sweden either because of the rules about club ownership. But, I am planning something which is going to be on a very low level in another country.“I’m not quite ready to slow down. Football has been my life and I miss it. I miss the Saturday or Sunday afternoons when the adrenaline in the body goes up, it’s just not the same watching it on the TV.”
Arsène Wenger Arsenal apathy worse than ‘Wenger Out’ displays – Carragher Goal 17:32 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Premier League The empty seats at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday were more damning than the marches of a year ago, according to the ex-England man Arsene Wenger should be more embarrassed by the apathy coming from the Arsenal support than the demonstrations to get him sacked last year, according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.It was evident how many empty seats there were at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night as the Gunners tackled champions elect Manchester City, and while some of these were doubtless caused by the inclement weather conditions, the Sky Sports pundit argued that it was indicative of the situation at the club.Arsenal, who lost the fixture 3-0, find themselves sixth in the Premier League standings, eight points from a Champions League spot next season, and having just been beaten by City in the League Cup final. The Europa League stands as their last chance of glory this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While fans called for the head of Wenger this time last year, now they are voting with their feet, which Carragher finds even more damning.“Last season there was anger from supporters and marches against Arsene Wenger, which I thought were a disgrace,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “But I think tonight was worse. The Arsenal fans are not actually interested. They didn’t turn up.“There were a few boos at the end but it wasn’t the anger of last season. Now it’s almost like resignation, just waiting for the manager to go.“How sad is that? That very few, if any, Arsenal fans want Arsene Wenger as the manager next season.“This man is a legend in the English game. But they have to change it, it has to be done.“There’s no way the end of this season should be about this man being hounded out and going through that in empty stadiums.”Indeed, Carragher believes that an announcement should be made imminently to allow the veteran Frenchman to bow out in style.“Make the decision now and give this man the send-off he deserves for what he’s done over 20 years, not what he’s done over the last five, six, 10 years,” he said of the former Monaco boss, who has not lifted a Premier League title since 2003-04.On Thursday, Arsenal looked well off City’s pace, conceding three times in the first half then having a second-period penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saved.