Australian police arrest two after Captain Cook statue defaced

first_imgAustralian police said they arrested two women after a statute of British explorer James Cook, captain of the first Western ship to reach the east coast of Australia, was defaced early on Sunday in Sydney.New South Wales police were alerted to graffiti on Cook’s statue in Hyde Park in the central district of Australia’s largest city just after 4 a.m. (2000 GMT on Saturday) before the two women in their late 20s were arrested.The women were found with a bag containing a number of spray-paint cans, the police said in a statement. They were refused bail and will be charged with the destroying and damaging property, it said. Anti-racism protesters, who have taken to the streets following the death of African American George Floyd in police custody, are demanding that the legacies of some of the architects of Europe’s empire building be revisited and their statues be torn down.From Cecil Rhodes in England to Christopher Columbus in the United States and King Leopold II in Belgium, statues of empire builders have been under attack in recent weeks around the world, sometimes from the descendants of those they once colonised.Cook’s statute was promptly cleaned by Sydney council workers on Sunday morning, a police spokeswoman said.Police in the neighbouring state of Victoria are also investigating the weekend defacing of the statues of two former Australian prime ministers at a Ballarat park.Topics :last_img read more

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Alexandre Lacazette reveals major difference between Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Apr 2019 10:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link774Shares Alexandre Lacazette reveals major difference between Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger Advertisement Commentcenter_img Lacazette has scored 13 Premier League goals this season (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette admits the Arsenal team feel more confident under Unai Emery’s management in comparison to Arsene Wenger’s.The Frenchman scored in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle in the Premier League on Monday night to push the club up to third in the Premier League.When asked about the difference within the team this season in comparison to last season under Wenger, Lacazette told Sky Sports: ‘I think we are more confident and everybody knows what we have to do.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘When you win a lot of games in a row of course there is a lot of confidence.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are now in third position in the Premier League with just seven games to go, and look on course to secure Champions League football for next season.Now, for the first time, Lacazette has spoken about the Gunners playing elite European football during the next campaign.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I can feel the difference in the atmosphere from last season, now we can maybe go to the Champions League,’ he added.‘The fans helped us to get third place. We work every day to be in third place, now we must stay in this position.’Arsenal’s next game is against Everton on April 7 before a Europa League clash against Napoli on April 11.MORE: Bellerin mocks Tottenham as Arsenal leapfrog rivals with Newcastle winWill Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisementlast_img read more

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Trask replaces Yeagley as soccer coach

first_imgDespite only having six head coaches in program history, the Wisconsin men\’s soccer team will have its third in three years when the 2010 season rolls around. After Todd Yeagley spent just one year with the Badgers before heading to IU, John Trask will take over as head coach.[/media-credit]It was a whirlwind day for John Trask.After spending five seasons at the helm of the Illinois-Chicago Flames men’s soccer team, Trask was announced Wednesday as the new head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers.Despite the hectic nature of his day, Trask was happy to be back in Madison.“It’s been a great day,” he said. “I’m a Wisconsin native — I grew up in Milwaukee — so this is a dream come true. I’ve been getting texts all day from people in Milwaukee — old, old friends that I didn’t even know had my cell phone number, so yeah, it’s pretty awesome.”While the men’s basketball team may have stolen his thunder with a thrilling 54-48 victory, Trask’s arrival in Madison meant a lot to the UW men’s soccer program.First, it simply meant having a head coach again, which they had been without since Dec. 19, 2009. And considering the r?sum? Trask brings with him to the Wisconsin Badgers, the UW Athletic Department is excited about the future of the program.“John’s coaching accomplishments and background make him a perfect fit for us,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “He has had tremendous success as a coach on the collegiate level as well as the professional level.”“His familiarity with the Big Ten as both a player and assistant coach will be a great asset for our team,” he continued. “It’s a pleasure to be able to welcome him back to his native state and into the Badger family.”Trask noted that he really enjoyed his time at UIC, but the fit for him and his family at Wisconsin was just too good to pass up. If it had been any other school, he would have been less likely to make the move.In his younger years, Trask left the state to attend Indiana University from 1984-87. While he was there, the Milwaukee native played soccer for legendary IU head coach Jerry Yeagley, father of former UW head coach Todd Yeagley.Trask has an extensive connection with the Yeagley family, having played for and coached with Jerry while also coaching Todd in high school and college. As a result, Trask was not shy about talking to the younger Yeagley as he considered the position.“We go back a long, long way,” Trask said. “I guess I was fortunate maybe compared to some of the other people they were looking at because I knew a lot more of the specifics about how great this place could be because Todd was so excited about it.”Trask continued by saying he did not think it necessarily gave him a leg up on the competition, but it gave him a better understanding of the program as a whole.“If you’ve got a chance to go to Wisconsin, it’s a no-brainer basically,” Trask said.In addition to coaching under Yeagley at IU, Trask has extensive experience as an assistant coach at the professional level.For five years (2000-04) Trask was an assistant coach in Major League Soccer. He began with the Miami Fusion for two years before moving to D.C. United for another two. In his last year before taking the helm at UIC, Trask was an assistant for FC Dallas.After coaching three teams in five years and another team for five more years, Trask believes his experience helps him adjust more quickly to a new environment, which should allow his players then to adjust more quickly as well.“Like I was telling the guys today, I’ve had to walk into a lot of new locker rooms in my life,” Trask said. “I had to walk into an existing group of players and I had to adjust.”Trask spoke of winning right away and making a run at the College Cup in the near future. He was cautious, however, not to suggest they would win a national championship in the next couple of years if the players worked hard enough.“That was the challenge I put to the guys today — I’m not coming in here to build something five years down the line,” Trask said. “But, I don’t think you ever talk about ‘national championship or bust.’”“You’ve got to look at it incrementally and you say, ‘hey, first we’ve got to get to the tournament, and we’ve got to figure out how to win in the tournament.’”Based on his track record — three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament in his second, third and fourth years at UIC, including an Elite Eight appearance — Wisconsin fans would be justified in being as excited about Trask’s arrival as he is about being back in Madison.last_img read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig is growing up — on and off the field

first_imgHome plate was a mighty big thing to Yasiel Puig when he first stepped into a major-league batter’s box one year ago today. From the inside black to the outside, the world was his oyster. Puig swung and swung and swung some more, and the approach appeared to work wonders. He was batting .443 a month into his career.These days, Puig’s name has disappeared from the list of baseball’s freest swingers. He’s even managed to stay out of the police blotter. But if the first year of Puig’s career has taught us anything, it’s that a free-spirited approach to baseball — and life — can blend beautifully with a dash of discipline.On May 20, the Dodgers were in New York to play the Mets. Puig went 3 for 4 with a walk and scored twice in a 9-4 win. Back at the team hotel that night, he had an idea. On the way to the lobby, he spotted a SportsNet LA cameraman and invited him to head out, camera in hand.“And he goes to explore the Empire State Building because he’d never seen it,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ chief marketing officer. “Then he goes to explore Times Square.” Puig shared his first impressions of the bright lights and tall buildings with the camera. He snapped pictures with fans and police officers who recognized him on the street. During a different road trip last month to Washington, D.C., Puig visited the White House. Some team officials didn’t find out until pictures of Puig’s tour appeared on his Instagram account. It seems the world away from baseball is Puig’s oyster now, too. While his world expands, home plate is shrinking. Puig’s swing rate is down, from 58.2 percent in June 2013 to 42.3 percent last month. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that’s the biggest difference from when Puig debuted a year ago.“This year he’s shown that he’s not going to chase,” Mattingly said. “I think his game has matured from the standpoint of still with all the energy but less out of control, where he’s throwing the ball to the right place most of the time, still being aggressive on the bases but not running into outs.”Statistically speaking, May was the best calendar month of his career since his torrid debut last June: a .398 batting average, .492 on-base percentage, eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 28 games. For the season, he trails only Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in batting average, .347 to .350 entering play Monday. Different approaches, similar results. It didn’t happen overnight. When Puig invited teammates in March to offer constructive criticism, one point of emphasis were Puig’s repeated mistakes — namely, missing cutoff men and running into outs on the bases. They were lessons Puig should have learned the hard way.This year, he’s mostly learned the easy way: By listening to teammates and to hitting coach Mark McGwire, by making a friendly wager with teammate Adrian Gonzalez before each series to see who draws more walks.“I think as a young player there’s all kinds of things you continue to grow with,” Mattingly said. “Going through a lot of experiences I think are good for him. That meeting’s probably good for him. Adrian, that little game they play, is probably good for him. I think him struggling with his throws in the playoffs, him kind of gaining some criticism there through that is, in the end, good for him because he matures through that. “Your experiences as a young player, if you learn your lessons, they’re all good for you at the end of the day.”The same is true off the field. The day after he visited Times Square, Puig wasn’t done exploring. He skipped the team bus and went out on his own again, this time with no cameramen. “I happened to go by the Twin Towers and I actually had never heard the story before about the tragedy that happened there,” Puig said through an interpreter. “I was just going around, and the firefighters there (at the Ten House station, closest to Ground Zero) invited me to come in. “So I went in and they told me their story about how they were the first responders for that tragedy. We became friends. It was really great to hear the story first-hand from them. I was really touched. I came back, became friends with them and as a thank-you sent them a couple gifts — a baseball and bats for their station — because I was so touched they knew who I was. I’m just happy they’re my fans all the way out there.”Puig managed to make it to the game on time. That keeps his superiors happy.Rosen said that Puig has resumed driving on a limited basis for the first time since his speeding incident last December in Florida. He hasn’t been late since the Dodgers’ home opener. Puig was benched for that game but wasn’t disciplined further; club officials believe that Puig genuinely forgot the game began three hours earlier than usual.It was unbecoming of a superstar of Puig’s magnitude. So was the speeding ticket and the concurrent arrest in December. The overthrows aren’t what you would expect from a player Mattingly and Davey Lopes called the best defensive right fielder in the game, either.“I’ve talked about this with a guy like Rickey Henderson — a guy who can do so many things, it’s almost a curse sometimes because we always ask for more,” Mattingly said. “Yasiel hits .350, now we want him to be a perfect base stealer. He does that, we want him to do this. With all that talent, I think you’re always asking. I think there’s still more there. At times we ask a lot.”Puig gives a lot, too. Rosen said that a charity drive Sunday outside Dodger Stadium was Puig’s idea. It was also Puig’s idea to have his mother throw out the ceremonial first pitch to her son prior to a game last month and for them to announce “it’s time for Dodger baseball” together over the stadium PA.Thanks to off-season lessons in Florida, Puig’s English is improving. He’s up to Spanglish — that might be the best description of a language he conducted an interview in Monday — but Rosen believes that Puig will be fluent before long.There might just be a well-groomed superstar behind Puig’s intrigue. One year into his career, he seems to have found just the right mix of reckless abandon and discipline.“He emerged on this city and this country very quickly,” Rosen said. “He went from an unknown to really very well-known very quickly. There’s really no way to prepare for that. I don’t know anybody that can step right out and do it perfectly. As we all know, he’s a bit of a work in progress and he wants to learn.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Pelicans’ David Griffin thinks future of team is ‘crazy’ good

first_imgCoupled with No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and No. 8 overall pick pick Jaxson Hayes, along with returning guard Jrue Holiday, and the Pelicans are expected to be one of the most-improved teams in the league. It’s up to Griffin, along with head coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Trajan Langdon, to put all the new pieces together.But Griffin is thrilled with what he’s seen so far, like that special moment in a recent Summer League practice. Related News The Pelicans will enter this season with high expectations, and playing under a microscope with No. 1 pick Williamson on display. But Griffin wants the players to believe anything is possible.”Look at what the NBA has become, and the way teams are built,” Griffin said. “You can’t dream big enough in this league. I think I want everyone’s approach to this to be, ‘Why not us?'” Lakers’ Anthony Davis has no regrets on trade request: ‘I’m a grown man’ David Griffin saw the future of the New Orleans Pelicans in a brief moment at a recent NBA Summer League practice, and he said things look “crazy” good.The Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations met with reporters Tuesday in a press conference to introduce new acquisitions Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart — who came over in the Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers — and Derrick Favors, recently acquired in a trade with the Jazz.center_img “There was a moment where Jaxson Hayes was out running the floor in a practice with Zion on the other side, and they were sort of just messing around … and the speed those guys have just at a trot is mind-numbing,” Griffin said. “Alvin and I looked at it and we thought, ‘Man with those guys on the wing, and with Lonzo at the point, what we’ll be able to do speed-wise is crazy.'”That’s crazy in a good way for the Pelicans, unlike last season’s 33-49 craziness, lowlighted by the persistent trade rumors surrounding Davis.Griffin said he is excited all the recent acquisitions come from winning backgrounds.”We want to surround ourselves with people that have won championships on any level, because it’s a frequency you learn to tune to,” Griffin said. “We’re deep with selfless winners.”Ball welcomes the move to New Orleans.”It’s a fresh start. It’s a restart. … I know the media is not like it was in LA, but I know the fans are great and come out and support (us).”Ball said he’s looking forward to playing a more uptempo style.”I’m getting back to playing the style I’ve been playing my whole life, I’m very comfortable in a high uptempo offense like coach Gentry has,” Ball said.”Lonzo is a truly special defensive guard and he’s also a special rebounding guard, and that’s going to allow us to start our break and play to a lot of his strengths,” Griffin said.Griffin sounded a bit like a quantum physicist at times Tuesday, dropping quotes like “The energy you put out in the universe is going to attract like energy,” and “The universe doesn’t make mistakes. We feel like it brought everyone together here for a reason.” But he’s clearly excited to have such a retooled roster. And he really likes the way the collection of players all complement each other in terms of their skill sets.”Everyone was very aware this was a special opportunity for all of us in terms of fit,” Griffin said. Lonzo Ball on being traded from Lakers to Pelicans: ‘I was excited’last_img read more

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