Past the Finishing PostWeather: Fine; Track: GoodRace 1 1000 M (R) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE* 1. BUZZ NIGHTMARE PFrancis 52.02. SMOKEY TOPAZ JErwin 53.0 2 1/4L3. BORDER LINE WHenry 54.0 1 1/4L4. RUM PUNCH RLahoe 52.0 2 1/2LWIN: $50.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 0:59.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo colt – INTO MISCHIEF out of QUEEN OF BATTLE byTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : 2 PENYUQuinella : (3,6) $192.00 Exacta : (6-3) $187.00Trifecta : (6-3-1) $69.00Race 2 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. TIZ A CAT JErwin 56.02. DARLIN EMMA NBerger4 48.0 9 1/4L3. LOOKATMENOW SEllis 53.5 2L4. QUEEN OF THE TOWN AndreePowell4 51.0 8 1/2LWIN: $215.00PLACE: $121.00, $127.00, $85.00Final Time : 1:02.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.3, ,Winner : 6yo ch horse – BURNING MARQUE out of SAMANTHA’S SONG by WISE EMISSARYTrainer : TENSANG CHUNG Owner : TENSANG CHUNGQuinella : (3,4) $1,181.00 Exacta : (3-4) $1,923.00D/E : (6-3) $151.00Trifecta : (3-4-5) $1,322.00Race 3 1820 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE* 1. SIR BIGGS LSteadman3 56.02. MR. ROMANTIC JPatterson4 52.0 13 1/2L3. DEMOLITION BOY AndrePowell4 55.0 2 1/4L4. DREAM ADMIRAL WHenry 53.0 3LWIN: $93.00PLACE: $77.00, $241.00, $131.00Final Time : 2:00.3 Splits : 28.2, 53.3, 1:18.4, 1:45.2Winner : 3yo ch colt – REGION OF MERIT out of GOLDEN COMPASS byTrainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner : SOMORA CLARKEQuinella : (1,5) $1,358.00 Exacta : (5-1) $1,121.00D/E : (3-5) $369.00Trifecta : (5-1-2) $441.00Rolling Triple : (6-3-5) $403.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. BLUE EYE BOY OEdwards4 59.0* 2. CHEERS LSteadman3 56.0 1/2L3. EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS WHenry 55.0 1/2L4. TWO STEPS UP RLahoe 53.0 2 1/4LLate scratch : #5 YOUR EMINENCEWIN: $165.00PLACE: $57.00, $56.00, $67.00Final Time : 1:09.3 Splits : 23.1, 47.0, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE out of REIGNING HEROINE byTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner : WILBERT L. BAGWANDEEN, ELIAS HALOUTE & STEPHAN A. NARINESINGHQuinella : (2,9) $187.00 Exacta : (9-2) $470.00D/E : (5-9) $257.00Superfecta : (9-2-8-3) $1,817.00Rolling Triple : (3-5-9) $1,550.00Race 5 1200 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. BABY P OEdwards4 49.5* 2. WILL IN CHARGE AMartin 54.0 Neck3. RALLY BABY BebHarvey4 51.5 Head4. MR. DOITBETTA OWalker 52.0 7 1/2LLate scratch : #1 COPPERFIELD, #2 JASON’S GOLDWIN: $769.00PLACE: $105.00, $73.00, $66.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.4, ,Winner : 2yo ch filly – MARKET RALLY out of PRINCESS TERRI byTrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : NYAQuinella : (3,7) $1,279.00 Exacta : (3-7) $2,751.00D/E : (9-3) $3,960.00Superfecta : (3-7-8-6) $4,509.00Rolling Triple : (5-9-3) $7,628.00Race 6 1600 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW31. EXPRESS TRUCK LSteadman3 52.52. SINK THE BISMARCK BebHarvey4 52.0 2 1/2L3. JOHN D LINJAH DDawkins4 50.0 3 1/4L4. GO TO HELL RMitchell 52.5 1 1/4L5. YES WE WILL JErwin 54.0 2 1/2L6. THE REAL RHYTHM AndreePowell4 51.0 3 3/4LDNF #1 TECHNOCAT HPottinger4 52.0Late scratch : #3 ROVING STARWIN: $277.00PLACE: $120.00, $141.00, $98.00Final Time : 1:43.3 Splits : 24.3, 48.0, 1:14.0,Winner : 6yo ch horse – REGION OF MERIT out of PITTER PATTER by PAT N JACTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner : STEVEN M TODDQuinella : (6,11) $1,145.00 Exacta : (11-6) $2,130.00D/E : (3-11) $8,193.00Trifecta : (11-6-5) $3,120.00Hit-6 carry-over : $130,461.50Rolling Triple : (9-3-11) $25,699.00Pick-4 : (5-9-3-11) $50,000.00Super-6 : (6-3-5-9-3-11) $90,632.60Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO-NW31. FRANKENSTORM BebHarvey4 52.02. AQUILO AChatrie 54.0 2 1/4L3. UNCLE G RMitchell 54.0 1L4. GOLD SCREW AndrePowell4 50.0 1 1/2LLate scratch : #4 ARIZONA GOLDWIN: $120.00PLACE: $77.00, $126.00, $99.00Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.3, ,Winner : 5yo b horse – OUTRIGGER out of SEEKING LIL by LIL’S LADTrainer : WILFRED CHIN Owner : RAM A TQuinella : (2,6) $872.00 Exacta : (2-6) $1,081.00D/E : (11-2) $704.00Superfecta : (2-6-5-3) $10,766.00Rolling Triple : (3-11-2) $20,984.00Race 8 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)&IMP3YO&UP(MDN) REST.ALL.II* 1. BONGO KING SEllis 53.52. ABBEY ROAD OEdwards4 49.5 Nose3. TWILIGHT CITIZEN LSteadman3 52.5 6 1/2L4. GRINDING TO A HALT OWalker 54.0 4 1/2LWIN: $73.00PLACE: $53.00, $58.00, $75.00Final Time : 1:40.2 Splits : 23.4, 46.3, 1:10.4,Winner : 3yo ch colt – URBAN KING out of VALADY byTrainer : EVERAL FRANCIS Owner : EVERAL C FRANCISQuinella : (6,8) $155.00 Exacta : (6-8) $217.00D/E : (2-6) $251.00Superfecta : (6-8-3-7) $615.00Rolling Triple : (11-2-6) $1,557.00Race 9 1100 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO-NW4* 1. FORCE DE JOUR BebHarvey4 53.02. BAD BOY JUSTIN HPottinger4 52.0 1 3/4L3. OFFICIAL REPORT JPatterson4 49.0 1/2L4. DINNER BY SEVEN LSteadman3 52.5 1L5. XQUISITE CHOICE OEdwards4 52.0 3 3/4LWIN: $92.00PLACE: $62.00, $152.00, $129.00Final Time : 1:06.4 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, ,Winner : 4yo colt – SHARP HUMOR out of SONG BIRD TOO byTrainer : ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner : ROBERT A DARBY (SR)Quinella : (8,10) $957.00 Exacta : (10-8) $890.00D/E : (6-10) $154.00Trifecta : (10-8-4) $876.00Hi-5 : (10-8-4-2-6) $24,198.50Rolling Triple : (2-6-10) $344.00Race 10 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NW1 SINCE JULY 3,2015* 1. POCKET MONEY LSteadman3 54.0 111.00 74.002. CAUSE FOR CONCERN OnBeckford4 53.0 4L 240.003. ALDEBARAN JErwin 53.0 1 1/2L 88.004. I’M ALLWRIGHT DDawkins4 48.5 Neck5. GRAN CORAZON HPottinger4 51.0 1 1/2LWIN: $111.00PLACE: $74.00, $240.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:16.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.3, ,Winner : 8yo ch horse – TRADITIONAL out of TROPICAL WAVE by WITH APPROVALTrainer : RYAN DARBY Owner : RAPHAEL E GORDONQuinella : (2,11) $2,827.00 Exacta : (2-11) $3,235.00D/E : (10-2) $196.00Trifecta : (2-11-7) $5,159.00Hi-5 carry-over : $78,533.00Rolling Triple : (6-10-2) $427.00Pick-4 : (2-6-10-2) $1,324.00Super-6 : (3-11-2-6-10-2) $68,594.60Pick-9 : (3-5-9-3-11-2-6-10-2) $1,000,000.00PlacePot 8 : (1,5-2,9-3,7-6,11-2,6-6,8-8,10-2,11) $1,969.00
DUBAI, UAE (CMC):West Indies Test captain Jason Holder says he is determined to avoid controversial off-the-field issues and focus on his main job of leading the Caribbean side.Responding to questions from media here on the decision by Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite to decline central contracts, Holder reiterated that he was powerless over such administrative matters and was more preoccupied with galvanising West Indies’ performances on the field.All three players are members of the Test squad which finally won their first game in 19 months and first on foreign soil in four years when they beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Thursday.”As I’ve said about all the negative things around West Indies cricket, those things are basically beyond my control,” said Holder who celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday.”I can’t control who signs contracts, I can’t control who’s here with me. All I can control is my destiny on the cricket field when I step over that line, and that goes for everybody in the dressing room.”The West Indies Cricket Board disclosed this week that the trio of Bravo, Samuels and Brathwaite had opted against retainer contracts for the year-long period ending September next year.LEADER OF BATTING GROUPBravo is the leader of the Windies batting group, averaging 40 from 49 Tests, while Samuels is the side’s most senior player, with 71 Tests and 187 one-day internationals (ODI).Brathwaite, the newly appointed Twenty20 skipper, is also a member of both the Test and ODI set-ups.Their decision immediately raised question marks about their respectively futures, but Holder said, ultimately, it was up to each player to take responsibility for their performances and careers.”Us players we have to be responsible for our own individual actions [and] take our own personal pride on to the cricket field and control cricket,” he pointed out.
This year, Parikh, whose team will be defending the title, wants the grand finale at home. “We would love to see the finals in Jamaica with the support of our partners and government, and hope to see it in Sabina Park,” he said. He was quick to point out that the CPL is economically beneficial to each country and should be backed by their respective governments. “The key is that not only the CPL, but also each team gets continued support from their respective regional government, as it’s mutually benefiting to promote this economically and financially viable sporting event in the Caribbean,” Parikh told The Gleaner. CPL is dubbed the biggest party in sports, and according the Tallawahs director, it grows bigger and better, each year. “Tallawahs’ brand continues to grow internationally and continues to thrive each year along with the popularity of CPL, not only in the Caribbean, but also the US frontier,” he reasoned. HOPES OF A HOME FINALE In considering the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament mutually beneficial to regional economies, Jamaica Tallawahs Managing Director Ron Parikh is of the view that Jamaica’s Sabina Park would be the perfect venue for this year’s final. CPL, the domestic Twenty20 cricket league in the West Indies, is to be played among seven countries – Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, and the United States, which hosted last season’s final in the state of Florida. TALLAWAHS BRAND He has made it clear that the Jamaica Tallawahs brand would grow in size and popularity again this season. It will bowl off in June. “We look forward to build a bigger fan base and continue to support our local Tallawahs fan base,” he outlined. “We have some great local partners that have supported us in the past, and we hope to receive continued support from our partners to build up the momentum coming in to the home games at Sabina Park,” continued Parikh. The Jamaica Tallawahs owners will be looking to rev up even more support at their Sabina Park home, and across the island. The managing director was clear that the two-time champions will be going all out for a third title this year. “We have a strong team for our 2017 championship chase, and all the team members are equally qualified and talented to represent the Tallawahs and go through the hard road it is to win an unprecedented third championship,” he underlined. Defending their title will be hard to do, but Parikh remains confident they will have a strong support staff and players to do it.
View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The most important thing is to be healthy, I would have had great regrets if I had not come here this week. I’m very excited for tomorrow’s match, I can’t wait for it to come around.”Federer moved into the quarter-finals on Thursday with a hard-fought 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.“Tonight was complicated, I had to fight and struggle,” said Federer who has won three of the last five majors. “I had a good game plan going in, but I was never able to completely pull it off.“He came out with a clean start. I was serving well, that’s a great sign. I’d rather do that and return poorly.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Goldwin Monteverde gets UE coaching post Thursday’s win was Federer’s 13th in as many meetings against Kohlschreiber.Second seed Grigor Dimitrov outlasted Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to also reach the quarter-finals.Dimitrov has now reached a second straight quarter-final in the Dutch city, advancing with 13 aces and saving all four break points he faced.The Bulgarian will face Andrey Rublev on Friday after the 20-year-old Russian struggled for nearly two hours before finally seeing off Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).Rublev, the world number 34, forced his Bosnian opponent to save 10 of 15 break points while he saved nine of 13.Russian Daniil Medvedev joined his compatriot in the last eight by beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.The two-and-a-quarter-hour contest featured 13 aces from the loser and just four from the winner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The Swiss would surpass Andre Agassi, who held the top spot in 2003 aged 33 years and 131 days.It would be Federer’s first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top spot in February 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“This is an exciting challenge, I’ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year,” said Federer who was as low as 17 in the world in January last year before he returned to form with the Australian Open title.“I never imagined this after my (February 2016) knee surgery. Number one is a tough place to get to. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the men’s singles final at the Australian Open against Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Melbourne, Australia Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Roger Federer can become the oldest world number one on Friday, a remarkable achievement for the 20-time Grand Slam title winner who admitted he “never imagined” he’d get the opportunity.The 36-year-old faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open where victory will allow him to replace old rival and close friend Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano
– call for more protectionBy Shemuel FanfairPiracy has plagued the high seas for a number of years with many seamen meeting a callous end as several of them have lost their lives, miles off the coastland. The latest attack by pirates was recorded at the mouth of the Waini River, some 10 miles off the Essequibo Coast into the Atlantic.On Wednesday, Guyana Times met with three of the terrorised West Coast Demerara fishermen who called for more Coast Guard protection on the Atlantic Coast as they recalled the harrowing ordeal. Boat Captain, Muneshwar Bissoon, and some of his crew members returned to their families late Tuesday evening but they are all shaken up by the horror, nearly two weeks after losing millions of dollars at the hands of pirates.Three of the attacked fishermen; Satesh Bisson, Captain Muneshwar Bissoon and Nazeer MohamedThe fishermen gathered at the home of boat owner, “Sharma” at Hague, West Coast Demerara. Captain Bissoon stressed that fishermen should be better protected while plying their trade.“The Coast only running up to Waini head. They need to come out and go to the deep sea itself. That’s what the [pirates] know because the coast guard only going up to a point; they have to a get boat which could go in the roughness of the water,” the Captain stressed.Their ordeal all started when a white fibre glass boat pulled up alongside theirs which carried what was described as having a “big sounding” engine. The captain was dealt a chop to the head and lip while crew members Nazeer Mohamed and Satesh Bisson were hit to the back and about the body.They were all forced to lie face down and the finger of another crew member was severed. He was airlifted to Georgetown after spending several days at an interior hospital. The seamen told Guyana Times that they are fearful of returning to sea.“The thing got you trembly like, because them man broadside up we,” Nazeer indicated.The men were forced to lie and were broadsidedMeanwhile, Satesh who had a disgruntled countenance at the time we spoke to him told this publication that he was left to ponder what would become of his family if anything serious was to happen to him.“This gan bruk fishermen mind from going at sea again,” the father of four stated.Captain Bissoon expressed that the elder of his two sons encouraged him to lessen his trips to sea.“Me frighten to go back on sea although is so many years I work deh but that is the only trade I know,” expressed the Captain who has worked as a fisherman for over 20 years.The pirates who attacked on May 21 spoke in English and Spanish and Police have recently taken statements from the injured men who were robbed of two Yamaha engines, four 12-volt batteries, two mobile phones, three drums of fuel, some fish material and food supplies among other items.They wandered at sea for several days before they were rescued by another vessel. A recent violent attack in the Corentyne River left a boat captain dead. Several suspects were charged for that crime.
House-to-House Registration…as GECOM CEO chooses which advice from legal officer to followThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has made their position clear, that they will not recognise any voters’ list arising from the present illegal House-to-House Registration being carried out since it is likely to disenfranchise thousands of Guyanese.GECOM Legal Officer Excellence DazzellThis was communicated by the party on Monday, whereby they slammed the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for embarking on the exercise and urged Guyanese, particularly their supporters, not to support the activity.The party made it pellucid that its leadership met on Monday and decided that to participate in the Guyana Elections Commission’s illegal national House-to-House Registration will make it complicit in aiding and abetting the violation of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) June 18, 2019, rulings and July 12, 2019, consequential orders, which upheld the Guyana Constitution.The party reminded that in the rulings and consequential orders, the CCJ had stressed the need for elections to have been held since March 21, 2019. It was also pointed out that the CCJ had stressed the responsibility GECOM has to adhere to the Constitution.“The PPP, therefore, shall not participate in this illegal unilateral activity by the Chief Elections Officer which threatens peace and stability in the country and undermines constitutional rule. The Chief Elections Officer has embarked on a House-to-House Registration in defiance of the Caribbean Court of Justice, the apex court of Guyana, and, even in defiance of the advice of GECOM’s internal legal officer, at a time when there is no functioning Commission in place. He must be stopped,” the party said in a statement.GECOM CEO Keith LowenfieldAccording to the PPP, the approach to the court to bring an injunction to stop the national House-to-House Registration is one stage of the struggle to ensure that constitutional rule is preserved. “The PPP is convinced that this House-to-House exercise is intended to deliberately de-register thousands of Guyanese voters. The objective is to delay elections to facilitate the APNU/AFC Government remaining in office illegally after September 18th 2019.”Instead of House-to-House Registration, a process which GECOM’s lawyer Stanley Marcus told the CCJ would take until Christmas, the PPP insisted that the electoral agency commence the Claims and Objections period. The party made it clear it would not recognise the validity of the voters’ list produced during House-to-House Registration, a development which would mean the party might not recognise elections held with the list.“The People’s Progressive Party urges Guyanese not to support this illegal exercise and calls on all political parties, civil society and other stakeholders, including the international community, to condemn this unconstitutional act,” the party added.Legal adviceOn Sunday Private Sector Commission (PSC) Chairman Gerry Gouveia in a strongly worded letter had upbraided GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield for proceeding with House-to-House Registration when the Constitution and CCJ rulings require elections in three months.Lowenfield has since responded to the letter, attempting to justify the exercise by citing advise provided by GECOM’s Legal Officer, Excellence Dazzell. According to Lowenfield, upon his request, Dazzell advised him that he could act based on an order from former Chairman James Patterson because it was issued before the CCJ ruled and invalidated his appointment.Patterson’s order to commence House-to-House Registration was dated June 11, 2019. Subsequently, the CCJ ruled on June 18 that he was unconstitutionally appointed by the President. Patterson subsequently resigned on July 8 and according to Lowenfield, Dazzell advised him that any actions Patterson took before June 18 was valid since he operated on the premise that his appointment was bona fide.But in May, GECOM’s own Legal Officer had advised the Commission that subject to Section 7 (1) of the Elections Amendment Act (2000), there was no need for House-to-House Registration and a new list but rather, the old voters’ list could and should be updated.Section 7 (1) of the Elections Amendment Act states “Where there is an interval of more than six months after the qualifying date …. the Commissioner shall cause the Official List of Electors and non-resident electors’ roll to be revised, in accordance with procedure established by the Commission by regulations – (a) by adding thereto the names of persons who have or may become qualified electors for registration as after the said qualifying date and before the day appointed for the election; and (b) by deleting therefrom the names of persons who are registered as electors, but have ceased to be qualified to be so registered after the said qualifying date and before such date, being a date prior to the date appointed for the election, as may be specified by the Commission by notification in the Gazette”.The opinion, expressed by Dazzell, stated that: “The use of the word ‘revise’ [in the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 15 of 2000] suggest that the process is not one where a ‘new’ list is generated, but one where the most recent list is updated or amended….I, therefore, advise that procedures be put in place to ensure the revision of the list, otherwise, the Commission would be acting in defiance of the law and may prejudice a by-election that may become necessary”.Dazzell’s advice was never followed by GECOM or the CEO, with particular Government-nominated Commissioners going on to criticise her after she would have discharged her duties of offering legal advice.The result has been that millions have been spent to prepare for House-to-House Registration, an exercise that the PPP has said could see elections being held until next year. The registration exercise started on Saturday.
Garry Monk 1 Swansea boss Garry Monk beleives his side’s battling performance in their 4-2 defeat at home to Manchester City shows the Swans can take on anyone in the Premier League.Goals from Yaya Toure and James Milner handed last season’s champions a seemingly healthy lead before the Welsh outfit hit back.A long-range stunner from Gylfi Sigurdsson on the stroke of half-time was followed by a Bafetimbi Gomis strike after the break to pull the Jacks level against the odds.But it was City who had the final word, as Toure netted his second of the game before January signing Wilfried Bony scored in off the post against his former side to seal three points.Swansea were criticised by Arsene Wenger for what the Arsenal manager perceived as negative tactics in the Welsh club’s 1-0 smash-and-grab victory at the Emirates Stadium last week.But Monk said the performance against City showed Swansea could take on the best in an attacking contest.“We got criticised last Monday for apparently not playing football, and I wanted the players to show we can go toe-to-toe with one of the top sides when we choose to,” Monk said.“I think we proved we can do that. Yes we lost the game, but if we had taken one or two chances, or Joe Hart had not made some incredible saves, we could have got something from the game.“We didn’t quite get a result, but I think we have shown what a strong group we’ve got and hopefully next season we can be even better.”
Arsenal are working on a new deal for Alex Iwobi.The winger has broken into the first-team in recent weeks and found the net in wins against Everton and Watford.The 19-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer of 2019 but Arsene Wenger has now revealed the club are looking to extend it.“We are discussing it at the moment to extend him,” said Wenger.“He is a real Arsenal person. He has been here since he was eight. He has three years left at the end of the season but we want to keep him here for longer.” 1 Alex Iwobi has emerged as one of Arsenal’s most promising young talents this season
Northern Ireland had talisman Kyle Lafferty back horsing around at training in France on Friday morning following his injury scare.The 28-year-old had given the entire nation a worry when he hobbled out of training on Tuesday with a groin problem which restricted him to a bike machine the following day.However, having received positive news on a precautionary scan on Wednesday afternoon, Lafferty was able to go through drills with the team two days later, even mimicking a horse during a resistance-band exercise.More encouragingly, Lafferty undertook a number of exercises and stretches which tested the groin injury and appeared to have no issues throughout.Only David Healy has scored more goals for Northern Ireland than Lafferty and his seven goals in qualification helped fire them to a first major finals in 30 years.All 23 players in Michael O’Neill’s squad were present for the session ahead of their opening Group C game with Poland in Nice on Sunday. 1 Kyle Lafferty during Northern Ireland training