Ainsley Maitland-Niles explains how Arsenal assistant Freddie Ljungberg has helped develop his game

first_img Comment Ainsley Maitland-Niles explains how Arsenal assistant Freddie Ljungberg has helped develop his game Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been impressed by Freddie Ljungberg’s impact on the training pitch (Picture: Getty)Ainsley Maitland-Niles is full of praise for Freddie Ljungberg’s training methods and believes that Arsenal’s assistant first-team coach has improved the attacking side of his game.Following a coaching reshuffle at the Emirates over the summer, Ljungberg was promoted into a prominent position in Unai Emery’s coaching team with Steve Bould replacing him as U23 manager.Ljungberg, an important member of Arsenal’s Invincibles side in 2003-04, has reportedly impressed in his new role and is being tipped as a potential successor to Emery should the Spaniard leave at the end of his contract in 2021. Ainsley Maitland-Niles has played eight times for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Explaining how Ljungberg has helped him this term, Maitland-Niles said: ‘There’s quite a few things [I have learnt from Ljungberg] really. He knows me as a winger, so attacking-wise he’s helped my game a lot.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Defensively, I go to someone else to help me because they’re two different styles that I have to play. Him personally, he’s pulled me to the side a lot and has shown me different techniques and ways of beating players, ways of crossing the ball and shooting.‘It’s helping me and I’m happy to have him around because he’s such a big figure in the team.’As well as helping Maitland-Niles on the training pitch, Ljungberg has also been credited with assisting Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka’s development during his role with Arsenal U23s last season.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 ArsenalSpeaking last month, Emery praised the impact Ljungberg has had on the squad, saying: ‘He knows Arsenal perfectly, the young players, he helps us every day in training, the matches and before.‘He knows the characteristics of the Premier League. I’m very happy with him. Each assistant has their work. We are together to speak with the players. We are in the dressing room, we spoke about all the situations individually. We share some moments.’Maitland-Niles has been heavily involved for Arsenal in the opening weeks of the campaign, starting six of the club’s eight Premier League matches although he faces competition at right-back from Calum Chambers and fit-again Hector Bellerin.The England U21 international defended himself from criticism of his form earlier this season by suggesting that Emery is playing him out of position after he came through Arsenal’s academy as a box-to-box midfielder.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 Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 17 Oct 2019 6:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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De La Hoya, 47, confirms boxing comeback

first_imgOCAR De La Hoya is ready to make a return to the ring.The 47-year-old De La Hoya told ESPN on Wednesday that he plans to come out of retirement to make a professional comeback.De La Hoya is nearly 12 years removed from his last fight against Manny Pacquiao, one in which he quit on his stool after the eighth round in December 2008. De La Hoya announced his retirement a few months later, but now insists he is ready for a return.“The rumors are true, and I’m going to start sparring in the next few weeks,” De La Hoya told ESPN.No opponent has been determined and no date has officially been set for The Golden Boy’s return. He said the plan is to compete between 154-160 pounds.De La Hoya’s announcement comes on the heels of the planned returns of former champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.“It’s a real fight,” De La Hoya said. “I miss being in the ring, I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.”De La Hoya sported a 39-6 record with 30 knockouts in his career. He won gold at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona for the United States and captured world title belts in six different weight classes.—Field Level Medialast_img read more

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Familiarity is key to Sportradar’s Simulated Reality schedule

first_imgShare Sticking to the sports calendar and playing a part in the regular football fan’s ‘ritual’ is key to the setup for Sportradar’s Simulated Reality, said the firm’s MD for US Betting Werner Becher.Sportradar launched the AI-driven product at the end of March, making it immediately available to customers as part of its existing portfolio of betting events.The product draws upon Sportradar’s historical football database and statistical output to provide match data, offering both pre-match and live betting markets for top-tier football leagues in England, Germany and Spain.With many people currently living in lockdown or furloughed from work, you might argue that scheduling has lost importance for sports bettors. Unless you are still living your normal life, why would your appetite for placing a bet be highest at the ‘normal’ time?Yet for Becher, developing a product that aligns with real matches, and the schedule to which they would have been played, was a “clear goal” for the Simulated Reality project.He said: “With Simulated Reality it was our clear goal to develop a product that is very similar to real matches and provides sports fans with what they are missing: scheduled sports matches. “Customers are used to placing bets, on football matches in particular, at specific times during the week. It’s a familiar part of a fans football ritual and it’s that familiarity that is part of Simulated Reality’s appeal.”In keeping with this theme of “familiarity”, Becher explained that all matches that were originally scheduled between the final games actually played and the launch of the Simulated Reality product will be simulated in mid-week – “as would be the case in the real world”. For the Premier League, that covers all matches lost in the three weeks that followed Leicester vs Aston Villa on 9 March.He added: “Where possible, we plan to fulfil the remaining fixtures of each league and crown a champion on each country’s final day of the season as per the original schedules. If that’s not possible, due to the sheer volume of games on offer, we’ll schedule them as close to the final fixtures as possible.”As things stand, there is obviously a lot of uncertainty around when football’s biggest leagues will resume. Germany’s Bundesliga is reportedly closing on a return, so what would happen if the real thing is back before the simulations are due to conclude in mid-May?“There’s still much uncertainty about the return of live sport,” said Becher. “If live football was to come back tomorrow, we would expect them to complete their remaining fixtures at a later date than originally scheduled.”Simulated betting markets will, therefore, be available to customers until the original end of season dates – regardless of how quickly the leagues can return. This could actually provide a real credential test for the Sportradar modelling, should postponements continue or re-emerge in the future.Becher agreed by saying: “By the time the leagues return, the Simulated Reality leagues – having followed the original fixture list – will likely be completed. It will be interesting to see, when they do return, how realistic the outcomes of our Simulated Reality games are when compared to the real games, and if the same teams came out as champions.”Launching the product three weeks ago, Sportradar said it planned to extend its Simulated Reality product to several other leagues and competitions. So what are the other sports involved? Becher concluded: “We have recently launched Simulated Reality cricket and offer T20 matches from Australia, England and India. We will very soon launch a tennis product and offer events each week covering tournaments in London, Madrid, Paris and Rome as scheduled. Looking to the future, we are developing a basketball version and evaluating some other sports as well.” Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Hank Aaron to be Special Guests at Atlanta Football Classic

first_imgRap stars Ludacris and 2 Chainz will crank up the noise to a real high level during the Atlanta Football Classic 2014 weekend, while baseball legend Henry Aaron will receive a special honor.Luda will host the Ludacris Foundation will host a youth symposium at Morehouse College. On Oct. 4, Ludacris will toss the game coin as South Carolina State faces off against North Carolina A&T at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.Meanwhile, 2 Chainz will perform at the Ultimate Fan Experience pre-game concert.Hank Aaron will bestowed with a special award from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for his many philanthropic endeavors. Other events during the weekend include community service projects, battle of the bands, education competitions, concerts and VIP parties.Presented by 100 Black Men, the Atlanta Football Classic has been a staple in the Atlanta and HBCU communities for 26 years.last_img read more

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Family Resource Associates Gives Hope And Help To Families

first_imgby Gretchen C. Van BenthuysenNearly 30 years ago Maire Merritt gave birth to her second daughter, Eileen, who has Down syndrome.“I knew nothing about Down syndrome or cognitive development (the ability to think and understand),” said Merritt, a retired high school teacher. “I had no background in the area.”But a friend of his knew Sue Levine, the program administrator and a founder of Family Resource Associates (FRA), a nonprofit agency based in Shrewsbury dedicated to helping people with disabilities reach their full potential and independence through therapy, technology and education, while also supporting their families.“Sue came to the hospital and offered to help me in any way she could,” Merritt said. “For parents of newborns, this is a frightening experience. You feel isolated. Sue proved to be invaluable to me and a tremendous resource over the years.”
Executive director Nancy Phalanukorn also is one of the original five professional women along with a group of 30 parents who founded FRA in 1979. They were frustrated by bureaucratic inertia and lack of services for pre-school children with disabilities, especially children age three and younger.“One area we specialize in is caring for infants,” she explained. “But what happens after age three and before they enter public school? Those kids were just sitting at home.”Growing and changing to meet the needs of a growing and changing population of chil- dren and adults with special needs became FRA’s mission.“We started with 30 kids with Down syndrome and genetic disabilities,” Phalanukorn said. “The second year we had a boy with autism. Now we serve 150 infants a week and of those 30 are on the autism spectrum.”FRA has an annual budget of $1.6 million with a relative- ly small administrative staf f of seven, Phalanukorn said, with 92 percent of the budget spent on programming. The infant program, which includes home visits, has a staff of 38 professionals and 15 people teach the adult classes. Volunteers donate about 8,000 hours per year and that includes a tech team that refurbishes donated personal computers to give to needy families. Annual fundraisers include a golf outing and a gala dinner-dance. “It’s always a balance of donations, fundraising, grant writing and fees,” Phalanukorn said. “And we have an extremely active board of trustees that help us grow and meet the needs of students and families.”
FRA’s adult services also have grown with facilities in Eatontown and Brick featuring studio apartments for independent living and life skills classes such as preparing meals using a microwave and toaster oven and maintaining personal living space.Designed like 12-week college semesters, classes are offered twice daily with 10 to 14 students per class. For ty topics are available, including money skills, nutrition and hygiene, how to look your best, getting ready for a job inter view, self-advocacy and self-expression, current events, as well as fun classes such as yoga, dance and karate.
One service Phalanukorn said FRA is very proud of is the TECH Connection, a computer lab with 20 stations open to the public and designed to make technology more accessible to people with limitations due to accident, illness or aging.People with special needs can sample specialized soft- ware and adapted devices before making a purchase. Assistive technology training for professionals and thera- pist is available as is a lending library for special needs people who may borrow more than 450 assistive devices and specialty software.FRA’s focus is not entirely on the disabled child or adult. Family support includes individual counseling, workshops, monthly meetings for siblings ages 4 to 9 and 10 to 15, plus monthly meetings of Moms of Young Children with Down syndrome and Parents of Children with Multiple Impairments.Maire Merritt said she had her husband Bill learned more from other parents than they ever learned from books.“We went to several parent workshops held at FRA to become informed parents and knowledgeable advocates for our children,” she said. “FRA also helped us to see the whole child and not just the disability. They guided us.”Eileen Merritt will celebrate her 30th birthday on Jan. 30. She graduated from Old Bridge High School, attended four different proms, is still friends with people she met in grammar school, volunteers in the children’s section at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library system, plays golf, and participates in the Special Olympics New Jersey in sailing and earned medals in rhythmic gymnastics. She serves as an FRA ambassador making public appearances. She also has a boyfriend. And that’s the short list of her accomplishments.last_img read more

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