Arsenal face an anxious wait to find out the extent of the hamstring injury to England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. “Chamberlain has a hamstring strain, the only thing we don’t know is how bad it is because usually the scans are only done 48 hours after the accident. That will be done today [Wednesday],” Wenger said in an interview with the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com. Wenger added midfielder Jack Wilshere was “progressing well” following minor surgery to removes studs from pins in his ankle, and Mathieu Flamini had resumed full training after a hamstring problem, so comes into contention for Saturday. There was also positive news on centre-back Gabriel Paulista, who limped off against QPR with a hamstring strain but is expected back training “on Sunday or Monday”. Wenger believes the victory at Old Trafford, secured by a goal from former United striker Danny Welbeck, can have a positive impact for the remainder of the campaign. The Gunners boss, though, accepts recent performances have drained his squad physically, and so will have some decisions to make as he looks to keep the players fresh for both the West Ham match and the second leg of their Champions League tie at Monaco, where Arsenal will be out to overturn a 3-1 deficit. Theo Walcott could come back into contention, having again been left on the bench at United. “We were at a high level of fatigue because we played against Monaco, Everton, QPR, Manchester United, all very physical games,” said Wenger. “I will have to test medically, physically, how the players are on Friday, and I will make my decision then. The big priority is of course West Ham.” German forward Lukas Podolski, meanwhile, has indicated his intention to return to Arsenal in the summer, having failed to make an impression on a loan spell at Inter Milan. Speaking to Sport Bild, the World Cup winner said: “The chapter is not closed with Arsenal, because there is no purchase option. “I was the first person to clear things up in the talks with Inter and say I didn’t want any kind of clause that would have let them purchase my contract rights. “When you’re on loan you never know what can happen, so at the end of the season we’ll analyse things freely and decide the situation.” Podolski was left out of Inter’s squad for the Europa League and has seen his performance levels criticised by Nerazzurri coach Roberto Mancini. The 29-year-old added: “At Inter there have been some negative situations, but I see the bright side in all of it. “Also, it’s generally easier to criticise someone who comes on loan, as I did this winter.” Arsenal are set to join Everton, Stoke and a Singapore Select XI team for the Barclays Asia Trophy Singapore in July 2015, which will see the Gunners return to the country for the first time since 1991 as part of their pre-season campaign. Wenger said: “It will be a typical English Premier League competition in Asia and we know that English football is very popular in Asia, and that’s a good opportunity to show how much we respect Asia as well. “[Strong competition] is what you’re looking for, to prepare well with the right intensity in the games to have a look at everybody as well. We have young promising players who can be a name after the competition. It’s a good opportunity as well for Singapore people to see these players.” Press Association The 21-year-old, who had just returned to the side following a groin problem, was substituted during the second half of Monday night’s FA Cup quarter-final win at Manchester United, where he had earlier set up Nacho Monreal’s opening goal. Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the midfielder was set for a scan but the prognosis would not be determined until later in the week, although it is now unlikely Oxlade-Chamberlain will feature in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game against West Ham.
CAPE TOWN: South Africa have ruled out participation in a proposed T20 series in Pakistan following their India tour next month, citing players’ workload.The tour will be rescheduled at a later date suitable to both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket South Africa (CSA). PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said he respected the decision made by its South African counterpart. “While we were keenly looking forward to hosting South Africa next month, we respect Cricket South Africa’s reason for not sending their side next month. Managing player workload is a top priority for any cricket board, and from that perspective, their decision is understandable.””We are pleased that the CSA remains committed to rescheduling this short series as soon as practically possible. As there is a strong willingness and commitment, both the boards are now exploring their FTPs to find gaps so that we can agree on the dates,” Khan said in a PCB statement.South Africa play three ODIs in India from March 12 to 18 and the tour of Pakistan for three T20s in Rawalpindi was planned after that.South Africa are currently playing T20s against England after competing in four Tests and three ODIs.After the three T20s against England, the Proteas will host Australia for three ODIs and as many T20s with the last match ending on March 7, leaving less than a week in between for the series-opener in India at Dharamsala. The IPL also starts in the last week of March. AgenciesAlso Read: Lungi Ngidi guides South Africa to thrilling victory over EnglandAlso Watch: Six-mile to Ganeshguri Road Closed due to Overbridge construction; Public inconvenienced.
The Undergraduate Student Government released a statement Thursday addressing a tent structure resembling a teepee that was originally set up at McCarthy Quad. Some students found it culturally insensitive. USG said in the statement that the event did not intend to be culturally insensitive.Photo courtesy of Julian Wolff The structure was put up by Sambazon, an açai bowl company that co-sponsored an Environmental Student Assembly event called “Purple for the Planet,” according to the statement released by USG.“The Environmental Student Assembly would like to sincerely apologize for the culturally inappropriate symbol that appeared on McCarthy Quad today,” the USG statement said. “What was meant to be an event celebrating eco-beauty and promoting biodiversity, co-sponsored with the acai-bowl company Sambazon, turned into something unrepresentative of our core values and our mission.” In a statement emailed to the Daily Trojan, Sambazon also apologized for offending students. “I am deeply apologetic that any one person was uncomfortable or offended, our main intention was to engage the USC students in our efforts to save 30 species in 30 days,” Sambazon Chief Marketing Officer Renee Junge said in the statement. Sambazon said that its work aims to protect indigenous cultures. Sambazon is an acronym for Sustainable Management of the Brazilian Amazon, and the company has worked to protect 2.4 million acres of indigenous land, according to the Sambazon statement. “The structure of the tent was intended to represent a place of dwelling and community where everyone could gather to support a common cause and share purple love through the giving of acai bowls to the USC students,” the Sambazon statement said. “Sambazon extends sincere apologies to any student or groups who may have been offended by the activation that took place on the USC campus.” Native American Student Union president Mato Standing Soldier called the structure culturally insensitive because of how similar the design was to a teepee. “I feel like there was some good dialogue happening and even if there wasn’t, it was still being shown that there is an issue embedded in USC’s culture revolving around indigenous populations [and] how they’re represented,” he said. “I think there is a small population at USC, and people are forgetting about our roles and our voices and how we choose to be represented.”Julian Wolff, a sophomore majoring in public policy, saw the tent Thursday morning and decided to approach the people at the structure to express his concerns. “I told them, ‘This is a cultural image and a cultural symbol of Native people, and I don’t appreciate that your company is using this image for profit,’” Wolff said. Wolff said he filed a bias report with the University and spoke to a USG official to express his concern. He also posted a picture of the tent in the USC Memes for Spoiled Pre-Teens Facebook group, expressing his concerns about the structure. The post was deleted from the group at 2:36 p.m. by a moderator of the group. “When I approached the [event] organizers I was laughed at for being concerned and upset. This cultural image/display is not up for capitalist greedy grabs!!!!,” Wolff wrote in the post in the Memes group. “University of Southern California students, faculty and administrators should be ashamed that this culturally insensitive display is on our campus!!!!”John Lynch, an administrator of the group, said the post’s removal was not sanctioned by the page administrators. “I’m really sad the tent post got deleted,” Lynch said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “I want the memes page to be a place where everyone can have open dialogue about campus issues. I think it’s really important for everyone to be able to discuss their ideas whether you think someone else’s opinion makes them a clown or whatever.”Wolff said he wanted to speak up about the tent because of his experiences learning about indigenous cultures.“For my entire life I’ve spent my summers as a docent, as a volunteer, a camper and a camp counselor at Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz.,” Wolff said. “I was constantly exposed to indigenous people and indigenous culture … I always felt a profound sense of appreciation for these cultures and learning about them respectfully.”USG said the tent structure was not approved by the event administration.“Once the construction of the structure was completed, we immediately recognized its detriment to our student body as being appropriative of Native American and indigenous cultures,” the statement from USG said. “As representatives of student voices, this was not tolerable by any means.”In their statement, USG said they asked Sambazon to take down the structure and shut down the event soon after the structure was built.“You need to make sure that things like this don’t happen,” said Standing Soldier in response to the USG statement. “It puts a sour taste in the mouths of all indigenous members of USC, but also the large indigenous community in L.A. We pride ourselves in being an inclusive community, but when things like this happen, when there is just a lack of accountability, I think that’s just really detrimental.” Wolff said that while he appreciated USG’s actions following the incident, he wants the organization to be more aware going forward. “I appreciate that USG is remorseful, I appreciate that they responded in a timely manner, I appreciate that they shut down the event, and that they are fully aware of why this is not OK,” Wolff said.Tomás Mier contributed to this report. EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated to include a statement from Sambazon emailed to the Daily Trojan.
Joe Flacco injury update: Ravens QB (hip) to ‘ramp up’ practice Wednesday Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has received a fair amount of praise over the course of his record-breaking season. Everyone from coaches Jon Gruden and Bill Belichick to players like Aaron Rodgers have complimented Mahomes strong arm and play-making abilities.Similarly, Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale has dished out his share of flattery, like when he said Baker Mayfield is the Brett Favre of this era. But, this time around it’s Mahomes who is getting compared to another Hall of Fame quarterback. Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes on Kareem Hunt video: ‘We don’t do those things’ Mahomes, in his first season as a starter, is also building an impressive resume to live up to the likes of Montana. He continues to be a front-runner for the MVP award after throwing 41 touchdown passes — tied for the second most through 12 games in league history — and leading the league’s most potent offense.Martindale has to prepare Baltimore’s defensive unit, the best in the NFL, to face Mahomes and the league’s highest-scoring offense. The Chiefs have scored 37 points per game, while the Ravens’ lead the NFL in fewest yards (281.7) and points allowed (17.8).It’s a tall task, but it leaves the Ravens excited for the matchup. Mahomes has largely played mistake-free but does have 10 interceptions — three were against the Rams on Nov. 19 — and seven fumbles this season. “I think Mahomes is (Joe) Montana — I’m talking about the San Francisco Montana and not the Kansas City Montana,” Martindale said ahead of the team’s Week 14 contest against Kansas City, via ESPN. “I think how everything is cyclical and history repeats itself. I think you’re seeing that combination between Andy (Reid) and Mahomes of Montana and Bill Walsh. I really do.”Montana finished his illustrious career with the Chiefs after 14 years with the 49ers organization and is considered one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Related News “He’s wise beyond his years, the way he controls the line of scrimmage, the way he checks, the audibles, snap count, the way he moves the safeties with his looks and his dropbacks,” safety Eric Weddle said.”(I’m) obviously impressed with what I’ve seen, and it’s exciting for me to go out there and try to make him mess up with what I can do and maybe force him into some throws he wouldn’t want to do.”Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday from Arrowhead Stadium.
DARRELL VIENNA, SI SAGE, WINNER: “I think the blinkers made a difference on this horse. Elvis had been working him, he said maybe blinkers would help and I think he was right. I trained him once in them before but I didn’t think he liked them. He worked very well in his last work with the blinkers. Frankly, I was hoping they would make a difference for him.“I wasn’t actually looking at the fractions, I was watching him, and frankly I was never worried. I thought he was always running pretty easily. I should say I was a little worried early when he was tugging, but after he settled on the turn, I felt pretty good, and then I could see he wasn’t asking him at all, and then he did.”What did he prove to you today? “He proved that finally he can win a race for us.” MIKE SMITH, BIG JOHN B, EIGHTH AND LAST: “The grass was way too soft for him today. He wasn’t even about to pick his feet up.”TRAINER QUOTES ELVIS TRUJILLO, SI SAGE, WINNER: “He breezed with blinkers and he breezed very well so they wanted to keep them on. He’s a very nice horse. He’s from France so I think he’s used to the softer turf. We sat behind and he was ready to go in the stretch.“I rode him the time before his last race and I told Darrell Vienna that I thought he needed blinkers. He said we’ll wait, race him without and then work him with the blinkers and see how it goes. He worked with them and he worked so good. I knew he could win.“Darrell told me that ‘You know the horse, you work him, it’s your decision where to place him in the race.’ ” JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Jed and Roberta Cohen of Los Angeles (Red Baron’s Baron LLC) and Rancho Temescal. RICHARD MANDELLA, GANESH, SECOND: “He ran real good. He got a nice race into him the other day. A mile and a half is probably what he really wants, but he ran a nice race. He had a little bit of traffic trouble there, but I’m very happy to be where we are.” -30-