Annual Warrior Competition Aims To Improve Cohesion Amongst Special Forces

first_imgThe world’s top anti-terrorism forces have gathered in Jordan to showcase their skills. They include teams from China and the United States.last_img

Emotional Farewell as Wenger Ends Reign at Arsenal

first_img“Thank you for having me for such a long time. I know that’s not easy but, above all, I am like you, I am an Arsenal fan,” Wenger said a post-match presentation on the Emirates turf.“I would like to finish by one simple word: I will miss you. Thank you all for being such an important part of my life.”Before the game in his final programme notes, Wenger said he expected to be saddened by the occasion.“I expect today will be dominated by sadness,” he wrote. “It’s the end of a long story for me at Arsenal. But I will also feel grateful for having led this club – that I cherish so much – for such a long time.”Wenger won three Premier Leagues and a record seven FA Cups. His crowning glory coming in the 2003/04 season when Arsenal won the league without losing a single game.He was presented with the special gold trophy given to the club for that achievement after the match by two Arsenal legends Bob Wilson and Pat Rice, who worked on Wenger’s coaching staff for many years.That “Invincibles” season was his last as a Premier League winner, though, and fans became tired of Arsenal’s inability to compete for Premier League and Champions League titles.However, there was plenty for the supporters to shout about in a fitting finale for Wenger as Arsenal displayed the attractive brand of attacking football that characterised his most successful sides over the past two decades.Defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semifinals on Thursday means Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification for the second consecutive season.But they bounced back in style to secure the small consolation of ensuring they will finish sixth in the Premier League ahead of Burnley.Wenger will wonder what might have been had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not been cup-tied for the latter stages of the Europa League as the Gabon striker took his tally to eight goals in 11 Premier League appearances since joining for a club record fee from Borussia Dortmund in January.Aubameyang opened the scoring when he slid in to meet Alexandre Lacazette’s cross to get a party atmosphere started after just 14 minutes.Burnley have qualified for Europe for the first time in 51 years thanks to finishing seventh.But it seemed incredible that only three points separated the sides before kick-off as Arsenal cut through the clarets at will going forward.Lacazette stroked home Arsenal’s second just before halftime before Jack Wilshere teed up Sead Kolasinac for a third nine minutes after the break.Aubameyang turned provider for Alex Iwobi to smash home the fourth after being given a huge amount of time inside the Burnley box to pick his spot.And Aubameyang finished as he started by steering home Hector Bellerin’s cross to round off a five-star performance by the Gunners to send-off Wenger in style.Wenger could even afford the luxury of also handing club captain Per Mertesacker an outing from the bench for the closing stages in his final home game before retiring at the end of the season. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “I will miss you” Arsene Wenger told the Arsenal fans after being given a fitting farewell in his final home game in charge after 22 years with a 5-0 thrashing of Burnleyon Sunday.On a day dominated by tributes to the Frenchman, both teams formed a guard of honour for Wenger, 68, before kick-off to a chorus of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger”.All around a full house of 60 000 at the Emirates – in stark contrast to recent league games when fans have stayed away in protest at a poor season – fans sported red t-shirts emblazoned with “Merci Arsene” (Thank you Arsene).last_img read more

Brittney Sykes diversifies offensive game as 3-point threat

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After more than 50 percent of Syracuse’s 3-point production from a year ago has graduated, guard Brittney Sykes is trying to replace some of SU’s points.The 3-point reliant defending national runner-up needs consistency from long range. Sykes wants to knock down 3s more frequently than in previous years. Should she expand her game, whose strengths revolve around her driving ability, she could boost No. 14 Syracuse’s (2-0) offense and open up the floor for her teammates.“If Britt can shoot the 3, now you can’t back off and take her athleticism away,” Syracuse assistant coach Tammi Reiss said. “You’ve got to play her and she’ll blow right by you.”She hit only 21-of-91 (23 percent) 3s last year. She went 0-for-3 during her redshirt season, 6-for-18 (33 percent) in 2013-14 and made only 13-of-61 (21 percent) her freshman season.Over the summer, Sykes stayed for both of Syracuse’s training sessions, hoisting 500 3-pointers a night. Sykes knows that, with a long range game in her repertoire, she could open up lanes, make it harder for teams to double-team, and clog the middle. Sykes went 2-for-5 from 3 on opening night against Rhode Island.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSykes hopes to create 3s on her own off the dribble, something she’s always done with her more-polished midrange game. All summer, Sykes didn’t tweak her form at all, Reiss said. Instead she worked on driving the shot with her legs, and jumping and landing in the same spot.“Everyone thinks it’s this,” Reiss said, gesturing a flick of the wrist. “It’s not. It’s this,” she added, pointing to her lower half.The 5-foot-9 guard will catch and rise up, where before she’d catch and maybe jab step because she wasn’t a 3-point shooter. Senior point guard Alexis Peterson, who put up 28 and 19 points in SU’s first two games, has said Sykes as a 3-point threat would open up the floor for her.“Brit would say, ‘I’m a slasher, I’m not good at this, I’m not going to just chuck up 3s,’” Reiss said. “Well, now she’ll let it go.”Less than 2 minutes, 30 seconds into the regular-season opener, Sykes drilled two 3-pointers. On her first, she stood still, held her follow through and raised her hands in the air. Thirty seconds later, she spotted up in the corner and swished another before blowing a kiss.Sykes has never shot better just two games into a season. Still, she sometimes looks slightly hesitant from deep. She air-balled an open 3 from the wing against Siena and has passed up a few open shots to a guarded Gabby Cooper, who’s just 7-for-32 from deep. Asked whether he thought Sykes may force some 3s early on or hesitate to launch, Quentin Hillsman was blunt.“Definitely not,” the head coach said. “She’s worked too hard on her shot all summer not to come and be confident with that. When she’s open, shoot the ball.”Entering her final season at Syracuse, Sykes wanted to be a 3-point threat. She wanted to get to the rim at will. And she wanted to carry Syracuse as an All-American. Through two games, she’s emerging as a threat from deep.“It’s been one of those things like, when you add that, ” Hillsman said, “the game has changed.” Comments Published on November 17, 2016 at 12:53 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

H4X.gg becomes the official apparel supplier of ESL and Dreamhack events

first_imgEsports lifestyle brand H4X.gg has partnered with both ESL and DreamHack to become the official apparel supplier of several ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters and DreamHack events through 2018.This will kick off with ESL One in Katowice, Poland on February 24-25th. Moniker, Inc. is the company behind the introduction of H4X.gg (which incidentally is pronounced “hacks”) which’ll deliver ‘high quality performance wear and casual streetwear for esports athletes and fans’. Jon Gurman, MonikerThe H4X.gg line was developed by the team at BITKRAFT Esports Ventures. Moreover, this has been a project led by ESL founder Jens Hilgers, and Jon Wayne Gurman, an apparel and manufacturing professional with over 35 years in the game. With Mr.Hilgers involved, the project has some serious backing and that it has been announced as the official supplier to a number of major ESL and Dreamhack events is testament to this. Jon Gurman, CEO, Moniker commented: “Esports fans and players are warriors and athletes and deserve highly technical and practical gear coupled with the spirit and fashion of the lifestyle.“H4X.gg is inspired by the passion of competitive gamers, and reflects the mindset and aesthetic of esports champions.”Bernhard Mogk, SVP Global Sales & Business Development at ESL added: “We are very happy to partner with the first dedicated esports apparel brand designed specifically for fans and players. We’re incredibly excited to debut the line of performance gear at ESL One Katowice this month and roll out the entire line at future ESL events throughout 2018.”Interested parties and fashion and apparel lovers (we’re fans of the jacket in particular) can check out the first range of gear at H4X.gg. The collection will be available both online and through select ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) and DreamHack circuits through 2018.The esports apparel space is undoubtedly one that’s going to become more competitive in the near future, and Moniker have played it smart by partnering with BITKRAFT Ventures.Esports Insider says: Another project backed by Jens Hilgers and BITKRAFT. This makes it three announcements in as many weeks.  The official supplier status to the likes of select ESL Ones and IEM is a major win for the brand, and we’re excited to see what they come out with and what comes of the partnership at events.last_img read more