Henry only won five matches and failed to get Monaco out of the relegation zone (Getty)‘I called Thierry when it was bad, I encouraged him not to let go,’ Wenger revealed at a night in his honour at the Olympia Hall in Paris on Monday night, according to L’Equipe.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When he was removed from his duties I tried to call but, hey… he experienced a form of mourning. I suggested to his agent to organise a meal with him.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‘For now he is still in a painful period, but he promised me that, when he is ready, we would do it.’Wenger spent 22 years in charge of Arsenal and has yet to find a new challenge since leaving the Emirates, though he says he is still considering a return to management. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Apr 2019 9:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link463Shares Advertisement Wenger was a special guest at the Coupe de la Ligue final over the weekend (Getty)He continued: ‘I have a form of sadness. I miss the competition because I have only done that in my life. I enjoy having free time – walking around Paris, going to Corsica, taking time for myself – but I miss the adrenaline.’Wenger also distanced himself from a role at PSG and hinted at taking charge of a national team: ‘Maybe, but if it is to happen, it will have to be before the World Cup.’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 The former Arsenal striker did not take his dismissal well (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has revealed that Thierry Henry was in a ‘form of mourning’ after getting sacked by Monaco and declined an invitation to have dinner with his old Arsenal manager.Henry was dismissed after just 20 games in charge of the Ligue 1 side, with predecessor Leonardo Jardim returning to the club in January and quickly guiding them out of the relegation zone.Wenger had offered support to Henry during his brief reign in charge and reached out to him when he was sacked, though the former striker was not ready to see his old boss. Arsene Wenger reveals how Thierry Henry reacted to Monaco sack Advertisement Comment
The No. 21 USC men’s basketball team could not overcome a double-digit second-half deficit as they fell 89-81 on the road in Oregon to the Ducks Thursday night.USC came into the game riding an impressive 15-3 record and their first appearance in the national poll since 2008.They were able to rest up following an eight-day break after dominating UCLA, but it did not seem to pay off with many fouls, turnovers and a 3-point shooting percentage of under 29 percent. Oregon continues its strong season, improving to 4-2 in the Pac-12 and tying the Trojans for second in the Pac-12.Neither team could put together a run as the second half began, with the Men of Troy unable to close the gap and the Ducks unable to pull away.Oregon jumped out to another nine-point lead at the 13:56 mark of the second half following a Chimeze Metu offensive foul and a Katin Reinhardt turnover. After a USC timeout, Oregon went on a 7-1 run to extend its lead to 71-56.The Trojans were unable to mount a strong comeback in the second half but continued keeping it just close enough to keep everyone interested. Julian Jacobs’ two free throws with just under seven minutes left, followed by standout freshman Bennie Boatwright scoring two of his 23 points cut the lead down to eight at 74-66. Their effort was not enough, though, with the Trojans unable to make key shots and defend down the stretch and ended up taking an 8-point defeat.Jordan McLaughlin has been a key player this year but had a disappointing game with just three points on one-of-five shooting. Boatwright had another great game, with 12 rebounds to go with his 23 points. Jacobs also performed well, scoring 18 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists.The overall team effort was not there in the end, with late turnovers, fouls and a couple of goaltending calls costing them dearly. It was a stark contrast to the start of the game, as the Trojans started out hot but could not maintain the pace.USC jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead after threes by Katin Reinhardt and standout freshman Bennie Boatwright. The exciting start continued for both teams, with 20 points being scored in under three minutes to begin the game. Oregon battled back to even the game at 12 after a couple of USC misses. The teams traded baskets until the score was still locked up at 21, when Elijah Stewart broke the tie with an emphatic dunk.The Trojans controlled the game until Oregon took its first lead of the game at 27-26 with a dunk at just under the nine-minute mark in the first half, to which the Men of Troy countered with a Boatwright jumper.Oregon heated up shooting, and, coupled with several USC misses took a 36-30 lead before coach Andy Enfield called a timeout. USC responded quickly with a three-pointer by McLaughlin and a dunk by junior Jacobs. Oregon jumped out to a 9-point lead thanks to 3-pointers by forward Dwayne Benjamin. USC was able to get a few points back and headed to the locker room at halftime, down 46-41.USC looks to rebound when they travel down the road to play Oregon State this Sunday at noon. The Beavers were one of the Trojans’ three conference wins last year, so this much improved team will look to repeat that success.Oregon State has been disappointing with a 2-4 record so far in conference play, but boasts a strong 9-2 non-conference record, so it will not be an easy matchup. They are led by Gary Payton II — son of former Seattle Supersonic Gary Payton — who is averaging 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game.USC will look to finish even on the road trip before coming back to Galen Center next week to play Washington State and Washington. The Trojans still have 12 conference games remaining, and while they will likely lose their spot in the Top 25 with the loss on Thursday, they have plenty of opportunities to climb back up the rankings.
A young Donegal man will be swapping a cosy Christmas at home to help people in Somalia, one of the poorest regions of the world.Paul Carr, from Cranford, whose sister is senior Donegal footballer Niamh Carr, works in Somalia for aid agency Concern Worldwide as their emergency programme officer. This is a critical role in a country where 5.2 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.He has been there for over a year in a region troubled by droughts, severe flooding and conflict. “We are at the front lines of any crisis that hits the Somali people,” said Paul, a DCU and Trinity College graduate who previously worked overseas in Panama with the United Nations.Makeshift tents into Baidoa – an internally displaced persons Camp Concern Somalia“Just this year, Somali’s have been hit by severe droughts resulting in loss of crops and livestock, extreme flooding and a constant threat of conflict and forced evictions from their homes and shelters.“My job is to help manage the response to these crises. When drought hits, we provide cash transfers so families can buy the food they need to survive, build wells and truck water across the desert to families without water.“When rivers burst their banks we are there piling sandbags to protect shelters and farmland and repair toilets and other sanitation facilities to prevent the outbreak of disease. “And all year round, we are there to provide critical medical support to malnourished children and those suffering from illness and disease and providing protection and education for children who have been forced to flee their homes.”Concern Worldwide’s Emergency Programme Officer Paul Carr (on right) with a colleague in Somalia discussing with a local village committee about what challenges they have faced in recent monthsBaidoa – an internally displaced persons Camp Concern SomaliaPaul admits that it is most likely that Christmas Day will be like any other in Somalia with more women and children arriving at nutrition centres in need of food and treatment for malnutrition.He said he will miss spending Christmas with his family, especially his nieces, but he said he chose to be in Somalia and he “wouldn’t have it any other way.”Paul CarrPaul is also an avid hiker and plans to take advantage of his time off from St. Stephen’s Day when he begins a six-day trek up Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in Tanzania that is Africa’s highest peak.He hopes to reach the peak by sunrise on New Year’s Day and he is ready for temperatures, which can drop to -10, in addition to the challenges with nausea and fatigue. He said it is something he always wanted to do. “It’s not very often you get the opportunity to spend Christmas in Africa doing the job you love or to scale volcanoes for the New Year, so I’m more than happy to seize this opportunity,” he said.“At 5,895 metres, it’s Africa’s highest peak and over 500 metres above the Everest basecamp.“It will be cold, it will be long, but the killer will be the altitude, I’ve gone over 5,000 metres before and it wasn’t easy, but I am really looking forward to it.”Concern Worldwide’s Emergency Programme Officer Paul Carr hiking Slieve League cliffs in Donegal with Concern’s Climb4Concern challenge in 2018Paul praised his Concern colleagues, who he said “work tirelessly with families and communities to try and build a Somalia where possibly one day, Concern won’t need to be there.” Concern has been in Somalia for 33 years where the aid agency has responded to famines and refugee crises caused by conflict and droughts.An estimated two million people are displaced inside the country.Successive below-average rainy seasons in recent years has resulted in crop failure, widespread livestock deaths and loss of people’s assets, causing hunger and malnutrition.Donegal man giving up his Christmas to help others in Somalia was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:aid workcharityCHristmasConcernPaul Carrsomalia