first_imgLONDON (AP):Rarely has a north London derby had such implications for the destination of the English Premier League trophy.When Tottenham host Arsenal tomorrow it will be a meeting of second and third with only three points separating.After both lost Wednesday, a draw between the neighbours could allow Leicester to move further in front in their improbable title challenge when they travel to Watford tomorrow.Leicester were held by West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday but were celebrating the following night when the three teams below them Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all lost.Arsenal’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea has left Arsene Wenger’s side on a three-game losing streak in all competitions for the first time in six years. That first Premier League title since 2004 is looking increasingly hard to secure for Arsene Wenger, even in this most unpredictable season.”We have to focus on our job and come back reminding ourselves that we have some quality as well,” the Arsenal manager said.Tottenham’s 1-0 loss at West Ham on Wednesday punctured the optimism gathering around White Hart Lane that the 55-year wait for the title could be ending. Instead of going top in March for the first time since 1964, Tottenham remain second.Top-scorer Harry Kane is on a four-game barren run in front of goal but Arsenal will be without injured Petr Cech tomorrow as the goalkeeper recovers from a calf injury.”One year ago we always spoke about reducing the gap with the top four and now we are second in the table,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said Thursday. “Who knows what will happen in the future? Now we need to be focused on the present.”The future for Tottenham should be a return to the Champions League, having only competed once in Europe’s top competition in 2010-11.UNITED RESURGENCESuddenly Manchester United’s prospects of returning to the top four are looking far healthier. Buoyed by four successive wins in all competitions, United are now only fifth due to neighbours City having a superior goal difference.”We are showing passion,” United midfielder Ander Herrera said ahead of Sunday’s game at West Brom. “We fight to the end. We show when we don’t play good we can win. I think that the attitude is very good.”I am optimistic because we can still fight for everything. We want to be in the top four. We know it’s not easy because our opponents are tough, but we are Man United: we have to win.”SWANSEA HEALTH SCARESwansea head coach Francesco Guidolin remained hospitalised yesterday after missing his side’s victory over Arsenal with a chest infection.The 60-year-old Italian was referred to a respiratory specialist in London.”Francesco remains comfortable in hospital and is receiving excellent care and treatment,” Swansea said in a statement. “He is making good progress and is in good spirits … no release date from hospital has been confirmed at present.”The victory at Arsenal, with first-team coach Alan Curtis in charge, moved Swansea six points clear of tomorrow’s opponents Norwich, who are in the relegation zone.Chelsea remain unbeaten in the league since Guus Hiddink took charge in December, with the ailing champions rising from the relegation zone to 10th place. Chelsea host Stoke tomorrow.last_img read more

first_imgSo with the Almont League crown on the line Friday night, perhaps it was fate that brought the teams together again. This time, however, the visiting Spartans one-upped their rivals by outscoring the Aztecs 28-11 in the fourth quarter en route to a league-clinching 61-50 win. • Photo Gallery: 02/09: Keppel vs. Schurr • Slideshow: 02/09: Keppel vs. Schurr ALHAMBRA- Perhaps no squad has frustrated the Schurr High School boys basketball team more over the past few years than rival Keppel. Just as two Aztecs blocked his path, Valdez pulled up behind the 3-point line and sank a 23-footer. On the Aztecs’ next possession, the Spartans’ Aaron Jae made his only steal of the game on another errant Aztecs pass, and it led to a 2-on-1 break. As Aztecs center Samuel Walker positioned himself for a block, Jae passed to teammate Jonathan Palomino for an easy layup. The basket gave Schurr its first lead, 40-39, with 5:28 left. Palomino’s basket was a pivotal play, but it also was part of a 15-0 run that spanned about four minutes and turned a nine-point deficit into a six-point lead. “In the fourth, we had problems with their pressure,” Keppel coach Hung Duong said. “We couldn’t execute. We didn’t handle the pressure well.” Keppel did catch Schurr at 45-45, but the Spartans closed out the final 3:21 on a 16-5 run. “It feels good,” Spartans senior Jeremy Gerardo said of the win. “I’ve only been here one year, so this is new to me. It’s a great feeling.” Gerardo led the Spartans with 15 points and five rebounds. The loss spoiled a brilliant performance by Madrigal, who had a game-high 30 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “(Keppel) is the four-time defending (league) champion,” Schurr coach Kevin Akiyama said. “This is a special place to play. The boys played a hell of a game, and I’m proud of them.” The Spartans (15-8, 8-2), down by six entering the fourth quarter, began to press the Aztecs’ guards. Keppel (17-9, 7-3), which entered the quarter with seven turnovers, committed 11 in the final quarter. Friday’s turning point may have come on a pair of turnovers. The Spartans trailed by four when junior guard Alex Valdez intercepted a pass intended for Keppel’s Noel Madrigal and raced down court. last_img read more

first_imgThe Adelaide Convention Centre will host a record seven South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival exhibitions with the new West Building providing additional exhibition space for participating artists.To be promoted simultaneously as part of the Centre ArtBeat program, there will be nearly 160 works on display which include sculptures, paintings, photographic collections and ink drawings.The exhibitions will be on display from Saturday 1st August with an official public opening night for all the artists on Wednesday 5th August. The exhibitions will be open to the public every day until August 31.Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive, Alec Gilbert, said the opening of the West Building had opened up new exhibition opportunities for South Australian artists.“We’re delighted to be able to increase our support of local artists and the South Australian Living Artists Festival which has a proud 17 year history,” said Mr Gilbert.“The SALA exhibitions form part of the Centre ArtBeat program which showcases the work of local artists in a series of back to back exhibitions throughout the year.“Centre ArtBeat program was developed by the Centre to help local artists exhibit their work for free to the thousands of state, interstate and international guests that visit Adelaide and the Centre every year.“The program, like SALA, has also been extremely successful in helping artists to sell their work with strong sales reported by participating artists.”Since Centre ArtBeat was launched in 2012, more than 25 exhibitions by local artists have been hosted at the Centre with thousands of dollars of artwork sold to visitors.Former Centre ArtBeat exhibitor and judge of the 2015 Epson South Australian Professional Photography Awards Benjamin Liew said it was great an iconic venue like Adelaide Convention Centre supported local artists with free exhibition space.“The Centre has some excellent hanging space along with plenty of natural light making it an ideal place for art exhibitions,” said Mr Liew.“My work has been showcased as part of three exhibitions at the Centre and they’ve lent support not only to the exhibitions but also to the opening nights for each.” Find out more hereSource = Adelaide Convention Centrelast_img read more