Unai Emery reveals what he told Arsenal players at half-time of Wolves defeat The Gunners endured a hugely disappointing night at Molineux (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery believes Arsenal can take heart from their second-half performance against Wolves after telling them to forget about the first 45 minutes as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.The Gunners’ top-four hopes took a dent as the home side ripped through Arsenal’s rearguard, with Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota all getting on the score sheet.But Emery tweaked his team in the second half and they scored a late consolation through Sokratis, and he was pleased with how they reacted after his team talk. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Apr 2019 10:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link201Shares Advertisement Comment Emery was happier with what he saw in the second half (Picture: Getty)‘We knew before the match that it was going to be difficult because all season Wolverhampton are feeling strong, defensively they are a good team and offensively they have very fast players. Their organisation was very good and to break this was going to be difficult.‘In the first 25 minutes we started very well, controlled the possession but did not have many chances to score.’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 Advertisement Wolves tore through Arsenal in a ruthless first half (Picture: Getty)‘In the dressing room we spoke of how we needed to recover and be strong in our mind,’ Emery told reporters on Wednesday night.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Score one goal was the first idea and after if we can take minutes we can continue in our plans. The second half is different but not enough.’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 CityHe echoed those sentiments when speaking to BBC Sport, saying: ‘We spoke in the dressing room at half-time and we tried to see it as a new match and in the second half we changed our performance and scored a goal.‘We can be frustrated but the Premier League is about being consistent over 38 matches.
EAST MOLINE, Ill. – The Deery Brothers Summer Series looks for its fourth winner in as many 30th season shows this Sunday, when touring IMCA Late Models travel to Quad City Speedway.The May 1 main event at East Moline pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. It’s also the first time in the series’ 454-race history that an event has been held on May Day.While Denny Eckrich, Curt Martin and Scott Fitzpatrick own feature wins so far, it’s seven-time series champion Jeff Aikey who will take the Deery point lead to East Moline. Aikey and eventual rookie of the year Tyler Droste were tour winners at Quad City Speedway last season.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Sunday while the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. with racing to follow.Box seating is $18. Other spectator admission is $15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30.Also running will be Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for all applicable points, along with street stocks. More information is available by calling 309 792-5030 or at the www.qcspeedwayracing.com website.The Quad City date is the first of three May shows for the Deery Series.The tour is at Maquoketa, Iowa, Speedway on Wednesday, May 18 and at Boone, Iowa, Speedway on Memorial Day Monday, May 30. Those features also pay $2,000 to win.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 141; 2. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 139; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 132; 4. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 129; 5. Richie Gustin Jr., Gilman, Iowa, 124; 6. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, Iowa, 120; 7. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 119; 8. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 112; 9. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 106; 10. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 105; 11. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, and Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, both 93; 13. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 90; 14. Jason Rauen, Farley, Iowa, 89; 15. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 81; 16. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, Iowa, 77; 17. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 76; 18. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 75; 19. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, Iowa, 72; 20. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa, 66.
Here’s everything to know about betting on 49ers vs. Rams in Week 16, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the Saturday night football game.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports Insider49ers vs. Rams odds for ‘Saturday Night Football’San Francisco 49ers -6.5 vs. Los Angeles Rams, O/U 44The spread has not moved since the line opened on Sunday night, but the total has fallen by a significant margin. Originally, the total was set at 46.5, and that has steadily dropped to 44.49ers vs. Rams all-time seriesSan Francisco has a slight historical edge over its NFC West rival. The 49ers lead the all-time series with the Rams 70-67-3, and they won a whopping 17 straight games during the 1990s. Earlier in the season, San Francisco’s defense came up huge to lead the Niners past the Rams 20-7, allowing Sean McVay’s offense to compile just 10 first downs and 157 total yards.Four trends to know— Almost two-thirds of bettors like San Francisco to cover on Saturday night.— Sharp money is on the under as 66 percent of bets have come in on the over, but the line has continued to drop.— The Rams are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games, but they are 22-46 ATS in their last 68 road games against a team with a winning home record— San Francisco is 7-18-1 ATS in its last 26 games as a favorite and 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 games against division opponents.Three things to watchSan Francisco’s run defenseThe 49ers have had one of the best defenses in the NFL for most of the season, but the run defense has struggled the last few weeks. The loss of linebacker Kwon Alexander and nose tackle D.J. Jones made this front seven easier to run on, and San Francisco is now allowing 4.6 YPC. Starters strong safety Jaquiski Tartt and defensive end Dee Ford will miss this game due to injury as well, so Todd Gurley and the Rams could find success running the ball.The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the YearAaron Donald has won the last two Defensive Player of the Year awards, and he is having another stellar season. Donald has 11 sacks and 22 tackles for loss in 2019, and his play has opened things up for teammates like Dante Fowler Jr. and Clay Matthews. Opponents constantly double team Donald since he is the most disruptive player in the NFL, but if he can make his impact felt, the Rams could pull off the upset.LA’s receiversThe Rams boast one of the best receiving trios in the league. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods will both be 1,000-yard receivers if they stay healthy, and Brandin Cooks remains a solid deep threat when he’s on the field. Kupp and Woods have been targeted a combined 236 times, and Jared Goff will constantly be looking their way. The San Francisco 49ers (11-3) surrendered control of the NFC with a loss at home to the Atlanta Falcons last week. That loss put the 49ers behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West, and a second loss to Seattle in Week 17 would send San Francisco on the road for the first round of the playoffs. The 49ers’ attention is on the Los Angeles Rams (8-6) this week though, and a win would put them in position to potentially secure the No. 1 seed in the postseason in their season finale.As for the Rams, they still have a slim chance of making the playoffs, but they need to win out and Minnesota to lose its final two games to sneak into the postseason. The Rams will be favored by more than a touchdown next week against the Arizona Cardinals if they upset the 49ers, and the Vikings have losable games against Green Bay and Chicago to end the year. Player to watchGeorge Kittle is the best all-around tight end in the NFL. Kittle is a devastating run blocker that is constantly finishing his blocks with authority, and he is an excellent pass catcher too. He is coming off his best game of the season last week against Atlanta, and he is the most important person on this offense outside Jimmy Garoppolo.49ers vs. Rams predictionLos Angeles is a live dog in this game due to San Francisco’s injuries. The Rams have a real shot at pulling off the upset, but they don’t have a linebacker that can match up against Kittle. Look for him to be the difference maker.49ers 24, Rams 21
A man wanders through the Levitz Furniture store in Torrance in search of a potted plant. Or maybe a clock. He’s not sure. The man, who did not give his name, was looking for enough items to make up for the value of an order the furniture store did not honor because it’s going out of business. The closings will end a tradition that began in 1910 when Richard Levitz opened the first Levitz Furniture store in Lebanon, Pa. A manager at the Torrance store declined to comment. A Levitz corporate spokesman could not be reached. But in a statement, Michael Keefe, president of Hilco Merchant Resources, said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for every homeowner and apartment renter to realize unprecedented savings on a remarkable selection of brand names in furniture and accessories. This is sure to be a very popular sale and it should not last very long.” At the Torrance Levitz, located at the Torrance Promenade shopping center, Misty Vaquer was drawn to the store by signs advertising price cuts of 20 to 50 percent. “I can’t believe they’re closing down after all these years,” said Vaquer, 41, of Manhattan Beach. “It’s kind of sad because they’ve been around for so long.” Rita Mirzaian, a saleswoman at the nearby Jewelry Mart, said she wasn’t worried that the store’s closure and the resulting loss of foot traffic would affect business for her. The store never seemed to have much business anyway, Mirzaian said. “We always wondered why it’s so quiet,” Mirzaian said. “Lately, when the (closing) signs went up, there’s more people.” The shopping center also includes a Kmart, Trader Joe’s, Kids R Us, Office Depot and numerous other retailers. Levitz has occupied the Torrance site since 2002, when it relocated from a smaller Redondo Beach building near the South Bay Galleria. That site now features a Target store. The current Levitz site had previously housed a HomeLife Furniture store, which went out of business in 2001. An official at Kimco Realty Corp., the Irvine firm that owns the Torrance Promenade, did not return calls seeking comment. Kimco Realty is also one of the Levitz liquidators. Even with Levitz’s steep markdowns and a willingness to use floor merchandise to compensate for unmet orders, some shoppers may not be satisfied. After choosing her couch as well as a recliner from among the floor models at the Torrance location, Smith decided she didn’t want anything else in the store. But those two items amounted to about $1,000, which was $500 less than what she had paid for her original order. Smith said that because she paid by credit card, her credit company would compensate her for the balance. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ Lomita resident Dawn Smith had been in the same position recently with her original order of a leather couch and recliner never delivered by Levitz. “At first, I was livid. We had to go in there and take whatever was available on the floor,” said Smith, 37, who finally gained some comfort last week with the delivery of a different couch. Earlier this week, Levitz announced close-out sales at its 76 stores nationwide, including locations in Torrance and Hawthorne. In late November, a group of liquidators agreed to pay $48 million for the assets of the New York-based furniture chain. A few weeks earlier, Levitz had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the third time in less than a decade. More than $165 million in furniture and accessories will be liquidated, according to Hilco Merchant Resources, one of the six liquidators.