Arsenal v Manchester United: ‘Specialist in failure’ – Why Wenger has never beaten Mourinho

‘Specialist in failure’

Goal talks to a sports psychology consultant about the ingredients which appear to give the Manchester United boss the edge over many of his rivals

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho lock horns once again this Sunday as Arsenal face Manchester United in a crucial Premier League match at Emirates Stadium.

The two managers have had a tumultuous relationship over the years, with perhaps the most iconic display of how much they dislike each other seen at Stamford Bridge in 2014 when Wenger pushed Mourinho and squared up to the Portuguese after reacting angrily to a challenge from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez.

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Wenger’s frustrations rarely boil over enough that he outwardly displays anger towards an opposition manager, but there have been a few cases over the years – Alan Pardew, Tony Pulis, Sam Allardyce and Kenny Dalgish are all examples of coaches who have rattled the Frenchman, who has no qualms in admitting that he is a “bad loser”.

When Arsenal face United on Sunday, an under-pressure Wenger faces a manager whom he has never beaten in the Premier League. His only previous win against Mourinho came in the 2015 Community Shield, with seven draws and five defeats making up an otherwise dismal domestic record.

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But why is Wenger unable to beat a Mourinho team in the league? The reverse fixture at Old Trafford earlier in the season was an example of what has been all too common over the years and would have been another defeat if it wasn’t for a last-minute Olivier Giroud header.

Goal spoke to Dr Andrew Evans, sports psychology consultant who is Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Salford, Manchester, about the psychological ingredients which from the outside and appear to give Mourinho the edge over many rival managers, including Wenger.

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He said: “There are so many factors which determine winning or losing in football. There are coaching-related factors, physical, tactical, nutritional factors. Psychological factors are also part of the melting pot determining winning or losing in football.

“There’s no reason from a psychological point of view to suspect that Mourinho is an unlucky manager for Wenger. That kind of statement would suggest that Wenger would never gain success no matter what hand he had – tactics or style or play.

“But I think one explanation why Mourinho is successful in bigger games generally is that he appears to demonstrate an understanding of the strengths of the opposition and the strengths of his own team, using that information to determine his tactics, philosophies and psychological approach going into such big games.”

Criticisms previously levelled at Wenger by fans, ex-players and pundits include his failure to adapt tactically in the big games, although he surprised many with his decision to play three defenders over recent weeks.

The confidence among Arsenal players was, by all accounts, dented after February’s disastrous 5-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich and Dr Evans explains how important it is for players to have clear, achievable goals set to give them the best opportunity of succeeding on the pitch.

He added: “Self-confidence is arguably the most strong and consistent predictor of success across all sports. It’s the most significant psychological factor which influences success. The interventions I use with athletes are frequently geared towards reminding them of best performances and getting them to replicate some of those things they did in previous successes again in future events.

“In sports psychology research, a strong predictor of success in team sports is when athletes have approach goals – where they go into games with a clear focus on what they need to do to perform well and what they need to do better than the opposition. In sport, one of the mistakes which managers and players can make is have the same recipe or same fixed methods and apply them in every single circumstance. That kind of recipe won’t always be effective in certain matches against certain teams.”

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‘Mind games’ are another particular set of skills which Mourinho excels at and is something he has used to his advantage throughout his career. However, according to Evans it is more Mourinho’s ability to adapt in different situations which have made him so successful throughout his career.

He said: “If you look at research on what managers say in team talks or pre-match press conferences there is evidence to suggest that the more reference you make to past performance and success the greater athlete’s confidence becomes. Past performance and success is the main source of confidence amongst athletes and coaches. So there would be a psychological benefit of reminding players that they’ve been in a particular situation before and succeeded. From a psychological point of view, a manager who vocalises such information to the media and his players increases their confidence which in turn maximises a team’s expectations and chance of success.

“Mourinho’s strength comes from his ability to adapt to his own team’s strengths and counteract the opposition strengths. An example is where he went to Anfield and ‘parked the bus’ while other examples show he deployed an attacking, aggressive style such as the reverse fixture at Old Trafford against Arsenal earlier in the season. Mourinho’s relatively good record against other managers is partly because he’s good at adapting from a psychological point of view.”

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Dave Chappelle joins Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper in ‘A Star is Born’

Dave Chappelle is joining Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the ‘A Star Is Born’ remake, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

It’s official: Dave Chappelle is joining Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report Chappelle’s casting on Friday. Warner Bros. rep Jack Horner confirmed the announcement with USA TODAY.

The remake, Cooper’s directorial debut, is currently in production, and recently shot scenes on location at Coachella, inviting fans to appear as extras.

This film is sacred Hollywood ground: Based on William Wellman’s 1937 movie, A Star is Born, the film was first remade in 1954 with Judy Garland and then in 1976 with Barbra Streisand. Its current incarnation tells the story of a country music star whose career is in decline (Cooper) before he strikes up a romance with an unknown singer (Gaga) whom he mentors to stardom.

According to THR, Chappelle will play a character named Noodles, who is Cooper’s oldest friend with whom he started out playing with in blues clubs.

The comedian has been on a roll. Last year Chappelle appeared in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, hosted Saturday Night Live after the election, and recently released two stand-up comedy specials on Netflix, his first in 12 years.

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25+ Amazing Scar Cover-Up Tattoos

Tattoos mean different things to different people around the world. For some they’re nothing more than a fashion statement, while others get them for cultural reasons, like the Māori for instance. Many get them as a memento of a time, place, or person. But some people choose to get a tattoo for an entirely different reason, such as to cover up a scar for example.
Check out this list compiled by Bored Panda, and our previous one, to see for yourself what we mean. Some of them conceal the scar tissue completely, while others cleverly interact with them, turning what was once something considered unsightly into something truly beautiful. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite! (h/t: Revelist)
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Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder announce they’re expecting a baby

‘Hi Little One’: Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder announce they’re expecting a baby… and post sweet Instagram message to unborn child

Twilight star Nikki Reed is expecting her first child with husband Ian Somerhalder.
The actress, 28, shared her exciting news with fans via social media on Thursday, posting a photo of Ian placing a tender kiss on her pregnant belly.
Nikki cradles her bump with both hands while her Vampire Diaries star husband kneels down with his left hand on her right hand.

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North Korea claims US ‘biochemical’ plot to kill Kim Jong Un

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Kim Jong Un arrives for a military parade in Pyongyang in April.
(CNN)North Korea has accused the US and South Korea of attempting to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un with a “bio-chemical substance.”

In an extraordinary 1,800-word report Friday, North Korean state news agency KCNA said a “hideous terrorist group” conspired with the CIA and South Korea’s Intelligence Service (IS) to “commit bomb terrorism targeting the supreme leadership” during major events including a recent military parade.
The report claimed a North Korean citizen was involved in the plot, using “biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance” to target Kim.
IS did not respond to a request for comment.

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The KCNA report claimed the plot was “recently uncovered and smashed,” and accused members of the CIA and IS of working with a North Korean citizen to provide money and weapons to carry out “state-sponsored terrorism.”
A similar charge was laid against Pyongyang by Seoul in February following the murder of Kim Jong Nam, allegedly at the hands of North Korean agents.
The half-brother of Kim Jong Un was poisoned with the VX nerve agent while in Kuala Lumpur airport and died en route to a hospital.
North Korea has repeatedly denied any involvement in Kim’s death.
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North Korea has a history of bombastic propaganda featuring unfounded claims.

Last month, the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun claimed US-Australian military exercises in northern Australia were preparation for nuclear war against North Korea and threatened Darwin with a potential retaliatory strike.
For its part, South Korea has admitted to having plans in place to kill Kim.
Last year, lawmakers said Seoul “has a general idea and plan to use precision missile capabilities to target the enemy’s facilities in major areas as well as eliminating the enemy’s leadership.”
The country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff has prepared a system called the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) that would involve surgical missile attacks, exclusive special warfare units and an ability to strike North Korea’s leadership if South Korea feels threatened by nuclear attack.

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Opinion | Every Republican who voted for this abomination must be held accountable

When the American Health Care Act passed the House of Representatives on May 4, Democrats waved and sang, “nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye,” to their GOP colleagues. (U.S. House of Representatives)
Here at the Plum Line, we write a lot about the mechanics of politics — the processes of governing, the interplay of political forces, the back-and-forth between citizens and lawmakers, and so on. We do that because it’s interesting and because it winds up affecting all our lives. But there are moments when you have to set aside the mechanics and focus intently on the substance of what government does — or in this case, what government is trying to do.

I won’t mince words. The health-care bill that the House of Representatives passed this afternoon, in an incredibly narrow 217-to-213 vote, is not just wrong, or misguided, or problematic or foolish. It is an abomination. If there has been a piece of legislation in our lifetimes that boiled over with as much malice and indifference to human suffering, I can’t recall what it might have been. And every member of the House who voted for it must be held accountable.

[Betrayal, carelessness, hypocrisy: The GOP health-care bill has it all]

There’s certainly a process critique one can make about this bill. We might focus on the fact that Republicans are rushing to pass it without having held a single hearing on it, without a score from the Congressional Budget Office that would tell us exactly what the effects would be, and before nearly anyone has had a chance to even look at the bill’s actual text — all this despite the fact that they are remaking one-sixth of the American economy and affecting all of our lives (and despite their long and ridiculous claims that the Affordable Care Act was “rammed through” Congress, when in fact it was debated for an entire year and was the subject of dozens of hearings and endless public discussion). We might talk about how every major stakeholder group — the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the AARP, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, and on and on — all oppose the bill.

Here are three big ways the new Republican bill might change health care in the United States. (Daron Taylor/The Washington Post)
All that matters. But the real problem is what’s in the bill itself. Here are some of the things it does:

Takes health insurance away from at least 24 million Americans; that was the number the CBO estimated for a previous version of the bill, and the number for this one is probably higher.
Revokes the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, which provided no-cost health coverage to millions of low-income Americans.
Turns Medicaid into a block grant, enabling states to kick otherwise-eligible people off their coverage and cut benefits if they so choose.
Slashes Medicaid overall by $880 billion over 10 years.
Removes the subsidies that the ACA provided to help middle-income people afford health insurance, replacing them with far more meager tax credits pegged not to people’s income but to their age. Poorer people would get less than they do now, while richer people would get more; even Bill Gates would get a tax credit.
Allows insurers to charge dramatically higher premiums to older patients.
Allows insurers to impose yearly and lifetime caps on coverage, which were outlawed by the ACA. This also, it was revealed today, may threaten the coverage of the majority of non-elderly Americans who get insurance through their employers.
Allows states to seek waivers from the ACA’s requirement that insurance plans include essential benefits for things such as emergency services, hospitalization, mental health care, preventive care, maternity care, and substance abuse treatment.
Provides hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for families making over $250,000 a year.
Produces higher deductibles for patients.
Allows states to try to waive the ACA’s requirement that insurers must charge people the same rates regardless of their medical history. This effectively eviscerates the ban on denials for preexisting conditions, since insurers could charge you exorbitant premiums if you have a preexisting condition, effectively denying you coverage.
Shunts those with preexisting conditions into high-risk pools, which are absolutely the worst way to cover those patients; experience with them on the state level proves that they wind up underfunded, charge enormous premiums, provide inadequate benefits and can’t cover the population they’re meant for. Multiple analyses have shown that the money the bill provides for high-risk pools is laughably inadequate, which will inevitably leave huge numbers of the most vulnerable Americans without the ability to get insurance.
Brings back medical underwriting, meaning that just like in the bad old days, when you apply for insurance you’ll have to document every condition or ailment you’ve ever had.
It is no exaggeration to say that if it were to become law, this bill would kill significant numbers of Americans. People who lose their Medicaid, don’t go to the doctor, and wind up finding out too late that they’re sick. People whose serious conditions put them up against lifetime limits or render them unable to afford what’s on offer in the high-risk pools, and are suddenly unable to get treatment.

[Did Republicans just score a win on health care — or lose?]

Those deaths are not abstractions, and those who vote to bring them about must be held to account. This can and should be a career-defining vote for every member of the House. No one who votes for something this vicious should be allowed to forget it — ever. They should be challenged about it at every town hall meeting, at every campaign debate, in every election and every day as the letters and phone calls from angry and betrayed constituents make clear the intensity of their revulsion at what their representatives have done.

Perhaps this bill will never become law, and its harm may be averted. But that would not mitigate the moral responsibility of those who supported it. Members of Congress vote on a lot of inconsequential bills and bills that have a small impact on limited areas of American life. But this is one of the most critical moments in recent American political history. The Republican health-care bill is an act of monstrous cruelty. It should stain those who supported it to the end of their days.

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Can Manchester United stop Man City from qualifying for Champions League?

Manchester United are in a similar situation to this stage last season but this time their fortunes are slightly more favourable as they struggle to clinch a top four finish again.

A year ago, United were competing with City to finish fourth but Liverpool had reached the Europa League final in Basel where they were due to face Sevilla.

In an attempt to give clubs an added incentive to win the Europa League, Uefa has decided to award the winners a Champions League qualifying spot for the following campaign and Jurgen Klopp’s side would have hosted European football had they beaten Sevilla. Instead, they were battered 3-1.

So would a United Europa League success mean scupper City’s chances of Champions League football if they finished fourth? And do they need a play-off?

Had Leicester topped their remarkable Premier League triumph last season and won the Champions League then City’s place in the competition next term would have been in serious jeopardy.

Countries are permitted a maximum of five teams in the competition, and a Leicester and United European double would have kicked City into the Europa League even if they finished fourth.

Now City are out of Europe, the scenario is simpler. A fourth-place finish for Pep Guardiola’s side will ensure they play in a Champions League qualifier in August.

Should United beat Celta Vigo and then Ajax or Lyon in the Europa League final, then five English clubs will enter the Champions League in 2017-18.

Top two teams Chelsea and Tottenham seem guaranteed an automatic qualifying berth and City could yet avoid a summer qualifier if they finish above Liverpool in third.

“The UEFA Europa League winners enter in the UEFA Champions League (at a minimum level of the play-offs).

“The UEFA Europa League winners enter in the group stage if the UEFA Champions League winners qualify directly for the UEFA Champions League group stage via their domestic league programme. This is what happened the past two seasons after success for Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Europa League winners in both campaigns were Sevilla.”

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Nirbhaya rapists to hang as Supreme Court upholds death sentence

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The Supreme Court today upheld the death penalty for the 4 convicts for the 2012 gang-rape and murder of Nirbhaya. The case is rarest of rare case and we are compelled to give extreme punishment to ensure justice,” said the court. As soon as it read out its order, the packed court began to applaud.

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Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder: SC upholds death sentence of all 4 convicts

The Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for the four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder. The top court was hearing an appeal filed by the four convicts – Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh – who challenged the Delhi High Court’s March 2014 confirmation of the death sentence handed to them by a trial court in 2013.NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today upheld the death penalty+ for the four convicts for the 2012 gang-rape and murder of Nirbhaya.
“The Nirbhaya rape-cum-murder case is rarest of rare case and we are compelled to give extreme punishment to ensure justice,” said the apex court, while delivering the order.

As soon as it read out its order, the packed court began to applaud.

The top court was hearing an appeal filed by the four convicts – Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh – who challenged the Delhi High Court’s March 2014 confirmation of the death sentence handed to them by a trial court in 2013.

“The brutal, barbaric, and demonaical conduct of the convicts shook the conscience of humanity and they don’t deserve leniency+ ,” the top court said.

Nirbhaya’s father said something similar this morning.

“Leave the Supreme Court, even God will not forgive such people. They will be awarded death sentence,” said Nirbhaya’s father. “Only the death penalty (will do) for culprits now, it should not be denied,” Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi had said ahead of the hearing.

“We have full faith in the judicial system and I am sure that the Supreme Court will announce death sentence in its verdict for the guilty. I am sure the Supreme Court will give justice to my daughter. This will set an example for the world,” she added

The convicts’ lawyer+ had a dissenting view.

“You can’t hang someone just to send a message to society. Human rights have been slaughtered today,” said AP Singh, the convicts’ lawyer, to ANI. “Justice is not done, we will file a review petition after reading the order,” he added.

On December 16, 2012, Nirbhaya, the 23-year-old paramedic, was raped and brutalised with an iron rod on a moving bus in Delhi. She and her male friend were then thrown out of the bus. Nirbhaya lost her battle for life in a Singapore hospital on December 29.

The top court today commended the work of the Delhi Police and bringing the criminals to book.

“The investigations done by Delhi Police was fair and impartial and the probe has passed the test of fairness and reliability,” the SC said.

“The dying declaration of Nirbhaya is reliable as it was corroborated by medical and other evidences,” it added.

Of the six accused, Ram Singh hanged himself in prison, while another, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August last year and will serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.
When the Delhi high court rejected the convicts’ appeal in 2014, it said “debauchery, avarice, profligacy and viciousness appear to be the compelling forces” behind the crime. The court also said the crime was “completely recvolting” and “indubitably been committed in an extremely fiendish, demoniac, barbaric and nefarious manner.”
Today’s apex court appeal was heard by a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprised Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.
It was expected that the Supreme Court would not grant relief to the accused as Justice Dipak Misra doesn’t hesitate to give a death sentence and is exceedingly sensitive to women’s rights and liberties, ANI news agency said today.

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Pilot turns plane around and mom is forced off – seconds later she realizes the terrible

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Airlines tend to receive all kinds of harsh feedback from disgruntled travelers. But they do the best they can—and sometimes much more than that.

Just ask passenger Peggy Uhle, who will be forever grateful to Southwest Airlines after they helped her through a real family trauma.

Once the plane was anchored at the gate, a flight attendant approached Peggy and asked her to get off. Peggy thought she had boarded the wrong plane, but when she got back inside the terminal, a gate agent told her to call her husband. He had been forced to contact Southwest Airlines because Peggy’s phone was turned off. But luckily, the airline managed to get the two spouses in contact with each other at the last moment.

It turned out that Peggy’s 24-year-old son had suffered a serious head injury and was in a coma in Denver, Colorado.

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Peggy had barely taken in the shocking news before a staffer explained that the airline had reticketed her on the next direct flight to Denver and arranged all of the other practical details. For free, of course!

“They offered a private waiting area, rerouted my luggage, allowed me to board first, and packed a lunch for when I got off the plane in Denver. My luggage was delivered to where I was staying, and I even received a call from Southwest asking how my son was doing,” Peggy Uhle told BoardingArea.com.

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Thanks to the airline’s incredible service, Peggy was able to quickly get in touch with her family and travel to her son to give him the support he needed—without having to pay a dime.

Today, her son has fully recovered from his serious head injury.

Please share if you also think it was fantastic that the airline helped this family so much!

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Bombay Sapphire gin recalled for having almost twice the advertised alcohol content

Bombay Sapphire gin recalled across Canada for containing too much alcohol
Gin’s alcohol content may be as much as 77%, not 40% as claimed

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Liquor authorities across Canada are recalling a brand of gin that may contain almost twice as much alcohol as claimed on the bottle.

The Liquor Control Board Of Ontario was the first to issue a recall after its internal quality assurance team discovered that some bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin had not been properly diluted, resulting in an alcohol content of 77 per cent, not 40 per cent as listed on the bottle.

Bermuda-based alcohol conglomerate Bacardi owns Bombay Sapphire (and other brands including Grey Goose vodka and Dewar’s whisky) and the company told CBC News in a statement that, at most, 1,000 cases worth of 1.14-litre Bombay Sapphire bottles were impacted.

The mistake happened when some bottles “inadvertently entered the bottling line during a short period of time (max 45 minutes) when they were switching from one bottling tank to another bottling tank,” Bacardi said.

All the bottles were bound for the Canadian market, and they were only sold in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

It’s the second time in recent weeks such an error has been discovered. The province’s liquor board recalled Georgian Bay brand vodka in March because several hundred bottles had not been properly diluted.

Only 1.14-litre bottles of the product are affected, and they all have a product code of L16304 on the bottle. All affected bottles have been pulled off store shelves, but some may have already been purchased.

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Anyone who has done so is urged to return it to the place of purchase for a refund. “We do not recommend consumption of this product,” Bacardi said.

Four other provincial alcohol regulators followed the LCBO’s lead and recalled the Bombay Sapphire gin, with the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation pulling the product from shelves, as has Saskatchewan’s Liquor and Gaming Authority.

Quebec’s Société des alcools du Québec as well as the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation have also recalled the product.

On Wednesday evening, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the recall had been expanded countrywide.

“There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product,” the CFIA said.

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