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Alexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training session

first_imgAlexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training session Alexis Sanchez has opened up on his failed stint at Manchester United (Getty Images)Alexis Sanchez admits he wanted to leave Manchester United and return to Arsenal after his first training session with the club.United surprisingly beat Manchester City in the race to sign Sanchez from Arsenal in January 2018 but the Chile international, who was earning £560,000 a week during his time at Old Trafford, will go down as one of the most expensive failures in the club’s history.Sanchez was unable to make an impact for United and scored just five goals in 45 appearances before he was allowed to join Inter on loan last summer.Sanchez admits he was unhappy with the atmosphere in United’s squad under Jose Mourinho and believes that was a major factor behind his struggles at Old Trafford.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd the 31-year-old claims his was so dismayed following his arrival at United that he even floated the idea of returning to the Gunners to his family and agent.‘I want to tell you about my period at United, about many things that have been said which made me look bad,’ Sanchez said in a video on Instagram.‘Before going there, I had an agreement with Manchester City but it didn’t work out and I got the chance to join Manchester United. It was something nice for me, as a kid I liked the club a lot. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Sep 2020 7:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.7kShares Advertisement Alexis Sanchez made the surprise move from Arsenal to Manchester United in January 2018 (Getty Images)‘I ended up signing without having a lot of information about what was happening with the move. During the first few days that I was with my new teammates, sometimes there are things that you do not realise until you arrive.‘After the first training I had I realised many things. When I got home and I asked my family and my representative: “Can my contract be terminated and can I to return to Arsenal?”‘They were laughing about it but I really felt there were some bad things going on at the club which I did not like.‘We were not united as a team. The journalists would talk without knowing and I would get upset, even ex-players who did not know anything about how things were but they would blame me.‘But as player you need the team to be united, to be a family, and we weren’t. And you could see it on the pitch, but because they had to blame someone they would always blame me. Alexis Sanchez admits he was ‘upset’ after Jose Mourinho left him out of a squad (Getty Images)‘Sometimes I wouldn’t even play or I would only play for 20 or 30 minutes but it would always be my fault.‘Of course I know I could have played better and I didn’t, I got injured maybe because I wasn’t happy and it would affect the team, but according to them it was always my fault and I would feel bad. I wasn’t happy about the whole situation.’Sanchez also recalled the time when he was left out of the squad by Mourinho and gave a special mention to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for allowing him to join Inter on loan last season.‘There was a match against West Ham where I didn’t even get selected and that had never happened to me before, it made me really upset,’ said Sanchez.center_img View 8 comments Alexis Sanchez came close to winning the Europa League with Inter last season (UEFA via Getty Images)More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I needed fresh air, and he said there was no problem with that and I left. I only have kind words to United for giving me the opportunity.‘I’m upset that things didn’t go the way I wanted. If the team was more united and we were more like a family, if everything was more positive, I think we could have achieved better things.‘I’m saying all of this because I have learned from this as a player and as a person.‘Thanks again to United and I am sad because I would’ve liked to win trophies and make the fans happy.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Alexis Sanchez thanked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for letting him join Inter (AFP via Getty Images)‘I couldn’t understand how I had gone from being one of the best players in Premier League five months ago to not even playing.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘After that, I got home, I was really upset and sad, and the next day I did a double training session. That’s how I am and I try to do my best and football is what I love.‘The next season we got a new coach [Solskjaer], I spoke with him and I told him that I needed the opportunity to leave and Inter was as an option. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hijacking Science: How the “No Differences” Consensus about Same-Sex Households and Children Works

first_imgPublic Discourse 14 October 2016Family First Comment: This is a fascinating and revealing read on how research has become advocacy and manipulation of figures – (written by a researcher who dared to research and publish the real facts!) “If I were up against 19,000 quality studies that disagreed with me, I would have long ago gladly capitulated. But that’s not the scientific reality. Instead, two datasets—each of which has significant problems here—are responsible for the majority of studies upon which this “consensus” (of same-sex parenting) is based.”The claim that there are no differences in outcomes for children living in same-sex households arises from how scholars collect, analyze, and present data to support a politically expedient conclusion, not from what the data tend to reveal at face value.It was nearly five years ago that I first received data back from the research firm that had carried out the New Family Structures Study (NFSS) protocol. Shortly thereafter, I began to question the scholarly consensus that there were “no differences” between same-sex and opposite-sex households with children. My skepticism didn’t sit well with the guild.Social network analyst (and friend) Jimi Adams subsequently assessed patterns of “citation networks” in the same-sex parenting literature and concluded that there is indeed a consensus out there that claims there are “no differences.” I see it. I just think the foundation for it is more slipshod than rock-solid. It is the result of early but methodologically limited evaluations that formed a politically expedient narrative. It is not the product of a rigorous, sustained examination of high-quality data over time, across countries, and using different measurement strategies and analytic approaches.Some liken the debate over the science of same-sex parenting to the one over climate change. They argue that the science is so extensive, the published studies so numerous, and the conclusions so overwhelmingly unidirectional that only scientists acting in bad faith would object. But that’s not where this field of study is. How can one possibly come to a legitimate consensus about the short and long-term effects of a practice (childrearing) of a tiny minority about whom generalizable data of sufficient size for valid comparative analysis were not available until the past decade? The answer, of course, is that you cannot.What we have, rather, is a political consensus generated by lots of small studies of tiny, non-representative samples misinterpreted as applying to the entire population of same-sex parents. It is—by comparison to climate change—like saying that since the surface temperatures in Taiwan, Togo, and Texas have inched up a degree or two that the entire globe must have as well. Scientists know better than to declare such a thing based on limited evidence.In fact, I am unaware of any other domain of science in which scholars have so little high-quality data to answer comparatively new research questions and yet are so quick to declare those questions answered and done with. We don’t do that in any other field or with any other question. What ought to be an empirical matter—an important one, no doubt—has instead turned into a moral test of fealty.READ MORE: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/10/18033/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=d5251bf0a6-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-d5251bf0a6-84094405Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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How does LeBron James compare to other L.A. Lakers Hall of Famers?

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNBA Finals MVP awards (with Lakers): 2 (1)First-team All-NBA selections (with Lakers): 10 (6)Notable: Nobody did it better for longer. From scoring to rebounding to defending and passing, Kareem did it all (and pretty consistently) until he was 42 years old. His list of personal and team accomplishments is ridiculous: 1970 Rookie of the Year, six NBA titles, six league MVP awards, two-time Finals MVP, 19-time All-Star and two-time scoring champion among them. The Lakers reached the NBA Finals eight times in the 10 seasons Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson played together, winning five titles. The 1985 crown was perhaps the most satisfying for the 7-foot-2 center, who helped the team bounce back from a miserable series opener to win the series in six games, clinching in Boston. At age 38, Abdul-Jabbar had 30 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and three blocked shots in the Game 2 win and averaged 30.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2 blocks in their four victories on his way to Finals MVP honors. The master of the skyhook averaged about 22 points during his 14 seasons as a Laker and sits atop their career lists for offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and blocked shots. He retired as the league’s all-time leading scorer (38,387) to go with 17,440 rebounds, 3,189 blocks and a 55.9 field-goal percentage. He’s second in Lakers history in games and minutes played and is the franchise’s third-leading scorer.ELGIN BAYLORNBA titles (with Lakers): 0 (0)Finals appearances (with Lakers): 8 (8) Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LeBron James is already a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer, but how does he match up with the L.A. Lakers’ Hall of Famers when it comes to some key career accomplishments. Here’s a look at how the Lakers’ new star stacks up (on the court) with the players whose jerseys the organization has retired.KAREEM ABDUL-JABBARNBA titles (with Lakers): 6 (5)Finals appearances (with Lakers): 10 (7)NBA MVP awards (with Lakers): 6 (3) NBA MVP awards (with Lakers): 0 (0)NBA Finals MVP awards (with Lakers): 0 (0)First-team All-NBA selections (with Lakers): 10 (10)Notable: Possibly the most unappreciated player in league history, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Baylor was a combination of Julius Erving and Michael Jordan who played years before they (and highlight-driven 24-hour sports networks) arrived. A strong, graceful athlete, he averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds over 14 seasons but never got to experience winning a title on the court (Baylor was awarded a championship ring even though he retired nine games into the 1971-72 season). From 1960-61 through 1962-63 he averaged 34.8, 38.3 and 34 points, respectively. In 1962-63, he became the first NBA player to finish in the top five in four different statistical categories: scoring (34), rebounds (14.3), assists (4.8) and free-throw percentage (83.7). He has the most rebounds and fourth-most points in Lakers history.KOBE BRYANTNBA titles (with Lakers): 5 (5)Finals appearances (with Lakers): 7 (7)NBA MVP awards (with Lakers): 1 (1)NBA Finals MVP awards (with Lakers): 2 (2)First-team All-NBA selections (with Lakers): 11 (11)Notable: A 15-time All-Star, the Mamba played all 20 of his seasons as a Laker and is, not surprisingly, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. He holds the franchise marks for field goals, 3-point baskets, points, games and minutes played, steals and free throws and ranks second in assists and third in rebounds. As polarizing as he could be at times, he is unquestionably one of the fiercest competitors in league history. The 18-time All-Star led the NBA in scoring twice, ranks third on the league’s all-time regular-season scoring list and fourth on the career postseason scoring list. He was named to the All-Defensive team 12 times. His 81-point game against Toronto in 2006 is second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in the league record books. With career averages of 25 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.4 steals per game, Bryant is considered one of the most complete players (and the second-best shooting guard) in league history. He was the first player to have at least 30,000 career points and 6,000 career assists and is one of only four players with 25,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, and 6,000 assists. Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Shaquille O’Neal have all referred to Bryant as the greatest Laker ever.WILT CHAMBERLAINNBA titles (with Lakers): 2 (1)Finals appearances (with Lakers): 6 (4)NBA MVP awards (with Lakers): 4 (0)NBA Finals MVP awards (with Lakers): 1 (1)First-team All-NBA selections (with Lakers): 7 (0)Notable: Possibly the most physically dominant athlete the league has ever seen, scoring and rebounding at will despite often being double- and triple-teamed, the 7-foot-1 Chamberlain learned how to be a role player midway through his career and started finishing among the league leaders in assists. He spent his final five seasons with the Lakers, helping the team win its first title since moving from Minnesota. The man who once averaged more than 50 points per game averaged just 14.8 for the 1971-72 team, but he grabbed 19.2 rebounds and earned All-Defensive first-team honors to help them post a then-NBA record 69-13 mark, including a 33-game winning streak. He won just that one title with the Lakers, but he is the franchise leader in rebounds per game (19.2) and field goal percentage (60.5). He averaged 30.1 points for his career, including the infamous 100-point game when he was with Philadelphia.GAIL GOODRICHNBA titles (with Lakers): 1 (1)Finals appearances (with Lakers): 4 (4)NBA MVP awards (with Lakers): 0 (0)NBA Finals MVP awards (with Lakers): 0 (0)First-team All-NBA selections (with Lakers): 1 (1)Notable: Sometimes overshadowed by backcourt mate Jerry West, the silky southpaw was a rarity – a shorter player (6-foot-1) whose primary skill set was getting himself open and shooting. His ability to do that made him an ideal complement to West, neither having to play the traditional pass-first point guard role. Goodrich led the record-setting 1971-72 Lakers in scoring (25.9 ppg) during the regular season and nearly matched it at 23.8 during the postseason. In 1973-74, he led the team in scoring for a third consecutive season (25.3 ppg), topped the league in free throws made (508) and attempted (588) and earned his lone first-team All-NBA selection. Goodrich ranks eighth in points, eighth in assists and ninth in free throws in franchise history.LeBRON JAMESNBA titles (with Lakers): 3 (0)Finals appearances (with Lakers): 9 (0)NBA MVP awards (with Lakers): 4 (0)NBA Finals MVP awards (with Lakers): 3 (0)First-team All-NBA selections (with Lakers): 12 (0)Notable: The 6-foot-8, 260-pound forward’s blend of dominance, versatility and basketball IQ is absurd, and he and Michael Jordan are the only players in NBA history with four seasons of a player efficiency rating (PER) of 30 or higher (Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal have three each). For many, leading his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit to beat the 73-9 Golden State Warriors in 2016 cemented LeBron’s status as the second-best player in league history. He won’t be a Laker for as many seasons as the other men on this list, but he will spend the next phase of his career wearing purple and gold while he adds to his staggering career totals. He is the only player in league history with at least 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists, and he already has the league records for career postseason points and steals. In the 2015 Finals, he became the first player to lead all players (from both teams) in points, rebounds and assists. He scored or assisted on 57.7 points per game, the most by any player in Finals history. He already ranks seventh in career points, 11th in assists and 17th in steals.MAGIC JOHNSONNBA titles (with Lakers): 5 (5)Finals appearances (with Lakers): 9 (9)NBA MVP awards (with Lakers): 3 (3)NBA Finals MVP awards (with Lakers): 3 (3)First-team All-NBA selections (with Lakers): 9 (9)Notable: The most dynamic Laker ever, the 12-time All-Star was the engine of the “Showtime” Era. As a 20-year-old rookie, he played one of the greatest games in NBA Finals history in 1980 when he moved to center in place of an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and scored 42 points with 15 rebounds and seven assists on the road to clinch the title over the 76ers. Over the next 11 seasons, before the first of his two retirements, nobody played the point guard position better than the 6-foot-9 Johnson. He won the first of his three regular-season MVP awards in 1986-87, when he averaged a career-high 23.9 points to go with 12.2 assists and 6.3 rebounds. His last-second “junior, junior, junior sky-hook” to beat Boston in Game 4 of the NBA Finals helped them defeat the Celtics for the second time in three years. He earned the last of his three Finals MVP awards after averaging 26.2 points, 13 assists, 8 rebounds and 2.3 steals in that six-game series. His 11.2 assists per game (so many of the highlight-reel variety) over his 13-year career is the best mark in league history. He holds the franchise records for total assists, assists per game and is second in steals, fourth in rebounds and fifth in points.SHAQUILLE O’NEALNBA titles (with Lakers): 4 (3)Finals appearances (with Lakers): 6 (4)NBA MVP awards (with Lakers): 1 (1)NBA Finals MVP awards (with Lakers): 3 (3)First-team All-NBA selections (with Lakers): 8 (6)Notable: The best seasons of O’Neal’s career came during his eight years with the Lakers. During the team’s run to three consecutive titles from 2000-2002, the man of many (usually self-given) nicknames was practically unstoppable, earning his lone league MVP award and three Finals MVPs. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star Game MVP and Finals MVP in the same season (2000). That season, Shaq led the league in scoring (29.7), was second in rebounding (13.6) and third in blocked shots (3.0) and earned the first All-Defensive team honor (second team) of his career. He’s among the NBA’s top 10 all-time in scoring, field goals, blocked shots and field-goal percentage and 15th in rebounds. He ranks second in Lakers history in points (27), rebounds (11.8) and blocked shots (2.5) per game. With a personality as big as his 7-foot-1, 300-plus-pound frame, he provided plenty of laughter along the way.JERRY WESTNBA titles (with Lakers): 1 (1)Finals appearances (with Lakers): 9 (9)NBA MVP awards (with Lakers): 0 (0)NBA Finals MVP awards (with Lakers): 1 (1)First-team All-NBA selections (with Lakers): 10 (10)Notable: For many, “the logo” is a Lakers icon as much for his front-office accomplishments, but that undervalues his on-court performance. West won just the one title in 14 seasons as a player (even winning NBA Finals MVP in 1969 on the losing team), but he averaged 27 points (fourth all-time among retired players), 5.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists for his career. According to NBA.com, West was the third player in league history to reach 25,000 points. An All-Star in every one of his seasons, the perfectionist with the quick release retired as a player holding records for career postseason scoring and the highest average in a playoff series. Despite advancing age and physical problems, he still averaged 25.8 points and a league-high 9.7 assists for the record-setting 1971-72 Lakers. He ranks just behind Bryant as the leading scorer in franchise history.JAMAAL WILKESNBA titles (with Lakers): 4 (3)Finals appearances (with Lakers): 6 (5)NBA MVP awards (with Lakers): 0 (0)NBA Finals MVP awards (with Lakers): 0 (0)First-team All-NBA selections (with Lakers): 0 (0)Notable: Long, athletic and smooth with the ball, Wilkes averaged 16 points and 5 rebounds in his eight seasons with the Lakers. The forward with the funky looking shot thrived alongside Magic Johnson, finishing fast-breaks with finesse and raining long balls from the baseline. He was part of the 1980, ’82 and ’85 title teams, though a midseason knee injury prevented him from playing in the 1985 Finals against Boston. His career-high 37 points in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals was overshadowed by Magic Johnson’s legendary performance in that game, but a reminder that Wilkes too could rise to the occasion. He’s 10th on the franchise’s all-time scoring list.JAMES WORTHYNBA titles (with Lakers): 3 (3)Finals appearances (with Lakers): 6 (6)NBA MVP awards (with Lakers): 0 (0)NBA Finals MVP awards (with Lakers): 1 (1)First-team All-NBA selections (with Lakers): 0 (0)Notable: A key figure on three championship teams, the No. 1 pick of the 1982 draft averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3 assists as a Laker, but “Big Game James” had a knack for turning it on when it mattered most, posting career postseason averages of 21.1 points and 5.2 rebounds and a field goal percentage of 54.4 that still ranks in the top 15 all-time. The first triple-double of his career came in arguably the biggest game of his career, a 36-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist masterpiece in a 108-105 victory over Detroit in Game 7 of the 1988 Finals at the Forum. The 6-foot-9 forward’s blinding speed made him a difficult matchup on the block or on the perimeter. He was the frequent recipient of many of Magic’s fast-break passes, often gliding to the rim to finish them with a dunk. He ranks third in franchise history in steals, sixth in points, fifth in offensive rebounds and eighth in field goal percentage. Only three others played more games as a Laker.Related Articleslast_img read more

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