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Trump wakes up early to pat himself on the back and talk about his self-created DACA crisis

On Monday, Donald Trump issued an infrastructure plan that was seen as a burden on states, an attack on blue states, a fantasy that calls on money to magically appear, and a fraction of the necessary investment. But apparently whoever had the early morning Trump whisperer duty told him it went over well.

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Our infrastructure plan has been put forward and has received great reviews by everyone except, of course, the Democrats. After many years we have taken care of our Military, now we have to fix our roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and more. Bipartisan, make deal Dems?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2018

The military got a boost in funds in the just-passed budget, and while not a dime of that money has yet been spent, apparently the military is now fine—presumably meaning that Trump will now switch from constant mentions of the supposedly-broken military, to constant mentions of how he supposedly-fixed the supposedly-broken military. But Trump’s infrastructure plan has received great reviews …where? Even Fox News noted that Trump’s budget, of which the plan was a part, would “see the federal deficit once again rising past $1 trillion in the near-term” and that not just Democrats but such rock-solid Republican supporters as the Chamber of Commerce slammed the plan. Still, Trump didn’t spend much time thinking about. 

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Negotiations on DACA have begun. Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal. Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle. This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2018

Yes, there will never be another chance … because some insane jackass has decided to place an arbitrary deadline on the crisis he created then sit back to sneer as everyone tries to clean up the absolutely unnecessary mess. 

Early injury blow for West Brom vs Chelsea

West Bromwich Albion have this evening been dealt a major injury blow during the early stages of their Premier League clash with Chelsea.

Matchup

The two sides are currently locked in action at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte’s men desperate for all 3 points following a dismal run of form which saw the Blues fall to consecutive 3-goal defeats at the hands of Bournemouth and Watford.

Tonight’s result could prove particularly decisive regarding Antonio Conte’s future in the English capital, with widespread claims over the last week that a loss will see the Italian tactician sacked by Chelsea.

West Brom, meanwhile, have fallen to defeats in their last 2 Premier League outings, the latter of which came in hugely disappointing fashion at home to fellow strugglers Southampton.

Ahead of tonight, the Baggies sat rock bottom of the English top-flight table, a full 5 points behind 19th-placed Stoke City.

Teams

The lineups for tonight’s crucial matchup were announced an hour prior to kick-off, with a number of notable inclusions and absences for hosts Chelsea.

Andreas Christensen returned to the heart of the Blues’ defence following a spell on the sidelines, while Olivier Giroud earned his first start for the Premier League champions up front.

Cesc Fabregas was also included from the start, stepping in for the suspended Tiemoue Bakayoko, while Alvaro Morata was fit enough for a place on the Chelsea bench.

However, Marcos Alonso was a notable absentee, with the Spaniard having been a surprise late scratch from the Blues’ squad for their clash with Watford last week as a ‘precautionary measure’.

West Brom boss Alan Pardew, meanwhile, opted for the following, with Daniel Sturridge joining Salomon Rondon in a dangerous-looking forward line for the Baggies:

Crocked

However, in a massive blow for the visitors with just 2 minutes on the clock, Danny Sturridge went to ground clutching his hamstring following an innocuous challenge from Cesar Azpilicueta, with the 28-year-old eventually succumbing to the problem and making his way down the Stamford Bridge tunnel with frustration etched across his face.

Jay Rodriguez was introduced as Sturridge’s replacement, with the Liverpool loanee’s slim hopes of earning a place in England’s World Cup squad taking a possibly fatal blow.

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24 Incredible Pictures From Early Years Of The Olympics

Opening ceremony of the 1896 Olympic Games in the Panathenaic stadium in Athens, Greece.

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Women competitors in the Archery event of the 1908 London Olympics.

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An elephant performs at a garden party hosted for Olympic athletes by Britain's Lord Michelham in 1914.

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American track and field athlete Howard P. Drew on his way to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

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The Danish women gymnastics team practicing at the 1908 London Olympics.

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American gymnasts practice their stunts in July 1924.

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England defeats the United States during the Tug of War event in 1920.

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The Irish and German national teams compete in the Bicycle Polo final during the 1908 London Olympics. The Irish team won 3-1.

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Isao Fujiki and Takeshi Kuyama, members of the Japanese team, train for the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.

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The commencement of the 1908 London Olympics Marathon at Windsor Castle.

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Actress Fay Wray and aviator Amelia Earhart attend the opening of the tenth Olympics in Los Angeles on Aug. 1, 1932.

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Left: Olympic champion weightlifter Roger Francois poses for an undated photograph. Right: An unidentified Olympic Woman fencer poses for a portrait, circa 1900.

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Wrestlers train for the Olympic games, circa 1930.

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A fleet of vans with their drivers pose for a portrait before transporting competitors between the various sporting events at the 1948 London Olympics.

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A group of women compete in the 800-Meter Sprint in 1922.

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Left: American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller prepares to compete in the the 1928 Olympics at Amsterdam. Right: Canadian athlete Ethel Catherwood poses for a photo after winning the women's High Jump in the 1928 Olympics at Amsterdam.

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Track and field star Percy Williams of Canada is treated by coach Bob Granger at the 1928 Olympics.

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Czechoslovak long-distance runner Emil Zatopek kisses his wife after winning during the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics.

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Mexican athletes pose for a photo before boarding their ship to participate in the 1924 Olympics.

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Olympic gold medalist swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, fourth from left, stands with other swimmers in 1921.

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Andreas Oustler and Lorenz Nieberl share a kiss after they scored in the 2 man Bobsled Event at the 1952 Olympic Games in Oslo.

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Young fans run along beside the American Olympic sprinter Jessie Owens as he takes his early morning run in London. England, 1936.

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Early derby team news + that whole diving thing

Arsene Wenger met the press yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s North London derby at Wembley, and the latest team news is that there’s a real doubt over Petr Cech who picked up a calf knock during the 5-1 win over Everton.

Should he not make it, it will David Ospina in goal, and the manager publicly declared his full faith in the Colombian if he’s brought into action. I mean, you’d expect nothing less. Saying any other than that is hardly the right way to prepare a player for a game of this magnitude.

“It’s a real blow to be without Cech, but I suppose Ospina will have to do,” is not going to inspire him to a top performance. Of course there is the question about how much of a blow it is to be without the number 1, although personally I prefer him because he’s got a neck, his arms extend to greater length to make saves and he commands his area better than his counterpart.

On the other hand though, I believe I’ve seen Ospina save a penalty in my lifetime – perhaps only for his country though – and given their propensity for, and instruction to, fall over in the box at all times, that might come in useful. Wenger was asked about the comments made by Mauricio Pochettino after the diving furore after their 2-2 draw over Liverpool.

The Argentine said, “Football is about trying to trick your opponent. Yes or no?”, which is true when it comes to moments of skill, teamwork or tactical invention, but diving is about getting your opponent into trouble and tricking the referee, which is a very different thing altogether.

I was quite happy to read those comments ahead of this game, because referees don’t like to be fooled, and if it casts some doubt in the mind of Anthony Taylor during tomorrow’s game, then maybe that will be a positive thing for us. If he sees Dele Alli go down in the box, it must surely be in his mind that potentially he’s cheating again, like he did last week when he picked up yet another booking for simulation.

Wenger is a wise old goat in many respects, and although I don’t have any truck with the tabloid line about how he ‘blasted’ the Sp*rs players with what he said, saw that there was a chance for him to hammer home the point about how they love a tumble. He said:

I remember there were tremendous cases here when the foreign players did it but I must say the English players have learned very quickly and they may be the masters now.

He said it with a smile on his face, and although he didn’t name anyone, it’s clear he was referencing the Kane/Alli incidents to some extent. It remains to be seen whether it will have any impact, but I thought another exchange was interesting:

Journo: Do you actively tell you players not to dive?

Wenger: I don’t tell my players to dive

Journo: Do you tell them not dive.

Wenger: I don’t encourage them to dive at all.

Which is, of course, is still not quite saying ‘Do not dive’, because as much as we want clean football – as far as that’s possible – managers know that penalties are rarely awarded for heroics and trying to stay on your feet. If there’s sufficient contact, you should go down. Even then you’re not guaranteed to get a penalty, we’ve had a few bad decisions go against us this season for what I thought were fairly blatant spot-kicks, but it would be foolish for any manager to encourage his players to stay upright if they’ve been fouled in the box.

Going down without any contact though, like Alli at the weekend, or doing what Kane did – which is knock the ball beyond a keeper then fall into to him to initiate contact – is different. That last one in particular wrecks my head because we see it so often and it’s so widely accepted as penalty when 99% of the time it’s the striker who tumbles into his opponent rather than the opponent taking him out.

If you want to be generous about it, you’d say Sp*rs – particularly under Pochettino’s management – are a cynical side. They foul a lot, rotational fouling to disrupt the rhythm of the opposition and they go down easily to win free kicks and penalties. That’s under instruction, no question, and they won’t be the first or last side to play that way. However, perhaps there’s a bit more spotlight on the way they play, and if referees wise up to it even a little bit, it will make their lives more difficult.

It should also be said that we’ve had players who have dived and although I hate seeing it the mental gymnastics you can perform as a fan desperate to win a game mean you can come to terms with it pretty easily. I also thoroughly enjoy a cynical foul on halfway to stop a break, but at least that is what it is. There’s no pretence or deception about it, which is what drives people mad about diving.

Kick. Yellow card. Thank you very much. For some it’s an ugly occurrence, but I’d rather watch my player get booked than see an opponent waltz through the open spaces of our midfield and create danger in our final third. Anyway, it’s probably one of the only things that all football fans agree on: diving is bad.

The arguments and debates come from trying to figure out what’s a dive or not, who did the dive, how important the dive was in the overall scheme of the match and if an Arsenal player takes a tumble tomorrow to win us a penalty that wins the match, how many of us are genuinely going to be outraged by it? Exactly.

Right, there’s more on the whole diving thing with Ken Early in this week’s Arsecast, along with Amy Lawrence looking ahead to the derby and lots more. Check it out below.

For some extra reading, here’s Tim Stillman on Mesut Ozil, and I’ll catch you tomorrow for a preview of the game, a live blog and all the rest. Until then.

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