Injury-hit Liverpool look to avoid FA Cup upset

first_img Arsenal are bidding to become the first team since Blackburn in 1884-86 to win the FA Cup in three straight years, and to extend its record-setting haul of FA Cup titles to 13. With his team having its best chance in years to win the Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must decide whether to rotate his squad. Wenger said Thursday that Alexis Sanchez is not yet ready to return from a hamstring injury, but midfielder Mikel Arteta is available. Liverpool are in the middle of a gruelling schedule – it will be the team’s sixth game in 19 days – that is taking its toll on the squad. Manager Jurgen Klopp is without a senior centre back for the match, as Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure are all hurt, while attackers Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are also injured. The match comes three days after a League Cup semi-final match at Stoke, and five days before a Premier League game against first-place Arsenal. Klopp could even make 11 changes to the team. “It will be a team that hasn’t played too often together,” Klopp said. “If this is a chance for Exeter, then they have to take it.” This will all be music to the ears of Exeter’s players, whose team is 16th in the 24-team League Two – a gap of 76 places to Liverpool in the English ladder. The last time Exeter reached this stage was in 2005, when they took Manchester United to a replay after a goalless draw at Old Trafford. MANCHESTER, England (AP): It’s a match that has all the ingredients of a classic FA Cup upset. An injury-hit, inconsistent and potentially jaded Premier League heavyweight making a 500-mile round trip to a team in the lower reaches of the fourth tier with a small ground, poor field, and a recent history of shocking a top side. Exeter’s home game against Liverpool today is the pick of the games in the third round of the FA Cup, when the giants of the Premier League join the teams from the lower leagues and non-league in the world’s oldest club knockout competition. As always, the search is on for a huge shock on one of the most exciting weekends in the English calendar and it could come at the 8,500-capacity St James’ Park, which – located in the south-west corner of England – is one of the most remote grounds in the country. THREE-PEAT GRUELLING SCHEDULElast_img read more

A Toronto artist and teacher helps ROM challenge AfricanCanadian stereotypes

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Gordon Shadrach is a Grade 2 teacher and painter, whose work is now featured at the ROM and explores issues of identity within Canada’s black community. The museum advertises the show as a way to “challenge” the stereotypes plaguing Canada’s black community.“Knowing now that there’s going to be little black boys and little black girls looking at my work and giving them something to aspire to, that they can see something I didn’t have the privilege of seeing when I was a kid … it’s amazing to be part of that process,” Shadrach said.“Distilled,” acrylic on wood, 2017. (Courtesy Gordon Shadrach)Shadrach teaches his students and black youth the same theme he explores in his works, which is the under-representation of African-Canadians in our culture.center_img By day, Gordon Shadrach is a Grade 2 teacher at Kew Beach Junior Public School in Toronto’s east-end, but by night, he’s a painter whose work is now being featured in the Royal Ontario Museum’s newest exhibition — something he says is “beyond my wildest dreams.”Shadrach has been featured at venues such as the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and the Queen West Art Crawl. He can now add the ROM’s newest exhibition to that list, which opened last Saturday and will remain open until mid-April.Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art features the work of nine Canadian contemporary artists, who use objects, images and multimedia to challenge preconceived notions of black culture. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more