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DES MOINES — The Iowa Legislature could wrap its business for the session this week, and their final budget will impact how much the students at the three state-supported universities pay in tuition.The Board of Regents held off on setting tuition at their meeting last week as president Mike Richards reiterated the process set in the board’s new five-year- tuition model. “We are not interested in setting tuition rates and then having to adjust them later,” Richards said, “we set tuition rates only one time per year.”Richards says they want to know how much of the money they requested will be approved by state leaders. “In September, we made a state appropriation request of 18 million dollars increase over our current general appropriation budget for next year for our public universities. The tuition rates that we will set are based on cooperation with the state,” Richards said.Under the model designed to give students and parents predictability, the Regents will use a formula to set the tuition at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. If the state provides the full 18 million dollars, the 2019-2020 base tuition rate will increase by three percent. If the state provides no additional money, the increase will be three percent plus the projected Higher Education Price Index (HEPI). The index is estimated at two percent.The formula for tuition at the University of Northern Iowa is different. “If the state fully funds the appropriations request — resident undergrad tuition would not increase for 2019-2020,”Richards said. It is not clear how the tuition rate would be impacted at the University of Northern Iowa if the Board of Regents does not receive the amount of state money they requested.The board is expected hold the first reading on the tuition rates at its June meeting.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal lynchpins Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will not be allowed to leave the club before their contracts expire in 18 months’ time, manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.British media reports this week suggested Chilean forward Sanchez and German playmaker Ozil want new deals that will put them on a par with the Premier League’s highest earners.But while Wenger cannot guarantee the pair will stay at Arsenal beyond the terms of their current contracts, he vowed neither player would be sold during the next year and a half.“These players will stay here for at least 18 months. I cannot repeat always the same things,” Wenger told his weekly press conference at Arsenal’s London Colney training base.“I think at some stage you have to accept that negotiations are private and secret and we do not always have to come out every day to explain what we do in football negotiations.“We are professional people. We work until the last day of our contracts with full commitment.“These players have 18 months on their contracts and, no matter what happens, they will stay for 18 months. Hopefully they’ll stay for longer than that.”Sanchez, 27, and Ozil, 28, have been in sparkling form of late as Arsenal have climbed to second place in the league table and secured a place in the Champions League last 16 as group winners.In the past, Arsenal have cashed in on players unwilling to sign new deals, such as when they sold former captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012.But Wenger suggested he would sooner let Sanchez and Ozil leave for free in 2018 than sanction moves for them.He was, however, unable to offer fans any guarantees the duo will sign new contracts with the club. ‘Why go to China?’ Asked what assurances he could give supporters, the Frenchman replied: “None.“They have 18 months left on their contract and they are completely committed to do well as long as they are here.“Beyond that, we’ll try to extend their contracts, but I cannot make that the subject in every press conference because it’s a normal part of every renewal when you renegotiate.“The less you talk about it, the better it is.”Wenger played down reports former Barcelona former star Sanchez could be tempted by a mega-money move to the Chinese Super League.“I believe it (that there has been interest). Yes, why not?” he said. “But why should you go to China when you’re playing in England today?“We live in a world where great players like Alexis and Ozil earn a lot of money and they have the privilege of choosing where they really want to play.”Arsenal can go top of the table for 24 hours at least if they beat Stoke City by two goals or more at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.Right-back Hector Bellerin could feature after returning to training following an ankle injury.But Arsenal remain without Per Mertesacker (knee), Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring), Santi Cazorla (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (knee).Share on: WhatsApp
Share on: WhatsApp With Bayern’s world-class goalkeeper Manuel Neuer out until January with a fractured foot, his replacement Sven Ulreich made a mistake when Arnold’s free-kick beat him on 56 minutes.“I made the wrong decision admitted Ulreich.“I wanted to steer the ball over the crossbar, it looked like the ball was going to come higher.“I’m sorry for the guys and the team.”In their first six league games, Bayern have now dropped five from a possible 18 points.That is unheard of for the defending champions at this stage of the season and Bayern could finish the weekend as low as fourth in the table, depending on other results.But Salihamidzic has vowed things will be different come Wednesday in Paris against PSG’s ‘MCN’ attack of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.“You don’t have to motivate anyone to play in the Champions League and we will be quite different there,” assured Bayern’s director.“We can’t make so many mistakes.”Hummels was also confident of Bayern turning things around.“Football is a day-to-day business and it’s going to be a very different game. If we play well, everything will be alright,” said the German international confidently. Bayern Munich players dining at the ‘Oktoberfest’ beer festival in MunichBerlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich were in dampened spirits during their visit to the Munich ‘Oktoberfest’ beer festival on Saturday, after a shock Bundesliga home draw to mid-table Wolfsburg.Bayern threw away a two-goal lead on Friday at the Allianz Arena which cost them the chance to top the Bundesliga table.Robert Lewandowski’s penalty and an Arjen Robben first-half goal were cancelled out in the second-half by a Maximilian Arnold free-kick and Daniel Didavi’s late equaliser for Wolfsburg.The result in Munich means league leaders Borussia Dortmund can go three-points clear of Bayern if they win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday evening.Their poor performance cast a shadow for Bayern’s stars, who were all dressed up in traditional Bavarian lederhosen, at Oktoberfest.“It was a shit day,” fumed sports director Hasan Salihamidzic about Friday’s draw.Mats Hummels admitted the visit to one of Oktoberfest’s beer tents “wasn’t going to be as boisterous as it could have been”.“We’re not playing the football we want to,” added the centre-back.Germany forward Thomas Mueller was also still sore about the dropped points.“We let it happen and threw the win away. We gave them the point wrapped up with a bow on top,” fumed Mueller.“That was a step backwards in terms of our intensity.”The performance dents confidence for Wednesday’s key Champions League match at Paris Saint-Germain, a fixture which could well decide Group B with Celtic and Anderlecht also in the pool.“We were slow, without intensity, not compact enough,” complained coach Carlo Ancelotti.“We’ll have to turn in a different display in Paris.”
– Cracks appeared –Zinedine Zidane was always a hard act to follow given his three consecutive Champions League triumphs, not to mention the Frenchman’s popularity in the dressing room.But beneath the celebrations in May, cracks were already appearing. Madrid finished 17 points behind Barcelona in the league, Zidane departed and then Cristiano Ronaldo followed, taking an average of 50 goals per season with him.Perez opted against signing a big-name replacement, which left Lopetegui short up front, while the problems in attack quickly spread to the defence, where Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane have become increasingly erratic.“It is not just Julen’s fault”, read the headline on the front page of Marca, Spain’s biggest selling daily, on Monday.Madrid’s dreadful recent run showed no sign of abating at the Camp Nou, however. They have managed one win in their last seven matches, sit ninth in La Liga and earlier this month went more than eight hours without a goal.Some now believe, perhaps Perez included, that the team needs a firmer hand. Conte is a demanding coach, meticulous in his tactical preparation and unrelenting when it comes to defensive organisation.After Sunday’s game, Ramos pointedly stated that managing the dressing room at Real is more important than technical knowledge.“Respect is earned, it isn’t imposed,” Ramos said. “Those are the coaches with whom we’ve won titles. Managing the dressing room is more important than the knowledge of a coach.”The next coach will be tasked with closing a seven-point gap on Barcelona, who returned to the top of the La Liga table after their emphatic win last weekend.Ramos insisted the title is not yet lost.“There are people that would believe, others that wouldn’t,” Ramos said. “I have won La Liga from 10 points behind. The key to success is to work. Madrid never gives up when it can turn the situation around.”Share on: WhatsApp Julen LopeteguiMadrid, Spain | AFP | Julen Lopetegui’s brief and inglorious reign as Real Madrid coach lasted just 139 days after the club confirmed he had been sacked on Monday.Lopetegui was dismissed following a meeting of the board of directors, who concluded there had been a “great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid…and the results obtained to date”.Santiago Solari, the club’s B team coach, has been put in temporary charge and is now expected to lead Real for their Copa del Rey game against minnows Melilla on Wednesday.The Argentinian could also remain in post for Saturday’s La Liga match at home to Real Valladolid.Lopetegui’s last game proved a humiliation as Madrid were hammered 5-1 by rivals Barcelona in the Clasico on Sunday. The defeat was their fifth in seven games and, seemingly, convinced president Florentino Perez that change was required.“This decision, adopted from the highest level of responsibility, aims to change the dynamics of the first team, when all the objectives of this season are still achievable,” a club statement read on Monday.“The Board of Directors understands that there is a great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid, which has eight players nominated for the next Golden Ball, something unprecedented in the history of the club, and the results obtained to date.”Madrid’s eagerness to emphasise the talent in their squad was noticeable and perhaps a reminder for potential successors, who may not be easy to find.Antonio Conte is the early favourite but initial talks have not gone smoothly, according to reports in the Spanish press. Others linked with the post include Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and former Real Madrid midfielder, Guti.Solari is the man in position, however, after two seasons with Castilla, in which he oversaw them finishing 11th and eighth in Segunda B.For Lopetegui, the two biggest jobs in Spanish football have been lost in less than five months after his decision to join Madrid also cost him his role as Spain manager at the World Cup.Spain subsequently failed in Russia under Fernando Hierro, their stand-in coach, and now Lopetegui’s failure at Madrid has been confirmed too.
The midfielder had all the time he needed to control the ball and poke it past Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico.Arsenal relaxed and created a series of chances, Xhaka and Sokratis having shots blocked, Aubameyang heading wide and Lacazette seeing a shot hit Rico’s trailing leg.A second goal arrived ten minutes into the second half.It was Arsenal at their intricate, quick-passing best.Iwobi, on the left, touched the ball forward to Aubameyang, who saw Kolasinac advancing inside him and rolled it into his path. The defender unselfishly squared for Lacazette to hit the ball past Rico from ten yards.Kamara briefly gave Fulham hope when he made amends for Saturday’s controversial penalty miss at home to Huddersfield — he had insisted on taking the spot kick himself — by arriving at the far post to convert Sessegnon’s low cross.The Gunners, though, put the game to bed 11 minutes from time.Matteo Guendouzi and Kolasinac opened Fulham up down the left, Aubameyang smacked Kolasinac’s low cross against the post and the rebound fell to Ramsey, who shot high past Rico’s left hand.Aubameyang made it 4-1 after 83 minutes when Fulham failed dismally to clear a corner and the Gabon striker’s shot was deflected over Rico by Tim Ream’s attempt to block.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal responded to their thrashing by Liverpool in the best possible manner reeling off a routine 4-1 humbling of struggling Fulham in their Premier League clash on Tuesday.Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka had set Arsenal on their way with his fourth goal of the season. Alexandre Lacazette added the second after 55 minutes with their momentum temporarily halted as Aboubakar Kamara pulled one back after 69 minutes.However, Welshman Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to make it 3-1 eleven minutes from time and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a fourth.Arsenal have yet to keep a clean sheet since beating Huddersfield Town on December 8, but a second win in six matches saw them move on to 41 points two points off the Champions League places.Fulham have shown little sign of a recovery under Claudio Ranieri since he took over from the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic and are second from bottom.The visitors did have their chances early on to break the deadlock.First Fulham captain Tom Cairney sent Ryan Sessegnon clear of defenders with the simplest of passes only for the England under-21 star to sidefoot his shot wide of Bernd Leno’s goal.Then Andre Schurrle hit a dangerous low cross from the left and Sessegnon ran in behind Sead Kolasinac only to miskick with the goal at his mercy.Fulham paid dearly for that miss in the 25th minute as Arsenal exposed the defensive frailties that have blighted their season.Alex Iwobi spotted Xhaka advancing unmarked into the penalty area and flighted the ball into his path.
Liverpool got off to a flying start and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 12th minute.Salah left the crowd gasping as he produced a stunning pass to release Keita, the midfielder running into the box and lashing a first-time shot past goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero.However, Monterrey’s response was swift, as they drew level within two minutes.Jesus Gallardo’s shot was saved low down by Alisson, but Funes Mori — the brother of former Everton defender Ramiro — was on hand to convert the rebound.– Game plan pays off –The Mexicans grew in confidence after that, with captain Dorlan Pabon, the Colombian international forward, producing one goalbound piledriver that forced a fine save out of Alisson, one of several from the Brazilian goalkeeper.Alisson again denied Pabon early in the second half as he came up with another fine stop from a free-kick, and he was also needed to turn a curling Funes Mori shot around the post midway through the second half.It was then that Klopp sent on Mane for Shaqiri, and soon afterwards it was Alexander-Arnold who entered the fray in place of James Milner. Firmino then came on for Origi late on.Clearly determined to avoid a draining extra half-hour, Klopp’s game plan paid off as Firmino pounced in the 91st minute.“The team played really well and gave everything,” said Monterrey coach Antonio Mohamed.“Overall I thought we had the clearest chances and their goalkeeper made four or five big saves. It would have been fairer had the game gone to extra time.”Share on: WhatsApp Doha, Qatar | AFP | Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner as Liverpool edged out Mexican side Monterrey 2-1 at the Club World Cup in Doha on Wednesday and set up a final this weekend against Flamengo.The game had started very well for Jurgen Klopp’s team, with Naby Keita firing them into an early lead, to the delight of almost everyone in the crowd at the Khalifa International Stadium.However, Monterrey quickly drew level through Argentine striker Rogelio Funes Mori and the most recent winners of the CONCACAF Champions League matched the Reds for long spells.But then, just as the game moved into the first of three added minutes, and with extra time looming, Firmino popped up to turn a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross into the net from close range and take the Anfield side through.Having taken time out from their seemingly relentless march towards the Premier League title to come to Qatar, Liverpool will be relieved at coming through this test, and they remain on course to win this competition for the first time.“It was a tough game. They were very aggressive against us. I think the referee didn’t protect us too much but I’m not here to complain about it,” said Mohamed Salah after being named the man of the match.“But I think in the end we showed our quality and we won in the last minute so I think we deserved it.”The victory came despite Klopp being without centre-back Virgil van Dijk due to illness, the Dutchman having previously played in every game this season apart from in the League Cup.Jordan Henderson played in central defence, while Sadio Mane started on the bench along with Firmino and Alexander-Arnold, with Klopp handing starts to the likes of Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi.“It was only possible the hard way,” said Klopp of the way in which his side won.“We had problems before the game, we knew we would have some problems in the game, but I really think the boys did exceptionally well.”At such a busy stage in the season, Klopp also admitted his relief when the winning goal went in, saying: “I was actually afraid of extra time to be honest so I was more than happy when Bobby scored that goal.”
– Mahrez on the mark –Orjan Nyland was beaten at his near post as Riyad Mahrez was allowed to cut onto his favoured left foot to open the floodgates on 18 minutes.The Algerian’s old Leicester teammate Danny Drinkwater was making his Villa debut after troubled spells at Chelsea and Burnley since leaving the Foxes.His lack of match practice was exposed for City’s second as Drinkwater was caught in possession inside his own box by Gabriel Jesus and the ball broke kindly for Mahrez to drill home his ninth goal of the season.Aguero then thumped home a third, although Nyland could have got a stronger hand to the Argentine’s effort.All that was missing from a complete City performance was a moment of inspiration from Kevin De Bruyne and the Belgian duly delivered with a wonderful curling cross to set the fourth on a plate for Jesus in first-half stoppage time.City did not let up after the break and could have made it many more than six as David Silva picked out Aguero to calmly slot home his record-breaking goal.The Argentine’s hat-trick arrived eight minutes from time as he demonstrated his array of finishes by this time blasting his past the helpless Nyland.“I’m so happy for the record. It is thanks to my teammates, they help me in these nine years,” said Aguero.“When I scored the second, I thought one more (and) I break the hat-trick record. I want to keep scoring more goals.”Anwar El Ghazi scored from the penalty spot in stoppage time, but it was little consolation for Villa, who dropped into the relegation zone after Watford’s win at Bournemouth earlier in the day.Share on: WhatsApp Hat-trick hero. Most goals by a foreign player+ Villa 1-6 Man City+ Palace 1-1 Arsenal+ Chelsea 3-0 Burnley+ Everton 1-0 Brighton+ Leicester 1-2 Southampton+ Manchester United 4-0 Norwich+ Wolves 1-1 NewcastleBirmingham, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola said Sergio Aguero’s legendary status had grown again after becoming the Premier League’s top scoring foreign player with a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa 6-1 on Sunday.It may be too late to salvage City’s defence of the Premier League title as they remain 14 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, who also have a game in hand, but led by Aguero the champions moved ahead of Leicester into second to show they will not give up the chase.Aguero eclipsed Thierry Henry’s record as the top scoring non-English player in the Premier League by taking his tally to 177 goals and also surpassed Alan Shearer’s league record for hat-tricks with his 12th since joining City from Atletico Madrid in 2011.“He was a legend and the legend rises tonight,” said Guardiola. “He is one of the most incredible players I’ve seen in this league.“To score this amount of goals and hat-tricks means you have done for many, many years a lot of good things.“You have to be consistent for many years so it’s an incredible compliment to him.”Guardiola could afford the luxury of recalling Aguero among six changes to the side that also outclassed Manchester United in midweek to put one foot in the League Cup final.Villa could be their opponents at Wembley on March 1 as they held Leicester 1-1 in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, but on this evidence they would be powerless to stop City lifting the trophy for a third straight season.The injury-hit hosts were without a recognised striker and first-choice goalkeeper after Wesley and Tom Heaton were ruled out for the rest of the season.Former Spanish international ‘keeper Pepe Reina was in the stands ahead of his loan move from AC Milan being completed and will be needed if Villa are to beat the drop after conceding 13 goals in their last four home games.“It was a chastening experience,” said Smith. “We are embarrassed by some of the goals we conceded today.“We’ve come up against a top class team with a top class manager and got found out.”
Two men are accused of harassing and threatening a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy in Palm Beach Shores, as the deputy allegedly did the same to them.According to a police report, 24-year-old Fred Patrick Spring, and 23-year-old Carson Shoaf, who live at the same address in Palm Beach Shores, were booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early Wednesday.Spring remained there on Thursday, without bond. Shoaf left the jail Wednesday afternoon on $21,000 bond.Each of them is charged with aggravated stalking of a law enforcement officer, as well as threat to an officer.The PBSO report explains that 43-year-old Deputy Darrell Russian lives in, and is assigned to, the 10-square-block town at the tip of Singer Island.On the afternoon of July 4, Russian told investigators that he and a colleague were patrolling near the ocean, when they came across the two men walking with spear guns.Russian said he reminded them the beaches were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that spear fishing was illegal in the Intracoastal Waterway.The officer says Spring cursed at him, using both the “F” word as well as a gay slur.Five days later, Russian said he assisted PBSO’s narcotics unit with a search warrant at the home of the two men. They found two guns there.Once again, Russian said Spring and Shoaf cursed at him and told him that they know where he lives, which is a few houses away.Last Tuesday, Russian noticed a car tailing him while he was off-duty in his personal vehicle. Shoaf was driving the other vehicle, and Spring was a passenger, the report states.Russian said he pulled into the Sailfish Marina, where the other car blocked him. When he stepped out, Spring, with fists clenched, physically threatened Russian, accusing him of setting up the narcotics search. Russian said Spring told him, “I know where your wife and daughter are at. I know where you live.”Russian said he replied, “I’ll end you if you come to my house.”Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s OfficeOne of the arriving deputies said she heard Spring threaten the marina manager, and also heard him say, “I hate cops.”The other deputy said Spring cursed at him as well, and said, “take off your badge. I’ll beat your (expletive.)”Shoaf declined to speak to investigators on Tuesday. However, Spring said that he did not like Russian’s attitude during their encounters. He added that he saw Russian park in front of his home last Friday, and that Russian almost collided with his car earlier that day.When an investigator said that marina security video shows a different version of the encounter than Spring’s, Spring answered, “We are done.”“We deny the allegations,” West Palm Beach lawyer Jonathan Wasserman, who is representing Spring, said Thursday.“We certainly dispute almost all of the allegations in the probable cause affidavit,” said Ian Goldstein, a West Palm Beach lawyer who is representing Shoaf. “This officer has actually been the one harassing my client. He absolutely denies making any threats to the officer, ever.”PBSO said Thursday that, “if the suspects felt threatened by the deputy, they are welcome to file a complaint.”The agency said Russian came to PBSO from Palm Beach Shores when the agency contracted with the town last November. He had been with the Palm Beach Shores police department since 2013.Palm Beach County Circuit Court records show five previous felony cases for Spring between 2014 and 2017. Convictions on battery, gun, and traffic charges resulted in jail time.One of the cases, on drug charges, was eventually dropped. In January of 2017, he was sentenced to 16 months in state prison on a felony battery conviction, and left in March of last year.Court records show only two traffic charges for Shoaf.
22 May 2014 Record-breaker Gandy romps to victory at Ringway Just as with the Southern version the previous week, a course record set the pace in the Brabazon Trophy Northern Qualifier at Ringway Golf Club near Manchester with Tom Gandy (Rowany, Isle of Man) the hero of the day. The 22 year old came into the event in good form having finished joint second the previous week in the Irish Open Stroke Play in Dublin and he underlined that by going round in seven-under-par 64. This knocked a shot off the previous record and gave Gandy a two stroke winning margin from Thomas Rowland (Prudhoe, Northumberland) and William Whiteoak (Shipley, Yorkshire). Gandy (pictured, image copyright Leaderboard Photography) covered both nines in 32 strokes and his card contained an eagle and six birdies while Rowland had eight birdies in his 66 and he came home in 31 shots. Whiteoak didn’t drop a shot in his five-birdie 66, covering both nines in 33. The majority of the low scores came during the morning when perfect conditions prevailed. But after lunch a developing wind proved more difficult and, generally, scoring wasn’t quite as good. For some time it seemed that the qualifying score might be under par but, with 30 places available for the Brabazon Trophy at Seaton Carew on June 25th – 28th, level par 71 proved to be the cut off point. A playoff was required for the three remaining spots and 14 of those posting 71 lined-up for the sudden death playoff just as the rain began to fall. A birdie-three at the first hole secured Billy McKenzie’s (Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, IoW & CI) place before the other two spots were decided at the par four second. Steve Robins (Hull, Yorkshire) chipped-in for birdie from down a slope behind the green, his ball striking the flag and dropping into the cup, while Luke Aston (Beau Desert, Staffordshire) fired his approach to six feet and holed the putt for three. Players and officials alike were delighted with the condition of the Ringway course and with the welcome received.