Press Association Manager Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal could emerge as serious contenders for the Champions League this season – provided they can get out of the toughest of groups which continues with the visit of Napoli on Tuesday night. The Gunners host Rafael Benitez’s side looking to record a second win in Group F which would put them in a strong position before the double-header with last season’s beaten finalists, Borussia Dortmund. With Arsenal now looking set to challenge again following the club-record £43million signing of Mesut Ozil which has helped them climb to the top of the Barclays Premier League, Wenger believes confidence of that illusive European title could grow with continued progress. “It is something I miss that I will try to fight very hard to fill my CV with,” said Wenger, whose last taste of silverware was the 2005 FA Cup. “But you play against Barcelona, Bayern (Munich), Real Madrid – every year they are there with a chance. “You always think ‘let’s do it’ every year, and one year it will go for you, so let’s hope it will be this year. The competition is higher than ever.” Wenger added: “If we get out of the group I would say we have a chance (to win the trophy) – but what we have to show is that we have the strength. “It is difficult to predict because after the group stage, it is a cup (competition) and then it is about who is available who is fit and who isn’t, you cannot plan.” Wenger has played down talk of his side already being in the driving seat for the Premier League title as “absolutely ridiculous”. Asked, though, if there was any weighting on domestic or European glory, and the Gunners boss replied. “You don’t choose like that. You just want to do well. “No matter what I get, I take it.” More pressing, though, is the immediate challenge presented by last season’s Serie A runners-up, who have moved to strengthen the squad significantly following the £53million sale of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain. Benitez has brought in the likes of Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Callejon from Real Madrid and former Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina. Napoli beat Dortmund 2-1 at home on Matchday One and have opened their domestic campaign with five wins and a draw from six Serie A games. Wenger said: “We will be faithful to what we do in the Champions League and try to have the ball. “We know as well that the way we stop them from counter attacking is vital as that is their strength.” Arsenal will again rely on France striker Olivier Giroud to lead the attack. Wenger believes there is more to come from the former Montpellier frontman who arrived last summer. The Arsenal manager said: “Giroud is already (one of the leading strikers in Europe). I just think will he improve, be better in all the aspects of his game? As long as all the aspects are there, the attitude is there as well, then at 27 you always think the best years are coming for him now.”
Tanzanian boxer Allan Kamote is expected to arrive in Ghana on Friday, November 28, 2014ahead of his well-publicized bout with Ghana’s George Ashie.The two will slug it out for the Interim WBO Africa Lightweight Championship scheduled to take place at the Accra stadium on December 5.It will be the second shot at a world title by Ashie, also known in boxing circles as Red Tiger, since losing on points to his Bukom compatriot Emmanuel ‘Home Boy’ Tagoe for the vacant WBA International lightweight title in Accra two years ago. Since then, Ashie, whose ring record stands at 24 wins (KO 17), four losses and one draw, has fought just once, earning a third round title victory over Kenyan Michael Odhiambo in an eight-rounder.The Ashie-Kamote bout headlined ‘Fist of Fury’, a six-bout promotion put together by Mcdon Multimedia, in collaboration with Box Office Promotions. The bout is also expected to be telecast live on South Africa pay-TV channel, SuperSport.Another potential thriller on the bill will be a 12-round WBF Africa Light-Heavyweight Championship fight between Maxwell “Black Wolf” Amponsah and Ebenezer “Upper Cut” Tetteh, while Pride “Octopus” Dzanie against Michael Barnor will slug it out for the national and West Africa Boxing Union (WABU) Bantamweight Championship. Former national champion, Patrick Allotey, will also face off with Isaac Aryee in a 10-round welterweight bout.
No. 1 Alabama did so many things wrong in the SEC Championship game, but the unlikeliest of heroes emerged in the fourth quarter.Trailing 28-21, Tua Tagovailoa went down with an ankle injury and Jalen Hurts was called upon to save the day. Jalen Hurts pulled a Tua TagovailoaThis is clearly a joke, but seriously, Hurts participated in a dramatic role reversal Saturday. Last season, Hurts was removed from the national championship game in favor of Tagovailoa. The Hawaiian QB then famously went on to lead Alabama from behind in the second half to win.Well on Saturday, it was Tagovailoa who needed the reliever as Hurts was called upon to take the ball after the sophomore went down with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tide were down by a touchdown at that time.JALEN HURTS. TIE GAME.Football is awesome. pic.twitter.com/NyiEWREIaC— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 2, 2018Hurts shined after entering the game. He led the Crimson Tide back to victory behind 7-of-9 passing for 82 yards with two total touchdowns.Hurts could have transferred this season, but Saturday’s performance shows why the Crimson Tide was happy that he didn’t.JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! JALEN HURTS! pic.twitter.com/73wcDMtZld— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 2, 2018Tua could have just lost the HeismanThis may be unfathomable, but is it possible that Tagovailoa, the consensus Heisman Trophy favorite all season long, just lost the award with his performance Saturday?Tagovailoa went 10-of-25 passing for 164 yards with one touchdowns and two interceptions. He also made some really bad decisions, including a near fumble on a pass he threw too late and another intentional grounding on third and long which put the Crimson Tide back even further. And yes, he got hurt, but he played nearly three and a half quarters and completed 40 percent of his passes. It wasn’t a Heisman-worthy performance.This comes on a day in which Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray threw for 379 yards and three touchdowns while avenging the Sooners’ lone loss on the year in a Big 12 championship victory over rival Texas. He also went over 4,000 yards passing and 40 touchdowns on the season in the win.Murray made a statement in his championship game and has better numbers than Tagovailoa across the board. Is that enough to take the Heisman away from the Bama signal-caller?Georgia has a chance to still reach the CFPWith Georgia’s loss to Alabama on Saturday, the CFP selection committee has a decision to make: do they keep the Bulldogs in the playoff despite having two losses? It’s a valid question and one that needs some context. In the five years of the College Football Playoff, a team with two losses in the top four teams is a rarity. It has happened just one time and it came last season when Auburn was ranked in the top four with two losses on the year. The Tigers would have made the playoff if they had beaten Georgia in the SEC title game.So does Georgia — which gave possibly the best team in the last decade everything it could handle Saturday — deserve to be in the playoff despite two losses? It depends on whether the committee is looking for the four best teams or the four most deserving. If it’s the four most deserving, then OU is the likely choice. Despite the points allowed this season, OU has three wins over currently ranked opponents and defeated Texas in the Big 12 title game.But if the committee wants to take the four “best” teams, then that is Georgia’s way of getting in. Two losses have been justified before. Will they be justified now? He did just that as he threw for a score and rushed for another touchdown to lead Alabama to a 35-28 victory.Here are three takeaways from the SEC Championship game. Related News Tua Tagovailoa injury update: Alabama QB leaves SEC championship with leg injury