highlights Arsenal have a poor away record in the Europa League.Napoli will be determined to overcome the deficit in their home leg.Aaron Ramsey continued his great form for Arsenal. London: Unai Emery warned Arsenal to expect a strong response from Napoli after his side seized the initiative with a 2-0 win in their Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday. Emery’s men took control of the tie with a dominant first-half performance at the Emirates Stadium. Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring with a cool finish to cap a flowing move and the Gunners were further ahead before half-time when Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly deflected Lucas Torreira’s shot into his own net. Arsenal couldn’t add to the lead after the break, but they had done enough to put themselves in pole position ahead of the second leg in Naples on April 18. However, Emery is well aware that Arsenal has a wretched away record this season, while Napoli should be a more formidable force in front of their vociferous fans at the San Paolo Stadium. “The first leg was very important to take a good result. We deserved to win, but we know it is going to be very difficult there,” Emery said.RELATED “Their performances at home are usually very strong. We will plan to win the match, but we need to have a lot of respect for them. It is still 50-50. Our challenge is to be competitive away. Sometimes away we lost the spirit we have at home.” Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti remains confident of a second-leg comeback. “The first half we were really bad. We weren’t brave enough to control the game as we wanted,” he said. “The result is difficult to change but we have 90 minutes left. In the second half, we showed we create chances. It will be a different environment with our home crowd behind us. I’m confident.” It was a much-needed success for Emery, who this week called on his players to embrace the pressure of regaining their Champions League status after two successful seasons out of Europe’s elite club competition. With Arsenal sitting fifth in the Premier League after Sunday’s damaging defeat at Everton, the Gunners can no longer rely on their domestic fortunes to qualify for the Champions League. Winning the Europa League is Arsenal’s other route back into the Champions League. Having won the Europa League three times during his tenure as Sevilla boss, Emery knows the value of a first-leg lead and he sent out an attacking line-up featuring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil. A fired-up Arsenal needed just 15 minutes to take the lead. Stylish move A stylish move carved Napoli open as Ramsey and Ozil exchange passes in midfield before Lacazette fed Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Ramsey had continued his run into the Napoli area and the Wales midfielder met Maitland-Niles’ pass with a composed close-range finish for his sixth goal of the season. It was the perfect way for Ramsey to announce himself to an Italian audience ahead of his close-season move to Juventus. Torreira is one of the midfielders who will take over from Ramsey and the Uruguayan showed why that should be a smooth transition as he helped double Arsenal’s advantage in the 25th minute. Tigerishly dispossessing Fabian Ruiz inside the Napoli half, Torreira accelerated towards the penalty area, cleverly checked back to open up more space and drilled a low shot that took a hefty deflection off Koulibaly as it looped into the net. Without a win in seven visits to England, Napoli’s hopes of ending that barren run dwindled even further when Lorenzo Insigne blazed over from close range. Napoli tried to rally after the interval, but Koulibaly’s header was tipped over by Petr Cech, while Piotr Zielinski blew their best chance when he missed the target with only the keeper to beat. Arsenal remained dangerous and it took a good save from Alex Meret to deny Ramsey before Maitland-Niles was also frustrated by the over-worked Napoli keeper. Ramsey should have put the result beyond doubt when he shot over in the closing stages, but Arsenal will still travel to Italy in confident mood next week. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
John O’Callaghan – BallyporeenRobbie Kiely – Carbery RangersAlan Campbell – Moyle RoversAlan Maloney – Rockwell RoversMartin Dunne – Moyle RoversJosh Keane – Golden KilfeaclePeter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle RoversBrian Fox – Éire Óg AnnacartyKevin O’Halloran – PortroeConor Sweeney – BallyporeenPhilip Austin -BorrisokaneTipp FM will have live coverage of the match from shortly before 2 o’clock on Sunday afternoon. This is the side that chosen by Liam Kearns and his selectors:Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan KilcashColm O’Shaughnessy – ArdfinnanJimmy Feehan – KillenauleCiarán McDonald – Aherlow
Best storylineIn a region that will present excellent teams but no one frightening until possibly Gonzaga in the region final, could No. 6 seed Buffalo make a serious run? The Bulls won a huge game a year ago against Pac-12 Conference champion Arizona in the first round, but this is a far more complete team. They rank No. 19 in the nation in offense and No. 29 on defense. Their top seven players all are capable of making 3-point shots, and star guard CJ Massinburg hits nearly 40 percent. As usual, there is weakness in the West Region because of the committee’s indefensible aversion to asking teams to travel. It’s a long way from Buffalo to Anaheim, but this team will gladly make the trip. Could they be this year’s Loyola — minus the charming clergy member?All-region teamPlayerPositionTeamBrandon ClarkeCenterGonzagaRui HachimuraPower forwardGonzagaMarkus HowardPoint guardMarquetteJarrett CulverShooting guardTexas TechJa MorantPoint guardMurray StateBest first-round gameNo. 5 Marquette vs. No. 12 Murray State. These are two of the most dynamic offenses in college basketball. Murray is No. 11 in scoring at 83.3 points per game, and Marquette is 59th at 77.7 points. Howard vs. Morant will be the best single player matchup of the first round. Both of them are members of the Sporting News All-America second team, and ranked among the nation’s leading scorers: Howard at 25 per game and Morant at 24.6MARCH MADNESS: Get your printable NCAA Tournament bracketSeeded too highNo. 5 Marquette. The Golden Eagles were very curiously seeded a line above Villanova, which won both the Big East regular season and tournament titles. There is data to support Marquette — such as 10 Quad 1 wins — but the Golden Eagles had to close the regular season with four consecutive losses to blow the championship, which, somehow, they did. That including a two-pointer to Georgetown just a few days after the Hoyas were blown out by last-place DePaul. Marquette ranked behind Villanova, Maryland (a No. 6) and Cincinnati (a No. 7) and still got this placement.Seeded too lowNo. 12 Murray State. No. 12 Murray State tied for the championship of the Ohio Valley Conference and won its tournament and automatic bid. Guess who got an 11-seed? The team the Racers beat for the title, Belmont. Sure, the Bruins have to play an extra game in the First Four, but if there was room on the 11 line for Saint Mary’s and Ohio State, which have a combined 25 losses, Murray State could have been allowed to climb a bit. Murray State was 25-4 against Division I, and their No. 44 NET ranking would suggest an 11-seed.I HATE MARCH MADNESS BRACKETWhat do you hate about March Madness? Vote in SN’s poll Upset specialNo. 12 Murray State over No. 5 Marquette. The Racers are far from an elite defensive team, but this will be an important showcase for Morant. He has an opportunity to demonstrate that his elite athleticism can translate into elite defense. Howard is the most creative scorer in the tournament, capable of conjuring shots few others can imagine. Morant has the size to frustrate him, if he shows he can defend with great precision and intensity in a game that will demand it.Best potential gameNo. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 2 Michigan. If it seems a bit boring to select the two top seeds in the region, let’s be perfectly honest: This is the Region of Misfit Toys. Through the top half of the region, the committee ranked first on its seed line was Marquette — which, as we suggested, probably was overvalued. So there aren’t as many glamorous matchups. That doesn’t mean there won’t be great games. That naturally includes the possible matchup between the Zags and Wolverines, losers of the 2017 and 2018 national championship games, respectively. It’d also be a matchup of the season’s No. 1 offense (Gonzaga) and No. 2 defense (Michigan). This game is not chosen merely by default.NCAA BRACKET PICKS: DeCourcy (Duke) | Bender (Duke) | Fagan (Duke)Best potential player matchupBuffalo SG CJ Massinburg vs. Texas Tech SG Jarrett Culver. This is another possible duel between elite scorers. Massinburg averages 18.3 points and shoots 46.6 percent from the field. Culver averages 18.5 points and shoots 48.5 percent from the field. Massinburg is the better long-range shooter, but Culver is a component of the KenPom’s top-ranked defense.Get to knowNorthern Kentucky coach John Brannen. He was hired in 2015, the year his boss at Alabama, Anthony Grant, was let go by the Crimson Tide. So Brannen walked away from potential unemployment into a head coaching position that’s essentially in his hometown: Alexandria, Ky., where he grew up, is 6.5 miles from NKU’s Highland Heights campus. After a first season that saw his team go 9-21, Brannen has led the Norse to two NCAA Tournaments, one NIT, two Horizon League regular season titles and two tournament titles. Talk about a dream come true, for both coach and program.BRACKET TIPS: KenPom | Play the odds | Idiot’s guideDon’t be surprised if …Arizona State opens a branch campus in Dayton, Ohio. This is the Sun Devils’ second consecutive season opening the NCAA Tournament in the First Four. As they could very easily have been among the First Four Out, they don’t have much to complain about. One hopes, before they either head home or move on to Tulsa for a meeting with No. 6 Buffalo, they get at least one trip to the Pine Club for a fabulous steak dinner.Sleeper teamNo. 7 Nevada. It was rather surprising to see this once-fearsome offense limited to just 56 points and 6-of-24 3-point shooting by a San Diego State defense the Wolf Pack punished for 81 points just a week earlier. We saw what they were capable of in their comebacks against Texas and Cincinnati in last year’s tournament. They still could shoot their way into prominence, though one wonders if Caleb and Cody Martin and Jordan Caroline — all averaging 32 minutes or more — might be a bit out of gas. Perhaps losing in the Mountain West semis gave them the break they need.Final Four pickMichigan. The Wolverines’ punishment for losing three times in one season to their rivals — the last two of which cost them a Big Ten regular-season title and a league tournament title — was to be shipped to this suspect region. So they are nearly 2,700 miles and potentially four games removed from having to deal with the Duke threat. Michigan quite possibly will need to contend with Gonzaga’s overpowering frontcourt duo of Clarke and Hachimura, but the Wolverines’ defense might be up to the job.March Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven: Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.How to stop Zion Williamson: Opposing coaches dish on their strategies to deal with Duke’s freshman phenom and, with some luck, beat the Blue Devils.A barrier-breaking title: The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout: In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City: Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx: They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. DeCourcy’s best of 30 years: Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. The thrill of victory …: Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament. SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsNCAA Tournament bracket picks: West RegionSN’s BRACKET GUIDES: EAST | MIDWEST | SOUTH … And the agony of defeat: Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history: It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw.Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history: The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.”
County agencies oversaw all planning in the Santa Clarita Valley before the city was incorporated in 1987. Of the 79,000 single-family homes, condos and rental apartments already built in the valley, 70,000 were authorized under county rule. The project’s prior consultant was cut loose some months ago. Since San Bernardino-based Lilburn Corp. was hired in January, swift progress has been made, said Jason Smisko, a senior planner for the city. “In my experience, I haven’t seen a situation where a city and county are working together, and that’s what makes this effort unique,” said Lilburn’s Molly Bogh. Some new roads could be built while traffic on others could be downsized. The plan would note thresholds for providing new fire stations, sheriff’s stations and other municipal services. Their own specific plans would be required for massive projects already in the development pipeline, as at the contaminated 996-acre Whittaker-Bermite site in the heart of town and the Newhall Pass area where the 5,800-home Las Lomas development is proposed. A new valleywide plan would affect them only if it precedes them. Including Newhall Ranch, about 42,000 new homes have been approved for the valley but not yet built – 36,000 by county agencies and 6,000 by city government. Developers are seeking approval of an additional 15,000 homes. Land-use issues could be discussed at community meetings in the spring or the summer, a draft might be completed by the end of the year, and extensive public comment and review would come in 2008. For information, log on to santa-clarita.com/vgp/ firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Amid a continuous buzz about potential annexation of the west-side communities, a valleywide city-county general plan has been jump-started after languishing for three years. The city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County governments would share land-use policies, but each would still have its own zoning laws and regulations and operate under them. “One Valley One Vision is an extremely important tool to address the long list of regional needs which must be included in future development,” Mayor Marsha McLean said. “It is mandatory that the need for roads, transportation, schools, open space, water, recreational facilities, libraries, medical facilities and law enforcement are planned for and met.” The plan won’t single out specific developments. Instead, it offers big-picture guidelines for the next 20 years in which the valley’s population is expected to increase past 300,000.