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Comment Advertisement Coral BarryMonday 20 Apr 2020 5:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link644Shares Advertisement Arteta asked his players to accept the salary cut (Picture: Getty)‘Reductions of total annual earnings by 12.5 per cent will come into effect this month, with the contractual paperwork being completed in the coming days. ‘If we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts. ‘We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The agreement is based on the assumption we will finish the season 2019/20 and receive the full broadcasting revenues. ‘The resulting savings will help cover some of the financial risks we have this season in relation to our matchday and commercial income.‘We are proud and grateful to our players and staff for pulling together to support our club, our people and our community in these unprecedented times which are some of the most challenging we have faced in our history.’Reports emerged before Arsenal’s statement that two players had refused the revised plan.MORE: Cesc Fabregas admits he’d love to play with Arsenal star Gabriel MartinelliMORE: Robin van Persie takes pop at Ivan Gazidis and reveals one regret over Arsenal exitFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal confirm wage cut agreed with players following stand-off Football has been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have announced they have reached an agreement with first-team players and coaches on a salary cut.The coronavirus pandemic has forced football across the world to be suspended and Arsenal have not played a game since March 7.The club released a statement on Monday confirming a 12.5 per cent wage reduction would come into effect this month, although no paperwork is yet to be signed.Arsenal’s first-team stars had originally rejected the club’s proposal and Mikel Arteta had to intervene to help resolve the dispute.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementThe salary cut reportedly depends on Arsenal qualifying for next season’s Champions League and the club praised the players for agreeing to the wage deduction. A statement read: ‘We are pleased to announce that we have reached a voluntary agreement with our first-team players, head coach and core coaching staff to help support the club at this critical time.‘The move follows positive and constructive discussions. In these conversations there has been a clear appreciation of the gravity of the current situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and a strong desire for players and staff to show their backing for the Arsenal family.
In the first game of Wisconsin’s home opener against Loyola, the Badgers’ bats awoke in a flurry, scoring five runs in the fourth inning of a 9-4 trouncing of the Ramblers. During the nightcap, though, UW’s bats fell dormant.While the Badger offense struggled in the second game, senior Jennifer Krueger put on an all-night clinic, going a combined 6-for-6 in the doubleheader. Krueger reached on two errors as well, but from the beginning it was evident the Ramblers had no answer to Krueger’s speed on the base path. Reaching base eight times, Krueger put herself in position to score constantly and stole three bases.“I just knew if I put the ball in play they would have a hard time getting me out,” Krueger said. “That’s all I was focusing on; I didn’t care when it went or what happened. I just put the ball in play and ran as hard as I could.”While Krueger excelled in both games, the Badgers offense as a team showed its resilience more in the opening game. Trailing for more than half of the game, sophomore Meghan McIntosh received all the run support she needed when the Badgers cranked out five runs to take the lead for good.“I really had confidence in them; even though I gave up some runs, I knew my team would back me up,” McIntosh said.“After the home run by Shanel [Blackshear], Coach [Yvette] Healy told me to just shut them down and put some zeroes up on the board. Once the team got going offensively, my confidence got bolstered by them.”While McIntosh showed grit all day on the mound by working her way out of tight situations, the big fourth inning showed the great capabilities of the Badger offense. Bringing eight hitters to the plate, the Badgers received an RBI triple from freshman Stephanie Peace, while Blackshear highlighted the inning with a two-run homer that landed past the left field fences.“You can get emotional and crumble after adversity,” Healy said. “With how young our team is, that win was big when they bounced back and scored runs. I’m really proud of the approach of this team. We’re not the most talented team in the country, but we battle back. Everyone’s getting better; there’s a lot of exciting things happening with Wisconsin softball.”In a battle of aces in the second game, the Badgers fell victim to the shutout effort of the Ramblers’ Brittany Gardner, losing 4-0. The Badgers showed early glimpses of jumping on Gardner, loading the bases in two straight innings but never scoring a run.“We needed to make adjustments offensively; we had runners in scoring position a lot and we didn’t pull through,” Krueger said. “We need someone to step up in that situation consistently; if we put up three on them right away they probably would never have gotten locked in. We needed to get momentum and keep it.”Healy echoed a similar sentiment but understood that with the early success in the first game the Badgers may have fallen asleep at the wheel for the second game.“We couldn’t push a key hit across,” Healy said. “I think after winning the first game and scoring a lot of runs the team wasn’t as focused in on the urgency of scoring. As a team you get lulled a little; not everyone grasped at the time that the moment to capitalize was early on. I don’t think we were zoned in like we needed to be at that point.”True freshman pitcher Cassandra Darrah was on the mound for the second game and brought a no hitter into the fifth inning, only to be broken by the Ramblers’ Lauren Zaworski on a home run.“Once they put that run on the board, everyone stopped being loose,” Healy said. “Everyone started feeling that we had a zero and stressed. I think you have to try to not do too much with the ball. For our girls we scored a lot of runs early, and people are trying to hit it out of the park. I think you just have to hit the ball where it’s pitched and string hits together.”While the Badgers split the series, the players are taking away the positives from the first game, particularly their ability to claw their way back into games.“We’ll get those key hits,” McIntosh said. “We can come back when we’re down.”“It was a tough loss; we wanted to win for Coach really bad,” Krueger said. “But we won’t dwell on it; we’re right back to playing this weekend.”
The latest cross-Canada price survey is due out and is expected to show another drop in the national average. That’s because crude oil prices are still falling and dipped below $121 US a barrel this morning.The price has now fallen about $25 from its peak early this month and gasoline prices in many parts of North America have dropped as well. They’re down as much as $0.20 a litre in some centres in Canada and in last week’s survey had dipped below $1.30 in many cities in Alberta and Ontario.However, here in Fort St. John the common posted price hasn’t changed since it hit a new record high at $1.454, with the introduction of the Provincial Carbon Tax on Canada Day.- Advertisement –