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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soybean harvest leaped ahead under favorable conditions, according to the Great Lakes Regional Office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.2 days available for fieldwork during the week ending October 4th, mainly between rains that fell at the very beginning and very end of the week. Statewide conditions were wetter and slightly warmer than usual, but most of the rain fell in the southern, southeastern and eastern portions of the state. The rapid progress in the soybean harvest echoes the bounds made in planting that started 21 weeks ago. Grain corn harvest continued, as the silage season has virtually elapsed. The moisture content of corn harvested averaged 20 percent, and the moisture content of soybeans harvested averaged 12 percent. The planting of winter wheat also progressed ahead of the five year average, with many growers seeing windows of precipitation to help germination.View the complete report here
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished up with tillage this past Monday. Really everything went pretty well. The nice weather, with sunshine and the wind has really dried it off and I think we did a nice job with the tillage. There for a little while it was starting to get a little wet but it stayed pretty dry down deep. Now we are cleaning up equipment and putting it away. We have some brush piles to clean up that we piled in the summer time. We have a little trucking to do but we are winding down now.We had 75% to 80% of our soybeans sold earlier in the summer and we did alright with those. We delayed priced a lot of corn. We stored the corn we could fit with hopes of seeing the breakeven price, which we have not seen yet. We are holding off on pricing any corn yet.The corn yield was not as bad as expected but it could have been a lot better. There is a lot of corn out there, but I think there is hope of it creeping up a little bit moving forward. We marketed soybeans early and had good contracts and good yields.We have had good luck with beans back to beans. Next year, some farms we have will be five years in beans. It seems like if you switch up the varieties a little bit you do alright. This year we didn’t see any yield lag for the four years of beans we’ve had.
When I first met Chris Gleba and Kris Erickson in December 2011 to discuss their plans for a deep energy retrofit, Chris told me that he had been remodeling his modest two-bedroom house in Lowell, Massachusetts, for over ten years. He had painstakingly rewired and re-plumbed the house and had made energy efficiency improvements (including the installation of a high-efficiency natural gas boiler and radiant in-floor heating). He had also devoted much sweat equity towards upgrading the interior finishes of the kitchen and baths.Chris was aiming to achieve a high-performance, low-energy home, yet he understood that his early remodeling decisions limited his options moving forward. One of these limiting decisions was the installation of a polyethylene vapor barrier on the inside face of his exterior wall framing as he gutted and remodeled each room. This construction approach was not a mistake in and of itself, but it required that the wall assembly be designed to dry to the exterior to avoid trapping moisture in the walls. A chainsaw retrofitWith proper planning, the installation of the assembly was systematic. Once all of the exterior finishes had been stripped down to the original sheathing, we transferred the wall stud locations to marks on the foundation, removed the roof eaves with a chainsaw, and then wrapped the building shell in Tyvek like a giant birthday present, carefully taping seams and button caps, with careful attention to penetrations and water management details at door and window openings.We then installed the bracket and metal shelf at the first-floor rim joist. This allowed us to start installing the rock wool boards by stacking them on the shelf, overlapping seams, and fastening the batten strips as we went up. The 2 ft. by 5 ft. rock wool panels were fairly easy to handle, though my carpenters found the fibers irritating to the skin if there was much direct contact. At first, we cut the panels with a hand saw specifically made for cutting rock wool. After a while the carpenters switched to a PVC hand saw, which cut the panels more easily.The batten strips slightly compressed the rock wool panels and held the insulation in place as we continued to stack it. As the insulation went up and fully wrapped the two-story home, I marveled at how snug the continuous rock wool wrap made the structure appear, like the thick wool comforter that might have kept us warm in simpler times. Batts or panels?We first considered using rock wool batts, as they typically have the same thermal value per inch as the denser board products, while being less expensive and more readily available. Although we found examples of similar installations in Europe, our building science consultants (Cathy Gates and Ken Neuhauser) were concerned that wind-washing through the less-dense batts would degrade the thermal performance of the insulation.We considered incorporating rock wool batts within Larsen trusses, but the added material and labor cost of custom truss fabrication and a new layer of plywood sheathing seemed expensive.We then focused on the rock wool board products, because their increased density would minimize the wind-washing concern and their increased stiffness might facilitate the installation of the furring strips and siding. Roxul manufactures several rock wool board products with greater density than their batts, and after analyzing cost and availability, we selected 4-inch Cavity Rock DD for our inner layer and 2-inch Cavity Rock MD for our outer layer.We planned to install the Tyvek directly over the existing 1×6 sheathing boards. These boards had an irregular surface, and we thought that the medium density of the MD board, when slightly compressed, might help eliminate possible air gaps between the rock wool insulation and the irregular sheathing. PROJECT TEAM Homeowners: Chris Gleba and Kris Erickson National Grid staff: Oliver Klein and Marie McMahon Building Science Corp. consultants: Cathy Gates and Ken NeuhauserEnergy consultants: Jason DerAnanian and Mathew Monaghan (Simpson, Gumpertz, & Heger)Structural engineer: Mark Webster (Simpson, Gumpertz, & Heger)Framing and siding: Steve Jordan & Jeremy MelansonyInsulation supplier: Frank Novogratz, IDISpecialty hardware (Heco Topix screws): Albert Rooks, Small Planet WorkshopElectrician: Neal Boissonneault (Boissonneault Electric)Mechanical contractor: Allan Berry (Berry Mechanical)Waterproofing: John Lapan (Lapan’s Waterproofing) The exterior walls need to dry outwardChris’s existing exterior walls were constructed with standard 2×4 framing and R-13 fiberglass batt insulation and he understandably did not want to rip out the interior finishes he had installed over the years.Since the exterior walls had an interior polyethylene vapor barrier, we could not simply wrap the exterior of the house with 4 inches of polyiso rigid foam (an approach that seems to becoming the standard for DER projects in the U.S.). These walls needed to be able to dry to the exterior, so all of the exterior wall components need to be vapor-permeable. Birds love rock woolOne slightly amusing problem that we did not anticipate: birds like to nest in rock wool! As soon as we installed insulation above head height, the word got out to the bird community that there was some prime real estate to squat in! The birds would quickly burrow clean circular holes to claim their own little condo.In the few weeks that it took to install the insulation and await delivery of the metal siding, there were a dozen or so uninvited guests in our wall assembly. Systematic eviction took place as we installed the siding. We simply filled the bird holes (and other small gaps around openings and brackets) by pressure fitting some loose rock wool material. Incentives for deep energy retrofitsNational Grid, a Massachusetts electric utility, had established a DER pilot program that provides generous incentives for comprehensive projects that lower the energy demand of single- and multi-family residences. Although the primary objective was to improve energy performance (at least 50% better energy performance than a house that barely meets the building code), the program offered both financial incentives and integrated design technical support to improve indoor air quality, durability, and overall occupant comfort. Armed with an educated National Grid program staff, the program was strengthened with help from employees of the Building Science Corporation (BSC) who serve as program consultants to evaluate designs (and protect applicants from themselves).The program was a perfect match for Chris’s project goals. There were up to $42,000 of incentives available to meet the aggressive program goals, including rigorous air sealing targets, R-40 above-grade walls, R-5 windows and doors, and R-60 roofs. Enticed by the available funds, Chris moved towards an “all in” position on his exterior improvements.Chris Gleba contacted my company, Verdeco Designs, as our company had been pre-qualified by the DER program as designers and builders with proven experience on high-performance projects. RELATED ARTICLES Installing Roxul Mineral Wool on Exterior Walls Installing Mineral Wool Insulation Over Exterior Wall SheathingWindwashing in Exterior Mineral WoolMineral Wool Boardstock Insulation Gains GroundGBA Product Guide: Roxul Mineral Wool Insulation Batts Residential Insulated Sheathing – Design Guideby John Straube Roxul Report: Fastener Guidelines Roxul: Cladding Attachment and Support Structural Testing of Screws Through Thick Exterior InsulationQ&A: Fastening methods for Roxul ComfortBoard IS Q&A: Installing outie windows with 2-inch exterior Roxul board Q&A: Mineral wool exterior insulation, humidity, and windwashing Chris had held off replacing the exterior wall finishes of his house, as he hoped to build a second-floor addition on an existing one-story section of the house. Now that he was married with two young children, his expanded family made the addition more urgent. As he wondered when he would be able to afford the planned work, along came National Grid’s Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) Pilot Program. Mark Yanowitz is the managing partner of Verdeco Designs, LLC, a design-build and consulting firm in Andover, Massachusetts. The company specializes in energy efficiency and low-impact green building solutions for residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects. Throughout my 28 plus years of designing and building structures in different regions of the United States, I have been blessed with many excellent clients. In many cases, the goals and needs of my clients set me on a path of discovery, a path where I was forced to challenge my preconceived notions and embrace the concept that I am never too old to learn new things about my trade. Sometimes the path leads me to new materials and new methods of construction and sometimes the path leads me to using old materials in new ways. It is through these clients and these projects that I find my greatest inspirations in work and reaffirm that I chose the right profession.I designed the first Passive House certified in Massachusetts and multiple deep energy retrofit projects, but to be honest, I had never designed a deep energy retrofit project with exterior walls that could only dry to the exterior. A tight building that won’t trap moistureThe project was a smashing success. With the assistance of National Grid’s dedicated staff and BSC’s careful guidance, we comfortably achieved our airtightness goal and obtained close to the maximum incentive available. The blower door test result was 320 cfm @ 50 pascals (about 0.9 ach50).As with most deep energy retrofits, this comprehensive renovation included integrated design solutions for water management, energy systems, and controlled ventilation. Low-energy buildings always require rigorous air sealing, but this project was noteworthy for the unusual building enclosure components and the recognition that exterior rock wool is an excellent solution for “vapor-out” assemblies.As the debate on the environmental impact of spray and rigid foam insulation continues, many designers, builders, and homeowners may prefer to let buildings “breathe” rather than wrap them in foam.Since rock wool resists fire, mold, and mildew, designers should recognize that this material has more uses than fire-stopping and acoustical control — the uses for which it is usually specified in the U.S.I feel fortunate to have met Chris Gleba, the client who set the stage of this investigation and helped me identify attractive options for future deep energy retrofit projects. Empowered with new knowledge, I can only look forward to my next rock wool project. Rock wool to the rescueIn recent years, I’ve heard about the use of exterior rock wool insulation, and in my initial conversation with Chris, I was happy to hear that he was interested in working with the product. Along with being vapor-permeable, rock wool has excellent fire retardant qualities. It’s also moisture- and mildew-resistant, so it is an excellent candidate for wrapping the exterior of a building shell, perhaps as an integral component of a rainscreen design.I have read that the use of rock wool is common in Canada and Europe, where it is sometimes installed on the exterior side of the water-resistant barrier (WRB). It is also used as batt insulation and even as a blown-in product within masonry veneer air spaces. With all of these positive qualities, we felt committed to using it for this project. Most rock wool board and batt products average around R-4.2 per inch, so the challenge then became: How would we cost-effectively wrap approximately 6 inches of rock wool insulation on the exterior of a wood structure while anticipating some way to attach the siding?After discussing siding options and preferences for an exterior aesthetic with Chris and his wife, Kris Erickson, we agreed to develop a “modern farmhouse” design solution with vertical metal paneled siding. These vertical panels are typically fastened through horizontal furring strips installed 24 inches on center.We envisioned a simple installation with wood furring strips holding the rock wool insulation directly over the Tyvek Commercial Wrap, our chosen WRB. The Tyvek would adequately serve as our air barrier and WRB, and it had the high permeance that we desired for the “vapor-out” assembly. Searching for a fastening systemWe still needed to figure out how to mechanically fasten 6 inches of rock wool to the exterior of the house. We needed a system that would support the vertical load of the insulation and the siding as well as horizontal lateral loads exerted by wind forces.The Cascadia Window & Door Company offers an excellent fiberglass clip product prepped to receive metal hat channel for cladding attachment. We strongly considered this product, which would have met our structural requirements as well as our need for a proper fastener. However, we wanted solution that was simpler, cheaper, and would avoid the need to notch the insulation boards around the fiberglass clips.As we continued to review various long fasteners, most all of which would need some sort of squash block to help maintain uniform depth and assist in lateral bracing, we discovered the Heco Topix-T fastener (see image below). This German fastener is a dual-threaded screw with a “broken” thread or smooth shaft between the top and bottom threads. The smooth shaft helps set the furring depth off the substrate as the screw is driven into the framing member. This fastener allowed us to continuously install our insulation with minimal notching and resolved concerns of furring attachment and lateral bracing.Although the weight or dead load of our exterior assembly (6 inches of rock wool, 1×4 wood furring, and galvalume metal siding) was not significant, we still had to structurally account for this vertical load. Upon consultation with our creative structural engineer, Mark Webster, we designed a 4-foot-on-center wood bracket system at the first-floor rim joist that could support the metal siding by fastening a small steel angle to the face of the wood bracket (see image below). In turn, we screwed a perforated metal shelf with a nylon insect screen to support and protect the bottom edge of the rock wool insulation while providing ventilation and weep openings for the rainscreen design. We used the same simple bracket system at the window and door headers. TJIs for the roofTo achieve our R-60 goal on the roof, we over-framed the existing roof framing with 16-inch-deep TJIs and installed steel truss rods with horizontal hold-downs to prevent the new rafters from spreading. Along with a positive connection to the existing wall plates we were able to eliminate the structural loads on the existing 2×6 roof rafters, which were both structurally undersized and unable to handle much insulation within their limited depth.Although we did not need to design the roof system to dry to the exterior, we elected to use rock wool batts. We installed three layers of 5-inch batts, overlapping the seams within the TJI cavities. We used the standard 24-inch wide commercial acoustic rock wool batts for this vented roof application, and the batts fit snugly in our TJI framing set at 24 inches on center.
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Former Oklahoma State defensive lineman Leslie O’Neal is among the candidates listed on the 2018 ballot for entry into the College Football Hall of Fame, which was released on Thursday.“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 5.19 million people have played college football and only 987 players have been inducted,” said National Football Foundation President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. So being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are extremely proud to announce their names.”O’Neal was a two-time All-American pass-rusher and run-stuffer at OSU. By the time his career as a Cowboy expired, he had earned All-Big Eight selections three times and was also named the 1984 Defensive Player of the Year in the process.Before a 13-year NFL career spent primarily with the San Diego Chargers, O’Neal left OSU as the school leader in career sacks (34), single-season sacks (16), and career tackles for loss (47).The 2018 Hall of Fame class will be revealed prior to the CFP National Championship in Atlanta on January 8, 2018.In honor of Leslie O’Neal’s appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. No. 99 is 13th in NFL history with 132.5 sacks. #okstate pic.twitter.com/pJreDkGAG4— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) June 1, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This is Part 2 of our Day 79 in the summer countdown. We go from an unproven offensive lineman to a third-year D-lineman with a clear path to leadership.How he got to OSUA four-star and ESPN 300 recruit, Daniels is the highest-rated signee Joe Bob Clements has brought in during his four years at OSU. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound tackle from Dallas’ Bishop Dunne High School held over 30 offers including from the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma, Miami and LSU. He chose the Cowboys for early playing time and for a chance to “make a name for himself.”What he’s done in StillwaterThough entering his third year as a key contributor, Daniels is still only 19 years old. But physical maturity has not been an issue for Daniels.“At Oklahoma State, we haven’t had as many at that position, mainly because we haven’t gotten that many 300-pounders,” Mike Gundy said about Daniels playing as a true freshman. “Most of the time, we’re bringing in guys around 250 or 260 pounds and have to develop them into that position.”Daniels didn’t take long to show his potential. In his first career game, the 2015 season opener at Central Michigan, the true freshman chipped in for three tackles, a 0.5 sack and a quarterback hurry. He’s appeared in every game the last two years and has been a load behind the duo of Vincent Taylor and Mote Maile.Role in 2017The aforementioned mainstays at starting tackle are now gone and Daniels has a good chance to earn a starting spot in a very deep and talented defensive line. He came in with lofty expectations and buzz-worthy predictionss, most of which he’s lived up to (at least for a young defensive lineman in Stillwater). Now with the path to starting reps clear, it’s time for Daniels to take a leadership role on this defensive line and the defense as a whole.Noteworthy stats and highlightsHad four total tackles twice with a career-high four solo tackles against Texas in 2016. Recorded four total (three solo) tackles and a tackle for loss against TCU in 2015.
Point of emphasis moving forwardAs loyal reader Shane Hatfield requested this week, let’s take a look at what OSU needs to do moving forward. I won’t get to scholarship count (because that’s a much more fluid count in football than basketball), but he brought up an interesting point about what positions they might target with the dead period in effect and the staff regrouping for the summer.By position, this is how many commitments OSU has… Oklahoma State’s 2018 class got off to a fast start this spring with a flurry of commitments in April and May from the likes of C.J. Moore, Kanion Williams, Bryce Bray and Tyrese Williams. While that momentum typically slows as signing day approaches, the coaching staff is still full steam ahead entering the dead period and the thick of the summer coming off a five-commitment June that addressed major needs in the class.With 17 commitments, OSU holds more verbal pledges than all but three teams—Miami (18), LSU (22) and Minnesota (19)—all of which are ranked inside the top 25.Where does OSU rank nationally?AdChoices广告National rankings are fluid and change as frequently as recruits change their mind, but the Cowboys rank No. 14 nationally as of June 27. The Pokes hold a slight edge over Michigan (No. 15), and sit just behind Texas A&M, which claims its spot at No. 13. For the first time since I can remember covering recruiting, Alabama’s class—which has finished No. 1 in the final 247Sports rankings every year since 2011—is ranked 59th nationally with just 5 commitments. That’s a mark good for 13th in the SEC.Mike Gundy has a mullet and is outrecruiting Nick Saban (even if Saban has just a third as many commitments). What a world we live in!Here’s the link to the full 247Sports rankings for 2018.Where does OSU’s class rank in the Big 12?For quite some time, OSU held the top spot in the Big 12 rankings. I wrote at that time that the advantage in the rankings was quantity over quality and that it wouldn’t hold through signing day, and thus far it’s played out as I projected. Texas is recruiting like Texas is wont to do, and under Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma appears to be on a level it hasn’t operated on in years.That’s why the rankings are where they are now. Oklahoma and Texas are 1-2 at the top of the Big 12 and top-10 nationally, followed by OSU, Baylor, TCU, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, West Virginia and K-State. By process of elimination, that leaves running back and defensive tackle among the most important positions just based on total commitments (and especially DT when you look at the defensive depth chart for the future). I believe both of these spots are where priorities lie right now, especially after missing out on running back targets Lyn-J Dixon, Tae Provens and Keaontay Ingram already in this cycle.At running back, I expect OSU to continue targeting Fitzgerald (Georgia) running back James Graham. In the meantime, running backs coach John Wozniak is doing his best to gauge whether SMU pledge Jahmyl Jeter (what a name) is interested in flipping to OSU after a recent offer.Defensive tackle is slightly more murky, but right now target No. 1 is junior college defensive tackle Tayland Humphrey. He appears intent on playing college ball with his younger brother, a high school senior offensive lineman from Klein Oak, and OSU jumped in the mix for him by offering a scholarship on a recent visit. The staff is hoping to package a deal for the brothers.Past Humphrey, OKC area defensive tackle Israel Antwine remains an interesting option at defensive tackle. The Millwood product committed to Ole Miss over OSU early in the recruitment process in May, but the opportunity to play in Oxford where the NCAA is sniffing around following a foul odor over the last few years, might not be appealing for a player surely hoping to play for something more than a school likely to be hit with sanctions. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. QBRBWROLTESCBLBDTDE 1025123201
Arsenal 1 Ostersunds 2 (4-2 agg): Gunners through despite Emirates shock Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:56 23/2/2018 Getty Images Arsenal were beaten at home by Ostersunds but their first-leg win was enough to see them reach the Europa League last 16 on aggregate. Arsenal survived a huge scare to keep their Europa League campaign alive, progressing to the last 16 with a 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds despite a 2-1 loss at home on Thursday.The Gunners cruised to a 3-0 win in the first leg in Sweden last week but found themselves 2-0 down at half-time of the return fixture at the Emirates Stadium.A strike from Sead Kolasinac early in the second half eased some of the nerves in north London, though, and ensured their place in Friday’s draw for the last 16. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Ostersunds, who were only founded in October 1996, after Arsene Wenger had been appointed Arsenal manager, were fearless in their approach and sent the visiting fans into raptures when Calum Chambers’ own goal and Ken Sema’s strike put them 2-0 up in the space of 70 seconds in the first half.A Gunners team including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck offered little by way of a response until the second minute of the second half, when Kolasinac lashed home from close range.Graham Potter’s visitors could not find the two goals they needed to complete a shock turnaround, but the performance will have given Wenger plenty to consider ahead of the EFL Cup final against Manchester City in three days’ time.6 – Arsenal have conceded in each of their last six games at the Emirates in all competitions; their longest run without a clean sheet there since April 2014 (seven consecutive games). Woes. pic.twitter.com/ESv5NmGM97— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2018Arsenal, no doubt with one eye on Sunday’s showdown at Wembley, made little effort to add to their aggregate lead during the early stages in front of a sparse home crowd.Ostersunds sensed the hosts’ complacency and Hosam Aiesh stunned the Emirates 22 minutes in, latching onto Saman Ghoddos’ long ball in behind Kolasinac and firing across David Ospina, with Chambers deflecting the effort into the net.Before the visiting fans had even finished celebrating, Sema capitalised on more slack defending from Arsenal, leaving Chambers for dead with a clever drag-back before rifling the ball into the bottom-right corner from the left of the penalty area.70 – There were just 70 seconds between Östersunds’ first and second goals at the Emirates. Unfazed. pic.twitter.com/PJqkveZv4x— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2018Arsenal responded with a spell of possession but offered very little going forward, with a flicked header from Danny Welbeck, which was comfortably held by goalkeeper Aly Keita, the closest they came to a goal back in the first half.However, 90 seconds after the break, they eased some of the anxiety around the Emirates. Full-back Ronald Mukiibi swiped at Hector Bellerin’s cross and missed, allowing Kolasinac to take a touch before smashing the ball into the net from 12 yards out.Arsenal began to look a little more relaxed, with Mohamed Elneny and Danny Welbeck each denied by good saves from Keita, but Ostersunds looked a threat until the end and the Gunners will have to improve significantly if they are to claim the first major trophy of the English season this weekend. Key Opta stats:- Despite progressing into the next round, Arsenal have now lost each of their last six home games in the knockout rounds of European competition.- Graham Potter is just the sixth English manager to win at the Emirates in all competitions (after Alan Curbishley, Phil Brown, Harry Redknapp, Michael Appleton and Garry Monk), but the first to do so in European competition.- Arsenal’s defenders have contributed 20 goals in all competitions this season, the most of any Premier League side (Chelsea 16, Man City 10).- The Gunners have conceded in each of their last six at the Emirates in all competitions; their longest run without a clean sheet there since May 2014 (seven consecutive games).- Ostersunds are the first Swedish side to win an away European match in England since Osters IF beat Tottenham in the 1995 Intertoto Cup.- Arsenal have scored nine own goals since Calum Chambers debuted for them in August 2014, while he has been responsible for 33 per cent of them (3 of 9). read more
Daniël De Silva Central Coast Mariners 1 Wellington Phoenix 0: Hosts end 11-match winless run Ryan Benson 20:51 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix Central Coast Mariners Wellington Phoenix A-League Having not won since early December, Central Coast Mariners put a difficult period behind them with a 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix. Central Coast Mariners ended an 11-match winless run by beating rock-bottom Wellington Phoenix 1-0 in the A-League on Friday.The Mariners had not won since beating Perth Glory 1-0 on December 3, their third win in four at the time, and they squandered a two-goal lead at Adelaide United last time out.But there was to be no denying them this time, as Daniel De Silva scored the decisive goal on the stroke of half-time, prodding home Andrew Hoole’s cross on the edge of the six-yard box. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Phoenix responded well initially after the break, with Roy Krishna hitting the crossbar from distance, before then finding the side-netting a few minutes later.FULL TIME | @CCMariners win their first game in 82 days!Highlights: https://t.co/0snRqiI9dV#CCMvWEL #ALeague pic.twitter.com/yRykxUFlp2— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) February 23, 2018But the home side held firm to claim their first victory of 2018, leaving them six points adrift of the play-off places.