Olivier Giroud has apologised for his mindless red card in Arsenal’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over QPR, with Arsene Wenger admitting the France striker deserved to be sent off. “It was a deserved red card. Madness is a strong word – he didn’t kill him. But he touched him and should not have done it. He should have been in control,” said Wenger, who confirmed that Giroud has apologised. “Olivier Giroud knows he made a mistake and I know him well enough to think that he will not do it again. “He told me he was pushed in the back and that projected him into the keeper. Usually he’s a guy who’s in control of his response.” Giroud now begins a three-match suspension that includes Premier League appointments with West Ham and Southampton and the FA Cup tie against Stoke City. “Honestly, you never need that. In my job you sometimes have to deal with the strengths and sometimes the mistakes of people,” Wenger said. Wenger celebrated his 400th Premier League victory and 600th as Arsenal manager, but was almost denied the milestones when QPR poured forward in the closing minutes. “We were nervous and the opponent pushed forward. Our game is about psychology and the mental aspect. In the final part of the game when the result is not settled, it’s always very important,” Wenger said. “I’m happy I could win 400 and it’s not as easy as it looks. The next 400 will be much more difficult!” Press Association Giroud was dismissed early in the second half at the Emirates Stadium for head-butting Nedum Onuoha right in front of referee Martin Atkinson and Wenger gave his forward an icy glare as he stalked off the pitch. Arsenal, who had opened the scoring through Alexis Sanchez, added a second through Tomas Rosicky but faced a nervy finish when Charlie Austin pulled one back from the penalty spot. Sanchez missed an early penalty, awarded after he had been tripped by Armand Traore, and QPR’s defending was feeble throughout. QPR boss Harry Redknapp described Traore’s defending for Sanchez’s opener as “atrocious” but Rangers were denied a second spot-kick after Kieran Gibbs tackled Bobby Zamora without the ball. “It was a blatant penalty. I’ve looked at that and when Bobby came in he couldn’t believe he didn’t get the decision. It was a penalty. He got dragged down,” Redknapp said. “It wasn’t until we got back to 2-1 that we suddenly started to take the game to them. I felt we weren’t positive enough at 1-0 against 10 men. For them to score was the worst possible thing. To go two down was a massive blow. “You have to come away with something. This was a good opportunity against 10 men to pick up a point here. We’ve got two home games now (against Crystal Palace and Swansea) and we have to pick up some points in those.”
There’s also a possibility that the score detection system could be used at the Thurles venue if it’s selected to host the Allianz National Hurling Semi-Finals on April 17th or the Final on May 1st.The technology was trialled at Tipp’s three home NHL games – against Dublin, Waterford and Cork – and also the All-Ireland Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final betwen Na Piarsiagh and Oulart the Ballagh last month.It’s also reported that it could be tested again during the All-Ireland Colleges Hurling Final between Ard Scoil Ris and St Kieran’s College on Easter Monday. HawkEye has been used at Croke Park since 2013.However, its operation has not been without controversy – Limerick were denied a perfectly good point in the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final against Galway in August that year after the technology wrongly determined the shot hadn’t gone over the bar.
Lucille Mae StammLucille Mae Stamm, age 92, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 at Sumner County Care Center in Wellington, KS.Lucille Mae (Winsor) Stamm was born on June 6, 1921 in Wellington, KS to Carl Delmar Winsor and Della Mae (Summers) Winsor.Lucille married Russell E. Stamm on November 21, 1940 in Olathe, KS. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2001.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and traveling.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell; son, Gary Stamm; great grandson, Joshua John â€œJ. J.â€ Bustraan; and brother, Delmar Winsor.Survivors include her two daughters, Sherry Bissell and her husband John and Lana Jeffries and her husband Ron both of Wellington, KS; seven grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.Graveside Services will be held at Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Friday afternoon, March21, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 1:00 â€“ 8:00 P.M. The family will be present to greet friends from 6:00 â€“ 8:00 P.M.A memorial has been established with the Avenue of Flags in lieu of flowers. Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net