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  • 19 Jul
    Graham Arnold and Alex Brosque had more than a few discussions during the A-Leagues off-season.Sydney FCs coach and captain scrutinised a sub-standard domestic campaign, painfully analysing what went so wrong less than a year after the clubs 52-goal run to the 2014-15 grand final.The long-term loss of Brosque to injury was a major factor in a campaign largely devoid of goals from other sources.Some key players struggled to perform, while balancing a successful Asian Champions League campaign ran the rest ragged.There was no erasing the 11-game winless streak that ultimately cost them a place in the finals.The only real answer was to move forward, and acknowledge that perhaps a lousy season was what Sydney needed most.Thats one of the things me and Arnie spoke about in the off-season, Brosque told AAP.The first season he came in, everything went well - we broke a lot of club records and made the grand final.But it probably masked over a few issues that were there when he took over already.As bad as it was, it was probably one we needed to have in order to get things going in the right direction again.The harsh truth for Arnold was he wasnt used to losing.Hed claimed a premiership and championship within three years at Central Coast and then breezed to the 2014-15 season decider in his first year at Sydneys glamour club.Now, the 53-year-old is well-versed.When you go into coaching, youre not handed a handbook - you cant do a university course for it. You learn along the way, through experiences, Arnold told AAP.That was the first time Id been through that, ever.In the A-League, out of five years, Id had four top-two finishes and three grand finals. This was the first time Id missed the top six.Im always hard on myself. I went away, analysed my own performance and it wasnt good enough.Its made me not only a better coach, but a better person.Its taken some negative things from last year to make it better.Quality recruitment is the standout element of the new Sky Blues, increasingly viewed as genuine title contenders.Last seasons squad of 27 has been reduced to 23, with Brazilian marquee striker Bobo and returned winger Bernie Ibini leading a revived attack, backed up by the proven talent of Danny Vukovic, Michael Zullo, Alex Wilkinson and Josh Brillante.That fit-again Brosque and last seasons player of the year Matt Jurman started on the bench against Blacktown City last month hints at the depth.Arnold is in the last year of his contract and has knocked back a number of off-season offers to coach overseas.Theres unfinished business.Theres regularly offers and phone calls from agents trying to entice you, but now isnt the right time. he said.I love Sydney FC. 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Umberger scored twice to lead the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record for consecutive wins with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Kings. IBF world bantamweight champion Lee Haskins hopes to beat grumpy old man Stuart Hall within six rounds when the pair clash on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin-Kell Brook Saturday.Haskins, who will be making a second defence of his title at Londons O2 Arena, and Hall have met before, in the unlikely surroundings of an equestrian centre, when Haskins won a unanimous points decision to life the European title in 2012.This time, he wants to secure a quicker route to victory over Hall, who held the same IBF belt for six months in 2014.I want to beat him within six rounds, Haskins told ESPN. I beat him easily before and I want to show people it was no fluke and that I can stop him. I think hes just past it now at 36.Ive got no problem with the guy. I like to say a few jokes but hes a bit of a grumpy old man. If I can get under skin I will but its just light-hearted. Everything went to plan for me last time we fought. He likes to come forward and I used my angles to get to him. It would be a struggle to give him two rounds in that fight.The boxing game is funny and after our fight he went on to fight for a world title and not me. But who has he really beat to get the world title? He tried to defend the title once against someone [Martin Ward] who I knocked out and he could only draw with. Then he picked someone from the weight below [Paul Butler] and llost to him.ddddddddddddIve been calling him out for a while. I didnt get a shot when he was world champion but now Ive got the belt hes calling me out. I wouldve given him the fight anyway. Its amazing to be on such a big show and its a chance for me to show a big audience what I can do.Haskins is perhaps the least known of Britains 14 boxing world champions but he is not complaining. The 32-year-old likes the quiet life and has not noticed much of a change since winning the belt on the scales after Randy Caballero failed to make the weight in November.When walking around his home city of Bristol in the south-west of England, Haskins turns a few heads but otherwise there has not been much of a change in his profile. He reluctantly joined Twitter earlier this year and admitted he does not relish the attention and promoting that comes with the fight game.Im one of those guys that likes to keep myself to myself so Im happy to fly under the radar, Haskins said.I try not to do too much publicity, I just want to fight and get paid. I can talk the talk when I have to around fight time though, but I would rather not do it. I just want to keep winning and see where it takes me. Im very fit and I believe Im coming into my own. ' ' '