Manchester United will reinforce squad in January – Solskjaer

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United will try to sign one or two players in the January transfer window to improve their chances of finishing in the top four, but will not spend big on transfer fees and wages, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.United are 12th in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s home game against league leaders Liverpool after a poor start to the season that has been further disrupted by injuries to key players.Solskjaer sanctioned the departures of forwards Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the close season without reinforcing United’s attack and the Norwegian also has goalkeeper David De Gea and midfielder Paul Pogba out injured.“We’re looking at one or two new signings. We’re one or two players light.“If the right ones are available in January then we might do something. If not, these players will give everything (for a top four finish).“I’m not going to go down the route of bringing players in on big contracts and fees if they’re not the right ones for the whole group and for the future.“The money is there to strengthen in January and in the summer,” Solskjaer said.United started the season with a 4-0 win over Chelsea but have scored five goals in seven league matches since and Solskjaer said an injury to forward Anthony Martial, who has not played since August, was a factor in their struggles.“There are many reasons, but one of them is injuries to Anthony. Creating chances has been a challenge for us with teams dropping deep.“But we’re practising patterns every single week. When we get the players fit.“I’m going to make Marcus and Anthony score those scruffy goals, as that’s what I did,” the 46-year-old former United player said. Tags: Manchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

Bruce: Next game bigger than final

Press Association Hull boss Steve Bruce has labelled Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Leicester a bigger game than last season’s FA Cup final. Livermore is available once again, but James Chester will sit out against Leicester after collecting his fifth booking of the campaign at Sunderland. Meanwhile, Nigel Pearson admits Leicester need new blood to aid their relegation fight – ahead of the crucial showdown. The Foxes boss insists his players can survive but wants signings in the January transfer window. He said: “I recognise we need to try and strengthen in certain areas. The players we already have here will probably benefit from additions to get the best out of here. “The one thing we don’t have in abundance is Premier League experience and know how. You can have an opinion of games just by team sheets. We need to supplement what we have – ability, commitment and desire. “We’re just missing an ingredient to win points – sticking it in or keeping it out. What we have to do in the mean time is keep going. Results like Spurs test the mental resolve of everyone. “We want to say we’re that close, we made a side that have unbelievable options all sorts of problems. I know they left relieved and saying they’d have taken a point. “We need ingredients and in the mean time we need to stay in touch.” Pearson spent just over a year as Hull boss after leaving Leicester in 2010 before returning to the King Power Stadium in 2011. “I’m fine with going back as long as our players perform,” said Pearson, who is without the suspended Jamie Vardy. “I don’t think I am totally unpopular there, I actually thought I did a decent job given the circumstances I worked under. In terms of how I left, these things happen. I made a decision that I thought was right at the time. Managers are not always going to be universally popular. “So if I get a bad reception, I get a bad reception. It’s not about me, it’s about the team. ” The Tigers host Nigel Pearson’s strugglers at the KC Stadium buoyed by their 3-1 Boxing Day win at Sunderland – a first league win in 11 attempts since October 4. That lifted them out of the bottom three and six points clear of the rock-bottom Foxes, but Bruce knows there is still much work to be done if they are to drag themselves out of a relegation fight and for that reason, a showdown with one of their closest rivals represents an even more important occasion than the club’s trip to Wembley in May. He said: “That’s what it means to me. Nigel will want to turn us over. It’s a bigger game for me than the cup final because if we turn them over to go nine points clear of them at the halfway stage, it’s a big turnaround to be caught, huge. “As we’ve seen, it’s been difficult enough to win one or two games, let alone turn around a three-game swing. “We are there [at the bottom end of the table] ourselves. We have only been four years in our history in the division, so we are going to be in and around it, but we always expected to be. “The league is starting to take shape. Halfway going into January, the teams you would think were going to be at the top are there – there are one or two surprises like there always is. “The teams at the bottom, I could have told you the bottom eight going into January – I might not have got it the right way around, but we have to accept that we are going to be one of them.” The victory was all the more remarkable as it was achieved without the services of suspended midfield duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore and with Bruce’s multi-million strike-force of Jelavic and Abel Hernandez starting on the bench. Asked if that had been something of a gamble, the manager said: “Jelavic has done fantastically to even get back playing because when he did damage his knee – and let’s be fair, he has had a cartilage operation which used to finish people 25, 30 years ago – he got back within six weeks. It’s been a struggle for him, but he has got himself back on the pitch. “Hernandez, sometimes if you pay a lot of money for a striker from abroad, you have got to give them time to adjust, and he will be a really good player, so no, it wasn’t a gamble because I didn’t think Jelavic was right, and of course we play two games in three days, which was obviously on my mind too.” read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img June 28, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSAP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening dayUNDATED (AP) — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in an opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park. NASCAR-POCONOJones dodges wrecks to win 1st career Truck race at PoconoLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Brandon Jones surged down the final two laps to win a wreck-filled Truck Series race in the first of three NASCAR races Sunday at Pocono Raceway. The Truck race was rained out Saturday, forcing the move to early Sunday. Jones won his first Truck race in 46 career starts and in his first start since last season.Jones had a quick turnaround Sunday, starting seventh in the Xfinity race, the second event of the day. That is being followed by the Cup Series race. Kevin Harvick is trying for Cup victories on consecutive days at the Pennsylvania track.center_img A person familiar with the game says the Yankees and Nationals are set to meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there hasn’t been an official announcement. The New York Post first reported the matchup.Cole started the previous game played at Nationals Park. He pitched the Houston Astros past the Nationals 7-1 last October for a 3-2 edge in the World Series. Major League Baseball will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out — there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.In other baseball news:— The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week. The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Ennis’ average performance doesn’t hurt balanced Syracuse attack

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 10, 2014 at 12:30 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 On Monday against Notre Dame, it was C.J. Fair who was human. When Syracuse hosted Clemson on Sunday, it was Tyler Ennis.“Once in a while,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “he needs to show that he’s human and have a bad game.”The Tigers managed to hold the star freshman to just six points on 3-of-11 shooting. He still led the No. 1 Orange with five assists in its 57-44 win on Sunday in the Carrier Dome, but he wasn’t the dominant point guard that teammates and coaches have grown used to — not that he needed to be.Ennis scored a bucket early in the game, but vanished for most of the first half. He limited his shots — essentially only forcing up shots when the shot clock was winding down — but he wasn’t threading his pinpoint passes through the defense like he usually does, either.Sunday marked the second straight game that he was held to single digits, but neither time mattered. Syracuse has enough other playmakers that can step up and run the offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When we can run our offense through C.J. (Fair) when he’s hitting and then have Jerami (Grant), Rak (Christmas), Trevor (Cooney) and whoever else is able to score out there, it makes it so much easier,” Ennis said.But once again, Ennis emerged at the end of the game — although this time that outcome was essentially decided.He made a layup with less than seven minutes remaining to cap a 6-0 run and extend the Orange’s lead to 48-37.Four minutes later, he hit another layup. And two minutes after that, SU emptied its bench.“We didn’t play great offensively in the second half, but we made big plays when we had to,” Boeheim said. “That’s what this team is all about. We are aware that these next coming games are hard and will keep working and getting better toward the end of the year.” Commentslast_img read more

Wisconsin holding its own at home

first_imgBilly Bertha is the lone senior on the Wisconsin squad, and although he has been an average leader in the singles game at 5-5, he has dominated the doubles slate with a record of 9-1.[/media-credit]As the seemingly endless winter weather continues to pummel Madison, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team is preparing for a big spring by heating it up during their season-opening 12-match homestand at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Having already jumped to a quick 5-1 start to open their season, the Badgers look to build on their early season success as the homestand continues.It’s an important string of matches for a team that has big plans for the upcoming season.“It’s nice to play at home because all of the guys, even new guys, are very comfortable in Nielson,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “[Being at home] enables young guys to play their best tennis and gets everyone on the same page.” Getting everyone comfortable and on the same page early in the season will be a critical task for Van Emburgh as the competition picks up for a Badger team featuring three freshmen. Nonetheless, grand expectations remain this spring for a team that feels it has something to prove.“I believe we’re one of the most underrated, under-ranked teams in the country,” Van Emburgh said. “We have two seniors who understand what it takes to win, and the younger guys are definitely ready for their matches.”Van Emburgh said his team goals for the years were to “finish strong in the Big Ten and get back into the NCAA tournament.”The Division I men’s tennis championship is a single elimination bracket draw, formatted the same way as Division I basketball’s March Madness tournament. It is no small task reaching the tournament, as only the top 64 teams in the country are invited. The last Badger team to earn a spot in the tournament was the 2009-2010 squad, which advanced to the round of 16, something no Wisconsin team had done in the program’s history.The only remaining member of the 2009-2010 group on this year’s Wisconsin team, senior captain Billy Bertha, understands the challenge of making the tournament but knows it’s still a real possibility.“We’ve been practicing very hard,” Bertha said. “Everyone is more focused, staying earlier and leaving later at practice and in the weight room as well.”“The new guys are getting used to college tennis and learning what is expected of them as athletes. They’re starting to get competition under their belt and we’re gelling as a team.”One of the younger talents Bertha is referring to is Oskar Wikberg.Only a freshman, Wikberg has already made a large impact on the team. Raised in T?by, Sweden, he has been a tennis standout for many years, eventually winning the Swedish U18 singles national championship. Wikberg has built a very strong 15-2 record individually to start his college career and although he is in a new environment, he seems to be finding his place smoothly and naturally with the help of older teammates.“Our chemistry is really good,” Wikberg says, “Bill [Bertha] helps out younger players and gives us advice, we have a good mix of young players and older players and it’s a perfect match.”Wikberg and Bertha both have the potential to make some noise individually in the NCAA tournament but they are clearly focused on the team.“My goal is for the team to reach the NCAA tournament,” Wikberg said. “Making the tournament individually is just a bonus. My first goal is for the team to reach the tournament. It’s a tough goal but it is very possible. We have to do it one match at a time.”Although the goals are big, the team knows they must take care of business at home before they plan their trip to the NCAA tournament. The 12-match home stand to begin the year is critical for a young team trying to find their comfort zone and chemistry for the season.“It’s very important to start off on the right foot at home,” says Wikberg. “It’s much tougher on the road with bigger crowds. If we could get a few people to our home matches we could use that to our advantage.”As youthful as the team may be, it’s clear “the sky is the limit” mindset has taken over the program. When asked about the team’s youth and diversity, Van Emburgh has confidence and optimism.“We have a great mix. It doesn’t matter where [our guys] are from as long as they have the same goals,” he said. “It comes down to whether we have good guys who are hard workers and on the same page and the answer to that is yes.”last_img read more

Baseball loses two straight in series against Washington

first_imgAfter beating the Washington Huskies in game one of the weekend’s series, the Trojans lost the next two games to bring their record to 13-11 on the year.Sophomore Lars Nootbaar’s struggles at the plate continued this weekend against Washington. Austin Paik | Daily TrojanThe Trojans took game one thanks to a clutch home run by redshirt junior third baseman Angelo Armenta in the bottom of the eighth inning to seal the game by a score of 1-0. The Trojans, however, were not as fortunate in game two, losing 5-2. The Trojans were off to an early lead in the first inning when junior first baseman Dillon Paulson hit a 2-run double.However, the Huskies were able to tie the score in the second inning and get 2 runs on the board courtesy of RBIs from freshman outfielder Braiden Ward and freshman second baseman Noah Hsue.The game was tied 2-2 until the top of the fifth inning when Washington senior shortstop Levi Jordan hit a double down the leftfield line off of junior pitcher Solomon Bates to to take the game to 3-2. The game was then killed off in the seventh inning after senior designated hitter Joe Wainhouse hit a 2-run single to put the game out of reach 5-2.After their early lead, the Trojans had a hard time getting the bats going. They only managed to get four more hits the rest of the game.“We jumped early and I thought for his first start Solomon pitched fine,” head coach Dan Hubbs said after game two. “You know they answered back and did a nice job.”Sophomore outfielder Matthew Acosta and junior outfielder Lars Nootbaar played in new positions during game two. Acosta, who usually plays in center field, played in right Friday night. And Nootbaar, who usually plays in left field, played in center.“The switch is more determined on the other outfielder,” Hubbs said. “We decided to put Dubb in the outfield today and get [John Thomas] in the lineup. And he’s better suited for left field and Matthew can play either equally well, and Lars can play left and center equally well, so it was more predicated on that third outfielder than anything else.”Game three ended like game two as the Trojans lost 9-5 on Saturday despite an early lead in the first. Paulson once again got the scoring started for the Trojans as he hit a 3-run homer into right field scoring in junior second baseman Brandon Perez and Nootbaar.However, as they did in game two, the Huskies responded by putting up runs in the second inning. The Huskies scored four runs in the second inning to take the score to 4-3. The Trojans then scored one more run in the fifth inning courtesy of an RBI from Nootbaar to tie the game at 4 runs a piece. In the sixth, the Trojans retook the lead thanks to an RBI from Perez putting the Trojans up 5-4 with three innings left to play.The Trojans have relied heavily on their bullpen all season as it is one of the best parts of their team, but the bullpen gave up 5 runs in the seventh and eighth, ending the game in a loss.The Trojans also uncharacteristically made seven errors in their series against the Huskies this weekend. Prior to the series, the Trojans led the nation in fielding percentage and defending, only making 10 errors the whole year. Earlier in the season, Hubbs mentioned how this team is built around its defense and its bullpen.While Bushor has been playing exceptionally well at shortstop this season, Hubbs seemed excited about the comeback of freshman shortstop Ben Ramirez who returned for game three with a walk and a strikeout.“Well, it would be hard for us to want to move Chase off of shortstop,” Hubbs said of fitting Ramirez and Bushor into the team. “It doesn’t mean that Ben won’t be in the lineup somewhere. Or it means that Chase can play third and move over, or he can play second. I mean there’s a lot of things that we can do, or Ben can play DH. I mean there’s a ton of ways to get him into the lineup.”The Trojans will hope to return to winning ways Tuesday when they play UC Santa Barbara.last_img read more

Paddy Power: Rebel divorce sees odds tumble on Corbyn departing Labour leadership

first_img Paddy PowerBookmakers have placed the spotlight on Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, and how he handles the departure of breakaway rebels forming a new Independent Party within UK politics.Branded the ‘Gang of Seven’, the rebel cabal has been deemed as the biggest reprimand of Corbyn’s party leadership, and his handling of Labour’s position on Brexit.Since yesterday’s confirmation of the opposition party split, Westminster rumours have reached overdrive on which further Labour and potential Conservative MPs may choose to join the rebel faction.Updating its UK political betting markets, Paddy Power has cut the price of Jeremy Corbyn being replaced as Labour Party leader before the end of the year from 3/1 to 5/4.Furthermore, the bookmaker has priced at 6/1 that Corbyn will be replaced before the end of April – or 10/1 by the end of next month.Revising its market, Paddy Power details that a UK breakaway party could prove fruitful for Corbyn menace, Chuka Umunna, as his odds of being named next prime minister have halved from 100/1 to 50/1 in the last few minutes.Updating the media, Spokesman Paddy Power said: “It looks like curtains for Corbyn this morning, as Labour announces a bitter split to rival Oasis’ in 2009.“Our punters are confident he will be replaced as Labour leader this year, potentially as soon as next month, after a flood of bets since the breakup was announced.” Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

BGC highlights UK casinos ‘community response’ under lockdown orders

first_img StumbleUpon Submit ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Related Articles Share The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) continues to pressure the government on delivering clarity to the UK casino sector and its workforce, following the disappointing news that casino venues will not be allowed to reopen this July.Branded in the same category as nightclubs, England’s casino venues were told to remain in lockdown, and given no indication as to their future schedules – a decision that has wreaked havoc on a sector employing 14,000 staff.This weekend, the BGC published a statement by Matt Rudd, the General Manager of the Grosvenor Casino in Broad Street, Birmingham, in which he described the real-life consequences facing venue management and effected staff.“I’m the General Manager of our Grosvenor Broad Street casino in Birmingham and have worked here for the past six years. I’ve seen a lot of change in that time, but the past few months have been the most challenging of the lot. On top of that, the past few days and weeks have been among the most perplexing as I’ve watched other venues reopen their doors.” Rudd’s statement read.Having placed 74 Broad Street staff on furlough, Rudd addressed the dire choices being made by casino venues managers across the land, seeking to mitigate the financial damages of the coronavirus pandemic.Despite facing hardships, Rudd highlighted the community work undertaken by Grosvenor venues in supporting NHS frontline staff, emergency services and further vulnerable groups, providing and delivering hot meals through Rank Group’s arrangement with the Blue Light Card scheme.“My casino is very much part of the local community; lockdown didn’t change that – it simply gave us a new way of showcasing our community values” Rudd stated. .Working through unprecedented times, Rudd detailed overseeing a near four months of diligent work ensuring that his casino would be the safest venue for the general public on Broad Street.During lockdown, Rudd and part-time colleagues would implement comprehensive changes to the casino layout and safety provisions, fitting social distancing measurements and signage, and the installation of Perspex dividers on gaming tables, slots and electronic roulette terminals.Additional precautions saw Rudd install hand sanitisers across the venue, whilst training colleagues on further customer care procedures and cleaning standards to ensure his casino was ‘covid-secure’.“I’ve taken the opportunity to look around what else is happening here in Birmingham and am delighted that we appear to have gone the extra distance to ensure that customers will receive the safest possible welcome and experience when we’re finally allowed to unlock our doors.”“We love working here on Broad Street and we’re straining at the leash to get back to giving our customers a safe and enjoyable experience. I can’t escape the fact that by virtue of remaining closed, we’re delivering no tax receipts to the Government. We’re reliant on the furlough scheme and we’re not really contributing to the vibrancy of the local entertainment scene in this part of the city. That’s what we’re about and it is what we miss most.”Rudd’s statement follows, the BGC publishing its open letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, stating that the Treasury could not afford to maintain a sector that contributed weekly tax revenues of £5.8 million in the sidelines, as the government plans its economic recovery.last_img read more

Egypt still hasn’t finalised the acquisition of coach Hector Cuper

first_imgThe Egyptian Football Association (EFA) are in ongoing negotiations with Argentinian coach Hector Cuper who was announced as the Egyptian national team coach Monday.”In case the negotiations fail with Cuper, the association’s board voted Alan Giresse as a second option, followed by Franklin Rijkaard,” EFA board member Mahmoud EL-Shamy stated to an Egyptian TV program Tuesday.The association officially announced on their website that Cuper has been ‘appointed’ as the new boss of the Pharaohs as well as also revealing the contracts details.The board member announcements stirred controversy especially since the matter has taken a long time, following the dismissal of former coach Shawky Gharib in November.Egypt last reached the World Cup in 1990. They will start the 2017 African Cup qualifiers in June and then the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in October.last_img read more

Nigeria announce Sunday Oliseh as new Super Eagles boss

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation have confirmed that Sunday Oliseh has been appointed as the Super Eagles’ boss.The former Nigeria midfielder and captain, who played 63 times for the team, has been named the head-coach, following the sacking of Stephen Keshi.Oliseh met with NFF officials on Tuesday, where an executive committee approved his appointment, however, details of his contract haven’t been made clear.”It’s a great honour to be coach of this great nation,” said Oliseh at the unveiling ceremony in Abuja.”I’m not coming as a messiah. I’m coming as a man who wants to serve his country and give 150%.”Gone are the days when we had individual players who can win games on their own. But we have potential,” he said. He also laid down the law to players of Nigerian origin on his requirements before they can feature for his team.”No player outside of first division in Nigeria or elsewhere will play for the Super Eagles. We will work together with the technical committee because if we fail, they fail,” he concluded.The ex-Nigeria international will now hope to inspire an immediate improvement in the Eagles’ fortunes, starting with a win against Tanzania in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in September.The new boss played for Nigeria from 1993-2002, where he won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and Olympic gold in 1996.The 40-year-old played for top European teams before retiring, including Ajax Amsterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more