Rooney would relish captaincy

first_img United will have a new skipper to appoint for next season with defender Nemanja Vidic having already agreed a free transfer to Inter Milan. There may also be a vacancy with England if Steven Gerrard, 33, decides to call it a day at international level after the World Cup. Wayne Rooney admits he would grab the chance to be captain of Manchester United and England “with both hands”. United face Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday knowing that defeat would be another stunning blow in a painful season. He said: “To see City doing well, and particularly Liverpool, is really difficult. “It’s not nice when we know we are capable of being up there challenging and we haven’t been doing that this season. “However, it means we have to step up and get back up there because the feeling we’ve had this season is not a nice feeling at all to have. “As a group of players and a team we haven’t been good enough this season and we have to put that right. “After Sir Alex being here for 26 years, there was always going to be a change whoever came in and, in fairness, I think the players have to do better. “Hopefully we can make the top four but, if not, we will still come back firing for next season.” Rooney also revealed he has been staying behind after training to help teenage winger Adnan Januzaj. He said: “I’ve stayed out after training with Adnan a few times. Even just working on free-kicks and crossing. It actually benefits me as well and it benefits him. “I am trying to help him get better and better, which I feel he is doing, and I think young players need to practise all the time, especially coming into the side. Senior players also need to keep practising to stay on top of their game so it works for both of us.” Rooney told club magazine Inside United: “I’ve done it a few times and, if the manager wants me to be the captain, I would have no problem with that. I would take it with both hands. “However, it is down to the manager, because it’s his decision on whoever he feels is the right person to lead the team. I’m sure he’ll make that decision when the time comes. “I think, whether you’ve got the armband or not, I always feel I’m quite vocal on the pitch. I try to help the players when I feel I can and say what I think. I believe that’s the most important thing.” In terms of England, the 28-year-old, who signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with United last month, said it would be “an honour” to succeed Gerrard. He added: “You don’t know what Steven is going to do in the summer, only he knows. “It would be a great honour to captain my country but, again, it’s the manager’s call and I’m sure he’ll have a few contenders.” Rooney also admitted it is agony to see United’s deadly rivals Liverpool and Manchester City fight it out for the Barclays Premier League title while David Moyes’ side are facing the prospect of missing out on the Champions League. The United striker also said that he and the other players have to take responsibility for the club’s struggles this season because they “haven’t been good enough”. Press Associationlast_img read more

Now retired, Bolt excited about the next chapter

first_imgIT was not the fastest 400m of Usain Bolt’s career (his lifetime best will go down in history as 45.28, dating back to 2007) but it was a landmark circuit for the Jamaican who has illuminated track and field these past nine years with his superhuman talent and his stellar personality.Twenty-four hours after his final race ended in the anguish of a torn hamstring on the anchor leg of the 4x100m, the Jamaican phenomenon was back on the track in the London Stadium, soaking up the adoration on a fitting farewell lap of honour at the end of the final session at the IAAF World Championships London 2017.Before setting off at walking pace, the Lightning Bolt was presented with a framed piece of lane seven of the original track in the same arena, in which he won the second of his three Olympic 100m titles (in a Games record of 9.63) and 200m titles (in 19.32) in 2012, by IAAF president Sebastian Coe and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.The trackside clock flashed up the world record times Bolt set at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, 9.58 and 19.19, and he halted both at the 200m start and 100m start for a moment’s contemplation.“I was saying goodbye to the fans and I was saying goodbye to my events also,” said the 30-year-old, whose bronze in the 100m final on day two took his men’s record World Championships medal haul to 14.“I was just saying goodbye to everything. I think I almost cried. It was close, but it didn’t come.”Asked about the reaction from the sell-out London crowd, Bolt enthused: “It was brilliant. The support has not changed. I expected it.“It’s really sad that I have to walk away now but the energy of the crowd is great. The fans really love me and I appreciate that.“I have no regrets about running this year. The fans asked me. They wanted to see me one more year.“I wanted to do it for my fans. Without them, I wouldn’t have done what I’ve done. They gave me the energy.“I don’t think one championship is going to change what I’ve done. I remember after losing the 100m final, someone said, ‘Don’t worry. Muhammad Ali lost his last fight’.“I’ve proved myself year in, year out. I think the fact that I didn’t win my last race doesn’t affect what I’ve done in the sport.”Bolt started his career hampered by injury and, sadly, has finished with an injury too. “I had treatment last night and treatment today,” he said, “and I’ll have it treated until I get an MRI scan to see if it’s as bad as I think it is. After pulling my hamstring, I’m worried about it.“I just came out and did my best. It didn’t play out to the book but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know why. It’s just championships.”As for the future, Bolt said: “The first thing I’m going to do is go out and have some fun – just to party. I need to go out and have a drink. I’ve had a stressful championships.”And, beyond that, might there be a change of heart and a return to the track? “No,” said Bolt, emphatically. “I think I’ve seen too many people return and come back into the sport and shame themselves. I won’t be one of those persons.“I would like to stay involved in athletics but I’m not sure what specifically I’ll be doing. My agent is talking to Mr Coe to figure out in what way I can help out the sport.“I’m excited about it. Track and field gave me everything I have.” (Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

Another lackluster 3rd period leads to 6-3 loss to Northwestern

first_img Published on October 12, 2019 at 8:13 pm Contact Gaurav: gshetty@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Just 37 seconds into the third period, forward Emma Polaski was sent to the box for interference. Then, Kristen Siermachesky joined her in the box a minute later. Going into the second intermission, Syracuse was down a goal. But the moment the third period began, Northeastern started pulling away. Gifted with a five-on-three powerplay, Northeastern punished Syracuse with a quick goal. The Orange were left chasing shadows for the rest of the game and were handed their fifth straight loss.“The third period was pretty ugly hockey,” said SU head coach Paul Flanagan. “It was like watching paint dry.”In front of a packed crowd for alumni weekend, Syracuse (0-5) faced off against No. 3 Northeastern (3-0) for the second time in two days. In the first two periods, both the Huskies and Orange went back-and-forth, leading to a 4-3 Northeastern advantage heading into the final period. But in the third, the Huskies extended their lead as the Orange scrambled to keep players out of the penalty box.Flanagan likened his team’s play in the third period to figure skaters — his team was slow and a step behind Northeastern for the entire third period. “We have to condition ourselves to play back-to-back games,” Flanagan said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIts sluggishness played a part in the seven penalties committed by the Orange. Most were minor stick penalties, like hooking and tripping, leading Syracuse to playing a large chunk of the game with four players on the ice. “You really don’t want to get into that type of play,” said Flanagan. “It’s like a broken record so far this year.”With just under five minutes remaining in the second period, the Huskies scored on a power play and took a 4-3 lead into the second intermission. Sophomore Lauren Bellefontaine tied the game 3-3 in the second, but succumbed along with her teammates to the Huskies third period onslaught. “I think once we got down 4-3 we just stopped skating and we stopped working,” said Bellefontaine. “If we just kept it up I think it would’ve been a totally different game.”This season, the Orange haven’t been overpowered by ranked opponents in the early stages of games. Then, fatigue kicks in, Syracuse commits penalties and struggles to keep pace.Against Clarkson, Boston College, and Northeastern — all top programs out of their conference — Syracuse couldn’t keep up with them at the end of their matchups. They start with penalties, and a lack of energy from load management lead to the close losses, and Syracuse’s early losing streak. The scoring started early in Saturday’s game as SU jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal just three minutes into the game. Five minutes later, Northeastern had the lead after scoring two goals in three minutes. Halfway through the first, the Orange tied it at two. However, with just two minutes remaining in the first period, Chloe Aurard scored on the powerplay to give the Huskies the lead going into the intermission.Friday’s game between the two was scoreless until the third period where Northeastern scored the game-winner in the final minutes. Saturday afternoon, the game was again tied. But the high scoring affair to start became one sided, and Syracuse couldn’t hang with the speed and skill of the Huskies in the third period.“The difference from yesterday and today is just the momentum,” said Eastwood. “We had a lot of energy yesterday and once they got up on us in the third period we lost that energy and we lost our legs.”Flanagan said SU needs to find a balance this season or it’ll continue to face the cumulative effect of its problems. Despite the never ending cycle of a season that the players face, Flanagan believes that his team can find a way to get it together.“At the end of the day we’re better for it, so you can’t get disappointed right now,” said Flanagan. “You look at our record you want to get down, but we turn our focus to next Friday night.” Commentslast_img read more

IBIA to share betting information with MGA’s Sports Integrity Unit

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 Share Related Articles The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has signed a betting integrity information sharing agreement with the Sports Integrity Unit, a new unit launched by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) this summer as part of an initiative to increase the focus on the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions.The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is the first agreement between the MGA’s new Unit and a betting monitoring system, which underlines the desire of both parties to tackle betting related corruption.  Khalid Ali (pictured at Betting on Sports 2019) is the IBIA CEO. He said: “The creation of the Sports Integrity Unit and its focus on tackling match-fixing is a very welcome move, which is why I am delighted to have reached this agreement with the MGA that will allow us to work collaboratively on integrity. “For its part, IBIA will utilise its unique global betting monitoring system, which includes many of the largest MGA licensed operators, to provide information on suspicious betting to the Unit with the aim of preventing sports betting related corruption.”Antonio Zerafa, the MGA’s Sports Integrity Officer, added: “The MGA has made the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions a core part of its licensing and regulatory policy. Working in partnership with other stakeholders, notably betting operators, is critical to the success of that approach and the MoU with IBIA is therefore of particular importance. “IBIA and its members bring a wealth of market and consumer data that will undoubtedly serve to significantly strengthen the information and intelligence gathering ability of the Unit.”It comes in the same week that the IBIA praised tennis authorities for allowing the continued sale of official live scoring data to betting operators for International Tennis Federation (ITF) matches at the $25k level. The organisation played a key role in revising initial proposals put forward by the sport’s Independent Review Panel (IRP), which suggested discontinuing the data for both $15k and $25k events.last_img read more

All the coaches who have managed Tottenham Hotspur in the 21st century

first_imgThere is a new boss in North London as Jose Mourinho makes a return to football coaching duty after being named the new head coach of Tottenham Hotspurs.After five years in charge of Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino was shown the exit door for failing to deliver trophies and a poor start to the season, just five months after taking the club to its first UEFA Champions League finals.Despite losing to Liverpool in Madrid by a lone goal, the incredible story of their Champions League campaign and a first-ever final will forever be remembered.Now the love story between Argentine and the club is over and former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho has been appointed as manager until 2023.But, how many permanent managers have Tottenham Hotspur appointed for the first team since the start of the 21st century?While some appointments were on a short-term basis, many others were given permanent deals but could not stand the test of time at the club.Here is the list of coaches Spurs have had in the 21st centuryGlenn Hoddle (2001-2003)Hoddle was named Spurs’ manager in March 2001, taking over from John Graham. He lasted just two years at the club.PIC ALAN WALTER 220202TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V SUNDERLAND FA PremiershipSpurs manager GLENN HODDLEHe took the club to the League Cup final, where they lost to Blackburn Rovers. In his stint at the club, he guided Tottenham to ninth and tenth place finishes respectively.Jacques Santini (2004-2004)The Frenchman’s reign is perhaps the shortest in the history of the club.Santini after 13 years resigned from the post due to personal problems. However, after his departure, it was widely reported that he left because of a series of disagreements with the then Sporting Director, Frank Arnesen.Speaking in 2005, Santini said he quit partly because he felt agreements with the club were broken, but he admitted he “dug his own grave” by agreeing to join the club before the end of Euro 2004.Martin Jol (2004-2007)After the resignation of Jacques Santini, Martin Jol, his assistant was named as his successor on November 8, 2004.He led Spurs to ninth position after taking over the club.In the summer of the 2005/2006 season, he signed a new three-year contract.He led the team to its highest finish since 1990, fifth.The club board sacked Martin Jol on 25th October, 2008 after Spurs’ 2-1 defeat to Getafe in the UEFA Cup.Juande Ramos (2007-2008)Spanish international, Juande Ramos took over from Martin Jol.He helped the club to its first trophy since 1999 after beating London rivals, Chelsea in the League Cup.After a poor start to the 2008-2009 season where he won just two points in eight matches, he was dismissed together with his assistant, Gus Poyet on October 25, 2008.Harry Redknapp (2008-2012)Harry Redknapp immediately replaced Juande Ramos at the club. He led the club to their second-highest finish in three years.On June 13, 2012, he was dismissed after failing to agree to new terms with the club over a pending contract.André Villas-Boas (2012-2013)André Villas-Boas was named the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur on 3 July 2012, taking over from Harry Redknapp.He helped the club accrue its highest points after earning 72 points.After a series of poor results in the Premier League including a 6-0 loss to Manchester City and a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, he left his position as the manager.He left the club on December 16, 2013.Tim Sherwood (2013-2014)Tim Alan Sherwood assumed first-team duties on 16th December 2013, replacing Villas-Boas.A week later, he was given a permanent 18 months.Sherwood achieved a sixth-place finish in the league with Spurs with a total of 69 league points. He was, however, sacked by Chairman Daniel Levy on 13 May 2014.Mauricio Pochettino (2014-2019)On 27 May 2014, Pochettino was appointed head coach of Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year contract, replacing Tim Sherwood.He took the club to another League Cup finals in January 2015 but lost to Chelsea by 2-0.On 12 May 2016, Pochettino agreed to a contract extension.He had guided Spurs to their first Champions League final five months ago.Despite turning Tottenham into a consistent top-four team in the Premier League and a title contender, Pochettino has been criticized for failing to win any silverware in his time at the club.Jose Mourinho (2019-?)last_img read more

Didi Dramani rues missed chances as Kotoko held

first_imgMas-Ud Didi Dramani is now concerned about Asante Kotoko’s ruthlessness at the other end after a frustrating 0-0 draw with Hearts of Oak on Sunday.The Glo Premier League champions dominated possession after a slow start at the Baba Yara Stadium but failed to convert clear-cut chances as they wasted the opportunity to join the top-four of the table.Kofi Nti Boakye, Michael Helegbe, Ben Acheampong, Michael Akuffu and Daniel Nii Adjei all missed opportunities for Kotoko although the visitors were fortunate to survive, courtesy a solid performance from goalkeeper Tetteh Lugard.The Porcupine Warriors are still the only side unbeaten after seven matches in the Premier League but they are nowhere near the scoring form that helped them to the title last season.“Matches involving Kotoko and Hearts of Oak has always been difficult. It was a very good and tactical game. We failed to take the opportunities we created,” Didi Dramani, whose side sit sixth on the standings said.However the Kotoko coach is content with a point after the visitors who were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Alhassan Ali with ten minutes of play remaining had an effort from a Laryea Kingston freekick cleared off the line in the first half. “But the result is good. I wanted a win against Hearts [of Oak] but in a league, getting a draw in a game like this is good.”Asante Kotoko travel to the Tema Stadium to play Tema Youth on Sunday.last_img read more

Hearts fans want their team back- Aziz Haruna

first_imgA staunch supporter of Accra Hearts of Oak Aziz Harunah Futah wants fans of the team to contribute and raise enough funds to pay off club board chairman Togbe Afede.Togbe Afede automatically became the owner of the club after purchasing majority of the club’s shares.For some of the fans, since Togbe took over, certain decisions taken have not helped the club hence their request for the chief to leave.“Our club Accra Hearts of Oak keep on coming down, nothing is happening and there is a huge gap between the fans and the board so I am going to launch and campaign to all hearts fans, lets reclaim our club,” said Aziz who is the leader of that movement“This is not about fighting anybody but we are going to raise funds to pay-off whoever is the largest shareholder and take our club back.“We don’t want anybody to own this club again, we the supporters want to own our club Accra Hearts of Oak”, he added.last_img read more

UPDF unveils Gadafi football club in Jinja

first_imgGadafi football club unveiled in Jinja district on Friday.Jinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF officers attached to Jinja zone have unveiled Gadafi Football Club. The football club with a squad of three soldiers and 22 civilians was unveiled at the Speke Courts Hotel in Jinja district on Friday. Lt. Col Ivan Lwanyaga, attached to the Senior command and staff college, Kimaka, who doubles as the club’s patron says the team is a link between the force and the neighboring community. “This club is for both UPDF and the general public, because it will act as a link aimed at strengthening our already existing relationship in ensuring peace for our communities,” said Lwanyaga.He adds that the team is a partnership between civilians and selected officers who have agreed on using it as a tool to advocate for physical fitness and having healthy diet among the youth.  On his part, Lt. Edrine Ochieng, the team’s president says the club has progressed from the lower division to regional level. He further says that their target is to play in the Fufa Big League next season. “Football is our main platform for inspiring the youth.  We are therefore working hard so as to progress to the Big League which will attract more public involvement in our club led activities in the community,” he says.******URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Materazzi confesses: everything that unleashed Zidane’s header

first_imgThis summer will be the 14th anniversary of Germany World Cup 2006 that Italy conquered in the penalty shootout against France and that has gone down in history for Zidane’s header to Materazzi which cost him the direct red card in the extra time of the match.An action that will always haunt both and that the Italian defender has remembered again during an interview in which He has revealed how everything was triggered and the words that originated the headbutt: “Zidane’s header? I wasn’t expecting it at the time. I was lucky not to wait for that episode, because if we had been prepared, we would both have ended up in the locker room,” said the then-Inter defender. “We had a contact in the area. He scored the goal for France in the first half and the coach (Marcello Lippi) asked me to score. After the first shock I apologized and he reacted badly”, Materazzi recalls. The clashes between the two continued and then, in the 110th minute of the final, everything was unleashed. “In the third shock I frowned at him and he said, ‘I’ll give you my shirt later.’ I replied that I preferred his sister over his shirt.”.Nothing else to hear, Zidane retraced his steps towards Materrazi. It happened then it is one of the most famous incidents in football history.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of 2015-16 season

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP):NBA star Kobe Bryant has decided to retire after this season, ending his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune yesterday. The third-leading scorer in NBA history wrote a poem entitled ‘Dear Basketball’ to announce his decision.”My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye,” Bryant wrote. “And that’s OK. I’m ready to let you go. I want you to know now. So we both can savour every moment we have left together. The good and the bad. We have given each other all that we have.”Bryant scored 81 points against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006, the second highest-scoring performance in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game.Bryant went straight from high school in suburban Philadelphia to the Lakers in 1996, and he earned five championship rings and 17 All-Star selections during two decades with the franchise – the longest tenure with one team in NBA history. Bryant also won two Olympic gold medals.But Bryant’s last three seasons have ended early due to injuries, and he played in only 41 games over the previous two years. He has struggled mightily in the first 15 games of this season, with mostly young teammates on a rebuilding roster, making a career-worst 32 percent of his shots and dealing with pain and exhaustion every day.In recent months, Bryant repeatedly said he didn’t know whether he would play another season, clearly hoping for a rebound in his health and the Lakers’ fortunes.Neither has happened, and the ever-impatient Bryant didn’t wait any longer to decide his future.last_img read more