Archive for : December, 2019

You’ll come back stronger! Man United star offer support to stricken Shaw

first_img1 Juan Mata has backed Manchester United teammate Luke Shaw to emerge stronger from his horror injury blow.Shaw is facing up to six months on the sidelines after suffering a double-leg break in the Champions League defeat to PSV Eindhoven last week.The 20-year-old’s injury has rocked the United dressing room, and Mata was keen to dedicate their win over Southampton on Sunday to the stricken star.The Spaniard, who was on the scoresheet in the 3-2 victory at St Mary’s, wrote on his official blog: “In short, it was an important and very special win.“Everybody knows that last Tuesday was a bad day for us. Because of the defeat but, especially, because of Luke Shaw’s terribly serious injury.“He was very unlucky and suffered a double fracture of his right leg; all of us felt his pain. That’s why we wanted to dedicate a victory to him as soon as possible, to make him feel happy, at least momentarily, and it came this very Sunday.“I’m sure he will be back stronger, and he will work hard to be with us soon. He was having a great start this season, helping us a lot. All our support to you, my friend, you know we are here with you.”United moved up to second in the Premier League with their triumph over the Saints and Mata, whose compatriot David De Gea made a number of fantastic saves, was pleased to get back to winning ways after the disappointing defeat to PSV.“I’m very happy for a victory that takes the team to the second position, allowing us to finish the week in a much better way than we started it,” he added.“After the first game in the Champions League group stage. We knew how important it was to win at St Mary’s after some of our main rivals had dropped points on Saturday, and we were able to make it.“Pelle scored again for Southampton and they kept trying, but David was there to make amazing saves, like many other times in the last few years, and so we won.” Juan Mata last_img read more

Video: Mesmeric Metz training ground drill

first_imgWe’re often told foreign youngsters have better techniques than their Premier League counterparts.But do they?Well, judge for yourselves as you enjoy this video of the Metz Under-15 squad at training…last_img

Jose Mourinho’s refusal to do this may have been the right move

first_img 5 4. Jose Mourinho’s refusal to speak to the press may have been the right choice – Following the defeat to the Hammers, in which Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands, the Portuguese manager refused to speak to the media. And this may be his best decision of the season, even if it did break the rules. Mourinho’s pre-match and post-match comments have been so negative and uncomfortable of late, that there cannot be many players, staff or supporters that have taken pleasure in listening to his words. There is no question that Mourinho adores being the centre of attention, but such is the crisis that Chelsea are currently suffering, that there is no place for his attitude – and perhaps Mourinho is recognising the affect his behaviour is having. The 52-year-old is facing the biggest test thus far in his managerial career, and the way he handles the situation could actually have a positive impact on his reputation. In avoiding the media at the weekend, he expressed maturity that has been so absent since the start of the season, and it could signal an influential change in his approach. Chelsea suffered their fifth league defeat of the season on Saturday afternoon, losing 2-1 to West Ham United at Upton Park, which sees the Blues drift further down the table to 15th place.With the result still fresh in the minds of supporters, talkSPORT has taken a look at the key talking points.From the future of Jose Mourinho to the performances of the players, find out our five lessons learned by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.  5 1. Forget the manager, the players must take responsibility – find out four more things we learned from Chelsea at the weekend, by clicking the arrow above – Let’s take a step away from criticising Jose Mourinho, and take a look at the performances – or rather lack thereof – from the Chelsea team. The Blues have a collection of world-class players – Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, to name but a few – however, not one can hold their hands up and state that they have given it their all during this slump. It’s easy to single out the manager; after all, he’s the man who faces the media, the questions, and the judgements, while the players cower in the background, hoping that the spotlight isn’t turned on them. But, it’s the reaction of the players, not the manager, that will ultimately get the results. And so far supporters have not seen a reaction from those donning the Blues’ shirt. 5 2. But no single Chelsea player should be used as a scapegoat – Yes, Chelsea are underperforming, but they are doing so as a whole. From those on the field and on the bench, to those behind the scenes, the present crisis at Stamford Bridge stems far beyond what it is seen on our television screens and in the news. After the defeat to West Ham, Nemanja Matic’s red card may be viewed as key in the final result; but the blame cannot lie on the shoulders of the midfielder. The very last thing that needs to happen at Chelsea is for individual players to be turned on. 5 5. Nonetheless, he may really be running out of time – Aston Villa sacked Tim Sherwood on Sunday morning following their sixth successive defeat, and soon after his dismissal, the reaction was that Mourinho would be the next Premier League manager to be axed. Rumour has it that defeat to Liverpool next weekend would result in his second spell in west London coming to an end. Only five months’ ago, Chelsea walked out at Stamford Bridge to a guard of honour by the Reds – what a contrast their next meeting could be. Roman Abramovich’s track record proves that he is unforgiving, and the embarrassment of watching his club struggle against the lesser sides in England’s top flight will have been excruciatingly difficult to stomach for the Russian businessman. If it is Chelsea that hands Jurgen Klopp his first victory as Liverpool manager, this could be the final straw for Mourinho. 3. Eden Hazard must ignore interest from Europe – Once again, Hazard was ineffective for Chelsea, struggling to make any impact at Upton Park. Nonetheless, as reports suggest, his form has not deterred the interest of European giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. While this will no doubt be of significant appeal to the Belgian, should he really wish to move in the hope that the grass is greener elsewhere, he could be making a devastating decision – and not only for the club. The fact of the matter remains that he is the main man at Chelsea, but would he be anywhere else? When compared to Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Arjen Robben, Hazard does not compete. Would he get ahead of Bale in the Real side? Or challenge Neymar at the Camp Nou? The high chances are that no, he would not. The 24-year-old has frustrated supporters considerably this season, and he will surely be confused by his own performances, but it is not his time to give up at Stamford Bridge. 5last_img read more

Twitter reacts as Hamilton wear French kits in ‘classy’ tribute to Paris victims

first_img1 Scottish Premiership side Hamilton wore France strips in their 1-1 draw against Aberdeen as a tribute to the Paris attack victims.With both clubs having the same red-and-white colours and a number of kit combinations clashing, Hamilton took advantage of the need for a different solution to show “sympathy and solidarity with the people of France” by wearing the nation’s all-white away strip.The tribute was especially poignant for Hamilton’s French striker Christian Nade, whose 18-year-old sister hid under the table of a restaurant in Paris after gunmen opened fire in the neighbouring cafe during the attacks on November 13.The Lanarkshire club could not source France home strips at short notice but managed to get 20 away strips and got them kitted out with their badge and sponsors in time for Sunday’s game at New Douglas Park, along with the Scottish Saltire and French Tricolore flags.Their plan is now to send one top to each Ligue 1 club in France for them to auction off for their chosen charities.Goalscorer Dougie Imrie said: “I only knew when I came into the dressing room and saw the strip. It was a great gesture from the club to show their support to Paris and the French people.”Hamilton manager Martin Canning kept Nade on the bench throughout the game after the former Troyes and Le Havre striker looked emotional during the pre-match minute’s silence.Canning, whose assistant is Frenchman Guillaume Beuzelin, said: “I spoke to Christian through the week and he was fine.“His sister was involved in it but mentally he felt fine. It just so happened that Christian didn’t get on but his attitude through the week has been spot-on.”See some reaction below as social media lauds a ‘classy’ gesture by the Accies… Hamilton donned France kits with their club badge and sponsors iron on for their league clash with Aberdeen last_img read more

VIDEO: Watch 90-year-old great-grandmother shows off her skills

first_imgWatch this amazing video of a 90-year-old great-grandmother showing off her incredible skills.Asa Marie has had a passion for football her whole life and loves to practice doing keepy-ups around the house.Let us know what you think in the comments below!last_img

Insider Trading: Featuring Emmanuel Emenike, Khouma Babacar, Liverpool’s Alex Teixeira swoop and more

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip from the January window.Warren brings you the very latest on the rumours suggesting Crystal Palace and Swansea City are set to exchange strikers, in a player swap deal involving Dwight Gayle and Bafetimbi Gomis respectively.We hear about Liverpool’s attempts to bring Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian playmaker Alex Teixeira to Anfield, while we learn the possibility of Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani moving to Manchester United.Our man in the know has spoken to the agent of former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic and he reveals whether the Serbian will be moving to Villa Park with Aston Villa.Mauro Zarate may be leaving West Ham, but Slaven Bilic is hoping to recruit Fenerbahce’s Emmanuel Emenike and Fiorentina’s Khouma Babacar, both forwards, and Warren brings you the lowdown.Finally, we get a transfer update from the Championship as Wolves look to spend the money from the Benik Afobe sale to Bournemouth, while Fulham – who are under transfer embargo – are looking at a loan move for Middlesbrough’s Kike.The Cottagers are also hoping to keep hold of young star Moussa Dembele, who has attracted interest from top clubs in England, France, Germany and Italy.We also round off with details of the news that Premier League clubs will receive their television money one month early in the summer.Here are the latest talkSPORT stories from transfer news: Alex Teixeira injures hamstring after reported £24m bidTottenham latest: Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid contract terms leakedNewcastle transfer report: Espanyol youngster emerges as £1million targetSouthampton and Stoke in battle to sign Porto midfielder Giannelli ImbulaVictor Valdes bids farewell as goalkeeper prepares for Manchester United exitWest Ham transfer latest: Mauro Zarate agent confirms Fiorentina talksMiddlesbrough working on deal for £12m Southampton flop Gaston Ramirezlast_img read more

Vincent Tan plans to make Cardiff City debt-free in five years’ time

first_img1 Cardiff owner Vincent Tan says he will reduce the Sky Bet Championship club’s debt by more than half in his bid to ensure it is debt-free by 2021.The Malaysian businessman completed his takeover of Cardiff in May 2010, but the Bluebirds are over £100million in debt and are currently working under a transfer embargo.Tan told a Q&A session with supporters at the Cardiff City Stadium that he plans to convert £68m of the club’s debt into equity while writing off a further £10m.The 63-year-old said he wrote off £13m last season and turned £3m into equity to leave Cardiff £40m in debt to him.Under the Football League’s Financial Fair Play rules a club can convert a maximum amount of £8m of debt into equity in a single financial year, and Tan says he will do that for the next five years.“Because we have recently reached agreement with one of the club’s long-standing creditors, we are in a better position to convert our loans into equity,” Tan was reported as saying by BBC Wales.Tan was referring to the recent settlement with the club’s long-standing creditor Langston, a Panama-based company owned by former Cardiff owner Sam Hammam.Following relegation from the Barclays Premier League in 2014, Cardiff’s debt had reportedly reached £174m at the end of the financial year with most owed to Tan.Tan caused controversy at Cardiff when he changed the club’s kit from blue to red in 2012 and resisted pressure from fans to change it back until January 2015.He has not attended a game at the Cardiff City Stadium for over 12 months and Saturday’s league trip to Charlton will only be the second occasion he has seen the club play in person in that time.But that did not prevent Tan from handing out advice to the Cardiff players when he paid a visit to the club’s training ground on Thursday morning.“I gave them a pep talk and said they have got to start shooting,” Tan was quoted as telling supporters by WalesOnline.“In every match I want to see 30 or 40 attempts on goal, at least. Just shoot from 25, 30 yards, I told them.“What’s the point of passing, passing, passing and hoping to get in the box that way?“Unless you’re Lionel Messi looking for a tap in, it’s not going to work.“I watch every Cardiff match and I told them ‘You guys have no confidence’.“They get the ball and it seems to be like a hot potato. Pass it to somebody else straight away. You must see that, because I do. “The law of averages says the more you shoot, the more you’ll score. If you shoot 30 times you’ll get three goals, 40 times will be four goals, 50 times and you’ll get five goals.” Vincent Tan last_img read more

Angels have no answers

first_img“His command early in counts was off and he was behind too many hitters to try to work his way back into counts,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “This was too good of an offense to do that and he paid a price early. Conversely, when he started to get ahead and had better command form the third inning on, he threw three good innings.” By then it was way too late. The cruel blow came in the third inning after Lackey gave up a one-out double to Youkilis. David Ortiz followed with a home run to right field on an 0-and-1 pitch. “The pitch to Ortiz was definitely the biggest mistake of the night,” Lackey said. “I wasn’t really trying to throw a strike there and I ended up giving him something to hit.” It was a mistake thrown to the worst possible guy. “We weren’t trying to give into him there with a base open,” catcher Mike Napoli said. “He’s a good hitter and got a pitch to hit and did something with it. John’s usually good with that kind of stuff. He knows situations. It was kind of surprising, but that’s what happened. You can’t go back and do anything about it.” A walk and a wild pitch to Manny Ramirez followed Ortiz’s home run and Mike Lowell singled in the fourth and final Red Sox run. “He actually pitched well,” Lowell said of Lackey. “You take away those two long balls and he was able to grind it out. They only used two pitchers; it’s not like the game got out of hand.” There was simply nothing the Angels could do about Beckett, who retired 19 consecutive batters after a leadoff single. It was tied for the third longest run of consecutive batters retired in postseason history. “He commanded a couple of pitches for strikes, the fastball and all of his offspeed stuff,” said the Angels’ Casey Kotchman, who was 0-for-3. “We really couldn’t get anything going. He threw his breaking ball for strikes. It was always Strike 1, Strike 2.” Despite having thrown 101 pitches, Beckett was allowed to take the mound for the ninth inning and finished off the Angels on a Garret Anderson fly ball to deep center field. “I didn’t want to get wrapped up in trying to strike a lot of guys out because those are the at-bats that end up killing your pitch count and you’re out after 51/3 innings because you have 120 pitches (limit),” Beckett said. “I was trying to get the outs as quick as possible.” After an off-day today, Friday’s game suddenly becomes a must-win situation, but the Angels have been here before. They have lost all four opening games of the ALDS in their history and still managed to win a World Series and advance to the American League Championship Series in 2005. Afterward, a defiant Lackey was not worried about his history against the Red Sox and still had a positive outlook. “I’ve had too much success to ever think like (negatively),” Lackey said. “I’ve won a Game 7. I’ve been given the ball for a reason. I’m not going to think like that. I’ll be back and this team will be back. It’s the first one to three. We’re not through after one game.” doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALDS: Lackey struggles against Boston yet again while offense fizzles out. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER BOSTON – Fenway Park treated John Lackey just as expected Wednesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt was loud, claustrophobic, abusive and downright unforgiving for the Angels’ ace, who succumbed to all the Boston Red Sox had to offer yet again. Even if Lackey could hit the rewind button, it hardly would have mattered. This tape has played before and this time it was a 4-0 loss to the Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Kevin Youkilis’ first-inning home run was really all playoff wizard Josh Beckett needed as the Red Sox starter pounded the strike zone to pitch the first postseason shutout since the Dodgers’ Jose Lima accomplished the feat in Game 2 of the 2004 National League Division Series against the St.Louis Cardinals. It was Beckett’s second consecutive postseason complete game, after one in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series, and his third career playoff complete game. He also extended his postseason scoreless streak to 18 innings. Lackey gave up five hits to the first nine Red Sox batters and eight to the first 14 as the Angels were buried after four innings. Including regular-season games, Lackey is now 1-7 against the Red Sox with a 6.24 ERA, and 1-5 at Fenway Park with a 7.43 ERA. last_img read more

Firm checks out books at a profit

first_imgMEDFORD, Ore. – A big, red “Closed” sign has been plastered across the front door of the library here since mid-April, when Jackson County ran out of money to keep its 15 branches open. In a few weeks, though, the sign will come down and the doors will be flung open again, now that the county has come up with an unusual cost-saving solution: outsourcing its libraries. The county will continue to own the buildings and all the books in them. But the libraries will be managed by an outside company for a profit. And the librarians will no longer be public employees and union members; they will be on the company’s payroll. Library patrons might not notice much difference, but the librarians will, since the company plans to get by with a smaller staff and will have a free hand to set salaries and benefits. “The average citizen, when they walk into the library, they will see well-trained, well-educated, customer-service-oriented people working in the library,” said Bob Windrow, director of sales and marketing at Germantown, Md-based Library Systems and Services, or LSSI, the company taking over. “They won’t know who is paying their salary, and they won’t care. They care whether the library is open adequate hours, and are they getting good service.” LIBRARIES: Municipalities are hiring private companies to operate a traditionally public service. By Julia Silverman zTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS For years, state and local governments have been privatizing certain functions, such as trash collection, payroll processing and road maintenance. But contracting with an outside company to run a library is a relatively new phenomenon, one that has been gaining in popularity as communities from Jackson County, Tenn., to Redding, look for ways to save money. “This is a shift from the public trust into private hands,” said John Sexton, an out-of-work Jackson County librarian who has interviewed with LSSI for his old job. “Libraries have always been a source of information for everyone and owned by no one.” Some bibliophiles fear that the library, under distant, corporate management, will be less attuned to local interests when buying books and will stock the shelves with lots of best-sellers. “Does this company understand local needs?” asked Loriene Roy, president of the American Library Association, which opposes library outsourcing. “We have long regarded libraries as different. We deal with intangibles. We are not profit-driven.” Riverside County, one of California’s fastest-growing regions, is widely seen as the pioneer in library outsourcing. The county signed with LSSI in 1997 and has stuck with the company; a 2002 study found that Riverside County library patrons were generally pleased with the services. In just the last year, Texas cities San Juan and Leander, California cities Redding and Moorpark and the Jackson-Madison County library system in Tennessee have joined LSSI’s ranks. In Bedford, Texas, outside of Fort Worth, Mayor Jim Story cast the tie-breaking vote in August against allowing LSSI to take over the libraries. “The salaries were going to be pretty low, and I was afraid that that would lead to high turnover of their own employees,” Story said. “Plus I did not think that they would have the manpower to handle the quality of service that we now have in our library. I wasn’t willing to that risk.” Back in Oregon, Jim Olney, director of the Jackson County Library Foundation, considers himself a union supporter, but said: “Look, if it is either close the libraries or outsource them, we’d rather have outsourcing. Sometimes you have to go for the difficult choice because there is no easy choice.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pulled over? Skip the line; cops have heard it all

first_imgOnce, a speeding doctor told Balian he was responding to an emergency at the hospital. Dispatch called the hospital and found there was no such crisis. The doctor got a ticket. Sometimes drivers from other states use their out-of-town residency as excuses. After one Texan was stopped for blowing off a stop sign, he explained: “I’m from from Texas.” “People think that because they’re not from here, the laws are much different,” said Travis Irving, a spokesman for the Burbank Police Department. “I think everywhere in the United States, you have to stop at a stop sign. But that’s what keeps the job interesting.” That said, here are some tips from the cops about what to do when you’re nabbed: 1. Pull over to the right as soon as it’s safe. For whatever reason, some drivers pull over to the left-hand side of the road or cruise for several blocks before stopping, Irving said. 2. Turn down the radio and, by all means, hang up your cell phone. (Yes, some motorists have continued cell conversations while the increasingly perturbed officer tries to get their attention.) When drivers see the red lights in their rearview mirrors, their first reaction is usually, “Who, me?” The best thing to do then is lower the radio volume, because an officer might be giving you instructions over a loudspeaker to pull off the road, said Tom Marshall, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. 3. Stay in the car. As the officer approaches your car, Irving recommends turning the car off – versus hitting the gas and speeding away. Yes, some drivers bolt. Turning off the car lets the officer know you’re sticking around. 4. Keep your hands on the steering wheel. Although you might be inclined to dig around for your driver’s license, insurance card and registration, put your hands on the wheel where police can see them. That keeps officers in a comfort zone, Balian said. “We’re always trained to keep an eye on the hands,” he said. “Because hands are what will kill you.” 5. Stay cool. Don’t flunk the attitude test. Although some drivers quietly disagree with police over why they were stopped, others get red-faced and blow their stack. Not recommended. “Some say, `Don’t you have anything better to do today? Why don’t you catch some real criminals?” Marshall said. “But every once in a while they will say, `Yes, you got me.”‘ ` (818) 713-3683160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The way you handle yourself goes a long way, said Sgt. John Balian of the Glendale Police Department. “The first thing out of your mouth should not be, `Why the hell did you pull me over?”‘ he said. “That’s not a good way to start the contact. For me, if you have someone who’s cooperative and understands and says they won’t do it again, you let them go with a warning.” So what are some of those excuses – which, by the way, really didn’t help some motorists last year in Los Angeles County, where 1.79 million tickets were handed out. One common reason women give is related to “that time of the month.” No joke, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Other reasons include being late for work, school, airline flights and even funerals. Some say they didn’t realize they were speeding because their cars drive so smoothly. Your lead foot might get you pulled over by the police, but don’t let your big mouth make it worse. That’s the advice from traffic cops who have heard every excuse – from PMS to “I’m from Texas.” Most motorists clocked zooming down a city street 20 mph above the speed limit will get stopped, but not all will be ticketed. You hold more power than you think, because it’s largely up to the officer’s discretion whether to write you up or let you go with a warning. last_img