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De Gea not for sale – Van Gaal

first_img De Gea will once again be in the stands when United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday because Van Gaal feels the Spaniard is still not able to focus properly because of Real Madrid’s interest in him. According to reports in Spain, the 10-time European champions will make one last attempt to sign the goalkeeper before the window shuts on September 1. If history is anything to go by, Van Gaal will be able to rely on one of his current crop to find the goals against Newcastle on Saturday. Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals in 17 Barclays Premier League appearances for United against the Magpies. The United skipper, who is yet to find the net this year, admitted in midweek that his performance in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa was not good enough. Van Gaal was encouraged to see honesty from his skipper, and backed him to hit form soon. “When you are saying so publicly that you are so bad then you know you are very bad at that time,” Van Gaal said. “I think it’s fantastic that a player admits that. For me it’s unbelievable because he is one of a few players saying such things. “He is taking a risk, but he is very confident that he shall make the goals we expect from him and I am confident also.” But after a week in which United’s reputation took a blow following Pedro’s move to Chelsea, Van Gaal came out fighting at his pre-match press conference on Friday. The Dutchman insisted the lure of United remains as strong as their desire to hold on to their two-time player of the year. “I think when Manchester United wants a player he shall come, besides when a club is not selling,” the United manager said at a spiky press conference. “It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea.” Van Gaal launched a passionate defence of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward despite the fact that former target Pedro signed for Chelsea this week, rather than United. ”I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never,” Van Gaal said. ”Because every day I am updated by him and I trust him. ”I don’t think they (the critics) have to doubt Ed Woodward because he has proven already for many, many years he is the right person on the right spot.” Press Association Louis van Gaal insists David De Gea will not leave Manchester United before the transfer window shuts. last_img read more

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Football News Sunil Chhetri named ‘Asian Icon’ by AFC on his birthday, gets praise for rivalling Ronaldo, Messi

first_imgNew Delhi: Talismanic Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri was on Friday named an ‘Asian Icon’ by the game’s continental governing body on his 34th birthday and received effusive praise for rivalling the world’s greatest players of his generation in scoring goals.Chhetri is currently the highest goal-scoring active Asian player with 64 strikes from 101 matches and third in the world after superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) made his birthday a memorable one by presenting, on its official page, a throwback of his life and career and the best moments on the field, when he played for India and his clubs, beginning from 2005 in a match against Pakistan.“In the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, to be the third highest scoring international footballer in the world is no mean feat, and for an Asian player to be within one goal of Messi’s 65 goals for a national team is a record our latest inductee to the ‘Asian Icons’ list should be proud of,” the AFC wrote.“As he turns 34 today, we celebrate the career of Sunil Chhetri, India’s most capped player and all-time top goal scorer.”    Describing Chhetri as one of Asia’s greatest footballers, the AFC said, “In a cricket-mad nation, Chhetri was raised in a footballing family, where his father represented the Indian Army team while his mother and aunt were international footballers for Nepal.”“Chhetri caught the football fever, but never imagined how far he would go. Little did the India captain know he would go on to surpass a century of caps and score 21 more international goals since 2015 to rival the world’s greatest players of the generation and lead his nation to a fourth AFC Asian Cup in their history with four goals in the qualifiers,” the AFC said.The AFC said even at 34, “Chhetri is showing no signs of slowing down, recently signing a new contract that will keep him at Bengaluru FC until 2021. January’s AFC Asian Cup in the UAE is the next stop for Chhetri who is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with Asia’s finest once more.“A journey that would take Chhetri to become one of Indian and Asian footballs greats started when he signed for Mohun Bagan in 2002.”Chhetri has played for eight Indian clubs in the domestic top-flight. Beginning from Mohun Bagan, he has played for JCT, East Bengal, Dempo, Chirag United, Churchill Brothers, Mumbai City and Bengaluru FC.He had stints at Kansas City Wizards at the Major League Soccer in the United States and Sporting CP in Portugal.He has won the AFC Challenge Cup (2008), SAFF Cup (2011, 2016) and I-League (2010, 2013, 2014, 2016). His birthday is celebrated as Football Delhi Day by the state body of the game in Delhi where he now resides. Chhetri played his 100th international match for India against Kenya in June during the four-nation Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai.After India’s first match during that tournament, he made an unprecedented appeal to the country’s sports fans to turn up in numbers and support the national football team through a video on his Twitter handle.Chhetri began his international career with a bang as he marked his debut (against Pakistan) with a goal he cherished to this day.“That goal always comes to my mind when asked about my favourite goal,” he reminisced.“It was against Pakistan, in Pakistan, and I was 19 or 20, and on my debut. It will always be special to me. There are a few great moments that also spring to mind but the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup when I scored a hat-trick against Tajikistan in the final (to progress to 2011 AFC Asian Cup) was very sweet.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Cricket News Two Kids At Home, Books And Archaeology – R Ashwin Reveals Reason For Not Watching Cricket

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ravichandran Ashwin had last played a Test for the Indian cricket team in December 2018 during the Adelaide Test against Australia. After getting injured again, Ashwin spent a considerable time on the sidelines with India playing a majority of ODIs and T20Is before the ICC Cricket SWorld Cup 2019. The offspinner was not included in the playing XI for the series against West Indies but was picked for the Vizag Test against South Africa. Ashwin responded by taking his 27th five-wicket haul and taking the last two wickets of the South Africa innings as they finished with 7/145. However, on the third day of the Test, following Ashwin’s five-wicket haul, there was a report stating that Ashwin had stopped watching the game for some time. When a reporter asked a question to Ashwin as to why he had stopped watching the game, Ashwin came up with a very cheeky response. Also Read | Dean Elgar Hits Maiden Ton Against India, South Africa Fight In Vizag Test”For starters, I have two kids who don’t sleep that well at nights. Jokes apart, I felt like everytime I watch the game on TV, I felt like I wanted to play the game and I was missing out. It is very natural, everybody goes through it. I generally tried to do a few other things in my life as well. Books and a bit of archaeology stuff, I enjoyed,” Ashwin said.Also Read | Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin Highlight India’s Dominance In Vizag Test Vs South AfricaFollowing Ashwin’s premature end to the Australia tour, the Chennai offspinner had a County Stint with Nottinghamshire and he picked up a five-wicket haul even there. He had a good stint with the Tamil Nadu Premier League before being picked in the West Indies series. Ashwin, though, revealed that it was actually tough to stay away from cricket.”To stay away from cricket itself was very tough for me. In order to substitute, I played whatever games I got. I tried and made opportunity for myself to go and play some county cricket (for Nottinghamshire). I tried and played the TNPL as much as I could, played some league cricket in Chennai,” Ashwin said.The 33-year-old is now only one wicket away from reaching 350 wickets. The offspinner is the fastest Indian to get to 200 wickets and on the same day Ashwin picked up five wickets, his spin bowling counterpart Ravindra Jadeja became the second-fastest to 200, achieving the feat in his 44th match. Jadeja, though, is the fastest left-arm bowler to take 200 wickets in Tests in so few games.last_img read more

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Okowa to Flag off Warri Peace Marathon

first_img“It teaches us the art of time management and encourages us to eat right. Athletics also help us to cultivate the value of perseverance and give us unique opportunities to forge friendships across cultural and national boundaries,” the governor said.Speaking on the initiative of the Warri Peace Marathon, Okowa urged the youths and communities to live in peace and harmony.“Both in your conduct and speech consider it worthwhile to use whatever means necessary to draw attention to the ills of anti-social behaviour and the exigencies of peaceful co-existence and unity.“It is my sincere hope that in no distant time the Warri Peace Marathon will attract international recognition and draw global attention not just to the sporting talents that abound in Nigeria but to the tourism potentials that exist in our beloved Delta State,” concludes the governor.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, is set to flag off the Warri Peace Marathon billed for Saturday, May 28.The 10km race is first of its kind in Delta State and Okowa in a message to the participants and organisers, stressed the need for healthy living through exercise and perfect dieting.“Marathon races have become a growing part of the 21st century. The good thing about participating in sporting activities like this is that they help us stay in shape, instills discipline in us.last_img read more

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Catalonia: Sport and Politics Don’t Mix, Says Nadal

first_img“Sport and politics are not the same, in my opinion. And it is sad what’s happening, but that’s all.”Nadal, who grew up and lives on the Balearic island of Mallorca, and is a Catalan speaker, described the situation as “very delicate”.Barcelona on Sunday played their Spanish football league game against Las Palmas in an eerily empty Camp Nou as chaos unfolded on the streets.Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu said the decision to play the match behind closed doors was a protest against the violent clashes between police and activists in Catalonia, rather than a security issue.Two of the club’s board members later resigned, having reportedly favoured Barca refusing to play altogether, even if it meant incurring a sporting sanction of forfeiting the match.The club’s star defender, Gerard Pique, a Spanish international, has been targeted by some Spanish supporters angry at his vocal pro-independence stance.They booed him at Spain training yesterday ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Albania on Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Rafael Nadal said on Tuesday that sport and politics must be separated, after Barcelona and Spanish football were dragged into the fall-out of the independence referendum in Catalonia.The world’s No 1 tennis player is an icon in Spain, and had spoken earlier of how he was moved close to tears by Sunday’s banned referendum and ensuing police crackdown and clashes, with hundreds injured.The 16-time Grand Slam champion was critical of the plebiscite in the lead-up, but appeared to change tack following his hard-won victory over France’s Lucas Pouille in the first round of the China Open.“We need to start separating things,” the 31-year-old said in Beijing on Tuesday, using his hands to underline the point.last_img read more

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The World Cup’s Finest with Redzonesports’ Anthony Gray

first_img FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Today Anthony Gray, Head of Football at Redzonesports.bet, tells us about priding his own abilities on Walter Zenga and a duo of Brazilian highlights, as well as recalling when a young Michael Owen unveiled his talents on the world stage.Favourite World Cup:PlayerWalter Zenga. By the time of the 1990 World Cup I fancied myself as a goalkeeper (incredibly I still do) and Walter Zenga was unbeaten in Italy’s first five games of the tournament. It was an enormous anti-climax when Zenga conceded in the semi-final, I was starting to consider him unbeatable.GoalMichael Owen (England v Argentina, 1998). I was working in a pet food factory in Wigan during the game and heard the goal on the radio rather than saw it, but Micheal Owen’s goal v Argentina immediately came to mind when I saw this question. It was exciting because England had taken the lead against a formidable opposition and looked well set to go deep into the tournament with a talented team, it’s also a simply fantastic goal.GameFrance v Brazil, 1986 (quarter-final). This game was so good that it was shown re-live on TV (in the days of 4 terrestrial channels) the following Christmas. This game was generally considered the game of the tournament plus it gave me one of my first experiences of a penalty shoot-out.TeamEngland, 1990. In 1990 England went to extra-time three times which was important to a school-kid with the threat of bedtime after football hanging over him. At that point I was free from doubt, regret and opinion as an England fan, so was able to enjoy the performances of the players that I assumed were the best men for the job.KitBulgaria, 1994. It lent itself nicely to the Adidas template of the time, which I was a big fan of. The same company were responsible for my favourite goalkeeping kit, the 1990 Black and Pink squared top, worn by Rene Higuita amongst others._________________________________________________________________First World Cup memory1 June 1986 (Brazil v Spain). The first game I remember watching in the World Cup was Brazil 1 Spain 0 early in the 1986 tournament, with Socrates scoring the only goal. From memory it was a controversial winner, I’d have been eager for Brazil to live up to their reputation, so wouldn’t have cared one bit.The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day. Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020last_img read more

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Kwasi Appiah and Asamoah Gyan unveiled as Unibank ambassadors

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah and captain Asamoah Gyan were unveiled as brandsambassador for Unibank on Tuesday ahead of their international friendly against Montenegro.The Black Stars duo were presented to the rest of their international colleagues alongside officials of the Ghanaian bank.Unibank officials are in Podgorica to offer support for the Black Stars team as they take on Montenegro in an international friendly on Wednesday.Officials of Unibank with the Black Stars teamThey therefore took the opportunity to unveil Appiah and Gyan as their new brandsambassadors. The two personalities will be endorsing services of the bank while being made the faces of a huge publicity campaign to be rolled out by the bank ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.In a related development, Head, Corporate Affairs and Marketing of uniBank, Mr. Richard Osei Anane, announced that members of the public can interact with their two new “signings” via txt to be updated on new and existing information concerning Coach James Akwasi Appiah, Captain Asamoah Gyan and uniBank products, services and events.He stated that, members of the public can text “GYAN” or “AKWASI” to shortcode1402 to receive updates.Unibank late last year signed an agreement with the Ghana FA to become the official bank sponsor of the Black Stars in a deal worth US$1.2m over three years.last_img read more

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V. Stiviano will lose her home, luxury cars, other gifts to Shelly Sterling

first_imgShelly Sterling says she feels vindicated in her legal victory against a woman her husband lavished with gifts.Sterling told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she feels justice was served in the $2.6 million ruling against V. Stiviano.A judge ordered the younger woman to turn over keys to a $1.8 million house and about $800,000 in cash that was community property the Sterlings accumulated over 60 years of marriage.The court win was somewhat bittersweet, coming nearly a year after Stiviano’s recording of Donald Sterling making racially insensitive remarks cost him ownership of the LA Clippers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Shelly Sterling, a billionaire, says she didn’t sue for money but for justice after being harmed in so many ways. She says she’ll give the money to charity.Stiviano plans to appeal.last_img read more

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Sumner Newscow weekend calendar: Friday, Dec. 13 – Monday – Dec. 16, 2013

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sunday Dec. 15COMMUNITY — Attend the church service of your choice.  The Nutcracker — The presentation of The Turning Pointe, 6:30 p.m. Wellington High School Auditorium.“One Enchanted Christmas with Elvis” – Downtown Caldwell, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13COMMUNITY —  Regent Theater — Thor- The Dark World” – 7 and 9:30 p.m.SPORTS — Kingman TournamentWellington vs Medicine Lodge girls – 3 p.m.Wellington vs Medicine Lodge boys – 4:40 p.m.Conway Springs vs Kingman girls – 6:20 p.m.Conway Springs vs Kingman boys – 8 p.m.Pond Creek- Hunter (Okla.) InvitationalSouth Haven boys and girls, Finals round.Caldwell Border Queen TournamentArgonia vs Central girls, 3:30 p.m.; Argonia vs. Caldwell boys, 5 p.m.Caldwell vs Norwich girls, 6:30 p.m.; Caldwell vs. Norwich boys, 8 p.m.Oxford Wildcat ClassicOxford vs DouglassMarion TournamentBelle Plaine vs. Marion, girls, 5:30 p.m. Belle Plaine vs. Marion boys, 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 14COMMUNITY — The Nutcracker — The presentation of The Turning Pointe, 6:30 p.m. Wellington High School Auditorium.Regent Theater — Thor- The Dark World” – 7 p.m. FREE SHOWING: Elf- 2 p.m. Bring a non-perishable item.SPORTS — Kingman tournamentWellington, Conway Springs – Finals Round.Caldwell Border Queen TournamentCaldwell vs Argonia girls, 6 p.m. Caldwell vs. Argonia boys, 7:30 p.m.Oxford Wildcat Classic5 p.m. Girls. Oxford vs. Bluestem hot;d7 p.m. boys, Oxford vs. BluestemMarion Tournament5:30 p.m. Belle Plaine vs. TBA Wellington High School Wrestling TournamentStarts: 9 a.m. (approximately). Finals: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16COMMUNITY —Healthcare Marketplace Assistance at the Wellington Public Library – 2 to 6 p.m.SPORTS — WMS Girls/Boys Basketball vs Rose HillGirls (AWAY) 7A/8B – 5:00PM * 7B/8A – 6:30PMBoys (HERE) 7B – 4:00PM * 7A – 5:15PM * 8A – 6:30PMlast_img read more

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Records tumble at corporate area meet

first_imgIt was records galore on Thursday at the Digicel Anthrick Corporate Area Development Track and Field meet at the UWI-Usain Bolt Stadium, where some 30 new marks were achieved as Kingston College and Wolmer’s Girls walked away with top prize of $250,000 for being the top boys and girls school.Despite top boys team Calabar being absent and several top names from Kingston College, including the likes of Akeem Bloomfield, Jhevaugn Mattherson, Nathaniel Bann and Dontre Williams also not present, this did not take anything away as athletes from the respective schools warmed up for next month’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, with good performances, while gaining crucial points for next week’s Digicel Grand Prix finale at G.C. Foster College, where the top two teams from each region will advance.Kingston College topped the male section with 397 points, ahead of Jamaica College – second on 166, andExcelsior High in third with 164 points.Individually, on the male side, it was Kingston College’s Class Two athlete Zico Cambell, who stole the show.Campbell, who transferred from Glenmuir High last September and who is not eligible to compete at Champs this year, captured the shot put in a new record of 16.92m to erase Calabar’s Andre Chin’s two-year record of 15.32m. He returned to keep his lead in the Grand Prix discus after another record of 49.32m.After playing second fiddle to Calabar’s sprinters all season, Kingston College’s Yashawn Hamilton took the opportunity to take the lead in the Under-18 Boy’s 100m Grand Prix after clocking a fast 10.79 seconds to erase Calabar’s Daniel Bogle’s two years old record of 10.98 in winning the Class Two event, ahead of teammate Akeem Cargill, who finished second in 11.01, and Excelsior’s Craig Campbell coming in third in 11.05.The photo finish camera could not decide the winner of the Boy’s Class Two 110m hurdles as Kingston College’s Phillip Beckford and Orlando Smith both touched the finishing line together in a new record of 14.02 seconds.Other record breakers from Kingston College included Shane Buchanan (15:30.00) in the 5000m Open, and Marco Doodnauthsing (48.36) in the Class I boy’s 400m.MORE UPSETSExcelsior’s Nathan Brown led the way for the Mountain View-based team among the males as he clocked 1:53.95 in winning the Class One boy’s 800m in a record time, getting the better of Kingston College’s Lerone Bowden (1:55.14) and his teammate Shemar Hylton, third in 1:55.78.Jamaica College’s Detroy Stewart was an impressive winner in the Boy’s Class Two 1500m as he rushed to a new record of 4:14.55 in winning the event, ahead of his teammate, Rackeem Ricketts, second in 4:24.45 with Billy Watson of Kingston College taking third in 4:36.44.Despite a low-keyed season so far, Wolmer’s Girls showed that they will not give up their Corporate Area title that easily at “Champs” this year as they staved off a strong challenge from Excelsior to cop the female overall title with 359 points ahead of their main rival on 324 points.They dominated the sprints in Class One and Two as Trudyann Williams captured the Class One 100m in 12.00, edging out Camperdown’s Rushelle Burton, who finished second in 12.01 with third going to her teammate, Trishawana Crawford, in 12.23.last_img read more