Fergie leads tributes to Gill

first_imgManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to club chief executive David Gill, who it was announced will be standing down from the position this summer. United confirmed in a statement released on their official website on Wednesday morning that Gill is to leave his post on June 30, with his duties being taken on by executive vice chairman Ed Woodward. Gill, who joined the Red Devils as their finance director in February 1997 and assumed the role of chief executive in September 2003, is to remain as a club director. As part of United’s statement, Ferguson said: “David has been a magnificent chief executive. Of course, we have had a million arguments, but I have always enjoyed them because I know that David has two great qualities: he is straight and he always puts Manchester United first.” He added: “No disagreement is ever personal with him. He always wants the best for United, whether it’s the players, the training ground or the staff. “Him stepping down is a big loss to me but the fact that he is staying on the board encourages me that the reason for his departure is heartfelt, (and) that he believes it is time for the club to move on. “If I could have found a way of persuading him to stay I would love to have done that. But he has made his decision and I respect him for it.” Speaking about his decision, Gill stressed his belief that “all businesses need to refresh themselves with new management and ideas”. The 55-year-old – who was appointed as the vice chairman of the Football Association last October and is their nominee for the UEFA Executive Committee elections in May – said: “It has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16 wonderful years – the last 10 of which as its chief executive. “I have worked alongside the finest manager in the history of the game and been part of what I consider to be the best club in the best sport in the world. “It has been a very hard decision because I love this club and, as the fans’ banner says, it is ‘more than a religion’. However, I have always been conscious of the fact that, as a member of staff, I was always just a temporary custodian of this marvellous institution.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


Syracuse football honors Perkins’ commitment after 2015 running back commit tears ACL

first_imgWhat Corey Goldglit remembers most vividly was the screaming.The team stood around its running back, Tyrone Perkins. Some couldn’t watch. Others had tears in their eyes. One of the captains brought the team around in a circle, telling them they were going to pray and it didn’t matter if they were atheist or not. And Perkins, a Syracuse Class of 2015 commit, just yelled in anguish as he was carted off the field after tearing his ACL. “He screamed — I’ve never heard him scream like that before,” Goldglit, the Friends Academy quarterback said. “It was just shouting, mortifying pain.” In an instant, Perkins, a three-star running back from Locust Valley, New York, wouldn’t have a senior season. His future as a member of Syracuse’s 2015 recruiting class remained uncertain after he was injured on Sept. 6, and he didn’t know if the school would still honor a scholarship he’d accepted in April. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut that night, after he’d gotten home from the hospital and before all of his teammates had come to his house to check on him, he got a call from SU head coach Scott Shafer. “Honestly, that was the only thing that was going through my mind,” Perkins said. “The first second it happened, I was just focused on the knee. But after that, I was really nervous and scared about what was going to go on with (Syracuse).“… He told me that he loved me as a person. Finally hearing the words that everything is OK, I still have my scholarship, it shows a lot about him.”Goldglit pitched the ball to Perkins in a team scrimmage, and the running back ran about 10 yards downfield. After blowing past a couple defenders he was taken down on a poorly executed tackle from the safety, and his right knee hit the safety’s helmet, ending his final high school year a week before Friends Academy’s first game.He won’t ever play in a game for Friends Academy again, and his No. 5 jersey hangs above the entrance to the team’s locker room. Friends head coach Ron Baskind said that Perkins, aside from being the team’s best player and leader, made young football players want to play there. He also recruited basketball players to play football as well, but will now be in the background of the program. “All the pieces seemed to be together, it seemed like the beginning of a great story we were writing,” Baskind said. “And then all of a sudden, your heart just stops for a bit … our primary player is not going to be part of the story.”With Syracuse still a solidified part of his future, Perkins has accepted the situation. Instead of practicing with his team, he goes to physical therapy. Instead of making big plays, he calls them from the sideline. Perkins will have surgery to repair the tear on Oct. 7 and his doctors told him he should be able to run in a straight line by June. In the mean time, he’s been riding a bike, walking and shifting weight in his leg. He’s trying to improve his mobility and gets around in a walking boot. “I feel pain all the time,” he said. Perkins said he hopes the rehabilitation process will make for a quicker recovery, one that allows him to play during next year’s training camp.He was the first player to commit to SU’s Class of 2015. His vision of playing for Syracuse was clear and one that he didn’t second-guess.And even though his last chance to improve his game before college was ended before it began, Perkins said that this experience with Syracuse justifies his original commitment. “Hearing that they were holding up their end of the deal,” Perkins said,” it meant everything to me.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 23, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more


Yankees’ Luke Voit thought he had a broken jaw after Chad Bettis hit

first_img MLB wrap: Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso shine in Mets’ win over Giants MLB players, fans do what they can to stay cool in record heat wave “I thought broken jaw. My teeth were going to be all scattered everywhere,” Voit said Sunday, via The Associated Press. “I grabbed my face. So I was like, ‘Uh-oh.’ … But then, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Just a scary thing.”A scary moment in the bottom of the fourth, but take a deep breath Yankees fans. The Yankees have announced that Luke Voit was removed from today’s game for precautionary reasons and underwent concussion protocol testing. Those test results came back clear.— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 20, 2019Luckily for Voit, he wasn’t severely injured and was back in the lineup Sunday for the Yankees’ series finale against the Rockies. He said he was sore when he woke up, but the swelling has gone down after he iced it.  Related News Voit added he has a small cut under his chin and tests for a concussion came back negative.”I dodged a bullet, got lucky,” Voit said.center_img Luke Voit feared the worst after he was hit in the face off a pitch from Chad Bettis.The Yankees slugger said he remembered how Giancarlo Stanton suffered a broken jaw when he was pelted by a pitch five years ago and thought the same thing happened to him. The force from the ball, which was going 91 mph, was slowed a bit when it grazed against Voit’s shoulder. He said he plans to wear a protective chinstrap Sunday.Yankees manager Aaron Boone was less than forgiving toward the Rockies after his first baseman was hit.”Sometimes intent doesn’t matter,” Boone said after Saturday’s game. “Throw the ball over the plate.”last_img read more


Win APO Energy Media Award for Dubai Africa Energy Forum

first_imgAPO (African Press Organization) the sole press release wire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, announced today that entry is now open for the 2015 APO Energy Media Awards (#APOEnergyMediaAward).APO will offer transport, accommodation and perdiem for the first-place winner to attend the Africa Energy Forum held in Dubai from 8-11 June 2015, as well as one year of access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide. *The Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is the only international Forum focused on power generation for Africa with attendance restricted to stakeholders (investors, consultants, developers, ministries, utilities, regulators etc.) from the power sector. APO Energy Media Awards celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Energy in Africa. The subject matter may comprise a single topic or a variety of subjects, including – but not limited to – oil, gas, electricity, geothermal energy, hydropower, solar energy, wind power, nuclear, coal, biomass and more. APO Energy Media Awards is open to African journalists and bloggers, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story that has been broadcast or published in English, French, Portuguese or Arabic in the form of a printed publication, a television feature, a radio story, a website or a blog whose primary audience is based in Africa. Stories are judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest and community impact. Stories must have been broadcast or published between January 1, and April 30. All stories must be submitted in electronic format: a) Print: upload the scan(s) of the published article. The deadline for entries is 1 May 2015, an APO press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more