Solskjaer, Rashford scoop January awards

first_imgManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named Premier League manager of the month after an unbeaten start to his reign at Old Trafford and striker Marcus Rashford clinched the player of the month award for January.Solskjaer, who replaced Jose Mourinho in December, became the first United manager to receive the award since Sir Alex Ferguson in October 2012 during the season when the club last won the league title.United claimed 10 points from a possible 12 in January, with victories over Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion, and a comeback home draw with Burnley.“We want to move up the table and this is the start of it,” said Solskjaer, who has closed the gap between United and the top four teams to two points.“You cannot be a good leader or a manager without good players… so ultimately it’s how they respond to what we tell them and they’ve been fantastic, so all credit to them.”The 21-year-old Rashford, who scored three goals in four league matches last month, was the first United player to claim the monthly prize since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in December, 2016.United visit 19th-placed Fulham on Saturday.last_img read more

Verdasco hits back to beat British hope Edmund

first_imgSix years ago Spain’s Fernando Verdasco led Andy Murray by two sets in the Wimbledon quarter-finals only to let the British favourite off the hook and allow him to continue his journey to what would be an historic title.On Wednesday, the feisty left-hander, found himself two sets behind to Kyle Edmund, the man with the onerous task of trying to fill the void left by Murray’s absence from the singles draw.Where there were roars of joy from around the grounds after that see-saw battle in 2013, this time there were groans as Verdasco turned the tables to win 4-6 4-6 7-6(3) 6-3 6-4.The 24-year-old Edmund, seeded 30th, was playing the kind of dazzling tennis two-time champion Murray would have been proud of as he dominated with his clubbing forehand.Victory looked all but assured when he moved a break up in the third set but the 35-year-old Verdasco, making his 17th appearance at the All England Club, is no quitter.Using his own mighty forehand, the left-hander hammered his way back to win the third set on a tiebreak and with Edmund troubled by his knee, he dominated thereafter to win from a two-set deficit for the sixth time in his career.The previous day had been a profitable one for the British contingent with the number of players through to the second round reaching seven, the most since 2006.But the crowds wedged in watching Edmund on the big screen on “Henman Hill” were left disappointed as his challenge faded against the world number 37.Verdasco now plays Italian Thomas Fabbiano who claimed a second successive five-set victory by beating 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic.Earlier, Britain’s Heather Watson bowed out in three sets to Estonia’s 20th seed Anett Kontaveit.last_img read more

Vergenoegen Village Day for Christmas Day

first_imgWith Christmas less than nine days away, residents of Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, are gearing up for yet another celebration to be hosted by Slingerz Family on Christmas Day. The event is billed for the Vaergenoegen Rice Mill tarmac.As usual, the Number One Sound System always gives back to the community and this year will be no different, other than it being bigger and better.This year, the organisers will be distributing gifts and hampers to senior citizens and children in the community. There will also be Santa Claus and his helpers from 15:00h to mix and mingle with the kids and the elderly. There will also be lots of games for the kids including bouncy castle, trampoline, merry-go-round and face painting.In addition to the gifts and hampers, there will be lots of goodies.However, the action begins as the sun sets. Several artistes and deejays are expected to set the tone for the party that is expected to be epic. The list includes Banky Hype all the way from New Jersey; Noah Powa from New York; Guyana’s very own, Selector Face, Deejay Garwin and the Slingerz Family; Deejay Kevin and others.The main attraction, however, will be Carib Soca Monarch Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo who is known for his vibes and energy. He has several new hits under his belt and will definitely ensure that his fans are well entertained.This is one event you don’t wanna miss…last_img read more

NOC-K concerned as KRU summons 7s team

first_img0Shares0000Kenya national 7s team in action against Australia at the HSBC World Series. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, August 4- Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) met members of the national sevens team for a disciplinary hearing Tuesday ahead of expected radical changes to the side’s set-up.The team has been in disarray for the past month after the Union, technical bench and players clashed over unpaid salary arrears and bonuses with the squad that is seeded top of the November Africa Olympics Qualifiers downing their tools in protest. On their side, the governing body elected to allow the contracts of head coach, Felix Ochieng and senior players run out on July 31 to renegotiate terms afresh, with mass casualties anticipated ahead of the new season.“We want to make an informed decision, one that takes the interest of the game in the long term into account. So we will let the processes at the union run and once we have reached a decision we will communicate the same,” Ian Mugambi, a director at KRU told Capital Sport.Speaking separately, Team Manager, Steve Sewe, whose job is also on the line, informed this website they were summoned to the Union headquarters to face a disciplinary hearing after the national 15s team was announced earlier in the morning.“I’m no longer allowed to comment on matters relating to the national team or the players,” he added.The National Olympics Committee-Kenya (Noc-k) who are banking on the sevens outfit to represent the nation at next summer’s Rio Games expressed grave concerns over the stand-off.“I urge the Union to put their house in order. The Qualification process is important and they should put enough effort to it and ensure the team goes through.“As time approaches, we are banking on rugby sevens to qualify. It is the first time rugby will be at the Summer Olympics programme and representation by our team will give other team sports. They need to get adequate exposure,” Kenya’s Chef-de-Mission to Rio Olympics, Stephen Soi stated.He emphasised part of the huge Sh542m budget they announced for the entire Team Kenya last week during the launch of the Road to Rio fundraising drive was meant to adequately cater for the team in preparation but they had to qualify first.“We had factored rugby sevens, women’s volleyball and women’s football team in our plan for Rio. The football girls are out leaving rugby and volleyball and we wish them all the best,” the Noc-k Executive Officer added.The players went on strike for the second time since last December on July 10 protesting over unpaid dues and failure to be provided basic training facilities.During the press call announcing the training boycott, Sewe was flanked by assistant coach, Vuyo Zangqa, strength and conditioning coach, Graham Bentz, skipper Andrew Amonde, Kenya’s all time try top scorer Collins Injera, his elder brother Humphrey Kayange and seasoned Patrice Agunda.“In 2011 the KRU undertook a commitment to transform the national 7s training program into a high performance system. Key to this was the establishment of a player centred coach led system which placed welfare as the top priority,” the long-serving Team Manager said at the time.The Union accuses team members of maintaining hard-line positions in face of proposed radical chances to the squad with Zangqa and Bentz the only personnel in the squad assured of an August pay cheque since their contract runs out September next year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

London giants look to clinch last 16 berths

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, France, November 22 – Chelsea and Arsenal have enjoyed contrasting domestic fortunes recently, but both can seal their places in the Champions League last 16 with wins against German opposition on Wednesday evening.Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Norwich left the Gunners with ten wins and one draw in their last 12 matches.“We have some way to go to show that this is the right way,” said manager Arsene Wenger, sounding a note of caution. “Five weeks ago we were 17th in the league and I had to answer a question about whether I thought we would battle relegation.“At the time I said no but in football things change quickly. We are back in a stronger position.”Next they play host to Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in a Group F showdown at the Emirates Stadium, where they have not lost in 25 matches in the group stages of the competition.Arsenal will be through to the last 16 for the 12th season running with a win, but they can expect a tough test against a Dortmund side who won 1-0 away to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga at the weekend.Mario Goetze scored the only goal in that game, and the 19-year-old will be the focus of much of the attention in North London, with Arsenal said to be keen to prise him away next summer.The game comes in the middle of a massive week for Dortmund, who entertain Schalke in a local derby on Saturday, but Jurgen Klopp’s side really need a win to keep alive their chances of advancing.In the other game in Group F, Marseille entertain Olympiakos in the knowledge that a win could be enough to take them through depending on the result in London.At Chelsea, the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas is increasing after they slumped to a third defeat in four Premier League games at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.The Blues travel to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen in Group E knowing that a win will see them through to the knockout stages of a competition that owner Roman Abramovich is so desperate to win.Their poor domestic form has led to suggestions that the Russian oligarch may once again look to appoint Guus Hiddink in a bid to rescue his side’s season, but Villas-Boas insists he is not concerned about job safety for the moment.“He didn’t pay 15 million euros to get me out of Porto and another fortune to get me out of Chelsea,” said the Portuguese in the wake of the Liverpool defeat.“I have said we have set out to build something new at this club and the club is committed to what we are building for the future.”However, Abramovich’s patience will be seriously tested if Chelsea slip up at the BayArena.In what remains a very open group, Valencia are currently third on five points, but a win against Belgian outsiders Genk at the Mestalla will keep them firmly in contention ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge next month.Milan and Barcelona are already through from Group H, but meetings between the two clubs are always eagerly anticipated and Barca can clinch first place in the section with a win at the San Siro.The Catalans, who travel without the injured Andres Iniesta and the suspended Dani Alves, are preparing to come up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the first time since he left them last year.“It will be a very exciting, fantastic game,” the Swede, who missed September’s 2-2 draw between the teams at the Camp Nou, told“We will be playing against the best team in the world, without doubt.“Even when I left the team, I knew I’d left the best team in the world. But, for me and all the other parties involved, I think the best solution was to leave the club.“Given the results for both sides, it was the best solution.”In Group G, surprise package APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus can become the first Cypriot club to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages if they can beat Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

WEC aims to be alternative to UFC

first_img“World Extreme Cagefighting will continue to put on the best fights in the world,” said Scott Adams, the founder and general manager of WEC. “We have the best talent in the world in all of our weight divisions. I think fans will be entertained by what we have to offer.” On Jan. 20, the WEC held its first event under the Zuffa banner, and it was obvious by the atmosphere inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas that the organization is focused on attracting the younger end of the male 18-40 demographic. When it was announced this December that Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, had purchased World Extreme Cagefighting, it was widely perceived that the smaller organization based in Lemoore would become a feeder system for the more established brand. But recent developments suggest that won’t be the case and, in fact, the WEC may become a viable alternative to UFC. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The lighting was set at a nightclub level and a DJ played music between bouts to keep the fans in attendance entertained. The small arena, which holds 1,000, was sold out, and ticket prices ranged from $50 to $225. The company also has a television deal in place with Versus Network, which also airs NHL games and boxing events. The network will air six one-hour highlight shows and three two-hour live specials beginning this summer. Atmosphere and television deals aside, the most important aspect to building a successful company will be the success of the fighters. Leading the way in that department is featherweight champion Urijah Faber. Nicknamed “The California Kid,” the Davis native sports a 17-1 record. “I go out and try to put on a good show and stand up,” Faber said. “Even though I have a strong wrestling background, I always go out there trying to stand and give the fans what they want to see and do something spectacular. When it gets taken to the ground, usually it’s because of my opponent. I don’t mind, because I’m confident in my ground game, but I like to put on a show and let the fans leave happy.” last_img read more

Forgery claims hit AC Milan takeover bid

first_img0Shares0000A Chinese consortium looking to purchase AC Milan has been accused of providing false documents during its initial negotiations © AFP/File / Vincenzo PintoMILAN, Italy, Sep 21 – A Chinese consortium looking to purchase AC Milan has been accused of providing false documents during its initial negotiations with the Serie A giants, according to reports Wednesday.Sino-Europe Sports Investment Management Changxing Co, led by businessman Li Yonghong, has already paid 100m euros to Fininvest, the holding company of AC Milan owner and president Silvio Berlusconi, who is expected to sign off on the 740m euro deal by the end of the year. But a report by the Bloomberg financial news site, which cites a statement from the Chinese lender whose name appears on the documents, alleges that false documents were used in the initial negotiations.The report claims Sino-Europe Sports provided documents on “what appears to be Bank of Jiangsu Co. stationery, purporting to show transaction details of a consortium member’s corporate account”.It added that “after reviewing the matter, Bank of Jiangsu found it hadn’t issued any such document detailing the account’s transactions”.In a statement to AFP on Wednesday, Fininvest said it would “not confirm” that it had received the documents in question, adding: “and we do not intend to comment on the affair.”The Bloomberg report claims, however, that: “Fininvest checked the soundness of the buyers through contacts with Chinese financial institutions, and it continues to work to finalize the deal by the end of the year.”The claims, reported widely in the Italian media, have cast a shadow over a deal that could see Milan, one of the world’s legendary football clubs, following in the footsteps of city rivals Inter Milan in being sold to Chinese investors.Inter, Italy’s last Champions League winners, in 2010, are now owned by the Chinese group Suning, who bought a majority stake in the club several months ago from Indonesian Erick Thohir.AC Milan already pulled out of one deal with Chinese investors last year, and recently the new bid was hit by doubts.Sino-Europe Sports issued a statement last week to quash claims it was struggling to gather the necessary funds for a successful takeover.“Sino-Europe Sports confirms that everything is progressing rapidly towards the closing for the acquisition of Milan,” the statement said.“Yesterday [on Friday] David Han took part in a series of planned meetings with his advisors and Fininvest. All the parties are working to close the deal in the planned timescale.”According to preliminary negotiations between the parties, the deal is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP investigating after vehicle crashes into home

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — Mounties in Grande Prairie are continuing to investigate after a vehicle crashed into a home late last week.On Friday, March 3rd at approximately 1:15 am, police responded to a report of a vehicle that had collided with a home on the north side of Grande Prairie.The vehicle was travelling on 132 Ave. when it left the road, travelled through a fence, and then collided with the corner of a home. When police arrived on scene, they determined that the 68 year-old male driver of the vehicle from La Glace was suffering from a medical condition.- Advertisement -The driver was taken by ambulance to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Though the home was occupied at the time of the crash, none of the home’s residents were injured, though the home was extensively damaged. Police continue to investigate the collision.If you have any information about this or any other investigation(s), please call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at (780)830-5701. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS.last_img read more

Youngsters to star Manchester derby? Predicted Manchester United XI

first_img 8. Juan Mata (attacking midfield) 11 11 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 35. Jesse Lingard (right wing) 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 11 Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will be hoping to get his side’s top four bid back on track with victory against rivals Man City at the Etihad Stadium.The Reds Devils haven’t been at their best recently but still find themselves sixth in the table and four points behind their noisy neighbours.And if they are to, rather surprisingly, usurp Manuel Pellegrini’s side, a win on Sunday is a must.Unfortunately Ander Herrera appears to set to miss the clash due to a groin injury but Van Gaal does have Ashley Young, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Adnan Januzaj and Timothy Fosu-Mensah available again.However, Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, Will Keane and Phil Jones all remain on the sidelines.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Manchester United line up for Sunday’s derby match with Man City… 11 11 11 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 11 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 11 11 9. Anthony Martial (left wing) 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – click the arrow, right, to see the complete Manchester United predicted XI in squad number order 39. Marcus Rashford (striker) 11 11 17. Daley Blind (centre back) last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Napoli prepare £60million bid for Arsenal target and Inter star

first_img Mauro Icardi: The 23-year-old striker has impressed in Italy 1 Napoli are prepared to make a final offer of £60m for Arsenal target Mauro Icardi.The striker has stalled over signing a new contract with Inter Milan and clubs are hoping they can lure him away before the end of the summer transfer window.Arsenal have reportedly expressed an interest in the 23-year-old in the off season, while Chelsea have been linked in the past.But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, it is Inter’s Serie A rivals Napoli who are ready to splash the cash with a last £60m bid.The Italian club are desperate to find a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, who has jumped ship and moved to Juventus for £75.3million.After bagging 43 goals in the past two season, Icardi is the man Napoli want and they are confident an offer of £60m can get the deal done.last_img read more