“For me and everyone who has been at United he is the one we talk about because he has done it. “He proved to everyone what being dedicated gets you, having a chef to cook your food, dedicating your whole life to football and being the best player in the world. “It’s an example to everyone. I am not afraid of using Sir Alex or Cristiano as an example when I have to because to get the best out of your talent you need to be dedicated. “We all know that not everyone has got it. “It’s a desire and attitude from within, it’s what you’ve got in your heart and Cristiano’s always had it.” The win over Norwich gave Solskjaer his first Premier League victory as a manager and moved the Bluebirds off the foot off the table. The Canaries are just two points outside the drop zone and face Manchester City next. Their manager Chris Hughton has yet to hold talks with wantaway Wes Hoolahan, but expects the midfielder to be fully committed to the club now the transfer window has closed. The 31-year-old was not part of the Canaries squad in Wales after having a transfer request rejected amid interest from Aston Villa and also making derogatory comments about the Carrow Road club. A move did not materialise for the Republic of Ireland international, and his manager expects him to buckle down. “The transfer window ended Friday night and it is business as usual come Monday morning, and we will train and prepare for a real tough game next Saturday,” said Hughton. “Everyone knows there was a bid for him. He put in a transfer request. which we turned down. “Wes won’t be the first player at a club that has wanted to leave and it has not happened. The reality is he is a Norwich City player and the players will knuckle down, train and do all they can and want to be involved, and I expect Wes to be no different. “I have not spoken to him, we had communication before the last couple of days, but our concentration has been on the game. “It’s normal that I will speak with players and Wes is very much a Norwich player, the window is gone, he wanted to go but I am sure he will knuckle down and do the best job he can.” The 21-year-old winger made an instant impact on his Bluebirds debut in the 2-1 win over Norwich, just over 24 hours after completing a loan move from Manchester United. Zaha set up Craig Bellamy to cancel out Robert Snodgrass’ opener for the Canaries, before winning the corner that led to Kenwyne Jones’ winner. The England international has found his opportunities limited at United since joining from Crystal Palace, but Solskjaer has been very impressed by his skills and admits there are some aspects of his play that are similar to his former team-mate Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward showed raw potential in his early days at Old Trafford before developing into a global star, joining Real Madrid and winning the Ballon d’Or. “I don’t really want to compare Wilfried with Cristiano, but he has quick feet like Cristiano, he is brave like Cristiano and wants to go forward,” said Solskjaer. “But he is young. He has got to make a decision about how good does he want to be and how he loves this game. “Coming in here he just wants to play football and he’s been bright as a button these last few days.” And Solskjaer believes Ronaldo is the perfect example for Zaha to follow if he is to fulfil his potential. “Cristiano worked every single day,” he said. “I have never seen anyone work as hard as him. “Before training, after training, he was an exceptionally dedicated man. Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Wilfried Zaha has the talent to follow in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps provided he is prepared to work hard at honing his game. Press Association
Nine people are dead after a small airplane crashed in Hawaii, Friday evening.The twin-engine King Air plane was used in skydiving, according to authorities.Honolulu fire officials say the aircraft went down near Dillingham Airfield on Oahu’s north shore and then burst into flames.The fire chief later reported that no one aboard the aircraft survived.The crash is being called one of the deadliest for a civilian airplane in Hawaii history.An investigation is ongoing.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Opener John Campbell’s half-century averted disaster for Jamaica Scorpions but they remained in trouble against a fired-up Barbados Pride on a rain-affected second day of their third round game in the Regional Four-Day Championship here yesterday.When rain – which forced the abandonment of Friday’s opening day – ended play just after tea, the hosts were still wobbling on 157 for eight but it represented a huge turnaround from a precarious position of 52 for five in the morning session.The left-handed Campbell led the recovery, stroking a top score of 60 while tail-ender Damion Jacobs weighed in with a valuable 30 and Andre McCarthy, 22.All told, the West Indies A player struck five boundaries off 142 balls in a knock spanning 3-1/4 hours.Off-spinner Kenroy Williams picked up two for 16 and was joined by seamers Kemar Roach (2-24) and Justin Greaves (2-40) who also finished with two wickets apiece.Sent in at Sabina Park, Scorpions made a horrific start when they found themselves four down inside the first hour with just 28 runs on the board.In the day’s first over, Shacaya Thomas fell for two, edging Roach to Shamarh Brooks at second slip at four for one and in the following over, Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood was snared at third slip by Roston Chase off Greaves, without scoring. read more
Following yet another successful season with head coach Bo Ryan at the helm, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team is poised to defend its Big Ten title.During Wisconsin basketball media day yesterday, Ryan, as well as other members of the team, discussed the upcoming season and their hopes and expectations for the coming year.Despite losing three seniors — two of them starters — to graduation, the Badgers feel they can uphold the title that surprised the conference last season. With new players taking over major responsibilities, Ryan sees their competitive drive as a good sign for the imminent season.“They’re ready to contribute; they’re ready to say, ‘Hey coach, put me on the floor,” Ryan said. “If you’re a teammate of mine, the best way I’m showing you respect is by kicking your butt in practice.”The Badgers return starters Marcus Landry, Joe Krabbenhoft and Trevon Hughes. It has yet to be determined who will be filling in for former guard Michael Flowers and center Brian Butch.New players will be stepping into the starting roles, and while the team does not have an abundance of veteran players, it does have an ample number of hungry freshmen and sophomores competing for positions.“Every year we’re kind of replacing guys in a different way,” junior guard Jason Bohannon said. “By doing the same thing this year, we just have to pick up where we left off and be able to work hard every day and try and get better.”As a result of the youth on the team, Wisconsin will have to rely on Landry and Krabbenhoft to keep the team in check.“In the locker room — that’s where leadership is of the utmost importance from the players,” Ryan said. “When we start traveling … that’s when you want the seniors, the upperclassmen to pass on to the underclassmen and say, ‘This is the way we do it.’”With his coveted swing offense in high gear, Ryan knows despite the loss of some of the Badgers’ most productive players, scoring won’t be an issue because of the offensive system set in place.“Guys will find points,” Ryan said. “If we see a shot that’s not really something that’s conducive for us, we’ll let them know. … When we see those, we say, ‘No, that’s not a good shot. We can get a better one.’”Last year, the Badgers advanced to the Sweet 16 after beating Cal State Fullerton and Kansas State in the opening two rounds. Against Davidson, one of the hottest teams in the country, the Badgers lost 73-56.Nevertheless, Wisconsin looks to recapture its strong play from last season that led to a Big Ten regular season title as well as a Big Ten Tournament title.“You just got to keep getting better,” Bohannon said. “Last year, we could’ve played better, but this year we’re going to continue where we left off and keep going.”Despite their success last season, the Badgers have received a relatively low preseason ranking — but instead of looking at the fact with disdain, Wisconsin is using it as motivation to make a statement.“Every time we step on the court we try to make each other better,” sophomore forward Jon Leuer said. “I definitely feel like we have a good team. It’s a long season, and I definitely feel like we’re ready for it.”In terms of goals, the Badgers have laid out their own plans for the season, which tend to revolve around putting in the maximum amount of time and effort into every practice and game.As a result of its consistent success and seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances, Wisconsin has lofty expectations going into the season from non-UW-related sources.“[We’ve established] high expectations from outsiders and the players” Ryan said. “I just always coach and teach and say, ‘Here’s what we need to do to be successful.’ I think when you ask what has happened as a result of that, people expect us to compete at a high level.” read more
Published on January 13, 2017 at 5:18 pm Contact Tomer: email@example.com | @tomer_langer Liam Callahan was selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 24th overall pick, the second pick in the second round, in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.The Syracuse captain played in 19 games this year, scoring two goals and picking up an assist. His main contributions came as a wing in Syracuse’s 3-5-2 formation, supporting the Orange’s back line while also being a key passer in the offensive scheme.Callahan spent his freshman year at Villanova before transferring to Syracuse. He ranked 21st in assists (9) during his junior year when SU made its first-ever College Cup.Callahan was the second Syracuse player drafted on Friday, joining Miles Robinson. Chris Nanco is still available to be picked. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
It’s been a good few days for the Ulsterman despite not featuring in any competitions.He has topped the Race to Dubai rankings as Jamie Donaldson could only manage a 24th place finish in the China Open in Shanghai.
PreviousOakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a double by Chad Pinder during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano can’t reach a ball hit for a home run by Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, grounds out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha, right, is forced out at second as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella throws out Chad Pinder at first during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson, left, is congratulated by hitting coach Darren Bush after scoring on a double by Ramon Laureano during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs to first after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha bats during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha, right, scores on a double by Chad Pinder as Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau stands at the plate during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, passes Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Chapman as he heads to third after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a double by Chad Pinder during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 12Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a double by Chad Pinder during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM – A’s third baseman Matt Chapman and Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella were announced All-Stars in the middle of their head-to-head game Sunday at Angel Stadium. One of them drove in six runs, while the other brought cowboy clothes in preparation for a team-wide getaway day dress-up en route to Texas.The Angels couldn’t ride off into the sunset fast enough after their 12-3 loss to the A’s. By losing the final three games in the intradivision series, the Angels fell below .500 (42-43) and fell four games behind Oakland (46-39), the team directly ahead of them in the American League West.Sunday, the A’s scored seven runs in the eighth inning to turn a competitive game into a laugher.“It wasn’t a great inning,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “And really, you win the first game of the series against the team you’re chasing, it’s kind of unacceptable. We need to play better than that, quite frankly. Any of us that put that uniform and go into that dugout, we need to do a better job. We’re chasing Oakland among other teams in the hunt. We just got back over .500 and we lose three in a row. “We just have to be better. Simple as that.”It was a rough day for Angels starter Andrew Heaney (1-2), who allowed five runs in six innings in his first outing against the A’s this season. It was arguably rougher for the offense, which went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Or for pitcher Cam Bedrosian, who tried to catch a 90-mph line drive back to the mound in the eighth inning, only for the ball to glance off his glove and strike his left temple. The ball left a scar but no broken bones.Shohei Ohtani hit two solo home runs, giving him 13 this season. It was Ohtani’s third career multi-home run game with the Angels, and his first of 2019.La Stella had three of the Angels’ nine hits. Kole Calhoun hit an RBI single to snap an 0-for-11 streak.The Angels will take a three-game losing streak into Arlington, where they were swept in a three-game series by the Rangers in April. “Today was just kind of a slow painful death,” Ausmus said. “It just kept spiraling in the other direction. It wasn’t a lot of fun to be there.”Heaney sped through the A’s first three hitters before the announced crowd of 37,668. In the second inning, Mark Canha faced a 2-strike count when a curveball hit his back foot. The next batter, Chad Pinder, jumped on the first pitch he saw from Heaney and hit a line drive into the left field corner. Canha scored from first base on Pinder’s double, giving the A’s a 1-0 lead.After a 1-2-3 third inning, Heaney encountered more trouble in the fourth. Olson led off with a single to right-center. Canha drew a 5-pitch walk. Pinder grounded into a double play. But with Olson on third base and an 0-and-2 count on Ramon Laureano, Heaney threw a 94-mph fastball down the heart of the strike zone. Laureano took advantage of his good fortune, stroking a double into left-center field, driving in Olson with the A’s second run.After Ohtani’s homer against A’s starter Chris Bassitt (5-3) in the bottom of the fourth, Olson broke the game open in the fifth.Josh Phegley singled and went to third base on a double by Marcus Semien. Chapman followed with a three-run home run that landed above the yellow stripe in right field, putting the A’s ahead for good at 5-2.“Just kind of one of those pitches where I knew, we talked about it, I had a base open there,” Heaney said. “(Chapman) is a good hitter. Didn’t make a good pitch. It happens. It’s tough. It’s something where we’re right there in the game and that kind of blows it open.”The A’s did more damage on 2-strike counts – Olson’s home run, two doubles, three singles – than the Angels did in sum. Ausmus said he doesn’t believe the Angels’ 2-strike strategy was too predictable. Neither did Heaney.“I think it’s just more execution,” he said. “Sometimes you get caught up a little bit in some of the pitch selection … and it just comes down to making good pitches. You’re trying to get guys 0-2, 1-2, then put them away. They’re doing the same thing the other way around. It’s definitely something I would like to be doing better, for sure.”The Angels had chances. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Mike Trout batted with two runners on and two outs, representing the tying run in a 5-2 game. But former Angels pitcher Yusmeiro Petit froze him with a 79-mph curveball that hooked into the strike zone, ending the inning.The A’s piled on quickly, sending 11 batters to the plate in the eighth inning. The seven runs were the most the Angels have allowed in an inning this season. Five of the seven were charged to Bedrosian, though only one was earned by virtue of an error by La Stella, who bobbled a routine ground ball by Franklin Barreto.Chapman batted twice in the inning, hitting a triple against Bedrosian and a double against Justin Anderson.“We were one strike away from being out of it and still being in that ballgame,” Calhoun said. “They did some things. Laureano puts a good swing on that ball and knocks in Chapman. Barreto gets a slow roller that we couldn’t get, scores another run. Kind of falls apart from there. Definitely not ideal. But it’s one of those games.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more
If that sounds like … duh … no basketball team has ever played together as well as they do.In the game before they had 45 assists. The record for a season is the 1984-85 Lakers’ 31.4. Without a Magic Johnson, the Warriors are at 31.8.Mike D’Antoni dreamed up the modern NBA open-court offense in Phoenix in 2004. The Spurs took it to the next level, culminating in their 2014 title run in which they zipped the ball around so quickly, the Heat got dizzy trying to follow them and toppled over in a five-game Finals.The Warriors are like the Spurs with way better shooters, including the best 1-2 combination the game had ever seen in Curry and Klay Thompson and now (hiss, boo, etc.) KD.They’re — finally — wise to the danger of burning themselves out chasing records like last season’s 73 wins. With three upset losses already, they went into the weekend on a more comfortable pace … in which they would win only 71. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Now that he has helped the Warriors build a budding dynasty, can the Lakers have Jerry West back?Here’s what a monster they have built in Golden State:The Warriors took the Clippers apart by 17 points at Staples Center in last week’s so-called showdown but it could have been a lot worse. Despite the Warriors’ vaunted firepower, they shot 23 percent on 3s, making just seven, fewer than the Clippers. Steph Curry went 0 for 8 from the arc. Kevin Durant was 5 for 17 from the floor.How did the Warriors make up for that? By playing together. Of course, when they get up for an opponent, you could ask the Clippers, whom they don’t like and have beaten seven times in a row, what comes next.Not that I saw this level of domination coming. I thought goofy/inevitable expectations would weigh the Warriors down but they haven’t.I didn’t expect a seamless transition to the KD era but they’ve had one.I thought success would bring turmoil as it has so many other places. Nope.The Warriors’ key is their marvelous chemistry. They’re like each others’ best friends, starting with the sunny Steph, who is everyone’s favorite Warrior, and driven by the gung-ho, high-kicking Draymond.To be clear about West’s contribution, he’s merely a highly-paid consultant … as much as Jerry is ever merely anything.It’s hardly coincidence that he was behind two Laker dynasties, one he inherited with Magic and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one he built from scratch with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant; then turned Memphis, which had never won 25 games, into a 50-win playoff team before joining the Warriors.Coming off a 36-46 season under new management in 2011, the Warriors were looking for nothing less than credibility. As Joe Lacob, a classic know-it-all new owner, but one smart enough to hire someone he knew he had to defer to, later noted, “Our feeling was, even if we made some mistakes, at least if we had Jerry West involved, how much of idiots could we be?”That West is working for a division rival is an accident of Laker history they should stop repeating.If this is a Golden Oldie — I like to make this pitch annually — the Lakers are approaching a watershed moment. With Jeanie Buss preparing to nudge her brother, Jim, to the side — darn, did I give away the ending? — it will be a continuation of this Looney Tunes saga not to pursue West, whose contract with the Warriors is up next summer, in whatever capacity works for him.If it would be wildly popular with Laker fans, there are reasons why this is a long shot … just no good ones.Jerry Buss revered West but didn’t think he needed help coming off the Lakers’ 2009-2010 titles and wanted to let Jim take over the basketball operation without being eclipsed by a legend.Jeanie has no concern about protecting Jim but her preferred choice to take over would be her fiance and current New York Knick president, Phil Jackson, assuming he’s available.Jeanie has a legitimate reason to hire Jackson. She’s responsible for the entire organization, knows she’s no basketball expert and feels — as she said before he went to New York — that Phil would make her better at her job.If the Lakers want to make it work, West could fit easily with any of their configurations in an add-on position like consultant.He and Jackson won a title in their only season together, co-existing easily even if each of them wondered where the other’s head was.The problem with West, who’s totally personable but wound tight as a violin string, is not any issue with anyone on the job, but keeping him on the job. He didn’t have to leave the championship Lakers he had built in 2000 and were about to go on a three-title run but he was emotionally exhausted enough to be spooked by the romance between Phil and Jeanie.Nevertheless, as a fit, we’re talking about Mr. Laker, who has worked with Phil, Jeanie and coach Luke Walton, mentored GM Mitch Kupchak and raised the director of player personnel, Jerry’s son, Ryan.Consulting is a good compromise between being in the action without getting burned out for West. If it would be unorthodox to pay him $1 million or more just to consult, that’s what the Warriors did to get him out of retirement at 73 when he had been out of the game for four years.At 78, West is still doing what he does … in Oakland.If anyone needs West, it’s not the Warriors, who are all built, but the Lakers who not only know what he can do but need someone to do it again. read more
JOHNSTON — While Governor Kim Reynolds announced she is allowing many businesses to reopen early — the state’s casinos are still not on the list. Reynolds said Wednesday that the casinos have been working on plans to safely reopen.“This is a discussion and a dialogue that they’re having and they have asked to have us connect them with the Department of Public Health, so together we can sit down and start to look at what that guidance looks like as start to maybe give them the opportunity to maybe begin to open back up,” Reynolds said.The governor said amusement parks are following the same type of process. “They are also looking at ways and have reached (with) protocols and mitigation efforts that they have put in place — so that they can again open back up and do it in a safe and responsible manner,” according to Reynolds.The governor’s emergency proclamation putting coronavirus limits on casinos and amusement parks is set to expire at the end of this month. read more
England Golf’s Coach of the Year, Steven Orr, has become the youngest ever recipient of PGA Master Professional status. Orr, 40, coaches the England Golf South East U16 boys’ squad and is the director of coaching and development at the Cranfield Golf Academies in Sussex. He was named as ‘Coach of the Year’ at England Golf’s coaching conference at the end of 2015 (image © Leaderboard Photography). Orr initially harboured hopes of playing on the European Tour but has ended up as a renowned coach with a host of achievements to his name including being one of the first PGA pros to undertake the UKCC Level 4 Certificate in Coaching. Ironically, it was a golfer who famously never had a lesson – Bubba Watson – that persuaded Orr that he wasn’t going to cut it as a player at the highest level and stoked a passion for coaching. Orr played a few rounds with Watson while at university in Alabama and it was a wake-up call to his own tour ambitions. “From my teens I wanted to be a European Tour player but I promised myself that when the day it became evident it was not going to happen as a tour player that coaching was where I wanted to be,” said Orr. “Playing with Bubba you could see he was a different standard and it was maybe a turning point when I realised there were players far better than me. “The other moment that brought it home was when I played in the Johnnie Walker Championship and played with Peter Hanson who went on to play in two Ryder Cups. There was a big gulf to these world class players and by the time I was 26 I realised I was not going to achieve my tour ambitions. “Coaching was beginning to hold a fascination when I put a foot in the coaching world. I went from playing ten hours a day to not playing for a year because I was so absorbed in coaching. “I’m totally fascinated with coaching and in fact it’s outgrown my fascination with playing in a way I never thought would happen.” He added: “I love coaching, I do 70 hours a week but it doesn’t feel as though I’ve worked a day since 2003. My love for coaching grows every day, I’m very fortunate that I have got a job that doesn’t feel like work. I think every passionate coach will tell you the same. “Also, part of journey over the last 15 years has been in coach education including as a PGA tutor and working overseas for the R&A. I’ve found that really interesting – how we develop effectively as coaches and how that process works.” Reflecting on his PGA Master Professional accolade, Orr added: “This is a real honour to be given this award by the PGA especially when you look at some of the guys on the list of Master Professionals. “Several of them have been huge mentors, notably Scott Cranfield who I have worked under from day one of the start of my coaching career.” 19 May 2016 England coach Steven Orr is youngest-ever PGA Master Professional read more