Maguire’s form becoming a “Major Concern” for Man Utd – report

first_imgHarry Maguire’s poor form at Manchester United, which has seen him at fault for three goals since the Premier League’s return, has been described as a ‘major concern’ for the club. The centre back arrived at Old Trafford from Leicester City for £80 million last season, breaking the previous world record for a defender set by Virgil van Dijk’s 2018 move to Liverpool for £75 million. His season had been going well enough but the return to action from Covid-19 has seen him make three high profile errors for goals in the games against Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth and Southampton. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?World’s Most Delicious Foods14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings Now former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has warned that the centre back’s form is becoming a ‘major worry.’ “I think Lindelof is OK but for the money they paid for Harry Maguire, I tell you he is looking very cumbersome to me,” he told ESPN FC after the England defender’s part in Michael Obafemi’s equaliser on Monday. “If I was Solskjaer, that centre-half pairing would be a big concern for me. We know they’re not the only team. We know City are looking for centre halves, we know Chelsea are, Arsenal are desperate for them. “All these clubs are desperate for these defenders and Manchester United are another club that are in that scenario.”center_img Read Also: Man Utd to suffer £25m loss if they miss Champions LeagueBurley also went in on Solskjaer, claiming the team would have already guaranteed their place in the top four if they had a manager with ‘tactical nous,’ adding, “I think United are the favourites to get in it because of their remaining fixtures but if they’d have had a man in charge from the start of the season who in my opinion was up to the task properly they would probably have nailed it down already by now. “That’s my point, if United fans can’t take that and don’t like it then tough. Continue the fact you’ll be chasing the tail of Manchester City and Liverpool in the coming seasons.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Whilst Paul Scholes blamed Victor Lindelof for Southampton’s second goal, which dented United’s chances of finishing in the top four, fans couldn’t help but notice Maguire marking Aaron Wan-Bissaka at the corner. In the first game back of United’s return to action, in the 1-1 draw against Spurs, the 27-year-old failed to deal with the pace of Steven Bergwijn, with the forward strolling past him. And, in the 4-2 win over Bournemouth, the former Sheffield United defender was left embarrassed by Junior Stanislas for the Cherries’ opener, as the winger nutmegged him in the box before slotting home. United have been linked with a move for another high profile defender this summer, potentially Kalidou Koulibaly, to play alongside Maguire in the future.last_img read more

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Hogge gets LVMS Dirt Track monkey off his back with Friday feature win

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 4) – For all his Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified career accomplishments, Friday’s victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a first for Bobby Hogge IV.The Salinas, Calif., veteran raced from 13th starting to win the main event at the half-mile Dirt Track. The victory was his first in the class at LVMS since he started racing at the Duel In The Desert in the 1990s.“It was a good race for us all night. Obviously, racing from 13th was exciting,” said Hogge. “I’ve missed maybe three Duels In the Desert and this was my first win here in a Modified. It’s pretty neat to get that monkey off my back.”The checkers were good for $750 and came in a borrowed ride. A night after sweeping the top three positions, Bill Henderson-owned cars finished 1-2 as Cody Laney repeated as runner-up.Hogge and Laney swapped slide jobs before Hogge took the lead with five circuits left in the 25-lapper. His margin of victory was close to five car lengths.“Once I got the lead I tried to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes with Cody running behind me,” said Hogge, who’d been third in the Thursday show. “Our cars are pretty much identical.”Casey Delp, Logan Drake and Ethan Dotson finished third through fifth, respectively.Thirty-nine cars were on hand at LVMS for a second straight night.Feature results – 1. Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; 2. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 3. Casey Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 4. Logan Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; 5. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Robert Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Kenny Wallace, Concord, N.C.; 8. Josh Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif.; 9. Randy McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 10. Jake Donnelly, Rigby, Idaho; 11. Clay Daly, Watsonville, Calif.; 12. Mike Kirby, Lomita, Calif.; 13. Kevin Irwin, Bakersfield, Calif.; 14. Wade Taylor, Spring Creek; 15. Steve Simpson Jr., Kingman, Ariz.; 16. Clifton King, Pahrump; 17. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 18. R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz.; 19. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo.; 20. Nick Nelson, Farmington, N.M.; 21. Jim Perkins, Williams, Ariz.; 22. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 23. Mitch Dickinson, Richfield, Utah; 24. Colt Mather, Keswick, Iowa.last_img read more

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UWF Volleyball defeats Emporia State to improve to 8-0.

first_imgUWF Volleyball defeats Emporia State to improve to 8-0. Sept. 7, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Volleyball team put away a strong Emporia State team 31-29, 30-28, and 30-22 Friday night in the UWF Fieldhouse, to prepare for two matches against Sunshine State Conference opponents on Saturday. The Argos take on Rollins College at 3:00 pm and then play the #2 ranked Tampa Spartans, who are the defending Division II National Champions, at 7:00 pm.Tonight the Argos survived one of their toughest matches to date. Emporia State, now 7-4 on the season, was matching the Argos, Attack for Attack, for the first two games, only to have UWF get the key points at the end. During game one, the Argos took a 28-23 lead, only to see the Hornets from Emporia State score six straight points to take a 29-28 lead. However, Sarah Harrison (Sr. / Sinton, Texas) countered with a Kill to tie the score at 29, and one point later, Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) served an Ace to put away game one.Game two was very close throughout, as neither team had a lead greater than two points. With the score at 27-26, Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil)and Harrison combined on a key block to put UWF up by two, then Jamie Nichols (Fr. / Crawfordville, Fla.) added a kill to put the Argos up 29-27, and one point later, Rapach had a monster kill to win game two. Finally, UWF was too strong in game three, as they out-hit Emporia State .378 to .140 in the final game.Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) lead the Argos with 15 kills, and Rapach added 13 kills, while Gonzalez recorded 40 Assists. Defensively, Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.) led the way with 22 digs. Emporia State had strong performances from Arica Shepard (15 kills) and Brianne Boner (10 kills) to play the Argos even through the first two games. Boner recorded two big kills that helped Emporia State take a 29-28 lead near the end of game one.However, West Florida scored when they needed to. “Once again, we did not panic, and stepped up on the big points in a close game one,” stated Head Coach Melissa Wolter. “Emporia is a tough team, and they play in a very strong conference against some tough competition,” Wolter explained, which indicates that the 3-0 win shows the Argos are for real. “We are looking for different players to step up on different nights, and tonight Luciana (Rapach) stepped up and played a great match,” said Wolter.The Argos might need several players to step up on Saturday, as they will host a match against the defending National Champions and #2 ranked Tampa at the UWF Fieldhouse at 7:00 pm. Through the first eight matches, several different players have been putting up great numbers each match, which indicates a well balanced Argo Attack. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

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COVID-19: Handball federation receive $8,000 support

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The International Handball Federation has informed the Handball Federation of Nigeria that it is a recipient of a financial grant to cushion the negative effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on handball in Nigeria.In a letter written and signed by the IHF President, Dr. Hassan Moustafa, to the HFN President, Sam Ocheho, the world handball governing body stated that it will grant HFN the financial support of 8,000 Swiss Francs (equivalent to $8,000) to aid the negative effect of the pandemic on handball activities in Nigeria. “As communicated during the joint meeting of the IHF Council with all IHF Member Federations, which was held by video conference on July 16, 2020, the IHF Executive Committee decided on June 9, 2020, to help reduce the negative impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the handball family,” the IHF boss said.“I am pleased to inform you that the IHF will grant to your federation financial support amounting to CHF 8,000 to join forces in reducing the negative impact of COVID-19 on your federation and handball activities in your country.”Ocheho, who, on behalf of the board of the federation and the entire Nigeria handball family thanked the IHF for the grant, described it as timely.He was also full of praise for the world governing body’s generous gesture, saying it was a reflection of the good work being done by the board of the federation to ensure the growth of handball in Nigeria.He also promised that the money would be used for the exact purpose it was given. Tags: COVID-19Hassan MousafaInternational Handball FederationSam Ocheholast_img read more

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Mourinho to continue Rooney pursuit

first_img “They are a team with qualities to play away, to play the counter-attack game they played at the Emirates,” he added. But if the opportunity presents itself he hopes his players can sustain their opening half-hour performance against Hull, when they were scintillating, in an ominous warning of a repeat thrashing for Villa. “We want to win matches, but what I like is that when you have the chance to destroy, to beat them by three, four, or five,” Mourinho said. “If someone has the chance to do it to you, they will not forgive you, they will give you nothing. If someone feels that they can do it to us they will do it – when you are in trouble, they smash you – so if we have the chance to do it, we have to do it. That is football.” Press Association “When you think that you’d like to have one player and the market is open and the official bids are not forbidden, official bids are always accepted in an ethical way. “Of course, the player’s owners they can do exactly what we did in relation to David Luiz and Barcelona.” Chelsea rejected an approach from Barcelona for Luiz, who is out of Wednesday night’s clash with Villa with a hamstring injury, but could return at Old Trafford. Mourinho would not be drawn on whether he expects Rooney to play against Chelsea. “I have no idea,” said Mourinho, who has plan Bs and Cs in place if Rooney’s signature remains elusive. “If you are speaking about Wayne, it’s his decision, it’s David’s decision, it’s their decision. It’s not my decision.” For now the Portuguese’s focus is on Villa, who beat Arsenal 3-1 last Saturday and were beaten 8-0 on their most recent trip to Stamford Bridge. Mourinho is wary of Villa following their win at Arsenal. Mourinho intends to test United’s resolve to retain Rooney before the September 2 closure of the transfer window despite Chelsea twice being rebuffed with bids in excess of £20million. “You try, because nobody forbids you to try,” said the self-proclaimed Special One, who could up the stakes for Rooney ahead of the United clash, if he is feeling mischievous. Chelsea take on Aston Villa on Wednesday night but attention is already turning to next Monday’s trip to play Barclays Premier League defending champions Manchester United, particularly as Jose Mourinho’s pursuit of Wayne Rooney is ongoing.last_img read more

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Mourinho sets sights on progression

first_img “I decided to do it. I asked Fernando to give me his machine and I did it myself in front of the mirror. It’s nice and cheap.” “Mrs Mourinho, I sent a picture before I arrived at home to see if I could go in… Yes, no problem.” Torres is fit to return from an adductor injury which has seen him miss the last three matches but defender David Luiz did not travel due to a knee problem. Juan Mata, the Blues’ player of the year in each of the last two seasons, has found opportunities limited this term and will get his chance in December. “He (Mata) deserves to play but I can’t start with more than 11,” added Mourinho, who pointed out Germany’s Andre Schurrle, Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne and Willian of Brazil have also had limited chances. John Obi Mikel was also not in favour at the start of the campaign, something he attributed in part to a disrupted pre-season at the Confederations Cup. Mikel’s Nigeria competed in the tournament alongside Mata’s Spain. Mikel performed well in the 3-0 win at Upton Park, his presence allowing others, including Frank Lampard, to push forwards in a strong Blues display. Mikel, who dismissed rumours of a summer switch to Galatasaray, said: “The way we played on Saturday was exactly the way the manager wants us to play. “You could say the real Chelsea is back. We’re playing with lots of confidence. The manager is giving lots of confidence to the team. “Tomorrow is going to be tough but we want to come out full of confidence, play well, win, get the three points and, hopefully, we’ll qualify.” Mourinho insists the onus at St Jakob Park is on Basle, who must match Schalke’s result with Steaua and beat the Germans next month to advance. “They are under pressure and we are not,” Mourinho said. “We can finish the job to qualify and Basle, even if they win tomorrow, have to play a last final at Gelsenkirchen. “For them, the situation is difficult. This shows clearly that, after the first match, we did our job and they didn’t do theirs. “This Chelsea is better than the Chelsea that played at Stamford Bridge. Hopefully we can continue the good run we’ve had in the Champions League and finish the job tomorrow.” If Chelsea do as Mourinho hopes their focus will turn to the Premier League, beginning with Sunday’s match with Southampton. Mourinho has talked of six title contenders and maintains Tottenham are one of them despite their 6-0 loss at Manchester City. “It’s better to lose one game 6-0 than to lose six matches 1-0,” Mourinho said. “It hurts more, but it’s better.” Chelsea need a point to advance but a fourth straight win, following the opening loss at home to Basle, would secure top spot in Group E ahead of the final encounter with Steaua Bucharest on December 11. In comments reminiscent of his first spell – when Mourinho sported a crew-cut and memorably stated “I am ready for the war” – the self-proclaimed Special One stated his desire to beat Basle and then focus on eight domestic fixtures in December, seven of them in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association “It’s a period I like,” said Mourinho, again sporting a short haircut. “It’s a period where I think only the braves can survive because it’s hard. “We go into the Christmas period and the accumulation of matches is so high, we don’t do it as a normal thing, we do it as a special group with a special mentality, enjoying the situation, forgetting we don’t have a Christmas (break) like the Spanish, Italian and German players. We don’t have that. “But we have the pleasure of playing a period that’s only for the braves. I like that very, very much. “I enjoyed it when I was in England and I missed it when I was in Spain and Italy. Now I’m back I want to enjoy it, I want the players to enjoy it, and we need a special mentality to cope with that situation. “Nine matches and one of them is the match against Steaua. That’s our motivation for tomorrow, to try to kill the situation in the group phase and give us a little bit of space in December; instead of having nine real, competitive matches, we only have eight.” During the international break, a time Mourinho dislikes, he borrowed Fernando Torres’ hair clippers, cut his hair himself and then sent a picture to his wife for her approval, which was forthcoming. Asked why he cut his hair, Mourinho said: “Some people can’t do what I did. In a couple of months I’ll have hair again. Some other people cannot do it. Jose Mourinho wants Chelsea to secure their Champions League progression at Basle on Tuesday night before turning their focus on the hectic festive schedule which is “only for the braves”.last_img read more

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Rivals share the spoils

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham battled out a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League north London derby at the Emirates Stadium. After Gunners captain Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey had both been forced off with injury, Spurs midfielder Nacer Chadli put the visitors ahead against the run of play on 56 minutes. Arsenal, who go to leaders Chelsea next weekend, finally made their possession count when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain smashed home an equaliser. However, despite pushing forwards during the closing stages, Spurs – inspired by a stand-out performance from captain Younes Kaboul – held out for a share of the points. It has been a bright opening by Arsenal, with Ramsey and Mesut Ozil interchanging between the number 10 role behind Danny Welbeck. England forward Welbeck, the £16million deadline day signing from Manchester United, showed Jan Vertonghen a clean pair of heels with a clever flick on the half-way line and sped to the edge of the penalty area, where, in a sign of what was to come, Kaboul darted across to block. On 24 minutes, Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had to be alert as Oxlade-Chamberlain’s deflected cross from the right was looping under the crossbar before it was tipped away by the France international. Lloris was then grateful a 20-yard drive from Jack Wilshere was straight at him following more patient build up by Arsenal and a lay off from Welbeck. Arsenal had to make a change on 28 minutes when captain Arteta pulled up with what looked like a calf injury, and was replaced by Mathieu Flamini, fit again after a dead leg. Wilshere then turned his ankle when pressing into the Spurs penalty area, where he looked to be tripped by Danny Rose, but after limping off for treatment was able to play on. When Spurs did hit on the counter, a deep ball from right-back Kyle Naughton dropped through to Emmanuel Adebayor at the far post, but the former Arsenal striker hesitated and was closed down. Press Association As Per Mertesacker jumped with Vertonghen at a Spurs corner, the big German headed the ball goalwards, which Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny did well to hold at close range. Lloris got down quickly to deflect away a low, curling effort from Oxlade-Chamberlain after Ramsey had run across the edge of the Tottenham penalty area. The Wales midfielder was, though, soon on the floor clutching his hamstring as Arsenal were forced into another change just before the interval with Santi Cazorla coming on. Arsenal started the second half in determined mood, as Kaboul had to block an angled drive from Cazorla after good work from Wilshere, who seemed to have run off his knock. Lloris then made a smart save after Ozil was played into the right side of the Spurs penalty area. It was Spurs, though, who took the lead against the run of play on 56 minutes. Christian Eriksen robbed Flamini in midfield, and fed Erik Lamela who in turn played Chadli clear on the right side of the penalty area and he slotted the ball under Szczesny. Arsenal looked for an immediate response and almost got one as Mertesacker’s downward header from a free-kick was clawed off the line by Lloris. Wilshere was replaced by Alexis Sanchez, the £32million Chile forward sent on to inject some life into the Arsenal attack for the closing 25 minutes. Referee Michael Oliver needed to keep check on some hefty challenges coming in from Spurs, with midfielder Ryan Mason, making his Premier League debut, the third player booked in the space of a few minutes for clattering Ozil. Chambers was inches away with a rising 20-yard drive, but Arsenal were level on 74 minutes. Welbeck missed his kick from six-yards out after a cross had been played in from the right, but Oxlade-Chamberlain was on hand to smash the loose ball into the top corner. Kaboul continued to almost single-handedly fend off wave after wave of Arsenal attack, which continued during five minutes of stoppage time, but Spurs held out. last_img read more

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Bravo hails `superstar’ Andre Russell as the best T20 player

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has likened all-rounder Andre Russell to Brian Lara and Chris Gayle, and described him as the best player in T20 cricket.Bravo, who has captained the West Indies in all formats, spoke highly of the Jamaican on the I955 FM’s ISports radio show here.Russell, widely regarded as one of the most powerful strikers of the ball in limited-overs cricket, was a key figure in the Caribbean side’s sweep of the two-match T20 series against Sri Lanka earlier this month.In the first match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium he put 35 runs on the board, before hitting an explosive 40 not out to help West Indies to a seven-wicket win in the second match at the same venue.“He’s the best in the world and we’re happy to have him in our team,” said Bravo.All-rounder Andre Russell is one of the most sought-after cricketers in T20 cricket.“It’s the same thing I used to say about Chris Gayle – we are happy to have someone like Gayle representing us; we don’t have to come up and bowl against him in an international match. I think it’s the same with Andre Russell. Andre Russell now is our Chris Gayle, is our Brian Lara in the T20 format. He is a superstar, he’s the best player and we are happy.”The 32-year-old Russell is one of the most sought-after players in T20 cricket. He has the highest scoring rate in the format, at 10.92 runs per over.Bravo, who was a member of the winning squad for the Sri Lanka series, was also impressed by some of the other players. He said it felt good to be part of a team with so much young talent, even if it meant he had to be far down the batting lineup.“I was down to bat at number nine and I said to the guys ‘this is the first time I’ve ever been in a T20 team and I’m down to bat at number nine’,” the 36-year-old Trinidadian recalled.“And putting all egos aside, I’m happy with that because at the end of the day, I accept the fact guys like Rovman Powell and Fabian Allen and (Shimron) Hetmyer and these guys have the talent and the ability to hit the ball. I’m just happy to be like that father figure, mentor, and guide, to allow these young ones to go out there and showcase their talent to the world and keep guiding them.”The right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler said the T20 squad had gone into the Sri Lanka series with a mission, which he believes they accomplished.“Prior to that, we weren’t really consistent as a team over the years in T20 cricket. With the 3-nil loss in the ODI series (against Sri Lanka in February), the T20 guys had a chat among ourselves along with the management staff and we made a pledge that … we want to start back winning series, we said we want to start back being the most dominant team in the T20 format,” he recalled.“We have produced some of the best players in the world singlehandedly and when we are together in the same team we have to stamp our authority … and just get back the cricketing world to respect West Indies cricket again and especially West Indies T20 team…. And that’s what we did.”last_img read more

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Syracuse drops game to Long Beach State on 2nd day of Mary Nutter Classic

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (6-7) opened the Mary Nutter Classic with two wins Friday against Loyola Marymount (4-7) and Northwestern (3-9) and a loss Saturday against Long Beach State (7-8). Pitcher Jocelyn Cater struck out 14 batters over 13 innings and recorded all three decisions.In the opener against LMU, SU jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning when its first four batters reached base. Loyola chipped away at pitcher Sydney O’Hara throughout the game, eventually taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh.The bottom of the inning opened with consecutive outs by the Orange, but right fielder Maddi Doane followed with a single. Two batters later, third baseman Corinne Ozanne singled home the tying run. Second baseman Julie Wambold followed with the game-winning hit.Kicking off the scoring in the second game was a solo home run in the second inning by center fielder Mary Dombrowski after Cater struck out two batters in the first. She punched out nine in a complete game effort.Northwestern pitcher Amy Letourneau walked Sammy Fernandez with the bases loaded in the fourth inning for SU’s second run. Cater loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh before getting a sacrifice fly and a fly-out to end the game, 2-1.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn Saturday’s contest, Cater got the start, giving up three hits and four runs, two earned, in 5 2/3 innings. She gave up two runs in the second inning on two extra-base hits and a wild pitch.The Orange tied it up in the fourth. After second baseman Fernandez reached base, O’Hara clocked a home run. O’Hara took the mound with two outs in the sixth after Cater gave up a run. With a runner on third, first baseman Julia Lombardi tripled to make the score 4-2.Syracuse loaded the bases in the final half-inning but failed to score. SU will be back on the field Sunday with two games in Cathedral City, California, against Texas A&M (10-4) and Nevada (3-10).Compiled by Jack Rose, staff writer, jlrose@syr.edu Comments Published on February 22, 2015 at 1:25 amlast_img read more

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