Ronaldo deals first blow in playoff, great night for Greece

first_imgA late flying header from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 1-0 win over Sweden in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff on Friday.Ronaldo bravely dived low to meet Miguel Veloso’s cross with an intelligent header in the 82nd minute of a match with plenty of chances for both teams, particularly in the first period.Sweden had several chances in the first half before Portugal took control after the break in a feisty encounter at the Luz stadium.The second leg will be played in Stockholm on Tuesday.In Athens meanwhile, Kostas Mitroglou scored twice in a hectic first half as Greece beat Romania 3-1 in the first leg of their playoff tie at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium.The Olympiakos Piraeus striker volleyed Greece in front after 14 minutes but the visitors hit back four minutes later via Bogdan Stancu’s header from a clever Gabriel Torje free-kick.The Greeks retook the lead immediately thanks to Dimitris Salpingidis’ close-range finish, while Mitroglou added a third in the 66th to increase the advantage. Romania’s Costin Lazar was then sent off in stoppage time.Fernando Santos’ Greece team were well worth the victory that gave them every chance of securing a place in Brazil next year after the return leg against Victor Piturca’s side in Bucharest next Tuesday.France faced the embarrassing prospect of missing out on a major tournament for the first time in 20 years when they lost 2-0 away to Ukraine in the first leg.Les Bleus, who last missed a major competition when they failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals, succumbed to Roman Zozulia’s goal shortly after the hour and Andriy Yarmolenko’s late penalty, four days before the return leg at the Stade de France.France’s Laurent Koscielny and the home side’s Oleksandr Kucher were sent off in injury time as Ukraine took a step towards securing their second World Cup appearance after reaching the quarter-finals in 2006.France barely had a chance apart from a Samir Nasri effort and were shaken throughout by a bold Ukraine side.last_img read more

Mills leads Spurs past Warriors in game minus top stars

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next La Salle notches 2nd straight win, beats NU in four sets “It’s more about May and June than March,” said Matt Barnes, who the Warriors signed after Durant’s injury. “I understand the frustration from people, but we’re working for something bigger right now. So, we’ve got to do what’s best for our players. We apologize. You’ll definitely see our stars when it counts.”Earning the top seed is important, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr said keeping his team healthy is a greater priority. Golden State concluded a stretch of eight games in 13 days, including the second night of a back-to-back that saw the Warriors arrive in San Antonio at 3 a.m. Saturday.“We had to get through this night. That was the main thing,” Kerr said. “We had to get through this trip and they allowed us to do that. Obviously, we wanted to win, but we didn’t do that but we made it through to this point. Now we can go home, recharge our batteries and get rolling again.”The Spurs were expecting to be without Leonard, Tony Parker and Dejounte Murray due to injuries, but received a jolt when they were informed that Aldridge will be out indefinitely with a minor heart arrhythmia. The 31-year-old forward underwent tests Saturday and will have more Monday.“We hope LaMarcus is well and everything goes well and his arrhythmia goes back to normal and allows him to play with us soon,” Gasol said.ADVERTISEMENT Spurs: Popovich said Leonard is progressing through the league’s concussion protocol and is hopeful the All-Star forward can return Monday against Atlanta. … Mills was averaging 11.5 points in his previous four starts this season. … Parker missed his second straight game with back stiffness. He has missed 14 games this season. … Murray was sidelined with a strained left groin, missing his first game of his rookie season due to injury. … Bertans has 51 3-pointers this season, becoming just the sixth Spurs rookie with at least 50. … Gasol collected his 1,829th block, moving into 21st in career blocks in league history.MCCAW’S ROUGH NIGHTGolden State guard Patrick McCaw was 0 for 12, matching the league low this season for attempts without a basket.Barnes said he would talk to the rookie about remaining confident despite the rough outing.“Just keep playing,” Barnes said. “You miss every shot you don’t take. It was just one of those nights. He’s very consistent for us. He’s been stepping up while K.D. has been down. You’ve got to stay aggressive and continue to shoot.”UP NEXTWarriors: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday night.Spurs: Host Atlanta on Monday night. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Patty Mills had 21 points and San Antonio rolled to a 107-85 victory over Golden State on Saturday night in a game short on star power to pull within a half-game of the Warriors for the NBA’s top record.“Both sides were missing some players, but at the end of the day it’s an important game either way,” said Pau Gasol, one of five Spurs players in double figures. “We got it done.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe big showdown between the league’s top two teams turned into a huge letdown with both teams missing their star players.Already without Kevin Durant due to a knee injury, Golden State opted to rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, of Australia, celebrates a 3-point basket during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 107-85. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — Golden State understands it might have disappointed fans in attendance along with those watching the nationally televised game against San Antonio by resting its best players.But the Warriors want to keep their players healthy — something the Spurs are now hoping for after a tumultuous 48 hours that led to the loss of Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.ADVERTISEMENT Mills came through with a hot start with San Antonio missing its top two scorers. He matched a career high for points in a half with 21 in the opening quarters. He played only five minutes in the second half.“The aggressive mindset needs to be there no matter who’s on the court and who’s not,” Mills said. “That’s something that I’ve been trying to focus on a little bit more this end of the season going into the playoffs.”The Spurs, who led by as many as 28, made 12 3-pointers.San Antonio hit three consecutive 3-pointers midway through the second quarter, including a pair from rookie forward Davis Bertans. Mills’ 3 led Kerr to call a timeout with 6:18 as the Spurs lead swelled to 53-37.“I was disappointed in the defense in the first half,” Kerr said.Ian Clark had 36 points to lead Golden State, which suffered its third straight loss and fifth in seven games. Barnes added 14 points and Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and 12 rebounds.San Antonio also captured a possible tiebreaker against Golden State by winning the first two of three games against the Warriors in the regular season.“It’s a win we’re going to accept and keep, but wasn’t a fair fight,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They’re Golden State. Their top four or five players weren’t there, if anybody didn’t notice. We’re supposed to win a basketball game like that.”TIP-INSWarriors: It has been 2,272 days since Golden State last played without at least one of their All-Star trio of Curry, Thompson and Green. The last time the Warriors’ were without all three was Dec. 21, 2010, when they beat the Sacramento Kings 117-109 in overtime. … Golden State has won just once in its past 35 regular-season games at the AT&T Center. The Warriors beat the Spurs 92-86 on April 10, 2016, to snap a 33-game losing streak in San Antonio on its way to a league record 73 victories. … Golden State is 10-4 in the second game of a back-to-back. … The Warriors recalled Damian Jones from its Development League to fill out its roster. Jones, who was averaging 8.4 points and 6.8 rebounds for Santa Cruz, had four points and five rebounds in 18 minutes. 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After a dunkfest in Game 1, Cavs must slow Warriors at rim

first_img“I think that’s how Cleveland is going to approach it, make it a physical game,” Michael Cooper, now the coach of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream who went through some epic Lakers-Celtics battles as a player in the 1980s, said before the series began. “Golden State wants a finesse game.”Finesse won Game 1.And after a team has been blown out in the playoffs, history shows that team typically tries to make a statement in Game 2 that things will be different.Funny thing is for Cleveland, the Cavs had a way to do just that three months ago in former Golden State center Andrew Bogut. Problem is, they only had him for 58 seconds.Let’s clear up a misconception: Golden State’s biggest undoing on the way to blowing that 3-1 lead in last season’s NBA Finals was not Draymond Green’s Game 5 suspension for connecting with LeBron James’ midsection.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April And easy isn’t supposed to happen, especially not at the rim in the NBA Finals.Forget all the things that Cleveland did wrong offensively in Game 1, the poor shooting and the 20 turnovers and how the bench basically contributed nothing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe Cavs can score. They’ll likely be better on Sunday night in Game 2. That isn’t the issue.The issue is this: If the reigning NBA champions don’t show some toughness — especially at the rim — soon, they won’t be reigning NBA champions much longer. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite — The sixth, Durant drove the lane and Smith ran away to cover Stephen Curry.“We made a lot of mistakes. They capitalized,” James said. “And we get an opportunity to get a couple days to see what they did and see what we did wrong and how we can be better in Game 2.”To be fair, playing the Warriors is a slew of pick-your-poison decisions. Overcommit to the lane, and their shooters will tee off from 3-point range. Overplay the perimeter, and the rim is undefended. They’ve won 28 of their last 29 games. They’re 80-15 this season. They could post the second-best record in NBA history when counting the regular season and playoffs, behind only the 1995-96 Bulls.Today’s NBA isn’t the sort of league where someone is going to egregiously foul Durant or any other Warrior to send some sort of foolish overly physical message, nor should it be. Though Kevin McHale’s aggressive at-the-rim takedown of Kurt Rambis in the 1984 title matchup remains a quintessential moment in postseason lore (and swung that Celtics-Lakers series totally Boston’s way).And this series is a long way from over. James has been on the losing end of Game 1 of the Finals seven times in eight tries. He was down 1-0 in all three of the series where he went on to win a ring. Not even a 3-1 deficit last year was enough to faze him.But someone from Cleveland had better find a way to make life tougher for the Warriors going forward starting on Sunday.Or else a lot more dunks are coming.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ The Warriors lost that series because Bogut — their best rim protector — got hurt in Game 5.And this year, it was Cleveland’s turn to lose Bogut.The Australian started the year in Dallas, got traded to and ultimately waived by Philadelphia, and signed with Cleveland because the Cavs knew they needed — and wanted — another tough guy who could clog the lane and had playoff experience. And there is no doubt he would have been eager to go against the team that jettisoned him to the Mavericks to make room for Durant.But Bogut checked into a game against Miami for his Cavs debut, collided with Heat rookie Okaro White, and broke his left leg. Season over. So while he was tweeting Thursday about Santa Claus and Australian Rules Football, Durant was dunking on the sort of nonexistent defense typically seen at an All-Star Game and not the NBA Finals.Durant had six dunks, all in the first half.— The first came off a great cut to beat James.— The second, James got no help after he swiped unsuccessfully at the ball.— The third, James slipped and again no help came.— The fourth, Kyrie Irving didn’t stop the ball as Durant sailed past.— The fifth, Shaun Livingston faked the Cavs out and Durant was left all alone. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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SCHEDULE: Gibson McCook Relays Finals

first_img 5.34 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Boys Class IV 5.41 p.m. 4 x 100m Institution Men – Championship 5.48 p.m. 4 x 100m Institution Women 5.55 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Girls U19 – Championship 6.02 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Girls U17 – Championship 6.09 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Girls U15 6.16 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Girls U13 6.26p.m.  4 x 100m Masters Men 6.30 p.m.  4 x 100m Special Olympics Men 6.37 p.m.  4 x 800m High School Boys Open – Championship 6.47 p.m.  4 x 800m High School Girls Open – Championship 6.57 p.m.100m Women Open 7.08 p.m.100m Men Open 7.15 p.m.400m Women Open 7.25 p.m.400m Men Open 7.30 p.m. Sprint Medley Clubs & Institutions Men 7.38 p.m. Sprint Medley High Sch. Boys Open – Championship 7.46 p.m. Spirit Medley High Sch. Girls Open – Championship 7.54 p.m. 4 x 200m High School Girls Open – Championship 8:02 p.m. 4 x 200m High School Boys Class I – Championship 8.10 p.m. 4 x 200 High School Boys Class II – Championship 8.18 p.m. 4 x 200m High School Boys Class III 8.26 p.m. 4x 200m High School Boys Class IV 8.34 p.m. 4 x 400m Institution Women 8.45 p.m. 4 x 400m Institution Men –Championship 8.52 p.m. 4 x 400m High School Girls Open – Championship 9.00 p.m. 4 x 400m High School Boys Open – Championship GIBSON MCCOOK RELAYS FINALS 4.00 p.m. One Mile Open Men 4.10 p.m. One Mile Open Women  4.20 p.m. 4 x 100m Prep School Boys Under 10 4.31 p.m. 4 x 100m Primary School Boys Under 10 4.38 p.m.  4 x 100m Primary School Boys Under 12 4.46 p.m. 4 x 100m Prep School Boys Under 12 4.56 p.m. 4 x 100m Prep School Girls Under 12 5.04 p.m. 4 x 100m Primary School Girls Under 12 5.12 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Boys Class I Championship 5.20 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Boys Class II Championship 5.27 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Boys Class IIIlast_img read more

What’s missing…

first_img…in the “accomplishments”Sometimes what’s missing is even more important than what’s present. That’s what struck your Eyewitness when he perused the 125 “accomplishments” the PM’s Shill compiled to ward off criticisms about the coalition being a “do-nothing” government. Now when you come down to it… what exactly was it the folks who voted the coalition into office wanted? OK…not to just throw out the PPP because of ethnic sentiments (APNU) or revenge (Nagamootoo and Ramjattan in the AFC).We’re talking about real bread-and-butter issues – like …well…bread and butter, for which one needs money to buy to keep body and soul together. Your Eyewitness is talking about jobs…jobs that’ll allow folks to work for THEIR money to maintain their dignity and not depend on handouts on breadlines. And that’s where the Shill went mute: not even a squeak about creating businesses that’d employ people. Instead, we hear about relaunching the National Service and the Cadet Corps and suchlike, to herd another generation into a dependency syndrome mentality. Rather than, say, closing down the sugar industry and talking vaguely about ‘leasing the land’ to workers, why couldn’t the Government identify some specific crop, provide the seed money, and identify markets?? Or launch some new industries like the Eastern Tigers??Don’t they remember what the Japanese Government did when the Mazda rotary engine gamble went bust?? They didn’t just wring their hands and launched National Services to sop up the unemployed. They identified a strategic global need for oil tankers – occasioned by OPEC’s new monopoly  and got Mazda into the business of building tankers. That didn’t mean Mazda went out of the car business – but they got a breather that was a win-win for them and the country. Japanese got jobs, and Japan benefited. But your Eyewitness will tell you why this government isn’t going to move in that direction to create jobs – apart from having to find sinecures for all those army veterans who just can’t cut it in business. And apart from not appreciating that SOMEONE has to make profits – and get rich in the process – in a capitalist economy. Thing is, most of those who have the background to run successful businesses aren’t going to roll over and play dead like back in the first PNC turn at the wheel. The modern liberalised world offers more options for capital – which after all, is the very definition of “fungible”. Have you noticed some of them already starting to move out?? But back to where we started – what’s missing. The PM’s Shill – like most of his cohorts – having never even run a cake shop, is absolutely clueless about what it takes to  MAKE money.All they can do is spend it!!…in riceOne of the “accomplishments” the Shill claimed was to have secured “New markets for rice”. And once again this government exposes its total ignorance of what makes a “market” for a person who produces goods to sell. A market is one in which you MAKE A PROFIT!! To break it even finer for the know-nothing government – you have to sell your goods at a higher price than what you produced it for. A market isn’t one where you make a loss…that’s DUMPING!! Could the Shill tell the nation which market they opened up where rice farmers and millers are making a profit?? Was it the one his boss Nagamootoo promised also two years ago he “secured” in Mexico?? Could he tell the nation how many tonnes of rice or paddy have been shipped to Mexico?? Your Eyewitness will spare him the effort. Zilch!! Nada!! Zero!! While bull-sh*t may help grow rice as manure, it doesn’t create markets!!…in the new GECOM list??One of the nominees for the GECOM Chair by the Opposition Leader confessed he doesn’t think Prezzie will select anyone from the second list.Of course, he won’t! That special female ex-Judge wasn’t on it!!last_img read more

City Hall’s non-cooperation

first_imgThe Georgetown City Council has come under fire recently for its non-cooperative attitude as it relates to providing answers to the relevant authorities tasked with ensuring that public finances are spent in an efficient, effective and transparent manner. Just a few days ago, Auditor General Deodat Sharma was forced to send a strong message to city officials that approaches would be made to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) if the level of cooperation that is needed to conduct such an exercise is not forthcoming from those mandated to provide same.It was reported in the media that Sharma became frustrated after the accounting officer who was acting in place of the absent Treasurer of the Georgetown municipality was unable to provide the necessary answers with regard to City Hall’s monies during a recent hearing of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Even the Permanent Secretary attached to the Ministry of Communities complained of City Hall’s lack of cooperation when certain information was requested.It was reported that the PAC met in the National Assembly last Monday, when McGarrell and accounting officers from various municipalities were made to give account for some $401 million in capital subventions. The Audit Office had found that as at December 31, 2016, $396.5 million was expended. It was revealed that from the start, City Hall’s financial status, how it spent almost $175 million and its failure to submit documentation posed a challenge to the PAC.It could be recalled too that last year, the AG’s attempts to conduct an audit were stymied by documents not being provided. According to AG Sharma, at the time, there were a number of gaps that remained unfilled in the investigation. As is currently happening, during the final phase of the audit, the probe was stalled due to this lack of cooperation.Several letter writers, commentators and politicians have been calling for the Government to commission a forensic audit regarding the operations of the Council in the interest of ensuring transparency and accountability. In addition to the parking meters scheme, there were several other projects which the city undertook which had caused stakeholders to ask questions.For example, not long after the coalition Government took office, the M&CC, in collaboration with the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, embarked on a massive city-wide clean-up campaign in Georgetown and its environs. While these efforts produced fairly good results regarding the general appearance of the city and its environs, the political Opposition and other stakeholders had raised several questions in relation to the contracts awarded to carry out the works, as the perception was that friends and party supporters were the main beneficiaries. To date, the relevant officials have not been very forthcoming regarding questions from the media in relation to the sums expended and the beneficiaries of the contracts.Also, the mere fact that millions of taxpayers’ dollars are regularly used to bailout the city from its financial woes is another reason for a forensic audit to be carried out. The Government certainly cannot keep pumping public monies into the operations of City Hall without putting the necessary safeguards in place to ensure there are accountability and transparency at all levels of its operations.We had stated before that there was much to be explained by past officials who were tasked with managing the affairs of the Council. For example, it is believed that millions of dollars in taxes for certain individuals were written off by the previous Council. There are also claims being made of breaches of the Environmental and City By-laws resulting in serious drainage, sewerage and parking problems. Then, there is the issue of the failure of the City Treasurer to collect millions of dollars in outstanding taxes and so on.It is indeed encouraging to see that the AG’s Office has taken a firm position that it would no longer tolerate a non-cooperative attitude of city officials. Our hope is that this time around, those tasked with running the affairs of the city would work along with the auditors to ensure they have access to the necessary documents, etc, to carry out their duties unimpeded.last_img read more

United eager to lock out German Wolves

first_img0Shares0000Manchester Uniteds Memphis Depay celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League match Manchester United v Sunderland at old Trafford in Manchester, Britain, 26 September 2015. PHOTO/EFEMANCHESTER, September 29- Back on top of the Premier League, Manchester United will attempt to get their Champions League campaign off the ground when they welcome Wolfsburg to Old Trafford on Wednesday.Domestically, United made a slow start to the season, but the deadline-day arrival of Anthony Martial appears to have inspired Louis van Gaal’s side, who have recorded four consecutive three-goal victories against Liverpool, Southampton, Ipswich Town, in the League Cup, and Sunderland. Saturday’s 3-0 win over Sunderland took United to the top of the league for the first time since 2013, but having begun the Champions League with a 2-1 defeat at PSV Eindhoven — a game marred by Luke Shaw’s gruesome double leg break — they are under increased pressure to win their first home game.“I think with how the other game went, losing 2-1 to PSV, we know that our home games in the Champions League are crucial to getting through the group,” says United centre-back Chris Smalling.“Hopefully we can keep the fans happy and take maximum points.”Martial, 19, has taken to life in English football more quickly than anyone could have anticipated, scoring four goals in his first five games, and his defence-stretching pace has also benefited the three players playing behind him.Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay scored their first league goals of the season against Sunderland — the former ending an 11-game drought — while Juan Mata has come into his own on the right flank, producing three goals and three assists in his last seven outings.Shaw’s injury has obliged Van Gaal to reconfigure his defence, however, and with Marcos Rojo sidelined by a hamstring injury, Matteo Darmian was switched to left-back against Sunderland.“I am unlucky because I have only one position that is not doubled and that is the position of Luke Shaw,” said Van Gaal.“I had a double because I had Daley Blind (who has been playing at centre-back) and I had Rojo. But now who is injured? Rojo!”– ‘Underdog role’ –Despite United’s recent domestic flowering, they will be aware of the potential cost of failure against Wolfsburg.The last time United failed to win either of their first two group games was in 2011-12, when a 1-1 draw at Benfica was followed by an untidy 3-3 draw at home to Basel. Two and a half months later, they were out.Wolfsburg go into the game beneath a cloud of exhaust fumes emanating from the scandal surrounding longstanding benefactor Volkswagen, the German car giant, which has admitted that 11 million of its diesel cars have passed pollution tests using fraudulent means.While sports director Klaus Allofs is adamant the scandal will have no effect on the club, it has coincided with a sudden downturn in the on-field fortunes of last season’s German Cup winners and Bundesliga runners-up.Unbeaten in their first five league games, Wolfsburg found themselves playing the unwitting stooges in Robert Lewandowski’s record-breaking five-goal haul in a 5-1 win for Bayern Munich a week ago and drew 1-1 at home to bottom club Hannover at the weekend.Centre-back Dante has admitted the defeat at Bayern is “not something you get over quickly”.Wolfsburg are slowly adapting to life without Kevin De Bruyne, Germany’s Footballer of the Year last season, and new signing Julian Draxler — signed to replace the Belgium international, who joined Chelsea — is still bedding in.The Wolves are also nursing a number of injuries, with Robin Knoche, Vierinha and Koen Casteels all out and Luiz Gustavo a doubt after aggravating a knee problem during the mauling by Bayern.But they hold the upper hand over United ahead of Wednesday’s encounter, having opened their Group B campaign with a 1-0 home win over CSKA Moscow.“United are a top side,” forward Andre Schuerrle told German football magazine Kicker. “We are a bit in the underdog role and we’ll have to give our all. Then we have a chance.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Revealed! Manchester United’s six attacking formations with record signing Pogba

first_img 3. Possible 4-2-3-1? – This has been one of Mourinho’s favoured formations throughout his managerial career and could remain so at his new club. The Portuguese coach used this shape in the Community Shield victory over Leicester City. Much has been said over the future of Wayne Rooney, and despite his role as club captain, his position is far from guaranteed, particularly with such forwards as Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard cementing their place in the first team. Jose Mourinho has got his man at Manchester United.The Red Devils have finally confirmed that Paul Pogba has agreed a return deal, becoming the world’s most expensive player with a record fee of £89m.Add the arrival of Pogba to the already signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Mourinho will have one of the most exciting teams in Europe, particularly going forward.With such options set to be available to the Portuguese coach in his debut campaign at Old Trafford, talkSPORT has taken a look at possible attacking formations for Manchester United. Check them out by viewing the slideshow above.Manchester United supporters, how would you like your side to line up going forward? Should Pogba play further forward as opposed to a deeper, holding role? Let us know by leaving a comment below. 7 7 7 7 Jose Mourinho has a number of top class players at his disposal, particularly in attack, so with the arrival of Paul Pogba expected, how might Manchester United line up going forward? Check out six possible attacking formations for the Red Devils by clicking the arrow above, right 2. Possible 4-3-1-2? – This would be perhaps the safest formation for the arguably defence-minded Mourinho. Pogba could take on the holding role, supporting no.10 Wayne Rooney. Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could pull the strings from deep. For Anthony Martial it could be a rare chance for him to play in a more central position alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 5. Possible 4-4-1-1? – A challenging setup for Martial and Mkhitaryan, whose fitness would be pushed. This formation would also test the on-field relationship between Rooney and Ibrahimovic. Daley Blind has often played at centre back, but Chris Smalling is soon to return and is expected to partner summer signing Eric Bailly. The Netherlands international could therefore be seen more regularly in a midfield role as the season progresses. 1. Possible 4-1-2-3? – Pogba is at his most influential going forward, when he is awarded the freedom to roam – as was evident in his restricted role in the Euro 2016 final. The time and space available to a player in Serie A is significantly higher than in the Premier League, and Jose Mourinho may therefore prefer to encourage the 23-year-old to push on. In this formation, Michael Carrick would be crucial; though Mourinho would expect Pogba and Wayne Rooney to track back. The same may be wanted of wide players Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. 4. Possible 4-3-3? – There were rumours earlier in the summer that Mourinho was keen on deploying a 4-3-3 next season – a formation that has often utilised, along with a 4-2-3-1. Morgan Schneiderlin, whose role remains uncertain, could be the player to benefit from the use of the former. 7 7 7 6. Possible 4-1-4-1? – It’s difficult to see Mourinho fielding this formation, but if the former Chelsea manager is focused on his attack, this would intimidate the toughest of defences. Pogba may also prefer such a role in front of the more defensive Michael Carrick, Daley Blind or Morgan Schneiderlin.last_img read more

Scientist believes in Bigfoot

first_imgThe Bigfoot legend dates back centuries. American Indian folklore in the Pacific Northwest includes murmurs of a man-ape beast that roams the hidden hollows. Sasquatch, as Bigfoot is often known, is a Salish Indian name meaning woodland wildman. Newspapers began recording the first Bigfoot sightings in the 1920s, as several backcountry reports surfaced. Just as quickly, skeptics arose to challenge the accounts and practical jokers staged elaborate hoaxes. Without a fossil record or a confirmed sighting, Bigfoot entered the realm of fantasy until Grover Krantz, an eccentric professor at Washington State University, began supplementing his traditional research with papers on Sasquatch. In many ways, Meldrum is a disciple of Krantz. The anthropology professor first linked footprints to the existence of Bigfoot and traveled around the Northwest with a spotlight and shotgun looking for remains. Krantz never found any Bigfoot bones and after a long career, he donated his own bones to the Smithsonian Museum when he died of cancer in 2002. Krantz was an author of anatomy textbooks and a collector of Irish wolfhound bones. In much the same way, Meldrum’s office reflects that mix. It’s half sterile laboratory and half rural roadside attraction. The dimly lit rooms are stacked with research manuals from floor to ceiling, but also plastic Bigfoot wind-up toys, ape dolls and postcards from northwestern California’s Bigfoot Scenic Byway. That Meldrum blends myth and math, fable and forensics, is what puts off so many of his colleagues. A scientist should not be a believer, said Martin Hackworth, a senior lecturer in the physics department at Idaho State University.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’He thought he’d dismiss them as a hoax. But Meldrum, a primatologist and anatomist, noticed locked joints and a narrow arch – traits he would argue in the following 10 years of research that only could belong to Bigfoot. “That’s what set the hook,” said Meldrum. “I resolved at this point, this was a question I’d get to the bottom of.” Meldrum has collected more than 200 Bigfoot prints. He says he believes in the principles of science and in Bigfoot. His colleagues at Idaho State University are hostile, some even calling for the school to revoke his tenure. One physics professor wondered if he also planned to research Santa Claus. If Meldrum’s right, he’s a lonely visionary. If he’s wrong, he’s a rogue scientist on the fringe of academia. Still, Meldrum has added the scholarly research of a tenured Ph.D. to the murky catalog of Bigfoot sham videos and supermarket tabloid cover stories. “It used to be you went to a bookstore and asked for a book on Bigfoot and you’d be directed to the `occult section,’ right between the Bermuda Triangle and UFOs,” Meldrum said. “Now you can find some in the natural science section.” POCATELLO, Idaho – The professors talking over coffee in the Life Sciences building at Idaho State University don’t include Jeffrey Meldrum. As usual, the scientist is alone in his laboratory, weaving past jars of yellow liquid and plaster molds of giant, dinosaur-like footprints. He opens a thin, metal filing drawer. “These are the first ones I collected,” he says, “of Bigfoot.” In the muddy Blue Mountains near Walla Walla, Wash., the footprints lay about 35 or 40 in a row, each about 15 inches long. last_img

Leicester sign Tielemans on loan from Monaco, with Silva heading opposite way

first_imgLeicester have announced the signing of 21-year-old midfielder Youri Tielemans on loan from Monaco until the end of the season.The Belgium international arrives at the King Power in a deal which sees Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva head the other way. Silva has endured a torrid time at Leicester LATEST Although Monaco have struggled desperately this season, Tielemans is the club’s second highest scorer behind Radamel Falcao.The young midfielder rose to prominence at Anderlecht, becoming the youngest Belgian to play in the Champions League, starring in two title-winning campaigns, and eventually moved to France for £22million in 2017. 2 RANKED targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Monaco boss Leonardo Jardin is thought to be a huge admirer of Silva, who completes the other half of the joint deal.The Portuguese midfielder has struggled to establish himself in England after joining Leicester for £22million from Sporting Lisbon in 2017.He was forced to wait six months to make his debut after paperwork arrived 14 seconds after the deadline, and he has made just two Premier League appearances this season. 2 Tielemans represents a major coup for the Foxes, who fought off competition from Tottenham Hotspur for his signature.The highly-rated midfielder has 14 caps for his country and featured in Roberto Martinez’s World Cup squad which finished third at Russia 2018. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND Monaco ace Youri Tielemans has joined Leicester on loan LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM last_img read more