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New Manchester United manager David Moyes has stated Wayne Rooney is not for sale and challenged him to match the impressive goalscoring feats of club heroes. In his own assessment of the situation, Moyes repeatedly fell back on the status of great Red Devils of the past, and in particular the achievements of two members of the ‘Holy Trinity’ who were responsible of so much of the club’s great history during Sir Matt Busby’s days. “It is interesting to see Wayne is only 50 goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton and 40 behind Denis Law,” said Moyes. “We are looking to see how we get Wayne Rooney to get those goals which are going to challenge the likes of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. I am more than happy to work with him to get success.” Charlton remains United’s most prolific goalscorer, with 249. Law is second on the list with 237. Rooney ended last season with 197, behind only Jack Rowley in addition to the pair Moyes wants the Croxteth-born player to catch. “When I went down to the training ground, I looked at the pictures of the legends that have played for this club,” said Moyes. “I could see George Best, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, Roy Keane and I thought Wayne isn’t too far away from that. “It’s not too difficult to get the goals and he could be near to that. If he could do that he could be seen in the same light as those people.” He may be new in his role as chief executive but Ed Woodward would not require much experience to be aware once a player gets towards his final 12 months, their value plummets. This time next year, United could not hope to get anything like the £25million they would expect to command as a transfer fee this summer if they sold to Chelsea, Arsenal, PSG or Barcelona, who have all been linked with Rooney. Press Association Rooney’s Old Trafford future has been the main topic amongst United fans since the beginning of May, when Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the 27-year-old had demanded a transfer for a second time. Though Ferguson’s view of events has been challenged, the feeling has persisted that Rooney is looking for a move. “I’ve had several meetings with Wayne,” said Moyes. “I’m fortunate, I’ve known him since he was 16. He is not for sale. He’s a Manchester United player and will remain a Manchester United player.”
Connacht head coach Pat Lam was delighted with his team’s 33-6 win over Zebre in Parma even if the visitors missed out on a bonus point. Victory keeps Connacht’s hopes alive in Heineken Cup Pool Three, taking them level on points with second-placed Saracens. George Naoupu and Mata Fifita touched down for the westerners and Dan Parks kicked seven from eight for an impressive 23-point haul. For Zebre captain Marco Bortolami, it was a yet again a case of what might have been as the Italian outfit continue to chase their first victory in Europe. “We’re obviously very disappointed,” explained the international second row. “It wasn’t the performance we were expecting, and it certainly wasn’t the result we were expecting. “Our biggest failing, as is so often the case, is that we failed to turn possession into points. “We tried to play positive rugby and we carved out many opportunities, but all too often we left with nothing. “Contrast the performance of Connacht. They didn’t dominate us but it seemed as though every time they launched an attack, they came away with something. “Credit to them, they are a good team, and they are a team that we can learn from in terms of the way they accumulate points. You have to take your chances at this level, because if you don’t then you can’t compete.” Qualification for the knock-out stages still remains a long shot with a December double-header against Toulouse looming. The bonus point might have given them a better shot going into that one, but Lam was not about to complain. “The reason it’s called a four-try bonus point is because that’s what it is, a bonus,” he said. “First and foremost you have to nail the game. There’s no point scoring four tries and then losing the game. I’m sure both Toulouse and Saracens would have liked four points as well but they didn’t get them either. “There’s no doubt that we went for it at certain stages, but credit to Zebre for holding us out. But overall we’re happy. “That was a very good team performance by us, a very disciplined performance, especially on the back of what happened last week (against Saracens).” Connacht were edged out at home by Saracens in their pool opener. “Everyone said well done for running Saracens close, but asked whether we could do it again,” Lam said. “So there was a lot of pressure on us to come out here and win, and to do it so convincingly was satisfying.” Press Association
Press Association The departure raised question marks over the direction of the club and, while the much-speculated meltdown at St Mary’s has not come to fruition, talk remains over the futures of star players and manager Mauricio Pochettino. “I would say it is a big time for the club,” highly-rated teenager Shaw said. “They’ve got to get the manager down on a long-term contract, which will probably be the first thing they try and do. “Then, obviously, to keep the stars that have been mentioned in the papers that have been linked with different clubs. “This is a very important summer and if they want to push on then they are going to do things that I’ve just said. “This club can push on, definitely, I think if we get our squad strengthened. “I think in the next year or so we can be challenging the top five teams.” Owner Katharina Liebherr and her recently-formed board will sit down with Pochettino at the end of the season to discuss the plans going forwards. Luke Shaw has downplayed speculation linking him with a move away from Southampton, but acknowledged the importance of this summer in determining the club’s future. Saints have enjoyed a fine second season back in the Barclays Premier League, with a comfortable top-10 finish all-but secured. Off the field, though, things have been less serene following the January exit of ambitious – if divisive – executive chairman Nicola Cortese. Tying the former Argentina international down to a new deal would certainly be a sign of intent, and one which could keep the vultures away from St Mary’s. Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert have been linked with a move to pastures new, although it is 18-year-old Shaw attracting the most attention. Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are all reportedly after the England international, who this week was linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Shaw said: “There is not a club I am not linked with, but I don’t focus on that. “My main focus is my football on the pitch and I just want to keep doing that. “It doesn’t really bother me the attention I get. I just stay focused on my game on the pitch. Whatever is said is said. “Stuff like that is going to happen but my main priority is the games. We’ve still got six left, so all the focus is on that.”
A warning as the Fourth of July nears…Two Pompano Beach children are in the hospital after a homemade firework exploded near them.Police say two male cousins ages eight and nine were injured after playing with an illegal firework known as an “onion bomb.”The firework initially failed to light.The children then took it apart and tried lighting it again, causing it to explode with them both leaning over it on Wednesday.Both suffered second-degree burns and are being treated at the Ryder Trauma Center.Investigators are reportedly talking to family members and trying to figure out where the kids got the homemade firework.
By Ian ChadbandLONDON, England (Reuters) – The Football Association (FA) made a public apology to England women’s soccer internationals Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence yesterday for comments that were “discriminatory on grounds of race” made to them by former manager Mark Sampson.Senior FA officials later admitted to failings as they came under fire from MPs at a four-hour parliamentary inquiry where they were also accused by experienced international Aluko of having had an “agenda” to protect Sampson and their reputation.An investigation by an independent barrister, which prompted the FA apology, also concluded that the 35-year-old Sampson, who was sacked by the FA last month for “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour in a previous job, was not racist.At the parliamentary hearing, the FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn said Sampson’s solicitor had informed them he was considering a claim for wrongful dismissal.Aluko told the hearing she felt “vindicated and relieved” that an investigation had concluded that Sampson, who has denied the allegations and been cleared of discrimination by two inquiries, had been judged to have made the remarks.She also claimed at the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee hearing that Glenn had intimated to her that if she released a statement saying the FA was not institutionally racist then she would receive the second part of an £80 000 settlement she had agreed with them.“I felt that was bordering on blackmail. I categorically refused to write any statement,” she said, also revealing that she had not been paid the second part.At the hearing, Glenn said he categorically denied the accusation, saying he believed that a tweet sent out by Aluko about the matter had been a breach of their agreement. He added that the FA “would reflect” on whether to pay her the rest of the settlement.Glenn had earlier said in a statement: “I would like to sincerely apologise to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence.”NEW EVIDENCERevealing the findings of independent barrister Katharine Newton’s reopened investigation, Glenn said she had found, after hearing new evidence, that Aluko and Spence had both been subject to discriminatory remarks made by Sampson.“This is not acceptable,” he added.”In her final report Katharine Newton concluded that on two separate occasions Mark Sampson made ill-judged attempts at humour, which as a matter of law were discriminatory on grounds of race within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010.“Katharine Newton did, however, conclude that Mark Sampson was not racist.”Aluko had claimed that Sampson had told her to be careful that her Nigerian relatives did not bring the Ebola virus with them when they came to watch a game at Wembley.Spence, a mixed-race player, alleged that after being called up to the England team in 2015 she was asked by Sampson how many times she had been arrested.At the parliamentary hearing, Glenn, one of four senior FA officials giving evidence, defended the way the FA had gone about resolving the Sampson matter but admitted: “There have clearly been failings.”The investigation had found “no evidence to support the allegations that Eniola Aluko was subjected to ‘a course of bullying and discriminatory conduct’ by Mark Sampson”.The 30-year-old Aluko, who was capped 102 times for England but has not played since making her claims last year, told the hearing: ”I feel vindicated and relieved.“Although I‘m grateful to be here today, does it have to come to this? There’s been an agenda to protect Mark Sampson, and an agenda to protect the FA’s reputation.”She sorted out a settlement with the FA, she said, to avoid the threat of an employment tribunal disrupting the England women’s team’s preparations for this year’s European Championship.
Tipp FM will have live commentary on the match this Sunday afternoon. Our build-up to the game – which gets underway at 3.30 – begins at 3 o’clock. Coverage will be brought to you in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh. John O’Dwyer is back in the starting XV in place of Niall O’Meara, who began the semi-final victory over Galway last month.There is also one positional change in the Premier County’s side – John McGrath will start at top of the left against the Cats.This is the team chosen by manager Michael Ryan: 1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe 2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill 3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane 4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields 5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s 6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields 7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields 8. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh 9. Michael Breen – Ballina10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh11. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
Sunderland coach Steve Bruce has revealed he is toying with the idea of restoring John Mensah to his starting line-up at Stoke on Saturday.The injury-plagued defender has returned following an ankle problem and is available for the Barclays Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium.Mensah has benefitted from an extra week’s training after Bruce opted to leave him on the bench for the 4-2 defeat against Chelsea.But the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ is battle fit once more and may be included on Saturday.Asked about the possibility of Mensah returning, Bruce said: “Possibly. He’s trained all week and we purposely let him have another week’s training. He’s in contention.”If Mensah is given a starting place, as many as three Ghanaians including Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan could be playing for the Black Cats. Source: Ghanasoccernet.com
Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders pressed for greater diversity in NBA front offices in a meeting with Commissioner Adam Silver on Wednesday amid discussions about racial issues raised by the ouster of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.A group including Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial and incoming NAACP President Cornell Brooks met with Silver for more than an hour at the league’s Manhattan offices. They described the session as constructive and pressed for diversity in front offices and among suppliers.“There must be serious dialogue around ownership and business engagement in the Black community,” Sharpton said. “It is offensive that we only have one Black majority owner in the basketball area when over 80 percent of the players are Black.”NBA superstar Michael Jordan became the league’s only Black majority owner when he took over the Charlotte Bobcats, now the Charlotte Hornets, in 2010.The civil rights leaders praised Silver for his swift move to ban Sterling from the NBA and fine him $2.5 million over racist comments in a taped conversation.Sterling’s wife, Shelly, concluded a deal last week to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The $2 billion deal still needs to be approved by NBA owners.“We’re pleased that it appears that they’re on their way out as owners of the Clippers,” Morial said. “However, the larger discussion about ownership, supply diversity and the future of the National Basketball Association is what we as civil rights leaders are going to focus on with the NBA.”An NBA spokesman did not immediately return an email seeking comment on the meeting.The NBA championship series between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs starts Thursday in San Antonio.
Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title And even without a title, it may have been his most significant year.For the third time, James has been selected as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year — after 2018 saw him continue to excel on the court, open the “I Promise” school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and further use his voice as an activist who bristled at being told to “shut up and dribble.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I would describe it as a success because I was able to inspire so many people throughout the year,” James said. “I got to go back to China, to Paris, to Berlin, I opened up a school. And all these kids I was able to see, all over the world and in my hometown, I was able to inspire, to make them think they can be so much more than what they think they’re capable of being. That was my outlook for 2018.”James received 78 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors announced Thursday, while Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts was second with 46. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was third, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was fourth and Triple Crown winner Justify was fifth. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ View comments NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 18: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a basket during warmups prior to the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 18, 2018 in New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James went to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year. He changed addresses again, leaving his Cleveland home for the second time to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest move of free agency over the summer. He remained arguably the dominant player in the basketball, adding even more glitz on a legacy that reached epic status long ago.It was, by any measure, a fantastic year for James.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Belingon eager to prove beating Bibiano Fernandes no fluke in potential 3rd fight LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “The next star is out there,” James said. “And I’m not just talking sports. Doctor, nurse, pilots, they’re out there. The one thing they need is knowing that people care about them and care about their lives. I believe it’s part of my job, and I take it very seriously, to try to tap into that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia James’ year included no championship, no scoring title, no MVP award. But some of the people closest to James still considered 2018 to be his finest year yet.“I like to talk about generations,” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, one of James’ best friends. “There will never be another Michael Jordan because he was the first to be a global superstar, the first to take the NBA to another level. There will never be another LeBron James, and a lot of it is from what he’s done away from the game. Him understanding his voice has been so refreshing and so important to the culture and his friends.”The “I Promise” school is perhaps James’ most prized accomplishment yet. It opened in July for 240 third- and fourth-graders, a public school in Akron that is perhaps like none other. Families — not just the kids — get support there, whether it’s by helping put food on the table or providing adult education or even legal assistance.And this is just the start. James and his LeBron James Family Foundation have enormous plans for the school in the years ahead.“It is already such a success,” James said. “And it’s something that I never thought was possible until we made it happen. So yes, it’s been a pretty good year.”A busy year, too.He had a documentary series called “Shut Up and Dribble,” which discusses the role athletes have in the current political and cultural climate. His show “The Shop,” featuring James and friends talking about life in the backdrop of a barbershop, has been enormously popular. James has faced criticism in recent days for posting rap lyrics that included the phrase “Jewish money,” for which he apologized, and even rival coaches have spoken out about how he’s used his fame for good.“To this day, he hasn’t missed a step,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said earlier this year. “He hasn’t fallen off the ledge and he’s been a brilliant example for millions of kids, especially kids with lesser opportunity and haven’t had the same advantages as others.”On the court, he was already an icon.Off the court, he’s looking to be one as well in the years ahead. On the court, James remained dominant. He averaged 28.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 8.4 assists in 2018 between his time with the Cavaliers and Lakers, playing in 102 games through Thursday.“In addition to being on everyone’s short list as one of the league’s all-time greatest players, LeBron is among the hardest working players and is a thoughtful and impactful leader,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “He serves on the executive committee of the Players Association even as he builds an impressive media company of his own. And what’s most inspiring, and no surprise given his talent and focus, is how he’s done all of this while embracing his unique opportunity to positively impact communities in need.”James becomes the third man to win the award at least three times, joining Lance Armstrong (a four-time winner from 2002 through 2005), Tiger Woods (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2006) and Michael Jordan (1991, 1992 and 1993).Armstrong won the Tour de France in each of his years as the AP recipient, — though he was later stripped of the titles in a doping scandal. Woods won at least one major and was the PGA’s Player of the Year in all four of his AP-winning years. Jordan’s three awards coincided with his first three NBA championships in Chicago. And James’ first two times getting the award were in 2013 and 2016, years where his fingerprints mussed up the Larry O’Brien Trophy in a title celebration.And James’ closest rivals in the AP balloting this year — Betts and Ovechkin — also won titles in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT