Fergie signs off with wine, not win

first_img The Manchester United manager declared himself satisfied with the 2003 Chateau Pontet Canet, bought especially for the occasion, with Steve Clarke saying: “He knew what it was. He said it was a good year.” The post-match drink followed a staggering game, as United cruised into a 3-0 lead, and then 5-2, before being pegged back by a dogged West Brom, who salvaged a 5-5 draw. It was the first time a United team had drawn by such a score since Newton Heath were held by Lincoln in 1895, and it was also the highest scoring draw in Premier League history. “I am not sure Sir Alex enjoyed it that much,” added Clarke. “There is no point analysing the game. We had a great Plan A, which went out of the window after 10 minutes. It was a great occasion. That game will be remembered for a long time. He was quite complimentary about our season and I wish him all the best.” Ferguson opted not to speak with the media afterwards. His thoughts would have been fascinating, though, for at any other point in his career the hairdryer would surely have been turned up full volume given how the match unfolded, even though it wasn’t, as he told Clarke, the first time under his charge United had thrown away a three-goal lead. Shinji Kagawa and a Jonas Olsson own goal had United cruising after just 10 minutes and when Alexander Buttner drove home a third midway through the first half, it seemed Ferguson would enjoy a victory cruise on his final day. Even after James Morrison and Romelu Lukaku cut the gap either side of the interval, United quickly restored their three-goal cushion through Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez. Yet it proved to be the prelude for the most astonishing of comebacks as Lukaku and Youssuf Mulumbu netted amid chaotic scenes. Olsson blazed over from three yards before Lukaku completed his hat-trick, with both sides failing to take chances to win it late on. Both sides formed a guard of honour for Ferguson before the game, with the West Brom supporters joining their United counterparts to applaud the Scot after the final whistle. “After 26 and a half years at United and, before that, at Aberdeen, Sir Alex deserved it,” said Van Persie. “He’s unbelievable and what the West Brom fans did was a nice touch. It’s right to show respect. It doesn’t always happen in football but it did and I’m glad.” Sir Alex Ferguson ended his magnificent managerial career just the way he would want – with a nice glass of red wine.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

MDI Outlasts Foxcroft

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio Latest Posts admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Mount Desert Island Trojans picked up their first win on Tuesday, edging the Foxcroft Academy Ponies 9-7 at Dover-Foxcroft.The Trojans took advantage of six Foxcroft errors and got two singles each from Mackenzie Curtis and Taylor Walls. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015last_img read more

NSC, Social Cohesion Ministry hand over boxing equipment to GPS

first_imgFOLLOWING the demolition of their boxing gym, resulting from the devastating fire at the Camp Street prison, the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) yesterday received a quantity of boxing gear from the Ministry of Social Cohesion’s Department of Sport and the National Sports Commission (NSC).At the Prison Service’s Sports Bar on Camp and Bent Streets, officials from the Prison Services joined Director of Sport Christopher Jones, as well as Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton, at the handing-over of the equipment.“It’s good that the government can take this approach to persons incarcerated in the prison system,” Dr Norton said, adding, “I say this because we have to give the opportunity to those persons to adapt healthier lifestyles and to make better use of their lives. I congratulate the prison service for their recent graduation ceremony where several inmates were successful. The rehabilitation, the reorientation and the changes in values are important.”“We (Ministry of Social Cohesion) will not be left behind; we know there are many sportsmen out there who were inmates and we would be happy if we could help them to continue in their respective discipline. However there is something special about boxing. It is in boxing that Guyana landed the only Olympic medal, albeit bronze,” noted the minister who also holds the responsibility for sports.The boxing equipment that were handed over to the Guyana Prison Services.Gladwin Samuels, Director of Prisons, called the donation “timely” and reflected on the Republican Gym’s victory over the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) at the National championships.According to Samuels, “It would be a shame for the gym to just go down the drain,” as the Prison Director stated his dissatisfaction at seeing inmate Jason ‘AK 47’ Barker unable to defend his Caribbean title this year in St Lucia, after the gym was destroyed by fire.“I would like to thank Minister Norton and his team for items that have been donated today (Thursday). I also want to urge the public and private sectors to help us. We’ve seen change through boxing. Sometimes you have bad inmates, we put them in the ring and over time we see wholesale changes,” said Samuels.”Meanwhile, Jones told the gathering of prison officials and media that the NSC stands ready and willing to help the Guyana Prison Service in its efforts to rehabilitate the country’s incarcerated athletes.last_img read more

Christmas sits with foul trouble, shines in limited minutes in SU win

first_img Published on January 21, 2015 at 12:00 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb A familiar sight in the Carrier Dome this season has been the arm Rakeem Christmas raises after a thunderous dunk.On Tuesday night he often held up both arms and drew reactions from the Carrier Dome crowd, but for different reasons.The Syracuse big man couldn’t avoid his early-season nemesis of foul trouble and fouled out after just 23 minutes of playing time with 1:51 left in the Orange’s (14-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) 69-61 victory over Boston College (8-9, 0-5). Christmas fouled out for the first time since Dec. 20, played his fewest amount of minutes since Dec. 22, and produced his fewest amount of points since Nov. 20. Before Tuesday night, he had only been whistled for four fouls twice in his previous eight games. But the referees didn’t believe Christmas was so innocent when he kept his arms extended up after the whistle, trying to prove he hadn’t committed a foul, as his head coach and thousands of fans complained to the officials.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think he fouled the guy — twice,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He gets beaten up every game and that’s two or three touch fouls out there. But this is the first time that’s happened in a long time.”Yet when Christmas was on the floor, he did what he could to help SU get past the Eagles — scoring 12 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting to go with seven rebounds.It took Syracuse 4:44 to net its first field goal of the game, and it was a Christmas hook shot from the right block that halted the stand-and-clap. SU chipped away at the Eagles’ early lead, and another Christmas basket from the post drove the Orange ahead.He also ran down an off-line entry pass from Tyler Roberson, banked in a shot through contact and hit the ensuing free throw. Then a drop-step from the right side, lofting another shot in off the glass and throwing his hands up to ask the officials for a foul. But from then on out, when he put his hands up and looked to the referees it was not quite in the same way.Christmas logged just eight minutes in the second half after being called for his fourth foul 3:48 in. When he returned he did so for barely more than four minutes, but earned himself another and-one basket to help the Orange pull away from the Eagles.Said forward Michael Gbinije: “Rak is going to be Rak, even if his minutes got limited to foul trouble.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Minor football action in the county today

first_imgIn the County Minor A football, Newport Gaels take on Drom-Inch in Dolla while in Cahir, Galtee-Golden are up against Clonmel Commercials. Both games throw in at 1.30 this afternoon.last_img

Ryan says meetings with Cork are ‘special’

first_imgThe Premier County face the Rebels in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday.Tipp won by 12 points when the counties met in the league in March.Michael is expecting Cork to be much tougher opponents this time round. Throw in on Sunday is at 4 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the clash from just after 3 o’clock in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.last_img

Barnes starts Olympics today

first_imgThe Belfast boxer fights at round quarter to twelve.Last night lightweight David Oliver Joyce and Welterweight Steven Donnelly both won their preliminary round bouts. Joyce says his first win at the Olympics was worth the wait.last_img

Don’t expect miracles from Di Maria- Van Gaal

first_imgAngel Di Maria will provide an ailing Manchester United with plenty of missing qualities following his big-money move from Real Madrid — pace, energy, incisiveness and goals.Just don’t expect instant miracles from the Argentina midfielder.”I hope he shall give us good results,” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said at Di Maria’s official presentation on Thursday, “but we cannot expect after two days’ training that he is the miracle what I already read.”No, you have to work for the miracle and he knows that.”At its lowest ebb since the late 1980s, United is attempting to buy its way out of trouble with Di Maria’s arrival for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) taking the 20-time English champions’ spending to about 130 million pounds ($215 million).And investment is definitely required. After missing out on European football this season with a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Premier League in May, United slumped to a 4-0 loss to third-tier club MK Dons in the League Cup on Tuesday — one of the most embarrassing results in its history.Such is the prestige and history of United that it was still able to attract one of the world’s top players in Di Maria, who helped Madrid become European champion for a 10th time last season.That’s the level Di Maria hopes he will soon be returning to with United.”I come to Manchester United in order to help the team raise their game and become an important team again,” Di Maria said through a translator.Before his presentation, a highlight reel was played of Di Maria’s best moments during Madrid’s two legs against United in the Champions League two seasons ago. There was the whipped cross for Cristiano Ronaldo’s headed goal. A piece of skill to evade Phil Jones. A dribble around Patrice Evra before unleashing a fierce shot that flew just wide. But the most obvious quality on show was his work rate and relentless energy from midfield.”It is important that he is a team player and that is what I’m liking in Di Maria,” Van Gaal said. “Not only class — he can accelerate the game for us — but he can also play in the interests of the team and that is why we have chosen for this player.”He is a very modest guy and he wants to work. He showed that also last year — he played 52 matches and gave 22 assists. How many players can say that? Twenty-two assists. Then you are also a very social being and in the football world, that is also the case.”Di Maria’s debut is likely to come at Burnley on Saturday, when United goes looking for a first win of the Premier League season after losing to Swansea and drawing at Sunderland.He will be wearing the iconic No. 7 shirt previously donned by club greats Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, George Best and Eric Cantona. Instead of providing added pressure, that simply gives Di Maria added pride.”I was aware of the importance of the No. 7 shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo had spoken to me at Real Madrid and told me how important it was,” Di Maria said. “I wanted to wear this shirt and do as much for the club as Ronaldo and the others could do. The club also wanted me to wear it so I want to live up to it.”Van Gaal also hinted that there will be plenty of comings and goings in United’s squad before the transfer window shuts on Monday.”I had a conversation after lunch with the players and I said maybe after this weekend, we shall have another group because players shall go away and others shall come in,” the Dutchman said.last_img read more

Clippers sign C.J. Williams to 3-year contract

first_imgRelated Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “It’s great, it’s really good,” Rivers said. “This has been the year of the 45-day contract for us. He’s not only a good player and a deserving NBA player, but he is a great, great person to have in your locker room. Just high character. He’s one of those guys you need on your team.“So, it’s really good to have him.”Rivers knew little about Williams when the Clippers signed him. Williams played for several teams in the NBA’s summer league and also for the U.S. national team in the USA AmeriCup for Jeff Van Gundy in 2017. Rivers called Van Gundy last fall to get as much information as he could.“Even when you’re high on a guy who’s in the G-League, it doesn’t mean he’s an NBA player,” Rivers said of hearing Van Gundy’s scouting reporting and watching video of Williams in the developmental league. “He came in an proved he was an NBA player.”INJURY UPDATESAustin Rivers and Lou Williams couldn’t play in the Clippers’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night at Staples Center. Rivers has been nursing a sore right elbow and Williams has a sprained right ankle. They are expected to play in the season finale Wednesday against the Lakers.Williams can become the first player in the NBA since 1984-85 to start less than one-third of his team’s game and lead it in scoring and assists. Williams leads the Clippers with averages of 22.6 points and 5.3 assists in 79 games, including 19 starts. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum LOS ANGELES — C.J. Williams’ passport was filled with stamps from France, Greece and Italy before he signed a two-way contract with the Clippers in October. He split his season between the Clippers and their G-League team, a 28-year-old who was a rookie in name only.Williams, 28, averaged 5.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1 assist in 18 minutes over 36 games with the Clippers. He did it without practicing with them, flying cross-country at times to catch up with them after playing and/or practicing with their Ontario-based development league team.The Clippers rewarded Williams, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound shooting guard who can also play the small forward position when needed, with a three-season NBA contract Monday, giving him a sense of security after so many years of globetrotting.Williams’ parents, Wendell and Delores, were in Los Angeles for a few days to watch the final games of the season. When he went to see them Monday to share the news of his first NBA contract he said he struggled to get the words out.center_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I was crying and my parents were, like, ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong? What’s wrong? What’s going on?’” Williams said. “I was, like, ‘I got the deal done,’ and they were, like, ‘Boy.’ I scared them at first. They kind of realized what I was trying to do. It was a great moment.”The emotion poured from Williams and he broke down in tears of joy during his meeting with his parents.“Thinking about it every single day,” Williams said of his long journey. “There was a point in my college career (at North Carolina State) where I didn’t think I would play professionally. I was looking into getting a regular human resources job.“Now, to see that I’m playing at the highest level possible, it’s the best feeling in the world.”It’s a well-deserved deal, according to Clippers coach Doc Rivers.last_img read more

Coles boost for All Blacks

first_imgColes missed four months of action with a head injury, sitting out the British and Irish Lions series before returning for Hurricanes’ Super Rugby quarter-final win over Brumbies last month.The 30-year-old was due to return to the international fold for New Zealand’s opening Rugby Championship clash against the Wallabies last week, which they won 54-34, but suffered a fresh head knock in the ‘game of three halves’ against Taranaki and Counties Manukau and was ruled out of the Bledisloe Cup contest.However, assistant coach Ian Foster said Coles – who last represented his country against France last November – is in line to face Australia in Dunedin after coming through training unscathed.”He trained really well,” Foster said. “He had a good week last week actually.”He’s come through [training] really well.”Sonny Bill Williams is also in contention to be selected after sustaining a head injury in the first match, an incident SANZAAR is reportedly looking into to see if medical officials should have carried out concussion tests.Foster added: “Sonny took a knock in the weekend but he was symptom-free.”The doctor has done what he always does when there is a suspicion of something. “He was held back a little bit today so we could make sure he was absolutely clear but the signs are really positive.”last_img read more