Jose Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes: No official proposal from Manchester United

first_img Mourinho has been linked with the Manchester United manager’s job over the last week following his dismissal as Chelsea boss. Van Gaal is under increasing pressure after United embarked upon a six-match winless run that has also seen them exit the Champions League. Press Association Some fans clearly want Mourinho to replace Van Gaal, however. Cries of Mourinho’s name could be heard around Old Trafford on Saturday and U nited were booed off the pitch following their third straight defeat, which left them in fifth position. Three weeks ago, senior United figures insisted Van Gaal had the board’s full support, but after a run of six matches without a win, they have now fallen quiet. It is understood the United board were disappointed in particular at Van Gaal’s failure to lead the team through what was viewed as a relatively easy Champions League group containing PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg. And a second straight defeat in the league means United head into the busy Christmas schedule outside the Barclays Premier League’s top four. Although United could stomach another year out of the Champions League in a financial sense, the damage to the club’s standing in the game would be hit if they were not in Europe’s top club competition next season. And with Mourinho available and willing to take the job, there has been a flood of speculation linking the two-time Champions League winner with United. United will also be aware Pep Guardiola is available in the summer, although he is rumoured to be ready to move to Manchester City instead following his stint with Bayern Munich. United travel to Stoke on Boxing Day before hosting Chelsea on December 28. Louis van Gaal will face the media today for the first time since speculation began claiming that he is set to be replaced by Jose Mourinho. Mourinho is understood to be ready to take the top job at United should the board decide to sack Van Gaal, who is halfway through his three-year contract. The Portuguese’s agent Jorge Mendes, speaking to Globo Esporte on Tuesday night, denied a deal had been struck between his client and the United board. Mendes insisted an “official proposal” had not been tabled by United, but the super agent did not exactly pour cold water on claims the former Chelsea manager is set for the hot seat at Old Trafford. “There is nothing,” Mendes said. “We don’t know what will happen in the future, but now there is no agreement. There isn’t an official proposal either – that’s not true.” Van Gaal, who worked with Mourinho at Barcelona, is expected to receive questions on the Portuguese and his own job security at his weekly press conference in Carrington at 1530 today. Speaking after the 2-1 loss to Norwich last Saturday, Van Gaal insisted he had the backing of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his own players. ”Ed was very fast out of the dressing room but I feel that support, yes,” the 64-year-old said. ”The most important support is from the players because the players have to do it on the pitch and the chemistry between the players and the manager and his staff is very important.” last_img read more

‘Green Machine’ begin RAN 15s title defence against Barbados

first_imgGUYANA, the Rugby Americas North (RAN) 15s South Zone champions, will begin their title defence quest against Barbados on Saturday May 13, at the Garrison Field.After their clash against the men from the Land of the Flying Fish, the ‘Green Machine’ will return home for their encounter against arch nemesis Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday, June 10 at the National Park.The last time Guyana faced Barbados the Guyanese ruggers walked away 39-5 winners and had beaten Trinidad 23-18 to win the South Zone title.According to a release from the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), players will be put through their drills by the Union coaching personnel comprising head coach Kenneth Grant-Stuart, assistant coach Alton Agard, Strength and Conditioning coaches Theodore Henry and Phillip Barrington.Guyana Men are the current runners-up to Mexico in the Regional RAN 15s Championships as well as Current RAN 7s Caribbean Champion.last_img read more

USC to compete in Aztec Invitational

first_imgThe USC women’s cross-country team will begin its second meet of the 2011 season Saturday, as it is scheduled to partake in the 67th annual San Diego State Aztec Invitational, held in Balboa Park.The course, which runs near the San Diego Zoo, should challenge the Women of Troy.“This meet will be a great chance for the team to race on a tougher, hillier or rugged course,” USC coach Tom Walsh said. “The times will be slower, but they’ll be slower for all teams. I’m trying to teach them not to be so focused on times, but rather on performance.”With only seven entrants in this weekend’s race, USC hopes to better last week’s performance at the UC Irvine Invitational, where it finished seventh.Redshirt junior Shelby Buckley, who opened her first season for USC as its top finisher at the invitational, will be counted upon to lead the Women of Troy to another respectable finish.  The other six runners are all the freshmen recruits, most of who raced for the first time last weekend.The Aztec Invitational, however, will also serve as the first official race for freshman Erica Capellino, who is expected to become one of USC’s top runners.“I’m excited to see how Erica performs,” Walsh said. “She’s been doing so well in training, and hopefully that will carry over. She’s a good hill runner, which is why we wanted her to start out in San Diego instead of last week. Kira Soderstrom will hopefully do really well too; she’s really stepped it up in training.”The meet might prove difficult for the Women of Troy, as the terrain is notoriously rugged when compared to other 5-kilometer courses. Additionally, Walsh noted concerns about the runners going out too quickly in the early goings, which could eventually count for a loss of speed in the middle of the race. This has been a persistent issue for the Trojans in past meets, Walsh added.Though last week’s race proved to be a solid start to the season, Walsh hopes this weekend’s invitational will allow the runners to further prove themselves. The UC Irvine Invitational was the first meet as Trojans for eight of USC’s 10 runners, and the first official collegiate race for the team’s five freshmen.“The first race is always a starting point,” Walsh said. “Runners make mistakes and are more tentative. There’s always a big improvement between the first race and the second. We just need to focus on mental toughness, and not slowing down in the middle.”The race, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in San Diego, will also have a community division in which local runners can participate.last_img read more

Two starters down, Badgers begin nonconference play

first_imgTwo plays.That’s all it took in practice for the Wisconsin men’s basketball season to be altered.While they occurred on separate occasions and in separate practices, the Badgers will begin their nonconference schedule without two of their returning starters due to a pair of injuries to senior forward Mike Bruesewitz and junior guard Josh Gasser.Bruesewitz suffered a deep laceration to his lower right leg-one that went down to the bone and needed 50 stitches to repair-in a freak collision with the basket standard. The high-energy, glue-player for head coach Bo Ryan’s team will most likely miss the first 2-4 weeks of play.But his injury isn’t the most serious one. Or the one that causes the biggest ripple effect for Wisconsin.Gasser blew out his ACL going up for a routine layup Oct. 27 in practice and will be forced to use his redshirt season this year to recover from one of the most devastating injuries in sports.It was a devastating blow for the Badgers, as Ryan and the team were looking to Gasser to fill in the void left by former-point guard and All-American Jordan Taylor, a two-year starter and the most efficient point guard in NCAA history (his 3.01 career assist-to-turnover ratio shattered the record of 2.70 held by UTEP’s Julyan Stone).Ryan had given Gasser high praise during the offseason, saying that he believed the junior guard had taken the next step to elevate his game, spending extra hours a week in the gym working on his ball handling and working on his overall offensive skill set, preparing to take over increased responsibilities as the veteran leader of an otherwise young backcourt.“I pretty much worked my tail off to get to that position and coach Ryan rewarded me with it and then [the injury] happened,” Gasser said.Gasser also pointed out that one of the hardest things was not being able to play alongside the Wisconsin senior class for its final year.“I think the biggest thing is I built such a great relationship with the seniors on and off the court, especially on the court. I was really excited to get to play with them and help them reach their goal because this is their last go-around and to not be out there is just killing me.”The New Guard(s): George Marshall and Traevon JacksonWith no Gasser or Bruesewitz on the court, the Badgers now scramble to find the appropriate mix in their starting lineup and rotation off the bench. But, two underclassmen will likely play a huge role for Ryan in a season without Gasser.In the backcourt, redshirt freshman George Marshall is primed to take over point guard duties for UW. Marshall, a talented athlete with quick feet and a lethal pull-up jumper, had the luck of playing scout team and guarding Jordan Taylor all of last year while practicing with the Badgers in his redshirt season. Taylor often gushed about the potential of Marshall, and after watching a few practices and the Red/White Scrimmage it wasn’t hard to tell why.The speed of Marshall’s feet makes him one of the toughest defenders to go against, especially on-ball, which will make him a perfect fit in a Ryan defensive scheme for the Badgers that puts an emphasis on man-defense, Marshall seems an easy call at the one-spot in the starting lineup.Also slated to receive a drastic increase in minutes is sophomore Traevon Jackson. The son of Ohio State basketball legend Jim Jackson, Traevon largely rode the bench last year in his freshman campaign (only playing 17 games), taking the backseat to a backcourt rotation that included Taylor, Gasser and Ben Brust and former Badger Rob Wilson.But now with Marshall and Brust slated to start, Jackson will prove an essential piece in Ryan’s rotation off the bench.A physically gifted guard who can play either the one or two spot, Jackson has a body type that is reminiscent of the departed Taylor. He also showed a strong pull-up jumper of his own in the Red-White scrimmage, scoring 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field.The talent of these two guards, along with Brust still in the backcourt, gives Ryan little doubt that his offense won’t miss a beat trying to replace Taylor and Gasser’s presence.“Well the nice part about now being in my 41st year of coaching, when people say replace other people, I don’t get as alarmed or excited or nervous,” Ryan said. “It is amazing how young men step up and I have all the faith in the world that that’s going to happen with this group.”Ryan even said the offense may change with his new personnel at the guard position, but will still rely on the same basic fundamentals and disciplines that have led to the Badgers’ successes in his tenure.“What we’re doing now with our offense with our ball movement, it’s more scoring off of action away from the ball than maybe on the ball, but we’re still getting some stuff done with the ball, off of ball screens…back-doors, just basketball-read and react, read and react. It’s still about taking care of the ball, still about getting good shots and I think the players that we have will continue to do that.”But, with all three of UW’s potential guards in the rotation never having started a game in their careers, there may be some growing pains for the Badgers along the way in the early part of the nonconference slate.Berggren, Evans must step upWith the loss of vocal leader Gasser in the backcourt, the Badgers frontcourt must now take the brunt of the weight of carrying this team not only with its leadership, but with its offensive prowess as well.“Now it’s my time to step up and have more of a leadership role,” redshirt senior and center Jared Berggren said. ” Trying to be more vocal is one thing I’m working on, trying to encourage teammates, push teammates, get on guys if they’re taking shortcuts or do something wrong, but at the same time never being too negative with anyone. That’s the main thing I’m trying to accomplish.”Ryan has been known in his time at UW to develop raw or lesser players who other major Division One programs pass over in recruiting, and nowhere is that theme more relevant than in this year’s starting forward-center combinationPerhaps the x-factor of this team, returning starter and redshirt senior forward Ryan Evans (36 starts, 11 points per game and 6.75 rebounds per game in 2011-12) is the mantra of improvement. A raw, athletic specimen from Phoenix, Ariz. as an incoming freshman, Evan’s incredible vertical leaps and dunks have always been there, but his smoothed-out, more consistent mid-range jumper has not. Perfected over long hours in the gym and four seasons in the program, Evans will look to improve on his junior campaign where he was named a consensus All-Big Ten honorable mention selection.And while Evans may be the x-factor, the rock of this team is Berggren (36 starts, 10.5 ppg, 4.89 rpg and 1.67 blocks per game in 2011-12). Also a 2012 honorable mention for All-Big Ten, Berggren steadily improved in all aspects of his game during his junior season alone, including his shot from long-range. Perhaps Berggren’s ability to stretch the floor offensively was best on display in last season’s loss to Syracuse in the Sweet 16, where the big-man posted 17 points on 3-for-3 three-point shooting, despite being limited to just 25 minutes of action because of foul trouble.And for Berggren and this senior group, the loss was a motivating source for their offseason push coming into 2012-13.“You never forget about it,” Berggren said. “It’s obviously something that’s pretty ingrained in your mind and its going to be forever, which I don’t think is a bad thing. Don’t forget about it, use it as motivation. Think back on that feeling of losing and I think that’s something that drives every competitor and every athlete, you want to win and you remember that feeling of losing and it motivates you and drives you to be better.”last_img read more

Volleyball hits the road for Arizona

first_imgPhoto by Dillon Matthew | Daily TrojanThe No. 15 women’s volleyball team (12-3, 4-0 Pac-12) heads to Arizona to face the Arizona Wildcats (7-7, 1-4 Pac-12) on Friday and the Arizona State Sun Devils (10-6, 0-4 Pac-12) on Saturday.The Women of Troy are coming off a sweep against No. 9 Washington on Sunday and a four-set win over Washington State on Saturday. The team is currently undefeated in conference play, jumping out to a hotter start than originally predicted. The team’s strong start to conference play has allowed it to jump up in the polls.USC will rely on back-to-back Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and ESPNW National Player of the Week senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie to power the offense. Abercrombie has accumulated 13 kills each in wins against then-ranked No. 6 Washington and Washington State, providing a stable offensive flow for the team.The Trojans have also received considerable offensive support from sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier, senior opposite hitter Niki Withers and junior outside hitter Alyse Ford. Lanier is averaging a team-leading 4.32 kills per set on the season while Ford and Withers are averaging 2.60 kills per set and 2.35 kills per set, respectively. Setters Reni Meyer-Whalley and Cindy Marina will also look to make strong constributions in setting up opportunities for the rest of the team.The Women of Troy will have to attempt to stop Arizona’s offense, driven by junior outside hitter Kendra Dahlke. Dahlke has accumulated 131 kills for the Wildcats and is averaging 3.12 kills per set this season. She is joined on the offensive front by freshman outside hitter Paige Whipple, sporting 2.50 kills per set, and junior outside hitter Tyler Spriggs, with a 2.86 kps, to spearhead the Wildcats’ offense. The Trojans’ defense will have its hands full in the desert against an offensively driven Wildcat squad.After a quick one-day turnaround, the Women of Troy head out to Tempe to face the Sun Devils.The team is led by senior middle blocker Oluoma Okaro, who has put up crazy numbers for Arizona State. Okaro has a total of 258 kills and averages 4.61 kps. Against Washington in late September, Okaro racked up 30 kills in a five-set loss. She is joined by outside hitters Ivana Jeremic and Griere Hughes to form a strong offensive line. The Sun Devils will seek to bounce back against the Trojans after enduring four consecutive losses against Pac-12 opponents.If USC can pick up two solid wins on the road, the Trojans will move to 6-0 on the season and solidify their spot alongside Stanford in the Pac-12, who they’ll host — along with Cal — next weekend.The Women of Troy face the Wildcats at 6 p.m. tonight and the Sun Devils at 6 p.m. on Saturday.last_img read more

Cherry restructure of ComeOn sees Jonas Wåhlander depart as company MD

first_img Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Updating the market, Stockholm-listed industry games and software supplier Cherry AB has announced that it has moved to restructure igaming subsidiary ComeOn’s senior management team.Its decision sees Jonas Wåhlander step down as Managing Director of ComeOn Malta Ltd with immediate effect.During H1 2017, Cherry AB governance completed its full acquisition of ComeOn! enterprise for a total consideration of €280 million. Cherry indicated that it would move to consolidate all its B2C igaming assets under the ComeOn domain.Updating corporate stakeholders, Anders Holmgren, CEO of Cherry AB commented on ComeOn management changes:“The integration process in our Online Gaming business area has reached a point where we now want to intensify our growth ambitions and further strengthen ComeOn!’s market position. Following a period of internal focus, it is time to take advantage of the strength that exists within the company.“We have begun the recruitment of a new Managing Director for ComeOn! and the new management team comprises several people with experience from ComeOn! from the company’s inception. They will take the company to the next level in terms of earnings and market focus. The fact that several of them are also shareholders in Cherry AB will benefit development,” Related Articles Share Submit Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Telecom juggernaut MTS acquires Gambit Esports

first_imgMTS, the largest mobile operator in the Russia and CIS region has today acquired Gambit Esports for an undisclosed sum described as “one of the largest esports deals in CIS and Europe”. Credit: Gambit EsportsGambit Esports has been in the esports industry for approaching five years, and has rosters in the three big esports: League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. It also houses a FIFA player.The organisation is best known for a surprise Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major win last time out – and the squad will be looking to defend their title next week as the ELEAGUE Major: Boston gets underway on Friday.The deal will not see any of the teams released, and the staff will remain the same for the time being. CEO Konstantin Pikiner will continue his role, transitioning to become the Chief Gaming Officer at MTS. The Gambit Esports brand name will not be altered at all.Konstantin Pikiner, Gambit Esports CEO stated in a release: “It’s an important and iconic event for our organization. Esports industry is growing rapidly, the level of competition is higher than it has ever been before”.He added: “Big brands from all over the world, famous sports and entertainment organizations have begun investing in the esports industry, therefore we are glad that Russian companies are not an exception. Opportunities provided by one of the leading technological companies will allow us to focus on achieving competitive success and interaction with our audience.”The financial power of MTS is unquestionable. The third quarter results for 2017 saw the company turn 114.6 billion Russian Rubles (~£1.4 billion) in revenue and have a total of 108.9 million mobile subscribers.Esports Insider says: Big news for Gambit as they’re acquired by an absolute giant of the telecom world with a lot of capital behind them. It’ll be intriguing to see what they do with the brand and how much funding Gambit will receive. It’s undoubtedly great news for them, however.last_img read more

Kumasi to host Ghana-Benin return leg

first_imgThe Baba Yara Stadium will host the return leg of the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) Qualifier between Ghana and Benin on July 7.The local Black Stars would have early on met their West African counterparts in Cotonou in a first leg tie on June 22.According to our impeccable sources, Benin are expected to arrive Kumasi three days before the match-day and plans are far advanced to have them lodge at the True Vine Lodge located in Ahodwo in the heart of Kumasi as the hosts, the local Black Stars continue to camp in Obuasi.Ghana and Benin are vying for one of the three slots in Zone West B available for the third edition of the Championship designed for only home-based players of member countries in South Africa next year.Meanwhile, a 21-man local Black Stars squad will leave Ghana on Wednesday, May 22 for Liberia to participate in a 3-nation tournament which also includes Guinea. The tournament is being played to commemorate the 50th Anniversary celebration of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Monrovia, Liberia.It will also be a little more than a decade since the formation of the African Union, which seeks to promote “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena.” Consequently, the Heads of State declared the year 2013 the Year of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance. The tournament is to be held from May 24-26. The local Black Stars are expected to return to Ghana by May 28.last_img read more

VIDEO: Ex-Arsenal star Eboue reveals going broke pushed him close to suicide

first_imgThe 34-year-old Ivorian made millions during his seven-year spell with the Premier League stalwarts, but now washes his clothes by hand and travels on the bus.He told how he lost a divorce battle that left his wife, Aurelie, with all of their assets.The event and others crushed Eboue and pushed him to the brink out suicide. He told Sunday Mirror Online: “I want God to help me. Only he can help take these thoughts from my mind.”Every day I wash my jeans, my clothes, everything. My hands are hard. As though I have been working on a farm. “Sometimes I shut off the lights because I don’t want people to know that I am inside. I put everything behind the door.“I am in the house but I am scared. Because I don’t know what time the police will come. I look back and say ‘Emmanuel, you have been naive. Why didn’t you think about that before?’ It is hard.”Eboue then told how he sent money to his wife when he swapped London for Istanbul club Galatasaray in 2011, landing him in financial difficulty.He added: “The money I earned, I sent it to my wife for our children. Emmanuel Eboue and his wife pictured in happier times before he joined Arsenal“In Turkey, I earned eight million euros. I sent seven million back home. Whatever she tells me to sign, I sign.”The defender was on the cusp of a Premier League return, however, when he signed for Sunderland in 2016.But, before he played a single match for the Black Cats Eboue was slapped with one-year ban from playing football for failing to pay a former agent.last_img read more

Analysis: Football Federation of B&H about past Qualifications

first_imgAnother qualification cycle for the A national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the qualifications for the European Championships in France, has ended.Unfortunately, the BH national team players did not manage to win against the national team of the Republic of Ireland in the playoffs and thereby once again make the BH citizens happy, especially the fans who supported them during every match. The desired result was not achieved, despite of the efforts by the Football Federation of B&H to stabilize the situation in the national team after the initial defeats in the qualifications. There was certain success in that after the arrival of Mehmed Baždarević as the coach of the national team; unfortunately, only until the matches of the playoffs in which the BH national team, in addition to all other unfavorable conditions, played bellow real possibilities. After going to the World Championships in Brazil in 2014, the fans and the Federation as well expected that the series of successes continues in the qualifications for EURO 2016, with understandable optimism. That did not happen. Due to this, the Federation, together with the coach and the players, expresses regret, as well as gratitude to the true fans, media and sponsors who supported the national team in all victories and all defeats, even in the most recent and the most painful defeat of all- by Ireland in Dublin. However, victories and defeats are an indispensable part of football game. The qualifications cycle for the European Champion will be analyzed in detail by the Football Federation and conclusions will be included in the future plans. At the same time, the Football Federation of B&H has already started planning the forthcoming obligations and working on new projects. Within the Federation there is complete unity and desire to maintain stable atmosphere that characterized the work of the umbrella house of football in B&H during past years. It has been shown that this approach yields results, and those results reflected primarily through going to the World Championships in Brazil, partly through the qualifications cycle for EURO (except for the playoffs), but also through organizational and financial consolidation and progress achieved in the Premier League of B&H and other competitions. There are intentions to maintain such attitude in the future as well. The Federation has a precise strategic work program and objectives that are to be accomplished. Members of the Federation leadership have a clear notion of strength and future of BH that they will strive to accomplish and realize with the support of professional teams, general public, media, and former and future sponsors. The ultimate aim is absolutely stable national football organization in B&H in which new talents will be given an opportunity for development and affirmation. There are plenty of new talents in B&H and they can rapidly become new stars such as Edin Džeko and other former and current national team players. (Source: read more