Mourinho refuses to comment on Dowd

first_img The visitors might have had a penalty in the first half when Chris Smalling tussled with Branislav Ivanovic – at the same time as Marcos Rojo had his hands on John Terry – as a cross was delivered into the United box, but nothing was given. Then, after Didier Drogba’s 53rd-minute header had put Chelsea in front, they were denied victory in stoppage time when Ivanovic received his second booking of the game for a foul on Angel di Maria and the resulting free-kick came to Robin van Persie, who fired home. “So I won’t. I will speak about the game, which I thought was good. “I thought Manchester United were good, but Chelsea were very good. We played very well, particularly in the second half. I’m so happy with my players.” Regarding the current standings, he then added: “Of course I prefer to lead from the front. “We are four points clear, so I can say at this moment that, next weekend, it won’t matter about results – we will be top of the league. “I prefer to be in front rather than behind, obviously, because you have a little space for your mistakes – or for the referees’ mistakes.” Mourinho also stressed he regards eighth-placed United as title rivals, despite the gap between the two clubs currently standing at 10 points. United boss Louis van Gaal was in no doubt the award of the free-kick that led to his side’s goal was fair. The Dutchman said: “Ivanovic kicked him twice. Maybe the first time (questions can be asked), but the second time, no.” Van Gaal also hailed the fighting spirit his team had shown to grab a late equaliser for a second successive game. Asked if he thought the point was deserved, Van Gaal said: “Yes – you know that also, and Jose Mourinho knows that also. “I have said to the boys it is not our best performance and that is a pity, because at this moment, you have to show yourself – against the better teams. “But in spite of that, we have created a lot of chances, much more than Chelsea. “With the corner kick (that led to the Chelsea goal) there was a lack of communication, and after that, we lost our heads for 10 or 15 minutes and they could have scored a second goal. “They didn’t, and I made a change. We pressed forward, and Chelsea tried to kill the game, making my boys run a lot. “But my boys did that, fought until the end, and we scored. I think it was very deserved. “I think the fighting spirit (was pleasing), for the second time after West Brom (a 2-2 draw on Monday). “I think Chelsea are the best club in Europe at killing the game, but nevertheless we created still one or two chances, and we scored a goal.” When Drogba scored his header, the marker he got the better of was Rafael, a much shorter player. Asked about that, Van Gaal said: “I think Rafael is one of the best defenders. “He lacks a lot of height, but I don’t have other players. That is my problem – we are always smaller than the opponent. “In England, they have tall people – I think they must select only on the height and not the quality!” Mourinho seemed keen to avoid getting into trouble with his comments after the game, but it did not take much reading between the lines to guess his feelings about the decisions that had been made by Dowd. “I have come from the flash interviews,” the Portuguese, whose side are now four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, said in his post-match press conference. “I did five and in all five, the first question was my comments on the referee. “I told them no comment, because when five ask the same thing, I don’t need to answer. “I prefer just to say that in my opinion, from where I was and reading the game, my feeling is that we had a good first half and a fantastic second half. “To come here and play the way we did and not to be happy with the point, because we are not, shows clearly how good we were and how good we are playing at this moment.” Pushed for his feelings on Dowd’s performance, Mourinho said: “You know I cannot speak. “Some (managers) can, some don’t. I am one of the ones that cannot because you know what happens to me when I speak. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s unhappiness with referee Phil Dowd was clear despite his insistence he had no comment to make about the official after the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Press Associationlast_img read more

Redknapp praises Pardew

first_img A section of Newcastle supporters were calling for Pardew to be sacked last month but five consecutive victories have transformed the mood in the north east. The Magpies, whose remarkable run includes wins over Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City, have climbed to eighth in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone. QPR boss Harry Redknapp has praised the resilience of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew ahead of the teams’ Barclays Premier League clash on Saturday. “Alan was coming under all kinds of grief there but he’s done a great job at Newcastle,” Redknapp said. “They’ve picked up. Newcastle is a great club, one of the great clubs in English football – the 50,000 fans every week with their black and white shirts on. “I think he’s doing a really good job and full credit to the chairman who has never looked like buckling under pressure. “I’m pleased for Alan but hopefully we can go up there and get a good result this weekend.” QPR have enjoyed a slight resurgence themselves in the last four games as n arrow defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea came between a 2-0 win over Aston Villa and a 2-2 draw against Manchester City. The commitment of the Rangers players was questioned during a miserable start to the campaign but Redknapp believes it was only a matter of time before his squad found their fitness and form. “It was a case of new players coming in from abroad and settling into the country,” Redknapp said. “It was a bad pre-season. We didn’t have the players here to do pre-season together.last_img read more

Munster head coach Anthony Foley praises players after toppling Treviso

first_img Foley said: “We got four tries and came away with the five points. We came away with a couple of bangs and knocks too. We gave up four or five penalties in 80 minutes in those conditions and I think the last two were on set piece. “It was an impressive display by the players and it shows a good attitude, good work-rate and a willingness to put their shoulder to the wheel. It was great to see. “The (wet and windy) conditions were unbelievable out there. It was very hard for both sides to play the game. I thought it was the best we have played in those conditions, the way we controlled the first half. “It was seldom they got into our 22 and I thought it was well marshalled by our nine and ten (Conor Murray and Ian Keatley). “Obviously, there was a hefty workload put in by the forward pack in the first half in terms of keeping the ball, trying to move it up the pitch through the maul and running hard off nine. “For the boys to get five points and four tries, you take your hat off to them. We play Treviso a lot. We are going to play them four times this year. We know how physically strong they are. They have (Edoardo) Gori, (Jayden) Hayward, (Luke) McLean, all top quality players and that is outside the monster of a pack they have.” Munster travel to Paris next weekend as they are set to face Top 14 champions Stade Francais in what is sure to be an emotional Champions Cup pool fixture on Sunday. It took hot favourites Munster until the 75th minute to secure the try-scoring bonus point through winger Simon Zebo against their resilient Italian opponents. Afterwards Foley said Munster had showed a good attitude and good work-rate in seeing off a Treviso side which is rooted to the foot of the GUINNESS PRO12 table. Munster head coach Anthony Foley praised his players for turning in an “impressive display” in their hard-earned 32-7 bonus-point win over Treviso in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup at Thomond Park. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

EHS sets preseason sports meeting

first_img Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Bio Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Fenceviewer Staffcenter_img Ellsworth High School will hold its fall preseason meeting for parents and coaches Thursday at 6:30 at the high school auditorium.Proof of physical exams must be provided for all ninth and 11th grade students planning to participate in fall sports.Signed activity contracts and emergency contact and concussion management forms also will be required of all student athletes in grades 9-12 before practicing.All athletes also will be required to take Baseline ImPACT pre-concussion tests on the first day of practice.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPractices will begin Monday, Aug. 19, for the following sports:Girls’ soccer, 6-8 a.m. on the baseball field.Boys’ soccer, 5-7 p.m. on the baseball field.Volleyball, 5-7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.Football, 4-6 p.m. on the softball field.Cross-country, 4-6 p.m. on the track at Del Luce Stadium.Golf, 4-6 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Golf Course in Trenton.Fall cheering will begin Sept. 4.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest Posts Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all)last_img read more

Cricket News Mike Hesson parts way with Kings XI Punjab, speculation grows on India coach job

first_img New Delhi: Mike Hesson, who is best remembered for turning around New Zealand’s cricketing fortunes in six years, has parted ways with the Kings XI Punjab franchise. Hesson, who helped New Zealand reach the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time during the 2015 edition, was part of the Kings XI Punjab franchise for just one year. Although the reasons for his departure are unknown, there are strong indications that he is in the race for the post of head coach in both India and Pakistan. There are strong reports that Ravi Shastri could once again be at the helm after the end of the West Indies tour as he has strong backing from the Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli. Other reports in New Zealand reported that Hesson has applied for the top job in both India and Pakistan. Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody is one of the big international names in a long list of applications the BCCI has received for the chief coach’s job in India.In a statement on his Twitter handle, Hesson said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Kings XI franchise and wish to thank them for the season I had in charge. Whilst disappointed not to be able to build on the work we did this year, I’m sure success isn’t too far away for them. I wish them all the best for the future,” Hesson said. India’s coach will be chosen by a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by the legendary Kapil Dev, ex-coach Anshuman Gaekwad and former India women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy. The current support staff comprising incumbent head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3. The BCCI advertised the posts after India’s World Cup semifinal defeat to New Zealand. highlights India lost in the semi-final of 2019 World Cup to New Zealand.Ravi Shastri has gotten an extension as coach until the end of West Indies tour.Mike Hesson was at the helm of Kings XI Punjab for just one year. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Swimming body giving $6.5M in aid for athletes

first_imgFINA says it wants to help athletes who “endure hardships related to their training and competitive opportunities due to the pandemic.”The plan includes $4 million for at least 160 national federations to support athletes with expenses for training, competitions and living over the next year.A further $2 million will support 100 scholarships for athletes who currently do not have Olympic qualifying standards to prepare at national or continental centers. FINA supports regional bases in Russia, Senegal, Thailand and the United States.Grants totalling $460,000 will go to continental swimming bodies to distribute.___ The Latest: Swimming body giving $6.5M in aid for athletes July 21, 2020 The 2020-21 season in the Scottish league will start on Aug. 1. The 2019-20 league season did not resume after the lockdown and Celtic was declared champion based on average points per game.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___This season’s Scottish Cup final will be played midway through next season.The Scottish soccer federation says the pandemic-delayed competition will be completed on Dec. 20. That is more than seven months after the original date for the final on May 9.The competition was stopped at the semifinal stage. Defending champion Celtic will play Aberdeen and Edinburgh rivals Hearts and Hibernian will meet in the other semifinal on the weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Hampden Park in Glasgow.Organizers say players who would ordinarily be barred from playing for a second team in the same competition can play for their new club even if they were earlier fielded by a different team.center_img The ISTAF track meet in Berlin has outlined plans to have up to 3,500 spectators in attendance on Sept. 13.Organizers say they have developed a wide-ranging plan to ensure spectators stay healthy but haven’t revealed specifics. They were hoping for up to 45,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin before the pandemic.Meet director Martin Seeber says he hopes it will be “a first small step back to normality.”Pole vault world record holder Armand “Mondo” Duplantis is headlining the event.The announcement comes as other European track meets plan to bring fans back. Tickets are on sale for the Diamond League meet in Monaco next month and organizers in Lausanne are staging a pole vault competition in the city which could have 5,000 fans if Swiss authorities agree. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Swimming governing body FINA is giving almost $6.5 million to help athletes prepare for the postponed Tokyo Olympics. Associated Press last_img read more

Holder, Fraser bowl India Aout for 201 on opening day

first_imgTAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – Wriddhiman Saha and Hanuma Vihari struck half-centuries but fast bowler Chemar Holder grabbed three late wickets to limit India A on the opening day of the final four-day “Test”.Sent in at the Brian Lara Stadium on Tuesday, the visitors were dismissed for 201, with Saha top-scoring with 62 and captain Vihari chipping in with 55.Opener Mayank Agarwal got a start with 33 and all-rounder Shivam Dube hit 26 but India A fell away at the end, losing their last five wickets for just 12 runs in the space of 41 balls.Holder, who took three of those five wickets, ended with three for 47 while off-spinner Akim Fraser did the early damage for the hosts in taking three for 53.Leg-spinner Yannic Cariah supported with two for 45.West Indies A then stumbled to the close on 23 for one, losing Montcin Hodge for 15 to the day’s final’s delivery, bowled missing an ambitious drive at off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham.Fraser had given West Indies A an excellent start when he took two wickets in the first session to reduce India A to 47 for three at lunch, before taking another almost immediately following the resumption.Fast bowler Miguel Cummins bowled Abhimanyu Esawaran without scoring in the morning’s seventh over before Agarwal and Priyank Panchal (11) put on 38 for the second wicket to steady the innings.However, Fraser struck twice in successive deliveries just before lunch when he had Agarwal taken at short leg by Jeremy Solozano and followed up by trapping Shubman Gill in front first ball.After lunch, he then accounted for Panchal without adding, caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton.Vihari, unbeaten on two at lunch, anchored two half-century stands to prop up the innings. He first put on 86 for the fifth with Saha before adding a further 55 for the sixth with Dube.All told, he faced 139 balls in just short of 3-¼ hours and counted five fours while Saha’s knock was more cavalier, coming from just 66 balls and including nine fours and a six.Saha eventually holed out to wide mid on off Cariah and after tea, reached at 155 for five, Dube added a further 13 before miscuing a heave at the same bowler and falling to a skyer at long off.Vihari was eighth out, dragging on a drive at Holder, to be one of four wickets to fall for just two runs.NDIA A 1st InningsA Esawaran b Cummins 0M Agarwal c Solozano b Fraser 33P Panchal c wkp Hamilton b Fraser 11S Gill lbw b Fraser 0*H Vihari b Holder 55+W Saha c Holder b Cariah 62S Dube c Shepherd b Cariah 26K Gowtham lbw b Holder 0S Nadeem c wkp Hamilton b Reifer 6U Yadav c Ambris b Holder 0Avesh Khan not out 4Extras (lb2, w1, nb1) 4TOTAL (all out, 67.5 overs) 201Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-45, 3-45, 4-48, 5-134, 6-189, 7-190, 8-191, 9-191, 10-201.Bowling: Cummins 12-5-22-1, Holder 16-7-47-3, Reifer 11.5-1-32-1, Fraser 15-2-53-3, Cariah 13-3-45-2.WEST INDIES A 1st InningsM Hodge b Gowtham 15J Solozano not out 7A Fraser not out 0Extras (lb1) 1TOTAL (1 wkt, 15 overs) 23Fall of wicket: 1-23.To bat: J Blackwood, Y Cariah, S Ambris, B King, *+J Hamilton, R Reifer, C Holder, M Cummins.Bowling: Yadav 5-2-11-0, Avesh Khan 3-2-1-0, Gowtham 4-2-6-1, Nadeem 3-1-4-0.Position: West Indies A trail by 178 runs with nine wickets remaining.last_img read more

Badgers reflect on season’s end, opportunities for next year

first_imgAmanda Seyferth and the rest of the Badgers experienced a frustrating season in the spring of 2011. Wisconsin finished with a 14-10 record but frequently failed to pull through in close matches.[/media-credit]For the Wisconsin women’s tennis team and the 2011 season, the curtain closes on a heart-breaking scene.After grabbing the first three points of its conference tournament quarterfinal match against Ohio State this past weekend, Wisconsin proceeded to drop four straight matches and lose to the Buckeyes once again, 4-3.Though the Badgers finished the year with a winning record (14-10, 5-5), the loss to Ohio State mirrors many of those they suffered throughout the course of the regular season.“That’s honestly been the story of the last couple of years with this tennis program,” sophomore Hannah Berner said. “We’re competitive, but we don’t pull out the big wins.”Looking ahead to next season, it’s those close matches the team needs to begin turning around in its favor.This year, Wisconsin lost four matches 4-3 and another match 5-2 after winning the doubles point.Still, even with several tough losses, head coach Brian Fleishman believes the season was still very much a success.“This is the best season we’ve had in 10 years here at Wisconsin, which says a lot about the girls that are on the team right now,” Fleishman said.The Badgers do have several positives to draw from as they prepare for the forthcoming fall season.The team will return the majority of its starting lineup, but not senior captain Jessica Seyferth.The minimal lineup turnover is important, according to Berner, as the team had a difficult time at the beginning of the season adjusting to the new players on the team this year.And as college tennis is a team sport, chemistry is paramount.“Four newcomers is a half a team,” Berner said. “I think that might be why it has taken us so long to mesh well. But I think for next year we’ll definitely be more comfortable, we’ll know what we’re getting ourselves into.”Wisconsin will, however, add one more piece to the puzzle, as it has recruited German-native Sarah Loebel to come play in Madison next season.According to Fleishman, the German tennis season is played mostly indoors, and as most of Wisconsin’s matches also take place inside, her experience should immediately help the team.What’s more impressive to Fleishman, though, is Loebel’s game itself.“She’s a baseliner that hits a flat ball,” Fleishman said. “She’s a very fast player, very quick around the court and athletic enough to retrieve and play defense. That’s a good combination.”Fleishman believes his new recruit will come in and contribute at a high level right away. The head coach also hopes Loebel will push freshmen standouts Nicky Stracar and Jenny Hois, both of whom had impressive first years for the Badgers.Stracar and Hois themselves are another positive for Wisconsin as the team moves forward.It isn’t often that freshmen can come in and contribute not only as players, but also as leaders of a team.“They surprised me a lot just because from a freshman’s standpoint they’re supposed to be learning from the other girls,” Fleishman said. “They’re supposed to be watching and seeing how the other girls on the team are doing it, and these two freshmen came in this year and really took a lot of initiative.”Regardless of who returns to the team, if Wisconsin is going to succeed next year and improve its record in the Big Ten, it will take nothing less than hard work.Over the offseason, in coordination with the strength and condition coach, Fleishman gives his players a stringent training schedule in order to stay in shape for the next year.But as most of the players go home for the summer, it’s up to them to follow it.“We have to find it within ourselves to work as hard as we can over the summer and improve upon our weaknesses so we can come out strong in the fall,” Hois said.To begin next season, Fleishman believes that either Stracar or Hois will anchor the starting rotation at No. 1 singles.But to begin turning around the close matches they’ll likely have, the top of the order can’t be the only successful part of the team.“The best part of this team is our depth,” Berner said. “Everyone can compete at that number one spot; it depends on who’s playing well, who’s mentally more confident. I think [No. 1 singles] is up for grabs, but it’s more about the depth of our team and being able to win at all six spots.”last_img read more

Celtic and Dundalk could meet in next round of Champions League

first_imgA meeting of Celtic and Dundalk in the next round of the Champions League is now a possibility.The draw for the next stage was made this morning, and if Celtic come through their two legs with Linfield they will play either Dundalk or Rosenborg.The reigning Irish champions played out a one-all draw with their Norweigan counterparts in their first leg on Wednesday. Photo © Pixabay Celtic’s rescheduled first leg with Linfield takes place at 5 this evening.The game was originally pencilled in for the 12th of Juy but was moved due to security concerns.There will also be no travelling Celtic fans allowed into the ground.Cork City and Shamrock Rovers have also learned their potential opponents for the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League.Cork will play Rabotnicki of Macedonia or Dinamo Minsk of Belarus – that’s if they can overturn a 1-nil first leg deficit against AEK Larnaca.Rovers meanwhile will take on Kairat Almaty of Kazakhstan or Albanian side Skenderbeu.However they trail Mlada Boleslav 3-2 after last night’s 2nd qualifying round first leg.last_img read more

Kleins family moving back inside of 40-Mile Point Lighthouse

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisRogers City, Mich–– One family will be giving visitors a historic tour as they move into a new role becoming the new lighthouse caretakers at Presque isle’s 40-Mile Point Lighthouse. The Klein family plans on moving into the living quarters in just a few weeks after renovations are complete.This won’t be the first time for the Klein family. Eric along with his sister, Sabre were keepers for 8 years in the 80’s and the 90’s. Eric now will pass on the tradition to his three kids, his wife and his sister once again as the entire family joins him at the lighthouse located in Rogers City.(Photo by Peter Jakey)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Friday, January 25Next Rogers City student, Akia Rutherford wins Thunder Bay International Film Festival Student Competitionlast_img read more