Jones: United still chasing Chelsea

first_imgPhil Jones insists Manchester United have not given up hope of catching Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea. United’s 11-match unbeaten run came to a shock end on Sunday when they lost 1-0 to Southampton at Old Trafford. The defeat meant United dropped to fourth in the table and Louis van Gaal’s men are now some 12 points behind Chelsea, who are two points in front of second-placed Manchester City. After 21 matches Van Gaal has amassed 37 points – the same number as his predecessor David Moyes, who was sacked after 10 months having spent less than half the money his successor has on transfers. There is no doubt Van Gaal has restored a sense of grandeur and expectation about the club though. And when asked whether United were in a better position to bounce back now compared to last year, Jones added: “Yes. There’s a lot of confidence still in the dressing room. “We have lost the game, the lads are disappointed but you have to move on quickly. “You can’t dwell on these results. We have done okay over Christmas. “We would have liked to have picked up two more points against Stoke and Tottenham but now we need to get a bit of a run, “Losing is always a little setback but it’s nothing more than that. “We have to look forward to the next game and make sure we get three points. We have been on a decent run and we need to go on a new one.” Many were surprised to see Radamel Falcao omitted from the United matchday squad. Van Gaal’s decision to stick with the 3-4-1-2 system despite United’s defensive frailties also drew criticism. Jones thinks it was always going to be hard for he and his team-mates to adapt to the new system, but the England centre-back insists he is at ease playing as part of a back three. “I think we are comfortable playing in it,” the 22-year-old said. “It’s a learning curve. It doesn’t just happen overnight. You don’t just click your fingers and you are used to playing in a formation. “It’s like anything. But we are improving in training and we want to get better. “We can have a back four or three. We are comfortable with both. “Sometimes maybe we play a pass in the defence when we shouldn’t but we are comfortable playing in both formations the manager has shown. “We are still improving as a team.” United, meanwhile, have confirmed backup goalkeeper Sam Johnstone will spend the rest of the season on loan at hometown club Preston. Johnstone was on loan at Doncaster, but the 21-year-old cut short his spell at the Yorkshire club to move to Deepdale, where his father Glenn played during the 1990s. United were so poor on Sunday that they failed to muster a single shot on target. United’s £150million four-man attack looked blunt, but Jones believes it would be wrong to make a snap judgement on the team’s title aspirations based on Sunday’s defeat. When asked whether the loss meant it would be hard to catch Chelsea or City, the United defender said: “No. You have seen teams dropping points. “I think Chelsea were clear of City and then two games within the space of a week and they are back in it. That’s how football changes. “It’s up and down. You just never know who is going to drop points. “That gives us hope. There’s always hope, but we have to worry about ourselves really rather than anyone else.” Senior sources at Old Trafford insisted towards the end of last year that United had been on an “upward trajectory” since Van Gaal took over in July. But however much he does not like to be told about it, the Premier League table suggests otherwise. Press Associationlast_img read more

ICC World Cup KL Rahul’s batting at No.4 biggest positive: Virat Kohli after warm-up win in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

first_imgAlong with Rahul and Dhoni’s blazing century, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up six wickets and highlighted how spin will play an important role in these conditions heading into the main tournament. “The ball might turn a bit in the second half but I feel the swing and seam would be important in the first fifteen overs. Most of the teams winning the toss would want to chase. We have had two good challenges in the two games while batting first,” Kohli said.In the two warm-up games, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan failed to get going but Kohli was not too perturbed by their failure. “Shikhar and Rohit are quality players, they become stars in ICC events. I understand if guys don’t get going right away in this format, but I am glad with what we got out of these two games,” Kohli said.The warm-up games have ended and the main tournament begins on May 30 with England taking on South Africa at The Oval. MS Dhoni blasted a century off just 73 balls.Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets apiece.India had lost their earlier game against New Zealand. highlights New Delhi: KL Rahul’s blazing century and his 164-run stand with MS Dhoni, who also hammered a stunning century gave India a huge 95-run win against Bangladesh in their final warm-up game ahead of their first encounter against South Africa on June 5 in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Indian cricket team’s batting order was more or less settled with some questions regarding the number four batting slot. However, Rahul’s knock in the game against Bangladesh has all but sealed the position ahead of the South Africa encounter. Virat Kohli, the skipper, acknowledged the significance of KL Rahul’s knock in that batting position.“The biggest positive from today was the way KL (Rahul) batted at No. 4, everyone else knows their roles. It is important that he gets the runs and he is such a class player,” Kohli said. Rahul’s knock at No.4 will make the Indian team composition even more potent. Initially, Rahul was the reserve opener when MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors, had made the squad announcement. “To begin with, KL Rahul will be reserve opener. If the need arises the team management will take a call on him playing in the middle-order,” Prasad had said at that time. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Bramble, Singh, Fudadin fined for breaching Code of Conduct

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) advised yesterday that Guyana Jaguars’ pair of Anthony Bramble and Vishaul Singh, along with Jamaica Scorpions’ Assad Fudadin were penalised for Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct during the eighth round of matches which ended on Sunday in the Digicel 4-Day Championship.Bramble, Singh and Fudadin all admitted to their respective offences – which occurred in the match between Scorpions and Jaguars at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica – and accepted the imposition of the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for formal hearings.The charges were brought by umpires Jacqueline Williams and Johnathan Blades, along with reserve umpire Christopher Wright.Match referee Denovan Hayles imposed fines as per the Code of Conduct having considered the umpires’ reports.Bramble was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.2 of the Code of Conduct during Jaguars’ second innings, when he was dismissed.The umpires reported that Bramble pointed to his shoulder, indicating the ball did not touch his bat, when he was given out caught-behind in the 13th over of his side’s second innings, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.Singh was charged 20 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.1 of the Code of Conduct during Jaguars’ second innings, when he was dismissed.Singh was reported by the umpires for slamming his bat into the pavilion wall on leaving the field after his dismissal and then hitting a bottle in the direction of the reserve umpire, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.Fudadin was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.2 of the Code of Conduct during the 38th over of the Jaguars’ second innings, when batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was ruled “not-out” following an appeal.The umpires reported that Fudadin threw the ball and his helmet to the ground in dissatisfaction following the umpire’s ruling, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.last_img read more

Three takeaways from Texas’ NIT championship win over Lipscomb

first_imgEven Mets fans, still in MLB jerseys, who decided to make it a day-night doubleheader after their MLB team’s afternoon opener didn’t do much to bump the attendance.In fairness to the teams, those who didn’t see the game missed Dylan Osetkowski’s double-double for Texas (19 points and 11 rebounds) and the Longhorns’ defensive stop on Lipscomb star Garrison Mathews. The honorable mention AP All-American was held to 2-of-10 shooting and 15 points for the Bisons, who missed by one win reaching the 30-victory plateau. Lipscomb wraps up its season at 29-8.”They took Garrison for the large part out of the game,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “The only thing to be sad about is that it’s over.” “It’s great to win a championship,” Smart told reporters afterward.It’s just that this isn’t exactly the kind of tournament championship Longhorns fans envisioned when Smart was hired four years ago.Texas reeled off five consecutive victories to claim the title, but now the Longhorns will be home by Saturday to watch a Final Four that includes Big 12 rival Texas Tech. That stings.Here are three takeaways from a complicated championship for Texas:1. This won’t take the pressure off Smart.He’s now 71-66 in his four seasons at Texas, but it took the five straight NIT wins — over South Dakota State, Xavier, Colorado, TCU and Lipscomb — to get him to five games over .500.The smattering of burnt-orange-wearing fans enjoyed the win at Madison Square Garden, but there’s a portion of the fan base that isn’t exactly unhappy that Smart reportedly is on the short list of candidates to fill the UCLA vacancy (as TCU’s Jamie Dixon haggles over his buyout up the road in Fort Worth).Despite the NIT title, Texas still hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game under Smart.”There has been teams that have come and won the NIT and they have been able to use that as an unbelievable spring board into a more successful season next year and an NCAA Tournament tournament run,” Smart said hopefully but then adding a dose of reality. “There’s been teams that haven’t.2. It was an emotional ending for Kerwin Roach IIThe Longhorns leading scorer, Roach averaged 15 points per game as a senior but was suspended for the final five games of the regular season (during which Texas went 1-4).The mercurial Roach has been suspended three times in his career at Texas, likely causing enough questions among NBA teams that even his obvious athleticism has been overshadowed.Smart shared an emotional moment with Roach on the court after the victory in which he scored 16 points and sealed being named the NIT’s most outstanding player.”He’s had some phenomenal moments,” Smart said (via The Associated Press). “I don’t think he thought he’d be in college this long.”3. The NIT championship wasn’t a draw this year.Texas won in front of about 3,000 spectators — not one sitting above the lower bowl, per The AP’s assessment.So last year’s title game, packed with Penn State fans? Probably attributable to the Big Ten school’s sizeable New York fan base.This year?There were those few hundred fans in burnt orange and that was about it. Everything’s bigger in Texas, but get to Madison Square Garden in New York and an NIT championship victory isn’t quite as huge.Sure, Thursday night’s 81-66 victory over Lipscomb was a decent way to finish a season for Shaka Smart’s University of Texas team. A win is a win, right?last_img read more

Asian Games 2018 Day 1 wrap: Bajrang clinches gold, Chandela-Kumar win bronze

first_imgIndian athletes clinched two medals on Day 1 of Asian Games 2018 to take the ninth position in the medal table on Sunday.The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event. But Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games.An in-form Bajrang won his maiden Asian Games gold in the 65kg category but a rusty Sushil Kumar lost his last chance to add an Asiad yellow metal to his rich collection after losing the qualification bout 3-5 to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov in the 74 kg category.The hockey turf in Jakarta also produced a brilliant result for India with the women’s team, which won a bronze in 2014, hammering hosts Indonesia 8-0 for a rousing start. Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur was the star of the show with a hat-trick.ASIAN GAMES DAY 1: HIGHLIGHTSBajrang, who came into the Games after winning three tournaments — the Commonwealth Games, the Tbilisi Grand Prix, and the Yasar Dogu International, prduced a dominating performance.The 24-year-old from Haryana won all his bouts, until the final, by technical superiority.He outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.1stfor #India!Our #TOPSAthlete @BajrangPunia is a perfect example of dedication,grit & determination.So proud to bring to you our men’s 65kg categorymedalist at #AsianGames2018! The zeal to make it big was very evident from the start!#IndiaAtAsianGames @FederationWrest pic.twitter.com/HXADcYJdkGadvertisementSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 19, 2018In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.With this stellar feat, Bajrang emulated his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt, who had won gold in the last edition. Kartar Singh (1978, 1986), Satpal Singh (1982), Rajinder Singh (1978), Changdi Ram (1970) and Maruti Mane (1962) are the other wrestlers who form India’s golden club at Asiad.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018″There are very few gold for Indian wrestlers in Asiad. So it is a big achievement for me. Only Yogeshwar and Rajinder Singh have won two gold medals in a year (CWG and Asiad), I am only the third to do it, so naturally, I am feeling proud of myself,” the 24-year-old said.Another name that was set to be on this list was of Sushil but the double Olympic medallist could not produce the big-event show he is famous for. However, he was graceful in defeat.”I did not expect this. The 57kg World Champion was sitting beside me, he said ‘I lost’. I told him don’t worry, I have also lost. It is part of sport and I will come back again. We can’t be overwhelmed by defeats or victories, it won’t lead you anywhere,” said Sushil.A gold was also expected from the Jakabaring Shooting Range in Palembang, where the Indians were in contention in two events, but the contingent had to be content with a mixed team rifle bronze.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Superb start to Day 1 of #AsianGames2018.Mixed team of @Apurvichandela and Ravi Kumar wins first medal for India in this Asian Games. They have won in 10m air rifle mixed team.Great show, team. Many congratulations to them! #IndiaAtAsianGames #ProudIndia pic.twitter.com/9ctzZPCvCzRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 19, 2018It was a maiden Asian Games medal for Chandela, who will be aiming for a better colour medal in the 10m air rifle tomorrow. World Cup bronze medallist Kumar, who is mentored by the great Abhinav Bindra, had won a men’s 10m rifle team bronze at last the edition at Incheon.There were no more medals on the opening day but they were certainly some promising results.Asian Games 2018: Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaIndian swimmers Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj finished creditable fifth and seventh respectively in the men’s 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke events.In rowing, medal hopes were raised after Om Prakash and Sawarn Singh topped Heat 2 in men’s doubles sculls while Dattu Baban Bhokanal was second in Heat 1 of singles sculls.It was a lean day in tennis with most Indians getting first-round byes. There was one match in the mixed doubles and last-minute formed pairing of Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan did well to clear the opening hurdle.advertisementCongratulation to our male shuttlers for advancing to the quarter finals of the Mens team event after a 3-0 win over #Maldives.They will take on hosts #Indonesia [email protected]_Media #AsianGames2018 #GoForGlory #Badminton #IndiaAtAsianGames #TeamIndia #SAI Photo:@srikidambi pic.twitter.com/IQtZ4RF2xHSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 19, 2018The Indian badminton team, led by Kidambi Srikanth, made a resounding start to its campaign, thrashing minnows Maldives 3-0 in the opening match of the team competition.World No 8. Srikanth brushed aside Maldives’ Hussein Zayan Shaheed Zaki 21-4 21-5 to give India a 1-0 lead. World No. 11 H S Prannoy then outclassed Mohamed Sarim 21-8 21-6.B Sai Praneeth, who had clinched the 2017 Singapore Open, then ended the challenge of Mohamed Ajfan Rasheed with a 21-7 21-8 demolition as India wrapped up the contest 3-0.In Kabaddi, which has been India’s ‘gold mine’ at Asian Games, both teams made a winning start. The men’s team outclassed Sri Lanka after opening its campaign with a win over Bangladesh, while the women’s team pulled off a dominating win over Japan in its opener.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged To Assist War Veterans By Donating To Poppy Appeal

first_img This has been the goal of the Island Council for Jamaica Legion, which maintains the Curphey Home in Newport, Manchester. Story Highlights Jamaicans are being encouraged to assist in the welfare of the country’s ex-service men, by donating to the cause. Through its annual National Poppy Appeal, now underway, the legion is seeking to raise funds to maintain the home. As the world community prepares to recognize the sacrifices of war veterans on Remembrance Day, Monday, November 11, Jamaicans are being encouraged to assist in the welfare of the country’s ex-service men, by donating to the cause.Having fought valiantly alongside servicemen from other countries, during the two most extensive global conflicts of all time – World War I (1914 to 1918) and World War II (1939 to 1945), it is only fitting that Jamaica’s war veterans be given the opportunity to enjoy their twilight years in comfort.This has been the goal of the Island Council for Jamaica Legion, which maintains the Curphey Home in Newport, Manchester, a residential facility for indigent ex-servicemen and women.Founded in 1958, the home, which is the only establishment of its kind in Jamaica, provides food, clothing and nursing for residents on a daily basis. There are currently 13 residents at the facility.Through its annual National Poppy Appeal, now underway, the legion is seeking to raise funds to maintain the home and assist the welfare of other ex-servicemen across the island.Chairman of the Legion, Colonel (Ret’d) Torrance Lewis, tells JIS News that in addition to running the Curphey Home, the funds go toward the general support of ex-servicemen through grants and pensions.He says that there are approximately 200 veterans still living across the island, who are no longer self-sufficient. The widows are also taken care of even when the war veterans pass on.“We would like people to contribute as much as possible. Every time they see a poppy tin, just drop something in it. That is the main source of getting funds to maintain the health of the ex-service men. Sometimes, they are people who have served before there was the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), they have no medical cover and so we have to finance their entire welfare. We also give the existing ex-service men, those who are needy, we give them a grant each month. In fact, we will be paying out a grant monthly to about 100 ex-servicemen,” he informs.Shortly before and during the observance of Remembrance Day, cans are normally distributed to collect funds in exchange for paper poppies. Colonel Lewis informs that the donation cans and poppies are placed in various stores, banks, and other places. Cadets are also on the streets with tins asking for donations.“We also send out letters to companies and the National Poppy Appeal has different fund raising sessions – band concerts, fish fry… whatever it is, different ways of raising money for the funds, and the aim usually is to try and get as much as would maintain the Curphey Home, which cost in the region of about $6 million or $7 million a year to maintain it,” he notes.Colonel Lewis informs that the Jamaica Legion gets a grant from the Government of about $650,000 a month to assist the ex-soldiers. The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the British World Government League also provide support.For war veteran, Arthur (Roy) Knight, this gesture to improve the lives and recognise the contributions of ex-servicemen is significant, as during the wars, they faced injury and death every day, even while not on duty.Only 20 years old when he enlisted, the now 88 year-old former Right Lieutenant, who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, tells JIS News that he risked his life to serve his country and to ensure a free world.“If Germany had won the war, we would be slaves. So I felt very well to have served. (Adolph) Hitler wasn’t a nice man you know? Hitler was a serious man; he wanted to conquer the world,” he asserts.There were about 4, 000 to 5,000 Jamaicans, who were involved in the wars. Many Jamaicans served in the Royal Air Force. Others joined the ground forces of the British army and the Canadian forces.The nation will celebrate Remembrance Day or Veterans’ Day (as it is referred to in the United States) on Sunday, November 10, with the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the War Memorial epitaph, National Heroes Park.The day is observed in Jamaica on the Sunday closest to the November 11 day, when the First World War came to an end.In addition to the national ceremony, which will feature cannon blasts and moments of silence for the veterans, Remembrance Day celebrations will be held island-wide. Members of the public are invited to attend any of these ceremonies at epitaphs in all parish capitals, which are organised by the custodes and parish councils.The National Heroes Park celebrations will include: uniformed groups parade and laying of floral tributes by the Governor-General, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Chief Justice, Mayor of Kingston, JDF Chief of Defence Staff, Commissioner of Police, as well as several representatives from the diplomatic corps.The Commissioner of Corrections, Chairman of the Jamaica Legion and representatives of St. John Ambulance and the Royal Air Force, will also place floral tributes in memory for those who died in the war while serving the country.last_img read more

MICHELLE WILLIAMS TO APPEAR IN GREASE THE MUSICAL IN TORONTO

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Singer-songwriter Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame will appear in a Toronto production of “Grease: The Musical.”Producers say she’ll make a cameo as Teen Angel in the show from June 19-23.The production runs until July 8 at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre. Singer-songwriter Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame will appear in a Toronto production of “Grease: The Musical.” Producers say she’ll make a cameo as Teen Angel in the show from June 19-23. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Sayles Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Williams is among several celebrities making a cameo in the role of Teen Angel for the show.The others are Mark Ballas of “Dancing with the Stars,” country musician George Canyon, and actor-singers Logan Henderson and Drake Bell.The role of Teen Angel includes the singing of “Beauty School Dropout.”Williams has plenty of theatre experience, having acted on Broadway and London’s West End. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more