Moyes: We’re ready for derby battle

first_img Press Association City are big favourites for the derby at Old Trafford due to their higher league standing and the fact that United have struggled against the top teams in the league this year. A 1-0 victory against Arsenal aside, Moyes’ men have not beaten any of the sides in the top nine in what has been a truly disappointing maiden season for the Scot. David Moyes wants Manchester United to prove they are still a force to be reckoned with by beating Manchester City on Tuesday night. United had to field Michael Carrick at centre-half at Upton Park because of injuries to Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand. Nemanja Vidic was also absent through suspension. The United captain remains banned for the visit of City, but Moyes would not give away anything about the fitness of the three injured players. “For this Barclays Premier League game we’ll do everything we possibly can to get the [injured] players back,” was all that Moyes would say when questioned on the matter at his pre-match press conference. Winger Antonio Valencia (eye) is a doubt but defender Nemanja Vidic (suspension) and striker Robin van Persie (knee) are definitely unavailable. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has denied his side will start as favourites when they head to Old Trafford looking to heap more misery on Moyes. Pellegrini’s men might be forgiven for swaggering across town with a mighty 12-point advantage over their rivals, and knowing another win will take them a big step closer to reclaiming their Barclays Premier League title. But Pellegrini, whose first taste of the Manchester derby brought a thumping 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium in September, has moved to play down the suggestion that the balance of power is in the process of inexorably shifting to the light-blue half of the city. Pellegrini said: “I don’t think we are favourites in any game. We are in a good moment but we are playing against a big team in their own stadium, so I don’t think we are the favourites. “Of course we always expect to go and win every game but, I repeat, just because Manchester United have had a difficult season it does not mean we are going to win. We have to go there and play a very good game.” City’s 5-0 stroll against Fulham on Saturday sent them back into third place, six points behind leaders Chelsea but with three games in hand. And to add to Pellegrini’s options he will have captain Vincent Kompany back to bolster his defence at Old Trafford after the Belgian sat out the win over the Cottagers as he served a one-match suspension for his sending-off at Hull. Pellegrini is clearly anxious to avoid suggestion of the mind games which so frequently marked the build-up to this fixture when Sir Alex Ferguson was seeking to resist the rise of the so-called “noisy neighbours” in years gone by. Referring to his side’s win in September, Pellegrini said: “Of course it is a special match for the fans because they love winning against Manchester United, but for me all the games are special because you have to get three points. “It is not my duty to analyse what David Moyes has done at Manchester United. I think everyone knows it was always going to be difficult for him to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, but I don’t analyse what he’s done.” Moyes wants that to change on Tuesday though. “We we want to try and perform better in the bigger games than what we have done,” the United manager said. “It will be important for us to show the level of what we have got. “I think we have got the level and we are not as far away as many people would have us and I have no doubt it will improve. We want to show we are still in there fighting. “We will do everything we can to win. We go out to win every game, not just the derby game. “Obviously it means a lot more to the supporters and the city if you win a derby game.” United are 12 points behind City, and Manuel Pellegrini’s men have played two less matches. The Red Devils go into the match on the back of encouraging wins against Olympiacos and West Ham though. last_img read more

RHTY&SC MS congratulates Gajnabi, Grimmond on international debut

first_imgTHE patron, president, executives and the entire membership would like to congratulate our club members, sisters and friends Shabika Gajnabi and Sheneta Grimmond on their international debut against Australia in the current One-Day International series.Gajnabi and Grimmond are products of the long-standing relationship between RHTY&SC and Metro Office Supplies, the sponsor of Guyana’s only female cricket team, the Rose Hall Town Metro Team.Gajnabi, during the first ODI, became the third RHTY&SC female member to play for the West Indies while Grimmond became the fourth during the second match.It was with total pride that we watched as the two RHTY&SC members added 60 runs for the seventh wicket against a dominant Australia bowling unit and earned the praises of former Windies players Kenneth Benjamin and Sir Curtly Ambrose.Gajnabi joined the club at the tender age of 13 while Grimmond did so at 14 and have both benefitted from the RHTY&SC’s well-organised cricket structure and a simple formula of hard work, faith in God, personal discipline and dedication. They also benefitted from practising daily with their male counterparts and regular coaching sessions with Level Three coach Winston Smith.“RHTY&SC is very proud of its massive investment into female cricket since 2008 but was bitterly disappointed that we remain the only club in Guyana to do so. It is very sad that our girls have to play against males and we would like to call on other established clubs to invest in female cricket.Gajnabi, Grimmond have now joined Shemaine Campbelle and Erva Giddings as our International products and with players like Sherica Campbelle, Marian Samaroo, Oma Matadin, Dian Prahalad working hard every day, we are very confident that more RHTY&SC members would soon follow in their footsteps.“We would like to express gratitude to the Management and Staff of Metro Office and Computer Supplies. The company since 2009 has invested heavily in our female cricketers and special mention must be made of CEO Avia Lindie and Mr T. Jadunath.The management of RHTY&SC would like to reassure the cricketing public that we would uphold our high standard.“During the brief 29 years history of the club, we have produced a total of seven players for the West Indies – Campbelle, Giddings, Gajnabi, Grimmond (female), Assad Fudadin (Under-15, Under-19, Test) Royston Crandon (ODI) and Esaun Crandon (Sixes).Kevlon Anderson is on the verge of making the West Indies Under-19 World Cup Squad while Jonathan Rampersaud was last year named in a West Indies Under-15 training squad.last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: JUCO defensive tackle Shaquille Grosvenor joins the Orange

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 31, 2017 at 9:29 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Shaquille Grosvenor, a junior college transfer, joined the 2017 Syracuse football recruiting class, he announced on Twitter.The 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle has three years of eligibility remaining. Playing at Mesa (Arizona) Community College last season, Grosvenor recorded 24 tackles, three-and-a-half tackles for loss and a half sack.Coming out of West Orange (New Jersey) High School, Grosvenor didn’t have any stars from either Scout.com or 247sports.com. He joins Chris Elmore and Curtis Harper as likely defensive tackles in SU’s 2017 class.Grosvenor is the 26th addition to the Orange’s 2017 class. Track the rest of the class here.Grosvenor runs a 4.80 second 40-yard dash and squats 390 pounds, per his Hudl profile.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe rest of Grosvenor’s Hudl highlights can be viewed below.last_img read more

Peter Drury Is The Face Of SuperSport’s New Football Season

first_img Source: SuperSport The versifier of the volley, the balled-monger of the beautiful game, and the wordsmith of world football Peter Drury is the face of SuperSport’s new football season campaign.A commentator since 1998, Drury has commentated on football’s greatest stage, the FIFA World Cup final, as well as many a Champions League and English Premier League matches.Renowned the world over for his iconic verses in some of football’s greatest moments, he will for the first time headline a marketing campaign.Not one for the limelight, Drury, who describes himself as “a man who shouts footballer’s names for a living”, narrates a piece which hypes fans up for the upcoming season.Off the back of a gobsmacking 2018/19 season which saw thrilling upsets and enthralling title races, the spot makes fans feel the way they do when watching live football.The 2019/20 season already has fans salivating and transfer talk has tongues wagging, with big-name players like Eden Hazard, Neymar and Matthijs de Ligt already making waves.The new season kicks off on August 4 with the mouth-watering Community Shield encounter between the champions of Europe, Liverpool, and the champions of England, Manchester City.“When it comes to delivering the best quality football, many soccer fans know to look no further than the World of Champions,” said the CEO of SuperSport Gideon Khobane.Showcasing unrivalled coverage of all Premier League, Champions League, PSL, La Liga, and Serie A matches as well as a host of international football, SuperSport is a footballing fan’s ultimate destination.Twenty-four hours of football, seven days a week, live and in High Definition – with SuperSport, it’s always football time.“It’s with this in mind that we wanted to celebrate and usher in the new season of football in style to reassure our loyal and passionate football fans on SuperSport that we will continue to deliver the best local and international football leagues, and who none other than Peter Drury to deliver this message,” Gideon Khobane added.Catch the first major game of the season, Community Shield between Liverpool and Manchester City on SS3 (DStv channel 223) and SS10 (DStv channel 210) at 2pm on Sunday, 4 August.DStv will bring customers unrivalled coverage of the Premier League (which kicks off on 9 August), Serie A (24 August), La Liga (18 August), UEFA Champions League (group stage from 17 September) and much more on SuperSport channels with 24 hours of football, 7 days a week, live and in High Definition.Get DStv or upgrade to DStv Premium, Compact+ or Compact to enjoy all the upcoming new football season action on DStv where “It’s Always Football Time!”last_img read more

Legal wrangling within clubs is making it difficult to secure sponsorship for the league- GFA

first_imgGhana Football Association vice president George Afriyie has exclusively revealed to Joy Sports recent litigation among clubs and judicial issues have caused the association lots of sponsorship deals.With just some few days to the start of the Ghana league, the FA is still struggling to get a sponsor for the elite competition. The league has delayed for some months following legal issues involving some clubs. George Afriyie reveals it has been hard for them to convince prospective sposnsors following all that has been happening.“The truth is that these litigation issues and wrangling among the clubs is really affecting sponsorship,” he told Joy Sports“I can tell you that within last month and early this month we were in talks with some potential sponsors but as soon as the ruling of the Ethics committee came out some of the companies called and were asking if the league is indeed going start this month. “It is really affecting our planning but trust me we are working hard and hopeful of getting a sponsor if not the beginning we might get one within the season.“Remember in 2013/14 season we had a similar problem but we got First capital plus bank to come on board so we are still talking, we hope that we will be able to find a way out.”The 2015/16 Ghana premier league will kick start on February 20.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Russia doping state-dictated with secret service backing: report

first_imgThe World Anti-Doping Agency had McLaren investigate allegations made by former Russian anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov in a May article in The New York Times.Rodchenkov, now living in the United States, had told how Russian secret service agents helped the operation to get Russian samples away from international inspectors at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.“I’m unwaveringly confident in our report,” McLaren said, noting the two Russian government-backed groups were “directly involved in the state-overseen program.”McLaren said the report was “credible and verifiable” and called Rodchenkov “was a credible and truthful person.”Rodchenkov said Russia’s sports ministry was actively involved in doping — an accusation Russian officials have denied. He said an intricate doping program was “working like a Swiss watch” and helped at least 15 Russian medalists.Share on: WhatsApp Russia operated a state-dictated doping system during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and other events, an independent investigator said Monday in a report likely to lead to demands for Russia to be completely banned from the Rio Games.Canadian law professor Richard McLaren said Russia’s FSB secret service had backed the doping cover-ups by anti-doping laboratories in Moscow and Sochi under orders from the country’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.“The Moscow laboratory operated, for the protection of doped Russian athletes, within a state-dictated failsafe system,” McLaren said.“The Sochi Laboratory operated a unique sample swapping methodology to enable doped Russian athletes to compete at the Winter Olympic Games,” he added.The United States and Canadian anti-doping agency have called for a potential ban of all Russian competitors from the Rio Games, which start August 5, if the McLaren report was damning enough.“The Ministry of Sport directed, controlled and oversaw the manipulation of athletes’ analytical results or sample swapping and the active participation and assistance of the FSB (Russian Federal Security Service), CSP (Center of Sports Preparation for Russian athletes) and both Moscow and Sochi laboratories.”last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University’s New Plaza and Courtyard

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jeffery B. Glander and AssociatesThe need to replace aging infrastructure and improve drainage created the opportunity for a new, more sustainable campus plaza and courtyard. Jeffrey B. Glander & Associates and SCJ Alliance designed this project to include a new outdoor space that provides both meditative garden areas for the monks at St. Martin’s Abbey, and arrival way finding for visitors to the admissions office of St. Martin’s University. Old asphalt driveways and sidewalks were replaced with over 34,000 s.f. of new, colorful architectural concrete and pervious turf paving fire lanes.A tiered fountain water feature and the University logo embedded in granite paving highlight entry to “Old Main” and the school offices. Visitor parking is directed off-site to create a truly pedestrian only atmosphere for the plaza environment. Other design features include a 300 foot long brick wall with arched “windows” between the monastery and campus areas, extensive landscape renovation, drainage improvements, site and landscape lighting and new pedestrian pathways. This project recently won the WACA Excellence in Construction award for the Architectural/Decorative Concrete category.last_img read more

Digicel Grand Prix helps smaller schools shine – Riley

first_imgKINGSTON:Head coach of Excelsior High School’s track and field programme, David Riley, says the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships helps schools with smaller athletics programmes to shine.Pointing to his own team which finished third among the girls teams and in the top five among the boys’ teams in the 2016 Grand Prix series, Riley said higher-quality athletes were able to earn valuable points from fewer events, compared to the annual Boys and Girls’ Championships, in which larger teams win by harnessing more points.Excelsior athletes who performed well at Saturday’s Grand Prix final at G.C. Foster College were Shanice Love, who won the girls’ Under-20 discus with a record throw of 50.39 metres; Andre Garvey, who was third in the boys’ Under-20 discus; Joel Morgan, who won the boys’ Under-16 long jump; Jonathan Smith, who was third in the Under-20 long jump; and Kaliah Jones, who was second in the girls’ Under-17 high jump.”It’s a great opportunity for the schools to go out there and not use 10,000 people to win a championship. It works for teams like ours that have quality athletes, but can’t score 200 and 300 points to win Champs, but because we have six good athletes [we] can go there and compete against the six athletes that are good for the other schools.”It’s a great opportunity for schools that are small and have good-quality athletes and not have to pad their performance. It great for small teams and great for teams with quality,” he said.Edwin Allen girls and St Jago boys were named Grand Prix champion schools.Riley added that the more sponsors that track and field is able to attract, the better.”The Grand Prix is a positive thing for the sport. The sport is part of an entertainment package that we have not really been exploring a lot, and anything that makes it big is going to help the sport,” he said.last_img read more