Solskjaer faults Europa League ball, blames wind for Man Utd’s poor show

first_img Loading… Asked specifically what the issue was with the ball, Solskjaer explained: ‘It’s just different, and difficult to play with. Get one and try. ‘It’s the same for the two teams, of course, but the conditions weren’t nice, the wind and the rain. ‘But anyway, strange goals for both teams. Their throw-in we scored from, and then a long kick just straight through the middle. So lack of concentration from both teams there.’ It was a miserable night in Belgium with both teams struggling Read Also: Europa League: Dennis, Martial net as Man United battle FC Brugge to draw Solskjaer reiterated his issue with the ball when speaking to MUTV, saying: ‘It was difficult conditions out there. It was almost like an AstroTurf, it was bouncing, the ball is very, very quick and lively. So anything can happen.’ Club Brugge boss Philippe Clement disagreed with Solskjaer’s assessment, saying: ‘We get the balls from UEFA, so it’s not our ball. In the Europa League games it’s the same balls, so I don’t see a problem with that.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised the Europa League ball and says it exacerbated the already testing conditions as Manchester United laboured to a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge. The Red Devils will take an away goal back to Old Trafford next week thanks to Anthony Martial, who capitalised on a mistake from the hosts to cancel out Emmanuel Dennis’ early opener on Thursday night. The Norwegian coach wasn’t best pleased with the conditions in Belgium United struggled to click offensively and looked sloppy at the back for much of the match, though Solskjaer felt that was a consequence of the wet and windy conditions as well as the ‘difficult’ ball. Asked for his thoughts on the game, Solskjaer said: ‘It was a difficult game against a well-organised team in difficult conditions, so I don’t think it was one of the best games anyone has seen. Martial grabbed a crucial away goal for Man United in Belgium ‘Bit sloppy concentration-wise, but the conditions with the pitch and the ball makes it hard. I think if you ask any player that doesn’t help when you want to play football.’center_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?No Good Disney Role Models For Boys?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

Top four a must for Man Utd – Matic

first_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Best 1980s Gadgets That Defined A DecadeTop 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Most Amazing Advanced Robots That Will Change Our WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Loading… The Serb insists they have “enough quality” to finish in Champions League places. “Top four is still the aim for us because we still don’t know what’s going to happen with Manchester City. We’re going to play to finish in the top four and this is our target at the moment,” Matic told Sky Sports.Advertisement “I think we have enough quality to finish in the top four. We just need to continue to play like we’ve played the last five or six games. Read Also:Matic admits Man Utd future decided this month Even the games where we didn’t play well we won and we have to keep that going because you don’t need to always play great to win. I’m confident and I think the guys are also confident that we can finish in the top four.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United veteran, Nemanja Matic, has said a top four push remains their target this season.last_img read more

Craig Yeast–Titus McCoy

first_imgMost of you probably do not know these two high school football players.  They both play for Center Grove High School.  McCoy was the primary candidate for Mr. Football in Indiana this year, but he was injured in their first game.  Yeast, a transfer student from Ohio, replaced him and may now be a candidate for this honor himself.Craig’s dad played in the Canadian Football League.  Obviously, he was quite an athlete himself. In fact, when his son was a freshman in high school, he would challenge him to a 40-yard dash competition and win!  Now, he doesn’t even try any more.  Yeast has rushed for over 550 yards in his first 4 games.  Center Grove is one of the top 5 teams in 6A in Indiana.last_img

Girls Basketball Sectional Pairings Released

first_imgThe opening week’s pairings were announced for the 44th Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament presented by the Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers.Sectional games are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 29, and run through Saturday, Feb. 2, with the regional round slated for Feb. 9 and semi‐states on Feb. 16. The four state championship games that make up the state finals will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, Feb. 23. 012019.GBBPairingsArea Girls Basketball Sectional PairingsClass 1A Sectional 60 @ Waldron.Tuesday (1-29): 7 PM-Oldenburg Academy vs. Morristown.Wednesday (1-30): 6 PM-Jac‐Cen‐Del vs. Rising Sun.Following-Hauser vs. Southwestern Shelbyville.Friday (2-1): 6 PM-Waldron vs. Tuesday’s Winner.Following-Wednesday’s Winners.Saturday (2-2): 7:30 PM-Championship-Friday’s Winners.Class 2A Sectional 45 @ South Decatur.Tuesday (1-29): 6 PM-Milan vs. North Decatur.Following-South Decatur vs. South Ripley.Friday (2-1): 6 PM-Switzerland County vs. Tuesday’s  Game 1 Winner.Following-Southwestern Hanover vs. Tuesday’s Game 2 Winner.Saturday (2-2): 7:30 PM-Championship-Friday’s Winners.Class 3A Sectional 29 @ Lawrenceburg.Tuesday (1-29): 7 PM-Rushville vs. Batesville.Wednesday (1-30): 6 PM-South Dearborn vs. Lawrenceburg.Following-Franklin County vs. Madison.Friday (2-1): 6 PM-Greensburg vs. Tuesday’s Winner.Following-Wednesday’s Winners.Saturday (2-2): 7:30 PM-Championship-Friday’s Winners.Class 4A Sectional 14 @ Columbus East.Tuesday (1-29): 6 PM-Bloomington North vs. East CentralFollowing-Shelbyville vs. Columbus North.Friday (2-1): 6 PM-Bloomington South vs. Tuesday’s  Game 1 Winner.Following-Columbus East vs. Tuesday’s Game 2 Winner.Saturday (2-2): 7:30 PM-Championship-Friday’s Winners.Listen to WRBI for our area Girls Basketball Sectional games and updates.last_img read more

Julio Urias’ first start for LA Dodgers ends with walkoff win for New York Mets

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK >> In the best of times, sports allow us to dream about extraordinary things.Take Friday. Carlos Urias flew with his family from Mexico to New York City to see his 19-year-old son Julio make his major league debut. Juan Castro, a coach for the Dodgers, got a call from his own father in Sinaloa Friday morning asking about the teenage phenom. Broadcasters and even teammates posed for pictures with Urias in the Dodgers’ clubhouse at Citi Field — behavior usually reserved for, well, no one. This was something extraordinary.Only 16 pitchers since 1914 have won their first major league start before their 20th birthday. It’s a list that includes Hall of Famers like Babe Ruth and Bert Blyleven, early retirees like David Clyde and Josh Billings, and no one since Dwight Gooden in 1984.It does not include Urias, the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, who was knocked out in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 loss to the New York Mets. Curtis Granderson’s home run off Pedro Baez in the bottom of the ninth inning broke a tie game in the Mets’ final at-bat. “When I went out there, I started thinking about everything I had to go through to get here,” Urias said in Spanish through an interpreter. “But when I was on the mound I was able to settle down, be a little more comfortable.”Urias never seemed comfortable with home plate umpire Dan Bellino’s strike zone. He threw a first-pitch strike to four of the 17 batters he faced. With the count in the hitters’ favor so often, Urias allowed two doubles, two singles, walked a batter and threw a wild pitch — and that was just the first inning. Before the inning was over, the Mets had a 3-0 lead and Chris Hatcher was warming up in the bullpen. Had Urias thrown 40 pitches, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he would have pulled the rookie then and there. Urias threw 36.The second inning passed quickly for the Mets. Urias retired the first two men he faced in the third, then loaded the bases on a single and two walks. That’s when Roberts decided he’d seen enough. Urias threw 81 pitches, one less than his season-high.“I was just trying to hit the zone,” Urias said. “When I wasn’t getting one of the calls, I would just try to get it on the next one.”Grandal said that was part of the problem.“I kept telling him, don’t try to throw a strike. Just throw the ball,” he said. “Wherever my mitt’s at, just throw it. At times he’s just trying to put the ball there rather than just throw it. That can happen to a lot of guys.”The Mets tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, only to see the Dodgers rally from a 5-1 deficit against closer Jeurys Familia in the ninth.After Grandal drew a walk with the bases loaded, Chase Utley’s bases-clearing, two-out double tied the game 5-5. Utley went 1 for 2 with a pair of walks in his first game at Citi Field since his infamous slide in last year’s National League Division Series that broke the leg of then-Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.Baez pitched the bottom of the ninth inning and faced one batter, Granderson. The veteran outfielder fouled off the first pitch he saw and hit the second for a home run into the right-field bleachers.The Dodgers spared Urias the ignominy of a loss in his major league debut; they could not shelter the teenager from the hard truth of their frustrating existence.“Too many times during a game, we go dry and there’s a lot of non-competitive at-bats and quick outs and not playing as an offensive unit — as one,” Roberts said. “As far as pitching, sometimes it seems like where we get a couple runs, then the other team answers with a run. You’ve got to have that shutdown inning.”To his credit, Urias soaked it all in — the highs and the lows — and seemed no less like a 19-year-old living the dream. “When you’re out there, especially being my first outing in this type of stadium, you don’t really realize what’s happening,” he said. “I will never forget the first strikeout, especially being a batter like Granderson. … I will never forget anything that happened in this game because this is the happiest day of my life.”center_img It was a familiar ending for the Dodgers (25-24), who are accustomed to dream-crushing defeats. They’ve lost four games in walk-off fashion this season.Urias’ 10.13 earned-run average aside, his dream is alive and well.“No matter what happens, for him it’s a win-win situation,” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “You don’t have too many 19-year-olds starting a major league game.”Urias struggled when he reached Triple-A last year, then threw 27 consecutive scoreless innings this year. He struggled briefly at Double-A in 2014, then moved up a level after only six games. In that regard, his final line Friday — 2 2/3 innings, five hits, three runs, four walks, three strikeouts — was nothing new.Then again, Urias had never experienced a day like this, beginning with a gaggle of autograph seekers at the Dodgers’ Manhattan hotel and ending with the cacophony of a sold-out crowd of 43,462 at Citi Field. last_img read more

Dodgers’ Julio Urias will be the youngest pitcher ever to start a MLB playoff game

first_imgMike Brito, the Dodgers’ scout who helped identify and sign Urias, recalled Tuesday how he was initially impressed by Urias’ 86-mph fastball at age 15. Looking beyond his velocity, his three-pitch mix and his pick-off move, Brito recalled that Urias’ poise was pretty good then, too.• Related: Corey Seager, Yasmani Grandal come up big for Dodgers against Cubs“He looked so calm on the mound,” Brito said. “I think he’s born with that. Fernando (Valenzuela, whom Brito also scouted and signed) was born with that. If he gets nervous, he never shows that he’s nervous.”John Lackey, a 37-year-old right-hander, is starting for the Cubs. He was 23 when he started his first playoff game for the Angels in 2002 — and won, shutting out the Minnesota Twins over seven innings in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.“Sometimes it can be good to be young,” Lackey said. “You don’t know what you’re getting into. You can just go out there and let your talent take over. And, obviously, he has a lot of that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Photos: Dodgers beat Cubs 6-0 in Game 3 of the NLCS, lead series 2-1Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he has to remind himself that Urias is 20 years old “all the time.” He acknowledged the inconsistency Urias has faced as a rookie, going from Triple-A to the majors and back — also from the rotation to the bullpen and back more than one can count. Already this season, Urias has started games on four, five, seven and 12 days’ rest. Wednesday’s game comes six days after his last appearance, a two-inning relief appearance in Game 5 of the NL Division Series.Photos: Dodgers’ Julio Urias to become youngest starter in MLB playoffs“That’s how it’s been all year,” Urias said through an interpreter. “The decision has been the team’s. The only thing that’s important is to be in the mentality of go out there, do my job, and that’s really what matters.”Brito observed a preternatural calmness in Urias years ago. He said that Kansas City Royals pitcher Joakim Soria had it too — the Dodgers signed him out of Mexico at age 17 — while Yasiel Puig did not.“God gave them that from the beginning,” Brito said. “Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente — they’re born with that. You cannot teach a guy to be patient and be confident. You’re born with that.”Short restClayton Kershaw had barely left the mound at Wrigley Field in Game 2 when the questioning began. Will the Dodgers ask him to come back on short rest again and pitch Game 5 at Dodger Stadium or save him for a potential Game 6 (on five days’ rest)?“Clayton will be ready to pitch when he is asked to pitch,” Roberts said before Game 3 Tuesday.Roberts acknowledged that the Dodgers are more likely to ask Kershaw to come back on short rest if the same team wins Tuesday and Wednesday, making Game 5 an elimination game (one way or the other).“I think that’s fair,” Roberts said of the potential scenario. “After (Wednesday’s) result it will be a little more clear. But still — nothing definitive yet.”Roberts said Kershaw came out of Sunday’s start feeling fine — “arm and back,” Roberts said when questioned. Kershaw has already become the first pitcher to throw at least 19 1/3 innings over four (or more) postseason games in a 10-day period since Orel Hershiser in 1988. There is a danger of asking Kershaw to do too much, Roberts acknowledged.“Yeah — I think it is unfair just to assume anything because he is Clayton,” Roberts said. “So, for us internally, this is something we have to be mindful of and we are.“You still have to put Clayton in the best position to have success and I think at some point you have to think about the overall health. That’s No. 1 for me.”AlsoCubs manager Joe Maddon said that Urias’ pick-off move is “not even close” to being a balk: it is. “I’m certain that the umpiring crew has been made aware of it,” Maddon said. … Urias tied for the National League lead in pickoffs with six, despite throwing only 77 innings in the regular season. “I’ve gotten lucky trying to get runners at first,” he said Monday. … When Josh Reddick stole second base in the fourth inning Tuesday, he became the first Dodger with multiple stolen bases in a postseason game since Steve Sax in 1988. … Tommy Lasorda attended Tuesday’s game. The Hall of Fame manager and current special advisor was released from the hospital Monday. center_img LOS ANGELES >> When Julio Urias was a teenager pitching in Mexico, the Dodgers left each scouting trip with the same question as every organization: would the benign tumor behind his left eye prevent him from succeeding in the major leagues?The answer ultimately proved to be no, and the Dodgers were rewarded for their million-dollar gamble on the young left-hander. Wednesday, Urias will start Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs. At 20 years and 68 days, he’ll be the youngest pitcher ever to start a playoff game.Game 3 recap: Rich Hill wins one for starting pitchers everywhere, shaking off the hookWin or lose, Urias’ poise will be a focal point.last_img read more

Fred Willard dies: Sports always had a role in actor-comedian’s life

first_img His death Saturday at age 86 gave the world a good reason to go over the highlights in tribute.’Best in Show’ (2000)Willard was the uncouth dog show commentator Buck Laughlin, who drew laughs with his, um, unorthodox calls.’When Billie Beat Bobby’ (2001)He was cast as TV sports legend Howard Cosell, who called the real-life “Battle of the Sexes” between tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973 for ABC. Willard didn’t think he was the right man for the job when he was approached to play Cosell.’When it was first offered, I said, ‘I can’t do Howard Cosell. You’ve got to get an impersonator.’ They said, ‘No, we want you.’ So I said, ‘The hell with it, everyone can do Howard Cosell.'” he said in a Q&A to promote the movie (published by Entertainment Weekly).  Also in that Q&A, Willard noted that he worked with Cosell on ABC’s “Battle of the Network Stars” in the early 1980s.’Back to You’ (2007-08)Willard played Pittsburgh sportscaster Marsh McGinley (a rather sly dig at his Cleveland fanhood, no?) on the short-lived Fox series that starred Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton. In an interview to promote the show, Willard talked about a trip he took to a landmark on the other end of Pennsylvania: the site of the old Baker Bowl stadium in Philadelphia.”There are pictures of the ballpark with this big factory over the left-field wall — it’s an iconic picture of the old-time ballpark, and the factory is still there,” Willard told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The ballpark is gone, it’s parking lots and all, but it was such a thrill to walk around. There’s a plaque that said it’s the last stadium that Babe Ruth played in.” Fred Willard’s show business career lasted close to six decades, which was longer than his hometown Browns’ NFL championship drought but not quite as lengthy as the Indians’ ongoing quest to win another World Series title.(Of course, he did get to revel in LeBron James and the Cavaliers bringing an NBA championship to Northeast Ohio in 2016.)center_img Willard ventured into the sports world for a handful of his roles, and his polished broadcaster’s delivery combined with comedic talent made him an entertaining media character.last_img read more

Aussies regain pride on day one of fifth Test

first_imgLONDON (AP):Australia set about regaining some dignity after relinquishing the Ashes by scoring 287 for three yesterday on the first day of the fifth Test against England, building a strong platform in their bid for a series-ending consolation victory.David Warner struck 85 and Steven Smith was unbeaten on 78 as normal service resumed after the chaos of the fourth Test, when England skittled Australia for 60 in the first morning to set up an Ashes-clinching win early on day three.Australia’s much-criticised batsmen showed sounder judgement after being put into bat under overcast skies and on a green-tinged pitch – reviving nightmares of Trent Bridge two weeks ago. Stuart Broad wreaked havoc on that occasion, returning figures of eight for 15 with his spell of a lifetime, but England’s bowling wasn’t quite as accurate at The Oval and the Australians prospered.Warner and Chris Rogers (43) put on 110 for the first wicket before Smith and Adam Voges (47) reached stumps on an unbroken 101-run partnership, further muting what had been a flat atmosphere from the start.”To come out and show what we are capable of is fantastic for the top order,” Warner said. “We are in a great position at the moment, but we have to capitalise tomorrow.”Between the two century stands, Michael Clarke – playing his last Test before retirement – was afforded a guard of honour by England’s players when he came out to bat. The Australia captain only scored 15 before edging behind off Ben Stokes, continuing his poor run of form this series.England have an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the series and are looking to win four Tests in a home Ashes series for the first time.For the first time in 23 Ashes Tests, the side batting first reached lunch without loss with Australia 82-0.Rogers didn’t last much deliveryPlaying in his last Test before quitting international cricket, Rogers was circumspect in the first session but chased a delivery from Mark Wood that had surprising bounce. Rogers’ edge flew straight to first slip, with England captain Alastair Cook juggling the ball before catching at thesecond attempt.Warner passed his half-century for the fifth successive Test this series, and had struck 11 fours before he departed by nicking a ball from offspinner Moeen Ali to Adam Lyth at slip. Warner fell short of his 13th Test century.Smith, already confirmed as Australia’s next captain, arrived at the crease looking to avoid registering a fifth straight single-figure score – after innings of 7, 8, 6 and 5 – and he did just that.He brought up Australia’s 200 with a cut for four off Steven Finn and drove Stokes to the boundary to register his 13th 50 in 33 Tests.last_img read more

Salary package driving WI players from Tests – Samuels

first_imgFront-line West Indies batsman, Marlon Samuels, said conditions relating to salary packages are driving senior players away from Test representation.The situation, he declared, is forcing him to retire from Tests.”The way how things are right now, it is forcing me to give it (Test cricket) up,” stated Samuels, who was Player of the Final in the just-concluded ICC WorldTwenty20 in India.”I would like to continue and play as long as possible, however, until things improve, I doubt it,” he offered, as this summer’s home series against India in the Caribbean loom large.He continued: “If you look at the system now, we have more young players playing when we should have more senior players and a couple of young players.”It means, therefore, that it could be said that we are not going in the right direction when it comes to the longer version.NO ENCOURAGEMENT”For example, a lot of players (are) playing only Twenty20 cricket, who I know have a lot of ability and could do well in the Test side. However, at the end of the day, they are not being encouraged, including financially, and as such, do what they have to do.”According to Samuels, one of the reasons for a lack of interest generally by senior players in Test cricket appears to be how they are treated by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as it relates to financial matters.He said with a changing worldwide cricket landscape, their net worth is being recognised internationally, but regionally, there seems to be reluctance.This, he said, is evidenced by the new player payment scheme that was negotiated between the regional entity and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).”Test cricket is the most important part of our West Indies heritage, but it is also a job for us,” commented Samuels.”I don’t think we are being paid particularly well at the moment, as we got a big pay cut recently with virtually little consent on our part.”Some of us as players agreed in principle for a pay cut with WIPA to help with the paying of first-class cricketers in the regional professional league, but none of us had signed off on the exact percentage.”WIPA then went literally behind our backs and signed off on close to a 75 per cent match-fee pay cut, and I can tell you none of the players are happy about it.”He added: “Situations like these do not motivate or encourage our senior players to want to play the longest version of the game.”Samuels, who made his Test debut in 2000, has an average of 33.53, including seven centuries and 22 half centuries.last_img read more