Ole: Ighalo, Fernandes key to Top Four battle

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has credited January arrivals Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo with helping to add resilience to Manchester United’s squad during the second half of this season.The Reds were defeated for the first time since January, in all competitions, in Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final tie with Chelsea, but will be looking to extend our unbeaten run to 14 league games when we face West Ham United on Wednesday, and Leicester City on Sunday. Avoiding defeat in those final two league fixtures will be enough for Champions League football next season, and the manager believes his winter signings – coupled with the return from injury of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford – have been vital in helping us close what was a significant gap to our top-four rivals.“I think we’ve grown over the whole season,” Solskjaer told reporters.“The additions of Odion, Bruno and Paul coming back, [plus] Marcus coming back is a strength for us. We are better as a group and more robust and resilient.“The proof is in the pudding and we’ll have to see on Wednesday how they perform.”The disappointing 3-1 reverse to Chelsea at Wembley at the weekend put paid to hopes of a first domestic trophy for Solskjaer, although silverware could still arrive by way of next month’s Europa League. Ahead of a massive five days for United, the boss said that his side need to react to the setback of defeat, as they have before, and get a positive result over West Ham at Old Trafford, which will see us leapfrog Leicester going into the final-day showdown at the King Power Stadium.“When you lose a game, you’re hurt and disappointed,“ he admitted. ”You’ve just got to focus on the next thing.“A defeat isn’t the end of the world – it was the end of the FA Cup dream and the final, but now it’s business as usual and onto the next game.“We’ve had so many setbacks as a club before. We’ve lost big games before and we’ve turned that around and that’s what we need to do now.”Tags: Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolskjaerTop fourlast_img read more

Cricket News Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team consign New Zealand to record low after Wellington win

first_img New Delhi: Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team ended their ODI leg of New Zealand on the ultimate high as they won the fifth and final game in Westpac Stadium, Wellington by 35 runs to seal the series 4-1. Under Virat Kohli, the team had put three clinical performances in Napier and in the two ODIs at Bay Oval before stumbling to a horror loss in Hamilton in which they were bowled out for 92, their lowest total in New Zealand. However, on a difficult pitch, Rohit’s side made amends as they bounced back from 18/4 to reach 252 thanks to Ambati Rayudu’s 90 and a blitz of 45 off 22 balls from Hardik Pandya. The bowlers, led by Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal, ensured New Zealand did not get momentum as Kane Williamson’s side stumbled.The result in Wellington gave India their best scoreline in any format in New Zealand ever since they started touring the country in 1967. In the 1967/68 series, India won the Test match series 3-1 but they had to wait 41 years for their next triumph. In 2009, under the guidance of MS Dhoni, India clinched an ODI series in New Zealand for the first time when they won the five-match series 3-1.For New Zealand, it represented a record low for a side that had lost just one ODI series in the last two years prior to their clash against India. New Zealand first suffered this fate against their Trans-Tasman rivals Australia in 1999/2000. After the first match ended in a no-result, Australia won the next four games in Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Napier by five wickets, 50 runs, 48 runs and five wickets respectively before New Zealand salvaged some pride in the final game in Auckland by registering a three-wicket win. highlights New Zealand suffered a loss of four matches in a series for the fourth time at home.India’s 4-1 scoreline is the best in any format in New Zealand.India have won an ODI series in New Zealand for only the second time. Sri Lanka were the next nation to inflict major damage to New Zealand. Led by Sanath Jayasuriya, the team won the first four ODIs in Napier, Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton by 61 runs, three wickets, nine wickets and three runs via Duckworth-Lewis method. Sri Lanka were gunning for a 5-0 whitewash but New Zealand held their nerve to win the match in Christchurch by 13 runs.However, the Australians would inflict more humiliation on New Zealand as they became the first side to whitewash the Kiwis at home in a five-match series. Under a dominant side led by Ricky Ponting, Australia won the games in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and Napier. Barring the first game in Wellington which Australia won by a narrow margin of 10 runs, Ponting’s side decimated the opposition in the other matches, winning by margins of 106 runs, 86 runs, seven wickets and 122 runs respectively.This loss to India will be a body blow for Kane Williamson and his team as they aim to get some momentum for their preparation in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Uthappa wants ban on overseas players lifted

first_img(BBC) – THE Indian cricket board should lift its ban on players competing in overseas Twenty20 tournaments, says former India batsman Robin Uthappa.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) bars its men’s players from joining franchise leagues other than the Indian Premier League (IPL).“Please let us go, honest to God,” Uthappa, who won the World T20 in 2007, told the BBC’s Doosra podcast.“It does hurt when we’re not allowed to go and play.”The BCCI rules mean Indian players cannot take part in lucrative competitions such as Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) or the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) while no Indians have yet been signed for the new Hundred competition in the UK.However, female players Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur have played in the Women’s Big Bash in Australia and the Super League in England.“It would be so nice if we could go and play at least a couple of others because as a student of the game you want to learn and grow as much as you can,” said 34-year-old Uthappa, who has played in all 12 seasons of the IPL since it was launched in 2008.Earlier this month, India batsman Suresh Raina said the BCCI should change its rules on overseas T20 competitions.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly took over as president of the BCCI in October, and Uthappa is hoping the board will now be open to change.“Ganguly is a very progressive thinking human being, someone who has always looked to take India to the next level. He actually laid the foundation for where India cricket is now,” said Uthappa.“We’re hoping that he will look at this at some point.”This season’s IPL, due to run from March 29 until May 24, was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Players’ body urges ICC to address  contract breaches, non-payment

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – A third of international male cricketers have not been paid or suffered breaches of contract from events regulated by the global governing body or its member nations, the international players’ federation said on Monday. The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) said after the release of its ‘Men’s Global Employment Report 2020’ that the International Cricket Council (ICC) had a duty to protect those working within its regulatory framework.An ICC spokesman told Reuters that the body was looking at the contents of the report. The report cited examples such as Bangladesh players not receiving their share of prize money from an ICC event, and their counterparts in Zimbabwe, another ICC full member, still waiting for their board to pay their contracts.It also listed unresolved payment issues in Twenty20 and 10-overs leagues in several minor cricket-playing nations including Canada, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.“Systematic contract breaches and non-payment of players are issues that urgently need addressing,” FICA Chief Executive Tom Moffat said. “The ICC has an obligation to protect people working within its regulatory frameworks and it’s time something was done about this issue. “We continue to urge decision makers to work with FICA at global level, and players’ associations at domestic level, to develop joint solutions to issues … many of which are likely to be exacerbated by the current global situation.”FICA also called for an end to “blanket bans on players from certain countries playing abroad” and limitations on the number of overseas league contracts a player may hold.last_img read more

C-NS running back accepts early offer to Buffalo after high school transfer

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Mike Washington kept quiet in warmups before a matchup between Cicero-North Syracuse and Utica Proctor in the Class AA finals in the Carrier Dome last fall. Just three weeks prior, Utica had blown out C-NS 32-0, and he wanted revenge.But the matchup with Utica was also personal for Washington. As a promising sophomore, Washington lived in the city and attended Utica Notre-Dame High School, until he transferred to Cicero-North before the start of his junior season, in hopes of “playing on a bigger stage with stronger competition,” he said.Washington torched Utica early and often in Class AA finals, sprinting for three 50-plus yard touchdowns against his former town’s team and helping the Northstars secure their third consecutive sectional title. Washington also won MVP honors.Yet entering his junior year at Cicero-North Syracuse, Washington’s college football hopes didn’t seem likely to extend beyond high school. The then-wide receiver had no offers to play at the Division I collegiate level. Head coach Dave Kline was dissatisfied with the Northstars’ running back at the time and held an open tryout within the team to see if someone could better fill the position. There, Washington displayed his 6-foot-2-inch frame and 4.5 40-yard dash speed, and after CNS began the 2019 season 1-2, Kline made a switch. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Running back complimented my talent, it was a really good fit for me,” Washington said. In his first game at running back, Washington had 18 rushing attempts for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Washington’s switch to running back became permanent, and C-NS finished the season in November with an 8-4 record with Washington’s near 1,400 rushing yards and 14 TDs leading the way. By the following January, he had received his first offer from Colorado State. Since the offer from the Rams, Washington has received 15 more, including interest, though no offer, from Syracuse. But Washington, who did not want to be far from home, committed to Buffalo on July 25. “The school gave me a call last week stating I have a chance to get on the field next season,” Washington said. “And now I will be graduating in January from CNS to attend Buffalo early.” Football didn’t always come easy to Washington. At 7 years old, Washington’s father asked him if he wanted to play football. For years, Washington played football and boxing, until he made the full-time switch to football. As a Pop Warner player, Washington needed to adjust to the speed of the game.“When I was little, people would make fun of me for saying I can’t catch, I can’t run, I’m not fast. I was looked down upon,” Washington said. “Now those same people are saying ‘Congratulations.’”Last season, Kline and C-NS’s offense “ran through” Washington, Kline said. He averaged almost 15 carries a game for the Northstars. The heavy workload, however, was not a problem for  Washington despite it being his first season at running back. “I want the ball. I take care of my body to create endurance: stretching, icing and resting,” Washington said. “I will do whatever it takes to secure the win for my team.”Washington delivered on that promise in some of the biggest games of the year and said the last three games of the season were his three best all year. That’s when he began to feel like a natural running back, he said. He combined for 640 yards and six touchdowns over the Northstars’ three playoff wins. But, Washington and his C-NS teammates “ran out of steam,” he said — losing in the Public High School Athletic Association West Semifinals last year against McQuaid Jesuit High School. Yet the defeat set the stage for an unprecedented offseason for Washington and the rest of his teammates. “We know we can get there again. We have lifted every day with no days off,” Washington said. “I love the grind. There are a lot of nights behind closed doors with my trainer putting in extra work.”The COVID-19 pandemic postponed the start of high school football in New York until March, which could potentially end Washington’s high school football career. Washington, as of now, is graduating from C-NS in January and attending Buffalo early, which would conflict with the season’s start date. He’s contemplating competing in the delayed season and is in constant discussion with his family and coaches. But even if Washington has played his last game for C-NS, he’s still left his mark on the program and his coaches. “Mike is a quiet, unassuming kid who is explosive and disciplined,” Kline said. “He is a real shy kid off the field who leads by example through hard-work.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on September 13, 2020 at 11:21 pm Contact Nolan: [email protected]last_img read more