Manchester United have to find balance – Wayne Rooney

first_img Van Gaal blamed the negative tactics adopted by the club’s opponents for their recent difficulties after the game, but Rooney insists scoring goals remains their focus as they prepare for Sunday’s trip to Liverpool. Rooney said: “We’re always trying to create chances. Obviously we know that’s our aim, that’s what we work on everyday at the training ground. “Sometimes it’s difficult, but on nights like tonight we did it so we need to keep working and keep trying to improve.” Wayne Rooney has warned Manchester United they cannot afford to keep throwing away points if they are to hit their targets this season. He told MUTV: “After going 2-0 up, we were in control of the game, and then we’ve let them back into it. To then get our third goal and concede again was disappointing from us. “They were silly goals to concede on our behalf and they were avoidable. They have cost us two points so we’re disappointed. “We can’t keep going on conceding three goals every game, so we have to work on that and create the chances without giving goals away. “You can score as many goals as you want, but if you keep conceding goals, then it’s a problem. We have to keep trying to get that balance right and keep creating chances, scoring goals and keeping them out.” It all started so well for Rooney and his team-mates when the England captain gave them a ninth-minute lead from the penalty spot after defender Chancel Mbemba was adjudged to have handled Daley Blind’s corner and when Jesse Lingard made it 2-0 seven minutes before the break, they looked to be in complete control. But Georginio Wijnaldum pulled one back before half-time and when Aleksandar Mitrovic levelled from the spot with 67 minutes gone after being hauled down by Chris Smalling, the Magpies were in the ascendancy. Rooney’s well-taken second looked to have secured victory with 11 minutes remaining, but Paul Dummett snatched a point at the death when his 90th-minute piledriver was deflected past keeper David de Gea by the unfortunate Smalling. United, who have now won just twice in 11 games in all competitions, went into the game with manager Louis van Gaal having admitted even he had been bored by some of their recent performances and at 2-2, there were chants of “Attack, attack, attack” from the supporters high up behind Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot’s goal. United squandered 2-0 and 3-2 leads at struggling Newcastle on Tuesday evening to draw 3-3, in the process slipping to sixth place in the Barclays Premier League table. Rooney, who edged to within eight goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249 with a double at St James’ Park, admitted that his side had to find a balance between attack and defence after a game which went some of the way towards exciting the travelling fans. Press Associationlast_img read more

Aston Villa’s players earn the trust of manager Remi Garde

first_img The midlands club are anchored to the foot of the top-flight table with 15 matches remaining and only picked up a point from a 0-0 draw at West Brom on Saturday when the hosts failed to register a single shot on target. Villa are still nine points from safety despite their mini revival yet Garde thinks their recent performances have shown him they are up for their relegation fight. Pulis revealed the Venezuelan, signed from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg over the summer, may now be granted a short-term break as he is struggling to adjust to the Premier League’s intensity. “Salomon looked tired,” Pulis said. “We gave him blood tests this weekend just to test him because the lad feels tired. “I think it’s a different type of football he’s playing and it’s week-in, week-out. It’s so hard and it’s so tough. He needs this season to get used to it. “He’s got real quality and real talent. If you look at his running stats, his running stats are fantastic, he goes out there and does works hard, but he felt tired again. “We’ll check and see where he is. He might just need a couple of weeks off.” Aston Villa’s players have earned Remi Garde’s trust during their five-match unbeaten run, but the Frenchman knows time is running out to save their Barclays Premier League status. “I know the last three Premier League games in terms of spirit that I can rely on these players,” he said. “It’s a late step but when you arrive in a football club it takes you a little time to know people, to assess their quality as a football player and also as a human being.” Prior to their visit to The Hawthorns, Villa’s last away game was the FA Cup draw at Wycombe where fans vented their anger at their players when they left the ground following a 1-1 draw with the Sky Bet League Two club. And while neither set of supporters left West Brom that appeased on Saturday after watching a bore draw largely devoid of action, Garde hopes the travelling fans were encouraged by the effort shown. “They saw a Villa team who fight, who had collective spirit and I just regret that we started the season very late and now it’s more difficult,” he added. “But I told that as well to my players. If we keep playing with this spirit until the end of the season, everything is still possible.” For the second straight Premier League game Tony Pulis’ Baggies failed to fire a shot on target. Club-record signing Salomon Rondon led the line to begin with following his FA Cup winner at Bristol City in midweek and was a peripheral figure before being replaced 64 minutes in. Press Associationlast_img read more

FL teen charged after grandfather shot in face, accomplices at large

first_imgA Florida teenager faces an attempted murder charge after his grandfather was shot in the face during an armed robbery over the weekend in Callahan.Charles Cribbs was shot Saturday when two suspects including his grandson broke into his Goodbread Road home, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.A .38 caliber revolver was taken from the home before 16-year-old Pierce Nugent Cribbs and an unidentified accomplice left in a white Chevrolet pickup driven by a third suspect, the Sheriff’s Office said.The 71-year-old was shot in the face with a .22 caliber handgun. It is unclear at this time who shot the elderly man, but investigators haven’t ruled out the victim’s grandson.The victim was transported to UF Health Jacksonville for treatment. His condition remains unknown.The 16-year-old was later taken into custody on felony attempted murder and armed robbery charges.He was booked into the Nassau County jail and transferred to a juvenile detention facility.Deputies are still searching for Cribb’s accomplice and the getaway driver.last_img read more

Virginia family finds nearly $1 million dollars, turns it in

first_imgA Virginia family who went out for a ride to get a breath of fresh air after being in the house due to coronavirus lockdown orders made a discovery of nearly $1 million in two bags lying in the road.According to reports, David and Emily Schantz left their Caroline County home with their children last Saturday and drove their pickup truck over to what they thought were bags of trash.They picked them up and tossed the bags in the back of their truck and kept riding, according to Emily Schantz.When the family returned to their home, they discovered the bags contained money, she said.“Inside of the bag, there were plastic baggies and they were addressed with something that said `cash vault,”‘ Schantz told WTVR.Emily Schantz immediately called the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, who arrived to their home and took the bags of cash and determined the money totaled nearly $1 million.Caroline Sheriff’s Maj. Scott Moser said authorities have since determined where the money was headed, but are still trying to figure out how it ended up in the middle of a road in Goochland County. Moser would not say specifically where the money was going.Moser said he hopes the recipients offer the Schantzes a nice reward.last_img

The waiting game: Freshman Roberson catches up after waiting for NCAA clearance

first_imgWhile the rest of his Syracuse teammates were playing a preseason tour in Canada, Tyler Roberson was taking on NBA stars Kyrie Irving and C.J. Miles in the East Orange Pro Am.Roberson erupted for 51 points and 14 rebounds to lead his team past the pros in the league’s championship game on Aug. 14.‪”I take every game as a challenge no matter who I’m playing against,” Roberson said, “so when I’m going up against guys like this I take it as even more of a challenge to elevate my game.”‬Roberson hadn’t yet been cleared by the NCAA, and his freshman season at SU was in limbo. He spent the months working out at his high school — Roselle (N.J.) Catholic — at the NJ Roadrunners’ AAU facility — sometimes with Irving — and competing in the East Orange Pro Am.“It was a blessing in disguise,” his AAU coach Sandy Pyonin said. “It gave me a couple other months to work with him, to train him.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberson was finally cleared during the first week of September. There was unbridled joy. An incredible sense of relief. His mother even cried, Pyonin said. Roberson, the No. 14 power forward recruit in the Class of 2013 and SU’s second-highest rated commit, would be eligible to play in 2013.“I kind of knew I was going to be cleared. I knew it was just a process,” Roberson said. “If anything, I was more annoyed that I had to wait to come up to school and not be able to play.”His role likely won’t allow him to go for 51 points — he’s behind Jerami Grant and C.J. Fair in Syracuse’s rotation — but he has the skills to create offensively and the length and athleticism to be a force in the Orange’s 2-3 zone. Pyonin went as far as projecting Roberson to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft one day.Getting cleared was always going to be a process. He began at Union High School before transferring to Roselle Catholic after his sophomore year. He would have to do summer work after his senior year to qualify academically.When his coursework was done, the process fell into the NCAA’s hands. He and his high school coach Dave Boff checked Roberson’s page on the NCAA Clearinghouse website several times a day, hoping that one time it would tell them that Roberson was approved.“I think he was not concerned at all until a couple weeks after he finished his summer classes,” Boff said. “Everybody expected that it would be we submit the information and everything’s good a few days later or a week later. It was weeks after weeks after weeks with no change in his status. He was pending the whole time.”His days consisted of practice and workouts — first at his high school, then to his AAU facility and back. Or vice versa.If he couldn’t work with his new team, he would work to make himself better.“People see Tyler, they see this ridiculous 6-9 athlete that can run and jump and they have no idea, no clue, how many hours went in to developing the level of skill that he has,” Boff said.Since his arrival at SU, he’s struggled to get acclimated in some regards.During the first week or so of practice, Pyonin said he got a call from Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins praising Roberson’s play in practice. He could dribble, shoot and defend. But in early October, he pulled his hamstring and missed about a week and a half. Just when he was finding his rhythm with the Orange, he hit another bump.After Syracuse’s 81-46 preseason win over Ryerson University, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said there were a few times that Roberson ran to the wrong side of the zone. In the exhibition win over Division II Holy Family (Pa.) University, he got caught cheating up too far in the zone and beaten for a couple of alley oops.“He just wasn’t in the right position,” Boeheim said. “It’s better to learn that now than later.”Roberson had a handful of backup options in place had he not been cleared. He could’ve stuck around in New Jersey and attended another year of high school. He could have headed overseas and played professionally before trying to jump to the NBA.His most likely choice, though, was to enroll at Syracuse as a student until he got cleared. Roberson’s bags were packed for school even before he finally got word that he was cleared. He was always confident that he would be cleared, but the decision wouldn’t change his mind on SU.As soon as he got word from the NCAA, Roberson and his family packed up the car and drove to Central New York with Pyonin.Missing the Canada trips has probably left him behind in some respects, Boeheim said, but Roberson has poured in hours with assistant coach Adrian Autry to try to crack the Orange’s crowded frontcourt rotation. His coaches urged him toward Syracuse because of how perfectly he fits in the 2-3 zone.The final steps of his journey have had some hiccups — and still could have some more — but somewhere down the road, it seems, Roberson will be a force on the SU wing.“He’s a really good player. We have good players and he’s one of those good players,” Autry said. “We’re just very blessed and happy that he’s here and that we have him.” Comments Published on November 7, 2013 at 2:00 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC Provost, senior VP of legal affairs and professionalism resign

Provost Michael Quick and Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs Carol Mauch Amir will step down June 30. (Photo from USC, Photo from Twitter) Ariela Gross, a member of the Concerned Faculty of USC, said she hopes these administrative changes will create a culture of transparency and accountability at the University. She said having President-elect Folt hire a new team of administrators is a step in the right direction. “President-elect [Carol] Folt will be a great leader and should have the opportunity to work with a provost of her choosing,” Quick wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “I have been honored to work with faculty, staff, students and alumni to continue USC’s ascent. I look forward to continuing to work with everyone.” In addition to announcing Quick’s resignation from provost, Austin’s letter revealed that Mauch Amir would also be stepping down from her position. In a statement to the Daily Trojan, Mauch Amir said she looks forward to her time off and is proud of the work she did in her tenure at USC. Provost Michael Quick and Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and Professionalism Carol Mauch Amir will step down from their respective positions, Interim President Wanda Austin announced Tuesday in a letter to the USC community. Quick and Mauch Amir will officially retire June 30. Since she began working at USC 20 years ago, Mauch Amir has led several health and legal initiatives. This year, she oversaw the establishment of the Office of Professionalism and Ethics and helped created the President’s Culture Commission and the Working Group on Culture. She has also worked with the audit and compliance committee within the Board of Trustees to expand reporting and monitoring practices. “The kind of arrangements that were made for someone like George Tyndall or Carmen Puliafito … suggests to me the kind of misplaced concern about the possibility that a wrongdoer might sue the University as opposed to a very real concern for the victims of a wrongdoer,” Gross said. Austin wrote that during his tenure as provost, Quick has focused on advancing the international profile of the University by recruiting renowned faculty and encouraging University efforts in social justice, the letter read. “We will all be able to build trust and increase morale because there will be a sense that people who may have been closely involved in some of the unfortunate incidents of the past will be moving aside and new leadership will be coming in,” said Gross, a law and history professor. “That’s really important for this community to heal and move forward.” In looking for a new provost, Gross said the University should have an inclusive process and create a profile of what characteristics the USC community would like them to possess, such as experience working in a large institution facing similar issues and scandals. She said the new head of the legal counsel must better balance student and faculty needs with keeping the University out of lawsuits. Quick, who also serves as senior vice president of academic affairs, will resume his position as a professor of biological sciences at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Quick also handled complaints regarding former Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen Puliafito who the Los Angeles Times revealed partied with students and used methamphetamines while seeing patients in 2017. Announcement of these resignations come on the heels of USC’s involvement in the college admissions bribery scheme, an increase in the number of plaintiffs named in the sexual assault case against former campus gynecologist George Tyndall and the growing sexual harassment lawsuit against former campus men’s health doctor Dennis Kelly. “Our search for both positions will be national in scope and exhaustive in research,” Austin wrote. “We will keep you posted on our progress, as appropriate.” After news broke in May of Tyndall’s alleged abuse of former and current USC students, Quick sent a memo to the USC community citing that the event filled him with “regret, shame and frustration.” “In returning to the faculty, Michael will continue to share his wisdom and wit with colleagues and students,” Austin wrote. “I am personally grateful to Michael and Carol for working closely with me as we prepare for our new president’s arrival this summer,” Austin wrote in the letter. “They have shown tremendous dedication to our university and its community and have led with integrity and compassion.” Quick and Mauch Amir’s departure comes two weeks after the University announced that former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt would be USC’s next president. Folt will begin working at the University July 1. “We have had recent challenges but we will rise to the occasion and emerge stronger for having faced them,” Quick wrote. “This is a transformative university and the best place to be. Let’s make Fight On more than a slogan, let’s make it a call to action.” In the next few weeks, Austin and Folt will name an interim provost and elect a search committee chair to find successors for both vacant positions, Austin wrote. The search committee, which will include faculty members across University departments, will work alongside Folt and Austin. “With strong leadership in the Offices of Professionalism and Ethics, General Counsel, Ethics and Compliance and Internal Audit, I feel confident I am leaving the University in good stead as we prepare for the transition to the next presidency,” Mauch Amir wrote. read more

In Photos: USC loses at home to Oregon

first_imgNo. 17 USC hosted No. 4 Oregon at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Though they were looking for a victory at home, the Trojans stumbled on the gridiron and couldn’t stop Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and tailback Kenjon Barner, who finished with 321 yards and five touchdowns. The game turned into an offensive shoot out with a final score of 62-51, but the Trojans couldn’t keep up, falling to 6-3 on the season and giving the Ducks the W.Photos by Carlo Acenaslast_img

Libonati: Despite clear struggles, Syracuse football made progress this season

first_imgBefore the season, Dino Babers justified his calm on the field by saying he gives players his energy during the week. Saturday, that all changed.After a questionable late hit call on SU’s Evan Foster, Babers’ headset swung to the ground and his hat swept back on his head. Eventually his hat came off, suffering the same fate as the headset. His gloves and vest followed. He called a timeout and motioned for the referee to come over to him.The outburst, uncharacteristic for Babers, proved the game’s importance. In SU’s most do-or-die game of the year, the Orange recorded its best offensive output, with a backup quarterback no less. In past seasons, the Orange has struggled in the back half of seasons. It lost eight of its last nine games in 2015 and its last five in 2014. While it struggled again, losing its last four games in 2016, the team showed more fight than former head coach Scott Shafer’s teams ever did.It’s emblematic of a shift in culture. Coaches talk about changing culture, including SU men’s soccer coach Ian McIntyre and field hockey coach Ange Bradley. Both have turned around their respective programs. Often, measuring a change like that is intangible. But Saturday showed SU is headed in the right direction.“I just feel like a lot of the mindset around here has changed a lot. Just a lot of guys holding people more accountable and it’s a more of a winning culture,” Syracuse junior linebacker Parris Bennett said. “It’s a lot more guys believing we can win every game and people going in with the mindset we should really win this game. Not just try to keep it close and make it an upset.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat’s not to say Syracuse football has been turned around, because it clearly hasn’t been yet. SU won’t be going to a bowl game for the third straight year. Eric Dungey’s health remains in doubt. Coming into the season, it was arguably the second-biggest topic for Syracuse and will be the most-talked about subject for the rest of the offseason.SU’s precision has struggled all year. The inability to execute consistently cost SU losses at Wake Forest and in the Carrier Dome against North Carolina State. Even beyond that, wins and losses, the most basic measure of a season, haven’t improved.But in the absence of some of its best players, SU has had others step up. Colin Byrne played well enough when he stepped in for Jason Emerich. SU took well to Babers’ offense, penciling new records offensively.Daivon Ellison proved to be starter-worthy material at safety in place of the Orange’s best defensive player, Antwan Cordy. Bennett and Zaire Franklin accounted for 211 tackles this year on 870 plays by opponents. Last year (Bennett played only eight games), those two accounted for just 125 on 847 snaps. Together, the three players formed a core that each had 90 tackles or more. Last year, no defensive player had more than 90 tackles.SU beat Virginia Tech and fought in the second half against Pittsburgh, both current Top 25 teams.“Normally, it looks bad one year,” Babers said of young players having to play more this season, “But the negatives from one year can be the blessings the next year.”Saturday, SU couldn’t close the talent gap with the Panthers. It struggled to get itself going to the extent it needed to in the first half. But it was also just the storm before the calm.For the next nine months, SU will go relatively silent. It won’t have games to worry about. Babers can give his team and recruiting all of his energy. Next year, Babers will be held to his promise of a relentless defense and a breakneck-paced offense. But for now, SU’s pushed the program forward, however marginally.“It’s going to get better,” Babers said after Saturday’s loss. “It’s going to get better with recruiting … We’ll bring in a fresh group of young people and we’ll put them with the underbelly of our team that we are developing and we are going to get better.”Chris Libonati is an Asst. Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @ChrisLibonati. Comments Published on November 27, 2016 at 10:55 pm Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Whicker: Chase Utley, Dodgers turn up the heat on the Mets

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error (B) a replay also showed that Utley never touched the base …And (C) Tejada, who was flipped into the air and fell forcefully, wound up with a broken fibula.Joe Torre, who oversees such things for MLB, said second base umpire Chris Guccione made a “judgment call” that Utley’s slide was not dirty but, for his own part, thought Utley’s slide was late, and that “it concerns me. That is what I’m digesting right now.”Terry Collins, the Mets’ manager whose emotions are as visible as a harvest moon, said he wasn’t going to dip a toe into the controversy but believed “that it will help, yes,” when stoking the Mets’ fires for the rest of the series, which resumes Monday in New York.“Certainly my argument is, you know, the road block,” Collins said. “It broke my shortstop’s leg, that’s all I know.” They played “Blurred Lines” between innings at Dodger Stadium at Game 2, which never is a good idea. But in the bottom of the seventh inning, it became baseball’s anthem.How many lines were crossed, or smudged, when Chase Utley barreled into Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, like a slide-tackling Manchester United midfielder, under the guise of breaking up a double play?The question got heavier when (A) a replay showed that Tejada did not touch second base, meaning Utley would be safe and the Dodgers would wind up with a four-run rally and a 5-2 victory….• See video of Utley’s slidecenter_img And there are instances in which the runner (Utley) and the batter (Howie Kendrick) would both be called out, even though Tejada clearly didn’t have a chance to double up Kendrick, which would have ended the inning.Instead, there was one out and two on for the Dodgers, with Kike Hernandez scoring on the play. Then Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner brought home three runs with doubles.Utley also didn’t touch second base, although Torre said he didn’t have to, because Guccione had originally called him out, before the replay showed Tejada was off the bag.The Dodgers praised Utley’s zealous way of playing, honed by all those years in Philadelphia. Some of those years were spent torturing the Mets. “He’s one of those guys who you’re always aware of,” said Turner, who played middle infield for the Mets. “He’s always playing all-out, to the wall.”Only one man spoke from the heart.“It was dirty,” Kelly Johnson said, shaking his head, just after Tejada had taken his crutches and made his way to the Mets’ team bus.“There are so many things wrong with that play. Our starting shortstop is out of the playoffs with a broken leg. We’re somehow good enough to determine that his toe didn’t touch the bag, by a millimeter. I need a really good explanation of where the line is. We need a good explanation and we’re not going to get it. It’s ridiculous, it’s absolutely ridiculous.”Johnson came to the Mets before the trading deadline and has played 842 major league games at second base, over 10 years. He knows the rules, written and unwritten, about the free-fire zone at second base.Kendrick’s grounder went to Daniel Murphy, nominally the second baseman. Murphy tried to lob the ball to Tejada, who was coming to the bag, but flipped it a tad behind him. Tejada had his back to Utley, who clearly went after him and clearly did so beside the base. They call that the “neighborhood play,” in which the fielder is given some leeway so he won’t get cleaned out. This was more like a sub-division than a neighborhood.• PHOTOS: See photos from Dodgers’ Game 2 victory“A guy is out there, trying to make a play for us,” Johnson said. “I want a rule about a guy going into Ruben like that. We’re talking about a millimeter off the bag. We’ve got a rule about that but we don’t have a rule about that slide, or whatever that was, that tackle. You’re hoping we can get two outs out of this because obviously he went in and got our player before he even touched dirt.“If it’s a judgment call or a matter of opinion, then my opinion is that we missed something. Chase is playing hard, but he got our guy before he hit dirt. At what point is that illegal?”No one ever promised the replay system would bring an end to controversy. Here, all it did was draw new battle lines, as we prepare to discover just how little the big city sleeps.last_img read more

(update with new address) SRMC is looking for a facilities/security manager

first_imgSumner Regional Medical Center is looking for a facilities/security manager — an experienced maintenance professional to manage a rural medical facility.This individual will possess the ability to supervise and coordinate the activities of workers engaged in maintenance and repair of electrical, telephone, HVAC, plumbing and boiler systems and supervise and coordinate grounds maintenance.Competititive benefits with salary based on experience. Interested individuals should send resume to: Director Human Resources,1323 North A StreetWellington, Kans. 67152.People can also e-mail to For all other information about SRMC click on read more