Clinical Rooney pulls no punches

first_imgWayne Rooney and Manchester United delivered a bruising knockout performance as Tottenham were blown away at Old Trafford. Press Association This was by far the best performance of Van Gaal’s reign. Finally, eight months after taking the helm, the Dutchman was able to deliver the kind of performance United’s often pessimistic supporters craved – one of pace, flair, width and destruction. It was like old times at Old Trafford. Juan Mata, starting his first league game since January 17, carved open a poorly organised Spurs defence with ease and Ashley Young gave the watching England manager Roy Hodgson food for thought with another impressive display on the left wing. But Hodgson will be most pleased with Rooney’s display. The emergence, on Sunday morning, of a video appearing to show the striker being knocked out by Stoke defender Bardsley in a February sparring session may have caused consternation in some quarters. But the 29-year-old put the incident behind him, scoring his 14th goal of the season before celebrating with a cheeky flurry of punches in the corner. United’s form had recently represented that of a washed-up forty-something slugger. Rooney put aside the controversy created by his kitchen sparring session with Phil Bardsley to put in a superb performance in the 3-0 victory. The England captain, a buzzing nuisance to Spurs all afternoon, scored United’s third goal after Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick had done the early damage for Louis van Gaal’s men, who moved within one point of third-placed Arsenal after this huge morale-boosting victory. But now, thanks to this victory, they look every inch up for the scrap for Champions League qualification. At the beginning there was no sign of the fine performance that was to come from the hosts. With so much riding on the match, United were nervous and Phil Jones did not help matters when he over-hit a back-pass which David de Gea only just managed to knock around the post. For the rest of the half, the United goalkeeper had nothing to do. United just pummelled their opponents into submission with wave after wave of attacking football. Kyle Walker was turned inside out for the first of many times by Young as he burst down the left. The winger played Rooney in, but his pull-back was cleared. Nine minutes in, United had the lead. Daley Blind, playing at left-back, knocked the ball forward to Carrick, who punched a cutting ball through to the sprinting Fellaini. The big Belgian lifted his head and picked out the far corner with a left-footed drive. After another 10 minutes’ worth of pressure, the hosts doubled their lead. Once again Fellaini was instrumental. The midfielder’s header from a corner was cleared by Nacer Chadli but only as far as Carrick, who nodded into the far corner. The home crowd roared with glee and demanded more. “Attack, attack, attack” they yelled and Van Gaal’s team did not disappoint. Walker was drawn out of position again, allowing Fellaini to pull the ball back to the far post, but Danny Rose dived in just as Mata was about to pull the trigger. Mata was having a superb game. His touch was exemplary, his vision exceptional and he was also relishing the battle with Spurs’ combative left-back. Downcast Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino tried to shore up his midfield by replacing Andros Townsend with Mousa Dembele on the half hour. The move had little effect, though. United were in the mood to give Spurs a pasting and the visitors looked keen to help them at every possible opportunity. United’s third came courtesy of a gift-wrapped horror pass from Nabil Bentaleb. The midfielder squared to Rooney and he would not be stopped. The skipper burst past Bentaleb, and bundled his way past Eric Dier before slotting the ball into the far corner. Rooney threw two left-right combinations in his celebration and dropped to the turf in a pose suggesting he had been hit by a prize heavyweight, before being mobbed by his team-mates. Bentaleb went some way towards atoning for his error when he blocked Blind’s goal-bound shot after the break. Spurs, to their credit, did not crumble after the restart, but they offered little up front. Ryan Mason cut inside and dragged a shot wide of the post, but otherwise United’s defence had little to do for the rest of the afternoon. Rooney, full of confidence, pinged an audacious 40-yard pass to Fellaini with the outside of his boot, but the Belgian could not finish. Fellaini came off to a standing ovation towards the death and Radamel Falcao was given a chance to impress. Andreas Pereira also came on for his Premier League debut. Christian Eriksen flicked a clever ball into the box, but Rooney sprinted back to clear. Harry Kane registered Tottenham’s only shot on target in the final minute, but De Gea saved. Nothing, it seemed, would spoil United’s party, which was followed by a standing ovation from the home fans at the final whistle. last_img read more

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Syracuse releases pre-Florida State injury report

first_imgSyracuse released an injury report in advance of Saturday’s game against No. 1 Florida State, and revealed that the team is pretty banged up.The notables who won’t be participating include: H-back Brisly Estime (ankle), cornerback Wayne Morgan (lower body), right tackle Ivan Foy (lower body), nose tackle Eric Crume (upper body) and tight end Kendall Moore (concussion).H-back Ashton Broyld (lower body), who was injured during the Orange’s loss to Maryland on Sept. 20 and missed the last two weeks, is listed as doubtful. Estime will miss his second consecutive game, leaving Syracuse without its fastest receiving threat again.Quarterback Terrel Hunt is out, as expected, and will miss his first full game with the fractured fibula he suffered during Syracuse’s loss to Louisville last weekend. His recovery is expected to take 4-6 weeks.The other players listed as out are linebacker Luke Arciniega, safety Rodney Williams and wide receivers Alvin Cornelius and Jeremiah Kobena.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

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Larry Ellison funds new USC cancer research and treatment center

first_imgThe Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine is an innovative collaboration that will bring together both interdisciplinary research and holistic practices with the goal of studying cancer, while treating and preventing it. The institute was made possible through a gift from 2016 USC Commencement Speaker and Oracle Foundation founder Larry Ellison. The institute already has a team in place with David B. Agus, a medicine and engineering professor at USC, taking the lead.Chief Operating Officer Lisa Flashner explained that the institute will be unique because of its interdisciplinary approach. Flashner described an open environment which will foster a creative community where everyone is involved in the medical process, including the patients.“It’s not only about biological sciences but also a convergence and unity of all sciences,” Flashner said. “Everything from sort of the typical areas like technology, mathematics and engineering, but also art and food and really being an open environment to bring these disciplines together.”Agus, who is also the director of USC’s Norris Westside Cancer Center and the Center of Applied Molecular Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, believes in using communication to advance medicine.“We need new ways of approaching [cancer] and thinking about it.” Agus said.Agus described his think tank, where experts from a range of fields will contribute toward cancer research, as one of the facets of the institute he is most excited about.“The greatest thinkers in [fields such as] math and physics are going to come and we are going to present problems that we have in cancer. We are going to talk about different ways to approach it,” Agus said. “Every discipline thinks differently and when you put them all together that seems to do something magical.”Agus described his method as “vertical integration,” or when one organization handles research stages that would usually require several different entities to complete. He believes that this interdisciplinary model may change research methods across the medical spectrum, and his approach will apply to other diseases.“I hope that these ‘verticals’ can be created for cancer all over the country and then for heart disease, for rheumatoid arthritis and for all diseases. I think it’s a new way of making researchers, thinkers, patients and doctors work together,” Agus said.In line with Agus’ philosophy, the institute will focus on both cancer treatment and prevention, with efforts and programs designed for whole-body wellness. Combined with an artistically designed space and proper food and nutrition, the institute will aim to create a welcoming environment to foster healing and discovery. The buildings will have pathways where students and patients can look in to watch the research efforts. USC also announced that the institute will house spaces such as gardens, a library and a wellness clinic.The Ellison Institute will also offer chances for students and the community to engage in educational opportunities. Students will be able to pursue work at the institute, and even the patients will be immersed in the research.“For me it’s all about experience,” Agus said. “You need to be able to see it, smell it and touch it in order to hopefully understand it and make a difference.”The institute, Agus said, is making progress toward treating cancer, but its mission is greater than that singular goal.“My job is not just to treat cancer,” Agus said. “It’s to change how we treat cancer.”last_img read more

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Chelsea and Manchester United return to Champions League action

first_imgUnited kick off their Group A campaign at home to Basel.Jose Morhino says the Old Trafford club is back to where it belongs.Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says the “eyes of the world” will be on his team when they take on Paris Saint-Germain in Group B tonight.They welcome the big spending French club and their summer signings Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to Parkhead.Rodgers admits his side are the underdogs, but expects his team to shine on the big stageBayern Munich host Anderlecht in the night’s other Group B game.Barcelona will have revenge on their minds when they entertain Juventus in Group D. Photo: Pixabay Chelsea and Manchester United make their return to the Champions League tonight.Neither side qualified for the tournament last season, but are back in the group stage as Premier League and Europa League winners.Chelsea host Azerbaijan champions, Qarabag (PR: Karra-bag) in their opening Pool C encounter.last_img read more

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Jamaica keeps lid on corned beef ban

The Ministry of Agriculture in Jamaica says the ban on corned beef imported from Brazil will remain in place until the relevant tests are completed .The statement comes in the wake of a release on Tuesday from the Brazilian Embassy in Jamaica in which it was noted that major markets including the European Union, China and the United States have lifted the ban.While the Embassy has not appealed to the Jamaican Government to rethink its position  – last week the embassy  urged the government to discontinue the ban.The government last week placed a ban on the sale of corned beef imported from Brazil after they were informed by Brazilian officials that processors of the product were using rotten meat and consuming corned beef posed a health risk.

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Custom Group delves into football sponsorship with Parma deal

first_img StumbleUpon Highlight Games secures IIHF deal with Infront April 6, 2020 Submit Share Share Parma’s sentimental Serie A return saved despite sanctions July 24, 2018 Related Articles SPFL agrees international media rights deal with Swiss agency August 31, 2018 For its new football sponsorship, the Custom Group has chosen to partner with sports marketing agency Infront, a firm that manages a portfolio of international agencies and is specialises in sports sponsorships, event management, media rights distribution and production.Already sponsoring MotoGP and volleyball with LCR Honda and Top Volley Latina respectively, the group is aiming to increase its brand visibility and establish a major dialogue with the geographical area and target audience. “Communicating really means sharing and putting something in common with others,” said Alessandro Mastropasqua, Communication Manager of Custom S.p.A. “For this reason, we chose specifically to start with Parma, the location of our headquarters, to present developed solutions throughout the world. The project began from a desire to create awareness among the wider public, as well as opinion leaders and operators in the sports industry, regarding the Group’s technology, which is right before everyone’s eyes.”“We all encounter the Custom Group’s Italian technology very often in our daily lives, without realizing it: a receipt or ticket, at the coffee bar counter or supermarket checkout, when making an ATM withdrawal or feeding a parking space meter, a train ticket, gaming receipt or bill payment, a ticket for the cinema, theatre or museum, etc. “The Custom Group is behind all these situations, providing hardware, software and service solutions. We also have over 10 years of expertise in sport, providing hardware solutions for ticketing management for events and international teams around the world.”“The main purpose of these important sponsorships,” states Carlo Stradi, President of Custom S.p.A, “is to share and present the technological solutions that we provide for diverse but synergistic markets: therefore, it’s not just brand awareness, but a sharing of goals, feelings and values… Only in this way can you achieve success and create a new technological culture.“We have begun a journey with Infront. Starting from the Parma sponsorship, we aim to present our technology and solutions already existing throughout the world, which are ready to bring added value also to the world of football”.The format chosen for the sponsorship is based on pitch perimeter visibility and the presence of the Group’s guests at the stadium; pure exposure of the Custom brand in the first and second rows, together with the opportunity to present the products of our young consumer division, Custom Life, through LED perimeter displays.The group’s hardware and software technology will also be a key feature in some sports venues, bringing a true “digital innovation” led by Infront, which is working on specific projects that have chosen Custom Group technology to catapult new technologies/services directly into Italian sports venues, following a trend already present and appreciated overseas.last_img read more

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BGC dedicates 20% of advertising to safer gambling

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has committed to making sure that 20% of TV and radio advertisements from its members are safer gambling adverts.In April, BGC members voluntarily removed all TV and radio product advertising for a period of six weeks during the lockdown. Writing on Politics Home, BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher explained that the trade association plans to continue its commitment to safer gambling.He wrote: “What’s important to me, as CEO of the new standards body, is that people are able to gamble safely and that the regulated industry is committed to the highest possible standards. That means that when it comes to advertising, we also need the highest possible standards.“That is why during lockdown, when people were confined to their houses, increasing their screen time, often feeling isolated and bored, and for many with financial uncertainty, there was a need for even greater levels of safer gambling and an added layer of sensitivity around advertising.“At the end of April, our industry went further and announced restrictions on gaming advertising. As a result, pre-booked advertising slots were devoted to safer gambling messaging, donated to a charity, or removed completely. I had hoped that remaining major gambling operators like the National Lottery would follow our lead, but that sadly didn’t happen.”Dugher emphasised that there is a ‘balance’ to be achieved between advertising and responsibility, and so BGC members will ‘continue to abide by the stringent measures which are already put in place by advertising standards watchdogs’.He continued: “This agreement by BGC members comes to an end today, but the industry’s commitment to responsible advertising and promoting safer gambling will continue.“To that end, our members – who account for around half of all gambling advertising on TV and radio in the UK – will ensure that at least 20 per cent of all advertising on TV and radio will be safer gambling adverts.“In response to public concern, we voluntarily introduced a ‘whistle-to-whistle’ ban on TV advertising around all live sport.This means that, for any live sports before 9pm, from five minutes before an event starts, during it and until five minutes after it ends, no betting adverts can appear. It is worth remembering, incidentally, that there are no restrictions on National Lottery advertising at any time of day.“No doubt prohibitionists from the anti-gambling lobby will say that the advertising restrictions on our members do not go far enough.”In addition to the 20% of safer gambling adverts, Dugher revealed that the BGC has called for further action to be taken on the Online Harms Bill, which will see the Government crack down on those promoting unregulated betting sites.Through collaboration with third parties such as technology platforms and charities, BGC plans to ‘raise awareness of the measures available to tailor the adverts that we, our children and other vulnerable people see’.A Code of Conduct for affiliates will also be developed, while requests will be made to encourage the licensing of affiliates by the UK Gambling Commission.Dugher concluded: “In the coming weeks and months, millions of us will fancy a flutter – whether that’s on Royal Ascot or a bet on the Merseyside derby – and the vast majority will do so happily and safely. The BGC is determined that every possible step is taken to make sure that continues to be the case.“As we happily begin to ease our way out of lockdown, we will continue to have our foot on the gas when it comes to our commitment to safer gambling – including responsible advertising.” BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020last_img read more

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Hamilton penalised for collision as Bottas wins in Austrian GP

first_imgValtteri Bottas survived reliability worries to win an incident-packed Austrian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton took fourth after a penalty.Four months after the scheduled first race, called off because of the coronavirus crisis, Mercedes’ win was anything but the cruise that had been expected.Gearbox concerns slowed the cars and Hamilton was penalised five seconds for a collision with Red Bull’s Alex Albon.Charles Leclerc came second after a stirring drive in the uncompetitive Ferrari while McLaren’s Lando Norris took his first podium finish, just holding off Hamilton.The world champion appeared to be the fastest car on track but the safety car periods threw multiple curve balls into the mix and the race came alive in a chaotic final 16 laps.Drivers display their own interpretation of a stance against racismAnd the harem-scarem action took place after a moment’s silence on the grid to reflect the fight against racism. All the drivers wore T-shirts saying ‘end racism’, but six of them – including Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – chose not to join their 14 colleagues in taking the knee alongside Hamilton.last_img read more

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Add turnovers to Clippers’ problems during exhibition season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With his team just 1-4 and struggling, Paul voiced concern that there is not much time left for his team to iron out its problems. Including Tuesday’s, there are just three exhibition games left before the season begins Oct. 30 at home against Oklahoma City. “These last few games, we have to start getting ready,” Paul said. “I don’t think we’re one of those teams that can just switch it on for opening night. So, we’ve got to be ready.”Injury reportTwo Clippers did not play Saturday because of injuries. Chris Douglas-Roberts, who is vying for the starting spot at small forward, sat out with a sprained ankle. Glen “Big Baby” Davis missed his second consecutive game with a right groin strain.Perhaps most worrisome is Jordan Farmar’s back, which has been acting up. He played just seven minutes Saturday.“I’ve been feeling it for a couple of weeks now,” Farmar said. “I’ve just been staying on top of it, and today it just flared up on me. It’s a little tweak in my lower back. I’ll be all right.”Farmar was queried as to a timetable for his return. He didn’t have anything concrete in that regard.“I think I’ll be OK,” he said. “The training staff is awesome, they’re on top of it. They work really hard trying to keep everything ready to go for the season, so that’s what we’re shooting for.”Rivers said on Friday that he wasn’t sure how long it will take Davis to get back. He said while Davis may be healthy by the time the season starts, he wasn’t sure if he would be in game shape.This and thatAfter opening their exhibition season with a 112-94 victory over the Clippers, the Warriors defeated the Lakers twice in succession and then beat Denver. However, Golden State has lost two in a row — to Miami and Houston. … Clippers small forward Matt Barnes has made just 2 of 24 shots so far. … Tuesday’s game, which is slated for a 7:30 start, will be televised by TNT. It can be heard on KFWB (980 AM). The Clippers have had trouble in several areas during what so far has been a rather unsatisfying exhibition season.They haven’t defended well, they haven’t shot well, they haven’t rebounded well. In addition, they are turning the ball over too much.The Clippers this past season averaged 13.3 turnovers per game, tied with Portland for sixth-lowest in the NBA. In five exhibition games this season, they are averaging 15.8 turnovers.Only Philadelphia (16.4) averaged more than that in 2013-14. What is perhaps worse is that in two of the five games, the Clippers had just nine and eight turnovers, respectively. In the other three, they had 23, 20 and 19.center_img “It’s hard to win games when you turn the ball over,” coach Doc Rivers said Saturday night after his team followed Friday’s 101-97 victory over Utah with a 104-93 loss to Denver at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. “We’re not shooting the ball well right now, either. As bad as the defense looked, which I thought wasn’t that bad in the first half, I just thought that right now because of our lack of offense, it’s taking our energy.”The Clippers have shot 40.7, 43.6, 42, 44.6 and 37 percent in their five games.Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford — who had a rare start — and Matt Barnes had three turnovers apiece Saturday. Point guard Chris Paul had two.“Turnovers were bad,” said Paul, whose team will try for just its second exhibition victory Tuesday night when it plays at Golden State (4-2). “It was like that (Friday) night, too. Sometimes we were trying to make the home-run pass, so Coach was saying that we’ve just got to try and keep it simple.”Paul a bit concernedlast_img read more

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LA Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak offers more insight on trade deadline than evaluations on Byron Scott

first_imgA busy offseason awaits the Lakers that should give general manager Mitch Kupchak little sleep.Will the ping pong balls bounce the Lakers’ way so they can keep their Top 3 protected draft pick? How will the Lakers use their cap money after Kobe Bryant’s pending retirement? Will the Lakers retain coach Byron Scott after experiencing another season out of playoff contention and in the Western Conference cellar? Kupchak declined on Wednesday to address the latter issue as Scott oversees the Lakers (11-44) likely finishing with their worst season in franchise history for the second consecutive year.“Byron is under contract,” Kupchak said at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “Until that changes, or if that changes, we’ll let you know.” Scott has two years left on a contract worth $8.5 million, including guaranteed salary for next year. But that has not stopped the Lakers from parting ways with their coaches in recent seasons. The Lakers fired Mike Brown five games into only his second season (2012). Mike D’Antoni resigned after his second season (2014). Despite Scott overseeing the Lakers going 21-61 last season, Kupchak routinely praised Scott for his work ethic, positive attitude and ensuring that his players competed. But Kupchak offered no such words when asked if he thought Scott has done a good job in his second year coaching the Lakers.“I don’t want to get into a Byron discussion right now,” Kupchak said. “I’m not going to answer any more questions about Byron. My concern is one question will lead to another. If his status changes, I’ll let you know.” Minutes later, a Lakers official interrupted a question pertaining to the criticism Scott received regarding how he has handled rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell. Kupchak then declined to answer.Ever since December, the Lakers have planned to retain Scott for the 2015-16 campaign before evaluating him in the offseason. The Lakers have expressed sympathy for Scott’s numerous challenges, including managing Bryant’s last season and developing a crop of young players. Some Lakers officials not connected to the front office have privately expressed frustration about the team’s record and Scott’s tough love toward young players. But it’s not clear to what degree the Lakers’ front office shares those same sentiments. “I haven’t been listening to it or hearing it,” said Scott about criticism before alluding to his vacation in Mexico during NBA All-Star weekend. “I was away and enjoying myself to the best of my ability and not thinking about basketball.” Kupchak became more forthcoming on other topics. He considered it “unlikely” the Lakers will make a deal before Thursday’s deadline. That’s because the Lakers will not trade Bryant and the team appears intent on keeping its young players, including Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Anthony Brown. The Lakers could package any combination of Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass, Lou Williams, Nick Young, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre. But it appears unclear if any teams would have interest. “There’s an awful lot of interest in our young players,” Kupchak said. “I don’t think it’s likely we’ll do anything there. The other players are on one-year deals and expiring contracts. Strategically, it could affect the offseason in terms of cap room and stuff like that. There’s a lot of conversation, but it’s unlikely anything significant will happen.”That did not stop Lakers trainer Gary Vitti from jokingly telling some of those players Kupchak wanted to talk with them on Wednesday.“Sometimes quiet is good,” Scott said. “At least my week was good. It was nice and quiet.”That contrasted to the noise on Wednesday. But even if Kupchak declined to address the chatter about Scott, the Lakers’ general manager offered specifics on what he will evaluate in the Lakers’ 27 remaining games. “The big part of our team until the end of the season is to make sure our young players develop, continue to play hard and be aggressive,” said Kupchak, who reported talking to them on Wednesday morning. “You want to see them in the face of this adversity in a tough season and to show some mental toughness to push through it and show me your best. It helps us during the offseason when it comes to evaluating our needs.”To provide clarity on that, Scott said he plans to play Bryant “a tad less” than the 29.3 minutes per game he has averaged thus far. But Scott and Kupchak reiterated plans for Bryant to play in as many games as possible in his 20th and final NBA season. “Managing his minutes and keeping in mind he wants to play, we want to get him to the end of the season,” Kupchak said. “It’s somewhat of a challenge.”Russell also has experienced challenges. But Kupchak described Russell as “light years ahead of where he was in Summer League” after averaging 12.2 points on 41.5 percent shooting, 3.3 assists and 2.4 turnovers this season. Scott does not plan to start Russell for Friday’s game in San Antonio, but the Lakers’ coach insisted Russell will start soon. “It’ll be great. But I don’t really care about the starting lineup,” Russell said. “If I’m going to come off the bench, I’ll get used to it. When I get in, I’ll take advantage of that. If I’m a starter, I’ll get used to that.”Regardless, it appears Kupchak wants to get used to seeing Russell and his younger teammates play more.“As you get closer to the end of the season, it’s possibly less important to look at your veterans and more important to look at your younger players,” Kupchak said. “That would be the case with us.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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