Mourinho hails Van Gaal appointment

first_img “There’s a lot of talk about new players coming into the club and I’m sure when the new manager comes in he’ll have his favourites. “Man United have said they have money to spend so I’m sure as a manager he’ll spend it. I think this time because of the disappointing season they had last year there is room for changes.” Veteran United defender Rio Ferdinand, who recently confirmed he will be ending his 12-year association with the club, tweeted: “Good luck to Louis Van Gaal as the new manager of @ManUtd also to Giggsy as no.2. Hope they get #mufc back to the top where we belong.” Meanwhile, former United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen warned the club’s current stars they would have their work cut out if they wished to impress their new boss. Owen tweeted: “If reports are true, Van Gaal’s appointment will be a culture shock to the current squad. Good to see Giggs kept on. Board directive?” Former United keeper and Van Gaal’s compatriot Raimond van der Gouw told BBC Radio Five Live: “Yes, I think he’s absolutely the right man. “If you look at Louis van Gaal, he has a lot of experience. He has done a very good job in Europe – first of all at Ajax Amsterdam, after that at Barcelona, and also Bayern Munich. “He’s a very good and experienced manager for Manchester United. “David Moyes doesn’t have the same experience. He was not very lucky this season.” Van Gaal has signed a three-year contract to take over at Old Trafford after the World Cup, with Ryan Giggs as his assistant. Mourinho said: “He is a great football manager and I am happy he joins me in the same country and the Premier League. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hailed Louis van Gaal as a “nice guy” as he prepares to pit his wits against the veteran Dutchman in the Barclays Premier League next season. “But more important than that, he’s a great guy, a great man and I wish him good.” Former United assistant manager Mike Phelan said Van Gaal’s “strong personality” would make him the ideal fit to step into the considerable shoes of Sir Alex Ferguson. Phelan worked with Ferguson for three years before departing alongside the Scot last summer. Phelan told BBC Five Live: “I’ve met [Van Gaal] a couple of times and he’s got a very strong personality about him. “But at a club like Manchester United, that’s what is required. You have to hit the ground running and I’m sure he will do. “There’s been a lot of talk about Van Gaal and his methods but he does the job a manager has to do and he’s a very good coach.” Phelan said he expected Van Gaal not to be overawed by the prospect of taking over such a big club and would set to work immediately to improve the squad after a disappointing campaign under David Moyes. Phelan added: “He’s not stepped into the shoes of Sir Alex and all the history that comes with Sir Alex, and he’s now going to have to get the players to perform better than they have done in the past season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Men’s water polo promotes Pintaric to co-head coach

first_imgWomen’s and men’s head water polo coach Jovan Vavic has announced that long-time assistant Marko Pintaric will join him at the helm of the men’s program as co-head coach. Pintaric was previously the associate head coach for the men’s program as well as scouting director for the women’s side of the program. He will retain his position for the Women of Troy while moving up for the men. Pintaric has been a coach for USC for 15 years, all serving under his former coach, Vavic. “Pinta has been an integral part of our program as a player and now as a coach,” Vavic said in a press release. “He has developed some of the best goalies in NCAA history, and his energy, knowledge and innovative mind has brought a great deal of excitement to our team.” As a coach, Pintaric has been a part of eight men’s national championships as well as three national championships on the women’s side. Pintaric has specialized in goalie development, having coached four Trojans who represented their respective nations in goals during the 2012 Olympics. As a player, he was a two-year starter in 1997 and 1998. Pintaric was a pivotal player during the 1998 national championship run, scoring 44 goals that season. That year, Pintaric was also awarded National Player of the Year and was a first team All-American. Outside of USC, Pintaric has also joined Vavic as an interim coach for the men’s national team, leading the team to World Championship qualification at the 2013 World Aquatic Championship Qualification Tournament. The Croatian native graduated with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in communications at USC. “Pinta is loyal, committed, hard-working and an unselfish young coach,” Vavic said. ”USC water polo would never be what it is today without Pinta’s great contributions. I am thrilled that he has accepted this new position and am looking forward to many more great years together.” The Men of Troy are coming off a season in which they fell to UCLA in the NCAA Championship game.last_img read more

Uganda in Pot 4 of Africa Cup of Nations draw

first_imgSeedsPot 1: Gabon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, AlgeriaPot 2: Tunisia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of CongoPot 3: Cameroon, Senegal, Morocco, EgyptPot 4: Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Guinea BissauJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Title-holders Ivory Coast, hosts Gabon and former champions Algeria and Ghana were named Tuesday as the top seeds for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.Ivory Coast defeated four-time champions Ghana after a penalty shootout in Equatorial Guinea last year to win the African football showpiece a second time.Algeria conquered Africa when they hosted the biennial competition in 1990 while the quarter-finals is the furthest Gabon have progressed. Share on: WhatsApp Gabon, co-hosts of the 2012 Cup of Nations with Equatorial Guinea, stage the 2017 finals from January 14 to February 5 in Libreville, Franceville, Port Gentil and Oyem.Libreville, capital of the small, oil-rich central African state, hosts the October 19 draw that will split the 16 contenders into four groups with winners and runners-up securing quarter-finals places.While three former champions, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia, are notable absentees, the third seeds for Gabon illustrate the strength of the line-up.Record seven-time champions Egypt, Cameroon and Morocco have lifted the trophy and Senegal lost on penalties in the 2002 final.All four countries are potential 2017 champions, as are second seeds Tunisia, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Uganda, back at the finals for the first time since 1978, are in the lowest pot 4. The lowest seeds include first-time qualifiers Guinea-Bissau, shock winners of a qualifying group that included Congo Brazzaville, Kenya and Zambia.last_img read more

How the coronavirus has hit global sport

first_imgOn the sidelines: Team Ineos are one of many cycling teams taking a break from competitionParis, France | AFP |  The Milan-San Remo cycling one-day classic and the Alpine skiing World Cup finals were postponed on Friday, the latest high-profile sports events to be scratched from the international calendar due to the global spread of the deadly coronavirus.AFP Sport looks at the effects on sport of the virus, which has killed 3,456 people while infecting more than 100,000 in 89 countries worldwide.CYCLING— The spring classic Milan San-Remo, scheduled for March 21, was postponed on Friday, having only previously been cancelled three times since the inaugural edition in 1907.— The Strade Bianchi, the first big race of the Italian cycling season set for Saturday, has also been cancelled as has the Tirreno-Adriatico while teams such as Mitchelton, Ineos and Astana have pulled out of Sunday’s Paris-Nice.— The UAE Tour’s last two stages were abandoned with riders and teams subsequently quarantined in their Abu Dhabi hotels. The Gulf state announced six coronavirus cases linked to the event — two Russians, two Italians, one German and a Colombian.TOKYO OLYMPICS— International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Wednesday that the nightmare scenario of either cancelling or postponing this year’s Tokyo Olympics was not discussed at a key meeting.“Neither the word cancellation nor postponement was mentioned today during the Executive Board meeting,” Bach told reporters in Lausanne on Wednesday.“We are fully committed to the success of the Tokyo Games.”The Olympics take place from July 24-August 9.FOOTBALL— In Italy, the hardest-hit European country with 148 deaths from COVID-19, it was announced that all matches — as well as all major sports events — will be played behind closed doors until April 3.This week’s Italian Cup semi-finals were postponed to a date to be arranged while a number of Serie A league games were cancelled. Five of those called off last week will now be played behind closed doors this weekend, including Juventus v Inter Milan.— Elsewhere, the start of Japan’s J-League was postponed till mid-March while China suspended all domestic football and shelved indefinitely the top-flight Super League season which was due to kick off on February 22.— The Swiss league has already suspended all Super League and second-division Challenge League matches until March 23.— The Valencia v Atalanta Champions League clash on March 10 will be played behind closed doors as will the Europa League tie featuring Inter Milan against Getafe on March 12.— FIFA and Asia’s football governing bodies are considering postponing upcoming 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers on March 26 and 31.— Former Danish international Thomas Kahlenberg tested positive for the virus, with 13 members of his former club Brondby’s staff put into quarantine.RUGBY UNION— The Six Nations match between Italy and England in Rome on March 14 as well as this Saturday’s Ireland v Italy duel in Dublin have been cancelled. — Scotland’s women’s Six Nations match against France was postponed Friday after a Scottish player tested positive for the coronavirus. The game had been scheduled to take place in Glasgow on Saturday.— Sevens World Series tournaments in Hong Kong on April 3-5 and Singapore the following weekend postponed.CRICKET— Nepal’s Everest Premier League, scheduled to begin on March 14, has also been called off. The fourth edition of the Twenty20 league had signed West Indies batting star Chris Gayle.MOTOR RACING— The Chinese Formula One Grand Prix, which was set for April 19 in Shanghai, was axed as was the March 21 Formula E race slated for Sanya on the Chinese island of Hainan.— In motorcycling, the season-opening Qatar MotoGP, set for Sunday, and the Thailand MotoGP have also been scratched. The Thai race has, however, been rearranged for October 4.— Formula E also postponed its Rome E-Prix, which was due to be held on April 4.GOLF— European Tour chiefs postponed the Maybank Championship in Malaysia and the China Open in Shenzhen — both set for April.— The US LPGA Tour cancelled all three of its lucrative early-season events in Asia with a combined prize purse of more than $5 million.TENNIS— Friday and Saturday’s Davis Cup qualifiers between Italy and South Korea in Cagliari and Japan against Ecuador in Miki are being played behind closed doors.ATHLETICS— The World Indoor Championships, scheduled for Nanjing from March 13-15, were postponed for a year.— World Athletics on Friday postponed the world half-marathon championships, due to be held on March 29 in the Polish city of Gdynia, until October 17.— The Paris Marathon, scheduled for April 5 with 60,000 registered runners, postponed until October 18.ALPINE SKIING— The World Cup finals, scheduled for Cortina d’Ampezzo between March 16-22, were cancelled Friday. The number of people killed by COVID-19 in Italy jumped to 197 on Friday with more than 4,600 cases recorded.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England lead by four with a round left in Iceland

first_img13 Jul 2012 England lead by four with a round left in Iceland England continue to lead the European Men’s Challenge Trophy at Keilir in Iceland and are on course to qualify for next year’s European Men’s Team Championships. On day two, with five scores from six to count, England finished on 358 for an aggregate of 710, level par, four strokes ahead of Portugal and the Netherlands in joint second spot. Ben Stow shot a two-under par 69 containing five birdies to lead the individual standing on five under for the tournament, a shot ahead of Portugal’s Pedro Figueiredo and three ahead of the rest of the field. Garrick Porteous returned 72, also with five birdies, but he double-bogeyed the short 16th to drop back and is joint third on two under. Of the other England players, Jack Hiluta, one of the first day leaders, returned 74 for level par overall, Craig Hinton is on three over after a 70, while Callum Shinkwin carded a 74 and Ben Taylor 73. Scores and results for the European Challenge Trophy (Image of Ben Stow © Tom Ward)last_img read more

Blue Jackets end Sharks six-game road winning streak

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — The Erik Karlsson injury watch resumed in Columbus on Saturday.Karlsson left the ice midway through the Sharks 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets after re-aggravating his injured groin, missing the game’s last 33:04.The two-time Norris Trophy winner suited up for his fourth straight game Saturday after missing nine games with a groin injury. Head coach Pete DeBoer initially labeled the injury as “not serious” after he held Karlsson off the ice for most of the third period …last_img read more

SA firm named Africa’s top SMME

first_img20 October 2003Cape Town-based Roth Medical Components was declared the top small business in Africa at the first Africa SMME Awards function held in Johannesburg this month.South Africa’s First Lady, Zanele Mbeki, presented the awards to the winners at a glittering ceremony interspersed with African dance items and attended by 240 people from all over the continent.The Africa SMME Awards, an initiative of the Africa Centre for Investment Analysis (ACIA) at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, is set to become an annual highlight on the Africa development calendar.The awards formed part of the Conference on Africa Development Finance, a well established event presented for the fifth time by the ACIA.The evening was in no way a predominantly South African event, as the best small, medium and micro enterprises from all corners of the continent showed their mettle.Other Africa SMME Award winners were Nineteen Twenties Safaris from Kenya (tourism sector and East African winner), Enda inter arabe (open category and North African winner), Groupement National de Nutrition (West African winner), Intermap (information and communications technology), Tropical Mushroom (agriculture), Peter Harley Construction (construction), and ABC Ulwazi (education, training and consulting).Barrie Terblanche, editor of BigNews for the Business Owner, a South African national newspaper for SMMEs, was chosen as the Africa SMME Journalist of the Year. The judges were impressed in particular by Terblanche’s objective and informed style of writing.“Judging by the entries we received from all over the continent, we certainly seem to have captured the imagination of African entrepreneurs,” said ACIA head Nicholas Biekpe. “This sector needs all the encouragement it can get,” he said, adding the awards “marked the start of a new level of inter-enterprise competition”.Businesses that enter the awards are expected to be well established, in good financial shape and enjoy a reputation for quality, integrity and service. Furthermore, they should operate in a socially responsible manner, support community development efforts, and create a work environment in which their employees can learn and grow.According to the judges, Roth Medical Components came out tops in the competition because of the high quality and reputation of its products produced for the medical industry. Furthermore, the business is built on solid business principles and has established itself as a world leader in orthopaedic niche products.The company exported its products for the first time in 1994, and has since grown its export market to more than 40 countries.The sponsors that made the Africa SMME Awards a reality were Xstrata, which sponsored the prize of the overall SMME winner, K-Rep Consulting from Kenya, Ashanti Goldfields from Ghana, Woolworths, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Western Cape Tourism Board, Barloworld, Educor, the University of Stellenbosch Business School, and the International Institute for Communication and Development.Source: University of Stellenbosch Business Schoollast_img read more

Royal Caribbeans Newest Ship to Sail from AsiaPacific

first_imgzoom Miami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean International has unveiled future plans for the first Quantum Ultra-class ship to be based in the Asia-Pacific region.With nearly a decade since Royal Caribbean’s first cruise in China, the company will send the new ship to the region specifically designed for guests in the Asia-Pacific.Set to be launched in spring 2019, the yet-to-be-named ship will join its sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean said as it presented its full roster of 2018-19 China, Singapore and Australia itineraries.As part of the deployment plans for 2018-19, Mariner of the Seas will reposition to a new home in Miami, Florida embarking on a “Global Odyssey” from Asia that features three long sailings from Singapore to Dubai; Dubai to Barcelona; and Barcelona to Miami. Voyager of the Seas will have its first full season in Singapore in 2018-19, offering 3- to 7-night adventures throughout Southeast Asia with stops that include ports in Thailand and Malaysia.The new 2018-19 deployment season also includes an expanded offering of itineraries between Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne or Sydney, Australia on Radiance of the Seas. During the winter, Ovation of the Seas will reposition to Sydney for its longest season in Australia.Royal Caribbean International sails 24 cruise ships to destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.last_img read more