Rashford comes in from the cold at Man United

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Marcus Rashford Share on: WhatsApp Sent off at Burnley in September for a headbutt, Rashford was labelled “naive” by Mourinho.It was not the last time he would be one of Mourinho’s sacrificial lambs.“When we talk about Luke Shaw, about (Anthony) Martial, about (Jesse) Lingard, about Marcus Rashford, we’re talking about boys with great potential but who still are lacking that (courage),” Mourinho moaned in November.Thankfully for Rashford’s flagging morale, that proved one of Mourinho’s last salvos before his unlamented exit.Solskjaer knows a thing or two about persevering in adversity at United after thriving under Alex Ferguson despite often being used as an impact substitute.His refusal to be defined by his understudy role was rewarded when he scored the dramatic winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.Feeling a kinship with Rashford, Solskjaer was quick to seek him out when he arrived at United’s Carrington training ground, making a point of rebuilding his shattered confidence by assuring him the goals would come as long as he persevered.Putting in the hard yards has never been a problem for Rashford, who is so dedicated to his craft that he spends hours after training honing his skills while most of his teammates have long since gone home.“Marcus just wants to learn. He’s on the training pitch all the time and at times you have to drag him off, because he just wants to be out there,” United defender Ashley Young said.“It’s fantastic to see, he’s got that hunger, that desire, he’s a winner.”For Solskjaer, a devotee of United’s purist principles, the pace and poise of Rashford was the ideal building block for his revamped attack.His strike against Brighton was his 41st goal for United, with Ronaldo having scored 25 times and Rooney 45 times after 150 games.Unchained by Solskjaer, Rashford is the leading man at last and United are reaping the rewards.center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Marcus Rashford was in danger of seeing his dream of becoming Manchester United’s star striker turn to dust but the England forward is flourishing again after escaping Jose Mourinho’s shackles.Three years after exploding onto the Premier League scene, Rashford marked his 150th United appearance on Saturday with a memorable goal that underlined his vast potential.Smoothly turning away from Brighton’s Pascal Gross, Rashford curled a fine shot into the top corner as United sealed a seventh successive win since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as interim manager.Solskjaer’s arrival in December to replace the sacked Mourinho has proved a catalyst for United’s surge, and Rashford has been at the heart of their success.Rashford has scored five times in six league matches following the Norwegian’s appointment, earning comparisons from his manager with former United stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.“Definitely he can be absolutely top-class. He is only 21 but the maturity he is showing at times is more than 21,” Solskjaer said when asked if Rashford was capable of emulating Ronaldo and Rooney.Born in the south Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe, Rashford has long appeared destined to join the lengthy list of homegrown United legends.He joined the club as a seven-year-old and was so highly regarded that the notoriously demanding Louis van Gaal handed him his debut in a Europa League tie against Midtjylland in February 2016.The coltish Rashford netted twice that night, before scoring another brace against Arsenal in his first Premier League game three days later.He also scored in his first Manchester derby match and his first Champions League match, earning an England call-up that featured — what else — a debut goal.Scoring against Australia in the third minute, Rashford became the youngest Englishman to net on his international bow.But following Mourinho’s arrival, it quickly became clear that Rashford’s precocious talent would be tolerated but not fully trusted by the Portuguese coach.Mourinho rarely gave Rashford a sustained run of games as a centre forward, preferring to use him on the flanks while Romelu Lukaku monopolised playing time, even though the Belgian was often inconsistent.– Hunger and desire –By the early stages of this season, Rashford was growing disillusioned.He scored just twice for United between August and December, and Mourinho’s acerbic tongue hardly helped ease his player’s fears that his career was stalling.last_img read more

Winn-Dixie to say open an extra hour for medical staff and first responders

first_imgStarting this Monday, the stores, including it’s  Fresco y Mas locations, will stay open until 9pm. The 8pm to 9pm hours specifically, will be dedicated to healthcare providers, firefighters, law enforcement, and fire rescue workers.In order to gain access to the store during the last hour, you will be asked to provide your work ID. Winn-Dixie has announced that it will stay open for an extra hour on Mondays and Tuesdays which it plans to designate to first responders and medical staff.The grocery store chain announced it’s decision on Twitter over the weekend.last_img

Leading girl golfers to represent England in new Scottish championship

first_img20 Mar 2016 Leading girl golfers to represent England in new Scottish championship Six leading girl golfers will represent England in the new Scottish U18 girls’ stroke play championship at Strathmore, from April 6-8. They are Annabel Bailey of Leicestershire, Sharna Dutrieux of Kent, Martha Lewis of Surrey, Emily Price of Shropshire, Bel Wardle of Cheshire and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk. The championship will be played over 54 holes.  The players are all members of the England Golf girls’ squad: Annabel Bailey, 17, (Kirby Muxloe) is an England girl international and helped to secure the team’s eighth successive win at the girls’ Home Internationals. Also last season she tied 10th in the Helen Holm Scottish women’s stroke play and in the English girls’ championship. (Image © Leaderboard Photography). Sharna Dutrieux, 17, (Wrotham Heath) had top ten finishes in the English girls’ championship and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. In women’s events she was fourth in the Liphook scratch cup, tied 11th in the Hampshire Rose and 23rd in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play. Martha Lewis, 16, (St George’s Hill) tied sixth in the English U16 girls’ championship, eighth in the North of England U16 stroke play and reached the last 32 in the British girls’ championship. She has represented England at U16 level. Emily Price, 16, (Cleobury Mortimer) tied third in last year’s English and Scottish U16 girls’ championships. She also tied second in the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy and 10th in the English women’s stroke play. She was the 2014 English U15 girls’ champion and has represented England at U16 level. Bel Wardle, 16, (Prestbury) has represented England at U16 level and made the cut in the recent Portuguese women’s amateur championship. Last season she was 10th in the British women’s stroke play and was fourth in both the Liphook Scratch Cup and the Pleasington Putter. Amelia Williamson, 15, (Royal Cromer) won the West of England U16 stroke play and three English schools’ titles in 2015: the national, the U16 and the South East championships. She tied sixth in the English U16 girls and 22nd in the English women’s amateur. She has represented England at U16 level.last_img read more

World number three aims for a championship hat trick

first_img7 Jul 2016 World number three aims for a championship hat trick World number three Bronte Law will aim to complete a hat trick of consecutive wins at next week’s English women’s amateur championship at the West Lancashire Golf Club. If she wins, the 21-year-old from Bramhall in Cheshire will become the first player to complete three victories in a row. Her previous wins were at St Enodoc in Cornwall, and Hunstanton in Norfolk where she was 13 shots clear of the field. Law (Image © Leaderboard Photography) is clearly on excellent form. She was in the winning Curtis Cup team at last month’s match when she became the first GB&I player to win all five of her games. In addition, she has just won the Annika Award as the top female US collegiate golfer, having already been named as the PING Player of the Year by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. Law is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her defence begins on Tuesday, July 12, when the 72-hole stroke play championship gets underway on the West Lancashire’s excellent links course. Women’s golf is in sharp focus at West Lancashire, which was founded in 1873. This year it is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding in 1891 of the West Lancashire Ladies’ Club, which occupied some of the same stretch of the dunes. The two clubs amalgamated in 1947 and West Lancashire is proud that women have played golf almost continuously on this site for 125 years. The club, which previously hosted this championship in 2006, is providing three of the competitors: the internationals Eloise Healey and Hollie Muse and their fellow member Grace Cannon. Another seven Lancashire players are in the field, including the internationals Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale) and Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe). They are joined by Jae Bowers (Prestbury), Brogan Calvert (Lancaster), Georgia Coughlin (St Annes Old Links), Megan Cullen (Heysham) and Nicola George (Royal Birkdale). Competitors from further afield include two more Curtis Cup players, Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) and Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall). Among the up and coming young players are 14-year-old Lily May Humphreys, from Channels in Essex, who is the English U14 girls’ champion and the winners of the Fairhaven Trophies. Another girl international is Norfolk’s Amelia Williamson, 15, (Royal Cromer) who has recently retained her English schools’ title. The championship will be played from Tuesday to Thursday, July 12-14. All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days. The field is then cut to the leading 40 players and ties who play 36 holes on the final day. Spectators are welcome. Visit www.englandgolf.org/womensamateur for news, images, tee times and live scores.last_img read more

It’s Clements v Gaunt in English amateur final

first_img His opponent, Jack Gaunt (Drayton Park) has fulfilled his first ambition with today’s semi-final win. He lost on the 18th in last year’s semi, to eventual champion Dan Brown, and this time he was determined to go one better.  He was three up after five holes and, for the most part, the score stayed that way until the 15th, which Poppleton (Wath) won with an eagle three. His lead was reduced to one hole on the long 17th where they both found heather off the tee. Clements eventually holed from 12ft for his par but Poppleton, from half the distance, slotted in a winning birdie putt.  Clements (Braintree) added: “It was a strange time of the match, but then we had the break for thunder and lightning and that let the dust settle.”  On the par three 18th, it was advantage Clements when Poppleton went through the green, into the rough, and chipped back a good 40ft past the pin. But the Yorkshireman rolled the putt straight in for his par. Clements, pictured left, held his nerve and two-putted for the half and his place in the final.  “This is one better than last year and I’m excited about tomorrow,” he said. “Todd and I played together in the stroke play and I’m expecting a good game.”  Click here for full scores But by then Sloman had found his stride and with a great birdie two on the 10th he reduced the deficit to one hole and, after another birdie on 14, the match was all square.  Todd Clements of Essex and Jack Gaunt of Staffordshire will meet in tomorrow’s final of the English amateur championship after winning hard-fought matches at The Berkshire.  They both won their semi-finals by one hole after an afternoon which included great golf, a weather delay of over an hour for lightning and a rules issue. “I’m over the moon,” said Clements, who paid tribute to his coach Zane Scotland for improving all aspects of his game. “This will be one of the best experiences of my life so far and I’m going to enjoy the moment.”  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography 5 Aug 2017 It’s Clements v Gaunt in English amateur final “It’ll never happen again,” he said afterwards, but was characteristically upbeat and paid fulsome tribute to Clements’ golf: “He was fabulous, he beat me. I asked him some questions over the last couple of holes and he answered them.”  He played Somerset’s Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge), took the lead with a first hole birdie, was two up at the turn and looking comfortable.  The referee had to be called on the second hole when Clements’ opponent, Nick Poppleton of Yorkshire, realised he had a non-conforming club in his bag. He’d added it at lunchtime, planning a practice session, and forgotten to remove it – and the error cost him a two-hole deduction, going from one up to one down.  Gaunt came straight back with a winning birdie on the 15th and he also captured the 16th with a par after Sloman’s ball hit a sprinkler head and went long. But Gaunt’s lead was cut to one hole after he found the heather twice on the 17th and he had to par the 18th to secure the win.  “Last year taught me a lot about keeping your head and not getting too bogged down thinking about past shots, but to try and stay in the moment,” said Gaunt, pictured top. Tags: English Amateur Championshiplast_img read more

Lily May shortlisted for SportsAid’s One-to-Watch award

first_img England girl international Lily May Humphreys has been shortlisted for SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award, in recognition of a spectacular season.The 15-year-old has won the British girls’ championship, the European Young Masters and the English women’s championship during 2017 – as well as helping England to win the girls’ Home Internationals.Humphreys, a member of the England Golf girls’ squad, is one of 10 athletes on the shortlist for this year’s One-to-Watch Award. The annual award, set to be presented at the charity’s SportsBall in London on Thursday 23 November, was launched in 2006 and shines a spotlight on the achievements of Britain’s brightest young sporting prospects.Past winners include the double Olympic medallist and current diving world champion Tom Daley, while five fellow recipients competed at the Rio Games.Humphreys, who gets a SportsAid grant from Suffolk SportsAid Foundation, admits this latest accolade is one to savour.“I was really happy to be on the shortlist, finding out that my hard work had paid off and that I’d been recognised was just really nice,” said Humphreys, who is a member of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex.“A lot of time goes into it, you have to practice whatever the weather, even if it’s raining or cold, you just have to keep going and try to make sure you’re improving all the time.“Having SportsAid support has been really helpful, it’s allowed me to play in competitions around the country and doing that has allowed me to be picked for England to play around Europe.”Humphreys has played in events far and wide, including the World girls’ championship in Canada and the Asia Pacific junior championship in Hong Kong – with top ten finishes in both – but she will never get complacent about representing her country.“Playing for England is always a real honour, you feel proud that you can go out there and play, see different places and see different people around the world – it’s really great,” she added.Humphreys took up golf six years ago and remarked: “I first hit a ball when I was nine, first went on a golf course when I was ten and by 11 it became a thing I was going to do for quite a while – there’s been a lot of hard work that goes into that.”Dame Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, and five-time Paralympic champion Natasha Baker are among the panel of judges for the award.The winner of SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award will be revealed at the charity’s annual SportsBall in London on Thursday 23 November. All the funds raised from the SportsBall help to support the next generation of British athletes. Please visit www.sportsball.org.uk for details of all the award contenders and for ticket information. 7 Nov 2017 Lily May shortlisted for SportsAid’s One-to-Watch award Tags: Lily May Humphreys, SportsAidlast_img read more

England teams march ahead in European championships

first_imgTeamsMen, captained by Roy Smethurst (Crewe, Cheshire):Ian Attoe (Worplesdon, Surrey)Stephen East (Wyke Ridge, Yorkshire)Trevor Foster (Accriungton & District, Lancashire)Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Berkshire)Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire)Richard Partridge (Wildernesse, Kent) 5 Sep 2018 England teams march ahead in European championships Women, captained by Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey).Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex)Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath, Straffordshire)Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire)Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire)Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire)Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) England marched into the match play stages of the European senior team championships, with the men going through as top seeds and the women in fourth place.The men, playing at the Diamond Club in Austria, had only one round to make an impact in qualifying after yesterday’s play was washed out.They made no mistakes today and won the qualifying round by four shots. Their team total, with their best five scores from six counting, was three-over par.British Senior Champion Trevor Foster (pictured) led the way for the team with a score of one-under 71, one behind the individual winners. Ian Attoe, Rupert Kellock and Richard Latham added par scores and Stephen East contributed four-over 76.The top eight teams qualified for the championship knock-out stage and tomorrow England will play Sweden in the quarter finals.The women, competing in Mont du Golf Garni in Belgium, played steadily over their two days of qualifying. Top scorer was Cath Rawthore, who shared third place in the individual table on two-over par.They will also play Sweden in their quarter-final tomorrow. Tags: European, Senior Team Championshiplast_img read more

Jets take field for camp without Revis

first_imgRevis has been hailed by his coach as the best cornerback he has ever coached. He is now looking to become the highest-paid in the league at his position, seeking a deal higher than the three-year, $45.3 million extension Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha signed last offseason.“Am I disappointed? Yes,” owner Woody Johnson said. “I would like everything to be clear sailing right to the Super Bowl and we win that. Boom, boom, we’re done.”Getting a contract done with Revis has turned out to be far more complicated. He is scheduled to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, which general manager Mike Tannenbaum has acknowledged Revis has outplayed. Agents Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod said Revis was very deliberate with the decision-making process, and his actions would speak louder than words.By sitting out, Revis is being fined $16,523 for each day he’s not with the team. He also waived a clause in his contract which would have guaranteed him $20 million over the last two years of his deal. The sticking point, both Johnson and Tannenbaum said, is the amount of total compensation—not fully guaranteed money.“We love Darrelle,” Johnson said. “We want to give him something that he’s comfortable with, but also something that we are comfortable with.”Tannenbaum said that the team made three offers in the 72 hours leading up to training camp: a long-term deal that would keep him with the Jets for life, a short-term deal and a face-to-face meeting—and all were denied.Dwight Lowery worked mostly with the first-team defense Monday alongside Antonio Cromartie, who was moved from right cornerback to Revis’ normal left-side spot. Cromartie said it was a bit strange playing on the left side of the field.“I got comfortable with it today,” he said. “It only takes about a day or two to get used to it.”But Cromartie is looking forward to teaming with Revis—at some point.“All I can say is best of luck to all the receivers we face,” he said. “We’re really going to be the best tandem in NFL history, hands down, that’s our goal.”Ryan added that whenever Revis returns, he’ll slide right into his usual spot.“If he signs a contract one day before the first game, Darrelle would be starting,” he said. “It’s as simple as that. I’d love to get him here.” DARRELLE REVIS CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP)—Super Bowl or bust? Well, the New York Jets’ big hopes might hinge upon the one player not at training camp. And, unless a major resolution occurs soon, it could be a while before they see former Aliquippa and Pitt star Darrelle Revis on the field. The All-Pro cornerback sat out the first practice of camp Aug. 2, locked in a contract dispute. “We’ve got to get who we have ready to go,” coach Rex Ryan said. “If Darrelle’s not here, then we’re going to move on. We won’t make excuses. We think we’ll have a great defense anyway, and I know we will. It’s just a lot easier if Revis is out there.”last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where nothing matters but the truth!

first_imgby Bill NealThe Pirates are starting to show a little wear and tear, especially the pitchers, but they will limp into the playoffs. Once there, anything can happen. Even the World Series . . . that’s right, I said it, you were thinking it!Continuing Steeler legends until the regular season kick-off. At 6’6″ and 240 pounds, L.C. Greenwood, aka “Hollywood Bags” was a 10th round selection out of little known Arkansas Pine Bluff and went onto become a member of the greatest defensive line in NFL history. Having played in 170 games when men were men, Greenwood was a six time Pro-Bowl selection and was voted first team All-Pro three times. A Hall of Fame finalist in 91-95-96-02-05 and 06 and of course, the four . . . count ’em . . . four Super Bowl rings. I just can’t figure out what the Hall of Fame Committee is looking for. Pittsburgh, call the NFL office. Let’s get L.C. where he deserves to be.Our condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the families and dear friends of the Gibsons of Gibsons Soul Food Restaurant for the loss of their mother/grandmother this past week and to the Graves family for the loss of a truly great friend, Houston Graves. God Bless you all.By now you’ve already heard the news. Of course you already knew what the outcome would be. “The Champions All-Stars,” led by former NBA star Myron Brown, defeated “The Savoy All-Stars,” led by former Indiana University and European star, Tracy Foster, 75-72. A great game to be sure and a great time had by all, including the middle school and high school boys teams. And special thanks to a great exhibition game presented by the Pittsburgh Bullets Pro-Team and the Pittsburgh based National Old Timers League. Thanks to the Thelma Lovette Centre Avenue YMCA management and staff and Mr. Aaron Gibson for a tremendous service.You, me . . . we keep talking about the Pirates and Steelers, but be reminded that the Pitt Panthers kick off their season opening up against Florida State, September 2nd. Go Pitt!“You Have Just Crossed The Finish Line”last_img read more

Nasal strip could clog Chrome’s Triple Crown bid

first_imgKentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome poses for the cameras outside the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Sunday, May 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Garry Jones)BALTIMORE (AP) — California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.Trainer Art Sherman made no threats about the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner passing on a chance to become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner, but he suggested it was a possibility.“I’d have to leave it up to the owners,” he said Sunday. “I know they’ll be upset.”Neither the New York State Gaming Commission nor the New York Racing Association stewards has received a request to use nasal strips in the Belmont on June 7.“If a request to use nasal strips is made, the decision on whether to permit them or not will be fully evaluated and determined by the stewards,” Gaming Commission spokesman Lee Park said Sunday.Among the Gaming Commission’s rules governing Belmont Park is one that states: Only equipment specifically approved by the stewards shall be worn or carried by a jockey or a horse in a race.In a post on its Twitter feed, NYRA said: “We operate under the rules set forth by @NYSGamingCommission.”California Chrome has worn a nasal strip during his current six-race winning streak after co-owner Perry Martin wanted to try it. Sherman is based in California and said he wasn’t aware that using one in New York might be a problem. He said he would talk to New York racing officials and the horse’s owners.Some horses, like humans, wear nasal strips to assist breathing. The colt wears the strip only during races, not training.At 1 ½ miles, the Belmont is the longest and most grueling of the three Triple Crown races.“I think it opens up his air passage and gives him that little extra oomph that he needs, especially going a mile and a half,” Sherman said. “Anytime you can have a good air passage, that means a lot for these thoroughbreds.”Sherman said Martin likes to try different products and the co-owner thought a nasal strip might benefit California Chrome.“This guy, Perry Martin, he might not run if they say you can’t run with a nasal strip. He’s very funny about things like that,” the trainer said. “I don’t know why they would ban you from wearing one. We’ll have to cross that bridge when we get there.”Other states allow nasal strips while racing, and even some jockeys wear them.“It’s something nonmedical that can be beneficial to a workout or a race,” California-based trainer Doug O’Neill said by phone. “If you think your horse could use some help with their nostrils, you do it.”Two years ago, O’Neill trained I’ll Have Another to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with the colt wearing a nasal strip. New York officials told O’Neill that his horse couldn’t wear one in the Belmont. The issue became moot when I’ll Have Another was scratched the day before the race because of a leg injury.“I can’t imagine them being that ignorant that they would do that again,” O’Neill said. “New York has gotten a lot better with common sense. It seems like a more rational place now.”NYRA has several new officials since 2012, including Martin Panza, the former racing secretary at now-closed Betfair Hollywood Park in California who now oversees racing operations at Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct.Sherman said California Chrome came out of Saturday’s Preakness in good shape, emptying his feed tub after the race.The colt playfully nibbled on his leather shank outside the barn as his two front legs were washed off Sunday. A worker removed a poultice from each lower front leg, which had been applied under bandages as a precaution to protect the colt’s tendons.The nasal strip could prove insignificant, as did California Chrome’s cough that had no impact on his Preakness run. The colt has a small blister in his throat that caused him to cough last week, triggering rumors that he wouldn’t run at Pimlico.Sherman thinks California Chrome will win the Triple Crown, something no horse has done since Affirmed in 1978.“I have a good feeling about it. I’m really confident,” he said. “They better have their running shoes on. I don’t care how many fresh shooters they have. He’s the real McCoy.”If California Chrome competes, the Belmont Stakes is shaping up as a possible 11-horse race, including two newcomers to the Triple Crown trail: Commissioner, sixth in the Arkansas Derby; and Tonalist, the Peter Pan Stakes winner.Other probables include the second- through fifth-place finishers in the Kentucky Derby: Commanding Curve, Danza, Wicked Strong and Samraat. Intense Holiday, 12th in the Derby, is on the list.Three Preakness runners could return: Ride On Curlin (second), Social Inclusion (third) and Kid Cruz (eighth).last_img read more