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Nearly $400 million spent is not enough for Mourinho

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp – United stumble –But United’s dropping of seven points in their past five games — including conceding a last-minute equaliser at Leicester on Saturday, has left City coasting towards the league title.“You say (we dropped) seven points from 15,” said Mourinho. “I say the last two matches we had 15 chances to score and we concede three… goals and an amazing free-kick.“So the boys do what they can, they are trying hard with the problems and injuries we have. I am not happy with the result, and against Leicester, but I am happy with my players.”United needed an injury-time equaliser from substitute Jesse Lingard — who also scored their first — to rescue even a point against Burnley, who had taken a 2-0 first-half lead through Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour.Burnley manager Sean Dyche had mixed feelings after a brilliant first-half performance but, ultimately, a failure to hold onto all three points, although he felt aggrieved that Sam Vokes was judged to have fouled Paul Pogba to give United the free-kick from which they levelled.“The decision that led to the goal, the lad jumps into Vokesy,” said Dyche. “I don’t know what he is supposed to do. In basketball that is ‘charging’.“So there is probably a mixture of feelings. And the only frustration is a couple of decisions went against us.” Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP |  Jose Mourinho says Manchester United are struggling to compete with Manchester City’s financial might and the sum of nearly £300 million he has spent on transfers is not enough to win the Premier League.A 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday saw United lose further ground in the table to Pep Guardiola’s runaway leaders, who are 12 points clear with a game in hand.Mourinho claimed that United’s illustrious history does not guarantee them — or any similar club — success when faced with City’s huge resources.“When you say a club ‘like Manchester United’, do you think Milan is not as big as us?” said Mourinho, listing other big European clubs who are struggling domestically.“You think they are not as big as we are? Do you think Real Madrid are not as big as we are? You think Inter Milan is not as big as we are?“There are many big clubs and you say big clubs, I know what is a big club. One thing is a big club and another thing is a big football team that you know is not one of the best teams in the world.”“Manchester City buy the full backs for the price of the strikers, so when you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club,” he added.Despite City’s strikingly successful transfer policy allied to their financial muscle, Mourinho himself has still managed to spend £286 million ($383 million, 323 million euros) in his two summers in charge at Old Trafford — although he was adamant that was not enough.“It is not enough, is not enough,” he said. “And the price for the big clubs, the price for the big clubs is different from the other clubs.“So the big, historical clubs are normally punished in the market for that history, so the boys are doing what they can and they are doing fine.”last_img read more

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THIS WEEK: CAF drops Cameroon as 2019 AFCON hosts

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp He said another country will be announced after the bidding and evaluation by December 31. “It is open to all other CAF members that can meet the terms and conditions,” added the source.The hosting of the 2019 AFCON has become a contentious issue following the Confederation of African Football’s decision to expand the tournament from 16 to 24 teams. URN THIS WEEK: CAF drops Cameroon as 2019 AFCON hostsKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has withdrawn the hosting rights for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from Cameroon. “Today [Nov 30], the Executive Committee met in Accra, Ghana and has decided that the Cameroon FA could not host the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations,” said a brief communication from CAF.The development follows cries of political instability in Cameroon and slow progress on the readiness of the facilities. “Cameroon has been stripped off rights to host after the infrastructure has been found not to be ready by June 2019 despite commendable efforts. It has been a huge and hard decision that CAF had to take,” a CAF executive committee member told URN.last_img read more

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League-by-league guide to European football’s coronavirus shutdown

first_imgItalian football chiefs have already pushed back the end of the Serie A season from June 30 to August 2. The goal of a return to competition in early June has become impracticable, shifting the date towards June 10-14.Another solution being touted would be a play-off to allocate the Scudetto and qualifying places for European competition and determine relegation.GERMANYThe Bundesliga could resume by “the middle or end of May” according to the country’s sports ministers, although it still requires the green light from Angela Merkel’s government.Chancellor Merkel will meet state leaders in Berlin on Thursday, when it is hoped the league will be granted permission to resume play from May 16.Clubs returned to training at the start of the month while adhering to social distancing guidelines and games would be played behind closed doors, with large-scale public events banned in Germany until August 31.Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke warned last weekend that “the entire Bundesliga will go down” unless the league restarts.Germany’s top clubs are desperate for the league season to be completed by June 30 in order to claim an instalment of television money worth 300 million euros ($325 million).A primary sticking point is the testing of players, which critics claim will be an extra burden on Germany’s health system.FRANCEThe Ligue 1 season appears to be over after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said professional football cannot resume until September.The French league will meet on Thursday “to analyse the sporting and economic consequences” of the government announcement.Assuming no more matches take place, the league must decide how to end the season. It is understood that France will not follow the lead of the Netherlands, who decided to void their season with no champion, relegation or promotion.Final placings could be attributed based on the standings as they are, or using an average of points per game.Sports daily L’Equipe calculates that the top two divisions could now miss out on 243 million euros ($264 million) from broadcasters Canal Plus and beIN Sports, plus 35 million euros for international rights. That is on top of lost gate receipts and sponsorship.ELSEWHEREThe Dutch FA put an end to the season last week, as the Eredivisie became the first top European league called off due to the health crisis. No title will be awarded and there will be no relegation or promotion.The Belgian Pro League is expected to take a similar decision next week, confirming the season over with Club Brugge in line to be declared champions with 11 games unplayed.The fate of the Scottish Premiership is up in the air. A controversial vote ended the seasons in the lower three divisions but there are hopes the top flight could restart behind closed doors if given government approval. Harvey Barnes (C) scored the last goal in the Premier League on March 9 before it was put on hold due to the coronavirus crisisParis, France | AFP |  Football leagues across Europe have been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed over 130,000 lives throughout the continent.Lockdown restrictions are in effect worldwide although some countries are cautiously beginning to ease stay-at-home orders.AFP Sport looks at what we know about the plans for Europe’s top leagues:ENGLANDPremier League chiefs are targeting a return in June and several clubs have reopened their training grounds this week as they work on “Project Restart”.The English top flight is understood to be aiming to run a huge testing operation to keep footballers safe, with reports of 26,000 tests being lined up for players and staff.Teams could reportedly return to full training mid-May and resume matches on June 8, with the plans to be discussed at a meeting of stakeholders on Friday.The clubs remain committed to ending the 2019-20 campaign and there are compelling financial and legal reasons to play the remaining 92 games. A failure to finish the season is forecast to cost Premier League clubs an estimated £1 billion ($1.2 billion).Matches would almost certainly be played behind closed doors and clubs have reportedly been told that only approved stadiums could be used, with higher health certification than normal.However, the Professional Footballers’ Association have raised the issue of players not wanting to be put at risk by returning too soon.SPAINLa Liga players will be able to restart basic training from May 4, based on the Spanish government’s plans announced Tuesday to transition out of a strict virus lockdown.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the decision was the first move in lifting lockdown measures which will be done in four stages across two months.Only in later stages of the process will full training sessions be able to take place.League president Javier Tebas is hopeful the league can begin again in mid-June. He has said “it is not an option” to cancel the season given the economic fallout, estimating it would cost clubs around a billion euros.“I do not understand why there would more danger in playing football behind closed doors, with all precautionary measures” than any other line of work, Tebas said.“In Spain, football is an important economic driver that we need to reactivate like many others. We continue to focus on this reactivation, in a responsible manner and adhering to health recommendations, as soon as possible.”ITALYItaly’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has warned Serie A could be called off, with the league facing “an increasingly narrow path” for its resumption.The government has allowed individual athletes to resume training next week but team sports, including football, must wait until at least May 18. The move was slammed by Italy’s footballers’ union “as discriminatory and even illogical”.All 20 top-flight clubs have voted unanimously to complete the league season, but the final decision rests with the government.An emergency meeting of the clubs will be held on Friday. Spadafora suggested “the majority could ask us to suspend this season and prepare for the next championship as best possible”. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Hearn questions integrity of allowing Tyson comeback

first_imgAnother former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has announced he will make a ring comeback for charity at 57, hoping to help first responders and children combat the coronavirus pandemic.Hearn believes former boxers are seeing the chance for a final pay day with Holyfield and Tyson not the only retired fighters considering a comeback.“Fighters and legends are seeing other fighters make money for fights they think are insignificant,” he added.“Tyson isn’t thinking about wanting to come back to add to my legacy. He’s thinking how much I can get, simple. The answer is quite a lot of money.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has questioned whether a return to the ring for Mike Tyson at 53 would be ethical.A video posted on Tyson’s Instagram this week showed the former world heavyweight champion in training and he has said he could make a comeback for charity exhibition bouts.Hearn admitted he had been approached about promoting a fight for Tyson, but is concerned about the responsibility of making money from ageing fighters.“I would probably like to see it but I feel is it a bit irresponsible to let a 53-year-old legend back in the ring?” Hearn told British Boxing Television.“What’s compelling is could he actually go back in at 53 and do some damage. But should we be encouraging that from an all-time great?“There’s a fine line – and I’ve crossed it a couple of times – between integrity of the sport and entertainment delivering numbers. Our job is to deliver numbers for broadcasters but we have to keep it as close to the right mark as we can.” Former heavyweight boxing champions Evander Holyfield (left) and Mike Tyson (right) are looking to fight charity exhibition bouts in their 50s (AFP Photo/Ethan Miller)center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Ex-Nanny Charged for Stealing Family Cat

first_imgMove over dogs; there is a new [wo]man’s best friend!A New York nanny is willing to go to jail and “sleep with he cockroaches” for a cat.Rebecca Katz is facing petty larceny charges after she stole her former Long Island employers’ cat, Tigger, claiming that the family had threatened to put the 15-year-old animal to sleep.The 33-year-old claims the mother of the family said on more than one occasion that it was time to give the feline “the needle” because he had stomach and other health issues.Katz says she has spent over $1,000 on medical bills for the cat and that her vet could find no serious illness.Tigger’s owners Julie and Russell Berman appeared in court but have not spoken out about the matter.The cat will remain with Katz until the case is resolved.last_img read more

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Police find two children inside stolen vehicle

first_imgTwo children are now in the care of the Department of Children and Families after authorities recovered them inside of a stolen vehicle during a brief pursuit.Officials say they located a vehicle that was reported stolen traveling in the area of 24th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard on Monday.Authorities then attempted to conduct a traffic-stop, however, the driver of the vehicle refused to pull over.After a short pursuit, the driver eventually pulled over and that’s when authorities found an infant and a toddler inside of the vehicle along with two adults.Both adults have since been taken into custody.It was also said that the child belong to one of the adults who was taken into custody.last_img read more

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Decomposing body of missing Fort Pierce woman found in serial rape suspect’s car

first_imgKano Roen Demetirus Brow, 29, was arrested last week on multiple rape charges after police say he violently attacked multiple woman dating back to 2016.Sheriff Ken Mascara called the details of the attacks “chilling.”Mascara said the property owner of the apartment where Brown was arrested called family members and asked them to remove his car, which was parked at the apartment. When a family member of Brown moved the car they noticed a smell coming from the vehicle.Investigators searched his car, and found a decomposing woman’s body later in the trunk.Officials later identified the decomposing body as Kathleen Black, 49, of Fort Pierce. Black was reported missing last week.Officials say the autopsy confirmed that Black died from injuries consistent with Brown’s violent attacks reported by the other victims.Sheriff Mascara says officials believe all attacks were “random.” He says they even believe Brown killed Black right before he was arrested on Thursday.“Currently, our detectives are working closely with the State Attorney’s Office to determine the best was to charge Kano Brown, build a solid case against him and hopefully seek a Grand Jury indictment for the death penalty, because that’s what he deserves,” Mascara said.If you have had any interaction with Brown, you are urged to contact our St. Lucie County detectives at 772-462-3230. Police discovered the decomposing body of a missing Fort Pierce woman in the vehicle of an accused serial rapist.On Wednesday, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office revealed the details in the case of a serial rape suspect arrested last week.Man arrested for 3 sexual batteries in St. Lucie Countylast_img read more

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WATCH LIVE: AG Bill Barr Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee

first_imgAttorney General Bill Barr testifies during a House hearing today. He is expected to vigorously defend President Trump’s surge of federal agents into several cities that have been wracked by violence. Barr will be pressed about the controversial ouster of Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. The office is reportedly involved in a number of ongoing investigations of Trump associates. Barr will also be asked about his role in clearing a protest in a park across from the White House in June. Tear gas and rubber bullets were deployed to end the protest that led to the torching of the President’s church. President Trump later walked through the park to display a Bible outside the vandalized church. Meantime, Barr will be quizzed about a federal judge’s failure to drop the charges against Michael Flynn after both the DOJ and prosecutors withdrew all charges. Flynn is the former national security adviser who was force to plead guilty to lying to FBI agents about contacts with Russian officials.Barr is expected to accuse Democrats of trying to discredit him over his investigation into the Russia investigation when he. His opening statement, released to media Monday, says President Trump has never interfered in how he handles criminal cases. Read Bill Barr’s opening statement here.The last time AG Barr was summoned in front of this House committee he declined. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) branded Attorney General William Barr as “Chicken Barr” after Barr did not appear for a House Judiciary Committee hearing.last_img read more

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Golf in Cornwall to air on TV

first_img Cornwall Golf will be shown in sharp focus with the launch of a new, fortnightly television programme on the Cornwall Channel.Golf in Cornwall airs for the first time at 10pm on Monday, 18 March on Sky Television channel 212 and Freesat Channel 401.The 30-minute programmes will be hosted by Simon Wood of the Cornwall Golf Partnership and will show a mix of material designed to attract new golfers and to appeal to established players.“This is a really exciting opportunity to raise the profile of golf in Cornwall and get more people playing the game,” said Simon, who is the county development officer.Each programme will feature two golf clubs, offer a round-up of local golf news and include a grassroots section for beginners and returners.The first programme will provide an introduction to the Cornwall Golf Partnership which works to grow the game in the county by encouraging more people to take up the sport. It will also focus on West Cornwall Golf Club at St Ives – the oldest club in the county – and China Fleet Golf Club at Saltash.Future programmes will promote Cornwall Golf Week, which takes place from 6-14 April when over 20 golf clubs will offer free taster sessions for beginners. It is part of a festival of golf across the South West to support the national Get into golf campaign.Caption: Simon Wood, Cornwall county golf development officer (left), interviews Jason Broadway, head professional at West Cornwall Golf Club 13 Mar 2013 Golf in Cornwall to air on TV last_img read more

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Jutanugarn to lead Thai challenge at Honda LPGA 2017

first_imgThai No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn will lead the home challenge for honours at the $1.6 million Honda LPGA Thailand 2017 ladies golf championship, being held at its traditional venue of Siam Country Club in Pattaya from Feb. 23-26.Jutanugarn has played in the Honda LPGA Thailand 8 times since making her debut in 2007 when she was only an 11-year-old amateur player.  Her best result so far was in 2013, when she came close to winning the championship but was pipped at the post by Inbee Park after blowing a two shot lead on the final hole.Ariya Jutanugarn will be aiming for a home victory at next week’s Honda LPGA Thailand 2017 ladies golf championship in Pattaya. (AP Photo)That very public meltdown and a subsequent shoulder injury led to the Thai starlet struggling to find her game for a long period afterwards, culminating in her missing ten cuts in succession on the Tour in 2015.  But over the past 12 months she has finally started to realize her full potential and has blossomed into one of the world’s finest players.Last season Jutanugarn won five times on the LPGA Tour (the most by any player) and currently stands at No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings behind New Zealand’s Lydia Ko.  With her victory at the British Open in 2016 she became the first-ever golf major champion (male or female) from Thailand and was voted last season’s LPGA Player of the Year and also Thailand Professional Athlete of the Year. “I just feel like I changed my focus (last year), so right now my focus is like what’s going to be good, and what is under my control, not thinking about anything else,” says Jutanugarn, a native of Bangkok.Joining her to fly the flag for Thailand next week will be older sister Moriya and the always colorfully dressed Pornanong Phatlum, the leading Thai player on the current 2017 money list.  A host of world stars will be trying to take the title and trophy out of Thailand, including last year’s Honda LPGA winner Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, Inbee Park and a relative who’s who of the best female golfers on the planet.Golf fans can purchase admission tickets in advance at Thai Ticket Major to avoid queuing on the day or simply pay on the door.  Admission prices are as follows: Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24 – 300 THB/day; Saturday, February 25 – 400 THB; Sunday, February 26 – 500 THB; Four-Day Package – 800 THB.  Entrance is free for children below 18 years old and senior citizens over 60 years old.  The gates open at 08.30 hrs. on February 23-24 and at 08.00 hrs. on February 25-26.This 4-day tournament will be broadcasted worldwide for golf fans on the Golf Channel.  Thai fans can watch live broadcasting on Channel 7 and Channel 35 HD on Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24 at 14.00-17.00, on Saturday, February 25 at 15.00-17.00 and Sunday, February 26 at 15.00-17.15.For more information, go to website: www.lpgathailand.com.last_img read more

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