first_imgMourinho has won league titles and cups in four countries with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. He won the Champions League for a second time with Inter in 2010.Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after a disastrous start to the season that saw the defending champions hovering near the relegation zone amid acrimony between the manager and his players and staff.Before the new season begins, Mourinho will have to face the fall-out from his second spell at Stamford Bridge.Former Blues doctor Eva Carneiro is claiming constructive dismissal in a case against Chelsea and has a separate personal legal action against Mourinho for alleged victimisation and discrimination.The employment tribunal, which could take seven to 10 days, will be heard in public between June 6 and 24 unless a settlement is reached first.There was no word from the Red Devils on the future of club stalwart Ryan Giggs, who has spent nearly three decades at Old Trafford as a player and then as Van Gaal’s deputy.  Mourinho a ‘wounded animal’Mourinho will hope to make significant improvements to an unbalanced and often lacklustre United squad before the new season begins in August.Media reports said he will have £200 million ($293m, 262m euros) to bring in fresh faces, with former Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Everton defender John Stones reportedly on his wish list.The new season could become a battle royale between Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, the incoming boss of bitter rivals Manchester City.When Mourinho was in charge of Real Madrid and Guardiola running their sworn enemy Barcelona, the Portuguese relished taking a swipe at the Spaniard.United finished fifth last season behind champions Leicester, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City, thereby failing to qualifying for the lucrative Champions League.Missing out on joining Europe’s elite next season ultimately cost Van Gaal his job on Monday, despite winning the FA Cup two days before.Former United defender Rio Ferdinand said Mourinho needed to instil a winning mentality back into the club.“This is Jose Mourinho’s most exciting and most challenging job yet,” the former England captain said.After Chelsea, “this winner is now a wounded animal which makes him such a mouthwatering appointment.“Mourinho’s huge personality is made for this great club.”Outside Old Trafford, fans were already snapping up Mourinho scarves.“We’ve had two managers who have tried and failed. Let’s hope it’s third time lucky,” scarf seller John told AFP.Share on: WhatsApp After three days of talks, Mourinho agreed a three-year contract on a bumper salary reportedly worth more than $20 million (19.5 million euros) a year.But the 53-year-old Portuguese supercoach, who has 22 honours to his name, said it was the “mystique” of United that drew him to the challenge of reviving one the world’s biggest football clubs.“Manchester United is one of these clubs where you need really to be prepared for it because it is what I used to call a giant club,” Mourinho said.“Giant clubs must be for the best managers and I think I’m ready,” he told the club’s television channel.“To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game,” Mourinho added.“It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.”The Red Devils need dragging out of the doldrums after first David Moyes and then Louis van Gaal failed to emulate the title-laden glory years under Alex Ferguson, who retired in 2013.He told the club’s television channel that he wanted to “forget the past three years” at United.“I want to win,” he said.“I will give absolutely everything to try and go in the direction we all want”.Mourinho seemed destined to manage United ever since his Porto side eliminated Ferguson’s men en route to winning the 2004 Champions League.He thought his time had come when Ferguson retired, but concerns over his volatile personality prompted United to pick the more reserved Moyes instead.But with that move proving a disaster and Van Gaal faring little better, United’s powerbrokers sacked the Dutchman on Monday and decided at last to gamble on Mourinho, despite his turbulent reputation.Chelsea acrimony“Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today,” said United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP |Manchester United on Friday anointed Jose Mourinho as their third new manager in less than three years in their bid to reinstate the club as a title-winning force in England and Europe.last_img read more

first_imgSAN BERNARDINO — When a friend set up Josh Henderson on a blind date in college, there was little indication it would be the best thing that ever happened to him. It was. Henderson, now the Aquinas High School football coach, met his wife, Amy, while attending Azusa Pacific University. The couple has three children Josh (4), Abby (3) and William (1) and they live in Mentone. Henderson was the coach and driving force behind this season’s Aquinas team. The program, under Henderson, won its second CIF-Southern Section title in six years, defeating Ontario Christian 14-7 in the title game at Aquinas. In light of the Hendersons’ investment in Aquinas football, it was fitting that Josh and Amy spent a poignant moment after the school’s victory against Ontario Christian. The couple embraced for a long time at midfield, before Henderson met with a knot of reporters to discuss the school’s historic second section title victory. Amy acknowledged that holding down a job (she sells real estate), rearing three young children and being the wife of a prep football coach is challenging. “It’s tough,” she said. “But Josh makes a point to spend some good quality time with the kids every day. As for me, I knew what I was getting into when I got married. I just do it, and somehow it works.” Aquinas is glad, because it has a gem of a coach in Henderson, the Fontana High School graduate who won two league titles at Amabassador Christian before landing at the small Catholic school. Henderson worked wonders at tiny Ambassador, including handing then-formidable Arrowhead Christian a stunning 7-6 upset loss in 1998. The 1993 Fohi graduate had some great players and teams at Ambassador, but by 1999 he was on the move to Aquinas, at the suggestion of his former Fontana coach, Dick Bruich. “Aquinas was letting coach Mark Burns go, but I asked Mark about the school, and he had positive things to say about it even though he wasn’t happy with the situation,” Henderson said. “I was hired as coach halfway through the 1999-2000 school year.” Henderson was still green as a coach but hard-driving and dedicated. His fervor rubbed off on the impressionable Falcons. Aquinas also oozed with talent that season, led by the likes of 2000 CIF D13 Player of the Year Glenn Ohaeri, along with running back/defensive back Obie Amajoyi and linebacker/tight end Jeff Langdon. That team hit a speed bump two-thirds of the way through the season when the school reported itself for using a 14-year-old player in a varsity game without the proper paperwork. At first CIF determined Aquinas would forfeit six games. But then the section reversed field, only making the Falcons forfeit a 48-0 victory against Ontario Christian. The Falcons made the playoffs, and the rest was history, the school’s first section title. Henderson knows he was not Bill Walsh at that point in his career. “I didn’t know that much football, but I worked hard and was dedicated,” he said. “I pushed the kids pretty hard, and they did everything I asked.” Henderson has become a more complete coach since then. He also had plenty of help this season from high school teammate Jeff McCarthy, along with ex-Fohi star Nick Matheny, Mike Nelson and Jordan Brusig. The dedicated group of assistant coaches all own pieces of Henderson’s Coach of the Year award. “They’re a big part of our success and are all fully committed,” Henderson said. Henderson will be back at Aquinas in 2006-2007, but it’s hard to say what will happen after that. He’ll be a credentialed teacher in the not-too-distant future with an impressive coaching resume that includes three league titles in eight years and two section titles. “I’m not planning on leaving right now,” Henderson said. “I’m excited about the near future of Aquinas football. The program has never had this much momentum with so many boosters and parents being so supportive and willing to pitch in.” Henderson’s greatest supporter, though, continues to be wife Amy. Together they have made for a winning combination that has pushed Aquinas to the top once again. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Amy is the integral woman behind the man, taking care the family at home and putting up with her husband’s odd work hours and his pursuit of his college degree. “It’s harder on my wife than it is on me,” Henderson said. “I’m not teaching this year, so I’m at home more to wrestle with the kids and things like that. But she’s all alone a lot and often has to bear the brunt of managing the household. “She’s the best thing that ever happened to me. She has a lot of patience and is sort of an old-fashioned woman, different from the girls I used to date in Fontana. When I met her, I knew that I couldn’t let her go.” The Josh & Amy love story is just one of the sub-plots in Aquinas’ amazing 2005 season. The Falcons went 13-1, with their only loss to Big Bear. They were ranked No. 1 in the state among small schools by and were chosen as the state team of the year by the same Web site. Because of Aquinas’ accomplishments, Henderson is The Sun Coach of the Year. last_img read more

first_imgA local Donegal County Councillor has submitted a proposal to build better links between the Gaeltacht in Donegal and Scottish Gàidhealtachd to form stronger relationships between the two Gaelic languages. West Donegal Councillor and avid Gaeltacht campaigner, Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, said the proposal, which was submitted at a recent Donegal County Council’s Irish Language Committee meeting, is now under consideration with the committee.Speaking to Donegal Daily, he said: “It was agreed as a council that we would work on this and make a connection with one of the (Scottish) islands to start with because our languages are very similar. “There has been no particular island has been proposed at this stage, but Barra Island has been suggested in the past because there is some connection there already.“This is to build cultural and meaningful relationships with other communities and the language which is very similar but not the same as our own.“There has been a tradition of connections between Sean-nós singers and the islands and community in west Donegal.“And I want to see that connection reestablished to learn and share experiences and, more importantly, that Gaeltacht communities, whether that be in Scotland or Donegal, are supporting each other and keeping the beautiful and ancient languages intact for the next generation.” Proposals submitted to build stronger language links between Donegal and Scotland was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Farhan Zaidi was hired to fix everything.But the San Francisco Giants’ new president of baseball operations revealed Wednesday that his ultimate goal is to make Bay Area traffic worse.“Seeing the three Giants parades on the local news and hearing my friends complain about how it was messing up their commutes, I have first-hand experience with those,” Zaidi said. “That’s the goal, I hope we’re messing up people’s commutes with parades very soon.”The last time the Giants marched …last_img

first_imgGrowing up one of eleven kids, you learn real fast how to make efficient use of resources. Maybe that’s why Peter chose Resource Economics for his Masters program. His two daughters are a daily reminder that we need to leave things better than we found them. These are big reasons why Peter got involved with BuildingGreen when it was time to build Green Building Advisor.last_img

Earlier this week wrestling fans rushed to the Demba Diop Stadium in Senegal to see the monumental match up between Yahya Diop (Yekini) and Omar Sakho (Balla Gaye 2). The event didn’t start until seven in the afternoon but at nine in the morning fans were already camped outside the stadium. Laamb wrestling has become even more popular than soccer in Senegal, according to Magatte Diop, the director of sponsorship at Sonatel, Orange’s Senegalese subsidiary.Despite the massive size of the two combatants, the two wrestlers gracefully performed the “dance of champions” as drums and musical odes welcomed them into the arena. The dance was meant to repel black magic from the wrestlers before they stepped foot into the ring. Their “uniforms” consisted of magical talismans called gris-gris and before the match both men poured a protective bath all over their bodies. According Mbaye Gueye Dieng, a spiritual guide or marabout in the mystical Sufi tradition, “The gris-gris and baths are just for protection against negative tongues and eyes.” Despite all the physical training that goes on in order to get the wrestlers prepared for the big matches, many spectators believe that the spirits are the ones who determine the winner.“The most important preparations are made in the home of the marabout,” Dieng added.In order to be victorious in laamb, the wrestler has to get his opponent’s head, back, or both hands and knees to the ground. Only certain matches of laamb allow for punches, and these matches often gain the most publicity.Malick Thiandom, a sports broadcaster for Senegalese Radio and Television, said, “We used to wrestle for the honor of the village. Today…with the sponsors who inject lots of money to have visibility, it has become a breadwinner for lots of wrestlers.” Orange has become a major sponsor for the Senegalese sport. The most successful laamb wrestlers earn more than $100,000 per match, but the odds of most wrestlers gaining this much success are slim. Thiandoum admitted that he is constantly telling the youth not to pursue this sport in an attempt to gain financial success because there is a “gap” between what they believe and reality. Most combatants will earn less than $2,000 a year in the ring.The recent match between Yekini and Balla Gaye 2 was an example of one of the rare high-profile and high paying matches. Sources told the New York Times that each combatant received about $300,000 for the match. Yekini was defeated after two minutes and six seconds, his first defeat in over 15 years. Promoters are currently trying to arrange a match between the victor, Balla Gaye 2, and the last wrestler who was able to defeat him, Eumeu Sene. read more

LOS ANGELES – It only took an exceptionally bad basketball half to end an 11-game winning streak and Ohio State’s season. With its dreams of returning to the Final Four left to fester in the Los Angeles sun, the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes watched their NCAA Tournament run collapse as Wichita State toppled them, 70-66, at the Staples Center Saturday evening. The No. 9-seeded Shockers jumped OSU early, laying the foundation for a 20-point lead that would force coach Thad Matta’s squad to play from behind for nearly 34 of 40 minutes of play. In a dizzyingly woeful outing, OSU shot 31 percent and, more miserably, connected on just 5 of 25 tries from 3-point range in its first loss since Feb. 17. “I thought we had some pretty good looks – they just weren’t going down for us,” Matta said in a somber Buckeye locker room following the game. “It’s been a great season for this basketball team. It never ends the way you want it to, but I love the fact of what this team was able to accomplish in terms of sitting at 18-7 (on Feb. 17) and finishing 29-8. They hit their stride at the right time.” But against Wichita State, OSU finally stumbled. Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 23 points but struggled mightily to do so. The junior forward made just eight of 20 attempts in addition to missing all six of his shots from behind the arc. Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross added 19 points, but he too found a well-glued Wichita State defense to be problematic. So did the rest of OSU. “Those are shots you have to make – that we’ve been making in this tournament, that we’ve been making in the Big Ten. Guys had good looks,” Matta said. “Unfortunately, they didn’t go down. And a lot of times that becomes contagious. A guy hits one, another guy hits one, things kind of pick for you. It just didn’t happen tonight.” In a first-half performance worthy of elimination, the Buckeyes clanked and clunked their way to 24 percent shooting and found themselves down by as many as 13. Namely, Thomas, a beacon of scoring consistency for OSU, found it difficult to connect on much of anything early. The Big Ten’s leading scorer mustered nine points on 4 of 13 shooting and 0 for 5 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. “(It was) very frustrating, very, very frustrating,” Thomas said. “And, you know, it’s just crazy.” The recent development of scoring accomplices like Ross and junior guard Aaron Craft were missing, too. The two combined for seven points on 2 of 11 shooting in the game’s first act. Also nowhere to be found was the swagger that often comes with a team playing for a chance at venturing back to college basketball’s mecca. On the boards, the Buckeyes (29-8) were outmuscled, 27-17, in the first. Any attempt to puncture the Shockers’ interior defense, headed by senior forward Carl Hall, who finished with six blocks, was rendered futile. Admittedly, OSU players have said they’re at their best when playing in transition. But against Wichita State (30-8), such movement was non-existent in the first period as the Buckeyes failed to score a single point off fast breaks. “The funny thing about it, I looked at the box scores, we didn’t have no fast break points,” Thomas said. “You ain’t got no fast break points, you can’t (get them to turn the ball over) and you’re shooting 24 percent. It’s hard to win in the Elite 8.” They went into the half down, 35-22. Matta said his message in the locker room during intermission was simple. “We talked about it at halftime, let’s just cut (the lead) under 10 in the first four minutes,” he said. “We got off to a not-so-good start in the second half and it got kind of deep.” Deep as in the worst deficit OSU had faced since its lost to Wisconsin in Madison more than a month earlier. The shooting woes continued. So did the inability to attack the basket and – perhaps more importantly – defend its own. Time and again, Wichita State gashed OSU’s interior defense for the type of layups you might see during shootaround before the game. On the other end, Hall defended the rim and refused the advances of Craft, among others. “They played Big Ten defense, that’s what you see in the Big Ten,” Matta said. “It’s a loaded box and what you have to do is be able to knock a couple shots down and get some points in transition. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do either today.” Thomas said the Shockers’ defense reminded him of a particular conference foe. “They packed it real well. They was physical. That was a physical team. They reminded me of a Michigan State a little bit in the Big Ten. They was physical, they had shot blockers. They packed it in, they dared us to shoot the 3,” he said. For most of the contest, it worked. But Behind Ross and Thomas, though, the Buckeyes would rally and cut the hole to eight points with 3:55 to play. “We was down like that against Michigan State in the first half, like 12 or 13 points. When we dug ourselves (in a hole), we came back. And we tried to do that this game,” Thomas said. While the momentum continued and brought fans clad in scarlet and gray to their feet, it would ultimately come to a halt against a Shockers squad that remained posed down the stretch. Sophomore forward Shannon Scott hit a pair of free throws to make it 62-59 with 2:49 remaining, but Wichita State sophomore guard Tekele Cotton answered with a gut-punch 3-pointer to again extend the Shockers’ lead. After a layup by Thomas on the ensuing possession, Shockers freshman guard Fred VanVleet’s jumper would make it 67-61 with a minute to play. While the Buckeyes heaved desperate shots in the game’s final 60 seconds, it was ultimately too little, too late against a Wichita State squad on the cusp of reaching its first Final Four since 1965. In his last game, OSU senior forward Evan Ravenel said had his team put the pieces together Saturday, it might’ve been a different story. “If we played a complete game of basketball today,” he said, “we would definitely would be going out to Atlanta.” Instead, the Buckeyes will travel about 2,250 miles back to Columbus. read more

first_imgFormer Barcelona star Patrick Kluivert believes that the club’s domestic double this season in La Liga and the Copa del Rey will pale in comparison to Real Madrid’s prospective Champions League title this seasonThe Dutchman played for the Catalan club for six years and won La Liga with Barcelona in the 1998/99 season with Kluviert scoring 122 goals in 257 appearances in all competitions.However, while Barcelona won the Copa del Rey last month and are currently on an unbeaten title-winning campaign in La Liga this season, Kluivert feels that these achievements will still pale in comparison to Real winning the Champions League for a third consecutive season.“The Champions are better than the double,” said the 41-year-old, according to Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Madrid is playing well and the members try to do their job well.”But the former Holland international is struggling to understand Zinedine Zidane’s refusal to have his Real side perform a guard of honour in Sunday’s “El Clasico”.“I do not understand that he does not do it,” admitted Kluivert.The 1994 Champions League winner also praised Lionel Messi: “He is the best, but he can not do it all by himself, I think Barcelona will win 3-1”.last_img read more

first_imgAfter dishing out over £100m in the summer for “quality” players, Fulham are bottom of the Premier League table, but Tom Cairney believes they deserve better.Despite making 12 news signing and spending over £100m in the summer transfer window, Fulham have conceded the most goals and are stuck to the bottom of the league table this season.Manager Slavisa Jokanovic was sacked as a result, and former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri was appointed to help the club survive relegation.“We spent around £100m – a record amount for a newly-promoted team,” Cairney told the Daily Mail. “The owners have backed us, and with the quality, we have in the squad we shouldn’t be where we are.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“When you bring a lot of new players in, that is the hardest thing; getting everyone playing together. The gaffer knows that.“He took all the players and staff for an Italian on Wednesday – and now it is about building something.“We simply have to keep clean sheets because we have conceded a lot of goals. We need to improve defensively.”last_img read more

center_img Alaska’s Department of Oil and Gas revenue and production forecast, oil prices are expected to remain low for at least the next decade. However, Alaska got some good news in late 2017: oil production is rising. Moriarty: “Now we need more investment in Alaska, we aren’t going to have production without investment. Fortunately, we do have some companies that have been investing, they’ve made some new discoveries and want to move forward with these projects. But, we need to have stable tax and permitting policies to make sure it moves forward.”last_img