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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives assurances to Arsenal and PSG target Eric Bailly over Man Utd future

first_imgBailly started Sunday’s victory over Leicester City (Picture: Getty)‘Today I thought we started a little bit sloppy, Eric knows, but they really came good.’Pressed on United’s defence after keeping a rare clean sheet, Solskjaer added: ‘It’s the first one in a while.‘We’ve had three games now, Burnley, Brighton, Arsenal, where we’ve conceded after a couple of clean sheets.‘But that of course is very important for us, because when you’ve got players like Rashford, Pogba, Martial, Sanchez, all them quick ones up top, you’ve got a great chance of winning the game.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘That’s the foundation, with a proper solid defensive performance, and the keeper of course. Two fantastic saves today as well so he’s kept us in it.’Manchester United travel to west London this weekend to face relegation-battlers Fulham.The Red Devils have climbed to fifth in the Premier League in recent weeks and are now just two points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.MORE: Wes Brown urges Manchester United to go all out for Raphael Varane Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives assurances to Arsenal and PSG target Eric Bailly over Man Utd future Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Feb 2019 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Eric Bailly emerged as a target for Arsenal and PSG in January (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reassured Eric Bailly over his Manchester United future and told the defender he is in contention to start in crunch games until the end of the season.Bailly, 24, has made 69 appearances for the Red Devils since signing from Villarreal in the summer of 2016.The injury-prone Ivory Coast international has started just one Premier League game under Solskjaer after being sent off against Bournemouth last month.Bailly was heavily linked with a loan move during the January transfer window, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and French champions PSG interested in securing his services.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut The Sun say Solskjaer has held talks with Bailly when the caretaker manager made it clear he was a big part of his plans for the remainder of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt is claimed Solskjaer, who is yet to lose a match as United interim boss, will consider starting Bailly in the Champions League clash against PSG next week.Bailly, a £30million signing from Villarreal, started Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Leicester City but Solskjaer admitted he made a ‘sloppy’ start to the Premier League clash.‘Fantastic to have a clean sheet and they played well against Arsenal together too,’ said Solskjaer when asked about Bailly and Victor Lindelof’s partnership. Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Nigeria Moves Up in Latest FIFA Rankings

first_img Loading… Nigeria climbed one place in the latest FIFA Women’s World ranking, moving from 39 to 38 and thus retain its top spot on the continent. Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World While Nigeria improved in the ranking, the team is yet to play a competitive game since last October in the Olympic qualifiers. The biggest mover in the latest installment of the ranking is Zambia, the She-polopolo climbed six places to 100th globally. Zambia has played twice since the turn of the year, facing Cameroon in an Olympic qualifying double header.Advertisement The She-polopolo punched the ticket for their debut appearance in the football event of the Summer Games with an aggregate victory over the Lionesses. Zambia lost the first leg 3-2 in Yaounde, but picked up a famous 2-1 victory in the return leg. Meanwhile, only two Countries moved in Africa’s top five; Nigeria and South Africa, the latter stepping up two places. Read Also:FIFA Rankings: Super Falcons move two places up after Round of 16 World champions USA are still the highest ranked team in the world , while Germany, France, Netherlands and Sweden make up the top five. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Duffy drives to first Marshalltown win of season

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 2) – Darin Duffy made his first visit of the season to Marshalltown Speedway on Friday and was rewarded with the IMCA Modified feature win.Jimmy Gustin saw his nice lead disappear when a yellow flew at lap seven. By this time, Duffy had made it to second after starting 11th and Joel Rust, who had started even deeper in the field, was closing in on the frontrunners.The three top cars duked it out, swapping positions until Duffy finally established the top spot for good, and sealed the win. Rust took the runner-up spot and Gustin was third.Another driver getting his first win at Marshalltown after trying for five years was Johnathon Logue Jr. in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division.  Logue did it the hard way, coming from 11th starting spot and having to catch and pass some tough competition.Todd Cooney made it three in a row as he dominated in the 20-lap IMCA Late Model main event while Shannon Anderson started 12th and went back-to-back for wins in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division.Damon Murty repeated his win from last week in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Murty started sixth, went to the topside and motored into the lead by lap three.Next up at Marshalltown Speedway is the Miller Lite 50 for the IMCA Deery Brothers Late Models and the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds, on Tuesday, June 6.  The IMCA Stock Cars are also scheduled.  Hot laps are 7 p.m. with racing to follow.last_img read more

EPL: Foxes face Hammers test

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Underdogs tackle Leicester City EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away West Ham vs. Leicester City Venue: London Stadium Kick off: 4PMLeicester City will be looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats when they face West Ham United at the London Stadium this afternoon. The high-flying Foxes were given a reality check in losses to Manchester City and particularly Liverpool either side of Christmas, but face a West Ham side hovering just above the relegation zone. Regardless of how the year has ended for them, Leicester finish 2019 in a much better position than they did 2018. Back-to-back defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Liverpool showcased how far the Foxes have to go to match the very best in the division, but to even be mentioned in the same breath as them is testament to the work Brendan Rodgers has done since taking over in February. The Boxing Day drubbing at home to Liverpool was a particularly chastening defeat, almost doubling the number of goals they had conceded at the King Power Stadium in one 90-minute spell, and the challenge now will be to recover and regroup with less than 48 hours between matches. The opposition at least does become easier, with Leicester going from facing the other two teams in the top three to taking on a team hovering perilously close to the relegation zone. Leicester are aiming to go four Premier League matches unbeaten in London for the first time having only dropped points against ‘big six’ opposition on their travels so far this season, while only Man City have outscored them on the road. Those statistics spell worrying signs for a West Ham side that has lost six of their last eight league games and are winless in front of their own fans since September. The Hammers have picked up just one point from the last 15 available at the London Stadium, and no team in the Premier League has accrued fewer points at home over the first half of the season. West Ham are also on the cusp of a couple of unwanted landmarks as they are in danger of losing four top-flight home games in a row for the first time since 2006 and could become only the fourth team in Premier League history to concede three or more goals in four successive home matches. It is no surprise that the fans have grown increasingly restless with under-pressure manager Manuel Pellegrini, then, and another defeat today would plunge his future into even more doubt ahead of a crucial New Year’s Day meeting with Bournemouth, who currently sit just one point and one place above them. One issue which needs solving above any other is West Ham’s ability to hold on to leads, having dropped a league-high 15 points from winning positions already in 2019-20 following their late Boxing Day defeat to Crystal Palace. Had they saved all of those points then they would sit fourth rather than fourth-from-bottom, so tightening things up when they do go in front could be the difference between a comfortable season and a relegation battle for them. West Ham possible XI: Roberto, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Lanzini, Antonio, Haller. Leicester possible XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Perez, Maddison, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton, Vardy.Tags: EPLLeicester CityWest Hamlast_img read more

Allardyce: AVB reaction immature

first_img Villas-Boas responded angrily to the recent negative press he has received after Spurs drew 2-2 with Manchester United in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash at White Hart Lane. Allardyce believes the comments were ill-advised and urged the Spurs manager to keep his own counsel. Press Association “You have to use the criticism as a motivational drive to show these people that they are wrong. You’ve got to take it on the chin,” Allardyce told talkSPORT. “You and your players have got to do your talking on the field. I think he’s just shown a little bit of immaturity. “It can get under your skin, but you can’t let that happen because you’re not going to win.” Shortly after giving the radio interview, Allardyce took a more sympathetic approach towards Villas-Boas when speaking to the press ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Crystal Palace. “I’ve haven’t read about Andre Villas-Boas’s comments, but I’ve obviously heard about them,” Allardyce said. “However disappointed you may feel about what people say in media terms, it’s still much better keeping your powder dry. “I admire him for having a go, but I don’t think it will do you any favours in the end unfortunately. “But I’d admire him for sticking up for himself and having a go for what he believes in. In all honesty, he’s probably right.” center_img West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes his Tottenham counterpart Andre Villas-Boas has displayed “immaturity” for reacting to criticism in the media.last_img read more

UW returns to Chicago for DePaul tourney

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team will head to Chicago this weekend to compete in the DePaul tournament, the Badgers’ final road event before closing the spring with a home match April 20 against the Fighting Phoenix of Green Bay.Fresh off a 4-1 finish at the Chicago Spring Challenge last Saturday, head coach Pete Waite and his squad are feeling good about their improvement in spring play.“It was a good day,” Waite said. “We improved from our first tournament at Marquette and had some pretty balanced scoring.”Middle blocker Sheila Shaw said she felt the team is executing better on the facets of the game cited by Waite as in need of improvement. The junior remains confident in the team’s potential heading into her senior season this fall.“I thought we played really strong as a team and really worked well,” Shaw said. “The stuff that we worked on in practice I thought we did really well as a team, like blocking schemes and defense. Overall, I thought it was really good; we just have to stay strong towards the end of matches and finish them off.”The one loss, which was the Badgers’ first and only defeat of the spring season, came against a strong Notre Dame squad in Chicago last weekend. Junior Aubrey Meierotto attributed that loss to the lack of ball control, but felt that the team bounced back well with a win over conference foe Michigan State.“I thought the team played really well,” Meierotto said. “We improved in a lot of things that we wanted to, such as blocking, defense, things like that.”The upcoming tournament at the DePaul Athletic Center will be host to 15 teams, with Wisconsin competing in Pool 1 in the morning against Chicago State, Loyola, Illinois-Chicago and Northern Illinois. In the afternoon, Wisconsin will face Kent State, Northern Illinois, Valparaiso and Big Ten rival Illinois.Shaw is looking forward to facing Illinois and potentially another conference opponent in Iowa, who will also be competing in the tournament.“Big Ten teams are always really good no matter what,” Shaw said. “[Overall], it should be really high competition this weekend.”Meierotto hopes the diverse pool of opponents at the event will give Wisconsin an opportunity to test its game against a variety of different playing styles.“It should be pretty decent competition, just as last weekend, [with] a lot of different teams,” Meierotto said. “I think we’ll see a good mix of big hitters and really scrappy defenses which will be good.”With 13 players on the squad returning from the fall tournament run and the spring season quickly coming to an end, several Badgers noted a more cohesive bond starting to develop between the young team.“It’s been real nice; this is definitely the most fun that I’ve ever had on the team,” Meierotto said. “Everybody gets along really well both on the court and off the court, and I think that’s really important.”“The thing with our team is that everyone really gets along together awesome, and there’s really good team chemistry, and I feel that it’s just going to get better when we add a couple more freshman next fall,” Shaw added.In fact, with the recent release of their 2005 schedule, the team has already begun to establish some team goals for next season. Claiming a conference title and improving upon their Elite Eight appearance from a year ago sit atop the list.“Even though we’ll still be young, I know they want to take a shot at the Big Ten Conference title,” Waite said. “We’re going to have to win more of those conference road games and really protect our home court to do that.”last_img read more

Syracuse ice hockey pulls off 2 comebacks in 2-2 tie at Northeastern

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 14, 2016 at 10:36 pm Contact Bobby: McKenna Brand skated into position to the left of Abbey Miller as Maddie Hartman fired a slap shot from the blue line. Brand turned and stuck out her stick, tipping the puck left of Miller into the net but no goal signal was given.Both teams watched for over two minutes as the referees reviewed the positioning of Brand’s stick before eventually ruling it a goal giving Northeastern a 2-1 lead.But SU came back when Alysha Burriss’ immediate release, off a Stephanie Grossi pass, tied the game at two goals apiece with 10:12 left in regulation. Syracuse (0-2-1) and Northeastern (2-2-1) combined for 14 penalties in the 2-2 tie after overtime on Friday night in Boston. The Orange killed its sixth penalty in seven attempts to close out the final two minutes of overtime.Early on Miller settled in net for her second start and made 23 saves as Syracuse’s goalie battle continued.The first period was dominated by a strong Syracuse forecheck. Northeastern outshot the Orange 7-6 but much of the frame was spent in the Huskies’ zone. To end the period Megan Quinn and Burriss shot in open space but both had their shots denied in the final minute as Syracuse and Northeastern stood scoreless.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe second period included far more action around the nets thanks in large part to six penalties. Brand shot on an NU power play in front of the Orange crease, bringing her to the ice, before the puck slipped out of a scrum to Denisa Krizova, who fired the puck top shelf to put the Huskies up, 1-0.Lauren Kelly then went to the penalty box for Northeastern and Syracuse accomplished its first comeback. Jessica Sibley received a pass near the faceoff circle, unloaded a slap shot off Bugalski’s pad, and Savannah Rennie grabbed the rebound and quickly sailed it over the goalie as she scrambled to get up making it 1-1.Burriss tied the game for the second time for Syracuse off a quick pass along the right crease line from Grossi. Bugalski couldn’t reposition herself quickly enough and Burriss had a quick enough release to blow the puck by her, tying the game for good.Northeastern escaped a penalty kill with 6:00 to go after three scrums around the net.Hartman tripped up Lindsay Eastwood moments later and Syracuse went on its third straight power play. Instead of Orange opportunities, the Huskies pushed into Syracuse’s zone twice. A two on one cross-ice pass was broken up by Larissa Martyniuk with 12 seconds to go in the third and the clock expired.Overtime opened with Kasidy Anderson rushing at Miller, the former shifted right and so did the goalie to make the save. Both teams then scrambled for puck control around the boards and neutral zone before Emily Costales dove for a puck in front of Miller and got called for hooking.Hayley Scamurra began the final Northeastern power play skating circles around Syracuse defenders before shooting to Miller’s left side. As the Orange killed off its seventh penalty of the night, 24 seconds remained and both teams scrummed along the wall for the puck to kill off the rest of the clock, ending the night with a tie. Commentslast_img read more

Munster looking to cement ranking in Connacht clash

first_imgLast night,Leinster recovered from 20 points down at half-time to claim a draw against the Glasgow Warrior last night in the Guinness Pro-12, while Ulster maintained their hold on second-place with a bonus-point victory over the Cardiff Blues. Munster will be looking to cement their place in the top four, while Connacht have to win in order to hold onto their top-six rankingMunster captain Denis Hurley is looking for his team-mates to stick to their game-plan this evening…Kick-off at Thomond Park this evening is at quarter-past five.last_img