Referring to the £59million capture of Di Maria from Real Madrid, he told MUTV: “When you can identify ability like that for Manchester United, they have the resources to do that – fees I never quite equalled but they needed a big injection this year.” On the other signings, he added: “Herrera played against us three years ago for Bilbao, he’s a talented young player and we scouted him quite a lot. He’s quite aggressive for a lad who’s not got a great frame. “I watched Rojo at the World Cup and thought he did well. He’s capable of playing left side or centre back. “Luke Shaw we tried to get when he was 16. They (Southampton) wouldn’t sell him but they always said we’d be the first to know if he did. He’s a talented boy, good footballer and likes to get forward. “Daley Blind is a common-sense footballer, a version of Darren Fletcher a few years ago. And Falcao is the one we’re all waiting to see, he’s got fantastic goalscoring ability.” Despite the big-money arrivals, Ferguson is pleased that Van Gaal has decided to use the club’s academy as well. He added: “The rebuilding of the team, they’ve brought in some good quality which is really important because you need quality at Manchester United, you need the best players. “What’s pleased me about Louis is he’s given about seven of the young kids their debuts, which falls into line with the history of the club. I think the supporters will respond well when a young player gets his opportunity.” Ferguson was often pictured in the stands last season as the man he initially chose to replace him, David Moyes, struggled to get the team performing. There was never anything to suggest Ferguson was influencing Moyes, but he is adamant he has nothing to do with Van Gaal when it comes to first-team affairs. “There’s no ongoing dialogue. He comes into my office sometimes after a game, we have a chat, it’s not a matter of picking up the phone to him as he’s a very capable person, a strong leader. He knows what I’m about but there’s no need for him to phone me,” he said. Ferguson remains a United ambassador and director, as well as filling a number of other roles. He continues to work with UEFA and the League Managers’ Association, but says fewer managers are now calling him for advice, as was often the way in the past. “One or two do, not many. I think they probably think I’m dead!” he said. Press Association Sir Alex Ferguson felt Manchester United needed the injection of talent provided by manager Louis van Gaal and chief executive Ed Woodward. United responded to a poor first season after Ferguson’s retirement by bringing in Van Gaal and underneath him the likes of Daley Blind, Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rojo and Luke Shaw. The new signings have helped United into the top four already despite some indifferent performances, and Ferguson believes fresh faces were needed.
“Boruc returns to the Goldsands Stadium, where he spent the majority of last season on loan, following his release from Southampton.” Boruc, 35, joined Eddie Howe’s men on an initial short-term loan in September and helped Bournemouth climb towards the top of the Sky Bet Championship table, leading to an extension in January until the end of the campaign. The Poland international, who kept 18 clean sheets in all competitions, has put pen to paper on a one-year deal, with the option for a further 12 months. He becomes the club’s first summer signing as they prepare for a maiden season in the Premier League, where the former Celtic stopper made almost 50 appearances in three years with Southampton. The goalkeeper helped the Cherries win promotion to the Barclays Premier League this season during a loan spell . A club statement confirmed: “AFC Bournemouth have completed the permanent signing of goalkeeper Artur Boruc on a free transfer. Press Association Bournemouth have signed Artur Boruc on a permanent deal following his release by Southampton.
Southampton have completed the signing of defender Virgil van Dijk from Celtic. Van Dijk, who moved to Celtic Park from Groningen in 2013, said the “unbelievable” opportunity to play in the Premier League was something he could not refuse. “I’m delighted. It was a very easy decision to join this club,” he told Southampton’s official website. “This is a very ambitious club, who have been doing very well in the last couple of years. It’s a great place to be and it’s the right step for me. “For me now to get the opportunity to play in the Premier League is unbelievable and I will enjoy it. I know it’s an ambitious club – they have been through a lot throughout the years. They are trying to play football and that’s something that really attracted me. “I’m so excited. I hope to settle in really quick, get everything around football sorted, start playing and enjoying it because the most important thing in football is to have fun and enjoy every day.” The Dutchman becomes Koeman’s eighth summer signing following the arrivals of Juani, Cedric Soares, Cuco Martina, Jordy Clasie, Oriol Romeu and Harry Lewis and the loan moves for Maarten Stekelenburg and Caulker. The 24-year-old former Holland Under-21 international has signed a five-year contract with Saints after a successful two years in Scotland. A long-term target of Southampton, Van Dijk will now compete with the likes of Jose Fonte, Maya Yoshida and fellow summer recruit Steven Caulker for a place in Ronald Koeman’s defence. Press Association
Over the past two decades, Wisconsin men’s basketball has been exceptional, making 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances prior to missing the event last year. While one can credit these accolades on the game plans of Coach Bo Ryan, and now Coach Greg Gard, none of the program’s success would be possible without the ability to recruit elite-level talent from across the country.Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft, who played under Ryan before joining Gard’s staff, explained the importance of the Wisconsin brand in recruiting players.“I think that we offer enough academically, athletically, socially, culturally to the point where, if you’re good enough, there’s no reason you shouldn’t want to be a Badger,” Krabbenhoft said.Despite the nationwide appeal of Wisconsin, the team’s primary pool of talent is still local in the Midwest.When asked, Krabbenhoft acknowledged the need to search beyond Wisconsin’s borders for prospects while still recognizing the talent within the state.Men’s soccer: Badgers’ road woes continue in IllinoisAfter falling to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in tough conditions 3–0 Friday night, followed by a 0–0 draw against Bradley Read…“Recruiting’s gone nationwide. But at the same time, when I talk about priorities or regions, it obviously starts here at home,” Krabbenhoft said.Most of the team’s roster — like starters Ethan Happ, Brad Davison, Brevin Pritzl and Nate Reuvers — remain within the geographic range of Minnesota to Ohio.But that doesn’t mean that Badgers haven’t come from further both now and in the past. In recent years Aleem Ford decided to leave the southern heat of Lawrenceville, Georgia for a chance to be part of Wisconsin basketball.Football: Jonathan Taylor earns Big Ten Player of the Week after dominant performanceJonathan Taylor is back and he’s up to his old Jonathan Taylor antics. Taylor, who opened up the season as Read…Present in the gym when the Badgers were scouting Ohio native D’Mitrik Trice at IMG Academy in Florida, Ford immediately caught the eyes of Badger coaches and vice versa.“You go down to see [Trice] and boom a guy catches your eye and when Wisconsin’s in the gym kids eyes light up,” Krabbenhoft said. “And that’s a good thing, that means people here have done a great job. Players here have represented our university here and our program very well.”At the same time, Wisconsin’s focus on basketball fundamentals and merit-based playing time can make the team appear less appealing than schools that will typically make up their starting lineups from a revolving door of one and done prospects.Volleyball: Wisconsin gets back on track versus North TexasThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team rebounded in a big way as they downed North Texas in a quick Read…When asked, Krabbenhoft dismissed the notion that any incoming players should be guaranteed game action while still affirming that younger players can earn just as much floor time just as upperclassmen.“You can’t predict the future,” said Krabbenhoft. “There are certainly opportunities to be had for all incoming players and all returning players.”Krabbenhoft used last year as evidence that younger players can have a large role with the team citing that there were as many as four freshmen on the floor at times. Davison, Reuvers, Ford and Kobe King were all freshmen who received significant playing time last year.Despite last year being somewhat of an oddity in young players getting significant playing time, Wisconsin has been known for developing their players. In this way, Wisconsin looks more for players with the potential to grow their game in different areas rather than be pure specialists.Football: Jonathan Taylor’s record day gives UW 45–14 win over New MexicoWarming up took a few quarters in Madison Saturday, but Wisconsin found their second-half mojo, eventually thrashing New Mexico 45–14. Read…“I think we were ahead of the time here at Wisconsin in that the game has gone a little bit positionless,” said Krabbenhoft. “You might say we need a bigger wing. Well, that bigger wing could really handle the ball and turn into a point guard. Or that bigger wing could become big and strong enough to play the four and the five.”Though getting these types of versatile athletes is important in continuing the program’s success Wisconsin, Krabbenhoft stressed that before anything coaches will look at how serious athletes are about education and being part of a team rather than solely focusing on individual goals.In the past, Wisconsin’s commitment to academic and personal standards may have cost them talent, but it’s also why they’ve had so much consistency in what has been a very inconsistent era for other top programs.
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WATCH US LIVE Written By T.J. Watt reads the stories from his rookie year in 2017 and can’t help but laugh a little. Sure, the Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker is more reserved than older brother JJ — the high-profile defensive end for the Houston Texans — but then again, who isn’t?Still, Watt looks back at his words (or lack thereof) and admits his reticence was part of his master plan and not necessarily a distillation of his personality.“I was very shy and didn’t want to say a lot at all,” Watt said on Tuesday. “I just wanted to work and soak up as much information as I possibly could and gain the trust of my teammates.”Funny how reaching the Pro Bowl twice in your first three seasons and developing a reputation as one of the most relentless edge rushers in the NFL has a way of getting you to loosen up.The player who spoke only in benign platitudes is slowly pulling back the layers. Check your TV for proof. Yes, that was Watt starring alongside brothers JJ and Derek and mom Connie in a series of Subway commercials. Yes, that was Watt playing co-host on the game show “Ultimate Tag.”Watt says he’s just “dipping his toe in the water” and he’s quick to point out that he’s determined not to let his budding celebrity overshadow the importance of his day job.“First and foremost, it will always be me being a football player,” Watt said. “When it comes to me doing those shows and the Subway commercials and things along those lines, obviously, I’ve seen J.J. (Watt) do that stuff for years, and it’s fun to put myself out of my own comfort zone and try new things.”That goes for on the field as well as off it. Watt racked up a career-best 14 1/2 sacks in 2019, his No. 90 often a blur on its way to the quarterback. Still, he believes he remains a work in progress. He and fellow outside linebacker Bud Dupree spent the offseason and the early days of camp refining their hand placement, a crucial element of their intricate battles with opposing offensive linemen.Here’s the thing though: Watt already excels in that department. His daily tangles with teammates Chukwuma Okorafor and Zach Banner are often a series of 3-second clinics in which Watt slips past the massive tackles, each of whom have at least 100 pounds on him.While Watt is quick to praise both for their development, he also offers an important caveat that hints at a self-confidence that’s has bubbled under the surface for years but has rarely let show publicly.“I trust my abilities, and it doesn’t matter who they put out there,” Watt said.Watt says it matter of factly, a reminder that he’s well aware of the line between confidence and arrogance. Unless of course it comes to trash-talking the other guys in the locker room. Then, the player Dupree called “a savage” comes roaring to life.With the Steelers forced to hold training camp at Heinz Field rather than St. Vincent College because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve been forced to get creative when it comes to team bonding.Defensive end Cam Heyward opted to start a “Spikeball” league. The game, a mixture of volleyball and handball, pits pairs of teammates against each other. Watt hooked up with defensive tackle Tyson Alualu and well, let’s just say things have gone well.“We are just point-blank unstoppable,” Watt said with a laugh.It’s a descriptor Watt hopes applies to the Steelers defense in 2020. Watt and Dupree helped set the tone for a group that led the NFL in sacks and takeaways and with all but one starter returning, the stakes are high. Really high.Another performance such as the one he put together last season could put Watt in line for a massive payday when the team approaches him about a contract extension next summer.Cleveland’s Myles Garrett and the Chargers’ Joey Bosa both received nine-figure contracts during the summer, and Watt has more sacks through his first three seasons (34 1/2) than both of them.Yet Watt demures when pressed on what he might be looking to accomplish over the next five months.“I’ll never publish my individual goals,” he said. “I just want to be able to be a game-wrecker. I want to be able to be somebody that the other team has to scheme around.”It’s already happening in a way. Coach Mike Tomlin points out “Watt is a handful for one man on NFL playing surface,” which in some ways can make it difficult to evaluate Okorafor and Banner’s development. Most weeks, they won’t be facing someone on the other side of the line of scrimmage quite like Watt.Now, the youngest member of the Watt family is the one with the brightest future, one he isn’t taking for granted. He spent most of his life trying to keep up with JJ and Derek. It taught him the discipline necessary to thrive. And that hasn’t changed, no matter how brightly the spotlight might shine.“I always had the plan that I wanted to enter the NFL,” he said, “and I had the blueprint from both my brothers of just wanting to put my head down and work as hard as I possibly can.”NOTES: WR Ryan Switzer (foot), RB Kerrith Whyte (groin) and CB Alex Myres (groin) left practice early on Tuesday. … C Maurkice Pouncey (excused absence) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (off day) returned to practice Tuesday. … The team was forced to move practice from Heinz Field to its indoor facility due to the threat of inclement weather. … The Steelers are off Wednesday.Image credits: AP LIVE TV First Published: 26th August, 2020 06:12 IST Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 06:12 IST Watt’s Up; Steelers LB TJ Watt Stepping Into Spotlight T.J. Watt reads the stories from his rookie year in 2017 and can’t help but laugh a little. 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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Oops.A billboard announcing the launch of the Dodgers’ new SportsNet L.A. channel on Feb. 25 has been covered up after the team realized it was put up prematurely.The Clear Channel billboard featuring Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was in place for several hours Wednesday off the 405 Freeway in Culver City. It drew attention on Twitter before a Dodgers employee saw it and realized the mistake had been made.“We’re pleased about the excitement it generated, but we have asked the Clear Channel billboard operators to take it down until we are ready to start the campaign,” Lon Rosen, the Dodgers executive VP and chief marketing officer, said this morning. “This isn’t a campaign where we were trying to leak the information out and stir up interest.” Clear Channel Communications, one of the largest billboard companies in the world, also happens to own the Dodgers’ flagship radio station, KLAC-AM (570).In January 2013, the Dodgers announced they would launch their own channel after breaking long ties with Fox Sports West’s Prime Ticket partner. Time Warner Cable is behind the venture, reportedly paying as much as $7 billion for a 25-year deal. TWC launched a channel devoted to the Lakers called TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes in October 2012.
Patrick Peterson made an unexpected appearance at OTAs on Monday.The Cardinals cornerback even snagged a pass from rookie quarterback Kyler Murray as he made his return. “It was a welcome-back gift,” Peterson said, via the team’s official website. “He gift-wrapped it for me.”After missing the first two weeks of workouts, Peterson and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury said it was always the plan for the veteran to report this week. Related News Rams’ Todd Gurley won’t be every-down back because of knee, report says NFL free agency news: Panthers sign Gerald McCoy to 1-year deal “We’ve been in communication throughout the offseason,” Kingsbury said, via the Arizona Republic. “It was great to have him back. He’s a great teammate, a great player and he brought some good juice.”Peterson was suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season in May after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He initially was going to appeal the ban, but decided to accept the punishment, which will keep him out of games against the Lions, Ravens, Panthers, Seahawks, Bengals and Falcons until the team visits the Giants in Week 7.In the meantime, Peterson plans to keep practicing.“I am very deeply sad and sorry my name is associated with (a failed test) and that I’m letting my brothers down,” Peterson said. “It’s behind us now. I’m looking forward to coming back against the Giants.“Missing those six weeks, that’s going to be the biggest thing. I’m still going to be in great shape; that’s not going to be a problem. It’s going to be about getting back in the groove because I’m not going to be there for the first six weeks. I just hope they hold on and when I come back, it’s only going to be positives.” Peterson, 28, was selected by the Cardinals with the No. 5 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft and has remained with the team since.It hasn’t always been easy, though, as Peterson reportedly requested a trade in October after saying he “desperately” wanted out of Arizona.The Cardinals finished with a league-worst 3-13 record in 2018.
Ne-Oh William (front). The lyrics to ‘Live your life’ were composed to inspire the poor and those being oppressed.Award winning international Pop Dancehall artist Ne-oh William has been putting in a lot of work, most especially since the late multi-talented Quincy B passed away in 2017. And there is a reason why we’re mentioning this.He recently released a certified single track called ‘Live Your Life’ ft JUPITER (award winning dancehall superstar from Ghana) and produced by BRAINY BEATZ, a well known award winning Producer and member of the HIGH GRAIN FAMILY (HGF), led by the living legend SAMINI.The song has already landed itself on Sierra Top 10 and is considered to be ‘a bombshell in the music industry,’ by critics. Its catchy, starts off popish and later transforms itself into a bit of reggae ragga flow.“Live your life, live your life, live your life/ don’t let nobody under rate you…”‘Live your life’ has quickly become a hit track around the Globe and is being premiered in Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, America and Europe. The song’s network is quickly expanding and expected to rotate in Nigeria and South Africa as well.According to Team Ne-oh William, Quincy B was associated with Standout Entertainment GH, headquartered in Volta Region.The lyrics to ‘Live your life’ were composed to inspire the poor and those being oppressed.“And also to pave way for the ‘big’ homecoming tour by Team Ne-oh William and Quincy B coming soon,” he shared.“Ne-oh William and Leroy P Banong and our team are planning a homecoming soon to meet the fans and the rest of our team. We hope to get support from everyone in the industry to make MAMA LIBERIA proud,” he added.Since LIB Life last interviwed the pop/dancehall artist, there has been a lot of positive changes and improvement in his career.Replaced behind the once baggy jeans and dancehall presena is now a more grounded artist who knows exactly what he wants out of the industry.Ne-oh William has pushed out some really good hits like ‘ALERT’ Ft King Ali Ababa (Jamaican Dancehall Superstar), ’TURN UP’ Ft Quincy B (the young legend R.I.P), ‘MONEY BEEN CALLING’ Ft Soulfresh (L.I.B superstars) ‘LOVE IS COVER DIFFERENT’ (migraine Riddim by Brainy Beatz), ‘BABY SHAKE’, ‘TAKE ME TO YOUR MAMA’, and the list goes.Ne-oh William was nomianted by the Liberian Music Awards (LMA) two years ago and recently won Best Pop Song of the month and later to Best Pop Song of the Year by Akademia on April 19, 2018, adding himself to the list of Liberians who have also won Akademia awards in the past.Douk De Lib, won himself the Akademia Music Award for ‘Best World Beat Music Video’ in December 2015. DJMWB, Lester David, also won the 2016 Akademia awards for best Rap/Soul Artist for his hit single “Self Made” in Los Angeles, California.The Akademia is a premier artist recognition and development firm that owns and operates a vast network of radio stations, press syndicates, video channels and other media sites designed to take artists from relative obscurity to commercial success.The Akademia award 2018 described Ne-oh William as “having the kind of vocals that could render just about any song in oeuvre with immaculate tonality.”Its radio division sent Ne-oh a notation saying, “your song ‘Put In Work’, has continued to receive an increasing positive response in its latest months on rotation at various radio stations. We recently met with our program directors to discuss your single and are pleased to inform you that we’ve secured rotation of your song, ‘Put In Work’, on the following additional 15 radio stations starting April 1.”Meanwhile, LIB Life asked Ne-oh William about his once ‘close’ relationship with the late QB. Ne-oh can be heard in all of the outro of his recent songs tributing Liberia’s fallen star.According to Ne-oh, he put his career “on the side and planned to push the late QB by placing him first in everything” he did, before the lad passed.“He was like a brother to me and it wasn’t just about the music thing, I cared about everything that had to do with him. We always checked on each other if we didn’t hear from each other,”“the morning he passed, we spoke that night, i told him I was going to the coffee store and would call him back.I was in shocked because i never saw his death coming and never got an answer when i did,” Ne-oh sadly recalled.Ne-oh’s social media pages showed the artist being rushed to the hospital after getting the news that his music partner had passed away. Their relationship was that ‘strong’.“We had the same mind, the same vision and how we wanted our music to sound and what we wanted to do for the Liberian industry as musicians,”Not to mention that the two were ‘very good’ friends, Neoh says the late QB was not just that, but they inspired one another on a daily basis, mustering ways to dominate the market.“I was working on a lot of things and was planning on sending him some beats to cook up some more songs. Everything that is happening now in my career was supposed to be headed by Quincy B. All the music, promotion, and our songs playing in other countries,”Eveeyone knows Quincy B had a bright future and the dream he had for his career was a big one.Ne-oh says he tried to help the late QB’s dreams come true.“I took advantage of my financials to help him out, even though there were other people helping, but it still wasn’t enough for the kind of things he wanted to accomplish,“We shared the same beats, instrumentals and shared the same idea on promotions and getting play. That’s why I wanted to get him to Ghana so we could start the same movement. Even though he worked with people, he had his own label called Team Quincy B and I have my own, Team Ne-oh, so we joined it together and have members in Liberia.“He was planning to switch to afro-dancehall music because we wanted to get people into the dancehall music and that was the whole thing. He will be forever missed,” added the star.Ne-oh William and Leroy P Banong his right hand man and partner, are now dedicated to taking Liberian dancehall music international and has done that with his recent hit track.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Fatal plane crash at Eteringbang– investigator on location, number of factors being probedBY JARRYL BRYANWith an investigation underway into the two plane crashes in the vicinity of the Eteringbang airstrip in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni region, it has emerged that in his final moments, late Roraima Airways Pilot Colin Winston Martin did not make any distress calls as his plane went down.According to Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Retired Colonel Egbert Field, the only report he received of the pilot’s last words was when he radioed in to report that he was about to land at Eteringbang. Field was also asked about preliminary results from the investigations.“We have none. I can only give you a brief. The first accident took place while the aircraft was on approach,” Field related. “And the second accident took place after the aircraft took off from the runway. We do not have any findings as yet, but we are hoping for a definite position as to what caused the accidents.”“We have to look at a number of areas. We have to look at the equipment. We have to look at the weather conditions. We have to look at the human factors and as we drill down, we will be able to ascertain what the cause of the accident was,” he continued.However, he ruled out the age of the aircraft in both incidents being a factor in the crashes. Fields pointed to the system used by the GCAA to assess whether an aircraft is air worthy. He explained that the process for an aircraft to receive its certificate of air worthiness involves inspection of the aircraft by the GCAA.“What the Authority concerns itself about is the quality of the maintenance,” he related. “And that’s the reason why we have inspectors who go out and undertake surveillance exercises and also ensuring the personnel within the organisation are properly certified.”The Director General noted that aircraft parts have varying expiry dates. And when these parts have to be replaced, operators have strict codes that they have to adhere to.Injured pilot Dominique WaddellLate pilot Colin Martin“We do not allow substitute parts on the aircraft. We do not allow parts which were made by persons other than the manufacturer. Only genuine parts are placed on the aircraft. And that is only part of the inspection, to ensure that parts are changed and they are genuine or new parts.”He noted that operators have no choice but to comply with these directives from the GCAA. Failure to do so, he said, could lead to the revocation of the license of the operator. However he said that action such as this has not yet been taken because of the minor nature of current infractions.On July 25, 2017, Martin, a former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officer who held the rank of Major, was killed after the aircraft he was piloting took a nosedive into thick vegetation around the Eteringbang Airstrip.The 40-year-old of Lamaha Gardens, Georgetown, was alone at the time of the accident. He was reportedly heading to Eteringbang from Ekereku after a day’s work of shuttling fuel. At the time, he was piloting a Britten-Norman Islander aircraft with registration number 8R-GRA.Then, on Tuesday morning, another plane crashed moments after the pilot took off from the Eteringbang airstrip. The plane was subsequently identified as a Wing’s Aviation single-engine Cessna aircraft. Pilot Dominique Waddell escaped without life-threatening injuries.