Lukaku on outside looking in at Solskjaer’s new-look Man Utd

first_imgLukakuManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Romelu Lukaku’s Manchester United future is in the spotlight as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plots to maintain his 100 percent winning record against Brighton on Saturday.Solskjaer is the first manager in the club’s history to begin his career with six straight victories and the feel-good factor is back at Old Trafford after a miserable spell under Jose Mourinho.A former super-sub himself, Solskjaer warned his players when he took over from Mourinho that some would have to take the opportunities given to them from the bench, and Belgium striker Lukaku has been one of the losers from the switch in tactics and positive vibes that have arrived under the Norwegian interim boss.Mourinho stood loyally by the 25-year-old despite a drop in form and productivity during a season that eventually cost the manager his job.Solskjaer’s own decision about the forward positions was made for him when he took over at Old Trafford before Christmas, with Lukaku on leave from the club for personal reasons.That meant the Norwegian was able to play with a more dynamic, versatile and speedy forward line for his debut game at Cardiff, and he has not looked back since that 5-1 victory.Marcus Rashford has been the main beneficiary, starting all five league games under Solskjaer and scoring four goals while operating as the focal point of the United attack.Behind him, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard have also made telling contributions, with French international Martial, in particular, appearing to benefit from an end to his fraught relationship with Mourinho.As part of that tactical reshuffle, Solskjaer has also been able to get more out of Martial’s compatriot Paul Pogba by pushing him into a more advanced midfield position.It has left a question mark over Lukaku’s role in this new attacking set-up. – Substitute role –Lukaku has played just 64 league minutes since Solskjaer’s arrival, although the striker has managed to score twice in that time and bag a goal in his only start to date under the Norwegian, the 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading.Lukaku has been making his mark as an impact substitute but that is not the usual role of a player bought for £75 million ($97 million), plus add-ons.Alexis Sanchez will also present Solskjaer with an issue when he is finally fully fit from hamstring troubles that have limited him to just one start in the past two months.Chilean Sanchez is unavailable for Saturday’s visit of Brighton alongside defenders Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo.The 30-year-old was sidelined when Solskjaer took over but played his way back to fitness, playing 27 minutes in the 2-0 win at Newcastle at the start of the month.A recurrence of his hamstring injury, in the win over Reading a few days later, once again sent him to the treatment room, although he could be back for United’s visit his former club Arsenal in the next round of the cup.Despite his recent lack of playing time, Sanchez would appear to be a better fit for Solskjaer’s preferred style of play than Lukaku, with his versatility and mobility meaning he can fill a variety of attacking roles.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Engagement: Clarke – Robertson

first_imgNancy and John Clarke of Edgartown are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katharine Warren Clarke of Edgartown, to Craig Steven Robertson of Chelmsford, son of Kathleen and Matthew Rafferty of Dracut. Katie Clarke is director of theater at Endicott College, and artistic director at Stage 288. Craig Robertson is employed by Chelmsford High School. The couple plan to marry in September 2022.last_img

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Warriors report: Warriors struggling with fouls, turnovers and shooting in loss to Denver

first_imgDENVER – The Warriors arrived here wondering if they would have the stamina to handle the altitude. Instead, they realized their issues extend beyond early-season conditioning.Even though the Warriors boast Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, they suddenly cannot make 3-pointers. Just like last season, the Warriors also have issues with collecting fouls and turnovers.Mix those ingredients up, and the Warriors’ 100-98 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday provided an ugly snapshot …last_img

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Boost for mother tongue reading

first_img11 September 2007South African mother tongue education received a multi-million rand boost this week, in the form of a partnership between South Africa and the United States that will see more than R21-million spent on developing children’s books in local languages over the next three years.The Innovative Texts in Home Languages Uniquely Based in Africa (Ithuba) project, a partnership between the Education Department and the United States President’s Africa Education Initiative (AEI), was launched at the Mathole Motshekga Primary School in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday.Ithuba – an IsiZulu word meaning “opportunities” – is being piloted in the Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, where 120 books written by South Africans will be made available in SiSwati, Ndebele, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.The project is turning participating South African teachers into authors on topics involving science, mathematics and life orientation.According to SABCNews, the first 16 books, all authored by local teachers and targeting children in grades 3, 4 and 5, have already been completed.Speaking at Monday’s launch, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said it was a concern that the majority of South African children were poor readers, often reading at well below their age-appropriate level.According to a recent survey by the South African Book Development Council, only one in seven South Africans reads books.“This is a challenge for us in education, because we know that reading is critical for learning,” Pandor said.SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 13

first_imgView comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES For the second straight week, and fourth time overall, the energetic Lyceum forward tops this week’s rankings.Though the Pirates are facing what could be their toughest stretch yet, Perez is still keeping his numbers up as he leads his team’s bid to sweep the elimination round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(2) Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers16.5 points (4/10 3PT), 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assistsLast Week: N/AChurning out consistent numbers in JRU’s Final Four drive, Jed Mendoza takes the cake in the team’s 2-0 week.The playmaker’s poise, coupled with his stupendous sniping from downtown was really a big shot in the arm for the Heavy Bombers as they move a win away from clinching a seat in the Final Four.Mendoza has shown that he can be the perfect compliment to Tey Teodoro all season long, but his biggest test will be in its next two games as JRU seeks to formalize its entry to the postseason.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(3) Andoy Estrella – G, Mapua Cardinals22 points (2-4 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It’s not for the lack of effort, though, as the Golden Stags lost a heartbreaking 60-58 thriller to JRU on Friday.With three games left in its schedule, San Sebastian should have the heightened sense of urgency in the coming weeks if they want to advance to the big dance.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(7) Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAlso on the losing end this week was Rey Nambatac.The senior guard tried his hardest to help Letran dent Lyceum’s armor, but in the end, the Pirates were just too much as the Knights fell, 81-69.Though defeated, Letran’s showing was respectable to say the least, with Nambatac being the engine that keeps the team going.But the 23-year-old vowed to not just churn out solid numbers, but also deliver victories, especially with games against San Beda and St. Benilde next in the Knights’ schedule. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(5) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs16 points, 11 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AKent Salado just brought Arellano out of the depths of elimination, doing it all in the team’s 95-65 beatdown of College of St. Benilde.Fighting for survival, the speedy playmaker’s double-double night against the Blazers kept the Chiefs’ flailing hopes alive as they seek to make a late rally to the Final Four.But the job won’t be easy, as Arellano will have no other choice but to win its next games, starting on Tuesday against San Sebastian.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(6) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAnother solid showing went down the drain for Michael Calisaan as San Sebastian suffered another loss to drop to 7-8. Finally, we get some sense of clarity two weeks away from the end of the eliminations.Lyceum and San Beda have already punched their tickets to the playoffs and JRU seems to be following suit after moving a win away from nabbing the third spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThree more teams are duking it out for the last Final Four spot, making every game for Letran, San Sebastian, and Arellano do-or-die duels.Individually, players are also doing last-ditch efforts on not just helping their respective teams progress, but also put themselves in the conversation for the end of season awards. But as for this past three game days, here are the week’s best performers.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 stealsLast Week: 1CJ Perez continues to prove that he is one of the best, if not the best collegiate player in the country today.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematch Last Week: N/AHope may be lost, but that won’t stop Andoy Estrella from giving Mapua its first winning streak of the season.The senior guard was clutch once again as he lifted the Cardinals to a gutsy 76-71 win over Perpetual on Thursday.Mapua may already be out of the running for the Final Four, but that doesn’t mean that Estrella couldn’t get the graceful exit he’s pining for.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(4) AC Soberano – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points (7-12 3PT), 2.5 reboundsLast Week: N/AAnother sharp-shooter enters this week’s list as AC Soberano unfurled a pair of standout outings in a 2-0 week for San Beda.Already considered as one of the deadliest snipers in the amateurs, the stocky guard showed how lethal he could be as he fired 5-of-7 threes to pour in 17 points in the Red Lions’ 88-51 rout of EAC.That’s exactly the performance coach Boyet Fernandez was looking for as San Beda gears towards its final elimination game against league-leader Lyceum. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Tour Diary Men’s 50’s

first_imgAfter victory over the Kiwis in Game 2 on Saturday and taking the series the team completed our ice baths and headed back to the hotel for a swim and relax, followed by a team dinner. There was still some concern in our camp for our winger Pete Knowles  who was knocked out in game one and still feeling quite poorly. After dinner the team, minus Pete, headed out to catch the Cowboys versus Raiders NRL match as guests of  former ACT and Australian Touch Footballer turned Cowboys coach Neil Henry. After the match the players did a bit of mingling with the Raiders who were guests at the accommodation for dinner. A tired bunch of the players then went  to their rooms to watch a bit of World Cup Soccer action, but most didn’t make the kick off. On Sunday we had an early breakfast, and final preparations for the remaining match. There was some concern for a few injured players but nobody was going to miss an opportunity to represent their country and assist in a clean sweep of the tournament. It was a great start to the game for the Aussies, shooting out to an early 3-0 lead. The Kiwis kept coming and pulled back one touchdown to leave us with a 5-1 lead at half time. A solid and equal second half from both teams had the final score at 8-3. Coach Budgie  gave the boys a post match debrief, and stalwart Mick McCall informed his team mates he has played his last game  of Representative Touch (retirement should be kind). At three games to nil, it was a job well done for the Men’s 50’s, and we now prepare to celebrate the victory with the Australian function tonight.Garry Lawless – Men’s 50’s Captainlast_img read more

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13 days agoMan Utd insist Pogba can make Liverpool clash

first_imgMan Utd insist Pogba can make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United aren’t panicking over Paul Pogba’s toe injury.The Sun says he is winning his race to be fit for Manchester United’s huge clash with Liverpool after the international break.The French World Cup winner has played in just two of United’s last seven games.Reports in France have suggested Pogba also has a cracked toe picked up in the Carabao Cup game against Rochdale although manager Solskjaer made no mention of that when discussing his injury.United will desperately need him for the Old Trafford date with Premier League leaders Liverpool a week on Sunday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Home2Suites and Browns raising money for firefighters charity

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Home2Suites by Hilton and Browns Socialhouse in Fort St. John are hosting a fundraiser barbecue in support of the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society today.Browns General Manager Vince Van Wieringen said that the two organizations decided to host the barbecue as a way of saying thank you to members of the Fort St. John Fire Department and the local RCMP detachment for their contribution to making sure all residents were able to safely evacuate from the Ridgeview Village apartment fire just over a week ago. Van Wieringen said that originally, organizers were looking to raise money for the building’s evacuees. However, he said that after learning that all of the building’s residents were fully covered by insurance, organizers decided to donate the money to the local firefighters charity as a way of saying ‘thank-you’ for their efforts.Van Wieringen said that as of 1:00 p.m., over 100 residents had come down to the hotel’s parking lot to enjoy a burger.The event is taking place at the parking lot of the Home2Suites by Hilton on Alaska Road South until 2:00 p.m. UPDATE: Home2Suites Sales Manager Nadya McLean says that in total, yesterday’s fundraiser brought in $842.50.last_img read more

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Is Vegas Underrating The Warriors

2013Heat66-16✔ 1997Bulls69-13✔ 1987Lakers65-17✔ 2011Bulls62-20 1994Sonics63-19 1992Bulls67-15✔ 2004Pacers61-21 2008Celtics66-16✔ Our NBA playoff projections, which are based on a version of Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi’s Real Plus-Minus ratings (RPM), give the Golden State Warriors a 48 percent chance of winning the NBA title. Other statistical systems hold the Dubs in similarly high regard: The playoff probabilities at Basketball-Reference.com give them a 47 percent chance of winning a ring, and John Hollinger’s playoff odds put their chances at 38 percent.Gambling markets are more skeptical of Golden State. According to PredictWise, which compiles odds from Betfair and removes the “vig” (house cut), bettors have the Warriors with a 27 percent chance to win the title. And a number of sportsbooks consider LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers to be the title favorites.So here’s a gut-check. The Warriors, with a 67-15 regular-season record, are the top overall seed and will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. How often does the top overall seed1That is, the team with the best regular-season record, plus whatever tiebreakers apply. win the title?The answer — since the NBA expanded the playoffs to 16 teams in 1984 — is 45 percent of the time, almost exactly the chances RPM assigns to the Warriors. The top seed has won 14 titles in 31 attempts. 2012Spurs50-16 2001Spurs58-24 2000Lakers67-15✔ 2006Pistons64-18 YEARTEAMREGULAR-SEASON RECORDWON TITLE 2005Suns62-20 1990Lakers63-19 1991Blazers63-19 2003Spurs60-22✔ 2007Mavericks67-15 2002Kings61-21 2010Cavaliers61-21 1986Celtics67-15✔ 1998Jazz62-20 1984Celtics62-20✔ 1989Pistons63-19✔ And the Warriors, with 67 wins, are better than your average top seed. Since 1984, nine other top seeds have finished within two games of the Warriors’ regular-season win total (somewhere between 65 and 69 wins). Those teams went 7 for 9 in winning titles. In contrast to the single-elimination NCAA basketball tournament, the best-of-seven format in the NBA playoffs has historically allowed elite teams to rise to the top.We certainly do not recommend you naively trust statistical systems ahead of the handicappers. Vegas is really tough to beat. Gamblers can account for all the information in systems like RPM — plus whatever other data they think is relevant, like postseason experience or how teams match up with one another or the San Antonio Spurs beating the odds again and again.Still, we’re a little more likely to give credence to complex systems like RPM when they’re also able to pass simple gut-checks like this one. 1985Celtics63-19 1996Bulls72-10✔ 2014Spurs62-20✔ 1988Lakers62-20✔ 1999Spurs37-13✔ 1995Spurs62-20 2009Cavaliers66-16 1993Suns62-20 read more

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