Grant Enfinger denies Hill, rallies to Gander Trucks win in overtime at Atlanta

first_imgGrant Enfinger muscled the lead from Austin Hill on a two-lap overtime restart to claim the victory in Saturday afternoon’s Vet Tix Camping World 200 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.It was especially heartbreaking for Hill, a Georgia native, who had been so vocal about wanting to win at his home track. Late in Saturday’s race, he looked destined to hold the trophy – bettering the afternoon’s most dominant drivers, NASCAR Cup Series regulars Kyle Busch and another Georgia favorite Chase Elliott, in the waning laps. Hill led 36 laps on the afternoon, second only to Busch’s race-best 37 laps out front.RELATED: Race resultsIronically, it was Elliott who caused the final caution with three laps remaining in regulation, spinning out while running third and making his way forward to challenge for the lead. During the caution period, the front-running trucks all pitted for fresh tires, and Hill returned to the track for the two-lap overtime test as the race leader — only to have Enfinger pull alongside and then make the pass in Turn 1 as the field came around for the last lap.“It was definitely wild, that’s for sure,” said Enfinger, who started sixth on that final two-lap green flag run. “We didn’t lead too many laps, but we led the ones that counted.”It marks the second victory of the season for Enfinger and his No. 98 ThorSport Racing Ford, which finished .215-seconds ahead of Hill and led seven laps. It marks the first win for a Ford truck ever at Atlanta and it was Enfinger’s first career victory at the track as well. With a triumph in the Daytona season opener, it also marks the first multi-win season of his career.“Unbelievable Ford F-150 really on the short runs,” Enfinger said. “We didn’t have everything we needed to make a real run at those guys, Chase [Elliott] and Kyle [Busch] there for the long run, but I do think we were decent, but on the short run, I knew if it came right down to it and we could get a good restart we could make it happen. Fortunately we got a good restart.”Rookie Christian Eckes tied his career-best series effort, finishing third. Todd Gilliland and rookie Zane Smith rounded out the top five. Ross Chastain, rookie Derek Kraus, former series champion Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top 10.As Enfinger celebrated his dramatic win in front of empty grandstands, Hill climbed out of his No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota and leaned over the driver’s side window, resting his head on the roof, obviously gutted by the outcome.“I’m sure when I go back and watch the race I’m going to look at all the different things I could have done differently for that not to happen,” Hill said. “I saw the 98 was getting a run on me down the backstretch but we had been so good on the bottom all day at the line that I didn’t really want to give that up and he was able to get to my quarter on entry to three. … Maybe I could have protected the outside line more or made my truck just a little bit wider, but I just think when we go back to the drawing board, maybe I could have said something different to [crew chief] Scott [Zipadelli] and the guys to maybe have a little better truck on that short run.“It was a good race, I wish it would have went green there at the end but it didn’t so we’ll have to take what we had and go on. All in all, it was a good points day for us,” said Hill, who retains the championship lead by 20 points over Smith. The defending regular-season champion Enfinger is now ranked fourth, 31 points behind Hill.In a field featuring two vastly different levels of experience — the track’s all-time winningest driver Busch along with 14 other competitors making their debut on the Atlanta high banks — the veterans certainly demonstrated their expertise.For much of the race, the more experienced drivers prevailed. Busch — a five-time winner at Atlanta in the truck series — and fellow NASCAR Cup Series driver Elliott dominated the top of the scoreboard in the early portion of the race, with Busch winning both Stage 1 and Stage 2. Chastain, a truck series championship contender a year ago, put himself into the mix during a long green-flag run in the final stage despite starting 27th in the field.Among the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Series championship contenders, it was the kind of solid performance Enfinger and Hill needed, even racing against some of the NASCAR Cup Series’ finest.Hill spent the early race holding his own among the front-runners, consistent and steady and when the opportunity to take the lead arose during green flag pit stops, Hill was there. With a little help from some uncharacteristic issues for Busch and Elliott.Busch, who had already established his truck the class of the field, made what would likely have been his last pit stop with 35 laps to go. Immediately after returning to the track, however, his No. 51 Toyota hit the wall as he tried to avoid a damaged truck driven by Jordan Anderson. Unfortunately for Busch, he got a speeding penalty on his green-flag pit stop and then another when he came in to repair that damage. It dropped him to 29th place with 25 laps to go – a full lap down. He ended up 22nd.RELATED: Video: Kyle Busch scrapes wall at AtlantaElliott, who tried to pit with Busch on that last set of green-flag stops, was unable to get slowed enough to make his entrance to pit road. He returned to the race back in the pack but had worked his way up to third place with 15 laps remaining ready to challenge Chastain and Hill before crashing with three laps to go. He finished 21st.“They’re always tough to swallow when you know you know that you’re that good and end up second,” Hill said. “But that being my hometown, this is one of the race tracks I’ve wanted to win at since I was a little kid racing here when I was 8 years old racing on the frontstretch. It hurts and it’s really frustrating, but we’ll keep digging.“We have that points lead and we’re hoping to keep it. I’m excited to go to Homestead [next weekend], maybe we can get a win there like we did last year and get locked into the playoffs.”Defending series champion Matt Crafton suffered significant front-end damage on his ThorSport Racing No. 88 Ford as a bottling-up after the pit-road entrance led to a collision with John Hunter Nemechek’s No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Ford during the Stage 1 break. Crafton recovered to finish 12th; Nemechek was 25th.The series’ next race is scheduled next Saturday, June 13 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.MORE: No. 13 truck disqualified at AtlantaContributing: Staff reportslast_img read more

Déjà vu at Whitehall: Another undersized Thommen gaining big yards for the Vikings

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Like his brother, Josh is a straight-ahead, fearless power runner, despite his small frame.“I tell you what, there will be times when he’s running the ball, and I’ll forget who I’m watching,” Sigmon said. “I’ll say, ‘Great run, Trip,’ and he’ll reply right back, ‘Thanks, coach. And by the way, my name is Josh.’”“They’re just so similar in stature and style,” Sigmon added. “But Trip was an honorable mention all-state running back for us his senior year, so that’s a pretty good player to be compared to. At the same time, we want Josh to be his own individual.”Josh Thommen, who had a breakout game in a huge win over Oakridge last week. Photo/Kris RakeThommen is well on his way at establishing his own identity, and strengthening the family legacy in football and wrestling at Whitehall.Unlike a lot of standout running backs at various schools, Thommen doesn’t have to carry the offensive load for Whitehall.That’s because the Vikings have an abundance of weapons, including quarterback Justin Brown, running back Tylor Russell and slot receiver Terrell Harris, who all pose problems for opposing defenses.But Thommen was the biggest star last Friday in the Vikings’ biggest victory in quite some time. He rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns in Whitehall’s stunning 28-14 win over defending West Michigan Conference champion Oakridge.It was the Vikings’ first victory over the Eagles in 18 years, and put them in position to potentially replace Oakridge as conference champs. Their next big challenge will come on Friday, when they host neighborhood rival Montague in a battle for sole possession of first place in the conference.Whitehall is 3-1 overall, with a season-opening 26-23 loss to undefeated Kelloggsville the only blemish on their record. The Vikings are 3-0 in conference play, with wins over Mason County Central and Hart in Weeks 2 and 3.Thommen said he was very aware of the importance of beating Oakridge last week, but said he didn’t play any differently than he always does.“I just kind of play the game of football,” he said. “I don’t think so much about the situation we’re in. When the ball is in my hands I just run hard and do what I’m supposed to do.“Of course I was excited, but I expect myself to do those sorts of things. I set high standards for myself and work hard so I can meet them.”Thommen said the entire Viking squad was excited about finally beating Oakridge.Thommen in action during last week’s win. Photo/Kris Rake“It was a pretty good feeling, to be able to do that for the Whitehall football program, after not beating them since 1999,” he said. “We kind of made history. I’m glad I got to do that with this team.”Thommen said his brother Trip, now a Grand Valley State University student and assistant JV football coach at Hudsonville, attends most of his games and lends support and advice throughout the season.Whitehall was 1-8 in 2013, but thanks in part to Trip Thommen’s 1,000-yard rushing season, the Vikings rebounded with a 9-3 record and a trip to the Division 4 playoffs in 2014.Like his brother, Thommen said he doesn’t let his small frame dictate his style of running. When it comes to dishing out contact, Thommen said he “looks forward to that.”“I’d say I’m more of a downhill runner,” he said. “I’m always running forward.“People say that I run a lot like my brother, and that we look a lot alike. He was a great running back and a great athlete, so it’s an honor to be compared to him. He kind of helped kick off the new era of Whitehall football, and now I’m living the legacy he started.”Josh Thommen is hoping he and his teammates can maintain their momentum following the big win over Oakridge.“If we play like that the rest of the season, we feel there aren’t many teams that will be able to beat us,” Thommen said. “We realize we have to play with that same focus on every game day.”The Vikings had to put the Oakridge victory behind them fast to prepare for their archrival, undefeated Montague, in this Friday’s battle for the Victory Bell.  Whitehall was handed a bitter pill by Montague a year ago, losing 41-20..“It’s about playing for that bell,” Thommen said. “It’s a pride thing. With my class being seniors, we want to make it a priority to go out with a win against them. It’s the kind of thing that lets you walk around town with your head held high. But we try to keep it classy, on both sides.” Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive Other DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Displayed poorly (975) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. (5153) Not relevant $9.99 (1445) $14.99 Inappropriate / Offensive (832) ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (8133) Displayed poorly × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Share Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Wo… Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. 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Sierra Club appeals ruling on Bakken pipeline to Iowa Supreme Court

first_imgProtestors following the IUB decision to issue a pipeline permit.The Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club is appealing the district court ruling that upheld the Iowa Utilities Board decision to grant a permit to build the Bakken oil pipeline.Polk County Judge Jefferey Farrell ruled in February that the IUB properly weighed several factors, including the economic impact on the state and safety concerns, in granting Dakota Access a construction permit and allowing them to use eminent domain to gain access through 18 Iowa counties for the pipeline.The ruling said the board correctly found there is no requirement that oil has to be shipped to or from the state.The Sierra Club is asking the Iowa Supreme Court to oveturn that ruling and require the company to show the pipeline promotes the “public convenience and necessity” before a permit can be issued.Sierra Club spokesperson Carolyn Raffensperger says in a statement: “the Supreme Court will have the opportunity to make the right decision and recognize that the true public necessity is clean drinking water and a healthy environment not a crude oil pipeline”.Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

34 percent believe in ghosts

first_img“I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a white ghost in my closet,” he said. “I discovered I’d put a hole in my brand new white shirt. My mother and father were not amused.” Three in 10 have awakened sensing a strange presence in the room. For whatever it says about matrimony, singles are more likely than married people to say so. Fourteen percent – mostly men and lower-income people – say they have seen a UFO. Among them is Danny Eskanos, 44, an attorney in Palm Harbor, Fla., who says as a Colorado teenager he watched a bright light dart across the sky, making abrupt stops and turns. “I knew a little about airplanes and helicopters, and it was not that,” he said. “It’s one of those things that sticks in your mind.” Spells and witchcraft are more readily believed by urban dwellers, minorities and lower-earning people. Those who find credibility in ESP are more likely to be better educated and white – 51 percent of college graduates compared with 37 percent with a high school diploma or less, about the same proportion by which white believers outnumber minorities. Overall, the 48 percent who accept ESP is less than the 66 percent who gave that answer to a similar 1996 Newsweek question. One in five say they are at least somewhat superstitious, with young men, minorities, and the less educated more likely to go out of their way to seek luck. Twenty-six percent of urban residents – twice the rate of those from rural areas – said they are superstitious, while single men were more superstitious than unmarried women, 31 percent to 17 percent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It kind of creeped you out,” she recalled this week. “I needed to get us out.” To put the roughly one-third who believe in ghosts and UFOs in perspective, it’s about the same as, in recent AP-Ipsos polls, the 36 percent who said they are baseball fans; the 37 percent who said the U.S. made the right decision to invade Iraq; and the 31 percent who approve of the job President George W. Bush is doing. A smaller but still substantial 23 percent say they have actually seen a ghost or believe they have been in one’s presence, with the most likely candidates for such visits including single people, Catholics and those who never attend religious services. By 31 percent to 18 percent, more liberals than conservatives report seeing a specter. Those who dismissed the existence of ghosts include Morris Swadener, 66, a Navy retiree from Kingston, Wash. He says he shot one with his rifle when he was a child. WASHINGTON – It was bad enough when the TV and lights inexplicably flicked on at night, Misty Conrad says. When her daughter began talking to an unseen girl named Nicole and neighbors said children had been murdered in the house, it was time to move. Put Conrad, a homemaker from Hampton, Va., firmly in the camp of the 34 percent of people who say they believe in ghosts, according to a pre-Halloween poll by The Associated Press and Ipsos. That’s the same proportion who believe in unidentified flying objects – exceeding the 19 percent who accept the existence of spells or witchcraft. Forty-eight percent believe in extrasensory perception, or ESP. But nearly half of you knew we were about to tell you that, right? Conrad, now 40, lived in Syracuse, Ind., when her family was scared from the house they rented. last_img read more

Shippers setting sail via Internet of (Floating) Things

first_imgNo place on land or sea is safe from being connected. And now it seems the marine industry is at last diving into Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with both feet.RCR Wireless News reports shipping companies are increasingly harnessing the data produced by their vessels.However, technology giant Ericsson says the marine industry lags behind alternative modes of commercial transport in its deployment of this connected communications and information technology. This is despite the fact that around 80% of global trade by volume is transported by ships compared to other transportation modes.Though ships have routinely used data collecting sensors for some time, Ericsson feels that the industry has been slow to take full advantage of the technology’s benefits until now.But shipping companies are increasingly looking to make up lost ground, or nautical miles in this case. They are increasing connectivity aboard ships to allow the sharing of insights in real time and using the data to optimize shipping ecosystems.“There may be no direct commercial gain to increasing crew connectivity on board,” maritime executive Douglas Watson said to RCR. “But executives tell us they get far more information back about their vessels than they ever got before establishing reliable contact with crew. When the crew has better access to communication, they exchange more operational info about the state of the vessel, adding more data to what’s gathered from sensors to inform operational decision making.”One area where IIoT is having a significant impact on shipping is to track the state vessels to optimize marine maintenance and repairs.And keeping commercial vessels in ship-shape condition is crucial to the bottom line of shipping firms. It is estimated that having an offshore supply vessel offline for repairs can cost between $58,000 and $116,000 per day, with a five-week dry docking operation costing nearly $3 million.Ericsson has ideas for shippersOne IIoT platform used by shipping companies is Ericsson’s Maritime ICT Cloud solution. The platform connects bridge communications with embedded sensors that monitor the status of the ship engines and hull to allow vessel owners to address repair problems early on.This follows news that the world’s largest shipping container firm, Maersk Line, has brought two thirds of its vessels online in a partnership with Ericsson.Not only does IIoT at sea allow ships to be tracked, but also can provide the status and temperature of cargo containers on board. This allows the crew to look into any storage malfunctions that could cause cargo to spoil.As well real-time cargo tracking technology allows various stakeholders in a supply chain to monitor goods in their journey from production warehouses to the final customers. 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Donal Power Tags:#Ericsson#IIoT#Industrial Internet of Things#Internet of Things#IoT#shipping The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…center_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For…last_img read more

PBA Season 43 Preview: Without marquee players, Kia to bank on sheer work ethic

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Kia may not have the most star-studded of lineups in the PBA, but the Picanto have a sheer force of will to rely on.“We’re realistic in knowing that we may not have top tier guys but what we have are the hardest workers in this league and I can attest to that hard work,” said Gavina. “We’re envisioning our team to be highly-disciplined and to be defensive-minded.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGavina hopes that their sheer level of hard work would be able to make up for their lack of talent.“We cannot be normal, our effort and activity level has to be in an extraordinary pace in order to overcome the discrepancy in the level of talent with other teams.” LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READcenter_img Malditas save PH from shutout Head Coach: Chris GavinaKey Players: Reden Celda, Glenn Khobuntin, Jackson CorpuzKey Additions: Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Jon GabrielKey Losses: LA Revilla, Jason BallesterosADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And supplementing that pure will to win, and unadulterated potential hustle, is the influx of a championship mentality from former San Miguel Beermen JayR Reyes and Ronald Tubid.The two, together with Rashawn McCarthy, were acquired days before the 2017 Draft wherein the Picanto gave up the no.1 pick that turned out to be ABL standout Christian Standhardinger.Gavina hopes the former Beermen’s presence alone would be an enough influence to uplift the team’s mentality after suffering in the scourge of last year’s Philippine Cup when Kia, then known as Mahindra Enforcer, finished 3-8.“The San Miguel guys that came over brought tremendous character and that championship experience is invaluable to our younger guys,” said Gavina.“They can teach them how to get to that championship level, the ability to relay that championship focus and effort in practice will be of great help to us.”ADVERTISEMENT PBA Season 43 Preview: Pressure to dominate still fuels San Miguellast_img read more

Valverde dodges Arthur to Barca questions

first_imgTransfers I thought he was an actor! – Barca’s Valverde dodges Arthur questions Ryan Benson 04:38 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) arthur-cropped Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Barcelona v Girona Girona Grêmio Primera División The Gremio midfielder Arthur has been linked with Camp Nou, but the Blaugrana coach tried to convince reporters of his ignorance on Friday. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde dodged questions about the club’s reported interest in Gremio midfielder Arthur, claiming he thought he was being asked about an actor.Arthur has been linked with Barca for several months after establishing himself as one of South America’s most promising young players during Gremio’s successful Copa Libertadores campaign last year.Reports of Barca’s interest initially began circulating in December when Arthur was photographed wearing the club’s jersey during a meeting with sporting director Robert Fernandez. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Although that moved angered the Brazilian club, negotiations have taken place since and reports have even suggested the two clubs are closing in on an agreement worth an estimated €40million.Though, when asked about Arthur, Valverde tried to convince reporters of his ignorance.He said: “Arthur? What’s his last name?”I thought he was an actor! He’s at another team. I’ve seen him, like a lot of others.”News rocked Spain on Thursday when it was confirmed a police officer died of a cardiac arrest during violent clashes between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow at the former’s San Mames stadium before a Europa League meeting.Although the officer’s death was not directly caused by physical trauma, it was pointed out by official statements that a flare thrown from a group of Russian supporters had landed near him just a few seconds before.Valverde, who coached Athletic before Barca, expressed his sadness at the situation and rued the fact some people use football as a “shortcut” to give other things “visibility”.”We’re all affected,” Valverde said. “Especially in my case, as it happened in Bilbao.”Football is there to be enjoyed, but there are people who use football as a shortcut to other things. It’s not a footballing problem, it’s just that that’s where it gets visibility.”last_img read more

‘Man Utd treble winners better than Pep’s Man City’

first_imgManchester United Man Utd treble winners better than Guardiola’s Man City – Keown Goal 18:45 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Manchester United 1999 Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester City v Chelsea Crystal Palace v Manchester United Manchester City The ex-England international believes that the Red Devils always had “something special” about them to get out of trouble Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side of 1999 is superior to the Manchester City team running away with the Premier League title this season, according to ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown.United famously scooped the treble in 1998-99, snatching the Champions League trophy from Bayern Munich by scoring twice in the dying stages of the Camp Nou showpiece.Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s men have been the dominant force in England this term, already sealing the Carabao Cup and boasting a formidable 16-point advantage in the league that could make them the earliest Premier League title winners ever. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Despite City’s form, which has been all the more impressive given the style they have played, Keown believes that United’s classic vintage is better.“Manchester City are on their way to being a dominant force but Manchester United’s 1999 treble-winners would beat them,” Keown argued to the Daily Mail.“I was part of the Arsenal side who finished a point behind United that year. That Gunners team was one of the best I played in, but United beat us in an FA Cup semi-final replay despite being reduced to 10 men, thanks to a moment of magic from Ryan Giggs.“United always had one player who would do something special to dig out unexpected results.”Where United were so strong was with four strikers all competing to be top dog. Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke would run the legs off you, then Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would come off the bench with a point to prove. And their finest hour in the Champions League final was delivered by those two substitutes.”Peter Schmeichel was one of the Premier League’s finest keepers. He was such a daunting figure for strikers. The years he spent at the top should be a blueprint for Ederson at Manchester City.”Keown would not, however, discount the possibility of Guardiola’s side going on to dominate for years to come but feels they would lack the experience to trouble Ferguson’s men.“City can be as dominant as the great Liverpool and United sides but winning trophies gives teams an extra layer of armour. That is what City would discover if they faced Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble winners today,” he argued.City remain on course for a treble, although they were shockingly knocked out of the FA Cup by Wigan at the fifth-round stage.Having thrashed Basel 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 match, Guardiola’s men are expected to cruise into the quarter-final following Wednesday’s second leg at the Etihad Stadium. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

PSG director hails Neymar as world’s best player

first_imgNeymar ‘We’d prefer to play with the world’s best player’ – PSG lament Neymar injury Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 16:45 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Neymar Paris Saint-Germain Getty Neymar PSG PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Antero Henrique does not believe the 26-year-old has suffered a “nightmare” problem but cursed the timing for the Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique has lamented the timing of Neymar’s injury as he branded the forward “the world’s best player”.The 26-year-old sustained a broken bone in his foot playing against Marseille last Sunday, and though he underwent successful surgery in Brazil, PSG believe that the player they bought for €222 million from Barcelona last summer will be missing from training for six weeks.Consequently, he will not be available for the club’s return match against Real Madrid in the Champions League and with the Parisians seeking to overcome a 3-1 deficit, Henrique admits he will be sorely missed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “On the field, he’s the best player in the world,” the sporting director told L’Equipe. “He helps us in a fantastic way.”But off the field he helps us, too, with his spirit, his relationship with the other players, staff and the fans. “Even if can’t play against Real, we feel that Neymar’s with us. He’s already sent many messages of encouragement.”Henrique has explained that the injury the forward has sustained is not a severe one, but that its timing is unfortunate.”It’s not a nightmare,” he said. “It’s a classic football injury, he can run.”It just comes at the wrong time, before this crucial meeting with Real. We’d prefer to play with the best player in the world than without him – that makes sense.”Neymar is the leader of the team, but his team-mates will give everything for him and the club.”last_img read more

‘Pogba’s problems at Man Utd aren’t his fault’

first_imgPaul Pogba Vidic: Pogba’s problems at Man Utd aren’t his fault Chris Burton 16:57 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Paul Pogba Manchester United Premier League The former Red Devils defender believes too much pressure has been placed on an £89m man, with there a lack of senior stars to help him through Paul Pogba cannot be blamed for his struggles at Manchester United, says Nemanja Vidic, with issues outside of his control contributing to a turbulent period.The £89 million asset has seen his value questioned this season, with a bright start to the 2017-18 campaign having been countered by injury issues and a humbling benching by Jose Mourinho.Vidic believes too much pressure has been placed on the France international as a result of his club-record price tag – something he can do little about. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The former United defender also believes that, unlike in his day, there are not enough senior stars at Old Trafford ready to help new arrivals settle and guide them through testing times.Vidic told reporters at St George’s Park while taking a UEFA Pro Licence course: “It is not the player’s fault that a club is paying so much money for him. If someone offers you a big contract, you would not refuse, probably?“I think the environment is important – who is around you, for example – to make you better. For the players of 22 and 23 to get so much money and publicity, he must feel like he is the most powerful person in the world. I was a football player, I felt like that: ‘Wow, I am feeling really good’.“But I think you need to have someone in the dressing room – some of the players – who can help you come through these difficult situations.“You need the right senior players, with the credibility to help you go through the situation.“When I came to United I was 24 and the dressing room was strong. You had Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, these guys. You always look to them for what you are doing, what you should be doing. They have already established the path, so there was less pressure on me.”Pogba opened the season with three goals in six appearances, but has failed to find the target since netting against Newcastle on November 18.last_img read more