Awesome United sink sorry City

first_img Any hopes of retaining the title are now surely over for Pellegrini and the pressure on the Chilean is continuing to mount. This fixture has thrown up some classics over the years – and the early signs were that this was going to be another. Both teams went at each other from the first whistle on a typically wet and windy Mancunian afternoon. City went into the match as underdogs after a miserable run of form, but the roles were reversed in the opening stages as they threatened to run riot, dominating possession and attacking at every opportunity. Jesus Navas raced through on goal following Martin Demichelis’ punt over the back four, but the Spaniard was denied by his compatriot David de Gea, who raced off his line to block. Smalling denied Aguero from the resulting corner and then it was Carrick’s turn to put in a last-gasp tackle to deny Yaya Toure. When the opening goal came in the eighth, City made it look easy. James Milner drifted in from the left flank, slipped the ball in to David Silva and he squared to the unmarked Aguero, who tapped in from close range. The goal woke United from their slumber. They threw everything at their opponents and six minutes later they were level. De Gea, under pressure from Aguero after a short backpass from Phil Jones, booted the ball to the left wing where Herrera whipped the ball into Young. Gael Clichy blocked Young’s first attempt, but the winger swept the ball in at the second attempt. The Stretford End was rocking. They demanded another and United looked destined to give it to them. Herrera buzzed around the pitch, causing City no end of problems, Fellaini was over-powering Toure in the middle and Mata sprayed a series of deft passes around the park. The former Chelsea midfielder started off the move that led to United’s second. Mata fired a 40-yard ball across the field to Young, who backheeled the ball to Daley Blind. He returned the ball to the former Aston Villa player, who whipped in a ball to the back post where Fellaini headed past Joe Hart after out-jumping Clichy. United continued to pile on the pressure before half-time, but they did not have it all their own way. Aguero broke through just before half time, but Antonio Valencia sprinted across the pitch to tackle the Argentinian while Silva was unmarked in the box. Kompany joined Silva in the book for wiping out Blind. The City captain did not emerge after the restart. He was replaced by Eliaquim Mangala. The match continued at the same breakneck speed after the break. Hart denied Rooney his 12th Manchester derby goal with a diving save from his free-kick and Carrick’s rebound was blocked. City were all over the place at the back and it was only a matter of time before United scored their third. It came when Mata slipped in behind the City defence after a through-ball from Rooney and he slipped the ball under Hart. Smalling then put the victory beyond any doubt when he nodded in Young’s cross from a free-kick. There was just enough time for Aguero to pull one back, but there were no celebrations from the visitors. They knew that they had already been soundly beaten. Louis van Gaal’s dream turned into reality as Manchester United put four goals past City in a superb derby win at Old Trafford. Sergio Aguero’s early opener was cancelled out by Ashley Young’s close-range effort and United went in ahead at half-time after Marouane Fellaini’s powerful header. Juan Mata added a third after the restart and Chris Smalling also found the net before Aguero pulled one back at the death to make it 4-2. Van Gaal said before the match that he and his players had been “dreaming” of beating their arch rivals for the first time since December 2012. But this was a victory and performance that was surely beyond the United manager’s wildest expectations. Once United had levelled the scores, they out-performed the Barclays Premier League champions in every department. Mata rattled City with his creativity and vision, Michael Carrick ensured the hosts played at a high tempo at the base of midfield and Ander Herrera had possibly his best game in United red. But the best players on a pitch full of mega stars were Young and Fellaini. Van Gaal played down his role in United’s revival before kick-off, but the Dutchman deserves huge credit for the way he has turned these misfits into two of the most deadly players in the top flight on current form. Pablo Zabaleta, one of the league’s most experienced and consistent performers, could not handle Young’s pace all afternoon and Fellaini just bullied every player he saw in blue. The result means United remain third in the table, four points ahead of City. The Red Devils are just one point behind Arsenal and eight shy of table-toppers Chelsea. The biggest repercussions are likely to be felt across town. City boss Manuel Pellegrini was taunted with chants of “sacked in the morning” towards the end of the match, which brought to an end a run of four successive derby wins for the Blues. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lakers trounce Thunder to cap emotional trade deadline day with 4th straight win

first_img“We’ve been having success because we’ve been competing our tails off, trusting each other, making extra passes,” Walton said. “And we can do that no matter who is playing. That’s more of a mindset and an attitude to have.”After falling behind by 11 points in the first half, the Lakers responded, building a 52-46 lead by halftime.The Thunder shot just 1 for 10 from 3-point range in the third quarter and the Lakers distanced themselves from George & Co., outscoring OKC 31-20 in the period.Five Lakers scored in double figures, including Kyle Kuzma, who led the Lakers’ depleted bench – which previously could count on the production of Clarkson and Nance – with 16 points and nine rebounds.After notching three straight double-doubles, rookie guard Josh Hart finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists. New Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas — what you need to know AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe triumph capped an emotional day after the Lakers shipped two of their longest-tenured players, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick.After being told of the trade, Nance still showed up at the team’s El Segundo headquarters Tuesday morning, where he said goodbye to his teammates following their morning shootaround.“It’s hard, but it was good to see him,” Coach Luke Walton said. “I wished him luck. He’s going home (to Ohio). It’s not easy to come by after you get traded, but I think it shows a lot of maturity and character from him to be there.”By the time players arrived in the locker room late in the afternoon, the lockers belonging to Nance and Clarkson had been cleared out, their nameplates removed.“We have a very young group and a lot of them have never gone through this and had teammates traded,” Walton said. “So, this morning it was pretty quiet in the film room getting ready for this game. We kept engaging them and saying this is part of the business, we’ve got to grow up learning that this is how this league works.” It was eerie.The Lakers have long been understood to be in a rebuild, but the team had also been playing its best basketball in years, winning 11 of 15 games before Thursday’s showdown with the star-laden Thunder.The disruption to Walton’s lineups was bound to affect chemistry and, it seemed, momentum.“Our guys had definitely found a nice groove together,” Walton said, “counting on each other. But, this is part of it. Whether we struggle or not until we figure it out, that’s part of the learning curve too.”For at least one more night, the Lakers stayed ahead of that curve.What happens when Thomas and Frye arrives is anyone’s guess. The two veterans are expected to join the team for Saturday’s game in Dallas. Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has already been ruled out for that game, which will be his 13th absence since suffering a sprained left MCL the last time the Lakers faced the Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.While the Lakers await their new arrivals, they stayed active on the glass, were aggressive getting to the rim and locked in defensively.“Everybody had something to do with it,” Ingram said. “Everybody is doing their job.”Sure, they caught a break with Westbrook and Anthony both recovering from sprained ankles, but it was impossible to escape the feeling that this was the kind of game Lakers teams of the past few years would have lost.Related Articles Lakers exec Magic Johnson ‘surprised’ by NBA’s $50,000 fine for comments about Giannis Antetokounmpo Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Lakers trade Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance to Cleveland for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and pick PreviousOklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant, below, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, elbows Oklahoma City Thunder center Dakari Johnson as he tries to pass during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, passes the ball past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, center, and center Steven Adams, of New Zealand, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson, left, and guard Alex Abrines, of Spain, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, of New Zealand, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, gets to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams defends during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Josh Huestis, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, below, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Alex Abrines, of Spain, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder center Dakari Johnson dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, of New Zealand, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Josh Huestis shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle celebrates after dunking during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac dunks during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kyle Singler, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder guard PJ Dozier, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Thomas Bryant defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, top, grabs a loose ball away from Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, passes the ball past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kyle Singler during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, below, and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison wait for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant, below, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 26Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant, below, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 106-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — After the Lakers spent Thursday focusing on the future of the franchise and the successes that inevitably await, the players who remained past the trade deadline served up another reminder that the present doesn’t have to be so terrible.Behind 20 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and 19 from Brandon Ingram, the Lakers took advantage of an Oklahoma City team playing without Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, blowing out the Thunder 106-81.After clearing the salary cap space they need to sign a superstar (or two), the Lakers put on a show for the very star who is known to be the primary object of their affection: Paul George.The Palmdale native scored a game-high 29 points for the Thunder, but 16 of those came in the first quarter. As the Thunder wilted over the final three periods, George shot just 5 for 15 from the floor. Oram: Lakers double down on belief they can lure free agents by clearing cap space Lakers’ Magic Johnson finds notion of a Luol Deng trade hilarious last_img read more

Shane answers the doubters

first_img LEARNING EXPERIENCE “When you have two jockeys competing strongly, the fans get involved and that plays a big role in everything. You have to stay focused to be successful or you won’t make it. But he (Halledeen) will learn from this experience,” Ellis added. Ellis’ who surpassed 1,000 winners this year (now 1,033), is sixth on the all-time list for local riders. He, along with all-time leading jockey Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths, are the only riders still active locally who have won all five classics. However, he is disappointed that Caymanas Track Limited or the Jamaica Racing Commission failed to acknowledge his 1,000 winners milestone. “My career has been very good and I thank all supporters and fans who have been there throughout. No matter the criticism, they remained die-hard Shane Ellis fans and I love those people. Not that I do not love the people that criticise me, because when they criticise me it helps me to get better. “But what I was surprised about and very disappointed with was that I went past a 1,000 wins this year and they didn’t recognise it,” he commented. Ellis graduated as an apprentice jockey in 1996 with high expectations and it was no surprise when he won his first classic and first championship in 2000. The ‘Canterman’ has ridden 14 classic winners to date, including four 1000 Guineas with RAY OF HOPE 2000, LATONIA 2004, SAINT CECELIA 2009 and NIPHAL 2011. Two 2000 Guineas – ROYAL IMAGE 2008 and WILLIE GOLDSMITH 2013. Three Derby wins – AWESOME POWER 2001, TYPEWRITER 2012 and RELAMPAGO 2014. His Oaks wins came aboard LATONIA 2004, SAINT CECELIA 2009 and RAEVEN RANAE 2013) and he won the St Leger with TYPEWRITER 2012 and RELAMPAGO 2014. He has also had success in the Superstakes with PITTACUS 2003 and TYPEWRITER 2014. It may be a surprise to many that when Shane ‘Canterman’ Ellis topped this year’s jockeys’ championship with 83 wins, it was only the second title for the Caymanas Park favourite. The son of former three-time champion Winston Ellis, the ‘Canterman’ has a well-deserved reputation having won all of the major trophies at Caymanas Park in his two decades of riding. Ellis, who has had riding experience in Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago, says he has never really focused his attention on winning jockeys’ titles, just the big races and getting as many wins as possible each year. And at the start of the 2015 season, his focus was very much the same, until midway through the year when observers realised he was Robert Halledeen’s (second with 71 wins) main threat for the championship. “At the start of the season, I wasn’t even thinking about the championship. I was thinking about winning classics. But as time went by, I was always close to the leaders and people were saying that I cannot win the championship. So I had to prove a point to the fans who doubted Shane Ellis,” he told The Gleaner. But although he answered the critics, there are those who now say the two-time champion jockey cannot repeat the feat in 2016, and he is determined more than ever to make it two-in-a-row next year. “I was focused this year and next year, I will be even more focused. I can do it again,” he insisted. Dane Nelson (before he left for Canada), Omar Walker, and Halledeen all held the lead at various times. Ellis, however, took charge in the last four months of the year to hold off a late challenge from Halledeen.last_img read more

7 days ago​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukaku

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukakuby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is sticking by the decision to sell Romelu Lukaku and loan out Alexis Sanchez.The Red Devils manager is under increased scrutiny after his side made a poor start to the season.Their biggest problem is a lack of goals, but Solskjaer does not regret letting two experienced attackers leave in the summer transfer window.Speaking about those departures in an interview with Gary Neville, Solskjaer said: “In one-off games, you think we could’ve had a number of extra players with experience. “Alexis and Rom are goalscorers and good players, but at the moment, we made those decisions and they were the right decisions.”That’s the only way you’ve got to look at it. All the players here want to give everything for the club and for the shirt – that’s a big thing.”Every day that they come in training, and every day that they put the shirt on, they’re going to give everything that they have. So you can’t really say, ‘oh I wish I didn’t do that’.”Giving a couple of the lads the chance to show themselves, maybe it was a little bit too early for a few of them. But Mason Greenwood has stepped in and scored a couple in the midweek games, so it’s a great experience for them.”We know we haven’t had the results that we wanted, but I wouldn’t have kept the players we sold. It was the right decision.” last_img read more

ESPN’s Mike Golic Will Attempt To Eat 36 Mini-Doughnuts In 1 Hour Tomorrow

first_imgESPN's Mike Golic.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Sports media personality Mike Golic attends the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)ESPN radio host Mike Golic will attempt an interesting feat Thursday morning. Golic, in response to a bet from Jon “Stugotz” Weiner over at The Dan Le Batard Show, will try to eat 36 mini-doughnuts in an hour, live on-air during Mike & Mike. Stugotz accomplished the feat in a three-hour time period last week, but had a rough time in the process. Tomorrow, @espngolic will attempt to eat 36 powdered mini donuts in ONE HOUR! Retweet if you think he will do it. https://t.co/x9qtyV0uaC— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) November 11, 2015Wondering just how big these doughnuts are? Here’s a shot of Stugotz’ plate before he started chowing down.Happy Thursday from the @LeBatardShow!!! pic.twitter.com/KMf6a53O2F— Charlie Hulme (@charlie_hulme) November 5, 2015The stakes? Should Golic finish the doughnuts in an hour, Stugotz will have to shave his head. If Golic cannot get through them, he’ll have to do something on the Le Batard Show’s “Grid Of Death.”Will he pull it off? We’ll find out tomorrow morning.last_img read more