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first_imgbaseball roll outThe Municipality of Portmore will hit-start the Jamaica Baseball Association (JBA) all-island project called “Baseball roll-out”.President of the JBA, Urel Gordon, has been busy getting schools registered as affiliates of his organisation.The main aim of the project is to spread the game of baseball throughout Jamaica.Errol Matthias the coordinator of the project said that this initiative will commence in Portmore, on Saturday, October 17 at 10 a.m. It is tentatively set for the UDC field, across from the Portmore Mall. Approximately 230 children, ages nine-12, from primary and preparatory schools will be taught the dynamics of the game. The theme for the project is “pitch it”, “hit it”, “field it”, “catch it”. The JBA on a broader scale will target players from age nine to 19 in primary, prep, junior high and high schools across the island. United continues unbeaten runDefending champions Passagefort United appear to have no equal in the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Domino League as they won their eighth match in a row last Sunday.Passagefort United surged to 32 points from eight games and lead by an 11-point margin, after they defeated fourth place, Garveymeade (17 points), 250-232. In other games, second place Cumberland (21 points), handed last place Portsmouth their seventh defeat of the season while third place Waterford (19 points), were on the losing end, 250-248 to a resurgent Westmeade Rising Stars (16 points). Games on tomorrow: (Home teams named first), Garveymeade vs Ken’s Wildflower; Passagefort United vs Waterford and Westmeade Rising Stars vs Portsmouth. All games begin at 1 p.m.Portmore Primary competitions put on holdThe INSPORTS Portmore Primary Football and Netball Leagues will not start next week as planned.INSPORTS Sports Officers Andrea Hanson and Judith Thomas said at a meeting with coaches that a new date in November is being looked at for the commencement of the leagues. The Football League was scheduled to start on Thursday, October 8 while the Netball League was set to begin on Thursday, October 15. The opening day schedule for both competitions remains the same. Portsmouth Primary are defending champions for both leagues.Classic return to winning waysVeteran club Caribbean Classic returned to winning ways after their shock defeat to Spit Fyah in the Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA), mid-season final. They defeated Naggo Head 300-272 last Sunday.Spit Fyah, the newly crowned mid-season champions, easily beat Memory Lane 300-238. In other games Giants stampede Eradication 300-288; Waterhouse United cut down Small Axe 300-252; Right Stuff turned back Highlight Strikers 300-265; Tamerind Tree got past Feluchie 300-263; Spring Village triumphed 300-282 over Exceptional International and Ten to Ten beat Sour Sop Tree 300-281. The competition continues tomorrow with a full slate of games.Passagefortlast_img read more

Granger does not have the best interest of our people in mind

first_imgDear Editor,I read in a media article which quoted President David Granger in his address to PNC’s public meeting at Vreed-en-Hoop on February 03, 2019, saying “This is not about David or Irfaan. It is about the future of our children. It is about whether they can grow up in a democratic State. It is whether they could enjoy the quality of life that we promise them”. For me, this was an interesting statement and says a lot in my mind.I must say I agree with the President that the elections are not about personalities but what is best for the future of our country. Bearing that in mind, can we really say that our President and his colleagues are guided by such lofty aspirations? In the short but eventful period of the Granger Administration, we greatly declined to the point where we are clinging on to a singular hope of oil which, as several have pointed out, is no panacea. Can we really be assured of a good future when our Government officials travel off to faraway countries for healthcare and our ordinary people have to pay taxes on medical care and medication? What should we expect when our people are incarcerated for the slightest of infractions and a Minister can trample signs in a darkened parking lot with immunity and reportedly have a security officer losing his job? Or how can we have confidence in tomorrow when many of our people have nothing to put on their tables but we read of our Governmental elite dining on King Crab and the fanciest of foods. Is the current crop of personalities best for our future?The President said our children should grow up in a democratic state. But at the same time His Excellency delivered those remarks, he was openly and nakedly flouting the Constitution and a decision of the Chief Justice regarding the very democracy he wants our children to enjoy. He and his colleagues have cast dark shadows on our democratic foundation when he unilaterally named a Chairman of the Elections Commission, throwing away decades of tradition and precedent which worked. The Granger Government, we should not forget, also engaged in gerrymandering when it altered the construct of several Local Authorities just prior to the last Local Government Elections. Is this the democracy the President is speaking about?The President spoke about delivering a good quality of life to our children. But it was his Government that imposed VAT on private education which it had to walk back after it was met with wide condemnation. It is his Government that charges taxes on crayons, pencils, books and other essential school supplies. It was his Government that took away the State support to school children. It was his Government that ended the one laptop project, essentially denying children access to a computer in their homes. Is this the good quality of life the President talks about?The President talks a good talk, saying the right things but I have long learnt that actions speak louder than words. It is clear to me that the Granger grouping doesn’t have the best interest of our people in mind.Yours faithfully,Patricia Persaudlast_img read more

City Hall’s management is in chaos – Trade Unionist

first_img…says monies should be handled by a qualified accountantThe Guyana Local Government Officers Union is solely responsible for the affairs of City Hall workers who are on the fixed establishment, but over the years, the relationship between the Union and the municipality has deteriorated. President of the Union and former employee at City Hall, Wendy DeCunha, testified at the Commission of Inquiry on Friday, speaking about the way the resources are being managed at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC). She is of the belief that all monies of the Council should be collected, disbursed, and moreover, managed by a qualified and experienced accountant rather than having the Town Clerk perform those duties.DeCunha noted that the Union would have tried to engage City Hall on the rights of the workers, since it is unfair to have some persons working as employees on the unfixed establishment. However, the relationship has been “confrontational”.“It has been pretty confrontational over the past year and a half. We had an uneasy relationship before, but after certain actions were taken last year to now, it’s confrontational,” said the Trade Unionist.The Union President pointed out that the Council is not functioning effectively, and this is because employees have been acting in capacities for many years without being confirmed.“It (the Council) is not operating at optimal. We have a lot of vacancies for staff,” she explained.She added, “If someone is promoted or someone is retired, they place you to act and you’re supposed to act for six months after which they would review your performance…four years and you’re still acting. Nobody is looking at confirming them.”It is her views that since Town Clerk, Royston King has taken up his respective post, the workers are being neglected and the monies are being spent on restoration and community initiatives.She directed those statements after judging from the time the former Town Clerk, Carol Sooba was in office where at that time; all workers were paid on time.“I would say that the late payment of salaries, not looking at the welfare and wellbeing of the workers in terms of working environment are some of those things. All of those have to be dealt as a result of good management of Council finances.”DeCunha said she is dissatisfied with the state of affairs and management at City Hall, since there are many irregularities in the system and some workers are given preferential treatment when disciplinary actions are being taken against them.last_img read more

Faydeha King crowned Miss Earth Guyana 2019

first_img…Cintiana Harry crowned Miss Eco-GuyanaAfter a night of entertainment and glamour, 26-year-old Faydeha King was crowned Miss Earth Guyana 2019 on Saturday evening, after dominating all categories and wowing the judges with a fiery red evening gown.Miss Earth Guyana 2019, Faydeha KingIn a grand coronation ceremony at the National Cultural Centre, the Berbician competed against seven other delegates to win the coveted crown. Amelia Baksh, Annesa Vansluytman, Cintiana Harry, Kataina Phillips, Maricia Meusa, Phelicia Adams and Selena Guyadeen were the other delegates who worked endlessly to execute their routines to perfection.This year, the theme circled around the celebration of flora, prompting the ladies to represent flowers that are native to Guyana. The theme was displayed in its entirety during the costume segment, as the stage was transformed into a garden. Vansluytman gained first place for her hibiscus costume, and King and Harry emerged second and third respectively.This was followed by the resort wear, in which King once again achieved gold, Adams won silver and bronze awarded to Vansluytman. For the People’s Choice Award, Baksh gained the highest number of points for likes, comments and shares on her social media photo.Second runner-up Anessa Vansluytman with Miss Earth Guyana 2019 Faydeha King, Miss Eco Guyana Cintiana Harry and first runner-up Amelia BakshFor the talent segment, which was judged prior to the coronation ceremony, King also secured the first prize. It focused on the significance of the waves which form throughout the waterways of Guyana and was demonstrated through drums.Lastly, the evening gown segment did not disappoint the audience, who witnessed fabulous gowns from local designers. As expected, King’s dress was a step above the rest with a flowing trail and ensemble, designed solely by Randy Madray. Over the years, this local designer has been on the forefront in promoting fashion here in Guyana.Vansluytman’s shiny white gown gained her the silver award, and Harry third.However, the deciding factor to determining the winner depended on the question-and answer-segment, which saw four women – King, Baksh, Harry and Vansluytman – trying their best to define the beauty earth warrior.King answered, “I’m the definition of the beauty of an earth warrior. You can also be the definition of a beautiful earth warrior. You just have to listen to what Earth is telling us…She is asking us to start beautifying and stop making her ugly and destroying her because she is here to supply and provide for us.”For the newly-introduced Miss Eco-Guyana title, Harry emerged victorious. Baksh strutted in as first runner-up and Vansluytman was second runner-up. The winner was crowned by last year’s queen, Xameira Kippins.It was a tedious process of judging each piece with the relevant criteria, which prompted the pageant coordinators to source qualified individuals, with knowledge about Guyana’s natural features and ways to preserve it.To date, King has competed in 11 pageants. She participated in the Skeldon High, Miss Corriverton, Miss Region Six, Miss Bartica Regatta, Miss Caribbean Culture Guyana and Miss Black San International Pageants, all of which she won. She gained first runner-up for Miss Jamzone 2013 and second runner-up for Miss Universe Guyana 2015 and Miss Global International Guyana.The Miss Earth Pageant represents the most beautiful women of the Earth to serve as role models dedicated to advocacy to preserve and restore Mother Earth.Miss Earth is the largest environmental event in the world, channelling the beauty pageant entertainment industry as an effective tool to promote environmental awareness.The Miss Earth Guyana and Miss Eco-Guyana crowns were made with recyclable materials and semi-precious stones.Last year, Kippins won the title of Miss Earth Guyana 2018, and later represented the country in the Philippines, bringing home the gold medal for her Ole Higue costume. Later during her reign, King too will represent Guyana on the international stage alongside 102 other countries.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgMusic groups to perform at Biola LA MIRADA – The Biola University athletics department and Conservatory of Music will hold a concert featuring the Christian singing group Greater Vision at 7 p.m. April 23 on campus, 13800 Biola Ave. The King’s Men, Biola’s own a capella group of six men, will also perform at the concert, which will raise money for athletic scholarships. PICO RIVERA – Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics, or C-TIP, has withdrawn recall procedures against Mayor Ron Beilke, officials said. City Clerk Vida Tolman on Friday received a letter from the organization’s executive director, Raul Murga, officially notifying the city of his group’s plan to withdraw its “intent to recall” papers against Beilke. The letter gave no reason for the petition’s sudden withdrawal. C-TIP had announced plans to proceed with this second recall attempt April 3, according to officials. A previous attempt by C-TIP to recall Beilke was stopped on March 16 when recall proponents failed to gather sufficient signatures to warrant a special election. Greater Vision was organized in 1990 and over the past 15 years has become the most awarded trio in the history of gospel music. Tickets are $12 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door, and are available through TicketForce or from the Biola Athletics Office. For more information, call (562) 944-0351 Ext. 5934. `Green’ student funding available WHITTIER – Local college students who are preparing for careers in the “green” industry are being encouraged to apply for the 2007 “Because Green Matters” scholarships being offered by Project Evergreen. Applications must be postmarked by June 1 to qualify for the $2,500 scholarships, which are geared toward students majoring or minoring in a field related to the green industry. That includes studies of botany, horticulture, plant sciences, agronomy, plant pathology and water management. Eligible students must be enrolled in two- or four-year colleges that offer turf, landscape and golf management curriculums. Scholarship applications can be obtained by visiting http://www.projectevergreen.com/pdf/2007ScholarshipApp.pdf. Winners will be announced by July 15. Church to hold spring boutique WHITTIER – A spring boutique will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 at College Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 8221 College Ave.Vendor spaces are still available. For more information, call (562) 695-9972 or (562)693-6350. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Predicted Real Madrid line-up v Schalke

first_img1 European champions Real Madrid travel to Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday evening to face Schalke in a repeat of last season’s Champions League last 16 tie. European champions Real Madrid travel to Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday evening to face Schalke in a repeat of last season’s Champions League last 16 tie.Carlo Ancelotti’s side ran out 9-2 winner on aggregate this time last year en-route to lifting the trophy in Lisbon, but the Spanish giants have had a stuttering start to 2015 – including a 4-0 hammering at the hands of local rivals Atletico Madrid.James Rodriquez, Fabio Coentrao, Sami Khedira, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric are all sidelined for Los Blancos, but Pepe is available again after a month out with a rib injury.France international Karim Benzema is also slight doubt after a bout of flu, but Real will be looking to reigning World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo to spearhead their attack – the Portuguese has gone three games without a goal.Can Ronaldo return to goalscoring form and who will replace the injured Ramos? talkSPORT takes a look…Possible Real Madrid line-up against Schalke: GoalkeeperIker Casillas has suffered from a dip in form over the past couple of seasons, but the experienced campaigner will continue between the sticks – his 147th Champions League tie.DefenceMadrid will miss the experience and leadership of Ramos and will have to rely on Frenchman Raphael Varane and Pepe.Schalke may view Pepe’s lack of competitive football as an advantage and former Madrid man Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will be fired up against his former employers.Full-backs Dani Carvajal and Marcelo are expected to push forward, and look to exploit gaps if Schalke play three at the back.MidfieldToni Kroos will be keen to impress on his return to Germany, and with Modric out, is likely to be partnered by Asier Illarramendi and Isco in a three-man midfield.Los Blancos will look to dominate in the middle, but will need to be careful of committing too many men forward, as they tend to concede.AttackRonaldo has been struggling with a knee problem, and has not scored in his last three games – the longest the Portuguese has gone without a goal this season, although he has scored 38 times in 35 appearances.Gareth Bale is going through his first mini-crisis in the Spanish capital, with sections of the Madrid crowd booing the Welshman for his apparent reluctance to pass the ball, and he will be keen to silence his critics.Real fans, how do you think you’ll up against Schalke? Comment below… 1last_img read more

This is a final for Tottenham! Liverpool boss Klopp says pressure all on Spurs

first_img1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ramped up the pressure on Tottenham by challenging them to come to Anfield and win to keep alive their title hopes.Mauricio Pochettino’s side trail Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester, who host Southampton on Sunday, by five points but with seven matches remaining they cannot afford any slip-ups.Spurs’ record at Anfield is poor, with just four wins in the last 69 league meetings on Merseyside, and, although Klopp’s side are inconsistent at home with just five league wins this season, he has put the pressure firmly on the visitors.“Usually it is not important for us to think about the situation of the other team, but in this special case I think it makes sense to know about it,” he said.“If I were not the manager of Liverpool maybe I could enjoy the stories of Leicester and Tottenham more.“This is a pretty good year to become champion because a lot of clubs who fight for this title are usually not involved. There is pressure for teams at the top and we will see who handles it better.“This is the decisive third for Tottenham and if you want to become champion of the Premier League, for Tottenham especially, this year is a good opportunity.“No-one knows what will happen to Tottenham next year, if players leave or not. This year they have a good situation with injuries – no important players were really injured.“Maybe for Tottenham it is like a final. They have to win it to put pressure on Leicester.“If you know about the pressure you want to use this: when Tottenham play against Liverpool, it is usually not a birthday party – it is a hard fight. It will be a high-intensity game and we have to use this.”Saturday’s match pitches two of England’s top strikers against each other in Daniel Sturridge and Harry Kane.Both are vying for a starting spot in Roy Hodgson’s side for Euro 2016 and, despite his injury problems, Klopp would be more than happy for Sturridge to go to France rather than have the summer off to recuperate.“There are a lot of good strikers in England, so congratulations for that,” the German said.“If I say I wish Daniel could have a real holiday and doesn’t have to go to the European Championships, what kind of manager would I be?“It is the European Championships and playing for your country is the best thing a player can do, and I really wish for him to be part of it.“The situation here is the best situation since I have been here; he trained all sessions with the national team, he had 65 minutes against Netherlands and was absolutely okay.“He is very important for us and hopefully he is fit until the end of the season and then I cannot make decisions for Roy Hodgson – that is his problem.“But the better we play, together with him, the better the chances for our players to be part of a big tournament.”Klopp is short on strikers again as Christian Benteke returned from international duty with a knee injury, although Belgium team-mate Divock Origi has recovered from a thigh problem.“A few things are better, a few things are worse and a few things didn’t change,” the Reds boss said.“Divock Origi couldn’t play the games for Belgium because of a little muscle issue but he has been back in training since (Thursday) and is available.“It is completely different with Christian Benteke as he is not available and we have to wait for further assessments to know how long it will be, but for this game he has no chance.“It will be close for Roberto Firmino. We have to make a decision maybe (on Saturday) but we cannot bring pressure in this situation and we have to wait to see how he feels.“Most of the players came back healthy, so that is good.”last_img read more

Panel wants DOJ’s take on rape claim

first_imgThe suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Beaumont, claims Jones lived in a coed barracks and, after enduring harassment from some of the men in the quarters, was drugged and raped July 28, 2005. Her attackers were Halliburton and KBR firefighters, the suit claims. The petition says the facility was under direct control of the U.S. government, KBR and Halliburton, collectively. Jones’ attorney, L. Todd Kelly, declined to say where Jones was living now because she fears for her safety. He declined to elaborate. Jones’ Web site highlights her nonprofit foundation to help fellow contract workers who may have been sexually assaulted, and displays her “therapeutic” still-life paintings that she offers to paint on commission. The site also mentions a screenplay of her story in Iraq. In a statement, KBR said it couldn’t comment on specifics of the case but that the safety and security of its employees were its top priority. Halliburton says it is improperly named in the matter and expects to be dismissed from the case. “It would be inappropriate for Halliburton to comment on the merits of a matter affecting only the interest of KBR,” the oil-field-services company said in a statement. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, who signed Conyers’ letter, sent his own inquiry to Mukasey on Monday. He said Jones’ father contacted his office after the alleged rape and said his daughter reported KBR/Halliburton was holding her in a shipping container without food and water. Poe said he then contacted the State Department, which dispatched agents to rescue Jones.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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champConyers also seeks clarification on a statement from KBR, the military contractor that split from Halliburton in April, that says it had initiated investigations into the alleged assault but later halted the probe. KBR has said it was “instructed to cease by government authorities because they were assuming sole responsibility for the criminal investigations.” Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr said Tuesday that the agency was reviewing Conyers’ letter. “The department is investigating this matter, and because it’s an ongoing investigation we are unable to comment further,” Carr said. Jones’ case got renewed attention this week after ABC News previewed a report of the allegations it plans to air on “20/20” next month. Jones began working for KBR as an administrative assistant in 2004 when she was 19, but later transferred to Iraq with another Halliburton subsidiary, according to her lawsuit. HOUSTON – The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to give a full account of its investigation into the alleged rape of a female contract worker in Iraq two years ago. Jamie Leigh Jones, a former Conroe resident, filed a federal lawsuit in May against Halliburton Co., its former subsidiary, KBR Inc., and others, saying she was raped by co-workers while working for a Halliburton subsidiary at Camp Hope, Baghdad, in 2005. The Associated Press usually does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted, but Jones’ face and name have been broadcast by ABC News and appear on her own Web site. In a letter dated Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., asked Attorney General Michael Mukasey whether his office had investigated Jones’ claims and whether the Justice Department has jurisdiction to prosecute under military provisions of the USA Patriot Act. last_img read more

How Conte’s Man United could line-up if ex-Chelsea boss replaces Jose Mourinho

first_imgAntonio Conte has been linked with a shock return to English football, with Italian reports claiming he is in the frame for the Manchester United job.Conte, the former Chelsea boss, is said to be a target of United’s as doubts have emerged over the future of Jose Mourinho, the club’s current manager. Were Conte to be appointed Man United boss, it is likely he would look to replicate at Old Trafford the same system that has already brought him such great success in England.Mourinho has, at times, utilised a three at the back set-up, including the ill-fated decision to play Scott McTominay, the midfielder, in defence for Saturday’s 3-1 loss to West Ham. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won revealed tense How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 8 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Antonio Conte won two major trophies in his time at Stamford Bridge The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Conte first introduced his three at the back set-up midway through a defeat at Arsenal on September 24, 2016. The Blues were 3-0 down at the break having begun the game playing a 4-1-4-1 they were using from the start of the campaign, and Conte switched things around by introducing Marcos Alonso and Pedro from the substitutes bench.Chelsea were much improved in the second period, and the match ended by that 3-0 scoreline which was already in place at half-time.One week later, the 3-4-3 made its debut appearance as Chelsea’s first-choice formation, with Alonso and Victor Moses both starting their first games of the season in the wing-back positions. Cesar Azpilicueta moved from left-back to the right side of the three-man central defence, and both Cesc Fabregas and Oscar were dropped to field a midfield pairing of Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante.Chelsea beat Hull 2-0 that Saturday afternoon, with this result kick-starting a winning run that matched the Premier League record of 13 consecutive victories. FAREWELL Mourinho is said to be facing the axe at Old Trafford Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 8 As solid as a three at the back system can be, the actual quality of the defenders needs to be high for the team to defend well, and United’s defenders have shown they are simply not very good.Antonio Valencia is not getting any younger and surely cannot be relied upon to cover the entire right flank for a full 90 minutes week in, week out, though Diogo Dalot has shown potential to suggest he could replace the 33-year-old relatively soon.The attacking trio looks fearsome as long as Conte can whip Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial into shape, but the biggest issue is Mourinho’s current nemesis – Paul Pogba.Trusting Pogba in a midfield two is tantamount to hari-kari, as the France international is, putting it lightly, prone to numerous defensive lapses. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? IN DEMAND gameday cracker Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? 8 silverware gameday cracker predicted Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most read in Premier League Nonetheless, the Portuguese has enjoyed some success with a 3-5-2, and it was this formation that helped United beat Conte’s Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Blues’ title-winning season; Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly lined up in defence, and Ander Herrera completed a sublime man-marking performance on Eden Hazard that completely nullified the Belgium forward.Mourinho proved the players are capable of lining up in Conte’s favoured system, though questions do remain. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Pogba, and Arturo Vidal, were allowed to roam forward knowing there would always be two midfielders back to prevent an opposition counter, and the back five’s defensive structure was so rigid it provided a further base to build attacks upon.Pressing developed into a facet of Juve’s game plan under Conte – based around Carlos Tevez’s excellent work rate – and Pogba was occasionally used as a weapon to aid this approach; he would take up a much higher starting position than usual to push back the opposing team’s midfield, which would often leave them out of shape and afford Andrea Pirlo plenty of time to dictate the match from deep.Conte’s 3-5-2, his preferred formation before the 3-4-3 that Chelsea excelled with, is the much more natural fit for United’s current squad – especially as Pogba can take up the exact same role he played half a decade ago in Turin. changes Conte is, reportedly, not Man United’s first choice to replace Mourinho, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane lined up by Old Trafford chiefs. However, there is real sense behind United’s interest in the Italian – perhaps more so than is behind wanting Zidane.He knows the Premier League – and is a proven winner of it – and has a tactical system proven to work in England’s top flight. United’s squad suits Conte’s set-up and style of play, and if he opted to utilise a 3-5-2 at Old Trafford the club could finally see the best of Paul Pogba, who has yet to prove he is worth the £89million United paid for him in 2016.Furthermore, Conte is unattached and available to sign, and he could feel he has unfinished business in England having been sacked by Chelsea despite winning two trophies in just two years. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest Latest Manchester United news REVEALED boost RANKED whoops SORRY For all his faults, Conte guided Chelsea to incredible heights as they secured the league championship in 2016/17. The Blues became the first ever team to win the Premier League playing a three at the back formation, and they did so by breaking the record for most wins in a season (30), and equalling the records for consecutive wins in a season (13), fewest draws in a season (3), fewest home draws in a season (0), and home and away wins against different sides (12). REVEALED targets Pogba’s lack of defensive work rate was displayed in United’s draw with Wolves. Pogba lost the ball in the centre circle and failed to track Wolves’ runners as they moved towards United’s box, with Joao Moutinho finding himself in acres of space to fire past David de Gea Aside from dropping Pogba entirely – a decision that would not go down favourably with United’s powerbrokers – one fix would be to play the midfielder in a naturally more advanced position. Conte occasionally selected Cesc Fabregas as part of his front three in place of a natural winger, and it’s easy to imagine Pogba playing the same sort of inside-forward role as the Spaniard did.Or, if getting the best out of Pogba is his priority, Conte could look further back than his Chelsea spell and dig into his past to find the answer.Pogba developed into the player he is today at Juventus, with Conte as his manager. Despite starting his time in Turin utilising a 4-4-2, Conte switched to a three at the back system during his second season, and continued with this set-up in his third and final campaign with the perennial Serie A champions, 2013/14.Pogba really started to shine in that final season, establishing himself as a key starter for the club under Conte. While questions remain over Pogba’s suitability to a 3-4-3, Conte got the best out the France star in Italy with a more reserved 3-5-2 set-up. deals United used a three-man defence at West Ham to little success silverware 8 Conte played Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante in his 3-4-3 at Chelsea – both defensive-minded players who sat back and allowed the front three to do their jobs in the final third. Matic would be a fine choice to fulfil the same role for United as he did for the Blues, but Pogba’s desire to rove forward would leave the side far too open to be caught on the counter; United would be more overloaded 3-3-1-3 than 3-4-3. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Mourinho is under intense pressure after United lost their third league game of the season on Saturday, and there are suggestions he could lose his job sometime this week if things don’t improve.Chelsea looked to Conte to replace Mourinho, via Guus Hiddink’s short spell as caretaker manager, back in 2016, and the Italian went on to win the Premier League and FA Cup in his two seasons at Stamford Bridge.He was sacked at the end of last season and replaced by Maurizio Sarri, and Conte remains on the market having yet to find a new job. REVEALED Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested 8 8 8 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 8last_img read more

Men’s Golf Defeats Loyola for Seventh Place Finish at Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play

first_img DADE CITY, Fla. – The Drake University men’s golf team defeated Missouri Valley Conference foe Loyola, 3.5-2.5, to place seventh on the final day of the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play event Monday, Feb. 12, at the Lake Jovita Country Club. Story Links Final Results Drake was led by two of its freshman, Lucas Scherf and Shayne Patel, who each won their respective matches. Scherf dominated Vance, 7&6, while Patel edged Magee, 3&2, for this third win in three matches. Junior Kyle MacDonald won his second-straight match, beating Anderson, 2&1. Tommi Avant halved his match.center_img Drake travels to Spring, Texas, Feb. 25-26, for the Colin Montgomerie Invitational hosted by Houston Baptist University. Seventh Place: (7) Drake, 3.5 vs. (8) Loyola, 2.5Tommi Avant (Drake) vs. O. Yamt (Loyola), ASD. Johnson (Loyola) def. Chase Wicklund (Drake) 1UPKyle MacDonald (Drake) def. T. Anderson (Loyola), 2&1J. LaFrance (Loyola) def. Arjun Reddy (Drake), 4&3Lucas Scherf (Drake) def. N. Vance (Loyola), 7&6Shayne Patel (Drake) def. R. Magee (Loyola), 3&2 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more