Carver haunted by Di Canio memory

first_img “I said, ‘Sorry Ruud, what did you say there?’ He said he was going to leave out Alan and Duncan, and this was going to be the team. I said, ‘Do you know how important this game is?’ “He used to call everyone ‘lovely boy’, and his exact words were, ‘Lovely boy, I have played in some massive derbies. I’ve played in them against Ajax, London derbies and I played in the Milan derby too’. “I said, ‘Yeah, but do you actually know what this means?’ He said, ‘I’ve already told you – I’ve played in massive derbies’. I went, ‘Yeah, but you haven’t played in one like this Ruud’.” In the event, goals from Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips cancelled out Kieron Dyer’s opener and left Gullit in an untenable position. Carver said: “I actually thought, ‘If we don’t win it, he’s gone’. This was before it all happened Then we played the game. We were 1-0 up, then the equaliser, then 2-1, and the heavens opened. “I walked in afterwards, and there’s Ruud in the room writing on his pad. I said to him, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘You know what I’m doing, lovely boy’.” Sunday will be a big day for Magpies midfielder Jack Colback, who will return to his former club for the first time since he helped them to three of those four derby victories, although Carver has no qualms about his ability to handle the occasion. He said: “I’ll be having a chat with him about how he deals with the situation, but he’s a big enough character and personality to deal with the whole thing. For him to come here and score against us as a Newcastle fan, he dealt with that situation, and he’s signed for us and dealt with that situation. I’m sure he’ll deal with the occasion as long as he plays the game, not the occasion.” He said: “When Paolo was sliding on his knees, I’ve never been so agitated in my life. I wanted to take the law into my own hands that day because of what I was watching our in our stadium. “It was very, very difficult to take, but you have to take it on the chin and accept it. From that day, that is something that really motivates and drives me to try to get the right result. “This is your own stadium, this is your home and it was embarrassing. It was an embarrassing performance and I was embarrassed to be part of that. “I was embarrassed about the way we played that day. Him doing that p****d me off, I’ve got to be honest, but I was embarrassed about the way we played.” Sunderland will equal Newcastle’s run of five derby wins on the trot between 2002 and 2006 if they manage to claim just a third Barclays Premier League victory of the season on home soil. Carver has experienced the joy of success in the fixture during his spells working under Sir Bobby Robson and Pardew, but also sampled the bitter taste of defeat in one of the more notable clashes between the near neighbours as a coach during Ruud Gullit’s ill-fated spell as manager. The Dutchman famously opted to leave star striker Alan Shearer and side-kick Duncan Ferguson out of the game at a rain-lashed St James’ on August 25, 1999, and he paid the ultimate price for a 2-1 defeat. Carver said: “We were at the old training ground at Durham Cricket Club and I was in the room with (assistant manager) Steve Clarke and Ruud. All of a sudden, he started talking about what the team was going to be against Sunderland. John Carver will never forget the sight of Paolo di Canio sliding across the St James’ Park turf on his knees in celebration. Di Canio’s joyous celebration of Adam Johnson’s goal in a remarkable 3-0 derby victory on Tyneside for Sunderland in April 2013, remains an iconic image for Black Cats’ fans long after the controversial Italian’s brief, if eventful, reign came to an end. But it did not go down well in the home dug-out, particularly with Geordie Carver, then Alan Pardew’s assistant. Press Associationlast_img read more

Best to come from Mahrez – Ranieri

first_img In a largely forgettable game in which both teams lacked a cutting edge in the final third, Mahrez was relatively quiet for much of the afternoon, although most of the good things that Leicester did went through the 24-year-old. His attacking qualities are there for all to see but it is going the other way where Ranieri believes Mahrez must work to improve his all-round game. “Mahrez is important but all the team is very important. In this moment he is in great condition and he is very good for the team,” said Ranieri. “His passing is good, his shooting is good and his ideas are good – that is important for all the team. ” But I am an Italian manager and I am interested also in how he defends, and he is getting better. “He will improve and at the end he could be a very, very complete player.” After beginning the season with back-to-back victories against Sunderland and West Ham, the visit of Tottenham was the most difficult assignment yet for Ranieri’s men. And the Italian was interested to see how his team compared to those challenging at the upper echelons of the Barclays Premier League. He said: “I wanted to see the gap between us and to reach the Champions League, because Tottenham have been challenging for that. The level of the Tottenham players is very high. “I see a lot of spirit in the team when we come back 25 seconds after conceding the goal. “We played very well tactically and I am very satisfied. I think the draw was right. “The whole team has started well and is doing a very good job and is taking confidence.” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was angered by the way his side conceded an equaliser so quickly after going in front at the King Power Stadium. Substitute Alli, a £5million signing from MK Dons last season, stooped to head Spurs into the lead from a Nacer Chadli cross after 81 minutes. But the advantage was extremely short-lived as Leicester went straight up the other end and equalised through Mahrez. The draw means Spurs are without a win in their first three games – letting leads slip in the last two – prompting Pochettino to call for more focus from his players. “It was 50/50, a very difficult game for both teams,“ he said. “In the second half we played much better. I am disappointed with the draw. Last game against Stoke we lost a 2-0 lead and we did it again. We deserved more again but it is a shame. “We need to compete better to the end because against Stoke we conceded late also – two goals. “I am angry and disappointed, not frustrated. The mistake we made today is difficult to explain. “My concern and my focus this week will be to compete much better.“ Press Association Mahrez maintained his sparkling start to the season with another goal on Saturday – his fourth of the campaign – as the Foxes came from behind to draw 1-1 with Tottenham and preserve their unbeaten record. The Algeria international curled a lovely left-foot shot past Hugo Lloris from the right-hand side of the penalty area less than a minute after Dele Alli had headed Spurs in front. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is working on making Riyad Mahrez a more complete player.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger revels in Arsenal’s perfect week

first_img The Gunners had beaten Bayern Munich on Tuesday night to kickstart their Champions League campaign, and were out to take advantage of leaders Manchester City not playing until Sunday’s derby with United at Old Trafford. Quickfire first-half goals from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny in the space of two minutes look to have set the Gunners up for a comfortable evening. However, Everton were back in the contest just before half-time when Ross Barkley’s effort deflected in off Arsenal defender Gabriel. After Giroud had hit the crossbar, the visitors, who lost captain Phil Jagielka to what could be a serious knee injury, rallied, with Romelu Lukaku sending a header onto the top of the woodwork. Gerard Deulofeu saw a late effort beaten away by a great block from goalkeeper Petr Cech, before Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil hit the outside of the post and then Toffees’ midfielder Gareth Barry was shown a second yellow card in stoppage time. While Wenger accepts there is little to read into the league table just yet, things are now starting to come together for the Gunners, who had Theo Walcott kept in reserve on the bench. “It is a perfect week and it is not easy to have that,” said the Arsenal boss. “I believe that we will keep that solidarity, that desire to do well and I think we are well focused to do well and together we have improved on that front and we know that when we have the ball we can create goal chances. “We went to Watford and won 3-0 and beat Bayern Munich 2-0 and beat Everton tonight in one week, it has been a fantastic week. It is not easy. “The only negatives is that we lost some players through in jury during the week, but I will have to rest some players Tuesday night against Sheffield (Wednesday in the Capital One Cup) as I think for some players I think it will be one game too many for them.” Press Association Wenger admitted he did not expect Arsenal to be at the head of the table at this stage following their poor start. “I thought after 10 games, no, honestly. I thought it would take much longer because Manchester City started with five wins, so it was difficult to envisage that we would come back but we had no choice,” said Wenger. “But we are there, that shows we have made some ground up, so let’s keep our togetherness and fight for the future games, that is all we can do. “It is very early in the season but we are happy to be where we are.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez, whose side were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United last weekend, believes the Gunners will have a big part to play in this season’s title race. “Arsenal is in very good form and if you allow them to do what they are good at they will stand out in the competition, but I don’t think it is going to be decided yet in October,” he said. “The season is very long, it is very demanding. We have got very good teams and probably it is going to go down to the very last game.” England defender Jagielka, meanwhile, will undergo tests to determine the extent of the damage. “It will take probably 48 hours to find out the damage, but it’s not good,” said Martinez. “We do not know at this point the extent but the structure we know is going to be damaged. To lose Jagielka in such a stupid challenge, an unnecessary challenge is frustrating.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reflected on a “perfect week” after watching his side battle to a 2-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium which sent them top of the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

Wayne Rooney granted a testimonial by Manchester United

first_imgManchester United have granted Wayne Rooney a testimonial following a campaign by supporters to honour the striker’s long service to the club. Rooney will play in a testimonial match for a Manchester United XI against a yet-to-be-named opponent at Old Trafford on August 3, 2016. Details of the players and managers who will be involved on the day are expected to be revealed over the next few weeks. The 30-year-old has vowed to donate all the profits from the match to the NSPCC, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Claire House Hospice, and the Manchester United Foundation through the newly-formed Wayne Rooney foundation. Rooney’s representatives said United awarded the striker the testimonial following a meeting between “like-minded individuals and Manchester United fans” who wrote to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward asking that a testimonial be awarded following the player’s 11-year spell at the club. “I would like to thank everyone involved in making this testimonial become a reality,” the United and England captain said. “Most of all I want to thank the fans for all their incredible support for me and the team since I joined the club. “The match night will obviously be special for me and my family but I hope it will be a night of celebration for all involved and that we can also deliver one or two surprises. “Most of all I hope the fans will come out in force and help raise as much money as possible for these amazing charities, all of which are very close to my heart for different reasons.” Since joining United from Everton in 2004, Rooney has won the Premier League five times, the League Cup twice and the Champions League on one occasion. The striker has also gained a host of individual accolades and is now just 13 goals short of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record. “I am delighted that United fans will be able to celebrate Wayne’s amazing years at the club in this way,” Woodward said. “From his sensational debut hat-trick to the latest of his 236 goals, he has been a central figure in what has been one of the most successful periods in the club’s history, winning everything from the Club World Cup, through the Champions League and League Cup to his five Premier League titles. “Wayne has selected good causes very close to his heart and the club is delighted to play its part, in providing Old Trafford as a fitting stage for such a game.” Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford added: “When I told Wayne that the a group of fans had come together to form a testimonial committee in his honour and had been granted the rights by the club he immediately insisted that all money raised should go to charities working for disadvantaged and sick children. “I wasn’t surprised because it is typical of Wayne as a man and as father. On Wayne’s behalf we are now working hard to make the event a huge success, memorable for the fans, and creating real benefits for those who depend on Wayne’s charities.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Morgan Schneiderlin is an illness doubt for Manchester United

first_img Press Association Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has returned to training following his illness but is still a doubt for Manchester United’s home game against West Brom. Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Jones, Rojo, Tuanzebe, Smalling, Mata, Carrick, Blind, Young, Herrera, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Lingard, Depay, Pereira, Martial, Rooney, Wilson. center_img Ashley Young looks set to continue at right-back as Matteo Darmian is suspended and Antonio Valencia is still out with a foot injury. Long-term absentees Luke Shaw (leg) and Paddy McNair (abdomen) remain sidelined. last_img read more

Everton boss Roberto Martinez excited by lengthy run of fixtures

first_img Press Association Everton, who have finished fifth and then 11th in their two seasons under the Spaniard so far, are currently ninth in the table after 12 games. And asked ahead of the Villa contest what his team could achieve this term, Martinez said: “I think that’s the theme of this period – from now until the next international break, that is exactly the answer we need to find. “Now is our time to show what we can do and how good we can be, and clearly the next 19 league games are going to give us that answer.” Martinez insists he has no targets in mind at this stage in terms of either points or final position, with his sole focus for now the visit of Villa, the league’s bottom club. “It’s such an incredible block of fixtures now – a really, really important period starting with the game on Saturday,” he said. “It is a block of football where we are going to be trying to forge our best possible (performance). “It’s impossible to set targets now – the only target is to win the next game. “Then, when you get into March and are ready for the final few games of the season, that is when you have that dream or final target.” The international break just concluded was the third so far in 2015-16, but the next one is not until March. And between now and then, Martinez’s men are scheduled to play 19 Barclays Premier League matches – beginning with this weekend’s home clash with Aston Villa – as well as ties in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is relishing his side tackling the “incredible block of fixtures” ahead that starts on Saturday and will go a long way towards determining how their season pans out. Everton’s last home outing was a 6-2 thumping of Sunderland and Martinez has called on the Toffees to replicate the attacking threat showed then on Saturday, while at the same time stressing the need for better defensive work. He has also suggested he has a good idea of what to expect from Villa, despite them having only had one game so far – a 0-0 home draw with league leaders Manchester City – under new boss Remi Garde. “I don’t think it’s difficult at all (to assess Villa at the moment),” Martinez said. “They were very impressive against City. The new manager has come in with a very clear idea of the way he wants Villa playing, and he has a really good experience of the British game from his time as a player (with Arsenal). “I think – if you follow a little bit the success he had with (previous club) Lyon – you are going to see a team based on attacking football. “And I think the togetherness and the fighting spirit they had against Manchester City is a really good starting point for this new chapter in his career.” last_img read more

Tropical Storm Arthur Forms Near Florida’s East Coast, No Threat to Land

first_imgAs expected, Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the east-central coast of Florida late Saturday.A tropical storm warning has been issued for the North Carolina outer banks.A warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.Arthur is currently moving toward the north-northeast near 9 mph. A motion toward the north-northeast or northeast is expected Sunday. After that time, a faster northeastward motion is expected into Monday.Weather conditions here in South Florida are expected to improve throughout the day on Sunday, as the system pulls away from Florida.Courtesy: WPTV NewsChannel 5At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC) Sunday, the center of Tropical Storm Arthur was located near latitude 30.3 North, longitude 77.4 West.On the forecast track, Arthur will remain well offshore the east coast of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina on Sunday, and then move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday.Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Arthur is likely to lose its tropical characteristics on Tuesday.Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center.The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).last_img read more

Health Dept Confirms Some Labs Were Not Reporting Negative Tests

first_img“In recent days, the Florida Department of Health noticed that some smaller, private labs weren’t reporting negative test result data to the state,” Connor wrote. “The Department immediately began working with those labs to ensure that all results were being reported in order to provide comprehensive and transparent data.”She went on to say that the Department of Health will continue to educate labs “on the proper protocol for reporting COVID-19 test results.”So far, state health officials have not disclosed how many labs reported incomplete data. The Florida Department of Health confirmed Wednesday that some private labs were not reporting negative COVID-19 test results to them, as required by the state.That ended up leading to 100 percent positivity rates being reported for those labs.Department of Health spokeswoman Olga Connor told Miami television station WPLG in an email that public and private labs are required to report all of their COVID-19 test results to the state, regardless of whether the tests are positive or negative.More FALSE C0vid Positives: 333 Florida Covid Testing labs were reported 100% positive tests in the State Report for 3,528 tests. That is 34% of FL’s 10,360 new cases. Huge difference.Yet we are ushering in a tyrannical NEW NORMAL & more lockdowns bc of these false ‘new cases!’— DeAnna Lorraine (@DeAnna4Congress) July 15, 2020last_img read more

MLB temporarily suspends Marlins season through the weekend amid coronavirus outbreak

first_imgMajor League Baseball has suspended the Miami Marlins’ season through Sunday, after an outbreak of coronavirus that infected half the Marlin’s team.MLB players are constantly assessing whether they should keep playing. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the season could be in jeopardy. But MLB came up with a patchwork schedule for the rest of this week and said that among more than 6,400 tests conducted since Friday, there were no new positives among on-field personnel from any team other than the Marlins.In a statement, MLB said it wanted to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and plan for a resumption of play early next week. MLB also postponed the three remaining games in this week’s Phillies-New York Yankees series.The Marlins remained stranded in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend. The Phillies-Yankees games through Thursday were postponed “out of an abundance of caution,” MLB said, although no Phillies players have tested positive.The Marlins received positive test results for four additional players, bringing their total to 15, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person declined to be identified because the results had not been publicly released.Nine players on the 30-man roster, two taxi squad players and two staff members tested positive earlier.While baseball battles its logistical challenges, the NBA and NHL are resuming their seasons in bubble environments, with basketball at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and hockey at Edmonton, Alberta, and Toronto.The NFL has opted not to create a bubble environment as training camps open this week.last_img read more

DI-S girls’ remarkable run ends in regional semifinals

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 BANGOR — As the Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ basketball team walked off the floor for the final time this season, the feeling of disappointment was short-lived.Deer Isle-Stonington’s Brienna Limeburner looks to drive to the basket during the second half of a girls’ basketball playoff game against Woodland on Feb. 22 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Deer Isle-Stonington lost the game 54-45 but still finished the season with a 17-1 record. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLLosing at the Cross Insurance Center is never easy, but when the Mariners left for the locker room after Thursday’s semifinal game, coaches and players hugged one another, opponents applauded and fans cheered. After all the team had done over the past two and a half months, it was no less than it deserved.Deer Isle-Stonington’s remarkable 2017-18 season came to an end Thursday with a 54-45 loss to No. 2 Woodland in the Class D North semifinals in Bangor. The loss ended a streak of 17 straight wins for the previously undefeated Mariners, but it could take nothing away from what was one of their best seasons in years.“It hurts to lose, definitely, but we had a great season,” junior Lily Gray said. “We had never won a game at the Cross Center before, and we did that this year. It was a lot of fun.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textComing off a 33-20 quarterfinal victory against sixth-ranked Ashland five days earlier, the Mariners hung with Woodland in the opening minutes with five points from Gray. Even after the Dragons (17-3) took a 29-13 lead into halftime, the Mariners never let the difference grow any bigger than that.In the game’s final minutes, Deer Isle-Stonington almost came away with an improbable win when it cut the lead to seven points with about a minute remaining. Only through efficient rebounding and foul shooting in the last minute could Woodland close it out and advance to play for the regional championship.Deer Isle-Stonington’s Brienna Limeburner (middle) receives a pass from teammate Katie Hutchinson as Woodland’s Sadie Smith defends during the first half of a girls’ basketball playoff game Feb. 22 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Limeburner had eight points for the Mariners, and Hutchinson pulled down 10 rebounds. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTOS BY MIKE MANDELL“I thought we showed real determination coming back,” head coach Randy Shepard said. “If one of those 3s goes in or if the game had been a few minutes longer, we might have pulled it off. The girls gave a spirited effort.”Gray led third-ranked Deer Isle-Stonington in scoring with 19 points, and Brienna Limeburner scored eight. Sophomore Katie Hutchinson recorded 10 rebounds for the Mariners.Although Gray tapered off in the second and early third quarters, her four 3-pointers late in the game were a big reason for the Mariners’ comeback. Once she embraced the moment, the junior guard couldn’t be stopped.“I was a little bit nervous coming in here because I knew this was a better team than the others we’ve played this season,” Gray said. “That made it a bit hard for me to get going at first, but I was able to block it all out in the end and start making those shots.”Deer Isle-Stonington has been a fixture in the tournament in recent years, but this year was still a significant step up from past seasons. The quarterfinal win over Ashland was the team’s first playoff victory since 2012, and the resulting semifinal appearance marked the team’s deepest tournament run since falling 50-43 against Washburn in the 2011 regional title game.Deer Isle-Stonington’s Kaylee Morey (left) drives the lane as teammate Orly Vaughn sets a screen against Woodland’s Brooke Russell during the second half of a girls’ basketball playoff game Feb. 22 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL2018 is also unlikely to be the last time the Mariners make such a run. With everyone but 6-foot senior Orly Vaughn returning, the Mariners will have the tools they need to remain among the top teams in Class D North.That’s not to say it will be easy to replace Vaughn, whose size and defensive capabilities made it hard for opponents to score inside against Deer Isle-Stonington all season. Yet Gray, Limeburner, Hutchinson, Rylee Eaton, Kaylee Morey and other talents are all set to return for the Mariners next year, and Vaughn is still confident her teammates will be able to deliver.“These girls will come back and give everyone a run for their money,” Vaughn said. “I bet we’ll see them here again.” Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Postslast_img read more