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Pogba injury heaps pressure on Man Utd boss Solskjaer

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Ole Gunnar SolskjaerManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Paul Pogba is a doubt for Manchester United’s match against Arsenal, giving beleaguered manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a fresh headache as he juggles his scant attacking resources.The France midfielder hurt his ankle again in the League Cup match with Rochdale in midweek on his return to the side after not playing since late August.Pogba played the whole game as United edged past the League One team on penalties after a 1-1 draw but he did not take a penalty and did not attend a team bonding dinner at Juan Mata’s restaurant after the game.Solskjaer revealed on Friday that his ankle knock was the reason he did not join his teammates.“The situation is Paul finished the game, 90 minutes fantastically, but he got a knock to his ankle which is very swollen,” said Solskjaer.“So it was better for him not to go there with the team and he’s in a race for Monday. He is a doubt, but that is the way it is.”Forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are also facing a battle to be fit for Monday’s game at Old Trafford, with Solskjaer short of attacking options.Martial is still trying to recover from a thigh injury sustained last month while Rashford limped off with a groin problem in the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Sunday.If neither of those two makes it, Mason Greenwood will be in line to start his first Premier League game. The 17-year-old has scored in each of United’s past two home games, against Astana in the Europa League and then against Rochdale, so his manager would have no qualms about throwing him in against the Gunners.“Mason has proven that when he is in the box, he’s dangerous,” said the Norwegian. “What has pleased me about him is that he doesn’t turn down chances to finish.“We have managed him as you can’t just throw him in the deep end all the time. But he has proved in those games he is ready for it.”United are currently languishing in eighth spot in the Premier League with eight points from their six matches and only one league win in the past five.It is not the start that United fans were hoping for, but Solskjaer said the team were making progress.“I never said it was going to be easy this season,” he said. “There are going to be bumps in the road, highs and lows. But when we lose a game, we have to trust ourselves and what we are doing.“We have to keep our eyes on the prize and the principles we believe in. It is a team that is evolving and improving. There are no issues with the attitude, the work rate, the desire.“You can see the boys want to impress, and want to do well.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Russian to the rescue as Prokhorov saves Nets

first_imgThe idea that a Russian would someday buy an NBA team was even more preposterous. The entire country couldn’t scrape together enough rubles for that.Now Prokhorov owns the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets. And, if his debut under the spotlight in New York is any indication, the American sports oligarchy will never be the same.Sure, Mark Cuban is entertaining, but what could be more fun than a 6-foot-6 self-deprecating multibillionaire who cracks jokes and doesn’t flinch at the idea of taking on the Knicks on their own turf?“I come in peace,” Prokhorov said May 19.Russians, it turns out, do have a sense of humor.Prokhorov will need it, and more, because of the tall task that awaits him. The Nets are a miserable franchise, so mired in losing that David Stern should have handed them the No. 1 draft pick instead of allowing the Ping-Pong balls to drop the way of the Washington Wizards.Prokhorov invested $200 million and a promise of many millions more with little to show for it other than membership in the NBA and a future new arena in Brooklyn. He didn’t get the No. 1 draft pick, and he doesn’t know if the many talents of LeBron James will even be up for a bid.One week into his new job, though, he’s already talking about going up against the Knicks for fans and the Lakers for championships. How he plans to turn the beleaguered Nets around isn’t quite clear, but he insists he does have a plan.“If I tell you, I’d have to kill you,” he told reporters in New York.Funny guy, this Russian whom Forbes recently ranked No. 39 among the world’s billionaires with assets of $13.8 billion. Other reports say he’s worth closer to $18 billion.Suffice it to say he is rich enough to barely blink when he lost a $53 million deposit recently on a chateau in France. Rich enough to have a $45 million yacht he barely uses because he gets seasick easily.Whether that’s enough to get LeBron may determine the viability of Prokhorov’s plan to win an NBA title within five years. Though the Nets have plenty of cap money that would have gone unused under the previous ownership, there’s a handful of other teams that can also sign James to the maximum contract.If Prokhorov’s first days of ownership are any indication, though, he may prove a hard man to turn down.He showed up at the draft lottery to personally represent the Nets, a task most NBA owners relegate to their underlings. Clearly, he intends to be the public face of the franchise, a role most owners in the league shun—except for Cuban—and he cut an imposing figure in his first real public appearance.Prokhorov began the day by having breakfast with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Nets part-owner Jay-Z, then moved on to a brunch with reporters, where he made his first move by unceremoniously dumping general manager and interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe.There will be many more moves soon, as expected when someone inherits a team that lost 70 games in a season. Most interesting, though, may be the moves Prokhorov makes that have nothing to do with the team he puts on the court.He seems to have intentions of fulfilling Stern’s goal of making the NBA an international brand all by himself, and he surely has the reach and resources to do it. The Nets may have trouble winning over die-hard Knicks fans, but imagine the fan base he could build for the team in Russia.“With exceptional international exposure no other team can reach, there will be fans of the Nets from New Jersey to Brooklyn to Moscow,” Prokhorov predicted.Stern loves this guy so much he quickly brushed off any questions about foreign ownership of an NBA team when Prokhorov came forward. Easy to see why. With him, Stern has a rock star owner with deep pockets who will spread the gospel of the NBA wherever he travels.Thirty years ago, Bird and Johnson helped save the NBA by ushering in a new era of superstardom that captured the imagination of a teenager in the Soviet Union.The task is easier for Prokhorov. He just has to save the Nets. ‘I COME IN PEACE’—New Jersey Nets new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, of Russia, speaks to reporters during a news conference, May 19 in New York. by Tim DahlbergAP Sports Columnist (AP) —Mikhail Prokhorov got a chance to meet Larry Bird the other night, though he could be forgiven if he didn’t recognize him. The Bird he knew, after all, was the young blond he saw in grainy videotapes wearing tight shorts and taking on Magic Johnson.A lot has changed in 30 years, not the least of which is the shorts.Back then, the Cold War was still raging. The U.S. and Soviet Union boycotted each other’s Olympics, and the idea that one day they might compete in sports without political overtones seemed preposterous.last_img read more

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Mahomes throws 6 TDs, Chiefs hold off Steelers 42-37

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Patrick Mahomes tied a franchise record with six touchdown passes and the Kansas City Chiefs put on an impressive offensive display in a 42-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) plays in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) The 22-year-old Mahomes finished 23 of 28 for 326 yards in his third career start as the Chiefs (2-0) won in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1986. Mahomes has 10 touchdown passes through two weeks, the most ever by a quarterback through two games in NFL history.Trevor Kelce caught seven passes for 109 yards and two scores. Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, Kareem Hunt and Demarcus Robinson also hauled in touchdown passes as the Chiefs recovered in the second half after blowing an early 21-pont lead.Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shook off an achy right elbow that limited him in practice during the week, completing 39 of 60 passes for 452 yards and three touchdowns. The 36-year-old also leapt into the end zone for a 3-yard score with 1:59 to go that got the Steelers (0-1-1) within five.Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, right, makes a catch for a touchdown in front of Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller (23) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Rather than attempt an onside kick, Pittsburgh sent it deep. Two runs by Hunt gave Kansas City a big first down and Steelers linebacker Tyler Matakevich was flagged for roughing the punter as the Chiefs ended a six-game losing streak in Pittsburgh.It might be the first of several turnarounds by the Chiefs, who made the surprising decision trade away veteran Alex Smith in the offseason and place the franchise in the hands of untested but strong-armed Mahomes.So far, so very, very good.A week after throwing for four scores in a victory over the Chargers, Mahomes picked up right where he left off. He needed just 13 minutes to toss three touchdowns as the Chiefs built a quick 21-0 lead, the last one a flip in the flat to Hunt in which the running back walked through a tackle by rookie safety Terrell Edmunds and into the end zone.The Steelers received the break they needed to get back into the game when a Roethlisberger fumble that resulted in a Kansas City touchdown was waved off due to a defensive penalty. Pittsburgh reeled off touchdowns on its next three possessions to pull even at the break.The Steelers stalled a bit in the second half. Mahomes did not.A nifty toe-tap by Robinson in the back of the end zone put Kansas City up 35-28 with 3:15 left in the third quarter and Kansas City’s next possession ended with Mahomes getting the ball to Hill, who darted 29 yards to the end zone.center_img STATS AND MORE STATSThe six touchdown passes by Mahomes tied the most ever allowed by the Steelers in franchise history. Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly threw six against Pittsburgh in 1991. … Pittsburgh tight end Jesse James set a career-high with 138 yards receiving. … Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught nine passes for 67 yards, becoming the fastest player in NFL history to cross the 750-career reception total (117 games). … Roethlisberger moved past John Elway and into seventh for career passing yards. … The Chiefs scored six touchdowns and had just 27:49 time of possession. Their longest scoring drive lasted just 3:57. … Mahomes’ six scores tied Len Dawson’s franchise mark set in 1964 against Denver when the Chiefs played in the American Football League.INJURIESChiefs: Get well Eric Berry. The veteran safety remains out with a sore heel and Kansas City’s defensive backfield hasn’t exactly stepped up in his absence. The Chiefs have allowed 870 yards in the air through two games. Part of the blame — if that’s the word — can be placed on opponents playing catch-up after getting buried early by Mahomes and company.Steelers: Pittsburgh’s secondary badly missed cornerback Joe Haden, who sat out with a strained right hamstring. There appeared to be communication issues all over the place early on, particularly when it came to finding a way to guard Kelce.UP NEXTChiefs: Welcome San Francisco to Arrowhead Stadium in their 2018 home opener next Sunday.Steelers: Head to Tampa Bay for a Monday night meeting with the Buccaneers on Sept. 24.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Antetokounmpo, Terry lead Bucks over Magic

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum View comments Thomas has solid debut but Lakers fall to Mavericks NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “This was a must-win for us. We were missing some guys and the bench had to come up big,” said Terry, who had only nine 3-pointers for the season before adding three Saturday night. “I can still come in and be a spark,” he said. “At this age you find ways to help your team if you’re on the court.”Milwaukee stayed ahead by hitting 13 of 20 shots in the fourth quarter, winning for the eighth time in 10 games.Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 23 points. Evan Fournier added 20, and Shelvin Mack had 19.Khris Middleton had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee.The Bucks (31-24) won for the sixth straight time in the second game of a back-to-back.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The Magic (18-37) missed 14 straight 3-point shots and saw their three-game winning streak broken.“We were right there the whole game,” said D.J. Augustin, who missed all four of his threes. “I felt like we could have pulled away at the end, but Jason Terry came in and hit some big shots, like he’s been doing his whole career.”Mack made all six of his shots in the first half in leading Orlando to a 54-50 halftime lead. But after Mack made a 3-pointer midway through the second quarter, Orlando missed 16 of its next 17.Hezonja scored nine of Orlando’s first 11 points, and a couple of free throws by Augustin with 3:31 left in the second quarter gave the Magic a nine-point lead, the biggest for either team until the Bucks matched it in the fourth quarter.VOGEL ENCOURAGEDThe Magic’s failure to win a fourth straight game for the first time since December of 2015 did not discourage coach Frank Vogel. “This is the standard of how we want to play. We want to build an extra-pass culture with a competitive spirit on the defensive end,” Vogel said. It takes time for this stuff to develop but it looks pretty good right now.”TIP-INSBucks: C John Henson did not play because of a sore right hamstring. … F Jabari Parker, who has played 71 minutes in four games since returning from a knee injury, was inactive for the second game of a back-to-back. … The Bucks are 9-3 in the second game of back-to-backs.Magic: Four days after scoring a career-high 34 points against Cleveland, F Jonathon Simmons had nine on 4-for-14 shooting. … F Aaron Gordon (seven games, strained left hip flexor) and C Nikola Vucevic (21 games, fractured left hand) are expected to return soon.UP NEXTBucks: Host Atlanta on Tuesday night.Magic: At Chicago on Monday night. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH A couple of 3-pointers by the 40-year-old Terry put the Bucks ahead to stay late in the third quarter, although the game stayed close until Antetokounmpo’s three-point play made it 107-100 with 45.7 seconds left.“I’m not sure a lot of teams have a guy like Giannis,” Milwaukee coach Joe Prunty said. “You can go up and down the stat sheet and you know it’s going to be filled.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 6-foot-11 forward had a modest game by his standards, compiling five rebounds, five assists and a couple of blocks.But the Bucks might not have won without the contribution of Terry, who put them ahead to stay with a couple of 3-pointers late in the third quarter. MOST READ Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Milwaukee Bucks got what they have come to expect from 23-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo and an unexpected boost from 40-year-old Jason TerryAntetokounmpo scored 32 points and Terry came off the bench to score 11 points in the second half in the Bucks’ 111-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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