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Eric Bailly splitting opinion of Manchester United staff amid transfer rumours

first_imgEric Bailly splitting opinion of Manchester United staff amid transfer rumours Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Feb 2019 11:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link639Shares Bailly was linked with Arsenal in January (Picture: Getty)Manchester United staff are split on whether Eric Bailly is good enough to succeed at the club, according to reports.The centre-back was hailed as the man to save United’s defence when he was signed by Jose Mourinho, but has seen a drastic decline in form in the last year.Bailly is still considered by many fans as United’s best defender, but has barely played under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took over. (Picture: Getty)The 24-year-old has started just four games in all competitions under Solskjaer and the Independent claim the United staff at at odds over what to do with Bailly.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHalf of the staff believe Bailly possesses the physicality that has been sorely missing from United’s backline.United’s fragility at the back was laid bare in the 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and the club are targeting a big name addition this summer.But while Bailly may be considered by some as the centre-back to partner the incoming defender, other staff members are concerned about his ‘purer footballing ability’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Bailly is yet to see his fortunes turn around under Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)The signing of a new centre-back will mean the exit of a current Red Devil, and Bailly could be facing the axe.An injury and red card stifled Bailly’s emergence under Solskjaer and speculation was rife in January United were prepared to offload the Ivory Coast international.Arsenal were linked with a move for Bailly, but were reportedly knocked back in their advances as United decided to keep hold of their under-performing defender.MORE: Benfica expect Manchester United target Joao Felix to seal Barca or Real transfer Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Arsenal teammate David Luiz

first_imgGabrel and William Saliba will both be eyeing a start against Fulham with Luiz out (Picture: Getty)‘I watched him since I was a kid, I played video games with his character and today it is a dream come true to be here with him and hopefully play next to him soon.‘It is always good to have Brazilian players at the club to welcome me, it is very important for me. I don’t speak English very well and I will try to learn as fast as I can.’Luiz is struggling with a neck injury picked up in the Community Shield and which has since been aggravated in training, with Holding set to start alongside Gabriel in Saturday’s trip to face Fulham at Craven Cottage.MORE: What is the point? Kia Joorabchian slams farcical Mesut Ozil situation at ArsenalMORE: Arsenal fans giddy as William Saliba and Gabriel train together for the first timeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment The summer signing from Lille has been training with his new teammates this week (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal signing Gabriel Magalhaes has praised the influence of David Luiz after just a few training sessions together – though the pair appear unlikely to start together against Fulham.Gabriel made a £25million move from Lille to the Emirates at the start of the month and has been training with his new teammates all week ahead of the return of the Premier League.He looks set to be thrust into immediate action alongside Rob Holding, with Luiz having reportedly picked up a neck injury in the Community Shield win over Liverpool. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Sep 2020 9:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.4kShares Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Arsenal teammate David Luiz Advertisementcenter_img Luiz is a hugely influential presence at Arsenal and Mikel Arteta had been eager to keep one of his most experienced players at the club to help guide and mentor the team’s younger players – which is exactly what he is doing with Gabriel.The former Lille man has made no secret of how excited he is to train with Luiz, telling Arsenal’s website: ‘For sure David Luiz is an example, he is a player I admire very much. I was always a big fan of him and everything he achieved. Advertisement Im learning everyday with him 🤜🏻🤛🏽 @DavidLuiz_4 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/XuJ5e4MHG0— Gabriel Magalhaes (@biel_m04) September 8, 2020 Luiz has been giving Gabriel a crash course in Premier League defending (Picture: Getty)The 33-year-old has been able to take part in training, though, and appears to have quickly struck up a good relationship with compatriot Gabriel since his move from France.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGabriel uploaded an image to social media of the pair engaged in an animated conversation at London Colney, with the older Brazilian having taken his countryman under his wing.‘I’m learning every day with him,’ wrote Gabriel alongside the image, also tagging Luiz.last_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup

first_imgMirae Asset Global Investments Group – The emerging market equities specialist has hired Jad Shams to the newly created role of head of MENA sales. Based in London, Shams will be responsible for building the firm’s sales distribution network across the region. He was formerly a director with Natixis Global Asset Management in Dubai, a senior investment adviser at Credit Agricole Asset Management in Abu Dhabi and a vice-president at Deutsche Asset Management in Frankfurt.M&G Investments – Claudia Calich has been appointed manager of the M&G Emerging Markets Bond fund, formerly managed by Mike Riddell, who will remain on the fund as deputy manager. For much of the last decade, Calich, who joined in October, worked at Invesco in New York, most recently as head of emerging market debt.State Street Global Advisors – SSgA has appointed three research analysts to its fundamental equity team. Robert Allen joins from private equity firm International Investment and Underwriting, while Eoin Ó hÓgáin joins from Centrica. James Savage joins from Depfa Bank.ING Investment Management International – Marcin Adamczyk joins has senior portfolio manager for emerging market debt (EMD) local currency, based in The Hague. He joins from Dutch fiduciary manager MN, where he was a senior EMD fund manager.Oddo Asset Management – Laurent Denize, currently a senior manager at Oddo Asset Management, has been appointed co-CIO. He will start in her new role on 1 December. He will take responsibility for investment management alongside chief executive Nicolas Chaput.Altius Associates – Rhonda Ryan has been appointed as a partner and head of investment for the EMEA region. She was previously managing director and head of the private funds group for Europe at Pinebridge Investments. Before then, she was head of private equity at Insight Investment.Alceda – Silvia Wagner has been appointed managing director at Alceda Fund Management in Luxembourg, subject to regulator approval. She will be responsible for Structuring & Portfolio Management, Finance & Controlling and Central Administration. Prior to joining, she was head of DWS Distribution Services and a member of the managing board at DWS Finanz-Service.Trinity Street Asset Management – Pauline Stuart has been appointed institutional business director, joining from BNY Mellon Asset Management, where she was executive director of institutional business for the EMEA region. Sean Landers has also been appointed institutional business director, most recently working at BMO Capital Markets, where he set up its US equity sales platform in the UK.Carbon Tracker Initiative – Anthony Hobley has been appointed chief executive at the London-based financial think tank. Hobley, a partner at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and global head of its sustainability and climate change practice, will formally take the reins on 1 February. Länsförsäkringar, AP3, Schroders, Pioneer Investments, Mirae Asset Global Investments Group, M&G Investments, State Street Global Advisors, ING Investment Management International, Oddo Asset Management, Altius Associates, Alceda, Trinity Street Asset Management, Carbon Tracker InitiativeLänsförsäringar – The pension fund is planning to sign the UN Principles for Responsible Investment in 2014 and has hired Christina Kusoffsky Hillesöy to head up its responsible investment efforts. She joins from AP3, one of the Swedish national buffer funds, where she was head of communications and sustainable investments. She will join Länsförsäkringar on 1 March 2014 and report to finance director Cecilia Ardström. Ardström said Kusoffsky Hillesöy had been the driver behind the successful work on sustainable investments at AP3 and that, with her on board, Länsförsäkringar would sign the UNPRI next year.Schroders – The company has set up an in-house convertible bond team in Zurich. Peter Reinmuth, the fund manager of Schroder ISF Global Convertible Bond and Asian Convertible Bond; Martin Kuehle, product specialist for the two funds; and Urs Reiter, senior convertibles trader; have all transferred to the company. Damien Vermonet has also been appointed as convertible bond fund manager, joining from Acropole AM.Pioneer Investments – Matthias Inderbitzin has been appointed senior wholesale sales manager for Switzerland. He joins from Dendro Partners in Zurich. Before then, he served as head of sales at Falcon Private Bank and senior sales manager of German institutional clients at Lombard Odier & CIE.last_img read more

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Badminton News Indonesia Masters 2019: Saina sails into semis but Sindhu, Srikanth lose in quarters

first_imgJakarta: Saina Nehwal hardly broke a sweat on way to her second consecutive semifinal of the season but P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth lost their respective quarterfinals to bow out of the Indonesia Masters badminton tournament on Friday. Eighth seed Saina, who had reached the semifinal last week at Malaysia Masters, beat Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-7 21-18 to make it to the last four of women’s singles.The two-time Commonwealth Games champion will next face sixth-seeded Chinese He Bingjiao, a player Saina has never faced in her career. Sindhu couldn’t adjust to the speed and precision of three-time Olympic champion Caroline Marin, going down 11-21 12-21 in a lopsided contest.Srikanth had to settle for a second quarter-final finish after losing 18-21 19-21 to local hero and Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie. Saina enjoyed a good start and galloped to a 11-4 lead at the interval. The Indian continued to dominate proceeding after the interval, moving in quick bursts of points to close out the opening game comfortably.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s India aim to sustain ruthless streak against New ZealandIn the second game, Chochuwong ran to 8-4 lead, but Saina caught up with her at 12-12 before going ahead and shutting the door on her opponent. In 13 meetings, Sindhu has lagged 5-7 against Marin in their head-to-head count, which included defeats at the Rio Olympic and 2018 World Championship finals.Marin seemed equally unstoppable Friday as she marched to a 6-1 lead with her better court coverage and angled returns. The screams and fist pumps were out right from the start as Sindhu looked for an opening.The Indian exchanged rallies and made it to 5-8 before Marin grabbed a six-point lead at the break with a cross-court smash and a long return from Sindhu. Sindhu reduced the margin to 10-14 but Marin was going great guns and eventually pocketed the first game when the Indian went wide and long.In the second game, Sindhu couldn’t keep the shuttle inside the court, allowing Marin to again zoom to a 5-0 lead. A net error from Marin helped Sindhu break the run of points but the Indian continued to commit too many unforced errors. Sindhu failed to see the initiatives during the fast-paced rallies. A huge body smash took Marin to 11-3 at the interval.Marin was on fire and gathered points at will, moving to 15-5 with another smash. Marin eventually sealed the contest when Sindhu hit the net. In the men’s singles quarterfinals, Srikanth tried to put pressure on his rival but Jonatan was solid in his defence and with the Indian making errors, the Indonesian led 11-7 at the break.Also Read | Happy Birthday Cheteshwar Pujara – Indian cricket team’s ‘New Wall’ turns 31Srikanth caught up with Jonatan at 15-15 after making a few good saves. The Indian then unleashed a straight smash to lead 17-16 for the first time in the match. But Srikanth committed too many unforced errors and also made a misjudgment at the backline to hand over game points to the Indonesian who sealed it with a half smash.Jonatan raced away to a 6-0 lead before a spinning net shot helped Srikanth to log his first point in the second game. However, the Indonesian managed to lead 11-4 at the breather after Srikanth failed to reach a shot at the forecourt.After the break, Jonatan maintained the lead to reach 15-8. The Indian grabbed three quick points but a weak return from the backline found the net. Srikanth reduced the deficit to 14-16 by pushing the shuttle at the backcourt. Srikanth brought the equation down to 18-19 before Jonatan made an error of judgment at the backcourt. But the Indonesian made amends immediately as he unleashed a smash to reach match points before grabbing it with another return.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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The Latest: Pro League field hockey season extended

first_img April 24, 2020 Associated Press England will try to reschedule its test series with the West Indies after announcing there will be no professional cricket played in the country until July 1 at the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic.The inaugural season of The Hundred is due to start on July 17 and has not yet been canceled. The England and Wales Cricket Board has arranged a meeting for next week to discuss whether it can go ahead.No domestic competitions have been scrapped for this year.The ECB says the international season in England will now be played from July to the end of September. The three-test series against the West Indies that was due to start on June 4 has been postponed.ECB chief executive Tom Harrison says his organization is following advice from the government and health experts and that “our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play.” ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Pro League field hockey season extended The nine men’s and nine women’s national teams were scheduled to play January-to-June annually.Games in the 2020 season were stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has yet to play in the women’s competition while leader Argentina has played eight of its 16 games.The International Hockey Federation says the new time frame gives it the best chance “to deliver on broadcast and commercial partner agreements.”The subsequent season will run from September 2021 to the following June.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governing body of field hockey says it has extended the international Pro League seasons by one year to run through June 2021.last_img read more

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Fans Crave FG’s Attention for Rugby

first_imgAs Samuria Club wins independence rugby 7s tournamentLovers of rugby sport have called on the Federal Government to popularise the game nationally and internationally.They made the plea in Lagos recently, even as they said such was necessary so as to satisfy sports lovers with varieties.According to the Chairman of Friends of Rugby, Kelechukwu Mbagwu, Football was known to be average Nigerians enthusiasm and that beyond football, there were lots of games that were more interesting such as rugby, basketball, cricket, tennis, hockey, swimming and volleyball. Mbagwu who is also the Managing Director, CMB Building, Maintenance and Investment Company Ltd, opined that there was need for federal government to support the sport because of its intriguing characteristic.“The Lagos State Government has been supporting the game in the recent time but federal government involvement is needed to popularise it beyond its present level. If government shows more commitment and interest in the game, the national team will stand the chance to perform better internationally” he said. Mbagwu also applauded Lagos State Government for successful hosting of the 2016 Independence Rugby 7s Tournament. He thanked the Team Groups that participated in the 2016 event and congratulated the 2016 winner -Samurai Bulldogs.The tournament was an annual sporting event organised by CMB Building, Maintenance and Investment Company Ltd, Friends of Rugby and Lagos State Government to commemorate Nigeria`s Independence.Samuria International Rugby Club has justified its ranking in international Rugby 7s circult, as the prestigious, recognised rugby team emerged winner of the Independence Rugby 7s Competition which washeld at the Onikan Stadium, Onikan.Also, the Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Tinubu to has commended the Lagos State Government for its commitment to the promotion of sporting activities in the state. He said that the goal of the state was to create sport culture in other to make Lagos city a sport hub in Africa.“Our support and participation for 2016 Independence Rugby 7s event is in line with the state government stated goals for supporting sporting event in the city”, Tinubu said.15 teams participated in the competition and they were divided into four groups. The final contest was between Cowrie RFC of Group A and Samurai Bulldogs of Group D, while Samurai Bulldogs stood out of all the participants.The Dignitaries that attended the these year event includes; Mr Dele Coker, the Technical Adviser, National Team, Sir Edward Pam, Nigeria Rugby Football Federation President among several others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img
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MBB : Points in paint, at free-throw line propel Syracuse in win over South Florida

first_img Published on February 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments One play in the second half summed up not only Syracuse’s offense against South Florida, but also the Orange’s offense over the last few games.C.J. Fair lined up a wide-open 3 from the right wing and fired away. But the shot clanged off the rim. Fortunately for Syracuse, Kris Joseph hauled in the rebound on the baseline. He backed down a defender, maneuvered past him to the rim and finished off the glass with a foul before the help could come.The outside jumper didn’t fall, but Joseph’s work in the paint paid off.‘We want to take the ball inside more than anything instead of taking outside shots,’ Joseph said. ‘We did a good job of that today.’No. 2 Syracuse (28-1, 15-1 Big East) manufactured 28 points in the paint and scored 15 more at the free-throw line to knock off South Florida 56-48 in the Carrier Dome Wednesday. The Orange went just 3-of-9 from beyond the arc and struggled to hit jump shots all night. But after falling behind by 13 in the first half, SU pounded the ball inside to rally past the Bulls (17-11, 10-5 Big East) and hold on for the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We try to drive,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘We’re not shooting great from the outside. … We’ve got to take it to the basket in those situations.’The Orange’s slow start on the offensive end came largely due to missed jump shots. SU started the game 2-for-14 from the field, allowing South Florida to build an 18-5 lead.After Boeheim called a timeout, Dion Waiters drove into the paint and finished off the glass with his left hand. The Orange’s bucket in the next possession came when Waiters again drove inside and found a wide-open Fair under the basket for an easy dunk.Those two plays started the decisive run of the game in which Syracuse scored 26 straight points to take a 33-20 lead.‘We saw the ball go in for us,’ senior Scoop Jardine said. ‘We made some defensive stops and the crowd got into it. You get confident as you see the ball go in for you.’South Florida did manage to work its way back into the game, but SU’s offense continued to rely on getting the ball into the paint. Jardine said South Florida’s defense was the toughest Syracuse has seen this year, forcing the Orange to work for every bucket.But rather than settling for jumpers, SU continued to punch the ball into the paint.‘When the game’s close, you don’t want to just keep shooting jump shots,’ Fair said. ‘You want to get into the thick of the defense.’Joseph’s three-point play after Fair’s missed jumper gave the Orange a 12-point lead, but South Florida managed to cut that margin down to one with 6:29 left. SU failed to score on its next two possessions when Joseph missed a 3-pointer and Waiters forced up a fadeaway jumper from the free-throw line.But the next time Syracuse got the ball, Jardine extended the lead by driving to the hoop. He blew past USF big man Augustus Gilchrist after a pick from center Fab Melo and finished off the glass with a foul. He converted the free throw to put SU up 50-46.Joseph then followed Jardine’s example and muscled his way to the rim on the Orange’s next two possessions. He couldn’t convert on his first shot either time, but he grabbed his own rebounds and capitalized on the second chance to give Syracuse a six-point lead with less than three minutes to play. South Florida didn’t score the rest of the way.It wasn’t a pretty offensive night, as the Orange shot just 34.5 percent from the field. But by getting the ball inside, Syracuse did just enough to pull out the win.‘We want to take it how it comes,’ Jardine said. ‘Today, it was inside.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Barkley: ‘I’m playing no matter what’

first_imgFreshman quarterback Matt Barkley increased his workload at practice Tuesday and was adamant that he would play against Washington State.Barkley missed Saturday’s 16-13 loss to Washington with a bone bruise in his right shoulder. His replacement, redshirt sophomore Aaron Corp, was just 13-of-22 for 110 yards with an interception.No questions asked · Matt Barkley, who is certain that he will be available to play this week, tossed a ball with Pete Carroll during practice. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan“I’m playing no matter what,” Barkley said after practice Tuesday. “I don’t care if it hurts or not. I’ll be in there.”Barkley split 7-on-7 snaps with Corp and completed all five of the passes he attempted before sitting out of the 11-on-11 scrimmage.“He made it through it,” USC coach Pete Carroll said of the 19-year-old Barkley. “The most difficult challenge right now is to manage this really well, so we’ll try to do it right and see if we can get him prepared.“In the meantime, Aaron’s doing his stuff and getting ready.”Asked what he thought of Corp’s performance, Barkley chose his words carefully.“I’m not really gonna say,” he said. I thought he did the best with the opportunities that we had. We just had a couple tough breaks across the board.”Corp said he still expects to be the starter heading into Saturday.“I’ve got the respect of my teammates,” he said. “I’ll be ready to go regardless of if Matt’s healthy or he’s not.”uTrojan running backs coughed up the ball four times against Washington — two times by junior tailback Joe McKnight, one by senior tailback Stafon Johnson and one off a catch by redshirt junior fullback Stanley Havili.“We’ve gotta take care of the ball, can’t turn it over,” running backs coach Todd McNair said. “We have addressed it, and we’ll go about raising our consciousness about it. We should be alright.”McKnight’s fumbles were both recovered by the Trojans, but Johnson and Havili’s resulted in turnovers deep in Husky territory.“It was tough,” McKnight said. “I tried to install it in my head to take care of the ball, but I let it get away from me twice in that game, so I gotta work on it from there … That’s how we lost the game.”USC still rushed for a collective 250 yards on 33 carries and outgained the Huskies on the ground by a sizable 184 yards.“You take the good things and you build on the good things,” McNair said. “You take the bad and you correct it.”uThird-string quarterback Mitch Mustain continued to take after-practice repetitions at punter.“It went pretty well,” Mustain said. “I can’t wait to get some team reps tomorrow. It felt good.”The unprecedented try-out comes on the heels of shaky performances by junior punter Billy O’Malley thus far. O’Malley has averaged 37.3 yards in 15 attempts.“[Mustain] has a great get-off time,” Carroll said. “He’s our fastest guy by far.”•Senior safety Taylor Mays did bits of running on the sidelines at practice, but sat out of team drills.“I don’t think that’s a great sign,” Carroll said. “I was hoping he would be ready today. But that doesn’t mean he won’t make it.”last_img read more

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Alonso confident in team prep for another Indy 500 attempt

first_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 23:09 IST Alonso Confident In Team Prep For Another Indy 500 Attempt His steering wheel has been secured and the car is the proper color, two signs Fernando Alonso has a far better shot this year at the Indianapolis 500. WATCH US LIVE His steering wheel has been secured and the car is the proper color, two signs Fernando Alonso has a far better shot this year at the Indianapolis 500.The former Formula One champion failed to qualify for the race last year in a spectacularly woeful effort by McLaren. The Spaniard has returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a third attempt at winning the final leg of motorsports’ version of the Triple Crown, this time with an experienced organization.Alonso will drive in the Aug. 23 race for Arrow McLaren SP, the Sam Schmidt-owned team that has been bolstered this year by a partnership with McLaren. During his recent seat fitting, Alonso noted the team is on top of preparations.“I found a lot of talented people and good resources on everything, a lot of personnel, each one doing a specific job,” Alsono told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I had a very nice feeling, a nice surprise of how well the team is organized and prepared and I think it’s going to be a good 500 for us.”Alonso entered his first Indy 500 in 2017 with Andretti Autosport and led 27 laps before an engine failure ended his day late in the race. He returned last season as McLaren attempted to build a team that could qualify for Indianapolis on its own.The project was a disaster from the start. The team tried to make its own steering wheel and wound up scrambling to buy one instead for Alonso’s first test in the car. He lost track time at both the test and at Indianapolis when his cars weren’t the proper shade of McLaren orange. The miscues continued all the way through qualifying when Alonso was bumped from the field of 33 by cars with considerably smaller budgets.“I think last year was different, we were maybe too new for this job and the people maybe did not have the experience in IndyCar that was required for the event,” Alonso said. “With the guys here at Arrow, they’ve been racing for many years and they know everything about the series, they know everything about the car.“Everything seems different this year, there is more in our hands and there are no surprises here or there. Everything is very organized and we are ready to go on track.”Alonso won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2006 and 2007 for the first leg of the Triple Crown. He added back-to-back wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 and 2019 for the second leg, leaving the American classic as the only missing race.Graham Hill is the only driver to win the Triple Crown, closing it with a win at Le Mans in 1972. Alonso is one of only 19 drivers to have competed in all three legs, and he and Juan Pablo Montoya are the only active drivers with wins in two of the three events.McLaren boss Zak Brown told the AP this year’s effort for Alonso is far superior this year.“I feel night and day different. We’ve got an established operation and we’ve seen the progress Arrow McLaren SP is making,” Brown said. “We’ve got good people around him and people from McLaren who have worked with him, so we’re fully focused on putting a good car underneath him to give him the best shot we can.”Schmidt overhauled his lineup after McLaren became a partner, replacing James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson with Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew. The two newcomers have a combined 20 IndyCar starts between them and neither has raced in an Indy 500.Alonso, who is 39 and headed back to a full-time ride in F1 next season, is far more experienced than his two new teammates. Askew is 23, O’Ward is 21. Practices begin Wednesday.Alonso noted the practice time for this year’s race is nearly 11 hours less than his two previous trips to Indy. Alonso also hasn’t competed in anything since the Dakar Rally in January, and his last time in a single-seat car was at Indianapolis 15 months ago.“No worries with Fernando. He’s the most versatile driver I’ve worked with and his commitment levels and professionalism are second to none,” Brown said. “He has a ton of experience at the top level and drivers of his caliber, and there ain’t many, don’t take long to get back up to speed.”Alonso did not have anything scheduled this year as he had planned to prepare for the Indy 500 and then his return to Renault in F1 next season. An April test session at Indianapolis and simulator time in North Carolina were canceled by the pandemic and he spent the last six months training in Switzerland.He said his desire to win Indianapolis and complete the Triple Crown has never been stronger.“It’s one of those things that you need to keep trying because eventually maybe one time it will come your way,” Alonso said. “The 500, especially, or Le Mans, they are races that you have been chosen that day — by the race, by the track, by the luck or destiny. There are no exacting mathematics on those kind of races. There is a luck factor. I have this impression that the more times you attempt, the more chances you’ve got.” COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Associated Press Television News Written By First Published: 11th August, 2020 23:09 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Chrissan Gordon opens with personal best in 400 meters

first_imgChrisann Gordon..opens 2017 400 meters season with personal best Jamaica’s Olympic mile relay silver medalist, Chrisann Gordon opened her 2017 athletic season with a personal best over 400 meters at Saturday’s LSU Alumni Gold track and field meet.Gordon, 22,  represented Jamaica at the Rio Olympics as a member of the country’s mile relay squad. She finished in a time of 50.64 seconds at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.Gordon, who represents Texas University, bettered her previous best of 51.02, done last year in San Salvador.American two-time World Championships mile relay gold medal winner, Jessica Beard who was representing Empire Athletics and Zola Golden, also of Texas University, was were second and third respectively.last_img

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