Duo applaud Moyes capture

first_img Press Association Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick have both praised the appointment of David Moyes as new Manchester United manager. “It’s great to see the new manager coming in, we’ve never had a problem with him here at United, he’s a very honest man from the players you speak to and he’s done a fantastic job at his previous club Everton. “I’m sure he’ll be very, very open and sympathetic to the traditions of the club and try and continue that and not come in and try and make crazy changes in terms of the whole characteristics of the club.” Carrick has also been impressed by Moyes’ body of work at Everton and is eagerly awaiting the start of a new era. “He’s done a terrific job at Everton,” said the England midfielder. “He’s been there a long time and has had great success with the resources he’s had. It’s obviously a big change because this club’s been run for so long by one person. “I’m really looking forward to meeting him and getting good training in pre-season and looking forward to a good future. “He’s honest and fair to his players as far as I’m aware. He sets high standards just as we expect high standards of ourselves.” center_img The 50-year-old will officially replace Sir Alex Ferguson, who announced his retirement on Wednesday, in the United hotseat on July 1 after signing a six-year-deal at Old Trafford. Ferdinand, as one of the playing staff’s elder statesmen, was pleased both by the swift nature of the decision and the identity of Ferguson’s replacement. “It was important the club made a decision quickly and got it all sorted before people could start making rumours. The club have acted impeccably in that respect,” he told MUTV. last_img read more

AFCON golden boot winner Ighalo retires from international football

first_imgIghalo almost quit Nigeria duty after last year’s World Cup following sharp criticism and even death threats, but was encouraged to stay on by Gernot Rohr, who Ighalo says stood by him “against all odds”.He repaid in full Rohr’s faith in him, finishing top scorer in qualifying for the tournament before his impressive showing in Egypt, which featured a standout display as Nigeria knocked out defending champions Cameroon in the last 16.Ighalo scored twice and set up Alex Iwobi’s winner in a thrilling 3-2 win.In total Ighalo scored 16 goals for Nigeria in 35 appearances, and he also captained the country’s Under-20 team to the 2009 World Cup, also held in Egypt.Share on: WhatsApp Odion Ighalo. PHOTO via @caf_online_FRAbuja, Nigeria | AFP | Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo announced on Saturday his retirement from international football after winning the Golden Boot at the Africa Cup of Nations.The 30-year-old Shanghai Shenhua striker struck five times as the Super Eagles finished third in Egypt, bagging him the top scorer honours with two goals more than Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Cedric Bakambu.“It’s been an amazing 5 years journey, but after the due consultation and extensive discussion with my family, I have decided it’s time for me to retire from the national team,” Ighalo said in a statement.“It’s been an eventful and most memorable opportunity to serve my country with pride, passion and contribute my quota to the development of our football.“It’s now time to concentrate on club football and give the younger players a chance to learn and grow.”last_img read more

Steelers defense bounces back versus Jaguars

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers defensive assistant coach Joey Porter, left, celebrates with cornerback Brice McCain (25) after McCain ran back an interception for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The confusion is gone. The alarming number of missed tackles that plagued the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first few weeks of the season are dwindling. The pressure created by the front seven is mounting.And while the Steelers are far from saying their swagger is back – sorry, but even they know their 17-9 victory over winless Jacksonville on Sunday is hardly cause for celebration – they believe it’s a lot closer than it was a month ago.On a day the offense sputtered whenever it managed to get into scoring range, the defense made the kind of plays it failed to produce with any sort of regularity during the season’s first four weeks.Brice McCain returned an interception for a touchdown. Cortez picked off a pass for the second straight game. And when Jacksonville tried to push the tempo in the final minutes in hopes of tying the game, Pittsburgh slammed the door shut emphatically.“Even though (the Jaguars) don’t have a good record, just to go on the road and do that in their stadium was huge,” linebacker Lawrence Timmons said.Even if half of the stadium was clad in black swirling yellow Terrible Towels. A week after a last second meltdown led to an inexplicable home loss to Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh (3-2) wasn’t taking anything for granted, not with another meeting with rapidly improving Cleveland (2-2) looming.And while McCain’s 22-yard sprint to the end zone with 11:32 remaining provided the winning margin, it’s what the Steelers were able to do after that that provided proof the group that features five new starters is starting to mature.Jacksonville got the ball twice with a chance to tie the game. The Jaguars didn’t even come close, managing all of 26 yards while never making it past their own 40.“Everybody is being accountable,” linebacker Arthur Moats said. “Everybody is just doing their job.”Something that wasn’t happening with regularity during an uneven stretch in which Pittsburgh rarely looked like the same team from quarter to quarter let alone game to game. The combination of a soft schedule, better tackling and a streamlining of communication from the sideline to the field has helped.There were times – particularly in the second half against the Browns in Week 1 – when the defense scrambled to get into position at the snap of the ball.“We weren’t getting the communication that we needed to,” Moats said. “We had some guys playing one call, other guys playing a different call. You’re playing two different calls on the field, you’re going to have some holes and Cleveland exploited that.”Certainly looked like it as the Browns and Ravens gashed the Steelers for 348 yards rushing during the first two weeks. Pittsburgh has allowed just 161 yards on the ground in its last three games as players have developed a better feel for each other and taken it upon themselves to figure out the defensive play call rather than wait for it to be relayed by Timmons.“It’s a lot more fluid,” McCain said. “We’re ready for the ball to be hiked and we make plays.”McCain was in the right place on the game’s pivotal play early in the fourth quarter after a Ben Roethlisberger fumble gave Jacksonville life trailing by just a point. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles tried to hit Allen Hurns on the sideline. The pass sailed into the arms of McCain. Three seconds later, the Steelers were up by a touchdown and back in control.“They kept throwing the ball my way, I love it,” McCain said. “Every play I think the ball is coming to my side and every opportunity to make a play is great for me.”The Steelers, too. While the Jaguars are struggling, Pittsburgh understands it’s not in position to be choosy. Sure, bigger challenges await in the coming months. The Steelers believe they’re in better position to handle them now than they were a week ago.“After the Ravens game, we had that bad taste in our mouth,” Moats said. “We knew we had to be a more dominant front, to set the tone and be more physical. It’s a work in progress for us. By no means are we perfect. I feel we’ve got a lot of room to improve but we’re headed in the right direction.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Virat Kohli credits Sourav Ganguly’s team for sparking mindset change in Indian cricket

first_imgAdvertisement 1NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsncsdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ei8ls( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1w9okrWould you ever consider trying this?😱oqCan your students do this? 🌚jeRoller skating! Powered by Firework Skipper Virat Kohli thanked Sourav Ganguly for instilling a winning attitude in the team under his captaincy, and that the present team is “just carrying it forward”. The Men in Blues beat Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in the second Test, completing a whitewash over their neighbour at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.Advertisement “The idea is to establish yourself in the middle and we have learnt to stand up and give it back. It all started with Dada’s team and we are just carrying it forward,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.Advertisement “The bowling group now is fearless and they believe in themselves playing against any batsman. We are reaping the rewards for all the hard work we put in the last 3-4 years,” he added.Bangladesh, who opted to bat first, managed to register a paltry 106 in the first innings after Ishant Sharma derailed their batting line-up with his five-wicket haul. India declared for 347/9 in reply, as Kohli (136) once again shone with the bat and India’s fiery pace attack wrapped up the guests’ second innings for 195 in the third day with Umesh Yadav, the pick among the bowlers with his 5/53 figure.Advertisement “Only your belief can make you win. If you feel fast bowlers are not in the game then you are already into a negative mindset. With the way these guys are bowling now, they can pick up wickets on any surface at home or away” Kohli concluded.  Advertisementlast_img read more