Louis van Gaal returns to work as Manchester United dismiss speculation

first_img Meanwhile, the 64-year-old was back at the club’s Aon Training Complex in Carrington after two days off for him and the players that were always scheduled, and during which he is understood to have been with his family in Holland. Amid the intense speculation about his position and with him reportedly set for further discussions this week with Woodward, who was not in Manchester on Tuesday, Van Gaal has United’s next game to think about. That is Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Derby, where a poor result – or even just a lacklustre performance – against the Sky Bet Championship side is only likely to increase the scrutiny on, and anger from United fans towards, Van Gaal, should he still be in his job by then. Loud boos rang around Old Trafford following the final whistle of Saturday’s game as Van Gaal endured what he later described as the worst reaction he has heard from United supporters during his time in charge. He also said they were ”right to boo” and added: ”I’m very disappointed that I cannot reach the expectations of the fans. ”They have – or they had – great expectations of me, and I cannot fulfil them.” The Red Devils, whose style of play has frequently been criticised, had just one shot on target during the defeat. They are five points off the Premier League’s top four in fifth place, 10 points behind leaders Leicester, and have won only three of their last 13 matches in all competitions, a sequence which has included seeing them exit the Champions League. The message understood to be coming from the board early on during that run of results was one of full support for Van Gaal, but it will be interesting to see how things develop from here. Former United chief executive David Gill, now a non-executive director, admitted on Sunday “it’s been a season of under-achievement”, while it has been reported Woodward has been in touch with a number of players and senior figures at the club since the Southampton game about the situation. United brought in former Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Holland boss Van Gaal as David Moyes’ successor in the summer of 2014 on a three-year deal. And his first season in the job saw the team secure a route back into the Champions League, improving on a Premier League finish of seventh a year earlier by claiming fourth spot. There had been hopes of a challenge for the title this term, but the chances of that look slim after Saturday’s loss, which leaves United on 37 points after 23 games. They had three points more at the same stage of the season that Moyes – sacked in April of the campaign – was in charge, and were still in the Champions League. What really appears to have damaged Van Gaal’s standing among the club’s fans is the manner of performances under him. Supporters have increasingly vented their frustration at what is widely regarded as a dull brand of football. The Southampton contest was the 11th straight home game in which United failed to score in the first half, and the seventh home match this season in which they did not net at all. As well as booing, chants of “attack, attack, attack” have been heard coming from the Old Trafford stands, but Van Gaal’s team – featuring a host of big-money signings – have generally been unable to make a positive response. And it would appear, with only a few days left before deadline, there has been little progress made in any attempts to boost the squad with further recruits in the current transfer window. Press Association Reports emerged late on Monday suggesting the Dutchman spoke to United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about his future immediately after the Barclays Premier League contest at the weekend. Within that, there were some claims Van Gaal had offered his resignation – but United on Tuesday morning denied that was the case. Beleaguered Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal returned to work on Tuesday as the club dismissed talk of him having offered to quit after Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Southampton. last_img read more

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Study claims young people are developing horns due to electronic use

first_imgResearchers are reporting that they have found an occurrence of young adults who are starting to develop horn-like structures on the back of their heads.Scientific Reports published the report showing that of the 1,200 Australian adults ages of 18 and 30 that they examined, over 40 percent of them had developed a spur at the base of their skulls.In some cases the horn-like structure was as long as 1-inch.Scientist stated that the believe the spur is because caused by the person tilting their head forward, which shifts weight to muscles at the back of the head. Holding that position of extended periods of time may cause the spur to develop.While there is no definitive proof, scientist hypothesize that the development of the spur may be due to the excessive use of electronic devices like cellphones which those between the ages of 18 and 30 tend to spend the majority of their time starring down at.“However, we hypothesize that the use of modern technologies and hand-held devices, may be primarily responsible for these postures and subsequent development of adaptive robust cranial features in our sample.”They plan to continue to study to determine if their hypothesis matches their findings.Read more about the report here.last_img read more

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Proposed Law Would Require Owners to Keep Household Pets Outside of FL Restaurants

first_imgA bill that was proposed this week in the Florida Legislature would require that most household pets be kept outside of what are currently considered “pet-friendly” restaurants.The proposal, which is currently known as HB 243 and was filed by Orlando Democratic Representative Bruce Antone for consideration during the 2020 legislative session, would prohibit household pets from “traveling through or remaining in indoor portions” of restaurants, “in order to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public.”Although the bill, if it becomes law, would not override existing local ordinances, it would direct the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation to develop rules and create a website for complaints. In addition, service animals would still be allowed to enter food and dining establishments.The website for the state’s tourism-marketing agency, Visit Florida, states, “Dog-friendly outdoor restaurants, bars and craft beer pubs abound throughout the state, some offering ‘yappy hour’ canine-friendly designated times, others with an open-door doggie policy around the clock.”The 2020 legislative session starts on January 14.last_img read more

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Staggered Approach to Phase 2 of Reopening for Palm Beach County?

first_imgThose missing the big screen will be happy to hear that movie theaters will also be allowed to open their doors at this stage, albeit at 33 percent of their maximum capacity.For the third and final portion of phase 2, businesses included up to that point will be allowed to increase their occupancy to 75 percent.However, it is important to note that not all entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen in the governor’s second phase.The following types of businesses would have to wait a while longer: arcades, auditoriums, bars, bingo parlors, casinos, concert houses, hookah and cigar bars, sports lounges, nightclubs and adult entertainment venues.County officials hope to discuss their plan at the Sept. 1 board meeting. Palm Beach County officials are gearing up to head into phase 2 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening open, and it will apparently be a more staggered approach than originally thought.Last week, West Palm Beach television station WPEC obtained a draft plan through a public records request and a county email from Director of Emergency Management Bill Johnson.The plan, which county officials could send to DeSantis in the coming days, reveals a gradual reopening, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. To that end, the first part of phase 2 could potentially include allowing venues for services such as acupuncture, body piercing, massage therapy, and tanning salons and tattoo parlors to begin operating first. Escape rooms would also be under that first part.The second part would see the reopening of pool halls, bowling alleys, skating centers, trampoline centers, and other entertainment venues at 25 percent capacity.I will be holding a press conference at 5:00 PM to announce my SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP. Plan to Re-Open Florida. Watch live on https://t.co/FBjm0K60MW. pic.twitter.com/NkXDiCkiiF— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 29, 2020last_img read more

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Red Sox manager John Farrell coming to Bangor

first_imgELLSWORTH — Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell will be coming to Husson University in Bangor on Jan. 18 for an event hosted by Varney Buick GMC, Sports Radio 92.9 “The Ticket” and Townsquare Media Bangor.The event will include a VIP meet-and-greet and a night of baseball talk that will include a Q-and-A session. There will also be a hot stove session that will “give fans a look at the Red Sox organization from a manager’s perspective,” Townsquare Media’s Kathleen Hardy said in a statement released Wednesday.Tickets to the event, which will be held at Husson’s Gracie Theatre, are $30 for general admission and $100 for VIP admission. Those interested can purchase them at www.929TheTicket.com.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Ellsworth’s St. Peter wins at middle school wrestling tournament

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Pine Tree Wrestling League, which consists of 21 varsity middle school teams and independent representatives from 10 additional middle schools, held its championship meet Saturday at Skowhegan Area High School.Ellsworth’s Landon St. Peter won the 99-pound weight class in a major decision against Bucksport’s Kaleb Nightingale. Elsewhere for Bucksport, Travis Hutchinson reached 105-pound title bout, and Jaxon Gross won the consolation bracket at 155 pounds. Below is list of team scores.Mattanawcook Academy, 149.5Troy Howard, 128Mount Blue, 86Skowhegan, 86Bucksport, 78Medomak Valley, 71.5Bath, 69.5Mountain Valley, 59.5Oxford Hills, 58.5Oceanside, 50Mount Ararat/Brunswick, 48Nokomis, 45Dirigo, 32.5Ellsworth, 23Mount View, 23Hermon, 22Camden-Rockport, 16Surry, 16Cony, 15Gardiner, 10Spruce Mountain, 7Winslow, 5Oak Hill, 3Lawrence, 2Erskine Academy, 1Monmouth, 0Messalonskee, 0Beach Hill, 0Dedham, 0Hampden, 0Sugg, -1This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Hancock County wrestlers score big wins in Calais Invitational

first_imgCALAIS — The first competition of 2020 was a major success for local wrestlers with Ellsworth, Bucksport and Mount Desert Island athletes all earning hardware at Saturday’s Calais Invitational.At the team level, Bucksport continued its successful 2019-20 season by winning the tournament title. The Golden Bucks registered 172 points to beat out Caribou and Piscataquis, which tied for second with 120 points.Bucksport had great success in the two smallest weight classes with Kaleb Nightingale (113 pounds) and Travis Hutchinson (120 pounds) winning individual titles. Grayson Fernald added a third title for the Golden Bucks at 195 pounds, and Jaxon Gross gave the champions their fourth with a win at 220.Gross won his 220-pound title bout over teammate Cameron Rich, who was one of Bucksport’s three second-place finishers along with Elizabeth Bernier (160 pounds) and Gavin Billings (285 pounds). Jazmyne Rines (120 pounds), Cody Overlock (145 pounds), Sam Soper (152), Shawn Bernier (170) and Adrian Russell (285) placed fourth in their respective weight classes for the Golden Bucks.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor Ellsworth, junior Noah Hughes earned a first-place finish in the 170-pound weight class. Matt Reid took second place for the Eagles at 126 pounds, and Everett Huckins placed third at 145.MDI got an individual title from Ethan Harkins at 195 pounds, a second-place finish from Logan Blanchette at 113 pounds, a third-place finish from Baylor Landsman at 170 and a fourth-place effort from Hunter Gray at 145. MDI and Ellsworth tied for fifth place in the team competition with 54 points apiece.All three Hancock County teams will be back in action Wednesday, Jan. 8, with Ellsworth and MDI competing at Ellsworth High School at 5 p.m. and Bucksport competing at Dexter Regional High School at 6. The Eagles and Bucks will compete at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Skowhegan Area High School, and the Trojans will compete at 1 p.m. at Foxcroft Academy.last_img read more

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Mumbai win Vijay Hazare title

first_imgMumbai win Vijay Hazare titleBengaluru: Aditya Tare struck a half-century as Mumbai beat Delhi by four wickets to win their third Vijay Hazare Trophy title at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday.Opting to bowl after winning the toss, fast bowlers Shivam Dubey (3/29) and Dhawal Kulkarni (3/30) starred by scalping three wickets apiece as Mumbai skittled out Delhi for 177 in 45.4 overs.Tare then cracked a 89-ball 71 that included 13 boundaries and a six with Siddesh Lad (48) as the pair stitched together 105 runs for the fifth wicket to seal the win for Mumbai with 15 overs to spare.Mumbai last won the trophy way back in 2006-07 when they defeated Rajasthan. IANSlast_img read more

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FIH Academy, Hockey India (HI) Conduct Technical Officials Course

first_imgBhubaneswar: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) Academy along with the Hockey India (HI) completed the three-day Level 2 technical officials course, which started on June 4. It was conducted by Iain Dugald Mckay, FIH Academy Technical Official Educator and also International Hockey Federation International Advancement Panel Technical Official.Eight officials, including two women, took part in the course. “India has a great tradition of hockey officials and in partnership with the International Hockey Federation, we are trying to improve their capabilities and expertise to help them spread their knowledge and enable others to engage in the sport as technical officials,” said Mckay.The course would equip them to deal with any situation during a tournament, he added.The International Hockey Federation Academy-Hockey India Level 2 umpiring course too was organised between 8 June to 10 June on the sidelines of FIH Men’s Hockey Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019. The course was conducted by International Hockey Federation Academy Umpiring Educator Robert Willem ten Cate, who is also FIH Pro League Panel Umpire Manager. Eleven umpires, including four women, from across India had registered for the course. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

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All India Football Federation (AIFF) invites clubs for Futsal Championship

first_imgNew Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday invited clubs from the Indian Super League, I-League and Second Division League to confirm their participation in the inaugural edition of the Futsal Club Championship. In a letter to all clubs, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said: “Futsal is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and has been increasing popular with the AFC member associations as well. Futsal is also seen as a complementing sport with football for player development. We are planning to start the tournament in July/August 2O2O. The players could be from the Senior, Reserve or Under 18 teams of your club,” the letter said. (IANS) Also Read: ISL wants AIFF to improve quality of refereeing in leagueAlso Watch: AASU launched Mass Convention at Jubilee Ground in Digboilast_img read more

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