Sharks training camp: A peek ahead to the biggest competitions

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks general manager Doug Wilson made it clear earlier this summer that he wanted to give some young players in the organization’s system the opportunity to play a role with the team this season.Those players — whether they’re coming from the Barracuda, are first-year professionals, or were free agent signings from Russia or Europe — now have that chance, as the Sharks begin training camp on Friday.For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard.“We’re really looking …last_img

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Mulaudzi, Robbeson: SA’s best

first_img14 March 2007The world’s number-one ranked 800 metres athlete, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, and former world junior heptathlon champion Justine Robbeson, now ranked eighth in the world in the javelin, have been voted South Africa’s Athletes of 2006. The selections were made by members of SA Athletics Statisticians.Mulaudzi enjoyed a superb season in 2006, setting Europe alight with a string of excellent performances that included defeating all the other top-ranked 800 metres runners in the world, as well as setting the fastest time of the year when he clocked 1 min 43.09 in Rieti, Italy.Robbeson’s year was highlighted by a South African record throw of 62.80 metres at a meeting in Finland and a bronze medal at the IAAF World Cup meeting in Athens.In the footsteps of SepengHezekiel Sepeng was the first South African athlete, after the country’s return from isolation, to really capture the public’s imagination in the 800 metres. In 1996 at the Atlanta Olympics he won silver in the event in 1:42.74 as Norway’s Vebjørn Rodal captured gold in an Olympic record 1:42.58.Since then, though, Mulaudzi has both equalled Sepeng’s Olympic silver and bettered the rest of his achievements.Mulaudzi was a late starter to serious athletics, only focusing his attention on the sport at the age of 17 after he had represented Northern Province (now Limpopo) in the South African National Championships.He finished fourth in the 800 metres in 1:55 and third in the 1 500 metres in four minutes. However, he realized he wasn’t far off the achievements of the winners, and this provided him with enough encouragement to improve his training.Upward climbFrom that point onwards it was an upward climb for Mulaudzi as he won the national schools title in the 800 metres in 1998. In 1999 he was crowned the national junior champion, and in the same year won the African junior title in 1 min 49.13.He continued to show improvement and a year later, in 2002, claimed silver in the 800m at the African Senior Championships. During the year he lowered his personal best time to 1:45.55 while competing in Budapest. However, he failed to crack the nod for a place in the South African team to the Sydney Olympic Games.The following year, though, Mulaudzi was in national colours for the World Championships in Edmonton, where he finished sixth. He also lowered his personal best to 1:44.01.Commonwealth Games goldThe next year he won gold for South Africa at the Manchester Commonwealth Games, picked up bronze at the African Championships, and further improved his personal best to 1:43.81.After fighting through injuries early in 2003, Mulaudzi returned in good form, recording a time of 1:43.25 in Rehlingen, Germany. At the World Championships in Paris he claimed bronze. Later in the year, in Brussels, he broke through the 1:43 barrier for the first time, with a run of 1:42.89.By that time it had become clear that Mulaudzi had overtaken Sepeng as South Africa’s premier 800 metres athlete as he beat the man he considered his idol in 13 out of 16 races.Indoor world champ, Olympic silverIn 2004 Mulaudzi competed in indoor events in Europe, and was well rewarded when he captured gold at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest. Later in the year, in Athens, he secured silver in the Olympics.2005 proved to be a difficult year for the South African star as he struggled with injuries and the pressure of high expectations. Matters caught up to him when he failed to qualify for the 800m finals at the World Championships in Helsinki.Were Mulaudzi’s best days behind him? Not likely. And he proved that with his fantastic showing in 2006 as he ascended to the number one ranking in the world.HeptathleteRobbeson is just 21 years of age, but she has been competing at a high level for a while, originally in the heptathlon, but now as a javelin thrower.She chose to concentrate on the javelin, not because she didn’t “have it” as a heptathlete, but rather because it became clear that she potentially ranked as one of the world’s best javelin throwers.Robbeson’s first taste of international success came back in 2003 when she won silver at the All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria in the heptathlon.The following year, at Grosseto in Italy, she won the World Junior Championships.Seed was sownIt was possibly at that event that the seed was sown for Robbeson in the javelin. Involved in a tight battle with Lithuania’s Viktorija Zemaityte for the heptathlon title, she pulled ahead with a big throw in the javelin to create enough of a cushion to win, despite an 800 metres run she later described as “pathetic”.Her victory marked the first time an African athlete had won the title of the best all-round athlete in the 18-year history of the championships.In 2005 Robbeson turned to the javelin. She took part in the Universiade in Ýzmir, Turkey, which had drawn 9 000 athletes from 170 countries. Faced with stiff competition, she managed third place.African championIn 2006, Robbeson was crowned African champion in Bambous, Mauritius, thanks to a throw of 60.60 metres. Then, representing Africa the World Cup in Athens, she launched the javelin 61.38 metres to win the bronze medal.Her early performances in 2007 indicate that there is plenty more to come from Robbeson. At the end of February, while taking part in the CNW Provincial Championships, she dominated her event with throws of 61.06m, 61.92m, and 61.70m.Later, after the official competition was over, she threw a massive 62.70 metres, just 10 centimetres shy of her national record.FinalistsOthers in the running for the award won by Mulaudzi were hurdlers LJ van Zyl and Alwyn Myburgh, long jumper and triple jumper Khotso Mokoena, and long distance star Hendrick Ramaala.For her part, Robbeson faced competition from discus thrower Elizna Naude, Commonwealth Games javelin gold medal winner Sunette Viljoen, heptathlete Janice Josephs, and sprinter Geraldine Pillay.The men’s junior athlete of the year award for went to Robert Oosthuizen, who continued South Africa’s strong tradition in the javelin when he won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Beijing. The women’s award went to Simone du Toit, who finished just outside the medals in the shot put and discus at the World Juniors. She was world youth champion in the shot put in 2005.Hennie Kotze was an easy choice for coach of the year as three of his athletes – LJ van Zyl (gold), Alwyn Myburgh (silver), and Pieter de Villiers (seventh) – made the Commonwealth Games final in the 400 metres hurdles. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Garden Route is now a biosphere reserve, says Unesco

first_imgThe Garden Route in South Africa has been added, along with other areas around the world, to Unesco’s list of biosphere reserves.Unesco declared the Garden Route a biosphere reserve, in June 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)Priya PitamberSouth Africa’s Garden Route had been included on a list of global biosphere reserves, said the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).Unesco members voted in favour of the inclusion of the Garden Route as a biosphere reserve at a meeting in Paris, France, on 14 June 2017.New @UNESCO_MAB #BiosphereReserve: Garden Route #SouthAfrica https://t.co/t0Fr2tC68o @environmentza @FMEnvng @SANParks pic.twitter.com/OZKkbNL6OT— UNESCO (@UNESCO) June 14, 2017“Biosphere reserves are learning places for sustainable development whose aim is to reconcile biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources,” said Unesco.“New sites are designated every year by the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) which is composed of representatives of 34 elected Unesco members.”WelcomedSouth African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, welcomed the news. “The positive response to the application to declare the Garden Route a biosphere reserve is most encouraging, not just for us as a country, but also for the people of the region,” she said.“The Garden Route, one of South Africa’s prime tourism regions, is an area rich in terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems where conservation of the rich biodiverse region is ably reconciled with sustainable use practices.”It is the ninth reserve in the country. Sites are nominated by national governments and are voted for by the MAB council, but they remain under the sovereign jurisdiction of the states in which they are located.The status of such sites is internationally recognised. The official launch of the Garden Route biosphere reserve will take place later in the year.The Garden RouteThe Garden Route biosphere reserve, located within the Cape Floristic biodiversity hotspot region, has a total area of 698,363ha and the population sits at 450,624 people.The area includes the Tsitsikamma, Goukamma and Robberg Marine protected areas, Wilderness Lake Ramsar site, Garden Route National Park and two components of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas World Heritage site: the Nelson Bay Cave and the Langkloof Valley, the latter being critically endangered.“The Knysna estuary is of great importance for the conservation of this biodiversity,” said Unesco. “The eastern part of the biosphere reserve is characterised by the presence of wetlands in which farming practices and urban development could have a negative impact. Faunal diversity includes large mammals such as elephants, rhino and buffalo.”Other reserves around the worldSites across the globe have also been included in Unesco’s list, some crossing national borders and spilling over two countries:Mono Biosphere Reserve in BeninMono Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in Benin and TogoSavegre Biosphere Reserve in Costa RicaMoen Biosphere Reserve in DenmarkLa Selle / Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in Dominican Republic and HaitiBosques de Paz Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador and PeruMajang Forest Biosphere Reserve in EthiopiaBlack Forest Biosphere Reserve in GermanySan Marcos de Colón Biosphere Reserve in HondurasTepilora, Rio Posada and Montalbo Biosphere Reserve in ItalySobo, Katamuki and Okue Biosphere Reserve in JapanMinakami Biosphere Reserve in JapanAltyn Emel Biosphere Reserve in KazakhstanIndawgyi Biosphere Reserve in MyanmarGadabedji Biosphere Reserve in NigerItaipu Biosphere Reserve in ParaguayCastro Verde Biosphere Reserve in PortugalKhakassky Biosphere Reserve in RussiaKizlyar Bay Biosphere Reserve in RussiaMetsola Biosphere Reserve in RussiaGreat Altay Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in Russia and KazakhstanBacko Podunavlje Biosphere Reserve in SerbiaJebel Al Dair Biosphere Reserve in SudanMono Biosphere Reserve in TogoShare your #PHOTOS ? of @UNESCO Biosphere Reserves on Wikipedia to inspire the world?. More info ? https://t.co/9NpUoYLuSZ pic.twitter.com/lDjx3lWyI5— Man and Biosphere (@UNESCO_MAB) June 18, 2017See images of the Garden Route:(Images: South African Tourism, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Jan. 12 Environmental Professionals event will feature Ohio State’s Lonnie Thompson

Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest January’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program has a big title for a big topic — in fact, for four very closely related topics.It’s called “Global Warming. You and Me. Energy Audits. Money in Your Pocket. Cleaner Air. More Comfortable Home. Help Is Available. Don’t Procrastinate.”It’s from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 in The Ohio State University’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive in Columbus.And it features talks by four Ohio experts — led by renowned climatologist Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in Ohio State’s School of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center — on a theme of climate and energy.There also will be a drawing for attendees to win one of five free home energy audits from Columbia Gas of Ohio, but the winners have to live within the company’s service area.Admission to the event, which includes breakfast, is open to both network members and the public. The cost is $10 by cash, check or Ohio State eRequest; $15 by credit card; and free for Ohio State students.Registration and other details are at go.osu.edu/Jan2017EPN.The scheduled talks and speakers are:“Climate Change: The Evidence and Our Options” by Thompson.“Energy Audit and Efficiency Measures Assistance for Homes” by Megan Melby, New Buildings program manager, Demand Side Management, Columbia Gas of Ohio.“Bowling Green Residents Take Energy Efficiency to Heart” by Neocles Leontis, Bowling Green community leader and Bowling Green State University chemistry professor.“OSU’s New Green Home Technology Center Programs” by Eric Romich, energy education field specialist with Ohio State University Extension.The network is a service of Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Romich’s organization, OSU Extension, is the college’s outreach arm.Columbia Gas of Ohio is the event’s sponsor. The school and two other Ohio State units — the Office of Energy and Environment and the Office of Student Life’s Energy Management and Sustainability program — are sponsoring the free student registration. read more

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Sixers Shock The Nets, 95-89

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — For the first time in more than a month, the Philadelphia 76ers won a game.But instead of celebrating too much, many of their thoughts were instead with a teammate in the hospital.Carl Landry scored 16 points, Nerlens Noel had 13 points and 11 rebounds and the 76ers snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 95-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on March 11.Ish Smith added 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers (9-56), who won their first game since Feb. 6 – also against Brooklyn – despite dealing with several injuries, including a potentially serious one to Robert Covington.Covington finished with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range before exiting with 9:40 left in the third quarter. He was kicked in the face by teammate Jerami Grant in a collision under the basket.He remained on the court for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher and transported to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was being evaluated for a possible neck injury.“It was a significant collision,” 7ers coach Brett Brown said. “In one fell swoop, you lose your 3 and your 4 men. … When you see a player, a teammate, a friend being taken off the court on a stretcher, it’s different than someone walking off the court with a sprained ankle.”Grant also did not return following the collision and was evaluated for a concussion, and Richaun Holmes later left with a strained right Achilles.Leading scorer Jahlil Okafor also missed his sixth straight game for the depleted Sixers. It was announced before the game that Okafor will have season-ending surgery on his right knee.Brook Lopez scored 24 points for the Nets (18-47), who have lost three straight and finished the longest road trip of the NBA season with a 3-6 mark. Brooklyn’s nine-game, 18-day trek began on Feb. 23 at Portland.Thaddeus Young, who spent first seven seasons with Philadelphia, had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Nets in a matchup between the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.“Before anything else, my thoughts and prayers go out to Robert Covington,” Nets coach Tony Brown said. “He and Grant took a horrible fall and I just hope and pray he’s OK. As far as the game is concerned, they put pressure on you. They make it tough to run your offense. Credit to them — they deserved to win.”Trailing by 15 early in the second half, the Nets pulled within five at 76-71 heading into the fourth quarter and again got within five on Wayne Ellington’s 3-pointer with 4:10 left.But Landry, called into extra duty because of his team’s injury troubles, responded with buckets each time to help Philly preserve its lead. Landry’s dunk with 2:15 left, which followed a tough rebound on the other end, gave the Sixers a 92-84 lead and helped seal the win.Landry, who averages only 12 minutes per game, scored all but two of his points in the second half, adding eight rebounds and shooting 7 for 9 from the field in 25 minutes.“Carl Landry, oh my God,” Noel said. “He was able to get us some easy buckets that we definitely needed. Guys just did what they had to do.”(DAVE ZEITLIN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Coquelin looking forward to first derby with Valencia

first_imgValencia ‘I know exactly how a derby feels’ – Coquelin looking forward to first derby with Valencia Shina Oludare Chief Editor Nigeria Last updated 1 year ago 20:21 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Francis Coquelin, Valencia Valencia CF Valencia Valencia v Levante Levante Primera División The Frenchman has been involved in some of football’s biggest derbies and is expecting Sunday’s game at Mestalla Stadium to be no different Valencia’s Francis Coquelin is relishing his first derby in Spain as they prepare to face Levante on Sunday.The Mestalla outfit have failed to win any of their last six games in all competitions, and need a victory against the Frogs to help continue their push for a Champions League spot in La Liga.The 26-year-old has experience of local derbies in France, Germany and during his time in Arsenal, and says a win for Marcelino’s side would ‘bring the joy back’ to his the squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a big derby you know. We are at home to Levante, who are also a good team,” Coquelin told Goal.“The atmosphere will be pumping because it is a derby, a derby is a derby, not like any other match. I played in the North London derby for Arsenal against Tottenham, so I know exactly how a derby feels.“The most important thing is obviously to win this game to bring the joy back to Valencia, it is a vital game for us to win, we are at home, therefore, we will have the 12th man, the fans on our side pushing us to take all three points.”Defeats to Las Palmas, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid mean Valencia sit third in the Liga table with 40 points from 22 games and at risk of missing out on a top-four berth with Villarreal and Eibar breathing down their neck.Nonetheless, Coquelin feels victory against Juan Lopez Muniz’s side can spark up redemption.Francis Coquelin of Valencia CF“We played tough fixtures. As Valencia we should have won a few of those games but at the same time you are playing against top side in La Liga and sometimes it can be difficult,” he continued.“Against Real Madrid I played at centre back, which alone shows you that all our defenders were injured or suspended for that fixture.“Sunday’s game is a big game so this is a good chance for us to turn things around by winning this local derby.”last_img read more

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A Titan display means the Cowboys may have Met(s) their match

first_img@Eden_RichardsThe Men’s Elite Eight has been blown wide open with three teams sitting equal at the top of the competition standings after two days of competition at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour. The Queensland Cowboys remain top of the standings on for and against, but the Queensland Titans and the New South Wales Mets are breathing down their necks after going unbeaten on day two. Many thought the Cowboys might go through the tournament unbeaten in their quest to win back-to-back titles, but they suffered a shock defeat early on day two. In the process the Titans reminded everyone that they are the real deal, pulling off a one-touchdown win against the competition favourites in the entertaining Round 4 clash. That 9-8 win has helped the Titans finish the day in 2nd position, just above the New South Wales Mets.These two sides will play each other early on day three, with the winner likely to secure a top-two finish and bragging rights heading into the finals series. The loser will put themselves at risk of missing the finals, with the 4th-placed New South Wales Mavericks and the 5th-placed New South Wales Scorpions both believing they are worthy of a finals appearance. The Mavericks and the Scorpions both sit on 10 competition points but they had mixed days in the Coffs Harbour heat.  It was a day of positives for the Mavericks, with the team securing an important win late in the day against the Queensland Broncos, with that win sky-rocketing them into the top four. On the other hand, the Scorpions will be kicking themselves after failing to secure a win on day two. All their hard work on day has now come undone and they can forget about a top-two finish. The Scorpions day two was much like that of the teams below them, with the 6th-placed Broncos and the 7th-placed Alliance both having shockers. In a day of huge importance, the Broncos and the Alliance could only achieve a draw and a loss in their Round 4 and 5 matches. It leaves both sides six points out of the top four and each will need a miracle if they are to make the finals.But things could be worse and this is proven by the struggling New South Wales Rebels. The Rebels are having no luck in this year’s competition, remaining winless at the bottom of the table after five matches. On a more personal note, Cowboy Shaun Francis leads the tournament in touchdowns scored, tallying up 12 to his name. He will look to add to this number tomorrow when the Cowboys kick off the day against the Mavericks at 10:40AM. Related LinksElite 8 Men Day 2last_img read more

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Emery: Arsenal needed Ozil and he delivered

first_imgUnai Emery has hailed Mesut Ozil for delivering when Arsenal “needed him to” during a Premier League clash with Burnley.The Gunners headed into a home date with the Clarets looking to offer a positive response to back-to-back defeats in league and cup competition.Ozil’s role in their plans had dominated the pre-match build-up, with the German playmaker having seemingly fallen out of favour to see questions asked of his future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Emery had, however, stated prior to the game that the World Cup winner still had an important role to play and backed up that statement by handing the 30-year-old a starting berth and the captain’s armband.Ozil rewarded that show of faith with a talismanic performance which saw him play a pivotal role in Arsenal’s first and third goals in a 3-1 victory.Emery told BBC Sport afterwards of an eye-catching showing from a man with a point to prove: “It was a big performance today and afterwards I said congratulations for your work.“Every player showed his quality and their characteristics. We needed him to work to help us today and he did.”Ozil was not the only player to deliver for Arsenal, with the Gunners’ defence standing up well to a physical battle with Burnley’s frontmen.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2018-19Emery was delighted with the collective showing from his side, as they returned to winning ways courtesy of two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a late effort from Alex Iwobi.The Spaniard added: “It was a tough match. It was difficult because they pushed a lot with long balls and the second action.“But we played well with our body and our character was good. The victory was deserved and in the table we are closer to Tottenham and Chelsea.“I think we won today not because we played well but because every player had a very big commitment.“We knew Burnley are an organised team and were going to push us but we didn’t lose too many long balls from the goalkeeper.“I think we can controlled the match like we wanted. We had to make an alteration of our game plan but after I think our game plan gave us the victory.“We’re scoring lots of goals but we need more clean sheets and our defeat today was maybe that.”Arsenal remain outside the Premier League’s top four at present, but remain very much within touching distance of the Champions League spots as the games come thick and fast during the festive period. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Young: It was a tough week for Man Utd

first_imgAshley Young admits Manchester United have endured “a tough week”, but has called on those around him to “play for the badge” as a new era is opened at Cardiff.The Red Devils will take to the field in South Wales with a new manager at the helm, with Jose Mourinho having been relieved of his duties.Inconsistent displays from an underperforming squad spelled the end for the Portuguese, with a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool proving to be the final straw. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been drafted in as Mourinho’s successor and is being backed to bring a feel-good factor back to Old Trafford.Young concedes there have not been too many smiles on United faces of late, but told the club’s official website: “It’s been a tough week.“But we’ve got to move on now, move forward and concentrate on this game. We need to get ourselves back to winning ways.“You go out there as a player and you want to win, play for the badge, play for this fantastic club, the best club in the world and for us now it’s about looking ahead and looking at the next couple of games we’ve got coming up.“It’s a busy Christmas period and we want to get points on the board and start getting ourselves back up the table.”The Red Devils are looking for returning hero Solskjaer to make an immediate impact, with the presence of a 1999 Treble winner helping to raise spirits around the club.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Cardiff City 2013-14“I’m sure Ole is excited to be back, Mike Phelan as well,” added Young. “For Ole to walk back in here must feel unbelievable. The fans love him, he loves the club and it can only be a good thing for us.“With me being one of the older heads, I [previously] worked under Mike and it’s nice to see him back on the training pitch again.”Young has also hailed the impact of the backroom team at United, with Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez all having important roles to play in the present and future.“Carras, Kieran and Emilio have been fantastic,” he said. “The training sessions they’ve put on have been fantastic, top notch.“I can definitely see Carras being a manager one day and Kieran has been brilliant stepping up to the first team [from the Under-18s]. He’s taken to it like a duck to water and Emilio is a fantastic goalkeeping coach. It’s nice for them to be here and work under Mick and Ole as well.“The main thing for us has been not to be caught up in everything and instead just concentrate on our work on the pitch and get ourselves fully prepared for this weekend’s game. That’s all you can do as players; be prepared and be ready for the game that we’ve got coming up.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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WATCH: Sargent nets second Bundesliga goal

first_imgJosh Sargent’s Bundesliga career got off to a flying start in December, and the teenager does not look ready to slow down just yet.After scoring seven goals in 12 appearances for the Werder Bremen Under-23 side, Sargent got his first-team career off on the right foot when he scored in his senior debut with a tap-in against Fortuna Dusseldorf three weeks ago.Now in just his third appearance in the German top-flight, the 18-year-old striker has scored his second goal for Werder Bremen in a 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After not getting off the bench midweek in a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim, Sargent made the most of his opportunity in his club’s final game before the Bundesliga winter break.The United States international entered the match in the 66th minute with Werder down 2-0 to Leipzig, with the opportunity for his longest runout as a professional.The teenager wasn’t involved in his club’s opener, as Max Kruse managed to bring his side back into the match just a minute after Sargent’s entrance.However, Sargent got in on the action for Werder’s second goal.Sargent initially held the ball up near the midfield line and laid it off. The ensuing pass was delivered into the path of fellow substitute Yuya Osako, who got in behind the defense.Osako then pulled a pass back into the path of the onrushing Sargent, who hit a left-footed finish off the post and into the net to level things at 2-2 in 77th minute.THE AMERICAN HAS TIED IT! 🇺🇸💪Josh Sargent’s 2nd Bundesliga goal in 3 games brings Bremen level at Leipzig! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/V9xm2OZylR— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 22, 2018Unfortunately for Sargent and Werder, Bruma would re-establish the lead for the hosts off a cross from Marcel Halstenberg. That finish would be the winner, as RB Leipzig came away 3-2 victors.After his goal against Dusseldorf, Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt attempted to play down expectations for the teenager, telling reporters: “We all must be careful what we expect from him. If he makes five, six Bundesliga appearances until the summer, it is a good a year for him.”With two goals in three appearances and a half season to go, it looks as if Sargent has a good chance of reaching that mark as he continues to make a case for continued involvement in the Werder first team.last_img read more

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