Keane: Fergie has massive ego

first_img The Irishman, who was Ferguson’s midfield driving force in a glorious spell for the club between 1993 and 2005, says the Scot has a “massive ego” and rated his former boss at Nottingham Forest, Brian Clough, as the best manager he had worked with. United have endured a difficult start to life under Ferguson’s successor David Moyes, having lost three Barclays Premier League games at Old Trafford already this season to sit ninth in the table. Roy Keane believes Sir Alex Ferguson is still trying to exert “control and power” at Manchester United despite retiring as manager in the summer. Keane said of Ferguson, now a director at United: “Everything is about control and power. He’s still striving for it now even though he’s not manager. There’s massive ego involved in that.” Keane, who left United in 2005 after a fall-out with Ferguson, was speaking in an ITV4 documentary called ‘Keane and Vieira: The Best of Enemies’ which airs on Tuesday night concerning his rivalry with former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira. He said that his relationship with the former United boss is now “non existent”. The Irishman even took issue with Ferguson praising him in his recently released autobiography for “covering every blade of grass” in the 1999 Champions League semi-final second leg against Juventus. Keane added: “Stuff like that almost insults me. I get offended when people give quotes like that about me. It’s like praising the postman for delivering letters.” Keane admitted he had cried in his car when his United career came to an abrupt end over a candid interview he gave to the club’s in-house television station criticising his team-mates. He said: “Of course I was upset: I did shed a few tears in my car for about two minutes. “But I also told myself I had to get on with my life. “I walked out with nothing, I had no club lined up and I was injured. “I told David Gill I had been injured playing for Man United. “I could have played for Manchester United easily for another couple of years.” Keane laughed off the furore surrounding the infamous MUTV interview and said he felt the row between Ferguson and then club director John Magnier over the stud rights to racehorse Rock of Gibraltar had to have had a “negative effect” on the club. Keane said: “I managed the dressing room: that was my job. “If people didn’t think (the Rock of Gibraltar row) had a negative effect on the club then they are in cuckoo land.” Keane said Ferguson’s strongest trait was his “ruthlessness”, while labelling “loyalty” his biggest weakness. And now Ferguson has retired, Keane revealed he and his son have season tickets at Old Trafford. Ferguson said in his autobiography that his authority at Old Trafford would have been undermined had he not forced Keane out in 2005. The Scot said Keane had “slaughtered” several of his team-mates in the MUTV interview. Ferguson said Keane invited the United players to watch the interview, but that the decision backfired when several senior players, including Dutch duo Edwin van der Sar and Ruud van Nistelrooy, rounded on the captain. Ferguson said at a press conference promoting the release of his book in October: “‘We had to react to the situation so quickly because his actions were so quick. For one reason or another he decides to go and criticise his team-mates. ”Most of you won’t have seen the video but you couldn’t release it. You just couldn’t. ”It ended up with two of our young players being booed before a Champions League match in Paris because of it. ”We decided we had to do something. The meeting in the room was horrendous. I just couldn’t lose my control in this situation. ”If I had let it pass and allowed it to happen the players would have viewed me differently. Much more differently to how I would have liked to have been judged. ”Throughout my career I have been strong enough to deal with important issues like that. Roy overstepped his mark. There was no other thing we could do.” Responding to the comments about him in Ferguson’s book, Keane told ITV in October: ”I do remember having conversations with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty and, in my opinion, I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Jitamrit Kashyap and Ishita Kashyap in Indian Karate team

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Jitamrit Kashyap and Ishita Kashyap of Assam will represent Indian Karate team for the 18th Cadet, Junior and U-21 Asian Karate Championship which is scheduled to be held at Kata Kinabalu, Malaysia from April 26. Jitamrit and Ishita both won gold medal in the recently concluded Junior National Karate Championship held in Guwahati and the performance helped them to get selected in the Indian Squad. Jitamrit will take part in 70 kg Kumite Cadet (14-15 years) male and Ishita will participate in Cadet Female Kata event. The United Karate-Do Association, Assam (UKAA) felicitated both the players in a meeting held in the city today and also handed over financial assistance of Rs.10000 each from the organization for the Asian Championship. Also read: Local Sportslast_img read more

Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich consolidate visitors lead in the ongoing Test series

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON: Riding on an unbeaten partnership between Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich, West Indies went past England’s first innings total in the second session of the third day of the first #raisethebat Test series at Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Friday.Resuming the innings at 159/3 after Lunch, the visitors suffered an early blow as James Anderson got rid of Shamarh Brooks for 39. The batsman went for the review but replays showed that he had indeed edged the ball into the hands of wicket-keeper Jos Buttler. Chase, along with Jermaine Blackwood hit a few boundaries to release the pressure a bit. But Bess was having none of it as he picked his second wicket of the innings in Blackwood for 12, who hit the ball high in the air and was caught by Anderson at mid-off. That is when wicket-keeper-batsman Dowrich joined Chase in the middle and they overhauled the England’s total with ease. The hosts’ bowlers toiled hard but couldn’t force a breakthrough as the duo put together an unbeaten 49-run stand till Tea and helped the visitors take a slender 31-run lead at the end of second session. England will take heart from the fact that the second new ball will be available after the break and they could opt for it straightaway before this partnership creates further trouble for them. Brief Scores: West Indies: 235/5 (Brathwaite 65, Brooks 39; Anderson 2/42); England 204 all-out (Stokes 43, Buttler 35; Holder 6/42). IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Impact of COVID on Education & What’s Nextlast_img read more

Annenberg to offer new minor in sports media studies

first_imgA new Annenberg minor, to begin in fall 2010, will give students a chance to explore the relationship between sports and culture in a city that boasts one of the fastest growing sports hubs.Sidelines · A reporter for College Hoops interviews USC basketball player Nikola Vucevic after a game. The new sports media studies minor will teach students the theories behind sports media. – Avi Kushlan | Daily Trojan Annenberg’s School for Communication & Journalism has approved a new sports media studies minor to give students hoping to enter the sports media profession a chance to learn necessary skills.The idea for the minor was born from Professor Daniel Durbin’s 383 Sports, Communication and Culture course (COMM 383). Durbin always asks his students what additional programs they would like to see at Annenberg and overwhelmingly students asked for more sports-focused classes.“Two-thirds of the students in the class always voted for more sports courses,” said Phillip Schaben, a senior majoring in communication who took Durbin’s class in the fall. “We would watch people on SportsCenter, Universal Sports, ESPN, and wonder, ‘Where are these people getting their training from?’”Durbin began formulating the idea for the sports media studies minor over the summer and started formally pursuing the idea this fall.Schaben and classmate Kenneth Badea, a junior majoring in communication, heard of Durbin’s proposal while they were taking his class and offered to help get the program off the ground by spreading awareness. The two created a Facebook group to demonstrate to Annenberg that there was widespread interest in a sports-centric degree program.Badea said he thinks it is important for Annenberg to integrate sports classes into its curriculum.“Like any university, we tend to focus on traditional media,” Badea said. “People are apprehensive about sports journalism — thinking it’s just a filler — when it’s really something we need to focus on. Channels like ESPN have 24 hours just about sports, just like some channels do for news. USC being where it is, with this incredible proximity to all this sports media, is in a prime position to become a leading university in sports journalism.”Durbin said the Annenberg Dean’s Office is interested in a more complete study of sports communication, and the minor is one way of helping students keep up with the expanding sports media world.“Sports media is only growing at this point,” Durbin said. “This minor is a reaction to an increase in its impact on culture and vice versa. Outside of politics and war, sports is the largest industry in the world.”The sports media culture has grown particularly rapidly in Los Angeles in recent years, as sports networks, including ESPN, have brought more corporate offices to Southern California.The debut of the Los Angeles production center as the headquarters for ESPN’s 1 a.m. EST SportsCenter in 2009 also contributed to the recognition of Los Angeles as one of the largest sports media metropolises in the nation.Currently, the only requirement for the minor is Durbin’s COMM 383 class. Beyond that, students can choose from several electives that span various schools, including Annenberg, the Marshall School of Business and the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.“USC prides itself on having a very rich selection of minors. In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on interdisciplinary minors … The idea here is to encourage degrees that allow students to be exposed to faculty in different areas,” said Abigail Kaun, associate dean of academic programs and student affairs for Annenberg.One of those elective classes is a new Annenberg class, Sports and Social Change, which will be offered in the spring 2011 semester. The course, taught by Durbin, will examine how athletes become agents of social change through the media.Besides that course, the program will draw largely on classes that already exist.The sports media studies minor is officially being integrated into the fall 2010 curriculum, having received approval.Any new class or degree must withstand scrutiny from every department involved once it is conceived.After the structural proposal is developed, it must be approved by the faculty and school dean.  From there, the program is given to the university curriculum committee to be reviewed by faculty from other schools and departments, and finally to the university faculty as a whole.To survive, a new degree must be able to prove that it is a relevant and important field of study, that the field is unique and distinct and that it fits into the curriculum goals of the school.last_img read more

Syracuse suffers 41-17 blowout loss at Louisville

first_imgSU went three-and-out on the ensuing possession and pushed Louisville back to the 11-yard line. Five plays later on fourth-and-2 from Louisville’s own 48, Bolin looked to his left, where Syracuse had everyone covered up. He turned back to his right and found a wide-open Keith Towbridge for an eventual 32-yard gain because an Orange defender missed an assignment, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said.Louisville eventually scored to go up 21-10 at halftime and as the game progressed, the floodgates opened against an SU defense that struggled because of a lack of in-game adjustments, Bullough said.“That’s the pickle we have right now,” Bullough said. “We’re not old enough to have those adjustments and put them on the field.”At one point, SU’s entire defensive line was made up of freshmen, a position group that was already limited when senior defensive end Luke Arciniega was ruled out with an upper-body injury on Thursday.Once Syracuse was trailing 21-10 at halftime, it was forced to be more aggressive, offensive coordinator Tim Lester said. The Orange attempted 21 passes in the second half compared to 15 in the first. Syracuse had three three-and-outs in the second half and not a single drive went for more than 44 yards.“When you’re down, you take shots,” Lester said. “First down shot. Second down incomplete. And then you get into third-and-10. That’s naturally going to happen when we’re more aggressive.”With the loss, Syracuse has nearly no room for error if it wants to become bowl eligible. Three games remain and No. 3 Clemson comes to the Carrier Dome next week. SU has never beaten a ranked team under Shafer and has allowed more than 40 points in four of the last five weeks.When asked if he feels like there’s been improvement, Franklin said, “It’s always tough to say that when you keep losing games by large margins.”Saturday was just another example. Comments LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Zaire Franklin stood at Louisville’s 15-yard line. Kyle Bolin lay on the ground. Cole Hikutini had the ball in his hands in the end zone.Franklin had a free rush on the Louisville quarterback, hit him in the chest and knocked him to the turf as he threw.But Bolin squeezed the throw into a narrowing window to Hikutini and Syracuse’s hopes of winning began to narrow, too.“Those types of plays, I always feel like I’m so close, but I’m never close enough,” Franklin said.That play gave Louisville (5-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) an 18-point lead with more than nine minutes left in the third quarter of an eventual 41-17 win. It cemented a stretch in which the Cardinals scored touchdowns on two of four possessions, excluding a pick-six that immediately preceded it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLouisville’s 21 straight points in just more than 10 minutes of game time between the second and third quarters was the turning point of Saturday afternoon’s game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Thirteen more in the second half buried the Orange (3-6, 1-4). In the same time frame after the interception, SU’s drives ended with three punts and a missed field goal.“It stings,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “It stings bad.”Syracuse got off to a fast start with a two-play touchdown possession after a Cordell Hudson interception. But it all fell apart for Syracuse following Eric Dungey’s interception.Louisville’s Trumaine Washington jumped in front of the intended out route and had 39 yards of open field in front of him. Dungey was the last offensive player back to the Orange’s sideline as he walked off the field after throwing a pick-six for the first time in his career. It was the first of three turnovers the freshman had in the game before getting hit in the head and leaving the game.Jessica Sheldon | Staff Photographer Published on November 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Related Stories Blum: Eric Dungey should have been taken out before 4th-quarter injuryGallery: Syracuse falls to Louisville, 41-17Storify: Syracuse fans react to blowout loss at Louisville Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Top 3 moments from Mark Coyle’s time at Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse Director of Athletics Mark Coyle is leaving SU after 11 months on the job to take a position at the University of Minnesota, SU confirmed on Wednesday morning. Minnesota announced on Wednesday morning that he was a finalist for its AD position and he will take the position, according to ESPN.Here are three memorable moments from Coyle’s time at Syracuse.MORE COVERAGE:Storify: Syracuse community reacts to AD Mark Coyle’s departureSyracuse University Director of Athletics Mark Coyle leaving for Minnesota Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 11, 2016 at 1:58 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettus First press conferenceCoyle had the Iocolano-Petty football wing auditorium erupting in applause from the start of his first press conference on June 22 — less than a month before he officially became Syracuse’s director of athletics. He spoke to the media, Board of Trustees, members of SU administration and SU head coaches for about 15 minutes saying, “My expectations are simple. … We’re going to get our degrees, and we’re going to compete for championships. And I want to make sure that we all understand that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFiring of Scott ShaferCoyle said he’d take time to evaluate the Orange’s football programs and almost exactly four months later, on Nov. 23, he fired head coach Scott Shafer with the team sitting at 3-8 and on an eight-game losing streak. There was still one game left in the season.“Scott has worked tirelessly to educate our students on and off the field and to build our program,” Coyle said in a statement. “However, I feel a change in leadership is needed at this time. A national search will begin immediately.”Hiring of Dino Babers and Babers’ inaugural press conferenceBabers, the former Bowling Green head coach, was hired as head football coach on Dec. 5 and held his opening press conference on Dec. 7. Coyle said Shafer was fired before the end of the season to give more time to find a new coach. He also mentioned that he skipped  the basketball team’s trip to the Bahamas to continue searching for a football coach.“We wanted a leader who had a proven track record and a strong commitment to student welfare,” Coyle said in a press release on Dec. 5. “Dino’s background as a former student-athlete combined with his head coaching experience, and dynamic offensive mind make him a great fit for our program. We are committed to building a winning Syracuse Football program and today reinforces that commitment.”“I wanted to make sure we found the best fit for Syracuse football,” he added at the press conference. “And how I define best fit was, simply, I wanted someone with tremendous honesty and integrity. I wanted somebody who would be focused on our students and the welfare of our students. I wanted somebody who was innovative and had an exciting brand of football. And I wanted somebody who had a commitment to winning. And I’m confident we’ve found that person in Coach Babers.” Comments Related Stories Syracuse University Director of Athletics Mark Coyle leaving for MinnesotaStorify: Syracuse community reacts to AD Mark Coyle’s departureSyracuse AD Mark Coyle: ‘We’re going to get our degrees, and we’re going to compete for championships.’5 things Mark Coyle said at Dino Babers’ introductory press conferenceMark Coyle speaks with The Daily Orange in Q&Alast_img read more

Calls for the Tipperary County Board to ensure hurling is nurtured among clubs in…

first_imgClonmel has been identified as a hurling blackspot by the Munster Council.St Mary’s secretary Noel Buckley says while their win is a major step forward for hurling in the town, a lot more needs to be done to develop the sport in the area.last_img

Inside the Dodgers: How Jimmy Nelson may help the pitching staff

first_imgEnter … Jimmy Nelson?The Dodgers reportedly agreed to terms with the right-handed pitcher on a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2021. Nelson’s contract reportedly guarantees less money ($1 million) than the Twins gave Hill, but incentives can bring its value to $13 million over two years ― more than the Twins gave Hill. According to’s Adam McCalvy, these incentives would merely allow Nelson a chance to earn what he would have made in arbitration if the Brewers elected to keep him.Nelson, 30, missed all of 2018 and pitched only 22 innings in 2019 after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder. He was eligible for salary arbitration this winter. When the Brewers decided not to tender him a contract, Nelson became a free agent.Staying true to the hypothesis I put forth earlier, Nelson’s signing falls under point #2: Friedman signed a pitcher who can help absorb Hyun-Jin Ryu’s workload. Nelson might not help much. It’s not fair to expect him to pitch 187 ⅔ innings, like Ryu did in 2019. It is fair to expect him to throw more innings than Hill, given the uncertainty around Hill’s age (40) and surgery (“primary elbow repairs” didn’t exist 10 years ago). Nelson’s contract amounts to a low-risk wager, the kind that sometimes works out amazingly for the Dodgers (Justin Turner, Max Muncy, Brandon Morrow) and sometimes does not (Franklin Gutierrez, Brandon Beachy, Sergio Romo).It’s fair to ask why Nelson is getting this roster spot and not Hill, but no one ever accused this front office of putting practical concerns ahead of sentimentality. Nelson is 10 years younger than Hill. He’s being guaranteed less money. You can point out exceptions to every rule, but whenever a team opts against re-signing its own free agent, it’s fair to be skeptical: What do the Dodgers know about Rich Hill’s health that the Twins don’t? The same logic would apply to Nelson and the Brewers, of course, but the Brewers might have had to guarantee Nelson $13 million in arbitration whether or not his health cooperated. The Dodgers don’t. Editor’s note: This is the Tuesday, Jan. 7 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.The question was there at the beginning of the off-season: how would the Dodgers fill out their starting rotation between now and spring training? It gained steam when Gerrit Cole signed with the Yankees. It gained more steam when Hyun-Jin Ryu signed with the Blue Jays, then more when Rich Hill signed with the Twins. I first deployed the analogy of steam pressure building inside a valve back on Dec. 23, when I wrote about the implications of Ryu’s departure:If [president of baseball operations Andrew] Friedman was truly comfortable with his 2020 roster without Ryu, it’s probably owed to one of a few reasons: 1, the Dodgers’ internal projections for Ryu’s replacements (Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, Julio Urias, possibly Ross Stripling) are bullish; 2, Friedman is confident he can sign or trade for a pitcher who can help absorb Ryu’s workload; 3, Friedman is confident he can sign or acquire a position player who will significantly upgrade a position of weakness (right field, according to ZiPS); 4, some combination of the above.The reasons to lament Hill’s departure were more sentimental than practical. Hill was already expected to miss the first few months of the season ― at least ― following elbow surgery. If he was going to be a major contributor to the 2020 Dodgers, it was going to be as a trade-deadline acquisition of sorts. Hill reinvigorated his career with the Dodgers, and his emotions showed when he addressed the media after signing for life-changing money at the 2016 Winter Meetings. Between Hill and Ryu, losing two fan favorites in the span of a week didn’t feel great. We also need to put this transaction in the context of an incomplete off-season. While the Dodgers don’t have to make another move to field a complete team in 2020, the Red Sox do have to make at least one move to get their payroll below the competitive balance tax threshold. (Cots estimates the Red Sox payroll at $226.9 million; the CBT kicks in at $208 million.) New GM Chaim Bloom doesn’t want to trade his best player to achieve his fiscal mandate but, unlike his former boss in Tampa Bay, Bloom isn’t in position to stand pat.To that end, the Dodgers can’t be alone in their zeal for Mookie Betts. That’s why we can’t discount the possibility that signing Nelson gives Friedman some leeway in his chats with Bloom. Does having Nelson allow Friedman to trade one of his other starting pitchers to Boston? Is David Price the left-handed starter the Dodgers were targeting to replace Hill and Ryu all along? Depending on how available Betts still is, I believe these are the more interesting questions today.-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Bones sinking like stonesCheaters often prosper ― The Boston Red Sox reportedly used their video replay room to steal signs in 2018, in violation of MLB rules.In related news ― The Houston Astros players are likely to avoid punishment when MLB punishes the organization’s sign-stealing practices, according to ESPN.Bullpen help ― The Dodgers reportedly signed a four-year veteran to a minor-league contract.More than Bellinger ― Who are the Dodgers’ best draft picks of the 2010s?More than Lux ― Baseball America ranked the Dodgers’ Top 10 prospects.Tickets still remain ― Tommy Lasorda will be among the guests of honor at the annual PBSF dinner this Saturday in Beverly Hills.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Facebook removes Trump’s campaign ads with Nazi symbolism for hate-speech violations

first_imgThe Trump ads also said “stand with your President and declare ANTIFA a Terrorist Organization.”The Trump campaign claimed that the down-pointing red triangle is an emoji and “symbol widely used by Antifia.” The Trump campaign also said it is not included in the Anti-Defamation League’s Hate Symbols Database. Meanwhile, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement on Twitter that Nazis used “red triangles to identify their political victims in concentration camps. Using it to attack political opponents is highly offensive. @POTUS’ campaign needs to learn its history, as ignorance is no excuse for using Nazi-related symbols.” Facebook has pulled posts and ads from Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign over Nazi imagery that violates Facebook’s policy banning “organized hate.”The Trump ads stated “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups,” which it claimed are “running through our streets and causing absolute mayhem.” The ads featured an upside-down triangle, which anti-hate groups said was strikingly similar to notorious Nazi symbols denoting political prisoners in World War II concentration camps.last_img read more