Man United statement on Louis Van Gaal

first_imgLOUIS VAN GAAL STATEMENTIt has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United FC, and in doing so, I have fulfilled a long-held ambition.I am immensely proud to have helped United win the FA Cup for the 12th time in the club’s history. I have been privileged during my management career to have won 20 trophies but winning the FA Cup, which is steeped in so much history, will always be one of the most special achievements of my career.I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success.I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a platform to build upon next season to restore the success that this passionate set of fans desire.Having managed in Holland, Spain and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture. Both of these experiences have lived up to expectations and been fantastic.I thank my players and wish them well for next season. It has been a pleasure to work with them and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.Thank you to the owners and board of Manchester United for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |Louis van Gaal’s sacking as Manchester United manager was finally confirmed on Monday, as the Premier League club announced the Dutchman had left with immediate effect. MANCHESTER UNITED STATEMENT(NYSE: MANU) Louis van Gaal is to leave Manchester United, with immediate effect. Van Gaal had appeared certain to lose his job since reports leaked out after United’s FA Cup final victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was being lined up to replace him.Van Gaal out: Photo by MAN UNITED“I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries),” United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward told the club’s website Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: “I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries). He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.”A decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon.last_img read more

Floridians will have to quarantine if traveling to New York

first_imgRoles are switching as the number of coronavirus cases spike in other states other than New York.Back in March, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an order mandating that travelers arriving in Florida from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut self-isolate for 14 days.Now, the Gov. of New York announced that anyone traveling to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut from Florida or other high-infection coronavirus states will be required to quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. During a new conference Wednesday with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Cuomo said the new travel advisor will take effect at midnight.In addition to Florida, the other states Cuomo named are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Utah.Cuomo said the quarantine is not a travel ban, but anyone who violates the quarantine could be subject to civil penalties.“You violate the quarantine, you will then have to do mandatory quarantine and then you’ll be fined,” he said.last_img read more

Fired-up Ravens beat Steelers 26-6 without Rice

first_imgBaltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) gets a hand on, but does not catch, a pass as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (28) defends during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)BALTIMORE (AP) – A short and tumultuous work week for the Baltimore Ravens ended with a surprisingly lopsided victory.Playing three days after running back Ray Rice was released, the Ravens got a pair of touchdown passes from Joe Flacco and rolled past the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 on Thursday night.Rice was reaching the end of a two-game suspension for domestic violence when a video of him striking his then-fiancee surfaced Monday. By the end of the day, the three-time Pro Bowler had been cut by Baltimore and suspended indefinitely by the NFL.The media immediately descended upon the team’s training complex, and the line of questioning had little to do with this heated AFC North rivalry.The Ravens (1-1) shrugged off the distraction to bounce back from a season-opening loss at home to division rival Cincinnati.Bernard Pierce took over for Rice to gain 96 yards on 22 carries as part of a ground game that finished with 157 yards. Flacco went 21 for 29 for 166 yards and two TD throws to tight end Owen Daniels, and Justin Tucker kicked four field goals.Pittsburgh (1-1) managed only two field goals and committed three turnovers – one that halted its opening drive, another that set up a fourth-quarter field goal by Tucker, and an interception by Ben Roethlisberger with 1:51 remaining.It was only the second time in the last 11 regular-season meetings between the teams that the outcome was decided by more than three points.Roethlisberger completed 22 of 37 passes for 217 yards. It was the first time since Nov. 26, 2006, that Baltimore held Pittsburgh without a touchdown.After Tucker kicked a 23-yard field goal for a 20-6 lead, Steelers tight end Heath Miller fumbled on a hit by rookie C.J. Mosley, who took the loose ball to the Pittsburgh 20.That led to a 22-yarder by Tucker with 11:14 left.Although the Rice video and the reaction was the talk of Baltimore for much of the week, a few fans showed their loyalty to the banished running back by wearing his No. 27 jersey.But the crowd of 71,181 was quick to turn its attention to on-field action at the opening kickoff.Aided by a roughing the passer call against Courtney Upshaw on the third play of the game, Pittsburgh held the ball for more than eight minutes before Justin Brown fumbled and Baltimore recovered at its own 15.The Ravens then moved 85 yards in 12 plays with the help of two Pittsburgh penalties, the last a 23-yard pass interference call against Cortez Allen that set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Daniels.Pierce and Justin Forsett combined for 32 yards on Baltimore’s next series, which ended in a field goal for a 10-0 lead.Pittsburgh finally broke through with 2:50 left in the half, getting a field goal to cap an 11-play, 73-yard drive.It was 10-6 before Flacco connected with Daniels on a 1-yard touchdown pass to cap an 80-yard drive highlighted by Flacco’s 24-yard completion to tight end Dennis Pitta.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Former Leaf Nick Newman all smiles after Brooks Bandits win RBC Cup

first_imgNick Newman has seen a lot since heading north of the 49th parallel to pursue his junior hockey career.However, Sunday in Summerside, PEI, the former Nelson Leafs center got to experience the feeling of winning a Canadian National Championship after the Brooks Bandits won the 2013 RBC Cup with a 3-1 victory over host Summerside Western Capitals.Newman and the Bandits become the eighth team from the Alberta Junior Hockey League to win Canada’s National Junior A Championship, and the first to do it since the Camrose Kodiaks won their lone national title in 2001. Newman, who spent the 2011-12 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with Nelson where he led the Leafs in scoring after arriving during training camp via the Vernon Vipers of the B.C. Hockey League, joined Brooks this season scoring 10 goals and seven assists in 52 games.Newman, the oldest of two sons of Tina and David Newman of Saugus, California, scored once in 12 playoff games for Brooks.The 6’1, 185-pound 19-year-old forward joins a handful of other Nelson Leaf graduates to achieve success after leaving the Heritage City.Leaf rookie of the year Dylan Walchuk won the RBC Cup playing for Vernon Vipers in 2009 and 2010 while Geoff Kinrade captured the 2011 Calder Cup playing for Binghamton in 2011 and recently the 2013 Swiss League title as a member of Bern.Goalie Grant Rollheiser won a NCAA National Championship playing for Boston University while Nelson Minor Hockey defenceman Isaac MacLeod helped Boston College win the NCAA title in 2012.Bruno Campese helped Portland win the Memorial Cup in 1983 as a member of the Portland Winterhawks.last_img read more