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Woodward expects few new arrivals

first_img “There is incredible depth. We could put two first teams out with 11 internationals in each. It has been a phenomenal season. We are a long way ahead in the Premier League and whilst I wouldn’t describe the way we got knocked out of the Champions League as luck things could have gone differently in that game. “We have a young squad and each of those are a year older. We are very comfortable with the make up of team and squad.” Nevertheless, Ferguson will continue to be linked with a series of star players, most recently Robert Lewandowski and Ramadel Falcao, whilst newly crowned FWA Player of the Year Gareth Bale is another United admire. The Red Devils can certainly feel bullish about attracting the top talent when it is considered their year-on-year turnover for the first nine months has risen 13.1 per cent to £278.1million. Of that, commercial income is now £114.5million, an increase of 27.9 per cent. It underlines just how strong United have become in that area of their business, and it doesn’t include the new £120million, eight-year deal with AON, which includes naming rights to their Carrington training complex and sponsorship of their training kit and overseas tours. Broadcast and matchday sectors show a 21.7 per cent and 34 per cent increase on the corresponding three months, whilst gross debt stands at £367.6million, still a vast sum, a decrease of 15.9 per cent since June 30 last year. However, total operating expenses for the third quarter increased 18.6 per cent year-on-year to £79million. That has been put down partly to the arrival of new signings, including Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa, new contracts for the likes of Danny Welbeck and the growing commercial arm which means the club now have in excess of 800 staff. Press Association Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is not anticipating “a major retooling” of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad this summer.center_img Woodward was speaking to outline United’s third quarter results, which once again show an impressive rise in their commercial income. And with Ferguson admitting he was giving his squad rebuilding idea some thought, it has been anticipated further big name signings would be made. However, after winning the Premier League title this term with four games to spare, Woodward is not sure that is strictly necessary. “I wouldn’t expect there to be a major retooling of the squad,” said Woodward. last_img read more

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After Henry’s shocking death, Pace remembers, perseveres

first_imgTo see the effect Danroy ‘D.J.’ Henry had on a profound number of people, look no further than the 800 that crowded the Pace University gymnasium in his memory last Sunday. One by one, Henry’s friends and other Pace students told stories and anecdotes about how they remembered him best. ‘Danroy was very popular and had a lot of friends,’ said Joe O’Donnell, Pace’s athletic director. ‘I think the students that got up and said something were able to get some of the feelings they had out.’ Henry was shot and killed by two police officers Oct. 17 outside a bar in Thornwood, N.Y. His death occurred hours after Pace lost its Homecoming game to Stonehill College, a college coincidentally located in Henry’s hometown of Easton, Mass. Henry’s death has become a national story. There are highly conflicting accounts of the shooting from police and witnesses, and there are questions about whether proper medical attention was given to him after he was shot. Pace will take the field for its first game after Henry’s death this Saturday in a league matchup against University of New Haven. This is one of the first steps toward normalcy in what has been a hectic series of events for the Pace football team. Or as close to normal as it can get.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text O’Donnell said the team has taken steps to bring things back to the way they were. Last week’s game against Bentley College — which was supposed to be Homecoming in Waltham, Mass. — was cancelled. The players took Sunday and Monday off from practice after the death of their teammate and resumed practices Tuesday. O’Donnell said this was an effort to bring back the normalcy to which the team is accustomed. The last time Pace had to cancel a game was in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But O’Donnell doesn’t expect that normalcy to return soon. ‘There’s nothing in the makeup of college kids to handle something like this,’ he said. ‘Most people don’t experience the loss of a parent, brother or sister until later in life. To lose something like this, this is very dramatic.’ That Sunday night, a candlelight vigil was held on the football field. Immediately following the vigil, those students returned to the Pace gym to tell their stories. Stories of how Henry is remembered as a genuinely good-natured person. Pat Casey, a senior finance, accounting and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major at Syracuse, went to Oliver Ames High School in Easton, Mass., with Henry and played football with him for three years. When he first met Henry during their freshman year of high school, Henry was a much smaller person. After putting in time in the weight room year after year, Casey said he became fit and much more of an athlete. He said Henry always planned to play sports in college. A three-sport athlete at Oliver Ames, he constantly put in effort to succeed. After graduating from Oliver Ames in 2007, Henry did a post-graduate year to improve as a player and was recruited to play at Iona College. When Iona dropped its football program in 2008, Henry searched for a new team and found a home at Division II Pace, located in Westchester County. ‘He wasn’t insecure at all, he was comfortable in his own skin,’ Casey said. ‘He knew what he was capable of. He wanted to grow from that.’ Casey called him an inspiring figure. ‘He was one of those kids who really was working his a** off and really going hard, going out of his way to be nice to people,’ Casey said. ‘He showed appreciation for where he was in life.’ So Pace will show that same respect to its routine. For them, getting on the field each Saturday is normal. So at 1 p.m., when the game kicks off, some of that normal might return. That return to the field helped Connecticut after a similar tragedy occurred in Storrs last season. Almost a year to the day before Henry was killed, UConn cornerback Jasper Howard was stabbed and killed at an on-campus event following the Huskies’ win over Louisville. UConn took to the field to escape the pressures surrounding the situation. ‘The games and practices were really healthy because it let you think just about football and nothing else,’ said Connecticut Associate Director of Athletics/Communications Mike Enright. ‘It’s a place to escape, if you will.’ UConn scheduled practices and press conferences in the days following Howard’s death at the same time they had always been scheduled. It wasn’t normal, but it was consistent. It helped to keep the team together. The team also emphasized the attitude of playing the remaining games the way Howard ‘would have wanted them to play football,’ Enright said. That is a sentiment that also holds true for the Setters. ‘The attitude is there. It’s a good attitude,’ O’Donnell said. ‘They want to play this for D.J., which will be normal. … We try not to get too emotional.’ After discussing with his captains, head coach Chris Dapolito thought this was the best move for the team. ‘We’ve talked to everyone, we’ve talked to the faculty,’ O’Donnell said. ‘The faculty has been absolutely wonderful in the ways they’ve tried to help the student-athletes get back to normalcy. If there is a normalcy after this.’ knmciner@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 27, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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MLB reduces Facebook Live broadcasts, still plans six social-geared streams

first_imgMLB has scaled back its partnership with Facebook Live in 2019, as first reported by Morning Consult, and confirmed by Sporting News. After broadcasting 25 games exclusively on the social media service last year (and 26 overall), it will show six non-exclusive games on Facebook Live this campaign.The moves comes as MLB has expanded its multimedia production elsewhere, partnering with Twitter for hitter-specific live streams, teaming up with Sporting News’ parent company DAZN for a nightly live look-in show called “ChangeUp” and adding MLB.TV to Amazon Prime video. It also brokered a streaming deal with Sling TV. An MLB official did tell Sporting News on Friday that the style of the 2019 broadcasts on Facebook, while not exclusive, will still be social-focused, meaning out-of-market viewers will have the opportunity to interact with announcers and relay questions they want posed to players and managers.There will also still be game recaps produced by MLB, as well as weekly recaps for all 30 teams.Facebook said it’s still “early in the days of having live sports,” meaning year-to-year changes are expected as it tests out what works with its audience. MLB declined to announce which six games will be broadcast on Facebook but said there will be one every month of the regular season.“Collaborating with Facebook will again drive the creation of new ways for us to deliver content to baseball fans that engage on the platform daily,” an MLB spokesman wrote in a statement. “Facebook provides a community-focused environment that will allow for fans to connect with their favorite teams via custom on-demand content and live game action driven by an original MLB Network social-first broadcast production.”MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNSporting News reported last fall that MLB perceived its 2018 partnership with Facebook as a successful experiment, and an official expressed optimism that exclusive Facebook Live broadcasts would continue in the same vein.last_img read more

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Golden State Warriors sweep into NBA Finals like they’re the 2001 Lakers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWith a dominant Shaquille O’Neal and an unstoppable Kobe Bryant, the Lakers ran through Portland by a margin of 14.6 points in what was then a best-of-5 three-game sweep; 9.25 points against Sacramento in the second round and destroyed the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs by an average 22.25 points.“It felt easy while we were doing it,” said Brian Shaw, a guard on those teams and now an assistant coach on Luke Walton’s Lakers staff. “I don’t think we were really ever threatened in any of the first three rounds.”It was only in Game 1 of the Finals against Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson, who scored 48 points and stepped over Tyronn Lue en route to victory, that the Lakers were tripped up, losing, 107-101, in overtime.The Lakers stared at their feet as they shuffled off the Staples Center court that night. Bryant walked briskly past his teammates into the locker room.“When we lost that first game it sent a shudder through the entire team and through all of L.A.,” said Mark Madsen, a Lakers rookie in 2000-01. “But then to go on and win decisively after that, in Philadelphia, it made it special.” When it came to dominant postseason teams, the 2001 Lakers were without peer in NBA history.Then these Golden State Warriors came along, assembling one of the most fearsome and star-studded lineups ever assembled and breezed to an NBA-record 12-0 start in the playoffs.With Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, observers are only left to wonder: Could the Warriors, facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third straight year, become the first team to go undefeated to win a title?Sixteen years ago, the Lakers were the team that came the closest. Ron Harper, a veteran on that team, remembers someone saying after Game 1 that the Finals were shaping up to be a good series.“I said, ‘No it’s not going to be. We’re going to win the next four games,’” Harper said. “I knew they won the first game. The only thing they did is make us upset.”The Lakers finished the postseason 15-1, the best winning percentage in NBA history.Will the Warriors challenge that mark? After sweeping Portland, Utah and the Spurs, they became just the third team in league history to enter the Finals undefeated in the playoffs, joining the ’01 and 1989 Lakers.Cleveland, coached by Lue, missed joining that club by a hair, losing Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals to Boston and brings a 12-1 mark into the Finals.“As much as Golden State is being talked about,” Shaw said, “Cleveland is still the defending champions.”The Warriors have lost once dating to March 14 and are beating teams in the playoffs by a healthy average of 16.3 points.“They force you to play a perfect game and that was just the thing that we did too,” said Devean George, who played on three Lakers championship teams from 2000-02 and played for the Warriors in 2009-10. “We forced teams to really – like really – play perfect and really not make too many turnovers because if you gave us extra opportunities then it was going to be a bad night.”Sixteen years ago, the Lakers hit their stride in the final month of the season, winning the last eight games of the regular season.“Everything was hitting on all cylinders,” Shaw said, “and I think it was the combination of the players got into a rhythm, the coaching staff, everything we did, that’s kind of what you always hope for and we had that.”Said Madsen: “We got to the playoffs we knew other teams’ offenses better than they did. That was how much tape we watched, that was the preparation level. It was an impressive thing.”As significant as the Lakers’ streak was, members of the 2001 team all repeated that the most important thing was hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of the series with the Sixers, rather than what their postseason record was.“Whether Golden State goes 16-0 if they win it, or 16-3, the ultimate goal is to win the championship,” Shaw said.Harper agreed that regular-season accomplishments or reaching the Finals undefeated only has meaning if a title follows.“When Golden State was 73-9 (last year), they had a great year, but they didn’t win the NBA championship,” said Harper, who won five titles as a player, including three with Michael Jordan’s Bulls. “That’s like when New England went 18-0 and then they lost the Super Bowl. Who cares? You lost the Super Bowl. That’s what you play for.”Cleveland won 53 games in the regular season, while Golden State scorched the league to a 67-15 mark, boasting the league’s top-ranked offense and No. 2 defense.In the playoffs, however, Cleveland has been nearly as dominant as Golden State through the first three rounds and seemingly little separates the two sides that have traded championships the last two years.Harper, an Ohio native who was drafted by the Cavs in 1986, said, “It’s not going to be a sweep. That will not happen.”There should be, after more than a month of romps, some competition.“I don’t want to see what has been going on, I want last-second shots, nail-biters, a minute left, the game is tied, that’s what I want to see,” George said. “I don’t want to see a sweep or 20-point blowouts.”Those are only fun for the players on the team running the table.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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