Moyes: Rooney can be United legend

first_img Rooney finally put an end to speculation regarding his future on Friday night when he signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019. Rooney is held in high regard by the United fans, but he still has a way to go to merit a place among the top echelon of club icons like Best, Charlton and Denis Law. Rooney could have left for guaranteed Champions League football this summer, but he wanted to stay because he is sure Moyes will eventually bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. “I know the direction that this club is going in, and if we don’t make it this season then we will come back stronger and claim a Champions League spot next season,” Rooney said on his official website. “The future is bright for Manchester United. “This is still one of the world’s leading clubs. We have seen this with the signing of Juan Mata in January. “People have been saying that we may have trouble attracting the world’s best players but I think the fact Mata came here shows this isn’t true. “This is a new era for the club, we have a new management team and a great new manager in David Moyes, there has to be some time for change. “We have some great players here and despite our recent form everyone has stuck together and the team spirit is still good. We will continue to work hard and get Manchester United to the top where it belongs.” Moyes admitted it was “possible” Rooney could replace the departing Nemnaja Vidic as captain at the end of the season. The club confirmed on Friday that Rooney has agreed to become an ambassador for the club when he retires. Press Association But with the prospect of another five-and-a-half years at the club, Rooney has a good opportunity to enhance his standing among the Old Trafford faithful. “Wayne is a great but he’s got a real chance to improve and be a legend,” said United boss Moyes. One obvious way Rooney can write his name into United’s history is by beating Charlton’s record of 249 goals for the club. Rooney currently stands on 208 goals, but he knows he now has a good opportunity to become the most prolific striker in United’s history. “It’s a great opportunity to try to break those kinds of records,” Rooney told MUTV. “I’m not too far away even though I’ve still got a few goals to go, but I’m confident I can reach it. Hopefully it will happen and if it does it will be a really proud moment.” A more immediate goal for Rooney is helping United qualify for the Champions League. The Red Devils sit 11 points off the top four ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. David Moyes challenged Wayne Rooney to earn a place alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best in Manchester United folklore after the striker signed a lucrative new contract worth £300,000 a week.last_img read more

Asante Kotoko show gratitude for unwavering support

first_imgManagers of Kotoko have expressed their gratitude to the teeming supporters of the club for their unwavering backing in recent weeks. They say efforts by ordinary fans including notable personalities have tremendously contributed to the team’s rising performance adding that, those efforts needed to be appreciated.“Our first appreciation goes to the Life Patron and Owner of the Club, His Royal Majesty, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for his unflinching support, wisdom and inspiration” said a press release dated May 4, 2016 and signed by General Manager, Opoku Nti.The press release stated that, the Asantehene’s motivation has seen the club moving from the lower ranks of the league with the objective of getting to its top ranks. It said the role played by the Greater Accra Regional Circles Council (GARCC) whose backing was massive at the Accra Sports Stadium where Kotoko beat Hearts 1-0 deserved to be commended.“We furthermore acknowledge fans of the club, especially the Greater Accra Circles Council whose backing at the Accra Sports Stadium has provided the club the invincibility which baffles our foes”. The release also singled out some past Kotoko managers and players for praise.“Also to former players, former management and board members like Herbert Mensah, Kennedy Agyepong, Bernard Xiel, Wilberforce Mfum, Dogo Moro, Malik Jabir and Ibrahim Sunday; your support did the trick. Three of our benefactors, Christopher Denenya; Alhaji Salamy Amadu and Christopher Opoku who showed unwavering financial commitment to winning the match last Sunday” are additionally being applauded.  The club’s managers finally thanked the technical team and the players for their hard work. “The technical team and the players who are the main actors cannot be forgotten in this regard” said the release as it urged fans to continue throwing their weight behind the team.   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Anthony Davis trade grades: Lakers begin title chase; Pelicans exploit LA’s desperation

first_imgMORE: NBA Twitter reacts to Anthony Davis tradeWhile the move pushes Los Angeles and New Orleans in different directions, it accomplishes the intended goals for both sides. It could be a rare win-win trade, but the final grades won’t be known until years down the road. The draft compensation in this deal could stretch all the way out to 2025.Here are the reported details of the trade and a breakdown of the short- and long-term ramifications for each side.Anthony Davis trade gradesLakers receive: Anthony DavisPelicans receive: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first-round picks2019 No. 4 pick2021 first-round pick protected for Nos. 9-30 (unprotected in 2022)2023 first-round swap rights unprotected2024 first-round pick unprotected (option to defer to 2025)NBA DRAFT BIG BOARD: Ranking the top 60 prospectsLakers: A-The Lakers’ front office followed the flawless plan of running the franchise directly into the ground for a season and acquiring a superstar anyway. Must be nice. Jokes aside, team owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka knew they needed to bring AD to LA, and they got the job done.Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.6 steals in a lost season for New Orleans. Imagine what a properly motivated Davis will look like next to LeBron James. He is an ideal fit inside as a rim-runner and finisher offensively, and he can cover up for a lot of defensive shortcomings with his length and rim protection.The scary part? James could unlock more of Davis as an outside threat. Davis isn’t known as a long-range shooter (31.4 percent on 3-pointers for his career), but he did shoot 37.7 percent on 122 catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in 2018-19. If Davis manages to shoot 35-37 percent on deep attempts, that opens the floor and creates lethal pick-and-pop options.MORE: Here’s what Magic Johnson had to say about Davis tradeThis trade also immediately positions the Lakers as a player in free agency. Los Angeles will have $23.7 million or $32.5 million in room depending on the timing of the deal, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. That space could be used to sign another star like Kemba Walker (already a rumored target), Kyrie Irving or Jimmy Butler. Walker seems to be more realistic at point guard because Irving is widely expected to sign with the Nets, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.Or, if the front office wants to fill out the roster, it could spread that money out over a number of role players. After all, the Lakers will only have James, Davis, Kuzma, Moritz Wagner and Isaac Bonga under contract once this trade goes through. We already saw what happened when the team had zero shooting on the floor. (Maybe call JJ Redick once free agency kicks off?)As for the future, Davis (26 years old) can take the reins from James (34) once Father Time finally catches up with him. Davis’ trade demand may have changed his reputation among fans and media, but don’t forget just how good this guy can be. He still has his full prime ahead of him.Over the last three seasons, Anthony Davis has:* more points than Steph Curry or Kevin Durant* more rebs than Nikola Jokic or Joel Embiid* more steals than LeBron James or Klay Thompson* more blocks than Andre Drummond or Giannis Antetokounmpo* higher FT% than Bradley Beal— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) June 15, 2019But there’s a reason this trade isn’t an A+++. The Lakers gave up a ton of assets, and the Pelicans will essentially control their drafts for the next half-decade.There will be comparisons to the failed Dwight Howard-Steve Nash combo of 2012. The pick compensation will bring back memories of the 2013 Nets-Celtics that set Brooklyn back for years. There is at least the possibility things go south, forcing Davis to re-evaluate and consider leaving LA as a free agent in 2020. That would be a complete catastrophe. The counter to the traded-away-too-much argument: picks and prospects won’t matter if the Lakers win. Los Angeles had four top-10 picks from 2014-17 (Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Ingram and Ball) and didn’t hit on any of them. Plus, it’s freaking LeBron James and Anthony Davis, not a broken down Howard or old Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.MORE: After Davis trade, are Lakers favorites to win the West?With Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL) out for the majority (if not the entirety) of next season, the Warriors won’t be the Western Conference favorites. The championship window is open — and yes, that’s the expectation. The Lakers must maximize whatever James has left in the tank.The Lakers have two top-10 players and put themselves in a position to attack free agency as well. They are instant contenders. There are dark future scenarios in play, but for now, the lights will be shining bright at Staples Center with James and Davis leading the way.Pelicans: APelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin wasn’t involved in the nasty negotiations ahead of the February trade deadline. He brought a fresh perspective to New Orleans, and once it became clear he couldn’t persuade Davis to stay, he began searching for the best possible package.Consider this a massive victory for Griffin, who knows from his Cavs days just how desperate a team can be when it needs to build around James.Ball, Ingram and Hart are all intriguing prospects with potential to improve now that the drama is behind them. Remember, this core had been making progress under Luke Walton before James arrived.Jrue Holiday and Ball could be an elite defensive backcourt, as both players finished in the top 10 among point guards in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus. There are some concerns about Ingram’s blood-clot issue, but he should be fully recovered ahead of the 2019-20 season. Hart can be a valuable rotation piece off the bench.The primary source of excitement for the Pels, of course, is Zion Williamson, the assumed No. 1 selection in this year’s draft. The thought of Holiday stealing the ball and kicking ahead to Ball, who then lobs an alley-oop to a flying Williamson . . . oh yeah, this team will be high on the NBA League Pass rankings. New Orleans could use some additional shooting to create better spacing, but that’s a terrific start in a post-AD world.MORE: Biggest winners and losers from the Anthony Davis tradeAnd the Pelicans are far from done when it comes to the impact of this trade. There is already plenty of interest in the No. 4 pick they just acquired from the Lakers, and it could easily be flipped for another player. (One fun hypothetical from The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie: using the fourth overall pick to land Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen. He’d slide in perfectly next to Williamson.) If they keep it, a young forward like De’Andre Hunter or Jarrett Culver makes sense. The future draft swaps and protections sound complicated, but they basically give New Orleans options and chances at snagging stars with LA’s picks. Even shorter version: Griffin thinks the Lakers will be bad eventually.Though Davis will still be performing at a high level, James will be in his late 30s when those picks are in play. (His current contract runs through 2022.) If the Lakers find themselves in the lottery, this trade will shift dramatically in the Pelicans’ favor.Considering the Pelicans didn’t have much in the way of competing offers — the Celtics reportedly wouldn’t include Jayson Tatum in trade discussions — that is a wild haul regardless of what happens next. It finally happened. Anthony Davis is going to be a Laker.The Pelicans agreed to trade Davis to the Lakers on Saturday, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Los Angeles will send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks (including this year’s No. 4 pick) to New Orleans. Kyle Kuzma, who had been a significant part of trade discussions, will stay in LA.last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL LADIES U-14s AT THE ALL-IRELAND BLITZ

first_imgDONEGAL’S U14 Ladies travelled to Kinnegad today for the All-Ireland blitz.Every girl played with pride for their county today on what for many was their last game at the U14 level.There is little doubt that they can now go on from their displays today to play with the same pride for Donegal at U16s. Pix Gabrielle Gallagher            PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL LADIES U-14s AT THE ALL-IRELAND BLITZ was last modified: May 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:All Ireland blitzDonegal Ladies U-14spicture speciallast_img read more

Breaking: Election averted as Tanaiste resigns

first_imgTÁNAISTE Frances Fitzgerald has resigned.The Fine Gael politician said she was resigning “by my own volition” and so as to prevent the country being forced into a snap general election.Ms Fitzgerald announced her resignation at 11.15am. Showing very little emotion, she insisted she was not asked to hand in her resignation.She also cited Brexit and other challenges facing the country as reasons behind her decision.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he accepted the resignation but said he did not believe it was the “right thing”.Jobs Minister Fitzgerald has been under intense pressure since the release of fresh emails last night. It’s understood Ms Fitzgerald indicated a willingness to stand aside rather than push the country to a General Election at today’s Cabinet meeting.Breaking: Election averted as Tanaiste resigns was last modified: November 29th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:electionresignTanaistelast_img read more