Louis van Gaal hails Wayne Rooney after landmark goal

first_img Rooney moved ahead of Denis Law in the United scoring charts when he flicked Anthony Martial’s cross into the net to seal a much-needed 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday. Rooney’s 238th goal for the club could not have come at a better time for his manager. Van Gaal’s team looked set to extend their rotten joyless run to nine matches after Gylfi Sigurdsson had equalised Anthony Martial’s opener. “It is amazing and that on the age of 30 years,” said Van Gaal, who was unaware of the feat until Rooney informed him after the final whistle. “Now we are playing much more matches but still it is an achievement. “For me, it is more important he scores today. I hope it is a fantastic starting point for the team and for him.” Van Gaal hopes this win will kick-start United’s season too. Had they failed to beat a struggling Swansea side, more questions would have been asked about the Dutchman’s future, particularly with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola still on the market. The manager thought his players gave their all for him on Saturday. “All the players have done their utmost best and that is very important for the manager,” he said. There were a few boos at half-time when United failed to score in the first half for the ninth home game in succession, but despite registering only three shots on target and playing slowly, Van Gaal was happy with his team’s performance before the break. “I think the first half was a better half than the second,” he said. “The difference was we scored the goals and then everyone is saying the second half is better. The second half is better because we scored two fantastic goals but as a team our performance in the first half was better. We don’t give any chances away in the first half and we played with three defenders.” There was bad news for Van Gaal regarding Phil Jones, who had to be replaced at half-time with an ankle injury, but Ashley Young only came off because he was stiff, his manager said. Swansea could have nicked an equaliser right at the death when Fabianski came up for a corner and met Sigurdsson’s cross, but the goalkeeper headed inches wide. “It looked close. He reckons it was from the edge of the box when he headed it,” said Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis, who was disappointed to see his team leave with nothing. “When you equalise so late in a game you are hoping we could hang on, but it wasn’t to be,” he added. Press Association Louis van Gaal hailed the “amazing” Wayne Rooney after his deft backheel ended Manchester United’s eight-match winless run and made the striker the second-highest goal scorer in the club’s history. Van Gaal must have sensed the boos were coming for him after the final whistle. The 64-year-old thought otherwise, but his team were turgid and poor in the first period and despite an improvement after the break, it did not come as much of a surprise when Sigurdsson stooped and guided Modou Barrow’s cross over De Gea and into the net with 20 minutes left. Thankfully for the under-fire Dutchman, Rooney swivelled and beat Lukasz Fabianski with his left foot to convert Martial’s cross seven minutes later. “He scored a fantastic goal, with his left foot behind his right foot and you cannot imagine what a goal that is,” the United manager said. “It was a great goal.” Rooney passed Law’s landmark in the same week the Scot received a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honour List for services to football and charity. United fans also revere the Scot, of course. There is a statue of him arm in arm with George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton – the other two members of United’s famed Holy Trinity – outside the East Stand of Old Trafford. Rooney’s form this term may not be fitting of a club hero, but on Saturday he dug his team out of the dirt when it mattered the most. The England captain has played 99 more times than Law so his strike-rate is poorer than the Scot’s, but Van Gaal insists nothing should detract from Rooney’s achievement. last_img read more

Sam Allardyce demands more from Sunderland

first_imgSunderland boss Sam Allardyce has demanded more from his players as they put their Barclays Premier League futures on the line again in another pivotal fixture at relegation rivals Swansea on Wednesday. The Black Cats, poised to confirm the arrival of Senegal striker Dame N’Doye on loan with a view to a permanent move, gave their survival hopes a recent boost by halting a run of five straight defeats with a 3-1 home win against bottom club Aston Villa in their last league clash. Allardyce described that encounter as a “nine-pointer” and made it clear where his priorities lay when making wholesale changes for Saturday’s FA Cup exit at Arsenal. Press Association “There were seven changes but the team was worth £14million that started on Saturday, so it wasn’t weakening the side by any stretch of the imagination,” he said. “They were players bought for a lot of money, who haven’t played as much as they want and my demand is, and also for those playing on a regular basis, that they all have to get better.” N’Doye, who scored five goals in 15 Premier League appearances for Hull last season before being sold in the summer following their relegation, was at the Stadium of Light Academy on Monday to finalise his move from Turkish club Trabzonspor. Allardyce is pinning his faith on the 30-year-old picking up where he left off in England and hopes defender Jan Kirchhoff, his only January transfer window signing to date, can also make an instant impact. Kirchhoff, a reported £750,000 signing from Bayern Munich, could make his debut at Swansea and his ability to prove his match sharpness in time will become more pressing if skipper John O’Shea fails to shake off the calf strain that forced him off at Arsenal. Allardyce vented his fury last week at the league’s decision to put the game back 24 hours at Swansea’s request as the Welsh club’s FA Cup defeat at Oxford was played on Sunday. But the former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham manager’s sole focus is now on getting the best out of his players. “We’ve shown in patches, but only small patches, in terms of getting better and being more consistent because we would have won enough games in my time,” he added. “Four (wins) at the moment and if we’d have drawn four or three, it would have put us in a much healthier position. “Our frailty is not having the ability of going into a game and making sure we don’t lose it. “(On Wednesday) it’s like the Villa game but slightly different in that we’re the Aston Villa in this game. Swansea are slightly ahead of us and when we played Villa we were slightly ahead of them. “We’ve got to make sure on Wednesday night, at the very least, that Swansea have not gained any points on us.” last_img read more

West Ham bolster forward line with loan signing of Emmanuel Emenike

first_img Press Association West Ham have confirmed the signing of Nigeria centre-forward Emmanuel Emenike on loan for the rest of the season from Fenerbahce. “I’ve known him [Bilic] for years. When he was at Lokomotiv Moscow, I was at Spartak Moscow, then he came to Besiktas and I was in Fenerbahce, so we have known each other for a long time. I’m happy to be here and happy to play for him. “We have followed each other’s careers and thank God we are here today and we are here together.” Emenike added: “That is why I am here, to always be in the first XI, always try to make the fans happy and to make myself happy. I really hope it works out. “The Premier League is the best in the world, it is everyone’s dream to come and play here. I am excited to be here. “But it is not always just about the player, it is team work and it is all about us as a team. I am here to play with the team and work with the team.” Emenike, capped 37 times by the Super Eagles, spent part of this season on a loan spell at Arabian Gulf League side Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates. The Hammers have the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer, and the forward will provide some welcome attacking options for Bilic with Andy Carroll currently sidelined again by injury. center_img The 28-year-old hopes to have an instant impact for Slaven Bilic’s squad, having known the Irons manager from his spells coaching in Russia and Turkey. “I have always known West Ham as a great club. I have always been watching them. West Ham’s a great club and I am very, very happy and very, very excited that I am here,” Emenike told West Ham TV. last_img read more

Reports: Broward Hospital Patient was Tested for Coronavirus

first_imgA possible case of coronavirus here in South Florida recently affected emergency operations at a hospital, according to reports.Workers at Memorial Regional Hospital in Broward allegedly told at least one fire-rescue department not to bring anyone to their emergency room.Dr. Bindu Mayi, an infectious disease specialist and professor of microbiology at Nova Southeastern University, says she had heard about the potential Hollywood case from medical colleagues.“If there is a local case, it is something we [the public] should all be made aware of,” Mayi says. “The absence of information becomes conjecture and that’s a dicey thing. If there is a local case, people who are immune-suppressed may need to be more discerning about not being in large crowds or gathering where don’t know who has been exposed to what.”Memorial Regional Hospital officials would not comment on the status of the woman who arrived last Friday afternoon in their emergency room. Hospital spokeswoman Kerting Baldwin explains, “There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Memorial.”Hollywood Fire Rescue was informed of the situation in the emergency room. “At one point we offered to wear masks, but that was overkill because the patient suspected of coronavirus was already in isolation,” says Patrick Moore, division chief of operations at Hollywood Fire Rescue.Amanda Conwell, a spokesperson for the Pembroke Pines Police Department, says her staff was told for a brief time Friday evening not to transport anyone to Memorial until a proper quarantine was established. She adds that the action was based on information they had and did not indicate that there was a confirmed case within the county.Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health will not comment on the possible case.State health officials explain they are concerned about creating panic or compromising patient privacy by disclosing too much information. They may use their website to inform the public about pending cases and results.“We’ve kicked it around and bounced it off leadership and we hope to have something soon,” says Brad Dalton, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Health. “You don’t want to scare people, and you want to make sure when information gets out there it’s what does the public the most good.”The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. stood at 12 on Wednesday.Tests were pending on 76 possible coronavirus cases across the country as of Wednesday. The CDC does not indicate where in the United States those tests have been conducted, although at least some of them have come from Florida.A week ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a visit to Boca Raton that all tests for coronavirus in our state were sent to the CDC in Atlanta and had come back negative.South Florida hospitals say that staff from the health department have met with them in order to ensure they are properly screening and preparing for a possible coronavirus case here.Local doctors also believe it is only a matter of time before coronavirus reaches Florida.“We know we are at high risk with international travelers coming to our area,” says Dr. Ivan Gonzalez, a pediatric infectious disease doctor at Jackson Memorial and UM Health. “A lot of this is going to rely on self-reporting — awareness and education are key.”A quarantine station at Miami International Airport that is staffed by the CDC is screening international passengers flying into the region.Florida’s Department of Health says it is unclear when and where tests kits will be widely available in Florida.The virus originated in Wuhan, China. It has spread to 28 countries. There are more than 24,000 confirmed cases in China alone.Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared coronavirus a public health emergency, imposing a mandatory quarantine for any citizen who had traveled to China’s Hubei province during the previous two weeks.In addition, planes carrying U.S. citizens who have recently been in China are only allowed to land at one of 11 designated airports, none of which are in Florida. As of Wednesday, more than 500 people have died as a result of the virus.last_img read more

Police evidence lost in Stuart hack attack, six suspected drug dealers walk free

first_imgHackers were able to hit the Stuart Police Department with ransomware in April 2019, and now at least six suspected drug dealers walked away free after Stuart prosecutors were forced to drop cases for lack of evidence.Police say the evidence is currently sitting in computers at the Stuart Police Dept., but hackers have locked investigators out of the files. The evidence could have put the suspected drug dealers away for years.Those cases included 28 charges against six different defendants for crimes including possession of meth, possession of cocaine, selling, manufacturing, or delivering various narcotics, and illegal use of a two-way communication device.The police department has changed the way they save and store evidence, and city officials are now aggressively training employees to identify phishing emails.last_img read more

High school wrestling teams wrap up regular season campaigns

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Local wrestling teams wrapped up the 2018-19 regular season Saturday with Bucksport hosting Mount Desert Island as part of a dual meet and Ellsworth traveling to Belfast.Bucksport had a spectacular team performance on Senior Day with Kaleb Nightingale (113 pounds), Hunter Robichaud (170 pounds) Gavin Billings (220) and David Gross (285) placing first in their respective weight classes. Ricky Perkins (160) added a second-place finish for the Golden Bucks, and Alex Burbank (106), Travis Hutchinson (120), Jacob Ames (195) and Jacob Coghill (220) took third.In Belfast, Ellsworth competed against Lincoln Academy, Morse and Penobscot Valley in addition to the host team. The Eagles beat Lincoln Academy and Penobscot Valley in the head-to-head contests, earned a tie against Belfast and lost to Morse.The three Hancock County teams will head to Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford for the Penobscot Valley Conference championships Saturday, Feb. 2. The meet begins at 9:30 a.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

MDI, Bucksport, GSA athletes selected to All-PVC outdoor track teams

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Athletes from Mount Desert Island, Bucksport and George Stevens Academy were selected Monday to this year’s All-Penobscot Valley Conference outdoor track teams.For MDI, senior Gilbert Isaacs was chosen as the Large-School division’s first-team shot put selection after winning Hancock County, PVC and state titles in the event. Marilyn Sawyer added first-team (100-meter dash) and second-team (200-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles) selections, and Zoe Olson was a second-team pick in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs.Bucksport’s Carter Tolmasoff (boys’ 100- and 200-meter dashes) and Angelina Cotoni (girls’ 100-meter hurdles) were first-team selections in the Small-School division. Gavin Billings made the second team in the shot put after finishing third at PVCs and ninth at states.GSA’s LeeAnn Varnum was the first-team Small-School selection in the shot put after her first-place finish in last Saturday’s Class C championships in Farmington. Grace Broughton (girls’ 300-meter hurdles), Ian Howell (1,600-meter race walk) and Ian Renwick (long jump) earned second-team honors for the Eagles.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Dominguez re-elected head of South American football body

first_imgAsuncion, May 12: Alejandro Dominguez was unanimously re-elected on Friday as President of the South American football confederation Conmebol at its 69th annual congress here.Dominguez, 46, a Paraguayan national, was the only candidate for the position. He was reelected with the votes of the 10 delegation countries that make up the Conmebol: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, reports Efe.Laureano Gonzalez, from Venezuela, was elected first Vice President of the Conmebol council, Argentine Claudio Tapia was elected second Vice President, and Chilean Arturo Salah was chosen as third Vice President.“I appreciate the vote of confidence and I assume my responsibility. I would like to recall that two years ago, when the previous election was held, the organization (Conmebol) had lost its way, it was morally bankrupt and had forgotten about soccer,” Dominguez said.The ceremony was attended by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.In March, the Conmebol council called for new elections to take place on May 11 and urged Dominguez to run again, with the goal of “consolidating the reforms that his administration has established to make South American soccer more professional, institutional and transparent.” IANSlast_img read more

Vettel crashes Ferrari into barrier at F1 event

first_imgMilan: German driver Sebastian Vettel has crashed his Ferrari into a barrier at a Formula 1 exhibition event here.The show was organised ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, which was also attended by Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) and Pier Gasly and Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) on Wednesday.Hundreds of fans turned up to see the pilots drive the 2018 models, as well as enjoy a classic car parade and check out the F1 safety car, the Mercedes-AMG GT R, Efe news reported. The drivers also dedicated a few words to their fans, and Vettel said that they will participate in a “nice race” during Ferrari’s home Grand Prix. The German is coming off a victory last weekend in Belgium that left him 17 points behind Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) in the 2018 driver’s championship. IANSlast_img read more

Man City’s Guardiola warned over conduct in Liverpool match

first_imgLondon: England’s Football Association formally has warned Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola over his conduct during the club’s 2-1 win over Liverpool.At one point during Thursday’s contest, the Spaniard threw his scarf to the ground and shouted at fourth official Martin Atkinson.This is Guardiola’s first official warning of the season. An accumulation of four warnings usually leads to a suspension, reports Efe news.The victory at the Etihad lifted defending champions City to second in the Premier League, 4 points behind leaders Liverpool. IANSAlso Read: I will be Mancunian for rest of my life: Pep Guardiolalast_img