first_img Asked about the supporter disgruntlement and whether he felt the fans were still with him, Van Gaal called for belief from the stands. ”It’s always like that when you lose. Then fans have to prove their belief again,” he said. ”The board can see what you can do as a manager in practice but the fans cannot see that, so when you lose you need the belief of the fans. ”It is a question for the fans, not the manager.” Van Gaal has no doubt United need to start winning and is prioritising points above performances at the moment. Asked if United needed to deliver a display on Saturday to lift the crowd, he said: “We need that maybe, but for me it is more important that we win.” Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has felt under much greater pressure before than he does now, but knows the threat of his career ending with a sacking will loom if his team’s results do not improve. But having admitted no manager is safe as he expressed his surprise at Jose Mourinho’s sacking at Chelsea, Van Gaal also said he is aware further losses could mean “the end of the world” for him – and emphasised his eagerness to avoid bowing out from football by being fired. Asked ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Norwich if he was currently under the most pressure he had been as a manager, the 64-year-old Dutchman said: “No. “The pressure when I started as a manager was much higher. I cannot lose now that I am at the end of my career.” He was then asked if that affected his hunger and desire, and Van Gaal replied: “No, because I don’t want to finish my career with the club sacking me. “That would be a great disappointment for me, to say goodbye to the football world by being fired. “I think my honour is much more pressure for me than the pressure of the media and the fans.” United fans have certainly been among the critics of the playing style, with some voicing their frustration at matches with boos and shouts of ”attack, attack, attack”. And while questioning what he could lose at this stage of his career, Van Gaal did say: “If I lose the confidence of the fans, that for me would be very sad.” United are winless in five games in all competitions, have been beaten in their last two, are out of the Champions League and are six points off the top of the Barclays Premier League, while their playing style has been widely derided as dull. On Friday Van Gaal – who has stated his intention to retire when his current contract runs out in 2017 – dismissed reports suggesting there has been player unrest in the camp, stressing he has the “confidence” of the squad, as well as of the board. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgKilburn’s Ashley Theophane will defend his British light-welterweight crown against English champion Nigel Wright in Sunderland on 10 December.Theophane (30-4-1) will take on the Durham fighter (24-6-1) at the Peterlee Leisure Centre in the second defence of the belt he won by beating Lenny Daws at Wembley Arena in February.The 31-year-old Theophane, who is currently training in New York, wants to challenge for a world title next year.AdChoices广告He recently signed with promoter Ricky Hatton – himself a former world light-welterweight champion – and is keen to take on WBO title-holder Timothy Bradley or Mexican legend Erik Morales, who has the WBC belt.last_img read more


first_imgAfter 12 months of preparation and three days of exciting touch football, the NTL finals day has finally arrived. Nothing is assured, and pride is put on the line,  as the top four teams in each division contest the semi-finals, with the victors having a shot of being crowned National Touch League champions.In the Mens Opens the Sharks are looking for a hat-trick of titles, but first will have to defeat the skill and unpredictability of the Sydney Scorpions to qualify for the final. Suns will be looking to upset last years finalists the Mets, but will have to shut down the inform Scott Buckley and Garry Sonda.The Womens still remains wide open. The Sharks have the opportunity to avenge the loss they suffered at the hands of the Cobras in the rounds, and will be looking to Australian representatives Sharyn Williams, Teena McIIveen and Roxanne Winder to lead the charge. The Mets will start as favourites in their semi-final, but if anyone can create an upset its the Barbarians, with Bo De La Cruz and Shelley Matchem the danger players. In the Mixed Open, the Mets have kept alive the dream for six straight titles, but will have to defeat a solid Hornets outfit just to make the final. The Sharks will need to continue the fine form of Amy Fong and Leon Skinner when they take on the Rebels.In the Womens 20s the Sharks and Cobras will meet again in another cross-town battle. Suns will face the Rustlers for a grand final position in both the Womens 20s and Mens 20s, and the Mets v Sharks promises to be an exciting clash in the Mens 20s. Semi finals commence at 8.30am, with a jam-packed day of touch action not to be missed. If you can be at the fields however, stay tuned to the TFA and Sportingpulse websites for all the results and information from the days games. 8.30amWomens 20s SF1: Suns v RustlersWomens 20s SF3: Sharks v CobrasWomens Open Plate SF1: ACT v CrusadersWomens Open Plate SF2: Rebels v RustlersMens Open Plate SF2: Cyclones v RebelsMens Open Plate SF1: Eagles v Barbarians9.30amMens 20s SF1: Mets v SharksMens 20s SF2: Suns v RustlersMixed Open SF1: Hornets v MetsMixed Open SF2: Sharks v Rebels10.30amWomens Open SF1: Cobras v SharksWomens Open SF2: Mets v Barbarians11.30amMens Open SF1: Sharks v ScorpionsMens Open SF2: Mets v Suns12.30pmWomens 20s Final:Womens Open Plate Final:1.30pmMens 20s: FinalMens Open: Plate Final2.30pmMixed Open Final:3.30pmWomens Open Final:4.30pmMens Open Final:5.30pmPresentationslast_img read more


first_imgTom Arnold claps for Iowa football.Twitter/@frzachk After a number of middling years recently, Hawkeyes fandom is paying off for the thousands of diehards that pack Kinnick Stadium every week. Iowa is 10-0, and just wins over sub-.500 Purdue and Nebraska teams away from heading into the post-season with an unblemished record. Iowa fans have plenty to be proud of, and one of the most notable—actor Tom Arnold—hopped on with ESPN‘s Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell to discuss how he became an Iowa fan, and his thoughts on the season. VIDEO: @TomArnold talks about his love for @TheIowaHawkeyes https://t.co/rU1B8luilO— Russillo and Kanell (@RussilloKanell) November 20, 2015Most Iowa fans can probably relate to how he’s feeling right now.[ESPN, Saturday Tradition]last_img read more


first_imgRoy Williams on his knee during a game.roy williams vertigo attackNorth Carolina’s Roy Williams appears to be okay, but for a moment there, we were all a little worried about the Tar Heels head coach, yet again. Williams, who suffers from vertigo, collapsed on the sideline during a game against Boston College last month. It nearly happened again tonight during the ACC Tournament title game against UVA, but Williams appeared to steady himself by taking a knee. Here’s video:Roy maybe with a vertigo attack but he waved off medical staff per ESPN pic.twitter.com/EzWnyCV5a3— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) March 13, 2016Williams’ Tar Heels are holding onto a slim lead in the game’s final minute. A win would surely lift his spirits.last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Transit is going to be bringing new city buses to Fort St. John this year, with an unveiling of the new bus model happening at City Hall tomorrow.The new Vicinity buses are made by Aldergrove-based Grande West Transportation International Ltd. and are 35 feet long. BC Transit says the bus model performs better and has more safety features than those in its current fleet.The buses can seat 30 passengers with room for another 24 standees, with space for two mobility aids. The new buses are also equipped with two doors for more efficient operation and easier access for customers. The same model bus was unveiled in Prince George on Tuesday. The buses will be unveiled tomorrow at City Hall at a ceremony beginning at 1:00 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council awarded the tender for new signal lights and upgrades for the curling club and the North Peace Cultural Centre.The 2019 Capital Roadworks tender was awarded to Knappett Industries (2006) Ltd. of Fort St. John, totalling $408,738.75 and the funds are allocated from the one-time extra payment from the Gas Tax Agreement Community Works Fund. For the signalization of the intersection of 98 Street and 100 Avenue and modification of the existing traffic signals and lane markings at the intersection of 102 St and 100 AveThis project was identified at the 100 Street Charrette process as a first step in improving traffic flow around the phased construction projects related to infrastructure and surface works upgrading. To read more; CLICK HERE Tender for the 2019 Curling Club and Cultural Centre – Facility Improvements was awarded to Hegge Construction Ltd., from Dawson Creek, BC, for $422,750.00 plus applicable taxes.From the IRC Facility Audit recommendations, the Curling Club and Cultural Centre will receive improvements.The Curling Club will receive exterior improvements to lower walls, some interior painting, replacement of the overhead door, some added insulation to the exterior walls and some new exterior doors.The Cultural Centre will receive interior improvements to office spaces, some new carpeting and some new interior doors, the exterior concrete will be repaired and new exterior doors will also be replaced.last_img read more


first_imgTehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to “drive back Zionism”, in an Army Day tirade against the Islamic republic’s archfoe Israel. Speaking flanked by top generals before troops began their annual march-past, Rouhani also sought to reassure the region that the weaponry on display was for defensive purposes and not a threat. “The region’s nations have lived alongside each other for centuries and never had a problem… If there is a problem, it is caused by others,” he said in the speech broadcast live on state television. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “Let us stand together, be together and rid the region of the aggressor’s presence.” Rouhani assured neighbouring countries that Iran’s armed forces are “never against you or your national interests” but are “standing against the aggressors.” “The power of our armed forces is the power of the region’s countries, the Islamic world.” he said. “If we have a problem in the region today, its roots are either with Zionism or America’s arrogance.” Rouhani called on Muslim nations to band together and “restore the historical right of the nation of Palestine,” saying that “Zionism … has been committing crimes in the region for the past 70 years”, “The final victory will surely be with the righteous,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The military parade was held next to the south Tehran mausoleum of the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It showcased some of Iran’s latest weaponry, including the domestically designed and manufactured Kowsar fighter jet, which was first unveiled last year. Iran also displayed its short-range Zelzal missile and an upgraded model of the Russian S-200 air defence system. US-manufactured Bell, Cobra and Chinook helicopters bought before the Islamic revolution of 1979 also took part in the air display. Diatribes against Israel are standard fare of official speeches in Iran, although some, such as a call by Rouhani’s firebrand predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Israel to be “wiped off the map”, have triggered international condemnation. Iran does not recognise Israel and opposition to the Jewish state has been a central tenet of official policy since the revolution. Iran has supported Palestinian radical groups and has vociferously opposed the now moribund Middle East peace process under which the Palestinians were offered limited autonomy in the territories captured in the Six-Day War of 1967. Rouhani has previously called Israel a “cancerous tumour”, and called on Muslim governments to unite against it and its US ally. Iranian officials have warned repeatedly that Israel will soon cease to exist, but have usually been careful to underline that that will come about not through a direct attack by Iran. “In 25 years’ time, with the grace of God, no such thing as the Zionist regime will exist in the region,” supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in 2015. The presence of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the eight-year civil war has sharply increased tensions between the regional foes. Israel has said publicly that it has carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes targeting the forces of Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah in Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that he will never allow Iran to establish a long-term military presence in Israel’s northeastern neighbour. Netanyahu has been an outspoken opponent of a landmark nuclear deal Iran signed with major powers in 2015 and was the leading supporter of US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from it and reimpose crippling economic sanctions last year. Washington’s European allies have refused to follow suit and they, along with China and Russia, continue to support the deal. But the Trump administration has sought to forge an anti-Iran axis within the Middle East bringing together Israel and the Gulf Arab states to make common cause against what they see as Iranian “meddling” in the region. Last week, Washington placed Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on its blacklist of “foreign terrorist organisations,” the first time it had imposed the sanction on a military arm of a foreign government. Rouhani warned Washington on Thursday that “an insult to the Guards… is an insult to the great nation of Iran.” “America’s leaders are lost in their delusions,” he said, adding that Washington was the real source of “terrorism” in the region.last_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK- Oil prices traded mixed Friday as Libya was expected to begin exporting more crude into a market already flush with supply.On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery fell 90 cents to $96.60 a barrel.In London, Brent North Sea crude for January finished 16 cents higher at $108.83. Traders were waiting to see if a Libyan tribe leader’s pledge to open up its crude terminals on December 15 would hold up, after his followers kept a blockade on the installations for months.The protests and blockades of fuel deliveries by the Berber minority slashed Libya’s output to about 250,000 barrels per day, from normal levels of nearly 1.5 million barrels per day.Libya’s light crude is valued in European refineries.Andy Lipow of Lipow Oil Associates said the US hitting its highest level of production in 25 years, with more gains predicted for next year, was also keeping downward pressure on prices.The US Energy Information Administration said that American crude output had reached 8.075 million barrels per day, and would rise to an average of 8.5 million barrels per day next year.last_img read more


On Saturday, as thousands of protesters, dissatisfied with the results of the presidential election, were marching from Union Square to Trump Tower, just a few miles north, the two grandmasters sat down in the spaceship to play again. Game 2, with Karjakin handling the white pieces, began with the all-too-familiar Ruy Lopez opening, a staple of chess for 500 years. The rest of the game was an equally uncreative and plodding affair. One prominent grandmaster on Twitter called certain passages “flaccid.” After just under three hours, and not much else to speak of, they arrived at a second draw. (The computer chess engine Stockfish was in full agreement, seeing both games as nothing but deadlocked.) The actor and chess fan Woody Harrelson was on hand for Game 1. The star of “True Detective” brought to my mind that show’s oft-quoted line, bastardized from Nietzsche: “Time is a flat circle.” In chess, and at this championship, what’s old is new again, and moves and characters are strangely familiar. Donald Trump made the ceremonial first move at a qualifying event for that 1995 New York championship, at Trump Tower. And Rudy Giuliani, then the mayor and now rumored to be high on the list to be Trump’s attorney general, made the ceremonial first move in those finals. (Giuliani was late — and made the wrong move.)Carlsen remains the heavy favorite, although his chances according to my Elo-based simulations have dipped from 88 percent at the start to 84 percent now, as Karjakin has held serve.1I simulated 10,000 iterations of the remainder of the match using the players’ current Elo ratings and assumed that they draw half their games, as grandmasters historically tend to do. The players seemed to sense that the large crowds were getting a bit restless. “I ask you for your understanding that this is a long match,” Carlsen said at Saturday’s postgame press conference. “Not every game will be a firework.”Game 3 begins Monday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the match here and on Twitter. The last time the World Chess Championship was held in New York City, titleholder Garry Kasparov met challenger Viswanathan Anand on the 107th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. They played their first game on Sept. 11, 1995.That tower is now gone, a new one stands nearby, and the grandest board in chess is again set in lower Manhattan. This year, the venue is the new Fulton Market Building in the South Street Seaport, an area of the city that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was rebuilt and has been thriving in recent years.The players are different, too. Magnus Carlsen of Norway, ranked No. 1 in the world, is defending his title against Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin, ranked No. 9. The first weekend of their best-of-12 match is in the books, and after two games — and two draws — the score is level at 1-1.This year’s chess venue is sparse and sleek, heavy on concrete and hypermodern black-and-white branding. Large flat-screen televisions dot the open floor, providing live views of the tense and slowly unfolding games. The sellout crowd mills around, stealing meaningful-looking glances at the game on TV, listening to live commentary on headphones, eating sandwiches and playing their own games of speed chess in the cafe’s Eames-style dining chairs.The two grandmasters play alone in a separate room, accompanied only by two stoic match arbiters. On the inside, the room resembles the bridge of a sci-fi spaceship. To the spectators on the outside, though, it evokes a reptile house in a zoo. You enter the dark, hot and humid viewing gallery through thick black curtains. You’re hushed as you enter and reminded to silence your phone. The lights inside are dimmed, and an eerie purple light glows from behind the thick glass of the one-way mirror. You can see Carlsen and Karjakin, leaning in close to each other over the board in deep thought. They can’t see you.In Game 1, Carlsen, playing with the white pieces, chose an unusual opening called the Trompowsky Attack. The joke around the Fulton Market Building on Friday was that he played it as a homophonic nod to the new president-elect. There was truth to the joke. Asked after the game whether his choice had anything to do with Donald Trump, Carlsen replied: “A little bit.”“I’m a big fan of Donald Trump,” Carlsen told Norway’s TV2 in March (in Norwegian). “Trump is incredibly good at finding opponents’ weaknesses. He speaks only about that the other candidates are stupid or smelly. There should be more of this in chess, too.” Carlsen then offered a Trumpism of his own: “Karjakin is incredibly boring!” Karjakin, for his political part, is an avowed supporter of Vladimir Putin.By the end of that first game, each side had pushed its wooden army as far as it’d go — two phalanxes scrumming at the center of the board. No further blood was drawn, however, and the players agreed to a draw after the 42nd move and just under four hours of play. (Draws are quite common in championship chess.) read more