Gill to step down

first_img In a statement released on the club’s official website, the 55-year-old said his summer departure would allow United to “refresh themselves with new management and ideas”. It was also confirmed that executive vice chairman Ed Woodward would replace Gill as chief executive. Gill joined United as their finance director in February 1997 and assumed the role of chief executive in September 2003. He is to remain as a club director. Press Association “It has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16 wonderful years – the last 10 of which as its chief executive,” Gill said. “I have worked alongside the finest manager in the history of the game and been part of what I consider to be the best club in the best sport in the world. “It has been a very hard decision because I love this club and, as the fans’ banner says, it is, ‘more than a religion’. I’ve experienced some incredible highs, such as the Treble in 1999 and the League and Champions League double in 2008, and lows, like losing the title with the last kick of the season last year. But that is what makes this club and this sport so compelling. “However, I have always been conscious of the fact that, as a member of staff, I was always just a temporary custodian of this marvellous institution. I am also of the view that all businesses need to refresh themselves with new management and ideas and after 10 years in charge I believe it is appropriate for someone new to pick up the baton.” Gill has enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson and last year sanctioned the naming of a stand after him. The Scot paid tribute to the outgoing Gill, who remains as the vice chairman of the Football Association and a nominee for the UEFA Executive Committee. He admitted he had tried to persuade Gill to change his mind, saying: “I have been at United for over 26 years and for 23 of those years my boss has been one of only two men: Martin Edwards, who brought me to the club, and David Gill. I have enjoyed working with both. “David has been a magnificent chief executive. Of course, we have had a million arguments, but I have always enjoyed them because I know that David has two great qualities: he is straight and he always puts Manchester United first. No disagreement is ever personal with him. He always wants the best for United, whether it’s the players, the training ground or the staff. “Him stepping down is a big loss to me but the fact that he is staying on the board encourages me that the reason for his departure is heartfelt, that he believes it is time for the club to move on. If I could have found a way of persuading him to stay I would love to have done that. But he has made his decision and I respect him for it.” center_img David Gill has announced he is to stand down as Manchester United’s chief executive on June 30.last_img read more


Flamini: Gunners have firepower

first_img The Gunners added the Community Shield to their FA Cup success by beating a disjointed Manchester City side 3-0 at Wembley on Sunday. The challenges which lie ahead over the next nine months will of course prove significantly tougher than those offered by Manuel Pellegrini’s team, who had Willy Caballero in goal ahead of England’s Joe Hart, several other regulars missing after World Cup duty and summer signings Bacary Sagna and Frank Lampard watching on from the stands. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini is confident Arsenal’s summer additions can give the squad what was missing to finally last the distance in the ‘marathon’ race for the Barclays Premier League title next season. Wenger is keen to bring in another defender after allowing captain Thomas Vermaelen to join Barcelona, with Olympiacos’ Kostas Manolas a reported target. Chambers, signed from Southampton for £16m, has impressed in his pre-season appearances. The 19-year-old is determined to continue his progress. Speaking to Arsenal Player, Chambers said: “It has been quite a whirlwind of a few weeks. I am taking every day as it comes, just concentrating on what I am doing next. “I am really enjoying it here and everyone has welcomed me really well. I just want to play the best I can and show everyone what I can do.” Arsenal’s German World Cup winning trio are now back at the club’s Hertfordshire base, with Lukas Podolski tweeting a smiling photo of himself, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil all in their training kit. Nevertheless, Flamini believes adding the likes of £30million Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and promising young defender Calum Chambers show Arsenal now have the strength in depth to sustain a title challenge, which last season faded badly at the start of 2014. “We have signed a few really good players, and that is excellent for us, because we have added a lot of quality to the team – we were already strong last season, but now we have added even more,” Flamini said. “Last season was good for us, even though we did collapse (in the league) over a couple of months. “Now we are ready, with a strong team that has a lot of quality to be able to fight to the end.” Flamini added: “Of course this (win over Manchester City) will be good for the confidence to start the season, but we have to be focused because the season will be a long one, as you say here in England we must not forget that it is a marathon and not a sprint, so we have to make sure that we keep going until the end. “But to win another title after the FA Cup is obviously very positive for us and shows that we are going in the right way. “We have shown that we are very strong, now we have to be ready for the next game.” Arsenal host Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, before heading to Istanbul the following week for the first leg of what is a crunch Champions League play-off against Besiktas. Press Associationlast_img read more


Prepared to bat anywhere for Team India: Hanuma Vihari

first_imgHamilton: Hanuma Vihari, who scored a gritty hundred in the ongoing three-day practice game against New Zealand XI, on Friday said he is ready to bat anywhere for India in the upcoming two-match Test series starting February 21.Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw, who are expected to fight it out for the opener’s slot in the first Test against the Black Caps, came out with disappointing performances as they were out for a duck each on the opening day of the warm-up game.With Rohit Sharma out injured, Mayank Agarwal, who also failed with the bat, will have a new partner against the Black Caps.Coming in at No. 6, Vihari scored a hundred and alongwith Cheteshwar Pujara, shared a 195-run stand for the sixth wicket and took India out of troubled waters, who at one stage were struggling at 38/4.“As a player, I am prepared to bat anywhere. As of now, I have not been informed anything. As I said before as well, if the team requires me to bat wherever, I am ready to bat,” said Vihari, who retired after scoring 101.“Initially, I thought the extra bounce surprised us. (In) the couple of matches I played against New Zealand A, the pitch didn’t do as much as what it did in the morning today,” said Vihari on the challenging wicket on offer.“Once we adjusted, me and Puji (Pujara’s nickname), we got our eye in, then we knew we had to bat long and that’s exactly what we did,” Vihari said.“Maybe we will get pitches like these because New Zealand’s strength is their fast bowling. They have a very experienced bowling attack but it’s good that we got some time in the middle and we experienced these conditions.“They were tough and it’s good to experience tough conditions before the series and we’re happy with the way the day went,” he said. IANSAlso Read: Hanuma Vihari Joins Tendulkar in The Elite List After 2nd Innings FiftyAlso Watch: International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed at Assam Startup the Nest in Guwahatilast_img read more


Trojans can’t keep up with Anteaters

first_imgIn the battle of the bullpens Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field, USC was let down not by its pitching, but by its dormant bats in a 3-1 loss to UC Irvine.Erratic performance · Sophomore pitcher Nigel Nootbaar (above) allowed two runs while walking three batters in three innings of work. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanAll season long, the Trojan (11-17) bullpen has been the source of frustration and agony for head coach Dan Hubbs. His relievers have been inconsistent, unpredictable and generally representative of their youth. So it might have raised a few eyebrows when Hubbs deemed Tuesday’s matchup a “bullpen game.”But while the ’pen came through for Hubbs, the Trojan bats did not.Sophomore Nigel Nootbaar, the Trojans’ most reliable reliever for most of the season, started on the mound. He went three innings, surrendering three walks and hitting two batsmen, but escaped with only two runs allowed. Those two runs, however, proved to be all the Anteaters (17-8) needed.“Nigel was pretty erratic,” Hubbs said. “And that’s disappointing, because we need him to be better.”Both the Trojans and Anteaters finished with five hits apiece. Though Irvine only gave up two free base runners — one walk and one hit batsman — USC gifted nine free passes with six walks and three hit batters. And the Anteaters capitalized, as runners who reached via the walk scored two of their three runs.“I felt like we gave them everything,” Hubbs said. “They did nothing offensively. So it’s disappointing to lose a game like that.”After getting double-digit hits in their last four games, USC came away with just five against Irvine. Evan Brock went four complete innings for Irvine, allowing just three hits and one run. The Anteater bullpen came in strong behind him, tossing five full innings of shutout baseball to close the door on USC.“I would have taken [three runs],” Hubbs said. “I thought we would have been able to do more against their bullpen day. We weren’t as competitive as I would have liked.”The Trojans lapsed into some old habits that plagued them at the beginning of the year but looked to be dying until tonight. USC struck out seven times, which isn’t awful. What is awful is the amount of unproductive outs made.“We had 11 ‘nothing’ fly ball outs,” Hubbs said. “That was 11 that just gave us no chance. Add the seven strikeouts, that’s 18 outs that we just handed them. We have to be better than that.”Senior second baseman Adam Landecker went 0-for-3 against the Anteaters after going 7-for-12 with three RBIs over the weekend in Berkley.“Games like this, you gotta piece things together,” Landecker said. “In a game that each team only has five hits, you gotta execute the small things.”That lack of execution — the “nothing outs” that USC made tonight — is what seems to frustrate Hubbs most.“We need to force teams have to make plays,” Hubbs said. “You just hit a ball straight up in the air, they don’t have to do much. Strike out and they don’t have to do anything. We have to be more competitive in those spots.”The Trojans need to rebound quickly, as Mark Appel and the Stanford Cardinal come to Dedeaux Field beginning this Friday. Appel could be the first overall pick in this year’s MLB draft, and Hubbs said he expects more tight game this weekend.last_img read more


Morozov, Collatz named USC’s top scholar-athletes

first_imgJunior swimmer Vladimir Morozov and sophomore discus thrower Alexandra Collatz were named USC Student Athletes of the Week on Monday after each shined in their respective competitions.Morozov led the charge for the USC swim and dive team at the NCAA championship meet in Indianapolis last weekend.  The 2012 London Olympic bronze medalist broke the NCAA record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 40.76. The historic performance earned USC its first NCAA title in the event since 1974.But this was just one of Morozov’s many conquests. He also helped give the Trojans’ first 400-yard freestyle relay championship since 1977 when he teamed up with sophomore Cristian Quintero and juniors Dimitri Colupaev and Jack Wagner to post a school record time of 2:48.33.Morozov led a USC team that broke 16 school records during the meet, including on all five relays. USC finished fourth overall in the meet, the school’s highest finish in 12 year’s and best since USC head coach Dave Salo took over in 2006.In contrast to Morozov’s sensational finish to his season, Collatz’s track and field season is only just beginning, though the sophomore is off to a strong start. Last weekend, she won the discus title at the Cal-Nevada Championships in La Jolla, Calif., with a mark of 178-6, second furthest in the country by a college female this year.  The throw was also Collatz’s personal best.The Bakersfield, Calif., native has already won the discus title in the Trojan Invitational and the Beach Classic during the month of March.  This early-season success comes on the heels of an impressive freshman campaign, in which Collatz set the school freshman discus throw record in her first collegiate track meet, only to best that mark later in the season with a 177-11 mark. That mark put her in second place on USC’s all-time list, trailing only Kate Hutchinson’s school record of 189-5 in 2006.last_img read more


Galway Festival continues today

first_imgThe action in Ballybrit gets underway at 2.40pmMeanwhile, there’s an elite field of just five runners for today’s big race at Goodwood.Aidan O’Brien’s Minding will lead the Irish challenge for the Qatar Nassau Stakes, which goes to post at ten past three. The largest purse up for grabs this afternoon is in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle, with Willie Mullins seeking to make it three wins out of the last four in the Grade B feature.The champion trainer saddles Westerner Lady this afternoon in the 3.15 start.The Nursery Handicap is another big prize on today’s card, which has attracted a field of twelve two-year-olds.last_img read more


Cross-party MPs to review Gambling Act

first_img GBGB reveals ‘five-phase approach’ to resume sport May 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos August 3, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit DCMS demands further ‘proactive steps’ to protect punters during lockdown April 21, 2020 The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) has confirmed that it has launched its review of the Gambling Act 2005, pre-empting the review to be launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).The review, which will take place online, will consider written evidence from industry stakeholders and hold a series of meetings with experts from all sections of the industry and supporting organisations.It aims to carry out a review of the legislation and consider what future changes may be needed to keep the law relevant to the technical and social changes that have occurred since its implementation. The findings will be submitted to DCMS as part of its review of the Act.Upon launching the review, Philip Davies MP, Co-Chair of the Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group said: “As Co-Chairman of the All Party Betting and Gaming Group, I believe it is essential that any review of the 2005 Gambling Act is based on evidence. The purpose of these sessions to help inform the government in their work in this area.“We want to listen to the legitimate concerns people have of the gambling industry as well as ensure the industry gets a fair hearing as well. I am determined that we listen to a wide range of views and make evidence based recommendations which will ensure we enhance our global reputation as having the best regulated gambling industry in the world.”last_img read more


Lionel Messi misses out on UEFA best player shortlist

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann are on a three-man shortlist for the UEFA Best Player in Europe award, with Lionel Messi overlooked.Ronaldo played a leading role as Portugal stunned their rivals to win Euro 2016. Although he was stretchered off in the final, he later emerged in the dugout and barked orders from the sidelines as his nation beat hosts France in extra time.Alongside Bale, Ronaldo also helped Real Madrid secure an 11th Champions League crown. Both of those triumphs occurred with Griezmann as an opponent.Griezmann may have finished 2015-16 without a trophy, but he scooped the top scorer gong in France with six goals – three more than any other player. He fired 22 goals in La Liga, and seven more in Atletico Madrid’s run to the Champions League final.Bale was influential as Wales reached a historic semi-final at Euro 2016, firing three goals as they topped a group containing England, Slovakia and Russia, and arguably finished the club season as Real’s standout player. However, the omission of Barcelona stars Messi and Luis Suarez is likely to cause most consternation, with both South American forwards superb as the Catalan giants clinched a domestic double. Gianluigi Buffon, Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Pepe were the other players to make an initial 10-man shortlist.The winner will be announced at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on August 25.last_img read more


Cluster of errors raises no concerns for Justin Turner or Dodgers

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “He’s a made a lot of good plays as well,” Roberts said. “Honestly, no one prepares like Justin. It’s something that just kind of … no one’s more frustrated than he is about it probably. I don’t want to give it too much thought. It’s baseball and I still trust the defense. I really do. We all do.”Most defensive metrics show Turner having a slightly down year defensively after being a Gold Glove finalist two years ago. The fractured left wrist he suffered in spring training was certainly responsible for a subpar offensive first half. But Turner said the wrist feels “fine” and is not a factor in his recent defensive mistakes.Roberts endorses that.“I don’t think so,” he said. “If you look at some of the plays, it’s a play to the left, it’s an exchange kind of thing. As I recall when his wrist was bothering him it was the backhand play that was getting him. A lot of the (recent) plays have been to the forehand so I don’t think there’s a correlation.”SHORT RESTThe question of whether the Dodgers will ask their ace, Clayton Kershaw, to pitch on short rest comes up every postseason. With the possibility of play-in-games and wild-card scenarios hanging in the air, it has come up sooner than usual. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PHOENIX — Justin Turner doesn’t offer an explanation, telling reporters to “call it what you want” – and he probably shouldn’t have to.Six times in the past 11 games, the Dodgers’ third baseman has bobbled a ball, flubbed a grounder or otherwise failed to make a play. It is a cluster that represents more than half of his error total for the season (10). And it is surrounded by a far greater number of exceptional plays that he did make (three in Monday’s game alone).“I don’t know what there is to make of it,” Turner said. “I came in and picked a ball on the short hop and couldn’t get it out of my glove.”That was Tuesday’s error. The others have been equally innocent taken individually and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sees no pattern or reason for concern either. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season But not with Kershaw. Roberts said Wednesday he has not spoken with Kershaw about the possibility of pitching on short rest next week if the Dodgers find themselves needing to win their way into a Division Series.“No. I’ve spoken to Clayton about his start on Saturday. That’s about it,” Roberts said. “Then whatever situation presents itself we’ll have a conversation.“It’s not even on our radar right now.”In winning the past five National League West titles, the Dodgers never faced the kind of do-or-die scenario on the final weekend of the season that they face this year. But the Dodgers started Kershaw on short rest five times during the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 playoffs (including once after his memorable relief appearance to close out the Washington Nationals in the opening round two years ago).The Dodgers will hold left-hander Rich Hill back this weekend for possible use in a play-in game or wild-card game.MAEDA MINDDodgers reliever Kenta Maeda had an upsetting start to his week.On Monday, a fastball got away from him and hit Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker in the face. Walker suffered facial fractures and underwent surgery to wire his jaw shut. Maeda was visibly shaken, walking to home plate to check on Walker as he was treated by the Diamondbacks’ training staff.Then on Tuesday, he gave up a walk-off home run to the only batter he faced.But Roberts said he did not feel the need to talk to Maeda to shore up his confidence or check on his state of mind.“Obviously, it’s a very unfortunate situation with what happened to Christian Walker,” Roberts said. “I’m sure he feels very bad about that, understands that there was no intent. But that doesn’t change the result. I don’t think it carried over into last night.“He’s down tonight because it’s two in a row (that he’s pitched). But I’m not having him down because I think it’s a psychological thing. … With everything that’s transpired the last couple days, I think he’s fine.”UP NEXTThe Dodgers are off Thursday.Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 6-3, 2.00 ERA) at Giants (LHP Madison Bumgarner, 6-6, 3.20 ERA), Friday, 7:15 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only)Related Articleslast_img read more