Midmar Mile: the true spirit of sport

first_imgThe family race produced wonderful scenes with mothers, fathers, grandparents, and children all sharing in the magic of the event. Joy, the thrill of achievement, and family love were common themes in the smiles of the finishers. Experience tellsJohannesburg-born Kerri-Anne Payne, who represented Great Britain at the Beijing Olympic Games in the 10-kilometre open water swimming event and won the silver medal, used her experience from previous Midmar Miles to claim victory in 18:48. It was her fourth victory in the race. In the next edition of the famous Guinness Book of World Records, the Midmar Mile will proudly occupy two entries. Former SA national lifesaver Stacey Bowley topped the 31 to 40 age group, but Heather Morris-Eyton, first in the 41 to 50 category, was fourth overall. Chad Gifford, who has no lower limbs, reached the finishing line where he was helped onto a board with four wheels beneath it. He then pulled himself across the timing mat. Blind successMike “Buthy” Arbuthnot, one of the founders of the race and the only man to officially swim every Midmar Mile, assisted Neville Lawrence, a blind swimmer, to cross the dam. Arbuthnot and Felicity Kromhout swam backstroke either side of Lawrence to guide him in the right direction as he made his crossing. He was closely followed across the line by 2000 Sydney Olympics silver medal winner in the 200 metres breaststroke Terence Parkin. The deaf star allowed Groenewald to win as they both exited the water at the same time, but Parkin, knowing he had another seven mile-crossings ahead of him, graciously waved Groenewald ahead of him. In the second event, the company relay, Terence Parkin, a two-time winner of the main race, the men’s open event, was first across the finishing line in 21:59, which mirrored his time in the first race. Better than the IronmenSouth African Paralympic ace Craig Groenewald showed strong form to win the disabled title, beating the first of the Ironman finishers for the twelfth time in 12 attempts at the Midmar Mile. Roy Rees was the oldest finisher at the age of 85 as he completed his tenth crossing. He first swam the race at the age of 75! Lorna Cochran, slightly younger, but also aged 85, was the oldest female swimmer. Ross Leech led the way in the 41-50s, but Mike Semple was 26 seconds faster than Leech, even though he was contesting the 51-60 category. Geoff Grylls was the leading competitor in the 61-and-over age group. Humbling and inspiringFurther down the field, the sight of some athletes with severe handicaps was both humbling and inspiring. Rita Townsend, the mother of SA swimming star Darian Townsend, topped the 51 to 60s, while Bev Shuttleworth, like Townsend a long time star of the Midmar Mile, was first in the 61-and-over group. Under-13s top over-30sA superb swim by Brandon Murray saw him win the equivalent men’s race in 19:47 after he fended off a strong challenge from Henk Markgraaff, who finished second in 19:56, and topped the 31 to 40 age group. Gareth Fowler, the only three-time winner in the history of the Midmar Mile along with Ryk Neethling, finished second, while Brett Clark took third place. Parkin swam as part of the Game Charity Challenge Eight Mile Club. Each member of the club is required to raise at least R10 000 for charity and before the first event had even been swum the target of R1-million had already been bettered. It took 45 minutes, during which photos and film were reviewed, before Schoeman was declared the winner, with both men clocking 17:34. ‘I’ve never seen anything like it’Interviewed after the race, Germany’s Pastor, a first-time Midmar Mile competitor, was asked for her thoughts on event. “Honestly,” she said, “I’ve never seen anything like it: the number of swimmers, the crowds, the organisation, and the beautiful setting.” South Africa’s Melissa Corfe was the first woman to finish, taking sixth place overall. Germany’s Nadine Pastor followed Corfe across the line. Hendrik van der Merwe, a victim of polio, was lifted into his wheelchair at the finish by Sibusiso Mogale, whose arms end at the elbow. It was lump-in-the-throat stuff and a number of spectators shed a quiet tear. The first event of the day, the disabled category, as well as the Ironman Triathlon and Biathlon categories got proceedings off to a good start. Family relayIn Saturday’s final event, the family relay, defending men’s champion Shaun Dias led his family to victory over a stiff challenge from the Mower family. He was first across the line, followed by his brother Paul. The only other man to swim every Midmar Mile (although one of his crossings was an unofficial swim because he was representing South Africa at the World Masters Lifesaving Championships in New Zealand on the actual weekend of the race), Mike Pengelly, also made the mile. 9 February 2009 The leading swimmers were tightly bunched up to the 800 metres hot spot, after which they selected a number of different lines into the finish. Rounding off the weekend was the men’s 13 to 30 race and it, too, proved to be a humdinger. The goal of achieving a world record for the largest overall event – made up of the total number of finishers from the eight events of the Midmar Mile – was also met. South Africa’s Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event, captured the true spirit of sport on the weekend. Where else would you find a field ranging from pre-teenagers to octogenarians, including both able-bodied and disabled swimmers, and led by world-class competitors? There was a poignant moment that I personally witnessed when Tadgh Slattery quietly went up to race organiser Wayne Riddin and handed him his Team South Africa Paralympic tracksuit top, saying he wanted him to have it in thanks for including Slattery in the Midmar Mile. Gareth Dias finished fifth to ensure the Dias brothers won the title – the top three finishers times are added together to determine the winners – and Caitlyn Mower, the youngest of the sisters and still under-13, finished tenth to grab second place for her family. Ryk and NatalieThe second day of competition saw the arrival of two of South African swimming’s favourite stars, Ryk Neethling and Natalie du Toit, who were seen graciously signing autographs and taking photographs with fans throughout the day, including with a team of nine Hungarian Olympians whose adulation of Neethling showed his status in the world of swimming. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The action in the water began with the girls’ 13-and-under category and the women’s 31-and-above events. As is the usually the case, the under-13 winner was the fastest swimmer in the event, with Michelle Weber taking victory in 21:53, two seconds clear of Juane du Plessis. Germany’s Christian Reichert, a birthday boy, who had won the five-kilometre and 10-kilometre titles on the Thursday and Friday preceding the big weekend, edged Bryan Ryckeman for the win in a time of 20:20. They were followed across the line by South Africa’s Jasper Venter, who erred by taking a line too far to the left of the course. Side-by-sideSouth Africa’s Riaan Schoeman and David Verraszto managed to open the slightest gap on the chasing Ho and Germany’s Christian Reichert as they approached the finish. They exited the water side-by-side and dashed up the slipway. It was close. Extremely close. Event number seven, the women’s 13 to 30 category produced outstanding racing of the highest order. The fact that eight of the top 10 finishers competed in the Beijing Olympics is testimony to this. Class fieldAmong the top five, only Reichert didn’t compete in Beijing, but he did top the European open water rankings in 2008, as did his girlfriend, Nadine Pastor; once again, the class of the field was evident in the closely-contested and very fast racing. World record achievedThe first of the Guinness Book of World Records attempts took place in event three, the non-company relay. The record for the most finishers in a single race stood at 3 070 and, with 3 400 starters, that mark was under threat. It duly fell as 3 110 swimmers completed the distance. Germany’s Nadine Pastor took second place, three seconds behind Payne, with Hungary’s Evaline Verralzto capturing third place. SA Olympian Chad Ho made the early running, capturing the first two hot spots at 400 and 800 metres. Then, as had happened in the women’s race, the swimmers adopted different lines. Ho was third in 17:35, Reichert followed in 17:37, and Belgian Olympian Bryan Ryckeman ended fifth in 17:42. Defending champion Shaun Dias finished in seventh spot. The race also offered an opportunity for some of the big guns to have a trial run ahead of Sunday’s feature events. Kirsten Mower took third spot and her sister Courtney was fourth. Conditions were ideal; the dam was at 100 percent capacity, with water flowing freely over the wall and the water ending only metres from the start and finish lines. The weather, too, played along. Some scattered clouds lined an otherwise beautiful blue canopy and hills featuring different shades of green surrounded the dam itself. The top South African finisher was Melissa Corfe, who ended fourth, one place ahead of Cassie Patten, the bronze medal winner in the open water swimming race in Beijing. Kathryn Meaklim, the winner of more races than any other woman in last year’s Fina World Cup Series, was sixth across the finishing line. The opening day of the 2009 Halfway Telkom Midmar Mile produced heart-warming scenes in the disabled category and family events, a world record-sized field in the non-company relay, and an opportunity for the big guns to learn about the course ahead of the big open races on the Sunday. The race featured a number of South African Paralympic stars, including Shireen Sapiro, who won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in a world record time in the 100 metres backstroke, and Tadgh Slattery, a long time Paralympic star and gold medal winner at that level, who was swimming at part of the eight-mile club.last_img read more

Evaluating your grain storage system

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Evaluating how well their grain system handles the harvest season and what improvements may be needed is one of the most important steps farmers can take to help prepare for next year. GSI Conditioning Applications Manager Gary Woodruff has some recommendations for monitoring your grain storage set up in this conversation with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins.last_img

Incapsula Wants to Bring Enterprise Website Security to SMBs. Free Access Codes for RWW Readers

first_imgTags:#cloud#saas#security klint finley A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Security company Imperva‘s SMB spin-off company Incapsula opens its service to the public today. Incapsula provides a content delivery network (CDN) style service, aimed at speeding up websites, and a hosted Web application firewall (WAF). Previously, Imperva’s WAF product SecureSphere was out of reach for smaller organizations. By offering a distributed, cloud-based service, Incapsula is able to offer prices starting at $50 a month. There is also a free plan for non-commercial websites.The first 100 ReadWriteWeb readers to sign-up for the service can try out the service for free until the end of the year.Incapsula will compete most directly with CloudFlare, which offers similar security-as-a-service and CDN-like features. CloudFlare’s basic plan is free, and it’s pro plan – which includes a hosted WAF – costs $20 a month. Incapsula will also compete with Dasient, which offers a security-as-a-service that monitors and alerts site owners when sites are compromised.Incapsula is depending on Imperva’s experience and reputation to compete with CloudFlare. Incapsula uses the same enterprise-grade technology that is used in SecureSphere, and can make sites PCI compliant.Why should small sites be worried about having an enterprise-grade WAF in place? Even small sites can be victims of malicious hacking. Criminals frequently compromise sites to inject links to spammy websites or malware. According to research conducted by Dasient, over 1.3 million websites host malware.Sites that host malware or contains thousands of spammy links can be black listed by Google, or see significant drops in search engine positions.WordPress users looking for a completely free solution may want to look into the variety of free security plugins and monitoring tools for the blogging platform.Photo credit: Circo de Invierno. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Spurs earn largest win of the season, clobber Clippers

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Los Angeles Clippers center Marcin Gortat (13) battles San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and guard Bryn Forbes (11) for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs appropriately returned to their defensive principles on an evening when San Antonio was celebrating “Throwback Night.”LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and the Spurs won their fourth straight, topping the Los Angeles Clippers 125-87 on Thursday for their largest win of the season.ADVERTISEMENT James Harden’s 50-point triple-double propels Rockets over Lakers LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño A franchise that won five championships behind a dominant defense under Gregg Popovich has been troubled by an inability to stop people this season. Two weeks ago, the Spurs lost by 30 points in three games after the franchise suffered only five such losses in Popovich’s first 1,758 games.San Antonio has since staged a revival, holding an opponent under 100 points for the third straight game while winning the first four games of a six-game homestand. With fans celebrating in giveaway T-shirts featuring the team’s Fiesta colors, the Spurs feel like they have finally turned the corner defensively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“Yeah, but we’re still going to continue to get better defensively,” DeMar DeRozan said. “Talking, communication, but for the most part we’re just going out there having fun, playing with a lot of confidence.”Rudy Gay had 21 points and DeRozan added 14 as San Antonio handed Los Angeles its worst loss of the season. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion San Antonio held Los Angeles to 20 points in the third quarter, extending its lead to 24 points and enabling Popovich to rest his starters in the fourth.“In any stat, in any part of the floor, they were just better than us tonight,” Gallinari said.TIP-INSClippers: Harris was cut across the bridge of his nose when DeRozan swiped down in an attempt to strip the Clippers forward of the ball. Harris had to have a bandage placed on his nose before re-entering. … Former Spurs center Boban Marjanovic received a huge ovation when he entered the game in the fourth quarter. . Williams missed his second straight game after injuring his left hamstring Dec. 10 against Phoenix. Williams is expected to miss two weeks. … Mbah a Moute has sat out 24 straight games with a sore left knee.Spurs: San Antonio forward Davis Bertans returned after missing two games following the birth of his first child. Bertans had five points and four rebounds in 17 minutes. … The Spurs’ 38 points in the first quarter were two shy of their season high, which they set Oct. 22 against the Lakers. … Bryn Forbes joined Danny Green and Gary Neal as the only Spurs players to score 1,000 points and make 150 3-pointers in their first 150 games with the team. Forbes finished with 10 points and was 2 for 7 on 3-pointers.INSPIRINGRivers still has fond memories of his two seasons playing for the Spurs from 1994-96, even if it meant he had to give up his Sundays.“Playing here with David (Robinson) and Avery (Johnson), I mean, my goodness they inspired you to do a lot of things, even go to church,” Rivers said, laughing. “That was a tough one. My Sundays were off, but I did (go).”WHAT IS THAT?Aldridge isn’t sure what to make of Marco Belinelli’s fondness for taking off-balance shots rather than squaring up for a basket. “You’re going to get some that look great and you’re going to get some that look like, ‘Oh Lord.’ You’ve just got to deal with it,” Aldridge said.UP NEXTClippers: At Oklahoma City on Saturday night.Spurs: Host Chicago on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re just playing basketball, making it easy on ourselves,” Gay said. “We’re moving the ball, helping each other on defense. That’s what makes it fun, just playing the right way and being good teammates to each other.”Tobias Harris scored 17 points for the Clippers and Danilo Gallinari and Avery Bradley added 15 apiece. Los Angeles has lost two straight and four of five.The Spurs shot 59 percent from the field and had a 14-2 advantage on fast-break points. San Antonio shot 63 percent in the first quarter in taking a 38-27 lead that swelled as the game progressed.Playing their third game in four nights and without Lou Williams and Luc Mbah a Moute, the Clippers’ only lead came in the opening 2 1/2 minutes of the game.“I turned to one of the coaches and said, ‘Even if we’re making shots, we lose tonight because they’re just shooting the ball so well,’ ” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I didn’t think we were into them enough. I thought they were very comfortable.”ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Video: Former Michigan Star Chris Webber Discusses Fab Five, Thinks Ex-Teammates Exaggerate Their Importance

first_imgdan Patrick talks with Chris Webber about a Fab five.dan patrick chris webber fab fiveFormer NBA and Michigan basketball star Chris Webber went on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning. The current NBA analyst for Turner Sports discussed a number of things with Dan Patrick, including, most notably, his time with the Wolverines and ESPN’s 30 for 30 “Fab Five” documentary, which Webber was not a part of. While on that topic, Webber seemed to criticize some of his former teammates, who he says exaggerated their importance in the film. “My whole thing has been it’s always been about us five,” he told Patrick. “And so when one guy has a million highlights in there of himself like he was the leading scorer, like when the stories are all after and embellished it’s just a little hard for me. But I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it.”Here’s the full interview: last_img read more

Are The Toronto Raptors Finally Eastern Conference Favorites

By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (April 5, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Eastern Conference ahead of the playoffs.First, the Philadelphia 76ers have clinched a spot, but the team has also lost star center Joel Embiid to injury. Embiid may miss the beginning of the postseason. How will the Sixers function without him?Next, the Toronto Raptors are on track to be the No. 1 seed in the East, but the team’s past several playoff runs have been disappointing. The crew takes a look at why Toronto is playing better this season. Plus, a significant digit on Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN reported on Embiid’s surgery to fix his fractured orbital bone.Sports Illustrated took a look at how the 76ers are surviving without Embiid.Foreshadowing? The Cavs took down the Raptors on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 8. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Victor Oladipo is on track this season to become the eighth player in the past decade to have a usage rate of 30 percent or higher and a true shooting percentage of 57 percent or higher while 25 years old or younger. read more

Ohio State mens soccer falls to Notre Dame in 2nd round of

OSU sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell (12) battles for possession of the ball with Notre Dame senior forward Vince Cicciarelli (21) during a Nov. 23 game in South Bend, Ind. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Kevin Sabitus / The ObserverA valiant effort against the No. 1 seed and defending champions came up short Sunday night, as the Ohio State men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.OSU (9-8-5) battled Notre Dame (12-4-4) for all 90 minutes, but ultimately the firepower of the Fighting Irish was too much for the Buckeyes to handle. OSU outshot Notre Dame, 12-10, but fell by a final score of 2-1 in rain-soaked South Bend, Ind.OSU came out firing, looking to build an early lead against the defending champs. Five different Buckeyes fired the first five shots of the game, including two that came in on Notre Dame redshirt-senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall. The Buckeyes were unable to break through with their early attacks, though.The Fighting Irish did not register their first shot of the game until the 23nd minute, when OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov knocked away a chance with a dive.However, about seven minutes later, it was a penalty kick that put OSU in a 1-0 hole.Junior defender Kyle Culbertson was whistled for a foul in the box, earning him a yellow card and Notre Dame a penalty shot. The penalty was then converted by Notre Dame sophomore defender Brandon Aubrey, for his third goal of the season.Refusing to back down, OSU made sure that deficit did not last long.About three and a half minutes after Notre Dame took the lead, OSU sophomore forward Danny Jensen netted his sixth goal of the season.Jensen received the ball in front of the net off a corner kick from freshman defender Hunter Robertson, and put it past Wall to knot the game at one.OSU appeared to take the lead just before the half with a goal off a free kick, but it was waved off because of a handball. Jensen was then issued a yellow card, and the game went into the break tied at one.For the opening half, OSU outshot Notre Dame, 7-4, controlling the action throughout. Wall made three saves for the Irish, while Ivanov contributed two of his own.OSU continued to control the pace to open the second half, and had two close calls with shots from senior midfielder Yianni Sarris and Culbertson within the first 10:09.However, that trend turned around in the 69th minute, when Notre Dame freshman forward Brandon Gallagher received a through pass and beat the OSU defense and Ivanov, depositing the shot into the far corner of the net to put the Irish up, 2-1.OSU attempted to answer right away, but sophomore forward Christian Soldat’s shot about 90 seconds later was saved by Wall.The Buckeyes tried one last desperate measure to find the equalizer in the final minutes, as OSU coach John Bluem substituted the defender, Robertson, in favor of an extra attacker. Notre Dame clamped down defensively, however, only allowing OSU one shot in the final 10 minutes, despite four OSU corner kicks.Rain poured down throughout the entirety of the contest, with large puddles forming all over the Alumni Stadium pitch.Aubrey’s goal marked the third-consecutive game for the Buckeyes in which a penalty kick broke a tie. On Nov. 14, a late penalty kick won the game for Indiana in the Big Ten semifinals, and Akron went up 1-0 with a penalty kick Thursday.Notre Dame advanced to take on No. 16 seed Virginia with the victory.The loss concluded a successful season for OSU after going 5-8-4 last season. The Buckeyes received an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2010, after being picked to finish last in the Big Ten in the conference’s preseason coaches poll. read more

Womens Basketball No 14 Ohio State clinches outright Big Ten title with

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell dribbles the ball during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorJust one month ago, the odds were stacked against the No. 14 Ohio State women’s basketball team. Having lost three-straight games to Michigan, Iowa, and No. 13 Maryland, the Buckeyes sat two games behind the conference-leading Terrapins.But Ohio State took advantage of Maryland’s unexpected three-game losing streak down the stretch and a weak end-of-season schedule to finish the season with eight conference wins in a row, concluding with an 89-64 victory against Penn State on the road Sunday afternoon, to claim the outright Big Ten regular-season championship.The Buckeyes had not claimed sole possession of a regular-season title since 2010. The win against the Nittany Lions (15-14, 6-10 Big Ten) also gives Ohio State (24-6, 13-3 Big Ten) the top seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Once again, Ohio State rode its high-scoring trio of guards Kelsey Mitchell and Linnae Harper and forward Stephanie Mavunga to victory. Mitchell led the team with 22 points and the three players combined for 60 points. She added six assists and five rebounds.Mitchell and Mavunga combined for 15 first-quarter points to pull the Buckeyes ahead 23-12 after the opening quarter. Penn State sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green hit the first shot of the second quarter, a 3-pointer to pull her team within eight points. But the Nittany Lions fell behind by 10 points after a Mavunga layup less than three minutes later and trailed by double-digits the remainder of the game.Mavunga had a double-double by halftime and finished the game with 21 points and 14 rebounds. She made 9-of-11 shots and helped give her team a 40-28 edge in points in the paint. Harper had 17 points and 10 rebounds. She, along with the rest of her team, shot well from beyond the arc. Harper hit 3-of-4 triples and the Buckeyes combined to shoot 10-for-22 from 3-point range.Junior guard Teniya Page and sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green paced the Nittany Lions with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Travascio-Green made 6-of-11 shots, but the team overall struggled to knock down shots and combined to shoot 38 percent from the field. The Buckeyes, who start four guards and just one post player, have been haunted by rebounding issues the entire season. But they cleaned up on the class, holding a 48-29 rebound advantage against Penn State, which had the worst rebounding margin in the conference entering the game. Ohio State had more offensive rebounds (18) than the Nittany Lions had defensive rebounds (17).Ohio State’s win sweeps the season series against Penn State. The Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions 94-64 at home on Jan. 31.Ohio State will begin Big Ten tournament play at noon Friday. Its opponent will be the winner of Thursday’s game pitting the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds against each other. Purdue is the eighth seed, but the ninth seed has yet to be determined. read more

Manchester United defender set for Hertha Berlin loan move

first_imgManchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 20, is close to joining Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.The Dutchman spent the entirety of last campaign at Crystal Palace and made 21 appearances in the Premier League as the Eagles avoided relegation.Fosu-Mensah played in Manchester United’s friendlies in the United States but has once again been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho.He will look to continue his development under Hertha manager Pal Dardai and the club that finished 10th in the Bundesliga last season.Fosu-Mensah is a utility player and can comfortably slot in either as a central defender or at full-back.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.He has been on the books of Manchester United since 2014 when he joined the club’s youth setup from Ajax.Jose Mourinho has moaned about the lack of transfer activity despite signing the duo of Fred and Dalot. Reports claim the United hierarchy informed the Portuguese gaffer to raise cash from the sale of players to fund his transfer.Manchester United are in action against Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly before they commence their Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday.last_img read more

Handanovic urges Inter to bounce back

first_imgInter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanović is looking ahead after their Champions League exit on Tuesday night.Inter Milan were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night after failing to beat PSV at San Siro, and Handanovic has called on his teammates to bounce back from the disappointing result as soon as possible.“Today is a new day and we’re now looking ahead. We’re back in action on Saturday, and playing and winning is the best medicine in situations like this,” Handanovic told the club’s website.We knew we had to win our game without thinking about what was going on elsewhere, but unfortunately, we didn’t manage to do so.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We have missed out on our objective, but come February we’ll be treating the Europa League as a new opportunity, as will the other teams with a chance of winning it.“We have a team that can go all the way. We haven’t even reached the halfway stage of the season and we’ve still got targets we want to achieve.“We’ve played well in recent games, but unfortunately, we haven’t managed to pick up the results we wanted. We need to find that spark again.”last_img read more