However, Moyes said such claims were untrue. “I can only tell you what was written was a load of rubbish,” said Moyes. “Complete nonsense.” Although Moyes did not say so directly, even when given the opportunity to clarify his comments later, it was subsequently confirmed by the club that Ferdinand would be going on their break. Now 35, Ferdinand’s present contract is due to expire at the end of the season. The veteran defender has played just once in two months. He failed to make an appearance at Old Trafford on Sunday even though two obvious alternatives, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, were ruled out through injury. Ferdinand’s long-time defensive partner Nemanja Vidic has already announced his intention to quit Old Trafford in the summer, so it would not be a massive surprise if Ferdinand did call it a day. He certainly would appear to have little future at United, the club he joined for £29.1million in 2002, although a switch to Major League Soccer is not completely out of the question. Ferdinand has also entered the debate. In addition to a putdown of the author of the story about him not going on the Dubai trip, he stated on Twitter: “Must be another slow news day.” David Moyes has branded speculation that Rio Ferdinand would not go on Manchester United’s winter break to Dubai and would quit at the end of the season as “complete nonsense”. It had been claimed Ferdinand, an unused substitute in Sunday’s Premier League draw with Fulham at Old Trafford, would miss the short warm weather training camp. In addition, it was suggested the club would confirm on Thursday that Ferdinand would be retiring at the end of the season. Press Association
The University of Wisconsin men’s rowing team is finding ways to overcome adversity as a result of having its fall 2020 season postponed.The conversation of COVID-19’s effect on collegiate sports has primarily centered around college football, regularly dismissing how less mainstream sports programs are dealing with the Big Ten’s decision. UW men’s rowing is one of these programs. Drawing attention to the postponement’s effect is something Head Coach Chris Clark said is incredibly important.“It is easy to forget that the vast majority of college athletes are in sports like rowing that don’t get a lot of attention,” Clark said. “For people that aren’t really aware of athletics, they have no idea how impactful college sports are on a kid. They don’t see how much it changes your life.”The team is not new to dealing with coronavirus-related cancellations, already experiencing a compromised spring season earlier this year. March 13, the team and staff abruptly canceled their Friday afternoon practice, instead gathering for a farewell meeting and departing back home. Clark said this experience was unprecedented in his time as head coach.Club Baseball: How two people brought managing back to UW baseballSince its relegation to a club sport in the early 90s, not much has changed with the Wisconsin baseball program. Read…“This was the first time for me since 1992 that I didn’t have a racing season I was involved with,” Clark said. “For me, personally, it was bizarre.”Beyond coaching staff, seniors on the team were deprived of the final season of their rowing careers. Assistant Coach Beau Hoopman said this loss was quite a blow to those graduating in spring.“They didn’t get their final say on their career, and they kinda just went off into the real world without any finality to their rowing careers,” Hoopman said. “You feel for those guys.”Months later, an Aug. 11 statement released by the Big Ten created additional hurdles for the rowing program as it was announced the Big Ten would be postponing the fall season. Clark said this decision was not a surprise to him.UW Athletics: Big Ten announces fall athletics will be conference-only amidst COVID-19 pandemicThe Big Ten released a statement July 9 stating that the conference will adjust their fall sports schedule to “conference Read…“We’re watching football, and we realized if football’s not doing it, we’re not doing it. Not just rowing, any other sport,” Clark said. “So once football looked like it was going down the tubes for at least the near future, we figured we were as well.”As a result of the prolonged off-season, a major concern for the program is the team’s inexperience. Limited contact this summer has furthered the problem with out-of-season rules prohibiting coaching and practices at the facility.Unfortunately, this means a number of the team’s current sophomores still have no rowing experience whatsoever. Hoopman said targeting this problem is the biggest priority for UW men’s rowing.“If we can control having practice and getting the guys some experience, that’s what we wanna do. We’re not worried so much about not having a legit racing season at this point,” Hoopman said.Identifying as a “development program,” Clark said he and his staff pride themselves on finding the team’s hidden gems. The program looks to build up experience and skills this fall while modifying practices to follow pandemic-related guidelines.The team begins practices this week, focusing on running as well as developing rowing skills in single and pair boats at remote rowing sites. Every rower also gets tested for the virus weekly. Despite having to rework fall plans, Clark said the team looks as promising as ever.“The makeup of the people we have is starting to resemble what we had in years’ past when we were pretty good,” Clark said.The coaching staff has also altered their techniques with recruiting potential walk-ons at UW. In past summers, team representatives have visited Union South during student orientation to speak with incoming freshmen. This method has proved successful for maintaining the program’s impressive participation, as walk-ons make up well over two-thirds of incoming numbers every year.Breaking down Wisconsin football’s wonky conference-only scheduleThe announcement of the Big Ten Conference to keep all fall sports competitions strictly conference-only made waves throughout the college Read…The team has now shifted to online resources as a way of contacting participants. This summer, men’s rowing sent an online questionnaire to all incoming freshmen via email to spark potential interest. With freshmen having persevered through lots this year, Clark said he is encouraged by their resiliency and how it has translated to their level of interest in the program.“I’ve already been really impressed with how many are excited about rowing,” Clark said.The program has also taken time to analyze the postponement’s effect on finances. At least half of the budget is not being spent this year due to lack of need for travel and equipment. In regard to funding the team, Coach Clark said he hopes UW Athletics can develop a system similar to many of his team’s opponents.“The Ivy Leagues, which are a lot of our competitors, have endowments that pay for their entire programs,” Clark said. “I think that’s a great way to go, and we should be moving in that direction.”Despite the drastic changes thrust upon men’s rowing this fall, Clark said he is ultimately supportive of the Big Ten’s decision.“The Big Ten did exactly what they needed to do. They had all the information, and I’m part of that team, so I support it 100%,” Clark said. “There’s no other option.”Coach Hoopman said he also agrees with there not being a season right now.“From our perspective, it’s viable not to do it. We don’t need to put anybody’s life at risk to watch a game,” Hoopman said.Clark said he is also impressed with how UW Athletics has navigated this situation.“I’m proud of not just our guys but the entire athletics department. Believe me, I know from talking to other institutions how well and unbelievable Wisconsin Athletics has handled the entire thing,” Clark said.The team looks to make the most of resources and time available in hopes for a regular spring season. In spite of the challenges being faced, Coach Clark said he is confident in the work being done by his program and realizes the impact this experience will have on his rowers.“We’re communicating with the team a lot more and everybody seems to be motivated,” Clark said. “In the long run, these kids are gonna be really prepared for life.”
The odds weren’t in Marcus Semien’s favor.The first Oakland A’s American League MVP finalist since Miguel Tejada won back in 2002 was up against some tough competition, and he knew it.“It’s going to be tough to win it, but just to be top three and see your name in between those guys. It’s really cool,” Semien said when he found out he’d be one of three finalists.Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout was named the 2019 American League MVP — a generational talent, perennial finalist and now …
“It was really hard. You can never get an easy win in this league,” Isaac said. “We thought that we would have an easy ending (to the game) going into the last six minutes when Alaska made a charge.”The Aces rallied from deficits of as large as 11 points in the fourth and had a chance to sew it all up in regulation only for Simon Enciso to miss an open triple from right quarter court at the buzzer which would have shattered a 91-all tie.LeDontae Henton scored 31 points to pace the Aces, but he missed two straight shots after that DiGregorio triple to help doom Alaska.Gamalinda fired 15 points and had 11 rebounds with Erram contributing 13 and 13.The next Blackwater game will be against TNT KaTropa on Wednesday and Isaac is hoping to keep this streak going to creep closer to the next round. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “We had the presence of mind, the character needed to survive those two overtimes,” Isaac said. “And Lady Luck also smiled at us in the end.”Henry Walker had a monster game, to say the least, finishing with 35 points and 32 rebounds as he continues to provide the Elite with the inspiration, leadership and firepower when they need it in the stretch.Only the pint-sized Mark Cruz failed to finish in twin digits in scoring from among Isaac’s starters, with Walker, the comebacking JP Erram and Bam-Bam Gamalinda completing double-doubles and shooting guard Mike DiGregorio finishing with 17 points.DiGregorio’s third triple with 63 seconds left was his biggest shot of the night as it ushered the Elite to a 107-106 lead they never lost as the Aces bungled several chances to turn the game around.It was an ending that looked far from happening as the Elite were playing with complete command until the final six minutes of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Gilas cadets dump host Malaysia Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PBA IMAGESMore than the franchise record, Leo Isaac knows exactly what Blackwater’s third straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup could be all about.“We will cherish this win, definitely,” Isaac said after his hard-fighting Elite went through the proverbial eye of the needle before repulsing Alaska, 111-106, in double overtime on Wednesday night that put Blackwater in serious playoff contention at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT “But I hope that it would push us more (to play harder) and elevate us to the next level,” he said as the Elite shoot to make it past the eliminations for just the second time in three seasons in the pros. “This win is special.”Blackwater won three consecutive games for the first time in its PBA existence and the team has never looked this good at any time, rising to 3-3 to be in the middle of the 12-team pack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlaska, on the other hand, has never looked this bad as the Aces’ woes continued with the franchise’s longest losing streak stretching to 13 games now counting the last eight games of the Commissioner’s Cup.And it was as if the Aces didn’t have any chances. They had several, actually. View comments
The stage couldn’t have been set up any better for the Chennai Super Kings as they set to take the field in the final of the Indian Premier League at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.The defending champions have all the aces in their pack as they try to defend their title and unlike the previous year when they were the underdogs against a rampant Mumbai Indians, this year the MS Dhoni-led side has worked like a well-oiled machine, hitting top gear at the right time.Right from the first game of IPL-4 when they piped Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs, Chennai have raised their game whenever the pressure has been on.The Super Kings don’t have the top-run getters or the highest wicket-takers in their ranks but what they have is a bunch that has been amongst the runs and wickets. There are five batsmen in the Chennai line-up – Suresh Raina, Mike Hussey, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni and Muali Vijay – who have scored more than 300 runs in the ongoing tournament with the entire batting line-up in good form.When it comes to bowling, they have three players – off spinner R Ashwin and pacers Doug Bollinger and Albie Morkel – who have picked 15 wickets or more. Also, the Super Kings have three bowlers who have conceded less than seven an over and five in all who went for less than eight an over.It is clear that not only is their batting in fine fettle, their bowlers have the ability to squeeze the runs. That they are being led by a World Cup, Test championship, IPL and Champions League winning captain loads the dice in their favour.advertisementAnd most importantly, the Super Kings are playing at Chepauk, a fortress that no team has breached yet in seven attempts.Common sense says that law of averages should come into the equation, but the way the defending champions have utilised the conditions, it would take a huge effort to breach their defences.In Twenty20 cricket, it doesn’t take more than a short burst or a brilliant catch to change the game. But looking at the Chennai line-up, they seem well equipped to tackle any situation, even the marauding Chris Gayle.
Really? Man Utd player claims ‘90%’ of squad AGAINST Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA senior player says Jose Mourinho has lost “90 per cent” of the Manchester United locker room, it has been claimed.The Sun says backroom staff who have fallen out with the Portuguese boss are confident they will outlast him at the club.Mourinho branded Paul Pogba a “virus” infecting the dressing room after United drew 2-2 at Southampton two weeks ago.Yet one star seen as loyal to Mourinho is said to have told pals following the Saints game that 90 per cent of the squad no longer back the manager.And morale is believed to have fallen so far since then there are fears United could get a hiding at Liverpool.One member of staff who had a run-in with the manager is reported as saying: “I’ll be here long after he’s gone.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has unveiled the name of the first ship of AIDA Cruises’ first generation liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered cruise ships – AIDAnova.The cruise company earlier said that the newbuilding will be the world’s first cruise ship that can be run completely on LNG.“With the ‘Green Cruising’ concept, AIDA Cruises will be the first cruise shipping company in the world with the capability to operate its new generation of ships using 100% LNG,” the company said.The first steel for the new 180,000 gross ton vessel was cut in February 2017. Its keel laying will take place in September 2017 at the Papenburg yard, and its undocking is scheduled for August 2018.AIDAnova, which will be the 13th member in AIDA’s fleet, will be traveling Madeira and the Canary Islands for seven-day cruises from December 2018 in its first season.AIDA Cruises ordered the ship in summer 2015, as part of a deal for two next-generation cruise ships.
OTTAWA — Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould angered senators by refusing to give testimony on a change to the Criminal Code that is now at the centre of allegations that she was improperly pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.The Criminal Code amendment was stuffed into an omnibus budget implementation bill last year and got little scrutiny from MPs on the House of Commons finance committee.But when it got to the Senate, the upper chamber’s legal and constitutional affairs committee was tasked with scrutinizing the provision, which allows prosecutors to negotiate remediation agreements, a kind of plea bargain, in cases of corporate corruption.The committee held extensive hearings last May and heard from an array of expert witnesses, including Justice Department officials, who suggested that some questions were best put to the minister of justice. The committee invited Wilson-Raybould but she did not show up. In her stead, the government sent her parliamentary secretary, Liberal MP Marco Mendicino, and Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough.“It’s very unusual to study a bill, especially in the criminal domain, and to not have the minister responsible appear before the committee,” Conservative Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu observed at the time. “I would like to know why the minister of justice is not here herself.”Qualtrough said it was her “understanding” that Wilson-Raybould “wasn’t available.” Qualtrough, who is responsible for the government’s broader corporate-integrity agenda, acknowledged that she was “not technically, obviously, representing Justice,” but nevertheless “felt myself capable to offer you some perspectives on our government’s position on these matters.”Senators on the committee were sufficiently miffed by Wilson-Raybould’s no-show to make an “observation” about it in their final report: “The committee notes it did not have the opportunity to hear the testimony of the minister of justice on the proposed amendments that are under her ministerial mandate, although she was invited to appear.”Independent Liberal Sen. Serge Joyal, the chair of the committee, said in an interview that he actually spoke to the government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, to see if he could persuade Wilson-Raybould to appear at the committee — to no avail.“The members were rather frustrated by that,” he said.Joyal said the recent controversy over Wilson-Raybould’s role in the SNC-Lavalin case puts her refusal to testify in a different perspective.“Now, of course, in retrospect … I can understand that she might not have been at ease with the overall issue of remediation agreements and didn’t want to submit herself to questions in relation to that.”Wilson-Raybould, who was demoted to the veterans-affairs post in January, resigned altogether from cabinet on Tuesday. That followed an anonymously-sourced newspaper article that alleged she was improperly pressured by the Prime Minister’s Office last fall to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin rather than pursue a criminal prosecution that could cripple the company.The Montreal engineering giant has been charged with corruption and bribery in relation to government contracts in Libya; if found guilty it would be barred from bidding on government contracts in Canada for 10 years.She has thus far refused to comment on the allegation, citing solicitor-client privilege. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied there was any undue pressure and insists he specifically told Wilson-Raybould the decision whether to prosecute was hers alone as attorney general.The budget bill was not the only time Wilson-Raybould snubbed the Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs committee. Throughout last fall, the committee tried repeatedly to get her to testify on the government’s access-to-information reforms — specifically on a provision that would require judges to publicly disclose their expenses, which some senators fear could undermine judicial independence.Joyal said Wilson-Raybould “systematically” refused repeated invitations to testify, even though the committee offered to be flexible on the timing to accommodate the minister’s schedule. The only response it received was that the minister was unavailable, he said.“We’re having a great deal of difficulty scheduling the minister’s appearance before our committee,” Boisvenu remarked during an Oct. 3 committee meeting. “It’s a habit of hers.”Unlike the budget bill, on which the committee was under pressure to report by a specific deadline, Joyal said he warned Harder that in the case of the access-to-information bill, the committee would sit on the legislation until it heard from Wilson-Raybould. “No minister, no bill.”Indeed, he said the committee was on the point of passing a motion to that effect when Wilson-Raybould was shuffled out of the justice portfolio in January. Within two weeks, he said, her successor David Lametti agreed to testify. He is now scheduled to appear on Thursday.Wilson-Raybould has appeared before the Senate on other bills, notably those on medical assistance in dying and legalization of cannabis. But her selective approach to which bills she chose to defend publicly raises potential questions about cabinet solidarity.Joyal, who served as a minister in the cabinets of Pierre Trudeau and John Turner, said disagreements are common around the cabinet table. But once a consensus decision is made, every minister is required to stand by it, whether or not he or she personally agrees with it.In the case of a minister who personally disagrees with a bill that falls under his or her responsibility, Joyal said: “If the decision of the government is to proceed with the bill, you have no choice than to stand by the bill. And if you don’t want to stand by the bill, well, the option is to resign from the portfolio. It’s quite clear.”Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have released ten films as part of the Heads Together mental health campaign.The films feature people from all walks of life talking, often with the person that they first opened up to, about the life changing conversation that helped them cope with their mental health problems – from anxiety, alcoholism and depression through to loneliness, trauma and bereavement.Video: Freddie + Stephen | Heads Together | #oktosayThe first series of films, published on the Heads Together YouTube page and website, includes: two mums of young children; musician Stephen Manderson (Professor Green) and Cricketer Freddie Flintoff; a journalist and her friend; comedian Ruby Wax and her husband Ed; two paramedics based in Blackpool; model Adwoa Aboah with her mum; a blogger and her mum; and writer Alastair Campbell talking with his partner, Fiona.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry said: “Since we launched Heads Together last May, we have seen time and time again that shattering stigma on mental health starts with simple conversations.“When you realise that mental health problems affect your friends, neighbours, children and spouses, the walls of judgement and prejudice around these issues begin to fall. And we all know that you cannot resolve a mental health issue by staying silent.”On the release of the films, Their Royal Highnesses said: “We hope these films show people how simple conversations can change the direction of an entire life. Please share them with your friends and families and join us in a national conversation on mental health in the weeks ahead.”Alongside the film series, Heads Together published the most comprehensive survey of how people in Britain talk about their mental health carried out by YouGov. It shows that almost half of us (46%) have talked recently about mental health, with a quarter of us talking about our own mental health.“Attitudes to mental health are at a tipping point,” said The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.Eight out of ten people who have talked about their own mental health found these conversations helpful. The findings show Britain is ‘opening up’ about its mental health but equally highlight some of the challenges that still remain. Men are less likely to talk than women and people aged 18- 24 are almost twice as likely to discuss mental health than those over 65. Also, fewer than one in five people who have had a conversation have talked to their GP and fewer than one in ten spoke either to a supervisor at work or a counsellor.Source:Royal.UK
Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement “I was listening to the radio in my garage and the Hip came on and I was staring at this pot sitting on my work bench, and the first thing that dawned on me was, ‘That’s going to be Gord Downie’s hat,”‘ said Hattie, standing next to his glass-enclosed sculpture.“It’s made out of a double boiler pot, utensils, fan shroud, an old lamp post, and a turntable for the brim of the hat.”The piece is situated in the Legacy Space at city hall, the first municipal building in Canada with a room dedicated to reconciliation.The concept of legacy rooms is the brainchild of Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Morley Googoo, and he worked with Downie to make it a reality before his 2017 death.Googoo, who represents Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, said the sculpture allows the public to participate in reconciliation.“The art and the beauty of this statue is actually having Canadians step up and do something. The call is being answered in such a beautiful way with this statue,” said Googoo after the unveiling.“Change is happening. People are hearing the story. People are being moved and trying to created a new narrative with beautiful things, and the statue unveiled today is absolutely beautiful and will hopefully get more people talking.”Hattie said he’s honoured that his piece — previously displayed at an art gallery in Kingston, Ont., the rock band’s hometown — will be in the legacy room for six months.“I really wanted it to be some place where it would bring out that emotion and make people remember what Gord asked us as Canadians — to do something,” he said.“Maybe it will make people think, ‘What can I do?’ And if it starts a conversation, what more can you ask for?”The legacy room initiative is part of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, which honours the 12-year-old Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school near Kenora, Ont.“(The) program is an opportunity for corporations, government, organizations and educational institutions to play an important role in their communities,” the fund’s website said.“They also serve as symbols and reminders for employees, clients, students and guests of the important work each of us needs to do if the promises of this country are to be fulfilled.”There are five legacy rooms in Halifax, and 22 in total across the country.Downie died in October 2017 of brain cancer, but spent his final years raising awareness about Canada’s dark history of residential schools through the story of Wenjack.The plight of the 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy inspired Downie’s “Secret Path” multimedia project.The Canadian government launched the residential school system in the 19th century.Over decades, about 150,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes and sent to religious boarding schools.Away from their families and culture, many students lived in horrific conditions and endured severe abuse. The impact of residential schools continues to be felt today.Aly Thomson ~ The Canadian Press Dartmouth artist Al Hattie’s Gord Downie tribute sculpture, created from recycled and upcycled materials called “The Last Show,” is shown in the Legacy Room at Halifax City Hall on Friday, March 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Riley Smith Login/Register With: HALIFAX — A Gord Downie tribute sculpture has been unveiled at Halifax City Hall, in a room that aims to foster conversations about Indigenous history and reconciliation.The sculpture was created by artist Al Hattie using recycled metals that emulate a microphone stand and Downie’s signature hat, complete with feathers.On a wall behind the sculpture — titled “The Last Show” — is the shadowy profile of the Tragically Hip frontman. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter