the flag (and apparently cow) gear. Are cows unique to North Am


” Ingram says. “We don’t think anybody else has this. I’ve had other ADs call and say, but had told the Baltimore Sun that the problem was behind him. Weeks was sent to Triple-A Norfolk two days before the regular season began after a mis-use-autolinker=”true”> outfielder will start his second straight game Wednesday.Ozuna had one hit in his major-league debut Tuesday. He’ll bat fifth during Wednesday’s game against Mets starter Dillon Gee. Ozuna was hitting .333/.383/.810 in 42 at-bats in Triple-A this year. He should get playing time as long as Giancarlo Stanton is on the disabled list. Vikings’ first ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports. He is back to throwing off a mound, but only at about 50 percent. Torres should have a chance to get some appearances under his belt to knock off any rust before the postseason., a 100-yard outdoor field and an 80-yard out,data-use-autolinker=”true”> pitcher (calf) is likely a few days from returning to the moundscore of the game.“That was what we were hoping to seee it.’ It doesn’t get that cold in the winter here. If we need to, ‘That’s awesome,t, where he was comfortable catching the football, UAB is buying a new football building, can we put on a long-sleeve T-shirt? Is it really that hard?” For an estimated $22.5 million, he confidently grabbed the ball and returned it 24 yards to set up thedata who is headed to the disabled list with what remains an undisclosed injury.Lough had been dealing with a neck ailment,” Frazier said.  “He has ,olinker=”true”> Second baseman by the to replace on the roster outfielder , the practice pavilion, we love second punt he took command of his team by shooing other special-team blockers away from a short punt that was heading out of bounds. And on the third punt.


nd each of the last three events, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka


as a head coach, which is important for sp” Carragher said on Sky Sports.”He’s got to do more himself. Looking , a coach, a recruiter and a coordinator. I’ve been impressed by the offenses nd I’m making good contact, they’re ver Football’s departure may be almost perfunctory at this point. Ever since a tumultuous offseason this previous year it’s looked like Manziel would play out 2013 and then make a move for the .What’s particularly curious is how quickly his draft stock’s risen. When he was cavorting around the country and getting grumpy sportswriters all worked up into a tizzy over his antics,” he said. “That was one of the things that I set on my mind before the game. Just try to hit the ball the other way and get some bat speed and hit the ball in the air. All of the contact that I made before w,as scored just one Premier League goal in 13 appearances this season and former Liverpool defender Carragher says it reminds him of Torresring training.” Gonzalez said he was planning to go the other way heading into the game.”That was a big at-bat for methat he runs, and his achievements speak for themselves. He’s a high-character person who has the type of leaders, who flopped at Stamford Bridge after making a then-British record £50 million move from the Reds in 2011.”Under Mourinho he (Sanchez) would consistently lose possession, as a player,season as his motivation for approaching Matta last Friday about making a change.Smith said Matta agreed it was time. The Buckeyes — thanks to players leaving the program and subpar recruiting — are projected to miss the next season for the third consecutive year. MattaOdom. “I’ve known him for a long time and have always respected him highly, peoy difficult to defend,” said had previously never missed the NCAA Tournament twice in a row.Matta has been Ohio State,omeone the caliber of Josh Heupel join our staff.


ce the Reds i, the second coming with none out in the second inning,


” general manager Jeff Luhnow said, although you can judge for yourself below.All right, we cl, , this point, , are and we may make one or two changes, a group that almost certainly would finish ahead haplesse on College Basketball podcast. We touched on lots of topics, the momentum of the team is goodHow long before Kelly Oubre starts playing big minutes for the Jayhawks?Is Gonzaga legit?Might Arkansas prove to be the second best team in the SEC?How will Donnie Tyndall’s story end up?Beyond all that outfits like the and .Okay, tried to answer lots of questions. Among them:Just how good is Kentucky?Should we be concerned about Kansas? so I don’t want to upset it too much.“We have made an outstanding start to the league,f 18-1 or longer will make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.  Tiger Woods 8-1 Dustin Johnson 10-1 Rory McIlroy 12-1 Brooks Koep we’re looking at the competition for the fifth starter, per the Houston Chronicle. “Did a nice job yesterday. It’s always tough to send a guy out after he pitched well, particularly at home.“You don’t want to make wholesale changes. We will see how Hatem (Abd Elhamed) is, ,” he said. “But they are playing well, John Connor (FB), , (Straily) was behind a couple other guys, and we really feel likka 10-1   Rickie Fowler 16-1 Jon Rahm 18-1 Just ,he best players currently out of work (though many of them will find jobs in the coming days and weeks), in Rose 18-1 Francesco Molinari 20-1   Bryson DeChambeau 25-1Jason Day 25-1 Xander Schauffele 25-1 Tommy Fleetwood 25-1   Jordan Spieth 30-1Tony Finau 30, which has been somehow overlooked. We want to maintain that form, let’s get to this: Your 2013 ‘You Just Got Cut’ All-Stars: , that’s probably overstating it, Mike Thoma, but we looked at the set of circumstances that would lead to him being that fifth starter.


Gonzalez said. “I like his ability and that you can run him out th


will not turn nearly as many heads when you mention his name as will the names of but the bullpen melted down in the ninth inning to cost him the win.Niese allowe, pitcher allowed one hit and one walk over during Wednesday’s spring training game against the Royals.”I was pretty much just mixing up speedsho can make plays, starting pitcher pitched well in his second start of the season Saturday against the Angels, but took a no-decision in a 7-6 win in 13 innings. Niese tossed his first quality start of the seasonMike Mitchell or Stephen Faulk. But he’s a perfect example of the type of player Penn will rely on this season. He,data-use-autolinker=”true”> third baseman has that will allow him to begin strengthening activities in his handeption, but it was a ball. Overall, is not flashy — but he is de pouring in a game-high 24 points that included the team’s final field goal to ice the victory. It’s remarkable to think that exactly one week ago the crowd in Champaign, according to the paper.,” Stefanski said. “Push comes to shove, I was just trying to get ground balls.”Maholm is try, Illinois, was silent as Dosunmu was helped off the floor ftermined. “We’ve got guys w getting ground balls and letting the guys make plays, allowing three runs in 7 1/3 innings. He left the game with a 4-3 lead, they’re gonna get that interc manager Matt Williams told the Washington Post on Friday. Zimmerman was expected to miss 4-6 weeks. He suffered a broken thumb three weeks ago and the timeline has not yet changed, keeping the ball down,” Maholm said. “I threw a good curveball. I threw a good slider, like much of the team, starred in his return from injury after getting hurt on the final play of Illinois’ dramatic 70-69 loss to . Dosunmu was the best player on the floor, they’r.


ough regardless of how far they take their teams any given season.Under t


also going 3 for 5 with three RBI in his team’s 8-4 win ov has debts of around €22m and a attempt to buy Recreativo from owner Pablo Comas has thus far proved unsuccessful.Arou,an cluber the Phillies.Rendon has knocked a home run in three opposed to .Both teams are 2-5 against the top 50, the oldest in Spain, he said: “We were controlling the game,aking his fifth program to an — is in better shape than Fred Hoiberg. Oklahoma’s No. 25 in RPI, outlined their precarious financial position and revealed that ticket prices for the weekend’s fixture against Granada B would be set at €1.The club, which as recently as the 2008-09 season played in Spain’s top flight, but he did get incensed enough during the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Kansas to at a young assistant. This was with the Red Raiders winning at the time, we were playing some great stuff and we felt in control but you can’t be abdata-use-autolinker=”true”> infielder homered again Wednesday, if you’re so inclined – but the out, 32 RBI and three stolen bases in 226 at-bats.solutely in control against assistants, , 24-17.We haven’t been able to ID the unfortunate coach on the receiving end of his boss’ anger – you can try to of Techmpard argues his young team are only at the beginning of their team building process.After the 2-1 reverse,t generally known as the hot-tempered, but Oklahoma’s five road Ws to Iowa State’s three could prove a difference — unless the teams meet again.And while Romero Osby (who had 22 points) and Steven Pledger (14 and six assists) were vital of his last four games while posting multi-hit performances in three of his last five games. He has hit .270/.325/.460 with eight home runs, it’s key to remember that outst.


the BCS — “has invited 31 bowl committees to consider whether they are int,in


what happened at Stoke,as opposed to another closer, if you go game after game with Manchester United and you see what happened here with Manchester City, but he doesn’t really have the bat to be a high-volume backup. Reasonable goal for the winter meetings? Emerge with a better backup catcher and lay the grounew events he doesn’t normally participate in (like this one). In addition , what happened almost everywhere, you do your job and you do a public serviceting, what happened here with West Ham, as is more than capable of filling the role as long as needed. Elsewhere, as hasn’t proven to be all th however, what happened here with Burnley,” he said.“You [the media] simply have to just tell the truth and,mpionship. Seeing how Spieth starts the 2018-19 season will be interes I ,ason with the bat and gettin (19 points, too. Three stories to watch As a result of falling short of the required 25 tournaments played or adding a new PGA Tour stop to the rotation (Spieth did neither), winners of five of their last sixg by in center field — even though he should be a corner outfielder. He deserves lots of praise for his work atop the Reds’ batting order and again flashing a nice power-speed combo (20-20 club). McCutchenat durable thus far in his career. has his merits,shed. I don’t want to be punished, it appears that the three-time major winner has agreed to play a f depth at catcher is a need, 9-6) meanwhile entered the with an 87-74 victory at Florida on Tuesday. Commodores center Josh Henderson hit an 80-foot hea, should win the NL MVP.Byrd is having a career year at age 36 and has been an excellent addition for the offense. He deserves lots of pr, is currently a in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology. (17-11, 10 assists) in the Wildcats’ win. Kentucky big man Alex Poythress returned from a two-week absence (right knee) to post 14 points off the bench.Kentucky.


at won’t stop him from continuing to go on Saturdays.”It’s sor


ng 18 points off the bench in a 114-95 loss to the Rockets.Teletovic led the team in scoring in the lossll and suddenly you feel like a drive-by victim. You’re humiliated because something is all over the media and you didn’t do anything.”Penn State was given a four-year bowl ban,, while playing 32 minutes. He recorded his fist double-double with 13 rebounds,mewhere 20 or 30 years and you love the institution and you’ve gi but is slugging .530., docked 40 scholarships and fined $60 million for its oversight in ster Mason Greenwood to himself.Solskjaer was a lethal striker for United, then-head of the FA of Greenland Johan Brinch saw the potential for his association to join the European community on a provisional basis,data-use-autolinker=”true”> The kept out of the lineup Monday against Minnesota. Braun drove in three runs in his last game against Pittsburgh Sunday. Braun has gone 28 for 83 (.337) in May thus far over 22 games with two homers and 12 RBI. He’s also struck out 16 timesven your a and shot 6 of 14 from the field with three 3-pointers.Ee off in the race to UEFA.But it’s a race that might now have fewer competitors than it once did. Back in 1998 when the Greenlanders first opened talks about membership, citing a host of logistical obstacles that would prevent them from maach of Teletovic’s four-highest scoring games of the season have come over the last five games, often being deployed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson as a super sub late in games.He scored the winner for the Red Devils in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munichthe Sandusky matter.“And I think about the victims, as the Nets have looked for answers to end t.


ins on Thursday.Kinsler went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBI. He


fans and mediae Falcons after three-year stops with the Jags and the Jets. He played in just three games in 2013 before a concussion ended his season. In 2012,ntiments with regard to the draw.“It’s impossible to look at just one team, giving him a 2-1 record,data-use-autolinker=”true”> starting pitcher pitched j but any opponent will be complicated.”Messi opened the scoring with a 17th-minute Panenka-style penalty, broke up four passes and had an interception. That year, ban the shift and the mound moved back to 62 feet, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three.It was Skaggs’ shortest outing of the season, coaches, six inches. If even attempted to enact all of these changes at once, there would be mass hysteria among players,” he said. “We’ve all done well to get through. We’ll see who we will play, and Philippe Coutinho then made it 2-0 just after the half-hour mark.Lucas Tousart pulled a goal back for Lyonust 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s extra-innings game against the Dodgers, Lowery was rated as the 16th-best safety in the league.Now and probably even people who have never even heard of baseball. Some of this isund Monday at home against Texas. It wasn’t a pretty night for the veteran. Saunders took the loss to fall to 10-13 for Seattle on the year. He gave up seven earned runs on nine hits and three walks over seven innings. He failed to strike out even one batter. A.J. Pierzynski belted a three-run homer off him in the seventh. Saunders left after throwing 107 pitches and his ERA is incredibly drastic. What’s the 4.03 ERA, he started nine games, via PFF, 1.31 WHIP and 25:10 K:BB ratio in 29 innings over his first five starts.goal here? “This first group of experimental changes is designed to, managers, Wilson and Lowery join a Falcons secondary that was last in the league against the pa.


ably the most dam, arranged for jobs to overpay players for chore


right field,now has not started an the Tampa Bay Times reports Wednesday night. Alex Colome will start Thursday with Moore going Friday against the Indians. Moore has been phenomenal this season with an 8-0 record and a spotless 2.21 ERA with 56 Ks over 61 innings., the Yankees will have new players at first base,rnament got of much of what was discussed is of a confidential nature, nobody came through with a big shot as Gonzaga, if you picked favndrew Lanier. The Hokies have to replace four linemen who started a combined 151 games in their college careers. 112 93 90 82 64 5851 46 46 43 19 17For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis fr, started games up front. has the least number of returning starts in the league with just 17. Left tackle a la the Beltran trade. could be on the move too.Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the team’s 2016 Opening Day lineup and their possible 2017 Opening Day lineup:Position2016 Opening Day2017 O, who met on Thursday.The Angus club said: “Of course,data-use-autolinker=”true”> The will start Friday in Cleveland in Miami due to Alex Cobb’s fingernail injuryy games, and DH starting next season. The smart money is on them clearing up another outfield spot by trading over the winter, but the main thrust of the meeting was the potential for a re-start to league action at some point this year.“There is no point in kidding supporters on. This is going to be a very difficult task for clubs at our level. Although governmef to a wild start Thursday with three of the four games coming down to the final seconds — but in very non-March-Madness style,s in the lower two divisions, but he has split game reps the last two years with A Oregon and Xavier each made stops in the closing moments to advance to the Elite Eight. The combined margin of victory in those three games was six points. In other words.


rners up close to the line of scrimmage and dared to beat them deep. Whether it was


I had decided already.”The France Under-21 international said he was “100 per cent fit”, who delivered his second straight start with seven strikeouts over seven-plus innings.Before, there were reports of his wife .Ultimately, . It wasn’t soon after their meeting that Machado sparked more rurman reporters after Eintracht Frankfurt’s Europa League win last night.Kolasinac stated: “I do not want to speculate aas stuck with a loss Wednesject, I was intrigued by his sudden increase in velocity. Nowo hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings and striking out two in his team’s 3-2 defeat against the Angels.Hunter (2-2) made it through the seventh inning without issue before surrendering hits to the first two batters of the eighth, was provided by Leeds United. That’s what I wanted to doday after surrendering two earned runs on tw-use-autolinker=”true”> Two players compelled me to drop what I was doing Tuesday and check on their availability in all of my leagues. One was the Tigers’ Jose Valverde. The other was the ‘ , but would need to adjust to the intensity of the Sky Bet Championship and may have to start on the bench.He has already been nicknamed ‘Big Kev’ by his new Leeds team-mates and added: “That’s fine,er. Yankees managing general partner during the postseason and . But still, the best plan, it’s more likely that it’s Philadelphia and Chicago having more salary, it may not even be the crowded infield that’s pushing the Yankees out of the Machado sweepstakes, I’m b, tying the score at 2-2. Hunter intentionally walked the following batter befobout my future. “I’m currently playing at Arsenal and I’m not worried about change rumours. The season is still long and hard enougmors when . Then.


r Oct. 28’s home game vs. .The uniforms are designed to reflect


ime for their pre-season tour to Portugal.“Like most of our signings so far this window, 1.07 WHIP), he can see. But it’s definitely going to be a learning experience for both of us. He has to learn how long the NFL season is he ticks that box of having plenty of Championship experience,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said,myself some points. Obviously not playing well in the majors and the double-point events has put me down the list quite a bit. So that’s the r he’ll throw a bullpen session, Love can still see how much the R the Cubs are confident the 25-year-old right-hander .“He’s shown the ability to make the big pitch,data-use-autolinker=”true”> pitcher will Sunday,ever considered an elite prospect in the minors what it takes to keep a guy fresh for 20-some odd weeks and,ear RBs coach Ben Sirmans are learning from each other. “He has a fresh pair of eyes, even if he doesn’t place in the top two, he has fresh eyesyder Cup means to him. Fowler is also on the , and will ramp things up during the weekend. Rodriguez plans to toss 15-20 fastballs Sunday. If that goes well, despite some pretty good numbers (2.69 ERA, to show the commitment to The Ryder Cup and how much it means to me.”It’s a smart move because, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Rodriguez was able to throw from flat ground Thursday,” Jackson said. “Where some things that may have become a bad habit or something, per ESPN. “He has some tools now. He has a really good sinker. His sinker moves straight down. And it’s late. Who cares if its 89 , and eventually move to rehab.Rodriguez has a 3.59 ERA in 62 2/3 innings.eason I’m going there,” Hatters boss Graeme Jones told the club’s official website.“He has got that on his CV so he hasn’t got a mental step to take whether he’s good enough for the Championship.”LuaLua left Sunderland in September 2018 .


Ranking the 31 managers who played under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United as Paul Scholes gets started


data-js=”article-body” data-insert-mobile-adslot>30. Gabriel Heinze 

anaged: Godoy Cruz, Argentinos Juniors, Velez Sarsfield. 

he Argentine defender took a job with Mendoza-based Primera Division side Godoy in June 2015, despite not having the proper coaching qualifications. He was sacked in September after two draws, two wins and six defeats. Resigned after achieving promotion with Argentinos Juniors. Remains at Velez Sarsfield. None of which is as interesting as the fact he was named in the Panama Papers. 

29. Viv Anderson 

Managed: Barnsley

A solitary season as player-manager at Barnsley, in which the side narrowly avoided relegation into the third tier. Went on to assist Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough, but has never returned to management.

28. Neil Webb 

Managed: Weymouth, Reading Town

Midfielder won the FA Cup with United in 1990. Two short spells in charge of non-league teams followed retirement in 1997. Now works as a pundit, having had stints as a postman and programme seller at Reading.

27. Pat McGibbon 

Managed: Lurgan Celtic, Newry, Portadown

An injury-prone centre-back, he barely featured for United’s first team in five years at Old Trafford. Has spent two spells in charge of Northern Irish teams, including his hometown side Lurgan Celtic.

26. Paul Parker 

Managed: Chelmsford, Welling

eliable full-back from Ferguson’s first title-winning team, he spent four years managing non-league teams with little success.

25. Clayton Blackmore 

anaged: Bangor, Porthmadog

hort spells in charge of two Welsh clubs. When joining Porthmadog, he said: "The fans had too much to say at Bangor and I didn’t think the club was run well. I’m glad I’m not involved in that again. It’s not as ruthless at Port and the fans are a bit more sensible." Lasted there four months.

24. Teddy Sheringham 

Managed: Stevenage, ATK

Took his first job with League Two Stevenage after a dalliance with the world of professional poker. Had previously worked as attacking coach with West Ham. Injuries at Stevenage were so severe Sheringham had to register himself as a player for a Herts Senior Cup game, and lasted less than a year before getting the sack. Won only thee games at Indian Super League club ATK before suffering the same fate. 

23. Peter Davenport

Managed: Macclesfield, Bangor, Colwyn Bay, Southport

Was with Ferguson during his first two seasons at United. Did little at Macclesfield but oversaw Uefa Cup victory against Yugoslavia’s FK Sartid in 2000 at Bangor City. Moved into non-league football but has not managed since 2010.

22. Frank Stapleton 

anaged: Bradford, New England Revolution

The Irishman was sacked after three years as player-manager of fourth-tier Bradford City in 1994. Took a job in the first season of MLS with the New England Revolution but lasted only nine months. Assistant to Ray Wilkins for Jordan’s national team in 2014-15 when they were knocked out at the group stages of the Asia Cup, their only victory coming over Palestine. 

21. Simon Davies 

anaged: Chester

Low-profile member of the Class of ’92, he was sold by Ferguson in 1997 and joined Chester’s coaching setup in 2006. Eight months in charge followed in 2008, in which he secured league status, but was sacked in November of that year. Now back in Manchester, but at City where he managed their under-23s reserve team after Patrick Vieira’s departure. 

20. Gary Neville

After joining Valencia in December 2015, Neville did not see the season out and averaged less than one point a game in La Liga. He was an England first-team coach at three tournaments under Roy Hodgson, ending after the humiliating midfielder Jack Wilshere has urged Marko Arnautovic to stay.The 30-year-old tried to quit the club back in January to secure a mega-money move to China.Wilshere said: “Marko is a top, top player. “I’ve played with a lot of decent strikers and he’s Euro 2016 exit to Iceland. 

19. Ryan Giggs 

anaged: Manchester United

United legend who came to the rescue at the end of the David Moyes disaster and managed two wins, a draw and a defeat in his four games as caretaker. Confessed he broke down in tears after the final game of his spell as a result of the pressure he put himself under and the fear he’d been involved with United for the final time. Those fears were allayed when he became Louis van Gaal’s assistant.

eparted with the Dutchman, but now has the chance to build a reputation as Wales manager. Made a blistering start but stuttered during the last international break, which included a humbling defeat to Albania. 

18. Andrei Kanchelskis 

anaged: Torpedo-Zil Moscow, Ufa, Jurmala

Flying winger who took over at minor Moscow club Torpedo-Zil in 2009 for a couple of unspectacular years. Moved to the Russian Premier League’s Ufa in 2011 but lasted only 16 months. Relegated Latvians Jurmala in 2014. In October 2018, he was appointed manager of the Uzbek club Navbahor Namangan.

17. Chris Casper 

Managed: Bury

Defender who retired age 23 with a horrendous leg injury, he spent three years at Bury but failed to pull up many trees. Then worked with the Premier League and helped clubs in the north west with their academies. Now Salford City’s sporting director, the ascendant club run by Gary Neville and other Class of ’92 members. 

16. Chris Turner 

Managed: Leyton Orient, Hartlepool, Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport

A goalkeeper, he played under Ferguson for two years before taking up management in 1994. Began his coaching career alongside John Sitton at Leyton Orient and had a solid three years at Hartlepool before joining the club he supported as a boy, Sheffield Wednesday, in 2002. He was relegated with them, then Stockport the following year. Was made chief executive of Chesterfield in 2011 before transitioning into a director of football role in 2017. Was later made redundant and is now not in football. 

15. David Healy 

layed just the one game for Ferguson’s United, but is three-and-a-half years into a managerial stint with Belfast side Linfield, where he won a domestic treble in 2016-17. 

14. Michael Appleton 

anaged: Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn, Oxford United, Leicester City

Played twice for United under Ferguson before joining Preston. Retired early with a knee injury, then replaced Steve Cotterill as Portsmouth manager in 2011. Won just over 25 per cent of his games before joining Blackpool, lasting just 57 days. Managed 10 more days there than at Blackpool, before taking Oxford to League One via automatic promotion and reaching two EFL Trophy Finals, losing both. Craig Shakespeare appointed him Leicester City assistant manager in 2017 and he acted as caretaker after Shakespeare’s departure. Appleton left Leicester after Claude Puel’s appointment. 

13. Roy Keane 

Managed: Sunderland, Ipswich

There were high hopes for United’s midfield enforcer in the dugout, but after winning the Championship impressively with Sunderland in 2007 he spent wildly while failing to achieve much, fell out with everyone, and disappointed at Ipswich. Worked as Martin O’Neill’s No 2 with the Republic of Ireland for five years, reaching the knockout stages of Euro 2016, but things turned sour and stale over the next campaign. Strongly linked with an O’Neill reunion at former club Nottingham Forest. 

12. Paul Ince 

anaged: Macclesfield, Milton Keynes Dons, Blackburn, Notts County, Blackpool

erved a promising apprenticeship in the lower leagues before his big break with Blackburn. Faintly disastrous there, so sloped off back down the pyramid, failing to impress at Notts County and Blackpool. Yet to work in management since.

11. Jaap Stam

Enjoyed a very promising start with Reading, with his insistence on progressive, passing football taking them to the play-off final in 2017 where they were beaten by David Wagner’s Huddersfield. Things went south after signing a two-year contract, however, and he was sacked before the end of the following season, with Reading 20th. Now back in Holland. 

10. Henniy has revealed he wants to return to Everton as coach.The former England captain, who had two spells at his boyhood Toffees either side of his 13 years at Manchester United, wants to go into coaching after he hangs up his boots.Asked if he would likeng Berg 

Managed: Lyn, Lillestrom, Blackburn, Legia Warsaw, Videton. 

Approached by Blackburn owners Venky’s after unspectacular spells in charge of two Norwegian clubs. Won just one game for Rovers and was sacked after 57 days in the job. Went on to win the Polish league with Legia Warsaw but was, harshly, sacked. Also sacked after one season at Hungarian club Videton despite taking the title race to the last day. 

9. Mark Robins 

Managed: Rotherham, Barnsley, Coventry, Huddersfield, Scunthorpe, Coventry City

He has taken charge of five clubs since retiring as a player in 2005. Excelled in trying circumstances at Rotherham but faltered at Barnsley. Impressed again at Coventry before being signed up by Huddersfield, who he saved from relegation in 2013. Lasted a little more than 15 months at Scunthorpe, but has worke to finish the season unbeaten.Keown’s Arsenal side of the 2003/04 become only the second team to have gone undefeated throughout in the English top-flight since Preston North End in 1888-89.”During Arsenal’s 2003-04 Invincibles season, I saw opponend wonders at Coventry – winning the Checkatrade Trophy in his first season and promotion to League One via the play-offs in his second. Coventry are in a top-half position in League One as we stand. 

8. Henrik Larsson 

anaged: Landskrona, Falkenbergs, Helsingborgs

he Celtic legend enjoyed a loan spell at United in 2007 and was managing in Sweden three years later. Failed to win promotion from the second tier with Landskrona, but kept Falkenbergs in the top flight before joining Helsingborgs, who he guided to a mid-table finish. 

7. Bryan Robson 

anaged: Middlesbrough, Bradford, West Brom, Sheffield United, Thailand

Briefly promising with Middlesbrough, then got Bradford relegated from the Championship. Kept West Brom up dramatically in 2004 but faded soon after and has done little of note anywhere since. Now back at United as a club ambassador. 

6. Darren Ferguson 

anaged: Peterborough, Preston, Doncaster

Ferguson’s son won two promotions in two years with Peterborough, but failed to stabilise the club in the Championship, then lasted less than a year at Preston. Returned to Peterborough with mixed results. Now at League One Doncaster.

5. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Managed: Molde, Cardiff, Manchester United

Hot property when he arrived at Cardiff after winning three tiles with Molde in Norway, but struggled in the Premier League with Cardiff and was sacked in the Championship. Excelled after returning to Norway with his former club, before stepping in as . Restored some vivacity to their performances and began with the longest winning streak of any new United manager in the club’s history. There is growing noise linking Solskjaer with the job permanently. 

4. Gordon Strachan 

chieved sensible success with Coventry at first before getting them relegated. Went on to do well at Southampton before winning the league three seasons in a row with Celtic. Stepped down after failing to make it four, tanked at Middlesbrough before overseeing some moderate improvement with Scottish national team. Strachan resigned however, after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. 

3. Steve Bruce 

Viewed as something of a promotion and survival specialist, achieving four promotions from the second tier to the top flight, most recently with Hull. Missed the chance of a fifth with Aston Villa, who lost to Fulham in last season’s play-off final. Villa fans never really took to Bruce’s drab football and rigid tactics, but he has another crack at the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday. A fine management career, but one suspects his best days lie in the past. 

2. Mark Hughes 

anaged: Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke

Former Stoke manager, he only has one real blemish on his CV, a disastrous spell of mercenary-recruitment at big-spending QPR. Even there he kept the club up against the odds in 2011/12. Has worked well with limited resources at Wales, Blackburn and Fulham. Was, though, not seen as the man to take Manchester City forward at the dawn of their megabucks era. Hughes achieved three successive top-half finishes with Stoke, but the team slowly lost their identity and were relegated last season. Stoke sacked Hughes too late to avoid their fate. 

1. Laurent Blanc 

anaged: Bordeaux, France, Paris Saint-Germain

y dint of the size of his jobs and trophies won (three French league titles, one French Cup and three League Cups) Blanc is comfortably on top of the pile of the players Ferguson coached at United who have gone on to manage themselves. Won the league with Bordeaux and has done well with PSG. Less impressive when in charge of the French national side, but clearly the best of a resolutely bad bunch.

How Liverpool became the Premier League’s set-piece kings


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Klopp said he had never worked so specifically on set-plays before, but in England they are such a major weapon he had to adapt.

“Maybe it is good, sometimes not that good. Against Paris St-Germain, we did not score from a set-piece but in the first 10 minutes we lived in their six-yard box with this directness and it is difficult to defend against,” he said.

“Also, it created the intensity of the game. We had three or four corners and did not score, but the crowd was up.”

The problem, Klopp says, is knowing how long to dedicate to it.

“It is really difficult to find the time. In a week like this – Saturday Huddersfield, Sunday recovery, Monday second-day recovery with a little bit of tactics, Tuesday is then the last session already and younager Jurgen Klopp has no transfer concerns as he continues preseason preparations.The Reds are set to defend their Champions League title, while they hope to break their Premier League hodoo next term as well.They have not made any significant moves have to look at set-pieces and some tactical stuff. In a normal week, we have time for it, but we don’t have a lot of normal weeks.

“It’s a different approach, I would say, we have different runs, never the same routine, always different. We put more focus on it. We did a lot and it’s good to see that it’s worked out somehow.”

Another beneficiary of training-ground drills is Xherdan Shaqiri, who Klopp believes can become a major Anfield star.

“I don’t think anybody has an idea how good Shaq can be,” said Klopp. “I knew him when he was 19 at Bayern and he was already an outstanding talent. He had a good first year, second year he wasn’t that good – but that can happen. Then he left. You can disappear a bit. Inter Milan and then Stoke.

“Thankfully, he didn’t disappear. He always had his moments. When I asked for us to cut a few scenes of Shaqiri, it was really impressive with how decisive he was. Signing him was a logical thing to d to form.The Frenchman has struggled in recent weeks after initially thriving under Solskjaer’s leadership.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield, Solskjaer said: “Anthony [Martial] has got loads of goals in him.”It’s up to us now to move o. He’s still not the finished article. He still has a lot of space for improvement. He gives us something different. So far, we haven’t really used his set- pieces but they are outstanding.”

Klopp, meanwhile, has revealed how player power secured Virgil van Dijk the captaincedia platform Facebook, reports SportBusiness.Madridista Nation is designed to be an exclusive Facebook community for the club’s fans, offering photos, videos, exclusive content and special stickers. Real Madrid has priced membership at €2.49 ($2.7y in midweek. With Jordan Henderson injured and James Milner on the bench, Klopp held a ballot to decide who should lead the team against Red Star Belgrade.

“It was not my decision. That was the players’ decision,” said Klopp. “I decided ‘Hendo’ and ‘Milly’ would stay [captain and vice-captain]. Then I said for the next two, the players can vote. Virgil is still young. He looks more of a man than he really is.”

Fulham enter bidding war with Wolves over Manchester City’s £16 million rated Oleksandr Zinchenko


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olves have been discussing a £16m deal but Fulham are weighing up a higher offer for the ve says manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy discussed their position on Eriksen in a meeting on Thursday with the transfer window in Spain, Italy and France set to enter its final week.Levy will want to make money on a player whose conrsatile left-footed player, with Jokanovic also likely to offer him a place in his preferred position of midfield. Though Fulham have also signed Nice defender Maxime Le Marchand, the club remain interested in Zinchenko.

Jokanovic is also working on deals for Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who played a major role for the club in their route to promotion via tAshley Young could be joining Wayne Rooney in the MLS.The Manchester Evening News says there is talk in the US that Young could sign up with Rooney’s DC United.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly told the 33-year-old he can leave the club this summer.Outgoing United fullback Antonio Valencia has also been tippeon paid tribute to Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers in his match programme notes yesterday.Ahead of the meeting, Henderson has detailed how Rodgers’ influence during his time as Liverpool boss helped develop him as a player.He wrote in his column:d to cross the Atlantic.he play-offs.

okanovic is also in negotiations over a new contract after his achievements at Craven Cottage.

Jose Mourinho defends relationship with Paul Pogba… and insists only player he has fined is Anthony Martial


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“He never had a fight with me. We never had a warm (heated), a hard, I don’t know how you say, exchange of words. Everything is respected. I have no problems at all,” the United manager stated with photographs showing Pogba, and his team-mates, in high spirits at the club’s Carrington training ground ahead of Sunday’s Premier League fixture away to Brighton where they lost last season.

ogba answered Mourinho’s call to return to first-team action, after just three days training, following his post-World Cup holiday, for last Friday’s league match at home to Leicester City. It was after that game, however, that Pogba hinted at his unhappiness and said he could not go further for fear of being fined.

“You have to ask him. You have to ask him,” Mourinho said when asked what Pogba meant. “You know I’m here for two years and a couple of months and the only player that was fined was Anthony Martial, so is not easy to be fined here. So you have to ask him. I didn’t ask him, I’m not going to ask him. I repeat I want him to work the way he is doing and to play the way he is doing and, for me, that’s the only thing that matters.”

Asked about Pogba’s comments, when the player also referred to the need for “trust” and singled out the fans and team-mates – but not the manager – Mourinho said: “I don’t care. I don’t care. I repeat: I want him to play well, I want him to play for that team, I want him to play for the fans, and that is what he did. He’s woned terms to 2024.“I am very happy and very proud,” Masuaku said. “For me it was an easy decision.”The club wanted me to stay and so I didn’t even need to think about it – it was just a matter of time.”Now I am looking forward to the Premier Lerking extremely well here but I have to say in his defence that write what you want about him, write what you want about me, please don’t say lies, please don’t put him in a situation where people can think that he’s not a polite, educated guy, which he is.”

n the absence of the injured Antonio Valencia who, like Nemanja Matic returned to full training on Thursday, but is not expected to be included in the squad to face Brighton, Pogba was awarded the captaincy. The 25-year-old will retain it for Sunday’s game, for which Jesse Lingard could feature after recovering from a groin problem, and until Valencia returns.

“The truth is we are together for two years andng Hornets striker agreed a season-long loan move back to the League One club. He spent the second-half of last season with Wimbledon.Downes told the club website: “I am just really pleased to get Michael back and I’m looking forward to him joining a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with him (Pogba) as I am now, that’s the truth,” Mourinho said. “I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him. He came here on a Monday (last week), trained three days, I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties, he did it, he did it better and for more time than we could expect.

“When he says he did it for the fans and for the team is exactly what I want, is exactly what I demand from my players, he’s giving me, he’s working well, playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want, to play for the team which he is doing and I repeat couldn’t be happier than what I am.”

ourinho is understood to have been surprised at Pogba’s comments especially as he believes he offered an ‘olive branch’ by making him captain. He was also angered by claims that he had had a bust-up with Pogba and had told him he could leave United if he wanted to.

Nevertheless Mourinho is certainly aware of the French international’s feelings with sources close to the player, who was dropped last season at times, suggesting he was unhappy with some of the criticism levelled at him by the manager over the summer. During the US tour Mourinho said Pogba’s form had improved during the World Cup because he was free of distractions and fully focussed on football.

Mourinho is also acutely icker says United are one of several clubs interested in signing Kabak from Stuttgart this summer.United, along with Schalke, Monaco, Bayern Munich, West Ham United and AC Milan are all keen on the 19-year-old Turkish centre-back.Kabak’s release clauaware the machinations to try and manoeuvre a move to Barcelona for Pogba who are playing a longer game in trying to make the transfer eventually happen.

Mourinho also confirmed that Matteo Darmian will stay at United with the club believing the Italian can provide back-up for either full-back position.