Nemanja Matic: Chelsea team ‘together’ and working hard to make situation better

first_img The champions slipped to 16th on Saturday as they succumbed to a third straight league defeat and seventh of the season, going down 1-0 at Stoke. Three days on from the 2-1 Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev, it turned the heat up once again on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who was unable to attend Saturday’s contest due to a one-match stadium ban. “I think the table is not realistic now because I think Chelsea deserve more. We will try to recover points which we lost up to now.” Mourinho was left in the team hotel when his side headed to the Britannia Stadium, and Matic felt the Portuguese had done a good job of preparing the players in the time he had to do so. “He prepared before the game in the last couple of training sessions which we had after the Dynamo game,” Matic said. “He prepared everything, at Cobham especially, and we knew what we had to do. “I think we did our job well – there was only the one situation where Stoke scored the goal, and they were lucky to score it.” Mourinho’s assistants Steve Holland and Rui Faria were overseeing things from the touchline as Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic settled Saturday’s game with a 53rd-minute volley. Press Association But while it was another bad result in the London outfit’s grim campaign that left their manager’s future looking more uncertain than ever, Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has expressed his belief the performance showed the players are working hard for Mourinho in a bid to turn things around. And that sentiment has been echoed by Matic, who said: “I think in the last two games we played good football, but have been unlucky. “I don’t want to say that we have played well in all games this season – of course, there were some where we deserved to lose. “But (on Saturday) I think this was not the case and we deserved more. “What is going well is that the team is together, everyone understands the situation we are in and we will try to be more together and work hard to make this situation better. “In this moment, we haven’t had the luck to change something to make it better for us, but I hope in the future we will.” The 27-year-old Serbia international added: “We are not used to being in this position, but we don’t look a lot at the table. “Last season, when we were champions, for the first 10 or 15 games we also did not look at the table – we just tried to take things game by game and collect as many points as possible. Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues are “together” and not focusing on the Barclays Premier League table that sees them lying just three points above the relegation zone after 12 games. last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgLouisville recruit killed in shootingORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a high school football star who had signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Louisville was fatally shot late Saturday night.Orlando police say Dexter Rentz Jr. was the only one killed when four people were shot in a crime called in to authorities shortly after 11 p.m.The senior wide receiver planned to play for Louisville next season. As a sophomore in 2017, he set a state record when he intercepted five passes in a single game.In a radio interview last year, he said his goal was to grow as a leader and help other “young guys see that there’s more to it than football.” The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because negotiations were ongoing.Winston passed for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns last season but also threw 30 interceptions. Tampa Bay has replaced Winston with ex-Patriots QB Tom Brady.Meanwhile, the Saints says reserve QB Taysom Hill has a new two-year contract.In other NFL news:— Seattle Seahawks veteran offensive lineman D.J. Fluker said he has been released by the team after two seasons as their starting right guard. Fluker posted on Twitter that he had been informed by coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider of the decision. The move came two days after Seattle drafted Fluker’s heir apparent in LSU guard Damien Lewis in the third round of the NFL draft. Seattle has also added several interior offensive linemen this offseason, including B.J. Finney, Kahlil McKenzie and Chance Warmack. The move with Fluker will save Seattle about $3.6 million against the salary cap. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-NEMBHARDNembhard declares for draft againGAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guards Andrew Nembhard and Tre Mann have declared for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school.The Gators made the announcement on the final day underclassmen had to decide on their futures.Nembhard hired an NCAA-certified agent so he can retain his college eligibility and potentially return to school. He returned last year after not getting invited to the NBA scouting combine.The sophomore averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 2019-20. Mann, a freshman, averaged 5.3 points off the bench. NFL DRAFT-TV RATINGSNFL draft averages record 8.4M viewers across 3 daysUNDATED (AP) — Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days. It also ended up being must-see TV as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a halt.The draft averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days, according to the NFL and Nielsen.The previous high was 6.2 million last year SANTA ANITA-FATALITYARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 2-year-old colt has died after what’s being called an accident at Santa Anita, making it the 12th fatality at the Southern California track since late December.Last Renegade had yet to make his racing debut for trainer Peter Eurton. According to the California Horse Racing Board website, the colt died Friday. No further details were provided. A required necropsy is pending.The track in Arcadia has been closed for racing since March 27 by order of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, horses are allowed to train.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told teams last week he was suspending non-player personnel contracts on May 1. Many teams agreed to pay employees through May.Baseball has been shut down since March 12 and the start of the season remains unclear.NASCAR-NEWMAN RETURNRyan Newman says he’ll be ready to raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman says he will be ready to race when NASCAR resumes competition. Newman suffered a head injury in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. The Indiana native spent less than 48 hours in the hospital before walking out holding hands with his two daughters.Ross Chastain drove the No. 6 Ford in place of Newman for three races before the NASCAR season was suspended March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic.Newman said Sunday on Fox Sports he will be ready to race when NASCAR calls drivers back to the track. NASCAR says Newman still must be medically cleared. NASCAR-VIRTUAL RACINGJeff Gordon ‘crashes’ in first iRace MLB-CLEVELAND-FURLOUGHSIndians to furlough some employeesCLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will pay regular salaries to full-time employees through June 30, but the club has had to furlough others due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The team said senior executives took “voluntary salary reductions” to ensure the team could continue to pay staffers. The Indians confirmed they have furloughed many of their part-time employees and interns. Those will take effect on May 1.The Indians are one of the few teams to guarantee full-time workers their salaries through June. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SAINTS-WINSTONAP source: Saints, Winston in ‘advanced’ negotiationsNEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Jameis Winston are working on a contract proposal to make the former Buccaneers starter a backup to Drew Brees. The person says the Saints and Winston are in “advanced” talks. Nembhard’s decision comes after two other Florida starters — guard Scottie Lewis and forward Keyontae Johnson — decided to stay in school.The Gators seem to be equipped to handle both potential departures. They have Ques Glover and former Cleveland State standout Tyree Appleby to play the point next season.In other college basketball news:— San Diego State forward Matt Mitchell has declared for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school. The Aztecs made the announcement on the final day underclassmen had to decide on their futures.  The school says Mitchell did not hire an agent, allowing him to maintain his collegiate eligibility.  Mitchell has until June 3 to withdraw his name from draft consideration and return to SDSU for his final season.  Mitchell started the season as the sixth man but started the final 19 games. He was named to the All-Mountain West first team.VIRUS OUTBREAK-CUOMO-BASEBALL Associated Press April 26, 2020 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman scored his first iRacing victory of NASCAR’s invitational series by holding off Corey LaJoie and Ryan Preece in a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish at virtual Talladega.The victory is the third consecutive for Hendrick Motorsports, which got back-to-back wins from William Byron headed into Sunday’s esports event.Garrett Smithley finished fourth and Landon Cassill fifth as less-heralded drivers continue to use the iRacing platform to gain attention. Byron and Brennan Poole were sixth and seventh as Chevrolet drivers claimed six of the top seven spots.Jeff Gordon made his iRacing debut but crashed.HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER KILLED Governor envisions baseball without fans this seasonNEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he can envision baseball games being played without fans this summer at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field.The Democrat said “Be creative. Try to figure it out,” during his briefing Sunday. Adding that if players could get paid more than staying home and owners would get some revenue versus total shutdown, why not? He’d love to watch.Cuomo says he has spoken with owners of professional sports teams, but he did not identify which ones. They would have to make the economics work without gate revenue but with broadcast revenue.Cuomo said that everybody has to think outside the box, because there is no box. VIRUS OUTBREAK-BULL RIDINGBull Riding resumes, but no fansGUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA (AP) — The Professional Bull Riders returned from a 41-day break this weekend in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for an Unleash The Beast event originally scheduled for Las Vegas. The two-day competition at Lazy E Arena was closed to fans to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Fabiano Vieira won the competition with the only 3-for-3 performance. The 37-year-old Brazilian earned $11,000 and 104 points to jump from 14th to ninth in the season standings.The PBR also plans to stage two-day events at the Lazy E on May 9-10 and 16-17.VIRUS OUTBREAK-ITALY Italian sports to resume training soonUNDATED (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has announced that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18.The move means that the Serie A soccer league could resume playing games in June.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.Conte also said that athletes in individual sports can resume training on May 4. Update on the latest in sports:last_img read more

Boys soccer Lakers blank Oneonta, reach state final four

first_imgOne big difference was that, in those previous games, the Lakers went in front during the first half and then protected that slim margin for a long while. With Oneonta, the decisive tally would have to wait.With a helping wind, Skaneateles controlled the game’s first 20 minutes, constantly pressuring and earning a series of corner kicks without converting them.Gradually, the Yellowjackets, unaccustomed to playing games on Field Turf, got more comfortable with the surface and increased its possession time as the half wore on. Aside from a flurry in front of the net in the final minutes, Oneonta had to feel good about where things stood as it went to the break 0-0. And once it gained the wind advantage, the Yellowjackets applied heavy pressure early in the second half. Like they had done so many times, though, back-line players Alex Arefyev, Will Pinckney, Andrew Moss and Gavin Cheney kept their cool and turned chances away.Ultimately, the game turned on a single sequence near the midway point. A series of passes left Oneonta’s Dylan Davi point-blank in front of goalkeeper Andrew Neumann, but Neumann made a terrific diving stop.Barely a minute later, the Lakers worked the ball to the left corner and then crossed it. when Yellowjackets goalie Brad Morell could not hold on to it, the ball rebounded to Owen Cheney, who slid it inside the right post.For the last 20 minutes, Skaneateles worked well on both ends of the field, showing how to keep a slim lead, once it was attained, and securing its place at Middletown High School for the state final four.Four years have passed since the Lakers were last in the state semifinals before a defeat to Plattsburgh. Now Skaneateles, who rose from a no. 6 seed to earn the sectional title, have made it back.Once at Middletown, while trying to match its 2010 run to the state title, the Lakers will meet undefeated, state no. 1-ranked Bath Haverling (Section V) in the state semifinals Saturday at 1:45. The winner goes to the final Sunday at 3 p.m. against Schuylerville (Section II) or Center Moriches (Section XI).Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: boys soccerskaneatelescenter_img Whether it was fully expected or a bit ahead of schedule, the same truth remains for the Skaneateles boys soccer team – that through lots of hard work and a bit of good fortune, it has made its way to the final weekend of the 2019 season.the Lakers’ tough 1-0 victory over Section IV champion Oneonta in Saturday’s regional final at Liverpool High School Stadium featured so many of the features that have carried it through the post-season – a strong, complete effort on defense and an opportunism that produced all the offense it needed.Three different times in these playoffs, Skaneateles has won 1-0 decisions, doing so over Marcellus and Clinton in consecutive sectional rounds before it did the same with the 16-2, state no. 5-ranked Yellowjackets.last_img read more

Trojans continue their sliding ways in Pullman

first_imgBy the time Washington State right fielder Derek Jones flied out to end the eighth inning Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash., the damage had been done —w both by Jones and the Cougars (31-18, 14-10).Washington State beat USC 8-2 to complete its first ever three-game sweep of the Trojans (25-31, 5-19).Down and out · USC senior righthander Kevin Couture has been unable to earn a win over his last three starts despite pitching superbly. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan Jones contributed a career weekend, blasting three home runs, knocking 11 RBI and scoring five runs.For the Cougars, it was all about the big inning.Four times they scored five runs or more: six runs in their first at bat of the series, 10 more in the fifth inning of the 20-7 rout Friday night, 11 tallies in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 18-4 beat-down and five runs before Jones’ flyout Sunday.Saturday’s fourth inning was also a career inning for Jones. He began the 11-run onslaught with a two-run homer off the right field foul pole. And when the Cougars batted around, Jones ended the inning’s scoring. Jones launched Logan Odom’s 2-2 offering to centerfield for a grand slam.In a series that featured Washington State’s largest margin of victory over USC (14), the most runs the Cougars have scored against USC (20) and the most runs scored all-time in a three-game series against USC (46), one of the few bright spots was the pitching of senior starter Kevin Couture on Sunday.After struggling through much of the season, Couture seems to have put it all together for the final stretch, compiling a 2.00 ERA in his last four appearances — too bad he can’t seem to get any run support.Over his last three starts, Couture has pitched 17 innings, allowing only four runs on 14 hits while striking out 15 batters. Yet, he sports a 0-2 record with a no decision because of USC’s inability to put runs on the board.Against Washington State, the right-hander gave his team a chance to win, pitching six innings and striking out six and allowing only two runs. But for the third straight time in his starts, the USC offense provided Couture only one run.Jones hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. They added a run in the seventh inning before putting the game out of reach with the five-run eighth inning against the depleted Trojans’ bullpen.Senior outfielder Mike O’Neill capped a strong week of hitting with his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. He recorded a pair of hits and scored Matt Hart with a RBI-single in the eighth inning. Infielder Hart, a junior transfer who spent his freshman season at Washington State, also notched a pair of hits in only his second start in the last month.With a 5-19 conference record, the Trojans are assured of finishing last in the Pac-10 for the second time in Chad Kreuter’s four-year tenure and only the third time in the last 75 years.USC started off the week with a promising bounce back after the heartbreaking loss in the UCLA series finale. Facing a hard-hitting New Mexico State (36-21-1) squad that averages over 10.5 runs per game, the Trojans held the Aggies to 11 runs in a two-game sweep. In both games, USC won in dramatic fashion in its final at-bat.Tuesday night, a five-run seventh inning by New Mexico State tied the game 8-8 until the bottom of the 11th inning when sophomore infielder Ricky Oropesa deposited a pitch beyond the right-field fence for a walk-off home run. Senior Shuhei Fujiya picked up the win after throwing four and one-third scoreless innings.Determined not to let Oropesa beat them a second straight day, the Aggies intentionally walked the left-handed slugger in the bottom of the eighth inning with a 3-2 lead and the tying run on second base. But senior outfielder Keith Castillo made them pay with a RBI-single through the right side.Sophomore outfielder Matt Foat drove home the winning run with a single to center field, and sophomore catcher Kevin Roundtree pushed across an insurance run with a groundout. Sophomore reliever Brad Douthit collected the win after pitching three scoreless innings.The Trojans will complete their season with four home games this week.last_img read more

Ex-Olympic veterinarian in Tahoe area guilty of tax evasion

first_img COMMENT Written By Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 08:24 IST Ex-Olympic Veterinarian In Tahoe Area Guilty Of Tax Evasion A Lake Tahoe-area veterinarian and former professor at the University of California, Davis who oversaw treatment of horses at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US A Lake Tahoe-area veterinarian and former professor at the University of California, Davis who oversaw treatment of horses at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion.The U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento says 63-year-old Jack Ray Snyder of Truckee, California admitted he under-reported nearly $350,000 in income from 2011-14. More than $212,000 of that was due for the 2011 tax year.Prosecutors say Snyder took deductions that weren’t allowed and endorsed outside client payment checks to directly pay credit card bills.A federal grand jury indicted him in 2018 on eight counts of tax evasion and filing false tax returns. He intended to enter a guilty plea in July but U.S. District Judge William Shubb refused to accept the plea agreement.As part of a new plea deal, prosecutors say he pleaded guilty last week to a single count of tax evasion. He faces up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine at his Nov. 16 sentencing before Judge Shubb in federal court in Sacramento.Prosecutors say the judge will determine the appropriate penalty based on a number of sentencing guidelines.Image credits: AP center_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 1st September, 2020 08:24 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

CDC reports increase in the flu nationally

first_imgMortality Surveillance:The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was 6.7% for the week ending December 16, 2017 (week 50). This percentage is below the epidemic threshold of 6.9% for week 50 in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System. The Center for Disease in Atlanta has reported that Influenza activity increased sharply in the last week of December. The number of jurisdictions experiencing high activity went from 21 states to 26 states and New York City, and the number of states reporting widespread activity went from 36 to 46. Influenza-like illness went from 4.9% to 5.8%. ‎These indicators are similar to what was seen at the peak of the 2014-2015 season, which was the most severe season in recent years. Typically, severity indicators (e.g., hospitalization rates) lag behind activity indicators (ILI and geographic spread). CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination as flu viruses are likely to continue circulating for weeks. In addition, in the context of widespread influenza activity, CDC is reminding clinicians and the public about the importance of antiviral medications for treatment of influenza in people who are severely ill and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications.Below is a summary of the key flu indicators for the week ending December 30, 2017 (week 52):Influenza-like Illness Surveillance: For the week ending December 30, the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 5.8%, which is above the national baseline of 2.2%. All 10 regions reported a proportion of outpatient visits for ILI at or above their region-specific baseline levels. ILI has been at or above the national baseline for six weeks so far this season. During recent seasons, ILI has remained at or above baseline for 13 weeks on average.Influenza-like Illness State Activity Indicator Map: New York City and 26 states experienced high ILI activity (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia). Puerto Rico and nine states (Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wyoming) experienced moderate ILI activity. The District of Columbia and six states (Florida, Minnesota, New York, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin) experienced low ILI activity. Nine states experienced minimal ILI activity (Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Vermont).Geographic Spread of Influenza Viruses: Widespread influenza activity was reported by 46 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming). Regional influenza activity was reported by 4 states (Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, and New Jersey). Local influenza activity was reported by the District of Columbia. Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands did not report. Geographic spread data show how many areas within a state or territory are seeing flu activity.Flu-Associated Hospitalizations: Since October 1, 2017, 3,927 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported through the Influenza Hospitalization Network (FluSurv-NET), a population-based surveillance network for laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations. This translates to a cumulative overall rate of 13.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the United States.The highest hospitalization rates are among people 65 years and older (56.6 per 100,000), followed by adults aged 50-64 years (15.4 per 100,000), and children younger than 5 years (9.9 per 100,000). During most seasons, children younger than 5 years and adults 65 years and older have the highest hospitalization rates.last_img read more

Codere appoints ‘transformation pro’ Luis Sanchez Serrano to lead digitisation strategy

first_img Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Share Bolsa Madrid gambling group Codere SA has confirmed the appointment of Luis Sanchez Serrano as new Corporate Director for Technology and Digitisation.A fresh face to the gambling sector, Sanchez Serrano is a 23-year veteran of the Spanish financial services industry, having led technology and innovation divisions for Liberbank, Bankinter and Banco Espirito Santo Portugal.Moving forward the executive will be a key stakeholder in Codere’s planned ‘corporate transformation programme’, which sees the legacy Spanish gambling group move to overhaul its technical and operating capacities for Spain and LATAM markets.Sanchez Serrano will report directly to Codere Group CEO Vicente Di Loreto who underlined the importance of the appointment, with Codere’s executive team securing an expert in leading large-scale multi-national digitisation and innovation programmes.“Luis strengthens our team and consolidates the strategy of change and transformation undertaken in our group to continue fulfilling our commitment with the client and with the creation of value,” said Di Loreto.The Spanish tech executive joins Codere leadership at a ‘critical time’ for the embattled Bolsa Madrid gambling group, which seeks to raise €200 million in working capital to fund its corporate recovery initiatives.This June, Codere governance appointed investment bank Credit Suisse to lead its corporate refinancing options and further reviewing South American options with the aim of funding expansion projects within Mexico. StumbleUpon Submit Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 Related Articles Share Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020last_img read more

IBAS issues dispute guidance on season long bets

first_img bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook despite dire opening  May 4, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Submit IBIA – MGA must adopt coherent approach on sports betting customer disputes   July 21, 2020 Related Articles Betgenius – Euro 2020: Agile trading approach holds key to live betting growth this summer February 10, 2020 Betting adjudication services provider IBAS has revealed that April was its ‘second busiest month ever’, as punters used its alternative dispute services to make claims on historic wagers.A busy IBAS detailed that it had received significant requests from punters seeking information on how bookmakers should settle ‘season-long football bets’ following the abrupt postponement of 2020’s sports calendar.Acknowledging unique complexities as governing bodies take different approaches to concluding league proceedings, IBAS advises bookmakers to ‘to find the rule or term that was already in place that best fits these unprecedented circumstances’.With regards to settling season bets, IBAS stressed that it is not going to pass judgement on whether leagues or governing bodies have reached a fair decision.“What matters to us is whether bets are settled fairly, consistently and sensibly, using pre-existing applicable rules or common sense if no applicable rules existed,” it said in a statement.Providing the industry’s leading betting adjudication service, IBAS provides the following guidance to betting punters who are holding season-long bets and who may use its services.Punters should review the bookmaker rules which govern the ‘settlement of a bet‘ and the rules that were in place ‘when the bet was struck‘Should a bookmaker fail to have rules to deal with the specific situation, IBAS will consider whether settlement decisions appear fair in the context of each league’s official decision and other terms the bookmaker holds that might be applicable to solving the disputeAny decisions made about the fairness of bet settlement will concern the company’s overall settlement of marketsIBAS does not adjudicate on decisions made by football leagues or governing bodies. Its dispute services don’t judge whether it is ‘right or fair’ to cancel a league or to complete under alternative arrangements – “What matters to us is how each bookmaker has responded to those official decisions”Players must be patient using IBAS services once all compliant processes have been exhausted. IBAS adjudicates on disputes which arose anytime within the previous 12 monthsThe IBAS statement added: “Whatever decisions are taken will almost inevitably disappoint some people holding season-long bets involving these leagues. When decisions have been made and are confirmed, we are likely to face a sharp spike in the number of calls and emails when IBAS and most bookmaker customer service departments are dealing with reduced capacity and untypical working arrangements.”last_img read more

LeBron, Lakers run away from Cavs after halftime for 9th straight win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAfter an uninspired start, the Lakers restored order in a hurry for a 128-99 victory over a plucky Cleveland squad at Staples Center. In the second half, the Lakers shot 64.4 percent from the field (29 for 45) and put up 81 points – the franchise’s most in any half since a Nov. 17, 1987 game against Portland.“The second half, once we felt like we got the game under control, then everybody starts feeling confident,” Vogel said. “We try to preach pace … and it came around.”LeBron James was back on the court after missing the Lakers’ victory in Oklahoma City because he wasn’t feeling well. On Monday, he finished with a game-high 31 points and eight assists – the third of which pushed him past Isiah Thomas (9,061 assists) for sole possession of eighth place on the NBA’s all-time assists list.With Davis still feeling the effects of a scary fall last week, Dwight Howard served as James’ sidekick Monday: Howard scored a season-high 21 points, going 9 for 11 from the floor, and grabbed a season-best 15 rebounds.“I don’t look at the stat sheet, I’m just happy to be out there playing basketball,” Howard said. “Playing in L.A. has been such a blessing for me and I cherish every single moment. So when I walk on the floor, can’t do nothing but give 135 percent and have fun in the process.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img On the fun front, with 3:58 left in the game and the crowd urging him on, Howard drilled his third 3-pointer (on five attempts) this season.“They’ve been shooting better than me,” Lakers shooting guard Danny Green, a career 40.3 percent 3-point shooter, said of Howard and fellow center JaVale McGee, who are shooting 60 percent and 66.7 percent, respectively. “I’m gonna get some tips from them.”The Lakers (33-7) weren’t having such a good time early. After scoring just 21 first-quarter points, they fell behind by as many 14 points in the second quarter. But a 9-2 spurt in the span of about a minute and a half – featuring an arching 3-pointer and nifty 4-foot floater from veteran reserve Jared Dudley – cut Cleveland’s lead to 39-32.“Well, he’s not gonna get to the rim,” surmised James, evaluating Dudley’s floater game. “He knows his game; he’s gonna shoot 3s and he’s gonna shoot floaters. He has great touch – and we needed that, too.”The Lakers kept chipping away, finishing the half trailing by only one point and promptly taking their first lead on their first shot of the second half, a floater from Green that made it 49-48.Six minutes later, their lead was 10 points. They got it to 72-60 on a behind-the-back give-and-go in transition, with McGee returning the ball to James for a serious slam with 4:05 to go in the third quarter,And then the Lakers had a 14-point lead of their own when Quinn Cook buried a 3-pointer with 2:20 to go in the third quarter.Related Articles The advantage only increased thereafter. James stepped on the gas to make sure of it. He charged in for reverse layups, lofted up deep 3-pointers and cut across the lane for fallaway jumpers as he danced his way to 23 second-half points.The Lakers continued to pour it on in the final period, when they outscored the Cavs 44-29.Six Lakers finished in double figures, including Avery Bradley, who contributed 12 points (including nine of the Lakers’ first 15). Kyle Kuzma added 11 and Alex Caruso and Green both had 10.For Cleveland (12-28), former UCLA star Kevin Love led all five starters in double figures with 21 points and 11 rebounds.Tristan Thompson turned in a professional effort, often guarding his former teammate James and finishing with 17 points (on 8-for-11 shooting) and 10 rebounds.“We had a lot of battles in practice before, too,” said James, recalling past scrimmage battles while both he and Thompson were Cavs teammates. “Double-T is definitely a great defender, being able to guard bigs, guard smalls and things of that nature. You just gotta try to be very decisive with your moves and don’t play around with the ball too much – and be able to finish.” PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James tosses powder in the air as teammates watch prior to an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers center Dwight Howard hangs on the basket as he dunks during the first half of Monday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, right, shoots as Lakers center JaVale McGee, led, defends as forward LeBron James watches during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Cavaliers forward Kevin Love defends during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr., right, shoots as Lakers guard Alex Caruso defends during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers center Dwight Howard dunks as Cavaliers guard Dante Exum watches from behind during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his dunk during the first half of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles past Darius Garland #10 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: John Henson #31 and Alfonzo McKinnie #28 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defend against the dribble of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles into the defense of Alfonzo McKinnie #28 and Cedi Osman #16 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, right, dunks over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley, left, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Brandon Knight defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, right, loses control of the ball as he shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers forward John Henson, left, and forward Alfonzo McKinnie defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball past the defense of Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, right, stares down Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James after dunking over him during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers sets a pick for LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers as Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends during the first half of a game at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Alfonzo McKinnie defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 128-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Lakers’ LeBron James dribbles past the Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. James had 31 points and eight assists in the Lakers’ 128-99 win. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to shooting a three point shot during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, second from left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook, left, guard Alex Caruso, second from right, and forward LeBron James defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 128-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on during the first half of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 128-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives toward the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Alfonzo McKinnie defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 128-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard gestures after forward LeBron James scored during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 128-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 128-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to shooting a three point shot during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, sticks his tongue out after scoring and drawing a foul as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 128-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives past Dante Exum #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers calls a play during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Kyle Kuzma #0 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, right, celebrates after scoring as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 128-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Anthony Davis #3, Rajon Rondo #9 and LeBron James #23 react to a three point shot by Quinn Cook #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates from the bench after guard Alex Caruso hit a three-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 128-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers hugs LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers after a game at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers hugs LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers after a game at Staples Center on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James tosses powder in the air as teammates watch prior to an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers center Dwight Howard hangs on the basket as he dunks during the first half of Monday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 41Lakers center Dwight Howard hangs on the basket as he dunks during the first half of Monday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Lakers rolled into Monday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on an eight-game winning streak, boasting a perfect 21-0 record against teams worse than .500, and feeling confident despite not having Anthony Davis (backside) and Rajon Rondo (hand) available to contribute.“Our next-man-up mentality has been outstanding this year,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel, whose squad, despite being down three starters, dominated Oklahoma City on Saturday to polish off a challenging back-to-back on the road.“And we all understand that it’s not the one or two guys who have to move up, slide up the depth chart. When you have a key guy out there, everybody’s just gotta play a little bit better, a little bit stronger, contribute a little bit more, make a few more hustle plays and whatnot.”But this is the don’t-just-talk-about-it NBA. You have to perform. Even against struggling opponents. For at least three quarters. 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McTominay returns to Man Utd squad for Spurs clash… and Jose reunion

first_imgMORE MAN UTD STORIESLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingPicturedTRAINING DAYFernandes back in his Mini while Pogba arrives for training in yellow FerrariMARCSMANWatch Rashford floor Man Utd team-mates with ‘naughty’ bit of skill in trainingPicturedHOMER WINEngland and Dortmund star Sancho shows off new Simpsons and Sonic tattoosGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plans”They also know it’s about improving every day in training, but every time you step onto that pitch, it’s a chance to be a part of this long-term.”That’s always been the case at Man Utd when you put the shirt on, it doesn’t matter who you play against, you’ve got to give it your all.”We ended up sixth last season, we want to improve on that.”9 Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be deployed at wing-back alongside a back-threeCredit: Eamonn and James ClarkeMan Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the next two games give his team the chance to prove themselves SCOTT McTOMINAY has returned to the Manchester United squad for tonight’s clash with Tottenham – as his team-mates joined him to check in to The Lowry.The United squad arrived at the hotel – where Jose Mourinho famously lived during his time as Red Devils chief – ahead of their crunch Premier League clash.9 Scott McTominay has returned to the Man Utd squad following an ankle injuryCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke9 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led his squad to the Lowry Hotel ahead of the Spurs clashCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke9 Juan Mata posed with fans outside the Lowry ahead of the Tottenham gameCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke9 Marcus Rashford was seen heading into the Lowry for the pre-match meetingCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke9 Mike Phelan appeared to stumble off the bus on his way into the LowryCredit: Eamonn and James ClarkeMcTominay, 22, is set to be fit for the clash with Spurs after three games out with an ankle injury.But the main focal point of the evening will be new Tottenham boss Mourinho preparing for his return to Old Trafford after a year away – having been sacked in December 2018.The Portuguese chief, 56, has enjoyed a red-hot start to life as Spurs boss – having won all three of his first three games.Mourinho has led Tottenham to 3-2 wins over West Ham and Bournemouth in the Prem and a 4-2 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League.But Solskjaer will have every confidence in his squad’s ability to end Mourinho’s winning run – and is mulling over using a back-three for the game.The United chief, who replaced Jose at Old Trafford, managed to beat Chelsea and hold Liverpool to a draw – their only dropped points in the league this season – using a back-three.BACK TO A BACK-THREEAnd with Anthony Martial set to miss out on the game after injuring himself against Aston Villa on Sunday, Solskjaer could use a back-three to add width in the form of wing-backs.Ahead of the game, United boss Solskjaer claimed Mourinho would receive a glowing reception from the home crowd.The Norwegian said: “He will get a very good reception, that’s just a testament to this club and these supporters, of course.”They remember the two-and-a-half years, he won trophies.”So, for me, I’m 100 per cent sure our fans, staff and club will welcome him.”After a sensational start to life at United – initially as interim boss – Solskjaer’s record has cooled drastically since.9 Mason Greenwood arrived at the Lowry hoping to replace the injury Anthony MartialCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke9 David De Gea was spotted making his way off the team bus on WednesdayCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke9 Harry Maguire also arrived at the hotel in Manchester ahead of the clashCredit: Eamonn and James ClarkeI’ve had 50 games [as Man Utd boss] and it was a club that wasn’t where it should have been and isn’t where we want to be now and have to improve.Solskjaer on improvingIn fact, United now must win their next three matches just for the Norwegian to edge ahead of Mourinho’s record of 26 points from 17 matches before his sacking last term.The Red Devils currently have 18 points from 14 – good enough for just tenth in the Premier League.When asked about replacing the Special One last season – and his own current record – Solskjaer coyly replied: “I can’t remember the league position.”But I’ve had 50 games now since then and it was a club that wasn’t where it should have been and isn’t where we want to be now and have to improve.”We’re working hard to do that right and when you change manager halfway through the season it isn’t where it wants to be.”I don’t think whoever the manager of the opposition team is will change [the players’] motivation.”They’re motivated to do well for Man Utd, for themselves [and] for us as a group going forward.last_img read more