Paul Scholes names the three fixtures that could cost Manchester United a place in the top four

first_imgThe former midfielder fears his old club could struggle on the run-in (Picture: Getty)Paul Scholes says Manchester United face a punishing trio of games that could derail their top-four hopes as the Premier League speeds towards one of its most exciting ever finales.While Liverpool and Manchester City are tussling for the title, United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all battling for a place in next season’s Champions League.Chelsea currently occupy third spot with 66 points, having played a game more, while United are bringing up the rear five points further back in sixth place. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 9 Apr 2019 3:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link609Shares The battle for the top four ChelseaLiverpool (away), Burnley (home), Man Utd (away), Watford (home), Leicester (away)TottenhamHuddersfield (home), Man City (away), Brighton (home), West Ham (home), Bournemouth (away), Everton (home)ArsenalWatford (away), Crystal Palace (home), Wolves (away), Leicester (away), Brighton (home), Burnley (away)Manchester UnitedWest Ham (home), Everton (away), Man City (home), Chelsea (home), Huddersfield (away), Cardiff (home) Paul Scholes names the three fixtures that could cost Manchester United a place in the top four Arsenal have the easiest fixtures on paper – but four matches are on the road (Picture: Getty)Scholes believes it is one of the toughest top-four races to call in recent years, though is backing Arsenal and Spurs given the difficult tests that await United and Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think looking at the fixtures you’d be fancying Arsenal,’ Scholes told the Premier League Show, with the Gunners not facing another top-six rival.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But Watford away, Wolves away difficult, Leicester away difficult, Burnley away – they’re all difficult games at this stage of the season especially when the prize is so big.‘Even look at United’s fixtures, tough fixtures. I think they’ll be okay against West Ham but you’ve got Everton away, City at home, Chelsea at home, the last two [against Huddersfield and Cardiff] they should win. ‘Chelsea as well have Liverpool and Man United away. Tottenham have City away but other than that you’d fancy Tottenham to finish strongly.’United’s clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford looks set to play a defining role in which team finishes in the top four this season, while Spurs play at home – at their brand new stadium – in four of their six remaining games.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisementlast_img read more

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Home exceeded expectation by selling for above reserve after failing to raise a bid at auction

first_img43 Hibiscus Avenue, Ashgrove had excellent presentation for its auction More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoThe home had a classic Ashgrovian facadeThe two level, fully renovated Ashgrovian home had plenty of interest before the event, but buyers hadn’t been keen on buying at under auction terms, according to Hutton & Hutton Real Estate principal, Peter Hutton. 43 Hibiscus Avenue, Ashgrove had been beautifully renovated TOUGH AUCTION DAY IN ASHGROVE He said straight after the property passed in they were considering offers.“We had five or six potential buyers but they all said the market has been a bit up and down in Ashgrove and they can’t quite get their head around the price,” Mr Hutton said at the time.Hutton & Hutton have confirmed the eventual sale price is in excess of the auction reserve price.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair center_img Despite a decent crowd and a skilled auctioneer in Phill Broom, this Ashgrove home didn’t sell under the hammer — but still achieved above reserve. Photo: Annette DewTHE sale of this beautiful family home proves you can achieve a successful sale above the auction reserve price despite having no registered bidders. 43 Hibiscus Avenue, Ashgrove went to auction October 14 and failed to see a paddle raised, but sold nine days later for $1.43 million.last_img read more

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TV celebrity Shaynna Blaze’s quirkiest makeover a hit

first_imgShaynna Blaze, host of Selling Houses Australia, confronted her seasickness fears to transform a houseboat. Picture: Foxtel / Nicholas Wilson.Celebrity TV renovator Shaynna Blaze lost her sea legs a little taking on a houseboat renovation in Queensland, but the result was simply stunning.She and celebrity landscaper Charlie Albone transformed a tired houseboat that even Selling Houses Australia host Andrew Winter described as “luxurious it is not”.Touted as their “quirkiest makeover to date”, they turned a tired 24-year-old houseboat into a chic vessel that any water savvy Gold Coaster might be proud to own.The 44-foot houseboat belonged to single mum Indiana, who bought it after divorce for herself and two children — now Tobias, now 11, and 8-year-old Telulah.“Sitting down in living room at night and dolphins swim past,” was how Indiana described the property and said she bought it because it “seemed glamorous and affordable”.MORE REAL ESTATE NEWSIs this the Coast’s most bizarre pad?If you’re poorer today, here’s whyTake a tour of Benny’s former burrowBefore: A tired 24-year-old houseboat.After: Ready to hold its own on the water.Now with the children growing up, they need to upsize but need to sell it first for $80,000 in order to get what they want.“This is fantastic up here,” said Andrew on the top deck of the vessel referring to the outlook. “It is beautiful, without a doubt.”The internals and workings of the boat though need work.Before: Bulky overhead cupboards made the space feel smaller than it was.After: No more overheads, and clean crisp lines and colours have opened up this room.“It really is a unique market. When you’re selling a waterfront property the rules are pretty simple, it’s all about the views and the condition of the building. But when you’re selling a boat it’s a whole new world, it’s all about the condition of the vehicle, the mechanics, the electrics, it’s a whole new world.”He finds a boat broker to give them all the bad or good news — Mark Lane.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoBefore: Haphazard and lacking character.After: Like an oasis on the water was how Andrew described the change.“It’s a boat first so the maintenance and that needs to be kept up on them. Most people that get into one of these basically just want to move in.”Enter the designers Shaynna and Charlie: who gutted the kitchen and living zones, redesigned areas, added a bit or luxury, practicality and modern touches “bringing a bit of landbased design to the water”.Boat broker Mark Lane was more than impressed. “Wow that looks absolutely amazing. It’s a whole new boat.”Before: It lacked cohesiveness.After: The quirkiest makeover to date.Andrew Winter loved it — especially his favourite, artificial grass on the top deck: “It’s a totally different boat.”Mark valued it as $55,000 to $60,000 before the renovation, and was comfortable putting a price tag of between $95 and $99,000 post-reno.Buyer feedback was the same with one describing the newly revamped houseboat as feeling “like you’re on holiday all the time”.It sold for an undisclosed price.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

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Former Tiger Great And Reds Star Makes Indiana Boys Basketball Silver Anniversary Team

first_imgEighteen men have been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Silver Anniversary Team, based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago.Congratulations to former Lawrenceburg Tiger Basketball standout Kelsey Mucker and Cincinnati Reds 3rd Baseman Scott Rolen on being selected to the 2018 Indiana Boys Basketball Silver Anniversary Team.2018 Indiana High School Basketball Men SATAll Men’s Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 57th Annual Men’s Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.A midday reception, free and open to the public, will be held at the Hall of Fame museum in New Castle. The evening banquet will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, which is located on the south side of Indianapolis.Banquet reservations are now available through the Hall’s website at www.hoopshall.com/events or by calling (765) 529-1891. For more information, you may also email info@hoopshall.com.last_img read more

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Man attempts to return a cell phone with paraphernalia in box

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—Friday evening Jennings County Sherriff Deputies responded to a local business after employees located a glass smoking device commonly used to smoke Methamphetamine. The pipe was inside of a box for a cell phone that a male subject was attempting to return to the store. Deputies made contact with the male subject, Marvin Cumberworth, 50, of North Vernon. Cumberworth admitted to the deputies that he did have Meth on his person. The Methamphetamine was located and Cumberworth was arrested and transported to the Jennings County Jail.Upon arrival at the jail, a larger amount of Methamphetamine was located on Cumberworth’s person. Further investigation led to his home in Campbell Township.Deputies located approximately 8 grams of Methamphetamine and 180 grams of Marijuana in the residence. Deputies also made contact with James Earl, 40, of North Vernon, who was also in the residence and located Methamphetamine on his person. James Earl was also taken into custody. Mr. Cumberworth advised Deputies that he sells Methamphetamine and Marijuana to supplement his income.Marvin Cumberworth was charged with allegations of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.  James Earl was charged with allegations of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Visiting a Common Nuisance.last_img read more

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Iheanacho undergoes concussion protocol

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 EPL: Vardy primed for another prolific season after brace at West Brom Kelechi Iheanacho will be available for Leicester City’s clash with Norwich after undergoing a concussion protocol. The striker was substituted at half-time during Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City after a collision with visiting goalkeeper Ederson, who caught Iheanacho on the chin and throat with his fists. After an assessment, Iheanacho briefly returned to the pitch before being taken off at the interval. Manager Brendan Rodgers praised his forward’s courage and said he is his “normal self”, but because of the possibility of a concussion, Iheanacho has had to go through a six-day programme, which meant he was withdrawn from contact sessions in training. “There’s an enhanced care procedure in place but he’ll be available for Friday,” said Rodgers. “We’ve gone through the protocol from the game, so he’s obviously not in contact but he’s been training and working, he’s done similar to what all the players have done who have been in contact. When the time comes, he’ll have passed through the procedures. “He felt he could maybe have gone on, but he looked a bit groggy at half-time. I always have to go with the medical team, and the advice was he was better coming off. “But he’s recovered well. He’s been his normal self but we have to take care, which is the right thing to do. “After the game, we were showed it again, and it’s not something you want to see again. The run, and the courage he showed, was absolutely incredible. He’s a tough boy.” Iheanacho has scored eight goals and set up four more in his 15 appearances across all competitions this season.Tags: Brendan RodgersEdersonKelechi IheanachoManchester Citylast_img read more

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Lethal dazzles in Diamond

first_imgLethal Force ran out a hugely impressive winner of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Clive Cox and jockey Adam Kirby. The four-year-old grey made just about every yard of the running and burst clear two furlongs out. The 4-1 favourite Society Rock made up relentless ground under Kieren Fallon and at one stage looked likely to reel in the leader, but Kirby kept Lethal Force up to his work and the 11-1 chance crossed the line two lengths clear. Krypton Factor (25-1) finished well for third, with Gordon Lord Byron and Sea Siren close up behind. Cox said: “I’m thrilled for everyone. It’s just amazing – this is what it’s all about. Adam is such a brilliant rider, but it’s fantastic for the whole team at home. When he sent him on, it was explosive.” Kirby added: “I’m really, really pleased. We’ve always had a lot of respect for this horse and, to be fair to him, he’s always run his race without ever winning. When he hit the gate he was doing it all so easy. The only man I’ve got to thank is Clive Cox.” Owner Alan Craddock said: “We’re very fortunate. Clive Cox told us all along how good he was. I fancied him today, but nobody in the press seemed to. We thought he might have a squeak after his run at York. I’m overcome with emotion, just so pleased. Fair play to Clive Cox as he’s a master trainer, we bought him for just 8,000 euro.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mourinho: No rift with Eto’o

first_img “He has no reason to be upset because also, he told a few years ago, that Mourinho is the only manager in the world who I would never play for, and after one year he was playing with me at Inter and now here. “There is no story, there is no story. I repeat: it was a funny conversation between me and somebody who doesn’t belong to the football world. “We were laughing as everybody was saying. I really think it’s a disgrace that someone is taping and recording a private conversation when, obviously, we don’t know.” That was the second question Mourinho had fielded on the subject and he snapped when a third was asked about whether the relationship with his strikers have been damaged by the remarks. “If you want to speak about the game, I’m ready,” he said. “If you want to keep speaking about some non-ethical journalist, I’ve had enough.” With that, focus quickly turned to facing the Turkish champions and the various sub-plots surrounding the tie. The match sees Mourinho go up against Inter Milan predecessor Roberto Mancini, as well as Wesley Sneijder, a key part of his treble-winning side at the San Siro. However, the standout link is that between Chelsea and Didier Drogba. This will be the first time the Ivorian has faced the club he played for between 2004 and 2012, with his last kick for the Blues seeing them win the Champions League. “I look forward to every match,” Mourinho said. “I like to play. I’m happy to do it. I like to do it against the best, and Galatasaray is the Turkish champions. “To face Drogba, I know that is difficult and it’s a strange feeling, I have to admit that. “But we have to do our job. We know he wants to do his job. “Last year it happened the same. I want to do my job to help my team, and he tried to do his by scoring goals, which he did. “But I admit it’s a strange feeling we have to try and forget during the game.” Not knowing he was being filmed, the Blues manager was recorded saying: “The problem with Chelsea is I lack a striker. He is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?” Mourinho was apoplectic about the remarks being broadcast, telling journalists they “should be embarrassed” by what has happened when asked about the fallout in Tuesday’s press conference previewing the first leg with Galatasaray. “I’m not defending what I’m saying, I’m attacking something that is, I think, fundamental in your professional area,” he said, speaking at Kasimpasa’s training base on the outskirts of Istanbul. “That person showed exactly what he is, or what he doesn’t know about the job. “From my perspective, the comment is obviously not a good one, and obviously not something I would do in a serious way, something I would not do an official way in an interview. “First of all, because I don’t make fun. Secondly, because if there are managers in the world who really defend their players, I’m obviously one of them. “And third because Samuel Eto’o is Samuel Eto’o. He’s four times a Champions League winner: people think three times, but one in Real Madrid, two in Barcelona and one with Inter. “It was with him that I had the best ever season of my career. He’s one of the few players who is working with me at a second different club, and a manager never does that if he doesn’t like the player or the person. Preparations for the Champions League last-16 tie with Galatasaray have been somewhat overshadowed by Canal Plus broadcasting video of the Portuguese making inflammatory comments to a businessman at a recent sponsor’s event. The recording, aired on Monday, shows Mourinho commenting on Chelsea’s lack of depth up front and questioning the age of Cameroon forward Eto’o. Jose Mourinho insists his relationship with Samuel Eto’o has been unaffected by footage showing him questioning the Chelsea striker’s age. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Football News Lionel Messi scores twice, Argentina warm-up for Copa America with 5-1 win over Nicaragua

first_imgArgentina have not won a major trophy since 1993.Argentina plays Colombia in Salvador before taking on Paraguay and Asian champions Qatar.Nicaragua are competing in the Gold Cup for the second time. highlights San Juan: Lionel Messi scored a first-half double as Argentina warmed up for the Copa America with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Nicaragua on Friday in San Juan. The Central Americans, who will participate in this month’s Gold Cup tournament while Argentina battles it out in Brazil, frustrated the home side initially. But it was left to captain Messi to spark his side into action in their only warm-up match ahead of the tournament, expertly opening the scoring on 37 minutes before grabbing another just 96 seconds later. Lautaro Martinez, the Inter Milan forward, also scored twice, coming off the substitutes bench at half-time to give coach Lionel Scaloni food for thought ahead of the opening match with Colombia on June 15. Scaloni, brought in after Jorge Sampaoli was sacked following a disastrous showing at the World Cup last summer, is aiming to build a younger team and end Argentina’s 26-year wait for a trophy.     Indeed, in Scaloni’s Copa America squad only Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria remain from the one that was beaten by Germany in the World Cup final in Rio five years ago. An on-song Messi, however, is needed for the South Americans to prosper over the next few weeks. Messi has lost three Copa finals — 2007, 2015 and 2016 — and the last time Argentina won an international title was in the same competition back in 1993 when the diminutive forward was just six years old. They have reached four of the last five finals.  With Brazil missing the injured Neymar for the showpiece event, which starts on June 14, Argentina is one of the favourites.RELATED     Early on in Friday’s first meeting between Argentina and Nicaragua, Scaloni’s team failed to inspire in front of a sell-out crowd of 25,000 at San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina. Aguero looked dangerous in the opening stages and Messi really should have done better on 12 minutes when he uncharacteristically shot wide from close range. Nicaragua, however, were defending well while regularly asserting their physicality — Messi was twice hauled down in the opening half hour — to frustrate Argentina and their supporters. River Plate’s Matias Suarez had a shot pushed onto the post by visiting keeper Justo Lorente on 26 minutes but the two time World Champions were being made to work hard for openings.     Nicaragua, ranked 129th in the world and competing in their second successive Gold Cup, will prove a stern test for Costa Rica, Haiti and Bermuda despite this thrashing. They have yet to win a game in two appearances at the tournament — lost six with just one goal scored — but won’t go down without a fight. Messi, however, is a danger for any team and his brilliant run and finish saw the Barcelona star beat three defenders before clinically finishing past Lorente. He grabbed his second soon after when Aguero’s shot was parried. Scaloni withdrew key men Messi and Aguero at half-time, which allowed Martinez, 21, to impress with a well-taken effort on 63 and 72 minutes.     Watford’s Roberto Pereyra made it five with nine minutes remaining while Nicaragua’s deserved consolation came through Juan Barrera’s late penalty. Argentina plays Colombia in Salvador before taking on Paraguay and Asian champions Qatar in Group B.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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GOA welcomes decision to postpone Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

first_imgTHE Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), through its president K.A. Juman-Yassin, yesterday stated that the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reschedule the Tokyo Olympic Games to no later than the summer of 2021, as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is welcomed and is in the best interest of the public and the athletes. “I participated in a video conference call today (March 24) with the other members of the executive of PanAm Sports and we all agreed with the decision of the IOC,” Yassin said.The decision of the president of the IOC Thomas Bach and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was as a result of the information emanating from the WHO that although there was a decrease of the cases of coronavirus in China and Asia there was however, an acceleration of cases in other parts of the world and as such there should be a rescheduling of the Games.It was decided that the Olympic Flame which had arrived in Japan would remain there and be kept lit until the Games begin.According to Yassin, the question that will have to be determined is what will be the position of the athletes who have already qualified for the Games.“Will they have to go over the qualifying tournaments again or will their qualification be allowed to stand? About 57% of athletes who have to qualify have already done so and this is a question that the IOC and International Federations will have to determine,” Yassin said.The long-serving GOA head pointed out that he believes “it may be unfair to ask for re-qualification but those athletes may have to show that they are still active and not resting on their haunches. The question of litigation may arise from some unhappy qualified athletes if they are requested to again qualify.”The GOA boss further highlighted that another issue to be determined by the IOC and Olympic Solidarity is whether the scholarships which end just before the Olympics will continue until the new date in 2021, noting that he “expects that there will be a continuation as the policy and principle for the scholarships is to assist athletes financially so that they can train and be competitive for the Olympic Games”.Yassin believes that there are several issues that the IOC and PanAm Sports will have to determine; among them are the availability of the hotels in Japan, the continuation of sponsorships worldwide from companies and entities, the rescheduling of Games and availability of athletes.The Guyana Olympic Association said that the officials will be looking at all relevant issues and will endeavour to do what is best for their athletes. (Rawle Toney)last_img read more

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