Even with United in final, Van Gaal won’t discuss future

first_img Brought down LONDON (AP): Qualifying for the Champions League looks increasingly out of reach for Manchester United. The season could still end with silverware after Louis van Gaal’s side reached the FA Cup final by beating Everton yesterday. And yet van Gaal still has the air of a manager who could be leaving his job. Even amid the joy at seeing Anthony Martial score in the third minute of stoppage time to clinch a 2-1 victory over Everton in the semi-final, van Gaal responded curtly to a question about the team beyond this season. “I am not looking beyond this competition, the FA Cup, because we live in the present,” van Gaal said. “As for the future, I will discuss that with my board and not with you.” When it was pointed out that he had another season remaining on his contract, the 64-year-old Dutchman said: “Yes. You repeat what I have always said.” Martial set up Marouane Fellaini’s opener in the 34th minute against his former club. Although David de Gea saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty early in the second half to preserve United’s lead after Ross Barkley was brought down by Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Gerard Deulofeu’s cross was inadvertently turned into his own net by United defender Chris Smalling with 15 minutes remaining. Martial’s winner was a slick completion of a rapid attack that prevented extra time. The 20-year-old France forward linked up with Marcus Rashford on the left flank and then played another one-two with Ander Herrera before slotting in the winner. The 11-time FA Cup winners will discover today whether Crystal Palace or Watford will be their opponent in the May 21 final. With four games remaining, United remain fifth, four points behind Arsenal, who play relegation-threatened Sunderland today. Crosstown rivals Manchester City are a further point ahead in third place after beating Stoke 4-0 in one of four Premier League games yesterday. Kelechi Iheanacho, City’s 19-year-old forward, scored twice after first-half goals from Fernando and Sergio Aguero from the penalty spot. Newcastle remained in the relegation zone despite coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Liverpool, who announced before the game that defender Mamadou Sakho failed a drugs test before a Europa League game last month. After conceding goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana in the first half, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle salvaged a point, thanks to strikes from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback on the manager’s return to the club he won the Champions League with in 2005. Disappointing season Southampton kept alive their outside shot at qualifying for the Europa League by compounding already-relegated Aston Villa’s woes. Dusan Tadic scored twice in a 4-2 victory for seventh-place Southampton, between headers from Shane Long and Sadio Mane. Deposed champions Chelsea are a place behind after cruising to a 4-1 victory at Bournemouth, who have already secured a second season in the Premier League. Cesc Fabregas played a key role in all four goals, including Eden Hazard’s double that produced his first league goals of a disappointing season for the reigning player of the year. Pedro Rodriguez and Willian also scored for Chelsea. The focus shifts to the title race in the coming days. Leicester, who have a five-point lead over Tottenham, host Swansea today. Tottenham face West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane tomorrow.last_img read more

How will Mexico line up vs. Wales?

first_imgMexico How will Mexico line up against Wales? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author in Los Angeles Last updated 1 year ago 03:35 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hirving Lozano Mexico Frederic J. Brown Mexico Wales Mexico v Wales Friendlies El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio has to work with a limited group in Monday’s friendly match UPDATE: Chicharito, Tecatito leading the line against WalesLet the preparation continue. Mexico’s match Monday against Wales is the first of three friendly matches to help El Tri get ready for the World Cup in Russia. Really, Mexico has been preparing for the World Cup since September when it clinched qualification, or maybe even before that. The official build-up games, however, start now.Mexico’s defense is a bit thin heading into the contest, creating an opportunity for a player like America’s Edson Alvarez to slot into the starting XI and perhaps make enough of an impact that he ends up in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Diego Reyes and Hector Moreno are coming off injuries, as is Andres Guardado, and won’t play. Carlos Salcedo and Marco Fabian both were in training Monday, but only recently finished their Eintracht Frankfurt season. Giovani dos Santos and Jonathan dos Santos also trained after playing Friday with the LA Galaxy.Miguel Layun and Alfredo Talavera are yet to join up with the team, while Rafa Marquez could not travel to the match because of visa issues.As Goal does before each Mexico match, we’ve looked at three potential starting XIs for El TrI:Standard 4-3-3gfx mexico wales 433The 4-3-3 has been Osorio’s preferred formation during his tenure, and he has the players to make it work Monday. This would see a back four of Edson Alvarez and Jesus Gallardo getting minutes on the outside with left-footed center-back Oswaldo Alanis on the left and Hugo Ayala on the right.It also sees Monterrey midfielder Jesus Molina in the middle, where he would be tasked with breaking up attacks from Wales’ Aaron Ramsey and Harry Wilson. Mexico didn’t take a true defensive midfielder to the Confederations Cup, but Molina’s inclusion on the preliminary roster hints that Osorio may change that this time around.Up front, I’ve gone with Hirving Lozano on the right and Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona on the left with Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez in the middle. It’s the strongest group Mexico has at the moment, and Chicharito and Corona could use rhythm after seeing only sporadic minutes in the European season. Lozano is on the right with Corona on the left after seeing how they played in Sunday’s training session, but they’ll likely switch during the match and could start on the opposite sides.Trying three at the backgfx mexico wales 343This alignment would get Jurgen Damm into the starting lineup. The Tigres winger seems like a long shot but does have experience playing in a role that requires him to track back defensively and his speed is something Osorio has enjoyed exploiting off the bench.At the back, Gallardo simply moves up to play in a position more similar to the one he plays at Tigres, while Alvarez slots into the right center-back position.Erick Gutierrez was called in as potential injury cover for Andres Guardado, who Mexico is optimistic will be at 100 per cent ahead of the World Cup. Even so, he may get a look Monday night, especially in a role where he’s asked both to get forward and help with defending.Really going for itgfx mexico wales all outIf Osorio wanted to, and I don’t think he does, he could put what essentially is his best possible XI on the field and have them go out to beat Wales. Preparation for the World Cup is more important, and this game should be a chance for some of the fringe players to attempt to win spots 21 or 22 on the plane. Osorio did hope to have his final 23 ready by this point, though, so perhaps he’d inset Eintracht Frankfurt duo Carlos Salcedo and Marco Fabian into the group. That could be motivated by wanting Salcedo to get more time as the right-back in a back four, where he has played for Mexico but rarely plays on the club level.It’s also possible that one of the Dos Santos brothers edges into the starting XI, but after both played Friday for the LA Galaxy and with each coming off of injuries, it seems like an unnecessary risk that Osorio wouldn’t have any desire to take.last_img read more

Livestreaming and the reinvention of Vine How social media changed in 2016

first_img2016 was a year of change and growth for many social media platforms. Some expanded their services, others met their demise, and many of the big players became obsessed with providing their users with the ability to livestream. But even with all the changes, one thing remained consistent. Topics Canadians cared about, whether it be Drake, the U.S. election or Pokemon Go, were sure to show up on social media platforms across the board.The death of VineOne of the biggest changes to the social media landscape in 2016 came when Twitter announced it was shutting down its short-form video service Vine in an effort to cut costs. Twitter Advertisement Vine, the platform that allows users to record and loop up to six seconds of video, surfaced back in 2013 (Twitter acquired it before it even launched) and, over the years, it helped produce several stars including Canadians Shawn Mendes and Ruth B. But with Twitter bleeding money, and struggling to find a buyer, the social media giant made the cut quite abruptly, much to the horror of “viners” everywhere. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Mop Up Underway on Brush Fire Burning Near Golf Resort in Sycuan

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Mop Up Underway on Brush Fire Burning Near Golf Resort in Sycuan KUSI Newsroom July 29, 2019 Posted: July 29, 2019 SYCUAN (KUSI) – A brush fire that charred about 150 acres of grass near Singing Hills Golf Resort in Sycuan is now 50 percent contained, fire officials said Monday.The blaze was first reported about 6 p.m. Sunday on Dehesa Road near Sycuan Summit Drive, Cal Fire officials said.As of 7 p.m., the fire had spread to about 50 acres, fire officials said. The forward rate of spread was stopped by 8:30 p.m. and the blaze was 10 percent contained.As of 6 a.m. Monday, the fire had grown to around 150 acres and was 50 percent contained, according to the state agency.Three homes were evacuated on Dehesa Road as a precaution but no injuries were reported and no structures were burned, fire officials said. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Lightweight outfits bold earrings Be a practical bride

first_imgIndian brides today want to let loose and enjoy their big day. Instead of heavy gold jewellery, it’s best to invest in pieces of single statement earrings and practical lightwieght outfits, suggest experts. Here are few tips for you:Tennis bracelets, statement earrings and distinct cocktail rings are hot this season. Soft fabrics and trendy outfits are high on fashion. For functions like cocktails, sangeet and reception, brides can wear western cut gowns or draped gowns. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSimple, modern and clean designs are being sought after as they are much lighter than the traditional heavy jewellery. Hues of peach, pink, blue and green is the colour palate to explore in terms of jewellery. Bold statement earrings, featuring some of the new colour stones coupled with rose cuts and set in rose gold is the latest trend. As for bridal outfits, shades of red, aubergine and maroon in fabrics like velvet, silk and satin will be seen making a comeback.Elaborate cuffs on the wrist and a pair of gorgeous earrings can alone do the trick, if matched well, with either a gown or a sari.Experiment with your outfits’ cuts and silhouettes and add some elements of hand work to give an edge in the outfit. Fusion wear is also a hit in bridal fashion now. Try different pairing like heavy dupattas with pants and unconventional blouses.last_img read more

Groupons New CEO May Be Its Best Deal Yet

first_imgAugust 8, 2013 How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 3 min readcenter_img Groupon found a deal that seems to be working: Eric Lefkofsky.Chicago-based Groupon announced that Lefkofsky, who had been temporarily running the daily deals website since founding CEO Andrew Mason was ousted in February, has been appointed permanent CEO by the board of directors. “The board is encouraged by Groupon’s performance under Eric’s leadership,” said Ted Leonsis, chairman of Groupon, in the second-quarter earnings statement released late Wednesday.Groupon, a pioneer of the daily deals craze, was founded in 2008 and went public in a highly-anticipated IPO in 2011. But Groupon has struggled significantly since then, and after posting a loss of $81.1 million in the fourth quarter of last year, its board axed Mason. Over the past two years, Groupon’s stock price has gone from $26 a share on its first day of trading in November 2011 to less than $3 a share a year later.Related: Groupon Founder Andrew Mason Out as CEOInvestors seemed pleased with the new CEO pick. Groupon’s stock was up more than 2 percent midday Thursday to hover near $11 a share.Since leaving Groupon, Mason has been singing a different tune. Literally. He released a collection of seven songs that he titled “Hardly Workin” last month.Related: Groupon Founder Turned Musician: Andrew Mason’s ‘Hardly Workin’While Mason has been strumming away, Groupon has been banking on Lefkofsky to play the lead role in an epic comeback story. Lefkofsky is facing an uphill battle, but so far has been showing some positive signs. The total amount of North American sales made through Groupon rose 30 percent in the second quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to the financial statement released Wednesday. Billings are a critical part of Groupon’s business model because the daily deal provider takes a cut from the transactions. The percentage that Groupon pockets varies on a case by case basis, depending on the merchant and the architecture of the deal, but is generally 50 percent of the price that the product or service sells for as part of the deal.Users buying deals on their smartphones is a primary growth area for Groupon. More than half of the billings recorded in North America came from mobile devices in June, says Lefkofsky in the financial statement. And more than 50 million Groupon apps have been downloaded globally, he says.Lefkofsky, 43, is a co-founder of Groupon and prior to being named the CEO was the company’s executive chairman. In addition to launching Groupon, Lefkofsky is a co-founder of the transportation management company Echo Global Logistics, the brand consultancy company InnerWorkings, the private investment firm Lightbank LLC and the electronic advertising administration company MediaBank, which merged with Donovan Data Systems to form MediaOcean in 2013.Related: iPad, Tablet Point-of-Sale Systems Gain Popularity Listen Nowlast_img read more

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