first_imgManchester United Pogba: If I thought Man Utd couldn’t win the league, I better stop playing Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 23:53 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Paul Pogba Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Paul Pogba Romelu Lukaku Premier League The midfielder returned to a Red Devils side that trails their local rivals by eight points but does not believe the title chase is over Paul Pogba says if he thought Manchester United’s title chances for the 2017-18 season were already gone, he better stop playing.The French midfielder returned to the Red Devils after a two-month injury lay-off, having not seen action since leaving a Champions League match against Basel with a hamstring problem in September.Pogba 5/2 to score v Basel Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United have not been at their best in Pogba’s absence, but his return helped spark a 4-1 rout over Newcastle on Saturday, as he scored a goal and added an assist.The win helped United keep pace with league leaders Manchester City, who hold an eight-point advantage over their rivals.Despite the City looking unstoppable at times, Pogba has refused to write off his club’s chances, saying he would quit if he thought the title was already decided.“The season is very long, of course,” Pogba told BBC Sport when asked if Man United still had a chance to win the league this year. “If I don’t believe that, I’d stop playing.“If I don’t believe we can still win the league, I better stop. I’ll leave my boots and stop playing football. I’m a believer, we keep fighting.”Pogba’s successful return wasn’t the only good news for the Red Devils in the victory as Romelu Lukaku found the back of the net for the first time in the Premier League since a win over Crystal Palace on September 30.And while Pogba was pleased to see his team-mate find his scoring boots once again, he said the ability of the league’s “best striker” had never been in doubt.“I come back and Romelu scores again? I like that,” Pogba added.“We’ve got a lot of good players, a lot of talented players. We have to trust each other.“Romelu is the best striker in the Premier League. We know his quality. We know everything. We don’t worry about him.“And at the end, we see the result.”last_img read more

first_imgRome: Claudio Ranieri got off to a winning start as Roma coach with Stephan El Shaarawy and Patrik Schick’s first-half goals enough to squeeze past lowly Empoli 2-1 on Monday to keep in touch with the Champions League places. Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked after the team’s elimination in the Champions League last-16 last week with Ranieri returning to the club he coached for 18 months until February 2011. The 67-year-old former Roma player was welcomed back to the Stadio Olimpico with a banner reading “Good luck Mister Ranieri”. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”I thank the fans, as they gave us a big hand this evening,” said Ranieri. “I didn’t expect us to play better, because this was a tense team that was anxious and still dealing with recent events. “Putting a team together when we didn’t have many players, and without the bigger players, the leaders that give a sense of direction to the side, wasn’t easy,” added the former Leicester and Chelsea coach. “I knew it was going to be tough.” Captain Daniele De Rossi, Kostas Manolas, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Cengiz Under were all out injured with Edin Dzeko, Federico Fazio and Aleksandar Kolarov suspended. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIt was nervy debut against a side who are just one point above the relegation zone. El Shaarawy turned in off a corner after nine minutes for his ninth league goal this season only for Empoli to level when Roma defender Juan Jesus headed into his own net. The Romans nearly conceded another when Giovanni Di Lorenzo sent just wide before Schick put the hosts back on front after 33 minutes, jumping highest to nod in his third league goal this season. Midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo hobbled off with a calf injury with Schick also coming off injured while captain Alessandro Florenzi was sent off for a second yellow card with ten minutes to go. El Shaarawy was then handed the captain’s armband for the first time.last_img read more

OSU redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) runs the ball toward the end zone during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 66-0. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Ohio State football team took the field over the weekend, just three of the offensive starters were regulars in the lineup last season.But despite playing with little experience under their belts, OSU’s offense still managed to put 66 points on the board. While that can partially be attributed to the team’s game plan and what coach Urban Meyer called an advantage in the column against Kent State, the impact of some young players with natural ability is undeniable three weeks into a new season.In the shutout win against the Golden Flashes, 23 different freshmen and redshirt-freshmen took the field, with six of those players contributing either yards or points on offense.Meyer said the plan going into the game was to get the ball in the hands of some of the young skill position players on offense to give fans a taste of what they might see going forward.“I’m really excited about our young skill, and I was hoping to try to get Buckeye Nation and the stadium to see some of those guys out in open space,” Meyer said.He went on to single out freshman running back Curtis Samuel, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson and redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall as young players he’s “excited to get out in open space.”While Wilson played as a freshman in 2013 and scored three total touchdowns, Samuel and Marshall each found their way into the end zone for the first time in their collegiate careers against Kent State. Samuel led the team with 100 yards on the ground and pair of scores while Marshall caught a three-yard touchdown pass to go along with a 51-yard punt return.Marshall said despite some injury setbacks in his young career — which contributed to the decision to redshirt last season — the journey to being a contributor on the OSU offense was worth it.“This is a great university and crowd to play for,” Marshall said after the game. “I feel great being able to get in the end zone and help my team every week.”Samuel said the impact he and the freshman class have made so far this season doesn’t come as a surprise.“We’ve brought up a lot of good guys on the team, at practice everybody is competing,” Samuel said. “Young guys, we each try to go out there and just make plays wherever we can, and we’re doing it.”To get the ball in the hands of Samuel, Marshall, Wilson and others, the OSU offense has relied on the distribution skills of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett.Barrett, who was the third-string quarterback heading into the fall, has already showcased his talent three weeks into the season on his way to picking up three Big Ten weekly awards. He took over the starting job after senior Braxton Miller went down with an injury just days after Barrett had moved past redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones on the depth chart.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after OSU’s Aug. 30 win against Navy. He picked up that same award and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor after the win against Kent State.“I feel like I’m progressing each week,” Barrett said after leading OSU against the Golden Flashes. “I’m just trying to get better each week. I definitely feel more comfortable every week as I get more reps. Things are starting to slow down for me in the game.”Things slowed down just enough against Kent State for Barrett to leave his mark on the school’s record book. He tied former OSU quarterback Kenny Guiton for the school record with six touchdowns passes and threw for 312 yards in the win. The performance made him the first Buckeye signal caller to throw for 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith did so in 2006 — the same season he won the Heisman Trophy.Outside of Barrett, Samuel and Marshall, a trio of other freshman contributed to the offensive success OSU had against Kent State.Freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon made his debut for the Scarlet and Gray and carried the ball four times for 20 yards. Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh hauled in the first pass of his career in the second quarter, which went for a two-yard touchdown. Along with Baugh, Samuel, Barrett and Marshall, freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger put points on the board with a 41-yard field goal to start the second quarter.OSU is scheduled to have a bye week before taking on Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

first_imgFormer Milan midfielder Zvonimir Boban believes the Rossoneri are not far from returning to their glorious past.Milan are currently stable on and off the field for the first time in years, and Boban is optimistic that may be the springboard to success for his old club.“I hope they can start a new cycle and that within 3-4 years, we’ll see Milan again in all their greatness, but we need a lot of work. I wish them well,” the midfielder-turned-FIFA secretary told Radio Anch’io Sport.“Leonardo and Maldini have started working very well, they’ve put everything into their roles and they know football. Good results will come, it takes time.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The Croatian, who won four Scudetti and a Champions League with the Diavolo, was then asked about Silvio Berlusconi’s recent purchase of Serie C club Monza.“It was a fun and romantic deal,” he added.“They couldn’t stay away from this sport.”last_img read more

first_imgPerhaps that is what drove artiste Manu Singh to explore the elemental imaginary landscapes which look like water, earth or sky.Wings, Shadows and 1000 Birds, a solo exhibition of paintings was showcased at Triveni Kala Sangam.  Works on display were full of large canvas paintings that explore imaginary background and landscapes. These works involve more obfuscation of the Imaginary large wings, shadows and 1000 birds using oil and other elements as mediums. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As the artiste says ‘I’ve always been drawn to ‘wings’ since I was a child. The wings are symbol of aspiring to the greatest heights of accomplishment. Wings (white in color) stands for clarity of mind, and how clean mental focus combined with stable footing can transform our lives in magical ways.My works 1000 Birds represent joy, harmony, ecstasy, balance, and love. It denotes a sunny outlook in life, spiritual freedom and psychological liberation. Each of us has a shadow that whispers stories of our own self-defeating fears to us. My work shows how understanding our own shadow side can lead us to lives of tremendous realization and peace.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artiste says she wanted to see how far he could can push reality to the other side where the ‘real’ is still recognisable, but start becoming partially surreal.She wanted to see how far he can push both the real and the surreal at the same time into one another, building that tension until they are just one and the same.Most canvases are black and white paintings with a modern touch, in that the strokes explore movement while the grey field stays constant most of the time. She has experimented with supports as well as with medium.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Tata retail company Trent Ltd is scouting for a suitable joint venture partner for its overseas ambition, a company official said. “We are still looking for. We want a right partner and a right model,” Trent Managing Director Philip Auld told PTI when asked about West Asia and Africa ventures.Staying cautious on foreign foray, he said the company preferred joint venture as it “shares the risk.” Auld said that initially the Middle East was the first destination and dialogue was under progress for a right partner and things might get crystallised in a year’s time. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn 2015, Trent Chairman Noel Tata at the AGM had first spelt out the wish to take its retail format to Africa and West Asia but competition, transaction costs, taxes and exchange rates were subjects of consideration for the company before deciding to venture out.Though Auld did not spell out which of the retail format might be taken overseas but Westside was the preferred choice for the company.”In Westside 98 per cent of the merchandise are in-house (except cosmetics) which offers us full control in operation. Some 6-7 years ago external brands share in Westside was 20-22 per cent,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDespite overseas plans, the domestic market will continue to be a major focus market for the Trent and it has already embarked upon a major expansion for its three retail chain brands, Westside, Star Bazaar and Zudio in the current fiscal and also over the next few years, Auld said.”I am optimistic for the mid-term. We’ll open 30 Westside stores this year of which 10 will be in the east.Last year, the number was 18. In the next 3-5 years, we’ll open at least 30 stores a year,” Auld said.last_img read more