Sunshine training break for Rooney


first_img Manager David Moyes confirmed both Rooney and strike partner Robin van Persie will miss Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Swansea at Old Trafford. Moyes said Van Persie would still be absent for “a little while” with a long-standing thigh injury, while hoping Rooney would respond to the better temperatures. Manchester United have sent Wayne Rooney for some warm weather training in a desperate attempt to get him fit for the January 19 trip to Chelsea. But with Rooney at least, Moyes felt there was no option. “It is the right time,” he said. We have given it a chance to heal.” Looking to avoid a fourth successive defeat for the first time since 1961, it is hardly the news Moyes was hoping for. Yet the Scot insists it is nothing new. “If you go into football management, you are going to lose games. I don’t know any football manager who hasn’t,” he said. “You have to go through it at some time in your career. “I have had equally challenging times at other times in my career. “We are having a difficult time just now. There is a lot of attention but that is to be expected.” The situation does place even more scrutiny on Moyes’ work in the transfer window, although he repeated his stance that getting the right players in January is not straightforward. “The plan and decisions won’t change,” he said. “It is difficult to get targets at this time. I have said that from day one. “I have not said we wouldn’t be doing it but it is difficult.” Press Association “We have sent Wayne away on a hot weather break,” said Moyes. “His groin has not quite recovered yet. “We have sent a fitness coach with him. He’s away with the family. Hopefully we will get him fit for Chelsea.” Rooney has missed United’s defeats to Swansea and Sunderland in the last week, having had a scan on his groin injury last Friday. Van Persie has not featured since the home defeat by Newcastle on December 7, his only game since the middle of November. “Robin is not available,” said Moyes. “He is going to be a little while. We are doing everything we can to get him back as quickly as we can.” It means United will be without seven senior stars for the Swansea game, with Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini, Nani and Ashley Young also sidelined. last_img read more

Florida man falsely accused of murder, rape is set free after 37 years


first_imgAfter being locked up for 37, a Florida man was formally cleared Monday of a 1983 rape and murder that DNA evidence proved he did not commit.Robert DuBoise was convicted in the 1983 murder of 19-year-old Barbara Grams. She had been raped and beaten while walking home from her job at a Tampa mall. He was initially sentenced to death, then resentenced to life in prison.According to officials DuBoise’s trial relied on a sketchy jailhouse informant and faulty bite mark analysis. He was finally released from prison last month.A hearing before Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Christopher Nash resulted in an order wiping away the previous convictions and life sentence, and also removing DuBoise from the state’s sex offender registry.The exoneration came as a result of cooperation between prosecutors in Warren’s office and the Innocence Project, which works to free prisoners who have been wrongly convicted. Susan Friedman, the Innocence Project lawyer who represents DuBoise, said he consistently maintained his innocence even as he languished on Death Row initially and then often in solitary confinement on a journey through six Florida prisons.Since being released, DuBoise, has reunited with his mother and sister, and he has been living under housing provided to people who were wrongfully imprisoned.last_img read more

MBB : SU shoots below 50 percent from free-throw line, led by Joseph’s nine misses


first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — All Kris Joseph could do was shake his head.He had never missed that many free throws in his life, he said. Nine of his 17 went awry, including three in the final 91 seconds.‘No explanation,’ Joseph said.In a game where SU held a distinct free-throw shooting advantage over Seton Hall, the No. 4 Orange could not take advantage and blow the contest open, despite an eventual 61-56 victory.Syracuse took 36 foul shots, making 17 and missing 19. The Pirates made 11 of their 13 shots from the line. And Joseph typified the struggles, hitting only eight of the astounding 17 shots he took from the charity stripe.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We weren’t able to put our foot on (Seton Hall),’ said SU guard Brandon Triche, who went 1-of-2 from the line in the game. ‘And that was mainly because of free throws. We normally are a pretty good free-throw shooting team.’After he was fouled on a 3-point attempt in the first half, Joseph missed the first two shots, only to swish the third and again shake his head as he jogged back to the other end of the court. Only in three of the Orange’s 19 trips to the line did it convert on two consecutive attempts.Overall, the 47.2 percentage from the charity stripe marked the worst performance on the season for the Orange.‘We started taking it to the basket and getting to the foul line,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘But when you miss 19 free throws, it’s not a good sign.’Those misses kept Syracuse from pulling away from a game that ended up being tight at the end. Joseph missed 1-of-2 with a chance to give his team a four-point lead with less than three minutes remaining. Jardine missed the end of a potential three-point play with another chance to give SU a four-point lead.And all in all, SU went just 3-of-9 from the free-throw line in the last three minutes. In the end, it didn’t hurt the Orange Saturday. But Joseph knows that kind of performance can’t continue. So before SU’s game Wednesday against St. John’s, he knows where he’ll be spending a lot of extra time in practice.‘I just have to go back in the gym,’ Joseph said. ‘Go back to the lab and put some free throws up.’bplogiur@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 7, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Lions’ Stafford says he’s confident back injury won’t linger


first_img Written By LIVE TV COMMENT Matthew Stafford stood in front of his locker, surrounded by a slew of reporters inquiring about the back injury that cost him half a season and spoiled any shot the Detroit Lions had of having a successful season.Stafford insisted fans of the franchise should not be worried about his health heading into his 12th NFL season, even though back ailments have affected him for two straight years.“I’m not concerned about it so that should make people feel good,” Stafford said Monday. “I’m the one living with the back. I feel pretty good about it.”Stafford missed his eighth straight game Sunday when theDetroit drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009. After his career began with a pair of injury-shortened seasons, he didn’t miss a game for eighth straight seasons before back and hip ailments limited him to eight games this year.The Lions still have a lot“No issues there,” general manager Bob Quinn said.LET’S MAKE A DEALKenny Golladay was a bright spot during a dismal season, leading the league with 11 receiving touchdowns in his third season. The receiver has one year left on his deal and said he’s open to signing a long-term contract extension.“I’ve already expressed I’m open to it,” he said.STAY OR GOOffensive guard Graham Glasgow has started 58 games since Detroit drafted him out of Michigan in the third round three years ago. Glasgow may be worth more on the open market as a free agent than the Lions are willing to pay him.“I would like to feel like I’m wanted,” he acknowledged.The Lions will likely want to bring back 34-year-old wide receiver Danny Amendola, who had one of his best seasons, instead of letting him go in free agency. They may let defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson hit the market because he has not lived up to expectations as the 46th pick overall in 2016.SEE YA, SNACKS?Damon “Snacks” Harrison said after Sunday’s 23-20 loss to Green Bay he’s pondering retirement. The 31-year-old defensive tackle expressed frustrations that injuries affected his play. Harrison signed an $11 million, one-yearNO REGRETSQuinn made an in-season trade for the second straight season thatDoes Quinn have any regrets about the decision?“No,” he insisted.Last year, the Lions traded receiver Golden Tate to Philadelphia for a third-round pick. The move appeared to hurt the team’s morale and ability to move the ball on offense.HOW TO GET IT RIGHTQuinn and Patricia will be in win-now mode more than ever next year, trying to also stick around for 2021, after“Obviously, we need to win next year,” Quinn said. “I understand that.”Entering his fifth season“You always have to have your lens on the short term and the long term and that’s not going to change,” he said.The Lions can’t miss on a difference-making player, likely on defense, with the No. 3 pick overall. Detroit’s defense dipped to 31st in the NFL this season after ranking 10th overall last year.Defensive end Trey Flowers proved to be a good free agent signing, but he needs a lot of help on the defensive line.If the team chooses to trade three-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay with one year and $10 million left on his deal instead of giving him a contract extension, it will need to sign a free agent cornerback or invest a high draft pick to bolster the position.The Lions will probably want to start the 2020 season with a good option to back up Stafford after finding out they can’t win without him if they’re left with veteran castoffs or a rookie. Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 31st December, 2019 12:58 IST Lions’ Stafford Says He’s Confident Back Injury Won’t Linger Matthew Stafford stood in front of his locker, surrounded by a slew of reporters inquiring about the back injury that cost him half a season and spoiled any shot the Detroit Lions had of having a successful season. FOLLOW US First Published: 31st December, 2019 12:58 ISTlast_img read more

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Salah destroys Arsenal


first_imgLiverpool, United Kingdom | THE INDEPENDENT | Liverpool chalked up a third straight Premier League win by beating Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday evening.Joel Matip’s fifth goal for the Reds, this a powerful header at the Kop end, edged the hosts ahead after a first half with promising chances for both sides.And Jürgen Klopp’s team took further command soon after the interval as Mohamed Salah was fouled in the area and successfully dispatched the penalty.Salah claimed the third with a sublime spin, sprint and strike before the hour – rendering Lucas Torreira’s late conversion a consolation for the Gunners.The victory was Liverpool’s 12th in a row in the Premier League, equalling the club record set in 1990, and leaves the Reds as the only team with a 100 per cent record in the division.Team newsKlopp made two changes to the XI that started at Southampton a week ago, with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson brought in for James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum (Milner, 69), Henderson, Mane (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 77), Salah, Firmino (Lallana, 85).Unused substitutes: Kelleher, Gomez, Shaqiri, Origi.*****First halfTurned around to attack towards the Kop end in the first half, Liverpool wasted little time in going for a breakthrough – and came close within two minutes.They stole possession around the halfway line and Matip quickly swept a pass out to the left for Andy Robertson to utilise the space open in front of him.When he arrived at the edge of the box the left-back opted for a low cross-shot that was wide of the opposite post and just evaded the incoming run of Roberto Firmino.The Reds were pressing Arsenal back to good effect but the visitors could, and perhaps should, have taken the lead themselves in the 11th minute. Virgil van Dijk shepherded a long pass away from the threat of Nicolas Pepe and back towards Adrian but the goalkeeper’s attempted clearance only found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang outside the area.The Gunners striker tried to lift a finish up and over those between him and the exposed net but sent the ball the wrong side of the left post.Sadio Mane drew a straightforward save from Bernd Leno after Dani Ceballos, pressured into an error, knocked the ball straight to him in the box, before Pepe curled an effort inches wide of the top corner at the other end.Ten minutes before the break, a VAR review preceded a Liverpool corner from which Arsenal countered and Pepe got through one-on-one – only for Adrian to block the shot.And instead, on 41 minutes, it was Klopp’s men who found the breakthrough.Trent Alexander-Arnold whipped in a corner from the right flank and Matip showed strength and determination to reach the ball first and plant it past Leno.Second halfLiverpool’s objective of a quickfire second was achieved almost immediately after play restarted.It was a simple decision for the referee to point to the spot after David Luiz prevented Salah from collecting Firmino’s clever touch with a tug of the shirt, and the Egyptian stepped up to send in an unstoppable penalty.Aubameyang might have halved Arsenal’s deficit but, having broken the Reds’ offside trap, he allowed Matip to recover and block away his eventual hit.And Salah punished the Gunners with a textbook goal two minutes before the hour mark.From Fabinho’s lovely pass into the right channel, the No.11 shifted his body to leave Luiz behind, sprinted into the area on an angle and rolled a finish past the reach of Leno.Arsenal substitute Torreira gave his side brief hope when he tucked a shot beyond Adrian with five minutes left – but Liverpool saw out the remainder to ensure they continue to set the Premier League pace.*****SOURCE: LIVERPOOL FCShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Friends rally for terminally ill U football player


first_imgIn this photo taken on Dec. 9, 2013, Manny Hendrix says goodbye to Bronzell Miller, right, as Miller’s partner Marnie Oliver, left, sits on the bed, after Hendrix visit to Miller at home in West Jordan, Utah. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Keith Johnson)WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — If Bronzell Miller dies today, it might be laughter that kills him.“Marnie saved me,” he rasps, twinkle-eyed, to the guests huddled at his bedside. After a glance at his ex-wife, the two launch into hysterics — Miller holding his ribs and wincing, Marnie Oliver blushing, their visitors sharing a look of “What the — ?”Oliver settles herself and shares the joke.When she supported the giant man’s weight after picking him up from the airport last Thursday, she reminded him that it wasn’t the first time she’d “saved him”: Twenty years earlier Oliver helped Miller up the stairs and into the shower after a night of carousing — his last-ever, he now says — and “he leaned against the wall crying, ‘Ooooh! Ooooh!’ ” she mocks. This time everyone laughs.The 42-year-old former Utah defensive end who played a year in the NFL spends this recent Monday afternoon giggling with old friends as they tell stories, talk family and suss out the shortcomings of the modern-day Utes. But when they leave, he becomes pensive, and a tear glistens at the corner of his eye.He begins to think about why they came to see him.“You can’t argue with 12-0,” says a resigned Miller. “They diminished what we did.”This is bait. He knows better — that the 1994 Utah football team put the program on the map, that without them there would be no 12-0 in 2004 or 13-0 in 2008. But he wants to hear you say it.The younger brother of then-Utah defensive back Ed Miller first showed up in Ron McBride’s office as a lanky 17-year-old who’d been told by previous Utah head coach Jim Fassel that he was “an arm’s length too slow.”The Seattle native hadn’t qualified for the U., and McBride urged him to get his associate degree at Eastern Arizona, where he would play wide receiver (catching five TD passes) and linebacker (sacking eight).He packed on 50 pounds while improving his 40-yard-dash time during a redshirt year at the U., evolving into a factory-mold edge rusher who made teams pay for devoting two blockers to future Pro Bowl defensive tackle Luther Elliss.He and Elliss anchored a stingy run defense, quarterback (and current San Diego Chargers head coach) Mike McCoy captained the offense, and famously fiery defensive coordinator Fred Whittingham “yelled once” all year in 1994, Miller said. They finished 10-2 and ranked No. 8 in the Coaches Poll to become inarguably, at that time, the best in school history.“Our biggest thing is we were all there to better one another,” Miller says. “It was just one of those special seasons. . We created something that none of us can forget.”Miller has received a handful of death sentences.First, three to five years. In October, six months. But in early December he was told he has just two weeks, and “this one feels real,” he says.Doctors diagnosed Miller’s multiple myeloma in 2010, and he’s since endured chemo, radiation, bone marrow and stem cell transplants. The stem cells brought a brief remission, but thanks, he believes, to his participation in a pie-eating contest, that proved temporary.He and Oliver divorced in 1999. The two have stayed close, however, and when their son, Bronzell Jr., came out to visit him for Thanksgiving, she asked that he assess the gravity of his dad’s condition.At first, the U. sophomore found Miller perky and mobile, but his health deteriorated throughout the week. A doctor warned them time was running out, and he required end-of-life hospice care. Finally, Oliver persuaded her ex-husband to return to Utah.Miller has visible tumors — one on the center of his spine the size of a baseball, another sticking out of his back and multiple growths on his rib cage — but ultimately the killer is a soft-tissue tumor inside his sinus cavity that pushes against the frontal lobe of his brain. His organs are expected to fail in a matter of days.The man who once could run 40 yards in 4.5 seconds tried Dec. 9 to walk from his air bed to the kitchen, stumbling and breaking his crutches. “I’m so drained,” he says. “I’m so tired.”Miller was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 1995 NFL draft, getting cut and signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in his only NFL season. He later suited up for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, with whom he won a Grey Cup Championship in 1998.But Miller says football players are “easily replaced” and has strived not to be easily labeled.“He would just like to talk about anything,” McBride says. “He would come in my office sometimes and just sit down and start talking about things not pertaining to football — his academic life or his dating life or whatever. He’d say, ‘Coach, what do you think about this?’ and he’d just go on and on and on.”On his way to Los Angeles to play for the Arena Football League’s Avengers in 2001, he stopped by McBride’s office for another chat, telling his old coach, ” ‘I’m on my way to Hollywood to be a movie star!’ ” McBride says. “I said, ‘You’re what?’ ”Miller’s IMDb page lists credits for nine roles, including “Bringing Down the House” and “Mr. 3000.” And he’s a triple threat: More even than acting and football, he adores country music.“He’s like a cowboy-boots-wearing cowboy,” jokes 1994 teammate Edwin Garrette. Miller was downright gleeful Monday when he shared news that Canadian singer-songwriter Scotty Hills will include some songs Miller wrote on his new album.With short notice, former teammates and fellow athletics department notables are scrambling to do what they can for a fallen Ute.Miller’s buddies tell him not to worry about his kids (He has nine: Alesha (21), Bronzell Jr. (20), Breezell (19), Elijah (16), Breonne (13), Isaiah (11), Aaliyah (9), Arielle (7) and Isaac (5); he is also stepfather to Oliver’s son Stetson, 24). They’ll be taken care of, they say.But mostly they just shoot the bull, and as his friends shake their heads, Miller stresses that he darn well means it: Pac-12 success requires a quarterback from the Pacific Northwest. He had to stop watching this year’s 5-7 Utes “because my anxiety would go up. It was breaking my heart.”The five children from Miller’s last marriage plan to attend his funeral, but they won’t be able to say goodbye to their father in person.Miller and their mother had an ugly split in 2010, after which Waukesha County records show he was found guilty of class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and both have restraining orders against each other.But Oliver and Miller have an easy rapport, and she dropped everything to care for her ex-husband with no apparent complaint. Because Miller has no life insurance, she’s raising money for end-of-life care and funeral expenses through YouCaring.com.Doctors no longer make any effort to prolong Miller’s life. Oliver simply keeps his pillows fluffed and applies Fentanyl patches as he playfully squirms and yells “Cold!”Asked about what’s going through his mind, Miller said, “You mean death?”He explained, the handsome man gesturing with huge arms that still look capable of a mean swim move, that his foremost concern is submitting his Ph.D. application to the University of Utah’s Psychology Department, because life isn’t all about football.In other words: He’s trying not to think about death.But feeling the love from the people whose lives he’s touched, revisiting all the great times he’s had with them — their company is welcome, but it makes his reality tough to ignore.“You’re focused on getting stuff done, and all of a sudden, old friends show up.”___Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.comlast_img read more