Van Gaal appointed United boss

first_img But although the tournament in Brazil will now command Van Gaal’s immediate intention, the 62-year-old has alread y spoken of his determination to make an impact at United. Van Gaal said: “It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League. To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud. “I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are. “This club has big ambitions. I too have big ambitions. Together I’m sure we will make history.” United immediately identified former Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich coach Van Gaal as a top target after David Moyes was sacked in April. His vast experience of both winning trophies and handling top-level players, combined with his availability, made him an ideal candidate. Negotiations took time due to his commitments with Holland but, having voiced his desire to manage in England and spoken of his high regard for United, an appointment always seemed likely. The Dutchman, previously linked with Tottenham, boasts a rich coaching pedigree having won league titles with each of his clubs as well as the Champions League with Ajax. He is also now in his second spell as Holland manager. Press Association Louis van Gaal vowed to “make history” after being confirmed as Manchester United’s new manager on a big news day at Old Trafford. Van Gaal’s long-awaited appointment was confirmed alongside that of Ryan Giggs as his assistant, with the Welshman ending his glittering playing career as a result. Van Gaal has signed a three-year deal and will take up his post when his duties as Holland national boss end after this summer’s World Cup. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. “He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story. “Everyone is very excited about this new phase in the club’s history. His track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for us. “People know him as a larger than life character but I have also been extremely impressed by his intelligence, thoughtful approach to the role and his diligence. I’m looking forward to working with him.” United will hope the appointment can lift the club after a relatively poor 2013-14 season in which they finished seventh in the Premier League – their lowest position since 1990 – and failed to qualify for the Champions League. The elevation of Giggs from his previous role as player-coach is also likely to prove popular. The 40-year-old’s future was thought to have been a key part of discussions with Van Gaal as the club were keen to retain his services in a coaching capacity. Giggs, who retires as a player after an illustrious career which began in 1991, stepped in as interim manager for the final four games of last season following Moyes’ exit. Giggs, who made 963 United appearances and won 13 Premier League titles, said: “I am thrilled to have the chance to serve as assistant manager. Louis van Gaal is a world-class coach and I know I will learn a lot about coaching from being able to observe and contribute at such close quarters. “Manchester United has been a huge part of my life and I’m delighted to be able to continue that relationship in such a key role.” In addition to Giggs, Holland goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek and coach Marcel Bout, a specialist in opposition scouting, will join the backroom staff. As yet there has been no announcement from United concerning the future of Moyes’ former assistants Phil Neville and Chris Woods. With Van Gaal now due to travel to Portugal for a training camp with Holland, he is unlikely to be presented by United at a news conference until after the World Cup. When he arrives he is thought likely to make a number of changes to the squad. Some will be necessary anyway, notably in defence, following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Club owners Joel and Avie Glazer are convinced Van Gaal is the right man for the job. Joel Glazer said: “He has an outstanding pedigree as a coach, both as a man who motivates his teams to win trophies and as someone who believes in giving young players a chance to prove their worth. I am sure he will make a big impression on the club, the players and the fans.” Avie Glazer said: “Louis joins us at an exciting time and has already communicated some great ideas for how the club can move forward. “The board is right behind him in his plans and everyone here is already looking forward to the start of next season.” last_img read more

Police arrest gang suspects, ages 18-21, in connection to nearly 30 burglaries

first_imgPolice have arrested suspected gang members linked to nearly 30 residential burglaries in South Florida.Detectives reported going after a local criminal organization with several sources of revenue. They have seized weapons — an AK-47 pistol and a Smith & Wesson M&P handgun — blank checks, debit and credit cards, cell phones, iPads, jewelry, designer handbags, a stolen vehicle, and over $150,000 in cash, police said.Detectives linked the suspected gang members to nearly 30 residential burglaries in South Florida. To foil their operation, detectives simultaneously executed three arrest warrants and search warrants in Broward County, the Hollywood Police Department announced on Tuesday.According to Officer Christian Lata, a spokesman for the department, the investigation also involved the Attorney General’s Office, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Margate Police Department. Officers arrested three suspects.“These suspects committed these crimes while already on pre-trial release for previous crimes and while wearing court-ordered GPS ankle monitors,” Lata said.The three suspects, who are ages 18 to 21, are accused of belonging to the criminal organization that aside from armed burglaries was also linked to financial fraud.Lata identified the three suspects as 18-year-old Tremaine Raekwon Hill, 19-year-old Tyrek Davontae Williams and 21-year-old Zion Odain Denvor Hall. Deputies are holding them without bond.“This investigation is still ongoing and may lead to additional charges and arrests,” Lata said.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli happy that he got hundred when Indian team wanted one from him

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Virat Kohli slammed his 42nd ODI century.Virat Kohli also went past 2000 ODI runs vs West Indies.India has taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series.center_img New Delhi: Virat Kohli had not scored an ODI century ever since the Ranchi ODI against Australia in March 2019. The Indian cricket team skipper had five consecutive knocks of over 50 in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but failed to convert any of those knocks into triple figures. However, Kohli broke the rut in grand style by hammering his 42nd century and also his eighth against the West Indies as India registered a 59-run win via DLS method in the second ODI at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad. Speaking after the end of the match, Kohli said he had to step up and take responsibility after Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had failed.”We knew that anything over 270 would be challenging. It feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one. Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up. It was important to string in a lot of dot balls,” Kohli said.Kohli shared a partnership in excess of 100 with Shreyas Iyer and complimented the Mumbai batsman for taking the pressure of him. “He (Iyer) is a very confident guy and has the right attitude. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure off me. After I got out, he got the extra runs as well,” Kohli remarked.During the West Indies innings, the rain delay reduced the match to 46 overs and they were set a target of 270. Kohli said Kuldeep’s wickets was the key as the rain had made batting easier.”The number of left-handers work in favour of Kuldeep and that’s why we went in with him rather than Chahal. He is more lethal against the left-handers because of his variations and the lines that he bowls to them. Kedar (Jadhav) was precise as well. With the number of left-handers, you want to go with a chinaman bowler rather than a leggie. With Jadeja playing, it helps our balance. The batting became a little easy thanks to the rain when (Shimron) Hetymer and (Nicholas) Pooran were batting together. It was tough gripping the ball when it went into the outfield. It was about staying in there and hoping one wicket will put pressure on them and luckily we got the wickets,” Kohli said.The third and final match of the series will be played on August 14 at the Queens Park Oval.last_img read more

Alpena Senior Citizens Center Pays Tribute to Pickin for People Band

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisTo say thank you, the Alpena Senior Citizens Center will be hosting a ‘Pickin for People’ tribute this week. Playing for over 8 years once a month at the center, the seniors would love to give back to Jack Williams and his band.Williams said being honored Friday would be truly touching for him along with the rest of the crew. Williams also said the tribute caught him by surprise.“It feels great and the band is very appreciative of the center doing this out of the goodness of their heart. We love coming here because people enjoy the music that we do. We play 40s, 50s, 60s, and so on. When you’re appreciated it makes it enjoyable. So we got a lot of out of it as well as the people,” Williams said.When it comes to memories of playing at the center, Williams said that one of his favorites moments was performing from his 2ND CD, ‘Road Kill Jack.’ Williams also encourages anyone who thinks that they have talent to perform for the seniors at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center.“I just encourage anyone who has any gifts or talents…they don’t have to be perfect but maybe the center can use you in helping them. That would be my final thing is to say, look and see if you can help out,” Williams added.And with that being said Mr. Williams ended with some tunes.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Pickin for PeopleContinue ReadingPrevious Whats Your Favorite Fair Food? WBKB Reporter Star Connor Finds Out!Next National Heat Stroke Awareness Day Reminds Parents of Dangers of Leaving Child in Carlast_img read more

6-year-old girl accidentally shot, killed by older sibling

first_imgA 6-year-old Florida girl was accidentally shot in the head by an older sibling Tuesday evening and died early the next morning, authorities said.The shooting occurred at a Palm Bay apartment, Florida Today reported. Detectives initially investigated whether the gunshot was self-inflicted but later determined she had been with a 10-year-old sibling.“We believe it’s an accidental shooting,” Palm Bay police spokesman Mike Smith said.Responding Palm Bay police officers attempted to resuscitate the child, officials said. Paramedics took her to a hospital in nearby Melbourne, where she later died.It wasn’t immediately known where the sibling obtained the firearm or if it belonged to anyone in the apartment.Officials didn’t immediately name the victim or the older sibling. No criminal charges have been filed.last_img read more

Pochettino ‘accomplished objectives’ at Spurs as he sends farewell to fans

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has thanked Tottenham fans for their support and claims he “accomplised the objectives” set out for him at the club.Poch, 47, was sacked eight days ago and promptly replaced by Jose Mourinho.3 Mauricio Pochettino was sacked eight days ago and replaced by Jose Mourinho as Spurs managerCredit: AFP or licensorsBut the former Argentina defender has backed his tenure, despite failing to win a trophy or the Champions League final.And fired a warning that he is sure he will meet Spurs again — probably in an opponent’s dugout.In a statement through the League Manager’s Association, Pochettino has spoken for the first time since his sacking.He said: “I would like to thank Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy for giving me the opportunity to be part of Tottenham Hotspur’s history.”I would like to thank also everyone I met at Tottenham, all the club staff and the football players during these 5½ years.”Finally, I would like to give a special mention to the fans who make this club so great with their fantastic support.”I gave the best of me to accomplish the objectives I was asked for in our first meeting.”There were equally tough challenges as exciting success.”Best wishes for the future, I am sure we will cross paths again.”3MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsPochettino’s son Maurizio still plays for the North London club and played in their 1-0 Uefa Youth League win over Olympiakos.He also still has a flag adorning one of the walls inside the new Tottenham Stadium.Manchester United have been hotly tipped as the club who could hire Pochettino next, if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to struggle getting results.3last_img read more

Kenin, the Kournikova fan who came from the cold and challenged Roddick

first_imgSofia Kenin (Moscow, 21 years previous) might have been the successor of her idol, Anna Kournikova, in Russia if her dad and mom, Alexander and Lena, had not determined to maneuver to the United States when their daughter was just a few months previous. That they had lived a number of years earlier than in New York in 1987, however they returned to their homeland in order that different members of their household might assist them deal with the youngster. After they determined to return to America, to Pembroke Pines (Florida), they did it with little cash, however they survived. And Sofia, or Sonya, as his family members name him, might begin taking part in tennis with solely 5 years, at the request of his father, who had practiced as an novice.Rick Macci, a prestigious coach who had taken Roddick, Capriati, Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams, amongst different stars, observed the lady. He educated him till age 12 (now his father does). “It was a scary little creature, it had a formidable coordination and a terrific means to hit the ball as quickly because it bounces, though his racket was greater than her, ”Macci mentioned. And it was true. When she was seven, she mentioned she would be capable of subtract a serve from Roddick, in a video that went viral and the one which was seen utilizing the identical racket with which Andy performed, which was primary in the world in 2003 and 2004. The previous rescued these photos final Thursday to congratulate Kenin. A photograph of Sofia was additionally made well-known at the moment when she is worked up in Kournikova’s arms. She quickly turned a baby prodigy and came to take part in an exhibition with Jim Courier towards Venus Williams and Todd Martin. As junior he received the Orange Bowl, though his best success in Grand Slams was to be a finalist in the 2015 US Open. That 12 months he participated in the senior workforce, though he didn’t go the first spherical. Actually, his explosion has been late and he arrived final 12 months, when he received his first three titles, in Hobart, Mallorca and Guangzhou, and was a finalist in Acapulco, successes that positioned him in the top-20 (he’ll go away Melbourne at the least ninth, seventh if he lifts the title) and took the prize to the participant of better development of the WTA. In doubles he received alongside Genie Bouchard in Auckland and with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Beijing. In Roland Garros it didn’t go eighth, its cap till then, and half a 12 months later it’s in the last of the Australian Open, the youngest that reaches it in additional than a decade. He loves films, going out with pals, music, his iPhone, touring and taking part in along with his sister and his pals. That is Sofia Kenin, the lady who went from the cold of Moscow to the warmth of Florida … and Melbourne.last_img read more

SVL underlines commitment to JAAA

first_img stronger connection As Jamaica’s elite athletes prepare to take on the world’s best athletes at the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Beijing, China, President and CEO of Supreme Ventures Limited Brian George, has underlined his company’s commitment to the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) and Jamaica’s athletes. George, however, is urging the association to start planning for the island’s next generation of stars. SVL has been supporting the national track and field programme since 2003. Its current sponsorship with the JAAA is valued at $14 million and includes support for the national team going to the World Championships, which is set to begin in less than two weeks. SVL also sponsored the National Championships that were held in June. The company has also already committed increased sponsorship of J$16 million for 2016 when Jamaica campaigns at the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, so the JAAA already has a clear idea of what it can already plan for. The sponsorship, George said, has also ensured that the JAAA plays a greater role in helping its emerging athletes step on to the world stage. “The JAAA has to ensure that it puts sufficient plans in place to deal with the next generation of track and field athletes and in how they establish these athletes as a brand that will bring attention to Jamaica,” George said. “Usain Bolt is a brand, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce is a brand, so is Veronica Campbell-Brown. Each of those brands is going to move off the stage in relativity short order. They (JAAA) need to now focus on, how do you take these emerging stars and build a brand around them to ensure that Jamaica continues to enjoy the respect of the track and field world?” The JAAA, George said, has already taken steps to protect the Jamaican athletics programme in light of the recent leaking of ‘suspicious’ tests results that media reports suggest indicate widespread doping in the sport. “We applaud the statement they made that they will move to protect the integrity of the Jamaican athletes,” George said, adding that Jamaica has also strengthened its drug-testing programme. However, he believes there needs to be a stronger connection with the strength of the junior programme. “No other country in the world has a programme like Champs (the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships). We need to ensure the telling of the story of Jamaica’s track and field and what it is that creates Champs. That is a story that needs to be well ingrained in the minds of people so that they understand that this is not a fluke,” George said. “This is not as a result of someone taking drugs, but a natural progression,” he added. “Jamaica needs to take control of its own identity and don’t let other people come and take control of it.” Going forward, the CEO said SVL is in it for the long haul. “Our role has been unwavering,” he said. “What we will have to see is if people who have jumped into the process lately and who are talking about one- and two-year commitments, when brand Jamaica goes through its natural cycle, whether that level of commitment will still be as strong.”last_img read more

Developer hired for Rio Hondo physical education complex

first_imgWHITTIER – A new $27million physical education complex at Rio Hondo College that will replace an aging sports facility built in the 1960s has taken another step toward reality with the hiring of a developer, officials announced. The college’s board of trustees hired Telacu Construction Management Services to oversee construction of the new 42,000-square-foot facility. Telacu will take on two major functions on the project, said Steve Lohr, director of facilities services. First, the developer will manage the general contractor for the project “so that they can provide oversight on behalf of the district,” he said. The general contractor has yet to be selected. Construction on the new complex is expected to begin in the 2008-09 fiscal year and will be funded primarily through state funds, Lohr said. Preliminary plans for the complex are now being reviewed by the Division of the State Architect, a process that can take up to a year or longer, Lohr said. But once Rio Hondo gets approval from the state, the project will go out to bid. The lowest bids will be forwarded to the board of trustees, and then a general contractor will be chosen, officials said. Meanwhile, the college is moving forward on the construction of a new Library and Learning Resource Center, which is also being funded primarily with state funds. The college also passed a $245 million general obligation bond in 2004 to help pay for a five-year facilities overhaul program. “This is an important time for the college,” said interim President Manuel Baca. “The building program is under way, and the college is maximizing the opportunity to get as many projects started before the costs of construction continue to increase.” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The other is that they’re going to help us with the temporary relocation of PE functions,” Lohr added. “The PE complex has a lot of areas that are used for instruction, and facilities that faculty, staff and students use – like the fitness center – that will have to be relocated.” The college’s existing fitness center and gymnasium will be renovated as part of the plan. The new facility will include two new swimming pools, Lohr said. “It’s a priority,” Lohr said. “The \ building is outdated and it doesn’t meet our current needs. And the condition is such that it makes more sense economically to demolish part of it and build a new building. “You have to remember that most of these buildings were constructed in the mid-1960s, so they are 40-plus years in age,” he added. last_img read more