Pogba pushing for Man Utd start after France starring role

first_imgAnd that game also featured an assist from the Manchester United man, something he has failed to provide for his club for two-and-a-half months.At the heart of Pogba’s problems with United lies the issue of which system favours the Frenchman, with the player himself known to prefer a 4-3-3 approach that allows him to focus on his attacking, ahead of his defensive, talents.However his club manager has been reluctant to adopt that formation, on a regular basis at least, with Pogba usually used in front of his back four, a fact that explains why he has scored just three times this season and has not hit the net for United for well over four months.Mourinho possibly has bigger issues with which to contend after United players returned from the international break this week to prepare for their first club fixture in two weeks against Swansea.The United manager launched an astonishing verbal tirade against his players after the FA Cup tie, accusing them of showing “a lack of personality, lack of class and lack of desire” despite a comfortable 2-0 win.Only midfielders Nemanja Matic and McTominay, playing in place of Pogba, were spared Mourinho’s wrath and the United boss faces a stern test of his man-management skills to ensure there is no residual effect from that public humiliation of his stars.Former England left-back Luke Shaw, substituted at half-time of the Brighton game, bore the brunt of Mourinho’s anger and the United manager will be hoping Ashley Young recovers from the knee injury he sustained playing for Gareth Southgate’s team against Italy on Tuesday in order to replace his team-mate against Swansea.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho’s strained relations with Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba will again come under close scrutiny when the Premier League returns from its international break this weekend.Mourinho’s side, out of action for two weeks since winning an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, face struggling Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the United manager forced to decide whether to recall the French international to his line-up.Pogba has been left out of the starting XI by Mourinho for United’s past three games, a shocking turn of events given that run has included a cup quarter-final, a vital Champions League tie against Sevilla and a high-profile Premier League meeting with fierce local rivals Liverpool.But the 25-year-old’s struggle to find consistent form, plus an obvious difficulty on Mourinho’s part to fit him into a system that suits his style of play, has seen Pogba reach what appears to be a crossroads in his career under the Portuguese manager.Should Mourinho retain his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation against Swansea, the decision about his starting line-up may be aided by the fact that young Scotland international Scott McTominay, who has played in Pogba’s position for two of those past three fixtures, has returned from international duty with a calf injury.Pogba strengthened his claims for a recall, turning in an impressive performance for France in their 3-1 friendly victory against World Cup hosts Russia in St Petersburg in midweek.In keeping with the inconsistent nature of his season, however, he had been left out of the previous World Cup warm-up game, against Colombia.– Pogba goal –The win in Russia included a free-kick goal from Pogba, the first time he has hit the net since scoring for United in the 4-1 Premier League win over Newcastle in mid-November.last_img read more

Man plays with 9-foot alligator until it tires, pulls from Parkland pool

first_imgAn animal trapper found a unique way to remove an alligator from a Florida pool.Celebrity trapper Paul Bedard, who is contracted with the state’s nuisance alligator program, was dispatched to a Parkland home on Wednesday after receiving a complaint about a 9-foot alligator swimming freely in the pool.Bedard said he was able to pull the 185-pound reptile out of the water once it grew tired from playing with him.He described the reptile as “mellow” and named it Cool Hand Luke after the 1967 film starring Paul Newman.‘Cool Hand Luke’ was relocated to the Everglades.Bedard starred in Animal Planet’s reality show Gator Boys.last_img

98-year-old Prince Philip admitted to hospital with pre-existing condition, Palace confirms

first_imgThe Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital with a pre-existing condition, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.In a statement, the palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh travelled from Norfolk this morning to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition. The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor.”It is understood the Duke has been under the weather for some time and concerns were raised when he developed a bad cold in recent weeks.He is expected to remain at the private hospital in Marylebone for a few days. He was not taken by ambulance and it was a planned admission.The Duke has not been seen in public since May, when he was pictured at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston.The 98-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth is expected to be in the hospital for a few days.His admission today came as the Queen arrived in Norfolk to begin her annual Christmas break.last_img read more

US Coast Guard Rescues Boater Off Fort Pierce

first_imgThough found safe, 29 year-old Skiff is “beaten down and exhausted” from the overnight ordeal. A Martin County man who went fishing in a 14-foot aluminum boat Tuesday and failed to return was found alive after an all night multi-agency search.“We have a story that really could’ve ended in tragedy,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told reporters shortly before noon Wednesday at Sandspirit Park in Stuart where Justin Skiff had launched about 24 hours earlier to go fishing offshore.The US Coast Guard says a helicopter lifted the missing boater to safety on Wednesday.The Coast Guard helicopter located the man in his 14-foot skiff, which reportedly ran out of gas, about nine miles southeast of Fort Pierce, Florida.last_img

Florida Senate Tries to Block Local Sunscreen Laws

first_imgThe Florida Senate acted this week to prevent towns and cities including Key West from banning the sale of sunscreen items that contain chemicals which can potentially harm coral reefs.In a 12-4 vote on Wednesday, the Rules Committee sent a measure (SB 172) to the Senate floor that is intended to block local regulation of over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics, with a focus on sunscreens.According to Republican Senator and bill sponsor Rob Bradley, who also chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, local governments should not be allowed to put restrictions on sunscreen, as it is needed to protect Floridians as well as tourists from getting skin cancer.He adds, “All sunscreen should be available throughout the state of Florida for people who buy it so that they can protect themselves. We should listen to those (skin cancer) experts and listen to that science, which is clear. We should not listen to junk science. That’s another thing I think our constituents expect of us.”The issue revolves around sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.Bradley cites findings by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), the Legislature’s research arm, about the effects of the chemicals. The agency concluded that oxybenzone and octinoxate have negative effects on corals and marine life when they are exposed to “concentration levels generally not observed in nature.”The agency added that the chemicals could also be found in seawater from “wastewater effluent, leaching from plastics, and leaching from hull paints on ships.”Deborah Foote, director of government affairs for the Sierra Club Florida, says people can easily use sunscreens without the disputed chemicals.The use of chemical sunscreens is not worth the risk to the reefs in tourist destinations such as Key West, according to the Surfrider Foundation’s Florida policy manager director, Holly Parker Curry.She explained before the vote, “Coral reefs are immensely valuable not only to Florida’s economy generally but particularly to the Keys and Key West,” Curry said in her testimony before Monday’s vote. In addition, Curry cited estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which show that Florida’s coral reefs have an asset value of $8.5 billion and support around 70,000 jobs.Florida League of Cities legislative director Rebecca O’Hara advised the committee to postpone enacting the preemption until more research could be conducted on the impact of the chemicals on coral reefs. She cautions, “I think there is probably good science out there, but I think it’s fair to say there is probably not enough to convince everybody.”“Our visitors are not expected to understand or appreciate the various particularities of different cities or counties and know what the rules are,” says Republican Senator Kathleen Passidomo, of Naples.She continues, “As a local government passes an ordinance that is totally different than anywhere else in the state, how are we supposed to know about it? You can have visitors coming to Key West without sunscreen, without products that protect their skin and then they can’t buy them. That’s just one example of why sometimes it’s in the best interest of the state of Florida that we preempt certain activities.”An identical bill in the House (HB 113) needs to get approval from two more panels before it can go to the full House. The Key West ban is scheduled to go into effect in January of next year.last_img read more

Florida Man Tries to Hire Detective Posing as “Hit Man” to Kill Brother

first_imgInvestigators say the suspect provided several Michigan addresses where his brother could be found and offered .25-caliber handgun and a bus ticket, along with the cash.Gary Hudge was arrested last Thursday and is jailed on $62,000 bail. He is also facing two drug charges.It is unknown whether an attorney is representing him. Authorities say a Florida man tried to hire a hit man to kill his brother and offered him a $160 down payment as part of the deal.It turned out the “hit man” was really an undercover detective from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department. As a result, officials have charged 54-year-old Gary Hudge with solicitation to commit murder.According to reports, Hudge met the detective during a drug investigation, and said that he wanted to hire the undercover detective to kill his brother, 57-year-old Thomas Hudge. The two were having a dispute about financial issues.Detectives have arrested a St. Pete Beach man after he attempted to hire them to murder his brother. He has been charged with Solicitation for Murder, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Sale of a Controlled Substance.https://t.co/0stU4Ca0aU pic.twitter.com/1CfW5pVjo5— Pinellas SO (@SheriffPinellas) January 17, 2020last_img read more

San Francisco Public Works Official in Charge of Cleaning up the Filthy Streets arrested by FBI

first_imgThe head of San Francisco Public Works, which is in charge of cleaning up the city’s feces-filled streets, has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of public corruption.San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru was arrested this week alongside Nick Bovis, the owner of a popular sports bar in Fisherman’s Wharf, Lefty O-Doul’s. Sources told NBC Bay Area that Nuru was arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes for airport concession contracts. The schemes involved an envelope of cash, fraudulent city contracts, improper gifts from a Chinese developer and a $2,000 bottle of wine, according to authorities.“Mr Clean may not be so clean” according to the FBI and four mayors allegedly ignored bright red flags about his performance for decades.In the early 2000s, Nuru was accused by Public Works whistle blowers of misappropriating public funds and replacing city workers with employees from a nonprofit he previously led.Both Nuru and Bovis were released on bond following their arrest.As the top official in charge of the $312 million city public works budget since 2012, Nuru was tasked with cleaning up San Francisco streets, which critics note remain cluttered with feces, trash and used needles amid a homelessness crisis.last_img read more

Contractor arrested after customer’s body found in landfill

first_imgAuthorities are reporting that they believe a 45-year-old Florida contractor is the person responsible for the disappearance and now confirmed death of one of his disgruntled customers.The body of 65-year-old Susan Mauldin was found Wednesday in the Chesser Island Road Landfill in Georgia three months after she disappeared.Officials say before her disappearance, Mauldin employed Corey Binderim to do some work on her home, however, when Binderim failed to complete the work, Mauldin demanded to be refunded.Mauldin was reported missing from her Clay County home in October and investigators pinpointed Binderim as the prime suspect.While investigating Binderim, authorities were led to the Georgia landfill where after a 9 day search that included over 215 FBI, sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers and administrators, they found Mauldin’s remains.Binderim has now been charged with murder and tampering with evidence.Officials say he’s currently behind bars on an unrelated charge of forgery.last_img read more

West Indies should win World T20

first_imgIt might sound paradoxical, but in a strange way, Twenty20 cricket has emerged as destroyer and saviour of West Indies cricket.Destroyer in the sense that it has effectively captured the hearts and passion of an entire generation of regional players, who could not care less about playing traditional Test cricket, saviour in the sense that the very same heart and passion for Twenty20 cricket by the modern players have led to us producing some of the best Twenty20 players in the world, which has resulted in the West Indies now having one of, if not the best, Twenty20 teams in the world.It is absolutely refreshing to see the West Indies entering an international tournament as genuine contenders. I will go even further by stating that the West Indies should win the World T20. The 15-man squad heading to India is full of tried and proven matchwinners.I have counted at least 10 individuals in that squad who, on any given day, can single-handedly win a game against any opposition. I venture to say there are more potential and proven matchwinners in this West Indies squad than in any other squad, including India, playing at home, and the powerful Australians.CLICKING ON ALL CYLINDERSThe objective must be for the entire team to click on all cylinders and produce overall matchwinning performances game after game but, realistically, that is not going to happen. The more realistic ask is for at least one of our stars to put their hand up and produce one match-winning performance in every single game.It should be an understanding in that West Indies dressing room that at least one of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor, Sunil Narine and Kierron Pollard, pending availability, be obligated, by professional responsibility, to produce at least one big performance per game.The eligibility of Narine will be the key. The psychological impact of having our mystery bowler in the team will be immeasurable, even if the adjustments to his bowling action affect his execution even at 60 or 70 per cent Narine will still be a real threat.Pollard has been out of cricket for a while, but he is such a physical specimen and natural athlete, a perfect fit for this explosive format of the game, his reintroduction could very well be seamless. Worst case scenario should these two are unavailable, there is the emerging Carlos Brathwaite and Johnson Charles, a member of the 2012 winning team, both waiting in the wings.I have said and written some mean things about West Indies cricket in recent times, all justified and fair, in a context where the Windies continue to embarrass the people of the region in the longer versions of the game. I am now a full convert from traditional Test and ODI cricket to T20, as far as the West Indies team in concerned.The importance of winning this particular title, at this point in time, is crucial for the West Indies cricket brand. The sooner we realise and admit that we are a hopeless and pathetic embarrassment in Test and ODIs, it should be clearer to all that winning the World T20 would mean so much more to the region and its people, as they yearn to stand tall and proud again. GO WINDIES!last_img read more

Round-up: Terry injury, Courtois criticism, Polter, QPR look at ex-Spurs youngster

first_imgJohn Terry is due to undergo a scan on his injured ankle on Tuesday.The Chelsea skipper suffered the injury towards the end of the 2-2 draw at Swansea and is a doubt for Friday’s game against Liverpool.Many Blues fans on Twitter have been critical of keeper Thibaut Courtois – and the decision to sell Petr Cech – in the wake of Sunday’s match.QPR also have an injury concern – Sebastian Polter did not train with the rest of the squad on Monday and is a doubt for the match against Newcastle.Polter did not appear for the second half against BlackburnBoth Rangers’ and Fulham’s development sides were in action on Monday evening.Former Tottenham youngster Channing Campbell-Young, who has been on trial with the R’s, featured in a 6-1 defeat at Bolton.Fulham’s Under-23s fared better, beating Aston Villa 3-0 at the Whites’ Motspur Park training ground.Kalas has impressed since joining Fulham on loanMeanwhile, on-loan Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas says he believes Fulham’s squad is stronger than the promotion-winning Middlesbrough one he was part of last season.Chelsea Ladies full-back Hannah Blundell has told West London Sport her team are still very much in the WSL title race.In cricket, half-centuries from Middlesex’s top three put Championship leaders Middlesex into a commanding position against Lancashire at Old Trafford.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more