McQuaid tore into Cookson’s manifesto 24 hours after it was unveiled in Paris on Monday, describing it as “half baked, fundamentally flawed and financially impractical”. Cookson, the British Cycling president since 1996, said in a statement released on Wednesday: “The response from Pat McQuaid to my manifesto has once again demonstrated exactly why restoring credibility to the UCI and cycling in general was the number one recommendation of the recent Deloitte consultation with the sport’s stakeholders.” Brian Cookson has responded to Pat McQuaid’s attack on his bid for the presidency of the International Cycling Union as the leadership battle intensifies. The statement continued: “His bullying and haranguing style seems designed to antagonise everyone who does not share his approach to the governance of world cycling. Yesterday’s release was a reminder of the sometimes absurd and entirely counter-productive feuds in which he has engaged.” Cookson is so far the only person to challenge McQuaid’s leadership as the Irishman, who has been UCI president since 2005, seeks to be elected for a third term in September. Several pledges have been made by Cookson, including to tackle the perceived failings of the eras of McQuaid and his predecessor, Hein Verbruggen, with anti-doping at the top of the agenda. Cookson insisted he would not counter McQuaid’s attack, but stressed his belief that the situation is clear ahead of September’s elections. “As we enter the next stage of the presidential election, it is clear that the choice that has to be made is between two different approaches to the work of the UCI and two different visions for our sport,” Cookson added. “I believe in a path based on credibility, trust and change and not one littered with a seemingly endless round of doubts and discrepancies where relations with important stakeholders are conducted by press release and punctuated by legal letters. I continue to hope the presidential contest can be one in which cycling can take pride.” Both McQuaid and Verbruggen’s reigns have been tarnished by systematic doping in the sport, epitomised by drugs cheat Lance Armstrong’s domination of the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005. Cookson has pledged to investigate claims of complicity between the UCI leadership and drugs cheats, allegations which McQuaid and Verbruggen strenuously deny. Press Association
The former Red Devils midfielder emerged from the ‘Class of 92’ to play a key role in United’s successes over the next two decades. And Scholes is concerned that United will find it just as tough as Liverpool have to get back to the top, should they leave it too late to cure the team’s current ills. A home defeat to Swansea on the opening day of the Premier League campaign suggested new manager Louis van Gaal has plenty of work to do in order to improve even on last season’s miserable performance, when United trailed in seventh in the top flight. Scholes claims he was asked last season, when working on the Old Trafford coaching staff, whether United should move for Cesc Fabregas or Toni Kroos over the summer. In the end, Fabregas left Barcelona for Chelsea and Kroos departed Bayern Munich for Real Madrid. It is not known whether United made a formal offer for either midfield player. “Either way,” said Scholes, in his Independent column, “the situation now, with 11 days of the transfer window left, has become ever more desperate for my former club. They have to sign some quality players. “I am scared for United. Genuinely scared that they could go into the wilderness in the same way that Liverpool did in the 1990s.” He added: ” What do United need? Five players. Not five players with potential. Five experienced players… for now. Five proper players who can hit the ground running and turn around a situation that looks desperate. “United’s forwards are as good as any team in the league. The problem is what comes behind them.” Scholes identified the Real Madrid quartet of Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Raphael Varane and Angel Di Maria as players he would target, along with Borussia Dortmund and Germany centre-back Mats Hummels. Insisting United’s chief executive should take the initiative, Scholes added: ” Ed Woodward keeps telling us that the money is there. I would say that now is the time to start spending it.” Press Association Paul Scholes has expressed fear that Manchester United will descend into long-term decline unless rapid action is taken to strengthen their faltering team.
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The second half was much better for USC, as it outscored the Cardinal 38-30 and held Stanford to just one made 3-pointer in the final two quarters compared to 10 in the first half. Friday’s win was spearheaded by a balanced USC scoring attack that featured four players with double-digit points. The group was led by freshman center Angel Jackson, who had 19 points on 11 shots. Stanford led by as many as 33 points late in the first half, hitting shot after shot while playing smothering defense on the other end. After just 10 minutes of action, Stanford was leading 28-6, and the Trojans went into the locker room after an abysmal first half trailing 49-21. Pili is equally as demanding of herself. After the road trip, she expressed a desire to improve her vision and passing accuracy when she receives extra attention in the post from opposing defenses. Pili and the Trojans won the turnover battle and received significant contributions off the bench in Friday’s win, a stark contrast from Sunday’s disappointing loss. The Trojans fell in a hole early as the Cardinal seized the lead in the opening minute and never looked back. Jackson and the Trojans benefited from strong showings by graduate guard Aliyah Jeune and freshman forward Alissa Pili, who finished with 18 and 17 points, respectively. A bright spot for Trakh and the Trojans was another solid showing from Pili, who scored in double digits for the eighth straight game and finished with a team-high 12 points. The Trojans’ bench production was concerning Sunday as Stanford second unit outscored USC’s reserve 36-17 — compared to a mark of 25-8 in favor of USC against Cal. Trakh was encouraged by his team’s second-half resilience, commending its ability to fight back despite not hitting many shots in the first half. “Once our young kids settled down, we did fine,” Trakh said. “We’re using these games as learning experiences. Nobody has four freshmen and one sophomore out there for prolonged minutes like we do.” The USC’s women’s basketball team earned a split in a pair of tough conference road games this weekend, defeating Cal 75-67 Friday before falling to No. 6 Stanford 79-59 Sunday. Pili continues to impress for USC as she remains the Trojans’ leading scorer in her true freshman season, averaging 14.4 points per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Pili has certainly turned heads in her short time at USC, but head coach Mark Trakh wants to see continued improvement from her as she continues to acclimate to the collegiate level and expand her skillset moving forward. Pili was pleased with the team’s effort in the second half but said the team needs to do a better job of being mentally prepared right out of the gate against teams with multiple offensive weapons.