Manchester United are prepared to back new manager David Moyes to the hilt in the summer transfer market and have not ruled out going after a “stellar player”. The club’s chief executive Ed Woodward insists the resources are there to recruit top-drawer talent and said they are “absolutely” able to compete for players in the £60million-£70million bracket. “We haven’t got money burning a hole in our pocket but we have got a strategy on player purchases and if David wants to go after a stellar player he can do that,” he said, in quotes carried by several of the national Sunday newspapers. United have been linked with Tottenham star Gareth Bale – a player that Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign in 2007 before he joined Spurs – and there has also been speculation regarding a sensational bid to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who left United for Real Madrid in 2009 for a world-record £80million fee. The Red Devils’ pursuit of playmaker Thiago Alcantara appears likely to end in defeat, with the Barcelona man now looking set to link up again with his old boss Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. United have also been strongly linked with Thiago’s club-mate Cesc Fabregas and may now look to step up their interest in the former Arsenal captain. “The way we worked with Alex was he would identify the transfer targets and take them to (joint chairman) Joel (Glazer) and (former chief executive) David (Gill), who would have discussions which ended with them backing him in the transfer market every single time and we see that continuing with David Moyes,” Woodward added. “We could have broken the transfer record in the past if we’d wanted to. Alex may not have got all the players he wanted but that was never down to not releasing funds. There’s never been a cut-off price.” United’s record signing remains the 2008 acquisition of striker Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham for £30.75million. Wayne Rooney was another player United brought in for big money, but they appear relaxed about the prospect of his contract running down as speculation continues over the England forward’s future. Moyes has been repeating his mantra about wanting Rooney to stay, albeit pointing out he will not let any player become bigger than the club. Woodward says United are not currently giving Rooney’s contract special attention, despite the risk of the 27-year-old’s value plummeting – or being wiped out – over the remaining two years of his contract. Speaking to reporters in Thailand prior to Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Singha All Stars, Woodward said: “There are no contract renewals that are being discussed. I am not sitting down with any player on an extension and there is no trigger date in the diary. Would we be afraid to run a contract down? Of course not.” Press Association
Southampton, United Kingdom | AFP | Olivier Giroud’s last-gasp header salvaged a point for Arsenal in a 1-1 draw at Southampton on Sunday as Arsene Wenger’s side avoided a second successive Premier League defeat.Wenger’s team appeared destined to follow last weekend’s home loss to Manchester United with another setback when they trailed to Charlie Austin’s third minute goal. A poor clearance from Mertesacker conceded possession deep inside his own half and then slipped as he attempted to make up for his mistake, allowing Dusan Tadic the time and space to pick out Austin’s run into the box where the striker finished from 12 yards out.It was the perfect start for the home side and they should have been two up inside five minutes when Tadic and Austin again combined to open up the unconvincing Gunners back line.This time Tadic delivered a through ball from near the halfway line, sending Austin into space with a clear run on goal, but the forward placed his shot too close to keeper Petr Cech who was given the chance to save. – Vulnerable –Arsenal looked vulnerable to every early Southampton attack and the satisfaction that followed Thursday’s 6-0 Europa League defeat of BATE Borisov was quickly forgotten.Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere had both impressed in that win but Wenger adjudged that neither had done enough to force their way into his starting line-up.Wilshere, in particular, had cause to feel hard done to with Granit Xhaka making little impression in the central midfield areas as Arsenal fought to get back on level terms.In fact, most of the visitors’ first half opportunities came on the break, most threateningly when Alexis Sanchez controlled a Southampton corner inside his own area and led a sweeping move that was halted by Pierre-Emille Hojbjerg’s saving tackle as Alexandre Lacazette prepared to shoot.And when Aaron Ramsey did fire off a shot towards Forster’s goal – a first time effort from Sanchez’s 32nd minute cross – the Southampton keeper reacted superbly to dive low to his left after push the ball beyond the post.Arsenal pressed forward with more purpose after the restart, dominating possession, yet unable to penetrate a home defence that was demonstrating far more resilience than the Gunners’ own back line.Arsenal’s attempts to force an equaliser left them even more exposed at the back.Oriel Romeu almost found a way past Cech when his 20-yard drive struck the bar before a routine ball over the Arsenal defence led to Tadic setting up another good opportunity, this time for Ryan Bertrand.Arsenal seemed to have run out of ideas until Giroud found space between the Saints defenders and headed home from Sanchez’s cross.Share on: WhatsApp Per Mertesacker had been restored to the line-up in place of the injured Shkodran Mustafi.But the Germany international was left red-faced just two minutes into his return as he gifted Southampton the goal that allowed Pellegrino’s side to control the first half. But France striker Giroud conjured a response with two minutes left when he directed Alexis Sanchez’s cross past Fraser Forster shortly after appearing as a substitute.A single point, though, denied Arsenal the chance to climb into the top four.“It was a difficult game and I felt that we paid a heavy price for a slow start. We kept going. It was a game of high intensity,” Wenger said.“In the second half it was all us but they defended well. We played with many strikers. Overall, I think the spirit was great. We were relentless to the end.”Southampton can consider themselves unfortunate to have seen Austin’s fourth goal in three starts cancelled out late on, but Mauricio Pellegrino’s side have won just one of their last seven games.After seeing his side ship two early goals in the United defeat, Wenger had demanded concentration from the startUnfortunately for Wenger, it appears his words went unheeded.
Submitted by the Washington Center for the Performing ArtsOlympia – Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting Tuesday October 2nd to Sunday October 7th at The Washington Center.From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning sacred cosmogram. These cosmograms can be created in various media, such as watercolor on canvas, wood carvings, and so forth. However, the most spectacular and enduringly popular are those made from colored sand.In general all mandalas have outer, inner and secret meanings. On the outer level they represent the world in its divine form; on the inner level they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into enlightened mind; and on the secret level they depict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand painting is said to effect purification and healing on these three levels.The mandala sand painting begins with an opening ceremony, during which the lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness. This is done by means of chanting, music and mantra recitation, and will be held on October 2nd at 12noon. The public are invited to this free ceremony.The lamas begin the exhibit by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform. On the following days they lay the colored sands. Each monk holds a traditional metal funnel called a chakpur while running a metal rod on its grated surface. The vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid onto the platform.Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing. The closing ceremony will be held on October 7th at 2pm. Tickets for the closing performance and ceremony are available at washingtoncenter.org. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationThurston County Roadwork: As crews march toward completion of a project to replace Interstate 5 expansion joints at Martin Way in Lacey, they will also determine future bridge preservation needs for the span that carries southbound I-5 traffic over Pacific Avenue in Olympia.Work on both bridges will reduce southbound I-5 to a single lane for about two miles from Martin Way through Pacific Avenue. Drivers are advised to plan for extra travel time.Friday, July 209:00 p.m. – single-lane closure begins10:00 p.m. – double-lane closure begins, reducing southbound I-5 to one laneSaturday, July 21All lanes will reopen at 5:00 a.m.Real time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.Featured photo credit: Kim Merriman
It’s almost like a playoff series in October for the Nelson Leafs and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The two Murdoch rivals will face off for the fourth time this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season Friday night in Fruitvale with Nelson holding a 2-1 advantage in the season series thanks to a 3-2 double overtime win last week in the Heritage City.“It certainly provides us a view of what we can expect to compete against to get out of our division,” said Leaf coach Mario DiBella when asked about the early season quirk in the schedule.“I don’t think the team is getting tired of playing BV,” DiBella added.“I think they’re enthusiastic about playing teams they have to beat come playoffs to get out of the Murdoch Division.”Nelson returns home Saturday to face the Castlegar Rebels at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Rebels have defeated Nelson twice this season — 3-2 and 5-4 in overtime.Sandhu remains on Injury ListLeaf netminder Jason Sandhu remains on the injury list after suffering a lower body injury four games into the season.The 20-year-old Chilliwack native began to skate again but is not spending much time between the pipes until the body heals.Nelson was able to grab another goalie after then coaching staff acquired Devin Allen from the Melfort Mustangs of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Allen was instrumental in the Leafs being able to rally from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Beaver Valley in double overtime last week.Thompson on loan to Langley RivermenIn keeping with team philosophy, the Leafs have loaned defenceman Dash Thompson to Langley of the BC Hockey League.“Part of our philosophy is to make sure we’re helping with the development of these players so we wouldn’t hold a player back if we can accommodate the player playing at higher level in an AP position,” DiBella explained.The Rivermen travels to Coquitlam Friday before hosting the Express in a return game Saturday and Trail Smoke Eaters Sunday.Former Leaf Hulston off to SaskatchewanLeafs experienced a brief visit from former center Levi Hulston.DiBella said Hulston, after being released by Langley following a two-game stint, has decided to pursue his Junior A career with Humbolt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.“Humbolt pursued Levi all summer so once he was let go by Langley they made their pitch,” DiBella said.“Levi did come to Nelson to practice with us but as a 19-year-old he felt this was his opportunity and I can appreciate that and wish him well.”New players expected soonDiBella said the Leafs are still tweaking the roster as the club enters October.He said the team is expecting a forward and a defenceman into camp as soon as the weekend.”The forwad is very fast with good hands has ability to put puck in the net while the D-man is 6’3″ and gives us the grit I feel we need to help the back end,” DiBella said.
ALBANY, CALIF. (Mon. May 30, 2016) – Three tickets hit the Golden Pick 6 for $33,726.66 on Monday at Golden Gate Fields.Johnny Reb posted a 20-1 upset in the finale to help produce the substantial return. A victory by No. 6 Peppered Pro (sixth in the field of seven) would have triggered a jackpot payout of $1,230,919. The jackpot is paid only when there is a single ticket with all six winners.The jackpot will begin at $1,137,828.68 when racing resumes Friday. The Golden Pick 6 sequence will begin with race 3.There will be a mandatory payout on the Golden Pick 6 on June 12, closing day for the Winter/Spring Meet.
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1 Johnstone 10 Phillips Share via Email 5 Lindsay 61 39 22 Clucas 7 Krovinovic 29 Diangana WBA61STK39% 15 Austin Corners 4 3 9 Zohore Share on LinkedIn Possession 11 McClean Cardiff face three-window transfer ban if they do not pay for Emiliano Sala West Bromwich Albion 21 Edwards 12 Carter-Vickers 6 Batth Goal attempts 9 Vokes Substitutes Share on Pinterest match reports 3 Ward (s 74′) 27 Ndiaye 19 Sawyers Share on Messenger 4 Allen (s 61′) 37 Collins Match stats Fouls Topics Share on Facebook (s 83′) 6 Stoke Off target 6 West Brom 3 Stoke On target 2 West Brom 5 Bartley 26 Hegazi 6 Ajayi Read more 14 Townsend 8 Livermore (s 63′) 24 Cousins Championship 4 Robson-Kanu 32 Federici 23 Bond Stoke 11 Brunt 25 Powell (s 62′) 18 16 Stoke City (s 83′) Share on Twitter WBA STK Reuse this content Substitutes 7 Ince Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu fired West Brom back to the top of the Championship as Stoke remain rooted to the bottom after a disappointing 2-0 defeat.The midfielder Phillips’ sixth goal of the season gave the Baggies a sixth-minute lead and Robson-Kanu’s second-half penalty ensured they comfortably avoided an upset at the Bet365 Stadium and leapfrogged Preston at the summit.The Scotland international Phillips was never going to miss from close range for his second goal in successive games as Slaven Bilic’s side stretched their unbeaten run to five matches. 1 Butland 12 Matheus Pereira 2 Furlong West Brom 31 Duffy 26 Campbell 14 Smith Share on WhatsApp And Robson-Kanu’s third goal in four matches inflicted an 11th defeat in 15 games on Stoke who, only three days ago, sacked their manager, Nathan Jones, after a miserable start to the season. They are now six points adrift of safety.The defender Cameron Carter-Vickers fouled winger Grady Diangana and Robson-Kanu, on as a substitute, coolly scored from the spot. Victory puts the Baggies two points ahead of Preston, Leeds and Swansea.Stoke’s teenage striker Tyrese Campbell forced an early save from Sam Johnstone but his left-foot shot was easy for the West Brom keeper. Two minutes later the visitors took the lead.Diangana, on loan from West Ham, worked a clever one-two with Jake Livermore and delivered across the face of goal where the unmarked Phillips easily slotted home.At the other end Stoke broke on the counterattack and Sam Vokes headed Tommy Smith’s cross straight at Johnstone. Darnell Furlong tried his luck from distance in reply but his right-foot shot flew well wide before West Brom’s Charlie Austin suffered a bloodied nose when hit by a stray arm from Liam Lindsay just before half-time.Carter-Vickers should have levelled straight after the break but the right-back somehow shot over from point-blank range. Danny Batth headed Sam Clucas’s corner perfectly into his path at the back post but he rushed his effort and it flew well over. But no matter how hard they tried Stoke struggled to create clear-cut opportunities for their frustrated fans. Carter-Vickers’ reckless challenge on Diangana resulted in West Brom’s penalty – and Robson-Kanu made no mistake to seal the points.The Welshman had been on the pitch for only six minutes but he calmly slotted into the bottom left corner as Jack Butland dived the opposite way.It should have been 3-0 moments later but this time Robson-Kanu headed Phillips’ inch-perfect cross against the right post. Robson-Kanu also forced a save out of Butland at the end as West Brom deservedly picked up maximum points. Lineups
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton striker Adams happy for matchwinner Djenepoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton striker Che Adams is happy for Moussa Djenepo over his goalscoring form.Djenepo, who also joined in the summer, bagged his second goal of the campaign to give Saints a win over Sheffield United.Having already produced two match-winning strikes, Adams is backing the £14m winger to be a success on the south coast.Adams explained: “He does it in training all the time. We know what he can bring and that’s why the manager brought him into a more attacking role.“From when he stepped in the door, you could see he has the ability and that’s why the club signed him.“It’s important if you’re an attacking player, you need to be able to cause opposing teams problems and he’s shown that.“I think he will be a massive player for us, he’s an attacking threat, and that’s what we need. He will help us in the league.”