UVU Men’s Basketball Standout Fardaws Aimaq Named WAC Player of the Year

first_imgMarch 9, 2021 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball Standout Fardaws Aimaq Named WAC Player of the Year Brad James Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDENVER-Tuesday, Utah Valley men’s basketball standout redshirt sophomore center Fardaws Aimaq was named the WAC’s men’s college basketball player of the year Tuesday. Aimaq was also named to the All-WAC First Team, the All-WAC defensive team and the All-WAC newcomer teamAimaq averages 14.5 points and a national-best 15.2 rebounds per game.He is the first Division I player since 1980 to average at least 14 points and 15 rebounds per contest.Aimaq leads the nation in total rebounds (317) and defensive rebounds per game (10.8).The native of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada ranks second nationally in offensive rebounds per game (4.29) and fifth in double-doubles (14).Aimaq achieved WAC player of the week honors three times.He is only the fifth Wolverine in school history to achieve first-team All-WAC honors.Other Wolverines honored Tuesday included senior forward Jamison Overton, who made the second team, and graduate student forward Evan Cole and junior shooting guard Trey Woodbury who achieved honorable mention recognition.Overton averages 15.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season for the Wolverines.Woodbury averages 14.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest for the 11-10 (9-4 in WAC play) Wolverines.UVU is the No. 2 seed in this week’s WAC Tournament at Las Vegas and will play the winner of No. 3 New Mexico State-No. 6 Texas-Rio Grande Valley Friday evening in the conference semifinals.last_img read more

Let’s Help America Find A New Enemy!

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With all our attention focused on the national debt and our fear of people having health insurance, there’s one serious problem we’ve all been ignoring: America is now facing a shortage of meaningful enemies.Think about it: The war in Iraq is essentially over, the conflict in Afghanistan is winding down, and Syria is now being inspected for chemical and biological weapons.Not only that, but Russia doesn’t want to bury us anymore; they just want to sell us their oil and gas. And even Cuba has stopped hating us and is now taking baby steps toward private enterprise.But without a menacing, new enemy, there’s just no way the Pentagon can justify spending nearly $700 billion each year—20 percent of every tax dollar we send to Washington. (By comparison, the entire budget for the Environmental Protection Agency is $10.5 billion.)Note: This means our military budget is now six times more than China’s, 11 times more than Russia’s and 27 times more than Iran’s.It’s clear that America needs somebody to be afraid of—a reliable new boogeyman to help our threatened military economy.And we need to act fast—before bands of know-nothing congressmen slash military spending down to the size where they can “drown it in the bathtub,” as some people have threatened.To help us get started in the arduous search for a new enemy, here are some thoughts and directions that immediately come to mind:1. “Satan” does not qualify, despite enormous numbers of leaflets from fundamentalist churches left on my doorstep. Unfortunately, he (or she) cannot be engaged in combat by anything our Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex is able to produce.2. Sorry, the “United Nations” doesn’t work as an enemy, either. Let’s get real—they can’t even make their own diplomats pay the $17,000,000 they owe New York City for parking tickets. The idea that the 192 member states of the UN will actually agree to invade somebody is far-fetched, to say the least.3. “Muslims.” The bad news is that more and more Muslims have been exposed by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security as ordinary people who just want to be left alone to worship as they choose. The wacko little groups of jihadists are in decline, and it is clear that Muslims pose no more danger to America than Boston Red Sox fans.4. “Nation States.” Two come to mind: North Korea and China. North Korea is a truly bizarre country that, in the 65 years of its existence, has never even figured out how to feed its own people. Occasionally, they pound their chests and fire a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan. China, of course, could become a problem but we owe them so much money, and buy so many of their products, that both our economies would self-destruct if it became our enemy.5. “Environmentalists” are considered by some Military/Industrial folks to be the enemy, but so few Americans seem to really pay attention to what’s going on in our environment (look up “Fracking” and “Does Sonar Cause Deafness In Dolphins and Whales?” on Google) that they do not seem to pose a serious threat.5. “Telemarketers.” They are ranked No. 1 on everyone’s list, and are universally despised. The problem is, we don’t know what they look like or where to find them. Before they become our official enemy, the Pentagon will have to do a nationwide survey which will almost certainly include annoying telemarketing calls at dinnertime to find out your opinion.As you can see, picking a new enemy isn’t easy.So…if you have any thoughts about who America’s next enemy should be, send us an email*. We’ll pass all your ideas along to the proper authorities in Washington.It’s the patriotic thing to do.last_img read more

Martin Luther King Day 2014 Events on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Long Island is hosting events that keep alive his spirit of unity and charity. From memorial services to commemorative marches, here’s a list of how Long Island will be honoring Dr. King in 2014.SUNDAYEvent: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial servicePlace: The First Presbyterian Church of LevittownTime: 4 p.m.Details: Local clergy ministers and gospel choirs will be featured in a memorial service in The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown at 4 p.m. to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Event: Interfaith ServicePlace: St. Martha’s R.C. Parish 546 Greengrove St., Uniondale, NY.Time: 7 p.m.Details: St. Martha’s R.C. aim’s to continue to spread Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. message of unity by hosting an interfaith service.MONDAYEvent: The 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship awards luncheonPlace: Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Blvd., in Uniondale, NY.Time: 11:30 a.m.Details: The price of a ticket is $60. County Executive Mangano will be the Honorary Chairperson of the event. Serving as the Honorary Vice-Chairman will be Chief Deputy County Executive Rob Walker and Rev. Phillip Elliott, Deputy County Executive for Minority Affairs. Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg will serve as Luncheon Chairman and Arthur M. Katz will serve as Honorary Co-Chairman. The Proceeds from this event will help local high school seniors who are looking for higher education.Event: Volunteer ProjectsDetails: As part of the National Day of Service, several community leaders are encouraging residents to volunteer in their communities or plan their own project. Visit www.mlkday.gov/serve/find.php and enter in your city, state or zip code. The website also has more information on how to start your own project.Event: Dreaming with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Place: Long Island Children’s MuseumTime: 11-11:45 a.m.Details: Children ages 5 and up will get the opportunity to investigate the life of Dr. King and use what they learn to produce a piece of artwork at the end of the session. Museum admission fee is $3. The fee for Long Island Children’s Museum members is $2.Event: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative MarchPlace: The Corner of Laurelton Boulevard and Park Avenue, Long Beach, NYTime: 11 a.m.Details: In addition to marching, participants can also participate in the Holiday Celebration Luncheon as well as the annual fundraiserEvent: Poetry, music and song in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Place: Half Hollow Hills Community Library – Dix Hills BranchTime: 2 – 4 p.m.Details: The Wheatley Heights Mother’s club host an afternoon of poetry, music and song in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The club is requesting donations of new socks for the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Wyandanch. Tickets are not required.Event: 21st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in HempsteadPlace: Hempstead Town Hall parking lot on Front Street and Greenwich Street.Time: 9 a.m.Details: The parade will take a new route this year. It will begin at the Hempstead Town Hall parking lot on Front Street and Greenwich Street. Then it will continue to the Kennedy Memorial Park, 335 Greenwich Street. The parade will be followed by a brief ceremony in the auditorium at 9:30 a.m.Event: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Place: Hyatt RegencyTime: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)Details: The first Church of Riverhead will host a memorial breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The keynote speaker will be Rashad Robinson. The breakfast will be $50 per person.last_img read more

Uganda ends Eritrea run to win 15th CECAFA Cup title

first_imgUganda are CECAFA champs. PHOTO FUFA MEDIANairobi, Kenya | AFP & URN |  Uganda beat Eritrea 3-0 to win the Cecafa Cup for the 15th time on Thursday and become East Africa’s most successful side in the regional competition.Goals from Bright Anukani, Mustafa Kizza and Joel Madondo saw Johnathan McKinstry’s side triumph against the resurgent Eritrea who eliminated the defending champions Kenya in emphatic fashion on Tuesday.But it was Eritrea who took the early initiative, and almost got an opener in the seventh minute when dangerman Robel Kidane was denied an open chance by the resilient Ugandan backline.Uganda fought back and appeared to have taken the lead in the 11th minute when Allan Okello found the back of net but the referee ruled out his effort for offside.The new champions, however, did not make a mistake when Anukani beautifully curled home the opener past Eritrean goalkeeper Solomun Haile Kibrom after 31 minute.Two second half goals from Kizza and substitute Madondo wore down the spirited Eritrea side, who were featuring in their first ever final in the regional championships.Kenya won the bronze medal after edging out arch-rivals Tanzania 2-1. McKinstry’s first title“I am happy that the boys have worked hard and won the trophy. It is a good tournament we have used to prepare for the 2020 Africa Nations Championship because we have won all the five games,” said Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry after the game.“We have worked as a team and deserve to win this trophy,” said Uganda Cranes skipper Halid Lwaliwa. Eritrea’s coach Efrem Haile Alemseghed said they lost to a good side.Kenya finished third to win bronze after beating Tanzania 2-1 in an earlier match. Kenneth Muguna and Hassan Abdallah scored for the Harambee Stars of Kenya, while Gadiel Michael Kamagi converted a second half penalty for Tanzania.Uganda Cranes also received the Fair Play Award, while Uganda’s Charles Lukwago was voted best goalkeeper. Kenya’s Oscar Wamalwa was best scorer with three goals, while Eritrea’s skipper Robel Micheal Tekle was voted Best player of the tournament.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ocean Marina Yacht Club to set up world’s first sailing fleet…

first_imgRepresenting the Thai Paralympic Committee, Narumon Subsri was present at the official announcement of the SV14 purchase during the recent Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, and together with Ocean Marina Yacht Club and Top of the Gulf Regatta will look to grow the sport in Thailand.“While we look to the future and possibility of Thailand having an official Para Sailing Team, our immediate goals are to install the fleet at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, establish the class in Thailand and offer sailing opportunities for people with disabilities,” added Finsten.The 2019 Top of the Gulf Regatta presented by Ocean Marina will take place from 30th April to 5th May. The world’s first fleet of SV14 boats is set to be based at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya in 2019.Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya has invested in Thailand’s burgeoning disabled sailing scene with the purchase of eight SV14 boats from Fareast Yachts. With limited sailing opportunities for disabled people in the kingdom, Ocean Marina has taken the lead with the purchase of what will be the world’s first SV14 fleet, and expects to take delivery January, 2019.“Ocean Marina Yacht Club have been promoting sailing opportunities in Thailand and an avid supporter of grassroots sailing for many years, and now we have taken this one step further with the purchase of the eight SV14s which we will use to offer safe sailing opportunities to people with disabilities,” said Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club.A two-person modern dinghy, the SV14 is designed for people with disabilities and is the result of a global collaborative design and build effort initiated by Peter Jacops, founder of Disabled Sailing Thailand, led by Simonis Voogd Design and built by Fareast Yachts in China.“This is an exciting development by Ocean Marina Yacht Club and I commend them and Kirati Assakul, Director of Ocean Property Co., Ltd. who initiated the idea, on their vision and desire to make sailing more accessible. I will be working with the Ocean Marina Yacht Club team as well as Disabled Sailing Thailand (the official para sailing body in Thailand) to kick start the class in Thailand with a view to host the “Thailand Open Parasailing Championship” at the 2019 Top of the Gulf Regatta,” commented William Gasson, Co-Chairman of the Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee.last_img read more

Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

first_imgJACKIE ROBINSON BOSTON (AP)—Everybody in uniform at the Tampa Bay Rays game Monday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park wore the number “42” as Major League Baseball celebrated its fifth annual Jackie Robinson Day.Fans will see more of that number on jerseys before the next couple of days are out. All the teams in action—there were eight night games on the schedule, in addition to the Rays-Red Sox day game—were asked to wear Robinson’s number on the 66th anniversary of his breaking the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Teams that didn’t play on Monday planned to pay tribute Tuesday.The anniversary is drawing special attention this year with the release of the film “42” about Robinson, which went into wide release over the weekend.“We had a screening down in spring training,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “It was open to all of our personnel.”More than 100 players and other club employees watched the film at a theater in Port Charlotte, Fla., the Rays’ spring training site, “and I think a lot of guys walked away with a greater appreciation” of Robinson’s contribution,” Maddon said.Maddon said Robinson’s debut on April 15, 1947, helped lead to the broader civil rights movement.“I still don’t think people understand how much it plays into the Martin Luther King situation,” he said. “The revolution that occurred at that particular moment, it mattered. That had to happen first to set that whole thing up.“So when you’re talking about Jackie Robinson, I don’t think people realize the significance and really courage that went behind that, and in the movie it points that out—the courage to not fight back, to be able to win over that particular mind set to be able to make all of this work.”Red Sox manager John Farrell said baseball “reflects society in so many ways, whether it’s the color barriers being broken down. In our clubhouse you’ve got six or seven countries coming together. As a group of 25, you look to not only co-exist, but (recognize) the individuality of everyone in there.“Certainly, the Robinson family and, certainly, Jackie himself may be one of the most significant situations in our country’s history, breaking down segregation to the point of inclusion and I think that happens in the game today.”The movie “42” earned an estimated $27.3 million over the weekend, according to Warner Brothers, its distributor.The subject’s popularity extends to the sale of licensed sports merchandise. Fanatics.com, a large online retailer of those items, said sales of Jackie Robinson gear on its site since the season began increased by more than 1,000 percent over the same time period last year.last_img read more

Red Bank’s ‘Couch to 5K’ Running Program Takes First Steps

first_imgby John BurtonRED BANK – For Red Bank Parks and Recreation Director Charlie Hoffmann, the aim is simple: no matter how sedentary they have been, those who signed up for his running program can start moving and get healthier.“It’s my hope it’ll plant the seed,” in the participants and they’ll continue on this fitness journey, Hoffmann said of his program “Couch Potato to 5K,” which kicked off this week.Hoffmann, who is relatively new to the Red Bank job, has conducted similar programs for about nine years, in Fair Haven, where he had previously worked as rec director, as well as in Manalapan and in South Carolina.His program is along the same lines as a national one called “Girls on the Run” and the idea is pretty simple, Hoffmann maintained—finding people’s comfort level, getting them off the couch and getting them to remain active. “It’s both an action and life enrichment course,” he explained.For the first session on a cold Monday evening this week, 13 participants joined Hoffmann at East Side Park, at the Mechanic Street/Harrison Avenue intersection, where Hoffmann told the group what to expect when they meet on Wednesdays and Mondays, from March through June.After a joke-filled introduction to the group, Hoffmann tells them to “run at a comfortable level and if you need to walk, you walk.” The idea being, he said, to extend the distances over time, “So it’ll be more running than walking,” as time progresses.Ultimately, Hoffmann hopes to have participants shape up sufficiently to be able to take on a 5K run in June.Before they start Hoffmann has them take a deep breath and give a U.S. Marine-style grunt. The grunt is for a reason, but he won’t tell them until later in the training season.Debbie Graf said she joined “Because I am a couch potato…I needed to get in shape.”Along with that, “I wanted to see who was doing it,” and was pleasantly surprised to see a neighbor had joined.Joining her, too, was Graf’s husband, John McCracken, who is already a regular runner, figuring he’d provide moral support as well. McCracken acknowledged he had already run 6 ½ miles after work before joining Graf for this program. “I’ll probably cramp up before I finish here,” he kidded.“The hardest part is done,” Hoffmann told them. “You’re here,” and are starting the program.James Scavone, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, the local business coalition, decided to get involved. “I’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time,” and thought getting more exercise would help, he said.The group did a series of stretches and some brief walk-run combinations for short distances for the first outing. Hoffmann reminded everyone that “Running is a little like making love.” He let that sink in before explaining, “You don’t have to be good at it to enjoy it.”“Anyone out of breath? In pain?” he asked afterwards. “That’ll change. It’ll go away,” as the sessions progress, he promised.Claudia Ferreira, a municipal employee, said she regularly exercises but conceded “I do better with a plan.”“It was fun,” she said of the first session and looked forward to continuing.“My real reason is really to get heart healthy and lose weight,” explained Doreen Hoffmann (no relation to Charlie), who also works for the town. She found the session “non-intimidating” and credited Charlie Hoffmann for setting the comforting tone.She’s not interested in being a serious runner but, “I feel however I end, jogging, walking, running,” she noted, “it’s pushing me to obtain a goal.”“My hope is that at some point maybe someone will come back to me and say ‘I’m running in the Boston Marathon,’” Charlie said. “I hope they stick with it.”There is still time to sign up. But that window is closing as the group continues with its twice weekly training, getting in shape, Hoffmann explained.The program costs $30 and participants get a T-shirt, the sessions and “homework” instructing different exercises and other activities members can do between trainings.For more information, call the borough Parks and Recreation Department, 732-530-2782.last_img read more

Taylor uses big stick to claim Champion Lakes stop on Zone One West Kootenay Juinor Golf circuit

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThere’s another Taylor making waves on the golf circuit, albeit the Zone One West Kootenay Junior tour.But a win is a win wherever you play.Nolan Taylor, the brother of Portland State sensation Lauren Taylor, used his superior ball-striking to edge Tanner Kopan of Christina Lake to capture the Champion Lakes title Saturday outside Fruitvale.Both players finished the 18-hole tourney with 3-over 75 scores. However, Taylor blasted a long drive down the par-five playoff hole to beat the Christina Lake golfer to the cup.Kopan did manage to top the 17-18 division ahead of Kevin Bennett of Redstone in Rossland.Tyler McKay won the 15-16-division. However, the Rossland/Trail golfer thought he had bigger fish to fry until a double bogey on the 18th hole took him out of contention for the overall prize with a 76.Brenan Moroney of Rossland/Trail finished second with Garrett Underwood from Champion Lakes third.  Braden McKay continued winning ways edging Dugan McInnes from Nakusp in the 13-14-division. Nolan Renwick of Granite Pointe was third.Sunday in Creston Bennett outlasted the field of 33 players to claim the overall low gross title ahead of Tyler McKay.Bennett finished with a 27-hole score of 114, two strokes ahead of McKay.Third overall was Kopan followed by Aaron Jenkins of Radium Hot Springs and Underwood, finishing six shots behind the winner.Rounding out the top ten was Moroney, Braden McKay, Jordan Hoodikoff, Tepper Cole of Cranbrook and MacKenzie Field of Christina Lake.The field was cut to 15 players after 18 holes with the top players playing an additional nine holes.Hoodikoff earns victory in CastlegarJordan Hoodikoff of Christina Lake fired a 3-over-par 75 to claim the Castlegar stop on the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf Circuit in May.Kevin Bennett of Redstone finished one shot behind Hoodikoff while Tanner Kopan of Christina Lake shot a 77.Brenan Moroney and Tyler McKay of Rossland/Trail finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with Alex Rugg of Champion Lakes, Braden McKay of Rossland/Trail, MacKenzie Field of Christina Lakes, Amber Arnold of Castlegar and Nathyn McInnes of Nakusp rounding out the top ten.Granite Pointe golfers Nolan Taylor (12th), Carson Arcuri (16th), Nolan Renwick (16th) finished out of the top [email protected]last_img read more

Shaban Lubega; My Premier League top six for 2018/19

first_img Tags: premier leaguetop The 2018/19 Premier League season promises to be yet another thrilling marathon like every upcoming campaign of the most loved and watched league in the world.City come into the season as defending champions but no team has successfully defended their crown since Manchester United did so in 2009. Many think that Liverpool pose the biggest threat towards Pep’s side but United, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal will be fancying their chances too.Unlike in the past, the transfer window shuts before the first game of the season and i make my submission with just over 24 hours to its close.Champions – Manchester City.Yes like i mentioned earlier, no side has won back to back Premier League titles since United won three in a row between 07 and 09 but i am tipping City to go one better than all the previous nine winners.There has not been too much transfer activity going on at the Etihad this summer and apart from record signing, Riyad Mahrez, City has not made any other major acquisition but how does one improve such a squad that made history last season? Clear not even the best manager could tinker with it.At the close of last season, i thought Pep needed another Centre half but with captain Vincent Kompany looking in good shape and John Stones having a descent World cup, buying another defender would only destabilize the set up that still has last season’s best defender in Nicholas Otamendi and a certain Aymeric Larporte who is yet to find his feet in the English game. The purchase of Algerian star, Mahrez only adds options to arguably the best attack in the league as they still have the core that win them the title last season.City may not win it by 100 points like they did last season but to me, the serial winner in Pep will have enough in his armory to ensure his side doesn’t get complement and win a second league crown on the trot.2- Liverpool. It would be absurd to think Liverpool has not improved both their first team and squad this off season. Jurgen Klopp will be feeling the pressure that comes with spending big but it is worth the risk if he is to win his maiden silver ware at Merseyside.The acquisition of Brazilian goalkeeper Alison Remses Becker looks set to end their shot-stopping issues that have existed for almost an eternity and solves the puzzle at the back. When you go back to Van Dirk’s arrival in January, the team looked a whole lot organised at the back but still let in cheap goals that i think, had they not slipped in, Liverpool would have finished in the top two.They now have a keeper capable of winning 7-10 points for them and adding the tally that will be achieved by the devastating trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and last season’s top scorer- Muhammad Salah at the other end, they will be a force to reckon with.Lets not forget that they have also brought in Brazilian enforcer, Fabinho and Naby Keita to improve their midfield that looked out of sorts at times last season. The two may not be big names but their abilities clearly fit into Klopp’s style of play and will clearly add value to the team.For Xhaden Shaqiri, he is more of an option in attack but imagine him coming on against a mid-table side with Liverpool drawing. He will clearly add an extra dimension upfront with his direct running and bang, may be the Reds will win half of the games they drew away to such teams last season, points that will help them challenge City this upcoming season but end up finishing second.3- Chelsea. The Blues have had a frustrating summer as more of their stars are linked with moves away from the Bridge than them purchasing others. Mauricio Sarri replaced Antonio Conte after last season’s disappointing 5th place finish and joining him as the major signing is Brazilian-Italian, Jorginho. What Jorginho brings to the team is the deep-laying play-maker that has eluded Chelsea for a while and with Fabregas aging, the lito Italian brings much needed energy and creativity in front of Ngolo Kante that the team lucked for the entirety of last season.Sarri will without a doubt impose his style at Chelsea and looking their preseason, the players will adapt to it sooner rather than later.Thibaut Courtois may be headed for Real Madrid but once a deal for 23 year old Athletic Bilbao keeper is completed by Chelsea, they will have gotten a keeper who is capable of playing in Sarri’s style. He may not be in the caliber of Courtois as yet but i see him becoming one of the very best in future.With all that said and Hazard staying at the Bridge, their biggest concern will be center half and who bangs in the goals at the other end. Yes the goals will go in as i believe Alvaro Morata will come good this season and like Napoli did under Sarri for years, Chelsea will be ok with scoring three and conceding two.The sole reason i think they will finish third is that the others below them will have more issues to deal with as Chelsea grip onto third place.4- Manchester United. Whether Paul Pogba joins Barcelona or not, United will have the same old problem-Jose Mourinho.With all that have in their ranks, it is difficult to assess why they have under achieved especially last season. Mourinho has brought in one major signing in Fred but i am still yet to be convinced on how he improves the first team. He is certain to get playing time as Nemanja Matic does not start the season because of injury and how United fans will be praying that he hits the ground running and by time that Serbian giant returns, the two be paired in front of world cup winner Paul Pogba, that’s if the later doesn’t force a move out of Old Trafford on transfer deadline.The simple reason that makes me think United will only finish fourth is that they have not addressed their weak areas from last season and the fact that Mourinho has already started popping up with excuses. The team looked hapless at the back last season with David Da Gea saving them in almost every match and just hours to the close of the window, only Diogo Dalot has been added. Will he start? I don’t think so, leaving United with the same starting back-line as last season and with the players in it, i see the same old problems from last season.The other area that they lacked in, was upfront. Romelu Lukaku is good but he can’t get any better than he did last season and to me, he is not a striker to get United over the white-wash.The only way United overcome the Lukaku issue is if Marcus Rashford and January signing Alexis Sanchez step up and we all know the later can but with the way Jose wants him to play, it will take more than his tenacity to achieve that.United to complete the top four.5- Arsenal. Yes Arsenal has improved especially with the purcahse of goalkeepr Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephen Liechestiner and Lucas Torreira but the billion dollar questions is, are they the players that take them back to the top four? To me it’s a simple ‘no’.The four are an improvement to the team but when you compare it with the other squads, one struggles to fit two or three players in City, Liverpool, Chelsea or United’s team. Yes Wenger left but the Arsenal hierarchy has not done much in terms of transfer funding to suggest that the team will be miles ahead of the Frenchman’s.I see them struggling at both the back and midfield departments despite of the fact that i think they will score more goals at the other end than last season as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, two proven goal scorers have the entire season ahead of them and with Mesut Ozil having only Arsenal to think about after retiring from the National team, he will clearly be an improved provider for the pair.The best Arsenal can do is finish fifth.6. Tottenham Hostspurs. Mauricio Pochettino has failed to improve a squad that proved lacking last season and i think it will be their down fall.For spells last season, they looked to be ordinary especially whenever either Harry Kane or Christian Ericksen was out of the team. That is a sign of a team that does not have a solid foundation. Like i stressed at the start of last season, Tottenham need an option to Kane which i doubt they will get in the last hours of the window.They looked magnificent in the middle last season but with Moussa Dembele’s exploits at the Russia World cup coupled by Victor Wanyama’s injury issues, i don’t think they will be as good as last season. Dele Ali is also now starting to prove he is English after all-one or two good seasons at the beginning and then losing it.It is painful for Spurs to finish behind Arsenal but i think they will do exactly that this time round unless they make two or three deadline day signings which is highly unlikely.Spurs to finish bottom of the top six.Comments last_img read more

Batshuayi scores twice for Chelsea’s development side in Checkatrade Trophy win

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesMichy Batshuayi scored twice as Chelsea’s development side won 4-0 at MK Dons to reach the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy.Batshuayi, Charly Musonda and Kenedy all featured, taking the chance to improve their match fitness following their respective injuries.Musonda also found the net, as did striker Callum Hudson-Odoi.Batshuayi opened the scoring with a cool finish after being put through by Kyle Scott and then doubled the visitors’ lead by tapping in Kenedy’s cross.Chelsea were three up by half-time courtesy of keeper Wieger Sietsma allowing Hudson-Odoi’s long-range shot to slip through his legs.Musonda added the fourth after combining with Batshuayi just before the hour mark.Goalkeeper Eduardo played too, while Kylian Hazard – the 22-year-old brother of Blues star Eden – came on as a second-half substitute.Under tournament rules, Premier League clubs can field up to five players over the age of 21.Chelsea: Eduardo, James, Ampadu, Clarke-Salter, Chalobah (K Hazard 70), Sterling, Scott, Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi, Hudson-Odoi (Sammut 70).See also:Stats suggest Hazard is in the best form of his careerIllness rules Drinkwater out of West Ham gameConte refuses to discuss Luiz’s futureConte surprised West Ham have struggledMusonda signs new long-term Chelsea contract Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more