Manchester United set to complete deal for Sunderland striker Joe Hugill

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 May 2020 5:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Comment Manchester United set to complete deal for Sunderland striker Joe Hugill The academy’s reputation took a hit in the years after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, with persistent claims that they’d been overtaken by rivals Manchester City.However, United continue to provide a pathway into the first team and boast more academy graduates in their first team squad than any other club in the Premier League.MORE: Manchester United transfer target Erling Haaland backed to make Real Madrid move by former coach Advertisement Advertisement 💥 @9joehugill 💥🗳️ https://t.co/WvAyOYy6KU#SAFCAcademy pic.twitter.com/eXW3WO8aUB— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) February 29, 2020 Joe Hugill [right] has attracted interest from across Europe (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are set to beat Arsenal to the signature of Sunderland striker Joe Hugill, according to reports.The Red Devils have tracked the promising forward over the last 12 months but the Black Cats have received interest from across Europe, including from Arsenal, Tottenham, Wolves and numerous German clubs.Hugill, 16, already represents Sunderland’s U23s side and doesn’t look out of place considering his goalscoring exploits and 6ft2 frame.The forward turns 17 in October and it looks as though he’ll be at Old Trafford by that point to celebrate as the Manchester Evening News claim a £300,000 transfer is close.ADVERTISEMENT Hugill [left] in action against Liverpool’s U18s (Picture: Getty)United have stolen a march on main competitor Arsenal to seal Hugill’s signature and he’s expected to join United’s academy, where he’ll be overseen by academy boss Nicky Butt.AdvertisementAdvertisementButt was appointed academy chief in 2017 and the club have adopted an aggressive transfer strategy under his guidance.last_img read more

Nordic roundup: Oslo fund’s return driven by infra, equities in Q1

first_imgNorway’s largest municipal pension fund Oslo Pensjonsforsiking (OPF) produced a 2.8% value-adjusted return on customer funds in the first three months of this year.This was driven by gains from infrastructure and equities, which generated 8.1% and 7.0% respectively. All asset classes produced positive returns, the fund reported.The Q1 portfolio return compared to a 0.3% return in first quarter of 2016.Åmund Lunde, OPF’s chief executive, said: “It is quite possible to create a good return for customers – also in the form of defined benefit pensions, but it requires good solidity and long-term management.” OPF said in its interim report that in 2016, it had finished a three-year build up of reserves to provide for lower mortality rates, having put aside NOK246m (€26.3m) in that period.The conclusion of this provisioning process had improved results in the pensions insurance division by NOK20-21m each quarter in a year-on-year comparison.The company’s solvency capital rose 4% in absolute terms in the first quarter, but ticked lower as a ratio to 482% in the first quarter from 490% at the end of 2016, after the capital requirement increased by 6% since the end of last year.Total group assets increased to NOK85.8bn at the end of March.Sweden’s AMF warns on interest rate impactIn other Nordic news, Sweden’s second largest pension fund AMF posted a 2.5% return in the first quarter on the back of buoyancy in domestic and foreign equity markets.In the same period last year, AMF’s investments lost 0.7%.Javiera Ragnartz, CIO at AMF, said: “The period was marked by improved growth in the world economy and good economic development at home, which contributed to strong development for Swedish as well as foreign equities.“At the same time, low interest rates continue to pose challenges because uncertainty about long-term economic development persists, and there are a number of political risks which could affect the markets in the future.”AMF’s solvency ratio dipped to 193% at the end of March from 199% at the end of December.The group’s total assets under management rose to SEK582bn (€60.4bn) from SEK563bn at the end of December.last_img read more

Kids’ TV Habits alarm researchers

first_imgStuff.co.nz 11 April 2014Two-thirds of Kiwi toddlers have their eyes glued to electronic screens for at least part of every day.The study, Growing Up in New Zealand, tracked the development of approximately 7000 Kiwi children.It found that 71 per cent of toddlers are watching TV, with 64 per cent watching up to three hours daily.The recommended amount is nil screen time for kids under 2.STUDY FINDINGS71 per cent watched some TV, DVDs or videos on any given day.75 per cent spent up to one hour on a computer/laptop, including children’s systems such as Leapfrog, daily.52 per cent listened to CDs, iPods and MP3 players.72 per cent spent up to one hour playing electronic gaming devices.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9929136/New-world-of-screen-time-for-kids-may-leave-data-outdatedlast_img read more

Ministry partners Bayelsa on Grassroots Development

first_img The MoU of course will in its letter and spirit look at different levels of support over logistics. Also, the Ministry will partner international sporting agencies at the Federal Government level. “I think that will go a long way to accelerate and deepen sports development in this country,” he affirmed. Read Also:To Fix Corruption, Invest in Youth – Sports Minister In his response,Bayelsa state Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson expressed confidence that the MoU will bring about “an improved, better developed sports academy”. He expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing the Minister whom he said had brought a turnaround in sports development. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 In its avowed role of stimulating grassroots sports development, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has sealed a deal with the Bayelsa State Government to support the Asoama Sports Academy which would spot and groom young talents. Loading…center_img This agreement was concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by both parties on Monday following a visit to the academy by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare. Speaking on the landmark agreement, Mr Dare revealed that the Asoama Sports Academy, which has more than 300 students has been added to the list of facilities that are up for adoption under the Adoption Initiative of the Ministry. “Asoama represents the model we really want where youngsters can combine educational advancement side by side with sports development. In the spirit of this, the Ministry deemed it wise to partner with the Bayelsa State Government with regards to the Asoama Sports Academy and to as much as possible make it one of our resource centres.Advertisementlast_img read more

Batesville Water & Gas reminds residents to call be fore you dig!

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Water & Gas Utility is reminding citizens about the importance of protecting underground infrastructure during the state-wide observance of Indiana Safe Digging Month in April.When planning outdoor work that requires digging such as planting a tree, putting in a new children’s play set or excavating for construction, call 811 or click here before you dig.Indiana 811 will then notify the affected underground facility owners of your intent to dig so these affected utilities can dispatch locators to mark the approximate location of their lines with paint, flags or both. Anyone planning to dig should follow the five important steps for getting utilities marked – plan the project, contact Indiana 811, wait for the marks, confirm the marks and finally, dig with care.“Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree are all examples of digging projects that should only begin after you have waited at least two full working days after contacting 811, and confirmed that all facility owners in your area have either marked their lines or declared the area clear of any lines,” said Batesville Gas Manager Scott Bauer.“Unintentionally striking a line can result in inconvenient outages for entire neighborhoods, harm to yourself or your neighbors, and costly repairs.”Learn more about safe digging practices by calling 811 or the Water & Gas Utility at (812) 934-3811.The Batesville Water and Gas Utility provides water to the Batesville area and natural gas service to the Batesville, Morris and Oldenburg areas. The utility is owned by the City of Batesville and operated by the Utility Service Board.last_img read more

Weary Wearsiders kept waiting

first_img The BBC’s head of football, Mark Cole, thinks the statistic could bode well for the 16th-placed Wearsiders. He told Press Association Sport: “It’s not personal. We’ve got a couple of Sunderland fans in the office and the chap who does all our stats is a Sunderland fan so he’s keeping a particular eye on it. “If they’re on last by the end of the season the most, then it means they’ll still be in the Premier League, because they won’t be drawn into those big relegation battles that feature highly in the programme.” League leaders Chelsea have been on first the most so far – seven times – when looking at every Saturday night Match of the Day Premier League highlights programme since the start of the season, plus the three festive editions on Boxing Day, December 28 and New Year’s Day. The running order for each week’s Match of the Day is a hot topic amongst supporters and how it is decided is top on the list of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ on the Match of the Day website. Explaining the process, Cole said: “At the start of the week the editor will have a plan of how he expects it to pan out and the length of each individual match to make sure you can fit it in that BBC1 slot. Then it’s constantly changing. “At half-time you’ll perhaps have another look, and then at full-time. There’s also the added complication of a 5.30pm game most Saturdays so you’ll have a plan and then it can be thrown out of the window by what happens in that game. “It’s a collective operation but essentially it’s the editor’s decision, so he’ll make that decision after talking to the presenter, the pundits, some of the match directors. “What you’re trying to look at in a nutshell is what game do people sat at home at 10.30pm on a Saturday night want to watch most? “There’s a combination of factors that go into that. People want to see the teams at the top, there’s interest in relegation battles, but also what the game’s been like. Goals do have a massive impact in where you are in the running order for Match of the Day.” The rise of social media has enabled fans to interact directly with the programme, its main presenter, Gary Lineker, and pundits. The running order is now announced on Twitter ahead of the programme on a Saturday evening and flagged up throughout the broadcast. Cole said: “Certainly the advent of Twitter and social media has made it even more hotly contested and fans aren’t backward in coming forward to let us know their views. “But all we try and do is be honest and say that we’re looking at it from people at home’s point of view and what games they want to watch. “We think it’s important we take each programme on its merits. Across the course of the season, each team should have their time in the spotlight, certainly if they score some goals. Last season 19 out of the 20 clubs led the programme, and this season 18 have halfway through it. “It’s great to have people talking about your programme and we love social media. You have got to be careful not to take some of the comments personally. “Match of the Day is an institution and it’s absolutely phenomenal the way people still watch a highlights programme. It’s when people aren’t talking about you that you get worried.” Manchester City have been on first the second-most times (five) and have appeared in the top three games more than any other side – 15 times in total to Chelsea’s 13. Manchester United have been first on only twice – two times fewer than second-bottom QPR – but along with Tottenham have been on the main programme the fewest times – with only 11 appearances. Gus Poyet’s team have occupied the bottom slot – which usually airs close to or just after midnight – seven times, once more than goal-shy Aston Villa and twice more than Crystal Palace and Swansea. The one time Black Cats fans did get to see their side in the prized opening slot so far was the 8-0 drubbing at Southampton on October 18. They also lost both times they were on second – at home to Arsenal on October 25 and at Manchester City on New Year’s Day. Press Association Sunderland’s fans have had to fight sleep more than any other supporters to catch their team on the main Match of the Day programme so far this season.last_img read more

Emergency order for Palm Beach County extended until May 1st

first_img#ICYMI: In our continued efforts to mitigate the spread of #COVID19 in our community, #PalmBeachCounty has extended the Declaration of Continuing State of Emergency until May 1st.Visit our webpage for the most recent news. https://t.co/38o1AiDmOF #COVID19 #SocialDistancing pic.twitter.com/ujGhPYGaPE— Palm Beach County (@pbcgov) April 27, 2020 The order originally went into effect on March 13th and was set to expire on April 30th. When discussing plans for a phased reopen last week, Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth said that the first areas that would see relaxed restrictions would be beaches, parks, golf courses and boat ramps.County leaders are expected to hold a press conference at 4:00 p.m. Monday to discuss the path going forward.As of Monday, Palm Beach County had 2,763 cases with 156 deaths. The county currently ranks third for the most cases in Florida. Officials in Palm Beach County have decided to extend the county’s emergency orders until May 1st in an effort to combat the coronavirus.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP Exclusive: MLB projects $640K per game loss with no fansUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball owners have made their pitch as they try to convince players to accept less pay due to the coronavirus pandemic. May 16, 2020 — Germany’s Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) resumed its soccer season resumed Saturday after a two-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Borussia Dortmund defeated Schalke 4-0 in the first Ruhr derby (DAHR’-bee) to be played in an empty stadium. Also, Hertha Berlin won 3-0 at Hoffenheim, Freiburg drew at Leipzig 1-1, Paderborn drew at Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-0, and Wolfsburg won 2-1 at Augsburg. They were the first games to be played in the league since March 11.— The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday it will not be easy to make next year’s Tokyo Olympics a safe global gathering after the pandemic. The WHO’s director general called for “national unity and global solidarity” to fight the coronavirus outbreak ahead of the Olympics. The Summer Games were postponed this year and should bring athletes from more than 200 countries to Japan. The opening ceremony is now due on July 23, 2021.NFL-NEWSGiants cornerback sought by police turns himself inUNDATED (AP) — New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker has turned himself in to police in Broward County, Florida. Baker has been charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. His lawyer, Bradford Cohen, says he has affidavits that will prove Baker’s innocence.Baker had been sought by police since Thursday, along with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar. Warrants were issued for both men after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party Wednesday night in Miramar, Florida.Dunbar had not surrendered to police as of Saturday afternoon.In other NFL news:— Redskins receiver Cody Latimer is facing five charges, including felony illegal discharge of a firearm, following his arrest in a Denver suburb Saturday morning. The Douglas County sheriff’s office says deputies arrested the 27-year-old after responding to a report of shots fired inside an apartment in Englewood, Colorado. Deputies say they found three individuals in the apartment, one with minor injuries unrelated to a gunshot. Latimer came to the Redskins from the Giants after starting 10 of his 15 games last season, catching 24 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns. MLB has told players their prorated salaries would contribute to an average loss of $640,000 for each game over an 82-game season in empty ballparks. That’s according to a presentation from the commissioner’s office to the union that was obtained by The Associated Press.The 12-page document was dated May 12 and paints a grim picture of a $10 billion industry shuttered by the pandemic. It was an initial step in negotiations aimed at starting the delayed season around the Fourth of July.Some players have publicly balked at the notion of less pay, and the union has called for more transparency in baseball’s financial records.Teams say the proposed method of salvaging a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic would still cause a $4 billion loss and would give major league players 89% of revenue. The Yankees would have the highest loss at $312 million.Teams contend they lose more money with each additional game played. The players’ union, however, believes clubs would lose less money with more games. In addition, many teams and/or their owners have stakes in their regional sports network that would benefit from additional games. His largest payoff was $48,000 for a tie for third in the Vantage Championship, two weeks after his victory in Pensacola.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-HOFFPAUIREx-Stanford two-sport star Zach Hoffpauir dies at 26UNDATED (AP) — Zach Hoffpauir, a two-sport standout at Stanford who was recently hired to coach safeties on the University of Northern Colorado football team, has died at age 26. The university says he died in his sleep Thursday.Hoffpauir earned All-Pac 12 honors as a safety in football and played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system after starring as an outfielder on the Cardinal baseball team. Associated Press center_img Owners voted Monday to propose salaries be based on a 50-50 split of revenue, a framework players say is tantamount to the kind of salary cap they will never accept. Teams gave the players’ association their virus-testing plan Friday and have waited to make their economic proposal.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The 145th Preakness Stakes has been rescheduled for Oct. 3. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan disclosed the new date for the Preakness on NBC, which also had a hand in the decision because it televises the race. Saturday’s announcement was delivered less than hour before the original post time for the Triple Crown race.— Live golf returns to television Sunday with a four-man charity Skins game at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, to benefit coronavirus relief. There won’t be any caddies, so Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff will be carrying their own bags. The only rake will be carried by a rules official. Another rules official will be the only person to handle the flagstick, if necessary. It will be the first live action on TV since the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12.— New York will allow horse racing tracks and Watkins Glen International car track to reopen with the easing of the coronavirus outbreak. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday was quick to add a caveat: “No crowds. No fans.” At his daily briefing, the Democrat says he could envision a return of Major League Baseball in New York, also without fans, adding: “If it works economically, that would be great.” Bowman is fourth in the Cup standings and in his third full season driving the No. 88 for Hendrick.PGA-OBIT-GONZALEZErnie Gonzalez, winner of 1986 Pensacola Open, dies at 59PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former PGA golfer Ernie Gonzalez has died at 59. The PGA Tour said he died Friday in a Chicago hospital of Alzheimer’s.Gonzalez played 119 events over a four-year span from 1985 through 1988, when he finished 207th on the money list. The Californian’s lone victory was in the 1986 Pensacola Open, when he made five birdies and an eagle over his final nine holes of the second round for a 63 and a one-shot lead. The last 36 holes were wiped out because of rain, making Gonzales the victor. Update on the latest sports — The Rams have re-signed defensive end Morgan Fox and released defensive tackle Tanzel Smart. The team didn’t disclose the terms of its new deal with Fox, who has been a depth contributor on the Rams’ defensive line since 2016. He signed with Los Angeles as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State-Pueblo.NASCAR-BOWMAN EXTENSIONAlex Bowman signs 1-year extension with Hendrick MotorsportsCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman has signed a one-year contract extension to remain with Hendrick Motorsports through 2021.The announcement Saturday came the day before NASCAR resumes its season at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Bowman goes into the event already qualified for the playoffs as winner at California on March 1, two weeks before the season was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic. GOLF-SOUTH KOREA-WOMENLim Hee-jeong leads women’s golf in South Korea by 3 shotsSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lim Hee-jeong shot an 8-under 64 for a 15-under total and a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the KLPGA Championship.She was followed by Park Hyun-kyung and overnight leader Bae Seon-woo.The women’s tournament joins baseball and soccer as sports running again in South Korea.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Root lacks feel for captaincy, says Boycott

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Joe Root came out fighting after Australia retained the Ashes with a thrilling victory in the fourth test at Old Trafford on Sunday but questions remain about his effectiveness as captain.The 28-year-old cut a rather forlorn figure as Australia celebrated moving 2-1 ahead in the series but insists he is still the right man to lead England forward.This week’s Oval Test offers Root the chance of at least avoiding becoming the first England captain to lose a home series against Australia since Mike Atherton suffered that fate in 2001 – a result that prompted his international retirement.While Root remains England’s best batsman and is still in his prime, not all are convinced that he is getting the best out of his team mates with his decision-making during the four tests so far against Australia being questioned. “Joe Root is such a likeable lad, a quality batsman and nobody wants to hurt or humiliate him but I’m afraid he lacks any feel for captaincy,” former opening batsman and respected pundit Geoffery Boycott, who had a short spell as captain in 1977-78, told the Daily Telegraph on Monday.“His captaincy has been very disappointing and he has to seriously think about whether he is suited for the job and whether it is affecting his batting.” Root’s record since taking over as captain from Alastair Cook two years ago has seen series wins at home against India and South Africa and away in Sri Lanka.But England were thrashed by Australia in 2017 and this year lost a series to West Indies for the first time since 2009. There is also a concern that his batting is being undermined by the responsibility of captaincy.He has failed to score a century in the ongoing Ashes series, made three ducks and averages only 30. Boycott, however, is more concerned with Root’s failure to seize on crucial moments during the current series — pointing to Saturday’s afternoon session when Australia were wobbling on 63 for four to leave the door slightly ajar.Australia went on to declare on 186 for six to leave England fighting in vain for a draw.“Jofra Archer bowled fast and Stuart Broad with great skill and intensity, the atmosphere was electric with the crowd urging England on to bowl them out cheaply,” Boycott said. “But after tea Joe opened the bowling with Craig Overton and Jack Leach and his field settings beggared belief.“All the intensity, aggression dissipated. Joe just stood at slip watching (Steve) Smith take the match away from us. “As much as we all love Joe it seems he does not have a feel for the nuances of the game.”Boycott believes the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will be wary of taking the captaincy away from Root but his criticism is echoed by another former captain Nasser Hussain.“It’s been clear in this game that Root has felt let down by some of his bowlers, especially on the first day,” Hussain told the Daily Mail. “But he knows the buck stops with him. It’s up to the captain to get the best out of his team.”last_img read more

Brice Butler to remain at USC

first_imgUSC wide receiver Brice Butler, who originally planned to transfer following the spring semester, will stay at USC, the school announced Monday.“We are pleased with Brice’s decision to continue his development as a student-athlete at USC,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said in a statement.Butler, who announced his intention to transfer via Twitter on Jan. 26, did not participate in spring practice despite remaining in school.Coming to USC as a highly touted four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com, Butler, caught just nine passes for 112 yards and one touchdown as a sophomore in 2010, playing behind fellow receivers Brandon Carswell, Ronald Johnson and Robert Woods.He will be forced to compete with returners De’Von Flournoy Kyle Prater, Carswell and Woods, as well as incoming freshmen Victor Blackwell and George Farmer for playing time.last_img read more