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Eagles hope to stay perched atop the Shore

first_img BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer PHOTOS BY SCOTT PILLING staff Above, Middletown South quarterback Pat Campbell looks for an open man during a recent scrimmage against Sayreville in Middletown. A total of 19 seniors graduated from last year’s Middletown South football team. While they left on top, having won three consecutive state titles and 36 straight games overall, their departure marked the start of new era at Middletown South. But for all of those teams out there licking their chops at the possibility that the Eagles are suddenly ripe for revenge this year, South head coach Steve Antonucci has a message for you: “Wait and see.” Antonucci, now entering his ninth season at South, certainly understands the impact losing so many players is sure to have on his team this fall. After all, among those players was Knowshon Moreno, the state’s second all-time leading rusher and leader in points scored and touchdowns, who is now taking his tremendous talents to the next level at the University of Georgia. And while Moreno certainly earned his share of headlines over the last few season, there were plenty of other game-breakers on last year’s Eagles squad who have since moved on the collegiate game. Nick Macaluso was generally regarded as one of (if not the) top linebackers in the state last year, and is now at Stanford University. Also moving on were Keith Heaney (Lafayette), Andrew Poulson (Lafayette) and Mark Longo (Cornell), and a slew of other players who did nothing but win at the high school level. For most programs, such losses would point to a rebuilding process over the next year or two. But not at Middletown South, and not under Antonucci’s watch. “We expect to keep it going,” the coach said. “They’ve obviously got a pretty tough task ahead of them, but we’ve got some experience to mix with a lot of youth on this team. “This group reminds me a bit of the 2002 team,” he added. “We’re just going to plod along and mature with each game. We’re not going to be as explosive as we’ve been, but we’ll be fine.” This year’s Eagles return just four starters on offense, but the team does have some other players with varsity experience, according to Antonucci. Leading the team will be junior quarterback Pat Campbell, who Antonucci expects to surprise people with his abilities this season. “He’s a great-looking specimen,” the coach said. “He’s 6-2, about 210 pounds, and has all the potential in the world. He reminds me of [former Eagle QB] Brendan Kennedy. Maybe he doesn’t have the foot-speed that Brendan had, but he has all the other tools.” Campbell, who led the Eagles JV team to an 8-1 mark last year, has one returning starter in the backfield in senior fullback Dave Dosil. Dosil, who certainly deserves a lot of the credit for Moreno’s success last year, will be opening holes this fall for senior running back Sean Barber, senior Brian Meeker, and a pair of promising sophomores, Matt Martino and Chris Bunge. Among the wideouts are returning starter Dayon Lane, a senior, as well as senior Chris Duffy, who saw a lot of time last year, and sophomore Mike Farrell. The offensive line is anchored by a pair of returning starters at the guard positions, Brian King and Greg Sullivan. They are joined by senior center Chris Guderian, senior tackle Joe Sciortino and junior tackle Steve Lang. Many of the same players will be on the defensive side of the ball, where the Eagles return just three starters. The defensive ends are Guderian and Sciortino, while Farrell will also see some time there. Senior Alec Bay, a returning starter, is at defensive tackle, along with King and senior Mike Guarnien, while Dosil returns at outside linebacker, where he is joined by Martino and Barber. Bay will not start tomorrow night when the Eagles open their season against Neptune, but should be back in the lineup in a couple of weeks once he recovers from a broken toe. At inside linebacker are juniors Josh Matthews and Dan Miller, while Lake and Meeker cover the corners, and senior Sean Gilbert returns at the safety position. Throughout the preseason, the Eagles have looked good, adding to Antonucci’s theory that this new-look Eagle squad could meet with familiar results this year. “So far so good,” the coach said. “We’ve stayed away from major injuries and have played well. Our defense is coming together, though we’re still pretty young on this side of the ball.” Among the younger players who Antonucci said have looked particularly strong through the preseason are Martino, who the coach called a “heck of a ballplayer,” and Bunge and Farrell. “We’ve got a lot of young guys that will eventually be very good football players,” the coach said. “I still think we’re a state qualifier, and as the season goes on, some of our young guys will mature, and the young mistakes should go away, making us a pretty solid team. We’ve got to overcome our youth, and depth could be an issue.” The Eagles’ schedule includes some tough foes in their own right, such as Central, Ocean, Toms River North, Wall and Neptune. And Antonucci and his players know that this year, as in the years past, they enter every game with bull’s-eyes on their backs. “No doubt about it, everybody we’re playing wants to see if they can get back some of what we’ve taken over the last few years,” the coach said. The question is, will the new-look Eagles come back to the pack a bit, or are they still among the Shore Conference’s and the state’s elite teams? Wait and see. BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer Three-time defending state champs open season tomorrow last_img read more

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Bulls point guard Rondo racing for game five fitness

first_imgWith a cast on his right thumb, Chicago Bulls’ Rajon Rondo, center, sits on the bench during Game 3 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)Chicago point guard Rajon Rondo has tested his ailing right wrist and broken thumb but remains a “long shot” to return to NBA playoff action for the Bulls’ game five against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.“This is honestly the first time he has touched a basketball with that right hand,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after Rondo took a few set shots with his right hand at practice on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Leonard, Mills lead Spurs past Grizzlies for 3-2 series lead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ll see how it goes,” Hoiberg said. “Just watching him wince a little bit when the ball was coming to him makes me think it’s a long shot. But if there’s anybody who can do it and will try to fight through it, it’s Rondo because of the competitor he is.”The Bulls and Celtics are tied at two games apiece in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWith Rondo directing their offense the Bulls won the first two games of the series, but he broke his thumb in game two and the Bulls dropped the next two games without him. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Standhardinger arrives from Germany, attends first Gilas practice

first_imgMarck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Standhardinger arrived late Tuesday night from Germany and was welcomed to the team by SBP president Al Panlilio, coach Chot Reyes, and team manager Butch Antonio.Also joining the team’s practices for the first time were Mac Belo, who just recovered from a torn meniscus surgery, and Jio Jalalon, who was coming off a flu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAlso attending the sessions were SEA Games-bound players Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Ferrer, Mike Tolomia, Ray Parks, Carl Bryan Cruz, Raymar Jose, Von Pessumal, and Almond Vosotros, as well as fellow cadets Matthew Wright, Ed Daquioag, and Fonzo Gotladera.Jones Cup import Mike Myers was also on hand for the sessions.center_img End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Only 7 players show up at PH volleyball team training Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental LATEST STORIES Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonHighly-touted forward Christian Standhardinger finally showed up at Gilas Pilipinas’ Wednesday afternoon practice at Meralco Gym.The 27-year-old Fil-German made his first public appearance with the national team as he is set to be a part of the Philippines’ squad for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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“Give us better governance, not new flags!” – PPP/C tells Govt

first_imgBy Devina SamarooThe move by Government to assign separate flags for each administrative region has been met with strong objections from the parliamentary Opposition, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), which believes more time, energy and resources ought to be spent on better governance. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Party declared that the Golden Arrowhead is the constitutional flag of Guyana, adding that any other flag imposed will be contrary to the country’s Constitution.The decision to give each region its own flag was announced last year by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, who noted that the initiative was all part and parcel of a wider effort to promote the decentralisation of each of the 10 administrative regions and encourage each district to embrace its uniqueness.Recently, the Minister disclosed that consultations are still ongoing with the various regional representatives before rolling out this project.However, the PPP/C believes that there will be an overwhelming rejection from the regions, mostly by residents who would prefer jobs, enhanced public security, money in their pockets, better roads, improved potable water supply and efficient garbage collection over flags.“Rather than seeking to change things that obtaiCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkanned under the PPP/C and to make things look different under the [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC, the Granger coalition Administration should change their racial and political discriminatory and witchhunting practices, as well as their wasteful spending and focus on improving the economic and social well-being of all Guyanese,” the Party stated.During a previous interview with Guyana Times, several regional heads expressed concerns over the regional flag initiative.Region One Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley had indicated that his region will not be supporting the idea.Region Two Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt also objected to this move. “I don’t know if a flag can bring any degree of independence for a region. I think what needs to be done to bring independence would require a lot of strategic thinking so this can be streamlined properly… we are speaking about certain ministries which may need to be decentralised and certain key operations need to be decentralised. It is much more complex and it would require great consultations,” Ramdatt asserted, noting that flags will not help the Government achieve its goal.Region Five Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal and Region Nine Regional Chairman Brian Allicock also shared the same view.The only Regional Chairman contacted who was in support of this venture was Region Seven Regional Chairman Gordon Bradford. But even so, he indicated that some persons in the district have not welcomed the idea.Former President and Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo already pointed out that this move could be dangerous for Guyana as it could put the country’s sovereignty at risk and reinforce Venezuela’s attempts to win over the Essequibo, through encouraging secessionist tendencies.DraftsNonetheless, Government already has drafts proposed for the design of each of the regional flags.Region One’s (Barima-Waini) emblem is a turtle against a green and gold background. The turtle represents the leatherback turtle found on Shell Beach and the colours represent the two main economic activities in the region: forestry and mining.Region Two’s (Pomeroon-Supenaam) emblem is a rice stalk against a white and green background. The rice stalk represents the main economic produce of the region while the colours represent the many waterways and the farming activities respectively.Region Three’s (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) emblem is a ferry against a white, black and green background. The ferry represents the Ferry MV Sabanto and the colours represent the water resources, endurance of the people and the rich agricultural activities.Region Four’s (Demerara-Mahaica) emblem is the Stabroek Market against a red and black background. The Stabroek Market is a representation of the region’s economic activity and the colours represent the zeal, strength and endurance of the people.Region Five’s (Mahaica-Berbice) emblem is a rice farmer planting rice. The colours are black and green which represents strength and agriculture.Region Six’s (East Berbice-Corentyne) emblem is a rice stalk. The colours are red and green and it represents the zeal of the people and the rich agricultural heritage.Region Seven’s (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) emblem is a porkknocker and the colours are yellow, white and green. They represent the mineral wealth, the water resources and the vast forest.Region Eight’s (Potaro-Siparuni) emblem is the Majestic Kaieteur Fall. The background colours are green, black and gold and they represent the abundant forest, the resilience of the people and the mineral resources.Region Nine’s (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) emblem is the harpy eagle and the background colours are red, green and white. They represent the zeal of the people, the forests and the waters.Region 10’s (Upper Demerara-Berbice) emblem is bauxite against a gold and black background. This represents the regions mining activities. The gold represents mining while the black represents strength and the ability to overcome challenges.last_img read more

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Luis Suarez’s SECRET Barcelona diet REVEALED!*

first_img Take a close look at this leaked menu of Barca players’ post-match-meals… then click the arrow to see the real Barcelona meal deal – Click the arrow to see what Barcelona’s players REALLY eat after matches He appeared slightly bigger when taking the field for Barcelona ‘B’s recent friendly victory over Indonesia U19s and we may have found the reason, after a menu of the Barca players post-match meal preferences was leaked*.The former Liverpool man may be choosing to feast on goals after promising his new club that he will keep his teeth to himself follwing his four-month ban from football for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but it appears as though old habits die hard for the Uruguayan.While team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar choose to follow matches with pizzas, pastas and yoghurts, Suarez appears to prefer a slightly more gamey dish, as can be seen above.*DISCLAIMER: Including our own bit of Photoshop for a bit of fun!This is of course a joke, but to see what the Barcelona players REALLY chow on after matches, click the arrow on the right. Here’s the actual Barca players’ menu without any cheeky Photoshop work! – Just in case you can’t read Catalan, Luis Suarez wants pizza with Caesar salad 2 2last_img read more

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Honorary badges ought to be banned

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The aide last week was sentenced to a year in jail after being convicted of impersonating a government official and flashing his fake badge. Fortunately, the badge pipeline has been turned off for legislators. But plenty more nonsworn workers in California still have access to them, including city council members, county supervisors, dispatchers, dogcatchers and even courtroom clerks. There’s no compelling reason to hand out badges to people who don’t need them – and, indeed, the potential for misuse and the resulting liability is huge. Under the right circumstances, nonsworn officials with badges may tempted to intimidate their fellow citizens. Every agency that hands out honorary badges should do law enforcement personnel and taxpayers a favor and discontinue this shameful practice of political favoritism. Badges are the supreme symbol of authority. The power they wield is the reason they are handed to police officers only after they prove their worthiness to carry one. But the power of the badge is in danger when people who don’t need or deserve such a symbol of authority are allowed to carry one. We hope the practice of handing out badges to every political hack who wants one is on the wane. State Attorney General Jerry Brown has announced the recall of 1,200 – 1,200! – honorary badges to staff attorneys in Los Angeles and around the state to avoid continued misuse of them. It’s a wise move; no one who isn’t a sworn law enforcement officer or agent should be allowed to carry a badge. Just how often these badges are abused isn’t known, but an aide of Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton, provided a good example by flashing a badge when he was being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Redondo Beach. Apparently, Dymally’s office had purchased a number of legislative badges and passed them out to the assemblyman’s staff, his family and even some political donors. last_img read more

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Euro 2016: Which Wales players were born in England?

first_img 9 Ashley Williams (Swansea City) – The centre-back’s senior career started with Hednesford Town and Stockport County, but now sees him leading Wales at Euro 2016 as captain. He was born in Wolverhampton, but represents Wales thanks to his maternal grandfather, who was born in Rhondda. 9 9 9 Hal Robson-Kanu (Unattached) – After winning caps at Under-19 and Under-20 with England, he switched to Wales at Under-21 level. Born in Acton and brought up in Kensington, where his grandfather was the Vicar of Kensington, Robson-Kanu makes it into the Wales squad thanks to a grandmother born in Caerphilly. Simon Church (Milton Keynes Dons) – Born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, the striker is a Wales international via his grandparents, who are from Newport. Jonny Williams (Crystal Palace) – The midfield maestro, known to team-mates as Joniesta, may have been born in Kent but his father – from Anglesey – ensured he qualified for Wales. 9 James Chester (West Brom) – Click the right arrow above to find out which Wales stars were born in England… – Once on the books at Manchester United, Baggies defender Chester was born in Warrington. He qualifies for Wales thanks to his mother, who was born in Rhyl, which is in the north east of Wales. Sam Vokes (Burnley) – Set to play in the Premier League again next year with the Clarets, Vokes was born in Southampton and began his career with Bournemouth. He gains his eligibility to play for Wales thanks to his grandfather. George Williams (Fulham) – Born and bred in Milton Keynes, Williams’ mother was Welsh, and has represented his nation from Under-17 level onwards. 9 9 9 David Edwards (Wolverhampton) – Shropshire born and bred, Edwards started his career with hometown club Shrewsbury Town and earns the right to play for Wales thanks to his father, who was born in Welshpool – just across the border. On Wednesday night, Wales face Portugal in the Euro 2016 semi-finals in Lyon.They may have embarrassed England’s stars by progressing further than them in the tournament, but it’s still fine to throw English fans to support behind their neighbours.Not only do most of the Welshmen play for English clubs, but nine of the 23-man squad were born in England.Click the right arrow above to see which Wales stars were born in England and how they are eligible… 9 Andy King (Leicester City) – Born in Devon and raised in Maidenhead, Berkshire, King has represented Wales since Under-19 level. On Leicester City’s books since the age of 15, he qualifies for the Welsh team via a Wrexham-born grandfather. last_img read more

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AURA HELPS HONOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS WITH €20 MEMBERSHIP OFFER

first_imgPromoted postAura Letterkenny is putting the entire community on the right road to feeling better about themselves in 2014 with an offer to join the leisure centre for just €20 this month. Aura’s attractive membership offer is aimed at helping locals to forget about their wallet and focus on getting healthy together in 2014. There are so many in our community that just need that bit of support and encouragement – that’s where the team at Aura are on standby to support locals who want to kick start their new year’s resolutions or shed the excess of Christmas.“Taking up exercise is all about making that important first step. People should not be put off by price which is why everyone who joins Aura in January on a direct debit membership can enjoy their first month’s membership for just €20,” said Patricia Coyle, Operations Manager at Aura Letterkenny.“We want to help people to say “2014 was the year that we reached our goals”. This offer gives them a great opportunity to experience what Aura has to offer, to start as they mean to go on and to stop making excuses that don’t add up,” said Patricia.Those who sign up will receive their first month’s membership for €20. The standard monthly membership rates will apply thereafter. Everyone who becomes a member at Aura Letterkenny will receive a free fitness assessment with Aura’s fully trained gym instructors and they can count on their constant support and encouragement throughout the year.“The assessment will help to determine their fitness level and abilities and we will work with each new member to set goals to improve their fitness. Their progress will be monitored from week to week,” said Patricia.Aura’s wide range of fitness classes such as Aqua Aerobics and Indoor Cycling, have something to suit everyone including calorie killing, muscle conditioning and body toning workouts as well as classes which concentrate specially of problem areas like the bottom, legs and tummy.“Anyone who is serious about taking up exercise and getting into shape no longer has an excuse for not discovering how Aura can help them to achieve their goals. It could well be the best €20 that they spend this month” said Patricia.Booking and further information is available by visiting www.auraleisure.ie or calling 074 910 6422. AURA HELPS HONOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS WITH €20 MEMBERSHIP OFFER was last modified: January 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aura Leisure CentreJanuaryletterkennyofferslast_img read more

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A new chapter in life

first_img“It was embarrassing when people tried to explain things to me at work and at stores and I didn’t understand,” he said. “I tried to learn by reading the newspaper and books, and watching TV. “Now, it’s a little door I opened. I see everything perfect.” Recognized at Wednesday’s graduation were seven high school graduates, 44 Adult Basic Education graduates, 50 GED Certificate recipients, and seven U.S. citizenship recipients. Phyllis Aeiko, a longtime El Rancho Adult School teacher, said she prefers working there than at traditional high schools. “In adult education, there are no discipline problems. Everybody appreciates what we do,” said Aeiko. “They come because they want to, not because they’re forced.” Less than half of the school’s 2006 graduating students attended the ceremony Wednesday because they couldn’t leave their work and family duties, said Aeiko. After Alfaro received his medal and shook the hands of El Rancho Adult School board members and Board of Education officials, he sat down. His 6-year-old daughter ran to him and tugged at his robe. He put the ribbon around her neck, and she showed it off to other children at the ceremony. “I’m the first generation of my family here from Mexico,” he said later. “I got my GED, so my son might be able to go to college and be a lawyer or something important to my family.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Wearing a shiny white cap and gown, Alfaro beamed and accepted the medal for passing the General Equivalency Diploma. Just three years ago, Alfaro, 31, couldn’t speak English. When he signed up for ESL and basic education classes at the school, he still had to wake up before dawn for work. After work, he went to school for class and to study. Now, along with other 2006 El Rancho Adult School graduates, he was being recognized for passing Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language classes. Some graduates Wednesday received their high school diplomas, and others received GEDs. He still trips over past tense phrases and some words in English, but learning the language has changed his opinion of himself and his future, said Alfaro. PICO RIVERA – Jesus Alfaro took a deep breath. He knew the moment he had looked forward to for nearly three years would come in just seconds. Then, he heard his name spoken slowly, each syllable carefully pronounced in the microphone so everyone in the crowd understood: Jesus Alfaro. Standing near El Rancho Adult School graduates, Alfaro’s wife, daughter and son hollered and watched him walk to the podium to accept a gold-colored medal hanging from a red, white and blue ribbon. last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return for Man United in 2017

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects to have Zlatan Ibrahimovic back fit before the end of the year.Serious knee ligament damage looked to have brought an abrupt end to the 36-year-old’s time at a club where he made such an impressive impact last season.The injury saw Ibrahimovic released at the end of his one-year deal, only for the veteran’s impressive rehabilitation to see United hand him a new contract in August.The Swede is one of several key players out through injury right now, with Paul Pogba’s fine start to the season brought to a halt by a mystery hamstring injury that Mourinho has only gone as far as to say is “long-term”Both have documented their recovery on social media, but Mourinho was only able – or willing – to offer a timescale on Ibrahimovic.“Paul is not here, I don’t know when he comes back, I don’t know when he’s available. I have no idea about it,” the United boss said.“Zlatan is here, he’s working here, he’s under our control.“He’s working as I would expect, so, so, so, so hard, but he’s not to be back in the next week or in a couple of weeks.“Let him take his time and be back when everybody feels is the right moment.“Do I believe he will be back in 2017? Yes, I do. But it is just a feeling.”Ibrahimovic and Pogba join a lengthy list of absentees for Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield, where Marouane Fellaini, Eric Bailly, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo will again be unavailable.Luke Shaw is “working” as Phil Jones pushes to be involved against the Terriers, while Mourinho has given Marcus Rashford the green light to start just days after limping out of the Champions League clash at Benfica with a knee issue.“Everybody knows that every manager wants to have all the players available,” Mourinho said, days after pointedly talking about how some other Premier League managers “cry” about injuries.“It’s just then a question of the way you position yourself in relation to that, the way you think is best way you think is to do it.“For some, it is better to remember and remember and remember that the team is not in its full strength. It is better to remember that player A or B is missing, and player C or D is so important for the team.“The way we think is the best way to do it is to speak always about opportunities for others, trust for others and believe in others.“It doesn’t mean that I don’t miss the players, it doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t like them to be here and available for us.“It’s just the way we try to do it and, yes, in answer to your question, obviously nobody is back from injury, but once more we go what we have and what we have is good.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to a Manchester United return 1last_img read more

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