Rooney returns for Red Devils

first_imgWayne Rooney is fit to start Manchester United’s game at Everton on Sunday, manager David Moyes has said. Rooney injured a toe on his left foot during United’s first-leg draw against Bayern Munich and he struggled in the return leg the following week. The striker will travel to Goodison Park on Sunday, though, after making encouraging progress in his rehabilitation from the injury. “We always thought he would be out for four to six weeks. “We’ll have a better assessment in the next week or so as we’ll see how he is coming along. “Our medical team is heading out there to see him this week and get a better feel as to exactly where he is.” Moyes confirmed that Marouane Fellaini has overcome a calf injury and should be fit to face his old club. “Felli (Fellaini) didn’t play against Bayern but we expect him back fit because he has trained all week,” Moyes said. Moyes ruled Rafael out due to a thigh problem while Jonny Evans is a doubt because of a long-term calf injury. Sunday’s fixture will be an emotional one for Moyes as he returns to the club where he spent 11 successful years. Moyes had tears in his eyes as he said his goodbyes to the Everton fans last May, but some Toffees supporters turned against him shortly after his departure. A failed £28million bid from United for Fellaini and England left-back Leighton Baines angered some Everton fans and the Merseyside club branded the offer as “derisory” and “insulting”. That anger was evident when Everton supporters barracked Moyes during the Toffees’ 1-0 win at Old Trafford in December. Moyes was reluctant to speak about what kind of reception he might get this weekend. “The game is not about me, it’s about Everton and Manchester United,” he said. “I was proud to be manager of Everton at that time but my job now is to make sure I get a result for Manchester United. “The fans were always terrific in my time there, they were very supportive and always right behind the team. “We had some really big games there at times and they’ll be supporting the team like the Manchester United supporters have for their team.” Some had expected Everton to go through a year of transition under Roberto Martinez, but Moyes’ successor has enjoyed a superb first year on Merseyside. Everton are one point adrift of the top four and had it not been for a midweek defeat to Crystal Palace, Martinez’s team would have been in pole position to pip Arsenal to the final Champions League qualification place. Moyes, on the other hand, has struggled during his first term at Old Trafford. Moyes admits it is almost “mathematically impossible” to catch Everton or Arsenal, but he does not begrudge his old side any success. “I’m looking forward to going back as I had some great times and worked with great people and, more importantly, some great players,” Moyes added. “They were terrific and I’m really pleased to see them doing well. “Roberto has done a brilliant job there in the time he has been in charge. “He’s got them playing well and in a good, healthy league position so I go back with some great feelings but I’m back now as Manchester United manager and my focus is on that now.” With United so far off the Champions League places, it is clear that Moyes needs to overhaul his squad if he is to challenge for a top-four finish next year, let alone the Premier League title. The Scot has been linked with moves for Toni Kroos, Luke Shaw and a number of players from the Portuguese league, including William Carvalho, Eliaquim Mangala and Jackson Martinez. Moyes says his attempts to bring in new players next year are progressing well, even though United are no longer able to offer Champions League football. “I’m well into my planning with my thoughts and ideas getting ready for next year,” he said. “We’re linked with player after player and every time I go to a game, I’m supposed to be signing three or four players from that game. “That isn’t the case, but everyone is well aware we are looking to make signings and will try to do that whenever the opportunity arises. “It will probably be after the end of the season before anything takes place but we have got to look to do one or two things.” “Wayne Rooney has trained great this week,” Moyes said. “He is in really good form. Getting him back is a good thing. “He just wasn’t right with his toe at times in the last game.” When asked whether Rooney would be in the squad for the Everton match, Moyes replied: “Yes.” Moyes was in a good mood ahead of his first match back at Goodison Park since leaving the Toffees to join United last summer. His spirits have been lifted by the news that Robin van Persie is making good progress as he works his way back from the knee injury he sustained against Olympiacos. Van Persie jarred his knee in the 3-0 win against the Greeks on March 21 and he has been sent to Holland to aid his recovery. “Robin is making improvements,” the Scot said. Press Associationlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Chennai Super Kings official breaks silence on MS Dhoni’s participation in IPL 2020

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Chennai Super Kings finished as runner ups in IPL 2019. MS Dhoni has been the most successful captain in history of IPL. Chennai Super Kings has won two titles.  highlightscenter_img New Delhi: After a defeat against New Zealand in semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019, the men-in-blue are set to travel West Indies for a full series. The participation of Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah looks unclear. However, MS Dhoni’s inclusion still surrounds some questions. With fans eagerly waiting for Dhoni to come out and shut his critics, the Chennai Super Kings official came with a delightful statement for MS Dhoni’s fans. Amidst all the retirement speculation, MS Dhoni is set to lead the CSK in the IPL 2020 as well. A top franchise official confirmed the news while speaking to Mumbai Mirror. “Whatever may be the speculation, he will play for us next year,” he said. This comes as a  news to be heard for the Indian fans as they haven’t seen the end of the legendary cricketer yet.ALSO READ: BCCI official confirms MS Dhoni’s retirement news: ReportsMS Dhoni though is most likely to call it a day as far as his international career is concerned. According to the reports, he is unlikely to be the part of the squad for the upcoming West Indies tour where Team India will play three T20Is, as many ODIs and a couple of Test matches. The likes of Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are also likely to be rested for the tour while a full strength team will be picked for the Test series.Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s men are stuck in Manchester due to unavailability to tickets. Virat mentioned in the press conference that he doesn’t have any idea about Dhoni’s retirement plans. last_img read more

Freeman lights up Sydney Olympics to kick off new millennium

first_imgLast Updated: 15th August, 2020 06:58 IST Freeman Lights Up Sydney Olympics To Kick Off New Millennium With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.After igniting the cauldron to open the first Games of the millennium, Cathy Freeman lit up Sydney Olympic Stadium again 10 nights later by winning an era-defining gold medal for Australia.Images of Freeman in the luminescent full-length costume she wore at the opening ceremony and in her hooded, full-length racing suit have become iconic of the 2000 Olympics. She was the first person to light the cauldron and win a gold medal at the same Olympics.Freeman surged past Lorraine Graham and Katharine Merry to win the women’s 400 meters in front of 112,524 spectators. After unzipping her racing suit and sitting down on the track to take off her running shoes, Freeman collected the red, yellow and black Indigenous flag and the Australian flag for a victory lap.It was Australia’s 100th Olympic gold medal, and one of significance. Freeman had been criticized in 1994 by a team official when she carried the two flags to celebrate a victory at the Commonwealth Games. But after becoming the first Aboriginal person from Australia to win an individual Olympic gold, she was universally celebrated.“The whole story has become larger than who I am,” Freeman said in a reflection for the International Olympic Committee. She played a powerful role for the reconciliation movement in Australia, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have become the most disadvantaged minority group since British settlement in 1788.Influential Olympic figure Sebastian Coe later described that Sept. 25, 2000, session of track and field as the best he’d ever seen. That night also featured Michael Johnson defending his 400 title, Jonathan Edwards winning the triple jump, and a classic 10,000 final when Haile Gebrselassie edged Paul Tergat in a sprint finish.After two weeks of hearing “no worries, mate” from chirpy volunteers and ’Oi, oi, oi!” from Aussie crowds, long-time IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch gave the games his highest rating, declaring Sydney as the “best Olympic Games ever.”DUEL IN THE POOLA 17-year-old Ian Thorpe set the tone on his first day of competition with a world record in the 400-meter freestyle before anchoring the Australian team to a dramatic win in the 4×100 freestyle relay by overhauling American Gary Hall Jr. But it was the U.S. team that surged back to win the duel in the pool, taking 14 golds against five apiece for Australia and Netherlands. Sprinters Inge de Bruijn (3) and Pieter van den Hoogenband (2) collected all the Dutch gold medals between them.ERIC THE EELEric Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea won the hearts of the crowd and millions watching on TV when he swam in the 100-meter freestyle despite the fact he’d only trained for a few months.Some feared Moussambani would drown as he flailed, almost without putting his head in the water, but he managed to complete two laps solo.Moussambani received a raucous, standing ovation despite his slow time and became one of the unlikely heroes of the games.RULON RULESIn one of the biggest shockers, Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin, a three-time defending gold medalist, lost the super heavyweight title match to American outsider Rulon Gardner.Gardner, who’d never won a major medal, later said of his win: “It wasn’t until it was over that I knew I could.”Samaranch had attended the final expecting to present a fourth Olympic gold medal to Karelin, who had never lost in international competition and had not surrendered a point in a decade.LOST GOLDU.S. sprinter Marion Jones was among the biggest stars of the games, finishing with three gold medals — including the 100- and 200-meters — and two bronzes.She achieved this despite the backdrop of allegations her husband, shot putter C.J. Hunter, had used steroids and was caught in a pre-Games test.Jones repeatedly denied doping but, in 2007, she admitted lying to federal agents about her use of performance-enhancing drugs before the Sydney Games and pleaded guilty in court. She spent six months in jail and the IOC stripped Jones of all five of her Olympic medals.The gold medal for the women’s 100 in Sydney was not re-awarded.OARSOME ACHIEVEMENTSteve Redgrave became Britain’s most successful Olympian when his crew won the coxless fours, giving him rowing gold medals at five consecutive Olympics. Redgrave won his first Olympic gold in the coxed fours at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, and retired after winning in Sydney.GIVING IT A TRITriathlon made its Olympic debut with Brigitte McMahon winning the women’ gold for Switzerland, passing Aussie Michelie Jones in the shadows of the Sydney Opera House in one of the events of the Games.Image credits: AP COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Written Bycenter_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 15th August, 2020 06:58 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more