Ferguson gives support to Di Canio

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson has admitted he has a soft spot for Paolo Di Canio. “As I wrote the other week, he wears his heart on his sleeve and I like his football philosophy, wanting to play the ball on the ground rather than in the air. “I have this picture in my mind of him being in the technical area pointing to the sky and then the ground in an effort to get his players to keep the ball down. “He has a tough challenge on his hands with his fight to keep Sunderland in the Premier League.” Di Canio faces a baptism of fire at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, when defeat would send Sunderland hurtling into the relegation zone should Wigan beat QPR. Press Associationcenter_img Di Canio’s appointment as Sunderland manager has been overshadowed by the furore over his links to fascism, which after three days of hot debate, finally triggered a statement from him in which he denied supporting the ideology. Ferguson has not got involved in that particular argument. However, speaking to United Review ahead of Manchester United’s derby encounter with City on Monday, Ferguson said he does like Di Canio’s management philosophy. “I must confess to a liking for the fellow and his approach to the game,” said Ferguson. last_img read more

Bulk no burden for West Indies spinner Cornwall

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – At 6’6” and 140kg, Rahkeem Cornwall would struggle to fit into anyone’s perception of what a modern day cricketer should look like but the West Indies off-spinner says he knows exactly how to get the best out of his big frame on the pitch.While his talent was recognised early on, the 27-year-old only made his Test debut against India in August last year.Three months later, he claimed his first 10-wicket match haul against Afghanistan and also played in the third and final Test against England last month.“Everybody’s not going to be small,” the towering spinner told Reuters from Trinidad. “I just stick to my strength and do what I know I can do and perform.” With his height, Antigua-born Cornwall generates more bounce than most off-spinners and combines it with his accuracy to trouble batsmen.“I think my height has played a big part … I also have to put the ball in the right areas to get the ball to spin,” said Cornwall, who is considered the heaviest player to have played Test cricket.Blessed with soft hands and sharp reflexes, Cornwall has also grown into a safe slip-catcher, illustrated by his stunning one-handed grab to dismiss England opener Rory Burns in Manchester last month. “I think my hands are good. I think I’m a good catcher of the cricket ball, so fielding in the slip comes easy to me.“I can field in different positions but I just prefer to be in the slip because I can catch.”Cornwall went wicketless in the Manchester Test, where England triumphed by 269 runs to complete a 2-1 series victory, but he said it was a learning experience. “Patience and adapting to different conditions is key,” said Cornwall, who currently plays for St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League. “I think England is one of the toughest place to play cricket. I learned a lot from the test series.”last_img read more

Drunken mother arrested after concocting tale that daughter was kidnapped

A Palm Beach County woman was arrested Sunday after she admitted to police she made up a kidnapping story to cover up the fact that she had been drinking and was too drunk remember where her daughter was, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has reported.An Amber Alert for Natly Irias, 6, was issued Saturday after her mother, Maria Irias, said a man offered to give the pair a ride home from a store and drove off with the child in the car when they reached the house, deputies said. Irias later admitted to deputies that her daughter had not been kidnapped at a store, but that she’d been drinking and couldn’t remember her whereabouts. Shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Natly had been found.Irias was arrested on charges of child neglect and filing a false report of a non-existent crime. read more

#HeyHarry – BetVictor ups football knowledge by appointing Harry Redknapp as new Ambassador

first_img Submit BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020 Online bookmaker BetVictor will refresh its football image and content, appointing Harry Redknapp as new Brand Ambassador on a two-year contract.One of English football’s most popular and opinionated figureheads, Harry Redknapp has managed six Premier League sides in a coaching/managerial career spanning 35-years.The appointment of Redknapp as Brand Ambassador sees BetVictor marketing launch its new #HeyHarry campaign across digital, TV and social media verticals.Matt Scarrott, Director of Sportsbook at BetVictor, said: “With his victory in the jungle, Harry proved that he is capable of bridging the worlds of sport and entertainment and knows how to reach out to new audiences. In the marketplace in which BetVictor operates, Harry’s experience and standout appeal are invaluable to us as we strive to capture new players and wider audiences.“Harry’s opinions on football are respected throughout the game and his knowledge of horse racing, which is part of our business’ heritage, makes him a tremendous asset for BetVictor and our customers to tap into – it’s clear that Harry represents the perfect Brand Ambassador for us.”Moving forward, Redknapp will be utilised by BetVictor marketing for football insights, content, social media campaigns and further representing the bookmaker at major sporting events.Redknapp joins Ex-England football star Michael Owen and 23-time TT winner John McGuinness as fellow BetVictor Brand Ambassadors.Redknapp added: “I am delighted to announce my ambassadorial role with BetVictor and very excited to be working with such an established brand in the sports betting industry.“Football and horse racing are two sports that I am really passionate about and I cannot wait to help BetVictor reach new audiences – something I managed to achieve during my time in the jungle. Exciting times ahead.”last_img read more