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Howard Kendall’s death dampens Wayne Rooney’s celebrations

first_img It was just his third goal at Goodison since leaving his old club, but he did not feel like celebrating. The announcement of Kendall’s death at the age of 69 before kick-off meant boyhood Everton fan Rooney was in an understandably sombre mood. “It was very sad news,” the United captain said. “I spoke to (Everton first-team coach) Duncan (Ferguson) this morning about it. It’s a sad day for Everton. “I’m sure everyone at the club feels it, and I’d like to pass on my condolences to Howard’s family.” Kendall won the league as a player with Everton and then went on to manage the club three times. In his most successful period in the mid-1980s, Kendall led Everton to two titles, the FA Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup. The news of his death led to an understandably subdued atmosphere inside Goodison Park and that seemed to affect the home players, who went 2-0 down inside 22 minutes and never looked like coming back. Press Association Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United to victory with his first goal at Goodison Park in eight years, but his day was tinged with sadness following the death of Howard Kendall. Rooney ended his 11-month wait for a Premier League away goal on Saturday in United’s 3-0 win at Everton. The 29-year-old rolled back the years to race through the home defence and clip the ball past Tim Howard after being played through by Ander Herrera. Morgan Schneiderlin scored his first United goal after some slack marking at the back post, and the unmarked Ander Herrera nodded in Marcos Rojo’s cross to double the lead. From then on, United shut the game out, limiting Everton’s chances before Rooney killed the game off in the 62nd minute. Asked if Kendall’s death had an effect on his players, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “I wouldn’t want to think so. “It was the worst shocking news and everyone was really sad but we wanted to change it around and make it a real celebration. “Howard was such an iconic footballer and what he achieved as a manager will always be an inspiration.” Louis van Gaal felt Rooney had answered his critics with his second league goal of the season and backed the forward to carry on finding the net for the rest of the campaign. “You are always doubting him,” the United manager said in his post-match press conference. “He scored now. I am very happy for him. For me it is not important if he scores or not scores. “He has to be an attacking point and do his job in the defensive organisation. “I am also happy when Herrera is scoring and (Anthony) Martial is scoring. Maybe it is the start for many goals because he needs this goal, I think.” When pushed to pick out one player for praise, Van Gaal singled out Herrera, who scored the second and had a hand in the other two goals. The Dutchman said: “I have seen a lot of individual players today who are playing very good but that is also because the result is very good. “When I have to mention one name, I have to mention Ander Herrera. He played very well and had a great contribution with the goals.” Van Gaal felt the win was just what United needed following their dismal 3-0 defeat to Arsenal before the international break. “It is more than a response. That is an understatement but I cannot find another word,” he said. “It was very difficult to prepare this match because we have lost against Arsenal in a horrible way. “I have a lot of meetings, individual and team meetings, 10 or 15 between Wednesday and this match and then you have to decide who is playing because of the opponent and the state of your players.” last_img read more

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Beat writers unanimously pick UNC over Syracuse in season-opener

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse football opens its season Saturday at North Carolina after an offseason that included only three days of spring practice and players sitting out of multiple August practices. Here’s what our football beat writers predict will happen Saturday in Chapel Hill:Betting line: North Carolina is 22-point favorites over the Orange with a total of 63 points.Anthony DabbundoAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAchilles’ heelNorth Carolina 41, Syracuse 16The Tar Heels are projected to be the third-best team in the 2020 iteration of the ACC, behind only Notre Dame and Clemson. The schedule makers did SU no favors scheduling a road trip against the conference’s second-best quarterback, Sam Howell. The Orange’s new 3-3-5 defense will struggle against a Tar Heels offense that finished second last year’s ACC passing success rate. My real concerns lie with SU’s offense, which will be starting converted fullback and tight end Chris Elmore at left guard and will be without its top two running backs, Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard. Without being able to protect DeVito or run block, the Orange won’t be able to keep up with Howell.Danny EmermanSo there really wasn’t a chanceNorth Carolina 52, Syracuse 24In his press conference leading up to Syracuse’s season opener, Dino Babers quoted the “Dumb and Dumber” line, “So you’re saying there’s a chance?” Just like Mary ultimately rejects Jim Carrey’s character, UNC will take care of Syracuse on Saturday. If Syracuse were to hang with the Tar Heels, they’d need to pressure sophomore phenom quarterback Howell, come up with a few turnovers and ride a career game from DeVito. I actually think Syracuse will be able to move the ball, but the likelihood of all those three things happening are, as Babers said, razor thin.  MORE COVERAGE: Opponent Preview: What you need to know about North CarolinaBeat writer Q&A: The Daily Tar Heel’s Ryan Wilcox breaks down Syracuse-UNC Comments Adam HillmanPummeledNorth Carolina 48, Syracuse 10This is not the game for Syracuse to unveil a new defense. With missing pieces all across the roster, a limited offseason to implement schemes on the field and multiple stoppages in practice, SU didn’t have the luxury of a full offseason to completely grasp the nuances of defensive coordinator Tony White’s 3-3-5. On the other side of the ball is UNC, an offense with Heisman-hopeful Howell, star tailbacks Michael Carter and Javonte Williams and two deep threats in Dazz Newsome and Dyami Brown. The Tar Heels will score early and often against the Orange, and I don’t expect the SU offense to be able to keep up. Published on September 8, 2020 at 11:45 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Development UEFA Tournament for Young Female Football Players from 18 to 21 March in Sarajevo

first_imgThe B&H Women youth football representation (U-18) will be the host of the UEFA development tournament from 18 to 21 March. In addition, the selections of Montenegro, Greece and Croatia will also take part.There are 20 players on the list made by selector Momčilo Stanić. Young Bosnian players will play their first match against Croatia on 18 March, at the stadium of Slavija in Eastern Sarajevo. The day later at Koševo they will play against Greece, and on 21 March against Montenegro, in Eastern Sarajevo.The assembly of all representatives is scheduled for 15 March in Sarajevo.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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