Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not concerned by Marcus Rashford’s recent lack of goals, pointing to the Manchester United forward’s hunger and determination to improve.Teenager Mason Greenwood saved his teammates’ blushes on Thursday, scoring in United’s unconvincing 1-0 win against Astana in their Europa League opener at home.United started brightly but Rashford missed a number of opportunities against the champions of Kazakhstan.Solskjaer has spoken of his desire for the 21-year-old to score more goals but is not worried that the academy graduate has netted just once from open play in eight appearances for club and country this season.“He’s getting the chances,” the United boss said of Rashford, who has scored two penalties this campaign. “Of course he could have had three today (Thursday). The keeper made a few fantastic saves.“I don’t worry about that, no. We’re working every single day in training with Marcus. He wants to improve, wants to be better.”Asked if United needed more goals from Rashford and fellow forward Anthony Martial, he said: “All the goals we’ve scored have come from the forwards with Marcus and Anthony, and Dan James. I’m sure they’ll chip in with many, many goals. “He is still young, he’ll improve. You won’t hit your peak as a striker until you’re 26 or 27. He’s still learning what finishes to make in different circumstances.”Solskjaer expects to be without Martial for Sunday’s match away to West Ham, along with Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw.United, fourth in the Premier League table, could also be missing Wales winger James, who missed the match against Astana with a knock sustained in last week’s victory against Leicester.Defensive problems have dogged United during their winless away run that stretches back to the shock victory at Paris Saint-Germain in March but Solskjaer said he was relaxed.“Why should we as coaches be concerned? We’re looking forward to things, looking for solutions,” the Norwegian said.“I think we should’ve won at Southampton,” he added. “I think we should’ve won the Wolverhampton one. Both should be wins.“It’s still the same size pitch, green with white lines, some fans. You’ve got to block out the mental part and play as you would in the park.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Whitson and her crew mates clambered through the hatches about 90 minutes later and joined the station’s current crew, cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov, and astronaut Clayton Anderson. The newcomers traded their bulky gear for more comfortable jumpsuits and spoke to well-wishers at Mission Control via a video link. “The fun is just about to begin,” Yurchikhin said. Sheikh Muszaphar, a 35-year-old orthopedic surgeon fulfilling his own dream of space travel, said he was already having fun. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOSCOW – An American astronaut climbed aboard the International Space Station on Friday for a stint as its first female commander after a two-day trip from Earth and a textbook docking. Peggy Whitson, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian physician Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor scooted through hatches linking the station with the Soyuz TMA-11 craft they rode into orbit from Russia’s launch facility in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz docked on schedule at 10:50 a.m. EDT after catching up with the station and firing thrusters to get into position, said Valery Lyndin, chief spokesman for Russian Mission Control outside Moscow. “Everything is great,” Malenchenko told Mission Control shortly after the ship locked onto the station about 220 miles over Central Asia. A commentator with the U.S. space agency NASA called the docking “flawless.”
“Good teams always respond,” Schroder said. “We do whatever it takes to go out there and compete and play with each other. We live with the result.“Now the playoffs come. Now everybody is excited.”Westbrook had 15 points, 17 assists and 11 rebounds. He moved into a tie with Magic Johnson for second place on the career triple-double list with 138, behind only Oscar Robertson (181).“It’s a blessing,” Westbrook said.Schroder was 8-of-15 shooting beyond the arc and had a game-leading 32 points. Grant hit four 3s and added a career-high 28 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Bucks (60-22) rested star Giannis Antetokounmpo and some other key players. They found out moments after the game that they would face eighth-seeded Detroit in the first round of the playoffs.The Pistons secured a playoff berth with a win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday.Khris Middleton was the only usual Bucks starter in the starting five, and he scored 21 points in 17 minutes.Point guard Tim Frazier scored a career-high 29 points and added 13 assists for Milwaukee and D.J. Wilson had a career-high 18 points while grabbing 17 rebounds. Rookie Bonzie Colson started and scored 21 points.Middleton said the Bucks are more confident entering the playoffs than they have been in the past. The franchise has not won a playoff series since the 2000-01 season and has not had homecourt advantage in the first round in the last eight first-round series.“First place in the league, 60 wins, and we have homecourt,” Middleton said. “Forget about the things in the past in some ways. Just keep moving forward.”The Bucks finished tied for the third-best record in franchise history and their best since the 1980-81 season.“We’re just trying to soak it all in right now,” said Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, who was held out Wednesday. “We went through a lot of adversity to get to this point. I’m really proud of this group.”TIP-INSThunder: George did not play after aggravating a right shoulder injury in the Thunder’s 112-111 victory over Houston on Tuesday night. George hit the game-winning 3-pointer vs. the Rockets with 1.8 seconds left. View comments Everybody got what they wanted Wednesday night.Russell Westbrook posted his 34th triple-double of the season and the Thunder beat the Bucks’ backups 127-116 to lock up the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOklahoma City (49-33) played without injured Paul George, but Westbrook, Jerami Grant and Dennis Schroder led a hot-shooting effort. Oklahoma City made a franchise-record 23 3-pointers and handed out a franchise-best 40 assists, converting 48 of 99 shots to win their fifth in a row.The Thunder will face third-seeded Portland in the first round. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bucks: Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez sat out the season finale for load management, and point guard Eric Bledsoe did not play. It was the first game Lopez missed after starting all 81 games and it was the 10th game Antetokounmpo missed. … F Nikola Mirotic could be ready for the start of the playoffs this weekend. Mirotic suffered a fractured left thumb against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 19 and did not play in the final 11 regular-season games. … G Tony Snell (left ankle sprain) is unlikely to return at the start of the playoffs. Sterling Brown will keep his spot in the starting lineup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Oklahoma City wanted a win to avoid slipping into a first-round playoff matchup against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.The Milwaukee Bucks, with the NBA’s best record already clinched, just needed to stay healthy.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Spurs edge Mavericks in Dirk Nowitzki’s last NBA game MOST READ
Twitter/@DickieVCollege basketball analyst Dick Vitale is the most recent voice in the world of college sports to come out strongly against a new Indiana bill that would allow local businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers. The NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, the city which will host this year’s Final Four, has already expressed concern about the law, and many are calling for the organization to move its operation, and prevent the state from hosting future NCAA events. USA Today’s Nancy Armour wrote a column supporting this idea:It is too late to pull this year’s Final Four from Indianapolis, given it is next weekend and there’s no other city that would have an arena and several thousand hotel rooms available. But the NCAA can – and should – tell Indiana lawmakers that their prejudice and mean-spiritedness has cost the state the privilege of hosting any other collegiate sporting event.The 2016 women’s Final Four currently scheduled to be held in Indianapolis? Not anymore.…And in what would be the biggest threat of all, the NCAA ought to tell Gov. Mike Pence and his lunatic-fringe lawmakers that it no longer feels at home in Indiana and will look at moving its headquarters from Indianapolis to a state where God-given diversity is something to be celebrated rather than feared.Vitale tweeted a picture of the paper, and his support for Armour’s take.This INDIANSA law is #AbsolutelyPATHETIC This 21st century @nrarmour details in USA today & I agree with her premise! pic.twitter.com/BmmwUZTuJv— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 27, 2015Whether or not you like Vitale as a broadcaster, he is one of the most respected people in college athletics. He will not be the last big name to speak out about this issue, either.
zoomThe converted Nápoles alongside at Gibdock before reentering service with Baleària. Image Courtesy: Gibdock Baleària’s ferry Napoles has started operating using LNG as fuel following the completion of a major conversion project carried out by Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard.The 186-meter long Napoles, which has a capacity for 1,600 passengers and 1,430 lane meters of cargo, is the first of six ships that Baleària plans to convert to dual fuel operations to comply with International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulphur cap regulations.Gibdock has secured a contract to convert a second vessel, Sicilia, which is due to arrive at the yard later this year.Napoles arrived at Gibdock in mid-November 2018, with the yard already having pre-fabricated two LNG bunker fuel reception stations for later installation. The majority of subsequent work took place alongside the yard’s main repair wharf, with some elements of the LNG conversion undertaken in Gibdock’s Panamax size Dock No.1.The project included the installation of dual-fuel LNG and diesel engines produced by MAN Energy Solutions as well as a Wärtsilä tank for LNG storage.According to Gibdock, one of the key elements of the project was the modification of the MAN 9L 48/60-A main engines to 9L 51/60DFF, completed by MAN Primeserv. Extensive automation system and cabling work was also carried out by Gibdock.With this change in fuel, Nápoles is expected to reduce its CO2 emissions by 9,113.45 tons and NOx emissions by 871.37 tons a year as well as fully eliminate all sulphur and particle emissions, the ferry company earlier explained.After its departure, Napoles began working on a new passenger and Spanish freight route connecting Huelva and the Canary Islands.
New Delhi: Pakistan will be judged not by words but on basis of the action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil, India said Saturday, asserting that its non-military strike on the JeM terrorist training camp in Balakot achieved its desired objective. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said if Pakistan claims to be a ‘naya Pakistan’ (New Pakistan) with a ‘nayi soch’ (new thinking), then it should demonstrate ‘naya’ action (new action) against terror groups operating with impunity from its soil. The MEA’s comments came a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he will not allow Pakistani soil to be used for terror directed at other countries. Khan has been saying that a ‘Naya Pakistan’ is embarking on a new journey under his leadership. Kumar said Pakistan has been making identical statements after separate terror attacks and now Islamabad will have to take up the concrete action the international community expected it to take and must rein in terror groups operating from its soil. “We remain resolute in our determination to persuade the international community of the necessity of compelling Pakistan to move beyond mere words and to show credible, verifiable and sustained actions. We have and we will continue to act with responsibility and maturity,” he said at a media briefing. Kumar said the widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge and repeated requests by India and the international community for Pakistan to take action against such groups has been met with “denial”. “In 2004, the then President of Pakistan had made a solemn public commitment that they would not allow any territory under their control to be used for terrorist activity in any manner,” he said. “But till today, however, Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan,” he said, adding Pakistan will be judged not by its words but on the basis of action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure. Tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and subsequent aerial strike by India on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot on February 26. Pakistan retaliated the strike next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations. The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. “Our non-military counter terrorism strike of February 26 achieved the intended objective. It has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism,” Kumar said about Balakot strike. He, however, evaded questions on number of casualties in the strike. Kumar said the fact that Pakistan refused access to journalists from visiting the site of the strike in Balakot meant that they have “plenty to hide”. “So the initial bravado that everything is open please come and visit has disappeared. We are absolutely confident that strikes on Balakot has been successful and achieved the desired objectives,” he asserted. On Pakistan’s retaliatory strike, he said instead of taking action against terrorist groups on its soil, Islamabad chose to escalate through an “act of aggression” by violating Indian airspace and attempting, unsuccessfully, to target military facilities. Kumar also accused Pakistan of propagating a “false narrative” of the events of the day when Pakistani jets unsuccessfully attempted to target Indian military installations. In the aerial combat India had lost a Mig-21 Bison aircraft and its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan. Pakistan claimed it downed two Indian jets, and rejected IAF’s assertion that a F-16 aircraft was shot down by it during the dogfight. “Only one aircraft was lost by us. If, as Pakistan claims, they have a video recording of the downing of a second Indian aircraft, why have they not shown it to the international media even after more than one week? “Questions should be asked to them as to where the fuselage of the aircraft is and what has happened to the pilots? As we have already said, there are eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan deployed F-16 aircraft and that one F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan,” Kumar said. He said Pakistan should explain why it continues to deny that its F-16 aircraft has been shot down. “We have asked the United States to also examine whether the use of F16 against India is in accordance with the terms and conditions of sale,” he added. Kumar said India’s armed forces continue to maintain strict vigil and will remain determined in the defence of the nation and its citizens. Hitting out at Pakistan for remaining in a state of denial, he said, “It is regrettable that Pakistan still continues to deny Jaish-e-Mohammed’s own claim of taking ownership of the Pulwama attack.” The MEA spokesperson referred to the Pakistan foreign minister’s interview to BBC on March where he talked about “some confusion” about JeM’s claim on the Pulwama attack. “Is Pakistan defending the Jaish-e-Mohammed and acting as its spokesperson? Does Pakistan’s claim have any credibility,” Kumar asked. He said despite the media interviews by Pakistan’s foreign minister and former president Musharraf acknowledging the presence of JeM in Pakistan, the spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces openly denied the presence of the terror group in the country.
Shimla: Hitting out at the Congress for promising to abolish sedition law in its poll manifesto, Union Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said the legislation will be made more stringent after BJP returns to power at the Centre. At a rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district in support of Ram Swaroop Sharma who is seeking re-election from Mandi Lok Sabha seat, he said Indian economy has become on of the fastest growing economy in the world and the IMF has praised the country for its economic growth. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He also claimed that inflation has been controlled during the five years the BJP’s rule. If voted to power again, the BJP will make the provisions of sedition law more stringent to check anti-national activities, Singh said, adding India has not acquired even an inch of land of any other country but if any other nation tries to do so, India will prevent it at any cost. In its poll manifesto, the Congress has promised to abolish the provision of sedition in the IPC and review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as well as deployment of the armed forces. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “The BJP is the only party where a ground-level worker can become a chief minister and even prime minister with his relentless efforts. On the other hand, there is a party which revolves around only a family,” Singh claimed. Ram Swaroop is pitted against Sukh Ram’s grandson Aashray Sharma who has been fielded in the seat by the Congress. Aashray Sharma’s father Anil Sharma recently resigned from the state cabinet but is still a BJP MLA in Mandi Assembly segment. Voting for state’s all four seats — Shimla (SC), Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra — will take place during the final phase of the Lok Sabha polls on May 19.
Washington – Morocco’s minister of foreign affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, reviewed here on Thursdaywith chairman of the foreign committee at the US House of Representatives, Edward R. Royce, bilateral ties and means to promote partnership between the two countries’ legislative institutions.The meeting was an opportunity to thank the US representative for the letter he addressed to US president Barack Obama, and in which he highlighted the quality of bilateral ties and the importance that Morocco has for the USA.The Moroccan official also renewed during the meeting the excellence of bilateral relations and the importance of the working visit by HM King Mohammed VI to the USA in developing ties and opening new prospects for this partnership. Royce’s letter urged President Obama to seize the opportunity of the Sovereign’s visit to consolidate strategic ties between the two nations at a time Washington is endeavoring to promote a mutually-profitable vision based on consolidation of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in North Africa.Washington should carry on support and assistance to Morocco’s efforts to stabilize and consolidate capacities of the region’s countries, and get more involved in the Sahara issue that continues to stall integration, economic growth and stability in the region, the letter says.
Senior guard Aaron Craft walks off the court while Michigan players celebrate the win after the game. OSU lost to Michigan, 72-69, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament March 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — Sometimes it just isn’t meant to be.Despite fighting back from a 16-point deficit to take the lead in the second half, a second straight comeback victory was not in the works for Ohio State, as it fell to top-seeded Michigan 72-69 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday.OSU (25-9, 12-9) quickly found itself behind early, as the Wolverines shot a blistering 6/8 from beyond the arc in the game’s first 10 minutes to jump out to a 24-14 lead.“From the standpoint of the fact that this team is sitting at 25 wins right now after everything they’ve been through, we’ve played good basketball and we’re going to continue to play good basketball and I think that’s the job that we have to do,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the loss. “As I challenged them after the game, I said, ‘Hey, how much better can we get next time we take the floor,’ and I think they’ll do that.”The shooting barrage for the Wolverines would continue, as six Michigan players made 3-pointers in the first half causing OSU to struggle to keep pace.“Beginning of the game, it started out much different than our last two games. It wasn’t us making mistakes it was them. Couldn’t miss — they couldn’t miss shots today. I think they hit at halftime like 8-13 from the three or something like that. So when you shoot like that they could have beaten almost anybody,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said after the loss. “But we fought back — we fought back and got in the game. That’s what we’ve been doing this whole tournament and it came down to the end, couple of plays that we didn’t make and that’s on us.”Trailing 37-25 at the 4:15 mark of the first half, the Buckeyes scored 12 of the game’s next 16 points to pull within four at halftime.In a high scoring opening 20 minutes, only one player – OSU junior guard Shannon Scott — scored in double figures, with 10.The Wolverines (25-7, 17-3) started the second half much like they did the first, nailing three more 3-pointers in as many possessions to extend the lead to 50-42.Scott bounced in a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 12:19 left to cut the lead to five, but then the Buckeyes received a huge blow.Senior guard Aaron Craft — trying to defend a 3-pointer by Wolverine leading scorer and Big Ten player of the year sophomore guard Nik Stauskas — got a piece of his body and committed his fourth foul. He would head to the bench until the 2:55 mark.“It’s unfortunate but you gotta be pro’s pro in that situation,” Craft said of his foul trouble. “Those guys did a phenomenal job of fighting and clawing and finally getting us a lead.”That lead came with junior forward Sam Thompson slammed home a lob pass from Scott at the 7:57 mark which gave OSU it’s first lead of the game, 61-60. A back-and-forth affair the rest of the way then ensued.Two free throws by sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III gave Michigan a 69-68 advantage with 2:55 to play, a lead they would not relinquish.The Buckeyes missed three of four free throws in the final 2:27 which would prove to cost them down the stretch.After Stauskas missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left and Michigan up two, but sophomore guard Caris Levert leapt high for the rebound and found sophomore guard Spike Albrecht on the perimeter. He would make one of two free throws, and the ball would slip out of Craft’s hands just before the buzzer to seal the win for the Wolverines.“You’ve got to step up for your team in that moment, and I didn’t,” Craft said, referring to the final play as well as missing two free throws late. “We knew that was going to come back and haunt us sometime. The two games we’ve had, we haven’t shot the ball well from the free throw line, and it cost us today.”Stauskas led Michigan with 18 points, and Levert added 17.Ross led the way for the Buckeyes with a game-high 19 points, while Scott tied a career-high with 18.The Buckeyes will await their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday, when the brackets are scheduled to be announced at 6 p.m.