Phil Neville accepts responsibility for his part in Manchester United’s “disaster” last season but has suggested the club’s new boss Louis van Gaal has an easier job on his hands than predecessor David Moyes. Neville, the former United full-back, was on the Red Devils’ coaching staff last term as they struggled under Moyes before finishing the campaign seventh in the Barclays Premier League – a year after being crowned champions in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge. Neville told the BBC’s Test Match Special: “I’ve had sleepless nights thinking about what happened last year. “There is part of me that thinks it was an impossible job to follow Sir Alex Ferguson. “I think Louis van Gaal has an easier task now, following the man that followed Sir Alex Ferguson . “It was a really difficult job for David Moyes and I think rather than blame him, there has to be collective responsibility taken throughout the whole club. “Last year was a complete failure, and a disaster from my point of view. “But David Moyes is an outstanding manager and will go on to be one for another club – it just didn’t work out last season.” It emerged this week that Neville, who played under Moyes at Everton from 2005 to 2013 after concluding his 10-year United playing career, will no longer be part of the coaching staff at Old Trafford. The 37-year-old former England international has signed up to be a pundit for the BBC this season, and while talking about that on Twitter on Wednesday, he responded “no” to a question asking: “Phil, are you still on the coaching team at United?” Press Association
The No. 6 Wisconsin volleyball team proved it is worthy of its high ranking over the weekend with two quick defeats of Big Ten newcomers Rutgers and Maryland, both of which came in straight sets.In the weekend finale Sunday afternoon, the Maryland Terrapins (7-10, 0-6 Big Ten) faced the well-prepared Badgers (14-2, 5-1 Big Ten) in front of a sellout crowd of 6,012, and UW earned a 25-14, 25-17, 25-17 win.Badgers sweep Maryland to complete perfect weekendThe No. 6 Wisconsin volleyball team hadn’t won more than three straight Big Ten matches since 2008. That was, until Read…“One of the great feelings is walking out in the Field House and hearing people get excited for you and so the fact that we had, again, so many people that are coming out is awesome,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “We appreciate the support and you can tell that there’s momentum that’s behind us and we don’t take that for granted. We can feel it so we’re very appreciative of that.”The Badgers certainly did not let down their enthusiastic home crowd with the straight sets win against Maryland. In the first set, the Badgers quickly put the Terrapins away, but the second and third sets saw Maryland rally back and stay with Wisconsin for a good portion of the two sets.UW senior outside hitter Courtney Thomas had a big day, hitting at an impressive .750 for the match with a team-high nine kills. Thomas has made a name for herself as a well-rounded player that not only always puts forth great effort on the court, but is also praised as an “emotional leader” by her teammates.“It wasn’t just her hitting percentage,” Sheffield said when asked about Thomas’s successful game. “One of the things she hasn’t been very good at is implementing off-speed shots into her game and she came out and I think three of her kills were off-speed shots, roll shots or tips, and that’s exciting. I told her if she gets good at that, it will change her game. It’ll be a game changer because everyone can just dig in on her and they know she’s just about bringing heat all the time. She’s one of the people that I’m excited about that’s adding more tools to the toolbox.”The middle blockers for the Badgers, Dominique Thompson and Haleigh Nelson, also dominated the court, not only Sunday but over the course of the entire weekend. Of the 14 block-assists Wisconsin had against the Terrapins, Nelson and Thompson combined for seven of them, with Nelson totaling six block-assists Friday night against Rutgers. The pair also had an outstanding couple of games in the hitting department with a total of 14 kills on 23 chances Sunday and nine kills from Nelson Friday night.Focusing on her hitting game paid off for Nelson over the weekend.“Slides are something I’ve really been working on in practice lately, hitting all types of different shots and not just in one area of the court over and over,” Nelson said. “So tonight I really just tried to spread the ball around and show them different looks behind the setter.”Sophomore setter Lauren Carlini also contributed a great deal to Wisconsin’s victory over Maryland and the solid weekend. Not only did Carlini have 33 assists but she also played intelligently, dumping several of her sets over the net to throw off Maryland’s blockers, which resulted in four kills. Although Carlini had a rather quiet night in the assist category Friday, finishing with just 22, she compiled 11 digs to earn her 10th double-double of the season.As was the trend with Nelson and Thompson, both victories were in large part due to Wisconsin’s overall effective hitting and blocking. The Badgers showed versatility on the court through their middle blockers switching where they hit from, benefited by Carlini’s many successful tips and dumps. In all three matches Sunday, Wisconsin hit more than .350 with only 11 total errors on 79 total attacking attempts.Both Maryland and Rutgers just could not keep up with the dominant Badgers, and both of UW’s opponents played sloppily for large portions of the matches. The Terrapins had 20 errors over the three sets and failed to hit above .100 in any of them, while the Scarlet Knights also had 20 errors and hit less than .200 in all three sets.However, Sheffield said the errors did not impact the way his team executed its own play.“We didn’t really talk about their errors at all,” Sheffield said. “Courtney [Thomas] was right, we talked about what we need to do, what they’re trying to do and what we need to do. We don’t really talk about other team’s errors or any previous play that we do. We try to keep our mind in the present and the future rather than the past: this is what they’re likely to do right now and this is what we need to do right now. It’s more that type of communication.”Despite Wisconsin’s limited history against its new Big Ten foes, the Badgers heeded Sheffield’s advice on the way to two impressive, all-around team wins.
Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 LeoVegas has made a ‘statement of intent’ by announcing a sponsorship deal with one of UK’s most decorated rugby clubs, Leicester Tigers.The company has been revealed as the ‘Official Betting and Gaming Partner’ for the two-time European Cup winners and 10-time English league champions.The three-year deal from January 2017 will include the online casino’s brand logo on the Tigers team shorts until 2019, as well as on adult replica shorts for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. This kit sponsorship will give the brand visibility during live broadcast and highlights packages from both Premiership and European games.The agreement will also include official partner accreditation, media space at Welford Road and match day hospitality, as well as two pitch side perimeter boards for the 2017/18 season and one for the duration of the 2016/17 season.Shenaly Amin of LeoVegas.com commented: “This sponsorship deal is with one of the biggest rugby teams in the world and is a major statement of intent from LeoVegas.com, which emphasises our commitment to becoming a leader in the sportsbook market.“To be mentioned in the same sentence as of one of the most iconic names in rugby, let alone as a partner, is a complete honour and we’re looking forward to becoming part of the Tigers family.”Andrea Pinchen, Tigers’ Commercial Director, said: “We have had the chance to meet with LeoVegas at its Head Offices, and we were hugely impressed with the setup and its people. We firmly believe that it is the premium brand in betting, and to be able to welcome another partner to the Tigers’ family recognises the strength in the Tigers brand. We look forward to working with Leo Vegas immensely.”The deal, which kicks off in time for Tigers’ home match against Glasgow Warriors in the European Champions Cup on 21 January, represents one of LeoVegas’ biggest sponsorships and a significant investment for the brand. StumbleUpon Submit