Barca may dangle $40 million on Mata

first_imgAccording to a report from Sky Sports, Daley Blind and Juan Mata are set for an Old Trafford exit. Neither Mata nor Blind are expected to feature in Mourinho’s plans for the forthcoming season as he builds a team, which he believes, can win the Premier League.It is understood Mourinho would approve the sale of both players this summer should United receive acceptable bids, with the expectation he can sign players to directly replace them.But that isn’t to say the report is wide of the mark. Indeed, it’s common knowledge by now that Mourinho likes his players either strong or quick (and preferably both). Neither Mata nor Blind are either of these things. United have been strongly linked to players in both positions; and we’d bet that Mourinho would rather André Gomes and Grzegorz Krychowiak than the attacking midfield-defensive midfield pairing currently represented by Mata and Blind.It’s a $40 million question for Manchester United: Will Juan Mata and Jose Mourinho work well together?Their time at Chelsea was fractured when Mourinho deemed Mata surplus to requirement and shipped the Spaniard to Old Trafford.Mata, 28, has been a consistent performer for United, but will his reunion with Mourinho be short-lived? It’s easy to imagine both as ready to move on and Barcelona could be an option if that happens.Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona could make a bid of close to $40 million in order to help the midfield continue to tick. Mata was a key part of United’s possession-based approach under Louis Van Gaal, and as a player really does fit the bill of a Mourinho-minded mid.We’re just hoping that if Mata moves, he doesn’t switch anywhere that would change his English language blog posts.last_img read more


‘Justin coaching will be a Game Day decision’ – Matt Price

first_imgBy Jim FreemanJACKSBORO, TN – It was early afternoon, as usual, on a Wednesday, on top of The Hill at Campbell County High School as a welcome breeze blew just enough to keep the heat from being too hateful.  It was time for Coach Price’s pre-game interview recording session for Friday night’s broadcast of Campbell hosting Cocke County over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.  But things were different.  It was Coach Matt Price rather than Justin Price talking about Friday’s game.TOP PHOTO:  Matt Price (left) and Jim Freeman (right) talk Cougar Football.“This has all been sorta odd including Justin and me watching the jamboree game last Friday over WLAF from the hospital (Children’s Hospital),” said Matt, Justin’s identical twin brother.  “You know, when we got the news last Thursday that Justin’s youngest son was diagnosed with leukemia, our focus turned to Jack and his situation,” he added.Matt, Justin’s right hand and defensive coordinator, explained  he’s expecting and hoping Justin will be at the season opening game with Cocke County on Friday.  He said, “A lot of it will hinge on how Jack responds to a new medication he’s due to receive on Friday.”Life on The Hill has also been quite different since the arrival of the Price twins in 2011.  The Cougars have won 49 football games in their short tenure compared to the program’s first 49 wins which came over a span of 25 seasons.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/22/2019-6AM – PHOTO COURTESY OF JAVEN MCCULLEY)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


Canada’s Powder Highway: 1 stunning circuit, 8 ski resorts

first_imgROSSLAND, British Columbia | For many in the skiing world, the resorts of Canada’s Powder Highway in British Columbia’s Kootenay region are secrets they’d rather not share with the public.The circuit links eight mountain resorts and many times more Nordic, heli- and cat-ski operations across 677 kilometers (420 miles).This undated photo shows skiers on a snowy landscape at Red Mountain in Rossland, British Columbia, Canada. Red Mountain is one of eight ski resorts along a circuit called the Powder Highway in the Kootenay region, located on the western slope of the Rockies and in the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges. (AP Photo/Jeremy Hainsworth)“There’s very little out there that can rival the quality and terrain in the Kootenays,” says Ian Johnston, a Vancouver transplant to Rossland where he skis at Red Mountain.“If you want powder, you go to the Kootenays,” he says. “If you go to party, you go to Whistler,” referring to the better-known and massive ski resort that hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, a nine-hour drive from Rossland.Like most locals, Johnston grudgingly agrees that those along the Powder Highway need to share their light, airy powder bonanza with the world.The laid-back resorts offer miles of trails, massive quantities of vertical feet, heli-skiing and communities where skiing is a passion passed from generation to generation by friendly locals.The gems along the highway through the pristine valleys of the western slope of the Rockies and the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges are, starting in the East Kootenay, Fernie Alpine Resort near the mining town of Fernie; Kicking Horse Mountain Resort west of the entrance to Yoho National Park; Kimberley Alpine Resort outside the picturesque city of Kimberley; Panorama Mountain Resort outside Invermere; and Revelstoke Mountain Resort west of Kicking Horse.Moving into the West Kootenay region, Red Mountain Resort is minutes from the cities of Rossland and Trail, and Whitewater Ski sits above the trendy lakeside city of Nelson.Fernie averages 37 feet (11 meters) of snow a year and boasts a season from December through April, as do most area mountains. With a vertical rise of 3,550 feet (1,082 meters), it offers 142 runs including five Alpine bowls and tree skiing.At 4,133 feet (1,260 meters), Kicking Horse boasts the fourth-highest vertical drop in North America. It boasts 120 runs, 60 percent of which are rated at advanced or expert. Right at the edge of the Rockies, the resort offers some of the most stunning mountains views in North America.For hardcore powder aficionados looking for rides through hefty powder fields, Kicking Horse — aka “The Champagne Powder Capital of Canada” — and Revelstoke are the destinations of choice. Located outside the charming Alpine-themed former mining town from which it takes its name, Kimberley offers 2,465 vertical feet (751 meters) of skiing served by five lifts.Panorama offers 2,847 acres (1,152 hectares) of terrain covering the spectrum from wide-open fall line cruisers to powder-filled tree lines. The area’s Taynton Bowl, once a heli-skiing operation, is avalanche-controlled and no backcountry gear is needed. Get your ski legs warmed up first, though, as the bowl is all black runs, but a great place to find powder stashes days after a dump.Revelstoke proclaims itself to be the only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli- and backcountry skiing from one village base with a vertical drop of 5,620 feet (1,712 meters). (Cat-skiing uses snowcats or snowmobiles to access off-trail areas.)Powder Magazine calls Whitewater “one of the best powder mountains on the continent” though some would say it’s a toss-up between Whitewater and nearby Red Mountain. Whitewater offers 2,044 vertical feet (623 meters) of riding serviced by four lifts serving 81 Alpine runs and 13 Nordic trails.Nearby Nelson is a year-round tourist destination in itself. Its downtown streets are lined with art and Alpine equipment stores and fantastic little eateries.Red Mountain offers 2,919 feet (890 meters) of vertical drop on 110 runs serviced by seven lifts. For the powder-seekers, look no farther than the aptly named Paradise section of Granite Mountain where locals or the mountain’s Snow Hosts (look for their jackets) can direct skiers to the runs rich with the deep stuff.“No crowds, good snow. Red Mountain has some of the best deep-tree skiing I have ever seen in my life,” Johnston said, who prefers the powder there to southwestern U.S. offerings at Snowbird, Alta and Sun Valley.Also on the Powder Highway: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, which offers, in addition to winter skiing, natural hot springs that make it a draw year-round.And, for the truly powder-crazy looking to shred the deep, there’s heli-skiing or cat-skiing to be found throughout the province but mainly on the Rockies eastern slope around Revelstoke and Golden. Cat skiing is also run through a number of the mountains along the Powder Highway and is a great way to explore off-piste terrain.If You Go…POWDER HIGHWAY: https://www.kootenayrockies.com/cat/ski-snowboard/ . The Kootenay region is halfway between Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver, British Columbia. There are numerous ski resorts in both provinces.GETTING THERE: Castlegar airport near Rossland, British Columbia, has flights from Vancouver and Calgary. Trail airport, also near Rossland, has flights from Vancouver. Rossland is a 2 ½-hour drive from the international airport in Spokane, Washington, where you can catch shuttle vans to Rossland.HELI- AND CAT SKIIING: https://www.hellobc.com/british-columbia/things-to-do/winter-activities/heli-skiing-cat-skiing.aspx .last_img read more


Garvey’s Tralee Warriors go top of the Men’s Super League as Swords fall to…

first_imgThe Kerry team now boasts six wins from seven games, having won six in-a-row following an opening round stumble against UCC Demons down at the Mardyke. Garvey’s Tralee Warriors went top of the Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League table on bank holiday Monday, with an 80-71 point win over Éanna at the Complex in Tralee. Griffith College Swords Thunder meanwhile fell at the hands of DCU Saints for the second week in-a-row, losing out 65-69 at the ALSAA.Dee Proby ignited the Saints’ offence as they went down by five against Swords in the fourth, and coupled with strong inside play from Provizors, brought the game back level with just minutes on the clock, and Proby kept a cool head at the free throw line in the dying stages to secure the win.Speaking afterwards, a thrilled head coach, Joey Boylan, was delighted with the result (listen to his full interview here).Elsewhere, Moycullen overcame KUBS in Galway, with a Brandon McGuire inspired home team running out 93-81 point winners in the end, while Lorcan Murphy top-scored with 28 points in Black Amber Templeogue’s defeat of Maree (104-52) at Oblate Hall.You can see a full round up of all the weekend’s games here.View the Men’s Super League table here.Basketball Ireland – Men’s Super League Bank Holiday Monday results (October 30th, 2017)Moycullen 93-81 KUBSTop scorers Moycullen: Brandon McGuire 31, James Loughnane 16, Cian Nihill 15Top scorers KUBS: Brian Andrews 27, Eoin Chubb 16, Shane McCann 8Half time score: Moycullen 45-40 KUBSGriffith College Swords Thunder 65-69 DCU SaintsTop scorers Griffith College Swords Thunder: Isaac Westbrooks 15, Sam Mike 12, Charlie Coombes 12Top scorers DCU Saints: Dee Proby 32, Martins Provizors 14, Emmet Donnelly 7Half time score: Griffith College Swords Thunder 34-39 DCU SaintsBlack Amber Templeogue 104-52 MareeTop scorers Black Amber Templeogue: Lorcan Murphy 28, Neil Randolph 17, Jason Killeen 14Top scorers Maree: Jamal Tolliver 18, Cathal Finn 15, John Burke 7Half time score: Black Amber Templeogue 54-18 MareeGarvey’s Tralee Warriors 80-71 ÉannaTop scorers Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Trae Pemberton 28, Dusan Bogdanovic 12, Darragh O Hanlon 11Top scorers Éanna: Aidan Dunne 27, Garny Garcia Nivar 26, Tamron Manning 12Half time score: Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 35-30 Éannaprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more


Burges Garners Southland Women’s Tennis Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior Sandra Burges has been named the Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. Burges, the all-time singles leader in Islanders history, led A&M-Corpus Christi to three conference victories en route to their first Southland Conference regular-season championship. Burges, a senior from Zaragoza, Spain (Marianistas), clinched the match and the title for the Islanders with a 6-0, 6-1, straight-set victory over New Orleans’ Yasmine Rashad in No. 4 singles on Monday. Prior to that, she secured two straight-set victories in No. 5 singles over Abilene Christian and UIW. The senior has powered the Islanders this season with an 18-5 overall record and an 11-1 record in the Southland. Honorable mention this week goes to McNeese State sophomore Klaudia Gawlik, Northwestern State senior Polina Konop, Nicholls sophomore Isla Brock and Abilene Christian senior Micah Hermsdorf.center_img Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more