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Van Persie sidelined for United

first_img Press Association Unlike the last-16 clash versus Olympiacos, United will play their first leg at home. The Red Devils, who drifted from 18-1 to 33-1 following the draw, will take on Pep Guardiola’s side at Old Trafford on April 1 before they travel to Germany for the return leg eight days later. “I would prefer to be at home in the second leg,” Moyes said. “But we have got it. That is the way the draw has come out – we just have to take it.” Van Persie was carried off on a stretcher in the dying minutes of United’s win over Olympiacos with a knee injury. United are unsure how long Van Persie will be out for, but the striker will definitely miss the evening game at Upton Park. Robin van Persie will not be available for Manchester United’s game against West Ham on Saturday, manager David Moyes has confirmed. “We are getting him re-scanned again on Friday because there was nothing conclusive,” the United boss said. “He won’t be available for Saturday’s game. “We will give you an update as soon as we can.” United beat Olympiacos 3-0 at home in the second leg of their tie to make it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They were given the daunting task of facing Bayern Munich in the last eight at Friday’s draw in Nyon. Moyes concedes he has a tough task on his hands. “I have probably drawn out the favourites,” the Scot said. “They are the holders so it is a really tough draw for us but it’s one I am looking forward to.” last_img read more

CFU to consider split from CONCACAF

first_imgSEVERAL Caribbean nations have supported a bid to break away from regional football representative CONCACAF in favour of forming an independent confederation as disputes over funding grow.According to multiple reports, the issue was raised at a recent meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) executive and 26 of 31 nations were in support of the proposal that would see the region depart from its 41-member parent association.President of the CFU, Gordon Derrick, was the one to raise the motion, which is firmly rooted in extreme displeasure with the attitude of the new Victor Montagliani-led CONCACAF towards the Caribbean region.Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) president Montagliani was elected as head of the body in May of last year. Since then the CFU has reportedly seen the majority of funding and grants heavily cut and been allowed no major input in CONCACAF’s decision-making process.Many believe the measures in part serve as punishment of sorts for the region, who supplied the last two CONCACAF presidents Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb. Both former FIFA officials are now facing corruption charges and have been banned for life from the sport.“We were promised development for our youth, we were promised a treatment as equals but we received nothing but crumbs if that,” Inside World Football quoted Gordon as saying.“True to the tradition that sadly governed our region for far too long, we were the water carriers of countries much larger than ours, we were expected to deliver when they called and we were to succumb to the interests that were not and are not ours to this day.”(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

What we learned from Syracuse’s win over Texas Southern

first_img Published on December 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (10-3) took down Texas Southern (1-10), 80-67, in the Carrier Dome on Sunday in its final nonconference matchup.The Orange got out to a slow start, with the game tied at 22 with less than five minutes to go in the first half, but used an 8-0 run heading into halftime to break the game open.Texas Southern forward Derek Griffin dominated inside with a game-high 20 points — 10 off alley-oops in the first half — and was a perfect 9-for-9 shooting. The Tigers outscored the Orange, 34-30, in the paint.Syracuse will head into Atlantic Coast Conference play at Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.Here are three things we learned from SU’s win over the Tigers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMichael Gbinije is “not going to come out of the game”For the third time all season, Michael Gbinije played every minute of the game. He didn’t sub out in losses to Wisconsin and Georgetown earlier in the year.Texas Southern wasn’t the caliber of either of those two teams, but Gbinije is the Orange’s most dangerous player and led the team with 15 points in his 40 minutes. He also tied with center Dajuan Coleman for a team-high seven rebounds in the game.“He’s not going to come out of the game,” SU interim head coach Mike Hopkins said. “He’s too valuable, in great shape, he’s as good as anybody in our league and maybe even in the country.”Frank Howard is getting the nod over Kaleb JosephFrank Howard scored six points, grabbed three steals and totaled a career-high 19 minutes on the court, while Kaleb Joseph sat on the bench.Despite the praise of Jim Boeheim and Mike Hopkins prior to the season, last year’s starting point guard Joseph played in only the final 19 seconds of the first half. Texas Southern’s Jerron Martin hit a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left before halftime on the right wing that Joseph was guarding.Joseph had been averaging more minutes than Howard, but in the last two games Howard has seen 18 and 19 minutes of action compared to Joseph’s 13 and 0-plus.Syracuse will rely on transition offenseMike Hopkins said that the Orange is a “different team” when it can get into a rhythm with transition offense. Against Texas Southern, Syracuse managed 14 steals and scored 18 points off of turnovers.The Orange pushed the floor after steals and was able to either drive to the lane for a layup or dish outside for the open 3-point attempt.“I think the best time to get 3s is in transition because the defense isn’t set,” Hopkins said. “The one thing about the zone is that teams try and kill you on the offensive glass, and the great equalizer is transition.“When you have the caliber of shooters that we have, and the speed that we have, those things become major assets, that’s our strength.”The interim head coach added that it’s hard to get quality 3s against great defenses and the Orange will have to keep hoisting 3s in transition, regardless of whether they go in or not. Commentscenter_img Related Stories Syracuse uses late 1st-half surge to beat Texas Southern, 80-67last_img read more