Mid. North bowlers on a roll this season

first_img The Middletown High School North boys bowling team currently owns a 16-6 mark — good enough for first place in the Shore Conference’s Class B North division. Coach John Oxley’s Lions are coming off a strong week that included sweeps of Shore Regional and Long Branch. The strong showings came on the heels of similar performances against Monmouth Regional and Christian Brothers Academy; in the latter match, Middletown North rolled a season-high 1,188 team game. Meanwhile, the Lions’ per-game average, which hovered in the mid-900s early in the campaign, has risen to more than 1,000 pins, and Oxley is hoping to add another 100 pins to that average by tournament time. The Lions are poised to head into the third round of conference matches — all teams in B North play each other three times during the regular season. CBA, Middletown South, Monmouth Regional, Shore Regional and Long Branch round out the conference. Oxley’s team also picked up a tournament championship during the holiday break by winning the Keyport-hosted Red Raider Classic at Airport Lanes in Hazlet. Jay Silver has been Middletown North’s top keggler. The junior leads the team with a 210 average and his calm demeanor and consistency have impressed Oxley, who is in his first season at the Lions’ helm. Four-year veteran Jeff Onorato has also helped to pace the Lions’ attack. Onorato averages 207.5 pins and has several 600-plus series to his credit, with a high game of 279. Jesse Stanton, another veteran, is averaging just above 200 pins, as is lefty Cory Widmaier. The two seniors serve as co-captains, and Oxley praised their leadership ability. Cory Diehl is the Lions’ fifth starter. The fast-improving sophomore averages 195 pins and has a 250-pin game to his credit. Ian Grant, a senior, and Nick Windle, a freshman, have also seen some playing time for the Lions. “We’ve been getting better at picking up our spares, and that’s been a big plus,” the coach said. “I keep stressing how important it is to pick up the easy spares. They just have to keep their concentration and not get frustrated that they didn’t get a strike. If we hit those spares, we’ll stay in the 1,000-pin range, and that, in turn, puts pressure on our opposition if it’s close in the 10th frame.” Oxley cited his team’s 1,188 game against CBA as a prime example. Among Middletown North’s five bowlers there were just two open frames. “You’re always going to have your 7/10 splits, but the difference between winning and losing is often your other spares,” Oxley said. “It’s all about maximizing your pin count. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

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Grieving Croatia ready to seal last-16 berth

first_imgRocked by a second family bereavement in three days, Croatia will be determined to seal a last-16 berth when they meet the Czech Republic in their Euro 2016 Group D clash on Friday, defender Domagoj Vida said.Following the death of captain Darijo Srna’s father on Sunday during Croatia’s 1-0 win over Turkey, the team’s media officer Tomislav Pacak said goalkeeping coach Marijan Mrmic’s father had also died during Tuesday night.Srna, accompanied by coach Ante Cacic, went to his father’s funeral on Monday and returned to the team’s Deauville base camp in northern France ready to face the Czechs.Vida, a tough-tackling centre back personifying Croatia’s willpower in the face of adversity, said the team would go the extra mile for their skipper and Mrmic, who travelled home early on Wednesday.“We all mourn when someone here suffers a loss because we are one big family,” Vida told a news conference on Wednesday.“We will be galvanised to play for our captain and put him straight back on the rails. He is a great character and I am totally convinced he will be at his best on Friday.”“If we perform like we did against Turkey and show the same fighting spirit we should come out on top, although the Czechs are tougher opposition.“I don’t think they will throw caution to the wind despite being under more pressure than us (after their opening 1-0 defeat by holders Spain). They are more likely to sit back and rely on fast breaks because that’s their style.”However, the Czechs must come up with a bolder approach, having conceded a late goal against the Spaniards after working hard to contain the champions.Striker Tomas Necid, who cut a lonely figure up front, said he hoped coach Pavel Vrba would field a more adventurous formation to haul them back into the race for a knockout stage berth.“We haven’t discussed the tactics yet but I expect a more attacking set-up because only a win will do,” Necid told reporters at the team’s Tours base in western France.“Croatia already have three points in the bag and if we are to advance, we simply have to win this game.“They have top quality in midfield with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic giving them attacking power but we will be ready.”last_img read more

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Arnie’s Army salutes Palmer one last time

first_imgArnie’s Army was out in force one more time on Thursday, storming the first tee at the U.S. Masters in a final salute to Arnold Palmer, their fallen leader.There have been many tributes since the man known as ‘The King’ passed away at the age of 87 last September but none could match the emotional connection Palmer had with Augusta National and the Masters – a tournament the swashbuckling golfer made important and won four times.The year’s first major got off to a sombre and poignant start as thousands of golf fans wearing commemorative buttons confirming their membership in Arnie’s Army stood at attention during a moment of silence broken only by the sound of a chilly wind rustling through the trees.Augusta National chairman Billy Payne addressed the massive gallery, telling them it was a morning of unbearable sadness. Golf icons Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player then struck the opening ceremonial tee shots without their long time friend and rival at their side.“Welcome to the 2017 Masters. It is a wonderful but, in one respect, a difficult day,” said Payne. “For the first time in many many decades someone is obviously missing from the first tee.“The almost unbearable sadness that we all feel by the passing of Arnold Palmer is only surpassed by the love and affection for him.”Before Nicklaus, a six-time Masters champion, hit his shot the Golden Bear looked to the heavens and waved his cap into the leaden skies in a clear salute to Palmer, whose Masters Green Jacket was draped over a white lawn chair to the side of the first tee.After Player, who played in a record 52 Masters, sent his tee shot right Nicklaus stepped up and crushed his straight down the heart of the fairway, drawing a huge cheer signaling the 81st Masters was officially under way.Later, Nicklaus and Player, both wearing Arnie’s Army badges on the lapels of their Green Jackets, held court and paid homage to Palmer, a gentleman, fierce competitor and friend who made the Masters into one of sports great events.“So Arnold came along (and) television was getting started. It was a time that the popularity of the game was really stimulated by Arnold,” said Nicklaus.“It was a time when the Masters was just sort of getting its feet wet with what’s going on in the golfing world. Arnold was sort of the guy that made that popular and took the Masters from being a tournament to being one of the four biggest events in golf,” Nicklaus went on.“I think it was Arnold who took it to that. So my feeling was that, yes, the Masters made Arnold in many ways because of his wins but the other way around, I think Arnold made the Masters. Arnold put the Masters on the map and with his rise and his popularity, the Masters rose the same,” he said.“I think they were both very good for each other.”last_img read more

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Hamilton says chasing Schumacher’s record was never the plan

first_imgLewis Hamilton will edge closer to Michael Schumacher’s all-time record if he wins a fifth Formula One world title this weekend in Austin, but he said on Wednesday that chasing the German great was never part of his plan.The Mercedes driver will move to within two of Schumacher’s all-time mark of seven championships if he scores eight points more than his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in Austin on Sunday.Yet Hamilton said that he realised his lifelong ambition in 2015 when he equalled the tally of his boyhood idol Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian triple champion who died in 1994, and that chasing Schumacher’s mark was never his aim.“Honestly that has never been my goal. I started out with the goal to match Ayrton Senna or to equalise with Ayrton Senna who is my … who’s the guy that I aspire to be like,” Hamilton told Reuters.“And I equalled him two years ago. So since then it’s kind of been going into unknown territory.“So I mean Michael’s stats are incredible and still quite a long way away, but I’m here for some time still, so I’m just going to keep working hard and keep trying to do what I do and what I love and enjoy it and we’ll see where it takes us.”Hamilton is 67 points clear of Vettel with three races and a maximum 75 points remaining after Texas, and will fancy his chances of sewing up the title having won five of the past six races at the Circuit of the Americas — including the last four.Yet with so much riding on the weekend, Hamilton said now is not the time to make changes to his approach.“The approach that I’ve had up until now has worked very well,” said Hamilton. “So we naturally want to win this weekend. So diligence and going through the same steps in terms of getting the car to where it needs to be through the weekend, I feel naturally relaxed and I know what I’m going to do.”Hamilton has already won nine races so far this season and looks likely to end the year in double figures, which is no mean feat considering he feels this year has been tougher than any he has experienced before.“This year has been the most intensive, the cars the faster, the requirement on the driver’s side physically and mentally is on another level,” said Hamilton.“We’ve been fighting another team who have had the upper hand for a long part of the season. So collectively as a team we’ve had to go above and beyond to deliver more than them.”last_img read more

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Busy second day for Ja’s juniors

first_img Lane placement Sawyers will run out of lane three in heat four, while Taylor, the only sub-45 seconds junior in the world this year with a best of 44.88 seconds, will run out of lane five in heat six. Briana Williams and Okeria Myrie will close out the morning session for Jamaica when they compete in preliminary-round action of the women’s 100 metres at 4:27 a.m. Williams is drawn in heat three and will run out of lane three, while Myrie will come out of lane seven in heat four. The second session will see semi-finals and finals for the remaining Jamaicans, where the Kingston College duo of Wayne Pinnock and Shakwon Coke will be in action in the boys’ long jump finals at 9:55 a.m. Jamaican time . The second session will see 800m women’s semi-finals at 9:50 a.m. and the 400m women’s semi finals at 10:25 a.m. The men’s 100m semi-finals are slated for 9:50 a.m. with the final down for 12:05 p.m. After a very successful opening day for Jamaica at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships where all seven athletes advanced to the next round of their events, it will be a very busy day two in Finland for the country’s young athletes. Fifteen will be in action with eight to compete in the morning session and seven down for action in the evening session. Medal favourites Damion Thomas and Orlando Bennett will be the first set to see action as they will compete in the heats of the men’s 110m hurdles, starting at 1:30 a.m. Jamaican time . World leader Thomas, with a best of 12.99 seconds, will take the track first, he will run out of lane three in the first heat. Bennett, the second-fastest with 13.00 in the event this year, will follow in heat two. The semi-finals are slated for 8:40 a.m. Jamaican time. World Under-18 silver medallist Sanique Walker and Shian Salmon will be in action in the women’s 400m hurdles starting at 2:30 a m . Walker will run out of lane three in heat one, while Salmon is drawn in heat five and will come out of lane six. Male team captain Christopher Taylor and Chantz Sawyers will be involved in first round action of the men’s 400m, starting at 3:20 a.m.last_img read more

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My music is about unity, says Chandrapaul Nathoo

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratWhen speaking about the impact of music, media mogul Ted Turner brilliantly said: “Music has a great power for bring people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity.”No matter what you are experiencing, music has the uncanny ability to help you through that. Particularly when it comes to lifting our spirits or forging a bond with our fellow humans, music is always there. The lyrics speak to the soul and can influence a revolution or make a stone heart melt.At a time when tensions are running amok in the world and even here at home, young Chandrapaul Nathoo is using his gift of making music to soothe our souls and promote unity. He considers himself as one of the most patriotic Guyanese and dreams of a Guyana that is united beyond barriers and he is doing his part to forge that level of unity.The 18-year-old hails from the peaceful village of Albion Front on the Corentyne Coast in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and is the baby of his family. He remembers his childhood as one that was fun-filled, but with great emphasis on acquiring a sound education to propel him into the world of work as a prepared individual.He attended the JC Chandisingh Secondary School and was considered an A student and excelled at his examinations. He sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in 2015 and gained passes in 11 subjects. Apart from gaining a traditional education, Chandrapul actively pursued studies in other areas, including computer science along with Sanskrit and Hindi.During the same period as he was studying for CSEC, he met with his Sanskrit and Hindi Gurus (Teachers), Pandit Shamkumar Ramlochan (Sanskrit Kovida) and Srimate Saroja Ramlochan. Here is where Chandrapaul excelled with a distinction in Sanskrit as well as Hindi. His thirst for higher education became more evident and practical resulting in him joining the Environmental Health programme offered by the Ministry of Public Health. At the end of this programme, Chandrapaul graduated with a distinction in Environmental Health and was also declared the Valedictorian. Upon obtaining his certificate in Environmental Health, he was appointed as a Public Health Inspector with the Regional Administration. To further his education, he was accepted into the University of Guyana (Berbice Campus) to pursue a Diploma in Public Management, an encouragement he gained from his Regional Environmental Health Officer, Marvin Dindyal.During all these occurrences, Chandrapaul was proactively involved in his singing career. He composed Bhajans of his own. In one instance, he composed a Bhajan entitled “Durga Maa”, which he sung in his Mandir during a Navaratri celebration.Gradually, Chandrapaul was motivated to participate in the Guyana Chutney Monarch Competition 2019. Music being no stranger to him, he composed a song entitled “Mash 49”. This song is composed of both English and Hindi Lyrics. “Mash 49” is considered a true patriotic song of Guyana. In this song, Chandrapaul expertly depicts the theme of Mashramani 2019 “Celebrate Mash 49 with victory in mind” as the chorus. His Hindi lyrics “garbhse manaao Mashramani, phirse kojo El Dorado” exactly meant what the theme warranted.A song of three verses reflects the culture of the three major ethnic groups in Guyana. The first verse pays tribute to the arrival of the Amerindians who came from Asia to Guyana bringing with them their food and the word that would eventually become Mashramani. The second verse gives credit to the arrival of Afro-Guyanese who came from Africa to Guyana, bringing with them their musical instruments as well as their Qwe-Qwe Culture. The third verse speaks about the arrival of Indo-Guyanese who came from India to Guyana bringing their musical instruments as well as their festivals and cultures. His concluding line glorifies the National Motto of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana “One People, One Nation, One Destiny”.Chandrapaul having been selected as a semi-finalist in the Guyana Chutney Monarch Competition 2019 is ready to perform among 12 semi-finalists on the same stage. He is optimistic to be crowned the 2019 Chutney Monarch of Guyana.He says that you can look for more music from him as he intends to use his talent to unite his people.last_img read more

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There’s a 747 inside that 818

first_imgForget living in “The 818.” Overwhelmed by demand for new lines, the telephone area code that has defined the San Fernando Valley for more than two decades is quickly running out. And the California Public Utilities Commission now is considering adding a 747 area code to the Valley because the remaining 818 numbers are expected to be used up within the next two years. Options include dividing the Valley geographically into two area-code zones, roughly along east-west lines, or simply assigning the new 747 code to all new phone lines no matter where they are in the Valley. But the plans came as a shock Thursday to many Valley officials and activists who have long touted 818 as a virtual symbol of the Valley’s unique identity and who had no idea a Valley 747 was in the works. “One would hope that the PUC would be reaching out to local business groups on a policy change as significant as this,” said Brendan Huffman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. “But you can’t rely on governmental agencies to always do that, especially when they’re located in Northern California.” Susan Carothers, spokeswoman for the commission, said the agency plans to publicize the plan soon and has scheduled a series of public hearings in the Valley next month. But while Valley residents’ comments are welcome, there is virtually nothing that can stop the new area code from coming, and the hearings will focus more on how to implement it rather than whether it is necessary. Carothers said the change is driven by the region’s growing population and the proliferation of multiple electronic devices that require additional phone lines. “Times have changed dramatically in California,” she said. “We now have 37 million people. Everybody and their brother has a cell phone, a fax, a pager. “Some have two or three telephone lines. They all require area codes and prefixes, so it’s no surprise that they would be running short.” The change, however, is expected to generate strident opposition from residents who don’t want to have to dial 11 digits to reach their neighbors and from business owners who don’t want to reprogram all their machines and print new stationery. There are also some who just feel the lone area code of 818 helps define the Valley as a single, unified region. “We have fought to have our own census district, our own statistical district – all these things we’ve been fighting for to make the Valley a unique place,” said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. “This would challenge that ability.” The 818 area code was created in 1984 when the Valley was split from the Los Angeles 213 code. Some longtime community residents recall few protests at the time, in part because Valley people saw the code as a reflection that their area was developing its own identity. In popular culture, 818 has sometimes been used as a shorthand moniker for the Valley itself. The projection that the Valley will run out of 818 numbers by late 2009 comes from the North American Numbering Plan Administration. The service is operated by Virginia-based NeuStar Inc. and oversees the national telephone numbering system. And this is not the first time the administration has made such a projection about 818. In 1999-2000, the PUC also considered adding 747 to the Valley, based on administration projections that 818 would be exhausted within a year or two. But local residents loudly protested, and lawmakers forced state and federal officials to admit there were thousands of numbers still within 818 that were sitting around unused. At the time, federal rules called for numbers to be allocated to phone companies an entire prefix at a time, meaning a block of 10,000 numbers. In many cases, smaller carriers needed only 500 or 1,000 numbers per prefix, leaving large chunks simply unassigned, yet unavailable to other carriers. Amid the protests, the federal government changed the rules so numbers are now allocated in blocks of 1,000. The PUC then backed off its proposed 818 split. But some telecommunications experts say an 818 split may now be inevitable because the numbers truly are being exhausted, and there is no easy fix this time. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Which player has created the most chances in the PL this season? Top 10 revealed

first_img 9. David Silva at Manchester City has created 17 chances in the Premier League this season – scroll through the gallery to see other creative players – Silva has played six Premier League games this season, but is yet to open his goal scoring account. However, he is clearly playing a key role in Pep Guardiola’s midfield alongside Kevin De Bruyne. 10 10 10 4. Ross Barkley at Everton has created 20 chances in the Premier League – Toffees fans have often called talkSPORT to criticise their home grown talent, but statistics show he is creating plenty of chances – 20 to be precise. The 22-year-old, who scored in the season opener against Tottenham, has started all seven games for Ronald Koeman’s side this season. 4. Dimitri Payet at West Ham is one of four players who has created 20 chances so far – Payet began the campaign on the bench after struggling with injury. He has since started four games for the struggling Hammers, but it cannot be said he is at fault for their league position, as the France international has created an impressive 20 chances. 9. Nathan Redmond at Southampton has also created 17 chances – The England U21 international, who arrived at St Mary’s from Norwich in the summer, has played every minute for the Saints this term. He scored on the opening day of the season and has created 17 chances in total for Claude Puel’s side. 10 8. Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has created 18 chances this season – The Chilean has been at the centre of the Gunners’ play so far this term. The 27-year-old already has four goals to his name, but Sanchez has also created 18 chances for his team-mates. 3. Dusan Tadic at Southampton has created 22 chances in the Premier League this season – The influential Serb has started well under Claude Puel this season. The midfielder, 27, has started all of the south coast side’s league games this term and he has so far repaid his manager’s faith by creating 22 chances – the third highest in the top tier. 10 10 10 Playmakers are key to success in the modern game.The majority tend to contribute plenty of goals, but their most valuable asset to the team is creating chances.Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil laid on 19 assists last term, the highest in the league, and created more than 100 chances as Arsene Wenger’s side finished second in the Premier League.But who is leading the race so far in terms of chances created?Click the right arrow, above, to see from least to most chances created in the 2016/17 Premier League season. 10 4. Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has also created 20 chances – The Brazilian star is proving popular at Anfield. Not only is the 25-year-old scoring [four in all club competitions], he is creating opportunities for his team-mates, having played in all seven Premier League games for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds this season. 10 2. Willian at Chelsea has created 23 chances in the Premier League this season – The Brazilian was the stand out player last term in what was a poor season for Chelsea. This season he has quietly gone about his business. The 28-year-old, who has two league goals to his name so far, has created 23 chances in just six starts. 4. Kevin De Bruyne has created 20 chances in the Premier League this season – Pep Guardiola’s side missed the Belgian in the loss at Tottenham. The 25-year-old De Bruyne has netted twice in six Premier League starts, laying on four assists and creating an impressive 20 chances. His inclusion in this list along with David Silva shows how important the midfield duo are to Manchester City. 10 1. Crystal Palace ace Jason Puncheon has created 24 chances in the Premier League this season – This statistic highlights the midfielder’s importance to the Eagles. Alan Pardew’s side have begun well in the new campaign and Puncheon, who has started every game, has played a key role. He is yet to score, instead creating 24 chances to help the Londoners to eighth in the table.last_img read more

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‘A country that makes Jordan Henderson captain will not go far!’ – England fans

first_img1 Jordan Henderson put in a man of the match performance in England’s 2-0 win over Malta Gareth Southgate confirmed on Monday that Wayne Rooney will only be on the substitutes bench when England take on Slovenia on Tuesday.As a result of the Manchester United man being dropped, a different player has to take the captaincy – with Southgate revealing Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson will wear the armband in Ljubljana.It is an honour for Henderson, who captained the Under-21 side earlier in his career, but it a decision which has divided opinion.The midfielder’s form at club level this season has not gone unnoticed, with a series of impressive performances earning praise, but Henderson has never truly turned up in an England shirt.talkSPORT collect some of the best reactions to Henderson’s appointment as captain, which you can view below…last_img read more

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Mourinho expects Mkhitaryan and Carrick to miss EFL Cup final

first_imgJose Mourinho expects influential Manchester United duo Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick to miss the EFL Cup final through injury.Despite Wembley looming large, and boasting a 3-0 first-leg lead in St Etienne, the Portuguese picked a surprisingly strong line-up in Wednesday’s Europa League last-32 clash.Mkhitaryan’s deft touch secured a 1-0 win in France but progress to the last-16 draw came at a cost for United – and not just because Eric Bailly was sent off in the second half.Match-winner Mkhitaryan limped off after 25 minutes with a hamstring issue and veteran midfielder Carrick sustained a second-half calf complaint, putting both players’ hopes of facing Southampton on Sunday in jeopardy.“Honestly, I don’t think he is fit,” Mourinho said of Mkhitaryan.“I think him and Michael are both out, but this is based on my experience, not based on my medical knowledge and not based on tests and what they have obviously to do tomorrow and after tomorrow.“I think no chance but I repeat it’s just my experience. A calf, a hamstring, even if it is minor, minor, some fibres damaged, I think out.”Mourinho does not believe the injuries were due to the quality of the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard pitch – “it was playable, not dangerous,” he said – and believes it was more to do with the build-up of matches.There is little let-up on the horizon and the United boss was irked by the Football Association having already announced the FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea will be on Monday, 13 March, sandwiched between their Europa League last-16 first and second legs.Mourinho was perplexed by the decision to announce the date before Friday’s European draw and took a shot at the organisers, as well as a swipe at rivals Manchester City after their much-changed side last season lost 5-1 at Chelsea in the FA Cup.Asked if he was worried the FA Cup scheduling would hinder his chances of progress, Mourinho said: “Of course and I feel really surprised that the decision is made before our draw in Europe.“Because in this moment nobody knows where we play, nobody knows where the first and second matches are.“Imagine we play Chelsea on Monday and then we have to go to the second match in Europe in Russia, Turkey or Greece.“I think once more the interests, they go in front of the clubs and English football’s interests, and nobody cares about it. But this is what I have.“I cannot play against Chelsea with the second team. I cannot play against Chelsea with the under-21s like Manchester City did last year. I cannot do that – we are Manchester United.“I don’t do that as Manchester United manager. I don’t do that to the FA Cup because the FA Cup is not guilty of these decisions.“The FA Cup is beautiful, the competition is historical. I have to treat Manchester United supporters and the FA Cup in the right way.“I cannot go there with under-21s. Probably they would deserve it, but I don’t do that, so what is going to happen is an accumulation of matches.“People playing a lot of matches, I have to make some rotation but some of the boys will have to play in all these consecutive matches.“And if situations like the Mkhitaryan one or the Carrick one happen, they happen.”Meanwhile, St Etienne boss Christophe Galtier said the “quality of the opponent” was the deciding factor across the two legs and was proud of the club’s display.“We knew that if they would have scored it would have been a mission impossible for us,” he said. “They managed to do it on a small occasion, a small opportunity.“From that moment on, the achievement was not possible for us.“I would love for my players to have won this game for them, first of all, but also for the fans because they would have deserved it. The fans were just exceptional tonight.” The duo picked up injuries in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne 1last_img read more

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