first_img Kyle Walker stabbed the ball into his own net in the 22nd minute to hand Louis van Gaal’s new-look United side a 1-0 win in the first match of the campaign. United boss Van Gaal handed debuts to five players in all, including Sergio Romero, who started in goal after Van Gaal claimed De Gea was not able to focus on his game following interest from Real Madrid. David de Gea watched from the stands as Manchester United kicked off the Premier League season with a narrow yet comfortable win over Tottenham at Old Trafford. A few minutes later, Walker was left red-faced as he put United ahead. United countered through Juan Mata and Depay after Nabil Bentaleb’s mis-placed pass. The Dutchman found Young and he squared to Rooney. As the captain readied himself for the shot, Walker did the job for him, nudging the ball past Michel Vorm, who was deputising for the injured Hugo Lloris in the away goal. United dominated for the rest of the first half, but could not double their lead despite efforts from Mata and the impressive Depay. The game hit a lull after the break. Depay twisted and turned on the edge of the box before shooting over. Romero calmly collected a dangerous free-kick from Eriksen, but otherwise Spurs looked toothless in attack. Kane, isolated on his own up front, barely had any time on the ball. Bastian Schweinsteiger was given a huge reception when he came off the bench to make his first appearance for United, and soon entered the book for tripping Nacer Chadli. Wayne Rooney tried – and failed – to score with an acrobatic effort 17 minutes from time and Young squirmed a low shot into Vorm’s arms as United pushed for a second. In the dying stages Tottenham launched a series of attacks, but Romero saved their best effort from Eriksen and Van Gaal’s men held on to record a welcome home win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Thank you very much. Let’s win the match….” Gary Neville @GNev2, responding to Manchester United announcing their players will wear black armbands in memory of his father. https://twitter.com/GNev2/status/629970114004258816 PLAYER RATINGS Manchester United: Sergio Romero: 7 (out of 10) Matteo Darmian: 7 Chris Smalling: 7 Daley Blind: 6 Luke Shaw: 6 Morgan Schneiderlin: 7 Michael Carrick: 7 Memphis Depay: 8 Ashley Young: 7 Juan Mata: 7 Wayne Rooney: 6 Subs: Bastian Schweinsteiger: 6 Ander Herrera: 6 Antonio Valencia: 5 Tottenham: Michel Vorm: 6 Kyle Walker: 5 Toby Alderweireld: 5 Jan Vertonghen: 5 Ben Davies: 5 Eric Dier: 4 Nabil Bentaleb: 4 Mousa Dembele: 5 Christian Eriksen: 7 Nacer Chadli: 6 Harry Kane: 6 Subs: Ryan Mason: 6 Erik Lamela: 5 Dele Alli: 5 STAR PLAYER Memphis Depay: A joy to watch, particularly in the first half. United have wasted so much money over the last couple of years, but at £25million, Depay looks a shrewd investment. The pacy forward, playing as a number 10, always looked for the ball and was not scared of attempting a trick or running at defenders – exactly the kind of player the home fans at Old Trafford like to see. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Kyle Walker’s own goal: Unfortunate for the right-back, who until that point was playing well. The Spurs defender raced back to try to cut out a United counter and put his foot in to block Wayne Rooney, but instead stabbed the ball past Michel Vorm. Harsh on the player, who has endured a difficult time recently due to injuries. VIEW FROM THE BENCH United manager Louis van Gaal has an embarrassment of riches to choose from compared to his opposite number Mauricio Pochettino and it showed. Adnan Januzaj and three-time Champions League winner Victor Valdes did not even make the bench. United looked more organised than Spurs in all departments. There was no way Pochettino could out-master Van Gaal on Saturday – he is three or four players short of a good team and Tottenham need to act fast in the transfer window. MOAN OF THE MATCH Mauricio Pochettino: For his team selection, principally regarding Eric Dier. The Argentinian played Dier as one of two holding midfielders even though Ryan Mason was deemed fit enough for a place on the bench. Dier has played in that role for Spurs in the last five games now and he is clearly not comfortable there. He spent last year filling in at right-back and now he has been shoved into midfield. WHO’S UP NEXT Aston Villa v Manchester United (Premier League, Friday 14 August) Tottenham v Stoke (Premier League, Saturday 15 August) Tottenham manager Pochettino, who threw down his water bottle in frustration when United scored, admitted going 1-0 down affected his side but he still felt they should have taken something from the game. “It was difficult to keep the same level and play in the same way, but in the second half I think we dominated … I think we deserved more but this is football,” he told BT Sport 1. His opposite number Van Gaal, who turned 64 on Saturday, was pleased that goalkeeper Romero kept a clean sheet on debut, but remained tight-lipped over De Gea’s future. When asked if the problem was Real Madrid not meeting United’s valuation of the Spaniard, Van Gaal said: “I don’t want to interfere in that because it’s not the place and I think it’s none of your business neither.” Press Association The Spaniard watched on from the directors’ box as Memphis Depay made an impressive debut. The Dutchman played a key part in the counter that led to the United goal, which came when Walker accidentally prodded the ball in as Wayne Rooney prepared to shoot. Although the margin of victory was narrow, United barely looked in trouble, thanks mainly to Tottenham’s lack of a drive in midfield, which left Harry Kane starved of service up front. United were wearing a new kit, Old Trafford sported a new adidas logo in the stands and four new signings were named in the starting XI. But the hosts’ performance in the opening stages was very much reminiscent of the old United side who struggled at the start of last season. Defensively, United looked rusty and despite playing two midweek friendlies in Germany, Spurs were full of energy early on. Christian Eriksen brushed aside Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, who was played at centre-half, to latch on to Kane’s chip, but the Dane lifted his shot over Romero on to the roof of the net. Romero, like his defenders, looked tense on debut. The Argentinian, who joined United on a free transfer less than two weeks ago, caused a couple of hairy moments with sloppy passes early on, but then put a crucial block in on Walker. last_img read more

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin’s women’s hockey team looks to make history this weekend when it faces Robert Morris at the Kohl Center. Holding a 28-game unbeaten streak, No. 1 Wisconsin (2-0) will play its home opening series with a chance to tie the all-time mark of 30 set by New Hampshire back in 2005-06. Despite yet another record knocking at UW’s door, the team doesn’t seem to notice. “I haven’t thought about it,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “I don’t even know what number it is at to be honest.” “We don’t even think about it,” senior defenseman Emily Morris added. “When you start thinking about stuff like that too much is when you mess up.” Instead, the Badgers are focused on the team at hand — Robert Morris. The Colonials are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Mercyhurst Lakers — No. 2 in the USA Today poll. Despite finishing just 11-22-2 last season, they should provide some competition for the Badgers. “They are going to work hard and be competitive,” Johnson said. “We have to be sharp if we are going to win.” Wisconsin has had some success against Robert Morris in the past. The team went down to RMU and won 10-0 and 5-0 in consecutive games last season. Both teams possess talented returning players and up-and-coming freshmen who are trying to gel early in the season. The Badgers, in particular, have a great deal of experience, returning essentially their entire offense from last season — five of their top eight point-scorers from a year ago — save 2006 Patty Kazmaier winner Sara Bauer.The team also boasts the preseason WCHA rookie of the year, freshman Hilary Knight, along with six other capable freshmen. To continue its success UW must find a way to blend these players effectively. More important than continuing the streak or downing Robert Morris, Wisconsin is focused on simply getting better.“Early in the season it is more about what we are doing, how we are playing, and looking for some chemistry within our lines” Johnson said. “You are trying to find some combinations, looking for some chemistry, and probably the most important thing is for our young players to get some game experience.” The Badgers started off in the right direction with a strong week of practice.“Right now we are working on everything,” Johnson said. “In fact, we still have to work on a couple things, but we haven’t had time yet.” And the team chemistry is building.“We are having a lot of fun,” Morris said. “Getting things to flow, and we are all getting on the same page.”While the NCAA streak could be tied at the conclusion of this weekend’s series for the reigning two-time NCAA national champions, this weekend is about starting fresh. “I’m proud of what we have accomplished in the past,” Morris said. “But, it is a new year, and it being my senior year, I hope it will be just as fun as the past ones.” Making the home opener even more exciting for the Badgers and their fans will be the raising of the 2006-2007 National Championship banner, which will go up 15 minutes prior to gametime. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 27, 2019 at 2:23 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] The Orange had chances. Several clears, better defensive pressure and three quality shots gave the Orange hope of clawing back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half. Then the ball came off Louisville player Emina Ekic’s foot and sailed tightly into the top left corner of the net in the 76th minute, erasing any SU optimism.Despite Syracuse’s adjustments, the comeback wasn’t coming. No. 22 Louisville (8-1-0, 1-0-0) secured the win 3-0, the sixth time the Orange (2-5-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast) have been shut out this season.“It came down to a lack of heart from us,” senior defender Taylor Bennett said. “We need to really take a gut check and really fix ourselves first before we look at the outside opposition.”Head coach Nicky Adams said she was surprised at how little energy her team came out with. They were outshot 10-3 in the first half.While Syracuse couldn’t put away chances in the second half, Louisville struggled to find the same footing it had in the first. Adams said she game-planned for the Cardinals’ high-pressure attack, but SU wasn’t able to execute in the first half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At halftime we said we have to be more direct but keep our team shape more compact so when we do go direct we have numbers around the ball that can help us attack,” Adams said. “And I do think we started the second half better.”Louisville only outshot the Orange 6-3 after the break. But while the Orange were able to do a better job beating the press defensively, the offense still couldn’t click. In the 46th minute, a through ball to an open Meghan Root got just ahead of her and was cleared by Louisville keeper Gabby Kouzelos before Root could get a touch. Shannon Aviza had Gianna Villoresi wide open on the attacking side in the 52nd minute, but her pass was just too far and once again first reached by Louisville. SU got more hesitant.As Kailee Coonan regained possession and brought the ball up midfield, the wings on both sides were ready to break loose. “Play it!” Adams yelled. But the Cardinal defenders caught on and forced a short pass before stealing possession.The biggest opportunity came off a Syracuse corner kick, but Allen knocked it high and left of the goal.“I mean we had one-on-one opportunities with the goalie,” Allen said. “We could have been three-all, we could have gone to overtime. The reason that Louisville won the game is because they took their chances and we didn’t.”Fouls also killed momentum on several occasions for the Orange. In the 49th minute, Kailey Brenner made an explosive move with the ball down the sideline, before committing a foul as Louisville’s final defender closed on her.In the 62nd minute, Syracuse drew a free kick and then immediately a corner. A play that looked to be a good chance in front of the net was blown dead as Villoresi was given a yellow card for her third foul, drawing the ire of Adams and her staff who didn’t understand the call. After being dominated in the first half, Syracuse’s sloppiness in the second cost them the game, even when the door was open to bring the deficit within reach.“We chose to take too many touches when we had the ball and the things we worked on in training the past two games weren’t executed today,” Adams said. “So this is totally on us for not executing a game plan that could set us up for success.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — The recent U-S Drought Monitor report shows abnormally dry conditions in about 35 percent of the state, with eight west-central counties classified as being in moderate drought. Iowa Department of Natural Resources analyst Tim Hall says the state remains in a contrast when it comes to water conditions. “You almost can draw a north-south line along Interstate 35. And to the west of the interstate in the last month — those areas have been short of rainfall. And on the east side of I-35, we’ve had excess rainfall,” Hall says. While parts of the state are characterized as dry — Hall says there are two different ways to look at it. “In drought terminology we sometimes talk about an agricultural drought versus a hydrological drought,” he says. “And the agricultural drought comes much more quickly because those crops need moisture and they typically get it from the upper part of the soil profile.” The other type of drought impacts more long-term water needs. “For drinking water for groundwater. So, we’re concerned and we are watching it, but right now the impacts are primarily agricultural. But if things don’t improve, then we’ll start to see those impacts move  into other parts of the system,” Hall says. He says not all rain will help get rid of the dry conditions. Hall says we often get thunderstorms this time of year that dump big amounts of rain and that tends to run off the ground quickly, and is not as helpful to crops.  He says a slow, steady rain would be the most helpful right now.  Hall says the longer the drought continues, the more you have to worry about the time it takes to come out of it. “Drought conditions typically are a long time building up — they don’t come generally very quickly. And on the other side of the coin — to move a drought out of the state doesn’t come in one rainstorm — typically it takes a prolonged period of wet weather,” according to Hall.  Hall says the rains can also be sporadic this time of year and help one area agriculturally — while leaving another area still in need of rain.last_img read more