Is Manning the Answer?

first_imgThere is a lot of speculation on whether Peyton Manning will cave in and accept the position in the front office of the Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts recently fired Ryan Grigson, their general manager.  It is reported that the head coach may be the next one to go.John Elway, who played for Denver and then returned to the Broncos as their GM, is the model that the fans would like to see the Indianapolis Colts follow.  Elway brought a Super Bowl to Denver, and the Colts hope they can convince Manning to come back to Indianapolis and do the same for the them.You can continue to follow this saga in the Indianapolis Star, because that seems to be their main topic on the sports pages these days. Personally, I think it would be a good decision for the Colts, but the hold up right now is whether Manning is interested in giving up retirement this quickly.last_img read more

Carroll closing in on return

first_imgSam Allardyce believes West Ham’s record-signing Andy Carroll could be fit and ready to play again in “two to three weeks”. Carroll is now back in training and the plan is for the 25-year-old to play Under-18 and Under-21 games before returning to first-team action in mid-November. “It’ll be another two to three weeks, if he has no niggles or problems, before we talk about playing him in the team at any level,” Allardyce said. “We’ll try to get him through three or four behind-closed-doors games and if that goes all right then we would hope to have him back. “It’s been a long, hard road again for Andy and one he’s been too familiar with recently, sadly. “Hopefully he’ll have a major impact when he comes back again.” West Ham desperately missed Carroll last year as the Hammers’ lack of goals saw them dragged into a relegation scrap. It has been a different story so far this season, however, as summer signings Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have added some much-needed fire-power up front, pushing Allardyce’s side up to fourth in the table. The former Bolton manager admits the team’s impressive start to the campaign means the club can afford to take extra care over Carroll’s return. The Hammers splashed out £15million to sign Carroll permanently in June 2013 but the England striker has started only 12 Barclays Premier League matches during an injury-ridden 16 months at Upton Park. The powerhouse centre forward missed the first five months of last season with a foot injury and is yet to feature in the current campaign after tearing ankle ligaments on the club’s pre-season tour of New Zealand. “Last time we got him back and he did his ankle but carried on playing so this time round we don’t want to (rush) him,” Allardyce said. “We’re hopefully going to get him back as quick as we can but we’re not going to rush him back because, touch wood, there’s no desperate need at the moment.” Sakho’s pace and finishing has revitalised West Ham’s attacking threat this season, with the Senegalese striker scoring in each of his last six games. Sakho and Valencia were both on target in the 3-1 victory at Burnley last weekend and Allardyce will be hoping for more of the same when the Hammers host Manchester City on Saturday. “From my point of view I thought it would have been a slower process but we wouldn’t have expected Enner Valencia to make such a big contribution either,” Allardyce said. “The pair of them have hit it off together – it’s not just the goalscoring, it’s the energy they give the team which is very important in today’s highly competitive game. “Your energy, intensity and sprinting capabilities are very important today in breaking down defences. “They turned the game for us against Burnley because we weren’t very good in the first half and then two beautiful crosses creates two goals. “That’s what you wish for, that’s what you dream of as a manager in the Premier League.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Man Utd aim to defy Mourinho’s doubts in League opener

first_imgInstead, the Portuguese’s mood has been further soured by seeing another fierce rival Liverpool steal a march with a £170-million ($220 million) splurge on new signings.“If we don’t make our team better it will be a difficult season for us,” Mourinho warned earlier this week, so far to no avail ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.After securing the signatures of Brazilian international midfielder Fred and Portuguese teenage full-back Diogo Dalot early in the window, strengthening his centre-back options has been Mourinho’s priority.A man in demand: Leicester’s Harry Maguire has been a target for Manchester United after his stellar World Cup performances for England © AFP / Yuri CORTEZYet, United could end up facing one of Mourinho’s top targets in Harry Maguire at Old Trafford, with Leicester reportedly holding out for a world-record fee for a defender to land one of England’s heroes from a run to the World Cup semi-finals.Maguire and Leicester’s main goal threat, Jamie Vardy, may not start having just returned to pre-season training this week after their exertions in Russia.– United shorthanded –But United are even more shorthanded by the quick turnaround between the World Cup and the start of the new season.Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof were all praised by Mourinho for cutting short their holidays to return to training and be in the frame to play a part on Friday.Paul Pogba did not follow suit as the French World Cup winner’s frosty relationship with Mourinho has sparked interest from Barcelona.But Mourinho must finally get the best from his star midfielder and Alexis Sanchez to avoid his third season in charge turning sour as it did in his second spell at Chelsea and Real Madrid.Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December 2015 with the then-Premier League champions languishing in 16th, just one point above the relegation places.Likewise in his final campaign in the Spanish capital in 2012/13, Mourinho clashed with a number of senior players in a trophyless season.The ingredients appear to be in place for another Mourinho meltdown should United get off to a bad start and he believes even the scheduling of his side’s opening fixture has made his task even harder.“I want to say a nice word, we were unlucky to get the Friday match as we could get the Sunday,” he bemoaned at opening the campaign.“Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (to prepare) is not enough.”One of Mourinho’s most trusted lieutenants Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the season due to surgery on an abdominal injury, while Eric Bailly and Ander Herrera are also doubts after picking up knocks in United’s final pre-season friendly defeat by Bayern Munich.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho has predicted a “difficult” season for Manchester United due to a lack of signings © AFP / Christof STACHEMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Manchester United have to defy their own manager Jose Mourinho’s fears for a season of doom and gloom when they kick off the Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday.Mourinho has repeatedly called for more backing in the transfer market if United are to close the record 19-point gap they trailed Manchester City by last season despite finishing second in the table.last_img read more

TWO MORE ARRESTS IN CONNECTION WITH ASSAULT ON YOUNG GIRL

first_imgGardai have arrested two more juveniles in relation to a serious assault on a young girl in  Letterkenny at the weekend.The teenager was assaulted at the rear of a restaurant in the vicinity of the Port Roundabout on Friday night.Two juvenile males arrested at the scene were released without charge on Saturday. Gardai have also appealed to young people who were at a teenage non-alcohol disco held close to the attack to contact them if they noticed anything suspicious.Although Gardai are remaining tight-lipped about the attack, sources have confirmed there is a sexual nature to the incident.The incident happened at approximately 9.45pm when there were a lot of people in the area.The girl was taken from the scene by ambulance and is receiving treatment.   TWO MORE ARRESTS IN CONNECTION WITH ASSAULT ON YOUNG GIRL was last modified: February 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultdonegalGardailetterkennylast_img read more