Wilfried Zaha drops Manchester United return hint after receiving DMs from fans

first_imgAdvertisement Is Wilfried Zaha heading back to Manchester United? (BPI/REX)Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has indicated he could be open to returning to Manchester United.Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing at United as he joined from Palace for £10 million in the summer of 2013.But the 26-year-old was unable to impress David Moyes and made just four first-team appearances during his time at Old Trafford before being loaned out to Cardiff City.Zaha returned to United but Louis van Gaal, who had replaced Moyes as manager, allowed Zaha to return to Palace on loan before the deal was made permanent.ADVERTISEMENTThe Ivory Coast international is now ready to leave Palace once again and has already admitted he is keen to play for a club in the Champions League. Wilfried Zaha drops Manchester United return hint after receiving DMs from fans Advertisement Zaha says he was in a ‘bad place’ during his time at United (Getty Images)Arsenal been linked with a move but are unable to meet Palace’s £80 million asking price after failing to secure a place in next seasons’ Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementReports have also claimed that United are considering a move, with Zaha open to returning to Old Trafford despite the club only being in the Europa League next term.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnd in an interview with the Evening Standard, Zaha did not rule out the possibility when discussing a potential move back to United and revealed that he receives messages from supporters asking if he will return.‘I’m getting DMs [direct messages on Twitter]: ‘Would you come back to Man United?’’ said Zaha.‘Oh, really? I was in a bad place then. But I’m good now.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Jun 2019 10:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link41Shareslast_img read more

I have forgiven Ronaldo For having Crush On my Wife – Figo

first_img Loading… The 46-year-old, who made over 150 appearances for Los Blancos between 2000 and 2005, was a special guest on Spanish TV show El Hormiguero this week when he spoke about the incident. If you haven’t heard the famous tale, Ronaldo’s once told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that “If I had the wife that Figo does, I would always stay at home.” Years later and Figo, who was joined by wife of 18 years Helene Svendin on the show, laughed off the comments and confirmed he is still friends with the Brazilian legend. “I had already known about [the comment], because he had said it in the dressing room,’ he told El Hormiguero as he sat alongside model Svedin. “But I forgive Roni because he always joking.”Advertisement Former Real Madrid midfielder, Luis Figo insists he has forgiven former teammate Ronaldo for a controversial dressing room comment about his wife. Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Most Praised Historical Movies10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role ModelsDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your Childhood “What he doesn’t know is that I would leave the house when my wife would fall asleep!” Ronaldo admitted that he would often party during his time at Real Madrid, and was told to tone down his lifestyle by president Florentino Perez. In an interview with Brazilian outlet Onda Cero, he would speak about that conversation in which Figo was mentioned. “Florentino told me that I should stay at home more and not go out so much.” Ronaldo reminisced. read also:Figo denies having romantic relationship with Guardiola “He said I should look at Figo as an example to follow and I said, with all due respect, that if I had a wife like Figo, I would also stay at home more. “I have spent more nights with Roberto Carlos than all of the women I have been married to put together”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe NHLPA did not provide a breakdown of the vote of its 31 player representatives in making the announcement Friday night, a day after the proposal was presented to the union’s executive board. In giving the format the green light, the NHLPA stressed several details still need to be negotiated before games can begin.Under the plan proposed by the NHL/NHLPA Return To Play committee, the top four teams in each conference would play each other in a mini-tournament for seeding. The remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16 to compete for the Stanley Cup.The proposal will now go to the NHL board of governors, which is expected to approve the plan in the next few days. Once approved, the proposal effectively ends the season of the league’s bottom seven teams.Items still unresolved include potential game locations, when players can return to their respective teams and what non-playoff teams will be allowed to do during what could potentially become a 10-month break between games. While NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league has a plan in place, he stopped short of providing details by saying it would be premature to do so at this time.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHLPA panel approves playoff proposalUNDATED (AP) — The NHL Players’ Association’s executive committee has authorized moving forward in talks with the league on returning to play from the coronavirus suspension, approving 24 teams making the playoffs with other aspects still to be negotiated — Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital. The Hall of Fame player and former New York Knicks center says the virus is serious and should not be taken lightly, adding that he wanted to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of themselves and their loved ones. Ewing also thanked the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. The school said the 57-year-old Ewing is the only member of its men’s program who has contracted the coronavirus.— Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that the soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume June 8. It’s not clear when the first games will be held. The top tier, La Liga, has said it wants to resume play on June 12. There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.— The World of Outlaws raced in front of live fans for the first time in months at a Sprint Car event in Missouri Friday night. Brad Sweet edged his brother-in-law Kyle Larson, who is back racing dirt cars after losing his Cup ride over a racial slur. In qualifying for the 30-lap feature at Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway, Larson became the first Sprint Car driver to break the 10-second barrier at the one-third mile, high-banked oval with a lap of 9.995 seconds. The Outlaws returned last week in Iowa at Knoxville Raceway for a race run without fans.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Associated Press May 23, 2020last_img read more

From possible retirement to no-hitter: Why Josh Beckett’s recovery matters

first_imgWith a devastating curveball and a four-seam fastball that can still touch 95 mph, Beckett has successfully reinvented himself. In doing so, he’s given more hope to the next thoracic outlet surgery recipient than perhaps any pitcher before him.It’s easy to forget the Dodgers didn’t anoint Beckett as their fifth starter in spring training. His recovery from the rare surgery in July 2013 was almost without precedent — at least that was the simple reason dispatched by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Yet Beckett was healthy enough to maintain a virtually normal routine throughout camp. Other than the time a teammate opened the “exit” door while entering the clubhouse and jammed Beckett’s thumb, he was pain-free. Three months into the regular season — 10 months and 15 days after his surgery — Beckett became the first Dodgers pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Hideo Nomo in September 1996. The medical explanation, according to Fuller, justifies the initial skepticism.“There’s two components,” Fuller said. “Number one, the diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome is difficult to make accurately. There’s a disconnect between the feeling of the patient and MRIs.” Beckett’s symptoms might have seemed confusing on the surface. He first noticed tingling in his fingers on April 14 last year pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was the best of his eight starts all season.It caught some by surprise when tingling in the fingers led to the diagnosis of a compressed nerve and season-ending surgery to remove a rib.At least the physician the Dodgers recommended wasn’t confused.“It was like a 5-minute exam with Dr. (Greg) Pearl,” Beckett said. “He basically said, ‘You have thoracic outlet syndrome.’ That was pretty much it. There was no him leaving the office, talking to anybody else. He did an exam on me, looked at my MRI, looked at all my X-rays. Seriously, it was like 5 minutes. It didn’t take long at all.”It was the correct diagnosis. The next hurdle for Beckett to clear was the operation itself.“Removing the first rib — it’s shorter, fish-hook shaped, wide, flat and dishlike,” Fuller said. “It connects to cervical vertebrae. To get that out, it’s still a pretty rugged operation.”Beckett wanted his odds for a successful recovery. At 33, he was acutely aware the time on his baseball clock was winding down. Dr. Pearl never gave him odds, Beckett said, “and I kept asking for that.”Maybe the odds just weren’t that good. Among major-league pitchers, the track record for successful recoveries from thoracic outlet surgery is short. Chris Carpenter, Shaun Marcum, Kenny Rogers, Aaron Cook, Kip Wells, Jeremy Bonderman, John Rheinecker, Matt Harrison and Noah Lowry have undergone the same procedure with varying degrees of success.On July 19, 2012 — almost a year before Beckett’s operation — Carpenter had the same procedure performed by the same doctor. Same symptoms, too, Beckett said. The two pitchers communicated by phone throughout Beckett’s rehab.Carpenter made it back to pitch six games in 2012, but was beset by shoulder problems again when it came time to report for spring training. At age 38, the pain won out over Carpenter’s will to pitch. By October 2013, he was officially retired.“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking it could be over as well,” Beckett said. “Looking at that surgery and talking to Chris Carpenter, he wasn’t real optimistic on his chances of coming back. Even though his was a little bit different than mine, it’s not something they have a track record with where they say, ‘Oh yeah, you’ll come back at this date and you’ll be just like you were before.’”Fuller said he tells his patients to expect one year’s worth of rehab after the surgery.“The rehab is just as important as diagnosis and therapy,” he said. “Progress is glacial.”Of course, most of Fuller’s patients are not athletes. Few thoracic outlet surgery patients are. The procedure has been around for almost 50 years, Fuller said. Historically it was associated with worker’s compensation cases.“A lot of people that spend their days with a lot of repetitions, over-the-head movements,” he said. “Orchard pickers. … It’s not common but maybe under appreciated.”Beckett didn’t talk to any orchard pickers. When he wasn’t logging the long, redundant hours of rehab in Dallas, Beckett spent time with his family in Texas. Mostly Beckett stretched, worked to increase his range of motion and, eventually, started throwing. In October, after nearly five months away from teammates, he visited Dodger Stadium.“Lon Rosen (the Dodgers’ vice president of marketing) called me and asked me if I wanted to come to the home playoff games. Of course I said yes,” Beckett said. “That was really kind of the turning point for me, knowing that I really wanted to be back on the mound. Not that I didn’t before that, but it was just a lot of uncertainty still in my head. It really pushed me to work throughout the offseason and through spring training.”Though he might have needed a boost, Beckett’s determination didn’t surprise Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti.“He’s always been competitive. He couldn’t have had the career he had before here without being ultra-competitive,” Colletti said. “Whenever someone’s been competitive and has a good record and has been successful, it’s tough to ever count them out.”The GM didn’t dismiss Beckett making a successful return in the spring, but he still signed Paul Maholm as insurance. Now Maholm is pitching out of the bullpen for the first time in his career.Meanwhile, Beckett’s jersey and other artifacts from his no-hitter were on display during the Dodgers’ most recent homestand. The 2003 World Series Most Valuable Player might not be linked with baseball history again, but it suddenly seems soon to count him out.“It’s something that nobody will ever take away,” Beckett said. “I’ll obviously have it forever.”EDITOR’S NOTE: Beckett first noticed the tingling in his fingers in a game April 14 last year. The date was incorrect in an earlier version of this article. When Josh Beckett threw his first career no-hitter May 25, Dr. Clark Fuller was ecstatic. To Fuller, a Dodgers fan and the director of thoracic surgery at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, it was one small milestone in baseball history and a giant one for sports medicine.“It’s a credit to him as a patient as well as a pitcher,” Fuller said of Beckett.It wasn’t just one game, either. For the season, Beckett is 3-3 with a 2.57 earned-run average, which would be the lowest of his career if he can keep it up over a full season. After throwing the no-hitter, he wound up on the wrong end of 2-1 losses to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more