Man United boss Mourinho slams Pogba ‘lies’

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has angrily dimissed suggestions his relationship with French midfielder Paul Pogba has broken down © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 16 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has angrily insisted that rumours his relationship with Paul Pogba has broken down are “lies”.According to French sports newspaper L’Equipe, midfielder Pogba is unhappy with the more defensive position in which he has been used by Mourinho. Pogba, who rejoined United from Juventus for £89.3 million in August 2016, has struggled in recent weeks and Mourinho has taken the 24-year-old off during two of the Red Devils’ last three matches.Other reports said the arrival of Alexis Sanchez has unsettled the Frenchman.At his press conference on Friday, ahead of the FA Cup fifth round tie against Huddersfield, an irate Mourinho said Pogba would play on Saturday and dismissed suggestions there was any issue between him and the France international.“I accept and I can speak on Paul’s behalf without any kind of problem. Paul accepts that he has not been playing well in the last few matches but that’s all.“I don’t have to speak with you about my conversations with my players. I don’t have to tell you anything about it,” the Portuguese boss added.“It’s my problem, it’s the player’s problem. It’s a big lie that the relation is not good, a big lie that we don’t communicate, a big lie that we don’t agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team.”– ‘Their surname is Liar’ –Mourinho admitted that in the last two matches Pogba “did not play well” but he told the press conference: “I think you are nice with your words, because when you say ‘a lot of speculation’ you should say ‘a lot of lies’.”“There are people in your role that their surname is ‘Liar’.”Mourinho, whose second-placed side are a huge 16 points behind runaway Premier League leaders and local rivals Manchester City, believes Pogba’s difficulties in overcoming hamstring and thigh injuries sustained in September have contributed to his struggles.“He had a big injury in the season, a big injury,” Mourinho said. “He was out for a long long time. And in this moment he is not playing well, period. He is not playing well, period. And the team needs him at a good level.“And when he is not playing at a good level the team is not as good as the team can be. I think it happens with every team when the best players, the most crucial players, for some reason are not performing. Period.”– ‘Preferred system’ –Mourinho also said there was no disagreement between him and Pogba about the player’s position as he again rounded on those in the media who have questioned how the midfielder is used.“Do you know which is the Pogba preferred system? 4-3-3. Do you know which is Pogba’s favourite position in the 4-3-3? No.8 on the left,” Mourinho said.“I would like someone to tell me in which position, Pogba played against Newcastle. Does one of you want to tell me?“We played with one no.6 and two no.8s. We played with (Nemanja) Matic as a no.6, (Jesse) Lingard on the right side of Matic and Pogba on the left.“So it’s easy and honest, and objective to say Paul Pogba did not play well against Newcastle. But some of the guys (reporters)are paid millions.Don’t let people read things that are not true. You are paid to read the game, to explain (to) people the game. Don’t say bullshit.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Podcast: Danny Kelly’s Trans Europe Express – Sunday, May 15

first_imgWelcome to episode nine of our brand new European football show.Each week, Danny Kelly will be alongside a leading football journalist to take a closer look at events across the continent.This week, Danny was joined in the studio by European football expert Andy Brassell to reflect on the final day of the La Liga season and Barcelona’s title win, plus much, much more!Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img

Wayne Rooney returns for international farewell, ticket sales soar

first_imgWayne Rooney is set to make one last appearance for England more than a year after retiring from international football. Rooney’s one-off international comeback was confirmed by the Football Association last week.Rooney had called time on his international career in August last year.Rooney’s involvement has led to a late rush for tickets over the past week, with an attendance of about 60,000 now predicted. The ticket sales have gone up and the FA has sold more than 20,000 tickets for the former England captain’s farewell game.Rooney, England’s record scorer with 53 goals, is expected to be brought on as a substitute to claim his 120th cap in the charity game against the United States at Wembley on Thursday.READ – Wayne Rooney calls time on 14-year international career with EnglandHe made his last appearance for England two years agao against Scotland in November 2016.The charity match will raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children.”Looking forward to meeting up with the @England squad later today, always a huge honour. An exciting week for @FoundationWR!,” Rooney wrote on Twitter before joining Gareth Southgate’s squad on Monday.Looking forward to meeting up with the @England squad later today, always a huge honour. An exciting week for @FoundationWR! Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 12, 2018Having made his international debut in 2003 as England’s youngest ever player, Rooney surpassed Bobby Charlton as his country’s leading scorer in 2015.advertisementAcross a 14-year international career, Rooney represented England at three World Cups and three European Championships.READ – Wayne Rooney to come out of international retirement for charity game vs USARooney, who began his career at Everton, spent 13 seasons at Manchester United.After a season back at Everton, he moved to the United States to join DC United, helping them to the MLS playoffs in his first campaign.Southgate is expected to give his first-choice players some rest against the United States ahead of a Nations League clash against Croatia on Sunday.(With inputs from Reuters)Also watchlast_img read more

Media in a lather over Vancouver schools chiefs shower

first_imgThis shower was installed in the bathroom near Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb’s office at a cost of about $4,000. News that Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb had a private shower installed in the bathroom near his office generated plenty of media attention Tuesday.The first television news van arrived at the district office at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, said Tom Hagley, Jr., the district’s chief of staff.“To the best of our knowledge, VPS has not received any calls or email messages today from parents or community members expressing concern about the shower installation in the restroom adjacent to the superintendent’s office,” Hagley wrote in an email late Tuesday afternoon. “The only contacts we have received on this topic today were from media organizations, beginning at approximately 6:15 a.m. and continuing to the present time.” The 3-foot-by-3-foot fiberglass shower was installed over the summer at a cost of about $4,000, said Todd Horenstein, the district’s assistant superintendent for facilities. Webb works long hours and often attends evening meetings.School board members were not aware the shower was being installed. School board President Dale Q. Rice said the board had no prior knowledge of the administrative shower installation. It was part of upgrades made over the summer to the administration building.last_img read more

Paramore Announce Summer Tour With Foster The People

first_img Twitter Facebook Paramore Announce Summer Tour With Foster The People Hayley Williams won Best Rock Song at the 57th GRAMMY Awards for writing “Ain’t It Fun” from Paramore’s 2013 self-titled album. The band’s third festival cruise Parahoy! sets sail next month and sold out quickly. More easily obtained is the singer’s new 2017 line of wash-and-wear temporary hair-coloring dye, Poser Paste.Ticketmaster Verified Fan presale registration for the tour is open now through Sunday and regular ticket sales to the general public begin March 16 on Live Nation’s website. Announcement of an additional musical guest is anticipated.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more well…..this summer’s gonna be a fun one. come out & watch us play with @paramore 🎩 details below for tix!— Foster The People (@fosterthepeople) March 8, 2018 Paramore, Foster The People Summer Tour paramore-announce-summer-tour-foster-peoplecenter_img “After Laughter Summer Tour (Tour 5)” promises summer excitement across North America in June and July Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 8, 2018 – 12:24 pm Paramore announced its 2018 North American tour on March 8, kicking off right after their performance at Bonnaroo Festival on June 8. With the exception of the June 15 and July 1 dates, Foster The People will be performing with them on the “After Laughter Summer Tour (Tour 5)” through its July 24 finale at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. Paramore’s 2017 album After Laughter went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts and ended the year on many 2017 favorite-album roundups.Foster The People’s 2017 album Sacred Hearts Club presents fresh beats and soul influences, and the band recently wrapped up its supporting world tour. Their first studio album Torches was nominated at the 54th GRAMMY Awards for best Alternative Music Album with another nomination that same year for “Pumped Up Kicks” and a third nom at the 55th for their single “Houdini”‘s music video. Email News read more

US Bakeries Grab A Slice Of A Latin American Tradition Three Kings

first_imgJam Media/CON/LatinContent/Getty ImagesA rosca de reyes cake on display at a bakery in Mexico City. The cake is the signature dish of Three Kings Day celebrations in many parts of Latin America.On Jan. 6, many Christians around the world will celebrate Epiphany, or Three Kings Day — the day the three kings came to visit baby Jesus.In parts of Latin America, a big part of the holiday tradition is the rosca de reyes, or Three Kings cake.It’s a crown-shaped cake made of yeast-based bread that is very fluffy and airy once baked. The rosca is typically topped with candied fruits and bands of colorful, sugary paste. Inside there’s a little figurine of a baby, meant to represent Jesus, and whoever is served the piece with it inside has to throw a party on Feb. 2, dia de la Candelaria. When the rosca is served, it’s often dunked in a warm drink like hot chocolate or atole.“It’s a shared tradition,” says chef Pati Jinich, the host of PBS’s Pati’s Mexican Table. “All of the Latin American countries that were conquered by the Old World inherited this tradition.”While Latin America got the rosca from Spain, another version is served in France. In New Orleans, the similar King Cake is typically eaten during the Carnival season and at Mardi Gras.Jinich grew up in Mexico, where she says Three Kings Day celebrations are bigger than Christmas. “Everybody in Mexico eats roscas growing up — it’s a big deal!” she says.Rosca de reyes is becoming a bigger deal here in the U.S., too, says Jinich, as the Latin American population continues to grow. The diaspora has increased year over year and in 2016, it reached a new high of 58 million people.This means a growing demand for traditions from back home — like ordering roscas from your local Latino bakery.Ashley Westerman/NPRCarlos Benitez, owner of La Mexicana Bakery and Taqueria outside Washington, D.C., puts decorations on rosca de reyes before it goes into the oven. This year Benitez expects to sell almost 300 of the cakes.Carlos Benitez is the owner of La Mexicana Bakery and Taqueria in Alexandria, Va., just south of Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Alicia, opened their bakery in 2002 after moving from California. Benitez bakes a savory and only slightly sweet, aromatic version of the rosca topped with candied red and green cherries, figs and plums. Between the fruits are stripes of color made from a sugary paste. In contrast, the New Orleans King Cake is typically much sweeter and covered with purple, green and yellow icing rather than candied fruits.“The first time when we started making roscas over here, we just made 50 or 60, and year after year the amount of rosca we had to make [got] bigger,” says Benitez.This year the bakery is expecting to make around 250 to 300 roscas, he says, with more than just families purchasing them. Benitez says he’s had more orders come in from companies and schools as well. And he isn’t the only one. Many Latino bakeries we contacted around the Washington, D.C., region reported an increase in orders over the years.In Los Angeles, where approximately half the population is Latino, Tony Salazar, chef and V.P of production for Porto’s Bakery, says they plan to sell over 5,000 this year.“When we started [in the 1970s] we only sold 10 … and then, you know, 20 and 100,” he says. “It’s been a slow process, but we are really so happy that the popularity is growing and the recognition of this product is out there now. There’s people who don’t celebrate Three Kings Day who come and buy it, it’s so good, and they enjoy it.”In fact, Porto’s Bakery, along with other storied Latin American bakeries in the area, plan to unveil LA’s largest roscas de reyes Friday. They’ve teamed up with the California Milk Processor Board for the free event, which Salazar hopes will bring together not only Latin Americans across the LA region but also others who want to share in the tradition.Carlos Benitez of Virginia’s La Mexicana Bakery and Taqueria says spreading the rosca de reyes tradition beyond Latin American communities is a good thing.“I’m so happy that people don’t lose their traditions,” he says. “I think diversity of the cultures make this country great.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Plymouth Congregational United Church Hosts Community Talks on Mass Incarceration

first_imgThe Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ’s Board of Social Action (BOSA) is hosting a “Community Talk on Mass Incarceration” on Sept. 25. The talk will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will discuss not only the issues of mass incarceration, but also its impact on communities and actions that can be taken in order to heal and transform the bad effects it has on local cities and residents. The church is located at 5301 North Capitol Street, NE. For more information, email or call Rev. Art Brown at 202-276-3825.last_img read more