Exclusive – ‘There is something wrong at Manchester United’, insists Gray

first_imgAndy Gray insists something is wrong at Manchester United.The Red Devils lost Sunday’s big derby at arch-rivals Manchester City, and have won just three Premier League games all season – their worst start to a campaign for 28 years.They are already trailing leaders Chelsea by a massive 13 points but, so far at least, there have been no grumblings from the fans about manager Louis van Gaal.Gray claims the Dutchman’s past glories are keeping him safe at the moment, but believes there have to be issues at the club.“You know why he [Val Gaal] is different [and is not getting stick]? Because he’s a foreigner and he comes with a very big CV of managing some of the biggest clubs in the world,” Gray said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I can only think that’s bought him some time.“But at £250-odd million they are the most expensive team in Premier League history and they haven’t won an away game in the Premier League this season. There’s something wrong somewhere.“That spell of 15-20 minutes at the end of the City game got Van Gaal out of [trouble] because it was spirited, but for £250million spirit should come as a given. It shouldn’t be an issue.”last_img read more

Fergie blames agent for Pogba’s Man United exit – and he hits back

first_img Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola The agent of Paul Pogba has hit back at claims by former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson that he was to blame for the midfielder leaving Old Trafford.The Frenchman left the English giants in 2012 for Juventus, where he has since won three Serie A titles.United have often been criticised for letting the 22-year-old go after watching him develop into one of the world’s best players.In Sir Alex’s new book, Leading, the Scotsman claims it was Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola who caused the move.However, Raiola has now rubbished those remarks and instead argued that Sir Alex made a mistake.“Those words don’t describe my work in a negative way. I rate them as a proof that I am good at my job,” Raiola told Tuttosport.“I have to do what’s best for my player’s sake. If I had looked only at my immediate gain, I would have kept Pogba in Manchester.“But I put Pogba’s interests first and we decided to go to Turin. Maybe Ferguson only likes those who obey him.“From his quotes, I understand that Ferguson still doesn’t have a clue who Pogba really is. Ferguson was an excellent manager, but the greatest managers can be wrong sometimes.” 1last_img read more

Saints defeat has damaged Man City’s confidence ahead of semi-final – Iheanacho

first_imgManchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has admitted Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to Southampton has severely damaged the team’s confidence ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.The Nigerian forward struck twice but it wasn’t enough for the Blues, as Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick to lead the Saints to a brilliant home win.Iheanacho, 19, hopes his performance will have earned him a start for City’s semi-final second leg trip to the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.But he admitted Manuel Pellegrini’s side saw their preparations dented ahead of the biggest game of their season.“This was not good preparation, this game didn’t give us enough confidence but we’ll put it behind us as soon as we leave here and focus on the game on Wednesday,” said Iheanacho.“We need to put it behind us, it’s gone, it’s not going to come back.“So many things went wrong in the game, we lost so many balls and we didn’t defend well.“We lost so we’re not happy, but we’ll put it behind us and come back stronger.” Kelechi Iheanacho (L) scored twice against Southampton 1last_img read more

TRANSFER BLOW! Newcastle and Southampton set to miss out on Yann Karamoh

first_imgNewcastle United and Southampton target Yann Karamoh is finally set to join Inter Milan.The Italian club have been negotiating a deal with Caen for weeks and it was feared talks could collapse.However, according to Telefoot, everything is now in place for the winger to move to the San Siro before Thursday’s deadline.Inter will reportedly shell out around £7.25m to land Karamoh, but that amount could rise over time due to various bonuses.The 19-year-old’s decision to move to Italy will come as a major blow to both Newcastle and Southampton, who had been tracking the France Under-21 international this summer.Caen had been hoping to keep hold of Karamoh but, after he refused to extend his contract past 2018, they have decided to cash in on him now. Caen have decided to cash in on the 19-year-old 1last_img read more

Premier League team of the season so far – Liverpool and Spurs stars feature

first_img John McGinn insisted he was always planning to stay at Villa this summer getty 6 6 GoalkeeperHugo Lloris – Tottenham- Average Rating: 7.2 buildlineup.com deals 6 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty Images – Getty 6 Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta The Premier League season is well and truly underway, and it is shaping as exciting and goal-filled as ever.With Manchester City closely trailing Liverpool in the table, it seems like the Premier League could well be another two-horse race.The two clubs dominated league so much last season that nine of the eleven members of the PFA Team of the Season were from either Liverpool or Manchester City. However, will that be the same this year? ForwardsRoberto Firmino – Liverpool – Average Rating: 8.2Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – Average Rating: 8.0 6 targets Tony Cascarino says Man United WILL make Premier League top four this seasonMidfieldersMohamed Salah – Liverpool – Average Rating: 7.7John McGinn – Aston Villa – Average Rating: 7.5 Joel Matip – Liverpool – Average Rating: 7.5Arthur Masuaku – West Ham – Average Rating: 7.9It is no surprise to see two Liverpool defenders, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk, in the Premier League Team of the Season so far. Jurgen Kloop has transformed Liverpool’s previously shaky defence into one of the most solid in Europe.Arthur Masuaku has at last found himself a place in the Hammers’ squad after a very impressive start to the season, which has included one clean sheet and 13 tackles.At right-back, Ricardo Pereira has averaged a higher rating that both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Portuguese defender has registered 20 tackles far this campaign, only being bettered by the aforementioned Wan-Bissaka. rookie error WhoScored.com, one of the most accurate and well respected football ratings databases, has formulated their own Team of the Season so far – and there are a few surprise inclusions that you might have expected.WhoScored.com have ranked each player Premier League player throughout the season thus we can see who the eleven best players have been so far this campaign.So who makes the XI? Find out below… AFP or licensors Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS So far this season, Hugo Lloris has been rather busy in the Tottenham goal.The 2018 World Cup winner has made 19 saves so far this campaign, the most of any goalkeeper in the Premier League.So despite failing to manage a clean sheet, the Spurs shot-stopper has found his way into the Premier League Team of the Season so far.DefendersRoberto Pereira – Leicester – Average Rating: 7.4Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool – Average Rating 7.4 on target stalemate Just like last season, Virgil van Dijk has been ever-present so far for Liverpool in the 2019/20 campaign. England vs Kosovo (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs Cardiff (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Newcastle (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley vs Leeds (Sunday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT statement latest AFP or licensors Getty Images – Getty LIVE on talkSPORT Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – Average Rating: 8.2Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – Average Rating 8.0Once again, it is no surprise to see Mohammed Salah of Liverpool and both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling of Man City included in the Premier League Team of the Season so far. Sterling has registered five goals so far this campaign, the joint second highest in the league thus far, while Kevin De Bruyne has five assists to his name,. more than any other player.However, it is the inclusion of John McGinn that might raise a few eyebrows. Despite Aston Villa lying in 18th place with only three points out of a possible twelve, the Scotsman has completed 17 tackles so far this campaign, more than any other midfielder. The stats say Lloris has been the best goalkeeper this Premier League season What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:20Loaded: 12.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:20 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Manchester City are hoping to win their third consecutive Premier League title, but will face stiff competition from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool Sergio Aguero scored his 400th career goal in Manchester City’s win at Bournemouth 6 Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero has scored six goals so far this campaign, more than anyone else in the league. He currently averages 1.5 goals per game in the league. He has scored 43% of Manchester City’s goals this campaign.Liverpool’s Robert Firmino completes the XI, averaging 4.3 shots so far per game in the 2019/20 season. He has also scored two and assisted another two, a contribution that has ensured Jurgen Klopp’s men have retained their 100% win record. Here’s how the team of the season looks so far, according to statslast_img read more

Open Source: Microsoft and Open Source == Oil and Water?

first_imgAlfresco has released the results of their periodic “Open Source Barometer” survey.It’s important to note up front that the survey results are from 25,163 members of the Alfresco on-line community who have become Alfresco members from April 1st to September 30th — so this is a highly biased population to be surveying.  These are people who are already convinced of the benefits of Open Source and very likely organizations that use or have no problem using a Java-based platform.But nonetheless, since the survey pool represents 5000 global organizations, the results are interesting.  When questioned about Microsoft SharePoint and related products and technology, Microsoft did not fare well.  The results of the survey were:· Open source users as a whole and respondents using Windows are rejecting Silverlight and .NET/Web parts· 92% do not use or intend to use Silverlight· 86% do not use or intend to use .NET/Web Parts· 71% use or intend to use an open stack based on a Java architecture· 58% use or intend to use AJAX with 21% choosing Flex· 53% of respondents using Windows use or intend to use a stack based on a Java architecture· 52% of respondents using Windows use or intend to use AJAXlast_img read more

Moving from Pure Analytics to Genomic Predictions – HP Discover Day 2 Highlight

first_imgThe second day of HP’s Discover 2013 is a wrap. I’ve been following much of the action using hashtag #HPDiscoverOpens in a new window, following @IntelBizOpens in a new window, and checking out the event livestreamOpens in a new window. I love the fact that those of not attending today’s events can stay in touch with the emerging insights, technology from nearly half a world away seamlessly.I was able to catch Pat Buddenbaum’s session on Big Data, titled Intel: Technologies for the Next Big Data RevolutionOpens in a new window. Pat and I used to work together in Intel’s Data Center group not too many years ago, when servers were physical – not virtual, clouds were only in the sky and data was housed mostly in databases, under strict lock and key. Pat has emerged as Director of the Enterprise segment Intel’s Datacenter and Connected Systems Group and offers an interesting perspective on the future and applications of Big Data.Big Data’s impact on business has been revolutionary, but there’s more work to be done and a lot more insights to be gained. As Pat discusses in his presentation, the current system is one focused on turning knowledge into data points – but where we want to go is to a system where we turn data in knowledge.One specific application of how we can apply this new-found knowledge for society’s benefit is in the life sciences industry, where the ability to map each individual person’s genomic sequenceOpens in a new window could lead to exponentially more effective, more personalized medical careOpens in a new window. In this light, genomics – typically considered a “challenge” should be viewed as an “imperative” as the impact of unlocking the mysteries of the human body could be world-changing and life-altering for people. The question is: how close are we? Much closer than we ever have been but still need significantly more computing and analytic power to provide cost effective solutions for real time personal care through widely scalable applications.Let’s explore:In 2003, the first human genome sequencing cost $2.3 billion dollars. Now, 10 years later, the cost has been cut to several thousand dollars. Scientists, analysts, and technologists are aiming for a full genomic sequence in just 4 hours – a 100x speed-up over today’s capabilities. However, to realize the goal of real time personalized medicine, a full sequencing would need to be completed in minutes. Pat thinks we’re on the right track and tools are emerging.He explains how Intel is working closely with the industry to enable this next Big Data revolution from all angles including compute, storage, networking, end-to-end security, and software capabilities like Hadoop – laying the foundation to make true data-driven knowledge easy and possible for all.Fellow blogger E.G. NadhanOpens in a new window from HP also summarized Pat’s keynote presentation offering insights on how data analytics have been used historically and covering some modern day applications and success stories. E.G.’s blog can be found in the IT Peer Network.I recommend watching Pat’s HP Discover presentation below:Opens in a new windowWant to learn more about Intel’s work on Big Data and human genome sequencing? Check out GraphBuilderOpens in a new window, Intel’s scalable graph construction library for Hadoop MapReduce, or read up on recent analytics breakthroughsOpens in a new window.Join in the HP Discover 2013 social conversation with #HPDiscoverOpens in a new window! Chris Peters @chris_p_intellast_img read more

Enabling Anywhere, Anytime Design Collaboration with Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology

first_imgGraphics virtualization and design collaboration took a step  forward this week with the announcement of support for Intel Graphics  Virtualization Technology-g (Intel® GVT-g) on the Citrix XenServer* platform.Intel GVT-g running on the current generation graphics-enabled  Intel Xeon processor E3 family, and future generations of Intel Xeon®  processors with integrated graphics capabilities, will enable up to seven Citrix  users to share a single GPU without significant performance penalties. This new  support for Intel GVT-g in the Citrix virtualization environment was unveiled  this week at the Citrix Synergy conference in Las Vegas.A little bit of background on the technology: With Intel  GVT-g, a virtual GPU instance is maintained for each virtual machine, with a  share of performance-critical resources directly assigned to each VM. Running a  native graphics driver inside a VM, without hypervisor intervention in  performance-critical paths, optimizes the end-user experience in terms of features,  performance and sharing capabilities.All of this means that multiple users who need to work with  and share design files can now collaborate more easily on the XenServer  integrated virtualization platform, while gaining the economies that come with  sharing a single system and benefiting from the security of working from a  trusted compute pool enabled by Intel  Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT).Intel GVT-g is an ideal solution for users who need access  to GPU resources to work with graphically oriented applications but don’t  require a dedicated GPU system. These users might be anyone from sales reps and  product managers to engineers and component designers. With Intel GVT-g on the  Citrix virtualization platform, each user has access to separate OSs and apps  while sharing a single processor – a cost-effective solution that increases  platform flexibility.The back side of this story is one of close collaboration  among Intel, Citrix, and the Xen open source community to develop and refine a  software-based approach to virtualization in an Intel GPU and XenServer  environment. It took a lot of people working together to get us to this point.And now we’ve arrived at our destination. With the  combination of Intel GVT-g, Intel  Xeon processor-based servers with Intel Iris Pro Graphics, and Citrix  XenServer, anywhere, anytime design collaboration just a got a lot easier.For a closer look at Intel GVT-g, including a technical  demo, visit our Intel Graphics Virtualization  Technology site or visit our booth #870 at Citrix  Synergy 2016.last_img read more

Can Sehwag save India from series whitewash in Australia?

first_imgWith Mahendra Singh Dhoni banned for a Test, Indian opener Virender Sehwag is set to lead the visiting side in the fourth and final Test at Adelaide.The Delhi dasher, who has been struggling to tackle the pace and bounce of Australian pitches in the series so far, would be eager to avoid a second straight overseas series whitewash.In fact, it was at the Adelaide Oval that Sehwag got his last Test century away from the sub-continent. Team India and its fans now hope that Sehwag regains his form at the venue and salvage some pride for India after a humiliating series loss down under.With Dhoni struggling to make a mark in the first three Tests, Sehwag would have to come up with his best strategy to conquer the ruthless Australians. However, after a humiliating whitewash in England and a series loss in Australia, his biggest task would be to regroup the team and fight for pride.What makes things interesting is that Sehwag is yet to lose a Test as captain. In the three matches that he has captained India, he has won two and one match ended in a draw. While his win record at home is 100 per cent, Sehwag has managed to maintain a decent record heading India overseas.Failure of batting line up has been the root cause of India’s failure in Australia and that is something Sehwag has to deal with. He himself has been going through a lean patch and after a fine 67 in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test he has been on a downward spiral that reached abysmal levels in Perth.advertisementIn the six innings so far in Australia Sehwag has just managed to score 118 runs at a poor average of 19.66. What makes matters a bit worrying is Sehwag’s own performance when he is leading the side. He has managed to score 173 runs at an average of 28.33 in the three Tests he has headed the side.If India have to avoid a whitewash, Sehwag holds the key. With the captain’s cap on his head, it is time for him to provide some winning shots.last_img read more

Jamnabai’s striker Mahi Motasha makes merry

first_imgJamnabai Narsee’s (Juhu) skillful striker Mahi Motasha displayed excellent touch and perfect finishing, scoring twice inside the opening 10 minutes, to set the tone for a 5-0 win over Carmel of St Joseph (Malad) in a girls’ U-12 Division-I league match of the MSSA inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. Mahi struck in the sixth and 10th minutes to give her team a fine start. Her teammates Amishilla Surelca (18th min), Ashlesha Pathankar (24th) and Anahita Dudeja (35th) added a goal each to complete the rout. Camrynn scores for Scottish Camrynn Fernandes Meanwhile, in two keenly contested encounters, Bombay Scottish (Mahim) rode on Camrynn Fernandes’ lone strike to beat Arya Bidya Mandir (Juhu) 1-0. Adelia stars for Carmel Later, Apostolic Carmel (Bandra) got the better of Dhirubhai Ambani International (BKC) 1-0 thanks to an Adelia Picardo strike. Thereafter, Christ Church (Byculla) drew 2-2 with Mary Immaculate Girls (Borivali). Khadija Sham and Ayn Sayed scored for Christ Church while Mary Immaculate equalised through Kashish Purohit and Keira D’Souza. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more