Van Persie: New deal not up to me

first_img “It is a very thin line between scoring a load or goals and only a couple.” Although Van Persie’s confidence may have taken a hit because of his poor start, his faith in his manager has not wavered one bit. Van Gaal made Van Persie his captain with the national side and the move paid off as the unfancied Dutch team made it through to the World Cup semi-finals last year where they were defeated on penalties by Argentina. It is not just Van Persie who believes in the 63-year-old. The former Arsenal striker insists the rest of his team-mates are fully behind their manager. “I have known him for over two years now, I know how he works,” Van Persie added. “We believe in him. We will still believe in him. “The players have been working with him only four or six months, everyone believes in themselves, our team-mates and our staff. We are confident it will change. “Him and his coaching staff and we as players are trying everything we can to win games, not only win games but win them in a nice way as well.” Van Persie admits United’s draw at League Two opposition last week was not good enough. The forward, who won the FA Cup with Arsenal, has been encouraged to see the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham exit the competition, though. “After the game against Cambridge, everyone was a little bit down,” Van Persie said. “But in a way on Saturday the whole mood changed. City were out, Chelsea were out and suddenly we are in it with a home tie against Cambridge. “We are the highest-ranked team left in the competition.” Van Persie is desperate to win the cup with United, who have gone through a barren spell in the competition of late. “I think it is vital (we win a trophy this year), especially with this cup,” he said. “I think it has been 11 years since Manchester United won it last. “That was actually the first thing that Sir Alex Ferguson said to me as well – he said ‘I want to win that cup’. “We want to win it.” :: Robin van Persie was speaking at the launch of Swissquote, Manchester United’s first global Official Forex and Online Trading Partner. The 31-year-old’s contract ends in the summer of 2016, and when asked if he would like to extend that deal, the striker said: “It is not up to me. For the moment I am staying here for 18 months. “That is it really. I can’t look into the future. I don’t know what is going to happen after that. We shall have to wait and see.” Van Persie was refreshingly candid when discussing his poor form at the launch of Manchester United’s new partnership with Swissquote at Old Trafford on Monday. Others are guilty of under-performing too. United’s 0-0 FA Cup draw with Cambridge last week was littered with mistakes, while in the Premier League the Red Devils have just three points more than they had at this stage last term. “Obviously we are not scoring enough goals, including me,” Van Persie said. “Everyone feels responsible. I do, definitely. This year I have played something like 20 games and I have scored eight goals. “I am not happy with that. I want to score more. I will do everything, every day in training and during the games I will keep doing what I have been doing for the last 10 years to make those goals. It makes so many people happy. Including me. “I am convinced that if we keep doing what we are doing – because we do create chances – if the strikers just take those chances I think we have a chance of scoring again. Robin van Persie admits he has no idea whether he will sign a contract extension at Manchester United. Van Persie enjoyed a successful World Cup with Holland under United boss Louis van Gaal but he has yet to replicate that kind of form at club level. Van Persie scored 30 goals in his debut year at Old Trafford, but last season he struggled for fitness and form and this term he has found the net eight times. Press Associationlast_img read more

Airline boss arrested in Chapecoense air crash inquiry

first_imgTHE authorities in Bolivia have arrested the head of the airline involved in a crash last week that killed 71 people, including most of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense.Gustavo Vargas, a retired air force general, has been detained as part of an investigation into the crash.The plane, operated by the tiny LaMia airline, was taking the team to Colombia when it ran out of fuel.A Bolivian official says she warned the pilot of the problem before departure.The official, Celia Castedo, has now sought asylum in Brazil, saying she suffered threats and abuse.Chapecoense were travelling to the city of Medellin to play the first leg of the Sudamericana Cup final against Atletico Nacional.The British-made Avro RJ85 aircraft ran out of fuel as it approached the airport in Medellin on November 28.In a leaked tape, the pilot, Miguel Quiroga, can be heard warning of a “total electric failure” and “lack of fuel”.‘ESCAPING JUSTICE’A Bolivian official, Celia Castedo, says she warned Mr Quiroga before departure that the long flight between southern Bolivia and Medellin was at the limit of the plane’s maximum range.She has now sought asylum in Brazil, saying she is being persecuted.Image copyright Reuters Image caption Paris Saint Germain were one of many clubs to pay tribute to Chapecoense in the latest round of the Champions League Image copyright EPA Image caption Bolivian prosecutors seized material from LaMia’s offices in Santa Cruz .Her asylum process could take a year to be processed, the authorities in Brazil said.Bolivian Government Minister Carlos Romero urged the Brazilian authorities to turn her back.“What she has done is very serious,” he said. “It’s a way of escaping the judicial system.”‘NO WARNING’Six people survived the crash. One of them, crew member Erwin Tumuri, said an initial stop for refuelling in the northern Bolivian city of Cobija had been dropped by the pilot.There was no warning to the crew or the passengers that the plane was facing electrical or fuel problems, Mr Tumuri told Brazil’s Globo TV.LaMia was originally registered in Venezuela, before moving its headquarters to Bolivia. It had three planes, but only two of them were operational.The plane had been chartered by Chapecoense for the biggest match in the club’s history – against Atletico Nacional.The club, from the southern Brazilian city of Chapeco, was founded only in 1973 and had never reached a final of an international tournament.A day after the tragedy, Atletico Nacional said theywanted to forfeit the title.On Monday, the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) declared Chapecoense official champions of the Sudamericana Cup, the second most prestigious continental competition.For their gesture, Atletico Nacional have been granted Conmebol’s special centenary fair play award. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

After nearly quitting, Christina Oyawale uses volleyball to form legacy

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 22, 2018 at 11:06 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrew Christina Oyawale was minutes away from quitting volleyball her senior year of high school.She showed up to practice at Parkdale (Maryland) High School not dressed to play and told Christine Johnson and Madeline Sease, her two coaches, that she was leaving to interview for a job at Checkers.“College wasn’t really an option in my mind,” Oyawale said. “It was more of just graduating, getting a job, and then paying.”Johnson and Sease were shocked. They saw potential in her athletic frame and passion for the game that Oyawale didn’t, and were not going to put up with her decision to leave and flip hamburgers.“I’m looking at her [in that moment] and I’m like, ‘Girl, you’re going to get a scholarship to go to college,’” Sease said. “‘What are you talking about you’re going to quit and get a job at Checkers?’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive years later, Oyawale, now a redshirt senior at Syracuse, has become a mentor for both her teammates at SU and students at Parkdale. After missing time this season because of an ankle injury, Oyawale has put herself in position to cement her legacy at Parkdale and Syracuse by leading the Orange to their first NCAA tournament appearance in program history.But her career at SU almost never started. Prince George’s County, the Maryland county bordering the eastern side of Washington, D.C. where Oyawale grew up, isn’t a breeding place for Division I volleyball players. It’s a place where a “for fun” attitude exists, Johnson said, often resulting in mediocre results.“Coming to Parkdale, you didn’t have that winning mentality,” Johnson said. “Just to be on the team was fine with them.”Oyawale didn’t play volleyball until her freshman year of high school. When Johnson and Sease saw Oyawale play for the first time, there was no doubt in their minds that they would convince her to play volleyball.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorBut the path to college seemed unlikely. Her parents couldn’t afford it. The night Oyawale tried to quit, Johnson spoke to Oyawale’s father, Kunle Oyawale in Parkdale’s parking lot. Her message to him was that she wasn’t going to invest the time in his daughter if she couldn’t commit herself. The coach had instilled in Parkdale’s program a “no-nonsense, give all you have or nothing” attitude, but that night, the Oyawales saw a different side of the longtime coach.Johnson said it was a time that she didn’t have to be so mean. But she explained to Kunle he should see his daughter play.“Yes ma’am,” Johnson said Kunle responded, and he exited his car to watch Oyawale.“He hasn’t stopped (coming) since,” Johnson said. In order to get noticed by college coaches, Oyawale had to take the next step to club volleyball. Though money remained a problem, Kunle sold his car to afford to put Oyawale on a team.Oyawale led Parkdale to a 10-6 record in her senior year, and her raw talent and passion for the game made her a potential recruit. The night before she was supposed to visit Syracuse, Oyawale stood with her cousin in Parkdale’s hallway after watching a school basketball game. Outside, a snowstorm brewed, and Oyawale called Yelin to tell him that she wouldn’t be able to make her official visit. On the spot, she said, Yelin offered her a scholarship.“‘We believe this is something that you really want to do, and if you want it, it’s yours,’” Oyawale said Yelin told her.She accepted immediately. Oyawale chose the No. 9 because of her May 9 birthday, nine-pound birth weight, and way she drew stick figures as a child. M’kaela White, who Oyawale helped mentor at Parkdale and now plays volleyball at James Madison, also wears the No. 9.Oyawale is a first-generation Nigerian, with both of her parents born in Nigeria. At home, they don’t call their daughter “Christina,” and instead use her given name. Oyawale says that her life outside of Syracuse is surrounded by Nigerian culture, from the food she eats to the friends she hangs out with. Sometimes, in practice, she jokingly uses an accent to throw her teammates off.Seven of SU’s players are from outside of the United States, representing six different countries. Though Yelin said Oyawale’s play remains raw at times, the redshirt senior helped them adapt to the United States’ culture and college life. Yuliia Yastrub, a sophomore from Ukraine, said the toughest part for her is the language and how to act around others, but credits her teammates, such as Oyawale, for the transition.In the 2016 season, there were no seniors on the SU roster, and the then-redshirt sophomore found herself in a mentoring role despite her limited experience. Oyawale calls SU a family, and she’s the big sister.Oyawale took a visit to Sease last spring, and walked in during one of Sease’s health classes at Parkdale. Sease’s students all wanted to be professional athletes, she said, and Oyawale took the time to break down her routine to them, touching on everything from what her training and academic schedules are to how early she wakes up each morning.Many of Sease’s students don’t have the work ethic to make it past high school, she said. They have no idea what their dream career holds. Six years after she nearly quit volleyball, Oyawale stood in a leadership role and guided them.“I think skill is something you can work at, and anyone can get that,” Oyawale said, “but your heart and your passion for the game, that’s something you can’t just get overnight.” Commentslast_img read more

St. Lucia PM’s administration easily defeats motion of no confidence

first_imgCASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – Prime Minister Allan Chastanet easily survived a motion of no confidence against him late Tuesday night after government legislators voted along party lines to defeat the measure brought by Opposition Leader Phillip J. Pierre.Chastanet himself did not make any contribution to the debate except on occasions when he sought to correct “misleading” statements by opposition legislators during the marathon parliamentary session. “I want to tell the Honorable Leader of the Opposition that what you have presented to this Honorable House is less than honorable,” said Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister, Guy Joseph.“It is something that will go down in the records, in the history as the worst resolution to have made it to the Parliament of this country and Mr. Speaker I pledge my unconditional support to the Prime Minister Allan Chastanet,’ Guy added.The 11 government legislators in the 17-member Parliament voted against the motion that Pierre had introduced earlier during the day. “It is a watershed moment for members of this House to answer the question. Should the member for Micoud South (Chastanet) be allowed to lead this country for the balance of Parliament given his dismal performance to date?” Pierre asked.Joseph said Chastanet “was the best prime minister St. Lucia has had in a long time.” He said the opposition should have been aware that the motion would not have succeeded given the fact that public opinion in St. Lucia had not shown any support for the initiative. “Based on my definition for madness, it is only mad people that will do that.” Joseph noted the government was not “even going to respond to the motion” butlast_img read more