Bielema fires back at criticism from Texas Tech’s Kingsbury

Posted On Sep 19 2020 by

first_imgFAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema fired back at Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, suggesting the Texas Tech coach had done something “very, very weird” by bringing up old comments following the Red Raiders’ win over the Razorbacks.Texas Tech beat Arkansas 35-24 on Saturday night in a matchup of former Southwest Conference rivals, after which Kingsbury delivered a sharp rebuke to what he said was Bielema’s criticism of spread offenses during a Texas high school coaches’ convention over the summer.The Red Raiders coach and former quarterback, a believer in his school’s “Air Raid” offensive system, noted Arkansas’ losses to Toledo and Texas Tech by saying Bielema “just got his (butt) kicked twice in a row and probably next week by (Texas) A&M as well.”On Monday, Bielema said he was “shocked” by the tongue-lashing. The third-year Arkansas coach also said he hadn’t spoken with Kingsbury following their “quick” postgame handshake.“No, we weren’t talking before and probably won’t talk now,” Bielema said.He said he never directly called out Texas Tech’s offense at the summer clinic, and only intended to state his belief in a pro-style system when facing off against spread teams.“If we start digging into what people say at coaches’ clinics, and trying to use that as motivation, it’s going to be a very, very weird world,” Bielema said.Kingsbury turned the indirect conversation between two of college football’s most outgoing and outspoken personalities into a personal one on Saturday by following his original criticism with, “(Bielema is) a prideful guy, and he says what’s on his mind, but it just hasn’t worked out for him (at Arkansas).”Kingsbury turned down a chance to discuss the incident during Monday’s Big 12 coaches’ call.The Razorbacks are 11-17 in their third season under Bielema, who arrived from Wisconsin following the 2012 season. Their 1-2 start to this season comes after a summer of lofty expectations following three of four wins to end last season, including a dominating 31-7 win over Texas in the Texas Bowl.One of those eleven wins was a 49-28 romp at Texas Tech a year ago, a point Bielema mentioned on Monday.“If (Saturday) was (a butt)-kicking, I’d love to see what last year was,” Bielema said.He then tried to steer the conversation ahead to Arkansas’ Southeastern Conference opener against Texas A&M this week, but not before one final parting shot at Kingsbury, who is 15-13 in his three seasons with the Red Raiders.“I’m happy he got to vent and feels a lot better,” Bielema said. “You know, as a coach who’s been in it for 10 years, I know better than to worry about somebody that’s been (around) for a couple that are .500.”last_img read more


sanju samson rishabh pant This IPL is crucial for Sanju and…

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgFormer national cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has said that this IPL is crucial for Sanju and the ball. He said the two should perform consistently and only such performances would give both of them a chance in the national jersey.Read Also : ‘Kohli supported batting style; There is no despair in failure ‘; Sanju Samson“As an observer who watches cricket and the players, it is a little difficult to understand Sanju and the ball. Either way, they both want consistency and winning matches. There are a lot of cricket matches going on. The players are competing to get to the team. Therefore, there should be consistent performances. A good innings and then 3-4 bad performances will not be enough, ”said Manjrekar.The IPL will be held in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. There will be 53 matches and 10 double headers in five cities. The evening matches will start at 7.30 pm (UAE time 6). The IPL matches scheduled for March 29 were extended indefinitely after Kovid.Read Also : Vivo withdraws: no geo-sponsor; Other Chinese companies are also expected to stay out of the IPLVivo, the title sponsor of the season, will not be with the IPL. The move comes in the wake of protests against the BCCI, which has said it will continue to sponsor Chinese company Vivo amid continuing political tensions with China. Following this, it was reported that other Chinese companies would also withdraw from the IPL. Companies like Oppo, Shawmi and Realmy are all set to boycott the IPL. It is reported that they will not sponsor the IPL and advertise the channel. If these companies back down, it will be a severe setback for the BCCI.Story Highlights – ipl will be crucial for sanju samson and rishabh pant News you want to knowIn your Facebook Feedlast_img read more


Cahill enjoying the buzz around being in two All Ireland finals

Posted On Sep 9 2020 by

first_imgJerome Cahill says he’s enjoying the build up to both games… Tipp’s Jerome Cahill says there’s a great buzz around the county ahead of both All Ireland hurling finals.Cahill is part of both the senior and U20 panels who will be aiming for silverware over the coming weeks.The seniors line out against Kilkenny on Sunday week in Croke Park, with the U20’s taking on Cork 6 days later in the Gaelic Grounds. Photo courtesy Tipperary GAA last_img


Round 10: Gould survives, advances and wins Dirt Dominator at Devil’s Bowl

Posted On Aug 27 2020 by

first_imgWilliam Gould won round 10 of the IMCA Dirt Dominator Tuesday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. (Photo courtesy of IMCA.TV)By Mike SpiekerMESQUITE, Texas (May 29) – William Gould was down to his final strike on two occasions Tues­day night at Devils Bowl Speedway for the 10th round of the IMCA Dirt Dominator.Gould came from behind in three of the four rounds before claiming the $1,000 payday and punch­ing his ticket to the $10,000-to-win Dirt Dominator at Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas on Oct. 25.After defeating John Freeman in the Sweet 16, Gould had his hands full with Chris Elliott in the Elite Eight. Elliott led Gould by three car lengths after the white flag flew on the two and a half lap dash. Gould wasn’t about to coast to the finish, however, as he drove his no. 60 IMCA Modified deep into turns three and four to pull even with Elliott off the corner.The two drivers drag raced down the front stretch to the checkers. Elliott brushed the outside retain­ing wall, which was all Gould needed to take the win by a nose at the line and advance to the Final Four.It appeared as though Gould had met his match in the semi-final round as he faced off against Garrett Higgins. Again, Gould found himself in second heading into the final set of corners. Gould drove his machine wide open into the inside of turns three and four, slid across the track and barely cleared the nose of Higgins. The two made contact exiting the corner, but Gould held on to claim another thrilling finish to move on to the Finals.Riley Simmons jumped out to the lead on the opening lap of the final round as Gould found him­self in familiar territory. The door opened for Gould once again in turns three and four as Sim­mons slipped slightly, which allowed Gould to drive to the inside and take the lead. Gould had a five car length lead as he crossed under the white flag. Gould cruised to the checkers to cap off the most exciting run in the brief Dirt Dominator history.For the first time, the Dirt Dominator was open to SportMods. Chris Florio took advantage of the rare opportunity and upset Rodney Twardeski.Round 11 of the Dirt Dominator is set for June 1 at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore. For more information, visit DirtDominator.comSweet 16Cory Davis defeated Jeffrey Abbey; Raymond McSpadden defeated Brint Hartwick; Riley Sim­mons defeated Taylor Florio; Josh McGaha defeated Dalton Knox; Chris Elliott defeated Jeff Hoegh; William Gould defeated John Freeman; Chris Florio defeated Rodney Twardeski; and Garrett Higgins defeated Chance Brown.Elite 8McSpadden defeated Davis; Simmons defeated McGaha; Gould defeated Elliott; and Higgins defeated Chris Florio.Final 4Simmons defeated McSpadden; and Gould defeated Higgins.FinalGould defeated Simmons.last_img read more


Sumner County Sheriff weekly report: Nov. 25 – Dec. 2, 2019

Posted On Aug 14 2020 by

first_imgSeiwert, Leander Clemment48Wichita KS777 Kansas Star Drive Mulvane ,KSDomestic battery; unknown circumstance;12/1/19 Nunez, Juan Francisco40Wichita KS610 E Hillside Wellington KSServing Sentence (48 hours)11/29/19 Brady, Cheyanne Kay24Junction City, KansasN I-35 TPKE MP 18, Wellington, KSWarrant Arrest by LEO11/25/19 Randall, Brandon Ray32Belle Plaine, Kansas620 N. Lincoln St., Belle Plaine, KSProbation Violation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Domestic Battery11/27/19 Sanchez, Jared Matthew40Wellington KS1814 N. A. St. Lot 3 Wellington, KSFleeing or attempting to elude an LEO; Vehicle liability insurance required; Vehicles operated in Kansas; Registration: Interference with LEO; unknown circumstance;11/30/19 Jaramillo, Alex Emillano39Wichita, KansasSedgwick County JailFailure to Appear11/25/19 Kautz, Richard Donavan50Mulvane, Kansas1469 N. Easy Rd., Mulvane, KSAggravated Domestic Battery / Disorderly Conduct / Criminal Restraint11/28/19 NAMEAgeHOMETOWNLOCATION OF ARRESTCHARGESDATE OF ARREST Taube, David Joel44Wichita, KansasSedgwick County JailDriving while license canceled, suspended, revoked \ Traffic; Failure to Comply with Citation11/26/19 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Nov. 25 to Dec. 2, 2019 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Ward, Joshua Kurt39Conway Springs, Kansas201 N. 5th St., Conway Springs, KSFailure to Appear11/25/19 Phillips, John Jr.51Wichita KS777 Kansas Star Dr., Mulvane, KS Domestic battery; Knowing or reckless bodily harm to family/person in a dating relationship11/29/19 Reed, Sarrina Mecko38Wichita KSNB I-35 MP 15 Wellington KsDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs;/Driving while license canceled, suspended; revoked Vehicle liability insurance; Knowingly drive uninsured vehicle12/1/19 Shaft, Andrew Michael28Wellington KS300 E. 5th Ave. Belle Plaine, KSDriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs11/30/19 Cooper, Joshua Wayne33Reno, Texas621 N. G, Wellington, KSAssault / Transporting an Open Container11/27/19 Moore, Christine Louise48Wichita, KansasSedgwick County JailProbation Violation11/25/19 Sewell, Tracy Wayne53Wellington, Kansas1030 W. College Ave., Wellington, KSProbation Violation11/26/19 Ankle, Jacob Alan31Winfield, KansasN. I-35 MP 23, Wellington, KSFailure to Appear11/27/19 Smithson, Ryan James43Augusta, Kansas211 N. Second Ave., Mulvane, KSContempt of Court11/26/19 Long, Jimmy Lee21Wellington KS1600 E. US160 HWY Sumner CountyDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs/ Fleeing or attempting to elude a LEO; Aggravated battery; Knowingly cause great bodily harm or disfigurement/Aggravated domestic battery; choke in a rude manner; family member/dating relationship.11/30/19 Jones, Kyle Anthony20Oxford KS610 E Hillside Wellington KsServe Sentence (48 Hours)12/1/19 Bennehoof, Judith Elaine53Wellington, Kansas501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSProbation Violation x211/26/19 WEEKLY   BOOKINGS11/25/2019 through 12/2/2019 Ellis, Michael Lee24Belle Plaine, Kansas316 W. 4th Ave., Belle Plaine, KSCriminal Deprivation of Property11/28/19 Robinson, Joan Adassa30Wichita KS610 E Hillside Wellington, KS Probation Violation: (Quick Dip 3 days)11/30/19 Carroll, Stephen Allen Jr.34Mulvane, KansasSedgwick County JailProbation Violation x411/27/19 Bollinger, Ted Gene39North Glenn, Colorado610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KSFailure to Appear // Warrant Arrest by LEO x211/27/19 Goans, Justin Robert27Wellington KS2000 E 7th St Wellington KSProbation Violation:/Interference with LEO; obstruct/resist/oppose misdemeanor warrant service or execution:12/1/19 Pelkey, Brooke Elizabeth21Wellington KS2000 E 7th ST Wellington Ks Probation Violation: X 312/1/19 Pennington, Heather Rachelle41Wellington, Kansas502 N. Park St., Wellington, KSFailure to Appear11/26/19 Deal, Matthew Alan25Wichita, KansasSedgwick County JailMaking False Information11/25/19last_img read more


FIFA call an extraordinary meeting for October 22

Posted On Aug 6 2020 by

first_img 09/10/2015 FIFA have announced they will have an extraordinary meeting in October in light of the suspension to its president Sepp Blatter.  Blatter stands accused of signing an “unfavourable” contract for world football’s governing body and of making an “unfair payment” to Platini.  Football’s world governing body revealed on Friday that this has led to the need for the meeting.  EFE, Sport EN In a short statement, they wrote:center_img “FIFA can today confirm that its Executive Committee will convene in Zurich on Tuesday 20 October 2015 for an extraordinary meeting. “Further information will be communicated in due course.” Blatter has been taken off his duties for 90 days, as has UEFA chief Michel Platini.  Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CETlast_img read more


Men’s Basketball: Jan. 20 Scoreboard

Posted On Aug 2 2020 by

first_img– Return to Top – McNeese State 63, Abilene Christian 56LAKE CHARLES, La. – Poor free throw shooting in Southland Conference play has been all too familiar for the McNeese Cowboys. Things didn’t change any on Tuesday night against Abilene Christian as the Cowboys misfired on 19 of 36 attempts. However, the game did not come down to free throws as the Cowboys picked up their first conference win of the season with a 63-56 score over the Wildcats. Sam Houston State 62, Nicholls 39THIBODAUX, La. – Dakarai Henderson and Aurimas Majauskas each scored 12 points to lead Sam Houston State to a 62-39 men’s basketball victory over Nicholls Tuesday in Thibodaux, La. Nicholls, now 4-11 for the year and 1-4 in league play, was held to 32.4 percent shooting from the field (12-of-37) and were out-rebounded by the Bearkats 35-28. Desharick Guidry notched his 12th double-double of the season with a game-high 21 points while tying a career-best with 16 rebounds. Kevin Hardy added 19 points and eight rebounds while Jamaya Burr scored 11. The Colonels opened the second half with a 7-4 run but Sam Houston quickly closed the door. The Bearkats eventually built a 33-point lead, 59-26, with 7:26 remaining. A&M-Corpus Christi came out red-hot from the field against the Demons’ 3-2 zone and was aggressive from beyond the 3-point line, hitting four of its first five to take a 12-7 lead on Pye’s triple at the 16:35 mark. Both teams continued their aggression on the offensive end, trading baskets to a 15-13 Islanders lead at the 14:30 mark. McNeese then missed eight straight free throws but made up for it on the defensive end by allowing the Wildcats to just three missed shots and three turnovers in that three minute span. Austin Lewis put a stamp on the game with a two-handed slam off a pass from Burr, then Burr put the icing on the cake with a fast break layup with 39 seconds to play to make it 61-54. The Wildcats never led by more than four points (that coming at 6-2) and after leading 14-13 following Williams’ second trey of the night with 6:54 to play, the Cowboys put together a 13-4 run to close out the half. Hardy gave the Cowboys a 10-point lead right out of the gate in the second half with a layup that made it 29-19 but ACU answered with a 7-0 run to cut the gap to 29-26. McNeese never relinquished the lead in the second half but was threatened several times, even after it went up by 14 after a Hardy dunk with 11:02 to play to make it 49-35 to cap an 11-1 run. The Cowboys will hit the road once again on Saturday when they visit Northwestern State then will play at Incarnate Word on Monday. A&M-Corpus Christi continued its strong offensive performance after the break, with a Pye jumper stretching the lead to 16. The lead then fluctuated between 14 and 17 over the next several minutes, with a Thomas layup pushing the Islanders advantage to 62-46 at the 16:28 mark. McNeese State 63, Abilene Christian 56Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 88, Northwestern State 76Sam Houston State 62, Nicholls 39 The Demons responded with five straight points to cut the lead back to 11, but the Islanders scored the next seven, two on a steal-and-layup by Ehab Amin and the final blow a triple from Pye that pushed the lead to a game-high 18. The Islanders eventually pushed it to a 19-point lead, 73-54, with 11:20 to play. The teams traded points over the next several possessions, with NSU cutting it to as little as eight on two occasions, including an 80-72 score with 2:28 left. The Islanders then got two free throws from Jordan, and a block by Thomas on the ensuing possession led to a Thomas layup that put the lead at 12. Marvin Frazier got one point back at the line, then Thomas tipped in his own miss to stretch the lead to 13, and the Islanders capped it off in style. West was stripped by Emmanuel Toney, sending Jordan forward for a breakaway dunk to push the lead to 15 and effectively ice the game. Northwestern State closed the game by hitting three free throws before the final buzzer. The Islanders will now play five of their next six games on the road, beginning with a Saturday tilt against New Orleans at Lakefront Arena on Jan. 24 at 6:15 p.m. – Return to Top – One other bucket by ACU and a couple of free throws by Matthew Moss and Hardy capped the scoring. The win extends the Bearkats’ winning streak to eight games and ups the men’s Southland record to 6-0. The victory sets up a showdown for first place in the league when the Sam Houston men play host to 5-0 Stephen F. Austin Saturday afternoon at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. Zeek Woodley had a strong offensive performance, leading all scorers with 24 points. Jalan West added 15 and Tra’von Joseph poured in 13. The Islanders won the battle of the boards, 36-21, on the strength of 17 offensive rebounds.center_img Jabari Peters, who had scored 21 points in each of Sam Houston‘s last two victories, led the Kats in rebounds with seven but did not score. Michael Holyfield and Kaheem Ransom both added eight points to the SHSU effort. Holyfield totaled six rebounds and had two blocks. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 88, Northwestern State 76CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – John Jordan posted his fourth career double-double, scoring 22 points and dishing out 11 assists to lead four players in double figures as the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s basketball team downed Northwestern State 88-76 on Tuesday at the American Bank Center. But the Islanders had one more push in them before the break. After expanding the lead to nine at 44-35, the Islanders went on a 6-1 run to get the game to 50-36 in the final minute. The Demons got a jumper from Joseph with 14 seconds left, but Jordan added an exclamation point, cutting through the defense all the way to the rim, finishing a reverse layup to send it to the break with the Islanders leading 52-38. Lewis added three blocks to give him 102 in his career to become the eighth player in school history to reach the century mark. Northwestern State then went into a press and the Islanders hit a cold spell offensively, scoring just one point over the next 4:30. A&M-Corpus Christi was able to slow the Demons offense significantly over the same stretch, though, limiting the high-scoring squad to 11 points and stemming the tide to maintain a nine-point lead with 6:57 to play. Harrison Hawkins led the Wildcats with 12 points and Williams added 11. McNeese held a 46-39 advantage in the rebounding department. McNeese (7-9, 1-4 SLC) held ACU to just 5 of 23 (21.7 percent) shooting in the first half and 32.1 percent (17 of 53) for the game. In addition, the Cowboys limited Parker Wentz, ACU’s leading scorer with 13.9 points per game, to just five points, his second-lowest output of the season. The Cowboys connected on 22 of 56 from the field for 39 percent and was just 2 of 20 for 10 percent from long range. Keelan Garrett, the Cowboys’ top 3-point shooter, missed on all three of his attempts from behind the arc but played with an injured right shoulder. The Cowboys held ACU (9-9, 3-2) scoreless through the first 4:22 of the game before LaDarrien Williams hit a 3-pointer at that mark. But since the Cowboys weren’t scoring either, ACU held a 3-2 lead after that score. As a team the Bearkats shot 41 percent from the field (23-of-56). Sam Houston out-scored the Colonels 24-16 in the paint and picked up 34 points from their bench. McNeese led 27-19 at the half as neither team seemed to be in any hurry to score points. The Islanders then embarked on a 12-2 run, getting three more threes from Pye to push the lead to 27-15. After the Islanders pushed it to 29-17, the Demons scored six straight points to cut it to a six-point deficit following a West free throw at the 8:53 mark. The two teams went back-and-forth at that point, with two West free throws making it 40-33 with 3:41 left. The Wildcats patiently closed the gap and cut the lead to 4 following a 3-pointer by Austin Cooke to make it 49-45 with 7:01 to play but the Cowboys answered with a free throw by Guidry followed by a steal by Guidry which led to a fast-break layup by Burr to make it a 7-point game with 5:42 to play. The 12 points were the fewest allowed in an opening half this season, besting the 17 points to which the Kats limited Prairie View A&M in a non-conference game in Huntsville December 20. Rashawn Thomas also posted a double-double, his seventh of the season, with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Islanders. Brandon Pye scored 17 points and went 5-for-8 from downtown, while Bryce Douvier scored 14 points and snared seven boards. Jordan’s 11 assists matched a career high for the senior. The attention was primarily on the free throw shooting – both teams combined to miss 28 total – but the story of the game was the defense the Cowboys played against the up-tempo, high-octane Wildcat offense. Jumping out to an 11-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game, the Bearkats went on to produce their best defensive 20 minutes of the 2015 season. Sam Houston held Nicholls to 3-of-20 shooting from the field (15%) and out-rebounded the Colonels 20-12 to take a 39-12 lead into the locker room at intermission. – Return to Top –last_img read more


Strong sporting year – Fennell hails Jamaica’s widening impact on sports

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_img Good trend “You have to remember though, that in 2018, there were no World Championships or Olympics. There were other games, which merit consideration – the Commonwealth Games, Central America and Caribbean Games , and the other regional single-sport championships, but it is certainly something that we should recognise. It is certainly a good trend,” Fennell added. Fennell also underlined the remarkable performances of several of the country’s national teams and shared that though the major accolades are reserved for individual sporting accomplishments, they, too, will be duly celebrated. “This year has been particularly interesting for team sports. We started out with the sustained performances of the netball team. You had the Rugby Union and separately Rugby League teams. In the discipline of rugby sevens, Rugby Union continues to perform well and also Rugby League has a really distinguished record, mainly because of their victory over the United States and qualification for their World Cup,” Fennell stated. “The big one, which is exciting for everyone is, of course, the Reggae Girlz, and that is something that we really have to recognise. People have asked what will happen when the nation’s stars step away, but we see where other people are coming to the fore and certainly deserve the recognition that they will receive,” added Fennell. The RJRGLEANER Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards will be presented during a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus on January 18, 2019. Mike Fennell, chairman of the Selection Committee of the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation, notes that the diversity of the sports represented by the nominees for the 2018 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards shows that the country is widening its impact on the sporting world. This after the board of directors of the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation yesterday announced that national netballer Shamera Sterling was among three additions to the list of nominees, which was first announced during a launch event at The Jamaica Pegasus last week. Sprint hurdler Hansle Parchment, and sprinter Shericka Jackson were also added to the respective lists, bringing the number of Sportsman of the Year nominees to four and increasing the Sportswoman of the Year nominations to 10, following a submission from the Selection Committee. Sterling became the first defender to receive the Most Valuable Player award at the Fast5 Netball World Series, as the Sunshine Girls finished second. Parchment won silver in the 110m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships, while Jackson also won silver at the Commonwealth Games, in the 200m. Their addition means that this year’s lists feature six sports – athletics, swimming, squash, netball, football and cricket. Three sports were represented in 2015 and 2016, with that number increasing to five sports in 2017. This, Fennell believes, demonstrates clearly that the country is performing at a high level in a wider range of sports. “I think this shows that we (Jamaica) are broadening our scope in sports. In recent times, we would generally see a lot of sprinters, and so on, but we are broadening our scope, and it is a very impressive development in terms of what we are recognising,” Fennell told The Gleaner.last_img read more


Peace Region wind warning

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgPotentially damaging winds are expected, as a low pressure centre tracks north of the region. The wind is expected to ease off by this evening. We will update as we receive more information.- Advertisement –last_img


Rashford ends Man City bid as United rise again

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad stadium.MANCHESTER, March 20 – Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford struck again as Manchester United won 1-0 at Manchester City on Sunday to rekindle their top-four challenge and fatally compromise their derby rivals’ Premier League title hopes.Rashford embarrassed hapless City defender Martin Demichelis to score the game’s only goal in the 16th minute, taking his tally to five goals in eight first-team appearances and making him the youngest ever Manchester derby goalscorer at the age of 18 years and 141 days. Victory took Louis van Gaal’s side to within a point of fourth-place City, stemming a damaging run of four games without victory and creating hope that United may yet finish a testing season by claiming a Champions League berth.City’s grip on fourth place is also at threat from West Ham United and although they retain a game in hand on the teams above them, they now trail leaders Leicester City by a massive 15 points.Compounding a miserable last derby for outgoing City manager Manuel Pellegrini, the hosts lost both goalkeeper Joe Hart and winger Raheem Sterling to injury.With Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi having both succumbed to injury against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday, it has been a week that Pellegrini may come to rue when his side cross paths with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League next month.Buoyed by their historic Champions League success against Dynamo, City had attacked the game with purpose and twice went close to taking the lead through Jesus Navas in the early stages.Fernandinho also headed over the bar from a Navas corner, but United’s pace on the break gave them a ready outlet and in the 16th minute they struck.Juan Mata fed Rashford on the edge of the box and the youngster planted Demichelis on his backside before tucking a shot past Hart to claim his own piece of derby history.Shorn of captain Kompany and Otamendi, City were always likely to be vulnerable in central defence and Hart was called into action moments later to beat away a shot from Anthony Martial.At the other end, Demichelis got his head to David Silva’s free-kick, but the ball passed the wrong side of David de Gea’s left-hand post.– Torment –An apparent groin injury to Sterling gave Pellegrini an opportunity to bolster his midfield, with Fernando entering in place of the England international and Yaya Toure moving forward.It put Toure in a better position to inflict damage and he twice went close to equalising, curling narrowly wide with his left foot and then stabbing off-target after Bacary Sagna flicked on a Navas free-kick.But Rashford had not finished his torment of Demichelis and in first-half stoppage time he went down in the box after the Argentine stepped across his path, only for referee Michael Oliver to dismiss his penalty appeal.There was more to come for Demichelis after the break as an under-hit back-pass almost let Martial in, obliging Hart to make a rushed clearance.In doing so, the England goalkeeper damaged his calf and had to be stretchered off, with League Cup final penalty shootout hero Willy Caballero taking his place.Demichelis’s nightmare was brought to an end shortly after when he was hooked in favour of Wilfried Bony, which saw Fernandinho drop into central defence.City looked there for the taking and United poured forward in search of the reassurance a second goal would bring, Caballero parrying a deflected effort from Martial and Fernandinho blocking fortuitously from Rashford.But the hosts survived to go in search of an equaliser, with Sergio Aguero lashing a shot wide and heading against the post from Toure’s cross.Still City came forward, but Toure was unable to pick out Bony after Aguero looped a header across goal and both Navas and Fernandinho sent efforts into the stand behind De Gea’s goal.Six minutes of injury brought one last sight of goal for Aguero, but after chesting down Silva’s pass, he slammed wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more