Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has dismissed complaints about his side’s performance against Aston Villa and insisted only victory matters.The Red Devils have now won their first two Premier League games for the first time in four years after defeating Tottenham and the Villans.A shaky performance against Tim Sherwood’s men on Friday night, though, left some questioning summer signings and their squad depth.But Van Gaal reiterated that early on in the campaign it is only the points that matter not the way the team plays.“I’m satisfied because you can’t get any more than six points. I’m very happy,” he told talkSPORT.“The performances still need a few more matches [to come together] because we’ve only had five weeks of preparations but some players have only had two weeks. You cannot expect us to be at our best straight away.“I’m very sorry to say that but other teams have this problem as well. I have said to my players the most important thing is the win and we have won.”
Nah. Don’t reach for the low-hanging-fruit, fire-the-coach angle (see: 2014, ’15, ’16). Shanahan received a six-year contract because this was a massive rebuild. He’s 1 1/2 seasons into it, and he’s had more bad luck … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — The 49ers (1-7) take a a six-game losing streak into Thursday night’s home game against the Raiders (1-6). They can take this mailbag with them:Is Shanahan at risk? (@wgclements)
18 June 2010, Johannesburg – Bafana Bafana has in the past the past few weeks done more to cement our proudly South African identity as a Rainbow Nation than the collective efforts dating back to the 1995 Springboks World Cup triumph.With the attention of the world fixed on our beautiful country, seeing all South Africans put aside their differences to rally behind the team is closest to realising the united nation Nelson Madiba Mandela continues to dream about. One loss in 13 matches is no reason to drop our heads in shame.Bafana did us all proud when they held Mexico, a country ranked over 60 places above them, to 1-1 draw in the opening match when few gave the team a chance. Admittedly, the match against Uruguay did not end in the way we had hoped.However, if there was a time to show our boys that the nation is with them through the good and the bad times, then this is it. Bafana Bafana may be down, but they are certainly not out. A convincing win against France in the match scheduled for Bloemfontein on Tuesday is all the team needs to progress in this first World Cup on African soil which the country is exceptionally hosting.“For this reason, now more than ever, we need to paint Tuesday yellow and green from all the four corners of our country in support of our national team. The vuvuzela clarion call must bring us together as we spur our Boys on their most important assignment yet,” said Sophie Masipa, Marketing Manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand SA).“Bafana Bafana, we believe, should be the war cry on Tuesday. Wearing our Bafana jerseys and waving our flags high will send a clear message to our boys that the nation remains loyally behind them. The Bafana 12th is us, the fans, we must carry on playing our part. Ke Nako!” she said.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: www.brandsouthafrica.comKalay MaistryMedia Relations ManagerInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Email: email@example.com
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is facing flak for rampant doping at its various centres but the former executive director of the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala claims that SAI has a very limited role and it is the federations who are to be blamed for the ongoing menace.BS AhluwaliaThe recent positive cases, with eight athletes flunking dope tests, have highlighted the role of federations, SAI and coaches in the doping mess. BS Ahluwalia, whose tenure at NIS, Patiala, ran from 1999-2004, however, said that SAI has no motive in promoting doping at its various centres.He alleged that top federation officials used to dictate terms to SAI officials, who could do little in the face of the political clout behind the federations.”Doping used to take place during my tenure, but very secretly. There were times when we did find a few banned substances within the campus but we couldn’t blame anyone because the substances were not found in possession of any athlete or coach,” Ahluwalia told Mail Today on Tuesday.”The athletes and federations get all the accolades if an athlete does well in a competition. The athletes get prize money and their coaches are also rewarded. SAI gets nothing for whatever it does. “Athletes, federation and coaches are the three parties who are to be blamed for the doping mess,” he said.Ahluwalia also stressed that junior athletes need to be counseled as they are the ones who find it convenient to use banned substances to enhance their performance. He said while all the attention is on seniors, the juniors get away unnoticed and when they graduate to the next level, they are caught for doping. “It is the juniors who need to undergo dope tests more often. It is OK to test senior athletes on a frequent basis but the juniors must not be overlooked because they are the ones who are subjected to doping more often.advertisement”They should be tested more frequently and there is also a need to counsel them regularly,” Ahluwalia asserted. While the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has begun search operation at various SAI centres, Ahluwalia said the strategy would hardly work in curbing the doping menace.So far NADA officials have raided the Patiala and Bangalore centres. “NADA has already announced that their officials will come and raid the rooms of the athletes and coaches. “Now that the NADA has already revealed its plans, the athletes will not take a risk of keeping the supplements with them in their hostel rooms.” Ahluwalia suggested that a better way would be to ask the housekeeping staff to report anything that might seem suspicious.
Yuliana SlashchevaProposed amendments to Russian media law, which would block foreign investors owning more than 20% of Russian media firms, passed their second and third readings in State Duma on Friday.The lower house of the Russian parliament passed the amendments by a reported vote of 430 to two, without debate. They will now pass to a reading in the upper house – the Federation Council – and, if approved, will be signed off by the President.The laws will apply to both existing and future foreign ownership interests in Russian firms and, if passed, will come into force on January 1, 2016. Companies will then have until January 2017 to fall in line with the regulations.“While we do not currently expect this law to adversely affect our operating business, it does have substantial implications for our corporate structure and stockholders,” said Yuliana Slashcheva, CEO of Russia’s CTC Media.“We are therefore, together with our advisors, analysing the potential outcomes of the implementation of this legislation, and considering all actions that we and our stockholders may take in order to comply with it and to protect stockholders’ interests.”CTC Media is currently 38% owned by Modern Times Group, a Swedish listed company, and 25% owned by Telcrest Investments Limited, a Cypriot private limited company. The rest of the business is owned by a number of public stockholders, including US and European investors.
Stephen SpenglerIntelsat has elected chief executive officer, Stephen Spengler, to the company’s board of directors.Intelsat announced last December that Spengler, the company’s then president and chief commercial officer, would take over from outgoing CEO David McGlade from April 1of this year.Spengler first joined Intelsat in 2003 and has since held a number of roles at the firm. He has a total of 30 years of telecoms and satellite industry experience.“During his tenure at Intelsat, Steve has been instrumental in driving Intelsat’s next generation strategy, and in incorporating satellite, ground and service innovation into Intelsat’s initiatives. We’re pleased to welcome him to the board – where he will continue to contribute to our efforts to build value for all our stakeholders,” said David McGlade, executive chairman of the Intelsat board.
Roku has updated its iOS and Android mobile app, rolling out a new design a ‘what’s on’ tab aimed at helping users find something to watch.Roku said that version 4.0 of the free Roku mobile app has been designed to “make your mobile device an ultimate streaming companion”.The ‘what’s on’ tab lets users browse a hand-picked selection of entertainment to rent, buy or watch for free.This can be accessed from the new navigation bar, found across the bottom of the Roku mobile app, which can also be used to get to a channels list, settings, photos tab and a remote control.The on-screen remote within the Roku mobile app lets users select what to watch and the new version of the app changes the placement of the buttons to mimc the Roku device remote, making it “easier to press the onscreen buttons with one hand”.