Wayne Rooney says players should take blame for poor performances

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first_img The 30-year-old’s strike in the fourth round tie was his 243rd goal for United and moved him to within six of another of Charlton’s long-standing records. Charlton’s figure of 249 has stood since 1973 and Rooney said: “Of course I’m aware of it. “Like the England record, when I was getting closer, it kept getting mentioned every week so that will probably start again with every goal. “But it’s great to be mentioned again alongside Bobby’s record and hopefully before the end of the season I can go past that and then kick on again.” Anthony Martial seemed to benefit most from the freedom the United captain refers to. The young Frenchman was a constant threat to Derby and laid on the goals for Rooney and Mata – earning praise from Van Gaal, who called his performance “fabulous”. Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini agreed with their manager’s assessment of the 20-year-old. “He’s showed what he’s got from day one to be honest, since his debut,” said Carrick, who returned from a four-match absence with a knee injury as a 74th-minute substitute at Derby. “We’ve got to realise how young he is and we can’t expect everything all the time but when he’s playing like that he’s pretty much unplayable, so it’s nice to have him.” Fellaini thinks Martial has the potential to become a star at United. He said: ” He has a lot of quality. He can dribble and is always dangerous. He is young but you have to keep going and learn every day and he will be a good player. “He must keep trying hard and keep going. Next season will be more difficult because the league will know him but I think he has the quality to be a success.” The United manager was booed following the 1-0 defeat by Southampton in the Barclays Premier League but Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata eased the pressure with the goals in the 3-1 win over Derby in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday. After the game Rooney said the players had to take their fair share of the blame for a season which so far has them in danger of missing out on qualification for the Champions League. Wayne Rooney says Manchester United’s players should take the blame for their less than attractive style of play rather than under-fire manager Louis van Gaal. “It’s unfair to say it’s down to the manager – we’re on the pitch. So the players have to take a lot of responsibility for performances and results,” Rooney told several national newspapers. “We have to stand up and take criticism when it’s there. We want to win, of course we always want to win, and we’re trying. “Even when you’re giving 100 per cent, it doesn’t always come off and thankfully it did in our last match.” Following the FA Cup win, where his opening goal at the iPro Stadium had been cancelled out by George Thorne, Rooney added: ” It was obviously a better performance than last week’s game but the manager gave us a lot of freedom to go and play – and I think you can see the difference in the team. You can see we were enjoying it, scoring some good goals and thoroughly deserved to win “So hopefully we can put in another performance like this again on Tuesday and take it into the game against Stoke.” The United captain has also set his sights on breaking a second of Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring records this season. Rooney became England’s all-time leading scorer in September when he tucked away a penalty in a 2-0 win against Switzerland at Wembley – his 50th goal for his country. And he has begun 2016 with a bang, scoring six goals in United’s six matches so far this year. Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Windward Islands Volcanoes will be taking nothing for granted when they come up against minnows West Indies Under-19s, in the first game of a doubleheader that opens the Antigua leg of the Regional Super50 here yesterday.Volcanoes, boasting the likes of two-time Twenty20 World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy and the current West Indies pair of Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher, enter the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium as the definite favourites but captain Liam Sebastien said Tuesday they would not be underestimating the young side.“We will be looking to start with a win. In any competition it is always important to start off good. The guys are obviously raring to go and the guys are focused on that mission of winning the first game which obviously would set the tone,” Sebastien said.“Also, they are not a team we are going to underestimate. They’ve been preparing for a while, they’ve had a few camps together and it’s something we’re mindful of. We’re not going into the game complacent saying we’ve won the game alreadyWe know we still have to go out and play a good game of cricket. It is something we are aware of. We are aware of them in terms of what they can bring because we will be going into the game as favourites and favourites don’t always win.”Antigua will play host to Zone A which also comprises title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Leeward Islands Hurricanes and English County side, Kent Spitfires.Today’s feature game set for the Coolidge Cricket Ground will see Kent clashing with Hurricanes in a day/night affair.But despite fixtures against the likes of Red Force and Kent, Sebastien believes the clash with the Windies Under-19s is the most critical one for Volcanoes.“This could be one of the most important games of the group for us because this is our first game and it’s against the team everybody expects to be the minnows of the group so it’s something that’s going to be very important in terms of our performance as a group,” he stressed.Meanwhile, Under-19s head coach Graeme West said his side were still building their confidence ahead of their first outing.However, he said their practice match last Sunday had gone a long way in boosting the side’s belief, and he was now hoping to see signs of development as the squad used the tournament as preparation for next year’s Youth World Cup.“We are building on what we did in [the camp in] Grenada in December,” the Englishman said.‘There are some nerves in the group. We have some young guys and inexperienced players in terms of senior cricket so on reflection I think it was a good exercise on Sunday. A lot of them come away from it with a lot more belief that they can compete at the senior level.”He continued: “I think what we are really looking for is the ability to make good decisions. For the bowlers, they are going to be under pressure. They are some very positive players they are going to be bowling against so it’s a little bit composure, a little bit setting the right fields for what they are trying to do.“For the batters, certainly at the top of the order, it’s really a case of developing the belief that they can perform.”last_img read more


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first_imgFraternities affiliated with the Interfraternity Council celebrated their new pledge classes by holding off-campus parties Saturday night, a change from hosting parties on The Row.The new bid night rules come as a university decision to enforce a moratorium on fraternity parties until after the rushing process is over, in hopes of improving the Greek system’s image and reducing safety risks and costs.Though the new regulations affected the usual rush process, IFC President Ofek Lavian said the new policy attracts more noble pledges.“On one hand, less kids might have known about or been excited about rush because there weren’t any pre-rush parties,” Lavian said. “However, on the contrary, I think that there were more kids coming out for the right reasons and joining a house for the brotherhood, rather than for that one crazy night they had at a party.”Leaders in individual fraternities were also optimistic about the new rules. Lambda Chi Alpha President Ryan Kerr said the lack of parties ensured event attendees during rush were serious about joining fraternities.“I honestly think the entire rush process ran better without the pre-rush parties,” Kerr said. “Those parties encouraged guys who had no plans to rush to crash parties, which sometimes caused them to get out of hand. We still ended up with a great pledge class and were still able to have a great bid night for them.”Bids were sent out electronically  Saturday, and those who accepted a bid participated in bid night events later that night. Historically, fraternities have hosted large parties to celebrate the new pledge classes and the end of the moratorium. But because new university rules prohibit bid-night parties on The Row, fraternities threw off-campus events.“In terms of bid night, I think that at first, people don’t like change,” Lavian said. “But I think it’s getting to be more interesting — parties are something we do all of the time, and so having a party on bid night is not very special. Now, frats have to think about how to make bid night special and how to do something different.”Not all Greeks were thrilled about the new regulations preventing them from partying during the first two weeks of school. Sarah Brooks, a sophomore majoring in human biology and a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, said the cancellation of pre-rush parties not only affected the fraternity rush process, but the entire Greek community as a whole.“It’s really unfortunate that the university decided to cancel pre-rush parties, because they’re a fun way to kick off the new semester and see everyone again before getting back to the grind of the school year,” Brooks said. “Plus, it helps the guys going through rush to see what a typical night at that house is like, and girls have a chance to meet the potential new fraternity members.”Greek leaders agree that the new terms can help improve relations between the university and the Greek system. Sigma Chi Vice President Hayden Wolf said that Greek leaders want to cooperate with the university in hopes of regaining some of its privileges.“We want to have normal social privileges before rush, but we are also willing to compromise with the university by not throwing the blowout type of events the pre-rush used to be known for,” Wolf said. “I think the new IFC administration will allow for the Greek system to regain some of its past liberties by focusing on individual houses rather than allowing the entire Greek system to be punished by the university.”The Dept. of Public Safety tracks and monitors the number of students transported to the hospital as a result of toxic levels of alcohol consumption, according to DPS Capt.  David Carlisle. Over the weekend, significantly fewer students were transported to the hospital than during rush in the Fall 2012 semester, according to Carlisle, though it’s unclear whether that was because of the new policy.“During fall semester we had 86 alcohol transports,” Carlisle said. “During this weekend we had one, but I don’t know if that is completely related to the cancellation of bid night.”In this academic year, the number of alcohol-related hospital transports is the same as the total number of students taken to the hospital throughout the entire 2011-12 academic year.Lavian, for one, felt the significant decrease in alcohol incidents made the rush process much smoother.“The lack of incidents during rush is actually one of the biggest triumphs that this Greek system and IFC board has seen,” Lavian said. “That’s something we can all be proud of.”last_img read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 21, 2018 at 7:04 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Commentscenter_img Late in Sunday’s third set, Syracuse led North Carolina State by two points. With the two teams locked at one set apiece, SU sophomore Yuliia Yastrub leaped into the air and fired a spin serve. The ball rotated through the air and curved into the body of freshman Jade Parchment. She took a few confused steps backward as the ball approached. Her dig deflected off her left shoulder and fell onto the ground of the Women’s Building. That serve sparked a 7-2 spurt that put the Orange within three points of winning the third set. “I just felt confident,” Yastrub said. “I was thinking that I needed to ace because we were going down and up and down.”Syracuse (12-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast) used its serve to ignite runs in the first, third and fourth sets in a 3-1 win over NC State (10-10, 4-6). All three times, Syracuse leaned on it to force the Wolfpack into making errors, senior Jalissa Trotter said. NC State committed six reception errors and the Orange had six aces, but senior Santita Ebangwese believes the serves’ impact surpasses any stat sheet.“We tried to put it in play but put it aggressive enough so that we made them move and be uncomfortable,” Ebangwese said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the opening point of the match, Trotter fired a jump serve towards Parchment. An errant dig forced senior setter, Kylie Pickrell, to track back into the middle of the court, away from her usual position near the net. This meant that her set had to cover more distance and wasn’t as accurate. The off-balance hit from senior Teni Sopitan was weak and fell right to SU freshman Polina Shemanova. She tapped the ball to Trotter who fed sophomore Ella Saada for an easy kill. Syracuse assistant coach Derryk Williams stood out of his chair, walked to the sideline and shouted, “Nice, let’s keep it going.”Trotter continued serving for the next nine points as Syracuse jumped out to a 10-0 lead. The Orange eventually took the first set, 25-9. After struggling with service errors early on in the season, SU is now serving more aggressively, Trotter said.“I think that’s something that we’ve been trying to do recently, not to go too easy on the serves,” Trotter said, “and I think that gives us a real good opportunity to get a good block and set up our defense.”In three of the four sets, SU used its serve as a weapon to take the Wolfpack out of their game plan. Syracuse forced its opponents into ill-timed errors, poor sets, and whiffed kills. This provided the Orange more time to move into position on defense, Trotter said. Yet in the second set, Syracuse couldn’t find its serving rhythm. It committed six service errors and didn’t ace the Wolfpack once. Down 18-17, Trotter stepped up to the baseline with an opportunity to even up the score for the first time since 2-2. Her float serve sailed through the air but the referee raised his red flag. Trotter had fired her serve too long.SU head coach Leonid Yelin believes points like that show room for improvement. “This is a question about how to sustain this,” Yelin said. “That whole match or as much as you need. That’s the million dollar question. Everyone can play great, how long can you do this?” Sunday, the Orange served well in three of four sets. Against the Wolfpack, that was enough. last_img read more