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Lindegaard: Giggs a ‘new Guardiola’

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has become the latest figure to throw his support behind interim manager Ryan Giggs, suggesting that the Welshman could be the next Pep Guardiola. Giggs was placed in charge of United following David Moyes’ sacking on Tuesday and his team were noticeably more attack-minded in a 4-0 victory over Norwich on Saturday evening with striker Wayne Rooney hailing his manager’s impact. That has led some to suggest that the 40-year-old could be handed the job on a permanent basis in the summer despite Holland coach Louis van Gaal clearly being the favourite to land the post. And Lindegaard’s endorsement will surely add more fuel to that fire, with the Dane comparing Giggs not only to Guardiola but also to former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson. “It might sound pretty rash and naive, but, in my opinion, we are dealing with a new Guardiola,” he told BBC Sport. “What we have seen in the first week has been more than convincing. “The similarities with Sir Alex Ferguson are striking and it is evident that Ryan Giggs has learnt from one of history’s most respected football managers.” He added: “Some would question whether you can go from being a team-mate one day to a manager the next. Normally I would have reservations as well, but, in the case of Giggs, it is different. “His latest speech, before the team went onto the pitch for the Norwich game, made my hairs stand on end in a way that I have only ever experienced from Sir Alex Ferguson: Do not disappoint the fans!” Bayern Munich boss Guardiola is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest coaches after guiding Barcelona to three Primera Division and two Champions League titles in his four seasons at the Nou Camp. The Spaniard has also steered Bayern to the Bundesliga title and Champions League semi-finals this season, although some in Bavaria criticised his possession-based tactics following the 1-0 first-leg loss to Real Madrid last week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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NLEX, Blackwater unveil new faces in clash

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano NLEX, which bounced back from its first loss in style last week, tries to get another winning streak going and put its retooled roster to the test yet again when the Road Warriors clash with Blackwater in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Game time is 7 p.m. with the Road Warriors hoping to inch closer to the first quarterfinal slot even as Phoenix Petroleum tries to stop the bleeding when it battles Meralco in the 4:15 p.m. game.Cyrus Baguio plays his first game reunited with old mentor Yeng Guiao at NLEX.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Blackwater, meanwhile, will not be easy pickings as the Elite got a much needed shot in the arm the last time up when Henry Walker arrived and led them to their first win.The Bolts, meanwhile, try to regroup after being dealt a first loss by the Road Warriors. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View commentscenter_img Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Change of heart on the SEAG Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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NYC Marathon champ comes home, looking to end Boston drought

first_imgThe top American men include Olympic bronze medalist Galen Rupp, along with Shadrack Biwott, and Abdi Abdirahman, who finished second, fourth and fifth in 2017. But it’s the women who give the Boston crowd the best chance to hear “The Star-Spangled Banner” wafting over Boylston Street.Joining Flanagan, Linden and Hasay are Molly Huddle, who finished third in New York in 2016, and Serena Burla, who was fourth in Osaka last year.“In the past, sometimes all the hope is placed on one person, so it’s kind of nice having the excitement around four real contenders here,” Flanagan said. “It increases our chances of getting on the podium.”The daughter of distance runners — her mother was the first woman to break 2 hours, 50 minutes in the marathon — Flanagan made it a mission to win in Boston the year after the attacks at the finish line; she finished fifth. She was ninth in 2015 before skipping the next year to rest for the Rio Olympics and missing last year with a back injury.Then, last fall, she won the NYC Marathon to end a 40-year American drought there.Now, she said, she can return to her hometown streets without the pressure she once put on herself for a legacy-defining victory.“It’s more of a personal thing, Boston to me,” Flanagan said. “That’s something I’ve had to work on, knowing that’s part of my psychology that I tend to just want this race so badly, I almost have to pretend that I don’t want to win it in order to do well.“This is home, and these are the people that I want to make the most proud,” she said. “I want to make them proud that I’m from here, so I have to keep that in check at all times.”Also relieving the pressure is the knowledge that American hopes aren’t all riding on her: If she can’t end the drought in Boston, maybe her New York victory can inspire the woman who does.“Molly’s beaten me. Des has beaten me. What opened the eyes for the other American women was like, ‘If Shalane can do it, why can’t I do it?’” she said. View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Red Sox off to best start in 118-year history Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I looked up to her since I was a little kid,” said Hasay, who finished third in Boston in her marathon debut last year and will return to the course Monday as part of the most competitive pack of U.S. women to run the race in decades.“It feels weird to be racing her in a marathon. I feel a little intimidated by her with all her credentials,” Hasay said. “All the Americans are an inspiration.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNo U.S. woman has won the Boston Marathon since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach in 1985, the year before the historic race began offering prize money that lured the top international professionals to town. Meb Keflezighi’s cathartic victory in 2014, one year after the bombings that killed three spectators and wounded hundreds more, ended a men’s drought that had stretched to 1983.In that time, Kenyans and Ethiopians dominated the podium and often shut the Americans out of the top 10 entirely. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But the locals are catching up.Last year, Americans took two of the top four women’s spots and six of the top 10 for men — the first time that’s happened in the professional era. Hasay was third and Desi Linden was fourth, her fourth top 10 finish in the race in as many tries; Flanagan was injured and did not run, but she’s back in the field this year for what she says will be her final attempt to win her hometown race.“Everything’s ripe for the taking, and I think we’re going to,” said Linden, a two-time Olympian who finished second by 2 seconds in 2011.“The exciting thing is: No one’s saying ‘I want to be top American.’ It’s: ’I want to break the tape,’” she said. “That’s not good enough anymore. It’s a whole new ballgame.”Defending champions Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat, both Kenyan, will lead a field of more than 30,000 runners on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square in the 122nd running of the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Elite U.S. runner Shalane Flanagan speaks to reporters, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Boston. The 122nd running of the Boston Marathon is scheduled for Monday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — Growing up in nearby Marblehead, Shalane Flanagan watched her parents run the Boston Marathon and thought, “I want to do that, too.”Jordan Hasay watched Flanagan win in New York last fall, and had much the same idea.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s nice knowing that if I don’t do it, I just have a really great feeling that one of us will,” Flanagan said. “And that’s a great thing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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