Manchester United have cut their interest bill by £10million a year after a major refinancing through Bank of America. Press Association Through the new loan with Bank of America, club sources estimate they will save approximately £10million per year. United’s present debt is £370million, the sum remaining from a highly leveraged takeover by the Glazer family in 2005. Despite dire warnings of United’s financial position since that time, the Old Trafford outfit have won five Premier League titles and played in three Champions League finals. With their commercial income rising rapidly, it now seems that United are able to compete in the transfer market, hence the £24million arrival of Robin van Persie last summer. It is also thought new manager David Moyes will have funds to spend should he wish this summer. United have refinanced £177.78million of outstanding sterling bonds, on which they are currently paying a rate of 8.75 per cent. In addition they have refinanced approximately £17million of dollar bonds on which they are currently paying 8.375 per cent.
Ireland thought they had taken the lead with less than two minutes gone when Hoolahan played the ball out to McClean and then made it into the middle to latch on to skipper-for-the-night Glenn Whelan’s volley towards the far post. Had the Norwich man not touched the ball, it would probably ended up in the back of the net anyway, but his celebrations were cut short by an offside flag despite replays suggesting midfielder Dusan Basta had played him on. Ireland, however, did not have to wait too much longer to go ahead, although it was a rare slip by Ivanovic which gave them their opportunity. Long chased down a long clearance and managed to hold off defender Milan Bisevac as Ivanovic attempted to feed the ball back to Stojkovic. However, the defender left his back-pass well short and Long calmly side-footed over the keeper to open the scoring. Serbia might have been level with 21 minutes played had McCarthy not managed to clear Ivanovic’s header off the line, but Long should have doubled his tally on the half-hour after Hoolahan carved the visitors open once again. His astute pass put the Hull man in on goal, but he was unable to beat Stojkovic with either of two attempts. Forde had to be equally resilient five minutes before the break to claw away Dusan Tadic’s swinging effort, but Ireland did not heed the warning and were pegged back within three minutes of the restart. Aleksandar Kolarov was the architect and he and Tadic exchanged passes on the edge of the box before the Manchester City man crossed for Dordevic, only for McCarthy to get there first and bundle the ball into his own net. Long passed up another glorious opportunity five minutes later after Hoolahan had caught the Serb defence square once again, but this time he tried to chip Stojkovic and only succeeded in steering his effort wide. Ireland were made to pay for their profligacy on the hour when substitute Zoran Tosic’s mishit shot fell perfectly for Dordevic, who stabbed it past Forde to give his side the lead for the first time. The home side struggled to regain the upper hand as O’Neill shuffled his pack, and it was Kolarov who came closest to altering the scoreline with a late strike from distance which was well-saved by Forde. Shane Long passed up an opportunity to prove he could succeed Robbie Keane as Serbia came from behind for a 2-1 win and condemned Ireland manager Martin O’Neill to a first defeat. Long twice shot straight at keeper Vladimir Stojkovic on the half-hour and then fired harmlessly wide eight minutes after the restart to let Serbia off the hook, and they were to take full advantage. Ljubinko Drulovic’s men had levelled three minutes into the second half when Ireland midfielder James McCarthy bundled the ball into his own net with his defence in tatters. But there was worse to come for the home side on the hour when striker Filip Dordevic found himself in the right place at the right time to win it from close range. Dordevic’s effort ensured O’Neill’s unbeaten run came to an end at the third time of asking on a night when he took the opportunity to have a look at the depth of his squad. He cannot have failed to be impressed by Hoolahan, whose 61 minutes on the pitch were packed with the kind of intelligence and a craft which prompted such consternation at former manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s repeated refusal to select him. There was a lively contribution from winger James McClean too while keeper David Forde pulled off three fine saves to deny Serbia further joy. In truth, the visitors were good value for their victory after a shaky start, and it was they who looked the more likely to add to their tally as time ran down. O’Neill had charged his players with the task of taking the game to Serbia while paying attention to their defensive duties, and he must have been delighted with what he saw in the opening exchanges. The 27-year-old Hull striker marked his 44th senior international cap with his 11th goal for Ireland in record goalscorer Keane’s absence, but should really have been leaving the Aviva Stadium with the match ball. Long capitalised on an uncharacteristic eighth-minute error by Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic to give the home side a deserved lead, but then passed up two glorious opportunities to add to his tally with playmaker Wes Hoolahan terrorising the visitors’ defence. Press Association
Monk, however, was delighted after Swansea built on their opening-day draw away to champions Chelsea with a comprehensive victory, courtesy of goals from Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew. “I talked to the players all week that good teams and good players are able to back up good performances with another one,” Monk said. “We did that and we executed the plan very well. “We looked dangerous at points of the game and showed maturity when they went to 10 men as we didn’t force the game but took the openings when they came.” Newcastle’s defeat came after an opening-day draw at home to Southampton, and McClaren said: “We’ve learned nothing today apart from we need to keep 11 players on the field. “I don’t think you can judge us on that game and that performance, which is a shame. “It’s kind of a waste of a game when we need to learn about the players and how we go about things.” Newcastle went down timidly to a 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat after right-back Daryl Janmaat had been sent off four minutes before half-time for two bookable offences. The Dutch defender was booked for his second foul on Montero after 17 minutes and, after almost bringing him down again inside the penalty area, he was banished for tugging back the Ecuadorian winger deep inside Swansea’s own half. Press Association “You could see their tactics was basically try and kick him (Montero), and full credit to the referee for spotting it straight away,” Swansea manager Monk said after the game. “Quite rightly the player was sent off in the end. “We talked before the game about Jeff being protected and that’s important because it will be a tactic going forward.” But Newcastle boss McClaren dismissed Monk’s claim that Newcastle had sought to stop Montero by targeting him for rough treatment, with the former England manager insisting his team do not play that way. “We haven’t got a team capable of doing that and I don’t think the game represents that now,” said McClaren. “Our team is a football team, not kickers, so I would dispute that. “As always, you make your presence known to your opponent, which we did, but there was one tackle too many. “I thought the red card was harsh, he was a long way from goal and it was a little tug. I thought the referee could have been lenient.” Steve McClaren rejected Swansea boss Garry Monk’s accusation that Newcastle tried to stop Jefferson Montero with a tactic to “basically try and kick him”.
THIS week’s Noble House Seafoods’ Personality-of-the-Week is 19-year-old Andrea Foster, a national athlete, who has represented Guyana numerous times both regionally and internationally, and has acquired several medals under her belt.Andrea is a multiple CARIFTA Games bronze medallist and gold medallist at the Hampton International Games, while she was also once selected to represent the prestigious World Championships.An aspiring Olympian, Andrea is currently a student of the Essex County College, thanks to her athletic ability. Andrea was offered a sports scholarship to study for an Associate Degree in General Science at the college after her continuous outstanding performances.Andrea is a middle distance athlete, specialising in the 800m and 1500m distances, though she never shies away from the challenge of also contesting in the 3 000m and 10km distances in events.She describes athletics as “her life”. Though she now confidently speaks of her dreams of representing Guyana at the Olympics, Andrea was not always enthused at the idea of being an athlete. As the daughter of former national sprinter, and current bodybuilder Alisha Fortune, many thought Andrea would have a natural inclination for sport, but she actually did not.It was not until she was continually prodded by her teachers in high school for having an athletic mom and not being an athlete that Andrea finally gave in. And so it was in 2011, after dabbling in debating as an extracurricular activity, she decided to also do athletics.“It was my teachers that got me to run. They said my mom can’t be an athlete and I’m not,” she recalledSo goes the tale of another athlete, who got involved in sports through influence at school. Representing her school Bladen Hall Multilateral, Andrea advanced through the different levels of the National Schools Championships, or Nationals as we’ll call it, in 2011 and continued every successive year.In 2012, she had her first chance to represent Guyana regionally at the CARIFTA Games, and on her first time out she won a bronze medal for her efforts. Then in 2013 she was again on a national team among those who represented Guyana at the Tri-nation Inter-Guiana Games.Last year, her local performances were enough to see her selected to represent Guyana at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China.For this year, she has won another two bronze medals at CARIFTA Games in her 800m and 1500m events. She later won gold in both these events at the Hampton International Games. She also continued her dominance at the local level.But then she departed Guyana in August for the USA, where she now represents Essex and continues her training and hopes of perhaps representing the Golden Arrowhead at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Vincent Thill’s late goal was scant consolation for the hosts who struggled to match their more established opponents.Coach Salisu Yusuf named six changes to the side that narrowly defeated Mali in Rouen last week as he brought on Ideye in place of Ighalo, goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi for Carl Ikeme and Kenneth Omeruo for Leon Balogun.Super Eagles dominated proceedings with as much as 72 per cent of possession in the first half where they were rewarded with Ideye’s goal on 36 minutes as the striker pounced early after goalkeeper Anthony Moris had punched out Ogenyi Onazi’s shot from outside the box.This came after key misses from Alex Iwobi and Aminu Umar who started in place of Moses Simon.Both Iwobi and Umar made way early at the restart for Michael Babatunde and Simon as coach Luc Holtz also sent on Thill in place of Florian Bohnert.The Super Eagles consolidated their lead on 69 minutes when Simon turned provider for Iheanacho to convert a simple tap in after Moris had been left stranded.Yusuf made further changes as he brought on Gbenga Arokoyo for William Troost-Ekong in defence, Wilfried Ndidi and Raheem Lawal for Ogenyi Onazi and Shehu Abdullahi in midfield.The hosts did not give up and would notch a goal on 90 minutes when Thill found the Nigerian defence open and shot past Akpeyi to wild celebrations on the field and in the bleacher stands.Any hope of a final flourish by the hosts was dashed when Iheanacho created an opportunity for Ighalo to make it 3-1 in added-on time.With two wins in their last two friendly matches, Nigeria will take confidence in their team building process ahead of the 2018 World Cup draws to be made in June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLYSuper Eagles of Nigeria secured its second straight win on Tuesday with 3-1 scoreline a against Luxembourg in an international friendly played at the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg City.Returning to the starting line up for the first time since 2013, Brown Ideye opened scoring for the Nigerians before Kelechi Iheanacho scored his second in as many games and substitute Odion Ighalo put the encounter beyond the hosts.
It’s expected that Jack McGrath, Rory Best and Johnny Sexton will all return.Peter O’Mahony may get a spot in the bench.
Peter Sangster, a Jamaican businessman who is accused of forging the signature of former Jamaican prime minister Portia Simpson Miller on a waiver to defraud his employer of US$750,000, is scheduled to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on October 31.Sir Donald Sangster’s grand nephewPeter Sangster, the 47-year-old grand-nephew of late former prime minister, Sir Donald Sangster, was arrested last February and charged with forgery, uttering forged documents and obtaining money by false pretense.Bail extendedHis bail was extended by Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece after the prosecutor informed the court that a report from the Cybercrime Forensic Unit was still outstanding.Sangster, who was the managing director of Jamus Communications Limited, between January 2011 and August 2013, is accused of soliciting and obtaining over US$750,000 from the chairman of the company with the promise of providing a waiver of the levy owed by the company to the Universal Service Fund (USF).Sought US$600,000 for waiverPeter Sangster is alleged to have told the company’s chairman that he could get a waiver for the company. To obtain the waiver Sangster said it would cost US$600,000 to activate it, but the figure was negotiated down to US$20,000.Peter Sangster also told the chairman that he would also be required to cover certain costs associated with the provision of the waiver. These costs included legal and customs fees.The court heard that the chairman subsequently wired the money to Sangster’s account, but it was later discovered that the waiver with Prime Minister Simpson Miller signature was fraudulent after the chairman’s attorney wrote a letter to the USF.The Right Honorable Sir Donald Sangster, the grand-uncle of the accused, was the second Prime Minister of Jamaica, and the country’s first elected Prime Minister who succeeded Sir Alexander Bustamante following Independence, was elected to office on February 23,1967. Sir Donald died on April 11, 1967, shortly after being installed. He suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage.
Hearts of oak Chief Executive Fred Crentsil has quit the club ahead of the start of the Ghana premier league on Sunday.Fred Crentsil’s resignation takes effect from Thursday October 4 after stating in his letter he wants to leave the club to concentrate on his new role as the Ghana Football Association vice president.His departure has created a vacuum at the club before their season’s opener against Tema Youth on October 7.JOY Sports understands Vincent Sowah-Odotei who stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Kumasi King Faisal on Monday is likely to be confirmed as the new chief executive officer of Accra Hearts of Oak.
On Monday, officials announced that a retired Florida police officer was found dead in his jail cell, less than two weeks after being sentenced to life in prison for sexual offenses against children under the age of 12.According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, 67-year-old James Michael Trejbal was found unresponsive in his isolation cell at the Duval County jail.Homicide detectives stated that there didn’t immediately appear to be signs of foul play.Trejbal pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to sexual battery of a child younger than 12 and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, according to court records.Trejbal was a former K9 officer, and he retired from the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office in 1999.He was arrested in January, but authorities were alerted in December of possible sexual offenses from years earlier, and additional victims were discovered as recent sexual offenses were identified, police said. Some of the offenses were against victims younger than 12, investigators said. Some victims involved custodial authority, but the gender and circumstances were not released.