Tuesday 25 October 2016

Carrzone: Success under Glazers not enough for Man United fans

Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace challenges Radamel Falcao of Manchester United
Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace challenges Radamel Falcao of Manchester United
rickie fowler

SINCE Joel Glazer (inset) and his family took control of Manchester United a decade ago, the club has won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, one Champions League, one Club World Cup and five FA Community Shields.

Having paid €1,099 million for the club, the Glazers have watched its value rise by €1,196 million to a total worth of €2.3 billion on the stock market.

But the Manchester United Supporters Trust complain that the Glazers have "extracted colossal sums from Manchester United. The fans' estimate the money taken out of the club is a whopping €1.4 billion. Despite the club's success, what hurts most is the fact that "had it not been for financial austerity imposed by the Glazers' ownership...United could have knocked Liverpool off their European perch too by surpassing their five European Cups".

On May 29, European giants Benfica will play FC United of Manchester, the club formed by fans who opposed the Glazer takeover, to celebrate the opening of their new stadium at Broadhurst Park.


Players Champion Rickie Fowler has it all in the bag

Rickie Fowler

THE contrasting fortunes of marquee name players Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler (inset) could hardly have been pronounced at the Players Championship.

Voted the PGA Tour's most overrated player in a Sports Illustrated anonymous poll of pro golfers, Fowler played a heart-stopping last six holes (four birdies and an eagle) on Sunday to earn a playoff, which he won.

Struggling to find consistency in his game, Tiger Woods tied 69th from 75 competitors, on 3-over as opposed to Fowler's -12. Those amazed at how Fowler birdied the challenging par-3 17th hole, the island green, three times on Sunday might like to know that he used a Cobra Tour Trusty wedge. He has three - a 51-degree pitching wedge, a 62-degree for a lob and a 57-degree as well.

His driver, a Cobra Fly-Z+, has an adjustable flip weight that alters the centre of gravity.

Fowler neutralises spin off the tee by positioning the weight in the forward position. He says he relishes playing the Irish Open, May 28-31, as Players Champion.

Television crash coverage upsets Giro d'Italia riders

Domenico Pozzovivo's Giro d'Italia stage 3 crash has raised questions of unnecessary television intrusion in crisis situations.

The Italian rider, who finished fifth overall last year, crashed at about 40 kph on the descent of Barbagelata and was filmed in close up as he lay unconscious for several minutes before being taken away on a stretcher by ambulance.

Concerns that the crash could have proved fatal, in the way Belgium's Wouter Weylandt died in 2011, caused many in the sport to question the ethics of detailed filming in such circumstances.

2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome commented on Twitter: "Is it really necessary to show these images? Have some respect for the rider and his family."

Pozzovivo, who received 25 stitches to a cut around his eye, says he hopes to be back for the Tour de Suisse.


Sepp Blatter the diplomat

THE Palestine Football Association, a member of the Asian Football Confederation, is calling on FIFA to suspend the Israeli FA (IFA) and plan to have the proposal discussed at the FIFA Congress on May 29, claiming the IFA is "part of the oppressive Israeli occupation and, therefore, an accomplice in its apartheid policies." FIFA boss Sepp Blatter is anxiously striving to have the matter sorted before it reaches Congress.

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