Bobble-Head Birds See Straight

first_imgAnyone who has fed pigeons in the park has probably wondered why they bob their heads forward and back when they walk.  It not only looks comical to us, it seems like it would give them a very confused sense of sight.  Leave it to scientists to go find out why birds bob their heads.  Strangely, nobody seems to have studied this before.    A team of Maryland biologists decided to investigate, and just published their results in Current Biology.1  They found that the head bobbing actually maximizes the amount of time the eyes see a stationary picture.  “The stable phase of bird head-bobbing movements is particularly interesting,” they say, “because the behavior, unique to birds, clearly contributes to visual gaze stabilization.”  (To make this all sound scientific, they had to give it the highfalutin name “gaze stabilization.”)Many species of birds move their heads forward through a series of successive, fixed positions when walking.  This unique ‘head-bobbing” behavior stabilizes visual fields during body movement, preventing motion blur of the retinal image.  Gaze stabilization could be required for successful visual search, particularly for moving objects, but the time available for stabilization varies with walking speed.  No direct evidence has been published showing that birds favor the stabilization phase while foraging either for moving or immobile food.  We examined head-bobbing behavior in foraging whooping cranes, Grus americana, as they searched the ground for food, and found that they walk at speeds that allow the head to be immobilized at least 50% of the time.  This result strongly suggests that, in cranes and probably many other birds, visual fixation via head stabilization is necessary for object detection and identification during visual search. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)They chose Big Bird the whooping crane because its head, with eyes nearly five feet off the ground, makes the bobbing easy to observe.  Watching male and female cranes feed in a pen, they recorded their movements with a video camera, and analyzed the motion mathematically.  Think of the two extremes: “At a slow pace, fixation is possible almost all the time, but the area that can be searched is limited,” they write, but “At near-running speeds, much more ground can be covered, but head thrusts dominate the thrust-fixation cycle.”  (For the rest of us, that means that while the bird is running, its head would bob so often the vision would be blurry.)    Birds forage at a walking pace that gives them the best of both: a large search area, and stable eyes to detect prey.  Their preferred walking pace allows them to see with tripod-steady intervals about 50% of the time, giving them occasions to change their head angle and “fixate new objects of visual interest,” they say.  Pigeons bob their heads when landing, they noted, and herons assume a rigid gaze, even if the perch moves under their feet.  These observations suggest that a steady gaze is important to a bird.  In conclusion, they say, “The observation that foraging whooping cranes favor visual fixation strongly implies that for them, and probably many other species of birds, stabilization of vision is necessary for object detection, recognition, and localization.”1Kronin, Kinlock and Olsen, “Head-bobbing behavior in foraging whooping cranes favors visual fixation,” Current Biology, Volume 15, Issue 7, 12 April 2005, Pages R243-R244, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2005.03.036.For this to evolve, the neck muscles had to adapt to fast controlled motion while the brain simultaneously found a way to interpret the motion.  Additional structural support might be needed to keep the eyes from popping out.  Does the brain tune out the jerky part of the motion and stitch together a seamless set of still images?  Perhaps so.  It would be interesting to project on a screen how the smart bird brain (see 02/01/2005) interprets its visual input.  This story illustrates how even the simplest everyday phenomena in the living world around us have a purpose.  Investigating such things with careful observation and analysis often reveals an amazing set of parts working together harmoniously for the big picture. (Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 15

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next But if there’s any silver lining for coach Jerry Codiñera to take away and look forward to next year, it’s that he can  bank on Alcoriza to make things happen.(5) RK Ilagan – G, San Sebastian Golden Stags23 points (5/9 3FG), 5 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: N/ARK Ilagan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlso fighting for its life, San Sebastian stayed in the playoff hunt and earned a bye in the fourth place playoff in the stepladder semifinals with an 80-60 rout of Perpetual on Thursday.And one of the biggest reasons for that is RK Ilagan, who rekindled his shooting touch and drilled five treys in the huge win.But coach Egay Macaraya needs to have him, as well as the other Golden Stags shooters to find their mark, especially with a streaking Letran side next on their schedule on Tuesday.(6) Levi Dela Cruz – G, Arellano Chiefs19.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: 5 And with that, Lyceum’s efforts has been rewarded as it progresses to the best-of-three Finals awaiting the survival of the stepladder semis.(2) Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights21.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 stealLast Week: N/ARey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran is still alive and kicking, and it’s largely thanks to Rey Nambatac.The 23-year-old swingman refused to have his swansong this week as he led the Knights to two pressure packed wins to stay in the running.Nambatac has repeatedly said that he’s not yet ready to leave the auspices of Letran, and so far, he’s backing his words up and silencing his doubters.But what awaits will be a third do-or-die game for the Knights, as they take on San Sebastian on Tuesday.(3) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP (1) Mike Nzeusseu – C, Lyceum Pirates27 points, 21 rebounds, 2 blocksLast Week: N/AMike Nzeusseu. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Lyceum on the cusp of history, Mike Nzeusseu unfurled an amazing showing as he led his squad in a tough 107-105 double overtime win over San Beda on Thursday and thus, completing its 18-0 quest.The Cameroonian big man was instrumental for the Pirates as they had every answer for everything the Red Lions threw at them to silence the defending champions for the second time this year.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The stage is set and on to the stepladder we go.Half of the league have already went on early vacations, wrapping up their second round schedule as the contenders take center stage from here on out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut that didn’t stop the heroes from grabbing the limelight for one last time in the eliminations as they sought to end their campaign on a winning note.For one last time, here are this week’s best. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Levi dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAnother feel good story coming from Arellano late this season, Levi dela Cruz has come to his own on the heels of Salado’s devastating injury.With Codiñera christening him as “Mini Jalalon,” the diminutive playmaker played like a veteran in the Chiefs’ do-dor-die tussles this past week.Arellano’s season may have already ended, but next year could promise to be an exciting one with Salado and dela Cruz emerging as the next best backcourt tandem in the league.(7) Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions34 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocksLast Week: N/ADonald Tankoua. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWe have to give the final slot to Donald Tankoua, who recorded a career-best outing in San Beda’s heartbreaking defeat to Lyceum in a duel that gave the fans a preview of how this year’s finals will be played.Admittedly still on the recovery road, the Nigerian big man showed no signs of his past injury as he kept the Red Lions in the game until he fouled out late in the first overtime. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Last Week: 1CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe leading MVP candidate is still in the thick of things this week as he paired perfectly with Nzeusseu to help Lyceum sweep the eliminations this week.Spurred by his hero coach Topex Robinson, CJ Perez has exemplified the battlecry the Pirates had through the course of the season: play to inspire.And with Lyceum firmly in the championship series, there’s still a lot of inspiring Lyceum needs to do as it seeks to cap off this amazing season with a title to boot.(4) Rence Alcoriza – F, Arellano Chiefs12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 blockLast Week: N/ARenz Alcoriza. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRence Alcoriza played the game of his life when Arellano fought Letran on Friday.The forward tried his earnest to keep the Chiefs’ season alive, going as far as pouring 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.However, Alcoriza’s efforts proved to be moot as Arellano bowed in the fourth-place playoff and saw its season cut short. 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Wallsend Touch recognised

first_imgWallsend were awarded the Good Sports Club of the Year for the safe practices they have implemented for their players, committee and supporters. The Good Sports Club of the Year is an initiative from the Australian Drug Foundation which encourages community sporting groups to responsibly manage alcohol consumption.After receiving the award from Newcastle Lord Mayor John Tate, Wallsend Touch administrator Julie Andrews said the club had concentrated on providing a family friendly environment. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Wallsend Touch Association for their efforts and recommends other clubs following their footsteps. For more information about the program and to sign your club up please visit the Good Sports Website  Thanks to Kellie Johnston for providing the content for this article.last_img read more

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9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp urged to forget about new centre-half signing

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp urged to forget about new centre-half signingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doesn’t need to buy a new centre-half this month.Klopp’s Liverpool team recorded an impressive win against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table. Injuries to Joel Matip and Joe Gomez left Liverpool short on central defensive options and forced Klopp to drop midfielder Fabinho back into defence. “Jurgen Klopp deserves a lot of credit for playing Fabinho at centre-back against Brighton & Hove Albion,” Cascarino wrote in his Times column. “I don’t understand why more teams don’t do something similar.“Yes he’s a defensive midfielder but they can do a job at the back. Most teams don’t play two strikers anyway these days and the likes of Fabinho, Nemanja Matic and Fernandinho could all do it. Liverpool don’t need to waste any money on a centre back this month. And, let’s face it, I could probably play alongside Virgil van Dijk.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Jahlil Okafor Is “Obsessed” With Netflix, Believes In Mermaids, Loves Documentaries About Bigfoot

first_imgJahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones at McDonald's All-American Game.Twitter/@BigJah15 Twitter/@BigJah15Twitter/@BigJah15Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor is a 6-foot-10 center with one of the most refined offensive post-games in college basketball, and is almost guaranteed to be the top overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. That we all know. The Wall Street Journal dug a bit deeper into the Blue Devils star, and found out that he’s much more than a talented basketball player… he is also a very unique personality. Specifically, he loves cryptozoology and is adamant about the existence of mermaids.Okafor is obsessed with Netflix. He keeps a teenager’s diet of action movies and soapy television series, but his secret soft spot is for documentaries about odd phenomena—the weirder, the better. Okafor is well-versed in the legend of Bigfoot, for example. He also likes mermaids.“That’s always been my interest,” Okafor said. “Things of the unknown.”…What he likes to do instead—when he’s not playing basketball, of course—is watch television by himself. He has a taste for the mythical. Okafor has tipped multiple people off to a Discovery Channel special that promised new evidence that mermaids are real.“I tried to tell them,” he said. “They wouldn’t listen.”He was doing this in high school, too. Okafor once raved to his coach about a Bigfoot documentary he had just devoured. “He tried to get me to watch that,” said Tyrone Slaughter. “I was like: I’m not watching that.”His college teammates now know who to ask if they ever need a movie recommendation. Okafor even found a kindred spirit in his roommate Tyus Jones, who joined him for a documentary about monster snakes, though he struggled to remember the exact names of Okafor’s favorite films. “A lot of them are just about nature,” Jones said.Jones added: “He’d be a good person to talk to during Shark Week. That’s the kind of stuff he’s really into. And I’m a pretty big fan of Shark Week, too.”Luckily for Duke fans, the Blue Devils’ title hopes are a bit more believable than many of the things that Okafor binge-watches.[WSJ via SB Nation]last_img read more

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5 things to watch for Ohio State football spring practice

2. Carlos Hyde is gone, but he’s not the only Buckeye who can run the ballAlthough Miller is set to play another season for OSU, there is no such thing for running back Carlos Hyde. One of OSU’s all-time most prolific running backs — sixth in career rushing yards in program history (3,198), seventh best single season total (1,521) and tied for third in most yards in a single game (246 against Illinois Nov. 16) — Hyde will be difficult to replace. The Buckeyes do return numerous backs from last season, perhaps none more poised to take over for Hyde than rising sophomore Ezekiel Elliott. Although rising senior Rod Smith and rising sophomore Warren Ball came into 2013 with more hype, it was Elliott who impressed the most during the season. Finishing the year fifth on the team in yards and second on the team in average yards per carry, Elliott likely has the inside track to the first team carries in 2014. But don’t count out the electric rising sophomore Dontre Wilson, who is likely to get more touches with a full offseason of workouts and time to bulk up under his belt. Then-redshirt-freshman quarterback Cardale Jones (12) avoids a defender during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor1. Braxton’s back, all right. But who will be his backup?The mood of Ohio State fans across the country changed Jan. 9 when rising senior quarterback Braxton Miller announced his decision to return to school after days of speculation. Although it remains unclear how close he was to actually leaving, his return still leaves some questions unanswered. Despite being the starting quarterback for each of the last three seasons, Miller has yet to get through a whole season without injury. If this trend continues — Miller is likely not going take a snap during spring practice — a young inexperienced quarterback will have to take the helm for OSU. Kenny Guiton is gone, and the only quarterback who has thrown a pass in college other than Miller is rising redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones. Jones might have some competition for the No. 2 spot though with incoming freshman Stephen Collier and rising redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett. An insight into the battle will likely be given when the team announces the starters for the Spring Game, although it likely won’t be until the start of the season that coach Urban Meyer makes his decision. 5. New faces, new philosophies on defensive side of the ballIt’s no secret the OSU defense was not what fans were accustomed to seeing, particularly at defending the pass — a ghastly 112th in the country while giving up 268 yards per game. Meyer certainly addressed the defensive issues on the recruiting trail, bringing in 11 defensive players. But he also did the same on the coaching staff, adding Larry Johnson as the defensive line coach in place of the departed Mike Vrabel and Chris Ash to coach the secondary after Everett Withers took a head coaching job at James Madison. Johnson and Ash have excellent track records at Penn State and Arkansas/Wisconsin, respectively, and it will be interesting to see how quickly their presence will be evident. Both are big-time recruiters, which Meyer loves, but both also bring to the table the intensity that was missing late last season in the losses to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship game and Orange Bowl. 3. A new brand of bulk to protect Braxton MillerIt cannot be overstated how important the Buckeye offensive line has been to OSU’s success. The experience of Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley, Marcus Hall and Andrew Norwell was vital for OSU in Meyer’s first two seasons at the helm. But now all four of those players have finished their careers in Columbus, and the Buckeyes are looking to young players to fill, and create, the gaps. Rising junior Taylor Decker is the only returning starter from last season, although it is likely that rising redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein, who in place of a suspended Marcus Hall, did enough to earn himself a spot in the starting lineup. That still leaves three open spots on the line with Decker moving to left tackle. Rising junior Jacoby Boren played a significant amount of the season opener when Linsley had to sit because of an injured foot. Rising senior Darryl Baldwin, rising junior Tommy Brown and rising sophomore Kyle Dodson were listed as backups last season and the 2014 class has five incoming freshmen who will all be battling it out for the remaining starting positions. 4. Without Ryan Shazier, what will the linebackers do?Meyer said Feb. 5 on National Signing Day the linebacker position is undergoing “an overhaul right now,” and is surely one to be under a microscope for the entirety of spring practice. Everyone knows who is gone — first-team All-American and Big Ten performer Ryan Shazier and his league-leading 143 tackles — but who is set to return? Rising senior Curtis Grant and rising junior Joshua Perry are the main two players who will have some experience from last season, but their experience is likely to be tested with the addition of four true freshmen. Led by the crown jewel of Meyer’s recruiting class Raekwon McMillan — who enrolled in January — the young blood will push for playing time. McMillan is the lone linebacker who enrolled early, but Meyer has said he has no plans to redshirt either McMillan or the other three — Kyle Berger, Dante Booker and Sam Hubbard — players who are looking to fill Shazier’s shoes. Surely to be a storyline throughout the season, spring ball will go a long way to determining who is next in line at the position. read more

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Womens Volleyball Seniors leaving lasting impact on young team despite losing season

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team keeps an eye on the ball at their game against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Erin Gottsacker | Miller ReporterThe seniors on the Ohio State women’s volleyball team team (15-15, 8-11 Big Ten) have had nothing short of a long season, and their roles as leaders have never been greater.The Buckeyes have dealt with multiple injuries multiple injuries en route to a disappointing record. Through the good and the bad, the seniors have had to take active roles as leaders of the team. Outside hitter Ashley Wenz felt the weight on her shoulders Nov. 8 after the Buckeyes  swept Rutgers 3-0, and their star junior setter Taylor Hughes went down with an injury.“I looked around and there’s four freshmen and a sophomore and I’m like, ‘I’m the person that they look up to,’” Wenz said. “They made me really appreciate my role on the team.”Outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said she recognized the importance of the role she and her fellow seniors demonstrate this season, and how much they influence the younger players.With half of the roster consisting of freshmen and sophomores, Schirmer emphasized the importance of making the younger players feel comfortable on the team.“Leading them, I think, is the biggest thing we’ve wanted to do as a class of seniors, to leave a good legacy for our program,” Schirmer said.The Buckeyes have limped to the finish line this season, failing to put up the success they hoped to find when the season began. Despite the struggles, Wenz said she has seen improvement in the resolve of the team’s youth.“I think when the going gets tough, you also have to get more tough. It’s been amazing the things that our team has gone through, and the things that we’ve still been able to do with that,” Wenz said. “We need to finish out strong these last few games for sure, but looking back [at] what we’ve been through … it’s really remarkable to me, just our fight and our drive right now.”Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston said he is proud of the seniors for stepping up to the challenge of dealing with a losing season, paving the way for the upcoming seniors and remaining underclassmen.“This has been the most challenging season of my coaching career, and I give them a lot of credit for the leaders that they’ve become this year,” he said. “They’re the leaders of this team, they’re going to be missed a lot. I’m glad to have been part of watching them develop and grow as leaders this year.”The seniors will play their final game Friday at home against Illinois. It’s their final moment to pass the torch to the returning players.After the season is finished, each of the women plan to move forward in separate directions. Schirmer is planning to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and hopes to play professional volleyball overseas.Senior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree will earn her degree in sport management and plans to enter the workforce once the season is over.Wenz will receive a degree in marketing. She is currently undecided between playing professional volleyball or going to graduate school.The Buckeyes will more than likely not play in the NCAA tournament for the first time in four seasons, which is adversity that Ohio State’s new group of leaders will have to work through. read more

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Russia would be a difficult opponent

first_imgUruguay captain and defender Diego Godin has said that Russia would be a “difficult opponents” in this 2018 World Cup tournament.Uruguay, who beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their Group A match on Wednesday and secured their place in the round of 16, will take on hosts Russia, who are also in the next round.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“I’m happy that we have reached the playoff. Now we have to prepare for the match against Russia, this will be a decisive game… The match [against Saudi Arabia] was difficult, there are no easy encounters at the World Cup. Russia are difficult opponents, we know that they… that they are technically a very good side with the ball. The main thing is to do everything right and not to pick up yellow cards,” Godin told journalists via FourFourTwo.In 2015, Godín was named as captain for Uruguay’s defence of the Copa América during the 2015 continental tournament in Chile. He was also picked for the Copa América Centenario squad, heading home from a Carlos Sánchez long cross in the opener against Mexico where both teams ended with ten players (1–3 loss). He won his 100th cap in the following match, a 0–1 defeat to Venezuela at the Lincoln Financial Field.last_img read more

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Yorke Man United should give Solskjaer the permanent managers job

first_imgDwight Yorke has backed his former Manchester United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the permanent managerial vacancy.Since replacing  Jose Mourinho last month at Old Trafford, Solskjaer has enjoyed a perfect start by winning all eight of his games in charge of United as interim coach.The Norwegian could now further bolster his prospects of becoming the permanent United coach by breaking Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola’s record of winning their opening six Premier League games if United defeat Burnley tonight.Despite this, however, former Red Devils star Paul Ince believes the club should go all out for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season.But Yorke thinks otherwise and is certain that Solskjaer is the right man for the job.“Is a bigger way winning games, being successful playing attractive football?” Yorke told SportsMax.“The fans have been happy. If he’s doing that. There’s no reason to change it in my opinion. And I think that’s the way to go.“I’m sure everyone who knows Ole like I do, having spent four years with him, I didn’t really see him coming in and in the first place and getting the job, however, the decision was made, you know he’s a close friend. We want to see him do well.“He’s inherited a very good team and he’s been at the club for a very long time, so he understands the way that the club plays and I think that’s all he went in and did, he didn’t have to alter too much.“It’s the same players, give them the way to play forward, play attacking, the Man United brand of football.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“And I didn’t think he has to tinker too much because at the end of the day it’s the same players.“You’ve got to give him a lot of credit to go through winning eight games back to back. That’s incredible, to be mentioned alongside the greats of Sir Alex [Ferguson] and certainly Sir Matt Busby, it’s just incredible.“It’s fantastic and I think everyone is really delighted how well he has done and how well the team has really responded to his method of being positive and playing on the front foot.”Yorke, who scored 66 goals in 147 appearances for United and won three Premier League titles along with the Champions League, admits he’s been taken aback by Solskjaer’s success.“He’s very unassuming, very shy, only spoke when he’s been spoken to, he never spoke out of time or context,” Yorke added.“He is very dedicated to his sports vision. I could see him involved with the younger kids and really doing well at that level.“I just didn’t see him really going into management because being interactive with people, he’s very nice but you know the interacting and communicating with people wasn’t one of his biggest strengths but he seems to have really taken it on.“We know looking back at Cardiff, not particularly great there, but certainly at United, he feels very comfortable there and had a great rapport there with the fans and a great opportunity to show his managerial skills and he seems to have taken the bull by the horns which is fantastic to see – and I can only wish Ole continued success.“He is a very good friend of mine and I only want him to see him do well, not just for himself, but I want to see the football club and the players do what Man United always does – compete in games and being entertaining, scoring fantastic goals – because when you have the players and the attacking flair that we have in our team there is no reason why we shouldn’t be where we are.“And you know if someone were to point their finger and said, you know Liverpool and City are 17 or 18 points better than us just halfway through the season, that is just a myth. So there was something obviously not particularly right at the football club and Ole’s come in and changed that whole concept and mentality.”last_img read more

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Thorgan Hazard refuses to rule out summer move

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard confirmed that he will not be leaving during this month’s transfer window, but refused to rule anything out this summerSince arriving Gladbach in 2014 from Chelsea, Hazard’s strong displays in the Bundesliga have made him one of most wanted players in Europe.The Belgium international has managed nine goals and six assists in 17 league games this season and is contracted at Gladbach until June 2020.But reports have recently linked Hazard with a return to the Premier League by joining Liverpool, while AS Roma and Atletico Madrid are also understood to be interested.The 25-year-old, however, insists he will not be going anywhere this month after holding talks with Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Max Eberl and I spoke before the winter break and I confirmed that the only important thing for me right now is that I can help our team here to be successful,” Hazard told the club website.“Max knows that my head is here at Borussia and I am fully concentrated on my job here.“I am not considering a transfer right now. I cannot say what will happen after the end of this season.“I may possibly extend my contract as I’m very happy here and family are also settled. Max and I will speak about this when it is the right time.Gladbach will take on Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena for their first game back from the winter break on January 19.last_img read more

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