Associated Press Update on the latest sports Pandemic affects more college sportsUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt college sports. Virginia and Virginia Tech have postponed their Sept. 19 football opener because of COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech. The schools say this was a mutual agreement. Virginia Tech also will not hold football practice for four days. Virginia Tech said Friday it has had 219 positive tests for the coronavirus in the previous seven days, putting its total infections at 633 since testing began Aug. 3. The numbers have risen steadily since students returned to campus Aug. 24.The postponement is the second for the Hokies since the Atlantic Coast Conference released a revised schedule. Their original opening game, slated for Sept. 12 against North Carolina State, was pushed back two weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak at N.C. State. Michael Carter added 138 yards of total offense for the Tar Heels, who won in an empty home stadium after the school opted to open with no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Williams’ three touchdown runs in the fourth quarter helped UNC blow the game open after leading just 10-6 entering the fourth. Tommy DeVito threw for 112 yards but took seven sacks for the Orange, who had 202 total yards.In other Top 25 football:— Louisiana-Lafayette got kick and punt returns for touchdowns to help secure one of its biggest wins in program history, 31-14 win over No. 23 Iowa State. On a day when both offenses seemed overmatched, the Ragin’ Cajuns were ignited by Chris Smith’s 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and Eric Garror’s 83-yard punt return in the third. Levi Lewis also threw a 78-yard scoring pass to Peter LeBlanc to give Louisiana-Lafayette a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter. Louisiana-Lafayette beat a Top 25 opponent for the first time, having gone 0-26 against ranked foes away fro home. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS MLB-NEWSA’s 3B Chapman needs hip surgery, to miss rest of seasonUNDATED (AP) — All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman is expected to miss the rest of the season for the Oakland Athletics. He was placed on the injured list Saturday because of a strained right hip. He is scheduled to have surgery Monday in Vail, Colorado. Chapman hasn’t played since leaving hurt in the fifth inning of Oakland’s game last Sunday against San Diego. He was a first-time All-Star last season, when he a Gold Glove for the second year in a row. In 37 games overall this season, Chapman hit .232 with 10 home runs with 25 RBIs. In other baseball news: Azarenka faces Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final. The Italian Open, which was rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, begins Monday.NBA PLAYOFFSLakers can eliminate Rockets in Game 5 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets didn’t show up for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers until it was too late. They can’t do that again Saturday in Game 5. For the second time in these playoffs, the Rockets’ season is on the line. NASCAR-RICHMONDHamlin seeks to regain mojo at Richmond in home track raceRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin, disgusted with his performance in the opening playoff race, gets another chance Saturday night on his home track, Richmond Raceway. Kevin Harvick won the first round. Hamlin once held a clear advantage over his rivals at home track Richmond Raceway. He’s won three races and has 17 top-10 finishes in 27 career starts at the Virginia track. He’s only finished lower than sixth once in the last nine races at Richmond yet believes he long ago lost the edge he held over his competitors on the 0.75-miles, D-shaped oval. Hamlin believes data sharing has allowed his rivals to catch him at his favorite track. Mayfield now says he’ll stand for the anthemUNDATED (AP) — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has changed plans and will stand for the national anthem.Mayfield had said during the offseason he intended to kneel in protest of racial injustice, but Saturday announced on Twitter that he intends to stand for both the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which will be played before every NFL game this season.Mayfield said he’ll respect whatever decisions his teammates make as far as protesting during the anthems.The Browns open the season Sunday in Baltimore. Virginia, suddenly faced with not opening its season until Oct. 3 at No. 1 Clemson, announced it has moved its home game against Duke to Sept. 26. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 14. Meanwhile, coach Gus Malzahn says No. 11 Auburn had five starters out of practice this week because of COVID-19-related issues. Malzahn said Saturday the Tigers had two new positive tests this week and 10 total players are sidelined from practice because of the virus or close contact. He didn’t identify the players and declined to say if a particular position group had been hit hardest.Auburn opens the season Sept. 26 against Kentucky and is set to begin specific game preparation on Sunday.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WEST VIRGINIA-SUSPENSIONSWest Virginia suspends 11 for opener; bans not tied to virus In other NFL news:— Receiver Cooper Kupp has agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2023 with the Los Angeles Rams. Neither the team nor Kupp’s management immediately disclosed the financial terms of the deal reached Saturday, a day before the Rams’ season opener against the Dallas Cowboys in brand-new SoFi Stadium. Kupp has been a steady, productive receiver since the Rams chose him in the third round of the 2017 draft. He was Los Angeles’ top pass-catcher last season, leading the team with 94 receptions for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns.— The New Orleans Saints say running back Alvin Kamara has agreed to a five-year extension. A person familiar with the contract says it is worth up to $75 million but that the final season includes a large non-guaranteed payment. The person says that effectively limits the team’s obligation to $50 million from 2021 to 2024. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details have not been released. Kamara has surpassed 1,300 yards from scrimmage in each of his first three seasons. — The Minnesota Vikings have signed running back Dalvin Cook to a five-year, $63 million contract extension. The deal gives their dual-threat star some security the day before the season opener. Cook was picked for the Pro Bowl last year after becoming the eighth different Vikings player to reach 1,000 rushing yards. Since he was drafted in the second round in 2017, Cook has missed 21 of a possible 52 games to injury. In 2019, he came the closest to a full season. He sat out twice with shoulder trouble, still finishing seventh in the league with 1,654 yards from scrimmage.— Tennessee Titans rookie Isaiah Wilson has been arrested and charged with drunken driving after authorities say he was spotted doing “donuts” in an intersection before crashing into a concrete wall. The offensive lineman was arrested Friday night and released Saturday morning. According to the arrest warrant, Wilson told the officer he was having issues with a back tire, but he struggled with the field sobriety tests. The No. 29 pick overall in April out of Georgia currently is on the reserve-COVID list for the second time. He started training camp on the list before being removed Aug. 3 and was placed on the list again on Sept. 6. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 FOOTBALL-SCHEDULEWilliams’ 3 TDs help No. 18 UNC pull away from Syracuse 31-6UNDATED (AP) — Javonte Williams ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and No. 18 North Carolina overcame a mistake-filled performance to beat Syracuse 31-6 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. — Mark Newman, a key front office executive for the New York Yankees during their run of five World Series titles from 1996 through 2009, was found dead Saturday at his home in Tampa, Florida. He was 71. The Yankees said it was not clear whether he died Friday or Saturday. The team was not sure of the cause. A moment of silence was observed before Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.ITALIAN OPEN-SERENA WITHDRAWSSerena Williams withdraws from Rome with Achilles injuryROME (AP) — Four-time champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open, citing the Achilles issue that bothered her in a loss to Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open semifinals.Williams took a medical timeout for a tape job on her Achilles during her three-set loss on Thursday. September 12, 2020 The Lakers lead Houston 3-1 in their Western Conference semifinal series and could clinch their spot in the West finals with a win on Saturday night at Walt Disney World.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSVegas tries to even series in Game 4EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in Game 4 of the Western Conference final Saturday. Dallas leads the series 2-1 after winning Game 3 in overtime on the strength of 38 saves from goalie Anton Khudobin.The Knights and Stars became the first teams in the modern era (since 1943-44) to exchange shutouts in the first two games of a conference semifinal of final series. Game 3 was scoreless until the closing seconds of the second period. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia suspended 11 players for its season opener Saturday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Coach Neal Brown announced the suspensions Saturday before the Mountaineers played at home against Eastern Kentucky. The school would not specify what the players did, except to say this is not related to the coronavirus.Among them were slot wide receivers T.J. Simmons and Isaiah Esdale, tight ends T.J. Banks and Mike O’Laughlin, and two starting offensive linemen, center Chase Behrndt and left tackle Junior Uzebu.Also suspended were backup offensive linemen Zach Davis and Tairiq Stewart, backup wide receiver Zack Dobson and long snapper JP Hadley. Freshman cornerback Vincent Okloli was the lone suspended player on defense. NFL-NEWS
With six tackles and one tackle for a loss, Beau Allen (96) and the Badgers’ defensive tackles have made their presence known outside of personal stats. The group contributed in a big way to bottling up the Utah State running game to 127 yards, almost 100 yards less than the Aggies’ season average.[/media-credit]Quantity doesn’t always equal quality.When it comes to measuring a player’s impact in any sport, a particular focus – sometimes even to the level of obsession – is paid on statistics.So it comes as no surprise that the Badgers’ defensive tackles haven’t received the credit they deserve for their impact in shaping the team’s season thus far. Maybe that’s the reason junior defensive tackle Beau Allen offered thanks when it was revealed a feature was being written on the group.“It’s a thankless position,” Allen said.Bearing the brute of the workload up front, Allen and fellow starter Ethan Hemer don’t have the stats in tackles or sacks that will make your eyes pop out of their sockets like a standout defensive end or linebacker, but their importance remains immeasurably high.Take, for example, the season opener against Northern Iowa. With the score in favor of the Badgers 26-21 and the Panthers on the Wisconsin 41-yard line, the team needed a standout effort to close the books on their FCS opponent. On a fourth and one, Hemer delivered, bull-rushing the guard into the backfield, batting down Northern Iowa’s attempted pass and sealing the Wisconsin win.It was Hemer’s observation, however, that served as the preamble to the decisive moment.“What happened was I knew [the offensive guard] was weak with the shake move, so I wanted to do the shake move and power to his inside,” Hemer said. “So it was fourth-down and we needed a stop so I knew his weakness and wanted to exploit that. … We’re a defensive line that takes it upon themselves to study weaknesses and know what works best to make plays on Saturday.”And playing a position with the constant challenge of facing double-teams from opponents’ offensive lines, film study serves as a critical tool for success. Countless hours lost in the film room help reveal the tendencies and weaknesses that defensive tackles prey on. And while they might not get the headlines and press at the end of the game, the Badgers’ defensive tackles always leave their mark on the game.How? With, ironically, two key stats.Through three games, Badger opponents have ran a combined 85 run plays against 116 pass plays. With a rush defense that’s holding opponents to an average of 82 yards per game – the 18th best total in the nation – it’s no surprise team’s favor the pass against this defense. Utah State, one of the undoubtedly better nonconference teams to visit Camp Randall in recent years, came into last weekend’s game averaging 214.5 yards on the ground per game. Against the Badgers’ defense, the Aggies were contained to just 127 yards.Another area the Badgers’ defensive tackles have made noticeable strides is in their pass rush. There were several instances where Hemer, Allen or Warren Herring pushed their man a yard or two deep into the pocket against Utah State, forcing the quarterback to break from the pocket.Herring especially has been a key component to the Badgers’ recent success in the pass game. A physical specimen at 6-foot-3 and 278 pounds, the redshirt sophomore made the switch coming into the 2012 season from defensive end to defensive tackle when junior Jordan Kohout was forced to end his playing career due to a series of smaller strokes he suffered during the spring linked to migraine headaches.The Badgers No. 3 defensive tackle in the rotation has made the most of his time, showing flashes of a rare combination of speed and strength in the inside, just one of the many reasons defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator Charlie Partridge are pleased with his groups push up the middle.“It’s been good,” Partridge said. “I think the guys are anxious to get the production we want and we’re close, we’re right there so I’m excited to see where we go.”For Allen and the rest of his group, there might not be the glitz and glam that comes with other positions, but the importance of their job, and their success doing it, remains the same.“I had one assisted tackle last game, and I don’t even really care,” Allen said. “It’s one thing if I think I’m missing plays and missing opportunities, but if you’re not really getting opportunities … I think my one tackle was all that I maybe could have made. You just have to be aware of the fact that you’re a guy in the middle, and you have a very important role that might not be all the glory and all the lights, but that’s not what it’s really about for us. We just try to do our best and help out our defense.”
Just when they thought the end was near, former Badger swimmers Ashley Wanland and senior Michael Weiss held on to their dreams and turned them into a reality. Earlier this month, USA Swimming added them to the 2012-13 United States national team roster.After graduating this spring, Wanland thought she had seen the last of her competitive swimming days. For 15 years, it was most of what she knew and nearly all she did.Reflecting on the past two months, Wanland admitted she experienced a wide range of emotions. As she geared up to accomplish two huge milestones – becoming a Wisconsin alumnus and swimming at the U.S. Olympic Trials – it was difficult to imagine what life would be like if she was to hang up the towel.“Not only do I love to race, I also love being surrounded by such a hardworking and talented group of men and women,” Wanland said. “After I was told I made the U.S. national team, I was extremely happy because I thought the swimming door that was once closed was open again.”Wanland finished her senior campaign with infectious effort and some of the strongest finishes of her career.She is currently ranked 16th in the world in the 100-meter breaststroke, timing in at 59.17 seconds at the 2012 Big Ten Championships, her final collegiate race. Wanland also won the 200 medley with a time of 1:37.34 at the same event. The Long Grove, Ill., native earned All-American honorable mention honors after her performance in the 400 medley relay (3:34.78) at last year’s NCAA Championships.Wanland called her parents and siblings her biggest fans and attributed her success to the passion she puts into her gift as well as the sacrifices her family has made as her swimming career has progressed. “I feel proud that the hard work I put into the sport paid off,” she said. “Being a part of this Wisconsin team is a very special privilege. Hopefully this gives my teammates confidence that anyone through hard work and commitment can also make the national team.”Standing proudly alongside his former teammate Wanland, Weiss is a senior Wisconsin swimmer and All-American who has dominated the 400 individual medley. At the 2012 U.S. Open in Indianapolis, Weiss won the 400 IM, clocking in at 4:15.79.But the win that secured him the 23rd fastest time in the world didn’t end his career day. It also played a key role in helping him land a spot on the U.S. roster and on the 2013 World University Games roster, set to begin in July 2013 in Kazan, Russia. The 400 IM is a traditionally strong event for the United States, with swimming stars like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte powering recent Olympic teams.During his time at Wisconsin, Weiss has developed a deep focus, something to which he attributed much of his success.“Before a race, I stretch out and get as relaxed and pumped up as possible,” Weiss said. “I never listen to music before I race because no song can get me as pumped up as [the] thousands of people cheering in the stands.”Along with the growth in leadership and maturity he has gained while swimming for the Badgers, Weiss has broken two school records. He finished third in the 400 IM and placed in the top 16 in the 200 breaststroke at last year’s NCAA Championships.“It has been a goal of mine for many years to make the U.S. national team and is a dream come true now that it has finally happened,” Weiss said. “I grew up in a swimming family and I’ve been swimming my entire life. It is in my blood, and it’s what I do.”Guiding the two Badger swimmers to a spot on the national team is head coach Whitney Hite, who is heading into his second season at UW. After athletic director Barry Alvarez named Hite head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams in May 2011, he came prepared to catapult this program to a higher level of success.Known for his intensity, Hite explained his approach in helping the Wisconsin swimming program continue to produce national team-level success.“There is an expectation of personal excellence, whether it be in the pool or the classroom; we just want you to be the best you can be,” Hite said. “If you set a record, gain five points in a meet or have a 4.0 grade point average, it’s all about maximizing your potential.”When asked about what it means both personally and to the Wisconsin program to have two of his pupils named to the national team roster, the coach gleamed with emotion as he described the accomplishment.“It’s a huge deal. It’s an honor,” Hite said. “It is the best team in the world and to have two people on it is outstanding. Michael and Ashley are both deserving and have embraced the pursuit of personal excellence.”
Britain’s Anthony Joshua and Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko have agreed to fight each other, with an announcement expected in a couple of days, promoter Eddie Hearn announced yesterday.According to Hearn, the heavyweight fight needs to be sanctioned, with Joshua’s IBF belt and potentially the WBA and WBO titles on the line.“Terms are virtually there,” he said.On Wednesday, Britain’s Tyson Fury relinquished his WBA and WBO belts and his boxing licence was thensuspended.The British Boxing Board of Control (BBB of C) revoked Fury’s licence “pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical issues”, after the 28-year-old admitted he had been taking cocaine to help him deal with depression.Fury beat Ukraine’s Klitschko last November to win the WBA, IBF and WBO titles but withdrew from two scheduled rematches.Britain’s undefeated heavyweight champion Joshua, 27, was scheduled to defend his title on November 26 in Manchester.Hearn says the fight between Joshua and Klitschko will likely be held at the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena.Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Hearn added: “The deal between the fighters is there. The financial terms are agreed, there was a problem with US broadcasters but that has been sorted.“It is now a case of getting the paperwork and the sanctioning in order. Hopefully in a couple of days we will have the official announcement.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Share Submit Share Legacy Continues… Betway renews West Ham lead sponsorship May 24, 2019 Related Articles Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Operator CEOs head Betting on Sports Europe speaker line-up March 16, 2020 The Betway Group has announced that its employees have raised over £70,000 for one of its charity partners, the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS).EFDS works to make active lives possible by enabling organisations to support individual disabled people to be active and stay active for life. The national charity looks to a better future where everyone can enjoy the opportunities available. Established in September 1998, EFDS has a vision that disabled people are active for life. The funds raised will go towards the EFDS Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI), which supports facility providers to improve their services to become more inclusive to disabled people. IFI relies on sponsorship and fundraising to increase opportunities for disabled people to be active in their local areas. Also, volunteering opportunities, that enable more disabled people to take part in events.In 2016, over 100 Betway employees participated in the Silverstone Half Marathon raising £25,000 for the same charity.Commenting on this latest fund-raising achievement, Betway CEO Anthony Werkman, said: “We are really pleased to have raised over £70,000 for the English Federation of Disability Sport, and are proud of all Betway Group employees who have contributed to this worthy cause. “We are always looking to contribute to different charities and in 2018, our employees will vote on which charities Betway should partner with.”The West Ham United sponsor also announced that it is to donate almost £16,000 to the Jessie May Children’s Hospice At Home. The donation relates to Betway’s sponsorship of the UK Snooker Championship in York that concluded last week, where £10 was pledged for every century break – plus an extra £10 for every point scored over 100.
Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit Horse racing has enjoyed 200% growth in the Spanish market in the last five years, from €21 million in 2013 to a “non-dismissible” €90 million in online turnover during 2017.Online gaming revenue in Spain reached €560 million in 2017, with sports betting accounting for 55.57% of this figure. In play fixed odds and pre-event fixed odds betting made up most of the overall sports betting total, with 31.92% and 21.92% respectively, but horse racing came in third for betting with 1.04% of the revenues, well ahead of exchange betting and pool betting.OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez said: “Even though it is still a low portion of the total, horse racing betting grew at 200% YOY and continuous growth is expected due to more available and accessible streaming from the UK/ROI in Spain. The volume of business for horse racing came in at a non-dismissible €90 million, for a player that is not as exposed to the sport as we find in other countries.”Speaking at last week’s Betting on Football conference, Lopez also discussed the state of the retail market in Spain, which is bucking the trend in the UK by showing clear growth.“While volumes of sports betting online vs retail are almost double, relative growth is still quite similar,” said Lopez. “The online licences have requirements for high operator economic warranties to be given to the government. Bundled with the inability to create white labels online and the lower use of online payments by the Spanish consumers compared to the UK market, this gives a bigger chance to the retail operators to continue growing.”However, the CEO for OPTIMA, whose head office is based in Sevilla, admitted that retail betting will ultimately have its growth constrained by an acceleration of the online market, the number of locations and accessibility of the product.He added: “The online market is growing around 35% YOY. We have to consider the Spanish market shape, regarding regulations and the fact that it is a relatively new online market, which is completely different to the situation in the UK. Just compare total number of active players vs registrations between the two countries, and we clearly see there is still growth to be seen for the next few years.“The new regulations in different regions (online licences in Spain are mostly central, while retail is regional) permits growth, yet retail will have a limit as it is constrained by the number of locations and a much less accessible product.“In play betting is capturing around 32% of the revenues; clearly this is not the case in the retail business where the amounts of bets captured in play requires the customers to access a terminal or a cashier, whilst the availability of those is limited and customers must queue.”Lopez, who predicted that the number of new licensees to emerge from the ongoing 12-month licensing window in the country would be between 14 and 15, concluded by suggesting that OPTIMA’s iSHOP product could alleviate some of these retail constraints.With our new iSHOP product, the customers can bet with their own mobile/tablets while inside the venue,” said Lopez. “We hope that retail can maintain growth by applying innovation and new technology such as this to the market.” Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share
While Gruden’s intentions might have been OK, his method of getting the message across was questionable. NFL Network correspondent Mike Garafolo’s overwhelmingly positive spin of the incident was odd, too.One more on the #Raiders from Inside Training Camp on @nflnetwork: Jon Gruden’s attempt to “crush” COVID-19 included assistant Rich Bisaccia tricking the players into thinking Gruden had coronavirus. But it wasn’t a mean-spirited prank. There was a serious message behind it. pic.twitter.com/I832Zy5g2a— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 5, 2020It would be interesting to get the inside perspective of players on the call to determine how Gruden’s strategy was actually perceived. The Raiders are having another bizarre offseason despite most of their activities taking place virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Last week, coach Jon Gruden had special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia lie to players on a video call by telling them Gruden had been hospitalized with the coronavirus. It was an apparent ploy to get them to take the illness seriously. MORE: Full NFL opt-out listThe upcoming season will be the Raiders’ first in Las Vegas. They are still trying to replicate their 2016 success (12-4 record, wild-card berth) while hedging their bets on quarterback Derek Carr with the signing of Marcus Mariota. Carr was excellent in that campaign but suffered a late-season injury and hasn’t been regarded the same since then.The Raiders are slated to make their Vegas debut in Week 2 against the Saints.
ALGONA — Three men arrested in Kossuth County in the past week face third-degree kidnapping charges for allegedly trying to prevent a person from providing information to authorities.Criminal complaints filed on December 31, 2018, state that the alleged victim got into a car with Joshua James Smith and Austin Allan Hammond in the early morning hours of May 29, 2017, and was taken to a rural area of northwest Kossuth County and assaulted. Afterwards the alleged victim stated he wanted to go home and instead was taken to the Goose Lake Wildlife Area in far Northern Kossuth County and assaulted again. It is alleged that Christian Daniel Whitesell was present at Goose Lake and allowed for the victim to be assaulted for a second time.Hammond was arrested on January 4 by Algona Police while Smith and Whitesell were taken into custody by the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department on January 7. Third Degree Kidnapping is a Class C Felony. Hammond is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Kossuth County Court on January 15 while Smith and Whitesell are scheduled to appear on January 18.
Rooney added: “The United fans need to be a bit patient with what’s going on and let these players try and prove themselves.“They need to bring some players in, they need to also get rid of some players, and within two or three years they have to be challenging again.”Derby, managed by former Dutch international midfielder Phillip Cocu, are 13th in the second-tier Championship and while Rooney knows the Rams are underdogs, he believes they can surprise his old club.While enjoying his current role as Derby’s playmaker from a deeper midfield position, Rooney has his eye on a long-term future in the dugout.“I think it’s a shame when you see great players walking away and not really having a go at management or coaching,” he said.“I’m a player first and foremost and then a coach, to try and learn to help me in the long run.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United fans to be patient, saying it could take “two or three years” before they return to the top of the game.Rooney, United’s record scorer with 253 goals, is set to face his old club in the FA Cup fifth round when the Red Devils travel to Derby on Thursday.He spent 13 years at Old Trafford, during which he won every domestic honour along with the Champions League and the Europa League.Rooney, 34, returned to boyhood club Everton in 2017 before embarking on a spell with Major League Soccer outfit DC United. He played his first game for Derby as a player-coach in January.The former England captain feels United are moving in the right direction under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but need time before they challenge for major honours.“It is going to take another two or three years, I believe,” Rooney told the British press. “The important thing is for them to try and get into the Champions League this year.“It is really tight at the minute. I think that will help them a lot if they can do that — but it is going to take time.”
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