Fletcher on the road back

September 21, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgManchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has taken a big step forward in his recovery from a debilitating bowel condition, manager David Moyes has said. Press Association Fletcher last played for the first team on Boxing Day last year. Moyes said: “I think with the nature of his illness, everyone should be hoping he comes back. “It is the sort of thing that, whatever walk of life you are in, you want to see people make recoveries from illness or other things that are wrong with them. “Darren has shown that with the right medical treatment, by looking after yourself and doing the right training you can get back to where you were.” Two players back in the first-team picture are experienced centre-backs Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. The pair have both had fitness issues but played together for the first time since the infamous derby loss to Manchester City in September in the midweek Capital One Cup win over Norwich. They could now both feature against Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Barclays Premier League this weekend. Moyes said: “I think they are both very close. They played against Premier League opposition in midweek, they both played 90 minutes. “I can’t see any reason why they wouldn’t be ready to be selected or be involved.” England international Danny Welbeck will not be involved in London as he continues his recovery from a knee problem. Moyes said: “Danny Welbeck has had a bit of fluid on his knee. “He has trained a few days this week and he is certainly getting much closer to match fitness but he will not travel this weekend.” But Moyes insists the Scotland international will not be rushed as he eases back into a routine of training and playing. Fletcher made his first appearance for United at any level in 10 months on Monday as he played 67 minutes for the under-21s against Fulham at Salford. The 29-year-old has featured little since being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in December 2011. He did return to make 10 appearances for United, as well as three for Scotland, last season but his comeback was put on hold as he underwent surgery in January. Moyes said: “It is great to get Darren back. “It was the first time he pulled on a jersey in a competitive reserve league game (since the operation) and we’re really pleased. “We will bring him along, his training is coming along well, but we don’t want to do anything that might give him a setback. “It is a sort of steady, slow grind for him just now. “But we are pleased and hope to involve him in the upcoming reserve games in the weeks to come, if he continues to do as well as he is doing now.” Moyes has sensed a strong desire within the game to see Fletcher, a former United trainee, back in action soon. last_img read more

Louis Cross nets 1st goal of season with parents in attendance from England

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Published on October 13, 2015 at 11:09 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus SU Soccer Stadium was empty — save for one player and two adoring fans. Syracuse defender Louis Cross held a cellphone out in front of the three and snapped a picture as the man and woman decked out in Syracuse apparel, including bright orange scarves, smiled widely next to him.Cross’ parents, Tony and Joanne, traveled thousands of miles from England to watch him play — like they do once every year. They’re in the middle of a two-week trip in which they’ll get to watch six of SU’s games.In front of his parents, Cross netted his first goal of the season and shut down Bowling Green forward Pat Flynn, who came into the game tied for fifth in the country in goals and tied for sixth in points.Cross’ play helped the No. 16 Orange (9-3-1, 2-2-1 Atlantic Coast) shut out the Falcons (6-6-1, 0-1-0 Mid-American) and hold them to just four shots — two on goal — in the 3-0 victory at SU Soccer Stadium on Tuesday.“Usually we’re watching these games after midnight so I’m normally watching it in bed,” Tony Cross said. “If he had scored I could see that a cup of coffee would’ve ended up all over the bedding.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We were up and down. We jumped and probably ruined everybody else’s night.”From the start of the game, Cross matched up with Flynn one-on-one. When the forward tried to sneak behind the backline Cross was there to jab out his right foot and stop the pass. And when Flynn’s teammates tried sending long balls into him Cross consistently headed them away.When the Orange offense was maintaining possession of the ball, SU head coach Ian McIntyre constantly yelled to Cross to “squeeze up some.” The result was Cross forcing turnovers in the midfield and sustaining the Syracuse offensive possession.One of Bowling Green’s best chances of the game came in the first half when forward Tate Robertson headed a cross on goal. But Cross was standing just a few feet in front of the goal line and kicked it away.“I don’t think they had any shots that were actually inside the box,” Cross said. “We limited them to just the outside area. They didn’t create anything behind the defense.”When Flynn was substituted out in the first half, Bowling Green head coach Eric Nichols pulled him aside, barking tips into his ear and pointing to where Cross was standing on the field.The second half was much of the same with SU stifling Flynn and the entire Falcons offense. Robertson tried dropping behind SU’s defense more, Cross said, but he and the rest of the back line were able to keep the Bowling Green offense quiet.With 15 minutes left in the game Cross contributed on the offensive end, too. Midfielder Julian Buescher’s shot was blocked by two defenders and Cross crashed into the box to knock the ball out of the air for the goal.“The last couple of days we’ve been giving Louis a hard time,” McIntyre said. “It’s nice for him to chip especially when his mom and dad were here. It was a quality strike from about 2 inches.”After the game, Cross was announced as the man of the match. He signed posters for fans, then greeted his parents — receiving a kiss on the cheek from his mom — before doing interviews with reporters.As Cross was interviewed, his dad stepped onto the field to capture the moment with more pictures, capping the special evening.“To come out here and see him play is extremely special,” Tony Cross said. “And to see him score is fantastic.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Raid caps graffiti case

January 11, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe raid produced evidence that suggests the crew may have evolved into a criminal street gang, Bistline said. Bistline said Mendoza is a member of a Los Angeles gang and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and a sawed-off shotgun. Calderon, a student at Mission College in Sylmar, was found at a Sunland home where authorities said they also seized marijuana and a .22-caliber firearm. The investigation was launched by Detective Bob Schneider of the Santa Clarita station and Detective Greg Bruner of the Palmdale station. Schneider contacted Bruner after noticing a rash of graffiti at Interstate5 near Highway126. “The thing that some people don’t understand about graffiti is property values plummet when people see this,” Bistline said. “It’s a (crime) that we take very seriously up here.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Three tagging suspects were arrested in an early-morning raid Thursday and a fourth was expected to surrender later in a six-week investigation of $400,000 in graffiti vandalism from the Antelope Valley to Ventura, authorities said. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Joseph Mendoza, 27; Carlos Chave, 26; and Joshua Calderon, 23, all of Palmdale, on suspicion of felony vandalism. Another suspect, whose name was not released, was contacted by phone and agreed to surrender, authorities said. The four are suspected of causing at least $400,000 damage in the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, Mojave and Ventura. Deputies said targets included the historic Freedom Train in Mojave, which served as a traveling museum in the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. “In terms of dollar amount, they were the most prolific (graffiti crew),” sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Bistline said. last_img read more