“I think everyone expects a league title, FA Cup, Champions League trophy and playing some good football. In that sense the pressure is full on but I think he knows what he is getting into. I don’t know him personally but he looks like a guy who will handle that.” Moyes does not officially take charge until July 1 but has already been familiarising himself with the set-up at the club. Recruitment of his backroom staff has yet to be finalised but assistant manager Mike Phelan and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele have already been moved on. More are expected to follow – coach Rene Meulensteen is virtually certain to depart despite being offered a role in charge of the youth set-up – as remnants of the Ferguson era are gradually whittled away. However, former United defender Henning Berg does not believe Moyes will have any issues putting his own stamp on things and gaining the respect of the players. “I don’t think (exerting his authority) will be a problem,” said the Norwegian, who had a brief spell in charge at Blackburn last season. “The way he leads I am 100 per cent sure he will have the respect and authority any way. I am sure he is looking forward to the job. Everyone says it will be very difficult after Sir Alex Ferguson – and it will be – but it is a great opportunity to be honest.” The Scot has the unenviable task of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, whose 26-year reign at Old Trafford was laden with silverware. Moyes did not manage to win a trophy during 11 years at Everton – admittedly working with a fraction of the Red Devils’ budget – but Van Nistelrooy said that would not be acceptable at his new club. “Success at Manchester United? It doesn’t matter which manager it is you need to compete on all fronts so that will be expected of him and I don’t think that will be a surprise (to Moyes),” he said. Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has warned new manager David Moyes everyone associated with the club expects to win major trophies – and in style. Press Association
Does anybody in the history of this country embody the ideal of the American Dream quite like Hulk Hogan?Seriously, I found myself pondering this while researching for an upcoming story earlier this week (hint: ArtsEtc. on Thursday … ooooh yeaaaah!). Where else could a guy named Terry who wears tights, sports platinum blond hair, a vicious Fu Manchu and a serious case of male pattern baldness somehow rise to be one of our country’s most well-known and beloved cultural icons? Since he first came onto the national scene in the early ’80s — whether you believe it to be with his entrance to the WWF in 1981, his part in Rocky III in 1983, or his first WWF championship in 1984 — Hogan has been ingrained in American society.From “Hulkamania” to movies, to television series, to reality shows and now even to pop music, Hogan has his fingerprints all over our culture. The phenomenon that is professional wrestling would never have reached the level of popularity that it has soared to without Hogan.Whereas in Latin American countries lucha libre is highly popular, with masked luchadores acting like stunt devils performing high-risk and acrobatic maneuvers on each other in the ring, Hogan managed to make the slow, lumbering, terribly-contrived and phony style of wrestling practiced in America one of the most popular “sports” around.Think about it. Hogan filled the old Pontiac Silverdome with 90,000-plus people to watch him throw fake punches and body slam a 500-pound man (who incidentally never got much more than 11 inches off the mat, making it more of a body roll than a body slam) for a victory that was decided months before the spectators arrived.Hogan, born Terry Bollea, didn’t just reach the pinnacle of the professional wrestling world (he was so popular he held the WWF Championship for over four years; no one since has held it for more than one), but he did it while wrestling poorly.That is part of what makes Hogan’s story so great. He can’t even wrestle. He has a more limited repertoire of moves than George Costanza and is reputed to be one of the worst fakers in a sport that is built around acting.No, he built his palace of popularity on charisma, despite the fact that his vocabulary at times seemed to really have only one word: Brother. He marched around well. Played to the crowd well and ripped his shirt off better than anyone in the history of shirt ripping.And how fitting is it that his entrance music was the song “Real American.” That isn’t a coincidence.Hogan became almost a religious figure, as at one point he started preaching his “demandments” (brother!). These included saying your prayers and taking your vitamins: not exactly the stuff that usually sells like iPods.Hogan didn’t stop there, though. He became a movie star, albeit a terrible one, turning in clunkers like “Thunder in Paradise,” “Santa With Muscles,” “No Holds Barred,” “Mr. Nanny” and “Three Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain.” Of course, the movies were terrible, but he still made them and still got paid to do so (I know, it’s hard to believe).Even more mind-boggling is the fact that one of those stink bombs got turned into a series, “Thunder in Paradise,” which ran for a year. The plot: Hogan has a high-tech boat and punches villains. The result: cancelled after one season.And now, Hogan is still in the spotlight; after off-and-on stints with wrestling, he now has a reality show, VH1’s “Hogan Knows Best.” And just to top it all off, his daughter is now a pop singer. So let’s recap: A bleach-blonde baldy without a college degree and with a killer ‘stache who can’t wrestle climbs to the top of the professional wrestling world and leap frogs from there to make waves (or ripples) in virtually every facet of Hollywood society he chooses, which is why his later handle “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan is so fitting. More than 20 years after it was originally born, Hulkamania lives on, refusing to die — very much like Ugg boots, the Rolling Stones and “The Real World” — and continuing to seep into our culture. Case in point: approximately 15 minutes before kickoff of both of the first two Badger football contests, the starting lineups were announced by the public address announcer.Badger players introductions had a video accompaniment with somewhat humorous gestures, such as tight end Andy Crooks getting water thrown in his face or linebacker Jonathan Casillas leveling a teammate before coming on screen.I explain this since only a few fans were there to see it. That isn’t a criticism at all (everyone should get to Camp Randall whenever they feel it fit to go, whether that be 45 minutes early to watch the players warm up or whether they show up at halftime. If people don’t want to be there, they wouldn’t make very good fans and supporters, anyway), it’s just a fact.Anyway, there was one player intro that stood out among the rest: defensive end Matthew Shaughnessy, who in obvious reference to Hogan jumped on the screen, tore off a t-shirt that said “Badgermania” and proceeded to strike a couple of the Hogan’s signature poses.Dusty Rhodes might’ve been nicknamed the “American Dream,” but nobody, and I mean nobody, has even better exemplified the ideal of the American Dream than the Hulkster. And that is the fifth demandment, brother!
Should Wisconsin defeat Oregon during Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. match at the UW Field House, it will face one of two capable teams in Miami (Fla.) or Iowa State, each set to test the Badgers.Iowa State and Miami will commence first-round action at 5 p.m. in the Field House, a match Wisconsin will watch closely.Miami – 21-9 overall, 14-6 ACCThe Hurricanes have shown glimpses of being a competitive team, but more often than not fall to opponents who put pressure on them.Miami spent the entire season unranked and is 2-2 in ranked matches this season, but hasn’t defeated an opponent in the top 15, let alone faced one. Their best win was a 3-1 victory over No. 17 Florida State, who they’d previously lost to 3-2. But an impressive five-set victory over Wisconsin rival No. 20 Purdue early in the season is nothing to overlook.Junior setter Haley Templeton averaged 10.72 assists per match for fourth-best in the ACC, but it’s a conference that has only three ranked teams — none of which fall in the top 15. Despite Templeton’s ability to distribute, the Hurricanes’ attacking will be matched by Wisconsin’s defense, should they advance.Only four hitters on Miami’s roster average more than two kills per set, while only another two average more than one kill per set. A narrowed focus in hitting is not something this Miami team can afford going into the postseason, especially since they only average 13.33 kills per set.The Badgers are No. 23 in the nation in blocks per set (2.76) and would handle the Hurricanes’ scheme with ease and complete net coverage.On the other side of the ball, there is not much of a presence. Miami finds itself in the bottom half of the ACC in blocks, opponent hitting percentage and digs. Wisconsin is 23rd in the nation in hitting percentage and 19th in the nation in kills per set.Iowa State – 18-10 overall, 11-5 Big 12The Cyclones, despite beginning the season ranked No. 21, failed to capitalize on their strong starting position. But they are a very young and promising team that could last longer than expected.Iowa State is 1-6 against ranked opponents, recording their only win against No. 25 Texas A&M back in September. That experience, however, could make Iowa State the favorite against Miami.All of those six losses came against Nebraska (No. 4), Texas (No. 3 and 5), Kansas (No. 10) and Colorado State (No. 12) — very competitive teams. Having been through matches like these, the Cyclones have been better prepared than Miami, whose highest ranked opponent in 2015 was No. 17 Florida State.The Cyclones’ net presence has made them a formidable opponent. They currently sit with the fourth-best opponent hitting percentage and second most digs in the Big 12. But their blocks are second to last in the conference, which spells a lot of trouble should they face Wisconsin in the second round.Even with an average defense, however, Iowa State’s offense will propel them in later rounds. Eight players average one or more kills per set, and they are ranked No. 45 in most kills per set as a team in the country with 13.94. Freshman outside hitter Jess Schaben averages 3.21 kills per set to lead her team, and will have a lot of defensive focus put onto her.Sophomore setter Monique Harris averaged more than 10 assists per set, but the question remains whether she can continue to produce the numbers she closed out the season with in a tougher environment.PredictionWith the experience Iowa State had during the regular season, expect them to be better prepared than Miami. Despite posting a 1-6 record against ranked opponents, those losses came to four teams within the top 10 and a Colorado State team ranked No. 12. The experience from those games is invaluable and can speed development of younger players in the case of Iowa State, similar to the process at Wisconsin.Not to mention the disparities between the ACC and Big 12.Of the five Big 12 teams in the tournament, two are seeded in the top 10. The ACC only sent three teams to the tournament.Playing in a tougher conference can certainly account for a deflated record in the case of Iowa State and the opposite, an inflated record, for Miami.Iowa State’s offense is also miles ahead of Miami’s in its ability to distribute kills among players, sending the Hurricanes’ sub-par defense running across the court. On the other side of the ball, their skills in digging will supplement a lack of blocks and keep a timid Miami attack at bay.With that in mind, expect Iowa State to await the winner of Wisconsin against Oregon.
…suspect battling for life at GPHCA 36-year-old miner who allegedly attempted to rape his former employer is currently battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after he was shot three times by the woman.Reports are that late on Thursday night, the now wounded man was imbibing at his former employer’s premises at Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). Reports are at about 00:45h on Friday morning, the man sneaked into the woman’s mining camp and then entered her sleeping area as she was asleep. He allegedly attempted to remove her underwear when she woke up and reached for her firearm, which was in close range. The woman fired three shots towards her perpetrator. He received gunshot wounds to his stomach and arms.The police were subsequently contacted and the woman, who is a licensed firearm holder, informed the cops that she shot the man in self-defence.The suspect was rushed to the Mahdia Hospital but as a result of the extent of his injuries, he was air-dashed to the city and taken to the GPHC where his condition has been listed as critical.Meanwhile, the businesswoman is assisting Police with investigations.Just last month, a 46-year-old miner was hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, charged for engaging in sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent on August 10, 2018.Odingo Emanuel also known as “Dingo” of Bamadai Landing, was not required to plea to the charge when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann MacLennan.The matter was held in-camera.Bail was granted in the sum of $250,000 and the matter was then transferred to the Kamarang Magistrate’s Court.