Ferguson: City’s title a motivation

first_img If United overcome relegation-threatened Aston Villa at Old Trafford tonight, it will clinch a record 20th championship. As they will still have four games remaining, it completes an admirable recovery from that gut-wrenching end to the previous campaign. “We had a big job to do,” said Ferguson. “The way we lost it, and the fact it was City, gave us an incentive. You have to admire the focus we have shown this season. We are resilient and the consistency has been good.” Press Association He added: “Like all the previous teams, they never give in. That is a fact. It is the history of the club more than anything. Once they have been here two or three years, the players buy into it. These are the qualities that have helped them to be where they are just now.” Not that Ferguson will be declaring the season over even if the champagne corks are popping in the home dressing room. The Scot intends to keep his men driving on, eager to eclipse the Premier League points record of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, who amassed 95 points in 2005. “There won’t be any slacking off,” said Ferguson. “(The record) is not beyond us at all. Can Manchester United win five games in a row? How many times have we done that?” Ferguson’s longevity allows him to plan ahead in a manner most of his counterparts cannot. For instance, in January he secured the services of Wilfried Zaha, knowing he could afford to leave the England Under-21 winger on loan at Crystal Palace, furthering his education in the Eagles’ Championship play-off push. And Ferguson is also keen to offer praise to striker Javier Hernandez, perhaps the most vulnerable member of his strikeforce given how highly the Mexican is regarded across Europe and his relatively low number of key starts. “We hope he feels as though he has made a contribution because we do,” said Ferguson. “It is not easy picking players when you have a squad of 26 and every one is an international. “But Javier has scored 16 goals and when he came on at West Ham the other night his movement was terrific. He has got that in his locker all the time. His enthusiasm to play is always there.” center_img Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted the fact Manchester United lost their Premier League title to Manchester City last season provided added incentive to get it back.last_img read more

Waugh says West Indies will provide realistic gauge for Australia

first_imgLONDON – Steve Waugh has warned Australia that the West Indies’ array of stroke-makers and aggressive bowlers will pose the first serious threat to the World Cup holders.Former Australia captain Waugh was impressed with the no-nonsense way his country defeated minnows Afghanistan by seven wickets in their opening match on Saturday.But the 54-year-old believes the West Indies will provide a much sterner test when they meet at Trent Bridge on Thursday.Led by flamboyant opener Chris Gayle, who thumped 50 runs off 34 balls, the West Indies wasted little time polishing off Pakistan by seven wickets after bowling them out for 105 in their first match.It was an impressive show of strength from the two-time champions, and Waugh is intrigued to see how Australia fare against one of the tournament’s most talented but unpredictable teams.The West Indies will provide a more realistic gauge on how the team are tracking, for they possess a squad full of match-winners that can dominate if they gain any sense of ascendancy in a match,” Waugh wrote in a column on the International Cricket Council’s media page.“They are the most watchable team in the tournament, with a batting line-up that can kidnap any bowling attack with brute force.“No ground is big enough when this behemoth of a batting order clicks into overdrive, but they also have a vulnerability against high-quality bowling as they tend to play one-dimensional at times.”As well as their powerful batsmen, two-time World Cup winner Waugh was also impressed by the West Indies’ pace attack, which bludgeoned Pakistan into submission with a bouncer barrage.Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and Jason Holder proved too hot for Pakistan to handle and Waugh said: “For the first time in a long while, they have fast-bowling depth.“Every side in this tournament will be wary of playing the Windies, and I wouldn’t want to face them in a knockout match.They are the sort of team that, if they get on a roll and build some momentum, then they could win it all.”“They are the sort of team that, if they get on a roll and build some momentum, then they could win it all.” (Cricketer International)last_img read more

Thunder Bay Arts Council Celebrates 45 Years With Public Sculpture: ‘Departure’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Alpena Aplex was full of music and dinner as the Thunder Bay Arts Council celebrated it’s 45th anniversary. The anniversary dinner was held to unveil the Alpena sculptured bikeway, walkway bicentennial project.This year the sculpture was themed “Departure.” Created by Ann Gildner, President of the Thunder Bay Arts Council, Tim Kuehnlein said the council wanted to leave a legacy with the new public sculpture to remind everyone that the arts is still important in the community.“Arts and culture grounded in the tourist industry are a must for any community that is multifaceted and diversified in the economic base. I think Alpena and Northeast Michigan get that. We will be there; we’ve been there from the beginning of this. Not just us, but art in the loft, the theaters, museum, NOAA. It’s really amazing what this community and this little part of northeast Michigan or I should say this corner of Michigan has to offer,” Kuehnlein said.A board member for over 7 years, Karen McConnell said the art in Alpena is truly unique.“I think it’s very unique that we have two theaters that we can go to. Our high school gives wonderful plays, and we have great shows. There’s always something going on in Alpena musically. The Besser Museum has so much wonderful things to offer and there’s so much going on that if you can’t find something to do, I think you’re not looking,” McConnell said.If you’re looking for the public sculpture the piece will be completed by September and located at the downtown bi path. The Thunder Bay Arts Council was founded in 1972 and is the longest art council in the state of Michigan.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Arts, Bi Path, Happy Birthday, Thunder Bay Arts CouncilContinue ReadingPrevious Rogers City Student, Dy’Shauna Rutherford Wins 2nd Annual Student Film Competition: ‘BioDiversityIs-Unity’Next Avenue of Flags Coming Soonlast_img read more