RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Man U vs Norwich City Venue: Old Trafford Kick off: 4PMManchester United will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome struggling Norwich City to Old Trafford in the Premier League this afternoon. The Red Devils are without a victory in their last three matches in all competitions but are still fifth in the Premier League table and will fancy their chances of overcoming the Canaries this weekend. It has been a case of one step forward, two steps back for United this season, and it is difficult to imagine that pattern of results and performances changing between now and the summer. Back-to-back victories over Newcastle United and Burnley in their final two Premier League matches of 2019 would have seen the 20-time English champions arrive at Arsenal on New Year’s Day full of confidence. The performance at the Emirates Stadium was disappointing, though, as they suffered a 2-0 loss. Since then, they have drawn 0-0 with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup in addition to suffering a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final. The Red Devils were well beaten by Pep Guardiola’s side at Old Trafford and face a huge task to turn the tie around on January 29. When considering that United have only won eight of their 21 Premier League matches this season, it is a surprise that they are in a top-four race. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are fifth in the table as things stand, though, just five points off fourth-placed Chelsea, who have suffered seven league defeats this term. United are only four points above 10th-placed Arsenal, though, and could easily slide down the table with a couple of poor results. It would be a huge surprise if they fail to return to winning ways this weekend but breaking down sides that they are expected to beat has been a real issue. The Red Devils have only suffered one Premier League defeat at Old Trafford this season, though, and that came back in August against Crystal Palace. That said, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Everton have all left the Theatre of Dreams with something to show for their efforts this term. At the time of writing, no new players have arrived at the club this month despite their injury problems. The absence of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba have hurt them badly, while key centre-back Harry Maguire is set for a spell on the sidelines with a hip problem, leaving the team short in defence. There have been plenty of positives this season, though, with Marcus Rashford enjoying the finest campaign of his career. The England international has 17 goals in 29 appearances at club level this term and will surely be considered by Norwich to be the home side’s biggest threat this afternoon. Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial have also been impressive in the final third, but the lack of a provider from the number 10 spot has been a problem, with Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira all failing to convince in that area of the field during the 2019-20 campaign. It does appear that Solskjaer will be given time to make his mark regardless of what happens this season but anything other than a victory this weekend would lead to more discontent among the supporters. Norwich have lost their last two Premier League games against United, including a 3-1 defeat in the reverse match at Carrow Road earlier this season. That said, the Canaries famously recorded a 2-1 victory when they travelled to Old Trafford during the 2015-16 campaign. Cameron Jerome and Alexander Tettey scored the goals on that occasion, and it would be some story if the visitors could find a way of picking up all three points this afternoon. Daniel Farke’s side have only won three Premier League matches all season, though, collecting just 14 points in total to leave themselves bottom of the table heading into the next set of fixtures. Worryingly, they are now five points off 19th-placed Watford and sit seven points from Aston Villa in 17th. As it stands, last season’s Championship winners are the favourite to finish bottom of the pile, particularly when considering that they have not been victorious in the league since beating Everton on November 23. Norwich have overcome Manchester City this season, though, in addition to holding both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. All three of those results came at Carrow Road, however, and their away form has been disappointing. The Canaries will enter this match off the back of successive league draws with Tottenham and Crystal Palace, though, while they also recorded an impressive 4-2 victory over Preston North End in the FA Cup last Saturday. Farke’s side will not be the favourites to triumph this weekend, but they have a huge game at home to fellow strugglers Bournemouth on January 18 and sooner or later wins will have to arrive. The basement side is sweating on leading scorer Teemu Pukki’s fitness ahead of the clash at Old Trafford, meanwhile, and whether the in-form striker is available is likely to have a huge impact on the team’s confidence. Man U possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Jones, Williams, Matic, Fred, James, Pereira, Rashford, Martial. Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Hanley, Byram, Vrancic, Tettey, Buendia, McLean, Cantwell, Idah.Tags: Daniel FarkeEPLManchester UnitedNorwich CityOle Gunnar Solskjaer
Valve has announced its changes to the Dota 2 Pro Circuit for season 2018 – 2019 starting this September 2018.The only cheese you needTo help players, teams, and organizers prepare for the upcoming season, a few big changes are on the way, notably on ownership or shares of teams and DCP points, player movement penalties, team invites, qualifications and also season schedule.Teams and RostersTo be eligible for the season teams must register their roster by September 15th, 2018 at 10:00 AM PDT.No hard roster locks up until when The International Invites and Qualifiers start. From that point on teams will no longer be allowed to change their roster until the conclusion of the TI Main event with the rare exception to substitutes, subject to approval from Valve of course.Changing rosters during the season will no longer disqualify a team from DPC consideration either.Teams hold The International qualifying points instead of individual players.Teams are allowed to remove players (or players can decide to leave) at the cost of 20% of the teams current total DCP points per player removed.Adding a new player will not earn any additional points.If a team plays in a Pro Circuit event without their official five-man roster, the points earned for that event will be reduced by 40%.When playing in a Minor or Major qualifier, teams must always use at least 4 of their 5 registered players.Team Ownership & InvitesFollowing on shortly after the CS:GO ownership rules: In cases where one organization or person has ownership in multiple teams, only one of those teams will be eligible to compete in The International, regardless of DPC qualifying points.However, Valve is giving close to a year to all players, owners and shareholders to sort their business out.All teams can participate in the Pro Circuit Majors and Minors leading up to next year’s TI, but all ownership conflicts will need to be resolved prior to TI Regional Qualifiers. This includes cases in which players have financial ties to other teams.Minors and Major:Next season’s Minor and Major events will be held in pairs, with the qualifiers for each set to run in exclusively scheduled windows.There will be no direct invites to either Minors or Majors but in some cases, reserved slots will apply.The Major qualifier will run first, and teams who do not qualify for the Major will be eligible to compete in the Minor qualifiers a few days later.The winner of the Minor Main Event will have a reserved slot in the respective Major happening shortly afterwards.All Minors must feature at least eight teams, with a minimum of one qualifier per region.Majors must have at least sixteen teams, with at least two qualifiers per region.All teams that play in a Minor or Major will earn DPC points.Teams participating in the Minors will be required to work on the Visa application in advance of the tournament, in order to be able to make the Major if they win.Following these changes, Valve is currently accepting applications for all of the Minor and Major tournaments apart from the first Major in November.Reaction from the Dota 2 scene has been very positive so far and understandably so.Very happy to see Valve unequivocally and publicly tackle all potential conflict of interest issues for next year’s DPC.This is a big step in ensuring competitive integrity for future years— David Gorman (@LDeeep) June 4, 2018 One thing the blog post does not address is how Dota teams belonging to a region is defined. Will be a big topic with no more direct invites. In CSGO it is pretty clear by nationality.— Ulrich Schulze (@theflyingdj) June 4, 2018 Everything said in this blog post is fucking incredible news.– paired minors/majors– no ownership conflicts (xdruru)– no more hard locks – no more ‘join the team bring all the points xd!’Interesting that this suggests ESL Hamburg 2018 will not be a part of the DPC calendar https://t.co/vmtHQgNZ5F— Ben Steenhuisen (@followNoxville) June 4, 2018With some valuable remarks here and there while the changes dota 2 has announced to are, in some ways, heartening, i’m still a skeptic. until valve is willing to take more responsibility for the dota 2 scene (instead of just fiddling with its rule book), the company is kicking the can down the road.— will partin is such sweet sorrow (@william_partin) June 4, 2018Just remember Dota fans, this is all because of NoxvilleNot that I’m gonna take the credit for it (jk ofc I will), but in my interview with @olliering for @redbullesports (https://t.co/XOruAUEhdQ) in which I discussed improvements for the next DPC season, I suggested paired Minors/Majors as part of a cycle effort. pic.twitter.com/ipFFB04tUz— Ben Steenhuisen (@followNoxville) June 4, 2018Full release including dates for upcoming Major and Minor events can be found here.Esports Insider says: With a very specific schedule set out for next season it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Tier 1 teams at every event, allowing for additional third-party events in between giving room to up-and-comers to make their mark. However, this could also just leave the newcomers without a chance if the tournament organisers don’t take the bait and only focus on Minors and Majors.Sign up to our newsletter! Great to see Valve extending the conflict of interest rules regarding ownership to Dota 2 as well. I wonder how that will impact on the scene ahead of next year’s International.https://t.co/WbgSGlAXsr— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) June 4, 2018
“People don’t really understand why I left,” she said. “I really thought it was important for me to live in a different part of the country; live in the Midwest. And it’s really pretty fun. “There are so many good swimmers in California who don’t get a chance to swim as much as they want to in college because they aren’t willing to look outside of the state. Every swim program in the country would love to bring in California kids.” They’ll be flying out to New York next week, as the Cardinals compete in the Big East swim meet Feb. 14 on Long Island. And if Abby had to bet, they’ll bring quite a few signs with them. “Every school has parents doing cheers, making noisemakers, sings, all sorts of crazy stuff,” Miller said. “My mom gets into it, too. I know she’ll bring signs – she used to make signs as big as our garage.” Louisville, in its second year in the Big East, is regarded as an up-and-coming program. A lot of that excitement is due to Miller, who set school records in the 200-meter butterfly and 400 IM as a freshman and is expected to notch a couple more this week. Miller’s versatility makes her a key cog for the Cardinals. Along with swimming the IM and the fly, Miller swims in the 500 freestyle along with various relays. “I think we are ready to really do some things,” Miller said. “Last year we were new and no one knew what was really going on. The seniors weren’t used to that type of competition and as a freshman, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. “We got to compete in dual meets against conference teams this year, so we’ll have a better idea of what to expect.” It was the prospect of helping build a program from scratch that really got Miller pumped up about Louisville. She started hearing from colleges as a junior in high school while swimming for Industry Hills Aquatics and preparing for the 2004 Olympic Trials. The first school that came calling was Auburn, which won the NCAA championship last season and has captured four of the last five titles. A lot of swimmers would have jumped at the opportunity to swim for that program, but Miller wasn’t one of them. Instead, she bought in to the prospect of building with the Cardinals. “Auburn is great, but I felt that I would just be another number there,” Miller said. “I really wanted to be part of building something up, so when I visited Louisville, everything fell perfectly into place.” Besides trudging through the snow, everything is ideal for Miller. Louisville, a metro area of 1.2 million people according to the 2000 census, doesn’t have a major professional team, so the city’s rooting energy is channeled into the Cardinals. That support goes to all athletics, something Miller knows wouldn’t happen back home. “It’s amazing how much energy people pour into the university,” Miller said. “I’ll be walking around wearing a Louisville jacket and people will come up, asking what sport I play, wishing me good luck and telling me that they’ll come to a meet. There are a ton of schools in L.A. but that kind of stuff doesn’t happen there at all. “It’s just a cool thing to be a part of.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As far as Louisville swimmer Abby Miller is concerned, there’s a whole other world outside California to discover. That’s the answer that the sophomore from Diamond Bar gives everyone who asks her why she would leave Southern California for a Big East school in Kentucky. But it’s not a company line – Miller truly believes that going away for college is important. Of course, living in Louisville, situated across the Ohio River from Indiana and 75 miles southwest of Cincinnati, can have its drawbacks. The past few weeks in particular have been brutal, as Louisville – like the rest of the Midwest and the Ohio River Valley – has been engulfed in sub-freezing weather. “I have to wear 10 coats to go outside,” Miller said. “It’s as cold as it’s been since I’ve been here. The snow is kind of gross because it’s not melting and it’s gotten kind of dirty. I’m definitely not used to it.” Born in Chicago, Miller has spent all the time she can remember in Southern California. So when it came time to looking for colleges, Miller didn’t have much interest in sticking around. “I know what California is about, I lived there,” Miller said. “I saw college as a time for me to go to an entirely new environment and see what it was like.” It’s not as if Miller is totally forsaking her home, though. She still has constant contact with her parents, Jack and Cathy, who have racked up frequent-flier miles supporting their daughter.