Rooney ruled out of Sweden trip

first_img This is the second injury to have affected Rooney this pre-season. The player flew home from Thailand earlier in July with a hamstring injury. Nemanja Vidic will skipper the United side in Sweden after missing the first leg of the tour due to a sciatica problem, while Portuguese winger Bebe, signed for £7.4million in 2010 but who has yet to start a game in the Barclays Premier League, is also in the squad. Squad: Lindegaard, Amos; Rafael, Evans, Evra, Jones, Smalling, Vidic; Anderson, Bebe, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Zaha; Henriquez, Kagawa, Van Persie, Welbeck. Wayne Rooney will not travel with Manchester United to Sweden for a pre-season friendly after injuring his shoulder. Press Association United have confirmed they have rejected a second bid for the striker from Chelsea and now say the 27-year-old is out of Tuesday’s match against AIK in Stockholm. A United spokesman told Press Association Sport: “He injured his shoulder in the behind-closed-doors game against Real Betis in Saturday and will not be travelling to Sweden.” United manager David Moyes said the injury was not serious and expects Rooney to return quickly. United have other matches coming up including Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial against Seville on Friday and the Community Shield against Wigan at Wembley on Sunday. “Wayne hurt his shoulder in a fall during a match on Saturday,” Moyes told the club’s website. “It’s not too serious and I don’t expect it to keep him out for too long. “I’m disappointed he’s missing the game because we were keen to get him back involved and ready to play.” Earlier on Monday, United confirmed they had rejected a second bid from Chelsea for Rooney, thought to be for around £25million. A United spokesman told Press Association Sport: “A bid was received yesterday and immediately rejected. Our position remains that he is not for sale.” The second bid and United’s swift response will now focus Rooney’s mind on his future at Old Trafford – there have been reports that he will consider handing in an official transfer request. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has made the 27-year-old his top transfer target and Rooney told former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson last season that he wanted a move. Moyes has repeatedly stressed that Rooney is not for sale. Rooney himself, however, was unimpressed by the manager’s remarks that he would effectively have to be an understudy to main striker Robin van Persie. last_img read more

Receivers take center stage during Tuesday’s football practice

first_imgFollowing a scrimmage on Howard Jones Field Saturday, the Trojans were back to regular practice on Tuesday. In the early weeks of camp, the USC defense stood out with its speed and forced turnovers. But on Tuesday, the offense took center stage. “Offensively, it’s probably been our best practice of spring thus far,” head coach Clay Helton said. The Trojans have holes to fill at the wide receiver position. With JuJu Smith-Schuster, Darreus Rogers, De’Quan Hampton and Isaac Whitney leaving, younger players now have an opportunity to step up, and they impressed their head coach with a strong practice.“I was really proud of the young wide receivers,” Helton said. “The light really clicked on for them today.”After redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold struggled the first few weeks with interceptions, quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton stressed that timing develops over time, and at this point in the spring, mistakes are understandable.“You’ve got to talk things over about what the quarterback sees, what the receiver sees,” Helton said. “It’s timing more than anything. The receiver has to understand what the quarterback’s thinking, where he’s going to go and the timing of all of that.”While spring practice has been a transition phase, Darnold appears to be getting more comfortable with the younger targets. When asked who has stood out the most to him in spring practice thus far, Darnold did not single anyone out.“All the receivers have been standing out the most to me,” Darnold said. While Darnold already has chemistry with junior wideout Deontay Burnett and his tight ends, redshirt sophomore Daniel Imatorbhebhe and junior Tyler Petite, the likes of sophomore Michael Pittman Jr. and redshirt freshmen Velus Jones Jr. and Tyler Vaughns look to make strides in the receiving game.“We’re looking forward to keeping it going and keep rolling through spring,” Darnold said. “And then hopefully it continues into summer workouts.”Pittman impressed in practice on Tuesday, consistently making plays and catching several of Darnold’s passes in the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. One of the more experienced wideouts, Pittman drew praise from his coaches.“[Michael] had a good scrimmage on Saturday,” offensive coordinator Tee Martin said. “He made some, what I like to say, ‘Big boy plays’ … and today he was really strong [and] played physical.”Jones has also continued to impress coaches with his playmaking ability. In the 7-on-7 portion of practice, Jones made an impressive touchdown catch over junior safety Marvell Tell III. With so many pass catchers turning heads, Helton praised Darnold’s work.“He’s really playing against the defense, and he’s not focused on one particular guy,” Helton said. “He’s really mixing the ball around nicely, and he did that again today.” While it will take time for chemistry to develop in the passing game, Darnold will rely on his talented supporting cast to power the Trojans through the upcoming campaign — one with championship aspirations.last_img read more

Former Kotoko striker Acheampong aims to flourish in Angola

first_imgFormer Kumasi Asante Kotoko striker Ben Acheampong has registered his intention to take the Angolan Premier League (Girabola) by storm.The 22 year old scored one of two goals that aided his new team Atlético Petróleos Luanda to win a provincial cup last Sunday.The former Wa All Stars goal poacher is set for aother trophy wining feat as Petro – who won the 2012 Angolan FA Cup – take on 2012 Girabola winners Clube Recreativo Desportivo do Libolo in a champion of champions match.Acheampong is aware of the magnitude of the match involving two of Angola’s biggest football rivals and he is confident of his ability to help Petro Atletico win.“I always want to prove a point because football is my profession,” Acheampong said.“Today’s game is a very big one, a game that everyone is coming to watch. It is going to be a tough one because the two teams are both big teams and rivals too like Hearts and Kotoko so a win won’t come easy. “But I will go and do my best and I am confident Petro Atletico will beat Libolo to the cup.”Meanwhile, Acheampong is already making waves after scoring twice in three appearances for the 15 time Angolan league winners.He hopes to finish the season as top scorer of the Girabola.“It is my hope and desire to score in every game I play. I have already scored two goals out of three games and I hope to continue like this.“It is my dream to end the season as the top scorer. I will be happy because that is what I am praying for.”The striker joined Atlético Petróleos Luanda on a two year renewable contract from defending Ghana league champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko for an undisclosed fee.last_img read more