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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock (NEW YORK) — As more people across the United States test positive for the novel coronavirus, the health emergency is forcing changes to major sporting events, from the NCAA to Major League Soccer.NCAA cancels March Madness tournamentsNCAA President Mark Emmert announced that the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and all remaining NCAA winter and spring championships have been canceled.“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA said in a statement.The move came shortly after the Athletic Coast Conference suspended all games, practices and other activities in NCAA championships.“This is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority. This decision is aimed to protect from the further spread of COVID-19, ” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement.NHL suspends season due to shared facilities with multiple NBA facilities“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement Thursday.After Wednesday night’s news that an NBA player tested positive for the novel coronavirus and because two professional leagues share many of the same indoor arenas and locker room facilities, the commissioner said “it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point” and therefore said “it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”“We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we will encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions – including by self-quarantine, where appropriate,” Bettman said. “Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy.”PGA Tour proceeds without fans through AprilPGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced at a press conference on Thursday that “PGA Tour events across all tours will currently proceed as scheduled, but will do so without fans.”The policy will go into effect for The Players Championship that begins Friday and will continue through the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, which begins March 30 and ends on April 5.“We feel that this is a safe environment in which to continue to move forward with the tournament with 144 players and limited personnel on site,” Monahan said of the 400-acre venue at TPC Sawgrass. “We’re comfortable that this is the right path forward, but this is something that we’ll continue to monitor as we go forward.”Monahan assured fans that the PGA Tour is “committed to providing refunds” for patrons who had tickets for this weekend’s tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.The PGA Tour said it has a protocol in place with its volunteer force and local health officials if a player or individual requests to be tested. Tour personnel can “make that happen and make certain there are resources in place for that situation if it were to intensify,” he said.In the wake of the new travel advisories that President Trump announced Wednesday, Monahan said the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will be postponed due to potential logistical issues for players and staff who travel internationally, which could limit the Tour’s “ability to successfully stage the event.”While he did not reveal any specific protocols or decisions surrounding The Masters, Monahan said that he has “been in frequent discussion with Agusta [National Golf Club] and will leave it to Augusta to share their thinking.”The Tour has had a team in place “carefully monitoring and assessing the situation and its implications for several weeks,” Monahan said of the coronavirus pandemic, and has weighed all the options in collaboration with Tour partners and members.Major League Soccer suspends season for 30 days“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season — based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced on Thursday.NBA suspends seasonThe NBA announced it will suspend its season indefinitely following Wednesday’s game.The announcement came after a player with the Utah Jazz, identified as Rudy Gobert by ESPN’s senior NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, was diagnosed with novel coronavirus. The Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game was suspended midway through the contest, though Gobert never traveled to the arena.“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”The news came after the league considered playing games in empty arenas.Earlier Wednesday, in San Francisco, the mayor banned all group events over 1,000 people to slow the spread of the virus.The Golden State Warriors had announced — prior to the league’s suspension — that its Thursday night game in San Francisco against the Brooklyn Nets would be played without fans.“It’s a shock for sure,” Warriors star Steph Curry said Wednesday.“Everything about our routines is reliant upon that kind of game day energy. Pulling up to the arena, seeing fans outside of Chase [Center] walking around in all the Warrior jerseys, even energy in the building, you can feel it all the way through the locker room, through the tunnel,” Curry said. “The only thing is try to have a conversation about how you raise your level of intensity from the jump because you don’t have that actual adrenaline rush of playing in front of 18,000 people like that.”“I know once the game starts it will be fairly easy to get into that type of flow,” he added.All other games and events at San Francisco’s Chase Center, the home to the Warriors, through March 21 were canceled or postponed, officials added.NBA players told to self-quarantineFor now, the Utah Jazz will be under quarantine in Oklahoma City. Thunder players were not tested and sent home, according to ESPN.Some players who faced off on the court against the Jazz in recent days — including the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers — have been told to self-quarantine, ESPN said.League sources told ESPN that some players and coaches from those teams scrambled to get tested for the virus as early as Wednesday night after learning of Gobert’s diagnosis.In addition to the team’s recent opponents, there have been more than a dozen referees who have worked Jazz games over the past week that went on to officiate other league games. By late Wednesday night, players who’d come in contact with the Jazz were seeking tests for the virus, ESPN said.Big Ten Conference cancels men’s basketball tournamentThe Big Ten Conference “will be canceling the remainder of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, effective immediately,” assistant commissioner of communications, Adam Augustine, said in a statement.“The Big Ten Conference will use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Augustine said. “The main priority of the Big Ten Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.”Fans banned from NCAA gamesDays ahead of the start of March Madness, the NCAA president said fans will be banned from “upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family” there.“While I understate how disappointing this is for all fans,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday, “my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing.” Tune into ABC News Live at noon ET every weekday for the latest news, context and analysis on the novel coronavirus, with the full ABC News team where we will try to answer your questions about the virus.Ivy League cancels springs athleticsThe Ivy League on Wednesday canceled all games and practices through the rest of this academic year.“In accordance with the guidance of public health and medical professionals, several Ivy League institutions have announced that students will not return to campus after spring break, and classes will be held virtually during the semester,” the council of presidents said in a statement. “Given this situation, it is not feasible for practice and competition to continue.”Each school will determine if winter teams and athletes who qualified for postseason play will participate, the council said.The league also announced it was canceling its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and that the regular season champions will advance to the NCAA tournament. Changes for the MLBIn Washington state, hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak, the governor on Wednesday banned events of more than 250 people in several counties.That prompted the Seattle Mariners to say the team is working with MLB “on alternative plans” for games scheduled in Seattle at the end of March.The San Francisco Giants also made adjustments.The Giants said they won’t play the March 24 exhibition game set to take place in the city and that the team said it is working on “alternative arrangements.”  Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund March 12, 2020 /Sports News – National Coronavirus and sports: NCAA March Madness tournament canceled over safety concernscenter_img Written bylast_img read more

first_imgAccording to the Bursar of Mansfield College, whose remarks are published on the Veggie Norrington Table website, “The head chef is fully trained in vegetarian cooking, having been on several specialist courses. All other chefs have then been trained to prepare vegetarian meals using the experience of the head chef.” The Oxford Student Union, which has played a key role in shaping this Strategy, is also part of the Sustainability Working Group of the Conference of Colleges. They call on colleges to ensure that their practices are as sustainable as possible, while supporting Environment and Ethics reps in pushing for sustainability in food systems in their colleges through ongoing training and the sharing of best practices. What we eat, how much we eat, how much is wasted, and how food is produced need to change drastically by 2050, if we want to limit the increase in global temperatures to 1.5°C or 2°C above pre-industrial levels.  According to an Oxford-led study published in the journal Science, even if the world significantly reduces its reliance on fossil fuels, it will still be unable to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goals if the global food system is not transformed as well. Students can find more information and sign up for the Oxford SU Planet Pledge here. Staff and students can visit this website to provide feedback on the University’s draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy. Students can also get involved directly in tackling the climate crisis. As part of Oxford SU’s Planet Pledge 2020, students can pledge to do one thing that contributes towards sustainable living. Ben Farmer, VP Charities and Community of Oxford SU, said: “Plant-based diets form just one part of sustainable living, and as part of Planet Pledge, students have got a fun chance to have a go at making a sustainable change that they feel comfortable with.” Some colleges have been taking the lead in offering plant-based food options. Based on votes from over 250 students, staff and faculty within the University, Mansfield College was voted the best college for vegetarian and vegan food. As a result, it ranked first in the 2019 Veggie Norrington Table, published by the Oxford University Animal Ethics Society. Notably, Mansfield had also come out on top in the 2016 ranking.  Reducing the carbon emissions and biodiversity impact of the University’s food system is one of the nine priority areas of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy. The Strategy has the ultimate goal of achieving net zero carbon by 2035 and addressing the global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.  “The good news is, there are many achievable ways rapidly to reduce food emissions if they are acted on quickly. These include both raising crop yields and reducing food loss and waste, but the most important is for individuals to shift towards predominantly plant-based diets,” said Dr Michael Clark of The Oxford Martin School and Nuffield Department of Population Health, who is the lead author on the paper.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s an early Saturday morning, the text alert sounds on my phone. The sun shining off the ocean through the window pokes me in the eye.  Fumbling for the phone, I already know who it is.  My sister, her text simply reads:  “table on alley behind St. Charles, trash pickup a couple blocks away, need it for house?”  No, I think, I don’t need it but I sure do want it.  And so begins the hunt, the thrill of the chase.  It is time to turn that discarded table into a part of the furnishings in my collected- over- time themed beach home.Driving through Ocean City in the spring, a yard sale can be found around every corner. Cars are parked for blocks around, and droves of people happily sort through tables, racks, and overstuffed cardboard boxes hoping to find a small treasure or often times more importantly a deal, a steal. The advertised estate sale, you should forget about being the first inside. Shoppers must arrive at the crack of dawn, hours before the sale is to begin. The anticipation lingers in the warm misty salt air while waiting in line to be admitted.  Most ads list the common tag line “no early birds.”  What does this mean? Doesn’t the early bird get the worm?America is obsessed with the hunt. Old school yard sales and estate sales are dictated by the season.  Technology has expanded the ability to treasure hunt all year long.  Sites such as Craigslist, locally created online Facebook yard sale pages, and Wallenpop allow shoppers to seek out a deal no matter the weather or the location.  When browsing online there is no one directly in front of you gently caressing that one of a kind painting, deciding how it would look above the bed in the guest suite.  Yet if you log on too late after the seller posts, and see that there has been multiple requests to purchase that same sense of anticipation builds.  Your stomach can sink quickly. I really wanted that…  Technology allows us the ability to search multiple online sites and the chase continues.I love a piece that tells has a story to tell. There are many local treasures in my home, some purchased locally, some salvaged from past renovations and remodels, many purchased online.  From the now delicate wooden door knocker whittled in the shape of an old sea captain, hanging proudly on the front door of Mrs. Hoover’s house, to the oddly shaped monkey pod and driftwood coffee table, which my daughter claims she will hide when friends stop over, each one holds a special place in my heart.  There is the “Sea Harvest” painting I scored from the owner of the grand house which once stood on Corinthian, the fabulous rattan chandelier from the now gone house on Battersea, the rustic wine crates, from the cottage on Pinnacle, and the retro sitting room furniture sitting in our back cottage I found online.  In the framed newspaper article dated May 13, 1933 discovered behind the walls during the renovation of our Gardens Parkway house, Commodore Edgar Hires touts the great boating season the Ocean City Yacht Club would be enjoying that summer season. I obsessed over the pair of Lucite lamps now flanking our new buffet.  After lusting over these beauties through the window of the house slated to be torn down on West 16th Street, I hoped they would be there during the second day of the sale. At 50% off they are now mine.  All of these cast offs collected from around the island have become my treasures.Part of well-crafted beach house design lies in creating the collected look. It is no secret that I love a weathered old beach home full of history. This collected look can be created, even in a newly constructed home. Pairing yard sale or second hand pieces with expensive, or even mid- range priced furnishings lends itself to this aged beach house feel.  Some of my treasures will remain in my home no matter my address, some stay with the home when we sell, many are in some sort of a chaotic rotation I have created, and some are repurposed in others’ homes.  Collected pieces need not be used for their original or designated purpose.  The vintage sideboard can serve as a cabinet under the flat screen television, or be placed in a hall to hold towels and toiletries for our weekend guests.  Butcher block mounted on top of that mid-century modern dresser will now allow it to serve as a unique kitchen island.  Repurpose, reuse and recycle, to achieve the collected look.  In doing so, you are creating something unique, that no one else will have on display in their home.  So paint that dresser coral, recover that found chair in a bold ikat pattern, hot glue those oyster shells to the mirror you grabbed from the alley last weekend.The 6×20 storage room behind the first floor unit of my home, plays just the part. It houses framed prints, special serving pieces, distinct end tables, and that perfect lamp with the funky shade. Each is simply waiting for their turn, or possibly their new home. My husband continually asks me to compare a need to a want. Several weeks back when mentioning to him that instead of watching the game I would need him to accompany me to the mainland to pick up my newest find. He impressed this notion upon me.  Do you really need this? Nope, but I sure do want it.  Maybe I should have a yard sale?Do you have a great locally found treasure? Tell me about it: [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgStudent Senate debated the feasibility of streamlining student government by merging with the Council of Representatives (COR) at its meeting Wednesday. Oversight committee chair Ben Noe said the merger would make student government more effective by consolidating meetings and making the group more representative of the entire student body. “It would help cut down on the amount of necessary waste that goes into all the student government meetings,” Noe said. “It would also help those involved in COR who may not have a voice in the policy process. It would give them a voice and a vote.” Student body vice president Brett Rocheleau said the change would eliminate COR and add eight new voting members to Senate — the four class presidents, the off-campus president, the chair of the Student Union Board, the president of the Club Coordination Council and the Student Union treasurer. These extra voices would improve the dialogue at Student Senate meetings, student body president Pat McCormick said. “Wouldn’t it be cool to see if we could expand representativeness in the Senate to really get Senate to be more of a deliberative body, to include the class perspectives and other perspectives?” he said. McCormick said the committee chair updates, which typically occur during the first 20 minutes of Senate, would be eliminated from the meetings in order for the group to focus more on addressing student body issues. “There is going to be a little bit more clarity at meetings,” he said. “This will really be the time for us to discuss the issues of the day for the student body.” The fusion would also offer students, especially those living off campus, better representation in the policy branch of student government, McCormick said. “[Off-campus senator] Helen Costa represents 1500 students, while each other senator represents approximately 300,” McCormick said. “Even though we have the halls covered in Senate, we really don’t have off-campus students covered.” The additions of the off-campus president and the senior class president would ensure the needs of off-campus students receive greater attention. Keough senator Andrew Anderson questioned whether it would be fair to give voting powers to some of the suggested additional members, as a number of them are appointed rather than elected. While officers such as the Student Union treasurer are not elected, McCormick said they could still bring valuable viewpoints to Senate. “The idea would be that in having them here, they would be able to provide the perspectives of the other important branches of the Student Union,” he said. Rocheleau said that though representation is a concern, the merger is primarily aimed at improving effectiveness. “While representation is a question, it isn’t the main focus of the fusion,” he said. “The fusion is trying to be more effective and have better meetings than we currently have in the two separate meetings.” Walsh senator Elizabeth Owers, who also sits on COR, said the change would remove the great deal of overlap experienced by students who attend more than one meeting per week. “Anything that’s not discussed at COR, it’s discussed at Senate, then we get those updates at Hall Council too,” she said. “Plus if you’re sitting in three meetings a week, each one might not feel so important. But if you’re down to one, it makes it feel really important.”last_img read more

first_imgTom Martello has been recently promoted to the position of Quality Manager for the VEMAS Corp. Tom has extensive experience with LEAN and Six Sigma manufacturing environments and presents a focus in process improvement. VEMAS, located in Middlebury, V.T is a woman-owned company specializing in electronic contract manufacturing.Loan Mayer, has recently been hired as the Engineering Manager at the VEMAS Corporation. Loan, a graduate of the University of California at San Diego in structural engineering, has 13 years of experience in new product introduction. VEMAS, located in Middlebury, V.T is a woman-owned company specializing in electronic contract manufacturinglast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Black Friday coupons, printable deals and bargains are offered on many different sites to help shoppers find those annual discounts. (WikiCommons)Black Friday is upon us, dear friends.Yes, that oh-so-special day of monster sales and deals and coupons on everything from home appliances to electric guitars is this Friday, November 29, 2013, and it’s time for our yearly roundup of the best bargains and go-to sites for discounts, codes and offers 2013 Black Friday coupons for stores such as Walmart, Macy’s, Target and so many more.Or you can cut out the middle man and go straight to the source: WalmartBlackFriday, TargetBlackFriday, JCPennysBlackFriday, BestBuyBlackFriday, KohlsBlackFriday and MacysBlackFriday.Need some additional 2013 Black Friday coupon codes and printable coupons? Of course you do, silly rabbits! Check out and print, print, print away!Black Friday sales are all the rave at, a site boasting 264 Black Friday Coupons to satiate all of your heart’s most innermost desires! Do they offer coupons or special secret Black Friday holiday codes for such irresistible delicacies as olive oil-and-lemon-soaked grape leaves? Or a monster holiday platter of that enigmatic Cypriot love o’ mine, Ms. Halloumi!? I doubt it, but only one way to find out! Click away, dear souvlaki fiends, click away! knows what’s up, fellow bargain freaks. So does and is so money she don’t even know it. is another great go-to coupon-bargain-hookup spot. Same goes for the Black Friday and Coupons – Black Friday 2013 Facebook page.“What about other Black Friday and Cyber Monday roundup sites?” you ask. “Surely, Mr. Fox, yours will not aggregate them all. Surely, Mr. Fox, there are others. Surely, Mr. Fox, yet no disrespect.”None taken, dear coupon hounds. None taken. ‘Tis true, I say. ‘Tis true. There are so many others, really, I admit. Too many. Way too many. My response, you ask? Search around, dear feta freaks! Scour the Internet for those once-a-year deals!None of those sites, I bargain, are as fun to read as this post, however, nor do they mention or even dare to utter the melodious name of the beautiful, absolutely gorgeous Ms. Halloumi.last_img read more

first_imgAttempted murder in the 1st degree, a class A1 felony,Attempted murder in the 2nd degree, a class B felonyCriminal use of a firearm, in the 1st degree, a class B felonyTwo counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree, a class C felonyTwo counts of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree, a class D felonyCriminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree, a class D felonyResisting arrest, a misdemeanor The Broome County District Attorney Michael A. Korchak’s Office says 28-year-old Macoley F. Saunders was indicted on the following charges: BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A Johnson City man was indicted for attempted murder of a police officer in Broome County on Sept. 3, officials announced Tuesday. Reading on our news app? Click here! The full indictment is posted below:center_img District Attorney Korchak tells 12 News Saunders pleaded not guilty in court. Of the indictment, Korchak said “Macoley F. Saunders discharged a 9mm pistol, while he was being arrested by police officers. He was in possession of a knife, in addition to the firearm. The defendant also attempted to take a firearm from the holster of a police officer during the struggle.”last_img read more

first_imgSouth Nias Police chief Ad. Sr. Comr. I Gede Nakti Whidiarta said the fire claimed one life and caused severe burns in six other people. All victims were crew of the vessels and had been evacuated from the location after the fire fighters managed to put out the fire.“The six victims have been admitted to Victory Teluk Dalam clinic. They are in a critical condition,” he said, adding that the deceased had been taken by his family to be laid to rest.The fire started from KM Karya Asih, which had just filled its tank with fuel in the afternoon. All the boats were ready to sail out to the open sea to fish at night.Police were still investigating the cause of the fire, Nakti said. He said preliminary investigation suggested the fire could have been triggered by a cigarette butt discarded by one of the crewmen of KM Karya Asih.Topics : One person has died and six others have been severely injured in a fire that destroyed four boats in the old port of Teluk Dalam, South Nias regency in North Sumatra on Monday evening.The fire broke out at around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, according to a witness, local resident Defi Fau. Defi said the fire started from a blast in one of the boats that was docking at the port.“The fire from one vessel started to get bigger and spread to others docked next to it,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgInstitutional investors are, Aquila said, set to increase their direct ownership of real assets.Specialised investment funds are used by 38% of those surveyed, closed-end funds by 32% and club deal/co-investments and managed accounts by 16%.Nine out of 10 investors (90%) said they had some exposure to real assets, and 44% had more than 10% exposure.Property was the most popular asset, with 74% of investors having exposure to it, followed by infrastructure (37%), commodities (26%), renewable energy (21%), timber (18%), shipping (7.9%) and farmland (2.6%).  The study showed that the most significant deterrent to investing in real assets was the lack of liquidity, which was cited by 55% of respondents.Other reasons included institutions’ lack of understanding of real assets (33%), limited long-term performance history (30%), a lack of suitable investment products (25%), fear of poor returns (23%) and unwillingness to diversify into ‘untested’ investment sectors (20%).For real assets to become more compelling, institutional investors said product providers must demonstrate greater transparency (60%), assets should be run by managers with experience of managing them (41%), fees should be lower (32%), due diligence should be clearer (30%) and products need better scalability (14%).Investors, Aquila said, also need to have a clearer understanding of the risk/return profile of real assets (41%). Institutional investors prefer direct ownership of real assets, according to a study by Aquila Capital.Aquila said 57% of the European investors it surveyed believe direct ownership is the best approach.However, only 43% currently use it.Stuart MacDonald, managing director at Aquila, said: “There is a growing appreciation among institutional investors of the benefits of direct ownership of real assets, and, over the coming years, we can expect to see a narrowing of the gap between actual and desired levels of this approach.”last_img read more

first_img Just last week Moyes was faced with questions about his future following claims – denied by sources at the club – that the United hierarchy were considering replacing their manager. But the mood has changed somewhat since the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool. Moyes is far more buoyant about the prospects ahead for his team for the rest of the season and beyond. “Hopefully we will be coming out of our (bad) period quickly,” he said. “Plans are afoot and try and make a real good go of it next season. “We are not in the position we want to be just now but we will do everything we possibly can to do it next year.” A look at the statistics shows why the bookmakers have City down as favourites for the 167th Manchester derby. City have won the last two derbies at Old Trafford – one of them was a whopping 6-1 victory – and United rarely troubled their old adversaries when they made the short trip across Mancunian Way in September. City have scored 28 more goals than United this term and they have conceded seven fewer at the other end. And other than a 1-0 win over Arsenal in November, United have failed to beat any of the sides in the top nine. But Moyes is still confident of securing a win and he insisted that United are not so far behind City than the league table suggests. He said: “I think we have got the level and we are not as far away as many people would have us and I have no doubt it will improve. We want to show we are still in there fighting. “We will do everything we can to win. We go out to win every game, not just the derby game. “Obviously it means a lot more to the supporters and the city if you win a derby game. “We we want to try and perform better in the bigger games than what we have done. “It will be important for us to show the level of what we have got.” United had to field Michael Carrick at centre-half at Upton Park on Saturday because of injuries to Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand. Nemanja Vidic was also absent through suspension. The United captain remains banned for the visit of City, but Moyes would not give away anything about the fitness of the three injured players. “For this Barclays Premier League game we’ll do everything we possibly can to get the [injured] players back,” was all that Moyes would say when questioned on the matter at his pre-match press conference. Press Association A 12-point gap has now opened up between the two teams. Pellegrini’s side are favourites for the title owing to their games in hand, while United look set for an unedifying venture into the Europa League next season. And as City prepared to take on Barcelona in the Champions League last month Pellegrini appeared to poke fun at United’s predicament. “If you consider this season, there is just one club in Manchester and it is ours,” the City manager said. “But you cannot forget what United has done in previous years.” If the second sentence of that quote was supposed to be taken as a compliment, then it certainly has not gone down that way at United. By using the words “previous years”, the impression was that United’s glory years were a thing of the past and that is certainly not something Moyes agrees with. “Well Manchester United had lots and lots of seasons of domination ,” the United boss answered when questioned about Pellegrini’s comments for the first time. “I don’t think if I was a manager I would have turned round and necessarily said that we were the only club in Manchester because football does change, it goes in cycles.” David Moyes thinks Manuel Pellegrini should not have branded City the only club in Manchester – and warned the Chilean that United are ready to rise again. United and City renew hostilities at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, six months after Pellegrini’s side beat their neighbours 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Ever since that result, City have gone from strength to strength on the home front, while United have stumbled to one disappointing defeat after another. last_img read more