Press Association Rojo is equally comfortable at centre-back as he is at left-back and played all 120 minutes of July’s World Cup final as Argentina lost to Germany after extra-time in Rio de Janeiro. The 24-year-old began his career in his homeland with Estudiantes de la Plata and spent a single season with Spartak Moscow before moving to Sporting in 2012. He also has 28 caps for his country and cannot wait to play his part in Louis van Gaal’s new era at United. “It is such an honour to say that I now play for Manchester United,” he said. “The Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world’s biggest club is a dream for me. “I am young and am very keen to continue to learn the game, so playing for such an experienced technical coach as Louis van Gaal is a fantastic opportunity for me. “I have joined United to work hard with my team-mates to win trophies and I know that the manager shares that ambition.” Rojo joins Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw as Van Gaal’s third high-profile signing since taking over earlier in the summer and the Dutchman believes he will be a useful addition as the former Bayern Munich boss implements a new 3-5-2 formation at Old Trafford this term. “Marcos is a very gifted defender,” he said. “He has played at the highest level in world football and can play either as a central defender or left-back. The Argentina international will cost United £15.98million and moves to Old Trafford on a five-year deal. “Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of 20million euros, with Nani joining the Portuguese club on a season-long loan,” read a statement from United. “Marcos joins on a five-year contract.” Manchester United have completed the signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon with winger Nani heading in the opposite direction on a season-long loan. “He has ability, physical strength and a willingness to learn that means he has a very bright future ahead of him. “He had a very strong World Cup and has been playing in Europe for a couple of years now. He is a very good addition to the team.” United lost centre-backs Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic alongside left-back Patrice Evra this summer and Rojo will add to a defensive unit which was largely criticised following the defeat to Swansea at the weekend. The move for Rojo had been complicated by a row between Sporting and a third-party ownership group, while the player upset his employers by initially refusing to train in a bid to push through the deal, although he later apologised and returned to work. The 27-year-old Nani, who moved to Manchester seven years ago, previously spent four years as a Sporting player after leaving Real Massama in 2003. He has made 228 appearances in all competitions for United, scoring 40 goals, but has rarely been a regular starter during his time in the Barclays Premier League. Meanwhile, United have dismissed reports linking them to unsuccessful bids for Thomas Muller and Marco Reus. The club insist rumours of failed moves for the German pair are untrue, with a United spokesman telling Press Association Sport: “It is not true that we made offers for Muller or Reus at any stage.” Marouane Fellaini looked set to be making a move out of the north west but that may now have been scuppered with the Belgian sustaining an injury in training. United have not commented on the extent of the injury, but pictures in The Sun showed the 26-year-old on crutches with his left foot in a protective cast. Fellaini had been expected to tie up a loan move to Serie A club Napoli before the end of the transfer window and that move is clearly now in doubt.
By Rajiv BisnauthHEAD coach of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Roger Harper, has said that losing the toss and consequently the top order failure played an inordinate role in the result of the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final, which the local franchise lost by nine wickets to Jamaica Tallawahs last Sunday night. The Warriors were bitterly disappointed that after topping the league and beating the Jamaica Tallawhas in the first playoff, they saved their worst-ever batting performance for the final, and were dismissed for just 93, with only Sohail Tanvir making a significant contribution with the bat.Harper lamented the fact that while they played some good cricket leading up to the final, his charges just did not show up at the final hurdle.“We were not just up for it, especially when we lost the toss; it just appeared that our spirits went down,” Harper, a former West Indies vice-captain stated.He added “The toss is part of our preparation leading up to a game, but having said that we were not competitive. It was a big occasion, big game and you look for your big players to perform, but the top four batsmen failed us.The 53-year-old divulged that while the final was disappointing, it was a total team effort up until the final.Harper said that despite this loss the team can take a lot of positives about how well they have played throughout this edition of the Hero CPL.This was the third time that the Amazon Warriors have lost in the final and it will be one of the more painful defeats, but as Harper says they are ready to try again next year.
THE executive and members of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) wishes to express its immense appreciation and satisfaction with the performance of Guyanese and West Indies Under-19 star, Bhaskar Yadram.Yadram was among a 14-member West Indies youth team on the recently-concluded tour to South Africa, where the Caribbean side won the five-match series, 3-2.Yardam, the talented all-rounder was fittingly named the Man-of-the-Series, and was the leading run scorer with 205 runs in five innings at an average of 41 and strike rate of 72.69. He made two fifties with a best of 81.Yadram was one of only three West Indian players to score a fifty in the series, and the only one to do so twice.He was also effective with the ball, claiming five wickets at an average of 22.60. He finished with an economy rate of 3.89 and a best of 3-37, which is the best bowling figures by a West Indian in the series.According to the GCB, they are extremely proud of his indisputable talent and accomplishments and join the entire Guyana in wishing him well in his future exploits on the cricket field.The GCB also congratulated the entire West Indies Under-19 team and its management for a great series win.
England are Girls’ Home International champions again – winning the Stroyan Cup for the sixth year in a row. They achieved their success at St Annes Old Links, Lancashire, despite a final day defeat by Ireland. Scotland, the only team which could have caught them, also lost on the last day to Wales – meaning England’s earlier wins over Wales and Scotland were enough to retain the title. “A win is always good,” said England team captain Chris Pascall. “Only two of the girls had played Home Internationals before so it’s a very good result and they really did very well.” Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham) were both in last year’s winning team. This year’s successful side was completed by Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth), Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Sophie Keech (Parkstone), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) and Sophie Madden (West Essex). In the final day’s match, England and Ireland were level pegging after the morning foursomes with 1½ points apiece. In the singles England managed 2½ points, thanks to Alice Hewson, Sammy Fuller and Sophie Lamb, losing overall by the narrow margin of 5-4. Ireland and Wales both finished with the week with 1½ pt each. On a countback of individual games won, Ireland had the edge (13½ to 11½) and that won them the Swansea Spoon as runners-up. Scotland finished last with 1pt. Friday results ENGLAND 4, IRELAND 5 Foursomes Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) and Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) beat Chloe Weir and Julie McCarthy 2/1 and 1 Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) and Sammy Fuller (Roehampton) lost to Shannon Burke and Niamh Ward 1 hole Sophie Keech (Parkstone) and Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) halved with Olivia Mehaffey and Mary Doyle Singles Cowley lost to Mehaffey 6/4 Dimmock lost to Doyle 4/ 3 Hewson bt Niamh McSherry 4/ 2 Fuller bt Burke 2 /1 Olivia Winning (Rotherham) lost to Ward 2 down Lamb halved with Ariana Coyle Diez HOW THEY FINISHED 1 England 2 pt 2 Ireland 1 1/2pt (+13½ individual games won) 3 Wales 1 1/2 pt (+11½ individual games won) 4 Scotland 1pt. Next year’s Girls’ Home Internationals will be hosted by Donabate Golf Club, near Dublin from August 6 to 8 Caption: The winning England team with the Stroyan Cup. Back row, from left: Sammy Fuller, Alice Hewson, captain Chris Pascall, Gabriella Cowley and Sophie Lamb. Front row, from left: Olivia Winning, Sophie Keech, Sophie Madden and Annabel Dimmock. Image: Cal Carson Golf Agency. 8th August 2013 Girls stage a comeback to beat Scotland England, who are aiming to win the Stroyan Cup for a sixth year in a row, maintained their 100 per cent record at St Annes Old Links by coming from behind to beat Scotland 5½ -3½ on the second day of the Girls’ Home Internationals. In tomorrow’s final match England face Ireland, who drew 4½ -4½ with Wales in today’s other match. England trailed 2½-½ after this morning’s foursomes – but that halved match was all important. Annabel Dimmock and Sammy Fuller came back from three down with five to play to secure the half point – and to give the team some vital momentum. “To have lost 3-0 would have been a disaster but this gave us some momentum,” said team captain Chris Pascall. “The girls knew they would have to come out fighting – and they did.” Gabriella Cowley, Annabel Dimmock and Sophie Keech all secured their singles points before England suffered their only loss of the afternoon. But then, Olivia Winning crucially held her nerve through a testing hole to win her point and ensure the team could not be beaten. She won the 16th to go one up, but then put her tee shot out of bounds on the 17th. She responded by putting her next drive straight down the middle and firing her approach to within 18in of the pin and sinking the putt for a par five! Meanwhile, her opponent took six and the point belonged to England. Sophie Lamb completed the victory by winning her point on the 17th. England results Foursomes Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) & Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) lost to Lauren Whyte & Connie Jaffrey 2/1 Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) & Sophie Keech (Parkstone) lost to Clara Young & Tara MacTaggart 3/1 Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) & Samantha Fuller (Roehampton) halved with Heather Munro & Fiona Liddell Singles Gabriella Cowley beat Lauren Whyte 4/2 Annabel Dimmock beat Lesley Atkins 3/2 Sophie Keech beat Tara MacTaggart 5/4 Sophie Madden (West Essex) lost to Connie Jaffrey 5/4 Olivia Winning (Rotherham) beat Clara Young 2/1 Sophie Lamb beat Fiona Liddell 2/1 7th August 201 England girls in winning start at Home Internationals Defending champions England made a winning start at the Girls’ Home Internationals when they beat Wales 7-2 on the opening day at St Annes Old Links, Lancashire. The team were 2-1 up after the morning foursomes, when they were unbeaten with one win and two halved games. They built on those foundations with an excellent singles performance in the afternoon, winning five of the six matches and losing the other only on the last green In the day’s other match Scotland beat Ireland 5-4. Tomorrow, England play Scotland. Foursomes pairings (Scotland names first): Lauren Whyte & Connie Jaffrey v Gabriella Cowley & Sophie Lamb Clara Young & Tara MacTaggart v Alice Hewson & Sophie Keech Heather Munro & Fiona Liddell v Annabel Dimmock & Samantha Fuller Today’s results Foursomes Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) & Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) halved with Chloe Williams & Ella Griffiths Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) & Samantha Fuller (Rohampton) beat Nia Greville & Megan Lockett 3/1 Sophie Madden (West Essex) & Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) halved with Sadie Dewinton-Davies & Emma Miller Singles Cowley beat Bethan Morris 4/3 Hewson beat Lockett 4/3 Sophie Keech (Parkstone) beat Williams 1 up Olivia Winning (Rotherham) lost to Griffiths 2 down Dimmock beat Georgia Lewis 5/4 Lamb beat Miller 1 up 7 Aug 2013 Super sixth win for England’s girls