Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slammed for “weak management” in key Man Utd decision

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been slammed for his attitude towards Man Utd’s penalty taker, as Chris Sutton blasted the Norwegian’s “weak management”. Paul Pogba saw his crucial penalty saved by Wolves keeper Rui Patricio in the second half of their match at Molyneux which saw the game end in a draw. The decision of Pogba to take the penalty was criticised post-match after teammate Marcus Rashford had dispatched one so clinically last week against Chelsea . Solskjaer claimed after the match that the decision was down to the players and…

Warrington rugby star opens up on pain of playing match with ruptured testicle

Wembley-bound Jack Hughes has opened up on the excruciating pain of playing with a ruptured testicle. The Warrington forward bravely thought he could run off the injury after getting kneed in a defeat by Catalans 17 days ago. But “the worst pain he’d ever experienced” plus the alarming way his testicle was swelling up convinced him he needed help. But even then, after playing for 35 minutes with it, Hughes offered to walk to the hospital in Perpignan rather than wait for an ambulance. Wolves’ co-captain, who will be fit…

Steve Bruce told to change Newcastle tactics – by one of his own players

Steve Bruce has been dealt his first dose of player discontent at St James’ Park – after one of his own players questioned his tactics. The former Sheffield Wednesday boss only took charge at the Toon in the summer following Rafa Benitez’ unexpected departure. Benitez was a popular figure with the clubs players and fans, and Bruce has got off to the worst possible start since, after falling to defeat in both of their opening Premier League matches. Saturday’s 3-1 loss to newly-promoted Norwich raises several question marks over Newcastle’s…

What Marcus Rashford said to Paul Pogba before Man Utd penalty miss

Marcus Rashford had no issue with Paul Pogba taking Man Utd’s penalty against Wolves , despite the Frenchman’s eventual miss. Pogba saw his spot kick saved by Wolves stopper Rui Patricio as United played out a 1-1 draw at Molyneux. It was the second penalty awarded to the Red Devils in as many games, following Rashford’s successful conversion against Chelsea last week. United legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville fumed after the match that Rashford should have taken it against Wolves as well. However Rashford looked to give Pogba…

Mwamba close gap on KCB in Sevens race

Mwamba RFC’s Collins Injera during a past Kenya Cup action. (Photo: Courtesy) The four-time Circuit champions cut the bankers lead to three points ahead of the penultimate leg, Christie Sevens slated for next weekend. With two legs to go, battle for this year’s national Sevens Circuit title is evenly poised after Mwamba cut KCB’s lead to three points following their Main Cup win at the Prinsloo Sevens. The Prinsloo Sevens was the fourth leg of the National Sevens Circuit held in Nakuru, over the weekend. Kulabu, as Mwamba is popularly known,…

African Games: Kenya takes on Mozambique in semi-finals today

Kenya national beach volleyball team players Gaudencia Makokha (left) and Naomi Too. [Gideon Maundu, Standard] Makokha and Too saw off Nigeria in quarter-finals as steeplechase duo opt-out of continental games. Kenya’s women beach volleyball team of Gaudencia Makokha and Naomi Too at the African Games in Rabat, Morocco, gets down to semi-final action today against Mozambique. The Kenyans stormed the last four after edging out battling Nigeria 2-1 (22-20, 19-21, 17-15) to inch towards the medal bracket. Coached by Patrick Owino, Kenya will be looking to dismiss Mozambique as continental…

Kamusinga, Dagoretti win hockey and basketball matches

Friends School Kamusinga’s Emmanuel Komei in past action. [Courtesy] Former East Africa boys’ hockey champions Friends School Kamusinga yesterday made their intentions to reclaim their title known with an emphatic 5-0 over hosts Juhudi at St Constantine grounds. The Kenyan lads were no match for their Tanzanian opponents and four minutes is all Geoffrey Owino needed to put them in the lead in their opening Group B tie. The home team resorted to defensive play for the better part of the first half but Shadrack Kipkoech outdid their defence to…

Mugs of Mugs offers perfect training ground for Lusaka-bound team

Jadini Nzomo of Samurai during the 6 goals International Tournament against White Cap Lager at Nairobi Polo Club on Friday, Sept 14, 2018. [Jonah Onyango, Standard] The Mugs of Mugs Polo Championships provided a perfect opportunity for gelling and training session of the national Junior team heading to Zambia tomorrow for the Lusaka International Championships this weekend. The team of five players was divided into two teams. Some played together for cohesion while the rest were incorporated with speedy players to improve on their swiftness and agility. The juniors are led by…

Kenyan swimmers reign supreme

Loreto Convent’s Samantha Hawala during the East Africa secondary school games in Arusha, Tanzania. [Jonah Onyango, Standard] Kenyans maintained their dominance in the pool to retain their overall East Africa Schools swimming title. The Kenyan boys and girls were unrivaled in the pool winning both title and maintain a 100 percent win record since the introduction of the sport in 2014. The boys’ team garnered 545 points while the girls scored 531 to emerge tops with a total of 1,150 points. Uganda were second with 1,019, Rwanda third with 278,…

Gor Mahia, Bandari take positives ahead of crunch CAF competitions

William Wadri (left) of Bandari challenges Gor Mahia’s Kenneth Muguna during their Kenyan Premier League Super Cup match at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Sunday. [Boniface Okendo, Standard] Sunday’s KPL Super Cup match in Machakos presented a perfect opportunity for Gor Mahia and Bandari to gauge themselves ahead of their crunch return legs in the Caf competitions this weekend. Lawrence Juma’s second-half deflected goal helped the record Kenyan champions overcome Tobias Otieno’s 80th minute red card to beat Bandari 1-0 in the 2019/2020 Kenyan Premier League season curtain-raiser at Kenyatta Stadium.…