It is difficult to comprehend quite what Mason Greenwood must have thought when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed him his Manchester United debut along with the sizeable task of finding the goal that would see United become the first team in the history of the European Cup to overturn a two-goal deficit, away from home, in the knockout stages.,The England under-18 international, who signed his first professional United contract in October, had scored 22 goals in 22 games for Manchester United’s under-18, under-19 and under-23 teams before his unforgettable night in Paris and his has been an exponential career trajectory that Mark Senior, one of the first to harness Greenwood’s infinite talent, believes was forecast from the age of six.,Greenwood’s first taste of organised football came at United’s development school in Halifax 11 years ago and Senior, a former coach at both the Halifax centre and United’s academy, says Greenwood, from Wibsey, Bradford, was almost immediately earmarked as a future star.,Greenwood’s talent was so apparent that he was soon sent to United’s training ground in Salford, The Cliff, on Sunday mornings to play small-sided games against the most gifted members of United’s 46 development centres around the country.,Greenwood’s showing since forming part of United’s tour squad last summer have seen comparisons made with United strikers of old, but Senior believes Greenwood, who can play across the forward line, will become known as a player with a unique style should his progression continue at the same rate.
The perfect example of this in the games business in recent years is Nintendo -- which regularly sees its stock price take a tumble just after doing Nintendo Direct online announcements of major games for the Switch.,Well, it's reading tea leaves a little, but the most rational explanation is that many of Nintendo's investors are obsessed with the firm's performance in smartphone games; they came on board with the stock when the firm announced its intentions to publish on smartphones and continue to see it essentially as a smartphone gaming related investment, so every major announcement that doesn't contain something about smartphone games sends a spike of disappointment through the market.,Now, you may be thinking that the online mode for RDR2 -- an epic, sprawling western that's fuelled by its narrative-driven single player mode -- isn't a particularly big deal for most players of the game, and you'd be right.,Look at the financial press, though, and you might find yourself reading about a very different RDR2 -- a game which is intended to inherit the gilded legacy of GTAV, not just in terms of its epic environments and tightly plotted narratives, but in terms of the online component which turned GTA's latest instalment into a years-long phenomenon, the long tail to end all long tails.,That's something a lot of games fail to do; RDR2 is a strong example, with its aesthetic and style, while perfectly suited to the narrative-led single player, being itself largely inappropriate for the kind of motivation that actually fuels engagement and revenue in this kind of online title.
NORMAN – Spencer Papa of the Oklahoma men’s tennis team has been named Big 12 Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.,Papa paced the Sooners from the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles during ITA Kickoff weekend.,In the Sooners’ contest with Drake, unranked Papa and partner Jake Van Emburgh made quick work of No. 27 Vinny Gillespie and Barny Thorold, giving up just one game to win 6-1.,This is the third conference weekly honor for Papa, who was last named player of the week on Feb. 28, 2017.,Papa and the Sooners head to Michigan Saturday for their first road contest of the season.
On a team featuring LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball and a core of young rising stars, the former Kansas sharp-shooter has no problem being a role player during his rookie year in the NBA.,When Los Angeles took him in the second round of June’s NBA Draft, Mykhailiuk thought he was joining a team that was up-and-coming and could contend in the next few years.,Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham (4) looks to pass against Los Angeles Lakers guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, right, and guard Lance Stephenson in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.,Self wonders if Mykhailiuk’s minutes will drop when James, Rondo and Ball return from injury in the coming months, but it appears the rookie has a secured spot in Walton’s rotation.,The longtime KU coach has sent dozens of players to the NBA during his stint in Lawrence and said given player and personnel, Mykhailiuk has a lot to like about his young career so far.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Fourth official Mike Jones intervenes as Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United and Antonio Conte manager of Chelsea clash during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England.,Vishnu cited a few ways in which Sarri’s player usage and tactics echo similar flaws that led to Jose Mourinho’s and Antonio Conte’s downfalls.,If Chelsea’s players were motivated by winning in any form they would have found ways to work with Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.,To whatever extent Chelsea FC identified Maurizio Sarri as an antidote to the ruthless pressure of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, he is not the corrective they sought.,If Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri all encounter the same problems as each other, that should be a sign that the problem lies with whatever is constant across their tenures than with any of them.
Ponder for just a moment, given the dire forecast, just how brutal the conditions might be at Gillette Stadium late on Sunday had the AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots been played there.,It not only gave the Broncos life in the game but life in the season, and they ended up being able to host the Patriots in the AFC Championship that year and went on to win the Super Bowl.,Kansas City’s secondary is a penalty flag waiting to happen, and they will try to be physical to prevent players like Edelman and James White getting free like they were against L.A. We’ll try these trends: The Patriots as underdogs the last few years have won five of six.,The last time the Rams were underdogs in a game of consequence they blistered Seattle 42-7 last year to win the NFC West.,Now, going against the above AFC pick, the home team has won the conference championship game in each of the last five years.
Marcus Peters stood at a podium Wednesday and spoke about his respect for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints.,As the Saints and the Los Angeles Rams began their preparation for Sunday's showdown, Peters and Payton downplayed the importance of what occurred during and after the teams' first meeting at the Superdome this season.,Afterward, Payton acknowledged the Saints had targeted Peters because they liked the matchup with Thomas — a bold statement to make about a former Pro Bowl cornerback.,I think Marcus was having fun with it, and I know that he has a whole lot of respect for Coach Payton and the Saints.",Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore thinks Peters should be much more concerned about Thomas than Payton — and Peters undoubtedly agrees.
NORMAN – The No. 13 Oklahoma men’s tennis team will open the 2019 season Sunday when it hosts Abilene Christian at 2 p.m. CT at the Headington Family Tennis Center.,OU returns seven players from 2018: seniors Spencer Papa, Alex Bakshi and Ferran Calvo; junior Jochen Bertsch; and sophomores Max Stewart, Stefano Tsorotiotis and Jake Van Emburgh.,Bakshi and Calvo represented OU in the NCAA singles tournament, with Bakshi advancing to the second round.,Bakshi was named both Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Year, while Van Emburgh was tabbed Freshman of the Year.,Van Emburgh was selected as ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year and Crowell was the Coach of the Year.