first_img Lampard speaks after knocking Man Utd out of the FA CupTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:03FullscreenLampard speaks after knocking Man Utd out of the FA Cup is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘That’s football now. When you lose games, you’re out. If he loses his job and he has an FA Cup, he has an unbelievable CV!‘If Mourinho was in United’s position yesterday, knowing he has Arsenal in the final, he plays his strongest possible team.’Arsenal legend Merson added: ‘At the end of his career, Mourinho can say: “I won this, this, this, this, this, this and this. Oh, and this and this.”More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There won’t be an asterisks next to one FA Cup which says: “Oh, that year we finished fifth instead of fourth.” It’s all about trophies!‘I was flabbergasted at his team selection. I couldn’t believe it.’Manchester United face West Ham on Wednesday evening before travelling to top-four rivals Leicester City on the final day of the season.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s credentials questioned after Chelsea defeatMORE: Alan Shearer urges Solskjaer to replace David De Gea at Man United Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Jul 2020 3:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Manchester United’s team selection against Chelsea and says Jose Mourinho would never play a weakened side in a FA Cup semi-final.Solskjaer made a number of changes for United’s clash against Chelsea at Wembley, with Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all starting from the bench in the 3-1 defeat.The Red Devils have two important Premier League matches coming up as they chase a top-four place but Merson was nevertheless ‘flabbergasted’ by Solskjaer’s team selection. He told Sky Sports: ‘It’s clear that Manchester United’s next two league games are more important than the FA Cup semi-final. More important than winning a trophy. I cannot catch my breath.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘If that’s Jose Mourinho, he is playing his strongest team. You win trophies. You are judged on trophies!‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to win something! If he wins the FA Cup it’s massive for him! There are only a few trophies he can win in a season!‘This is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He’s not going to be manager at Manchester United for the next 15 years, is he? Sooner or later when he goes on a bad run he’s going to be out of a job. Paul Merson aims Jose Mourinho dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Chelsea beat Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

first_imgA Florida Keys teenager who is wanted for murder jumped in front of a moving vehicle on Thursday night in Islamorada, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.The driver ran over 17-year-old Daniel Weisberger, who is the prime suspect in the murder of his 14-year-old brother, Pascal, according to Adam Linhardt, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.Helicopters, tactical teams and K-9 units from the Sheriff’s Office and neighboring law enforcement agencies searched for Weisberger on Thursday morning and afternoon.Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Rick Ramsay says a neighbor heard a disturbance inside the family’s apartment around 4 a.m. About two hours later, the father, 43-year-old Ariel Poholek, came running out of the apartment and asked a neighbor to call for help.Ramsay explains that when the attack on the younger teen took place, the father tried to investigate, when he, too, was attacked.Update: Murder suspect injured after struck by vehicle on U.S. 1:— Florida Keys Sheriff (@mcsonews) May 7, 2020 Sheriff’s deputies arrived within two minutes of the receiving the call, but Daniel Weisberger had already fled by then.“The father relays he was held hostage in that room for approximately two hours while he had multiple injuries to his neck — the (older) son, still holding a butcher knife, would not let him leave,” Ramsay states.“His injuries were described as severe,” Linhardt wrote about the father.The younger brother was pronounced dead at the scene.Detectives are still investigating the crimes, while Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating the crash.last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It isn’t just the manager. Two Dodgers players have written online essays since the season began, Brandon McCarthy for and A.J. Ellis for the Players’ Tribune. Each of them wrote about the same thing: Playing with Kershaw and Greinke.The numbers the two pitchers have compiled this season, and the praise garnered wherever they pitch, tell the same story: 2015 marks a historic convergence of two of the best at their craft.“They’re probably – well not probably,” Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said. “They are the best left-handed and right-handed pitcher in the game right now.”MomentsThe author David Foster Wallace once used the phrase “Federer moments” to describe Roger Federer’s awe-inducing strokes on a tennis court. There are certainly Greinke Moments and Kershaw Moments too, and opposing hitters recognize them right away. One of the essential tasks of a major league manager is to come up with different things to say about the same phenomena. Every team navigates 162 games in 182 days with mostly the same players on the field, and mostly the same reporters generating questions, and only two possible outcomes at stake in each game. Win or lose, the manager must talk.At some point this year, Don Mattingly gave up. He’d run out of superlatives to describe Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, to the point where the Dodgers manager now freely admits this before dutifully rattling off a few things that make each pitcher special when he’s asked. Mattingly is asked about Kershaw and Greinke a lot.It happened again last week. Mattingly decided to remove Kershaw five innings into his most recent start, Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers were trailing 3-0 at the time. Kershaw didn’t have his best stuff but he fought to stay in the game, yelling at Mattingly in the dugout to no avail.The next day, Mattingly was asked about the incident. His response was familiar: “Clayton’s awesome. Clayton’s the last of my worries.”center_img Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has two hits in 13 plate appearances against Greinke in his career. He’s also struck out five times.“At our place he threw me a 3-1 changeup,” Saltalamacchia recalled, shaking his head. “Not many guys throw me a 3-1 changeup. Then he backs me up with another one and I roll over on it.”Several hitters, including Saltalamacchia, described Greinke as “thinking along with” him at the plate. One was Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, whose 41 home runs and 126 runs batted in are among the most in baseball. Arenado has five hits in 24 career at-bats against Greinke, a .208 average.“I feel he knows exactly what I’m thinking,” Arenado said of Greinke. “I’m thinking a certain part of the plate, he throws the opposite. I’m looking for a certain pitch, he throws the opposite.”Greinke Moments are usually subtle, a byproduct of extensive homework, guile and precision with five different pitches. Kershaw Moments are more obvious. Kershaw has the only no-hitter between the two, which he threw against the Rockies in June 2014. Kershaw has mastered the skill of snagging ground balls on his backhand, with his body turned away from home plate. His windup is deliberate and exaggerated, with a pronounced leg kick that effectively disrupts a hitter’s timing. With a fastball that touches 96 mph and a slider that’s actually gotten faster — it regularly exceeds 90 mph now – Kershaw fits the definition of a power pitcher. Eighty-two percent of his pitches this season have been a fastball or slider; the other 18 percent are almost entirely curveballs.“He’s been that since the get-go,” Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Aaron Hill said. “He’s got that mid-90s heater. He throws it where he wants to. He’s been doing that five, six, seven years. It’s rare to find a guy who comes up in the first couple years and is effective with his heater.”Kershaw’s 281 strikeouts are the most since another power-armed lefty, Randy Johnson, struck out 290 in 2004.Like Greinke, who could blow away hitters with a 99-mph fastball early in his career, Kershaw’s approach is becoming more sophisticated. That’s particularly true for his curveball.“Early in his career,” Ellis said, “it was ‘I’m going to throw a curveball and whatever happens, happens.’ He’s going to throw a good one, but there was no difference between his 1-1 curveball and his 1-2 curveball. Whereas now I’ll call for a 1-1 curveball and he’ll throw it a little bit higher, maybe the bottom of the strike zone, the guy will take it for a strike or put a bad swing on it. With two strikes, he definitely wants a swing-and-miss on it. He’ll throw it a little bit lower. “He’s gotten to another level because of that ability.”NumbersAnd yet, it’s Greinke who has taken his results to another level this season. His 1.65 earned-run average is 56 percent better than the league average. Only four pitchers have outperformed the league average more in a single season since the end of World War II. Even Greinke’s 2009 season, when he was chucking 99-mph heaters en route to his first and only Cy Young Award, falls short of his 2015 season by this measure.Greinke also leads the major leagues in winning percentage (18-3, .857) and WHIP (0.848). Traditional pitching statistics, the backbone of Cy Young Award voting since the award was invented, all present a strong case for Greinke.Kershaw is the reigning National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner. Asked recently about this year’s Cy race, Kershaw said, “I don’t think Zack has too much to worry about.”To Gonzalez’s point, maybe they are the best lefty and righty in baseball. Advanced statistics like FIP and xFIP, which attempt to eliminate the impact the defense has on a pitcher, rate Kershaw has the best pitcher in baseball this year, right or left-handed. So does FanGraphs’ version of Wins Above Replacement.Kershaw and Greinke have compiled the highest combined WAR of any two teammates (13.4) this season. By this measure, the two aren’t merely chasing the great duos in Dodger history. They’re entering the echelon of Johnson and Curt Schilling, whose combined WAR in 2002 (17.5) and 2001 (16.9) for the Arizona Diamondbacks rank number first and second, respectively, over the last 60 years.ParallelsBob Brenly managed Johnson and Schilling from 2001-03, when both pitchers were at the peak of their powers. They led the Diamondbacks to their only championship in 2001, sharing the World Series MVP award.“We wanted to get those two guys on the mound as often as we could,” Brenly said. “Until the division was clinched and you could maybe space out their workload, we ran ‘em out there on a regular schedule. Both guys were slaves to their routine. They wanted to pitch on four days of rest in between and didn’t like to change that.”The similarities between the two tandems outweigh the differences. Johnson threw left-handed, Schilling right. Johnson had the power pitcher’s repertoire, while Schilling relied more on his ability to out-smart hitters to compensate for a lack of velocity.“The one thing that made the tandem more effective was the competition between the two of them,” Brenly said. “Randy, at that stage of his career, had earned a certain status in the game. Curt was on his way to doing that but wasn’t quite at the same level as far as reputation in the game. I think sometimes that rubbed Randy the wrong way. I think sometimes that pushed Curt to be even better, because the two of them wanted to be on equal ground and neither guy wanted the other to be on equal ground. “It was a great situation for us.”So it is for the Dodgers today.Writing for, McCarthy recalled a moment in spring training when Greinke threw particularly well on a back field at Camelback Ranch. “If I throw like that this year,” Greinke told McCarthy that day, “Kersh better watch out.” McCarthy said that, among teammates, neither Greinke nor Kershaw has verbally expressed a desire to one-up the other since then. Occasionally a reporter will ask the pitchers if a friendly competition exists, but neither has been willing to admit it so far.“I would assume there’s a competitive aspect whether or not it’s ever vocalized,” McCarthy said.Maybe what Kershaw and Greinke are doing, then, isn’t purely independent of one another.Kershaw is 27 and Greinke 31, an age when each should be close to his physical prime. It’s easy to compare Kershaw to a young Greinke and plot his evolution on a similar path, but you never know. Greinke is widely expected to opt out of his contract at the end of the season, so the window for the two men to nudge each other forward from adjoining lockers might close.Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, a perennial MVP candidate in his own right, said this competitive edge is what separates Kershaw and Greinke the most.“They have good command, they know how to pitch, but they’re able to take it to another level with how they compete out there,” Goldschmidt said. “Not that anyone ever wants to lose or give up a hit, but those guys kind of take it to the next level.”last_img read more