Triple win for Glen Outdoor School for Early Learning Letterkenny at Early Childhood Ireland Awards tonight in Croke Park Conference Centre, as the team picks up three awards including overall national award. (l-r) Noreen Wallace, Sally O’Donnell, Eoghan McConnigleyA Co Donegal school has beaten off competition from across Ireland to win a top early leaning award.The Glen Outdoor School for Early Learning in Letterkenny scooped the overall national award from Early Childhood Ireland for their learning story entitled “Our Christmas Play” as well as a smaller award for their “Enormous Turnip” storySally O’Donnell and her team were presented this National Award from Early Childhood Ireland, whose CEO is Teresa Heeney native of Ballybofey, for their wonderful initiative called ‘Our Christmas Play.’ This learning story is set when Christmas was coming and the children were discussing last year’s Christmas play.According to Sally “As the excitement gathered around the memories we began to gather ideas on what the children thought they would like to do this year. Their imaginations were on fire as they created first the play, then set about creating the stage, all outdoors and using found materials. This was their play from start to finish, ensuring that next year they would also be able to fully recollect the great memories of ‘The Search for Santa!’”The Glen Outdoor School for Early Learning also picked another award for ‘The Enormous Turnip’ another learning story that takes place when Autumn is here and so is harvest time.As the story goes: “These children re-enact The Enormous Turnip story to harvest their very own pumpkin! There is a lot to figure out! First there is pulling the pumpkin and then there is transporting it. How will they do all this?? Well… the Glenswilly way of course!” The Letterkenny team are in Dublin for Early Childhood Ireland’s 2 day conference “Play on the Brain” finishing today, Saturday 18th April, in Croke Park Conference Centre with 700 delegates in attendance.The Early Childhood Ireland awards involved 40 inspirational early years practitioners and practices from around the country that, according to CEO of Early Childhood Ireland Teresa Heeney from Ballybofey, “make a positive difference in the lives of children and families”.Some of the other key issues to be addressed at the 2 day Early Childhood Ireland conference are commercial rates and VAT, problems with the ECCE (partially free preschool scheme) contract, the inspection processes, support for children with additional needs and recognising the sector as professionals with appropriate pay and conditions.Early Childhood Ireland represents over 3,500 childcare professional members who support over 100,000 children and their families through preschool, afterschool and full daycare provision nationwide. Its work includes quality enhancement, publications, advocacy, training, business support and information for a sector that employs 25,000 people today. DONEGAL SCHOOL WINS ONE OF IRELAND’S TOP EARLY LEARNING AWARDS was last modified: April 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalEarly Childhood LearningGlen Outdoor SchoolSally O’Donnell
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Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.See photo highlights of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday game against the Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers remain undefeated with a 5-0 record after their 20-7 win over the Rams in Los Angeles. The 49ers face the Washington Redskins on the road next Sunday.This is the 49ers best season start since 1990 when they won the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos by a score of 55–10. Their most recent Super Bowl win was in 1995 …
The men’s 400m hurdles race at the Asian Games in Guangzhou was supposed to be a straightforward fight between Japan’s Kenji Narisako and Naohiro Kawakita. India’s Joseph Abraham stood no chance of a podium finish, let alone gold.Critics had written off the 29-year-old from Kottayam, Kerala, saying that he was past his prime and winning a medal at a highly competitive event like the Asian Games was beyond him. But Abraham, one of the senior-most members in the Indian athletics contingent, pipped both favourites to finish with gold.While everyone has been busy congratulating Abraham on his feat, he confessed to MAIL TODAY on Monday that after the disappointment at the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG), winning the gold and proving to himself that he still was good enough to compete at the international level was the only thing on his mind.”I desperately wanted to win gold and prove to myself that I am not past my prime. The CWG disappointment was still lingering on my mind. I had always wanted to win a medal in front of my compatriots and I was immensely hurt when I failed to qualify for the final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,” Abraham said.”I would really like to thank my coach who kept insisting that I was good and deserved to win gold. He kept egging me on and asked me to go for gold. Although I was a bit skeptical initially, I gained in confidence after the heats. Having done well in the heats, I was sure that I could finish first if I gave it my best shot.”advertisementBut the simpleton that Abraham is, he says that winning in India would have meant much more that in Guangzhou. “I still feel that winning in Delhi would have meant much more than winning in Guangzhou in front of Chinese spectators. Although there were Indian people in the crowd, but the majority were Chinese while in Delhi, most of the spectators were Indian. Only after landing at the airport on Sunday did it feel good. Even though I would be honest that there weren’t many people who were waiting for our arrival, it still felt good when the ones that were there recognised me, came up to me and congratulated me on my achievements. It always feels good when people of your own country appreciate your efforts,” he said.International sportspersons sometimes give sportsman’s spirit a miss in their bid to rake in laurels but honesty and upholding the spirit of the game have always been Abraham’s strengths.Competing at the 2009 Asian Championships in Guangzhou, Abraham had won the silver in the 400m hurdles behind Narisako.But rather than rejoicing, he was worried because he had accidentally stepped into the inside lane on his way to clearing the last hurdle and he feared that all the hard work that he had put in would go to waste and he would be disqualified.Although the referee didn’t disqualify him, for reasons best known to the referee, Abraham was honest enough to confess that he had been guilty of crossing the lane. Contrast this with Narisako’s celebrations after coming second at the Asian Games, though he had committed a technical infringement. In the end, Narisako was disqualified.While most felt that Narisako looked to be on the verge of overtaking Abraham in the final stretch, the Indian said: “I was not completely balanced after touching the ninth hurdle. As a result, he managed to gain the momentum. But I was always in control and paced my run in such a way that he wouldn’t be able to cross me.”Tactical mishaps had cost Abraham the gold at the Asian All-Star Athletics meet just prior to the CWG. Even during the heats of the CWG, it was a tactical mistake that saw him failing to qualify for the finals. So Abraham made a conscious effort to ensure that he didn’t make any goof-ups in the Asian Games.”Both in the Asian All-Star meet and the CWG, I had failed to strategise, resulting in poor finishes. But this time I was conscious and ran the first 200m without keeping the time in mind. I knew if I could conserve a bit of energy going into the last 200m, I would definitely win the gold and that is exactly what happened,” he said.Looking ahead, Abraham says competing at the 2012 London Olympics and bringing a medal for his country is his ultimate dream. “My concentration will now be solely on competing at the 2012 Olympics and bring home a medal. I will train keeping the Olympics in mind,” he said.advertisement
Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon was fined $100,000 and docked 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at the Phoenix International Raceway, touching off a melee in the garage after the race.Gordon was not suspended, but he was fined placed on probation Dec. 31. But he’ll be allowed to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway despite his actions in Sunday’s race and the ensuing fight in the garage area between the two drivers’ crews.”I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,” Gordon said in a statement. ”I accept NASCAR’s decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead.”The penalty drops Gordon to 11th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with one race remaining. He’s now four points behind Martin Truex Jr. for 10th, and only the top-10 drivers have formal roles in the season-ending awards ceremony in Las Vegas.Rick Hendrick also was docked 25 car owner points, and crew chief Alan Gustafson was placed on probation through the end of the year.”I’ve always respected Jeff for standing his ground,” said Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. ”We also respect that NASCAR needs to police the sport and send a message when situations like this occur. It’s been a great year, and we’re going to put our focus on finishing in a positive way this weekend.”Gordon intentionally slowed his car and waited for Bowyer on the track Sunday to wreck him on what was scheduled to be the final lap. There had been contact between the two a few laps earlier, and Gordon viewed it as the final straw in an apparently escalating on-track feud with Bowyer.He said after the incident he was ”fed up” with Bowyer, and had to take a stand Sunday and would wait to see how NASCAR responded.”They’ve got to do what they’ve got to do, and I guess I had to do what I had to do,” he said.The accident collected Joey Logano and Aric Almirola, and happened right in front of championship contender Brad Keselowski, who had to weave his way around the carnage.It also led to the brawl in the garage that began when Gordon appeared to be jumped from behind by a Michael Waltrip Racing team member. Gordon was grabbed by a Hendrick Motorsports crew member and pulled out of the fracas and into his team hauler.Bowyer, bewildered to find his stall empty when his burning race car came to a stop on pit road, saw the fight on the infield big screen and sprinted over the wall and through the garage to back up his guys. He was held back by NASCAR officials from entering Gordon’s hauler.Bowyer crew chief Brian Pattie was fined $25,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year for failing to maintain control of the crew.NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton considered the matter closed after issuing the penalties.”There’s no doubt that a unique set of circumstances combined with a championship battle on the line resulted in raw emotions coming into play,” he said. ”We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them.”
Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee is an extremely difficult team to figure out heading into the season. The Brew Crew surprised everyone by winning 86 games last year, even leading the division as late as July 25. It also dealt aggressively over the winter, picking up both Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich to patrol Miller Park’s outfield. But the forecasters are pretty split over the Brewers’ potential in 2018. Some systems see them pushing the Cardinals and Cubs again; others think they’ll struggle to crack .500. Our aggregation of various projections calls for 83 wins, but like Minnesota in the AL, this is another forecast I suspect we’re too low on.Rebuild alert: Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds have been rebuilding for a half-decade now, if we include this season — and our projections say we most definitely should. Someday, perennial MVP candidate Joey Votto could play for a winning team again, but it probably won’t be this year (and it might not be for Cincinnati, either). Meanwhile, the Pirates are just embarking on their rebuilding journey, having traded away franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen and ace Gerrit Cole. Pittsburgh probably could have made one last run at the playoffs this year if it had hung on to its stars, but that would have required everything to go right. Instead, general manager Neal Huntington opted to close the book on the franchise’s best period since the early 1990s.Player to watch: Jose Quintana, Cubs. When the Cubs picked up Quintana from the White Sox at last season’s trade deadline for a handful of prospects, it was about more than just renting help for the stretch run in 2017. Quintana’s contract extends through this year, with team options for 2019 and 2020 as well, so the Cubs were locking down one of the game’s most valuable arms for the long haul. According to FanGraphs, Quintana is projected to be a top-10 pitcher by WAR this season. Along with new teammate Yu Darvish, he should help Chicago recapture some of the form of its banner 2016 campaign that produced the third-best rotation in baseball.Biggest enigma: Kyle Schwarber, Cubs. Schwarber’s career has already gone through so many twists and turns, it’s hard to remember that he’s still just 25 years old, with a shade over two years of MLB service time. Schwarber flashed outstanding potential at the plate in a half-season of action in 2015, and he provided instant memories when he returned from injury to hit .412 in the 2016 World Series. But a cold start buried his 2017 numbers, even though he hit quite well from July onward. Toss in an offseason of serious weight loss, and it seems like Schwarber is poised for a big breakout season — but still, FanGraphs’ projections see him generating between 0.9 and 3.0 WAR, so he’s stuck on the enigma list for now. NL EastTeam to beat: Washington Nationals. Aside from a stunning implosion in 2015 and a distant runner-up finish to the Atlanta Braves (remember that?) in 2013, the Nats have owned this division for most of the decade. For at least one more season, things should play out basically the same way. Washington returns essentially all of the core that won 97 ballgames a year ago, plus it’ll have leadoff man Adam Eaton back after a knee injury cost him most of last season. Nobody quite knows what to do with the Mets (see below), and the Phillies are finally on the rise. But it would take another unlikely confluence of underperformance from the Nationals and a breakout elsewhere for anybody to catch Washington this year. The Nats should savor it while it lasts — with Bryce Harper and others due for free agency after the season and Philadelphia and Atlanta soon emerging from their tanking projects, this division could look very different in a few years. But for now, it’s all Washington. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… How Elo is forecasting the NL East race Dodgers15689765+14581%63%13% Nationals15469369+11173%62%8% Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Cubs15589567+12776%55%10% Phillies14907983-1924141 How Elo is forecasting the NL West race Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: New York Mets. Touted last season to contend for the East, the Mets got out to a miserable, injury-riddled start and never recovered. They do have a new manager now, former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, and pitching was the biggest issue with last year’s squad. (New York actually finished 11th in position-player wins above replacement.) But Callaway was basically the extent of the Mets’ offseason improvements, aside from re-signing ex-Met Jay Bruce and scavenging third baseman Todd Frazier and reliever Anthony Swarzak in free agency. Essentially, the Mets’ 2018 season hinges on the same factors that destroyed them in 2017: the health and effectiveness of their pitching staff. Stay tuned to see how that works out.Rebuild alert: Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves. The Phillies had been in this category for years, but they spent the offseason finally making win-now moves. Even the Braves, with their incredible farm machine,1Even after Atlanta was punished for the international signing rule violations that got former GM John Coppolella banned for life from MLB. won’t be long for this list. But the Marlins … whoo, buddy. Miami has just begun its descent into tanking hell, with new ownership and an offseason sell-off that actually surpassed the franchise’s famous fire sale two decades ago. Our model considers the Marlins the worst team in baseball, so let the rebuild commence.Player to watch: Noah Syndergaard, Mets. Last April, “Thor” was well on his way to once again ranking among the game’s best pitchers. Then he tore a lat muscle — and wouldn’t be seen back on an MLB mound until a very odd, meaningless late-September co-start. (Don’t ask.) Syndergaard is healthy again, however, and according to FanGraphs’ numbers, he projects as the third-best pitcher in baseball. What’s more, those projections don’t factor in the fireballs he was hurling in the spring, ostensibly trying to prove he’s still the hardest-throwing starter around. (We get it, Noah.) If Syndergaard stays healthy, he should dominate.Biggest enigma: Bryce Harper, Nationals. Harper is projected to be the eighth-best position player in baseball this season, but he’s far from a sure thing. Despite being one of MLB’s most exciting players, his numbers have bounced around wildly in the past few seasons. In 2015, we saw Harper perform at a level few players have ever attained, producing 9.5 WAR with a weighted on-base average 97 percent better than league average. The following year, he was down to a measly 3.5 WAR with a weighted OBA only 12 percent above average. And last year? He hit like an MVP in the early going but was injured later in the season, ending up with 4.8 WAR and a wOBA 56 percent better than average. No player’s WAR has moved around more from season to season over the past three years, so it’s anybody’s guess where Harper will end up in 2018. Pirates14837785-41186<1 NL WestTeam to beat: Los Angeles Dodgers. At times last season, L.A. looked like it might belong among the greatest teams of all time. But it also looked like trash during one September stretch — then turned around and very nearly won the World Series. We can’t guarantee this season will hold as many ups and downs for the Dodgers, but they should be quite good once again. Start with the NL’s best projected pitcher (Clayton Kershaw), add in its top reliever (Kenley Jansen), and mix in four hitters projected for at least 3.3 WAR (Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig), and you’ve got a recipe for the top team in the National League. This division is pretty stacked in general, though, so you might see both wild-card slots go to NL West teams again. Giants14947884-272281 Padres14556993-11562<1 Mets14917983-2124141 Cardinals15228676+4345223 Brewers15108379+1534142 NL CentralTeam to beat: Chicago Cubs. Last year’s Cubs suffered one of the worst championship hangovers in baseball history, dragging them down from the historic heights they’d reached in 2016. (Note: They still won 92 games. Everything’s relative.) But between the offseason and last year’s trade deadline, Chicago now boasts a revamped pitching staff to go with a young core of position-player talent that already ranks among baseball’s best. The Cardinals, eternal archnemesis to the Cubs, are shaping up for a resurgent season as well — and who knows what to make of the Brewers (more on them later) — so this division could make for an exciting summer. But out of that triad of contenders, the Cubs are clearly the favorites to win the Central crown. TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Reds14657290-8783<1 Marlins14436795-12753<1 How Elo is forecasting the NL Central race Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Rockies15038082-92691 Diamondbacks15238577+3843193 TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series It’s opening week in the major leagues, and we’re catching up on what baseball’s been up to over this very odd offseason — and looking forward to the season ahead. We’ve enlisted the help of our preseason forecasting model, which assesses every team and offers a projection for their 2018 campaign. I’ve also highlighted the most interesting teams and players to watch during the year, as well as the ones about which we just don’t have any clue. (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) What follows is our take on the National League — for the American League, click here. TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Braves14747587-58158<1 Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: San Francisco Giants. The Giants’ weird run of even-year success seemed poised to end this season after the team sputtered to 64 wins a year ago. But San Francisco refused to let one of the most disappointing campaigns in recent history deter them. No, the Giants went out and acquired a bunch of recognizable names over the winter, including potential future Hall of Famers Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. Will their efforts work? Well, PECOTA lists the Giants on the periphery of the playoffs. But other projections are less bullish. Also working against San Francisco: Only six teams in history have gone from 85 or more wins2Per 162 games. in one season to 70 or fewer the next, then back to 85 or more the season after that. A spring training injury to ace Madison Bumgarner — see below — isn’t helping matters, either.Rebuild alert: San Diego Padres. San Diego is perpetually rebuilding — it hasn’t finished above .500 since 2010 — and the Padres were dealt another blow3Probably. when Japanese two-way prospect Shohei Ohtani spurned them this winter. But the team has ranked third in Keith Law’s farm-system rankings in back-to-back years now, helping produce a few encouraging prospects who might be part of the next contending Padres team. That team probably won’t come along this season, though: Our model assigns the Padres the lowest division-title probability of any team in the National League.Player to watch: Corey Seager, Dodgers. Los Angeles has so many stars at its disposal that, Clayton Kershaw aside, it can sometimes be difficult for them to get their proper due. Take Seager, a slick-fielding, great-hitting, 23-year-old shortstop who ranks fifth among position players in WAR over the past two seasons. A player like that would be the centerpiece of most teams, but Seager finished behind three teammates (and tied with another) in MVP voting last year. Sure, some of that owed to Seager missing time with elbow and back problems. But when he’s healthy, Seager ought to be in the running with Kershaw for the title of L.A.’s best player.Biggest enigma: Madison Bumgarner, Giants. No pitcher in baseball looks more lights-out when he’s at his best than Bumgarner, whose playoff exploits are the stuff of legend. But that peak performance hasn’t always translated fully in the regular season, where Bumgarner ranks only 15th among qualified starters in fielding-independent pitching since his rookie season of 2010. Beyond that, his customary durability faltered last season, as a dirt bike accident landed him on the disabled list for several months with shoulder and rib injuries. And just this week, a stray line drive broke a finger on Bumgarner’s throwing hand, costing him an estimated six to eight weeks of action. If Bumgarner doesn’t dominate when he returns, the Giants’ bounce-back season might be doomed to failure.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Fans had been waiting all season for Terrelle Pryor to become the dual threat many saw him as coming out of high school and that he showed glimpses of last year. Saturday night against Indiana, their wishes were fulfilled, as Pryor picked apart the Indiana defense with both his legs and his arm.He finished the game with four touchdowns, three through the air and one on the ground. For Pryor, it was the type of performance that he and the rest of the passing game had been trying to put together all season.“We’re always on a mission,” he said. “Sometimes it might not show out there, but I mean not every offense in the country is perfect.”Pryor was near perfect when it came to spreading the ball Saturday. He completed passes to eight different receivers, including two of his three touchdowns to freshmen Duron Carter and Zach Boren.“It’s a great feeling,” Boren said. “Terrelle gave me a great ball that I could just catch and go right into the end zone.”“It was a great experience for my first road game,” Carter said. “I was the second read, and Terrelle trusted me with the ball, and I jumped up and caught it.”But Carter was actually more excited about a devastating block he put on an IU defender.“Football is a contact sport,” he said. “If you don’t like contact you shouldn’t be playing.”When it was all said and done, Pryor finished with a career-high 27 attempts as the coaching staff continued to put the offense in his hands.“He was glued in,” coach Jim Tressel said.Defense doesn’t miss a beat without ColemanIt’s not easy to replace a team captain, three-year starter, and All-Big Ten performer and not have a drop off.But with Anderson Russell filling the shoes of suspended safety Kurt Coleman, the Buckeyes did exactly that.OSU held the Hoosiers to 14 points, with seven of those coming in the last 10 seconds of the game against the second and third string. Coming into the game, the Hoosiers were averaging 28 points per game.“We didn’t give up any home runs. We seemed to tackle well. With Kurt not there and Jermale [Hines] limping around there for a minute, we were awfully young,” Tressel said. “But they kept everything in front of them … and I thought they were solid.”Russell started the first two games of the season before being replaced in the lineup by Hines. He showed no signs of rust as he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble during Saturday’s game.“He’s a guy that has never changed who he is just because we changed the rotation,” Tressel said. “He works like crazy, studies film all the time. He’s a smart young man on the field and off the field.”Increased workload for ‘Zoom’ doesn’t slow down running gameAlthough it was known that the defense would be without Coleman coming into Saturday’s game, the status of junior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron was uncertain.“Boom in a real pinch could have played tonight, but I’m not sure he’d have been 100 percent,” Tressel said.Luckily for OSU, a less-than-100-percent Herron would not be needed, as Brandon Saine efficiently stepped into the starting running back role. His 113 yards were a large part of OSU’s 219-18 yard advantage on the ground.“I’ve been excited since Thursday when I found out I was going to be starting and that I’d be a captain,” Saine said. “I had a lot of fun out there, and I’m glad we were able to come out with a win. I’m definitely really grateful for the opportunity I had today.”Although Saine, a track star in high school, is known more for his speed, he has quickly established himself as a power back as well.“Brandon Saine is 220 pounds, and he’s moving those pounds fast,” Tressel said. “We always say, ‘Whoever wins the battles in the trenches is going to win the game.’”Buckeyes hit by fluIn addition to a suspension and injuries, OSU is now having to deal with the issue of the flu. Junior offensive tackle Andrew Miller was prohibited from traveling with the team after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. He wasn’t the only Buckeye that was affected.“We had three or four guys miss practice during the week,” Tressel said.Tressel named sophomore starting center Mike Brewster and sophomore defensive lineman Solomon Thomas among those who missed multiple practices with flu symptoms. He couldn’t recall which other players were affected by the flu but acknowledged there were more.OSU isn’t the first team to have to deal with the flu this year. Georgia starting quarterback Joe Cox was unable to travel with the rest of the team prior to the Bulldogs’ season opener, and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was plagued by flu-like symptoms in the Gators’ game against Kentucky.
The Croatian manager believes he knows the key to guide Bayern Munich to a victory over FC Augsburg tomorrow nightThe European leagues will play midweek this week starting tomorrow.And for Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac, the key for the German Bundesliga giants to win against FC Augsburg is already in his mind.“It’ll be a very intense game. They play man on man, sometimes across the whole pitch, and we have to make sure we find a solution to their man-marking strategy,” he told the club’s official website.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We’re being chased – by everyone. We have to concentrate on every game, we must guard against being negligent, and we have to remain focused.”According to Kovac, he has to think “one or two steps ahead. We want to make sure we give everyone the opportunity to play and also bring on fresh legs.”The Bavarians run first place in the Bundesliga standings with a perfect four-matches-won run.The team has 12 points after scoring 11 goals and receiving two.
Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful that both David de Gea and Anthony Martial will commit their futures to Manchester UnitedThe Red Devils received a welcome boost this week after 22-year-old midfield star Scott McTominay signed a new long-term contract at Old Trafford until June 2023.Now United will undoubtedly be hoping for similar success with De Gea and Martial shortly after activating clauses in their existing deals that will keep them at the club until the end of next season.De Gea has developed into one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers at United following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011, but talks over a new deal haven’t progressed since the start of this season.Meanwhile, French striker Martial is in a similar situation to that of De Gea’s and has given very little away in the last few months over his contract situation.Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Ashley Young also face uncertain futures at United with their contracts to expire this summer.“I think the club’s making progress,” said Solskjaer, according to FourFourTwo.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“But I leave that to the right people to do that.“I don’t really know how far we are [from agreements], I’m away from it, but hopefully we can have some good news in the coming weeks.”Another player who’s United future is in doubt is centre-back Eric Bailly, who has been restricted to just 10 appearances this season.The Ivory Coast international’s struggles for regular game time at Old Trafford has seen being linked with a shock move to Arsenal, who United will take on this Friday in a FA Cup fourth-round match.“I’m not surprised if they do [want him], to put it that way, but that’s just one of those things,” said Solskjaer of Arsenal’s alleged interest in Bailly.“There’s always speculation and it’s not a big surprise.”