Manchester United manager’s tenure might end soon
David Moyes’ troubled tenure as Manchester United’s manager could be coming to an end after less than a year. Man U is on course for its worst English Premier League finish since 1990.
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Man U might dump Moyes
David Moyes’ troubled tenure as Manchester United manager could be coming to an end after less than a year .
According to widespread reports Monday on the websites of British newspapers, Moyes is set to be fired by Manchester United and could be forced out before the end of the season May 11.
“They’re going to have to clarify this position quickly,” said former United defender Gary Neville. “The average manager gets sacked every 12 months, and I’ve always felt Manchester United should be different, hold themselves up as a club that basically stands against what’s happening in the game.”
Defending champion United is seventh in the English Premier League at 17-11-6, with Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Everton ensuring the team will miss out on a top-four finish and thus fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 19 years. Man U is 23 points behind league-leading Liverpool and on course for its poorest Premier League finish since 1990.
Moyes was selected by Sir Alex Ferguson, who ended his 27-year reign as manager at the end of last season, and was given a six-year deal in May.
Manchester City wins
Manchester City kept alive its title hopes in the Premier League by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-1.
Manchester City, which has four matches left, is six points behind Liverpool and one behind second-place Chelsea. Liverpool and Chelsea have three matches left.
Yankees welcome NYCFC
New York City FC will play home matches at Yankee Stadium during its first Major League Soccer season in 2015.
Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said at a news conference he anticipated the upper deck would be closed off, leaving capacity at 33,444, down from the ballpark’s baseball capacity of 49,642.
NYCFC is working on plans to build a permanent, soccer-specific home in New York City and hasn’t given a timetable for how long it will play at Yankee Stadium.
NYCFC, co-owned by Manchester City and the Yankees, joins MLS next year along with Orlando as the league expands to 21 teams.
Slive sees common ground
Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive doesn’t think college athletes should have employee status, but believes there is some common ground with the proposal from the five power leagues and a union movement.
The NCAA board of directors is expected to consider Thursday a recommendation restructuring the NCAA to create autonomy in specific areas for the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference. A vote is anticipated at the board’s meeting in August.
Northwestern players are set to vote Friday on whether to form a union.
The 65 members of the five conferences are seeking to be allowed to cover the full cost of attendance for athletes.
Track and field
Uganda suspends coach
Uganda’s athletics body suspended a coach who is accused of sexually harassing female runners, an official said after Ugandan police started investigating the man whose alleged misconduct has sparked calls for his arrest and prosecution.
The suspended coach, Peter Wemali, faces “a range of allegations” related to suspected sexual harassment of female runners who recently trained under him in eastern Uganda, said Beatrice Ayikoru of the Uganda Athletics Federation.
“Sexual harassment is criminal, so it has to be investigated by those who have the mandate to do so,” she said.
Ayikoru said the decision to suspend Wemali was taken after some athletes complained in an unsigned letter.
Wemali’s alleged wrongdoing was first reported by Ugandan Olympic runner Moses Kipsiro, who said last month the coach urged female runners to have sex or give birth to improve their performance.
• Donnie Tyndall, 43, of Southern Mississippi will be the 19th Tennessee men’s basketball coach, according to multiple media reports.
• Vin Yokabaskas, the first Connecticut men’s basketball player to score 1,000 points, died April 13 after a long illness. He was 84.
Yokabaskas scored 1,275 points in his career and was voted to UConn’s All-Century team in 2001.
• New Mexico running back Crusoe Gongbay is facing sexual-assault charges and has been suspended from the team.
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