Press Association Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed Robin van Persie is a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Southampton. Van Persie picked up a calf injury on international duty with Holland after reporting for duty with a toe problem. “We have a few with knocks,” Moyes told MUTV. “The one we are more worried about is Robin van Persie. “He got a kick on the calf and he came off in the second game (against Turkey). He has had problems with his toes as well. “We will see how he is.” Van Persie’s hat-trick against Hungary last Friday took him top of the Dutch international scoring charts. “It is an incredible achievement,” said Moyes. “What he wants to do now is score more goals for Holland and do it in a World Cup when it matters. “But there have been some brilliant Dutch forwards over the years and they have had an array of talent. To be at the top of that list is something special.” Meanwhile, Moyes also confirmed Belgium midfield man Marouane Fellaini could delay an operation on his wrist for up to two years. Fellaini has been playing with a protective cast on his hand during the recent internationals and, with Tom Cleverley ruled out by a groin injury, the £27.5million man will have to keep going for a good while yet despite the obvious discomfort. “Fellaini needs an operation,” said Moyes. “It is quite a bad wrist injury. There is a bit of bone and ligament sticking out. “We have been told we can get away without operating just now and we are a little bit short with Tom Cleverley picking up a calf strain for England, so we need him and we will put it off as long as we can. “That could be as long as two years. “It is not desperate but part of it is does he feel OK to play. “You do use your arms to hold people off and we have to make sure his wrist is not suffering any more damage than it is already.”
.. to appeal decision to Court of Arbitration for SportBy Jack StubbsRIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters)-Russia was barred from taking part in next month’s Rio Paralympics yesterday, with organisers blasting a “medals over morals mentality” as they announced the blanket ban over state-backed doping that Olympics bosses avoided.International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Philip Craven said Russia’s Paralympians were part of a broken system overseen by the Russian government and suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee ahead of the Sept. 7-18 Games.Russia immediately said it would appeal and condemned the move as violating the human rights of its athletes.“Tragically this situation is not about athletes cheating a system, but about a state-run system that is cheating the athletes,” Craven told reporters.“I believe the Russian government has catastrophically failed its para-athletes. Their medals over morals mentality disgusts me.”The IPC decision follows revelations of widespread cheating in Russian sport which ignited a doping scandal that has threatened to split the Olympic movement and costs dozens of Russian sportspeople their place at the Rio Games.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stopped short of banning all Russian sportspeople from Rio and said on Sunday 278 of the original 387-strong Russian team would be able to compete after being cleared by their individual sports federations.IOC President Thomas Bach had described a blanket ban as a “nuclear option” in which innocent athletes would be “collateral damage”.But the IPC had no such qualms and its hardline move drew praise from anti-doping authorities.“The IPC showed strong leadership today in holding Russia’s state-organised doping program accountable. Their unanimous decision goes a long way towards inspiring us all,” said Travis Tygart, head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.RUSSIA TO APPEALRussia announced within minutes of the announcement it would be appealing against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.“It is prejudice and politicisation … There will be a legal appeal to CAS,” Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.Mutko told Interfax the decision had been made unilaterally by Craven because he was nearing the end of his career, a view echoed by Russia’s Paralympic chief.“This decision is absurd. It is all the ravings of a piebald mare,” R-Sport news agency quoted Vladimir Lukin, president of the Russian Paralympic Committee, as saying.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the ruling violated the human rights of Russia’s Paralympians.“The decision to bar the entire Russian team from the Paralympics is astoundingly mean and inhuman,” she wrote on Facebook. “It is a betrayal of the very highest human rights standards which are the foundation of the modern world.”Although not widely followed or celebrated in Russia, where rights campaigners say many disabled people are marginalised by regressive social attitudes and inadequate state support, Russian para-athletes are some of the best at the world.Russia’s Paralympians topped the medal table at Sochi 2014 after taking second place behind China at London 2012 and their exclusion from the Rio Games will hit hard in a country which has long drawn pride and prestige from its history of sporting success.The move also further tarnishes the legacy of the Sochi Olympics, an event held up by President Vladimir Putin to promote his image of Russia as a resurgent world power.Addressing Russia’s Olympic team before they traveled to Rio last week, Putin said Russian sport had fallen foul of a politically motivated plot and the principal of collective responsibility flew in the face of common sense and legality.Craven said he had “deep sympathy” for Russian competitors who will miss the Rio Games but that the decision was taken in the best interests of the Paralympic movement.“We sincerely hope that the changes that need to happen, do happen,” he said. “They are part of a broken system.”
USC coach Lane Kiffin announced Tuesday that senior defensive tackle Armond Armstead will redshirt the 2011 season. Armstead has been absent from practices because of an undisclosed medical condition and was hospitalized in March when he underwent a series of tests.Out of commission · Senior defensive end Armond Armstead, pictured here on Oct. 30 against Oregon, started 11 games for USC last season, recording 43 tackles and three sacks. – Daily Trojan file photo “After meeting with everybody involved, the best thing is to redshirt him right now being this late in the season,” Kiffin said. “He’s going to probably graduate, finish his degree this semester and we’ll have him back next year.”Last season Armstead started 11 games for the Trojans, finishing with 43 tackles and three sacks, but he has not practiced since being hospitalized. Though redshirting, Armstead could still leave for the NFL draft should he opt to declare.—After a strong game on both sides of the ball in a win against Syracuse, No. 23 USC heads to the desert in its first Pac-12 road game against Arizona State.“We want to make sure we do a great job with our composure and not get in a personal foul type of game regardless of what the opponent is doing,” Kiffin said. “When emotions go up, we can’t let our decision-making go down.”Junior quarterback Matt Barkley noted he enjoys playing road games because of the energy.“I almost like away games more,” Barkley said. “Just being in that environment, everyone is yelling at you. You almost have to focus more.”USC is approaching its first road match-up as if it were just another game.“We just got to take it week by week and approach it like every other game,” said redshirt freshman tight end Xavier Grimble. “Every game is a serious game. You can be beat on any given night.”Barkley is no stranger to hostile environments on the road, as he led the Trojans to a victory over Ohio State in Columbus his freshman year. He offered advice to the younger players on how to deal with the pre-game jitters and uneasiness of playing in an unfamiliar environment.“Be yourself,” Barkley said. “Don’t worry about those — it’s still our game plan and it’s still our offense.”—Senior tailback Marc Tyler feels Barkley exudes more confidence this year behind center.“It feels like he [Barkley] has a better timing and rhythm with the receivers,” Tyler said. “I know him and Robert [Woods] work together a lot. Matt looks confident out there.”Though Barkley’s 8:1 touchdown-to-inerception ratio through three games indicates he has made progress since last year, he is pleased with the play of the other receivers who have stepped up.“It’s great because we have other athletes on our team that can make plays as well,” he said. “If they want to overcompensate for covering [Woods], it is just going to open up other guys and that’s what you saw on Saturday.”—Though Syracuse was missing its defensive end — and arguably top defensive presence — in Chandler Jones on Saturday, the USC defense will have to prepare for Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who has made a name for himself as one of the top linebackers in the country. Burfict has accumulated 17 tackles and four sacks for the Sun Devils this season.“As young as we are, I think we are a mature group so that [Burfict] shouldn’t take us out of our game at all,” junior center Khaled Holmes said. “Their whole defense plays with a lot of tenacity.”Barkley echoed similar sentiments, saying although the team has to worry about Burfict, the entire Sun Devils’ defense should be the team’s focus.“Vontaze is the highlight of that defense,” Barkley said. “They play it really well and they play fast so it will be a good challenge for us.”—The Trojans remain relatively healthy after three weeks. Kiffin announced freshman linebacker Lamar Dawson, senior offensive tackle Martin Coleman, redshirt freshman wide receiver Kyle Prater and junior wide receiver Brice Butler were out for Tuesday’s practice. Junior guard Abe Markowitz was limited in practice.“We anticipate all of those guys playing and we hope to have them back later in the week,” Kiffin said.
“We feel like we’re right there.” McLaughlin said. “We have a few things to get better at, but we feel like we’re right there.” The Trojans are back in action this Thursday at 8 PM against the Stanford Cardinal. The game will be aired on the Pac-12 networks. “The teams were playing right now are very physical.” Enfield said. “Darian is our best rebounder per minute, so we definitely miss him. However, our players need to pick up the slack until Darian can get back.” Utah forward Jakob Poeltl scored 29 points with 13 rebounds and four assists and guard Brandon Taylor chipped in 8 points and 10 assists as the Utes defeated the USC Trojans 80-69 on Sunday. The loss was the Trojans’ first home defeat of the season.“I’m proud of our team’s effort, winning 15 straight games at home.” head coach Andy Enfield said. “Unfortunately tonight we got outplayed and lost to a good basketball team.”Guard Jordan McLaughlin led the Trojans (19-8, 8-6) with 20 points, three assists and three rebounds as the Trojans lost at the Galen Center for the first time in almost a year. Fellow backcourt mate Julian Jacobs finished with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists.The Utes (21-7, 10-5) outrebounded the Men of Troy 30-24 and outscored them 38-28 in the paint. The Trojans shot 58 percent from 3-point range, but attempted just 17 shots. The Utes finished shooting 53 percent from the field and had 13 second-chance points. The Utes also attempted nine more free throws than the Trojans.Both teams came out running in the first half. The Utes immediately took advantage of their size down low with Poeltl. The second year big man from Austria scored nine of the Utes first 14 points and finished the half with a near double-double.The backcourt duo of McLaughlin and Jacobs scored the first 13 points for the Trojans. The Trojans were able to stay relatively close throughout the first half, but once Poeltl returned the Utes closed on a run to push their lead to double digits.Guard Katin Reinhardt hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer to cut the Utes lead to 10 at the half. The Trojans had 10 first half turnovers that turned into 15 points for the Utes. McLaughlin, Jacobs and forward Bennie Boatwright combined for 25 of the Trojans 30 first half points.It looked like things were going to get away from the Trojans as the Utes opened the second half by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers, extending their lead to 16 points.Jacobs had other plans. The third-year guard scored nine points in a flurry that helped ignite a 14-3 run by the Men of Troy. The Trojans got as close as 5 points, before the Utes woke up.Poeltl scored eight of Utah’s next 12 points as the Utes pushed their lead back to double-digits. The Trojans had a late rally that cut the lead back to 10, but they would get no closer. “He’s a pro if I’ve ever seen one. He absolutely dominated us.” Jacobs said. “We did not have an answer for him. Defensively, I think he ended with four steals. Offensively he had his way with us. It was the Jakob Poeltl show, and we did not have any answers.” The trio of McLaughlin, Jacobs, and Boatwright scored 54 of the Trojans 69 points. The rest of the Trojans went 6-20 from the field for 15 points.With the loss, the Trojans now sit two game behind league leaders Arizona and Oregon. The Trojans have a big trip coming up against Stanford and Cal. The Golden Bears are one game ahead of the Trojans in the standings. Forward Darian Clark missed his fourth consecutive game with a shoulder injury. As one of USC’s toughest defenders and rebounders, he was sorely missed as the Trojans struggled against the size of Poeltl. The Men of Troy made a spirited comeback but the size of Poeltl ended up being too much the Trojans to handle. Poeltl killed the Trojans inside but also opened up wide open shots for his teammates as USC was forced to double down on various occasions. All eight of the Utes players scored at least four points.