‘Man Utd & City would want Rice’

first_imgManchester rivals United and City “would want” Declan Rice, says West Ham legend Tony Cottee, while Chelsea are also expected to show interest once their recruitment ban is lifted.Transfer talk has built steadily around the versatile 20-year-old in recent times.A move at club level from centre-half to a holding midfield post has seen his stock rise domestically, while allowing him to switch international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream It has been suggested that a big-money approach from Old Trafford could be made at some stage, but Cottee doubts United will be the only club to show interest if the door is opened.The former West Ham striker told talkSPORT: “I do like him [Rice] as a centre-back. I think he will end up there.“That’s what you are buying. You’re buying a holding midfielder player, but you are also buying a player that can play centre-half in a back four and in a back three as well. So, you are getting a really, really top player.“I am sure Manchester United would want him. I am sure Manchester City would want him in that holding role, though they have just bought Rodri.“Of course, let’s not forget, he did grow up as a Chelsea fan. Maybe once their embargo [is lifted], they’ll be looking as well.“There are many, many teams that will be interested in Dec, but I want him to stay at West Ham. And to do that they need to win [a] cup or get into Europe.”While suggesting that Rice could attract interest from Premier League champions City, Cottee believes another England starlet should be looking for a way out of the Etihad Stadium.Phil Foden Manchester City 2019-20Phil Foden is not getting the necessary game time to further his development, with a move needed – either on loan or permanent.Former Three Lions frontman Cottee added on the 19-year-old playmaker: “I’m really frustrated with Phil Foden. He is an unbelievable, outstanding young footballer but he’s got to play!“If you’re sitting on the bench, yes people will say he’s training with the first team, but it’s not the same as playing.“You have to get the game time and experience. He needs to play. This is a big season for him, and he’s not playing!“If I was Phil Foden, I would be banging on that door every single week and saying, ‘I want to play and if you’re not going to play me, I’m going out on loan’.“The young lad [Bobby Duncan] has just left Liverpool because he wants to play football – these young kids have to play, they’ve got to learn they’re trade and Foden is not learning it on the bench.“He’s 19 now and your career goes so quickly. You need to be in the first team and you’ve got to be playing.“I understand it’s a great team and who does he replace, I understand that, but he’s such a wonderful talent.“I think Foden has a place in that England team. We talk about the balance of that midfield and needing a creative player and Foden is that. He’s an outstanding talent and we need him in that England team.“But unless he’s playing, which he’s not, he’s not going to get in it.”last_img read more

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Seahawks linebackers in flux with Wright sidelined by injury

first_img GO By CURTIS CRABTREE, Associated Press Published: November 20, 2018, 5:12pm Follow The Columbian on Instagram RENTON — For the second time this season the Seahawks are having to find an option at weakside linebacker with K.J. Wright is sidelined due to injury.Wright has missed seven of Seattle’s 10 games played this season due to a knee injury that surfaced during pregame warmups of the team’s preseason game in Minnesota in August. Wright had surgery shortly after and missed the first six weeks of the season as setbacks in his recovery slowed his return to the field.The knee issue again sidelined Wright during the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams and kept him out of the Thursday night victory over the Green Bay Packers.“He’s still working to get back,” head coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday.Barkevious Mingo started in place of Wright against the Packers before being replaced after just one defensive series by Austin Calitro. Calitro also replaced rookie Shaquem Griffin in the team’s opener against Denver. Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones, left, catches a pass for a touchdown, next to Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Austin Calitro during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.center_img Follow Seahawks linebackers in flux with Wright sidelined by injury Carroll says team is ‘gaining experience as we go’ Calitro will likely keep the gig until either Wright or Kendricks are able to return.“We just have to understand it’s kind of a next man up,” middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “Everybody kind of knows I trust everybody that’s been in the position. Austin is in it right now. We have a lot of confidence in him.”Kendricks is eligible to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 10.“It’s great for Mychal in particular;” Carroll said of having Kendricks back at practice. “He needs to get going and doing some stuff that’s positive and all of that. He had a really good experience with us before. We loved him playing for us.”NotesRB J.D. McKissic was designated to return from injured reserve and returned to practice Tuesday. McKissic injured his foot in the preseason and was placed on injured reserve following roster cuts in early September. Share: Mychal Kendricks was then signed and started the next three games for Seattle before the league imposed an eight-game suspension for a guilty plea in an insider-trading case. While Kendricks returned to practice Tuesday, he’s ineligible to play for another two weeks while serving the final stretch of his suspension.Meanwhile, it’s uncertain whether just rest and rehab will be enough to get Wright back on the field in the coming weeks.“We’re going to find out. We don’t know,” Carroll said.The Seahawks are going with Calitro this week for their matchup against the Carolina Panthers. The undrafted rookie has started three of 10 games played for Seattle this year in relief of Wright, with 22 tackles, a pass defended and a half sack of Aaron Rodgers last Thursday against the Packers.“We’re gaining experience as we go,” Carroll said. “Austin has done a nice job when he’s had his chances. He’s still a young player so there’s stuff to learn and all but he’s done a nice job, particularly in the physical side of hitting and tackling and all.” Share:last_img read more

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Why Air Canada flew a lone Boeing 737 Max across the country

While the world’s Boeing 737 Max fleet remains grounded after two fatal crashes, a solitary Air Canada plane has been spotted in the skies, shuttling between Quebec and Ontario.In a rare exemption, approved by Canadian aviation regulator Transport Canada, the 11 flights in August and September were partly to maintain the qualifications of senior training pilots, Air Canada told Reuters in response to a query about flight tracking data.A spokesman for Air Canada said the airline was not able to use similar 737s within its fleet “to maintain check pilot authority in alignment with (Canadian aviation regulations).”“So we are utilizing the 737 Max during planned maintenance movements to maintain qualification.” Between Aug. 28 and Sept. 8 the Air Canada Max plane criss-crossed between Montreal, Val d’Or, Quebec and North Bay, Ontario, data from Tracking website FlightRadar24 shows.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Then last week, it was flown to Pinal Airpark in Arizona to be parked in a desert storage site.Although unusual after the grounding imposed worldwide in March amid concerns over an anti-stall system, the flights highlight growing pressures facing some airlines as they prepare for the return to service of the 400-plane Boeing fleet. Air Canada says Boeing Max grounding hit it harder than other carriers ‘Extremely frustrating’: Air Canada will acutely feel the absence of Max 737s in the third quarter Air Canada scraps 737 Max flights until 2020, joining Southwest The planes have been sitting idle since March following two crashes in the space of five months.For airlines like Air Canada, which did not have earlier versions of Boeing 737s in their fleets, this has made it difficult to make sure pilots can demonstrate the skills required to retain their licenses.As North America’s sole Max operator which had not flown the earlier 737NG, Air Canada cannot use that model to maintain the qualifications of its check or trainer pilots, the company said.So regulator Transport Canada authorized a select group of Air Canada’s check pilots to fly the grounded jet, which was also conducting maintenance flights, the airline said.All the jets have the same control software suspected of contributing to the accidents, which Boeing is now in the process of revising to smooth its impact. However, some pilots have said existing procedures can prevent similar accidents.Boeing declined to comment.MARKET BATTLETransport Canada said in an email that it authorized the flights “because the carrier does not operate the Boeing 737 NG aircraft, but the pilots still need to maintain currency.”However, one U.S. carrier questioned by Reuters said such flights would not be possible in the United States where pilot training was not included in a list of exemptions to the ban issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.“Pilot currency isn’t a listed exemption in the U.S. order,” an FAA spokeswoman confirmed.North American Max operators, including Southwest Airlines , American Airlines, United Airlines and Canada’s WestJet Airlines, said they would only move their Max jets for maintenance and storage purposes.Air Canada’s position as a newly converted 737 operator follows a seven-year battle between Boeing and Airbus over the introduction of airplanes offering bold new fuel savings.The introduction of the Max, an upgrade of earlier 737 models with advanced new engines, coincided with a bitter contest for market share between Boeing and Europe’s Airbus, which was offering its similar A320neo.The feud saw both planemakers use the transition to a new generation of jets to try to poach each other’s customers, and traders said Air Canada’s 2013 decision to switch from Airbus’s A320 family to Boeing’s 737 Max stood out as a major defection.Now, the decision to switch suppliers potentially weighs on some of those same airlines as they cope without a 737 fleet.Boeing has predicted that the 737 Max will be cleared to take passengers early next quarter.The FAA, facing growing international scrutiny over its certification processes, has said it cannot give a precise date for the approval of software and training changes carried out in the wake of the two accidents, which killed 346 people.FAA chief Stephen Dickson plans to fly to Seattle this week to test modified 737 Max software in a simulator..© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

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