Rooney: I feel ready for captaincy

first_img Press Association Wayne Rooney is hoping to become the new Manchester United captain, but the striker insists he would have no problem if Robin van Persie was handed the armband instead. Many United fans want Rooney, who has been at the club for 10 years, to succeed Vidic, and the 28-year-old says he would be honoured to take on the role. “I am interested in the captaincy,” Rooney said. ” I’ve captained United a few times and to get it on a full-time basis would be great.” Had David Moyes still been in charge, Rooney would have almost certainly taken over the armband. But Van Gaal made Van Persie Holland captain last year and he recently described the former Arsenal striker as a “fantastic” leader. Van Persie may have been in Manchester for just two years, but Rooney would not hold anything against Van Gaal should he appoint his compatriot over the England striker. “I feel I am ready for (the captaincy), but it’s the manager’s decision,” Rooney added. “If he chooses someone else, then honestly I’ve got no problems with that. I will respect his decision. “Robin is captain of his country, he has captained Arsenal and if Robin gets the nod to be captain, then I’m sure he’ll do a great job.” One of Louis van Gaal’s biggest tasks when he takes over at Old Trafford after the World Cup is to appoint a new captain. Nemanja Vidic, who was skipper since 2010, left the club to join Inter Milan at the end of last season while his vice-captain Patrice Evra also looks set to depart when his contract expires. Injury restricted Rooney’s first-team opportunities last season. When he did turn out, he was one of the few players to impress during an awful season which saw the club finish seventh in the Barclays Premier League. The 28-year-old scored 19 goals, but he concedes his place in the team will come under threat unless he impresses the new boss, who has a transfer kitty of over £150million to spend. “When a new manager comes in, you always feel you have to prove yourself over again,” Rooney said. ” You don’t know what ideas he has got or how he wants to play. I have not met him yet. “So when we’ve finished the World Cup and when we go back into training, it will be like a new start and you’ve got to prove yourself again to make sure the manager picks you.” Rooney is pleased with Van Gaal’s appointment, and the Dutchman’s decision to name Ryan Giggs as his assistant. “I think it is a great appointment,” Rooney said at England’s World Cup training camp in the Algarve. “I think everybody knew for the last few weeks that Louis van Gaal was going to take over and the record he has got around European football is fantastic. “He has won a lot of major trophies and it is great that it is sorted out now. “It is obviously great that Ryan has stayed with him as his number two. It is exciting and it is going to be an exciting time at the club.” last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Celebration send off to be held Wednesday at Kohl Center

first_imgBefore the Wisconsin men’s basketball team begins its trip to Indianapolis for the Final Four, fans will have the chance to see the Badgers off.The Athletic Department has encouraged fans to line the streets as a team bus takes the team to Dane County Regional Airport, where Wisconsin will then fly to Indianapolis.The bus will travel north on Lake Street, down State Street, around Capital Square and finally down East Washington Avenue to the airport.Before that, there will be a free celebration sendoff at the Kohl Center from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.The Badgers start practicing in Indianapolis on Thursday and Friday before taking on Kentucky Saturday at 7:49 p.m.last_img read more

Iowa Medicaid providers fight departed insurer for payment

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Providers of Medicaid services in Iowa say they are owed up to $1.4 million by an insurance company that left the Iowa Medicaid program two years ago.Documents filed with the Iowa Insurance Division show AmeriHealth Caritas could owe as much as $1.4 million to Iowa hospitals, nursing homes and providers of mental health services.Kim Weber, who leads a company that helps Medicaid patients to stay in their homes, says she’s owed $193,000 and calls the unpaid bills “downright thievery.”A hospital in Vinton and a nursing home company in Hampton are among Iowa providers that have sued for payment of tens of thousands of dollars.An AmeriHealth spokesman says the company continues “to diligently work to resolve any outstanding items.”Providers say they haven’t received help from the Department of Human Services, which oversees Medicaid. The agency says those with claims should deal directly with the privately run program.last_img read more

Cross Country Reserves Compete At Dan Huston Invitational

first_imgStory Links Men’s Results Women’s Results WAVERLY, Iowa – Select members of the Drake University cross country teams got valuable race experience Saturday at the Dan Huston Invitational, hosted by Wartburg. Three members of the women’s team raced on the 6-kilometer course while six members of the men’s team participated in the 8-kilometer men’s race.As a team, the men finished seventh in the team standings, led by Maximilian Fridrich’s seventh-place finish. Competing for the first time this year, the All-MVC talent finished in 26:33.3, just 25 seconds off the winning pace set by Wartburg’s Sam Pinkowski.Jack Zettl and Sam King also recorded top-40 finishes for the Bulldogs as Zettl finished 33rd while King was 38th to finish in the top sixth of the huge field.Freshman Lucy Avenson was the top finisher for Drake’s women’s team as she completed the 6-kilometer course in 26:41.4. The Bulldogs will continue their training in preparation for their next event, Oct. 18, at the Bradley Pink Classic.Dan Huston InvitationalWaverly, IowaDrake Individual Women’s Results6 Kilometers – 224 Runners107. Lucy Avenson, 26:41.4113. Alexa Andrews, 26:49.1202. Samantha Jones, 30:54.7 Men’s Team Standings1. Wartburg, 37 2. Washington U., 39 3. Loras, 121 4. St. Thomas (Minn.), 138 5. Gustavus Adolphus, 156 6. Central College, 165 7. Drake, 186 8. Simpson (Iowa), 196 9. Iowa Central CC, 311 10. Cornell College, 312 11. Monmouth (Ill.), 313 12. Wis.-Superior, 346 13. ISU Running Club, 410 14. Waldorf, 416 15. Buena Vista, 426 16. Iowa Track and Field Club, 442 Drake Individual Men’s Results 8 Kilometers – 274 runners7. Maximilian Fridrich, 26:33.333. Jack Zettl, 27:18.838. Sam King, 27:32.995. Xavier Lechleitner, 28:27.697. Cole Friedman, 28:92.1100. Bradley Brodsky, 28:32.9 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: While some of us who train know what to eat when it comes to nutrition, it can be as important to eat the right things at the right times, (before, during and after training), especially if you are an athlete or have specific goals aimed at body composition.I have picked up a few tips that I will share with you below from the Precision nutrition course that I am finishing and from Precision Nutrition’s Dr Krista Scott-Dixon at the European Conference that I attended a few weeks ago.It should be noted that if you are a healthy person and you eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly, you probably do not need Peri-workout nutrition. For people who play sports or compete in them, workout nutrition can be the feather in your cap that gives you the edge over the competition.However, workout nutrition isn’t a magic pill.Your entire diet needs to be right for workout nutrition to be effective.If you haven’t yet got a grasp on your general diet, concentrate on getting that right first and the look at workout nutrition.Recommendations will differ depending on the type of sport that you play and your own body type. The recommendations below will be middle of the road and can easily be adjusted.BEFORE TRAININGWhat you eat before exercise can make a big difference to your performance and recovery.In the 2-three hours before your workout, you’ll want to eat something that helps you to sustain energy, boost performance, hydrate, preserve muscle mass and speed recovery.For a male who is lean with a good amount of muscle mass, you want to have a meal with:2 palm of protein2 palms of vegetables2 cupped palms of carb dense foods.2 thumb lengths of fatsIn a meal this can be potatoes with chicken and veg and any oil used for cooking will be your fat, or if you steam or grill your meat, you can add a knob of butter to your potatoes and veg. If you are a female who is lean with a good amount of muscle mass, you would use that same guide, but reduce each portion down to one serving of each.For people who do not like eating before training, you can use a smoothie around 60 mins before training.The smoothie will follow the same guidelines as above and would look like this;1 scoop protein powder1 fist of veggies (spinach works great in smoothies) 1-2 cupped handfuls of carbs (mixed berries or a banana work great)1 thumb of fats (like mixed nuts or flax seeds)A low-calorie beverage like water or unsweetened almond milkDURING EXERCISEIntra-workout Nutrition is really only necessary for some people:Athletes doing long intense training bouts, people doing multiple daily training sessions, and/or people trying to gain significant amounts of muscle mass.If this isn’t you, you do not need intra workout nutrition.For people who do, endurance athletes and athletes with sports performance goals, you are looking at a Protein and Carb mix of around 2-3:1 ratio.That will look like a smoothie with 15g of Protein and 30-45g of Carbs.This should be sipped during the session for every hour of training you do.If you are trying to drop weight along with training, then 5-10g of BCAA’s will suffice during your session.Sports drinks can be used if your sessions are going to be 90+ mins or if you are going to sweat a lot during your sessions.Look for ones with added electrolytes for replenishing lost salts, hydrating and helping with recovery.POST WORKOUT NUTRITIONThe myth used to be that if you didn’t get nutrition into you 30 mins after training, then the session was practically wasted.This has been proven to be a myth.For all my bro’s out there, there isn’t an ‘anabolic window’ after training.While you don’t have to rush in the door and straight to the fridge the minute you finish at the gym, you still should be having something within 2 hours to speed up recovery.But this is context dependent; what you ate before your workout influences things.If your pre-training meal was a small one or you ate it several hours before training, then it’s probably more important for you to get that post-workout meal or smoothie into your system pretty quickly; usually within an hour of training.If you trained in a fasted state (say, first thing in the morning before breakfast) then it’s also a good idea to eat as soon after your workout as you can.But if you ate a normal sized mixed meal a couple of hours before training (or a small smoothie closer to training), then you have a full one to two hours after training to eat your post-workout meal or smoothie and still maximize the benefits of workout nutrition.The Post Workout meal would be structured the same for men and women as the Pre workout meal discussed earlier.This guide touches on the basics of workout nutrition.If you would like to know how to adjust this to your needs or on the best way to structure your diet for your goals feel free to contact me through the link below.#TrainSmart RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: WORKOUT NUTRITION EXPLAINED was last modified: August 23rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalemmet rushefitness columnletterkennyNutritionlast_img read more