Former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster is tipping David Moyes to make a success of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. Press Association Foster spent five years on the Old Trafford payroll before leaving for Birmingham in 2010. And although that period included two seasons out on loan and another sidelined by injury, he still got a pretty good insight into what makes the mighty Old Trafford machine tick. Foster accepts the heat is on Moyes following Ferguson’s exit. But he is confident United have the right man for the job, saying: “David Moyes has huge shoes to fill but I don’t think anyone could have walked into that job and felt no pressure at all.” He added: “It is the biggest job in world football. United have made a good decision. Moyes has got that steel about him. From what I hear he is a hard character. He has high standards all the time. You see what he has done at Everton on a limited budget. He has eked out the last little bit of quality from every one of his players.” It might not be easy though. Quite apart from having to stamp his authority on a dressing room used to winning the trophies he has never collected, Moyes also has to brace himself for a summer spending spree from fellow Champions League contenders Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Europe is also a priority after two poor seasons by the Red Devils high standards. Yet despite these obvious challenges, Foster expects his old club to keep on winning. “United will always carry on the same,” he said. “They are very good at signing players who believe in everything they stand for. It is football, football, football. It is winning at all costs. It is the way they are. “I am sure they will keep the old heads around, even when they retire. “Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs will always have some input and some sort of say just to drive home the message to the new lads. It is bred within them to be winners and that will always be the case.”
Press Association The Portuguese left White Hart Lane on Monday following the 5-0 home loss to Liverpool. In his programme notes prior to Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final with West Ham, Dawson wrote: “It’s been a difficult few days for all of us, what with the result here against Liverpool followed by Andre’s departure. Tottenham captain Michael Dawson admits the players are culpable for the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas as manager for unacceptable performances. “He was well liked in the dressing room and would always want things to work out, but it just wasn’t meant to be. We wish him well. “I know Andre came out after our heavy defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool and said that he took full responsibility, but when the team on the pitch loses in that fashion, the players have to stand up and realise ourselves that the performances haven’t been acceptable. “Those results were painful, the way we lost and the goals we conceded. “As a defender and as captain of this club, I look at myself first, but all players have to take responsibility for what has happened. “The lads were devastated after Sunday’s game, of course. Losing any football match is disappointing, it happens to every team. “But to lose 5-0 at home and 6-0 at City is not good enough. All I can do is apologise to those who turned out to support us.”
Hi-Rez Studios, the team behind SMITE and Paladins, announced their esports department will now be launching as a separate subsidiary with a new name.Skillshot Media will function as a 35-person esports tournament operator and production company based in Alpharetta, Georgia. The company will officially launch its brand new 16,000 sq ft production studio on May 9th and will reportedly produce 75 hours of esports content weekly.Hi-Rez Co-founder and Skillshot President, Todd Harris said: “Smite and Paladins have accumulated well over one billion video views while growing a registered player community of over 45 million. We started live-streaming games from a bedroom, then a tiny office, and now a dedicated production studio. But our goal has always been to foster community through esports and video content. By organizing ourselves as a separate entity focused only on esports and content product, we’re excited to bring even more dedicated esports attention to Smite and Paladins and also explore partnerships with new games and additional game publishers and developers”.“We are pleased to increase our commitment to and focus on esports with this organizational change.” said Hi-Rez Studios President, Stew Chisam. “We believe the Smite and Paladins competitive communities will benefit from the dedicated focus, sustainable leagues and world-class production facilities.”Back in February the company announced a partnership with streaming service, Mixer to stream all SMITE Pro League and Console Series games. As both SMITE and Paladins esports function on a weekly “league” format, the focus of Skillshot Media will solely be on content creation for Hi-Rez’s most popular titles at launch while exploring the opportunity to work with other developers in the future.Esports Insider says: An interesting move from the U.S. game developer. Most tournament operators begin as separate entities so as to cover multiple esports. In this case Hi-Rez is exploring the opposite option in order to fully focus on SMITE and Paladins esports while opening up work with other developers in the future. It will be notable to see how this move will help (or hurt) Hi-Rez esports along with esports in the state of Georgia.
Hosts of the event, Cycling South Africa, announced in a statement that Eslam Nasser Zaki was riding in the Elite Men’s Omnium-Tempo race on Monday when he fell off his bicycle at the Cyril Geoghegan Track.Zaki was immediately attended to by emergency medics, but after “prolonged attempts” to resuscitate him, the 22-year-old was declared dead on the scene.“Cycling South Africa expresses its deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family and teammates of Eslam Nasser Zaki. Every effort is being made to assist the Egyptian Cycling Team during this very tragic period.”The third edition of the African Continental Track Cycling Championships was initially scheduled to take place in Egypt, but was moved to Durban as the original venue wasn’t ready.The event started on Monday, and is set to continue until Thursday.