first_img “There’s so much technology at hand that you could do it over an iPad and just say ‘bang, bang, bang’ at the end of the season. “I am not just being biased but if it was voted for today Robin van Persie would win it by a country mile. But it was voted for by the players in late February or March.” For the prestigious FWA honour, members could vote virtually until the result was confirmed. Yet the players have to vote much earlier, which Ferdinand feels leads to an inadequate conclusion. Both United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester City counterpart Roberto Mancini are in agreement that Van Persie’s Old Trafford arrival from Arsenal made the significant difference this term. Tottenham forward Gareth Bale scooped both the main award and young player honour last month, before adding the Football Writers’ prize as well. “The problem with the PFA awards is that the voting system is flawed,” Ferdinand told Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has called for an overhaul of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s “flawed” Player of the Year voting system.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgKYLE, Texas – Junior Emma Svensson earned medalist honors and led the University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team to a record-setting nine-stroke victory Tuesday at the Texas State Invitational at Plum Creek Golf Course.Svensson, from Halmstad, Sweden, shot rounds of 76-68-67 to finish with a season-low 2-under 211, edging out freshman teammate Geraldine Wong for first place. Wong, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, shot 69-74-69 for a career-best 1-under 212 to finish second by two strokes over Houston Baptist’s Kaity Cummings. As a team, UCA shot 297-293-282 for an 872, beating UTSA by nine strokes. The teams finished Monday’s suspended second round on Tuesday morning prior to the final round. UCA’s final two rounds were the best scores of the day, with the 282 third round setting a school record for lowest round. The 872 total tied the UCA school record for a three-round tournament.UCA senior Fernanda Lira shot 75-74-74_223 to finished tied for 18th place. Junior Sally Fridstrom was 30th (79-77-72_228) and freshman Brett Permann tied for 40th place (77-78-76_231).UTSA finished second (881), followed by Houston Baptist (884), Texas State (892), Georgia Southern (894), Lamar (900), UTEP (901), James Madison (905), Arkansas State (912), North Dakota State (917), ULM and UT Arlington (926), UT Rio Grande Valley (933), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (938), Stephen F. Austin (942), McNeese State (948) and Little Rock (953).UCA competes next on March 5-6 at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington’s River Landing Classic in Wallace, N.C.last_img read more

first_imgBOGOTA, Colombia – On the eve of a visit by President Bush, the U.S. Embassy confirmed Saturday that American and Colombian soldiers had conducted a joint operation in the southern stronghold of leftist rebels who are holding three U.S. military contractors. The rare confirmation followed a report by Colombia’s largest newspaper, citing unidentified sources, that two local residents were interrogated about the contractors’ whereabouts by the U.S. and Colombian soldiers. U.S. Embassy spokesman Marshall Louis said only, “U.S. personnel accompanied Colombian forces in the south, and that’s all I can say about it.” The U.S. military’s rules of engagement bar American soldiers from combat operations in this conflict-scarred nation but permit them to accompany host-nation troops in areas where guerrillas operate and to defend themselves if attacked. Current and former U.S. officials closely involved in the situation told The Associated Press this week that Washington has failed to engage in routine negotiations or take other diplomatic steps to seek the hostages’ release, making the Bush administration appear increasingly focused on a risky military rescue. The Bush administration has denied neglecting to pursue all avenues to safely free the three men. Marc Gonsalves, Tom Howes and Keith Stansell were captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in February 2004 when their surveillance plane went down in a rebel stronghold in the country’s south. Their fate is expected to be on the agenda when Bush meets with President Alvaro Uribe today in Colombia, which receives $700 million a year from the U.S. in mostly military aid. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more