Martial stars for Man United

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England (AP): Anthony Martial scored twice on his first Premier League start as Manchester United came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League yesterday. Graziano Pelle put Southampton ahead from close range after an outstanding David De Gea parried a point-blank volley from Sadio Mane in the 13th minute, but United equalised with its first notable attack. Maya Yoshida tackled Juan Mata as he controlled a high pass, but Martial was on hand to slot in the loose ball inside the penalty area. Martial got his second with a composed finish after Yoshida underhit a pass to his goalkeeper in the 50th. Mata secured the win when he slotted in the rebound after Memphis Depay hit the post. Pelle pulled a goal back with a header in the 86th, but De Gea made several late saves to help secure the win. Wayne Rooney’s return from a hamstring problem allowed Louis van Gaal to select his captain in a three-man attack alongside Memphis Depay and Martial for the first time this season and the 19-year-old Martial, who joined from Monaco for a fee which could cost United up to $90 million, shone for his new side. The victory moves United second in the Premier League on 13 points, only two behind fierce rival Manchester City. “I am very happy that with three matches, Martial has adapted to the system and he has three goals,” Van Gaal said. “That’s the most important thing of a striker, that he scores goals. He can improve, he has a high level of talent and he shows it under great pressure.” It was Southampton who began the game with the most attacking intent and Ronald Koeman’s side deservedly took the lead after 13 minutes. James Ward-Prowse whipped an inviting low cross into the penalty area and Mane guided the ball goalwards on the bounce, only for De Gea to beat it away. But Pelle was first to the rebound and Southampton went ahead. But United slowly recovered and hauled themselves level in the 34th. Juan Mata controlled a high ball over the top of the Southampton defence before Maya Yoshida tackled. The ball fell loose and Martial reacted quickest, rolling away from Virgil van Dijk and slotting low into the corner. Yoshida gifted United and Martial five minutes after the interval. Under no pressure, his concentration lapsed as he passed the ball back to Maarten Stekelenburg. The delivery was badly underhit and Martial raced to the ball and beat the goalkeeper again. United appeared to make the game safe on 68 minutes. Depay latched on to a neat pass in the penalty area from Bastian Schweinsteiger. He spun inside on his right, wrongfooting two Southampton defenders but blasted his shot against the post, before Mata converted the rebound. In two other matches played yesterday, Liverpool were held at Anfield by Norwich, despite striker Daniel Sturridge partnering Christian Benteke in attack for the first time this season. It was Danny Ings, who replaced the injured Benteke at half-time, who scored for Liverpool before Russel Martin levelled. Tottenham beat Palace as South Korea forward Son Heung-min scored his first Premier League goal.last_img read more

World’s 1st fair for divorce fails to draw crowds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Detectives were ready to catch a spouse in the act, mediators to help ease the pain of separation, a laboratory to conduct paternity tests, and, of course, lawyers to do everything else. So where were all those in struggling marriages? The Austrian capital would seem a good venue for the event, with its 66-percent divorce rate, near the top for European cities. The country itself has a rate of more than 50 percent. In the United States, the rate is thought to be between 40 and 45percent. But only a few dozen clients meandered through the two conference rooms of a downtown luxury hotel in the space of an hour, and bemused exhibitors were kept busy mostly by TV crews lining up to interview them. “It doesn’t matter,” said real estate agent Christian Novotny, there to offer advice on how to sell homes for splitting couples – or to buy ones for new singles. “Tomorrow’s another day.” “Too many cameras,” said Berhard Spernern, one of the few at the event hoping for a divorce. “I think that’s part of the problem – a lot of people don’t want to be seen or be photographed here.” Spernern said he was happy to have come nonetheless, saying a talk with a lawyer was helpful in letting him know that he has an automatic right to divorce after a three-year separation. And he said he would suggest to his spouse – who he said does not want to end their marriage – to join him in mediating their dispute with one of the experts he made contact with here. Most of the 16 firms with stands at the fair offered standard divorce fare – legal services, private investigations, mediation and conflict management. But some catered to more unusual needs. “Many people come to us when they are already in the middle of divorce proceedings,” said Susanna Haas, whose $600 DNA analysis promises to end bickering about why the little one does not look like daddy. “Proof of parenthood can play an important role in divorces.” In the next room, Isabella Stozek, whose “Hairdreams” offered hair extensions, volume treatments, highlights and other regimens, said such makeovers were important to women looking for a new look to accompany their new start. “They want to leave their old lives behind, and how better to do that than with these?” she says, sweeping her hand over a display of wigs, ponytails and braids. At a stand close by, brochures for “MyDates” promised those interested a chance to “meet 25 singles in two hours.” Even the Roman Catholic Church got into the mix, with a stand to offer advice for newly single parents, and social workers from the city of Vienna were ready to counsel women in sudden need. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By George Jahn THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VIENNA, Austria – In a city where “I do” often turns into “I want out,” a fair for those wanting to untie the knot seemed a sure hit. But journalists easily outnumbered those looking for advice on how to end their marriages on Saturday, the first day of what was billed as the world’s first divorce fair. last_img read more