first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has given the Presidential Medal of Freedom to baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera.Trump, a Yankees fan, praised Rivera on Monday as “maybe the greatest pitcher of all time.”Rivera is a relief pitcher who spent his entire 19-year-career with the New York Yankees. He holds the all-time record for saves and was the first player elected to the baseball Hall of Fame unanimously when he was enshrined this summer.Trump recalled Rivera’s “dominance” en route to a career that included 13 All-Star selections and five World Series titles. The president also praised the Panama native who became a U.S. citizen on his charity work.The White House ceremony made references to Rivera’s playing career, including playing Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” Rivera’s theme song.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho denied that his job is on the line as his team prepares to take on Valencia in a testing Champions League fixture on Tuesday.Mourinho, who has been under the hammer after United’s disastrous to the campaign, feels that his job is safe but some of his players care more about the club and what is happening than others.United have struggled to put together good performances and have collected just 10 points from their first seven Premier League games and have also been knocked out of the League Cup by second-tier club Derby County.The tumultuous start has also been reflecting off the field as reports of the manager and the mercurial Paul Pogba having a bad relationship have dominated the headlines ever since. Mourinho has been extremely critical of the Frenchman and also stripped him off vice-captaincy. Since then, many are also of the belief that he has lost his dressing room and the third season syndrome is back.They did, however, secure an easy 3-0 victory over Young Boys in their first Champions League group match and on Tuesday, Mourinho’s team will have to face a much tougher opponent in Valencia.But the Portuguese coach was in a confident mood on Monday and when asked at a news conference if he felt his job was on the line, he simply answered: “No, I don’t.”Media reports following United’s 3-1 league defeat at West Ham United on Saturday linked former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane with Mourinho’s job.advertisementAsked if he had spoken to the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward following Saturday’s loss, Mourinho gave a tetchy reply.”That’s a private matter. I’m not asking you who did you speak with yesterday or this morning, who was your last phone call, that’s a private matter. I’m not going to answer it,” he said.The West Ham defeat drew sharp criticism from defender Luke Shaw who said United needed to take responsibility for the “horrendous” result.Mourinho said it was down to more than just the players to turn the situation around.”The performance on the pitch is the consequence of many factors,” he said.”Luke Shaw for example said ‘we players on the pitch have to give more’. I like that perspective but I don’t agree totally. Everyone at the club has a role to play. The kit man, the nutritionist. I have a role to play, everyone has a role to play.”I think that some care more than others,” he added.Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford could be a good opportunity for United to bounce back against a Valencia side who have one win in eight matches in all competitions this season, although that came against Real Sociedad on Saturday.United go into the game depleted as Ashley Young picked up an injury during the loss at West Ham, while Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard are also sidelined.Midfielder Nemanja Matic said the West Ham defeat was one of his worst games for United.”Everyone has a responsibility,” he said. “We have spoken between us and we know the situation is not good and we can do better. Everyone is trying to do more for the team.”Tomorrow is a great chance to do that against a big team. I expect everyone will give more and be more concentrated.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more