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High school hockey player dead after ice skate sliced neck in collision

Teddy Balkind died after his neck was sliced open during a collision at a high school hockey match.
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The identity of the high school hockey player who died this week whose neck was slit open by a skate during a tragic incident on the ice has been revealed.

Teddy Balkind, a 10th grader at the St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, was fatally injured Thursday night during a private-school matchup.

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During the game, Teddy fell to the ice. As he lay on the ground, another player who was near him was unable to stop in time, and the two collided, officials said.

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Teddy Balkind was a member of the St. Luke’s varsity hockey team. He was in 10th grade.
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The game was immediately stopped and the young hockey player was rushed to Greenwich Hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said.

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“Yesterday, we lost a precious young man in a tragic accident,” St. Luke’s School said in a statement to students, obtained by CBS 2. “Both St. Luke’s School and Brunswick School are in shock as we work to support our students and families. St. Luke’s singular focus at this moment is to care for our devastated community.”

In a statement Issued by Brunswick School to its student body: “Tragedies such as this are hard to process and impossible to understand. We will do all we can in the coming days and weeks to help and support those in our community and in the St. Luke’s community.”

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EPL: We are worried that Conte’s precision and micro-coaching would be unsuited to the current squad—Club Board

Antonio Conte
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Manchester United’s board rejected appointing former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte as their manager over fears that the current squad would not adapt to his style.

Before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked at the end of November, there were rumours that Conte was on his way to Old Trafford after series of bad results from Solskjaer.

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Instead, the Italian diverted to north London where he was appointed by Tottenham and has gone undefeated in the Premier League in his first eight games.

Manchester United settled for a German coach, Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis as they continue searching for a new permanent manager, who will be appointed in the summer.

In the league table, Tottenham are two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. A defeat to Wolves last Monday meant that Rangnick’s United remained in seventh place.

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Manchester United fans have questioned whether the club made a mistake in overlooking serial title winner, Conte when he was available.

Initially, Manchester United’s board feared that bringing in a manager as uneasy and authoritarian as Conte would demand a massive overhaul of players in the transfer market.

Daily Mail claims that the club’s hierarchy were actually concerned about how Conte’s management style would suit the existing players.

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They were worried that Conte’s precision and micro-coaching would be unsuited to the current squad.

The United board took a ‘good look’ at Conte, according to reports, and strongly believed the Italian is a great manager but only worried that his exacting standards and instructions would not mesh with the players.

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The club felt the former Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss’s style relied too much on programming players to carry out specific instructions to minute details.

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EPL: Manchester United players meet Rangnick, say they’re not happy at Old Trafford

Ralf Rangnick
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Seventeen Manchester United players have told Ralf Rangnick that they are not happy at the club after holding a face-to-face meeting with the German, according to Daily Mail.

Rangnick is now aware about the frustrations under his watch as a staggering 17 players are said to be unhappy with his style and have now met him.

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Manchester United are finding life difficult at the moment as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor Rangnick struggles to make noticeable changes at Old Trafford.

They are said to be divided in the dressing room as more than 11 players are looking forward to exit Old Trafford.

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According to Daily Mail, the problem is even bigger than initially feared, with a total of 17 players unhappy with their current situation under Rangnick.

Rangnick is now aware of the dire mood in his dressing room after meeting with all his players face-to-face as Manchester United are facing the prospect of a massive exodus of players.

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Among the players who want to leave Old Trafford are Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard whose contracts are ending in less than six months.

As for Anthony Martial, he is keen on joining Sevilla, Juan Mata is also looking to secure a January switch to either Spain or MLS.

Edinson Cavani was on his way to Barcelona before his deal was blocked by United this January, but is expected to depart Old Trafford when his contract expires in the summer.

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Donny van de Beek, Dean Henderson and Eric Bailly are all unhappy at their lack of playing time.

Phil Jones also wants regular football, while Nemanja Matic, Fred and Diogo Dalot are entering the final year of their deals.

According to the report, there are other players in the squad who are also unhappy but not actively looking to leave.

There are also reports that some of the players are questioning the appointment of Rangnick, who has not won any notable silverware in football and feel Antonio Conte would have been a better fit.

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EXCLUSIVE: SOLSKJAER’S FAREWELL INTERVIEW

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the opportunity to deliver a departing message, as he leaves his role as manager of Manchester United. 

It was announced on Sunday morning that Solskjaer will step down from the position, after nearly three years in charge at Old Trafford.

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As a result of the impact he has had, and the work he has done to rebuild the foundations for long-term success, there has been an outpouring of warm messages for a man that will forever be a legend at Old Trafford, for his contributions both on and off the pitch.

Upon the announcement, Ole wanted to take the opportunity to voice his appreciation for the players, the staff, the fans, and everyone at Manchester United, for their efforts and support during his reign.

He sat down with club media’s Stewart Gardner to conduct an emotional interview, which you can read, and watch, in full, below…

Ole, this is a sad day for a lot of people who admire you, but you’ve chosen to speak…
“You know what this club means to me and what I wanted to achieve here. For the club, for the fans, for the players, for the staff. I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies and I only think it’s right that it comes from the horse’s mouth. I don’t want to answer all… there’s going to be journalists asking me about interviews but no, I’m not going to do any interviews. I want to get it out there, I’m going to leave by the front door, because I think everyone knows I’ve given everything for this club. This club means everything to me and together we’re a good match, but unfortunately I couldn’t get the results we needed and it’s time for me to step aside.”

It is very nearly three years that you’ve been in charge. When you look back, are you proud?
“Very, very proud. Of course, it’s one of those things you dream of in your life. When you’ve been a player, when you’ve been a reserve team coach, the next job then, the only dream and the only thing you haven’t done is to manage the club, and I have now. It’s been a ball, it’s been absolutely enjoyable from the first to the last minute, so I have to thank all the players because since I came in, they’re top lads, top people. Some have come, some have gone, but all of them, they’ve been such an enjoyable bunch to work with. First of all, I want to thank the board and the owners for giving me the opportunity because it’s not for everyone and I’ve had the opportunity. I’m so honoured and privileged to have been trusted to take the club forward, and I really hope that I leave it in a better state than when I came. I’ve made great friends, I’ve reconnected with some great friends, new staff coming in I’ve become really good friends with. The other staff that was here when I was there, we’re good friends and we have connected and that’s what it’s about at a club like this. With the fans, the fans have been amazing. From day one at Cardiff until the last one now. [They’ve been] top, and we’ll see each other again.”

Thank you so much

Something you touched on there about day one at Cardiff. I was thinking about memories of the last three years and what we could touch on. That in itself was a special day, wasn’t it?
“Of course, Marcus [Rashford] scores in three minutes or whatever it was, and we went on a great run, I don’t know how many games we won but that’s something I’m proud of as well, the runs we made together. That is a record in itself probably, the first 10 wins or whatever we had. I’m not great for numbers exactly, but I know we did well. The away run, the unbeaten away run. That’s something we don’t speak about when we’re in it because that’s not us, me, Mick [Phelan], Michael [Carrick], Kieran [McKenna], we’re not that type of people. But that’s something for me now that I can look back at and be proud of.”

We should mention Paris as well…
“Yeah, what a night. That’s probably the first night that these boys experienced what Man United is really about, some of these boys. Because we were down and out, everyone thought we had no chance against a very good team with good players. But they showed the Man United character and pride. That performance, I’ll remember that of course and I’ve got a very nice picture of me, Sir Alex [Ferguson] and Eric [Cantona] celebrating, and some videos from the dressing room. So, good memories.”

What about rebuilding the squad? We talk about the squad you walked into three years ago and the squad that you’re sadly leaving now. Do you look at that now and say that you can see the improvement?
“Well, as I’ve said many times in interviews, I’ve been backed. The board and the owners have backed me in [terms of] bringing good people in, good players in and I think, or I know, I leave this club with a better squad. The environment is fantastic, it’s an environment I’m proud of leaving because you have to enjoy coming in here working. I don’t want to pre-empt anything but the two times I’ve left Molde, they’ve won the league the year after, so all the best to whoever takes over – that’s the expectation!”

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The platform is there…
“I think there is potential in this club. We all love the club, and we all want to see it continue.”

And the Academy was a part of what you did, bringing younger players through that as well. I think the Academy has clearly been revitalised in your time…
“That’s Man United, that’s in the Man United DNA. We have to bring good people and good players through, and we’re good at it. The Academy now with Nick Cox in charge and of course my good mate Demps [Mark Dempsey] is very involved, and I’m one hundred per cent sure that it’s left in good hands, and we’ll see players coming through.”

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I don’t expect you’ve been trawling through social media today but there has been an absolute outpouring from fans. You’ve always had a great relationship with the fans, not just in the three years, but 25 years. So, what would be your message?
“It’s been a ball. Let’s keep supporting this team, you’ve got to stick with them. They [the fans] have been amazing with me since one of my first kicks of the ball, I scored with one of the first ones, until now. And I’m sure we’ll meet again because if there’s anywhere I’m going to watch football games, that’s at Old Trafford.”

So, we’re going to see you…
“Definitely. If you want me pitchside with you, I’m there! No, I’m very happy and proud with what I’ve done with the good friends I’ve made, and I wish all the best to everyone. You know the staff here, we’ve been through criticisms and blah, blah, blah, but the way they conduct themselves and the way they work, the knowledge and the attitude, I admire them. Normally, I drive in at seven, half seven at times and I think, ‘I’ve caught them today, I’m in before them’ but no chance. There’s not been a day.”

Obviously when you came in, it was a difficult position in the league, but you built from sixth in that first season, to finish third and then second. When you look back at that, is that something you see as a decent achievement? 
“Well, I’m proud of what we did. The first run first of all, that was enjoyable. But then to finish third, I loved that last game, Jesse [Lingard] scored. The way we put the run together and got the third position, fantastic. Great effort by everyone, the team, the squad. Second place last season ahead of arguably one of the best teams in Europe, I think that’s a great achievement as well. And we were so close in Europe. Sometimes that’s the fine margin for you, one penalty. We were close and that’s something I’ll always remember as well. Semi-finals. I know the foundation is there, I know they’re ready to kick on and I’m sure they will.”

Is that one thing that will keep eating away at you, [being] so close to lifting that one trophy everyone kept talking about at every press conference, the importance of a trophy? It was so, so close…
“Yeah, you might say so and go back and say if you won the Europa League, that would have been a success. But you know, it’s not always the trophies all the time that is the be all and end all. I know that day, we needed to celebrate [by winning] that trophy. But that’s fine margins, we know the work we’ve put in is so important, to get to that final and to get so close, we’ve had to make so many good decisions along the way. Unfortunately, we couldn’t score 11 penalties on the bounce. You can laugh about it, but I look back at every single second here with pride.”

It must have been a tough time of late, Ole, but what next for you?
“I’ll spend some time with my family. That’s been probably the most difficult part, through the pandemic, with Norway being open and here being closed, my family moved back to Norway and the young one, he loves it back there, so we’ve lived apart. So, I’ll spend some time with them. Then, I’ll watch the team of course and hopefully, the next manager comes in and I want to support him. I want him to be successful, hopefully I’ve laid the foundations for that to happen because I know I’m good at what I’m doing. I’m one hundred per cent sure to create a football environment, that’s where I’m good at and at some point, I’ll probably be back [working in football].”

So, you’re going to be a fan still from afar?
“I am a fan and I wish the players all the best. There are some very, very good players there, some good people. I’m sure we’ll see them puff their chest out and they’ll go on a run.”

You’re going to be watching clearly, Ole, so what would you to say to the players ahead of another big game which is just a couple of days away, against Villarreal?
“As I’ve said to them this morning as well, trust yourselves, you know we’re better than this. We’ve not been able to show it but go out, chest out, enjoy being a Man United player, in the Champions League, on the biggest stage. If and when you win the game, you’re through to the next round, Michael [Carrick] is going to be in charge. Michael, I have the utmost respect [for], I love Michael to bits. I’m becoming emotional now because he’s top. They’ll be fine. I’ll watch them and support them.”

You’re always going to be welcome at Old Trafford…
“I hope so anyway.”

It’s been brilliant, dealing with you. Thank you very much.
“Thank you very much. See you soon.”