Manchester United PLC (MANU.N) Company Profile

Manchester Uniteds wholly-owned global television channel, MUTV, delivers Manchester United programming to over 85 countries and territories around the world. These products are distributed through Manchester United branded retail centers and e-commerce platforms, as well as its partners’ wholesale distribution channels. The Company markets content directly to its followers through its website, and associated mobile properties.

Matchday

The Company generates revenue from Old Trafford, a sports venue and club. It provides Manchester United with a platform to generate revenue from various sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, mobile and content, broadcasting and matchday. Manchester United monetizes the value of its brand and community of followers through marketing and sponsorship relationships with international and regional companies around the globe. As on October 27, 2014, the Companys global sponsorships include brands such as Abengoa, adidas, Aeroflot, Aon, Bulova, Bwin, Campari, Concha y Toro, DHL, Epson, General Motors (Chevrolet), Kansai, Nike, Nissin, Singha, Toshiba and Yanmar. The Company reviews its revenue through three principal sectors: Commercial, Broadcasting and Matchday. Broadcasting

The Company generates direct revenue from the distribution and broadcasting of live football content directly and indirectly through its commercial partners. The Manchester United Museum is located within Old Trafford.

The Company markets and sells sports apparel, training and leisure wear and other clothing featuring the Manchester United brand on a global basis. Broadcasting revenue is derived from the global television rights relating to the Premier League, Champions League and other competitions. As on October 27, 2014, the Companys retail, merchandising, apparel and product licensing business are managed by Nike. Broadcasting revenue including, in some cases, prize money received by Manchester United respect of various competitions.

Commercial

Manchester United PLC (Manchester United), incorporated on April 30, 2012, is engaged in operating a professional sports team playing football. Matchday revenue also includes revenue from other events hosted at Old Trafford, including other sporting events (including football matches as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the annual Rugby Super League Grand Final), music concerts and entertainment events.

Within the Commercial revenue sector, Manchester United monetizes its brand through three revenue streams: sponsorship; retail, merchandising, apparel and product licensing; and mobile and content. Manchester United also sells other products, from coffee mugs to bed spreads, featuring the Manchester United brand and trademarks. In addition to its global sponsorships, the Company also has regional sponsors, such as Apollo, Cho-A Pharm, Euro Food, Federal, Gloops, Honda, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Kagome, Manda, Multistrada, Ottogi, Pepsi, Unilever and Wahaha, who are its sponsors across a variety of products and categories in certain regions and local markets around the world.. The Companys website is published in seven languages. Manchester United branded products are sold through around 200 licensees in about 120 countries. Other Matchday revenue includes matchday catering, event parking, program sales as well as membership and travel, Manchester United Museum revenue and a share of the ticket revenue from away matches in domestic cup competitions

Sports :: Aston Villa Legends – Profiles of the Greatest Players and Managers of Aston Villa Football Club (Page 1 of 4)

With apologies the great players we’ve excluded, here is our list of Aston Villa Legends. He would never play again, and died four years later at the age of just 35. George Ramsay

Position: Forward (later secretary of the club)

Aston Villa Career: (as a player) 1976-1884 (as secretary) 1884 -1926

He was responsible for transforming the team from a disorganized group playing ‘kick and rush’, to an effective unit playing the passing game.

Ensured his status as an Aston Villa legend by being the first Villa captain to lift the FA Cup, and also the first player to score in every round of the cup during Villa’s victorious 1887 campaign.

He also stands second on the list of highest appearances and was a member of the 1920 FA Cup winning side.

Archie Hunter

Position: Forward

Aston Villa Career: 1878-1890

Appearances: 367

Goals: 150

Billy Walker

Position: Forward

Aston Villa Career: 1920-1933

Appearances: 531

Goals: 244 Aston Villa legend, Billy Walker joined the club in 1914 and spent his entire playing career at Villa Park.

After finishing his playing career at Notts County he went on to become Aston Villa manager and led them to an FA Cup win in 1957. Houghton played for the club for two decades and scored 170 goals in 392 games.

An Aston Villa legend who is often referred to as “Mr Aston Villa”.

A skillful centre forward, he made 531 appearances, scoring 244 goals, and is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

The earliest of Aston Villa legends, Ramsay served the club both as player and secretary (a role that effectively made him manager of the team).

After retirement Walker had a successful management career, leading both Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest to FA Cup success.

Ramsay retired from playing in June 1882 but took up the role of Secretary which he held from 1884-1926. And he was a skillful player himself with people coming to Villa matches just see him play.

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Villa’s first great captain, Hunter joined the club in 1878, ten years before the commencement of League football, and remained until the premature end of his career in 1890.. He was something of a deadball specialist with a powerful shot that yielded 58 goals from the penalty spot and 30 from direct free kicks.

Tragically, during a League match against Everton in 1890, he suffered a heart attack and collapsed. During this time Villa won the League and FA Cup 6 times each, and establishing themselves as the premier club in England.

Eric Houghton

Position: Forward / Manager

Aston Villa Career: 1927-1946

Appearances: 392

Goals: 170

So many great players have represented Aston Villa in their illustrious history that putting together a list of twelve or so greats is close to impossible. (Current Aston Villa players are not included). Nevertheless, we’ve given it a go

Manchester United v Liverpool FC: how the squads compare for huge Old Trafford clash

(Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)”/>Martin Skrtel of Liverpool competes with Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. Milner is still finding his feet at Anfield; he has produced good performances but just what sort of player, and how high up the pitch he plays, is yet to be determined.

He does, however, have experience on the biggest stage and trophies – something Schneiderlin lacks. For the purpose of the comparison, they have been included, as has Wayne Rooney who could also miss out – although no Philippe Coutinho, who is out through suspension.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool competes with Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal

Jordan Henderson v Ander Herrera

Henderson is a big fitness doubt for the game at Old Trafford, but would undoubtedly be in a central role if available. Despite that, and despite some good displays, the defence has been inconsistent and unreliable – particularly having already conceded one goal.

Smalling, now 25, has battled with inconsistency himself. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)” class=”captify” title=”Wayne Rooney of England celebrates against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015, his 50th goal breaking the record for most international goals scored for England. Rooney has the longevity, but the Belgian could take advantage of Blind’s lack of height.

Choice: Benteke/Rooney

So, Liverpool v Manchester United, once more. Depay had the benefit of a relaxed summer, and it’s shown.

Choice: Memphis Depay

Nathaniel Clyne V Matteo Darmian

Clyne has made an impressive start to his Liverpool career and already looks a good buy at £12.5m. They are two different types of striker, of course, with Benteke more of a battering ram and Rooney possessing more guile. That’s a blow, given how good De Gea is.

But don’t write off Mignolet, either. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

James Milner v Morgan Schneiderlin

The duo are new arrivals at their clubs, although the pair will perform different functions in their respective midfields. Rodgers, therefore, turned to Firmino. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Simon Mignolet V David de Gea

The focus will fall upon the Spaniard after he signed a new contract with Manchester United, less than two weeks after being minutes away from his dream move to Real Madrid.

The expectation is he will eventually move to the Bernabeu anyway, but his inclusion on Saturday – ahead of Sergio Romero – is likely. Given his entire body of work since his £20m move to Merseyside, it’s understandable. The experience lies with the Manchester United man, then – so, too, the fact he is a natural left-footer educated as a left back.

Gomez, however, has been impressive in his first month as a Liverpool player, and has shown little sign of struggling to adapt to a higher standard since his move from Charlton. Herrera is underutilised at United, arguably, but Henderson is the better option.

Choice: Jordan Henderson

Adam Lallana v Juan Mata

Like Henderson, Lallana is a doubt through injury – but if fit, would be a probable inclusion. No surprise, really, given how well he fared at Southampton. Despite that, he seemed more solid at the start of this season, and was a factor in the Reds not conceding a goal in the opening three games.

Then, West Ham, and a mistake to launch a thousand sighs. The Belgian wasn’t even in the starting line-up for last season’s fixture, dropped for Brad Jones, now of Bradford City’s bench. The usual sort of talk surrounds it. But at the age of 20, Shaw already has 70 top-flight appearances to his name – 66 more than Gomez. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)”/>FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 04: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany smiles prior to the EURO 2016 Qualifier Group D match between Germany and Poland at Commerzbank-Arena on September 4, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. But United’s summer signing is now 31, and has failed to impress for his new club so far. At the base of both midfields, however, could be the controlling figures of Lucas and Schwensteiger.

In theory, there are few holding midfielders better than the German, who has won over 20 trophies throughout his career, including the Champions League and World Cup. He is a wide player in a similar mould to Mata, looking to move infield and operate closer to the striker down the centre.

Lallana has had a mixed Anfield career so far, and has been on the periphery too much. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)”/>Wayne Rooney of England celebrates against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015, his 50th goal breaking the record for most international goals scored for England. Over and over, forever and ever. He has been Liverpool’s best performer, defensively, so far this season.

In comparison to the Italian full back – impressive for United so far – is inexperienced in English football, so it is the Reds full back who gets the nod.

Choice: Nathaniel Clyne

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool competes with Daley Blind and Phil Jones of Manchester United

Dejan Lovren v Daley Blind

Lovren is the defender – nay, player – Liverpool fans love to criticise. Mata scores for United”/>Liverpool FC v Manchester United Premier League Match at Anfield Stadium Liverpool. It makes for an intriguing clash given that context.

Firmino has shown glimpses of his talent at Anfield, but is still finding his rhythm after playing for Brazil at the Copa America this summer. If only there was a game held twice a year to settle such scores.

Team selection is unknown, with Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana remaining doubts. Lucas, meanwhile, is a steady option for the Reds and knows the Premier League well.

Choice: Bastian Schweinsteiger

Liverpool’s James Milner

Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine

Martin Skrtel v Chris Smalling

Skrtel has been a big part of Liverpool’s defence over his seven years at Anfield, and particularly over the past few seasons under Brendan Rodgers. Bragging rights, superiority, success.

It’s a debate held often: just who is the better team? Arguments are held on Internet forums and over the office water cooler.

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Roberto Firmino v Memphis Depay

Liverpool targeted the Dutch winger in the summer, but Depay chose to swap PSV Eindhoven for Old Trafford. Given Gomez cost around a tenth of what Shaw did, it’s a decent match-up.

Choice: Luke Shaw

Everton’s Aidan McGeady (left) and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw battle for the ball

Joe Gomez v Luke Shaw

Two young defenders; one a current international, the other a future full international. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Christian Benteke v Wayne Rooney

A simple comparison, in theory, given the duo will be tasked with leading the line – even if van Gaal toyed with the idea of Rooney as a central midfielder, winger and maybe even goalkeeper. In a sense, he fulfils a similar role to that of Herrera, though the Spaniard does not have the same influence as the Reds captain.

Both can play deep, but both perhaps operate better a little further up the pitch

Arturo Vidal and Bayern Munich are a perfect marriage

Few have the qualities that he possesses: the absurd stamina, the ability to score from late runs into the box, the proficiency with both feet and the desire to track back and defend. As easy as taking candy from a baby. Vidal tried to urge the crowd on through his shallow and heavy breaths. He was clearly exhausted by this point.

This was Arturo Vidal at his worst. Overexcited, reckless and crushed by the occasion. He seems born for chaos. The man who also put his new team, Bayern, to the sword just a round before. It was his energy and two-way play that pushed Chile to dominate Argentina in a Copa America final that was reduced to the survival of the fittest. He then shrugged off Jordi Alba and advanced the attack. Iniesta ran after it with Vidal slightly behind him. Not long after, he received a pass from Claudio Marchisio, turned effortlessly and released Morata into space, eventually leading to a big chance for Tevez.

In that Champions League game, Vidal introduced himself by arriving like a discharged bullet to a tussle between Sergio Busquets and Alvaro Morata and dispossessing the Barcelona man. The next few minutes were a perfect display of what he encompasses: he raced back and forth, spraying passes on offense and using his energy to apply pressure from the attack while ever-present on the defensive end. It was a clear foul and Vidal got another talking to. And at Bayern Munich, he will be joining a class of players as dogged as he is. The grey-templed crown jewel of Bayern Munich, Bastian Schweinsteiger, is a now a Manchester United player, and so the mohawked Arturo Vidal steps into his place. Battling with the likes of Iniesta and Busquets in midfield, speeding back to close the angles on Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez before driving the ball into the final third; cutting in from the right and blasting a ferocious shot that cannoned off a defender.

In Vidal’s last European game for Juventus, he fell victim to the earth-shaking attacking trident led by Lionel Messi in the Champions League final. Then in one of Juve’s first attacks, Morata beat his man on the right wing before pulling the ball back for Vidal, as he made a late run into the box. Vidal and Chile would best Messi and Argentina for the Copa America title a few months later, a title that Messi had acknowledged would have healed the wounds of his World Cup disappointment.

Next we saw him barging into the back of Dani Alves, which led to another talking to from the referee. The Croatian dallied on the ball and in a flash, Vidal pounced, fought him off and stole possession. It was that verve that led them to the promised land.

Ivan Rakitic had already scored for Barcelona at this point, and Vidal had probably covered the length of the field four times. While he’s prone to carelessness and numerous cautions, he’s also one of the most tenacious and talented midfielders in world football. Yet, when he became more relaxed and played to his strengths, he managed to not only create several scoring chances, but challenge a dominant Barcelona midfield too. It’s a match made in a pressure cooker.

The world’s premier skilled tornado of a footballer joins a club where boundless energy is required for success. He connected but the ball sailed over the goal and into the stands. His head shaking became more severe.. Another foul, another talking to for Vidal.

In one instance, he caught Rakitic isolated in the Barcelona defensive third. This was just the first 10 minutes.

Luckily for Juve, he settled down. In the Bayern system where pressure is king and fluidity of positions is essential, the Chilean seems to be the perfect fit. He walked away shaking his head. The cost of winning everything is that his legs no longer had much life in them. While Schweinsteiger played almost every available minute that he was fit, it had been evident that his pace and energy was gone. It’s perfect.

In soccer, the rich keep getting richer. It was bad enough to warrant a yellow card, but the referee decided against it.

Right before he was taken off, a cross came into the Barcelona box and was headed out. They’re two contrasting players with different styles. But vengeance is a dish best served after a penalty shoot-out. Where Schweinsteiger looks dashing and regal in three-piece suits and charming even in the most dull of structured interviews, Vidal looks more suited for the the rebellious age of the 1970s punk rock scene.

In Vidal, Pep Guardiola might be faced with someone more manic than he is. After Juventus lost the ball again, he sprinted back to scythe down an advancing Andres Iniesta from behind. In his fifth go-around, he raced back to help defend against Neymar as the Brazilian tried to weave his way through the defense, and got clattered for his troubles. He’s a true box-to-box midfielder.

A pass to an offside Carlos Tevez after Morata out-muscled Javier Mascherano was then followed up by a sliding challenge into Busquets. As Iniesta weny to touch it, Vidal suddenly jumped in-between him and the ball and forced the Barcelona midfielder to panic and lose control. He’s still very much a capable footballer, but the constant frenzy of the system exposed his weaknesses.

He plays like it as well: His no-nonsense, hard-nosed attitude between the two goals, his use of direct running in the place of fancy tricks and the way he toes the line between aggression and recklessness is akin to the hard-edged melodies, stripped-down instruments and anti-establishment notions of that era. While his contemporaries strengthened their legs in fancy academies in their youth,Vidal built his muscles working at a horse racetrack in his hometown.

Vidal is the antithesis of that

Soviet Hockey: KLM, the Best Hockey Line Ever?

All three had trouble adapting to smaller rinks and the NHL dump and chase style of hockey. The Canadians won two of these games. This was true during the NHL Soviet matchups.

Krutov played with the Canucks for a year and quit. The two teammates were happy to play together again. All three games of the finals were 6-5. That was the United States Miracle on Ice, year. The Soviets also played fewer games per season. Canada held the lead to win the game and series. Opposing coaches played their fastest forwards to try to keep up with the KLM line. Dump and chase is shooting the puck into the opponents zone and chase after it hoping to regain control and score. The Triple Crown Line of the LA Kings with Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer was another. Larionov adapted and finished his three-year contract with Canucks.

Makarov and Krutov were on the Olympic team in 1980. Perhaps the greatest offensive hockey line was the Soviet KLM line of CSKA Moscow, the Red Army hockey team.

Soviet hockey teams of the 1970s and 1980s were a potent force on international hockey rinks. He holds the record of scoring the most points for CSKA. Several players kept pressuring the government to release them to play for the NHL. The most titles won in the NHL are 26 by the Montreal Canadiens.

1987 Canada Cup

Freedom

Some consider the finals between the Soviets and the Canadians in the 1987 Canada cup to be the best hockey games ever. The former KLM line members were used to precision passing, skillful puck handling and speed to score. The fact that they were on the tail end of their prime didnt help.

The Russians had offers to play for the NHL, but Soviet officials refused to let players go. Coach Scotty Bowman saw the value of pairing Russian players. He was fast and had a powerful wrist shot. The USSR won game 1 in an over time, Canada won game 2 in a double overtime. In game 3, Lemieux scored the winning goal with 1:26 left in regulation play. One of these was the 1987 Canada Cup and some consider them the best hockey games ever played.

A Larionov and Makarov reunion came in 1993. Larionov was part of the Red Wings team that won the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998 and 2002.

During the cold war they played individual series against American and Canadian teams. The Soviet League existed 46 years and the Red Army team won 32 international titles. Larionov became part of the Russian Five with forwards Sergi Federov, Vyacheslav Koslov, and defensemen Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov. They helped the Sharks beat the Red Wings in the playoffs and took the Maple Leafs to seven games before losing.

The KLM Line

Soviet Hockey

From 1981 through 1989, CSKA had the KLM line, one of the most potent hockey lines ever. The next year the NHL changed the rule so that the Calder winner had to be younger than 26 years old. They dont have their own exhibit. Makarov was the fast, had great puck handling skills and able to solve problems to score. The Production Line of Gordy Howe, Sid Abel and Ted Lindsey of the Detroit Red Wings are an example. NHL

The Detroit Red Wings picked up Larionov early in the 1996-1997 season. The San Jose Sharks acquired Larionov from Switzerland and Makarov from the Hartford Whalers. Some consider game two of the final matchup the best hockey game ever played. He didnt adapt. The two teams tied their round robin matchup. Makarov won the Calder trophy for best rookie. Every able-bodied male in the Soviet Union had to serve a term in the army, and the army transferred the best hockey players to CSKA. Defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov and Alexi Kastanonov with the forwards were the group known as the green unit because of the green practice jerseys they wore.

Hockey teams play units of center, left wing and right wing forwards and two defensemen. 248. The best of these was CSKA Moscow, the Red Army team. The Soviet trainers kept players under strict regimentation, while the NHL was more lenient and less restrictive. Other Soviet players followed him to the NHL.

Krutovs nickname was Tank because of his stocky size. He was good in the corners and in front of the net. KLM referred to the last names of the three forwards which consisted of right wing Vladimer Krutov, center Igor Larionov and left wing Sergi Makarov. Larionov was. It was played in Canada with Canadian officials. The Canadians matched the KLM line with a line that included Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. The Soviets formed the CSKA in 1946 to play in Soviet and European hockey leagues. Krutov and Makarov are mentioned in relation to Larionov by the NHL Hall of Fame. Larionov had an on ice intelligence and a knack for directing play. These differences affected the Russians play and slowed their adapting to the NHL style. The KLM line remains one of the great hockey lines of all time.

Krutov and Makarov werent fluent in English which added to their discomfort. With Swede Johan Garpenlov, they formed the Sharks GLM line. Viacheslav Fetisov was one of the most persistent, and the first Soviet to play in the NHL when the Soviets became less restrictive. Larionov was on the Olympic team in 84 and 88 when the Soviets won gold medals.. Often the fans nickname the forward line or units. Forwards Larionov, Federov and Koslov was known as the comrade line. It was the last series with cold war overtones.

The NHL Hockey Hall of Fame inducted Larionov on June 17, 2008. He was knicknamed the professor. These matches were considered as cold war battles. He played for the New Jersey Devils in 1989

Emirates Stadium Showcases Musco’s LED Lighting Solution

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arsenal Football Club unveiled Muscos new state-of-the-art LED floodlights at their first evening game of the 2015/16 season against Liverpool at Emirates Stadium. Musco has a global team of experts that partner with customers to plan, complete, and maintain a cost-effective, trouble-free lighting solution for their facility.

Weve installed a state-of-the-art LED lighting solution that will create an incredible match day experience at Emirates Stadium, said Jeff Rogers, President, Musco World.

About Musco Lighting

For nearly 40 years, Musco Lighting has specialised in the design and manufacture of sports and large area lighting solutions around the world. Permanent and temporary lighting solutions range from neighbourhood pitches to Olympic Games. Musco has pioneered systems using metal halide and LED technologies that have made dramatic improvements in energy efficiency and provided affordable ways to control spill light and glare.

For more information on Muscos innovative lighting solutions, visit: www.musco.eu. Our lighting system provides precise light control that will significantly reduce glare for spectators and players, optimise energy consumption, and offer superior HD broadcasts.

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Muscos SportsCluster Green with an LED light source will provide several benefits for players, spectators, and HD broadcasts:

Improves the quality of light with custom optics that more effectively direct light onto the field and not into the players or spectators eyes Increases light levels by 32 percent to meet Premier League lighting standards Reduces energy consumption by 30 percent compared to the prior 2000-watt metal halide lights Eliminates maintenance with Muscos comprehensive 10-year warranty backed by a global team of technicians

Additionally, the characteristics of the LED light source provide instant on/off capabilities for special effects, and eliminate the flicker effect for excellent slow motion replay.

Arsenals Stadium and Facilities Director, John Beattie, said: It is important for both players and fans alike that we have top-quality lighting for the clubs evening fixtures and Muscos new floodlights provide just that.

After nine seasons at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal selected Musco to take the experience of spectators to the next level and maximise energy efficiency. This will be extremely beneficial for both matchdays and other events that we host at Emirates Stadium. With a nearly 40-year history of providing lighting solutions for premier sporting venues and events, Musco brought the innovative system and application experience that was needed to accomplish this goal.

Emirates Stadium joins an extensive list of leading facilities that have benefitted from Muscos innovative lighting solutions, that includes the Houston Texans NRG Stadium, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and Twickenham Stadium, the worlds largest rugby venue

McKesson Launches Venture Fund, Appoints Tom Rodgers as Managing Director

McKesson Ventures will help us support the development and commercialization of innovations taking place across healthcare, said John Hammergren, chairman and CEO, McKesson.

McKesson has long been dedicated to staying ahead of its customers needs, and the establishment of McKesson Ventures furthers its long-standing commitment to the development of innovative healthcare solutions and thought leadership within the industry.

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK) today announced that it has launched McKesson Ventures, a strategic venture capital fund, to invest in early and growth stage companies addressing both current and emerging business challenges facing the healthcare industry.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better.

For more information, visit http://ventures.mckesson.com/. The fund is focused on helping build businesses that are driving towards a stronger, more sustainable future for healthcare and will target companies that are both enabling and benefitting from the disruptive changes affecting the industry.

With experience working with both large healthcare companies like McKesson and many promising healthcare startups, Toms background gives him a clear understanding of the opportunities for both incremental and transformative change in the business of healthcare, said Hammergren. Industry veteran Tom Rodgers has joined McKesson Ventures as managing director and leads the funds investment portfolio. I am excited to return and to have the dedication, vision and industry footprint of McKesson behind this effort, said Tom Rodgers. By investing and partnering with entrepreneurs and other investors that can bring new approaches to the challenges our customers are facing, we will accelerate the innovation cycle and further strengthen the value we provide to industry stakeholders across all segments. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Cambia, Rodgers was a partner at Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV), where he led efforts in healthcare technology. He is returning to McKesson, after more than a decade in the venture industry, where he previously served as a vice president of corporate strategy and business development.

Tom Rodgers joins McKesson Ventures from Cambia Health, where he led their venture investing efforts targeting companies that are helping to lower cost, improve access, and improve the navigability and sustainability of the healthcare system for providers, employers and consumers. from the Wharton School and a B.A.

. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. These changes include increasing consumerism, emergence of alternate delivery models and the shift towards value based reimbursement models. Under his guidance, McKesson Ventures will be a valuable financial and strategic partner for its portfolio companies and, when synergies exist, serve as a conduit to the many strengths, relationships and industry breadth of McKesson.

McKesson Ventures is actively making minority investments in companies that span a broad section of healthcare. McKesson partners with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. These target companies will predominantly be pursuing high growth opportunities adjacent to or outside McKessons current business. For more information, visit www.mckesson.com. Rodgers holds an M.B.A

Albert Suarez, Arkansas Travelers capture separate Texas League titles | MiLB.com News

5-18. We’ve got a lot of respect for the squad over there in the Northwest. In 15 starts (86 innings) before the All-Star break, Suarez posted a 3.56 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Richardson says Suarez’s work in the locker room helped him build up his stamina as the season went on. “So we’ve gotta be used to it. In fact, the Angels awarded him with the Iron Angel award, given to one position player and one pitcher at each affiliate who does the best at strength and conditioning.. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

Leadoff hitter Drew Maggi scored on a wild pitch to tie the game in the first inning, and Sherman Johnson and Chad Hinshaw pushed the Travelers ahead with RBIs in the fifth. With the performance, Suarez captured the Texas League ERA title with a 2.98 mark, eclipsing Chris Devenski’s 3.01 for Corpus Christi, and moved into a tie for the most wins on the circuit with 11.

Suarez issued his only run of the game in the first after two walks and a double by Alex Liddi, but settled in after that and didn’t allow more than one baserunner on at a time the rest of the way. Thankfully, they had Albert Suarez, who was going for his own title, on the mound.

“We’ve overcome kind of a lot of adversity here in the second half,” said Travelers manager Bill Richardson, whose club finished the second half 35-35, despite losing 11 of 12 from Aug. Reliever Greg Mahle gave up a run in the ninth, but escaped a one-out jam with a runner on second to seal the win and capture his 16th save.

The Angels right-hander allowed one earned run on three hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings to lead Arkansas to a 3-2 division-clinching win over Northwest Arkansas at Dickey-Stephens Park. We’re excited.”

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MiLB.com. “But the first thing that felt like things were getting into line was when Suarez fell into the last start of the season, and that felt like it turned our luck a little bit. I’m not gonna say we do anything different than anybody else, but what we do, he’s the best at it.”

As the winners of the two half-season division titles, the Travelers and Naturals will face each other again in a best-of-5 series, starting Wednesday at Northwest Arkansas to determine who will face the South Division champion in the Texas League Finals.

“I’ve gotta think these last two weeks have been playoff games for us already,” said Richardson. He needed only 90 pitches (59 for strikes) to complete his six frames.

Signed by the Angels as a Minor League free agent last offseason after six seasons in the Rays system, the Venezuela native topped 100 innings (163 to be exact) for just the second time as a pro after dealing with 2009 Tommy John surgery, knee problems and bouts with Lyme disease. Solid numbers to be sure, but they pale in comparison to the 2.34 ERA and 0.92 WHIP he had in 12 starts (77 innings) after the break, following Sunday’s start.

“You look at what’s happened to him, and it’s not because he’s not taken care of himself,” Richardson said. He was really good.”

The Double-A Arkansas Travelers needed a win Monday to clinch the Texas League North Division second-half crown.

The outing was the latest in a series of strong second-half starts for the right-hander, who uses a fastball, a curveball, a slider and what his skipper deems a plus changeup. They’ve got a good staff, good players. He did what he’s done every other start. “To go a full season while doing all the physical regiments perfectly, that’s fantastic for him. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB

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Copa America 2015 – Rebirth of El Tigre, El Fideo and El Canarinho?

This is a side that took Brazil to penalties in last summers world cup and so it is hard to think they will not win the group. Lets take a look at each group and how things could play out.

Group A

Group A consist’s of Chile, Mexico, Bolivia and Ecuador. There is no doubting his talent. I would look to Falcao with Firmino and Messi being close. Enjoy the tournament!

Having moved to Manchester United in the summer of 2014 from Real Madrid, after a promising start he went dramatically off form and was barely making the side at the end of the season. This is a chance for the little canary to grow back into the big canary all football fans love to watch.

Whilst the tournament is seen as the South American championship, in recent years it has included teams outside the CONMEBOL area and this years tournament is no exception with Mexico and Jamaica being invited. They are a strong side and are now coached by one time player Dunga. Like Jamaica, they should not be underestimated and if they are they could spring a surprise. He was absent from the Germany loss due to injury so perhaps this is a chance for Brazil to show what could have been. Up front, along with Neymar, they have the Hoffenheim based Firmino who could soon be Manchester United bound if the press rumors are true. This short article explains a bit about the tournament and just how a tiger, a noodle and a little canary could influence it.. However, he is a world class striker and United may live to regret not making his signing permanent. Neymar is a sensational player and is probably in the top 3 best players in the world. The holders Uruguay should progress in second place. He is good in the air and very instinctive. In all there are 12 teams divided into 3 groups of 4 where the teams in each group play each other once in a round robin style. However, Jamaica will likely be a tough proposition. One to watch in this tournament. Radamel Falcao, El Tigre, will captain the side. Then go and watch some of the goals he has scored for Atletico Madrid and you will see the type of player he can be. Ecuador will be hard to beat but losing Antonio Valencia to injury will hamper them but they do have Enner Valencia who has an impressive international goal scoring record and whose world cup form earned him a move to English Premier League side West Ham Utd. In defence they have Thiago, Luiz and Marquinhos who are 3 players also used to playing together at club level. With the ever classy Roque Santa Cruz in their ranks they will be a competent side. You have to fancy Paraguay to make it to 3rd place and they could even push Uruguay for 2nd but do not rule out Jamaica causing an upset or two.

Group C

The final group consists of Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela. This is their chance to repair some of that damage. Firmino is a wonderfully unselfish striker who is quick with an eye for goal. He is tireless in his running and energy but if there is one criticism it can be that he gives the ball away from time to time when he is trying something he does not need to. They are not the force they were 4 years ago but none the less will be a hard side to defeat. All things point to Paraguay, the runners up in 2011 when they remarkably made the final without winning a game (they drew their group games and progressed through the knockout on penalty shootouts). That is not to say the rest of the squad do not possess talent. Peru whilst still boasting wily veteran Claudio Pizzaro are likely to struggle in this group and I would expect them to battle it out for 3rd place with Venezuela. Top scorer is hard as there is so much talent on show. The top 2 qualify for the quarter finals with the remaining two places being taken by the best 3rd place teams in each group. Along with Messi, they have Aguero, Higuan, Carlos Tevez and I could go on and on with the quality they posses. In fairness he suffered a few niggly injuries plus he is not alone is finding the English Premier League tough to adapt too in his first season. If you look at the 4 goals he scored for Manchester United last season each were very different but show his qualities. This tournament is a chance to put behind him the tough first season he endured. I expect Neymar, Di Maria and Rodriguez to have strong tournaments with their influence coming from assists and team play. It is true that they, like Mexico, will have one eye on the Gold Cup but none the less there will be several players hoping to make the Gold Cup starting XI and with the likes of Wes Morgan, Adrian Mariappa, Giles Barnes and Joel McAnuff they could be a difficult proposition if they are underestimated. It also features El Fideo, the first of our headliners. Colombia were eliminated from last years world cup by Brazil so have a score to settle themselves. Having missed the 2014 world cup due to injury this is his chance to shine and I expect him to have a strong tournament. I say one of the best as I think I remain one of the few who still cannot separate him from Cristiano Ronaldo. Di Maria is fast, creative and can delivery a ferocious cross. He possesses tremendous close control and awareness for someone who is perceived to be an out and out centre forward. He clearly has an exemplary work ethic and attitude to battle back from the injuries he has had. The British pundits can be harsh and sometimes have not held back in criticism which can be attributed to the GBP59 million transfer fee paid for him. With the likes of Arias, Zapata and Cuadrado expect them to push Brazil for top spot in the group.

Predictions

My predications for the tournament at this point are that the winners will be Argentina with Colombia being my outsiders though given the talent they have it is hard to think of them as outsiders. For Venezula watch for players like Fedor, Rincon and Amorebieta to shine. They have typically played well at the major tournaments as they have tended to be hard to beat. They will be wounded with that having taken place on home soil. They are without the suspended Luis Suarez but they still posses the talents of Edison Cavani as well as having the stable Diego Godin at the back. The holders are Uruguay after they beat Paraguay in the 2011 final held in Argentina. Last year they made the semi finals of the World Cup but it was the astonishing 7-1 slippering they received at the hands of Germany that caught the eye. His situation can be likened to Diego Forlan’s who endured similar frustrations and challenges in England. He is a wonderful talent and do not be surprised if he is a standout performer for the Argentinians.

The Sub Plot

Why I hear you ask? Well there are many potential story lines that could develop. However, it is Angel Di Maria who intrigues the most. With this in mind I would have Ecuador in 3rd.

Group B

Group B consist’s of Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Jamaica. When it comes off he is lauded as being a genius and it would be a shame to discourage that inventiveness. Clear favorites here are the Chilean side who have several European based players in their ranks most notably Vidal and Sanchez who I mentioned earlier. Like Angela Di Maria, he endured a tough time in the English Premier League whilst on loan from his club Monaco at Manchester United. I expect them to run Mexico close for 2nd place in the group with the Mexican’s edging it, just. With Gold Cup places possibly up for grabs the players will want to put on a good showing. This year the tournament is being held in Chile and kicked off on the 11th June with the hosts Chile beating Ecuador 2-0. Like Argentina, they have a world superstar in Neymar, who is also a club team mate of Lionel Messi. Not entirely surprising given the competent performance of the Chilean side in last years world cup plus the fact that they have Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez who are well established European based stars. However, with Brazil and Colombia in the same group it will be hard.

It is El Canarinho, the mighty Brazil, who have something to prove. Unfortunately I think Bolivia will struggle and it is hard to see where their goals will come from other then from Marcelo Moreno. Argentina are the undoubted favorites, not just to win the group but to win the tournament. In addition to Falcao, they also have James Rodriguez who was last years top scorer in the world cup, as well as Carlos Bacca and Jackson Martinez so they are not short on attacking talent. However, that is what he is about, trying the unexpected. This will be helpful if all 3 play. He is the one known as El Fideo or the noodle.

Finally, lets look at the Colombian’s. It is the 3rd place that is intriguing in this group. They posses one of the best players in the world in Lionel Messi who is fresh from winning the Champions League with his club Barcelona. Once the group phase is complete I be writing a follow up article on the knockout phase. Mexico also will be competent opponents and whilst you may think they will have one eye on next months Gold Cup they are bringing a competitive side which consists of veteran Rafael Marquez and the interesting Eduardo Herrera who boasts a 3 goals in 3 games record