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Giggs sent United to the final with one of the great FA Cup goals (Picture: Getty)However, Schmeichel leapt to his left to save Bergkamp’s spot-kick and Giggs’ solo wondergoal sealed United’s place in the final where Sir Alex Ferguson’s men would go on to beat Newcastle before winning the treble.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTReflecting on United’s now iconic semi-final win over Arsenal, Neville told beIN SPORTS: ‘It was the greatest game I’ve ever played in, 100 per cent. You ask any player on that pitch, Arsenal or Manchester United, it was the best game ever. ‘I was absolutely shattered, dead on my feet, I made a stupid tackle and at that moment I thought my Manchester United career was over. I did, I thought it was over. ‘I thought “you don’t come back” from this, this is big moment in your life, a big moment in your career: they score, they win, they go on and win the double. ‘And then Peter saves it and the rest is history. I joke with Peter all the time that he can have anything in the world off me, he can take my house, my car, anything! He saved my Manchester United career in that split second.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsNeville says his abiding memory of Giggs’ goal was the ‘smell’ of Manchester United fans celebrating with players after the Welshman’s strike.‘I was left-back and he [Giggs] was left wing and Ryan had just come on for Jesper Blomqvist and I set off and tried to overlap him but because he was fresh he was getting away from me and then he goes past one person, then he went past [Martin] Keown and then he went past [Lee] Dixon and then you think “wow, what’s happening!”‘ Neville added.‘Then you see [Paul] Scholes in the middle who literally had an open net if he crossed it and he fired it above [David] Seaman.Is United’s treble side the best team in English football history?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘The only thing I remember was him charging towards me and he would never take his shirt off – Giggsy had probably the most sensible or boring celebrations ever – he took his shirt off, he was coming towards me and the fans came and jumped on us and all I could smell was the smell of the fans, Giggsy and his hairy chest in my face. ‘That game was the greatest and it was probably fitting that the greatest goal ever scored in the FA Cup was scored on that night.’AdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Manchester United failed with move to sign Jack Grealish in 2012, says Alex McLeishMORE: Teddy Sheringham reveals what Sir Alex Ferguson told him before equaliser for Manchester United in Champions League final Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 May 2020 12:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Phil Neville reckons Peter Schmeichel saved his Manchester United career (Picture: Getty)Phil Neville believes Peter Schmeichel ‘saved’ his Manchester United career when he denied Dennis Bergkamp’s penalty in the side’s classic FA Cup victory over Arsenal back in 1999. The semi-final went to a replay after a goalless draw three days earlier and it turned out to be one of the greatest matches in the history of the competition, with drama from start to finish at Villa Park. David Beckham opened the scoring with a sublime long-range strike in the 17th minute but Roy Keane’s sending off and Neville’s clumsy foul on Ray Parlour inside the box looked to give Arsenal the advantage as the clock wound down. Advertisement Phil Neville claims Peter Schmeichel saved his Manchester United career Advertisement
In the first half, USC shot 21 percent from the field and did not make a single free throw out of seven attempts. Arizona led by 20 points with just seconds remaining in the first half.It did not get any prettier for the Trojans in the second half. USC shot 38 percent from the field and sophomore guard Maurice Jones was the only player to execute a 3-pointer.“We played pretty well defensively” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “We shot 29 percent, 6 percent at the 3-point line and that’s not going to beat anybody, anywhere, anytime. We’re just not making shots and we haven’t been for most of the year.”O’Neill isn’t the only one bewildered by the team’s lack of efficiency.“I don’t have an answer for it,” freshman guard Byron Wesley said. “We are shooting in the gym everyday but we just keep missing these shots. I think eventually we are going to come out and start making these shots.”Wesley totaled eight points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Wildcats.“We know we have what it takes on defense,” Wesley said. “We know that once we get rolling on offense, we should be a better team.”USC forced 17 turnovers and allowed only nine in its duel on Sunday.Along with Wesley, Jones and freshman Alexis Moore played the bulk of the minutes for the Trojans. Jones led the team in scoring with 14 points and also added three steals. Alexis Moore posted two points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals.O’Neill said with time the team has and will continue to improve.“These guys will end up having a lot of success” O’Neill said. “Alexis, Dewayne, Byron and Maurice are all good players. They are in roles that they cannot handle right now so they’re a little overwhelmed.”O’Neill plans to utilize the extra time before their game on Sunday to work on individual improvements with the team.“We’re going to make individual improvements because we have so many young guys,”O’Neill said. “We want to make sure that guys are getting all kinds of shots every single day.”The Trojans have one week off before hosting crosstown rival UCLA on Sunday. It will be the first of a two game series this season between both schools. UCLA has won seven of its last nine games with its most recent victories over Arizona and Arizona State.USC will face UCLA on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Net. USC suffered its fifth straight loss with a 57-46 defeat by Arizona on Sunday. The Trojans were primed to take on the Wildcats at the Galen Center, hoping to upset the then 10-5 conference rival. Last season, USC upset the then-top-ranked Wildcats. History, however, did not repeat itself. The loss pushed the Trojans to a 5-12 overall record. USC has yet to win a conference game this season.Poised · Sophomore guard Maurice Jones started every game for the Trojans this season. Jones currently averages 14 points per game. – Chris Pham | Daily Trojan
In a city with nine professional sports franchises, a pair of Pacific-12 Conference universities, an assemblage of sports agencies and a concentration of media conglomerates, championships aren’t the only measure of success.Sports bring in $4 billion annually to the local economy, according to a 2014 UCLA study, and 18 million tickets are sold to sporting events. “I don’t think that’s a number that any city in the country will touch,” said David Simon, president of the Los Angeles Sports Council, “and maybe not any other city in the world.”As a thriving business in a crowded market, sports provides an abundance of fodder for penning a list of some of the most powerful leaders in Los Angeles’ sports world. Based on interviews with dozens of sports figures and relying heavily on institutional knowledge, we have compiled the L.A. Sports Top 50. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dr. Jerry Buss and Peter O’Malley took ownership of Los Angeles’ two largest sports brands 35 years ago. The value, glamour and status by virtue of owning the Lakers or Dodgers catapulted both to the apex in a market where sports intersects with celebrity, creating an elixir of power and money.That hasn’t changed over the years. • Photos: See full list of the Top 50 Most Powerful in L.A. SportsYet for all Buss and O’Malley groomed and built, changes in ownership for the Dodgers, Lakers and Clippers in the past three years signaled the arrival of a new generation of aristocracy in L.A.’s sprawling sports landscape. The recent rise and fall of L.A. sports royalty includes the departure of Frank McCourt, Donald Sterling and Jerry Buss and the arrival of Mark Walter, Steve Ballmer and Jeanie Buss.“There’s been a big turnover from legendary ownership, legendary involvement, you know, starting with the O’Malleys, because that was earth-shaking for some people in this community,” said Casey Wasserman, CEO of L.A.-based sports agency Wasserman Media Group. “There has been a lot of transition in sports in a city that didn’t have much of that for a long time. But frankly, I think those transitions will create a lot of opportunities going forward and will lead to much more interesting times ahead.”L.A. sports franchise owners, CEOs, athletes, coaches, sports agents and the like command power for different reasons and wield it in a variety of arenas.The depth and breadth of the competition for sports supremacy in a city that doubles as the entertainment capital of the world make for a difficult climb to the top. The ambitious environment emblematic of L.A. ensures a stay at No. 1 is even more difficult.Casey Wasserman was selected as the most powerful sports figure in L.A., but it’s not just his burgeoning international sports, entertainment, marketing and management company that helped him edge AEG chairman, Kings and Galaxy owner Philip Anschutz and L.A. icon Magic Johnson, who rank second and third, respectively.Wasserman’s enterprising role in large-scale initiatives, including the potential return of the NFL and the Olympics to L.A., indicate his prospects to massively alter the sports landscape in the city where he was born and raised. The 40-year-old grandson of late Hollywood mogul Lew Wasserman possesses a combination of relationships, resources, respect and ingenuity unmatched in L.A. sports.Also populating the list are the two reigning Major League Baseball MVPs (Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout), the DirecTV CEO at the center of the gridlock preventing distribution of the Dodgers’ new Time Warner-owned network and Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who transcended basketball with the way he embraced the role of spokesman for the black community following the jarring discovery of Sterling’s racially insensitive audio tape. Athletic competition is only where the influence of sports begins. Where it ends is much more difficult to define.