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Sloppy United Beats Newcastle 3-1, Stays In 2nd Place In EPL



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MANCHESTER, England: Manchester United overcame a sloppy first-half performance to beat Newcastle 3-1 and stay in second place in the Premier League on Sunday.

After United managed just one victory in its previous five top-flight matches, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt a 4-0 victory at Real Sociedad in the Europa League showed his side had got over its recent slump.

While United fell well short of those standards against Newcastle, second-half goals from Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes pushed the team to an important win after Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin had canceled out Marcus Rashfords opener at Old Trafford.

The result kept United within 10 points of Manchester City and above third-place Leicester on goal difference, while defeat for Newcastle manager Steve Bruce at the stadium he used to play left his 17th-place team just three points above resurgent Fulham in the relegation fight.

It was a happy end to a day that started with United announcing that two members of United’s backroom staff Nicky Butt and Mark Dempsey would be joining Solskjaer on the bench due to some of the coaching staff having to self-isolate.”

Michael Carrick, Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna were not listed on the team sheet for a game that Newcastle started sharply.

David De Gea tipped over a deflected effort from Joelinton that came from the goalkeeper’s poor early clearance.

Newcastle deployed Miguel Almiron as a false nine and was unsettling United with its pressing, while the hosts poor decision-making saw their attacks break down before Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow could be threatened.

A fierce cross from James was all the Magpies goalkeeper had to deal with until Aaron Wan-Bissakas snatched effort in the 29th minute, although Rashfords moment of quality would see United find the net a minute later.

Rashford collected the ball on the left touchline and nutmegged Emil Krafth before darting toward the box. The Newcastle right back recovered to meet him in the area, only for Rashford to cut inside and thump a low shot past Darlow at his near post.

Saint-Maximin had a strike tipped over the bar by De Gea after collecting a cleared corner, which proved the route to Newcastle’s equalizer in the 36th.

Joe Willock eventually sent in a cross that Harry Maguire headed into the path of Saint-Maximim, who impressively sidefooted a shot into the roof of the net.

De Gea reacted well to Saint-Maximins next snapshot early in the second half, before the home side went back ahead.

Nemanja Matic turned and hit a low pass which took a slight deflection off Fernandes across the box that Jamal Lewis failed to cut out, with James capitalizing at the back post as he hit a low and hard shot past Darlow.

Anthony Martial followed nifty footwork with a fizzing effort that Darlow did well to stop as the home side looked to pull away, with Rashford seeing a long-range attempt stopped before Ryan Fraser tried his luck on a rare voyage forward by Newcastle.

Newcastle was now under increasing pressure and gave United the chance to put the match to bed when Willock was adjudged to have brought down Rashford.

Fernandes stepped up for the 75th-minute spot kick and slotted home.

Substitute Mason Greenwood, Fred and James tried to add gloss, with Maguire having headed attempts either side of one from Matic.

Solskjaer handed exciting Newcastle-born Shola Shoretire who only turned 17 on Feb. 2 his debut off the bench in the closing minutes.


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Airline CEOs, Biden Officials Consider Green-Fuel Breaks



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Chief executives of the nation’s largest passenger and cargo airlines met with key Biden administration officials Friday to talk about reducing emissions from airplanes and push incentives for lower-carbon aviation fuels.

The White House said the meeting with climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also touched on economic policy and curbing the spread of COVID-19 travel has been a vector for the virus. But industry officials said emissions dominated the discussion.

United Airlines said CEO Scott Kirby asked administration officials to support incentives for sustainable aviation fuel and technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere. In December, United said it invested an undisclosed amount in a carbon-capture company partly owned by Occidental Petroleum.

A United Nations aviation group has concluded that biofuels will remain a tiny source of aviation fuel for several years. Some environmentalists would prefer the Biden administration to impose tougher emissions standards on aircraft rather than create breaks for biofuels.

Biofuels are false solutions that dont decarbonize air travel, said Clare Lakewood, a climate-law official with the Center for Biological Diversity. Real action on aircraft emissions requires phasing out dirty, aging aircraft, maximizing operational efficiencies and funding the rapid development of electrification.

Airplanes account for a small portion of emissions that cause climate change about 2% to 3% but their share has been growing rapidly and is expected to roughly triple by mid-century with the global growth in travel.

The airline trade group says U.S. carriers have more than doubled the fuel efficiency of their fleets since 1978 and plan further reductions in carbon emissions. But the independent International Council on Clean Transportation says passenger traffic is growing nearly four times faster than fuel efficiency, leading to a 33% increase in emissions between 2013 and 2019.

The U.S. accounts for about 23% of aircraft carbon-dioxide emissions, followed by Europe at 19% and China at 13%, the transportation group’s researchers estimated.

The White House said McCarthy, Buttigieg and economic adviser Brian Deese were grateful and optimistic to hear the airline CEOs talk about current and future efforts to combat climate change.

Nicholas Calio, president of the trade group Airlines for America, said the exchange was positive.

Airlines are ready, willing and able partners, and we want to be part of the solution” to climate change, Calio said in a statement. We stand ready to work in partnership with the Biden administration.

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