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Jewell, Karl earn top-10 finishes for ApachesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterRIB MOUNTAIN — The Auburndale girls finished second, and the Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys took third at the Edgar Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday at Nine Mile Forest Recreation Area.Isabella Jewell took fourth in 20:53.7, and Kali Karl was eighth in 21:30.9 for the Auburndale girls, who totaled 66 points, 13 behind meet champion Medford in the girls team standings.Columbus Catholic was ninth, with Melanie Lang leading the way with an 18th-place finish in 22:09.1.Marissa Ellenbecker of Edgar won the girls race in 19:49.5, 44 seconds ahead of Medford’s Franny Seidel.Medford also won the boys team title with 37 points and three finishers in the top five. Trey Ulrich of Medford won the race in 16:56.5.Joshua Guyer took 10th in 18:00.8 and Jeremiah Giles was 22nd in 18:58.9 for the Columbus boys, who finished third, two points behind second-place Mosinee.Carver Empey led the Auburndale boys by taking 26th place (19:17.8) as the Apaches finished ninth in the team standings.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Edgar Cross Country InvitationalSept. 27, at Nine Mile Forest Recreation AreaVarsityGirlsTeam scores: 1. Medford 53; 2. Auburndale 66; 3. Mosinee 83; 4. Edgar 119; 5. Neillsville 183; 6. Westfield 183; 7. Loyal 192; 8. Three Lakes 192; 9. Marshfield Columbus Catholic 193; 10. Crandon 194; Owen-Withee and Pittsville incomplete.Top 10, and Auburndale and Marshfield Columbus Catholic finishers: 1. Marissa Ellenbecker (ED) 19:49.5; 2. Franny Seidel (MED) 20:33.8; 3. Kortnie Volk (TL) 20:49.5; 4. Isabella Jewell (AUB) 20:53.7; 5. Hannah Brewster (ED) 20:56.1; 6. Baileigh Johnson (NE) 21:05.5; 7. Mikaya Flyte (WEST) 21:05.9; 8. Kali Karl (AUB) 21:30.9; 9. Lauren Meyer (MED) 21:44.5; 10. Iris Schira (MOS) 21:51.4; 14. Vanessa Mitchell (AUB) 21:57.1; 15. Anna Kollross (AUB) 21:59.3; 18. Melanie Lang (MCC) 22:09.1; 26. Hailey Roehl (MCC) 23:08.1; 28. Taylor Stanton (AUB) 23:17.2; 29. Julianna Kollross (AUB) 23:18.3; 42. Marissa Immerfall (MCC) 24:15.5; 51. Morgan Albrecht (MCC) 25:09.7; 56. Emmalee Richardson (AUB) 25:38.5; 57. Amanda Momont (AUB) 25:39.2; 76. Greta Schiferl (MCC) 33:24.1.—BoysTeam scores: 1. Medford 37; 2. Mosinee 107; 3. Marshfield Columbus Catholic 109; 4. Crandon 112; 5. Westfield 128; 6. Tomahawk 147; 7. Edgar 175; 8. Owen-Withee 199; 9. Auburndale 214; 10. Neillsville 237; 11. Loyal 278; Pittsville and Three Lakes incomplete.Top 10, and Auburndale and Marshfield Columbus Catholic finishers: 1. Trey Ulrich (MED) 16:56.5; 2. Payton Cummings (WEST) 17:21.1; 3. Tanner Moris (CRA) 17:24.1; 4. Derek Rudolph (MED) 17:28.2; 5. Ray Zirngible (MED) 17:30.6; 6. Grayson Barrett (MOS) 17:37.3; 7. Nick Koller (ED) 17:54.6; 8. Elliot Genteman (LOY) 17:57.7; 9. Ryley Frozene (WEST) 17:57.8; 10. Joshua Guyer (MCC) 18:00.8; 22. Jeremiah Giles (MCC) 18:58.9; 26. Carver Empey (AUB) 19:17.8; 30. Bryce Fuerlinger (MCC) 19:22.2; 37. Peyton Nystrom (MCC) 19:42.6; 42. Paul Kollross (AUB) 19:54.8; 43. Leonard Steinert (MCC) 19:56.9; 48. Paul Peplinski (AUB) 20:35.9; 49. Matthew Leick (AUB) 20:42.2; 50. David Nielsen (MCC) 20:50.1; 53. Gage Stoflet (AUB) 21:13.7; 55. Darren Kieffer (AUB) 21:21.7; 61. Josh Peplinski (AUB) 22:17.1; 64. Ian Lang (AUB) 22:38.6.
Shoplifting suspect stabs officer at WalmartA deputy police chief says a female officer has been stabbed inside a Walmart store in Columbia, South Carolina, while responding to a shoplifting call. Deputy Chief Melron Kelly tells WACH-TV the incident took place just before 10 p.m. at the store on Bush River Road. Kelly says the officer pursued the male suspect, who fled.The police department said in a tweet that the officer was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition. Police posted a picture of a suspect on Twitter and urged residents to call 911 with information. They were reviewing surveillance footage and were using several helicopters to search for the man. [Source: ABC News]Shoplifting turns into attempted murder of a police officerTwo men from Detroit are in jail after police say a case of shoplifting ended with an attempted murder charge. A press release from the department says Ernest Powell and Deandre Tucker stole almost 380 dollars worth of cigarettes from the Shell Station on Peggy Flats road a little before 1 a.m. yesterday. Someone from the gas station called police and said they were driving a blue Jeep Cherokee.- Sponsor – Officers later found a similar car driving down I-75 and pulled it over at the southbound entrance ramp at Exit 77. Police say the driver refused to get out of the car, then put the car in reverse, peeled backwards and hit the officer with the open car door. The Jeep then took off down I-75. Police chased them down the interstate and saw someone throwing stolen cigarettes out the window. The car turned around at Exit 62 in Mount Vernon and started going North back to Madison County. By this point several other agencies had joined the chase. Police say the driver swerved at one of the cruisers and almost hit it. The chase ended around Exit 76 when the driver lost control of the Jeep Cherokee and crashed. The three people in the SUV got out and ran into a wooded area, but were all found.22-year-old Ernest Powell is the alleged driver and has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, 2 counts of wanton endangerment with a police officer, fleeing and theft. Deandre Tucker was charged with theft, fleeing and evading, and evidence tampering, while both Powell and Tucker are charged with unlawful transaction with a minor because the third person in the car was a minor. The minor was not charged. [Source: Lex18.com]Security vulnerabilities, potential hack attacks demand greater attentionHackers have more opportunity to infiltrate retailer networks, according to a SecurityScorecard report, and that means retailers need to shore up security precautions. In fact no retailers, big or small, is immune from security threats, notes the vendor’s cybersecurity report that studied 48 largest retailers. The report reveals more than 50 percent may have failed to meet the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standards, and security issues range from malware to weak network protection and poor security awareness among store employees.“Our analysis indicates that even the most secure retailers could be susceptible to a breach. Additionally, previously installed and dormant malware could be activated during this time of year to capitalize on a larger score. If a hacker decides to take action while organizations scramble to keep up with an uptick in sales activity, attacks are more likely to be successful,” said Sam Kassoumeh, co-founder and COO of SecurityScorecard, in an announcement. [Source: Retail Customer Experience]Bald man who stole hair growth products sentenced to prisonA Florida man dubbed the “Balding Bandit” has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing hair growth formula, among other items, from stores across Ohio, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said. In October, Andres Arias, 36, was arrested in Ohio on a charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. He pleaded guilty to the charge Tuesday, the attorney general’s office said. He was arrested in August in Palm Beach County, Florida, on an out-of-state fugitive charge, jail records show. He was extradited to Alabama, where he was also wanted on theft charges, according to court records.From December 2015 through February, Arias flew to cities throughout Ohio, rented cars and drove to CVS and Walgreens stores where he would steal items such as Rogaine and memory- and weight-loss supplements, according to a news release from the attorney general’s office. He hid the items in his pants pockets, then shipped them to associates in New Jersey, who would deposit money into his bank account, the attorney general’s office said. “Organized retail theft costs Ohio businesses and consumers tens of millions of dollars every year,” David Fornshell, the Warren County, Ohio, prosecutor who worked the case said in a news release. Arias paid a $22,000 restitution, according to the release.Ohio media dubbed Arias the “balding bandit” after surveillance footage showed a balding man stealing hair growth formula from stores throughout the state. That man was later identified as Arias. In May, Arias was arrested by Boca Raton, Florida, police on charges of driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway, court records show. He is scheduled to have a plea conference on that case in February, according to court records. [Source: Fox25 Boston]Amazon sued over counterfeits once againE-commerce giant Amazon is facing yet another lawsuit after the makers of the Snuggie blanket and other products went to court claiming trademark infringement from “astronomical” numbers of counterfeits sold via the online marketplace. Manufacturers Allstar Marketing Group LLC, Ideavillage Products Corp and Ontel Products Corp brought the case against Amazon alleging the online marketplace had allowed its product display pages to be “hijacked” by counterfeiters from countries in Asia who were taking a “free ride” on the brand names’ successes. They allege that Amazon has not made moves to stop the sale of their fakes, which are in the thousands.The manufacturers make products including the Snuggie sleeved blanket, Copper Fit compression sleeves and Magic Tracks toy racetracks, all of which are mainly sold on the TV. The companies claim they have lost profits from the presence of online fakes, which are being sold at a “rampant rate”, while their reputations have taken a hit as a result of negative reviews by customers who have bought the counterfeit products. They also accuse Amazon of copyright infringement and violating New York state false advertising and unfair competition laws, and are seeking millions of dollars in lost profits and punitive damages through the lawsuit. “Amazon has taken no action to prevent the sale of such counterfeit products despite having the knowledge, opportunity and means to do so,” the companies said.This is not the first lawsuit against Amazon on the grounds of counterfeit products sold on its platform. Last month, a US family sued the e-commerce site for $30m alleging that a hover-board toy that was bought off Amazon was counterfeit and caught fire, destroying the family’s $1m home. While the criticisms against Amazon over its approach to counterfeiters have recently intensified – a music industry group has made claims of a “serious counterfeit operation” on the site and shoemaker Birkenstock pulled its products earlier this year claiming the site’s lackluster anti-counterfeiting stance – the e-commerce giant has been seen to be making strides to fight fakes. Last month, the online marketplace filed two lawsuits against vendors allegedly selling fake goods, and just this month reports suggested Amazon was making anti-counterfeiting a top priority for 2017 by introducing a new, stricter registration initiative to make it harder for counterfeiters to sell fakes on its platform. [Source: Securing Industry] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Identity fraudster faces million dollar fineA Carmichael, California, man was charged with a series of identity fraud-related offenses along with felony firearm possession after collecting stolen mail and personal identification information to make illegal purchases.Manuel Campos Rodriguez, 41, was charged with 10 counts in all, including bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, possession of credit and debit card-making equipment, possession of stolen mail, and unlawfully possessing 15 or more credit or debit cards, according to a news release issued by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.Court documents allege that Rodriguez stole mail and collected credit and debit cards, account numbers, social security numbers, and driver’s license numbers, which he used to make purchases at stores such as Home Depot and Macy’s. Rodriguez faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. He is being held without bail at the Sacramento County jail. [Source: The Sacramento Bee]Feds indict blowtorch burglarsTwo men accused of using blow torches to break into Target stores across New England will be arraigned on federal charges. Investigators say the pair stole nearly $200,000 worth of iPads and iPhones in just two months. An indictment filed in US District Court in Worcester accuses Elijah Aiken and a second unnamed suspect of stealing electronics from Target stores. Investigators say the suspects used a portable blowtorch to cut through the metal doors and got inside the stores including one in Easton, Massachusetts.- Sponsor – The first theft happened in Pennsylvania in December 2014, where the pair took 15 iPads. Then over the course of two months, police say the same two men hit stores from Connecticut to New Hampshire.Investigators say they always took iPads and iPhones, and they left behind a hole in the metal doors.The biggest losses were in Massachusetts. About $154,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from the stores in Westborough and Easton. investigators say the pair would sell the goods to a buyer “in and around” New York City. Aiken was arrested at the scene of the last burglary in Connecticut. He was hiding in the snow. He was sentenced to two years in prison for that crime, but is now facing federal charges of transporting stolen goods over state lines. [Source: Boston25 News]NRF says ORC at all-time highOrganized retail crime is continuing to grow, with nearly three-quarters of retailers surveyed reporting an increase in the past year, according to the 14th annual ORC study released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF). “Retailers continue to deal with increasing challenges and complications surrounding organized retail crime,” NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention Bob Moraca said. “These criminals find new ways to expand their networks and manipulate the retail supply chain every day. The retail industry is fighting this battle by upgrading technology, improving relationships with local law enforcement and taking steps such as tightening return policies, but it is a never-ending battle.”The report found that 92 percent of companies surveyed had been a victim of ORC in the past year and that 71 percent said ORC incidents were increasing. Losses averaged $777,877 per $1 billion in sales, up 7 percent from last year’s previous record of $726,351. Retailers attributed the increase to the easy online sale of stolen goods, gift card fraud, shortage of staff in stores and demand for certain brand name items or specific products. In addition, a number of states have increased the threshold for a theft to be considered a felony, meaning criminals can steal a larger quantity of goods while keeping the crime a misdemeanor and avoiding the risk of higher penalties that come with the commission of a felony.ORC typically targets items that can be easily stolen, and quickly resold, and top items range from low-cost products like laundry detergent, razors, deodorant, infant formula and blue jeans to high-end goods like designer clothing and handbags, expensive liquor and cellphones. Stolen goods are recovered anywhere from flea markets and pawnshops to online, with gift cards often ending up on online gift card exchanges. While online fencing has increased over the years, retailers say 60 percent of recovered merchandise, on average, is found at physical locations. While at least 34 states have ORC laws, 73 percent of retailers surveyed support the creation of a federal ORC law, noting that ORC gangs often operate across state lines. [Source: BusinessWire]Task force goes after credit card skimmers(The following article was written by Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey) 42 law enforcement officers took a very proactive approach to protecting our citizens from credit card fraud and identity theft in preparation for the Holiday Season. As part of the initiative, Agents from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Task Force, United States Secret Service, Department of Agriculture, and FDLE physically examined 251 Gas Stations throughout Brevard County in search of illegal credit card skimmers that had been covertly installed in gas pumps.Assisted by Detectives from Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Cocoa, West Melbourne, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Titusville and the Rockledge Police Departments the operation led to the seizure of 18 skimmers that had been installed inside the pumps to target unsuspecting citizens.Electronic Skimmers capture the credit card data when the credit card is used to purchase fuel, using the “pay at the pump” features offered by most Gas Stations today. The device is covertly installed inside the pump by criminals who illegally gain access to the inside of the fuel pump and later return to collect the in-line slimmer and stolen data. [Source: Space Coast Daily]Fleeing shoplifter injures police officerAn officer was injured by a shoplifting suspect who was attempting to escape arrest in a New Orleans East shopping center Sunday afternoon, according to New Orleans police. Ishionte Jachson, 23, was handcuffed after being accused of shoplifting in the 9600 block of Chef Menteur Highway, NOPD said, but managed to get loose.As an officer attempted to stop Jachson from escaping the area, she was knocked to the ground, according to NOPD spokesman Juan Barnes. The injured officer was brought to the hospital with a head injury, Barnes said. Jachson was apprehended by another officer. Her booking photo was not immediately available. Barnes said additional charges are pending. [Source: Fox8 News]Which retailer calls PD 9 times a day and who pays?Police come to arrest the person accused of stealing a $2 ChapStick and investigate the theft of $10 sunglasses. They’re asked to settle domestic spats, break up parking lot disputes and remove disorderly drunks. These calls to police, thousands of which are made each year, chew up hours of the Columbia, South Carolina, Police Department’s time. And they all start at Walmart.Four Walmart locations rely on Columbia police more than any other establishment in the city, according to The State’s review of CPD crime data from 2014 to present. The big-box retailer generated far more calls to police compared to much larger shopping centers such as Columbiana Centre, which is home to more than 100 stores, and other comparable retailers like Target.Last year alone, Columbia police responded to a Walmart, on average, nine times a day. That’s one call every three hours. And taxpayers are settling the bill. In the past four years, the vast majority of Walmart calls, about 40 percent, involved suspected theft. Only 8 percent dealt with violence or some kind of disturbance.Columbia police recognized the problem in July and stopped responding to misdemeanor shoplifting calls if the suspect had already left the store. “Just with that subtle change, we’ve been able to see a difference,” he said. Now, officers are responding to roughly 20 percent fewer incidents of Walmart shoplifting, he said. But some question whether that goes far enough. Walmart representatives recognize the problem, too, saying the company has invested millions in people, programs and technology to police their own stores. [Source: The State] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Let’s start by getting the obvious out of the way first. As stands for “Adventure Sport” as Bajaj tags the bikes but there’s barely any resemblance to an ADV bike. No long-travel suspensions, dual-sport tyres or panniers here. What you get instead is a half-fairing and a tall windscreen.Cosmetically both the AS200 and AS150 look alike with only beefier tyres on the 200 making it look bigger. Bajaj explains that the aim was not to offer an out-and-out adventure bike, instead the motive was to bring the genre to the masses and have them familiarise with adventure touring. With this, the AS150’s intent and purpose become clearer.Projector low-beam and halogen high-beam headlight offer great illumination. A half-fairing gets slapped onto the familiar NS 200 tank and rear section. But this semi-faired AS 150 gets a lowbeam projector and halogen highbeam to light up those dark statehighways. And the fairing isn’t just there for aesthetic value addition, the tall wind screen offers enough real estate to duck behind. Taller handlebars and slightly rearset footpegs make up the rider triangle and offer comfortable ergonomics. You’ll also be looking at a recognisable instrument cluster originally from the NS, and the stock tank pad is a stylish and functional touch.Meter console has been borrowed from the Pulsar NS200 and uses an analogue-digital layout. Mechanically, the AS 150 gets a new engine shrouded in a perimeter frame and monoshock rear suspension. The combination of these translates to handling, which the previous 150cc Pulsars have never experienced. The bike is flickable through traffic and holds a confident line around fast corners. The 150cc engine is the most powerful air-cooled engine in its class with 17bhp on tap but is relaxed in nature due to its over-square construction. Power flows in a linear fashion and the AS 150 never feels out of breath. But here comes a slight drawback – power builds up over 6,000rpm and below it, there’s a definite lack of poke. One has to really give it the beans to stir the motor for spirited riding.advertisement149.5cc 17bhp engine is the most powerful air-cooled unit in the country right now. Overall, the AS 150 brings the much needed freshness that Bajaj desperately needed in this segment. The touring-biased design will prove to be a boon for riders looking for a machine that can balance the weekend rides with the rigorous daily commutes.
Twitter/Coach KMike Krzyzewski was not happy with his Blue Devils’ Monday night loss to Syracuse at Cameron Indoor Stadium. During his post-game press conference, he referred to the end of the game, which featured a few controversial calls that helped the Orange, as “amazing.” Of course, many fans found comedy in that statement because of Duke’s reputation for getting questionable calls throughout the years. North Carolina’s SportsChannel 8 made a very funny remix of K’s presser, using his quotes over Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak hit “Amazing,” spliced with clips of many, many controversial calls that have helped the Blue Devils over the years. We’re sure ACC fans, especially supporters of the Tar Heels, will appreciate this one.[SportsChannel 8]
State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says there must be an unyielding push to control substance abuse.Commenting on the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) 2016 Household Drug Survey, which indicated that one in every six males and one in every 17 females admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs over the past year, the State Minister said this behaviour is a negative factor on the roads.“No surprise when we look at the data on the number of road fatalities and instances of dangerous driving,” Senator Charles Jr. said while addressing a drug forum organised by the NCDA on February 13 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The State Minister said the issue not only affects the individuals abusing the drugs but other areas of national life, and work must continue to show the cost to the country from substance abuse.“The more preventative work we put in increases the chances of successfully reducing the current burden on our criminal justice system and the required resources, which we would prefer to channel into far more productive and positive endeavours,” the State Minister told the audience.Senator Charles Jr. said he believes in the power of partnership and collaboration to tackle the many challenges faced by the society.The forum was used to release findings from a 2017 study on drug use, conducted with technical assistance from the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the Organization of American States (CICAD-OAS). “No surprise when we look at the data on the number of road fatalities and instances of dangerous driving,” Senator Charles Jr. said while addressing a drug forum organised by the NCDA on February 13 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Story Highlights Commenting on the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) 2016 Household Drug Survey, which indicated that one in every six males and one in every 17 females admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs over the past year, the State Minister said this behaviour is a negative factor on the roads. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says there must be an unyielding push to control substance abuse.
Ohio State sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas is a shooter, but not in the same way Jon Diebler, former OSU guard and all-time Big Ten leader in made three pointers, was. Thomas is a shooter because he likes to shoot – a lot. In high school, Thomas shot whenever he wanted because that’s what his team asked him to do. When he graduated, he was the No. 3-leading scorer in the history of the basketball-rich state of Indiana. So when Thomas came to OSU as a freshman, Thomas did what he had always done. He kept shooting. He was shooting so much that coach Thad Matta had to tell him to slow down, but at the same time he didn’t want to discourage Thomas to the point that he lost confidence. “He’s one of the best scorers in the nation,” OSU sophomore forward James “JD” Weatherspoon said. “You can’t take that away from his game. He’s going to knock down shots. It’s what he does.” Thomas averaged 7.5 points a game in an average of 14 minutes of action as a freshman last year. His ability to score a high volume of points in a short amount of time earned him the nickname of “microwave offense.” This year, with the departure of seniors Diebler, David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale, who started the majority of the games last year, Thomas plans to step into a starting role for the upcoming season. It’s a role Matta, along with Thomas’s teammates, said he’s grown to accept. “He’s got a much better understanding of how to play,” Matta said. “He understands the importance of the defensive end of it. He understands the importance of the pass, the moving, the rebounding. I’ve been very, very pleased with his progress.” Matta also said Thomas has learned about when to shoot and when to pass. “The other day in the workout he threw a pass away and one of the coaches started to say something,” Matta said. “I said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. He passed. I’ll teach him how to connect the dots.’” Senior guard William Buford laughed when asked about Thomas shooting too much, but said it was a thing of the past. “No, not no more,” Buford said. “He used to. You know he used to. He’s learning like what’s a good shot, what’s a bad shot. He’s passing more. He’s just a smarter basketball player.” But that doesn’t mean Thomas is going to stop shooting anytime soon or ditch the “microwave” mentality. Thomas embraces it. “I’m going to go out like everybody call me — the microwave,” Thomas said. “I’m trying to heat up at any minute so I’m just going to be the same old me with more time out there and having fun.” More than just shooting, Thomas has worked on the physical aspect of the game as well and has taken full advantage of the Buckeyes’ offseason-conditioning program, Matta said the changes are noticeable. “You can obviously look at him and tell a lot of things have happened to him over the summer,” Matta said. “It’s amazing how he looks this year compared to how he looked last year.” The Buckeyes open their season Nov. 11 against Wright State at 9 p.m. and with the beginning of a new season, Thomas said he’s ready to begin his next chapter too. “I’m here to show everybody what I really got,” Thomas said.
Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has been under heavy criticism over recent months and was repeatedly left out of big games by his club coach Jose Mourinho.Amidst all the criticisms against Paul Pogba, former defender Frank Leboeuf says Pogba does not deserve a starting role for France at the World Cup in Russia this summer.He also believes it could be a similar story for the 25-year-old when Didier Deschamps comes to naming his starting line-up against Australia on June 16.With the French coach possessing a vast array of midfield options, Leboeuf claims he will be tempted to look elsewhere.‘He’s under lots of pressure and he’s been heavily criticised’, he told ESPN.‘I don’t think he’s going to start against the United States on Saturday and I’m not sure he’s going to start in the World Cup. [Corentin] Tolisso is above him on the left side. I think [Blaise] Matuidi is above him.’Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….The former Chelsea defender believes Pogba puts too much pressure on himself in his pursuit of winning individual honours.‘I mean [he] has the talent, but we don’t see it for the national team for the past two or three years.‘Pogba talks about winning the Ballon d’Or and put himself in the situation where right now he cannot [back up] what he says.‘I think he’s a good guy and I think he has the talent, but he puts too much pressure on himself saying he wants to be the Ballon d’Or, that he was the key of the national team, that he wants to be the No 1. Just don’t say anything, just work hard.’France host the USA in their final warm-up match in Lyon this weekend before flying out to Russia.