Sporting CP head coach Marcel Keizer said the future of Bruno Fernandes is a question for the club’s board amid ongoing links to Manchester United.Fernandes has been tipped to join United throughout the transfer window and talk of a switch to Old Trafford has gathered pace with the Premier League season on the horizon.Sunday’s Portuguese Super Cup – which Sporting lost 5-0 at the hands of rivals Benfica – was widely seen as a potential Fernandes farewell before leaving Lisbon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Portugal international Fernandes was a topic of conversation post-match and Keizer told reporters: “Bruno Fernandes is an important player.”Will he stay? It’s not a question for me, but for the management.”Fernandes scored 20 goals – 31 in all competitions – and supplied 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season as Sporting finished third.The 24-year-old played the full 90 minutes as Sporting were humiliated by Primeira Liga champions Benfica on Sunday.Pizzi scored a brace, while Rafa Silva, Alex Grimaldo and Chiquinho were also on target against Sporting, who had Idrissa Doumbia sent off in the 89th minute.”It’s a night to forget,” Keizer added. “We had a good chance to score, but we couldn’t. We never gave up trying to score even after we were losing by two and three goals. Benfica also created a lot of chances and managed to score.”It will be a very difficult week, but we have a match for the championship next week and we have to prepare it.”Keizer’s Sporting open their league campaign away to Maritimo on Sunday.
Oil workers stand at a facility site in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, on Nov. 21, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hasan Jamali by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2014 3:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Crude oil rises to near $94 a barrel as US cold snap expected to boost demand The price of oil rose to near US$94 a barrel Tuesday as unusually cold weather in the U.S. was expected to fuel demand in the world’s largest market for energy.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery rose 24 cents to US$93.67 a barrel on the New York Mercantil Exchange. On Monday, the contract fell 53 cents to settle at US$93.43 a barrel.Crude prices were bolstered by a cold snap in the U.S., the world’s top oil consumer, as the use of heating oil was expected to surge.Dangerously cold polar air broke decades-old records, spreading Tuesday from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and Eastern Canada. Many cities came to a virtual standstill, with flights cancelled and schools and businesses shuttered due to the cold.Forecasters said some 187 million people could feel the effects of the “polar vortex” by the time it spreads across the country.Prices were also supported by continuing uncertainty about Libya’s crude exports. Nearly three years after the start of the civil war that ousted Moammar Gadhafi, strikes and protests in the oil industry and conflicts between the government and regional militias have kept output at a fraction of its earlier level of around 1.5 million barrels a day.However, even with the uncertainty in Libya, Iraq and other key oil producers, global supplies are expected to remain ample and keep crude prices under pressure.“Despite these troubles, the supply outlook is robust,” said the Kilduff Report edited by Michael Fitzpatrick. “A test of $92 will likely occur this week, with more losses to follow.”Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was up 62 cents at US$107.35 a barrel.In other energy futures trading: wholesale gasoline rose 3.26 cents to US$2.678 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil was up 2.05 cents at US$2.959 a gallon and natural gas fell nearly a cent to US$4.30 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE)