Man City resume record assault after goalless blip

first_imgManchester City’s ground-breaking season encountered a minor road block before their Premier League coronation on Sunday but their eyes are now firmly back on completing a record-shredding finale to the campaign.Following a surprise 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town on Sunday, maximum points from their final two games, at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday and away at Southampton, would ensure the champions finish on exactly 100 points.“We cannot deny it would be nice to reach 100 (points),” City manager Pep Guardiola said.“We spoke about that. These targets help us to be focused.”No side in England’s top flight have achieved this. Antonio Conte, the Chelsea manager, suggested back in 2016 that a 100-point season was an impossible feat.Yet perfectionist Guardiola will be irritated if their majestic campaign is not rewarded with a three-figure flourish, even though he concedes it will be mighty difficult, especially with Southampton fighting for their Premier League lives on Sunday.Against Brighton, who can relax after winning their fight for survival, the Etihad faithful will be expecting normal service to be resumed, with City needing a win to move to 97 points, two more than Chelsea’s landmark of 95 in 2004-05.Two more goals would also see City’s total for the season surpass Chelsea’s record of 2009-10, when Didier Drogba spearheaded a tally of 103.The Wednesday action also sees the resumption of the battle between City’s distant pursuers to guarantee Champions League football next season.Tottenham Hotspur can move third on 74 points, leapfrogging Liverpool by two points if they beat Newcastle United at Wembley.“It is in our hands to finish third,” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said.The Argentine was disappointed with Spurs’ last-gasp 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday – the first time they have failed to score in 24 league matches – which has left the door ajar for Chelsea in the top-four race.Chelsea, fifth on 69 points, would jump into fourth by beating struggling Huddersfield on Wednesday and Spurs lose to Rafa Benitez’s side.Should Huddersfield lose, their Premier League fate would go down to the wire when they host Arsenal in Arsene Wenger’s final game in charge of the Gunners.last_img read more

Aussie retention of Ashes “bitterly disappointing” for Root

first_imgEngland captain Joe Root praised his team for their battling spirit despite Sunday’s fourth test defeat to Australia ensuring the tourists retain the Ashes.Root’s side went into the final day looking to save a draw, with eight wickets remaining, and managed to take the game into the final hour.It was not another Headingley ‘miracle’ comeback in the manner of the previous test, but instead a genuine effort appreciated by the Old Trafford crowd, who cheered every dot ball.“As before, we always believe and we fight right to the end. Another great test match, but it’s bitterly disappointing,” said Root.“From today’s point of view, I am really proud. You learn a lot about your team. Everyone stood up and played bravely.”Australia lead the five test series 2-1 heading into Thursday’s final test at The Oval as they look to win the series on English soil for the first time since 2001.“We have seen some wonderful test cricket and I expect the same at The Oval. We want to level the series. We have to pick ourselves up and turn up at The Oval,” said Root.He maintained there was no question mark over his team’s commitment for the final test.“You turn up to an Ashes series you put everything you can into it. You leave everything out on the field. Everyone has done that,” he said.“At times we have not been at our absolute best. We have played a very good side that has performed well in these conditions.“Look at the test matches and there have been times when one guy has made a difference and that has probably cost us the urn this time around.”That ‘one guy’ making the difference was undoubtedly Australia batsman Steve Smith, who made 211 and 82 in the match as he continued his prolific series where he has now made 671 runs at an average of 134.2 with three centuries and two half-centuries.“Every batter, bar Steve Smith, has been under pressure. It’s been one of those summers where batting has been hard,” said Root.“Steve Smith has been hard work to get out. Ultimately, he was the difference this Test match.”last_img read more

Nelle, Kwekuteye spark Lions victory

first_imgEvan Nelle hit a key triple that capped a strong finish sparked by James Kwekuteye as San Beda held off La Salle, 83-78, in Friday’s Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup action at Filoil Flying V Centre.Nelle’s triple with 16.2 seconds remaining cemented the Red Lions’ fourth win in as many matches but Kwekuteye also proved instrumental as he bunched five straight points to give San Beda a 78-73 cushion going into the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga In other matches, University of the Philippines demolished University of Santo Tomas, 89-72, while Far Eastern U booted out St. Benilde, 70-57.The Maroons controlled the Tigers from the get-go, before Bright Akhuetie and Kobe Paras conspired late in the fourth to put the outcome beyond reach, 83-69, 2:11 to play.“We talked about it before the game, at practice last night actually,” said UP assistant coach Ricky Dandan, who subbed for coach Bo Perasol, who was on his way back from a trip to Japan.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle dropped to 4-2.Kwekuteye led San Beda with 20 points, 13 coming in the final quarter—including three triples. Nelle added 12 while Arnaud Noah chipped in 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDown four at the start of the final period, San Beda’s Clint Doliguez opened with a triple that kicked the Lions offense into high gear.Andrei Caracut had a triple that had the Archers within two, 80-78, before Nelle drained the pivotal triple that cemented the win. Caracut led La Salle with 14 points while Justine Baltazar added 13. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge MOST READ Huge field vies in PPS Olivarez tennis LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu View comments Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knickslast_img read more

High festivities at Emancipation Day celebrations 2016

first_imgIt was a bit of a disappointment for those who expected a grand explosion of African culture at the annual Emancipation Day celebrations at the National Park on Monday.The ambiance, though festive and bearing semblance to love and unity, lacked the traditional touches of African culture in several areas, including craft and cuisine.On the other hand, the fashion display was overwhelming with almost everyone participating in the activities decked out in their finest African prints and patterns.Just before noon, persons bubbling with excitement began trickling into the large arena where vendors were now setting up tents along the boulevard.Barbecued chicken, hot dogs, popcorn, channa, plantain chips were just a few of the all too common foods on sale.A few stands were selling the famous conkie, an African dish made from pumpkin, plantain, and coconut milk whilst wrapped in the trademark banana leaf.One of the food vendors said she did not prepare a lot of traditional African meals since she was uncertain of receiving enough sales to make an appreciable profit.Some of the many crafts on display were similar to those seen at other mega gatherings in Guyana.Cultural Director Ras Leon Saul expressed some displeasure in the absence of vibrant expressions of the African culture at the national Emancipation Day celebrations.“It’s nice but I guess it’s all about money making right now more than the culture but economics trump sometimes,” he told Guyana Times during a quick interview at the celebrations.Nonetheless, it was a grand family funday at the park, with some carnival games and face painting services, as well as a cultural show inclusive of folklore singing, dancing, drumming, skits and other performances.Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes was enjoying an afternoon stroll through the park, stopping at the various booths to interact with passersby.Speaking with Guyana Times Minister Broomes underscored the importance of social cohesion on this auspicious day: “Let us unite. I call for social cohesion among all the races because when our foreparents fought the battle, when they went into the villages, it wasn’t pure Africans, we had East Indians, we had Amerindians and all of that. So my message would be for Guyanese to just love each other. Love is my message.”The celebrations piqued the interest of many tourists who turned up at the National Park to share in the experience.Ejay Reece, one of the younger visitors, was very impressed with the activities taking place: “We’re in Guyana doing a cultural understanding and learning programme. It’s basically to understand the culture and learn a little about what Guyana is all about.”Another tourist, a young father named Chris is also in Guyana for the first time and decided to stop by to witness the Emancipation Day celebrations: “We’re having a great time. We just wanted to see the festivities they have down here. I brought my wife and my family down here and we’re having a wonderful time.”Emancipation Day, also known as Freedom Day, was on Monday celebrated across the Caribbean in former British colonies like Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, among others.Celebrated annually on August 1, Freedom Day marks the abolition of slavery in 1834.The end of slavery brought about a new phase in Guyana where villages started getting established, the trade union movement struggle commenced, opening of the civil service, among others.In Guyana, Freedom Day kicked off the arrivals of Portuguese, Chinese and East Indians to the country, who were brought as indentured labourers. (DevinaSamaroo)last_img read more

Everton eyeing shock £6m deal for former Manchester United winger

first_imgFormer Manchester United winger Nani is eyeing a return to the Premier League, claim reports in Turkey.The Portugal international has enjoyed a productive campaign with Fenerbahce since he arrived from United last summer, scoring 10 goals and providing eight assists in 39 appearances.It is understood that Nani still believes he has unfinished business in the Premier League, after he was shipped out on loan to Sporting Lisbon by Louis van Gaal before eventually being sold to Fenerbahce.According to Fanatik, Everton are among a handful of top-flight teams who are eager to make a summer bid for the 29-year-old.Clubs from Italy and Spain are also keen on landing Nani this summer, who has a release clause of just £6.4m. Luis Nani in action for Sporting Lisbon 1last_img read more

Hot rodder Mazmanian dies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesDuring that period, he did street racing in a 1932 highboy roadster and took the car to El Mirage Dry Lake after street racing was outlawed. The roadster was clocked at 118 mph in 1942. Mazmanian, who stood 6 feet 5 inches, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he married his wife Alice, took over the family disposal business and began raising their family. He bought a 1957 Ford Fairlane “off the lot.” It served as the family car but, on weekends, he “doctored it up” and began racing it. He moved up to a red ’61 Corvette and ran it in C/Stock with his nephew, Rich Siroonian, driving. They won class honors at the Winter Nationals that year. In 1964, he bought a 1941 Willys coupe, put a Chrysler Hemi engine in it, entered it in A/Gas class and, in 1964, ran it up to 149 mph. WHITTIER – “Big John” Mazmanian, a nationally-known “Gasser Legend” car-rebuilder, racer and 30-plus-year resident of Whittier, died Friday of natural causes at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. He was 80. Mazmanian was inducted into the National Hot Rod Association Hall of Fame in 1989. He was also owner and operator of Mazmanian Disposal in Los Angeles. He was born May 18, 1926, in East Los Angeles. He got his first taste of car rebuilding in junior high school when he bought a 1930 Model A Ford for $25. With the help of his school auto shop teacher, he turned it into “a real cool car.” In high school, Mazmanian had a 1939 Mercury with a “chopped” Carson top, Desoto bumpers, painted black with a red interior. In overdrive, the car would easily go 100 mph, he said. After high school, Mazmanian entered college and took courses for mechanical engineering. Mazmanian moved on to an Austin in the late ’60s and, by that time, was well known for his trademark candy apple red painted cars. It was during this period that Mazmanian teamed up with Jr. Thompson. They traveled throughout the Midwest and eastern U.S., putting on “gasser” shows across the U.S. and Canada. After the Austin, Mazmanian joined the funny car field, running a Barracuda with a Chrysler Hemi engine. He finally retired in 1972, but continued up to this year attending major events. He was one of the nation’s “Gasser Legends” in attendance at a Willys reunion at Thompson Raceway in Thompson, Ohio in June 2002. Mazmanian is survived by his wife, Alice, and daughter, Cathy Sukiasian (Greg), of Rancho Santa Margarita; his son, Victor Mazmanian (Bobbi), of Mission Viejo; two granddaughters, Vicki (Raffi) Krikorian and Jackie Sukiasian; and three grandsons, Jeff and Nick Mazmanian and Kyle Krikorian. The viewing will be 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Gate 1 at Rose Hills Memorial Park. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Sky Rose Chapel, enter through Gate 1, at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road. The service will conclude at the interment site, Memorial Chapel Gardens Lawn.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Toughest trade’: “Michael Murphy wouldn’t interfere with the league” says Donegal boss

first_imgRORY GALLAGHER says he has dismissed any fears that Michael Murphy’s participation in The Toughest Trade could impinge on preparations for the Allianz League.Murphy will go to Frence rugby side Clermont Auvergne at the end of January to spend a week with the Top 14 side in Clermont-Ferrand.The RTÉ show, in association with AIB, sees GAA players move to try their hand at a professional sport with a sportsman from the other trade dabbling in GAA. Last night, Welsh rugby legend Shane Williams scored four points for Murphy’s club, Glenswilly, in a game against St Mary’s, Convoy.It was recently revealed that Mayo joint managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly didn’t want Aidan O’Shea taking part in the show, but he did following their departures.Gallagher has no qualms with Murphy – who is a keen rugby enthusiast – having a go at the oval ball game.“Michael Murphy wouldn’t interfere with the league,” Gallagher told a press conference in Ballybofey this week. “The Toughest Trade wouldn’t be happening if it interfered with the league, and to be fair it didn’t interfere with Mayo’s league, it was in the three-week gap last year.“He’s going over to experience Clermont Auvernge, a professional outfit and it is an exciting opportunity for him.“Ironically enough, Michael came to me about it a day or two after it all blew up in Mayo about it.“He said: ‘I’m after getting a call about The Toughest Trade’.“I asked if it was something he really wanted to do. He said yes.” ‘Toughest trade’: “Michael Murphy wouldn’t interfere with the league” says Donegal boss was last modified: January 13th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMichael MurphyShane Williamslast_img read more

Marshfield Chaparrals edge Merrill for fifth-straight win

first_imgRayburn has three hitsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMERRILL — The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team outlasted Merrill 11-10 in a wild Dairyland League game Sunday night.The win is the Chaps’ fifth in a row as they are now 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the league.Cale Cuddie hit a home run and a double and had two RBIs, and Justin Rayburn had three hits, two RBIs, and scored three times for Marshfield.Luke Wirtz added a pair of doubles and two RBIs, and Logan Johnson was 2-for-5 for the Chaparrals.Ryan Williams earned the win with five innings of relief, striking out three. Drew Spaeth started and struck out seven in four innings.Marshfield hosts Tomahawk at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a makeup game of a contest postponed by rain on June 3. The game is sponsored by Nasonville Dairy and will include a drawing for an autographed Jordan Zimmermann baseball.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

Common Pesticides Threaten Bees, E.U. Watchdog Warns

first_imgThree pesticides routinely used by European farmers pose an “acute risk” to honey bees, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). In three studies published yesterday, EFSA addresses long-standing concerns of beekeepers and scientists about dwindling populations of pollinator bees, which are essential to farming and natural ecosystems. The review, requested by the European Commission last year and carried out by EFSA’s Panel on Plant Protection Products and their Residues, assesses the risks posed to bees by three types of neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam. This family of pesticides has been used by European farmers since the early 1990s and is sold by Syngenta in Basel, Switzerland, and Bayer CropScience in Monheim, Germany. EFSA says none of the three should be used on crops that are attractive to bees, such as maize, rapeseed, or sunflower. Although the study does not link the pesticides to the collapse of whole bee colonies, the agency’s advice could open the door to a neonicotinoid ban in the European Union. Several countries, including France and Slovenia, have already restricted the compounds’ use in the past years. “With hindsight, EFSA appears to agree that the [initial approval procedure for neonicotinoids] was not thought through at the time,” says ecologist David Goulson of the University of Stirling in the United Kingdom. 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John Atkin, the company’s chief operating officer, said in a statement issued yesterday that “this report is unworthy of EFSA and of its scientists.” In a more gently worded statement, Bayer CropScience pointed out that “poor bee health and colony losses are caused by multiple factors,” incriminating in particular the parasitic Varroa mite. Antonio Gómez Pajuelo, biologist and owner of beekeeping consulting company Consultores Apícolas in Castellón, Spain, agrees that the toxicity of neonicotinoids is just one of many factors that affect bee health—including, for instance, parasites and climate change. But he says that Europe’s approval procedures for insecticides are “too lax”: In particular, they fail to assess the long-term effects of small, nonlethal doses on bee health. The previous generation of widely used farming insecticides, the pyrethroids, were typically applied to the crops by spraying the field using a tractor; neonicotinoids are applied only to the seeds, a procedure called “seed dressing.” At the time, this appeared to be a superior method, Goulson explains: Farmers save time and money by buying pretreated seeds, and the chemicals are applied to only the crop instead of to the whole field. But neonicotinoids are systemic pesticides, meaning that they are present in the whole plant—including the nectar and pollen that bees feed on, or the droplets of sap exuded by maize seedlings. Besides, some toxic dust is created during sowing that can blow into the environment, and the chemicals can build up in the soil. EFSA’s study examines these modes of contamination, which Goulson says were overlooked when neonicotinoids were first approved for sale. Both Syngenta and Bayer seem to have prepared for a counterattack: They funded another study, released one day before EFSA’s, by the Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture, a small think tank funded by Bayer CropScience and other businesses. It claims that banning neonicotinoids could cost 50,000 jobs and cause economic losses worth €17 billion over 5 years in the European Union. Goulson dismisses this study as unsound “propaganda,” pointing out that the industry is trying to protect a profitable market. Another study, published in 2009 by researchers at France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany, put a €153 billion price tag on the annual economic value of pollination worldwide. E.U. government officials will discuss neonicotinoids on 31 January, a commission spokesperson told reporters on Wednesday. He added that the commission was ready to “take the necessary measures” against the three chemicals if scientific evidence keeps piling up.last_img read more

Heinze seals Argentina’s 1-0 win over Nigeria

first_imgArgentina beat Nigeria 1-0 in a Group B game at the Ellis Park in Johannesburg.Gabriel Heinze’s header in the sixth minute put Argentina ahead as they dominated the possession.Argentine star Lionel Messi had several shots at the net, but missed each time. He was declared man of the match for his efforts.In the day’s earlier game, South Korea beat Greece 2-0. [See match photos / Read report]This is Nigeria’s fourth World Cup, having played in 1994, 1998 and 2002.The seventh-ranked Argentina were favourites to beat the 21st ranked African side.Nigeria’s last win in a World Cup was in 1998, when they beat Bulgaria 1-0.Argentina had last won the Cup in 1986 when their current coach Diego Maradona was the captain and lynchpin.last_img read more