Zabaleta expects response from City

first_imgManchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is confident manager Manuel Pellegrini will soon put right what went wrong against Chelsea. Zabaleta said on City TV: “It was one of those games that we didn’t do our stuff. “It was an important game for us to get three points and be back on top of the league. “We need to think and be positive now and review the game, just to see all the mistakes and try not to make them again. “Sometimes when you lose one game it is terrible, but we must be stronger than ever. “We know we are only two points behind Arsenal and there is still a long way to go. “We have got 14 games more to the end of the season. We need to be positive.” City started with confidence as Yaya Toure and David Silva went close but Chelsea, defying predictions they would be defensive, soon took control of the game. Ramires tested Joe Hart before Branislav Ivanovic lashed in a fine goal from the edge of the area. Samuel Eto’o, Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill all hit the woodwork as the visitors continued to dominate. Silva did have two more late chances but City were unable to claim an equaliser. City had been without top scorer Sergio Aguero and midfielder Fernandinho, who pulled out before the game with an unspecified muscle strain. The Brazilian will undergo further assessment but is expected to be out for at least a fortnight. Pellegrini said: “He has a muscle injury, we will see how long it is but it will be a couple of weeks, three or four weeks.” City’s apparently quickening title charge was slowed and their free-scoring attack blunted as the Londoners claimed a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. The result prevented City moving back to the top of the Barclays Premier League and saw Chelsea pull level with them in second, two points behind leaders Arsenal. Press Association It also ended their formidable home run, having won all 11 previous league games at Eastlands, and was the first time they had not scored at the ground since November 2010. Zabaleta said: “We were a little bit frustrated by the result but this is football. Sometimes you can lose games. “We can learn from mistakes and we see how difficult the Premier League is at the moment. Every game is very difficult. “We need to keep calm. I think the manager is clever enough to work during the week and show to us on video what we did wrong and try to do well next game. “We still have a chance in four competitions. We have important games coming up in February. “We need to have a good rest now and be ready for Saturday. That is going to be another tough game, Norwich away.” City host Chelsea again in the FA Cup fifth round on February 15, three days before Barcelona visit in the Champions League. Before that they have Premier League games against Norwich and Sunderland, who are also their Capital One Cup final opponents on March 2. last_img read more

O’Neill wants more goals

first_imgMartin O’Neill has challenged his Ireland players to prove they can score even against the strongest teams. The 62-year-old manager said: “The idea for us now in these next couple of matches is to prepare as best we can. Let’s take them on, let’s go and create the chances, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t do. “But again, putting the ball in the net is something that’s been a problem here for quite some considerable time.” In the nine games O’Neill’s men have played to date this season, they have scored just nine goals with Keane contributing three of them. Five have come in O’Neill’s four games at the helm, although a 3-0 victory over lowly Latvia in his first game skews that figure somewhat, and both finishing and the creation of chances have been significant points of focus in training this week. The Ulsterman said: “We did a lot of shooting yesterday, a lot of practise at that. But I have seen this before, I have been a long, long time in the game. “A shooting session on a Thursday afternoon where players are hitting the target on a constant basis is very, very good practice. It’s a different thing when you are playing in the game. “But we have been trying to do as much as we possibly can to rectify it. “It’s not just the shooting element, it’s keeping the ball alive; it’s players getting in front of opposition players when it’s in the penalty area; when wide men have got the ball, taking players on; it’s making sure we have got across the front post to keep things alive. Ireland face Italy at Craven Cottage on Saturday before meeting fellow World Cup finalists Costa Rica and Portugal in the United States next month with goals having been at a premium in recent games. LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane, who has found the back of the net a record 62 times for his country, will join up with the party in America, but in the meantime, O’Neill is looking to the rest of the squad for much-needed firepower. “Now the person at the front post might not score the goal, but he disturbs defenders. Those type of things are the things we have been working on.” O’Neill is making no apologies for choosing such tough opposition for Ireland’s summer programme, and although he was happy with his side’s performance in a 2-1 home defeat by Turkey on Sunday, he knows they will have to raise their standards once again if they are to prosper against the Brazil-bound Italians. He said: “It’s a great game at any stage of the season, but now just with Italy preparing for the World Cup, it’s a great opportunity for us to play against what you would call really top-class players.” Goalkeeper David Forde is likely to return in goal with Rob Elliot, who made his debut against the Turks, having left the camp for his wedding, but striker Anthony Stokes will miss out with a calf problem. Press Associationlast_img read more

Football News Karim Benzema scores hat-trick, Real Madrid beat Fenerbahce to dispel gloom

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Real Madrid conceded 16 goals in five pre-season games.Bayern Munich lost to Tottenham Hotspur on penalties in the final.Gareth Bale could play for three years for Chinese side Jiangsu Suning. highlightscenter_img Munich: French striker Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid defeated Fenerbahce 5-3 in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday which temporarily lifted the summer gloom which has engulfed the Spanish giants and coach Zinedine Zidane. However, problems remain for Real as they have now conceded 16 goals in just five friendly matches. They faced their Turkish opponents having been defeated by Tottenham 1-0 on Tuesday in the first match of a four-team event which also features German champions Bayern Munich.    “We are going to find the solutions, we are going to work. I stand by my players and I know that we are going to make progress and that we will have a very good season,” said Zidane whose team had been left bruised by a humiliating 7-3 defeat by city rivals Atletico in a friendly in the United States last week.    “Nobody likes conceding three goals but we have scored five. For us, this is a positive victory.”    Zidane’s preparations for the new season have also been overshadowed by the saga of Gareth Bale’s future at the club. The Welsh star was left out of the Spanish side’s squad for the two matches in Munich after his planned transfer to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning, who had offered the Welshman a three-year-deal worth USD 1.1 million a week, broke down.Also Read | Real Madrid delivered a winning response to Zinedine Zidane’s stinging criticismBenzema said the humiliation at the hands of Atletico was a thing of the past and that the crucial date will be the weekend of August 17 when the new La Liga season starts.Also Read | Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas stable after a heart attack: FC Porto    “The criticisms after the match against Atletico were normal. It was only a friendly but you cannot concede seven goals,” said the French striker. “However, it’s no longer on my mind.”    In the final of the tournament, Tottenham claimed the trophy 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out win over Bayern after the game had ended 2-2. Eric Lamela and Christian Eriksen had put Spurs 2-0 up ahead before 19-year-old Jann-Fiete Arp, signed in the summer from Hamburg, and Alphonso Davis, just 18, pulled the German giants level with second-half strikes.last_img read more

Malteenoes in total control against Transport SC in first-division two-day cricket

first_imgA CLINICAL spell of off -spin bowling from Malteenoes Sports Club skipper Steven Jacobs coupled with a solid half century by Jerimiah Scott and four first innings wickets from fast bowler Keon Morris led the Malteenoes Sports Club to a dominant opening day in their clash against the Transport Sports Club at the Police Sports Club ground.Twenty-five wickets fell on Saturday, including 15 from the Transport team in the opening day of the 2019 GISE, Star Party Rental Trophy Stall First Division two-day cricket competition.When play continues today, Malteenoes will hunt a further four wickets in their quest to register an innings victory.Transport never had an answer to their opponent’s bowling attack. It was only a spirited knock of 47 from Charwayne McPherson, which prevented a total batting collapse when they won the toss yesterday morning and took first strike. While the opener was lacing the boundary with strokes (seven in total), wickets were tumbling at the other end as Morris extracted pace and bounce from the pitch.Just before the morning session ended, Transport declared at 101-9 from 34.4 overs, only Akeem Redmond with three fours defied the bowling to support McPherson with a score of 17.Morris finished with 4-22 from nine overs, while Guyanese all-rounder Jacobs and leg-spinner Wayne Bollers supported with two wickets each.Despite the advantage, Transport fought back and were able to bowl out Malteenoes, but not before Scott and Morris had played their hands.Scott, batting at six, belted nine fours and a six in a top score of 61, while Morris, batting at nine, hit three fours and a six in a score of 36, as Malteenoes reached 193 before they were bowled out in 53.3 overs.Skipper Kevin Ross, Joel Spooner, Redmond and A. Clark took two wickets each for Transport.Despite the fight back, the Transport batsmen could not read Jacobs in the second innings and were struggling at 51-6 from 18 overs at the close of play, still in arrears of Malteenoes’ first innings lead of 92.Jacobs bowled a stifling line and length to pick up 5-18 from eight overs.R. Singh with 14 and 13-year-old Alvin Mohabir, (6) on his first-division debut, are still at the crease.last_img read more

Vote or die

first_imgJoseph Chen | Daily Trojan Spencer Brown, an undeclared sophomore, dressed up as a zombie Monday and stumbled along Trousdale Parkway encouraging people to register to vote on the final day for registration. Brown directed students to the registration officials present on campus.last_img

Three USC professors selected for Guggenheim Fellowship

first_imgThree USC professors are among 173 scholars chosen for Guggenheim Fellowships by the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.Daniel Lidar, the Viterbi Professor of Engineering, was selected for his work on quantum annealing. Cheryl Mattingly, a professor jointly appointed to the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, also won a fellowship. Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English at USC, was recognized for his work in fiction writing.The 173 winners were chosen out of approximately 3,000 applicants last Thursday.Guggenheim Memorial Foundation President Edward Hirsch commended the selections for this year’s fellowships.“It’s exciting to name 173 new Guggenheim Fellows,” Hirsch said in a press release. “These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best. It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do.”The 2017 Guggenheim Fellows come from 49 different disciplines, 64 different academic institutions and universities, 27 states and the District of Columbia, in addition to three Canadian provinces. Sixty-eight of the recipients are either adjunct faculty at universities or have no academic affiliation.The Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $350 million in fellowships to over 18,000 recipients since 1925.The Fellowship program garners donations from friends, trustees, former Fellows and other foundations.last_img read more

South Florida cricket round-up – Lauderhill Jammers whip Ambassadors, Tropics Defeats…

first_imgLauderhill Jammers, batting first against Ambassadors on Sunday March 18th at the Lauderhill Sports Park in Lauderhill, won the toss and smashed 334 for 6 off the allotted 40 overs to take the win.  The main contributors to that massive total were Dean Morgan, who top scored with 108 from sixty-four balls, including 9 fours and 2 sixes and Shawn Finley, who added 64, including 6 fours and 5 sixes.  Keniel Irvin contributed 54, which included 2 sixes and 2 fours while Mark Johnson added 45 (1 four, 4 sixes) and Gavin Wallace, 28. There were six bowlers for Ambassadors who each took a wicket a piece. In reply, Ambassadors could only muster 94 all-out, to concede victory by a whopping 240 runs. Fredrick Redwood top scored with 42.  Bowling honors went to Elvis Watson of Jammers, who bagged 3 for 11 from 6 overs while David Brathwaite picked up 3 for 29 from 5 overs and Gavin Wallace, 2 for 15 from 5.3 overs.Palm Beach Titans Vs. Tropics UnitedPalm Beach Titans, meanwhile, batting at John Stretch Park, won the toss and decided to bat, posting a challenging total of 188 for 9 from their allotted 40 overs.  Sachith Kongahakotuwage scored 50, including 3 sixes and 2 fours while Prateek Singh added 22 and Rishabh Patel and Errol Rattigan, 17, respectively. Dalip Madnani scored 16 and Andres Fraser 15.  Bowling for Tropics United, Oswald Howard bagged 4 for 50 and Philerm Davis 2 for 34. In reply, Tropics United reached 189 for 6 in 35.5 overs. Kimroy Salmon 31 was not out while Ramario Forbes added 30; Nicholas Mittoo 27; Philerm David 24; and Oliver Taffe 21 not out. Tropics United won by 4 wickets.last_img read more

Forum to discuss Ghana football was ‘complete waste of time’ – analyst

first_imgFootball analyst, Christopher Opoku, has described as complete waste of time a two-day forum to discuss the future of Ghana football.The forum was organised by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Friday and Saturday.About 60 football administrators engaged each other in a discussion about how to fix emerging problems plaguing the country’s football.”I think we are all aware of the problems bedeviling Ghana football…we had failed in adequate preparation. We were so arrogant that we thought that since we had made it to the second round [of the tournament] in Germany and to the quarter-finals four years later [in South Africa] we had the divine right to make it to the semi-finals [in Brazil] so we went to sleep and we did not prepare”, said Christopher Opoku.Christopher Opoku is also a notable football commentator and Editor of an online sports news web portal. In his view, “the lesson is simply to prepare. It did not need 60 people to gather…seriously speaking…in my opinion this whole conference was totally unnecessary and a waste of everybody’s time and money”.A key recommendation by the group of eminent football administrators at the end of the forum was the need to modify the football constitution to limit the terms of the president of Ghana Football Association to two-terms, currently held by Kwesi Nyantakyi.The constitution allows the sitting president to contest for re-election once the four-year-term expires.But Christopher said “if the recommendation has to do with the term of office of the Ghana Football Association President, then I think we are missing the point. The real issue has to do with developing our football at the grassroots level”. The country’s football has come under the spotlight following a disastrous campaign at the ongoing World Cup tournament in Brazil.The Black Stars demanded their appearance fees be paid them in cash before their final group stages game with Portugal, compelling the government to airlift $3 million dollars in cash to Brazil.This caused a stir among many football pundits who said the decision taken by the government was inappropriate and humiliating.There were also some reports about player indiscipline in camp which led to the dismissal of striker Kevin Prince Boateng and midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari.The administrators have proposed major changes to the country’s football management, including increasing the tenure of the GFA president from four to an eight year fixed term.The recommendations at the two-day forum are expected to be forwarded to the GFA for deliberation and possible approval.last_img read more

What is the Spotter Scope in ‘Warzone’? Explaining the enemy marking equipment released in update

first_imgMORE: Madden 21 franchise mode features are a big letdownDoes the Spotter Scope have glint?There is no glint on the Spotter Scope, meaning your position will not be compromised by aiming down sight.How long does the Spotter Scope work for?The Spotter Scope keeps enemies on the minimap for five seconds once it has locked onto a target. The time it takes to secure a ping depends on how far away the enemy is — it takes about three seconds from far away, two seconds from medium range and one second from up close. The latest “Warzone” update in “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” carries a new piece of tactical equipment made for squad competitions.The Spotter Scope is essentially a pair of binoculars players can pick up around the map that can mark enemies for an entire team for a brief period of time. While the jury remains out on whether it has practical use over other pieces of equipment, there are certain advantages it provides that other intel-gathering tools do not.MORE: ‘NBA 2K’ cover announcement has people madHere are some answers to common questions regarding the 1.23 update, released this week on all consoles.What is the Spotter Scope in ‘Warzone’?The Spotter Scope is a piece of equipment that provides long-range zoom and an ability to tag enemies in the minimap for squadmates to see. It takes up the equipment slot, but unlike most other pieces of equipment, it has unlimited use.How do you use the Spotter Scope?Like the Heartbeat Sensor equipment, just press the tactical equipment button to look down the Spotter Scope binoculars. If you hold the sight on an enemy for a couple of seconds, it marks them for teammates. There is a toggle for thermal vision mode that helps spot foes.Where can you find the Spotter Scope?As of now, it can be found randomly in buildings and loot boxes across the “Warzone” map.last_img read more

Governor puts millions in federal funds toward mental health, substance abuse services

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds is allocating $30 million to provide mental health care to Iowa adults and children.The federal money was sent to the state to deal with the pandemic. Reynolds said the disruptions COVID-19 has caused in the lives of so many Iowans have made access to mental health services more important than ever.“It’s important for Iowans to be mindful of their mental health and there’s a place to go if they need help,” she said yesterday during her weekly news conference.The money will be distributed to the state’s 14 mental health care regions, to pay for direct patient care. Iowa Department of Human Services director Kelly Garcia said providers are doing important work in a challenging situation.“We’re paying attention,” Garcia said. “We’re trying to target our efforts and there is help for those in need.”Reynolds is allocating another $20 million in federal funds to support substance abuse addiction and mental health counseling.“While we could not have predicted the pandemic or the legislative session or the CARES Act, this funding could not have come at a more critical time for our state,” said Andrew Allen, president of an Ames-based non-profit that provides counseling and other services to youth.The 2020 legislature suspended action for 11 weeks due to the pandemic and tabled its debate about ways to boost state funding for mental health services. In January, Governor Reynolds proposed using part of a state sales tax increase to financing the state’s adult and children’s mental health systems but has put that on hold. This federal money is a stop-gap move.“We don’t want to just weather the storm of COVID-19,” Reynolds said. “We want to help our system to innovate and adapt to the challenges the future holds.”The state earlier received $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for crisis counseling for Iowans directly impacted by COVID-19.last_img read more