City crush Chelsea 3-0 in English Premier League

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): One point from two games. An unseemly spat with medical staff. A porous defence. A rival back to their rampant best. The problems are piling up for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho early in their English Premier League title defence. In the first heavyweight showdown of the season, Chelsea were overwhelmed yesterday in a 3-0 loss at Manchester City that could have a lasting psychological effect among the two title favourites. Sergio Agüero scored a stunning individual strike in the first half, before Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho added goals in the final 11 minutes, as City displayed the kind of attacking swagger that took them to the title in 2014. “Today, we made the complete work,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who punched the air with delight after the final whistle as a solemn-looking Mourinho headed for the tunnel. City top the fledgling standings on maximum points, ahead of Leicester and Manchester United on goal difference, while Chelsea are fifth from bottom after an uncomfortable start to the season. Such was Mourinho’s concern after a one-sided first half at Etihad Stadium that he removed captain and central defender John Terry at half-time, in order to add pace to his backline. It was the first time in 177 league matches that Mourinho has substituted Terry. “He was not dancing in the dressing room,” Mourinho said, “but I can tell you that he was not having a bad reaction.” Chelsea have conceded five goals in two games – they drew 2-2 at home to Swansea on the opening weekend – and aren’t looking as dynamic going forward. Throw in his much-publicised disagreement with two members of Chelsea’s medical staff during the Swansea game, which led to them being dropped from match-day duties at City, and these are tough times for Mourinho. City, which look the early title favourites on this evidence, are already five points ahead of last season’s champions. In yesterday’s other match, Arsenal won their first match of the campaign by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 away, restoring confidence after opening with a surprise 2-0 home loss to West Ham. A stunning scissor kick by Olivier Giroud set Arsenal on their way in the 16th minute, and they needed an own goal in the 55th by Palace defender Damien Delaney to secure the points at Selhurst Park. Joel Ward equalised with a drilled shot inside the far post in the 28th, but the Palace right back was then beaten in the air by Alexis Sanchez, whose header was diverted by Delaney into his own net for Arsenal’s winner. “To get the three (points) is already a little bit of a turning point in the Premier League for us. To lose today would have been a big blow mentally,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We have shown our strong response.” At Etihad Stadium, Agüero made amends for a slew of early missed chances by exchanging passes with Yaya Toure, twisting inside his marker and placing a pinpoint shot inside the far post in the 32nd minute. Kompany headed in David Silva’s corner in the 79th, and Fernandinho drove in a third six minutes later for City’s second 3-0 victory in seven days, after beating West Bromwich Albion by that score last Monday. Senior stars Toure and Kompany look back to their best, and Agüero was a constant menace in his first start, having come back late in preseason. “I think Sergio Agüero is in the best moment of his career,” Pellegrini said. “He was the top scorer (last season). I believe this season he can be even better.”last_img read more

Continue reading

Enjoying the game key to winning, says Valdez

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “It’s been a while since we played together as a team. This is the core of Seasons 76 and 77 and we’re really just happy,” Valdez said. “We no longer knew what was happening on the floor, but we just played for all. When you see us, we’re just enjoying the game and it boosts our morale.”Valdez, though, made it clear that as great of an experience it was for them, the main purpose of the exhibition game will always be for the benefit of the scholars of both schools.“We really enjoyed the game and it’s been a while since we played Ateneo-La Salle and we’re glad that La Salle gave us a good fight, not only for the scholars, but also for pride and the fans who came here to watch,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Gilas rebounds mightily with ripping of Taipei End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “All this time, we’re just laughing,” a beaming Valdez shared.With the Lady Eagles feeling the pressure early on after going down 0-2, Valdez said the team opted to take things lightly and eventually settled down, joking with each other and just enjoyed their time on the floor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We told ourselves that it’s humiliating [if we lose in straight sets], so we calmed down and tried to get a set. Honestly speaking, we just told each other to fight because there’s a lot who came out to support us. Coach Tai (Bundit) also said the same, that the score doesn’t matter and we really just have to enjoy,” she said.And they did enjoy as Valdez and company relished the rare chance to play with their former teammates. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ateneo Lady Eagles share a laugh after winning over La Salle Lady Spikers in Battle of the Rivals. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLaughter is indeed the best medicine.And Alyssa Valdez believes Ateneo’s laid-back mentality on Sunday propelled itself to a thrilling five-set victory over La Salle in Battle of the Rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img read more

Continue reading

City tries to slow Colima traffic

first_img“With the recent accident, this would be a good way to discourage speeding,” Newcomer said. Newcomer said he recognizes that the sign and maybe even enforcement won’t stop all people from going too fast. “But if we cut down the numbers \, it’s a good thing,” he said. The actions are taking place following the accident in which a 2006 Toyota Scion went out of control on Colima Road just north of Mar Vista Street. The southbound car crashed into a tree and was torn into two parts. The two pieces of wreckage came to rest within 25 to 30 feet of each other. Killed in the crash were Albert Joseph Valasquez, 19, and Jennifer Unzueta, 18, both of Whittier, and Joshua David Gutierrez, 19, of Pico Rivera. The car’s driver, Xenia Guerra, 18, of Whittier and passenger, Hector Saenz, 18, of Whittier are recovering from their injuries. WHITTIER – City officials are moving forward on different fronts to slow traffic on Colima Road following an April 3 accident in which two young men and one young woman were killed. Police officers armed with radar guns will be out Monday checking for speeding vehicles. The City Council this week also authorized the installation of a solar-powered radar sign to show drivers how fast they’re going. Mayor Owen Newcomer, who asked for the installation of a radar device, said these plans all can help make the road safer. The accident is still under investigation. City officials noted that Colima Road descends steeply south from its summit as it approaches Mar Vista Street and there is a tendency for southbound vehicles to speed up. Police Department information officer Diana Salazar said increased speed enforcement on Colima was instituted immediately, prior to the authorization of a warning sign. The city recently raised the speed limit to 55 mph from 45 mph and now can legally enforce it, Salazar said. “We want to let people know that we will be there and to be cautious,” she said. It will take about 10 weeks to install the new $10,000 speed warning sign, said Traffic Engineer Joe Dyer. Installation will cost about $1,500, he said. The sign is expected to be placed north of the Arroyo Pescadero Trail Head on the west side of Colima Road. “I hope the sign will give drivers coming down the hill recognition of their speed,” Dyer said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

Continue reading

Nakumatt lose to Vihiga, slump to play-off

first_imgBut, Vihiga did themselves a world of favor beating Nakumatt with Posta Rangers who occupied the play-off slot heading into the final match day playing to a 0-0 draw with Kakamega Homeboyz in Kakamega.In the other matches, Chemelil Sugar played to a 1-1 draw with Kariobangi Sharks at the Camp Toyoyo as Nzoia Sugar produced a 2-0 win over AFC Leopards in Mumias.With the result, Nzoia moved to 13th, with 41 points, Chemelil 14th with 39 while Posta Rangers finished with 38 points at 15th, just one above Nakumatt who slumped to the dreaded position 16.Vihiga United’s Michael Kigadi attempts to find a way past Nakumatt FC’s Clinton Kisiavuki during their Kenyan premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe relegation battle of the weekend though was at the Ruaraka Complex where Vihiga and Nakumatt, separated by three points in the standings faced off. While Nakumatt needed a win at all costs, even a point would have sufficed for Vihiga.Within the opening quarter hour of the game, not wanting to take anything to chance, Vihiga had already put one foot into survival grabbing a quick 2-0 lead thanks to some schoolboy play from Nakumatt.Amos Kigadi broke the deadlock in the fourth minute thanks to a well-executed counter from the visitors. Nakumatt winger Timonah Wanyonyi attempted to pass a freekick low from a good scoring range and it instead was intercepted at the wall.Kigadi was sent through and he raced away, skipping past keeper Philip Odhiambo before slotting into an empty net.Nothing was going right for Nakumatt. Their passing was awful and they lost ball after ball, the bumpy nature of the Ruaraka pitch not helping matters for them.They found themselves 2-0 down after 11 minutes, Vihiga hitting the second through Michael Isabwa.The visitors doubled their tally in text-book route one football. With only three touches of the ball from deep in their half, they were on the second goal.Vihiga United’s Bernard Ochieng heads the ball away under pressure from Nakumatt FC’s Jack Bruno during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSkipper Bernard Ochieng struck a freekick from the edge of their own box to the right of the opponent’s box, Kigadi rising to knock down the ball and Isabwa finishing off with a sweeping volley that left keeper Odhiambo dazed.With danger looming and the possibility of the play-off now more real than ever, Nakumatt started getting into the game and pressing Vihiga in their own half.In the 25th minute, skipper Kevin Thairu’s shot from distance after being teed up by Joe Waithira but the Nakumatt keeper made a good save. The shot stopper was on top of his game once again on the half hour mark when he leaped well to his left to parry away a Kyata Amani freekick.Nakumatt kept punching in the Vihiga backline to get a goal back and some adrenaline to get all the points, but they could not get a goal.Five minutes to the break, they came close once again when Amani’s cross from the right was met by Waithira’s header, but it deflected behind for a corner.Nakumatt FC players during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Vihiga United at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half Nakumatt came in with some bit of increased pressure, the half time pep-talkby their American coach Melis Medo seemingly doing some magic.They chased from the onset and came close in the 70th minute when impressive John Avire’s shot from the left went inches wide.But, Vihiga were sitting back and waiting for the opportune time to strike. They almost did that in the 73rd minute when a long ball landed on Kigadi at the edge of the Nakumatt box but his shot was turned behind by Nakumatt keeper Odhiambo.Minutes later, Chris Masinza broke the offside trap well on the right, squared the ball to Kigadi who was at the edge of the six yard box, but the striker could not hit the ball on target under pressure from Faina Jacobs.Nakumatt dug deeper in the final minutes of the game, but their finishing was not up to par. They sunk their heads in the ground at the sound of the referee’s final whistle, knowing only too well the play-off is a lottery they need to play with utmost care.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vihiga United players celebrate one of their two goals against Nakumatt FC during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 – Nakumatt FC will contend the promotion and relegation play-off with either Nairobi Stima or Ushuru FC after losing 2-0 to Vihiga United on Sunday evening at the Ruaraka Complex.Heading into the final day of the season, there were up to five teams who were in danger of dropping to the play off slot. Vihiga, Nzoia Sugar, Chemelil Sugar, Posta Rangers and Nakumatt were all staring at the possibility of dropping off the top tier.last_img read more

Continue reading

Messi fires Barca to 26th Spanish La Liga title

first_imgBarca hold a nine-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, but the Catalans cannot be overtaken thanks to their superior head-to-head record.It is Barca’s 26th league title and nudges them closer to Real Madrid’s record of 33 in Spain.“To win the title with a distance and gap is difficult with the rivals we have. We’ve done it two years in a row,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told Movistar.“We’re happy and to see people enjoying it makes us proud. But we still have challenges ahead.”Valverde initially left Messi on the bench with Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool in mind, but he replaced Philippe Coutinho at the break at the Camp Nou.Coutinho and Luis Suarez pressed Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez into action early on, the Brazilian coming closest to breaking the deadlock when his free-kick rattled the crossbar shortly before half-time.He was sacrificed for Messi though, and it proved an inspired decision as the Argentine swept in the winner on 62 minutes following a frantic scramble inside the Levante area.The visitors, not yet safe from the threat of relegation, responded and put Barca on the defensive but were denied a last-gasp equaliser when the ball hit the post and rolled into the grateful arms of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.“In the end he scored the goal. He always scores goals everywhere,” Valverde said of Messi, who celebrated winning his 10th league crown.– Atletico delay the party –Atletico had delayed Barca’s title party earlier in the day as they scraped past strugglers Real Valladolid 1-0 after surviving late VAR penalty drama.Joaquin Fernandez’s own goal put Atletico ahead midway through the second half, but they had to endure a nervy final few minutes in which Jan Oblak had to be at his best and they survived a late VAR check over what looked like a clear Santiago Arias handball in the area.Atletico Madrid had to survive a VAR penalty review to beat Real Valladolid and delay Barcelona’s La Liga title party © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“It’s controversial, a ball that hits the hand and the referee’s decision is to see if it’s voluntary or not,” said Saul Niguez, whose cross led to their fortunate winner.Diego Simeone’s side are nine points ahead of local rivals and reigning European champions Real Madrid, who travel to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday amid increasing speculation they will respond to a disappointing season by swooping for Eden Hazard and Neymar.“It’s what we deserve, no more, no less. We’ve come so far,” added Saul.“There were moments when we wanted to be first and others that I would say no, that’s what we deserve.”Valladolid meanwhile stay 17th, just one point and a place away from the relegation zone after a match they will feel they were unlucky to lose.Earlier on Saturday, Athletic Bilbao and Alaves did their chances of European football next season no favours with a 1-1 draw in the Basque Country.Seventh-placed Bilbao are five points away from the Champions league places — with Alaves a further three points back — and could also see Valencia and Sevilla take the Europa league further away from them when they take on Eibar and Girona.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi wrapped up another La Liga title for Barcelona © AFP / PAU BARRENAMADRID, Spain, Apr 28 – Lionel Messi clinched an eighth La Liga title for Barcelona in 11 seasons on Saturday as he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at home to Levante.The Argentine star struck his league-leading 34th goal of the campaign after coming off the bench for the second half to help Barca wrap up the title with three games remaining.last_img read more

Continue reading

Arsenal and Manchester United told: It’s £25million for Lazio star!

first_img1 Lazio have slapped a £25m price tag on Arsenal and Manchester United target Lucas Biglia.The midfielder reportedly wants out of the Italian capital this summer and his desire to leave has put clubs on red alert.Arsenal have been heavily linked with the Argentina international over the past 18 months, while Manchester United have been scouting him this season.However, according to Il Messaggero, Lazio have told any interested clubs that Biglia will cost them £25m.The Serie A side want the 30-year-old to extend his current contract, which expires in the summer of 2018.But if Biglia refuses, Lazio president Claudio Lotito is reportedly ready to sell if a £25m offer is made. Lucas Biglia in action for Lazio last_img read more

Continue reading

Softball Sweeps Indiana State

first_imgIn the first win, Newman, who threw her first career perfect game in Saturday’s victory over the Sycamores, allowed just one hit, hit one batter and struck out 13 to improve to 12-6 on the season. She needs just three more strikeouts for 1,000 in her outstanding career. Brooke Martin hit a double in the fourth inning for the Sycamores only hit in the series.   In the second victory, Timmons tossed her first career no hitter, to improve 9-7. She allowed just two walks and struck out four. Timmons walked two in the first inning and retired the next 13 batters. Drake (21-13, 7-1 MVC) defeated Indiana State (11-20, 1-7 MVC) by scores of 10-0 and 8-0 as both games ended after five innings. The Bulldogs received outstanding pitching performances by Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa). Listen Live Game 2 PDF Box Score Drake’s offense scored a combined 18 runs on 24 hits in the doubleheader sweep. In the two games, Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) powered the attack going 5-for-6 with one home run, one double, one stolen base, two runs and five RBI. Frank’s solo home run in the fourth inning of game one is the 10th in her career and first since the 2016 season. Preview DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team completed a Missouri Valley Conference series sweep of Indiana State after a pair of run-rule wins Sunday at Buel Field. The Bulldogs’ nine and eight hitters came up big multiple times as Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) went 5-for-6 with three runs and three RBI while Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) went 4-for-5 with three runs. At the top of the order, Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) had one stolen base and three hits while Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) had two and each one drove in one run. Newman drove in a pair of runs in the first win. Story Links Live Stats Drake visits Iowa State Wednesday for a 4 p.m. in-state contest. The Bulldogs return to league play at Valparaiso April 6-7. Print Friendly Version at Valparaiso 4/6/2019 – 1 p.m. Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Game 1 PDF Box Score last_img read more

Continue reading

‘Shameful embargo’ delays 80% of nursing posts in Letterkenny

first_imgIt has emerged that just one in five new nursing posts have been sanctioned at Letterkenny University Hospital due to the recruitment embargo in the HSE.And less than half of all staffing posts in the hospital have been signed off since May this year.The figures have sparked shock and anger locally and have given rise to more calls on the government to lift the health service recruitment ban. “The true and scandalous impact of the government’s embargo is now revealed,” said Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.Senator Mac Lochlainn had asked the Minister for Health to confirm how many posts at the hospital had been submitted for national approval since the recruitment embargo commenced earlier this year and how many had been signed off on. He said: “Of 19 nursing posts applied for, only four have been sanctioned (one in five). Of 69.5 overall staffing posts applied for, only 29.5 have been sanctioned (less than half). The serious impact of these willful blockages by the Minister and his department and HSE senior officials is felt every day across the hospital.“Growing numbers of patients awaiting inpatient beds and growing numbers of people awaiting outpatient and inpatient hospital appointments and operations. And impossibly difficult working conditions for our nurses, doctors and support staff.” Senator MacLochlainn is again calling on the Minister to end the embargo in order to reopen all the beds in the hospital’s Short Stay Ward.He said: “My campaign to get all of these beds reopened with additional nurses and doctors, will continue until Minister Simon Harris keeps his word.”‘Shameful embargo’ delays 80% of nursing posts in Letterkenny was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:embargoHSELetterkenny University HospitalNURSESSenator Padraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

Continue reading

NBA Draft: Can the Warriors find a Tony Parker at No. 28?

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors believe they can model themselves after the San Antonio Spurs. Can they find a Tony Parker, though, with their No. 28 pick in the NBA Draft?Incredibly unfair to expect the Warriors to do that. In the history of the NBA draft, most of the league’s No. 28 picks have fallen into two categories. They became decent role players. Or they did not last long in the NBA. Somehow, though, the Spurs landed Parker at No. 28 in the 2001 NBA Draft.How did they do that? The Spurs had …last_img read more

Continue reading

Basketball roundup: ‘Jacks, Redwoods women pick up wins; Arcata boys, girls do the same

first_imgWomen’s college basketball: Humboldt 73 Cal Poly Pomona 70Alexia Thrower scored 25 points and hauled in 9 rebounds to lead the ‘Jacks women’s basketball team to its sixth-straight win, Thursday night on the road against CCAA conference opponent Cal Poly Pomona.Gabrielle Carbajal added 14 points and 6 boards in the win. Madeline Hatch, in her first start of the season after missing the majority of Humboldt’s games due to injury, contributed 9 points and 3 assists.Humboldt (7-1, 3-0) will face …last_img read more

Continue reading