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

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Tragically Hip opens doors to Bathouse studio for a glimpse of music

first_imgThe Bathouse studio is a stone-cut structure that was built as a coach house, but became the Hip’s makeshift recording space in the early 1990s. Here they put some of their biggest albums — including “Trouble at the Henhouse” and “Phantom Power” — to tape and filmed a number of music videos.Well over 100 other musicians, including Matt Good, Sarah Harmer and members of Broken Social Scene, have also hammered down ideas for their songs here over the years.Each artist leaves behind stories that Dave (Billy Ray) Koster, head of the Hip’s stage crew and the Bathouse’s caretaker, loves to share with visitors.One of his favourites is the time Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy recorded a song, strolled down the front porch and took a quick dip in the pool outside the house. He returned a few minutes later, still dripping wet, to listen to a playback of the tape.For most of the artists, the Bathouse becomes their temporary home away from home. They’ll sleep in one of its four bedrooms and balance studio time with enjoying the property, which is steps away from Lake Ontario.Gord Downie spent much time here, Koster said, and slept in an upstairs bedroom with a view of the waterfront through the trees.Tucked at the back of the property is an attached rehearsal space Koster called “the Hip’s sacred clubhouse.” It’s the only working space in the Bathouse that’s almost entirely off limits for musicians who rent the place to record.The Hip prepared for many of their concerts here, including the 2016 Man Machine Poem tour, which marked Downie’s final shows.Koster said the Hip maintained a strict regiment as they prepared for those important dates. They’d rehearse for an hour before taking a break to grab a beer or a smoke.But Downie remained focused during that time. While everyone else relaxed, he jumped on an exercise bike in the corner of the room and pedalled away to build his strength.“He worked incredibly hard here to be able to do those 14 shows,” Koster said.“We did more rehearsing for that entire tour than we did for all the other ones combined — just to get him back to where he was.”Aside from the stories, the Bathouse is stacked with memorabilia.In one room, they’ve framed the winning Juno Award envelopes for “Trouble at the Henhouse.” There’s also many pieces of artwork originally used on their album covers.Many guests were especially surprised to encounter the mysterious yellow device from the “Phantom Power” cover sitting on a shelf.Koster said it’s actually an airplane’s flight line tester that drummer Johnny Fay purchased at a New York City junk shop.He’s known for “buying things and figuring out what they do later,” Koster explained.When Fay brought the hefty device back to Canada, and learned that it was useless for producing audio, the band decided it would make a cool album cover.They screwed a small “Phantom Power” title plate on the front and asked a photographer to shoot some photos.The rest is Tragically Hip history.by DAVID FRIEND, THE CANADIAN PRESS – Follow @dfriend on Twitter LOYALIST TOWNSHIP, Ont. – Stories from the Tragically Hip’s fabled Bathouse studio came to light on Thursday at a rare open house for a small group of friends and family.The 19th century home in the quiet town of Bath, Ont., a short drive from Kingston, was grounds for a gathering organized by Hip band members and Up Cannabis, a licensed marijuana producer they’re invested in.But as much as the night highlighted their stake in the legalization of marijuana, nothing could overshadow the legendary property. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement The 19th century home in the quiet town of Bath, Ont., a short drive from Kingston, was grounds for a gathering organized by Hip band members and Up Cannabis, a licensed marijuana producer they’re invested in. A section of the studio, in which many guests were especially surprised to encounter the mysterious yellow device from the “Phantom Power” cover sitting on a shelf, is seen on Thursday, May 24, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Friendcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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