Guardiola salutes City’s sacrifice as champs subdue Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gestures on the touchline © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 12 – Pep Guardiola saluted Manchester City’s stars for shaking off their World Cup fatigue as the champions made a flying start to the Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win against Arsenal.Guardiola’s side featured a host of players who told the City boss they were ready to play at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday despite their draining World Cup duty in Russia. Several, including England stars Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and John Stones, cut short their holidays to get back into training with City.And, despite just a week of sessions on the practice pitch, City picked up where they left off last term with a confident display that easily put Arsenal to the sword.Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a cool finish early in the first half before Bernardo Silva lashed in City’s second after the interval, leaving Guardiola to sing the champions’ praises.“We played a high level considering the lack of physical condition for many of the players who arrived back late after the World Cup,” he said.“Many players did a sacrifice, Stones, Walker, we trained for only one week but the spirit is there.“In general to be at this moment of the season, with the desire to run and run, it was the same last season.“First game of the season, away at Arsenal with a new manager after 20 years? No-one can deny it is complicated, so to win the way we won is more than pleasing.”City look as hungry as ever despite their record-breaking success last season, when they won the title with a record 100 points and also lifted the League Cup.Installed as heavy favourites to finish top again — which would make them the first team to defend the title since Manchester United in 2008-09 — City’s ruthless performance was ominous for their rivals.And Guardiola twisted the knife by insisting City are still some way from their peak.Asked how much motivation his players have, Guardiola said: “It is not a question that needs an answer. I can say to the players ‘are you hungry?’ and they say yes boss but I don’t know. They show me on the green stuff (the pitch).“We are not going to judge what is going to happen after one game but we try to respond, we try to be ourselves.“The way we won is so important for us, for our confidence, now we move forward. Of course our average level is high, but I have a feeling still we can improve.“The winter time is coming. Lots of things happen. The best way to defend it is to be calm.“We spoke about this before the game. they know they can do it. We are a strong team, after that we will see.”Arsenal boss Unai Emery has plenty of work to do with his new team © AFP / Glyn KIRKOne difference for City this season is the presence of Benjamin Mendy at left-back.The France international missed most of last season with an injury and Guardiola admitted his return is still a work in progress.“Mendy is Mendy. Sometime you want to kill him and sometimes you say ‘wow what a player we have’,” he said.“He has a lot of things to improve. Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget the social media!”It was a chastening introduction to the Premier League for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who has replaced Arsene Wenger following the Frenchman’s 22-year reign.Wenger left Arsenal in a mess after last season’s sixth place finish and Emery acknowledged the gulf in class between City and his team showed how much work he could do.“We needed more but I am happy with the players, they run and fight,” Emery said.“Today is the first step. We need to do the process my way. City are working three years with Guardiola, building a team with good players and great stability.“We finished with the spirit I want. I think we need to improve. This process is normal.“With more time we will play with this personality.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pirates take charge with run

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Our offensive line is really big this year and they’re strong,” Tavizon said. “Each guy is around 275 pounds and they can all bench press over 300. “Plus, it helps that all three of our running backs returned this year, so if one goes down, the other two can fill in and we never miss a beat. Our running game is our bread and butter. We tried passing a few years ago but it just didn’t work for us.” The way the year started, it looked like Ross was going to run for 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. After gaining 169 yards against Northview in the opener, Ross broke the school single-game record, which had stood for 23 years, the next week against El Modena, gaining 336 yards. One week later, Ross was having another great game against West Covina, gaining 207 yards before suffering a high ankle sprain. Not too many football teams on any level have running backs that average over 200 yards a game, but Paramount High does in Clifford Ross. But when the 5-foot-10, 195-pound senior sprained his ankle in Week 3 against West Covina, Pirates coach Art Tavizon didn’t even blink, much less break a sweat about it. He simply put in the next guy on the depth chart and watched him run. These days, it seems no matter who’s running the ball for Paramount, all they do is run for over 100 yards and, more importantly, help the Pirates win. Thanks to a strong offensive line and a trio of talented running backs, Paramount is off to a 4-1 start heading into its San Gabriel Valley League opener Friday at Warren (1-4). center_img The Pirates eventually lost 17-14, but since then, Ross’s backups have filled in more than admirably. In a 26-14 win over Verbum Dei on Sept. 30, Gaston Wilson stepped in and ran for 179 yards while Rolando Upshaw gained 126. And last week, Wilson rushed for 214 yards in a 26-0 win over Marina. “It was tough to see Cliff get hurt but when he did, all of us knew we had to step up our game,” Wilson said. “This is our time to show what we can do. “All of us could probably start at another school but when Cliff comes back, we know that he’ll get most of the carries and we’ll do whatever the team needs us to do. This is not a selfish group.” Through five games, despite missing two games with his injury, Ross still leads the SGVL in rushing with 639 yards and Wilson is second with 460. And just to further illustrate how dominant Paramount’s running attack has been this year, every player who’s run the ball at least 20 times, including Upshaw and Eric Doucette, is averaging over 6 yards per carry. But all the running backs will be quick to point out they couldn’t have done it without the magnificent play of their offensive line, which is led by senior tackles Johnny Tivao and Demetrius Amos as well as senior tight end DeAndre Long. “We believe in what we do and the bottom line is no matter who’s running the ball for us, we trust them,” Amos said. “We know they’re going to do their jobs and we have to do ours.” “We have a saying here, never stop until the whistle blows,” Tivao said. “People think we only have Cliff but I think we’ve showed the last few weeks, we’re more than a one-man team.” 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

Cover Like No Other Frank Oceans Moon River Scores

first_imgContent Not Available Tackling a classic, the GRAMMY winner shares his personal rendition of the timeless balladPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 15, 2018 – 11:35 am On Feb. 15 multi-GRAMMY winner Frank Ocean released his original cover of the classic standard “Moon River” on Tumblr as something he had done “in the late night.” Social media lit up with applause, including responses from Kacey Musgraves and Paramore’s Hayley Williams. It’s a timely reminder that the American songbook is loaded with raw material a great talent can make their own, sharing their unique musical takes on well-known compositions.The 1961 film Breakfast At Tiffany’s put its lead actress Audrey Hepburn on the spot to include a song in her performance, so maestro Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer crafted one of the most singable and irresistible songs in the repertoire. Both men shared in its Song Of The Year GRAMMY at the 4th GRAMMY Awards. Mancini also won Record Of The Year and Best Arrangement for the single. The album won Best Performance By An Orchestra — For Other Than Dancing and Best Sound Track, as well as a nomination for Album Of The Year. Social Media Praise For Frank Ocean’s “Moon River” cover-no-other-frank-oceans-moon-river-scores News Twitter Facebook center_img Email Cover Like No Other: Frank Ocean’s “Moon River” Scores Ocean’s fans and supporters are crossing their fingers that this late-night surprise bodes well for new tracks in 2018.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

SC extends stay on Apan Jewellers owners bail order

first_imgApan JewellersThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday extended its earlier order until 8 January that stayed the High Court order granting bail to three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases, reports UNB.The owners are Dildar Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed.A five-member bench, led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, passed the order after hearing petition filed by the state.On 21 December the Chamber Judge of the Supreme Court extended its earlier order until 2 January in the money laundering cases.Earlier on 18 December a special bench of the Chamber Judge stayed the bail order of the High Court until 21 December and set today (Thursday) for next hearing of the petitions in the scheduled vacation bench.On 14 December, the High Court granted the bail to the three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases.On 22 November last, the HC issued five separate rules in five money laundering cases filed against them.last_img read more

Myanmar president Htin Kyaw resigns

first_imgMyanmar President U Htin KyawMyanmar’s president Htin Kyaw resigned suddenly on Wednesday leaving the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi without a close confidant and political ally as she faces rising international opprobrium over the Rakhine crisis.The president, an old school friend of Suu Kyi, served as her proxy in an office she was barred from occupying under Myanmar’s military-drafted constitution.His role was largely ceremonial with Suu Kyi calling the shots within her civilian administration, under the self-appointed title of State Counsellor.But he was nonetheless the country’s head of state and a key domestic ally for Suu Kyi within her party.Myanmar’s vice president Myint Swe, a retired general close to the former junta leader Than Shwe, will temporarily move into the role until a new president is in place, according to the constitution.Observers say this will likely make some inside Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party queasy as, in theory, decisions could be pushed through – or held back – in this time.Speculation had swirled for months about the health of Htin Kyaw, 72, who had recently lost weight and has had heart problems in the past.“Myanmar president U Htin Kyaw resigned on 21March 2018,” a statement on the president’s official Facebook page said.His office did not give many details for why he resigned Wednesday, only saying that “he wanted to take a rest from his current duty”.It added that a new leader will be selected “within seven working days”.Shortly after the announcement, speaker of the lower house and Suu Kyi ally Win Myint resigned from his position, narrowing his odds of taking up Myanmar’s top civilian office.“Anyone she selects as president will be someone she has complete trust in,” said independent analyst Richard Horsey.“That trust is the basis of her being the seat of power in Myanmar. She has no power under the constitution. Any power comes from that relationship with the president.”Loyal school friendHtin Kyaw, the country’s first civilian president since 1962, was widely respected and seen as unerringly devoted to Suu Kyi, who said she would rule “above” him after he was elected in 2016.He has stood firmly by her side even as as her reputation has been shredded internationally for not speaking up on behalf of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim community.A violent military crackdown has forced some 700,000 Rohingya to flee over the border into squalid camps in Bangladesh, in what the UN has branded “ethnic cleansing” with possible “hallmarks of genocide”.The military justifies its campaign as a legitimate response to Rohingya militant attacks against police posts in August.The civilian government is in a transitional power-sharing arrangement with the army which still retains huge political and economic power.The army controls three key ministries-home affairs, borders and defence-effectively giving it a carte blanche to conduct any security operations it chooses.It also has a quarter of legislative seats reserved for officers, giving the military a de facto veto over any constitutional change.Defenders of Suu Kyi say her government’s hands are tied by the military but critics maintain it could and should have done more to speak up against alleged army atrocities, particularly in Rakhine state.Domestically Suu Kyi still enjoys broad popular support but, two years into government, her party has disappointed sky-high expectations of rapid development and economic growth, while the Rakhine crisis has recast the international narrative of the country.Htin Kyaw is the son of a revered poet and helped run Suu Kyi’s charitable foundation before taking over the presidency.According to an official biography, he studied at the University of London’s Institute of Computer Science from 1971 to 1972.In a varied career he worked as a university teacher and also held positions in the finance and national planning and foreign affairs ministries in the late 1970s and 80s before retiring from government service as the military tightened its grip.last_img read more