Convincing win for Man City

first_img The scrappy end – albeit mitigated by the weather – took the gloss off an otherwise impressive display by City, who raced out of the blocks and led after just eight minutes. Their victory was their ninth in succession in all competitions, equalling a club record and was the perfect response to Chelsea’s defeat of West Ham earlier in the day. It was also all the more impressive coming without forwards Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic and captain Vincent Kompany. Jovetic did make the bench after overcoming a hamstring injury but was not needed as makeshift centre-forward James Milner and the impressive Silva, operating behind him, led the attack. City needed little time to get into their stride and stretched the hosts early as Silva and Jesus Navas burst forward. Bacary Sagna delivered a dangerous cross but West Brom managed to scramble clear from the feet of Silva and Milner. The respite did not last long as City attacked again with Navas finding space in the area. His deflected cross should have been claimed by Ben Foster but the England goalkeeper fumbled and Fernando acrobatically hooked in from close range. The damage soon got worse for West Brom as Silva skipped into the area and was adjudged to have been fouled by former team-mate Joleon Lescott. Toure stepped up to rifle home the penalty with just 13 minutes gone and City began to look rampant, with Navas darting through and shooting at Foster soon after. Fernando, Yaya Toure and David Silva did the damage in the first half at The Hawthorns, scoring inside the opening 34 minutes, as City kept up the pressure on Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea. Snow made conditions difficult in the second half and West Brom earned reward for showing some late spirit as they scrambled an 87th-minute consolation from a corner, Brown Ideye getting the final touch. Champions Manchester City again made light of the absence of strikers as they cruised to a 3-1 win at West Brom. Press Association West Brom showed some spirit as the recalled Saido Berahino drove across goal but City went close again as Silva fired over after a good move. Samir Nasri twice needed treatment, first for a head injury after being caught between Lescott and Gareth McAuley, and then for a leg problem after a strong challenge by Mulumbu. City were hardly disrupted and went 3-0 up as Fernando seized possession and drove forward to release the ever-threatening Navas. Navas almost casually picked out Silva on the edge of the area and he finished with a superb first-time shot just into the far bottom corner. That finally seemed to spark West Brom into life as Craig Gardner tested Joe Hart and Berahino again shot wide. It came too late to prevent them being booed off by the home fans at half-time but they carried some momentum into the second period. For a spell the Baggies dictated the play and they almost earned reward when Silvestre Varela slid in to meet a Gardner cross at the back post but diverted the ball wide. James Morrison troubled Hart with a fizzing low shot from distance which the England number one clutched only at the second attempt. As the snow began to thicken and settle, City switched their focus to seeing out the game. Silva, perhaps also as a precaution after an earlier knock, was replaced just after the hour by defender Aleksandar Kolarov. West Brom went close to replying as Lescott headed over and Stephane Sessegnon shot across goal. They finally got on the scoresheet as Hart missed a corner and the ball rebounded in off the back of Ideye’s head. It was highly fortuitous, but the Nigerian had at least opened his Premier League account. City saw out the rest of the game with little alarm and Milner celebrated by throwing his shirt to the away fans. last_img read more

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Mick Haley pursues legal case after being fired as USC women’s volleyball coach

first_imgMick Haley will not be returning in 2018 as head coach of the women’s volleyball program, ending the AVCA Hall of Famer’s illustrious 17-year tenure at USC, Athletic Director Lynn Swann announced on Saturday.“We thank Mick for 17 outstanding years of success and accomplishment at USC, and we wish him well,” Swann said in a statement.  “He is an icon in the world of volleyball.  He brought our program many memorable moments, including getting to the brink of the NCAA Final Four this season, and he developed elite student-athletes.”The announcement was an unexpected one after the Women of Troy compiled a 25-10 overall record in Haley’s final campaign, finishing tied for second in the Pac-12 after being picked to finish sixth in the preseason media poll. USC was ranked at No. 14 in the season’s last AVCA Coaches’ Poll and 11th in NCAA RPI. The team reached the regional final of the NCAA Tournament, falling in five sets to eventual runner-up Florida.Even after the Women of Troy’s better-than-expected year, USC decided to prematurely terminate Haley’s contract, which ran through June 2018. Haley said he felt Swann had made up his mind before the start of the season.“It seems obvious that they knew this from last spring,” Haley said in an interview with VolleyballMag.com. “I went to [Swann] last spring and asked for an extension. He said ‘I’ll get back to you’ and never got back to me. I took it from there that he wanted to see how we did this fall.”Daily Trojan file photoHaley, who is 74 years old, believes he was discriminated against due to his age. He hired an attorney, Chris Ludmer, and filed a complaint before Saturday’s announcement.“He believes he was terminated not only because of his age, but in retaliation for him filing an age-discrimination complaint with USC,” Ludmer said to Volleyball.com.Haley said he had asked for a 10-year deal before signing on for five in his previous contract extension talks.“[Senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel] said, ‘Let’s do five, and you can renegotiate your salary and get more money for the next five,’” he said.The renegotiations never materialized.“I haven’t been getting along with [Heinel] for the last two or three years, and I’ve felt like it’s been an adversarial situation for coaching,” Haley admitted.Haley concludes his Trojan career with a 435-119 record, two national championships and 17 NCAA Tournament berths. He was named AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2003, when USC won its second consecutive national title in a perfect, 35-0 season. Haley also coached two AVCA National Players of the Year during his tenure: Alex Jupiter became the program’s first-ever winner in 2011, and Samantha Bricio took home the award in 2015.Haley also said that he was upset he couldn’t deliver the news in-person to his players — both current and future, noting that he had 11 commits in the next two years, and he added that he would continue to pursue his legal case but was moving on in his career.Before taking the reins at USC, Haley also won two national championships at Texas, where he coached from 1980 to 1996. Before the Longhorns, Haley guided Kellogg Community College to six national titles (four men’s, two women’s). He was inducted into the Junior College Coaches Hall of Fame for his achievements, in addition to the Kellogg and Texas athletic halls of fame. For good measure, Haley is also a member of the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame for his time playing as a setter for the Cardinals.But Haley’s decorated career now enters its next chapter. His final match at the Galen Center was a victory: a 3-2 second-round triumph over San Diego in the NCAA Tournament.“As we transition into the future of USC women’s volleyball, the outlook is strong,” Swann said. “The talent level is high both on our returning roster and with our incoming signees.  We expect a new coach to build off of the success of this past season.”last_img read more

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Lyon and Marseille win, Balotelli Nice’s hero

first_img0Shares0000Lyon’s forward Houssem Aouar (2ndL) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match against Amiens December 10, 2017 © AFP / FRANCOIS LO PRESTIPARIS, France, Dec 10 – Lyon and Marseille kept the pressure firmly on Monaco in the race for Champions League qualification in France as Mario Balotelli fired Nice to another victory on Sunday.Teenage midfielder Houssem Aouar scored twice, including a last-gasp winner, as Lyon came from behind to triumph 2-1 at Amiens and go second on goal difference above both Monaco and Marseille. OM eased to a 3-0 win against a miserable Saint-Etienne side at the Velodrome in Sunday’s late game, with Valere Germain netting twice.That trio are all nine points behind Paris Saint-Germain, who are certain to end the calendar year top of the table after beating Lille 3-1 on Saturday with goals from Angel di Maria, Javier Pastore and Kylian Mbappe.With PSG, who were without the suspended Neymar, huge favourites to win the title, that leaves just two places in next season’s Champions League for the three sides below them.Serge Gakpe had given Amiens the lead against Lyon before Aouar levelled in the 79th minute.The hosts still could have won it, but former Chelsea prodigy Gael Kakuta missed a penalty in the 89th minute and Aouar made him pay as he popped up with the winner at the other end in the fourth minute of added time.“We got a couple of breaks but we did also go looking for the equaliser and then the victory by showing character and rolling our sleeves up,” said the Lyon coach Bruno Genesio, whose side have now claimed five consecutive away league wins.– Germain breaks Marseille duck –It was a sickening finish for Amiens, who have impressed on their debut season in France’s top flight. However, not for the first time security at their Stade de la Licorne was called into question.A part of the 11,500-capacity ground in the northern region of Picardy had to be evacuated before kick-off because strong winds had caused one of the floodlights to become partially detached, posing a security risk.Nice’s forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match against Nantes December 10, 2017 © AFP / LOIC VENANCEAround 500 spectators had to be moved to avoid any threat of the lighting falling on them.At the end of September, 29 Lille supporters were injured as a barrier collapsed while they celebrated their team scoring. That game had to be abandoned.Things were straightforward for Marseille in Sunday’s late match, with Germain finally scoring his first league goals for the club following a summer move from Monaco.He headed in the early opener after Florian Thauvin had flicked on a Dimitri Payet corner. And Thauvin set up Germain to make it 2-0 in the 71st minute after Saint-Etienne’s Ronael Pierre-Gabriel had been sent off.Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos completed a comprehensive win for OM late on, and Marseille are now 12 Ligue 1 games unbeaten. They go to Lyon next weekend.Meanwhile, Balotelli’s superb strike from the edge of the area with quarter of an hour left handed Nice a 2-1 win away to Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes.Nantes enjoyed a good start to the season but had won just once in four outings before this game, in which they took an early lead through Yacine Bammou.But Alassane Plea headed Nice back level before the interval and Balotelli won it with his ninth league goal of the campaign.A third straight league win lifts Lucien Favre’s side up into the top half for the first time since early October.Lyon, Marseille and Nice all go into the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League on Monday, while PSG will find out their opponents in the Champions League last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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World Cup makeover for Mandela Bridge

first_img7 June 20102010 Fifa World Cup branding has been dropped from the trusses of the massive suspension pylons of Johannesburg’s Nelson Mandela Bridge, in tribute to the famous South African leader who was pivotal in bringing the tournament to Africa.“We all know that Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s staging of the 2010 Fifa World Cup cannot be separated,” Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo said during the unveiling ceremony on Saturday.“One of the reasons why we won the bid is because Mandela, in person, engaged in vigorous campaigning for the country. In a few days’ time, when the eyes of billions of people across the world will be fixed on Soccer City, it will be a tribute to the stature of the founding father of our democracy.”The 284 metre-long structure that links the central business district to the northern regions of the city is one of Johannesburg’s most iconic features. The bridge carries 4 000 cubic feet of concrete and 1 000 tons of metal, making it the biggest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa.“Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York has the Statue of Liberty, Sydney has its Opera House … and Johannesburg has the Nelson Mandela Bridge,” Masondo said. “This bridge symbolizes the bringing together of our people. Johannesburg was segregated in the past; this bridge crosses that divide and brings the city together.“The Nelson Mandela Bridge has become an iconic symbol of the ‘new Johannesburg’,” Masondo said. “As we drape this bridge, we reaffirm Madiba as the architect of our transformation and nation building.”As the ribbon was cut the massive drapes were released, revealing the now famous image of Mandela holding the Fifa World Cup Trophy on 15 May 2004, the day it was announced that South Africa would host Africa’s first Fifa World Cup.As the gathered crowd celebrated on the bridge, with Diski Dancers leading the festivities, the massive picture of a smiling Mandela sat above the Johannesburg skyline.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — January 9, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warm air ramps up its move into Ohio today, and we see this mild push through Thursday.  South winds are fueling the warming, and that is leading to some decent snow melt, even over the northern parts of the state. We will have to deal with low level clouds and fog the next several days, thanks the relatively warm air coming over a cold surface, but still, the mild push will be significant. Thursday will be our warmest day.Our next front remains on track to bring rains into Ohio Thursday and evening into Friday morning. Liquid precipitation will range from a few hundredths to about a third of an inch over no more than 60% of the state. The initial liquid precipitation break out looks slightly better and more frequent to our west in Indiana Thursday afternoon. It just seems to run out of gas here.  Then, cold air comes rushing back in behind the cold front on Friday, as a strong, powerful low lifts up along it. That will set the stage for significant snow accumulations from Friday midday through Saturday. Snow totals will depend heavily on the track of the low. One model takes the storm center (the main low) from Tupelo to Nashville to Charleston, WV to Pittsburg. That model projects the heaviest snow to run across Indiana from southwest to northeast, about 130 miles either side of a line from Vincennes to Muncie to Sandusky, OH. That track could put double digit snowfall accumulations in over NW Ohio, and spread it out from there. Another model does not develop good circulation around the low until it spins up around Blacksburg, VA, and then moves to Harrisburg, PA and eventually to NYC. That would produce the heavy snows fully over Ohio, and leave Indiana with nearly nothing. In that scenario, there is potential for double digit snowfall totals over 60% of Ohio. Now, we think the track of the first model makes the most sense at this time, and it has been similar the past 3 runs. But, that being said, we will continue to monitor this event. The track can change and even end up merging the two ideas this morning. Either way, we are on the lookout for snows that can be quite significant out of this system, because it has tied into an ample moisture source, and the cold air is coming in with no major interference. The magnitude of the warm air push ahead of the system, and the strength of the winds will give us an indication that this storm is strong, and will have the potential to produce copious precipitation. We will hold off on snow totals for several days, but are suggesting that this has the potential to be an epic winter storms across Indiana and Ohio. Gusty winds will produce blowing snow on top of this. The heaviest snows will be from noon Friday through noon Saturday, but wrap around snows can linger through Sunday in northern areas.Behind the system, cold air comes blasting back into the region, and stays through Tuesday. This will include low wind chills and a move below zero at least one night and perhaps more for true air temperatures.Our forecast is unchanged from midweek forward. Next Wednesday, we will make an attempt to moderate temps slightly once again, but we will not see anything like our temperature profile today through Thursday. Strong SW winds will likely fuel the moderating push ahead of our next weather system, triggering a brief, slight thaw. But, we look for scattered rain showers changing to snow late next week for Friday into Saturday, followed by cold air through the 21st. The extended 11-16 day forecast period brings another strong front and potential aggressive winter storm for the 22nd and 23rd, as a large, powerful low exits the plains and moves east/northeast. We expect this to bring another round of rains followed by significant snow and arctic air. So, don’t let the next few days fool you. Enjoy them…but remember – it is, in fact still only early January.last_img read more

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Mint Drops iOS 3 Support: Bold or Blunder?

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Personal finance site and mobile app Mint updated its iPhone app today and, among the update details, noted that it is dropping support for iOS 3. That means that all those iPhone 3G models, which reportedly run like dinosaurs on iOS 4 and higher, are left in the dark. What do the numbers say about this update? Is it a bold move to leave behind iOS 3, a blunder, or is it simply time?Google’s Chris Messina tweeted about the move earlier today, calling Mint’s move to drop iOS 3 and lower support “bold”. The app update was a little tamer. While listing the update under a “Latest and Greatest” heading, it says simply “We’re no longer supporting iOS 3 clients. We apologize to all users that may be affected by this, but making this change will make it easier for us to utilize the latest iOS technology.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology So, how big of an effect will dropping iOS 3 and lower have? According to an article earlier this month from Sarah Perez, just under 90% of all iOS devices run iOS 4.0 and higher. That leaves 10% of devices on iOS 3 and a sliver of a percent (0.02%) on iOS 2. Bump CEO David Lieb had offered the numbers in a Quora thread, with Loopt engineer Ian Peters-Campbell confirming similar stats. According to Peters-Campbell, the percentage of iOS 4 devices running Loopt was possibly a little higher. Another comment in the same thread, from KAYAK chief architect Bill O’Donnell, suggested that his company found up to 96% of devices running iOS 4 or higher. I have to admit, when I first read Messina’s tweet today, I immediately agreed. When I went poking around for iOS 4 adoption numbers, I started to change my tune. In July, iOS 4.x had just surpassed iOS 3.x, taking 50% of the market, but now it looks like iOS has become the dominant version by far. Mint certainly isn’t the first app to go iOS 4.x+ only (KAYAK has done the same, as mentioned in that Quora thread). It also won’t be the last.Apple is moving on and so are its developers. From the looks of it, it might be time for you to move on too, you iPhone 3G-owning troglodytes, lest you be left behind in the Mint-less future. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … mike melanson Tags:#Apple#mobile#NYT#web last_img read more

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LESSARD FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION

first_imgTHE CAUSE OF THE FIRE AND EXPLOSION THAT DESTROYED AN EQUIPMENT BUILDING MONDAY NIGHT AT LESSARD CONTRACTING REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.LT. RYAN COLLINS OF SIOUX CITY FIRE RESCUE SAYS UNITS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE INDUSTRIAL AREA NEAR THE AIRPORT AROUND 9PM:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/LESSARD.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..DETERMINE A CAUSE. :24COLLINS SAYS SOME GAS CYLINDERS STORED INSIDE THE BUILDING EXPLODED, BUT WERE NOT THE CAUSE OF THE INITIAL FIRE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/LESSARD2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….BECAUSE OF THE FIRE. ;14COLLINS SAYS THERE ARE NO SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES REGARDING THE FIRE.NOBODY WAS WORKING IN THE BUILDING AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE AND NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.last_img read more

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9 months agoImpossible for Chelsea to sell Barcelona target Willian says Sarri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Impossible for Chelsea to sell Barcelona target Willian says Sarriby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says it is impossible to lose Willian during the current transfer window.The winger has been linked with Barcelona in recent weeks.Asked about the Blaugrana’s reported interest in Willian, Sarri said: “I didn’t receive anything yesterday. I have no idea.”You have to contact the club and ask about the market, because if you ask me about the market, you put me in trouble because I don’t know how to answer. As you know, Willian for us is very important.”I think he can do better, he can do better because of his potential but he is really very important to us, so I think it is impossible to lose him in January.” last_img read more

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How Ohio State plans to slow down Penn State running back Saquon

OSU then-redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) and other members of the Buckeye defense work to take down Penn State then-sophomore running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Penn State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOhio State needs no introduction to Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano called him a “once in [every] 10-year” player. Linebacker Jerome Baker said “the dude’s a monster.” Head coach Urban Meyer said he is as good as any all-purpose running back he has seen in his 30 years of coaching. Two seasons ago, the Buckeyes got a first-hand look at Barkley when the electric then-freshman took 26 carries 194 yards. In last year’s upset of Ohio State, he carried the ball just 12 times for 99 yards. This year, Barkley has positioned himself as a Heisman Trophy frontrunner. He has 117 carries for 757 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground to go along with a team-leading 32 catches for 448 yards and three receiving scores. Barkley has returned one kick for a touchdown this year, the first of his career. He even threw for a touchdown against Indiana.“I just like watching him, honestly,” Baker said with a smile. “I’m very excited to go against him because he can do it all. Pass block, run routes, he can definitely run the ball, jump over you, run through you.”As Meyer noted, there is nothing Barkley doesn’t do well. At 5-foot-11, 230 pounds, the junior has the strength to power through arm tackles and the speed to turn the corner and blow past defenders. Schiano said Barkley’s strength, speed and vision impressed him, but his “incredible ability to change direction on a dime” impresses him most.“And it’s not a little guy that’s changing,” Schiano said. “Sometimes you see little scat backs at 175 pounds that can stop on a dime and change direction. This is a big man doing it. You’re not going to arm tackle this guy. So when he changes direction, he goes from zero to 60.”Barkley will need to use that shiftiness to succeed against a stout Buckeye defense Saturday.Ohio State has not had an issue against the run. It held its last two opponents, Nebraska and Maryland, to 2.8 and 1.2 yards per carry, respectively. Only Army, which runs a triple option, and UNLV, which played half the game against Ohio State’s backups, have rushed for more than 2.9 yards per carry.But the Buckeyes have not and will not face a running back as talented as Barkley, a likely top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.To corrall Barkley, redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard said it will require more than one player to bring down the back.“I think that if we stay fundamentally sound in our gaps and don’t try and make big plays and make him come to us and then once someone gets some hands on him, the rest of the bullets come flying, it’s going to take a group effort,” Hubbard said. Hubbard said defensive line coach Larry Johnson takes personal pride in stopping teams from running the ball down Ohio State’s throat, especially at Ohio Stadium. Redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said the line must be disciplined to stuff Barkley, but more importantly, it must play at its physical peak.“You have to hit people, that’s the thing,” Lewis said. “You have to eliminate people. You have to find ways to eliminate what they do best and just, you know, you have to run and hit.”The issue teams face when trying to defend Barkley is even when they think they have the formula stopping his runs, he can beat them in the passing game. Meyer said Barkley’s receiving ability separates him from other great running backs. Barkley often motions out and lines up as a receiver. Against Iowa, he caught 12 passes for 94 yards, powering the Nittany Lions to a last-second 21-19 win.In his last 28 games, Barkley has not caught passes in just four games. Though Barkley has finished without a catch in both his games against the Buckeyes, he will likely end the streak when Penn State faces off with the Scarlet and Gray at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. With the Nittany Lions frequently shifting Barkley and tight end Mike Gesicki around to different positions, a multitude of defenders will likely match up with the back. In last week’s game against Michigan, Penn State’s offense managed to have Barkley matched up against a linebacker. Baker wants to make sure he gets his chance.“I take it as a one-on-one competition to see who’s better,” Baker said. “That’s a great player, for sure. I’m excited to go against him, definitely guard him one-on-one. You’ve just really got to see who’s better and go out there and compete.”From rushing to receiving to returning, there is nothing Barkley can’t do. Ohio State knows that. This is its third matchup against him. But he might give the Buckeyes a harsh reintroduction Saturday afternoon. read more

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