Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini bemoans injuries after Stoke humbling

first_img “We are playing in other competitions with the same 13 or 14 players,” he noted. “For me, seeing the game, without doubt they didn’t recover from the last two games. “In this game we are playing with the same players in the last three games – maybe it’s the reason why we didn’t play with the energy that we need to win.” The Chilean’s options will not increase for Tuesday’s trip to Borussia Monchengladbach either as neither Toure or Aguero will return while Fernando was forced off with a hamstring injury in this contest. Pellegrini cited too many games, a lack of preparation time and the international breaks as possible reasons for their flat showing against Hughes’ side, but denied they are lacking figureheads in the absence of Kompany, Toure and Aguero. “I don’t think there’s a lack of leaders,” he added. “So far this season we are the only team that is involved in all of the competitions that have qualified for (the Capital One Cup) semi-final, that we are top of the table in the Premier League and we qualify in the Champions League. We play very bad because we are playing with the same 12, 13 players, and nothing much more happens.” City were able to name David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne in their starting line-up, for the first time since they scored six against Newcastle in early October. However, it was the creative flair of Shaqiri, who created both of Arnautovic’s goals, who sparkled on a blustery afternoon. “On the day we were exceptional,” said ex-City boss Hughes. “We had a game plan as we always do, We knew what we needed to do well. You can talk about tactics but the guys need to go out there and execute them and that is what we did. “We had a number of chances. In terms of clear-cut chances we were way ahead of City on the day and we could have easily made it embarrassing if I’m honest, but I’m happy with two goals.” It was a memorable day for the enigmatic Arnautovic, who would have claimed a four-goal haul in the first period had his header hit the other side of the net and his one-on-one hat-trick chance not struck the post. The Austrian has not always reached such heights during his time at Stoke, while he spent the post-match celebrations arguing with City’s players rather than basking in the glory, and Hughes challenged him to find some consistency. “He is a big personality,” Hughes admitted. “He is a great guy, someone who came to the club having been undervalued at other clubs. What he has had this year is a really good start to his season compared to other seasons when he started slowly. The test for him is he needs to keep going from now until the end of the season.” Press Association City were missing the spine of their team in Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero as Mark Hughes’ side, buoyed by the brilliance of Xherdan Shaqiri and a Marko Arnautovic brace, consigned Pellegrini’s men to defeat. Having already qualified for the Champions League knock-out stages – and progressed to the last four of the Capital One Cup in midweek – City’s schedule is hectic and Pellegrini believes his inability to shuffle his pack due to injuries is leaving his side jaded. Manuel Pellegrini admits Manchester City’s injury-hit squad has been affected by their multiple-trophy quest after they went down 2-0 to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.last_img read more

Panel discusses Sochi Winter Olympics

first_imgFollow Morgan on Twitter @megreenwald On Tuesday, a panel of experts discussed the potential impacts of new Russian legislation criminalizing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activity on the 2014 Sochi Olympics.History lesson · Associate professor Robert English speaks to student Emily Huang about the consequences of anti-gay legislation in Russia. – Dasha Kholodenko | Daily TrojanPanelists included Daniel Durbin, founder and director of the USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society; Professor Robert English of the USC international relations department; and Emily Huang, a junior majoring in sociology and co-president of OUTreach.The panelists looked back at similar situations in which a country has been dissatisfied with the host of the Olympics, and noted multiple failures to boycott the games.In 1980, the United States boycotted the Russian Olympics because the country had just invaded Afghanistan, but the United States’ boycotting efforts were looked at as “ineffective” by the public. Many Americans reviewed the decision as one of President Jimmy Carter’s worst.“It is often much more effective to go out to the Olympics and present your position either subtly or overtly,” Durbin said.One of the problems with athletes publicly taking positions, according to the panelists, is that the Russian media almost never publishes any pro-gay rights statements by athletes, especially those from the West.Despite intolerant policies in the country, international gay athletes might not need to worry about the Russian government trying to kick them out of the country for showing signs of homosexuality.“It’s going to be almost impossible for Russia to say that these athletes are involved in propagandistic activity and kick them out of the country,” Durbin said.Under Russian law, “homosexual propaganda” is outlawed, but exactly what that means is still under review in the country.According to English, an expert on Russia and a former resident of the country, Russia should not be expected to be overly forceful during the time of the Olympics, especially considering that it is essentially the International Olympics Committee who has the power to decide who stays and who goes.English noted that a lot of President Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay legislation stems from a late 1990s movement toward “Russian nationalism,” a movement toward the return of Russian roots, which is strongly supported by the Russian Orthodox Church.“[The legistlation is] not admirable political leadership, but neither did [Putin] start it,” English said.Even before Putin became president, groups in Russia were forming and demanding reform. According to the panel, these groups came about as a result of a poverty epidemic in Russia during which citizens fought for moral causes in an attempt to preserve their dignity.Russian nationalist groups have also targeted Westerners, foreigners and women, as well as LGBT people. The experts pointed out that citizens of troubled countries often find scapegoats for their problems. Inequality in sports has also been a lasting issue.“Sports have been gendered since our nation began,” Durbin said. Even in America, athletes faced segregation by race, gender and sexual orientation.”Alec White, a sophomore majoring in political science, was upset that the Olympics were not moved out of Sochi in light of the anti-gay legislation, but also that countries such as the U.S. and France were not able to offer alternatives to boycotting the Russian Olympics.“It would have been a great idea if this [anti-gay law] came up a little sooner,” White said. “Vancouver [would have been] a good compromise because you wouldn’t have the athlete’s dreams shattered.”last_img read more

One dead after Charles City house fire

first_imgCHARLES CITY — One person is dead after a house fire in Charles City early Saturday morning. The Charles City Fire Department says they responded to the fire at 715 8th Avenue at about 2:20 AM. On arrival, smoke was seen coming from the home’s roof and attic area, with firefighters later discovering that the fire had happened solely in the kitchen area of the home. While extinguishing the fire, firefighters discovered a deceased individual in the home, who was the only occupant at the time of the fire. An investigation of the cause of the fire concluded that the fire started in the kitchen, likely due to cooking materials overheating. The name of the victim has not been released at this time.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonThis sweet girl is Wilma. She is now one of the shelter volunteer’s favorites with her beautiful coat and happy and loving temperament. She is always ready to join the volunteers for hikes on the trails around the shelter. She walks well on leash but does let the volunteers know that she would gladly go for longer walks if they were ready. Wilma is enjoying being in a safe place where she does not have to worry about finding food or a dry place to sleep. Wilma was a stray so we do not have any historical information on her.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. Contact us at [email protected] or (360) 432-3091 to learn more about Wilma, volunteering, or to meet one of our other dogs.last_img read more

Former India pacer Praveen Kumar allegedly breaks neighbour’s hand and attacks his 7-year old…

first_imgAdvertisement vtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs41Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb5b2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7xd8Would you ever consider trying this?😱wk7lCan your students do this? 🌚2xjf0Roller skating! Powered by Firework Praveen Kumar, ex India pacer, has reportedly attacked his neighbour and his 7-year old son, while he was waiting with his son at the bus stop. This is not the first time that Praveen has been in the news for bad deeds, he has a history of thrashing and bashing up people in his drunken state. Several news sites have mentioned his drinking problem, but it seems the cricketer is not too willing to fix his drinking problem.Advertisement Back in 2008, the cricketer was in Meerut for some reason. Praveen was drunk when be beat up a doctor then. While the people slowly forgot about this incident, he is back again with yet another drunken brawl, but this time with a kid and his father, who happen to be his neighbour.Advertisement The victim Deepak Kumar approached the police, but they refused to file an FIR against him, citing his international cricketer status. The police instead told him to take this case to some other higher authority, since they cannot handle a case which involves a famed cricketer. Frustrated Deepak, decided to approach the media. He revealed to the media, that Praveen Kumar and he are neighbours. He was at the bus stop waiting for the bus with his son at 3 pm, when suddenly, Praveen stepped down from his car and abused the car driver. Praveen was clearly not in his senses when he hurled abuses at the bus driver. Later he turned to Deepak and bashed him up. In this encounter, he got his hand fractured and his 7-year old kid also got some serious back injuries, when he was pushed by Praveen.“I was waiting for my son at the bus stop at 3:00 pm. Kumar arrived at the spot, came out of his car and abused the bus driver first and later abused me. He was in an inebriated condition. Later, he thrashed me and fractured my hand,” said Deepak.Advertisement He further revealed that after he reported the incident to the police, he has been receiving death threats.“Kumar also pushed my son who has suffered injury in his back. Now the police are forcing me to compromise. Moreover, I have started receiving death threats.”Praveen, bid adieu to international cricket last year. The cricketer was one of the best swing bowlers that the Indian team ever had. He debuted in the 5th ODI series against Pakistan, back in 2007.BCCI announces Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s replacement for the ODI series against West IndiesSourav Ganguly returns to a very familiar venue – but in a different avatar!  Advertisementlast_img read more

About Town

first_imgTINTON FALLSThe Arc of Monmouth has announced it will proceed with its 46th annual Winter Glow Ball at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The event is the nonprofit agency’s most important benefit for more than 1,400 Monmouth County residents with autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.Due to severe damage at the Shore Casino, the event is being moved to the Cultural Center at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1033 West Park Ave., Ocean Township. The hall is managed by restaurateur Chris Mariani of Buona Sera in Red Bank and The Arc is honored to be one of the first guests at the venue.The Winter Glow Ball will feature hors d’oeuvres, a multi-station buffet, silent auction items and dancing with music provided by The Infernos.This year’s honorees are Peter Cancro, owner of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems and in memoriam, Food Circus Supermarket’s Joseph Azzolina, Sr. and Grace and Louis Scaduto, Sr.The Arc of Monmouth offers healthcare, employment, education and other services for over 1,400 individuals in the county.For more information, please call 732 493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.‪WGIRLS at the Melting Pot for ‘Little Black Dress Night’‬ MIDDLETOWNSpread some cheer this holiday season as Regal Pointe Independent Living invites the public to a holiday gift auction from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, to benefit local children. A $5 donation will allow attendees to participate in the gift auction.Proceeds will be donated to MonmouthCares, Inc. and Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. Attendees can also help by donating clothes or a new, unwrapped toy for a child. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Linda or Elaine at 732-957-0083.MonmouthCares, Inc., is a private non-profit agency whose mission is to ease positive change so children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families have the best opportunity to live, thrive, and develop in their communities. For information, visit www.monmouthcares.org.Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. envisions a totally accessible, individualized, family-friendly system of care for children and their families, which ensures that every family who has a child with behavioral or emotional challenges has the chance to thrive safely within the community. For information, visit www.oceanpartnership.org.* * * * *Middletown Township Public Library presents “Meet the Musician” featuring New Jersey Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Andy Lamy from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the main branch located at 55 New Monmouth Road.Lamy will present an interactive program featuring musical solos and demonstrations on clarinets, recorders and Irish whistles. He will talk about the music, the instruments and answer questions from audience members. The program is for those age 5 and older and is sponsored by the Young People’s Music Program of the Chinese American Cultural Association.Additional information is available by calling the Middletown Public Library at 732-671-3700. RED BANK – The WGIRLS Coastal NJ chapter and local women are joining together from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, For Little Black Dress Night, an evening of fondue, shopping and networking at the Melting Pot Restaurant in the Galleria.The WGIRLS Coastal NJ will use the proceeds to sponsor women who need the services of Alternatives, a Red Bank salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer and scalp disease.‬Attendees will enjoy a four-course meal for only $35 per person, drinks sold separately. For those seeking a lighter fare, drink specials will be available for $10 per person.Attendees will be able to shop from Red Bank vendors: Sweetest Sin Lingerie Boutique, ICE Jewelry, Embellish Make-Up, Lucki Clover Clothing Boutique and Salon Car Tar Rae.The event is open to the public; tickets are not required.During the event those attending will be able to register to win prizes including a $2,500 Melting Pot gift card, a Tiffany & Co.® Grey Goose® necklace and a Grey Goose® swag bag by entering into The Melting Pot’s Femme Fatale de Fondue Sweepstakes. Only those in attendance qualify. For more information call The Melting Pot at 732-219-0090.Alternatives is a salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer. The WGIRLS Coastal NJ is a network of professional women who volunteer and host fundraisers to assist underprivileged women and children across Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties. The WGIRLS mission is to provide women and children with the support and resources necessary to achieve health, happiness, and the ability to lead productive and successful adult lives. Learn more at www.wgirlscoastalnj.tumblr.com.last_img read more

Small in numbers, huge in heart Neptunes keep medals coming in Kimberley

first_img“Despite this, Logan Wright was able to earn some meet records in the 25m butterfly, 25m freestyle and 25m backstroke,” Afford added.Trail Stingrays continue to be the team to beat on the Kootenay circuit, finishing on top of the standings with 1317.5 points.Rival Castlegar Aquanauts took second followed in third by host Kimberley.Golden, Grand Forks, Creston and Nelson finished respectively through seventh position.Cranbrook and Colville were eighth and ninth.Afford continues to be impressed with the competitive fight from Cowan and Matthew.“The division swimmers that did come did a tremendous job and many of them put up some great times that I know they will be able to improve at the coming meet,” explained Afford, who also grabbed a bronze medal in Division seven girls.The Neptunes travel to Colville, Wash., this weekend for the Kootenay Regional Championships.The top swimmers qualify for the Provincial meet later this month in Nanaimo. The Nelson Neptunes may be small in numbers, but the club is huge on heart.The Neptunes took a, dwarfed by recent standards, team to the East Kootenay to compete in the Kimberley meet — the final regular season stop on the Kootenay Summer Swim Association campaign.Still Nelson won three aggregate medals, two my stalwarts Sage Cowan and Samuel Matthew.Cowan finished second in Division four girls while Matthew also earned the runner-up prize in Division four boys.“Kimberley was a really small meet for us,” Neptune coach Rebecca Afford commented.“We only had 14 swimmers in attendance and five of them were novices who swim exhibition meaning they do not score the team any points.”last_img read more

SPANISH QUEEN, CONSUMER CREDIT PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000 AMERICAN OAKS; BALTAS & BROWN, WHO SADDLES THREE, SQUARE OFF IN 1 ¼ MILES TURF FIXTURE FOR THREE YEAR OLD FILLIES

first_imgPLETCHER TRAINEE FEATHERED SHIPS WEST FROM KENTUCKY FOLLOWING GRADE III TURF WIN ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2015)–Locally based Spanish Queen and New York invader Consumer Credit head a field of seven three year old fillies set to go a mile and a quarter on turf in the Grade I, $400,000 American Oaks at Santa Anita.Trained by red-hot Richard Baltas, California-bred Spanish Queen comes off a dazzling 1 ½ length win in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf Honeymoon Stakes on May 3, which was only her third career start. A first-out one mile turf maiden winner versus statebreds March 5, the Tribal Rule filly was subsequently second, beaten a neck, in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Providencia Stakes in her second start.Owned by her breeders, Jack Nakkashian, Harry Bederian and Harout Kamberian, Spanish Queen, like the remainder of the field, will be trying a mile and a quarter for the first time on Saturday. With two win from her three starts, she has earnings of $183,600.Conditioned by Chad Brown, Consumer Credit comes off a narrow minor stakes win going 1 1/16 miles over a yielding turf at Aqueduct April 23 and, with four wins from seven starts, would appear to have a considerable conditioning edge over Spanish Queen. Second, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles turf Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs March 7, the Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready was a one length winner of the Grade III, one mile turf Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream three starts back on Jan. 24.Owned by Gary Barber, Brous Stable, LLC and Wachtel Stable, Consumer Credit, who will be piloted by Flavien Prat, is 7-4-2-0 overall with earnings of $255,445.Brown will also send out a pair of recent turf allowance winners, Strict Compliance, who comes off a nose allowance win going 1 3/16 miles over soft turf at Keeneland April 19 and Mrs McDougal, who exits a 7 ¼ length win going one mile on a “good” turf at Aqueduct on April 24.A Florida-bred filly by Into Mischief, Strict Compliance has two wins and a second from three starts. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, Mrs McDougal also has two wins from three starts on turf.Trainer Todd Pletcher will be represented by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Feathered, who comes off a gate to wire win in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs May 1, which was her first start on turf. A close fourth in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies five starts back Nov. 1, the Indian Charlie filly was subsequently second to eventual Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi in the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos Dec. 13. With an overall mark of 8-2-2-1, she has earnings of $400,974, the most of any Oaks entrant.Second to Spanish Queen in the Grade II Honeymoon, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Sharla Rae has more game-day experience than anyone else in the field and she’ll try to turn the tables on Spanish Queen in her 11th career start. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Afleet Alex, Sharla Rae was third two starts back in the Grade III, one mile Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park March 21.Owned by W.C. Racing, Sharla Rae has run at six different tracks and has one second place finish from two tries on grass. She is 10-4-1-1 overall with earnings of $223,545.The complete field for the Grade I American Oaks, to be run as the fifth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Strict Compliance, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Spanish Queen, Brice Blanc, 123; Dating Lady Luck, Corey Nakatani, 118; Feathered, Tyler Baze, 118; Sharla Rae, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Mrs McDougal, Gary Stevens, 118 and Consumer Credit, Flavien Prat, 118.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more