first_imgInstead, he has told his players to use their form of last year — in which they also set records for most points, wins and goals in the Premier League era — to launch another championship charge.“People say now we have to forget what we did last season. No way,” said Guardiola.“I don’t want to forget what we have done last season. I know exactly what we did to achieve that, and that is where we start from. That’s the basic principle.“Now, when I say something to them, they know exactly what we have to do.”City kick off the league campaign with one ‘title’ already in their trophy cabinet, after last weekend’s comfortable Community Shield victory over Chelsea.Although the competition hardly carries the weight of other trophies, it was an emphatic statement from City that they are ready to continue where they left off last season.“That’s the dream,” Guardiola said. “A win helps to win more. You don’t choose titles and it (Community Shield) was a final and we spoke about that.“They know we work a lot and I have spoken many times with them. I work a lot and I am good on that.“I have said many times I am not a special guy but I am so good at working, working, working a lot and they have to work too.“It is impossible to have the season all the time that is perfect.“We will have bad moments and we will have to work to overcome them because in the end the players react to what the club is, what the manager and the staff are.”– ‘Do our job’ –Despite last season’s stunning achievements, Guardiola was his usual guarded self when talking about City’s prospects for the year ahead, believing as many as five other teams could prevent him from becoming the first manager in a decade to retain the title.“We can do our job, yes, but maybe Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea can do their job better and win,” he said.“Forget how much Liverpool have spent because they may have spent a lot, but last season they were a good team as well.“Maybe Tottenham could not spend because of the stadium, but there is Chelsea with Jorginho, Kovacic and Kante in the middle, and Hazard, Willian, Pedro and Morata up front so you cannot say they are not contenders to win.“Or Manchester United. People ask how will they do, but I know a little bit about the manager and in that situation how good they handle that. Arsenal are other contenders too. That’s why it is nice.“But if we do our job, we will be there. We were the best last season, definitely, there is no doubt about it.“We can be excellent, but others can be too – there can be six contenders.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pep Guardiola wants his Manchester City stars to build on last season’s success © AFP / Glyn KIRKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 12 – Pep Guardiola insists his Manchester City players should remember their all-conquering form of last season when their title defence kicks off with a testing visit to Arsenal on Sunday.The City manager has rejected the notion that his stars, who won the league title by a record 19 points three months ago, should forget about that glorious campaign and focus only on the months ahead.last_img read more

first_imgEden Hazard and Gary Cahill have been dropped and Baba Rahman makes his first Premier League start as Chelsea make five changes for the visit of Aston Villa.Hazard is omitted in favour of Pedro and Cahill is replaced by Kurt Zouma.Ghanaian Rahman plays at left-back to allow Cesar Azpilicueta to move to right-back, replacing the injured Branislav Ivanovic.Ruben Loftus-Cheek also starts, alongside Ramires in central midfield, with Cesc Fabregas pushed into a more advanced role and Diego Costa returns up front after suspension.Aston Villa make four changes from the side which lost to Stoke in their last game.Kieran Richardson starts at left-back ahead of Jordan Amavi, while Jordan Ayew, Jack Grealish and Carles Gil come in for Jose Crespo, Jordan Veretout and former Chelsea youngster Scott Sinclair.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Baba; Loftus-Cheek, Ramires; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Costa. Subs: Blackman, Cahill, Matic, Mikel, Oscar, Hazard, Remy.Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Richardson; Westwood, Gueye; Gil, Grealish, Ayew; Gestede. Subs from: Bunn, Bacuna, Amavi, Crespo, Sanchez, Traore, Sinclair.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe Oscar Pistorius trial being broadcast live is an indication that media freedom in South Africa is in a healthy state, say reporters covering the case. Despite this, they believe it is being challenged regularly. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Jacques SteenkampCurrent affairs producer South African Broadcasting Corporation +27 78 219 5937 • FAQs on the Oscar Pistorius trial • Oscar Pistorius’ advocate: Barry Roux • Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial • The media and open justice By Mathiba Molefe and Shamin Chibba With the Oscar Pistorius trial garnering international attention, it is no surprise to see some of the world’s biggest news organisations camping outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.Their outside broadcast vans line Madiba Street and their reporters stand outside the court building under a greying sky, facing the cameras, and speaking to television audiences thousands of miles away. Australian, American and German accents are among those heard in the crowd around the shipping container that serves as the Dros mobile kitchen. In the thick of things, journalists and camera crew gave their opinions on the state of South Africa’s media freedom.Michael Sammut, a cameraman for Channel 9 Network in Australia, who is in South Africa to cover the trial, said South Africa enjoyed a greater amount of media freedom and freedom of expression than his home country. “You probably have more freedom than we have in Australia. It is rare that you have court cases filmed here but it is even rarer in Australia. In terms of going inside, we are not even allowed to go past security with a camera so I was surprised that, on the first day, we were allowed to film in the foyer area [of the court] because that doesn’t happen in Australia. I would be surprised if we had this level of coverage in an Australian case.”South Africa’s media freedom was unmatched, said SABC current affairs producer Jacques Steenkamp, when compared to countries like Zimbabwe and North Korea. “They’re told what they can do. And if they dare cross the line they’re screwed.”He said the live broadcast of Pistorius’s trial was an indication that media freedom in South Africa was evolving. “It has to be adapted all the time as new [media] come in.” But it was being tested regularly. One of those challenging moments occurred on Monday, 10 March, when Judge Thokozile Masipa banned all forms of live coverage, including Twitter feeds, during the pathologist’s testimony stating that the details in the evidence would be too graphic. However, print media were allowed to report on it.Steenkamp was not impressed by the judge’s decision, saying that Masipa seemed not to know what media freedom entailed. “Twitter is just a form of freedom of expression. A precedent was almost created that in other cases this could happen as well, where the prosecution and the defence can basically decide that they want to just stop all kinds of information going out of the court room.”With elections coming up, political parties would test the media. “The Economic Freedom Front were here the other day. Someone was injured badly and its members attacked the journalists, saying that they’re going to kill them if they dare report [the incident]. That kind of takes media freedom away when certain people’s viewpoints come into the matter.” Social media’s effects on reportageSteenkamp, who has tweeted about other high profile events, including the Griekwastad murder trial and the Marikana Commission, was in favour of Twitter because of its immediacy. “Twitter is very direct. It just gets you there and it connects the entire world.”In the Griekwastad trial, a 17-year-old boy stands accused of killing farmer Deon Steenkamp, aged 44, his wife Christel, aged 43, and raping and killing their daughter, Marthella, aged 14. On 12 December 2013, it was postponed to 18 March, after the accused’s legal team was fired.While social media networks did have their merits, one could not overlook the possibility of errors occurring when information was shared immediately. “I’ve made a mistake, like when Oscar [Pistorius] pleaded not guilty… I tweeted that he pleaded guilty until I was allowed to correct myself. But mistakes are made; it’s human nature. You can’t get by it but I think in the larger sense of things it’s a free-flowing democracy.”Having just 144 characters in a tweet limited the journalist in what he or she could say and forced them to paraphrase, Steenkamp noted. “As a journalist, I have to include SABC News’s hashtag and Oscar Pistorius’s hashtag, so [I] have very limited space to tweet. It’s kind of an art form to get accustomed to though, to be able to narrow it down in such a way that you can still tell what occurred.”He said that as representatives of the public, journalists were supposed to be allowed to report on any events that took place. However, he acknowledged that such reporting had to be done within the confines of the law.Sammut said Twitter was the best way to keep up with events occurring inside the court while he waited outside. “I’ve been keeping up with Twitter so I know when they are taking a break and being adjourned. That sometimes happens in Australia as well.” Not willing to talkThe first day of the trial may have attracted more than 300 journalists from around the world, but as it has worn on, the media scrum has decreased. By 12 March, just a handful of the major international and South African news organisations remained.Asked about the state of South Africa’s media freedom, almost all of the international media refused to comment, saying that they would have to ask their editors or public relations officers, who sat in offices in London or New York, for permission.Associated Press’s senior television producer, Rob Celliers, said he and his organisation did not have a point of view on anything regarding either the Pistorius case or media freedom. He was only there to cover events as they unfolded. “It’s not up to me to comment on whether the justice system is oppressive or needs to be looked at. It’s just not what we do.”He did say, though, that interest in the Pistorius trial had been phenomenal. “The interest has been immense for the fact that Oscar is who he is and what he has achieved as a paraplegic in the Olympic Games.”last_img read more

first_imgREAD: Myers to beef up Gilas in Jones CupCompeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 30, Ferrer, together with Ray Parks, are shooting for their third gold medal, which will allow them to tie Rommel Adducul for the second-most haul in men’s basketball.Tolomia, meanwhile, is playing on his first SEA Games after previously helping the Philippines claim gold in the 2016 SEABA Cup, while Cruz will be making his national team debut in an international competition.The three acknowledge the obvious disadvantage of trotting out a youthful squad, but the squad will be fighting for pride to extend the Philippines’ dominance in the regional tilt.READ: Seeing growth of hoops in the region, Parks knows Gilas has to be ready“There’s a pressure because we’re champions here. We can’t lose,” said Ferrer. “But although we have a young squad, we’re familiar with each other so adjustment won’t be an issue. We know how to play off one another and we all know how to win.”Tolomia added: “It’s going to be a tough competition for us because the other countries will be bringing in their best players. Though we know we could learn a lot from them, we also know that we’ll give nothing less but our best.”“It’s going to be coach Chot’s system which will help us get the wins,” said Cruz. “It doesn’t matter if we’re undersized and they’re bigger, it’s the system where we’ll lean on and we’ll do everything just to fight for our country.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen coach Chot Reyes announced his 12-man lineup for the 2017 Seaba Championship, he pointed out three names whom he felt were the toughest cuts .“If I had to choose 15, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Mike Tolomia would definitely be there,” he said then.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t lose hope. Coach Chot talked to us and said that he has plans for us. So when there’s an opportunity to play, we’ll play,” said the Ginebra rookie.READ: More woes hound Gilas PH Same is the case with the FEU duo of Tolomia and Cruz, as they look at this break as their chance to show what they have been doing in the Gilas practices.“It’s time for us to prove that we’re worthy of our spot in that lineup,” said the cat-quick Tolomia.The bruiser Cruz added: “It means a lot. After all the hard work I put, making this roster makes me more motivated to give my best for the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong But now, all three will have their chance to shine donning the national team colors as Ferrer, Cruz, and Tolomia were named to the Gilas Pilipinas squad seeing action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.READ: Kobe Paras future of Gilas, says Reyes FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s an honor to be a part of this team and represent our country. We promise that we’ll give our best wherever we play,” said Ferrer.The lanky UST forward said that his faith never waned, believing when one door closes, another one opens. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Weighing game: Horn still over 7 pounds overweight for battle LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMohun Bagan were held 1-1 by newbiew Indian Arrows in a historic match at the Maidan ground in Kolkata in their I-League fixture on Friday.Mohun Bagan played their first-ever I-League fixture in their own club ground after they were being forced to play at the Barasat Stadium owing to the unavailibity of the Salt Lake Stadium due to ISL.Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka scored off a penalty in the 27th minute only for Rahul KP to equalise for the Arrows just six minutes later.Arrows captain Amarjit Singh Kiyam was sent off as early as the 65th minute of the match but Mohun Bagan failed to make anything out of the numerical advantage they had.Eze Kingsley made his comeback from a one-game suspension as Rana Gharami, who won the ‘Hero of the Match’ award in the goalless draw with NEROCA, was relegated to the bench. Sony Norde could only sit in the director’s box owing to his prolonged injury as Nikhil Kadam got another start of the season.ALSO WATCHFor the Indian Arrows, overjoyed with their 3-0 win over Shillong Lajong, Luis Norton de Matos made two changes to his lineup. After his wondrous goal, Nongdamba Naorem forced his way into the first eleven. Rahul KP replaced Abhijit Sarkar on the flank with local boy Rahim Ali leading the line.Right after the historic kickoff on the iconic Maidan ground, it was actually the youngsters who pressed hard despite the stiff resistance and the poor ground conditions. The hosts had two chances in the first twenty minutes which Ansumana Kromah failed to convert, the latter which he missed inside the box with only the keeper to beat.advertisementHowever, the deadlock was broken by the Green and Maroon, only through a spot-kick. Nikhil Kadam was brought down by Ashish Rai inside the box in the 25th minute and Aser Pierrick Dipanda converted duly.But, that was ruled out as a Mohun Bagan player had entered the box prematurely. The Cameroonian made no mistake on the second chance as the crowd was sent into a tizzy.While Amarjit Singh Kiyam and Jeakson Singh made life tough from the centre of the park, Mohun Bagan looked out of shape and were not able to exert themselves on the teenagers.Past the half-hour mark, Sanjeev Stalin released Rahim Ali on the left flank as the West Bengal-based forward beat Kinshuk Debnath for pace and Rahul Kannoly Praveen, who had changed flanks by then rushed in between the towering Eze Kingsley and Ricky Lallawmamwma to tap in home.Sanjoy Sen held his cards close to his chests as he made no further changes despite his players failing to impress. Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem had to make a double save in the dying moments of the first half as the Arrows held on.As Nongdamba Naorem was stretchered off owing to an injury, Ninthoinganba Meetei was brought on and skipper Amarjit Singh Kiyam was given his marching orders for two yellow cards within fifteen minutes.Mohun Bagan looked listless and could not go anywhere near the opposition box to put them in danger. Second half substitute Manandeep Singh’s freak bicycle kick outside the box landed his studs on young Asish Rai and the fullback had to be taken off to the hospital as the Indian Arrows bench feared a concussion.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say PSG star Kylian Mbappe taking Spanish lessonsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Kylian Mbappe appears to be preparing for a move to Spain, it has been revealed.Mbappe is expected to attract a record bid from Real Madrid next summer amid claims in Spain of personal terms having already been struck.And L’Equipe says Mbappe is already preparing for the move by taking Spanish language lessons.Indeed, Mbappe often converses with Neymar in Spanish inside the locker room. Neymar is fluent thanks to his time with Barcelona.Interestingly, it’s also been revealed today that Neymar has never bothered to learn French during his two years in Paris. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hodgson warns Crystal Palace fans of daunting fixture runby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoy Hodgson says Crystal Palace must stay realistic ahead of a daunting fixture run.The Eagles are sixth on the Premier League table heading into the international thanks to Saturday’s win over West Ham United.They will face Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Chelsea in their next four games.”Things will change,” Hodgson said. “I still fully believe in a championship being a marathon race. It’s nice to start reasonably well and be up with the front runners, but you know you’ve got to keep up that pace and one of the things we don’t have is a big squad.”But if we can keep our heads above water and get to January I hope we can do something about that.” last_img read more

first_imgArrion Springs makes a big interception against Arizona State.Twitter/@EvanWebeck Those who stayed up until almost 3:00 a.m. on the East Coast were rewarded by some crazy Pac-12 football. Oregon and Arizona State went to three overtimes, and were just a few yards away from making it four, when Oregon’s Arrion Springs picked off Mike Bercovici in the end zone to capture a 61-55 road win.Berco picked in the end zone. Oregon wins 61-55.— Fabian Ardaya (@fardaya15) October 30, 2015INTERCEPTION. OREGON WINS!— Evan Webeck (@EvanWebeck) October 30, 2015The two teams combined for 116 points, 1,242 yards, and dozens of huge plays. While the two defenses were largely absent on Thursday night into Friday morning, it was the cornerback Springs who wound up with the game’s biggest play.last_img read more

first_imgTWILLINGATE, N.L. – For years, drivers along Newfoundland’s Road to the Isles thought the orange circles around the highway’s notorious potholes were put there by the Department of Transportation.The spray-painted markings were actually the work of Ernest Barnes, the “Pothole Man.”The 70-year-old resident of Summerford, N.L., has made it his mission to keep drivers safe by drawing attention to the holes in the road.“All the tourists I’ve talked to, they really love Newfoundland and the people of Newfoundland,” he says. “But the roads, they don’t like.”Barnes hits the highways along the province’s north coast for four to five hours every day, looking for potholes to paint.He’s already covered an area from Twillingate to Lewisporte, paying close attention to Port Albert, where tourists travel to take the ferry to picturesque Fogo Island.As a motorcycle rider, Barnes says he’s particularly concerned for riders who could be injured, and for tourists who aren’t prepared for such rough roads.Barnes has been spray-painting potholes for years, but he says this year’s crop is particularly large — he’s already emptied about two dozen cans of paint, and he’s cleared the local hardware store of its stock.It might seem like an expensive enterprise for a senior, but as word of Barnes’ safety crusade has spread, others have stepped in to help.Some supporters have approached Barnes in parking lots and out on the road to offer change and paint to help with his cause.The provincial Transport Department says road repairs in the area will be carried out over the next three years. In an emailed statement, the department said maintenance on the province’s roads is arranged on a priority basis.The department also says the Pothole Man is taking big risks.“Residents taking it upon themselves to mark sections of the highway for repairs pose potential safety risks to themselves and other motorists, and the department does not condone this activity,” spokesperson Brian Scott said in an email.But Barnes isn’t concerned about his safety. He says the government should direct its attention to the motorists at risk when driving on uneven roads.“I still have eyes, and I’m not deaf so I can hear the vehicles, and I do have a vest that I can wear, a safety vest,” said Barnes. “I’m gonna die sometime, so if I get killed, well at least they can say he was trying to help someone else, right?”Now that his identity as the highway’s pothole protector is out, drivers sometimes honk their horns and stop to thank him. Last week, one woman pulled over to hand him a can of paint.Barnes has been marking potholes all spring and summer. He says he’ll keep at it as long as he has the means.“As long as people are donating paint and donating a few dollars to buy it — because I can’t buy it on my own. I’m only a senior, right? And there’s only so much money you’ve got and you can spend.”— By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s.last_img read more