Critics could destroy Man City if we fail, says Guardiola

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are on the brink of a second consecutive Premier League title © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 10 – Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have to win the Premier League on Sunday or risk being “destroyed” by the critics.City and Liverpool have been engaged in a remarkable and relentless title race that has left the rest of the division trailing. That race reaches its conclusion on Sunday as Guardiola’s team travel to Brighton knowing that a victory will guarantee they retain the title. Anything less, however, and Liverpool would secure the trophy by beating Wolves at Anfield.It is a sign of the remarkable form of both teams that City have dropped just 16 points all season, winning their past 13 league matches, and yet are only one point clear of Liverpool with a match to play.Guardiola says the savage criticism meted out to Barcelona following their Champions League semi-final exit at Liverpool on Tuesday, is evidence that even the most consistently successful teams are not immune to vitriol if they slip up.The City manager told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday: “I don’t change my opinion on what we have done (this season) but to get more credit you have to win.“We saw it in the Champions League, that when you are out, everybody destroys the team, destroys the manager, destroys the clubs.“We know the life we live and I know how we’ll be judged. You have to win.“We are going to travel to Brighton, and we don’t need to look at any other situation. We need to win the game. That is the ideal situation. That is what we will try to do. Afterwards, we celebrate or we congratulate Liverpool.”– 95 points –City have amassed 95 points this season, only five short of the English top-division record of 100 they set in winning the title 12 months ago, and Guardiola is thrilled at the way his team have managed to stay ahead of Liverpool.At the end of December, City trailed Liverpool by seven points and the gap was still five at the end of January, yet, with minimal margin for error, they have clawed their way to the front.Guardiola said: “It’s a dream to be here. I didn’t expect months ago when we were seven points behind this Liverpool team, to be in the position that we are in now. I didn’t expect it.“Now is not the moment to say how well we have done. We have the chance to be champions if we win our game and that’s what we have to do.“We are going to have to play well and be strong mentally. It will be tough, it will be difficult. We will have big, big problems and we know how we are going to react in that moment to try to make a good game.“First of all, focus on the game, how you have to play. The focus is on my team. If the game is going bad, be calm and always be thinking and doing what you have to do.“If you have to be crazy, do it for the last five or 10 minutes, but before that, have a plan and follow the plan to win the game. That is what we have done all season.”Playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, who has missed the past three matches with a hamstring strain, is back in training and could face Brighton, but midfielder Fernandinho will not recover from a knee injury in time.He is aiming to be fit in time for the FA Cup final against Watford next Saturday.Guardiola added: “I see the players, they are training well, they smile, they are relaxed. They are completely focused.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Angels work deal with Donnelly

first_imgReliever Brendan Donnelly avoided arbitration with the Angels on Wednesday, agreeing to an $950,000, one-year contract. The 34-year-old right-hander went 9-3 with a 3.72 ERA in a career-high 65 appearances last season, earning $420,000. He requested $1.05 million in arbitration on Tuesday and was offered $850,000. Donnelly pitched in the minors for 10 seasons before making his big league debut with the Angels in 2002. He has a 17-8 record with a 2.57 ERA and four saves in 214 appearances all in relief. The Angels had six other players eligible for arbitration but reached agreements with all of them Chone Figgins, Juan Rivera, John Lackey, Jose Molina, Francisco Rodriguez and Scot Shields. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want 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

NFL teams nominate prep football coaches for prestigious honor; guess where Raiders coach is from

first_imgWednesday was a big day for high school football — the day that all 32 NFL teams nominate a prep coach for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.The award, named in honor of the winningest coach in NFL history, is intended to celebrate the best coaching at the high school level. Two finalists will receive $15,000 (with $10,000 going to their football program) and be special guests of the NFL at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. The winner, as judged by an 11-person panel that …last_img read more

SF Giants planning surprises for Bruce Bochy’s last week

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants will host the Dodgers for the final series of the season at Oracle Park this weekend, but the rivalry games will take a backseat to other end-of-year festivities.The Giants are planning to hold ceremonies on each of the last three days of the season, with the largest coming on Sunday when the franchise honors Bruce Bochy before, during and after the final game of his 25-year managerial career.The organization is not revealing a formal guest list for Sunday’s game, …last_img read more

Operation Smile comes to SA

first_img11 August 2006Children and young adults in KwaZulu-Natal who were born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates are set for a new lease on life.The KwaZulu-Natal department of health and international volunteer organisation Operation Smile have embarked on a free corrective surgery campaign.Department spokesman Leon Mbangwa said on Friday that Operation Smile would screen possible patients at various hospitals in the province next week. “Once they have been assessed by the whole team, [the department] will decide which children require operations,” Mbangwa said.The operations will be conducted at Ngwelezane Hospital in Empangeni from 7 to 16 September.Operation Smile is a medical services organisation that provides reconstructive facial surgery to poor children and young adults. Natalie Miller of Operation Smile South Africa said the campaign would give children born with such defects a new beginning.Miller explained the deformities, saying a cleft lip was a separation of the two sides of the lip which sometimes included the bone of the upper jaw.“A cleft palate, on the other hand, is an opening in the roof of the mouth in which the two sides of the palate did not join together.”A cleft lip or palate originates some time between the sixth and 11th week of pregnancy, when parts of the lip or palate fail to come together properly.Miller says everybody has cleft lips and palates in the womb. “Some join together and others do not. Why some do not, we may never know.“Sometimes clefts can be found in families who have had clefts in other family members. Some clefts can be linked to certain syndromes,” she added.What mattered, however, was that they could be repaired.The provincial health department has urged people who know of affected children or young adults to contact the KZN Operations Centre on 0800 005 133.The centre will advise people on where to go for a pre-screening and medical evaluation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

ABB wins $43m Eskom order

first_img30 November 2010The South African subsidiary of multinational power and automation group ABB has won an order worth US$43-million (about R307-million) from state power utility Eskom to supply equipment for the Kusile power station being built in Mpumalanga.ABB will supply medium-voltage switchgear as well as protection and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) equipment for the thermal power plant, which comprises six supercritical combustion units with a total generating capacity of 4 800 megawatts.State-of-the-art productsThe company will design, engineer, supply, install and commission the equipment, including indoor switchgear for primary distribution, the latest range of control products and the REA range of protection relays. ABB will also supply a Micro-SCADA automation solution to optimise control and ensure reliable operation.“These state-of-the-art products offer maximum control and protection, enabling an efficient and reliable supply of electricity,” ABB Power Products division head Bernhard Jucker said in a statement this week.“We support Eskom in its efforts to improve power supplies and meet the growing need for electricity in the country.”Enhancing safetyAccording to ABB, the REA range is an extremely fast and reliable arc protection system that combines a unique sensor technique with instantaneous and reliable fault detection, reducing the risk of network damage, enhancing safety and enabling the smooth restoration of power in the event of a disruption.“With ABB’s tailor-made solutions, we are well positioned to contribute cutting-edge technology to South Africa’s major energy challenges,” said ABB South Africa CEO Carlos Pone.“The Kusile project will generate cost effective electricity into the South African grid and will to help meet the growing demand for electricity in South Africa.”In September this year, ABB also won a US$23-million (about R163-million) order from Eskom to provide a plant solution for the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme, currently under construction on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African-born film editor wins Oscar

first_img29 February 2016The dystopian action movie Mad Max: Fury Road already has more than one Southern African connection: it was filmed in Namibia; some of the post-production was done by BlackGinger, the Cape Town animation and visual effects studio; and it stars South African-born actress Charlize Theron.Now, Margaret Sixel, the South African-born film editor, has won the Oscar for Best Editing in a Feature Film for her work on it. Her win was one of six Oscars that it picked up.Oscar for Best Editing: Margaret Sixel – Mad Max: Fury Road pic.twitter.com/jJc9oYh05q— FilmmakerIQ.com (@FilmmakerIQ) February 29, 2016Filmed in the Namibian desert, the blockbusting Australian action film Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most surprising critical and commercial successes in 2015.Starring Tom Hardy and Theron, and directed by Australian George Miller, the film has won numerous awards over the past year, including Bafta and Critics’ Choice awards, culminating in several wins at the 88th Academy Awards, known as the Oscars, held in Los Angeles on Sunday, 28 February 2016.Margaret Sixel wins Best Editing for Mad Max, the first action film she’d ever edited. #Oscars2016 pic.twitter.com/M7rb8VDgWb— GamesRadar+ (@GamesRadar) February 29, 2016Sixel’s frenetic editing was described by the Los Angeles Times as “Herculean”, considering the amount of footage shot by Miller to bring his masterpiece to life. Miller, who is also Sixel’s husband, used up to 20 cameras to shoot more than 480 hours of film. Sixel spent over 6 000 hours crafting 2 700 individual cuts, helping to create what the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) praised as a two-hour “cerebral post-apocalyptic car chase”.Asked about her editing style in an interview in the run-up to the Oscars, Sixel justified the editing process as part of storytelling philosophy, saying: “I don’t like meaningless cutting. It must enhance the story and the characters.”.@MadMaxMovie director George Miller with wife Margaret Sixel walking the #Oscars red carpet. #9Today pic.twitter.com/Ae7odLSXU1— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) February 28, 2016According to a variety of filmmaking experts, the soul of the film came down to Sixel’s strong working relationship with Miller to find the heart of the film and her intuitive eye in creating thrilling tension without sacrificing the film’s narrative. Sixel has previously worked with Miller on his films Babe: A Pig in the City and the animated hit Happy Feet. Mad Max: Fury Road was her first action film.Asked by the Huffington Post why he choose a woman to tackle the intricacies of editing a large scale action movie, Miller answered that if he had used a male editor the film would “look like every other action movie”.The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning six, including Best Production Design, Costume Design and Sound Editing. The wins make Mad Max: Fury Road the most successful Australian production since The Piano in 1993. It also gives it the most wins at the Oscars for an Australian film since the Baz Luhrmann musical Moulin Rouge in 2001.On accepting the award, Sixel thanked her husband for his vision for the film, as well as his confidence in allowing her to experiment with the art of editing to give the film its unique feel. She added that the cast and crew involved in the most unlikely of Oscar winners had “incredible courage and guts to make this film”.Margaret Sixel wins Best Film Editing for “Mad Max: Fury Road” https://t.co/wvvnWW6pFt pic.twitter.com/jqbueVpJ0L— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 29, 2016Source: News24last_img read more

Knowing what went wrong in 1st half, Beermen were quick to adjust

first_imgSmith blasts ‘terrible’ PBA referees Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel import Charles Rhodes said it was a total team effort that lifted them from a dirge of a first half en route to a 111-102 over TNT in Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen were dreadful to watch in the second period, absorbing each and every single one of the KaTropa’s eight three-pointers and ending the first half trailing by 61-46ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img 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 The Beermen doubled the KaTropa’s production of 18 third quarter points, putting up 36 in the penultimate period, including a 19-4 run.Instrumental in the quarter turnaround was 2013 MVP Arwind Santos, who had 14 of his 27 points in the third period.“Arwind always told me that when the Finals came he played his best, and he was the MVP out there tonight,” said Rhodes who finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds.San Miguel now lead the series 3-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Not only was the difference in the halftime scores glaring, TNT’s production of 35 points in the second quarter alone seemed gargantuan to San Miguel’s 17.Rhodes said everything changed come the third quarter and he credited his team’s collective sense of urgency for turning it around in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We were down 15 at the half, and that’s all we talked about,” said Rhodes. “We know what time of team we have and we knew we did some mistakes and we just had to adjust to it. We knew what we were doing wrong.”San Miguel was able to counteract TNT’s offensive punch with a spirited effort of its own. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gameslast_img read more