City remain on top

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Pep Guardiola is already making history at Manchester City.By beating Bournemouth 4-0 in the English Premier League yesterday, City opened a season with eight straight wins for the first time in the club’s 136-year existence. Five of those have come in the league and the other three in the Champions League.City are averaging more than three goals a game under Guardiola, who has turned the team into an irresistible attacking unit.And surely title favourites.It was a stroll against Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium, with Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho scoring in the first half before Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan added goals in the second. There were audible gasps from City fans relishing the silky passing and build-up play of what’s shaping to be the most entertaining team in the club’s history.first chanceThere’s also intelligence behind the excellence. Iheanacho said City noticed in its research for the game that Bournemouth’s players jump in the wall at free kicks on the edge of the area. So when De Bruyne got his first chance, he rolled his effort underneath the line of jumping visiting players and into the net.That got City rolling in the 15th minute – and De Bruyne played a part in the other three goals, too. The Belgium midfielder split Bournemouth’s defence with through-balls in the build-up to the goals of Iheanacho and Sterling before saving his best pass until last.The timing and weight of his angled pass to the onrushing Gundogan was perfect, and the Germany midfielder marked his Premier League debut by slotting his finish into the corner.Guardiola said De Bruyne was one of the best players he has managed, adding: “(Lionel) Messi is on a table on his own. Kevin is there with the rest.”City were one of three teams to score four goals as Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion also enjoyed big wins on a high-scoring day of 22 goals in five games in the league.HULL 1 ARSENAL 4It’s been a good week for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.The Chile international scored a goal in each half to inspire Arsenal’s third straight league win, four days after grabbing a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Having a penalty saved blotted Sanchez’s performance against Hull and manager Arsene Wenger was left wondering why Sanchez took the kick ahead of the usual penalty-taker Santi Cazorla. Arsenal have had four penalties this season, scoring two and missing two.Theo Walcott and Granit Xhaka scored Arsenal’s other goals, with Robert Snodgrass replying for Hull with a penalty that made it 2-1 in the 79th. Hull played more than half the game with 10 men after Jake Livermore was sent off for two bookings, the second for a handball in the area that earned Arsenal a penalty.LEICESTER 3 BURNLEY 0It was some Premier League debut for Islam Slimani.The Algeria striker scored twice as Leicester eased past Burnley with a second straight 3-0 win, having beaten Club Brugge by that score in the Champions League on Wednesday.Slimani is Leicester’s record signing after joining from Sporting Lisbon in August for $33.5 million and looks to have established himself as the first-choice partner for Jamie Vardy.Ben Mee’s own goal rounded off a second league win of the season for the champions.Other results: Everton 3 Middlesbrough 1; West Brom 4 West Ham 2.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, September 9

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 30, has emerged as a January transfer target for Juventus. (Daily Mirror) Former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, 29, is set to snub a January move to Manchester United after asking AC Milan to renew his contract. (Daily Express) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is to hold crunch talks with Adnan Januzaj after the midfielder, 19, became concerned over his future at Old Trafford. (Daily Star) Former Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz, 31, has signed for Major League Soccer outfit Columbus Crew. (MLS) Chelsea are on the trail of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 18. (Daily Star) Lazio are ready to hand midfielder Antonio Candreva, 27, a lucrative contract in a bid to ward off interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. (Daily Express) Newcastle United and Republic of Ireland back-up goalkeeper Rob Elliot, 28, says the time has come to make regular football his goal for club and country. (The Times)Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, 21, admits he’s struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League. (Daily Star) Lukas Podolski has conceded Danny Welbeck’s £16m move from Manchester United has moved him down the pecking order at Arsenal. (The Independent) And here are the latest exclusive headlines…Exclusive – Arsenal turned down chance to sign Man City defender this summerFabregas: Arsenal will always be close to my heart, but I’m committed to Chelsea nowAtletico star happy in Spain despite Chelsea and Man United interestBlow for Chelsea and Man United! Midfield star in talks with Juventus over new dealMan United target set to sign new Fiorentina contractArsenal and Man United target desperate to stay at PSGDe Gea backs former Man United teammate Hernandez to shine at Real MadridReports – Juventus eye shock swoop for Liverpool defenderWest Ham tried to sign me in the summer, Stuttgart star revealsReports – QPR weigh up bid for Belgian midfielderBenitez twice turned down Real Madrid while Liverpool managerBoost for Arsenal and Chelsea? Wantaway PSG star yet to agree Roma dealLazio ready bumper new deal for Liverpool targetJuventus and Real Madrid join Liverpool and Man United in race for Germany starlast_img read more


first_imgMatt Carthy and Pearse Doherty with Management of Elvery SportsSinn Fein in Donegal have met with staff at the local branch of Elvery’s Sports to pledge their support for the campaign to retain 700 jobs in the sports store.Sinn Fein election candidate Matt Carthy and TD Pearse Doherty met with the staff of the struggling sports store this afternoon.Deputy Doherty stated he commended the staff and management of Elvery Sport on a very enthusiastic and passionate campaign to retain the 700 jobs in their stores nationally. “The tireless campaign shows a deep commitment to the company and an admirable team spirit and their online petition has over 1400 signatures to date.“After pledging my support to this campaign, I intend to raise this issue nationally with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to ensure that every effort is made to retain the jobs.“With two branches of the store located in Donegal Town and Letterkenny the decision of the examiner, expected in the coming days, has the potential to affect a number of jobs in the county, with a potential significant knock on effect on the local economy.”He called on the people of Donegal to get behind this campaign by either logging onto the Elvery’s Sports SOS700 Facebook page or by signing the petition to retain the jobs. European Election candidate Matt Carthy said “I was glad to have the opportunity to meet with local management of Elvery’s sports when I was in Donegal.“Elvery’s sports is Ireland’s oldest sports retailer and has been existence since 1847. It has 50 stores located in 23 of the 26 counties. It has a strong brand, a great reputation and unparalleled reach into the sports equipment retail sector.“It has built that reputation on the back of the work of hundreds of staff. It’s important that the jobs, pay and terms and conditions of these staff are front and centre in any future resolution.“With a decision imminent, it is important that the workers of Elvery’s Sports receive our full support and I encourage people to get behind their campaign by calling into the local store, supporting them on facebook or by signing the online petition.SINN FEIN CALL ON DONEGAL PUBLIC TO SUPPORT ELVERY’S WORKERS was last modified: March 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Elverys Sport ShopSinn Feinlast_img read more