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

On-target Lady Spikers to defend UAAP crown against Lady Tamaraws

first_imgLike the juggernaut that it is, two-time defending champion La Salle crushed National University Sunday as it barreled its way into a 10th straight Finals stint in UAAP women’s volleyball.With a potent system and smarts that marked their campaigns the past decade, the Lady Spikers punished the hapless Lady Bulldogs, 27-25, 25-22, 25-11, in their semifinal match at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Turned out that was all the Lady Bulldogs can do as they mimicked their season where they rocked the field with a 6-1 record in the first round of eliminations only to lose all but one of their succeeding games.Ironically, NU advanced to the Final Four after La Salle slammed the door on Adamson, which could’ve forced a playoff with the Lady Bulldogs for the last semifinals seat had it prevailed over the Lady Spikers.NU’s 6-foot-5 star, Jaja Santiago, ended her collegiate career with a whimper. Despite being the most dominant player in the league for years, she failed to give the Lady Bulldogs a championship.She finished with 17 points and was in tears as La Salle celebrated on center court.In men’s action, NU barged into its sixth straight Final after besting University of Santo Tomas, 25-13, 25-13, 31-29. It will face the winner between Ateneo and FEU which will settle their Final Four duel this Wednesday.La Salle’s Kim Kiana Dy said their performance all season—including a nine-game winning streak—would be “back to zero” when they take on the Lady Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments LATEST STORIES WANTED: NSA Godfathers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “We should start preparing for the finals,” said Dy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But unlike the past six seasons, La Salle will dispute the crown not against archrival Ateneo but opposite title-hungry Far Eastern University, which made the best-of-three championship series on Saturday.They will go at each other’s throats for the first time since 2009, when La Salle took the crown and FEU last made the Finals. Game 1 will be on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLa Salle encountered a minor hitch in the first set when it trailed 12-7.“At the start of the match, we were very tight,” said La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus in Filipino. “I told the players to get out of the box and not limit ourselves to what we can do.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more