“It (the criticism) was deserved,” the City left-back told Sky Sports News. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game because Palace have been playing really well since they had a change of manager, but we also know a team like us, a club like us, with the objectives we have, have to win games like this so we are not hiding behind anything. “We have heard that some decisions went against us but we don’t want to hide behind these. “The results are not there and we need to be better.” The Frenchman hopes to put a smile back on City supporters’ faces this weekend by claiming victory at the home of their nearest and biggest rivals Manchester United. “The timing is perfect (for a derby),” Clichy said. “On Sunday we are playing against United, they are hitting top form this year and we lost that second position. “So we have a lot to make up for to the fans and Sunday night the city will be all blue or red and hopefully we can make a great day for them because the fans have always been behind us.” City, meanwhile, announced on Wednesday that they will play a post-season friendly against Toronto FC at BMO Field on May 27. But despite being all but out of the title race, Press Association Sport understands there is no current appetite to remove Pellegrini, who is contracted until the end of next season. The Chilean’s performance will be reviewed at the end of the season in line with club policy for all employees. Pellegrini won the league in his first year at the Etihad Stadium, but his chances of retaining the trophy took a significant blow on Monday when City lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace. After the defeat, the 61-year-old appeared determined to see out the three-year contract he signed in the summer of 2013. ”I’m not concerned about my job. That is one thing I am never concerned with,” Pellegrini said. ”I never have fear about it, I do my work, I’m very happy. The team may be having a difficult season but never worry about me. ”We are not thinking about Chelsea, or about the title. We are just trying to win our games.” Gael Clichy accepts he and his team-mates should have done better at Selhurst Park, even though Palace’s first goal – scored by Glenn Murray – should have been ruled out for an offside against Scott Dann. City were level with Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea on New Year’s Day, but they now find themselves fourth in the standings with just seven games to go. City have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions and are nine points behind Jose Mourinho’s side, who have a match in hand to come against bottom side Leicester. Manuel Pellegrini’s job is not under any immediate threat despite Manchester City’s faltering form. Press Association
Comments Quentin Hillsman refused to use the word. Despite an early 18-2 run from Brigham Young that gave the Cougars a 15-point lead and an eventual 24-point loss for his team to dwell on during a long flight back from Hawaii, Hillsman couldn’t say his team felt demoralized.For the first time this season, Syracuse was on the wrong side of a blowout.‘We just knew we had to take one possession at a time, and we never got it going,’ Hillsman said. ‘At no point did we feel demoralized or gave up on the game because we knew we had to keep fighting and get back in the game. We just didn’t have it today.’The Orange (6-2) fell 83-59 to Brigham Young (7-2) on Saturday in the final game of the Hukilau Invitational in Laie, Hawaii. It was the second consecutive loss for SU, as it suffered an 80-74 loss to Arizona in the tournament on Friday in a bizarre game was halted twice because of power outages. BYU’s efficient performance on offense was the difference as the Cougars shot 49 percent from the field and went 11-of-26 for 42 percent from beyond the arc.Hillsman said after the game against BYU that having to be in the gym longer than expected the day before, combined with not having much time for game preparation, added some difficulty to preparing for the Cougars. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think one thing that was tough was that quick turnaround,’ Hillsman said. ‘We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare as far as game prep is concerned, and they had a day off in between. I think that was a big advantage going into the game.’Hillsman said BYU was quick in transition and kept the ball moving constantly to keep the Orange’s defense off balance and spread out. The Cougars moved quickly up the floor and shot well in transition, Hillsman said, and the Orange’s zone never managed to put a clamp on BYU’s shooters.Brigham Young had four players who scored in the double digits. Syracuse, on the other hand, shot 37 percent from the field and went 0-of-7 from 3-point range.‘They did a really good job of executing, and they really got the ball down the floor and got the ball moving,’ Hillsman said. ‘It’s tough to guard when you’re trying to press and they’re moving the ball quickly and you’re trying to get into your defense.’SU center Kayla Alexander was the lone bright spot for the Orange, scoring a game-high 26 points and grabbing a team-high six rebounds.In the end, Alexander’s performance was essentially wasted, though. Hillsman said knowing she can still play that way in such a lopsided game sent a message.‘It’s good for us because at least you understand that she can still do that no matter what the situation of the game is,’ Hillsman said.The game wrapped up a four-game road trip in which the Orange went 2-2 after beating Binghamton and Boise State in the first two games.SU opens up its Big East schedule Wednesday against West Virginia, and Hillsman said the trip against solid competition was good preparation for conference play.‘Overall, it was a good trip for us to get out and play two tough teams,’ Hillsman said. ‘And we know we have to come back and play better if we expect to beat West Virginia.’email@example.com Published on December 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+
Sophomore powerhouse outside hitter Brooke Botkin goes up for a kill against Northern Iowa where she recorded eight kills and 11 digs to lead USC to victory on Saturday morning. (Sarah Kim | Daily Trojan)Following the Women of Troy’s dominating performance this past weekend at the Trojan Invitational, two standouts earned Pac-12 weekly awards. Sophomore outside hitter Brooke Botkin was named Offensive Player of the Week, and freshman setter Raquel Lázaro was selected Freshman of the Week. These honors were career firsts for both players. While the undefeated weekend was a team effort, these two players carried the load.Hailing from Pearland, Tex., Botkin had an outstanding performance over the weekend, boasting 19 kills against Kentucky and 25 against Creighton. Her defense remained consistent with 11 and 12 digs, respectively. In the grueling five-set victory over Creighton on Saturday night, she added two aces to help ultimately put the Women of Troy on top. Botkin had a total of 52 kills throughout the three matches with a .248 hitting percentage.“[Botkin] is really going to have a big step forward from her freshman year,” head coach Brent Crouch said prior to the season opener. “It’s going to be really fun to watch her in that position.” During the 2017 season, Botkin appeared in 22 matches, recording a total of 151 kills and four aces. In her best match that season, she had 20 kills and 10 digs for the first double-double of her career. She has already surpassed her best record from last season.Lázaro made her college debut in the first match of the Trojan Invitational against the Kentucky Wildcats, stunning everyone in Galen Center with 55 assists. This marks the highest number of assists in a single match for the Trojans since Hayley Crone’s 58 assists in 2012. Against the Bluejays on Saturday night, she recorded her first career double-double with 53 assists and 22 digs. Throughout the weekend, she led the team to an impressive .248 hitting percentage and 175 kills. From Soria, Spain, Lázaro played for the country’s national team for six years before coming to USC. She won two gold and four silver medals with the Spanish National Team. In 2017, she made eight appearances in the European League Championships. Lázaro hopes to bring her high-level experience to the Trojans this season, a task that she has already succeeded in. The No. 7-ranked Trojans will travel to the University of Florida this weekend to compete in the Bubly Invitational Tournament, where their opponents include No. 4 Florida, UCF and Louisville. Botkin and Lázaro will continue to lead the team, along with junior outside hitter Khalia Lanier and senior libero Victoria Garrick. The Women of Troy are now looking to roll with their momentum and hold on to their undefeated season.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Garrett Richards (11-4, 2.74 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Zack Greinke (12-6, 2.65)The Los Angeles Angels look to slow down hot-hitting Matt Kemp on Monday when they visit the Los Angeles Dodgers for the start of a two-game set. The Angels have won seven of their last 10 to pull within a game of first-place Oakland in the American League West, while the Dodgers lead second-place San Francisco by 2 1/2 games. Kemp has homered in five of the last six games for the Dodgers, who lost two of three to the Chicago Cubs over the weekend.See full preview | Follow the Inside the Dodgers blog Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LA Angels at LA DodgersWhen: 7:10 p.m., Monday, August 4, 2014Where: Dodger StadiumTV: FSN West (Angels), SportsNet LA (Dodgers)
FORMER GARDA Commissioner Martin Callinan has issued a statement on his decision to stand down.Here is his comments in full:In the best interests of An Garda Síochána and my family, I have decided to retire. I felt that recent developments were proving to be a distraction from the important work that is carried out by An Garda Síochána on a daily basis for the citizens of the State in an independent and impartial manner. Having joined An Garda Síochána in May of 1973, it has been a great honour and privilege to have spent nearly 41 years as a member of this tremendous organisation, serving the people of Ireland.Those nearly 41 years, though at times challenging, have been enjoyable and fulfilling. This is due to the standard of people I have worked for, worked with, and led during this period of time. The work I carried out throughout my career could not have been done without the support of numerous men and women, and for this I would like to thank all who I have worked with during my service. It also could not have been achieved without the support of the many thousands of members of public who I have come in contact with and who I hope I have helped in some small way during my career.Since becoming Commissioner in 2010 I have never failed to be impressed by the dedication of all serving members and civilian staff even when they faced significant professional and personal challenges.The last four years have seen major changes in An Garda Síochána, which were always done in the best interest of the community for whom we do our job. Although some of these changes have not always been easy, statistics from the CSO have shown that they have resulted in a reduction in crime throughout the country. This change in delivery of a policing service has, I hope, provided communities and individuals with a sense of safety and security in their daily lives. I would like to thank the members of An Garda Síochána who I worked with during my time as Commissioner for their support and willingness to adapt for the benefit of the citizens of the State.I have great confidence that the delivery of an excellent policing service by excellent people will continue as it has done since An Garda Síochána’s foundation.I wish my successor, current members of An Garda Síochána, and those due to join later this year my continuing best wishes and wholehearted support.EX-GARDA COMMISSIONER ISSUES STATEMENT ON HIS DECISION TO STAND DOWN was last modified: March 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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)