Pellegrini not giving up on title

first_img The Chilean said: “I think the team knows perfectly what they have to do. “We lost that game but we have still to play six games more and we will fight to the end to win the title. “If we don’t do it, it is because Liverpool will win their four games, but I don’t think some things change after the game on Sunday. “Of course, the fans believe that we can do it. “The two games postponed – if we win both we are just one point behind Liverpool. “If you don’t believe (when you are) just one point behind the leader, nobody can believe anything. “We have had a very good season so far and we hope we finish in the last six games in the same way.” City’s title destiny may be out of their hands but they will look to apply pressure as they play the first of their games in hand at home to bottom side Sunderland on Wednesday. Pellegrini insists little has changed as a result of Sunday’s defeat to leaders Liverpool. The loss left third-placed City trailing the Reds by seven points and Chelsea by five but, with two games in hand, Pellegrini claims the battle could still be too close to call. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is convinced his side are still firmly in the Barclays Premier League title race. “The important thing is that we win our games,” Pellegrini said. “We can do nothing about the other teams but we can do a lot of things here. “That is why I am sure the players know exactly what they have to do and we will try to start winning one of the two games postponed so both teams, Chelsea and Liverpool, must feel we are only three or four points behind them with one game also to play at the end of the season.” City will be without key midfielder Yaya Toure, who limped off just 19 minutes into Sunday’s game with a leg injury and will be out for 10 days to a fortnight. That means he could also miss matches against West Brom and Crystal Palace but the problem does not appear as bad as first feared. Vincent Kompany and top scorer Sergio Aguero, who made his comeback at the weekend after five games out with a hamstring injury, are both fit. Meanwhile, Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has admitted he would willingly swap places with arch-rivals Newcastle as he attempts to drag the club back from the brink of relegation. The Black Cats head into a daunting visit to the Etihad Stadium knowing their Barclays Premier League destiny could be all but decided if they emerge with a sixth successive defeat with seven points currently separating them from safety. Poyet admitted after Saturday’s 1-0 home reverse at the hands of high-flying Everton that a root and branch review of the club is required if it is to ever release itself from a seemingly perennial tailspin which is sucking it back towards the Football League. And he has cast an envious eye along the road to Newcastle, where counterpart Alan Pardew finds himself entrenched in a battle to win over his club’s fans despite the Magpies sitting ninth in the table. Asked to characterise the challenge of managing in the north-east, Poyet said: “The most important part, which is the fans, they love it, they love football and they are desperate to do well. “Go across the river and go to Newcastle – they are in an unbelievable situation in the table and there is a nightmare. “Can we change over? Because that is a great problem to have, to be ninth? “Why? Because it’s that drive to get better all the time and to be always on top and it doesn’t matter how many games you have won in the past because you need to win the next. “That part of football, I love it because it’s the best way to do it, to try to get better all the time. “In terms of mentality for me, it’s perfect, the north-east. It’s always better if you finish ninth instead of 10th, and I am like that. “The problem is at the moment it is so bad that it’s not enjoyable, so the idea is to make sure that we don’t put ourselves in this situation anymore. “It doesn’t matter who is the manager, I am talking about the club now, the club itself.” Full-back Phil Bardsley will miss the trip through suspension after collecting his 10th booking of the season against Everton. Midfielder Liam Bridcutt will also be absent because of a personal issue, while striker Steve Fletcher (ankle) is unlikely to play again this season and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood continues his recovery from a shoulder injury. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tamarac Commissioner Criticizes BSO Deputy at Awards Ceremony for Arresting Him Years Ago

first_imgA South Florida commissioner shocked his colleagues and others attending an awards ceremony during Wednesday’s commission meeting.Tamarac Mayor Michelle Gomez and the city’s leadership were handing out Officer of the Month awards and posing for photos with the recognized officers.Afterward, Commissioner Mike Gelin took the microphone from Gomez and asked Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Gallardo to return to the front of the room.Gelin then criticized Gallardo over what he believed was his false arrest by the officer in 2015, stating, “You probably don’t remember me, but you’re the police officer who falsely arrested me four years ago. You lied on the police report. I believe you’re a rogue police officer. You’re a bad police officer, and you don’t deserve to be here.”Gallardo responded by smiling and walking away.Gomez told reporters afterward, “Completely shocked. This was not something we were expecting. It was supposed to be a wonderful morning. We were giving the awards for the BSO deputies of the month. It was supposed to be a feel-good time.”She took the microphone back from Gelin and expressed support for the officers in attendance and all those who protect our region.According to the website, Gallardo took Gelin into custody for resisting arrest without violence in 2014, after Gelin refused to stay away from a scene in which a man had been found beaten.The district attorney chose not to move forward with case, and all of the charges were eventually dropped.“When I shared my video with the state attorney’s office to prove that I did nothing wrong, they declined to file charges against me,” Gelin says. “I had a productive conversation with the Sheriff yesterday and I will try to resolve things and move forward.”Gallardo was being honored at the meeting for his role in the April arrest of a gang member who was wanted for murder in El Salvador and was in the U.S. illegally.last_img read more

Christmas’ low-post defense holds Loyola bigs at bay, creates opportunities for Syracuse offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 26, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse During the day on Tuesday, before his team trudged through a win over Loyola, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim peered at the Orange’s statistics through its first four games. And one figure stood out to him. “I had looked coincidentally today and (Rakeem Christmas) had only blocked six shots on the stat sheet I saw, and I think that was for the year too which surprised me,” Boeheim said after the game “I think that Chris (McCullough) had 12 and I was not aware that Rakeem hadn’t blocked that many shots this year. “I guess he must have gotten the message subliminally today because he was very good and made some really good plays.”The senior forward finished with six of the Orange’s nine blocks, one shy of his career-high, in SU’s (4-1) 70-37 win over the Greyhounds (2-3) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. Loyola made just 10 field goals, none of which came from its frontcourt, and scored just six points in the paint despite grabbing 15 offensive rebounds. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChristmas played a large role in holding the Greyhounds’ bigs completely at bay as his defense helped the Orange to 21 points off turnovers and 25 on the break. “I know how to block shots,” Christmas said, plainly, about a performance that also included 18 points and nine rebounds. Aside from a physical advantage over Loyola, with both his size and athleticism, Christmas’ six blocks were a product of the Greyhounds’ offensive approach. From the opening tip, which Christmas casually slapped out of bounds while Loyola’s Franz Rassman stood watching, the Greyhounds drew out possessions to keep the score low and the Orange on defense.While that helped Loyola stay within an arm’s length early on, it also helped Christmas key on forced shots at the tail end of possessions. “They were getting down in the wire for the shot clock for them, a couple seconds left, and I knew they had to get a shot off,” Christmas said. “I knew they had to get a shot off and I was just going to block it.”In the Orange’s first four games, Christmas picked up early fouls and had to hedge his aggression in the low post. But he entered the second half with just one foul on Tuesday night, and his defense jumpstarted SU’s offense as the hosts pulled away. With under 16 minutes left and the Orange a play or two away from closing the Greyhounds out, Christmas blocked a Tyler Hubbard floater and McCullough finished a dunk on the other end. Boeheim said Christmas wasn’t too sharp on the offensive end but the forward still led SU in scoring while finding other ways to affect the game. “(Christmas) is definitely guarding the hole down there,” SU point guard Kaleb Joseph said. “When guys break through the gaps in our zone he’s definitely down there holding the fort down. So I think it’s definitely good to have that safety net down there.” Commentslast_img read more