Tough for City to match Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ – De Bruyne

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero (2nd L) celebrates with midfielders Kevin De Bruyne (L) and Fernandinho (R) at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on August 12, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 30-Kevin De Bruyne says it will be “very hard” for Manchester City to match Arsenal’s “Invincibles” in going the entire Premier League season unbeaten despite their flying start.City have made the best-ever start to a Premier League season after 10 games, collecting 28 points with a goal difference of plus 29. Saturday’s 3-2 win at West Brom left them five points clear at the top of the table ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Napoli and the visit of Arsenal on Sunday.Pep Guardiola’s team boast a proud record of being the only unbeaten team in England’s top four divisions but De Bruyne said it was unlikely they would match the Arsenal team of 2003-2004, who did not lose a single match.“To go unbeaten? Well, it’s very hard. I don’t think it will be possible,” said the 26-year-old.“The level of competition is so high, in every team. It’s not like, with all respect, 10 or 15 years ago where you have a couple of teams that won’t win against the top teams.“Now every game is hard and you need to be mentally there. And with the Champions League and all the cups, there will be a game where maybe we are a little bit less and maybe lose. But as long as it keeps going, it’s good.“Obviously, if you win a lot of games it’s good for us. You keep maintaining pressure. Hopefully we can have two good games this week and go into the international break unbeaten and it will mean we put a lot of pressure on the rest.”Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling scored to clinch victory at The Hawthorns, City’s eighth straight top-flight win.Victory in Italy on Wednesday will mean City progress from Group F with two games to spare, but De Bruyne wants to avoid distractions.“We know if we go to Napoli and win then we’ll have qualified. That would be a nice position,” said the Belgium international.“It’s important just to get qualified not about thinking about what it might mean, whether we could get a rest. If we are qualified, that is done. We might then have to think about finishing first or whatever but we know if we get a point or win, we are qualified.”Jay Rodriguez and Matt Phillips gave the scoreline a more flattering look than West Brom deserved on Saturday and Kieran Gibbs conceded City are the best team he has faced.The left-back said: “I think so. Collectively they are strong everywhere. It’s tough to play against. The way they move the ball, the way the players move position. It’s hard to keep track.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Family delivers message of pain and loss to killer

first_img“I can only imagine the pain and suffering in the last few years,” he said to the victims’ family. “You may see justice served, but I beg to differ: You are looking at a truly innocent man. “True closure is catching those in the streets who truly committed this crime. May God bless you all.” Miner’s parents described their son as a troubled man and compulsive liar who was coming off drugs during his taped police confession. They said there was nothing during the monthlong trial – not blood, not DNA evidence – that ever connected him to the Lasky murders. “I feel so sorry for them. My condolences go out to their family. It was the most horrific crime,” said his stepfather, Fred Ward, 52, of Lancaster, following the sentence at Van Nuys Courthouse. “But my stepson didn’t do this. He didn’t have the hate in him to commit a crime of this nature.” For the Laskys, nothing can ever replace the nurturing parents who had been wed for 53 years. Nothing could replace Bill Lasky, a World War II veteran who loved nothing more than to cuddle his grandkids. Nothing can ever replace Bertha, a Getty Center docent and dear friend of her family and to everyone else who knew her. And nothing would ever again be normal for their three beloved children and numerous grandchildren. “Your actions changed the lives (of our family),” said daughter Beth Lasky of West Hills to the impassive convicted killer. “I lost my best friend; my mother was my best friend. “I’m not able to talk to my father. My children lost their grandparents in an awful and violent way. That is not normal.” Son Scott said his parents were real, not some headline or story on TV. They were more than victims of some horrible crime. They had taught responsibility, they taught respect, and they taught love. “Maybe when they nail your cohorts, we shall finally be able to put this to rest,” said Scott Lasky of San Jose during a lengthy address to Miner. “In my mind, you are the lowest of the low. You are going to where you belong. “My only consolation is that my parents knew terror for only a few hours. May you know terror until the end of your days.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – At first, Mark Wiland felt he had nothing to say to the man sentenced Tuesday to life behind bars for murdering his grandparents. Then he addressed Gregory Douglas Miner with one pain-filled message. “I missed out on a beautiful thing – a relationship between a grandson and his grandparents,” said Wiland, 18, of San Jose. “It was a tragedy.” Miner expressed no emotion as Superior Court Judge Barry A. Taylor sentenced him to two terms of life in prison without parole for the murders of 76-year-old William Lasky and his 73-year-old wife, Bertha. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe 32-year-old man was convicted last month of first-degree murder, robbery and burglary with special circumstances for the West Hills slayings. The Laskys were killed inside their home during a home-invasion robbery in 2001. The killers, after stealing their car, returned later to set them and the house on fire. Prosecutors and police said it was one of the most brutal murders they’d ever seen. Two more men allegedly linked with the deaths have not been charged. During the trial, jurors had watched a 6 1/2-hour video of Miner confessing to more than a dozen versions of the crime. But prior to his sentence, the once-convicted burglar declared he had nothing to do with the killings. last_img read more

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Russia v Saudi Arabia: World Cup preview, predicted line-ups, plus more

first_img LU BEAUTY 3 Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host Russia v Saudi Arabia – the first match of World Cup 2018. SUPERSTITION 3 Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Osama Hawsawi (Saudi Arabia): “We are happy to be a part of the opening of the most important event in the world,” captain Osama Hawsawi told a press conference.In friendly matches we have shown a high level, with the match against Germany (a 2-1 defeat last Friday) evidence to that, and the Saudi team is a strong competitor in Asia.“Our ambition is to qualify for the later rounds.” Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Saudi Arabia head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi and captain Osama Hawsawi. Confirmed XIsRussia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Igansevich, Zhirkov, Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Golovin, Dzagoev, Smolov.Saudi Arabia: Al-Maiouf, Alburayk, Os.Hawsawi, Om.Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani, Otayf, Al-Dawsari, Al-Faraj, Al-Jassam, Al-Shehri, Al-Sahlawi.Where can I stream Russia v Saudi Arabia?The opening game of World Cup 2018 in Russia will be live on talkSPORT. We’ll be in Moscow from 3pm and the match will kick off at 4pm.You can listen live by clicking this link – Russia v Saudi Arabia ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch The World Cup 2018 kicks off today as hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Years of planning for the nation both on and off the pitch come to a head here but enter the tournament as the lowest ranked nation, three places below their opponents in the opening match, which you can hear live on talkSPORT. Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup 3center_img NO JOY misery Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings diamond geezer Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter What the players are sayingFyodor Smolov (Russia): They’re a fairly technical team and set up to play short and medium passes and control the ball. They’ve got some quick players in attack. Their coach is from Chile, you can see he’s trying to get them to play passing football. Russian star Fyodor Smolov in action for his nation. Pure class You’re the one Shy guy Fallon d’Floor World Cup latest Good times talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

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92-Year-Old Opera Singer to Receive Order of Distinction

Ms. Kirkwood, who is affectionately called GG, was born in Del Rio, Cuba, and started singing at the age of three years. During the heights of her career, she sang the title role of ‘Madame Butterfly’ in Yorkshire, and Mimi (‘La Boheme’) in Ireland; ‘Porgy & Bess’, ‘Carmen Jones’, and ‘Show Boat’. Ms. Kirkwood will receive the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD), for outstanding contribution to the development of the Jamaican Musical Theatre. Story Highlights Ninety-two year-old Mercedes Kirkwood speaks enthusiastically about her career in Musical Theatre, echoing the words – “The sound of opera excites me the most.”Ms. Kirkwood will receive the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD), for outstanding contribution to the development of the Jamaican Musical Theatre, at the 2013 National Honours and Awards Ceremony, to be held on Monday, October 21 (Heroes Day), at King’s House.“I have always enjoyed singing; it has always touched my heart,” she says. “I feel very proud, and quite honoured that I have been remembered for my contribution to Jamaican musical theatre. It is a good feeling to know that I have gone down into Jamaica’s history, the emotion is quite ecstatic,” she tells JIS News.Ms. Kirkwood, who is affectionately called GG, was born in Del Rio, Cuba, and started singing at the age of three years.Years later, she relocated to Jamaica, and attended Jamaica School of Music (JSM), where it was discovered that she had a stunning voice, perfect for opera.During her tenure at JSM, she became a popular favourite, appearing frequently in several concerts, and on radio programmes.After spending sometime in Jamaica, she migrated to the United Kingdom, and furthered her career in operatic theatre, for some 16 years. Here she made her international debut.During the heights of her career, she sang the title role of ‘Madame Butterfly’ in Yorkshire, and Mimi (‘La Boheme’) in Ireland; ‘Porgy & Bess’, ‘Carmen Jones’, and ‘Show Boat’.After returning home to Jamaica, she made a number of local appearances at concerts, such as an Enchanted Evening with Jimmy Tucker and David Reid, in 1993; Mercedes Kirkwood & Friends in Concert, in 2005; and the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company’s 141st Production Home in 2009.Ms. Kirkwood says she looks back with pride, and has no regrets that she chose singing as a career, because she has accomplished her dreams.She tells JIS News that she played a vital role in the early years of the Little Theatre, and will always remain a household name on the opera circuit in Jamaica.“I am blessed with the gift of singing, and I couldn’t have it any other way. I thank God that I made a positive impact during my career, which I am truly grateful for,” Ms. Kirkwood says.Her daughter, Maria Azan, describes her mother as a very cheerful and vibrant individual, who has a passion for life.“I remember when I use to accompany my mother to pantomime, with the late Louise Bennett, and Ranny Williams, which was a very joyous occasion for me as a child growing up. We went to see Queeny’s daughter, ThePirates of Penzance, which took place at the Ward Theatre,” says Mrs. Azan.During her recollection of her mother’s musical career, she says that (Ms. Kirkwood) has done a lot of voluntary work over the years, to raise funds for several needy individuals, at various concerts, as a means of giving back.She adds that her mom is considered a philanthropist, and a community activist, because of her love and generosity for people, from all walks of life.“There is so much more that I know she would have wanted to do, but she has had a fulfilling experience as an opera singer. She is like an icon in the music industry, worldwide, and is deserving of the award, because of her accomplishments,” says Mrs. Azan.She notes that her mother is recognized both locally and internationally, and is a role model to many, who are of the view that they were blessed to have heard her sing.Mrs. Azan alludes to the Mercedes Kirkwood Foundation, which is to be launched at a date to be announced, which will provide financial assistance for a tertiary student pursuing a career in theatre music. read more

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