Guardiola hails ‘irreplaceable’ Aguero

first_img0Shares0000Key figure — Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 27 – Pep Guardiola believes Sergio Aguero is “irreplaceable” as the Manchester City forward enters the final 18 months of his glorious career in English football.The record-breaking Argentinian is likely to be on the bench for the reigning Premier League champions visit to Wolves on Friday as he continues his recovery from a thigh problem. That injury has sidelined the 31-year-old since the end of November and given Guardiola a taste of what life will be like when Aguero’s contract ends next year.The City manager does not expect to be able to talk Aguero into changing his plans to end his career in his homeland and that will leave Guardiola with the thankless task of replacing a man who has, to date, scored 244 times for his club.“I’d say it will be one of the toughest (tasks). Sergio is irreplaceable,” said Guardiola.“We have an incredible other striker in Gabriel Jesus and maybe another one will come when Sergio leaves. But he is irreplaceable.”Aguero played a pivotal role when City were crowned champions of England for the first time in 44 years when his last-gasp winner against QPR took them to the 2011/12 Premier League title.“The most important moment of this club, more important than if one day this club wins the Champions League, is the moment when Sergio scored that goal, against QPR to win the first Premier League (2012) after I don’t know how many years,” said Guardiola.“That moment is much better than four titles in one season or whatever. And he was THE guy. More than anything, more than the goals he has done at this club.“But sooner or later it is going to happen (Aguero’s departure), he’ll decide when.”Aguero’s efforts in the three-and-a-half seasons that Guardiola has been in charge at the Etihad have been all the more impressive given many thought the Argentina international would not fit into the Catalan manager’s demanding style of play.Jesus was seen as an immediate successor to Aguero but the veteran had other ideas and, after leading City to that memorable maiden Premier League title in 2012, has been a central figure during the most successful years in the club’s history.– ‘Humble star’ –“He’s responded incredibly well,” said Guardiola.“I’ve never seen as big a star as him be so humble, such a funny guy, and it is a joy to work with him and how he accepts sometimes my decisions even when it has not worked for him.“As big a star as him don’t (usually) accept that. I’ve worked with other stars — who believe they’re bigger stars than Sergio and they were not — and it was more difficult to handle them or be with them.”Aguero remains such a crucial figure in City’s modern history, especially since the pre-season departure of former captain Vincent Kompany, and while Guardiola would be open to the possibility of Aguero remaining beyond 2021, he does not feel it likely.‘It is a joy to work with him,’ says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola of Sergio Aguero © AFP / Lindsey PARNABY“I don’t know. He can stay but it depends on his physical condition and desire,” he said. “But I didn’t speak with him and I don’t know his intentions.”David Silva is also due to leave City after the end of the season, with Guardiola openly conceding he has no hope of talking the Spain international into staying at the Etihad.But, unlike Aguero, Guardiola does not expect to sign a replacement for Silva, a player many believe to be the best foreign import in Premier League history.“In this position, we’re not going to do anything,” he said. “Maybe I’1l change my mind but we have other priorities. I have enough there.“Bernardo can play there, Phil (Foden) is there, we have (Ilkay) Gundogan and Kevin (De Bruyne).”0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 2 visits today)last_img read more

Panathinaikos Downs Alba Berlin, 65-59

first_imgBERLIN – Panathinaikos got an important away win in Euroleague basketball play on Feb. 6, beating a tough Alba Berlin club, 65-59.The victory gives the Greens a better chance of advancing in the tourney to the knockout stage amid fierce competition.Panathinaikos had to struggle through a slow first half, scoring only 22 points and looking as if it wasn’t up to the task, trailing by seven at the break against a German team that had beaten the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, 94-93 in an exhibition game late last October and had beaten Spanish giant Barcelona this season.Alba opened the lead to 41-30 before the visitors roared back to a 45-45 tie at the end of the third period behind stalwart defense from James Gist and scoring from forward Loukas Mavrokefalidis, who garnered seven in the quarter.Panathinaikos opened the fourth with six straight points before three-point bombs from Antonis Fotsis lifted the lead to 61-50. Mavrokefalidis led the team with 11 points, while captain Dimitris Diamantidis and Vladimir Jankovits added 10 points each.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: England beat India to spice up race for semi-finals

first_imgIndia lost their first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup when they failed to chase down 338 against England at Edgbaston on Sunday. India’s 31-run defeat has also made the race for the semi-finals interesting.For starters, Pakistan did not want India to lose to England. Meanwhile, India and New Zealand have also not yet assured themselves of semi-finals berths. England and New Zealand face a must win game against each other while India only need to win one of their next two matches. As things stand now, Pakistan and Bangladesh also have realistic chances of making it to the last 4.It was a strange start to a massive run chase. India lost KL Rahul to Chris Woakes in only the 3rd over of the innings when he played a bizarre shot. Virat Kohli joined Rohit Sharma and the pair knew the importance of that stand – had either man been dismissed early, the Indian chase would have fallen flat.Rohit and Kohli, two of the most formidable ODI batsmen in the world, chose to bide their time and they saw off fiery spells from Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer but India managed only 28 for 1 off the first 10 overs.Such is the class of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli that India seemed to recover from a slow, slumberous start. Kohli was the more aggressive of the two but Rohit caught up soon enough after crossing fifty.And just when it looked like the pair of them was ready to launch their most brutal assault on the English attack, Virat Kohli fell to Liam Plunkett for 66. He became the 1st captain and the 2nd player after Steve Smith to hit 5 successive fifties in a World Cup. But surprisingly, Kohli did not convert any of those fifties into hundreds.advertisementVirat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s 138-run stand was the highest for India in the 2019 World Cup.Kohli’s exit brought Rishabh Pant to the middle. Playing his first World Cup game, Pant appeared nervous and survived two close run-out chances. Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, reached his 25th ODI hundred and 3rd of this World Cup. But the pressure was building and he fell to Chris Woakes when he returned for his second spell.Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya gave India (and Pakistan) hopes of a sensational victory. The two played a dazzling range of shots and added 28 in 3 overs before Pant fell to Plunkett for 32.With 112 needed off 10.5 overs, MS Dhoni joined Hardik Pandya in the middle.MS Dhoni was severely criticised for his poor strike rate against Afghanistan. It was a great chance for him to come good on Sunday and show why he is still a dangerous finisher. But as Hardik Pandya tried hard, Dhon was unable to up the ante and the asking rate climbed sharply.Hardik fell to Plunkett for 45 in the 45th over and that was the end of India’s challenge against a spirited England.MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav showed no intent at all and their slow stand baffled Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain, the on-air commentators.India only need to win one of their two remaining matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to reach the semi-finals while England have to beat New Zealand to get through.Earlier, England won the toss and chose to bat on a flat pitch. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy were cautious to start with against Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami and Bairstow was lucky to get away with a couple of inside edges. But once the Engish openers had their eyes in, they were ruthless.The pitch did not offer India’s wrist spinners – Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal – any turn. Both men were taken to the cleaners. In fact, Chahal bowled the most expensive spell by an Indian in World Cup history.Jason Roy could have been dismissed early but India chose not to review a not out decision off Hardik Pandya – he fell for 66 thanks to a stunning catch by Ravindra Jadeja but Jonny Bairstow hit his maiden World Cup hundred.At the 30-over mark, England were on course for a total far bigger than their eventual 337 for 7. Mohammed Shami returned for a breathtaking spell to pick up Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan in a two-over burst and it looked like India would keep England to a more manageable total.But Ben Stokes had other ideas. England’s best batsman against Sri Lanka and Australia, Stokes took on the Indian bowlers and punished any lose delivery that came his way. Even as Shami kept chipping away with the wickets of Joe Root and Jos Buttler in his last spell, Stokes plundered the runs to take England to a position of strength.advertisementBy the end of the English innings, Stokes had scored stroke-filled 79 and Mohammed Shami had picked his maiden 5-wicket haul in ODIs to set up a an evening of great cricket in Birmingham.Also Read | India vs England: Rohit Sharma equals Sourav Ganguly’s record with 3rd World Cup 2019 hundredAlso Read | India vs England: Yuzvendra Chahal bowls most expensive spell by an Indian in World Cup historylast_img read more

Our house is burning

first_imgIt is common for wildfires to occur in dry seasons, Brazil is no exception, nor is burning parts of forest a practice. But the flaming rain forests of Amazonia tell a grave story this time, one that has repercussions on the entire planet at large and its climate. In Brazil, forest fires are deliberately started in efforts to illegally deforest land for cattle ranching. Dry season only provides favourable conditions for the rapid spread of fire. These man-made fires in the world’s largest rainforest are of the intensity that the smokes have not only enveloped the region and blocked out sunlight but have even wafted thousands of miles away to the Atlantic coast. Amid concerns over this deliberate destruction of the environment that houses a biodiversity hotspot, there is also the question of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s policies for his largely anti-environment stance and the damaging impact it is showing. The rainforest has been ablaze for the past several days at an alarming rate for both governments and environmentalists alike across the world. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research has reported that forest fires in the region have doubled since 2013 and have increased by 84 per cent compared to the same period last year. This year alone, there have been 72,843 fires and more than 9,500 of those have happened over the past few days. It is widely attributed to the Bolsonaro government’s anti-environment rhetoric that farmers are emboldened to organised a ‘fire day’ along BR-163, a highway that runs through the heart of the rainforest. With this as a method, the farmers also set ablaze forests to get the government’s attention to clear pastures for their livestock. The climate of that region is not extreme dry, the kind to make a fire break out on its own, but dry enough to spread fast after it is induced by humans, whether accidentally or deliberately. The Amazon fires, as a result, have taken on such a huge proportion that they are visible from space. NASA released images on August 11 showing the expanse of the spread of fires and reported that its satellites had detected heightened fire activity in July and August. There have been more than twice as many fires in Brazil this year as there were over the same period in 2013. French President Emmanuel Macron being vocal on the issue said the fires in the Amazon are an “international crisis” and called for this matter to be top on the agenda at the G7 summit. “Our house is burning. Literally,” He expressed through a tweet. Obviously, this prompted a furious response from the Brazilian leadership. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is a right-wing nationalist who bristles at the idea of foreign interference in the Brazilian Amazon, took exception to his French counterpart’s comments and responded by accusing Macron of using this matter for personal political mileage. He went on to say that calls to discuss the fires at G7 summit in Biarritz, in which Brazil is not participating, evoke “a misplaced colonialist mindset”. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe Amazonian rainforest is a repository of rich biodiversity and is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. It produces one-fifth of the world’s oxygen and about 20 per cent of its freshwater, as per a World Wide Fund for Nature estimate. It is also home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous communities whose lives and homelands are under threat given the persistent encroachment by the Brazil government, local farmers, foreign corporations, and other governments with economic interests in the resource-rich region. Satellite data published by the INPE have shown an increase of 85 per cent this year in fires across Brazil, most of them in the Amazon region. Conservationists are together in holding Bolsonaro’s government responsible for Amazon’s plight, explaining that his policies have encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land at the cost of the environment. The French President and host of the G7 summit of some of the world’s most advanced economies, has emphasised and reiterated that the health of the Amazon was a matter of international concern. The Brazilian President said in response that he was open to dialogue about the fires if it was “based on objective data and mutual respect”, but hit out at the calls for it to be discussed at the G7 summit. In a 2017 study, the University of Leeds found that carbon intake by the Amazon basin matches the emissions released by nations in the basin. The burning of forests, therefore, implies additional carbon emissions. Subsequent research suggests that further deforestation could lead to the Amazon’s transformation from the world’s largest rainforest to a savanna and this would reverse the region’s ecology, and in turn, making a near-irreversible impact on human lives in general. The rain produced by the Amazon travels through the region to the Andes mountain range. Moisture from the Atlantic falls on the rainforest, and eventually evaporates back into the atmosphere. It is established that Amazon rainforest has the ability to produce at least half of the rain it receives. This cycle is a delicate balance with impact on all the major parts of the world. There is a very urgent need to heed this balance. In a consolidated international effort, Norway and Germany have withdrawn funding for programmes that seek to stop deforestation in the Amazon and have accused Brazil of doing little to protect the forests. The example of burning Amazon explains in painful ways how the environment of a region does not belong exclusively to the region and that global climate demands combined efforts from nations.last_img read more

Aisha Tyler To Host 11th Annual ADCOLOR Awards

first_imgADCOLOR, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, will return to Los Angeles with their 11th Annual ADCOLOR Awards at The Loews Hotel Hollywood Hotel on Tuesday, September 19.The event will be hosted by Aisha Tyler, honorees include All-Star Award recipient Jesse Williams (Actor & Activist), Advocate Award recipient Wilson Cruz (“13 Reasons Why” Star and Activist), Catalyst Award recipient Elaine Welteroth (Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue), presenters include Lena Waithe (Actress, “Master of None), Laz Alonso (Actor, “The Mysteries of Laura”), Janet Mock (Author, “Surpassing Certainty”), with ADCOLOR Founder & President Tiffany R. Warren, and more.The ADCOLOR Award Nominees and Honorees are carefully selected from a large population of diverse influencers across the creative industries. The finalists are chosen by the individual’s representation of ADCOLOR’s motto, “Rise Up and Reach Back”. Those honored not only excel in their own careers, but also give back to the community and support their peers. Their goal is to create a network of diverse professionals to encourage and celebrate one another. Please click here for a list of all honorees and nominees.The event is generously presented Omnicom Group and GSD&M, with Diamond Sponsors ADWEEK, Apple, DIAGEO, Google and YouTube, and OATH: A Verizon Company; Platinum Sponsors Apple Music, Bing Ads, DAS Group of Companies, Edelman, and Facebook; Gold Sponors Squeaky and Wieden+Kennedy; Silver Sponsors 72andSunny, BBDO, BET, DigitasLBI, Pandora, and Twitter; Supporting Sponsors Anomaly, Beats by Dr. Dre, Bloomberg, CBS Entertainment Diversity, DDB Worldwide, Ogilvy, OmnicomMediaGroup, OWN, Publicis Groupe, Spotify, TBWA\, and TBWA\Media Arts Lab; Table Sponsors Deutsch, GTB, HBO, IPG, Neustar, and Procter & Gamble.WHEN: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Media Check-In – 5:00 PMRed Carpet/Cocktail Reception – 5:30 PMAwards Presentation/Dinner – 7:00 PMWHERE: The Loews Hollywood Hotel1755 N Highland Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90028last_img read more