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Guardiola seeks more consistency from Manchester City next season

first_img“Of course, we’ve been much better than the other 18 teams. The distance from second to first is big, the distance between second and third is big too, but it’s not enough.”The personal achievements must always be related to the achievements of the team, which has not been perfect.”The result meant that Guardiola’s side have won four league games in a row for the first time this season and the Spaniard said his team had to be more consistent to challenge for the title in the 2020-21 campaign.”We all still need to know we’re far away from Liverpool. This was the first time we’ve managed to win four in a row in the league. Two seasons ago, we managed 18, last season we managed 14,” Guardiola added.”This shows how poor the consistency has been this season because we’ve had the same team. This happened because something was wrong and I need to discover what it was ahead of next season.”City finish their campaign with a home match against relegated Norwich City on SundayTopics : Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said the individual achievements of his players must be viewed in relation to the team’s success and consistency after Raheem Sterling’s brace sealed a 4-0 Premier League win over Watford on Tuesday.City forward Sterling’s first-half goals took his league tally to 19 goals for the season, but Guardiola reminded his players that they were 15 points behind champions Liverpool having played one match less.”It’s important for Raheem to score goals but we cannot forget we finished a long way off the champions. This is not good for us,” Guardiola told reporters.last_img read more

Spoiler alert? Kamala Harris outed as Biden’s VP pick, maybe

first_imgBiden, who is leading strongly in the polls against Republican President Donald Trump, has also upped the interest factor by declaring well in advance that he would only choose a woman. This will be just the third time in US history that a woman is chosen, even if both previous cases — Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008 — turned out to be on losing tickets.In line with his ultra low-key campaign, Biden has kept a lid on leaks about his intentions.Media speculation has ebbed and flowed from heavy hitters like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama’s former UN ambassador Susan Rice, to strong late entries like Florida congresswoman Val Demings and war-wounded Senator Tammy Duckworth.Harris has always been in the mix with an impressive CV that includes her own performances in the Senate, her bid for the Democratic nomination before ceding to Biden, and, in the era of Black Lives Matter, the fact that she is black. Topics : Premature publication Adding to the mini-drama, the respected news site Politico ran — accidentally, it said — a story declaring Harris the winner. This was a “placeholder text… mistakenly published to the site,” Brad Dayspring, Politico’s vice president of marketing and communication, said.The text was quickly taken down but not before leaving a few Washington insiders wide-eyed.”Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to the chest for months,” Politico wrote in the premature news item.It said that Biden saw Harris as “a worthy opponent” during their primary clashes and that she would bring name recognition, her years as a California prosecutor and “skill as a debater” to the ticket. Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick has been one of Washington’s best kept secrets but a supposedly accidental news publication and Biden’s own teasingly displayed notes are raising expectations that the winner is Kamala Harris.Speculation over the choice of VP is a parlor game played every four years in Washington, but this time the stakes are unusually high.Biden would be 78 on taking office — the oldest US president ever — and he has hinted that he might not seek a second term, making his deputy the prime candidate to take on the party’s nomination.center_img Game still on? Of course it’s possible that Politico really did mistakenly run a text that had been prepared just in case of Harris winning — a common practice in news organizations.And it’s possible that Biden’s notes meant nothing other than that he admires Harris. The same points in the notes could, in theory, be used to praise her during a speech to announce he’d chosen somebody else.Other candidates, particularly Rice, have been talked up in the final stretch. Warren, as a huge figure on the left of the Democratic party, has also remained in the mix.Harris brings the baggage of anyone who has done as much in public life, particularly as attorney general in California, where her role as crime fighter raises hackles among some on the Democratic left.Still, with her mixed Jamaican and Indian heritage, her proven toughness on the job, and the fact that she is only 55, Harris ticks a lot of Biden’s boxes.Her former spokesman, Ian Sams, said Harris scares Trump.”He’s flummoxed by strong women,” Sams claimed on Twitter.But on Tuesday, Harris was applauded by none other than Trump himself.”I think she’d be a fine choice, Kamala Harris. She’d be a fine choice,” he told reporters. On Tuesday, Biden said he would reveal his decision “in the first week in August.””I’ll let you know when I do,” he told journalists.But what if he already has?In his hand Tuesday was a piece of notepaper bearing the words “Kamala Harris.”Underneath, were a series of positive points: “Do not hold grudges” and “great help to campaign” and “great respect for her.”If Biden was also carrying around notes on his other potential VPs, he wasn’t holding them in a way that allowed — accidentally or not — an AFP photographer and others to get a shot.last_img read more

Infinity Nets Seagull Deal

first_imgInfinity has been awarded a substantial contract for the Seagull development, a subsea tie-back to a third-party platform. The project will see Infinity support the pre-FEED & FEED providing production assurance, pipeline integrity engineering and subsea technical assurance on behalf of Apache.The Seagull win comes amid a period of sustained growth for Infinity who has added a further four engineers to their team in recent months.To support this success, Infinity’s engineering division has moved to larger premises in Westhill, Aberdeenshire and it is expected that an additional 10 employees will be recruited over the next 12 months.Infinity noted that recent contracts had been secured from existing clients as well as from two new customers one of which is a major E&P company. This has contributed to a record-breaking year to date turnover and a positive forecast for the company in the coming months and years.Patrick Duggan, Subsea Projects & Operations manager at Apache, said: “Apache has worked closely with Infinity and their team on a number of projects over the past 2 years. As an independent engineering company Infinity has provided us with a range of engineering solutions which have quickly aligned with the Apache pace and method of delivering projects and operations scopes. We look forward to building on the positive relationship with Infinity on our current and future projects.”To remind, Neptune Energy announced on Monday, August 13, it will acquire Apache’s 35% working interest in the Seagull development. The Seagull development should start during 2019 with first production expected prior to Q1 2022.last_img read more

Syracuse beat Boston College, but Paschal Chukwu and Marek Dolezaj aren’t progressing

first_imgCHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — For as well as Syracuse played in January, its prevailing weakness came inside the paint. Over the past several weeks, SU has watched chance after chance slip away. They’ve come in several forms: rebounds, pick-and-roll opportunities and altered shots. As the offense surged, the progression of SU bigs stagnated. Wednesday night in a 77-71 win over Boston College (11-8, 2-5 Atlantic Coast), Syracuse (15-6, 6-2) bounced back from a 22-point loss at Virginia Tech to pick up its eighth win in the last 10 games. SU is taking care of the games it needs to, and its perimeter shooting has surged. But senior center Paschal Chukwu and sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj, who rotate at the center position, have remained stuck in neutral. The bigs weren’t supposed to do this — not this season. They returned after a year of growth in 2017-18. And yet, they haven’t progressed to the level they need to for Syracuse to play with more consistency. “I know I need to do more,” Chukwu said last month. Chukwu wasn’t made available for a postgame interview after scoring two points and attempting only one field goal. He failed to both set a high-ball screen and roll successfully in one fluid sequence. He collected just four rebounds at 7-foot-2. While senior point guard Frank Howard said Chukwu’s been just what SU needs — “we’re happy in his play” — he’s sometimes indecisive in ball-screen scenarios. Against the Eagles, he mishandled a couple of dump-offs inside that would have given him easy looks at the basket had he caught the pass.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our inside guys aren’t finishing around the basket bad(ly),” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Our rebounding is atrocious. Our defense inside is not good.”Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerDolezaj was no better that Chukwu, finishing with three points and going 1-for-3 from the field. Dolezaj said Boeheim wants him to be more aggressive: “Shoot when I’m open,” is the message. Yet, he’s hesitated when freed-up after setting screens, and he’s missed looks inside. When Dolezaj didn’t make an open layup Wednesday, the Eagles got the rebound and scored a transition bucket. After the game, Boeheim spoke with a concerned tone when breaking down the Orange frontcourt. He knows his bigs can do more. And he knows they need to do more. Their emergence could go a long way for a Syracuse team looking to handle the better conference opponents ahead on the schedule.“I don’t know what he was doing the first 20 minutes in there,” Boeheim said of Chukwu. “He’s 7-foot-2. He’s there, he’s got to stop shots. (Ky) Bowman had two layups right at him.”Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle, who scored a game-high 31 points with six assists, said his bigs may lack confidence. Earlier in the season, sophomore forward Oshae Brissett also said they’re not assertive enough. It shows when they don’t go up strong in the paint. It shows when they don’t jump high for boards. And it shows when they get bodied up by players several inches shorter. Last March, Syracuse’s surprise Sweet 16 run was rooted in an air-tight defense that restricted interior drives, contested outside shots and minimized high-post presence. All of that stemmed from the bigs, specifically Chukwu and Dolezaj who patrolled the inside. They were active, altering shots and cutting away lanes. Their offensive production didn’t soar, but they held their own on both ends of the court — a sentiment players said is all the frontcourt needs to do. “We can’t miss up layups and give up offensive rebounds,” Dolezaj said Wednesday. A renewed frontcourt would further stretch out a progressing offense still trying to find its true form. Big man production, albeit in small amounts, would reinforce the bottom of the 2-3 zone and make teams more reliant on outside shots. That’s what Syracuse wants: opposing offenses to fall into one-dimensionality. SU bigs have showed, in spurts, what they’re capable of. They just have to produce with more regularity. “We’ve got to get more out of our inside guys,” Boeheim said. “We’re not going to be successful if we don’t get more from them.” Comments Published on January 30, 2019 at 11:29 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more