5 more Aklan villages ‘cleared of illegal drugs’

first_imgThere are now 11 barangays in Kalibo who are in drug-clear status after Old Buswang, New Buswang and Bakhaw Norte satisfied the parameters of the committee composed of the Department of Health, the Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Interior and Local Government on Feb. 27. BORACAY – Five more villages in the towns of Malay and Kalibo in this province have recently been declared free from illegal drugs. A drug cleared barangay is previously classified as drug-affected, then subjected to drug clearing operations and eventually declared free from any illegal drug activities. Village officials from five barangays in Kalibo, Aklan attend the checking of the documents of their respective villages by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Aklan at the DILG office of the province on Feb. 26. Their villages were cleared of illegal drugs on Feb. 27. PDEA REGION 6 The barangays of Yapak, Manocmanoc andBalabag in Boracay Island and six more barangays in mainland Malay have notbeen given the green light so far.(With areport from Akean Forum/PN) Other drug cleared barangays in Malaytown are Kabulihan, Nabaoy, Sambiray, Cogon, Dumlog and Naasug. In mainland Malay, meanwhile, there weretwo more barangays that were cleared of illegal drugs. They were Barangay Balusbosand Barangay Motag, according to the 19th regional oversight committeedeliberation in Iloilo City. The parameters were the active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities and other programs, no drug laboratories, marijuana cultivation sites, drug dens, protector, financier, and drug pusher/user and the non-availability of drug supply in the barangays under the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation 3 Series of 2017, or Strengthening the Implementation of Barangay Drug Clearing Program. The other drug free barangays in thetown of Kalibo are Tinigaw, Caano, Mobo, Bakhaw Sur, Linabuan Norte, Briones,Nalook and Mabilo. The barangays of Poblacion, Andagao, Pook, Estancia andTigayon, on the other hand, are yet to be cleared of drugs.last_img read more

Students encouraged to pursue paid internships in state government

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Republican state representative from Greensburg Randy Frye and Republican state representative from West Harrison Randy Lyness invite local college students and recent graduates to apply for an internship with the House of Representatives for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January.Frye said the House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity for college students and graduates to participate in state government and gain valuable hands-on experience. This paid internship at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis takes place during the spring semester and gives students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators.“Studies show students with paid internship experiences are nearly twice as likely to obtain a full-time job after graduation,” Frye said. “House interns are an essential part of our team, and they are challenged to learn and master skills, like time management and professionalism, which are highly sought after in this job market.”Lyness said internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. Students can apply for internships in a variety of areas, focusing on legislative, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.“House interns not only learn about the legislative process, but they also have the opportunity to discuss key issues with lawmakers and network with countless other professionals from all over Indiana,” Lyness said. “This internship helps students make connections and jumpstart their careers.”These are full-time positions, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through April. In addition to biweekly compensation of $750, interns can earn academic credit through their college or university, and are eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate or graduate expenses.More information about the House internship program and the application can be found here. The application deadline is October 31.last_img read more

Dyche backs Clarets to turn corner

first_img Press Association The Clarets go in search of their first top-flight win at their ninth attempt against Everton at Turf Moor on Sunday. A second-half lapse cost his men dear against West Ham last week but Dyche is adamant there is still the desire within his camp to turn things round. Dyche said: “We are having to learn as we go. “There is no doubting the players’ physical power, their energy, their endeavour and belief – but it comes down to quality and awareness and experience. “We haven’t got a very experienced Premier League squad and we have had some tough lessons already. “We believe this group is honest enough to keep learning and not be broken by it. You just get dented and you take the knocks and come off the ropes and get ready to take it again. “We hope to use that mentality wisely over the season and the next step is to use it to learn how to win.” Dyche hopes midfielder Dean Marney will be fit to return after missing three games with a hamstring injury while Steven Reid is also pushing for a recall. Despite Everton’s inconsistent start to the season and a midweek trip to France in the UEFA Europa League, Dyche is under no illusions about the difficulties of finally claiming a three-point haul on Sunday. Dyche added: “They have had an indifferent start to the season by their standards but they are a great club with a great manager and these are the kinds of challenges we wanted last year. “The players want it and the town wants it. We have gone up to a different level and we are creating chances. it is all about delivering that cutting edge that we know is there.” center_img Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists his side have the character to bounce back from their growing streak of disappointments and beat the odds by securing Barclays Premier League survival. last_img read more

Sterling backed to handle flak

first_img The 20-year-old’s reputation has suffered considerably and in recent months he has been booed on England duty and during City pre-season games. That could spill over into the season but midfielder Fernandinho believes he will take it in his stride. The Brazilian said: “I think he is a strong character with the right personality. I remember seeing him in an interview talking about his determination to win trophies and I’m sure he will be able to manage the situation.” City’s other high-profile summer recruit, Fabian Delph, is unavailable for the opening weeks of the season because of injury but Fernandinho is convinced the squad is stronger for the arrival of the pair. Fernandinho expects to make a stronger challenge after last season’s distant second-placed finish to Chelsea and also wants to make a bigger impact in the Champions League. The 30-year-old said: “I believe the squad is strong enough to fight for both trophies and I feel very enthusiastic about our chances this season, especially in the Champions League. It is going to be my third season in the competition and (winning it) is something that motivates me.” The trip to Tony Pulis’ West Brom, followed by next week’s clash with champions Chelsea, makes for a potentially tricky opening to the season for City. Fernandinho said: “It is a tough start against tough teams, especially the Chelsea game, but we have worked very hard during the week and our objective is to start with six points to start the Premier League in a good way.” England forward Sterling will be the main focus of attention as he makes his City debut in their Barclays Premier League opener at West Brom on Monday night. Sterling joined City from Liverpool in an acrimonious £49million transfer over the summer that attracted much negative publicity. Raheem Sterling is tough enough to handle any crowd abuse this season, according to new Manchester City team-mate Fernandinho.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Fernando, Mendis crush Windies to clinch ODI series win

first_imgHAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis belted hundreds as an uninspired West Indies suffered their heaviest-ever defeat to Sri Lanka in yesterday’s second One-Day International, to concede the three-match series and extend their disappointing record of never having won a series on Sri Lankan soil.Asked to complete their highest-ever successful chase in pursuit of 346 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, West Indies crumbled for 184 in the 40th over, to surrender by 161 runs and fall 2-0 behind in series.In-form opener Shai Hope top-scored with 51 and left-hander Nicholas Pooran chipped in with 31 but West Indies collapsed from 131 for three in the 29th over to lose their last seven wickets for just 53 runs in quick time.They were taken apart by enterprising leg-spinner Wanindu Hararanga who snatched three for 30 from his 10 overs, and cunning left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan who finished with three for 57.Man-of-the-Match Fernando, with 127 off 123 balls with 10 fours, and Mendis with a run-a-ball 119 and 12 fours, had earlier pummelled West Indies to propel the home side to 345 for eight off their 50 overs.When left-arm speedster Sheldon Cottrell (4-67) struck in successive deliveries in the third over to reduce Sri Lanka to nine for two, the Caribbean side looked to be establishing an early grip on the contest.But Fernando and Mendis paired in a rollicking, record 239-run, third-wicket stand to all but dash West Indies’ hopes of staying in the series, following their opening defeat last Saturday.The loss was the Windies’ 10th to Sri Lanka in their last 12 meetings and put them on course for another series whitewash at the hands of the Asian side, following a similar result five years ago here.Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (1) slapped Cottrell into Fabian Allen’s lap at point and Kusal Perera nicked the very next ball behind, to leave Windies with a dream start after they opted to bowl.And in the next over, pacer Jason Holder found Mendis’s edge only for captain Kieron Pollard to floor the sitter at first slip, to let off the right-hander after he had managed only two.West Indies paid dearly for the miss as Mendis raced to his half-century off 55 balls in the 21st over before storming to his second ODI hundred off 102 balls in the 37th over.Fernando, meanwhile, brought up his fifty off 56 balls in the 20th over and followed his partner to his second hundred in the 38th over, off 109 deliveries.The partnership was broken in the 41st over with the charge on, Mendis skying Cottrell for wicketkeeper Hope to take the catch running up to the stumps.Thisara Perera then struck 36 from 25 balls to gather late runs for Sri Lanka as Cottrell and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph (3-57) sliced through the lower order.Facing a required run rate of seven runs per over, there were hardly any fireworks as Hope and Sunil Ambris (17) put on 64 for the first wicket and with pressure building steadily, Ambris perished via run-out in a bad mix-up with Hope in the 13th over.Hope, dropped in the seventh over on 31, hit five classy fours in a 65-ball knock but was too a victim of pressure, caught mid-on in the 18th over trying to clear the infield with medium pacer Angelo Mathews.Hasaranga and Sandakan, bowling in tandem, then weaved their magic, spinning a web around the Windies middle order to engineer its collapse.Left-hander Darren Bravo (16) mis-read a Hasaranga googly, played against the turn, and was brilliantly taken at slip by Dhananjaya de Silva moving to his right in the 2st over.Pooran and Roston Chase (20) resisted in a fourth-wicket stand of 31 but the partnership required 47 balls and contained just two boundaries and by the time Chase was flummoxed by Sandakan in the 28th over and comprehensively bowled, West Indies were 130 for four and facing an asking rate of nearly 10 runs an over.Two balls later in the next over, Pollard played down the wrong line to another Hasaranga googly and was bowled first ball and with six runs added at 137 for six, Holder suffered the identical fate at the hands of Hasaranga and was bowled for three.Pooran, who struck three fours in a 41-ball knock, tried to counter-attack but holed out in the 36th over with the game already gone, top-edging a slog-sweep at Sandakan to be brilliantly caught by Mathews running around to mid-wicket.last_img read more

Cuswoth Commends First Bank for Supporting Valentine Kitty

first_imgIn the Gross category for women, ChiChi Alamu emerge winner after 90-gross score. Mrs Busola Joseph won in the veteran category for women while Ayo Fagbemi topped the men’s winners chart.Adebiyi Fetuga came second after 71-nets wining on count back while Garrard Onyiuke came in the third position with a net score of 71. Onyiuke also won on count back.Jimoh Ogundare won the trophy staked in the gross category for men while Tunde Oremade won in the veteran category.Explaining the delay in organising this year’s event, Cusworth said it was as a result of some unforeseen circumstances, adding that plans are being put in place to make sure that the event holds as schedule in subsequent editions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The convener of the annual Valentine Kitty, Mrs Bola Cusworth has thumped up First Bank Nigeria Plc for their support for the tournament over the years.She gave her commendation at the closing ceremony of the 2016 edition of the event which held at the Ikeja Golf Club last week. According to her, the tournament survived this far because of First Bank and other well-meaning Nigerian’s support.Meanwhile, Nkoli Mouka has emerged winner of the 2016 edition of the competition. Playing off a handicap of 23, Moka netted a score of 69 to defeat others in the keenly contested event, while Alaba Adetunji with a net score of 75, came in the second position.last_img read more

Rohr Dispels Quit Rumours

first_img“After the 2019 AFCON, two of our top players (Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo) retired and we have to see how to replace them. We saw a little bit in our friendly against Ukraine last month and hope we can improve on that performance tomorrow.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr yesterday in Singapore told the media that he is preparing three –time African champions Nigeria for 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho, rubbishing claims by a journalist on social media that he wants to quit the job.“The game against Brazil will show how much we are progressing after finishing third at the Africa Cup in Egypt. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to learn a few more things that will make us better and stronger for future challenges.“This is an important test game for us, and we are here to learn from the best. We hope for a very good game against Brazil on Sunday (today). This will help us prepare ourselves for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho next month,” Rohr said at the pre-match press conference ahead of today’s clash with Brazil at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang. Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohrlast_img read more

USC has reason to be hopeful next year

first_imgWith just two practices and the spring game left before USC football hits pause until fall camp, there’s a new hype surrounding the team. It’s not the pressure and hype of 2012, nor is it the skepticism of 2013. It’s a feeling that, partly due to consistent dominance and partly due to constantly inflated expectations, is rare in the land of Troy. The feeling is genuine, true-blue hope. No caveats, no “but ifs,” — a legitimate, unadultered sense of excitement for what’s to come this fall.Part of the reason for this outlook is USC being in the honeymoon period under new head coach Steve Sarkisian. Every new head coach is undefeated for about nine months after he or she is hired, and Sarkisian is emerging as a Pete Carroll Lite early on. He’s outgoing — schmoozing with former Trojan greats after practices and cracking jokes in his post-practice scrums. He’s also shaking up the offensive playbook, adding in sideline signs à la Oregon and boosting the pace to the point where every defensive lineman looks like they just a ran a marathon following practice.More of this feeling, however, should come from stability up and down the Trojan starting 11s on each side of the ball. This is USC, so of course there’s enviable raw talent on the two-deep. The bigger factor to focus on is that USC has vocal leaders at every position group. There’s Josh Shaw and Su’a Cravens in the secondary, Hayes Pullard at linebacker and a once-shy, but now boisterous Leonard Williams on the defensive line. Max Tuerk looks like he’s moving to center to be the next rock of the offensive line, Nelson Agholor has the swagger of the top wideout he’s grown into and Buck Allen has come out of his shell to spearhead the Trojans’ best running back stable arguably since 2007. There’s hope at every spot, and every position leader has past performance to show us why the positive outlook is merited.And then there’s the guy throwing the ball. As cliché as it might be, teams still live and die by their quarterback play, especially in Sarkisian’s pass-heavy, improvise-heavy offense. Last year, USC died by their QB play in the Washington State game, as the “having two quarterbacks means you have none” mantra rung painfully true. But when Cody Kessler was named starter for good, USC once again looked the title contender they were under Carroll. There was an ugly stretch (Notre Dame and Utah), but the team rallied as Kessler found his confidence.There is a supposed quarterback competition between Kessler and former super-recruit Max Browne right now, but Sarkisian said last week that he’s naming a starter by the end of spring. Browne is no slouch, but all indications point to Kessler going into the summer knowing he’ll continue to take first-team reps in August. He loses to Browne in raw arm strength, but Kessler has deftly run Sarkisian’s offense in scrimmages and already has the locker room under control.But the promising QB situation is still isn’t the prime reason fans should be hopeful for an unexpected run this fall. The real reason came to light on Jan. 8, when the 2014 schedule was released. USC once again does not play perennial power Oregon and also avoids Sarkisian’s former team in Washington, which has a similar upbeat outlook under new head coach Chris Petersen.Instead, the Trojans’ most difficult road trip comes Week 2 against Stanford. The Cardinal, who lost the heart of their defense in graduating Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy, have to replace defensive coordinator Derek Mason after he left for Vanderbilt and need to find a new running back as well as consistency from QB Kevin Hogan. It’ll still be a tough sell, but if the Trojans find their early-season groove before the Cardinal, a season-changing win is very possible. Cody Kessler has beaten The Farm before, after all.Apart from that, the schedule sets up nicely for the Trojans to head into late November with a full head of momentum. The Arizona schools are never pushovers, but the Trojans should be favored in all of their matchups heading into their Rose Bowl trip against UCLA in the second-to-last week of the season. Take my speculation as you will, but just as in 2013, the battle against the Bruins will have Pac-12 Championship implications.It’s still early, and the annual injury bug hasn’t left its mark on the Trojans yet. But rather than the dread of 2013 and title expectations of 2012, USC goes into 2014 with a mix of upbeat anticipation and newfound confidence under the new Sarkisian regime. And as the Trojans showed us in 2011, memorable seasons can come when you least expect them. Jacob Freedman is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Four-Point Shot,” runs every other Monday.  To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jacob at  jefreedm@usc.edu.last_img read more

LeBron James talks chasing Jordan, kneeling with Kaepernick and last ride with Wade on All-Star Media Day

first_img“So, for me to be able to have this platform as I did one year ago and for me to be able to have that feeling throughout my body when I heard that, I think it has not only resonated with me, but it’s resonated with a lot of people to be able to feel like they can be more. So, like I said, I thanked her for that moment and we all should thank her. Like I said, you have to appreciate anything that comes along, no matter if it’s good or bad because it helps you learn, it helps you become better at who you are, it helps you get more understanding of who you are or more understanding about what the situation is at that point and time. So I’m always thankful for not only the good, but the bad that’s come across my life since I’ve been on this journey.”Being compared to Duke’s Zion Williamson“I think the comparison thing will never stop, and I think it’s great for the game. People are always going to make comparisons. What player remind you of him. This guy is similar to that guy. I’ve never tooted my nose up, or had anything to say with the comparisons to me and Zion and Zion to me. I think it’s great. I think it’s great for the game. His athleticism, we all see. His ability to jump well beyond the 10-foot rim is incredible. I think what’s also incredible is at his size, his speed, his agility, his quickness. And to add onto that, I think he’s just a great kid. Every time the media asks him questions, he’s always been right on and very humble about it. And he’s humble about the fact that he gets to play the game that he loves every single day. And I love everything about him from the outside looking in.“I’ve never met the kid, but I love everything about him, and he keeps the main thing the main thing, and that’s the game of basketball and being part of something that’s special. Which I think that Duke program right now is special, not only with him, but with RJ (Barrett), with Tre (Jones), with Cam Reddish. So I think they’re great. And they get to be around the greatest coach of all time in Coach K. So I think it’s an unbelievable thing that for Zion and the rest of those guys.”Last All-Star Game with Dwyane Wade“As much time as I can to get with him, I’m here. I’ve seen him already in the locker room. I’ve seen my nephew, Zaire (Wade’s son). Every little bit of moment, every bit of time that I get with him this weekend is going to be always cherished and it’s great. I mean, we’ve been together almost 17 years now since we met at the combine in Chicago in 2003. And from that moment, we just knew that we were going to be together for a long time, and it hasn’t stopped. From me being a competitor, from me being his teammate, to being a competitor again. From us sharing father advice to sharing marriage advice to sharing son advice, it’s really bigger than just basketball when it comes to me and D-Wade. Because we can actually look at each other and know what each other is thinking and know how each other are feeling at certain points and times of our lives.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “So, to be here and for me to able to choose him to be a part of Team LeBron, for him to be here this weekend, it’s a bittersweet moment, obviously. The bitter part that this is his last weekend being at All-Star weekend and knowing that his journey is coming to an end as far as a basketball player. But the sweet moment is that we got so much more life to live together and we will continue that.”Playing for the Lakers“It feels great playing in L.A., man. When you look up at the banners and you look up at all the championships and all the greats that’s gone through L.A.: Jerry West to George Mikan to Elgin Baylor to Magic, Kareem, James Worthy and Kobe, Shaq. You know, whoever you know. Just to be a part of that franchise and be a part of that history means a lot to me. So hopefully I can do my part where someday I can hang up there with the rest of them.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“And I’m not here to, I really don’t want to talk about it too much because it’s not for everybody. It’s not for the media to be able to start writing things and then how you guys like to do. … I love Kyrie. I love everything about Kyrie. I’ve loved his family and I’ve definitely loved his shoes and his game, and my kids love his shoes and his game, too. So, it’s all good.”Kaepernick’s settlement with the NFL“I stand with Kaep. I kneel with Kaep. I feel what he was talking about, nobody wanted to listen to. Nobody wanted to really understand where he was coming from. I think that anybody that would sacrifice their livelihood for the betterment of all of us, I can respect that, and he’s done that. You’ve got a guy that basically lost his job because he wanted to stand for something that was more than just him. I’m happy to see the news come out yesterday that he won his suit. I hope it’s a hell of a lot of money that can set not only him up, but set his kids, his grandkids up for the rest of their lives. And I hope that the word of what he did will live on through American history, but also world history because it’s important for all of us not only African Americans but everybody that wants to stand up for something more important than them.”The draw of being an NBA owner someday“It’s not that it’s intoxicating to me, and I don’t think about it on a day-to-day basis. I was asked a question and I answered it how I felt at that point in time. I believe if I wanted to, I could own a team or be part of a basketball team. I know I got so much knowledge of the game that I don’t want to, once I stop playing, I just want to get away from the game. Obviously, I’m going to be along with my sons, because they’re going to play the game. They’re playing the game now and I’m going to be along with them. But if I can give back to this league in any way shape or form and continue to make this league as great as it is today, then I would love to.“It would have to be the right fit. It’d have to be the right city. It’d have to be the right situation. It’s not like it’s a dream of mine. It’s more of an aspiration. See if it happens. If it don’t, I won’t be disappointed in anything I’ve done off the floor. We’ll see what happens. I got a lot more game to play. I got a lot. A ton more years to play this game and suit up and be in a Lakers uniform. Once we get to that point, we’ll cross that path. Hopefully, I can sit up here and answer questions as a player for a long time.”One year since Laura Ingraham told him to ‘Shut up and dribble’“I think everything in life you have to appreciate, no matter if it’s good or bad. So, like you said, it’s been one year since the callout of ‘shut up and dribble,’ and at that very moment, I knew at that moment that I was bigger than just basketball and I had to say something. Because it wasn’t just about me. It was about all of us. It’d be (like) telling you guys to shut up and just write. And you guys not having a platform. Or, just shut up and be a doctor. Or just shut up and be a lawyer. Just shut up and be a teacher. Shut up and do whatever your occupation is. And I just think that’s unfair to all of us because we are so much more than what our occupations say or what our name tag says. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Whenever LeBron James speaks, his words make waves. And he’s never short on things to talk about.This All-Star weekend, his 15th consecutive, was no exception, as the 34-year-old pontificated on a number of topics, including passing Michael Jordan on an important milestone, playing his last game with Dwyane Wade and where he stands on Colin Kaepernick. Here’s a sampling of the best of his responses from Saturday morning at Bojangles Coliseum:Soon passing Jordan on the all-time scoring list“I don’t know. It’s kind of hard to talk into the future. … I kind of live in the moment. Once that moment gets here, I’ll be able to reflect on it. How long I reflect on it, probably pretty quick. You know how I am with that as well. One thing I can tell you is anytime I’m mentioned with one of the greats, if not the greatest that ever played this game, it’s crazy to me. It really is. It’s crazy to me when I’m talked about with some of the greats. You talk about MJ, who I looked up to and always believed was the greatest, it’s just pretty cool, and I have no idea how I’ve been able to do it.”Getting a call from Kyrie Irving“What did it mean? I think I’ve always loved Kyrie from before I met him until when I became his teammate to even now. I’ve always thought he was special. I think he has a, I mean, there’s a reason why there’s really only 24 of us here this weekend. And he’s here for a reason. So, the phone call – more than for me, I think just to see his growth. It takes a real man and a real person, and a real person to understand who they are to be able to call, or to do anything and be able to see their wrongdoings or believe they have some wrongdoings and then be able to come to grips with that and then be able to either apologize or say that, ‘At that point and time I thought I was ready for something, but I really wasn’t.’ Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

Sterling at the double as Man City hit Saints for six

first_imgAgain, Sterling was heavily involved, accepting Bernardo Silva’s pass and putting in a cross that was a little too high for Sane but arrived for David Silva, who volleyed in at the far post.Southampton manager Mark Hughes, whose future has been the subject of increasing speculation following a run that has now seen him win just four of his 19 league games in charge, reacted furiously to yet more appalling defending from his side.“We were poor in that opening period, you have to be resolute to keep back an outstanding City team,” said Hughes. “We were a bit lightweight and didn’t deal with one-on-one situations.”Southampton did, however, pull a goal back after half an hour, becoming the first English team to score against City since Newcastle at the Etihad at the start of September.It was a rare mistake from goalkeeper Ederson that led to the Saints goal, the Brazilian diving unnecessarily at the feet of Danny Ings and tripping the forward, who convincingly shot home the penalty.However there was never a hint that Southampton might be able to launch anything resembling a fightback and City ended the half as they had begun it — by scoring.David Silva’s through ball appeared to be going out of play but Aguero showed impressive persistence to chase and pull it back for Sterling who, first miskicked but then shot past Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy from six yards.Southampton improved at the start of the second half, with James Ward-Prowse and Ings — via wicked deflection off Fernandinho — forcing Ederson to make fine stops. Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Raheem Sterling scored twice fresh from agreeing a new five-year contract with Manchester City as the champions swept aside Southampton 6-1 on Sunday to return to the top of the Premier League table.Sergio Aguero, with his 150th league goal, David Silva and Leroy Sane were also on the mark as Pep Guardiola’s side continued their unbeaten start to their title defence.“We played excellent, without and especially with the ball,” Guardiola told the BBC as he insisted there was more to come from England international Sterling.“He is more mature now than he was when we first met at the club…He is 23 and he can be a better player.”Southampton had the minor consolation of becoming the first team in 630 minutes to score against City but the leaders’ form is ominous for the rest of the division.City are scoring at a marginally faster rate than they did while racking up a record 106 goals last season, and they made a devastating start at the Etihad that finished the game as a contest within 18 minutes of kick-off.Five minutes had gone when Aguero orchestrated an attack on the edge of the Southampton area, David Siva then moving the ball on to the overlapping Sane, whose cross was turned into his own goal by Saints’ Wesley Hoedt.It took a further six minutes for City to double the lead, Bernardo Silva setting free Sterling on the right and the England forward selflessly squaring for Aguero to hammer in from close range. – Landmark goal –It was the Argentine’s 150th league goal for City, a landmark that moved him level with Michael Owen in eighth place on the Premier League’s all-time goalscoring list.It appeared City were capable of scoring almost at will and a slick move saw them make it three in the 18th minute.center_img But City continued to threaten, and Sane almost made it five with a vicious left-foot shot from the edge of the area that struck the bar just after the hour.Sterling did in the 67th minute when he latched onto Aguero’s perfectly-weighted pass to score his second goal of the afternoon.Sane completed an impressive individual and team display in stoppage time when he steered in a left-foot shot from 18 yards following another assist from Sterling.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more