Man City secure dramatic win over Swansea, Palace see off Southampton – Premier League round-up

first_imgManchester City moved top of the Premier League with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Swansea at the Etihad Stadium.Wilfried Bony put City ahead against his former club, heading home a Jesus Navas corner midway through the first half.Bafetimbi Gomis’ goal a minute from time looked to have secured the managerless Swans a deserved point.But a deflected Yaya Toure strike in injury-time snatched all three points for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who were far from convincing throughout.City duly return to the Premier League summit, although Leicester and Arsenal could both be back above them come Monday.Swansea, meanwhile, remain a point above the relegation zone with their winless run now standing at five games.Crystal Palace moved up to sixth with a 1-0 victory over Southampton at Selhurst Park.Yohan Cabaye was the Eagles’ matchwinner, the Frenchman tapping home Yannick Bolasie’s cross seven minutes before the break.Alan Pardew’s side are now unbeaten in three, while Southampton are without a win in four and remain 12th.Watford are now just a point behind Palace in seventh after a 1-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.Odion Ighalo’s 10th goal of the season just four minutes in earned the Hornets a deserved win – their third in succession in the Premier League.Sunderland have now suffered back-to-back defeats and remain second from bottom, a point adrift of safety.West Ham and Stoke played out an entertaining goalless draw at Upton Park.The Hammers, without a host of key men through injury, dominated for long periods but couldn’t find a breakthrough.Mauro Zarate came closest for the hosts, hitting the post, while Marko Arnautovic also struck the woodwork for the Potters.West Ham drop to eighth while Stoke, who have now kept seven clean sheets in their last nine league games, stay 11th.In Saturday’s early kick-off, Norwich fought back to claim a 1-1 draw with Everton at Carrow Road.Premier League results:Crystal Palace 1-0 SouthamptonNorwich 1-1 EvertonManchester City 2-1 SwanseaSunderland 0-1 WatfordWest Ham 0-0 Stoke 1 Yaya Toure last_img read more

A’s hoping to play Cactus League opener, lay out plan for possible rain out

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — The A’s are doing everything they can to make sure Thursday’s spring opener gets played.Though the forecast called for heavy rainfall throughout the day, the A’s are continued to prepare the field for a game against the Mariners at Hohokam Stadium after the rain stopped about two hours before the scheduled start time of 12:05 p.m. PT.Paul Blackburn and Frankie Montas were the two starters set to pitch in Thursday’s opener. Both pitchers would throw a simulated game over at the …last_img read more

Runs not an issue as Eureka, Arcata split

first_imgPowered by a 13-run outpouring the Arcata High softball team picked up a win against its Big 5 Conference foe Eureka for the first time since 2016, beating the home team 13-6 in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Eureka High.Eureka responded in game two, however, rattling off a dozen runs of their own to beat the visitors 12-5 and claim a 2-1 series win.Game oneArcata wasted no time churning out runs in game one, scoring three in the first inning to put the pressure on Eureka before …last_img read more

Rackspace Says it’s Closing the Gap with Amazon

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT alex williamscenter_img The chief executive of Rackspace says the company has closed the gap with Amazon, gaining significant market share in its cloud computing compared to a year ago. In an interview with Reuters, Chief Executive Lanham Napier said a year ago Amazon was “incredibly far ahead,” of Rackspace in the cloud computing market. But this year he said Rackspace has closed the gap with Amazon’s web services business.Napier did not provide details about the gap nor how much Rackspace has gained on Amazon. He did say the Rackspace cloud business contributed 10 percent to the company’s revenue in the third quarter. Business for cloud computing services has been growing in excess of 100 percent per year. In the second quarter, the Rackspace cloud business grew 17 percent.The cloud business does have its pitfalls, in particular in respect to the tight margins that come with offering the service. Napier said those tight margins have been offset by its hosting business. Rackspace provides hosting to large enterprises. Cloud computing services are primarily provided to customers for hosting websites and renting servers that can be scaled up and back down at any time.But can this scenario continue? Competition is only starting in the cloud computing market. Rackspace competes with other cloud computing providers such as Joyent. Microsoft will soon enter the game. The key will be in how to add margins to the cloud business. Depending on traditional hosting business may get tricky if more of that business goes to the cloud, too.Amazon seems to be fighting that battle on a daily basis. They continue to add features but have to respond to market pressures with competitive pricing. The company recently announced it was dropping prices for its EC2 service.Disclosure: Rackspace is a RWW sponsor. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

National calamity! German riot sends Brazil into mourning

first_imgBrazilian fans react after their team’s 7-1 loss against Germany in the semifinal The tears started flowing before half time, and by the end of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semifinal, millions across Brazil were in dazed, damp-eyed disbelief.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos The national team wasn’t just defeated by a powerful German team. It was routed in front of the entire world, humiliated at its own party. Young and old, Brazilians shared in the anguish of what many were already calling a national calamity, the worst loss in its team’s storied World Cup history.A rain of seven goals by the powerful Germany team devastated the Brazilian soccer faithful who packed onto the golden sands of Copacabana beach to watch the match.With Brazil’s star striker Neymar out injured and captain Thiago Silva suspended for the match, it quickly became clear the Brazilians couldn’t handle the Germans. Brazilian fans in tears after their team’s humiliating loss to Germany”The problem is psychological,” said Brazil fan Fabio Fontes. “It would be normal for the team to lose against Germany, but not in this fashion.”To make matters worse, at the Fan Fest viewing area on Copacabana beach, hundreds of people stampeded out as a gang of young men carried out a mass robbery, running through crowd, inciting panic and snatching necklaces and bags along the way.That, coupled with the crushing game, sent many fans heading home.With Brazil tossed out of its own World Cup in such rough fashion, “you are going to have the most depressed country ever,” Pablo Ramoz said.advertisementBrazilian fans react in utter disbelief after their team’s loss in the semifinalBrazil spent billions of dollars preparing for the tournament, with expectations that home advantage could deliver Brazil a sixth title, but the high cost also ignited intense anger and protests against the World Cup, with demonstrators lamenting the costs when the nation is saddled with woeful public services.Few thought Germany’s stomping of Brazil would spark renewed mass protests – but it is certain to put a severely sour taste back into the mouths of the nation’s fans.In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, thousands gathered in the Bohemian neighborhood of Vila Madalena, the streets carpeted with yellow, green and blue – the colors of the Brazilian flag.David Luiz in tears after Brazil’s 7-1 loss against GermanyFan Samir Kelvin clung to a street pole and loudly cried: “I have nothing left! I am Brazilian and humiliated I want to kill myself!”Nearby, a woman cried out “What shame, what shame!” as a man nearby was banging his head against a bar table.After Germany scored an early goal samba groups simply stopped drumming in apparent shock. More goals followed and silence overtook bars as fans stared sadly at TV screens.A large group of fans gathered at a 600-unit apartment complex in Rio couldn’t believe what they had witnessed.Jorge Cardoso, an engineer, blamed the loss on the injury that sidelined Neymar and the benching of Silva for accumulating two yellow cards during the tournament.He said simply: “It’s like someone you love has died.”last_img read more