Mancini baffled by City dismissal

first_img The former Inter Milan boss was dismissed on May 13 – the anniversary of the previous season’s dramatic Barclays Premier League title success – after three days of mounting speculation over his future. Quoted in Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Mancini said: “Even now, (almost two months) later, I still do not understand why. It is still painful, I admit. I think I deserved more respect for what I had done for Manchester City.” Press Association Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini remains baffled by his sacking, claiming he deserved more respect for what he achieved at the club.center_img He added: “In three and a half seasons with my staff, I believe I did an extraordinary job. The club had not won a (league) title for more than 40 years. I won a championship title, FA Cup, a Community Shield and, in the worst season – the last one – I lost a final and I came second (in the league). “The numbers are clear. This sacking still does not have a reason. The Arabs called me and said to me ‘in three years we want the title’, and I won it in the second year. And then I rebuilt a club that was not at the top level of football. Evidently, chairman Khaldoon (Al Mubarak) must have had in his head some situations that were not true.” Mancini pointed a particular finger of blame towards chief executive Ferran Soriano, saying: “For him, I was a person too big (within the club). He and I did not speak the same language and I do not mean Italian, Spanish or English.” Mancini’s final season at the Etihad Stadium was also notable for the sale of Italy striker Mario Balotelli to AC Milan, seemingly marking the end of a tempestuous relationship between the pair. The 48-year-old gave Balotelli considerable support during their two and a half years together in Manchester, despite voicing his frustration on numerous occasions – and a training-ground bust-up four weeks before his departure. “By that time, I understood that in England he was not very well any more,” Mancini said. “He – like (Liverpool forward Luis) Suarez – was targeted by opponents, referees, the public. “Sure, he has not done anything to avoid certain situations. I love him, but I have not heard from since he arrived at Milan.” last_img read more

Photos: LA Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-92

first_imgThe LA Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-92 at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)PreviousThe Clippers’ Willie Reed #35 dunks the ball during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 dunks the ball over the Lakers’ Julius Randle #30 during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson #6 and the Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 gp after a loose ball during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson #6 and the Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 gp after a loose ball during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 lays the ball up as the Lakers’ Julius Randle #30 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 drives to the hoop as the Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. #7 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers Lonzo Ball #2 before their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brook Lopez #11 shoots during their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma #0 shoots during their game against the Clippers’ the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson #6 lays the ball up as the Clippers’ Willie Reed #35 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball blocks a shot by the Clippers’ Blake Griffin while Larry Nance Jr. defends during their season opener Thursday night at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson #6 has his shot blocked by the Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari #8 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson #6 goes to the hoop as the Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari #8 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brook Lopez #11 lays the ball up as the Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball #2 shoots as Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan #6, Patrick Beverley #12 and Blake Griffin #32 defend during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram #14 shoots as Clippers’ Milos Teodosic #4 and DeAndre Jordan #6 defend during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball #2 grabs a rebound during their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 lays the ball up as the Lakers’ Tyler Ennis #10 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 lays the ball up as the Lakers’ Tyler Ennis #10 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers react during their game against the lakers at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Julius Randle #30 fouls the Clippers’ Willie Reed #35 during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Lou Williams #23 shoots as the Lakers’ Julius Randle #30 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 lays the ball up as the Lakers’ Julius Randle #30 and Larry Nance Jr. #7 defend during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 lays the ball up as the Lakers’ Julius Randle #30 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 shirts as the Lakers’ Julius Randle #30 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. #7 blocks the shot of the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan #6 during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Willie Reed #35 dunks the ball during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson #6 and the Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 gp after a loose ball during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson #6 and the Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 gp after a loose ball during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball #2 during their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson #6 has his shot blocked by the Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari #8 defends during their game at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Laker Lonzo Ball’s shoes during their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Willie Reed #35 dunks the ball during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 35The Clippers’ Willie Reed #35 dunks the ball during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Expand Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ 107-92 victory over Charlotte ends winning drought

first_imgFor a team with steep championship history, the latest development hardly warrants much celebration. It merits more of a relief. The Lakers’ 107-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at Staples Center marked the team’s first win of the 2014-15 season. It also prevented the Lakers from falling to their worst start in franchise history. That undistinguished honor still belongs to the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers, who opened their season with seven consecutive losses.This year’s Lakers (1-5) took six games before some appealing developments emerged. Purple and gold streamers fell from the rafters. Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” blared over the loudspeakers. The Lakers awarded their fans with free tacos for holding an opponent under 100 points for the first time all season. And, yes, TNT analyst Charles Barkley can end his self-proclaimed hunger strike after vowing he would not eat until the Lakers win a game. “Nobody was overjoyed in there,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “From the standpoint of being (ticked) off and wanting to get a win because of what our record is, it was nice. But other than that, it’s no more than any other win.” More tough tests await with against Memphis (Tuesday) and New Orleans (Wednesday) followed by home games against San Antonio (Friday) and Golden State (Sunday). But the Lakers at least temporarily resolved an issue that plagued them earlier. Against Charlotte (3-4), someone other than Kobe Bryant scored consistently. Bryant’s 21 points came on 7-of-19 shooting in 34 minutes, featuring a mix of turnaround jumpers, a reverse layup and missed attempts through double teams. He also set off a mild scare when he collided knees in the third quarter with Charlotte’s Marvin Williams. That didn’t matter. The Lakers went on a 34-13 third-quarter scoring binge, led by Jeremy Lin (21 points on 8-of-12 shooting) and Carlos Boozer (16 points on 7-of-11 shooting). Meanwhile, Jordan Hill (12 points, career-high seven assists), Ed Davis (10 points) and Wayne Ellington (nine points) balanced out an offense previously just centered on Bryant. “It’s just a mindset,” said Bryant, who also credited the Lakers’ spacing. “It’s a lot different being in this city and organization than it is with some of the other ones. The win-at-all-costs mentality is something that’s not familiar around the league. Successful in other places is winning a division or the Western Conference. But that just doesn’t fly out here.”Plenty of work still remains. Wesley Johnson scored only five points on 2-of-5 shooting after vowing this week he would play more aggressively, though Scott said he needs to feature him better. And the Lakers had little answer for Charlotte’s Al Jefferson (23 points) or Kemba Walker (17 points). Scott said the Lakers played 70 percent of what they should provide on defense. But in a season that has hardly yielded many feel-good moments, the Lakers finally provided one. Said Bryant: “It’s nice to have a press conference where I don’t drop an F bomb.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more