Beermen open 3-peat bid vs Hotshots

first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town June Mar Fajardo won his third straight MVP award the past season while Arwind Santos was the league’s best before Fajardo’s romp.Sister team Star gets first crack at the Beermen in the only game on opening day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentPaul Lee will also make his debut for the Hotshots.Blackwater, which tabbed the No. 1 pick in the Draft in Mac Belo, gets going on Wednesday against Phoenix at 4:15 p.m. MOST READ Rain or Shine then starts the post-Yeng Guiao era against perennial title contender TNT KaTropa and Jason Castro in the 7 p.m. main game. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 June Mar Fajardo goes up for a shot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn paper, San Miguel Beer easily looks as the team to beat in a PBA Philippine Cup conference that takes the lid off the 42nd Season of Asia’s pioneering professional league.Bannered by two frontliners who have won the MVP the last four seasons, the Beermen are teeming with  firepower and are as loaded with defensive weapons as the race to stop San Miguel’s three-peat conference bid starts 5:30 p.m. this Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK View comments 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Alab Pilipinas in the mix We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

Ben Toolis up for fight to oust Gray brothers in Scotland XV

first_img“It is very tough but there are others in that position where you need to keep fighting and just stick your hand up – let them know that you are ready to have a shot.“But if I don’t get picked I won’t blame myself – I’m happy with the way I am playing.”The Brisbane-born forward, whose mother Linda is from Carluke in Lanarkshire, is playing the best rugby of his career, topping the Pro 12 charts in lineouts taken, and completing the most tackles in the European Challenge Cup.Analysis plays a huge part in Scotland’s preparation and Toolis is delighted to be back in the mix and he tries to take his performances to the next level.He said: “We are training a lot and having a lot of meetings and analysis. It gives an opportunity for us to study each other’s games.“We get good feedback from the coaches and they might say ‘so-and-so does this well, watch him’.“The boys want to help each other out. We know what we want to achieve and we want to make sure everyone is doing the right thing.“If there is an injury the next boy up has to come in and do the job right.“We are a team and there are no selfish players on the squad, even if at the back of their minds they are worried about their spot in the team.” But the 6ft 7in lock, who won his only cap to date against Italy in 2015, said he is excited by the challenge of lifting his standards even higher this spring.Toolis said: “Coming in now the timing isn’t the best! But competition is good because it brings the best out of you and the players around you.“Yes, it can be quite frustrating at times, but that’s the way it is.“Swinno is on good form and obviously Jonny and Richie always play well for Scotland, then you have Gilcho as well. Ben Toolis has admitted he may be trying to make his international breakthrough at the most difficult time to get a place in Scotland’s test match second row in years.Glasgow Warriors co-captain Jonny Gray goes from strength-to-strength at lock, with the 22-year-old tipped to be part of the summer British and Irish Lions squad.Richie Gray has formed a dynamic partnership with his younger brother in the boiler room, while Glasgow’s Tim Swinson is coming off back-to-back Champions Cup man of the match awards.To compound the intense competition for places, Toolis’ Edinburgh Rugby teammate Grant Gilchrist is a former Scotland captain and highly rated by Vern Cotter and the coaching team.last_img read more

How to Make Your Location-Based App a Success: Reward People for Their Activities

first_imgLocation-based mobile applications, also now being called “check-in services” to differentiate themselves from other geo-aware apps like Google Maps, are the hottest new social applications on the mobile scene today. The lineup includes game-based applications like Foursquare and MyTown, which each provide points, credits and/or badges for “checking in” (registering your physical presence) with a particular venue. There are also dedicated shopping-related check-in services like Shopkick, which rewards retail customers with discounts and deals for patronizing select establishments. But almost all of the check-in apps integrate some form of mobile advertising. After months of experimentation with various formats, marketers are starting to discover what strategies actually work.Despite the media craze for apps like these, some analysts are rationally advising caution to marketers who are tempted to jump on this latest bandwagon – after all, only 4% of U.S. adults have ever used location-based check-in services and only 1% out of those that use them do so more than once per week. But businesses, hopeful of reaching their most engaged customers, see check-in apps as a big opportunity for marketing initiatives, not to mention a rich resource of consumer data ripe for mining.  Case in point: analyst firm ABI Research has just released a new study that finds businesses are primed to spend $1.8 billion on location-based ads in 2015, a somewhat surprising number given the small crowd of early adopters currently using check-in apps. According to ABI Research’s Neil Strother, check-in apps may raise privacy concerns among some users today, but those issues can be overcome by offering consumers deals, discounts and rewards. The “value-exchange” of receiving these rewards will be high enough that consumers won’t mind giving up privacy in order to take advantage of the benefits. “If you care about getting discounts or being rewarded for shopping,” he explains, “you’ll accept having your whereabouts known.”So What Sort of Benefits Actually Work? Marketing news site Clickz has uncovered strategies that have, so far, proved successful for location-based advertising, both on mobile and elsewhere. On mobile platforms, they agree with ABI, the clear winner is the reward system. Specifically, they find that activity-based advertising, which rewards consumers for taking specific actions, has done well. Although Clickz cites examples that have been proven successful on the iPhone, they could easily be successful on other platforms as well, we think, there just haven’t been as many mobile applications with which to test this strategy. Clickz specifically cited two examples of reward-based systems, the first being TV network Bravo’s Foursquare promotion which awarded badges to Foursquare users who checked in to venues associated with the network’s shows. The other example was wireless charging company Powermat’s MyTown promotion involving a sweepstakes. Users could enter to win a Powermat by interacting with the product in the store.ABI’s research report analyzes even more cases studies including clothing company H&M’s virtual goods in MyTown, Chili’s Foursquare promotion, Sharpie’s badges on Brightkite and more. We’ve reported on several other such initiatives ourselves, including Shopkick’s incentive program, SCVNGR’s partnership with shoe company Journeys, NYC-based hyperlocal location/group-buying startup, GroupTabs, travel rewards for frequent travelers from TopGuest, white-labeled geofenced text messasaging service ShopAlerts and many, many others. Now that app makers and marketers know rewards are the key to success, it’s a great time for companies and advertisers alike to experiment with various reward systems, promotions and deals to figure out what types of incentives actually work. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#How To#Location#marketing#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

BitDefender Offers New Cloud-Based Endpoint Security Service

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… david strom 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Announcements#cloud#Real Time#security Related Posts Security firm BitDefender has come out with a new cloud-based endpoint security service. Called Cloud Security for Endpoints, it is available now. You can centrally manage a variety of clients across different locations, provided you have an Internet connection to all of them most of the time.We last wrote about them earlier this summer, covering their Total Security 2012 product. and last covered cloud-based endpoint tools in August when we wrote about Digital Persona.Panda, McAfee and others have had cloud-based security tools for some time, and ForeScout is getting into this market with their announcement today for managed service providers.Like many cloud-based security tools, it is only for Windows desktops and servers, and downloads an agent to each desktop, so it isn’t completely cloud-based. A central Web-based management console is used to keep track of all of your clients. And while less than $4 a user per month doesn’t sound like much, it is about the same price as a traditional “thick AV client” like Norton or McAfee. The advantage is that it is easy to protect new desktops with BitDefender’s solution. last_img read more

Top stories: Emotional colors, a Machu Picchu mystery, and the battle to save Alaska’s salmon

first_img Top stories: Emotional colors, a Machu Picchu mystery, and the battle to save Alaska’s salmon By Eva FrederickSep. 27, 2019 , 3:10 PM (left to right): LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/SUTTERSTOCK.COM; RUALDO MENEGAT; WARREN CORNWALL center_img Researchers can guess where you’re from by how colors make you feelWhether you see red, feel blue, or go green with envy may depend on what country you call home, a new study suggests. And when given data on how a person associated colors with emotions, researchers could correctly predict where they were from 80% of the time.Machu Picchu was built over major fault zones. 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One simple answer, researchers now suggest, is that that’s where building materials for the site—large amounts of already fractured rock—were readily available.How a salmon scientist got hooked into a battle over the world’s largest gold mineA massive gold mine proposed for the sockeye salmon spawning grounds of southwestern Alaska could bring in hundreds of billions of dollars and employ more than 1000 people—but opponents argue the mine poses long-term risks to the area’s salmon runs, including toxic runoff and habitat destruction. Daniel Schindler, an aquatic ecologist and a second-generation environmental activist, is on the front lines of the fight.Can you spot the duplicates? Critics say these photos of lionfish point to fraudOona Lönnstedt, a marine biologist formerly at Uppsala University in Sweden, was fired for making up data in a 2016 Science paper on microplastics and fish larvae. Now, photographs she and colleagues have posted to the Biology Letters website raise fresh questions about whether the group committed an earlier fraud.Quantum computer bests all conventional computers in first claim of ‘supremacy’The age of quantum computing may have begun not with a flashy press conference, but with an internet leak. According to a paper posted briefly—and presumably mistakenly—to a lab site, physicists at Google have used a quantum computer to perform a calculation that would overwhelm the world’s best conventional supercomputer. Although the specific computation has no known use, the result means scientists have passed a milestone known as “quantum supremacy.”last_img read more

Gilas team ‘not one-dimensional,’ says Reyes

first_imgView comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Kiefer Ravena lived up to his hype and showed everyone a glimpse why he has long been coveted as one of the brightest young players in the country. Roger Pogoy emerged as a reliable three-and-D option for Reyes and earned his place in the starting five. And finally, Matthew Wright connected from distance and drilled three triples to finally put away the visitors on Monday.“You have to make sure you have a lot of weapons, but more importantly, you have to make sure that you can go to them at the right time. That’s just the way it is,” said Reyes.“We know that we have some players that we can go to inside the paint at the post. When we play the bigger teams, we have a big advantage in quickness. Obviously, that’s not going to be the same when we play the bigger teams like Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei because they’re just as quick as us, so we have to find another advantage,” said Reyes.“That’s just basketball. The good thing is even if we’re not shooting well from three-points, we found a way to grind out a W. Hopefully, that’s a sign of the progress and evolution of this team.”With Gilas going on a three-month breather before facing Australia and Japan in February, Reyes said that the 2-0 record doesn’t really give the team much momentum.ADVERTISEMENT What it brings, though, is a chance to correct its miscues and prepare for the tall order of upsetting the reigning Fiba Asia champions on their home floor.“It arms us with a lot of knowledge about ourselves, on things to work on and to learn. We all know that Australia is a very, very tough team, so that’s gonna be a really, really tall order for us to play them, to compete with them at their home place. We’ll prepare as best we can against Australia, and we’ll go out, we’ll play our game and we’ll see what happens,” he said.But if there’s something Reyes saw from this Gilas team it’s that these players will no doubt lay it all on the line for flag and country.“The one thing I’ve learned about this team is never underestimate them and never count them out because they just keep on fighting and they just keep plugging away,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Philippine team gutted out a 77-71 victory over Japan in Tokyo last Friday, and followed it up with a 90-83 squeaker over Chinese Taipei at home on Monday to go 2-0 in Group B.Through those victories came positive development from the players he picked as Reyes’ expectations were matched.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAs always, Jayson Castro was the anchor of the team, bailing the squad out whenever the Philippines need a bucket. But also sharing the spotlight were a handful of his peers.June Mar Fajardo finally came into his own against Chinese Taipei and dominated the paint against naturalized player Quincy Davis. Calvin Abueva also proved that his gung-ho game has a place in the international stage, providing the energy Gilas badly needed. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Gilas backer on Blatche: ‘I don’t think he was an asset to the team’center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Photo from Fiba.comComing out of the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with a pair of wins, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes is proud to see how versatile the team is with its current lineup.“We built this team so that we’re not one-dimensional,” Reyes said. “In the past, we live and die with the three, but that’s the reason why we have the players that we have.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

ICC World Cup 2015: Key Players from Zimbabwe

first_imgThe team, currently ranked 10th in the ODIs, will be led by Elton Chigumbura this year. Hamilton Masakadza, who made his international debut 14 years ago, is set to play in his first World Cup. Masakadza will form the batting core alongside Sikander Raza, Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams.Here’s a look at the key players from Zimbabwe in the World Cup:Brendan TaylorPlaying role: Wicket-keeper batsmanThe 28-year-old Harare player is one of the brightest and most experienced candidate in Zimbabwe’s squad for the World Cup. An aggressive opening  batsman, Taylor has made a name for being a calm batsman in pressure situations.Taylor became the first Zimbabwean batsman to hit back-to-back One-Day International centuries (128 not out and 107 not out), achieved against New  Zealand in October 2011. His batting exploits were at full display when he smashed Mashrafe Mortaza for a six on the last delivery to guide Zimbabwe to a  series win over Bangladesh in 2006.In 2010, Taylor played a brilliant unbeaten knock of 145 runs to keep Zimbabwe in the mammoth 351-run chase against the mighty South Africans. With over  4800 runs comprised of 31 fifties and six hundreds in 161 ODIs, Taylor will be one of the crucial batsmen for Zimbabwe in the upcoming World Cup.Hamilton MasakadzaPlaying role: All-rounderThe 31-year-old Harare player is an integral part of the Zimbabwe cricket team over the years. A right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace  bowler, Masakadza boasts all the qualities of a genuine all-rounder.In February 2000 he became the first black Zimbabwean to score a first-class century. Soon after, in July 2001 he became the youngest player to make a  century on his Test debut. His innings of 119 was made against the West Indies in Harare and helped his side draw the match. He went into the record books  again against the West Indies in December 2007, this time in an ODI. His opening partnership of 167 with Vusi Sibanda was a national record, with  Masakadza making 80 of those runs.advertisementHis maiden ODI century against a Test-playing nation came on 14 August 2009, eight years after his Test century, when he scored 102 off 112 balls against  Bangladesh batting at Number three.He is also the first Zimbabwean to have two ODI scores of more than 150, both coming in one week when he scored  156 and 178 not out against Kenya in October 2009 in the first and fifth matches in Harare.Sean WilliamsPlaying role: All-rounderThe 28-year-old Bulawayo player is known as Zimbabwe’s most promising cricketers in modern day cricket. A left-hand top-order batsman and more than  useful left-arm spinner, Williams was the pick of Zimbabwe’s batsmen with 157 runs at 31.40 and five wickets during the Under-19 World Cup in 2004.With over 1700 runs including 17 fifties and 22 wickets in 69 ODIs, Williams will be eager to bring out his best for Zimbabwe in the upcoming World Cup.Elton ChigumburaPlaying role: All-rounderThe 28-year-old Kwekwe cricketer will lead Zimbabwe in the coveted World Cup this year. A right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler,  Chigumbura adds value to both Zimbabwe’s batting and bowling department.In 2007, Chigumbura played a pivotal role in Zimbabwe’s five-wicket win over the mighty Australians in the World T20 tournament. Chigumbura removed  both Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden to finish his spell at 3/20 as Australia stuttered to post a shambolic total of 138 runs. in 2009, he tormented the  Kenyan bowlers as he smashed consecutive scores of 79, 68, 43 and 36 at a strike rate well above a-run-a-ball and picking up seven wickets for good  measure.Probably the hardest-hitting batsman in the current side when on form and a athletic outfielder, Chigumbura will be key to Zimbabwe’s success in the  upcoming World Cup.Tendai ChataraPlaying role: Medium-fast bowlerA tall fast bowler with appreciable pace and the ability to move the ball away from the right hander, Chatara has risen quickly to become one of the  mainstays of Zimbabwe’s bowling attack in modern day cricket.Chatara made his ODI debut against West Indies in 2013 but went wicketless while conceding 64 runs in a losing cause. However, he recorded his best  bowling figures of 3/44 against Bangladesh in 2014. Having played only 21 ODIs wherein he claimed 27 wickets, Chatara is fairly new to the international  scene but he’s still regarded as one of the most promising young fast-bowling prospects in Zimbabwe.Squad: Regis Chakabva(wk), Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura(c), Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williamslast_img read more

‘Pogba needs consistency to be world class’

first_imgPaul Pogba needs to find greater consistency if he is to become a world class player like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, according to former Manchester United player and academy director Brian McClair.Pogba is United’s joint top-scorer this season in all competititons, having netted his fifth goal of the campaign against Everton on Sunday.But despite topping the goalscoring charts Pogba has also been on the receiving end of some criticism – something the 25-year-old has grown used to since his £89 million ($116m) return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The France international also fell out with manager Jose Mourinho earlier this season for comments made about the team’s tactics, resulting in Pogba being stripped of the vice-captaincy.McClair, who knows all about Pogba’s talents having been at United’s academy when the midfielder first moved to Old Trafford in 2009, says he is happy with the Frenchman’s performances.However, the 54-year-old has warned Pogba he still needs to perform on a regular basis if he is to be considered a true great.”Pogba is doing pretty well at Manchester United,” McClair told ESPN. “There is a bit too much social media nonsense, which is nothing to do with playing football, but Pogba has scored some important goals and played well in important games.”World-class players grab the main events, the semi-finals and finals for club and country, the biggest league games. France won the World Cup this year, but I don’t know how many people would say that one particular player grabbed the whole thing. Pele grabbed World Cups, Garrincha and [Diego] Maradona too.”[Michel] Platini grabbed European championships. Real Madrid, with players like Cristiano Ronaldo, [Luka] Modric and Sergio Ramos, grab the most important games when it really matters. They change games when things are going against you. Lionel Messi does the same. Cristiano did it when he was at Manchester United.”A top Manchester United player needs to be at least 7/10 every game. And in the proper big games you need to make some 10/10 appearances.” Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19McClair also recalled the attributes that attracted United to Pogba in the first place as well as the position where he feels will be most effective.”He was big, strong, quick and athletic. He wasn’t and isn’t a Patrick Vieira-type dominant midfielder like some have suggested; he’s more of a Lionel Messi-type player,” he said. “That might sound daft, but he’s a player who can find a pass, beat someone, shoot and score.”He has fantastic skills, but for him to have the best opportunity of success at Old Trafford, Pogba needs to be playing in the final third of the pitch as much as possible, whether that’s him on the ball, running into positions or shooting. That has been more evident in the last couple of games where he’s got into different positions and come close to scoring.”Pogba’s deteriorating relationship with Mourinho led to reports the he could look to leave Old Trafford in January.The midfielder even admitted earlier this season he was unsure of his future at the club and continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona.However, McClair has a warning for Pogba should he consider leaving for a second time.”The grass can always seem greener,” McClair added. “But it doesn’t matter if you are going to be a Man United player for a week or for 15 years, you will look back at the end of your career and Man United will have been the best club that you’ve ever played for.”last_img read more

De Bruyne: Chelsea made me stronger

first_imgKevin De Bruyne ‘Chelsea made me stronger’ – De Bruyne respectful after downing former side Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 04:05 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) KevinDeBruyne - cropped Getty Images Kevin De Bruyne Chelsea v Manchester City Chelsea Manchester City Premier League The Belgium international further enhanced his superstar status with the vital goal that sank the Premier League’s reigning champions Manchester City match-winner Kevin De Bruyne insisted revenge was not on his mind as he brilliantly undid Premier League champions Chelsea.Pep Guardiola’s City returned to the top of the table, above rivals Manchester United on goal difference, after De Bruyne rewarded the visitors’ controlled dominance with a brilliant left-footed finish from 22 yards after 67 minutes at Stamford Bridge.Man City 11/1 to beat Napoli 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The 26-year-old is shining at the second attempt in English football, having left Chelsea in search of first-team football.De Bruyne initially left on loan for Werder Bremen in 2012 before joining Wolfsburg two years later, where his form persuaded City to make him their club-record signing in August 2015.”That’s the past,” he told BT Sport of a Chelsea tenure that amounted to three league appearances.Kevin De Bruyne Chelsea Manchester City 30092017Pep Guardiola Kevin De Bruyne Chelsea Manchester City 30092017“What happened, happened. I’ve no regrets over coming here. It made me stronger in a lot of ways.”I made a decision at the time, Chelsea made a profit and I did what was best for me.”On a fine City performance, within which he was named man of the match, De Bruyne added: “I think it was a very tactical game, very disciplined from both sides.”We had more chances than Chelsea – not too many but a little bit. It’s a nice goal.”Everyone fought until the end and it’s a very nice win because it’s difficult to win here.”Fabian Delph impressed again at left-back – filling in for stricken first-choice Benjamin Mendy.The France international had cruciate knee ligament surgery this week and Delph dedicated the win to his colleague.Yes, @DeBruyneKev #cfcvcity— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 30, 2017″That performance was for one of our team-mates Benjamin,” he told BT Sport. “He left us a message before the game and we did it for him. That’s for you, big man.”We knew coming into the game it was our toughest of the season but we had a game plan. We stuck to it.”The plan was to stop them on the counter. I lost Willian a couple of times but I felt we did the job down to a tee.”We knew we’d lost the previous two games to them and we needed to come out on top.”last_img read more