first_img The Chilean said: “I think we have the best squad in England. “We bought four important players, we already had a very good team and with these four players I think we improved a lot. “We hope that from the first match against Newcastle at home we will start winning, and we will try to bring another trophy here.” The event also saw defender Pablo Zabaleta receive the club’s player of the year award for 2012-13 and the Argentinian also spoke of his confidence for the year ahead. He said: “I can guarantee to everyone that we have been working really hard in pre-season and we are very hungry for more trophies, and we aim to win something this season. “The atmosphere in the dressing room is great. We wish the new manager and all his staff the very best of luck for the future.” City finished runners-up to rivals Manchester United last season and suffered a shock loss to Wigan in the FA Cup final. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has emphasised his confidence for the new season by hailing his squad as the best in the Barclays Premier League. Pellegrini, who took charge at the Etihad Stadium this summer, has inherited a squad that has been bolstered by the signings of Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic for a combined near-£90million cost. Pellegrini gave his opinions on stage during a question and answer session for fans at the club’s season launch party in Manchester city centre. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgFormer Syracuse defensive end Amir Ealey pleaded not guilty to charges of rape linked to two incidents in July 2015, according to Syracuse.com.Ealey was arrested in March and charged with two counts of rape in the third degree for incidents that allegedly occurred in the Ernie Davis residence hall, according to the Syracuse Police Department. The victims of the incidents were acquaintances of Ealey’s, per SPD.The charges were upgraded on Sept. 23 to one count of first-degree rape and two counts of third-degree rape. New York state law considers first-degree rape as engaging in sexual intercourse with another person by ‘forcible compulsion,’ through physical force or a threat. It is punishable up to 25 years in prison.According to Syracuse.com, his attorney, Chuck Keller, said there is no forensic or physical evidence in the case given the months-long gap between the time the incident allegedly occurred and when it was reported.Ealey is currently living in Pennsylvania and drove up to Syracuse for Tuesday’s court appearance with his mother, per Syracuse.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEaley, 19, played in seven games as a freshman in 2015. He was dismissed from SU’s football team on Feb. 4 after being suspended indefinitely in November in an unrelated incident. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2016 at 1:29 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more