Quotes of the week: No Pep talk from City boss

Sport360 staff 20/01/2017

It’s safe to say sportsmen and women are never shy of a word or two and this week has been no different.

Pep Guardiola was in no mood to be optimistic following Manchester City’s 4-0 defeat away to Everton. The Spaniard appeared to concede the title race.

Meanwhile, on his appointment as Nico Rosberg’s replacement at Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas insisted that he will fight team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the F1 championship.

What are your thoughts on these athletes’ comments and what do you make of the incredible rise of Arsenal’s new signing?

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Happy Birthday: Kerber, Guardiola, Pietrangelo

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We look at the stars born January 18.

A breakthrough 2016 has made the German tennis star, who was born on this day 29 years ago, one of the globe’s premier sport stars. Kerber’s game reached new heights last year.

She won her first two major titles at the Australian Open and US Open, these successes making her reach the coveted No1 spot in the world rankings for the first time on September 12.

At the Rio Olympics, she also won a silver medal while representing her nation. Kerber’s career has been one of steady progress.

She first debuted at a grand slam a decade ago, losing in the opening round at the French Open. Her breakthrough was to come in 2011 with her run to the semi-finals at the US Open.

Kerber, a left-hander with an aggressive approach continued to improve and she won four WTA titles in 2015 a year before unprecented wins occurred.

Other sport stars born on this day

1964: Richard Dunwoody, a retired Northern Irish jockey who rode 1,699 British winners during his career (53).

1967: Ivan Zamorano, retired Chile and Internazionale striker who was a bustling presence on pitch (50).

1971: Pep Guardiola, ex-Barcelona midfielder and revolutionary coach now employed by Manchester City (46).

1990: Alex Pietrangelo, an NHL star with St. Louis Blues and a gold medallist at the 2014 Winter Olympics (27).

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On this day in 2015: De Villiers scores 31-ball hundred

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AB de Villiers’ reputation as one of the most-devastating batsmen in limited-overs history was secured on this day, two years ago.

The South African superstar put in a relentless performance as the West Indies were massacred in Johannesburg. The wicketkeeper notched both the fastest fifty and fastest century in a remarkable innings.

The first mark was reached in 16 balls, one less than Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya in 1996.

He also bettered New Zealand’s Corey Anderson’s quickest ton by five balls, doing it in just 31 deliveries.

Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw also made hundreds in the game, which saw South Africa cruise to 439 from their 50 overs.

Other memorable events that took place on this day

1886: Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.

1951: NFL rules tackles, guards and centers ineligible for forward passes.

1953: The inaugural Argentine Grand Prix ends in tragedy as at least seven people die when Nino Farina’s car ploughs into the crowd.

1998: Ex-Boston Celtics center Robert Parrish has No. 00 shirt retired.

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