Manchester City showed their soft underbelly on the road as Southampton held out for a point manager Manuel Pellegrini felt the hosts fully deserved. Life away from the Etihad Stadium has been tough for City, who have won just two away Barclays Premier League matches this season – the latest of which came at West Brom on Wednesday. It had looked like Pellegrini would oversee another as City came flying out of the blocks on the south coast, with Sergio Aguero sweeping home early on. However, Saints rallied with a performance that belied their recent poor form and deservedly levelled just before the break through Dani Osvaldo’s exquisite strike. Mauricio Pochettino’s side bossed the remainder of the match but were unable to find a winner. “It is a good point,” Pellegrini said. “I don’t feel like we lost two points. “In all the other games away I felt like we deserved more but here this was the result that both teams deserved. “I always say that if you don’t play well and you can’t win, then at least don’t lose. We didn’t play well but we got a point.” It had looked early on as if City would run amok at St Mary’s, as Aguero struck home and Aleksandar Kolarov nodded just wide moments later. Aguero also wasted a gilt-edged chance midway through the first half – something City were made to rue as Southampton’s high pressing and possession game made life difficult. “I know how (Mauricio) Pochettino likes his teams to play and they did very well,” Pellegrini said, having faced the former Espanyol boss during the pair’s time in Spain. “It’s a hard place to come. It’s a very good team, in a good position in the table. “They lost their last few games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa but before that they played really well. “We lost control of the game. We started well, we had chances to score the second one and after that I think we started to play too quickly. That was the problem during the first half.” Much will be made of another underwhelming away display by City, but Southampton deserve credit for their performance in the face of adversity. Successive losses to Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa have been compounded by mounting injury worries, with seven first-team players unavailable for this match. “I think overall the performance was amazing from my team,” Pochettino said. “I think we have been on a negative run of results as of late but the thing about this team is it keeps believing. “I think this bad run of results we have been on has been due to different factors – maybe we have been unfortunate a little bit in a few of these games. “This team believes and I think this team is on a good run in how it plays. It tries to play always the same way, it tries to play well the same way. “I think against Manchester City we beat them on possession against a team that has the biggest record on possession in the league. Overall I am very happy with the team.” One player in particular, though, will undoubtedly take the headlines. Osvaldo put City captain Vincent Kompany on his backside, cut back past Pablo Zabaleta and shot into the top corner to draw Saints level in style. “It was a great goal,” Pochettino said of the man who may well face England at next year’s World Cup with Italy. “I think we were all able to see it and to all eyes it was an amazing goal.” Press Association
Syracuse (14-16, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) failed to get a win on the road this weekend, losing at Clemson (14-14, 8-9) on Friday in four sets followed by a five-set loss to Georgia Tech (12-18, 6-12) on Sunday.On Friday, the Orange lost the first set after Clemson won 11 points in a row to gain a 13-4 and eventually won the first set, 25-16. The Orange worked its way to a 23-22 lead in the second, but dropped three points in a row to lose the set.Syracuse rode an 11-4 run in the third set to pull out a 25-21 win, but in the fourth Silvi Uattara, who finished with team-high 18 kills for the Orange along with 14 digs, couldn’t quite lead a final comeback. Three straight kills brought the score to 24-23, but a Moneshia Simmons kill won the match for the Tigers.On Sunday, the Orange lost the first set to Georgia Tech 25-20, but came back to win the next two sets 25-21 and a dominating 25-13 to take a 2-1 advantage.In the fourth set, the Orange grabbed a 20-18 lead, but lost the next five points and eventually lost the set 25-23. In the deciding fifth set, Syracuse grabbed a 12-11 lead, but Georgia Tech won four of the next five points to claim the match.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUattara also had a double-double against the Yellow Jackets, with 18 kills and 12 digs. Fellow outside hitter Nicolette Serratore had a double-double in both matches this weekend, as well, finishing with 18 kills and 11 digs on Sunday and 14 kills and 12 digs on Friday.—Compiled by Ryan Raigrodski, staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Published on November 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Italian Senate A linguist and former university administrator has been appointed to Italy’s top science policy position. On Friday, Italy’s new prime minister, Matteo Renzi, announced that Stefania Giannini will be his minister of education, universities, and research. Giannini will have the unthankful job of preserving what’s left of Italy’s scientific legacy at a time of shrinking budgets.Giannini, 53, is a professor of linguistics and comparative linguistics at the University for Foreigners of Perugia; between 2004 and 2013, she also served as the university’s rector, a position she gave up when she was elected to the Senate for former Prime Minister Mario Monti’s centrist party, Civic Choice, in February 2013.“I hope that Giannini will be able to appreciate the strategic importance of scientific research and its applications, despite her background in the humanities,” says Piergiorgio Strata, a neuroscientist at the University of Turin.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The third minister on the post in less than 3 years, Giannini doesn’t have an easy job ahead of her. Public spending on research and development in Italy is just 1% of its gross domestic product, a low rate compared with neighbors like Switzerland and France. A key funding instrument, the Italian Research Project of National Interest, shrunk from €170 million in 2010 and 2011 to €38 million in 2012, and may drop to zero in 2014. Italy’s Ordinary Fund for Higher Education, which provides block funding for universities, has shrunk from €7.5 billion in 2009 to €6.6 billion in 2013.“A country cannot spend €275 billion on pensions and €53 billion on education,” Giannini said in an interview yesterday with La Repubblica. But her two predecessors, Francesco Profumo and Maria Chiara Carrozza, have been unable to reverse the trends, and the mood among academics is gloomy. “I am extremely skeptical about the political situation overall,” says physicist Francesco Sylos Labini of the Enrico Fermi Center in Rome, who’s a member of the grassroots campaign group Return On Academic Research. “Once again, this government coalition did not have a consensus from the electorate, which makes the whole scenario very shaky,” he says.Italy is hoping that E.U. funds will help make up for the declines. A new National Research Program (NRP) 2014 to 2020, presented by outgoing Minister Carrozza on 31 January, has a 7-year timeline, just like Horizon 2020, the European Union’s new research program; that’s an “important signal,” Strata says. But for E.U. grants to have a real impact, Italian researchers would have to become more successful in bagging them. “It requires a mindset that Italy doesn’t have yet,” Giannini said in the La Repubblica interview.NRP has a 7-year budget of €6.3 billion, or €900 million per year. But Sylos Labini is not sure that the government will actually find the money to fund the plan. He says it’s urgent that the government spends more money on basic research, without which innovation isn’t possible. “Italian basic research is in peril,” Sylos Labini says. When in Rome … Winning more E.U. grants “requires a mindset that Italy doesn’t have yet,” Stefania Giannini says.