Manuel Pellegrini accepts speculation linking Pep Guardiola with his job at Manchester City is inevitable. The rumours have resurfaced in recent days because Guardiola suggested he would make an announcement about his future in the next week. But Pellegrini, who was displaced by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in 2010, said: “We don’t know what Pep will do next season. There are rumours, speculation about what he wants to do. “I think Pep is one of the best coaches in the world so if he doesn’t continue at Bayern maybe a lot of teams can try to have him manage their team. “In my case, I don’t have any pressure about that. Maybe there are a lot of rumours – not only this season but going back to the other seasons – but the only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to win. “When you have experience and manage so many big clubs, you know with every result that is not the result the club wants the media will start with different rumours about different things, but if you are worried about that it’s impossible to work in a big team.” Pellegrini guided City to Barclays Premier League title success and the Capital One Cup in his first season in charge. Their defence of their league title last season was poor but they still finished second and they are the favourites to take the crown this term. Such facts weigh heavily in Pellegrini’s favour and reclaiming the title – and perhaps winning other silverware – this season would make any decision to remove him seem particularly harsh, even if Guardiola was available. But the Chilean, who is contracted to City until 2017, said: “I cannot talk about what other people want to manage the club. Every owner has the right to see what is the best future for their club. “It’s not my problem because I don’t think for them. My thinking is to try to win and continue in a job where I am happy. After that it’s not my decision.” But the City manager claims he could not work properly if he let such rumours affect him. Bayern Munich’s much-coveted former Barcelona boss has been a reported target of City for several years, since even before Pellegrini arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2013. Press Association
Marcus Ericsson got into some turbulent air while running near the front of the Indy 500 and slapped the outer wall in Turn 2, bringing out the second caution flag on the hot, sunny day in Indianapolis.Scott Dixon had led the first 28 laps before taking the field down pit road for the first set of stops. He was still in first after the stop with Takuma Sato, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti close behind.The weather could play a factor in the race. It is much warmer than it typically is during the race in May.___1:40 p.m. August 23, 2020 Associated Press The Latest: Davison first out of Indy 500 in fiery crash The countdown is on to the start of the Indy 500, which was delayed from its traditional date in May because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be run without fans for the first time in its 104 editions.New track owner Roger Penske, whose team has four cars in the field, and IndyCar executives have tried to create an entertaining prerace show for broadcaster NBC. But the build up to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is still somewhat eerie without the 250,000-plus fans who typically show up inside the Brickyard.Driver introductions took place with the voice of the public address announcer echoing off the empty stands. There also will be no military parade or balloon release, two staples of race day. But there will be Jim Cornelison singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” and the Air Force’s famed Thunderbirds performing a flyover.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest from the Indianapolis 500, which was delayed from Memorial Day weekend because of COVID-19:___2 p.m. Marco Andretti has led the field to the green flag for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, the familiar field of 33 roaring down the canyon-like front stretch of empty seats at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.The warm-ups found Andretti following the IndyCar two-seater driven by his grandfather and 1969 winner Mario Andretti with his father and team owner Michael Andretti in the second seat. It was the first time that the three generations of the family were on the track at the Brickyard at the same time.The call to start the engines was delivered by Roger Penske, whose family purchased the speedway along with the IndyCar Series. He promised that fans would be “back home again in Indiana” in 2021.___1 p.m. James Davison has brought out the first caution flag of the Indianapolis 500 when he made contact with the wall in the opening laps and his right front tire turned into a ball of fire.Davison was able to exit the car without any problem. His car was still smoking as it was lifted onto a flatbed truck.Scott Dixon went immediately to the front when the green flag dropped, passing pole sitter Marco Andretti heading into Turn 1. Ryan Hunter-Reay also was on the move in the opening laps as Honda flexed the muscle it has shown all month.___1:30 p.m.