Dybala: ‘Juve showed experience’

first_imgPaulo Dybala feels Juventus “sent a signal, we have the necessary experience” to turn around difficult situations after his brace beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1. The Russians had taken a shock lead after 30 minutes, but La Joya scored at the 77th and 79th to transform the Champions League match in Turin. “I really needed these two goals. It was a good result for me and for the team, as we suffered, but have the necessary experience to keep calm and find a way through,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia. Does this show that Juve can play with Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo together? “We can work on it, the Coach has his ideas and we’ll work on them in training to improve together.” The Bianconeri are still unbeaten in all competition this season, dropping points only to Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid. “We sent the usual signal, which is that this is not a Juventus side without experience or talent. We can have our say.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Gattuso favourite for Udinese job

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Udinese are taking 24 hours to consider coach Igor Tudor’s position after back-to-back embarrassing defeats to Atalanta and Roma, with Gennaro Gattuso the favourite. The 7-1 loss to Atalanta on Sunday evening was shocking, but partially excused by the fact they were down to 10 men for an hour. However, on Wednesday night they incredibly lost 4-0 at home against a Roma side that had Federico Fazio very harshly sent off just 32 minutes in. According to Sky Sport Italia, Tuttomercatoweb, La Gazzetta dello Sport and others, Udinese directors are taking a few hours to think about the various alternatives. Gattuso is believed to be the favourite, especially as he was in the stands for the 7-1 defeat to Atalanta, alongside his long-term assistant manager. The former Milan coach has already turned down offers from Genoa and Sampdoria this month, so there is no guarantee he’d accept Udinese. Other candidates include Pasquale Marino and Stefano Colantuono.last_img read more

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Maran: ‘No Cagliari limits’

first_imgRolando Maran saw Cagliari’s “best performance of the season” to beat Atalanta 2-0 and won’t set limits on their ambitions after going joint third. “I think it was our best performance of the season. This was an extremely tough fixture, as Atalanta were on great form, they had scored in every game and we decided the best way of approaching it was to force them to defend,” explained Maran on DAZN. “Both teams were on the attack constantly and that made for a very entertaining match. We ran from start to finish, everyone showed the right spirit and the great thing about these lads is that whoever I choose, they all give their contribution as part of the team unit. “If we rest on our laurels, we’ll never improve. We have to create continual motivation, both as a squad and as individuals. We watched Atalanta this week to prepare and decided we had to get closer to their approach, the way they face everyone with no fear and by playing their football. “We want to go beyond our limits and see what we can do. It’s all about finding the right path to improvement.” Cagliari are now level with Atalanta in fourth place after 11 rounds, so can they follow in those footsteps with European ambitions? “Obviously, there is now more attention on us, as is natural in this position, but it should only be relatively of interest. What matters is taking it one game at a time and not resting on our laurels. We must always strive to do better.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Boateng: ‘My own racism task force’

first_imgFiorentina forward Kevin-Prince Boateng has had enough of racism in football and claims he will be starting his “own task force” next year. The 32-year-old is “sick of it” and claims clubs should be “punished with a points deduction” system if they can’t make their fans behave in Italian stadiums. “It’s not enough to prevent the access of part of the fans after the insults towards [Mario] Balotelli,” he told the Corriere della Sera. “I hope the public has learned something and no longer replicate certain behaviour. “We need to ban them. The clubs need to pay for their fans’ behaviour. And if necessary, punish them with a point deduction.” After a speech at a UN meeting on racial discrimination in sports, Boateng is not happy with the actions carried out by the clubs. “It was an important day in my life. But after that, what has been done to stop the trend?” he added. “There’s been a task force, summarized by a series of meetings and ideas. The “No to Racism” campaign in the Champions League is not enough. “I’ll do it myself in 2020. I’m organising my task force with events involving other players. “I’m sick of it. People don’t understand how Balotelli, Boateng or [Kalidou] Koulibaly feel when they get home. “We are alone. I go crazy when I hear comments like, ‘so what, you earn €5m’. There are scars on you that you can’t erase.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Sania crashes out of Wimbledon singles

first_imgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza crashed out in the first round of the women singles event in the Wimbledon after slumping to a straight set defeat against Angelique Kerber of Germany here on Monday.The 113th ranked Sania, who is making her comeback to the courts after a three-month injury lay-off, lost 4-6 1-6 to the 55th ranked Kerber in little more than an hour.Sania, who recently married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, still has a chance to make amends for the opening round loss in the singles as she will compete in the doubles event of the grass court Grand Slam, partnering Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.The Indo-Dane duo wil be up against Anne Keothavong and Melanie South of Great Britain in the opening round.last_img

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Sachin to get honorary IAF post

first_imgSachin Tendulkar is set to have another feather on his cap with the Indian Air Force (IAF) deciding to confer him an honorary group captain’s post.  Sources said the IAF had considered giving Sachin an honorary wing commander’s post but top officials decided that the rank wasn’t befitting Sachin’s stature.  A group captain’s rank in the air force is equivalent to that of a colonel in the Army.  Sources said Sachin may also be invited by the IAF to fly a fighter jet this year to earn ‘wings’.last_img

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Sania Mirza will be in top 100 for sure: Martina Navratilova

first_imgTennis legend Martina Navratilova, on her first visit to India for the WTA Hyderabad open, spoke to senior editor Sharda Ugra. Excerpts: Martina NavratilovaQ.Indian girls are always told that in tennis everything is against them physique, culture, precedent. Can such hurdles be overcome?A. Physique is bullshit … pardon my French,Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, on her first visit to India for theWTA Hyderabad open, spoke to senior editor Sharda Ugra. Excerpts: Martina NavratilovaQ.Indian girls are always told that in tennis everything is against them physique, culture, precedent. Can such hurdles be overcome? A. Physique is bullshit … pardon my French but Justine Henin-Hardenne is just 5 ft 6 in. You don’t have to be a monster to be No. 1. Roger Federer is not a big guy. One who can be a threat at the net as well as play from the baseline, that is the player who will be No. 1, the champion of 2005 or 2010. If you are bigger, it helps but there is place for a smaller player who is clever and fast, who can use the court. I don’t think physique is the problem in India, it is more cultural. Girls are not encouraged to be as active as boys, women don’t have as many opportunities. It is tricky but you can overcome it. Look at Sania, she’ll be in the top 100, for sure.Q. What would you say to Sania Mirza today? A. Love what you do and do it to the best of your ability. Give 100 per centon the practice court, in preparation, in matches. Take care of details – fitness, rest, training, diet. Also balance tennis with other things.Q. Can athleticism be taught to a player who may not move well? A. No, you are either a natural athlete or not. Movement is essential to reach the top. And all top players are great movers. But you can work to become a better athlete at every level. India has fantastic cricketers and you play very good field hockey which is a very athletic sport. So the basic athletic ability is there, you just have to nourish it.Q. Can India produce champions? A. I don’t know how many people play tennis here. Dogirls play it in school? Do you have the system to support it? You need clubs, funding, competition. You are only as good as your opposition. You cannot hit a great tennis ball until a great tennis ball is hit to you.Q. When you come to places like India,does your impact surprise you? A. It is strange when you come to a country you have never been to and people know who you are. I amnot used to it. It still surprises me.Q. In your press conference, you said you were familiar with Indian history. Who and what had you heard of, outside tennis? A. Indira Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi himself. Indira was very popular in Czechoslovakia. I know about the division of India and Pakistan, the history, about the Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and the Buddhists. You have such a combination of cultures and they got along fine until the British came and messed things up. But you are getting yourself together economically. Indian people are so bright … it is funny, every time I call AOL for technical support, Iend up talking to someone in India.advertisementlast_img read more

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TNT, Ginebra out to break semis tie

first_imgArgentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Aussies banner Powerman bets ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img “No idea,” said Nash. “I know coach Tim (Cone) will do something. I’ll ask Olsen about it.”PBA legend Olsen is Cone’s assistant with the Kings. But he doesn’t have to spill any major secrets for TNT to figure out how it can gain control of the best-of-five affair.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 openingThe Texters have been consistently holding their own against Barangay Ginebra’s imposing frontline and will again have to cut down the Gin Kings to size anew if they want to score a crucial Game 3 victory Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We always believe that we’re capable of beating Ginebra. But it takes a lot of focus and a lot of effort to do that,” said Nash. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sealing all possible gaps in the lane, the KaTropa leveled the semifinal showdown by humbling the Gin Kings, 103-96, on a road trip in Batangas City last Wednesday.Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, Ginebra’s twin wrecking balls in the paint, couldn’t split the space down low efficiently, allowing TNT’s defenders to clamp down on them easily.Even Justin Brownlee, who finished with a game-high 25 points, was smothered by TNT’s choking internal defense in the closing minutes when the Kings attempted to cut down a double-digit advantage.“I think in every position, we are outsized by Ginebra. When they play with a big lineup, it’s really hard to play them,” said Racela.Tony Semarad did an exceptional job on limiting Brownlee’s mobility inside while Kelly Williams and Moala Tautuaa had seven-footer Slaughter and the 6-foot-9 Aguilar in check.ADVERTISEMENT While containing these giants plays a critical role in scoring a win, TNT must also let quintessential playmaker Jayson Castro provide the leadership and make sure Glen Rice Jr. stays out of early foul trouble this time.“We have to stick to our rebounding and defensive game plan,” said Castro in Filipino. “We don’t want to get outhustled just like in Game 1. We should again come out with a lot energy.”Slowed down by leg cramps late in the final period, Castro tallied 20 points and 10 assists in his crucial matchup with Ginebra’s LA Tenorio. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 PBA IMAGESAlmost lost in the intensity of the semifinal series and the rivalry of the team owners involved is the fact that Nash Racela and brother Olsen are squaring off from opposite benches on the hardcourt.Nash, the TNT KaTropa coach, threw a slight joke about it, when asked on what adjustments he is expecting from Barangay Ginebra in Game 3 of their series, which is now tied at 1-1. ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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13 players show up as Gilas opens World Cup qualifiers buildup

first_imgMOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout Herndon motivated to play alongside league’s top guards at Star The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThirteen players were present in the first day of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ training camp for the first leg of the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers later this month.Four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, and Calvin Abueva spearheaded the attendees at Meralco Gym on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ View comments Also present were longtime national team members Japeth Aguilar and Gabe Norwood, mainstays Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, and Allein Maliksi, as well as cadets Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz.Assistant coaches Jong Uichico, Jimmy Alapag, Josh Reyes, and Ryan Betia assisted Head Coach Chot Reyes in the session.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 openingThe Philippines is preparing for its game against Japan in Tokyo on November 24, before going back home where it will take on Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Gameslast_img read more

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SBP still on lookout for next naturalized player

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Recruitment biggest challenge for Frankie Lim at Perpetual View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img But they just haven’t decided on who to take that next step with.“At this point in time, we do not have any particular player yet. My understanding is we’re still looking for the best possible candidate,” said SBP vice chairman Robbie Puno on Thursday.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 opening“Right now, we’re ready to spearhead that process. We’ve spoken with a couple of congressmen who will author the bill. But what we’re waiting for is the imprimatur as to who we will really make the effort to naturalize, because when you start that process, it becomes really difficult,” he said.Blatche has represented the Philippines as its naturalized player for the better part of the last three years, but the SBP has meticulously tried to find a contingency plan and kept an eye on a few prospects. One of them is Isaiah Austin, who suited up for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup and impressed with his averages of 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, and 2.4 assists.Puno, who authored the bills for the naturalization of Blatche and Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger previously, said that the Philippines hosting the 2023 Fiba World Cup should be taken at the highest of considerations as SBP looks to field possibly one of the strongest national teams in six years’ time.“If our target is 2023, there will be probably enough time for us to make sure we have the right player in terms of his basketball skills, his age, as well as his attitude,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche may still be at his peak right now, but Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) acknowledges that the Syracuse native is now battling time.That’s why the association has is prepared to endorse next naturalized candidate who could represent the country in international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

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New coach wants to see better speed, power, accuracy from Lady Maroons

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Koreas to form their first joint Olympic team for Winter Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I’m not trying to change the way they play, what I’m here to do is improve the way they play,” said Okumu Wednesday at UP College of Human Kinetics.“They should be faster, if they spike they should spike stronger, if they can pass they should pass better. Every thing, I’m trying to improve the speed, power, accuracy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingLast year, Okumu took over a UP team that ended up with a 7-7 record in Season 79 under head coach Jerry Yee.The Kenyan national believes that with UP’s intact core last season, it was already ripe to become a legitimate title contender. Season 78 Rookie of the Year Isa Molde, Diana Carlos, Justine Dorog, and Ayel Estrañero make up the team’s center but has yet to prove that their 2016 Final Four appearance wasn’t a fluke.“Three years is a long time for a team to play together, and I think is they should’ve won,” said Okumu. “Three years with the same team, it’s quite a long time.”“I hope that changing the speed, the way they pass or spike, and improving their power and I think we will get somewhere.”ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu.University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu isn’t asking much from his Lady Maroons, he just wants them to be better.Okumu said he wants the Lady Maroons to take every aspect of the game of volleyball and push it to another level.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertelast_img read more

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PSL Grand Prix: Sta. Lucia outlasts Generika in 5 sets

first_imgRobredo: 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 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 opening ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Kingad eyes to bounce back in ONE: Visions of Victory ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte MOST READ Sta. Lucia Realty overcame a slow start to escape with a 21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 15-7 victory over Generika-Ayala in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Tuesday at Bacoor Sports Complex in Cavite. Bohdana Anisova, formerly of the Ukraine national team, erupted for 28 points and MJ Philips chipped in 22 to tow the Lady Realtors to their first victory. SLR coach George Pascua said his key players led by veteran setter Rubie de Leon are slowly adjusting with the rest of the team.ADVERTISEMENT Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probelast_img read more

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ISL: Chennayin thrash Mumbai 3-0, consolidate top spot

first_imgChennaiyin FC players celebrate after scoring a goal. (ISL Images)Chennaiyin FC produced a clinical performance and pumped in goals in the second half to thrash Mumbai City FC 3-0 to consolidate their position at the top of the table in Indian Super League at the DY Patil Stadium here on Sunday.After much prodding and probing, Bruno Pelissari gave his side the lead in the 71st minute when he slotted the ball home. Pelissari made the stride after a blunder from Mumbai midfielder Jan Stohanzl, who gave away the ball from the edge of the box before Chennai’s Balwant Singh failed to get a touch.The Marco Materazzi-coached side extended the lead 10 minutes later when Dhanachandra Singh’s shot found the back of the net after capitalising on a error from Mumbai custodian Subrata Paul.The Abhishek Bachchan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni co-owned side took an unsailable 3-0 lead in the 89th minute when Cristian Hidalgo, who came in for Pelissari in the 73rd minute, smashed a brilliant freekick past to the right of a flying Paul in the Mumbai goal.The table-toppers missed out on getting a penalty when Mikael Silvestre’s shot hit Manuel Friedrich’s hand in the 56th minute. Chennai which had drubbed Mumbai 5-1 when the two sides had met earlier, consolidate their position at the top with 19 points from 10 games, while with 12 points Mumbai is placed sixth in the eight-team league.The hosts were without the services of the French import Nicolas Anelka and drafted Portuguese midfielder Tiago Ribeiro in his place, while skipper Syed Rahim Nabi came in place of forward Subash Singham in the starting eleven. Chennaiyin, on the other hand, made three changes to their line-up from the previous game. The league’s highest goal scorer Elano Blumer, Colombian striker John Mendoza and Gourmangi Singh were replaced by Bruno Pelissari, Mikael Silvestre and Balwant Singh.advertisementlast_img read more

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India vs Australia: Game 5, ODI Tri-series- As it happened!

first_imgAustralia have won the toss and elected to field first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of the ODI Tri-series, Game 5 between India and Australia from the Sydney Cricket Ground in Melbourne.ScorecardIt’s Official: So the inevitable has happened. The match has been called off. From yesterday rain was predicted for Sydney today and the forecast promptly came true. The match was delayed by 40 minutes. We got some play in before a rain delay for 50 minutes. The rain relented and the players came back to play. 16 overs were possible before a big storm struck and forced the abandonment.Inevitable. Called off! Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 26, 2015India and Australia now share two points each which makes the England clash on Friday a knockout game for the two sides as the hosts are already through to the final. The pitch had pace and bounce and Dhawan struggled. He got out to Starc and Rayudu came out with an intent to play a stroke every ball. He got away a few times, but his luck ran out soon. Rahane and Kohli were there in the middle when the rain came down. India will be happy with the two points as it now gives them a realistic chance of making the final. If they beat England at Perth, they are through. Don’t worry about the weather at Perth, it hasn’t rained in ages there.If as seems likely now, this game is a washout, India vs England on the 30th becomes a straight knockoutadvertisement Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 26, 2015Rain Update: The weather has not changed a bit, rather it’s getting worse at the SCG. The play has been stopped for over an hour now. The cut-off time for a 20-over game is 20:45(local) which is two hours away. In case of a no result today, the two teams will share two points each which will make India’s tie against England on Friday, a straight knockout game. Stay tuned for more updates! We have got no chance now.. Smashing down #washout #AUSvIND Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) January 26, 2015Bad News: The rain is back at the Sydney Cricket Ground, yet again. The players are walking off the field and the covers are coming on. It’s not looking good as dark clouds encircle the stadium. Stay tuned for more updates! With Virat Kohli(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(27) at the crease, India are currently at 66/2 after 15 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!James Faulkner comes into the attack for Australia. With Virat Kohli(0) and Ajinkya Rahane(24) at the crease, India are currently at 62/2 after 13 overs.Superb catch running back by Warner Rayudu out for 23 India 2-62 #AUSvIND #IndianRepublicDay #AustraliaDay #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/rfk2Sz7uBE Indian Cricket Team (@IndianCricNews) January 26, 2015SIX RUNS off the over!!Virat Kohli is the new man in for India.There was NO NEED FOR THAT SHOT from Ambati Rayudu who had already scored a boundary in the over!!12.5 overs: OUT!! Mitchell Marsh has got Ambati Rayudu out caught in covers. Rayudu skips down the track looking for the big shot but mistimes it straight into the hands of David Warner who takes a good catch while running backwards. Ambati Rayudu departs after scoring 23 runs off 24 balls with two boundaries and a six. Another BLOW for India!!12.4 overs: FOUR!! Ambati Rayudu hangs back and steers it over the wicket-keeper for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Rayudu!! With Ambati Rayudu(19) and Ajinkya Rahane(23) at the crease, India are currently at 56/1 after 12 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!! First sign of spin, Xavier Doherty comes into the attack for Australia. With Ambati Rayudu(13) and Ajinkya Rahane(16) at the crease, India are currently at 41/1 after nine overs.Nice aggressive batting from @RayuduAmbati #WeWontGiveItBack #INDvsAUS Pavan Praneeth (@praneethtz) January 26, 2015NINE RUNS off the over!!8.6 overs: SIX!! Ambati Rayudu shimmies down the wicket and smashes it deep into the stands over long-on for the maximum. That was SMOKED by Rayudu!! First change, Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack for Australia. With Ambati Rayudu(6) and Ajinkya Rahane(14) at the crease, India are currently at 32/1 after eight overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!7.5 overs: FOUR!! Ambati Rayudu stands tall and smashes it over mid-on for a boundary. Rayudu GETS GOING for India!! With Ambati Rayudu(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(13) at the crease, India are currently at 26/1 after seven overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Shikhar Dhawan appointed as new fielding coach of Australia, as he gives away catching practice to the slips! #AusvsInd #AusvInd #INDvsAUS Pranay Mehta (@PranayMehta_PM) January 26, 2015Ambati Rayudu comes to the crease for India.advertisement3.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Mitchell Starc has got Shikhar Dhawan out caught at first slip. Dhawan stays back in the crease and dabs it straight into the hands of Aaron Finch who doesn’t drop those. Shikhar Dhawan departs after scoring eight runs off 13 balls. Dhawan’s DISMAL FORM continues!! With Shikhar Dhawan(8) and Ajinkya Rahane(13) at the crease, India are currently at 24/0 after six overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!5.4 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane was looking to pull and gets a faint edge past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. With Shikhar Dhawan(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(8) at the crease, India are currently at 12/0 after four overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!3.5 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane swivels across and flicks it towards long leg for the first boundary in the innings. POOR LINE from Hazlewood!! With Shikhar Dhawan(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(2) at the crease, India are currently at 6/0 after three overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane are back in the middle for India while Mitchell Starc will continue his over for Australia. Good News: The rain has stopped at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the covers are being removed here. The overs have been reduced to 44-over per side. The play will resume at 4:06pm(local) in another 11 minutes. Bad News: The rain returns back to the Sydney Cricket Ground. The players are walking off the field and the covers are coming on. It looks quite gloomy in the background as dark clouds hover over the stadium. Stay tuned for more updates! #TriSeries: The rain returns at the SCG, as do the covers. Ind 6/0 in 2.4 overs against Aus #INDvsAUS #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/vs4oVBCtmT CricketGroundSe (@CricketGroundse) January 26, 2015With Shikhar Dhawan(0) and Ajinkya Rahane(1) at the crease, India are currently at 4/0 after two overs.THREE RUNS off the over!! Josh Hazlewood will bowl from the other end for Australia. TIDY START by Starc, just one run off it!! Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle for India while Mitchell Starc will start the proceedings for Australia.Team News: India have made two crucial changes with Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja coming in for Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. On the other hand, Australia bring back David Warner, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood and Xavier Doherty. This is fantastic looking team. 6 pure batsman 3 All-Rounders 2 Fast Bowlers Amazing n different combination #IndvsAus #RepublicDay Srstc pk 😉 {~} (@Shoaib_Alam0786) January 26, 2015Toss: Australia have won the toss and elected to field first against India. Bad News: It’s drizzling at the Sydney Cricket Ground at the moment. The weather and cloudy situation will only make it worse as the start of the game is likely to get affected. Stay tuned for more updates.If India lose today or the match gets washed out, their ODI against England on Friday, becomes a knock-out game. India will have to secure a bonus point win in case they lose today. Stat-Attack:Sachin Tendulkar scored a masterly 117 in 2008 to mastermind India’s only victory over Australia in a One-Day International in Sydney.advertisementIt’s very very special day for both the teams. While India celebrate their 66th Republic day, the hosts will be celebrating the Australia day, their official national day. A win in today’s game will be of momentous significance for both the teams. Australia are already through to the final and will be looking forward to keep the momentum going. On the other hand, winless India find themselves in a do-or-die situation.The hosts are in terrific touch. Their bowling attack is solid, with Mitchell Starc enjoying a dream run. He was ruthless in their first two games, and combined well with other bowlers in their last match to put up an admirable display of death bowling. Although their batting lacks the same consistency as their bowling, their depth has allowed them to play more freely. George Bailey, who missed the last game due to suspension, will take over the captaincy from Steve Smith. Shaun Marsh will make way for David Warner. Mitchell Johnson is fit but it remains to be seen whether Australia would rush him for a seemingly inconsequential game. The fact that Australia are already through offers them a good chance to experiment.For India, it has been a sorry tale. Opting to bat first in both their games, the visitors stuttered in the initial overs. They were able to post a decent 267 against Australia in the first, but it was no match for a flamboyant Australian batting attack. Against England, it was yet another story. Collective failure from the batsmen meant that India could only post a meagre 153 on board. There continues to be a big question mark over Shikhar Dhawan’s form and Virat Kohli’s batting position still seems uncertain. Even Rohit Sharma continues to remain out of the side due to a hamstring injury. The bowlers have been wayward and miserably inconsistent. India have failed as a unit in both their matches. However, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja’s return to the side might give the visitors a glimmer of hope.India:The defending World Champions had a sorry day at the office against England. They were blown away by Steven Finn and James Anderson and there appear to be cracks creeping up into the famed batting line-up. There are question marks surrounding Shikhar Dhawan’s place in the side and Virat Kohli’s batting position. India’s two aggressive batsman at the top of the order have failed to get started. Rohit Sharma, India’s centurion against Australia in Melbourne, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and will miss the encounter in Sydney.India, however, will be boosted by Ishant Sharma’s and Ravindra Jadeja’s steady return to fitness. Stuart Binny, who shone in an otherwise forgettable day against England, may keep his place even if India opt to for a two-spinner attack. Jadeja’s bowling readiness may help the team management make the choice among the three available spinners. A five day break after their twin defeats may augur well for a team that looks to regain its mental freshness.Australia:Australia have enjoyed the perfect tune-up thus far. Their first two victories were set up by Mitchell Starc and their bursts with the new ball. Then, in their last game against England, Starc and James Faulkner came up with a fine exhibition of death bowling to restrict England to 303, when they looked set to get much more. The batting has remained solid, if not flamboyant. The depth in batting has allowed the top-order to bat with freedom.For the India game, there are welcome returns to the squad. George Bailey will take over as captain missing the last game due to suspension. Mitchell Marsh has sufficiently recovered from an injury sustained during the Brisbane Test against India. David Warner and Shane Watson missed the Hobart ODI with hamstring injuries and It remains to be seen, if the think-tank would rush them for an inconsequential game. Mitchell Johnson, though fit, will make a return only for the final. However, Josh Hazlewood and Xavier Doherty are expected to play on Monday.Teams(from):India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ravindra JadejaAustralia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey(c), Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin(wk), James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Gurinder Sandhulast_img read more

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Second injury blow for Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez out of World Cup

first_imgPakistan received yet another injury blow on Sunday when their top-order batsman Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out of World Cup due to an ankle injury. Hafeez is the second player to be ruled out after Junaid Khan failing to recover from a thigh injury had to be replaced by Rahat Ali.Hafeez was recently banned by the ICC from bowling due to suspect bowling action. But he has been able to hold on to his place in the Pakistan line-up as an opener. Hafeez in ODIs has scored 4542 runs at an average of 31.10, which includes nine hundreds and 23 half-centuries.It is learnt that the Pakistan Cricket Board has sent the name of left-handed batsman Nasir Jamshed to the ICC technical committee for inclusion in the World Cup squad as a replacement, as reported by dawn.com on Sunday.On Saturday, ICC cleared offspinner Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action, allowing him to resume bowling in international cricket.last_img read more

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World Cup: Sourav Ganguly picks his top four teams in tournament

first_imgNobody can argue about him being India’s most successful Test captain and one of the greatest one-day batsmen of all time. Sourav Ganguly shared his tips & tricks with Vikrant Gupta in an exclusive interview, talking about his experience in past World Cups and how he evaluates 2015 World Cup.Watch Video On India’s World Cup title defence:Though it’s still too early to predict the winner, India boast the team that is capable of retaining the World Cup. Their transformation in the tournament has been amazing. The knockout stage will be crucial and only the best teams will survive. India must focus on one game at a time to build on their campaign. South Africa, even if they lost their last game against Pakistan, are still strong contenders at the World Cup.On India’s hiccups during West Indies game:Indian batting has been the strength and the team has always won after scoring big runs in the past. Their game against Windies was really important. India had earlier pressurized the opposition with big scores on board after batting first. But against Windies, they were asked to bowl and the pressure was on India to perform better. And that’s what they did. They reduced the Windies to 185 and then chased the total despite a few hiccups. It will be a learning experience for India having chased under pressure. On MS Dhoni’s knock against West Indies:It was also a crucial game for MS Dhoni who has been missing in action for the Indian team. It allowed him to get his confidence back while he played a responsible innings for his team. He avoided risky shots and build his innings on singles to get India home.On India’s performance in the bowling department:advertisementThe Indian bowlers are complementing the batsmen in the best possible manner. The bowlers have actually made life easier for the batsmen. They’ve bowled out the opposition in crucial games including South Africa and West Indies. Pakistan was the only team that managed to score over 200 runs against India in the tournament. The bowlers have actually taken the centre stage this time around. The history has showed that the batsmen have dominated when India has played well. In the early phase of the World Cup, it’s actually the bowlers who have set the game for the team.The defining moment in the World Cup so far:Shikhar Dhawan’s runs at the top against Pakistan and South Africa have been crucial for India’s campaign in the World Cup. A good opening stand is always crucial for a team. South Africa’s struggle has been majorly affected by the same reason. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla have struggled to score runs at the top order. Opening is a very important aspect in these conditions. Dhawan has been the real game changer for India so far. Though the Indian fast bowlers have also been crucial, but runs at the top are very important.On World Cup title contenders:India, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are my top four favourites to clinch the World title. Anybody’s capable of beating anyone on the all-important day. But, India and New Zealand have been most consistent in the tournament so far. But as I said, anyone is capable of springing a surprise in the knockout stage.On India’s opponent in the quarterfinals:It depends on the England-Bangladesh game. I believe England will sail through and they can make the competition a bit tougher for India. They have beaten India in the past and are more than capable of getting the better of MS Dhoni’s men in the quarters. But if Bangladesh managed to knock England out, then life will obviously be easier for the Indian team. Bangladesh, despite producing big upsets in the past, doesn’t have the art of beating big teams consistently. As an Indian, I would actually prefer Bangladesh over England to play against India in the quarterfinals.Weaker links in Indian team:The Indian team has been superb and I don’t think there are any weak links. I’ve said before, you don’t fix anything if it’s not broken. And nothing looks broken at the moment for India and they’ve been in top form.On World Cup triumph in 1983:I remember that night, it was raining in Kolkata. I was 10 years old and there was no cable television at our disposal. We were watching the final on Doordarshan and I remember the last wicket of Mohinder Amarnath when Michael Holding went for the pull and got out lbw. The players running from the ground to the Lord’s balcony was just unbelievable. It actually triggered Indian cricket forward. It was my first and foremost experience of the World Cup. In 1992, I was part of the Test team and played the Tri-series too. But, I missed the World Cup after being left out of the squad since I was fairly young. I watched that World Cup from home. I also remember the semifinals in the 1996 World Cup when Sri Lanka went past India. I was in the stands watching that game. There were flames all over the ground and the crowd was unhappy. The Indian players were being criticized and I believe they misread the pitch – bowled on a track where they should have batted first. On playing his first-ever World Cup in 1999:advertisementThe 1999 World Cup was my first time on the big stage. I played my first World Cup game against South Africa where I scored 97 runs before being run-out by Jonty Rhodes. It was special playing in England because I also played my first Test match there in 1996. I wasn’t scoring runs in the warm-up games ahead of the World Cup. So I really had to work hard before the first game against South Africa. They had superb attack in Pollock, Donald, Klusener and Kallis. I was happy to get runs and that’s how my World Cup started. I also went on register my big hundred against Sri Lanka where I scored 183 runs. In the crucial game against England, I also managed to get runs and wickets for the team. I managed to claim two or three Man of the Match awards in the 1999 World Cup. I really liked the format of the 1999 World Cup. You had to play the big teams in the group stage and then you go onto play the bigger and better teams in the Super Six stage. So by the end of it, you were really the World Champions that Australia became after beating Pakistan.On losing the 2003 World Cup final:We had a fantastic team in the 2003 World Cup. But, Australia was undoubtedly a cut above the rest. We played 11 games in the tournament and lost only two games – both against Australia. We defeated every opponent including New Zealand, Pakistan, England and Sri Lanka. But Australia defeated us, first at the start of the tournament and then in the all-important final at the end. I was comfortable in opening role but Sachin Tendulkar was batting at number four slot. And just before the World Cup we thought that if India wants to play well, then Sachin has to play well. And Sachin wanted to bat at the top, so I stepped down to number three and he joined Virender Sehwag as the opener. I don’t think there’s much of a difference in the top three batting positions. They are all crucial positions and add equally to the team’s success. Rahul Dravid also did a commendable job at number five position to anchor the innings till the end.On his last World Cup in 2007:advertisementIt was disappointing and it was the end of the World Cup career for a lot of us including Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. When I look back at our team under Dravid’s captaincy, I think we had the team and the players which could actually win games for you. But, we didn’t play well and the poor start to the tournament worked against us. Our loss against Bangladesh exerted a lot of pressure on us.On World Cup triumph in 2011:I was there as a commentator but I actually came down to witness the prize distribution ceremony. The 2003 loss in the World Cup final against Australia was still in my mind and I wanted to live the winning moment. I stood right next to the podium and the players during the ceremony. I wanted to enjoy the moment and see what it felt like to be the World champions.last_img read more

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IPL 2014 Venues: Sardar Patel stadium, Ahmedabad

first_imgThe ground located in Ahmedabad is one of the ten IPL venues in India this season The stadium was built on the land donated by the Province of Bombay to the Cricket Club of Ahmedabad(CCA) in the early 1950s. The stadium holds the honor of hosting the first ever One-Day International(ODI) match played in India and is also the home ground to IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals.With a capacity of around 54,000 spectators, the entire roof of the huge stadium is designed to be supported on only one point, a unique cantilever, pillar-less stadium – the very first of its kind in India.The stadium witnessed Sunil Gavaskar’s feat of 10,000 runs against Pakistan in 1986. In 1993, Kapil Dev claimed his 432nd victim break Richard Hadlee’s record of leading wicket-taker in Tests at the same ground.Total T20Is Hosted: 1First T20I: India vs Pakistan on December 28, 2012.Highest Total(T20Is): India’s 192/5 against India on December 28, 2012.Lowest Total(T20Is): Pakistan’s 181/7 against India on December 28, 2012.Best Bowling figures: Pakistan seamer Umar Gul’s 4/37 against India on December 28, 2012.last_img read more

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Spectacular: Deepika Padukone to be the face of an international eyewear brand

first_imgPlayful and confident, sun-kissed beauty Deepika Padukone is set to be the face of a global campaign for the spring/summer 2015 collection of an international eyewear brand. In a beautiful shoot, the actress is spotted basking in the sun on a Goa beach while sporting a range of summerfriendly fashion styles, ranging from a red and white stripe dress with small cut-out panels, an embellished collared shirt teamed with a billowing white maxi skirt, a printed beach jacket, a mosaic jumpsuit and a sexy criss-crossing dress.While Deepika is the Indian face for the ad campaign, two other international muses share the global campaign space with her – Victoria’s Secret Angel and Brazilian model Adriana Lima and Chinese actress Liu Shishi. This is the third year that Deepika has collaborated with the brand, and it’s the first time that she will represent it on a worldwide scale.The Indian campaign shots have been clicked by renowned fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth, who shot to fame by clicking supermodel Claudia Schiffer for her first Guess ad in 1989. For the current ad feature, the lens-woman conveys a global spirit of the brand while also paying tribute to the local flavour of the tropical destination.Talking about her favourite photograph from the shoot, Deepika says: “Out of all the shots, I think the one that really sums up what I feel is the ice-cream eating shot because 22 out of 24 hours, I am only thinking about food.” She further said: “I am very happy that I had the opportunity to work with Ellen. I think everyone wants to work with her at some point in their career. It’s a dream come true for us, it was great fun.”advertisementlast_img read more

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ED conducts searches in Delhi, Gurgaon in IPL betting case

first_imgThe raids were conducted in connection with an alleged IPL betting racket worth Rs 4,000 croreThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted searches in and around Delhi in connection with its hawala probe against some betting syndicates related allegedly to IPL T-20 cricket matches.Sources said that about four locations in Delhi and neighbouring Gurgaon were covered during the searches which are being conducted by the Ahmedabad office of the agency in coordination with their local counterparts.”The searches are being conducted on some suspects who acted as bookies during the recent Indian Premier League matches held in the county.”The probe is being handled by the ED Ahmedabad office, which is investigating the case for hawala and money laundering charges,” sources said.The Ahmedabad office of ED had on March 19 claimed to have busted a racket and arrested some bookies from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Vadodara in Gujarat.Later, the agency arrested 13 others in connection with the alleged betting racket.On March 26, the same office registered a money laundering case against two prime suspects and a few others in an alleged IPL betting racket worth Rs 4,000 crore.The accused have been charged by ED under Sections 418 (cheating), 419 (punishment for cheating), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 471 (using forged document as genuine) along with Section 120(b) (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code.Sources said that a “good cache” of mobile phones, documents and computer peripherals have been seized during today’s operation.Locations in Delhi’s Karol Bagh, Shastri Nagar and Gurgaon are being searched, they added.advertisementlast_img read more

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