Month: November 2019

  • Sabatini: ‘Risible Inter penalty’

    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/ Bologna director Walter Sabatini accused Lautaro Martinez of diving to win the penalty for Inter’s 2-1 victory. “It was a risible decision.” The Rossoblu had taken the lead through Roberto Soriano’s deflected strike, but Romelu Lukaku equalised from close range and won it for Inter in stoppages from the spot. “Unfortunately, Bologna lost a game that we did not deserve to lose and we couldn’t lose,” Sabatini told Sky Sport Italia. “We were not given a free kick for a foul on Rodrigo Palacio right on the edge of the box. We’d have seen out the game from that. Moments later, Inter got their penalty, which was risible. You can’t give a penalty for that. “Lautaro Martinez is an excellent striker, but I see he is learning the old tricks of the trade already. He seeks the contact, Orsolini barely grazes him and he goes down. If we want to use non-technical language, it was divish.” It was pointed out to Sabatini that Palacio didn’t protest when he went down for that incident. “So we are to be punished for being polite and well-mannered? Palacio doesn’t go around making a big song and dance about things, but it’s an evident foul. “I saw a great game with two teams who played well. I appreciate Antonio Conte, but how can he delegitimise our goal by calling it an own goal? It was a small deflection, but a great move building up to the shot on target.” Former Roma and Inter director Sabatini, who has had serious health issues recently, finished with a joke. “It’s harder than ever to get over this match now that I have stopped smoking. I could’ve smoked three already.”last_img read more

  • Indian Hockey changes coaches a month before Athens Olympics,

    first_imgLOSING GROUND: India take to Athens a dismal record of six wins in 29 matchesInform the guys doing the uniforms, will ya? That along with the emblems and logos, it is mandatory to sew a line on the shirt of each player going to the Olympics: If anything can go,LOSING GROUND: India take to Athens a dismal record of six wins in 29 matchesInform the guys doing the uniforms, will ya? That along with the emblems and logos, it is mandatory to sew a line on the shirt of each player going to the Olympics: If anything can go wrong, it will. Murphy’s Law, compliments of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). A month before Athens, teams are poring over videos and dreaming up new variations on the short corner.  The Indians, though, have just changed coaches.As if 13 chief coaches in 11 years is not dire, the IHF has sacked four assistants between March and July. That’s not counting the trainer who got shafted hours before he boarded a flight to the US for a camp.The story of the sacked is one thing. The saga of the appointees another: the two Germans hired to work with the team on tactics in the IHF’s first nervous experiment with overseas pros, come with embarrassing pasts.Gerhard Rach served a jail term for financial fraud four years ago and Oliver Kurtz was suspended from international hockey for almost two years after testing positive for cocaine at a pre-Olympic event in 1996.Neither incident has an impact on their ability to be hockey experts, but to hire not one but two men with twisted CVs takes some doing. Murphy’s Law clearly kicked in a long time ago. This year India has won only six of its last 29 matches. After dominating Pakistan in 2003, they have lost all five encounters in 2004.As the Indians lost their last match in a four-nation event in Amsterdam last week, the IHF made its move. In an eleventh hour and 59th minute appointment, double Olympian and former striker Jagbir Singh was named assistant to the besieged chief coach Rajinder Singh. Jagbir replaced Harinder Singh who was sacked along with goalkeeping coach M.R. Negi, whose duties will be performed by Dutchman Frank Leictre.As W.B. Yeats prophesied, when the centre cannot hold, things often fall apart. It has happened to the Indians under Rajinder whose cold vibes with star striker Dhanraj Pillai is the sport’s worst-kept secret. Former goalkeeper Ashish Ballal, who watched the Amsterdam event on TV, says, “Rajinder had no control, the coaching was being done by someone else.” Accusations of devious remote controlling may seem absurd but this is Indian hockey. The absurd is the everyday.Toasted for masterminding four title wins in 2003, Rajinder’s luck is running down. The appointment of an army of assistants is not meant to strengthen his arms but it is widely believed to take away his powers.Jagbir, who spent five years playing club hockey in Germany, is regarded as a rare modern tactician in India. He says what worries him most is the margin of defeats in Amsterdam.Sources inside the team indicate that the problem lies elsewhere-in the reluctance of the forwards to adapt to a pattern where they go full tilt for 10 minutes and then come off taking advantage of modern hockey’s “pit-stop”, the rolling substitution.A player says, “It is as if it is below their dignity to come off the field. There are two teams playing out there-the forwards and the defence.” It is an uncanny echo of Jagbir’s statement that he saw three Indian units playing on the same patch of turf.”We have to find a way between the Indian style and the German,” says Jagbir, admitting it would be difficult for the Indians to go the European way and have everyone fall back on defence when the opposition has the ball.The absence of dragflicker Jugraj Singh, still recovering from the injuries he suffered in a road accident last year, has also hurt the team. Against Holland, India earned seven short corners and had five chances to score field goals. They scored none. In the match for the third and fourth places, India converted one of six short corners while Pakistan converted four of seven.Says another player: “Teams don’t panic now if they are a few goals down against India. They don’t worry about conceding short corners to us. Right now we don’t worry anyone.” Other than about a billion people.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Ajit Agarkar has had the last, loudest quack

    first_imgAjit AgarkarAjit Agarkar lived with cruel nicknames, all born out of his string of seven straight ducks against Australia.So he was 007 and Bombay Duck. But guess who had the last, loudest quack?A six-wicket haul in Adelaide set up a rare Test win in Australia but his big gesture came,Ajit AgarkarAjit Agarkar lived with cruel nicknames, all born out of his string of seven straight ducks against Australia.So he was 007 and Bombay Duck. But guess who had the last, loudest quack?A six-wicket haul in Adelaide set up a rare Test win in Australia but his big gesture came earlier – after scoring his first run in Brisbane, he raised his bat and soaked in the applause.last_img read more

  • ICC World Cup: Cricket frenzy crosses boundaries as more women succumb to magic of the game

    first_imgMore women succumb to the magic of CricketWhen Set Max decided to turn cricket into a family entertainer, women were high on the channel’s target viewership. Soft but sure marketing gimmicks like favourite recipes of cricketers, tarot card readings and saucy tidbits on the game were thrown in.The advertisement featuring,More women succumb to the magic of CricketWhen Set Max decided to turn cricket into a family entertainer, women were high on the channel’s target viewership. Soft but sure marketing gimmicks like favourite recipes of cricketers, tarot card readings and saucy tidbits on the game were thrown in.The advertisement featuring a traditional south Indian woman making a rangoli of a cricket field while chanting a cricket mantra, reflected the ethos. Thousands of women succumbed.The TRPs prove it. During the NatWest series in England last year, the female TRPs were 2.8. They rose to 4.9 in the World Cup and to 9.8 for the Indian matches. “The wraparound atmosphere of the game has clicked,” says Rajat Jain, executive VP and business head, MAX.The new converts include the wife of Robert Blackwill, US ambassador to India. Blackwill is said to have confided in the prime minister that his wife, not much of a sports buff, now sits up at night to watch cricket while he sleeps.Others like Delhibased Vidhu Kalia, an executive with an ad agency, have formed cricket clubs in offices. Says model and former Miss India Gul Panag: “Cricket gripped me during the India-Pakistan match.” She now wears her blue T-shirt whenever India plays.Blue T-shirts, blue gulal for Holi, tri-coloured plaits and cricket bindis- it’s the silly season. At pubs men amusedly watch women who watch cricket.”I don’t understand the game but I love the tamasha,” says 58-year-old Sarlaben Joshi who organises Gujarati ladies lunches during the India matches. Her husband doesn’t mind at all.advertisementAfter 32 years, this is one cricket season when she hasn’t nagged him for neglecting her.last_img read more

  • NBA changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teams

    first_imgWinter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST READ The 10 starters will continue to be chosen by a combination of fan, player and media balloting, with the coaches from each conference then selecting the 14 reserves. The captains will then draft their teams at an undetermined time — making certain that those chosen starters are split up so they remain starters.The teams will play for charity. They will select either a Los Angeles-area or national organization for donations to go.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Archers still seeking old form Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors jumps for a rebound with Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks during 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season.The league said Tuesday the two starters with the highest fan vote totals from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves.ADVERTISEMENT 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. The change will begin with this season’s game in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.Players and league officials have been eager to inject new interest in the often defense-absent game, and they decided to act after another dull affair last February in New Orleans.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“I’m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,” National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in LA.”The sides worked closely — with Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, chairman of the league’s Labor Relations Committee, heavily involved in the conversations — and chose a format that has been used by the NFL and NHL for what will be the first NBA All-Star Game that doesn’t pit the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference. 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

  • MMA star McGregor wants to fight a boxer on his turf

    first_imgConor McGregor stands on stage during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor says he wants a boxer to “come into his world”, insisting he would beat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch, the BBC reported Wednesday.The 29-year-old Irishman lost to ex-welterweight champion Mayweather in Las Vegas in August in one of the richest boxing bouts of all time.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Kyrie Irving to ’flat Earth’ theory doubters: ‘Do your own research’ 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Mayweather, who returned after two years of retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star, bided his time before exerting his superiority from the middle rounds onwards at the T-Mobile Arena.The match ended with a 10th-round stoppage as Mayweather ended his career with a perfect 50-0 record.But McGregor, nicknamed “The Notorious”, said he would beat the 40-year-old American in a rematch by changing his training regime.“He (Mayweather) was a tactical genius in there. He changed his gameplan three times and that is the sign of a true champion,” said McGregor.“If it happened in a rematch, it’s a simple adjustment of me having a heavier sparring partner coming in the later rounds, leaning on me and walking me down.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “My sparring in the lead-up to the camp was always against fast-twitch, light-on-their-toes opponents. I was never against forward pressure because he (Mayweather) had never fought like that. That took us by surprise and I got beat.“But if we had a rematch I would correct that and beat him.”Referring to a possible Mayweather rematch, he added: “He’s retired. I will not call him out. I respect what he has done.”Asked if he would get back in a boxing ring, McGregor replied: “Of course. Boxing is certainly an interest of mine. But the next fight will be to defend my UFC lightweight belt.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES McGregor, speaking ahead of the Dublin premiere of “Conor McGregor: Notorious” — a documentary about the fighter — said his next fight would be to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title.“Right now I am focused on my world, the world of true fighting,” he told the BBC.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“Ideally I would like to take one of the boxers into an MMA bout — someone come into my world now.“I went into their platform and faced the so-called best-of-the-best and I handled him pretty easily in the early rounds, before I got fatigued and got stopped.” Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

  • After poor finals stint last year, Ravena makes presence felt for Ateneo this time

    first_imgThe Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay “Isaac was open, I just had to do what I had to do and good thing he’s a good finisher,” said Ravena. Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Mike Nieto steps up after twin bro Matt goes down in Game 1 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena had a UAAP Finals to forget in Season 79 when he crumbled in Ateneo’s Game 2 loss to De La Salle missing all 10 of his field goal attempts for three points and seven rebounds.The Blue Eagle vowed to put on a better performance in Season 80 but his first quarter was almost reminiscent of his struggles the year before.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ravena made just one field goal and one free throw in the opening period against the Green Archers and he knew he wasn’t himself at that moment.“I wasn’t exactly nervous but I think I went out of focus but I’ll make sure I’ll be better in Game 2,” said Ravena after the Blue Eagles’ 76-70 Game 1 win Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.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 openingRavena, though, bounced back and finished with a team-high 12 points with six rebounds and four assists.And his final assist led to Isaac Go’s game-sealing basket with 10.4 seconds left. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

  • Berdych dilemma: What to do about Federer

    first_imgPH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Berdych went into Monday’s match holding the record for the most number of Australian Open round of 16 appearances by a Czech man with 10 ahead of Ivan Lendl’s eight.He said he was feeling much better after back issues flared late last year.“I’m enjoying it a lot. I’m glad to be back in the shape that I am right now, which is finally healthy and that makes the difference,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I did it in the past, and also, I did it in the slams, so I know how it is to beat him for the best-of-five sets.“But obviously he’s an extremely tough opponent. I will just to go out there and swing at some balls.”Berdych was in little trouble against the maverick Fognini, breaking the Italian’s serve six times, hitting 37 winners and offset with 20 unforced errors.“I won in three sets, and that’s it. So if we’re going to go play tomorrow again, it would be probably a different match,” Berdych said.“You just have to take it as it is. I was expecting a tough one and I was ready for it. I had a good game plan, and I was able to execute it all the way through the three sets, so I did it way better today.”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 BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusivescenter_img Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Italy’s Fabio Fognini during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Tomas Berdych will face a familiar tricky problem after powering past Fabio Fognini into the quartefinals of the Australian Open on Monday for a seventh time.The Czech, seeded 19 and a two-time semi-finalist in Melbourne, put away the 25th seeded Italian 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in 2hr 8min on Margaret Court Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Yeng Guiao, Chris Ross fined for verbal altercation His reward will be yet another match against the great Roger Federer, his fifth in Melbourne and his 26th overall.The Swiss 19-time Grand Slam champion holds all the aces with a one-sided 19-6 record and Berdych knows he faces another tough challenge if he is to progress in the year’s opening Grand Slam. 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 hosting“If there is any plan or any key to success then I would like to know that,” he told reporters to the oft-asked question about his chances against Federer.“I’m definitely going to go out there, try my best, try to play good tennis, and believe myself that I can do it. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View commentslast_img read more