November 2019

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: Verona v Brescia Verona: Silvestri; Rrahmani, Kumbulla, Empereur; Faraoni, Veloso, Amrabat, Lazovic; Verre, Zaccagni; Salcedo Brescia: Joronen; Cistana, Martella, Mangraviti; Sabelli, Bisoli, Tonali, Romulo, Mateju; A Donnarumma, Balotelli Lecce v Sassuolo Lecce: Gabriel; Meccariello, Lucioni, Rossettini, Calderoni; Majer, Petriccione, Tabanelli; Mancosu; Babacar, Lapadula Sassuolo: Consigli; Toljan, Marlon, Romagna, Kyriakopoulos; H Traore, Obiang, Locatelli; Berardi, Defrel, Bogacenter_img Check the official line-ups from the afternoon Serie A games, Genoa-Udinese, Lecce-Sassuolo and Verona-Brescia. These fixtures kick off at 14.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s SIX Serie A matches on the LIVEBLOG. Genoa v Udinese Genoa: Radu; Ghiglione, Romero, C Zapata, Ankersen; Schone, Agudelo; Pandev, Saponara, Kouame; Pinamonti Udinese: Musso; Opoku, De Maio, Nuytinck, Troost-Ekong; Mandragora, Walace, De Paul, Sema; Okaka, Nestorovskilast_img read more

first_imgMore than 80 international cricket matches played by Pakistan could be probed by the Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC), it was reported on Monday.The cricket world was stunned on Sunday after a British newspaper’s sting operation showed how Pakistani bowlers Mohd Asif and Mohd Aamer bowled three noballs during the recently-concluded Lord’s Test at the exact moment suggested by Mazhar Majeed, a fixer. Majeed charged the newspaper’s undercover reporter 150,000 to get the bowlers to bowl these no- balls.The Daily Telegraph, a London-based newspaper, said: “Sources said that the ICC’s anti- corruption unit, whose investigators flew in from their base in Dubai yesterday (Sunday), would study all 82 Tests and one-day matches played by Pakistan in the period Mr (Mazhar) Majeed reportedly claimed to have rigged matches.” Majeed had also bragged about having fixed the Sydney Test against Australia in January, a match that the Pakistanis dominated throughout but eventually lost by a mere 36 runs. But Ricky Ponting, who captained Australia in that series, insisted that they won the game fair and square.Meanwhile, the British media reported that police detectives investigating the case found large quantities of cash in the hotel rooms occupied by several Pakistani cricketers. According to The Independent newspaper, the police action raises “the possibility of members of an international cricket team being arrested and facing prosecution in Britain before the tourists leave after the final game of their summer tour on 22 September.” Veena Malik, popular Pakistani actress and former girlfriend of fast bowler Mohammed Asif, has claimed she has proof of the pacer’s involvement, alleging that he has been in touch with bookmakers in the past.advertisementVeena, who had a much publicised break up with Asif this year, said he had been in touch with an Indian bookmaker named (Dheeraj) Dikshit, who paid him for spot fix matches. ” Asif used to call him and other bookies. I have evidence of the messages he exchanged with them,” she claimed.She said Asif had told her that Pakistan would not win any Test series until 2010 and that good money was to be made from spot-fixing without affecting the results of the matches. ” I have more evidence of his involvement and I can show that he and some other players also indulged in spot- fixing on the Australian tour (this year),” she said.The first significant fallout of the dramatic events over Sunday and Monday is that former top cricketers and administrators have asked for the immediate suspension of the players involved in the alleged spot fixing scandal.Javed Miandad, director general of cricket with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), led the outcry to recall the accused players should be called back from England while former ICC CEO Malcolm Speed of Australia said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should be suspended from international cricket.England captain Andrew Strauss called for anyone found guilty of match fixing to be banned from international cricket for life. ” If someone is proven to categorically be guilty then the only way forward is for them not to play international cricket again,” the England captain said.Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar told a television news channel, that action needs to be taken against the Pakistani players if the allegations are conclusively proved with enough evidence. “Whoever is indulging in this should be punished. If it is proved that the no- balls were deliberate and induced by money, then yes, they should be punished. But I like a lot more proof before making a conclusion.” Former India captain Kapil Dev largely blamed the authorities for the events. “The PCB has to take a lot of responsibility, as does the ICC,” he said. ” When there are people who have been put there to do only this job (preventing corruption), these things shouldn’t happen. But it’s happening.Everybody has to take responsibility for this – we all do – but the PCB has more responsibility than anyone else,” he said.The ICC, while silent on the issue of immediate action, was guarded in its statement. ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: “The International Cricket Council (ICC), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are committed to a zero-tolerance approach to corruption. All allegations of betting irregularities or fixing of matches or incidents within matches are investigated thoroughly by the ICC’s internationally respected Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and this case is no different.”He added that the prompt and decisive action will be taken against those who seek to harm it. “However,” he said, “the facts must first be established through a thorough investigation and it is important to respect the right of due process when addressing serious allegations of this sort. Make no mistake – once the process is complete, if any players are found to be guilty, the ICC will ensure that the appropriate punishment is handed out. We will not tolerate corruption in this great game.”advertisementICC president Sharad Pawar clarified on Monday that the One-Day International series between Pakistan and England would continue as schedule “in the greater interest of the game.” On the investigations, he said: “Until and unless the British authorities complete investigation, which we hope will be done in two-three days, and establish there is prima facie case it is difficult for the PCB to take appropriate action. As per our information, PCB president is preparing a confidential report which will be submitted to the president and prime minster.”last_img read more

first_imgTaking a serious note of FIH’s threat to stop India’s participation in London Olympics if issues relating to the game’s governance in the country were not resolved, the IOA has convened an urgent meeting of Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation here on October 4.The meeting will discuss issues raised by the FIH in its letter to Sports Secretary, Sindhusree Khullar and will try to find out an amicable solution to the satisfaction of all, IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said in a statement today.”I am quiet hopeful that in the interest of the country and the game, the matter will be resolved,” he said.In its letter to the Sports Ministry, dated September 27, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has warned that India’s participation in next year’s London Olympics and other international tournaments may be jeopardised if IOC charter and FIH statutes were not adhered to while resolving the issues related to the governance of the game in the country.The FIH may have taken away the hosting rights of this year’s Champions Trophy from India because of the long-standing power-struggle between HI and IHF, Malhotra was optimistic about the country staging the Olympic qualifier next year.”My optimism is based on my talks with FIH president Leandro Negre here last month, during which I made IOA’s stand very clear on the issues raised by him,” he said.”IOA is totally committed to the IOC charter which clearly states only one association for one sports. I told Mr Negre in no uncertain terms that we do not approve of two federations for one game, be it hockey or any other discipline,” he added.advertisementThe IOA president, however, expressed surprise over FIH’s dependency on the government in resolving the dispute.”The IOC charter, by which FIH also swears, clearly states that government should not intervene in the dispute of a federation where the NOC is looking into it.”IOA is keenly monitoring the developments relating to hockey and recognises HI as the sole body for the game, so why FIH wants to involve the government?” Malhotra questioned.”IOA is the supreme sports body in the country and all the national federations and associations function under it.No body can function without its approval and recognition so FIH’s fetish to insist on government intervention, which clearly goes against the IOC charter is surprising,” he added.The FIH letter, signed by president Leandro Negre, mentions seven issues, including the payment India owe to FIH with regard to hosting of the 2010 World Cup. It said that all lawsuits relating to the governance of hockey “must be finally resolved and terminated.”The FIH also insisted the government recognise HI as the sole governing body of the sport in India and not support any other unsanctioned organisation.Malhotra said the judiciary is very independent in India and no body dare dictate it.He also reminded the FIH that India remains the heart and soul of hockey.”It is just not conceivable to see hockey progress in the world, without India,” Malhotra said.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has revealed that alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed, who is at the centre of a spot-fixing scandal since last year, approached him and tried to befriend him several times in the past.”He made several attempts to get friendly and close to me. But every time he tried to do this I ticked him off with some straight talk,” Afridi said.The seasoned all-rounder said he had never trusted Majeed, who although based in the United Kingdom, worked as agent for some Pakistani players, three of whom — Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir — have been banned by ICC for their role in spot-fixing and also face further penalties in a crown court trial, which is going on in London.Majeed has confessed to the crown court about trying to defraud bookmakers and cheat and indulge in corruption by doing spot-fixing with the help of the banned trio during the fourth Test between Pakistan and England last year at Lords.Afridi said the entire spot-fixing episode badly damaged the image and reputation of Pakistan cricket.The flamboyant all-rounder, who recently announced he was available for national selection again after observing a forced retirement in protest against policies of the Pakistan Cricket Board, also said that he had forewarned the team management in England to be careful about Majeed’s link with players.Afridi said he was looking forward to making a comeback to the Pakistan team soon and was training hard.”I have made myself available for national selection again because of the enormous pressure on me from my supporters, fans, friends and family who wanted me to paly for Pakistan again,” he said on a show in Geo News.advertisement”Obviously there will be pressure on me to perform when I come back but I am confident because of the great support I have got from everyone in the last few months,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgAfter a relatively lacklustre 2011, the Indian men’s archery team is left with just one shot at a coveted Olympic berth , and they are in no mood to let the chance slip by.With a crowded international schedule in the months to come, the team is leaving no stone unturned in its preparation at the Sports Authority of India’s Eastern Centre in Kolkata.They will be expected to emulate the achievements of the women’s recurve team of Deepika Kumari, L Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro, who have already booked their tickets to London.Among the men, only Jayanta Talukdar has secured his spot at the archery events of the Olympics, which will be held at the hallowed Lord’s cricket ground.”Last year did not go too well for us, but we still have an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics,” Banerjee told Mail Today on Saturday.”We have been working at least eight hours a day and will continue to do so for the next few days.”The first of the year’s three World Cups will take place in Shanghai from April 10-15, followed by the one at Antalya in Turkey (May 1-6) and Ogden in the United States (June 18-24). The third event will be the final qualifying event for the Olympics.The team will have to be among the medallists at Ogden to make it to London.Banerjee and Talukdar will be joined by Tarundeep Rai, who came on top in the trials. The three will go to the World Cups and if they qualify, to the Olympics.”Right now we are concentrating on scoring. Jayanta is now in Korea for training and is expected to be back on Tuesday. After that, we will start working as a team,” Banerjee said.Mangal Singh Champia, Atanu Das and Thupovoyi Swuro are the stand-byes and are providing the first-choice archers some tough competition.Things would have been a lot easier if India had secured a London berth at last year’s World Championships in Turin, but it was not to be. However, Banerjee denied there was any pressure.”The World Championship did not go well for us, as we were eliminated in a shoot-off.”There is no pressure as such right now. We are concentrating on doing well at the first two World Cups. If we are on the podium at Shanghai and Antalya, it will boost our confidence for the qualifier,” he said.The three World Cups take place within a short space of time and Banerjee could not help thinking about the all-important tournament at Ogden.”We will have to practise keeping in mind the conditions there. Ogden will be very hot at that time of the year, but the biggest issue will be the time difference. It would be better if we can reach two or three days early to acclimatise.”What may work in India’s favour is that most of the top teams have already qualified for the Games and their performance at Ogden will not be a factor in deciding the Olympic spots.”We have to do better than the likes of Japan, Chinese Taipei, Spain and Russia. But we need not fear any team as we have beaten all teams in the last two years,” Banerjee said.”Our scores in training are very good. However, it all boils down to the performance on the day. There is also an element of luck in archery.”National coach Limba Ram is quite confident that his charges will pass the test.”Performances can always go up and down in the sport, but making it to the Olympics is very important for India.”The team’s form has been good in training and they are training hard. Our primary focus now is on Shanghai, but I am fairly confident that the team will qualify,” he told Mail Today.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPalace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It would’ve been sweet to win two in a row against those kinds of teams,” Schroder said. “But we ended upshort.”Boston improved to 9-2, best in the NBA, and has its longest winning streak in seven years.Al Horford had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in his best game against the Hawks. Horford spent his first nine seasons in Atlanta before leaving as a free agent ahead of last season and had totals of 20 points and 17 rebounds in three games against his former team.Irving had his first 30-point game as a Celtic on a night packed with highlights. He dribbled between his legs and behind his back before hitting a floater off the glass from the left baseline to put Boston up 46-44. He had two impressive assists late in the third with long, one-handed passes that led to 3s by Marcus Smart and Tatum, the latter giving Boston a 72-71 lead.Irving either scored or assisted on every basket of a 16-2 run in the third that put the Celtics up by seven. He finished with seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Malditas save PH from shutout Hawks: Malcolm Delaney returned after missing two games with a sprained right ankle and had 13 points. Marco Belinelli scored 19 despite a sore left Achilles.UP NEXTCeltics: Host the Lakers on Wednesday night.Hawks: Off until they visit Detroit on Friday night.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 “It’s a beautiful game when it’s played the right way,” the four-time All-Star said. “It’s not going to look good every possession, but you’ve got to be able to move onto the next play. I understand that better than most.”Irving scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum added 21 and the Boston Celtics held off the Atlanta Hawks 110-107 Monday night for their ninth straight victory.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 openingIrving’s 3 from the right wing put the Celtics up 104-103 — the game’s 25th lead change — with 1:37 remaining, and Boston led the rest of the way.Dennis Schroder had 23 points for the rebuilding Hawks, who dropped to 2-9 a night after a surprising two-point win at Cleveland. Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics reacts to the referees during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPATLANTA — Kyrie Irving took charge in a fashion only he can.Dribbling and weaving through the lane and around the perimeter, Irving scored from all over and kept his teammates involved all night.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ “He’s just very unique,” Horford said. “He has a good sense of how teams are playing him.”The Celtics started to pull away and took their biggest lead at 10 on Semi Ojeleye’s 3 early in the fourth, but the Hawks came back to take a few brief leads in the final period.“To compete the way we did and give ourselves a chance to win, we got better tonight and we can learn from it,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenhozler said.THAT’S A DRAGBoston coach Brad Stevens wasn’t pleased with the ball movement or defense early in the third, storming the floor to call timeout after Atlanta’s Luke Babbit hit a 3 to put the Hawks up 57-54.“You could just tell mentally and physically we were dragging a little bit,” Irving said. “That’s going to happen sometimes considering how hard we play, but we don’t want to make that a habit for us. No excuse.”RAINING DOWNBudenholzer joked before the game that he regretted having his assistants work with the 6-foot-10 Horford a couple of years ago to develop a strong presence beyond the perimeter. Horford, who went just 1 for 5 on 3s, entered the game shooting nearly 52 percent on 33 attempts from the arc.“I think there was just a real push from us and a credit to him that he could do it,” Budenholzer said.“It’s part of the way the game is, and his passing just opens up the court even more for him to drive and attack. He’s such a good player, such a smart player.”TIP-INSCeltics: Irving has scored more points — 245 — than any player in his first 11 games with Boston. … With Marcus Morris getting the night off to rest his sore left knee, Aron Baynes started at center and finished with just two points and three rebounds in 15 minutes. 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first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Creighton eventually recruited Paras, who did not flourish with the Bluejays and later  transferred to Cal State Northridge where he is now on redshirt status, an academic sophomore on his first year of athletic eligibility.Paras said Sotto, given his height, would have “endless opportunities” in the United States.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Goods worth $400K stolen from Venus Williams’ Florida home Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:49Robredo: 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 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKobe Paras encouraged high school sensation Kai Sotto to continue playing basketball in the United States while also taking a swipe at the current hoops scene in the Philippines.In a Twitter post, Paras made use of the new 280-character limit saying Sotto moving to the US will be the right decision instead of playing in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT “I was 15-years-old when I moved out here in LA,” said Paras, who is now a member of the Cal State Northridge Matadors.“Hopefully one day Kai may make a mature decision to continue his basketball career in the States so that he won’t get rotten and brain washed in Manila.”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 openingSotto is still in high school playing for Ateneo and his 7-foot-1 frame puts him a literal head above his opponents.Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netParas, for his part, moved from La Salle Greenhills to Cathedral in Los Angeles where he made a name for himself as an athletic forward.last_img read more