De Sanctis: ‘No Roma alibis’

first_imgRoma team manager Morgan De Sanctis stood up for Nicolò Zaniolo and urged them not to use the injury crisis as an “alibi.” The Europa League game with Borussia Monchengladbach kicks off at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. Gianluca Mancini seems to be moved into midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but the Giallorossi are keeping their cards close to their chest. “We’ll see what happens…” smiled team manager De Sanctis on Sky Sport Italia. “We don’t want to focus on the difficulties, as that would be like looking for alibis. It remains an ambitious project, we are a little behind in terms of results, but we knew it would take time to work together and we’ll take the season before evaluating the situation.” Alessio Riccardi is on the bench today and could make an appearance during the injury crisis. “Riccardi is probably the clearest talent in the Roma academy. He has been under the spotlight for a while already, but remains 18 years of age and we are monitoring him carefully. The club and coach Paulo Fonseca consider him highly and he is moving gradually into the first team.” Fabio Capello caused controversy last night on Sky Sport Italia when suggesting Inter striker Sebastiano Esposito should not follow the example set by Zaniolo, a comment that infuriated the player’s mother. “Zaniolo has always delivered and for a year now has been a protagonist in the squad. He has always done what was asked of him, both on the field and off, while we renewed his contract. “With all due respect to Mr Capello, who made football history also with Roma, it was a real slip-up. We are receiving so much from Nicolò and there was no need to consider him outside of the rules or the profession.” 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

Ind vs Aus 2nd T20 preview: India look to avoid T20 whitewash

first_imgStung by a prolonged losing streak in what has turned out to be a nightmarish tour, a hapless India will now look to avoid a Twenty20 whitewash when they lock horns with Australia in the second match here on Friday.Completely outclassed in the humiliating 0-4 Test loss against the hosts, India had hoped for redemption in the limited over format but they again succumbed to a 31-run defeat in the first Twenty20 on Wednesday.The young legs did show some energy on the field but at the batting crease, they were no different to their Test seniors and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has to do something to inpsire his team on Friday.In the bowling department too, the Indians failed to make early inroads in the Australian line-up and now that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s card has been shown up to be blank by a rampant David Warner last night, Zaheer Khan’s return would be crucial to India’s chances.The wicket at the MCG also might not suit spinners on Friday so overtly as it did in the ANZ Stadium last night.It’s a batting wicket and the skills of the bowlers would be tested utmost.Dhoni believed it was the uneven surface which did his batsmen in and MCG might reflect their preparedness in a better light.As things stood though, Indians checked in at their hotel in Melbourne this morning and would stay indoors though there was a word that a few youngsters might visit the MCG later in the afternoon.advertisementIt’s better they do, for if Australia seizes an early momentum, they would be difficult to put down in the one-day internationals. The corresponding effect of despondency in Indian ranks would be palpable too.Australia, on the other hand, have been simply ruthless so far as after mauling India in the Test series, the hosts notched up a convincing victory in Sydney last night and they would now look to complete a twenty20 clean sweep against the visitors tomorrow.Australia would only go better once Daniel Christian, Mitchell Marsh and Clint McKay get an opportunity to show their wares and chances are they would in front of 90,000 strong fans who are likely to turn up at the MCG, home of Australian cricket.Christian has been on the fringes of selection in the Test side this summer and is viewed as one of the upcoming stars of Australian cricket.He was the top scorer in domestic one-day matches and was also the second highest wicket-taker. A powerful hitter, Christian didn’t get a chance to bat last night but picked up two for 35 with his fast deliveries.Marsh, younger brother of Shaun, has set the domestic stage ablaze with his powerful hitting. Just 20, Marsh likes expressing his talent both with bat and ball and is one of the many multidimensional cricketers who are coming up through the ranks in Australian cricket.McKay, a 194cm tall right-arm fast bowler, is renowned for his control and economy. The 28-year-old local boy is said to possess enough variety in his armoury.The fast bowler is a handy lower order bat too and has already represented Australia in all three formats?Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 internationals. More PTI AS ATK MRMThe variety and the options Australia has in bowling is equally befuddling. George Bailey, the home captain, said as much when he said he has quite a few bowlers who could bowl in the death overs.”It could be Lee, Doherty, Hogg or Faulkner -? anyone,” said Bailey.The hosts are well-served by explosive left-handed openers in David Warner and Matthew Wade and the two are likely to be top draw this whole summer.Squads:Australia: George Bailey (capt), David Warner, Travis Birt, Daniel Christian, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Matthew Wade and Brad Hogg.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt.), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Rahul Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja and Manoj Tiwary.The match will start at 2.05 p.m. IST.last_img read more

SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasse

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 In a joint statement released on Friday, San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort, and Kia said they are still allowing their players to suit for national team duties for the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers as part of the PBA’s agreement with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).READ: Seven PBA governors stand firm, urge Narvasa to resign 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“All five teams composed of San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Star Hotshots, GlobalPort and Kia Picanto will continue to make available its players to the Philippine team that is preparing for the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier and other league functions. We believe this should not be adversely affected by the board members’ differences in opinion,” the statement read.“We reiterate that we are doing this to protect the league we all love, the game of basketball and the millions of fans who continue to support us.” ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Stephen Curry puzzled over mention in GOP tax proposal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA governors may be at an impasse when it comes to the matters about the Commissioner’s office, but the teams remain united when it comes to the national team.The five teams supporting the extension of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said that they won’t allow the controversy to affect the league’s commitment to Smart Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay 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 Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img MOST READ READ: Narvasa remains defiant: I’m fighting for principleNational team head coach Chot Reyes can heave a sigh of relief as he begins the Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations on Friday evening.Players like June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, and Von Pessumal of San Miguel, Japeth Aguilar and Kevin Ferrer of Ginebra, Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon of Star, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, and LA Revilla and Russel Escoto of Kia have the greenlight to join the national team’s preparations for the Asian qualifiers.The Philippines is set to open its first round assignment against Japan in Tokyo on November 24, before playing Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo will still ‘definitely’ be part of Gilas in 2023, says Austria

first_imgDo we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES The question, however, is if the 15-year-old Sotto and the 18-year-old Edu will be mature enough at that time to battle against the world’s best players.“I think those players are big and can do what June Mar is doing right now, but it will depend on their maturity because international competitions are not easy tournaments, especially with this setup which is home-and-away. You can never know what will happen,” Austria said.That’s why Austria has his full belief that Fajardo will still be donning the national tri-colors come 2023.“Maybe if June Mar wins a fifth of sixth MVP, they will think about it,” he said. “We want nothing but to help Gilas be better because they’re representing our homeland.”ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img June Mar Fajardo. Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines hosting the 2023 Fiba World Cup is still be five years away, but San Miguel coach Leo Austria still expects June Mar Fajardo to be a major part of the national team at that time.“[2023] is still a long time and there will be a lot of changes that might happen. It depends during that span of time on the players that will develop, but definitely, I think June Mar Fajardo will be a candidate when that time comes,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Go for Gold adds Kent Salado Still at the peak of his powers, Fajardo is still a mainstay on coach Chot Reyes’ roster for the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with his resume boosted by his accomplishments in the PBA as a four-time MVP and a five-time champion.And barring any major injuries, Austria is expecting the Cebuano giant to continue having no letups in the growth of his game as the buildup for the country’s hosting of the global basketball extravaganza approaches.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 hostingFajardo will be 33 years old by 2023.Austria also acknowledged that Reyes has an abundance of talent at his disposal with 7-footers Kai Sotto and AJ Edu both part of the “23-for-23” cadet pool. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View commentslast_img read more

Movie review: Khwaabb is quite off the mark

first_imgKhwaabbCast: Navdip Singh, Simer Motiani, Bajrangbali Singh, Rishi Miglani, Nafisa AliDirector: Zaid Ali KhanRating: A poster of the movie Khwaabb.The film promises to tell the story of an athlete’s dreams, struggles, and determination but after seeing the film you can’t help but feel a little disappointed mostly because of the film’s weak storyline. There’s hardly anything worth mentioning here.Sanjay and Kiran belong to the same village. And Sanjay has developed quite a liking for Kiran. While Kiran is an ace swimmer, Sanjay does nothing and knows no better. Only he can run pretty fast. So far he’s been living a life dealing with his alcoholic father’s beatings. And no sooner than you can spell your own name, the head of sports academy, Ram Prasad Lakshman spots the talented two, and brings them back to his academy.Kiran makes the most of this opportunity and works hard on her talent, while Sanjay only has eyes for her and not on the track or field. And so he doesn’t even approve of Kiran’s friendship with a boy called Samir. Soon enough Kiran and Sanjay end up dealing with issues at the academy that make them realise that their dream is the only thing they’ve got. But they’ve yet to deal with something as serious as a dope test. And whether they’ll be able to clear the dope test and realise their dreams is exactly what the film tries to focus on.The film fails at dealing with the small details that make the big picture. There’s nothing on the charm of sports, nor any in-depth look at the lives of athletes. Everything looks a bit superficial.advertisementThe acting, too, isn’t compelling enough, and hardly does much to compensate for the lack of a good story. All in all, the movie fails to impress and barely even manages to make it to the ‘average’ slot.last_img read more

ISL: Santos’ late goal gives Delhi Dynamos 1-0 win over Pune City

first_imgBrazilian winger Gustavo dos Santos’ magical left-foot kept Delhi Dynamos in contention for a semifinal berth as they defeated Pune City FC by a solitary goal in the 13th round encounter of the Indian Super League.Dos Santos, who scored his fifth goal in the tournament, broke the deadlock in the 88th minute to take Dynamos to 17 points and upto the fourth position in the league table. A win in their last away encounter against Chennayin FC will be enough to take Dynamos to the knock-out stages while Pune at 16 points and in sixth place will now have to win their last game and look forward towards favourable results.Dos Santos, who probably has been only second to countryman Elano Blumer in terms of exhibiting brilliant individual skills weaved past a couple of defenders before slotting it from a narrow angle beating Pune FC custodian Arindam Bhattacharya.What makes his goal special was the move initiated from the right flank and Dos Santos again did all the spadework with his left-foot. Alessandro del Piero got some 22 minutes of match time but didn’t look like bothering the Pune defence.Pune should have got the equalizer in the dying moments when their Nigerian striker Dudu Omagbemi had a free header from a cross essayed by Saidou Panandetiguiri. But Dudu failed to direct his nod with Kristof Van Hout at his mercy.The closest that Dudu came to scoring was in the 77th minute when a misdirected header from Jermaine Penant left Dudu with an opportunity to score from a sniffing distance but his shot went booming over the horizontal.advertisementEven Greek World Cup Kostas Katsouranis was guilty of not able to head home a perfect cross from Korean Park.last_img read more