Month: November 2019

Probable line-ups: Gladbach-Roma

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/ Javier Pastore could be dropped for Diego Perotti when Roma face Borussia Monchengladbach in the Europa League on Thursday. Monchengladbach have surprised everyone in the Bundesliga this season, taking top spot after 10 rounds played, but remain bottom of Group J in the Europa League. Leonardo Spinazzola is suffering from a muscle problem, so Paulo Fonseca will have to call on Santon at right-back. Jordan Veretout and Gianluca Mancini are expected to continue together in the midfield double pivot, whereas Perotti could get the nod as Roma’s No 10, given Pastore started the 2-1 win against Napoli. Mert Cetin was sent off against Napoli, and it’s likely the Turk will be replaced in the heart of the defence by Federico Fazio tomorrow. Gladbach, meanwhile, could switch to a 4-3-3 formation, meaning recalls for Lars Stindl and reported Inter target Denis Zakaria. Borussia Monchengladbach (probable): Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Jantschke, Wendt; Zakaria, Kramer, Neuhaus; Herrmann, Thuram, Stindl Roma (probable): Lopez; Santon, Fazio, Smalling, Kolarov; Veretout, Mancini; Zaniolo, Perotti, Kluivert; Dzeko Referee: Gil Manzano (ESP)last_img read more

Paratici: ‘Juve not interested in Rakitic’

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/ Juventus are not interested in Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, assured director of sport Fabio Paratici, but he believes Matthijs de Ligt “will become the best defender in the world.” The Croatian international has fallen down the pecking order at the Camp Nou this season and has been repeatedly linked with moves away, specifically to Juve and Inter. “We have a great team and are not looking for reinforcements at the moment. We are strong in every position,” Paratici told ESPN. The Juventus chief was then asked to comment on Patrick Kluivert’s remarks that De Ligt regrets his €75m move to the club last summer. “I don’t see it like that. He will soon become the best defender in the world.”last_img read more

Badminton: PV Sindhu keen to emulate Saina Nehwal on world stage

first_imgP V Sindhu won three international challenge events in 2011 in the Maldives, Indonesia and India.Not since the emergence of Saina Nehwal has there been such excitement in Indian badminton circles.The reason is the precociously talented PV Sindhu. The 16-year-old from Hyderabad showed promise at a very young age and now is taking big strides that can take her a long way in the game.After stacking her trophy cabinet with junior titles in all age groups, Sindhu won the senior national title last week, and became the only player since the legendary Prakash Padukone to hold the junior and senior national titles at the same time.”I lost in the quarter-finals of the nationals last year and wanted to win it this time. It was a tough field, but I am happy that I won the final against Neha Pandit quite easily,” Sindhu told Mail Today.The national title was within her grasp considering her performances in the international circuit last year, and she did it in style dropping just one game in the quarter-final against PC Thulasi, the top seed.Sindhu won three international challenge events in 2011 in the Maldives, Indonesia and India, claimed the Swiss International and ended runner-up at the Dutch Open, upsetting top seed and seasoned Thai Porntip Buranaprasertsuk.The success saw her climb 121 places to No. 31 by the end of the year, making her the second-highest ranked Indian after Saina.The comparison with the World No. 4, who announced her arrival on the big stage with the Philippines Open title in 2006 as a 16-year-old, is inevitable.advertisementFormer All England Champion Pullela Gopichand, who nurtured Saina, has been coaching Sindhu since she was 10.”She definitely has the potential to go places. She has shown all the skills to play at the next level. But it will take a lot of effort and hard work. She has to transform that potential into performances,” Gopi Chand told Mail Today.Gopi, who has been the national coach since 2006, said one of the reasons why nobody has come up after Saina is because there have not been many talented juniors who achieved so much at that level. “I don’t think we had many juniors as talented as Aparna Popat or Saina at that level to go far in international badminton,” he felt.Sindhu is not overawed by the expectations heaped on her.”She (Saina) has proven herself and I have just begun. I know a lot is expected of me and I have to go a long way. For that I have to put in a lot of hard work,” said Sindhu,”Experience at the international level has given me confidence on my abilities. If you see the Chinese players, there is not much difference in the level of talent between us and them. At the top level, you need the stamina to go along with a good game. It is a combination of factors,” said Sindhu who hails from a sporting family. Her father PV Ramana and mother P Vijaya are both former volleyball players.”Both my parents are sportspersons so it does help. They have been very encouraging and have always supported me,” Sindhu added.avishek.roy@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Group finds innovative ways to fight sexual harassment by men in public places

first_imgProtest against roadside romeos in BangaloreIt’s a message no man can miss. One Sunday evening, a group of women stood at a busy crossing in Bangalore wearing clothes that sported the slogan: “Y R U looking at me?” The red reflective tape on the message glowed in the light, as,Protest against roadside romeos in BangaloreIt’s a message no man can miss. One Sunday evening, a group of women stood at a busy crossing in Bangalore wearing clothes that sported the slogan: “Y R U looking at me?” The red reflective tape on the message glowed in the light, as did the symbolic protest.There were no speeches or slogan-shouting, just a mute protest which curious passers-by gradually realised was a unique movement – women taking on men who harass them in public with their lewd gestures or deliberate physical contact.Karnatka, BangaloreBlank Noise, the organisation responsible for this unique effort, started with just one person – artist and photographer Jasmeen Patheja, 26 – and has now spread to five cities in India. Its first converts were nine girls at Srishti Design School in Bangalore, where Patheja studied and then taught.”We had workshops where we discussed public spaces and how vulnerable we felt there,” she says. Part two of the programme called for women to hang out in groups on the streets and make eye contact with men in a parody of the roadside romeos who make women uncomfortable by their stares. “In this way, as a collective, we claim public spaces for ourselves,” says the group.Blank Noise began life as a blog (blanknoiseproject.blogspot.com) where Patheja would post pictures of men who harassed her on the streets. The blog received hundreds of posts, which were collected as testimonials, printed and signed “Just Another Girl” to be distributed to people on the roads. Support surged and the movement spread to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad.advertisementThe project conducts what it calls interventions once a month, which take various forms. The one in Bangalore involved volunteers entering public buses and reading out testimonials from the blog.The project also has male volunteers. Balaji Gopalaratnam, a group member, says, “Being on the inside changes everything. When a woman on the road doesn’t take a pamphlet, it really hurts.” In Hyderabad, the group is at the moment all-male, as no women have volunteered.The reactions to the “act” on the roads are varied-from software professionals who confess to having harassed girls ‘for fun’ in their college days, the cop who won’t allow them to stand at a traffic junction to the male onlooker who openly makes fun of the group, there are many such people.The collective glare of 10 girls intimidates many into beating a quick retreat. Blank Noise has proved that there is more to protest than shouting.last_img read more

IPL: Gautam Gambhir reveals mantra that made Kolkata Knight Riders champions

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir calls it Operation Total Transformation, a year long process that helped his team beat Chennai Super Kings with dramatic finality to win the Indian Premier League, capping a season of exceptional performances.”The victory hasn’t sunk it yet. I am happy the team worked as a cohesive unit, we bonded well. I told everyone that small is big. Do not ridicule small contributions: the 15 runs on board, a great save, one maiden spell. It all works,” he told Mail Today in an interview.When he took over the KKR captaincy in 2011, the team was passing through its worst crisis. He helped the team finished fourth and sat with the management to build a champion team.He said he remained patient with underperforming players and praised their nuggety contributions. “The combination worked. We shaped some core players and continued with shuffles, the biggest coming in the finals when Bisla replaced McCullum. But it worked because the team worked.”The captain kept himself out of the limelight, despite finishing with the second highest aggregate of the season. He averaged 36.87 at a strike rate of 143.55 and scored 590 runs in 17 innings. He said it was important to lead from the front but stay out of the limelight. It helped the side — barring Shah Rukh Khan, the co-owner, there was no star factor for KKR.”I told everyone, you want individual fame, play an individual game. Then cricket is not for you. Here, you play for the team. Even if you fail, I will back you,” said Gambhir in what appeared to be a direct reference to Yusuf Pathan, a $2.1 million investment, who performed only once, but took KKR to the final.advertisementGambhir agreed that the first two losses against Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals caused tensions within the side but the team regrouped fast. “(Coach Trevor) Bailey worked wonders with the boys, so did (Wasim) Akram and (Vijay) Dahiya. The rainbow coalition was back in action.”There were other factors that helped the men in purple. Gambhir said buying Sunil Narine for $700,000 was a perfect testament to KKR’s foresight. The relatively unknown Trinidad and Tobago spinner finished the season with a haul of 24 wickets at 13.50 and an economy rate of 5.47.”It was important to prove to India that cricket is a team game, and hopefully we’ve done that in this IPL. KKR is not a man, KKR is a team. Every decision was for team ethics and cricketing reasons.”last_img read more

Cavs’ Dwyane Wade sidelined with bruised knee

first_imgGritty Bolts force Game 7 MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade, center, drives to the basket between Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross, left, and Evan Fournier, from France, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)NEW YORK — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dwyane Wade has a bruised left knee and won’t play Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.Wade came off the bench and scored 11 points in 19 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Bulls. It was Wade’s first game with Cleveland’s second unit, and the 35-year-old added four assists and three rebounds as theCavs’ reserves cut into Chicago’s early 14-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go PLAY LIST 01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go01:33US Representatives react to Trump impeachment inquiry01:20Trump defends ‘nice’ call with Ukrainian president, attacks Biden02:49Robredo: 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 Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Coach Tyronn Lue said he didn’t know Wade had banged knees during the game, saying it was just a freak accident and that the knee had swelled up on the flight to New York.Earlier this week, Wade asked Lue to take him out of the starting lineup because he thought it would benefit the team. Lue has been juggling his lineups and rotations while trying to blend new players and deal with injuries.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 openingStarting point guard Derrick Rose was out for the third straight game with a sprained ankle, with Lue saying he hoped Rose could return Saturday. LeBron James made a rare start at point guard and scored 34 points with 13 assists as the Cavs improved to 3-1. James also tweaked his right ankle.Nets guard D’Angelo Russell was out with a right knee sprain. Coach Kenny Atkinson said the injury wasn’t serious and that the team was being cautious with its 22-year-old leading scorer. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Pelicans rally after Cousins ejection, beat Thunder

first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) blocks a shot by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) as center DeMarcus Cousins lifts his hand in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — When DeMarcus Cousins got tossed, Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and the rest of the New Orleans Pelicans locked in.Davis had 36 points and 15 rebounds, Holiday added 18 points, and New Orleans rallied after Cousins’ ejection to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-107 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout “Guys got to take personal pride and understand how important it is to go out and compete and not take it for granted,” Westbrook said. “As players, you go out on the floor, and sometimes you take it for granted and don’t realize how important it is to embrace the moment. Each individual guy has to do that every night.”New Orleans trailed 76-72 when Cousins was ejected, but surged ahead soon after with an 11-3 run during which Jameer Nelson, E’Twaun Moore and Darius Miller each hit 3s. Nelson banked in his 3 from near half-court as the shot clock expired.Davis helped New Orleans end a two-game skid with his typical array of dunks, layups and clutch mid-range shots. He also hit 18 of 22 free throws.“It was tough losing (Cousins), being one of our star players, but anything is liable to happen in a game,” Davis said. “So guys stepped up and were ready to play.”Paul George hit six 3s en route to 26 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 19 for Oklahoma City, which lost its second straight in similar fashion, having blown a 23-point lead in San Antonio on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments UP NEXTThunder: Host Golden State on Wednesday night.Pelicans: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Chooks-to-Go scraps PBA plans, reaffirms commitment with national team The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “We’re too good of a team to allow a team to tie it up after we go up 20,” George said. “Games are built on runs. That’s going to happen. But we’ve got to eliminate how much of a run we allow.”TIP-INSThunder: Oklahoma City led 25-6 on Alex Abrines’ 3 in the first quarter, but the Thunder fell into a tie early in the second quarter before going back up by eight at halftime after George’s 3 made it 65-57. …. Steven Adams had 15 points and Jerami Grant 10 points.Pelicans: The 6-foot-4 Moore, normally a reserve shooting guard, started at small forward and scored 12 points. … Miller had 11 points for New Orleans, hitting three of four 3-point shots. … Davis had seven turnovers. … Guard Tony Allen returned from a four-game absence cause by left knee swelling. He had six points and six rebounds in nearly 19 minutes.COUSINS’ EXITFrom video replays displayed on the arena scoreboard, it appeared Cousins made contact with Westbrook, but it was difficult to discern whether contact was made with the Thunder star’s head or shoulder, or whether the impact was significant.Officials did not eject Cousins from the game until after viewing replays on a TV at the scorers’ table, after which they called a flagrant two.Hard contact is not required for a flagrant two — only an act deemed “unnecessary and excessive.”Allen said Cousins’ “emotions got the best of him,” and that his history of outbursts seems to be held against him in such situations. Allen also asserted that Westbrook “definitely” flopped.Westbrook “took advantage of Cousins’ history. He was going to get the best of that call,” said Allen, a 14-year veteran. “You saw him get right back up and miss the free throw.” 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’ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “We didn’t think it was that fair. He doesn’t do anything intentional,” Holiday said of Cousins, who was assessed a flagrant foul for swinging an elbow near Thunder star Russell Westbrook’s head. “We just wanted to win for him.”Cousins had 18 points and nine rebounds before his ejection with five minutes remaining in the third quarter and did not speak with reporters after the game.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 openingCousins raised his elbow near Westbrook’s face after grabbing a rebound, and the Thunder guard dropped to the floor holding his head. Westbrook remained in the game and finished with 22 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and three steals. However, Westbrook also missed 13 of 19 shots.Westbrook also did not discuss Cousins’ foul, but did lament “mental errors” that plagued Oklahoma City while they were losing a lead that was 19 points in the first quarter. MOST READlast_img read more

Aces pound Gin Kings

first_imgMOST READ “There’s a small person in Greg Slaughter who didn’t play and I think he would have had an impact in this game,” Compton said in jest, referring to the absence of the 7-foot center, who suited up but was kept on the bench by coach Tim Cone because of a strained hamstring.“You have to take advantage of the opportunities that come your way.”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 hostingThe Kings absorbed a second straight defeat in a 2-2 card, the same record of idle GlobalPort.Next up for Alaska is Blackwater on Saturday and Compton is bracing for an “exciting game.” 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives “That’s not a team you look forward to playing anymore, because they already have the pieces,” said Compton.In the first game, TNT Ka-Tropa found its rhythm early with Troy Rosario leading the way, pouncing on Meralco’s manpower woes to carve out an easy 99-81 victory that put the Texters back in the upper half.Rosario dropped six triples on the way to 22 points as the Texters pulled away early and never relented on the way to rising to 3-2 overall and dealing the Bolts a third straight defeat after a season-opening victory.Meralco missed power forwards Ranidel de Ocampo and Cliff Hodge, and aside from their size, the Bolts struggled to find people who could pick up the offensive intensity the entire night as they totaled just 36 points for the first half.“We knew that they are undermanned and that was what we really tried to take advantage of,” TNT coach Nash Racela said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBanking on a big third quarter, the Aces bombarded the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings from inside and out to score a 97-83 victory on Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center in Antipolo, signaling the return to form of the traditional powerhouse that lingered in mediocrity the past two conferences.It was the third straight win after two losses for the Aces, who made the most out of the Gin Kings’ lack in size to book the most impressive win of their run that coach Alex Compton hopes would open the gates for their return to the list of elite teams.ADVERTISEMENT Manuel regaining his old form for streaking Aces ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaislast_img read more