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/ Federico Chiesa breathed a sigh of relief after finally scoring his first senior Italy goal. “We genuinely enjoy our football and it’s a pleasure to be here.” The Fiorentina winger hit the woodwork twice during the 9-1 win over Armenia before he broke through with a glancing header. “I am happy with my first goal for the Nazionale, but above all the performance from the team and the fact we genuinely enjoy our football,” Chiesa told Rai Sport. “We enjoy it on the pitch during a match, we enjoy ourselves in training, and it’s a pleasure to be here. Coach Roberto Mancini drilled that enthusiasm into us from the first day, he told us we are a strong national team and we’re proving it on the field.” Italy have won all 10 games in their Euro 2020 qualifying group, with a goal difference of +33. “The Coach asked me to play like this, to move constantly, be positive, attack the space and be open to receive passes. I just do what the coach asks. “I quite rightly feel good, especially after my first goal! I still have a lot to do in order to earn my place at the European Championships.”last_img read more

first_imgAfter winning three successive international tournaments, badminton mavin Saina Nehwal is confident of conquering the next month’s World Championship in Paris.”Considering the way I am playing and the results that I have achieved so far, I hope to win this tournament,” Saina said on the sidelines of a felicitation programme by BAI and Premier Brands.The world number three won the India Open Grand Prix Gold in Chennai, Singapore Open Super Series and also defended her Indonesian Open Super series crown recently.Her red-hot form also won her captain’s cap for the elite competition, where India are fielding a nine-member team.”I don’t know why I have been made the captain but I can say I will give my best and cheer my teammates. For everything else it has to be my coach Gopi sir,” said Saina, who was presented with 24-carat gold coins by Premier Brands, the official sponsor of the Indian team.The other members of the team for the August 23-29 competition, are Aditi Mutatkar, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, Chetan Anand, P Kashyap, Sanave Thomas, Rupesh Kumar and V Diju.The Hyderabadi said she laid emphasis on her fitness and strokes in the last six months and it showed in her performance.”I worked on my fitness a lot and also playing less tournaments this year and devoting more time in training has helped me improve strokes as well. So my stamina and range of strokes came good during these matches,” she said.Saina said she does not fear facing strong Chinese player and is ready to take them on the World Championship.advertisement”Chinese are beatable and I have proved that in the past.They are the powerhouse of badminton but all the countries have also improved a lot now and I have always been comfortable against them,” Saina said.Asked about rankings, Saina said,” It is just a number.You play well, it moves up and you lose it goes down but I want to be the number one and I know if I can keep doing the hard work, I will.last_img read more

first_imgTaking an exception to Wipro Chairman Azim Premji’s questioning the priorities of the government in view of the huge money spent on the Commonwealth Games, Sports Minister M S Gill on Sunday said the industry should look what it was doing for sport, before criticising.Premji in a recent article in a leading national daily had said that the thousands of crores of rupees being spent on Games could have been used for building schools and improve infrastructure in the poor parts of the country like Bihar.Gill was obviously not pleased with what Premji wrote.”Let (Indians) industry look what they are doing. The sportsperson of the country need money. My (message) for big captains (of industries) is that they should come forward,” Gill said on the sidelines of the National Sports Awards ceremony here.Sports Minister M.S. Gill.Premji, who heads India’s one of the largest software development companies, is the currently second richest person of the country with a personal wealth of USD 17 billion.The Sports Minister cited example of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates for his charity works for USA and asked the Indian industry to follow suit.”I do wish to say that the Industry should contribute towards promotion of sport and spokespersons. I look at Bill Gates. He is doing so much, lot of charities and things which interests him for America,” he said.Initially the budget of the Organising Committee was 655 crore but the total spending now is estimated to be Rs. 11,494 crore.advertisementAnd it will be close to 28,000 crore if the additional amount of Rs. 16,560, spent by Delhi government for the development of infrastructure in the capital is added.”Is this drain on public funds for the greater common good? How can we forget that we could have established primary schools and health centres in tens of thousands of villages? Can we ignore this splurge the next time a malnourished child looks at us in the eye?””India needs more schools, and the existing schools need better infrastructure and more teachers. To not have this, and to instead spend on a grand sporting spectacle sounds like we have got our priorities wrong,” Premji had written.Gill on his part, spoke about industry houses like Tata Steel Limited, who were presented ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Puruskar’ for their contribution in development of sport in the country.”We have started recognising, from last year, to recognise the industry houses (who are doing something for sport). Tata got their second award today,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgItalian automaker Fiat on Tuesday launched the new versions of its sedan Linea and hatchback Punto priced between Rs.4.81 lakh to Rs.6.71 lakh and Rs.6.83 lakh to Rs. 9.18 lakh respectively (ex-showroom Delhi).Both the cars available in petrol and diesel variants, also sport extended wheel-base coupled with enhanced ground clearance and an improved air-conditioning.The new Linea also features rain-sensing wipers, an improved air-conditioner and automatic headlights.The company further said that it plans to set up 22 stand-alone car showrooms Fiat Caffe’ which will have the same dealers, that of Tata Motors’ in the next year.Under the joint venture (JV) agreement between Fiat Group and Tata Motors, both the companies share marketing and service assets.- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

first_imgLeap of triumph: A jubilant Pakistan teamThere were fireworks at Karachi’s Clifton Fountain, that is how happy they were. Friendship series or not, if anything grated on the collective consciousness of Pakistan, it was being beaten by India in their own backyard.The night India won the five-match ODI series in,Leap of triumph: A jubilant Pakistan teamThere were fireworks at Karachi’s Clifton Fountain, that is how happy they were. Friendship series or not, if anything grated on the collective consciousness of Pakistan, it was being beaten by India in their own backyard.The night India won the five-match ODI series in 2004, Imran Khan marched up to the Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan in Lahore and declared that this was, “zillat ki inteha” (the limit of humiliation).So when it was time for payback in 2006, Pakistan chose well: not the flat decks of Lahore or Faisalabad but busy, brassy, Karachi, where Pakistan has lost only one of 38 Tests over 51 years.Bryan Adams may have amped up the night with the first big-ticket rock show in Pakistan, but the day belonged to the manic percussion of the National Stadium symphony created from the banging of empty plastic bottles on chairs. It was the soundtrack for the world’s most celebrated batting lineup being scythed in half.Shoaib Akhtar wasn’t the centre of the demolition and still he was smiling. When asked how Pakistan had got its groove back, Akhtar replied with a mysterious smile, “Forgiveness… a culture of forgiving.” Er, forgive us for asking but has the Rawalpindi Express turned into the Sufi passenger? Ask Sachin Tendulkar’s helmet.Akhtar was only talking about a team that has made room for his ego. In return, a valuable cricketer made accommodations for his mates. Even though it knows it cannot resort to collective prayer, India must envy the calm in the Pakistani camp. Not so long ago, that in itself would have been an absurd statement. Pakistan at home, with its act together, is irresistible.advertisementEarly departure: Rahul Dravid played an unfamiliar role as openerAfter the first two Tests, when India’s top three batsmen had faced down totals of 697 and 588, Sanjay Manjrekar wondered how long the visitors could absorb the pressure. In Karachi, we knew: less than 60 overs in each innings. India’s capitulation means one of two things: either the batting had lost its ability to respond to adversity. Or that the bowlers let the side down by conceding 600 runs at more than four an over on a wicket that offered assistance. Either choice is disheartening.The loss of the series will sting the Indians because they went in with the right ideas and started well, but were caught flat-footed in a shootout. It will cut them deeper to acknowledge that Karachi forms a dip in the rising graph of their batting on tour. This is the same line-up that steeled itself into delivering overseas with the bat-once-bat-big mantra. It pushed Australia to the brink and won Tests in England and Pakistan.Akhtar’s zingers turned so many heads that pundits across the board howled, “pace, pace, pace” as India’s all-purpose cure for the ailments of Karachi. They forgot that in 2004, Laxmipathy Balaji and Irfan Pathan didn’t knock off batsmen’s blocks. Balaji bowled between 132-136 kmph and got the ball to move and Pathan swung it in at the same pace. The Indian attack has now turned into a rapidly decelerating vehicle. Pathan’s quickest in Karachi was 129.6 kmph, his hat-trick a hazy memory by the third afternoon.Pakistan’s best in that game, Mohammed Asif and Abdul Razzaq didn’t cross 135 kmph, but hit the deck hard, landed it on the seam, batsmen beaten by cut and jag. Asif, 6 ft 3 in, had his action remodelled last June in Chennai’s MRF Pace Foundation. MRF Pace Foundation chief coach T.A. Sekhar wants the Indian fast bowlers to be assessed on a regular basis. He believes Pathan and Zaheer Khan had dropped pace due to a technical flaw in their actions. “That flaw does not allow them to release the ball at the right speed and in the right areas.”Before the tour, the Indians had the right ideas about the pace department: Punjab fast bowler, Vikram Raj Vir (VRV) Singh travelled and trained with the team during the home Test matches against Sri Lanka. Regarded amongst the fastest bowlers in India, VRV could not make it to the tour due to an injury. Maharashtra’s Munaf Patel, is said to be the fastest in India, topping 145 kmph, but is unfashionable in the selection stakes.Bonding: Pakistan fed off the pressure created by Shoaib AkhtarPakistan has made room for Shoaib Akhtar and his ego and Akhtar has in turn made accommodations and adjustments to give his team the edge. In Pakistan, the Indians were forced to be slightly schizophrenic: swinging between the sentimental and the practical, issuing rational explanations for acts of compromise. Most of those tended to revolve around Sourav Ganguly, who has become to Indian cricket what Kashmir is to Indo-Pak politics: disputed territory.advertisementYounis Khan, Pakistan’s stand-in captain in Karachi said helpfully, “I’m a big supporter of Sourav.” Greg Chappell’s response to that comment has not yet been leaked. In the middle of the madness stood captain Rahul Dravid, trying to maintain sanity and decorum, but the dark circles under his eyes have only grown darker in defeat.So on to the one-dayers, where India has won eight of its last 11 matches. Older legs have been swapped for younger ones but not in the bowling department. The sobering fact is that India has lost eight out of its last 10 ODIs to Pakistan but form and momentum are fickle things. Besides, India’s ODI game has supplied most of the happy headlines in recent months. A cautionary note though.As Inzamam-ul-Haq meandered through the mandatory tete-a-tete on the prefab presentation stage in Karachi, the Ursa Major of world cricket was asked about the state of his delicate back that had kept him out of the deciding Test. “Thanks God,” he responded, “We are fit now.” Good grief.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ UAAP Starting 5: Week 10 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 LATEST STORIES MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims FILE – Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)MADRID — Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he is the father of a baby girl.Ronaldo posted a photo Sunday on Twitter of him with the baby’s mother, Georgina Rodriguez, and his oldest son in a hospital in Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Real Madrid and Portugal forward accompanied the image with the message written in Portuguese: “Alana Martina has just been born! Both Geo and Alana are fine! We are all very happy!”The baby is Ronaldo’s fourth child. He had two children earlier this year, reportedly through a surrogate mother.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 openingRonaldo made his relationship with Rodriguez public last year. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay View comments Malditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout 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 Injured Jalalon rues missing World Cup qualifiers, shifts focus to Star The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MOST READ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads “Be back with my brothers real soon to take care of business #puso,” Blatche wrote on his Instagram account.The 31-year-old Blatche hasn’t donned the national team colors since leading Gilas to a sweep in the Seaba Championship last May here 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 openingHe was supposed to be with Gilas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon but pulled out due to security reasons.Gilas started its buildup on Nov. 3 with a closed-door session and has since been holding twice-a-day trainings. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas has yet to reunite with Andray Blatche, but it’s only a matter of time before the naturalized big man rejoins the team.Blatche has been tapped to lead the Philippines in its Fiba World Cup qualifiers bid, set to start on November 24 in Japan, and the former NBA veteran hinted at his soonest return.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After Sunday’s morning practice, the team left for Tagaytay on Sunday for its three-day training camp.Apart from Blatche, four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Jayson Castro are also expected to lead Gilas’ bid to return to the World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

first_imgBradie Tennell, foreground, poses after winning the women’s free skate event with second place finisher Mirai Nagasu, left, third place finisher Karen Chen, second from right, and fourth place finisher Ashley Wagner at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)SAN JOSE, Calif. — Rising star Bradie Tennell’s near-perfect free skate Friday night earned her a national title and almost certainly a spot on the U.S. team for next month’s Olympics.Tennell was spotless in the short program two days ago, then as the final skater in the long program she didn’t miss a trick under tremendous pressure. Her top competitors, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, already had put down superb routines.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 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The three women headed to the Pyeongchang Games will be announced Saturday.After overpowering the entry and two-footing the triple axel that no other American woman tries, Nagasu hit six triple jumps, including a loop in the final seconds of a stirring program. She was so moved by her performance that she broke out in tears and covered her face, trying to gain control of the emotions that often had betrayed her in critical moments.She was still crying in, appropriately, the kiss and cry area when the marks showed Nagasu she had shattered her personal best by nearly 20 points with a 213.84.Chen’s big season last year had not translated into achievement this campaign. She put those struggles to an icy death with a superb showing that had one flaw toward the end. She, too, was overcome by tears for a 198.59 score.Tennell made it a trio of tears with her career best of 219.51.  A long shot heading into the season, Tennell announced herself as an Olympic team threat with a third place at Skate America. Hardly ice shattering, but she ratcheted up everything for nationals.ADVERTISEMENT “I just had to keep calm and focus on what I knew I could do,” Tennell said. “There’s the initial butterflies, but I kind of start to lose myself and keep going.“It’s indescribable to me.”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 hostingNagasu, U.S. champ 10 years ago, capped a sensationally sweet comeback with a flowing performance to finish second, virtually assuring a spot in next month’s Olympics — a berth she was denied four years ago by the selection committee. That position for Sochi was given to Ashley Wagner, who had finished fourth, one spot behind Nagasu, but had a better overall record.Chen, the defending champion, was third and Wagner was fourth. Wagner had the crowd going for most of her energetic routine, but a flawed lutz as her final jump was costly. She responded to the fans with a deep bow when she finished, yet was shaking her head “no” when her marks were posted.Earlier, favorites Maia and Alex Shibutani outdistanced their top competition in the short dance. The free dance is Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Lyle scores career-high 26 as Nuggets beat Jazz 99-91 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

first_img—In cross country, Ri Yong Gum finished 89th out of 90 in women’s 10-kilometer free race, while Han Chun Gyong was 101st and teammate Pak Il Chol 107th in the 15 kilometer free. There were 116 men in that race.North Korea has participated in nine Winter Olympics, starting at Innsbruck in 1964. It has won two medals: a silver and a bronze, in speedskating and short-track speedskating.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Spurs preparing to play without Leonard this season With few athletes prepared and ready, the North sent more than 140 musicians, a demonstration taekwondo team, a 229-woman strong cheering squad and 21 journalists, though the sporting aspect of the Olympics has gotten virtually zero coverage in the North.Their athletes’ lack of experience and preparation showed.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 sentimental highlight of the North’s participation in the games was the joint Korea ice hockey team, which featured players from North and South for the first time. Although it was ranked below the Olympic qualifying level, South Korea won an ice hockey berth in the games because it is the host nation. South Korean President Moon Jae-in championed the effort to allow 12 North Korean players to join the team.The concept won emotional support from many South Koreans, but it was also controversial because it took slots away from more talented South Koreans who had trained hard for the Olympics. The team ended up losing every game they played — giving up 28 goals and scoring only twice in their five matches. They lost their final match on Tuesday to Sweden, 6-1. LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Not counting the mostly South Korean hockey squad, the North’s best performance came from figure skaters Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, who finished 13th in pairs.They were the only North Koreans to have actually qualified for the Olympics in pre-games competition, though the North missed a registration deadline and the two had lost their slot until politics intervened on their behalf.Here’s how the remaining North Koreans fared:—Short track skater Jong Kwang Bom, who is just 16, stumbled and fell at the start and was last in his 500-meter heat. The North’s other short track competitor, Choe Un Song in the 1,500, took a hard fall in practice and was also last in his heat.—Alpine skier Kim Ryon Hyang was 54th out of 54 finishers in the women’s slalom and 67th out of 67 finishers in the giant slalom. Choe Myong Gwang and Kang Song Il went 74th and 75th, out of 75 finishers, in the men’s giant slalom. In Thursday’s slalom, Choe was again the final finisher, while Kang failed to complete the course.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 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’ 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 PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Un Song Choe of North Korea in action during the men’s 1500 meters in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea’s 22 athletes wrapped up their competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Thursday without a finish higher than 13th. And even that was in a field of 16.North Korea wasn’t expected to come to Pyeongchang until a last-minute announcement by Kim Jong Un on New Year’s Day that he wanted to send a team, which set off a flurry of North-South diplomatic machinations allowing their delegation to cross the border.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more