De Rossi back for Boca

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/ Daniele De Rossi has been declared fit enough to feature in Boca Juniors’ squad for the Superclasico with River Plate on Wednesday. De Rossi has played just five games for Boca since arriving in July due to a hamstring problem, which has kept him out for the past month. However, the former Roma midfielder has been called up for the second leg of his side’s Copa Libertadores semi-final with River, who lead 2-0 on aggregate. If he can prove his fitness, the 36-year-old may be considered for a farewell appearance with Italy during the international break in November. The derby is given the nickname ‘Superclasico’ because of the intense rivalry between the two Argentine clubs. They are both based in Buenos Aires and vied for the title of South America’s best in the Copa Libertadores Final last season.last_img read more

Milan free up 60m for Zlatan?

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/ Milan are reportedly ready to sell Fabio Borini, Franck Kessie and Ricardo Rodriguez to raise €60m for January, including a €4m per year Zlatan Ibrahimovic contract. The Swedish star confirmed he is leaving LA Galaxy and MLS yesterday and is being linked with a move back to Serie A this winter. Milan are now trying to free up some space in the squad to make room for their targets in the transfer market this winter. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the trio of Borini, Kessie and Ricardo Rodriguez should be on their way out the door to accommodate for new signings. The newspaper claims it will free up a total of €60m in spending money for the Rossoneri, who are willing to offer €4m a year to Ibrahimovic. It’s also suggested that the 38-year-old might have some reservations against a move back to San Siro, as his strong reputation at Milan might be ruined by another appearance at the end of his career. He helped the club secure their last Scudetto in 2010-11. Milan are currently 14th in Serie A and are looking to the transfer market to find solutions, but Ibrahimovic has also been linked with moves to Napoli and Bologna.last_img read more

Prandelli: ‘Juve must be careful’

first_imgCesare Prandelli said Juventus “must be careful” as he predicts a tough match at Atalanta when Maurizio Sarri and Gian Piero Gasperini go head-to-head. The league leaders are heading to fifth-placed Atalanta on Saturday and the former Italy coach predicts a close-run thing when Maurizio Sarri and Gian Piero Gasperini go head-to-head in Serie A. “I think it will end in a draw and there will be plenty of goals,” Prandelli told TuttoJuve. “Atalanta are a very challenging opponent; their strength lies within their unit and mentality. I have read that several players will return, including Duvan Zapata, who will certainly want to play a great game. “Gasperini’s team always grinds down the games and it is never over. Juventus must tread carefully.” Prandelli is an ex-Juventus player and also a former Atalanta coach, so is very interested in the duel in the dugout this weekend. Before this meeting they are locked on a head-to-head record of four wins each and five draws. “I don’t have all the facts, but Gasperini has been bothering everyone. Atalanta are a team that has been playing together for many years, it’s difficult to play against them,” added the 62-year-old. “Sarri is still pursuing his philosophy and his idea of football, it is obviously taking some time. He’s only been in Turin for a few months. There will be a lot of interesting aspects, one of them might be the confrontation between a backline of three defenders against one with four.” He is not expecting any of the managers to rotate from their normal approaches but points out that there might players suffering from recent the international break. “No, I’m not expecting any surprises,” he said. “We don’t know about the conditions of the players returning from international duty. If there are any big changes, that will be the case.” Atalanta and Juventus clash at 2pm on Saturday. 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

Conti: ‘Bring mental strength to Milan’

first_imgAndrea Conti admits it “hasn’t been easy”, but he is “stronger mentally” after the injury nightmare and hopes to share that new attitude with struggling Milan. The former Atalanta full-back has taken part in five games for the Rossoneri, after being kept on the sidelines by two serious knee injuries since his move in 2017. “It’s been two difficult years, also the last period hasn’t been easy either,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “But, I knew I would return to my level.” The 25-year-old returned to be part of the squad during pre-season, but is still a long way off his former self. “I finally took part during the pre-season with my teammates and I will be able to return to where I was. I feel better every day and I hope Milan will soon feel better too,” he added. “They say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This also happened for me. Now I feel stronger mentally, maybe less physically, but if you are mentally strong, you will get through it.” Milan started the campaign under Marco Giampaolo, but then brought in Stefano Pioli. “It seems like the completely opposite to what it was before,” he said about working under Pioli. “We have more intensity in our daily work, and if you make a mistake, you’ll be called out. “This is to make fewer mistakes, and we saw a sign of that straight away in the first games. We have signalled that we are developing, now we just need to keep working hard and we know the performances will follow.” Before the international break, Milan lost 1-0 to Juventus at the Allianz Stadium, but Conti said they’re not too beaten down by losing to the league leaders. “It’s bad to say it, but you can lose to Juventus. We have to continue on this path and the results will arrive.” Conti is eager to play an important role when Milan are looking to turn the tide at San Siro, and he’s hoping it might lead to a place in Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament next summer. “I want to compliment Italy on their qualification. If I’ll be called up depends on what I do here at Milan. I hope so, it’s a target I have and if I get a call, I would be very happy. If it doesn’t, I will still follow them from my sofa.” Milan are currently 14th in the League and are back in action against Napoli this weekend. 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

Zlatan’s social media stir

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic caught everyone by surprise when he posted a video of his name printed on a Hammarby shirt on Tuesday morning. The Milan and Bologna target caused some concern for the Italian clubs on Tuesday morning and stirred up a media storm as his name appeared on the back of a Hammarby shirt from the Swedish Allsvenskan. Hammarby’s executives are in Los Angeles to attend a scheduled meeting between the two clubs and the LA Galaxy superstar has now linked himself to become a new member of the Swedish club. LA Galaxy owner Philip Anschutz owns 45 per cent of the Swedish club and it’s not expected that Zlatan will return to Sweden as a player when his contract in Los Angeles expires. “We’ll have more information later this week,” Hammarby’s press officer Love Gustafsson told Aftonbladet. “It’s correct that they are over there now. We share owner with Los Angeles Galaxy and they have invited us over to discuss future business.” @Hammarbyfotboll pic.twitter.com/jLWfK5uP0q — Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 26, 2019 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

Delhi takes to kick-boxing. Here’s where you can lick them or join them

first_imgHilary Swank boxed her way into the Oscars. Uma Thurman impressed Bill and the rest of the world with her high kicks. Now it’s Delhi’s turn to get fighting feet. City studios have been sparring with one another to lure fitness fiends and PYTs to don boxing gloves.Forget the Oscars,Hilary Swank boxed her way into the Oscars. Uma Thurman impressed Bill and the rest of the world with her high kicks. Now it’s Delhi’s turn to get fighting feet. City studios have been sparring with one another to lure fitness fiends and PYTs to don boxing gloves.Forget the Oscars and the blood and gore. If you want to kick some serious butt and look good doing it, get into the ring. Kickboxing is the new fitness fetish.First, let’s get all the facts straight. “Kickboxing as an athletic workout includes shadow boxing, kicking and heavy bag work complemented by strengthening and conditioning drills,” says instructor Robin Gogoi of Club Xcell.It can best be described as a mixture of karate and boxing, another east meets west trend. The traditional form of kickboxing, Muan Thai-popularly known as Thai boxing-is a full-contact martial art. The winner in a competition is determined only when the opponent is annihilated. Translation: possible death.In contrast, the modern version is a semi-contact sport. Those who swear by this workout don’t actually have to fight one another in any ring. Kickboxing allows them to enjoy all the benefits without actually sparring or spilling blood-burning fat, toning muscle, enhancing metabolic rate, achieving greater agility and flexibility, and, of course, a figure to die for.Body Force GYM Ring leader Get in the ring with trainer Edward Noordanis (left) and his class for an actual fightEdgar Noordanis means serious business with his weekend Thai boxing classes. He is undoubtedly the most professional trainer in Delhi and ridicules the city’s airconditioned studios. “I train my students outdoors and even hold classes during the blistering heat of May and June,” says this Dutch trainer who learnt Muan Thai in 1984 in Holland. One visit to his back garden and you know exactly what he’s talking about. He actually has a boxing ring there. Ten bags are hung around the boxing ring. “Different bags have different purposes- a hard, low hanging bag works for the shin, a six feet long bag is meant for combination work, and speed bags are purely for elbow work,” explains Noordanis proudly.The warm-up routine is clearly written for all to see on one wall of his shed. “You can’t throw a good punch if you’re unfit. So everybody has to run at least three kilometres on a dirt track, no matter how long it takes. That’s followed by 10 minutes of skipping, 200 sit-ups and 10 minutes of stretching. Mind you, that’s just the first hour,” says Noordanis. After a short water break, the second hour is for “bag work.” On Sundays, students fight in the ring. In spite of his rigorous workout, Noordanis has had 300 students in the last four years. “Rules are not bent even for new students,” he says. Only proving that his claim of a 10 kg weight loss in the first month is not just fluff. Fees: Rs 150 per class. Tel: 9810194427.Club Xcell advertisementHigh jinx Robin Gogoi incorporate self defence in their kickboxing classesTrainer Robin Gogoi has chalked out his aerobic and anaerobic kickboxing programme scientifically, an attribute he learnt from his Japanese karate grandmaster Haya Shi. This karate black beltholder describes the former as “aerobics topped with karate and boxing.” The anaerobic class is comparatively faster and is meant for people used to the regime. Saurabh Vig incorporate self defence in their kickboxing classes”This is a more intense class which utilises the chemical system of the body,” explains Gogoi. New students work on punching, kicking, striking and blocking. Only after they have familiarised themselves with the basic moves are they allowed to try out these techniques with music.”Kickboxing unites the mind, body and spirit, says Gogoi who ends his classes with a martial art meditating position, Seiza, where one squats on the knees with eyes shut. Gogoi also has an hour-long self-defence class that is a hit with women. Fees: Rs 1,815 per month. Tel: 9810259501.FitnesolutionFighting feet Kiran Sawhney of Fitnesolution believes that kickboxing helps one achieve perfect mind and body coordinationKiran Sawhney started this studio just 10 months ago and holds her kickboxing classes with her trainer pal Saurabh Vig. “Kickboxing has become a popular workout as it teaches one to stay positive,” says Sawhney. Judging from her batch of 20 trainees, there is clearly no age-bar for this exercise. “I even have a 60-year-old in my class,” she exclaims. Even though kickboxing is not a martial art per se, Sawhney believes that “it can come in handy when one is in a vulnerable situation.” She also makes it a point to give students tips on self defence. “The rules of a ring don’t apply in real life. The knees and elbows are our most powerful weapons. I always tell my students that if they are ever mugged, they should kick and punch the attacker’s groin,” says Sawhney, who is saving up to buy speed-bags for her studio. Fees: Rs 2,000 per month. Tel: 9810530027.Studio 8To really tone up those muscles, Vineeta Sarkar combines her kickboxing class with the gym ball and weightsVineeta Sarkar is on cloud nine. Her studio is a great hit with women in Gurgaon. “My kickboxing classes have become so popular that my students are constantly pressuring me to allot more classes, especially during the weekends,” she says. “A regular class begins with simple movements. As the tempo builds up, so does the complexity of the workout. Later, the class slows down again and students move to stretching their legs, arms and back to increase mobility. To really tone up those muscles, the last half hour of the session is devoted to the gym ball and weights.”Sarkar learnt her skills at the American Aerobics Fitness Association in San Diego. She claims her classes give her students “lean legs, sculpted arms and a flexible body”. No wonder she’s in such demand. Fees: Rs 2,000 a month. Tel: 9810202919.advertisementlast_img read more

Spain wins again, beating Italy 4-0 at Euro 2012

first_imgJust like clockwork, Spain’s “tiki taka” passing game tore Italy apart. PhotosThe World Cup champions controlled the play on Sunday in the European Championship final, as they usually do. They moved the ball up the field with short pass after short pass, as they usually do.But, incredibly, they also managed to score a whopping four goals, something they don’t usually do.It all added up to a 4-0 win over Italy and a third straight major soccer title for Spain. “We won being true to our playing style, and by moving the ball the we way we moved it we knew how to take charge of the match,” said Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, the team’s captain. “What we do is difficult but we make it look easy.”Casillas and Spain striker Fernando Torres also made their own histories. Torres became the first man to score in two European Championship finals, and Casillas played in his record 100th victory in international soccer.Spain’s other goals on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium came from David Silva, Jordi Alba and Juan Mata.”We were superior to Italy,” said midfielder Xavi Hernandez, perhaps Spain’s most influential player over the last four years. “We played a complete game and perhaps the best of the entire European Championship. We made history.”Four years ago at Euro 2008, Spain ended a 44-year drought of major titles, beating Germany 1-0 in the final to start a run that has been unmatched by any other team in history.advertisementAlthough they lost to the United States in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup in 2009, snapping a record 15-game winning streak, the Spanish have been nearly impossible to beat in competitive matches.A year after that game against the Americans, Spain opened the 2010 World Cup with a loss to Switzerland. But they then went on a tear, winning their next six games to finally claim a World Cup title and undoubtedly shed for good the “underachiever” tag.In all that time since Euro 2008, Spain has won with flair, using its short passing game – dubbed “tiki taka” by the Spanish media and adopted by the team – to dazzle scrambling opponents.”Tonight, there was no contest,” Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said. “They were too superior, so the bitterness at losing this final is only relative.”Against Italy, Spain was the favorite, but was also primed to be beaten after being held to a 1-1 draw by the Italians in their opening Group C match. Spain, which has been experimenting with a lineup that excludes a recognized striker, needed a penalty shootout to reach the final after a 0-0 tie with Portugal in the semifinals.”They’ve been playing at a very high level for years,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. “And even though they didn’t use any traditional striker, they were able to give weight to their attack.”The controversial lineup, which Spain coach Vicente del Bosque again employed on Sunday, is akin to playing in the Super Bowl without a running back. Sure, you can still score touchdowns, but you give up on the chance for a game-breaking play.Still, the midfielders and the defenders got the job done in the first half. Silva headed in a high shot in the 14th minute off a pass from Cesc Fabregas. And Alba added another in the 41st, picking up a beautiful through ball from Xavi and shooting past Buffon.”The game was ours after the first goal, but the truth is that we played one heck of a game,” Fabregas said.Italy’s task was tough enough with 11 players, and it became impossible with only 10 after the 64th minute. All its substitutes were used when midfielder Thiago Motta, who had only been on the field for seven minutes, was taken off with an injury.Torres, who came on for Fabregas in the 75th minute, then added the third goal with a relatively easy finish and Mata really put the game away in the 88th, knocking in a pass from Torres.”The second goal by Jordi hurt them, and then the third finished them off,” said Casillas, who made a point-blank save on a shot from Antonio Di Natale at the start of the second half and twice tipped crosses out of danger just before the Italians could get their heads to the ball.With every save, and of course with every goal, the huge group of Spain supporters cheered and screamed. The red-shirted fans dominated one corner of the stadium, filling up more than six sections of the Olympic Stadium. On the opposite side, the blue-clad Italians were far outnumbered, with dozens of empty yellow seats poking through the mass of supporters.advertisementAlso in the stands were several heads of state. Italian Premier Mario Monti, along with other EU leaders, had said they would not travel to Ukraine for the tournament because of the politically tainted jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. But that didn’t stop him from attending the final in Kiev.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also attended the match, and got to watch as his players celebrated with confetti and fireworks when they lifted yet another major trophy. “I don’t believe it,” said Alba, who has played only nine matches for Spain, “but little by little it is sinking in.”last_img read more

Warriors lose preseason opener to Nuggets

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Warriors have 12 players back, including all five starters. But they don’t have their shooting touch yet, going 4 of 33 from deep. Their four All-Stars were a dismal 1 for 19.NBA Finals MVP Durant scored 10 points in nearly 24 minutes, Curry had 11 in the NBA’s preseason opener.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 openingLater Saturday in Southern California, Lonzo Ball made his highly anticipated Lakers debut in Anaheim against the Timberwolves, playing their first game with All-Star Jimmy Butler. Ball’s first basket was a 3-pointer with 3:47 left in the first quarter.Warriors and Nuggets players stood through the national anthem, a week after President Donald Trump rescinded his White House invitation to Curry and his team. Warriors coach Steve Kerr indicated before the game he didn’t expect any kind of protest. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Denver Nuggets’ Will Barton (5) looks to pass away from Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee, left, during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant drove through the paint for a quick one-handed slam. Stephen Curry dazzled with his dribbling and pulled up for quick 3-pointers that weren’t quite as accurate as usual.The Golden State Warriors still looked like the dominant team they were in winning a championship just a few months ago, even in a 108-102 preseason loss to Denver on Saturday night.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 LATEST STORIES “It’s just from last year, working on things from last year,” Popovich said. “It’s gone a little more slowly than we thought.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Martinez fails to qualify for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges “It wasn’t a discussion or a decision,” Draymond Green said. “We said what we had to say. Everybody knows where we stand. We don’t need to do anything else to show where we stand. Everyone knows where we stand.”Lakers and Wolves players stood with arms locked during their anthem.Paul Millsap had 22 points and 11 rebounds in his first game for Denver. Nikola Jokic added 12 points and six rebounds, making 7 of 10 free throws. Emmanuel Mudiay had 19 points and six assists off the bench.Kerr only planned to use his starters 20-25 minutes with an international trip ahead. The Warriors were set to leave Sunday for China, where they will play a pair of preseason games against Minnesota.Golden State rookie Jordan Bell had a nice alley-oop dunk in the third quarter from Green, who received his Defensive Player of the Year trophy from Ben Wallace just before tipoff.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups New Warriors forward Omri Casspi was away from the team for the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur, and so was analytics guru Sammy Gelfand.“I talked to him a couple days ago. Sammy Gelfand also will not be here tonight as he observes the holiday as well,” Kerr said. “Whatever each person needs to do then obviously we afford them that right. It’s an important holiday for people of the Jewish faith. Omri has our full support.”Golden State played a September game for the first time since facing Portland on Sept. 30, 1980, in Seattle. This marks the Warriors’ third trip to China after playing there previously in 2008 against Milwaukee and ’13 against the Lakers.REMEMBERING HAMBLENKerr fondly remembered Frank Hamblen, who died Saturday at age 70. A moment of silence was held before the Lakers tipped off.Hamblen won seven NBA championships as an assistant to Phil Jackson in Los Angeles and Chicago. The Lakers said Hamblen died in Del Mar. They did not provide a cause of death.“He was my assistant coach in Chicago, a good friend and great coach. He will be missed,” Kerr said before the game. “He was just a good coach, good guy. I would see him in San Diego summertime. … He was funny, he was a great basketball mind. I still remember when Frank came to the Bulls, we had basically the whole team back and the first day of camp Michael Jordan said, ‘Our motivation this year is to get a ring for Frank.’ He was new that year. He said, ‘Everybody else in this room has a ring but Frank doesn’t have one so we’re going to get you one this year’ and we did — thanks to me and Michael.”LEONARD SIDELINEDSan Antonio star Kawhi Leonard will miss the entire preseason while rehabbing an injury to his right quadriceps and the Spurs don’t have a timetable for his return.Coach Gregg Popovich told reporters in San Antonio that the thigh has bothered Leonard since the playoffs. The two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year has been rehabbing since the season ended. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more

Azkals Eye 1st Asian Cup stint

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout View comments The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Antonio shares Italy lead; Torre rises ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Having enjoyed his first trip to Nepal five years ago when the Philippines reached the AFC Challenge Cup semifinals for the first time, Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband is hoping to achieve a bigger, more important goal this time.When Younghusband leads the Azkals out at ANFA Stadium against the host country in Kathmandu on Tuesday, the team will be carrying the dreams of a nation that has so long been aching to play with the elite.ADVERTISEMENT A victory against Nepal will guarantee progress to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, a first for the country.“I think this is as good as any chance for us to qualify so I’m not even thinking about the possibility of us not qualifying,” said Younghusband, who has four goals so far in the qualifiers.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 openingSitting on top of Group F with eight points, the Azkals still have one more game against Tajikistan at home.“This is perhaps one of the most important matches in our history,” said team manager Dan Palami. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

Rockets GM says team is ‘obsessed’ with dethroning Warriors

first_imgHouston Rockets’ Chris Paul, right, steps over Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) after losing the ball out of bounds during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, California.  AP/Ben MargotAfter the first 31 games of the 2017-2018 NBA season, the Houston Rockets are tied with the Golden State Warriors as the number 1 seed in the Western Conference with a 25-6 record.With the arrival of Chris Paul this off-season, the team’s lethal offensive repertoire just got even deadlier, with some claiming it’s already at par with the reigning NBA Champions.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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jokic leads Nuggets to first win in Portland since 2013 Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Rockets defeated the Warriors 122-121 in a highly competitive game on opening night last October and are scheduled for two match-ups in January. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Although the playoffs won’t start until April, Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey has made it clear that beating the Warriors “is the only thing we think about.”“I think I’m not supposed to say that, but we’re basically obsessed with ‘How do we beat the Warriors?’” the proud executive told ESPN Radio’’s Ryen Rusillo.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“Last year the Spurs knocked us off, so we’re very worried about the Spurs, they’re always one step ahead of every organization and guard us better than anyone. But we calculated it—it’s like 90 percent if we’re gonna win a title, we’ve gotta obviously beat the Warriors at some point. So we’re extremely focused on that. A lot of our signings and what we do during the year is based on that.”This off-season, Morey admitted to ESPN’s Zach Lowe that the team would be  “[upping] our risk profile and [getting] even more aggressive” with finding the right personnel for Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo offense, which resulted in trading for Chris Paul. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads 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 PHlast_img read more

Mane scores hat trick as Liverpool routs Porto, 5-0

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ronaldo scores 2 as PSG learns Champions League lesson 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 At the other end, Virgil van Dijk marshaled Liverpool’s defense on his Champions League debut for the club following his winter switch from Southampton.Firmino got the goal his performance deserved with a simple finish inside the left post from Milner’s cross with 20 minutes remaining, and Mane took advantage of some lax defending to seal the win with a fine strike from distance late on.“We needed to play as a team and that’s what we did,” Mane said after his first hat trick for Liverpool. “We played great football, created great chances and scored five goals. I enjoyed the fifth goal the most.”Casillas’ former side, Real Madrid, came from behind to beat visiting Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the other Champions League game on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais “It was hard work, but in the end the boys enjoyed it,” Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp said after the club’s first appearance in the knockout stage of the Champions League for almost nine years.“I saw a lot of fantastic performances tonight and a result like this is only possible if everyone is really at the top of their game,” Klopp said. “They did it well and that’s the only way to be successful.”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 openingLiverpool is the top-scoring side in the competition with 28 goals.“We knew we were facing a great team but we weren’t expecting this,” said Porto defender Alex Telles, whose team was without injured midfielders Danilo Pereira and Andre Andre. Striker Vincent Aboubakar was also out with a muscle problem. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring his side’s fifth goal during the Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)PORTO, Portugal — Liverpool put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a 5-0 away rout of Porto in the first leg of their last-16 match on Wednesday.Sadio Mane scored a hat trick and Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino provided the other two goals to give the Premier League side a huge advantage ahead of the second leg at Anfield on March 6.ADVERTISEMENT A mistake from Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa allowed Mane’s shot to squirm under his body after a slow start from the visitors, and Salah displayed all his class to make it 2-0 four minutes later inside the first half-hour.James Milner hit the post but Salah was well-placed to take the rebound, lift it with his left foot and then head it past Sa before slotting into the empty net without letting it touch the ground.It was the African player of the year’s sixth goal in the competition, and his ninth in eight games across all competitions.The home side showed promise after the break but was caught on a counterattack when Sa saved Firmino’s effort, only to push the ball toward Mane’s feet. The Senegal striker needed no second invitation for his second goal.Sa was playing in place of Iker Casillas, dropped earlier this season after falling out of favor with Porto coach Sergio Conceicao, who must have been reconsidering his decision after a shaky performance from the 24-year-old Sa.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Seton Hall overcomes half-court shot to stun No. 9 Kentucky

first_imgPaul the apostle Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Kentucky: The Wildcats host Utah next Saturday before blue-blood games against No. 14 North Carolina and at rival Louisville.Seton Hall: Hosts state rival Rutgers next Saturday. Kentucky rooters roared and Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard, stomping and pointing on the sideline only moments before, simply dropped his head in disbelief. A blue-clad crowd of 10,244, split between the schools probably in Kentucky’s favor, was still buzzing as the teams got ready for overtime to settle the Citi Hoops Classic.“There’s just something special about this place,” Willard said.Washington had a career-high 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Kentucky, which had won seven straight since a 118-84 blowout loss to Duke in the season opener Nov. 6.Reid Travis added 13 points before fouling out with 2:20 remaining in regulation. Johnson, the team’s leading scorer at 15.9 points per game, was held to 10 after going scoreless in the first half.“I am not discouraged in any way,” Calipari said. “We’ve got a ways to go. I mean, every year I go through this. This is painful and aging, trying to figure out your team, trying to win games while you’re trying to figure them out, how you finish games and trying to get them to mature quickly. It’s just hard. And you know what? I’m going to have to go through it again.”Cale scored a career-best 17 on 4-of-18 shooting. With the Pirates trailing 83-81, he took a pass from Taurean Thompson on the right side, pump-faked a defender and drained an open 3 to send Seton Hall to its fifth victory in six games.“We practice that all the time,” Cale said.McKnight had 15 points and five assists. Thompson, who missed Tuesday’s win over New Hampshire with an ankle injury, contributed 13 points off the bench.Seton Hall quickly recovered from Johnson’s incredible shot, scoring the first four points in overtime. A 3-pointer by Johnson with 43.9 seconds left gave the Wildcats an 82-81 lead, and Ashton Hagans made one of two free throws for Kentucky with 24.9 seconds to go.BIG PICTURE Read Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims But this scrappy Seton Hall squad had a lot more left.Myles Cale hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds remaining and the Pirates overcame Johnson’s half-court fling that tied the score, stunning Kentucky 84-83 on Saturday in a Madison Square Garden thriller.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I guess that was good for the fans,” Wildcats coach John Calipari said. “Wasn’t so good for the losing coach.”Johnson had a chance to win it for Kentucky (7-2), but his 3-point try with a second remaining was blocked by Quincy McKnight. The ball went out of bounds as time expired, and excited Pirates players rushed off the bench to celebrate a huge win. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversycenter_img In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ MOST READ Seton Hall: The underdog Pirates pulled off the upset for a big resume-builder in their toughest test yet as they tune up for Big East play, which begins Dec. 29 against St. John’s. After making three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a win over N.C. State last season, Seton Hall is trying to duplicate that success with a new group led by Powell. Last season’s senior class combined for more than 5,000 points, and only five Pirates on the current roster played for the team last season.Kentucky: The team’s lack of perimeter shooting was exposed. Kentucky went 5 for 20 (25 percent) from 3-point range, including 0 of 6 by Tyler Herro. “We made strides. We’re a better team than we were two weeks ago,” Calipari said. “I’ve got a lot to figure out offensively.”THANKS, GUYSWillard blamed himself for eschewing his preferred philosophy and guarding the inbounder at the end of regulation. Still, his resilient Pirates wouldn’t fold. “They bailed me out,” he said.TIP-INSSeton Hall: Michael Nzei, Sandro Mamukelashvili and Jared Rhoden fouled out. … Powell got hot late and finished 6 for 11 on 3s. … Playing about 17 miles from their New Jersey campus, the Pirates improved to 9-3 at Madison Square Garden over the last three seasons.Kentucky: The Wildcats entered with the best rebounding margin in the nation, an advantage of nearly 17 per game, but only managed a 39-35 edge against the feisty Pirates.SHOWTIMENew York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a front-row seat along the sideline. Cashman went to high school in Lexington, Kentucky, before moving to Washington. Former New York Giants star Justin Tuck also was in the crowd.UP NEXT Myles Powell scored 25 of his 28 points after halftime for Seton Hall (6-3), including a tiebreaking 3 in the final seconds of the second half.“It took a lot of effort, but … we were ready,” Powell said. “We fought, we never gave up, we stayed together and we got the job done.”The clock showed 1.1 seconds after Powell’s step-back, double-clutch jumper from the left side went through, but officials made it 1.5 seconds after a replay review. That made all the difference for Kentucky when PJ Washington inbounded from the baseline and threw a long pass to an open Johnson, even though the play wasn’t designed for him to receive the ball.Johnson took a dribble, turned over his left shoulder and hurled a right-handed shot that went in as the horn sounded, tying it at 70.“I knew if I got the shot off that I had a pretty good chance to make it,” he said. “It was a big shot. I mean, it was pretty big. I guess it just hurt because we lost.”ADVERTISEMENT Kentucky forward PJ Washington (25) watches Seton Hall guard Myles Cale (22) makes a 3-point shot in the closing seconds of the overtime period of an NCAA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in New York. Seton Hall won 84-83 in overtime. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)NEW YORK — Keldon Johnson caught the ball near center court and heaved in a prayer of a shot at the regulation buzzer that sent Kentucky players and fans into a pulsating frenzy.Surely now, with all that momentum, the ninth-ranked Wildcats would finally take control in overtime and escape from New York with a hard-fought win.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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Anti-drinking warning spoils creativity of the film: Aamir Khan

first_imgAfter putting statutory warnings over smoking scenes, the Censor Board has now introduced anti-drinking warnings in scenes where actors are depicted consuming alcohol. However, actor Aamir Khan says there are other ways of conveying this message.”I feel the creativity of the film should not be affected. I don’t think this is the solution as it spoils the creativity of the film.Aamir Khan at trailer release of PK. Pic: Milind Shelte”The audience are paying money and coming to watch the film, so they should not get disturbed. Either put out a message before or after the film, that’s fine. I don’t think this is the correct way of going about it. There are other ways to convey this message,” Aamir Khan said.Adding to this, Vidhu Vinod Chopra said: “I feel attention gets more attraction and it has a reverse effect. Youngsters can get more rebellious as it will be counter-productive.”The first Hindi film to get such an insertion will be Happy New Year starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, which releases Friday.last_img read more

Alleged Xiaomi Mi 5 benchmark scores leaked ahead of launch

first_imgAhead of its purported January 15 launch, the alleged Xiaomi Mi4 successor (tipped as the Mi5) is in news yet again, only this time round things have turned out clearer with regard to what’s in store. A new report (via PhoneArena) has now tipped some rare images of the alleged Xiaomi Mi5.Going by the purported images, the alleged Mi5 doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor. However, the bigger picture here is that the alleged images show the rumoured Mi5 running some kind of benchmark app, quite possibly AnTuTu. The images thereon reveal the benchmark score of the alleged Mi5 and are pretty good one at that.Reportedly, one of the leaked images shows the device scoring an impressive 46,866 benchmark score. Meanwhile, another leaked image goes on to depict a benchmark chart where the alleged Mi5 is seen placed higher than biggies such as the OnePlus One, HTC One (M8), Xiaomi Mi 4 and Mi 3, Samsung Galaxy S5, Google Nexus 5, and the LG G3; according to the report. Now that’s saying a lot about the device, and if things do turn out this way, the alleged Xiaomi Mi5 may be one big powerhouse of a device.That’s not all, one of the leaked images allegedly shows the device running a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC. Meanwhile, one image reportedly shows a dual-LED flash alongside the rear camera.On the downside, the alleged Mi5 is seen sporting an all plastic frame unlike the Mi4 that sports metal.  The Chinese tech start-up is expected to launch not one but two new devices at its January 15 event to be held at the National Conference Center in Beijing.advertisementlast_img read more

Microsoft sends out invites for its MWC 2015 event

first_imgMicrosoft has started sending invites for its MWC eventwhich is scheduled for the 2nd of March.Microsoft has announced that it will hold a special press conference in the MWC2015 in Barcelona. The Redmond giant will start the event at 8.30 AM local timewhere the press will be informed about the latest devices that the company isplanning to launch in the coming months.The event will happen a day after Samsung’s much anticipatedpress conference where the company will probably be launching this year’s flagshipdevice Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Edge.There is no confirmation as to what the Redmond softwaregiant will be talking about but there are speculations that the company willlaunch new hardware that will sport Windows Phone operating system. It has beena long time since Microsoft has updated its flagship line-up but there areindications that the company won’t launch a new flagship this MWC. The LumiaIcon/930 was the previous flagship which has performed better than average in alot of markets globally.   There are high chances that Microsoft will launch a successorto the mid-range phablet 1320 which will most likely be called Lumia 1330.last_img read more

Rags to riches! Bournemouth set to join football giants in EPL

first_imgBournemouth, a small club when compared with EPL giants, earned the league promotion on MondayThe agony and the ecstasy of English football continued to be played out Tuesday in the coastal town of Bournemouth.For the first time in its history, AFC Bournemouth, founded in 1899, has been guaranteed promotion to English football’s top-flight Premier League, sparking jubilant celebrations across the town, reports Xinhua.The promotion was assured Monday night with a 3-0 win against Bolton in the second-flight Championship League.As the 2014-15 season draws to a close, Bournemouth’s drama was played out before a capacity 11,700 crowd at its Goldsands Stadium.As Bournemouth celebrates its victory teams propping up the lucrative Premiership are fighting for survival, with three doomed to demotion to the Championship.For Bournemouth though, the rags to riches story starts today. Just a few years ago the club was broke and was on the verge of extinction.Club chairman Jeff Mostyn became the club’s saviour in 2008 when he wrote a cheque for $150,000 to rescue AFC Bournemouth.He told a local radio station on Tuesday in the south-coast town how when he arrived, the club was so poor it couldn’t even afford to buy a single postage stamp.Now promotion guarantees a bounty of over $150 million, and the prospect to play at the same level of the some of the world’s greatest teams, like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and others, heading to stadiums with up to five times the crowd capacity as its own ground.Bournemouth’s stadium will be the smallest in the Premiership.advertisement”Bournemouth have “achieved the impossible,” commented Mostyn in his radio interview, adding: “six years ago we were on the edge of abyss.”Technically confirmation will only come at the weekend as Bournemouth have a final match to play, but would have to lose by an unheard of margin of 20 goals.The win over Bolton though was enough to kick-start the celebrations by fans of the club, known affectionately as the Cherries.Mostyn said the achievement was a moment for everyone at the club to savour.”We’ve climbed right through the leagues and into the Premier League. It’s just incredible. I don’t think anybody, not even the craziest optimist, would ever have thought this was possible,” he said.”The reality is we are going to be rubbing shoulders with football’s glitterati next season and we’ll do ourselves proud. For me this is achieving the impossible. For all football fans, this is the perfect story and hopefully it gives hope for every club that you can come back from oblivion and get to the Premier League.”I am so proud of everybody and my total respect to the owner, the chief executive and all the staff. When I first arrived, we could not afford a first-class stamp.”Fans, desperate to see their beloved club survive, held bucket collections to raise cash as they played their part in the rescue mission.Meanwhile, a dog-fight will continue over the next few weeks in the Premiership with the three bottom teams exiting to the lower Championship.Gambling companies have already given clubs like QPR and Burnley FC low odds at survival in the top flight.It proves, as it does every year, that football is a game of smiles and tears.last_img read more

Dream of working as doctors or engineers, PM Narendra Modi tells students

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday advised students to remain focused on their goals and not to judge life through the prism of success or failure.Interacting with school students at Education City in the naxal hub, Modi told them that he saw 125 crore Indians as his family members and working for them never tires him, PTI reported.While answering a student’s question on how he dealt with stress after working for 18 hours a day, he said he never counts the number of hours he works.”I never calculate how many hours I work because the moment one does that it is not so enjoyable. One can never get tired while working, what tires a person is not being able to work. The more one works the better it is. When you finish your homework, don’t you feel happy and satisfied?” Modi asked.”When we live for our own people one cannot get tired. The people of India are my own. Won’t I feel happy to work for them,” he told them while taking their questions.Asking them not to judge their life through the prism of success and failure, he said, “What is most important how much you learn from your failures. If you are focused on your goal and working to achieve it, these things do not matter.”On a visit to Chhattisgarh, Modi asked students to take interest in sports even if they want to be IAS officers or doctors and gave them example of tribal girls from Jharkhand who have done well in sports at the international level.advertisementAsked what he would be if not a politician, he said he would like to be a child.last_img read more

Spotted: Miley Cyrus kisses Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell

first_imgMiley Cyrus has been pictured kissing her rumoured girlfriend Stella Maxwell in a car park in Hollywood.The 22-year-old singer – who recently came out as bisexual – was seen locking lips with the 24-year-old Victoria’s Secret model in a car park, during a break from filming her new music video in Hollywood.Sporting a sequinned gold minidress and raunchy knee-high boots, Miley threw her arms around Stella while Stella cupped the Wrecking Ball hitmaker’s bottom with one hand.Pic by: AKM/GSIStella, wearing a cropped denim jacket and black catsuit, held Miley by the waist with her other hand as they indulged in an extremely passionate PDA, and were seen whispering to one another.According to the MailOnline, both girls were aware they were being photographed as they looked directly towards the camera before dancing around the car park together.Miley split from Patrick Schwarzenegger in March, and was previously engaged to Liam Hemsworth, and recently opened up about her experiences of dating both men and women.Pic by: AKM/GSIShe said: “There are times in my life where I’ve had boyfriends or girlfriends. And there are times where I just love being with myself and don’t want to give part of myself away to someone else … I think that’s a new freedom for women, especially.”last_img read more

Jwala-Ashwini set eyes on World Championships

first_imgHaving ended their title drought with a win at the Canada Open Grand Prix, doubles exponent Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta have set their eyes on the upcoming World Championships in Jakarta next month (August 10-16). The pair already has a bronze medal to show from the 2011 World Championships, a historic feat for a doubles team in India.”The title has come at the right time for us just before the World Championships. It will definitely lift our morale and motivate us to do well,” Ashwini told Mail Today on her return to India.”We know the challenge in front of us. It (World Championships) is a big event but we have won a medal before and we will go all out to repeat our show. This year, being an Olympic qualification year, all the tournaments are important and we want to be consistent in our results,” she said.They have risen to World No. 13 in the rankings and would be looking to crack the top-10 for the first time in their career.Ashwini also hoped that the sports ministry has taken note of their steady performances and include them in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme, a programme is meant to help athletes towards their preparation for 2016 Rio Olympics. “I don’t know why we were left out of the TOP scheme. I hope we are included now.”last_img read more