CL refs for Inter and Napoli

first_imgDanny Makkelie will officiate Borussia Dortmund-Inter, while Szymon Marciniak is assigned to Napoli-RB Salzburg. UEFA have announced the referees for Tuesday’s Champions League fixtures. Inter face a direct showdown with Borussia Dortmund in Germany following the 2-0 win at San Siro. Dutch official Makkelie will be in charge of the whistle, supported by Mario Diks, Hessel Steegstra and fourth official Kevin Blom. The VAR is Jochem Kamphuis with Bas Nijhuis. Napoli won 3-2 away to RB Salzburg and could secure their qualification for the Round of 16 when hosting the Austrians on Tuesday evening. They will look to Polish referee Marciniak, who is assisted by Pawel Sokolnicki, Tomasz Listkiewicz and fourth official Tomasz Musial. The VAR booth is also an all-Polish affair, with Pawel Gil and Marcin Borkowski. 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

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Mertens pledges future to Inter?

first_imgThere are reports Napoli striker Dries Mertens has already agreed to join Inter as a free agent next summer for a salary of €6m per season. According to Sunday’s edition of the Corriere dello Sport and Gazzetta dello Sport, the Belgian has worked out basic personal terms to remain in Serie A, albeit at San Siro with a Nerazzurri jersey. It’d be a two-year contract with option for a third, worth €6m per season, including various bonuses. As he’ll be 33 by the end of this season, the deal could also include provisions for a future spell at Inter’s sister club Jiangsu Suning in China. Mertens has been at Napoli since 2013 when he arrived from PSV Eindhoven, but his contract is due to expire in June 2020. President Aurelio De Laurentiis has repeatedly suggested he does not want to keep Mertens on his current salary and would only sign him – and Jose Callejon – to a new deal at a vastly reduced rate. Mertens will be free to start negotiating a contract with another club from January and the Corriere dello Sport maintains he has already been approached by Antonio Conte’s Inter. With that in mind, Napoli could try to sell Mertens in the January transfer window to at least make back some money. 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

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Vialli: ‘Honoured to help Mancini’

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/ Gianluca Vialli says it is an “honour” to work alongside Italy CT and ex-Sampdoria teammate Roberto Mancini’s as chief delegate of the national team. Vialli becomes Italy’s first chief delegate since Gigi Riva, who retired from the role in 2013, linking up with Mancini after he failed in his efforts to buy Samp. “I am happy to be here and fill this role, also because I think about whose who came before me [in the role] like Gigi Riva,” he told Tuttomercatoweb. “I’ll be able to contact the younger players to support them. I’m at the service of the federation, Mancini and [Gabriele] Oriali, and I’d like to thank the President [Gabriele Gravina]. “I wore the Azzurri jersey 80 times in my career and I know what it means, to understand the pressure.” “We’ve seen all the consequences of the failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia. To wear this shirt is a great honour, and you can leave a mark on it as a professional.” The 55-year-old and Mancini formed a prolific partnership for the Blucerchiati in the late 1980s and early 1990s, coining the nickname ‘goal twins’. “Working with Roberto and the staff is emotional. He has said that we are becoming old but, for me, working here together will keep us all young. “In my career for the national team, I collected two bronze medals, at Euro ’88 and Italia ’90. I hope I can do better now.” The former Juventus and Chelsea striker, who is still receiving cancer treatment, scored 16 goals in 59 caps for the Azzurri from 1985 to 1992.last_img read more

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Have a tough decision to make on drivers for the 2012 season: Mallya

first_imgSahara Force India’s team principal Vijay Mallya said on Sunday that it would be tough for him to decide his driver’s line-up for the 2012 season.Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta are eager to learn their future with the Silverstone-based team and this prompted Mallya to say that he would announce his team in two week’s time before the next race in Abu Dhabi.”Regarding my decision about the 2012 drivers, I have said this week that I will give an answer to the drivers before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. I already have three excellent drivers, who are all in the running, and the decision ahead will not be an easy one,” said Mallya, after Sutil’s ninth place finish at the Sunday race here earned points for the team.Di Resta, who made an impressive debut in 2011, is likely to retain his seat along with test driver Nico Hulkenberg. Di Resta has also been hailed as the season’s most impressive rookie.The 28-year-old Sutil, who has driven for the team since it was known as Midland in 2006, also has a strong possibility to be retained because of the sponsorship money he brings with him. Sutil has also been linked with a move to the struggling Williams team.Mallya, however, said that he doesn’t need a paid driver. But Sutil is confident of racing next season in Formula One regardless of Mallya’s decision.last_img read more

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India rise to second spot in Test rankings

first_imgIndia have risen to No. 2 position in the Test rankings, thanks to South Africa losing the second Test against Australia.South Africa thus slipped to third on the Reliance ICC Test Championship table following its drawn home series against Australia.The Proteas were ranked second but the 1-1 series result against the lower ranked Australia meant it lost one ratings point to 116 and fell below India, who are at 117 rating points.England held on to the No. One spot, a good eight points ahead of India at 125 rating points.Australia’s series-saving two-wicket victory in Johannesburg has earned it a point and it now sits 11 ratings points behind South Africa, in fourth place.Reliance ICC Test Championship 1. England 1252. India 117 3. South Africa 1164. Australia 1055. Sri Lanka 996. Pakistan 987. West Indies 888. New Zealand 79 9. Bangladesh 9last_img read more

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How Team India struggles chasing low scores

first_imgTrust the Indian cricket team to make things difficult for itself.There may have been all round relief after the team managed to squeeze out a heart- stopping one-wicket win against the West Indies in the first one- dayer here on Tuesday. But the result left in its wake a point to ponder: why do Indian teams often make heavy weather of small targets in One- day Internationals? So many times in the past, Indian batsmen and bowlers , through their indiscretion or overconfidence/ complacency – or sheer lack of killer instinct – in ODIs as well as Test matches, have shot themselves in the foot. They have lost – and also won – on those occasions, but not before making millions of Indian fans go through anxious moments.The two recent examples of thrillers are the third Test against the West Indies in Mumbai and Tuesday’s ODI here. While in Mumbai a full strength Indian team surprisingly conceded 108- run first- innings lead before both teams ended up with the same tally after four innings, in Cuttack it was a combination of a few careless shots and largely due to inspired West Indies bowling and committed fielding that made the task for Virender Sehwag’s team difficult.The previous occasion when India managed a one- wicket win was almost eight years ago, when they successfully chased 200 against New Zealand in Auckland in January 2003. By a strange coincident, then and on Tuesday India reached the target in 48.5 overs.”In India you hardly see the team tottering at 59 for five,” Sehwag said of Tuesday’s match. When you lose five quick wickets, it’s difficult to come back. Hopefully, we will come up with strong batting performances in the next games. We have to learn from our mistakes.” One reason of lowscoring matches going to the wire could also be psychological. Some players find it difficult to motivate themselves while others get complacent when faced with a not- so- challenging and tricky targets. This has happened with the Indian teams over the years, and is likely to happen in the future too.At other times, pitches and weather conditions pose a greater challenge than the opposition. For instance, if the team is bowling second in a day- night game, dew could hamper bowlers, particularly spinners, as the ball gets wet and they find it difficult to grip it.India have also lost in low- scoring ODIs. Two matches that can be cited as examples for one- run defeats are the games against the West Indies in Kingston in 2006, when India were set a target of 199, and against Australia in Brisbane in 1992, when the target was slightly bigger (236).In recent times, India have won a few matches by the same onerun margin. They edged past South Africa chasing 191 in Johannesburg this January and successfully chased against the same opposition in Jaipur in February last year, when the total was 299.It’s not just a recent phenomenon that India have won – or lost – in close encounters. In 1988, the Ravi Shastri-led Indian team was set a target of just 197 and the West Indies won the ODI by two runs.The margin of win or defeat, however, is not always a correct indication of how close a match was. The numbers only suggest the closeness of an encounter, but there are a lot of other factors that don’t reflect in them.advertisementlast_img read more

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Aussie John Dawes to be India’s new bowling coach

first_imgFormer Australian first-class pacer Joe Dawes will take over as the Indian cricket team’s bowling coach after Eric Simons’ tenure comes to an end at the completion of the ongoing tour of Australia.”Joe Dawes has been appointed the Bowling Coach of the Indian team, for a period of two years,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.A right-arm paceman, Dawes represented Queensland in Australia’s domestic circuit in the late 1990s and early 2000s.The 41-year-old got into coaching subsequently and is Queensland Cricket’s player professional development manager.He has also had stints as bowling coach of South Australia and Adelaide Strikers (Big Bash League). In the 76 first-class matches he played, Dawes picked up 285 wickets at average of 25.Simons, who joined the Indian team in January 2010 for a two-year term, is also the head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Daredevils.He had been drawing criticism after Indian pacers were found wanting in the Test whitewashes at the hands of England and Australia despite helpful conditions in both the countries.last_img read more

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Letran gets support from San Miguel

first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua paid a visit to Letran and sealed the partnership before Letran rector Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP and athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo, OP.Alfrancis Chua, the sports director of San Miguel Corporation and an alumnus of the Colegio (HS Batch 1985), has vowed to help the Letran Sports Program.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 openingArriba!#WeAreLetran #SiempreArribaPHOTOS | Rector’s Office and Fr. Vic Calvo pic.twitter.com/AcINDu8ojC MOST READ — LETRAN MANILA (@LetranOfficial) February 1, 2018The union, as the school announced, won’t just be limited to the basketball program as the scope will be for all sports.Chua is an alumnus of Letran as he was part of the high school batch of 1985 before going to University of Santo Tomas.The Knights last hoisted the overall NCAA seniors championship in 2010 back in Season 85.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Arum excited for Ancajas’ Top Rank debut Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Photo from Letran Rector’s OfficeIt’s a new era for Colegio de San Juan de Letran.The Muralla-based school announced on Thursday that San Miguel Corporation will lend a helping hand to the Knights’ sports program.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Letran finished sixth in the tally in NCAA Season 92. Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 202:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post02:49Robredo: 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 Gameslast_img read more

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Back to Where it Belongs

first_imgA page out of aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz’s life (of The Big Bang Theory fame) would be in stark contrast with the Indian education scene, which treats its engineers like hallowed nerds. But jibes from his ‘scientist’ friends Sheldon, Leonard and Raj notwithstanding, Howard usually bounces right back-once even becoming,A page out of aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz’s life (of The Big Bang Theory fame) would be in stark contrast with the Indian education scene, which treats its engineers like hallowed nerds. But jibes from his ‘scientist’ friends Sheldon, Leonard and Raj notwithstanding, Howard usually bounces right back-once even becoming the only one among them to win a trip to the geek-coveted International Space Station. As they say, with great knowledge also comes great experiences.However, being the blue-eyed boys of the education sector isn’t easy, and Indian engineering graduates-while sanguine about good-natured name-calling from their peers-do take exception to being relegated to the stodgy realm of intelligence. Because they are also breathtakingly creative. One institute that has consistently lived up to that image is the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, which upstages IIT-Delhi to top the engineering rankings in the india today-Nielsen Best Colleges Survey. While most other IITs retained their previous rankings, IIT-Roorkee climbs from fifth to fourth spot.Each academic year at the premier IIT-Kanpur is an exercise in unleashing the potential of its students. Intensive research opportunities are enhanced with a dynamic learning process that incorporates scientific methods and management skills in a performance-centric culture. Blessed with talents as diverse as creating a racing car model for the Formula SAE Italy and Formula Electric Italy 2013 to taking home the trophy at the inter-IIT sports meet, students of IIT-Kanpur always seem to hit the ground running. And the inheritance of this legacy of excellence will surely continue to inspire the generations to come.advertisementFollow the writer on Twitter @aninditasatlast_img read more

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Indian Open Golf Championship: Indian professionals turn in a disappointing performance

first_imgStewart’s prize winning stroke: No matchThe Indian Open Golf Championship has come a long way since it was first played in 1964 but the gulf between visiting professionals and their Indian counterparts remains as wide as ever.In terms of prize money and participation, the Indian Open championship has been on,Stewart’s prize winning stroke: No matchThe Indian Open Golf Championship has come a long way since it was first played in 1964 but the gulf between visiting professionals and their Indian counterparts remains as wide as ever.In terms of prize money and participation, the Indian Open championship has been on the upgrade. The prize money of $60,000 (Rs 4.80 lakh) this year drew a record 180 golfers from all over the world. The prize money at the first Indian Open played in Delhi was only $15,000 (Rs 2 lakh).And yet it was only in 1970 that the Indian Open became a part of the Asian golf circuit, the stepping stone for players aspiring to bigger and more lucrative circuits. Graham Marsh and ‘Jumbo’ Ozaki are among those who used the circuit as a stepping stone to bigger things.The championship, the biggest golfing event in India, is played alternatively in Calcutta and Delhi. This year it was Delhi’s turn to host the tournament. Indian professionals turned in a disappointing performance. Conspicuous by his absence was Major P.C. Sethi, the only Indian to have won the coveted Open.The overseas entries included American Kurt Cox, winner of the Open at Calcutta in 1980 and Indian-born American Gaylord Burrows, who won the championship when it was last played in Delhi in 1979.The champion receiving the Open’s trophyThe hottest pre-tournament betting favourite was Tom Sieckmann of the US who came to Delhi after tucking under his belt the Bangkok and the Philippines Open and a third place in the Hong Kong Open. Other fancied players were Chen Tze Ming, who had won the Hong Kong Open and Lu Hsi Chuen, rated as Asia’s top golfer, having won the circuit leader prize in 1979 and 1980.The championship started at the beautiful Delhi Golf Club course on Thursday, March 12, with the first threesome teeing-off at 6.45 a.m. Since there was a large entry, both the 1st and the 10th tees were used as starting points.advertisementVisitors Dominate: As the scores started coming in, it became increasingly clear that the course was going to be dominated by the visiting professionals. By late afternoon, when all the scores had come in, as many as 16 players had broken par. There were another 10 who had played the course on even terms. Circuit leader and favourite Tom Sieckmann set a hot pace by firing a three under par 69. By the time the last threesome came in, there were not only another four including compatriot D. Klenk and Taiwanese Hsu Sheng San who had drawn level with Sieckmann but one who had overtaken him by two strokes.Stroking the ball with authority and sinking his putts with confidence, Payne Stewart 24. of the US came in with a score of five under par 67, to lead the field on the first day. However, the Indian flag was kept flying by Ram Dayal and Ramesh Chand who had par rounds of 71. The best performance from the Indian viewpoint came from young National Amateur Champion Rajiv Mohta with a sub-par 71.On the second day, playing scintillating golf, Payne Stewart produced another round of five under par 67 to consolidate his position. His 10 under par 134 for two days put him four strokes ahead of his nearest rival, the more experienced Hsu Sheng San of Taiwan. Hsu had another round of 69 for a two round aggregate of 138.Rohtas failed to find form as Ram Dayal slid down with a 75. Simran Singh’s brilliant in patches round (he had five birdies) fetched him a one under par 71. Repeating his 73 of the first day, a steady Vikramjit moved into the top spot for Indian amateurs. At this stage, the cut-off was applied according to the rules of the championship and the big field of 180 was reduced to 71 professionals and 12 amateurs.Big Crowd: Despite threatening weather on the third day, a big crowd of a few thousands turned up to watch the international stalwarts in action: Understandably, the biggest crowd followed the threesome in which the leader, Stewart was playing. A super round was expected from this blond mustachioed handsome young man. It never came off. A somewhat nervous Stewart dropped stroke upon stroke before he could get hold of himself.While the Taiwanese pair of Ho Ming Chung and Hsu Sheng San were unable to find their touch, Stewart, who seemed in severe pain because of a pulled back muscle continued his battle, aided first by a painkiller spray and then by the kind of luck that always favours the brave. He holed difficult putts on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th to stay on top by the skin of his teeth. It was a resounding four stroke win for a brave Stewart, who at one stage seemed to be a doubtful starter for the final round. The winner got $10,000 (Rs 80,000) as prize money.advertisementRohtas. who was the championship’s biggest disappointment, had the consolation of winning the prize for the leading Indian professional with an aggregate of 298, 14 strokes behind the winning score. The Best Amateur prize was won by Vikramjit Singh, whose total of 298 for the four rounds was two strokes better than Ashok Malik. Perhaps the most pleasing feature of the championship has been the large crowds that watched the professionals in action clearly indicating that the Indian Open has arrived.last_img read more

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