Pioli: ‘Milan can learn from this’

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/ Stefano Pioli believes Milan can learn a great deal from their 2-2 draw with Lecce. “I saw positives, but we should’ve closed the game earlier.” The Coach saw his debut on the Rossoneri bench, and also his birthday, ruined by a stoppage-time Marco Calderoni screamer in this 2-2 draw. There was progress, as both Milan goals were from open play, as many as throughout Marco Giampaolo’s seven games in charge. “I struggled a little with players who I used to work with, Babacar and Calderoni,” Pioli told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s a pity, there were positives, but we wanted the win and didn’t get it because of our mistakes. I saw some good moves, quality and spirit, but if you leave the game open, you can have a nasty surprise at the end. “Milan players are well aware of their capabilities and the fact they are wearing a prestigious jersey. They will be able to judge their own performances and we’ll analyse them carefully, but in a way we paid for our generosity, as we ran after the ball and didn’t keep an eye on other players. I think we had deserved to win it. “Some of the positions we took were positive, others not so much. We tried to build from the back with a three-man defence, but that can change with a different opponent such as Roma next week. “After only a few days of training, I did see some of the ideas we had worked on and that bodes well for the future, even if there is a lot of work to be done. “I had hoped for a gift this evening for my birthday, but I saw some good things and I hope we can learn from these mistakes.” The equaliser for 2-2 was a ferocious Calderoni strike, but Pioli pointed to issues in the build-up. “We lacked a little collaboration on the final equaliser. Calderoni hit it well, but we had several opportunities to close that Lecce move earlier and if we had, we’d be here talking about a deserved victory. “In the Press conference yesterday, I was asked many questions about how I found the team. I tell you after this match, there are many positives. The big error was that a side like Milan has to kill games off. We could’ve even held on for 2-1 and kicked it out of play rather than misplace those passes. “This match will help us learn a great deal, for what we did and what we should’ve done. On the penalty, there were too many of us going after the ball and we left gaps. We weren’t set out well at all.” Rafael Leao started the match and was replaced by Krzysztof Piatek, but will we see them play together for Milan? “I think Leao and Piatek can play together when overall we are a more balanced team and I have a better idea of their characteristics. “I replaced Leao because the medic told me he had a slight muscular issue and we didn’t want to risk any further damage, while Paqueta also seemed tired.”last_img read more

Parma suffer double blow

first_imgParma will be without key duo Bruno Alves and Roberto Inglese for at least the next game after they suffered injuries. Parma thrashed Genoa 5-1 on Sunday to move up to eighth in Serie A – but at the expense of Inglese. That is because, as per the Ducali’s official website, the striker sprained his ankle and needs two weeks of treatment “and subsequent recovery”. He lasted just 12 minutes at the weekend and was replaced by Andreas Cornelius, who scored a quick-fire hat-trick. With the next international break scheduled for November 11-19, it seems unlikely Inglese will return before then. Alves, meanwhile, missed the win against Genoa with what Parma describe as “a grade-I injury to his left hamstring”. The defender should therefore miss only his side’s next match at Inter this Saturday, although there is a midweek round coming up. 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

Brazil too strong for North Korea in Cup opener

first_imgFive-time winners Brazil have opened their 2010 campaign with a 2-1 win over Korea DPR, who are playing their first World Cup finals since 1966. [See World Cup 2010 in pics]Maico struck Brazil’s first goal of the game in the 55th minute after a goalless first half at the Ellis Park here. [See match pics]The defender curved in a kick from an acute angle from the right side of the goal.Korean goalie R Myong Guk expected to the shot to miss the goal. Instead it curved in and found the back of the net.  Elano’s strike made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute before Korean defender Ji Yun-Nam scored one in the 89th.  Ranked No. 1 in the world, Brazil are led by Lucio and coached by Dunga. They were quarterfinalists in 2006 and champions in 2002.Korea had shocked the world in 1966 when they beat Italy to enter the quarters, where they led Portugal 3-0 before losing 3-5.last_img read more

The Big Switch

first_imgThe film industry has been put on notice. Audiences have walked out of jaded, faded blockbusters, right into twinkle-toed movies that tickle, tantalise, sometimes even traumatise. Kites and Raavan have fallen to the machine gun fire of Tere Bin Laden, Udaan and will soon be buried under the audacity of,The film industry has been put on notice. Audiences have walked out of jaded, faded blockbusters, right into twinkle-toed movies that tickle, tantalise, sometimes even traumatise. Kites and Raavan have fallen to the machine gun fire of Tere Bin Laden, Udaan and will soon be buried under the audacity of Peepli Live. Is it any wonder that our survey also breaks free from the boldfaces of the past and embraces new marquee marks? So out goes Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, darling of the Croisette.The Khan trio, our faithful companions for decades, have retained their place in the sun. In comes Katrina Kaif, she of the mysterious foreign birth, indeterminate Western accent, and ever-fresh presence. She talks little, works hard, appears in public only to promote her movies. Contrast her with her often twee rivals, dynasty’s child and the prince’s consort, Kareena Kapoor, and the tweet-a-minute Priyanka Chopra. Kaif may have less to say than them, but wisely she makes it a virtue. Among the men, Amitabh Bachchan, the angry young man who morphed so gracefully into the industry’s elder statesmen, takes a deep dive as a screen presence, though his status as a thought leader remains undiminished.Even as people seem to want to write a new role for him, his place is taken by the untiring Khan trio, our faithful companions for the past two decades. We’ve seen them losing hair, changing wives, even becoming philosophical, and we’re still not weary. It’s a tribute to their longevity and a testament to our loyalty. The rising star, Ranbir Kapoor, the only one who looks capable of upsetting this complex three-part equation, is predictably No. 4 on the popularity charts.advertisement16, Shah Rukh Khan: (6). (Figure in bracket indicates responses in Jan 2008)Who will be the No. 1 hero this year?Aamir Khan – 14Salman Khan – 12Ranbir Kapoor – 11Akshay Kumar – 9All figures in per cent 28, Katrina KaifWho will be the No. 1 heroine this year?Kareena Kapoor – 17Priyanka Chopra – 14Deepika Padukone – 8Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – 1Kareena kapoorAll figures in per centRest: Don’t know/Can’t say This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated August 23, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy or read it on Zinio.last_img read more

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Aussies to stop Sachin from scoring his 100th ton

first_imgIndia’s batting, considered to be their biggest strength, has turned out to be their biggest weakness Down Under.Every batsman except Sachin Tendulkar has struggled to score freely. So the Aussies have been going after him on every given opportunity, aware of the fact that if Tendulkar goes on to hit that elusive 100, it could act as a catalyst for the side.Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on Wednesday reiterated that the hosts would not let the Master Blaster score his 100th international ton at Perth.In fact, Ponting was not the first one to come up with such a statement. Earlier, Australian skipper Michael Hussey and team-mate Michael Clarke had also emphasised how important it was for the hosts to stop Tendulkar from getting his elusive three-figure mark.The Aussie media has also played its part. They have tried to highlight Tendulkar’s impending ton, thus putting pressure on the Master Blaster. But it remains to be seen if he would be third time lucky as Tendulkar steps into one of the toughest but also one of his favourite grounds, WACA.In the last two matches, Tendulkar did succumb to the pressure as he made errors while set at the crease. However, he has played two Test matches at Perth, scoring a century and a half century. He has accumulated over 200 runs at an average of over 50.There are a few, including Rahul Dravid and Brian Lara, who believe that this might be the place where Tendulkar would get to the famous landmark.advertisementNo side has ever managed to draw a four-match series after being 0-2 down. But there’s a saying when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. And going by the sheer numbers, there is no one stronger or tougher than Tendulkar.last_img read more

Bangladesh Premier League to get Indian face

first_imgIndian model-turned-actress Sheena Chohan, who started her career with a South Indian Malayalam blockbuster movie The Train, has been chosen as the face of the inaugural edition of Bangladesh Premiere League (BPL).Sheena will report live from the stadium during the matches and will also be a part of the studio interviews.”I love sports and cricket is one of my favourite sport.I have always followed IPL matches and World Cup and cheered for my favourite team. But I never realised the effort and detailing that went into each and every match till today when I got an opportunity to be a part of BPL,” Sheena said.”I am really honoured to be a part of this international sports extravaganza and I am looking forward to this new experience which will help me connect and reach out to a much larger audience,” she added.The actress is set to sizzle the silver screen once again with yet another ambitious project based on the works of noted Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, to be directed by a poet and a contemporary filmmaker, Buddhadeb Dasgupta.last_img read more

BCCI says no to fresh Decision Review System diktat

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tend to agree on a lot of issues, mostly owing to the latter’s financial clout, but on this one issue, the rift between them is no secret.On Monday, the ICC’s Chief Executives Committee (CEC) recommended mandatory use of the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) in Tests and One-Day Internationals, just one year on from making it optional. This immediately drew a negative response from the BCCI.Secretary Sanjay Jagdale issued a statement, saying: “We wish to clarify that while the DRS was discussed at the meeting, the BCCI’s stance on the same is unchanged.The BCCI continues to believe that the system is not foolproof. The Board also sticks to its view that the decision on whether or not to use the DRS for a particular series should be left to the Boards involved in that series.”The CEC met for two days – June 24 and 25 – as part of the ICC Annual Conference and issued a statement, stating its recommendations to the ICC Board.”(The) CEC recommended to the Board the universal application of the DRS after being satisfied with the technology enhancements provided by new HotSpot cameras and the results of the independent research on ball tracking conducted by Dr Ed Rosten, an expert in computer vision technology.Dr Rosten had tested the accuracy and reliability of ball tracking in a recent Test series and concluded that the results were 100 per cent in agreement with the outcomes produced from his assessments,” the statement read.advertisement”CEC accordingly recommended to the ICC Board that, subject to the members’ ability to finance and obtain the required technology, DRS should be mandatory for all Tests and ODIs.”The committee has made two HotSpot cameras compulsory along with ball-tracking technology in the minimum requirements, while also suggesting a “minor amendment to the LBW protocols whereby the ‘margin of uncertainty’ regarding the point of impact with the batsman should be the same as that provided for the point of impact with the stumps”. The number of successful reviews will be retained at two per innings for a Test and one per innings for an ODI.ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said: “We have made good progress in independently testing ball tracking and the new enhancements has resulted in the CEC unanimously supporting the ICC Cricket Committee’s recommendation to universally apply the DRS in all Test matches and ODIs.”The CEC also approved the ICC Cricket Committee’s recommended changes to ODI regulations, whereby Powerplays will be restricted to 15 overs with just four fielders outside the 30-yards circle during nonpowerplay overs and two bouncers per over.The CEC also pulled up the Bangladesh and Sri Lanka boards for not having an anticorruption code in place and recommended to the ICC Board to direct the Bangladesh Cricket Board to deliver a report on alleged corruption during the Bangladesh Premier League.The ICC Board will meet over the next two days and take a call on all these recommendations.last_img read more

Alejandro lauds teammates’ fighting spirit despite loss to Ateneo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. And although the Bulldogs lost again, this time to league leader Ateneo 85-72, Alejandro was spritely and couldn’t help but applaud his teammates’ efforts.“I’m still okay, and we fought earlier,” said Alejandro. “It just so happens that we lost by the breaks of the game, those went to Ateneo. But I’m still proud of my teammates because I saw that they really fought hard.”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 Bulldogs were in the game until the fourth quarter, when they trailed the Blue Eagles 67-65, when Ateneo managed to outscore them 18-7 in the final period.And although there was a huge disparity between the two teams in the fourth, NU was able to prevent Ateneo’s inside scoring. Hugnatan steps up big in De Ocampo’s absence Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Blue Eagles converted 11 of their three-point attempts.Still, Alejandro doesn’t care much for the numbers and instead would look at the intangibles.“For me as long as I see them fighting, not giving up that is fine with me,” said Alejandro.And even with NU staying at the sixth seed with a 3-6 record, Alejandro said there’s no panic in the team and that they can still turn their fortunes around in their remaining five games.“There’s no panic, and we have to work about it,” said Alejandro who finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. “As long as we play this kind of game we have a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors FILE Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro on Wednesday walked out of Mall of Asia Arena a different man compared to when he left Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.National University’s veteran wingman was frustrated, to say the least, at his teammates after their 90-77 loss to University of the East last Saturday in UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

LaVar Ball, eccentric patriarch of basketball prodigies

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout Lonzo Ball signed this year for the Los Angeles Lakers. LiAngelo is a rookie at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) set to follow his elder brother’s path to the NBA. LaMelo is a high school student who might be the best of the lot.But for all the athletic success of his children, it is 50-year-old LaVar Ball who has shown the greatest flair for grabbing the headlines, mostly through wildly extravagant claims that invite ridicule on sports websites and television.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 openingThis week, however, Ball has found himself in the crosshairs of the world’s most powerful man, incurring Donald Trump’s wrath after refusing to thank the US president for securing son LiAngelo’s release after his arrest in China.LiAngelo was arrested with two UCLA teammates for allegedly shoplifting in Hangzhou earlier this month while his team was in China for an exhibition game. They were jailed at first, then ordered confined to their hotel room. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Pacquiao teases ‘real boxing match’ with McGregor in 2018 Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally PLAY LIST 00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:49Robredo: 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 View comments The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Trump took credit for helping to engineer the players’ release and return to the United States after raising the matter with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his recent Asian tour.‘Ungrateful fool!’Yet LaVar Ball reacted with indifference when asked by the ESPN sports network for his thoughts on Trump’s role in securing his son’s release. “Who?” he asked.Trump responded angrily on Twitter. “I should have left them in jail,” he wrote.Undeterred, LaVar Ball then went on CNN on Monday to double down on his earlier remarks, again refusing to thank Trump, and using his appearance instead to tout his clothing company — Big Baller Brand.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES LaVar Ball (L), father of basketball player LiAngelo Ball and the owner of the Big Baller brand, sits with his other son LaMelo Ball during a promotional event in Hong Kong on November 14, 2017.UCLA players LiAngelo Ball — the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie star Lonzo Ball — and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested on November 7 in Hangzhou ahead of their regular-season-opening game against Georgia Tech in nearby Shanghai this past weekend. ESPN reported that they were nabbed on suspicion of stealing from a Louis Vuitton store and later freed on bail but ordered to remain in Hangzhou. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACEWhether it’s about Donald Trump, legends of the NBA or conventional wisdom, LaVar Ball is happy picking a fight with anyone over anything at any time.In the space of two years, the larger-than-life hoops fanatic has risen from obscurity to prominence as the eccentric father of basketball prodigies Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Tell Donald Trump to have a great Thanksgiving because Big Baller is,” Ball quipped in the interview.That in turn triggered a predawn tweetstorm from Trump on Tuesday, with the president disparaging Ball as a “poor man’s version” of notorious boxing promoter Don King before branding Ball an “ungrateful fool.”In many ways the Ball-Trump smackdown unfolded entirely predictably, the classic collision between unstoppable force and immovable object.For anyone who has followed LaVar Ball’s rise, the latest controversy came as little surprise.Always ‘a master plan’Ball’s sons first gained attention for their exploits in helping Chino Hills High School in Los Angeles go a whole season unbeaten in 2016. The team was acclaimed as the best high school side in the country.LaVar Ball has compared himself to Joe Jackson, the domineering father of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five who plotted his children’s musical success. LaVar’s wife Tina says her husband “always had a master plan.”“Some people want to invest in property, stocks, something,” LaVar said in an interview with the Orange County Register earlier this year. “I always thought, ‘I’m going to invest in something that’s mine.’”So far, the master plan is on track. Lonzo was snapped up by the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this year and although his professional career is off to an uneven start, he has shown flashes of precocious talent.LaVar, however, has regularly drawn the ire of pundits with a stream of outlandish statements about his and his sons’ talents. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the past year alone he has claimed that he would have beaten Michael Jordan in his prime in a game of one-on-one — Ball had a brief career in both professional basketball and football — while stating bluntly that Lonzo is a better player already than Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry.Better, in fact, than any other player in the world.Help or hindrance? Some have wondered aloud whether LaVar’s overbearing personality and relentless courting of the spotlight might end up hindering his sons’ development.“The fact that everybody keeps talking about him, he seems to be accomplishing whatever he’s trying to accomplish, because the things he says are so outlandish,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told ESPN in March.“I don’t think it’s helping his kids. I think it’d be better for them if they can just play and have fun and not have to hear that every day — but whatever.”As well as overseeing his sons’ development, LaVar Ball is constantly promoting his Big Baller Brand of sportswear, selling basketball sneakers for an eye-watering $495 (418 euros) a pair.“People say, ‘Oh, LaVar’s crazy,’ Ball says. “Well, they thought Tiger Woods’ dad was crazy. They thought Venus and Serena’s dad was crazy.“These are all great (athletes). So I’d say we’re on the right path. I want them going for the highest.” MOST READ Don’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’last_img read more