Giuntoli: ‘Manolas tried everything’

first_imgNapoli director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli reveals Kostas Manolas tried everything, but was forced to miss the Champions League clash with RB Salzburg. It kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. “They are a young team, hungry, push forward constantly and are very dangerous on their own turf. They almost completed an extraordinary comeback away against Champions League holders Liverpool, losing only 4-3,” the director of sport told Sky Sport Italia. “Manolas was filled with painkillers and anti-inflammatories, but he just couldn’t do it. The Coach decided it was best against such a strong attacking team that we needed only those in good shape.” Lorenzo Insigne was left on the bench, with Hirving Lozano and Dries Mertens upfront. “With Piotr Zielinski, Fabian Ruiz, Allan and Jose Callejon, it is a midfield aimed more at containment so that we can open up spaces for quick forwards like Lozano and Mertens.” Ibrahimovic said he’d love to join Napoli and President Aurelio De Laurentiis certainly didn’t close the door. “Let’s focus on the match. There’s a long way to go until January. We are pleased to be considered highly by a champion like Ibrahimovic and I know Ancelotti has a good rapport with him, but we need to focus on tonight and the players we have.” 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

Coppola: ‘Great Lecce debut!’

first_imgLecce assistant manager Manuel Coppola enjoyed “a great debut” standing in for Fabio Liverani for a 1-1 draw with Juventus. Liverani was sitting out a touchline ban, so Coppola gave the orders from the dugout at the Stadio Via del Mare. “It was a great debut for me! We are happy to have picked up a point against the champions of Italy,” the assistant manager told Sky Sport Italia. “We allowed Juve a few too many chances in the first half, as we lost the ball cheaply playing out from the back and that kept us under constant pressure. I asked the team to push further up so we wouldn’t have Juve always around our penalty area. “Khouma Babacar, Diego Farias and Gianluca Lapadula really sacrificed themselves for the team by working in defence and we need everyone to do that if we are to secure safety.” Marco Mancosu stepped up and converted his fourth penalty out of four this season. “Mancosu is really excellent at penalties. He watches the goalkeeper to the last second and always seems to put it in.” 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

Tuscan Verve launches exclusive Lounge Bohemia collection for men

first_imgLounge Bohemia collectionMUMBAI After party wear, sports wear and formal wear, comes lounge wear. While women step into their Manolo Blahniks and clutch their Louis Vuittons to fashionable brunches, what options do men have? For the male lounge culture vulture, Tuscan Verve has launched an exclusive Lounge Bohemia collection, which,Lounge Bohemia collectionMUMBAI After party wear, sports wear and formal wear, comes lounge wear. While women step into their Manolo Blahniks and clutch their Louis Vuittons to fashionable brunches, what options do men have? For the male lounge culture vulture, Tuscan Verve has launched an exclusive Lounge Bohemia collection, which is perfect for beating the heat at chic champagne brunches and stylish lunches.The collection is mostly in linen and cotton, most appropriate for a smart splash in summer. On board is designer Umesh Jivnani, who teams up with the in-house group to produce this entirely wearable and affordable comfort range priced between Rs 600 and Rs 1,200. Jivnani calls linen the perfect lounge fabric. “We have used 90 per cent linen with some cotton and linen cotton blends.”The collection sees Jivnani tempering his usual flamboyance with kurtis in summery shades and block prints, playful shirts in refreshing blues, bright reds, cool greys and the eternal white, with a smattering of flowers – blossoms being the new trend mantra for men – teamed with linen trousers and drawstring pants. So while women play around with skirt lengths, linen pants are a must-have for men this season. Go update your wardrobes with some bohemian bliss this summer, guys.last_img read more

Australian media digs out Monkeygate ghost

first_imgWhen India and Australia step onto the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for the second Test on Tuesday, they will sure be reminded of the ‘Monkeygate’ scandal that shook the cricketing establishments of the two nations and almost grew into a diplomatic row the last time they clashed at the venue in 2008.The cricketing world has moved on since then and the two protagonists of that infamous act – Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh – are no longer in the teams. But Sachin Tendulkar, whose testimony helped clear Harbhajan’s name of the racial charge, will be there, with the weight of expectations surrounding his 100th international century on his shoulders.On the eve of the match, the Australian media, known for putting pressure on visiting teams, said Tendulkar has still not been “forgiven” by some of the Australian players for giving “completely different accounts”of what took place between Harbhajan and Symonds when he testified in the hearing as a key witness.”The stage may be set at the SCG for Sachin Tendulkar’s finest hour but it is also the venue where his deepest shame was born,” said a report in the Herald Sun.”While the cricket world is abuzz with anticipation that the Little Master will score his 100th international century during the second Test in Sydney, beginning tomorrow, some recent Australian players have not forgiven his role in the Andrew Symonds ‘Monkeygate’ scandal,” wrote Malcolm Conn in the report.Two days ago, Tendulkar admitted that SCG is his “favourite” ground outside India. Statistics reveal his love for the ground. The maestro has scored 664 runs at SCG at an average of over 221, with two centuries and a double hundred. He has remained unbeaten in four of his seven innings. In that historic battle four years back which India lost by 122 runs, Tendulkar scored 154 in the first innings.advertisementBut sadly the match, which also saw the two teams play some fine cricket, was overshadowed by gamesmanship, umpiring howlers, and onfield controversy.Tendulkar had his reputation at stake as he was at the crease with Harbhajan when the feisty off-spinner was involved in a verbal altercation with the temperamental Symonds. The Australian team accused Harbhajan of calling Symonds a ‘monkey’. Tendulkar was slammed by the Aussie media for giving a different account of the incident.Harbhajan was suspended for three matches but the penalty was subsequently reduced to a fine on appeal. In his book True Colours , Adam Gilchrist, who retired at the end of that 2007-08 season, was furious, describing the appeal as a “joke”.”Tendulkar, who had said at the first hearing that he hadn’t been able to hear what Harbhajan had said… now supported Harbhajan’s version that he hadn’t called Symo a ‘monkey’ but instead a Hindi term of abuse that might sound like ‘monkey’ to Australian ears,” Gilchrist wrote.last_img read more

Thomas Cup championship: Indians confident of knock out stage berth

first_imgThe men’s badminton team is upbeat of making it to the knock out stage of the Thomas Cup (Asia Zone) championship beginning at Macau, China, from Monday. India will begin their campaign against Singapore. The other teams in group B are Indonesia and Macau.Ajay Jayaram (world-ranked 27th), Parupalli Kashyap (29) and national champion Sourabh Verma (48) are expected to play the singles matches, though the experience of Ananad Pawar (71), who had beaten the top two singles players of Singapore – Zi Lang Derek Wong (46) and Yong Zhao Ashton Chen (60) recently, can be put to use.Seasoned pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas will play the doubles, but it will be second doubles combination that could be a bit of worry for India. The combination, which will be picked from Pranav Chopra, Akshay Dewalkar and V Diju, is yet to be finalised.Ajay, who had a very successful season last year and made it to the pre-quarterfinals of the World Championship, said entering the quarter-final is a realistic target. “We definitely have a very good chance of qualifying for the knockout stage. We need to start with a win against Singapore. It will not be easy but I think we should be able to beat them,” Ajay told Mail Today from Macau.”Singapore could be a tricky opponent. If we can beat them we should be through to the quarter-final,” Pawar told Mail Today.last_img read more

Narain Karthikeyan: Meet India’s first Formula 1 driver

first_imgSpeed Breaker: Karthikeyan crosses expectation barrierNarain Karthikeyan’s measured walk to the low-slung, canary yellow car was halted by a tap on his shoulder. The man called Michael wanted a word. “Have a good run. Enjoy yourself,” he said, and so was India’s first Formula 1 driver welcomed into the most elite,Speed Breaker: Karthikeyan crosses expectation barrierNarain Karthikeyan’s measured walk to the low-slung, canary yellow car was halted by a tap on his shoulder. The man called Michael wanted a word. “Have a good run. Enjoy yourself,” he said, and so was India’s first Formula 1 driver welcomed into the most elite sporting club by Michael Schumacher, Ferrari’s numero uno, seven-time world champ.Last week, Schumacher and Karthikeyan found themselves among only six cars during a bizarre race in Indianapolis due to the withdrawal of seven teams in a protest over tyre rules.Coming into the Indy GP, Karthikeyan and his team were grappling with car trouble, his two retirements in three races, comparisons with teammate Tiago Monteiro, accusations of blocking by former world champion Jacques Villeneuve, an alleged public ticking off by team boss Collin Kolles. Karthikeyan finished the weekend with his first points. “That’s Formula 1,” he says. Everything about it-triumphs, disasters and other impostors in between-is not merely big but mega big. “I began the season perhaps too perfectly. Then I had a couple of bad races. You have to put it out of your mind.”It has been a bumpy initiation and like his team Jordan, he awaits the arrival of the EJ15B, the new car for the second half of the season. He says, “The best drivers in F1 have two things: speed and the ability to give thorough and accurate information back to the engineers. It comes with experience.” Speed he was probably born with, his eyebrow-raising ability to push the car to the limit is known up and down the pit line. Feedback he is working on. His F1 season has been education for India and for the driver who found that unlike in other motor racing codes, in F1 the brake pedal is under his right foot, not his left.Breaking into F1 got him the headlines but his most remarkable feat has gone unseen. A driver from a land of two half-decent motor racing tracks underwent a lonely graduation on Europe’s historic circuits as his support team watched, in sister Deepika’s words, “feeling like aliens”.A Jordan insider said, “People thought we were crazy to hire an Indian but we had great belief in his ability.” With nine of 19 races completed, Karthikeyan reminds impatient Indians, “It’s not half-way yet. I have made progress from Melbourne. By the end of the year, I will be a more complete driver.”advertisementlast_img read more

Many foreign-bound Sikhs remove turbans, clip hair to escape post 9/11 racial profiling

first_imgSagar Annie Singh, Student in Romania: Removed his turban and tied his hair in a ponytail after he was called ‘Bin Laden’When Harmanjit Singh Sandhu, 24, got admission to an MBA programme in a California university, it was a dream come true. But, 48 hours before he left for the,Sagar Annie Singh, Student in Romania: Removed his turban and tied his hair in a ponytail after he was called ‘Bin Laden’When Harmanjit Singh Sandhu, 24, got admission to an MBA programme in a California university, it was a dream come true. But, 48 hours before he left for the US in August 2002, panic gripped the computer engineer. He feared his turbaned appearance would invite trouble in the post-9/11 US. So he cut his hair short, removed the turban, went for a clean-shaven look and applied for a fresh passport. His old passport was valid till 2010 but he wanted one with his new photo. “Cutting his hair was a painful decision but we wanted to avoid any humiliation abroad,” says his father Gurmail Singh. Sandhu’s case is not an exception but a trend as the queue of shaven Sikhs lengthens at passport offices in Punjab. The most visible section of the Indian diaspora, the Sikhs are dashing for a passport carrying their new photo. The Chandigarh passport office received 600 such applications last year. “This disconcerting trend has been more pronounced since the September 11 attack,” says Arvind Kumar, regional passport officer, Chandigarh. The two highly publicised hate attacks on Sikhs in the US linger in the memory of many foreign-bound Sikhs. That the security personnel in foreign airports are particular in frisking travellers with turbans and beards have not helped. “They suspect anyone with a beard and headgear as an Islamist fanatic,” says Jasvinder Singh Osan, a globe-trotting electronic engineer who heads a software company in Chandigarh. Haramrit Pal Singh Kehal, Business executive: Had a hasslefree Hong Kong trip as he had shaved his beard and cut his hairHe had cut his hair two years ago for “comfort” but retained the old passport. However, when he went to the US recently, he got his photograph changed. “I had a lurking fear that my old photo with Sikh looks could arouse suspicion,” says Osan. It seems the fears of the 1984 Sikh riots, when many had cut their hair to escape communal fury, have come to revisit. The youngsters are troubled by stories of racial profiling at the airports. The apprehensions are not entirely unfounded. Sagar Annie Singh, a medical student in Romania, took off the turban and wore his hair in a ponytail. His turbaned appearance never caused any trouble in the first four years of his stay abroad. But since September 11, the world changed for Sagar too. “Anyone sporting a turban and beard is seen as a fanatic or Taliban,” he says. On the streets people taunted him, calling him “Bin Laden”. “They mistake me for an Iranian or an Afghani,” he says. When he came to India and applied for a new passport, however, the authorities refused to give it at a short notice. The turban trouble is more serious in East European countries which have a relatively less Sikh population than Britain or the US. Jasvinder Singh Osan, Engineer : Feared his Sikh looks could arouse suspicion in USSome, like Haramrit Pal Singh Kehal, a business executive in Ludhiana, say the new looks work wonders. Kehal, who went for the razor, says he “didn’t face any problem on my recent Hong Kong trip”. Not many globe-trotting Sikhs, however, buy the argument that a new appearance raises the comfort level. “Security checks at the airports are stricter but it is wrong to say that Sikhs are more vulnerable because of their appearance,” says Jagjot Singh, a frequent-flier based in New Delhi. Passport authorities are cautious in issuing new passports – there will be a fresh police verification if there is a considerable difference in appearance – since changing the looks is an old trick to get a new passport in place of the one bearing visa rejection stamps. In a state where the lust for foreign lands has fuelled a Rs 500-crore immigration racket, people are taken in by claims of travel agents that a shaven face will help a Sikh escape detection by foreign security agencies that crack down on illegal immigration. After Italy allowed the stay of illegal immigrants, passport authorities got a plethora of requests for fresh passports from them. “Most verification documents carry their clean shaven photos,” says Kumar. Along with the changing face of Punjabi youth, there is a rising concern over apostasy. But dollar dreams seem to have got the better of religious symbols.advertisementlast_img read more

Estrella repays Co’s trust as Mapua finds silver lining in lost season

first_imgAndoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith the game tied at 71 with 30 seconds left and the ball in his hands, Andoy Estrella only had one person in his mind: coach Atoy Co.“I knew I had to give him a reason to trust me again. I haven’t been playing that well lately. So during our practices, he was giving me confidence to make up for the bad games,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Cone fined P5k for entering court during Aguilar-Espinas scuffle in quarters Estrella had the chance to redeem himself and Co gave him the opportunity to as the Cardinals went to the senior playmaker for the crucial basket.He measured his defender with the clock dwindling down. He stepped just before the arc and hoisted for a three over Flash Sadiwa. Swish. The Cardinals took the 74-71 advantage with 20.6 seconds left.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 opening LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ And the graduating guard is just hoping that victories like these could spur the younger players on in the future.“These wins are big for us so that next season, the younger players that will come will have the confidence,” Estrella said. “It’s a boost in their morale, so I want them to think that we shouldn’t quit until the end. That even though we’re already out of the Final Four, we should continue playing, continue practicing, and continue fighting.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Andoy Estrella for the lead! Bang! 74-71 Mapua. 20.6 left. #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/cK8Q0x91XL— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) October 5, 2017 Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges What followed was a solid defensive job on the other end and a Leo Gabo layup to seal the game shut to hand Mapua its third win in 15 games with the 76-71 shocker over the Altas.“I just paid off the trust coach Atoy has been giving me,” said Estrella.It was not his first time to step up to the plate, burying a game-winner against Letran back in July for the Cardinals’ first win of the season.In a season where positives are not as abundant as the seasons prior, moments like Estrella’s game-winner are are a big deal for the Cardinals.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 View commentslast_img read more

‘No favorite, no underdog’ in Ginebra-Meralco series, says Tenorio

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “It’s gonna be a really, really tough matchup for both teams. Not only for us. Of course, we’re going to make things hard for them and definitely, they will also make it difficult for us,” Tenorio said.Both Grand Slam coaches Tim Cone and Norman Black acknowledged the other team’s edge heading into Game 1 on Friday in Lucena.“I think Meralco is probably the most balanced team out there. It’s going to be hard for us to dictate match-ups with them because of their versatility,” said Cone, the only coach to win two Grand Slams. “Durham changes things.”“They are the biggest team in the league. They’ve shown this conference that they can overpower teams. We have Durham, we can go big or small but whatever we do, we’re never going to be big as them,” Black said.Ginebra won last year’s finals on a buzzer-beating triple by Justin Brownlee in Game 6.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges “There’s no favorite and underdog in this series. It’s going to be 50-50,” Tenorio told INQUIRER.net.“There are no injuries to either team and they’ve also added firepower in Ranidel,” he said, singling out the veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo, who has been a perfect fit for the Bolts.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 33-year-old Tenorio said both teams present a difficult matchup to each other.The Gin Kings have the size advantage with the 7-foot Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar upfront while the Bolts flaunt a versatile roster led by the do-it-all import Allen Durham.center_img MOST READ Mavs take tempered expectations into Nowitzki’s 20th season Meralco has been on a redemption tour ever since that painful loss and Tenorio thinks the Gin Kings have very little room for error.“We just have to be ready, we just have to be composed and focused every possession this series. We cannot blink our eye, it’s like one blink and we’re dead.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio sees the finals rematch against Meralco as dead even ahead of tipoff.Tenorio has a point. Both teams are healthy and the Bolts have brought in additional firepower to level the return of Greg Slaughter to the Gin Kings and the acquisition of Kevin Ferrer from the draft.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more