Torino stutter with Cagliari

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/ Simone Zaza came off the bench to rescue a point for Torino, but it’s Cagliari who emerge feeling more confident. Click here for the full match report. OR See how all today’s Serie A games unfolded on the Liveblog.last_img

Rugani set for first Juve start?

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/ Juventus defender Daniele Rugani appears in line to make his first start of the season this evening against Genoa. Merih Demiral had been tipped to replace Matthijs de Ligt in Juve’s back four, but Calciomercato.com reports Rugani is winning the ballot. That is because, as per the website, the Italian was tried out by Maurizio Sarri in their final training session on Wednesday. The former Empoli stopper seemed to be on his way out of Turin over the summer, the signings of De Ligt and Demiral demoting him to fifth choice. Nonetheless, he could have a rare – but no less important – opportunity to stake his claim in the Bianconeri’s XI tonight.last_img read more

Zhang: ‘Inter more than a club’

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/ President Steven Zhang claims “Inter aren’t just a football team, they’re also an essence, a brand and a philosophy.” The businessman was speaking at the China International Import Expo, where he was asked about what it meant to be Nerazzurro. Suning Group bought Inter in 2016, with Zhang promoted to the role of President last year. “We have built a team of great value,” explained the 27-year-old. “Everyone here corresponds to the culture, appeal and requirements of the club. They’re willing to work hard to create business value. “We share common interests. Inter aren’t only a football team, they’re also an essence, a brand and a philosophy. “The people here are willing to give their all. Inter was the first top-level European club to land in China, back in 1975. This is a very romantic story. “Now Suning has joined Inter and will continue this story.” The Beneamata are second in Serie A after 10 wins from 12 games and will continue their fight for the title when they visit Torino on November 23.last_img read more

This Indian team can’t win abroad, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgSourav Ganguly has “accepted” the fact that the current Indian team cannot win Test matches on foreign soil and urged the national selectors to take tough and honest decisions, keeping in mind the best for Indian cricket.India lost the Perth Test on Sunday by an innings and 37 runs to hand the four-match series 0-3 to Australia.”I cannot remember any Indian team going through such a dreadful run overseas for such a long time…. But to see India surrender again so meekly in the second innings was not a disappointment. It was expected, and now it’s accepted that this team can’t win away from home,” the former India skipper wrote in his column for ‘The Age’.”Having played so much cricket with a lot of these players, it has really pained me to watch their misery. But to me that’s the reality and that’s where Indian cricket is at the moment.”Ganguly also said that the team “deserved” all the criticism it is facing from the public and media.The former Test batsman called on the selectors to take decisions, which would help lift Indian cricket, rather than finding scapegoats.”In the past, selectors have made decisions to push aside soft targets – players whose omissions may not create much furore in India. By doing this, they not only save their backs but keep people happy. But the time has come to make the right decisions,” Ganguly said.”The time has come for a statement. When the entire world talks about the Indian Premier League, rightly or wrongly, selectors will have to show that India’s Test team matters. I know it does with selectors, but now actions have to prove it,” Ganguly added.advertisementHe said the selectors will have to be fair and if they decide to drop VVS Laxman, other non-performing seniors should also be given the same treatment.”What will be the biggest test for the selectors will be fairness. There is talk about VVS Laxman being dropped for the Adelaide Test. If that’s the case, the same rule should be applied to other players as well.”Ganguly said the reform process should start after the current series.”I will be watching keenly whether the Indian selectors push all this under the carpet or stand up and take decisions to take Indian cricket forward, which to me is the biggest and the most important thing right now,” he said.last_img read more

Television vixen brigade revs up ratings, make fashion statements

first_imgNigar KhanNigar Khan Sheetal in Zee TV’s Lipstick Nastiest Act: Editor of a movie magazine, she offers a bottle of poison to her chief rival She wears a seven-carat diamond ring and three-carat earrings. She dons power suits and a maroon pout when she’s running her movie magazine and switches,Nigar KhanNigar Khan Sheetal in Zee TV’s Lipstick Nastiest Act: Editor of a movie magazine, she offers a bottle of poison to her chief rival She wears a seven-carat diamond ring and three-carat earrings. She dons power suits and a maroon pout when she’s running her movie magazine and switches to chiffons and pink lips when she wants to convince her boyfriend of her weddability.When she’s bad, she raises her right eyebrow. And when she wants to be really, really horrid, she just offers a bottle of poison to her rival. Her mantra: “Joh Sheetal Singhania ek baar chahti hai woh paa ke rehti hai (What Sheetal Singhania wants, she gets).”Is it any wonder then that Nigar Khan who plays Sheetal on Zee TV’s daily soap, Lipstick, loves what she’s doing? “The finest compliment I’ve been given is when a man in Dubai told me that every time I came on the screen, he wanted to strangle me,” croons the 23-year-old ramp model.Joining her in having the time of their lives is a sleek pack of svelte sultanas, many screen hours away from the shrieking banshees who equate being evil with sporting one-foot-long eyelashes that look as if they would take wings. Make no mistake, television’s reigning mean queens Ramola Sikand (Kaahin Kissii Roz) and Pallavi (Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii) who will stop at nothing to acquire family control are still there, breathing fire, delivering defiance and packing in the (much-lower-than-before) ratings. Slowly, however, that school of super bitches is giving way to a new breed of women who grin and dare it.advertisementRajeshwari SachdevRajeshwari Sachdev (right) Ambica in Star Plus’ Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii Nastiest Act: She tries to seduce Om, the ideal son in the family What’s more, these smile-and-shoot characters are being played by actors considered epitomes of sweet reasonableness. Take Rajeshwari Sachdev, hitherto the homegrown Goan girl who won a then hunky Milind Soman’s heart in Margharita. As Ambica, she created so many misunderstandings in the happy family on Star Plus’ Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii that when she was finally caught last week, she was thrown out on her ear. But not before her coordinated chiffons and boatneck blouses created a minor fashion trend. And not before she enjoyed her two-and-a-half month stint: “Everyone plays the vamp loud. I wanted her to be sweet and elegant, be cruel and yet be the girl next door.”Television clearly loves the new nasty who seduces husbands, steals boyfriends, exchanges babies and manipulates mothers-in-law. For the woman viewer, there’s a vicarious pleasure in not being at the receiving end of someone’s villainy (a fate not often likely in real life). Women love to see other women cry. At the same time, the notion that a woman can have it all and still be herself is an idea that is both entertaining and aspirational.It has been since the time Neena Gupta set the screen alight as Ketaki in the long-running Doordarshan soap Khaandan. It was a role that Shrishti Behl Arya, the producer of Lipstick, grew up with. And it is a role she tried to recreate in the modern career woman on Lipstick – before she turned really mean because the audience relates aggression to unvarnished I’ll-stop-at-nothing ambition. “I don’t want Sheetal to be a loser. Negative characters work well on TV. Being good is predictable, being evil is fun,” says Behl Arya. Shweta KeswaniShweta Keswani Anu in Star Plus’ Des Mein Nikla… Nastiest Act: She replaces her sisterin-law’s baby with a dead childWhich may explain why when Aruna Irani felt her Star Plus serial Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand wasn’t getting good TRPs, she decided to ramp up the utterly vile, salwar-kameez clad character of Anu played by Shweta Keswani. Its entry into the top 15 shows on TV was but in tune with the logic of television soaps: bad girls equals good TRPs. Says producer-director Irani: “Viewers are waiting for Anu to be punished. But they can’t live without her. When we don’t have her on screen, they ask: where’s that horrible woman gone?”It’s a risk Kruttika Desai knew she was taking when she took on the part of the vicious mother-in-law in Kkusum, a popular serial on Sony. The ideal bahu of Buniyaad is now Devanshi, the wrecker of her own son’s home. A few weeks ago, she had to act out a scene where she went to her son’s new home and told Kusum, his wife, that their little paradise would not last long. “Nausheen, who plays Kusum, told me I was so believably evil that her hair was standing on end. I was delighted,” says Desai, laughing throatily. She has every reason to be happy: not only does she now preside over all the property in the television family, in real life she’ll be going to Israel for a six-week shoot for an English movie, The World, and will still not be written off the serial permanently.Kruttika DesaiKruttika Desai (left) Devanshi in Sony’s KkusumNastiest Act: She cheats her son of all his property Playing a negative character usually ensures longevity. Nigar Khan has just been asked to play a vamp in Kabhi Aaye Na Zindagi, a Star Plus serial in need of some tender loving cruelty to boost its ratings. Kunika’s character in Kittie Party, the Shobhaa De-written soap on Zee TV, has had much the same effect: stirred things up and made Kavita Kapoor, the only semi-meanie among a galaxy of Complan mothers and Woman and Home housewives, look like Mother Teresa. “Negative characters are always liked because they are the focus of the viewers’ hatred,” says Kittie Party producer Manish Goswami, veteran of soaps such as Daraarand Parampara. Which is why they usually get the best lines and the best clothes – Keswani even gets to wear spaghetti straps, the pinnacle of TV style.For a television nation long addicted to the peanut-butter-won’t-melt-in-the-mouth nastiness of Brook in The Bold and the Beautiful, homegrown harridans were long overdue.advertisementlast_img read more

NU, UP dominate their way to finals berths in UAAP badminton

first_imgThe Green Archers and the Blue Eagles face off for the last semifinals ticket in the men’s division on Friday.Meanwhile, UP turned back Adamson, 4-1, to proceed to the Finals after a six-tie sweep of the eliminations.La Salle bagged the second-seed, which comes with a twice-to-beat incentive, after pulling off a 4-1 win over NU, while Ateneo silenced UST, 5-0.The Lady Eagles and the Lady Bulldogs clash in the first of the step-ladder semifinals on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Alvin Morada, Keeyan Gabuelo, and Alem Palmares hoisted NU’s flag in the singles category, while tandems of Morada and Palmares, as well as Christian Cuyno and Mike Minuluan as the Jhocson-based crew went unbeaten in six matches this year.The Bulldogs have now gone undefeated through 33 ties harking back to 2014, and will be waiting for its best-of-three Finals date next week.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 openingUP claimed the twice-to-beat advantage in the men’s stepladder semis after turning back La Salle, 4-1, behind singles’ bets JM Bernardo and CK Clemente and doubles’ squads Betong Pineda and Paul Gonzales to rack up a 5-1 record.University of Santo Tomas forced a three-way tie for third place with a dominant 5-0 victory againstAteneo, and has moved up to third place thanks to the quotient system. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES 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 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 Brownlee admits Ginebra got outplayed in Game 2, vows next game will be differentcenter_img Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Defending champions National University and University of the Philippines continued to tear the house down in their respective divisions to earn outright Finals berths in the UAAP Season 80 badminton tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.The Bulldogs continued to stay unscathed in the men’s division, dispatching their last foe University of the East, 5-0, to gain entry to the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Few tickets left as La Salle, Ateneo cross paths

first_imgIt may seem that it’s just the top spot at the end of the first round of UAAP Season 80 that’s at stake when La Salle and Ateneo clash on Sunday, but for reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala, the game “means everything” for the defending champion Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The fierce rivals are squaring off before an expected sellout crowd at Mall of Asia Arena for the first time since the finals last December when La Salle prevailed to clinch its second title in four years.“It means everything,” Mbala told reporters after scoring 39 points in the 106-100 win over University of the East last Wednesday. “No matter what will happen when we step on the court, we’re just going to bring it until the last second. I don’t need to say anything about Ateneo-La Salle, it’s just blue versus green. It says it all.”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 openingTickets for the 4 p.m. game are sold separately from the other game pitting National U and University of the Philippines set at 12 noon.A check at MoA Arena ticket booth showed only lower box, SRO and a handful of general admission tickets remain unsold as of Saturday afternoon, underscoring the allure of college basketball’s biggest rivalry. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Heat check No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors More than the rivalry, the Blue Eagles are looking to preserve their unbeaten record, after roaring to six straight wins to start the season. The Archers are gunning for a third straight victory following a loss UP recently. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View commentslast_img read more

For NBA, Chicago is slam dunk for 2020 All-Star festivities

first_imgIn this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference in New York. Chicago will host the 2020 All-Star game for the first time since 1988, when Michael Jordan took off from the foul line in an epic dunk contest and delivered an MVP performance in the game. Silver, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Bulls executives Michael Reinsdorf and John Paxson were on hand Friday, Nov. 10 for the announcement on the United Center floor. APCHICAGO — For the NBA, Chicago was a slam dunk to host the 2020 All-Star game.The city will host the showcase event for the first time since 1988, when Michael Jordan took off from the foul line in an epic dunk contest and delivered an MVP performance in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES “I’m sure we would have been here sometime earlier in the last 30 years (had the Bulls been interested),” Silver said. “When the mayor and Michael Reinsdorf showed interest, it put them back to the top of the list in a way just because we like to rotate around the league. It’s a major city, and we haven’t been here in a long time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celtics Irving may miss date with Raptors over fracture MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 “We’ve been going for so many years,” Michael Reinsdorf said. “At the end of the day, I tried to explain it to my dad. I don’t think he’s been to an (NBA) All-Star game since 1988. I tried to explain to him the difference now than what it was like when we hosted last. It’s just such a great impact to the city.”There was some thought that the 2019, 2020 and 2021 All-Star games would go to teams with new arenas. Golden State, Sacramento, Milwaukee and Detroit have all either recently constructed new homes or have one being built.But the schedule also got thrown off a bit after North Carolina passed a law restricting the rights of LGBT people. The league moved the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte to New Orleans in response.After North Carolina passed a compromise bill limiting anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, the NBA gave Charlotte the 2019 game.As for 2020?ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads “There were several other cities that were interested,” Silver said. “We try over time to take care of all the cities that do want to have an All-Star game. I think it becomes a function of timing. I think for some of the other cities that were building, some of the refurbishments that are planned had not been completed yet, had not been finalized in terms of financing so the timing just didn’t work out. It’s really more a function of scheduling.”The United Center opened in August 1994. But it has been undergoing a bit of a transformation in recent years.The biggest change is the construction of an addition adjacent to the arena. It houses offices as well as a Bulls and Blackhawks team store and concessions.The Bulls moved into a new practice facility across the street a few years ago, and the Blackhawks will be moving into a new one nearby in a few weeks.The 10,000-seat Wintrust Arena that just opened a few miles away on the city’s Near South Side will host some All-Star events as will Navy Pier.“We’re excited not just holding a basketball game, but of hosting the world because now the NBA has gone from … an American game held here in the United States to a world event,” Emanuel said.The mayor has pushed hard to land high-profile events such as the NFL and NHL drafts in recent years. But this will be the first major All-Star game in the city since Major League Baseball held its Midsummer Classic on the South Side in 2003. The NHL last had it in Chicago in 1991.Silver isn’t concerned about having the All-Star game in a cold-weather city. Most events are indoors, though he acknowledged snow can disrupt air travel.When Jordan put on his show in 1988, Silver was just a law student at the University of Chicago, sitting in an upper level at the Stadium.He figures to have a better view this time. Commissioner Adam Silver, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Bulls executives Michael Reinsdorf and John Paxson were on hand Friday for the announcement on the United Center floor.Silver said Chicago faced “a lot of competition” to bring it back and the city’s plan put it “over the top.”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 openingRenovations in and around the arena, a new 10,000-seat facility on the Near South Side and Emanuel’s desire helped bring in this one. So did a change of heart by the Bulls.For years, chairman Jerry Reinsdorf opposed hosting the game because of concerns about displacing season ticketholders. But with son Michael — the president and chief operating officer — assuming more authority and grandson Joey in favor, he relented. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Malditas save PH from shutout Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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

UAAP volleyball: Ateneo wins 2nd straight, sends UE to 0-4 start

first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘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’ Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo has started to gain stability after winning its second straight game at the expense of University of the East, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.After losing their first two assignments, the Lady Eagles have improved to 2-2 for the fourth spot while the Lady Warriors remained in search of their first victory and reeled to 0-4.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Eagles used a 12-4 run in the fourth set that Ponggay Gaston finished with a down-the-line kill to give Ateneo a 16-8 lead and effectively fend off UE.Despite the win, captain Maddie Madayag said the first set was such of a disappointment for them that they forgot to play with happiness.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“They were really tense inside the floor earlier and I don’t think they knew what to do,” said Madayag in Filipino. “They don’t have the focus to play and everybody was like ‘oh my God.’ They weren’t happy at all.”“They just have to enjoy the game because I know that if we’re happy we can beat anybody.” LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jhoanna Maraguinot led Ateneo with 20 points while Madayag had 12.Shaya Adorador had 14 points to lead the Lady Warriors while Mary Ann Mendrez added 12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Switzerland’s Hoefflin skis to gold in women’s slopestyle Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more