Candreva: ‘Inter enthusiastic’

first_imgAntonio Candreva hailed Inter “enthusiasm” and concentration after they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the Champions League. Lautaro Martinez scored a goal, and saw a penalty saved, before Candreva’s last-minute counter-attack against a side that was yet to concede in the tournament this season. “We feel the right enthusiasm, the desire to improve ourselves and battle together for the team,” Candreva told Sky Sport Italia. “We must continue like this, as we’re on the right track. The main problem in the other two Champions League games was that we didn’t finish our chances, but we did very well today. “Now we can celebrate this victory until midnight, then start to prepare for the next game this weekend. It’s tiring, but we get over it with enthusiasm and hunger. “The most important thing is to keep focused throughout, never let the concentration levels drop, because that is when we run into trouble. We know that qualification is wide open.” 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: read more

Corini: ‘Brescia need a result’

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: Brescia boss Eugenio Corini notes that whilst today’s game against Hellas Verona is not decisive, they really do need a result. It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. The Rondinelle sit 18th in the table with no wins from their last five games, narrowly losing to Inter in midweek, and Corini is under no illusions that they need to take something from the game against Verona. “There’s still bitterness over the defeat [to Inter], but like I said to the lads, it was a very good performance. However, we need to work on how to finish and how to defend. The performance, accompanied by improvements, can turn into results,” said the coach in his press conference. Both Brescia and Verona won promotion to Serie A last season, and Corini was full of praise for his opposite number. “I have decided my approach to the game, against a side that’s doing well. I congratulate [Verona boss Ivan] Juric on his work for this season. “Points are always imperative, then inside the game there are so many more moments to understand.”last_img read more

Juventus hit 300 Champions goals

first_imgJuventus have reached an historic milestone with their 300th Champions League goal, scored by Aaron Ramsey against Lokomotiv Moscow. The Welsh wizard got the tap-in just before the ball had completely crossed the line, as Guilherme let a Cristiano Ronaldo free kick squirm through his arms and legs. That touch means Ronaldo has still never scored a free kick in a Bianconeri jersey. The 298th and 299th goals in the competition were scored by Paulo Dybala against Lokomotiv in Turin last month. Since the tournament changed format from the old European Cup to Champions League, the first Juve goal was contributed by Michele Padovano in September 1995 in a match with Borussia Dortmund. The 100th strike was scored by David Trezeguet, while the 200th came from Sebastian Giovinco. 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: read more

Bhaichung Bhutia to lead India against Bayern Munich in Delhi

first_imgBhaichung Bhutia’s rise from Tinkitam, a small hamlet in Sikkim, to become Indian football’s torch-bearer is now a story that the fans in the country know by heart.And when his illustrious international career comes to an end with a match against German giants Bayern Munich at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday, life will come a full circle for the former India captain as it was in this very stadium that he took his first step to become one of the greatest footballer to ever don India colours.”It was at the Nehru Stadium that I first played at a national level tournament. It was a match of the National School Talent Contest under-12 football tournament,” Bhutia told Mail Today on Sunday.”After that I never played here as the Ambedkar Stadium was used for football matches in Delhi. I really cherish the fact that I have got the opportunity to end my international career where I started.”After that beginning, Bhutia has seen and done a lot. From becoming the all-time leading scorer for India (43 goals in 107 matches) to playing with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Kaka in a friendly match, the journey has been more than memorable.Another milestone will be added to it when Bhutia leads India against Bayern, whom he thinks is as good as the German national team.”Bayern Munich are as good as the German national side. But it’s an opportunity for the Indian players to know how much they need to work to take themselves to the level of the top international players,” he said after a two- hour practice session with the team.advertisementBhutia is also well aware of the difference in class between his team and its rivals. “One cannot compare the pace and technique of the two teams. More than the result, I think one should see the commitment of the players,” said the 35-year-old striker.While age is not on his side, Bhutia is fully conscious about his fitness level. “I have recovered from my muscle injury and for the last one month it has not been troubling me,” Bhutia said.”I will start the match and want to play for the full 90 minutes. But I wish the injury does not flare up again.”This will be last time Bhutia will don the national colours but he said his exit will not be an emotional one.”I had already announced my retirement last year and definitely I won’t be crying or anything of that sort,” he joked.”For me, it is just about enjoying my last match. International players normally retire during a tournament or an international match but that did not happen with me due to injury. I feel honoured to play my farewell match against a top side like Bayern Munich.”When asked to choose from the current crop of Indian strikers who have the potential to follow in his footsteps, Bhutia said: “Sunil Chhetri is there. Then there is Jeje (Lalpekhlua) and Sushil Singh. Sunil has been performing very well recently but he cannot be called a young player. We need to focus at the grass-root level to nurture talent.”And grooming young talents will be one of Bhutia’s main concerns after retirement. Also, making his club United Sikkim one of the top teams in the domestic leagues is a goal for him.”I don’t want to be in the All India Football Federation now, but I will contribute to Indian football by making United Sikkim a successful side in the country in terms of results and financial viability,” he said.”It is important that investors come in and that can happen if the clubs are financially rewarding. So I want to make United Sikkim successful. I have another project in Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools through which I can train kids.”last_img read more

Australia win CB series, beat Sri Lanka by 16 runs

first_imgAustralia clinched the cricket tri-series title as they relied on a spirited bowling display to beat Sri Lanka by 16 runs in a low-scoring thriller in Adelaide on Thursday. After posting 231 all out on a difficult Adelaide Oval track, the hosts rode on pacer Clint McKay’s five-for to stop Sri Lanka at 215 in the third and deciding final. Upul Tharanga hit 71 to help the islanders recovered from early jolts and almost put his side on track for a win but the Sri Lankans lost the plot after his dismissal to give the Australians a victory with seven balls to spare. McKay was Australia’s hero, making a critical 28 batting at number nine and then claiming five for 28 which broke the visitors’ back. The Sri Lankan top order failed and hard as the other batsmen rallied, it was not enough to win them the day. They lost too many wickets up front and were 53 for four in the first powerplay of 10 overs itself. Brett Lee (3 for 59) and McKay wreaked havoc in this period by sharing these wickets and leaving too much for the rest of the batters to achieve in the remaining overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan (8) got a leading edge while trying to work a delivery on the onside in Lee’s second over and fell to a soft dismissal, caught in the covers, in the third over. Kumar Sangakkara (19) was off the block in a jiffy, striking three fours in his nine balls, before he became Lee’s second victim, driving a catch to slips in the seventh over. Things were only to turn worse as McKay claimed two wickets in seven balls to leave Sri Lanka tottering at 53 for four. He first won a LBW shout against Dinesh Chandimal (5) and in his next over, cleaned up skipper Mahela Jayawardene (15), who played down the wrong line and having his stumps in a disarray. The fifth wicket stand between Lahiru Thirimanne (30) and Tharanga broke the pattern with a 60-run fourth wicket stand before the former sliced a drive to point off Shane Watson. Sri Lanka lost their sixth wicket on 142 when Chamara Kapugdeara (7) tried to steer McKay but only thick-edged a chance to wicketkeeper Wade. Nuwan Kulasekara’s (15) presence at the crease brought some excitement but today was not his day as he made room to smash Lee but the bowler followed him on the legside and he could only lob it for mid-on to take an easy catch. Left-handed Tharanga, all this while, kept one end going, playing slowly but surely, as he raised his half century from 94 balls with three fours. Pressure began to mount as the Lankans reached their 200 for the loss of seven wickets in the 45th over, requiring only 30 runs from the final five overs. Watson earned a critical wicket in the 46th over when Tharanga edged a slower delivery to wicketkeeper Wade for 71, made from 122 balls with three fours and a six. Lanka needed 28 runs from the final four overs with two wickets in hand. It proved too much for the visitors as they lost their final two wickets to McKay in the form of bowled dismissals to leave the hosts winner by 16 runs. Earlier, the Australian middle-order collapsed like a pack of cards as Sri Lanka restricted the hosts to 231. The hosts were cruising along at 115 for 1 before a middle-order slump saw them get all-out in 49.3 overs. Things could have got worse but for Lee (32) and McKay (28) who added 40 valuable runs for the eighth wicket. The islanders were well served by nearly all five bowlers, none better than medium-pacer Ferveez Maharoof (3 for 40) and Rangana Herath (3 for 36) who triggered the collapse with six wickets between them. Put into bat, Australian openers Matthew Wade (49) and David Warner (48) raised 75 runs inside the first 14 overs. Warner, fresh from his two successive centuries, was the early aggressor as he slammed 48 off 45 balls with five fours and a six before being caught behind off Maharoof. Wade, then found an able partner in stand-in skipper Shane Watson (19) put on 40 runs in next six-odd overs before the wheels came off the Lankan innings. Once Watson fell to the off-spin of Dilshan, Maharoof and Herath wreaked havoc on the hosts on a slow pitch, mixing up their deliveries, and costing Australia five more wickets for 58 runs in a space of 15-odd overs. Watson and Wade fell within an over of each other —the skipper brilliantly caught at the deep midwicket fence when he swept Dilshan fiercely and Herath flung himself to his right to bring off an outstanding catch. It appeared to have shell-shocked Wade who steered Nuwan Kulasekara to short point and as non-striker Mike Hussey dashed down from the non-striker’s end only to find Dilshan’s direct throw catching him well short off his ground. Two overs later, it was Wade’s turn to trace his steps back home, cutting Herath into the hands of Sangakkara who took a juggling catch. Wade’s 49 off 74 balls didn’t last the distance as he wanted to and left the innings in the hands of two new batsmen. Herath struck with scalp of Peter Forrest (3) who played the wrong line to see his off-stump disturbed in 27th over. Australia’s misery was far from over. David Hussey (19) was ruled out by umpire Asad Rauf off Maharoof though the ball appeared to have hit his pads a shade above the stumps. Dan Christian (19) got couple of boundaries off Herath but was fooled by a slower Maharoof delivery, mistiming a drive straight into the hands of Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene at mid-off. The smart recovery for the eighth wicket which added 40 runs and took the innings to 46th over, was not good enough to see through Herath. The left-arm spinner struck with his second last ball, fooling McKay into hitting one into the deep. McKay made 28 off 32 balls with three fours and six and Australians were now 217 for 8.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Anil Kapoor slams heroes using steroids to acquire toned body

first_imgThe evergreen star of Bollywood — Anil Kapoor — is a fitness freak and he treats a gymnasium as a temple, the actor said sharing the secret of his youthfulness.While sharing his fitness secrets, Anil also took a dig at the stars who depended on steroids to show off their muscles.Headlines Today captured the macho brigade from Shootout at Wadala as it thronged a gym launch in Mumbai. From Tusshar Kapoor to Ronit Roy and Sonu Sood, Bollywood’s muscle pumping men made an inspiring sight. As Anil talked of fitness, he undoubtedly was the centre of attention for obvious reasons.Asked about the secret behind his thirty-plus looks and pat came his reply: “Gym mera mandir hai.”Thanks to rigorous workouts, Anil boasts of sporting the real stuff and smartly takes a jibe at B-town’s fake brigade.”Woh computer pe jaake apni six-pack bana lete hain aur yeh toh bada aasan hai. Jo unke thode bahut jo problem areas hote hain woh computer chupa deta hai. Toh aisa joh hai, main soch raha hoon ki main bhi karoon,” the star said sarcastically.Taking off his shades and caressing his face, Mr India said, “Mere jo muscles hain, woh sab yahan hain, mere paas acting ka muscle hai.”Anil named Akshay Kumar among some of the fit actors of Bollywood whom he admired.”Fitness ke baare mein, mujhe Akshay Kumar bahut fit lagte hain. Mujhe nahin lagta unhone kabhi bhi steroids liye hain,” he said.While Anil was all for naturally acquired physique, there were also other stars in Bollywood whom he looked up to as he appreciated the bodies of Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar.advertisementlast_img read more

No discrimination against students from northeast, says Chidambaram in Rajya Sabha

first_imgHome Minister P. Chidambaram said that it was incorrect that northeast students were more vulnerable to discrimination than those from other regions. Addressing the Rajya Sabha on Friday, he also said that the government was obliged to provide them security.”It is not correct to say that students of northeast states are more vulnerable as compared to students from other regions,” he said, while replying to a calling attention motion moved by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).The issue was raised in the upper house of the parliament following the deaths of three northeast students last month.Two of them, from Assam and Manipur, committed suicide in Delhi and the third, also from Manipur, died under mysterious circumstances in Bangalore.Chidambaram said state governments were responsible for providing safety and security to people residing in their regions.”As far as Delhi is concerned, a lot of measures have been taken. In 2012, eight cases of offences against women from the northeast were reported.”Seven of these have been worked out and 11 persons arrested. In 2011, seven cases were registered, six prosecuted and 10 arrested,” the home minister said.He said three DCP (deputy commissioner of police) level officers have been designated to address problems faced by the students and other residents of the northeast.”These nodal officers hold periodic meeting and address the issues raised by them,” he said.”I wish to state categorically that any student belonging to northeast is free to travel and reside in any part of the country. They have right to security and peace and governments are obliged to ensure their safety and security,” he said.advertisement”The Union government will take every step to ensure security and is confident that all state governments will discharge their constitutional duties to ensure safety and security to northeast students,” he said.Dana Sangma, an Amity University student, committed suicide April 23 after being allegedly insulted by an exam invigilator.Delhi University student Samiran Saikia from Assam also committed suicide, due to examination pressure while Richard Loitam from Manipur was found dead in his room, allegedly after being badly thrashed.last_img read more

Sandeep Singh hopes to shine on the big occasion

first_imgHe has got the five Olympic rings tattooed on his right arm, signifying that representing India at that stage is his greatest achievement and ambition.The star drag-flicker played a stellar role in ensuring that India made the cut for London after missing out on Beijing 2008.His 16 goals, including five in the final against France, were the most crucial factor as India won the Olympic hockey qualifier on home turf to seal their spot.Sandeep has become an irresistible force in penalty corner and, more often than not, finds the mark from the top of the striking circle. India will hope that he continues his rich vein of form in the British capital.”This is going to be my second Olympics after Athens 2004, so I am not as excited as most of my teammates for whom it will be the first,” Sandeep told Mail Today from Pune, where the London-bound squad is undergoing a preparatory camp.However, it does not mean that the Haryana player is any less motivated to shine. Having built a formidable reputation over his eight-year-long career, Sandeep has the confidence that he will rise to the occasion on the big stage. “I am just trying to give my best at the Olympics as fans have a lot of expectations from me,” the drag-flicker said.After India endured the heartbreak in Chile, where they failed to make it to the Olympics for the first time, Sandeep did not lose heart.”I knew we will get more opportunities to qualify. But we needed to get better to take on the better sides in the world,” the defender with 168 international caps said.advertisementHe was confident enough to have got the five Olympic rings tattooed on his arm. “I just felt like having it done and the rings have been on my arm for the last three years,” Sandeep said.With the Michael Nobbs-David John combination at the helm for the last one year, things have looked up for Indian hockey. Sandeep, who has had a stint as national captain a few years ago, has also experienced the positive changes.”The team has improved a lot in the recent times and there has been a great stress on fitness. This has helped us compete toe to toe with the top sides.”Sandeep’s prowess with the drag-flick was evident from very early on in his career, and now his strike rate on penalty corners is close to 90 per cent. There are not many goalkeepers in the world who can keep his ferocious drives out.But several experts of the game have put a question mark over Sandeep’s skills in open play. His tackling and defensive work has not always inspired confidence.But things have started looking up in that facet as well.”In the run-up to the Olympics, I am focusing on being as fit as I possibly can. Also, I am concentrating on getting better on facets other than penalty corners,” the deputy superintendent of police in Haryana Police said.Sandeep is the only player in the present squad, other than Ignace Tirkey, who has prior Olympic experience.That, coupled with a tough group that India find themselves in, make it a tough challenge. But Sandeep is undeterred. “We will take it match by match and not take any pressure on ourselves. There are a lot of young players in our squad but everyone is mature enough to not let the expectations get the better of them,” he said.last_img read more

Lady Tams roll back JRU spikers

first_imgWinter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Sablan hopeful UST will turn its fortunes around Earlier, UST repelled St. Benilde, 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, to stay at No. 4 at 3-3 in the men’s division of the event backed by Mikasa and Asics.Ousted University of the Philippines stymied La Salle’s own semifinals bid with a 25-22, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23 decision. The Archers fell to 3-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU tied idle Ateneo at second behind National University’s 4-0 mark.The Lady Bulldogs and the Eagles dispute the first semifinal berth in Group A of the two-division tournament organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics on Saturday.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 openingLeaning on Basas’ 15 hits, the Lady Tams overpowered the Bombers in spikes, 41-18, and pounced on their rivals’ sloppy service reception with nine aces.Alvarez scored nine points for JRU, which closed out its maiden commercial league campaign with a 0-5 card. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU’s Toni Rose Basas hammers a kill past Cay Montojo of JRU during Wednesday’s game at Filoil Flying V Centre.Far Eastern U took some time to hit its stride before pulling away from Jose Rizal U in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan Wednesday.Shaking off the effects of an 11-day break and missing the services of top hitter Bernadeth Pons, the Tamaraws gored the Bombers U, 28-26, 25-14, 25-16, to bolster their Final Four drive with a three-win, one-loss record.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors 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 MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View commentslast_img read more