Line-ups: Napoli v RB Salzburg

first_imgDries Mertens and Hirving Lozano take on RB Salzburg’s Erling Haaland, but Napoli have defender Kostas Manolas on the bench. It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo at 20.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Borussia Dortmund-Inter on the LIVEBLOG. The Partenopei’s thrilling 3-2 victory in Austria has put them in pole position to qualify from Group E and they will be through tonight if they win and Genk fail to beat Liverpool. Allan is not even fit for the bench, but Manolas is not ready to start, as the centre-back is still suffering from bruised ribs and had to play with painkillers. Nikola Maksimovic partners Kalidou Koulibaly at centre-back. Mertens and Lozano are the front two, with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon out wide, despite Arkadiusz Milik’s positive form. RB Salzburg have built most of their success this season on the astonishing form of teenage striker Erling Haaland, who has 22 goals in just 16 competitive games this season. That includes six in three Champions League matches. He has support from Hee-Chan Hwang, but Takumi Minamino is also a danger with his pace. Carlos Miguel Coronel is in goal after Cican Stankovic pulled a hamstring against Napoli on October 23. Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Callejon, Fabian Ruiz, Zielinski, Insigne; Lozano, Mertens Napoli bench: Ospina, Llorente, Elmas, Luperto, Hysaj, Manolas, Milik RB Salzburg: Coronel; Pongracic, Onguéné, Wober; Kristensen, Minamino, Junuzovic, Szoboszlai, Ulmer; Haaland, Hwang Salzburg bench: Kohn, Ashimeru, Vallci, Koita, Ramalho, Daka, Mwepu Ref: Marciniak 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

India deserves F1 circuit, says Michael Schumacher

first_imgRetirement is the last thing on the mind of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher. In fact, the ace German driver, a legend in the motor racing circuit, is “curiously” looking forward to the inaugural Formula One race in India and says the country certainly deserves it.”I have always been in favour of new countries being involved in the sport, as I believe a World Championship should be fought out all over the world. India certainly deserves a F1 circuit,” Schumacher told IANS in an e-mail and telephonic interview from Germany.Schumacher, who made a surprise return to the competitive racing by signing a three-year contract with the Mercedes GP team in 2010, feels the F1 title should be fought all across the world and India is a valuable addition on the map.”I must say I am eagerly looking forward to come to India. I have never been there except for a brief stop-over during a flight; so I am very curious to experience your country,” Schumacher said.The 43-year-old, with a record 91 race victories, 68 pole positions and 78 fastest laps, is statistically the greatest driver to have sat in the F1 cockpit. The veteran, however, has not even managed a podium since his comeback last year and his best result of the season has been the fourth place finish in Canada.Schumacher says he still has fire in his belly to take on the best in the business and quitting has not crossed his mind.”My contract runs until the end of next year. So there is not even the need now to think ahead of that time. Once the date gets closer, I will certainly make my mind up. Until then, I just do what I love to do: race, fight, compete,” he says when asked about retirement.advertisementThe 12 teams for the Oct 28-30 race are expected to arrive here by next week and they are usually on the job from the word go, giving them very little time to explore the place.Schumacher rues that aspect of F1 and hopes to get the taste of Indian culture that he has heard a lot about.”Unfortunately, we are usually quite busy during a race weekend; so most of the times we do not manage to see much. But what you can see and feel is how the people welcome you. If they like you to be there and are curious about your sport then it will be something interesting for all of us.”However, as India is so famous for its culture, I hope to get some knowledge about it,” said the champion driver.Schumacher is also one of the most popular F1 drivers ever.He started his career with the Benetton team in 1991 and won consecutive titles with them in 1994-1995. The glorious period of his career came with Ferrari as he won five titles with the Italian outfit from 2000-2004. He narrowly missed the eighth title in the 2006 season when Fernando Alonso edged him for his second world crown.He had his controversies, too. A spokesman for driver safety, he himself was involved in collisions twice in the final world championship-deciding race of a season, with Damon Hill in 1994 in Adelaide, and with Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 in Jerez, Spain.The German is an ambassador for Unesco and came out in support of several humanitarian causes, donating tens of millions of dollars in charity.last_img read more

Stumped by Aussie mind games, can Team India bounce back in Perth?

first_imgIndia’s tour Down Under has so far been a complete disaster. If Melbourne Test saw a bit of fight and resilience from the Indian camp, Sydney witnessed just the opposite. Clearly, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team has not only been struggling on the field, but also off it. The Indians were shamed and shattered as the hosts destroyed the fabled Indian batting on two occasions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to begin the four-Test series. At the Sydney Cricket Ground the Indian egos were bruised and battered as this time not only did the batting collapse, but also the bowlers were sent packing by Aussie captain Michael Clarke and his team. Before it started, the series was billed to be India’s best chance to script history Down Under. Instead, the team has now been staring down the barrel. Not only are they down 0-2 in the series, but Dhoni and his men seem to have already raised the white flag. The Indian contingent looks like a disintegrated bunch which looks uncertain as to counterattack or to surrender under pressure. With Aussie media vying for their blood, scrutinising each and every move of theirs, the Indians on more than one occasion fell into the trap. The Aussies are also ensuring that Perth 2008 is not repeated where the team fought back into the series. With the mind games, negative media reports and the verbal volleys, the Aussies seem to have already won the battle as they have been successfully managing Indians to respond to their ugly tactics. A simple and logical solution to these ugly mind games is to ignore and not react. However, the Indians seem to be ignoring the basic rule and have only themselves to blame for their performance both on field and off it.advertisementlast_img read more

Force India drivers feel Sebastian Vettel got over emotional

first_imgA day after Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel called Hispania driver Narain Karthikeyan an ‘idiot’ for the collision during the Malaysian Grand Prix which cost him championship points, Force India drivers Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg said that the reaction from the German was a bit extreme.Narain and Vettel had collided during the 46th lap in Sepang which left the defending champion with a puncture and that resulted in him dropping to 11th position from fourth.Speaking at the Buddh International Circuit on Tuesday, di Resta said that in the hectic world of F1, things might slip up a bit.”I did not see that incident, but I feel it was said in the heat of the moment. There are a lot of emotions in Formula One and sometimes you say certain things. However, the track is as much Narain’s as it is of Vettel. Both are F1 drivers and they compete in it for their teams,” di Resta said.Sahara Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta at the Buddh International Circuit.Hulkenberg too said that the remark was made in the heat of the moment. “I think Vettel just got emotional. He had lost points and it must have been frustrating,” the German said.Talking about the two races this season, di Resta said the performance in Malaysia gave him and the team a lot of confidence. “The conditions in Malaysia were very tough. We were the only team to have too drivers in the top ten after the race, which is a huge achievement.”advertisementDi Resta collected seven points from two races, including a seventh-place finish in Sepang, while Hulkenberg managed two after his ninth-place on Sunday.The Scot also said that the team was looking forward to some upgrades and the midseason testing, but didn’t give any details of what exactly the packages entailed. He was, however, encouraged with the second-place finish by Sauber driver Sergio Perez and said if various factors fall into place, even Force India could get on the podium.”It’s going to be a difficult task. You want it to happen and you prepare yourself for the weekend. We saw this weekend what Sauber achieved,” he said.The Force India drivers took the media contingent on a tour of the track in Mercedes cars and gave the journos a tiny glimpse of what the drivers do and endure on the track.last_img read more

Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go

first_imgThe referees failed to call an 8-second infraction on Ateneo point guard Jolo Mendoza, who fell just before crossing center court near the four-minute mark with the game tied at 79.Instead, UP playmaker Jun Manzo was whistled for a foul.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 openingIt was an obvious head-scratcher but Perasol isn’t the type to cry over spilled milk.“It was really [crucial]. But it happens and I can’t delve on that,” Perasol told reporters after the Maroons’ 96-82 loss. “It’s something they’ve decided on and they can’t reverse that.” “We have to find a way how we can play through that, but then again, I’m hoping the officials will do a better job [because] we’re exerting effort to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims FEU sets record for most 3s with 18, but 42 attempts ‘way too much’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 University of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol admitted that the missed 8-second violation late in the fourth quarter of the Fighting Maroons loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles was crucial.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’last_img read more

Westbrook, Thunder top Bulls for 3rd straight win

first_imgView comments Oklahoma City had high hopes coming into the season after trading for All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, but the Thunder had lost four straight before getting things turned around to even their record at 7-7.“From here, we’re kind of gaining some momentum,” George said. “We’re getting consistency from our level of play standpoint. I think we’re starting to come together for the most part. Again, we’re obviously not where we want to be. There’s always going to be a level of improvement, but we’re trending in the right direction.”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 openingAnthony returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with a sore lower back and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jerami Grant added 15 points and 11 rebounds.The Thunder led 27-7 at the end of the first quarter to match the fewest points they have allowed in a quarter since the franchise moved from Seattle in 2008. The Bulls made 2 of 16 field goals in the period.“Just setting the tone,” Westbrook said. “Thought we did a good job of being aggressive, using our hands.That’s how we win games.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron’s ‘superhuman’ powers will eventually go away, Draymond Green says MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a dunk in front of Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn, left, and center Robin Lopez (42) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Things are starting to click for the Oklahoma City Thunder.Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists and the Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 92-79 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.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 Malditas save PH from shutout Lauri Markkanen and Antonio Blakeney each scored 16 points for Chicago, and Denzel Valentine added 13. The Bulls shot 34.7 percent from the field.“We fought from the second quarter on, but again, we’re down 20 in the first quarter with a seven-point quarter,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “You’re not breeding any confidence for yourselves. So it’s a mindset. You’ve got to come out and see that thing go through the hoop. It’s going to give you a little confidence. Right now, we don’t have a lot, especially early in games.”The Thunder led 58-34 at halftime. Westbrook didn’t score until 6:43 remained in the second quarter, but finished the half with 17 points.“He does that to a lot of people,” Hoiberg said. “He’s so explosive. There’s a reason he was the MVP last season.”Though the Thunder were never threatened in the second half, they had hoped to finish better. They shot 22 percent after the break.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay “In the second half, we never got into a rhythm,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Never played to an identity. I thought our defense, for the most part, was pretty good for the full 48. We had some lapses. But I thought offensively, that’s where we got to really move the ball and make them work and find ways to break the defense down better than we did in the third and the fourth.”TIP-INSBulls: Were coming off a 133-94 loss to San Antonio. … Starters shot 1 for 11 from the field in the first quarter. … Valentine was the only Bulls player to make more than two field goals in the first half.Thunder: C Steven Adams missed his third straight game with a right calf contusion. … Won the firstmeeting with the Bulls 101-69 on Oct. 28. … Grant made a layup off an inbounds pass in the final second of the first half. … George finished with 13 points after scoring 42 and 37 points in his previous two games.STAT LINESOklahoma City’s wins during the current streak have come by an average of 11.7 points. All of the Thunder’s wins this season have been by at least nine points. All the losses have been by nine or fewer.QUOTABLEWestbrook, on being focused against a struggling team: “We did a good job of just coming out and being consistent, staying with our principles, playing Thunder basketball and not worrying about the opponents.”UP NEXTBulls: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.Thunder: At San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue Eagles

first_imgMOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cani finished with 11 points for FEU while center Prince Orizu also had a double-digit scoring game with 10 points with five boards.Thirdy Ravena led the Blue Eagles with 17 points while Mike Nieto added 13.The deciding game is on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES Cani then gave FEU its biggest lead of the game, 75-58, with a booming triple that beat the shot clock buzzer with 2:45 remaining in the game.FEU head coach Olsen Racela said they had to sustain their pace and energy from the opening tip until the final buzzer to hold off “a really strong team like Ateneo.” 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“We were really confident going into the fourth that we will finish strong,” said Racela. “I told them that we will start strong, sustain the momentum, and finish stronger.”Ron Dennison topscored for the Tamaraws with 17 points with eight boards and two steals while Arvin Tolentino, a former Rookie of the Year for Ateneo, added 13 points. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University forced a do-or-die for the last finals slot after stunning top seed Ateneo, 80-67, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Final Four Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Tamaraws pulled ahead in the third quarter after erecting a 20-6 run with former Blue Eagle Hubert Cani capping it off with a layup that gave FEU a 58-44 lead late in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Clarkson playing for Gilas ‘is not that simple,’ says Reyes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout 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. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021last_img read more

F2 Logistics gears up for spot in final

first_img“We played very focused tonight and we are thinking about the semifinals already,” said Maria Jose Perez, F2 Logistics’ Venezuelan reinforcement who accounted for 12 points.Now F2 Logistics will gear up for a spot in the final, going up against either Cignal HD or Cocolife which it both dispatched of in straight sets in the eliminations.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the same push that propelled it to the top spot in the semifinals, F2 Logistics kicked Iriga City out of the running Tuesday night.The Cargo Movers took its place in the next round after a worry-free 25-19, 25-12, 25-17 triumph in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Revived rule makes Mbala ineligible next season MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Mascot designs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics shortlisted

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Children and officials of Tokyo 2020 pose for photographers with cutouts of shortlisted three mascot design sets which each contain one mascot for the Tokyo Olympic Games and one for the Paralympic Games, at an elementary school in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Japanese schoolchildren will help determine the mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday unveiled three sets of designs for the games’ mascots. The 6.5 million schoolchildren will review the shortlisted designs with their classes casting a single vote in favor of one of the three sets.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES The three finalists were selected from among 2,042 entries submitted by the public, with the winner to be announced on Feb. 28.The first set is a pair of humanoid characters clad in the ‘ichimatsu” checkered pattern of the Games’ official logo.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 second set features a “maneki neko” (good-luck cat) and a fox commonly seen at Shinto shrines. The third set features a fox and a dog with gold ribbons on their backs.The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Durant’s triple-double lifts Warriors over Hornets 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more