Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Nonoy finished with a career-high 18 points, on 5-of-11 shooting, with three rebounds but only one assist. The freshman who spent just one year with the Tiger Cubs said he is open to heed Ayo’s wishes in becoming the Tigers’ floor general.“Personally, I’d like to get more assists so I can make my teammates play better because getting an assist is just like scoring,” said Nonoy in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“I agree with them that my play isn’t just for my individual gain but also for the team’s improvement as well. Every one of us would benefit if we execute properly and dish out some extra passes.”Nonoy was a scoring guard for the Tiger Cubs in Season 81 when he averaged 21.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.6 steals but Ayo believes it’s time for the rookie to change things up a bit, and that is becoming a pass-first guard rather than being a ball-dominant scorer. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Dodging an upset Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Mark Nonoy just had his best offensive game in the collegiate level for University of Santo Tomas but head coach Aldin Ayo would’ve wanted his young point guard to be a pass-first point guard.Ayo said that he would much prefer Nonoy to be a facilitator than a scorer in the Growling Tigers’ 66-52 loss to defending champion Ateneo in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Ayo said there were mistakes during Nonoy’s upbringing in the Tiger Cubs’ system wherein the 5-foot-8 guard was used as a wing and the head coach believes his stocky rookie should start being a floor general in preparation for the future in the pros.“The coaches want him to be a point guard, not a shooting guard,” said Ayo, who’s won one NCAA title with Letran and a UAAP championship with De La Salle. “That didn’t happen in high school because they have a different program there, so we’re correcting the mistakes here in college.”Nonoy, who averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in the first round, said he would heed Ayo’s call for a change in play especially if it means involving his teammates more and preparing him up for the PBA.“It’s a great feeling when you pass to your teammate and he makes a shot because that’s where you get your confidence because you’re helping your teammates,” said Nonoy.“Coach Aldin is already looking forward to the future because he knows he won’t be my only coach in my basketball career and he only wants what’s best for me so I can adjust quicker in the future,” added Nonoy.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ Jabari Parker had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Alex Len scored 17 for the Hawks, who played most of the second half without guard Kevin Huerter.Huerter was hurt when he was fouled by Nikola Jokic with 9:57 remaining in the third quarter. Jokic slapped down on his arm as Huerter was starting to go up with the ball and he immediately grabbed his left arm. He was holding the arm against his body as he walked to the locker room.Huerter was ruled out for the game later in the period.“He had a hot start and with him going down it was tough,” Young said.Will Barton led Denver with 21 points, Jokic had 20 and Paul Millsap added 19. The Nuggets had their three-game winning streak snapped.ADVERTISEMENT The second-year point guard scored 15 of his season-high 42 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 assists to lead Atlanta over the Denver Nuggets 125-121 on Tuesday night.Young finished seven points shy of his career high set March 1 against Chicago last season. He was 13 of 21 from the field and finished 8 for 13 on 3-pointers to flip the script on the Hawks’ last visit to Denver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Nuggets scored the first 13 points on their way to a 45-point rout of Atlanta last November, but this time the Hawks pushed back.“We didn’t want the same thing to happen again,” Young said. “We wanted to get back rolling.” LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CROWD CONTROLYoung helped stave off a third-quarter rally by Denver when he drained a 3-pointer in front of the Nuggets bench. He then turned and stared into the seats before running up the court.“Some of it was the bench but some of it was to one of the dudes in the crowd,” Young said. “I’m not about to get fined talking about it. Sometimes what the fans say is unacceptable. I can’t say nothing to him, I can’t do anything towards him, I can just get buckets and look at him.“He stopped talking as much.”FINDING FAULTPierce was happy with most of Young’s performance but thought the guard could have done better.“I wasn’t impressed with his free throws. He went 8 for 11; he’s got to go 11 for 11,” Pierce said. “He missed two the other night, he missed three tonight. It’s always something. Everybody else can praise him — I’ve got to stay on him.”UP NEXTHawks: At the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.Nuggets: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. The main reason was Young, who has bounced back from scoring nine points against Chicago last week to eclipse the 30-point mark in three straight games.“It was just the Trae Young show for 48 minutes,” Denver coach Michael Malone said.Young, who had 17 points in the first half, shouldered the load on offense after Huerter left. Young put up 10 points in the third and then carried the Hawks in the fourth, scoring more than half of their 27 points.“It felt better because we won,” Young said. “I’m glad I was able to knock some shots down and help us win.”Denver rallied early in the fourth to tie it at 101 but Young hit a pair of 3-pointers and a floater to put Atlanta ahead 114-106. The Nuggets couldn’t get closer than four the rest of the way.“He’s got an ultra green light,” Denver guard Gary Harris said. “He’s capable of pulling up right after half court. It makes it tough to guard.”Atlanta trailed by nine after one but outscored Denver 38-20 in the second to take a 63-54 lead at halftime. The Hawks increased their lead to 13 in the third.TIP-INSHawks: F Allen Crabbe (knee) was dressed but coach Lloyd Pierce didn’t want to use him. “He’s still in the emergency situation. We needed a body to dress,” Pierce said. … Atlanta shot 68 percent (15 of 22) in the second quarter.Nuggets: G Malik Beasley was inactive due to illness. He sat out the second half of Sunday’s win at Minnesota. … The 38 points allowed in the second quarter and the 63 points in the first half were the most Denver has given up. Rice industry paralysis Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, front, drives past Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Falling into a 12-0 hole less than three minutes in brought back unpleasant memories for the Atlanta Hawks.Trae Young rewrote the ending with another big game.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Warriors guard Damion Lee breaks bone in right hand
Kochi, Aug 22 (PTI) As a gesture of gratitude and appreciation for bringing glory to the nation, Kerala Tourism and Kerala Travel Mart Society will invite Olympic medallists P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik to enjoy the states scenic beauty.The duo will also be honoured at the upcoming ninth edition of the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), which will be inaugurated on September 27, said KTM Society President Abraham George.”This invitation to see the very best of what Kerala has to offer with carefully tailored tour itineraries across the state is our way of thanking the countrys newest sporting heroes for making us proud.”We will pull out all the stops to ensure their stay here will be as memorable as their performances,” George said in a release here.The largest gathering of tourism stakeholders in the state KTM 2016 ? organised by the KTM Society in association with the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala ? runs from September 28-30.From the healing touch of authentic Ayurvedic therapies to the peace and serenity of hill stations, a tranquil cruise along the backwaters or enjoying splendid unspoiled beaches, the champion athletes are assured of some well-deserved rest and relaxation in Kerala, home to sprint queen P T Usha, he said.George said the presence of Sindhu and Sakshi at the KTM will add lustre to the growing appeal of the biennial tourism industry conclave, which expects to see some 560 international delegates and over 1,300 domestic buyers in attendance during its three-day run.An array of products, services and packages from around 261 sellers including hotels, houseboats, Ayurveda resorts and tour operators, will be showcased at the event here, the organisers said.advertisementKTM 2016 will focus on the themes of Responsible Tourism and Muziris and Spice Route, they added. PTI TGB ROH RC SRY
Fourth seed Rafa Nadal was stunned by Serb Viktor Troicki in an upset-filled Shanghai Masters second round on Wednesday while Andy Murray breezed past American Steve Johnson and Nick Kyrgios slumped to a listless defeat.Troicki, ranked 31st in the world, overcame Nadal 6-3 7-6(3) in an hour and 34 minutes to secure his first ever victory in five previous attempts against the 14-time grand slam winner.The unseeded Serb broke twice to seal the opening set before Nadal came back strongly in the second. The Spaniard saved a match point at 5-4 down but was defeated in the tiebreak.”I played really well,” Troicki said. “I was aggressive, I served well, I hit the ball nice. It was a great feeling on the court playing like this…against Rafa Nadal, who is a great champion.”Twice Shanghai Masters champion Murray, who claimed the China Open title last week, had no such trouble as he won 6-3 6-2 as he won 70 percent of second-serve return points. (Also read: Novak Djokovic advances in Shanghai Masters, Del Potro exits)The second-seeded Briton, who scraped through a testing encounter with Johnson at the Rio Olympics in August, also saved the one break point he faced in the first set.He will play Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the third round.”I felt like I was creating a lot of chances on his serve. I thought I moved well for the first match in new conditions,” Murray told reporters.”I was timing the ball well. I felt like I was controlling a lot of the rallies. Yeah, for a first match after playing pretty different conditions a few days ago, it was good.”advertisementAustralia’s Nick Kyrgios lost to Germany’s Mischa Zverev 6-3 6-1 with another controversial display in which he appeared uninterested throughout, landing a series of half-hearted serves and barely moving to meet his opponent’s returns. (Also read: Murray beats Dimitrov to clinch maiden China Open title)The 21-year-old also clashed with spectators before being booed off the court after a match that lasted just 48 minutes. Kyrgios, later apologised on his Twitter account, saying his performance was “not good enough”.Seventh seed Tomas Berdych lost to Marcel Granollers of Spain 7-6(4) 7-6(1), while third seed Stan Wawrinka, the U.S. Open Champion, beat Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-4 and Canada’s Vasek Pospisil battled past Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-6(2).
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar claimed on Tuesday that match-fixing was at its rampant best in 1996 but he himself refrained from getting involved in the malpractice.”The atmosphere of the Pakistan dressing room was very strange. Trust me it was the worst possible dressing-room,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by Geo News.The “Rawalpindi Express” added he always stayed away from fixing circles and cautioned other people about it, advising team-mates to play with integrity and sincerity.Akhtar also claimed to have warned fixing convict Mohammad Amir back in 2010 to avoid meeting people who could lure players to match-fixing.Amir served a five-year suspension after admitting to fixing in 2010. He returned to action last year and is now a regular in the Pakistan team.Akhtar said he intervened to put an end to a recent public verbal dispute between Javed Miandad and Shahid Afridi, urging the two warring former Pakistan skippers to resolve the matter through dialogue. (Also read: Shahid Afridi, Javed Miandad bury the hatchet following spat)”To resolve the matter through talks was the most possible solution. I spoke to Afridi and Javed bhai to settle the matter outside court. If it would have go to the court, then a lot of names would have cropped up,” Akhtar told Geo Tv.”My main concern was that. I told Afridi not to send a legal notice and advised Javed bhai to keep control of his anger and not say anything controversial in public. He exceeded limits by uttering unnecessary things.”advertisementThe 41-year-old said Miandad and Afridi’s spat could have opened a Pandora’s box, tarnishing Pakistan cricket’s image worldwide.The bitter feud erupted when Miandad accused Afridi of fixing matches for money.”Things are said in the heat of the moment and I also said some inappropriate things in the heat of the moment. I take them back,” Miandad said recently.They later resolved their differences, posting a video online in which Miandad took back his words and Afridi apologised, stating he had always considered Miandad as his elder brother. (Also read: Virender Sehwag hits Shoaib Akhtar for a six on his 41st birthday)Akhtar also lauded the Pakistan team for their recent limited overs victory against the West Indies and expressed reservations over the use of pink ball in Tests.He said the cricket officials should consider a number of factors before deciding to schedule a Day/Night Test, such as the local weather and pitch conditions.
Chelsea’s Antonio Conte was named Premier League manager of the month on Friday after leading the club to four consecutive wins in October, while winger Eden Hazard picked up the player’s prize for the first time.Conte saw his side pick up just one point in September, but after a tactical switch to the former Italy manager’s preferred 3-4-3 formation, the club scored 11 goals and kept four clean sheets in October.”It’s a great honour and I will share this with my players and the club,” Conte told the Premier League’s website (www.premierleague.com).”It is the first time I work in another country with a different culture, and when you want to bring your own philosophy it is not easy, but now I am glad for this choice.”Hazard, who scored three goals and claimed an assist in October, has been key to Chelsea’s revival this season and said adopting a more single-minded approach in front of goal had helped him rediscover his best form.”People said I didn’t shoot enough,” he said.”Now I try to shoot and score every game when I’m on the pitch. Before I was thinking about the last pass to make an assist, now I can do it myself.”Chelsea’s upturn in form has helped them climb to second in the table, a point behind leaders Liverpool after 11 games.They travel to face 15th-placed Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday.
Lautaro Martinez struck a second-half winner as Inter edged a 1-0 victory against Lyon in the International Champions Cup.Inter had failed to win any of their four most recent pre-season friendlies but they collected three ICC points on a poor pitch in Lecce to move off the bottom of the competition’s table.Luciano Spalletti’s side struggled throughout the first half of Saturday’s clash and Samir Handanovic made three good saves to allow his team to go into the interval level. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, seven minutes after the restart an improved Inter took the lead, Martinez providing a sweet first-time finish after an excellent Dalbert raid down the left flank.Lyon, who had Memphis Depay, Bertrand Traore and Houssem Aouar on the bench, rarely showed any of their first-half pep and verve following the interval, with Handanovic mostly untroubled as he collected a well-earned clean sheet.The Ligue 1 team will wrap up their ICC campaign against Chelsea, while Inter’s last fixture in the competition comes against Europa League winners Atletico Madrid next Saturday.FULL TIME: #TeamOL couldn’t put away their chances and dropped a 1-0 decision to @Inter_en #ICC2018 #InterOL 1-0 pic.twitter.com/phnUSIMx4d— OL English (@OL_English) August 4, 2018Rafael’s curling strike forced a brilliant fingertip save from Handanovic as Lyon carved open the Inter defence in the right channel thanks to a smart backheel from Jordan Ferri.Lyon were creating the better chances and Handanovic had to make a smart stop to his left in the 25th minute, the Inter goalkeeper pushing away a strong header from Martin Terrier.Handanovic was called into action again before the break, denying Mariano Diaz after the former Real Madrid striker turned Milan Skriniar far too easily to run on to a useful Ferri pass.Inter finally mustered a shot on target in first-half stoppage-time, Mathieu Gorgelin comfortably dealing with a speculative 25-yard shot from Yann Karamoh.The Serie A side kicked on following the interval. Matteo Politano’s cross found Martinez, but the new signing was only able to direct his header into the ground and over the crossbar.#InterLyon 1-0 #InterOnTour #ICC2018 pic.twitter.com/s0F6RGOA12— Inter (@Inter_en) August 4, 2018But the striker found the net with his next chance to open the scoring in the 52nd minute.Dalbert’s low left-wing cross was cleverly dummied in the box by Politano, allowing Martinez to sweep home at the back post.The Brazilian left-back perhaps should have repeated the trick but instead tried to beat Gorgelin at his near post and could only fire into the side netting from a tight angle.Inter’s defensive shortcomings may have been displayed regularly before the break, but they were not shown again throughout the second half with Bruno Genesio’s team unable to create a clear opportunity to equalise.Substitute teenage striker Amine Gouiri sent an acrobatic strike flying over the crossbar but Inter held on for victory as Spalletti’s preparations for the new Serie A season continue.
It was an iconic image. Cristiano Ronaldo raced towards the touchline, held his arms out wide and launched himself into an emotional embrace with Jose Mourinho. Cameras flashed, fans applauded and replays ran as Real Madrid’s star player and coach connected in a show of strength and unity while the world was watching. But was it real?Cristiano scored all three goals as Madrid overcame Levante 3-1 in February of 2012 and the Portuguese had promised to celebrate with fitness coach Rui Faria if he managed to net a hat-trick. So when his stunning strike hit the back of the net, off he raced to make good on his vow. Ronaldo ran fully 50 yards towards the Bernabeu bench, while Faria emerged from his seat in anticipation. But Mourinho beat him to it and, unable to sprint past his coach, the forward felt obliged to hug him instead.The image painted a positive picture. In reality, however, the Portuguese pair endured a rocky relationship from the outset at Madrid, with Mourinho sensing an air of over-confidence from Cristiano in their talks and the player unhappy at criticism and perceived negative tactics from his coach. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Bust-ups between them were frequent, even in Mourinho’s first season at the club. Days after winning the Copa del Rey thanks to Ronaldo’s headed winner at Mestalla against Barcelona, Madrid lost 2-0 at home to the Catalan club in the first leg of the sides’ Champions League semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu. Upset by his team’s ultra-defensive approach, Cristiano urged his team-mates to play a more attacking game. Later, Mourinho gave his prized player a dressing down and an argument ensued. Ronaldo revealed to reporters after the match that he had not liked Madrid’s conservative approach at all. The conclusion? He was dropped by his coach for Real’s next game – a 3-2 home defeat to Zaragoza. Mourinho mostly gave instructions to Ronaldo via his assistants but they were forced to reconcile by agent Jorge Mendes – a friend and business associate of them both. Aggrieved at his client having been benched when he was in search of the prestigious Pichichi prize for La Liga’s top scorer, Mendes stepped in to settle the dispute.It didn’t happen again. Both Mourinho and Ronaldo were making mega money with Mendes’ company Gestifute and, above and beyond even Real Madrid, there was a business to maintain. “Their relationship was one of complicity – they spoke very little in their three years together at Madrid,” a source told Goal . “It was Mendes who kept them together.”And Mendes would intervene once more. In January of 2013, Mourinho was under fire after leaving club captain Iker Casillas on the bench and had even earned the wrath of the Bernabeu boo-boys. Running out of friends among his squad, the Madrid media and also the supporters, the coach needed an ally. And who better than the club’s finest footballer? So Ronaldo not only dedicated a goal to Mourinho in the 4-3 win over Real Sociedad (at Mendes’s request), but also publicly backed his boss. The agent asked Cristiano to tell the press that his coach only operated for the good of the team and the forward obliged. Mourinho breathed easier.But nine days later, the relationship was damaged further. Mourinho congratulated his side to a man after Madrid beat Valencia 2-0 in the Copa del Rey, but had singled out Cristiano for criticism during the encounter and reproached him in the dressing room following the final whistle – in front of all his team-mates. “Shut up and run!” Mourinho is said to have shouted at his player during the game itself. “You have to track back, you have to show more solidarity with your team-mates…” he added afterwards. A row followed before Mourinho left and Ronaldo headed to the showers, leaving president Florentino Perez to pick up the pieces. “Don’t worry presi…” one of the players told the club chief. “This sort of thing happens often!”Ronaldo felt aggrieved at a time when he had stood up for his boss both publicly through his quotes to the press and also by his dedication of a goal the previous week – not to mention his continued excellence on the pitch itself.”I believe that was the moment their relationship went downhill,” former Madrid goalkeeper Paco Buyo told Goal . “Ronaldo was unhappy at the criticism from Mourinho – particularly because he was the one scoring most of the goals at the time.”Mourinho later claimed the forward was unable to accept advice. “When I criticised him from a tactical point of view because I felt he could still improve, he did not accept what I had to say. That might be because he thinks he already knows everything and the coach cannot help him grow anymore…” he told the press.But what he failed to mention was the nature of his issue with Ronaldo, which was more concerned with Cristiano’s personal contribution than any real tactical indication. The forward was also disappointed at how he had been treated, only days after a strong show of support for his boss. According to our source, he felt frustrated and let down.And Mourinho took another swipe at his former forward the following summer when he claimed Cristiano was not the “real” Ronaldo, compared to the Brazilian of the same name.However, the former Manchester United star refused to bite back, insisting that “some things in life are not worth commenting on.” Mourinho later revealed in an interview with Portuguese paper A Bola that Ronaldo was “the most professional player I have coached” and the “best thing that ever happened to me” in his career.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, meanwhile, has said that he is open to linking up with his compatriot once again. “Why not? I don’t hold grudges. We are both professionals and I would work with him again,” he said in 2014, and also repeated recently.But his move to Juventus in the summer has seemingly ended any lingering hope that the two might co-exist at the same club once more, and on Tuesday he returns to Old Trafford in the Champions League for the second time since his 2009 departure for the Spanish capital.And this time, rather than having Mourinho in his corner as he did with Madrid in 2013, Ronaldo is up against him. Who will get the last laugh in this most complex of footballing relationships?This piece was originally published in June 2017
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata says he fell back too heavily on excuses during a “bad period” in his life last season, but is now “very happy” with his situation.After making a £55 million ($72m) move from Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge, Morata started off strongly but struggled badly in the second half of last season.Injury blunted his effectiveness and with pressure mounting, the striker could not get his head right. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The result, he says, was a heavy dose of excuses, right down to the field being too wet for him to perform – an attitude he knows now was driven by his unhappiness.“In football, physical condition is very important, but the head is the most important thing,” Morata said after his brace against Crystal Palace on Sunday. “If you don’t have the head, if the mentality is not good, then you are in trouble.“I had a period where everything – if it is raining, I’m angry because it’s raining. If I miss, it’s because the pitch is too wet. It was only excuses. It is not good.“Everyone can have a bad period in their life, but we are famous, we have a lot of things. Sometimes people think we are not human, with no feelings, with no problems.“The important thing is to find the right balance. Now, I have, and I am very happy. I’m better. In the last month of last season, I was down, down, down, down. I cannot be more down. When you touch the limit, the only thing you can do is to come back.”Morata missed a late chance to complete his hat-trick against Palace, and believes his head again got in the way of that happening, over-thinking the chance.That’s something he wants to remedy, as he knows Chelsea needs his production if they want to compete for honors this season.“In the last 10 minutes, I only have in my head, ‘I want to bring the ball home’, and I think that’s why I missed,” Morata added. “If I don’t think, probably I score.“At the end of the season, if we want to fight for the Premier League, I need to score many goals, Eden [Hazard] has to score many goals, the other strikers, Willian, Pedro, [Ross] Barkley.“There is Hazard, there is [Sadio] Mane, [Roberto] Firmino, [Sergio] Aguero, [Harry] Kane. This is the league with the best strikers in the world. I don’t need to think about scoring more goals than other players.”
Monaco are second from bottom in Ligue 1 and are out of the Champions League. This weekend they play table-topping Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar’s team have made the best start in the history of French football – 12 consecutive victories – and have beaten Monaco the last seven times they’ve faced them. Last April it was by a 7-1 margin.Thierry Henry’s career as a first-team coach is only five matches old and he’s already in a crisis. This week Monaco were eliminated from the Champions League by Club Brugge, losing 4-0 at home, and giving the Belgians their first victory in the competition for 13 years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! To add insult to injury, it was Monaco’s worst-ever home defeat in the Champions League.This is a far cry from the team of two years ago, when Leonardo Jardim expertly led a squad containing Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and more to the Ligue 1 title ahead of PSG and to the semi-finals of the Champions League for good measure.Those who remain from the title-winning team – namely Radamel Falaco, Djibril Sidibe, Andrea Raggi and Kamil Glik – are creaking. The ones brought into the side are too young and inexperienced to do damage at this level.Furthermore, Henry can’t rely on a lot of them right now because they are either suspended or injured. It’s no secret that Monaco consider themselves a selling club but that title-winning group has not been replaced adequately.Raggi and Youri Tielemans are banned for the PSG visit while Glik on Tuesday joined a long injury list which already includes recent signings Willem Geubbels and Aleksander Golovin as well as Ronny Lopes, Lorenzo Pellegri, Kevin N’Doram and Stevan Jovetic.It’s hard enough for Monaco to keep pace with PSG at the best of times, to do so with multiple teenagers in the team is impossible.They have not won any of their last 15 matches – stretching back to August 11 – and Henry has presided over three defeats and two draws in all competitions.To make matters worse, Monaco were named in this week’s Der Spiegel Football Leaks documents. Club owner Dmitri Rybolovlev was accused of personally profiting from the sale of Mbappe to PSG although the club strongly deny any wrongdoing.Things got worse for the Russian on Wednesday however when he was placed under formal investigation for fraud. His fate remains to be seen.This wasn’t the managerial start envisaged by Henry when he opted to leave the side of Roberto Martinez in the Belgium set-up and branch out on his own. This year Henry stepped down from his role at Sky Sports as he felt the time was right to find the perfect coaching job.Monaco appeared to be a good fit – he spent five years as a player there and had expert knowledge of the squad by the time he arrived.But circumstances do not seem to favour him. Monaco’s recruitment failures have left his squad unbalanced and inexperienced in the large.He is struggling to impose his identity on the team and has been forced to chop and change both his systems and personnel.It is not a question of Henry having the wrong ideas, but he has been unable to make his mark on a team shorn of confidence. Their run of form has been shambolic and unless they get their act together, relegation could become an issue.They are only clear of bottom side Guingamp by a margin of goal difference although that gap could be reduced significantly if PSG are in the mood.
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Actor Shoaib Ibrahim, who is presently shuffling between the sets of Koi Laut Ke Aya Hai and Nach Baliye 8, fainted while rehearsing for the technicals of Nach Baliye. The actor collapsed on sets and had a complete blackout.A source informed Pinkvilla, “The actor has not been sleeping for more than three to four hours a day and rehearsing for Nach post shoots hence the issue.” Also read: Dipika Kakar and Shoaib Ibrahim’s wedding plans revealed! However, Shoaib said, “I have patiently waited to get this busy and now that I am, I am not going to complain and am enjoying this phase totally. I would welcome more work happily.” Dipika Kakar and Shoaib are one of the most popular couples on the show. They are trying to give their 100 per cent on the show and it’s quite sporting of him to not complain and enjoy this phase in life. Last week they gave a power-packed performance on Go Go Govinda from Oh My God and coming weekend they will be impersonating Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’s Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai. We hope their hard work pays off on the show.advertisement
If Former New Zealand speedster and Mumbai Indians (MI) bowling coach Shane Bond is to be believed, Jasprit Bumrah will successfully carry his form to Champions trophy for India.”Bumrah has the skills to succeed everywhere. He can carry this form to England and if he does he will be successful,” Bond spoke after returning to Mumbai with the IPL crown.Jasprit Bumrah’s 20 wickets in 16 IPL matches fall well short in summerizing his real value to this year’s IPL champions.The 23-year-old pacer was entrusted with bowling the most difficult overs in T20 cricket, inside the first powerplay and at the death given his accuracy with bowling yorkers and variations with slower deliveries. He even won Mumbai Indians a game bowling the super over.Bond concurs Bumrah became the spearhead of their attack also comprising of Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McCleneghan and Mitchell Jhonson.”He makes me look good when he is bowling well. He was always put under pressure with bowling the tough overs and he did so well. When we looked at our attack we tried to balance our bowling. Malinga would otherwise naturally bowl at the death and we had Harbhajan. We than had to tweak and base our bowling around Bumrah.”We tried to use Malinga as a defensive bowler in the middle and use the leg-spinner (Karn Sharma) as an attacking option. When you are starting to base your attack around a bowler like Jasprit that shows about his quality,” he said.Bumrah became MI captain Rohit Sharma’s go to man this IPL just the way he had become a bowler on whom captain MS Dhoni would rely on throughout last year playing limited overs cricket for India.advertisement”I prefer not to say stuff like he is the best t20 bowler. Such things would add pressure on him. He knows he is doing a great job. He knows his capabilities. We saw him with the super over against specialist like Mccullum and Finch where he defended 11 runs. He has all the capabilities to be a No. 1 bowler,” was captain Rohit Sharma’s assessment of Bumrah.The Gujarat-based pacer, who was first discovered by MI talent scout and former India coach John Wright, is yet to play a Test match but Bond is confident that day is not far behind.”I have said this before that he will play Test cricket and be a world class bowler across all formats,” he predicts.The Indian selectors are yet to give Bumrah a Test cap but with Bond becoming the second foreign coach after Ricky Ponting last year to back Bumrah’s test potential, the wise men would have begun to think about that possibility with all seriousness.
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England have selected Hampshire spinner Liam Dawson to play in his first test match on home soil when the series against South Africa starts at Lord’s on Thursday, said captain Joe Root.The 27-year-old all-rounder made his England debut against India in Chennai last December and joins Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali in an England team which will feature two spinners in a Lord’s Test for the first time since 1993.Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones is the player left out of the 12-man squad to accommodate Dawson, a right-handed batsman and left-arm spinner.”Liam is going to play,” Root said on Wednesday ahead of his first test since he succeeded Alastair Cook as England captain in February.”Liam’s character is exceptional – the way he bowled in India and so far this season has been brilliant. He’ll bring us a lot of control and a bit of depth in our batting as well.”Toby is the unfortunate one to miss out but he’s really impressed everyone with the way he has gone about his business.”The four-match series starts at Lord’s on Thursday before the teams meet at Trent Bridge, The Oval and Old Trafford.
New Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) Madhubala, considered one the most beautiful women to ever grace the celluloid, has been imortalised in wax by Madame Tussauds museum.The wax statue, which was unveiled today, has been styled in her most admired character of Anarkali from the 1960 classic “Mughal-E-Azam”.The figure, which has been built with the help of a number of artists, involved extensive research including meeting the family members and studying the photos and videos available of the actor. Madhur Brij, Madhubalas sister, who attened the launch, said the figure would allow her admirers to cherish her beauty.”Madhubala lived a short life but achieved a lot in that short span of time. In those days, acting was not considered appropriate for women but with her remarkable acting skills and timeless beauty she created a mark for herself and is remembered with warmth till date,” Brij said. Regarded as the “The Venus of Indian Cinema”, Madhubala received wide recognition for her performances in films like “Mahal” (1949), “Amar” (1954), “Mr and Mrs 55” (1955), “Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi” (1958), “Mughal-E-Azam” (1960) and “Barsaat Ki Raat” (1960).Madhubala died at the age of 36 due to congenital heart disease in 1969. Her portrayal of Anarkali in K Asifs “Mughal-E-Azam” remains as her most iconic roles in Hindi cinema. “We were never allowed to go and see her during the shoots. The only visit I remember was to the sets of Mughal- E-Azam to see the replica of the Sheesh Mahal where the song Jab pyar kiya to darna kya was filmed. The set was a huge attraction for tourists,” Brij said, recalling the shoot of the magnum opus. Managed by Merlin Entertainments, Madame Tussauds in Delhi will have over 50 wax figures of famous personalities from sports, cinema, politics, history and music.advertisement”We are ecstatic to be unveiling Madhubalas figure in Delhi. She is unarguably one of the most beautiful women the world has seen and her aura remain amongst her fans even today,” Anshul Jain, general manager and director at Merlin Entertainments India, said. Wax figures of cricket icon Kapil Dev, singer Asha Bhosle and Shreya Ghoshal have already been unveiled by the museum, which is expected to open to public later this year. PTI RJS MAH BK
Virender Sehwag feels senior pros Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina still have plenty of cricket left and their inclusion would add more teeth to the Indian middle order.Both Raina and Yuvraj were ignored for the limited-overs leg of the Sri Lankan tour. India have opted to play KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav in the middle-order. However, both men have failed to show any spark in two of the three ODIs where they were expected to rally after the hosts fought back with a few quick wickets.Sehwag, speaking exclusively to India Today, felt the other option in the middle-order — Manish Pandey and Jadhav — were far too inexperienced and felt Yuvraj and Raina could add more balance to the playing XI. Both men were part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad and Yuvraj was named man-of-the-series for his all-round performances.”Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey are relatively inexperienced. If they have to play the World Cup, they have to play 100 ODIs before the tournament. Raina and Yuvraj in the middle order, will add more teeth to the batting,” Sehwag said.Meanwhile, Sehwag also urged observers to not be too critical of MS Dhoni, who has been in terrific form since the start of the year. “You cannot judge a player on the basis of one match. A player cannot perform the way he did in his younger days. Every player goes through that phase. When needed, Dhoni’s experience will come in handy.”Meanwhile, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly said great players like Dhoni always found a way to score runs. Ganguly also said it was unlikely he would be challenged by an ordinary Sri Lankan attack for the remainder of the tour which includes two more ODIs and a one-off T20 International.advertisement”Great players find a way to perform and I do not think he will be challenged at all by this bowling attack,” he said.Dhoni has so far remained undefeated in the series with scores of 45 and 65 in the Kandy ODIs. Both those knocks came with India under pressure, having lost early wickets during modest run chases.
By Poonam MehraGuwahati, Nov 25 (PTI) Hosting a world boxing championship after more than a decade, India has got the International Boxing Associations thumbs up with its vice- President Edgar Tanner saying that the country has come off a “first rate” organiser.India are currently hosting the womens youth world championships here, a good 11 years after conducting its maiden world championship — for senior women in 2006.”India has been a wonderful host. The opening ceremony for these world championships was by far, the best ceremony that I have ever attended for a world championship. The facilities here have been are first rate and the boxing has been first grade too,” Tanner told PTI in an interview on the sidelines of the championship.”This tournament has been very well organised. I wont suggest anything extra but just to repeat what they have done here,” he added.India would be hosting the world championship for senior women next year, the dates of which are yet to be finalised. That would be followed by the world championship for senior men in 2021.Tanner also spoke about the contentious issue of cutting mens weight divisions in the Olympics to accommodate more women competitors in the 2020 Games.He insisted that womens boxing has improved enough to merit an expansion at the biggest stage.”Certainly womens boxing here has shown that it is as competitive as the mens competition. I have followed womens boxing for a long time, it was nowhere near mens to start with but now it has come at par,” he said.advertisementTanner, however, evaded queries on which two mens categories could be dropped from the Tokyo 2020 roster.But he did insist that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is continuing its discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ensure that the male boxers are not adversely affected.”Things are still at a talking stage right now with the IOC. Probably the problem is that the IOC is refusing to increase the number of boxers and gold medals for boxing in the Olympics. The IOC wants to keep it at 13. They wont increase the quota for any sport,” he said.”The IOC wants the mens and womens events to be equal at the 2024 Games in both the number of boxers and medals. But I dont know how you can do that and get equal gold medals out of 13,” he added.Tanner said a more workable solution to the current conundrum is to increase the participation in the Games.”I think at some stage, the IOC needs to increase the quota for boxers. We must accept what has been decided for 2020, which is five for women and eight for men.”We are discussing the weight categories with the IOC and lets see how it goes. I dont want to comment on the specific categories because that might change in due course of discussions,” he said. PTI PM ATK ATK
As it turns out, Shikhar Dhawan’s wife and kids were not allowed to board the flight from Dubai due to the South African government’s new laws.Emirates employees stopped Dhawan and his family from boarding the flight because he didn’t have the birth certificate of his kids with him at the moment.The airline has now issued a statement apologising for the inconvenience caused to the Dhawan and his family but clarified that they were just complying with the laws issued by the South African authorities for people entering their country.”Since 1 June 2015, according to South African regulations, anyone travelling to the country with a minor under 18 needs to prove parenthood or guardianship – while adults travelling alone with their children need to show that they have the consent of their non-travelling partner.””Like all airlines, we must comply with the laws of every country in which we operate and this is a shared responsibility with passengers, who are required to hold valid travel documents for all countries on their itinerary,” the statement further read.An angry Dhawan earlier took to social media to express his disappointment and said that his family was waiting at the airport for their documents to arrive before they can fly off to South Africa.”Absolutely unprofessional from @emirates. Was on my way to South Africa with my family and was told tht my wife and kids can’t board the flight from Dubai to South Africa. Was asked to produce birth certificates & other documents fr my kids at the airport which we obviously didn’t have at that moment,” he wrote.advertisement”They are now at Dubai airport waiting for the documents to arrive. Why didn’t @emirates notify about such a situation when we were boarding the plane from Mumbai? One of the emirates’ employee was being rude for no reason at all,” Dhawan added.1/2.Absolutely unprofessional from @emirates. Was on my way 2 SA with my fam & was told tht my wife and kids can’t board the flight from Dubai to SA. Was asked to produce birth certificates & other documents fr my kids at the airport which we obviously didn’t have at that moment.- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 29, 20172/2.They are now at Dubai airport waiting for the documents to arrive. Why didn’t @emirates notify about such a situation when we were boarding the plane from Mumbai? One of the emirates’ employee was being rude for no reason at all.- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 29, 2017We’re sorry to hear this, Shikhar. We’d like to find out more on a private message. Please include your booking reference or e-ticket numbers starting in 176. https://t.co/67ooSY3Pnf- Emirates Support (@EmiratesSupport) December 29, 2017Replying to his comment, one of his followers even informed Dhawan that the airlines were just following the norms enforced by the South African government.”This has nothing to do with Emirates by the way, but a law enforced by South African government with effect from 1st June 2016 to carry your child’s original un abridged birth certificate when both parents fly. They are only following the regulations of South Africa government,” he tweeted.This has nothing to do with emirates by the way, but a law enforced by South African government with effect from 1st June 2016 to carry your childï¿½??s original un abridged birth certificate when both parents fly. They are only following the regulations of South Africa government.- Abhinav Joshi (@IceCubeEnix) 29 December 2017The Indian team left for South Africa on Wednesday night, where they will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is starting January 5.