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/ Gian Piero Gasperini and Atalanta have even more injury problems going into tomorrow’s trip to Sampdoria. “We’re a bit low on numbers.” It kicks off on Sunday at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. La Dea picked up the first ever Champions League point on Wednesday, holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw, but the strain of this added tournament is taking its toll. “It was important for the players to have put in a strong Champions League performance. Although the result didn’t go our way, I think the game with Shakhtar Donetsk was just as good,” said Gasp in his press conference. “Evidently, considering they were down to 10 men, we were left with a few regrets that it wasn’t three points with Manchester City, but it was a big step forward for the lads and their confidence playing at that level. “Now we have to settle back into Serie A and recover from the defeat to Cagliari, which rather held up our progress. We mustn’t kid ourselves with Sampdoria’s current position in the table, as they are still tough to face in a difficult stadium. “Unfortunately, Ruslan Malinovskyi picked up an injury in training on Thursday. Remo Freuler went off in the last few minutes against City and needs a fitness test today. Robin Gosens has sciatica, Josip Ilicic is suspended and Duvan Zapata is still not available, as we can’t risk relapses. “We hope to have Duvan Zapata back against Juventus after the break for international duty. At the moment, he can’t kick or sprint, but we’ve got two weeks. Right now, we’re a bit low on numbers.” Sampdoria have struggled to score goals this season, under both Eusebio Di Francesco and Claudio Ranieri. “They are an underestimated team, but if they are that low down the table, it means they must have some problems.” Samp include Emiliano Rigoni, who spent six months on loan with Atalanta last season and failed to make an impact. “Rigoni is a fine player, but coaches are like chefs: sometimes you ask for salt and they give you sugar. That doesn’t mean the sugar is bad, but it might not fit with the recipe.”
Indian boxers Manoj Kumar (64kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Dinesh Kumar (81kg) moved a step closer to Olympic qualification by winning their respective second round bouts in the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sunday.But Commonwealth Games gold medallist M Suranjoy Singh (52kg) suffered heartbreak as he crashed out of the event, losing to Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia in a close encounter.Dinesh pushed his opponent Draskovic Bosco of Montenegro to the limit before the latter was disqualified in the third round for bending too much during the bout. Dinesh was leading the bout 16-7 at that time. Manoj proved too strong for world youth champion and fourth seed Raymond Moylette of Ireland and stormed into the pre-quarter-finals, registering a comprehensive 19-7 victory.Asian Games gold medallist Vikas Krishan won his bout against seventh seed Mahamed Nurudzinau of Belarus after the score was level at 10-10 at the end of the three rounds. The Indian was declared the winner on the basis of countback. He will face the winner of the bout between Onder Sipal of Turkmenistan and Zaal Kvachahatadze of Georgia on Tuesday. Twelfth seed Dinesh has an uphill task in the pre-quarterfinals where he will face Youth Olympics gold medallist and fifth seed Damien Hooper of Australia, who got the better of Ahmad Alteimat of Jordon 15-9 in his second round bout.Commonwealth champion Manoj, meanwhile, is drawn with Asian Games medallist Qing Hu of China, who edged past Samir Machrouh of France 18-15.With their victories on Sunday, all three Indians are one step away from the qualification for the London Olympics. Top 10 boxers (from 49kg to 81kg division) will make the cut for the Games.advertisementDinesh Kumar will face Damien Cooper of Australia in pre-quarters.Dinesh and Bosko were neck and neck in the first round which ended 5-4 in the Indian’s favour. Dinesh intensified his attack in the second round and left Bosko hapless, extending the lead to 14-6.Unable to counter Dinesh’s punches, Bosko kept bending regularly during the bout and it cost him dear as the referee disqualified him in the third round. As a result, Dinesh, who was leading the bout 16-7, was declared the winner.Manoj mixed counter-attack with aggression to send a strong but inexperienced Moylette packing. Using counter- attacking strategy in the first round, Manoj invited his opponent to hit and then attack on counterpunches. The trick worked as the Haryana boxer established a 5-3 lead.Manoj opened his guard in the second round and unleashed some crispy blows to extend the lead to 12-4. There was no stopping Manoj who kept on pounding before scoring a thumping 19-7 victory.”Manoj fought very intelligently. He targetted his opponent’s body and opened him before coming up with uppercuts and hooks. Dinesh was also very dominant throughout and even though the Montenegro team was not happy with the disqualification, the truth is that the guy was bending too much,” national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu said.As many as four Indians will be in action on Monday. Laishram Devendro (49kg) will face Joselito Velazquez of Mexico while Akhil Kumar (56kg) will be up against President’s Cup silver medallist and fourth seed John Nevin of Ireland.In other bouts, Jai Bhagwan (60kg) will have an easy opponent in Miroslav Serban of Czech Republic while Manpreet Singh (91kg) will start his campaign against Dzhakon Qurbanov of Tajikistan.
Trust Shah Rukh Khan to devise the most innovative ways to publicise his films. In a bid to cash in on the prevalent Ra. One hysteria to promote his forthcoming film Don 2, SRK has included in the former, a sneak-peek of his look in the latter.A certain dream sequence in Ra. One will feature SRK sporting his Don 2 avatar.This allegedly is being done as an advance publicity stunt to draw the audience’s attention towards Don 2 , and whet their appetite in its anticipation.”The scene will be shown in a dream sequence of G. One’s (Shah Rukh’s character) son Prateek. SRK will be seen with his long hair tied in a ponytail at the back,” a source said.So who thought of it, we ask. “They were discussing that he should sport a different look in the scene, when SRK came up with the idea of the Don 2 look,” the source added.There’s also speculation that Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra will make guest appearances in the film, which hits theatres on Wednesday.”Sanjay and Priyanka will be seen in the same dream sequence Prateek has. In the dream, Sanjay plays the villain pitted against G. One and Priyanka Chopra plays G. One’s girlfriend. Sanjay and SRK then fight in a duel filmed with great visual effects,” the source said.What remains to be seen now is if the effort eventually scores with the audience or not.
India’s Parupalli Kashyap on Friday qualified for the London Olympics with third-seeded Chinese Chen Jin pulling out of the quarterfinal match, citing a wrist injury, in India Open Super Series badminton.The unexpected walkover helped World No 30 Kashyap gain much-needed ranking points to take him past fellow-countryman 27th-ranked Ajay Jayaram.Kashyap will be the highest-ranked Indian player when the May 3 rankings are considered to finalise the Olympic singles draw.Obviously, Chen lost interest in the championship once it was known that he would be the third Chinese player to make the Olympics. The rules allow three entries from a country if all the three ranked in the top four ranked players in the world.Chen will thus join second-ranked Lin Dan and third-ranked Chen Long at the Olympics.Chen Jin’s London berth was confirmed after second-seed Peter Gade of Denmark lost to Wan Ho Shon of South Korea 22-24, 18-21, earlier in the day.Wan Ho Shon will now play Kashyap in the semi-finals.”It’s a fantastic feeling (to qualify for the Olympics). Not that I was sure to win against Chen Jin but I had played against him before. Given the past results and the home support I was confident of doing well against him. But this has come as a surprise and my entire focus now will be to do well tomorrow,” said Kashyap.India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also made sure of a place at the London doubles, though they lost their doubles quarterfinal match.Jwala and Diju are also more or less through to the Olympics mixed doubles event.advertisementHowever, Kashyap’s qualification was the only bright spot for the Indian contingent at Siri Fort on Friday.Kashyap’s qualification overshadowed a gallant display of P. V. Sindhu in the women’s singles. The Indian girl lost after taking the first game against fourth seeded Chinese, Jiang Yangjiao. She was beaten 21-18, 12-21, 18-21 after an hour-long battle.Gutta and Ponnappa and men’s doubles combination of Rupesh Kumar-Sanave Thomas were also knocked out in the quarter-finals.In the doubles event, Jwala and Ashwini began the match on an impressive note but seem to run out of steam as they went down 21-19, 13-21, 14-21 against third seed Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna of Japan while Rupesh and Sanave failed to recreate Wednesday’s magic and lost 12-21, 12-21 against Thailand’s Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit.The results (Quarterfinals):Men: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Taufik Hidayat (Ina) 21-16, 21-13; Jen Hao Hsu (Tpe) bt Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 21-19, 21-18; P. Kashyap w/o Chen Jin (Chn); Wan Ho Shon (Kor) bt Peter Gade (Den) 24-22, 21-18.Women: Juliane Schenk (Ger) bt Wang Shixian (Chn) 6-21, 21-10, 21-16; Xiao Jia Chen (Chn) bt Youn Joo Bae (Kor) 21-17, 21-13; Jiang Yangjiao (Chn) bt P.V. Sindhu 18-21, 21-12, 21-18; Li Xuerui (Chn) bt Juan Gu (Sin) 21-15, 21-11.Men’s doubles: Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit (Tha) bt Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas 21-12, 21-12.Women’s doubles: Miyuki Maeda & Satoko Suetsuna (Jpn) bt G. Jwala & Ashwini Ponnappa 19-21, 21-13, 21-14.
MOST READ Eric Gordon was to start in place of Paul, who still could be ready by Saturday but D’Antoni said, “I think he’s still in play but I think it’s hard.”Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 in the Rockets’ season-opening 122-121 win at Golden State on Tuesday night but was limited by soreness in the knee. He led the Rockets with 11 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, while playing 33 minutes in his regular-season debut with Houston after being traded away by the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason.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“Man, I got through it,” Paul told reporters after the game in Oakland. “It was cool. Tough game, but it’s all about getting the win.”Paul was hampered at the end of the preseason by the knee pain which continued flaring Tuesday, and D’Antoni said the perennial All-Star “is playing on one leg right now.” Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups 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 Hayward from hospital: It’s hurting me that I can’t be there Tuesday’s game was the first since March 9, 2015, that Paul was held to four or fewer points.D’Antoni isn’t concerned about Paul falling behind integrating and getting comfortable alongside JamesHarden in one of the Western Conference’s newest backcourt dynamic duos.“I don’t think it’s a challenge, you’ve got two great players that play very well on the ball and off the ball,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t see a problem. He wasn’t healthy yesterday so he was going half speed and we’re playing Golden State, so that was the challenge yesterday. They’ve looked good in practice. I think they’ll keep figuring things out a little bit better and make it easier on each other. But we’re looking forward to just getting him back healthy.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul, right, steps over Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) after losing the ball out of bounds during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Houston guard Chris Paul is out for the Rockets’ game in Sacramento on Wednesday night because of a bruised left knee and coach Mike D’Antoni isn’t counting on him Saturday for the home opener against Dallas.“It’s not a concern, it’s just nagging,” D’Antoni said before the game against the Kings. “We’ll sit him until the training staff thinks he’s ready to go and try to get over it totally.”ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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 Global is coming off a second place finish in the Singapore Cup last week. But while the team has struggled in the PFL this season, Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas still boasts one of the most experienced teams in the league led by Misagh Bahadoran.Nawas however rued the missed opportunity of not playing in Cebu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ LATEST STORIES But Meralco is upbeat with coach Aris Caslib liking his squad’s chances since it no longer needs to travel to Cebu to play Global’s home match due to the unavailability of the Cebu City Sports Center.“The confidence of the team is high,” said Caslib. “This will be a good opportunity to have rest in between games because we don’t need to travel.”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 former national team coach has actually impressed in his first season with the Sparks, coping well despite the departure of Phil and James Younghusband to the Davao Aguilas in the middle of the season.Simon Greatwich, Tahj Minniecon and Joaco Canas have taken over the leadership mantle in the squad, while talented youngsters like Daniel Gadia and Connor Tacagni have actually emerged as solid options for the Sparks. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 As if topping the quadruple round league wasn’t tough enough, FC Meralco Manila’s road to a first Philippines Football League title now needs to go through a club which already owns a rich winning tradition.Global Cebu, which has endured an inconsistent season, finishing fourth in the league, stands in the way of the Sparks in the two-leg semifinals starting Saturday at 4 p.m. at Rizal Memorial Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel 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 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments F2 Logistics battles lowly Iriga with eye on No. 1 berth
Gael Monfils of France holds the winner’s trophy after winning against Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the ATP Qatar Open tennis competition in Doha on January 6, 2018. Monfils won the Qatar Open final in straight sets, brushing aside Rublev in a one-sided final, 6-2, 6-3. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFARDOHA, Qatar — Gael Monfils won the Qatar Open title on his fourth appearance in the final with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Andrey Rublev of Russia on Saturday.The 46th-ranked Monfils, a former top-10 player, lost previous finals at the tournament to Roger Federer in 2006, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2012, and Rafael Nadal in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Frosty feelings: Browns fans protest 0-16 season with parade MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rublev countered his 21 winners with an equal number of unforced errors, while Monfils posted 29 winners to only 10 unforced errors in the one-hour match.“I think I was completed tired today,” Rublev said. “We played only one hour and the match was almost without chances for me.”Monfils broke his opponent’s serve to go ahead 3-1 in both sets. The Frenchman faced two break points in the match, but saved both which came in the fifth game of the second set.In the first set, Monfils broke Rublev a second time in the final game. In the second set, he had to serve out the match in the ninth game.Monfils reached the final without hitting a ball in the semifinals when top-seeded Dominic Thiem withdrew from the tournament because of illness.ADVERTISEMENT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto 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 “I’ve been very close and finally I get it,” Monfils said after winning his seventh career title.Monfils was playing in his first tournament since a right-knee injury forced him to retire during his U.S. Open third-round match in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I had a long rest and I’m a lot stronger for 2018,” Monfils said. “I didn’t expect to win the first tournament, but I’m happy I did.”The 39th-ranked Rublev nervously rushed on many shots against the more experienced Monfils. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View comments
View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives 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’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Truly turning a new leaf in the new year, Tanduay Alab Pilipinas stretched its winning run to three games after holding off the Singapore Slingers in overtime, 89-80, Sunday in the Asean Basketball League at OCBC Arena in Singapore.Renaldo Balkman paced the Philippine side, which rose to 3-3, with 26 points and eight rebounds, while Justin Brownlee triggered the pullaway in the extra period and finished with 17 points, seven boards and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais 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 AJ Mandani forced extra time with a 3-pointer, 78-all, with 12.2 seconds left after Brownlee’s floater rattled out. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES Koreans rule PH Amateur Open
The premiere of The Shaukeens in Mumbai saw several Bollywood celebrities enjoying the gags on three old men and their adventures. Akshay Kumar plays a superstar in the film, but at the premiere, he seemed to be trying to match the looks of the old men in his film. Dressed in a white tee and a pair of denims and a grey cap, Akki sported a salt and pepper beard.The film’s heroine Lisa Haydon – who stole the scene with her work in her last outing Queen – was dressed in her casual best. She picked a cream-coloured top and teamed it with a pair of ripped blue jeans. Lisa has been learning Hindi, and going by the film, she seems to have picked up the language well. The long-legged beauty admitted to have enjoyed every bit of working on the film, which was extensively shot in Mauritius and New Delhi.The premiere of The Shaukeens in Mumbai saw several Bollywood celebrities enjoying.Anupam Kher, Piyush Mishra and Annu Kapoor, who play the three lecherous men trying to woo a young girl, were at their cheerful best at the event. The three seasoned and extremely talented actors confirmed that the film was the best one in terms of the ‘coolness’ quotient. Ali Zafar, who is readying for the release of his upcoming action thriller Kill Dil, was also present at the premiere.The event was also attended by film-makers Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sajid Khan and Rajkumar Santoshi. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, the film is a remake of the ’80s’ hit film of the same name which featured Mithun Chakravorty and Rati Agnihotri. The role of the three oldies was played by Ashok Kumar, A.K. Hangal and Utpal Datt.advertisement
Taiwanese smartphone major HTC has finally launched its new budget offerings in the Desire 620 dual-SIM and the Desire 620G dual-SIM smartphones. Both the devices have been launched in Taiwan to begin with at a price tag of TWD 6,990 (roughly Rs. 14,000) and TWD 4,990 (roughly Rs. 9,990) respectively. While the Desire 620 Dual SIM is up for grabs starting today, the Desire 620G Dual SIM will be available sometime during mid-December. There is however no word yet regarding the global availability and pricing of either of the devices.Both the Desire 620 dual-SIM and Desire 620G dual-SIM smartphones have more or less similar specifications, with the main differences being those related to network connectivity and the kind of processors under the hood. Both the devices look and feel identical featuring a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. While the HTC Desire 620 Dual SIM is powered by a 64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, the Desire 620G Dual SIM smartphone comes with a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor. Further, the Desire 620 Dual SIM supports 4G connectivity and comes with a microSD card slot that allows up to 128GB of expandable memory. Meanwhile, the Desire 620G Dual SIM is a 3G device that allows expansion up to 32GB via microSD.Both the dual-SIM devices runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box with HTC’s Sense 6 UI on top and come with 1GB of RAM. Both of them sport an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing shooter that boasts of a BSI sensor and HTC Eye Experience. Connectivity options on the devices include: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and A-GPS. Both the Desire 620 Dual SIM and Desire 620G Dual SIM smartphones are backed by a 2100mAh removable battery. advertisement