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/ Max Allegri has been linked with the benches of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Tottenham and now also Bayern Munich. The former Juventus boss is biding his time before starting a new adventure, having ended his spell in Turin with five consecutive Serie A titles. According to the Corriere dello Sport, Allegri is the prime candidate for the Bayern Munich job if the Germans sack Niko Kovac. That is more than a possibility after a shock 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend. Allegri would be the third Italian tactician to lead Bayern after Giovanni Trapattoni and Carlo Ancelotti. Meanwhile, Manchester United are also seriously considering the axe for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following another dismal Premier League showing, a defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Leonardo Bonucci said Juventus are capable both of playing Maurizio Sarri’s style of football and “suffering” under pressure after beating Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1. The Bianconeri kept the ball for long periods in Moscow, but with a slow tempo and little effectiveness, until Douglas Costa’s scorching run. “Douglas Costa’s goal allowed us to take the three points. At most, my goal-line clearance would’ve helped us take one point, but it was an important moment anyway and we need to be more careful,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia. “The team tries to play the football that the coach wants for long periods, but when we need to suffer under pressure, we can do that too. “Lokomotiv Moscow were focused on the counter-attack and they were dangerous with those in the first half, as we had to improve our passing distribution. We increased the pressing after the break, had more shots on goal and eventually took home the three points. “We’ve achieved our first target for the season, which is qualify for the Round of 16, so now we want to end this mini-run of games well on Sunday against Milan.” 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/
Parma boss Roberto D’Aversa has warned Inter that they “will have to look elsewhere” in January, amidst Matteo Darmian and Dejan Kulusevski links. Inter have been heavily linked with the Parma pair in recent weeks as Antonio Conte seeks more squad depth, but D’Aversa issued a hands-off warning to the Nerazzurri and their coach. “Conte will have to look elsewhere,” he told Tutti Convocati. “I have a great relationship with him. I have issues with numbers. The squad has improved in quality, but it’s still small. “More than fixing his situation, I have to think of my own.” Darmian has missed just two of Parma’s games this season through injury, while Kulusevski has already registered five assists. However, the latter is only on loan from Atalanta, who may choose to cash in on the Sweden starlet while his stock his high. 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/
Former Australian prime minister John Howard on Wednesday hit out at the Afro-Asian members of the International Cricket Council for not disclosing the reason why they rejected his candidature for the ICC vice-president’s post.Howard’s ambition to head the International Cricket Council after India’s Sharad Pawar was thwarted by the powerful Afro-Asian bloc at an ICC Executive Board meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.”Those who’ve indicated they don’t support it have not given a reason. Even in private discussions, they’re very reluctant to give a particular reason. It’s certainly an unusual situation because I haven’t been told, nor have the representatives of Cricket Australia been told, why this attitude at this stage should be as it is,” he said.”My nomination went forward with the full support of both Australia and New Zealand and I’m disappointed at the outcome. I wanted to do this job, I felt I could do it well and I would have devoted my full time to it,” Howard was quoted as saying by the ‘Sky News’.Howard said if his candidature was rejected because of his past link with politics, it would set a “bad precedent”.”That’s not been said although it’s been widely speculated. If it was in some way based on past political positions, well that’s a very bad precedent to be establishing,” he said.Howard’s tough stance against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and past criticism of Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan were believed to be the key factors behind ICC’s decision.But a defiant Howard said he would wear it as a “badge of honour” if African members rejected him because of his hardline stance against Zimbabwe President Mugabe while in office.advertisement”I wear the criticism as a badge of honour. I don’t apologise in any way for the criticism I offered of the Mugabe regime. If it was in some way based on past political positions, well that’s a very bad precedent to be establishing for the ICC,” he said.”I’m out of politics. I don’t have any political agenda internationally other than of course promoting good relations between Australia and our long-term friends, many of which are cricket-playing nations in both Asia and Africa.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday joined the chorus in bestowing the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, on champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar.”Sachin is a Bharat Ratna. There is no doubt that he should be conferred the Bharat Ratna award. Sachin deserves all honours and I am his great fan,” Ganguly said.Tendulkar is one short of scoring a record 100th international centuries.Here to lead Bengal in a crucial Ranji tie against Baroda, Ganguly’s statement assumes significance after the Government of India made necessary changes in eligibility criteria for making sportspersons eligible for the Bharat Ratna award a couple of days ago.The prestigious honour will now be awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance “in any field of human endeavour”, thus bringing in almost all the areas that were earlier left out of the ambit.Till now only those people were considered eligible for the award who had excelled in art, literature, science and public service of the highest order, leaving out other fields such as sports.Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken has said that this move has cleared the decks for Tendulkar, legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand and others.Reports indicated that the change has been brought in through a notification from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) following a recommendation by the Home and Sports Ministries.On Thursday, a research report in Australia described Tendulkar as the greatest ever batsman ahead of even Sir Donald Bradman.
Weather holds the key to the under-22 CK Nayudu Trophy final between first-time finalists Delhi and Punjab, starting New Delhi on Tuesday. Thick fog engulfed Delhi for most part of Monday and the forecast for Tuesday is no better.The visiting Punjab team, which reached here on Sunday, was keeping its fingers crossed. Their coach-cum-manager Sunil Saggi said that host Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) hasn’t even decided the pitch on which four-day match would be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla.”It all depends on the weather, including our team composition and the strategy,” Saggi told Mail Today. “The composition of our team, led by Kunwarveer Singh Raina, will also depend on the kind of pitch that is provided. They haven’t decided the pitch as one of the pitches was wet today.” In the semi-finals, Delhi crushed Himachal Pradesh by an innings and 177 runs while Punjab beat Madhya Pradesh.Delhi are practising for five days, and are gung-ho about their prospects in their maiden final.”Our confidence is high and we have the talent to fight it out. But I believe every final is tough and the opponents usually match each other. We have been consistent and the approach will also count,” Delhi coach Amit Bhandari told Mail Today.”Whoever bats well and plays tough will win. Also, considering the heavy weather here, it will also depend the ball will also swing, and it will be a factor. It should be a close match.” The team will be led by Milind Kumar.advertisementOne fact that should provide motivation to Delhi is that almost all their leading batsmen contributed significantly in the last match. Milind, who scored a century in this season’s Ranji Trophy, made a half-century as did Mohit Sharma, Dhruv Shorey.With 403 runs, Vaibhav Rawal is the top scorer for Delhi.Varun Sood is the highest wicket-taker for Delhi this season, with 27 scalps.However, Punjab have a tremendous opening pair in skipper Raina and Jiwanjot Singh. Jiwanjot has so far hit three tons and is the second highest scorer of the team with 509 runs, after Kunwarveer (513).Punjab’s bowling will be led by medium pacer Shubek Gill and Sagar Kumar, who scalped three and four wickets respectively in semi-finals.
A fiercely-struck equaliser from Jakub Blaszczykowski gave Poland their reward for a battling display in a 1-1 draw with Russia that showcased flowing, end-to-end football. PhotosDefeat would have the left the Euro 2012 co-hosts needing a win against the Czechs and some luck Saturday to reach the quarterfinals, but a draw leaves Group A finely poised ahead of the final round of games.Russia go into their match with Greece as the group leaders on four points, followed by the Czechs on three, Poland on two and Greece with a solitary point.The match was played in a tense atmosphere after clashes before the game involving Russian and Polish fans saw at least 100 people arrested, Warsaw police said.Alan Dzagoev, Russia’s two-goal hero in their opening win over the Czechs, darted forward to knock in Andrei Arshavin’s corner and put Russia ahead on 37 minutes.The diminutive midfielder from North Ossetia lost his marker and appeared to deflect the ball in at the far post with his shoulder.Poland striker Robert Blaszczykowski evened the scores on 57 minutes, cutting inside from the right as the Russian defence backed off before unleashing a powerful, curling left-foot effort that left the outstreched Vyacheslav Malafeev with no chance.Both teams started aggressively, with Russia striker Alexander Kerzhakov pulling the Polish defence out of position but failing to develop any chances without falling foul of the offside trap.The Poles started slowly but gained confidence after defender Sebastian Boenisch forced an unconvincing save from Malafeev on seven minutes with a header from Ludovic Obraniak’s free kick.advertisementFour minutes later, Robert Lewandowski, Poland’s goalscorer in the 1-1 draw against Greece on Friday, flicked the ball up before firing in a volley from the edge of the area, but he missed the target.Eugen Polanski hit the back of Malafeev’s net with a calm finish on 15 minutes after a neat Polish passing move, but he was two yards offside when he picked up the ball and the goal was disallowed.Poland upped the pressure and only two last-ditch tackles from Russian center-backs Sergei Ignashevich and Alexei Berezutsky stopped the Polish forwards going one-on-one with Malafeev.Headed chances for Russia forward Alexander Kerzhakov and Poland defender Marcin Wasilewski yielded little, before Kerzhakov’s cross on 27 minutes sliced open the Polish defence, but Arshavin was unable to tap it in.After Dzagoev’s opener, Poland pushed for an equaliser but saw Blaszczykowski’s powerful effort parried by Malafeev.Former Chelsea left-back Yuri Zhirkov then fired wide from range as Russia enjoyed a brief period of dominance.Early in the second half, Poland created a good chance for Lewandowski on the counter, but his charge was stopped by a brave punch from Malafeev.Following Blaszczykowski’s equaliser, both sides continued to trade shots, but the goalkeepers stood firm.Poland’s Przemyslaw Tyton, in for the suspended Wojciech Szczesny, had little difficulty saving from Dzagoev on 67 minutes after a good Russian move.A minute later, the same was true for Malafeev stopping Polanski’s close-range shot from a wide angle.The pace of the game slowed slightly, but that did not stop Lewandowski setting up Obraniak on 80 minutes, although the Bordeaux midfielder’s low shot lacked the power and accuracy to really test Malafeev.The final Group A games on Sunday see Russia face Greece, while Poland take on the Czechs, with the winner of that game certain to qualify.
Despite the general slack in demand in the automobile sector, the market for luxury cars is still booming with most manufacturers having waiting period from three to 18 months.Dealers of luxury cars say that despite the general slowdown, the demand for luxury cars has not been hampered but is growing. “There is no slowdown in the luxury car market especially for the young super rich. People understand the value of luxury and they are not only ready to pay for it but are also ready to wait for it. We have buyers who are ready to wait as long as 12-16 months for super sports car,” a senior executive at Exclusive Motors, the sole distributor of Lambourghini in Delhi, said.Due to high demand and slow delivery, buyers for luxury cars brands, including Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and Maserati, generally have to wait for six to eight months to get their car.”The demand is good in the luxury segment. The company booked 500 cars in the first five days for which delivery will be done by latest August. But the next slot of buyers may have to wait longer,” Michael Perschke, head, Audi India, told Mail Today.Waiting period is more in the super luxury segment. “For entry-level models, waiting period is maximum two to three months. Waiting period is more for imported cars as manufacturers import cars only against confirmed bookings and full payments. For cars which are assembled locally waiting period is less,” said a BMW showroom owner in Mumbai.advertisementFor some costly models of Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini, waiting period is as high as 15 months. As these cars are customised as per specific needs of the buyer, delivery time is long, say carmakers.”Company’s aim is to satisfy customers’ needs. Cars are customised as per the buyers’ needs. That is why it takes time,” Sirish Chandra, head (communication), Porche India, said.
MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Still, the “Limousine Ridin’, Jet Flyin’, Kiss Stealin’, Wheelin’ Dealin’, Son of a Gun” said he remained sober while performing for his countless fans.“I never drank when I was working,” he said. “But as soon as work was over, I went right to the mill.” Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors 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 Retired professional wrestler Rick Flair, the subject of the documentary “30 for 30: Nature Boy” participates in a panel during the ESPN Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Aside from his trademark “Woo!” yell, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer Rick Flair is perhaps best known for his overly outgoing personality and carefree attitude.The 68-year-old retired professional wrestler certainly knew how to live his life, and admitted his penchant for consuming alcohol on a daily basis.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans What he initially thought as a minor issue turned out to be way worse, as his kidneys began to shut down and was on the brink of congestive heart failure, according to The New York Post.“My daughter [Charlotte] told me that the doctor told her to go see me — that I wasn’t going to make it,” Flair shared. “I had no idea it was that bad. Wendy never told me.”As it turned out, Flair’s years of alcohol abuse was the main culprit—a condition he didn’t even know he had.“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was,” he admitted.Flair also confessed that he had never taken a pain pill in his life, but often relied on booze to ease the pain from his wrestling injuries.ADVERTISEMENT But a after a recent health scare that nearly cost him his life, Flair has changed his tune and has vowed to “never drink again.”WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and restingFEATURED 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“It scared the sh*t out of me,” the “Nature Boy” recalled his harrowing experience in an interview with People TV. “I never want to go through this again.”Flair recalled experiencing an upset stomach last month, which prompted his fiancee, Wendy Barlow, to rush him to the hospital. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU sends UST reeling to fourth straight loss Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims
Tawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.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 Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight winWhile the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe. View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ As proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO – Mike Ott. Photo by tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Folayang, Nguyen set friendship aside for ONE lightweight title bout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors