Eugenio Corini maintains Brescia “dominated the second half, but should’ve closed down” the Inter strikers earlier in a 2-1 defeat. Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring with a deflected strike, then Romelu Lukaku doubled it with a scorcher from distance. Dimitri Bisoli’s finish ricocheted in off Milan Skriniar. “It was a good performance, we had to settle, as we’ve only been working with this system for a couple of days and at the start we didn’t have the right shape,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia. “We went behind with a bit of bad luck, but then dominated the second half and pushed to the very end. We should’ve closed down both Lukaku and Lautaro, but we were too passive in our defending. In Serie A, there are players who can put the ball in the net from 25 metres out. “Unfortunately, the ball didn’t want to go in, so we go home empty-handed, but I am proud of this team for many reasons. “It was the response I wanted from a team in a difficult situation and an uphill struggle, but I never doubted these players anyway. “We must realise our dimension and our role in this season. We had two debutants in Serie A this evening, so if we don’t realise where we came from, where we are and what we want to achieve, it’ll all become more difficult. “The analysis should be also on the way we played the game, not just the results. I understand the popular conception of our campaign, but I want what is best for Brescia and I don’t feel that this ‘in or out’ approach is healthy for anyone.” Mario Balotelli was certainly more impressive than at the weekend with Genoa, but still has only one goal this season for Brescia. “I realise Mario attracts a lot of attention, but we need to just leave him alone to grow and develop in the role, to understand the context he is in. A great player combines talent with other attributes and I am proud to help accompany him in this journey, but I can only do so much and he is the one who has to take the final step.” 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/
Another diving Gaetano Castrovilli header earned Fiorentina a point, cancelling out Gervinho’s counter-attack in a 1-1 with Parma. Click here for the full match report. OR See how all today’s Serie A games unfolded on the LIVEBLOG. 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/
Arsenal outcast Granit Xhaka is reportedly looking for a property in Milan, as his link to the Rossoneri strengthens before the transfer window this January. Milan have been linked to the Swiss 27-year-old this week and now RSI reports that Xhaka has been studying the property market in Italy’s fashion capital. The Arsenal midfielder hasn’t played for The Gunners since he reacted with anger towards the club’s fans during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month. He has also been stripped from his captaincy by Unai Emery, who is now ready to let the Switzerland international leave the club. Milan’s managing director and former Gunner Ivan Gazidis might be ready to give the player he brought to London in 2016 a new opportunity at San Siro. Milan are 14th in the League and will face Napoli when they return to action after the international break. 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/
Somerset made a remarkable fightback with a superb bowling show after Craig Kieswetter shone with the bat as they defeated Warriors by 12 runs to qualify for the semifinals in the Champions League Twenty20 here on Wednesday. ScoreElecting to bat, Somerset scored 146 for four with opener Kieswetter carrying the bat with a gritty unbeaten 56 and the bowlers then came up with a disciplined display by coming back strongly after it looked like that match had gone out of their grasp.Chasing 147 for a win, Warriors were comfortably placed at 71 for one at the halfway mark but some tight bowling and quick wickets saw the match tilting to Somerset’s favour.Warriors needed 37 from the last three overs with five wickets in hand but they could score just 24 runs to end at 134 for eight and hand Somerset a 12-run victory in the Pool B match at M A Chinnaswamy Stadium.For Somerset, captain Alfonso Thomas, Steve Kirby and Murali Kartik bagged two wickets apiece while Adam Dibble and Roelof van der Merwe chipped in with a wicket apiece.With the win today, Somerset collected five points from four matches and booked a berth in the semifinals from Pool B.Warriors, however, started their run chase on a strong note with openers Ashwell Prince and Jon-Jon Smuts finding the boundaries early on.The duo took 13 runs from the third over of the innings bowled by Dibble with Smuts hitting two fours and Prince one.Prince was, however, out soon in the next over off the bowling of Kirby with Alfonso Thomas taking a running catch.advertisementWarriors were comfortably placed at 71 for one at the halfway mark but were pegged back after losing two quick wickets in the 12th and 13th overs.First Ingram was dismissed by Dibble while trying to play a pull shot off a slower short ball only to get the top edge and for Nick Compton take an easy catch at deep square leg.Ingram’s 31 came from 25 balls and had one four and two sixes in it.Next over, Kartik had his man Smuts who unnecessarily attempted a wild pull shot off a ball which turned and looped up for Suppiah to take a sliding catch. Smuts’ 38 came from 39 balls and had four fours in it.Somerset came back into the match with Kirby dismissing captain Botha in the 15th over as the batsman was lured to playing a shot a tad early and the ball ballooned to long-off for Suppiah to take the catch.Four wickets — Smuts (38), Craig Thyssen (12), Wayne Parnell (0) and Athenkosi Dyili (0) — fell in the last five overs for the addition of 35 runs as Warriors lost the plot at the dead overs.Earlier, Kieswetter scored a patient unbeaten half century as Somerset posted a fighting 146 for four.Electing to bat, Somerset made a shaky start, losing opener Peter Trego (0) in the very first over but recovered well when Kieswetter (56 not out) got the game going.Fast bowler Lonwobo Tsotsobe gave the Warriors an early breakthrough, removing dangerous Trego, who had also scored a half century against Royal Challengers Bangalore, in his first over to start off with a maiden over.Tsotsobe’s joy was short-lived when he was treated with disdain by Roelof van der Merwe. Van der Merwe took 17 runs in an over, laced with two boundaries and a six.Thanks to van der Merwe’s quick-fire 16-ball 32, Somerset recovered from early jitters. Kieswetter and van der Merwe stitched an impressive 29-ball 48 from 4.5 overs for the second wicket.With wickets falling at regular intervals, the onus of bailing Somerset out of danger shifted to Kieswetter and he did it quite well by batting through the innings and taking the team score to near 150 mark.Jos Buttler (30) and James Hildreth (21) chipped in with cameos for Somerset to post a fighting total.
Veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid was on Friday named captain of the Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals, replacing Australian spin legend Shane Warne who quit the IPL after the fourth edition earlier this year.”…gotta make another huge announcement,The New Captain fr Rajasthan Royals..Proud 2 have RAHUL DRAVID head the Team this season.Yipee,” tweeted the franchise’s co-owner Shilpa Shetty.”So its Official now!The “WALL” it is;)Congratulations Rahul, am sure u will make us all very proud at RR..Go Royals,” she added.The fifth edition of the Twenty20 league will be played from April 4 to May 27 next year.The 38-year-old Dravid, who was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore team to start with, was bought by the Rajasthan team for USD 500,000 in the players’ auction before the start of IPL 4 this year.Rajasthan was without a captain after Warne announced his retirement from the IPL in May this year.The 42-year-old Warne, who coached and captained Royals since the first edition in 2008, is currently playing in the Australian Big Bash Twenty20 Tournament for the Melbourne team.Dravid was reasonably successful in his debut season for the Royals this year, scoring 343 runs at an average of 31 in 12 matches.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist super heavyweight boxer Paramjeet Samota will spearhead the Indian challenge as a 10-member team starts its campaign at the season opener International Invitational Boxing Tournament, starting in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from February 14.While it will be the first tournament for 49kg weight category boxer Laishram Devendro after he qualified for the London Olympics in October, Asian Games medallist heavyweight Manpreet Singh will also be plying his trade in a build-up event to the London Games.The five-day tournament will also see boxers from Russia, France and hosts Kazakhstan.The team: L Devendro (49Kg), Sunil Kumar (52Kg), Chhote Lal (56Kg), Vinay Kumar (60Kg), M Thomas (64Kg), Vijay Kumar (69Kg), Kuldeep Singh (75Kg), Sumit Sangwan (81Kg), Manpreet Singh (91Kg), Paramjeet Samota (+ 91Kg).
A man has registered a case with the police alleging that his minor daughter was raped by the servant of Jugal Kishore, a BSP MP, at the latter’s house in Lakhimpur Kheri.The girl’s medical examination confirmed the rape charge, following which the accused identified as Brijesh (18), has been arrested.As per the complaint, the girl aged 14 was going towards her house on Saturday night after attending a marriage ceremony when Brijesh, a domestic help of the Rajya Sabha member pulled her inside the house in Shiv Colony, kept her in confinement the whole night and outraged her modesty.Brijesh told the police that although the girl had gone to Kishore’s house for some work, he didn’t do anything wrong with her.Jugal Kishore not only denied the occurrence of any such incident at his residence but also the existence of any servant named Brijesh. “I don’t have any servant called Brijesh. My house was locked from outside and I was in Lucknow,” he saidSaumitra Yadav, additional superintendent of police, said, “We have registered an FIR on the basis of the complaint and arrested Brijesh. The rest would be known after further investigation.” He added that the accused and the victim are both Dalits. Claiming it to be the ruling party’s handiwork, Jugal Kishore said, “I think the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) is conspiring against me and my party. They must be looking for an opportunity to malign me. Maybe, they prodded someone to register a complaint and drag me in it because I was not around. Otherwise I would have exposed them immediately.””It is certain that after the SP government’s failure in controlling crime, the BSP will gain a lot of seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. So they have resorted to such a method to tarnish my image and that of my party. But they will not succeed in their plan,” he added. advertisement
Cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar is finally expected to make his much-awaited debut in the Rajya Sabha. Sources have told Headlines Today that the master blaster will take oath to become a member of the House of Elders on Wednesday.Tendulkar received the membership to the Upper House of Parliament close to a fortnight ago as one of the Presidential nominees, a list that also included veteran Bollywood actor Rekha, who is expected to take her oath on Tuesday.Tendulkar, one of the greatest batsmen of all time, has drawn mixed reactions with his nomination to the Rajya Sabha. While many have supported his candidature, other have criticised it, questioning whether the iconic cricketer would be able to make any difference with the privilege.
India will go into the Olympics with two goalkeepers in Bharat Chetri and PR Sreejesh while old warhorse Ignace Tirkey makes a comeback into the 16-man hockey squad for the London Games.There was an option to select just one goalkeeper but the national selectors, who met in Pune on Thursday after the two-day trials, decided that it was the safer option to have two goalkeepers in the squad.Forward Gurwinder Singh Chandi, who injured his hamstring during the four-nation Olympic test event in May, also comes back into the team after missing out during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.The official announcement of the team will be made on Friday. Chief coach Michael Nobbs and exercise physiologist were present during the hour-long selection meeting with the national selectors.According to sources, Yuvraj Walmiki, who was injured during the Olympic qualifiers in the Capital, and defender Rupinder Pal Singh, both part of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in which India finished third, were left out.Ignace Tirkey was part of the Indian team that competed in the Olympic test event in London in May but was rested for the Azlan Shah Cup. However, the 30- year-old Orissa defender has been selected.The panel didn’t find Rupinder and Walmiki good enough to make the cut for the Olympic squad after going through their performances in the Azlan Shah in Malaysia.The changes were on the expected lines with selectors banking on tried and tested players. Nobbs has been going through video footages of the players and comparing players competing for the same position.advertisementIt is learnt that the decision to include two goalkeepers was also a contingency measure in case of injury to one of the custodians.”In most of the tournaments that India participated in recently, Nobbs has persisted with two goalkeepers and putting aside the speculations, two goalies were picked for the Olympics,” said a source.It has also been learnt that midfielder Kothajit Singh and forward Sarvanjit Singh will travel with the team as standbys.As many as 48 probables were selected after the Olympic qualifiers in February and the list was pruned to 16 on Thursday. India failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympics after losing to Great Britain in the Chile qualifiers.After the qualifiers, India have played two tournaments and have had mixed results. The eight- time Olympic gold medallists competed in a four-nation Olympic test event in London.Besides, the team for India’s 22-member European tour of France and Spain was also selected on Thursday with Rupinder, Chinglensana Singh, Walmiki and Pradhan Somanna making the cut.At the Olympics, 12 nations are divided into two groups. India has Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Korea and Belgium in their pool.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol had just set the record for the most points scored in a single game for the UAAP this century with 49, and he did that not only against defending champion La Salle but also on a bum right ankle.And although the husky forward laughed and smiled saying he wasn’t aiming to get to that high of a number, Pasaol is confident he can reach 50 in the near future.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game“Hopefully I can play at a hundred percent on Saturday [against University of Santo Tomas], and maybe even score 50,” said Pasaol in Filipino after losing to La Salle 106-100 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.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 openingPasaol reached 49 points with around a minute remaining in the game and he needed just one more free throw to get to half-century but the ball clanked off and he never got the opportunity to shoot for it again.“Actually I don’t have any words on my performance, I think I just played my best and did what Manong [head coach Derrick Pumaren] asked me to do to just play my game.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “Alvin was awesome tonight, he really gave us a show tonight,” said Pumaren. “I was really praying that he’ll get 50 but we’ll take 49.”“And Alvin is unlike any other player I’ve coached like [Jun] Limpot, Allan [Caidic] in the amateurs. Alvin will look like someone who isn’t listening to anything you’re saying but once they play he knows it.” Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View comments Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES READ: La Salle sends UE to 0-6, spoils Pasaol’s 49-point explosionPasaol may be lost for words on what he just did, but the man who owned the record prior had a lot to say.National University head coach Jeff Napa was the previous owner of the record when he put up 43 points against Adamson University back in 2002 and he said that Pasaol should strive harder to exceed 50.“I’m happy for him, but it would’ve been better if they won,” said Napa who led the Bulldogs to a 98-90 win over the Soaring Falcons 15 years ago. “What he just did should serve as a motivation not only for his personal career but for his team also.”For Pumaren, what he saw in Pasaol was unlike any other.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans