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/ Juventus are increasingly confident that Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt will both be fit to play Milan on Sunday. Ronaldo was replaced for the final 10 minutes of Juve’s 2-1 win against Lokomotiv Moscow midweek, which coach Maurizio Sarri put down to prevention. De Ligt, meanwhile, missed the trip to Russia with a sprained ankle, picked up in the Derby della Mole with Torino last weekend. Goal.com’s Romeo Agresti writes the pair trained separately from the squad on Friday but that optimism they will face Milan is “filtering”. At this stage, the Portuguese seems likelier to start than the defender, who may only be named as a substitute.
Fabio Liverani believes Lecce must be “carefree” in their approach if they are to spring a surprise against Juventus tomorrow. Juve are heavy favourites to beat Lecce, given they are at home and remain the dominant force in Serie A, but Liverani – who must serve a touchline ban on Saturday – is upbeat about his side’s chances. “I won’t be on the field but I’m not bitter about it, even I certainly won’t like not being there,” the Coach said at a Press conference. “I accept the ban that I received after the match against Milan, even if I don’t agree with it. “As for whether Juve will rotate, everyone looks at their own first. The Bianconeri have a squad that can manage any game because they have valid options in every position. “Above all, those who have played less could give something more. Whether Ronaldo is there or not doesn’t change anything. “We’ll certainly enter the field with that bit of carefreeness, which you need in games like these. “We’re only thinking about our guarantees and the collective because we know we can’t match them individually. “We mustn’t think about who we’ll be facing, only that we’ll continue on our way. The group can push us beyond this obstacle. My players can stick together even more when they face difficulties.” The Salentini have yet to win at home this season, so is the ex-Lazio midfielder concerned? “Points count, not where we get them: I don’t look at these things. “I have plenty of forward options and I’ll make my considerations.” 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/
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/ Gaetano Micciche has surprisingly decided to step down from his role as President of Lega Serie A. The resignation comes after Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi alleged there were irregularities with how Micciche was elected President in March 2018. That prompted FIGC prosecutors to open an investigation into the manner in which the banker was voted in. “I wish to announce, with this declaration, my immediate resignation as President of Lega Serie A,” he said in a Press release. “The rumours in today’s newspapers, relating to the closure of the investigation into my appointment 20 months ago and its possible outcome, are unacceptable and required me to make this decision. “I’ve worked in recent months on the transformation of Italian football, adding to competitive and sporting values those of corporate, economic and prospective credibility. “This is essential and preparatory for the arrival of new and serious investors, new and big companies as sponsors, plus new credibility in financial markets. “It’s a transformation that also has the crucial objective of bringing families and fans closer to the world of football and sport in general. “I thank all those who have worked with me, as well as the journalists who have followed my reign with professionalism.” Lega Serie A, which runs the Italian top flight, went without a President for a year before the 69-year-old filled the position.
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/ Everton striker Moise Kean believes he has “responded on the pitch” to critics after scoring twice for Italy Under-21s against Armenia on Tuesday. The former Juventus youngster vented on social media last weekend, in response to recent criticism of his performances, which have yielded no goals in four Everton appearances and speculation about a return to Serie A. However, he scored twice in a 6-0 victory over Armenia, playing the full 90 minutes as Italy continued their fight to win Group 1 and automatically qualify for the European Under-21 Championship in 2021. “I responded on the pitch, there’s no other way,” he said after the final whistle. “We have proven to be superior, playing some excellent football.” The 19-year-old received praise from CT Paolo Nicolato, having immediately bounced back from being dropped by the senior squad in September for tardiness. Now he harbours hopes of getting back in Roberto Mancini’s good books ahead of Euro 2020 next summer. “The compliments from the coach make me happy. He’s a coach who works a lot. We are a great team and we have to work to get through this group. “Obviously, I hope to get there [back in the Italy squad], that’s everyone’s dream. I want to dedicate this brace to my family, who have always supported me.”
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/ Juventus could make an approach for Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen in January, with new boss Jose Mourinho not standing in his way. Eriksen’s contract is expiring next June, and Corriere dello Sport suggests Juve – who were thought to be interested in signing the midfielder over the summer – could make formal contact with the Dane this winter over a transfer. It is thought Mourinho has already taken the stance that he won’t stand in his way over a move away from North London. The Italian champions could attempt to sign the 28-year-old outright in January or wait until next summer and sign him on a free transfer. However, the newspaper warns both Real Madrid and Manchester United are also interested in Eriksen, who has been with Spurs since 2013.
Home ministers from Saarc nations on Saturday discussed ways to strengthen police cooperation and other means to combat terrorism that has afflicted the region.The Saarc Interior Ministers’ Conference, attended by Home Minister P. Chidambaram, also discussed proposals like maritime security and anti-piracy operations under the Saarc charter. The maritime security proposal has been mooted by Sri Lanka and Maldives.The conference also discussed issues related to Saarc visas in the backdrop of proposals for expanding this category of travel documents. At present MPs, judges, 100 identified business leaders, sports persons and 150 journalists are availing Saarc visa facility.The police networking was on top of the agenda at the meeting. A mechanism for police cooperation is already in place for the last two years but it has not really taken off, the sources said, adding India will underscore the need for making it an effective tool to fight the menace of terrorism afflicting south Asia.India wants visible cooperation as it believes that if any country is serious about fighting terrorism, its cooperation should be visible in terms of information-sharing and other aspects.The conference also discussed ways to strengthen the Colombo-based SAARC Terror Offences Monitoring Desk and Drug Offences Monitoring Desk, which are the nodal agencies for fight against these scourge.The meeting was also attended by home ministers of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives.At the meeting, Chidambaram is expected to press for early ratification by Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal of the SAARC Mutual Legal Assistance agreement on criminal matters to ensure that terrorism is combated effectively.advertisementThe agreement was reached at the Saarc Summit in Colombo in 2008.
M Suranjoy Singh and Akhil Kumar continued India’s winning run at the World Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, as they won their respectively bouts convincingly on Tuesday.Commonwealth champion Suranjoy (52kg) gave India its first victory of the day, beating his Hungarian opponent Dobradi Zsolt 24-8 in the morning session.Akhil brought more good news in the evening session, pounding Filip Barak of Slovakia 16-8 in another lopsided bout.With his victory over Zsolt, Suranjoy has set up a clash with ninth-seeded Mongolian Nyambayar Tugstsogt, a silver medallist in the previous edition of the event, in the second round on Sunday. Akhil will be up against World No. 4 John Nevin of Ireland in the second round on Monday.Suranjoy, nicknamed ‘Chhota Tyson’, fought an aggressive bout and led from start to finish. The Manipuri started off well and was leading 6-3 after the first round.Once he settled in the ring, Suranjoy took Zsolt by storm and unleashed a flurry of punches to score 11 points in the second round. For some time, his rival was a mere spectator as he could score just one point during this period.Suranjoy entered the third round with a handy 17-4 lead and allowed Zsolt to score four points. However, Suranjoy earned seven points in the final round to complete an easy victory.”Suranjoy applied his mind and countered aggression with left uppercuts and hooks,” national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu said. “His rival made him run around a lot but Suranjoy’s fitness and guts helped him win. It is a very good win and will actually help him get into rhythm for the upcoming rounds,” Sandhu added.advertisementWhen he locks horns with Tugstsogt on Sunday, revenge will be on Suranjoy’s mind as his campaign was ended by the Mongolian in the opening round of the previous edition of the World Championships.Veteran Akhil (56kg), who is playing his first major tournament after the 2010 Commonwealth Games, cashed in on his vast experience and exhibited his skill and talent for an easy victory against Barak.Akhil, who remained out of action for a major part of the last two years due to several injuries, surged to a 6- 3 lead after the first round.He cashed in on the good start and landed crisp punches to score four points in the second against Barak’s two.Despite a five-point lead, Akhil kept on attacking in the final round, and with six points, stormed into the second round.The 30-year-old Indian, however, will have an uphill task on Monday against Nevin, who is a bronze medallist at the World Championships.Tuesday’s victory has a special significance for Akhil, who had crashed out in the first round of the 2009 World Championships in Milan after sustaining a wrist injury.On Wednesday, Dinesh Kumar (81kg) will be the only Indian in action. The 12th seed Asian Games silver medallist faces a potentially easy fight against Deepak Maharjan of Nepal in the afternoon session.
Welcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the fourth and the final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from Adelaide. Score | Report | PhotosIt’s 26th January – the India celebrates its Republic Day is also the Australia Day. India started on the backfoot with 61/2 in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 604/7, but ended on a slightly brighter note.Virat Kohli scored his maiden Test ton even as the top-order fell apart to some incisive Aussie bowling. At close on Day 3 Australia were 50/3 after the Indians were bowled out on 272. The match is still very much alive. Do join us tomorrow?..Adelaide Test Day 35:35 pm – STUMPS – Australia are 50/3 in their second innings with Ricky Ponting (1) and skipper Michael Clarke (9) at the crease against India A ton by Virat Kohli followed by quick wickets at death. Is the match heading India’s way – Not yet. It all depends on how India bats in the second innings.Aussies Captain Michael Clarke comes in to bat. 5:22 pm: WICKET – 11.4 overs Ashwin to Ed Cowan, out Lbw!! Ashwin has accounted for both the openers. This one dipped in a bit and hit Ed Cowan on the pads as he looks to flick after shuffling to the off stump. He is hit plumb in front. Ed Cowan lbw b Ashwin 10 (Aus 40/3) Ricky Ponting steps in 5:20 pm: WICKET – 10.6 overs Zaheer to Shaun Marsh, out Lbw!! Marsh gone. Fuller length delivery swinging in sharply, it hits Shaun Marsh on the pads as he looks to flick. Umpire Dharmasena had a good, hard look at it and rules in favor of the bowler. Zak has done it once again, gets another left hander out. Marsh’s dreadful run continues. Shaun Marsh lbw b Zaheer 0 (Aus 40/2)advertisementShaun Marsh comes in 5:14 pm: WICKET – Unfortunately the Aussie plan fails as Warner falls. 9.6 over Ashwin to Warner, out Caught & Bowled!! First wicket for Ashwin in the second innings. Tossed up delivery on the pads, Warner hits it straight back in the direction of Ed Cowan, Ashwin comes across and takes a good low catch. Soft dismissal really. Warner c and b Ashwin 28 (Aus 39/1) 5:00 pm: With a few overs left for the day Aussie openers Warner and Cowan are going steady. The Aussies would be hoping to start fresh tomorrow with all their wickets in place. 4:45 pm: Aussie openers Ed Cowan and David Warner are at the crease.Australia have not enforced the follow on. For some this might be the first moral victory for India, but the Aussie skipper Michael Clarke is thinking on a different track. He wants to give his players the much-needed rest and considering that Wednesday was the second day in the row the Indians had to endure the Adelaide sun. Today will be the third – so in a way Team India have been fielding consecutively for three days – too tough a sunny day and that too on a batting wicket. Australia 2nd inningsInnings break (India all out for 272) – Virat Kohli scored a ton in the face of the Aussie attack led by pace spearhead Peter Siddle, who claimed five wickets in the innings. A good day for the Aussies on Australia Day. India trail by 332 runs at the end of their first essay.4:28 pm: WICKET – Kohli falls and that’s the end of the innings for India. 95.1 over – Hilfenhaus to Virat Kohli, out Lbw!! Low full toss on the leg stump, Virat Kohli looks to slog across the line and misses it. He is hit right in front of the stumps, Aleem Dar’s finger went up in a jiffy. But what a knock from Kohli. Hilfenhaus, Hussey and Warner congratulate him as he makes his way back. Virat Kohli lbw b Hilfenhaus 116 (India all out for 272) Umesh Yadav comes in4:20 pm WICKET – 93.6 overs Hilfenhaus to Ishant, out Bowled!! It is Hilfy’s turn to smile, but he isn’t smiling. Fuller length delivery on the off stump, Ishant looks to defend, plays inside the line and misses. The ball crashes into the off stump. Ishant must have been expecting another short ball, but got a fuller one instead. He has played a sweet little cameo. Aus set to take a huge lead. Ishant b Hilfenhaus 16 (Ind 263/9)4:15 pm: Ryan Harris to Ishant, FOUR, good length delivery on the off stump, Ishant drives it uppishly through the point region for a boundary. Wow! Ishant is all charge up. No wonder both Delhi-mates are in the middle.Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring his ton. Photo: AP4:05 pm: CENTURY for Virat Kohli – 91.1 Siddle to Virat Kohli, 2 runs, drives a good length delivery outside off and gets to his hundred. Punches the air, lets out a flurry of expletives. He is the first batsman from this India squad to get to the three figure mark. That’s Kohli’s maiden Test hundred and the first one for an Indian player in this series. What better way to do it when the chips are down.4:00 pm: Some verbals between Virat and an Aussie fielder during the changeover, Ricky Ponting steps in to calm things down.advertisementOff Twitter: BeefyBotham (Ian Botham) – @warne888 (Shane Warne) how did you end up the other night…??? Enjoy Aussie day sure you will..!!!3:56 pm: Siddle to Ishant Sharma. Off Twitter: Siddle hat-trick ball 151.2kmh. Salute Sharma: he kept it out.Ishant Sharma comes in 3:53 pm WICKET – Another one for Siddle. Siddle to Zaheer, out Caught by Haddin!! Five wicket haul for Siddle. Dreadful shot from Zak. Brain-explosion. Length delivery outside off, Zaheer clears his front leg and went for a swing. He gets an outside edge which is lapped up by Haddin. Siddle is on a hat-trick. Zaheer c Haddin b Siddle 0 (Ind 230/8)Zaheer Khan steps in3:50 pm WICKET – Oops! The Kohli-Ashwin partnership falls even before it could take off. 87.1 overs – Siddle to Ashwin, out Lbw!! The umpire and the bowler change, this time the batsman is given out LBW. Looks to be going down the leg stump. Fuller and angled on the pads, Ashwin looks to flick it, is struck on the pads. Loud appeal from the Aussies and Aleem Dar’s finger went up in a jiffy. India lose two quick wickets, Ashwin was looking composed at the crease. Ashwin lbw b Siddle 5 (Ind 230/7)3:35 pm – Second session – Ravichandran Ashwin comes in and he has the ability to bat. His maiden Test ton against the West Indies at the Wankhede is a reminder. This should be a good partnership for India. Meanwhile Kohli is just nine runs short of his 100. And if he does it it would be his maiden Test ton. 3:25 pm: TEA – India are 225/6 with Virat Kohli (91) in the middle. India still 180 away from avoiding the follow-on though.Kudos to Saha for his superlative effort. Maybe MS Dhoni takes a leaf out of his book when it comes to batting.3:14 pm: WICKET – The Kohli-Saha partnership on 114 runs finally breaks. 84.4 over Ryan Harris to Saha, out Bowled! Oh dear. Complete misjudgment from Saha. Hold on. Is it a no ball? Not at all. Full delivery pitches just outside off, Saha shoulders arms but the ball nips in a touch to hit off stump. That was surely not pitching too wide to be left alone. Harris strikes just before Tea, and India’s search for a wicketless session continues. Saha b Ryan Harris 35 (Ind 225/6) and it’s TEA3:00 pm: Kohli continues to bat on and his partnership with Saha is becoming rather tough one to break for the Aussies. So this wicket is a batting wicket afterall. advertisementBack home in New Delhi, PM Manmohan Singh along with the three services chiefs pays homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti… WATCH LIVE (9:45 am IST)2:40 pm: 72.2 Lyon to Virat Kohli, FOUR, more positive batting. This pair continues to take on the spinners. Given air and width outside off, Kohli stretches and leans into the cover drive and plays it wide of the fielder there, was a bit uppish but in the gap. 200 up for India as the two youngsters battle on in Adelaide. Off twitter: Before the series someone tipped Kohli to be India’s highest run scorer in the series. He still has 60 to go before he catches Sachin!2:10 pm: 62.5 overs Lyon to Saha, 3 runs, nicely played, goes deep in the crease, allows the ball to turn in and then late-cuts it to third man, partnership: 51. Nice! Off twitter: A century by Virat Kohli can send Laxman packing. Also a century by Saha would make MS Dhoni nervy.Virat Kohli raises his bat post his half-century in Adelaide on Thursday. Photo: AP2:00 pm: 61.5 overs Hilfenhaus to Virat Kohli, FOUR, what a shot to bring up his FIFTY! Second consecutive half century for this wonderful talent. Full and straight ball, he gets half forward and flicks it right between mid wicket and mid on, the fielder near the ropes gives chase but he had no chance. Superb shot, one of the very few positives of this disaster of a tour for India. solid resilience there.1:45 pm: Kohli and Saha continue to thwart the Australia attack. It’s high time the seniors learn something from the juniors.1:30 pm: Virat Kohli and Wriddhiman Saha continue to bat at the Adelaide Oval. If the two continue the way they are and put on a good total on board, it should Definitely be an eye-opener for India’s top-order batsmen. 1:10 pm: Second session – The post lunch session should follow the familiar script. So you can expect what is going to happen. If it doesn’t, then India would have done well. And they say it’s a flat wicket!12:40 pm: LUNCH – India are 122/5 with Virat Kohli (21) and Wriddhiman Saha (5) at the crease.Shane Warne tweets: A good thought for the day & true… “Many people spend their life trying to make it better, unfortunately they forget to live it” enjoy xWriddhiman Saha, right handed bat, comes to the crease 12:16 pm: WICKET – 46.1 Lyon to Laxman, out Caught by Haddin!! End of Laxman. Well deserved wicket for Lyon. Ordinary shot from VVS. Extra bounce for Lyon, ripped this off break, it pitched and bounced outside off, Laxman tried to run it down and the faint edge was well taken by the keeper. Laxman c Haddin b Lyon 18 (Ind 111/5).Virat Kohli steps in11:30 am: WICKET – Another one and this time it is Gautam Gambhir He was looking tentative. 33.5 overs – Siddle to Gambhir, out Caught by Michael Hussey at gully!! Brute! Fab catch from Hussey diving forward as well. Where did that come from? On such a flat wicket to produce a snorter like that tells volumes about Siddle’s character. Short one into the chest area of Gambhir, who didn’t expect it at all. He was in no position to play that, offered his bat as a shield and it went off the handle. It seemed to be falling short, but Hussey ran in and then dived forward to cup it just as the ball was about to kiss the turf. Gambhir c Michael Hussey b Siddle 34 (87/4).VVS Laxman walks in11:15 am: WICKET – Oh ho! The Master Blaster has gone and it’s Siddle, who does the job for Australia. 31.2 overs – Siddle to Tendulkar, out Caught by Ponting!! Is Tendulkar out? They are checking for the no-ball and the catch. Both are clean. Tendulkar has to go. Loud cheers from the crowd after it is confirmed that Sachin is out. Good ball from Siddle, drew Tendulkar into the forward defence, Tendulkar made the mistake of playing with an open face and the low edge was scooped up at 2nd slip. No doubts about the catch – straight in and well held by Ponting. Reward for persistent bowling from Sid. Tendulkar c Ponting b Siddle 25 (Ind 78/3).11:00 am: Australian trying as hard as possible on this flat Adelaide track. Amazing how their pace spearhead Peter Siddle just got the ball to rise and it went past Gautam Gambhir. They call it the ‘throat ball’. The Aussie pacer usually trouble the tail-ender with that ball, but today they seem to be using it against India’s top-order batsmen. 10:45 am: Sachin Tendulkar rotates the strikes even as Gambhir tries hard to get his rhythm going. A little adjustment of his crouch by Tendulkar and there a good one towards the deep and a few more runs on board. Let’s not forget the Master Blaster is still chasing his elusive 100th international ton.10:30 am: Happy Republic Day to all back home and let’s wish the same for Team India in Adelaide. The Motto for the day for India: The Motto of the Day for India: Stay on the middle as long as possible. Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar are at the crease. Gambhir, a little tentative, Tendulkar, in better state.
There schedule may be chock-a-block but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni does not believe fatigue will be a real factor for Indian players who are to play South Africa in a one-off T20 match followed by the seven-week long upcoming IPL.Dhoni says he and his team-mates are “happy” to have travelled to South Africa even though it is for a one-off match, and coming after their failure to make the Asia Cup final and the disastrous tour of Australia.”All happy. I don’t think fatigue will be a real factor. We all enjoy playing the IPL…that’s one format where you are not representing your country, and the span of the tournament is slightly longer so you play quite a few games.”It’s a different exposure. I always felt the platform was good for youngsters because they get to play with some of the best international cricketers. It helps you get a bit fitter also,” Dhoni said after he arrived here with his team for the match, scheduled to be held on Friday.Dhoni lauded South Africa for their hospitality and the ability to make visiting teams feel comfortable.”In South Africa the sports are managed really well. When a team comes everything is in place and in order. In the same way, when it comes to India, the management, the airlines and the hotels, they go out of their way to make the players comfortable.”
It will take a few more matches for teams to strike the right balance as the Indian Premier League gathers pace.The sooner they do it, the better it would be.Often it has been seen in this format that a bad stretch could be just around the corner. A team like Rajasthan Royals, who made a promising start against Kings XI Punjab, will be eager to build momentum while a combination like Kolkata Knight Riders, who suffered a loss in their inaugural match against Delhi Daredevils, will be desperate to log their first points.Knight Riders, one of the fancied teams in the competition, did reasonably well under Gautam Gambhir in the previous season.However, it was not the kind of start they were looking for at home. As Gambhir pointed out, their batsmen faltered in not being able to build partnerships. The top order collapsed in the face of some fine seam bowling by South African speedster Morne Morkel.They could manage 97/ 9 in 12 overs which Daredevils easily overhauled.A line up that has Brendon McCullum, Jacques Kallis, Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan has enough firepower in its batting ranks.If the first match at Sawai Man Singh Stadium is any indication, the pitch looks a batting paradise where Kolkata can prosper on its batting prowess. The 4pm match means there will be no dew factor and fans can hope for a scorcher of a game.”It is very difficult to set a target in a rain-curtailed match. Our top three batsmen were out early against Delhi. We are looking forward to a good game tomorrow,” Laxmi Ratan Shukla said on the eve of the match.advertisementAs Kolkata prepare to take on the Rajasthan Royals, they would take heart from the fact that they won both their matches against them last season. The team hit the nets in the afternoon and had a long practice session. Bowling coach Wasim Akram spent a lot of time in action. Gambhir, in particular, batted against different bowlers.Rajasthan looked in great touch against Kings XI Punjab and new captain Rahul Dravid marshalled his resources well.Dravid, who is also the mentor of the team, has pointed out that he is there to guide the young talent and that’s what he looked to do while opening the batting with Ajinkya Rahane.The Mumbai opener was a treat to watch in the opening match and flourished in the company of the veteran.”Rahane was very impressive against Kings XI Punjab. He is a good player and we will do everything possible to stop him from giving Rajasthan an explosive start,” Shukla added.The Royals bowling, too, looked good. Kevon Cooper, their new recruit, took four wickets on his IPL debut.Cooper, an unsung all-rounder from Trinidad, impressed with his controlled bowling. He will have to do it consistently to become a match-winner in the big league.