Line-ups: Atalanta v Man City

first_imgJosip Ilicic is again the False 9 with Papu Gomez and Mario Pasalic, as Atalanta seek their first Champions League point against Manchester City. It kicks off at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, known also as San Siro, at 20.00 GMT. Follow the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Lokomotiv Moscow-Juventus on the LIVEBLOG. La Dea are joint fourth in Serie A, but have lost all three Champions League outings so far, including a 5-1 defeat at the Etihad, despite originally taking the lead. Duvan Zapata is still out of action, while Luis Muriel is left on the bench as a wild card for the second half, meaning Ilicic is once again the False 9, supported by Gomez and surprisingly Pasalic rather than Ruslan Malinovskyi. Marten De Roon returns after missing the 2-0 loss to Cagliari through suspension. Manchester City made the trip without Phil Foden, who was sent off in the last meeting with Atalanta, while David Silva, Rodri, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte are injured. Ederson returns in goal after being rested in the 2-1 win over Southampton at the weekend, while Gabriel Jesus gets the nod upfront rather than Sergio Aguero. Former Juventus and Inter full-back Joao Cancelo replaces Jose Tasende. Atalanta: Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimisti; Hateboer, Freuler, De Roon, Castagne; Pasalic; Ilicic, Gomez Atalanta bench: Sportiello, Kjaer, Masiello, Muriel, Arana, Malinovskyi, Barrow Man City: Ederson; Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy; Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Sterling; Gabriel Jesus Man City bench: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Aguero, Angelino, Garcia, Doyle Ref: Kulbakov (BLR) 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/last_img read more

Murillo: ‘Ranieri change positive’

first_img 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/ Sampdoria defender Jeison Murillo has hailed the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as “a positive change” for the team. Murillo joined Samp from Valencia in August and was speaking at Colombia’s training camp ahead of their two friendlies against Peru and Ecuador. “It’s great to play regularly in a League I have already played in, know well and like a lot. “I’ve played in practically all the games. Things aren’t going as we would’ve liked, but the change in coach is a positive change for us. Results are improving.” Ranieri has collected seven points since taking charge of Samp, although they still find themselves in relegation trouble. The former Inter man, meanwhile, has played eight times this season but was dropped for the last three games.last_img read more

Liveblog: Serie A Wk13 Sunday

first_imgJoin us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s six Serie A games, including Bologna-Parma, Roma-Brescia, Sassuolo-Lazio and Verona-Fiorentina. If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE. We begin at 11.30 GMT at the Stadio Dall’Ara with an Emilia-Romagna derby between Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna and surprisingly high-flying Parma. At 14.00 GMT, Roma have some key figures back as they host Brescia, who lost 4-0 on Fabio Grosso’s debut and left Mario Balotelli behind for disciplinary reasons. Lazio aim to consolidate their top four position with a trip to Sassuolo, while Fiorentina and Verona go head-to-head with only one point separating them. At 17.00 GMT, Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria take on Udinese in a relegation tussle. 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/ The evening concludes at 19.45 GMT at the Stadio Via del Mare, where newly-promoted Lecce want to trip up a Cagliari side incredibly in fourth place.last_img read more

Lecce President: ‘Olsen play-acting!’

first_img 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/ 1 goal 2 red cards Lecce President Saverio Sticchi Damiani criticised apologetic Cagliari goalkeeper Robin Olsen for being the “protagonist of incredible play-acting.” Olsen clashed with Gianluca Lapadula after the Lecce striker had reduced the deficit to 2-1 from the penalty spot at the Via del Mare on Monday, following a handling offence by Fabrizio Cacciatore. The two players clashed and Lecce President Sticchi Damiani accused Olsen of “simulation” to help get Lapadula sent off. “I have a great feeling of regret, we should have played in with two men more, 11 against nine,” he said about the last 10 minutes of the game. “Here we have endless debates on handballs, positioning of the arm and VAR. “Then Lecce had to accept a red card for Lapadula, who took three hits from the opposing goalkeeper, without having done anything. “We will lose our player through suspension, because of Olsen’s simulation. He was the protagonist of incredible play-acting.” The match ended in a 2-2 draw, as Lecce played with 10 against nine, and the former Roma shot-stopper apologised to the fans after being “close to three points.” “Unfortunate end of the game, which of course I apologise for,” Olsen posted on social media. “To my teammates, my coaches and our fans! I never wanted to leave them alone in this game, we were close to the three points after a good team effort… “New games are coming up and I will do everything I can to support my team, as always!” .. in the space of a few seconds! Gianluca Lapadula fires home the penalty, and immediately gets sent over following an altercation with Cagliari goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who also gets dismissed! pic.twitter.com/QfBQncoMJt — Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) November 25, 2019last_img read more

Delhi Police unveil security plan for Commonwealth Games

first_imgDelhi Police on Monday unveiled its massive security plan for Commonwealth Games 2010, which includes deployment of heli-borne snipers and a four-layered protective cordon around the venues and Games Village.Announcing the security strategy, city Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal told reporters, “we are not only looking into the security aspects of the Games, each and every aspect of the city’s security will also be addressed.”We are working closely with several agencies connected with the Games. We assure you a safe and secure Commonwealth Games,” he said.According to the plan, the Games venues, Games Village, practice venues, parking lots and the Indira Gandhi International Airport will have a four-layered security cordon.Explaining aspects of the plan, Special Commissioner (Administration) Neeraj Kumar said the security at prominent Games-related venues will have “outer, middle, inner and exclusive” security zones.At the outer cordon, he said, the traffic will be stopped and access will be controlled. At the middle cordon, security personnel will channelise the spectators to their designated seats while in the inner cordon, the barcode reading of tickets will take place and the spectators’ photos captured.”There will be surveillance from the skies with the help of the Air Force. There will also be the deployment of heli-borne assault teams to thwart any attempts by terrorists,” Kumar said.last_img read more

Manmohan Singh visits CWG venues, takes stock of preparations

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday visited the Jawaharlal Nehru sports complex here and asked authorities to “redouble their efforts” to quickly complete remaining works as people were expecting a “flawless” opening to the Commonwealth Games.The venues for the Commonwealth Games are yet to be completedTerming the sports complex as “beautiful”, Singh urged the authorities “to redouble their efforts to quickly complete whatever works remained as people were expecting a spectacular and flawless opening to the CWG.”The Prime Minister visited the stadium, the venue of the opening and closing ceremonies of the October games, on Sunday morning.He was shown various facilities there including the playing fields, royal box, stands for spectators, security and other arrangements, PMO officials said.Singh’s visit comes as part of the series of steps he has taken to streamline and expedite the preparations for the October 3-14 mega event which have been rocked by a spate of corruption allegations.The Prime Minister, accompanied by Sports Minister M S Gill and Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, went around the stadium and saw for himself the facilities and the work being done.Singh was there at the sports complex for over 20 minutes. Reporters were not allowed inside the venue during the Prime Minister’s visit.Concerned by the delays and the corruption charges, Singh had convened a high-level meeting on August 14 to review the preparations for the Games.A committee of bureaucrats headed by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar was formed and given overriding powers by bringing into its ambit the Games Organising Committee that has been tainted following corruption allegations.advertisementObserving that there have been “slippages” in time schedules and deficiencies noticed, Singh had directed that a thorough probe should be held by the ministries concerned into complaints of “procedural and other irregularities” and “those found guilty should face severe and exemplary punishment”.He had instructed that all pending works should be completed in a time-bound manner and decided to visit select venues of the Games in the last week of this month.last_img read more

Two new-ball rule is helping swing bowlers, says Vinay Kumar

first_imgAfter registering his career-best haul of four for 30 in the second One-day International (ODI) in Delhi on Monday, pacer R Vinay Kumar is high on confidence ahead of the third match here on Thursday.Vinay was in race for the man of the match award for his effort, but Virat Kohli won the accolade for his fluent century. The Karnataka bowler, however, played down the issue on Wednesday when asked if he rued missing the award.”Virat played really well. It was a brilliant knock. For me, as long as the team wins it’s more than enough,” said the 27-year-old.Vinay, who relies on away swing, was happy about the amendments made in the ODI playing conditions allowing the re-introduction of two balls, one from each end in an innings.”I am feeling good. I am happy with my performance. Initially, the white ball didn’t swing much. But using two new balls has been very helpful for bowlers,” he said. “Previously, the ball used to swing for a maximum of five-six overs but now it keeps on swinging for 10-12 overs. It (use of two balls) is a plus factor for bowlers.”Vinay will also take encouragement from the history of PCA Stadium where the conditions and the pitch help pace and swing bowlers. “History says that the Mohali wicket is good for fast bowlers. Hopefully, we will get good swing here,” he said.India are 2-0 ahead in the fivematch series and need one more win to seal the series. If that happens on Thursday evening, it will be a sweet revenge for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team.advertisementNaturally, the Indian camp is high on confidence. “The dressing room is a happy one. In England also I didn’t find anything abnormal. That’s the plus point of our team. The captain backs everyone,” he said.On the other hand, England fast bowler Steven Finn is still optimistic that his team can stage a comeback and win the series.”We’ve got nothing to lose now; we’re playing against the world champions in their own conditions, we have nothing to lose. In these next three games, we’re going to leave nothing in the dressing room – not that anything has been left in the dressing room so far – and we’re really looking forward to these next three games. We have full belief that we can win these three games,” he said.”India have probably had the better of the conditions on both occasions. But we can’t blame our under-performance on that. I don’t think there is too much difference, to be honest, it’s the same teams playing against each other,” he said, referring to the recent series in England where India lost the ODI series 0-3.”They’ve obviously had more exposure to these conditions in the past. But that’s something we learn in every training session that we train in, every game that we play and we’re only going to get better throughout this series.”last_img read more

We had enough of BCCI, we took correct decision: Sahara Group chief Subroto Roy

first_imgSahara Group on Saturday defended its decision to snap sponsorship ties with the BCCI and withdraw from the IPL, saying the relationship between the two has become so strained that it could not be possible to continue any longer.”The decision we took to end ties was not a bad one at all. We had enough of it. Any relationship does not break on one single issue only. We had a long relationship. It has to do with many issues and has happened continuously,” Sahara Group chief Subroto Roy told a press conference in Mumbai.”There were so many genuine things we had but they (BCCI) did not give heed to such a small thing like opening the bid. They did not open the bid (when Sahara had submitted its bid for the first time). Rules were broken for other teams but we were not given natural justice,” he said.Roy said Sahara had approached the BCCI to settle the issues through arbitration and it had even proposed an arbitrator but the Cricket Board was not interested.”We even approached the BCCI for arbitration and even proposed the name of the arbitrator,” said Roy.He said considering the number of matches reduced from the originally-proposed 94, Pune Warriors paid 25 per cent more money to the Cricket Board for owning the franchisee.”It was 94 matches calculation, the gate money to collection of advertisement money would have been 25 per cent more. We have paid 25 per cent more. Differential amount is 25 per cent of the total amount,” he said.Roy said he would not want to blame anybody but he was snapping ties with the BCCI and pulling out Pune Warriors from the IPL as it involved emotional issues.”Again without blaming anybody, I thought it would give us lot of happiness. It involved emotional issues. Let us put all this money in sports development in villages.”advertisementlast_img read more

In and around your city

first_imgA checklist on what to eat and what to shop for.Restaurant Dining with the starsThis winter, Puneites can enjoy cool winter evenings at Alfresco, the openair restaurant that has recently opened at the Courtyard Marriott. A perfect place to enjoy a quiet winter evening, their decor, which consist of a,A checklist on what to eat and what to shop for.RestaurantDining with the starsThis winter, Puneites can enjoy cool winter evenings at Alfresco, the openair restaurant that has recently opened at the Courtyard Marriott. A perfect place to enjoy a quiet winter evening, their decor, which consist of a small water stream with tiny fountains in the middle of the restaurant, candle-lit tables and bright cushions can be the ideal set up to unwind.The music is classic with Beatles and Pink Floyd playing in the background. Their menu is basic with a few starters and main course dishes comprising barbeques, kebabs, sizzlers and tandoori items while dessert is brought in from Marriott’s MoMo Cafe. Take your pick from tiramisu, chocolate cake, blueberry cheesecake and lemon pie among other sweet picks on offer. Meal for two: Rs 1,500 plus taxes. At: Courtyard by Marriott, P4 Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Phase 1, Hinjewadi.Tel: 42122222.-Aditi PaiStoreWorld of decorSet within one of the quieter Koregaon Park lanes, this 2,900 square foot enterprise could be your solution to all premium lifestyle needs. A self-proclaimed global art and decor gallery, Bougain Villa stocks a diverse collection of classy handcrafted artefacts, furniture, floor and wall lamps, linen, tableware and home accessories sourced from around the world. The store also makes bespoke pieces depending upon your requirements and offers interior decoration tips as well. Price: Small artefacts starting at Rs 100; and furniture pieces at Rs 15,000. At: 351, Precious Gems, Lane no 6, Koregaon Park. Tel: 26150036.-Aditi PaiStuffSun shade Make a statement with these glam bumble-bee sunglasses by Esbeda. Stick to the classic black or go all out with the red for a funky look. Price: Rs 480. At: Esbeda, Shop no 304-305, MG Road, Camp. Tel: 26137288.Cheesy delightsAdd some spunk to your wineand-cheese soirees with the festive English stilton cheese which comes in a range of fruity flavours. Price: On request. At: Godrej Natures Basket, Dhole Patil Road. Tel: 26160540.Sport itJazz up your outfit with Crimson Affair’s dazzling collection of footwear that ranges from ruby reds to crimsons and from maroons to pinks. Price: 1,000 onward.At: Metro Shoes, Sagar Arcade, 616 Ferguson College Road, Deccan Gymkhana. Tel: 65000885.advertisementlast_img read more