Montella: ‘Not a good Fiorentina’

first_imgVincenzo Montella freely admits Fiorentina deserved to lose against Hellas Verona. “It was not a good performance, but it’s a tough fixture for everyone.” Samuel Di Carmine – a lifelong Viola supporter – got the only goal of the game at the Stadio Bentegodi. “It was not a good performance and we made a lot of technical errors, but also conceded a great goal during our best period of the match,” Montella told DAZN. “We suffered against Verona, but I’m sure everyone will have that experience here, as it’s a tough fixture for everyone. We’ll analyse this game carefully and learn the right lessons from it.” This was their second consecutive defeat after a 5-2 loss to Cagliari, so Montella was asked if he is worried. “Only to the right degree. I know there are always going to be difficult moments for a team. There were reasons for our defeat to Cagliari, while today we made technical errors. The moment must come when we react to these setbacks too.” Federico Chiesa was left on the bench after returning from international duty with a knock, while captain German Pezzella went off with a fractured cheekbone just four minutes in. “Pezzella is having tests and it was certainly a big loss to lose him that early. Chiesa is not in good shape physically or mentally. When he gets back into shape, then he’ll start playing again.” 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: read more

Zlatan new Hammarby co-owner

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: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced that he is a new co-owner of Hammarby after buying 23.5 percent of the Swedish club. Ibrahimovic caused a stir yesterday when he posted a video clip on social media of a Hammarby jersey featuring his name, despite speculation he would return to Milan. However, the 38-year-old confirmed this morning he had taken over half of the shares belonging to AEG, which owns LA Galaxy, giving him close to a 25% stake in the capital side. “I have been playing for LA Galaxy and I have forged a great relationship with the people from AEG,” he told Aftonbladet. “When the possibility to become its partner presented itself, it was impossible to say ‘no’. Not to people who have been so successful in their business interests. He then revealed plans to make Hammarby the “best academy in Sweden”. “Hammarby is a fantastic club with passionate supporters and has great respect in both Stockholm and Sweden. “I have always liked the club and the fans, and I’m impressed with what the club has done in recent years, both on and off the pitch. “I will contribute with my experience after everything I’ve gone through. With my unlimited network. Whatever is needed, really. “I want Hammarby to have the best youth academy in Sweden. Hammarby should get the best talents and nurture them. “I have resources that can help and a network that opens up what is needed to be able to have the best academy.” Despite his involvement back home, Zlatan made it clear he would continue his playing career abroad. “I have said for 10 years that I won’t play in Swedish Allsvenskan. It won’t happen.”last_img read more

NADA slams BCCI for ‘non-cooperation’

first_imgThe National Anti-Doping Agency today lashed out at the BCCI for its “non-cooperation” and asked the Cricket board to make sure that their players fall in line with the WADA code.NADA Director General Rahul Bhatnagar said it was baffling to see BCCI rope in a Swedish company to conduct dope tests for cricketers while the national anti-doping body could have done the same job at a lesser cost or even for free.”The BCCI never sought the assistance of NADA to conduct dope tests. They have engaged a company — International Doping and Test Management (Sweden) — at a heavy cost to conduct dope samples, which NADA could have done at much lesser cost or free of cost,” Bhatnagar said.”It is surprising why BCCI is maintaining such a no-cooperation attitude with NADA,” he added.NADA is the national agency for conducting dope tests, collecting samples and results management of athletes and Bhatnagar said the body wants the cricketers to fully comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) codes, along with the ‘whereabouts clause’ against which the cricketers are up in arms.”NADA is strongly of the view that Cricketers must fully comply with all Anti Doping Regulations of WADA and NADA as all other sportspersons do. They are no exception and the rules apply to them equally. BCCI should ensure such compliance,” he said.Even though the International Cricket Council (ICC) is a signatory to the WADA Code, BCCI is spearheading an opposition to the vexed “whereabouts clause” which requires a player to inform, three months in advance, their availability for dope tests.advertisementWADA has already issued an ultimatum to the ICC saying they have to ensure that BCCI accepts the WADA Code in totality, failing which the world cricket governing body would be branded non-compliant.last_img read more

BCCI refuses to give 100 crore donation to CWG

first_imgGrappling with allegations of widescale corruption, the Commonwealth Games suffered another blow on Saturday with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) refusing to give a Rs 100 crore donation sought by the Oraganising Committee.After a meeting of its Working Committee at the Cricket Centre here, the BCCI said it would not be able to extend financial help to the October 3 to 14 event, the build-up to which has been marred by construction delays and now allegations of money laundering.”The Committee expressed its inability to agree to the request of the Commonwealth Games to be the lead partner by donating Rs 100 crores,” BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.Besides this, the Board also agreed to support New Zealand Cricket chairman Alan Isaac’s candidature for the ICC vice-President’s post.Isaac was picked after former Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s candidacy was rejected by the Afro-Asian bloc.”The Committee approved the candidature of Mr Alan Isaac, Chairman, New Zealand Cricket, for the post of ICC Vice-President,” the Board statement said.Among other issues, the BCCI said the stand-off over the contentious whereabouts clause of the World Anti-Doping Agency has been resolved.The Indian Board has roped in hockey legend Vece Paes as an anti-Doping Officer.”The Committee noted the satisfactory resolution to the WADA Anti-Doping issue, with the ICC. The Committee approved the proposal to seek the services of Dr Vece Paes, former Olympian, as Anti-Doping Officer. The modalities are being worked out,” the BCCI said.The Board also decided against giving the remaining Rs 12.5 crore of a Rs 25 crore grant requested by the All India Football Federation.advertisement”The money we have already given is given but we can’t pay the remainder because we no longer get concessions from the Income Tax Department,” a Board official said on the sidelines.The TV rights of the upcoming events were also discussed in the meeting.”Negotiations are on with Nimbus. The World Sports Group bid was not even opened,” the official revealed.The Board also approved advance grants of Rs 20 crore and Rs 25 crore respectively to the Mumbai Cricket Association and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for renovation of stadiums.last_img read more

Give the accused fair chance to explain, pleads Imran

first_imgPakistan’s former cricket captain Imran Khan on Monday pleaded for the cricketers accused in the spot-fixing controversy in England to be given a fair chance to clear their names, but said if the allegations came out true it would be a “big setback”.”I think the initial impact of this new fixing scandal has shocked all of us but I think in all fairness it would be injustice to brand these players as fixers without first giving them a fair chance to defend themselves,” Khan said.”I would like to see them given a fair chance to give their side of the story before we reach conclusions,” the former cricketer turned politician said.Imran was also clear that if the players were found guilty of accepting bribes then they should not be spared and given strong punishment.”But first let’s be clear about this whole thing because it is not fair to jump to conclusions”.Imran had no doubt that if the allegations against the players were proved true it would be a great tragedy for Pakistan cricket.”It would be a big setback because we will lose many of our match winners and that definitely would be a big shock to our cricket,” he added.The former captain who led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 World Cup also feared that if there was truth in the fresh fixing allegations it would have a negative impact on cricket on the whole.”It would be difficult to draw in crowds and make people believe it was a fair cricket match being played anywhere in the world,” he said.advertisementIronically on Monday another former captain and great, Javed Miandad urged the Pakistan board to call back the players from England who have been accused of fixing.last_img read more

Baba Ramdev slams Congress for nominating Sachin Tendulkar to Rajya Sabha

first_imgYoga guru Baba Ramdev on Saturday slammed the Congress for nominating Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha, terming it a ploy to distract public attention. He claimed that the party had resorted to the step only to enhance its ‘sinking’ image.”The Congress is like a sinking ship. It denied him (Tendulkar) the Bharat Ratna and now it is nominating him to the Rajya Sabha as a tactic to distract the media and the people from issues such as black money and corruption,” Ramdev said.The yoga guru claimed political pressure was being put on Tendulkar to accept the nomination.last_img read more

UAAP: UP can field in Ricafort, but face risks if TRO ‘invalid’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhile Rob Ricafort can finally play for University of the Philippines after securing a temporary restraining order, the Maroons face the risk of forfeiture.Commissioner Atty. Rebo Saguisag said the league will abide by the court ruling and won’t stop the wingman from playing if UP decides to field him.ADVERTISEMENT 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 No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Goran Dragic back with Heat after summer title for Slovenia MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But with TRO set to lapse on October 21, Ricafort’s fate this Season 80 is not yet set in stone.“Should the TRO be invalid and void, there will be a possibility that the games [Ricafort played in] will be forfeited,” said Saguisag in a press conference Saturday.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“As the commissioner, I will not restrain him from playing. But they assume the risk depending on how the court will decide. After 20 days, we don’t know what will happen. It’s the team’s option.”The UAAP eligibility committee initially ruled Ricafort ineligible to play this season as he will exceed the maximum age limit of 25. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ricafort will turn 25 on January 2018, after the basketball season is over. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more