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 v Roma Sampdoria: Audero; Bereszynski, Murillo, Colley, Murru; Vieira, Bertolacci, Jankto; Rigoni; Gabbiadini, Quagliarella Roma: Pau Lopez; Spinazzola, Mancini, Smalling, Kolarov; Veretout, Cristante; Kluivert, Zaniolo, Florenzi; Kalinic Check all the official line-ups from this afternoon’s Serie A games, Cagliari-SPAL, Sampdoria-Roma and Udinese-Torino. They kick off at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT). You can follow the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG. Cagliari v SPAL Cagliari: Olsen; Faragò, Pisacane, Ceppitelli, Pellegrini; Castro, Cigarini, Rog; Nainggolan; Joao Pedro, Simeone SPAL: Berisha; Tomovic, Vicari, Igor; Sala, Missiroli, Valdifiori, Kurtic, Reca; Floccari, Petagna Udinese v Torino Udinese: Musso; Opoku, Troost-Ekong, Samir; Ter-Avest, Mandragora, Jajalo, De Paul, Sema; Okaka, Lasagna Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Lyanco; Ansaldi, Baselli, Rincon, Lukic, Laxalt; Verdi, Belotti
Suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has sent his reply to the second showcause notice served on him, to the BCCI by e-mail.”Yes he has sent it last night,” informed Modi’s legal counsel Mehmood Abdi on Tuesday.Abdi is scheduled to go to the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Tuesday to handover the hard copy of the reply which is expected to be just over 24 pages.The showcause notice was pertaining to an e-mail sent to the BCCI by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Giles Clarke in which he had alleged that Modi tried to damage the existing structure of international and english cricket.Modi on Monday filed defamation notice on Clarke, mentioning that the ECB boss has accused the suspended IPL chief of seeking to float a rebel league in England, violating International Cricket Council (ICC) regulations.Modi was also served a third showcause notice on Monday by the BCCI over theatrical rights and 150-second commercial slot in between balls during the telecast of IPL-3.Modi has already replied to the first showcause notice served on him with a staggering 15,000-page response.The first showcause notice alleged that Modi had indulged in murky deals and bid-rigging in IPL.
No Indian found a place in the ICC’s re-jigged Elite Panel of Umpires from which South African veteran Rudy Koertzen will retire next month, bringing down the curtains on a career spanning 18 years.Another South African Marais Erasmus and Australian Rodney Tucker are the two new additions to the panel. Erasmus and Tucker will replace Koertzen and England’s Mark Benson, who stepped down from the panel in February, the ICC said in a statement.Ever since S Venkataraghavan retired from the 2002 original panel in 2004, India has had no representation in the elite list.Koertzen announced his retirement from officiating, effective at the end of his upcoming Test assignments in England.Koertzen’s last assignment as an elite umpire will be the second and final Test between Pakistan and Australia at Headingley from July 21 to 25.He will also stand in the first Test between the two sides at Lord’s from July 13 to 17. When he retires, Koertzen would have stood in 106 Tests, a record 209 ODIs and 14 Twenty20 Internationals.ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said, “A distinguished career like Rudi’s presents a benchmark for aspirant umpires.Rudi is a role model for many of the younger-generation umpires and his distinguished career sets a standard for them to emulate.””He is one of the most respected umpires in the game and has always been confident and self motivated yet humble,” he added.Reflecting on his career, Koertzen, who is currently officiating in the triangular ODI series between India, Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe, said: “It has been 18 incredible years for me as an international umpire and I have thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.”advertisement”Even though I will retire after the Leeds Test, I’ll be more than happy to assist and help young umpires if they need my guidance as cricket also teaches us to give something back to the sport. After 18 years in business, I think it is payback time,” he added.Erasmus has umpired in two Tests, 16 ODIs and 11 T20Is.The 46-year-old an all-rounder during his playing days.Tucker, on the other hand, has so far stood in three Tests, 14 ODIs and eight T20Is. The 45-year-old is a former first-class cricketer.Elite Panel of ICC Umpires for 2010-11: Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Asoka de Silva, Billy Doctrove, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Daryl Harper, Tony Hill, Asad Rauf, Simon Taufel, Rodney Tucker.
Gautam Gambhir underwent an MRI scan for a back problem ahead of Monday’s game. The opener had gone to Delhi after the second ODI in Visakhapatnam and came to the city late on Sunday. It is learnt he also underwent a few other scans, though details couldn’t be gathered. Gambhir was hit on the elbow during this year’s England tour and later suffered a concussion when he hit his head trying to take a catch.
France, here to play in the Olympic qualifier, rarely trains together given that hockey for most of the players is not a fulltime profession. The boys come together before a major event, as they did in December, to work out their way for London Games.The French have not played in the Olympics since 1972. They are ranked 18th in the world and their last meeting with India was in 2010.Field hockey is not as popular as ice hockey back home and understandably the team is not burdened by expectations.But that does not stop French coach Frederic Soyez and captain Arnaud Becuwe from aiming big and even hoping to reach the final. They know they are up against stronger teams, yet they do fancy their chances.”Every opportunity that we get will help us to improve our game,” said Becuwe, who works in Spain as a trainer with the club teams.”If we can make it to the final, it will be great for us. We certainly believe we have a realistic chance and our target is to be in the final. It is been a very long time since France has played in the Olympics,” he told Mail Today.”We have trained hard. We are up against teams like India, Canada and Poland and it will be tough,” said Becuwe. The French team had their first practice session at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi on Sunday. “The stadium is a really good and we enjoyed training on the turf,” said Frederic, who had toured India in 2004 as a player.advertisement”India are the favourites. They are a strong side and they are playing at home. Reaching the final will be the most important thing for us. We have some new players, they may not be great but as a team we can perform,” he said.”Most of the players are students and some are working abroad. We do not get much time to train together. We train for around 40 days in three months. But we have made some progress in the last couple of months. We have a young drag flicker in Fabien Magner and he is good.”
A series of resounding victories put India at the top of world cricket. T-20 world champions in 2007, ODI world champions in 2011, No. 1 in Test cricket. There was no summit Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys did not scale. And then it went downhill from April 2011. A humiliating defeat in England, an even worse disaster in Australia. Where does Indian cricket go from here, with masters of the game looking like a shadow of their former selves? Two men who helped India win the World Cup for the first time since 1983 know the answer best. One is a bowler with a heart of gold, another is a batsman whose talent is astounding. With them is a former captain of the England cricket team who knows a thing or two about tenacity and the ability to rise from the ashes. Can India do what Australia did after a serious downturn culminating in a 3-1 defeat to England in the Ashes series of 2010-2011? Can Team India revamp itself and return to its winning habit?Speakers: ? Harbhajan Singh, Indian cricketer? Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer? Nasser Hussain, former captain, English cricket teamModerator: Vikrant Gupta, Sports Editor, Aaj TakMarch 16, 2012; 10.45-11.45 hrs
In friday’s face-off against Bangladesh, India would be keen to register their second win and ease into the final of the Asia Cup. Though, the main interest still revolves around the elusive 100th international century of Sachin Tendulkar.Not just the Indian camp, but everyone involved in the tournament – his rivals, former players, and Tendulkar’s innumerable fans – want him to get it soon, preferably in his 650th international match on Friday, and stop the wagging tongues.While all Tendulkar fans are looking forward to his 49th ODI century, they would like India to notch their second win and clear their way to the final. A win would give India four points for a total tally of eight, which would virtually assure them of a place in the final.The good news is that Indian top order batsmen are in fine form, with Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli scoring fluent centuries in the opening encounter against Sri Lanka while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina playing quick knocks to take the total past 300.Of course, the pitch at the Shere-Bangla National Cricket Stadium has helped batsmen hit the top gear straightaway.It was a praiseworthy all-round performance by the same Indian team that failed to make the finals of recent Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia. Of course, the conditions here in Dhaka are vastly different – read easy – from the challenge the players’ encountered Down Under.However, fans would recall that the last time India and Bangladesh clashed here, in the opening match of the World Cup last year, it was Virender Sehwag who took the stuffing out of the Bangladeshi bowlers with his 140-ball 175.advertisementBut even without Sehwag, the Indian batting line-up looks solid and the home team bowling attack would have to come up with some innovative plan to restrict them from doing an encore.In bowling, too, India put up a good show, with left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan re-capturing his rhythm and his fifth four-wicket haul in ODIs while pacer R Vinay Kumar and off-spinner R Ashwin bagging three wickets apiece to help bowl out Sri Lanka for 254.The Indian bowling department, however, does not look as strong as the batting, particularly in the absence of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who has been ‘rested’ for the four-nation tournament. The bowlers were not tested fully by Sri Lanka as they bowled with a good cushion of 304 runs.Their real test would come when they would have to either bowl first or defend a smaller total. The batting- friendly pitch here usually doesn’t assist pacers much, but spinners can expect more help.Vinay Kumar, however, didn’t agree with Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim’s observation on Thursday that India have a weaker bowling attack compared to the two other teams here. “It depends on each individual; they can say whatever they feel. It’s up to them. But for me it is a very good bowling attack that we have,” he told reporters. “Here it’s kind of coming back to the normal bowling, like how we used to bowl on most of Indian wickets,” said Vinay.
Nearly 18 months after Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games, the Organising Committee (OC) has finally closed its account books.But as in numerous other occasions bearing the trademark OC goof-up, it closed its account books without accounting for financial bills worth more than Rs 500 crore.OC sources said the organisation is contesting about 45 legal disputes regarding overlays and contract payments. In some cases, the OC has no proper documents to authenticate the claimants’ amounts, while in others it has blocked payments following instructions from the sports ministry and the income-tax (I-T) department.Sacked Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.Overlays contractors, worth Rs 377 crore, are the biggest contributors to the OC’s accounting mess. Next on the list is the Australia-based Sports Marketing and Management (SMAM), which was hired by the committee to land sponsors and advertisers.The contract with SMAM was worth Rs 80 crore, but the OC has filed a suit against it demanding Rs 48 crore for “non-performance”. SMAM was supposed to generate Rs 1,000 crore in revenue from sponsorships, but could only manage Rs 440 crore. And since it was the exclusive contractor for this purpose, the OC could not appoint any other party for generating sponsorships.There is another list of outstanding payments amounting to Rs 42 crore involving hotels, travel agents, workforce and communication. Bharat Bala, the master of ceremonies, who claimed that he was not paid his fee of Rs 67 lakh, falls under this category.Then there is the maintenance agency A2Z, which is claiming payment worth Rs 19 crore for services rendered. Among it is a case of nondelivery of 1,228 duvets in the Games Village.Facing a tricky situation where many aggrieved contractors have moved the court, the government has appointed a committee of three retired Supreme Court judges as arbitrators to deal with the matter. The three former judges – justices Kuldeep Singh, R.V. Ravindran and B.P. Singh – would be soon meeting for the first hearing.advertisementThe OC is tight-lipped on the pending bills. But insiders said it recently got directions from the I-T department to “withhold payments of some contractors against whom enquiries are on by different agencies”.Significantly, the tax department has not specified the amount, leaving the OC confused on the final payment amount. The sports ministry had earlier too asked the OC to block payments of overlays contractors. The OC also believes that the overlays contract, which was estimated to be around Rs 630 crore, was, in fact, worth Rs 560 crore as the actual number of items were found to be 1,500 less on delivery.The OC is also at fault for some missing papers from the contract files. Sample this: a man came to the OC office on Wednesday claiming Rs 22 lakh for supplying wrist bands. The vendor claimed “two OC officials came in cars with official stickers and had given the orders twice.”But the claimant has no clue about the antecedents of those “OC officials”, nor do the records show any contract document.”Such cases are routine as hundreds knock on the OC doors on a regular basis, claiming payments in the range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. We feel sorry for such vendors, but have to go by the book. We have now left it to the arbitrators to decide on the matter,” OC CEO Jarnail Singh said.
There have been new appointments to two key secretary-level positions at the Centre.Desh Deepak Verma is expected to take over as parliamentary affairs secretary, Anil Goswami has taken over as new secretary in the ministry of social justice and empowerment as well as secretary for disability affairs.Verma is a 1978 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre and is currently director general of the Sports Authority of India. Goswami is an IAS officer of the 1978 batch and is from the Jammu and Kashmir cadre. Not many IAS officers from Jammu and Kashmir hold secretary-level posts at the Centre.A prominent IAS officer from the state now posted at the Centre is Pervez Dewan, secretary in the ministry of overseas affairs.
With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Perez showed his brilliance anew on Friday when he recorded a career-best 28 points in the Pirates’ 78-73 win over San Sebastian.But coach Topex Robinson warned Perez that the immaculate record will be put to waste if Lyceum won’t be able to pull off the wins they need to get, especially with the tough grind ahead at the end of the eliminations.(2) Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assistsLast Week: 1Bong Quinto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s pacesetter remains near the top of our rankings as Bong Quinto helped Letran go 1-1 in a tough week.Though the Knights bowed to the Golden Stags on Tuesday, the forward came out to played inspired basketball on Friday, registering a career-best 27 points in Letran’s 84-78 victory against EAC.Quinto and team captain Rey Nambatac unleashed a stellar showing that could no doubt make their late coach Bob Lotuaco proud if he was alive today.(3) MJ Ayaay – F, Lyceum Pirates13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 block Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Last Week: N/AMJ Ayaay. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCall him Lyceum’s glue guy.Also enough to merit the spotlight this week was Pirates forward MJ Ayaay, who has shown tenacity on both sides of the floor.Though Perez has been the unbowed leader of Lyceum, Ayaay has been steadily churning out consistent numbers while being the one to do the dirty work on the floor for the Pirates.But his mettle will be tested as Lyceum enters unchartered territory as it guns to sweep the eliminations in the final three outings.(4) Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assistsLast Week: N/ARobert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLook who’s back!Jeramer Cabanag may have had his coming out party and Javee Mocon continued to showcase his worth for San Beda, but it was Robert Bolick, who has been making things work for coach Boyet Fernandez. The senior guard flirted with a triple-double in the Red Lions’ 83-72 win over Arellano on Thursday in what could be a prelude for his strong finishing kick late this season.With San Beda also dealing with a schedule heavy on contenders in its next four games, you can bet that Bolick can rekindle his form late in the elimination round and aid the Red Lions to extend its 12-game winning streak.(5) Allyn Bulanadi – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags17.5 points (4/13 3PT), 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 stealLast Week: N/AAllyn Bulanadi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter another even week for San Sebastian, we have to go with its most consistent performer.And this week, it was Allyn Bulanadi.The forward was part of the sweet-shooting crew that barraged Letran for a 94-64 beatdown on Tuesday, and kept the Golden Stags fighting against Lyceum up until the endgame before falling, 73-78.Bulanadi’s emergence is a fresh sight for San Sebastian, as it spreads the scoring load more to the supporting crew aside from just relying to guys like Michael Calisaan and its troika of guards.(6) MJ Dela Virgen – G, JRU Heavy Bombers 18 points (4/8 3PT), 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 stealLast Week: N/AMJ dela Virgen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSpeaking of sweet-shooting, MJ Dela Virgen also had a week to remember.The sophomore caught fire early and continued his torrid shooting in the endgame to go 50 percent from rainbow country in JRU’s 85-52 demolition of Perpetual.Dela Virgen stepping up is another welcome development for coach Vergel Meneses, as the Heavy Bombers strengthened their grip of the third spot.But the PBA legend is hoping that performances like these won’t be a one-off, as he preaches consistency going to JRU’s last four games.(7) Laurenz Victoria – G, Mapua Cardinals19 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 stealLast Week: N/ALaurenz Victoria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMapua may be out, but showed it still has some fight left. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Desiderio struggles, praises ‘great defender’ Dennison in UP loss to FEU (1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20.5 points (6/13 3PT), 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 stealsLast Week: 2CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the third straight time, CJ Perez topped our list and there wasn’t much of a debate at all.The energetic forward remained the lynchpin in aiding Lyceum preserve its unblemished 15-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Little-known Laurenz Victoria sparked the Cardinals to their first win in three months, as they pulled the rug from under St. Benilde, 79-69, and took the Blazers to the grave with them.Victoria’s late explosion, together with Denniel Aguirre, allowed Mapua to finally taste victory again as it snapped its inglorious 11-game losing streak.With the skid now halted, Victoria and the rest of the Cardinals now have the confidence to seek upsets and gain some silver linings despite having a woeful season. 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