Italy call up debutants

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: Italy have called up debutants Riccardo Orsolini, Gaetano Castrovilli and Andrea Cistana for Euro 2020 qualifiers with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia. The trio earn their first-ever senior call-ups after catching the eye for Bologna, Fiorentina and Brescia respectively in the opening months of the season. There are also inclusions for Udinese midfielder Rolando Mandragora and Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi, while Emerson Palmieri returns after missing the October qualifiers through injury. However, Brescia striker Mario Balotelli and Everton hitman Moise Kean both miss out again, as does Inter’s Stefano Sensi, who continues to be plagued by injuries. The Azzurri have already booked their place at Euro 2020 with two games to spare and conclude their qualifying campaign over the next 10 days. Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino) Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Cristiano Biraghi (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Andrea Cistana (Brescia), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Armando Izzo (Torino), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma) Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Jorginho (Chelsea), Rolando Mandragora (Udinese), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain), Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma) Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Shanghai Shenhua), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna)last_img read more

Napoli-Atalanta ref dropped

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: Referee Piero Giacomelli has been dropped for this weekend’s Serie A fixtures following his controversial performance between Napoli and Atalanta. Giacomelli came under fire for not awarding Napoli a penalty, ignoring a VAR review and then letting Atalanta’s equaliser stand in the 2-2 draw on Wednesday. He also sent off the usually-calm Carlo Ancelotti, who later accused the official of attacking his character. This is not the first time Giacomelli has attracted controversy, given he riled Lazio with his decisions during their game against Torino in December 2017. It later emerged that his Facebook page bore a photo of him alongside Roma rival Francesco Totti. You can check out the referees for Week 11 here as Massimiliano Irrati is similarly given the matchday off. Irrati caused a stir during Roma’s 4-0 win at Udinese, showing a straight red to Federico Fazio in just the 31st minute.last_img read more

Donnarumma: ‘Milan fired up and ready’

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: Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma says Milan are highly motivated against Lazio after their 1-0 win over SPAL on Thursday night. It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. “We are fired up, ready and very motivated. We won on Thursday and now we must continue our positive streak. We have to give a great performance tonight,” the goalkeeper told Milan TV. Lazio haven’t beaten Milan at San Siro since September 1989, and Donnarumma states that new boss Stefano Pioli has given them great confidence. “The coach has fired us up, we have prepared very well for Lazio. We’ve worked well in training and we’re ready.”last_img read more

Asia Cup comes first during World Cup, says Afridi

first_imgPakistan’s cricket squad left for Sri Lanka Saturday to compete in the Asia Cup, optimistic that the event will not be upstaged by the football World Cup now under way in South Africa.”Football is huge, but I hope after the 90 minutes of excitement (of a World Cup game) fans will give cricket its due attention and follow the Asia Cup,” Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi told AFP before his team left for Colombo.The tenth Asia Cup will be played from June 15-24 in Dambulla, in central Sri Lanka, about 150 kilometres northeast of Colombo, coinciding with the month-long football tournament that opened in South Africa Friday.Besides Pakistan, the Asia Cup will also include India, Bangladesh and hosts and defending champions Sri Lanka.Afridi said that his team will follow the football World Cup while in Sri Lanka, but mostly on rest days.”Like millions of Asians I also follow football and my favorite team is Brazil, so like my teammates I will follow World Cup matches as and when we have time, but the focus remains the Asia Cup,” said Afridi.The 13-man team first flew to Dubai from where they will reach Colombo later Saturday. Fast bowler Mohammad Asif will fly via Doha, Qatar because of a ban on visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over a drug offence.Asif was deported from the UAE in June 2008 after a 19-day detention for possession of a banned drug while returning home from league cricket in India.Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq will travel to Colombo from England, where he is playing county cricket.advertisementAfridi said he hoped his team will be in form after a turbulent three months for Pakistan cricket which saw senior players banned and fined for disciplinary violations and poor performance.”What happened in the past is behind us,” said Afridi, who was made captain for all three forms of the game last month. “We have a blend of seniors and juniors who all know their duty well.”In March the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) banned and fined seven players, including Afridi, following their December-January tour of Australia. They lost all three Tests, five one-day internationals and the only Twenty20 match of the tour, which was also marred by discipline violations.However, the board later lifted the bans on former captain Younus Khan and Shoaib Malik and reduced the fines on appeals. Afridi’s three-million-rupee (35,000-US-dollar) fine for ball-tampering was revoked.All-rounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan’s appeal against a one-year ban and fine is pending. Express paceman Shoaib Akhtar is also back in the team after being sidelined since May last year because of a knee injury.last_img read more

Colombo Test: Sangakkara, Paranavitana punish India

first_imgKumar Sangakkara has struck his second hundred this series, along with Tharanga Paranavitana.Kumar Sangakkara and Tharanga Paranavitana struck hundreds as Sri Lanka posted an impressive 312-2 against India on Day 1 of the Colombo Test.Scores – India vs Sri Lanka, Day 1, 2nd Test Having lost Gautam Gambhir to a knee injury and Yuvraj Singh to a fever, India lost the toss as well and toiled through the day at the Sinhalese Sports Club.Earlier, Tillakaratne Dilshan struck a 39-ball fifty to set the tone for Sri Lanka’s first innings. He added 99 in 18.1 overs with Paranavitana before driving Pragyan Ojha to extra cover’s hands.Sangakkara and Paranavitana then added 174, moving to their hundreds in the 71st over by Virender Sehwag. Paranavitana, the young left-handed opener, got there first and his captain followed two balls later.Both batsmen had scored hundred during Sri Lanka’s thumping win over India in Galle. Paranavitana didn’t last long after the landmark, chopping on Ishant Sharma, who had yet another ordinary day with the ball.   India have brought in Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay as replacements for Yuvraj and Gambhir. Sri Lanka have brought in spinners Ajantha Mendis and Suraj Randiv, and pacers Dilhara Fernando and Dammika Prasad.Squads:India: V Sehwag, M Vijay, R Dravid, SR Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, SK Raina, MS Dhoni (C/WK), Harbhajan Singh, A Mithun, I Sharma, PP OjhaSri Lanka: TM Dilshan, NT Paranavitana, KC Sangakkara (C) , DPMD Jayawardene, TT Samaraweera, AD Mathews, HAPW Jayawardene (WK), KTGD Prasad, CRD Fernando, S Randiv, BAW Mendisadvertisementlast_img read more

CWG officials suspended, sponsorship deal scrapped

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee on Thursday suspended three of its officials over alleged irregularities in the Queen’s Baton Relay, scrapped a controversial sponsorship deal with Sports Marketing and Management Private Limited (SMAM) and appointed A.K. Mattoo as its new treasurer. The measures followed an outcry after media reports about alleged corruption in preparations for the CWG. Mattoo replaces KhannaMattoo replaces Anil Khanna, who had resigned earlier in the day over allegations of nepotism in a contract for laying synthetic surfaces at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, a CWG venue. The controversial sponsorship deal with SMAM had been scrapped.SMAM deal scrappedLalit Bhanot, secretary general of the CWG Organising Committee, said that the controversial sponsorship deal with SMAM had been scrapped. “Legal opinion was obtained in July and it was decided to terminate the deal with SMAM in August, when only three days of notice need to be served,” Bhanot said, reiterating that no commission had been paid to SMAM. Baton Relay probe goes to EDBhanot also said that a three-member probe panel of the Organising Committee had decided to hand over to the Enforcement Directorate the probe related to alleged irregularities in organising the Queen’s Baton Relay in London.  “Until the inquiry is over, T.S. Darbari, Sanjay Mohindroo and M. Jayachandran would remain suspended,” he said.Shame Games: Voice Your AngerShouldn’t Suresh Kalmadi be sacked and charged for corruption?Shoddy execution of Games projectsGames at what cost?Bhanot backs KalmadiBhanot said the Organising Committee was open to investigation by any agency. Defending Organising Committee chairperson Suresh Kalmadi, he said: “Over 1,500 officials are part of the team. The senior management is not in direct control of every employee. Hundreds of papers come for signatures and one has to be trusting of others (in the team).” “We are here to conduct the Games. This is not the time to run. We need to deliver a successful Games, and we will do that,” Bhanot said. Asked why Kalmadi had skipped the press briefing, Bhanot said he would speak to the media when the time was right.  Bhanot also sought to justify the estimated Rs 50-crore expense on balloons for the CWG opening ceremony. He said that when three billion people would be watching the ceremony worldwide, the standards had to be high. Taking charge of the treasurer’s post, Mattoo assured transparency in all dealings of the Organising Committee.  “A lot of work needs to be done. There is no room for manipulation. Nobody who has done any wrong will be pardoned,” said Mattoo, who as Hockey India president in January came under fire from players over their payments. advertisementlast_img read more