Azzurri: Verratti out, Tonali in

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 Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali to the senior squad after Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti pulled out through injury, reports ANSA. Tonali had been called up to the Italy U-21 squad to face Iceland and Armenia next week, but has now been pushed to the first team for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia instead. PSG star Verratti picked up a knock to his calf yesterday in the 2-1 win over Brest in Ligue 1 and has had to pull out of the squad. This follows Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi also withdrawing after his injury during Friday’s win over Bologna. Tonali, who made his debut for the Azzurri last month, has only played for the U-21s five times, and had been expected to start for Paolo Nicolato’s team. The Brescia man will now be replaced by Chievo’s Salvatore Esposito in the Azzurrini squad.last_img read more

Rivaldo: ‘Paqueta can’t be Brazil 10’

first_imgBrazil hero Rivaldo launched a surprising attack on Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta, claiming it is “disrespectful” to give him the Number 10 jersey. Paqueta wore the iconic Number 10 during yesterday’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Argentina. “I watched Brazil-Argentina and am sad to see the Number 10 shirt was given to Paqueta,” wrote Rivaldo on Instagram. “That jersey is known and respected all over the world, so cannot be given to someone who ought to be on the bench or play only half the game. That is disrespectful. “It is famous because it was worn by the likes of Pele, Rivelino, Zico, Rivaldo, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Neymar. I don’t blame Paqueta at all, but Tite and his staff ought to know how much weight that jersey puts on your shoulders. “They mustn’t ‘burn up’ a 22-year-old like Paqueta, who can have a great future ahead of him. He ought to be protected, the same way Rodrygo was at Real Madrid.” 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

Juve handed Alex Sandro boost

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: Juventus confirm Alex Sandro has made “significant improvement” from a thigh injury ahead of Saturday’s Serie A clash with Atalanta. Alex Sandro injured his left thigh during Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Argentina last week, fuelling fears he could be sidelined for Juve. However, the club announced in a medical report this afternoon that he had made “significant improvement” and would be assessed daily. It now remains to be seen whether the left-back will be fit enough for the trip to Atalanta in three days’ time.last_img

Conte ‘very happy’ with Lukaku

first_imgInter coach Antonio Conte insists he is “very happy” with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez as he prepares to face an old foe in Torino’s Walter Mazzarri. The former Manchester United hitman has been scoring regularly in Serie A this season but has struggled to perform in Europe. Nonetheless, Conte underlined he was pleased with his contribution so far, as he was with Martinez. “He is an important player for us, the same goes for Lautaro,” the former Juventus boss said at a press conference for tomorrow’s Serie A match at Torino. “They are both doing very well and there is little else to say. I am very happy, and I hope they will continue like this.” The 50-year-old was previously not on the best of terms with Mazzarri, but he stressed they had an ”excellent“ rapport. “My relationship with Walter is excellent, we have also met in England and we have shared our experiences with each other. “But when we play each other, we are opponents. I try to prepare my business and he will do the same, but the relationship will remain respectful.” Conte confirmed Stefano Sensi, Matteo Politano, Roberto Gagliardini and Alexis Sanchez were all still out but had better news regarding Danilo D’Ambrosio, who has recovered from a broken toe. “We regrouped yesterday, it’s always difficult after an international break. This time the weather is bad too, but we have to use today to prepare for tomorrow’s match. “Sensi, Politano, Gagliardini and Sanchez are still unavailable. Sensi missed last month, he had a few problems and we are trying to get him back in his best condition and help him stay with the group once he is back. “We have had two muscular injuries, with Gagliardini and Sensi. It might cause some problems to have more injuries in certain areas, as we are not covered. “Now D’Ambrosio has recovered, he must get back to his best condition. He is a very versatile player, a joker in the pack that can be used in both the centre and out wide. It’s very important to have players like him to count on.” 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

Netherlands beat Japan 1-0, reach second round

first_imgWesley Sneijder’s 53rd minute goal saw Netherlands through to the second round of the FIFA World Cup 2010. Netherlands defeated Japan by a solitary goal in the Group E match played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Full coverage: World Cup 2010Japan could hardly match the pace of the Dutch but a solid defence prevented Netherlands from scoring any goals in the first-half of the game. Watch match picsThe Dutch came back strongly in the second round and went all out against the tired Japanese. Sneijder’s shot at the goal from just outside the penalty area had so much pace in it that Japan’s custodian E Kawashima could not stop it. Kawashima got a touch at the ball but could only deflect it to far side of the goal post.Japan vs CameroonNetherlands vs DenmarkSneijder was also named the man of the match.With this win, Netherlands have two wins from two matches and are sitting pretty at the top of Group E with six points followed by Japan with three points.Denmark and Cameroon are the other two teams in the group.The loss means that Japan will have to beat Denmark in their next match and silently hope that Netherlands beat Cameroon if Cameroon is able to pull off a win against Denmark when they meet later tonight.last_img read more

Gaming industry to touch Rs 3,100 crore by 2014

first_imgThe Indian gaming industry is expected to grow 32 per cent at Rs 3,100 crore by 2014, a top industry official said.”Indian gaming industry is expected to grow at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 32 per cent to Rs 3,100 crore by 2014 with factors such as a young population, rising disposable incomes, increasing wireless users and proliferation of developers and publishers,” Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) Business Head Kumar Warrier told PTI.MAAC is a leading player in high-end 3D animation in India.The size of the Indian gaming industry was estimated at around Rs 790 crore in 2009, compared to Rs 650 crore in 2008, implying a growth of 22 per cent during the period.While addressing a special seminar for students and professionals seeking a career in the gaming industry here, Matthey Jaffery of Electronic Arts, UK, said, “the increasing telecom bases and the expected roll-out of 3G services are likely to provide efficient high-speed data networks to mobile gamers. The telecom subscriber base is expected to increase to 725 million by 2013 with a mobile penetration of 60 per cent.”The console gaming industry in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19 per cent from Rs 580 crore in 2009 to Rs 1,160 crore by 2014 on the back of increasing disposable income and favourable demographics, India’s largest Gaming company Gameshastra’s Vijaya Raghavan, said.According to various industry estimates, there are about 3,00,000 handheld consoles in India and the segment is witnessing a year-on-year growth of around 35 per cent.The focus is now on developing a talent pool and leveraging cost-competitiveness. India already offers a significant cost advantage in animation and game development, as compared to other outsourcing destinations such as Taiwan and South Korea.advertisementA key factor restricting the growth of animation and gaming in India is the scarcity of skilled professionals.An increased focus on the needs of the segment by key stakeholders can help address these areas and lead to significant growth, Vijaya Raghavan said.According to an estimate, the typical Indian gamer is a male from the top eight metros, has an average age of 26 and belongs to the affluent section. The average gamer has been playing on an average since 18 months now. The average person plays games three times a week and his usual gaming sessions last an hour in length. He also spends less than Rs 150 per month on gaming, Warrier said.The top four metros, especially account for 59 per cent of these gamers, which indicates that availability of games and reach to target audience is still limited. The proportion of college-going students gaming on any platform has increased from 20 to 32 per cent. Online and off-line mobile games will constitute about 24 per cent of the gaming market this year and racing, sports games and shooting games make up for the top three genres for gaming in India, he said.last_img read more

Bald and beautiful: Women take the bold cut

first_imgIt has been called the richest ornament of women. In some Indian cultures, it still is a decisive factor while pinning down on a bride. So when a woman decides to get rid of her tresses and go bald, it’s not just heads that turn, what also takes a 180 degree turn are society’s deep-rooted perceptions about beauty.While most would think of it as the end of their dating life or as the beginning of a body image issue, there are a few who would happily chop off their long locks to make a statement or just to get rid of the weight off their head.Take for instance 29-year-old Sumati Jain. Five years ago while she was pursuing her masters, the Bangalore-based homemaker plotted her hair assassination after her parents started dropping hints of marriage.”My hairline was also receding and I also wanted to do something for kicks. It was this crazy, daring, wild phase of my life,” she says with a chuckle.She exposed her shiny scalp to the world after three stages of relentless, heartless mane chopping.The first visit to the parlour left her with a bob cut, then followed a shorter crew cut and she finally visited a men’s saloon on a quiet Sunday for the finale.”My mom didn’t speak to me for a week. But my dad and grandfather, who’s also bald, were really cool,” Sumati told IANS.”I got extreme reactions…Some thought it was really cool, some laughed behind my back, some even thought I’d turned into a monk,” she adds.advertisementBut the ironical part was that Sumati got engaged while her hair was just a few inches long. “My husband was fine with it. He thought I looked cute,” she adds with more chuckles.But not all men hold similar notions of beauty. “I would like to wait for a year,” says 25-year-old Saurabh Dabbas, when asked if he would date a bald woman.The barren look is not for all women, cautions hairstylist Sylvie.”It suits those with oval heads and good skin. It’s a complete no-no for those with lots of wrinkles; it makes you look more aged,” said Sylvie who runs a saloon in Delhi.Ananya Bose, a Delhi-based journalist, went bald just after delivering a baby.”I had such long, lustrous hair. I remember when the parlour woman chopped them, the one standing next to her freaked out and asked her what the hell she was doing.”But it was such a weight off my head. I felt so, so free and light. You feel as if you get rid of all the troubles,” she says.However, in Indian society women with shaven heads have much deeper connotations.”In many Indian cultures, widows’ heads were shaved. It’s also associated with sadhvis or monks. It’s a sign of celibacy,” says social scientist C.P. Bhambri.However, these connotations don’t deter those tempted to take the plunge.”I think it would feel real good and free to have no hair to take care of. Though I like my tresses, they are very frizzy and at times unmanageable,” says Shikha Arora, a professional.”Going bald will be hassle-free. I would definitely love to do it in the hot Delhi summers,” she added.But being bald comes with strings attached, says Sylvie.”It requires a lot of maintenance. You have to moisturise your scalp regularly. People usually call a barber home every month to clean the growth,” she adds.Also, there comes a stage while you are growing back your hair when it’s neither here nor there — just plain clumsy.”Though growing it back is a good idea as you get a new crop of hair, the stage when your hair is 10-18 months old is very difficult,” says Sylvie.Adds Ananya: “A strand would come out from one side, another from the other. It can get really messy.”It took Sumati three years to grow back her hair to what she describes as a “respectable length”.Internationally, pop star Britney Spears and actress Natalie Portman have famously sported the bald look. Back home, actresses Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Antara Mali, Lisa Ray and model Diandra Soares have tread the same path.However, all said and done, there are many sceptics of the unadorned look.”It completely baffles me why any woman would voluntarily want to go bald. A woman would like to look like a normal woman. There’s the whole cosmetic industry which runs into trillions to make you look good,” says Bhambri.advertisementlast_img read more

Ateneo not done, wants more titles

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Go’s statements, weren’t thrown to the wind though with head coach Tab Baldwin giving a more detailed, although metaphorical, answer.“We managed to climb the mountain and now we stand on the plateau,” said Baldwin. “When we look up we see another peak and that’s where we’re headed.”Of Atenoe’s roster, only Chibueze Ikeh, Kris Porter, and captain Vince Tolentino will be graduating.And the Blue Eagles’ Season 80 triumph was the parting gift Baldwin and the remaining Blue Eagles gave the trio in their farewell.“We want to enjoy this plateau, enjoy the view here, look at one another in the eye, and have that knowledge that each and every one of us played a great part in this,” said Baldwin.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Malditas save PH from shutout Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWinning a championship brings forth one of the biggest responsibilities in all sports, and that is defending that all-important piece of hardware.For Ateneo, though, defending its UAAP championship is just a mere piece of the puzzle.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “This season’s been one hell of a ride for this band of brothers, we feel we accomplished something, but we’re not satisfied with that,” said Ateneo Isaac Go, who emerged as one of the team’s go-to guys down the stretch in Season 80, Saturday.Go hit the title-clinching 3-pointer that put Ateneo up 85-80 with 24.7 seconds left in Game 3 of the Season 80 Finals against La Salle.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 openingAteneo eventually closed the game out, 88-86, to claim its ninth seniors’ basketball title, its first since winning five straight from 2008 until 2012.“We want another one next year and hopefully we can start, or top, the five-peat.” ONE: Filipino fighter Catalan loses in 1st round to Thai foe Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more