As it is reported Milan plan to step up their pursuit of Rodrigo de Paul, Luciano Moggi expects the Udinese forward to become Rossonero. Milan were briefly linked with De Paul over the summer but were in constant contact with his agent Agustin Jimenez, who also represents Angel Correa. According to Calciomercato.com, the Diavolo are not giving up on the Argentina international, although any move may have to wait until next year. That is because the 25-year-old recently signed a new contract with Udinese, taking him through to 2024 and in turn giving the Zebrette leverage. Despite his apparent €30m valuation, Milan would have remained in touch with Jimenez. Meanwhile, Moggi – the former Juventus general manager – told 7Gold: “De Paul’s coming. “He needed to come at the start of the season but, for a thousand reasons, the deal didn’t go through. “Now they’re in the midst of restoration and he’ll almost certainly go to Milan. He’s the player the Rossoneri need.” De Paul has assisted two goals in six Serie A appearances so far this season. 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/
Antonio Conte continued his rant against Inter’s transfer strategy after defeat in Dortmund. “Apart from Diego Godin, these players haven’t won anything and lack experience.” The Nerazzurri were leading 2-0 at half-time only to fall 3-2 in the Champions League trip to Borussia Dortmund. “We have too limited a squad to face both Serie A and Champions League football this season. I mean limited both in terms of numbers and quality,” Conte told Sport Mediaset. “Some players have to be on the field constantly and in the long run, you do pay for that. I am furious, because this cancels out all the good work.” He continued to insist the January transfer window is already too late to make changes. “I am not asking the club for anything, these are the players and we go into battle with these players. The club will make its evaluations, I am just saying all of us got it badly wrong when planning for this season. “We are in an emergency situation with only three players injured, whereas other teams have injuries and don’t even notice. We notice. “We are talking about a group of players who, apart from Godin, haven’t won anything. It’s difficult then to deal with a tough situation. “Who do I call on? Nicolò Barella, who we signed from Cagliari? Or Stefano Sensi, who arrived from Sassuolo? I will always thank the players for giving their heart and soul, and I know that I am asking for the kind of strain that some find it difficult to deal with. “We can’t let our current position in the table disguise the problems that are there.” The issues are due to get worse, because Matteo Politano left the stadium with crutches and only wearing one shoe, as he played the final 15 minutes with a sprained ankle, as all the substitutions had been completed. 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/
Defender Matthijs de Ligt said he doesn’t “regret joining Juventus” after Patrick Kluivert suggested he should’ve gone to Barcelona. Now, Netherlands international De Ligt hits back at comments made by Barcelona’s academy director Kluivert, who stated the defender “regrets” his move to the Bianconeri. “I don’t regret the fact that I have moved to Juventus,” the 21-year-old told Voetbal Primeur. “They are saying and writing a lot of stuff. “If a person like Kluivert says something like that, it might seem true, but it really is just his assumption.” Juventus are back in action against Atalanta on Saturday, when they are looking to continue their unbeaten run in Serie A this season. 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/
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/ Roma have announced their squad for the Europa League match against Istanbul Basaksehir tomorrow, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nikola Kalinic returning. The Armenian has been out of action for nearly two months, and is included in the squad. Another return is on-loan striker Nikola Kalinic, who has been out of play since mid-October. Roma are still without long-term casualties Bryan Cristante and Davide Zappacosta. Javier Pastore and Alessandro Florenzi are also out through injury, but Leonardo Spinazzola is included despite seeming to sprain his ankle in training this morning. The Giallorossi lost their last game in the competition to Borussia Monchengladbach, and the pressure is on to progress to the round of 32. Roma beat the Turkish side 4-0 on match day one in the competition. Roma squad for Basaksehir: Pau Lopez, Cardinali, Fuzato; Smalling, Kolarov, Santon, Fazio, Mancini, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Perotti, Veretout, Zaniolo, Diawara, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko, Kluivert, Under, Kalinic, Antonucci
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It is no secret that of all international sides he has played against in his 15-year international career, VVS Laxman has always saved his best for Australia.Now in perhaps the final stages of his storied international career, Laxman is ready to better his already outstanding record against the Aussies in what is almost certain to be his last Test tour of the country.”You always want to prove yourself against the toughest opposition. Most of the Australian teams I’ve played against had some great players, and it was a challenge to take them on. It has always brought the best out of me,” he said in an interview with Wisden Extra.In 25 Tests against Australia, Laxman averages 55.58, including his epic innings of 281 at Kolkata in March 2001, which inspired India to a famous victory after following on. In his 11 Tests in Australia, Laxman has scored four memorable centuries, including three in Sydney.Where other Indian batsmen have struggled to cope with the extra bounce, Laxman has thrived with his ability to drive off the back foot and pull in front of square. “I’ve always enjoyed pitches where the ball comes on to the bat, where there’s pace and bounce,” he said. “Australian grounds also tend to have fast outfields where you get full value for your shots.”But going into the Boxing Day Test, Laxman will have a point to prove as he averages a lowly 18.50 from three matches in Melbourne, with a highest score of just 42.And while Michael Clarke’s new-look Australia may have dropped down the world rankings, there’s no hint of complacency from Laxman as he looks ahead to the series.advertisement”Their fighting spirit and the refusal to give up make them the toughest opponents,” the Hyderabadi said. “They’ll not give you anything easily. Even at Under-19 level, it was that way. They were very aggressive and they were quick to identify your weaknesses.”Laxman’s affection for cricket in Australia goes back as far as his schooldays: “As a young boy, I used to wake up early in the morning to watch cricket from Australia, when we had a telecast, and I loved to listen to the likes of Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry and Ian Chappell give insights about the game. To actually make runs there was something special,” he reflected.
Prasun Mukherjee, Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, looked confident but a little conscious at the Calcutta Sports Journalist Club in Maidan among his allies with whose help he intended to become the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Another “friend” present, though only looking down from the wall, was Sourav,Prasun Mukherjee, Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, looked confident but a little conscious at the Calcutta Sports Journalist Club in Maidan among his allies with whose help he intended to become the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Another “friend” present, though only looking down from the wall, was Sourav Ganguly in a jubilant picture.What should be a routine state cricket election has turned into a political wrestling pit. On one side is Mukherjee backed by Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. And on the other is the incumbent president, the man synonymous with cricket and Kolkata – Jagmohan Dalmiya. Jagmohan DalmiyaPrasun MukherjeePOLLS APART: Jagmohan Dalmiya and Prasun MukherjeeOusted from power in the BCCI, this is Dalmiya’s last stand. If he loses CAB, he loses his foothold in cricket. Bhattacharjee’s decision to have a say in the matter by “advising” Dalmiya not to file his nomination for the post of president gave the hardboiled administrator an inkling of what lay in store for him.But the unkindest cut probably came when former Indian captain Ganguly sent a stinging email, accusing the CAB officials of ‘ruining’ cricketers’ careers. The email has cost the already beleaguered former Indian captain more than a few supporters in Maidan. “He must be really desperate,” says a member of a first division club. The Maidan-the city’s hive of cricket clubs-was abuzz with rumours that the BCCI’s current regime had struck a deal with Ganguly.By aligning himself with Mukherjee, the alleged payoff for Ganguly was a place in the Indian team so he could have a proper farewell from the game. Playing county cricket these days, Ganguly has not been in the kind of form that merits a recall. Mukherjee, however, denies talk of any deal. He is confident of wearing a fourth hat: Mukherjee is already the state athletics federation head for the past three years and the president of an environmental NGO.advertisementBuddhadeb BhattacharjeeSaurav GangulyDespite Bhattacharjee’s approval, Ganguly has been criticised for his email that cost him significant support amongst the public.In his two decades as a CAB administrator, Dalmiya has never been so challenged. Samar Pal, an anti-Dalmiya camper for the past seven years says, “Members are gradually coming out of Dalmiya’s camp. This is going to be his toughest fight ever.” Some in Bhattacharjee’s Cabinet like PWD minister Kshiti Goswami and sports minister Subhas Chakraborty have said they did not approve of the Government’s direct involvement in a sports election.Despite the chief minister’s role, the CAB is not the state election where the CPM rules. Dalmiya has always commanded more than the majority of the 121 votes in the fray. In last year’s election against Dalmiya, even with the chief minister’s blessing, former police commissioner Dinesh Vajpai had managed to get just 13 votes.The Maidan has done its maths and does not believe Dalmiya’s days are done. The 36 government-affiliated votes will surely go to Mukherjee. It is the rest-first and second division clubs-which will decide Dalmiya’s fate. Many have kept their loyalties secret and the future of Bengal cricket currently remains uncertain.
The UPA will be doing the smart thing by amending its Lokpal bill to ensure its passage through the Rajya Sabha. In essence, it would drop the provision that calls for the setting up of Lokayuktas in the states. As many as 18 of the 21 political parties who participated in Friday’s all party meeting on the issue, are still opposed to the provision, and the UPA lacks the numbers to push it through the upper house.The government would be advised to consider BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s suggestion that the provision for state Lokayuktas be made optional. The UPA government should not stand on ceremony in accepting the Opposition’s suggestions, and in any case, it does not have too many choices. The country needs to get over the divide that has emerged over the Lokpal issue in the past year or so. It is time that the system was established and the Lokpal system begin work in ridding us of the monster of corruption.
Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Center: Ben Mbala (La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHere’s a question, is there a center right now in the league better than the reigning MVP?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 openingAfter representing Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket, Ben Mbala went back to business.And that business was dominating the competition in the UAAP. La Salle had just one game this week and Mbala punished University of Santo Tomas with 29 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.READ: La Salle bounces back, clobbers USTHis performance came after the Green Archers’ 98-87 loss to University of the Philippines.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the longest time, Thirdy Ravena has lived under the shadow of older brother Kiefer.ADVERTISEMENT But this season, Thirdy has come to his own as Ateneo’s leader.Thirdy isn’t the type of player to dominate opponents with scoring, but he does it in a variety of ways.In the two games Ateneo played this week, Thirdy averaged a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds a game while also putting up 4.5 assists per outing.Forward: Vince Tolentino (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Vince Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVince Tolentino is not a scorer, but he proves his worth through his hustle plays.The forward has made a name for Ateneo as a player who’s willing to do the dirty work.Prior to facing NU, Tolentino averaged 6.4 points a game with most of his scoring options coming off drop passes from teammates and open layups.Then Tolentino showed his offensive wares against the Bulldogs, punishing Matt Salem with constant drives to the basket en route to a career-high 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.Guard: J-Jay Alejandro (NU Bulldogs)Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netForget that J-Jay Alejandro spells his first name in a certain way, or that National University lost both of its games this week. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Jordan Sta. Ana (UST Growling Tigers)Jordan Sta. Ana. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUST had the misfortune of facing the top two teams in the league, Ateneo and La Salle, in the same week and this led to its record plummeting to a sorry 0-6.Bright spots are hard to come by in the Growling Tigers season but wingman Jordan Sta. Ana tries to change that.Sta. Ana is not a shooter, and he knows it, with practically all of his points coming from drives and free throws and he averaged 17.5 points this week while putting his body on the line against the Blue Eagles and Green Archers’ frontlines. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Indians get AL-best 102nd victory, beat White Sox 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The end of the first round is nearing and the Final Four picture is starting to form.Ateneo has been flawless and La Salle, well the champion is hell-bent on ending its rival’s streak.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Alejandro almost single-handedly carried the Bulldogs in Week 4.The wingman averaged 23.5 points this week as he tried to lift the Bulldogs in every conceivable offensive way against Ateneo and Far Eastern University.Guard: Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMatt Nieto is no longer one-half of the Nieto twins, technically he is, but he’s now distinguished himself as man of his own.The third-year Eagle has shown why he’s an invaluable piece of the Ateneo puzzle that has now won its first six games.Nieto lit up against University of Santo Tomas and finished with a career-high 22 points, 12 of which came from long distance. He, then, followed it up with a decent 12-point outing against FEU.Honorable mentionsChibueze Ikeh (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Chi Ikeh. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoy oh boy have the Blue Eagles dominated this season and big man Chibueze Ikeh featured spectacularly in one of their better wins.Ikeh had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in their 96-83 win over NU and not only did the 6-foot-8 center show his muscle underneath he also displayed a sweet stroke never before seen in his three-year career as he went 2-of-2 from deep. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges “It’s still far. I’m challenged whenever coach Jerry gives me advice, especially when I commit mistakes. I always listen to him and I try my best to achieve what we’re trying to reach, to correct my miscues so that next game, I can correct those. It’s still a learning process for me and I know that I still have a lot to learn,” he said. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSuperstitions have always been a huge part of Levi dela Cruz’ game that he continues to wear the same uniform he played well in for his next games.“Whatever I wore when I felt lucky, I won’t stop wearing it. Whatever I used when I was named the best player or whenever I play well, I would continue using it,” said dela Cruz, pointing to his gray jersey after pouring 20 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Arellano’s 81-64 win over Mapua on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Jerry Codiñera, however, says that dela Cruz isn’t so much of a Salado, but more of a Jio Jalalon, going as far as giving him a moniker of his own.“He’s like a mini version of Jalalon. The Mini Bus Driver, or the Coaster Driver,” the PBA great said, triggering smiles from the press.Turning serious, Codiñera sees big things ahead for his 22-year-old guard.“For a rookie, he’s outstanding. I think he’s our third best player and I hope he’ll continue. He has a bright future, but he has to mature, his shot selection has to keep improving, and we continue on improving. He has to shoot well, defend well, and he has to direct and lead the team,” he said.Humbled with the comparison, dela Cruz knows that he’s still far from the level of the former Arellano playmaker.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Onwubere bids EAC goodbye on a winning note But no matter how superstitious he is, Dela Cruz, of course, washes his clothes first.It looked like Dela Cruz’ lucked rubbed off the Chiefs as they strung four straight wins in their late Final Four run to go up to an even 9-9 slate with the pint-sized playmaker leading the way.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 openingDela Cruz has stepped up to the plate for Arellano, filling the shoes left by Kent Salado in the last two games, with the lead guard out for the season due to a slight MCL tear on his right knee.Interestingly, dela Cruz is wearing jersey number 16, the same number Salado wore until he changed to 3 this year. But he argued that it’s just pure coincidence, explaining that he devoted his number to his parents’ anniversary. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST READ