Gian Piero Gasperini regrets conceding “some avoidable goals” against Manchester City, but maintains Atalanta “take everything positive” from the Champions League. Ruslan Malinovskyi had put them in front at the Etihad from the penalty spot, but a Sergio Aguero brace turned it around before Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick. “I am a little disappointed with the penalty. It would’ve been tough anyway, but we had started well, taken the lead and could’ve held on to that for a little longer,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia after a 5-1 defeat. “Manchester City are strong and showed it, but we let our heads drop too quickly and the penalty was avoidable. When Manchester City have space to run into, they’re unstoppable. “It was important that we kept pushing, we could’ve scored another couple of goals and it is all part of the growth process for this team. “I had hoped to make the game last longer, as we conceded avoidable goals.” This is Atalanta’s first ever Champions League campaign and they are yet to pick up a point, but were the first side to score against Manchester City in the competition this season. There were over 2,800 Atalanta fans in Manchester and they never stopped singing throughout, as this club was in Serie B as recently as 2011. “As I’ve always said, we take everything positive from this tournament and we will emerge together – from the club to players and fans – stronger, with more experience and knowledge.” 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/ Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly want Atalanta winger Dejan Kulusevski, who is currently on loan at Parma. The 19-year-old has won plaudits for his performances so far this season at the Stadio Tardini, already attracting interest from Inter. The Sun reports that both Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in the Swedish starlet and are ready to pay £40m for his services. The English paper states that both Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer and Unai Emery are in need of midfield reinforcements, and they believe Kulusevski fits the bill. Kulusevski has made 12 appearances for the Gialloblu this season, scoring twice and contributing five assists. He joined Atalanta as a youngster and rose through their youth academy, and only made three appearances for La Dea last season, so was thus loaned out to Parma last summer.
Milan’s interest in Olivier Giroud could be explained by Tottenham Hotspur possibly hijacking their move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. According to The Telegraph, Ibrahimovic could fill the void left in Tottenham’s attack by Fernando Llorente, who joined Napoli over the summer. The 38-year-old will become a free agent when his contract with LA Galaxy expires next month. Bologna and particularly Milan have been linked with bringing him back to Italy, but it also emerged earlier that the Rossoneri had enquired about Giroud. The Swede is known for his strong rapport with new Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, having worked with him at Inter and Manchester United. Despite that, the ex-Nerazzurri coach made it clear he would not knock the door down for reinforcements in January. “I told them that one of the reasons why I decided to come was [their current players],” he said at his official unveiling earlier today, The Telegraph reports. “I tried to buy some of them for different clubs and I couldn’t. Some of them I didn’t even try because you know how impossible it is. But I like this squad very, very much. “I like the players very, very much. It’s not something new that I said that. It’s not like ‘ok, now you are their manager you are saying that because you want to look nice’. That’s not the point. “I don’t want to make big changes. I want to respect the base and the base is the work they did for five and a half years [under Mauricio Pochettino].” 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/
Delhi University aspirants hoping to make it to a college of their choice through the extra-curricular activity (ECA) quota have been hung out to dry, it seems.After sports quota, now trials for this category have run into rough weather as colleges do not have adequate manpower (teachers) to judge applicants. Consequently, many institutions have been forced to postpone their ECA trials indefinitely.By Tuesday, sought-after colleges such as Miranda House, Kirori Mal College (KMC), Ramjas College and Hindu College had put up notices informing applicants of this decision.While Ramjas and Miranda House were to start their preliminary rounds from Tuesday, Hindu and KMC had trial dates scheduled in the last week of June and first week of July, respectively.And other institutions may soon join this list.Zakir Husain College (day) and Gargi College, for instance, are yet to take a call on whether to postpone ECA trials or not.Though the ECA quota is not mandatory for colleges, most admit students through this category as it helps them form strong teams for debating, dance and quizzing, among other activities.This latest snag in the admission process is just another effect of the ongoing teachers’ agitation at DU. Unhappy with the “autocratic” manner in which the semester system was introduced by Vice- chancellor Deepak Pental in the science departments at the undergraduate level, teachers – in response to the appeal by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) – of as many as 50 colleges have decided to not participate in the admission process this year.advertisementThough on Monday the Delhi High Court had restrained teachers from “obstructing” the ongoing admission process “in any manner whatsoever”, this may not be of much help to the college principals as DUTA has decided to continue with its agitation.”We respect the court’s judgment, but we will continue to appeal to teachers to disassociate themselves from admissions as this does not amount to obstruction. Our agitation is peaceful and it’s our way of telling the vice- chancellor that the teachers will not be party to his autocratic ways,” said Aditya Narayan Misra, president, DUTA. Though college principals had managed to declare the first cutoff list in time without help from teachers, they have taken the call to not bear the onus for the ECA trials.”There’s only so much work one person can do. It’s impossible to conduct trials without the teachers. So I have decided to postpone it till the issue between the university and the teachers is resolved,” said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.”Our preliminary rounds were to begin today, but I have put them on hold till further notice as I want my teachers to be a part of this process. I will meet my faculty members regarding this and take a call soon,” said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.Students who had their hopes pinned on the ECA quota are obviously not happy with the latest turn of events. “Students who want to appear for (ECA) trials are required to apply to colleges separately and not through the common admission form. I have applied to KMC and Hindu. Had I known that the chances of ECA trials are slim I would have filled up the common form only,” said Radhika Ghosh, an applicant.However, some institutions such as Kamla Nehru College and SGTB Khalsa College will keep their trials on course by having it judged just by an external jury.SPORTS TRIALS ONDELHI University started its five- daylong centralised sports trials on Tuesday.Despite an agitation by teachers across colleges against the introduction of common trials from this year, the university managed to wrap up trials on the first day without any problems.The sports council conducted the trials with the help of an external jury across five venues for volleyball, shooting, softball, football and wrestling. DU has registered close to 2,500 candidates across 45 colleges for common trials, which end on June 27.
Delays in completion of various Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects and charges of corruption against the organising committee (OC) have upset the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) CEO, Mike Hooper. After a series of reports against the OC headed by Suresh Kalmadi, Hooper has expressed concern over the charges of corruption against it and constant delays in the completion of Games-related projects. “We are greatly concerned and dismayed over allegations of corruption and constant delays,” Hooper said. Hooper said he will meet Kalmadi along with CGF president Mike Fennel on August 18 and 19 and discuss the preparations for 2010 Games in detail. Safety and security of venues and Games Village would also be discussed at large. “We need to satisfy ourselves on all aspects because Sports Minister M.S. Gill has given assurance that everything is world class and ready. The Delhi government and the Delhi Police also have to give us a roadmap,” Hooper said. “Obviously corruption needs to be investigated thoroughly. CGF is not an investigating agency. We are concerned over overpricing and use of poor quality of materials,” the CGF CEO added.
My first memories of the Independence Day date back to when I was in the third standard. I used to remember August 15 as a day when we used to get sweets. Also the school principal would address us and this was followed by a cultural programme.That was what the Independence Day meant to me when I was a youngster. Beyond that I could not make out the significance of the day.It was only later when I moved to Hyderabad in 1998 that I understood the significance of the Independence Day. I realised it went far beyond mere celebrations.It is all about pride-pride in oneself, in the country and in being an Indian.I was the group leader of one of the ‘houses’ in my school and I knew that on this day, India became independent.I used to take immense pride in singing patriotic songs. Even today when I reflect on those school days, I get a huge thrill. I get excited even now at the prospect of shouting hoarse while chanting Vande Mataram. In fact, I remember after our family moved to Hyderabad, I became more conscious of August 15. I was not fully aware of the importance of this day until I saw the serial Jhansi Ki Rani. It was while watching this serial that I came to know a lot about the history of our struggle for freedom from British rule. Also I distinctly remember asking my father a lot of questions about our freedom struggle, about how our freedom fighters staked their lives to earn our independence from the British.advertisementI do not carry the tricolour with me when I go to play international tournaments. I get the flag from the fans at the venue. My sense of pride in being an Indian goes up when my fans manage to get me the tricolour when I win a title.There is a small incident which comes to my mind. I was playing in the Beijing Olympics during the Independence Day week. I was losing my third round and the crowd shouted ‘Saina, you have to win for India’. I also remember the tricolour being waved and a group of Indian supporters egging me on.All this had a terrific effect on me.I was a transformed player and went on to beat Wan in three games and qualify for the quarterfinals.I feel had I not seen the tricolour in the crowd, I could have very well ended up losing that match to Wan.It was as if that flag had acted as a catalyst for me to beat Wan-someone I had never beaten before.But it was also on Independence Day that I had to experience one of the saddest moments of my life.I was playing Indonesian Maria Yulanti for a place in the semifinals and a win there would have ensured me a bronze medal at the Olympics.But somehow, I was not in the zone that day and a strong drift added to my woes as I went on to lose my match to the Indonesian in three games.That defeat is one of my biggest disappointments. In fact, after winning the Singapore and Indonesian Super Series this year, one of the first things that I did was to wrap myself in the national flag.I cannot tell you the feeling I get once I drape myself in the tricolour. You feel you are on top of the world. The feeling is just unbeatable.Now, I feel that it is time to leave all the controversies surrounding the Commonwealth Games behind.I am solely focussed on winning the gold medal at the Delhi Games. There is nothing more fulfilling than winning gold in front of my home fans.Also a gold medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou is my next target.No Indian shuttler has won a gold at the Asian Games and I am eager to break that jinx.I wish my fellow Indians a very happy and auspicious Independence Day.
View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda came through in the clutch and defeated rival Letran, 73-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions mounted an 11-2 game-closing run to take a 72-65 lead with 1:12 remaining in the fourth with Robert Bolick scoring four points in the charge.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 MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Bong Quinto led the Knights with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Jerrick Balanza had 16 points.Rey Nambatac struggled against the defense of Bolick as he put up just eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. The defending champions improved to 16-1 and continued their winning streak to 15 games while the Knights dropped to 8-9, tying Arellano U and San Sebastian at the fourth spot.“It’s a rivalry game, we have to win this game to prepare us against Lyceum on our final game,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “I commend Calvin [Oftana] for giving us a good start and Robert [Bolick] did a good job in the end.”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 openingOftana’s seven points in the first period helped the Red Lions get a 21-14 edge in the first 10 minutes.Donald Tankoua, though, was the high-point man for San Beda with 15 points to go along eight boards while Oftana and Bolick had 13 points apiece. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Kyrie Irving on opening night showdown vs. Cavs: ‘There’s no pressure at all’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims
LATEST STORIES Former Cleveland Cavaliers teammates LeBron James (23) and Kyrie Irving (2). (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Kyrie Irving’s return to the Quicken Loans Arena for the first time as a member of the Boston Celtics remains as the top storyline heading into the 2017-2018 NBA season.The 25-year-old former Duke product is expected to receive a hostile welcome from the city’s fans, but LeBron James believes it won’t be as bad as the treatment he got during his first game back as a member of the Miami Heat on Dec. 2, 2010.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges — Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 17, 2017James also made it clear that he holds no ill feeling toward his former point guard and that he respects his decision to leave.“At the end of the day, the kid did what he wanted to do. That was his destiny,” he shared.“The three years that we had together, unbelievable three years. I wish we could have continued that, but it didn’t work itself out. Now, my energy is to the guys that’s in ‘The Land.’”ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, Cleveland is expected to honor Irving with a video tribute on opening night, according to a separate report from Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Kyrie Irving on opening night showdown vs. Cavs: ‘There’s no pressure at all’Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests againSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Speaking alongside new Cavalier teammate Dwyane Wade in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, “The King” explained why he thinks Irving will be “fine” come opening night on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).“Everybody’s good. Everybody’s good. KD (Kevin Durant) last year in Oklahoma City, Paul George going to go back to Indiana, you know, D-Wade’s going to go to Chicago, Kyrie’s coming back to Cleveland. No (it won’t compare,” he said.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“They will be fine. People were throwing batteries at us,” James added, recalling his first game back in Ohio after the now infamous “The Decision.”The real story of @KingJames & @DwyaneWade‘s 14-year friendship: draft camp, playoff battles, ducking batteries, banana boats & so much more pic.twitter.com/7SFzLwzkUe No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans 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 Hontiveros returns to action, joins Alab Pilipinas