Former Milan and Azzurri coach Arrigo Sacchi says Roberto Mancini’s Italy side are an example for all of Serie A. “They win, convince and entertain.” Sacchi gave an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport in which he heaped praise on Mancini’s swashbuckling outfit, who qualified for Euro 2020 with a 100 per cent record. “The Azzurri win, convince and entertain. They left to applause from the Bosnian public on Friday, who admired their quality,” said Sacchi. For decades the legendary coach has been critical of the approach many sides in Serie A take and complaining of the abundance of foriegn players in the league. “Mancini inherited a squad that failed to qualify for the last World Cup and a league that is overflowing with foriegn players, so pessimism was rampant. However the work accomplished by Mancini and his boys is hardly imaginable. They are a positive and courageous example to the rest of the league.” Italy have won 10 consecutive games, breaking Vittorio Pozzo’s long-standing record, set in the 1930s during the second World Cup triumph. “Mancio has set the template for this Italy, his choices are full of skill and optimism. They are devoid of negative, defensive and boring football. They are becoming more convincing with every game. In the match against Bosnia, we saw them pressing as very few teams practice in Serie A.” Italy finish their Group J campaign against Armenia on Monday. 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/
As the saying goes, ‘you can take a Punjabi away from Punjab, but you can never take away Punjab from a Punjabi’. And the Punjabi diaspora across the globe stays true to that claim. Known to be courageous and enterprising, many Punjabis have made a mark globally. simply punjabi brings,As the saying goes, ‘you can take a Punjabi away from Punjab, but you can never take away Punjab from a Punjabi’. And the Punjabi diaspora across the globe stays true to that claim. Known to be courageous and enterprising, many Punjabis have made a mark globally. simply punjabi brings to you five such people who are achievers in their respective fields and are currently in the news. Though they are settled in different countries, their hearts beat for their soil in Punjab.Gill with his Italian shotgunSohrab Singh Gill, 23, shooterHe romances the gun and shooting is his passion. Sohrab Singh Gill grew up with guns all around him-his father Paramdeep Singh Gill is a Jammu and Kashmir-cadre Indian Police Service officer who served most of his term in the strife-torn valley and is today the director general of Punjab Police.”The guns and their sound fascinated me,” says Gill who took to shooting seriously at 16. “I started with rifle shooting but gradually began liking the shotgun. It was challenging shooting at flying targets,” says Gill. He is the only Indian to have won an international skeet medal at any event held outside India.Gill, currently pursuing his LLB from Chandigarh’s Panjab University, took it up as he could devote more time for his shooting. For four hours every day Gill practices his aim. The game demands a high level of concentration. “Also, you need good eye-hand coordination,” says Gill. Shooting, says Gill, is a very unforgiving sport: “You miss out on certain events and you are gone. You have to work hard throughout.”advertisementTuli shows off his invention, the UbisurferSuneet S. Tuli, 42, businessmanIt’s rather uncommon to find a mix of entrepreneurial moxie and humility in anyone. But Toronto-based Suneet Singh Tuli is an exception. Meet the man who virtually has the world in his palm. Aimed at leading an internet revolution in India he recently launched the Ubisurfer with free Internet. Tuli, the founder and CEO of DataWind Ltd, has had 20 years as an entrepreneur.Last few years Tuli has been focussed on providing affordable Internet to the consumer. He knows not all Indians can afford to spend over Rs 25,000 on a computer and an additional few thousands on an Internet connection. Hence, he has priced his UbiSurfer, (an internet-connected netbook) at an affordable Rs 7,999. Apart from being a netbook, it includes a CDMA modem Tata SIM and a free Internet connection for a year at 30 hours per month. “India is a different market with vast volumes and different needs. Now only a small portion have access to the net which ought to grow exponentially,” says Tuli, confident that the combination of fast and free access to the net will be a winner here.Brar on the sets of his filmKaran Brar, 11, actorHis teachers often visit him on the sets and his parents and grandparents just can’t keep the smile off their faces. But signing up three films with the famous production house 20th Century Fox is no reason to cry, is it? Karan Brar from Seattle, Washington, is the first 11-year-old Punjabi sikh who has in his kitty the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and its sequel. The film, based on the best-selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, chronicles the adventures of wisecracking middle school student Greg Heffley. Brar essayes the role of the second lead, a character by the name ‘Chirag Gupta’ in this movie.Greatly inspired by father Harry Brar, who acted in theatre during his college days, Brar fell in love with acting when he was only seven. His interest developed when he participated in Hollywood’s famous acting competition, IPOP (International Presentation of Performers), where he received rave reviews. His first acting assignment was an ad film for Shell Gas. “Actually, I hated acting as a seven year old. My dad inspired me so I did acting and I realised it was my talent,” smiles Brar.Bajwa strikes a poseNeeru Bajwa, 29, actorHer Bollywood debut was opposite Viveik Oberoi in Prince. An ex-runner up, Miss India Canada, her performances in Punjabi films like Dil Apna Punjabi, Heer Ranjha, Munde U.K. De, and now, the recently released Mel Kara de Rabba has been widely appreciated.Neeru Bajwa, a pretty and charming Punjabi model turned actress, has always been fond of acting ever since she can remember. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Bajwa strated out with a serial Hari Mirchi Laal Mirchi on Doordarshan.From a tender age, Bajwa has been interested in her culture and language and wanted to pursue acting in India. “I am thankful to my family for making me familiar with my native languages. Had I not been fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, I wouldn’t have ever thought of entering the Indian film industry,” says Bajwa.advertisementAccording to her, the Punjabi film industry is getting professional by the day, which really contributes towards the positive growth of the industry. “So far, my experience doing Punjabi films has been great,” she says and adds, “I had a great time working with Harbhajan Mann in Heer Ranjha for which I had to do a lot of research,” she says.Momi with her artworkTanya Momi, 49, artistA prolific painter and a successful salon owner in Mountain View, California, Tanya Momi rebuilt the pieces of her life after a traumatic marriage and divorce. Born into an intellectual sikh family in Chandigarh, Momi, a sensitive, shy child, showed an early talent for artistic expression. Thereafter, Momi earned her bachelors degree in art.”As a young woman, I was passionate about art,” says Momi, and adds, “My favourites were figure drawings and cubist paintings, techniques that have strongly influenced my painting style.”However, Momi lost touch with her artistic side when she got married and moved to California at 22. Rigid and orthodox, her in-laws didn’t allow her to pursue her passion or to step outside. However, on a neighbour’s suggestion of becoming a manicurist, the in-laws saw her as a money-maker and relented.After her divorce, Tanya was shunned by the women of her own community and propositioned by men. “I wasn’t swept asunder because of the faith in my gurus. In fact, many of my paintings display passages from the Guru Granth Sahib,” says Momi. Today, she has finished nearly 300 unique paintings. “I don’t have any artists I relate to,” she says. “My life is my inspiration.” n by Arvind Chhabra, Monita Sharma and Anandita Gupta
The Indian team management has alleged bias in the decision to ban three Indian players and two members of the coaching staff for their alleged role in the brawl during a match against Pakistan in the hockey tri-series in Australia last week.Claiming that it was the Pakistanis who were more to blame for the free-for-all, the team management on Monday filed an appeal to the International Hockey Federation (FIH).Midfielder Gurbaj Singh, forwards Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Tushar Khandker, assistant coach Jugraj Singh and the team’s exercise physiologist David John, who was the stand-in manager for the game, were handed bans by tournament director Graham Napier for their involvement in the skirmish with Pakistani players.”The team management in Australia wanted my approval to file the appeal and I gave it though I have not seen the footage of the incident myself,” Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra told Mail Today. “Our chief executive officer Elena Norman, who is in Australia with the team, has filed the appeal.”They claim that the Pakistan players were the instigators but one of our players Gurbaj Singh, who received two stitches, was suspended for three matches.”There seems to be some bias against India in these matters. We had made a written complaint against the Pakistan coach who verbally abused our players at the Asian Champions Trophy at Ordos, China, but no action was taken against him,” he said.Apart from Gurbaj, Chandi and Jugraj were banned for five matches. Tushar and John got one- match suspension each, while Pakistani skipper Shakeel Abbasi was also handed the same punishment.advertisementBatra said he will take up the matter with the world body but added that a verdict on the appeal could take some time.”The matter will now be referred to the FIH appeals committee which can revoke, reduce or even increase the punishment if it deems fit.”I will attend an FIH meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on November 12 and will definitely take it up with them. The matter is expected to take that long as the committee needs time to convene.” The meeting will discuss the ongoing governing crisis in Indian hockey which has cast doubts on India hosting the Olympic qualifiers next year. FIH has also threatened Hockey India with de-recognition.After the ongoing Australia tour, India’s next assignment is the Champions Challenge in South Africa in November. Most of the players punished will have served their sentences as they stand by then.”The one-match suspension imposed on Tushar and David ended with today’s match against Australia. Gurbaj’s three- match ban will also be served during the Australia tour itself.”The suspended players can be on the bench but cannot play a match. It is up to the team management to decide which matches to include in the sentence,” Batra said.Chandi and Jugraj will still have a part of their suspensions to be served after the tour to Australia.
Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi has backed Sunil Gavaskar in his feud with the BCCI over alleged non-payment of dues promised to him, saying the former opener was promised Rs 4 crore per annum.Gavaskar had lashed out at the board two days ago after his demand of USD one million (Rs 5 crore) per IPL season, which he claimed was due to him for media and governing council related activities involving the IPL, was turned down by the BCCI.”A lot is being said in the news about Sunny. I just want to clarify – yes Sunny was promised the four crores a year by the BCCI for IPL,” Modi wrote on Twitter.”Yes its due to him for the years he served on the IPL Governing Council. We used his name and credibility when setting up the IPL.”Getting Sunny on board was done with the help of Mr (Sharad) Pawar – the then president of BCCI. He had negotiated the amount and I as chairman agreed,” he added.Modi, who is facing charges of financial irregularities in the IPL and is staying overseas, said Gavaskar’s role was critical for the success of IPL and to counter competition from the rival Indian Cricket League (ICL), which had got on board legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev.”When we launched IPL, ICL was headed by Kapil Dev and we needed all the more reason to have Sunny on our side. Because of Kapil’s stature ICL was snapping all the players. So it was important to counter that by bringing in Sunny. ICL was on a roll…,” he said.advertisement”ICL made the task more difficult so we had to launch a better and more superior offering to players and fans alike.Credibility was key then. IPL since has made history and will earn BCCI billions of dollars in the coming years. People like Sunny should be rewarded not crucified,” he added.Modi also took a dig at BCCI president N Srinivasan over the scrapping of the deal with broadcast rights holder Nimbus for defaulting on payments.”First Zee as Treasurer, then Kochi as secretary and now Nimbus. Resulting in thousands of crores loss…what happened to all the transparency,” he asked.
Australian spin legend Shane Warne has little doubt that Sachin Tendulkar would get his 100th international century on the present tour Down Under, but he wished the iconic Indian batsman to reach the feat in the first cricket Test starting December 26 here.”I feel Sachin would get his 100th century (in Australia) but I wish he does so in Melbourne,” Warne said on the sidelines of a function at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where his 300kg bronze statue was unveiled this morning.Warne, who in his entire career could claim Tendulkar’s wicket only thrice in Test matches, has enormous respect for the champion Indian batsman whom he rates as the best willow-wielder of his time.The first match against Australia would be Tendulkar’s 185th Test. He has so far made 15,183 runs from 303 innings with 51 centuries at an average of 56.03 in five-day games.Tendulkar also has 18,111 runs from 453 ODIs with 48 centuries under his belt at an average of 45.16.Tendulkar, though, has struggled to add to his tally of 99 international centuries this year ? his last ton being 111 against South Africa at Nagpur in March during the World Cup.His last Test century was also against South Africa – 146 at the Newlands, Cape Town in January and has been without a ton in the longest format of the game in his last 14 innings.On the present tour, India revisits Melbourne again in February, though it would be for a 50-over match against Australia on February 3.Meanwhile, Warne also expects the famed Indian batting line up to do well in the upcoming series.advertisement”I think their batters, especially Rahul Dravid, will make big runs. He’s a quality person, a quality act, a quality player.”India has a quality team. In Test cricket we’ve seen them, against the West Indies. Their batsmen will do pretty well,” said Warne, who ended his career with 708 wickets from 145 Tests at a staggering average of 25.42.The former leg-spinner, however, did not boast of an impressive record against India. In his 14 Tests against India, Warne captured only 43 wickets at an average of 47.19.If Warne is confident about India’s good showing in the batting department in Australia, he has serious doubts over the visitors’ bowling abilities.”Their bowlers will have to stay fit. If Zaheer Khan or Ishant Sharma get injured, then I think their bowling attack could be quite weak. The Australian batsmen could perform pretty well. I think it’s going to come down to how India are going to take 20 wickets with their bowling,” he said.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads LATEST STORIES After the event was another story as representatives from the seven teams who are calling for Narvasa’s head quickly left the venue, while the other five stayed for a few minutes before making their exit.Romero assured everyone that the Board is still working on fixing the issue, saying the governors’ collective is making sure the league’s 43-year-old legacy still prevailed.“I think we’re a very solid group at this point in time. Business as usual. Basketball has to be fought inside the basketball courts, and it should remain inside the basketball courts. Any internal problems or whatever that we have, we will deal with it internally, within ourselves, within the 12 of us,” he said.“This Sunday, what we should be watching are the players, the superstars of Philippine basketball.”But the PBA couldn’t deny that the controversy took a toll on its major operations, with the usual extravagant opening ceremonies now watered down to a simple rites at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAll is well with the PBA. Or so it seems.The 43rd season of Asia’s oldest play-for-pay league will push through this Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, but not without a palpable cloud of unease which loomed over the preseason press conference Wednesday at Okada Manila.ADVERTISEMENT “The TV coveror was also hampered by all that’s happened,” shared PBA communications and external affairs director Willie Marcial. “But we’ll still have an opening ceremonies. For sure, there will still be a parade of players.”The board, though, vowed that the PBA will be as functional as it was before as Fernandez promised a bigger turnout this coming year.“What the board promises you is we will have a more exciting year and we’ll continue to delight the millions of fans of the PBA. We promise that with your support, we will continue to make the PBA very relevant to the Filipinos,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Malditas save PH from shutout Neymar to miss PSG Cup tie after returning to Brazil Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ League chair Mikee Romero of GlobalPort said all the right words in the symposium as 10 of the 12 governors convened for the first time since the controversial impasse, assuring the fans that the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup will push through as scheduled.“December 17 is still the date for the opening of season 43. We can’t take the PBA away from the Filipinos, or the Filipinos away from the PBA, ” said Romero, who remains the chairman of the board.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 openingAside from Romero, also present for the event are league vice chair Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX, Robert Non of San Miguel, Alfrancis Chua of Ginebra, Rene Pardo of Magnolia, Dickie Bachmann of Alaska, Mert Mondragon of Rain or Shine, Raymond Zorrilla of Phoenix, Silliman Sy of Blackwater, Bobby Rosales of Kia, alternate governor Ryan Gregorio of Meralco, and TNT assistant team manager Magnum Membrere. All 12 representatives dined in one table, a landmark moment considering the friction that split the Board into two groups over the past two months.Embattled PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa was also at hand, but was on a separate table alongside his fellow league executives. The controversial figure opted to be a low-key figure on the side and hardly issued any statements, allowing the governors to take the center stage. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims
Spain’s Rafael Nadal challenges a line call as he plays Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Top seed Rafael Nadal ruthlessly brushed aside Victor Estrella Burgos to power into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.The world No.1, a beaten finalist to Roger Federer in Melbourne last year, clinically took apart the 81st-ranked Dominican to forge a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 win in 94 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.ADVERTISEMENT He next plays Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.“I’m very happy to be back, it’s a very important beginning for me. It’s good news for me,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I want to enjoy every moment I’m here on this court.”The Spaniard left nothing to chance with eight service breaks and 28 winners in a complete first-up performance, dispelling fears over any knee trouble. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Nadal only conceded three games in the match and had few problems with Estrella Burgos, who has a modest 6-15 record at Grand Slams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lady Altas escape Lady Stags in NCAA volleyball ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives 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 PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Nadal, 31, wore no strapping on his knee, appeared to move freely and combined his trademark power game from the back of the court.It took his Australian Open record to 52-11 as he chases his second Melbourne Park title after beating Federer in the 2009 final.Nadal, who is gunning for a 17th major title, was hampered by a knee injury at the tail-end of the 2017 season.It forced him to skip the lead-up Brisbane International this month, and he only had a one-match workout at the exhibition Kooyong Classic in Melbourne ahead of the Open.Nadal needs to reach the quarter-finals to be certain of retaining his world number one ranking, with Federer breathing down his neck.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes isn’t willing to roll the dice as he virtually ruled Troy Rosario out for the February window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“He’s cleared to practice, but he’s really not cleared to play,” Reyes said on Tuesday. “He’s cleared to do some light workouts, shooting drills, but not really full contact. We’re not keeping our hopes up high for him to be able to join the team.”ADVERTISEMENT The 26-year-old Rosario attended practice on Tuesday at Meralco Gym, his first on court appearance after suffering a bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday, but could only watch his teammates during the scrimmage.His potential absence is an additional blow to the Gilas frontline, which already lost Raymond Almazan and Calvin Abueva after Reyes dropped them from consideration for the February window last month.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 openingThough the situation was tough, Rosario understood the precaution and accepted his fate given his health status.“The team knows my situation so I’m just practicing, doing shooting. I still can’t participate in scrimmages because anytime that I feel dizzy, it might be dangerous,” he said. “The neurologists advised that I could only do light practices for three days before we can assess my situation.” BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives 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 Abueva hopes to get second chance at Gilas, vows to redeem self ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais LATEST STORIES MOST READ Rosario did promise to make his presence felt by showing up to every Gilas practice, an evidence of his unwavering dedication to the program.“I’ll attend our practices everyday. [TNT] has a game tomorrow, but I’ll still go here first before I go to the game,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim