Belgium CT Roberto Martinez has assured Inter fans that they have “a unique No 9 who knows how to do it all” in Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku became Inter’s record signing when he arrived from Manchester United in August and has made an immediate impact, already scoring five Serie A goals. “He’s a unique No 9, physically strong: I think it’s important for every team to have a striker who harvests all his qualities,” Martinez told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Romelu dribbles, holds the ball up and – above all – scores. Being able to surpass 100 goals in the Premier League and being Belgium’s all-time top scorer tells you everything. “This is what the Italian fans are starting to appreciate, a chameleon-like striker, able to do many things but always with the intention of scoring. “He knows how to do it all. Therefore, lots of people go around looking for the things he was unable to do. “There are strikers who know how to do only one thing, so no-one asks them to do anything else. “Romelu’s strength is that he can always do something different: this is also a disadvantage because there are games where some of the things he tries fail to come off. “He makes the pitch bigger and creates things for others: if people appreciated these things, even when he doesn’t score, then he’d be criticised less. “I invite fans to go back over his career: at 16 he was already scoring goals for Anderlecht, then at Everton ge was important, getting used to the physicality of the Premier League. “At that point, always putting the team before himself, he matured: now he’s ready to win a title abroad and I think that’s what he wants to do with Inter. “When you put something in your head, you get it.” For all the talk of ending Juventus’ grip on the Scudetto, the Belgian has yet to score in the Champions League this season… “History shows that Italian teams have had strong, physical defenders. Romelu is more used to the Champions League. “He’s been playing in it for a long time so I think he’ll find it less of a struggle, even if Borussia [Dortmund] have several top individuals.” 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/ Kévin Malcuit’s season is over after the Napoli defender damaged knee ligaments during the 1-1 draw with SPAL on Sunday. It was confirmed on Monday that Malcuit had injured both the ACL and medial meniscus in his right knee against SPAL. The Frenchman, who left the field in tears, will undergo surgery tomorrow and is not expected to play again for Napoli this season. He becomes the fourth defensive casualty for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, with Mario Rui, Nikola Maksimovic and Elseid Hysaj also out. Consequently, Ancelotti will have to turn back to Faouzi Ghoulam, who has fallen out of favour in recent weeks.
Lilian Thuram is shocked by Verona’s reaction to the racist abuse aimed at Mario Balotelli, calling coach Ivan Juric “a very dangerous person who should be suspended.” The Brescia forward kicked the ball into the stands aimed at the precise section where audible ‘monkey noises’ were coming from during Sunday’s Serie A game at the Stadio Bentegodi. Despite the fact even the Federation representative on the touchline heard and reported the racist abuse, and it was caught on video, Juric, President Maurizio Setti and the Mayor of Verona all insisted there was no racism. “We have to tell people that there is history behind racism and it’s not true that it comes from ignorance,” former Parma and Juventus star Thuram told Radio 24. “History proves that racist people genuinely believe in these ideals, much like with sexism. If someone believes in the inferiority of another race or gender, he is not stupid, he genuinely believes in this. “It is also very dangerous to think of monkey noises as banter. It is not a normal thing to do. We need everyone to point that out, that this is unacceptable. “This is why I say the Verona coach is a very dangerous person who should be suspended for what he said. “He said that he didn’t hear anything wrong, that is the danger. When someone is attacked, others have to come to their aid, not expect the person under attack to defend himself. “When all the players walk off the pitch together, that is when things will change quickly. Racism is violence.” Hellas Verona did, however, ban ultras leader Luca Castellini until June 2030 after he used a series of racial slurs against Balotelli during an interview. “This gentleman says such things because there is history behind it, he believes nationality derives from the colour of your skin,” continued Thuram. “Racism is in the stadium, but what about society? Many say they are not racist, but do nothing for equality. The world of football must understand this is not a joke, it has real world consequences. “I’ve known racism before, during and after my playing career. What white player went to his fans and told them to stop it? Nobody. The only coach that I know who openly said he would walk off is Carlo Ancelotti. It is white players and coaches who must stand up and have the courage to say, enough is enough.” 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/
Rupika, 33, emailed to ask how she can stick to her workout routine when travelling. You have a regular fitness routine you’ve stuck with all year. Here come the holidays, and wreck your well-planned exercise regimen. But if you prioritise fitness and are flexible, you can manage things easily. A few tips:1. Use the outdoors and get moving. You could go for a walk through a specific neighbourhood or for a trek, since you mentioned that you are going to the hills. How about getting a group together for some tag races while you get that heart rate going?2. Break up your workout. Segment your workout into three 10-minute sessions that you can squeeze in each morning, noon and evening. Use the time you do have, even if it is five minutes.3. Have a plan B. If something thwarts your best intentions, have a backup plan. For example, tell yourself, ‘Tomorrow, I will walk at 4 pm, but if I’m still shopping, I’ll do it at 6:30 pm.’ If you typically exercise in the evening, you may want to switch your routine to mornings just during the holidays.4. Set realistic goals. Instead of working out five times a week, you may have to settle for three.Always have a pair of running or walking shoes with you, along with a set of light hand-held weights, and a clean pair of socks. If all else fails, you have the minimum equipment necessary to get in a walk.What matters is your total calorie consumption and the total calories expended over the entire holiday period. One or two splurges aren’t going to derail your efforts, so go ahead and have fun.advertisementNeesha Maria Bukht is a certified fitness trainer from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). She works with Talwalkars Gym, Mumbai. Bukht writes regularly on fitness and is also a certified dietician. Write to her at Neesha.firstname.lastname@example.org
A 72-year-old uncle of cricketer Virender Sehwag allegedly committed suicide in his residence in south-west Delhi, apparently depressed over prolonged illness, police said on Friday.Bhagat Singh was found hanging at his residence in Laxmi Garden in Najafgarh on Tuesday night by his son Lalit Singh, who informed police.His body was taken to Rao Tula Ram Hospital where his post mortem was conducted.Singh, who had kidney-related problems, was apparently depressed over prolonged illness. However, he left no suicide note.He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Even before the India-Pakistan cricket series has begun, records are being broken. The title sponsorship – Samsung Cup – has been sold for $4 million (Rs 18 crore). That is about twice as much as the cost of title sponsorship for other cricket series in which India plays. A 10-second,Even before the India-Pakistan cricket series has begun, records are being broken. The title sponsorship – Samsung Cup – has been sold for $4 million (Rs 18 crore). That is about twice as much as the cost of title sponsorship for other cricket series in which India plays. A 10-second advertisement spot on television during the series’ telecast will cost Rs 4-5 lakh, far higher than the Rs 3 lakh it cost during the World Cup 2003. Air tickets to Pakistan for the next four weeks have been sold out. “It is a frenzy unprecedented in cricket history. We have not had an event like this ever since satellite television happened to India,” claims Sharmista Rijhwani, managing director of Taj Television India, the holding company for Ten Sports that has the exclusive telecast rights for the India-Pakistan cricket series.Rijhwani should know. Ten Sports bought exclusive rights to all cricket matches to be played in Pakistan till 2008 for an estimated Rs 60 crore. It had hoped to make big money telecasting Indo-Pak matches, only no such matches took place since it clinched the rights. Now the company is set to make a killing from the forthcoming series alone. Consumer products giant Samsung, the title sponsor, is spending Rs 60 crore while its arch rival LG is pitching in with Rs 50 crore. Two wheeler companies Bajaj Auto and Hero Honda are estimated to spend Rs 15 crore and Rs 11 crore.Highest ScoreClick here to EnlargeJust four weeks of the India-Pakistan series is expected to generate Rs 115 crore for Ten Sports, compared with Rs 230 crore earned by SET Max during the World Cup spread over 42 matches and 52 days. Says Pawan Munjal, managing director and CEO of Hero Honda Motors: “The passion that cricket generates in people on either side of the Wagah border is unmatched anywhere in the world.”Companies are hoping that the cricket frenzy will translate into higher sales. Television industry expects sales in March-April 2004 to be 50 per cent higher than the sales in February-March 2003. That’s when sales too had been propped up by the World Cup. Samsung will be launching at least 10 new products during the series. LG hopes to sell five lakh units during March-April as against 3.5 lakh sold last year. Cellular service provider Hutch will be doing the video replays of the matches and will also bring the critical clips of the tournament to its GPRS subscribers during the series, hoping to boost SMS traffic.The travel and tourism industry has been a surprise beneficiary. Says Ashwani Kakkar, managing director, Thomas Cook India: “As far as this series is concerned, demand is not the constraint for our business. It is the supply which is falling short.” Air tickets to Pakistan during the four weeks of the series have been sold out with a lengthy waiting list. Pakistan International Airlines is increasing its weekly flight frequency from six to 12 from March 20. It is also doubling the capacity per flight by replacing Boeing 737s with the more spacious Airbus A-300s. Indian Airlines is also adding extra flights on the India-Pakistan sector. “We have never had such business in the past,” says Mohammed Ali Haider Naqvi, sales promotion manager, Pakistan International Airlines.The Indian frenzy will have its rub-off effect on Pakistan too. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) – which suffered losses of $20 million when India twice refused to tour Pakistan in the past – will earn $21 million (around Rs 95 crore) from the series. “Revenues generated would be the highest ever in the history of Pakistan,” said PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan at a press briefing. Clearly, for the two countries where war had literally become a game, the game is turning into a war.advertisement
Sania Mirza was on Tuesday awarded a wild card entry into the women’s doubles event of the London Olympics, ending suspense over her participation in the event and also making her eligible to compete in the mixed doubles competition in which India is hopeful of winning a medal.Sania was handed a wild card along with veteran Rushmi Chakravarthy while Asian Games gold medallist Somdev Devvarman was given a wild card entry in the men’s singles event.Sania’s wild card entry will now turn the spotlight on a miffed Leander Paes who is yet to take a final call on his participation following the selection row over the men’s doubles team.In a compromise formula worked out by AITA, Paes was forced to play with 206-ranked Vishnu Vardhan in the men’s doubles event against his wishes and was paired with Sania in the mixed section.Paes had however not given his nod to the compromise deal, raising speculations on whether the veteran tennis player would indeed carry out his threat of boycotting the Games.The two wild card entries meant India will be fielding its largest ever tennis contingent in the Olympics.All India Tennis Association has received a letter from International Tennis Federation (ITF) President Francesco Ricci Bitti, stating that wild card applications for Sania and Somdev have been accepted.Paes had demanded a written assurance from Sania that she would play only with him instead of Mahesh Bhupathi in the mixed doubles.Paes, who it is believed, was waiting for announcement of the wild card, will now have to clear his stand quickly.Sania, too, kept mum on the issue till now as she was not consulted before deciding the combination and it will be interesting to see if she also takes a stand on her combination with Paes.While the Hyderabadi had earlier expressed her desire to partner Bhupathi, the AITA broke the recently-crowned French Open combination to appease Paes.AITA had to bow down to Bhupathi and Bopanna’s demand that they be paired as team for the men’s doubles event, following their unwillingness to play with Paes.Paes was then paired with Vardhan in lieu of a mixed doubles pairing with Sania.Thirty-two teams will contest in the men’s and women’s doubles, with 24 direct acceptances and eight ITF places in both events.Direct acceptances were based on the combined world rankings of each team on June 11, with each player using the better of their singles and doubles world ranking.Any player ranked in the doubles Top 10 on June 11 was eligible for direct acceptance with a partner of any ranking.Mixed doubles has been included in the Olympics for the first time since 1924.Entries for the 16-team event will be determined on site from those players already participating in singles or doubles.Teams have to be nominated by their National Olympic Committee by July 31. There will be 12 direct acceptances based on the combined world rankings of each team on June 11, and four ITF Places.advertisement
‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES Prince picks up Ricci after ‘meltdown’ “We’d like to put our emotions aside,” added assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “We lost this game but we still have the opportunity to win a championship.”Although momentum may have swung to La Salle’s side, Ateneo thinks it still has a strong shot as the two fierce rivals fight for the crown in a do-or-die Game 3 at 4 p.m. this Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We have to be focused on Sunday,” said Arespacochaga. “We can’t look at [Game 2] and say sayang (what a waste). We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena also hopes the Eagles will be better equipped against a La Salle side that can easily flip the switch.“It’s a real lesson for us that it’s not over until it’s over,” said Ravena. “We got complacent in the second half.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s the kind of loss that could crush any team’s spirit. But it’s also the kind of loss that would, the Ateneo Blue Eagles hope, give them a fresh mindset.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ View comments 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 “We know that we’re tougher and we know we can handle that challenge against La Salle,” said Ateneo guard Matt Nieto. “We know we can trust in ourselves and we trust in our team. And of course, we trust in coach Tab (Baldwin).”Ateneo had looked all set to grab the UAAP championship—at least in the first half where the Blue Eagles erected a whopping 49-28 advantage—before La Salle turned the game around behind Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero for a 92-83 Game 2 triumph last Wednesday that leveled the series at 1-1.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 openingDespite blowing a 21-point lead—and the chance to sweep the title series—the Eagles want to forget about the heartbreak and focus on their second try to bag the crown.“We won’t think about Game 2,” said Baldwin. “La Salle didn’t think about [their 76-70 loss in] Game 1 and they came out and played.” 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout
After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Stanley Pringle then capitalized on a Magnolia turnover and score a mid-range jumper with 1:02 left in the fourth that increased Globalport’s lead to five, 82-77.Magnolia’s Aldrech Ramos cut the deficit to two, 82-80, after a three-pointer with 13 seconds left, but Stanley Pringle’s free-throw line split with 5.4 seconds left ensured the victory for the Batang Pier.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 openingPringle finished with 18 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, and two steals for Globalport while Ryan Araña and Kelly Nabong added 16 and 14 points, respectively.Ramos had 15 points to lead the Hotshot scorers while Ian Sangalang and Mark Barroca added 14 apiece. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ 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 Pre-season game between Globalport Batang Pier vs Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from PBA.phGlobalport mustered a last gasp win over Magnolia in an PBA preseason game, 83-80, Thursday at Claret School in Quezon City.The Batang Pier scored five unanswered points with less than two minutes remaining in the game with Kelly Nabong first hitting a three-pointer at the 1:44 mark to give Globalport an 80-77 buffer.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments LATEST STORIES From Bong to Kiefer: Taulava has come full circle with the Ravenas The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next