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/ Verona President Maurizio Setti claims he didn’t hear any racist chanting towards Brescia’s Mario Balotelli, even though there is video evidence. Balotelli picked up the ball in the 53rd minute and blasted it into the crowd after incessant chants from the home fans, and threatened to walk off the pitch before being calmed down by his teammates. Unsurprisingly, Verona’s President took an all-too familiar approach to this issue, pleading ignorance. “We did not hear anything. I arrived in Verona eight years ago and immediately seen that the Verona fans are ironic, but absolutely not racist. When Balotelli made his debut here for Milan six years ago there were episodes of racism, and we condemned it. We have always done,” Setti told reporters in the mixed zone. “It is wrong to generalise, speaking for all 20,000 fans when, perhaps, a couple of people have said something. If there are two or three people who have said something, we are ready to take action against them because we condemn any episode of this type. “But to speak of Verona as we were 30 years ago is wrong. We are a club that only has sport in our real DNA. There are many players of colour who wear the Gialloblu from the youth team to the first. “Racism is a path for us that doesn’t exist and Verona is not a correct position for generalisations. In eight years of my presidency, you could confirm this. The attitude of our fans is absolutely correct.” Coach Ivan Juric also insisted it was “a lie” to say there was racist abuse from the Verona fans towards Balotelli during today’s game. However, one of the Verona fans themselves helpfully uploaded a video to social media highlighting the odious ‘monkey noises’ just before the precise moment he kicked the ball into the stands. The supporter presented the video with this caption: “Do you hear racist abuse? Or did the genius just want to get attention?” The answer is very clearly the former.
Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera expects the wicket to take spin from the third day as it was drier than expected and said his side would look to pile up runs tomorrow to press for a win in the second cricket Test against India here.Samaraweera, who was unbeaten on 65 in Sri Lanka’s 293 for four at stumps on the first day, said the P Sara Oval pitch was drier than before and more spin-friendly than normally expected.”The pitch has much less moisture than expected. So it is much drier and it will start spinning after Day Two. So we have to score runs tomorrow and we are in a good position now,” said Samaraweera, who averages above 50 in the 60 Tests he has played so far.He said the pitch was not easy to bat on but felt his side’s batsmen had done well on the opening day.”The pitch was not easy to bat on and some balls from fast bowlers were stopping before reaching the bat. So it was not easy to play shots straightaway, you need to settle down.But we had done well so far,” he said.Asked if he was looking for a century tomorrow, Samaraweera said, “I will take an ice bath and think over. I have been doing well in the series. I would be happy if I score big tomorrow.”Samaraweera was unbeaten on 76 and 10 in the second Test while he was out for a duck in the first.
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Though Mahendra Singh Dhoni hardly comes across as someone who subscribes to Steve Waugh’s theory of mentally disintegrating an opponent with words, one wouldn’t have expected him to be effusive in his praise of former India teammate Harbhajan Singh, who took over as Mumbai Indians skipper on Monday after Sachin Tendulkar stepped down.The Chennai Super Kings captain had only good things to say about the off-spinner ahead of their clash in the opening IPL-V game here on Wednesday.”Bhajji is a fighter. He is someone who loves challenges. He performs well both with the bat and ball. He is good as a skipper; he brings value to the side. It will be good for them,” Dhoni said at a press conference to launch CSK merchandise on Tuesday, where coach Stephen Fleming was also present.”But please don’t take it in the negative sense that I mean that when Sachin was there he was not good, because there is a tendency to distort statements.” Asked about what made the two-time defending champions click, Dhoni said: “We take pride in our performance. We don’t think about results. It is never about I, me, myself. That is our strength.”Dhoni feels the Chepauk wicket has changed in nature, and that his team must adapt quickly to protect its fortress. “It’s a very different looking wicket, which will be as new to us as it will be to visiting sides. But I believe we are fairly well equipped to handle any wicket,” said the India skipper.advertisementDhoni also said he might send R Ashwin to open the batting with the regular Murali Vijay to shake things up. “We don’t like to discuss the playing XI, but Faf (du Plessis) had a good domestic season, Anirudha Srikkanth has opened the batting for us in the past, and why not Ashwin? He has proved he can be a decent batsman,” Dhoni said.
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“We got banged up a little because it’s our fifth game in a week,” said Dillinger.That busy schedule helped the Bolts keep the momentum going, especially after a scrambling win over Blackwater in the quarterfinals.“We put that D (defense) on them tonight,” added Dillinger. “The ability to give out the D was the key for us.”After Lee hit a twinner for a 66-57 lead, that “D” held up until the end.Star, despite its array of shooters, failed to take a single shot except for Mark Barocca’s miss in the last 1:16.ADVERTISEMENT Competitive UP good for UAAP Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It also helped that Meralco import Allen Durham came back from ankle injury to score 23 points and grab 23 rebounds.Ginebra San Miguel and Talk ‘N Text begin their own series at 7 p.m. on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.MERALCO 72—Durham 23, Dillinger 15, Amer 10, Newsome 7, De Ocampo 5, Hodge 5, Lanete 4, Hugnatan 3, Caram 0, Nabong 0, Tolomia 0.STAR 66—Jalalon 15, Barroca 11, Lee 11, Sangalang 9, Acox 7, Simon 6, Pingris 4, Brondial 2, Reavis 1, Dela Rosa 0, Melton 0, Ramos 0.Quarters: 7-21, 32-36, 47-53, 72-66Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View comments Meralco’s Ranidel De Ocampo eyes the basket off the double team of Star’s PJ Simon and Marc Pingris at the start of their semifinal duel on Sunday in Biñan, Laguna. —PBA IMAGESBIÑAN, Laguna—Jared Dillinger knew that winning the big games means taking the big shots.On Sunday night, the Filipino-American walked the talk as he steered Meralco to a 72-66 win over Star in Game 1 of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinals series at Alonte Sports Complex here.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Dillinger scored eight of his 15 points in the last three minutes, including the game-tying triple with one minute and 42 seconds left. He followed it up with a barreling drive to hand Meralco the lead for good.“Well you know in the playoffs it’s about taking those big shots,” said Dillinger, who also had five assists for the Bolts who were behind, 7-21, after the first quarter.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 openingThe Bolts clamped down on the Hotshots, denying them a basket in the final four minutes to score the win and have a morale-boosting lead in the series which will resume on Tuesday in Santa Rosa, Laguna.But until the final three minutes, Meralco was groping in the dark against Star’s defense that limited the Bolts’ scoring opportunities. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups
MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Nieto was left bloodied as he sustained a cut above his right eye after taking an inadvertent elbow from Mbala.READ: Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben MbalaFEATURED 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 “I didn’t intend to hit him or hurt him,” the two-time UAAP MVP said.The Ateneo gallery, which included the Nieto family patriarch, was outraged over the incident. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Dwight Howard fined $35,000 for obscene gesture in Cleveland Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ben Mbala said that he didn’t mean any harm on Matt Nieto when the two collided late in the first half of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals.“It’s part of basketball,” Mbala said after La Salle fell to Ateneo, 70-76, on Saturday. “I had the ball, I spun and it was late on the rotation the double and that’s why he got hit.”ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout “I don’t know why his dad is cursing at me and threatening me. I wasn’t trying to listen to what he was saying, but from where I saw him, he was threatening me and pointing at me telling me I’m dead,” he said. “I’ll just say he was probably going through the emotion of the game and he saw his son on the floor bloodied. But it is part of the game.”“He’s been in the sport for quite some time and we all know things like that happen all the time and I did not intend to hurt his son. That’s not something you should be doing during a finals game, especially when you’re a father of two players on the court,” he said. But rather than dwell on it, Mbala and the rest of the Green Archers have “Obviously, if we lose the next game then it’s over. We are not gonna go out here just to have a regular and mediocre game,” said Mbala, who is also eyeing to rebound from his season-low eight point-performance in Game 1.“We just have to go out there and win the game because without it, we are gonna be out. Everything we’ve been doing throughout the season will just be gone to waste.”ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 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
The Hindustan Times reporter covering the World Cup has formally lodged a complaint with the ICC against Virat Kohli for verbally abusing him after India’s practice session at Murdoch University ground on Tuesday. But surprisingly Indian team management has dismissed of any abusive language being used by the player.On Tuesday, the reporter, Jasvinder Sidhu describing the incidence in an article said that Kohli looked agitated and pointed fingers towards him while he was watching Indian team’s net session. Sidhu claims that while walking back to the dressing room Kohli abused him in hindi.He further wrote that after few minutes the India vice-captain emerged from the dressing room and waved and smiled at him. Kohli conveyed his apology to Sidhu through another journalist, saying it was a case of mistaken identity on his part.A hurt Sidhu however on Wednesday lodged a formal complaint to ICC chief executive David Richardson. The Indian team’s media manager RN Baba denied of Kohli using any abusive language. “Virat has spoken to the concerned gentleman immediately and (the) matter ends.”The newly appointed BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur too had to intervene in this matter.He (Kohli) has clarified on the issue. For India, the ongoing World Cup is very important. We need to put all these issues to rest and indirectly has communicated that he misunderstood the situation. Let’s put this matter to an end,” said Thakur to PTI.”In future I think these kind of incidents should be avoided and taken care of. I have not spoken to players yet, the team management is there, taking care of all the players’ needs,” said Thakur.advertisement