Franck Ribery has been suspended for three games following his conduct in the aftermath of Fiorentina’s controversial 2-1 loss against Lazio. In the build-up to Lazio’s second goal, Jordan Lukaku appeared to foul Fiorentina winger Riccardo Sottil. That led to remonstrations and calls for referee Marco Guida to look at VAR, but he failed to do so. Ribery contested the decision after the game and went on to push match official Matteo Passeri. Today, the Giudice Sportivo announced its latest batch of suspensions, with the Frenchman’s name included. The FIGC judge found him to have “come forward with a threatening attitude and disrespectful behaviour towards an assistant, in addition to disrespectful words, by pushing him with one arm to the chest, as well as a further push by grasping an arm.” The 36-year-old has also been fined €20,000 and will miss games against Sassuolo, Parma and Cagliari. Elsewhere, Sassuolo midfielder Francesco Magnanelli and Parma’s Matteo Scozzarella have been charged with blasphemy and will sit out the midweek round. One-match bans have also been given to Fiorentina defender Luca Ranieri , Lazio’s Denis Vavro and Udinese’s Nicholas Opoku. 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/
Join us for all the build-up and action from the Champions League, as Juventus visit Lokomotiv Moscow and Atalanta host Manchester City. If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE. We begin at 17.55 GMT in Moscow, where Juventus can mathematically qualify for the Round of 16 with a victory. They had been trailing 1-0 to Lokomotiv in Turin until a late Paulo Dybala brace turned it all around, so this is not to be taken for granted. At 20.00 GMT, Atalanta seek their first ever Champions League point, but are up against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at San Siro. La Dea had been leading at the Etihad, but eventually lost 5-1. 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 are reportedly ready to join the chase for Everton forward Moise Kean, as the link back to Serie A is getting stronger. The 19-year-old has had a tough start at Everton, who might be looking to loan him back to Italy in January – with Sampdoria and Milan already mentioned as possible suitors for the Italy international. Now, the Corriere dello Sport is reporting that Gianluca Petrachi would like to bring Kean to the Italian capital, bringing him closer to his friend and previous Azzurrini teammate Nicolo Zaniolo. They have both climbed into the senior squad through their performances, but Kean was not called up for the last two Azzurri matches in the Euro 2020 qualifiers after turning up late to team meetings. Everton might be ready to loan out the Italian striker this January, as he is yet to score for the Toffees after his €33m move from Juventus last summer. Roma are short on forward options after injuries to Nikola Kalinic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. 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/
Sri Lankan captain speaking at a press conference.Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara has apologised to Indian fans for his teammate’s deliberate no-ball that denied Virender Sehwag a century in Monday’s ODI at Dambulla.Sangakkara admitted that Suraj Randiv’s no-ball was deliberate and offered his apologies. He told Headlines Today that he wanted action to be taken against the players involved in the act. Sangakkara said he had only asked Randiv to “keep the last ball tight”. “We as a team take responsibility for Randiv’s action,” he said. An internal inquiry ordered by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board had found Randiv guilty of bowling a deliberate no-ball. Sangakkara then apologised to Indian captain M.S. Dhoni and coach Gary Kirsten. He even sent Randiv to apologise to Sehwag. But was Randiv egged on by teammates to bowl the no-ball? The stump mike caught Sangakkara telling Randiv that Sehwag was one run away from his century. But in his defence, Sangakkara now says he was only telling his bowler to keep it tight.
Yet another scandal rocked Pakistan cricket on Sunday engulfing its captain Salman Butt, brilliant pace duo of Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir and four other players, leading to the arrest of a bookie in London and questioning of the players by the Scotland Yard after a tabloid sting.Captain Salman Butt is supposed to be the ring leaderScotland Yard detectives visited the Pakistan dressing room immediately after the third day’s play to question the players after the tabloid sting operation exposed ‘spot-fixing’ and the alleged nexus between the players and bookies.”Scotland Yard detectives had visited the team hotel where they had taken statements of captain Salman Butt, fast bowlers Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir, and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal,” Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed told PTI.The ‘News of the World’ tabloid alleged that a Pakistani man Mazhar Majeed, who is now under arrest, had paid bribes to the players to bowl no-balls in the series and the Lord’s Test.The video evidence that the tabloid has presented also shows Majeed talking about his links with Indian bookies.”I deal with an Indian party. They pay me for the information,” Majeed is quoted as saying.The International Cricket Council said it was aware of the developments but made it clear that the fourth day’s play of the Test will continue as scheduled.”No players nor the team officials have been arrested in relation to this incident and the fourth Test match will continue as scheduled on Sunday.”As this is now subject to a police investigation neither ICC, ECB, PCB nor the ground authority, the MCC, will make any further comment,” an ICC statement said.advertisementYawar admitted that the investigators had also spoken to him but denied that the rooms of the players were raided. He also denied seizure of money, laptops and phones of the players from their rooms.”The police have also spoken to me and we are trying to cooperate with them in every way possible and we are giving them whatever information they want,” Yawar said.But sources said the Scotland Yard detectives gathered some evidence from the hotel after raiding the players’ room.The embattled Pakistan team has also gotten in touch with their High Commission in London for assistance. Confirming this Yawar said, “the High Commissioner is also in touch with the Scotland Yard in this issue. We are cooperating with them.”Besides Majeed, an accomplice of his has also been picked up by the police for questioning. Majeed, 35, was arrested late last night after the tabloid handed over details of its sting operation to the Scotland Yard.The bookie claims to have paid some players in excess of 150,000 pounds to fix the Test match.”The police have carried out preliminary questioning of some players. Majeed is an old associate and friend of many Pakistani players and is settled in London. He has been seen regularly with the players on the tour,” one source said.”The sad part for the Pakistan cricket is that several leading players are said to be involved in this new scandal which could cause untold damage to Pakistan cricket,” he said.Pakistani TV channels reported that the players had been sounded off about the inquiry when the third day’s play ended.”That is why the players left early for the hotel without anyone attending the mandatory post-play press conference,” a source said.Pakistan had reduced England to 47 for five and then 102 for seven on second day at Lord’s but Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad scored centuries to share a record eighth-wicket partnership of 332 runs.The two Pakistanis who bowled no-balls allegedly on directions from Majeed were Asif and Aamir. Both bowlers delivered three no-balls on Thursday and Friday.The two bowlers delivered the no-balls “at precisely the moments promised to our reporter,” the tabloid said.”Our undercover team was posing as front men for a Far East gambling cartel. In return for their suitcase of money Majeed then calmly detailed what would happen – and when – on the field of play next day, as a taster of all the lucrative information he could supply in future,” it reported.Pakistan was bowled out for 74 yesterday and made to follow-on and were reduced to 46 for four at stumps facing certain defeat and a big series loss.While match-fixing is fixing the result of the whole match, spot-fixing is fixing events within a match, on ball-by-ball basis.The names of Pakistani players cropped up in match fixing earlier this year as well.advertisementAfter the tour of Australia, former Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam and assistant coach Aaqib Javed (who is still with the team) had expressed suspicions about Kamran’s involvement with bookies after assessing his performance in the Sydney Test.Meanwhile, Iqbal Muhammad Ali who heads the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports blamed the PCB and its Chairman Ijaz Butt for the humiliation Pakistan cricket was facing.”We and the Senate sports committee had warned that if some players were suspected of having ties with bookies they should be dropped from the team and disciplined.”But no one paid heed. If these players are now guilty we want to see them behind the bars because this conduct is unacceptable,” Ali said.
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.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would continue to lead the side in the forthcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday. However, his out-of-form deputy — Virender Sehwag — has been “rested” for the championship, to be held next month.Virat Kohli was named the vice-captain of the team for the tournament.The All India Senior Selection Committee of the BCCI met at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai to pick the 15-member team for the Asia Cup. Apart from Sehwag, it also decided to rest fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav. Sehwag, who has been a part of the Indian squad for the ongoing tri-series in Australia, has failed to impress so far. There were even doubts about retaining Sachin Tendulkar and Ravinder Jadeja in the side because of their poor show in Australia. However, they were retained in the team. Announcing the team, chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth made it clear that Sehwag and Zaheer were “not dropped” from the side but rested “on purely medical grounds”. All-rounder Yusuf Pathan and Ashok Dinda returned to the side in place of Sehwag and Yadav. The squad: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma , Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan and Ashok Dinda.Highlights: The 15-man squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup championship has been finalised.Virender Sehwag, Umesh Yadav and Zaheer Khan have been rested on medical grounds: Selection panel.M.S. Dhoni to lead the team in Asia Cup with Virat Kohli as the vice captain.Sachin Tendulkar has been retained in the squad.The squad: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan and Ashok Dinda.India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will take part in the ODI tournament.According to sources, the tournament is likely to begin in Dhanka from March 12.The squad was picked by a selection panel-led by Krishnamachari Srikkanth.We are confident we have chosen the best squad: Srikkanth.advertisement
Dressed in a smart pin-striped shirt and dark trousers, with a haircut that he joked would “make him look younger”, Sachin Tendulkar looked dapper as he spoke about his new role and responsibilities as a Parliamentarian and rubbished rumours of retirement.The 39-year-old cricketer-turned-Member of Parliament was in Pune to attend a ceremony to felicitate him on Maharashtra Day for scoring 100 centuries in international cricket. He sportingly confessed that the nomination to the House of Elders was a “bouncer”, but reiterated, “I am not a politician. I am a sportsman and will always remain one.”Last week, the celebrated cricketer was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President, a move that brought him bouquets and brickbats from across the country. Friend Raj Thackeray, chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, hailed the announcement, while Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray flayed the nomination as the Congress’s “dirty picture”.Yoga guru Baba Ramdev publicly condemned the nomination and even the cricketing community, as well as fans, was divided over the batsman’s decision to accept the honour.Stressing that the nomination wasn’t a political one, the master batsman pointed out that stalwarts such as Lata Mangeshwar and Prithviraj Kapoor were nominated to the House of Elders for excellence in their chosen field. “When you get nominated because of your contribution in your field, it’s an honour. I was excited to be nominated,” Tendulkar stated.Acknowledging that he now has “many responsibilities”, Tendulkar dismissed talk that he would retire from cricket to join active politics. “Cricket is my life and it will be so. Whatever I have achieved is due to my contribution to cricket,” he clarified.advertisementHe’s got his share of criticism and stress in the past as well, especially in the year between his 99th international century and the 100th ton, but Tendulkar casually commented that his family had taught him how to take the good with the bad. “The formula was just move ahead. Nobody got carried away with good performances,” he said.Sharing his mantra for success, Tendulkar said that he “never looks at the past or the future” but concentrated only on the present. “I look at problems as opportunities and approach them positively,” he stated.Speaking fondly about his wife Anjali, Tendulkar said that she had stood by him “through thick and thin.”The Bandra boy also revealed that despite the recent distinction of becoming the first cricketer in the world to score 100 tons, the World Cup victory was, personally, a more joyous moment for him.Apart from all the talk about cricket and family, Tendulkar rubbished rumours that he will join politics after retirement. “I am a cricketer first and will always remain a sportsman,” he said, adding that he would continue to contribute to the field of sports.
Houston Astros’ George Springer reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. APLOS ANGELES — George Springer hit so many clutch home runs, he was a clear pick for World Series MVP. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges The Houston leadoff man hammered his way to the award, homering and doubling Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) to boost the Astros to their first championship with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7.He launched a Series record-tying five homers, including shots in each of the final four games, and celebrated those Springer Dingers by hollering around the bases.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 openingMany years ago, that type of trip would’ve been hard to believe. Impossible, really.As a kid, Springer stuttered so severely that he frequently fell silent, unless he was around his family or close friends. Over time, he’s improved so much that he graciously grants interviews, even on national television, and never seems to shy away from the spotlight. He even wore a live mic in center field during the All-Star Game in July. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Springer tied Reggie Jackson (1977) and Chase Utley (2009) for the most home runs in a Series. The UConn product became the first hitter to homer four games in a row during a single Series, and also set the mark with eight extra-base hits.“This is a dream come true,” he said.He bounced back fast from a tough start, when he struck out all four at-bats in the opener, extending his slump to 3 for 30. He looked lost at the plate facing Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but manager A.J. Hinch firmly said Springer would stay atop the lineup.Good move. Springer went 11 for 25 the rest of the way.He hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the 11th inning of a Game 2 win at Dodger Stadium. He doubled during a victory in Game 3, and homered again in a Game 4 loss.He connected for a huge homer in Game 5, moments after an ill-advised dive for a sinking liner that skipped past him. He later drew a two-out walk in the 10th that set up the winning run at Minute Maid Park.Springer hit a solo home run in Game 6 that put the Astros ahead in a game they eventually lost 3-1.His final Series line: a .379 average, seven RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage.Springer rallied from a rugged showing in the AL Championship Series, when he batted just .115 (3 for 26) without an extra-base hit or RBI in seven games against the Yankees.That came after his fourth and most productive season in the majors, when he set career highs by hitting .283 with 34 home runs and 85 RBIs. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Watch closely and you can see Springer, just for a moment, still begins to stumble over words sometimes. So he will calmly slow himself down, or pause for a second, before gathering himself and continuing on eloquently.At 28, the All-Star center fielder has taken every chance he’s gotten this postseason to talk about Camp SAY — that’s the Stuttering Association for the Young.Springer is a spokesman for the two-week summer camp that benefits kids and teens who stutter. He also runs a charity bowling event, raising money to help people attend the program.“I hope there’s somebody somewhere out there that is impacted and can learn to just go be who you are and not let any stage or any place stop you,” he said last week.On baseball’s big stage, the Dodgers couldn’t stop him.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ His production follows his pedigree.Drafted 11th overall by the Astros out of Connecticut in 2011, George Chelston Springer III comes from a family of athletes. His dad pitched in the Little League World Series, his mom was an accomplished gymnast, and his two sisters played softball in college.In fact, Springer wears No. 4 to represent the four members of his immediate family. Engaged to be married in January, Springer won’t be able to bump up to No. 5 — the Astros retired that jersey for Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell. He often was the Most Vocal Person, too — and that might be the most remarkable part of his story.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Butler’s late points lift Timberwolves past Pelicans
MOST READ Donald Tankoua was the rock once again for San Beda, pouring 27 points, 20 rebounds, and two assists but it was Robert Bolick who came through in clutch for the Red Lions, who finally defeated the Pirates after three tries.Bolick fired nine of the Red Lions’ last 11 points including the gutsy off-the-glass trey with 1:28 to go. He finished with 24 markers, four boards, and two dimes.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 openingSan Beda can finish the job off next Thursday in Game 2, still at the Big Dome.Despite the win, coach Boyet Fernandez said that the Red Lions remain as the underdogs in this series. 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Injuries galore in Seahawks’ Thursday night victory Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda shrugged off a slow start and dealt Lyceum its first defeat of the season, 94-87, to take Game 1 of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball Finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Showing their poise in the championship round, the Red Lions corrected their error-prone ways in the first half to inch closer to claiming their 10th title in 12 years with a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three championship duel.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Malditas save PH from shutout “I stick to the brand that we are still the underdogs. We just only won one game. It’s not yet over and we still have to win one more game,” he said. “I just give credit to my players. We were down by more than 12 points and they never gave up. People said the heart of LPU is really big, but the heart of my players were really big as well.”Davon Potts added 15 points and four rebounds, while Javee Mocon got 11 markers and nine boards in the win.San Beda recovered from a 57-45 deficit to start the third quarter as Bolick and Tankoua commandeered a 16-3 blast to take a 61-60 lead late in the third period, setting up the close finish.With the game tied at 80, the Red Lions once again leaned on Bolick, who exuded veteran poise and drained the crucial buckets.Newly minted Most Valuable Player CJ Perez fired 25 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Mythical Team member Mike Nzeusseu got 14 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments The two were instrumental in the Pirates’ last ditch rally as they cut the 91-82 deficit with 35 seconds remaining to just four, 91-87, with 20.2 left before Bolick and Potts canned the insurance freebies to seal the game shut.The Scores:SAN BEDA 94 – Tankoua 27, Bolick 24, Potts 15, Mocon 11, Soberano 9, Tongco 4, Doliguez 2, Noah 2, Abuda 0, Presbitero 0, Adamos 0.LYCEUM 87 – Perez 25, Nzeusseu 14, Ayaay 11, Caduyac 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ibañez 6, Santos 5, Pretta 3, Serrano 0, Baltazar 0.Quarters: 22-21, 45-50, 64-64, 94-87.