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/ Milan drop Suso and go with Samu Castillejo and Ismael Bennacer against SPAL in Serie A this evening. Suso’s performances have been heavily criticised this season, despite Stefano Pioli’s defence of the Spaniard. He makes way for countryman Castillejo on the left wing, with Krzysztof Piatek and Hakan Calhanoglu joining him in a three-pronged Milan attack. Elsewhere, Leo Duarte is given a rare start at right-back, replacing Andrea Conti as Davide Calabria is similarly overlooked. Bennacer replaces Lucas Biglia at the heart of the Rossoneri’s midfield, flanked by Lucas Paqueta and Franck Kessie. SPAL, meanwhile, change two from their 1-1 draw with Napoli as Thiago Cionek and 37-year-old striker Sergio Floccari come in for Igor and Alberto Paloschi. Milan: Donnarumma, Duarte, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Hernandez, Paqueta, Bennacer, Kessie, Castillejo, Piatek, Calhanoglu SPAL: Berisha; Tomovic, Vicari, Cionek; Espeto, Missiroli, Murgia, Kurtic, Reca; Petagna, Floccari Referee: Piccinini
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/ Juventus winger Douglas Costa “has no reason to envy Kylian Mbappe”, according to former Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu. Costa scored a stoppage-time winner for Juve against Lokomotiv Moscow in style midweek, dribbling past three defenders, completing a give-and-go and beating another two men before nutmegging the goalkeeper. After watching that goal, Lucescu likened the 29-year-old in terms of ability to Mbappe, who is considered the world’s best player under the age of 21. “Douglas Costa, in terms of quality, has no reason to envy Mbappe at PSG,” he told Tuttosport. “The other day he scored a beautiful goal in the Champions League, but he’s got the quality to score goals like that every game. “Trust me, I know,” added the 74-year-old, who brought the Brazilian to Europe during his successful tenure at Shakhtar. Costa has netted just eight times in three seasons with the Bianconeri, although he did provide 12 assists in Serie A during his first campaign. “He’s a very generous player, he prefers to make an assist than score himself.”
Chief India coach Michael Nobbs will use the five-match Test series against South Africa to test all the players at his disposal and find out the best combination ahead of next month’s Olympic hockey qualifier.With South Africa also preparing for their Olympic qualifier in Japan, the series will give India a good idea about the level they need to be at to make it to the London Games.”This tournament is going to be the selection trial for us. We are going to try out different combinations. At some point, we will also field the strongest side and it will help pick the team for the qualifier. South Africa is a quality side and we will know which players are in form,” Nobbs said a day before the first match of the series.”There is a whole bunch of new boys in the team and everyone will get an opportunity.” The series will also be an opportunity to assess the fitness of players like Gurbaj Singh and Yuvraj Walmiki, who are returning from injury.South Africa will be in a familiar setting at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, having played at the venue during the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games in 2010.They will have to take a circuitous route to the Olympics. The South Africans won the continental championships, but the country’s Olympic committee deemed the standard not high enough and asked the team to make at least the final of the Champions Challenge I on home turf.India stopped them in the semi-finals and now they will have to go through the qualifier at Kakamigahara, Japan, in April.”We have had to leave a few players behind and have brought some fresh faces. It will help us work out a few combinations,” South Africa coach Gregg Clark said.advertisement
When can India get Olympics Gold MedalAs the Olympics draw near again, the question once again looms large – “Are we going to win a gold medal?” After which everyone will simply jump on the “one billion people and not one gold medal” bandwagon. There are countless problems we face,When can India get Olympics Gold MedalAs the Olympics draw near again, the question once again looms large – “Are we going to win a gold medal?” After which everyone will simply jump on the “one billion people and not one gold medal” bandwagon. There are countless problems we face and innumerable reasons why we are at the bottom of the sports world.Rather than diving into all the “wrongs”, I want to focus on the positives and the few bright spots. Inherently, as a country, India has been somewhat competitive in disciplines that combine skill, strategy and physical power. Tennis, badminton, archery, shooting and boxing are some of the sports where, if we do things right, we have a realistic chance of winning. We have been competitive in the junior levels of these disciplines and it is just a matter of time before we extend the athletes, development process to the senior levels. FROM OUR FILESAUGUST 31, 1984 Indian Sport: An Olympian Fiasco India doesn’t figure in the final medal tally at Los Angeles.”I think Indians have a tendency to over-react in any game.” Prakash Padukone, former badminton player, in 1981Norman Pritchard bagged two silver medals for the country in1900, when India first participated in the Olympics.Unfortunately, in sports that depend purely on physical power, we are light years behind. Swimming, track and field, and gymnastics have become more of a “science” now and we haven’t been able to keep pace. We still follow archaic training methods, hence we are nowhere.advertisementThe word “impossible” is not in my vocabulary, but to be able to succeed, we have to start at the grassroot level and monitor everything from nutrition to physical development. Athletes have to be nurtured in a very controlled environment.Thomas Gaines said, “Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier.” That is exactly the premise behind setting up the Mittal Champions Trust, funded by Lakshmi Mittal, in which I am a trustee. It focuses solely on winning the country a gold medal.The conventional way is to develop kids from the ground up. However, due to the time constraint, we are following a different model. We have handpicked the best, who have the ability to win us a gold, and we hope their success will inspire others, particularly youngsters, to soar to great heights.It is said that a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step, and that is what this initiative is all about. In order to change the face of sports in our country, we have to join hands and make a collective effort to attain a common goal. It is this sort of teamwork that will help us win many medals at the Olympics. As Marian Edelman rightly said, “We must not, in trying to think how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make, which, over time, add up to a big difference we often cannot foresee.”(The writer is a tennis ace who has won six Grand Slam titles.)
Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi inched towards their second Grand Slam title together as they progressed to the mixed doubles semi-finals of the French Open after shocking second seeds Kveta Peschke and Mike Bryan, here on Monday.The seventh seed Indian pair breezed past the Czech-American pair 6-2, 6-3 in just under an hour in the quarter-finals of the clay court Major.The Indians saved all the four breakpoints they faced in the match and converted four of the five chances they got.Bhupathi and Mirza, the winners of the 2010 Australian Open, now await the winner of the other quarter-final match between the pairs of Galina Voskoboeva/Daniele Bracciali and Nuria Llagostera/Oliver Marach.Another Indian in the fray is Leander Paes, who along with Russian partner Elena Vesnina is set to take on top seeded Liezel Huber and Max Mirnyi in another last-eight stage contest.
Despite falling sales in the automobile sector, domestic manufacturers are upbeat about the growth of the sport utility vehicles (SUVs) segment, which has reported a double-digit rise with fresh demand emerging from both urban and rural markets.According to figures of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), sales of SUVs increased by 16.4 per cent in the last fiscal. The growth continued to remain bullish in the first quarter of this fiscal year with most companies posting high double-digit growth.”Recently launched models such as Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Mahindra and Mahindra XUV500 and face-lifted versions of Toyota Innova have done well and received good responses from customers,” Kinjal Shah, analyst with the rating agency Internet Content Rating Agency (Icra), said.Even in the luxury car segment, SUVs remained volume spinners in June for companies such as Audi, which reported an increase of 76 per cent compared to the same month last year.”We had received 500 bookings for Audi Q3 within five days of its launch, of which 200 vehicles have already been delivered. Seeing such a tremendous response, we have opened the next round of booking for 500 units of Audi Q3. Therefore, we expect the same response from our customers,” said Michael Perschke, head, Audi India.This why most auto manufacturers are betting high on the SUVs with more than half-a-dozen launches lined up this year.French carmaker Renault is also coming up with its much-awaited SUV Duster, which is expected to be a game changer. The company had already showcased Duster at the auto expo in January, and sources say that the car will be in the Rs 7.5 lakh-Rs 12 lakh price range. The car will be available in both diesel as well as petrol. The model is very popular in the European market.advertisementBesides, Ford India Pvt Ltd is banking on its soon-to-be-launched EcoSport.”In fact, competition in the SUV segment is expected to intensify even further in view of several models slated to be launched in the current fiscal, including Chevrolet Enjoy, Nissan Evalia, Ashok Leyland Stile, and Mahindra Mini Xylo,” Icra’s Shah pointed out.
Detroit improved to 7-3 with its fifth victory in six games. Avery Bradley had 24 points, and Tobias Harris added 20.Sacramento lost its seventh straight game to fall to 1-8. Zach Randolph led the Kings with 19 points. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View comments 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Wilder wants to get rid of Stiverne, then unify heavyweights Malditas save PH from shutout ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Blake Griffin had 30 points for the Clippers, and Patrick Beverley had 23.The Clippers were 4 of 26 from 3-point range, while the Grizzlies went 13 of 31.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 openingPISTONS 108, KINGS 99.DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 16 points and 19 rebounds to help Detroit beat Sacramento. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MOST READ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, defends against a shot by Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. APLOS ANGELES, United States — Mike Conley scored 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies made 13 3-pointers and dominated off the bench to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-104 on Saturday.Marc Gasol added 21 points and Tyreke Evans had 20 to top four reserves in double figures. The Memphis backups outscored the Los Angeles reserves 55-22.ADVERTISEMENT
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Mavericks stop 4-game slide with win against Bucks LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO – Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates with Aaron Hicks #31 and Brett Gardner #11 after defeating the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins with a score of 4 to 8. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The New York Yankees acquired 17-year-old Dominican prospect Juan Then from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.New York sent right-handed reliever Nick Rumbelow to Seattle for the right-hander Then and left-hander J.P. Sears.ADVERTISEMENT Then was signed by Seattle last year at age 16 and went 2-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 13 starts with the Dominican Summer League Mariners in 2017.Sears, 21, was drafted by Seattle in the 11th round this year and went 1-2 with a 0.65 ERA and three saves in 17 relief appearances for Single-A Everett and Clinton.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 openingRumbelow, 26, made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015, going 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA in 15 innings. In five minor league seasons, he’s 14-8 with a 2.73 ERA and 29 saves in 126 relief appearances.