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/ Stefano Pioli makes his debut on the Milan bench by hosting Lecce, with Rafael Leao sending Krzysztof Piatek to the bench and Lucas Paqueta in midfield. It kicks off at San Siro at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT). You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG. The Rossoneri sacked Marco Giampaolo after losing four of the opening seven rounds, bringing in former Lazio, Inter and Fiorentina boss Pioli. It’s an extra special day for the Coach, as it is also his birthday, but there will be no celebratory chants from the crowd, as the ultras in the Curva Sud announced they’ll be on a silent protest throughout. Davide Calabria and Samu Castillejo are suspended, with Giacomo Bonaventura and Mattia Caldara injured, so Andrea Conti is at right-back and Mateo Musacchio returns from his ban. Pioli moves to a 4-3-3 formation with Lucas Paqueta and Lucas Biglia in midfield, while misfiring Krzysztof Piatek is benched in favour of Portugal Under-21 international striker Leao in a more central role. He is flanked by Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu, despite reports that Ante Rebic would get his first start. Lecce have impressed with their attacking approach and high press following promotion from Serie B, even if the results haven’t always reflected the performances. Giannelli Imbula is out injured, but Coach Fabio Liverani picks Marco Mancosu as the trequartista supporting Filippo Falco and Khouma Babacar. There’s a familiar face, as Gabriel was for many years on the Milan books, but joined Lecce as a free agent. Gianluca Lapadula had a brief spell at San Siro and he is on the Salentini bench. Lecce have only ever beaten Milan once in 30 Serie A visits to San Siro, 2-1 in October 1997, along with two draws and 12 defeats. They’ve lost their last eight in a row here. Milan: G Donnarumma; Conti, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Paqueta, Biglia, Kessie; Suso, Leao, Calhanoglu Milan bench: Reina, A Donnarumma, Bennacer, Piatek, Borini, Rebic, Krunic, Duarte, Gabbia, Rodriguez, Brescianini Lecce: Gabriel; Meccariello, Lucioni, Rossettini, Calderoni; Tabanelli, Tachtsidis, Majer; Mancosu; Falco, Babacar Lecce bench: Vigorito, Riccardi, Vera, Petriccione, Benzar, Lapadula, Shakhov, Farias, La Mantia, Rispoli, Lo Faso, Dell’Orco Ref: Pasqua
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/ Brescia owner Massimo Cellino has denied meeting Cesare Prandelli and insisted that he “trusts” Eugenio Corini to steady the ship. Cellino had reportedly been laying the foundations for Prandelli to take over, but the President has now expressed his “belief” in Corini to change Brescia’s fortunes. “Over these weeks I have always been close to Corini because I understand the situation,” the 63-year-old, who has a reputation for hiring and firing Coaches, told Gazzetta dello Sport. “It was a bad defeat at Genoa, but I still believe in him and I have never been in touch with another Coach. The Rondinelli, who are rooted in the relegation zone after collecting just seven points from eight games, host Inter this evening.
Milan winger Samu Castillejo may not be back until after the international break due to a fresh hamstring injury. The Spaniard limped off during Rossoneri’s 2-1 home defeat to Lazio yesterday. Now, MilanNews.it reports tests came back with a thigh strain, which will keep him out for “10 days”, ruling him out of the trip to Juventus this weekend. With the international break fast approaching, the 24-year-old should be fit to face Napoli in three weeks’ time. Castillejo, who joined Milan from Villarreal in the summer of 2018, has found playing time hard to come by this season, managing just five appearances so far. 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/ Italy can complete a perfect qualifying record for Euro 2020 when hosting Armenia tomorrow, but Roberto Mancini plans changes. It kicks off at the Stadio Barbera in Palermo on Monday at 19.45 GMT. The Azzurri already set a new all-time record of 10 consecutive victories and can end Group J with 10 wins out of 10. Following Friday’s 3-0 victory in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mancini is expected to ring the changes, resting the likes of Alessandro Florenzi, Emerson Palmieri, Sandro Tonali, Nicolò Barella, Federico Bernardeschi and Andrea Belotti. Salvatore Sirigu is more likely than Alex Meret, who would be a debutant, to start in goal rather than Gianluigi Donnarumma. Napoli’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo can receive his second cap, after starting against Liechtenstein last month, with Alessio Romagnoli and Cristiano Biraghi stepping in. Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli made his debut as a substitute in Bosnia and could get his first start, with Nicolò Zaniolo flanking the ever-present Jorginho. Federico Chiesa and Ciro Immobile can step into the trident attack, with Stephan El Shaarawy probably coming in for Lorenzo Insigne. Italy (probable): Sirigu; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Biraghi; Castrovilli, Jorginho, Zaniolo; Chiesa, Immobile, El Shaarawy
Five-time world champion boxer Mary Kom started India’s campaign on a winning note when she edged past Thailand’s Laopeam Peamwilai 6-4 to enter the quarter-finals of the sixth Asian Women Boxing Championships at Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on Tuesday.Mary Kom, who won the Asian title in the 48kg category at the last edition before moving into the 51kg class, had a tough fight against the Asian Indoor Games gold medallist.Mary Kom, who got a bye in the first round, had to dig deep to overpower the taller Thai. The Indian boxer established a 2-1 lead after the opening round.Mary Kom carried the momentum into the second round and increased her lead by a point.In the third round, the Thai girl staged a mini recovery and scored two points. Mary Kom also scored one but her lead was reduced to 4-3.But just when it looked like Laopeam will turn the tables on the Indian, Mary Kom delivered two sharp punches which earned her as many points. Laopeam, too, scored one but the writing was on the wall and Mary Kom moved into the last-eight stage.She will now face Nandinsetseg Myagmardul of Mongolia on Thursday.In the 57kg category, Mandakini Chanu defeated Rahemi Sadaf of Afghanistan after the referee stopped the contest in the fourth round. Mandakini will now take on Kil Ok Kim of North Korea on Thursday.Four Indian boxers will start their campaigns on Wednesday.Pinki Jangra (48 kg) will be up against Dina Ilyubayeva of Kazakhstan, Sonia Lather (54 kg) will take on Vidhushika Prabhadi Mohott (Sri Lanka), Sarita Devi (60 kg) will have her bout against Gulzhaina Ubinayazova of Kazakhstan, and Meena Rani (64 kg) will face Uyanga Erdenesoyal of Mongolia.advertisement
Tanaaz BhatiaBorn and raised in Mumbai, I was an economics graduate from Sydenham College when I went to do an MBA from Stern School of Business at New York University. I majored in media and finance and started my career as an analyst in the media sector with Merril Lynch,Tanaaz BhatiaBorn and raised in Mumbai, I was an economics graduate from Sydenham College when I went to do an MBA from Stern School of Business at New York University. I majored in media and finance and started my career as an analyst in the media sector with Merril Lynch on Wall Street.Being a banker on Wall Street was an adrenalin rush, working for 12 -14 hours a day, learning to dot the Is and cross the Ts, I learnt everything there was to in detail. At 24, I was one of the youngest to get the Stern degree, since most of my batchmates were significantly older. What I lacked in experience, I made up by building strong contacts. I met one person, who in turn introduced me to another and that’s how I realised there was so much to learn out there.I always wanted to be a banker and the media sector was a natural draw for me. Working on Wall Street was a dream come true and my years there taught me to be disciplined. I went from analyst to associate, and then vice president within a short period, and I gradually became interested in learning the ropes of the media industry. Nothing thrilled me more than understanding how studios operated and how films were financed. With time I was able to work with Time Warner, Universal Studios and many leading conglomerates. I couldn’t have asked for a better deal.When I returned to the country after eight years as a banker on Wall Street, little did I know that it would be a blessing in disguise. I jumped right back into work with Kotak Goldman JV covering media, and began working with the leading media houses in India. It gave me a great insight into what I wanted to do even though I’d never imagined I would work with the likes of Shah Rukh Khan or Saif Ali Khan and their production houses. It was over a cup of coffee with friends that the idea of starting a media company came to me. I knew that analysing and valuing a company is vastly different from setting up and running one. I wasn’t sure if I had it in me to be an entrepreneur. My mentors backed me with advice and all the support I could get and that’s how Bottomline Media, my own baby, happened. advertisementWith time, I was able to contact my former clients who were interested in exploring the sector of movie marketing and our fund began to grow. Along with movie marketing, our company also started funding other media ventures in a small way which were mostly at the inception stage. We would support start up funding, seed capital and let the business grow.At the time we started, an old friend approached me to work on his film and I decided to take up the challenge. That’s how Rahul Dholakia’s Lamhaa (2010) happened. It was a challenge as at the time, I had only two people under me and we operated from my house or coffee shops. The critically acclaimed Lamhaa went on to become a platform for me since marketing a film about terrorism was a hard task for anyone in the business. We still managed to rope in the likes of Hero Honda and Tata Motors for the film, and I’ve never looked back since. Another one of my earlier projects was the Salman Khan starrer Main Aurr Mrs Khanna(2009) for which we tied up with Melbourne Tourism and Gitanjali Jewels, amongst many others. My job is not only to make strategic tie-ups for the brands I handle and help them gain visibility by partnering with celebrity platforms, but also to help reduce the cost of filmmaking.It was tough initially, to transition from a life with a secure paycheck to one where there is a constant uncertainty about whether the film would release on time and if the brand deals will go through. I would have nothing to do for months on end. That’s when I decided to diversify through the three main verticals of Bollywood-Movies, Marketing and Media.I do not come from a film background, but my work always spoke for me. I started getting calls from production houses where we had no connect at all, just because they had heard of our work. Convincing a client may or may not be a challenge. Some like Shah Rukh Khan for instance, are marketing geniuses themselves so when you go to him with an innovative thought, he will add more value to your idea and in the end and you know it’s going to be a killer concept.advertisementI have a very simple philosophy- nothing is impossible and dream of the unachievable. Keeping that in mind, I have nurtured the foundation of my company. We read the script, identify what can work and why we would want to associate with the brand. We have been fortunate to work with brands and international chains that haven’t even ventured into Bollywood.This year we are looking at actively expanding the verticals and will invest across media platforms more rapidly. Additionally we are also looking at starting a new division that would produce ad films. My mantra is simple-to make the best of every opportunity that comes your way, because, as Abraham Lincoln said, “You cannot fail if you resolutely determine, that you will not.”The author is the founder of Bottomline Media which provides turnkey marketing solutions to leading film production houses.
LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais AMA faces off against Wangs Basketball-Letran in its season-opener next Tuesday at Pasig City Sports Center. Federer joins Djokovic, Sharapova in 2nd round in Australia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Herrera went to as far as comparing his prized recruit to San Miguel forward Arwind Santos, saying, “He’s hardworking on defense plus he can score.”Graham has already suited up for AMA in collegiate leagues like the NCRAA this past season.READ: AMA pulls off draft surprise, tabs little known GrahamDespite the unwelcome development, Herrera is just keeping his fingers crossed that AMA’s legal department will find a way to resolve the issue and allow Graham, a product of Humber College North Campus in Toronto, to see action in the first conference of the eighth season.The Titans will now bank on the leadership of Andre Paras, holdovers Mario Bonleon and Genmar Bragais, as well as newcomers JK Casiño, Philip Manalang, and Michael Cañete in their campaign this conference.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netWhere in the world is Owen Graham?That’s the question everyone had when the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA D-League Rookie Draft was conspicuously left out of AMA Online Education’s roster for the upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 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 It turns out, the 6-foot-4 forward may not even play for the Titans after all as he is still reportedly lacking the necessary papers to play in the developmental league.READ: AMA coach sees a bit of Arwind Santos, Jeron Teng in top tick OwenFEATURED 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“He still needs to submit papers,” bared AMA coach Mark Herrera, who refused to divulge what documents the Fil-Canadian still needs.AMA pulled off a shocker back in draft day when it picked the little-known Graham as the top selection over famed applicants like Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter. MOST READ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bradley Beal scored 18 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and tried to untie the sneakers of one of Cleveland’s new players, and the Wizards withstood a late assault by LeBron James to beat the new-look Cavs 110-103 on Thursday night.The Wizards, who have been playing for weeks without Wall, their super-speedy star guard, nearly blew a late 11-point lead as James scored 14 straight points to pull the Cavs within 106-103. But Beal hit a driving layup and James missed a free throw and committed a lane violation while intentionally missing the second one and the Wizards held on.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 opening“We hung together,” said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. “We showed great resolve. That’s what we talked about. Resiliency is what successful teams do in this league. We’ve been showing that. We’ve just got to keep doing it.”Washington is 8-2 since Wall went down with a knee injury. Tomas Satoransky, who has been starting in Wall’s spot, added 17 points, eight assists and didn’t have a turnover in 31 minutes. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson battle for the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Maybe life without John Wall won’t be as miserable as the Wizards feared.The All-Star break barely slowed them down, and the Cavaliers couldn’t stop them either.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe “It was a great team effort,” said Beal, who added nine assists. “We know the games before the break and the game after the break are always the toughest ones to get, especially when you’re playing a team like this. It was definitely a challenge for us.“The rest of the year is going to be a challenge for us, but we did a great job starting out.”Oubre tried to give the Wizards an extra advantage when he reached over during a dead-ball situation and tried to untie one of Hood’s shoes.“I was just joking,” explained Oubre, whose tactic was exposed by the Cavs with a replay on their giant scoreboard. “I was down on my knees and his teammates were like, ‘Tie your shoes.’ He laughed about it. He was trying to snitch on me to the ref. That’s my guy, though.”The four newest Cavs received warm ovations when introduced, with Nance Jr. getting the biggest roar from fans who remember his shot-blocking, dunking dad. Larry Nance Sr. was a two-time All-Star during eight seasons with Cleveland.TIP-INSWizards: Brooks would not confirm reports Washington will sign veteran G Ramon Sessions to a 10-day contract. He was released by New York last month. Washington has been playing without Wall, who had surgery on his left knee in late January and could be out until the playoffs. The 31-year-old Sessions served as Wall’s backup from 2014-16.Cavaliers: Smith’s recent fast starts have been a key to Cleveland’s success. Smith is shooting 18 of 21 — 14 of 15 from the 3-point range — in the first quarter of the past six games. “When he’s making shots,” said coach Tyronn Lue, “we’re a different team.” … James became the seventh player with 11,000 career field goals. … The trades brought an infusion of youth to what was the league’s oldest roster. “It’s not an old team anymore,” Lue said. “We’ve definitely gotten younger.” … Signed G Marcus Thornton to a 10-day contract.NO. 22 AGAINBefore the game, Nance Jr. announced that the NBA will allow him to wear his dad’s retired No. 22 jersey, which will remain hanging from the rafters in Quicken Loans Arena.“I’m ecstatic about it,” said Nance Jr., who will switch from 24 to 22 next week.The elder Nance took part in an in-game skit, holding the ball over his head as Moondog, the team’s furry mascot, dunked off a trampoline.OUTSIDE WASHINGTON SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims James, back from winning MVP honors at the All-Star Game, scored 32 — 14 in the fourth — for the Cavs, who dropped to 2-1 since acquiring four new players before the trade deadline. J.R. Smith added 15 for Cleveland.Despite the loss, James was encouraged by the performance.“I think we played well tonight, even though we lost,” James said. “I hate losing, obviously, but I think the way we played, the way we shared the ball. Defensively, we were flying around as well and those guys, they just played better than us tonight. I like the start, I like the direction we’re headed.”The Wizards spoiled the home debuts for Larry Nance Jr., George Hill, Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson, four new faces the Cavs are hoping can get them back to the NBA Finals.But there are more obstacles in the Eastern Conference than ever and the Wizards could be a much tougher out in the postseason — with or without Wall. Washington overcame an early 12-point deficit and matched Cleveland’s intensity.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Burke leads Knicks past Magic to end 8-game losing streak 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 PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid LATEST STORIES After making just one 3-pointer in the first quarter, the Wizards dropped four deep shots in a span of 2:24 of the second quarter.Oubre and Markieff Morris each made two 3s during Washington’s barrage, which enabled the Wizards to take a 57-54 lead at halftime.UP NEXTWizards: Host Charlotte on Friday.Cavaliers: At Memphis on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Naman Ojha finds place in India Test squad.BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has informed that wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha has been only named for the first Test at Brisbane and will return back home after the match.”What we have announced was basically not a 19-member squad, it was 18. For the first Test, Naman Ojha has been added as a replacement of MS Dhoni in case there is a need for a second wicketkeeper. As soon as the first Test is over and Dhoni joins the team, Naman Ojha will come back,” Patel said.Ojha will be going to Australia as cover up for Dhoni, who has been rested for the first Test starting December 4 in order to recover from his thumb injury.”Dhoni is suffering from a thumb injury. He is on the right track. It has been further decided to rest him for one more Test, so that everything is fine,” Patel added.On the team selected for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka, Patel said that the selectors aimed at trying out fringe players keeping the upcoming World Cup in mind.”We discussed a lot about future strategies for the World Cup and whom we wanted to try and after that it was decided to try and test fringe players in the last two ODIs, and that was the prime focus for this meeting,” the BCCI secretary said.