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/ The ball is in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s court, as Milan reportedly offered a six-month deal with an option to extend the contract for an additional year, worth a total €6m. The 38-year-old is set to leave MLS club LA Galaxy in December and a return to Milan looks very likely, after the reports on established contact between the player and club’s representatives. Now it’s reportedly up to the former Sweden international to make his choice, and the Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Milan has offered to pay the superstar €6m if he stays on for 18 months. It’s previously been suggested that Ibrahimovic would want €1m per month, but Milan look prepared to offer him one third of that. The initial deal offered by sporting director Zvonomir Boban to the player’s agent Mino Raiola is said to be a six-month contract. Over the phone, Zlatan has told Boban that he will decide on his future within a few weeks. Milan are back in Serie A action this weekend, when Napoli come to visit and need to respond from a slow start to the season, leaving them 14th in the League after 12 games.
Defending champions Italy’s Cup hopes took a dent today with qualifiers New Zealand holding them to a 1-1 draw. [Follow live matchcast]Shane Smeltz provided New Zealand the lead with a strike in the seventh minute.Vincenzo Iaquinta equalised for Italy with a penalty strike in the 32nd minute.Italy had earlier drawn 1-1 with Paraguay, who are best placed in Group F to make the pre-quarters after beating Slovakia today.Later in the day, five-time winners Brazil will play Ivory Coast in a Group G game.
Ajay MakenSports minister Ajay Maken is keen that the new sports law Bill gets passed.There are whispers in Shastri Bhawan about the latest effort by the babus in his ministry – ghostwriting columns for top athletes which get published in a top city newspaper.While some athletes have reluctantly agreed to lend their names for the exercise, much to the consternation of their respective sports federations, a few have refused to fall in line.The sports ministry believes that if athletes speak in favour of the proposed Bill, it could get past the cabinet and be presented in Parliament. However, sceptics say that with politicians from major parties involved in sports administration, this effort will be futile.
Testy and aggressive as he may be on the field when they are batting, Ricky Ponting is not without empathy for the so-called ‘ageing stalwarts’ in the Indian team who have become the butt of unstinted criticism in the media after their struggles in England and the current tour.Indeed, Ponting says he took inspiration from Tendulkar and Dravid to prolong his career when it appeared to be crumbling. “These blokes gave me hope that if you are fit and enjoying the game, age does not matter,” said Ponting after completing his second century of the series on the first day of the Adelaide Test.On the second day, the former captain went on to score 221 as Australia, riding some luck with a couple of dropped chances. Australia totalled a whopping 604 before Michael Clarke waved his batsmen back from the middle, almost as if he had been cajoled into mercy killing.This was, of course, far removed from the truth, for the wickethungry Australian fast bowlers were at the throats of the Indian batsmen with unnerving ferocity.Sehwag, still struggling to judge the bounce of the pitches here, hit an innocuous full toss back to Peter Siddle while Rahul Dravid’s horror story added another chapter when he was bowled through the gate yet again – for the ninth time in 11 innings!Gambhir and Tendulkar repaired the early damage with a stolid approach, eschewing anything fancy, playing straight, secure that the pitch held no terrors. But even on this true pitch, India are not out of danger: the pressure of chasing down a mammoth total can be debilitating even if the 22-yard strip shows no vagaries.advertisementIt had been a most rewarding day’s cricket for the Australia captain, who followed up a triple ton at Sydney with a double here to mark a sensational series for himself. Yet, in many ways, the story of this series has been about Ponting and his remarkable comeback.For almost two years, he was hauled over the coals because he had failed to deliver runs with the consistency of old. By any reckoning, Ponting was put on a short leash by the selectors when the Indian team landed Down Under.Ponting, too proud to quit under pressure from peers, former players or the media, took up the challenge. Wanting to go when he wanted to, Ponting grit his teeth and buckled down to answer his critics.Clarke, with whom Ponting had two massive partnerships, has scored a whopping 589 runs this series. He’s also been the more flamboyant and attractive, but the difference in runs between the two must be juxtaposed with the fact that Ponting has come in to bat more often when Australia have been in trouble; not to mention fighting his own demons.In purely academic terms, the double ton in Adelaide has been the better of his centuries because Ponting showed the middle of the bat more often. But the Sydney century was perhaps more crucial: Australia were three down for next to nothing against a rampaging Zaheer Khan when Ponting was joined by his captain and the two pulled their side out of trouble into a position of utter dominance.What has emerged over the past month is perhaps one of the most rivetting resurrections in cricket history. Ponting now has 484 runs in the series, with two centuries.”I am not retiring,” he categorically told a story-hungry media after scoring the century in Adelaide. “I have been through a lot, but I’ve battled it out. I am 37, but enjoying every minute of it, and if my runs help the cause of Australian cricket, what better?”Clearly the equation has changed somewhat from the start of the series: now the Indian stalwarts would do well by seeking inspiration from Ponting.
The BJP leader will take oath of office on Friday at Sports Authority of Goa ground in Campal in Panaji.BJP’s chief minister-designate in Goa, Manohar Parrikar on Friday will take oath of office.Parrikar on Thursday said that all the BJP ministers from his 2005 Cabinet would find place in the new dispensation, and the budget would be presented around March 24.”There are five ministers who were in my old cabinet. They will be sworn-in again,” Parrikar said.Party sources said that alongwith Parrikar, five ministers from BJP and two from ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) would take oath on Friday.Parrikar told that soon after the swearing-in, there will be a Cabinet meeting which will list out the priorities.”I will hand over the list of priorities to the Chief Secretary after the cabinet meeting,” he said.BJP-MGP alliance will start implementing the manifesto immediately but it would take little time to deliver, he said.”People also know that it takes time to deliver. First of all, whatever mess that has been created by Digambar Kamat-led government would be reviewed.”He also said that ‘putting in place the state aministration’ was top on his agenda.In the 2012 election, corruption, unemployment and price rise were the issues on which people voted, he said.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEvery game matters, especially for the last remaining teams in the playoff chase of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Lyceum (17-0), San Beda (16-1), and Jose Rizal University (11-7) have all clinched their seats in the Final Four, but of the three, only the Heavy Bombers are locked in at the third spot.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans The Pirates and the Red Lions clash in the first game on Thursday, with the former aiming for an unprecedented 18-0 sweep, while the latter gunning to avenge their lone loss of the season.Also at stake is the top spot, as a San Beda win ties them with Lyceum at 17-1. But for the former to move up to number one, they have to beat the latter by more than five points.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 openingBut if the Pirates triumph on Thursday, that will turn the playoffs into a stepladder semis, with the Intramuros-based crew earning an outright berth in the best-of-3 Finals.Meanwhile, Arellano (9-9), Letran (9-9), and San Sebastian (8-9) are all making their case for the last semifinal ticket, and after Tuesday’s playdate, the Chiefs and the Knights are tied. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ However, it can still be a three-way logjam for the fourth spot if San Sebastian topples Perpetual in the final eliminations game on Thursday, giving them identical 9-9 marks.In that scenario, the Golden Stags will have a bye owing to their superior plus-30 quotient over the two, leaving the Knights (minus-9) and the Chiefs (minus-21) facing off in the first playoff on Friday.The winner of that duel will take on San Sebastian next week with the fourth semifinals seat hanging in the balance.One thing’s for sure, all NCAA teams still in the Final Four race will have their eyes firmly locked in on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hong Kong expects Standhardinger to play full season in ABL View comments
This picture taken in 2005 shows a woman (right) believed to be North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s current wife Ri Sol-Ju among a group who attended the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon. With their good looks and sharp moves, North Korea’s female cheerleaders are a marked contrast to the regime’s menacing nuclear ambitions. Dubbed the “army of beauties” in South Korea, the young North Korean women — mostly in their late teens or early 20s — have attracted huge publicity whenever they have been sent to the South. AFPSEOUL, South Korea — With their good looks and sharp moves, North Korea’s female cheerleaders are a marked contrast to the regime’s menacing nuclear ambitions.Dubbed the “army of beauties” in South Korea, the young North Korean women — mostly in their late teens or early 20s — have attracted huge publicity whenever they have been sent to the South.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The rule will not be enforced within the Olympic venues, where IOC protocol applies, but could become an issue elsewhere.The two teams marched behind the unification flag when they entered the stadiums together for the opening ceremonies of the 2000 and 2004 Olympics in Sydney and Athens, and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.But if they do so again at the opening ceremony on February 9, it would mean the South’s emblem would not appear on the stadium floor at its home Olympics.How could the South accept that reality, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper asked in an editorial Wednesday, having secured the Games “through tearful efforts after two failures”? /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With their tight choreography — sometimes using props such as fans — the cheerleaders were lavished with attention as they sang and danced in the stands.In 2005, former North Korean cheerleader Cho Myung-Ae — whose good looks had gained her a huge following in the South — appeared in a television commercial for a Samsung mobile phone with South Korean pop star Lee Hyo-Ri.The supporters have always proven to be a major ticket draw, and their attendance is good news for the Pyeongchang Games organisers.“It will help with ticket sales,” said Pyeongchang Organising Committee spokesman Sung Baik-You. “It will fulfil our desires for a peace Olympics.”When North Korean teams have played in the South without accompanying supporters, pro-unification South Koreans have turned out to support them, such as at a women’s ice hockey match last year in Gangneung, an Olympic venue.“A joint cheering squad would be phenomenal,” said Lee Sun-Kyung, who organized the group.‘Tearful efforts’But the Northerners’ presence also has potential to create some diplomatic headaches.There are concerns that South Koreans may not be as welcoming as in the past, given their opposition to North Korea’s nuclear program and its increasingly belligerent behavior.And displaying the North Korean flag and playing its anthem are illegal in the South, where they are regarded as symbols of sedition under Seoul’s national security laws, hence the use of the unification flag at past inter-Korean matches.When a North Korean flag was draped over a railing at a North-South football game during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon it was removed by officials. An Chan-Il, a defector researcher who runs the World Institute for North Korea Studies, said the cheerleaders are cherry-picked by the regime based on tough criteria.“They must be over 163 centimetres (5ft 3ins) tall and come from good families,” An told AFP. “Those who play an instrument are from a band and others are mostly students at the elite Kim Il-Sung University.”Samsung phoneThe Koreas’ separation makes citizens of the North an object of some fascination for Southerners.The cheerleaders made their first appearance at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, hitting the headlines when nearly 300 of them arrived on a ferry dressed in colourful hanboks — traditional Korean dresses — and waving so-called unification flags, a pale blue silhouette of the whole Korean peninsula.Hundreds of Busan residents lined the port to greet them, with several homes also flying unification flags.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s future wife Ri Sol-Ju was among the group who attended the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon.The cheerleaders are set for their fourth appearance in the South after Pyongyang agreed this week to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, just 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the Demilitarized Zone that splits the peninsula in two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingNorth and South have been totally separated since the end of the Korean War in 1953, with no direct telephone or postal links between them.Any North Korean delegations to its neighbor are carefully chosen by Pyongyang, and their movements are tightly controlled in the South. According to reports, the Winter Olympics group could be accommodated on a cruise ship moored in Sokcho, making it easier to monitor them. 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte 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. 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SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View comments High winds have badly disrupted the Games schedule, forcing the postponement of two skiing races and a biathlon event. But competition was going ahead on schedule on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte 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 Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe The plaza, which houses four ice sports arenas, was closed to visitors on Wednesday and the public were urged to stay indoors. The wind dropped on Thursday.“We had some facilities and props flying around,” said Sung Baik-you, spokesman for the Games organising committee, adding that 60 tents were damaged and 120 fences collapsed.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“There were a lot of signages that were blowing away and shaking and we had to reinforce them.”The 16 people who were hurt were treated for light scratches and sent home, he said. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Heir to Norway’s throne watches its kings of Olympic skiing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A volunteer advises spectators to stay indoors at the Gangneung Olympic Park following strong winds during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 14, 2018.Gangneung Olympic Park was closed to visitors as high winds caused chaos at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, also forcing ski and biathlon races to be postponed. “Due to high winds in the Gangneung area, all activities in the common domain of the Gangneung Olympic Park have temporarily been suspended to ensure the safety of all personnel,” said a statement from Games organisers. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVSixteen people were hurt when high winds caused chaos at Gangneung Olympic Park, a major venue of the Pyeongchang Winter Games, organisers said on Thursday.Thirteen staff and three spectators were slightly injured as signs, tents and equipment were blown around at the Park on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT