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/ Swiss referee Sandro Scharer will officiate Italy’s penultimate Euro 2020 qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday. The match is essentially one of two dead-rubbers for Italy, given they qualified for Euro 2020 during the last international break. This will be Scharer’s second game involving the Azzurri after Roberto Mancini’s debut in the dugout against Saudi Arabia in May 2018. On that occasion, the national team won 2-1 courtesy of goals from Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti. Assisting the 31-year-old will be Stephane De Almeida, Bekim Zogaj and fourth official Alain Bieri.
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James Murdoch, News International chairman, on Thursday appeared for the second time before British MPs regarding phone-hacking at the News of the World (NoW), BBC reported.He had appeared before the parliamentary committee with father Rupert Murdoch in July on the first occasion over the hacking scandal.James faced questions about what and how much he knew while signing off an out-of-court payment to footballers’ union leader Gordon Taylor in 2008.His testimony to the culture, media and sport committee in July was disputed by the NoW’s former legal manager Tom Crone.James has said he stands by his “accurate account of events” to the committee.The NoW’s ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, however, has claimed the paper did not act on the information he gave it about hacking.Thurlbeck is on police bail after being arrested in April on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting voicemail messages.James claimed before the committee of being “aware” of an email suggesting hacking went beyond a single “rogue” reporter, Clive Goodman, who was jailed for four months in 2007.Marked “for Neville” and assumed to refer to Thurlbeck, the e-mail carried transcripts of private voicemail messages revealing that Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor’s phone had been hacked.The two former NoW executives – former editor Colin Myler and former legal manager Tom Crone – later issued a statement claiming they “did inform him” about the email in 2008 when he agreed to settle the Gordon Taylor case.In July, the News of the World was shut down after it was found to have hacked into the voicemail messages of prominent individuals, including murdered teenager Milly Dowler and a number of celebrities, in search of stories.advertisementLater, James, his father Rupert, boss of parent company News Corp, and Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the NoW, gave evidence to the Commons media committee.They denied knowing the full extent of the allegations until evidence in civil cases was requested in late 2010.
But Ravena doesn’t mind the early grind with NLEX, which came back to work early in the offseason with more than a month to go before the opening.“I really wanted to come in early to make up for lost time and to make my transition a bit faster and smoother when the real practice time comes. So I’ve already learned a lot here, from the guys who I’ve been with or faced one way or another,” he said.READ: Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEXSeen as the most PBA-ready of the class, Ravena shared that his exposure to the culture of the pros all his life has prepared him for his moment, giving him a slight edge among the pack.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Standhardinger: I don’t want Rookie of the Year award .@kieferravena: It’s nice to have my first game in an @nlexpba jersey. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/VN454ePVQr— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 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 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutout The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay READ: Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s futureAnd the work starts now for the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft as he will have to prove his hype in this new chapter with the Road Warriors.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 MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSigning a maximum rookie deal worth P8.5 million on Thursday, Kiefer Ravena couldn’t be more elated to formally join the NLEX family.“I’m very happy to be in a franchise where it wasn’t really hard to negotiate. More than the contract, it’s the honor to play for a franchise like NLEX,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve been around the PBA for almost all my life because of my dad, so I know how it goes,” he said.The idea, however, is still different from execution, and Ravena is hopeful he could get a seamless transition“Hopefully, the transition would be smooth. I know it’s a matter of maturity because in college, you get away with a lot of things. You play with younger guys if you’re the senior. But here, you play against much bigger, stronger, older and more intelligent guys with a lot of experience. So you have to counter that with a lot of things to be able to be efficient with your game,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
View comments The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 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 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)NEW YORK — The maker of Barbie says it will sell a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year’s Olympics while wearing a hijab.Mattel Inc. says the doll will be available online next fall. The doll is part of the Barbie “Shero” line that honors women who break boundaries. Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES 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’ Muhammad said on Twitter that she was “proud” that young people will be able to play with “a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!”Muhammad, the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.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 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Big seeds tumble out of Qatar Open PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Photo from Caroline Buchanan’s Facebook account.Two-time Olympian and world champion cyclist Caroline Buchanan has been seriously injured in a car crash, with the Australian detailing her horrific injuries in a social media post Wednesday.Buchanan, a five-time mountain bike world champion who has also won the BMX world title three times, said her lungs had collapsed and she had broken her sternum and nose.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte “I wouldn’t say 2017 ended quite as planned,” she said on Facebook, alongside pictures of herself in a hospital bed in a neck brace and with a bloodied nose.“It’s been a rough couple of days in ICU after a vehicle roll. I just moved to a private room and everything is moving in a positive recovery direction.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 hosting“Injuries are… Broken sternum, broken nose, collapsed lungs. I’ll will keep you guys up to date as we go.”The 27-year-old Canberra-born rider, who competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, did not say how the crash happened, but local reports said it was a single car accident. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View comments
Serge Ibaka added 18 points as the Raptors bounced back from Monday’s loss to Denver to win for the ninth time in 10 games. Toronto, with the best record in the NBA at 21-5, improved to 11-3 at home.Leonard shot 13 for 24, finishing one point shy of his season high, and set a season best by making five of six attempts from 3-point territory. The rest of the Raptors struggled from long range, combining to shoot 3 for 23.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefLeonard’s season high of 37 points came last Thursday in an overtime victory against two-time defending champion Golden State. Leonard has led Toronto in scoring in four straight games.“He’s an immense talent, he really is,” coach Nick Nurse said. “And when the stakes go up a little bit, he’s going to play his hand a little harder.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Jimmy showed why he’s an All-Star,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “He came in and gave us some tremendous things.”The day before, Brown suggested the game would be a “barometer” for the 76ers. Afterward, he said his team’s 21 turnovers and 22 second-chance points allowed underscored the gap between the Sixers and Raptors.“We leave disappointed,” Brown said. “We also leave, we feel, a little bit smarter about what it’s going to take to beat the best team right now in the NBA.”Toronto’s 17 offensive rebounds were a season high.“We gave ourselves a chance to win with our effort but the execution just wasn’t there,” 76ers guard JJ Redick said.Redick scored 25 points and Ben Simmons had eight points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.The Raptors held a 78-77 lead after three quarters, and Philadelphia’s T.J. McConnell tied it 81-all with a hook shot at 11:07. Valanciunas scored a pair of baskets as Toronto’s reserves replied with a 9-0 run, opening a 90-81 advantage at 9:07.“Our bench did an unbelievable job,” Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said. “Tonight was one of those games where they just had it clicking.”TIP-INS76ers: Embiid’s double-double was his league-best 24th. … The 76ers committed 11 turnovers in the second quarter. Toronto scored 27 points off Philadelphia’s 21 total turnovers. … Butler was called for a technical foul in the third quarter and Embiid got one in the fourth. 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 Raptors: Lowry shot 0 for 5 in the first half and missed his first six attempts from 3-point range. … Leonard led Toronto with nine rebounds. … The Raptors outscored the 76ers 62-42 in the paint and 41-18 off the bench. … Toronto has won 20 of the past 22 meetings with Philadelphia. … G Malachi Richardson (illness) was inactive.500 CLUBLeonard has 522 points in his first 20 games with Toronto, more than any other player in franchise history. He’s the fourth active player to score 500 or more in his first 20 games with his current team. The others are Kevin Durant (Golden State), James Harden (Houston) and LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers).CAN’T HANDLE ITSimmons had seven turnovers, giving him 18 in two games against Toronto this season.STAR-STUDDEDThe game drew several celebrities who attended Tuesday’s gala for Giants of Africa, the charity of Raptors president Masai Ujiri. That group included former Raptors All-Star Chris Bosh, former Blue Jays slugger Joe Carter, soccer player Didier Drogba, and comedian Chris Tucker.UP NEXT76ers: Visit Detroit on Friday night.Raptors: Visit Brooklyn on Friday night. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Another case filed vs Cardema Steph Curry’s 42 leads Warriors past Cavs in faux NBA Finals rematch Read Next MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) fouls Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) as he looks for the shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard insisted he doesn’t try to do anything extra in big games. His numbers suggest otherwise.Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 113-102 on Wednesday night, handing the 76ers their 13th consecutive loss in Canada.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Leonard, who set a season best with five steals, said he doesn’t let the opponent or circumstances dictate his effort.“I try to perform every night,” he explained. “If you try to turn it on against the good teams, it’s really hard to do that. You’ve got to do it on a nightly basis.”Leonard has never lost in 12 career meetings with the 76ers, including two victories this season.“That’s what you’re going to get out of big-time players,” Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler said. “He had a great game.”Butler scored a season-high 38 points and added 10 rebounds. Joel Embiid had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia, whose last win in Toronto was 93-83 on Nov. 10, 2012.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Weeks after a top video game tournament player admitted to taking performance enhancing drug, a major sports organiser said participants in its next event will be screened for illegal use of drugs.The Electronic Sports League (ESL) said it would conduct skin tests for the drugs at its next tournament – ESL One Cologne event in Germany in August.Video game player Kory Friesen said he had taken an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine called Adderall at a tournament in March, BBC reported.While participants at traditional sports events take performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to increase physical ability, video gamers generally use them for increasing concentration and reducing reaction times.ESL said it would work with World Anti-Doping Agency and Germany’s national doping agency to create a policy to prevent the use of drugs in esports events.”In order to maintain the spirit of fair play within esports, ESL has partnered with NADA (the Nationale Anti Doping Agentur, which is headquartered in Bonn, Germany) to help create an anti-PED policy that is fair, feasible and conclusive while also respecting the privacy of players,” the company said in a statement.”ESL will also be meeting with WADA (the World Anti Doping Agency based in Montreal, Canada) so they can be actively involved in the making, enforcing and dissemination of this policy to additional regions such as the US, Asia and Australia,” the statement said.
Peter Nevill has got the nod ahead of Brad Haddin as Australia’s wicketkeeper for the third Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston, captain Michael Clarke confirmed on Tuesday.Haddin, 37, quit one-day-internationals after Australia’s World Cup victory at home in March and the snub might push him closer to international retirement. Haddin played the opening Ashes Test in Cardiff but sat out the second test at Lord’s due to family reasons.That paved the way for Nevill to make an impressive debut in Australia’s series-levelling win, during which the 29-year-old took seven catches and scored a brisk 45 in the first innings.Clarke, who is no longer a selector, said selection chairman Rod Marsh and coach Darren Lehmann had spoken to him about their decision to play Nevill in the Test starting on Wednesday.”Rod and Boof (Lehmann) came and spoke to me and told me what they were thinking,” Clarke told reporters.Also read: Ashes: Rogers on track for third Test, Starc shrugs off ankleNevill moved from Victoria to New South Wales in 2008 and developed a close friendship with Haddin, who he considers his mentor.While his protege had a strong debut at Lord’s, Haddin had a poor first Test in Cardiff, dropping England centurion Joe Root on nought and failing twice with the bat.”It’s obviously a lot harder for me because I have that attachment to Hadds, I’ve grown up playing cricket with him, we’ve spent a lot of time together and I love the fact that he’s still here working hard,” Clarke said.advertisement”If an opportunity comes he’ll grab it with both hands.”On the other hand, Nev made the most of his opportunity in the second Test, I thought he batted really well and I thought he kept exceptionally well.”So it’s a tough one when you sit in the middle, but that’s the way the selectors have gone and I respect their decision.”Haddin has played 66 Tests for Australia and Clarke hoped his deputy will continue to play.”He still wants to play that’s for sure and he has a great relationship with Nev,” Clarke said.”So I think he sees his role over the last couple of days leading up to this test to help Nev as much as possible and they are really good friends so there’s certainly no lack of respect there.”He’s a great man Hadds, he’s been an awesome vice captain, I’ve really loved having him as vice captain and he’s performed exceptionally well.”He’s done himself and his family really proud in the way that he’s represented Australia and New South Wales and I hope he keeps playing, ” Clarke concluded.