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‘Black money can be curbed if under-the-table payments are stopped’

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first_imgBlack Money BoomCurrency of Corruption It is a well-known fact that the biggest generator of black money is the unorganised sector, which includes the film industry, political parties, real estate, small businesses, middleman and moneylenders ("Black Money Boom", December 19). The size of the black economy would be at least,Black Money BoomCurrency of CorruptionIt is a well-known fact that the biggest generator of black money is the unorganised sector, which includes the film industry, political parties, real estate, small businesses, middleman and moneylenders ("Black Money Boom", December 19). The size of the black economy would be at least 70 per cent of the size of the unorganised sector, excluding agriculture-related activities outside the tax net. Therefore, it is necessary to regulate and minimise unorganised activities.-Shaun Venkat, on e-mailUnaccounted wealth can be controlled but not completely eliminated from the system. We need innovative solutions like VAT and special benefits for those whose tax declarations increase over the years. Government-sponsored investment instruments, which mobilise funds for priority sectors of our economy, should also aim at mobilising the unaccounted wealth, but without victimisation of investors who come forward with their undeclared incomes.-Navneet Dhawan, DelhiThe root cause of black money is illogical and too many laws applicable to even a small entrepreneur or a professional. A good portion of one's income goes into the government's pocket in the shape of taxes, excise and customs duty, and indirectly as taxes included in the prices of commodities bought every day, stamp duty, entertainment tax, service tax and toll tax.-Mahesh Kumar, DelhiInvestments in real estate and numerous benami deals happen with the patronage of the political class, whom the law hardly touches. As a first step in checking black money, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's department ought to concentrate on politicians.-R.K. Sudan, on e-mailVoluntary disclosure schemes send a wrong signal by rewarding tax evaders. The Income Tax Department is concentrating on the salaried class, while allowing big evaders to escape.-M.M. Gurbaxani, BangaloreIt is time we abolished giving advertisements in media for people to pay their taxes and used that money to get hold of them.-Alok Chandna, KarnalThe only solution to the menace of black money is to scrap the Income Tax Act, which has been used to harass only genuine taxpayers. About 20 countries have no income tax. The scraping of the tax regime will make the entire money available in banks for development purposes. The government can earn revenue through VAT and uniform expenditure tax.-Subodh Saxena, DelhiThe main culprit is corruption and measures needed to tackle it are: reducing red tape and paper work at government offices, simplifying procedures, prohibiting appointment of people with dubious record to higher positions and immediate redressal of complaints by the public about wrongdoings by government servants.-Om Julka, ClevelandHalf MeasuresIt is astonishing that an intelligent and experienced person like K. Natwar Singh failed to read the writing on the wall ("Exposing the Natwar Connection", December 12). The day Natwar was divested of the external affairs portfolio it became clear that he was a persona non grata as far as the Congress and the UPA Government were concerned. Natwar's claim that he stepped down to prevent a deadlock in Parliament does not hold much water. Going by the same logic, Sonia Gandhi should also resign as chairperson of the UPA since the Opposition is demanding her resignation and stalling Parliament.-K.R.P. Gupta, on e-mailPaul Volcker is one of the conservative Republicans who try to undermine the credibility of anyone who opposes them. How can one do business with a dictator without paying him bribe? Does the US never give bribes to any dictator? I am not defending corruption but one has to see who is accusing Natwar and why. Is it because he opposed the nuclear deal with the US? Or because Saddam Hussein hated America and did not give contracts to US companies?-Paresh Gandhi, on e-mailWhat is the criterion for becoming an ambassador? Aniel Matherani is described as a person who used to hang around the Congress party office and was close to Natwar. It seems patronage and not competence is the qualification for the post. The prime minister should review all ambassador appointments made under Natwar.-Anjali Sreekumar, ThiruvananthapuramHas any politician ever been convicted of a crime? Some time ago the CBI had pleaded in a Delhi court that it wanted to drop the case against Satish Sharma, a Congress politician close to the Gandhi family, because it did not get the requisite cabinet approval to prosecute him. The court also agreed. This case will also meet the same fate after crores of rupees have been wasted on covering it.-Udita Agrawal, DelhiA Finger in Every PieCentral and state ministers are often seen fighting elections for sports organisations ("The First Pawar Play", December 12). It seems running a ministry is a child's play or these ministers are so efficient that they can do justice to both their ministry and the sports body they head. A law should be enacted to bar ministers from heading other organisations.-Sudhir K. Bhave, MumbaiBlinkered VisionOn paper, most cities have a floor space index (FSI) of two, but in reality it is four in Indian metros (Cities of Joy", December 12). Huge apartment blocks and commercial complexes routinely violate parking, open space and safety standards. Without any word for the disastrous chaos this may lead to, Hafeez Contractor prescribes an FSI of 16 and compact, high-density cities. What we need is deregulation in terms of repealing the Urban Land Ceiling Act, the municipalities creating and managing basic services and public transport systems. Merely increasing the FSI will not solve the problems.-E.F.N. Ribeiro, DelhiTheir Own UndoingThe prime reason why left parties are on the decline is that they have ignored the voice of the people ("The Party is Withering Away", December 19). Many left intellectuals downplay the interests of the people once they have attained a high stature. Those claiming to be nation oriented are hankering for the seal of approval from foreign powers even if that means deviating from their ideals. Such contradictions ensure that the gap between leftists and the interests of the nation exist forever.-Arvind K. Pandey, AllahabadLessons Not LearntIn spite of the rejection by the people of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav has not realised his follies ("BJP will use Nitish to communalise Bihar", December 12). He is still under the impression that he can keep on fooling the people. It is ridiculous that he wants organisations like the People's Union for Civil Liberties to investigate the "atrocities" committed on the candidates and voters during the election.-K.R. Sivaramakrishnan, on e-mailUma BhartiAnger And DespairUma Bharati has been short-changed in being denied the chief minister's post in Madhya Pradesh after she had been acquitted by the court ("Sanyasin Scorned", December 12). It is but natural that she is unhappy with the BJP leadership which wants to crack the whip.-D.B.N. Murthy, BangaloreNo party can survive without discipline. The BJP has done the right thing by sacking Bharati from the party.-K.R. Parvathi, WayanadBharati is an honest and forthright grassroots leader unlike anyone in the BJP. This gives her moral superiority.-Madhu Singh, Ambalaadvertisementadvertisementlast_img

Vivo X5Pro, with eye scanning technology, leaked in TENAA certification

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first_imgThe Vivo X5Pro has been leaked in a certification test onthe Chinese telecom regulatory body, TENAA. The phone was rumoured to sport a2.5D glass along with an interesting eye recognition technology.  According to the Chinese website, the newleak shows that the phone will sport a 5.5 inch AMOLED screen with a 1080x1920resolution. On the camera front, the phone will house a 13-megapixel primarycamera assisted by a 5-megapixel secondary camera. Earlier leaks suggested thatthe front cam will be able to produce pictures equivalent to a 32 Megapixelsensor, which seems possible only through the use of software technology. Amammoth 4,150mAh battery might feature in the phone. The phone is powered by a 64-bit octa-core chipset clockedat 1.7 GHz. Earlier, rumours suggested that the phone will carry a Snapdragon615 which falls in line with the TENAA certification. The processor will beassisted by 2GB RAM and the phone might carry an inbuilt storage of 32 GB.  To get an official confirmation on the specifications wewon't have to wait long as the launch is scheduled to happen within hours fromnow, on May 7. The iris scanner and the mammoth battery will prove to be thephone's USP in the crowded mid-range segment.last_img

13 days agoChelsea tracking PSV prospect Mohamed Ihattaren

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first_imgChelsea tracking PSV prospect Mohamed Ihattarenby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are tracking PSV Eindhoven prospect Mohamed Ihattaren.The 17 year-old has been a revelation for PSV Eindhoven this season, scoring one goal and producing three assists in seven appearances in the Eredivisie.Calciomercato.com says the teen is attracting interest from Chelsea.Ihattaren is tied to PSV until 2022.Chelsea, dependent on appeal, cannot buy new players until next summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

London Brings Out The Best In The NFLs Dregs

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2017Cleveland1321Minnesota15011405-95 2010Denver1401San Francisco14181409-91 YEARDESIGNATED AWAYELODESIGNATED HOMEELOHARMONIC MEAN+/- AVERAGE The NFL will take over London for the 18th time — and the 11th consecutive year — this weekend when the Baltimore Ravens take on veteran overseas travelers the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. The game will be the first of four set in England this season, the most that have been played in a calendar year.For the NFL, the additional game — there have been three in London each of the past three seasons — represents a concerted effort to expand the popularity and global reach of its brand.1The NFL will also return to Mexico City this season. For the British, it’s another chance to watch lousy football.It’s no secret that the teams that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has sent have been overwhelmingly bad — and we aren’t just talking about the Jaguars. According to FiveThirtyEight’s pre-game Elo ratings, the harmonic mean of both teams’ ratings — a balanced measure of matchup quality that can better detect when both teams in a game are either good or bad — has been below average in 13 of the 17 games played in London.2Compared with 1500, roughly the rating of an average NFL team. On top of that, all four games to be played in London this year will be below average, according to the team’s current Elo ratings. 2007New York Giants13Miami103✓ 2012New England1678St. Louis1393152222 2013San Francisco1642Jacksonville12461417-83 2015Detroit1432Kansas City15141472-28 2015New York Jets1478Miami14491463-37 2016Washington1509Cincinnati1525151717 2007N.Y. Giants1553Miami13581449-51 London NFL games have been consistently below averageThe harmonic mean of the Elo ratings of the teams in each matchup compared with 1500, roughly the rating of an average NFL team 2010Denver16San Francisco248✓ 2013Pittsburgh27Minnesota347✓ 2014Miami38Oakland1424 2017Arizona1529L.A. Rams14181471-29 2015New York Jets27Miami1413 2011Chicago1543Tampa Bay1527153535 2017New Orleans1460Miami15191489-11 2014Dallas31Jacksonville1714 2013San Francisco42Jacksonville1032 2009New England35Tampa Bay728 2015Buffalo1512Jacksonville13101404-96 2016New York Giants17L.A. Rams107✓ 2014Dallas1557Jacksonville12981416-84 Ten of the 17 games — or 59 percent — have been decided by one score. That might not sound so thrilling, but just 35 percent of all NFL games played since 2007 have been decided by 8 points or fewer. One of last year’s London games was so tightly matched, no one won it. (Fortunately for Cincinnati and Washington, they were playing in the one NFL location where fans are content with a tie.)Low-quality games usually lead to drops in attendance toward the end of the season. Not in London, though. All but two games have attracted a crowd of more than 80,000, with the highest NFL London crowd at 84,488 — for last year’s tie at Wembley. To put that in context, that average draw would have been the second-highest home attendance of any team in the league last season (behind only the Dallas Cowboys).As Goodell continues to push some of his most mediocre teams onto the international scene, it turns out that they’re rewarding fans with some of the league’s most competitive play. All 2017 games are based on Elo ratings before Week 3. 2014Detroit22Atlanta211✓ 2009New England1630Tampa Bay13751492-8 YEARDESIGNATED AWAYPOINTSDESIGNATED HOMEPOINTSPOINT DIFFWON BY ONE SCORE 2008San Diego32New Orleans375✓ Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2017Baltimore1539Jacksonville13961464-36 2013Pittsburgh1448Minnesota14771462-38 2011Chicago24Tampa Bay186✓ 2015Detroit10Kansas City4535 2016Indianapolis27Jacksonville303✓ The Jaguars are a big part of this, of course. Jacksonville has played in London four times, and the Elo rating of each of those four Jaguar teams ranks in the bottom five (among all 34 teams). Joining them in that bottom five are the 2014 Oakland Raiders. And it turns out that the Raiders’ game against the Miami Dolphins that year was the worst London matchup so far based on our Elo ratings. That game was so dreary that those Raiders, who fell to 0-4 after losing to Miami, fired their coach, Dennis Allen, not long after their plane touched down in the U.S. Perhaps by no coincidence, the Dolphins coach that year, Joe Philbin, would be fired the next season after starting 1-3. Philbin’s last game would be a loss to the Jets … in London.But not every game played in London has been between NFL bottom feeders — sometimes a good team makes the trip (and, sure, plays a bottom feeder). The Brits have experienced Tom Brady and the New England Patriots twice, as well as the San Francisco 49ers the season after their latest Super Bowl appearance. But if you remove those three teams, the average London team,3Based on the harmonic mean. including this year’s Ravens and Jags, has an Elo rating of 1444. That’s roughly on par with this year’s 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals.NFL fans will generally tune in regardless of who is playing. So perhaps the NFL’s intention was that the consistently poor quality of opponents would be scratched out by competitive, exciting contests. If that’s the case, the plan is generally working. 2016Washington27Cincinnati270✓ 2008San Diego1600New Orleans1470153232 2014Detroit1541Atlanta14051470-30 2014Miami1449Oakland13271385-115 2016Indianapolis1469Jacksonville13501407-93 2016N.Y. Giants1466L.A. Rams14811473-27 2012New England45St. Louis Rams738 Blowout or bustThe point differential for regular-season NFL games played in London 2015Buffalo31Jacksonville343✓

Ohio State womens basketball looking to patch road woes at Michigan

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OSU senior guard Cait Craft (13) defends a Purdue player in a game on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorAway contests for the Ohio State women’s basketball team have been problematic, as it has lost three of its five matches as the visitor this season.Now, after a convincing 90-70 victory Sunday afternoon over the Purdue Boilermakers, No. 7 OSU (13-4, 5-1) plans to carry over the energy it exposed in that game against Michigan (11-6, 3-3) Thursday evening. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are set to tip off at 6 p.m. in the Crisler Center.The main problem for the Buckeyes on the road revolves around their focus on the court. There have been times throughout the season where they haven’t honed in on what they had to do to get the job done, hurting them by the time the fourth quarter came around.“When we are not at home we have to make sure we have a lot of focus and stay together,” sophomore guard Asia Doss said. “The breakdowns mostly come on the defensive end, then (our opponents) get in transition and we don’t get back.”Doss returned to the starting lineup against Purdue, marking just her second start of the year. She contributed seven points and four assists in the 31 minutes that she saw the hardwood. Doss mentioned how it was a different experience starting rather than coming off the bench, specifically not being able to have those few minutes to analyze what is going on in the game prior to checking in.Although on paper the Scarlet and Gray have the clear advantage, the Wolverines have a roster that is littered with complete players. Despite the fact that the rivalry between OSU and Michigan is typically referred to when talking about the gridiron, there is still tension between the two regardless of what the sport may be.The last time these two faced off in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was a year ago on Jan. 11. The game extended into overtime, where the Wolverines eventually came out on top, 100-94. Just like the team that hit the century mark last year, Michigan is a high-scoring team, and the Buckeyes said they need to bring lockdown defense if they want to come out victorious.“I think our defense has to be really good,” coach Kevin McGuff said. “They really make you pay. They shoot the ball so well, and that’s what happened last year.”Scoring, contrary to focus for road games, has not been a problem for the Buckeyes, as they lead the conference in that category, dropping 86.4 points per game. Having two prolific scorers in senior guard Ameryst Alston and sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell — both ranking in the top 10 in scoring for the conference — does not hurt OSU’s chances of putting the rock in the basket.Handling Thome and ThompsonThe Buckeyes have a tough task at hand stopping the talents of junior guard Siera Thompson and freshman center Hallie Thome. Both players have different types of games but can be lethal if they are able to get the shots they are looking for.OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball in a game against Purdue on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThompson is a crafty guard who is known for her speed and getting to the basket. OSU’s backcourt will need to pressure her but also stay in front to not allow her to get penetration toward the basket. When Thompson is able to find a hole in the defense, she not only is able to create her own shots, but she can use her impressive court vision to distribute the ball to the open teammate, evident by the 4.7 assists she averages on the season.The 6-foot-5 freshman Thome is a skilled post player who originates from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, near Cleveland. In her last outing against Penn State, Thome grabbed five boards while shooting 8-of-9 from the field to finish with 18 points. Growing up nearby Buckeye Nation, one could expect Thome to bring her best play to the Crisler Center on Thursday.Switching up the starting fiveMcGuff and his coaching staff have yet to stick with one starting lineup, and it doesn’t look like there will be one solidified any time soon. With the lineup constantly changing, it could be difficult for a team to find chemistry and understand each other’s tendencies. Despite such concern, it hasn’t affected the Buckeyes quite yet, as they have been able to adjust to whatever fivesome McGuff decides to put on the floor.“Our kids have done a really good job right now, for the most part,” McGuff said about the flip-flopping of the lineups. “We are playing with different combinations and playing around with the lineup a little bit just because I was never really tied to anything in that regard.”Like many coaches, McGuff said he notices hard work, and if the players continue to work hard in practice and in the games, then they will be earning their playing time. What’s nextFollowing the Wolverines, the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, for their second clash of the season with Rutgers (12-7, 3-4) on Sunday. On Jan. 10 when the Scarlet Knights visited Columbus, OSU had no problem overcoming them in a 90-78 win.Tipoff for the rematch is slated for 3 p.m.

Kyle Snyder eyeing gold in Rio

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Ohio State junior wrestler Kyle Snyder has already become one of coach Tom Ryan’s and the school’s most decorated wrestlers of all time. He has a record of 41-4 in NCAA competition including two finals appearances, All-American recognition in 2014-15, a 2016 NCAA championship and he was the youngest world champion in USA wrestling history in 2015.But there is still one accomplishment the 20-year-old has yet to meet; Olympic gold. On Aug. 5, Snyder will join his fellow Americans in Rio de Janeiro for the XXXI Olympiad.Snyder won the 97-kg freestyle weight class at the Olympic Trials over 2012 gold medal winner Jake Varner to clinch a spot on team USA, giving him a place in his weight class in Rio. After winning the world championships in Las Vegas in September, Snyder told the media on Tuesday that he feels confident, and he understands that wrestlers will begin to prepare for him more.“Some of the guys have wrestled me a little bit differently,” Snyder said. “They know my moves and they are more prepared for a match that I’m going to wrestle. It just takes time for me to adjust and improve as well. They get a little better, I get a little better. Hopefully by the end of the day, I’ll be the one that can compete well.”He competed in Grand Prix of Germany tournament from July 1 to 3 competing against top Olympic talent. Snyder said he faced three wrestlers in the top 20 in the world who will be in his bracket in Rio.He took bronze in Germany amongst five of his fellow USA Olympians.Up until his departure for the Olympics, Snyder’s training has been quite similar to that of his regimen for the NCAA championships. He lifts Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. He then wrestles on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with his training partner Tervel Dlagnev, who qualified for the Olympics by winning the 125-kg freestyle at the trials.Snyder said that the only difference from collegiate competition to training for the Olympics is that there is more focus on he and Dlagnev because coaches are only required to put their energy into two wrestlers instead of the 10 that make up a collegiate roster.Snyder said he has either wrestled against or seen film of every possible competitor at least a couple times. He does not compete until the final day, Aug. 21, in Rio, but said that at least it gives him a little time to enjoy the process of being an Olympian.Snyder said that he still gets butterflies from time to time, but he will enjoy the pressure that comes with being an Olympian.“I love it,” Snyder said about competing on the final day. “End it with a bang, hopefully. It will be the last thing people remember.”As excited as Snyder may be, OSU coach Ryan could speak for hours about his first wrestler to compete in the Olympic games. Ryan has spent 22 years as a coach and is “excited as heck” to cheer on Snyder in Rio alongside his family.“It shows the uniqueness of Kyle and the deep desire he has to be elite,” Ryan said. “These are the things we dream about as little kids. I’m looking forward to watching Kyle represent himself the way I know he will.”When Snyder wears the USA logo across his singlet next month, he said representing OSU will be on his mind.“There have been a lot of great athletes at Ohio State,” Snyder said. “I’m very proud to represent Ohio State and I feel like other than serving in the military, being an Olympian is the next best way to represent your country.” OSU sophomore Kyle Snyder enters the arena during the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Credit: Courtesy of OSU

Adriano the player that never was due to drinking problems

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first_imgBrazilian former striker Adriano finally spoke in public about his dreadful problems with alcohol when he played for Internazionale Milano, right after his father died.This past week we wrote about football’s biggest flops and we talked about Brazilian striker Adriano, but we put him at the end of the list because the reasons of his failure in football are very sad and there is no reason to mock him for the tragic life he suffered. During his time at Internazionale Milano in Italy, Adriano Leite Ribeiro got so good as a striker that people were already calling him the next Ronaldo Nazario. Yes, he was getting that good at playing football and we were all excited for the incredible career that was in front of him. But in 2004 just as he was living his best moment in football, Adriano’s father died of apparently natural causes and suddenly the whole world came crumbling on him. The striker had his father as the only major support and his passing proved to be his downfall in professional football, suddenly he became more inclined to drinking and a life filled with excess that eventually pushed him completely out of football. Not too soon after he returned to Brazil with all those problems, Adriano started hanging out with members of Brazilian crime groups that got him mixed in crowds he later regretted.Talking to Brazilian magazine R7 that got an exclusive interview with the former player who is retired from football and tries to lead a quiet life now: “Only I know how much I’ve suffered. My father’s death left a huge void in my life, it made me feel so alone and I isolated myself when he passed away. It was the worst. I saw myself alone, sad and depressed in Italy, that’s exactly when I started drinking. I was only happy when I drank every night. I would drink anything they put in front of my: wine, whiskey, vodka, and lots of beer too. I just couldn’t stop and the time came when I had to leave Inter. I didn’t know how to hide it anymore, I used to come drunk into many training sessions in the morning. I trained even if I was drunk out of my mind. The staff took me to the infirmary to sleep it off and they told the press I was having muscular problems. Later in my life, I understood the crowd I was hanging out with, friends who only took me out partying with women, alcohol and just lose myself without thinking about anything else. Today I gave up all the millions and decided to buy happiness instead,” said the former striker.This interview just another one of football’s examples of where a life filled with excess can take you, it also reflects how professional players who don’t have their families close or end up losing them for any reason can affect them on a deep level. Adriano who lost everything, was never able to find his way back into the world of football and has always been regarded as a wasted talent. However, it’s very easy for people to just point their fingers without realizing the damage their judgment can inflict on a fragile soul that has been through so much suffering in his life. Maybe if all this criticism had been funneled in a more positive manner, we might have gotten that amazing striker back and he could’ve become one of Brazil’s biggest players in football history. Because trust me when I tell you, Adriano in his prime was just as good as any of the biggest Brazilian players who ever played the game. It’s a damn shame he never had that shoulder to cry on when he was feeling down, that person who helped him make the right decisions that would’ve eventually helped him recover. Let this be a lesson to everyone.How far do you think Adriano could’ve gotten if he wouldn’t have lost himself after his father’s passing? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img

Ancelotti Napoli are ready for key game against Juventus

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first_imgCarlo Ancelotti is adamant that Napoli are determined to prove themselves in what he expects will be an “important test” against Juventus on Saturday in the Serie AThe Light Blues have won all but one of their six Serie A games this season and sit second in the standings behind Juventus.Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri believes that Napoli are their biggest rivals this season.Three points on Saturday will draw Napoli level with Juventus at the top of the Serie A table and Ancelotti is feeling confident over their chances.“Don’t ask me about the line-up, I won’t say a thing. Everyone is fit and they are all motivated to play this important match,” said the Napoli coach on Gianluca Di Marzio.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth - September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“It will be an important test to understand in which moment we are. I am confident, we had some difficult fixtures but we are in good shape for this match. It’s not the game like others, we know that”.Fans are eagerly awaiting the duel that will take place between Lorenzo Insigne and Cristiano Ronaldo at Turin.“It won’t be a game based on individual duels, the match is Juventus versus Napoli, two teams that will play their own way,” said Ancelotti.“Settle for a draw? I have never settled for a draw in my life. I’d like to win a trophy this year already.”last_img

Solskjaer Rashford is in a rich vein of form

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first_imgManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has singled out in form striker Marcus Rashford for praise after the 2-1 win over Brighton.Rashford was instrumental in the Red Devils win as he notched in a goal and caused the Seagulls plenty of other problems to extend the club’s winning run to seven in a rowThe 21-year-old England international, who confidently dispatched his goal has scored five times in six league matches following the Norwegian’s appointment in December.And when he was asked if he thought Rashford was currently the best centre-forward in the division, Solskjaer disclosed the Belfast: “You can argue for many strikers but I’m glad he’s in my team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth - September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some "horrendous mistakes" recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Harry Kane’s injured so maybe that gives him a better chance to be the best one at the moment.“No-one beats him on work-rate, no-one beats him on attitude and at the moment he’s very confident in front of goal. He finishes, he tries to shoot, he doesn’t think twice about it.“He made a chance for Jesse (Lingard) and I cannot believe how Jesse didn’t score on that chance at the back post.last_img