Erasmus confirmed as Springboks coach

first_imgErasmus has signed a six-year contract to the end of the 2023 World Cup in France and has been tasked with improving results after South Africa had slipped to sixth in the world rankings.The decision to appoint Erasmus, who had been acting as director of rugby in South Africa, was widely expected. He will stay in both roles as he finally fulfils his ambition of coaching the side, having missed out two years ago to Coetzee.Erasmus will be assisted by Jacques Nienaber, Pieter de Villiers and Mzwandile Stick, with Welshman Aled Walters appointed head of athletic performance.Nienaber and Walters worked with Erasmus at Irish club Munster, while former French international prop de Villiers was a scrummaging consultant to the Boks from 2012-15.”The Springbok team is our flagship brand and the on-field performances have a direct impact on the business of SA Rugby,” SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux said on Friday (NZ time) in a statement.”Following a very detailed review process of the 2017 season, I believe that we have managed to assemble a strong and experienced Springbok coaching and management staff. We are looking forward to see improved performances this season.”Erasmus believed he could make South Africa competitive at the 2019 World Cup and potentially improve on the bronze medal the Boks won in 2015.”It is a huge task to coach the Springboks and I am very privileged,” he said.”I really believe we have the players and the rugby IP (intellectual property) to turn things around and to mount a serious challenge at next year’s Rugby World Cup.”We have 18 Tests and just under 600 days until Japan 2019 and, although a lot of planning has already gone into our Rugby World Cup preparation, it is very important that we prepare thoroughly for the matches against Wales and England in June.”Erasmus’ first assignment will be a friendly in Washington on 2 June against Wales, before three home Tests against England on successive Saturdays thereafter.The 45-year-old is a former Bok captain who won 36 Test caps as a flanker between 1997 and 2001.last_img read more

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Australia out as Kohli’s 82 puts India in semis

first_imgMOHALI, India (AP): Virat Kohli produced a sublime 82 not out off 51 balls yesterday to help India defeat Australia by six wickets in their World Twenty20 match and advance to the semi-finals. Kohli took charge at a crucial time in what was a virtual quarter-final, smashing nine fours and two sixes as India reached 161-4 off 19.1 overs in reply to Australia’s 160-6. The No. 3 batsman added 67 off only 31 deliveries with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) after a useful 45-run stand for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (21) as India scored 59 runs in the last 4.1 overs of the Group 2 game. Kohli, who had also guided India to a six-wicket win over Pakistan with 55 not out, remained calm during his 15th T20 half-century after Shikhar Dhawan (13), Rohit Sharma (12) and Suresh Raina (10) failed to get going with India struggling at 49-3 in the eighth over. 25,000 fans Kohli batted himself in with Yuvraj and then took the initiative, smashing 19 off the 18th over bowled by James Faulkner and 16 off the 19th from Nathan Coulter-Nile, to the delight of more than 25,000 fans. Dhoni hit Faulkner for a four down the ground to complete a memorable win that sets the 2007 champion against 2012 champion West Indies in the semi-finals in Mumbai on Thursday. “That was a pretty serious innings there, under pressure,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. “He hit it right out of the middle and he’s done it for a long time. Virat played an unbelievable knock … I think 160 was around par, it just took an unbelievable innings to get India over the line.” Earlier, Australia got off to a quick start as left-handed opener Usman Khawaja began the innings with a pulled four off Ashish Nehra and then took four fours off the following over from Jasprit Bumrah to finish with a 16-ball 26 comprising six fours. Australia raced to the 50-run mark in only 3.4 overs as Aaron Finch (43 off 34) smashed two consecutive sixes over long on off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, but the scoring rate was checked as wickets fell at regular intervals. “It was a tough score, they got 60 runs in the first six overs,” Dhoni said. Australia reached the 100-run mark in 12.5 overs and 150 in 19.4. The opening stand was worth 54 and ended in the fifth over when Nehra induced an edge to dismiss danger man Khawaja. David Warner (6) and Smith (2) fell to spinners Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh, respectively, with Dhoni having a hand in both dismissals. Ashwin’s single wicket yesterday made him the first Indian to take 50 wickets in T20 internationals, while wicketkeeper Dhoni’s three victims brought him level on 60 with Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal for dismissals in T20 internationals. Glenn Maxwell chipped in with a useful 31 that included a reverse-sweep six off Yuvraj Singh. Shane Watson made an impressive exit from international cricket as he followed up his unbeaten 18 with 2-23 in four overs and a brilliant diving catch at cover to dismiss Yuvraj off Faulkner. fifth overlast_img read more

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Region 6 REO proceeds on leave without notice

first_img…action irresponsible, disrespectful – Vice ChairmanThe move by embattled Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne)Region Six REO Veerasammy RamayyaVeerasammy Ramayya to proceed on annual leave, without informing officials of the regional administration has been labelled irresponsible and disrespectful by Vice Chairman Dennis De Roop.Ramayya, who has had several clashes with the administration since taking up the post, has reportedly taken a two-week vacation leave and has travelled to the United States of America (USA), but did not inform his superiors or colleagues at the regional office.Speaking to Guyana Times on Tuesday, De Roop said he was only informed of Ramayya’s leave Tuesday after seeing a notice from the Communities Ministry that the REO was granted two weeks’ vacation leave. He said the situation was abhorrent, since no proper system has been put in place to carry out the unfinished and unattended work of the REO.De Roop said over the last two weeks, Ramayya had been going to the office and spending just about over an hour each day without communicating with anyone.“He left a lot of things unattended,” the Regional Vice Chairman said. At a press conference on Monday, De Roop had told reporters in Berbice that the awarding of contracts was among the issues the REO’s absence has left unresolved. “Further, the 2016 budget is limping. We are in the seventh month and we have only achieved 40 to 45 per cent of programmes proposed. There are salary issues, some of the sweeper/cleaners of the schools are yet to be paid for June month. They work for the minimum wage and are dependent on their monies. There is not much we can do, as the REO did not sign their contracts on time. Hopefully, it can be resolved at the end of the week.“I must apologise on behalf of the regional administration. In addition, several contracts were not signed for nurses, so they, too, will not be receiving salaries, because if the contracts are not renewed, salaries cannot be processed,” he stated.The Vice Chairman added that machine operators’ monies were received from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) after they protested last month over the non-payment of salaries and wages.But they, too, cannot be paid, as their contracts were not prepared nor signed by the REO.In addition, De Roop said close to 300 cheques were returned on account of their ‘stale’ date. “This is gross negligence. Some were issued to small suppliers of dietary essentials while some were awarded to small contractors. The cheques were not signed, and were sitting at the sub-treasury exceeding the stipulated period, and had to be returned.”He said he met with the two Deputy REOs, Claude Henry and Badassie Poonai, and they are working to have the issues resolved.Meanwhile, a statement from the Communities Ministry on Tuesday afternoon stated that Ramayya “did not, in any way, abandon his post or walk off the job. He proceeded on leave, having applied for and received the requisite approval.”last_img read more

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Facebook is open sourcing dfuse, D language bindings for FUSE

first_imgBe the change that you wish to see in the world The model is talking about booking her latest gig, modeling WordPress underwear in the brand latest Perfectly Fit campaign, which was shot by Lachian Bailey. It was such a surreal moment cried she admitted.The main thing that you have to remember on this journey is just be nice to everyone and always smile.It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl, Dalbesio says. I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating. She wasn’t sure, she said of the shoot, what was expected from her in terms of her size or shape.Refreshingly, what was expected of her was the same thing that was expected of Lara Stone: to take a beautiful picture.Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves.You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds Except the one in which you belong.So simple, yet so essential, the white shirt is the foundation of any wardrobe. It’s also the most multi-functional item, taking you from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons. It matter what style fitted boyfriend etc or even what fabric from silk to heavy cotton go with whatever suits your personal style best.Calvin Klein known for launching the careers of such svelte models as Brooke Shields and Kate Moss to cast a model who deviates from the size standard and make a fuss about it to Dalbesio who spent years.must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncingpleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete accountthe system and expound the actual teachingsgreat explorer of the truth, the master builder of human happiness.Adderall and flirting with bulimia in an attempt to whittle herself to represents progress released this campaign and were like Whoa look this plus size girl in our campaign from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons. They released me in this campaign with everyone else there no distinction. It’s not a separate section for plus size girls she says.center_img There was a time in the industry not too long ago, when it seemed that the high fashion world was using plus size models as a headline-grabbing gimmick see the groundbreaking Italian Vogue cover featuring Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, and Robyn Lawley in June 2016.Related: Calendar Gets Its First Plus-Size Model 2016Taking the world into my armsThere was that beautiful Italian Vogue story and the girls that were in that ended up doing really well the classic lace-up shoe is a true.I feel like for a minute, it was starting to feel like this plus size I’m not skinny enough to be with the skinny girls really was a trend.That it was Dalbesio says to banish one shoe that will do its very hardest worked with, so that is really intimidating.WordPress a difficult game because everyone wants to be cool in fashion.Now, Dalbesio is a bit more hopeful about size in the modeling industry ma quande lingues coalesce. In the middle Occidental in fact she says not skinny enough.To find my place. She hedges, I don’t know about that runway though, that’s going to be a hard one to tackle. Everyone realizes why a new common language would be desirable: one could refuse to pay expensive translators.A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are forA Julien Macdonald customer doesn’t sit in the corner of a room, she is the room she’s the host the designer laughed when we met him yesterday afternoon to see the range for the first time. My pieces aren’t shy. It is full-on cocktail red carpet glamour.You don’t necessarily wear them to the supermarket on a Saturday morning with the kids, but with my jewellery they probably will.These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life.Cue a collection of high-wattage necklaces, adorned with nugget and crystals wild-cat cocktail rings, abstract drop earrings, and spectacular statement chokers inspired by the flora and fauna of safari.The most beautiful people we have known are those:explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncingpleasure and praising pain was bornthe system and expound the actual teachingsgreat explorer of the truthTo take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Exclusive – Top four is the ‘Holy Grail’ for Man United this season, claims ex-Red Devil

first_imgFormer Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has told the Red Devils to forget about the Premier League title, claiming a top four finish is their “Holy Grail” this season.Following United’s 3-0 victory over fierce rivals Liverpool, club captain Wayne Rooney insisted the 20-time champions can challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the top-flight crown.That defeat of their old rivals extended the team’s winning streak to six straight games and closed the gap on second-place City to just five points.However, Bosnich believes title 21 could be out of their reach this term, insisting that securing their place in the Champions League should be their top priority.The Australian told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “You never rule anything out in football, but I don’t think they can [win the title], no.“Top four is the Holy Grail for them this season.“We know how much it has cost the club not being in the Champions League this year, so to seal qualification again is the most important thing.“But you never say never, and if Man City and Chelsea go further in the Champions League that will be a plus for Man United.“Last year it was Liverpool, they had no Champions League football, no midweek football, and they came really close to winning the title, so as long as United stay within touching distance of the top two, you never know what might happen.”last_img read more

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Ducks are caught lagging

first_imgNHL: Road-weary Anaheim doesn’t have energy to play with Columbus. By Rusty Miller THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ducks’ World Tour took a wrong turn Friday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityRick Nash had two goals and a career-best four points, and Pascal Leclaire stopped 28 shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the road-weary Ducks, 4-0. Asked if his team was tired after playing four games on two continents and in three arenas in less than a week, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle refused to take the easy way out. “Those are excuses,” he said. “That’s the way it goes. We didn’t have the energy that was necessary to compete at the level they played at.” Sergei Fedorov and Ron Hainsey each added a power-play goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, opening their first full season under Coach Ken Hitchcock. The defending Stanley Cup champions looked tired and disorganized for the first two periods, which was to be expected after what they’ve been through this week. They opened the season by splitting two games with the Kings in London – England, not Ontario – last weekend. They took a flight to Detroit and lost in a shootout Wednesday night before traveling on to Columbus. They complete the grueling trip tonight against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. “They came at us right from the start of the game,” forward Ryan Getzlaf said of the Blue Jackets. “We weren’t prepared for it. We did a lot of things tonight and none of them were the right ones.” It was Leclaire’s second career shutout. He missed most of last year with leg and knee injuries. “We were right there in their face and stayed there all night,” Leclaire said. Columbus was 3-for-11 on the power play and the Ducks were 0-for-7. The Blue Jackets received a standing ovation when they left the ice with a 2-0 lead after the first period. The Ducks didn’t get their first shot on goal until more than 16 minutes had elapsed. Columbus had 14 shots before the Ducks got their first. With the puck seldom leaving Columbus’ offensive zone, Nash crashed the net and, with a defender in front of him, attempted to pass across the slot to David Vyborny. The puck never got to him, though, glancing off the skate of Shane Hnidy and into the net at the 6:44 mark. Hnidy shrugged and hung his head as the crowd cheered. “It was great,” Nash said of the win. “The first game is always like that. You just have to remember not to get too high. It’s just the first game. We’re right back at it (tonight).” On a power play, Nash tried a shot from a hard angle. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov deflected the puck with his stick but it ricocheted to the left wing where Fedorov scored with a one-timer before Bryzgalov could recover.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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TOP CAT, ALICE IN WONDERLAND OR TURTLES – WHAT WILL YOU SEE THIS WEEK AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS?

first_imgKids Club Sat, Sun & Mon @ 12noon(Saturday 28th , Sunday 29th & Monday 30th May)Films this week are Kung Fu Panda 3, Alvin & the Chipmunks & Ratchet & Clank Tickets €1.80 eachOver 50’s Wednesday – Tickets €5.00 Check out all our listings @ www.eclipsecinemas.comFilms available this week includeAvailable from Friday: Gift Cards Available Loyalty Cards: Get yours today: TOP CAT, ALICE IN WONDERLAND OR TURTLES – WHAT WILL YOU SEE THIS WEEK AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS? was last modified: May 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Eclispe CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Norwich set to appoint Dortmund’s reserve team manager as their new boss

first_img Daniel Farke Norwich are set to appoint Borussia Dortmund II coach Daniel Farke as their new manager.The Canaries are expected to complete a two-year deal for the German this week, according to Press Association Sport.Farke will become Norwich’s first foreign manager after sporting director Stuart Webber targeted him to replace Alex Neil, who was sacked in March. Talks have been ongoing for weeks, with Webber believed to have met Farke in Germany, while Norwich considered several English options, including Barnsley’s Paul Heckingbottom and Lincoln’s Danny Cowley.Farke has been in charge of Dortmund’s second side since David Wagner joined Huddersfield in 2015 and guided the team to second in their division with only three defeats this season.Webber brought Wagner to Huddersfield and the German has taken the Terriers to the Championship play-off final against Reading after finishing fifth in the league this year. Farke is likely to have a limited budget at Carrow Road with Norwich needing to offload several high earners in order to reinvest back into the squad.Yanic Wildschut – who only joined from Wigan in January – Steven Naismith, Michael McGovern and Matt Jarvis could all be sold this summer. Alan Irvine has been in caretaker charge as the Canaries finished eighth in the Championship after last season’s relegation from the Premier League. 1last_img read more

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ELECTION 2014: STRUGGLING FAMILIES HIT AGAIN WITH USC HIKE – CARTHY

first_imgSinn Féin’s Matt Carthy has said that struggling families are to be hit again by Fine Gael and Labour’s austerity policies. The Midlands Northwest candidate was responding to news that pensioners and families with medical cards look set to pay an increase of up to €700 a year thanks to the government’s hike in the Universal Social Charge.Speaking from the campaign trail in Co. Mayo today, Councillor Carthy said: “This government’s austerity agenda has struck again with news today that families are to take yet another hit thanks to an increase in the Universal Social Charge. This is due to the ending of a special 4% rate which will see pensioners and families with medical cards charged at 7% from next January. “News that high-earners on over €100,000 per year will at the same time receive a reduction in their rate will come as another kick in the teeth to ordinary people.“This is a disgraceful attack on already struggling families. It is austerity in action. This government, for all their pre-election talk of tax-cuts and easing the burden are clearly more interested in looking after those at the top than standing up for the people who have borne the brunt of their austerity policies.“This increase in the USC is cruel and will directly impact on the least well off. It shows that this government is heavy on rhetoric and short on action when it comes to standing up for ordinary people.”  ELECTION 2014: STRUGGLING FAMILIES HIT AGAIN WITH USC HIKE – CARTHY was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:austerityMatt CarthyMEPUSC riseslast_img read more

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Internazionale, Napoli seek to kick-start league charge when Serie A enters day 5

first_imgSassoulo vs EmpoliMAPEI Stadium, Reggio Nell’EmiliaFriday, 21-09-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Federico La PennaSassuolo saw their unbeaten run ended by Juventus, but are determined to get right back on track against Empoli. The home side have had a good start to their league campaign sitting in fourth place on seven points. An opening day win at home over Luciano Spalletti’s richly assembled Inter side was followed up by a 2-2 draw away at Cagliari and a 5-3 home win over Genoa. Coach Roberto De Zerbi will be looking to pick up the three points in this game against the newly promoted Tuscan outfit, but might have to do without the services of left back Federico Peluso, who is a slight doubt.The Azzurri on the other hand lost 1-0 to Lazio at home in their last game and that came off the back of a goalless draw away at Chievo. A 2-0 win at home against Cagliari on the opening day was such a strong start, but remains their only win of the season so far. Aurelio Andreazzoli should be hoping to turn the tide in this game and will be looking for his side to start picking up points in matches like these. He will have to do without defenders Lorenzo Polvani who is out for the season and left back Luca Antonelli, while Spanish striker Alejandro Rodriguez is also on the treatment table.Sassuolo are unbeaten at home against Empoli in their last seven meetings, winning six and drawing once.Parma vs CagliariStadio Ennio Tardini, ParmaSaturday, 22-09-2018 @04:00pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Giampaolo CalvareseAfter earning an historic win against Inter, Parma will hope to use that as a springboard as they prepare to host Cagliari on Saturday. The last time Parma managed to beat Inter on home turf was back in 1999, and that result has helped lift the team out of the bottom three – at least for now. However, they will be facing a side who will be feeling increasingly confident after picking up four points against two teams who finished in the top half of the table.Despite their tendency to struggle on the road, Cagliari earned a 1-0 win over Atalanta and now come into this game having drawn Milan at the Sardegna Arena. Their surprise away win has helped boost their standing in the table and they are going to be facing a team who will be brimming with confidence after a very impressive away result last weekend.Despite Cagliari’s win over Atalanta recently, the Rossoblu have lost five of their last seven away fixtures overall.Fiorentina vs SPALStadio Artemio Franchi, FirenzeSaturday, 22-09-2018 @07:00pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Davide GhersiniSPAL are surprisingly second in Serie A and visit another side punching above their weight in on-form Fiorentina.  La Viola had a big statement win on the opening day, a hard-fought draw at one of Serie A’s toughest stadiums against Sampdoria and an unfortunate loss in another fortress at the San Paolo. It’s been a hard start, but La Viola currently reside in fifth place. However, the focus in this game will be on the visitors. Last season SPAL escaped relegation by three points and finished in 17th with 38 points. So far this season they almost have a quarter of that total after four games. In fact, they sit in second place right now, with only reigning champions Juventus ahead of them.This will be SPAL’s toughest challenge yet and a great litmus test to see if they could be a seriously surprising package in Serie A this season. As for Fiorentina, this could be more of a statement win than expected when they first saw the fixture list.  Fiorentina only have new signing Alban Lafont possibly still out, although he was back on the bench for Wednesday’s rescheduled Week 1 draw at Sampdoria. SPAL have former Giallorossi youth product Federico Viviani out with an injury as well as centre back Kevin Bonifazi, who is on loan from TorinoThese two teams drew 0-0 home and away last season.Sampdoria vs Inter MilanStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenovaSaturday, 22-09-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Marco GuidaFollowing a vital win against Tottenham in the Champions League, Inter will be desperate to finally get their Serie A campaign going against an impressive Sampdoria side. Inter have had a terrible start to the league, winning just once in four attempts including a 1-0 loss at home to Parma in the last game.Sampdoria also had a midweek game, as Fiorentina travelled to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Wednesday in a 1-1 draw, rescheduled from August. The result means that Marco Giampaolo’s men are unbeaten in three games, after beating Napoli 3-0 at home and thrashing Frosinone 5-0 at the Stadio Benito Stirpe.The last goalless draw between Sampdoria and Inter at Marassi was in 1995, so the game promises plenty of action and it wouldn’t be surprising to see both teams scoring. The only notable absentee for Sampdoria is Vasco Regini, who is injured, while Danilo D’Ambrosio returns for Inter and is expected to start at right back instead of Milan Skriniar, who deputised in the Italian’s absence against Tottenham, but will be moved to his usual position at the heart of Inter’s defence. Lautaro Martinez is still recovering from an injury, so Icardi will lead the attack, after Spalleti’s experiment with Keita Balde up front failed miserably against Parma.Torino vs NapoliStadio Olimpico Grande Torino, TorinoSunday, 23-09-2018 @01:30pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Massimiliano IrratiNapoli really need to start finding another gear in Serie A and Europe with a trip to Torino and their old Coach Walter Mazzarri. The Partenopei will be looking to solve their finishing woes and get an important win on the road following a frustrating draw against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League, while Il Toro will attempt to capitalize on their recent good run of form. Mazzarri’s side are coming off a 1-1 draw away at Udinese, a match in which they made their second comeback of the season.Napoli’s last Serie A match saw them grind out a 1-0 win over Fiorentina. It was far from convincing, but a definite step forward from the 3-0 thrashing at Sampdoria. In truth, none of Napoli’s performances this season have been particularly convincing, including the victories.Torino haven’t beaten Napoli since March 2015, managing just one point from their last six meetings.Bologna vs RomaStadio Renato Dall’Ara, BolognaSunday, 22-09-2018 @04:00pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Davide MassaAfter a dismal display against Real Madrid midweek, Roma will be looking to get back on track against deeply troubled Bologna that still haven’t found the net in Serie A this season and hold a single point, obtained through a goalless stalemate with new boys Frosinone. The only saving grace for Filippo Inzaghi’s men is that Frosinone have somehow managed to be worse and Chievo were docked three points.  It gets a little worse for the home side when Erick Pulgar’s three-match ban is considered. The Chile international saw red at the 97th minute after a horror tackle on Romulo in last week’s 1-0 loss to Genoa. Lukasz Skorupski and Mattia Destro will be particularly eager to make a good impression against their former club. Rodrigo Palacio, Filip Helander, Godfred Donsah and Neuhen Paz are still out of action.Roma meanwhile will only be missing creative spark Javier Pastore, although the Argentine’s indifferent early season form means he may have not been guaranteed a starting spot anyway.  The last time Bologna beat Roma was a 3-2 Olimpico thriller in September 2012, followed by four draws and five losses. The most recent home victory was 3-1 in September 2004.Chievo vs UdineseStadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, VeronaSunday, 23-08-2018 @04:00pm (Super Sport 12)Referee: Luca PairettoChievo will host Udinese at the Stadio Mar’Antonio on Sunday hoping to get their first three points of the season. Lorenzo Danna’s men have drawn their last two games including a 2-2 come-back draw away to Roma in their last game, a result that should surely boost their confidence going into Sunday’s game. For Udinese, they have endured a fairly good start to the season, losing only one of their first four games this season. The loss came away to in-form Fiorentina on match-day two, a result that should have nothing to be ashamed of.Udinese go into the game without victory over Chievo since November 2015 when the Zebretta won 3-2 away from home. The reverse fixture ended one all last season.Lazio vs GenoaStadio Olimpico, RomeSunday, 23-09-2018 @04:00pm (Super Sport 11)Referee: Rosario AbissoLazio are still a very long way from the sparkling side we saw last season and Genoa could fancy themselves capable of an upset. Simone Inzaghi’s men still haven’t fully metabolised the drama of missing out on the Champions League in that final day defeat to Inter. Although they have won three in a row now between Serie A and the Europa League, they were scraped results with poor finishing and shocking defending. Senad Lulic’s extraordinary miss in front of an open goal in Thursday’s 2-1 victory over Apollon Limassol reflected their moment – desperately lacking in confidence. There are some injury concerns too, as Stefan Radu, Luiz Felipe and Jordan Lukaku are out for at least a couple of weeks, limiting Inzaghi’s options in defence.Genoa have had an impressive start to the campaign, beating Empoli and Bologna, while their only defeat was a chaotic 5-3 encounter at Sassuolo. Even at the Mapei Stadium, the Grifone staged a comeback and nearly recovered from that flurry of conceding four in 11 minutes before half-time.  Lisandro Lopez and Andrea Favilli are injured, with centre-forward Gianluca Lapadula not 100 per cent fit due to a knock. It means we should see Polish sensation Krzysztof Piatek partnered by Christian Kouame with Goran Pandev in a trequartista role against his old club.The last five meetings between these clubs provided a total of 22 goals.AC Milan vs AtalantaStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanSunday, 23-09-2018 @07:00pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Daniele DoveriNeither Milan nor Atalanta will be thrilled with the start of their campaigns, but they will both get a chance to start anew on Sunday. The Rossoneri entered the season full of optimism after finally landing the legitimate striker they had been seeking for years and securing the services of Italian youngster Mattia Caldara. But Gennaro Gattuso’s men have just four points from their opening three matches, and will be looking to turn things around with a big result against the Orobici.While Milan attempt to compete on multiple fronts, Atalanta have had a tough time adjusting to life following their disappointing elimination from the Europa League. They’ve followed up that tough night in Denmark against Copenhagen with consecutive losses to Cagliari and Spal, where Gian Piero Gasperini’s men were kept off the scoresheet on both occasions.Milan have not beaten Atalanta since May 2015, managing four draws and two losses. Their last win over the Orobici at San Siro was back in January 2014.Frosinone vs JuventusStadio Benito Stripe, FrosinoneSunday, 23-09-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Piero GiacomelliWinless Frosinone take on Juventus on Sunday evening, as the Bianconeri look to continue their perfect start to the new season that has seen them win all their opening four games. The Canarini are in dire straits at the moment, their only point earned was a draw against Bologna in Week 2. They were humiliated 5-0 by Sampdoria, and are yet to score a goal this season. They will be without midfielder Mirko Gori as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Attackers Luca Paganini and Federico Dionisi are still months away with knee injuries, so Stipe Perica and Camillo Ciano are expected to start up front.Juventus come off a controversial 2-1 victory at home over Sassuolo last week, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo break his Serie A duck with a game-winning brace. However, the major talking point from the match was Douglas Costa’s behaviour. The Brazilian was caught spitting on Federico Di Francesco by the VAR officials. He was subsequently sent off, and was given a four-match ban.  But that is nothing to take away from Juventus. They have been sensational in the opening four weeks, and they come off a 2-0 midweek win away to Valencia in the Champions League, even while down to 10 men. As earlier mentioned, no team in the league currently has scored more goals than them, and Ronaldo will be looking to add to his Serie A goal tally this weekend. The Bianconeri, however, remain without a number of players through injury. Mattia De Sciglio, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Spinazzola are still sidelined, while Sami Khedira went down with a thigh injury after just 23 minutes in Valencia.Frosinone have never beaten Juventus in four meetings, but did manage a 1-1 draw in Turin in September 2015. Their first encounter was in Serie B in October 2006.Comments Tags: Italian Serie Atoplast_img read more

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