first_imgThe move is likely to cause mixed reaction in Italy because of Sarri’s three-year spell at Napoli, during which he transformed the club into Juve’s main challenger for the Serie A title.Allegri was in charge of Juventus for the last five seasons, winning the league every year as well as four Italian Cups.He also led the team to two Champions League finals but Juventus appears frustrated by not being able to win the European trophy — especially after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.TweetPinShare0 Shares Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea on Sunday after one season to return to Italy to manage Juventus.The former Napoli coach has joined Serie A champion Juventus on a three-year contract to replace Massimiliano Allegri.The 60-year-old Sarri won the Europa League with Chelsea, beating Arsenal in his final game in charge last month, and he also led the team to third place in the Premier League.“In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said. “He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.“Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.”last_img read more

first_imgIndian women’s team settled for silver in women’s hockey on Friday after losing 1-2 in the final against Japan at Asian Games 2018.Minami Shimizu and Motomori Kawamura scored for Japan through penalty corners in the 11th an 44th minute while Neha Goyal’s field goal in the 25th minute was the lone strike for India, who were aiming to win their first Asiad gold since 1982.The loss will hurt the Indians badly as a gold here would have guaranteed a direct qualification in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Indians had qualified for the final of the Asian Games after a gap of 20 years gap, having beaten China in the semifinals.Ahead of the Olympics, Japanese hockey is on the right track with the women winning their maiden Asian Games title after finishing runners-up thrice.For Indian hockey, there was more disappointment after the fancied men’s team failed to defend its gold following their loss to Malaysia in the semifinals yesterday.Coming into the match, the Indians were favourites to win the title as they are ranked five places above Japan at ninth in the world rankings.In the first quarter, India made more forays into the opposition circle but lacked the finishing touch. Their first big opportunity came in fourth minute when Navneet Kaur could not do much with captain Rani Rampal’s pass into the striking zone.Asian Games 2018, Day 13: Live UpdatesJapan had their opportunity too in the eighth minute but Indian goalkeeper Savita made a good save.Navneet then helped India get their first penalty corner in the 10th minute but dragflicker Gurjit Kaur could not get it past the Japanese goalkeeper.advertisementAnother Japanese counter attack followed which resulted in their first penalty corner which was clinically converted by Shimizu in the 11th minute.FT| The Indian Women’s Hockey Team were put to the test by a challenging Japanese side as they claim the Silver medal at the @asiangames2018 after a valiant effort by the Eves goes unrewarded on 31st August.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvJPN pic.twitter.com/lxEMBNLauVHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 31, 2018Down by a goal, India kept attacking but with little precision.Sensing urgency, India pressed hard for the equaliser in the second quarter. They came close when Sunita Lakra provided a finely placed pass to Udita but she could not make it count.India drew level in the 25th minute when Navneet Kaur’s crisp reverse hit was neatly deflected in by a patiently waiting Neha.India were the better team in the second quarter, creating more chances and had the ball a lot more than the Japanese.In the 36th minute, a skilful one two from Vandana Katariya and Navjot Kaur almost got India the lead but Udita’s shot was saved by the Japanese keeper.Seconds later, another opportunity was missed when Vandana’s attempt was parried away by the custodian.The Japanese got their first major opportunity of the third quarter when they earned a penalty corner in the 44th minute and Motomi executed a delightful finish, taking the ball on the left and firing it in with a reverse hit.The Indian fans, who turned up in sizeable number, were left shell shocked with the Japanese goal.The Indian women, like their male counterparts in the semifinals yesterday, were guilty of holding on to the ball for far too long while the Japanese operated with quick passes.With less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock, the Indian shirts were a constant in the opposition circle but they could not find the back of the net.With a goal lead and end drawing closer, the Japanese expectedly slowed the game down when once they reached the Indian half.India withdrew their goalkeeper Savita with two minutes remaining as India desperately pushed for an equaliser.They even got two chances with 40 seconds left on the clock but failed to find the Japanese net.last_img read more

first_imgThe 23rd staging of the island’s premier tourism trade show, Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), got underway at the Montego Bay Convention Centre Sunday, April 28, with hundreds of local and international participants.Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, who addressed the opening, said the large turnout of buyers, suppliers, travel agents and media practitioners from the traditional and emerging markets, which is one of the most impressive in recent times, shows that JAPEX remains a vital institution for Jamaica’s tourism sector.“The growing interest in and attendance at JAPEX of this number of international delegates, not only underscores the fact that JAPEX remains a vital institution for the tourism sector, but is also proof of the attractiveness of our tourism product and the strength of brand Jamaica in the international marketplace,” he stated.He mentioned the “very strong” representation from the United States of America (USA), Canada, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom, and the good showing from the non-traditional and new markets. “Given our efforts at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to penetrate these markets, I am particularly pleased to be able to welcome the large number of delegates from Latin America, as well as Europe, including representatives from countries such as Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Ireland, and the Czech Republic. We also have a contingent of some 24 media representatives from the USA, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean,” he stated.Dr. McNeill commended the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the JTB for their “tremendous” work in organising the annual event and “for once again, bringing together, some of our most vital tourism partners.”“I would also like to commend the JHTA for its outstanding work in championing the cause for players in the sector and for its unwavering support for crucial initiatives being undertaken by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment. This synergistic relationship continues to foster the sustainable development of the tourism sector from the resort level,” Dr. McNeill stated.On Monday and Tuesday, April 30, wholesalers and tour operators will meet face-to-face with close to 150 of Jamaica’s leading tourism suppliers on the convention floor, to conduct business negotiations.By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporterlast_img read more