first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. When they introduced Thomas at a news conference, the Cavaliers were vague about a timeline for his return, mainly because they hadn’t yet worked with him. It’s now possible Thomas could be back and playing by Christmas, when the Cavs visit Golden State.Thomas is only under contract for the upcoming season and has said in the past he wants a maximum contract.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Thomas has begun running and doing on-court activities as he rehabilitates the injury, which prematurely ended his postseason with the Celtics. Cleveland acquired him in a trade that sent All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to Boston, its biggest challenger in the East.Thomas doesn’t need surgery. While the Eastern Conference champions have been encouraged by his recovery, they will not rush him back. While he gets healthy, Derrick Rose, another summer acquisition, will start at point guard.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThomas averaged 28.9 points last season for the Celtics, who sent him along with forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft to Cleveland.The Cavaliers were concerned with Thomas’ injury, so the Celtics added a second-round pick to complete the deal. LATEST STORIES Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READcenter_img How to help the Taal evacuees INDEPENDENCE, OH – SEPTEMBER 7: Isaiah Thomas is introduced as a Cleveland Cavalier at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 7, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Isaiah Thomas could be running the point for Cleveland by the end of the year.The All-Star point guard, acquired from Boston this summer in a blockbuster trade, has made progress with his hip injury, and the Cavaliers expect him to be playing games by January.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Adamson coach unsure of Galanza’s availability for UAAP after brutal injury View commentslast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Italy not being at the World Cup will be a new experience for most of the country’s fans © AFP / Piero CRUCIATTIMILAN, Italy, Nov 14 – After the initial shock and disbelief, heartbroken Italians on Tuesday demanded answers as to why the one-time stars of the global game had missed the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.The Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the four-time world champions, who failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup but have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930. Tearful captain Gianluigi Buffon quit international football and coach Gian Piero Ventura said he would consider his future after the Azzurri drew 0-0 with Sweden on Monday to lose 1-0 on aggregate.There was disbelief among the 75,000 fans in Milan’s San Siro Stadium with 14.8 million stunned Italians watching their national fall from grace on television.The Italian football federation called crisis talks for Wednesday with 69-year-old Ventura expected to be sacked with federation chief Carlo Tavecchio also under pressure to resign.“As you know, it’s up to the boss to take responsibility. If I were him (Tavecchio), I’d resign,” said Giovanni Malago, the president of Italian Olympic Committee CONI.For many the defeat reflects a profound malaise in Italian football with the 2006 World Cup triumph having been followed by early exits from the last two World Cups.Italian footballers react at the end of their FIFA 2018 World Cup qualification second leg match against Sweden, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, on November 13, 2017 © AFP / Miguel MEDINASports Minister Luca Lotti lamented “a very sad day for sport”.“It’s clear we must rebuild the world of football and that we have to make decisions that we may not have had the courage to take in recent years,” said Lotti.“We did not discover the problems yesterday. We have been eliminated in the group phase of the last two World Cups. There is so much to do, now we must take this opportunity to rebuild Italian football from youth level up to Serie A.”For Buffon it was a national catastrophe more than a personal disappointment.“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football, because we failed at something which also means something on a social level,” he said.The 39-year-old goalkeeper, who has 175 international caps and was an integral part of the 2006 World Cup victory in Germany, had been hoping to compete in a record sixth World Cup.But Ventura made no announcement about his position despite failing to lead the 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 winners to their 19th World Cup.– ‘Resign? I don’t know’ –Italian supporters watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match Italy vs Sweden TV broadcast at a pub in Rome, on November 13, 2017 © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEThe former Torino coach said he would first talk to the federation president before making a decision on his future.“Resign? I don’t know. I have to evaluate an infinity of things. I have not yet spoken to the president,” said Ventura. “It doesn’t depend on me, I’m not in the state of mind to face this question.“It’s a very heavy result to bear, because I was absolutely convinced that we had this ferocious desire to overcome the obstacle.”Fans were struggling to come to terms with the prospect of a World Cup without their team.“It is really very sad because watching the World Cup was something that really brought us together as Italians,” said graduate Stefania Pusateri.A man reads Italian sport newspaper “Gazetta dello Sport” with a front page reading “End” a day after the elimination of Italy during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match against Sweden, on November 14, 2017 in a food market in Rome © AFP / Tiziana FABI“But what is sure is that the shock will be even worse for my father. He is 54 years old and he has never had to go through something like this.”Drinking coffee the morning after, young Roman Carlo said Ventura did not deserve all the blame.“The truth is we haven’t replaced the players we had in the past. World-class players like Roberto Baggio, (Alessandro) Del Piero, (Francesco) Totti: they just aren’t there any more.”– Newspaper shares plummet –The economic fallout of defeat was immediately felt with shares in the country’s leading sports paper La Gazetta dello sport plummeting on the Milan stock exchange.Shares were suspended in the middle of the afternoon after dropping 8.83 percent.“The fact that Italy will not participate in the World Cup is a new negative for the media sector,” said analysts Equita of the global showcase which “attracts important advertising revenue”.La Gazzetta generated over two million euros in additional revenue from advertising during Euro 2016.Its banner headline on Tuesday morning stated simply: “End”, while a headline on its website declared: “Italy, this is the apocalypse.”“Wasted chances, a bit of bad luck but zero goals in 180 minutes against the Swedes, who will go to Russia,” the daily commented.Corriere dello Sport said it will be painful to be on the sidelines when the action starts in Russia in June.“It is an intolerable football shame, an indelible stain,” the newspaper said.“It is over. 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first_img Latest Transfer News 1 LATEST IN DEMAND targets targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Giroud moved to Chelsea in January for a reported fee of £18million moving on center_img REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The World Cup winner has been linked with a return to France this summer and despite insisting he is not ready to quit the Blues, interest remains rife in the striker.Marseille are long-term admirers of the 31-year-old and according to Le 10 Sport, they could make another offer before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.The Premier League transfer window closed on August 9th meaning Chelsea would be unable to bring in a replacement, should Giroud decide to make the switch back to Ligue 1. LIVING THE DREAM Marseille are set to rekindle their interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud before the end of the month, according to reports in France.Giroud was an unused substitute in Saturday’s opening Premier League victory over Huddersfield and his future at Stamford Bridge remains unclear. And, despite the striker’s insistent upon staying in west London, Marseille are not prepared to give up hope of snapping up the former Arsenal man.Giroud could feature against his former club on Saturday when Chelsea face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 17:30. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland last_img read more