De Laurentiis later confirmed Sarri’s departure in a brief post on Twitter.“I’d like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause,” De Laurentiis said.“He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio — Aurelio De Laurentiis.”Sarri has been linked with both Zenit St Petersburg and Chelsea with the Russian club reported to be prepared to pay his eight-million-euro ($9.4 million) release clause.The 58-year-old Ancelotti is said to have agreed a two-year contract with an option for a third.However, the official announcement may not be made immediately as details have to be sorted out concerning Sarri’s position.It would mark Ancelotti’s first job in Italian football since leaving AC Milan in 2009 after leading the club to a Scudetto and two Champions League titles.The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss is understood to have agreed a salary worth 6.5 million euro ($7.6 million) a year with an option of a third year.Ancelotti has won three Champions League titles as well as the league in Italy, France, Germany and England.Ancelotti’s son Davide and his son-in-law Mino Fulco will also be on the Napoli coaching staff.– ‘Complicated –Sarri, who has spent the past three seasons at the San Paolo Stadium, has two more years remaining on his contract which runs until 2020.Napoli’s Italian coach Maurizio Sarri. © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAThe 59-year-old former banker guided Napoli to second place in Serie A for the second time since taking over, and this season they achieved a club record 91 points in a season.But the club’s film producer boss De Laurentiis lost patience with Sarri’s indecision over his future, after pushing the champions all the way this season before finishing four points behind Juventus to miss out on a first Serie A title since 1990.According to Sky Sports Italia, Zenit have invited the Napoli coach to Russia to see Saint Petersburg and their training facilities.The Russian club have been without a coach since Roberto Mancini returned to take over the Italian national team, and in addition to stumping up for his buyout clause are also willing to offer Sarri a contract worth six million euros per season plus bonuses.“In life everything comes to an end,” said Sarri after his final match last Sunday, a 2-1 win which relegated Crotone to Serie B.“Sometimes it’s better to finish stories while they are good.“We have not reached the target, but the journey has been fantastic.”He added: “The situation is complicated. You can’t say you’re ready to go and try again with this squad when you don’t know whether everyone will remain here.“I don’t know if the club will manage to keep the players who have release clauses when offers will come in from big clubs.“What I do think is that I could not go directly to another Italian team, and that if I had to make a change I would prefer to go abroad.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italian Carlo Ancelotti who is reported to be set to take over as coach of Serie A club Napoli © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLMILAN, Italy, May 23 – Carlo Ancelotti has reached agreement to take over as Napoli coach ending Maurizio Sarri’s three-year reign at the Serie A club, according to reports in Italy on Wednesday.Italian Ancelotti — who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September — hammered out a deal Wednesday after a series of meetings with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis in Rome.
smart causal Borna Barisic became the first player to net against Steven Gerrard’s Gers with his last minute strike, but the hosts clung on for a 2-1 aggregate win to set up a meeting with Slovenians Maribor in the third qualifying round.With only a slender lead from last week’s clash at the City Garden Stadium, there was always bound to be an anxious air round Ibrox.Lassana Coulibaly should have settled the nerves four minutes in, but blazed over from close range after being picked out from Ryan Kent’s corner.Osijek’s pressing early on forced Gers deep, but it was the hosts who almost came close to landing a sucker punch as Ryan Jack sent Morelos scampering in behind.The angle was against the Colombian, though, as Osijek goalkeeper Marko Malenica gathered his low strike, doing the same when Daniel Candeias pulled the trigger from the edge of the box.It was tense, competitive stuff. The Light Blues faithful held their collective breath after 18 minutes when Ovie Ejaria tried to be too clever on halfway. His attempted flick was picked off and Osijek flooded forward. ALTERED possible xi who plays? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more NEW ERA Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade It wasn’t plain sailing for Gerrard’s side gameday How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener It took a brave block from Allan McGregor to deny Robert Mudrazija, while the keeper had to bail out Gers again seven minutes before the break as his defence went to sleep, first pulling off an acrobatic stop to deny Ezekiel Henty before leaping up to parry Petar Bockaj’s follow-up.But having survived those scares, Rangers grew in belief.Only a last-gasp lunge by Alex Grgic early in the second period stopped Kent delivering a devastating blow as he connected with Coulibaly’s ball to the back post.But that only delayed the inevitable and from the resulting corner Gers struck. Malencia missed his attempted punched from Kent’s delivery, Morelos nodded the ball back into the danger area and Katic got the decisive touch with his head to put daylight between the sides.Some more composure might have seen them put the tie to bed completely, but Kent slashed at fresh air while Coulibaly almost hit the corner flag as two decent openings came and went in embarrassing fashion.Morelos let his frustration show when Kent’s hesitation in releasing his pass cost the striker the chance of a run-in on goal.Ejaria hardly did him any favours moments later as his over-hit ball in behind left Morelos with only the side-netting to aim at.The tension rose in the final minute when Barisic fired a deflected shot past McGregor to become the first player to net against Gerrard’s Gers, but the hosts held on to progress. highlights 1 Nikola Katic helped kill off Croatian compatriots Osijek as his second-half goal was enough to see Rangers through with a 1-1 Europa League draw at Ibrox.The centre-half headed home from close range eight minutes into the second half as the Light Blues extended the lead given to them by Alfredo Morelos’ first-leg strike. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start?
GREEN BAY, Wisc. – Aaron Rodgers’ fourth-quarter comeback ability wrecked what had all the makings of a 49ers upset Monday night.The 49ers couldn’t hold a second-half lead as Rodgers guided the Packers to a 33-30, walk-off victory at Lambeau Field. Mason Crosby’s 27-yard field goal as time expired capped off the comeback and sent the 49ers (1-5) to their fourth straight defeat.“It was a fun night, up until that last minute and seven seconds,” tight end George Kittle said.That’s all it took …
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Martinelli-inspired Arsenal romp four past Standard Liegeby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli showed Arsenal there is life after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette after an amazing performance in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Standard Liege.Handed his second start of the season, the Brazilian scored with a superb header after 13 minutes and then backed up the effort with another goal three minutes later.The Gunners were then 3-0 up after 22 minutes thanks to Joe Willock’s goal. Dani Ceballos rounded out the victory in the second-half with his first goal for the club. And manager Unai Emery was delighted with his team when speaking after the game.He told BT Sport: “To have six points after the two matches, it’s really important. We can take confidence. We were consistent over the 90 minutes and we can take a lot of positivity from tonight’s game. The players, when they did all they can like tonight, it is perfect. “We did a lot of good, we can analyse to continue to improve. It’s a fantastic victory.”On how things can improve, he added: “We played with intensity but then we conceded some possession but we kept the clean sheet. We can improve in how to keep the ball and make more chances but for the players today, they are very tired after playing on Monday and they still played fantastic, it’s a fantastic victory.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Xtratuf boots are ubiquitous in Southeast Alaska and often associated with fishing. On Wednesday, about a hundred pairs of the brown rubber boots along with photos of Alaskans were on the steps of the Capitol building to protest mines in British Columbia.Download AudioAbout a hundred pairs of the brown rubber boots along with photos of Alaskans were on the steps of the Capitol building to protest mines in British Columbia. Photo: Lisa Phu/KTOO.“This day and this gathering is truly about celebrating clean water and healthy fisheries and the things that make Southeast what it is,” says Edie Leghorn of Sitka. She’s an organizer with Inside Passage Waterkeeper, a group…“…focusing on clean water in Southeast Alaska. She’s standing on the steps of the Capitol with about 40 other people.“This day is also about standing united as Alaskans, to hold our elected officials accountable to the will of the Alaskan people who have responded with a resounding ‘not on our watch’ to the threat of mines in our Southeast Alaskan salmon streams.”The rally participants are carrying signs that say “Get Extra Tuff on BC Mines” and “No More Mount Polleys.” It’s been about a year since the Mount Polley Mine disaster in British Columbia, which spilled millions of gallons of mine waste into creeks and lakes. They don’t want the same thing to happen at other B.C. mines near the border.Among the people and signs are pairs of Xtratuf boots. Caitlyn Cardinell, also with Inside Passage Waterkeeper, says they represent the livelihood of people in Southeast.“We use and rely on these boots … for our work that we do outside with commercial fishing, forestry, research. They are pretty much a staple in every Southeast Alaskan’s footwear.”Cardinell says she brought about 200 pounds of boots from Wrangell to Juneau. Boots also came from other communities like Petersburg, Sitka and Kake.“What we found for this project of collecting salmon stories and boots from Alaskans throughout the region is that Alaska is united on this issue.”Malena Marvin is executive director of Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. She met with Bill Bennett, B.C.’s top mine official, who’s traveling in Juneau and Ketchikan to discuss concerns about transboundary mines.“We really hope to send him and everyone the messages that this is everybody. We don’t see unity on issues in Alaska. Certainly there are so many different types of people and controversies around many issues, but on this people are united. We want to protect our salmon, our jobs, our way of life.”The rally participants want to see an international solution through the Boundary Waters Treaty, which was signed by Canada and the United States in 1909.The boots are being donated to Juneau’s soup kitchen and shelter.
Senator Bob Corker speaks with reporters after announcing his retirement at the conclusion of his term on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, on 26 September. Photo: ReutersRepublican US senator Bob Corker warned on Sunday that president Donald Trump risks setting the nation “on the path to World War Three” in an interview with The New York Times, the latest in a series public barbs traded over the day.Trump had blamed his former political ally for the Iran nuclear deal in a series of derisive Twitter posts that drew a sharp riposte from Corker, who chairs the important Senate Foreign Relations Committee.In a sweeping, 25-minute interview, Corker told the newspaper he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something” – in a reference to the reality television show that Trump had once hosted.“He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation,” the senator, who announced his retirement last month, said.Corker dismissed the idea that Trump may be using provocative comments about North Korea to advance US negotiations being conducted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by playing “bad cop” to the top diplomat’s “good cop” effort to broker a deal with Pyongyang.“I know he has hurt, in several instances. He’s hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out,” Corker told the paper, which added that Corker did not provide details about negotiations. “A lot of people think that there is some kind of ‘good cop, bad cop’ act underway, but that’s just not true.”Corker had been a national security adviser to Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and on Trump’s short-list last year for both vice president and secretary of state.But the relationship between the two men has greatly deteriorated.More recently, Corker has criticised Trump, taking issue with the president’s response to a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. Critics assailed Trump for saying rival protesters were also to blame for violence.”Senator Bob Corker “begged” me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. 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File photo of LightningSix people from the same family were “killed on the spot” by a lightning strike in Madagascar over the weekend while sheltering from a storm, officials said Monday.The relatives — including a three-year-old child — were killed in the central village of Bakaro on Saturday. Another person suffered superficial burns.”Twenty-five farmers sheltering from rain under a thatched cottage after leaving their rice field were hit by a lightning bolt,” said medical inspector William Patrick Rakotondralambo of the Fitsinjovana commune.”Six people from the same family were killed on the spot, including a three-year-old child,” he added.Eight survivors were treated for shock, Rakotondralambo said.Lightning strikes are relatively common in Madagascar, an Indian Ocean island famed for its unique wildlife and well-known for its vanilla and precious redwood.
The Raqs Media Collective’s solo show at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) takes the form of an extended conversation around the concepts of time and the untimely which run through much of the collective’s past and present work, and acts as a working laboratory of the ideas that the practice of the Raqs collective is considering today, as it faces the future. With more than fifty works in a range of media – video, installations, mixed media assemblages, sound, photography, print and sculpture – Raqs turns Jaipur House, the original home of the NGMA, into a magical, labyrinthine container of stories, riddles, enigmas and possibilities. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This is kind of art making that is quirky, intensely intellectual, humorous, poetic as well as committed to the asking of tough questions in a turbulent world. The collective’s sustained history of more than twenty years of working and thinking together is reflected in this multi-layered exhibition which twists and turns the way we think about time, finds lost constellations in the sky, argues with the epics, asks questions about the meaning of value, strikes back at time, thinks about war, reflects on the urban condition, considers the laboring body and addresses the future of a four year old child. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) has been highly visible on the International art scene for the last decade. They enjoy playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. Raqs follows its self-declared imperative of ‘kinetic contemplation’ to produce a trajectory that is restless in terms of the forms and methods that it deploys even as it achieves a consistency of speculative procedures. Where: National Gallery of Modern Art When: On till February 8
Kolkata: A 17-year-old boy allegedly set his mother on fire by pouring kerosene on her at Sulunguri in New Town on Monday night.The victim was rushed to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition. Police have arrested her son under Sections 307 IPC (attempt to murder) and 326 IPC (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means). The boy was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, Bidhannagar, and was sent to a home for 14 days. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe boy lived with his mother and the father lived separately. Locals alleged that he used to mistreat his mother. Recently, he asked for a smart phone which his mother could not afford. However, he kept forcing his mother to buy him a smart phone. On Monday night, when she strictly refused to his demand, he allegedly beat his mother. Later, he poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. The woman gave a statement at the hospital.