Rivoli, Cavalier relegated from Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgHumble Lion, led by a brace from striker Levaughn Williams, snatched the last semi-final position in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football competition with a 2-0 victory over Rivoli United at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon, yesterday.While Humble Lion will continue the fight for the title, defeat confirmed Rivoli United as one of two teams which have been relegated to their parish league.Williams fired his team into the last four with goals in the 13th and 78th minutes.Humble Lion finished fourth with 50 points. Promoted Portmore United (61) topped the standings ahead of Arnett Gardens (60) and Montego Bay United (59), the other three semi-final qualifiers.Cavalier Soccer Club is the other team that will not be in the RSPL next season, as they too were demoted following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on the last day.Andre McFarlane netted the all-important goal in the 17th minute.DEFENDER EJECTEDCavalier ended the game with 10 players after defender Jeffrey Grant received two yellow cards and was ejected in the 90th plus two minutes.Tivoli’s head coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey, who returned to the club two months ago with the club languishing in the relegation zone, said he did the job and will now focus on his music career.”I have accomplished the job of saving Tivoli from relegation. My main aim was to make certain Tivoli was safe for next season,” Bailey told The Gleaner.”Well, I have steadied the ship and have now officially retired from coaching and will focus on my music career,” the veteran entertainer emphasised.On the other hand, Cavalier’s head coach Rudolph Speid blamed missed chances for his team loss and relegation to next season’s KSAFA Super League.”We got chances, but did not score. They scored a soft goal, so we lost the game. We have been in the league for four years, so we’ll just have to come back,” Speid added.Yesterday’s ResultsTivoli Gardens 1 Cavalier SC 0UWI FC 2 FC Reno 1Waterhouse 3 Boys’ Town 0Portmore United 1 Arnett Gardens 3Montego Bay United 2 Harbour View 0Humble Lion 2 Rivoli United 0last_img read more

Tata Motors to pump in Rs 4k cr this fiscal to launch products

first_imgMumbai, Aug 21 (PTI) Homegrown auto major Tata Motors today said it will invest Rs 4,000 crore in the current fiscal to bring new passenger and commercial vehicles to the market as part of its turnaround strategy. The company also expects to save over Rs 1,500 crore and add to the bottom line in its domestic business through various cost optimisation exercises and hopes return to the black in 2017-18. Besides, it is looking at “temporary hibernation” of some of its production lines across different plants in order to optimise manufacturing. In line with its new approach, the company also unveiled its new brand promise with tagline Connecting Aspirations. Tata Motors Managing Director Guenter Butschek said the company has embarked on a turnaround programme with the next 6-9 months being critical as against an earlier planned business transition, to be achieved on the next 2-3 years. The domestic commercial vehicles business is the backbone of Tata Motors and the focus of the turnaround is on getting higher market share of 5 per cent in this segment and launching new products faster in the market, he told reporters here. “For the CV segment we have earmarked Rs 1,500 crore for FY18,” Butschek said, adding that 10 new products have been lined up. Out of these six will be in medium and heavy CV segments, while four products are in intermediate CV category, he said. When asked about passenger vehicles, he said the investment would be of Rs 2,500 crore but did not share product launch details. Tata Motors will launch compact SUV Nexon next month. By 2019 it plans to launch the first product from its AMP platform which can have four body types, he said. Commenting on the companys ongoing turnaround programme, Butschek said the company has suffered last fiscal due to a combination — of market volatility and its inability to respond quickly to the changing environment. Butschek said Tata Motors has undertaken a lot of initiatives to improve operation, which could potentially help it save Rs 1,500 cr and add to the bottomline. With focus on turning around the domestic business, he said the companys management is reviewing business every month with new chairman N Chandrasekaran, while a similar exercise is done with board every six weeks. On a standalone basis, Tata Motors posted loss of Rs 467.05 crore for the June quarter of 2017-18 fiscal. It had registered a profit of Rs 25.75 crore in the same period of 2016-17. As part of the overall plan, he said Tata Motors is looking at manufacturing footprint optimisation. In some of the plants, he said in the commercial vehicles segment there was only about 40 per cent capacity utilisation while in passenger vehicles segment it was as low as 10 per cent in Sanand at one point of time. “We need to take a look at how best to utilise our plants,” he said adding a strategy is being worked out so that going forward “some lines may go in for temporary hibernation” and become functional when the demand is back. He said the details were still being worked out as to which lines in what plants could possibly go for such measures. Tata Motors has plants in places including Pune, Jamshedpur, Lucknow and Pantnagar. When asked by when Tata Motors expects the domestic operations to be back in the black, he said “hopefully this fiscal”. Butschek also said the companys plans to come up with sports car RACEMO has been temporarily put on hold with the focus on commercial vehicles to lead the overall turnaround taking priority. “As part of internal agenda for crafting the turnaround we also very carefully looked around in our capital expenditures, we had to re-prioritise some of the projects in the initial list,” he said. PTI RKL MSS SAadvertisementlast_img read more

Milan find their groove as two No 9s equal success against Sampdoria

first_img11Genoa9-514 Share on Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Publicly, the leadership has been consistent in its support for Gattuso. But Maldini also reaffirmed that the club’s ambition is to finish in the top four. Champions League football is a necessary first step back towards financial stability for a club that posted a €126m loss on last season’s accounts.Initially banned from European competition this year for failing to comply with Financial Fair Play requirements, the Rossoneri were reinstated following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The latter ruling rested in part on the club’s recent repossession by Elliott Management, but further sanctions can be expected if they fail to improve the balance sheet.This particular set of circumstances does also complicate the outlook with regards to Gattuso. On the one hand, the club will need to remove him if they believe he cannot obtain a Champions League berth. On the other, replacing him with a high-profile name would be an expensive undertaking. Gattuso embraces Higuaín after the match. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images European club football Gattuso countered that his team had created more opportunities, conceding from two shots on goal. He was similarly resistant, however, to any attempt to colour this victory as a result of the formation change.Most encouraging to him might have been the attitude of Cutrone and Higuaín, two players with a shared aggression and physicality in their way of interpreting the position. He had called on his team to play like “angry dogs”, demanding a reaction after limp performances against Inter and Betis. Defeats to those teams had fuelled speculation that he could be fired. Both Leonardo and Paolo Maldini had dropped by Milanello on Friday for conversations with the manager and his team. Cristiano Ronaldo: I left Real Madrid because of president Florentino Pérez features The best scenario for Milan, then, would be for the incumbent to succeed. Gattuso is well-liked by his players, Higuaín praising his man-management in a recent interview with Gazzetta and likening him to Maurizio Sarri for his capacity to motivate. Alessio Romagnoli insisted he and his team-mates were “ready to die” for their boss.Milan are not as far off the pace as you might imagine from the tone of some of the recent media coverage in Italy. A win in their postponed game against Genoa this Wednesday would give them 18 points from 10 games, and put them very much in touch with the top four.What ought to concern Milan more than the standings is an atrocious defensive record, with 13 goals conceded already in the league. They have not kept a clean sheet in 15 Serie A matches dating back to last season, their longest such run since 1946.Experimenting with a two-man attack does not need to compromise the defence. Just ask Carlo Ancelotti, whose Napoli side have been far tighter at the back since switching from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2. It might serve Milan’s interests to give Higuaín and Cutrone more games together. That alone, though, will not be a quick fix.Talking points• The one and only real talking point this Monday: how on earth did Sassuolo fail to score from here?• “I’m not a wizard,” insisted Ancelotti after Napoli’s draw with Roma, and this was a game to remind us that even the best managers cannot stick the ball in the net. The Partenopei comfortably outplayed Roma yet needed a 90th-minute equaliser from Dries Mertens. Napoli 1-1 Roma, Milan 3-2 Sampdoria, Cagliari 2-1 Chievo, Genoa 2-2 Udinese, Spal 0-3 Frosinone, Sassuolo 2-2 Bologna, Torino 1-1 Fiorentina, Empoli 1-2 Juventus, Atalanta 3-0 ParmaMonday: Lazio v Internazionale 1Juventus101328 2Napoli10822 Pinterest 10Torino10014 • The gap to first is back to six points, because Juventus beat Empoli 2-1 the day before. The Bianconeri were a goal down at the break and playing some way below their best but Cristiano Ronaldo once again made the difference, converting a penalty first before smashing home the winner from 20 yards.• A first win of the season for Frosinone, and what a way to get it: thrashing Spal 3-0. It leaves Chievo as the only winless side, the former Italy manager Giampiero Ventura suffering a second consecutive defeat since taking charge. 12Cagliari10-213 Bayer Leverkusen’s rout of Bremen underlines their underachievements Share on Twitter Show Putting aside any trivial quibbles about sample size, we can at least observe that this partnership has shown promise. Far from treading on each other’s toes, Cutrone and Higuaín seem to have quite a natural rapport, seeking one another out in possession. The latter’s goal was set up by a sharp one-two between them.Cutrone was only returning a favour. Higuaín had provided the assist on his winner against Roma back in August, dissecting the Giallorossi’s defence with a well-timed through-ball. It is tempting to wonder whether their shared experience as No9s might help each recognise the spaces the other would want to attack, and where they would want the ball played.Whether or not Milan are better for playing in the 4-4-2 that accommodates them is another question entirely. Sampdoria dominated possession and their manager, Marco Giampaolo, argued that the game had been won only by acts of individual brilliance. Suso’s winner was a trademark solo effort, struck across goal from 20 yards. Twitter Was this helpful? 13Parma10-413 Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| FULL-TIME | A worthy match-winner for #ACMilan. 👏Suso’s strike sealed all three points for the Rossoneri. 🔴⚫️AC Milan 3-2 Sampdoria pic.twitter.com/Hu3S3rEcHDOctober 28, 2018 17Bologna10-69 Topics Share on LinkedIn 4Lazio9418 Serie A 6Sampdoria10715 5Fiorentina10815 Read more 18Empoli10-66 Read more Share on Messenger Facebook Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| EQUALISER |Dries Mertens pounced late on to rescue Napoli a point at home against Roma.They stay six points behind Juventus in the #SerieA standings. ⚽️ #Contenders pic.twitter.com/ES83hH4BxzOctober 28, 2018 14Atalanta10512 16Udinese10-59 19Frosinone10-155 Milan Quick guide Serie A results Old habits die hard for Silvio Berlusconi. It is more than a year since he sold Milan, and barely a month since he completed a takeover of Monza in Serie C, but still he presumes to address his former club’s manager with tactical advice. “I don’t like [Gennaro] Gattuso’s team, because they only play with one centre-forward,” lamented Berlusconi recently. “Milan should always have two.”It seems unlikely these words swung Gattuso’s thinking. This can hardly have been the first time he heard such a suggestion from a man with whom he remains in occasional contact. Berlusconi’s preference for two up top has been reiterated countless times down the years, though his knowledge of Milan’s playing staff appears to be similarly unchanging. In another interview on the same theme, he also proposed starting Kaká behind the attack. 20Chievo10-18-1 Share via Email 7AC Milan9515 Sportblog Gattuso did not seek to lure the Brazilian back out of retirement for Milan’s game against Sampdoria on Sunday, but he did opt for a 4-4-2 for the first time this season. Suso was pushed back and Diego Laxalt brought forward to operate as wingers. Patrick Cutrone joined Gonzalo Higuaín in attack.Supporters had been crying out for this combination. With a goal against Real Betis on Thursday, Cutrone raised his strike rate to four goals in eight appearances – all of them off the bench. Why not give this homegrown talent a chance to play from the beginning?The obvious answer was that he and Higuaín were too similar, each doing their best work in and around the penalty box. In this era of false nines, could a team really get away with fielding two authentic ones?Apparently, they could. Both got their names on the scoresheet in a back-and-forth game at the San Siro, Cutrone opening the scoring and Higuaín netting the equaliser after Sampdoria had responded with goals from Riccardo Saponara and Fabio Quagliarella. Milan went on to win 3-2, Suso scoring the winner.Monday’s Gazzetta dello Sport tallied up the total time Cutrone and Higuaín had spent on the pitch together this season, finding a combined strike-rate better than one goal every 40 minutes. “Projecting that through an entire game, that means starting 2-0 up,” announced the optimistic analysis. Share on WhatsApp Thank you for your feedback. 15SPAL10-512 9Sassuolo10115 8Roma10415 Hide Share on Pinterest 3Inter Milan9719 PosTeamPGDPts Reuse this contentlast_img read more