LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Sampdoria in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)TURIN, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo is “very calm” amid the latest developments in an alleged rape case involving an American woman, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Friday.Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of the allegation by Kathryn Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Ronaldo’s lawyer, Peter S. Christiansen, downplayed the DNA development, denied the rape allegation and called evidence collection common in any investigation. He added Thursday that “what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request.”Las Vegas police said in a statement that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities for a DNA sample from the player. Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said the request involved a warrant.The Italian justice ministry, Turin police and the U.S. embassy in Rome had no immediate comment.After the Bologna game, Ronaldo and Juventus are scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia for the Italian Super Cup against AC Milan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LA Tenorio wants to retire with Ginebra SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “It’s a private matter so I can only talk about soccer. So I’ll respond to how I’ve seen Ronaldo. He’s very calm. He has trained very well and rested like everyone else — which was needed after four intense months,” Allegri said at a pre-match news conference. “Now he needs to prepare well for the second half and most important part of the season.“I see Cristiano very serene and calm and that’s what I’m basing this on,” Allegri said when asked if the alleged rape case might affect Ronaldo’s performance in the long run. “For the rest of it, it’s not my job to respond because they are private matters and it’s only right that I don’t respond.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAllegri added that Ronaldo will play in an Italian Cup match at Bologna on Saturday.“He’ll play tomorrow. We’ll see about when and how,” Allegri said.
19-year-old Punjab opener Shubman Gill, who is seen as a future India player, is inspired by Cheteshwar Pujara’s marathon innings in Australia and said the India No. 3 has set a benchmark for the youngsters.Pujara faced over 1200 balls and slammed three hundreds to help India win their maiden Test series on Australian soil. India won 2-1 in the four-match Test series.”There are very few batsmen who can bat through the day and look to play out the balls. He (Pujara) played over 1200 balls in one tour, which is really phenomenal. To score 500 runs in a tour looks possible. But to face so many deliveries is setting a benchmark for the youngsters,” Gill told reporters on the sidelines of a Ranji Trophy Elite Group B fixture.”There is a lot to learn seeing the way Cheteshwar Pujara bats, his patience at the crease. Australia had the world’s top bowlers and to score against them on those tough pitches is phenomenal. I love watching him bat. Nowadays the batsmen look to score quick runs.”Gill got out for 91, missing the century mark by just nine runs when he tried to step out Mukesh Kumar only to mishit at mid-off.”I’m pretty happy with the way I’m batting. But surely I can work on the way I’m getting out. I can work on certain areas when I’m batting good. Sometimes, I tend to go with the flow.”In Test matches, you tend to bat in sessions. There will be a period when a bowler will do well and when I will score runs. You have to be smart to pick the ones where you would capitalise,” he said.advertisementGill reacts to Yuvraj Singh’s World Cup comment Teenager Shubman Gill has been in fine form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season (ICC Twitter Photo)After returning from the India A’s tour of New Zealand, Gill has scored 268, 148 and 69 not out in the last three Ranji matches, opening the innings.In challenging conditions, Punjab relied heavily on the youngster as Gill has already scored 629 runs from four matches, including two hundreds and three fifties, at an average of 125.80.Recently, Punjab veteran Yuvraj Singh also backed the young prodigy to win the India cap after the 50-over World Cup later this year.”When a person like Yuvraj says something like that it means I am doing good and on the right track. It is a big boost in confidence,” said Gill.”After playing two matches I went to India A tour and then came back and continued to score. I am happy not to lose the rhythm of scoring runs.”But Gill wants to be realistic about making it to the India team in near future.”I see very less chances now. Our one-day team is very strong and the World Cup is round the corner. We have won a very good Test series. Let’s see,” he added.Also Read | India vs Australia: ‘Ravi Shastri asked players to leave their driver’s license at home’ Also Read | Rishabh Pant now needs to learn how to finish games, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Indian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat ArunAlso See: