Month: November 2019

Agent: ‘Caldara ready for Milan’

first_imgMattia Caldara’s agent has assured Milan fans that the defender is “ready” to kickstart his career at the club. The 25-year-old has yet to play a Serie A game for the Rossoneri since his arrival from Juventus in the summer of 2018 due to first an Achilles problem and then an ACL injury. However, Beppe Riso is adamant the former Atalanta star can now focus on working his way into Stefano Pioli’s plans. “He’s ready, he is doing well,” Riso told Calciomercato.com. “He tells me he is feeling better every day.” Caldara’s last Serie A match came in May 2018, against Cagliari when he was still playing for Atalanta. He initially moved to Juve in January 2017 but never played for the Old Lady and switched clubs with Leonardo Bonucci 18 months later. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Maran: ‘Nainggolan a champion’

first_imgCagliari boss Rolando Maran insists the Sardinians deserve to be in the top four and Radja Nainggolan has proved he is “a true champion.” Maran was speaking to reporters after an event that gathered various coaches, captains, referees and club directors from around the league. “I expected a positive start to the season, but I didn’t expect to be in this position in the table. If we are there, then it is because the lads all deserve it. Our fans are helping us in the correct way, pushing us on and we want to give them a lot of satisfaction. “The secret to our success is infectious enthusiasm. Winning games, together with enthusiasm, can become a fundamental and winning formula.” Maran then praised Belgium international Nainggolan, who re-joined the club on loan from Inter and has been one of their best players this season so far. “Radja has always done a great job here. I am very happy that he is with us. He gives us a big hand and he’s proved himself a great champion.” Cagliari travel to the Stadio Via del Mare to play Lecce on Sunday. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Soon-to-be-married couple Tharoor, Sunanda spotted in Ajmer

first_imgShashi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar.With the two all set to tie the nuptial knot soon, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor and his long-time friend Sunanda Pushkar on Sunday visited the famous shrine of sufi saint Khawaja Garib Nawaaj and a temple in Ajmer.Seeking blessings before the wedlock, the two offered chader and roses at the shrine, performed Puja at the Pushkar Sarovar and visited the Brahma temple.”Pray for our happiness and peaceful life. We need a lot of blessings,” Sunanda, a Dubai-based businesswoman, told mediapersons.To a queston on their soon-to-be-held marriage, the former Minister of State for External Affairs who quit his post in the wake of IPL Kochi row, said the the date would be fixed soon.Last Sunday, Tharoor, a former UN diplomat-turned-MP, and Sunanda visited Shirdi and the revered Shani Shingnapur shrine in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district and performed rituals sitting side-by-side.Reports say the marriage between the two will be held at Elavanchery near Palakkad in Kerala on August 22.On controversies dogging the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Tharoor said the mega sporting event should be seen in a positive way.The infrastructure developed for the Games would enhance the country’s pride and status, he said.The former Minister did not say anything when asked about alleged diversion of funds meant for Dalit welfare for the Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

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Selectors stick to book, pick 11 top guns for London Olympics

first_imgEleven gun-wielding men and women were on Sunday picked to represent the country at the London Olympics later this year.At a meeting of the National Rifle Association of India’s (NRAI) selection committee in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, the Indian contingent was unanimously selected, with rifle ace Gagan Narang being picked to participate in the three men’s events – the 10m air rifle, the 50m 3 positions and the 50m prone.The selection strictly followed the NRAI’s performance-based policy, and most of the shooters picked themselves on the basis of their consistency in international and domestic competitions. In fact, under the new policy which gives the Olympic quota to the country and not the shooter, two quota winners, Hariom Singh and Imran Hassan Khan, have missed the plane.Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra will defend his title in air rifle, while Sanjeev Rajput (3 positions) and Joydeep Karmakar (prone) – the most consistent shooters in their respective events – will compete alongside Narang in London.As reported earlier by Mail Today, Manavjit Singh Sandhu (men’s trap), Ronjan Sodhi (double trap) and Shagun Chowdhary (women’s trap) will comprise the shotgun arm of the team.Among the pistol shooters, Annu Raj Singh will compete in two events – the 10m air pistol and the women’s 25m or sports pistol – while Rahi Sarnobat (women’s 25m), Heena Sidhu (women’s 10m air) and Vijay Kumar (men’s rapid fire) are the other members of the team.Heena has been named subject to approval by the international body, ISSF, since India make use of current rules to exchange its extra 3 positions quota (won by Imran at the Asian Championships in Doha) for an extra slot in the women’s air pistol.advertisementThere had been speculation about this quota, with many in the shooting fraternity feeling that 2004 Athens Olympics double trap silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore would be the beneficiary of the quota exchange. But according to a release sent by NRAI secretary Rajiv Bhatia, “The selection committee decided that quota won in 50m Rifle 3 Positions will be exchanged with air pistol women event as India has a better chance of winning medal in air pistol women.”Rathore, instead, is part of nine standbys. The others are Imran (3 positions), Sushil Ghaley (prone), Satyendra Singh (air rifle), Pemba Tamang (rapid fire), Anisa Sayyed (women’s 25m pistol), Shweta Chaudhary (women’s air pistol), Anirudh Singh (men’s trap) and Seema Tomar (women’s trap).Heena was delighted with her selection. “I had been partly expecting it, but it has still come as a pleasant surprise. My recent performance has been good, and thanks to two very important people – my coach Anatoly Poddubny and (former international shooter) Ronak Pandit. While Anatoly has been working on my technique, Ronak has really helped me with the mental and emotional aspects of the sport, and both have really helped me grow as a person,”she told Mail Today.Karmakar, who edged out the other contenders for prone, was also elated. “Everything hasn’t been a smooth ride, but I really respect the policy for its fairness,”he told Mail Today.Eight coaches will accompany the team.last_img read more

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Rift between Dhoni, Sehwag started in 2007

first_imgUntil the 2007 World Cup, Virender Sehwag was tipped to take over from Rahul Dravid as the Indian captain. However, a sudden loss of form and Sehwag’s failure to cement his place in the side saw the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) turn towards then rising Mahendra Singh Dhoni.With this, the seeds were sown for what is being witnessed in Australia now. Headlines Today revisited those three key flashpoints that have led to a complete breakdown in Dhoni and Sehwag’s relationship what is now being termed as the beginning of the end.When in full flow, both Sehwag and Dhoni are considered among the most destructive batsmen in the world as they decimate the best of bowling line ups wielding their willows like an axe. However, the aggressive duo has been at the loggerheads threatening the very edifice of Team India.While Dhoni holds the seniors, including Sehwag, responsible for his compulsion to adopt the ongoing rotation policy in the team, the Najafgarg Nawab has been trying to prove his captain wrong taking some good catches of late.The latest verbal volleys over the fielding jibe might have catapulted the Sehwag-Dhoni rift out in the open, but the cracks between them had surfaced soon after Dhoni’s elevation as captain.Their relations first soured when Dhoni reduced match-winner Sehwag to the dug out in the inaugural Twenty-20 World Cup final in place of rookie Yusuf Pathan.The duo was at it again during the 2008 CB series when Dhoni benched Sehwag citing fitness issues, while the opener dismissed the skipper’s fitness concerns. The inclusion of Robin Uthappa for the CB series finals saw their relationship sour further.advertisementHowever, the lowest ebb in the Sehwag-Dhoni relationship was scripted in England during the 2009 T-20 World Cup after Sehwag carried a shoulder injury into the tournament. The injury drama forced Dhoni to make a public show of team unity.The fall out between the duo post the 2009 T-20 World Cup was felt soon after when Sehwag spelt his intent of not deputising for Dhoni. “I will not be vice captain, I am ready to be captain,” Sehwag declared in October 2009.The controversies in the ongoing tri-series, be it over the flawed rotation policy or the seniors’ liability on the field, have seen Dhoni and Sehwag’s relationship plummet to a new low exposing the great divide between them.Unless the two champions mend their differences quickly, Indian cricket could be the biggest loser.last_img read more

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Author Anita Nair’s Bangalore home is a bright and creative space

first_imgThe main entertainment area is a great blend of the indoors and outdoorsMaybe it has to do with the fact that Anita Nair is a writer. The bright colours, the abundance of nature and the blissful solitude all come together in her Bangalore home- a recipe for creative success. In,The main entertainment area is a great blend of the indoors and outdoorsMaybe it has to do with the fact that Anita Nair is a writer. The bright colours, the abundance of nature and the blissful solitude all come together in her Bangalore home- a recipe for creative success. In a gated community beyond Hennur Road, the 4,500 sq ft property that Nair shares with her husband, son and dog is appropriately named Frangipani. It looks like a fresh, fun place, much like the flower it is named after, but one with much deeper stories to tell.Bangalore-based architectural firm Deep&Hana designed the house. Once completed, the lady of the house took over. “There was no particular look we were aiming for,” says Nair of the decorating process. She gave the space a unique personality, mixing Indian elements with European touches.Sunny colours give the house a warm vibeThe look of the three-bedroom house was built around the couple’s extensive collection of antique furniture. But they’ve stopped collecting since they moved here. “We’re clearly out of space and can’t accommodate anymore,” she says.In addition to the ideal setting that the house is in, Nair also has her own sanctuary in the study, complete with pink walls and coloured glass panes above the door.”I love coloured glass because of a book I read as a child, where each day a boy would look through a piece of coloured glass and for that day, his world would be coloured by the shade,” says the author. advertisementThe study with pink walls is Nair’s private havenA floor-to-ceiling bookshelf reflects her ravenous appetite for literature. A modern-day office chair and computer sit on a desk that belonged to Nair’s grandmother; next to it is an old-style plantation chair with long arm rests that 46-year-old Nair inherited from her father-in-law. Delicate floral frescoes on the wall say that a woman uses this space.For someone who loves dogs, Nair is among the few who harbour an equally passionate love for cats. In fact, they are a recurring motif throughout the design scheme of the house, seen in figurines and framed pictures. “I’m a manic collector,” she says of her feline collection that foraged from as far as Guatemala, Europe and the Far East.The dining room is an elegant zone with antique furniture and porcelain fixturesThe list of objects doesn’t end there. Nair also collects egg cups and milk pitchers which she considers art. The collectibles are displayed in her living room, which provides a perfect setting for these unique pieces with its brick-lined walls. While most of the flooring is terracotta, the living room has marble. The surrounding trees make the room nippy during winter, which is why a working fireplace in this part of the house makes sense. Nair’s Malayali heritage is clear to see in the displays, with many artefacts acquired from her home state, including an arrangement of dried gourds in a wooden platter, a gift from locals from Wayanad.”We’re not a very religious family,” Nair says as she points to a small pooja space-just beyond the front entrance of the house-that has been created from a depression in the wall.The house features plenty of open seamless spacesA wooden door fitted with tiny bells acts as an enclosure for the area marked for pooja. “Most of the idols have been given to us as gifts,” she says. Old Tanjore and glass paintings on the nearby walls complete the setting.One of the European touches that run through the house is the use of white pottery from the Este region of Italy. The mahogany table in the dining room which was originally a cards table sourced from Kolkata, was restored by the couple. Above it hangs a porcelain light from Este and the old school look is completed by the sideboard, which belonged to Nair’s great grandmother.Next up is an open-plan kitchen fitted with teal wall-mounted cabinets. The colour allows the wood grain of the shelves to show and the couple enjoy cooking in this bright, well-lit space. Beyond the kitchen lies a larger entertainment space.The kitchen is infused with coloursThe flooring here is of the low-maintenance granite, which makes sense for a heavy traffic zone. The high ceilings in terracotta tiles sport a wooden blade fan that Nair shopped for during a trip to Bangkok and two suspended lights. Filled with plants, the space opens outdoors through large glass doors.The boundary wall in this part of the house was raised when the neighbour’s house came up unexpectedly and a little too close for comfort. And on it, artist CF John has designed a mural in clay. “It contains all of my favourite things,” Nair says pointing to a small cat in one corner.Elements of her native Kerala are captured in the bedroom windows that can be opened into the entertainment area atrium. And a charupadi or leaning platform overlooking the space, which features in many traditional Kerala homes. Double doors, another unique Indian concept, has been put to use, but adding a contemporary touch is a door knocker from Florence, Italy.Under the Bangalore sun, the Nair home looks like a place for fun and good timesFor a laidback family evening, there is the family room in the basement, equipped with a granite entertainment unit that houses a large screen television. A plush sofa, speakers placed around the room and a shelf which stocks some choice wines makes watching movies doubly enjoyable for family and friends.Out front, there’s a green picnic table that is used extensively when the weather is good. Painted a bright green, it can conveniently be moved around the garden and placed under the shade of one of the many trees. At the moment, it sits next to a small granite gazebo that Nair said she built with the intention to read a book in, but never quite finds the time to pursue the idyllic activity.Just like the house, the garden too is a labour of love.” We came with two mango saplings to this house,” says Nair. “Now 28 varieties of trees grow here.” They include areca nut, silver oaks, plantain and even the family’s own peppervines. The highlight however has to be the fig tree that currently has bunches of unripened figs growing on it, its giant leaves blocking out the afternoon sun.With fish swimming gently in a small pond that flows through the garden, it’s easy to believe that at Nair’s home, there’s always a reason to celebrate or unwind. It simply invites you to a holiday which will last for life.advertisementlast_img read more

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BCCI set to give TV rights to IPL broadcaster Sony

first_imgIt seems like good times for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). On a day when the apex cricket body managed to get Sahara back on board as sponsor, comes the news that the BCCI is most likely to award the TV rights to Sony.Just to jog the readers’ memory, since the time the BCCI terminated the TV rights contract with Nimbus last year and encashed its Rs 1,601 crore bank guarantee for being a ‘chronic defaulter’ the question was who would be the next broadcaster.As Team India had no international engagements at home after the series against the West Indies ended last November, the BCCI could take the bold step.Now it transpires that Nimbus was indeed a defaulter but it was not the first time they had done so. Nimbus had been awarded the media rights for four years from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2014 for all international/ domestic matches played in India, at a cost of Rs 31.25 crore per Test/ ODI/ Twenty20.Sources told Mail Today that as the BCCI had a second option in Sony, they could go ahead and snap the contract with Nimbus in 2011.Set Max has been telecasting the Indian Premier league (IPL) since 2008 and the quality of production has been top-class. It is learnt that Sony will be launching a news sports channel shortly and all the cricket will be shifted to it, including the IPL.While the financial details of Sony’s deal with the BCCI is undisclosed, the amount is likely to be more than what Nimbus had contracted, say sources.advertisement”Sony also has a clean record when it has come to payments,” said the source. As a result, they are most likely to get the contract.Sources close to developments also added that Sony may well be waiting for the bid document to be presented before making its move.Way back in 2003, when the World Cup was played in Southern Africa and India lost the final to Australia, Sony had beamed the images live.Sony also had the ICC telecast rights for the 2007 World Cup and 2006 ICC Champions Trophy.Those involved with TV broadcast in the capital say Sony is known for its high quality production.”They may well launch their new sports channel in ‘High Definition’,” said a source. It is also known that in the entertainment sector, Sony is almost at par with Star Plus.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

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Back at NCA for training, Yuvraj gives hope of return before T20 World Cup

first_imgIndia’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, who is making steady recovery after undergoing treatment for cancer in the United States, returned to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore on Monday, fuelling hopes that his return to action could be very close. VIDEOYuvraj, who had started training at the NCA sometime ago, got back at the NCA for training after a vacation with the intention of getting fully fit ahead of the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September.The southpaw has been rehabilitating at the NCA, undergoing physio therapy and gym sessions to get fully fit before the T20 World Cup. The NCA has been monitoring Yuvraj’s condition and sending reports regularly to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Yuvraj recently survived a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2012: Leander Paes, Elena Vesnina lose in mixed doubles final

first_imgLeander Paes and Elena Vesnina will have to wait for their first Grand Slam title together as they lost the closely fought Wimbledon mixed doubles summit clash to Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond, here on Sunday.The fourth seeded Indo-Russian pair suffered a 3-6 7-5 4-6 defeat at the hands of second seed Americans after battling for two hours and four minutes.It is for the second time in this season that Paes and Vesnina have ended runners-up at a tennis Major as they had lost the final of the Australian Open in January to Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecau.Nevertheless, it was creditable performance by Paes after a stormy build up to the Wimbledon, caused by selection drama for London Olympics.Paes was forced to pair with lower-ranked Vishnu Vardhan after both Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna refused to play with him. Paes was teamed with Sania Mirza for the mixed doubles event.Although Sania did not refuse to play alongside Paes, she made it clear that her preferred partner was Bhupathi, with whom she has won two Grand Slam titles.Paes is the highest Grand Slam title winner for India with 13 trophies, six of them are mixed doubles.In today’s match, Vesnina served brilliantly and Paes too played well but the margin of error was little against the strong pair of Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond, who had a superb all round game.It was the pair of Paes and Vesnina that got the first chance to go ahead but they squandered a break opportunity in the fifth game of the opening set.advertisementThe break chance came about following a brilliant rally by an agile Vesnina at the net.As if that waste of chance was not enough, Paes dropped his serve in the next game. The Indian saved the first break chance with an ace but could not stop Mike Bryan from converting the second.With that break Paes and Vesnina were trailing 2-5 and finally Mike Bryan served out the set in the ninth game. The Indo-Russian pair though saved three set points before conceding the lead.Paes and Vesnina were tested severely at the start of the second set as they had to save several break chances before getting on board.However, the Americans succeeded in converting a break in the third game and opened up a 3-1 lead with a comfortable hold in the fourth game.The early break gave the Americans a hold over the match.Paes and Vesnina saved a match point in the 10th game and went on to break Mike Bryan in that game to spice up the match as it levelled the scores 5-5.Vesnina held the next game to make it 6-5 and they broke Raymond to stretch the issue to the deciding third set.However, Paes continued to struggle with his serve and was broken in the very first game of the final set.The Americans accepted the chance gleefully and Mike Bryan made it 2-0 after saving a chance. But their joy was short-lived as the Indo-Russian team broke Raymond in the fourth game, which witnessed five deuces, to bring the match back to level terms.It was a see-saw affair from then on with both the teams struggling to hold serve and faced immense pressure to stay in the match. Vesnina lost her serve in the seventh game and Raymond’s easy hold put the Americans one game away from the championship.Paes held to stay in the match but Mike Bryan clinched the issue in the next game.last_img read more

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PVL: Ateneo sweeps men’s elims, UST takes third seed

first_imgNo more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Marck Espejo was relentless against NU as he put up a game-high 23 points, four shy of the Bulldogs’ total spiking points.Madzlan Gampong had nine points to lead the Bulldogs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUniversity of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, finished its elimination campaign by stopping College of St. Benilde, 25-14, 25-10, 23-25, 25-20, to get to the third seed.Joshua Umandal wreaked havoc on the Blazers’ defense with 25 points with Jayvee Sumagaysay adding 11 points and Arnold Bautista and Tyrone Carodan putting up 10 points apiece. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Ateneo remained perfect in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 beating of National UniversitySaturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles advanced to the semifinals with an immaculate 7-0 record while Bulldogs hold the fourth spot with a 3-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim #KicksStalker: WWE superstar Finn Balor receives exclusive sneakerslast_img read more

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