Month: November 2019

Highlights: Sassuolo 3-1 Bologna

first_imgFrancesco ‘Ciccio’ Caputo returned and his impressive brace earned Sassuolo victory over Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna Derby. The Friday night Serie A match saw the Neroverdi take bragging rights from their more illustrious local rivals and surpass them in the standings too. Jeremie Boga also showed his impressive pace and cool head to find the net, while Riccardo Orsolini scored with an unorthodox finish. It was Caputo’s solo effort that stole the show at the Mapei Stadium, though. Click here for the full match report. 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

Kalmadi condoles death of wrestler Chandgi Ram

first_imgIndian Olympic Association president Suresh Kamladi has condoled the death of 1970 Asian Games wrestling champion ‘Master’ Chandgi Ram, who passed away on Tuesday morning following a cardiac arrest.READ STORY: ‘Master’ Chandgi Ram passes away “The world of wrestling and, in fact, Indian sport will be poorer by Master Chandgi Ram’s absence,” Kalmadi said in his condolence message.”The remarkable thing about Master Chandgi Ram is that he continued to contribute to wrestling way beyond his active career. He encouraged women to take to the sport and set up an akhara in Delhi so that girls could play the sport, driving them to follow their dreams and carve a niche for themselves,” Kalmadi said.Ram, a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna and Padma Shri awards, served as Additional Director of Sports in Haryana and was conferred with the titles of ‘Hind Kesari’, ‘Bharat Kesari’, ‘Bharat Bhim’, ‘Rustom-e-Hind’ and ‘Maha Bharat Kesari’.The most impressive feat of Ram’s international career was the gold in 100 kg category in the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok, where he defeated world champion Amvani Abuifazi of Iran en route the title.He also represented India in the 1972 Olympics in Munich.”For a man of his achievements, including the titles of Bharat Kesri and Rustom-E-Hind, Master Chandgi Ram has a genial presence. His stint in the Jat Regiment of the Indian Army and then as a school teacher, coupled with his sense of humour made him a towering figure in Indian wrestling history,” the IOA chief said.Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also expressed deep sorrow and grief over Ram’s demise.advertisementIn his condolence message, Hooda said Chandgi Ram was a great wrestler who always kept the Indian tri-colour flying high at international championships.He said Ram would be long remembered for his contribution to Indian wrestling.last_img read more

IOA fails to break deadlock between Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federations

first_imgThe International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) threat to withdraw Olympic qualifiers from the country forced the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to try and bring the two warring hockey factions together, but their meeting on Tuesday failed to break the deadlock yet again.Indian Olympic Association president Vijay Kumar Malhotra.Soon after the meeting, interim IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra admitted that there was no guarantee if Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federations (IHF) would be able to arrive at a solution that suits all the stake holders involved.For months, there have been numerous meetings to resolve the crisis in the Indian hockey administration without any fruitful outcome. The government tried to broker peace between the two factions and sports minister Ajay Maken even sounded optimistic about the developments.However, there have only been verbal assurances which have hardly moved in any positive direction and subsequently, (FIH) withdrew the Champions Trophy from India.”It is definitely a very complicated matter. We have asked the two bodies to leave their egos aside for the interest of Indian hockey. This was a preliminary meeting and we will wait for some more time to see how things move from here,” Malhotra told Mail Today.While Narinder Batra was present on behalf of Hockey India, IHF was represented by KPS Gill, Ashok Mathur and Amrit Bose at the meeting.”Both the bodies have taken very rigid stands and although we are working to improve the situation, still there’s no guarantee if the matter can be resolved in time.advertisement”We want to see India at the Olympics and certainly don’t want the qualifiers to be moved out of the country. That is the reason this meeting was convened today,” Malhotra added.The ongoing impasse between the two bodies has already taken away India’s Champions Trophy hosting rights and the FIH has also threatened to shift the Olympic qualifiers, scheduled for next year, out of the country.In a recent letter to the sports ministry, FIH president Leandro Negre reiterated the world body’s stand of a sole governing authority to run the sport in India.”We wouldn’t have liked to interfere in the functioning of hockey but in the current scenario, the IOA had to intervene because it will be the IOA contingent that we will participate at the Olympics,” said Malhotra, adding that Hockey India is the only body recognised by IOA to run the sports in India.In fact, the FIH also asked the ministry to release the money that India owes to the international federation for the World Cup last year.Meanwhile, the Lanco International Super Series hockey tournament in Australia, featuring both the men’s and women’s teams from India, will be telecast live on ESPN STAR Sports from October 20 to 23.last_img read more

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal decries politicisation of education

first_imgUnion Hhuman Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday spoke against the politicisation of education in the country. He was critical of the state governments and lamented their reluctance to reform the education system.Citing the example of 13 key Bills of his ministry that are stuck in Parliament, Sibal, who was speaking at the India Today Aspire Education Summit 2012, made a strong case for distancing politics from education.Everybody is thinking of when and how we will come to power. Where is the national vision? Nothing can be done unless political parties come together and realise that education is an area of national importance and should be a priority,” he said.I want to give degrees to students in the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), but I cannot because there is political consensus in the House,” he added, referring to the non- passage of the NIT Act Amendment) Bill 2011 in the Rajya Sabha.This means that the students of IISER in Pune and Kolkata who completed their five-year course in the summer of 2011 are left in the lurch, without any degree.The minister, who has been on the defensive in the wake of recent disparaging reports (Programme for International Student Assessment and Assessment Survey Evaluation Research) the state of education in India, went on illustrate how the central government even though it attracts the maximum flak for deficiencies in the education system – has little role play in on- ground improvement.The biggest challenge, he said, was to get the states to implement the reform policies introduced by the Centre. And any bid to exert pressure is misinterpreted as “interference” in state governance.advertisement”We (the Centre) can introduce policies and allocate funds. But it’s impossible for us to monitor if a child is receiving quality education in Bihar or Orissa. The reality is that the implementation of policies happens at the state level,” he said.Calling the task of empowering 20 million children through education “herculean”, Sibal said India would not be able to join the ranks of developed countries unless it created a “critical mass” of youngsters who will pursue higher education.Currently, 16 of every 100 students in India reach university level, whereas the figure is 40 in the developed world. The government aims to increase the number of university-going students from 16 million to 45 million by 2020.This gap, Sibal said, can be bridged through effective implementation of the Right to Education Act which was introduced almost two years ago. It promotes inclusivity in education and will democratise classrooms.”The Act will create an environment to nurture that critical mass that will go to university by 2020,” the minister added.The Act will lead to efforts to admit and retain more children in schools, which would, in turn, lead to a build-up of pressure at the university level.The minister also asked the states to increase their budget allocation for education and called on them, as well as the private players, to help meet the need of an additional 1,000 universities in the future.last_img read more

Sonakshi Sinha all set to don sexy new look

first_imgAt a time when going ultraglam seems to be the only ‘talent’ required to be heroine material in Bollywood, Sonakshi Sinha is naturally going all out to change the desi girl image she acquired in her debut film Dabangg.In her new film Son Of Sardar (SOS), a romantic thriller, which Sonakshi signed recently opposite Ajay Devgn, the actress has decided to go sexy and westernised with vengeance and also lose weight to fit into trendy attire.And so, ace designer Manish Malhotra is all set to chalk out a hip-and-happening wardrobe for Sonakshi’s look in the film, which also stars Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla, and is directed by Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? maker Ashwini Dhir.Sonakshi, in fact, recently made it clear that she will only have Manish design her wardrobe for the film – or for any other film that she does in the future, for that matter. That was also the reason why Ajay and his co-producer of the film, N.R. Pachisia, wasted no time in signing Manish as the costume designer as soon as Sonakshi was finalised for the project and even before the rest of the crew was decided.”It’s good to look different in every new photo shoot or film. All my filmmakers want me to wear the sari after Dabangg but I will try and mix it up,” Sonakshi recently said.While details are yet to be drawn out on Sonakshi’s wardrobe for the film, the buzz is that Manish might give her lots of casual attire, including tees, denims, capris and short dresses.advertisementShatrughan Sinha’s 24-year-old daughter took the industry by storm with her debut act as a smalltown girl in Dabangg last year and drew applauds for the way she matched superstar Salman Khan’s screen presence. She has been flooded with offers since then. SOS apart, biggies starring Sonakshi that are scheduled to release over the next year include Joker and Rowdy Rathore opposite Akshay Kumar, Dabangg 2 and Kick opposite Salman, and Lootera opposite Ranveer Singh.Although she goes for a westernised makeover in SOS, Sonakshi has, however, made it clear that she will not be seen sporting a bikini on screen.While Sonakshi will go all out with glamour in SOS, co-star Ajay is all set to don a turbaned Sikh look in the film.Sonakshi, however, isn’t giving up her desi USP totally. “I am proud of my ‘desi-ness’ and that is the image I am being asked to play out on screen in most of my upcoming films. But it is always good to keep scope for change,” she said.The shooting for SOS, a remake of the 2010 Telugu hit, Maryada Ramanna, starts in Patiala this week.last_img read more

Fearless play by Team India brought down the mighty Australians: Peter Roebuck

first_imgPeter RoebuckDisplaying a rare mix of intelligence and combativeness more often seen on a battlefield, Sourav Ganguly’s team has brought down the mighty Australians. And it has been done not at a dust bowl in Delhi or in the searing heat of Chennai but under the beneficent gaze of St,Peter RoebuckDisplaying a rare mix of intelligence and combativeness more often seen on a battlefield, Sourav Ganguly’s team has brought down the mighty Australians. And it has been done not at a dust bowl in Delhi or in the searing heat of Chennai but under the beneficent gaze of St Peter’s Cathedral and with thousands of Australian supporters urging their side on. This was a mighty effort by a team that refused to be beaten, a team whose whole is greater than its parts, a team for a contemporary and confident country. If Kolkata 2001 will live forever in the memory as an extraordinary upset created by the inspired work of a few individuals, Adelaide will be remembered as the day India became a team. Perhaps, too, it will be for signalling the end of Australia’s run. Not that India can depend on replacing them at the top of the pile. It is one thing to topple a tiring and weakened champion, another to take its place on the pedestal.Really, it was a mind boggling victory. At stumps on the first day, a local newspaper had boomed, “We Cannot Lose”, and it scarcely seemed possible. Australia had reached 400/5. Was there a soul in India who did not lament? That night, a senior member of the touring party went for a walk along the Torrens river and sighed, “What about our bowling?” He need not have worried. Those same incompetents were about to dismiss an imposing batting order for a paltry total. Ajit Agarkar was about to become a hero … India was about to secure one of its most famous victories.Defiance lay at the heart of this performance, the defiance of men ready to reach deep into themselves like miners hunting for gold. They were searching for the strength needed to overcome the Australians, and they found it. India played without fear or an inferiority complex. Ganguly’s team did not gape in awe at the Australian powerhouses. ON A HIGH: Sourav GangulyIndeed, like Mohammed Ali meeting George Foreman, they found a way of turning aggression upon itself so that it became a weak point. Clever fields were set in the second innings, with men pushed back to stop the booming drives that have sustained Australia, withering statements of superiority that have sent bowlers running for cover. Suddenly, those shots were not bringing runs. Suddenly, there was this little fellow with big ears swinging the ball around and bowling maidens. It did not seem right. And so another Gulliver was brought down.Nor was it merely a matter of crafty tactics. Strong minds were needed because Australia is a hard place and many teams have been broken before a single ball has been bowled. In recent times, England and South Africa have appeared tense as they moved from the hotel to the ground, complaining about the newspapers and the conspiracy. Contrastingly, Indians have been relaxed, laughing about bad reviews and much else besides. Anyone arriving Down Under had better bring a sense of humour. Clive Woodward, England’s World Cup-winning rugby coach understood that. Informed by the locals that his team was boring, he replied, “Boring? You think that’s boring? My friends, you ain’t seen anything.” Likewise, Laxman only smiled when told that he could not handle fast bowling.Australian reporters have noticed the relaxed mood of the party and have begun to regret underestimating them. As India scored the winning runs, one experienced journalist admitted, “I’ve misread this lot.” The mistake can be forgiven. Not once in his long career had this practitioner seen Australia lose a home series; it had not even fallen behind since 1993-4. Moreover, India had not won a Test Down Under for 23 years. He was hardly going to tip the tourists. Down Under it works this way: respect has to be earned.BATTLE FIELD: Team effort won the gameIndia did not tiptoe into Australia. Ganguly’s team came ready for a fight. Australians are adept at sensing and exploiting weakness. Give them the proverbial inch and they will take a yard. Between them, Ganguly and Sandy Gordon, the team psychologist, realised the need to get on to the front foot. Ganguly said the Australians were vulnerable and his team believed him. After all he had beaten them before in the best series ever played. Significantly, too, he was prepared to confront the Australians, and the players watched him do it. It is the only way. Sunil Gavaskar, Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga understood this and their records speak for themselves.Stat Surf…No team had chased more than 100 runs in the fourth innings to beat Australia at home in 18 years. The last team to do so was New Zealand in 1985….Only three teams in the history of Test cricket have conceded 550 runs in the first innings and gone on to win the Test….Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman are the first pair to put up a 300-run stand against Australia twice. They are only the third duo to put up a triple century partnership in Australia….Australia have lost only a single Test at home under Steve Waugh’s leadership, the fifth Test to England in the 2002-3 Ashes series. They last lost a “live” home Test in 1998-99 to England. Ganguly has a way of instilling confidence in his players, including the youngest and the least considered. Not that he is a soft touch. When Virender Sehwag and Ashish Nehra, an infuriating pair, both ignored a shot demanding their attention, their captain stared and cursed like a man whose horse had fallen at the final fence. But he loves his players and is not afraid to show it. The team huddles have been crucial, reinforcing a collective will that has not faltered in the face of the most severe setbacks. Australia has underestimated the Bengali. It is hardly surprising as he has the hallmark of an outlook they crossed the oceans to avoid. But they have misread him. Ganguly is more a warrior than toff.Notwithstanding these attitudes, India could not have managed without the towering contributions from Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman. Spirit alone is not enough. Someone had to score the runs. Someone had to take the wickets. Cricket is a battle between teams. It is also a struggle between bat and ball.Dravid’s influence has been immense. Significantly, he has refused to judge himself in Australian terms, refused to accept that this tour was going to define his standing in the game. Accordingly, he did not panic after failing in the first innings in Brisbane. In hindsight, Steve Waugh’s surprise declaration on that fifth evening at Gabba may not have been the masterstroke it seemed, for Dravid took the chance to acquaint himself with bowling and pitch. He has been batting ever since.Dravid’s game has been in perfect working order. It is an unusual combination of instinct and intellect, geometry and poetry. At the crease he conveyed commitment and pride, and is clearly the best batsman on either side. Although they would never admit it publicly, the Australians were almost in awe of him. Already they regard him as a great player. It has come to this. Dravid is the most prized scalp in the Indian team.Laxman was hardly less compelling as he played the game on his own terms, demolishing the spinners and ducking the bumpers. Nothing petty can be detected in his game, for the Hyderabadi is a man for the big stage and the great idea. His partnerships with Dravid work because they are on the same wavelength, two cultured men devoted to their task and proud of their country. Newfound conviction can be detected in their characters.STEVE WAUGH OF NERVES: Underestimating India was a mistakeAs usual, the game also threw up numerous conundrums, most of them concerning Sachin Tendulkar and the Australians. Waugh’s team looked tired. Several danger signs have appeared in the past few weeks. John Buchanan, the coach, started the rot by suggesting that the laws might need to be changed to contain the Australians.The sporting Gods save their greatest wrath for those daring to take them for granted. Waugh’s stage-managed retirement and the waving of the red flags has also distracted attention from more urgent matters. Indeed, the summer has been described as Waugh’s last stand. It is nothing of the sort. Rather, it is Australia’s attempt to recover the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Sometimes, the Australians seem to forget it is not in their keeping. Waugh’s subsequent running out of Damien Martyn added to a feeling of unease.Tactical mistakes have also been made. In its past two Tests against serious opponents, Australia has been unable to defend a total in the fourth innings. Far from playing on the nerves of their opponents, making them sweat for every run, Waugh has set aggressive fields, crowding the bat and not seeming to worry about the flow of runs. Normally an astute judge of the human condition, Waugh has allowed his commitment to attacking cricket to cloud his thoughts. Of course, Australia has also been playing without its leading bowlers, but the same can be said of their opponents. Tendulkar remains caught between youth and maturity, attack and defence.Uncertain of his path, he has batted without conviction. Brian Lara and Shane Warne count among his friends in cricket, an indication of his youthful state of mind. Searching for weight and yet reluctant to abandon instinct, Tendulkar is struggling to find the path of cricketing adulthood. Perhaps he will learn from Lara, whose reincarnation is preferable in every way to the boyish brilliance seen in his early years. Tendulkar is a good man and this crisis of confidence may be precisely the dark period needed to force him to complete the long journey from prodigal son to a masterful father.Peter Roebuck is a former Somerset captain and leading writer on cricket.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Mending bridges

first_imgAfter rattling the government for much part of his tenure, General V. K. Singh showed signs of burying the hatchet in the last 24 hours before his retirement. As the reasons for the turnaround were being speculated, it emerged that during this brief period, he had two meetings with Defence Minister A. K Antony.After he met three service chiefs recently, Antony spent some time with the outgoing general where the two sat across the table. The defence minister again met the general on Wednesday night at a wedding. The two are learnt to have spent considerable time together at the function.last_img

Fervent support from Ginebra fans continues to amaze Cone

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Mayweather ‘adopts’ panda, names it after himself Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Tim Cone couldn’t help but liken his job at the helm for Ginebra to being the coach of Gilas Pilipinas.“It’s almost like coaching the national team. Everywhere I go, there are Ginebra fans and I just love that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout Cone couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with the love the fans have showered him and the whole Ginebra squad through this endeavor, which culminated in back-to-back championship in the season-ending conference.“The fact that we played in front of 54,000 people in Game 7, I’m so proud of being a part of that and proud to be a part of these guys,” said the Granslam mentor, who to win not just two titles for the crowd favorites.“I’m just so proud to be a part of the Ginebra family and I’m so proud that we were able to win two championships for you,” Cone said. “We hope to win many, many more.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And Friday’s fans day proved just that with legions of the ka-barangays trooping to Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan to celebrate Ginebra’s 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup for one last time.Some of the fans even spent the night waiting for the arena to open, hoping to be part of the first 2,500 fans to take home giveaways from the event.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 openingThe victory party also served as the final sendoff for the retiring Jayjay Helterbrand, who is officialy closing this chapter of his career.“All these people here, the supporters are the best thing of my career,” said Helterbrand. “Each and every game, they really made it worthwhile for us to play our best and they really give us the inspiration to go out there and give our all. You guys are the reason why we are here. We wouldn’t be here without you guys.” Fervent support from Ginebra fans continue to amaze Cone959 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay View commentslast_img read more

IPL final: Shah Rukh Khan dedicates KKR victory to his youngest son

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owner Shah Rukh Khan is elated after his team won the final of Indian Premiere League-7 (IPL).Shah Rukh, 48, who was accompanied by his daughter Suhana at the Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore last night, dedicated his second IPL triumph to his youngest son AbRam.”It still hasn’t sunk in to be Champions again. Thank you my KKR for making us so happy,” Shah Rukh posted on Twitter.Shah Rukh’s colleagues from the film fraternity took to Twitter to congratulate the ‘Chennai Express’ star for the win.”@iamsrk congrats-well deserved victory-big hug,” Riteish Deshmukh tweeted.KKR defeated Kings XI Punjab in a thrilling final by three wickets.’Don’ producer Ritesh Sidhwani posted, “@iamsrk congratulations to team KKR by far the best finals of all IPL seasons. Have to party when we get back.””Congrats to team KKR and @iamsrk !Woohoo!,” actress Bipasha Basu tweeted.The finale also witnessed the first look launch of megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s debut fiction show ‘Yudh’, directed by Anurag Kashyap.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly joins Mudgal IPL probe committee

first_imgThe Justice Mudgal IPL Probe Committee met in Mumbai on Sunday and named former India captain Sourav Ganguly as the former cricketer to assist the committee in its investigation into the betting and spot-fixing scandal in last year’s Indian Premier League.”The Committee held its meeting in Mumbai on 7.6.2014 and 8.6.2014. The Committee considered the names of a few players and decided to appoint Mr. Sourav Ganguly as the player to assist the Committee in its probe,” a statement here read.”Consent was sought from Mr. Ganguly and he has agreed to assist the Committee as per the Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 16.5.2014,” the statement added.The committee has to submit its report to the Supreme Court by August.The Supreme Court last month appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal — retired chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court — to probe allegations of spot-fixing and betting against 13 people, including some cricketers who played the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013, and inaction thereon by Board of Control for Cricket in India president N. Srinivasan.The other two members of the committee are L. Nageswar Rao (additional solicitor general of India) and senior advocate Niloy Dutta.Justice Mudgal will be assisted by senior IPS officer B.B. Mishra, who is deputy director general of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).The team will have three police officers, one each from police forces from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Except for powers to arrest, the investigating team will have all the powers to call and examine people it deems fit and record their statements.advertisementlast_img read more