Monthly Archive: November 2019

Sarri: ‘Juve thank Ronaldo’

first_imgMaurizio Sarri said Juventus “can only thank” Cristiano Ronaldo for pushing through pain to play and explained the on-going knee injury. The Bianconeri needed a victory to go into the break for international duty as Serie A leaders, following Inter’s win at Hellas Verona, and they achieved it with substitute Paulo Dybala’s moment of magic against Milan. Sarri raised eyebrows by substituting Cristiano Ronaldo after just 55 minutes, days after replacing him against Lokomotiv Moscow, a decision CR7 did not seem happy with. “We must thank Ronaldo, because he made a sacrifice to be there at all tonight in a difficult situation. He did everything possible to play, but I saw he was not well and thought it best to take him off,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s only natural a player is going to be irritated to leave the pitch, especially when he worked so hard to be there. Over the last month, he has had this little knee problem, he had a knock in training and it hurt the collateral ligament. When he trains at high intensity or plays, it unbalances him, so he ends up overcompensating and it damages the calf and thigh muscles. “It is affecting his performances and he is not at his best at the moment. All players who are trying to give their best will have at least five minutes of being annoyed when they are substituted, but a coach would in general be much more worried if he didn’t seem upset.” Juventus are top of the table again, but once more they only managed to win by a one-goal margin. “I liked the spirit of the team, but we have to improve immensely in terms of quality, as we made too many mistakes, gave the ball away cheaply and opened up spaces for Milan. The hunger and determination to win is what kept us going. “Milan had shots on goal, but they were almost all efforts from outside the penalty area. They have impressive passing quality, played clearly above their average performance level of this season and have strong technique. “Gonzalo Higuain isn’t scoring as much as he did in the past, but he is working hard to help the defence, combines better with his teammates and is always ready for the assist.” 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: read more

Marca: Real Madrid rejected Icardi

first_imgSpanish paper Marca claim Mauro Icardi tried to engineer a transfer to Real Madrid in 2017 and 2018, but the club had concerns over his character. Icardi left Inter on loan to Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day and has been a huge success, scoring 10 goals in 11 competitive games. PSG hope he can continue that trend when facing Real Madrid in the Champions League this evening at the Bernabeu. According to Marca, he could’ve played this fixture with the Merengues jersey, as he and wife/agent Wanda Nara had advanced negotiations for a transfer in both 2017 and 2018. However, on both occasions, Real Madrid patron Florentino Perez scrapped the deal, as he had concerns over Icardi’s personality. This was ultimately was prompted Inter to push him out the door and he eventually accepted the loan move to Paris Saint-Germain. 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: read more

BCCI to commence post-Modi era in IPL tomorrow

first_imgThe post-Lalit Modi era in the Indian Premier League is set to commence on Thursday when Cricket Board’s office bearers and the franchisees meet to discuss the way forward after the financial scandal that led to the IPL commissioner’s suspension.”It’s the first meeting of the BCCI office bearers with the IPL franchisee owners after the conclusion of the third season. That’s all which can be said to the media,” said Board’s CAO, Prof. Ratnakar Shetty when asked about the agenda for the meeting.There are enough indications that this meeting, to be followed the next day by the Governing Council meeting of the Twenty20 League to be chaired by Chirayu Amin, will chart the roadmap for the season ahead in the post-Modi scenario.All the happenings during the run-up to the suspension of Modi and afterwards are expected to be presented to the 10 franchisee owners/representatives who would attend the meeting at the Board’s headquarters.The franchisees are bound to air their views about the future conduct of the IPL, in particular about the number of matches and format of the tournament with the addition of two more teams – Pune and Kochi – and modalities for the new players’ auction.If played as per the existing home and away format, the 60-game event would balloon to 94 games, which has raised concerns about player burn-outs and injuries.The Board officials are bound to take the broader view by pencilling in the hectic schedule of the Indian team before and after the IPL.advertisementThe 2011 World Cup, scheduled from February 19-April 2, is immediately preceding IPL 4 after the Indian team completes a home series against Australia and New Zealand followed by a tour of South Africa.Though a visit to the West Indies is scheduled but not confirmed as per the ICC’s Future Tours Programme in April-May, but it seems unlikely as the dates are set to clash with IPL.A full tour of England, from July to September, is on the cards to leave the top Indian cricketers very little breathing time before and after the T20 League.Reduced number of matches in IPL may not be to the liking of every franchisee as their revenues would take a hit and it is to be seen how the Board officials negotiate this tricky issue.The number of Indian and overseas players who can be retained by the original eight franchisees when the players’ auction is held before the start of the next season is another contentious issue that will come up for debate in the meeting.These issues, and the franchisees’ views on them, would be put up before the Governing Council (GC) on Friday.The decisions taken at the GC meeting are set to come up for ratification at the Special General Meeting of the BCCI that has been convened by the Board on July 3.last_img read more

Scotland Yard arrests man for fixing Pakistan-England Test match

first_imgThe ghost of match-fixing returned to the world of cricket on Saturday with Scotland Yard arresting an alleged fixer after a British tabloid revealed sordid details about corruption in the Pakistan cricket team currently facing defeat in the Lord’s Test.’The News of the World’ tabloid splashed details of a sting operation it conducted on one London-based individual, Mazhar Majeed.The tabloid said it gave 150,000 pounds to him after he promised to arrange for Pakistan bowlers to bowl no-balls during a match.Majeed, 35, was arrested late last night after the tabloid handed over details of its sting operation to Scotland Yard.The two Pakistan cricketers who allegedly bowled no-balls under directions from Majeed were Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif.Both bowlers delivered three no-balls in the ongoing Test against England on Thursday and Friday at the historic Lord’s.The two bowlers delivered the no-balls ‘at precisely the moments promised to our reporter’, the tabloid said.”Our undercover team was posing as front men for a Far East gambling cartel. In return for their suitcase of money Majeed then calmly detailed what would happen – and when – on the field of play next day, as a taster of all the lucrative information he could supply in future,” it reported.Majeed reportedly said: “I’m going to give you three no-balls to prove to you firstly that this is what’s happening. They’ve all been organised, okay? This is ‘exactly’ what’s going to happen, you’re going to ‘see’ these three things happen. I’m telling you, if you play this right you’re going to make a lot of money, believe me!”advertisementMajeed identified Pakistan captain Salman Butt as the ‘ringleader of the band of cheats’. He also reportedly named wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and boasted that he had a total of seven corrupt cricketers in his pocket, the report said.Majeed is identified as a property tycoon with a house in Surrey worth 1.8 million pounds.The tabloid reporter’s meetings with Majeed were held in the Bombay Brasserie Indian restaurant here, and Majeed reportedly went on to allege an Indian connection as well.He is quoted as saying: “I deal with an Indian party. They pay me for the information.”Yawar Saeed, Pakistan’s manager, said his team members spoke to the police at their hotel.He said he was shocked by the allegations, as were the team members to whom he had spoken.last_img read more

Delhi social hubs, nightclubs ensure boredom is not a capital punishment

first_imgFrom movie watching in cushioned comfort to playing golf in green peace and head banging to death metal and hard rock to just sitting back with a drink, delhi’s social hubs and nightclubs have ensured that boredom is not a capital punishment. PVR CINEMAS Who would have thought that a,From movie watching in cushioned comfort to playing golf in green peace and head banging to death metal and hard rock to just sitting back with a drink, delhi’s social hubs and nightclubs have ensured that boredom is not a capital punishment. PVR CINEMASWho would have thought that a man whose family business involved running the 500-truck Amritsar Transport Company would transform the way Delhi saw movies?”I knew it was a risk back then, but I took it anyway,” says Ajay Bijli, chairman and managing director, PVR, who bought over the floundering Priya theatre in 1990 and successfully restored it (twice over) to glory.Though he says that he always believed in the concept of “making movie-watching a complete family entertainment experience,” public validation of his belief came from the first House Full sign on the ticket counter for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Not stopping at Priya, Bijli launched a multiplex in 1997. “For the first four to five days, I would just stand outside the box office and watch people buy the tickets,” he recalls. But that was then.Now, almost a decade later, Bijli no longer has reason to watch or worry-he knows he has a winner on his hands. Or rather winners, for he now has 12 PVRs spread across the NCR. And what’s more, they all provide fun experiences-you get everything from nachos to chocolates, besides popcorn in various flavours. The seats are large and spacious and viewers get to choose from four different movies running at the same time. Ask cinegoer Dr Ritu Dangwal, assistant professor at NIIT, why she goes to the movies at least five times a month and she says: “The hall is close to my home and it gives me a number of viewing options.”advertisementFor 30-year-old Sneha Sharma, it is the best place to meet up with family and friends. Entrepreneur Rina Mishra says she’s happy that PVRs have started showing small-budget films as well which she would not have otherwise had the chance to watch. Though she loved Iqbal, her four-year-old son couldn’t stop raving over Krissh. Clearly a winner by all standards, these days Bijli gets a high hearing “Dad, you rock,” from his sevenyear-old son, who too, loves the big screen experience.IICThe more uncharitable say that the India International Centre (IIC) is a relic run by relics, and they wouldn’t be far from wrong. The illustrious members who have a dominant say in its activities are mostly septugenarians-and it shows. The most exciting event here is the Saturday Club where the aforementioned, joined by elder statesmen, academics and bureaucrats, meet to discuss weighty issues of the day. Other days are spent largely at the 35,000-volume library or the sole dining hall whose speciality befits its lineage-lamb chops or fish and chips.But still, the IIC, with its old worldliness and exclusivity of membership, continues to remain a distant dream for most Delhiites. As veteran Congressman Dr Karan Singh once put it: “It is much easier to become a Member of Parliament than a member of IIC.” Or as former Attorney-General Soli Sorabjee, a trustee for nearly two decades, says: “This is not a yuppie place where you can go get a drink. It has certain values.”ELEVATEOkay, we bet you weren’t the only one who had no idea that Noida had the potential to become the hub of the clubbing circuit. That too on the fifth floor of a family-infested mall. Watching Centrestage Mall transform itself rather eerily from a mallrats’ paradise to party central come sundown is as tough as imagining a paanwala with a pipe. But it does. All due to 26-year-old Monty Chaddha who has brought back the punch in partying till 5 am in the capital.Inspired by Fabric in London, not only does his appropriately named threelevel club, Elevate, (it’s on the fifth floor of the mall) attract rockers, ravers and the never-too-old-toparty lot, it has also manged to entice in an entire subset of Israeli and European DJs, Bhangra breakbeat acts and a medley of popular musicians making this a must-swing-for-a-gig destination. But here’s an insider tip: to really enjoy yourself at Elevate, go to the seventh floor terrace, check out the 5 am bars of Orion, down a few Mohitos and enjoy the music bellowing out from inside. That’s nirvana.OLIVEIf you look at Olive from atop the Qutub Minar, it might seem like a set from a magic realism film. Lime-white walls lit up with candles, gravel scattered down the path and a banyan tree stretching its limbs across the courtyard make it seem like you’re floating somewhere in Middle Earth. While the food here is comme ci comme ca, the wine list can stir a sommelier to ecstasy.No surprise why diplomats and designers have made Olive their sweet spot. Its by now famous Wednesday flea market is a centre of creative chaos where aspiring and established fashionistas showcase their work (that can, quite frankly, be got for half the price elsewhere). But as the wine and moon make you giddy, trust us, you’ll go with the flow and happily pay a mini bomb for the trinkets sold here.advertisementCOLONY CLUBSNothing provides wholesome family entertainment better than the friendly neighbourhood club down the road. From competitively priced liquor and food, card rooms and ball rooms and tennis courts and swimming pools, these clubs are not just great places to unwind, they are also the best way to get to know one’s neighbours. Or bump into Shah Rukh Khan at Panchshila Club (below) if you’re lucky. The libraries at the clubs are also a big draw. “I find it difficult to keep track of time when I’m in the reading room,” says ex Lt-Governor of Delhi, D.R. Kohli, member of Vasant Vihar Club.Noida residents say they have a great social life owing to the Sports and Cultural Club as do members of the DLF City Club in Gurgaon. As designer Nikhil Mehra, who often plays on the synthetic tennis court at the Friends Colony Club, puts it: “The club was a part of my childhood. I learnt to value and enjoy sports here.”IHCThere is no doubt that in the nine years of its existence, the India Habitat Centre (IHC) has long shaken off its tag of the upstart down the road from the elitist IIC. If the latter revels in its old world charm, the former celebrates its youthful vigour. But like the IIC, membership here, too, is now a near impossibility.IHC’s elegant landcaping, contemporary ambience, well-appointed rooms with conference facilties and the variety of multi-cuisine restaurants combine to give it a special buzz. And with plays, movies and exhibitions on all year round, you get culture on a platter, as well. Incidentally, Wipro chairman Azim Premji stays at the Habitat when he’s visiting Delhi.DELHI GOLF CLUBArjun Atwal (PGA golf champion, 2003) has swung his club to many wins here and Ashok Kumar, one of India’s leading golfers, was once a caddy at this most exclusive of the capital’s courses. Coming to the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) is like walking in Lodhi Gardens. You bump into senior bureaucrats, judges, politicians and corporate honchos at virtually every step. The best part: everyone knows everyone at DGC, originally called the Lodhi Golf Course after the Tughlaq and Lodhi dynasty monuments that dot the place.If you start early enough, chances of your seeing neelgai footprints are high, not to mention cheetals, jackals and over 300 species of birds and 200 kinds of trees. All this in the shadow of The Oberoi. “The location is good and the grounds are well maintained,” says Prem K. Khanna, Chief Resident Executive, Birla Group, who has been playing here for 13 years. Try getting a membership and you’re likely to be waiting for the next 20 years. But put in your application anyway, your children will thank you for it.advertisementTC, MEZZ, CAFE MORRISON, BUZZAll crooners and critics have at some point or the other haunted Mezz and Turquoise Cottage in their quest for rock music in the capital. Mezz at New Friends Colony is more of the old school, with a dark smoke pit where rockers turn up in pajamas and head bang themselves into oblivion even as hardcore death metal and classic rock anthems play through the night. Turquoise Cottage, on the other hand, is the hub for those who like their rock music to be a little more mainstream.Parikrama’s Subir Malik says, “Over 10 years ago, Mezz was rock central while TC’s rocking music scene and great ambience make it seem like one big party.” Caf Morrison in South Extension is an updated version of Mezz. Named after (who else but) Jim of The Doors, this caf has become an instant hit with collegians rocking on a budget. Live gigs by new, upcoming and established Indian musicians are a regular feature here. Buzz (at Saket and at Metropolitan Mall, Gurgaon) is perfect for whiling away the evening over ear-splitting sound. DJ Kary mixes across easy listening genres at the Gurgaon Buzz where the best option on a Saturday is to stop by, order snacks and a pitcher of beer, and chill.LAIDBACK WATERS, SHALOMWhen Shalom set up camp three years ago, its strict door policy shook up every lounge lizard in the capital. With owner Dhiraj Arora manning the gate himself, the club thought nothing of turning away the capital’s crass cash lot. Perhaps that’s what has gave this GK1 Med lounge its cool edge, besides its easy seating, dim lighting and delicious food platters. Add to that the perfect ingredient for a good time: acoustic alchemy, inspired by the Buddha Bar lounge in Paris. “Music is the soul of Shalom,” says Arora who is working on the club’s second lounger music compilation CD.Across town at the Qutub, Arora’s other club, Laidback Waters, specialises in sea food. Expansive and slightly baroque, Laidback Waters is a quiet gem among Delhi’s noisy nocturnal jaunts. With live Indifusion music every Wednesday night and capital bands and DJs playing on weekends, Laidback Waters has given the capital’s disco-hating tribe a new reason to bebop to a new, alternative groove.AGNIThis hotspot at The Park has proved that good things (like Someplace Else) can get even better. Experimental, unlike most other capital clubs, Agni has held some great theme parties like masquerade balls and a Chameli Night inspired by the movie starring Kareena Kapoor. Designer Mandira Wirk, who hosted the Chameli Night, says: “Agni is the only space in the capital that lets you go a little eccentric.” The bartenders are friendly and musical and remember your favourite drink. It’s little gestures like that which make Agni a firecracker of a place.DELHI GYMKHANAFuddy-duddy, out of sync with the times or a 27-acre white elephant occupying a large stretch of prime LBZ-the Delhi Gymkhana Club (DGC) has been called all that and more. But it’s just a case of sour grapes. A frozen membership ensures that this is a closed club, with no sign of the door opening. In fact, members like to brag that the waiting list is so long that if one applies today, the application will come up for review 30 years hence. If you’re lucky, that is. Such is the pride associated with DGC membership that matrimonial columns have been known to carry insertions stating “the girl’s father is a Gymkhana member.” Says DGC secretary Col O.P. Malhotra: “The club is more than a social or sporting hub, members consider it their second home.”last_img read more

Amrapali adds an Italian jewel to its sparkling crown

first_imgThey made a sparkling debut in Hollywood with costume period drama, Troy, and ever since then, Amrapali Jewels of Jaipur has left a glittering tale of success both in India and on the global front.The latest jewel in its crown comes from being nominated for the Andrea Palladio International Jewellery Awards (APIJA) instituted by the Fiera di Vicenza. These awards are considered the Oscars for jewellery.The Jaipur-origin jewellery brand has bagged a nomination in the category of ‘The Best International Jewellery Brand Collection’, along with other renowned luxury jewellery labels such as Tiffany & Co., Brumani, H. Stern & Van Cleef and Arpels.Talking about the huge honour, Amrapali Jewels co-founder Rajiv Arora said, “This nomination is an important recognition of our design language and worldwide appeal; Amrapali is the first Indian brand to be accepted as truly international.” Amrapali Jewels, a favourite for red carpet appearances and celebrity stylists, traces its origins to 1978. Every jewelled piece is created with the help of master craftsmen and goldsmiths within and around Jaipur. Its loyal clientele include royalty, corporate honchos and celebrities from across the globe. From IIFA and Cannes to the Grammys and the Oscars, no heavy duty red carpet event ever goes without sightings of beautiful Amrapali jewellery, complimenting the best designs of the fashion world.The APIJA are the most prestigious awards for the jewellery industry. Nominated brands and winners go down in jewellery history as they are hand-picked by an international jury of experts in design and execution in the various stages of jewellery making all the way to advertising and retail.It is an international award dedicated to excellence in the Best Italian Jewellery designer, Best International Jewellery Designer, Best Jewellery Website, Best Jewellery Brand Collection, Best Jewellery Communication Campaign and Best Jewellery Packaging.Amrapali is the only Indian design house to be nominated for the awards.advertisementlast_img read more

Stindl equalizer saves Germany’s 21-match unbeaten run

first_imgGermany’s striker Lars Stindl (C) celebrates scoring the 2-2 with his team-mates during the international friendly football match Germany against France in Cologne on November 14, 2017. The match ended 2-2. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLSubstitute Lars Stindl extended world champions Germany’s unbeaten run to 21 matches with a 93rd-minute equalizer in a 2-2 friendly draw against France in Cologne on Tuesday.A first international double by Alexandre Lacazette put France on the verge of a deserved victory in a clash of two of the favorites for next year’s World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Germany coach Joachim Loew made six changes from the team which were held to a goalless draw by England at Wembley on Friday, switching from a 4-3-3 line-up to their trusted 4-2-3-1 formation.Paris Saint-Germain second-choice goalkeeper Kevin Trapp replaced Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Emre Can, Niklas Suele, Marvin Plattenhardt, Toni Kroos, who missed the England game with a gastrointestinal infection, and Sami Khedira, who took over the captaincy, also came into the side.French boss Didier Deschamps left star forward Antoine Griezmann on the bench and started with Kylian Mbappe, Anthony Martial and Lacazette in a 4-3-3 formation.The trio were a constant menace and the French deservedly grabbed the opening goal on 34 minutes after Mbappe and Lacazette had early chances.ADVERTISEMENT 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 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay A diagonal long pass to Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne was squared to Manchester United’s Martial, who weaved past Suele, drew Trapp and squared to Lacazette who fired home.It stayed 1-0 at the break and Loew reshuffled his defensive options by swapping Mats Hummels for Antonio Ruediger.The burly Chelsea center-back had a golden chance on 52 minutes, but he fired Julian Draxler’s cross wide.The Germans equalized in the 56th minute when Mesut Ozil’s superb final pass released Werner, who slotted his shot past French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.Loew brought on World Cup winner Mario Goetze for the last half an hour—his first international appearance for a year after a metabolic disorder.Kroos clattered the crossbar with a free-kick with 20 minutes left, but France retook the lead almost immediately.The German defense left Mbappe in acres of space and his through ball put Lacazette into the box to again shoot past Trapp with 19 minutes to go.Lacazette made way for Griezmann for the final quarter of an hour as the French national anthem – La Marseillaise – echoed around the Cologne stadium as Stindl came on.But the Germans grabbed a draw right at the death when Ozil’s pass found Goetze, who set up Stindl and the Moenchengladbach forward drilled home the equalizer.Loew said he was pleased with the draws against England and France in Germany’s final internationals of 2017. DeRozan scores 27 as Raptors beat Rockets Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments The Arsenal striker scored either side of a Timo Werner goal, before Stindl struck to maintain Germany’s unbeaten run dating back to their 2-0 defeat by France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.“We conceded the goal from nothing to make it 2-1, but we also showed the morale to come back from behind,” said stand-in Germany captain Sami Khedira.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 openingSecurity was tight in Cologne almost two years to the day since the Paris terror attacks of November 13, 2015, when 130 people were killed and over 400 injured.On that night, three suicide bombers set off devices at the Stade de France during a France v Germany friendly and the shocked visiting players had to spend the night at the stadium during a security crackdown. Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “We played better in the second half after not everything worked so well in the first 45 minutes as we had hoped,” he said.“That can always happen when you are behind at the break, but we had our chances when we put pressure on in the second half.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more