Monthly Archives November 2019

Probable line-ups: Udinese-Roma

first_img 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: Igor Tudor is set to make a change at the back in the aftermath of Udinese’s nightmare weekend as Leonardo Spinazzola is passed fit for Roma. Spinazzola was doubtful after he picked up a knock during Roma’s 2-1 win against Milan, but he should be ready to form part of the back four in a 4-3-2-1 at Dacia Arena. Elsewhere, Justin Kluivert has served a one-match ban and could be thrown straight back into the XI. Udinese, for their part, had Nicholas Opoku sent off during the heavy 7-1 defeat to Atalanta on Sunday, so Samir is expected to come into central defence. Seko Fofana should also return to the starting line-up after three rounds on the bench, in the hope of helping Rodrigo de Paul get back among the goals. Roma continue their quest to climb into the top four in Serie A, whereas the Zebrette need the points at home to steer clear of trouble. Udinese (probable): Musso; Becao, Troost-Ekong, Samir; Ter Avest, De Paul, Jajalo, Fofana, Sema; Okaka, Nestorovski Roma (probable): Pau Lopez; Spinazzola, Fazio, Smalling, Kolarov; Mancini, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pastore, Kluivert; Dzeko Referee: Massimiliano Irratilast_img read more

Of victories, cups and turkeys- an update on Indian sports

first_imgOf triumphs, trophies and turkeys – an update on Indian sports TENNIS A Davis Cup victory over New Zealand shows Paes is the champ, brain lesion or not. CHESS India is consistently making the right moves here. Take Anand’s recent Corus win. HOCKEY The women’s team’s Asia Cup triumph makes,Of triumphs, trophies and turkeys – an update on Indian sportsTENNIS A Davis Cup victory over New Zealand shows Paes is the champ, brain lesion or not.CHESS India is consistently making the right moves here. Take Anand’s recent Corus win.HOCKEY The women’s team’s Asia Cup triumph makes up for the men’s poor showing.CRICKET The loss in Australia was a re-run of World Cup 2002. Completing the gloomy picture is the pre-Pakistan tour jitters.last_img

Reyes to decide on Gilas final 12 on eve of deadline

first_imgThe announcement of Gilas Pilipinas’ final 12-man lineup for the Fiba World Cup qualifying will have to wait until on the eve of its game against Japan slated next Saturday in Tokyo.As it stands, the Philippines has 15 players and with naturalized player Andray Blatche taking one spot, four will have to be cut.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 National team coach Chot Reyes said the team hasn’t decided yet on who among the players from the pool will make it, but the remaining 15 will all make the trip to Japan on November 21.“We really don’t know yet at this point. We will make the final line up the night before the deadline is due,” Reyes told reporters during Gilas’ sendoff Saturday at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pasig. “That means everyone here is going to go with us in Japan.”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 openingGilas Pilipinas pool. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Smart SportsPlayers present at the press conference were June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Kiefer Ravena, Troy Rosario, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, Kevin Alas, Allein Maliksi, Carl Bryan Cruz and Gabe Norwood.Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo were not able to join the team in the presser but all three are going to Japan. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES 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 View comments Reyes to decide on Gilas final 12 on eve of deadline853 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “And that’s what we can promise, to come and continue to play our best and hopefully, the winning will take care of itself. we’re jut making sure that we’re putting the work in.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA: Westbrook says it’s his duty to make George, Anthony comfortable with Thunder MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Blatche is expected to arrive in Manila on Saturday night. He has not donned the national colors since the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.Gilas arrived at the press conference just shortly after beating the NLEX Road Warriors in a tuneup game, 95-87.The Philippines takes on Japan on Nov. 24 at Komozawa Gymnasium before hosting Chinese Taipei three days later at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Reyes did not guarantee victories, but he said that the players have really committed themselves since training began.“And that is the most difficult sacrifice of the players here. They’ve been practicing here twice a day since November 3 and there is no assurance not one person in this lineup, in the pool that he will make it to the final 12 and yet they’ve all come in and offered to serve,” Reyes said.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Gilas size key vs Taipei

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout View comments LATEST STORIES 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 Global Cebu settles for 2nd in Singapore Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Gabe Norwood is also a no-brainer inclusion, as he will again be tasked to put the cuffs on Taipei’s deadliest gun. On Friday, he wound up as one of four players in twin digits in scoring with 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Photo from Fiba.comSame lineup, yet Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes hopes to see something different from his charges on Monday against Chinese Taipei in the first window of their Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifying series.Reyes did not tinker with the 12-man roster that pulled off a 77-71 decision of Japan on Friday night in Tokyo, but obviously, the firebrand tactician doesn’t want to go through the same scare when they battle the Taiwanese at 7:30 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “Yes, [we’re playing the] same team,” Reyes said in a text message to the Inquirer. “We want to see improvement [compared to our first game].”After identifying some flaws in the game against Japan, Reyes and his staff decided to stick it out with the same team, leaving Raymond Almazan, Carl Bryan Cruz and Mac Belo in the freezer.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 openingGilas blew hot and cold against the Japanese, relying on its defense and the guns of Andray Blatche and Jayson Castro in the stretch to keep intact a winning streak against Japan that dates back to 2004.The Filipinos will be clashing with a Taiwan side that dealt them a very painful defeat in Manila four years ago, with Wen Cheng Tsai and naturalized center Quincy Davis III leading the enemy anew. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Gilas has a deeper bench, and it is this depth that Reyes hopes to maximize as he got little from some of the more established players in his team like June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Calvin Abueva.Taipei will be coming into the contest fresh from a 104-66 shellacking at the hands of world No. 9 Australia, also Friday.Gilas will be playing with size against Taipei as Blatche will be joined in the frontline by the 6-foot-10 Fajardo and athletic 6-foot-9 forward Aguilar.Both Fajardo and Aguilar will be coming off relatively silent games after failing to score in twin digits and combining for just six rebounds against the Japanese.Castro will surely be a marked man, more so after showing the field how he took over when the chips were down for the Filipinos.He finished with 26 points on Friday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Nadal, Dimitrov advance to Australian Open quarterfinal

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dimitrov has never won a major, coming closest here last year before losing a semifinal to Rafael Nadal in five sets, but is enhancing his credentials as a next generation champion.Nadal secured his spot in a 10th Australian Open quarterfinal earlier Sunday on Rod Laver Arena, beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe 16-time major winner draped an arm around his Argentine friend and patted him on top of the head. If he needed a fitness test in the first week in his comeback from an injured right knee, he got it.“A great battle … he’s a good friend of mine,” Nadal said. “This is the first big match that I played in 2018. That’s confidence for myself … confidence I can resist for four hours on court at a good intensity.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Caroline Wozniacki continued to cash in on her second chance, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.After saving match points and coming back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win, No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.Wozniacki next plays Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.The other quarterfinal will feature the winners of two tune-up events. Brisbane International champion Elina Svitolina beat Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-0 in a match that started just before midnight.Fourth-seeded Svitolina next plays Hobart International winner Elise Mertens, who beat Petra Martic to reach the quarterfinals in her Australian Open debut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — After snuffing out local hopes for yet another Australian Open, Grigor Dimitrov huddled with Nick Kyrgios at the net and the pair exchanged encouraging words.It was Kyrgios, having just lost 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round in a typically tempestuous performance, who left No. 3-ranked Dimitrov with this message: “Believe.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadal lifted to win the third, but Schwartzman didn’t relent.The second game of the fourth set lasted almost 13 minutes, with Nadal finally holding after saving five break points.He broke again in the next game to regain control.“It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court. Moments under pressure,” Nadal said.Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 afternoon win over Andreas Seppi and could relax and watch the night-time entertainment featuring Dimitrov and Kyrgios. They all played two weeks ago in Brisbane, where Edmund lost to Dimitrov, who lost to eventual champion Kyrgios.Both Dimitrov and Kyrgios got tense at key times in the night match. Dimitrov was broken while serving for the match. Kyrgios was called for a foot fault, double-faulted on a set point and smashed an easy overhead into the net on a break point after dominating the rally. He had 36 aces, and some second serves recorded at faster than 202 kph (125 mph).“Only a couple points in it, you know. It wasn’t like I got demolished out there,” said Kyrgios, who missed the chance to end the drought for local men that dates back to the 1976 Australian Open. “I had a lot of chances to win the match and I just came up short.”He tipped his mate Dimitrov to go far.“He hasn’t even found his best form yet and he’s still getting through all those matches, which is pretty frightening,” Kyrgios said. “Once he finds his feet and he has more confidence, he’s got a real chance at winning it.”Dimitrov thanked him for the support, and said he’s growing more confident in his game. Nadal will next play 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who collected his 100th Grand Slam match win with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta.“I had the 300th win of my career at the U.S. Open in 2014, so this is also beautiful one,” Cilic said of his latest major milestone. “I hope I’m going to continue and gather three more here.”Nadal lost last year’s Australian Open final to Roger Federer, but went on to regain the No. 1 ranking and win the French and U.S. Open titles before bringing his season to a premature end because of an injured right knee.Despite not playing any competitive matches in his Aussie Open preparation, Nadal advanced through three rounds without dropping a set.That streak finished when Schwartzman took the second set, rebounding three times after dropping serve to break back and win the tiebreaker.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52 View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Bollywood spoof masters go viral

first_imgShah Rukh Khan is well known for his wit and humour. In his newly released hilarious interview on Barely Speaking With Arnub, the Badshaah of Bollywood has confirmed that a dash of humour can create a significant marketing trend.After Alia Bhatt’s clever video that targeted her ‘lack of intelligence’, SRK is the latest celebrity to resort to spoofing his own work to promote his upcoming film Happy New Year. Popular spoof portal The Viral Fever (TVF) features “Arnub with a U”-a character who impersonates the mannerisms of a famous television journalist-interviewing King Khan and, thus, offering a few hilarious moments to the actor’s fans.During the course of the interview, which has almost instantly grabbed the attention of netizens, SRK admits that his best action role so far has been at Wankhede Stadium where he had an infamous spat with security officials during an IPL match. SRK says it was his best role because he could “openly abuse in front of kids with impressionable minds”.Arnub, in his boisterous style, also questions SRK on the number of awards he has purchased. “Out of the 560 awards that I’ve received, the first 280 have been purchased by me and for the rest, they (the organisers) have been paying me to accept it to make their events look good,” SRK says with a straight face. Amid a volley of gags, Khan also confesses he is trying to revive director Farah Khan’s career with Happy New Year.Bollywood has been the target of jokes for long. The newly visible silver lining is that stars are now mustering up courage to openly laugh at themselves too. Alia Bhatt undoubtedly became a trendsetter with AIB’s runaway hit Alia Bhatt: Genius of the Year depicting the young actress’ journey “from Dolce Gabbana to smart like Shabana”.advertisementTVF founder Arunabh Kumar aims to make Barely Speaking with Arnub a platform to feature more celebrities from various walks of life. “The young breed of celebrities enjoys quirky humour. Shah Rukh and Farah have always been sporting. We had floated a couple of ideas and SRK instantly approved a chat show with Arnub,” said Arunabh who has previously managed to tickle the audience’s funny bones with Gaane Wala Song-a spoof on the song Ishq Wala Love from Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year. Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motawane have also featured in a TVF video titled ‘Spaceship of Pretentious’.IIT Kharagpur graduate Arunabh brought TVF into prominence with the Qtiyapa series with Rowdies-a spoof on reality TV show Roadies-that started a new trend. The TVF video with Shah Rukh is like homecoming for Arunabh who has earlier worked with Red Chillies Entertainment and assisted Farah on the sets of Om Shanti Om.Arunabh hopes to have more “political incorrectness” with his “guests sitting in an uncomfortable chair”. AIB co-founder Tanmay Bhatt admits that film stars in India outright refuse a parody on themselves. “The audience at large gives them a demigod status which makes them stifflipped,” said Tanmay, who was surprised at the mammoth response Genius of the Year received. The AIB team had also proposed a parody on Dhoom 3 which was, unfortunately, turned down by Yash Raj Films. With comedy going viral, especially online, there has been a rise in edgy humour and some of the smartest brains are in action to create refreshingly funny takes on various aspects of society, including Bollywood.Websites such as The UnReal Times features satirical stories and its growing popularity stresses that tongue-in-cheek humour is being appreciated. Run by IIM Ahmedabad graduates Chepuri Krishna and Karthik Laxman, these articles are their way of inviting attention.THE VIRAL FEVERWHAT: Creates parodies on ‘everything popular’ in IndiaFUN QUOTIENT: Shah Rukh hit the nail on the head in the latest TVF video interview with “Arnub with a U” (a talk show host with a bad attitude) where the Bollywood superstar “did a Wankhede” when he tore off a script and heckled the host for offering him the role of a father. Shah Rukh made it clear that he will “never ever, ever, ever, play a father”. The actor also revealed on the show that he signed Happy New Year to revive director Farah Khan’s career after Tees Maar Khan. SRK’s allnew attempt to promote his upcoming film online became a huge hit, especially among youngsters, and the episode received more than 5,50,580 views within 24 hours of its launch.In the past, TVF Qtiyapa has successfully created a few fake takes on ‘everything popular’ in India, which includes Salman’s Bhai Ho-A 200 crore film, A Bollywood Party Song (feat Yo Yo Party Sing and A Decade-long Soap. A parody on an Indian art house film, which became immensely popular, even featured filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motawane, and actor Ronit Roy.advertisementALL INDIA BAKCHODWHAT: Creates spoof videos on trending topicsFUN QUOTIENT: Alia Bhatt became the most talked-about celebrity in the cyber space after she appeared in the video Genius of the Year. After a faux pas on Koffee with Karan-where she named Prithviraj Chauhan as the President of India-made her a butt of all jokes, the Bollywood newbie decided to join the Dumb Belle Mental Gym to upgrade her mental aptitude, as shown in the video which was widely applauded.Directed by film-maker Shakun Batra, the video featured Alia’s dad and film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, producer Karan Johar and co-actors Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra who sportingly elevated humour levels in the video. The popular video has received more than 61,97,665 views so far and the brilliant stunt has brightened Alia’s image as a popular youth icon.THE UnREAL TIMESWHAT: Publish fake articles on Bollywood and Hollywood stars, national and international topics.FUN QUOTIENT: More than a dozen writers are involved in giving peculiar twists to anything newsworthy at The UnReal Times. The showbiz section of the website has some wildly-imagined features that take potshots at Bollywood and Hollywood biggies.Recent stories that have become popular are about Arvind Kerjriwal being made India’s official entry to the Oscars, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to start Jayalalithaa’s ‘Amma Unavagam’ in California to sell idlis for $1, Anushka warning Virat to score big or she’ll get a lip-job done again, and Uday Chopra hiring Ravi Shastri to revive his acting career.THE VIGIL IDIOTWHAT: Reviews movies through simple cartoon stripsFUN QUOTIENT: Anything regular is boring for the cartoonist at The Vigil Idiot who makes desperate attempts to find logic in Indian mainstream films, only to witness failure every time. “Stripping the movie that just released” is the mantra that goes behind the cartoon strips which feature Bollywood’s lead casts in a no-frills, stick figure doodles. Cartoonist Sahil Rizwan realised the importance of taking out the “nonsensical bit” from Bollywood films to derive humour and the latest to be reviewed (read spoofed) by him is Bang Bang!SHUDDH DESI ENDINGSWHAT: YouTube channel that creates alternate and quirky endings for Bollywood hitsFUN QUOTIENT: The Shuddh Desi Endings team creates film parody videos by featuring its lead cast in their animated versions. Bored of same old style Bollywood movie endings, the team releases one animated video after another with “zara hatkey endings”. A few freshly imagined funny titles include Gandey (Gundey), Lingam Returns (Singham Returns), Dal Chilka Dal (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), Bhidupanti (Heropanti), Chu-States (2 States) and Ek Milan (Ek Villian).OH YASHRAJ, LIGHTEN UPThe Internet is filled with movie trailer parodies and a simple search on YouTube will prove just that. However, when the AIB team proposed a parody on Dhoom 3 to the Yash Raj Films (YRF) in November last year, the studio turned it down and alerted their antipiracy cell because in India “studios get grumpy and take these parodies down”.advertisementA month later, AIB came up with a hilarious reply: They dedicated a song to the “Grumpy Old Bollywood” and tried to explain that “imitation is flattery” by asked, “O Yashraaaaj, where’s your sense of humour?” The video went viral within hours, so much so that YRF even tweeted, “Cool stuff. Love the way they have taken our pants off.” But they still said no to the parody.last_img read more

Ivan Lendl gives tennis lovers in Calcutta a glimpse of new, modern style of play

first_imgLendl (left) and Alexander: Youth versus experienceThe two-day US $100,000 (Rs 900,000) tennis spectacle organised by the All-India Lawn Tennis Association (AILTA) at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Calcutta, ended with 21-year-old Czech superstar Ivan Lendl winning in a ‘common canter’.This event is a milestone in the history of Indian,Lendl (left) and Alexander: Youth versus experienceThe two-day US $100,000 (Rs 900,000) tennis spectacle organised by the All-India Lawn Tennis Association (AILTA) at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Calcutta, ended with 21-year-old Czech superstar Ivan Lendl winning in a ‘common canter’.This event is a milestone in the history of Indian tennis on two counts: it offered the largest ever prize money for a single event, and it brought in an array of some of the top ranking international stars, including Lendl.Lendl’s style gave tennis lovers in Calcutta a glimpse of the new, modern style of play, which has (developed) due to the slower standardised artificial playing surfaces which are now used all over the world.Compared to the smooth strokes of the past champions like Rosewall, Hoad and Laver, Lendl’s style – consisting of a devastating whipped forehand supported by a backhand which can be both sliced or alternatively heavily top spun – is not attractive to watch. His defence seems impenetrable on the slower surfaces and he wins his points by putting away anything short of a length with his deadly forehand. Mobility, tenacity and a Borg-like consistency are the pillars on which Lendl’s game rests.Though he produced some spectacular overhead smashes when he was lobbed, Lendl during an interview admitted to a slight weakness on the volley and slated that he was working on it. Lendl seems to be on the threshold of dominating world tennis and becoming a threat to John McEnroe.If there was an award for courage and guts it would have gone to John Alexander of Australia who lost in two straight sets to Lendl in the final. In the face of Lendl’s obvious superiority, he fought till the very last point. Alexander’s booming heavy serve followed by sorties to the net kept him alive.advertisementTowards the end his serve cracked under Lendl’s relentless pressure and the nine-year age gap surfaced. While Lendl was chasing every ball like a terrier, Alexander seemed sluggish and tired in comparison. Alexander arrived in Calcutta barely six hours before the scheduled time of play. His airdash from Sydney began two days earlier, when he was informed that he would be replacing Vijay Amritraj.Tired Game: After a short nap the thirty-year-old, six-foot, three-inch Australian came on to the court to defeat the highly rated Elliot Teltscher, who was a replacement for Vitas Gerulaitis, another casualty. Teltscher, who had arrived at 6 a.m. on the morning of the match after a sixteen-hour flight, looked pale and drawn.Lendl in action: Killer instinctHe played like a robot and took little interest in the proceedings. In his opening match against Alexander, he lost in straight sets. On the second day after a good night’s rest, Teltscher produced better tennis in his match against the Pole, Wojtek Fibak. With a springy gait and quicksilver mobility Teltscher produced an all-court game with a large variety of shots. His backhand hit with top spin and a snap of the wrist was deadly.Serving for the match at five to four in the second set he was unable to contend with the stout resistance put up by the unflappable Fibak. He lost his serve and the set when he was nosed out by Fibak by seven points to four in the tie breaker.Thereafter, much to the disappointment of the crowd, Teltscher, as the Americans would say, “blew his top”. He attempted to hit each ball at supersonic speed and hustled through the proceedings by moving fast in between points and changing ends without using the customary ninety seconds allowed for towelling and refreshments.The 29-year-old Fibak, a consistent performer of a high calibre, lived up to his reputation. With his classic style and smooth shots, he produced some scintillating rallies in his opening match against Lendl. Fibak’s match against Lendl was the highlight of the two-day event.The absence of a punishing killer shot and a penetrating serve in his repertoire is probably what has kept Fibak from reaching the summit of the game. His victory against Teltscher earned him the Number Three position in the event.The hazards of promoting a top-drawer, two-day event proved to be a nightmare for the organisers. The time margins are so slender that a fog at Dum Dum could have seen Indian standbys pressed into service. Amritraj’s absence was greatly felt: his match against Lendl could well have been a memorable one.Breakthrough: While this event has certainly proved to be a breakthrough as far as commercial promotion Indian tennis is concerned, it is very necessary that facilities to channel the enthusiasm thus generated must be made available to the younger and junior Indian players.advertisementAsked for the reasons for the spectacular success being achieved in the tennis world by a number of young Czech players, Lendl told India Today: “It is very simple – all the older players are coaching and giving their experience to the younger players. During the summer holidays and other vacations, 16 to 18 tournaments are organised for juniors and a winner in any of these events would be required to play four matches a day – two singles and two doubles. So, apart from coaching, the youngsters also have a great deal of competitive experience.”last_img read more

Rajya Sabha TV holds walk- in- interview for various professional positions

first_imgRajya Sabha TV has invited applications from Indian citizens to fill up vacancies on contractual basis for a period which may extend to 3 years.  Details of posts: Total Posts: 14 postsName of the posts:Senior Anchor (English) – 1Anchor (Hindi) – 2Senior Producer (English) – 2Senior Producer (Hindi) – 2Producer (English) – 2Producer (Hindi) – 2Copy Editor (New Media) – 2Manager (Broadcast Operation & IT) – 1Eligibility Criteria: Senior Anchor (English) Qualifications: Graduate from a recognised university/ institution; and at least 8 years experience of reporting or production in television channel.Anchor (Hindi) Qualifications: Graduate from a recognised university/ institution; and at least 4 years experience of reporting or production in television channel.Senior Producer (English & Hindi) Qualifications: Graduate from a recognised university/ institution; and at least 8 years experience in media with at least 5 years experience in handling input/ output or assignments or independent programme production or parliamentary coverage for television channel.Producer (English & Hindi) Qualifications: Graduate from a recognised university/ institution; and at least 6 years experience in media with at least 4 years experience in production or desk assignment in television.Copy Editor (New Media) Qualifications: Graduate from a recognised university/ institution; and at least 6 years experience in media with at least 4 years experience of online setup of any print or electronic media organisation/ publishing house.Manager (Broadcast Operation & IT) Qualifications: BE/ B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication or Electrical or Electronics or Computer Science or IT from a recognised University/ Institution; and at least 8 years experience in a Television channel of supervision and management of operations/ maintenance/ optimization/ configuration of broadcast & IT equipment.advertisementAge Limit:  21 to 58 yearsHow to apply:Application forms be duly filled that is available on Rajya Sabha websiteSelf Attested photocopies of the testimonials/certificatePay Scale:  Rs 60,000 -1,25,000 per month  Important Dates:Date and time for walk-in interview:Senior Anchor (English) – Wednesday, 17 December 2014, Reporting time: 11.00amAnchor (Hindi) – Wednesday, 17 December 2014, Reporting time: 02.00 pmSenior Producer (English) – Thursday, 18 December 2014, Reporting time: 11.00amSenior Producer (Hindi) – Thursday, 18 December 2014, Reporting time: 02.00 pmProducer (English) – Friday, 19 December 2014, Reporting time: 11.00 a. mProducer (Hindi) – Friday, 19 December 2014, Reporting time: 02.00 pmCopy Editor (New Media) – Friday, 19 December 2014, Reporting time: 04.00 pmManager (Broadcast Operation & IT) – Monday, 22 December 2014, Reporting time: 11.00 amVenue:Rajya Sabha Television, 12-A Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Road, New Delhi-110001last_img read more

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

first_imgThe MCG will host five group games including a quarterfinal and final for the ICC World Cup 2015 Established: 1854Capacity: 100,000(approx, including standing room)Located in Yarra Park, the Melbourne Cricket Ground(MCG) is the largest stadium in Australia and the 11th largest in the world. Internationally, the MCG is  remembered as the centrepiece stadium of both the 1956 Summer Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 1992 Cricket World Cup. The open-air  stadium is also one of the world’s most famous cricket venues.The stadium is known for producing well balanced pitches that provide an even contest between bat and ball. The MCG has hosted a total of 141 games with  the highest ODI total recorded as 344/8 during the ICC World XI vs ACC Asian XI clash in 2005.The MCG has been included as one of the 14 venues for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. It will host five games including the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal and the all-important final.last_img read more

Swatch to out Apple Watch rival

first_imgThe world’s largest watchmaker unveiled its riposte to Apple Inc’s smartwatch on Thursday, announcing a plan to put cheap programmable chips in watches that will let wearers from China to Chicago make payments with a swipe of the wrist.Swatch Group will start offering watches with near field communication (NFC) chips within two months, chief executive Nick Hayek said at a news conference on the company’s annual results which were released last month.Apple’s move into watches would open up a market where Swatch was already well positioned to compete, he said.The Swiss company’s strategy appears to revolve around including individual tech features in different models rather than going head to head with Apple, the world’s most valuable firm, to create all-in-one smartwatches combining many functions.”We are the world champions of integrating smart functions into a watch,” Hayek said. “We don’t want to produce a mini mobile phone on your wrist. Others can do that.”At 1600 GMT, Swatch shares were up 2.7 percent at 432.1 Swiss francs.Apple’s watch will go on sale in nine countries starting in April, priced from $349 for the smaller model and $549 for the standard version, although a high-end “Edition” watch will sell for at least $10,000.”It’s a fantastic opportunity for us. It is opening the market. Especially in the U.S., many people are not wearing watches any more. Somebody is opening this up. Let Apple do the work. It’s fine. It’s good. I congratulate them.”Both firms’ strategies could co-exist and succeed, Hayek said, before adding a dig at the bigger rival: “Upgrading software every year, that’s not our business.”advertisementFor its near-field chips, which will cost around 2 francs ($2) per watch, Swatch has teamed up with China UnionPay, the Chinese credit card association, as well as a Swiss bank and a major credit card company.The credit card company, described as an Olympics sponsor, is likely to be Visa, a long-time backer of the event. Visa was not immediately available to comment.Swatch is also launching a range of sports-themed “Swatch Touch” smartwatches which will be able to “buddy up” with a smartphone via a Bluetooth connection.The first model will retail at 135 francs, about twice the cost of a regular Swatch watch with an NFC chip.last_img read more

Raonic, Benneteau withdraw from French Open

first_imgWorld number six Milos Raonic and reigning French Open men’s doubles champion Julien Benneteau announced on Thursday to pull out of this year’s tournament, both due to injuries, a media report said on Friday.Raonic has been forced to withdraw after failing to recover from a right foot surgery he had after being knocked out of the Madrid Open quarterfinals by the eventual champion Andy Murray two weeks ago, Xinhua reported.The 24-year-old Canadian first suffered the injury at April’s Monte Carlo Masters where he retired from his quarterfinal encounter against Tomas Berdych.”I am sad to have to unfortunately withdraw from Roland Garros this year, I tried my best to be back and healthy in time after surgery,” he wrote on his Twitter account.”I will continue my rehab and proceed with preparations for a 100 percent strong Wimbledon and Queens run. Thank you for the love and support,” added Raonic, whose best performance at Roland Garros came last year as a quarterfinalist who lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.With Raonic’s withdrawal, world number seven and nine-time champion Rafael Nadal will be promoted to the sixth seeding in Friday’s draw.Benneteau, last year’s men’s doubles winner along with his fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, will not be able to defend his men’s doubles title due to an athletic pubalgia that has plagued him since March.The French tennis federation announced Benneteau’s withdrawal from both singles and doubles on Thursday and that his spot will be given to a lucky loser in the main draw, which gets underway on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

India go down fighting 1-2 against Oman in 2018 World Cup qualifier

first_imgIndia went down 1-2 against Oman in a FIFA 2018 World Cup football qualifying match at the Kanteerava Stadium on Thursday.It was India’s first match of the second round of qualifiers. India and Oman are in Group D along with Iran, Guam and Turkmenistan for the preliminary league with top two finishers progressing to the next phase of the competition. As many as 46 Asian countries vie for the four spots in the 2018 World Cup finals to be held in Russia.India fell behind as soon as the match began after poor marking helped forward Qasim Said score with a stinging left-footed shot within 20 seconds.The goal put the home team right on the backfoot and they were constantly under pressure, being pinned back to their half and rarely able to muster meaningful attacks.Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul, the most occupied among the hosts, had to scamper to his left and right to keep India from conceding further.India, however, squared the contest against the run of play in the 26th minute. Striker Sunil Chhetri unleashed an excellent sudden left-footer on the turn from the edge of the penalty box to stun Oman, ranked forty rungs above India’s 141 spot.India grew in confidence after the strike but their defence again cracked under pressure. Debutant Dhanachandra Singh gave away a penalty bringing down midfielder Eid Mohammed, which was converted by striker Amad Al-Hosni.The momentum shifted towards the visitors as they went into the break with a 2-1 lead.The hosts put together an improved performance after the breather successfully keeping their stronger opponents at bay even putting the ball in the back of the net through Robin Singh in the 68th minute.advertisementBut his effort was deemed off-side. India pressed for the equaliser but never mustered to procure goal-scoring opportunities.last_img read more

India vs Bangladesh: Dhoni’s men looking to avoid ‘Banglawash’

first_imgAs the words ‘whitewash’ and ‘minnows no more’ are making rounds in Dhaka and around the country, India head into the third and inconsequential One-Day International tie against Bangladesh on Wednesday looking to salvage some pride and respect.What many experts had written off as a cakewalk for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led cricket team did not turn out to be so, as after a rain-washed Test match the visitors lost the first two ODIs to hand Bangladesh their first ever series victory.In the first ODI, all was well for the team in blue as they were on track to chase down Bangladesh’s 307 but with 95 for no loss, host skipper Mashrafe Mortaza played his trump card as he brought in 19-year-old left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman. With his pace and swing, Mustafizur demolished the famed Indian batting line-up – India were skittled out for 228 in 46 overs.Mustafizur again was the chief demolisher as he picked up figures of 6/43 from his 10 overs in the second ODI to restrict India to the total of a mere 200. The lanky pacer bowled brilliantly, mixing up his deliveries so that the batsman would not be able to guess his pace and that way he outfoxed both Dhoni and Axar Patel.The batting department too for Bangladesh has looked solid, to say the least. The opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar along with al-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has all played its part to get the better of the Indian bowlers.On the other hand, even though the top order for the visitors contributed in the first ODI, there has been no stability in the middle-order with prolific right-hander Virat Kohli scoring just one and 23 in two innings, and the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayadu, who were given a game each, also failing to live up to their potential.advertisementHead-to-head, Bangladesh have won just five of 31 encounters but in this series it has been the underdogs who have called the shots.With the win in the previous match, Bangladesh have already qualified for the 2017 Champions Trophy and would now try to seal an emphatic whitewash of India which will place them in the history books for sure.However, it might just not be that easy as India would not give up without a fight and showing their neighbours that they still are the big daddies of world cricket. It will be interesting to see what India’s captain Dhoni does with his resources to try and get some positives from the ODI series. Even though it is a dead rubber, the match promises to be an engaging contest.last_img read more

Vijender Singh on turning pro: HC issues fresh notice to boxer

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday issued a fresh notice to boxer Vijender Singh on his joining professional boxing league. The notice, returnable on 20 August, was issued by the bench comprising justice SK Mittal and justice HS Sidhu.Taking cognizance of the news published in the media with regard to his decision to turn pro and join the Queensbury Promotions boxing league, the high court had earlier issued notices to the state of Haryana and Vijender for 24 July, terming the action of the pugilist as being against the sports policy.Earlier this month, Vijender had played down the objections raised by his employers, Haryana Police, after he turned pro and said the matter would be resolved amicably soon.During the resumed hearing of the matter, the additional advocate general, Haryana, appeared before the bench and sought three weeks time for filing a reply. As the notice earlier issued through the DGP, Haryana, to the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist boxer was not received back either served or unserved, the bench issued a fresh notice to him for August 20.Haryana police had recently warned of taking action against Vijender if he failed to seek permission from the state government for turning professional.The boxer was made DSP by Haryana government after winning bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Vijender is currently on probation and yet to complete his training. Being a government employee, Vijender cannot accept another employment and cannot accept remuneration from any other source without the government’s permission.last_img read more

Barcelona gets favourable draw in Champions League groups

first_imgBarcelona got a favorable start to its title defense, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wish to go home was granted and Benfica was given the longest trip in Champions League history on Thursday.The group-stage draw also means Bayern Munich play Arsenal for the third time in four seasons and sent Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho back to Porto where he won his first Champions League title.Manchester United’s return after a one-year absence will be at Group B’s top-seeded club whose best player it bought in the offseason. United’s new No. 7 Memphis Depay can look forward to a Sept. 15 date back at PSV Eindhoven.World football’s most coveted club competition set up many story lines for the 32 elite clubs, who will share 1.2 billion euros ($1.37 billion) in UEFA prize money over the next nine months.The official result of the #UCLdraw Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 27, 2015Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo resume their duel for the all-time competition scoring record tied on 77 career goals, and Barcelona’s star forward seems favored to forge ahead.Also read: Rooney ends drought with hat-trick as United reach CL group stageDefending champion Barcelona will kick off at Roma and also play BATE Borisov and Bayer Leverkusen. Messi routed the German side with five goals in a 7-1 win when they met in the last-16 round in 2012.Ronaldo and Real Madrid landed in a tougher group with Shakhtar Donetsk and Ibrahimovic’s current and first clubs, Paris Saint-Germain and Malmo.”One day I hope to experience the Champions League in Malmo on the pitch. Congratulations!” the Sweden great had posted on Twitter after his boyhood club advanced through the playoff round on Wednesday.advertisementIbrahimovic will be 34 by Nov. 25 when PSG plays at Malmo, which he left as a 19-year-old to join Ajax.On the same day, Portugal champion Benfica will play at newcomer Astana – the further point east any club has played since the European Cup was rebranded the Champions League 23 years ago.Benfica’s flight from Lisbon of around 6,100 kilometers (3,800 miles) across six time zones will mean kicking off in the Kazakhstan capital when it is 3 p.m. on a Wednesday back home.The group is completed by Galatasaray and Atletico Madrid, whose match in Astana will be a 4 p.m. Tuesday start for fans in Spain.Europe’s four highest-ranked leagues meet in the group of Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla and Borussia Moenchengladbach.”Serie A, the Premier League and the Bundesliga all in the most competitive, demanding and exciting group,” said Sevilla coach Unai Emery, whose team is the first to qualify by winning the previous season’s Europa League.Chelsea’s Mourinho guided Porto to win the Champions League in 2004 immediately before starting his first spell at Stamford Bridge.His quest to be the first coach to win Europe’s premier club title with three different clubs – after Porto and Inter Milan in 2010 – starts in a group with Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv.Though Man United landed with the lowest-ranked top-seeded club in PSV, the group has depth with CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg.Bayern eliminated Arsenal at the last-16 stage in 2013 and 2014, though the English club will expect to advance ahead of Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb.”It’s nice, against Arsenal, that we’ll meet two old friends from the national team in Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil,” Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said.With UEFA separating Russian and Ukrainian teams in the draw, top-seeded Zenit St. Petersburg was grouped with Valencia, Lyon and Gent. The champion of Belgium is the second club making its debut at the elite level.The six rounds of group matches end on Dec. 9. The top two in each group advance to the last-16 knockout round which begins in February.last_img read more

Nick Kyrgios fined, apologises for comment to Stan Wawrinka

first_imgAustralian Nick Kyrgios has been fined $10,000 and may face further punishment for the insulting comment he directed at Swiss Stan Wawrinka during a match at the Rogers Cup, the ATP said on Thursday.Kyrgios took to Twitter and Facebook to apologise for the incident but it did not stop the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) from issuing the maximum fine allowed for such an offence.And the matter may not be done, as the ATP has not ruled out further action against Kyrgios.”Nick Kyrgios has been fined the maximum on site amount of $10,000 for an insulting comment he made to Stan Wawrinka,” an ATP said in a statement.”The ATP … is still reviewing that matter and additional penalties may be forthcoming.”Just a couple of hours after the ATP announced it would fine Kyrgios the 20-year-old player went into damage control mode.”I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the comments I made during the match last night vs Stan… Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) August 13, 2015He also posted the comment on Facebook, adding: “My comments were made in the heat of the moment and were unacceptable on many levels.Aslo read: Kyrgios courts more controversy after sledging Wawrinka “In addition to the private apology I’ve made, I would like to make a public apology as well. I take full responsibility for my actions and regret what happened.”The ATP took the action against Kyrgios for a comment picked up by a courtside microphone.advertisement”Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend,” Kyrgios said, referring to his Davis Cup team mate Thanasi Kokkinakis. “Sorry to tell you that, mate.”French Open champion Wawrinka, who separated from his wife last year, has been linked with Croatian WTA Tour player Donna Vekic, as has Kokkinakis.Also read: Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal win but other seeds tumble in Montreal Wawrinka did not appear to hear the comment at the time, but he was furious afterwards, calling at his official press conference and via Twitter for the ATP to take disciplinary action against Kyrgios.”What was said I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy. To stop so low is not only unacceptable but also beyond belief,” he tweeted.Kyrgios said after he had won the second-round match 6-7(8) 6-3 4-0, following Wawrinka’s retirement due to a back injury, that he had been responding to words from the two-time grand slam champion.”He was getting a bit lippy with me,” Kyrgios said of Wawrinka. “Kind of in the heat of the moment. I don’t know. I just said it.”last_img read more

United’s Van Gaal determined to break Swansea jinx

first_imgLouis van Gaal lost his first competitive match as Manchester United manager against Swansea City on the first day of last season and is expecting another difficult game from the Welsh side on Sunday.Swansea went on to complete the Premier League double over United and the Dutchman is determined to take revenge at the Liberty Stadium.”My first match was against Swansea and we lost, now I have my 50th and I hope we can show we have improved,” Van Gaal told reporters on Friday.”I don’t want to lose again. It’s the only club we could not beat or gain one point against, I hope we can improve and that we can show that we are better than last year.”It will be difficult but we are better prepared than this time last year.”Also read: Rooney ends drought with hat-trick as United reach CL group stageTowering Belgian Marouane Fellaini is available to play his first Premier League game of the season after serving a suspension but Adnan Januzaj will miss out due to injury.Van Gaal could be tempted to start Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera who made a lively contribution and scored a goal in the 4-0 Champions League qualifying win at Club Bruges on Wednesday.”I had a theoretical scheme in my head that he could play at No. 10 and he did it well against Bruges,” Van Gaal said.United have taken seven points from their first three league games of the season and lie joint third in the table despite only scoring two goals.advertisementCaptain Wayne Rooney, however, bagged a hat-trick in Bruges to open his account for the campaign.”It will be a difficult game, it’s another year and another prospect,” Swansea manager Garry Monk said. “United have added quality to their squad with world-class players.”It’s becoming more difficult to compete with these kind of squads. We’re up against one of the title contenders, it will be difficult but we’re looking forward to it.”Swansea are sixth with five points including a draw at champions Chelsea.last_img read more

Windies batting legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul receives Icon Award

first_imgVeteran Test cricket left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul has been honoured with the Icon Award by the Indo-Caribbean Alliance.In a ceremony held in New York recently, the 41-year-old was given the New York City-based organisation’s highest award and was one of four persons honoured in a five-hour-long ceremony in Flushing, reports CMC.The others receiving awards were television personality Lakshmee Singh, New York City council member Eric Ulrich and businessman Dave Kadernauth.Chanderpaul said he was delighted to have been chosen for the honour.”I’m happy to support the Indo-Caribbean Alliance, and humbled to receive their highest award, the Icon Award,” Chanderpaul said on Wednesday.”We want to see this organisation succeed in providing programmes for residents in New York City.”Chanderpaul has been one of the most prolific run-scorers in West Indies cricket, amassing 11,867 runs from 164 Tests at an average of 51. He is only second to Brian Lara in aggregate.However, he was sacked in May for poor form ahead of the Australia series and was also recently overlooked for the tour of Sri Lanka beginning next month.He has not retired from international cricket.last_img read more

Berdych removes Sock to win Stockholm Open

first_imgTomas Berdych swept aside American Jack Sock to make it two Stockholm Open titles in a row, winning Sunday’s final 7-6(1), 6-2 in the Swedish capital.The 23-year-old Sock had taken some impressive scalps on his way to the final, beating the second and third seeds Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon, and he matched Berdych shot for shot in the first set.World number five Berdych, whose semifinal against Marcos Baghdatis lasted just seven games before the Cypriot withdrew thorough injury, struggled with his consistency in a frustrating first set.He mixed powerful strokes and pinpoint accuracy with wayward shots outside the lines and easy balls into the net. In the tiebreak, however, the top-seeded Czech found his form, crushing seventh seed Sock 7-1.With that out of the way, the 30-year-old Berdych turned the screw, breaking Sock early in the second set and coasting to victory. It was his third Stockholm title in the last four years.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams named 2015 International Tennis Federation World Champions

first_imgNovak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named International Tennis Federation World Champions for 2015, after both players won three Grand Slam titles this year.Djokovic won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, amassing a career-best total of 11 titles in 2015 and an 82-6 win-loss record.Djokovic, who has now won the ITF World Champion title five times, says “my season was the best of my career.”Williams took the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, holding all four Grand Slam titles before losing in the U.S. Open semifinals. She ended the year with a 53-3 win-loss record.Williams won the ITF title for the sixth time and says “it has been an amazing year.”last_img