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/ Milan are giving serious consideration to selling right-back Davide Calabria abroad, reports Tuttosport. The defender, who grew up in Milan’s youth academy, has been in poor form recently and this has led to the hierarchy at the club pondering a transfer. Calabria has already been sent off twice this season for Milan, against Hellas Verona and Genoa, and his misplaced pass gave away a goal against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico last weekend. The 23-year-old, born in Brescia, would represent a considerable profit for the Rossoneri, much in the same manner as other youth products Patrick Cutrone and Manuel Locatelli did when they were sold on. Locatelli was sold to Sassuolo for €10m two summers ago, whilst Cutrone was sold to Wolves for an estimated €22m in July 2019.
Sourav Ganguly (left) and Greg Chappell.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that Greg Chappell’s presence in the Australian dressing room, trying to plot the downfall of Indian batsmen, won’t be of much benefit for the home team. A report in the Daily Telegraph stated that former India coach Chappell has been invited to address the Aussie players on how to tackle Sachin Tendulkar.”If you look back at the 2008 series which happened to be my last, Chappell was present in Australian team’s support staff. Yet we won the series 2-0. Therefore, I don’t think his presence would make any difference this time also,” Ganguly told Aaj Tak.
National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted tests at the recent 55th Kerala State School Athletics Championship at Ernakulam, the first time it has been done at this level.In all, 29 samples were taken and the National Dope Testing Laboratory has revealed that no banned substances were detected. During the Championships, the athletes were distributed education materials in English and Malayalam.The fact that not a single athlete at these School Games tested positive is very reassuring and NADA is confident that with all the efforts and counselling programmes, the incidences of doping will be minimal at the school level, a release said.NADA, however, will continue to monitor similar events in the future and also organise educational programmes for young sportspersons who assemble in one place from different states.
The Indian women’s hockey team went through a bad phase when they could not meet their own expectations, finishing outside the medal bracket at the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) and the Asian Games.Since then a new coach in CR Kumar has taken over and the team has recovered some lost ground. As the team went through the paces at the camp at the National Stadium in Delhi, preparing for the difficult assignment of qualifying for the Olympics, seasoned forward Jasjeet Kaur Handa said that they have put the past behind and there is a new energy in the team.”The morale of the team was low after those tournaments in 2010. We were medal winners in the 2006 CWG and the Asian Games and we were confident of repeating the success. But it came as a big jolt and it seemed that the team was falling apart. It was a difficult time,” Jasjeet told Mail Today.”We had to build from scratch. The confidence of the girls was low and nothing was going right for us. Last year was relatively better and we got our act together in the Test series in Australia and also the four-nation tournament in Argentina,” she said.”We will be playing in front of the home crowd in the Olympic qualifiers and that’s a motivation. It is a big chance for us to compete at the Olympics – something that every player dreams of,” said Jasjeet, a member of the team that won the 2004 Asia Cup. She was also a member of the silver- winning team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.advertisementThe Haryana girl, however, has been out of action for some time. She fractured her nose in Australia and also opted out of the trip to Argentina.”I did not play much last year, but I am in good shape and looking forward to the Olympic qualifiers,” said Jasjeet.With coach Kumar making it clear that the seniors cannot take their places for granted, Jasjeet knows she cannot get complacent.”I have set specific targets for every player and nobody should take their place for granted. We are not going to select players on reputation alone. We have to see how they fare in this camp. There are quite a few youngsters in the team who have done well. They need more exposure at the international level,” Kumar told Mail Tody.
Rupa GurunathRupa Gurunath’s office does not have that business-like atmosphere usually associated with a large corporation. While the wholetime director of India Cements does have a stack of memos and emails to read on her desk, one can’t help but notice the drawings her children made specially for her, stuck,Rupa GurunathRupa Gurunath’s office does not have that business-like atmosphere usually associated with a large corporation. While the wholetime director of India Cements does have a stack of memos and emails to read on her desk, one can’t help but notice the drawings her children made specially for her, stuck to the back of her office door. It signifies a healthy balance between her work life as the inheritor of south India’s largest cement company, and a loving mother to her two daughters Tara and Sharada.No matter who you are in the office, Gurunath, 38, daughter of India Cements’ vice chairman and managing director, N Srinivasan, greets you with the same disarming smile and a warm hello. One picture that does stand out in her office in RA Puram, Chennai, is of her with her husband, Gurunath Meiyappan of AVM, one of the oldest and leading film and TV production houses in the south. Both are dressed in bright yellow Chennai Super Kings (CSK) jerseys, holding the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2011 trophy.This season, there is a lot to look forward to for Gurunath, who is pregnant with her third child at the moment. To add to that, CSK, owned by India Cements and worth Rs 943.95 crore, is the IPL’s most successful team, shaving won the title twice (2010 and 2011). CSK is captained by Team India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In a recent statement to the media, Meiyappan, team principal of CSK, said they were going in for a hat-trick and was excited about the team’s recent acquisition of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Family ties: Gurunath at a CSK game with her family in 2010″Jadeja is a good utility cricketer who will add to our spin bowling as the second spinner in the middle period. We were missing such a bowler. He is also a useful batsman,” said Meiyappan, who is seen at every match CSK plays, cheering on his players, with Gurunath by his side.An avid cricket fan herself, Gurunath says that she goes to the matches as a spectator and nothing more. “Although I have no favourites as such, I must confess that my older daughter is a diehard fan of captain Dhoni and the younger one is an ardent Suresh Raina follower,” she says. Visibly pumped up about the team’s continuing success she says,”I am excited by the way Super Kings are performing from both a sporting and a business perspective.”Apart from the sporting talent in the team, she believes that every sporting activity needs the support of professional managers. “Given India Cements’ long association with the game, we have an able internal team of professional managers to handle the sports division and I strongly believe that they are one of the key reasons for our success,” she says.Gurunath’s association with sports does not end there. One of the top women golfers in the state, she applies the rules of the game to running the company. “In golf, you begin each game by visualising the playing of a hole completely, but once you’ve done that, you detach yourself from the big picture and focus your entire being only on getting your next stroke right,” she says, adding, “the same thing I think applies to handling a business as well. Once you break your goals down to bite-sized pieces, it helps you focus better and is much less daunting.”advertisementThe fountainhead: Gurunath with father N SrinivasanThese are the rules she has been applying to her business since the day she joined in 2007, after her father was slated to become chairman of India Cements. Already familiar with the company, her first day wasn’t awkward. “From 1990, I was always running in and out of our office just to visit my father or to be a part of office pujas. I have spent short periods of time in different departments including the shipping division. My first day was just an extension of that,” says Gurunath Her first task was to learn about the various departments in the company and understand its workings. For the first few months, she did not even have a desk of her own.Gurunath, who has a computer science degree from Anna University, went on to do an MBA from the Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai. The entrepreneurship course gave her a lot of grounding, she says, but her biggest lessons have been learnt on the job, from the people in the company. “Their understanding of the sector, company and function have enriched my perspective tremendously. The perspective they gave me is not an economic one alone, since it includes the culture of the organisation and its value systems,” she says. Gurunath admits that she’s still learning everything there is to know of the business. She is supporting the senior management team for the company’s expansion in the western and northern markets. “We are looking at setting up of production facilities but also want to strengthen our distribution and marketing,” she says. At the same time, Gurunath adds, one of the key challenges is to ensure that the core culture and value system of the company will not be diluted in this expansion process. Her goal is to make India Cements a leader in cement across the country in the years to come. Rupa Gurunath”We are also looking at backward integration in terms of power and fuel which we believe will give us a competitive edge,” she says. Her goal, she says, is to make India Cements a pan Indian leader in cement in the years to come. “We are also looking at backward integration in terms of power and fuel which we believe will give us a competitive edge,” she says.Gurunath’s grandfather, T.S. Narayanaswami, founded India Cements in 1946. Being part of the third generation to take over the company, she understands the weight of her responsibilities. “There is a sense of need which inspires me to look after the company, to nurture it and not just focus on the growth aspect. The reason behind the success of the company is sheer vision and a lot of hard work,” she says. Her father is her biggest inspiration and she has learnt much from his leadership style. “He has the ability,” she says, “to share his vision and carry the team forward with him. And he never acts against his beliefs.” Gurunath also cites T.S. Raghupathy, the executive president of India Cements, as a mentor in helping her learn the business and act as a sounding board for her ideas and thoughts. “Of course, my husband has always been a strong pillar of support in enabling me to pursue my dreams,” she adds. In her five years at India Cements, she says there hasn’t ever been a dull moment, thanks to the advice her father gave her on never being afraid of asking questions and looking ignorant. “You cannot be expected to know everything. There are experts in each field to guide you and the important thing is to take a decision based on the assessment of information given to you.” This is the very advice that helps Gurunath in running her empire. ScoreboardCSK earned Rs 1.4 billion in the previous edition of the IPL and is targeting a 15-20 per cent growth from season 5 of the cash-rich league.The team has long-term deals with some of the biggest brands such as Aircel, Gulf Oil, Amrapali Group, Reebok and Pepsi.CSK plans to launch an entire range of apparel at various prices across 380 outlets in Tamil Nadu and is also opening a store at the Chennai airport soon.Their Facebook membership has crossed 1 million currently. The aim is to make it to 2 million by the middle of the IPL 5 season.The team bagged allrounder Ravinder Jadeja through the highest bid of $ 2 million in the IPL players auction for the season.advertisementadvertisement
Screenshot of LeBron James’ tweetReactions to President Donald Trump’s comments about football players who kneel during the national anthem, and his decision to rescind a White House invitation to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors:At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump suggested that NFL owners fire players who kneel during the anthem, and fans should consider walking out in protest. On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted that he withdrew the invitation to Curry because the two-time NBA MVP hesitated to attend the traditional trip by the NBA champions. Hours later, the Warriors said they would skip the White House visit as a team.ADVERTISEMENT “By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.” — Stephen Curry, on skipping the White House visit, during the Warriors’ media day on Friday.____Curry on Lebron’s tweet against Trump: Bold, Courageous1.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 ____“With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane.” — Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets.___“Our country needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness. We need to seek to understand each other and have civil discourse instead of condemnation and sound bites. I know our players who kneeled for the anthem and these are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone. They wanted to start a conversation and are making a difference in our community, including working with law enforcement to bring people together. We all can benefit from learning, listening and respecting each other.” — Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins owner and founder of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality.____“Steph very well thought, and eloquently presented. Thank you for speaking for the majority. A Mr October tip of the cap.” — baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.____“The callous and offensive comments made by the president are contradictory to what this great country stands for. Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world. The San Francisco 49ers will continue to work toward bringing communities, and those who serve them, closer together.” — San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York.____“That’s why this is the best country in the world. And that’s why I want to be in this country for the rest of my life because you have freedom of speech and it shouldn’t go away.” — Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner, a Swede who wore a Trump sticker on the back of his goalie mask in November. ____“Stick together, stand up for each other, ride with each other, because believe me we all we got. It has nothing to do with football or business. Y’all are our stars. You represent us. Y’all are our strong heroes. Let’s show that strength, please.” — music mogul Diddy.___“It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.” — Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy.RELATED VIDEOStephen Curry: Trump tweet ‘further cemented’ stance on White House1.9K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ayo rues La Salle defense in loss to UP ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View comments 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 LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ ____“This is the supremacist attitude at its worst. Trump is dishonoring the country and the flag with such a bold threat.” — the Rev. Jesse Jackson in an interview with The Associated Press.____“I was in favor of the team visiting the White House and thought it was a rare opportunity for these players to share their views directly with the president. I am disappointed that that will not happen. More importantly, I am proud of our players for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues.” — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.____“I support my son 100 percent. I know he respects the Office of the Presidency and I applaud him for standing up for what he believes in.” — former NBA player Dell Curry, Stephen Curry’s father.____“Comments like we heard last night from the president are inappropriate, offensive and divisive. We are proud of our players, the vast majority of whom use their NFL platform to make a positive difference in our society.” — New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch.____“The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!” — Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” — LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.____“In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.” — Statement by the Golden State Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players.” — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.____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 opening“The peaceful demonstrations by some of our players have generated a wide array of responses. 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MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sharapova gets red-hot Garcia in tough Tianjin opener Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49Robredo: 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines was poised to gain a share of the fourth spot in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament against National University at the end of the first round.The Fighting Maroons were ahead 43-39 in the third and were keeping the Bulldogs at bay when NU center Issa Gaye accidentally landed on Jun Manzo’s right ankle causing the Maroon to leave the game at the 7:55 mark of the quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Unfortunately for UP, the Bulldogs were able to capitalize on Manzo’s absence and took the 77-70 victory.The Fighting Maroons settled for a 3-4 record, a game behind fourth seed Far Eastern University.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 opening“That was a big blow for us,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol in Filipino. “Manzo is someone we rely on in the end, that’s his role. We had to pick somebody and somebody had to step up in his place.”Manzo has been a reliable scoring option for the Maroons late in games and he showed that in UP’s 98-87 win over defending champion La Salle where he put up nine of his 17 points in the final period. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “He’s hurting right now,” said Perasol. “I’m just hoping he’s going to be able to play in the next games. We all know he’s going to be needed this campaign.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
“Honestly, no,” Ravena said. “For the fans, these types of game are very good. But for the players and the coaching staff, it’s not.”Whether he wanted it or not though, he showed tremendous poise down the stretch and towed the Road Warriors from 10-points down in the final period against the Bolts courtesy of his big plays in the final minute.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 openingFirst, he drilled the lead-grabbing three with 43.4 seconds remaining to put his side up, 83-82. He would later on deliver the dagger, dropping the turnaround jumper with 0.9 ticks left to decide the outcome.“I was fortunate enough to get it. You wouldn’t know the outcome of the game if you won’t try to shoot it,” said the 24-year-old, who relieved to redeem himself after fouling Chris Newsome in the last 15.3 seconds that tied the game at 85. “I didn’t want that the team’s effort will go to waste because of my wrong play, so I had to make up to the whole team and I’m glad that the last shot went in.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEverybody wants to be a hero — except for Kiefer Ravena.Just moments after drilling the game-winner in NLEX’s 87-85 come-from-behind triumph over Meralco on Friday, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft said that he’d rather win games before the final buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Yeng Guiao all praise for ‘veteran’ Kiefer Ravena ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ravena was just grateful for the trust given to him by the team and coach Yeng Guiao in the game coming off a career-low seven point-performance in the 81-79 squeaker over Ginebra last Saturday, where he shot a paltry 1-of-12 clip from the field.“Imagine that, shooting 8-percent in the previous game but still, coach Yeng trusted me with the last shot. How can you not have the confidence in yourself after that? I’m just lucky that I was able to make up for probably my worst shooting night in this game,” he said.At 4-4, NLEX has already gotten itself back in the race as it sits tied at fifth with Phoenix, TNT, and Ginebra.And after a confidence-boosting game like this one, Ravena is wishing that more wins will come the Road Warriors’ way as they make a final sprint to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.“Hopefully, it won’t be a trend like the last time. We win two straight and then lose four,” he said. “Hopefully, we get to ride this victory throughout the conference because we know that it’s just gonna get tougher now.”ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid 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 MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto NLEX will now brace for joint leader Alaska on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais
Another case filed vs Cardema Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen talks with Zach LaVine during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 96-90. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers aren’t picky or worried about style points.With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out for an eighth straight game with a sore right knee, the Pacers will take wins, no matter how they come.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy Kyle Korver shines in return to Utah as Jazz sink Spurs 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 While Indiana faces life without its star player, the Bulls embarked on their first game with a new face at the helm.Boylen was named Bulls coach on Monday, taking over for the fired Fred Hoiberg, who was let go following a 5-19 start this season. Hoiberg had a 115-155 mark with one playoff appearance in three-plus seasons.“I really like this team. I really like these guys,” Boylen said. “I thought we battled. I’m proud of this group.”TURNING IT UP: Myles Turner has recorded a double-double in consecutive games and in three of his last four. Turner has recorded 11 blocked shots in two games against the Bulls this season.TIP-INSBulls: New Bulls coach Jim Boylen spent two seasons as an assistant with the Pacers from 2011-13. … Chicago is 2-11 in its last 13 games. … The Bulls are 1-6 against Central Division foes.Pacers: Victor Oladipo remains inactive for Indiana while nursing a sore right knee. The Pacers’ All-Star missed his eighth straight game. The Pacers are 4-4 during that stretch. … Indiana is now 5-1 at home against Eastern Conference foes. … The Pacers were allowing a league-low 102.7 points per game entering Tuesday night’s contest.UP NEXTBulls: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.Pacers: At Orlando to face the Magic on Friday. SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds LATEST STORIES With the absence of Oladipo hard to ignore, the Pacers relied heavily on their five starters to carry the load. Four of Indiana’s five starters scored in double figures, combining for 71 of the Pacers’ 96 points.“The fact that we’re able to hold down the fort without (Oladipo) is big,” Turner said. “We have a lot of guys who can go out there and make plays. There’s a lot of depth on this team and it’s good to not have to rely on one person.”One of Indiana’s biggest contributions came from Domantis Sabonis off the bench, and could very well have been the difference, with Pacers’ starters working overtime to fill the void left by Oladipo’s nagging injury. Sabonis added nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench.The teams got off to a sluggish start. Indiana held the slight advantage early, jumping ahead by as many as nine points during the first half. But the Pacers trailed the Bulls 45-43 at halftime despite the early lead and Chicago shooting just 40 percent from the floor over the first two quarters.The Pacers closed out the third quarter on a 9-4 run for a 70-67 lead. Chicago never recovered from the deficit, although the Bulls stayed within single digits during the final 12 minutes. The Bulls weren’t able to get any closer than three points during the final 1:45.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Read Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Myles Turner matched his season high with 18 points and added 11 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Pacers defeated Chicago 96-90 on Tuesday night and spoiled the debut of new Bulls coach Jim Boylen.“It was a pretty murky, muddy kind of game,” Turner said. “It wasn’t a pretty win, but wins are hard to come by in this league and we got it done.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefDarren Collison had 23 points and eight rebounds, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points and Tyreke Evans finished with 10 for Indiana.Lauri Markkanen led the Bulls with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Holiday, facing off against his brother, Indiana rookie Aaron Holiday, finished with 15 points. Chicago has lost seven straight games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5
Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan has been rehearsing hard for his performance at the inaugural ceremony of Indian Premier League’s seventh season in Abu Dhabi.He tweeted his picture from the rehearsal saying, “All nighter in Abu Dhabi. Haven’t slept 2 days but I know it will be fun with the IPL players so hard work comes easy” (sic)Shah Rukh’s Dil To Pagal Hai co-star Madhuri Dixit and Chennai Express co-star Deepika Padukone are expected to perform at the opening ceremony of the cricketing extravaganze. All nighter in Abu Dhabi. Haven’t slept 2 days but I know it will be fun with the IPL players so hard work comes easy pic.twitter.com/3f2h0xnvsD SHAH RUKH KHAN (@iamsrk) April 15, 2014
Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of the ICC World Cup, Match 34 between India and Ireland from the Seddon Park stadium in Hamilton.ScorecardToss: Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first against India.India achieved the 259-run total at the loss of just two wickets with 79 balls to spare against Ireland at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. MS Dhoni now has 9 consecutive World Cup wins, the most by an Indian captain. He went past Sourav Ganguly, who had 8 wins in the 2003 World Cup. Dhoni is second on the list of captains with the most wins in World Cups, he is equal with Clive Lloyd.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma played with flair and panache to compose brilliant knocks and take India to a thumping victory by eight wickets. India now have won nine consecutive games under MS Dhoni’s leadership in World Cups. In terms of successive victories in World Cups, Dhoni is now joint second with Clive Lloyd. It was Dhawan and Rohit, who tore apart a modest Ireland attack and collected runs with utmost ease. Dhawan had his fair share of luck, but he made them pay by essaying a ton.Once Dhawan got used to the lack of pace from Ireland’s slew of medium pacers, he took his game to an elevated plane. He took a heavy toll off Stuart Thompson’s wayward bowling by clouting him for a four and a six. When George Dockrell came into the attack, he threaded through the gaps and thumped three more fours. Once Dhawan reached his fifty, he used his feet to loft Stirling for a six and then used the depth of the crease to play the slog sweep in the same over. He also showcased the West Indian flair by shuffling across to pull Kevin O’Brien for a six.advertisementAt the other end of the spectrum, Rohit, with his glorious artwork of batsmanship, played a sumptuous on-drive off Alex Cusack and then lofted Mooney over mid-off for a six. He also reached his fifty in style by playing an inside-out stroke off Stirling for yet another six. Eventually, Thompson took the wickets of Rohit and Dhawan, but by then, the damage was done. In fact, the 174-run stand for the first wicket turned out to be India’s highest partnership for the opening wicket. Despite Niall O’Brien’s enterprising knock, the Indian bowlers took wickets at regular intervals to bowl out the opposition for a below par total. This is the first time, India have cleaned up the opposition for five successive times in ODIs. In fact, after Ravichandran Ashwin, with subtle variations of drift, did a tremendous job to keep the opposition in check and snaffle the key wicket of Paul Stirling, O’ Brien, played with fearlessness to take on the spinners. When MS Dhoni introduced the part-timer, Rohit Sharma, O’Brien decided to up the tempo and scored a couple of boundaries. He then used the paddle sweep to place the ball into gaps and collected boundaries off Suresh Raina. He also clouted Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for sixes.However, the bowlers made a superb comeback in the end overs by picking up a slew of wickets. In particular, Mohammed Shami snaring the wicket of O’Brien gave India the upper hand. Earlier, Stirling and William Porterfield gave a glimpse of their ability to play cracking shots on the back foot to put the Indian seamers under pressure.Umesh Yadav and Shami erred by bowling short on a flat deck and the batsmen duly took advantage of it. Both Sterling and Porterfield used the pull shot to good effect. They also played some stirring back foot punches. However, once the spinners were introduced into the attack, Ireland lost their way. Stirling was out to a soft dismissal and their key batsman, Ed Joyce, played a poor shot to lose his wicket to Raina. Mohit Sharma then sent Porterfield back to the pavilion after he constructed a fine fifty.For a brief period, O’Brien and Andrew Balbirnie raised genuine hopes of taking Ireland to a sizeable total, but losing the wickets of Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien and Niall O’ Brien at a crucial juncture of the innings didn’t help their cause. For India, Ashwin continued his rich vein of form by bowling with control and took two wickets. Raina too did a commendable job in the middle overs.Playing XI(from):Ireland: John Mooney, Stuart Thompson, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, William Porterfield(c), Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Niall O’Brien , Alex Cusack, Gary Wilson(wk), Andy BalbirnieadvertisementIndia: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
After winning their World Cup quarterfinal against Bangladesh, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said his team has to keep on repeating the right things to defend the title.”We’ll have to keep repeating what we have been doing, as simple as that. You win a game, whatever you have done right, you have to keep repeating,” the skipper, who won his 100th one-day international during the day, said at the post-match media conference.Dhoni also said for him it was heartening to see all the players chipping in with contributions, thus making it a team effort.”I think what’s important for us is we have scored runs in all the games, whether we have batted first or chased, and still, we don’t have our batsmen in the top five run scorers list for the World Cup, which means everybody has chipped in, everybody has contributed, which is a good position to be in, especially in the knockout stages,” said the 33-year-old.The skipper looked impressed too with the bowling unit who have bowled out the opposition in seven consecutive matches. He said the bowlers have actually tasted what it was like creating pressure on the batsman and that was what they have now put their belief in.”It’s the general psyche of the Indian fast bowlers, when they get a chance to bowl, they want to bowl everything in that spell of theirs, inswing, outswing, yorkers, everything.”But now I feel what they have learned is the importance of just hitting the one area where you want to bowl, and keep hitting it and building up pressure and that actually creates that pressure where the batsman gets out.”advertisement”I feel bowlers have really tasted it, and now they actually believe in that.””They are bowling at good pace, all of them are fit, and if they can keep hitting that one area, I think it will be good because that’s something where we have been lacking,” he said.
Chic and experimental, Neha Dhupia passes the test well in a green skirt by Payal Khandwala teamed with a white collared shirt. The wide dark-brown belt and brown heels fall perfectly on the shade card, and tightly pulled back hair, smokey eyes and nude lips add fab final touches. While she could have done without the watch, the layered necklace makes for a simple and effective addition.How clever of Kangna Ranaut to sport white sneakers with this gorgeous blue and green striped Stella McCartney gown! For a more sophisticated pairing, opt for strappy pumps that boast a chunky heel in black – this will balance the colours as well as keep the look summer-ready. A dash of yellow adds a sunny flavour to the style, and can be used as an accessory to brighten any grass-hued look.Nailing redcarpet charisma is Sonakshi Sinha in this forest green and white dress with a fared sleeve and golden pointed-toe pumps. The trick to making green garments look great is to keep your make-up as minimal as possible. Steer away from red lipstick so that the primary colours don’t clash and make you resemble a Christmas tree. Stick to a sweep of eye-liner and a soft pink pout for best results.Target vintage elegance like Surveen Chawla does in this moss-green dress by label Frou Frou, which features a pretty pearl embellished neckline over a fitted silhouette and ankle-length hemline. Match this with the cat wing shaped eyeliner and finish off your make-up with a deep maroon or oxblood coloured lipstick. Nude, black or metallic toned shoes complete the style well.advertisementOlive green is a darling colour to flaunt, and while Deepika Padukone looks pretty in this wide skirt by label Shift, it’s essential to get the colour-combination right. A pale shade of blue or grey works wonders with this shade, and can be easily teamed with a smart black clutch bag or black shoes. Hints of gold jewellery like a watch, bracelet or earrings add extra glampoints to the look.
The uncertainty over the Real Madrid goalkeeping situation for next season is likely to continue for the next few days at least.Wednesday saw reports in the Spanish media that the club was close to reaching an agreement with Iker Casillas, 34, to allow him to leave after 17 seasons with the Spanish football giants and over 700 first team appearances. The transfer of David de Gea from Manchester United is also close to being sealed.Meanwhile, Keylor Navas, who joined from Levante last summer has expressed doubts about his own future. The Costa Rican international was one of the heroes of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but only made a handful of appearances last season as former Real coach Carlo Ancelotti preferred Casillas for every big game.”I have spoken with the club. Only God knows if I’ll continue,” said Navas on Thursday, ahead of Costa Rica’s friendly game against Spain in Leon. “I hope I can stay with the squad and keep fighting for my dream, which is to be the first choice keeper,” he added.De Gea’s likely arrival would make that unlikely and Navas made it clear he would not be happy with another year spent warming the subs’ bench.”I’m not happy with what I have done so far at Real Madrid. Things didn’t turn out as I would have wanted last season,” he said.
Google has just expanded Google trends and now introduced real-time trend information. According to reports, this tool could change the way media channels and researchers deliver stories etc. Google Trends are extremely useful in predicting viral content. This is according to a report in mashable.com.By using the real-time data tool, users get access to as many as 100 billion searches that take place on Google every month. The tool combines information that is extracted from both YouTube and Google News. The tool is available in as many as 28 nations. In order to explain reasoning behind devoting attention to data based storytelling, the Google News Lab has posted a video which features journalists from a host of organisations explaining why data driven journalism is significant in the present context. The report goes on to state that the feature has been tested across various kinds of searches, and seems to quite accurate. For instance, Andre Iguodala, the Golden State Warriors’ Finals MVP had little interest shown in him over the past week, but the interest in him grew exponentially as he won the sports award, after which interest levels returned to normal again. The Google Trends tool has been available for a number of years now. The real time aspect is a new addition though.
Come next week and Saina Nehwal would be chasing the elusive World Championship title at one of her favourite hunting grounds, Jakarta, Indonesia, from August 10-16. The elite event has been a disappointment for Saina so far as she has stumbled at the quarter-finals five times.She, though, has plenty of good memories of Indonesia where she won her first Super Series title in 2009 and held the crowns again in 2010 and 2012. It is the only Super Series title she has won three times. She enjoys playing in the arena, and in front of a vocal and supportive crowd which has seen a young Saina slay top Chinese girls and emerge a star in world badminton.Coach Vimal Kumar rates Saina as a “strong contender” for the title and feels early adjustment to conditions will be the key to success. “I think adjusting to the conditions in Indonesia is going to be the key- the arena, the strong drift and the crowd- and whoever does it quickly will dominate,” Vimal told Mail Today.”Saina is one of the strongest contenders for the title but it is not going to be easy. Every match will be tough but if she plays to her potential, she can do it. Indonesia is one her favourite places and she likes the conditions there. She did well there in 2009 and 2010 but that was sometime back. Physically and technically she looks good. Saina has trained well and put in good effort in training.”Saina will definitely back herself, having enjoyed a good run this year that saw her cross a major hurdle in winning the India Open Super Series title, reach the final of All England Open, and above all making it to the summit of world rankings (No.1). Her reign at the top, however, lasted five weeks before being surpassed by Spanish sensation Carolina Marin, who is also the current world No.1 and All England champion. In fact, Marin and Saina, currently ranked No.1 and No.2 in rankings, have developed a keen rivalry.advertisementWith Chinese top three Li Xuerui (World No 3), Wang Yihan (World No.6) and Wang Shixian (World No. 7) losing their dominating grip this season, Vimal reckons it will be an interesting affair at the worlds. “After the Asian Games, the Chinese have not done that well and Saina, Carolina Marin, Ratchanok Intanon and Tai Tzu Ying have won majority of the Super Series titles. All of them will be up for it, while the Chinese players would also look to comeback.”One of Saina’s achievements this year is her clinical execution of Wang Yihan at the All England quarter-finals, an opponent whose fiercely attacking game has left the Indian bewildered in past. It was only her second win in 11 attempts against the Olympic silver medallist. The match was a crucial one in her career because of her perfect execution of a well thought-out strategy, a new dimension of her game under Vimal who has goaded Saina to be technically astute.”She has got little more variety into her game now, she is moving better and quick at the net. She is taking the shuttle early and she is more deceptive, and if she can do that under pressure, it will pay her more dividends. There will be tough matches for everybody right from the last 16 stage. She needs to be selffocused,” says Vimal.
Jason Mohammed has been recalled four years after he made his debut while Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood is poised for his first one-day appearance in a 15-man West Indies squad to contest the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series in Sri Lanka starting on October.Off-spinner Sunil Narine, who had pulled out of the World Cup squad to continue work on his action, has returned as part of eight changes to the side which reached the quarter-finals of the ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, reports CMC.As expected, no room has been found for the Trinidadian duo of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard through they have been included in the 15-man Twenty20 squad, also announced on Tuesday.Their exclusion from the ODI squad prompted claims of “outside interference” in the selection process from head coach Phil Simmons and led to his suspension on Monday.Mohammed, meanwhile, has been handed a chance to revive his international career at age 29.The right-hander shone in the Super50 Championship earlier this year, averaging 50 runs per innings and stroking an unbeaten century in the final, as Red Force beat Guyana Jaguars.Blackwood, 23, has played 10 Tests where he averages 41 but has been given the opportunity to transfer his attacking batting into the shorter format. Narine’s re-inclusion, one 13 months after he played his last game for the West Indies, is a huge filip for the regional side.The right-armer’s action has come under heavy international scrutiny and after being called during last year’s Champions League Twenty20, he opted not to travel to the World Cup.advertisementMeanwhile, several other familiar faces have returned to the squad. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who recently made his Test comeback, has been included four years since playing his last ODI while batsman Andre Fletcher is back after last suiting up in 2010.Pacer Ravi Rampaul is also back, having not played since October last year. Test captain Jason Holder also leads the one-day side. All-rounder Darren Sammy, left out of the one-day squad, will take charge of the Twenty20 unit which also includes leg-spinner Samuel Badree.The West Indies will be play the first two ODIs in Colombo on October 31 and November 4 before closing out with the final game in Pallekele on November 7The two T20s are scheduled for November 10 Pallekele and November 12 in Colombo.The squads:ODI – Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome TaylorT20I – Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.
Spanish football club Real Madrid’s star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to trick local people here in the town centre by disguising himself as a tramp.In a Youtube video released on Tuesday Ronaldo can be seen in fake beard, hair and fat suit as he took to the streets with a football and a dog, reports the telegraph.co.uk. A leaked version of the same video was doing rounds on Internet earlier this year. In the busy Plaza de Callao in downtown Madrid, the current World Player of the Year started kick-ups with his dog, who was tied to a chair.No one recognised the Portuguese or stopped to have a second glance at the star courtesy of his disguise.After sometime, a little kid eventually decided to play with him and they took part in a bit of one-on-one fun play before Ronaldo gave him a hug and signed the ball still dressed as a tramp.The 30-year-old then slowly revealed his identity by removing the fake beard and the hair as the boy stood in awe of what just unfolded in front of him.The Real Madrid star is set to miss a the preseason friendlies owing to back injury he sustained during training on Monday. Ronaldo though is not considered doubtful for Madrid’s season opener against newly promoted Sporting Gijon on August 23.
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