Marotta: ‘Inter step in the journey’

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: Inter director Beppe Marotta maintains reaching the Champions League last 16 would be “a diploma,” but still only a step in the process. Their trip to Borussia Dortmund kicks off at 20.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. “Aside from the strength of our opponents, they also have this incredible support that will cheer them on to the last minute,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia. “I have confidence, as the team is growing day by day, there is a clear upward trajectory and progress is made in every area. “The team has shown maturity and organisation in every game, but also impressive football. They have been able to both take control and to fight back to earn a result, as they did last week in Bologna. “Getting through the group stage of the Champions League would be like a diploma, confirming the work of these months has paid off. “It remains the start of the journey and we are developing as time goes on, but it is still a slow progress, we need to eliminate certain errors and of course have a coach who is very demanding. “Alexis Sanchez will be back in January and we’ll see him as a great new signing who can help us take a few steps up the ladder.” Marotta also spoke to Sport Mediaset about the interest from Barcelona and Manchester United around Lautaro Martinez. “We are Inter, a big club who do not necessarily need to sell our champions, unless they ask to leave. In Lautaro’s case, the clause is irrelevant, what matters is his desire to grow and improve along with his teammates.”last_img read more

Now lifting coach in harassment row

first_imgClose on the heels of sexual harassment charges against hockey coach MK Kaushik come similar allegations against a national weightlifting coach.Sydney Olympics bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari has levelled charges of sexual harassment against a Sports Authority of India coach who has been with the Indian team for 15 years and has also been recommended for the Dronacharya award.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Malleswari said that the coach had been sexually harassing junior weightlfitfters for more than a decade now. “This national coach has had a long history of sexual harassment. He has been holding camps for juniors and somehow he impresses upon them that he can help them get into the Indian team.”There are some who fall for it and he has ended up in bed with a lot of juniors,” she alleged. Malleswari went on to say that the coach was transferred for a brief time due to the allegations against him. “After a slew of complaints against him by the girls training there, he was transferred out of SAI Centre, Bangalore.But that was for a brief period, following which he resumed his duties,” she said.Malleswari revealed that the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has recommended the coach for the Dronacharya Award as well. “I was really shocked when I came to know that the IWF has recommended his name for the Dronacharya award. It beats me how a coach who should have been sacked long time back, has instead ended up being recommended for the country’s highest coaching honour,” she said.advertisementShe added that the girls did not feel safe with him. “I can categorically state that the girls are not safe with him. As vice-president of the IWF, I am really concerned about the safety of the junior weightlifters.”I have done my best in various IWF meetings to get rid of him. But that has not happened as the both the president and secretary don’t have much time for the sport,” she alleged.She also said that at least on three occasions, she had impressed upon BP Baishya, president of the IWF, the need to remove the tainted coach.”Despite initially agreeing to my proposal, the IWF shot down the move to sack the coach each time.” she said.Malleswari added that during the executive meeting in Udaipur in February, Baishya had assured her in the presence of the entire committee that the coach would be sacked within a couple of weeks. “It is now July end and he still continues to coach the team,” she said.Malleswari also stressed upon the fact that she had nothing personal against him.”I want to state here that I have nothing personal against him. I hold no grudge against him. As a weightlifter, if I can the help junior compatriots, I will do it. Nobody can stop me from doing this,” she said.Malleswari also asked a very pertinent question. “Are there no other coaches in this country that we have to depend on a person who has such a bad reputation? I am sure the time has come to look beyond this coach,” she said.She concluded on the note that the weightlifting fraternity was like a family.”If we can find a solution to this issue within the family it would be better. Unfortunately, if that does not happen, then I will have to take some other course of action,” she said.last_img read more

Sri Lanka was better side in Test series: Sangakkara

first_imgThey let India level the three-match series by not grabbing chances but Sri Lanka was a better side throughout, host skipper Kumar Sangakkara said on Saturday.India on Saturday won the third Test by five wickets to deny Sri Lanka a series-win but Sangakkara drew satisfaction from their dominating performance.”It is one all. It is neither here nor there. But I thought right through the Test series we took more wickets. We scored more runs and we definitely created a lot more opportunities.”Of course we did not convert those opportunities in these two tests. It was the only window India had to come back to the series,” Sangakkara said.The Lankan skipper said the third Test could have taken a different turn had they grabbed chances against Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina on Saturday.”I think we had a couple of chances this morning with Sachin and then with Raina. I think that would have made it lot more interesting. But the way they batted was excellent.They batted very positively, they kept scoring runs. And apart from Suraj Randiv and Malinga we could not exert pressure from the other end either to take wickets or to cut down runs.”Sangakkara said a score of near-300 would have made the contest more tight.”I think we would have liked to have close to 300 runs but the situation that we had 250 to defend was a great effort from Mendis and Thilan Samaraweera. Few chances here and there and all of them have proved crucial in the final analysis,” he said.advertisementSangakkara also praised the preparation of the wicket, which had something to offer to all the players.”Usually it helps the fast bowlers a bit more than that, But the statistics show that the team batting last have won every test match here in the past two years.”But probably the wicket was dry than it has been before.And probably it offered enough for every one in the first two days and more more to the spinners over the last three days.But over all a great wicket,” he said.last_img read more

Chidambaram to review CWG security preparation

first_imgUnion Home Minister P. Chidambaram will on Wednesday review the security preparations for Commonwealth Games (CWG), 2010. With just a month to go for the Games, ensuring foolproof security for the event has become the government’s top priority now. Chidambaram will hold a high-level meeting to take stock of the security measures being put in place for the Games. Foolproof security for CWG is government’s top priority right now.The meeting will be attended by top officials of different security agencies. Delhi Police commissioner Y.S. Dadwal is expected to brief the minister on the deployment of security personnel, traffic management and contingency plan for emergency. A four-tier security apparatus will be put in place during the Games. Besides, after the takeover of all the venues and the Games Village, security agencies will start their work for putting in place metal barriers, CCTV cameras, metal detectors and conduct anti-sabotage drills.last_img read more

Changing for the better in a year of despair

first_imgThe year gone by has been an unsettling one. In this year we have plumbed the depths of despair as scandal after scandal brought the government to a standstill. But it was also the year of hope and expectations, when the popular movement around Anna Hazare showed the extent of the people’s anger against venal bureaucrats and politicians. This dialectic of despair and hope has produced a synthesis that suggests the country is on the threshold of change – for the better.It has been just a short four years ago, on November 16, 2007, when this newspaper was born. Yet, in terms of what the country has gone through, it seems like several lifetimes. That was a time, with growth riding high, when almost anything was possible. But in the intervening years we have learnt that growth is not an unmixed blessing, and that institutions deemed infallible, too, can fail. More important, we have learnt that there is no limit to the greed of the greedy, and that power corrupts – and absolute power corrupts absolutely.At the outset, I had promised you a newspaper that was irreverent and bold. And even if I say so myself, that is exactly what we have been and remain.Our attitude has been there for all to see. We were not taken in by the hype of the second United Progressive Alliance government’s first year. Neither have we given a free ride to its detractors in its second year. Our coverage of the Anna Hazare movement has been detailed, informative, but always questioning. In my experience, most messiahs sooner or later are found to have feet of clay.advertisementAS IN past years, Mail Today reporters have been in the forefront of exposing scandals and scams that, like worms, seem to keep coming out of the rotten woodwork in the country. Our Bangalore bureau was notable in the series it did on how former chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa’s family benefited from denotifying land in favour of his favourites. In another expose, it revealed how the chief minister who replaced him, D. V. Sadananda Gowda, was building a house in violation of rules in Bangalore. Finally, because of yet another report, this time on the state’s newly appointed Lokayukta, Justice Shivaraj V. Patil, he was compelled to resign when we revealed that he had acquired multiple properties contravening the rules.Not to be left behind, our Mumbai bureau came up with a series of reports that showed how pressure from influential quarters led to the watering down of the chargesheet against Hasan Ali, who has been accused of a multi-billion dollar tax fiddle. The Supreme Court, as a result, hauled up the Enforcement Directorate for short- changing the investigation. Another report in the series revealed that Hasan Ali had given the names of two former chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and three former chief ministers of Maharashtra as being parties to his moneylaundering operations.Speaking of Andhra Pradesh, it was our reporter who first wrote about the opulent palace that Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy had constructed in Hyderabad and the interest that the CBI was taking in its undervaluation. Reporters in New Delhi revealed the manner in which the government was seeking to muzzle the press in the Kashmir Valley by withdrawing advertising from them. More dramatic, perhaps, was the report of the discovery of unmarked graves in the Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir that came on the heels of earlier reportage on such graves in the Valley.Though scams and crooks were the talk of the year, Mail Today also focused on issues of concern to you, the reader. Perhaps the most telling was the series on the so- called fake pilots scam. It was a Mail Today report on a pilot’s incompetence in landing an aircraft which triggered the investigation that led to the revelation that many of the people at the helm of the flights we take had forged training diplomas.A major report from our science bureau exposed how the poor security practices by banks and credit card companies made Indian consumers vulnerable to fraud. In another story, based on a scientific survey, we held up a mirror to contemporary India which showed that far from being liberal, India was one of the most restrictive societies in the world.FOR Mail Today, this past year has been one of consolidation. We have tried to do better what we did well before. We are, notwithstanding our short years, already seen as an icon of new journalism in the country. This is the paper that seamlessly fuses politics, entertainment, sports, personal finance, health and education in its pages in a manner that many have begun to imitate. But a newspaper’s personality cannot be simply copied, defined as it is by an attitude that has been honed over the past four years. Though the year gone by has been one of drift and missed opportunities, there is every reason to see the one ahead as being one of renewal and growth. The long tussle between the people and the government seems to be yielding positive results, especially in the battle to fight corruption and the government’s sloth. A slew of laws are on the cards, but more important, we have an awakened civil society on the threshold of transforming the politics of this country. This is the transformation for which Mail Today will stand witness to in its iconic way.advertisementAs the years in the story of Mail Today roll, the burden of your expectations on us increases. There’s the accumulation of commitments and the standards to which we must live up to. All I can say is that we will be everything we have been – and more – in the coming year. This is an India, I think, that has been profoundly changed by the churning of the last couple of years and I believe will continue to change rapidly in the year to come. For a newspaper, there is no better news than to report on a fastchanging world.last_img read more

Varun Gandhi’s temple visit irks pilgrims, BJP

first_imgIt was supposed to be BJP leader Varun Gandhi’s “secret visit” to the temple town of Kukke Subramanya in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district.But he ended up upsetting the devotees by asking the authorities to bar the entry of pilgrims to the temple on Tuesday while he was there. He also riled the BJP workers by refusing to meet them.The BJP unit had invited the media to the temple town for the coverage of his visit. But they were taken aback when Varun refused to meet the leaders.”It is unbecoming of Varun Gandhi. He has insulted the footsoldiers of the BJP. He is an MP, and he should have spoken to the local BJP party workers and pilgrims,” Manjunath Ammanna, a BJP worker in the town, said.Varun Gandhi at Karnataka’s Kukke Subramanya temple.The temple authorities refused to comment on his visit, but said they did not prevent other pilgrims from entering the shrine when Varun was around.”It is just that Varun did not want to be disturbed. His visit to the temple was for personal reasons, and we are not in a position to disclose them,” an official said.Varun arrived in Mangalore on Sunday and proceeded to Kukke Subramanya, located in the Western Ghats, by road.”We were supposed to accord him a grand welcome. But he shunned our reception. We will take it up with the BJP state leaders,” Ammanna said.It is common for VIPs, sports personalities and celebrities to visit Kukke Subramanya. Even Sachin Tendulkar visited the temple town in 2006.The town was recently in the news for “made snana” (an uncivilised practice in which people from the scheduled tribes and lower castes roll on plantain leaves and the leftovers of lunch served to the Brahmins).advertisementlast_img read more

Scare for Mumbai: Tendulkar injured in IPL 5 opener

first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Wednesday sustained a finger injury in his left-hand and was retired hurt, when he tried to fend off an ugly snorter from Chennai Super Kings bowler Doug Bollinger in the IPL opener in Chennai.However, it is still not clear whether it is fracture or a simple bruise.It was the fifth ball of the ninth over and Tendulkar who was batting on 15 got a short ball from Bollinger. It climbed onto him as the delivery hit one of the green patches and reared up uncomfortably.Tendulkar could just fend it off as it hit him on the glove. The iconic batsman however faced the next delivery and got a single to go onto 16.However at the end of the over, he sought medical attention. But after being advised to retire, Tendulkar was seen returning to the dug-out looking inconsiderable pain.He had scored 16 off 15 balls with a four and a six off Albie Morkel.MI play their next match against Pune Warriors on Friday.last_img read more

Mamata jumps on KKR bangwagon, plans grand celebration at Eden

first_imgMamata Banerjee on Monday announced plans for an elaborate state function to celebrate the Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL triumph. The West Bengal chief minister also said that the entire team would be felicitated by her government during a special ceremony.”Celebrations will begin tomorrow (Tuesday) morning from 11 am,” Mamata declared. “The players will travel in an open trailer truck from Hazra to Writers’ Building. The team will then proceed to the Eden Gardens for a special programme.”The Trinamool Congress supremo added that the victorious players would be felicitated by the state government as well as her own party during the function at the Eden Gardens. The good news for fans is that it is an open celebration and there are no tickets to attend the ceremony.”There will be no tickets for the function,” Mamata said. “Kolkata police will announce further details, but anybody and everybody can enter the stadium.”There will be a cultural programme at Eden for one hour. Three Bengali bands will play during the ceremony and there will be songs like chak de.”Earlier, Mamata expressed joy over Kolkata’s victory in the final against Chennai. “I’m happy over the victory of KKR. All the teams played well. In a game, there is victory and defeat. I congratulate KKR team specially for winning the title,” she said.last_img read more

Krishna Poonia game for ultimate test in London Olympics

first_imgIndia has never won a track and field medal at the Olympics but after Krishna Poonia stood at the top of the podium during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, hopes were raised that the long drought will come to end at last.Nineteen months after winning the historic gold here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the ace Indian discus thrower has set her sights on achieving glory at the London Games.Krishna has been going through gruelling training sessions abroad and it was in May this year that she recorded her personal best throw of 64.76m, which also happens to be the national record.With the world’s best athletes on show at the Olympics, Krishna has her task cut out but the tall thrower knows she has it in her to finish on the podium.”For the last one year, my only focus has been the Olympics and the preparation has been going on really well,” Krishna told Mail Today from Portland in the United States.”I have had decent success in some of the tournaments that I have competed in recently here and hopefully, I will be able to do something special for my country at the Olympics,” she added.At the Beijing Olympics, Stephanie Brown-Trafton won the discus gold with a 64.74m throw, which was 0.02m short of Krishna’s personal best.Krishna is in the US with her husband-cum-coach Virender Poonia and they are hopeful that she will break the 65m barrier at the London Olympics.However, Krishna is well aware that reputations count for little when the big stage arrives. Recently, the Indian competed at the Diamond League in Eugene which had a starstudded field with American Stephanie also in the fray.advertisementKrishna missed the podium with 62.11m being her best throw while Stephanie came a cropper and was disqualified after three failed attempts.In Eugene, it was for the first time that Krishna competed in rain so she doesn’t mind missing out on a medal.”I hope to cross the 65m mark at the Olympics and that should be good enough to win a medal for me. I am satisfied with how I have been performing of late.”We had planned our training schedule long back and everything is going according to it. At the Diamond League in Eugene, it was very difficult competing in rain with the surface very slippery. Since it was a first experience for me, I am not very disheartened.”I know there are several athletes going through strict regimes in the lead-up to the Games, but my focus is on my preparation. It all depends on that particular day and anything could happen. You may be having a world record against your name but one bad day can ruin all your hard work.”Virender has also made a few technical changes in Krishna’s technique to cover more ground. She has added weight to her throws, besides starting new exercises to develop her shoulder muscles.”I have also made a few small changes in my action like reducing the jump that was there earlier.”Krishna doesn’t get to see her 10-year-old son much but says her husband’s constant presence adds to her confidence and determination.”He is a great source of inspiration. There are times when I get dejected and can’t concentrate. But with my husband around, he doesn’t allow me to get depressed and keeps my morale high all the time,” she said.Krishna doesn’t want to leave anything to chance as far as training for the Olympics is concerned and, will leave for London on July 1 itself to acclimatise to the conditions.last_img read more

Aishwarya Rai or Sonam Kapoor: Who will be the queen of Cannes red carpet this year?

first_imgThe 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to take place from May 14 to 25.Our fashionista Sonam Kapoor, and our yummy mummy Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are scheduled to be attending the festival this year too. The fashion police’s favourite, Sonam Kapoor will attend the carnival on May 18 and 19 as the brand ambassador of L’Oreal, Paris.Sonam has always lived up to her fashionista image in previous award functions and events. We have always seen her looking extravagant, be it the white Jean Paul Gaultier couture she wore in 2011, the Alexander McQueen black lacy gown in 2012 or the statement kundan nath she sported last year. She always pulls it off.The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to take place from May 14 to 25.When questioned about her look this year Sonam told a leading daily, ” I can’t divulge much but Anamika’s creations will definitely be part of one of my red carpet outings”Whatever you decide to wear Sonam, we’re sure you’ll look as stunning as ever!India’s unofficial ambassador to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will attend the event on May 16-17. Through the years we have seen Aishwarya progress in terms of dressing for the event.Her first few appearances at Cannes were mostly in Neeta Lulla outfits, it took her three consecutive years of being a fashion disaster at The Cannes film festival to bring it together in 2005 when she started wearing gowns from luxury brands like Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Elie Saab, Roberto Cavalli etc.advertisementEver since Ash has managed to look drop dead gorgeous at the festival until 2012 when she was criticised for gaining too much weight post pregnancy.However, the last memory we have of Ash at Cannes is of her wearing a teal Gucci Premiere gown with hot pink lips. While we loved her gown and makeup, the sculptural hairdo wasn’t much of match.We look forward to seeing what Ash decides to wear this year!last_img read more

Team India eyeing series lead against West Indies in 4th ODI

first_imgThe five-match ODI series is currently leveled at 1-1 between India and West IndiesBolstered by their dramatic come-from-behind win in the last game, India will look to keep the winning momentum going when they meet West Indies in the fourth cricket one-dayer on Friday on what is expected to be a pacy track.The series is locked at 1-1 and the picturesque HPCA Stadium will provide the perfect setting as the two teams square off to seize the initiative before the final match of the series is played at Eden Gardens on October 20.India’s series-levelling victory at the Kotla was combination of West Indies’ self destruction while cruising towards an easy win and also inability to play on a track where there is some turn on offer.Spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra exploited the helpful conditions perfectly as West Indies lost eight wickets for 45 runs in their pursuit of a competitive total of 263.However, India might find it difficult for their spinners to extract same kind of help from the track here as they have done from 22-yard strip in Delhi.Notwithstanding the erratic display from the Caribbean batsmen, the battle in the backdrop of the Dhauladar mountain range should be exciting, considering the fast and bouncy nature of the pitch.There is always a chance of rain in the hills. Therefore even a light spell of shower will further aid the pacemen besides making the conditions colder.The teams chose to stay put in Delhi post the match on Oct 11 and arrived at a much-higher altitude here only on the eve of the match.advertisementFacing a decent West Indies pace attack on a lively surface will be a test for the Indian batsmen. The home team had a tough time batting first here against England in January 2013, when it lost half its men for 79 runs before going on to lose the match.The best thing to come out of the Kotla game for India is Virat Kohli hitting some sort of form after a prolonged lean patch.A gritty 62 on a typically low and slow Kotla wicket must have done his confidence a world of good. It also proved Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to drop Kohli down the batting order at four behind Ambati Rayudu worked and the skipper is expected to stick to the same sequence.Chief curator Sunil Chauhan has promised the wicket will assist the fast bowlers and that might make either captain consider a four-pronged pace attack. In that scenario, leggie Amit Mishra could make way for Ishant Sharma.With pitch offering some bounce and lateral movement, Ishant’s hit-the-deck type of bowling might just be ideal for this kind of track.The World Cup not being far away and Ishant would like to throw his hat in the ring for being one of Dhoni’s trusted lieutenant in the pace bowling department when the marquee event starts in February next year.While the Indian pacers haven’t exactly set the stage on fire during the two ODIs, one man, who has surely impressed is Mohammed Shami.Shami, with eight wickets from two games, is now the highest wicket-taker in the series and by far looked the best pacer on view during the death overs with his consistent deliveries in the blockhole.Though young left-arm spinner Akshar Patel has been included in the squad for the last two ODIs, he is unlikely to make it to the playing XI as two left-arm spinners would make the attack one-dimensional.It also seems rookie chinaman Kuldeep Yadav will have to wait longer for his international debut.Anyway, it will be a challenge for the Indian bowlers to contain the in-form Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels, who have been the stand-out performers with the willow, for the visitors.While Samuels hit an unbeaten 126 in the first game at Kochi that the West Indies won convincingly, Smith was guilty of throwing his wicket away at the cusp of century (97) in the second game in the Capital.Overall, it will be interesting to see how the unpredictable visitors bat on a tricky surface.On the bowling front, West indies skipper Dwayne Bravo would surely expect his fast bowlers to come to the party. He has the option of bringing in speedster Kemar Roach to support Ravi Rampaul and Jerome Taylor.Allrounder Andre Russell will be expected to keep things tight in the middle overs.Teams(from):India: MS Dhoni(c/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Murali Vijay, Kuldeep Yadav, Akshar PateladvertisementWest Indies: Dwayne Bravo(c), Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin(wk), Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Jason Holder, Leon Johnsonlast_img read more

GOSF’14: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro launched in India at Rs. 49,490

first_imgChinese tech major, Lenovo has finally launched its Yoga Tablet 2 Pro in India. The device which was first unveiled back in October is now up for grabs exclusively via online retailer Flipkart at a price tag of Rs. 49,490.     The main highlights of the Lenovo’s new tablet offering are its built-in pico projector and a powerful sound system under the hood. Notably, the pico projector onboard the device can project an image of up to 50-inches in size. Meanwhile, the 8-watt sound system on the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes with a JBL-powered subwoofer.The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro features a 13-inch QHD IPS display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor alongside 2GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD. It sports an 8MP rear camera and a 1.6MP front-facing camera. Connectivity options on the device include: 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi. It decks in a 9600mAh battery.Meanwhile, Lenovo’s other offerings in the Yoga range are also available in India, namely: Yoga Tablet 2 (8-inch, Android variant) at Rs. 20,990, Yoga Tablet 2 (10-inch, Android variant) at Rs. 28,990, and Yoga Tablet 2 (10-inch, Windows varaint) at Rs. 34,990.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic to win Brisbane International

first_imgMaria Sharapova defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 to win her 34th WTA career titleMaria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic in the final of the Brisbane International on Saturday in a display that bodes well for her chances at the Australian Open.It has been seven years since Sharapova won her only Australian Open title but if she can take her form from Brisbane to Melbourne, a second title does not seem out of the question.Sharapova had to work hard to beat Ivanovic, coming from behind to beat her 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 but the Serbian is a good measuring stick.Sharapova not only beat Ivanovic in the 2008 Australian Open final but both women are in devastating form heading towards the first grand slam of the season, starting on Jan. 19.The Russian dropped just nine games in getting to the final while Ivanovic showed nerves of steel to see off her opponents to join Sharapova, ranked number two in the world.It was a match that could have gone either way but Sharapova proved too strong in the deciding third set at the Pat Rafter Arena.Winning the Brisbane International provided Sharapova with her 34th WTA career title and her fifth in the last nine months, a red-hot span in which she also captured a second French Open and a first China Open.The 27-year-old has won at least one title every year since 2003, an unbroken streak of 15 years.For Ivanovic, who has begun a resurgence up the world rankings in the past year, the pain of losing was compounded by an abdominal strain which forced her to seek medical attention but is unlikely to disrupt her Australian Open campaign.advertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy J1 entry-level smartphone pricing tipped

first_imgWhile the whole world awaits the launch of Samsung’s next flagship, Galaxy S6, which quite obviously be a costly affair, the company has at least one more budget offering in its kitty after launching the Z1 Tizen smartphone. We are talking about the hugely anticipated Galaxy J1 (SM-J100) smartphone, the first handset in Samsung’s new Galaxy J series.Although we are yet to get a confirmed list of specifications from Samsung itself, a new report has now tipped the pricing of the alleged device. The report (via Phone Arena) quotes a recent spotting of the rumoured device on a Russian online store. The said device is reported to carry a price tag RUB 10,990 which roughly stands at Rs. 10,000, which is not bad at all.    Moreover, the report suggests that the alleged Samsung Galaxy J1 smartphone is likely to start shipping in Russia starting from January 23, 2015. Note that we still have no word from Samsung with regards to the device, and a global launch is still not confirmed.  The alleged Samsung Galaxy J1 is reported to feature a 4.8-inch WVGA display with a 480×800 pixels resolution. It is rumoured to be powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipset) alongside 768MB or 1GB of RAM. It is expected to sport 5MP front and rear snappers. The said device is expected to rope in 4GB of internal storage.last_img read more

Team profile: SL bank on parting Sangakkara, Jayawardene at World Cup

first_imgSri Lankan batting stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are eyeing the perfect finish to their illustrious 50-over careers by winning the World Cup next month after two near misses.While right-handed Jayawardene will quit all forms of the game after the February 14-March 29 event, the left-handed Sangakkara may yet continue to play Test cricket.Their retirement, though, could be seen as a good omen.When the duo, the leading active run-scorers in 50-over cricket, announced their intention to quit the shortest format of the game prior to the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup, Sri Lanka went on to win the tournament in Bangladesh.The island nation, who won the 1996 50-over World Cup and finished runners-up at the last two editions, will hope lightning strikes twice.”We may not have won those two tournaments, but reaching two successive finals showed we played consistently well,” Jayawardene, who has amassed over 12,500 runs in ODIs, said.”Hopefully we can cross the line this time.”Sangakkara is the highest run-getter for Sri Lanka in the format with 13,693 runs and will hope to continue his prolific form at the showpiece event. While the duo, along with captain and allrounder Angelo Mathews, will lead a strong batting attack, Sri Lanka’s bowling has looked weak in recent matches.The fitness of pace spearhead Lasith Malinga has been a huge headache and the availability of the mercurial fast bowler is crucial to Sri Lanka’s prospects in Australia and New Zealand, where they have been drawn in Pool A alongside the two co-hosts, England, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Scotland.advertisementSri Lanka lost a seven-match series 4-2 in New Zealand last month after their bowlers allowed the hosts to recover from precarious positions on more than one occasion.Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya expressed his displeasure with the performance of the bowling attack while praying for the return to full fitness of the 31-year-old Malinga.”The bowling department is an area of concern. They need to plan for things they should do when it comes to a crunch situation,” the former opening batsman said.”We lack experience in our bowling at the moment in the absence of Lasith Malinga which is huge. (Nuwan) Kulasekera and (Suranga) Lakmal have come back from injuries and are bowling alright.”Lasith has shown no signs of discomfort and he will be increasing his workload gradually. I think he will be alright for the World Cup.”last_img read more

Madhu Limaye likely to contest for chairmanship of Janata Party

first_imgLaldenga Ralte (left) and Z.A. Phizo (right)Passage to nowhereThe Janata Government has offered rebel Mizo leader Laldenga Ralte (currently under close house arrest in New Delhi’s Gulmohur Park) free passage for himself and his immediate family to a commonwealth country of his choosing. The ageing Naga rebel, Z.A. Phizo, was,Laldenga Ralte (left) and Z.A. Phizo (right)Passage to nowhereThe Janata Government has offered rebel Mizo leader Laldenga Ralte (currently under close house arrest in New Delhi’s Gulmohur Park) free passage for himself and his immediate family to a commonwealth country of his choosing. The ageing Naga rebel, Z.A. Phizo, was offered the same terms, and he agreed to what he now refers to as “self-exile” in London. Laldenga, however, is made of sterner stuff and sources close to him say that he has rejected the offer. Meanwhile, he continues to languish in an opulent house rented by RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), India’s intelligence agency, with no less than 18 security men and a ferocious Alsatian guard dog to keep him company.Goofing tantric styleThe exit of Charan Singh and Raj Narain from the Union cabinet as home and health ministers respectively, has changed the life of noted tantric astrologer Purushottam Kapoor. He had predicted that Charan Singh would become the prime minister. Quite understandably, Charan Singh and Raj Narain are now very annoyed. Ironically, Kapoor had been actively associated with Mrs Indira Gandhi and Yashpal Kapoor during the Emergency. He had predicted victory for Mrs Gandhi and her party in the 1977 Lok Sabha elections. Said one apologist for the astrologer: “At least he’s consistent in his mistakes.”Limaye for party postMadhu Limaye is likely to contest for the chairmanship of the Janata Party. The elections are expected to take place in October-November. Limaye, who played a vital role in averting a split in the Janata Party, hopes to get the backing of former BLD, Socialists and Jan Sanghis.advertisementSouth African invitationA cricket team from South India is proposing to visit South Africa to play with mixed teams next March. An official invitation from the South African Cricket Council, the newly formed body in that country, has come to the Indian Club. Attractive terms have been offered.The visit will come off if the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Indian Government give their blessings. It will be the first time since Independence, that cricketers from India will play on South African soil if the team goes.Glamour boy of Indian cricket, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi is tipped to switch from wielding the willow towards the ‘covers’ to wielding a pen for editing a sports magazine from Calcutta. Will the Tiger be as successful in his prowl into journalism as he was on the field?last_img read more

IPL 8: Brendon McCullum guides Chennai to comfortable win over Hyderabad

first_imgNew Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum continued his rich World Cup form, smashing his second Indian Premier League (IPL) century (56-ball 100 not out), to ensure Chennai Super Kings (CSK)’s second successive league match victory – beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 45 runs – in the tournament at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday.The destructive batsman’s latest belligerent knock powered the two-time IPL champions to a comfortable win. McCullum earlier scored IPL’s first century (158 not out) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the first edition of the T20 tournament.After their batsmen set the Sunrisers a huge target of 210 runs, CSK bowlers complemented their batters to contain SRH’s reply, restricting them to 164 for 6. SRH got off to a brisk start but after India opener Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal (28) they didn’t seem like coming close to chasing down the stiff target despite the valiant effort of Australian opener David Warner (53).Earlier, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat and his decision was fully backed by McCullum who batted throughout the innings, bludgeoning seven fours and nine massive over boundaries.The right-hand dasher guided New Zealand to the World Cup finals only losing to champions Australia and he was at it again blasting the hapless SRH bowlers to all corners of the ground.He put on a 75-run opening wicket stand with West Indian Dwayne Smith (27) and followed it up with a 60-run second-wicket partnership with newly married Suresh Raina (14). That set up a strong platform for CSK to post a strong total and the McCullum-Dhoni third-wicket stand capitalised on it superbly, putting on a 63-run partnership.advertisementDhoni took over the mantle of big-hitting from McCullum from there and contributed 53 runs of the third-wicket stand, hitting four boundaries and as many sixes.Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 209/4 (B McCullum 100 not out, MS Dhoni 53; T Boult 1/34), Sunrisers Hyderabad 164/6 (D Warner 53, S Dhawan 26; D Barvo 2/25, M Sharma 2/36)last_img read more

Travel inspired style stuff for the fashionably footloose

first_img1. Charlotte Olympia (women’s footwear)Inspired by: U.S.AAccessories designer Charlotte Olympia has introduced Around the World, a capsule collection of city-inspired stilettos. The line of nine shoes was created in celebration of the luxury brand’s global presence, with each pair representing a spot where a Charlotte Olympia store stands. The one here showcases the Statue of Liberty.2. New York Bond No.9 (fragrances) Inspired by: New York.Ask a native New Yorker what they think the city’s signature scent is, and the answer is likely going to be unsavoury. Bond No. 9 is an entire fragrance collection that pays homage to the city that never sleeps. The collection includes scents for men and women inspired by favourite neighbourhoods and landmarks (Central Park West, Bryant Park, and Little Italy, to name a few), as well as scented candles, body washes, and lotions.3. Fall in love with Acapulco (swim wear)Inspired by: Acapulco, MexicoSpeedo is ahead of the current trends as usual. All of these fun prints from Speedo’s chlorine resistant swimwear are inspired by different cities across the globe. Make sure to make your way from the bustling city life to the secluded beaches to find the perfect swimming spots in paradise. The Acapulco Trickback Girls One Piece captures the beautiful sunset on a beach, and we can almost imagine entering into the photographic quality print. It is perfect for the type of girl who is always looking for the perfect place to spend an afternoon swimming.4. World traveller necklace (jewellery)Inspired by: The GlobePerfect for any world traveller, this locket necklace can hold up to two photos and is a pocket friendly option designed to keep your loved ones close to your heart while travelling. Inspired by the concept of  the movie Eat, Pray, Love, this necklace is for the globe trotters who have a deep passion for travelling and consider it an art more than just recreation.advertisement5. Chantecaille Eye Shadow palette (beauty/makeup) Inspired by: The Tropical GlacierChantecaille’s beautiful eye shadow trio for summer not only looks gorgeous but also contributes five per cent of proceeds to the Extreme Ice Survey, a project that seeks to educate the dangerous effects of global warming. These shadows are so delicate, the powder so fine, that it’s easy to blend together and layer to create a soft, smoky eye. And the middle shadow can be applied just below the brow. Love the sleek silver packaging, and the wonderfully understated shadows, with their taupe, champagne, and lilac-grey toneslast_img read more