Cairo: ‘Mazzarri not up for debate’

first_imgTorino President Urbano Cairo denied reports Walter Mazzarri could be fired after a 4-0 loss to Lazio. “The coach is the only one not up for debate.” The Granata are sliding down the standings and have been struggling badly ever since their Europa League play-off exit to Wolves. This evening they were flattened 4-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, with Nicolas Nkoulou also sent off in the second half. “Mazzarri is the only one not up for debate,” Cairo told Sky Sport Italia. “The team will go into a training retreat, a necessary step for them to reflect, unite, take a good look at themselves and consider what we need to do next. “What is necessary now is a fair and open confrontation, no holding back, absolute honesty.” Cairo had a long conversation with Mazzarri in the dressing room after the game. “We analysed the match and the situation in general. We didn’t even start the match that badly, but after a while I saw a Toro side that was too ugly to be true. That is not the team I know, the one that beat Atalanta and Milan this season. “We need to get ourselves back on track straight away, because I never want to see another performance like that again. I didn’t sell anyone over the summer, instead I strengthened the squad that had finished seventh last term with a second half of the season worthy of a Champions League spot.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Sarri: ‘Juve couldn’t be beautiful’

first_imgMaurizio Sarri maintains Juventus always planned to take the sting out of Torino before winning late on. “This was not a game where we could try to be beautiful.” The Bianconeri were again far from convincing, but scraped a 1-0 win thanks to Matthijs de Ligt volleying in a Gonzalo Higuain knockdown on a corner. It allowed Juve to stay top of the table, despite Inter beating Bologna 2-1 in stoppages earlier this evening. “This was a very difficult game and it was clear Torino would be extremely determined from the start, so the first phase of the plan was just to contain them and take control of the match later on, then close it towards the end,” the coach told DAZN. “It was a tough game, full of intensity, physicality and tough tackling. It’s not really suited to our characteristics, but we managed to get it done. “This was not the game where we could try to be beautiful. The opposition’s characteristics, current form and the state of the pitch all meant we were forced to play with elements that aren’t our usual approach, so it’s reassuring that we were able to win anyway. Sarri was asked about some of the squad rotation this evening, just days before the Champions League trip to Lokomotiv Moscow. “Bernardeschi has more dynamism and forward runs, whereas Ramsey is better at passing. Ramsey was out injured for a month, but I don’t feel he still has 90 minutes in his legs. It is good to have players who can come off the bench and change gears. “Alex Sandro seemed a little tired and it was only right to give him some rest. Mattia De Sciglio had been out for a while, so he was a little rusty, but once he too got into the rhythm, he did better.” Former Ajax defender De Ligt was at the centre of attention, as he risked giving away another penalty for handball, then scored the winner. “De Ligt struggled in the first 20 minutes, but then got into the game and had a very good second half. He is 19 years old, comes from a much more open and less tactical league than ours, the kind where errors happen and nobody notices. “It’s only natural he’ll need a period of apprenticeship and he is improving.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Asia Cup: Malinga’s fiver puts Afridi’s ton in the shade

first_imgShahid Afridi’s blistering 68-ball ton wasn’t enough for Pakistan as Lasith Malinga’s first ODI fiver helped holders Sri Lanka win the Asia Cup opener by 16 runs.ASIA CUP: FULL COVERAGE Shoaib Akhtar’s 3-41 upon international comeback helped Pakistan reduce Sri Lanka to 242-9, with Angelo Matthews’ unbeaten 55 bringing some late relief to the home side after a middle order collapse.Malinga and Matthews combined to reduce Pakistan to 32-4 before Afridi led the counter-attack. Dancing down the track to Lankan spinners, the Pakistan captain slammed a 33-ball fifty. [See Scores]He went on to complete a 68-ball hundred battling cramps as Pakistan slipped to 154-6.He was the seventh out at 205, caught brilliantly by skipper Kumar Sangakkara off Muttiah Muralitharan.Abdul Razzaq had been paying Afridi steady company but he was stranded on 26 as Malinga cleaned up the Pakistan tail.In the next game, four-time winners India would play Bangladesh on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Sachin may wave the chequered flag at Indian GP

first_imgThe organisers of inaugural Indian Grand Prix are busy finalising the name for the person who would wave the chequered flag at the mega event with the Formula 1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone, who arrived here on Thursday.Sources told Headlines Today that there was a distinct possibility of the star Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who also happens to be a big F1 fan, being at the finish line on Sunday.Soon after Ecclestone arrived, Jaypee Sports director Sandeep Gaur, along with some other key Indian organisers, met him to discuss the possibility of Tendulkar waving the flag.Earlier, Ecclestone, the man behind the success of modern day F1, landed to traditional welcome at the premium Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort in Greater Noida. He would be staying at the resort over the weekend.All the race drivers and team principals are also staying at the same resort, which has been given a high security cover along with the race venue.last_img read more

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Abhinav Bindra releases autobiography, calls for facilities at basic level

first_imgOlympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra came down heavily on the government for not creating the kind of infrastructure that would nurture sporting talent in the country from a very young age.Bindra was speaking on Thursday evening at the release of his autobiography, A Shot At History, published by Harper Collins India, a joint venture with the India Today Group.No one knows what absence of infrastructure is all about better than the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal – he trained himself to be the ace shooter that he is in a shooting range at home financed entirely by his father.Even Sports Minister Ajay Maken, who released the book in the presence of the India Today Group’s chairman and editor-in-chief Aroon Purie and co-author Rohit Brijnath, said Bindra had achieved his Olympic laurels without any support from the government.The 29-year-old Olympian, who said in his usual wry style that he had taken up shooting because “it does not involve much movement,” came down heavily on the way the government mishandles sports.But he was also against the Chinese model of developing young talent in sports.”We are a democratic country,” Bindra said. “We cannot allow officials to haul off our kids to some coaching centre 200km away from their home at the age of five. We have to make our own path.”In India, however, “all our efforts are directed towards the elite athletes,” Bindra said. “That led to struggling young talent being ignored by the state-patronised sports machinery. The biggest missing link in sports in our country is the lack of a strong support at the base when the kids are starting out,” Bindra said.advertisementThe 252-page book shares some of the little-known yet amusing eccentricities of the Chandigarhborn shooter who was shattered by his failure at the 2004 Athens Olympics.The defeat changed his life and the way he approached his sport. “I wanted to prove myself that I could,” he said about his preparations for the Beijing Olympics. Speaking at a discussion moderated by senior sports journalist Sharda Ugra after the book release, Brijnath said what Bindra was all about: “What separates Abhinav from others is his sustained intensity to excel by going beyond the normal. He is a little crazy!” Bindra’s quirky side, in fact, drove him constantly to experiment with his sport, his lifestyle and even his dietary habits like a determined scientist bent upon making a Nobel Prize-winning discovery.From mapping his own brain to drinking yak milk (which he revealed was of not much help), to climbing rock walls, Bindra tried almost everything to win a gold at the Beijing Olympics. At times he would wake up at 3am to practice at his range at home if an idea suddenly struck him.”Once I even soled my shoes with rubber from Ferrari tyres hoping that it would help,” Bindra remembered. Being a winner extracts a lot out of a sportsman – Bindra’s life is a striking example of this fact.last_img read more

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India’s Gen Next cricketers ready to bear national responsibility

first_imgForgetting the debacle in England, Team India looks truly back in business gearing up in style for the big challenge down under. To see India win again — first against England in ODI series and then against West Indies in the ongoing Test series — is great, but to see the new generation succeed truly augurs well for the future of Indian cricket. Even while the current big guns have been doing their job well, it is the emergence of Youngistan that should leave cricket fans inspired and optimistic. High on attitude, skill and intent and packed with hunger and character, Team India’s generation next is truly riding high. It looks ready to take on the mantle at the biggest stage and determined to make it count for the nation. Led by the dynamic duo of Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli, Team India’s Youngistan has shown that it has in it what it takes to keep the Indian flag flying high. On the future of Indian cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee chairman, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, said, “The future is bright…lots of youngsters coming up… You have Rehane, Rohit Sharma, Raina and Kohli…” Former chief selector Kiran More said, “I think we have a lot of players like Raina, Kohli, Rohit, fast bowlers like Yadav, Varun, Ashiwn… And there is still a lot of talent in domestic cricket. Hope they get opportunity. I think there are a lot of players who can be star players in coming years. Ajinkya Rahane did so well. They can prove themselves if opportunity given.” It is far from easy for Youngistan to step on to the illustrious shoes of the current heroes. Led by one of the best opening pairs in modern day cricket to one of the best middle orders in cricket history to a crack captain and a world class pace bowler, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s devils have rightfully set the international stage alight sealing World Cup and Test glory. But while the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman are at the sunsets of their careers, the others are unlikely to hold fort post the next World Cup, and it is imperative, the next line of cricketers are identified, groomed and nurtured for the tough road ahead. “In year-and-half time the seniors will decide what to do. You have lots of young guys. You have so many youngsters coming up. You have so many names coming in fighting for the places,” Srikkanth said. Slowly youngsters will occupy the place and take India to different level. By 2015, India will have a World Cup team with a new look. Former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad said, “Some of them are very talented and potentially high. Playing for country is not difficult, it’s easy. But staying there in the team and continuing for a longer time is what matters.” However, the selectors and the establishment have every reason to be optimistic. A majority of the young guns, who have been fast-tracked to the top level, have seized their opportunity, stamping their class as witnessed in the recent 5-0 series triumph over England. Be it Virat Kohli’s unprecedented success or Ajinkya Rahane’s inspiring start, be it Ashwin’s guile and temperament or Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav’s pace and penetration, the corridors of Indian cricket is indeed packed with youngsters waiting to be counted amongst the men. Young cricketer Unmukt Chand says, “I think Indian cricket is doing great with youngsters and there are many young cricketers who can make it to the Indian side and do well at the international level.” With the Under-19 factory also showcasing talented youngsters like Chand and Baba Aparajith, the signs are indeed encouraging for Team India’s Next 11.advertisementlast_img read more

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A.B. Vajpayee becomes a fashionista in New York

first_imgA.B. Vajpayee as fashionista?New York: Everybody knows the prime minister is fond of food, but A.B. Vajpayee as fashionista? His sartorial tastes are not so well known but they tend to get noticed only when he is abroad. While at official functions, he still favours the national dress of a,A.B. Vajpayee as fashionista?New York: Everybody knows the prime minister is fond of food, but A.B. Vajpayee as fashionista? His sartorial tastes are not so well known but they tend to get noticed only when he is abroad.While at official functions, he still favours the national dress of a bandgalla, but on less formal occasions he becomes quite the fashion plate. In India, he may wear the traditional politician’s garb but abroad, his secret wardrobe literally comes out of the closet. On one occasion in New York, while meeting his counterparts from Brazil and South Africa in his hotel, he sported a natty ensemble that would have looked perfectly in place in the pages of GQ.His get-up consisted of an ultra smart blazer tailored by Dunhill, the upscale British designer store, perfectly creased grey slacks and an equally sharp light grey silk polo neck shirt.It seems that making a statement at the UN now has a new meaning.last_img read more

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India A lose to West Indies A by two wickets in a thriller

first_imgIndia A’s poor run of form in the Caribbean continued as they lost the first of the three-match unofficial ODI series against the West Indies A by two wickets in a last over thriller in St George’s, Grenada.Opting to bat at the National Stadium, India A were all out for a meagre 190 in their allotted 50 overs with the West Indies skipper Veerasammy Permaul picking up four wickets.According to a press release, Ajinkya Rahane top-scored for India with a fine 58.The home side also kept losing wickets at regular intervals in their run chase and at one stage they were 158 for eight and it looked like India would pull off a sensational victory.But tailenders Permaul and Nikita Miller put together an unbeaten 35-run stand for the ninth wicket to seal the match in the West Indies’ favour with three balls to spare.Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan (30) and Rahane gave India a decent start, while Manoj Tiwary (26) and Jalaj Saxena (22) also chipped in with some valuable runs but the Windies bowlers always kept the visitors in check by taking wickets at regular intervals.Permaul, who returned to lead West Indies A after missing the two-match Twenty20 series, was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4 for 33. Jason Holder (2 for 30) and Jonathan Carter (2 for 41) also contributed to the team’s success.In reply, West Indies lost Adrian Barath (5) early but Kieran Powell (25) and Kirk Edwards (33) steadied the boat.Thereafter, Carter, who hit a solid 39, and Assad Fudadin (26) always kept the hosts in the reach of achieving the target.advertisementEven as Ashok Dinda (3 for 45) continued with his good form and was well supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2 for 14) and part-time spinner Rohit Sharma (2 for 32), man-of-the-match Permaul (22 not out) and Miller (12 not out) held their nerves to register a thrilling victory for West Indies A.Brief scoresIndia ‘A’: 190 all out in 50 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 58, Shikhar Dhawan 30, Manoj Tiwary 26; Veerasammy Permaul 4/28, Jason Holder 2/30, Jonathan Carter 2/41).West Indies ‘A’: 193 for eight in 49.3 overs (Jonathan Carter 39, Kirk Edwards 33; Ashok Dinda 3/35, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/14).last_img read more

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Bra emerges as a silhouette of its own in blossomy brocade or tarnish tassels

first_imgBUSINESS IS BUST: From highlighting the bust-area (Kavita Bhartia)Talk about keeping abreast with the times. Whether it is the two patches of sindoor red across Nina Manuel’s bosom on Tarun Tahiliani’s runway or Rocky S.’s attempt at cleavage containment in halter straps or the brocade – adorned twin triangles on,BUSINESS IS BUST: From highlighting the bust-area (Kavita Bhartia)Talk about keeping abreast with the times. Whether it is the two patches of sindoor red across Nina Manuel’s bosom on Tarun Tahiliani’s runway or Rocky S.’s attempt at cleavage containment in halter straps or the brocade – adorned twin triangles on the racks in designer stores, the cups are running over. And all over the place. Even as the navel continues to claim centrepoint, the real cleavage is replacing the butt-cleavage as fashion’s new focus. And the bra is emerging as a strong contender for the position of the new shirt. “Absolutely,” says Aki Narula, bra pusher who was criticised by the fashion police for sending out 30 pieces of bra variations on his runway two years ago. “Not only did all those pieces sell, but the bra has also become a merchandise product.” You saw it play peek-a-boo in colour from under shirts for awhile; the more adventurous were seen wearing it under sheer tops, creating an illusion silhouette. But the formalities have been done away with. Now, with the status of a stand-alone garment, it is no longer an accessory. BUSINESS IS BUST: Fashion is now doing away with niceties and thrusting the bra forward (Rocky S)Manuel is stepping out in it at parties. VJ Sushma Reddy is wearing it with attached sleeves on TV. Actor Diya Mirza, considered a conservative dresser, wore it on the cover of Cosmopolitan. Model Diandra Soares is a bra lover. Stores are recording a demand for it. “It is easier to sell bras now but we didn’t even stock them three years ago,” says Shagun Khanna, senior merchandiser, Ogaan. Even the more conventional are being seduced. The bra has replaced the camisole as innerwear, can be worn with denim jackets or a crisp white shirt with the neckline finishing at the navel or with a stole or chiffon shrug flung over it. Braburning? What was that? Rocky S, who has made them on demand for actors – Bipasha Basu is a regular client, going for it in turquoise to blood red – says there is still time before it will be worn without embellishment.UNINHIBITED MARCH: Designers like Rina Dhaka (left) and Tarun Tahiliani are pushing the bra as a stand-alone garment”When people buy it for social wear, they don’t want to go completely plain, which is why I touch it up with some sequin or embroidery.” But with the trend catching, he plans to go more basic: “Next season, I will go sporty, concentrating on just the silhouette.” Ever since Madonna created a fashion moment with her power – dressing Gaultier conical bra, the elevation of innerwear as outer wear has never been in doubt.But with the return of the Empress Line – the Audrey Hepburn-esque gathers that accentuate the bust – which marks a drastic power shift from the hips to the breasts as fashion’s favoured curve of the moment, the prospects of the bra have never seemed greater. From Dolce & Gabbana to Betsy Johnson, the bra-top has been beckoning for a few summers. From being a utility item, designers have worked on it in terms of style and surface ornamentation, so the bra as a silhouette has emerged with all the sensibilities of a top. “Surprisingly, India seems to have taken well to it,” says fashion forecaster Rajiv Goel. “Earlier only accepted as a garment on its own in the sports wear segment, it is nowbeing flaunted socially as a fashion item.” Model Aparna Kumar in a bra-top variation at a night-outAvailable in designer stores in Delhi and Mumbai and on the runway this summer are bra-tops with tassels, with buttons, with straps in mother-of-pearl, in Chinese patterns and Japanese blossoms, taking inspiration – fashion at its most sharp is blind to irony – from the boxy kimono. It looks best when accompanied by low-rise faded jeans.When worn more sportily, it needs to be paired with a dressy skirt.There are some staunch opposers though.”The bra should be banned,” says Anshu Arora Sen of The Small Shop which advocates fluid silhouettes and opposes the bra for its constrictiveness. Even designer Rina Dhaka, accused in the years of hip-emphasis of sending her models down the runway without their pants on, has nowswitched sides from the hips to bust. Her show this season saw models with problems of cleavage containment. “It is here to stay,” says Dhaka, who nevertheless is bashful about instructing her tailors to make a B. She says she uses the more polite “bustier”, but, of course, that is not what it is. It has been described at different times in fashion history as a corset, tube top, tank top, small tee and bustier. But this time it is definitely a bra. No doubt about it. Simar Duggal, who created a line of themlastyear in metallic gold, silverand leather, says it willnotbelongbefore “it stops becoming a topic of conversation as it will become so common place”. “The torso we have begun to favour with the Empire Line is one Indians are already quite okay with revealing, so it is not a big deal,” she says. Which perhaps explains why a Kaanta laga song, with the model showing butt – cleavage and Gstring, attracts criticism while Kareena Kapoor’s cholis in Asoka go unmentioned. Agrees Sonam Dubbal, who has been developing the braasagarment:”In India, it takes on a softer, more romantic form, becoming in western wear an extension of what we have been acquainted with forever in India as the choli.” He feels that Indian interpretations – whether the halter bra or the embroidered bra or even tied in front – takes its inspiration from the Indian choli. But, says Duggal, in India, a lot needs to be done with the bra-top design wise – since you cannot wear a bra under a bra, the bra-shirt will have to be a replacement for the support the real item offers. Earlier used by designers for shock value, it is now getting accepted as a shirt and so, says Rocky S., comfort is vital.He uses ready-made cups to give support. Going by the way things are going, expect a brazen season ahead.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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