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Missiroli: ‘Insecure SPAL’

first_imgMidfielder Simone Missiroli admits SPAL have “become insecure” after a poor start to the season and hopes a good result against Genoa could “spur” them on. Missiroli has played all 12 games in a squad suffering from injuries this term and the 33-year-old hopes some good performances could reunite the group. “The results are the foundation and when they don’t arrive, we become insecure,” Missiroli told reporters at a press conference. “We can’t let this happen. Our strength needs to be the group and the ideas of the coach, who we believe in.” This weekend they are facing a Genoa side in a similar situation, one point above SPAL in Serie A and just outside the bottom three. “Against Genoa, this will be fundamental. We have failed in back-to-back matches at home, but you don’t think about being home or away. There’s a long way to go still, this could give us the push we need and spur us on.” Federico Di Francesco has scored twice in five games on loan from Sassuolo this season and Missiroli is happy to have him back from injury. “We have missed him a lot, he gives us another weapon up front. We hope [Marco] D’Alessandro and [Mohamed] Fares will also be back soon. There have been a lot of injuries at the start of this season.” 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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Barella surgery successful

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: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter and Italy midfielder Nicolò Barella underwent keyhole surgery on his knee this morning and is expected to be out until 2020. The former Cagliari man sprained his right knee during the 3-0 win at Torino and a fragment of cartilage had become detached. It was removed from the kneecap using keyhole surgery in Rozzano this morning. A statement from Inter confirmed the operation was a success and he will begin rehabilitation over the next few days. The 22-year-old is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks, so won’t play again until the New Year. Barella has made 17 competitive appearances for the Nerazzurri this season, scoring two goals and providing three assists.last_img read more

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No final action on Modi in July 3 meeting: Srinivasan

first_imgNo final decision will be taken on Lalit Modi’s case in next week’s BCCI Special General Body Meeting, which will only decide whether to refer the suspended IPL Commissioner’s fate to the Disciplinary Committee, Board secretary N Srinivasan said.Srinivasan said the SGM on Saturday would decide whether to approve his observation that Modi’s reply to the three show cause notices served on him mainly on charges of financial irregularities was “unacceptable”.And if his observation is ratified, Srinivasan said, the SGM would reconstitute the Disciplinary Committee from which BCCI President Shashank Manohar has recused himself as requested by Modi.”…there are two items (on agenda for the meeting), and one is to ratify the action of Secretary in referring this to the Disciplinary Committee. In which case we would re-constitute the disciplinary committee from which Mr Manohar recused himself,” Srinivasan said.”The general body is going to decide my action in referring it to the Disciplinary Committee. If they approve then the Disciplinary Committee would be re-constituted because Mr Manohar has recused himself so I don’t understand what is being said,” Srinivasan told ‘NDTV Profit’.Interim IPL chief Chirayu Amin and BCCI Vice President Arun Jaitley are the two other members of the Disciplinary Committee.Explaining the process, the BCCI secretary said, “Our procedure is that if the members in the general meeting approve or ratify the decision I took, then the Disciplinary Committee would be reconstituted and then they would hold a hearing and follow due process and then their report would again come to the general body. This is the process we follow,” he said.advertisementSrinivasan also dismissed allegations of being biased against Modi, who had accused the BCCI secretary — who also owns the Chennai Super Kings team — of having conflict of interest and acting out of malice against the suspended IPL chief. .”I have no prejudices at all and I believe that I acted very fairly,” said Srinivasan.”Even till today I have never discussed anything and even today I refuse to discuss any further the fact of the return of the money. Other then that I’ve not said anything else,” Srinivasan said.Modi has demanded that Srinivasan be kept out of the disciplinary proceedings against him, accusing the BCCI secretary of being biased against him.Srinivasan, who is not part of the Disciplinary Committee, said he was bound by the Board’s constitution to discharge his duties as the BCCI secretary.”Mr Manohar has recused himself and as per our board constitution when a show cause notice is issued, the decision on the reply is made by the secretary and there is nobody else to do it,” he said.”The general body will decide whether my decision is to be approved or not. So therefore how can you talk of being biased or personal feelings here because the members are going to decide?” he asked.Srinivasan claimed Modi had kept the Board in dark about financial transactions including the Rs 425 crore facilitation fee that World Sports Group got in the TV rights deal with MSM.last_img read more

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Zaheer Khan rips apart Australia’s top order

first_imgIndia pace spearhead Zaheer Khan struck thick and fast on the first day of the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground to put the Aussies on the backfoot. ScoreAfter dismissing India for 191, the home side’s innings started disastrously when opener David Warner (8) edged to Sachin Tendulkar in the slips off the bowling of Zaheer Khan on the last ball of the second over.Shaun Marsh went in similar fashion with VVS Laxman claiming him in the second slips and the Aussies were down to 8/2 in no time.Soon Zaheer Khan struck again to reduce the Aussies to 37 for this. This time he trapped the other opener Ed Cowan leg before on 16 as the Aussie scorecard read a dismal 37/3.Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar remains stranded on 99 international centuries after Australian tearaway James Pattinson stopped him in his tracks on day one at the SCG.Peter Siddle (3-55) ended the scratchy innings for the visitors by taking the wicket of Umesh Yadav (0) after Ben Hilfenhaus (3-51) cleaned up the tail with three late wickets.Indian captain MS Dhoni put in his most impressive innings of the series when his team needed it, finishing on 57no after he ran out of batting partners.Aussies paceman James Pattinson stormed to figures of 4-43 before tea. In addition to bowling the Master Blaster for 41, he also had the prized scalps of Virender Sehwag (30) and VVS Laxman (2).last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy final: Rajasthan openers put Tamil Nadu to the sword

first_imgDefending champions Rajasthan made the most of winning a crucial toss as their openers completely dominated the Tamil Nadu bowlers on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy final at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.Rajasthan did not lose any wicket in 90 overs with Vineet Saxena scoring his 10th firstclass century (120 batting, 373 minutes, 269 balls, 16x4s) and Aakash Chopra (86 batting, 272b, 10x4s) all set for his ton. The visitors made a workmanlike 221 on a slow pitch that left a lot of questions to be answered.Rajasthan’s batting had been found wanting in the earlier stages of the tournament when they conceded first-innings lead in the first five matches. Since then, the batsmen have learnt their lessons.Chopra and Saxena employed safety-first strategy as they looked to occupy the crease. They didn’t play any rash shots or got flustered, even after Chopra was hit just below his left eye. A delivery from pacer Jagannathan Kaushik penetrated his helmet visor and found the cheek bone. He continued to bat with a swollen eye and after receiving first aid, looks good to complete his 30th first-class century.At the other end, there was hardly any anxious moment as Saxena, playing his 78th match, scored the second century of the season and took his aggregate to 747 runs from 10 games. He batted for over five-and-a-half hours and faced 237 balls to bring up his ton with a flicked boundary off his pads soon after the second new ball was taken by Tamil Nadu captain Lakshmipathy Balaji.advertisementThe Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has to blame itself for the mess its team is in. The association, which is headed by the president of the cricket board, prepared a sleeping beauty on which any team winning the toss and batting would have blossomed.To add to Tamil Nadu’s woes, Abhinav Mukund injured his back while fielding and had to leave the field. The team management, however, said that he would be fit to bat. Saxena said he was happy to score a century in the final. “This knock is significant as it has come in a Ranji final. I would rate it among my best. I hope to make it a big knock tomorrow.””The bowlers were decent, but the wicket was too slow. The odd ball was stopping, but it wasn’t that difficult to bat. It was just about fighting the heat and being patient.” After the first day’s play, and going by the way the pitch has behaved, the match seems headed to be decided on the basis of the first innings lead.Scoreboard: Rajasthan 1st innings: Aakash Chopra batting 86, Vineet Saxena batting 120; Extras: (b-5, lb-5, w-2, nb-3) 15; Total : (for no loss in 90 overs) 221; Tamil Nadu bowling: L Balaji 13-6-33-0, J Kaushik 18- 6- 20- 0, V Yomahesh 13-2-42-0, R Aushik Srinivas 30-11-55-0, Sunny Gupta 13-1-40-0, A Mukund 2-0- 6-0, K Vasudevadas 1-0-5-0last_img read more

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Legendary children magazine Sandesh goes in for a new look to revive old glory

first_imgIn 1914, the children of Bengal had their first glimpse of a World War air raid. They watched it with fascination, not fear. It was on the cover of Sandesh, the popular children’s magazine.Litterateur and humorist Sukumar Ray (better known as filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s father), who was in England when,In 1914, the children of Bengal had their first glimpse of a World War air raid. They watched it with fascination, not fear. It was on the cover of Sandesh, the popular children’s magazine.Litterateur and humorist Sukumar Ray (better known as filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s father), who was in England when World War I broke out, had made the eye-catching sketch of the Zeppelins and fighters in combat for the magazine he edited in Kolkata. Eighty-nine years later, the remarkable illustration has saved Sandesh. The grainy, over-pigmented sketch was pulled out of the archives last year and put on the cover of a proposal for a Ford Foundation grant. It has helped get the funding to pull the magazine out of the red.The Sukumar sketch not only tells the story of the magazine’s heritage but also epitomises the things it stands for – power of fiction, adventure and popular science that spurred the imagination of young ones for a large part of the last century.COVERED WITH GLORY: The first issue edited by Satyajit RayWith the recently cleared grant of Rs 38 lakh (spread over three years), Sandesh is planning its revival strategy. For long, it has been the definitive children’s magazine in Bengali, associated with the blue blood of children’s fiction: the Rays.Started by Satyajit Ray’s grandfather Upendrakishore Roychoudhury in 1913, Sandesh was run by Sukumar, and then by his brother Subinoy. Satyajit took it over in 1961. Now filmmaker Sandip, Satyajit’s son, is at the helm with his cousins Amitananda Das and Prasad Ray. The illustrious links, however, were of little help as circulation plummeted from 20,000 a few years ago to 3,000 copies. It became difficult to bring out the monthly even three or four times a year. Once a printing wonder with half-tone pictures and pen and ink illustrations and bylines of Rabindranath Tagore and J.C. Bose,advertisementSandesh was losing out to comic books and cartoon shows on TV. With the Ford grant, the new-look Sandesh is readying to hit the stands soon. The catchwords – contemporary, snippety and eye-catching.COVERED WITH GLORY: The 1991 Puja issueThe city’s literary circles have hailed the new avatar but the nostalgic puritans are far from happy. “If it is a heritage magazine, why should one change its looks or make it contemporary?” asks writer Anita Agnihotri, who began her career as a child-contributor to Sandesh.The concern of Agnihotri and Co is that the new, chipper version may lose sight of its USP: the short fiction and serials (like Satyajit’s detective stories and the series on absent-minded Professor Shonku) that moulded the very character of Sandesh. Newer content like cinema, music and sport along with history, archaeology and environment may, they fear, crowd out fiction that helped popularise the magazine. “The editors have to make sure they get good writing. They should commission articles rather than wait for contributions and goodwill gestures,” says sci-fi writer Sirshendu Mukherjee. Moreover, adds another writer, the editorial team should ferret out new talent rather than repeat old favourites.COVERED WITH GLORY: A 2002 Kolkata Book Fair specialWhether Sandesh will be able to do all this remains to be seen. But its publishers are optimistic about a large market for a good children’s magazine in Bengali – the number of potential readers in the state could be upwards of 20 lakh. With another youngsters’ magazine turning into an exclusive read for teenagers, Das, who is Sandesh’s publisher, thinks there will be many takers for the Ray magazine among the 8-16 year olds. “There is no magazine in Bengali for this age group,” says Das. “If a 12-year-old wants some information, he has to turn to an English newspaper.” That is where the competition comes from. As writer-publisher Samik Bandopadhyay points out, there are far too many newspapers and magazines carrying children’s sections and pullouts. The good thing is, he adds, “there is a large readership in the districts. If Sandesh can tap that, it will pull through.”Meanwhile, the Ray family, realising the compulsions of competition, plans to take the backseat and let a professional team of editors and marketing personnel take over.The children of West Bengal may soon witness another combat, not of Zeppelins and airplanes but imagination and marketing strategy as the new Sandesh and its competitors fight it out – for the literary backyard that is Kolkata.last_img read more

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21st Sletba Open starts; victorious paralympic team cited

first_imgView 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIES Mavericks guard Curry out with left leg injury No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors In his remarks, Lualhati thanked the sponsors and the PBC and the associations for supporting this year’s premier event of Sletba. He also presented and cited the exploits of the Philippine bowling paralympic team which bagged seven medals in the recently held bowling paralympic games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Lualhati, in turn, received a plaque of appreciation from paralympic team coach Benshir Layoso for his support for the team.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 openingPlayers from the national team and from various associations are expected to join the annual tournament and vie for cash prizes worth over P400,000 spread over three groups.Qualifying games started right after the opening rites Saturday and will be held daily from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Oct. 14. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Sletba officials led by its president Engr. Mar Lualhati (2nd from left) and secretary Atty. Boy de Leon (right) prepare to roll the ceremonial ball to start the 21st Sletba Open at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta. With them are (from left) Benny Dytoc of PTBA, Benshir Layoso, national team member and coach of the national paralympic team, Gerry Mallilin, president of Philippine Bowling Congress, and Lilian Teano, president of the Tiger City (Mandaluyong) Bowling Association.The 21st Sta. Lucia East Tenpin Bowling Association-Rizal (Sletba) Open Championships rolled off Saturday at the Sta. Lucia Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.Engr. Mar Lualhati, president of Sletba, led the simple opening rites graced by the presence of officials of the Philippine Bowling Congress and other associations based in Metro Manila and in the provinces.ADVERTISEMENT Sletba president Engr. Mar Lualhati (right) with members of the Philippine bowling paralympic team which won 7 medals in the recently held tenpin bowling paralympic games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Blue Eagles sweep Tamaraws for PVL men’s crown

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FILE PHOTO—The Ateneo Blue Spikers celebrate after getting a point in Game 2 of the UAAP Men’s Volleyball Finals. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netAteneo overwhelmed Far Eastern University, 25-21, 25-22, 25-16, to sweep the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Men’s Finals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Blue Eagles dominated the best-of-three series, also taking Game 1 in straight sets, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19, three days ago.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Marck Espejo fired 20 points, including four service aces while Gian Carlo Glorioso added 10.Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas had four players in double-figures to eke out a 21-25, 30-28, 28-26, 25-21, in the battle for third place.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 openingManuel Medina and Joshua Umandal led the charge for the Tiger Spikers with 15 points each.Tyron Carodan added 14 points and Juren Buro chipped in 10.Madzlan Gampong had 20 points, six coming off blocks, for the Bulldogs, who lost a grueling Game 1 on Wednesday, 17-25, 28-26, 20-25, 25-21, 27-25. LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Thunder coach defends Russell Westbrook from ‘easy to defend’ claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View commentslast_img read more

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