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/ Theo Hernandez explains why he took a pay cut, believes he can achieve his dream of “winning the Champions League at Milan” and has more “freedom” under Stefano Pioli. The former Real Madrid full-back joined this summer after face-to-face talks with club legend and current director Paolo Maldini. “I did some silly things in Madrid, but I have matured as a person since then,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It was an honour for me to be chosen by Maldini, a man who wrote history not just with Milan, but of football in general. He was very convincing and I didn’t need long to accept the offer. “I even talked to my agent about taking a pay cut for Milan and we immediately agreed. Milan is a club with great history, one of the sides with the most trophies in the world. It was worth making a sacrifice for that. “I’m still only 22 and have a lot to learn. Milan is a fundamental step in my career and I want to stay here for many years, to write my place in the history books. “My dream is to win the Champions League with Milan, but first we need to qualify. I don’t know how long it’ll take to get back to the top, but I believe we’re on the right track and can finish in the top four this season.” It was a rough start, as coach Marco Giampaolo was sacked just seven games into his tenure, while Pioli made his debut with a 2-2 draw against Lecce. “Giampaolo said I was tactically undisciplined, but I did come to Italy with the idea of improving that aspect of my game. It’s true that I like to attack and push forward, but I do know that I have to do more defensively,” noted Theo. “We have more freedom under Pioli and I really like his new tactical system. The important thing is that I help the team and I know that in the end I am a defender and must work more covering the spaces. Pioli gives us some freedom, but not too much, as in Italy it’s important to have a clearly-defined tactical organisation. “We’re learning a great deal with Pioli, he knows what he’s talking about and we will slowly climb back up the table.” Theo Hernandez never quite delivered on his promise at Real Madrid and freely admits he could’ve done better off the field as well as on. “I did a few silly things, but I am still young. I consider myself a calm and fun person to be around, I like nothing more than staying home with my family and my dogs. “I do need to be careful that I don’t put on weight, because being in Italy I do love pasta, pizza and risotto…”
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/ Fiorentina have lost German Pezzella for three weeks after he underwent successful surgery on a cheekbone fracture yesterday. Pezzella fractured his cheekbone and had to be replaced after only four minutes during Fiorentina’s 1-0 defeat to Verona last weekend. The club has since announced the injury required surgery and and that it went as planned. He is now expected to be out for three weeks, meaning he will miss League matches against Lecce, Torino and Inter, plus the Coppa Italia tie with Cittadella next week. Fiorentina are currently 10th in Serie A and welcome Lecce to the Artemio Franchi this weekend.
Click here to EnlargeOff the RecordPaul Williams, driver of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Morris Minor, much to the consternation of Mrs Gandhi’s security staff, leaned over and made a valiant attempt to plant a chivalrous kiss on her cheek. Fortunately the lady’s physical reflexes proved as good as her political,Click here to EnlargeOff the RecordPaul Williams, driver of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Morris Minor, much to the consternation of Mrs Gandhi’s security staff, leaned over and made a valiant attempt to plant a chivalrous kiss on her cheek. Fortunately the lady’s physical reflexes proved as good as her political ones and she adroitly evaded the contact but not before an enterprising photographer filmed the event.Kiss and SellLip-locks and near misses. Kisses that caught our eye.Almost ThereYou would think the snog says it all. But after this photo of Kareena Kapoor and beau Shahid Kapur, apparently taken on a cell phone at Mumbai’s watering hole Rain surfaced, there has been a lot of peering. Letters have been exchanged between Kapoor’s lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani and the nightclub. So is this morphed? You take a look.Curve BallShe managed to outshine the Taj when papers splashed pictures of her kissing soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Since then Bipasha Basu has been crying herself hoarse saying the photo was taken “out of context”. With rumours of boyfriend problems doing the rounds, Basu sure needs some fancy footwork. Contact Ronaldo eh?Great Indian WeddingsTeeny-bopper love. Tycoon trysts. What happens when beautiful people wed.The King of Good TimesSomething’s been brewing in Vijay Mallya’s life-and it’s not just liquor. Last week, the country’s most eligible bachelor-who heads the Rs 700-crore UB Group -wed air hostess SakinaTayabji in a private but grand ceremony at Goa’s Fort Aguada. Mallya reportedly booked up the entire hotel in Goa, mailed return air tickets with invitations and gave his entourage a beach party to remember. Who needs a honeymoon now?advertisementClick here to EnlargeBubblegum RomanceThose who feared that master showman Raj Kapoor had lost his touch can breathe easy. The wedding of his son Rishi to long-time sweetheart Neetu Singh was a technicolor extravaganza in the grand R.K. tradition. A spectacular fireworks display and gallons of Scotch were also provided. And for that final filmi touch a movie camera whirred throughout the proceedings.The SizzlersThey bared, dared and dazzled, as they shed their inhibitions and their clothes.Peep showJan 15, 1978In 1978,Shobhaa De, then Kilachand, wrote in Eyecatchers of Katy Mirza “well-publicised operation to reduce her bustline by ten fulsome inches”. Calling it Operation Bust, she said Mirza emerged “slimmer, lighter and with a big load off her chest”. Making a clean breast of it, what?All That GlittersNov 30, 1992As Meher Jessia swirled and twirled to reveal the bizarre Cleopatra like bustiers, the crowd’s jaws dropped. Designer Suneet Verma even had Bombay’s Beautiful People clamouring for the Rs 2,500 breastplate.May 15, 1984The price people are paying her has never been paid to an actress before. She has the kind of appeal which will satisfy everybody.Romu Sippy, Bollywood producerHead TurnerAug 31, 1978For the first time in her seven-year film life, Zeenat Aman faces genuine competition in the form of an equally shapely 19-year-old Nafisa Ali. To be directed by Shyam Benegal in Junoon, Ali adds : “The best part of the game is to know how to be a good loser.”March 31, 1993Click here to EnlargeImitation ArtPlagiarism is back. After actress Demi Moores cover pose for Vanity Fair in a painted-on outfit, Pooja Bhatt has followed suit. The latest Movie cover has Bhatt covered in a painted suit-and a brief pair of panties. Bhatt has her reasons for not going all the way; “I didn’t want to flash everything as yet.” So, isnt this just a demi Demi Moore?Like Mother, Like DaughterIt’s just that there are so many different people within me. They are all getting a chance. First I was recognised as Kabir Bedi’s wife, then I.S. Johar’s wife and now as an Odissi dancer.PROTIMA BEDI, Classical dancerPooja Bedi’s taken a commercial break: advertising for Kama Sutra condoms. A stop-gap arrangement, but it’ll sure make this bare-devil a household name. When They Were YoungAn artist, a model and a budding nursery teacher. Politic’s first family before they found their causes.Royal PainsThe mellow-voiced and attractive Sonia Gandhi, 34, has recently taken up an old passion-preservation of paintings as an apprentice at the National Gallery of Art, New Delhi. When approached for an interview, the lady pouted, swished her hair back in one delicate stroke and exclaimed:”No please. Do not take any photographs. Even if you wait here for an hour I will not give you an interview.”The ShadowWhat’s Priyanka Gandhi up to these days? Aside from finishing college that is. Getting ready to file her nomination papers from Amethi? The pretty young Gandhi instead is teaching art and craft to tiny tots in a nursery school in south Delhi. The celebrity teacher’s salary: Rs 1,200.advertisementRebel QueenThis was justly Maneka Gandhi’s, 22, first claim to fame. As an aspiring model, she had signed up with DCM to model for their entire campaign of towels that were launched in 1973. But her success on the modeling scene was short-lived. When she became engaged to Sanjay, the advertising agency MCM was summarily commanded to withdraw the campaign and clean up all possible remaining records of it.Crown PrinceThe matters of state were temporarily put on the back burner as the Gandhi clan, ranging from the prime minister down to her grandchildren Rahul, and Priyanka, popped up regularly in the various stadia, watching the proceedings of the Asian Games. Rahul was found instructing an amused Mrs Gandhi on the finer points of the sporting events.Drag DramaBollywood men who decided to look pretty. These gentlemen are no ladies.Not to MissFirst to go were the eyebrows. Next, the hair on the chest, legs and arms. And with tape strapped onto the chest, voila, there was a bosom. But look again: this lady is really a gentleman. And no transvestite either. Just Aamir Khan as Julie Braganza, a club dancer in director Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Baazi.Et Tu, Baba?After a dash of thanda thanda pani, India’s irreverent rapper, Baba Sehgal, is turning on the heat. Inspired by Madonna’s breast-sellers, Sex and Erotica, the raja of rap is all dolled up to look like Madonna on the jacket of his latest album, Main bhi Madonna, complete with the distinctive mole on the upper lip.Bizarre BollywoodLoose and loony phases of tinseltown. What were they thinking?Femme FatalRekha acting in an X-rated film? Not really. Indian cinema’s Great Survivor is however playing a radically different role-as Madam X, the tough talking, sten gun wielding female don of the underworld. And enjoying every take. Says director Deepika Shivdasani: “Rekha has given her best performance to date in Madam X.”All in the FamilyKishore Kumar has launched a film, where Leena Chandavarkar, his third and present wife, is cast opposite Amit Kumar, his son by his first marriage. The casting creates history, as no real-life son has yet been hugged by the heroine on screen in a step-motherly embrace.Once Upon a Time in IndiaZeenat Aman almost married Imran Khan? Karan Kapoor became a dad? Here’s where it all happened.Hot and ColdIs Zeenat Aman getting married? Last fortnight, the air was rife with rumours that Pakistan’s dashing cricket hero Imran Khan had popped the question to his lady love and his lady love had gushed, “I will”. But instead of a wedding came a lull. No fairytales here.HomecomingThe time has come for the Cup to come back to us.advertisement AMITABH BACHCHAN, on the World Cup being unveiled in India in 1999Daddy DearestBAD NEWS GIRLS. The man’s a daddy. Karan Kapoor, that hunk with the biceps we loved, has just had a baby girl. Eligible, he is no more. He’s now in his 30s and just a trifle plumper than his Dream Lover days. Too bad about those broken hearts.Alternative RealityThey did things their own waySlumming ItShe seemed to have walked out of one of the hoardings. But this role was for real: Shabana Azmi was fighting for the squatters. She rolled up her jeans, courted arrest with Om Puri and Govind Nihalani and went on an indefinite fast.Simply SmitaSmita Patil launched her very own play at Bombay’s Prithvi Theatre last fortnight, titled Aap Ki Farmaish. It is Alyque Padamsee’s adaptation of German playwright Franz Xavier Kroetz’s Request Concert. “I had the guts to take up this play because it is totally experimental theatre,” says Patil, who did on stage what she’s already done on screen-playing an ordinary, next-door Plain Jane.
Ambience plays an important part in sport but that was conspicuously missing in the first match that the Capital staged in World Series Hockey in which Delhi Wizards eked out a hard-fought 3-2 win over Karnataka Lions at the National Stadium on Friday.The sparse crowd showed that the new league is yet to find takers among the general public.The absence of the national team stars, who helped India clinch a spot at the London Olympics on Sunday, was one of the major reasons for the cold shoulder.Rajpal Singh played his captain’s role to perfection as he struck the winner in the third quarter and also made some important blocks to cordon off Karnataka’s goal- bound moves.Vikramjeet Singh scored the opener for the hosts in the second minute from a penalty corner after Delhi started the match with attacking intent. They doubled their lead in the second quarter through Pakistan’s Shakeel Abbasi, as he scored off a delectable deflection which left the Lions goalkeeper stranded.Lugun Bruno’s shot also went just wide as the Wizards were all over the rival defenders.Veteran Dhanraj Pillay, turning out for Karnataka, was hardly visible as he failed to keep pace with the other players. On many occasions, he failed to pick up his teammates while they were in the rival box and had to be taken off as the Lions tried to get back into the game.Jarnail Singh scored the first goal for Lions in the second quarter and that helped them claw their way back into the game.advertisementArjun Halappa made a few incisive forays and was a constant threat with his stickwork. He dodged past two defenders to set up Ravipal Singh for the second goal, which levelled the score in the third quarter.With Rajpal and Shakeel orchestrating moves from midfield, the Wizards looked to keep up the momentum and Shakeel’s solo move in the third quarter was one of the highlights of the match, although the move failed to yield a goal.Wizards’ German striker Philip Sunkel almost scored a third goal for the hosts when he found himself at the end of a nice pass from the left flank by Gurwinder Singh. But Sunkel smashed his shot inches wide with Karnataka custodian Devesh Chauhan at his mercy.That mistake almost cost Delhi the match with the Lions roaring back into the game in the action- packed second half.However, the Wizards restored their lead with Rajpal finding the target with a rasping shot.Lions pressed hard for an equaliser. Halappa was giving a hard time to the defenders and almost scored the equaliser in the fourth quarter.Lions got three back-to-back penalty corners but Rajpal made a timely interception.After the match, Rajpal blamed the umpire for Karnataka’s first goal.”It was the umpire’s fault.There was no contact inside our ‘D’,” he said.He said that they were not complacent after going ahead by two goals and it was important for them to get off to a winning start. Delhi next plays Pune Strikers on Saturday while the Karnataka Lions travel to Jalandhar to take on Sher-e-Punjab.
IPL fever is in the air and those who feel it’s like some kind of a bad virus have already started cursing it. In the capital, the way Delhi Daredevils have gone about their build-up has been impressive, including a trip to skipper Virender Sehwag’s school in Jhajjar, Haryana.Being the capital’s IPL team and with so much importance being given to its restructuring with TA Sekar in command, I am excited about what is in store for the Delhi fans.Sports View by S. Kannan.There has been a lament in some circles that with quite a few players turning out for adopted cities, there is confusion over loyalties attached to an IPL team.And it’s here I am reminded about how last year Delhiite Gautam Gambhir spoke emphatically of feeling like a Kolkatan at heart, when he joined the Knight Riders as captain.A big fact about any club sport is that it takes time to build up. The way carping critics have dumped a ton of bricks on the IPL and said it serves no purpose other than “entertainment” is a reminder that we don’t have to enjoy a form of cricket if we don’t like it.The response to the Daredevils seems good this time and once the first ball is bowled, there will be no place for those living in ivory towers to tell us about the illeffects of the IPL.What is IPL-V going to be like? That is a question which most of us have been discussing amongst ourselves. Those involved with the business of IPL say the amount of money being pumped into the tournament is less this time and the broadcasters, Sony, haven’t been able to sell their time slots.advertisementI have also read about how in the current market environment, corporates are not willing to spend big. However, my logic is that to the average fan from Delhi to Chennai and Pune to Kolkata, it really doesn’t matter what the market situation is.Having seen Team India do so badly of late, I am excited about what is going to unfold in the 76 matches to be played. Those who criticise the business of IPL and say it’s making losses need to be aware that there is actually some good acumen being shown.A lot of the IPL teams have been involved in trading players and this has meant making some money out of it. Be it Delhi or Deccan Chargers, there have been some smart and profitable decisions. And it is in getting the right mix of players that the franchisees have shown they are learning.Take the Daredevils for example. They knew Kevin Pietersen was not going to be available for the first part of the tournament and even Mahela Jayawardane and David Warner would be coming in late.In fact, for any IPL team which has hired overseas players, especially from Australia and England, it’s a case of getting the mix right, since the availability of players is not for the full duration.Then again, in addition to the foreign recruits, choosing the right domestic players is also tough for the team bosses. If one goes through the players now available with each team, it’s evident that they have looked at balance in the composition.In the case of the Pune Warriors, last month it looked as if no worthwhile name would be there. Now, one cannot say the same about the side which Sourav Ganguly will lead, as Michael Clarke’s arrival is bound to add value. Their bowling department looks good and it doesn’t seem a case of them being whipping boys, with Rahul Sharma and Ashoke Dinda at Ganguly’s disposal.My gut feeling is it will take one blistering knock to set IPLV alight, just the way it did when Brendon McCullum hammered that unbelievable 158 in Bangalore in the first-ever IPL match in 2008.Today, the same Royal Challengers side that was blown away that night has an explosive trio of its own in Chris Gayle, who has played T20 cricket in almost every part of the globe, the dynamic Virat Kohli and Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan. For any franchise to have three batsmen with such destructive skills is indeed a boon.But if we are to rewind to the last edition of the IPL, it wasn’t necessarily about heavyweights exploding to grab the limelight. For those who may have forgotten, while Kings XI Punjab did not do well, it was an unknown batsman answering to the name of Paul Valthaty who grabbed headlines. Similarly, Kolkata’s Iqbal Abdulla showed us that he was a bowler who had to be feared.advertisementThis time, too, it doesn’t have to be a big player to bring the action to life. It can be anyone, and he gets instant stardom.And lastly, for all those who say the IPL is not making money, it was never conceptualised just as a profitable business. It has been entertaining each year, though the fatigue factor after last year’s ICC World Cup did play a role.If one looks at Formula One, while millions of dollars are spent on one two-hour race, most of the Grand Prix hosts are not making money but losing it.At least with the IPL, whatever it be, there is no dearth of action. If you don’t like it, then it’s too bad. Nobody can force you to watch a sport which you don’t like.
MUMBAI Named after an ancient Chinese game, Mahjong, Mumbai’s latest Chinese food stop provides great sport for your tastebuds.You can launch into a Chinese culinary journey with a tall glass of Nutty Chinaman – a heavenly concoction that combines whisky, butterscotch, vanilla ice cream and honey – and follow it,MUMBAI Named after an ancient Chinese game, Mahjong, Mumbai’s latest Chinese food stop provides great sport for your tastebuds.You can launch into a Chinese culinary journey with a tall glass of Nutty Chinaman – a heavenly concoction that combines whisky, butterscotch, vanilla ice cream and honey – and follow it up with some succulent sesame mushrooms, salt and pepper prawns, spicy fried rawas and scrumptious honey chicken.Bathed in warm colours and with an accent on space, Mahjong’s warm wooden tables and bamboo slats provide cosy coves for a meal with friends. For the main course, you can try crispy chicken in hot garlic sauce paired with clay pot rice. The rice and the Hakka noodles are disappointing, but the chef might still win you over with the prawns in cilantro sauce.The food is a refreshing change from the greasy desi Chinese fare found elsewhere and vegetarians have enough to choose from.The service comes with a smile though it is exceedingly slow. The “Chinese with a twist” flavour at this Khar eatery is exciting for the palate.You might want to come again for a double round of the Nutty Chinaman. And maybe Ambrosia for afters.
Chess players, it is said, are oblivious of their surroundings when focused on the chessboard, which is the centre of their universe. Yet, when defending world chess champion Viswanathan Anand takes on Boris Gelfand of Israel, the venue, too, will be a matter of discussion.First, the State Tretyakov Gallery is one of the major landmarks of the Russian capital, Moscow. Also, it is for the first time that a world championship is being held in art gallery. Quite appropriately, it would seem, for chess players, spectators and fans equate the mind game with art.Anand loves his classical music and appreciates art. When he plays against Gelfand he may have neither the time nor inclination to breathe in the artistic atmosphere of the venue. But he has visited the venue and is in full agreement with the choice for this match.Continuing with his love affair of chess stars, music and art, Mark Taimanov, who is equally proficient at chess and music, after losing a major match 0-6 to Bobby Fischer in 1971, famously said: “I still have my music.”From March 10, when the official opening ceremony will decide the colours with which the players play in the first game; thereafter they alternate white and black for each subsequent game.The gallery has been in existence since 1856, and since 1892 the state has been taking care of it. It now forms part of the 23-hectare property along the Moscow River and opposite the Gorky Park, and is called the Central House of Artists. It has some of the most artistic and famous buildings of Moscow and dates back to the Soviet era and was built for the 1980 Moscow Olympics.advertisementThe State Tretyakov Gallery’s current faade building was designed in 1902-04 by painter Viktor Vasnetsov and is in the south of Moscow Kremlin. It also includes the 17th century Church of St Nicholas. The collection is said to have more 130,000 exhibits.The venue has elicited positive response, with former world champion Garry Kasparov commenting: “One can only welcome bringing chess and art together.”Another former world champion, Vladimir Kramnik, said: “In one sense, art, music, chess and science are all related spheres. Whichever fan you look at, they’re either a doctor of science or a musician. The fact that none of these areas has much money is another matter: it’s not golf or show business. Perhaps we shouldn’t limit ourselves to any one sphere: we need to popularise our game through all available channels, for various social strata.”In any case it’s obvious that holding the match in a major global-level museum is a big plus for chess.”Interestingly, Kramnik’s World Championship match, which he lost to Anand, took place in Bonn, at a big exhibition centre.Anatoly Karpov recalled having played in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 1976 and admitted: “The idea of playing in a museum is very interesting. I remember playing in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 1976. It was a strong international tournament, and I got a lot of pleasure from going to look at a picture between moves, something I did over two weeks. I played fast in those days!”Back in 1995, when Anand played Kasparov in the PCA World Chess final, the match took place at what was then called ‘Roof of the World’, the 107th floor of the World Trade Centre in New York.Also, one of the most wellknown tournaments of the past in Moscow, was played at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in 1935.More recently in the US, about 20 years ago, the Marshall and Manhattan Chess club played a couple of fiveminute team matches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, surrounded by mounted knights in armour.
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Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and five-time world boxing champion M.C. Mary Kom are among the top 50 most marketable athletes in the world, according to British monthly SportsPro. While Dhoni finds himself in 16th spot, Mary is 38th by the magazine that reports on the business and financial aspects of sports.SportsPro ranked athletes from the across the world on the basis of their marketing potential over the next three years and considered factors like age, home market, charisma, willingness to be marketed, crossover appeal and value for money.Brazilian footballer Neymar tops the list followed by Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy, Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo.World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic and Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel are seventh and eighth respectively.Mary is currently training in Pune for the London Olympics where she will compete in 51kg category.Dhoni guided the Indian team to World Cup glory on home turf last year and was recently ranked 31st in Forbes’s list of the most highly-paid athletes.Neymar, 20, is likely to feature at the upcoming London Olympics and is expected to be a major star when the World Cup is held in Brazil two years from now. The 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro.”Neymar is very much the perfect storm: young, gifted and with an Olympics and a home World Cup on the horizon. He is already a superstar in Brazil, one of the world’s most robust economies and a vast market to boot,” SportsPro editor David Cushnan said.advertisement” If you were a brand looking to make an impact in Brazil, he would certainly be the athlete you’d pick. Neymar is Brazil’s poster boy for its sporting decade.” Bolt topped the list in 2011 while National Basketball Association star LeBron James was No. 1 in 2010.Brazilian football star Neymar heads the list this year.The list features seven football players, six each from basketball and tennis, five racing drivers, four golfers and four American football players. There are 19 Americans in the top 50, seven Britons and three each from Russia and Brazil.Woman golfer Yani Tseng is the highest-ranked of the eight women on the list in 10th place.Notable absentees for the first time this year include global stars such as Wayne Rooney, Kobe Bryant and Fernando Alonso.Tiger Woods, ranked third in the inaugural 2010 list, re- enters in 47th place after dropping out of the top 50 last year.Global sports icons such as Roger Federer, Serena Williams and David Beckham did not find a place in the top 50 as the cost of an endorsement with them is likely to be at its peak, with its value on the wane.