Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri calmed down the pressure on Nicolò Zaniolo by warning the Roma starlet “is not the heir” to Francesco Totti. After two goals for Italy during the 9-1 win over Armenia on Monday, Zaniolo became the youngest Roma player to score for Italy. It has prompted the former coach to calm down the expectations surrounding the Azzurri talent. “Zaniolo is not heir to Totti,” Ranieri told the Corriere dello Sport at a meeting between the coaches and referees in Rome yesterday. “But he is a great player and might grow into a champion.” The 20-year-old broke through at Roma last year, when he played 27 times in Serie A and scored four times for the Giallorossi. This season he is already on three goals after 12 games and shows signs on improvement for both club and country. “I was waiting for him last year,” the former Giallorossi coach added. “But I had him in the worst period. He has got this natural talent and is improving game after game.” Roma are facing Brescia this weekend and will have to bounce back from the loss to Parma before the international break. 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/
The ”360 Modena Ferrari”, which once occupied pride of place in batting icon Sachin Tendulkar’s fleet of premium cars, is now a prized possession of a city businessman.The car was snapped up by Surat-based builder Jayesh B. Shah for about Rs 1.5 crore earlier this month.Desai, Chairman of Raj Hans group, said he purchased the car a fortnight ago. “I have bought the 360 Modena Ferrari car directly from Sachin Tendulkar with all legal documents,” Desai said, but declined to reveal the price.”It was my dream to drive a Ferrari and now my dream has come true,” Desai, who has a passion for driving luxury cars, said.The Ferrari, which was presented to Tendulkar by racing legend Michael Schumacher, will be the first racing car in his fleet of luxury vehicles, Desai said, adding that his latest acquisition was a prized possession as it was owned by the batting great.”Kindly ask me only about the car and nothing about Sachin,” he said when asked if he and Tendulkar were friends or had known each other.The Ferrari had got mired in a controversy in 2003 after it was reported that Tendulkar had requested for a customs duty waiver despite getting it as a gift and not winning it as a prize in a tournament.In August 2003, the finance ministry had exempted Tendulkar from paying around Rs 1.13 crore towards import duty for the vehicle, valued at Rs 75 lakh.The car was gifted to him by FIAT, which manufactures the premium Ferrari cars and endorsed by Tendulkar, after the Indian batting legend equalled Don Bradman’s tally of 29 Test centuries.advertisementFerrari’s Formula One driver Schumacher presented the car on behalf of the company to Tendulkar when the two met in 2002 at Silverstone, England.Tendulkar has taken a break from cricket after playing in IPL and is away on a vacation in England with family.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Much like T20 cricket and the recent Formula One Grand Prix, marathons are becoming a star-studded affair. Running for a cause seems to be the coolest index for your fitness as well as ‘awareness’ quotient. No wonder then that a bevy of celebrities turned out in the Capital on Sunday to be a part of the Delhi half marathon.Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, the sultry Bipasha Basu, model-turned-actor Gul Panag, actors Rahul Bose and Rajeev Khandelwal, all were spotted at the marathon, which was kicked off on Sunday morning. Around 30, 000 Delhiites ran in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.The race was flagged off by Shah Rukh and Bipasha. One a megastar and the other the ultimate symbol of fitness, the race at once hogged all the limelight through SRK and Bips. The event ambassador and a fitness freak, Bips had some advice for the participants. “Be careful and stay hydrated,” she said.The race’s glamour quotient didn’t end at the big stars. Even constant supporters Panag and Bose ran along with Delhi.”I am a lazy person but this time my husband has motivated me to put in a good effort,” Panag said.It was not much of a surprise to spot Bose, Panag and Rajeev Khandelwal at the race as all of them are faces representing a new emerging India. Not only do these stars border on the intellectual, they are also celebrities who choose to be associated with a cause rather than just mindless entertainment.Another endorsement came from a regular at sporting events, Sidhartha Mallya, who also took part in the shorter version of the race. Considering he recently landed in hospital after having a spiked drink at a nightclub, it was nice to see the Mallya lad back, displaying his ‘responsible’ side.advertisementADAG chairman Anil Ambani, a serious long distance runner and regular participant in the half marathon category of the Mumbai Marathon, also ran in the race on Sunday.The many bands that performed at the venue kept the momentum going for an event that’s fast gaining popularity.
Fans on Tuesday were back to patronising international cricket here after people in other parts of country ignored the recent five-match One-Day International series against England and the three Tests against the West Indies.The 45,000-capacity Barabati Stadium was bursting at seams as the city hosted the first of five ODIs – and Cuttack’s first international match in two years. Thousands of people were still hanging around the venue in the hope that they would get tickets somehow while those who could afford them bought them in black, though officially all tickets were sold out on Saturday.Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) president Ranjib Biswal said that he was always expecting a full house for the day-night encounter. “We never had any doubt about a packed stadium for this match,” Biswal told Mail Today.A former Orissa Ranji Trophy captain, Biswal pointed out that people in metros have had enough of cricket. “You have so much of cricket being played all the year round, including the Indian Premier League, and that’s the reason people didn’t go to watch the recent India matches,” he said. “But if you organise matches in smaller cities, people will surely come to watch cricket.”And a sample was witnessed here on Tuesday as people flocked this multi-purpose ground. Biswal stressed that the chances of getting fans into the stadium are always greater in second- rung cities than in metros, and this match underlined this fact.Biswal disclosed that the OCA would soon increase the capacity of the Barabati Stadium. “We are going to pull down the double storey club house and one more stand to add 10,000 more seats to increase the capacity to 55,000,” he said.advertisementAlthough the OCA doesn’t own the stadium, Biswal said a longterm pact between the OCA and the Orissa Olympic Association to use the stadium for international cricket matches has encouraged them to invest in the venue.”According to the pact, OCA can organise 35 international matches here. This is only the second match under the agreement,” he said.Biswal would be further encouraged by a recent comment from Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative office of the BCCI, that the Board was thinking of allotting Test matches to smaller venues to encourage people to throng stadiums.While the Barabati Stadium was filled to the brim, tickets were available in black market until the start of the match. Touts were seen talking to prospective buyers just outside the stadium.One of the touts said that tickets for all galleries were available. “You can get the Rs 4,000 denomination ticket for Rs 8,000 and the Rs 8,000 ticket for Rs 12,000,” he said nonchalantly.
The Election Commission on Saturday announced the schedule for biennial polls to 58 Rajya Sabha seats from 15 states whose representatives complete their term next month.Announcing the schedule for filling up vacancies in the Rajya Sabha, the EC said the notifications would be issued on March 12.The last date for filing of nominations is March 19 while that for withdrawal is March 22. Polling would be held on March 30, the poll body said.The tenure of 58 members from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Rajasthan is expiring in the month of April.Biennial elections to the Council of States from Bihar shall also be held on the same date.Prominent members whose term is due to expire are Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley (Gujarat), Congress’ Rashid Alvi (Andhra Pradesh), RJD’s Rajniti Prasad (Bihar), BJP’s Ravishankar Prasad (Bihar), BJP’s Hema Malini (Karnataka) and Rajya Sabha deputy chairman K Rahman Khan of Congress from Karnataka.Besides, Manohar Joshi of Shiv Sena and Science and Technology minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and MoS Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla, all from Maharashtra, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi from Rajasthan, Kalraj Mishra of BJP, Vinay Katiyar of BJP and Naresh Chandra Aggarwal of BSP, all from Uttar Pradesh and Union Minister Mukul Roy of All India Trinamool Congress from West Bengal also complete their tenure.
The skipper of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Pune Warriors — Sourav Ganguly — on Thursday rubbished reports of relinquishing captaincy before the end of the ongoing fifth season.Media reports earlier claimed that Ganguly was to give up captaincy after team’s poor run in IPL-5 and was to only execute role as mentor of the side.The Pune team has struggled this season under Ganguly’s captaincy and after nine losses and just four wins in 13 games, it has been shot out of the race to the stage of play-offs.Ganguly’s own poor form and failure to up the tempo has been slammed by critics as a major reason for the team’s slide.However, in a text message to Headlines Today Ganguly rubbished reports and insisted that he would captain the side in the remaining three games of the season.Importantly, Pune franchise owners Sahara India Parivar too backed the former Indian skipper to continue to lead the IPL side and denied reports of the veteran being ousted as the captain.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes.When he split from partner Mahesh Bhupathi in November 2011 after playing together at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Leander Paes, 40, said he wanted “younger legs and fast serves”. He was hinting that Bhupathi, a year junior, was ageing. At No. 7 in,Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes.When he split from partner Mahesh Bhupathi in November 2011 after playing together at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Leander Paes, 40, said he wanted “younger legs and fast serves”. He was hinting that Bhupathi, a year junior, was ageing. At No. 7 in the Association of Tennis Professionals’ (ATP) top 10 doubles rankings, Paes had the privilege to pick his mate. This was the second time the two were sparring. The first happened immediately after the duo won the 2001 French Open doubles. They reunited in 2010 after a nine-year gap.The All India Tennis Association (AITA) replaced Bhupathi with 32-year-old Rohan Bopanna, ATP ranked No. 12 in doubles. But eight months later, on June 15, AITA officials changed their mind and said they wanted Bhupathi to partner Paes in the doubles at the London Olympics. They hoped Paes would be happy to pair with Bhupathi, fresh off a triumph with Sania Mirza at the French Open mixed doubles tournament. Bhupathi refused. He wrote to AITA that he did not want to play with Paes. Bopanna followed suit.As a result, Paes, India’s top-ranked player, is now without a partner and has threatened to pull out of the London Olympics, set to begin on July 25. “We cannot condone or reward the drama enacted by Mahesh and Rohan. This would be a bad precedent,” wrote Paes in a letter faxed to aita on June 20.The crisis could also affect India’s chances in mixed doubles in London if AITA manages a wild card for Mirza. If Bhupathi were to be left out of the squad, Mirza would haLeander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.ve to play mixed doubles with Paes, whom she teamed with to win the Doha Asiad mixed doubles title in 2006.advertisementThe Indian tennis fraternity is stunned. “We all felt Bhupathi, after his French Open win, would fit very well into Leander’s scheme of things. We are trying to sort out the problems,” says Jaideep Mukherjea, former Indian player and now a member of AITA’s Olympic team selection committee.AITA President Anil Khanna woke up late to the crisis, which has been brewing since the duo, nicknamed the Indian Express, derailed. He spoke to Paes in London on June 17 and then called up Bhupathi and Bopanna in Mumbai. He pointed out that only the Bryan brothers of the US (Mike and Bob) play together in all tournaments, including the Olympics. “This is the Olympics. Do it for the nation. Your magic will work in London,” Khanna pleaded with them.Khanna told both Bhupathi and Bopanna that by refusing to play with Paes, they were violating an AITA agreement-mandatory for all ranked tennis players in India-which commits them to “play unconditionally for the country”. The two did not budge. Worse, Bhupathi called up Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken on June 18 and sought his intervention. Maken asked Khanna why he could not send two teams. AITA then thought of selecting two doubles teams (Bhupathi-Bopanna and Paes-yet-to-be-decided partner) but didn’t do so because then they would have been compelled to choose either Somdev Dev Varman, ATP-ranked 259th in singles and recovering from an injury to his right shoulder, or Yuki Bhambri, ATP-ranked 218, to partner Paes, the country’s best player. When Khanna told Maken that it would be an insult to Paes, the minister quickly stepped back, leaving the decision to the tennis federation. “The sports ministry leaves it to AITA to exercise any of the options in the best national interest. We will speak to players if they need to be spoken to,” said Maken. On June 21, AITA finally decided to send two doubles teams, one with Bhupathi-Bopana and the other with Paes and Vishnu Vardhan, ranked 207 in ATP doubles.Paes, a bronze medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, merely said he wanted to play with Bopanna for “professional reasons” and that the latter had agreed to do so in an email sent to him on October 18, 2011. But it had little effect on June 15. Both Bopanna and Bhupathi listed a string of reasons, all very personal, for not wanting to partner Paes. Top of the list of Bhupathi’s grievances was a total breakdown in communication between him and Paes. Bopanna said he was “shocked and insulted” after Paes badmouthed him following their Davis Cup doubles loss to Uzbekistan in March this year. “He screamed at me in front of everyone in the court. It was very, very insulting. I am comfortable playing with Mahesh,” Bopanna told Khanna.AITA officials told india today Bhupathi was livid that Paes had asked for Bopanna without his knowledge at a time-October 2011-when they were still playing together. Bopanna relayed the offer from Paes to Bhupathi. Bopanna then sacrificed a highly successful association with Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and started playing with Bhupathi.advertisementThe last straw, apparently, was the Davis Cup tie in Uzbekistan. Bhupathi claims Paes wanted to keep him out of the Indian squad. AITA dropped Bhupathi to accommodate Bhambri, citing Paes’ triumph in the Australian Open doubles competition with the Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek as partner.Bhupathi believes that AITA is cut up with him because his sports management company, Globosport, has been successfully organising atp and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) events in India without involving the tennis association, getting stars such as Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, Mary Pierce and Martina Navratilova to play in the country.This may well be the biggest double fault in the history of Indian tennis.
No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Game time is at 2 p.m., with the Chiefs gunning for a sixth victory that will keep their faint postseason hopes alive, just a year after battling San Beda in the finals.With a 5-9 record, the Chiefs have a mere outside chance of keeping alive their streak of Final Four appearances, which started three seasons ago.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 openingLyceum and San Beda already own the twice-to-beat bonus, but the race for the last two remaining Final Four spots looks like its down to three teams with Jose Rizal U having the upper hand with a 9-6 record, while Letran (8-7) and San Sebastian (7-7) are also in the running.A defeat by the Chiefs will end their hopes of reaching the Final Four. LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “We just want to take it one game at a time,” said Arellano coach and PBA legend Jerry Codiñera. “Our fate is not in our hands, but of course, we want to finish the season strong.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Arellano University tries to stay in the Final Four hunt as it battles St. Benilde on Thursday even as Mapua and Perpetual Help clash in a showdown of eliminated teams in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT CHED: Get PSC endorsement if you want to represent PH Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Losing its fifth straight Manila Clasico, Paul Lee admitted that Ginebra is indeed the biggest thorn in Magnolia’s side.“Maybe, they’re really one of the humps that we need to overcome for us to get to the championship,” Lee said after the Hotshots fell to the Gin Kings, 78-89 at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES MOST READ “We need to look at the video to see where we lacked on. It’s better if we see it all together so we can improve on that as a team,” he said.“Every game, we need to give our best. We can’t put Ginebra as the only team we want to beat because we might get beaten by the other teams. We need to prepare for every team, especially the contenders,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Timberwolves beat Lakers for first Christmas win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH For the better part of the last three seasons or since coach Tim Cone transferred to Ginebra, it has always been the Gin Kings, who prevail, including the last three Christmas Day duels.And the Monday tiff was no different as Magnolia struggled to get its offense going with the stingy Ginebra defense in full bloom, forcing the Hotshots to shoot a woeful 36 percent clip and an undesirable 18 percent shooting from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIt also doesn’t help that the Gin Kings dominated the boards, 56-46, including 16 offensive rebounds that led to 21 second chance points.Lee, however, doesn’t want to dwell on the defeat, but rather, he is taking this as a lesson for Magnolia to become a better team.