Line-ups: Brescia v Inter

first_imgInter start Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez again, but bring back Kwadwo Asamoah, while Brescia have Mario Balotelli and Alfredo Donnarumma with a new goalkeeper. It kicks off at the Stadio Rigamonti at 20.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Parma-Verona on the LIVEBLOG. Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri missed the opportunity to close on leaders Juventus, as both teams were held to draws at the weekend by Parma and Lecce respectively. The coach complained that he had very few options available to him following an injury crisis, as Stefano Sensi, Alexis Sanchez, Matias Vecino and Danilo D’Ambrosio are still out of action. It means there is no rest for Lukaku and Lautaro, while Roberto Gagliardini again takes the midfield slot. Asamoah returns after a knee issue to take the left flank from Cristiano Biraghi, while Diego Godin completes the defence. Brescia boss Eugenio Corini is already under pressure, with reports Cesare Prandelli is being lined up to replace him just months after taking the team to the Serie B title. He has more problems to deal with, because goalkeeper Jesse Joronen suffered a knock against Genoa and is not even in the squad, so 31-year-old former Inter shot-stopper Enrico Alfonso has to make his career Serie A debut. Leonardo Morosini has also been left out, apparently in a technical decision, with Jhon Chancellor, Ernesto Torregrossa, Luca Tremolada, Giangiacomo Magnani, Federico Viviani and Daniele Dessena injured. Alfredo Donnarumma returns to the starting XI with star man Balotelli, who so far has only one goal to his name in the Rondinelle jersey. The trequartista role seems to be scrapped, moving to a 3-5-2 formation this evening that mirrors Inter, with 21-year-old Massimiliano Mangraviti brought in. Inter could win their first five away games of the Serie A season, something this club only achieved in 1966-67, 1997-98 and 2012-13. Brescia: Alfonso; Mangraviti, Cistana, Gastaldello; Sabelli, Bisoli, Tonali, Romulo, Mateju; A Donnarumma, Balotelli Brescia bench: Andrenacci, Ndoj, Spalek, Zmrhal, Aye, Matri, Martella, Semprini Inter: Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Barella, Asamoah; R Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez Inter bench: Padelli, Berni, Ranocchia, Politano, Lazaro, Borja Valero, Dimarco, Esposito, Biraghi, Bastoni Ref: Fabbri 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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No ‘Reliance’ tag in competing biz

first_imgThe Ambani brothers – Mukesh and Anil – will not use the ‘Reliance’ brand name in any of the competing businesses they may chose to enter.This is one of the clauses of the new agreement signed by the brothers recently to create an environment of harmony, cooperation and collaboration between the two groups, said a source, who wished to remain unnamed.For instance, if Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) gets into the telecom business he would have to think of some other name besides ‘Reliance Communications’. Similar would be the case with Anil- led ADAG group.On May 23, 2010, both the brothers had approved and signed an agreement cancelling all existing non-compete arrangements entered into between the two groups in January, 2006 pursuant to the scheme of reorganisation of the Reliance Group, and entered into a new, simpler non- compete agreement with respect to only gas-based power generation business.Also, as per the agreement, RIL agreed not to enter into the gas- based power generation business till March 31, 2022. An appropriate exception was made in respect of RIL’s captive gas- based power plants.Shailesh Kapoor, director of market research firm Ormax Media, said this decision would have an impact on the new businesses if they plan to compete.”First, the brand value creates a sense of trust in the investors. Half the credibility is already created by the brand. It is not as if the company won’t be successful, but it is just that the marketing team would have to put in a lot more effort to create the brand value of the new company,” he said.New firms use the brand value of the known company to get instant success, Kapoor added.”There are lots of instances where a known brand name is used by a relatively new company just to get instant success,” he said. In the list of top- 500 global brands, the Reliance brand ranks 107 and is valued at $ 7.2 billion.Hemen Kapadia, Mumbaibased market analyst and chief executive officer (CEO) of chartpundit. com, a stock market portal, said both the Ambani brothers are such big names that whatever businesses they create would get instant recognition. So, it would hardly make much difference to them or their new business ventures, he said.”There are many companies even now in the market with the brand name Reliance, which has nothing to do with either of the Ambani brothers,” he said. For instance, Reliance Jute Mills and Reliance Chemotex and two companies listed on the stock exchange, but which have nothing to do with the Ambanis. While Reliance Jute Mills was set up way back in 1906 under the British raj and was taken over by the Kanoria family in 1963, Reliance Chemotex Industries Ltd is a synthetic spinning unit set up in 1979 at Udaipur, Rajasthan.Kapadia observed that stocks of companies with names similar to the word Reliance gain momentum on the stock market when news about the brothers hits the bourses.Ashok Jainani, head (research and market strategies) at Khandwala Securities, said many new companies sport names with slight variance of the word Reliance, such as ‘Reliable’ – just to get noticed.According to Jainani, with the cancellation of the non- competing agreement, there is greater possibility the brothers would get into a mode of greater cooperation.”Reliance Industries is a market leader in petroleum business while Reliance Communications is ranked number two (in telecom). So, instead of competing there is a possibility that there would be instances where the groups would be assisting each other,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Former Oz pacer McGrath engaged to girlfriend Sara

first_imgTwo years after the death of his first wife Jane, former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath is all set to walk down the aisle once again after getting engaged to his Italian girlfriend of seven months Sara Leonardi.Jane died following a long battle with breast cancer and two years after the tragedy, McGrath got engaged to Leonardi, a 28-year-old interior designer by profession, last week.”We are engaged and we’re really happy,” McGrath told the Herald Sun newspaper.The 40-year-old cricketer’s manager Warren Craig also confirmed the news: “They got engaged about a week ago. Glenn and Sara haven’t spoken to any (magazines). There has been no story told or anything like that, and they’re not planning on speaking to anybody about the engagement.”Leonardi has been snapped wearing a diamond engagement ring presented by McGrath while out walking with him and his two children, ten-year-old James and eight-year-old Holly, near their south Sydney home.Leonardi met the former Test cricketer at a party in Cape Town in 2009 while he was playing for the Indian Premier League team Delhi Daredevils, sparking a friendship that blossomed into love later in the year.McGrath, still raw from the death of his wife Jane, said he never believed he’d fall in love again but Leonardi changed all that.”After Jane passed away, I never thought that I could love another woman. I was adamant about that. But I am in love with Sara, totally and completely and absolutely,” McGrath said when his relationship with Leonardi became public earlier this year.advertisement”I think marriage is definitely in our future. I can’t picture life without her,” he added.Jane, who married the bowlers in 1999, passed away on June 22, 2008.last_img read more

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Six-year-old debuts in Mumbai school-level tournament

first_imgMaking his debut in Mumbai’s prestigious Inter-School Giles Shield Cricket Tournament for under-14 boys, six-and-a-half-year-old Musheer Khan has created history.Sachin Tendulkar had started making news at the age of eight smashing records in schools cricket. Now, Musheer comes as the newest chip on the block representing his school Anjuman-e-Islam at the age of just six.Musheer, a left arm spinner, was not intimidated by the big boys around him.”My father asks if I am scared to play. I say no, so he allows me,” Musheer, son of Naushad Khan who has produced three IPL cricketers, said.Naushad’s elder son Sarfraz was already in the news earlier for scoring 400 in a school-level match. Now, he is happy to let his younger son pursue his dreams.Having prepared players like Iqbal Abdullah (Kolkata Knight Riders), Kamran Khan (Rajasthan Royals) and Rahil Shiekh (Mumbai Indians) for the Indian Premier League (IPL), Naushad has been proud of the cricket prodigies at home.”Cricket is in his blood. He sleeps with bat and ball which shows his interest in the game. His ball reaches stumps. He has not enough power to score, but is trying to fill his bag of experience,” Naushad said talking about Musheer, a fan of Daniel Vettori.Musheer was more inclined to left arm spin bowling than batting in a country fond of its batsmen. His coach Iqbal Thakur was all praise for his young student.”What he is doing at this age, boys elder than his age cannot do. Cricket is in his blood with his brother, father,” said the Anjuman-e-Islam school coach.advertisementWith time Musheer would learn to become crafty and cunning as spinners need to. For the moment those around him have been happy merely to see his deliveries reach the other end.last_img read more

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Asia Cup: Bowlers to blame as India take early flight back

first_imgOn Tuesday afternoon, even while the first innings of the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka match, on which future of MS Dhoni’s team was dependent in the Asia Cup, was on, the players’ kit bags and assorted paraphernalia were collected in the lobby of the team hotel.The six players who had gone for the optional practice session had just returned from the Shere-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, where Bangladesh had won the toss and opted to bowl.So what does the keeping of kit bags in the hotel lobby signify, when it was not even known that Bangladesh would send India packing with an upset of Sri Lanka? Did defending champions India have a premonition that Bangladesh would enter the final? No.The bags were collected so that just case Sri Lanka won, it would be easy to carry them to the stadium for practice on Wednesday, otherwise to the Dhaka airport for an early morning flight.As it turned out, India were knocked out as bowlers once again let India down on familiar pitches.The bowling has been India’s bane for some time now, and the team badly needs wicket-taking bowlers, particularly pacers who don’t get disheartened while sweating it out on battingfriendly pitches of the sub-continent.While ageing pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was “rested” for the Asia Cup after a nondescript tour of Australia, what about the rest of the gang? Dhoni used 10 bowlers in three matches and only once, against the listless Sri Lanka, were they able to bowl the opposition out.advertisementThey failed to stop no-moreminnows Bangladesh from overhauling 289 and create a big upset. The cumulative outcome of poor bowling performance was that India, despite good batting displays, were out before the final.Although R Ashwin, Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar bagged five wickets, they – and others – never looked threatening enough to run through the opposition. Overall, the Indian bowlers failed to make an impression in the four-nation biennial tournament.It’s a fact that the players must be tired as they have been on a non-stop global journey, courtesy the heartless BCCI. But so are the other teams on the international circuit. It’s a reality that the global itinerary for teams won’t be scaled down. So there should be no excuse for poor performances. The aim should be to make the best use of available resources and put in the best effort day in and day out, accepting the given itinerary.India’s new bowling coach Joe Dawes, a former cop, joined the team in Dhaka. It’s too early to expect miracles from the former Australian first- class pacer, as he tried to settle down and ‘know’ the players individually during the Asia Cup.The bowling coach’s job is the most important one in Indian cricket. Batting has been the team’s strong point for a long time, and it’s expected to remain so even after the retirement of the greats. It’s the bowlers who need more attention and need to be taken care of, particularly the pacers.Dawes, who has replaced Eric Simons, will soon come to know how difficult it is to keep the Indians motivated and fit.Pacer Varun Aaron getting mysteriously injured after playing just one Test match is a prime example of how wafer thin the fitness levels of the new generation of bowlers is. This, and other aspects on the national team, needs an urgent change for India to arrest the slide that set in on the tours of England, Australia and now in Dhaka.last_img read more

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Congress has ulterior motive behind nominating Sachin for Rajya Sabha: Bal Thackeray

first_imgStating that every step that Congress takes has a selfish agenda, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Saturday said that there was a need to check the “motive” of that party in nominating cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha.”Nothing that Congress does is straight and in no work of theirs, the motive is clean,” Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana in Mumbai.”Crores of Sachin’s fans would have liked to call him Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar. Alas, he would now only be Sachin Tendulkar, MP.”Congress may have won laurels for a while by nominating Sachin, but it won’t help their vote bank dreams,” Thackeray said.”The Congress is beset with various problems and is trying to divert media’s attention by making Sachin a Rajya Sabha nominated member,” he said.”Congress could have considered names of Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Rahul Dravid for the Rajya Sabha nomination,” he added.Thackeray also objected to the “motive” behind nominating Rekha to the Upper House. “Rekha may be ‘khoobsurat’ but the motive of nominating her is not clean,” he said.The Congress has played dirty politics here, the Sena patriarch said, referring to reports that the Congress wanted to pit Amitabh Bachchan’s wife Jaya against his most popular on-screen leading lady Rekha in the House.last_img read more

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Eye on London: Weekend breaks

first_imgMake the most of your vacation by exploring more of the country… Here are a few quick getaway options-a bit different than the usual boring Bath and Brighton ideas! Cliveden House Berkshire40 minutes from central London by road.Berkshire is one of the most accessible and historic of all counties in England and I think, one of the most English. Its Royal Borough Windsor & Maidenhead make it a great getaway and the 17th century Cliveden House is your perfect base to explore it. Built by the second Duke of Buckingham in 1666, this glorious symphony in stone has a long and tumultuous history. You might find it hard to wrench yourself from its state of the art spa or the beautiful boathouse that offers lazy picnic lunches on a most wonderful stretch of the Thames. If you are 4-6 people, try the Spring Cottage. Built as a summerhouse for the Duchess of Sutherland, it is set on the banks of the Thames and comes with its own butler. Prices start at 210 with breakfast. Tel: +44 1628 668 561Isle of Wight1.33 hours by train from Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour; then 22 mins by ferry from Portsmouth to Ryde.Isle of Wight’s white chalk cliffs of Alum Bay have long been popularised as the quintessential holiday destination. You find yourself among quaint Victorian villages, rolling sandy beaches and exceptional wildlife. There are a number of villages to choose from: Newport is at its centre and is the islands main shopping area. If you prefer the seaside, I recommend Ventnor. Built on the steep slopes of the south coast of the island, it is the home of the International Jazz Festival and also The Hambrough, a contemporary restaurant with accommodation, owned by Michelin star Chef Robert Thompson. Tel: +44 1983 856 333Thorpe Park SurreyTake the Waterloo Direct to Staines. The 950 shuttle link operates from Staines station to Thorpe Park, running every 15-20 minutes.If your children want more than a trip to Hyde Park to run amuck, Thorpe Park is your answer. Known as the ‘Thrill Capital’, it has just reopened in March with a brand new ride called ‘The Swarm’. Boasting Europe’s tallest winged rollercoaster and UK’s first, ‘The Swarm’ will probably have you screaming as loud as your teenager. Make a day of it while you tuck into Mexican fajitas and splash with your little ones at Neptune’s Beach. The extreme rides require a height of at least 1.4m while the thrilling rides require children to be taller than 0.9m. Neptune’s beach is open to young ones. All children need to be with an adult. www.thorpepark.comCooking weekend at Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons Oxford tube bus service from London, for details visit www.oxfordtube.comIf you’ve managed to catch The Restaurant, an erudite version of Masterchef Australia, on the BBC, then you’ll know Raymond Blanc. One of UK’s most respected chefs, he is a self-made man who started as a waiter in Oxfordshire and returned to create one of its most awarded restaurants. Now you have a chance to learn from him at his Michelin star restaurant and cookery school in Great Milton. The weekend gives you a day in the school, a nine-course dinner and a base to discover Oxford. Tel: +44 1844 278 881Cycling in Dorking Surrey43 miles if you cycle it from London.If you want a little getaway that will have your heart pumping, then cycling your way around Dorking on the London Olympics cycling route will be right up your alley. The course runs from The Mall via Fulham and Putney to Richmond Park, then through up-river suburbs to Weybridge, before heading south down the Wey Valley and over the North Downs into the gorgeous Surrey Hills. Not an Olympic level cyclist? No problem. Take the train for part of the way and then cycle your way up past Guildford. Once in Dorking, stop for a pub lunch and then visit the Denbies wine estate where you can have a well deserved tasting. Spend the night at The Talbot Hotel and cycle up to the top of Box Hill the next day. www.london2012.com/cycling-roadArundel West SussexDirect train from London Victoria.Arundel is one of West Sussex’s most picturesque villages and is perfect if you happen to be a cricket lover, as it hosts a number of games each season at the Sussex County Cricket Club. The borough is home to Arundel Cathedral, an 18th century marvel and the absolutely stunning Arundel Castle, seat of the Duke of Norfolk. A treasure house of Britain, it has priceless works of art and is extremely well preserved. Stay at the Norfolk Arms Hotel or if you prefer a guesthouse option try the Garden Room at Thomas Cottage. www.norfolkarmshotel.com; www.thomascottage.co.ukCoworth Park Ascot50 minutes by train, Waterloo to Sunningdale.Voted one of UK’s best spas, Coworth Park, is the most fashionable Londoner’s getaway. Set in 240 acres of manicured polo fields and beautiful rose gardens, the white Georgian manor has been converted into 70 rooms. The spa houses eight treatment centres and is considered an architectural wonder for its focus on natural light, eco-friendly materials and clean contemporary lines. Treatments are primarily European but they do offer a few Asian treatments like a Thai massage. When you’re done relaxing you can play polo, golf, or just gallop around the huge estate. Don’t be surprised if you bump into Prince William or Prince Harry, as this is a royal favourite. Tel: +44 1344 876 600Kitesurfing in Shoreham Brighton1 hour 10 minutes by train from Victoria to Shoreham-by-Sea.If looking for a different kind of adventure getaway–kitesurfing may be an option. Fast becoming the ultimate seaside sport, you might come away a fan too. Kitesurfkings, a local coaching centre, will teach you the basics of land boarding in a day or kitesurfing basics in three days amidst the calm shallow waters of Shoreham beach. You will learn how to handle a powerkite, the dynamics of wind direction and board skills. There are plenty of places to stay while you learn. Good news for vegetarians as they can finally feel special as local celebrity Heather Mills, Paul McCartney’s ex wife, caters to them at the vegan cafÅ V Bites. www.kitesurfkings.comThe Hopeful Earl Cranleigh35 minutes by train, from Waterloo to Guildford.If you are a lover of racehorses and have always dreamed of riding one, The Hopeful Earl Riding Centre in Cranleigh is the perfect place to spend your treasured weekend. Located in the heart of the Surrey hills, you will find the best hacking in South England, be it cross-country or a leisurely trot across a field. But the beauty is that you can ride these magnificent creatures even as a beginner as the horses have been retrained to provide the most comfortable riding experience. They also provide lessons and offer day-trips and weekends where you stay at the village B&B. Hacking: Euro 43/1.5 hours. Tel: +44 1483 200 227Sherbourne DorsetTwo hours by train from Waterloo.Voted one of the most beautiful towns in England, this market village chiselled out of golden stone has grown rich from small trade and tourism and is the perfect romantic getaway. The Guardian says: “Like a supermodel, this town’s got the golden skin, the great bone structure and the a-tti-tood.” It has an endless selection of medieval architecture aided by a glorious countryside. It is a little bit of a trek from London but worth it for its antiques and fashion on Cheap Street and excellent food. Choose between the posh The Eastbury Hotel and the less expensive Half Moon. www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk; www.halfmoon pubsherborne.co.ukadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Jayalalithaa appoints Lakshmi Pranesh as chief secretary of Tamil Nadu

first_imgJ. Jayalalithaa has done it again. In keeping with her penchant of installing women in high posts in the government, she appointed Lakshmi Pranesh as the chief secretary of Tamil Nadu. The first woman to hold the post in the state, 57-year-old Pranesh replaces Sukhavaneswar in a surprise move -,J. Jayalalithaa has done it again. In keeping with her penchant of installing women in high posts in the government, she appointed Lakshmi Pranesh as the chief secretary of Tamil Nadu. The first woman to hold the post in the state, 57-year-old Pranesh replaces Sukhavaneswar in a surprise move – she is the fourth chief secretary in the past 18 months of AIADMK rule. Soon after issuing the appointment order, Jayalalithaa personally broke the news.Even before the new chief secretary took charge, the chief minister told a convocation ceremony at the Mother Teresa Women’s University in Chennai, “Equality and opportunity are vital in improving the status of women. Today, my Government has appointed a woman as the chief secretary, which is a pathbreaking measure.” Pranesh, who was principal secretary in the Food Department, says, “It feels good. But then I am not the only woman chief secretary in the country.” A 1968-batch IAS officer, Pranesh is known to be a low-key performer among her peers. Jayalalithaa can justifiably claim credit for promoting women. Five of the 35 department secretaries are women – Girija Vaidyanathan (health), C.K. Gariyali (social welfare), Shanta Sheela Nair (rural development), Leena Nair (handlooms) and Susan Mathew (youth and sports). More remarkable is the fact that the Wakf Board is also headed by a woman, Bader Sayeed – the first such instance in the country. When Muslim organisations found fault with her appointment, Sayeed shot back, “There is nothing wrong in a woman heading the Wakf. Madam (Jayalalithaa) appoints only deserving women.” There’s more. The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption – now on a raiding spree at DMK leaders’ residences – has Additional Director General of Police G. Thilakavathy at the helm. While the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority is headed by Jayanti, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has Sheela Rani Chunkat as the chairperson. Did they say it’s reigning women in Tamil Nadu?advertisementlast_img read more

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