Los Blankos! Lopetegui & misfiring Madrid look utterly lost

first_imgIt would have been more of a surprise if Real Madrid had scored, rather than fired yet another blank in an impotent performance at Alaves on Saturday.Real tumbled to a 1-0 defeat at Mendizorroza, which means they have not scored for four-and-a-half matches in all competitions, close to seven hours of play.The last time they found the back of the net was September 22, when Marco Asensio fired home in the 41st minute against Espanyol, but this time the Spaniard was forced to start the game on the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It is Real’s longest run of games without a goal since April 1985, when they went on a five-game drought, eventually coming fifth in the league but lifting the UEFA Cup.This is also the third round of games running Madrid have missed the chance to move ahead of Barcelona at the top of the table, with the Catalans facing Valencia on Sunday, and coach Julen Lopetegui is the rightful target for criticism after a damp squib of a showing.Indeed, the former Spain boss must shoulder the blame for this defeat after a strange team selection which deprived Los Blancos of width and left them toothless in attack.With Marcelo out injured and creative midfielder Isco sidelined too, it didn’t make sense for Lopetegui to drop Asensio, who has the spark and magic in his locker that can unlock a defence.The 22-year-old has not been in dynamite form but has a skill-set that few others possess and can make headway on the flanks.With the exception of Gareth Bale, who was positioned more centrally in any case, Madrid started with only Alvaro Odriozola as someone who could offer any dynamism out wide.The right-back, still bedding in after his summer switch from Real Sociedad, was one of the few Madrid players who found space in the first half, but was unable to make anything of it.Julen Lopetegui Real Madrid AlavesKarim Benzema Real Madrid AlavesMariano Real Madrid AlavesLopetegui, perhaps wary of the Basque side after a strong start to the season, choked the game by playing four natural centre-midfielders in Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Dani Ceballos.Abelardo played one up front instead of his usual two and it led to a first half that saw no clear chances for either side.Lopetegui made a bold move in taking off Karim Benzema at half-time for Mariano Diaz, who offered plenty of energy but no precision.Real’s new No.7 obviously cannot hold a candle to their old one, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow increasingly looming large over this misfiring Madrid side.The Portuguese leaving was not Lopetegui’s fault but the coach is not coming up with any answers to the barrage of questions about his team’s failings in front of goal.Lopetegui has made it fairly clear at the start of the season that he doesn’t trust Vinicius Junior and yet he found himself throwing the young Brazilian on in place of Bale with 10 minutes to go.Lopetegui threw the kitchen sink at Alaves without any rhyme or reason and there were no green shoots for the coach to take hope from ahead of the coming games.Manu Garcia’s 95th-minute winner turns the pressure up on the coach, but even with the score level, Madrid’s goal problem was costing them dearly.Madrid have two matches, both at home against Levante in La Liga and Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, to find goals from somewhere ahead of their Clasico trip to Camp Nou on October 28.last_img read more

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IPL 2017: Amitabh Bachchan adds to glitz in Mumbai Indians’ Champion’s dinner

first_imgIPL 2017 champions Mumbai Indians celebrated their record third Indian Premier League championship with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan in Mumbai on Monday night.Senior Bachchan, an avid fan of the sport, attended the Champion’s dinner commemorating their title win to celebrate the grand success.In a video posted by the team on their Facebook page, Amitabh is seen interacting with Mumbai Indians mentor, Sachin Tendulkar.                  The veteran actor was seen hugging the ‘master blaster’, congratulating Mumbai for their historic win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad last Sunday.The 74-year-old also posed with the team for a few photos.#MIcam@SrBachchan joins our champions in the IPL 2017 Championship celebrations. #CricketMeriJaan #MI pic.twitter.com/SRQF7uAw6Q- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 22, 2017Players were also seen dancing to celebratory beats of the dhol as they were welcomed into the Champion’s dinner.The celebrations had kicked-off from the Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium itself, and continued into the night as the players reached their hotel. The players were welcomed by the hotel staff and a cake cutting ceremony followed. Krunal Pandya starred with the bat to help Mumbai post a decent total of 129/8 and the bowlers then kept Pune tight throughout and edged Pune to the title by just one run.last_img read more

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Felt like a club batter in front of Yuvraj: Kohli

first_imgBirmingham, Jun 5 (PTI) Indian captain Virat Kohli said he “felt like a club batter” when teammate Yuvraj Singh was in full flow in the ICC Champions Trophy win against Pakistan here, crediting the left-hander for taking the pressure off him. Defending champions India started their Champions Trophy campaign with a resounding 124-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan. Kohli and Yuvraj stood out in an all-round batting effort, propelling India to 319 for three after rain halted proceedings twice. Yuvraj smashed 53 off 32 balls, while Kohli made 81 off 68 deliveries. “The way he (Yuvraj) was hitting the ball, I felt like a club batter in front of him,” Kohli told reporters at the post-match press conference. “…after I got to 50, I wasnt able to freely play. And Yuvi came in and just took all the pressure off me. And the way he batted was the way only he can strike the ball, hitting low full tosses for fours and sixes, and even digging out yorkers for fours was outstanding. “I think that really deflated the opposition and that gave me a bit of time to settle in from the other end. When he got out, I took over. But I think his innings was a difference in the game,” he added. While he was pleased with the win, Kohli was not impressed with Indias fielding. “With the bat and ball, right up there — I would say nine out of 10. In the field we were still 6. Its a very strong performance, weve taken the confidence from the practice games. “We need to tighten our fielding to compete hard against the best teams,” he said. The Indian batsmen remained focussed despite the rain breaks with Rohit Sharma (91 off 119), Shikhar Dhawan (68 off 65), Kohli and Yuvraj rising to the occasion in a game reduced to 48-overs-a-side affair. “I think the way Shikhar batted was really good to see. Rohit was taking a bit of time because, understandably so, hes come back after so long to international cricket. IPL is different, but international runs are very different, against a quality bowling attack as well,” Kohli said. “And Hardik, 18 off five balls, was outstanding. We went with four seamers purely because were playing Pakistan. They play spin really well, and most of them are right-handers. “In pressure situations, to have mid-on, mid-off up and hit hard lengths, gives us an advantage. Against other sides, we might use two spinners, depending on their strengths,” he added. Asked what it meant to play against Pakistan given the continuing tensions between the two countries, Kohli chose to offer a diplomatic reply. “This ones done and dusted…We come here to play the sport. And thats all we focus on. Its not my place to speak of any other decisions. The higher officials take care of those decisions,” he said. “My opinion does not matter and should not matter. Its up to them what they decide going ahead. But regardless of who you play, you just want to play cricket,” he added. “Its not preferences over opposition. And thats all I can say to this.” Nonetheless, Kohli said, he does enjoy the competitiveness of Indo-Pak cricket rivalry. “Theyre a very competitive side. The atmosphere is great. From that regard, as a cricketer, we really enjoyed this game, thats all I can say,” he said. Reflecting on his own performance, Kohli said he let the momentum slip after reaching 40 and regretted trying too hard for big hits during his partnership with Yuvraj. “But when he got out, I decided to stay still and just back the strokes that I have and a few connected, and thats what happens in this sport. Momentum comes your way; it goes away. “But youve got to stay patient. And when it comes back, youve got to capitalise on it. So I believed in myself, I can get 30 off 10 balls as well in the end,” he explained. Kohli credited Yuvraj for his knock as well. “Maybe I should have just let Yuvi take the initiative at that stage, not try to hit from the other end. But when youre out there, you just want to get 15 extra for the team,” he said. “Its a tricky situation. But glad I was able to see it through today and end on a high, probably ended up getting 15, 20 more than we thought of, purely because of the way he batted,” Kohli added. Man-of-the-Match Yuvraj was happy that he could capitalise on the chances offered by the Pakistanis. “I thought we all batted really well. The openers gave us a good start, Virat finished well, and it gave me the opportunity to go and attack. You just have to go and back yourself, and tell the opposition that youre here to attack,” he said. “I was lucky I was dropped, but I capitalised and I was hitting it well. I finished well. India-Pakistan is always a big game, and I think it has set us up really well. Hopefully well take this confidence into the next game against Sri Lanka.” On the decision to send Hardik Panya ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli said it was based on the formers ability to strike it big from the first ball itself which dictated the move. “It was unbelievable the way he came out. And we switched in the end. They asked whether we should send Hardik ahead of MS. And everyone agreed, because he just can strike the ball from ball one and has unbelievable ability,” Kohli said. “So I think those three sixes and a boundary was probably a little bit of difference as well in the end,” he elaborated. PTI AH/PM SSC SSCadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe: Niroshan Dickwella fined for attempted Solomon Mire stumping

first_imgNiroshan Dickwella of Sri Lanka has been fined 30 percent of his match fee and received two demerit points for attempting a stumping which was “contrary to the spirit of the game” during the first ODI of the five-match series against Zimbabwe in Galle on Friday.Dickwella was found to have violated Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.The incident happened in the seventh over of Zimbabwe’s innings when Dickwella, who was keeping wicket, after gathering the ball, held it near to the stumps and waited for the striker Solomon Mire to leave his crease.After an unsuccessful attempt to stump Mire, Dickwella waited for another opportunity to get the batsman out long after he had completed his stroke.After the match, Dickwella admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.All level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official warning, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.Dickwella had come into this match with five demerit points against his name. As such, he is now on seven demerit points and pursuant to Article 7.6 of the Code, if he reaches eight or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they will be converted into four suspension points and he will be banned.advertisementFour suspension points equate to a ban from one Test and two ODIs or two T20Is, two Tests or four ODIs or four T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.In February this year, Dickwella had been suspended for two limited-over internationals after his accumulated demerit points had reached five following two breaches in a space of two weeks.The charge was laid by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, third umpire Nigel Llong and fourth umpire Ranmore Martinesz.The two teams will face each other in the second ODI on Sunday.last_img read more

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Slaven Bilic confirms Michail Antonio to miss West Ham’s start of season

first_imgWest Ham United midfielder Michail Antonio is recovering ahead of schedule from a hamstring surgery but will still miss their opening Premier League game against Manchester United, manager Slaven Bilic has said.Antonio, voted the club’s player of the player last season, is recovering from a hamstring injury that ended his campaign in April during a 1-0 victory over Swansea City.Both Antonio and teammate Andy Carroll, who is also on the sidelines with a long-term injury, were left out of the squad for pre-season tours of Austria and Germany.”Michail and Andy are in London,” Bilic told reporters during the club’s pre-season trip to Germany.”He (Antonio) is ahead of the plan. The plan is for him to miss the first game of the season.”Bilic was less optimistic about injury-prone striker Carroll, who has featured only 12 times for the club in 2017.The 28-year-old England international endured a stop-start campaign, nursing groin and knee issues for the majority of last season.”Andy is still not able to train with the team but he is working hard at Rush Green with the physios,” Bilic added.”I am frustrated he cannot play, now he is still injured and it is a big loss for us.”West Ham meet Werder Bremen in a pre-season friendly on Friday before facing the German side again on Saturday.last_img read more

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Xiaomi Mi 6c with Surge S2 processor, 6GB RAM and dual rear cameras leaked online

first_imgXiaomi, in February, became only the fourth smartphone manufacturer in the world — and second in China — to have built a chipset designed and developed in-house. While the first-generation Xiaomi processor called the Surge S1 did not particularly excite those looking for raw fire-power, the company may secretly be working on a more powerful second-generation Surge processor, expected to be called the S2, to silence the critics. The Surge S2 is said to be based on the 16nm TSMC process as opposed to the 28nm-based Surge S1 and will likely launch sometime during the end of this year. Alongside the company may launch a phone, said to be the Mi 6c, to show off the S2’s mobile processing prowess.Although there’s no definite time-line of release, the Mi 6c will reportedly come with an octa-core Surge S2 processor (with four A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz) clubbed with up to 6 gigs of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone is also said to pack a dual camera system consisting of a 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel setup. It is further said to start at 1,999 CNY going all the way to 2,499 CNY.As far as design is concerned, it seems the Mi 5c would be a hybrid cross between the Mi 6 and the Mi 5. It would come with dual curves and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner.Xiaomi’s home-brewed mobile CPU, called the Surge S1, is an octa-core 64-bit processor (2.2GHz quad-core A53 + 1.4GHz quad-core A53) that runs up to 2.2GHz at max frequency. Built on the 28nm High Performance Computing (HPC) process, Xiaomi’s Surge S1 CPU comes with a Mali-T860 quad-core GPU and a 14-bit dual ISP for “enhanced image processing capabilities.” The chipset scores an Antutu score of 64,817, notes the company. Moreover, the Surge ISP algorithm inside is claimed to improve camera light sensitivity by 150 per cent to achieve better low light photos.advertisementAs for the Mi 5c, it comes with an all-metal body — 132g and 7.09mm in thickness – and a 5.15-inch display with 550-nit brightness. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. It sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with 1.25 micron ‘large’ pixel size along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,860mAh battery with support for 9V/2A fast charging.Also Read: Xiaomi launches Mi 5c phone with in-house 8-core Surge S1 processorlast_img read more

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Never stop trying, Usain Bolt tells younger generation

first_imgIconic Usain Bolt hopes the younger generation can receive a message from his legendary experience — anything is possible if one works hard.Retiring Jamaican “lightning” Bolt put on one last appearance on Sunday, the final day of the London World Championships as the 100 metre and 200 metre world record holder went on a lap of honour in a specially arranged farewell ceremony in front of the sell-out spectators.The 11-time world champion and eight-time Olympic gold medalist made a final signature arrow-shooting stance and then left the track for good, Xinhua reported.”I’ve proven that by working hard, anything is possible. For me, I was sitting down today and doing an interview. My motto is anything is possible,” said the 30-year-old.”It shows that everyone should continue trying. I personally feel this is a good message to send to youngsters to push on. If I can leave that to the younger generation, then that’s a good legacy to leave,” Bolt told a packed news conference.The end of Bolt’s career was far from perfect, a bronze in the 100m and he didn’t make the finish line of his last race, the 4x100m relay as he had to limp off the track with injury.”One championship doesn’t change what I’ve done. After losing the 100m someone said to me, ‘Muhammad Ali lost his last fight so don’t be too stressed.’ I have shown my credentials throughout my career so losing my last race isn’t going to change what I’ve done in my sport,” said Bolt.advertisementBolt said right now he had no plan for the future and just wanted to do things he was previously couldn’t as an athlete, such as “have a party and have a drink”.But no matter what he will do in the future, Bolt said he would not return to run again.”I have seen too many people retire and come back and just make it worse, shame themselves. So I personally won’t. I won’t be those stars to come back,” he said.After the lap of honour, Bolt received a framed part of the London track from London mayor Sadiq Khan and Sebastian Coe, head of the ruling body IAAF, who often speaks highly of the legendary runner.last_img read more

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Stuart Broad sets sights on 2019 Ashes, hopes to keep improving

first_imgEngland’s Stuart Broad wants to play in the home Ashes series against Australia in 2019, the paceman has said after passing Ian Botham to take second place on the country’s all-time list of Test wicket-takers.The 31-year-old Broad went past Botham’s haul of 383 wickets during England’s first-Test win over West Indies by an innings and 209 runs at Edgbaston on Saturday.Broad, who has 107 caps, bowled Shane Dowrich to claim his 384th dismissal and finish with five for 81 in the match.”I have a lot of cricket left in me,” Broad told reporters. “I’m really enjoying being a part of this team and hopefully have a few more miles in the tank.”I’ll be 33 in 2019. I certainly hope that my performances will keep improving so that I’m part of that 2019 Ashes.”England, who hold the Ashes, visit Australia for a five-Test series in November. The two sides meet again in England in 2019.Broad is keen on maintaining his fitness levels ahead of their trip down under but insists he would not want to be rested for the remaining two Tests against the Caribbean side.”This winter is a hugely exciting one,” he added. “The two teams are very similar so it should be a belter.”I will politely be suggesting that I will be having sufficient rest in September and October to be available for the next two tests against West Indies.”England’s second Test against West Indies begins on Friday at Headingley.last_img read more

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Bayern Munich win, Borussia Dortmund climb on top in Bundesliga

first_imgGerman football champions Bayern Munich overcame Werder Bremen 2-0 owing to Robert Lewandowski’s second-half brace while Borussia Dortmund edged Hertha Berlin 2-0 to move atop the standings in the 2nd round of Bundesliga.Bayern wrapped up their second straight win whereas resilient Bremen suffered their second loss in a row on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency.The hosts staged a well-positioned defence and were able to keep the “Bavarians”, who lacked in penetration and ideas, on the distance for most of the time.Thus, Bayern created only two chances within the first half as Corentin Tolisso’s effort was denied by the woodwork before Arjen Robben came close with a header from inside the box.Carlo Ancelotti’s men increased the pressure after the restart. Still the visitors had to wait until 72nd minute before Kingsley Coman’s square pass found Lewandowski, who slotted home with back heel.The Pole gained momentum and completed his brace only three minutes later when he nutmegged Jiri Pavlenka with a shot from the edge of the box to seal the deal with 75 minutes played.Reuters Photo Borussia Dortmund reaped a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin. The hosts ensured a bright start on home soil as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke the deadlock after slotting home Nuri Sahin’s cross with 15 minutes into the game.The BVB dominated the game but Hertha Berlin defended well. However, the “Old Lady” was hapless after the restart when Sahin doubled the lead with a dropkick from 16 meters in the 57th minute.With the result, Dortmund move atop the Bundesliga standings to secure a perfect start into the season.advertisementElsewhere, Wolfsburg defeated Frankfurt 1-0 as Daniel Didavi scored the only goal of the game.Wasteful Bayer Leverkusen shared the spoils with clinical Hoffenheim following a two-all draw.Newly promoted Stuttgart recorded their first win of the season after beating Mainz on the sole goal from Holger Badstuber.Augsburg secured a 2-2 draw on home soil with a late goal from Sergio Cordova against Borussia Monchengladbach.last_img read more

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New Delhi: Oct 11, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with

first_imgCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Patna: Birth anniversary of Jai Prakash Narayan in Patna (B) New Delhi: PM pays tribute to Nanaji Deshmukh at his birth centenary celebration(B) Jammu: Mehbooba Mufti during inauguration of radio RED (B) New Delhi: Amir Khan at press conference(B) Kolkata: Fire in Kolkata(B) Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchans 75th birthday (B) Pathankot: Voting in Gurdaspur (B) Bhopal: Ramleela Utsav in Bhopal (B) Mumbai: Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai (A) New Delhi: File.. Anupam Kher becomes new chairman of FTII(B) INTERNATIONAL Barcelona : People with Catalan flags gather during a rally in Barcelona(B) Jerusalem: Jerusalem March (B) Los Angeles: Tessa Thompson arrives at the world premiere of “Thor: Ragnarok”(B) Napa: Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through the California wine country(B) Washington: 2017 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington(B) Duesseldorf: A concert in the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf,(A) SPORTS Amsterdam/ Quito/ Couva/Sao Paulo/Lima/Montevideo /Lisbon/ Saint-Denis : 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match (B+A) PTI PHOTO VNA OS OSSlast_img read more

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Of high tea and fine wine

first_imgThe grub guide1) GROVER ZAMPA AURIGAPictures courtesy: Rudra SenCelebrating 25 years of winemaking, Grover Zampa has launched the extravagant Auriga, India’s first ever sparkling wine with gold flakes. “We stand for heritage, rich culture and exceptional craftsmanship,” says Kapil Grover, Chairman, Grover Zampa Vineyards. Winning 92 awards since 2013 across,The grub guide1) GROVER ZAMPA AURIGAPictures courtesy: Rudra SenCelebrating 25 years of winemaking, Grover Zampa has launched the extravagant Auriga, India’s first ever sparkling wine with gold flakes. “We stand for heritage, rich culture and exceptional craftsmanship,” says Kapil Grover, Chairman, Grover Zampa Vineyards. Winning 92 awards since 2013 across various distinguished international platforms, this year, they have also become the only Indian producer of Brut sparkling wine with edible gold flakes-a process that embodies craftsmanship and finesse.What’s special is that the gently aged wine has citrus and floral aromas. The palate is intense with a pleasant sensation of fruit and creaminess. The notes extend to a long and refreshing finish with hints of brioche and dried apricot. Website groverzampa.in Price Rs 1,500 (750ml)2) YOKU MOKUThe premium Japanese cookie brand made its foray in India with its first store in Mumbai in August. Now a well-respected international brand, founder Noriichi Fujinawa named his confectionery brand after the Swedish town, Jokkmokk where he first tasted European butter cookies.Their cookies use butter instead of flour as the main ingredient, adding a unique combination of egg whites, sugar and flour to create what they call the ‘golden balance’. What’s special is that they’re made with the finest natural ingredients, including Hokkaido butter, and are preservative-free. At 12/14, Ground Floor, Rajgir Chamber, Opposite Old Customs House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort Tel 22-66381056 Website yokumoku.in Price Rs 1,800 (for a box of Billet Aux Amandes) onwards3) THE TGL COPicture courtesy: Mandar DeodharIn 2014, working in the London office of the Boston Consulting Group, Bhuman Dani would often hit Amanzi, a tea bar in central London. That was the beginning of his fascination with tea. Dani, now back home in Mumbai, runs the gourmet tea company with co-founder Shariq Ashraf.Less than a year-old, TGL Co’s delicious gourmet teas are already among the most popular in the city. On menus across most Mumbai cafes and restaurants, their blends are unconventional and cater to both non-tea drinkers and lovers of tea. Their first experiential store, at the Sofitel Hotel in BKC, allows you to sample the brew before you buy.advertisementWhat’s special about their tea is that they ensure the perfect balance of taste and nutrition. “Our ingredients are sourced from across the globe, and the tea leaves are not only from the Indian subcontinent but also from China and Japan-where the best Oolong, white and green tea grows.Targeting India’s youth-centric, health and wellness-conscious market, our teas are blended at an undisclosed location in Europe under the watchful eye of culinary experts and botanists,” says Dani. At TGL Tea Salon, Outside Artisan Cafe, Sofitel Hotel, C 57, Bandra Kurla Complex Tel 022-61175000 Price Rs 599 onwards (for 50 gm) Price tglteas.com4) ENTISI CHOCOLATESUnable to find chocolate good enough to satisfy her craving, Nikki Thakker decided to commit herself to giving India a chocolate brand that it could be proud of. She travelled across Europe to understand the science behind chocolatemaking, imported machines from Italy, Belgium and USA, and last month, she launched Entisi Chocolatier, a boutique chocolate store in Santacruz.Here she stocks single-origin chocolate tablets from Madagascar, Tanzania, Ghana and Ecuador, bars with freeze dried fruits, bonbons with exotic flavors like raspberry, ginger lime, truffle oil etc., dragees, chocolate spreads and more. What’s special is that they also make diabetic-friendly, sugar-free chocolates, exotic Asian and Italian flavours, as well as Indian flavours.At Krishna Villa, Junction of Linking Road and Saraswati Road, Santacruz West Website entisi.com Price Bon bons are for Rs 60; Gifting boxes start from Rs 395 5) TYAANI.COMKaran Johar has always wornseveral hats. Collaborating with Satyani Fine Jewellery, he brings hisdistinctive touch to their online polki store Tyaani.com. What’s special is that in their pursuit of creating affordable and wearable 22 karatpolki necklaces, bracelets, pendants, maangtikkas, jhumkas, andmulti-hued chandbalis, they use the proprietary gold rolling technique.This makes the jewellery light but retains the required quantity of gold,making it the ideal travel companion on a destination wedding. “Thechallenge was to create a shift in how polki is worn-from just beingbridal and trousseau wear to being something you can wear to work or onan evening out with friends,” says Johar. At Tyaani Jewellery, 2ndFloor, Bandra 190, Turner Road, Bandra West Website tyaani.com PriceStarts at Rs 10,0006) ISHARYAPicture courtesy: Jeremy MontemayorThe global fashion jewellery brand Isharya commemorated its 14th anniversary withthe launch of their first Mumbai store in Bandra. Set up by USA-basedRadhika Tandon and her sister-in-law Gauri Tandon, based in Mumbai, thebrand has garnered a huge international following. When they first setup, no one was really creating Indian costume jewellery. “It was eitherreally fine or bottom of the barrel stuff,” says Gauri. Deeply inspiredby the city, the duo have created the latest Bombay Deco collection,which takes from the city’s large number of art deco buildings. What’sspecial is that they work on an Indian aesthetic, but still createsomething that could be worn all the time rather than just at weddings.So you could easily spot someone in California wearing what a patron at aMilanese cafe is sporting. “Our idea is to take Indian techniques anddesigns and try to marry one with the other,” says Gauri. Resin plays abig role in their designs, a trend that Chanel is credited for startingin the 1920s; what Indianises it, is its use in combination with styleslike filigree. At 7, corner view, Bandra (west) Website isharya.comPrice Rs 3,480 onwardsadvertisement7) VANITY CASKWith 30 years experience in the retail sector, Vanity Cask founder TarunJoshi’s idea was to create a platform through which women could discover and sample luxury beauty products. Following the subscription model,the Vanity Cask beauty box contains samples of luxury beauty brands,handpicked by experts to suit the Indian consumer.Their firstskincare box contained five samples from brands such as Clinque, Vichy,Votre, Kama and Thalgo, the haircare box included Batiste, Balmain,Organix (OGX), Votre & The Nature’s Co, while the current festiveedition contains products from Biotique, Votre, Thalgo, Mom’s Therapyand MCaffeine.What’s special is that they tie up with brandslike the German-made Babor offering generous freebies to customers whoare able to get access to the best international beauty products.Website vanitycask.com Price Rs 999 a month, Rs 2,399 for 3 months, Rs4,199 for 6 months8) WELLNESS CUISINE AT SHILLIMPicture courtesy: Mandar DeodharThe new chef helming the kitchens at the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat andSpa, Chef Shubhendu Kadam, has created a new menu based on theprinciples of Ayurvedic rejuvenation. The food is made using fresh,seasonal produce with cooking techniques that stress on preservingnatural flavours and wellness properties of the ingredients.What’s special is that dishes on the menu are specifically recommended as perthe Ayurvedic principles of Dosha (or body type). The menu includesdishes such as a spinach stuffed amaranth and walnut idli with chutney;pumpkin ginger and coconut cappuccino, beetroot aur til ke kebab,southern spiced chicken tikka and so on. At Pawana Nagar, Taluka Maval,Shilim Website shillimretreatandspa.hilton. com9) SULA THE SOURCEThis Tuscan-inspired resort overlooks the vineyards. The facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, a spa, gym and a restaurant. If youhaven’t visited the winery before, a tour and tasting session with thewinemakers is recommended.What’s special at The Source are their luxury tree houses, which promise to bring you closer to nature. AtSula Vineyards, Gat 36/2, Govardhan Village, Off Gangapur-SavargaonRoad, Nashik Website sulawines.com Price Rs 6,500 a night onwardsadvertisement10) MEESHAPicture courtesy: Rajwant RawatCombining India’s rich textile heritage with the French aesthetic, MEESHA beganin 2011 when three friends across New Delhi and Paris decided to createsomething extraordinary together. The Fall Winter 17 collection ofscarves and accessories is inspired by dance, and they have attempted to capture music and movement in each of their prints.”The graceof ballet, the fire of tango, the vigour of the Masai and thesoulfulness of the Mevlevi are all celebrated in this collection,” saysMeesha Khanna. What’s special is that at the heart of the brand are theweavers weaving the finest natural wool and cotton found in thediversity of the Indian heartland. At Le Mill, 1st Floor, PherozeBuilding, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Colaba Price From Rs 4,000for pocket squares to Rs 20,000 for the pure cashmere scarves11) INJIRI BY CHINAR FAROOQUIBungalow 8’s creative director Maithili Ahluwalia compares Chinar Farooqui totextile doyenne Asha Sarabhai. “Both designers-three decades and manyfashion cycles apart-have been feted by the West for their ability tostay honest to their roots,” she says. Both worked from her creative’oasis’ in Ahmedabad, catering to ‘discreet internationalists’ as TheIndependent, UK, described her clientele.Bungalow 8 is among the very few stores to stock Farooqui’s designs in the country. And a fewweeks ago, welcomed her latest collection ‘Char Bagh’-a collection offloral block prints inspired by dried flowers and botanical sketches.What’s special about Farooqui’s designs is that it fits in perfectlywith the idea of ‘conscious luxury’. Making traditional contemporary,she uses only hand-woven cotton from artisans in Kutch and doesn’tbelieve in using fabrics imported from the West. At Bungalow 8, InsideWankhede Stadium, North Stand E & F Block, D Road, Churchgate Tel022-2281988012) BERLEIGHA luxurymulti-brand footwear and accessories retailer, the Berleigh store atHorniman Circle brings together the finest products from celebratedbrands from around the world. While Indian consumers are more consciousof their appearance, there was a gap in the market for superior qualityshoes with great craftsmanship, believes Payal Bathija, Creative head at Heel & Buckle Luxury Pvt. Ltd. “We wanted to provide them the beststyles and quality from all around the world. Also, we will keepintroducing newer brands at Berleigh for our customers,” she says.At the moment, 80 per cent of the brands cater to men and 20 per cent towomen, but they’re planning to introduce more women-centric brands toBerleigh. What’s special is that their experts travel around the globeto identify and personally select every item, calling on the fashionindustry’s top names and always striving to provide the best selection.At Ground Floor, ReadyMoney Mansion, Veer Nariman Road, Fort Websiteberleigh.com Price Rs 800 onwards13) JADEPicture courtesy: Mandar DeodharMonica Shah and Karishma Swali of JADE commemorated their 10 year journey with the launch of their massive new store on Peddar Road earlier this year. The haveli-inspired store, decorated by designer Monica Shah, isreplete with curios, antiques and sculptures from across the country.”The idea was to create a space that embraces you and envelops you in an ambience that is inspiring, while celebrating a design ethos that isIndia’s heritage,” says Swali.What’s special is that theflagship store is a one-stop shop for all things JADE and includes thebridal studio. ‘Amoh by Jade’ the popular new luxury pret line isdisplayed in the very first section, followed by the couture line whichis for occasion wear, and lastly the Signature Bridal Heirlooms atelierwhich is by appointment only. At Mewar Apartments, Next to SophiaCollege Lane, Peddar Road Tel 9833115000last_img read more

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Bravo, Razzaq new joinees in St Moritz Ice Cricket

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) West Indies Dwayne Bravo and Pakistans Abdul Razzaq are the latest cricketers to join a host of former stars for the inaugural St. Moritz Ice Cricket to be held in Switzerland from February 8-9.The other big names confirmed for the event are Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Shoaib Akhtar, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Grant Elliot, Monty Panesar, Shahid Afridi, Graeme Smith and Owais Shah.The unique two-day event is set against the serene and breath-taking backdrop of the Swiss mountains which will host two matches in two days.The lake freezes into an extremely thick layer of ice which then gets covered by the soft falling snow, enabling the lake to withstand more than 200 tons of weight, which makes it the perfect area to construct a pavilion village and grandstands to watch and support the festivities.The cricketers have been divided into two teams — Badrutts Palace Diamonds and Royals.Besides the two matches, the itinerary will also boast of a scenic tour of the Swiss local and a gala dinner where the fans will get a chance to rub shoulders with their favorite cricketers.The event is a joint initiative of Vijay Singh, CEO, VJ Sports and Akhilesh Bahuguna, Director, All Spheres Pvt Ltd.”We are delighted to have Dwayne Bravo and Abdul Razzaq as the newest additions to Team Royals. Both have a very good fan following and the crowd at the stadium and elsewhere will have a great time watching their favorite players battle it out in the snow,” said Bahuguna.advertisement”I am particularly happy about Bravo joining the ranks as he becomes the first from West Indies to do so. We are surely going to get enthralled with the Caribbean spirit.”Vijay Singh, CEO, VJ Sports added: “Everyone remembers the nail-biting matches when Virender Sehwag used to bat against the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Abdul Razzaq. We are all set to recreate history and are really excited to see all these legendary players once again take on the challenge and give their fans a lot to cheer about.”The unique aspect is, of course, the 22 yards giving way to snow rather than the usual soiled one.”Players will use the traditional cricketing gear including the red-ball but will wear sports shoes instead of spikes. The matches will be played on a matting pitch. PTI SSC AT ATlast_img read more

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Ranji Trophy 2017: Vidarbha chase history in title clash vs Delhi

first_imgVidarbha will be chasing history when they take the field on Friday against Delhi, who will be chasing their eighth title at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.After five decades, Vidarbha will finally have a crack at the title in their 267th Ranji Trophy match. But standing in their way will be a Delhi side led by young Rishabh Pant, who have the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Nitish Ran and Unmukt Chand in their ranks. A battle-heartened Delhi have put behind their mediocre performances in the last two seasons and look rejuvenated in their bid to lift the title.Vidarbha will certainly be the underdogs but their consistent performances to reach the final will be a tough challenge for the hungry Pant-led side, who last won the title a decade back.Delhi have certainly had a great turn-around from last season, where their off-field antics made more news than what was going on it. The spat between then captain Gautam Gambhir and coach KP Bhaskar was out in the open and that severely affected their performances.Gambhir has come out rejuvenated and the out-of-favour India opener has scored three centuries and two fifties this year and would be happy to add to it. From scoring a crucial 95 in the fourth-innings quarterfinal chase against Madhya Pradesh to the century versus Bengal in the last-four stage, Gambhir has had a decisive role in the team’s progress to the final, and a substantial outing here would be befitting. Talking about his form he said that he is looking to score runs and help his team because that’s what makes him happy.advertisement”It has been satisfying (season). You want to put your hands up and perform in crucial games for your team. That’s what the team expects you to do as well. Scoring runs makes me happy. It keeps me motivated. Winning a game of cricket is equally important to me,” Gambhir told Mail Today in an interview.Gambhir gave up the captaincy and it has certainly helped him. Talking about it he said: “Sometimes I feel I have done enough. Captaining the entire season is a very long time. It is not like the IPL where you just finish in two months. Captaining day in and day out can be very tiring as well. So I thought it is time someone else does it.”However, given Vidarbha’s spirited run to their maiden title clash, Delhi are well aware of the threat the first-timers could pose over the next few days.Not one to take anything for granted, Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant said on the eve of the match,”We are just focused on the job at hand. We know we will have to play really well to win the match.”Medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani has become the toast of the domestic scene since he ran through season favourites Karnataka’s a star-studded batting line-up in the semifinal in Kolkata.Vidarbha hero Gurbani reflects on �??dream come true�?? moment. While speaking to https://t.co/LpYM4tHRTK the fast bowler says he was determined to book his team�??s maiden @paytm #RanjiTrophy final berth – https://t.co/Ffu8QHYzU8 pic.twitter.com/jZZzcXxZEH- BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) December 21, 2017Gambhir’s much-younger opening partner, Kunal Chandela, too is coming off a century in the semi-final, and Delhi are fortunate to enter the season’s biggest game with their openers in top form.Nitish Rana has scored a lot of runs batting in the middle-order.The seven-time winners have a young captain in Pant and though he has had a quiet season, the wicketkeeper would certainly look to impress the national selectors present there, with handsome contributions.Navdeep Saini, the 25-year-old pacer, has been a consistent wicket-taker for Delhi this season. His seven- wicket match haul against Bengal in the semifinal contributed to his team s innings win.The bowler from Karnal, whose rise has been documented over the past few days, meant business in the group stages too, picking up wickets against Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.Saini’s pace bowling colleague, Kulwant Khejroliya too took four wickets against Bengal, as the duo bundled out their opponents for a paltry 86 in the second innings.Left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra has been the leading wicket-taker for Delhi this season, and has shone through the league, snaring a bag full of wickets against Madhya Pradesh, Hyderabad, Maharashtra and Railways. He has been accompanied by another left-arm spinner, Manan Sharma.As far as Vidarbha are concerned, their charge has been led by the experienced Faiz Fazal (843 runs at an average of 76.63) and his opening partner, Sanjay Ramaswamy (735 runs at an average 66.81).advertisementLast but not the least are veteran Wasim Jaffer and coach Chandrakant Pandit, who have won multiple titles with Mumbai.The duo have been inspiration for the Vidarbha youngsters as they know the recipe for winning India’s blue riband trophy.Squads Vidarbha: Faiz Fazal (C), Sanjay Ramaswamy, Wasim Jaffer, Ganesh Sathish, Apoorv Wankhede, Vinod Wadkar (WK), Aditya Sarwate, Akshay Wakhare, SiddeshNeral, Rajneesh Gurbani, Karn Sharma, Shalabh Srivastava, Siddhesh Wath (WK), Akshay Karnewar, Suniket Bingewar, Ravikumar Thakur, Aditya ThakareDelhi: Rishabh Pant (C and WK), Gautam Gambhir, Kunal Chandela, Dhruv Shorey, Nitish Rana, Himmat Singh, Manan Sharma, Vikas Mishra, Vikas Tokas, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Akash Sudan, Shivam Sharma, Unmukt Chand, Milind Kumar.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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PM Modi’s Mann ki baat becomes the most trended hashtag in India in 2017

first_imgIn this age of social media, the concept of hashtags is not alien to most people. Every day, social sites witness a new set of hashtags around which, users from all over the world put their thoughts forward.Some hastags, though, go on to grab the maximum attention and turn out to be the most trending ones.This year, #MannKiBaat became the favourite most trending topic on Twitter for India.Mann Ki Baat is a radio programme hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the last Sunday of every month. It features on All India Radio, DD National and DD News.One of the factors that makes the show so popular is that listeners are also invited to send their own audios. Every month, some selected audios are broadcast on the show.In fact, the Mann ki Baat alone fetches a large amount of revenue for All India Radio.#Mannkibaat sparked a great deal of commentary all over the year, including a tweet from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar that went viral.Thank you @PMOIndia for the mention. Preparation is key for everyone..be it a student or a player. Focus makes the challenge less daunting. https://t.co/gqQsU1Lcfi- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 29, 2017 Mann ki Baat started in October 2014. To expand more and reach maximum population possible, the show is being planned to be broadcast in regional dialects too. While #ManKiBaat topped the list,  #jalikattu and #GST were not far behind.Jallikattu, a traditional Tamilian bull-taming sport, was in the spotlight earlier in 2017, and gained the second spot.advertisementGST, which sparked mixed opinions among people, went on to become the third most trending topic in India on Twitter.Apart from these, there were many more hashtags that ruled social media platforms: #MumbaiRains and #TripleTalaq emerged as some of the top trending hashtags of the year.Other trending hashtags of 2017 were #Demonetisation, #SwachhBharat, #UttarPradesh, #GujaratElections and #Aadhaar.last_img read more

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League Cup: Sergio Aguero grabs stoppage time winner for Man City in semi-final first leg

first_imgSergio Aguero netted in stoppage time to give quadruple-chasing Manchester City a 2-1 victory over Bristol City in the first leg of their English League Cup semifinal on Tuesday.Despite leading the Premier League by 15 points, Man City was given a stern test by the second-tier visitors who took the lead through Bobby Reid’s penalty in the 44th minute.Kevin De Bruyne’s equaliser soon after the break turned the tide and City then laid siege to their opponents’ defence in the closing stages before Aguero’s goal gave them a vital advantage ahead of the return leg in two weeks’ time.”My players were fantastic because in football you can win, you can lose, but we try until the end. We win many games in the last minutes because we don’t give up,” City manager Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports.But the The gulf in status between the sides wasn’t always obvious.Bristol City attacked with pace and confidence. Joe Bryan, who scored a spectacular goal in the quarterfinal win over Manchester United, was often leading the charge at Etihad Stadium.”(We’re) disappointed to concede late on but we can hold our heads high,” Bristol City manager Lee Johnson told Sky Sports. “We played very well today, could have had a couple more goals but we pushed probably the best team in the world all the way.”We’re still in the contest. We’re disappointed but we’re looking forward to the next game.”With Manchester City unbeaten domestically all season and streaking clear in the Premier League it was hard to imagine them facing much of a test at home to Lee Johnson’s side, who are 14 points off the pace in the second division.advertisementYet the visitors had beaten four top flight sides en route to the semi-finals, including City’s arch rivals Manchester United in the last round, and were in no mood to lie down and wait for Guardiola’s City juggernaut to mow them over.The hosts enjoyed the majority of early possession and came close to taking the lead when Bernardo Silva’s deflected effort rippled the side netting in the 15th minute, before De Bruyne forced visiting keeper Frank Fielding into a sharp save.RASH CHALLENGEYet the Championship side looked threatening on the break and, after the hosts had their own penalty appeal turned down when Bailey Wright manhandled Stones, referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot at the other end.Stones dived into a rash challenge on Reid, who stepped up and coolly dispatched his penalty a minute before halftime.City were almost level immediately but Raheem Sterling’s chipped effort was headed off the line and over by Aden Flint while the England winger was denied again when one-on-one with the keeper early in the second half.The lead lasted until the 55th minute when De Bruyne drove forward and fed Sterling, who pulled the ball back for the Belgian to lash home from 15 metres.Sterling fluffed another chance when he struck the ball straight at Fielding from close range with 20 minutes remaining, while Leroy Sane dragged an effort wide before Guardiola summoned Aguero off the bench.It proved decisive as Silva dinked in a cross and the diminutive Argentine nipped in front of Fielding to power home a header from close range.English champions Chelsea host Arsenal in a London derby on Wednesday in the other semi-final first-leg clash.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Virat Kohli inspires me to be fit: Mithali Raj

first_imgIndia women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj on Thursday heaped praise on skipper Virat Kohli and said it is commendable how he stays focused on staying fit throughout the year.”It feels great that all of them are getting their due, and that people are finally recognising them,” the 34-year-old said at an event.”I’ve come so far playing cricket in an era where it was not really appreciated, and responding to trolls is not really worth my time.”There are so many people who inspire me every day, not one person. But if I do have to name someone, it’s got to be Virat Kohli, for bringing the focus on fitness. Be it the men or women, everyone wants to be the best in international cricket,” Raj added.last_img read more

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Supreme Court refuses stay PETA plea to ban Kambala. What is Kambala?

first_imgThe Supreme Court has refused to stay a plea filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to ban a legislation in Karnataka that permits the annual buffalo race known as Kambala.The sport is similar to the other controversial traditional game called Jallikattu. The Kambala season begins in November and goes on till March.10 things you should know about KambalaKambala is a contest where two pairs of buffaloes tied ploughs are made to race on slush-filled tracks with a jockey guiding them while they run.The buffaloes are made to run at a speed that they time close to 12 to 13 seconds while covering a distance of 140 to 160 metres.The farmers use a whip to nudge the buffalo ahead and try and make them a medal winner.The Kambala season generally starts in November and lasts till March l the following year.The winning pair of buffaloes were awarded coconuts as part of this centuries-old tradition but these days the race is for a gold medal or a trophy. Kambala races are nowadays conducted day and night under floodlights.Animal rights activists have opposed the sport saying that tying the noses of the buffaloes with a rope and using a whip amounts to cruelty.Supreme Court in 2014 had banned Kambala and Jallikattu based on a petition filed by various animal rights organisations.Kambala supporters have been protesting since the ordinance on jallikattu was moved by the Tamil Nadu government lifting the ban.Massive protests and processions are being taken around with buffaloes to put pressure on the Karnataka government to move a similar ordinance.Kambala is a traditional bull sport similar to Jallikattu advertisementlast_img read more

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Judge Overturns Brady’s Suspension

first_imgNEW YORK — A Federal judge deflated Deflategate on Sept. 3, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for a controversy that the NFL claimed threatened football’s integrity.U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback.Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season’s AFC championship game.The written decision frees Brady to prepare for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The ruling was a surprise to some legal experts who believed Berman was merely pressuring the league to settle when he criticized its handling of the investigation and discipline over the last eight months.The league brought the scandal to Berman’s Manhattan courtroom immediately once Goodell upheld Brady’s four-game suspension, blasting the quarterback for arranging the destruction of his cellphone and its nearly 10,000 messages just before he was interviewed for the NFL probe. The union countersued, said Brady did nothing wrong and asked the judge to nullify the suspension.While the league investigation found it was “more probable than not” that two Patriots ball handling employees deliberately released air from Patriots game balls at January’s 45-7 New England victory over the Indianapolis Colts, it cited no direct evidence that Brady knew about or authorized it.Goodell, though, went beyond the initial investigation report, finding in late July as a result of testimony from Brady and others that the quarterback conspired with the ball handlers and tried to obstruct the league’s probe, including by destroying his cellphone.The Commissioner said he concluded Brady “knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards” to ensure balls were deflated.Berman attacked the league while questioning one of its lawyers at two hearings, citing a lack of proof against Brady and asking how Goodell settled on a four-game suspension instead of other discipline.He warned the league that he had the authority to overturn its punishment of Brady if he found the NFL acted unfairly by refusing to deliver NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash as a witness even though he worked on the NFL investigation.Berman’s ruling does not necessarily end the dispute. The league can appeal.Berman had repeatedly urged both sides to settle and tone down their rhetoric. At a hearing Aug. 31 attended by Brady and Goodell, the judge announced that both sides had “tried quite hard” to reach a deal in morning talks. But the case was left for him to decide.As they negotiated, the sides attacked each other in court papers.In one August court filing, the union said the four-game suspension displayed “a clearly biased agenda — not an effort at fairness and consistency,” and it criticized Goodell’s ruling upholding the suspension as a “smear campaign,” a “propaganda piece written for public consumption.”In its papers, the NFL said there was “ample support” in evidence for the commissioner to conclude Brady was involved in efforts by the Patriots equipment personnel to deflate footballs.(LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Disgraced Platini Gives Up UEFA

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares GENEVA — Michel Platini will resign as UEFA President after failing to overturn his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which cut his sanction from six to four years.Platini called the verdict a “deep injustice” and said he will now step down from the UEFA position he has held since 2007.CAS effectively removed Platini from world soccer by ensuring his ban “corresponds to the duration of a presidential term,” the court said in a statement.Platini’s current UEFA mandate expires in March 2019, and the next FIFA presidential election is due in May 2019.“This decision is inflicting me a suspension whose length will de facto prevent me — as if by chance — from bidding for the next FIFA presidential election,” Platini said in a statement.Leaving UEFA also frees him to pursue an appeal to Swiss courts and “establish my integrity in this case,” Platini said. Switzerland’s supreme court can overturn verdicts if legal process is abused but will not re-judge the evidence.The court ruled that Platini was guilty of conflict of interest for taking a $2 million payment from FIFA approved by Sepp Blatter in 2011. The money was uncontracted extra salary for working as Blatter’s presidential adviser from 1999-2002, and was largely unknown until it was revealed by Swiss federal prosecutors last September.The CAS panel “was not convinced by the legitimacy of the 2,000,000 Swiss francs payment, which was only recognized by Mr. Platini and Mr. Blatter,” the CAS statement said.Platini got the money “more than eight years after the end of his work relations, was not based on any document established at the time of the contractual relations and did not correlate with the alleged unpaid part of his salary,” the court said.In deciding the ban, the judges said Platini’s attitude in court was a factor in the verdict.The ruling cited “the absence of any repentance and the impact that this matter has had on FIFA’s reputation.”FIFA was also criticized by the court for knowing about the irregular payment for four years before the independent ethics committee opened an investigation. For that reason, CAS dismissed a FIFA ethics charge against Platini of disloyalty to FIFA.The case ended Platini’s hopes of replacing Blatter at FIFA.The UEFA executive committee will meet next week in Basel, Switzerland, on the sidelines of the Europa League final to discuss replacing Platini. An election is likely in mid-September at meetings of European soccer leaders in Athens, Greece.Blatter is awaiting a CAS hearing to challenge his six-year ban.Blatter and Platini were provisionally suspended by the FIFA ethics committee last October, then banned for eight years. FIFA’s appeal panel cut two years off their sanctions in February as reward for their long service to the sport.The verdict came on May 9, one month before a project close to Platini’s heart — the European Championship in his native France — kicks off. He captained France to the title when it last hosted the tournament in 1984.Platini said as he left his hearing at CAS 10 days ago that he will attend matches as a guest at Euro 2016, played in nine cities from June 10-July 10. However, his ban bars him from formal business contact with soccer officials.Platini put his faith in the independence of CAS throughout his case, and criticized the FIFA ethics court as biased. He often said there were forces inside soccer’s world body trying to block his presidential bid, though he did not identify who.The CAS panel judged the evidence afresh and had the power to impose a life ban on Platini if it believed bribery and corruption were factors.Platini received his money from FIFA in February 2011, when Blatter was preparing for what became a bitterly fought re-election contest against Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar. The Platini-led UEFA pledged support to Blatter before Bin Hammam’s candidacy was ended by allegations he bribed Caribbean voters.The timing of the payment in an election year was noted in the CAS statement on.Platini and Blatter, the Frenchman’s former mentor, deny wrongdoing, and claim they had a verbal contract for the additional money.“I had confidence in Mr. Blatter that he would pay me,” Platini said at CAS in Lausanne last month, when asked about the nine-year delay which breached Swiss law. “What is the problem?”Both men, whose friendship soured as Platini’s FIFA leadership ambitions grew, have effectively been a star witness in each other’s appeal case. They were heard on back-to-back days at the two earlier FIFA tribunals.An entirely different CAS panel will judge Blatter’s appeal and should take into account the Platini verdict, CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb said last month.In February, Blatter was replaced as FIFA President by Gianni Infantino, Platini’s long-time right-hand man at UEFA.UEFA publicly stood by Platini since details emerged last September, when Swiss Federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against Blatter for suspected mismanagement. Both men were quizzed at FIFA headquarters after an executive committee meeting.“Life has always given me beautiful surprises,” Platini said. “Now I’m available to live them.”(GRAHAM DUNBAR and SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writers)last_img read more

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