Probable line-ups: Roma-Gladbach

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Edin Dzeko should start for Roma with a protective mask against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Europa League later. Dzeko is Roma’s only recognised striker available after Nikola Kalinic suffered a leg fracture. Even though the Bosnian himself is not fully fit, he has been given the green light to play with a mask protecting his healing cheekbone. Elsewhere, a lack of options should see Javier Pastore join Jordan Veretout in the midfield double pivot. Monchengladbach, meanwhile, have bounced back from their 4-0 thrashing by Wolfsberger to move top of the Bundesliga. Joint-top goalscorer Alassane Plea should be fit enough to start, despite struggling with a thigh problem. Other than that, the Germans too have an injury crisis on their hands, with Tobias Sippel, Matthias Ginter, Tobias Strobl, Torben Musel, Fabian Johnson, Keanan Bennetts, Ibrahima Traore and Raffael all out. Roma (probable): Pau Lopez; Spinazzola, Fazio, Smalling, Kolarov; Pastore, Veretout; Kluivert, Zaniolo, Perotti; Dzeko Borussia Monchengladbach (probable): Sommer; Lainer, Jantsche, Elvedi, Wendt; Zakaria, Kramer; Neuhaus, M Thuram, Plea; Embolo Referee: Collum (SCO)last_img read more

Tudor: ‘7-1 doesn’t represent Udinese’

first_imgIgor Tudor underlines the importance of Udinese bouncing back as they are “disappointed and angry” after the weekend’s harsh 7-1 loss to Atalanta. Tomorrow they welcome Roma to the the Dacia Arena and Tudor is looking for a response from his players as they play their second out of three in a busy week of Italian football. “We spoke a little and we have accepted our responsibilities. Tomorrow we need a good performance, that’s the goal,” the Coach said at a Press conference on Tuesday. “I’m sure the lads are disappointed and angry. Tomorrow we will give our all to perform at home against Roma.” The former defender wants to put the nightmare to bed as he moves forward, trying to convince his players that they are stronger than their last result. “I’m convinced that this team has the capacity to react. The loss to Atalanta was an ugly episode, but I’m sure that this does not represent our team,” added the 41-year-old. He is expecting a similar kind of opponent when Paulo Fonseca’s men arrive in Friuli. “They play in a very similar way. They have been hurt by a lot of injuries, but still have a lot of champions in their team. I still don’t think it will be easy for them tomorrow.” 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: read more

Bike rally to promote CWG 2010

first_imgThe build-up to this year’s Commonwealth Games continues with Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Sunday flagging off a Delhi to Leh bike rally to promote the event across five states.The rally being taken by 34 bikers will cover 3500 kms over a period of 15 days through five states on their way to Leh and back.”The bikers would spread the message and spirit of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi while passing through the states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir,” OC said in a statement.”I wish the bikers all the best and a safe journey as they embark on the journey to Leh covering five states and a distance of 3500 kms. The Commonwealth Games is not just for Delhi but for India and these bikers while crossing the five states of north India will spread the message and spirit of the games to the public,” Kalmadi said.The bikers will spread the spirit of the Games through distribution of banners, posters and pamphlets to the people.last_img read more

Tennis: Top seed Junn Mitsuhashi defeats Ramkumar Ramanathan, breezes into Round 2

first_imgThere was little challenge for top seed Junn Mitsuhashi as the Japanese got past Ramkumar Ramanathan rather easily in the opening round of the Power Grid ITF Futures tournament at the R K Khanna Tennis Complex in New Delhi on Monday.In a match that lasted little more than hour, Mitsuhashi prevailed 6-4, 6-2.Another Indian to bite the dust on the opening day was Vignesh Peranamallur, who was ousted by Austrian sixth seed Nikolaus Moser 6-4, 6-2.Ramanathan was out of touch against the athletic Mitsuhashi, who raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set with the Indian committing too many unforced errors. Both players stayed at the baseline, but it was the accuracy of Mitsuhashi that kept him ahead.Even though, Ramanathan broke him in the fifth game to reduce the lead to 3-2, Mitsuhashi stayed in complete control and steered ahead 5-3. Ramanathan again broke Mitsuhashi in the ninth game, but the top seed came back in fine fashion and broke back to take the set 6-4.The second set was all about Mitsuhashi’s domination. Ramanathan couldn’t match up to the speed of the Japanese and to add to the worries his forehands, which were fetching him points till now, went wide as Mitsuhashi wrapped it up 6-2.In the next round, Mitsuhashi will meet Briton James Marsalek who defeated Spain’s Ivan Arenas- Gualda 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.In the other match, Vignesh had no answer for Moser’s booming serves.The Austrian broke Vignesh in the opening game itself, but the Indian was still in the fight till the fourth game when he broke back the sixth seed to level the scores 2-2.advertisementBut that was all from Vignesh, as Moser took the driver’s seat and broke him in the seventh game and went on to win the set 6- 4. In the second, Vignesh tried to break Moser’s rhythm as he came to the net more often but couldn’t alter the tide as Moser closed it out 6-2. “It was really not my day. My serve was so weak and he (Moser) was attacking right from the start and I could not contain it,” Vignesh said.Results: Junn Mitsuhashi (JPN x1) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) 6-4, 6-2; James Marsalek (GBR) bt Ivan Arenas-Gualda (ESP) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1; Abhijeet Tiwari (IND) bt Kaza Vinayak Sharma (IND) 6-3, 7-5; Richard Becker (GER) bt Lakshit Sood (IND) 6-3, 6-3; Nikolaus Moser (AUT x6) bt Vignesh Peranamallur (IND) 6-4, 6-2; N Sriram Balaji (IND) bt Keita Koyama (JPN) 6-0, 6-0last_img read more

Narain Karthikeyan gets his hands on new HRT Formula One car

first_imgNarain Karthikeyan was finally able to get a taste of the new HRT Formula One car, the F112, on Monday as he drove around the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona on Monday.Ahead of its debut in Australia in less than two weeks, the car, which finally passed the mandatory crash tests after a few setbacks, was put on track by taking advantage of ‘filming day’ regulations.These regulations limit the running to 100 kilometres and only demo-spec Pirelli tyres are allowed, which bear very different characteristics compared to the normal racing rubber.Despite these limitations, the team was able to ensure that the Cosworth-powered car functioned well from mechanical and aerodynamic standpoints.”The first impressions are quite good; it is definitely a step up from last year,” Narain said. “We couldn’t do any set-up work or stuff like that but everything seems to be working fine and there are no major problems so we can look forward to the season now.”Despite the fact that over 90 per cent of the HRT F1 staff has been freshly recruited, Narain believes the team is already at a level several notches higher than the last two years.”Everyone has worked hard and the new team management has put everything together in a very short period of time”, he said Narain.”We have a lot of experienced people in the team and everyone knows what they are doing. We’re definitely heading in the right direction to progress throughout the season. They’ve done a proper job with the car and I’m sure that it’s a big step forward from last year, which is no mean feat since it is a cleansheet design, compared to the Dallara chassis used for the last two years.”advertisementlast_img read more

Sunil Dutt: A versatile actor, liberal politician, dutiful father and a loving husband

first_imgSunil Dutt 1929-2005Much before the world discovered the term, Sunil Dutt was a New Age man, shocking Bollywood by marrying Nargis, a woman who had most recently played mother to him on screen in the classic Mother India and whose romance with the legendary Raj Kapoor was the stuff that,Sunil Dutt 1929-2005Much before the world discovered the term, Sunil Dutt was a New Age man, shocking Bollywood by marrying Nargis, a woman who had most recently played mother to him on screen in the classic Mother India and whose romance with the legendary Raj Kapoor was the stuff that marquee legends are made of.It was a persona which seemed to be serendipitously reflected in his choice of screen women, whether it was in Sadhna or Sujata. Dutt was nothing if not a humanist. It wasn’t just that he had suffered immense personal anguish. It was that he felt the pain of others, not in the way actors do, in a self-obsessive and self-dramatising fashion, but with empathy.It was reflected even in his short tenure as Union minister for sports and youth affairs where athletes from the remotest parts of India found him accessible. There are other politicians who have been five time MPs. There are other stars whose careers have spanned five decades.There are yet others who have been good fathers and better husbands. Dutt happened to be all, an embodiment of an era in which Bollywood actors engaged with society as brave hearted, sometimes naive activists, not as know-it-all mega-buck brands.What was the quality that Dutt exuded? It was that of being an Everyman. The boy who was born in Pakistan and had to flee to Ambala with his family during Partition could be the understanding woman’s man of the 1950s, the stylish hero of the ’60s with his sharp suits and fast cars, and the seething dacoit of ’70s quickies.A generation has grown up watching him perform his multiple roles with ease, but it has also seen him tortured, one of the reasons the scene in Munnabhai MBBS where he is badly let down by his son was so poignant. It was as if one had a ringside view to Dutt’s many disappointments with his son, actor Sanjay Dutt.Indians have an affinity for adversity-not their own, but that of their icons. They like them to fail before they succeed. It is true of Amitabh Bachchan,whose nearly fatal accident and twin disasters as a politician and businessman have only enhanced his longevity.Whether it was as a liberal politician, who always spoke up for secular Mumbai, a principled man who thought nothing of quitting as MP in 1993 in protest against his own government’s mishandling of riots in Mumbai, a dutiful father who did his best to fight for his son, or a loving husband who battled his wife’s cancer in the public glare, the one-time radio show host played every role to perfection.There was a certain courtliness and old world charm to everything he did-so even when he sought Bal Thackeray’s help, his legions of admirers forgave him. As he said in his last interview to INDIA TODAY in 2004 while sitting in his election war room in suburban Mumbai below two framed pictures, one of his wife with Indira Gandhi and another of a young Sonia Gandhi, and dressed in his trademark denims: “I value Balasaheb’s friendship. My son goes to wish him on his birthday. I send him flowers. I went to see him when he was ill. He came to see me in hospital. So?”But there was more to him than simplicity. Much before Dutt, the progressive producer, was Dutt, the risk-taking star. He was acting at a time when the Raj Kapoor-Dev Anand-Dilip Kumar troika was ruling and Rajendra Kumar and Shammi Kapoor were star bursts, yet he quietly toiled away, doing a variety of roles, whether it was the buffoon of Padosan or the villain of Geeta Mera Naam. As a producer he had even greater range, bankrolling a solo act like Yaadein and directing the imaginative desert epic, Reshma aur Shera.Dutt Saab’s place in everyone’s heart was because of this and more. He was a man who could be counted on in times of trouble, a man, as director Subhash Ghai says, who gave something to everybody and never took anything from anyone.In entertaining jawans on the borders with his Ajanta Arts troupe or undertaking padayatras for communal harmony, Dutt never paused for a minute-whether it was going from Mumbai to Amritsar in 1987 or travelling 17,000km on a SAARC expedition in 1999. An accident on that trip left him paralyzed for over a year and a half. Three years later, he was back on his feet. In Parliament.That’s true grit. It can neither be branded nor sold.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2012 Live: CSK vs RR cricket scores and commentary

first_imgWhat a game this was! Looked like it would be a one sided contest at halfway stage, but Rajasthan bowlers fought back very late, the wickets of Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina were key and the new batsmen were put under extreme pressure by Cooper and Co. Binny had to bowl the last over. Hogg, Trivedi, Amit Singh had all finished their quota of ten. He did well by bowling in the blockhole consistently, but in the end Chennai batsmen held their nerve to win the thriller at their home ground – the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai. Score | PhotosIPL 2012: CSK vs RR Live: CSK beat RR by 7 wicketsRR 146/4 in 20 overs lost to CSK 147/3 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 73 of 52 balls)7:26 pm | 19.6 overs: Binny to Dhoni, 2 runs, Captain Cool does it!! It has been a great over from Binny, the line went slightly wrong, low full toss on the leg stump, flicked away to deep backward square leg, Cooper did well to sprint towards the ball, but the throw was bad, two runs completed easily, turned out to be a sensational game! Binny is in tears, Bravo pats his back and consoles him.Two needed off the last ball of the match17.3 overs: Amit Singh to Dwayne Bravo, 2 runs, misfields can be costly at this stage! Dwayne Bravo drove it on the up to Binny at backward point who gets an awkward bounce, gets his hand but can’t stop it, Hogg at sweeper cover runs wide to keep it down to two advertisementDwayne Bravo comes to the crease 7:06 pm | 16.3 overs: WICKET! And Cooper gets his second one in the same over. Kevon Cooper to Raina, out Caught by Rahane!! Both set batsmen gone now! Raina went for the biggie, didn’t pick the slower one, struck it well and got tremendous elevation as he went straight over the bowler’s head, it took ages for the ball to come down, Rahane with the orange cap settled right under it and took it inches in front of the boundary rope. Raina c Rahane b Kevon Cooper 26(24) [4s-3] (CSK 117/3 in 16.3 overs)Chennai skipper MS Dhoni comes to the crease 7:04 pm | 16.1 overs: WICKET! Faf du Plessis departs…big wicket for Rajasthan. Kevon Cooper to du Plessis, out Caught by Goswami!! du Plessis’ fine innings comes to an end. Kevon Cooper bowled one in the blockhole well outside the off stump, du Plessis made room and had to end up stretching for it, slashes the blade and gets an outside edge to Goswami who takes a good low catch diving to his right. du Plessis c Goswami b Kevon Cooper 73(52) [4s-6 6s-2] (CSK 116/2 in 16.1 overs)6:40 pm | 12 overs: CSK are 83/1 in 12 overs with Faf and Raina in the middle. The right-hand left-hand combo is workign well from them as they keep the run flow intact. RR were 76/2 at the stage – clearly CSK have an edge here.6:36 pm | 11.1 overs: FIFTY for Faf. Another good innings from him. Kevon Cooper to du Plessis, 1 run, another fantastic innings from du Plessis! His 3rd FIFTY this season, du Plessis swivels and flicks it through square leg, acknowledges the crowd and the ones standing in the dug out by raising his bat, top batting this!Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease6:18 pm | 7.3 overs: WICKET! Hogg gets rid of CSK opener Badrinath. Brad Hogg to Badrinath, out Stumped!! Superb bowling! The wrong-un again, gave it a bit of air inviting Badrinath to come down the wicket, he was looking to go full monty over extra cover, misses it completely and Goswami is quick to collect the ball, removes the bails in a flash, Badrinath was a feet and a half down the wicket, could not get the foot back and he has to depart. Badrinath st Goswami b Brad Hogg 15(22) [4s-1] (CSK 55/1 in 7.3 overs)6:05 pm | 5 overs: Chennai are 40/0 at the stage with Faf du Plessis (27*) ad S Badrinath (13*) in the middle. They are batting with the target in mind. No wonder the required run rate (7.13) is under check. The current run rate is a good 8 an over.5:45 pm | Faf du Plessis and S Badrinath are at the crease. du Plessis is on strike. Menaria will open the attack CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: Target 147 in 20 overs – very gettableRAJASTHAN ROYALS: 146/4 in 20 overs (Owais Shah 52)5:30 pm | 19.6 overs: WICKET! A wicket on thelast ball of the innings and RR put on 146/4 on board. Nuwan Kulasekara to Owais Shah, out Caught by Dhoni!! What an anticlimax! Owais Shah departs off the last ball of the over! Yorker length just outside the off stump. Owais Shah opens the face of the bat and tries to drive it through the off side but the ball goes off the outer half straight to Dhoni. The skipper appeals and gets the favour in his team’s decision, Owais Shah looks disappointed that he couldn’t do more with the last delivery. Owais Shah c Dhoni b Nuwan Kulasekara 52(43) [4s-4 6s-3] (RR 146/4 in 20 overs)advertisementBrad Hodge comes to the crease 5:25 pm | 18.5 overs: WICKET! And as RR try hard to raise the tempo they lose wickets. Bollinger to Menaria, out Caught by Jakati!! Wonderful catch by Jakati! Length delivery on the off stump. Menaria goes for the slog across the line and uses the aerial route. Jakati at mid-wicket runs around and dives to his right to latch on to the ball. Menaria c Jakati b Bollinger 36(34) [4s-2 6s-1] (RR 142/3 in 18.5 overs)18.2 overs: Bollinger to Owais Shah, 1 run, short of length delivery on the off stump. Owais Shah swivels and pulls it gently to deep square leg for a single. That single brings up his half century!  18.1 overs: Bollinger to Owais Shah, SIX, loose delivery and Owais Shah has smoked it! Full toss outside the off stump. Owais Shah gets under the delivery and heaves it over the fence at deep mid wicket for a maximum!16.2 overs: Dwayne Bravo to Menaria, SIX, overpitched from Dwayne Bravo and Menaria gives it the treatment it deserves! to long on. Menaria has finally decided to go after the bowlers. RR definitely need to raise the tempo from here on. 16.1 overs: Dwayne Bravo to Menaria, FOUR, what placement! Full and wide outside the off stump. Menaria jams his abt down on it and slices it through the gap between point and backward point and the ball races away to deep backward point for a boundary 5:00 pm | 14 overs: Rajasthan are 90/2 at the stage with Owais Shah (23*) and Ashok Menaria (19*) in the middle. The current run rate is 6.43; RR desperately need to accelerate if they want to think of winning against a strong team like Chennai, that too at their home ground.  Ashok Menaria, left handed bat, comes to the crease 4:35 pm | 7.6 overs: WICKET! Skipper Dravid walks back. So both openers are back in the dugout. Jakati to Dravid, out Caught by Bollinger!! A bit of flight does the trick for Jakati! Dravid was beginning to look very edgy and tried to force the issue. It was tossed up on middle and pitched and turned away from the right hander. Dravid gets a good stride forward and tries to go for the big shot over long off but doesn’t get it out of the middle of the bat. The ball goes to Bollinger at long off who takes the catch comfortably. Dravid c Bollinger b Jakati 26(28) [4s-3 6s-1] (RR 50/2 in 7.6 overs)Owais Shah comes into the middle4:25 pm | 4.4 overs: WICKET! Rahane falls cheaply; big wicket for CSK. Ashwin to Rahane, out Caught by Nuwan Kulasekara!! Big wicket for Ashwin! Flighted on the off stump, Rahane gets onto the front foot and tries to drive it against the spin. He doesn’t quite get a hold of it and the ball goes in the air straight to Kulasekara at mid-off. Chennai look delighted with this breakthrough. Rahane c Nuwan Kulasekara b Ashwin 15(10) [4s-3] (RR 36/1 in 4.4 overs)advertisementTeams 4:18 pm | 3.6 overs. RR are 34/0 at the stage and going good. Dwayne Bravo to Dravid, SIX, slower one and Dravid picks it! Slow and full outside the off stump. Dravid gets down on one knee and slogs it across the line, over the ropes at long on for a maximum4:06 pm | 0.6 overs: RR are 5/0 at the stage. An okay start for RR, but they would be acclerating soon. Nuwan Kulasekara to Rahane, FOUR, awesome timing from Rahane! What a way to get off the mark! Back of a length just outside the off stump. Rahane waits on it and punches it off the back foot to sweeper cover. The ball races away past the fielder in the inner ring to the fence for a boundary4:00 pm | Dravid and Rahane are at the crease. Dravid is on strike. Nuwan Kulasekara will open the attack Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis, S Badrinath, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shadab Jakati, Doug Bollinger Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Rahul Dravid(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Menaria, Owais Shah, Brad Hodge, Kevon Cooper, Stuart Binny, Shreevats Goswami(w), Brad Hogg, Amit Singh, Siddharth Trivedi Dhoni: We are doing the right things right. In the last game the last few overs were very good, the catching was very good and we have been executing our plans well. We were looking to bat as well but the wicket shouldn’t change much so it shouldn’t be much of an issue. Heat is a concern but we are more used to it compared to the visiting teams. Dravid: When you get a few wins under your belt you want to keep your guys hungry and motivated. When you are up against the big boys you need to keep your cricket smart. I know that I am not going to have a lot of cricket after the IPL so I just try and focus on this and I know I don’t have to think about a Test series after this. Yes Shane Warne and I stay in touch but he just asks me about how it’s going with the team and wishes us luck. Might as well keep the guys rested for later on. It looks like a good wicket so we would like to bat on it and set a good total. Against a side like Chennai you probably need more than the par score. Kevon Cooper comes in for Johan Botha since he is fit now. Stuart Binny gets a game and Goswami too comes in for Dishant Yagnik. 3:30 pm | TOSS – Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and elected to batlast_img read more

IPL: GMR set to earn over Rs 30 crore from gates

first_imgThe ongoing IPL has been a fabulous one for Delhi Daredevils and the team owners, GMR Sports, are set to have the best ever season in terms of gate receipts, besides other income from sponsorships.While the Daredevils are on the verge of qualifying for the play-offs, the franchise owners are sure of making at least Rs 30 crore from the eight home matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla which has been packed in almost all the games.And almost all tickets for the last two games – against Kings XI Punjab on May 15 and Royal Challengers Bangalore two days later – have been sold out, giving GMR a big reason to cheer after a forgettable previous season when Daredevils finished 10th and last.”GMR is certain to have a record income of Rs 30 crore from sales of tickets; it could go even higher and up to Rs 32 crore and beyond. This would be their best ever collection from gates as their last few matches have recorded income of Rs 5 crore or close to it,” a source close to the business house told Mail Today.Hemant Dua, marketing head of GMR Sports, put the overall transformation to “a lot more stars in the team” this season and the various marketing initiatives taken before the season began. “They all have paid dividends. And people in Delhi and NCR have started feeling that they won the Daredevils, that’s why so many people are turning up for matches,” Dua told Mail Today. “Yes, it’s been the best season in terms of gate receipts. Hope the team reaches the finals and wins the title.”advertisement”From the initial couple of matches, GMR made an income of a little over Rs 2 crore, but soon they made a smart move and added 150 seats in the premium marquee enclosure from the fourth match, against Mumbai Indians,” said the source. “Each ticket in this enclosure costs Rs 20,000, and increase in the number of seats translated to an additional income of Rs 30 lakh.”GMR made another smart move to increase revenue. “They also cut down on the number of complimentary tickets that they used to distribute in previous seasons and made those seats ticketed,” he said.last_img read more