‘Step by step’ for Bologna

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: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Emilio De Leo doesn’t feel this week will define Bologna’s season, but is looking to regroup and travel to Cagliari with their “heads held high” and a positive approach. It’s a busy week for the Italian sides and three days after the positive result at home to Sampdoria, De Leo needs to prepare the tired Bologna players for another tough battle against high-flying Cagliari at the Sardegna Arena. “We won’t have anyone back, we will have the same guys as we had against Sampdoria,” said Sinisa Mihajlovic’s assistant manager at a press conference. “We will take into account the short time period [between the matches], but we don’t have any alterations regarding the players.” “We have made some efforts to raise the level of expectations. We try to reach our objectives step by step,” added the 41-year-old before talking about how they need to stand their ground to get something from the match against the Sardinians. “We don’t want to be passive; we will try to meet them with a high line. They are doing well, but we will go there with our heads held high.” Another win might boost Bologna’s position in the league even further, as they climbed to tenth place in Serie A last weekend. De Leo is still thinking about the bigger picture and doesn’t look at this week as a season-defining moment for his team. “I don’t think so. It’s right to have short term goals, but we don’t look at the standings.”last_img read more

Pirlo: ‘Almost joined before Juve…’

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: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Andrea Pirlo has revealed that he almost joined Roma before Juventus in the summer of 2011. Pirlo made the revelation during an appearance on Radio Radio earlier. “Before going to Juventus, I was close to Roma,” said the 40-year-old. “There had been contacts, but in the end nothing came of them.” Roma were about to enter a new era under their American owners with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique at the time. The former Italy midfielder became a free agent in 2011 after 10 years at Milan. He ultimately signed for Juve and won four successive Scudetti, playing a key role in the club’s current domination of Italian football. Pirlo left the Bianconeri four years later to play in MLS with New York City FC, before retiring in 2017.last_img read more

Wimbledon: Sania, Paes win opening doubles matches

first_imgOut of contention in singles, Sania Mirza was off to a winning start in women’s doubles event as the Indian and her Dane partner Caroline Wozniacki notched up a straight-set victory to enter the second round of the Wimbledon here on Thursday.Sania, who lost in the first round of the singles event, and Wozniacki beat local favourites Anne Keothavong and Melanie South 6-4, 6-1.The Indo-Dane pair will now be up against the winners of the match between the Russian-Czech team of Maria Kondratieva and Vladimira Uhlirova and the 11th seeded Zimbabwean-Slovak combination of Cara Black and Daniela Hantuchova.There was more good news for India in the men’s doubles event with old warhorse Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy winning their opening round match.Third seeds Paes and Dlouhy shrugged off a one-set deficit to beat South African Rik De Voest and German Mischa Zverev 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3 in a hard-fought contest.Paes and Dlouhy will next face winners of the match between Colombians Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo and the Slovak-Ukrainian pairing of Lukas Lacko and Sergiy Stakhovsky.last_img read more

Fun with furniture

first_imgAn acrylic coffee table and chair that make you smile each time you glance at them; an artistic dining combination which sports a robust pattern; a pop art-inspired bookshelf that gives an impression of plastic cubes sitting on top of each other. Examples of futuristic furniture compositions, they throw light,An acrylic coffee table and chair that make you smile each time you glance at them; an artistic dining combination which sports a robust pattern; a pop art-inspired bookshelf that gives an impression of plastic cubes sitting on top of each other. Examples of futuristic furniture compositions, they throw light on a fast emerging trend in international design circles. It is about bringing home stylish, imaginative and lightweight pieces that are custom-made. It is in fact about giving a new spin to the traditional methods of making wares. So, instead of a metal table, a ceramic version comes in handy. Playful and fun, these offer a different perspective in an era of mass-produced home accessories and furniture.Shelf lifeCreativity knows no bounds for New York-based product designer Karim Rashid. A prolific designer, his out-of-the-box furniture concepts fit well in modern interiors and lend them a sheen of glamour. Pop art-inspired bookshelves Kubo are a case in point.Made for Italian company Meritalia, the offbeat modular units are proof that all bookcases need not be flat, drab and straight. Made of laminated plastic cubes stacked on each other, the shelves sport interesting patterns and symbols and bright colour splashes, transforming their appeal.Inspirational and thoughtprovoking, the units are definitely for those who love to experiment with their interiors. One useful tip: put these sleek and smart units in your child’s room or in an urban-toned living room to add an element of boldness. These bookshelves defy stereotypes and allow you to experiment with shape, form and colour. Perfect for a contemporary home that’s looking to up its coolness quotient.Stars and stripesItaly-based OMC2 Design Studios creates products that work. Contemplative and holistic, the Beijing Opera dining set and Caroline Uno armchair  by the label show how new-age materials and designs can add charm to the space they are used in. The workmanship of furniture specialist Onur Mustak Cobanli, the ceramic dining set consists of five stools and a table. Its form is almost identical to that of traditional Chinese furniture. The armchair, on the other hand, with its metal base and textile top is a spacious recliner conceptualised with organic touches and attractive patterns.Stick with itSeating arrangements for grown-ups need not necessarily follow a set size and shape. A look at Finnish designer Laura Vainola’s pattern changing seats is enough to drive home the point that adults too have their light moments. Fully customisable, the colourful Pally stool is made of pegs and a holder and is available in two sizes. One can make a number of patterns by moving the sticks that are made of birch wood and covered in a soft superlon material. All the sharp edges and big surfaces are sanded and painted white so that the colours stand out.Positive vibesLet your house bask in the glory of these happy and cheerful pieces. Titled Smiley, the sunshine-hued tables and chairs are from French furniture manufacturer Acrila, known for its dramatic acrylic objects. The collection consists of a few chairs, coffee table and a gueridon, and every item features images of the famous emoticon, the smiley. A fresh take on traditional wooden furniture where brown is the staple colour, these yellow and black lightweight pieces are what you need to brighten your interiors and give them a funky look.advertisementlast_img read more

Inactive Indians turning into couch potatoes

first_imgIndians are moving less and spending more time sitting in front of their television sets. New findings about television viewing habits of people have set alarm bells ringing among health experts.An average adult Indian watches about 25 hours of TV every week, according to a global study about ‘time use and physical activity’ led by researchers from University of North Carolina, US.”The level of TV viewing in India is almost identical to that in China, though the level of economic growth is different,” nutrition and epidemiology expert Barry Popkin, who is conducting the study, said. “The time spent watching television is nearly the same in rural and urban areas. That is really surprising.”TV viewing is an indicator of growing physical inactivity, which is a risk factor for diabetes and heart diseases. Earlier studies have shown a direct link between the time spent in front of television and the risk of lifestyle diseases.Overall, Popkin said, physical inactivity levels among Indians were on a rise. “We examined national data on occupation and physical activity in all the states and looked for specific activities and the kind of effort required for that. We found a huge decline in physical activity in urban areas and a small decline in rural areas. It is happening in rural areas, as also in richer states such as Punjab and Kerala.”A separate survey conducted by the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) in Hyderabad among 8,000 households all over Andhra Pradesh showed that 35 per cent of adolescents watched television for three hours or more every day. Subsequently, researchers found a direct correlation between these kids and the levels of obesity.advertisementOther factors have also contributed towards reduced physical activity. “Since school enrolment has gone up to 90 per cent in rural areas, the number of children helping in household chores has gone down. This has further increased their levels of physical inactivity,” pointed out A. Laxmaiah, head of community studies at NIN, while presenting the findings at a workshop organised by the Public Health Foundation of India on Wednesday.Lack of participation in games and sports activities is also fuelling overweight and obesity. Only 18 per cent of the children covered in the survey played outdoors for more than an hour every day.PHFI president Dr K. Srinath Reddy said maintaining open spaces for leisure time activities, pavements for walking and creation of cycling paths in urban areas would go a long way in increasing the physical activity levels of people and reducing their disease risk. For discouraging the consumption of unhealthy food items, legal measures such as ‘fat tax’ should be introduced, he suggested.”We can’t tell people to go back to an era of less modernisation and mechanisation, but at least we can tell them to modify their diets and be more physically active,” Popkin said.last_img read more

Cueist Pankaj Advani awarded Khel Ratna, shooter Gagan Narang gets Arjuna award

first_imgPankaj AdvaniAWARDED: Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sporting honour, to cueist Pankaj Advani, who won the World Billiards title at Qawra, Malta to become the second Indian cueist to bag the honour since Geet Sethi in 1992. Hockey player Viren Rasquinha and shooter Gagan Narang are among those who have,Pankaj AdvaniAWARDED: Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sporting honour, to cueist Pankaj Advani, who won the World Billiards title at Qawra, Malta to become the second Indian cueist to bag the honour since Geet Sethi in 1992. Hockey player Viren Rasquinha and shooter Gagan Narang are among those who have won Arjuna awards for 2005.DIED: Former Indian batsman and national selector Vijay Mehra, following a cardiac arrest. He was 68. Mehra made his debut at the age of 17 and played eight Tests for India between 1955 and 1964.DIED: Eminent sculptor and former Lalit Kala Akademi chairman Sankho Chaudhuri in Delhi. He was 90.DIED: Former soccer player Thomas Sebastian, who played for India for four years, after a heart attack.last_img read more

After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf

Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “It summed up my whole of 2017: Not much happening,” McIlroy said. “Couldn’t get out of neutral.”Former top-ranked McIlroy, who has had two spells out of action this year because of injury, has dropped to No. 6 in the world — behind players like 24-year-old Americans Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas and rising Spanish star Jon Rahm, who is age 22. The last of McIlroy’s four majors came at the PGA Championship in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I feel I’m a much better player than I was in 2011 and 2012, when I was able to win a couple of majors,” the 28-year-old McIlroy said. “I feel I can do better than that in the next 10 years and that’s why these next three months are very important for me to put some really good things in place, step away and just reassess where I’m at and where I need to be.“The landscape of the game has changed a bit since I started to win majors. You have young, hungry guys now who are fearless and playing the game how I basically came out and played a few years go. It’s about gaining an advantage again here and there. Just reassessing everything and making sure I’m not leaving any stone unturned and do everything I can to get back to (being) the best player in the world.” McIlroy said he will not start hitting balls again until the end of November, and will focus on rehab and “getting my body right.” A rib injury sustained at the SA Open in January forced him to have six weeks off, and the problem resurfaced at times.Putting and wedge play have been his biggest weaknesses this year, said McIlroy, who added that “basically all areas of my game could get a little bit better.”McIlroy turned pro in 2007 and failed to win a title the following year. Since 2009, he has won 21 titles worldwide.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on the 17th tee, during day three of Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns, St. Andrews, England, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Three courses stage the tournament, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. APST. ANDREWS, Scotland — After completing only the second winless season of his 10-year professional career, Rory McIlroy will put his clubs away for six weeks and plot a way to regain his aura of old.McIlroy finished a frustrating, injury-hit 2017 season with an even-par 72 at St. Andrews in his final round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ read more

2 officials convicted at FIFA trial; 3rd awaits verdict

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout Jose Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napout, were found guilty of the top count they faced, racketeering conspiracy. Marin, the former president of Brazil’s soccer federation, and Napout, formerly president of Paraguay’s soccer federation and of the South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL, also were convicted of wire fraud conspiracy.But Napout was acquitted of money laundering conspiracy. And Marin was convicted on money laundering conspiracy charges, but acquitted of one charge of money laundering conspiracy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingJurors remained undecided about the single racketeering charge against Manuel Burga, the former president of Peru’s soccer federation.U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen immediately jailed Marin, 85, and Napout, 59, after prosecutors argued that they had the connections and the wealth to flee the U.S. to avoid prison terms she said could be more than 10 years on the racketeering charge alone. Afterward, their lawyers said they were disappointed by the verdict.“We’re going to continue fighting to absolve Mr. Napout,” said defense attorney Silvia Pinera.Burga, 60, remained free on bail and was to return to court on Tuesday for further jury deliberations. His lawyer, Bruce Udolf, said his client was hopeful that the jury would clear him.World soccer’s governing body said it is will seek compensation and a share of the cash.FIFA said in a statement to The Associated Press that “as the jury has found a number of defendants guilty of the charged crimes, FIFA will now take all necessary steps to seek restitution and recover any losses caused by their misconduct.”ADVERTISEMENT Marin, Burga and Napout had been arrested in 2015. Prosecutors accused them of agreeing to take millions of dollars in bribes from businessmen seeking to lock up lucrative media rights or influence hosting rights for the World Cup and other major tournaments controlled by FIFA.The three were among more than 40 people and entities in the world of global soccer who faced criminal charges in the U.S. in connection with what prosecutors said were schemes involving hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Many of the other defendants pleaded guilty.Their trial ended up being colored by odd twists: an unproven accusation that Burga threatened a witness; a juror booted for sleeping through testimony; word from Buenos Aires that an Argentine lawyer had killed himself there hours after being named at the trial as a bribe-taker; and the surprise testimony of a former member of the Jonas Brothers, an American pop rock band.The government’s star witness, a former marketing executive from Argentina, Alejandro Burzaco, testified that he and his company arranged to pay $160 million in bribes over the course of several years. Some of the money was demanded by a FIFA official in exchange for helping rig a vote that gave Qatar hosting rights for the World Cup in 2022, he said.“You’ve seen a lot of paper, some of it quite complex,” Nitze said in closing arguments. “There are cases that present mysteries to be solved — whodunits. This is not one of them.”Prosecutors said that driven by greed, Burga took $4.4 million in bribes, Marin took $6.6 million and Napout collected $10.5 million.The defense argued that the men were innocent bystanders framed by Burzaco and other untrustworthy cooperators angling for leniency in their own cases. Napout’s lawyer told jurors the prosecution had failed to produce records of wire transfers or large bank deposits that could prove he was receiving piles of bribe money.“They say cash is king, but where did it go?” said the attorney, John Pappalardo. “There was not one penny they could trace to Juan.”Marin’s lawyer called his client a clueless figurehead, saying the person making the real decisions was Marco Polo del Nero, the head of Brazil’s soccer federation. Del Nero is charged in the U.S. case but hasn’t been extradited from Brazil. FIFA suspended him from the sport Friday.Burga’s lawyers zeroed in on evidence that ledgers by sports-marketing officials showed he hadn’t received the cash. Prosecutors said Burga, aware he was under investigation in Peru, told bribe-payers to hold onto his money and pay him later. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Russia loses 2 more Olympic silver medals because of doping Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay In these file photo, three former South American soccer officials, from left, Manuel Burga, of Peru; Jose Maria Marin, of Brazil; and Juan Angel Napout, of Paraguay, accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes, are shown outside federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The three are among the more than 40 soccer officials, businessmen and entities charged in a scandal that’s shaken FIFA, soccer’s governing body. APNEW YORK — Two former South American soccer officials were convicted Friday (Saturday Manila time) of corruption charges at the first U.S. trial stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal, while deliberations will continue next week for a third official.A federal jury in New York deliberated a week before reaching the partial verdict.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ One witness described that listed bribes for Napout, including an entry for Paul McCartney concert tickets worth more than $10,000. After the defense questioned whether the concert actually took place, the government called Kevin Jonas to testify that he attended the show as a spectator.Another cooperator, Brazilian businessman Jose Hawilla, agreed to wear a wire for the FBI to make recordings played at the trial.One included a conversation he had with Marin in 2014 in which prosecutors say the defendant negotiated a bribe by saying, “It’s about time to have it coming my way. True or not?”Hawilla responded: “Of course. That money had to be given to you.”Burga got some unwanted attention early in the trial when prosecutors claimed he unnerved Burzaco by directing a threatening gesture at him — running his fingers across his throat in a slicing motion. The lawyer claimed his client was merely scratching his throat, but the judge took the incident seriously enough to tighten Burga’s house arrest conditions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View commentslast_img read more