first_imgReferee designator Nicola Rizzoli insists the purpose of VAR is to “restore credibility” but accepts it “has intervened 52 times, which is too much.” Rizzoli held a meeting with players, coaches and referees on Tuesday to discuss the performance of VAR in Serie A, and the former FIFA official conceded the standard of refereeing had to improve. “Var wasn’t born to eliminate errors but rather to restore credibility to the most loved sport in the world,” he said. “We’re only in season three and it’ll certainly improve. This season, VAR has intervened 52 times, which is too much. “It means we’re not refereeing well, although that’s also because the rules have changed. “There was talk of voluntariness with the old handball rules, now it’s about touch. Today, either we reset this word [handball] or it’ll create problems for us. “This doesn’t mean that handballs shouldn’t be treated individually, but how many people know the rules? “Not everyone understood what we said in Coverciano at the start of the season. Maybe we should’ve gone to every club to explain the rules so for this, it’s mea culpa. “Today’s a crucial day to understand together what we can do more. There are improvements that can be made, but there needs to be knowledge of the VAR protocol. “We can’t clarify application of the rules if we don’t know what they are, otherwise we’ll create pointless controversy.” A particular flashpoint this season saw Lecce disallowed a goal from the penalty spot against Lazio after Gianluca Lapadula had encroached, without the kick being retaken. “The penalty during Lazio-Lecce, if the referee had seen it, would’ve been retaken, no doubt. “There was a refereeing error, we’re not here to hide. Here, the referee should have applied the rule. “The VAR did what the protocol entailed and disallowed the goal because Lapadula had entered the penalty area.” 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

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: Juventus have announced their squad for the trip to Atalanta in Serie A tomorrow, with Cristiano Ronaldo left at home. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Maurizio Sarri stated during his press conference that the No 7 in all probablity wouldn’t make the trip due to the same injury that caused him to be taken off against Milan two weeks ago. Now it’s official that Ronaldo has been left at home to recuperate, with an eye on Juve’s game against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday. Other absentees include Adrien Rabiot and Alex Sandro, both of whom are suffering from injuries, but Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi have returned. The midfielders had both been doubts due to fitness problems of their own but are nonetheless free to travel. Juve squad to face Atalanta: Szczesny, Buffon, Pinsoglio; Bonucci, De Ligt, Rugani, Demiral, De Sciglio, Danilo; Pjanic, Matuidi, Emre Can, Khedira, Bernardeschi, Ramsey, Bentancur, Cuadrado; Higuain, Douglas Costa, Dybalalast_img read more

first_imgHe may be an ace on the pitch but cricketer VVS Laxman is no match to Bollywood beauty Neha Dhupia when it comes to online gaming.The two were in the city to promote an online gaming championship when they were pitted against one another to play a car racing game.Though Dhupia did not seem quite confident in the beginning as she announced she is a “lousy driver”, the actress raced ahead of Laxman in no time and won the contest.”This is unbelievable. I am not lying when I say I am horrible at driving but this is some thing. I think VVS is too much of a gentleman that is why he graciously made way for me,” Dhupia said.The actress, who will next be seen in Akshay Kumar-Aishwarya Rai starrer ‘Action Replayy’, said she is a complete gaming freak with Space Invader being her favourite.”Gaming is one of the best stress busters in my life. Whenever I am in between a shoot or have some free time, I get online and try my hand at some game or the other. I used to play Mario a lot when I was a kid but now I am hooked to Space Invader. The sense of winning is exhilarating,” Dhupia said.Gillette Mach 3 India Gaming championship 2010 in association with Zapak claims to be the world’s biggest online gamimg contest and will be step ahead of its last year edition.It plans to expand to 34 cities as compared to 8 last year and hopes to have more than 2 million participants vying for prizes worth Rs 1.5 crores.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSeasoned players Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh were rested while Yuvraj Singh was on Saturday recalled in the 15-member Indian squad for the upcoming cricket tri-series in Sri Lanka, beginning from August 10.The national selectors also decided to rest injured Gautam Gambhir, who missed out on the second Test against Sri Lanka because of a knee injury.Tamil Nadu off-spinner R Ashwin and Jharkhand batsman Saurabh Tiwary, two promising youngsters who have done well in the domestic circuit, have been retained in the squad to be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.The tri-series, which has host Sri Lanka and New Zealand as the two other teams, will be held in Dambulla from August 10 to 25.India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who missed the entire Test series against Sri Lanka, has been left out of the team as he has not recovered sufficiently from his shoulder injury.Kerala paceman S Sreesanth, who is recuperating from a knee injury, has not been picked in the squad, announced by BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan after a meeting of the selection committee in Mumbai.There were no major surprises with the selectors more or less retaining the nucleus of the squad that won the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in June.”Ashok Dinda and Manish Pandey will replace R Ashwin and Sourav Tiwary in the Indian team participating in the Emerging Players tournament in Australia,” Srinivasan said in a statement.In the absence of Zaheer, veteran speedster Ashish Nehra will lead the pace attack which also has Ishant Sharma, Abhimanyu Mithun and Praveen Kumar.advertisementIshant and Mithun, who were not in the Asia Cup squad, have been included this time around probably because they have already acclimatised to the Sri Lankan conditions as they are in the Test squad.The batting will largely depend on the fireworks of Virender Sehwag while there are a number of young talents like Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli who have already established themselves in the national team.Yuvraj, who was dropped from the Asia Cup squad because of poor fitness and form, has been given another opportunity to reclaim his position in the team.In the absence of Gambhir, Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik is likely to open the innings with Sehwag.Ravindra Jadeja is the lone all-rounder in the squad although there are a number of batsmen who are known to be part time bowlers.Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Virender Sehwag (VC), Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan Ojha and Saurab Tiwary.last_img read more

first_imgNot our fault: Lalji Tandon blames UP Government for tardy progressIn Lucknow, capital of India’s largest state Uttar Pradesh and the home constituency of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, much of the old charm is being paved with concrete. New apartment complexes, flashy building facades, grand statues, spruced-up parks, flyovers,Not our fault: Lalji Tandon blames UP Government for tardy progressIn Lucknow, capital of India’s largest state Uttar Pradesh and the home constituency of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, much of the old charm is being paved with concrete. New apartment complexes, flashy building facades, grand statues, spruced-up parks, flyovers and bridges-this old city is beginning to sport a new look.Of late, Lucknow has received more than its due share of Central attention. Over Rs 3,130 crore has been sanctioned for different projects, almost all of it after he became the prime minister. It is debatable if all these projects have made a significant difference in the lives of ordinary people, but Lalji Tandon, former state urban development minister who is now Vajpayee’s constituency manager for Lucknow, waxes eloquent. “If Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula established Lucknow as the capital of Oudh in medieval times, Vajpayee has developed it as a modern city,” he says.THE BENEFITSPOWER: Two power projects, one of them with nine sub-stations of 33 KVA each, have been completed; three are under way, including one to produce power from waste.AGRICULTURE/BUSINESS: IFFCO/Kribhco development plan has been put in place, NABARD office is coming up. A software park has been built; a biotech park is on the way.ROADS: Link roads, Ring Road have been built, roads are being widened, many flyways are coming up.HOUSING: Nine projects have been completed, many are under way; slum-dwellers have been relocated in over 10,000 concrete structures.RAILWAYS: Two circular trains have been introduced; a terminus is coming up at Gomti Nagar; a station has been computerised; a railway management institute set up. Major civic problems like water, power, roads, waste disposal and sewer lines have been taken up in a coordinated manner for the first time because of the prime minister’s initiative.advertisementFor long, the city had been under great pressure because the Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration was set up to cater to the needs of one lakh consumers while the demand today is from 4.5 lakh. For years, the onset of summer has seen the city in the grip of an acute water crisis. But today, the situation has vastly improved with water supply having been regulated and a new sewer and drainage system laid in the Old City. Seven overbridges have been constructed while traffic pressure has been eased with the widening of roads and the introduction of two circular trains. On an average, 3,000 vehicles are added to Lucknow’s roads every month; but stringent measures against old and outdated tempos, buses and rickshaws mean nobody is harbouring fears of a sudden rise in pollution levels.Due emphasis is also being laid on aesthetics in order to restore the glory of the historical city. Slum-dwellers have been relocated in over 10,000 concrete structures and over 200 parks and gardens developed to ensure lung space.The Gomti river is being cleaned up and Gaurav Kunj, a park, being planned along its banks. This “pride park” will reflect the rich heritage of the country by displaying the works of ancient Indian scientists, saints and others who have contributed to India’s image as the land of the spiritual. The list of projects is endless: there is a trauma centre, the first of its kind in north India, a science convention centre which is nearing completion, a planetarium, a unique biotechnology park, the Indian Institute of Railway Management, a power plant that generates power from biodegradable solid waste. The Lucknow airport has been upgraded to international standards and a new railway terminal is coming up at Gomti Nagar.To establish Lucknow as a hub of medical research, the prime minister has also laid the foundation for study centres and hospitals in the Unani, Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic lines of medicine. “Nobody had paid attention to the Unani way of medical treatment,” recalls Raees Ansari, well-known poet and former head of the intellectual cell of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee. “We are grateful to the prime minister for sanctioning the Unani research centre and hospital.”But there are many who believe that the prime minister’s projects have merely scratched the surface without impacting industrial development in a bigway.Worse, they point out that some establishments like the state Electronic Corporation and the City Cooperative Bank were closed down after Vajpayee became prime minister. Even a software technology park which was being planned in collaboration with a private company did not materialise after the owners of the company duped hundreds of investors and fled the city. Inevitably, the debate on Vajpayee’s Lucknow agenda has led to comparisons.Some say Union HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi has done more for his constituency Allahabad than Vajpayee has done for his. The most important steps Joshi took for the welfare of Allahabad were the setting up of the the first Indian Institute of Information Technology there and the upgradation of Allahabad University to a Central university.But perhaps a more accurate comparison would be with other prime ministerial constituencies, at least two of which lie next door to Lucknow. Indira Gandhi represented Rae Bareilly and her son Rajiv represented Amethi.advertisementDuring Rajiv’s tenure as prime minister, more than Rs 5,000 crore was pumped in to set up 168 industrial units in Sultanpur district under which Amethi falls. These units included well-known names like Indo-Gulf Fertilisers and ACC which employed more than 30,000 people in Sultanpur alone. It is a different matter that while Vajpayee cannot boast of such a scale of industrial development in Lucknow, his aides contend that his plans have been hampered by frequent change of guard in the state. “What can we do if the state Government does not release funds and manpower for projects in Lucknow?” asks Tandon, pointing to the manner in which land ear marked for a project on disposal of carcasses was allegedly grabbed by a Samajwadi Party leader.The claims and counter-claims apart, few question the prime minister’s commitment to Lucknow where he contested a bye-election for the first time in 1955. That was when as a young Jan Sangh leader, he had campaigned on a bicycle and a tonga, taking breaks at the Coffee House at Hazratganj. “Despite having lost the elections, Vajpayee was in love with Lucknow for some reason,” recalls Bajrang Sharan Tewari, editor of Kala Kunj, the RSS journal. The love affair, evidently, continues.last_img read more

first_imgAnna Hazare flayed the demand for concession as “improper”, but his activist supporters nevertheless managed to get the MMRDA ground here at low rates from the state government for their agitation there from December 27 after the Bombay High Court declined to grant any waiver in the rent.The Maharashtra government-run Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) agreed to give its ground at concessional rates to Team Anna that would entail a saving of nearly Rs 450,000 to the organisers, India Against Corruption member Mayank Gandhi said.Now, the organisers will pay around Rs 680,000 instead of the earlier demand of Rs 11,80,000, plus heavy deposits for the use of the ground, Gandhi said. The daily rental of the ground in suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex area in posh central Mumbai is Rs 3.80 lakh.Earlier, Team Anna got a ticking off from the Bombay High Court, which they had approached challenging the high commercial rates – amounting to around Rs 19 lakh, including a hefty deposit of around Rs 700,000 – for the use of the ground from December 27 to 31.The court made sharp observations on the need for Hazare to hold an agitation “outside” when the Lokpal Bill was being debated in Parliament.The court also observed that if they wanted to agitate, then they must pay for the hiring charges for the venue and demanding it free was not proper.Ultimately, the court declined to interfere in the matter of the MMRDA’s fees and disposed of the petition.Team Anna has agreed to pay the concessional charges which the government body agreed to levy.advertisementGandhi said that following the court’s order, the IAC would now re-apply through another registered organisation to book the venue for the agitation scheduled on December 27-31.Anna Hazare Friday flayed as “improper” the decision by his activist supporters to move the court seeking concessions for the MMRDA ground for his proposed December 27-31 agitation demanding a strong Lokpal bill.”The decision by my activists was not correct. They are inexperienced and have committed a mistake. But now they have learnt a lesson,” Hazare told media persons at his village, Ralegan-Siddhi in Ahmednagar district, shortly after the court decision.”I am told that the MMRDA will give us some concessions and we are also getting donors to cover that cost. So, I have given the green signal for the venue,” said Hazare, who on Friday morning threatened to agitate from the jail if a proper venue was not given.Earlier, Team Anna had wanted to hold the agitation at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai, but the state sports ministry had raised objections to a hunger strike being held there.”The venue which they (Team Anna) want is reserved only for sports or religious activities, not for such agitations, so we have objected. They can seek any other venue within the Azad Maidan,” state Deputy Director, Sports, N.B Mote said.The MMRDA ground was earlier booked by IAC’s Jagruti Nagrik Manch, which is not a NGO recognised by the state government, and the MMRDA authorities had thus levied commercial rates plus a steep deposit fee.After the MMRDA agreed to give concessions, Gandhi said Team Anna would now re-apply for the venue in the name of a Delhi-based organisation – Public Cause Research Foundation, another of IAC affiliates, which is a registered organisation.Told about Hazare saying he did not approve of their seeking concessions, Gandhi said if Hazare felt his team had committed a mistake, they accepted it.Meanwhile, in New Delhi Team Anna claimed that Delhi Police had given them the nod to hold their protest at Ramlila Maidan from Dec 27 for five days. The police, however, refused to comment.last_img read more

first_imgBollywood beauty Deepika Padukone is all set to don a bikini once again. The first teaser of the sultry siren’s upcoming film, Cocktail, have been released online, and the actress sizzles in a red hot bikini in the promo.Deepika can be seen luxuriously rolling on the sand at a scenic beach in a bright red two-piece.The actress seems to have added a few curves to her erstwhile skinny frame.Cocktail, co-starring Saif Ali Khan and debutante Diana Penty, is a romantic comedy directed by Homi Adajania.The filmmaker made his mark earlier with his directorial debut feature, Being Cyrus, which also starred Saif and was considered a crossover hit.Adajania’s new film is reportedly more of a commercial stuff, and if the stakes are considerably higher for the director, the perky promo – especially Deepika’s bikini shot – should act as the right catalyst to kick-start the hype for Cocktail.In the promo, Deepika is introduced as Veronica, a girl who loves to live life on the wilder side. The bikini shot, of course, is her highlight.Cocktail, produced by Saif’s banner Illuminati Films, is slated for a July 13 release.Randeep Hooda, Boman Irani and Dimple Kapadia play interesting cameos in the film. Saif has said the music, composed by his favourite music director Pritam, will be a highlight of the film.Deepika’s bikini binge in the film is said to be in sync with her sexy avatar as Veronica. The two-piece apart, she has been given a wardrobe overflowing with ultra-glamorous attire for the film.advertisementThe actress, who was earlier seen sporting a bikini in Sajid Khan’s Housefull besides on the ramp during her modelling days, was reportedly not so keen to flaunt her shapely body in a two-piece in first place. Director Adajania, however, managed to convince her since the particular shot was to be filmed on a beach.Apart from wearing a bikini in Cocktail, Deepika is also said to have some steamy lovemaking scenes with Saif in the film.The two stars have already shared good chemistry in Saif’s earlier production, Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal, although their last outing together, Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, sank without a trace in 2011.While Deepika looks ravishing in the promo, former model Diana Penty seems to be the surprise package in the film.Saif is back to his forte of playing the loverboy, the screen avatar that has mostly worked for him.For Saif, Cocktail is an important film coming after the failure of his last release, Agent Vinod, a home production that cast him as a secret agent.Despite riding the hype of international locations – the film was shot across a dozen countries – and the fact that Saif starred opposite his real-life girlfriend Kareena Kapoor, the film bombed at the box-office.last_img read more

first_imgView comments Holding a 12-1 record, the Red Lions can become the second team after Lyceum that will be armed with an advantage in the Final Four with a victory in the 4 p.m. clash.After disputing the title last season, both San Beda and Arellano have gone on opposite directions this season with the Chiefs in the lower half of the standings.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 openingWith a 5-8 record, the Chiefs are in danger of missing out on the Final Four for the first time in three seasons.But Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera hopes his team was able to gather momentum from the 84-79 conquest of Emilio Aguinaldo College last Friday. Ginebra ends SMB Grand Slam dream 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Cañete exploded for a season-high 27 points to lead the Chiefs past the Generals and Codiñera is hoping for more of the same from the power forward.“He has to be aggressive,” said Codiñera.The Lions are actually gunning for a 12th straight victory that will put them closer to the Pirates. But while the Lions overcame Jose Rizal U, 65-60, last Friday, coach Boyet Fernandez remains concerned over his team’s turnover total in the last two games.“We have to learn to take good care of our basketball so that one way or another we’ll have a good chance to be consistent in our game,” said Fernandez, whose team has committed 50 turnovers in the last two games.Bottom teams St. Benilde and Mapua clash at 2 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Defending champion San Beda shoots for the second twice-to-beat bonus when it clashes with Arellano University on Thursday in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more