Month: November 2019

U21: Italy v Iceland line-ups

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: Patrick Cutrone, Andrea Pinamonti and Riccardo Sottil lead the Italy attack in an Under-21 European Championship qualifier with Iceland. It kicks off at 17.30 GMT at SPAL’s Stadio Paolo Mazza in Ferrara. The Azzurrini are currently third in European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1 on seven points from three games. However, Iceland on nine points have already played four matches, while the Republic of Ireland have 13 points from six encounters. Paolo Nicolato already had a lot of injury concerns to deal with, then Sandro Tonali was poached to play for the senior Italy squad. Wolves striker Cutrone, Inter-owned Andrea Pinamonti – currently on loan at Genoa – and Fiorentina’s Riccardo Sottil complete the trident attack. Italy U21: Carnesecchi; Del Prato, Gabbia, Ranieri, Sala; Maggiore, Carraro, Locatelli; Sottil, Pinamonti, Cutrone Italy bench: Plizzari, Adjapong, Tripaldelli, Esposito, Casale, Scamacca, Maistro, Bettella, Zanellato Iceland U21: PS Gunnarsson; Sampsted, Leifsson, Palmason, H Gunnarsson; Thorsteinsson, W Willumsson, Finnsson, Hauksson; S Thordarson, S Gudjohnsen Iceland bench: Olafsson, T Gunnarsson, BV Jonsson, Jonsson, Hafsteinsson, Magnusson, B Willumsson, Ingimundarson, K Thordarson Ref: Fesnic (ROU)last_img read more

Why our cricketers settle down with girls next door?

first_imgUntil she became Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wife on Sunday, 21-year-old Sakshi Singh Rawat was just a girl next door. After being linked with a bevy of Bollywood beauties, Captain Cool chose to settle down with a regular girl. And this seems to be the way our cricketers like it. Unlike sportsmen abroad, our men in blue like to keep it real and regular when it comes to choosing their spouses.Wives and girlfriends or WAGs of high-profile football players might be a cult community on foreign shores, but the better halves of sport stars in India are far from the glitterati.Sakshi is the kind of girl any man would like to take home to meet his mother. Five years younger than Dhoni, the hotel management graduate has a similar family background as her husband.The quintessential small-town girl is not fiercely celebrity-oriented and has all the ingredients that make her affable and amiable.She, like other cricket wives – Anjali Tendulkar, who’s a doctor; Aarti Sehwag, a homemaker; Vijeta Dravid, a doctor; Sailaja VVS Laxman, a software professional – fits the non-glamour, homely variety.There is a stark contrast between them and WAGs abroad, who move around in their Louboutin heels and Dior dresses. They are usually seen cheering their men while sipping martinis, but wives of Indian cricketers are on the other extreme.Whenever they are spotted, they are seen in Indian clothes and the look is completed by sindoor and mangalsutra. You would hardly ever spot a cricketer’s wife at a match.advertisementThese star cricketers have the moolah and fame, or simply put all it takes to attract any pretty young thing they want.So what makes them choose these regular, homely types over and above the celebrity swish set?Image consultant Dilip Cherian deconstructs the trend. “First, unlike footballers who are aggressive and flamboyant, cricketers like to maintain a gentle and mild image. Hence you won’t see them publicly revel in parties or hang out with girls.”Second, cricketers in India still mainly belong to the middle class. They carry that sensibility even after being exposed to glamour. No matter who they might get drawn to temporarily, in their hearts they want to bring home a girl of their mother’s choice.”As far as Dhoni’s Casanova image was concerned (he was linked with several Bollywood hotties such as Deepika Padukone, Asin, Priyanka Chopra and starlet Lakshmi Rai), his non-flashy, hush- hush wedding with a small-town girl is a bit surprising.But as we now know, all famous cricketers have taken the same route and Dhoni has also followed a predictable pattern.Adman Prahlad Kakkar thinks all the alleged link-ups could most likely be a publicity gimmick planted by actresses and models.”Stars love publicity and a link-up with a cricketer gives them their press space. Cricketers, like most young men, love chilling out with actresses and models. But it’s only a matter of time when they realise how incompatible their worlds can be in the long run. Any which way, it’s bound to be a short-term thing,” he says.last_img read more

DU plans own television network

first_imgDelhi University is working to bring on air a television network of its own to speed up the system of information flow and connect the large number of colleges on its rolls spread over a vast area in the capital.The University, which already has a functional studio, wants to upgrade it to a capacity where it can operate a television network and is in negotiation for an MoU to give a final push to the project.DU Television Network (DUTN), when operationalised, will be perhaps the first such project in the country and varsity officials say they want it to be a trendsetter.The project that is expected to initialise before the end of the year, will begin as a pilot project in the north campus before spreading to other centres.”We should have thought about it earlier. We began a little late nevertheless we want it to be a trendsetter,” says director of the Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL) Dr A K Bakshi, who is spearheading the project.DU officials working on the project say they want the Internet-based channel to act as a revolutionary tool for connecting the students and making available for each one of them events that take place in any college in the campus.”There is so much happening in the university–such good events, lectures, discussions–but they reach students only in the college where they are taking place.”We want to be able to take all important events taking place in different parts of the university to all students through the television, irrespective of where they are at the campus,” Bakshi said.advertisementThe university has visualised the network to act as the ultimate communication channel for the campus, which would be accessed by students through LCDs put in their hostels, canteens, common rooms and colleges.Plans are afoot to have hourly news bulletins on the network besides regular text message updates on major upcoming events, sports activities, competitions, lectures, placements options on the campus and even admission cut-offs.”We would be able to record important lectures taking place in any college and make them available to students all over the campus… The utilities are manifold,” Bakshi said.last_img read more

Pawar’s reign as ICC president ends, Isaac takes over

first_imgSharad Pawar’s reign as the president of the International Cricket Council ended Thursday as New Zealander Alan Isaac took charge from him for a two-year term at the ICC Annual Conference in Kuala Lumpur.According to a ICC press release, the 60-year-old Isaac, a former New Zealand Cricket chief, became the eighth president of the ICC, while former South Africa wicket-kepeer David Richardson was confirmed as the new chief executive of the world body, taking over from countryman Haroon Lorgat.Issac will be the last to hold the post in its current shape as it will become a ceremonial role once he steps down in 2014. Over the past two years, Isaac has been the ICC’s vice-president, a position that the body plans to abolish by amending the constitution. The amendment envisages the appointment of a chairman, who will hold office for two years, as the head of the ICC.”When I look at the list of previous presidents, I am reminded of the importance of this office. In the midst of my pride at being chosen as president, I recognise that there is, of course, much hard work and much progress needed if we are to maintain the game’s current healthy state,” Isaac said.”I believe that the challenges ahead are no less daunting than those we have faced in the last two years if we are to maintain the vibrancy and viability of the three formats of the sport. We are fortunate as a sport — indeed unique — to have three different formats at international level.advertisement”We will all strive not only to preserve those formats but to build on their foundations. In that way the ICC will continue to oversee a great sport and we will all work to make it even greater. I look forward to serving the game with honesty and integrity and to the best of my ability. I look forward to handing on the guardianship of the sport with the game enjoying even greater health,” he said.last_img read more