Simone Inzaghi praised Lazio for “winning an important game, I think deservedly,” despite also complimenting Milan for their performance. The Biancocelesti had not won this Serie A fixture since a Paolo Maldini own goal in 1989, followed by 11 draws and 18 defeats at San Siro. However, Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa scored either side of a Bastos own goal to secure the victory, putting them in joint fourth place with Atalanta and Cagliari. “We won an important game, I think deservedly, against a side that in my view had a good performance, but Lazio played very well and did everything to win,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia after the 2-1 result. “We had a few injury issues in recent weeks, but I remained calm, because the team was focused and believed in its football. We were just unlucky and I knew the results would come if we kept playing that way. “It’s a little premature after 11 games to talk about the table, but we are getting some consistency in terms of performances and results. “We must work to remove a few distractions that can still prove costly at the back. We were a little unfortunate today on the equaliser, as it hit Bastos and went in. Nonetheless, we’ve got to improve our preventative marking and knowing when to close players down or back up to regroup. “It was very important for us to follow the recent two victories, to respect a Milan side that had won on Thursday and I feel we did that. It wasn’t easy after the equaliser, but we wanted to break this 30-year taboo, especially as we won here last season in the Coppa Italia semi-final. “I told my players we needed more hunger and determination than Milan.” Inzaghi had been reportedly ready to quit Lazio over the summer, then there were reports of a potential dismissal a few weeks ago. “I know what football is like. I never felt in doubt, as the club was always by my side. I reflected over the summer that after winning the Italian Super Cup and Coppa Italia, this team could still do better. I told everyone in pre-season that our duty was to raise the bar and improve ourselves constantly, because I believe in them.” 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/
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Prashanti, Akanksha and Pratima are a formidable part of the national basketball teamGoing against the flow is not easy. When it comes to uncharted territories, it becomes even more challenging. So when we came across six remarkable women-all of them confident, talented, accomplished, and pursuing unusual careers-we knew we had,Prashanti, Akanksha and Pratima are a formidable part of the national basketball teamGoing against the flow is not easy. When it comes to uncharted territories, it becomes even more challenging. So when we came across six remarkable women-all of them confident, talented, accomplished, and pursuing unusual careers-we knew we had to write about them, just so you know who you share the city with.At first glance, there seems to be nothing out of the ordinary about these three women. They are young, they enjoy movies, music and hanging out with friends. And they like the odd, guilt-ridden helping of junk food. Of course, they’re also slightly taller than the average woman-that’s where the ordinariness ends. Prashanti, Akanksha and Pratima Singh are members of India’s national women’s basketball team. The same team that’s doing phenomenally well at international meets. They also happen to be sisters.”Actually, there are five of us,” says Prashanti. Eldest sister, Divya, is a coach. Second is Priyanka, who was part of the national team, and is now pursuing her MBA from the US (where she plays for her university). Prashanti, 25, qualified for the national team in 2003, and is now the team captain. Akanksha, 21, entered the team in 2007. And Pratima, 20, is the recent entrant into the senior team and captain of the junior team. “We’re thinking of forming our own team, the five of us,” jokes Prashanti.”Mom can be our manager! For the sisters who grew up in Varanasi, basketball “just happened, and they ended up living together in Delhi, and training for hours everyday to represent Delhi nationally and India internationally. When they play together on court, their combined on-court wizardry leaves many an opponent stunned. The Singh trio look forward to playing league basketball after the recent agreement signed between the Basketball Federation of India and IMG Reliance. “The IPL seems to be benefiting others sports as well,” Prashanti says.advertisementFor now, though, the three sisters are off to Indore to train for the upcoming Asian Games. Come to think of it, there’s nothing usual about them at all.Sharma enjoys riding on the DND Flyway and going on weekend trips to Jaipur on her bikeWhether it’s a cold winter morning or a sultry summer morning, her passion for motorbikes knows no bounds. While most of us would like to sleep late on a Sunday morning, this is not so in the case of Ambika Sharma. “Once, my neighbour asked me if I was preparing for some competition. He was not ready to believe that I do this just for the love of biking,” says this 31-year-old.Work keeps her busy during the week but the weekend sees her on a Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade, her current machine. “Biking gives me a lot of things-freedom, solace and not to forget, tons of fun. It takes up most of my ‘me’ time, she says. And, she says, “When the weather is favourable, I don’t mind riding to office on my bike, especially if it’s a Friday or a Saturday.”Sharma’s interest has surprised almost everyone who’s met her. “I have come across a series of shocked faces, and I am yet to come across a man who will be comfortable being the pillion with a woman rider,” she says. Nevertheless, she is a member of an all-male biking group, GODS. “They have got used to my eccentricities, but they never give up an opportunity to pull my leg about the big hoop earrings under the helmet or the pink socks under the riding boots.”All of this is nothing strange for Sharma. Coming from a fauji family, ‘You cannot’ was not a term that her parents ever used. In fact, she was introduced to bikes quite early in life. “My father taught me how to handle one even before my feet could touch the ground.”Malik share a love for green spaces and international travelFor Sharma, her dreams are always evolving. “I own my current dream machine, but I would love to own a Goldwing or a Busa sometime in the future,” she says.She has always been around the game. Her father plays golf six days a week, while her mother plays at least once a week. But Shalini Malik took her love for the sport further. “I started learning golf when I was 15 and I just stuck to it,” says this 35-year-old international golf referee.It has been a long and phenomenal journey for Malik- from a keen player to an international referee now. “The game got me free university education in the US. I got to travel to the most amazing places and meet incredible people. In fact, I was the first girl to go from India on a golf scholarship. But today there are many girls from India playing there at the elite level. “Women’s golf has definitely gone to the next level. I think within the next five years we will produce some serious contenders on the international field.”advertisementFrom playing in the Dubai Ladies Masters which is one of the finest events on the European tour and on the other side the experience of playing at the Pro Am of St. Tropez which is all about glitz and glamour, she has come a long way indeed.RamasamyThis computer engineer with an MBA never found the cushy corporate world as interesting as inhospitable jungle environs. “I was always into landscape photography. And then gradually I started clicking birds and other wildlife. And I realised this is where my heart lay,” says Rathika Ramasamy, wildlife photographer.Heavy camera equipment, extreme weather conditions, lots of travel-which means staying away from family-Ramasamy happily embarked on an uncomfortable journey, leaving her flourishing corporate career behind. “It was not easy, but I always believed in doing uncoventional things. I have to carry six to seven kilos of weight on my own, but the sheer joy of being with nature, and photographing birds, makes me forget everything.”Ramasamy has been to all the national parks but Bharatpur National Park remains her all-time favourite. “I go there every month, but during November and December, when the migratory birds come to India, I visit every week. It’s like a second home to me. But what she cannot forget is spotting a frogmouth, an endangered bird species, at Salim Ali Sanctuary. “There are only two frogmouths in India, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted one.”Ramasamy has also been to national parks in Tanzania and would like to go there again. “I visited the Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. It was amazing. And no matter how much you complain about the parks here, Ramasamy feels there is more scope for adventure in Indian national parks.”You don’t really have to spend long hours there, since there is such an abundance of fauna, whereas in India you have to really work hard to find the animal and get your shot.”
Treadmills are expensive, they cost upward of a few thousand but the premium ones go even higher. But Rs 9.75 lakh for a treadmill is way too steep, especially when it’s a deal to hire one of many treadmills at this astronomical sum for 45 days by the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC).It’s not just the treadmill which is being hired at such fantastic rates, there are other items being hired by the CWG OC for a lot more than what it would have cost. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president and CWG OC chairman, Suresh Kalmadi, may have strongly denied corruption charges in the deals related to its conduct, but now he owes an explanation on this kind of lavish expenditure on the deals brokered on peripherals.A scrutiny of some deal-related documents has revealed that the CWG OC is paying Rs 9.75 lakh just to rent a treadmill for 45 days. Interestingly, Harrods of London sold what is considered the best treadmill for about Rs 7 lakh recently.Besides, the organisers are shelling out Rs 8.8 lakh for a cross-trainer, which is again several lakhs more than the price of a good machine.Similarly, the CWG OC is hiring each chair for Rs 8,378, a 100-litre refrigerator for Rs 42,202, a corporate umbrella for Rs 6,308. Moreover, it has also approved the purchase of each tissue roll for a whopping Rs 4,138. Despite Kalmadi’s rebuttals of no corruption, there seems to be more to these inflated bills.
Against the backdrop of a spate of controversies surrounding the Commonwealth Games, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold a meeting with the ministers concerned on Saturday evening to review preparations for the mega event to be held in October.The meeting will be attended by Sports Ministers M S Gill, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and others involved, official sources said.The meeting assumes significance in view of questions being raised over the state of preparedness for the sports event and allegations of corruption surrounding it.Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi is in the eye of a storm because of the allegations.The Prime Minister’s action came a day after the Congress top brass, including party chief Sonia Gandhi, deliberated on the matter at the meeting of the party’s Core Group.During the discussions in Parliament on the Games this week, there were suggestions that the Government appoint a high-level committee on the lines of the one formed during the 1982 Asian Games which was headed by late Rajiv Gandhi with the then Sports Minister Buta Singh working under him along other officials.However, the Sports Minister had turned down the proposal.The BJP on Friday demanded that the Prime Minister speak on the issue failing which it would press for suspension of Question Hour in both Houses of Parliament on Monday.
A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Restaurant Uber ChicLocated beautifully, with a view of the towering Qutab Minar, Smoke House Room scores high on style and sophistication. The latest entrant into the niche genre of molecular cuisine, it boasts of chic interiors, attention to detail and,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.RestaurantUber ChicLocated beautifully, with a view of the towering Qutab Minar, Smoke House Room scores high on style and sophistication. The latest entrant into the niche genre of molecular cuisine, it boasts of chic interiors, attention to detail and beautiful presentation. The service is impeccable and most ingredients for this European restaurant are imported. Every item that makes its way to your table has touches of the exotic-the olive oil served with bread is infused with orange, and the chicken is cooked in three different ways to bring out various textures. The Grand Degustation, which is a nine course set menu, includes scallops, black cod, Angus, Foie Gras, different kinds of mushrooms and more. Priced at Rs 7,000 per person, you might want to reserve this one for a special occasion. We do, however, strongly recommend the molecular cocktails. Try the Deconstructed Watermelon Caipiroska; it’s chilled and fruity with a thin slice of melon at the bottom of a long-stemmed glass. For dessert, go for the strangesounding Beet Cake. It looks and tastes just like chocolate, but is a much healthier option. While SHR offered us novel and perfectly cooked dishes, we were disappointed with the size of the portions. Make a reservation here if you want to try some excellent molecular cooking and don’t mind the steep prices.Timing: 7:30 pm to 1 am.Meal for two: Rs 8,000 plus taxes (including alcohol).At: The Crescent, Lado Sarai, Aurobindo Marg. Tel: 29523838.-Ekta MarwahaItalianoBilled as a high-end Italian diner, the food here has always been the highlight (despite the relatively boring and drab interiors). Diva, after 11 years since its inception in early 2000 is back with a brand new look. The refurbished interiors in earthy tones of brown and yellow make it look like a contem porary trattoria. Diva now sports two avatars, a cafe on the lower level and a fine dinning section on the upper level. There’s also a brand new bar for beer and wine aficionados. Joy: they haven’t done away with their walk-in, see-through wine cellar. It’s bigger and better. The food is, as ever, mostly superlative-with a few minor cribs. We sampled the grilled chicken and French bean salad, flavoured with mint and fennel seeds, served with avocado mash. The mint and fennel seeds added to the freshness of the salad, but the avocado mash lacked flavour. A glass of white or red wine is recommended to accompany your meal. For main course, we went with the house recommendation of Half Moon Pasta, stuffed with wild mushrooms, flavoured with a light mascarpone and chive sauce, which lends it a buttery taste that coats your mouth. It was quite filling and left no room for dessert. But if dining at Diva, their cracker tiramisu can’t be missed (not too sweet, and creamy).Meal for two: Rs 2,500 plus taxes (including alcohol).At: M-8A, M Block Market, Greater Kailash-II. Tel: 41637558.-Ekta AlrejaArtadvertisementCustom madeIf you’re looking to buy some customised art, then stop by at Dusk to Dawn, a design studio in Gurgaon. A relatively new concept, all you need to do is walk in and share your idea with a designer. They do paintings on canvas, lamps, chairs, tables and even murals, but it’s your creativity that reflects in them. The process takes about a month, so if you’re looking to pick up something quickly, pick from their collection of paintings, furniture and other curios.Price: On request. 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Enhanced security, including policemen from the detective branch who also keep an eye on potential match-fixers, and some ultra-modern recently-imported equipment like an expensive car scanner, was put in place for the high-profile India-Pakistan Asia Cup encounter in Dhaka on Sunday.Apart from over 1,500 police personnel, armoured personnel carriers (APC), prisoner vans and close-circuit television cameras were used as part of an elaborate security blanket for the day-night game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy police of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said that policemen in plainclothes were roaming around the stadium, besides other parts of the city, to check potential match-fixers.”Tackling match-fixing is not part of our job; it falls under the detective branch of the DMP that is directly under the police commissioner. Teams of the detective branch are roaming around the stadium and elsewhere in the city, and more than 100 personnel in disguise are roaming around the stadium,” Ahmed told Mail Today during the match.”During the Bangladesh Premier League held here recently at this stadium, a man was arrested for his involvement in match-fixing. So far, we haven’t heard anything on match-fixing during the Asia Cup. So far so good,” he said.Ahmed said that additional security was in place for the India-Pakistan game that was watched by around 26,000 spectators at the stadium, including many celebrities and dignitaries from India and other parts of the world.”We have broadly used the 2011 World Cup planning and design for strategic points around the stadium.advertisement”Especially for this match, we have put in 10 check posts around the stadium in the Mirpur area, besides five traffic diversions – they were not there for the earlier Asia Cup matches – and there are more personnel on duty to maintain law and order during this game,” Ahmed said.”This time we have two APCs, three prisoner vans as part of our preparedness for tackling rioting, and one brand new imported car scanner that cost us 13 crore taka,” he informed. “Besides 800 policemen and policewomen inside the stadium, if we take into account the personnel on duty surrounding the stadium, the number would cross 1,500. We also have a water cannon vehicle ready for this game.”
Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Rose averaged 18 points in 64 games last season with New York before signing a one-year contract with Cleveland.READ: Cavs’ Derrick Rose out with sprained ankle The Cavaliers announced the day before Thanksgiving that Rose was away from the team, but Lue said at the time he expected him to return.The Cavaliers have used several players at point guard in Rose’s absence. Jose Calderon has started seven straight games and Dwyane Wade has played the point with the second unit. Isaiah Thomas has yet to play this season because of a hip injury, but has been doing on-court work and could return soon.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 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 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Derrick Rose (1) dribbles against Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr., left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says the team’s communication with embattled point guard Rose has been positive. Rose is away from the team because of a personal matter. He also has been sidelined by a sprained left ankle. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers’ communication with embattled point guard Derrick Rose has been positive, according to coach Tyronn Lue.Rose is away from the team because of a personal matter. He also has been sidelined by a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Irving helps Celtics knock off Suns MOST READ Lue declined to share any further details on Cleveland’s dialogue with Rose. The team is expected to provide another update on Sunday.READ: Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matterFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 29-year-old Rose is averaging 14.3 points in seven games. He was originally injured Oct. 20, but returned after missing four games. Rose played in Cleveland’s next five games, but the team announced Nov. 17 he would receive treatment on his ankle and be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.Rose has been plagued by injuries since being named the league’s MVP for the 2010-11 season. He played in 39 games the following season and missed all of 2012-13 because of a knee injury. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutout
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers high fives JJ Redick #17 after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 31, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX— Philadelphia center Joel Embiid injured his right hand going after an inbounds pass late in the fourth quarter of the 76ers’ 123-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.Embiid had X-rays taken and his hand wrapped in ice after the game, and said he thinks he will be fine.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Beal’s 39 points lead Wizards to win over Bulls 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 “They said it wasn’t broken. They think it was sprained, so I guess that’s good news,” Embiid said.Embiid had 22 points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes Sunday. The play in which he was hurt happened with 3:54 left in the game, and he was called for a loose ball foul after hitting the floor.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 hostingEmbiid came out of the game with 41.1 seconds left and the Sixers up by 12.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown didn’t have an update when asked about Embiid’s injury status after the game, nor did the team before the Sixers left the arena. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Embiid has had an extensive injury history that includes foot and knee surgeries that have limited his ability to play since he was drafted third overall in 2014. More recently, he has dealt with back tightness.“The way he plays, there’s always a chance (for injury), you know,” Brown said. “It’s like with everybody, but him especially. I think the fact that he just hasn’t practiced, the awkward moments, unorthodox moments scare you a little bit more.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments