Unsurprisingly Man United fans are happy with the Donnarumma transfer news

first_img Where will Gianluigi Donnarumma be playing next season? 1 With the astonishing news emerging from Italy surrounding Gianluigi Donnarumma’s future, Milan showed they would not be pushed around.The club showed their strength by telling people the 18-year-old goalkeeper will not renew a contract that expires in 2018, meaning he will leave this summer or next.“We are disheartened. [Donnarumma’s agent] Mino Raiola has conveyed to me Donnarumma’s decision not to renew. It’s his final decision,” club director Marco Fassone told a press conference.If the talented and sought after keeper leaves next year then he and Raiola will be able to claim a bigger signing on fee, while any club wishing to buy him in 2017 will have to pay big money. PSG, Juventus and Real Madrid are the three teams heavily linked, but that hasn’t stopped other supporters hoping Donnarumma joins them.Man United fans are probably happiest because, with the link to Real Madrid, it may mean David De Gea remains at Old Trafford…last_img read more

Steve Kerr with measured outlook on Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and their technicals

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – If the Warriors advance to the NBA Finals for a fifth consecutive year, coach Steve Kerr already anticipates Kevin Durant and Draymond Green could compromise the team’s ability to win its fourth NBA title in five seasons.“If we go to the Finals, I think Kevin and Draymond are each on pace for about 42 technicals and six suspensions,” Kerr said. …last_img

CWG theme song tweaked, to be peppier like ‘Chake De’

first_imgAmid criticism that it failed to meet the expectations of the people, the theme song of the Commonwealth Games composed by A R Rahman will be tweaked a bit to make it more peppier like famous number ‘Chake De’.The original version of the song ‘India bula liya’ got a lukewarm response from the audience and was openly criticised by CWG Organising Committee’s executive board member V K Malhotra and other leaders for “falling short of expectations”.After a meeting of the GoM on Commonwealth Games, Sports Secretary Sindhu Shree Khullar said: “There will be more music, particularly instrumental, in the opening theme song of the Games.”Asked whether the tweaked version will be like Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka’, the World Cup Football song, he said: “Waka Waka was more commercial. Ours will be like Chake De.”Chake De is a famous number in the sports-themed film ‘Chake De’ starring Shahrukh Khan.Lyricist Prasoon Joshi said some instrumental music have been added to make the theme song peppier and a video is under preparation.The video will feature sports personalities like Milkha Singh, Malleswari and other achievers in the field.Asked whether Rahman’s song had been changed, Joshi said the music composer himself has made it tighter and “you will hear it in the new video.””Rahman always changes his work till the last minute. He is a good craftsman,” he said.”The song has now been turned into a sports anthem. It has been pepped up with more beats and it will be a tighter version of the original,” he said.advertisementJoshi said that the “premature” criticism that came Rahman’s way after the song was launched last month is not the reason behind the change.He indicated that the video will be released in a week.last_img read more

No parade but BCCI to suitably honour u-19 champs

first_imgThere will be no ticker-tape parade for the world champion Indian under-19 team when it lands in Mumbai by an Emirates flight EK 506 at 2 pm on Tuesday, but they would be accorded “suitable and appropriate welcome”.N Srinivasan, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), informed on Monday that the Unmukt Chand-led team would be received at the airport in a fitting manner. “There would no parade. But the team would be received warmly when it arrives in Mumbai,” Srinivasan told Mail Today.The BCCI has already announced a cash award of Rs 20 lakh each for the 15 players and Rs 15 lakh each to members of the support staff. India beat hosts Australia by six wickets in the World Cup final on Sunday.”There would a suitable and appropriate felicitation function for the team at a later date. We are chalking out the programme at the moment,” Srinivasan said.The BCCI had welcomed the senior Indian team in a grand manner after their World T20 triumph in 2007. When the players landed in Mumbai from South Africa, they were taken from the airport to the Wankhede Stadium in an open top bus. Even the intermittent rain failed to deter tens of thousands of delirious fans from queuing up on both sides of the road, excitedly waving at players and running along the vehicle.The Sharad Pawar-headed BCCI organised a felicitation function immediately after the team reached the stadium there following a long and slow journey. It is, however, a different issue that the Board officials present at the function were heavily criticised for occupying the front seats while the players stood at the back.advertisementDhoni’s boys were felicitated a second time, at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi, but that function too turned out to be chaotic as many unwanted people besieged the stadium turf.Then, last year when the Dhoni-led team won the 50-over World Cup, the players called on the then President Pratibha Patil at the Governor House in Mumbai. Later, the BCCI felicitated the team at its annual awards function, also in Mumbai.Meanwhile, Sarkar Talwar, coach of the 1995 under-15 World Cup-winning side, said that the under-19 players would provide good bench strength to the senior team.”I feel India is going to rule world cricket – it’s actually ruling even at present – as it has a very good bench strength now. Any country’s future in junior and senior cricket would be safe if it has a good bench strength,” Talwar, who played 106 firstclass matches for Haryana and captained the team in Ranji Trophy, told Mail Today.”I felt good watching Unmukt’s team performing so well in Australia. While watching the final, my mind went back 17 years ago, when the Mohammed Kaif-led team won the u-15 Lombard World Cup,” said the reputed off-spinner whose 21-year long first-class career began in 1967.last_img read more

Refreshed SBP, Gilas Pilipinas logos unveiled

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES “We restructured the SBP in the direction that we’ve set the federation to embark on,” he said.Gilas Pilipinas’ branding will now be implemented across all of the “six pillars” of the program according to Panlilio.Within the revamp are the official appointments of coach Yeng Guiao as program director the men’s program and Patrick Aquino for the women’s program. Tab Baldwin was named program director for the youth teams with Sandy Arespacochaga as the head coach. Meanwhile, coach Jong Uichico and Atty. Rebo Saguisag were identified as heads of the SBP Academy’s Commissions for Coaches and Tournaments, and Referees and Table Officials, respectively.“We officially announced a (reorganization) in SBP early this year but it was a process we went through identifying what key components of the body we wanted to strengthen, where we could have more improvements because there’s always a room to improve,” he said.Panlilio said the 3×3 squad, which is set to compete in FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup in Changsha, China, on May 28, will be the first to don the refreshed logos of the federation.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The new Gilas logo features a silhouette of the Philippine Eagle superimposed on a basketball, which is split in red and blue, and adorned with the flag’s three stars and a partial view of the sun.“We wanted to show the motion of attacking our goals and programs—but in a very disciplined manner,” he said of the changes made to the logo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMeanwhile, SBP’s updated crest just features a sharper font style.Panlilio said that the changes are emblematic of the body’s push to “avoid confusion” and “set accountability across leaders.” Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s PSEU that will run SEA Games eSports events, says POC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SBP unveils new logos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) unveiled a refreshed version of its logo and a new one for the Philippines’ basketball programs Wednesday night in a short press conference at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“We felt that after 10 years, we wanted a refresh not only cosmetically, but also structurally. We needed to strengthen a lot of areas,” said SBP president Al Panilio.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Government says ‘No’ to bilateral cricket with Pakistan

first_imgSHARE cricket india-pak-flags Pakistan Published on Sports Minister Vijay Goel today made it clear that the government will not allow any bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan till the time “cross-border terrorism” does not stop.The minister’s firm statement comes on a day the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board are meeting in Dubai to discuss their bilateral ties, which have remained suspended since 2012 due to diplomatic tensions after terror attacks in India.“BCCI should speak to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan. I have made it clear that bilateral cricket with Pakistan is not possible till the time there is cross-border terror. We have, however, no say on multilateral events (ICC tournaments),” Goel told reporters here.The PCB has already sent a legal notice to BCCI claiming damages in tune of USD 60 million (Rs 387 crore approx) for allegedly not honouring the MoU that had stated five bilateral series in the cycle between 2015-2023.It is learnt that the BCCI officials led by joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will explain to their PCB counterparts that the series can’t be held without government permission and would also request them to withdraw the case.If Pakistan refuses to budge, it is learnt that no way will BCCI pay any compensation in this case.The cash-strapped PCB’s finances heavily depend on a series with India which would mean a financial windfall for the nation, where no international cricketing activity has taken place since terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team. May 29, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT india-pak-flags × India COMMENTSlast_img read more

Original folk music struggles for significance

first_imgOriginal folk music struggles for significance in an era dominated by multiple genres, according to Sindhi Sarangi legend Lakha Khan who strives to keep alive the traditional music of his Manganiyar community.Khan is the seventh generation in a family of musicians who have been carrying forward the tradition of Rajasthani folk and sufi music whose legacy is said to date back ‘almost 400 years.’ The maestro says the current generation is less enthusiastic about taking up the art. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The zeal to learn folk music isn’t what it used to be earlier. Folk music is something which requires a lot of dedication and hard work and sometimes it gets difficult to learn. That’s why our younger generation is not serious about it,” says Khan.The 68-year-old musician and vocalist reminisces of an era when he began his journey into folk music at a mere age of six by learning Rajasthani folk music from his father and mentor, Tharu Khan.“Artists from our community (Manganiyar) used to play at functions for kings and emperors. My father was also one of them, I used to accompany him to these performances and that’s when I developed interest and it all started for me,” says the musician. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixInspiration, says the musician one of the last living exponents of the Sindhi Sarangi, is derived from following his father’s teachings and demeanour during performances and songs.“I remember all his mannerisms and the bhajans he used to sing, I have imbibed all that, on the whole it gives a unique tinge and that altogether comes out in the performance,” he adds.In the initial stages Khan was introduced to ‘Surili’ (a folk instrument) by his father before he began training in vocals and perfecting the art of playing the ‘Sarangi’. In his late sixties, the maestro now opines that youngsters should take up folk music as it helps in building up music knowledge.“The current generation of audience and artists is very confused and distracted as there’s a lot of variety now. They often tend to take up easier forms of music.“The authentic music of our country is traditional folk, it has it’s own unique flavor and glimpse of our rich culture and that shouldn’t?t be ignored. Each music genre has its own place and originality,” he says.A recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, Lakha Khan is amongst the last remaining in the Manganiyars lineage to have mastered the Sindhi sarangi. .Khan released Lakha Khan: Live in Nashville this year in collaboration with Amarras Records. The music album features sets from his Nashville concert from his debut US tour in 2013 where he played 10 concerts in 98 cities.Renditions of popular folk classics such as Kesariya Balam and Mast Qalandar along with Sufi kalaams by Ghulam Farid and Bulleh Shah apart from Kabir bhajans and classical ragas comprise the album. Khan performed in the city recently as part of an ongoing countrywide multi city tour where he teamed up with African folk artist and ‘Kora’ player Madou Sidiki Diabate. Both the artists share the same love for folk music and both have a legacy spanning back generations.last_img read more

Tropical Storm Harvey moves across eastern Caribbean islands

center_img BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Authorities in the eastern Caribbean warned residents to stay indoors as Tropical Storm Harvey brought heavy winds and rain to the area Friday on a path expected to take it to Central America next week.Harvey was expected to cross through St. Vincent and the Grenadines and then over the Caribbean Sea. A tropical storm warning was also in effect for Martinique and St. Lucia.The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Harvey had winds of up to 40 mph (65 kph) and was moving west at 18 mph (30 kph).The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Friday were near 40 mph (65 kph) with slight strengthening possible over the next two days.Harvey was centred about 30 miles (48 kilometres) east-southeast of Barbados and was moving west near 18 mph (30 kph). Friday, August 18, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more