Justin Kluivert is given a one-match ban and Federico Chiesa fined for simulation, while Roma face an investigation over racist chants. The Disciplinary Commission announced its findings after Week 8 in the Serie A season. Roma forward Kluivert will be suspended for this weekend’s match with Milan after his red card for two bookable offences against Sampdoria. In the same match, Roma fans were heard making racist chants towards Samp midfielder Ronaldo Vieira and an investigation has been opened. The Giallorossi immediately issued an apology and pledged to work with the authorities to identify the perpetrators. Fiorentina star Chiesa has been fined €2,000 for simulation in the penalty area against Brescia, which also earned him a yellow card during the game. Lecce Coach Fabio Liverani is suspended and fined €10,000 for insulting the fourth official. Genoa assistant manager Roberto Muzzi is given a two-match touchline ban and €5,000 fine for insulting the officials. 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/
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is set to sign a new contract, tying him to the club until 2024. Bonucci only re-joined Juve from Milan in the summer of 2018, signing on for the next five years. However, Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia both claim an extension for a further season has been agreed. It is possible the 32-year-old will earn an improved salary thanks to this renewal. Juan Cuadrado, another of Alessandro Lucci’s clients, is also close to penning a new deal with the Bianconeri. 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/
Adriano Galliani reveals he wanted Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri at Milan, “I’d have tried” for Mauro Icardi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still a “phenomenon”. With Milan struggling in the bottom half of Serie A this season, Galliani recognised Conte’s work at rivals Inter and agreed they were in a two-horse race with Juventus for the Scudetto. “After 31 years at Milan, I do not speak of Inter,” he told Tiki Taka on Canale 5. “But Conte is right when he says that without Inter, Juventus would have already won their ninth Scudetto in a row. They’re the only team to remain in the title fight with Juventus.” The Rossoneri’s former chief then admitted he sought to bring the Inter coach to San Siro when he was in charge, as well as Juve boss Maurizio Sarri. “I have always wanted Antonio. Sometimes he wouldn’t answer me, but I always wanted him. He gave us a hand when we won the Scudetto in 2011. “In football there are a lot of stuff you may say, and a lot of stuff you don’t say. I was as close to getting Sarri as I was close to getting a lot of players.” Marco Giampaolo has already been replaced at Milan by Stefano Pioli this season, but Galliani explained how the former Sampdoria man was a target when the club chose to go for Vincenzo Montella. “In 2016, I wanted Giampaolo. But the Chinese wanted Montella and they went with him. I was satisfied with Montella, but I have always liked Giampaolo. “He makes his teams play very well. But with Montella, we won our last trophy and it’s OK like that. “It doesn’t matter that Giampaolo didn’t coach any big teams, I remember when I faced [Max] Allegri at Cagliari, I always said he would be the perfect fit to coach Milan.” Icardi was briefly linked with a crossing of the divide over the summer, so would Galliani have signed him from the Diavolo’s city rivals? “If I had remained in charge of Milan, I would have tried to get Icardi because I think he is an extraordinary striker.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly closing in on a return to Milan this winter, and the 75-year-old reiterated his praise for the hitman. “I don’t know, I don’t manage Milan anymore so I can’t answer. I have some great memories of Ibrahimovic, if he is fit, he is still a phenomenon.” Finally, the now-Monza CEO had his say on VAR and whether he was for or against technology in football. “After [Sulley] Muntari’s goal was not given, I am absolutely in favour of it. After that incident, I became a fan of any kind of technology in football. “Of course, VAR needs to be improved but it was worse before, when there was no technology. “Now you are more certain and less suspicious. You can change it, but you can’t go back. I am very happy that there will be VAR in Serie B as well next year. People are quieter now.” 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/
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/ Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from tonight’s Champions League games, as Juventus host Atletico Madrid and Atalanta must beat Dinamo Zagreb. They kick off at 20.00 GMT. If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE. Juve have already booked their spot in the Round of 16, but this is a head-to-head for top spot in the group, which should in theory guarantee a better draw going forward. Atalanta earned their first ever Champions League point against Manchester City, but if they don’t beat Dinamo Zagreb, their hopes of qualification are officially over. A defeat would mean they can’t even aim for third place and passage to the Europa League. They lost the opener 4-0 in Croatia and are still missing star striker Duvan Zapata.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel scorched his way to the pole position for Sunday’s Formula One Indian Grand Prix while Force India can hope to score points in the first ever home race with Adrian Sutil qualifying for the eighth position on the grid here on Saturday. Blog | PhotosVettel, running on soft tyres, clocked 1:24.178 to secure 13th pole position of the 2011 season, pipping McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton by 0.296 secs. Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber (1:24.508) was third.Hamilton will actually start from fifth position due a three-place grid penalty for ignoring a flag warning.Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was fourth, followed by McLaren’s Jenson Button. Up next was Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who crashed in the final seconds after hitting the raised part of a kerb. Fortunately, the Brazilian was not injured.Force India’s second driver Paul di Resta did better than the final practice session in the morning but could not make the Q3 and settled for 13th position after clocking 1:26.503, just behind Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher.India’s Narain Karthikeyan did well to finish in 22nd position, just behind Hispania teammate Daniel Ricciardo.
A look at 66 fairs and festival, events and more.Andhra Pradesh1. Relive joys of your youth at the three-day Kite Festival held every January at Shilparamam, the arts and crafts village in Madhapur, on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Colourful kites in all shapes and sizes paint the sky in a thousand colours.2. A ride through the green countryside brings you to the picturesque Kuchipudi village, that hosts the Siddhendra Yogi Dance Festival in February-March every year. The beats of the mridangam resonate as hundreds of dancers, both students and teachers of the village gurukul, take to the stage. 3. Malini Ramani, fashion designer says the colours and atmosphere of the Pushkar Mela remains unmatched.Arunachal Pradesh4. The Namdapha Eco-Cultural Festival packs everything into a breathless rush, from tribal dances to food festivals, treks through orchid territory and rafting in bamboo boats, with an expedition to the Namdapha National Park thrown in for good measure. Held for three days in February. In Miao, Changlang district. Tel: (0) 94362 59949/(03807) 223 337Assam5. Celebrated in Jorhat, the Tea Festival is not just about the golden brew. There are football matches, golf, rafting, angling, food tastings, plantation tours, jungle safaris and of course music and dance performances. www.teafestivalassam.com6. The biggest celebration of all in Assam is of course the Bihu (harvest festival in April), when the state dances to the beating of dhols and the melody of the pepa (flute). Wear the traditional mekhla chador and join the crowds in the famous Bihu dance.Bihar 7. Lose yourself in the colour and bustle of the month-long Sonepur Mela, Asia’s largest cattle fair, which, interestingly, also attracts pilgrims. Held in November. Chhattisgarh8. The influence of the Jagannath Rath Yatra in neighbouring Orissa has spilled over to Bastar, which has added its own dimension and labelled the event Goncha. Besides the rath yatra, a fun element of the festival is using the goncha (a sort of bamboo pistol) and tukki (a fruit) as the bullet, to take playful aim at each other. Held in July. 9. The anniversary day of this relatively new state is marked by celebrations in capital Raipur. Apart from the usual self-congratulatory state functions, the Chhattisgarh Rajyotsava is a rich-tapestry of folk performances. Held in the first week of November.Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli10. The annual Magic of Monsoon Festival, held in Silvassa, is a tribute to the season that brings the much-needed showers. A tourism initiative, it includes guided tours to beaches and waterfalls apart from the usual cultural programmes. Held in July-August.11. The Tarpa Festival at Silvassa and Khanvel is dedicated to the music, dance and food of the colourful tribe it is named after. This could also be your chance to watch the acrobatic dhol dance of the Varli and Kokna tribes. Held in the last week of December.Delhi 12. The flower sellers’ procession–that’s Phoolwalon ki Sair in a nutshell for you. Held in early October every year, this procession is accompanied by dancers and qawwali singers. It ends at the shrine of Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki in Mehrauli. 13. What began as a signal for troops to stop fighting now marks the end of the three-day Republic Day celebration in Day. Beating the Retreat, which has musical performances by the armed troops, is held on January 29 at Vijay Chowk.14. Don’t restrict your kite-flying skills to Independence Day. Head to India Gate and join amateurs and professionals as their kites soar into the sky during a two-day Kite Festival held in November. Delhi hosted its first such festival in 2011.15. A horticulture show with different themes every year, the three-day Garden Tourism Festival brings the daffodils and the daisies in full bloom to the sprawling Garden of Five Senses. In February. 16. Your Diwali isn’t complete if you haven’t bought candles, lamps and savouries from the Blind School Diwali Mela in the capital. The week-long affair sees the whole of Delhi troop in. Held at the grounds next to The Oberoi, Zakir Hussain Marg. Goa17. Make your Christmas special by joining a night street dance. The most popular one is held at Panjim, organised by Clube Nacional. Dress code is strictly formal, so bring out the tux and the evening gown. 18. Goa’s version of the Hispanic worldwide Carnival is surely a spectacle to watch. Think dance, theatre, music, lip-smacking food, outrageous costumes and colourful floats. This is mayhem that you will love. Held in February. 19. Head to the island of Divar for Bonderam, the festival of flags. The flag parade sees both the young and the old, dressed in bright costumes, playing the brass band. Held on the last Saturday of August.Gujarat 20. Watch the sky become a battleground filled with kites of every shape, size and colour as the three-day International Kite Festival, also known as Uttarayana, kicks off in Ahmedabad. At night, watch out for the tukuls, candle-lit lanterns tied to kites. Held in the month of January. 21. Navratri, the nine nights leading to the eve of the Dussehra, can’t be more colourful anywhere than in Gujarat. That’s because everyone is dancing–at street corners, clubs and on stage. You can go anywhere in the state to be a part of the celebrations though some say Ahmedabad and Vadodara do it the best.Himachal Pradesh 22. Make it a point to plan your trip around the International Folk Festival in the Kullu Valley during Dussehra. This week-long celebration is a truly spectacular affair with local artistes, as well as, musicians and dancers from the rest of India, and foreign countries, thronging here. 23. Raksha Bandhan has a different meaning for those living in Nahan. The otherwise nondescript town celebrates the festival by flying kites all day, a tradition that is alive for more than 500 years. Nahan is five hours by road from Delhi. Jharkhand 24. Attend the Sarhul festival, celebrated every spring by the tribes of Jharkhand to mark the annual blossoming of saal trees. Held across the state in March.25. Also a tribal celebration, the Sohrai is held in autumn. The worship of cattle is the highlight of this festival, which also includes music and dance, and some serious mahua-drinking. Karnataka26. Mysore celebrates Dussehra with majestic processions, music and dance events over 10 days. 27. Much less-known, but thoroughly enjoyable, is the vibrant Huttari, an autumn festival the Kodavas celebrate in Madikeri. Held between October and November. Kerala 28. The tranquil backwaters of Kerala become turbulent as snake boats, with at least 100 rowers in each, race to win trophies at the time of Onam, the harvest festival. Held across Kerala. Lakshadweep 29. Somewhat similar to the snake boat race in Kerala is Minicoy’s own Jahadhoni boat race, which is held anytime a special guest visits the island. Instead of the backwaters, the boats head out to the sea. Madhya Pradesh30. Tejaji ka Mela, held in the Bhamawad village of Guna district, is actually a gathering of snake charmers who come there to sell and buy reptiles and also their venom for antidote to poison. Held in August-September. 31. It’s not just another flower show. The All India Rose Show in Bhopal is one of the largest in the country and it’s something that most of its inhabitants look forward to every year. Held at Link Road Garden in December-January. Maharashtra32. Held to mark the Feast of Mount Mary, the Bandra Fair is more than just a Catholic Festival. It brings alive this suburb through street plays, music shows, book readings and giant wheels. Held in September. 33. Spirits-both the bottled kind and otherwise–run high at the Sula Wine Festival. Apart from grape crushing and wine tasting, contemporary, indigenous rock music makes tipplers do the three-hour drive from Mumbai. Held at Sula Vineyards in Nashik. Dates for 2012: February 4 and 5. Manipur34. Dedicated to the fruit that grows in abundance in the North-East, the two-day Pineapple Festival in Imphal is all about rock shows, beauty pageants, tribal dances and of course food tastings. Usually held in August. 35. Not many know that even Manipur has its own boat race festival. Heikru Hidongba, held in the moat of Sagolband Bijoy Govinda in Imphal, begins with prayers to Lord Vishnu and the blowing of the conch to flag off the rowers attired in traditional clothes. Held in September.36. Moirang, 45 km from Imphal, is the centre of celebrations for Lai Haraoba, a pre-Hindu festival held to please local deities. The highlight of the festival is the performance of classical Manipuri and various tribal dances. Held end of May. Meghalaya 37. Shillong must be the only town in the world to celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday–a custom started by Lou Majaw, the Bob Dylan of Shillong, and associate Eddie Rynjah in 1972. On May 24.38. Shillong Autumn Festival is all about concerts, fashion shows and food.39. Wangala, the festival of the 100 drums, marks the end of the agricultural year for Garo tribes. Villagers move from home to home in a short of chain, dancing to the beat of 100 drums. Held in November in Garo Hills.Mizoram40. The Anthurium Festival at Reiek, 35 km from Aizawl, quite obviously, is about the colourful flower. Some tribal dance and music is thrown in for good measure. Held in September.41. Make time for the spectacular Chapchar Kut, the biggest festival in Mizoram celebrating the arrival of spring. Though it’s held all over the state, the AR Grounds in Aizawl witnesses one of the biggest celebrations.Nagaland 42. Watch the 16 major tribes of Nagaland come together for a fantastic display of their dances at the annual Hornbill Festival. Held from December 1 to 7 at Naga Heritage Village in Kisama. 43. Feasting, dancing, rituals and prayers mark the celebration of Sekrenyie, the festival of the Angami Nagas. Watch the young men and women of Tuophema, the village where it is held, sit together and sing traditional songs over mugs of rice beer. In February. 44. The Aos celebrate Moatsu, their biggest festival, by exchanging gifts with neighbouring villages and of course singing and dancing. Here too the rice beer keeps flowing. Held in May at Chuchuyimlang in Mokokchung district. Orissa 45. Catch the bullock festival at Bhuban, in Dhenkanal district, during Dussehra. The bullocks, decorated with beads, bells and colourful saddles, are paraded before a race is held. Pondicherry 46. Witness a definite hangover from Pondy’s colonial past through the rambunctious Bastille Day celebrations held on July 14 (commemorating storming of the Bastille in France). The entire township takes to the streets and, for only once in the year, the French national flag is unfurled.Punjab 47. Also known as the Sikh Olympics, Hola Mohalla is a celebration of martial arts and horseriding. Wrestling matches are a huge attraction. Held in March (around Holi). The best show is at Anandpur Sahib.48. Fazilka, a celebration in the memory of 200 martyred officers in the village of Asafwala, is quite a grand affair. Asafwala was a strategic border area during the 1971 War and 200 brave officers of the Indian Army laid down their lives in order to protect the place. The functions, however, have no trace of sadness. In Firozpur district.49. If you thought only cricket matches are real crowd-pullers, book a trip to the three-day Kila Raipur Sports Festival in Ludhiana district. It showcases sports like kabaddi, tug of war, bullock cart and horse racing. Held in February.50. Faridkot’s Aagman Purab is a nine-day festival that pays tribute to Sufi saint Baba Sheikh Farid. Other than a theatre competition and qawwali, there’s also wrestling, hockey and football tournaments. An unusual way to celebrate a Sufi saint!Rajasthan 51. Bundi’s Kajili Teej is all about handicrafts, local cuisine and crowded melas. Held in August. 52. Plan your next Jaipur trip around the Elephant Festival where the beasts are bedecked in finery by owners and led on a grand procession around the city. Held around Holi every year. 53. Jodhpur’s annual Rajasthan International Folk Festival is the melting pot of folk artistes from India and across the world. The impregnable Mehrangarh Fort makes for a gorgeous setting and the impromptu jam sessions makes this a must-do for music lovers. In October.Sikkim 54. Watch lamas dressed in rich brocades and silk perform masked dances at the annual Chhaam Festival at Gangtok’s 200-year-old Enchey monastery. Held in December/January. Tamil Nadu 55. Join the crowds in celebrating Bhogi, a bonfire festival held a couple of days before the state welcomes Pongal. Held in January.56. Head to the hills this summer as Ooty, Kodaikanal and Coonoor, three jewels of the Nilgiris, welcomes the season with flower shows, food festivals and cultural programmes. The Summer Festival is held in May. Uttar Pradesh57. One of the most spectacular of Varanasi’s festivals, Dev Diwali is celebrated on the full moon night a fortnight after Diwali. Forget anything else. Just be there to see the ghats bathed in the warm glow of candles and oil lamps. 58. Relive the lore of Radha & Krishna with Lathmar Holi, Barsana.59. Held every 12 years at Allahabad, Kumbh Mela is the largest religious fair in the country. The colours of the religion are at their wildest, chaotic best at the fair. 60. The Nawabs of Awadh left behind a tradition of music and dance which can be seen at its best during the annual Lucknow Mahotsava in late-November and early-December. Think qawwalis, mushairas, ghazals et al. 61. If there is one place where you should watch the Ram Lila, it is Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama. The burning of the effigies of Ravana is the highlight of the celebration. 62. Believed to be the abode of Maharishi Valmiki, the author of Ramayana, Bithoor, a religious town 100 km from Lucknow, comes alive during the Bithoor Mahotsav. The many ghats of Bithoor are lit up during the two-day festival and people make offerings to the Ganga before heading to the town square for some music and dance. This quiet town made its Bollywood debut with Abhishek Bachchan-Rani Mukerji starrer Bunty Aur Babli. Bithoor Mahotsav is held in April-May.63. The Deva Fair at Barabanki is held in honour of Haji Waris Ali Shah, a much revered Sufi saint. The fair draws followers from different parts of the subcontinent to the mausoleum, and chadar and embroidered silks are offered to the saint. Held in October-November.Uttarakhand64. The Nanda Devi Fair, though celebrated in many parts of the state, is best enjoyed in the town of Almora. The 17th-century Nanda Devi temple is at the heart of the celebrations and the colourful week-long affair comes to a close with a procession. Held in September.65. Do it different this Holi with a trip to the Kumaon region. The colours are there alright, but what stands out is the music. Join the locals as they move from village to village singing folk songs. West Bengal66. Poush Mela is to Santiniketan what Durga Puja is to Kolkata. To people across the state, it is synonymous with good food, display of handicrafts, soulful music of the bauls (the wandering minstrels) and, most importantly, lovely weather. 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Available at Rs 6,499, Micromax Funbook is the slimmest budget ICS tablet available in market. The tablet is designed and manufactured in India, and does not sport a Made in China logo at the rear. The company has tied up with some leading names in the education sector to provide educational content on the Funbook.The funbook has a grey plastic back with a matte finish and the screen has a black glossy border making it a fingerprint and dust magnet.The front of the device houses the 7-inch display that boasts of a resolution of 480×800. The front also has the 0.3MP camera and three physical buttons at back, home and menu. Running ICS, the tablet doesn’t really need physical buttons as these functions can be accessed directly through the ICS UI.The tablet runs on Android 4.0 and has a front VGA camera with 4GB memory, expandable up to 32GB. The 350-gm tablet is powered by ARM Cortex A8 1.2GHz processor with a Mali 400 GPU and comes with 512MB RAM. The specs are enough to let the Funbook perform routine tasks. However, the display isn’t all that bright and illegible in sunlight.Gadget and Gizmos reviews the Micromax tablet and says the physical keys on the Funbook are easy to use in Landscape mode, but the same become a pain when used in the portrait mode. You have no option but to stick to the onscreen key in the latter.The build of the device may not be the best when compared with other products available in the market but it is impressive nonetheless. It also comes with a mini USB to full USB adaptor enabling the device to connect to a 3G dongle to connect to the Internet.advertisement
De Ocampo hit one of his patented jumpers that keyed a 91-88 overtime win at the expense of the Star Hotshots to send the Bolts back to the finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.“It’s really hard to close out the series because our opponents are in a do-or-die situation,” said De Ocampo, whose shot near the top of the arc with 1:17 remaining provided the cushion that Meralco badly needed in the game at Smart Araneta Coliseum.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 openingAllen Durham again made a strong case to replicate his personal reward anew after scoring 24 points on top of 19 rebounds and six assists.But a far more meaningful hardware has kept the reigning best import highly motivated. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ View comments The Texters have been consistently holding their own against Barangay Ginebra’s imposing frontline and will again have to cut down the Gin Kings to size anew if they want to score a crucial Game 3 victory Friday also at the Big Dome.“We always believe that we’re capable of beating Ginebra. But it takes a lot of focus and a lot of effort to do that,” said TNT coach Nash Racela.Sealing all possible gaps in the lane, the KaTropa leveled the semifinal showdown by humbling the Gin Kings, 103-96, on a road trip in Batangas City last Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans “It’s been our goal since the beginning of the conference to be in the finals. Now, we’re back,” said Durham.Effectively filling up the void left by the injured Paul Lee, Mark Barroca and rookie Jio Jalalon picked up the slack for the Hotshots, who fought for survival on sustained grit and hustle before being swept in their best-of-five semifinal series.Lee was ruled out the rest of the season for the ailing left knee that forced Star coach Chito Victolero to bench his prized guard in Game 2.He was scheduled to go through surgery early Friday and would rest six to eight weeks to heal completely.TNT KaTropa, meanwhile, hopes to keep control of its own best-of-five affair against Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESRanidel De Ocampo has churned out countless highlight reels throughout his career in a TNT uniform.On Thursday night, the 13-year veteran brought his winning act to the Meralco Bolts.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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges TNT, Ginebra out to break semis tie