Balotelli ‘destroyed camera’

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: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Mario Balotelli made no impact on the game when Brescia lost to Genoa, but he did allegedly destroy a camera and the photographer is furious. The incident occurred during the second half at Marassi, when Balotelli made way for Alfredo Donnarumma. An Instagram post from professional photographer Massimo Lovati explained the situation, noting he had left his camera on a tripod next to the pitch as usual, controlled by a remote and 35 metre wire. “When Mr Balotelli was called back to the bench, he used the camera like a football and kicked it against the advertising boards. The ballboy who saw it happen immediately called me to explain. “I found the camera and the booster were visibly damaged (the casing was smashed) and the camera no longer worked. Imagine taking your frustrations out on someone’s tools of business!” The photographer said he told Brescia director Piovani about the incident and warned he would be sending a bill for repairs to the club. “These are very delicate instruments that should not be kicked. It’s safe to say I am furious: respect, you need respect for people who are working and their tools of business!!!!”last_img read more

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Ribery: ‘I see Chiesa out wide’

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: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Federico Chiesa has been Franck Ribery’s Fiorentina strike partner this season, but the veteran admits he sees the Italian “more as a winger”. Ribery has just served a three-match ban for pushing an official during Fiorentina’s 2-1 defeat to Lazio last month, and he admits “the tension prevailed my experience” in another apology. “I should’ve avoided that reaction. I apologised but it wasn’t enough,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “I’ll be forever sad about it. The instinct, the tension from the game prevailed my experience… it was very bad.” The 36-year-old was expected to wind down his career after he left Bayern Munich at the end of last season, but he instead has been taken aback by the “enthusiasm” in Tuscany. “[Owner Rocco] Commisso, [general manager Joe] Barone and [sporting director Daniele] Prade have so much enthusiasm. The fans really trust them. “The sporting director is a unique person and I feel very well working under [coach Vincenzo] Montella.” Despite being wingers by trade, Ribery and Chiesa have found themselves leading the Viola’s attack this season. However, the Frenchman revealed: “I see Federico more as a wide midfielder who attacks. “He has a great gift, he must think about playing, working, growing. He is a fairly closeted person, but he knows how to listen. The Champions League winner enjoyed global stardom at Bayern, but he insists he has never forgotten his roots. “I’ve never forgotten where I came from, the multicultural Boulogne-sur-Mer, where I grew up. I met my wife Wahiba there and embraced Islam.” Ribery is free to return for Fiorentina against Hellas Verona this weekend, but his availability is still uncertain because of an illness.last_img read more

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CWG muck distressing for the Indian athletes

first_imgWith 49 days to go for the Commonwealth Games to start and India celebrating its 64th Independence Day anniversary on Sunday, there are mixed feelings from a sporting point of view.While India’s indifferent form in the Sri Lanka cricket tour has largely been underplayed because of the Commonwealth Games mess, there is no denying that it is the Olympic sportspersons I would associate patriotism with.Be it the hockey field when the Indian team scores a goal or when Saina Nehwal drapes herself in the national colours after a memorable title win or shooter Gagan Narang triumphs on a stage as big as the world championship, it makes every Indian proud.Sadly, the turn of events concerning the Commonwealth Games in the last fortnight has made everyone sad. The kind of money being spent on the Games is so huge, one can debate whether India should be wasting this kind of money.And even as Messrs Suresh Kalmadi and other officers in the Commonwealth Games fight allegations of corruption, one thing is clear: Nobody likes this ugly mess.Yes, when Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell scared us last year by saying that he foresaw a partial failure of the Games, he was perhaps exaggerating.But now that we see headline after headline in newspapers and TV channels talking of corruption, surely, this is not what Fennell had meant.The failure we are bracing for now is not of India not having got things ready on time.The failure is of the people we entrusted the job with losing their focus and seeing the CWG as a place to loot and scoot.advertisementAnd I am glad that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the entire government has now woken up and decided that the Games need to be saved at any cost.Having talked to a plethora of athletes time and again, one thing is clear: Nobody wants the Games to fail in India. Indian Olympic Association secretary Randhir Singh sees this corruption in a different light as he feels India will never get to host any big sporting event after this.Surely, one cannot blame it on the alignment of the stars that in less than four months, we have two disasters in sport-one of the Indian Premier League (IPL) muck and now the CWG being under the scanner for all the wrong reasons.I agree, Randhir has a point as the body he heads-the Indian Olympic Association-was dreaming of New Delhi hosting the 2019 Asian Games and even the Olympics a few years down the line.Not many are aware that irrespective of what the Asian Games budget could have been, a big plus would have been that almost 40 per cent of the cost would have come as sponsorship from the Olympic Council of Asia.Unlike the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games are very demanding. However, after the nation has been rocked day in and day out by allegations of corruption, India can well forget hosting mega events for a long time.Usually, after every edition of the Olympics or the Asian Games, we shout hoarse as to how our athletes fail to win medals. But what the CWG corruption has done is that even if athletes flop or win, what will be eventually remembered is corruption.The Indian athletes are upset that nobody is talking of what efforts they are making for the CWG and the Asian Games in Guangzhou in November. With the entire focus now on CWG corruption, even people who didn’t care for Indian sport have stood up and taken notice.Some athletes I spoke to are convinced this negative stuff has to stop at the earliest. Their reasoning is that it is affecting their preparations mentally.While one does expect the athlete to shut out negativity from his or her head, the trauma of competing for a nation branded as ‘ corrupt’ is very disturbing.So, who is going to help the Indian athlete feel proud again on Independence Day? I think each one of us has to work in that direction. Let’s assure the athletes that guilty officials will be punished and that when the national flag is hoisted across India today, we will feel proud.It has taken Indian sport 63 years to reach a stage where in select disciplines like shooting, badminton and cue sports we have made a mark on the world stage. To continue the march ahead, Indian athletes need more support and encouragement.Honestly, I feel sad the CWG has not been able to do it.advertisementlast_img read more

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Yuvraj Singh winning against cancer, chemotherapy ends in four days

first_imgMore good news trickled in from beleagured Team India batsman Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj, who is undergoing treatment for a rare germ cell cancer, tweeted on Tuesday, “My last stretch 4 mor dys to go Can’t wait fr it to end Set me free dear lord.”Last week, on Thursday he’d posted a picture of himself playing Table Tennis with the tweet, “Plyd tt tdy after ages Felt great but tired gt my scan loks really good doc will giv final reprt tom.”Out of action since November last year, Yuvraj is expected to return later this year.Though still recovering, he’d tweeted about Rahul Dravid’s retirement as well, saying, “Legend has walked into the cricketing sunset. Privileged to share the dressing room with Jammy.”last_img

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Emulating Saina’s feats will be great, feels PV Sindhu

first_imgPV Sindhu is focussed to do well at the India Open Super Series badminton. The next best Indian after Saina Nehwal in women’s singles, 16- year-old Sindhu has been phenomenal in her first year in the senior circuit.Saina’s rise fanned the hopes of seeing more Indian players following her footsteps. There has been effectively none so far. But Sindhu, ranked 27th in the world, knows the kind of beginning she has made, and is carrying forward the legacy of Indian badminton.”It feels good when people start comparing me with Saina. I have been hearing a lot about it. But I know I have a long way to go to catch up with her. It will not come easy. It will be nice if I get close to her,” Sindhu said Mail Today on Tuesday.”Now that I am ranked a bit higher, I will be getting direct entries in main draws, so that will be a big help. My first aim is to crack the top-15 in world rankings by year-end.”Both Saina and I train under Pullela Gopichand sir and we practice together. We keep discussing the game.”  Sindhu will be up against Tzu Ying Tai in the first round here and she said she was confident of doing well against the Chinese Taipei player. “I have played her twice and lost a close game at the All England.I have trained hard for this event. I have worked on my strokes as well as my speed, and I want to give my best.” The teenager won three international challenge events in 2011 in the Maldives, Indonesia and India, before winning the Swiss International and finishing runner- up at the Dutch Open. She finished the year ranked 31.advertisement”I surprised myself after winning the Indonesia international challenge. It was a very happy moment for me when I beat top seed Fransiska Ratnasari who had beaten me earlier,” he said.”Winning points is easy at the junior level. But at the top level, there are a lot of long rallies. In the tournament in Indonesia, I had 10-15- stroke rallies before winning a point. You need a lot of endurance and speed to win and I have been working on that,” she stressed.”Earlier, I used to feel bad after losing a match. Now I know that I have to quickly move on. You have to play well in the crucial moments of the game.”Mixed day for IndiansIt was a mixed day for the Indian players at the qualifiers. Arundhati Pantawane and Neha Pandit made it to the main draw in women’s singles, but B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma faltered after wasting match points.Pantawane defeated Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland 19- 21, 21- 13, 21- 18 in the second round while Neha Pandit got past Mohita Sahdev 21- 17, 22- 24, 21- 14 to make the cut.Sameer went down to Russian Vladimir Ivanov 21- 17, 23- 25, 14- 21 while Sai Praneeth lost to Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihinganson 21- 19, 19- 21, 21- 23.avishek.roy@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

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