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/ Parma injury problems are piling up ahead of Saturday’s trip to Inter, as Andreas Cornelius also has a thigh strain. The Swede had just scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over Genoa and was himself a replacement for Roberto Inglese, who sprained his ankle. A statement from Parma confirmed Cornelius has been diagnosed with a Grade I thigh strain in his left femoral bicep, which is expected to keep him out for a couple of weeks. It’s a heavy blow, as it means both centre-forwards are absent for this weekend and likely to skip the midweek clash with Hellas Verona too. Bruno Alves remains on the treatment table in defence, while midfielder Alberto Grassi had surgery this morning to resolve a long-standing right knee problem.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a controversial stoppage-time penalty after Genoa went down to 10 men, as Juventus scraped a victory. Leonardo Bonucci’s header was cancelled out by a bizarre Christian Kouame mis-kick, which ended up wrong-footing Gigi Buffon. The game was decided in the second half, as first Francesco Cassata was shown a harsh second yellow card, then Ronaldo earned and converted a last-gasp spot-kick. 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/
Yann Karamoh faces an extended spell on the sidelines after the Parma winger injured knee ligaments. The former Inter attacker was forced off during his side’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina last Saturday, and a medical visit revealed damage to the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. “Yann Karamoh underwent diagnostic tests following the distortion trauma to his right knee, showing damage to the lateral collateral ligament,” the club wrote in a statement on its official website. “A consultation with a specialist will be performed tomorrow [on Wednesday].” Karamoh is set to join four of his Parma teammates on the treatment table, but there’s good news for Inglese. The striker has completed ankle treatment and can now resume training, before reporting back for match duty in a few weeks. “Roberto Inglese, who was treated today, was the subject of a specialist visit in Amsterdam with Professor Nieck van Dijk yesterday. “The orthopaedist confirmed the progress of the recovery from the recent injury to his left ankle, allowing him to be partially active in training. The next check is set in three weeks.” On the other hand, defenders Bruno Alves and Vincent Laurini remain on the comeback trail. 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/
Already involved in a long drawn battle with the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner, Lalit Modi, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) now faces another legal trouble, this time from an unlikely quarter. The BCCI has been drawn into a legal battle by leading entertainment TV channel Colors. The channel has threatened to drag BCCI to court for going back on its contract. Colors has issued a legal notice to the BCCI for refusing to let cricketers participate in one of its shows. The board had signed a contract with the channel to allow 12 players for participation in its popular reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi. According to Colors, BCCI had promised the participation of players, including Yuvraj Singh, Srisanth, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh. The players were to take part in the episodes to be shot with actress Priyanka Chopra in Brazil. In return, the channel was to produce three shows for the IPL-3 namely IPL Nights, IPL Rockstar and IPL Awards. Though the channel has already delivered on its promise, BCCI refused to oblige. The channel has now already replaced the cricketers with some actors, but is now planning to initiate legal action against the board.
The 42-day long “Sakala Janula Samme” (all people’s fight) in support of the demand for separate Telangana state came to an abrupt end last week, with four lakh government employees belonging to the region returning to their duties quietly.Naturally, it has thrown up several questions regarding the failure of the strike. Why did the Telangana Joint Action Committee give the strike call in the first place and why did it call it off abruptly without achieving their desired goal? Have the Telangana employees and workers become tools in the hands of political leaders?The Telangana JAC, the umbrella organisation of various associations of teachers, workers, employees, doctors and lawyers, which had won accolades for spearheading such an unprecedented agitation, suddenly came in for a sharp criticism from all fronts for failing to give a proper direction to the striking Telangana people. JAC chairman Prof M Kodandaram was under attack for giving the strike call without proper planning, thereby causing inconvenience to the Telangana people, particularly students belonging to weaker sections.The Telangana Rasthra Samithi, which is the leading partner in the JAC, had to bear the brunt the attacks. Its political opponents, particularly the Telugu Desam Party, tried to establish that the TRS president K Chandrasekhara Rao had forced the abrupt ending of the strike as a quid pro quo gesture to the state government awarding Rs 4,700-crore contract for Polavaram major irrigation project works to C L Rajam, a business partner of KCR in Namasthe Telangana Telugu daily, the mouthpiece of the TRS.advertisementThe TDP leaders thus alleged that the TRS president had used the strike only to blackmail the Congress government in the state and the Centre and dumped the movement after getting the benefits. Another analyst observed that the strike was a big drama enacted by the Centre with the help of the TRS to divert the people’s attention from crucial issues like the 2-G spectrum scam and Anna Hazare’s agitation.On the positive side, the strike has definitely achieved its desired goal of creating tremors in the Centre, which had been dodging the Telangana issue in the name of consultations. The Congress high command has realised that the time has come to take some decision on the statehood issue, as the people of Telangana highlighted their demand in one voice with this strike. For the first time, the employees, teachers and workers went on strike not for their personal benefits, but for the Telangana cause.And if they called off the strike midway, the blame should go to the political leaders, who had pushed the employees into the ocean and watched their struggle from the shore. Basically, the Telangana statehood issue has to be resolved through a political process and the initiative has to be taken by the political parties.The employees and workers can only supplement the efforts of the political parties with their strike, but they cannot carry the struggle on their shoulders indefinitely. After all, it is a question of their survival and that of the people depending on them. They cannot paralyse the administration forever.Apparently realising this, the JAC has changed its strategy. While it has come out with a new slogan – “Congress hatao, Telangana lao,” (Defeat Congress and bring Telangana), KCR has started luring the Congress MLAs and MPs into the TRS. In the last couple days, three Congress MLAs jumped into the TRS and at least another five MLAs and two MPs are likely to follow suit, pushing the Kiran government into minority. In the long run, it would spell doom for the Congress in the Telangana region.Naidu lost F1 race before it beganThe first-ever Formula One Indian Grand Prix held in Greater Noida enthralled the sports lovers across the country, but there is one person who is grumbling over the event: former Chief Minister and N Chandrababu Naidu.For, Formula-1 racing was Naidu’s dream project when he was in power. He made all out efforts to bring the project to Hyderabad in 2003 and planned to host the event in 2007. In fact, it was during his regime that Hyderabad emerged as a major sporting hub – by successfully conducting Asian Grand Prix Athletics meet, National Games and Afro-Asian Games. Several stadiums of international standard came up during his regime and the city was even bidding for the Commonwealth games.”Andhra Pradesh would have become the choicest destination of investors, had the state succeeded in bagging the Formula-1 project,” the TDP president said.In fact, Naidu had sent senior officials to London to hold discussions with Bernie Ecclestone, chairman of F1 Holdings in 2003. He had himself attended the Italian Grand Prix in Milan on an invitation by Ecclestone and held talks with his team. He promised to develop the racing track at Gachibowli on Hyderabad’s outskirts. Subsequently, the F1 Holdings chief agreed to come to Hyderabad to clinch the deal, but could not turn up. But alas, Naidu had lost the assembly elections in May 2004. His successor Y S Rajasekhara Reddy declared that the F1 project had been shelved as his government had other priorities and as such, it could not afford to spend Rs 10,000 crore on a racing project.advertisementTDP celebrates the number 11The NTR Memorial Trust, a charitable institution being run by Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu in the name of party patriarch and legend actor N T Rama Rao, has chosen a unique day to promote its activities and raise funds from philanthropists.The philanthropic initiative will be held on 11.11.11 (November 11, 2011). As a symbolic gesture, the trust is planning to felicitate 11 eminent personalities who have made a mark in their chosen field of arts and culture like music, painting and singing.Another 11 prominent businessmen and Chief Executives Officers of corporate companies will also be honoured at the function.Later, a massive musical programme in the name of Swara Veda with 11 renowned musicians will be held at Balayogi stadium in Gachibowli.The mega show will end with a performance by eminent drummer Sivamani.According to NTR Memorial Trust CEO Venkat, donations would be sought from the philanthropic businessmen. The main focus of the charity work of the trust would be in the fields of primary health, education, drinking water and village infrastructure. Needless to say, the charity mission is aimed at boosting the image of Naidu.Laddu vending machines have been installed at Venkateshwara temple in TirupatiSo far, we have come across automatic coffee-vending machines, soft-drink vending machines or for that matter, even condom vending machines. Now, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) authorities have come out with a unique “Laddu Vending Machine” which will provide “Laddu prasadam” of Lord Venkateshwara at the press of the button.All the devotees have to do is to drop a token in the machine and press the biometric button. The devotees can obtain tokens while purchasing the dharshan tickets at the counters after registering their thumb impressions.At present, the devotees have to stand in long queues and wait for their turn to obtain the “prasadam” . “With the ever-increasing number of pilgrims, it has become extremely difficult for the staff to provide Laddus to them across the counters. It is also leading to sale of laddus in black market,” TTD executive officer L V Subrahmanyam said.The machines supplied by a Bangalore-based company will be operated on a pilot basis from next week.
A day ahead of the crucial General Body Meeting of the Indian Olympic Association on the controversial Dow Chemicals issue, its acting president VK Malhotra on Wednesday demanded the company to be removed from being one of the sponsors of the 2012 London Games.The IOA GBM is to meet on Thursday and Friday to take a decision on how to make it be known to the London Olympic organisers the Indian peoples’ protests over a company linked with Union Carbide, which had killed thousands in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.Malhotra, however, stopped short of calling for an Olympic boycott by India though he had said earlier that the country ill affords to do so.”Olympics are about love, brotherhood and transparency and this company (Dow) is linked with another which was responsible for killing thousands of Indian people. It’s unacceptable that such a company is a sponsor in the Olympics.So we will ask the London organisers to remove the company from being a sponsor,” Malhotra said.He said the IOA has written to the Prime Minister and Sports Minister about this, seeking advice for coordinated response to the issue.”I have written to the Prime Minister and Sports Minister what actions they are going to take. We are also taking our own action and it is better it is not different from what the government is taking,” he said.Over 15,000 people died and lakhs disabled in 1984 when gas leaked out of a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal.Dow bought Union Carbide in 2001.advertisementVictims of the disaster, as well as Indian Olympians and officials, have been pressuring 2012 Olympic organisers to drop Dow as a sponsor.The United States-based chemical manufacturer will pay for a curtain-style wrap to encircle the Olympic Stadium in east London under a deal announced in August.London Games organising committee chief Sebastian Coe had, however, defended Dow being one of the sponsors, saying that its links with Union Carbide came 17 years after the Bhopal gas leak and it cannot be held responsible for the tragedy.”I understand the human scale of that suffering, but these are two completely different issues. Dow were never the operators or the owners of that chemical plant in 1984, nor were they the operators or the owners of the plant in 1989 when the final settlement was agreed,” Coe had said.”Dow became the major shareholders in that company only in 2001, some 17 years after the tragedy. I feel comfortable after analysing the history of this case,” he had said.With the protests over the Bhopal gas tragedy intensifying, the IOA has been saying that somehow it will have to express the “sentiments of the people”.”The sentiments of the people should be put forth. We cannot ignore them. We have informed the IOC of the protests in India (about Dow Chemical being a sponsor),” Randhir Singh, also an IOC member, said on Tuesday.”IOA president has issued a statement in this issue. But the final decision and modality of how to put forth the sentiments of people will be taken at the General Body Meeting on December 15-16. We will write to IOC if need be,” he said.
After the battering it was subjected to during the tour of Australia and the Asia Cup, the Indian cricket team would look to make a fresh start before the IPL razzmatazz when it takes on an in-form South Africa in a one-off Twenty20 international here tomorrow.The match is being organised to commemorate 150 years of the settlement of the Indians in South Africa but its scheduling did raise a lot of eyebrows.The match is happening just after the Asia Cup, of which India was a part, and a few days after the Proteas hosted New Zealand for a long tour, involving T20s, ODIs and a Test series.In a cramped international calendar, the game does seem like an oddity given that the Indians would be travelling all the way for just over four hours slam bang action before getting busy with their respective IPL franchises. Only five days separate the match and the beginning of the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League.The long journey means that several players will miss initial practice camps with their respective franchises and that would certainly add to the physical strain.However, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ruled out the fatigue factor.”All happy. I don’t think fatigue will be a real factor.We all enjoy playing the IPL…that’s one format where you are not representing your country, and the span of the tournament is slightly longer so you play quite a few games,” Dhoni said after arriving with the team.advertisementThe Indians are not heading into the match in the best of form given the poor form the team has endured in the past few months.As if the disastrous Australian tour was not enough, India failed to qualify for the recently-concluded Asia Cup final as well, thanks to a shock defeat against hosts Bangladesh.On the contrary, the Proteas are in good touch as they had an extremely successful tour against New Zealand. They won the Twenty20, one-day and the Test series against the injury-ravaged Kiwis.The hosts though have retained only eight players from that tour in the Twenty20 squad.Almost all the seniors have been rested with the exception of all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who will be honoured after the match.India, though, are almost full strength, opener barring Virender Sehwag and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan as the duo has been rested.All the players, who were part of their Asia Cup campaign, are in the squad except for veteran Sachin Tendulkar, who does not play international T20s. He has been replaced by the hard-hitting Robin Uthappa.Since the highly-popular IPL is beginning exactly five days after the match, the game would help the players get into the slam-bang mode, although the conditions would be different from India.Squads:India: MS Dhoni (C), Virat Kohli (vc), Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda.South Africa: Johan Botha (C), Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne van Wyk, Dane Vilas.Match time: 9 pm IST