‘Dortmund wanted it more than Inter’

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/ Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre believes his team’s desire to “win at all costs” inspired their comeback in the 3-2 win against Inter. A brace from full-back Achraf Hakimi either side of a Julian Brandt goal instigated the 3-2 Dortmund victory at Signal Iduna Park, and Favre was full of praise after a classic night of Champions League football. “He is very offensive, he is always attacking despite being a full-back,” the coach said of Hakimi after the game.  “He sees and feels the opportunities, he knows exactly when to attack. He is a great player.” Inter were up 2-0 at the break – thanks to Lautaro Martinez and Matias Vecino – but then fell apart in the second half. “I don’t feel we played bad in the first half, but obviously we weren’t at our best. However, the chances were there, before conceding from two counterattacks. “Then, in the second half, we went for it. We wanted to win at all costs. “We entered challenges more and we corrected a few things. We were motivated and we knew [the comeback] could be possible. “In the second half we pressed very well, had patience, intensity, possession… We played a beautiful game.” He still felt the need to address some of the mistakes from the first half, however, pointing out that Marcelo Brozovic needed to be dealt with in a better way. “We cannot allow Brozovic to do what he did on the second goal. It should not happen, even if they are quick and have great quality. Brozovic is a great player,” added the 62-year-old. “Then, in the second half, we did better. We pressed higher on the pitch and maintained the possession with confidence.” The Germans are now three points ahead of the Nerazzurri in Group F and face leaders Barcelona – who were held to a 0-0 draw by Slavia Prague – in their next European fixture. “Everything is still possible. I haven’t looked at the table, but it’s a difficult group and we know that. “Barcelona were stopped by Slavia, certainly not a simple opponent. It is tough, but we want to qualify, and this win was very important.”last_img read more

Big stars at WC opener; none brighter than Mandela

first_imgSouth Africa’s legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela will jazz up the World Cup opening ceremony with American R-and-B star R Kelly, but all eyes will be on the stands for a glimpse of Nelson Mandela.Mandela’s family confirmed that the 91-year-old icon of the anti-apartheid struggle would attend the opening match, if only for a while, but no details have emerged about how or when he will arrive.Organiser Derek Carstens promises a “big surprise” during the first seven minutes of the ceremony, but said the secret would not involve South Africa’s first black president, who is increasingly frail but still beloved.On the ground, more than 1,500 performers will showcase music and dance from the “six-pack” of African countries participating in the continent’s first World Cup, Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana said.”We’re very happy that we have the best from South Africa and the best from the African continent,” she said.R Kelly will perform with the Soweto Spiritual Singers.Nigerian Afro-funk star Femi Kuti will also perform, while South Africa will pay tribute to the late opera tenor Siphiwo Ntshebe.The 34-year-old rising star had been asked by Mandela to sing at the opening ceremony, but he died suddenly last month of bacterial meningitis.Details about the ceremony, which is being masterminded by South African producer Lebo M, famous for his work on “The Lion King” on Broadway, had been closely guarded in the months before the event.Carstens promised there would be one more “big surprise” during the ceremony’s first seven minutes.advertisementHe said it would not involve Nobel Peace Prize-winner Mandela, whose family said Tuesday that he would make a brief appearance at the ceremony, ending weeks of uncertainty over whether the increasingly frail former president would attend.Mandela’s involvement proved critical at key moments in the campaign to bring the tournament to Africa for the first time, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter has called him “the person who got the World Cup for South Africa”.The 40-minute opening ceremony starts at 2:00pm (1200 GMT) Friday ahead of the kick-off match between South Africa and Mexico.Organisers expect hundreds of millions of viewers to watch on television, making it one of the world’s most-watched events.last_img read more

CWG Baton reaches Darjeeling after Sikkim drama

first_imgThe CWG baton in Darjeeling.The Queen’s Baton, on the country-wide relay in the run-up to the Delhi Commonwealth Games, was today handed over to the Darjeeling administration after remaining ‘untraced’ for about two hours during the Sikkim leg the day before.A Sikkim police official today said that the baton was ceremonially handed over to the West Bengal counterpart at the Rangpo check-post at around 10:30am, after the Sikkim leg.This was preceded by high drama for over two hours yesterday when the Baton was on its way from Gangtok to Nathula border after being handed over to the army at the circuit house.Shortly after the Baton reached Kupup Golf Course at 12:30 pm, QBR Director from New Delhi Colonel Kuldeep Singh went to Sunshine Point near ‘Baba Mandir’, three kms away from his vehicle, with the Baton along with six QBR members apparently keeping other accompanying civil and security officials in dark, the official said.Singh, who was spotted with the Baton at Sunshine point, was asked to come down and the wand was brought back to Thegu near Sherathang trade mart at around 2:45 pm for being handed over to Sikkim Olympic Association.”What happened was not in the itinerary,” an official of the Sikkim QBR Nodal Officer H K Karki told PTI referring to Singh’s trip to Baba Mandir with the Baton.An unfazed Singh, however, maintained he had gone to display the Baton to local villagers since it belongs to the people and had the right to ‘feel the object’, but instead they were being kept at bay during official function.advertisementSikkim Olympic Association President P K Pradhan said the Baton was the responsibility of the Delhi QBR, Commonwealth Games team.last_img read more

BAI president accused of violating election norms

first_imgThe president of Badminton Association of India (BAI) — V.K. Verma — has been accused of violating government guidelines in association elections. World number two woman shuttler Saina Nehwal might be taking Indian badminton to new heights, but the BAI seems to be doing just the opposite. The returning officer and observer for BAI election, Justice K.S. Rakhra, has reported to the sports ministry that he was fraudulently and deceitfully made privy to the exercise. Headlines Today accessed the three-page letter written to the sports minister wherein Rakhra says: “I was fraudulently and deceitfully made privy to the election exercise. Had I been aware of the facts, I would have either declined to associate myself with the BAI election or I would have rejected the nomination of Mr Verma for the post of president of BAI.” The controversial BAI election was held in June, 2010. Verma’s opponents had accused him of manipulating them to get re-elected the fourth time. Former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin had initially thrown his hat in the ring but withdrew at the last moment. Now, Rakhra’s damning accusation has cast a shadow on the election and is bound to lead to demands for his resignation.last_img read more

Deepika Kumari misses gold by whisker

first_imgIt was heartbreak for India’s Deepika Kumari as she missed out on a gold medal in a shoot-off at the World Cup Final in Istanbul on Sunday.The Jharkhand teenager needed a perfect 10 to seal victory in the individual recurve section final, but managed only an eight as China’s Cheng Ming took home the honours.Deepika was the only Indian in the two-day elite event for which only the top seven in each category qualified and were joined by a wild card.The final got off to a rousing start with both archers registering two perfect 10s each on their first two attempts. Cheng then made a nine with Deepika replying with an eight. As a result, the opening set went to the Chinese.Cheng also seemed in charge of the second set when she started with a 10 and a nine, and Deepika managing only two eights.However, the Chinese girl faltered and shot a mere six. The Indian capitalised on the opportunity and hit a perfect 10 to take the set 26- 25 and square the final.Cheng managed only eight and seven in her first two attempts to a nine and eight by Deepika. The Chinese hit a perfect 10 in her third attempt but the Commonwealth Games gold medallist answered in kind to take a 4-2 lead.Deepika could have sealed the title by winning the fourth set but her first attempt of seven proved to be a dampener.That was the crucial error as Cheng took the set 28-26 and tied the match.advertisementWhen Cheng started the fifth set with a six and Deepika answered with a nine, it seemed that the Indian had one hand on the title. But the Chinese girl roared back with consecutive 10s in her next two attempts to put the pressure back on her opponent.The Indian managed an eight in her second shot and needed a perfect 10 in her last shot but only managed a nine. The match was tied 5- 5 and went to a shoot- off, which Cheng edged 9-8.Earlier, the 17-year-old Deepika, who already has world titles at the cadet and junior levels in her kitty, defeated Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia 6- 4 in the quarter- final and then thrashed Schuh Berengere of France 6- 0 in the semi-final to make it to the title clash.Berengere clinched the bronze medal defeating Dasomi Jung of South Korea 6-2.Dola Banerjee remains the only India to win a gold medal at the World Cup Final when she triumphed in Dubai three years ago.Deepika, along with her recurve teammates Dola and Chekrovolu Swuro as well as men’s recurve archer Jayanta Talukdar have already secured berths at next year’s London Olympics.Their next assignment will be the Asian Archery Championships in Tehran next month.The men’s recurve gold medal went to Brady Ellison of the United States, who defeated Dai Xiaoxiang of China 7-1. Ukraine’s Dmytro Hrachov took the bronze medal with a 7-3 win over France’s Gael Prevost.last_img read more

Politics of fashion gets all attention as India Fashion Week turns five

first_imgPolitics in the time of India Shining is getting a dose of designer kurtas, but the design world is no stranger to political intrigue. When India goes to the polls, India Fashion Week (IFW) will enter its fifth year – amid allegations of fund mishandling, rebellious models and hectic clique-hopping,Politics in the time of India Shining is getting a dose of designer kurtas, but the design world is no stranger to political intrigue.When India goes to the polls, India Fashion Week (IFW) will enter its fifth year – amid allegations of fund mishandling, rebellious models and hectic clique-hopping that can vie with Jayaprada’s leap and the D.P. Yadav drop.STYLE SCENE: A show at India Fashion Week 2003As a prelude to the event, models are twisting the arm of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) over increasing their fee at IFW. While FDCI Chairman Vinod Kaul holds talks with Union Textiles Minister Shahnawaz Hussain over the ministry’s possible tie-up with the FDCI, designers are in a sulk over Dsyn 04. The government initiative, which gave the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Rs 1 crore to organise a trade and textile fashion week, has Tarun Tahiliani saying NIFT must “leave the job of showing to designers”.Others, under the guise of “encouraging younger talent”, have politely refused to show at Dsyn 04, held at March-end, a month before IFW. Ironic, since the FDCI was originally a vision shared by NIFT. Its one-time director L.V. Saptarishi set the ball rolling though designer tantrums made him bow out. Designers, as high on creative snobbishness as Rina Dhaka’s blouses and short on material, felt that art needs to be independent of the government.Under the chairmanship of exporter Sumeet Nair and 20 other designers, the FDCI announced seven grand “primary objectives” when it was formed in 1998. Five years on, many brawls, one police visit (Malini Ramani’s patriotic dress with the Ashok Chakra on her navel led to a raid on IFW premises) and numerous front-row spectacles later, the hype and the hoopla are going from strength to strength.Participating designers at IFW 2004Even as, according to Kaul, the business of fashion “waits for funding”. No surprise then about the IFW highlights so far: wars over money, bickering over panel selection, after-show parties and how many times front-row fixture Queenie Singh changes her outfits (to add injury to insult, she wears Roberto Cavalli and not Rajesh Pratap).To bring on the should-we-shoot-the-messenger argument, the FDCI is correct when it says it “is only a catalyst”. The platform is provided, it is up to corporates and fashion houses in India and abroad to avail of the offer. But while the retail boom and the rise of malls have seen pret stores like Bizarre, womenswear chain W and Wills Sports make inroads into the high-end pret market and department stores like Shopper’s Stop expanding, designer wear is not exactly being snapped up. In the Rs 45,000 crore apparel market, of which branded apparel accounts for Rs 9,000 crore, designers contribute only 1 per cent. This has not changed much in the five years since FDCI was formed. Kishore Biyani, owner of Pantaloon, is the latest to flirt with designer-wear by keeping a section for designer labels. Show Stopper Vinod KaulFDCI, formed in 1998, had seven broad objectives. FDCI Chairman Vinod Kaul answers why most remain unaddressed five years on.Creating fashion awareness: “We built a buzz around fashion,” says Kaul. It is true Rohit Bal’s shaved chest boys have not failed on this objective. Even Shahnawaz Hussain wanted a piece of the action and held a parallel event.Realigning designer mindset: “Everybody is thinking pret now,” says Kaul. So instead of accusing each other of stealing tailors, everybody is accusing each other of nicking jewelled tees.Backward linkages with suppliers and mills: “We plan a Trends Council and to get mills involved. But we await funds.”Corporate tie-ups, forward linkages with retailers and distributors: Raymond’s Be: and Orientcraft’s tie-up with Raghavendra Rathore are biggies in a segment said to be growing at 25 to 35 per cent. “Frankly, corporates are not investing hugely.”Encouraging fabric innovation: One workshop in five years. “We could do it in a big way if we had funding.”Fostering government support: The Ministry of Textiles doled out Rs 1 crore to NIFT for a trade show, while the FDCI looked on. “We have realised we need to be closer to the government.”A platform to promote fashion internationally: After Selfridges and Maria Louisa, Bloomingdales is expected this year. Celine also returns. With in-house designers, Biyani is expanding on what he calls the Zara model. He says, “Designers think they are larger than us. They were deciding whether they would work for us, not the other way round. They must let go of their hang-ups and see the big picture.”Superiority complexes and outlandish behaviour in the design world worldwide are virtues. It is the trait that empires like Versace and Armani are built on. While the West’s Gallianos work around S&M themes, our designers make statements on sexual preference.Models show their audience the finger. Designers work odd hours and use bad language. Representatives of the retail industry, many of them from small towns, are reeling from the shock.According to Darshan Mehta, president, Arvind Brands, “Designers consider themselves to be in the premium segment, a segment they see as being above Indian departmental stores.” While their egos will not allow them to go into such mass stores, neither do they have an evolved premium market. Jean Marc Loubier, president of the French house Celine, made the point last year when he said studies by his fashion house show that while India is ready for ready-to-wear, it is not yet ready for designer ready-to-wear. Though Tommy Hilfiger will open in India at the same time that IFW is on, becoming the first international garment house in India, it will only have five stores. Though other fashion houses may follow suit, Mehta adds, “Any international presence now will only be a token one.” The Indian designer’s best bet in the scenario is to attract foreign houses to invest in individual labels. The “latest find” Sabyasachi is so desperate that he says he doesn’t mind working his way up from a foreign designer’s sweatshop. With the quotas on apparel being lifted in 2005, designers are hopeful that foreign houses will fund co-brands and sub-brands in India.Foreign houses too are showing interest. Kaul himself says that if the funding does not come from India, “it will come from outside”. Keeping the international buyer in mind, the FDCI has rescheduled the IFW to April.Till the domestic premium market develops and foreign fashion houses adopt India, it is party time at IFW. Ramani will show sparkle-dusted cleavage to popping flashbulbs. Behenji designers will complain that the press does not focus on the business of fashion because wild designers upstage the real cause. Suited-booted small-town retailers will give soundbites saying designers are paagal and IFW a flop. An accented French speaking for an unpronounceable fashion house will say Indian design is “very stylish” and place no orders. A visit by Arun Nayyar or any other “international socialite” will make the party swing. After gyrating successfully atop a bar, models will break new ground in discovering what surface can double up as dance floor.As for the business of fashion, it could be overtaken by the sexual politics of fashion. After last year’s runway “outing” by some gay designers, the industry this year is abuzz with the treatment of male models by some designers.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL: Rajasthan Royals take on defending champions Mumbai Indians

first_imgTheir hopes of making the playoffs all but over, defending champions Mumbai Indians would look to upset the equations for Rajasthan Royals, who would be aiming to strengthen their position in top-four when the two sides face off in Ahmedabad on Monday.Lying second from bottom in the points, Mumbai have won just three of their 10 matches and have hardly looked or played like the defending champions.Rajasthan, on the other hand, are sitting pretty on third in the table after notching up seven wins in their 11 matches. The inaugural champions have been performing as per the expectations with some little-known players contributing massively to their success.However, Rajasthan will go into the match after a loss against Chennai Super Kings, who exposed some of their batting frailties with incisive bowling.Barring captain Shane Watson’s half-century, none of their other top-half batsmen contributed significantly as Chennai managed to hold them to a low total before chasing it down rather easily.It was an off day for the likes of Steven Smith, Karun Nair and Ajinkya Rahane. The three, however, would look to fire against Mumbai, who have gained some confidence after defeating SunRisers Hyderabad in their previous match.It was a rare sight when their batting clicked with Lendl Simmons and Ambati Rayudu delivering the goods with a half-century each.However, skipper Rohit Sharma is yet to strike consistent form in the tournament which has perhaps been a major reason for the team’s failure this season. On the bowling front, the two teams, clashing for the first time this year, are more or less evenly-matched.advertisementlast_img read more