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James delivers in clutch as Cavs shoot down Nuggets

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Raptors clinch playoff spot with OT win Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES It was that kind of night for James. He made a deep 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining, thumping himself in the chest in exuberance as he skipped down the court.James wound up two rebounds shy of a triple-double as the Cavs began a six-game trip in fine fashion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNikola Jokic had 36 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who lost for the second straight night. They dropped a costly game at Dallas on Tuesday as they try to cling to a playoff spot.Larry Nance Jr. once again was in the starting lineup with big men Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson sidelined by with injuries. Nance scored 13 points and grabbed 13 boards. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Nuggets committed 21 turnovers.James was fueled in part by a 126-117 home loss to Denver last Saturday. He said in the morning shootaround: “You always want to try to give some giveback. That’s the competitive nature.”The Paul Millsap and Jokic combination remains a work in progress, but they’re starting to get on the same page. Millsap missed 44 games following surgery on his left wrist.Coach Michael Malone’s stressed to Jokic he needed be more assertive. He was, too, connecting on 12 of 14 shots.“He’s our best player and we need him to step up in these last 18 games,” Malone said.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts after a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Denver. The Cavaliers won 113-108. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — LeBron James scored 39 points, including nine down the stretch, and dished out 10 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 113-108 on Wednesday night after squandering a 16-point lead.James made one off-balanced shot after another in the waning minutes to turn back the Nuggets, who didn’t take their first lead of the game until 8:35 remaining on a driving layup by Mason Plumlee. Jeff Green gave Cleveland the lead for good with a 3-pointer on a play set up by James after he tapped a loose ball out to him.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cavaliers: Green was back on the floor after missing two games with lower back soreness. He finished with 10 points. … F Rodney Hood added 15 points.Nuggets: Denver native and longtime NBA standout Chauncey Billups was part of the ESPN broadcast team. … G Gary Harris had 18 points. … Denver had 10 3-pointers. The team hit 19 against the Cavs over the weekend.FULL-COURT PRESS FOR FOOTBALLPittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is trying to court James to the football field. On his Twitter account, Smith-Schuster posted a picture of James in a No. 23 uniform for the Steelers.“I’m fine with my sport. Pretty funny, though,” James said. “I like tank tops and shorts. I’ve tried the shoulder pads and it was fun while it lasted. But I’m a tank top and shorts guy.”POSITIVE FEEDBACKLove was astonished by all the positive feedback he received after opening up about his struggles with mental health issues. Love addressed the subject in a story for The Players’ Tribune. He’s already received more than 4,000 messages.“So many people reaching out,” said Love, who’s sidelined by a broken hand.UP NEXTCavaliers: Game No. 2 on their trip is Friday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.Nuggets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgTHE HIGHER CIRCLE Entries or exits, the power list, now in its fourth edition, is a barometer of its times. It is a charmed group of people, but also one that is subject to changes in the economy and society. In 2004, a year in which media was starting to,THE HIGHER CIRCLEEntries or exits, the power list, now in its fourth edition, is a barometer of its times.It is a charmed group of people, but also one that is subject to changes in the economy and society. In 2004, a year in which media was starting to make headlines, there was a sudden spurt in the representation: from six in 2003, their number went up to 10. In 2005, a year which saw a change of government and ideology, there was a change again-the number of academics/activists, in keeping with the altered state of the state, shot up to 13. This year again, after a succession of IPOs, launches of new TV channels and a new phase of FM radio bids, the media has bounced back. There is a core, though, to the list, dominated in the absence of the sarkar, by big business, that is undisturbed: 20 names have remained common to the list since its inception in 2003, including of the Brothers Ambani, who have since split. The average age of the power listers has declined: from 58 to 55. This year’s list has new stars: Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani is the highest entrant at No 13, while Vijay Mallya has shot up 18 places since last year. Merit, as always, triumphs.1. RATAN TATA, INDUSTRIALIST World Power Because he has made Tatas a truly global group with 25 per cent of its revenues coming from overseas operations across 40 countries. Because his group market capitalisation is now $45 billion (over Rs 2,00,000 crore), the largest in the country. Because Tata Group revenues have doubled to nearly a trillion rupees in just four years. Because he is the first among equals in an array of areas: Tata Tea is the world’s largest integrated tea company, TCS is Asia’s largest software company, and Tata Steel is India’s second largest steel producer. Because he has pumped more than Rs 4,500 crore into acquisitions since 2002, ranging from the purchase of the spiffy New York hotel, The Pierre, to a joint venture with IMACID, a chemicals company in Morocco. Because as chairman of the Government’s Investment Commission, he is not afraid of speaking out against vested private interests and political pulls. Because with Tata Sons raising the retirement age of non-executive directors to 75, he isn’t saying tata for another six years. Little-known fact: Is the country’s largest private sector employer with over 2,20,000 employees. Is embarrassed about: The public spat with Kumar Mangalam Birla over shareholding in Idea Cellular. Is secretive about: What the Rs 1-lakh car will look like. First love: Flying either of his two Falcon jets. Current love: Two German Shepherd pups. Holidays are: Private affairs mostly in Europe. Off-duty attire: Armani vests, casual shirts, khakis.2. MUKESH AMBANI, INDUSTRIALIST The Winner Because he has inherited the original legacy of the patriarch-Reliance Industries Limited. Because despite losing half his empire to his brother, he has raised Reliance Group’s market capitalisation from Rs 60,000 crore to Rs 1,09,000 crore. Because Reliance Industries, with revenues touching Rs 1,00,000 crore, continues to be India’s largest and only private sector company in the Fortune 500 list. Because he was cochairman of the World Economic Forum this year, when India was ‘everywhere’. Because his Reliance Petro is in line for a big bang Rs 6,000-crore public issue next month. Because he has ambitious plans to invest Rs 25,000 crore to double the capacity of his Jamnagar facility, making it the world’s largest grassroots refinery. Because he is all set to storm the retail segment with a Rs 30,000 crore spend on Wal-Mart-style stores. Because when he walks the corridors of power, everyone does a salaam namaste. Little cool buddies: Anand Jain and Manoj Modi, his classmates from Hill Grange School in Mumbai. Stress management tool: Watching a Hindi film every night and taking vacations in Africa, with his family. His children, Akash, Isha and Anant, joke that even the animals can recognise them. Little-known fact: Wife Nita downloads his diet chart on his phone to keep him from excessive eating. Hot wheels: The Rs 5.25-crore Maybach. Is member of the advisory board of: McKinsey, Citibank, Stanford University and Brookings Institution. Annual ritual: Predicting Oscar and Filmfare winners.3. N. R. NARAYANA MURTHY, INDUSTRIALIST Mentor Mantle Because he has transcended the growth of Infosys as a globally respected corporation to emerge as a thought leader promoting the cause of Indian companies on the world stage. Because he is a powerful Indian presence in top academic institutions ranging from Wharton to Cornell University. Because instead of kowtowing to former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, he quit as chairman of the Bangalore International Airport before pointing out his company’s investment in Karnataka. Because the only public office that would tempt him is that of Indian Ambassador to the US. Big move: Investing Rs 285 crore in Infosys’ global education campus in Mysore, the world’s largest training centre, which can absorb 30,000 students every year. Little cool buddy: 22-year-old son Rohan who is doing his PhD in computer science at Harvard. Stress management tool: Music and travel. He is on the move 25 days a month. Prized possession: The entire works of Mozart on 176 CDs. Little-known fact: Reads books on maths and solves crosswords and puzzles. Hopes to: Ring in the 25th anniversary of the company in July and step down to become non-executive chairman, functioning from an office where he can walk down from his home. Is obsessed with: Fairness and excellence in all his dealings, no matter with whom. Favourite line: “Go ahead. Do your own thing, and have fun.”4. AMITABH BACHCHAN, ACTOR Super Brand Because when he fell ill last year, the film and television industry went into intensive care. Because with his performances in Black, Bunty Aur Babli and Sarkar, he redefined old age to rhyme with cool dude. Because his own critical and commercial achievements, culminating in an awards sweep, have been bolstered by pride in his son Abhishek’s box office success. Because Kaun Banega Crorepati 2 surprised naysayers by winning audiences, phone calls and Rs 270 crore as ad revenue. Power moment: When Abhishek was nominated in the best actor category this year, even as he himself was nominated for best supporting actor. Stress management tool: Working out in his personal gym at home. Currently reading: Medical reports, income tax notices and scripts. Little-known fact: Loves listening to the same music as Abhishek, which varies from trance to house and hip-hop to electronica. Next move: To pray and start shooting by the end of this month. Last thing he does before going to bed: Read all newspaper and magazine cuttings that mention him or his family. Latest prized possession: Painting of Ganesh gifted to him by M.F. Husain when he visited him in hospital last year. In 1982, Husain had painted a Hanuman for him. Biggest personal discovery of the year: The excellence in medical care that helped him recover. The affection of friends, colleagues and well-wishers, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who wrote to him during his illness. 5. KUMAR MANGALAM BIRLA, INDUSTRIALIST Growth King Becausehe is the chairman of one of the fastest growing business houses in India, with a market cap of Rs 50,000 crore. Because whether it is standing up to Ratan Tata or to Rajendra Lodha, he is not afraid of a bruiser. Because grandfather B.K. Birla has declared Kumar will inherit his stake in the sprawling family empire, making him the Birla to bet on. Because the Government has its ear cocked to his softspoken critiques, be it as chairman of the advisory committee of the Ministry of Company Affairs or as a member of the PM’s Advisory Council on Trade and Industry. Little cool buddies: His three children, Ananyashree, Aryaman Vikram and Advaitesha, aged 11, 8 and 2. Stress management tool: Weekly satsangs, conducted by the Chinmaya Mission at his home. Out of the closet: His favourite colour is blue, his favourite brand Louis Phillippe, which he owns. Hot wheels: Bottle green BMW 5 series.6. ANIL AMBANI, INDUSTRIALIST Return Of The Jedi Becausehe has not only fought tooth and nail for his share of empire but hammered out his own. Because the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group is now No. 3 in India Inc. Because he has successfully listed the telecom arm Reliance Communications Venture to claim a group market capitalisation of over Rs 86,500 crore. Because with over Rs 5,000 crore in operating profits, ADAG is among the top three profit-making entities. Because with 19 million subscribers, he is the largest telecom player in the country. Because with his investments in media such as a 51 per cent stake in Adlabs, a hospital in Mumbai, acquisition of life insurance company AMP Sanmar, and investments in power projects in Dadri and Orissa, he is poised to have a presence in virtually every significant sector of the economy. Because he has successfully morphed a clutch of companies into a cohesive group despite an ongoing battle with his brother. Power moment: When he got his mother Kokilaben to ensure his brother kept his word on the sharing of natural gas for his proposed power plants. Hot wheels: Toyota Landcruiser. Book on his bedside: The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki. Loves to: Talk facts and figures. His rivals are surprised by: How much he knows about their business.7. AZIM PREMJI, INDUSTRIALIST Mr Ethics Because the richest Indian with a personal wealth of over Rs 30,000 crore remained unruffled by the exit of Vivek Paul, the fifth vice-chairman of Wipro Technologies in six years, and showed he could run the company, which remains the largest BPO services provider in India. Because he has shown that he cares with a foundation that spends over Rs 20 crore a year from his personal wealth to improve primary education facilities for 2,500,000 students in 13 states. Because he believes ethics in business is an asset, not a liability, that may increase transaction time but reduces cost. Because the Financial Times ranked him tenth among the top 25 influential people in the world. Hot wheels: A Toyota Corolla, which the frugal tycoon bought last year after many years of being driven around Bangalore in a Ford Escort. Big cool buddy: His wife Yasmin. USP: Works the details. Little-known fact: Last year, this electrical engineer from Stanford became the first Indian to be awarded the Faraday Medal established in 1922 by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Europe.8. NARESH GOYAL, BUSINESSMAN Air Don Because he owns India’s biggest and the most profitable airline, valued at Rs 11,000 crore. Because when Jet Airways launched flights to Singapore and London, even mighty rivals like Singapore Airlines and British Airways slashed fares by 30 per cent. Because he has a formidable global network of 123 airlines issuing Jet tickets to travellers to India. Close associates: Javed Akhtar, Yash Chopra, Deepak Parekh, Vijay Kelkar and almost every bureaucrat in the civil aviation ministry. Embarrassing moment: Fall out with Singapore Airlines, the carrier he admires the most. Was caught unawares: By the sudden onslaught of low-cost airlines. Is obsessed with: Getting passenger feedback on Jet’s on-time performance and inflight experience on a daily basis, even when he is in London, where he spends half of the year. Mentor power: J.R.D. Tata introduced him to the then Maharashtra chief minister Sharad Pawar and Javed Akhtar put him in touch with Madhavrao Scindia, the then civil aviation minister. These associations were instrumental in his phenomenal rise. Little-known fact:Was working on a plan to launch an airline in Scotland before he started Jet Airways. Also known as: Kakaji. Next big move: Raise another $800 million (Rs 3,600 crore) from the market and launch flights to the US.9. SUNIL MITTAL, BUSINESSMAN Lord Of The Ring Because with over 17 million mobile subscribers and a presence in all 23 mobile phone circles, the cellular sultan has the biggest footprint in the country. Because Vodafone’s approximately Rs 6,700-crore purchase of 10 per cent of Bharti Tele-Ventures has made him the owner of a Rs 74,000-crore telecom company. Because with a personal wealth of over Rs 25,000 crore, the third richest man in the country is diversifying into agriculture and life insurance, the latter in partnership with French company, Axa. Close associates: Kamal Nath, Sheila Dikshit, Farooq Abdullah, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s family, and DLF’s K.P. Singh. Biggest regret: Withdrawal by Singapore’s Changi airport from the bid for modernisation of Delhi and Mumbai airports which also put Mittal out of the race. Latest customers: All the employees of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries who were asked to switch to Airtel when the empire split. Little-known fact: Is a part-time hotelier, having bought and refurbished the 12-acre, 150-room Le Meridien Barbarons Hotel in Seychelles, which came with his acquisition of Telecom Seychelles. Stress management tool: A daily walk around Delhi’s Lodhi Garden. Best recent compliment: From Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who said he was expecting him to effect a transformation in agriculture. Fetishes: Neatness. And can never switch off from business.10. SAMIR AND VINEET JAIN, MEDIA BARONS Expanding Times Because their ownership of The Times of India, the country’s largest selling English daily with a circulation of over two million, sustained in the face of competition, gives them tremendous corporate and political clout. Because they have fulfilled a long-standing ambition to enter the TV news channel market, with Times Now. Because they have set new trends in advertising by buying stakes in big cross-group advertisers such as Videocon and Pantaloon Retail. Because they had a successful IPO of Entertainment Network India Limited, that raised over Rs 200 crore and operates, among others, Radio Mirchi, which has seven radio stations, with seven more to go. Because while their rivals have dumbed down, they have smartened up. Power moment: Getting President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as guest editor of The Times of India. Relative values: The family’s close relationship with religious gurus. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Deepak Chopra are current favourites. Should be embarrassed about: The tabloid Mumbai Mirror, which was launched with much fanfare, and is now circulated free as part of TOI’s Mumbai edition. Prized possession: The family’s art collection, which Samir Jain’s brother-in-law was asked to evaluate. Character traits: Samir likes exotic flowers, endless religious discourses and Indian art; Vineet likes high tech, high life and low costs. Turnaround: Loosened purse-strings for journalists who were earlier second-class citizens.11. SUBHASH CHANDRA, MEDIA BARONS Turn Around Because his channel Zee TV is finally back in the TRP reckoning, with a 25 per cent revenue raise this year. Because in tandem with the Bhaskar Group, the chairman of Essel Group has taken on The Times of India in Mumbai with DNA. Because though he has stepped back from micro-managing, he still takes his role as TV pioneer seriously, launching Zee Sports, the first sports channel owned by an Indian, Play TV, the country’s first interactive gaming channel, and Zee Arabiya. Little-known fact: He is a high school dropout who wanted to be an engineer. Recent personal acquisition: A customised Mercedes Vito van. Surprise: Zee TV CEO Pradeep Guha has lasted more than a year. 12. ANAND MAHINDRA, INDUSTRIALIST In Top Gear Because he has ramped up M&M’s group turnover to Rs 14,300 crore from Rs 11,250 crore. Because the group market cap has doubled from Rs 6,750 crore to Rs 13,500 crore. Because all his businesses: auto, software, real estate and finance are firing from all cylinders. Because with the acquisition of aerospace engineering company Plexion and forging giant Am Forge, M&M is poised to storm the market as an auto conglomerate which designs, engineers and produces vehicles. Because he is entering the truck market with International Trucks and the car market with Renault. BecauseTech Mahindra will belisted this year. Because he is seen as the articulate face of the young Indian entrepreneur. Book on his bedside: Saturday by Ian McEwan. Latest passion: His new boat, Dreamcatcher. What he told Bush: “We would like to sell a tractor to you.”13. NANDAN NILEKANI, BUSINESS EXECUTIVE Digital Dada Because he has strengthened Infosys as a global brand that has doubled revenues in less than two years to cross the $2 billion (Rs 9,000 crore) mark this year. Because his thoughts on the playing field being levelled inspired a new business concept as interpreted in Thomas L. Friedman’s best seller The World is Flat. Because he believes brand India is on a winning wicket and chaired CII’s “India Everywhere” campaign at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. Little-known fact: He got the Joseph Schumpeter award of the Austrian government, joining an elite club that includes Helmut Kohl and Ted Turner. Loves: Listening to Pink Floyd and Dire Straits on his iPod. First pay: Rs 1,200 with Patni Computers in 1979.14. PETER MUKERJEA, BUSINESS EXECUTIVE Murdoch’s Man Because his second Hindi entertainment channel, Star One, took off quicker than all the wits on the uber-successful Great Indian Laughter Challenge. Because after a little adjustment for cross-media control guidelines, the ill-starred direct-to-home (DTH) service, Tata Sky, will start operations by June in Mumbai, almost a decade after Rupert Murdoch first made his move. Because in the volatile world of satellite TV, his channel bouquet remains the leader in the Hindi general entertainment segment, with revenues of Rs 1,900 crore, and in the even more erratic world of TV talent, 13 years on, he remains the Star TV CEO. Usual management tool: Always ask why. If there’s no convincing answer, there’s no compelling reason. Little cool buddy: Eight-year-old daughter Vidhi, whose homework he does so he can spend time playing with her. Big cool buddies: Doon School mates (1971 batch). Among them, TV anchor Karan Thapar and Max India’s Analjit Singh. Best recent party: His 50th birthday in November last year, celebrated in Thailand, with family, including his 25-year-old and 23-year-old sons from his first marriage. Biggest revelation: When he went to a little tea shop in Nainital and saw Star Utsav on air through Doordarshan’s DTH service.15. DEEPAK PAREKH, BANKER Home Truth Because he has the ear of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and is a trusted advisor of Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. Because the Rs 1,50,000-crore HDFC group, serving 1.2 crore customers, is one of the largest financial sector groups, straddling home loans, insurance, banking and mutual funds. Because HDFC Bank is the best-run bank. Because thanks to his networking with global CEOs and investment bankers, he is the first stop for investors looking at India. Because no matter who is in power, Parekh is the crisis manager. Loves to: Watch cricket at Lords and tennis at Wimbledon. Favourite relaxation: The odd peg of a 30-year-old Ballantine, with a friend at his artistically designed apartment in south Mumbai. Secret passion: Chocolate cookies, which he buys by the bagful on his foreign trips. Is embarrassed about: His Mumbaiyya Hindi, but only when he is speaking to friends in the Capital.16. SUBRATA ROY, BUSINESSMAN The Survivor Because he has withstood a series of reverses, personal and professional, with his famous friends-if not his Rs 50,000-crore fiefdom-intact. Because he has made sure his luxury real estate and entertainment divisions are unaffected by the change in Reserve Bank of India’s guidelines making it mandatory for his parabanking company to deploy 100 per cent of its deposits in government securities. Because he beat tough competition to win the Indian cricket team’s sponsorship rights for four years, with a bid of over Rs 300 crore, ensuring his brand is always in the spotlight. Should be embarrassed about: His disappearing act which led to rumours of a mysterious illness. Home to him is: A 100-acre estate in Lucknow, where you need a smart card to enter. Recent accomplishment: Losing 15 kg in three months.17. KALANIDHI MARAN, MEDIA BARON Southern Express Because he launched the evening daily Tamizh Murasu that sells more than 4,00,000 copies and introduced the tabloid format for the first time in Tamil mass media in 2005. Because, in a switch in strategy, he bagged 45 of the 69 FM radio licences on offer this year to move beyond the Vindhyas. Because he expanded TV coverage with two more music channels-Aditya in Telugu music and Udaya 2 in Kannada-to make Sun TV a 14-channel network. Because all roadblocks to his DTH licence have been cleared. Because his is the No. 1 TV network in the country, with a 20 per cent share of the cable and satellite households, while Star at No. 2 has a 17 per cent share. Because even Jayalalithaa has not dared to target Maran, though he is bitter rival K. Karunanidhi’ grand nephew. Relative values: It doesn’t hurt that his younger brother Dayanidhi is Minister of Communications and Information Technology.Hot wheels: A gleaming silver Porsche bought last year. Loves: Spicy Thai cuisine18. ADITYA CHOPRA, PRODUCER Studio One Because Yash Raj Films (YRF) made Rs 130 crore at the box office last year from three successive films. Because while Yash Chopra is the public face of the company, his son has quietly powered the company into distribution, audio, home video, and now a Rs 100-crore state-of-the-art airconditioned studio, whose interiors have been designed by wife Payal. Because his “must-watch-every-new-film-in-a-theatre-on-Friday” theory allows him to tap into contemporary culture. Because nothing in his company escapes his eagle eye, from the pictures sent to the media to the font on premiere invites. Because while other filmmakers say give the market what it wants, he says the market should want what he gives. Because he can make, or unmake, Bollywood stars. Master-of-the-universe move: Has invested in a film development and special projects division which works on scripts by new writers, surprising in an industry which puts wordsmiths at the bottom of the food chain. Fetish: Never gets photographed or interviewed. Thinks nothing of: Dropping all work to fly to New York for over a week to help childhood buddy Karan Johar in the shoot of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. Usually to be found: Playing table tennis with in-house directors at the YRF office-cum-studio.19. VIJAY MALLYA, BUSINESSMAN advertisementadvertisementadvertisementHigh On Flying Because by launching Kingfisher Airlines, he put the class back into economy air travel, and by paying over Rs 1,500 crore for Shaw Wallace, UB became the world’s second largest liquor company. Because two of his labels, Bagpiper and McDowell No. 1, are the largest selling whisky brands in the world. Cool buddies: Biotech tycoon Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, banker Anil Khanna, UB distributor Neeraj Rawal, car racer Vicky Chandok and school buddy Rafiq Gangjee.Stress management tool: Party, which he did in style for three consecutive days in Goa on turning 50. Lionel Ritchie sang-all night long. Fetish: Sports the all-black attire for 41 days before going to pray at Sabarimala once a year. Prized possession: Tipu Sultan’s sword bought for Rs 1.50 crore from a London auction house. New toy: A $35 million Airbus corporate jet to add to a collection which includes a fleet of 100 cars and two yachts.20. E. SREEDHARAN, ENGINEER Delivery Man Because with 4,50,000 people travelling by Delhi Metro on a daily basis, he has changed the way the Capital commutes. Because he has laid 56 km of rail lines in seven years at a cost of Rs 10,571 crore, in the busiest areas of Delhi, without disrupting traffic. Because he is an icon of credibility, as the Government showed when it invited him to evaluate the controversial airport modernisation bids. USP: Punctuality. Any train late by more than 60 seconds is declared “dead”. Stress management tool: Yoga, an afternoon nap, no parties, snooze time-8.30 p.m. Bet you didn’t know: Gifted a copy of The Bhagwad Gita to all DMRC staff on new year. Fetish: Keeps a notebook next to him, even when he is doing yoga, to write down ideas.21. K.V. KAMATH, BANKER Cashing In Because ICICI is the fastest growing and the largest private sector bank in the country. Because he took the total assets of what was once just a development finance institution, from over Rs 1,45,000 crore in 2004 to about Rs 2,10,000 crore last year. Because the total number of accounts in ICICI Bank jumped from 10 million to 17 million and total deposits from almost Rs 82,000 crore to Rs 1,34,000 crore in a year. Because ICICI is the leader in retail lending. Because he was the first to identify and benefit from the boom in small town India, and is now focusing on the rural market. Because he has taken the ICICI business global with branches in 10 countries across the globe. Because he enabled the successful settlement of troubles in India’s largest business house, Reliance. Books on his bedside: Adventures of a Bystander by Peter Drucker and Universal History of Numbers by Georges Ifrah. Loves to: Watch Formula One car racing and Grand Slam tennis. Mentor power: ICICI chairman emeritus Narayan Vaghul. Stress management tool: Weight training and stretching exercises. Fetish: Always dresses in shades of blue. Favourite film star: Ultimate showman Raj Kapoor. Would like to: Pay more attention to his health. Favourite line: The next growth horizon is rural India. We must make sure we get in place for the boom.22. SHAH RUKH KHAN, ACTOR Box-Office Badshah Because despite a lacklustre year at the box office, his marquee value remains undiminished, thanks to a series of high-visibility advertising campaigns. Because he has smartly replaced Amitabh Bachchan in the much-sought-after affections of the Gandhi family. Because at 40, he is the king every new pretender has to unseat. Books by his bedside: Reads several simultaneously. His current crop: Khushwant Singh’s I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale Sing; Muhammad Umar Memon’s Book of Urdu Short Stories; and A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. Loves to: Watch DVDs, especially episodes of Lost, Desperate Housewives and Nip and Tuck, usually on his new laptop, a Compaq Presario, the latest brand endorsed by him. What drives him: The idea of working. Fashion statement: Black Gucci vest, Seven jeans, Cesar Paciotti shoes, Tag Heuer watch and Louis Vuitton bag. Stress management tool: Spending time with his children Aryaan, 8, and Suhana, 4. Drops them to school first thing in the morning and tucks them to bed at night, before hitting his personal gym.23. PRANNOY AND RADHIKA ROY, MEDIA OWNERS Making News Because they have maintained their leadership in the hard-nosed English news channel segment with a 33 per cent market share. Because Prannoy Roy is still the most credible face on Indian TV. Because together, they constitute a formidable team which commands respect and loyalty in equal measure. Major moment: Making their maiden appearance at the WEF jamboree in Davos. Should be embarrassed about: Losing Rajdeep Sardesai and the others who joined him at CNN-IBN. Stress management tool: Weekends in Mussoorie hideaway. Relative values: Their closeness to Radhika’s sister Brinda Karat and niece, filmmaker Shonali Bose.24. RAHUL BAJAJ, INDUSTRIALIST Cruise Control Because in a highly competitive market, Bajaj Auto is back in the fast lane. Because within a year, his company’s gross turnover jumped from about Rs 5,800 crore to Rs 9,000 crore. Because the market capitalisation of his shares has almost quadrupled to Rs 30,000 crore. Because by March-end, Bajaj would have sold over 2.3 million bikes and could just nudge back to pole position. Because Hamara Bajaj is still the first voice to crash the sound barrier when it comes to airing Indian business interests. Because he is still the captain of Indian industry far beyond his two-wheeler empire. Favourite film stars: Clint Eastwood and Amitabh Bachchan. His all-time favourite movie is Sholay. Preferred vacation: Going on cruises. Has done five, including on the Caribbean, Alaska and the Mediterranean. Rare honour: The Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award last year. He is only the second Indian to have received it. Stays clear of: Party politics, as “I will lose the freedom to speak out”. Next goal: Ensuring the split with brother Shishir goes smoothly.25. RAMESH AND SUDHIR AGARWAL, MEDIA BARONS DNA Warriors Because they have forayed into English media by launching DNA in partnership with Zee, adding it to their folio of language newspapers in 26 cities and six states and securing an estimated readership of over 1.5 crore, according to the National Readership Survey. Because with a Rs 135-crore plan to launch FM stations in 17 towns, the Rs 2,000-crore group synergy is being closely watched by industry analysts. Because by sparing no expense in the launch of DNA (Rs 80 crore on just the market survey and ad blitz), they have shown they have deep pockets and the guts to empty them. Cool buddies: For Ramesh, they are sons Sudhir, Girish and Pawan, and classmate Vimal Bhandari. For Sudhir, it is homemaker wife Jyoti. Are embarrassed about: For Ramesh, it’s for being tightfisted with journalists in the past. For Sudhir, it’s for not having moved out of a small town in time. Addicted to: Work. So much so, that they had to organise annual Dandia fests on Dussehra to socialise in Bhopal. Next move: This year they plan to start Bhaskar from Punjab, another DNA edition and an FM radio station in Jaipur. Another 16 FM stations will be launched in January 2007. 26. M.F. HUSAIN, ARTIST Celebrity Feat Because he derives his power purely by dint of his barefoot genius. Becausethough he holds no public office, and never has, he is anall-encompassing cultural phenomenon. Because he is ubiquitous, whetherhe is being hounded by fundamentalists for a painting of Bharat Mata orbeing feted by the art mart. Because last year, his work Last Suppernotched the highest ever sale price of $2 million (approximately Rs 8.80 crore) in an online sale in Singapore. Because though he has no fixedaddress, he still manages to mark his presence indelibly in theimagination of innumerable people. Stress management tool: Watching Hindi films, sometimes more than one a day. Sometimes the same film over and over again. Current favourite: Iqbal. Obsessed with: Women. As muse and consort. Big cool buddy: Filmmaker Yash Chopra. Next move: To make his autobiographical film M.F. Husain ki Kahani. 27. AMAR SINGH, POLITICIAN Thakur On Top Beacuse he has transformed a personal embarrassment into a political campaign to revive the Third Front, getting support from across the divide, from J. Jayalalithaa to Prakash Karat. Because despite no mass appeal, he is probably the most important person in Uttar Pradesh, thanks to his proximity to Mulayam Singh Yadav. Because despite his troubles, his famous friends stand by him. Obsessive about: Sonia Gandhi, whom he blames for all the wrongs in his life, from his children’s education to the Samajwadi Party being kept out of the UPA Government. Should be embarrassed about: Risque phone conversations with women friends that his wife and daughters seem comfortable with. Stress management tool: Photo-ops with his close buddies at religious pilgrimage spots.28. JAVED AKHTAR AND SHABANA AZMI, ARTISTES Voices Of Reason Because taking time off from powerhouse performances and speed lyrics, they have invested effort in social causes, be it earthquake relief or creating awareness about the Muslim Personal Law Board. Because while Azmi’s international work continues, Akhtar has found an unexpected additional profession: as speaker at various symposiums across the world. Because they are often called to 10 Janpath for brainstorming sessions. Little-known fact: Azmi is the “world’s worst cook” and Akhtar was a gymnast as a boy and a ballroom dancer in his 20s. Prized possession: Azmi says it is her father’s gold Mont Blanc pen, the “only material possession he had”, which her mother gave her with a beautiful note. For Akhtar, it is an Anjolie Ela Menon.29. RAJNIKANT, ACTOR Marquee Mogul Because the Tamil superstar burned up the screens last year for 325 days, making Rs 60 crore with Chandramukhi. Because with a Rs 15-crore cheque for his forthcoming Sivaji, he has emerged as the country’s highest paid actor. Because he opened an entire new world market for Tamil films with his 1995 hit, Muthu. Because he has resisted the temptation to monetise his celebrity status and promote any brand. Little-known fact: After completing a film he goes on a 40-day pilgrimage to the Himalayas. Big cool buddies: Telugu actor Mohan Babu and Kannada star Ambarish. Prized possession: A white Fiat he bought from his first earnings in the 1970s. Stress management tool: A dose of meditation and Black Dog whisky. Relative values: Tamil star Dhanush is his son-in-law.30. RAGHAV BAHL, MEDIA TYCOON Business Boom Because with Awaaz, CNN-IBN and a stake in Channel 7, his Rs 1,100-crore media house TV18 has grown from being a single-channel company to a versatile news bouquet in the past 13 months. Because CNBC and Awaaz have given him 80 per cent of the business news market. Because he commands the respect of industry veterans with his non-abrasive but firm style of anchoring, which he does less frequently now, on the weekday CNBC show The Nation’s Business. Fetish: Guards his privacy fiercely. “I have no social friends. All my friends are people I work with,” he says. Should be embarrassed about: Not being tech savvy, despite being at the helm of a business empire. Stress management tool: A glass of Scotch, preferably Ballantine’s or Johnie Walker Black Label, aged between 12 and 18 years. Or a session of yoga.31. T. VENKATRAM REDDY, MEDIA BARON Deccan King Because he survived the onslaught of The Hindu and The Times of India to retain Deccan Chronicle’s position as Andhra Pradesh’s largest selling English daily. Because the Rs 149 crore he raised on the stock market in December 2004 helped him acquire The Asian Age, buy the Odyssey chain of stores, take his daily to Chennai and emerge, or so he says, as the owner of the fourth largest English newspaper. Because he also publishes The International Herald Tribune. Master-of-the-universe move: Launching Deccan Chronicle in Chennai last year to take on the Mahavishnu of Mount Road, The Hindu. Prized possessions: A Porsche Cayenne and a Rolex Daytona cosmograph. Big cool buddies: Vijay Mallya and M.J. Akbar. Should be embarrassed about: Not getting a second term in the Rajya Sabha despite his Congressman father.32. RAKESH JHUNJHUNWALA, STOSK BROKER Raging Bull Because from being a mere trader, he has gone on to become a builder of strong companies through private equity investments in assets as varied as ratings firm Crisil and security company Tops Security. Because he saw the future in 2002, predicting long before the charge of the bull brigade began, that the stock market was on the verge of a boom. Because he bet on Titan in 2001 when the stock was trading at Rs 35, and now, when he holds 8.5 per cent stake in the company, its stock price is Rs 800. Big cool buddies: Fellow investors Radhakrishnan Damani, Ramesh Damani and Kalpraj Dharamsi. Little-known fact: That he is the cousin of Anil Ambani’s lieutenant Amitabh Jhunjhunwala. Dream: To buy and fly a Gulfstream aircraft. Embarrassed about: His weight. He thinks he eats and drinks too much and wants to lose 25 kg. Next move: To become an international trader and investor when the Reserve Bank of India allows capital account convertibility.33. MAHENDRA MOHAN AND SANJAY GUPTA, MEDIA BARONS Heartland Honchos Because the 25-edition Dainik Jagran’s claim of the largest readership of about two crore is backed by IRS, NRS and ABC. Because they had a successful IPO, raising over Rs 300 crore. Because with strategic tie-ups with the UK-based O’Reilly’s The Independent and CNN-IBN, the Guptas acquired formidable partners last year. Because the group, with an annual turnover of more than Rs 450 crore, now plans to launch an English language newspaper and a standalone weekly tabloid. Little-known fact: Sanjay’s father, grandfather and uncle shared a prison cell in Kanpur during the Emergency for four days. Prized possessions: His father’s Rolex watch for Sanjay. For Mahendra, it is his father’s teachings. Best known for: Hosting parties which bring the heartland’s street cuisine to Delhi, with an array of chaats and sweets. Little cool buddies: Sanjay is close to son Dhruva, 12, while Mahendra has a card-playing set.34. SATISH SHARMA, POLITICIAN Favourite Uncle Because he is the only “uncle” who is as close to the Gandhi Gen Next as he was to Rajiv Gandhi. Because he is the only MP to contest from both the First Family constituencies, Amethi and Rae Bareli. Because though he may not have become minister, he has enough power to decide who does. Prized possession: The Indian flag carried by space shuttle Discovery. It hangs in his drawing room. His style: Patek Philippe watch, holidays on the French Riviera and flying his favourite B-200 King Air Beechcraft. Fetish: Jogging morning and evening at his farm. Relative values: His Dutch-born wife keeps his feet firmly on the ground.35. SACHIN TENDULKAR, SPORTSMAN Top Earner Because at 5 ft 4 inch, he continues to stand tall in cricket with more international centuries than anyone else in the game. Because after 16 years in a fickle business he is still the highest earning celebrity brand, over Big B and SRK. Because in his presence, presidents, prime ministers and tycoons all turn into fans. Little-known fact: The man of steel suffers from pre-match nerves and disturbed sleep before big games. It is his way of getting ready. Prized possession: Toss up between the Ferrari 360 Modena and the guitar presented to him by rock great Mark Knopfler. Big cool buddies: Everyone wants him to be their instant best friend but Tendulkar’s inner circle of childhood confidants and Mumbai cricketers is a small one. Stress management tool: The iPod with its Bose speaker-docking station that carries all his music. His favourites: Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and, recently, Robbie Williams.36. AAMIR KHAN, ACTOR Rebel With Cause Because he has emerged as Bollywood’s Arundhati Roy, taking on causes such as corruption and terrorism. Because he emerged from his self-imposed fouryear exile to get a great first-week box office revenue of Rs 19 crore for the Rs 35-crore Mangal Pandey; a dream-run of Rs 50 crore, and still counting, for the Rs 25-crore Rang De Basanti, and endorsements from Titan and Toyota. Because he rose above tabloid fodder about his second marriage to Kiran Rao to reach out to audiences directly with his work. Little-known fact: He is a big prankster, going to great lengths to play April Fool’s Day jokes on his friends. Fetish: Being accurately quoted in the media, down to the dotted i-s and the crossed t-s, and will pursue it even if it takes a two-hour SMS session. Preferred transport: He never travels in anything less than a Mercedes. This is written in every contract. Character trait: No starry tantrums while working. Often shares a makeup van and eats with the unit.37. KIRAN MAZUMDAR SHAW, BUSINESSWOMAN Bionic Woman Because apart from retaining her position as India’s richest woman, she has become a voice to reckon with on industrial issues. Because she was the only woman CMD in the high-powered CEO forum formed by the Government on how best to boost trade relations with the US. Because she is not afraid to speak her mind and has even taken on state governments. Because doors open for the Padma Bhushan winner in Delhi, even those leading to 10 Janpath. Badly needs: Stress management. Admits she hasn’t learnt to prioritise her life and tends to say yes to almost everything. Is embarrassed about: Bangalore’s infrastructure and the proposal to change its name to Bengaluru. Cool buddies: Nandan Nilekani, Vijay Mallya and Naina Lal Kidwai. Fashion statement: Pearls and kurtis. Loves: Everything Scottish. Husband John Shaw is from there, her home is called Glenmore, and she cannot live without vacations in Glasgow. Dotes on: Her 10-year-old nephew Eric, who lives in Indiana, USA.38. SUNITA NARAIN, ENVIRONMENTALIST Agent Provocateur Because she has become the Government’s lightning rod on environment issues. Because be it the vanishing tigers of Sariska, the clean-up of the Yamuna, fighting for green fuel for public transport or pushing soft drink companies to meet water quality standards, the Government sought and listened to her advice. Because she is willing to do in-depth research and push ahead with the cause even in the face of debilitating criticism. Cool buddies: Retired IAS officer Bhure Lal and agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan. Stress management: Yoga. A teacher comes home daily. Hot wheels: Wants to switch to a battery-operated car from her current Maruti Zen. Little-known fact: The fact-finding and research-oriented ecologist has a BA Pass course.39. KAPILA VATSYAYAN, CULTURAL ADMINISTRATOR Doughty Doyenne Because despite a PIL against her, the newly-nominated Rajya Sabha member has made a comeback to Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, one of the richest cultural institutions of the country, from where she was turfed out by the NDA government in 2000. Because as vice-chairperson of the advisory committee in the Culture Ministry, Indian representative on UNESCO’s executive board, and chief patron of the Asia project under the India International Centre, she is back in the heart of Delhi’s social circle. Fashion mishap: Tulsi beads and chandan on her forehead and a rudraksh necklace that supposedly keep her famous temper in check. Little-known fact: She often breaks into an impromptu dance when hosting a dinner. Character trait: Speaks in erudite elliptical sentences which only insiders understand.40. KARAN SINGH, POLITICIAN Dharmic Prince Because the political prince is a ready dispenser of cultural favours as president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and India International Centre. Because as head of the World Council of Religions and convener of the Congress party’s foreign relations cell, he indulges his other passions: of playing learned man and policy wonk. Because he hopes it will be a prelude to his long-cherished ambition to be vice-president of India next year. Big cool buddies: None after the late Romesh Thapar. Style: Safari suit with Nehru cap. Fetish: Is likely to burst into bhajans at any moment. Stress management tool: The sheersh asan. Next career move: From VIP to VPI.41. AVEEK SARKAR, MEDIA BARON Bengal Tiger Because with two news channels in three years, phenomenal growth of Bengali newspaper Ananda Bazar Patrika, a monopoly in the Bengali magazine market, and the biggest English newspaper in West Bangal, he has refused to follow the beaten path of other media houses in the state. Because his Star Ananda has set the tone for 24X7 news channels in Bengali, capturing 50 per cent of the West Bengal TV news market within a month of its launch. Should be embarrassed: That he “drinks only Grand Cru claret, Bolivian coffee and smokes only Davidoff cigars”. Fetish: His suits come from Lahore because he thinks the tailoring there is superior to that of Saville Row. Little-known fact: That he presented former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto an M.F. Husain painting. It showed her father being hanged.42. YOGI DEVESHWAR, BUSINESS EXECUTIVE Green Revolutionary Because he can give a lesson or two to the UPA on how to serve the aam admi, creating 2 million jobs primarily in tribal areas. Because he has integrated 3.5 million farmers across 31,000 villages into ITC’s value chain. Because he has diversified what was once a tobacco company into an FMCG behemoth, with only 60 per cent of his company’s earnings coming from the sale of cigarettes. Because CII, of which he is currently president, speaks his language-the speed of growth is not as important as its spread. Because green is not just a colour with him, but also-with practically no solid waste disposals for ITC-a corporate mantra. Favourite line: “I’m a very common person.” Pet gadget: A Treo phone, which he uses as his diary to keep in touch with everyone. Stress management tool: Used to be golf, but he doesn’t play that often now.43. SHOBHANA BHARTIA, MEDIA OWNER Chasing Times Because with the launch of Hindustan Times in Mumbai, she upped the stakes against The Times of India. Because the Rs 1,000-crore company has now diversified into FM radio, signing a joint venture with Richard Branson’s Virgin. Because she raised Rs 370 crore through a public issue. Because she has just been nominated to the Rajya Sabha, a house familiar to her father. Big cool buddies: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Raian Karanjawala and Murli Deora. Little-known facts: She has a fetish for even numbers. All her cars are either 8888 or 2222. Should be embarrassed about: Her editorial director referring to her as Princess in his newspaper columns.44. SANIA MIRZA, TENNIS PLAYER Smash Hit Because she became sport’s most visible brand in 2005, turning a modest Rs 5.5-lakh deal in January 2005 into a Rs 1.5-crore signing fee per deal 12 months later. Because, with a lightningspeed whip of her racquet, she became the biggest Indian sporting icon outside the cricket team. Because in an age of cultural straitjacketing, she defies all stereotypes. Mistress-of-the-universe move: Shooting up the WTA rankings from No. 206 to 31 last year, winning her first title and making it to the last 16 in the US Open. Fashion statement: Her T-shirt at Wimbledon that said, “Well-behaved women rarely make history”. Little-known fact: That she turned down an endorsement offer from Nike because it would have meant abandoning her oldest sponsor GVK, whose logo she still sports.45. PARMESHWAR GODREJ, SOCIAL ARBITER Queen P Because she led from the front at the WEF’s India Everywhere campaign, clapping for Indian delegates and performers alike. Because Heroes Project, a national movement cochaired by her along with Hollywood star Richard Gere, gathered more celebrity support with cricketing star Rahul Dravid and actor Amitabh Bachchan doing TV ads last year. Because in a city where parties are aplenty, her guest list remains the one to die for. Big cool buddies: From Bill Clinton and Goldie Hawn to her over-the-top kindred spirit Donatella Versace. Character trait: Is full of Punjabi warmth but not if you are on her wrong side. Prized possessions: Her family. Husband, three children, and grandchildren Aryaan and Azaar. Style statement: Gravity-defying dresses and unique, Ascot-worthy headgear.46. RAJIV SETHI, CULTURAL CZAR God Of Small Things Because the new vice-chairperson of the impressive-sounding Taskforce on Creative and Cultural Industries at the Planning Commission is on the verge of getting the Government to accord manufacturing sector status for unorganised rural artisans. Because, after a 90-minute presentation to Sonia Gandhi last year, both Renuka Choudhary and Sheila Dikshit rushed to offer him Delhi’s Safdarjung Airport land for his NGO, Asian Heritage Foundation. Because starting as chief aide to Pupul Jayakar in the 1980s, he has now become one of the world’s most sought after scenographers. Style: Creator of the angavastram chic, which he first tried on Rajiv Gandhi. Big cool buddy: Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Hot wheels: A bicycle in his office which he cannot ride and an Ambassador Classic, which is chauffeured. Prized possession: The best maintained network of international culturati.47. K. SUBRAHMANYAM, STRATEGIC ANALYST Atomic Power Because the chairman of the new Task Force on Global Strategic Developments will shape India’s future strategic thinking. Because the first convenor of the National Security Board’s passionate advocacy for the benefits of the nuclear deal was one of the many voices the Government listened to. Because it doesn’t hurt that S. Jaishankar, the head of Americas division in the Foreign Office and a key interlocutor in the Indo-US deal, is his son. Character trait: Obsessive about his work. When the then US Ambassador Frank Wisner called on him after a bypass surgery in 1996, he asked him, “Have you read my article today?” Little-known fact: As chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee in 1977-79, he drafted the standard operating procedure in case of a hijack and then spent 36 hours aboard a hijacked flight to Jammu in 1984. Best known for: Never losing an argument.48. CHARLES CORREA, ARCHITECT Urban Cowboy Because the architect, planner, activist and theoretician has been appointed chairman of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission where he is preserving and maintaining the aesthetics of Delhi’s skyline. Because as he showed in the controversial Mumbai mill land redevelopment case, he is not afraid to speak up for urban breathing space, taking on a powerful lobby of politicians, builders and mill owners. Master-of-the-universe move: His design of the new Brain and Cognitive Science building at MIT, Cambridge, unveiled in December 2005. The 30,000 sq ft structure is the largest neuroscience centre in the world and has a railroad line running through it. Stress management tools: Making films (You and Your Neighbourhood, 1955; City on Water, 1974) and watching films- from old favourites like La Dolce Vita to newer ones like Being John Malkovich. Prized possession: His toy trains, collected since childhood, which taught him the principles of basic design. Favourite line: “As an architect, your concerns are not limited by the commissions you get.”49. HARISH SALVE, LAWYER Legal Evangelist Because it was only after he was appointed the Supreme Court’s amicus curiae in the Best Bakery retrial that the court convicted nine of the 17 accused. Because it was he who won the case against reservation in private institutions. Because he has argued in court for almost all the other names in INDIA TODAY’s power list. Because though his fee ranges from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for a final hearing, it is never more than what he can deliver. Favourite cause: Civil liberty. Has represented Jayalalithaa against the income tax department and is taking on Amar Singh’s phone tapping case, solely because he sees both as victims of the government’s political agenda. Favourite song: Misty by Ella Fitzgerald. Especially when his wife Meenakshi sings it. Hot wheels: His red 530D turbo-prop BMW.50. VENUGOPAL DHOOT, INDUSTRIALIST Global Predator Because he is going international with a vengeance. Because he is the first port of call for M&A adventurers looking to sell consumer durables plants in India or abroad. Because he has bought out the picture tube division of Thomson and the Indian operations of Electrolux and is now gunning for Daewoo Electronics. Because he is the largest producer of glass shells for television companies. Because he is the third-largest picture tube maker in the world. Because Videocon is India’s largest television and washing machine maker. Little-known fact: Often gives lengthy discourses on the Bhagwad Gita for private audiences. Loves to: Play the flute in the mornings. Management tool: Brainstorming over lunch.last_img read more

IPL 2017, Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to our live coverage of the Indian Premier League match between the Kings XI Punjab and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. (SCORECARD)That’s all for today.KXIP Innings:23:14 IST: Punjab captain, Glenn Maxwell says that it has been a great start for them. Credits the bowlers for keeping the visitors down to a low total. Adds that it has been great from them to execute their skills. Mentions that Axar Patel is a true professional and he delivered. Feels that he is a quality spinners and is bowling very nicely. Adds that the boys are backing them up and he can’t ask them for more. Reckons that Amla’s knock was brilliant and hopes that he will continue his good run with the bat for Punjab. 23:10 IST: Axar Patel gets the Man-of-the-Match23:07 IST: Bangalore captain, Shane Watson says that the start with the bat was not good. Blames himself too for getting out in the first over. Admits that they lost too many wickets early on. Mentions that a few more runs would have been handy. Thinks that there was a little bit of more dew in the second innings and they didn’t execute their plan well. Says that Stanlake is getting better as the tournament progresses.23:06 IST: Viru is happy.Home-RCB Inspite of Mr360 last 18balls-6,1,0,6,1,6,2, 6,0,4,6,6,0, 1,1,0,6,6Secret Code-HAMLA,Gujju,GM,VA,SS,MV#ViruIPLDiaries#KXIPvRCB- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 10, 201723:05 IST: Hashim scored a breezy half century and his skipper, joined hands with him and played in his usual flamboyant style! He scored a quickfire 43 from 22 and took his side over the finishing line with more than five overs to spare. The Bangalore bowlers tried hard but they didn’t have enough on this decent track.23:04 IST: Another terrific display from Punjab and they have marched through to a comprehensive victory! They are making it a habit of chasing down targets with utmost ease. The two openers, Amla and Vohra gave their side the start they wanted. In the sixth over, Amla got a life and Mandeep fell in the same over later to the guile of Mills. That was the most eventful over of the innings. But apart from that, it was complete domination from Amla and Maxwell.advertisement23:02 IST: Great start by Punjab.Another great crowd at Indore, thank you Sheron! Our next home game is on 20th April at Indore against @mipaltan.#LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201722:56 IST: SIX! Chahal loops this one outside off, Maxwell clears his front leg and slams it over long off for a maximum. The captain has led from the front in both the matches. He also completes 1000 tournament runs with that ball. GAME OVER. Maxwell hammers one over long-off to give Punjab a eight-wicket victory. Amla 58*, Maxwell 43* We finish on 150/2 after just 14.3 overs. Hashim Amla with a superb 58 not out off 38 balls & #GlennMaxwell 43 not out off 22.#KXIPvRCB- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201722:54 IST: SIX! Short of a length outside off, Maxwell backs away and carves it over point for a biggie. Captain leading from the front. Just six runs to win for Punjab from 36 balls. Amla 57*, Maxwell 37*22:51 IST: SIX! Not where he intended but gets the desired result! Short and room on offer, Maxwell looks to cut it over point but ends up carving it over third man for a maximum.22:50 IST: Eight runs from the over. KXIP 127/2 after 13 overs, still need 22 runs to win. Amla 55*, Maxwell 23* 22:48 IST: FOUR!  Maxwell is in the mood to finish it early! Tossed up delivery, Maxwell kneels and smokes it over mid-wicket for a boundary.22:47 IST: Pawan Negi into the attack.22:45 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! Short delivery down the leg side, Amla helps it on it’s way and the ball races to the fence. Brings up his fifty in style. A great knock from him. His second in the tournament already.That is 50 for @amlahash as he plays a pull shot off the edge for 4 runs to fine leg. Great knock, keep going!115/2 off 11.5#KXIPvRCB- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201722:42 IST: SIX! Clubbed! Tossed up on middle, Amla goes downtown. Has hit that with so much of power that the ball clears the long on fence with utmost ease. KXIP 107/2 after 12 overs, still need 42 runs to win. Amla 47*, Maxwell 13*Big 6? from @amlahash over the media box! Lovely shot over mid-on.107/2 off 11 overs, keep going boys!#KXIPvRCB #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201722:39 IST: 12 from the over. KXIP 97/2 after 10 overs, still need 52 runs to win. Amla 39*, Maxwell 11*22:38 IST: SIX! These modern day bats, I tell you. Mills hurls a full ball and outside off, Maxwell goes back and slices it over covers for a biggie. It was timed so well that the sweeper cover couldn’t have done anything about that.advertisement6? runs to #GlennMaxwell as he gives himself room to hit the ball over cover!97/2 off 10 overs.#KXIPvRCB #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201722:37 IST: FOUR! What a shot! Fuller delivery and on the stumps, Maxwell backs away and lofts it over the bowler’s head for a boundary.22:34 IST: Nine overs gone, KXIP 85/2, Amla 38*, Maxwell 1*22:33 IST: SIX! Lovely shot from Hashim Amla. Chahal gives this one flight and keeps it on the stumps, Amla clears his front leg and lofts it over the bowler’s head for a biggie.22:32 IST: Glenn Maxwell comes out int the middle.22:30 IST: OUT! Yuzi strikes. Axar departs for 9. KXIP 78/2 after 8.1 overs. Amla 32*Axar plays all around one from Yuzi! He’s bowled, #KXIP 78/2 #KXIPvRCB #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/WmRu2kQFeE- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 201722:29 IST: SIX! Axar hammers Abdulla for a maximum. 11 from the over. KXIP 78/1 after eight overs. Amla 32*, Vohra 9* 22:26 IST: Spin from both ends. Abdulla takes over from Mills. Surprising decision from Watson to take Mills off.22:25 IST: Five runs from the over. KXIP 67/1 after seven overs, still need 82 runs to win. Amla 30*, Axar 1*22:24 IST: This was the second highest power play for KXIP vs RCB.22:24 IST: Amla looks in sublime touch.22:23 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack.Yuzi comes into the attack. He’s been our best so far this season, can he do it again tonight? #KXIPvRCB #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 201722:22 IST: Axar Patel walks out to bat.22:20 IST: It’s time for the strategic time-out.22:18 IST: OUT! Wow, what a ball. Vohra is caught off guard! Mills bowls a slower full delivery, Manan Vohra gets stuck in the crease looking to flick and misses. He gets rapped on the pads. Mills starts appealing and up goes the finger. Mills could’ve got both the batsmen in one over had Billy Stanlake caught Amla on the second ball. Vohra departs for 34. KXIP 62/1 from 6 overs, still need 87 runs to win. Amla 26*Mills strikes! Vohra is trapped plumb in front, #KXIP 62/1 in 6 overs #KXIPvRCB #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 201722:16 IST: FOUR! Supreme shot that. Mills bowls this full and outside off, Vohra brings his bat down in time and sends the ball past the mid on fielder for a boundary. 22:15 IST: DROPPED and a six! Mills bowls a back of a length delivery around leg, Amla swivels across and pulls it towards fine leg. Stanlake runs across gets his finger tips to the ball but fails to catch it and parries it over the fence. Very poor effort that!22:14 IST: Tymal Mills into the attack.22:11 IST: FOUR! This time it’s Amla who hits it for a boundary.22:08 IST: 17 runs off the over.. KXIP 43/0, still need 106 runs to win. Vohra 27*, Amla 15*22:06 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! On a length outside off, Vohra goes downtown. Hasn’t got it off the meat of the bat but still manages to clear the leaping fielder at mid off. Earns himself another boundary.advertisement22:06 IST: FOUR! Shot! Back of a length outside off, Vohra cuts it beautifully over point and the ball whistles away to the fence.22:05 IST: Shane Watson into the attack.22:04 IST: Great start for Punjab. Three overs gone, KXIP 26/0, still need 123 runs to win. Amla 14*, Vohra 11*22:02 IST: SIX! Streaky maximum! Shortish ball on off, Vohra goes for the hook but gets a top edge and the ball still flies over the third man fence.22:01 IST: Stanlake keeping it tight. 22:00 IST: Good over for the Punjab side. Eight off it. KXIP 14/0 after two. Amla 12*, Vohra 2*21:58 IST: FOUR! Brilliant! Tossed up outside off, Amla goes inside out over covers and hits it really well to earn his second boundary.Good four through cover by @amlahash!- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201721:56 IST: Iqbal Abdulla to share the new ball with Stanlake.21:55 IST: Good over from Stanlake. KXIP 6/0 after one over. Amla 5*, Vohra 1*21:53 IST: FOUR! Well played! Back of a length ball on middle, Amla gets up on his toes and works it through backward square leg for the first boundary of the innings.21:53 IST: Stanlake starts off with a peach! Bowls a back of a length delivery outside off and gets it to seam away after landing. Vohra feels for it but gets beaten all ends up.21:52 IST: Manan Vohra and Hashim Amla open for KXIP while Billy Stanlake has taken the ball for RCB.21:51 IST: And the players are back. Can KXIP do it? 21:48 IST: AB was seeing the ball like a football it seems.BCCI Photo21.41 IST: It was the AB de Villiers show at the Holkar Stadium as the South African slammed 9 sixes in his innings of 89 to guide his side to a total of 148. It was his first game of the tournament and boy oh boy has he announced himself! Bangalore scored 77 runs in the last 5 overs to gain some momentum going back into the dressing room. It wasn’t as if the Punjab bowlers bowled poorly but the might of de Villiers was such that the inexperienced bowling line-up found it too hard to cope with.21.40 IST: SIX! Take a bow, de Villiers! He ends the innings with the biggest hit of the night so far. De Villiers walks across to this fullish delivery and smashes it over mid-wicket. Has hit that amazingly well and the ball is out of the park once again.21.39 IST: SIX! Is there anything that AB de Villiers can’t do? Outrageous hitting this! He charges down the track. Seeing this Mohit bowls it wide outside off, De Villiers kneels, takes it on the full and clobbers it over long on for a huge maximum.He may be on the opposition team, but you have to admire #ABDevilliers ability to play all over the ground.RCB 133/4 off 19.#KXIPvRCB- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 2017Match 8. 18.4: Sandeep Sharma to AB de Villiers, 6 runs, 132/4 https://t.co/Km06zsHeyt #KXIPvRCB- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2017. @ABdeVilliers17 is putting on a masterclass here! Another six over the roof and outta the ground! #KXIPvRCB #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/fO3pMoEOK3- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 2017RCB 115/4 off 18 overs. Two overs left, lets get a few more wickets and keep those runs down!#KXIPvRCB #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201721.23 IST: FOUR! That’s a terrific shot! Fuller length ball outside off, Binny forces it over covers and the ball rockets to the fence.21.22 IST: SIX! Slammed! On a length on off, Binny gets underneath it and smokes it over deep mid-wicket for back-to-back maximums.21.20 IST: FIFTY! AB de Villiers reaches his 22nd half-century in style. It’s another ABD show we are witnessing here. Royal Challengers Bangalore 96/4 (17 overs) vs Kings XI Punjab21.18 IST: SIX! That’s flat and handsome from De Villiers. Good length delivery around off, de Villiers clears his front leg and tonks it over mid-wicket. Has hit it ever so well and the ball clears the fence with ease. Royal Challengers Bangalore 87/4 (16.3 overs) vs Kings XI Punjab21:13 IST: It’s time for the strategic time-out. RCB 80/4 after 16 overs. de Villiers 38*, Binny 3*21:12 IST: AB is slowly building the innings.BCCI Photo21:10 IST: SIX! AB goes downtown.21:07 IST: Great over from Axar. RCB 71/4 after 15 overs. de Villiers 31*, Binny 2*21:05 IST: Punjab strike back. RCB 70/4 after 14 overs.21:03 IST: Stuart Binny comes into bat.21:02 IST: OUT! Take a bow, Wriddhiman Saha! Short delivery outside off, Singh looks to go for a pull across the line but ends up top edging it behind Saha. The fielder from third man is running in but Saha calls for the catch. Keeps his eyes on the ball but misjudges a bit in the air. RCB 68/4. de Villiers 30* WICKET!!!! What a catch by @Wriddhipops having to run back a long way, looking over his head & diving to complete a great piece of keeping!- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201720:59 IST: Good work being done by AB and Mandeep. RCB 68/3 after 13 overs. de Villiers 30*, Mandeep 28* 20:57 IST: Good over from Stoinis, only six runs from the over. RCB 65/3 after 12 overs. de Villiers 29* , Mandeep 26*20:54 IST: Rebuilding well. RCB 59/3 after 11 overs. de Villiers 26*, Mandeep 23*20:53 IST: Look who’s supporting RCB.Rebuilding coming on well @RCBTweets keep it going guys pic.twitter.com/YpZmv3OLzF- Yohan Blake (@YohanBlake) April 10, 201720:52 IST: Axar back into the attack.20:51 IST: Half way through. RCB 53/3 after 10 overs. de Villiers 24*, Mandeep 19*20:49 IST: 50 up for Bangalore.20:48 IST: We’re back and Marcus Stoinis is introduced into the attack.20:45 IST: Punjab on top as the teams go into the strategic time-out. RCB 47/3 after nine overs. de Villiers 20*, Mandeep 17*BCCI Photo20:44 IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery, outside off, Mandeep Singh gets low and edges it intentionally past the keeper for a boundary.20:43 IST: SIX! He has absolutely clobbered that. Bowls a back of a length delivery, on middle, Mandeep Singh gets on his back foot and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie. That was the 100th six of the tournament.20:39 IST: Punjab on top. RCB 34/3 after eight overs. de Villiers 19*, Mandeep 6*20:35 IST: You just don’t want to run AB out.Nearly a run out there, but @amlahash’s throw is just wide of the stumps!RCB 31/3 off 7.3 overs. #KXIPvRCB #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201720:34 IST: FOUR! Outstanding shot. Aaron bowls this very full and on the sticks, AB de Villiers stands in his crease and flicks it past the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. RCB 31/3 after seven overs.20:31 IST: de Villiers hits the ground running right from the word go.VIDEO: Hows that for timing? The @ABdeVilliers17 touch to the fence https://t.co/kpE7IMak6v #IPL #KXIPvRCB @RCBTweets- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 201720:29 IST: Bangalore in a spot of bother after six overs. RCB 23/3 after six overs. de Villiers 14*, Mandeep 0*20:26 IST: Mandeep Singh walks in.20:25 IST: OUT! The dangerman has to take the long walk back to the pavilion. Varun Aaron bowls a inswinging back of a length ball, Kedar Jadhav is cramped up for room as he looks to clip. But the ball nips back in and pings him on the knee roll. Aaron starts appealing and the umpire obliges. Replays, however, suggest that it was not hitting. The poor umpiring in the tournament continues. RCB 22/3 after five overs.20:24 IST: Kedar Jadhav currently on fourth position in the highest scorers list.20:20 IST: Varun Aaron introduced into the attack.20:17 IST: KXIP on top at the moment. RCB 19/2 after four overs. de Villiers 11, Jadhav 0*20:16 IST: Kedar Jadhav strides out to bat. He played a breathtaking knock against Delhi in their last game. Can he continue his good form with the bat?20:15 IST: OUT! The experience got better of the opener there. Sandeep Sharma serves a back of a length delivery, outside off, Vishnu Vinod steps out and looks to go downtown. However, he miscues and the ball flies high up in the air and goes towards Glenn Maxwell at long on who reverse cups it comfortably. The fielder was placed there exactly for that shot and the batsman fell for it. RCB 18/2 from 3.3 overs.WICKET!!!! Our captain #GlennMaxwell takes a comfortable catch at long-on off @sandeep25a bowling to dismiss Vishnu Vinod.RCB 18/2 off 3.3- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201720:14 IST:SIX! As good as it gets! Mohit Sharma bowls this full and slightly outside off, AB de Villiers stays in his crease, gets under the ball and drives it over extra cover for a biggie. Ends the over with a maximum. RCB 18/1 after three overs. de Villiers 10*, Vinod 7* 20:10 IST: FOUR! Not timed to the perfection, but Vishnu Vinod gets the desired result. Length ball and around off, Vishnu Vinod slap-pulls it over Glenn Maxwell at mid on. And the ball races away to the fence for a boundary.20:09 IST: Mohit Sharma introduced into the attack.20:08 IST: Great start for KXIP. RCB 7/1 from two overs.20:07 IST: FOUR! AB de Villiers is off the mark in some style. Sandeep Sharma bowls this full and outside off, de Villiers just guides it past the point fielder. The third man fielder hared across to stop it but to no avail.20:06 IST: Crowd shouts louder as AB gets the stike.20:03 IST: OUT! CHOPPED ON! Axar Patel loops this slightly outside off, Watson looks to cut it but the width was never there. He is cramped up for room and inside edges the ball onto the stumps. The early trick of spin has worked for Punjab. The captain departs for 1 run.. RCB 2/1 after one over. 19:59 IST: Shane Watson and Vishnu Vinod to open for RCB Axar Patel starts it off for KXIP19:58 IST: The umpires are out.19:51 IST: Blast from the pastCant wait for #KXIPvRCB, meanwhile lets quickly see our best moments against the hosts in the past. #PlayBold https://t.co/MXoCFHhLXL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 201719:43 IST: The RCB playing XI RCB XI: S Watson, V Vinod, AB de Villiers, K Jadhav, M Singh, S Binny, P Negi, I Abdulla, T Mills, B Stanlake, Y Chahal- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 201719:42 IST: The Kings XI playing XIKXIP XI: M Vohra, H Amla, W Saha, G Maxwell, D Miller, MP Stoinis, A Patel, M Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, V Aaron, T Natarajan- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 201719:41 IST: RCB is all set to rock the Holkar.Here’s how our Royal Challengers boarded the team bus before heading to the Holkar Cricket Stadium tonight! #PlayBold #KXIPvRCB pic.twitter.com/2ktz138FCi- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 201719:40 IST: Beautiful night in Indore.A beautiful night for the @RCBTweets to take on the @lionsdenkxip #ipl2017 pic.twitter.com/RybZItTSO6- Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) April 10, 201719:36 IST: Big news! AB de Villiers returns for RCB in place of Chris Gayle.19:31 IST: RCB win toss, elect to bat first19:22 IST: Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh is impressed with Kevin Pietersen’s style.Looking sharp in those yellow socks mate ??? @KP24 @IPL hope your well yours truly the piechucker ????- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 10, 201719:21 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal says he likes playing Chess and has played Chess for five years for India.19:15 IST: Less than an hour to go.Only 45 minutes left before game time, the crowd’s building up. Should be a cracking game! #KXIPvRCB #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi ???- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201719:12 IST: Or will Glenn Maxwell come out on top and trump another Australian counterpart in Shane Watson after brushing aside Steve Smith’s Rsiing Pune Supergiant?19:06 IST: Chris Gayle hasn’t been in good form lately. But he has a fantastic record against Punjab, with just 25 runs away from 10,000, will today be his day?18:46 IST: Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is all set to challenge the Kings.All set for tonight game against Punjab #RCB? #PlayBold?? #JaiMataDi?????? pic.twitter.com/wcqCnrwYZW- yuZvendra Chahal23 (@yuzi_chahal) April 10, 201718:44 IST: Punjab owner Preity Zinta wishes her team all the luck ahead of the clash.All the best to @lionsdenkxip & to all our fans for the game tonight ??? Looking forward to a rocking game ???Ting??? #KXIPvsRCB #Ipl2017 #Indore- Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) April 10, 2017Royal Challengers Bagalore have got their Indian Premier League campaign back on track and would seek to maintain the momentum when they take on high-flying Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Stadium in Indore tonight. (Also read: Royal Challengers Bangalore fans miss injury-hit Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers)Bangalore defended a paltry total against a depleted Delhi Daredevils side despite the absence of two of the world’s best in the business — Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, started their campaign on a high with a victory over Rising Pune Supergiant. Their captain Glenn Maxwell showed why he’s called the ‘Big Show’ with a thuderous knock against RPS.Maxwell was making his captaincy debut in the match against RPS and he would look to continue in the same vein against RCB.While RCB’s stand-in skipper Shane Watson hinted at the return of both Kohli and De Villiers for tonight’s game, it is still not clear wether the duo has gained full fitness.Out-of-form Chris Gayle is on the cusp of creating history. He requires only 25 runs to become the first batsman to amass 10000 runs in Twenty20 cricket. Gayle, who is yet to fire, has scored 32 and 6 in the two matches so far but is in danger of being left out if De Villiers is declared fit for the match.Last season, RCB won both their matches against KXIP but in the presence of Kohli, who was in a smashing form in 2016 with a record 973 runs in the season.KXIP bought eight players in the IPL auction, including some well known names like Eoin Morgan, Darren Sammy, Martin Guptill and Varun Aaron.The KXIP squad has been training at the Holkar Stadium, their second home venue along with Mohali, for about 10 days now and should be well-versed with the conditions.The team was dealt a blow in the run up to the IPL when senior batsman Murali Vijay was ruled due to an injury. Pacer Ishant Sharma, who went unsold in the auction, was named Vijay’s replacement.last_img read more

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first_imgAston Villa manager Smith unsure about Abraham & Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith admits he’s not sure if the club will retain Tammy Abraham.The Chelsea loanee has fired in 12 goals for Villa this season and reports have suggested he could return to Stamford Bridge to be loaned out to a Premier League club.Asked about the speculation, Smith said: “I’ve no idea about the contract situation if I am honest. All we can do is work with him, we have a good relationship with Chelsea.”Eddie Newton [Chelsea’s loan technical coach] was up here over a month ago, looking and checking at his development.”He’s been developing with us all the time. He is enjoying his football and I think that is a big thing in the development of the young lad’s future.”He wants to go and keep scoring goals for us and that’s what we are in control of at the moment.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Simeone rates Thomas ahead of Rodriby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone rates Thomas Partey as a better prospect than Rodri.Atletico lost Rodri to Manchester City over the summer, which saw Simeone promote Thomas into his role.And the coach says: “Last year I put in Thomas for Rodrigo, but I was criticised. “Thomas is more vertical, Rodrigo more horizontal. Thomas gives the team more direction, I put him in and they killed me for not putting in Rodrigo. He is a great player, but Thomas, when he manages to maintain consistency and balance. He has goals, arrival, assists, a shot… “Not everyone has all this.” last_img read more

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first_imgOhio State OL Taylor Decker working out in the offseason.Ohio State OL Taylor DeckerEver wonder how offensive linemen hone their craft and prepare for the upcoming season? Wonder no more. Ohio State has released a short workout video featuring senior offensive tackle Taylor Decker, one of the country’s best players at his position and a potential first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Check it out: Our leader Taylor Decker putting in work to be the best. The Grind! pic.twitter.com/6hOCYwBg4A— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 4, 2015Good luck trying to get to the quarterback when he’s in front of you, defensive linemen.last_img read more

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first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) dantonio harbaugh adidasTwitter/@Mark__SnyderIn all of the craziness following Michigan State’s dramatic last second win over Michigan, people noticed that head coaches Mark Dantonio and Jim Harbaugh failed toshake hands after the game. While it was easy to assume animosity between the rival coaches, according to Mark Dantonio, it was just a case of the two not being able to link up on the field. From MLive:“It’s one of those things, you’re just not there at the time, but there’s no problems between myself and coach Harbaugh,” Dantonio said Monday morning on WDFN. “I have the utmost respect for him. I think he’s doing a tremendous job, and I think they have a good football team, a well-coached football team.”He is certainly right about that last part. Despite the brutal loss, few would have expected Michigan to be in position to beat Michigan State at all back in August.[MLive]last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement [Warning: This article contains spoilers. Read at your own risk!]It was bound to happen ,but we weren’t ready for it.The second episode of Orphan Black’s fifth and final season marked the death of one of our favorite clones –M.K. (Tatiana Maslany). The expert hacker was killed by former Topside cleaner Ferdinand Chevalierin (James Frain) in a disturbing scene that was graphic enough to make even Quentin Tarantino blush. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The surprising thing isn’t so much the fact that she died but the way in which it happened. Her demise was teased earlier in the episode when she revealed to Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) that she’s suffering from the same respiratory illness which already claimed the lives of Katja (Tatiana Maslany) and Jennifer Fitzsimmons (Tatiana Maslany), and has Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) desperately working to find a cure.READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

From England to the Bahamas current and former Ohio State athletes had

Former Ohio State tennis player Blaz Rola hits the ball in a match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar June 23 at Wimbledon in Wimbledon, England. Rola won, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAs the roar of students on campus fell to a whimper with the Columbus spring turning into summer, the decrescendo was certainly not felt by the many Ohio State athletes who continued their endeavors into the summer months.While some Buckeyes graduated and took the next steps in their individual athletic careers, others competed for championships and still more traveled the world, representing OSU.Men’s basketballOne of the teams that had a busy summer, though their season officially ended in the spring, was the OSU men’s basketball team.The summer began for the men’s basketball team with the announcement that the Buckeyes, along with North Carolina, UCLA and Kentucky, would be part of a new round-robin style basketball tournament called the CBS Sports Classic, which will start this year and happen each year through the 2016 season. While OSU will face each of the other three teams in subsequent years, it’s set to face North Carolina in its CBS Sports Classic debut at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 20.While the Buckeyes will likely look forward to that matchup, they spent part of their summers near the warm, sunny beaches of the Bahamas, where they defeated the Bahamas All Stars and the Providence Storm by a combined score of 203-129 in two games.A couple of graduated Buckeye-ballers also kept busy this summer, as two former OSU players found homes in professional basketball.After receiving much praise from Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, former OSU point guard Aaron Craft signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Warriors and will join the team when training camp begins later this fall. Former Buckeyes forward LaQuinton Ross played with the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Summer League team before signing a contract to play for Victoria Libertas in the Lega Basket Serie A.Women’s rowingThe OSU women’s rowing team took home its second-consecutive NCAA National Championship in Indianapolis this summer.Following the victory, the team became the fourth-winningest program in the country with five NCAA Championships under its belt.Women’s volleyballAs women’s rowing was adding another trophy to its case, the women’s volleyball team was adding an assistant coach.Former California State-San Marcos associate head coach Jay Van Vark was added to the women’s volleyball coaching staff at OSU in early August, bringing with him experience from coaching Team U.S.A. and the U.S.A. Collegiate National team.Men’s, women’s golfThe Buckeye golf squads were a busy bunch, starting with the resignation of assistant men’s golf coach Ryan Potter after four seasons with OSU.Potter was replaced Saturday, as OSU announced the hiring of J.J. Wood to the same position.Wood most recently coached at Rice University, where he helped lead the Owls to their first ever Conference USA Championship in 2014.The women’s golf team was active this summer as well, but there was one Buckeye who stood out from the rest.Then-freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her shot at the Lady Buckeye Invitational April 19 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsSophomore Jessica Porvasnik qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open after shooting back-to-back rounds of 73 at a qualification tournament in Butler, Pa. Porvasnik was one of 25 amateurs and one of 156 total golfers to qualify.Upon her arrival at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., Porvasnik shot a first-round 79 and a second-round 82, leaving her 12 strokes short of the cut to advance to the third round of the tournament.And Porvasnik wasn’t the only Buckeye representing OSU on an international stage this summer.Men’s tennisOSU’s first-ever men’s tennis singles NCAA champion Blaz Rola, who accomplished the feat for the Buckeyes in 2013 before turning pro, made his way to Wimbledon for the gentlemen’s singles tournament at the Wimbledon Championships.After defeating the No. 80 Pablo Andujar of Spain in the first round, No. 92 Rola, representing Slovenia, was slated to face the defending men’s singles champion and fifth-ranked men’s player in the world, Andy Murray.Murray, who became the first British champion at Wimbledon since 1936 with his victory in 2013, defeated Rola in three sets, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.As Rola represented the Buckeyes at the All England Club in London, a duo of men’s tennis players — Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka — were representing OSU at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Doubles Final in Athens, Ga.In what was a back-and-forth affair, Kobelt and Metka fell to Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis of the University of Tennessee in three sets, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6).Track and fieldFinally, the track and field teams at OSU kept busy, but more with personnel moves than sprints.Ed Beathea, the coach of both the OSU men’s track and field and cross country teams, announced his resignation in June to head back to Indiana University, where he spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach to assume the role of the Hoosier’s associate head coach.Beathea’s resignation left a hole that was filled internally, as OSU changed the title of Karen Dennis from the Buckeyes’ women’s track and field and cross country coach to the overall director of track and field and cross country.Dennis previously spent eight seasons as the women’s coach.With the 2014-15 school year beginning and the aforementioned lull on campus roaring back to life, OSU athletics will not ramp back up, but will continue to move as leaves begin to fall. read more

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