TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Milan derby sets record viewing figures for DAZNby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSports streaming subscription platform DAZN has revealed that last Saturday’s Milan derby between Serie A rivals AC and Inter was the most watched game ever on its Italian service, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.DAZN did not disclose how many viewers in Italy tuned into the action but said that figures for the match, which saw Inter win 2-0, surpassed its previous record for a top-flight Italian soccer game set by last season’s fixture between Inter and Juventus.Overall it was a record-breaking weekend for DAZN, which said that it registered more than three million hours of streaming viewed on its Italian platform from 20th to 22nd September.”It was a record-breaking weekend for DAZN,” said Veronica Diquattro, DAZN’s executive vice president for Southern Europe. “The Milan-Inter derby was the most followed event ever on our streaming platform, with excellent feedback in terms of quality. We are very happy with the results, which show how streaming remains the core business of our company.”
Arsenal defender Holding: Wenger ‘apology’ my motivationby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Rob Holding says he uses Arsene Wenger’s “apology” about him as motivation at Arsenal.Holding moved to north London from Bolton for around £2million in the 2016 summer transfer window – having only previously played in the Championship.”Unfortunately no one speaks about the performance of Rob Holding,” Wenger said at the time. “You should be happy, he is English and 20 years old.”I am sorry he didn’t cost £55 million, so he can’t be good. We don’t speak about the performances anymore and I think that is not right.”In a Reddit AMA, Holding revealed: “I enjoyed his response and I do use it as motivation that I am who I am and hard work will get me where I want to be.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Active members of the military, veterans and their families will be honored over Thanksgiving weekend during America Salutes You, a star-studded musical spectacular asking viewers for their financial support of programs that assist military communities across the country.Concert performers include pop legend Cyndi Lauper, multi -platinum selling singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw, country music legend Wanda Jackson, rapper Hoodie Allen, Gospel Grammy winner CeCe Winans, world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns, and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs.Less than 1% of our population serves to make the world safe for the rest of us. We owe them a huge debt, and they have many needs when they return including: healthcare, mental health services, housing, education, jobs and finding a career to support their families, legal services, financial readiness and much more.The concert will air nationally on Tribune Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Graham Media Group Nexstar and Ion stations. Visit americasalutesyou.org for local listings.To help support our veterans, service members and their families, donations will be raised during the multi-platform broadcast special. All donations will go to the America Salutes You Campaign, a McCormick Foundation Fund. All fundraising costs are covered by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. America Salutes You and sponsors covered production expenses. For a full list of sponsors, visit americasalutesyou.org.All funds raised will be granted to non-profit organizations helping veterans, service members and their families across the country including: Give An Hour, ThanksUSA, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, TAPS, Snowball Express, Illinois Joining Forces and the Honor Flight Network.Donation Information: ONLINE: mccormickfoundation.org/americasalutesTEXT: Text FREEDOM to 80077 to donate $10 (messaging fees may apply)MAIL: America Salutes You Campaign23912 Network PlaceChicago, IL 60673-1239
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: TORONTO – In stepping into the roles made famous by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, the stars of the stage adaptation of “The Bodyguard” have no plans to merely mimic their big-screen counterparts.“As tempting as it was to look at the film version, it was a case of not having that burdening your mind or getting in the way of building your own character,” said British soul sensation Beverley Knight, who portrays pop superstar Rachel Marron in the musical, now playing at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre.Stuart Reid, who plays former Secret Service agent and titular “Bodyguard” Frank Farmer, said he also wanted to start “with a blank canvas.” “I didn’t refer back to the film because I didn’t want to take residue from that and then sort of copycat it and put it back on the stage,” said Reid, who hails from Northern Ireland. “At the end of the day, you’re sort of cheating yourself and you’re cheating the audience.“I know a lot of people would have an expectation of who they would want; but for me, to come from it from the pure angle, I need to then come at it from my own — and not Kevin Costner.”The affable actors are part of the London West End company who made the journey across the Atlantic to stage the show in Canada, following the end of a recent sold-out, six-month run in the U.K.The Mirvish production is one of several theatrical incarnations of “The Bodyguard” based on the 1992 romantic thriller. Toronto-born R&B and pop star Deborah Cox is headlining the U.S. tour, while other productions are slated to open in Milan and Sydney. Engagements are planned later in the year in Madrid, Stuttgart and China.In addition to being a box-office hit, “The Bodyguard” still holds the distinction of featuring the best-selling soundtrack album in history — 45 million copies worldwide. The juggernaut album includes “I’m Every Woman,” “I Have Nothing,” “Queen of the Night” and the chart-topping smash that became the late Houston’s signature hit: “I Will Always Love You.”“When you’re singing songs that are beautifully crafted, you find beauty every single time,” said Knight.“It’s a testament to the power of a great song and, of course, the power of a great voice that Whitney had wrapped around all of that kind of showing us all the way.”Both Knight and Reid said the enduring power of the film and stage production lie in the universal themes at the core of “The Bodyguard.”“Ultimately, it’s not a story of two people — one white, one black — it’s a story of two worlds that have just collided,” said Knight. “Still, they found enough in each other’s personalities and each other’s circumstances to hold onto each other in this whirlwind of madness.“I think people … can empathize with a crazy situation going on and yet, within it, there is this person that brings stillness and surety and comfort to them.”Reid said the age-old opposites-attract story is also a central part of its appeal.“It’s about the love and chemistry between two individuals who are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum,” he said. “They might have so much separating them in terms of where their lifestyles are, but they have this one thing that unites them completely….“We’ve all either been in love with someone or had our hearts broken, so it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white from anywhere … we all feel the same.”“The Bodyguard” is on stage at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto until April 9.By Lauren LaRoseFollow @lauren_larose on Twitter
New Delhi: The commerce ministry has asked its health counterpart to frame law banning manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in the country as in the absence of a domestic legislation, it would not be possible to put a blanket ban on its imports, sources said. The health ministry had asked the commerce ministry to issue a notification banning import of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah. “Without banning domestic sale and manufacturing of ENDS through a law, it will be an infringement of global trade norms to put an import ban,” one of the sources said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn August last year, the health ministry had issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories (UTs) to stop the manufacture, sale and import of ENDS after the Delhi High Court took strong exception to the Centre for delay in coming up with appropriate measures to tackle the “new emerging threat” of e-cigarettes in the country. In March, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization also directed all drug controllers in states and UTs not to allow the manufacture, sale, import and advertisement of ENDS, including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah, in their jurisdictions. Over 1,000 doctors from 24 states and 3 UTs in April this year urged PM Narendra Modi to enforce a ban on ENDS before it becomes an “epidemic in India”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostElectronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are devices that do not burn or use tobacco leaves but instead vaporise a solution, which a user then inhales. The main constituents of the solution, in addition to nicotine, are propylene glycol (with or without glycerol and flavouring agents). In its general advisory to public in August 2018, the health ministry had said that as per the World Health OrganizationWHO report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017, govts of 30 countries have already banned ENDS.
Jaipur: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction. The incident took place in the last over of the Chennai innings. With eight runs required off the last three balls, Ben Stokes bowled slower full toss. While leg umpire Bruce Oxenford didn’t raise his arm, Ulhas Gandhe did and the buzzer also went off in the stadium which signifies that a no-ball has been called. But seeing Oxenford’s reaction, Gandhe then dropped his arm and changed the earlier call. This saw M S Dhoni storm into the field and have a long debate with both the umpires. In fact, he was seen constantly saying that Gandhe did call it a no-ball before the decision was overturned.
OSU coach Urban Meyer and members of the football team look on as senior cornerback Doran Grant and senior wide reciever Evan Spencer (6) go head-to-head in the circle drill during fall camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 6 in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorWith just days until the Ohio State football team is scheduled to kick off its season against Navy, several starting positions remain up for grabs.Among the open spots are the starting center and left guard positions along the offensive line, the cornerback position opposite senior Doran Grant and playing time in the logjam that is the running back and wide receiver positions.The offensive line has three established starters in junior Taylor Decker at left tackle, redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein at right guard and redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin at right tackle. Coach Urban Meyer said the open left guard position has three players who could fill the spot.“Left guard is not named yet, and it’s not because of ability,” Meyer said Monday. “It’s just, one, the guy hasn’t separated himself, so in the hunt are (senior) Joel Hale, (redshirt-freshman) Billy Price, (redshirt-junior Antonio) Underwood.”The open center spot is a bit closer, Meyer said, as he named two players who are candidates to fill the void left by Corey Linsley, now with the Green Bay Packers.“Center is going to be, probably be (junior Jacoby Boren) and (redshirt-senior) Chad Lindsay. We haven’t named the starter on that either,” Meyer said. “But once again, its still because the battles are going on.”The cornerback position opposite Grant is also a two-man race, Meyer said, as redshirt-freshmen Eli Apple and Gareon Conley battle for a spot on the Buckeye defense.“They haven’t separated themselves yet either, which is a good sign. They’ll both play,” Meyer said.Junior cornerback Armani Reeves said he believes both players bring a special skill set to the table for OSU.“They both bring a different type of style to their game but that’s what makes them special,” Reeves said Monday. “Gareon has really fluid hips, and he reads routes really well, and Eli is a really strong and physical guy so they both play a little bit different.”The battle to replace former Buckeye star running back Carlos Hyde was originally led by sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, however, Meyer said, multiple running backs proved they are worthy of touches during fall camp.When Elliott missed multiple practices because of a minor wrist surgery during fall camp, it opened the door for redshirt-sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-senior Rod Smith to earn reps, something Meyer said they accomplished.“Both Bri’onte and Rod Smith have made every practice and done really well,” he said. “I give credit to (Dunn) and Rod Smith, every day they have shown up and they have worked their tails off so they are in the mix.”Meyer also mentioned freshman Curtis Samuel as a player who could see touches at running back this season.At wide receiver, Meyer mentioned six players who are in the mix, only three of whom played last season.The three who played last season — senior Devin Smith, senior Evan Spencer and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson — combined for 88 catches for 1,086 yards and 13 touchdowns.Meyer also named redshirt-sophomore Mike Thomas, redshirt-junior Corey Smith and redshirt-freshman Jalin Marshall as players who will likely see the field for the OSU offense.“All of them could march in, and they all deserve playing time,” Meyer said. So it’s just a matter of who breaks the huddle first.”Spencer, who has scored four touchdowns in his OSU career, said he is looking forward to seeing how the skill-position players will play during Saturday’s game.“We have so much depth this year. We have so many playmakers at so many positions, from A to Z,” Spencer said. “It’ll be really cool and exciting to see everybody get out there and be able to make plays because we’ve got the depth to keep everybody fresh in order to do it.”Despite senior quarterback Braxton Miller missing the season because of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, Spencer said he is not worried about the conversion to a new starting quarterback.“It’s definitely a change. But I mean, at the same time, all throughout camp (redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett) and (redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones) have been getting so many reps with the ones,” Spencer said. “They’ve been throwing the ball so much all throughout camp, and really all throughout the offseason that it’s not that much of a transition for us, just because that’s what we’ve been going through.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling criticism is partly motivated by racism, says Arsenal legend Ian Wright.After scoring against Arsenal on Sunday, Raheem Sterling celebrated his goal with a gesture aimed at silencing his critics after his lack of goals at the World Cup.He faced massive negative media attention before the world for a rifle tattoo on his leg.BBC pundit and Ian Wright has come to his defence, saying racism is partly to blame for the unwarranted criticism that the forward had been facing. Sky Sports reports.“How many people do you see get the criticism Sterling gets?” Ian Wright said.“The football criticism is something every player has to deal with, but what he gets I don’t see any other footballer getting,”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They don’t get that stick because for whatever reason they don’t rub up the people in the corridors of power the wrong way. I think there is an agenda against him.”“There is an element of people at the high end of the media who want to keep that guy down. Simple.”“When you look at the wave of criticism that he takes, there is a certain amount of racism towards it – what else can it be?”“They are picking on him because of the background he has come from and they want to keep him down, drag him back down. They don’t want him to continue to be a success.”“People say you are playing the racism card, but you give me a good reason why Raheem Sterling gets the stick he gets for just being a footballer.”
Rangers legend Nacho Novo has revealed that former teammate Kris Boyd kept in touch with him during and after his heart surgery.The ex-Rangers star collapsed during a football tournament in Berlin and speaking about his trial moment Novo said that former teammate Kris Boyd who kept in touch with him was the only one who usually makes him laugh.“He’s a top man and a good friend. I want to be there for him. He’s a funny guy,” he said according to Daily Record:Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“I’ll always remember sitting next to him before one game and saying to him, ‘You fancy it today?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I think I’m going to get three goals’. He went out and got three goals.”“The next week, same thing, ‘How many? ‘One today, wee man just put the ball in there and I’ll put it into the net.’“It was scary. I used to wonder what was happening with this guy. He’s the only one who can make me laugh just by laughing himself. Once he starts laughing I start as well. He’s a great person and a good character for the changing room to have.”