Former champions India and West Indies cricket teams arrived in Kolkata this morning amid tight security ahead of their World Twenty20 warm-up fixture on March 10.The Darren Sammy-led West Indies team, which was camping in UAE, was the first to check in early this morning followed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s triumphant group that flew in from Dhaka hours after clinching the Asia Cup title, their sixth in the continental tournament. (Dhoni should play till 2019 World Cup: Sehwag)West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo did not accompany his team to the hotel as he boarded a New Delhi flight moments after landing here.”He has some personal commitments in New Delhi, he will return in time,” the team’s local manager said. It was a rest day for both the teams. (Himachal Pradesh CM tells Pak team: Can’t provide security to your players) Number one ranked India, champions of inaugural edition in 2007, will take on the 2012 winners in a warm-up match at Eden Gardens on March 10.India will then travel to Mumbai where they face South Africa in a second warm-up game on March 12 before launching their campaign against New Zealand in Nagpur March 15.The West Indies will camp in Kolkata and face Australia in their second warm-up on March 13.2009 champions Pakistan, who are scheduled to arrive March 9, will also camp here and play two warm-ups — against Bengal (March 12) and defending champions Sri Lanka (March 14).Besides the four warm-up matches, the Eden will host four games in the main fixtures including the marquee men and women finals on April 3.advertisement
Brad Paisley College Gameday guest pickerBelieve it, college football fans – the 2015 season starts in just three days. That also means that Saturday morning, College GameDay will be back on our television screens. ESPN’s famed college football preview show will be broadcasting from Fort Worth, Texas, ahead of the Alabama vs. Wisconsin matchup. Monday, it was announced which celebrity would be joining the crew to make some predictions for the week.Country music star Brad Paisley will be doing some double duty for the event. He’ll be performing his new single “Country Nation” for the crowd and serving as the official celebrity guest picker.Paisley and Sam Ponder had an interesting Twitter conversation regarding the event, too. But no, she didn’t really convince him via social media. ESPN had already made the announcement via press release.Hey @BradPaisley got any plans on September 5th? Asking for a friend (or two)…— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) August 31, 2015Funny you ask, @Sam_Ponder… I was kinda hopin to hang with you and the @CollegeGameDay crew that day.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) August 31, [email protected] consider this your official invite! Fort Worth, TX. Sundance Square 9am.— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) August 31, [email protected]_ponder Hell yeah. Guess I will see everyone on Sept 5th. Fired up for @CollegeGameDay.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) August 31, 2015Paisley served as the guest picker for last year’s West Virginia vs. TCU contest. What do you think, college football fans? Is he the right choice to kick things off?
Celebrity Fight Night has announced that Lonnie Ali, wife of the late Muhammad Ali, will be honored at the third annual “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” with Andrea Bocelli, which will take place September 7-13.The 7-day excursion will take philanthropic donors and special guests through Florence, Lajatico and Venice where they will be treated to the very best arts, entertainment and culture in the region. Funds raised benefit both the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. Celebrity Fight Night, a star-studded annual charity event, has raised $123 million for many charities throughout its 22-year history, most significantly for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.More than 100 philanthropists will travel to Italy to participate in the “benefit trip” where Italian designer Stefano Ricci will help kick off the festivities in Florence on September 8. Stefano Ricci will guide guests through the Basilica di Santa Croce, also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories, where Italian greats such as Michelangelo and Galileo were laid to rest. After exploring the Cappella dei Pazzi, the evening will conclude in the Cloister of the Basilica with dinner and music, led by Andrea Bocelli.The following afternoon, guests will depart Florence on a scenic drive through Tuscany to Lajatico, the birthplace of Andrea Bocelli, where Andrea and Veronica Bocelli will welcome everyone for an unforgettable night. The evening will include aperitifs at the magnificent Teatro del Silenzio, a gourmet dinner, and memorable entertainment by Grammy Award-winning artists, David Foster, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Peter Cetera, Colbie Caillatand Bocelli himself. Additional guests expected to attend include Larry King, Evander Holyfield, Freida Pinto, Melissa Peterman, and more. The next day, everyone will board a privately chartered train to Venice for an exciting day of exploration in one of the world’s most romantic cities. Lunch will be served at the stunning Palazzo Pisani Moretta, situated on the Grand Canal. After lunch, guests will enjoy a gondola ride to St. Mark’s Square for an aperitif on the Grand Canal, before returning to Florence.The pinnacle of this seven day experience is the featured gala on September 11, where guests will walk the red carpet in the historical Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio. This massive Romanesque fortress-palace is one of the most impressive town halls in all of Tuscany; and it will again open exceptionally to host the gala. Andrea Bocelli, along with the extraordinary Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of the great Maestro Zubin Mehta, will headline the evening. Lonnie Ali will be honored onstage for her incredible philanthropic achievements, having been a part of Celebrity Fight Night along with her late husband, Muhammad Ali, for nearly two decades.The event concludes with a special evening in the heart of Florence, starting at the Palazzo Spini Feroni, home to the Global Flagship Headquarters of Salvatore Ferragamo and the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The Ferragamo family themselves will welcome guests with a cocktail and a visit to the museum and the shop. From there, guests will be led to the nearby Palazzo Corsini for a night of dining and dancing.The seven day experience is sponsored by Stefano Ricci, GVM La Civiltà del Marmo, Peak6 Best Marble, Ermanno Scervino, Falconeri, Fratelli Piccini Firenze, Mikimoto, Jeep, Fregoli Luxury Bags, Salotti del Gusto, Excellence Magazine, and Euro-Toques.For more information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.
As I sit here, watching Block “O” slowly filling up an hour before kick-off, I try to remember what it was like two years ago when I was a freshman filling those same seats.Today, I live a totally different life on Saturdays; one spent in the press box rather than in the stands.I used to get angry and frustrated if my friends didn’t want to leave the dorm two-and-a-half hours early so we could get seats in the very front row of the section, with Luc Nutter, the president of Block “O” and my hero.I woke up early in the morning, anxious and excited. I got dressed: Block “O” earrings, buckeye necklace, bright red No. 33 jersey, Brutus tattoos on both my cheeks, Under Armor to keep my arms warm, scarlet and gray gloves and beanie, and my lucky Ohio State socks and red Vans shoes.Those were the days.This morning, I had a much different ritual. I woke up and took a shower, did my hair nicely and put on my professional makeup. I got out my nice dark jeans and some professional shoes. I went to my closest and passed by my white No. 2 jersey, and my old beloved red No. 33 jersey, and pulled out my blue blouse and black sweater.It was definitely not the same game-day outfit from those freshman year games.After that, instead of blasting Hang on Sloopy and tailgating with everyone in the dorms, I sat down to study up on the press packet I had for today’s game against Wisconsin.Did you know that this was the “75th meeting between these Big Ten conference opponents?” Or did you know that “Ohio State’s defensive squads have held opponents to fewer than 21 points 43 times since 2006, the best among division 1A teams?”I do now.When Ohio State gets that touchdown in the south end zone I will not be losing my voice in excitement; I will be quiet as a mouse, furiously typing notes so that I can recapture a moment that I’m barely experiencing myself. The game takes on an entirely new meaning in the press box.Instead of waiting five minutes for enough cell phone reception to send my text message, I have five windows open in Safari and am sending Google chats.Instead of joining in on Stadium Ohio, I am trying to figure out which players are suited up for today’s game.Instead of running to get water after the first quarter, I am hand-delivered a stat sheet.While I surely miss being a part of that sea of scarlet, being a member of the press has it perks on Ohio Stadium: free all-you-can-eat City Barbeque and McDonald’s McFlurries, riding in an elevator with NBA player and former OSU student Greg Oden and spending that last half of the fourth quarter on the field. And even though I will sacrifice sleep and fun tonight to write my article, I love covering Ohio State football.So even though I can’t technically cheer in the press box while write this… Go Bucks!
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has confirmed that he is in talks with the club over a contract extensionFollowing the arrival of Gianluigi Buffon at the French capital this summer, Areola’s future had been in big doubt with under 12 months left on his existing deal.AS Roma and Chelsea had allegedly been keeping tabs on the World Cup winner’s circumstances at the Parc Des Princes after losing their number one keepers in Alisson Becker and Thibaut Courtois.But it appears that the 25-year-old will remain at PSG after all.“Discussions [over a new deal] have begun,” Areola told Telefoot, via SportsKeeda.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“The season is not over. I have a year left and I hope to be successful.“The important thing is to play. Playing at home is even better. If I’m allowed to play, why not [stay]?”Areola was recalled by new manager Thomas Tuchel into the starting line-up for PSG’s victories over Angers and Nimes in Ligue 1 after being left being left out in favour of Buffon for the club’s opening three competitive games.The Frenchman also impressed on his France debut in a goalless against Germany on Thursday.