Inter’s owners, Suning Holdings Group, recently have announced they will close their Chinese Super League team, Jiangsu FC, and since then speculation has been arising that they could scale back their operation at Inter as well. As per some suggestions, the club may look to raise significant funds and several of Antonio Conte’s first-team squad have been linked with moves away. Youngster Hakimi is said to be one of them and as per rumours, it has put Arsenal on red alert. Hakimi's brilliant form this season Hakimi has been a regular in the first-team at Inter this season, filling in at right-back and right-wing back. His pace, intent of moving forward and strength to take on defenders have made him a revelation under Conte who has helped Inter sitting at the top with 11 goals (6G & 5A) involvement in just 25 Serie A games. Transfer Fee He made the switch to the Nerazzurri from Real Madrid last year following a successful two-year loan stint with Borussia Dortmund for … [Read more...] about Inter Milan star on Arsenal’s radar: Great addition for the Gunners?
A young pairs’ team from Russia is in position to win at the world figure skating championships, potentially ending an eight-year gold-medal drought. Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitry Kozlovsky topped Wednesday’s short program in Stockholm with 80.16 points, edging two-time world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China by 2.54. Boikova, 19, and Kozlovsky, 20, were sixth in their senior worlds debut in 2019, then won both the 2020 European title and Russia’s Grand Prix Series event this past autumn. The last duo from once dominant Russia to win a world title was Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov , who ended an eight-year drought in 2013. Technically, skaters aren’t representing Russia this week, but the Russian Skating Federation, as the nation’s flag and anthem are barred from major international sporting events due to doping issues. American pairs Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc and Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier were sixth and seventh, … [Read more...] about Russians in position to end pairs’ drought at figure skating worlds; U.S. best in years
Sui Wenjing and Han Cong are not the oldest pair skaters competing at the 2021 ISU World Figure Skating Championships this week, but at ages 25 and 28, respectively, they may have had more comebacks, misfortunes and reinventions than the rest of field combined. The two-time world champions (2017, 2019) burst on to the senior Grand Prix circuit in 2010 as gingham-clad teenagers skating a country hoedown short program. The tiny Sui charmed crowds with her high-flying vivacity and winsome sass, and they captured bronze at the Grand Prix Final. Since then, they’ve matured into the most sophisticated and versatile performers on the current pairs’ scene, presenting programs ranging from a Spanish romance to Leonard Cohen ’s soulful “Hallelujah.” FIGURE SKATING WORLDS: Results | TV, Stream Schedule They’ve also battled back from a staggering array of injuries, including Sui’s multiple ankle and foot problems in 2012, 2015 and 2018 – requiring several surgeries – and Han’s … [Read more...] about Making magic, and making it work: Sui and Han’s partnership with choreographer Nichol
After Chinese mobile giants, VIVO opted out as title sponsors for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League in UAE, trouble does not seem to stop for the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) – who are desperately looking for a replacement with 41 days to go. Calls are now being made to drop sponsors who have any Chinese links. RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) wants BCCI to drop IPL Central sponsors & Indian cricket sponsors like PayTM, Dream11, Byju’s, and others who are funded by the Chinese companies. SJM has already started a ‘Quit China’ movement and would protest against IPL sponsors with any Chinese connect. As per a report in Outlook India, Dhananjay Bhide, a senior office-bearer of the Manch said that the campaign is focussed at adding muscle to the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ movement. “Cricket has to choose between a self-reliant India and sponsors with Chinese money,” said Bhide. “Our campaign against BCCI will now gather steam. Players wear … [Read more...] about IPL 2020: BCCI in Trouble, After VIVO Exit, Calls to Drop PayTM, Byju’s & Dream11 Grow – Report
It’s time to bury the hatchet. Former North Carolina star Ty Lawson is ready to make up with head coach Roy Williams after the latter’s retirement this week. Lawson released a profanity-laden statement on Williams about bad mouthing him to NBA GM’s last May, but it seems the former Tar Heel is ready to put that in the past. The two previously seemed to have a good relationship, so the rant came out of nowhere. However, Lawson took to Instagram and posted on his story. It was all love from Lawson to his former coach. “R dub (you’re) the goat...when I get back from China I’m coming to see u….u made sooo many things possible for me….love u,” Lawson wrote on his story. On Memorial Day in 2020, Lawson unleashed a profanity-riddled tirade directed at Williams on his Instagram for badmouthing him to NBA general managers. The former Tar Heel has bounced around the pros from the Denver Nuggets (2009-2015) to the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers (2015-16), the … [Read more...] about Ty Lawson thanks Roy Williams after retirement from North Carolina