Mumbai: Actress Taapsee Pannu says she wants to learn pole dancing from her “Judwaa 2” co-star Jacqueline Fernandez. She said this on talk show “Feet up with the Stars Season 2”, presented by Voot Originals and hosted by celebrity stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania, read a statement. Asked what would she do if Jacqueline was her neighbour, Taapsee said: “I think we’ll be working out together, she works out really crazy.” “I don’t mind learning pole dancing from her. I know I’ll be horrible at it but I really want to work out with her,” she added. The actress wants to be filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s best friend. “I want to be his best friend and tag along to fancy Hollywood parties. It is my ultimate desire to attend Hollywood parties,” she said. Taapsee worked with Kashyap in “Manmarziyaan” and is working with him again in a supernatural thriller. At the moment, Taapsee is busy with “Saand Ki Aankh”, which also features Bhumi Pednekar. It is based on old sharpshooters — Chandro Tomar and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar. Chandro, 87, and Prakashi, 82, are from Uttar Pradesh’s Johri village and reportedly took up sharpshooting in their 50s. Chandro, fondly called shooter ‘dadi’, is among the world’s oldest female sharpshooters. Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, “Saand Ki Aankh” also features Prakash Jha and Vicky Kadian in pivotal roles.
The Big Ten released football schedules for its 12 teams for the 2013 and 2014 seasons on Wednesday. Here is what stood out from Ohio State’s schedules: – The OSU-Michigan rivalry will not be going anywhere in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The matchup will be the final conference game before the Big Ten Championship games, which are set for Dec. 7, 2013, and Dec. 6, 2014. – OSU will not be facing Nebraska, the newest school to join the Big Ten, in 2013 or 2014. The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers will, however, meet on Oct. 6 this season. Michigan State also will not be on the schedule for the Buckeyes in 2013 or 2014. – OSU will not be taking on Minnesota for a span of four years between 2011 and 2014, unless the teams meet in the conference championship. – OSU and Wisconsin will face off in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener in 2013. The rivalry matchup is scheduled for Sept. 28. – OSU’s first Big Ten game in 2014 will be against Purdue on Oct. 4.
Although the Ohio State football team has found itself on the outside looking in for the past five weeks, one Buckeye team is finding itself ranked again, as the OSU men’s basketball team will open its season as the No. 3-ranked team in the nation, according to at least one poll. The first ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll of the 2011-12 season was released Thursday and ranked the Buckeyes behind No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Kentucky. Defending national champion Connecticut and Syracuse rounded out the top five. Expectations have run high for OSU since its top two leading scorers from a year ago, sophomore forward Jared Sullinger and senior guard William Buford, opted to bypass the NBA draft following the Buckeyes’ Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky. OSU sophomore guard Aaron Craft, last season’s leader in assists and steals, also returns to a Buckeye team that compiled a 34-3 record the 2010-11 season. Sullinger, Buford and Craft were each preseason selections to the watch list for the John Wooden Award, which goes out to “the outstanding collegiate basketball Player of the Year,” according to the award’s website. Candidates must also have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher throughout their entire college career, the website says. No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 18 Michigan were the only other Big Ten programs that will open the season ranked in the coaches’ poll. Before they meet the Badgers and Wolverines in conference play, the Buckeyes will will start the year against a trio of games against ranked teams. OSU will battle No. 10 Florida, No. 6 Duke, and No. 13 Kansas on Nov. 15, Nov 29 and Dec. 10, respectively. OSU opens its season up Nov. 11 with a home game against Wright State.
In college football it is widely accepted the Southeastern Conference is the best.Seven straight national championships is hard to argue with, especially when six of those title games have been by double digits.But the argument that the SEC is the deepest conference in America because any team can beat any team doesn’t seem to be realistic.From the start of the 2012 season until last Friday, the top six teams in the SEC based on their conference record: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas A&M had a combined total of one loss to the bottom eight teams in the conference.Now after five of those teams lost to lower tier SEC squads – LSU to Ole Miss, Texas A&M to Auburn, South Carolina to Tennessee, Florida to Missouri and Georgia to Vanderbilt – the conference is being touted as the deepest in America.That just doesn’t seem logical, you cannot go from being blatantly top heavy to ultra deep just because the stars lined up one weekend and a bunch of teams lost.One week simply does not make a deep conference.If things continue along this trend and the top teams continue to falter then maybe that argument could be made, but for now, it doesn’t have enough merit.Even if you look at the SEC’s national titles over its collective run of dominance it is top heavy. Of the four championships won since Florida claimed their second in 2008-09, Alabama has won the title three times, with arch-rival Auburn being the only team to unseat them.And after the BCS rankings were released Sunday, the Crimson Tide, ranked No. 1, look poised to bring home another this year.If you are a league that supposedly boasts parity then shouldn’t those championships be more spread out? Wouldn’t you expect a team like Georgia or Texas A&M to contend for a championship?Last season the argument was made that the Big Ten conference was made up of Ohio State, who could not participate in the postseason because of sanctions stemming from tattoo-gate, and then everyone else.Couldn’t you make the same argument with Alabama this season?Sure, until someone manages to unseat the SEC as reigning national champions they will remain as the class of college football. But the conference doesn’t need the added hype making it seem better than it is.The gap in talent between conferences is closing, but until the SEC is brought back down to earth things will remain as they are in college football.
Four days before the Buckeyes are scheduled to take the field against Penn State, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took to the Big Ten teleconference to discuss a quality coaching addition, keys to the Penn State matchup and the development of some young Buckeyes.OSU (5-1, 2-0) is set to take on the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) after beating Rutgers, 56-17, last weekend.Meyer said losing Mike Vrabel to the NFL was like losing a key player. “You can’t replace him with a lesser quality coach.” He added that he “pinpointed” Larry Johnson when he first got to OSU, and brought him in after Vrabel left. “He’s done a great job for us.”Meyer said he talked to Johnson about Penn State junior defensive lineman Anthony Zettel. He said Zettel is “a great inside player, pass rusher, spins on contact. He’s an athletic guy playing inside.”He said redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall wasn’t a good practice player last season, and was lazy in the classroom. Meyer said he’s now one of the Buckeyes’ “better practice players” and added that he “does well in school.”More on Marshall: “A gentleman, a guy who represents Ohio State the right way.”Meyer on redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett: “He’s saved our bacon a few times” with his scrambling ability.He said quarterbacks need to have escapability, but don’t need to have world-class speed. “We cannot not have that kind of player again,” he said.Meyer said “everything starts” with the matchup in the trenches. He had specific praise for sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa.He said there are “a bunch” of guys on the defensive line who need to earn more playing time. “It’s time for them to start contributing more,” he said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face-off with Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Ohio State head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day answers questions from the media during a press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal SaeedThe recruitment of five-star defensive end Zach Harrison came down to the last minute for Ryan Day and Ohio State. For Day, Harrison was a good representation of what the recruiting process has been like for him transitioning into the head coaching role after Urban Meyer announced that he would retire after the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.“We had a home visit last week, was really important to sit down in the home and talk to the family about the direction of the program and having some communication on just some of the leadership changes that comes with the change of the head coach,” Day said. This was a conversation Day had with many recruits in this two-week span following Meyer’s announcement, a needed conversation that the state of the program, despite the transition of leadership, was very strong and would be consistent. For many, the decision on whether to choose to come to Ohio State was much simpler. Day said the decision comes down to families trusting that their son would be taken care of. Harrison trusted Day. So did 14 other recruits, giving Ohio State the No. 3 2019 recruiting class in the Big Ten and No. 12 in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Day knew from the moment Meyer handed him the reins of Ohio State recruiting that it would be a difficult process in securing the 2019 class during the period of transition, which he started immediately after the Big Ten Championship. Day had connected with many of the of the 2019 recruits in August and through the first three games of the season when he was named the acting head coach during Meyer’s suspension. He said this helped him have a closeness with the families. In the two-week span, what he considered to be a whirlwind, Day said it took a level of trust for the families to commit to a program with a brand new head coach. “I think there was some faith right here because I’ve only been on the job here really for a couple of weeks,” Day said. “When you connect with people, you look them in the eye and you sit in their homes, there’s a connection to be made there, I thought that happened.” But many of the families had the same types of questions, revolving around the same topic: replacing Meyer and what Day’s vision and direction for the Ohio State football program would be. “We think we have the most comprehensive program from A to Z in the country. The infrastructure is here and that the plan is not to change that,” Day said. “There’s a reason why there’s been so much success here in the past and we want to keep that going.” Day said even though there will be a change at the head coaching position, providing a change in personality and demeanor, the infrastructure would stay in place, the “Plan to win,” as Meyer coined, would remain consistent. This is what brought Harrison to Ohio State, what kept five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson and five-star center Harry Miller committed. While the Buckeyes have an expectation for the quality of player and person they recruit, the storyline for the 2018 early signing period revolved around the expectation that the recruits have in Ohio State, despite the off-the-field storylines the program went through. And for those that remained with Ohio State through the firing of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, the suspension of Meyer, Meyer’s retirement and Day’s promotion, the new and acting head coach is very grateful. “When you look at who these kids are in the last seven months, their loyalty, it’s amazing,” Day said. “What happened in August and then the coaching change down the stretch, these kids stuck with us, that means a lot to us. And we are not going to forget that moving forward.”
Roberto Carlos has backed both Brazil and Neymar to star in the upcoming World Cup and believes that they are the favourites to win the tournamentBrazil head into the World Cup hoping to erase the painful memory of their 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.Carlos, who won the World Cup with Brazil back in 2002, is confident that they have the talent at their disposal to be a serious threat in Russia.“Brazil are favourites,” the former Real Madrid defender told Omnisport (via SportsKeeda).“I’m Brazilian, of course I’ll want Brazil to win the World Cup.“I see Brazil playing and I can’t find any other team which is playing like them.“The Brazilian squad is a group, it’s not only Neymar. That’s such a strong group.“And beyond that, they have an extraordinary coach. Brazil is the favourite.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“When you lose a game as we lost in 2014, or having been eliminated in the semis, what I see is that, with this new coach and this squad, it’s time Brazil starts winning again.”Carlos has tipped Brazil to surprise rivals at the World Cup and believes that sides like Spain could be caught out by everybody knowing their style.“One squad with five world titles must win the sixth,” continued the 44 year-old.“Spain has one, but they have a great squad. The thing is that everybody knows how Spain is playing.“Brazil has a new model of playing football. This can be a surprise to the opponents.”Carlos also had some positive word for the injured Neymar and believes that the Paris Saint-Germain forward is on the road to greatness.“Neymar is going the right way,” said Carlos.“It’s a pity about this injury but Neymar is doing everything right to be the best in the world.”
Arsenal’s second majority shareholder Alisher Usmanov will not be launching a bid to buy Sky Bet League One side Charlton Athletic, despite reports in the British press he was mulling over a takeover bid for the club, according to Football. London.Following the news back in August that the Russian businessman would be selling his shares in Arsenal to the club’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke for £600million, many assumed that he would be investing his money in Everton.One of his companies currently sponsors the club’s training ground, while Farhad Moshiri, Usmanov’s business partner, is already in charge at Goodison Park.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.After being tipped to invest money into the Toffees, it came as a shock to Charlton fans on Friday morning with reports suggesting that the 64-year-old is considering a move for the club.The Addicks have struggled since suffering relegation from the Premier League in 2007 and now find themselves in the meddling with obscurity in League One and are currently owned by Belgian millionaire Roland Duchatelet, although the unpopular owner is said to want around £20million for the club.Usmanov is keen to remain in English football but it won’t be Charlton that he invests in despite the reports.
Addressing fellow Republicans at the House and Senate Republican Member Conference in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, mentioned the wildlife refuge known as ANWR in Alaska’s northeast corner as he recounted accomplishments in the last year, including the tax bill passed by Congress in December. Trump said he “never appreciated ANWR so much” but was told of its importance by others. The comment had a major impact, Trump said. But drilling is strongly opposed by environmental groups and Gwich’in Natives in Alaska and Canada who depend on the Porcupine Caribou Herd for their subsistence lifestyle. The director of the Alaska Wilderness League in a statement condemned Trump’s comments. Oil in the refuge, Trump said, is one of the great potential fields anywhere in the world. He called it a retreat from the GOP great conservation legacy stretching back to Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Millions of Americans do not want to see the country squeeze every drop of oil out of national parks and refuges just to increase exports, he said The 200,000-animal herd migrates 200 miles (320 kilometers) annually from Canada’s Yukon Territory to the refuge, where females give birth to calves on the coastal plain, a strip of flat tundra between the mountains and Arctic Ocean. “It’s clear from President Trump’s remarks that jamming Arctic Refuge drilling in the tax bill was always about politics and not a thoughtful energy policy,” said Adam Kolton. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he “really didn’t care” about opening a portion of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling but insisted it be included in tax legislation at the urging of others. “That by itself is a big bill,” he said. Most Alaska elected officials supported drilling in the refuge, home to polar bears, muskoxen, wolves and grizzlies. “I really didn’t care about it, and then when I heard that everybody wanted it — for 40 years, they’ve been trying to get it approved, and I said, ‘Make sure you don’t lose ANWR,’” Trump said. “A friend of mine called up, who’s in that world and in that business, and said, ‘Is it true that you’re thinking about ANWR?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I think we’re going to get it, but you know.’ He said, ‘Are you kidding? That’s the biggest thing, by itself.’ He said, ‘Ronald Reagan and every president has wanted to get ANWR approved.”