Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sania Mirza's engagement called off

Sania Mirza hasn't had the best of starts to the 2010 season - on and off court. A broken service game is one thing, but a broken engagement or a broken heart, is quite another.
Earlier in the week, the 23-year-old's father Imran, who coaches Sania and manages her career, called off his daughter's engagement to Mohammed Sohrab Mirza. Sania was formally engaged to the fellow Hyderabadi and longtime friend, now studying business in the United Kingdom, at a luxury hotel near her home last July. The Indian star categorically refused to get into the why and what of the matter, but confirmed her engagement was off. "We were friends for half a decade, but found ourselves incompatible during our engagement period. I wish Sohrab the best in life," she said. Even before the two got engaged, questions were doing the rounds about whether Mohammed could cope with the demands of being life-partner to a widely-travelled, hugely-popular athlete. Sania, who has been struggling with the differences for the last couple of months, hasn't taken the break-up well as her results on court show. However, she's doing what she always does at a time of crisis - surround herself with family and friends. As it stands, Sania will have to turn her focus to the courts, and in time might find comfort there. She flies out to Kuala Lumpur late on Friday, where she leads India's challenge in the Fed Cup Asia Oceania Group II competition, starting February 2.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Celebrity fit club

Now that the holidays are over, it's time for Tinseltown to hit the ground running ... and shed those pesky holiday pounds. It's that time of year for New Year's fitness resolutions, so click through to get some celebrity inspiration ... There's no turning back now, Ben! Former "O.C" star Benjamine McKenzie's new series "Southland" may have been canceled, but the actor still has to keep himself camera-ready. See who else gets their kicks from a good run...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Zee Reports 74% Rise in Third-Quarter Profits, Looking to Increase Stake in Ten Sports

On Tuesday, giant media company Zee Entertainment posted a 74.49% rise in its net profit for the December quarter. The company also announced that it in the process of consolidating its stake in Ten Sports at 95%.
The total earnings of the company, however, have actually declined to Rs. 563.2 crore up-to December 31, 2009, as compared to the earnings during the same period for 2008 which stood at Rs. 585.7 crore. All the figures were revealed by the firm in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.
"Zee's performance over the last couple of quarters is reflective of its ability to grow viewership and revenues even under difficult market conditions. Now that the economy and sentiments have improved, we will continue building our product portfolio for creating value in the long-term", Zee chairman Subhash Chandra said.
In its board meeting yesterday, Zee Entertainment Enterprises gave its approval to raise stake in Taj TV, Mauritius and Taj Television.

Monday, January 18, 2010

IPL 3 auction to open amidst public frenzy!

Mumbai: An interesting mix of players, including Indian Cricket League returnees, would go under the hammer at the third Indian Premier League auction during which the franchises would choose from a list of 66 to fill just 12 available slots."Well there are a lot of buy-outs which are still in progress. I expect no more than 12 slots at the maximum to be available unless there are a few last moment surprises," said IPL's Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman ahead of the auction that is to be held at a suburban hotel here.A buy-out means paying a contracted player his dues before the expiry of the contract in order to free him of his obligations towards the team.
Each franchisee has USD 750,000 at its disposal for buying new players at the auction featuring cricketers from all nine Test-playing countries.The players bought would be contracted for only one season, specifically till December 31 of 2010, and that includes the Champions League Twenty20."In the first year we devised a three-year contract. We had said that at the end of three years, with the addition of franchises, the entire process would change. The changes will be effected after this season of IPL," the IPL official has said. Raman reckons exciting West Indian talents -- hard-hitting batsman Kieron Pollard and fast bowler Kemar Roach -- would be among the most sought after

Sunday, January 17, 2010

sachin aganest 44th senchury

Sachin 44th senchury maked aganest
India 1st innings

G Gambhir c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shahadat Hossain 23 74 44 3 0 52.27

V Sehwag* c Tamim Iqbal b Shakib Al Hasan 52 70 51 9 0 101.96

R Dravid b Shahadat Hossain 4 17 10 1 0 40.00

SR Tendulkar not out 105 166 11 2 63.25

VVS Laxman st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 7 50 30 0 0 23.33

Yuvraj Singh c Rubel Hossain b Shakib Al Hasan 12 41 31 0 1 38.70

KD Karthik† c Raqibul Hasan b Shahadat Hossain 0 5 3 0 0 0.00

KD Karthik† c Raqibul Hasan b Shahadat Hossain 0 5 3 0 0 0.00

A Mishra lbw b Shahadat Hossain 14 49 41 1 0 34.14

Z Khan c Raqibul Hasan b Shakib Al Hasan 11 28 18 2 0 61.11

I Sharma c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shahadat Hossain 1 24 0 0 4.16

S Sreesanth not out 1 11 0 0 9.09

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

CES 2010: World Cup in 3D

ESPN, one of the world's biggest sports broadcasters, will film 25 of the World Cup matches in 3D at this year's tournament in South Africa.
It is the first time that a 3D broadcast will be seen in anyone's home, after years of technology experts predicting that 3D would take off.
The announcement was made as television companies prepare to unveil their latest 3D sets at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The likes of Sony, LG and Samsung are all expected to announce that 3D televisions will be available for sale in the States and Britain in a matter of months, after unveiling prototypes a year ago.
It is unclear when the ESPN broadcasts will be available outside of the States, but an ESPN spokesman said it was unlikely to be available to British viewers until after the World Cup.
Though British viewers are unlikely to see the games in 3D in their homes, some will be able to see them on large public venue screens thanks to a deal between Sony and Fifa.
Viewers will not only need to invest in an expensive new television, they will also need to wear special dark glasses to enjoy the full experience.
3D content became ever more popular during 2009, with some of the most popular films, notably Up and Avatar, enjoying great success at the box office. However, 3D in people's homes has never taken off because of the special equipment involved.
Sky has promised that it will launch a 3D channel later this year, following the success of its HD programmes. Customers with the most expensive HD Sky boxes will be able to view any of the programmes – as long as they have a 3D television.
Sky is expected to concentrate on 3D films, though it is possible it will experiment with football in 3D.
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