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Friday, July 31, 2009

Tottenham lifts Barclays Asia Trophy

Tottenham won the Barclays Asia Trophy after comfortably beating Premier League rivals Hull 3-0 at Beijing's Workers Stadium.
A brace from captain Robbie Keane and a late Aaron Lennon strike secured the win in a game Spurs dominated for almost the full 90 minutes.

The performance will be especially pleasing for boss Harry Redknapp given the game was Tottenham's fourth in a week, while it capped impressive displays from his strikeforce following Jermain Defoe's winner against West Ham on Wednesday.

The Hammers ensured a positive finish to their trip to the Far East with a 2-0 win over Beijing Guoan in the third place play-off match. The Hammers took their time to impose their class on the game but finally went in front on 80 minutes when Danny Gabbidon broke clear of his marker to head home from Mark Noble's corner.

And Gianfranco Zola's men added shine to the victory with a second deep in stoppage time when Zavon Hines sprinted clear of the defence before firing a low shot underneath the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

Sir Alex Ferguson changes United tactics

Sir Alex Ferguson intends to tweak Manchester United's tactics following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid.
The Old Trafford boss believes he needs to re-adjust the team's approach if they are to replicate the Portugal winger's scoring feats.
Ferguson has called on his players to get a century of goals next season when they will aim for their fourth successive title and another assault on the Champions League crown.

In an interview in Inside United, posted on, Ferguson said: "Obviously Cristiano is a big loss in terms of the goals he gave us.
"But we will just have to find the goals from somewhere else and our tactics will adjust accordingly. Fans will see us playing a slightly different style of football this season."

Ferguson is now opting to use Wayne Rooney as a central striker, rather than playing him out wide, alongside either Michael Owen or Dimitar Berbatov.

Beyond the three main strikers, Ferguson is demanding an increased yield from midfield.

He said: "Usually you look to score about 100 goals in all competitions, so we are aiming for that again. If we are going to win the league again or do well in Europe we certainly need players to step up.
"Those goals from midfield have dried up a little in recent years, so we have to address that.
"I will be looking to (Ji-Sung) Park, Nani, (Luis Antonio) Valencia - even (Danny) Welbeck and (Federico) Macheda - to contribute 40 goals between them. The defenders will contribute a few from set-pieces too."

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Sir Bobby Robson dies

Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson has admitted he will lose his battle with lung cancer 'sooner rather than later'.
Robson has been battling a fifth bout of the illness and has accepted doctors' prognosis that he is unlikely to beat it.

Robson said: 'I have accepted what they have told me and I am determined to make the most of what time I have left.

Geordie legends: Robson and Alan ShearerIpswich Town captain Mick Mills and Robson bring back the UEFA Cup having defeated Dutch side AZ Alkmaar 5-4 on aggregate in the 1981 final
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'I am going to die sooner rather than later. But then everyone has to go some time, and I have enjoyed every minute.
'I have been fortunate to survive this long. It is thanks to the doctors and their dedication,' Robson told The Sun.
Sir Bobby, who took England to the brink of a World Cup final in Italy in 1990, has enjoyed a football career spanning six decades - from playing days with Fulham and England, to managerial triumphs first with Ipswich and then as national coach at two World Cups, to continental coaching appointments.

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A buffalo named after Katrina Kaif!

If actors are equipped in throwing tantrums to their actor friends and showed their smartness in naming their pet in the name of their rival then why not the aam jantas. In the reality game show hosted by Salman Khan, ‘Dus Ka Dum’, a doodh wala (Milkman) set the show on fire with his tongue-in-cheeks jokes and even left Salman Khan behind who is known for his humorous comments. The studio audience broke into laughter when the dhoodh wala quipped that he named his buffalo after the name of Katrina Kaif and Aishwarya Rai.

Salman Khan who is known for his hilarious comment and presence of mind remained stand still when the Milkman commented wild about his love. Apart from all those funny comments, Salman Khan also learnt how to wear dhoti from the Milkman and enjoyed the jokes cut on him, Katrina and Aishwarya.

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A new girl rules John’s heart

Bollywood hunk John Abraham who made headlines for his alleged affair with Vidya Balan and later Katrina Kaif has again in news for being in a close relationship with a jewelry designer, Paulomi Sanghavi. Though he is going steady with his girlfriend Bipasha Basu, John socialites with Paulomi very often.

John Abraham met Paulomi through a common friend and since then he is constantly in touch with her. Paulomi is a well known figure in the tinsel town and deals with clients like Laila Khan and Manisha Koirala. She has her store in Mumbai.

Well, Bips might be very disheartening with the news of her boyfriend mingling with some other girl.

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Rakhi to wed Elesh on August 2

Item girl Rakhi Sawant has finally decided to tie the knot with Toronto based businessman Elesh Parujanwala. The show will come to an end on August 2 with Rakhi taking saat phere with the Gujarati lad. Though Rakhi Sawant promised to marry the reality show winner, at the last minute Rakhi asked the channel head to twist the game so that she remain unmarried. But it was too late as she had already signed on the contract.
"She asked the channel heads options to have an exit strategy. However, after long meetings with the producers and channel officials, she decided to go ahead to the wedding, and honour her contract obligations”, reveals a source.

As the wedding day of Rakhi Sawant in nearing fast, she is zeroing on her wedding attire. Famous designer Neeta Lulla will design Rakhi’s wedding dress while Elesh has not yet decided of what he will be wearing on the D-day.

Rakhi has got her visa for Canada and soon after the wedding she will be flying to Canada to meet Elesh’s family. Elesh will finally settle in India and he is slowly shifting his business to Mumbai.

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Himesh Reshammiya undergoes vocal surgery

Next time when you will hear Himesh Reshammiya, you will find hard to recognize his voice as the singer cum actor has undergone voice modulation. Himesh who loves experimenting new things has undergone vocal chord surgery to bring deviation in his singing. Well known as a nasal singer, Himesh Reshammiya has undergone vocal surgery not only to get rid of his nasal voice but to add one more voice to his sole singing. On man with two different voices will be the specialty of Himesh Reshammiya.

Confirming the news, a source said, “Himesh wanted to do something different and after numerous experiments with his looks and his hair, he recently had an operation for his vocal chords. Apart from his nasal voice, he has now added a different voice, which is a base middle octave. This way, he will have two distinct voices and anybody who identifies him with his style will never be able to say that the other voice is also his. It is a closely guarded secret and Himesh doesn’t want anyone to know about it.”

The source further adds, "The voice is extremely good and the songs that he has recorded are sure to work with his fans.”

He has gone under knife few months back in South Africa while shooting for his next film, ‘Kajraare’. His new voice can be heard there.

Time will say how appealing his new voice is.

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Shiney’s jail tragedy

Monsoon has further intensified Shiney Ahuja’s woes. Held in Arthur jail road, Shiney Ahuja the alleged rapist had a hard time in soaking the rain water that blocked in his barrack. Whenever there is rain for more than 12 hours, Shiney’s barrack gets flooded. The actor who shares space with gangster Abu Salem had no option but to drain out the rain water from his cell by himself.

Shiney requested the jail authority to shift him to some other barrack or allow him to sit outside as his cell is completely drenched but his request was turned down by the jail official. In stead he was given four buckets to drain out the water. “Prisoners have to do all the work themselves. If it rains, they have to clean up too,” says a prison official.

Shiney will be under judicial custody till July 30 until he gets bail. To add to his misery, his bail petition was rejected twice.

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Big B grieves Gayatri Devi’s death

Maharani Gayatri Devi, an essence of beauty and courage left the earth on July 29th. She was not keeping well for some days. Among the Bollywood bigwigs, superstar Amitabh Bachchan and beautiful Priyanka Chopra sent condolence to the great soul through their social networking sites.

Big B penned down his first meeting with the eternal beauty. He wrote on his blog, “As a young student in the Delhi University I used to sneak into the Jaipur Polo watch some of the finest polo players of the country. The Maharaja of Jaipur, a great proponent of the game, would play there and accompanying him used to be his wife, the Rajmata Gayatri Devi, in her soft and pastel flowered chiffon s, a picture of grace and beauty."

He wrote further, "Never in my born days had I ever imagined that one day I would get to meet this lady. But time and circumstances changed that...After joining the movies there were many visits to the pink city of Jaipur for shootings and that is when a formal introduction with the Rajmata took place."

He remembered the days when Maharani used to invite him to inaugurate her charitable institutions. He recalled when he sent flowers to her when she was unwell and her son informed him how his mother was pleased to receive his concern.

Priyanka too used her Twitter site to pay homage to the beauty. She wrote, "RIP Maharani Gayatri Devi. U were the epitome of grace, courage and beauty.A true inspiration to millions. I am privileged to have met u."

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Saif Ali Khan apologizes to Sikhs

The Sikh community has raised objection on few sequences of Saif Ali Khan’s maiden production ‘Love Aaj Kal’ opposite Deepika Padukone and two days before the film release Saif Ali Khan paid a visit to Gurudwara, seeks the blessing of the Sikh Guru and later attended a press conference where he spoke out to the media about the three loopholes of the film and even apologized the Sikh community for hurting their sentiments.

To honor their demand, 15 seconds of the film will be cut. Saif apologizes for the trimmed beard and edited the scene where it was shown how a Sardar wooed a girl at the Gurudwara. "The board had a problem with the film, which was legitimate, Gurudwara is a place of worship and we should not be disrespect that. Even though my film did not try to disrespect, we will edit the sequence," said Saif.

This is not the first time that any film is facing objection but earlier too films like Singh is Kinng and Jo Bole So Nihaal had run into trouble. Now the Punjab Cultural and Heritage Board declared that this is the last time they are accepting any apology and would not an accept any excuse further from any Bollywood fraternity.

"This is to inform all the people in Bollywood that we will not accept anymore letters henceforth, if you have any problem come and consult the board free of cost, and we will help you portray Sikh characters, this is the last time we are letting a film get away with this," said President of Punjab and cultural Heritage Board, Charan Singh Sapra.

The problem has now been sorted out and the audience can freely catch the first day, first show of ‘Love Aaj Kal’.

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Ravi Kissan steps into Shahrukh’s shoes

Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kissan is all set to play Devdas in a Bhojpuri remake of the super hit film. Bhagyashree of ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ fame will play Paro but the role of Chandramuki is yet to be decided. Most probably, Shweta Tiwari of the popular TV serial ‘Kasauti Zindagi Ki’ will portray the character.

This would be Bhagyashree’s second Bhojpuri flick. “She was earlier seen in the film called Janam Janam Ka Saath which includes star cast like Manoj Tiwari and Nagma. She seems to be excited to play the role of Paro and make it big for herself in Bhopuri Cinema,” adds the source.

Buzz is that Jackie Shroff will be approached to play Chunni Babu as his work in Bhansali’s Devdas has been appreciated by the audience. The shooting will kick start in December after Ravi becomes free from his other assignments.

‘Devdas’ has been made into many languages and every time it has got awesome response at the box office. Let’s see whether the Bhojpuri ‘Devdas’ will be equally effective or not.

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Ash, SRK end seven yr old war

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan are on the way to dump their seven year old rivalry as the two great Bollywood personalities are coming together for Shahrukh Khan’s next home production. They clashed during the filming of ‘Chalte Chalte’ when Shahrukh Khan ousted Ash and cast Rani Mukherjee for the unceremonious behavior of Salman Khan on the set. Following the ugly incident, Shahrukh expelled Ash and signed Rani. After the incident, SRK and Ash almost stopped talking.

But things changed after Karan Johar’s birthday bash. Ash and Shahrukh joined hand where King Khan apologized Ash for the wrong and forgetting the past later Ash, Abhi, SRK and Gauri set the dance floor on fire.

The duo that ablaze the silver screen with their sizzling chemistry in ‘Mohabbatein’ and ‘Devdas’ decided to bury the hatchet and come together once more to entertain the audience. Shahrukh Khan desired to cast Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in his next production and sources confirmed that Ash too agreed to play his ladylove.

The movie is ready to roll by the end of 2010.

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Rakhi reveals the secret of her Swayamvar

Drama queen Rakhi Sawant can do anything to become the talk of the town and the recent example being the drama of getting married on the reality show ‘Rakhi Ka Swayamvar’ to a reality show winner. As the final day is approaching, the minds are divided into two. The present debate is whether Rakhi Sawant is really tying the knot with the winner or she is just fooling the audience. Particularly on August 2, the truth will be unveiled but before that Rakhi herself revealed the secret of her much hyped marriage. She said that she is not tying the knot but getting engaged on that day.

Rakhi divulges, “Let me clarify, I’m not getting married, now. I’m selecting someone from the show to be my life partner. It’s more of an engagement. So far, I’ve dated the contestants on camera. Now, I’ll date the man I select off camera. I need to know the person well and I can’t gamble with my life for the sake of entertainment. There will be no saat pheres, maang mein sindoor or wearing a mangalsutra just yet. If after knowing the person well, I feel that he’s my Prince Charming, I’ll tie the knot”.

NRI Gujarati Elesh Parujanwala is the most prospective guy of Rakhi but the chances of the other two Manas Katyal or Chittiz Jain are also bright. Getting entangled to a reality man is not a new experience for Rakhi. If you recall her first boyfriend Abhishek Awasthi was also from a reality show.

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Ash, Abhi escape unhurt

Havoc was created on the set of Mani Ratnam’s ‘Raavan’ when a tusker went out of control. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan were on the location and had a narrow escape from the wild elephant. It killed the mahout by piercing trunk into him.

The elephant damaged some props and equipments on the set. The elephant blocked the road and made impossible for the crew members to return to their hotel. To ensure safety, the forest officials moved some members including Ash and Abhi to a safer place of Vazhachal area in the vicinity.

After struggling for few hours, the tusker was brought under control.

Mani’s 'Raavan’ has already been delayed for various reasons and now the tusker incident has brought the shooting to a halt for sometime.

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Kareena thanks Katrina

Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif breaks rivalry and become friends again. The two beauties that were involved in professional cat-fights seemed to have dumped their enmity after Katrina Kaif showered praises on Kareena. Katrina Kaif few days back commented that she is nowhere near Kareena and what Kareena can do, she can’t do that. Kat’s words of praises charmed Kareena and she thanked her for the compliment.

In an interview, Bebo expressed her gratitude to Katrina Kaif. They were not fond of each other for professional reasons. Questions have been raised regarding Katrina’s acting and Bebo was also not behind to criticize the serene beauty.

But now everything has been sorted out. Kat and Bebo’s much talked about rivalry finally comes to an end.

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