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When Vijay Mallya’s Playboy Mansion left Chris Gayle speechless

first_imgChris Gayle, who has been impressing many around the world with his six-hitting skills, was floored when he heard about former Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya’s beachfront mansion in Goa. (When Brian Lara feared Gayle would break his Test record)After getting to know about the villa from team manager George Avinash, Gayle, unlike his teammates, was quite keen to use a five-day break between matches for a trip to Mallya’s place.  The RCB batsman, in his autobiography ‘Six Machine: I Don’t Like Cricket…I Love It’, reveals how he spent five days as ‘the king of the villa’ and also rode Mallya’s three-wheeler Harley-Davidson. (Gayle a target of headline makers, says Darren Sammy)”What to do? George pipes up again. ‘Believe me, big man, you should definitely check it out.’ Oh-kay . What could possibly go wrong? So I decide to go by myself. Fly down there, picked up in a sweet car and driven to Candolim, come down the driveway and whaaat?BIGGEST AND THE COOLEST”It’s bigger than most hotels. It’s cooler than any house I’ve ever seen,” writes Gayle.Speaking elaborately, he says, “It’s James Bond, it’s Playboy Mansion, it’s the land of plenty in white concrete and glass. I’m trying not to stare, but there’s so much to stare at that there’s only room in my mind for one thought: ‘Chris, this gonna be interesting…’ (I’m a victim of double standards, says Gayle)’BEERS KEEP COMING'”I’ve got the entire villa for myself. I’m getting a tour.advertisement”Wherever I go I’ve got two butlers walking with me at all times. Me alone, like a king! I go in the first pool. I go in the second pool. I walk the lawn, in my robe. I go back in the pool with a Kingfisher beer and then I stay in the pool and the Kingfisher beers keep coming, which makes sense because the one place they’re not going to run out of Kingfisher beers is in the Kingfisher villa.”He took a golf cart and drove around. When the cook wanted to know what he would like to eat, Gayle asked him the menu.The cook replied, “There is no menu, sir. You are the menu.””This is new for World Boss. Seems there is World Boss and Universe Boss. Whole new worlds. Bosses of things the boy from 1C St James Road, Rollington Town, didn’t even know existed. No milk and Nutribun, although if you wanted milk and Nutribun they’d bring it to you,” writes Gayle.He got a chance to go into the villa’s private movie theatre and into the garage, which had so many cars, a Mercedes so big he couldn’t even work out what it is.HOW MALLYA GOT THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON”But it’s not the cars that catch my eye, it’s this big bike, three-wheeler, Harley-Davidson. And I get the story about how Vijay Mallya got the bike.”Gayle then goes on to narrate: “He’s driving through the States, and he sees a guy riding it. He tells the guy he wants the bike. And he’s the boss, the Mallya Boss. What he wants, he gets. So he asks the guy how much it would take to sell it, literally climb off it right there and give it to him, and the guy names his price, and Mallya counts out the bills and buys it. Has it shipped back to India, and then down to Goa and the villa.”Gayle straightaway jumps on the bike. “I’ve never ridden a motorbike before. I’ve never seen a motorbike with three wheels. But one of the butlers shows me how to drive it, and I start riding it up and down the driveway, which because this is the Kingfisher villa is the size of a racetrack.”Brrrrm! I feel like the Terminator, screeching around with my shirt open and my shades down and nah, no helmet, because it’s warm and it’s a Harley and it’s the Kingfisher villa and I’m the king of the villa, the Kingfisher king, and woohoo, who knew this thing could go that fast?”Every morning when Gayle woke up, he was asked what he would like to do.”‘Would sir like to ride an elephant?’ ‘You got an elephant here?’ Now even Vijay Mallya doesn’t own his own elephant. But he’s good friends with a man who does, so soon I’m riding an elephant, which has less of the speed of the Harley but all the same swagger.”advertisementGayle says he didn’t want to leave but had to.last_img read more


Sri Lanka pick uncapped Vikum Sanjaya for South Africa Tests

first_imgSri Lanka’s have named rookie fast bowler Vikum Sanjaya Bandara in a 15-member squad for their three-Test series against South Africa later this month.The uncapped 24-year-old Bandara is one of four pacemen in the squad. Angelo Mathews returns to lead the side and Dinesh Chandimal will be his deputy.Both Mathews and Chandimal missed Sri Lanka’s recent tour of Zimbabwe due to injuries. Apart from the three Tests, Sri Lanka will also play five ODI matches and three T20 games against the Proteas.Test squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (vice capt), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Vikum Sanjaya Bandara, Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.last_img read more


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France recall Mathieu Bastareaud in bid to turn tables on England

first_img Since you’re here… Hide Quick guide France’s recent Twickenham troubles It has been 14 years since France beat England at Twickenham in the Six Nations. “A long time,” says Jacques Brunel with a rueful grin. Brunel has not had a lot to smile about lately but he is hoping this latest incarnation of the French team will fix that. The head coach has made 10 changes to the French 23 that blew a 16-0 lead against Wales last week, six of them to the starting XV. The headline news is that he has recalled Mathieu Bastareaud at outside-centre, in a move that is designed to counter the physical threat posed by Manu Tuilagi.Bastareaud will partner Geoffrey Doumayrou. Wesley Fofana, who started last week, is out injured, and the 19-year-old Romain Ntamack has dropped to the bench. Yoann Huget has been switched to full-back, where he replaces the injured Maxime Médard, and Gaël Fickou comes in on the wing. Up front, the blindside flanker Yacouba Camara is making his first appearance since last year’s Six Nations, the lock Felix Lambey starts instead of Paul Willemse and Demba Bamba replaces the injured Uini Atonio at tighthead prop. Share on Facebook EnglandE Daly (Wasps); C Ashton (Sale), H Slade (Exeter), M Tuilagi (Leicester), J May (Leicester); O Farrell (Saracens, capt), B Youngs (Leicester); M Vunipola (Saracens), J George (Saracens), K Sinckler (Harlequins), C Lawes (Northampton), G Kruis (Saracens), M Wilson (Newcastle), T Curry (Sale), B Vunipola (Saracens).Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), B Moon (Exeter), D Cole (Leicester), J Launchbury (Wasps), N Hughes (Wasps), D Robson (Wasps), G Ford (Leicester), J Nowell (Exeter). Share via Email Thank you for your feedback. features Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Besides, Brunel said, with Willemse on the bench “it also means we’ve got power on the bench for the second half”. Power, but precious little experience, because France’s substitutes have only 25 caps between them. The two debutants Brunel used last week, Willemse and Ntamack, are both on the bench, and there are two more debutants alongside them, the full-back Thomas Ramos and the prop Dorian Aldegheri. “Our bench is very young,” admitted Brunel, “but I expect them to bring their enthusiasm at the end of the match.” Thank you for your feedback. As for England, Brunel said he was impressed by the way the team “had remained true to themselves” through their difficult run of games in 2018. “They had a difficult stretch that last three or four months but since then they’ve been superb, as the match against Ireland shows. I was very impressed with that performance. They dominated the game by putting constant pressure on Ireland. In my eyes, it was a very English display. We know they always look to impose their power.”Brunel, on the other hand, said France will be looking to play a fast game. “We always want to put speed in our game. We managed to do it last week in the first half. The players had worked well at the breakdown, the ball was coming out quickly. And that’s our gameplan again this week. It remains our creed.” Topics Read more Reuse this content It is one of the more surprising sequences in rugby union – France have not won a Six Nations match at Twickenham for 14 years, and have won only twice there since the game turned professional in 1995:March 1997: England 20-23 FranceEngland led 20-6 after an hour but France staged a remarkable comeback with tries by Laurent Leflamand and Christophe Lamaison. Lamaison was a one-man points machine, scoring 18 from a try, two conversions, two penalties and a drop goal. Abdelatif Benazzi’s side would go on to claim a Five Nations grand slam.February 2005: England 17-18 France Tries from Olly Barkley and Josh Lewsey gave England a 17-6 half-time lead, but the scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili kicked six penalties while Charlie Hodgson and Barkley missed six between them, as France inflicted the world champions’ eighth defeat in 11 Tests.The other matches: England’s gloryEleven home wins since 1995, from the resounding – the 55-35 triumph in March 2015 with England chasing the title on the last day (they came up just short) – to the narrow 19-16 win two years ago, when Ben Te’o’s 71st-minute try made the difference. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe Was this helpful?center_img The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. France rugby union team Quick guide England v France teams Support The Guardian FranceY Huget (Toulouse); D Penaud (Clermont Auvergne), M Bastareaud (Toulon), G Doumayrou (La Rochelle), G Fickou (Stade Français); C Lopez (Clermont Auvergne), M Parra (Clermont Auvergne); J Poirot (Bordeaux-Begles), G Guirado (Toulon, capt), D Bamba (Brive), S Vahaamahina (Clermont Auvergme), F Lambey (Lyon), Y Camara (Montpellier), A Iturria (Clermont Auvergne), L Picamoles (Montpellier).Replacements: P Bougarit (La Rochelle), D Priso (La Rochelle), D Aldegheri (Toulouse), P Willemse (Montpellier), G Alldritt (La Rochelle), A Dupont (Toulouse), R Ntamack (Toulouse), T Ramos (Toulouse). Six Nations 2019 Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Show … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Show Hide Local rugby clubs face losing ticket allocations in Six Nations resale row It is a step up for Bamba, who is only 20 and plays for Brive in the second division. Prop, Brunel admitted, was a problem because “there are so many foreigners in this position in the Top 14” but Bamba “has a little experience even if he’s only played two matches for us; he’s already faced quite a few good players.” Bamba, who was a key part of the team that won the U20 world championship last year, does not seem too fazed. “The English are an opponent like any other,” he said. “It’s up to us to unsettle them, they were able to do it in Ireland, so why shouldn’t we be able to do it to them?”The centre combination of Bastareaud and Doumayrou has been put together to do just that. They did well together in France’s 22-16 win over England at the Stade de France in last year’s championship, when they lined up against Owen Farrell and Ben Te’o. “I said last week that Mathieu remained an important option for us and this is the right time to use him,” Brunel explained. “We are hoping he’ll have a big impact for the team, because we are looking for a physical presence to counter the power of the English midfield, and particularly Manu Tuilagi.”While the backline is bulked up, the pack is actually smaller than the one Brunel put out last week, which was one of the heaviest ever fielded in international rugby. Lambey, the 24-year-old lock, played well off the bench and Brunel said he wanted to reward him for that by giving him his first start. Lambey is 6ft 3in and 15st, which, by modern standards, makes him a bit of a lightweight. Brunel explained that there had been a time when he had thought Lambey needed to be bigger, but that he had done so well in the second half against Wales that he was happy to pick one of “the lightest lock forwards in the world”. Share on Pinterest Rugby union England rugby union teamlast_img read more


Touch at the historic Women’s State of Origin 2018!

first_imgGet ready for the NRL Holden Women’s State of Origin, launching in 2018.Be at North Sydney Oval at 6pm on Friday 22nd June to witness the Holden Women’s State of Origin kick off a new era in elite women’s sport.The spectacular tries, speed, passion and rivalry of Origin will all be on display. It’s the same game, our way.It’ll all start with a NSW vs Qld Women’s Touch game, where the best of the best elite female touch players will go head to head in their state colours.And it’ll be followed by a historic NRL match, the first ever Holden Women’s State of Origin.Game day infoDate: 22nd June 2018Location: North Sydney Oval, NSWRunning times:Gates open: 6:00pmNSW vs Qld Women’s Touch tap-off: 6:15pmNRL Holden Women’s State of Origin kick-off: 7:40pmTickets: $10 online (kids under 15 free); $15 at the gateBuy tickets herelast_img read more


Brazils Miranda reacts to Kompanys comments

first_imgBrazil defender Miranda has dismissed Vicent Kompany’s “provocation” as nothing more than a facade to “hide” his true fear ahead of their meeting with Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup todayThe Manchester City captain had previously stated that both himself and his teammates would not be losing any sleep over facing the five-time world champions.But Miranda, who will captain Brazil today, thinks otherwise.“We know there is all kinds of provocation, it’s a way to hide your fear,” said the 33-year-old, according to Marca.“I think it’s a way of showing trust, and hiding fear. You have to prepare yourself, especially against the Brazil national team.“A leader like Kompany has to show confidence to his team-mates, just as the more experienced players have to show confidence through our actions to our own team-mates.”Brazil boss Tite has confirmed that Fernandinho will be replacing the injured Casemiro with full-back Marcelo making a welcome return.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.But the 57-year-old feels that Brazil’s World Cup campaign will come down to how the players cope with the mounting pressure, rather than the individual talent.“The biggest challenge of a World Cup is mental fortitude, the pressure is immense, extraordinary,” said Tite.“I hope the ‘family’ (his squad and staff), keep their heads cool. There is a lot of psychological pressure.”Following their win over Mexico in the first knockout round, Tite is now feeling calmer.“Why am I more relaxed? Because the players are performing, that makes you feel at ease,” he said.“Of course I want them to grow more and more, that’s the challenge.”last_img read more


Icardi says Inter are ready to do well for the fans

first_imgInter Milan striker Mauro Icardi say’s that his team is ready for the new season and is preparing well for a return to the Champions League.Today Icardi and the rest of the squad took part in their first pre-season training session ahead of the looming 2018/19 Serie A campaign and he was in buoyant mood talking to reporters.“After a month-and-a-half, we were missing the daily routine of training a bit. We all want to start the new season and play in the Champions League which had been our objective,” he said, as reported by Inter’s official website.“It will be a training camp that’s different from the rest. We’ll prepare well for the Champions League, the league and develop chemistry with the new teammates.”Inter have made 6 signings already this summer – including midfielder Radja Nainggolan from AS Roma – as manager Luciano Spaletti looks to increase his options heading into the new season.The Nerazzurri secured qualification for Europe’s premier competition after a dramatic 3-2 final day win over Lazio and Icardi finished by thanking the fans for their continued support.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0. Una gioia infinita… che dura una vita⚽️?⚫️ #MI9 pic.twitter.com/LjlqhgcI5C— MauroIcardi (@MauroIcardi) May 21, 2018“I thank the fans who go to the stadium, those who go to away games and those who watch at home from all over the world. I have to thank them for their passion for Inter. We can feel it, and we know that we have to do well for them.”last_img read more


Pavel Nedved on Juventus transfer plans We are not done yet

first_imgJuventus vice-president and club legend Pavel Nedved has teased that there are still some signings on the way this summer after completing a deal to bring back Leonardo Bonucci on ThursdayThe Old Lady have had an incredible summer in the transfer market, which has included their stunning capture of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last month for €112m.Following the return of defender Bonucci, the Serie A champions have spent over €246m in this summer’s market alone and Nedved is hinting that they are still not done as Juventus bid to end their 22-year wait for Champions League glory in the upcoming season.“Our shopping is not over yet …” said Nedved, according to Calcio Mercato.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“The Champions League? At Juve it’s always, I say always, it was a goal “.Juventus have been linked with resigning former midfielder Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer, while Lazio’s Sergey Milinkovic-Savic has also been mentioned.After defeating the MLS All-Stars on penalties yesterday, Juventus will now take on Real Madrid on Sunday at the FedExField Stadium in Maryland.last_img read more


Unai Emery unsure of Petr Cech future

first_imgArsenal Coach Unai Emery is unsure whether Petr Cech will still be with the club when the January transfer window closes later this month.Cech started the season as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper but lost his place to Bernd Leno who arrived in the summer due to a hamstring injury against Watford on September 29.Unai Emery while answering a question on the 36-year-old’s future told Sky Sports:I don’t know now, it has to do with the club and the player.“He started this season very well, very good behaviour, commitment and also performance. And then when he had his injuries, he recovered his position on the bench.kanu, arsenal'Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…“I am very happy with him. We will speak in the future with the player but at the moment I want his focus to be the same in every training and match.”Despite his current position in the team, Emery was full of praises for Peter Cech’s professionalism.“He respected our decision,” Emery added. “His commitment did not change with his new situation.“I am happy because I think we need that. Petr has very big experience. His behaviour with his situation is very good.”last_img read more


Ince Solskjaer hasnt done anything special at Man United

first_imgEx-Manchester United star Paul Ince believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s record start as interim coach has been overpraisedSince replacing the fired Jose Mourinho last month, Solskjaer has collected six wins in a row following Sunday’s 1-0 triumph over Tottenham at Wembley.The result also enabled Solskjaer to break the legendary Sir Matt Busby’s 73-year-old record of five wins in his opening games in charge of United.Aside from that, the Norwegian has been heavily praised for bringing out the best of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford – which is something Mourinho struggled to do so.But Ince has sensationally claimed that he and old team-mate Steve Bruce, who was fired by second division side Aston Villa in October, could have done that themselves.“We can’t get too sucked in with what Ole’s done,” Ince told Paddy Power.“Let’s be honest, it couldn’t get any worse at Manchester United before Jose Mourinho left.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“There was a dark cloud over the entire club, the players, the fans and the staff. It was impacting performances on the pitch.“Ole’s come in, a friendly face at the club with a calming influence and it seems as though the players have upped their effort as a result.“The shackles are off, but that doesn’t mean that Ole is the right man for the job.“I could have gone in and done the same thing, so could Steve Bruce.“Anyone could have gone in and done what he has done, it wasn’t a hard thing to do to give those players freedom and improve the mood.”The Englishman also added that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino should remain as first choice for the permanent managerial vacancy at Old Trafford.last_img read more