Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Marion Cotillard Par Marianne Lesdos




Diffi­cile à croire, mais Marion Cotillard souffle ce mercredi ses 40 bougies. Retour en images sur son parcours.

De grandes billes claires, une bouche char­nue et une épaisse crinière brune, un visage sur lequel le temps ne s’in­vite pas. Pour­tant, Marion Cotillard a 40 ans. On a beau regar­der les clichés de ses toutes premières appa­ri­tions sur pelli­cule au début des années 1990 comme dans la série High­lan­der où elle n’a que 18 ans, les compa­rer aux photos les plus récentes prises pendant la promo­tion de son prochain film, Macbeth, les signes de l’âge ne sont pas percep­tibles.



Déjà dans Jeux d’en­fants, en 2003, alors qu’on la voyait pour la première fois avec Guillaume Canet devenu depuis le père de son fils Marcel, Marion Cotillard navi­guait dans le temps avec une aisance incroyable, passant d’étu­diante à tren­te­naire en quelques heures sans que ça ne choque personne. Une pres­ta­tion qui venait appuyer le talent que l’on avait déjà remarqué dans les trois premiers opus de la série Taxi de Luc Besson et surtout dans Les jolies choses en 2001. Mais ce n’est que l’an­née suivante que Marion reçoit la première récom­pense impor­tante de sa carrière: un César pour le meilleur second rôle grâce à Un long dimanche de fiançailles.



A partir de là, la carrière de Marion Cotillard prend un nouveau tour­nant. Avec sa perfor­mance dans La Môme, en 2008, elle récolte une flop­pée de prix pres­ti­gieux parmi lesquels, un César, un Oscar et même un Golden Globe. Le film cartonne bien au-delà de nos fron­tières et les portes du cinéma holly­woo­dien s’ouvrent à la comé­dienne qui y avait déjà fait une brève appa­ri­tion en 2003 dans le Big Fish de Tim Burton.



Elle enchaîne alors Public Enne­mies en 2009 au côté de Johnny Depp, Incep­tion avec Leonardo Dica­prio, ou encore Minuit à Paris de Woody Allen. Sa presta­tion décriée dans The Dark Knight Rises de Chris­to­pher Nolan en 2012 n’em­pêche pas Jaes Gray d’écrire pour elle The Immi­grant l’an­née suivante.



L’an dernier, dans Deux jours, une nuit des frères Dardenne, Marion Cotillard a montré qu’elle pouvait être brillante même sans paillettes, tout comme elle l’avait fait pour De rouille et d’osen 2012. On attend main­te­nant la sortie prochaine du trou­blant Macbethde Justin Kurzel, dans lequel elle joue avec Michael Fass­ben­der.



40 ans, et alors? Certes son jeu est intense et son regard azur capable d’au­tant de malice candide que de gravité, mais toujours aussi fraîche et rayon­nante la muse Dior serait encore bien crédible dans des rôles de jeune fille.



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The Netherlands vs Italy 3:0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-22) (CEV Volleyball European Championship) posted Sept. 28, 2015

The last match in Apeldoorn was a clash between The Netherlands and Italy for the leadership of Pool A. Since both teams convincingly won their first two matches, it was time for a showdown, as the winner of the duel was to ensure the direct qualification for the quarterfinals. The Oranje squad responded to the support from the 5,600 fans that filled up the Omnisport arena and beat the Italian team in three sets (25-15, 25-18, 25-22)

The Italian side struggled to get its reception working in the first set, and faced the strong Dutch block, a situation that gave locals the lead (10:5). The exchanging of side-outs brought the technical time-out at 16:12, still in favour of the home ladies who were able to serve their way to a convincing 22:14. Ultimately, the Italian players could not avoid the landslide 25-15 in the period.

The visiting squad started the second set improving its serve and putting the Dutch reception under pressure. Both teams consistently signed successful side-outs and put the score at 9:9. While the Dutch ladies kept their strain on the match, the Italian team fell back, forcing coach Marco Bonitta to request a time-out at 17:12. However, outside spiker Maret Balkestein-Grothues was able to serve to the 20:12. Italy did not recover and the local heroines finished the second set 25-18.

The beginning of the third act presented two equally matched teams challenging each other up to 9:9, and later 12:12. Italy were able to create the first breach at 15:12, but the Dutch ladies responded eagerly thus putting the score back at 17:17. The Italians made it all the way back to an equal 22:22, but the local heroines maintained the consistency through to a 25-22 win in the set, which finalised the clash with the conclusive 3-0.

“My team impresses me more and more with each day. I am extremely happy to see that they play more aggressive and concentrated in each match. At the same time I am sad to leave Apeldoorn, this has been great. We won the third set thanks to all the people standing and cheering,” stated the coach of The Netherlands Giovanni Guidetti, while captain Maret Balkestein-Grothues added: “We knew that we could do this, but when it actually happens it is fantastic. We dominated with our serves, and when the Italians dropped some shots, we knew we could beat them today.”

“The victory today was for the best team. We tried some things in the first and the third sets, but today it was an orange day,” commented Italian coach Marco Bonitta.



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Poland vs Slovenia 3:0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-21) (CEV Volleyball European Championship ) posted Sept. 28, 2015

The match set to open the third day in Pool A at the 2015 CEV DELA Volleyball European Championship – Woman presented a duel between Poland and Slovenia for the ticket to stay alive in the competition. Poland defeated Slovenia in three sets and achieved the qualification for the next round.

Slovenia, not planning on giving points away, started off aggressively and were able to advance to 7:6 using strong blocks and powerful serves. With Slovenian outside spiker Ziva Recek and opposite Marina Cvetanovic playing at high level, the Polish team experienced difficulties to shake off their ambitious opponent (15:14). It was only at that moment when Poland were able to breach a gap (17:14), a lead that was maintained until the end of the set (25-18).

The second period started on the same pace. Poland succeeded at keeping a steady level that the Slovenian team could not follow, thus racing behind at 11:7. The four-point gap remained until 18:14, and in the remainder of the set, Poland continued to play with high intensity to keep the distance and finish the second set at 25-19.

In the third set Poland started forcing errors from their rivals, in an improvement of their performance that went hand in hand with Katarzyna Ewa Skowronska-Dolata’s increasing contribution. A strong serve by Polish outside spiker Anna Werblinska resulted in two consecutive aces, putting a comfortable 15:8 on the scoreboard. Eventually the Polish team managed to keep its level until closing the set 25-21, thus winning the match 3:0.

“We’ve had a great experience here, and we will work very hard towards the next championship. Today we’ve played our best match of the tournament and we were close to winning a set,” commented the coach of Slovenia Bruno Najdic, while captain Marina Cvetanovic added: “The Polish team is more our style of Volleyball, so we were able to get along in the game much longer. We will take all the positive energy from this tournament and learn from it for the next time.”

“I was unable to perform really well today, with only a percentage of 28% in attacks. Also I am a bit angry, because we have much more potential in our team than what we showed today. I am hoping that we can put this behind us for the next match coming up on Wednesday,” stated Polish star Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata.

“We are done with the first phase of the tournament, and no matter our level, we are leaving this behind us now. Today we played the level that was required to win, but after today we will have to start fresh if we want to win against our next rival,” declared the coach of Poland Jacek Nawrocki.



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Belgium vs Turkey 0:3 (18-25, 17-25, 16-25) ( CEV Volleyball European Championship) posted Sept. 28, 2015

With a convincing three-setter win against the home team of Belgium, Turkey secured the leadership of Pool B in Antwerp. Following their perfect record, without a single set lost thus far, the Turkish ladies conquered a spot in the quarterfinals, whereas the Yellow Tigers will go to the playoff round.

Belgian setter Frauke Dirickx used all her experience to open the clash with a 6:3 lead for the locals. The guest team accepted the challenge and replied with a couple of effective serves by Polen Uslupehlivan to make it 10:7 in their favour. The attacks by the spiker together with Neriman Özsoy’s contribution maintained the lead for the Turkish side, and three compelling blocks by Eda Erdem Dündar led the 2015 European Games champions to a convincing 25-18 set win.

The visitors had found their best attacking level while the Yellow Tigers could only hang in on the scoreboard thanks to a strong blocking effort by Laura Heyrman. After the tie at 9:9, Turkish setter Naz Aydemir Akyol launched her armada of spikers to a comfortable 18:12 lead. Charlotte Leys’s attempts to close the gap were halted at 19:17, and Kübra Akman set her team on track for a compelling finish at 25-17.

The Yellow Tigers seemed tamed, while Turkey further cemented their dominance jumping to a quick 9:2 lead in the third set. One last time, the 4,961 fans in the Lotto Arena hoped for a turnaround after Freya Aelbrecht’s spike reduced the deficit to three points at 7:10. Nonetheless, the Turkish ladies sailed to an impressive 16:7, as Eda Erdem Dündar offered her team a third chance for celebrating, thus ending the Turkish classy display of skills with a powerful kill block (25-16).


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Azerbaijan vs Hungary 1-3 (16-25, 28-26, 22-25, 16-25)( CEV Volleyball European Championship) posted Sept. 28, 2015

Hungary caused quite a sensation on the first clash of the day in Antwerp after achieving a memorable victory over Azerbaijan in four sets. The team directed by Jan De Brandt finished in third position of Pool B thus advancing to the playoff matches of the tournament.

The Hungarian team, with the support of a group of loyal countrymen on the stands, started very strongly with tactical serves and good attacks that gave them the lead in the first set (12:4, 16:7). The Azeris were unable to get back in the game and suffered an unexpected setback in the opening period (25-16).

More balance appeared in the second set, and Hungary attacked through the contribution by Renata Sandor, Agnes Pallag and Zsuzsanna Talas, while Odina Bayramova anchored her team on the other side of the net (7:8,15:16). A better blocking system by the Hungarians was enough to break away in the score (18:15) at the end of the set as Azerbaijan continued showing problems in reception. However, the serves by Polina Rahimova gave hopes to the Azeri’s (23:23). Bülent Karslioglu's ladies saved two set points, before a block by Marharyta Azizova was decisive to close the period 28-26 for the team from Baku.

In the third set Azerbaijan dominated at the beginning thanks to Polina Rahimova’s attacks (16:12). But the ladies directed by coach Jan De Brandt fought back with the strong contribution by Zsuzsanna Talas and Dora Horvath (19:19). Individual mistakes that appeared on the Azeri side of the net and an ace by Dora Horvath paved the Hungarian route to a win in the set after a well placed ball by Renata Sandor.

The strong playing by the gold medallists from the 2015 CEV Volleyball European League contributed an early 9:5 lead in the fourth set. An excellent Agnes Pallag steered her team in the period and her spikes helped Hungary keep control of the game (17:12). Azerbaijan could not recover and Hungary completed their stunning demonstration of self-confidence and courage to win the set 25-16 and the match 3:1.

“I think we really deserved to win. We knew Belgium and Turkey had better teams, so everything would depend on this match. It is unbelievable that we are among the 12 best teams in Europe. Don’t forget that it took us 28 years to compete again in a Final Round of the European Championship,” declared the coach of Hungary Jan De Brandt.

“Even if it was a beautiful thing to win the CEV Volleyball European League, this qualification for the second round is an even better result for us,” added Hungarian player Agnes Pallag. “We are a team, we stick together, we are a very good group and we wanted this victory more than our rivals,” she added.

“After the first two losses in the tournament, our situation was bad and it got even worse because one of our most important players, Odina Bayramova, suffered an injury. Moreover, our experienced setter, Oksana Kurt, was not completely fit either. This European Championship is over for us now, we have to consider what will happen next with our team,” said the coach of Azerbaijan Bülent Karslioglu.


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TOKYO - Assegnati i premi individuali della World Cup con lo statunitense Matthew Anderson miglior giocatore del torneo.

I premi individuali

Miglior Giocatore / Most Valuable Player: Matthew Anderson (USA)

Miglior Palleggiatore
Micah Christenson (USA)

Miglior Opposto
Ivan Zaytsev (ITA)

Migliori schiacciatori
Osmany Juantorena (ITA)
Yuki Ishikawa (JPN)

Migliori centrali
Sebastian Sole (ARG)
Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi (IRI)

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Erik Shoji (USA)

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Lausanne, Switzerland, September 24, 2015 - The joy shared by FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup winners USA and runners-up Italy was hard to describe. The top two teams in the competition had secured the first two of eleven tickets to the Olympic Games in Rio, where they will join FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship runners-up and hosts Brazil, who qualify automatically as the event organizers.

USA and Italy can now calmly set about planning for the big event, while the rest of the world’s top international teams do battle for the remaining nine places at next year’s Summer Games.

There is no let up in the tension. The Domo José María Vargas in Maiquetía, Venezuela, hosts the South American qualifier from October 7-11. This is the first of the continental qualification tournaments.

Of the four teams taking part, Argentina and their star coach Julio Velasco, who finished fifth at the World Cup, are favourites to triumph and secure the one ticket to Rio which is up for grabs. Hosts Venezuela (eleventh in the World League), however, will be out to make life as difficult as possible for the favourites. They are joined by outsiders Columbia and Chile.

In the NORCECA region, Canada (seventh in the World Cup) are favourites for the Olympic ticket. The African qualifier is expected to develop into a duel between Egypt, who finished tenth at the World Cup, and Tunisia, who played at the 2012 Olympic Games.

The race for the European Olympic places is likely to be a particularly tough one. While seven of the twelve teams involved in the 2012 Olympic Games in London came from Europe (Olympic champions Russia, bronze medallists Italy, fourth-placed Bulgaria, fifth-placed Germany and Poland, Serbia and hosts Great Britain), this number will be limited to a maximum of four in Rio in 2016. This was confirmed at the FIVB Men’s World Cup, at which only Italy were able to qualify. The continental qualification tournament from January 5-10 in Berlin is set to be a meeting of volleyball giants.

World champions Poland, who narrowly missed out on an Olympic ticket by finishing third at the World Cup, Olympic champions Russia, hosts Germany (third in the World Championship), World League winners France (fourth in the World Championship), World League runners-up Serbia and Bulgaria (fourth at the 2012 Olympics) will do battle for just one automatic qualification for Rio. They are joined at the eight-team tournament by two other competitive sides – Finland and Slovakia, who are eligible for the qualification tournament thanks to their current European ranking ahead of the European Championships. Commenting on the road to Rio de Janeiro in 2016, German coach Vital Heynen said: “Qualifying will be incredibly difficult – almost more difficult than it will be to win a medal in Rio.”

As well as the winner, who qualifies directly, only the second and third-placed teams at this event will still have a chance to qualify for the Olympics. Their final opportunity comes at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan, which will take place in May/June 2016.

They will be joined there by the second-placed team from the NORCECA qualification tournament and the second-placed team from the South American qualification tournament. Four Asian teams – hosts Japan, Iran (eighth in the World Cup), Australia (ninth in the World Cup) and China – will also be in action in Japan, as the tournament also serves as the qualification tournament for that continent. In the end, four of the eight teams will leave with tickets to the Olympics. The three highest-ranked teams and the best Asian team will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The final vacancy will be decided at the Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournament, due to be held in May/June 2016. The third-placed team from the South American Olympic Qualification Tournament, the third-placed team from the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament, as well as the second and third-placed teams from the African Olympic Qualification Tournament will compete for the final berth. One thing is already certain: whatever happens, North America will provide at least one team more than it did at the 2012 Games in London, when it was represented by just one country. At least two South American teams will be in action in Rio. The millions of volleyball fans around the world can look forward to some exciting and nail-biting action.

The volleyball competition at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be a huge party. The demand for tickets is greater than for any other sport, and the organizers expect every match to be a sell-out.

Doug Beal, CEO of USA Volleyball and coach of the first United States team to win men's volleyball Olympic gold in 1984, said: "Maracanazinho is a great setting for players and will provide a sensational stage for Olympic volleyball in 2016. Athletes from around the world love to play here at this historic venue and the Brazilian fans know volleyball very well. Volleyball will be one of the most popular sports at Rio 2016 – and with the battle for medals fiercer than ever before, we are sure to witness one of the best Olympic volleyball tournaments of all time."


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World Cup M:Canada - Tunisia 3-0 (25-19, 25-21 25-17)

Il Canada di Glenn Hoag centra la terza vittoria consecutiva, la quinta nel torneo nipponico, e può sorridere. Per il buon finale e per la qualificazione degli Stati Uniti che non saranno quindi al via del torneo di qualificazione della NORCECA (Nord e Centro America) in programma a Maggio 2016 in Messico. Oggi bene i due schiacciatori nordamericani Hoag 57% e il neo acquisto piacentino Perrin (14 punti totali, 12 in attacco, 2 muri). Tunisia che non impressiona, tenuta viva dai 20 errori canadesi.


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World Cup M:Giappone - Russia 2-3 (29-27 17-25 25-21 17-25 13-15)

Russia che non ha più nulla da chiedere al torneo, Giappone alla caccia del primo successo casalingo a Tokyo in una World Cup. I padroni di casa si portano avanti 2-1 prima di cedere al tie break di misura. La Russia con Grankin in regia e con Sivozhelez al posto di Tetyukhin in posto 4 nel corso del match trova equilibrio solo dopo un lungo balletto di cambi. Dal secondo set Musersky torna al centro al posto di Kurkaev, Ilinykin viene inserito in posto 4 con Mikhaylov opposto. Nel corso del set Poletaev rileva Musersky fino alla fine del terzo set, poi torna Mikhaylov. Al centro dal corso del quarto set, titolare nel quinto, Vlasov rileva Volvich.
Per il giappone 26 i punti dell'ex Modena Ishikawa. La Russia domina a muro 17 a 5.


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World Cup M:Australia - Venezuela 3-1 (25-16 25-21 22-25 25-21)

Santilli a Tokyo centra la quarta vittoria del torneo della sua Australia, la terza consecutiva e la squadra lo festeggia a fine gara radendolo a zero. Al contrario il Venezuela di coach Nacci, che nelle gare della capitale sperava di invertire la tendenza, porta a sette le sconfitte consecutive.
Paul Carroll, MIP (Most Impressive Player) della gara, ha messo in campo una performance costante che è valsa 25 punti (22 attacchi, 2 muri, 1 ace) con attacco al 64.7%. A contribuire al successo australiano il fondamentale del muro (7-0 nel primo set) 13 totali per l'Australia. Nel terzo set l'opposto venezuelano Rodriguez (60% in attacco) porta i sudamericani sul 20-24, Carroll annulla due set ball prima del successo del Venezuela. Nel quarto set Walker ed l'ingresso di Thomas Edgar chiudono i punti che valgono il 25-21.


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TOKYO - Sono gli Stati Uniti che vincono la World Cup 2015, secondo oro a stelle e strisce maschile dopo la vittoria del 1985.

Il successo arriva con la 10 vittoria conseguita stamane contro l'Argentina, il decimo successo di Anderson e compagni al pari di quelli di Italia e Polonia.

A pari successi/sconfitte (10/1) la discriminante in classifica a seguire sono i punti, 30 quelli degli USA, 29 quelli di Italia e Polonia e a seguire il quoziente set: 3,75 quello azzurro (30 vinti/8 persi) contro il 2,82 polacco (31 vinti/11 persi).

Pesano sul cammino polacco i sei 3-1 contro i 3 dell'Italia.

Stati Uniti - Argentina 3-1 (25-20 25-21 17-25 25-20)

Il neo acquisto della Sir Aaron Russell è risultato il top scorer del match con 18 punti (17 attacchi, 1 muro) guida gli Usa alla vittoria con il 58% in attacco. L'ex Piacenza Maxwell Holt, MIP del match, ha messo a segno 12 punti (2 a muro, 10 su 13 in attacco), suo anche l'ultimo punto del match. Nell'Argentina, che ha sfruttato le indecisioni Usa nel terzo set per riaprire il match, ha spiccato Facundo Conte, schierato come opposto a De Cecco da Velasco. Per il figlio d'arte 22 punti, 40.5% in attacco, 5 muri, 2 ace.


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Monday, September 21, 2015

Amichevole: Clendy Aversa - Volley Napoli 4-0 posted Sept. 19, 2015

AVERSA - Aumenta il valore delle avversarie ma il risultato non cambia. Clendy Aversa si aggiudica anche la seconda amichevole di questo precampionato battendo 4-0 il Volley Napoli, formazione che militerà nel campionato di B1.

Al Palajacazzi di Aversa coach Luciano Della Volpe ha la possibilità di valutare i progressi della sua squadra e dopo la vittoria nel primo test con la Fiamma Tricolore il gruppo normanno non delude le aspettative e regala anche sprazzi di ottimo gioco.

La gara è stata aperta da due punti consecutivi di Astarita ed è stata chiusa sempre da un punto della schiacciatrice napoletana ma il tecnico ha avuto buone indicazioni da tutte le atlete che sono scese in campo: “Questo era uno step importante per noi – ha detto Della Volpe – perché affrontavamo una squadra di B1. Sono contento per quanto espresso dalla squadra perché ci sono stati momenti di buona pallavolo. E’ ovvio che adesso inizia a sentirsi la fatica per questa preparazione ma dalla prossima settimana sono sicuro che andrà sempre meglio. Le ragazze sono cariche e a meno di un mese dall’inizio del campionato non vedono l’ora di giocare un match ufficiale. Cosa c’è ancora da migliorare? Sicuramente il muro-difesa e gli automatismi in ricezione ma la squadra cresce bene e sono sicuro che già il 25 settembre contro Palmi, formazione che militerà nel nostro campionato, vedremo grandi cose”.

Protagonista del match amichevole la schiacciatrice emiliana Sofia Devetag che sottolinea come “Clendy Aversa stia giocando sempre meglio. E’ ovvio che c’è ancora tanto da migliorare ma questa è una squadra che ha grandissime qualità e che può togliersi parecchie soddisfazioni. C’è un gruppo bellissimo e ci stiamo trovando tutte molte bene. Stiamo lavorando tanto sulla corsa e sui fondamentali e i progressi, ad un mese dal via di questa preparazione, sono già evidenti. Il mio obiettivo? Voglio provare a ritagliarmi più spazio possibile nel sestetto e dare una mano alla squadra. E poi dopo 4 anni di Serie A penso sia arrivato il momento di vincere qualcosa”.

Tornando alla gara buone indicazioni sono arrivate anche per il tecnico del Volley Napoli Luca Loparco: “Era la prima amichevole della nuova stagione e sono contento di aver disputato un match egregio contro una formazione come quella di Clendy Aversa che lotterà per vincere il campionato. E’ stato per noi importante calcare il parquet di questo palazzetto e ringrazio coach Della Volpe per averci dato questa possibilità. Il nostro è un progetto nuovo a lungo termine: è inutile nascondersi, quest’anno vogliamo prima di tutto salvarci ma nel giro di qualche anno l’obiettivo sarà quello di vincere il campionato”.


source:volleyball.it

Sept. 22, 2015

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Sept. 21, 2015

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Reine incontestée du cinéma italien, Sophia Loren fête en ce 20 septembre ses 81 printemps. Un anniversaire qui nous replonge dans la carrière d'une actrice hors norme, muse des plus grands et sex-symbol incontesté. Une icône à redécouvrir en images.


Il y a d'abord le regard, ce trait d'eye-liner et ces yeux de biche qui dévore la caméra. Puis ces traits fins, parfaitement dessinés. Cette bouche gourmande généreuse. Et enfin ce corps aux courbes bombesques.

Dans les années 50, le cinéma italien découvre Sophia Loren. Celle qui, à 17 ans, arriva deuxième au concours Miss Italie (pour la consoler et célébrer sa beauté déjà éblouissante, le jury crée pour elle le prix Élégance) irradie déjà à l'écran. A 16 ans, elle ose même la nudité, s'affichant seins nus dans "Quelles drôles de nuits", devenu le Saint Graal de beaucoup de fans, avides de mettre la main sur cette rareté.

Grimpant rapidement les échelons du cinéma italien, elle conquiert aussi Hollywood à partir de 1957, donnant la réplique à d'autres monstres sacrés : Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Marlon Brando.

En 1960, sa prestation dans "La Ciociara" de Vittorio Di Sica fait pleuvoir sur elle les récompenses, de l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice (une première pour un film non anglophone) au prix d'interprétation féminine du festival de Cannes.

Une provocatrice si sexy

Son striptease face à un Marcello Mastroianni fou de désir dans "Hier, aujourd'hui et demain" est lui resté dans les annales. Son sex-appeal et sa sensualité à fleur de peau aussi. Sophia Loren en a d'ailleurs joué tout au long de sa carrière. Même aujourd'hui, à 81 ans, elle arbore toujours des robes soulignant sa taille de guêpe et des décolletés affriolants.

Pourtant, en privé, la dame a été plutôt sage, partageant durant cinquante ans la vie du producteur Carlo Ponti, de 22 ans son aîné et devenu son pygmalion. De leur amour sont nés deux garçons Carlo Junior et Eduardo, aux bras desquels l'actrice aime fouler les tapis rouges.

Aujourd'hui, Sophia Loren demeure l'incarnation d'un cinéma en noir et blanc plein de passion et de sensualité. Une diva qui a traversé les décennies en beauté.



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Sunday, September 20, 2015

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Amichevole: Tonazzo Padova – Calzedonia Verona 1-3

Tonazzo Padova – Calzedonia Verona 1-3 (25-20, 26-28, 24-26, 20-25)
Tonazzo Padova: Orduna 2, Giannotti 20, Gozzo 4, Volpato 9, Averill 7, Lazzaretto 6, Bassanello (L); Leoni 1, Diamantini 5, Costa 1. Non entrati: Bacchin. Coach: Valerio Baldovin.
Calzedonia Verona: Zingel 10, Gitto 8, Baranowicz 3, Bellei 6, Bucko 14, Savani 17, Frigo (L); Pesaresi (L), Lecat 14, Spirito 2, Zanini. Coach: Matteo De Cecco.
Durata: 25', 26', 30', 27'. tot. 1H 48'.
NOTE. Servizio: Padova errori 11, ace 7; Verona errori 22, ace 8. Muro: Padova 5, Verona 4. Ricezione: Padova 23%, Verona 33%. Attacco: Padova 45%, Verona 54%.

PADOVA - Formazione rimaneggiata per la Tonazzo Padova, che tiene a riposo gli schiacciatori Berger (al recupero da una distorsione alla caviglia) e Cook (infiammazione al ginocchio) per precauzione. Assenti Balaso, Milan e Quiroga (impegnati con le rispettive Nazionali di categoria). Alla partitella ha preso parte anche Stefano Gozzo, ex bianconero oggi al Valsugana e che è stato amichevolmente aggregato al gruppo per affrontare questo test.

Nel primo set scende in campo Orduna al palleggio, Giannotti opposto, Gozzo e Lazzaretto in banda, Volpato e Averill al centro, Bassanello libero.

Ottimo l'avvio dei bianconeri che - trascinati da un buon Giannotti (20 punti e 50% in attacco per lui) - conquista la prima frazione di gioco.

Nei successivi due set si va in entrambe le occasioni ai vantaggi e coach Baldovin mischia le carte inserendo Diamantini al centro e Leoni al palleggio. L'ultimo set lo chiude Verona trascinata da un Savani sempre in forma (17 punti e 52% in attacco).

Al centro buone le percentuali in attacco di Volpato (9 punti e 89% di positività), così come spiccano i 3 muri di Averill (33% in attacco).



“E' stato un test molto interessante – ha detto coach Valerio Baldovin – perché mi è piaciuto l'atteggiamento che la squadra ha messo in campo. Oggi, si sapeva, avevamo le armi spuntate, ma abbiamo giocato con qualità per tutto l'arco della partita. L'obiettivo era proprio quello di verificare di avere giusta la giusta attitudine in campo. Pur trattandosi di un primissimo test, a tratti è stata una gara interessante dal punto di vista tecnico. I nuovi? Mi hanno fatto una buonissima impressione, anche i giovani”.


source:volleyball.it

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Sept. 19, 2015

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Venice Film Festival 2015 by Francisco Salazar posted Sept. 12, 2015

Latinos won big at the Venice Film Festival, taking home both the Golden Lion and the Silver Lion.

The Venezuelan film "From Afar" by director Lorenzo Vigas won the Golden Lion. The film is Vigas' directorial debut, and it tells the story of a middle-aged gay man who cruises the streets of Caracas in search of a young companion.

The jury, which was presided by Alfonso Cuaron, also named Pablo Trapero's "El Clan" the winner of the Silver Lion. The film tells the story of the notorious Puccio family, which kidnapped their rich neighbors in order to extort ransoms from their relatives.

The prizes at Venice are the culmination of a great year for Latin American cinema, as Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Guatemala also won prizes at Cannes and Berlin. It also shows the strength and the growth of Latin American cinema around the world.

Other winners at the festival included Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's stop-motion film "Anomalisa." The movie, which is about a man struggling with his inability to connect with other people, won the Jury Grand Prize.

Meanwhile the Best Actor award went to Fabrice Luchini for his work on "Courted." The Best Actress award went to Valeria Golino for her work in "Per amor Vostro."

"Courted" also won the Best Screenplay award, while first-time director Brady Corbet won both the Best Director award in the Horizon's section and the Lion of the Future, which honors best first works, for his film "Childhood of a Leader."

The Netflix drama "Beasts of No Nation" was also winner. The young actor Abraham Attah won the Marcello Mastroianni award for Young Performer.

The Venice Film Festival showcased 21 films in competition and ran for the past 10 days.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

GOLDEN LION

"From Afar" Lorenzo Vigas

SILVER LION

"The Clan" (Pablo Trapero)

JURY GRAND PRIZE

"Anomalisa," Charlie Kaufman Duke Johnson

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

"Frenzy" Emin Alper

ACTOR

Fabrice Luchini ("Courted")

ACTRESS

Valeria Golino ("Per amor vostro")

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERFORMER -

Abraham Attah ("Beasts of No Nation)

BEST SCREENPLAY

Christian Vincent ("Courted")

LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS LION OF THE FUTURE

"The Childhood of a Leader," Brady Corbett (U.S.)

HORIZONS JURY

BEST FILM

"Free in Deed" (Jake Mahaffi)

BEST DIRECTOR

Brady Corbet "Childhood of a Leader"

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

" Neon Bull" (Gabriel Mascaro)

SPECIAL PRIZE FOR BEST ACTOR OR ACTRESS

Dominique Leborne ("Tempete") by Samuel Collardey

BEST SHORT

"Belladonna," Dubravna Turic


Congrats to all of you.
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Friday, September 18, 2015

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Collection of Mr. Ringo Starr & Mrs. Barbara Bach by TV News Desk posted Sept. 14, 2015




Julien's Auctions, the world's premier entertainment auction house, is proud to announce the December 4th and 5th auction of Property from The Collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach. The once-in-a-lifetime collection curated by Ringo and Barbara, features items from their London estate, Beverly Hills and Monaco residences. The couple, who met in 1980 on the movie set of Caveman, when Ringo first met the beautiful actress and former Bond girl Barbara, married in 1981 and have enjoyed an enduring love since. Comprised of musical instruments including drums and guitars, career memorabilia from the Beatles era and Ringo's solo career including his All-Starr Band, fine antiques, custom-made eclectic furnishings, fine art and personal items, this auction will be a unique and historic event.

The auction of The Property From The Collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach includes the most important drum kit to ever hit the auction block. Among the seven of Starr's personal drum kits in the auction is the iconic musician's first 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit. The kit was used by Starr in more than 200 performances between May of 1963 and February of 1964 and used to record some of The Beatles biggest hits including: "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You," "All My Loving," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Money," and "I Wanna Be Your Man," and many others. Paul McCartney also used the Oyster Black Pearl kit on his first solo album, McCartney. This specific drum kit has not been seen in public for more than 50 years (Est. $300,000 - $500,000).

Ringo Starr's other spectacular kits offered for sale each carry unprecedented provenance of the Beatles and Ringo Starr's solo career. They include:

A custom built Jumbo Silver Sparkle kit that was used in The Beatles "Hello Goodbye" promotional video filmed in November 1967 (Est. $100,000 - $200,000)
A kit commissioned for Starr by George Harrison. In 1968, Harrison traveled to Los Angles to produce an album. While there he worked with drummer Hal Blaine who used a unique "Monster Drum Set." Harrison was inspired to get one for Starr. Harrison, through Blaine, commissioned a set of the custom made Blaemire fiberglass. The set, custom made by Howey Oliver, consists of seven toms. Only five sets of these custom kits are known to exist. Upon receiving the gift Ringo sent a thank you note to Blaine that read "Thanks Hal, for the tom tom tom tom tom toms!" (Est. $10,000 - $20,000)
In 2002 Starr performed on a Ludwig four-piece kit in gold sparkle with a hammered bronze snare at the George Harrison memorial concert, Concert for George. Starr played that night with "George's Band" alongside Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Dhani Harrison and other musicians who had performed with Harrison during his career (Est. $30,000 - $50,000)
A unique set of Ludwig clear Vistalite drums with interior lights used by Starr in his 1978 television movie Ringo (Est. $30,000 - $50,000).
The 1989 inaugural tour of Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band toured three countries in five months. Starr played a Ludwig silver sparkle while performing with Clarence Clemmons, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Dr. John, Jim Keltner, Nils Lofgren, Billy Preston, and Joe Walsh. Starr continues to tour with a rotating line up of All-Starrs (Est. $50,000 - $70,000).
Guitar--Among the hundreds of items to be offered are some of Starr's other percussion instruments - tambourines, bongos, a hand drum inscribed to Starr by Harry Nilsson, and homemade noisemakers. A limited number of Starr's own stage-used custom-made drum sticks will also be offered in the sale. Guitars gifted to Starr by fellow Beatles are also part of the rare and remarkable auction. George Harrison gave Starr a Gretsch guitar (Estimate $100,000 - $200,000) which is being offered. John Lennon owned 1964 325FG Rose-Morris model Rickenbacker with a fire-glo sunburst finish (Estimate $600,000 - $800,000) and gave it to Starr after he played it on stage during The Beatles 1964/65 Christmas shows and later in his home studio. The guitar model became known as the "Beatle-Backer" and Lennon's likeness was used in advertisements for the guitar.

Marc Bolan, friend, fellow musician and subject, along with the rest of T-Rex, of Starr's documentary/variety film Born to Boogie, gifted a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar to Starr (Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000). The pair was influential to each other's careers. The glam rock superstar played guitar on Starr's Ringo album and Starr was inspired to write the song "Back off Boogaloo" from Bolan's frequent use of the slang word. In 1966, The Beatles Yesterday and Today "Butcher cover" created headlines and controversy. Starr's personal album sleeve is included in this ground-breaking auction. Ringo labeled the sleeve "Ringo" on the back to identify it as his personal copy (Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000).

"I am not sure I can find the right words to describe how remarkable this auction is," said Darren Julien, Founder & CEO of Julien's Auctions. "To be able to say you are representing such music royalty as that of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach is not only an honor but one of the greatest privileges of my life and professional career."

Beyond the Beatles and his solo music career, Starr also made his way into film and appeared in over 25 productions which included children's programming, comedy and dramas. Included in the auction are Starr's personal scripts from the film Help! (Titled BeatlesTwo at the time) (Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000) and a script from the made for television movie Ringo (Estimate $1,000 - $2,000).

Barbara Bach Suit Stage worn and personal clothing from the wardrobes of both Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr are also among the many highlights and include Bach's wardrobe pieces from famed designers: Zandra Rhodes, Stella McCartney, Prada, Libertine, Issey Miyake, Elizabeth Emmanuel and a spectacular Warhol inspired Versace suit. A gown of the same Warhol-inspired print SILK can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Starr's personal and stage worn clothing by designers Richard Tyler, Dusenbery, Armani, Gucci, John Varvatos and Nigel Curtiss and tour jackets personalized for both Bach and Starr are also included. The tuxedo worn by Ringo when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the Beatles is included as well as the gown that Barbara wore that same night (Estimates: Various).

Chairs--The exquisite residences of Starr and Bach featured many colorful custom-made furnishings, along with fine British antiques, European mirrors and light fixtures, and contemporary art. Among the top lots in the sale are a suite of custom painted and monogrammed bedroom furniture (Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000), an EMPIRE style dining table and chairs (Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000), a Gothic Revival mahogany bookcase (Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000), a Lalique "Soleil" ceiling mount light fixture (Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000), a Loys-Lucha enameled light fixture (Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500), an antique Louis XV wall mirror (Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000), a pair of Art Deco wall mirrors with blue accent panels (Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000), and a COPPER Art Nouveau wall mirror (Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000). There is also a fine selection of Asian art featuring standing and seated Buddhas which includes a monumental gilt wood "jeweled" standing Buddha (Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000), a bronze and parcel gilt statue of Ganesh (Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000) and a pair of Tibetan Thangkas (Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000).

"You got to pay your dues if you want to sing the blues...And you know it don't come easy," Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr Portrait Examples of fine art to be offered in the auction include an original Nikas Safronov portrait of Ringo Starr (Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000), a Peter Blake "Love Me Do" screen print of the Beatles (Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000), a print by David Hockney (Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000), and also artwork by Ringo Starr himself (Various estimates between $1,000 - $4,000).

Car--A 2000 Mercedes Coupe automobile with the distinction of being owned by two Beatles will be offered in the auction. Originally owned by George Harrison who purchased the car new was later purchased by Ringo Starr (Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000). George and Ringo are the only two owners of the car.

The musical instruments, personal memorabilia, souvenirs, photographs, furniture, wardrobe,
The auction includes over 800 items which will be featured in a full color silver box set limited edition collectible catalog available for purchase at www.juliensauctions.com. There will also be 250 limited edition gold box sets of catalogs signed by Ringo and Barbara with 100% of the proceeds benefiting The Lotus Foundation.

Ringo Starr's friendship with The Who's Keith Moon is well known. Moon gifted Ringo with a circa 1970 stainless steel "Time Computer LED" digital quartz wristwatch by Omega (Estimate: $400-$600). Also included is an 18K Gold "Moonphase" automatic wristwatch by Patek Phillipe (Estimate: $80,000-$100,000). Other jewelry of note includes a "Black Ring" onyx and gold watch, a pinky ring featuring a large blue stone and a gold link ID bracelet worn by Starr and documented in many photos that show his right wrist from the 1960s...a very significant and extraordinary piece (Estimates: Various).

The massive array of items also include huge group lots of pins and buttons in which Starr is famous for wearing on his lapel, "World Music Awards" from Monaco, a group of vintage Beatles merchandising pieces and toys, the musician's All Starr Band tour memorabilia and several record awards including those from Greece, Spain, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Denmark, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, United KINGDOM and the United States offering yet another glimpse into the extraordinary global appeal and legacy of the Beatles.

"This collection features so many remarkable items from The Beatles to Ringo Starr's solo career to those special items collected by Barbara Bach for their residences," said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien's Auctions. "Every time we begin to look through the inventory of this fantastic collection we simply are stunned when we think of the history truly represented here."

Portions of the auction proceeds of the Property from the Life and Careers of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach will benefit The Lotus Foundation U.S., a charity founded by Starr and Bach. The Lotus Foundation is an organization which assists with a wide range of worthy causes around the world, focusing primarily on family and child welfare, women's issues, addiction recovery and education. The Lotus Foundation is based in the United States and London (www.lotusfoundation.com).


Mr. Ringo Starr & Mrs. Barbara Bach ---All the best. God bless.

source:broadwayworld.com




Sir Paul McCartney plus Others--Take It Away (2015 Remaster)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1ywIFiam9g


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Sir Paul McCartney plus Others--Take It Away

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Personnel

Sir Paul McCartney - lead and backing vocals, piano, bass, acoustic guitar
Mrs. Linda McCartney - backing vocals
Mr. Eric Stewart - backing vocals
Mr. Ringo Starr - drums
Mr. Steve Gadd - drums
Sir George Martin - electric piano
Sir John Hurt
Mrs. Barbara Bach
plus Others


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Sir Paul McCartney --Take It Away



Take it away, wanna hear you play
'Til the lights go down
Take it away, don't you wanna stay
'Til there's no one else around

Take it away, wanna hear you play
'Til the lights go down
Take it away, don't you wanna stay
'Til there's no one else around

Lonely driver out on the road
With a hundred miles to go
Sole survivor, carrying a load
Switches on his radio

Take it away, wanna hear you play
'Til the lights go down
(Down, down)
Take it away, don't you wanna stay
'Til there's no one else around

Take it away, wanna hear you play
'Til the lights go down
(Down, down)
Take it away, don't you wanna stay
'Til there's no one else around

In the audience, watching the show
With a paper in his hand
(In his hand, in his hand)
Some important impresario
Has a message for the band

Take it away, wanna hear you play
'Til the lights go down
(Down, down)
Take it away, don't you wanna stay
'Til there's no one else around

You never know who may be listening to you
(You never know who may be listening to you)
You never know who may be listening to you
Take it away, take it away

After hours, late in the bar
By a darkened corner seat
Faded flowers, wade in the jar
'Til the evening is complete

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

James Marsden

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Lugano:


LUGANO - La bellissima cornice di Villa Sassa Hotel, Residence & SPA ha ospitato questa mattina la conferenza stampa di presentazione di Marcelo Elgarten ?Marcelinho?. Il regista brasiliano, primo grandissimo colpo di mercato dei #Dragons Lugano 2015/16, ha parlato ai giornalisti presenti degli obiettivi e delle motivazioni che lo hanno spinto a scegliere la Pallavolo Lugano: "?La parola giusta del mio arrivo a Lugano è: vincere. Sono qui per lavorare al meglio, per giocare alla grande ma soprattutto, e lo ripeto, per vincere. Ho scelto Lugano per pochi ma semplici motivi: per giocare la Champions League e per la bellissima città di Lugano"?.
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La massima rassegna europea per Club, la Champions League, è stato dunque una delle tentazioni che hanno portato Marcelinho a scegliere i #Dragons Lugano: ?"Partecipare alla Champions League è il sogno e l'obiettivo di ogni giocatore di pallavolo di alto livello, ed è anche il mio. E' il Campionato per club più difficile e importante al mondo. Ho avuto molte altre proposte da altri paesi, come la Turchia, ma la Champions ed il fascino della Città di Lugano mi hanno convinto a venire qua"?.

Il regista brasiliano ha poi risposto alle domande dei giornalisti presenti, svelando anche qualche curiosità: ha in Ayrton Senna il proprio mito, ma stima tantissimo, da appassionato di tennis, anche il campione elvetico Roger Federer.

Queste, invece, le parole del Presidente della Pallavolo Lugano, Pierangelo Lancianesi: "?Marcelinho porta a Lugano un curriculum sportivo e di esperienza molto ricco ed importante. Abbiamo avuto la fortuna di allineare gli interessi di ambo le parti e di fare in modo che un'atleta del suo calibro giocasse per i #Dragons Lugano. E' il giocatore più titolato che abbiamo avuto fino ad ora a Lugano e siamo convinti che la sua presenza qui, sia il giusto biglietto da visita per aumentare di molto l'interesse attorno alla Società, al movimento giovanile e alla Città di Lugano. Potremo apprezzare in questa stagione la grande classe di Marcelinho e soprattutto le doti umane di un grande campione: ha dimostrato in queste prime settimane di lavoro grandi capacità di saper gestire le situazioni, di relazionarsi con le persone e trasmettere quell'equilibrio che si costruisce con il tempo, il lavoro e l'abnegazione?".


source:volleyball.it


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Trento:

BOLZANO - Südtirol Neruda Bolzano e Volley Club Tiröl, formazioni che militano nei massimi campionati italiani ed austriaci, sono le prime avversarie della Delta Informatica Trentino Rosa, pronta a scendere in campo dopo le prime settimane di lavoro tra Pergine Valsugana e Trento.

Per la compagine allenata da Marco Gazzotti due test amichevoli interessanti per valutare i progressi compiuti dalla squadra durante la fase di preparazione contro avversarie di alto livello: la prima sfida è inoltre ricca di fascino, perché Demichelis e compagne saliranno a Bolzano per il derby contro il Neruda di mister Bonafede, giovedì 17 settembre alle ore 17. Nonostante si tratti solamente di un’amichevole quella contro le altoatesine non può essere considerata una partita banale, memori delle recenti sfide ufficiali andate in scena la scorsa stagione tra il campionato di A2 e la Coppa Italia, manifestazioni vinte entrambe dalle bolzanine.

Così come la Delta Informatica, anche la formazione del presidente Rudy Favretto ha rivoluzionato la rosa, portando al PalaResia giocatrici di altissimo valore come Steinbrecher, Garzaro, Manzano, Brcic e Ikic.



Due giorni dopo, sabato 19 settembre alle ore 17, le gialloblù torneranno a calcare il taraflex del Sanbàpolis per un’altra partita di prestigio: a Trento scenderà infatti il VC Tiröl, compagine che disputa la serie A1 austriaca e che nello scorso weekend ha disputato in Italia il 7° Torneo Internazionale “Sempre con Noi” in quel di Carcare (Savona) assieme alle padroni di casa del Carcare, Mondovì, Martignacco, Adro Monticelli, Cuneo, Agil Volley Novara e le svizzere del VCB Cheseaux, chiudendo il torneo al settimo posto.


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Amichevole: Casalmaggiore - Piacenza 1-2

POMI’ CASALMAGGIORE - NORDMECCANICA PIACENZA 1-2 (8-15, 11-15, 15-8)
Pomì: Bacchi 10, Galeotti 4, Sirressi (L) Cecchetto (L), Ferrara 10, Piccinini 13, Olivotto 9, Crisanti 4, Rossi Matuszkova 16. All.: Barbolini-Bolzoni
Nordmeccanica: Valeriano, Belien, Bauer 5, Leonardi (L), Marcon 18, Melandri 8, Poggi (L), Petrucci 2, Pascucci 16, Meijners 23, Taborelli 2. All.: Gaspari-Saja.

CASALMAGGIORE - Anche il terzo allenamento congiunto tra Pomì Casalmaggiore e Nordmeccanica Piacenza, svoltosi al Pala Baslenga di Casalmaggiore, non va oltre i tre giochi e questa volta premia la formazione emiliana capace di aggiudicarsene due.

Modalità sempre particolari quelle con le quali i mini set si sono giocati, partenza dal 5-5, tre palle vinte per avanzare nel punteggio con conferma susseguente a difesa, con possibilità di andare subito a segno con ace o attacco vincente nell’ambito della medesima azione.



Decisamente in palla la formazione di Gaspari che rispetto ai precedenti ha schierato Floortje Meijners, tra le assolute protagoniste degli scambi vincenti delle ospiti ed ha visto nelle difese di Petrucci e Leonardi autentiche pietre miliari.

Fredda e cinica la Nordmeccanica sotto rete con Marcon, altra attaccante prolifica, capace di giocare d’astuzia sul muro casalasco ma anche di evitarlo con alcuni colpi di classe. La squadra di Massimo Barbolini ancora una volta è uscita alla distanza, già nel secondo mini parziale ha provato a recuperare da 7-14 sino a 10-14 grazie ad una maggiore efficacia in battuta, poi ha dominato il terzo mini gioco (15-8) andando in allungo sino al 13-5 grazie all’ottimo turno dai nove metri di Galeotti, ma anche ad una buona ermeticità a muro. Tra le maggiori realizzatrici Matuszkova, (16 punti), particolarmente servita, insieme a Bacchi e Piccinini ma ad impressionare è stata anche la giovane Ferrara che è andata a segno con un convincente 53% di positività (10 punti) senza rinunciare a tirare con coraggio e potenza anche con muro piazzato delle ospiti. Nel complesso un’altra tappa verso una costante crescita individuale ma anche di squadra.

Il tecnico delle rosa ha potuto far ruotare tutti gli effettivi a disposizione, proponendo la rotazione delle tre bande e dei due liberi. Venerdì le rosa restituiranno la visita alle emiliane al Pala Banca di Piacenza alle 17,30. La settimana si chiuderà sabato con l’allenamento congiunto, sparring partner il Sudtirol Neruda Bolzano, neo promosso in A1.




source:volleyball.it

Baz Luhrmann

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Paul Feig

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Mr. John Ritter (1948-2003)

We Salute You, RIP

The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate Middleton, Duchess Catherine of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge



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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pennetta and Vinci (Not suitable for kids)





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Pennetta(Not suitable for kids)




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Pennetta





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19 things by Chris Chase

On Saturday, Flavia Pennetta defeated Roberta Vinci, who ended Serena Williams’ Grand Slam hopes the day before, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to win the 2015 U.S. Open. The wall of champions at the Open is littered with the names Williams (Venus and Serena), Clijsters, Henin, Sharapoava, Davenport, Hingis, Graf and Seles in the past 30 years; the addition of the name Pennetta is nothing short of remarkable. Given that the 33-year-old is mostly unknown in the United states, here’s a primer on the newest tennis champion. (With key update at the end of the post.)

1. Pennetta now holds the record for most Grand Slams started before earning a win (49, defeating Marion Bartoli’s two-year-old record of 47).

2. Pennetta entered the tournament 150/1 to win it all.

3 Entering the Open, Pennetta was ranked 30th in total prize money this year, behind the likes of Sania Mirza, Kristina Mladenovic, Elina Svitolina, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Timea Bacinszky and Carla Suarez Navarro. The win, which gives her $3.2 million, increases her 2015 winnings by about than 600%.

4. The Italian was the oldest first-time finalist in Grand Slam history (33 years, 6 months). Vinci was second (32 years, 6 months). That, of course, makes Pennetta the oldest first-time winner in tennis history.

5. This one’s a stunner: No player had won the U.S. Open from outside the top 10 since rankings began in 1975. (Kim Clijsters did in 2009, but that was because she was unranked and coming off retirement.)

6. The Italian is engaged to fellow tennis player, noted Italian hothead and Rafael Nadal-slayer Fabio Fognini, who was in her players’ box today. She used to date former No. 1 Carlos Moya who was from Spain.

7. Pennetta is now the oldest Grand Slam champion overall not named Martina or Serena.

8. This is the first win at any tournament this year for Pennetta.

9. Saturday’s was the oldest combined Grand Slam final in history (66 years), well beyond the previous record held by Virginia Wade and Betty Stove at Wimbledon in 1977 (63 years, 11 months).

10. With the victory, Pennetta becomes only the 10th active woman with a Grand Slam title. That doesn’t sound like much, until you consider the men’s number is eight. (The women: Serena, Venus, Sharapova, Kuznetsova, Azarenka, Ivanovic, Kvitova, Schiavone and Stosur. The men: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka, Hewitt, Del Potro, Cilic.)

11. Prior to the Open, Pennetta had a 3-3 record at Slams this year. She was ousted in the first round of the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but made a nice showing at the French, advancing to the fourth round.

12. The Italian was 2-3 in the North American hard-court season that lead up to the U.S. Open. She advanced only to the second round in Toronto and Cincinnati. Basically, this burst of great tennis came out of nowhere.

13. Or mostly nowhere. Pennetta has performed nicely at the U.S. Open in recent years. In six of her last seven starts in New York, she’s made it to the quarterfinals.

14. Saturday was only the third time in 35 years that two women making the Grand Slam final debut faced off against one another. The last time was in 2010 when Sam Stosur was defeated by — Italian Francesca Schiavone, who became the first woman from her country to win a Slam. She was also the last, until Saturday.

15. This was the first time two Italian women had made the semifinals at a Grand Slam, let alone the finals.

16. Not since 2004 have two countrywomen faced off in a U.S. Open final (Russians Elena Dementiva and Svetlana Kuznetsova). It’s also only the fourth time two women from outside the U.S. have done so (there’s been nine USA-USA finals). Also, two countrywomen haven’t played in any Slam final in more than six years.

17. Before the tournament Pennetta and Vinci had dinner together, along with fellow Italian players Francesca Schiavone and Sara Errani.

18. There have now been 10 different runners-up at the last 10 Grand Slams (Lisicki, Azarenka, Cibulkova, Halep, Bouchard, Wozniacki, Sharapova, Safarova, Muguruza, Vinci).

19. Pennetta will jump from No. 26 to No. 8 in the rankings with the win.

BONUS. After winning the U.S. Open, Pennetta announced her retirement during her trophy ceremony. Like a boss.

*Congrats. God bless.
*Maybe next time Vinci.
*2nd place is better than nothing.

source:ftw.usatoday.com



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Candice Swanepoel (Definitely Not suitable for kids)





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Candice Swanepoel by Corinne Heller posted Sept. 12, 2015

Ouch!
Candice Swanepoel took quite a tumble while walking the runway at the Givenchy spring-summer 2016 show during New York Fashion Week on Friday and suffered some nasty scrapes.
Dressed in a black, semi-sheer 3/4-length dress and stiletto red and black fringed ankle boots, the 26-year-old South African Victoria's Secret Angel, who appears in Givenchy's new fall ads, tripped and almost fell flat on her face. Security men helped her up and she continued walking the catwalk, adjusting her outfit.

Swanepoel later posted on her Instagram page a photo of the aftermath: Nasty looking, bloody scrapes on her knees.
"Thank you to who ever picked me up off the runway tonight," she wrote. "Left with little scratches but mostly a bruised ego. #ohwell."

Video of her tumble was posted by The Daily Mail.

A day earlier, Swanepoel was spotted at Rihanna's New York Fashion Week party, where she wore a sexy black leather outfit and flashed her engagement ring. The supermodel is engaged to longtime boyfriend Hermann Nicoli.



Thank God it's not that serious. All the best Candice.


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Sept. 13, 2015

Taryn Power, Jennifer Nicholson, Fiona, Don Was, Bronwyn Reed, Diane Klimaszewski, Elaine Klimaszewski, Burghart Klaußner,
Robbie Kay, Louise Lombard, Megan Coxx, Tera Heart, Puma Swede, Louis Mandylor, Mr. Frank Marshall, Niall Horan,
Taylor Gildersleeve, Sean Brosnan, Carol Anne Watts, Ann Talman, Alfonso Freeman, Christine Estabrook and Geri Jewell


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Saturday, September 12, 2015

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Switzerland's Isabell Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré (right) (Not suitable for kids)




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Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré, Riikka Lehtonen and Taru Lahti, Marta Menegatti and Viki Orsi Toth, Nadine Zumkehr and Joana Heidrich

Sochi, Russia, September 12, 2015 – Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré reached their first ever World Tour final at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Sochi Open on Saturday. The third seeded Swiss girls defeated Finland’s Riikka Lehtonen and Taru Lahti 2-0 (21-16, 21-16) in the semifinal.

The Swiss team will play Marta Menegatti and Viki Orsi Toth for the gold on Sunday. The second seeded Italians prevented an all-Swiss final by defeating fifth seeded Nadine Zumkehr and Joana Heidrich 2-0 (21-18, 21-17) in the other semi.

Forrer and Vergé-Dépré were very much in control throughout the whole match against the sixth seeded Finnish, who like the Swiss girls also experienced their first semifinal on the World Tour.

Switzerland started off with 4-0 in the first set and built that lead to 20-14, to take the set at their third set point. In the second set it was more point-by-point with Lehtonen and Lahti even taking a small lead in the middle of the set. But the Swiss stayed calm, took control again and Vergé-Dépré claimed victory at their first match point with a kill block.

Although she was thrilled to reach her first World Tour final the 33-year old Forrer put things into perspective. “We have to be honest, the top teams are missing. We knew if we could keep our game up and stayed in our rhythm, even when we are two or three points behind, we could still win and we needed to stay patient and calm and we have been doing that for the last week.”

The 23-year old Vergé-Dépré admitted she got a bit nervous in the second set. “We struggled a little in the beginning until the middle of the set and then we told each other to refocus again on our tactic.”

In the final they are hoping for sweet revenge against Italy, who lead the series against them 3-2. Vergé-Dépré: “Last time we played Menegatti and Orsi Toth we lost to them, in Gstaad, 15-13 in the final set.”


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Yesssss!!!!


*Thank you Lord! Thank you Jesus!
*Please continue praying for them.
*Tomorrow, they will be up against Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré.
*Fight! Fight! Fight!
*God help them.


Third final for Menegatti and Orsi Toth

The Italians started off well in their semifinal against Zumkehr and Heidrich, taking a 16-10 lead in the first set, but 30-year old Zumkehr served the Swiss back into the game: 16-15. That was as far as the Italians would let them come, pushing a bit more towards the end to claim the set with 21-18.

In the second set the Swiss, who reached the semis with five straight wins, took the lead for the first time at 4-5. But Menegatti and Orsi Toth took over again from 12-12, creating a four-point gap towards the end. On their second match point Menegatti finished the game with a hard spike down the line.

“It feels great to be in another final”, Menegatti said. “It was a tough match, but we stayed calm when we were behind in the second set and our service made the difference in the end.”

The circumstances were tough in the Sport Inn stadium. Especially in the second set there were long rallies, very fatiguing with temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius.

“It was very hot”, Orsi Toth said. “But it doesn’t matter if it rains or the sun shines, we like to play in Russia. It’s our third final four in four tournaments here. We love Russia, we have always been very successful here.”

On Sunday the Italian girls will claim their third medal, either gold or silver, after the silver in Sao Paolo in 2014 and the bronze medal this year in Moscow.


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We Salute You, RIP

Roberta Vinci, Serena Williams, Steffi Graf plus Others by CHRISTOPHER CLAREY

The Grand Slam seemed there for the taking. The Grand Slam will have to wait.

Two victories from joining the most prestigious club in tennis and with her path clear of all the most evident thorns and threats, Serena Williams ran into an unlikely roadblock in the form of Roberta Vinci.

In one of the biggest surprises in tennis history, Vinci, an unseeded Italian veteran playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeated Williams, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, at the United States Open on Friday.

“The best moment of my life,” said Vinci, who embraced the occasion thoroughly, cupping her hand to her ear and exhorting the crowd after winning a spectacular rally, and crying in her chair after the upset.

Vinci, who had never won a set against Williams in four previous matches, also apologized.

“For the American people, for Serena, for the Grand Slam and everything,” she said. “But today is my day. Sorry, guys.”
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Instead of the 33-year-old Williams playing for the Grand Slam in the final on Saturday, it will be 33-year-old Flavia Pennetta facing Vinci, 32, in an all-Italian match that will also feature the oldest players in a women’s major final — in terms of combined age — in the Open era.

Pennetta, the No. 26 seed, overwhelmed Simona Halep, the No. 2 seed, in the day’s first semifinal, 6-1, 6-3. That upset put Pennetta into her first Grand Slam singles final, but it was just a ripple in the Open fishbowl compared with the cannonball that Vinci stylishly landed later in the afternoon.

“I think this is the biggest upset we’ve ever seen in women’s tennis,” said Rennae Stubbs, the analyst and former Australian doubles star who knows Williams well.

Williams has certainly been stunned before, losing in the first round of the 2012 French Open to the French wild card Virginie Razzano.

But Friday’s upset came late in the tournament, when Williams — who has won 21 Grand Slam singles titles — typically has unstoppable momentum. Friday’s upset also came with a wider global audience paying attention, drawn in by her quest.

“She lost to the Grand Slam more than anything else,” said Martina Navratilova, who knows the pursuit well. “But still, Vinci had to finish it off.”

The last player to complete the Grand Slam, winning all four major singles titles in the same calendar year, was Steffi Graf in 1988. Williams had put herself within exceptionally close range by making great escape after great escape this year, winning the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon and her first five matches at Flushing Meadows.

Along the way, she had won all 11 of her three-set matches in the majors, shrugging and snarling off illness, edginess and all manner of challengers, from longtime rivals like Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open as well as unexpected threats like Heather Watson at Wimbledon.

But chasing the Grand Slam is one of the great burdens in sports. Graf said she felt much more relief than joy when she completed it in New York at age 19 and was exhausted emotionally in the aftermath. Williams, at 33, was fully aware of how precious a late-career opportunity this was.

Perhaps too aware. Not that Williams was prepared to concede that point.

“No; I told you guys I don’t feel pressure,” Williams said afterward. “I never felt pressure.”

In a news conference long on short answers, Williams rebuffed attempts to plumb the depths of her disappointment. “I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me,” she said. “If you have any other questions, I’m open for that.”

She was most expansive about Vinci. “She’s going for it at a late stage,” Williams said. “So that’s good for her to keep going for it and playing so well. Actually, I guess it’s inspiring. But, yeah, I think she played literally out of her mind.”

From start to finish, Vinci seemed a great deal saner than that. A clever tactician, her shifts of rhythm and crisply sliced one-handed backhand made it difficult at times for Williams to generate her trademark pace and depth. Players with similar tools — Justine Henin and Emilie Loit — have caused Williams trouble in the past.

“You have to create the pace on it,” said the former Open champion Tracy Austin of the low-bouncing slice. “If you’re tight, that’s a difficult recipe.”

But Vinci had never won more than four games in a set against Williams in their previous matches and has struggled for much of the season, falling from a career-high ranking of 11 to 43. In Toronto last month, Williams defeated her, 6-4, 6-3, in the quarterfinals.

It was thus hard to avoid the conclusion that the essential duel on Friday was Williams against herself.

“I think she lost her way, mentally,” said her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. “Tactically she didn’t know what to do at a certain point. When you do the wrong choices, you lose the points that you’re used to winning, and then you don’t understand what’s happening, and then you make more and more wrong choices.”

Though Williams had convincing moments — including 16 aces and overpowering return winners — she also had 40 unforced errors and too many off-balance shots: a reliable indicator of her nerves. Her footwork breaks down first.

“Players — they don’t wake up the same way every day,” Mouratoglou said. “They’re humans. Today was not a good day, clearly. I saw it the first minute, the first second I saw her this morning. But still, she could have made it. How many times did it happen, and she found a way through? She didn’t find it today.”

In Toronto, Williams won 60 percent of the points on Vinci’s vulnerable second serve. On Friday, when she moved several steps inside the baseline to return it, she won just 49 percent while Vinci won 55 percent against hers, compared with 46 percent in Toronto.

“That’s tightness, that’s what it is,” Stubbs said.

Williams had won four Grand Slam singles titles in a row, dating to last year’s United States Open. But the true Grand Slam requires a calendar-year sweep.

Only three women have achieved that feat: Maureen Connolly in 1953, Margaret Court in 1970 and Graf, the swift and serious German aptly nicknamed “Fraulein Forehand” by the American tennis writer Bud Collins. The only men to complete

But Williams now joins the short list of those who faltered on the final leg: Jack Crawford in 1933, Lew Hoad in 1956 and Navratilova in 1984.

Williams did win more points on Friday: 93 to 85. But she did not secure those that mattered most in the third set, which had been her happy hunting ground all year — and not just in Grand Slam tournaments. Her overall record in three-set matches was 18-1 this season coming into the Open.

Williams smashed her racket in frustration as she sat down in her chair after losing the second set, receiving a code violation for racket abuse from the chair umpire. But when Williams jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the third set, it looked as if this would be risky business as usual.

Instead, she double-faulted to lose her serve in the next game, looking on edge throughout, and then double-faulted twice more in the seventh game to lose it again.

Vinci then led by 4-3 and soon served for the match at 5-4. She would not lose a point, as the game went like this:

■ Williams return in the tape off a second serve: 15-0.

■ Vinci backhand half volley winner: 30-0.

■ Williams backhand volley error in the net: 40-0.

And then came match point and another second serve, which would normally have been a good omen for Williams, but not on Friday. Vinci parried her big return and soon slapped a forehand approach shot and, moving freely, rushed forward.

Williams’s passing shot landed at Vinci’s feet, and Vinci finished off the ambush with brio: a forehand half volley winner into the open court that left Vinci overwhelmed and in need of a flight change.


source:Ben Rothenberg contributed reporting/nytimes.com