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Academy shelves plans for ‘popular’ Oscar award

LOS ANGELES: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it was shelving plans for a "popular film" Oscar award that had been ridiculed by critics as a desperate bid to boost viewership and honor moneymaking movies. "There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members," Dawn Hudson, the CEO of the Academy, said in a statement. "We have made changes to the Oscars over the years -- including this year -- and we…

Tendulkar with English county Middlesex launch cricket academy

LONDON: Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar announced an association with English county Middlesex to launch an academy to teach young girls and boys about the sport. The children aged between nine and 14 will be put through a comprehensive cricket curriculum at the "Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy" (TMGA). There will be several cricket camps beginning at English school Merchant Taylor's from August 6-9 but then venturing to Mumbai, London and further afield. "The academy will provide young girls and boys between…

Barcelona launch major football academy in China

BEIJING: Ronaldinho launched a Barcelona academy for about 1,000 students in China on Friday as the world's most populous nation pursues its grand ambitions in the world's most popular sport. The Barcelona and Brazil great and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu met children and toured the site at the Mission Hills golf complex on Hainan island, which will have seven pitches when it opens later this year. The academy, which will also serve as a training centre for China's national team and top clubs, is one of tens of…

Nobel academy member slams ‘arrogant’ Dylan

STOCKHOLM: A prominent member of the academy which awards the Nobel literature prize slammed this year's laureate Bob Dylan as arrogant citing his total silence since the award was announced last week. The US singer-songwriter has not responded to repeated phone calls from the Swedish Academy, nor reacted in any way in public to the news. "It's impolite and arrogant," said the academy member, Swedish writer Per Wastberg, in comments aired on SVT public television.sw On the evening of October 13, the day the literature…

Nadal confident he and Federer not finished yet

MADRID: Rafael Nadal insists he can still compete with the best in the world for "many years to come" after opening his tennis academy alongside Roger Federer in Mallorca on Wednesday. Nadal and Federer have slipped down the world rankings this season due to a lack of form and fitness respectively. However, the 30-year-old Spaniard insists two of the most successful players in the history of the sport can make it back to the top. "Roger and I haven't forgotten how to play tennis and we are working to get back to competing…