Torino’s Falque to miss derby

first_imgTorino winger Iago Falque is expected to miss the Derby della Mole against Juventus tomorrow with a muscular problem. reports Falque, who was all set to start, tweaked a muscle in training today and has been ruled out of the clash with Juve. The one-time Bianconeri player joins Tomas Rincon and Kevin Bonifazi on the sidelines, while Nicolas Nkoulou is also missing for Toro through suspension. The 29-year-old has struggled for form so far this season, playing six times without scoring or assisting. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit:

Inter: Month out for Politano

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Matteo Politano faces around a month out after the Inter winger suffered an ankle injury. Politano broke down as a substitute during Inter’s 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday. Now, a medical report on the club’s official website has confirmed “a sprain in his left ankle” and that he will need attention for “the next few weeks”. The 26-year-old will consequently miss the upcoming international break with Italy, as well as the Nerazzurri’s games against Verona, Torino and SPAL, plus the crucial Champions League clash with Slavia Prague. He also faces a race against time to be back for the Serie A match against Roma on December 6.last_img read more

Octopus Paul predicts World Cup for Spain, bronze for Germany

first_imgSpain will be the FIFA World Cup champions while Germany will beat Uruguay to bag the third place, ‘Octopus oracle’ Paul has predicted.Paul the Oracle Octopus – Offbeat pics from FIFA 2010The eight-legged creature – who is as much loved as hated by football fans for his precise match predictions – chose the winners of World Cup’s two remaining games at an event held in Germany.The exercise began with Paul being made to predict the outcome of Saturday’s Germany-Uruguay clash.World Cup Beauties – Larissa Riquelme, Sara CarboneroAllahabad parrot tips Netherlands to winIn India, there’s apparently a little birdie in Allahabad that’s been doing the same – predicting correct results in the FIFA World Cup.This bird called Shyama has got her owner convinced that she can give Paul the Octopus in faraway Germany a run for his money.According to him, she too has been picking the winners correctly, but hasn’t got her share of the limelight.So, who has she picked for the final? Well, after some heckling from her owner, this fortune telling bird has picked Spain for the title. Believe her or not, we’ll know for sure on Sunday.Coming back to Paul, two boxes, one having Germany’s flag and the other Uruguay’s, were lowered into Paul’s water tank. The octopus opened the lid of the box containing the German flag and ate the food inside – his standard way of signalling the winner.But Paul took his sweet time to reach a conclusion. Fans and the media waited in anticipation as he fiddled with the two boxes for a while. Things initially seemed to be going Uruguay’s way until Paul changed his mind.advertisementIn the end, it was worth the wait for the German fans, who had been heartbroken after their team’s 0-1 loss to Spain in the World Cup semi-finals in South Africa. Paul had predicted the outcome of the match – and correctly. [See pics of that match] All eyes then moved to the Spain-Netherlands final and the ‘oracle’ was made to undergo the same drill. This time, Paul feasted from the plastic box containing the Spanish flag.The psychic octopus has correctly predicted all the matches of Germany in this World Cup. Germany’s loss to Spain in the semi-finals had triggered an outcry against Paul, with the Internet swarming with surfers who wanted to have the creature on their dinner table.last_img read more

German carmaker Audi to enter used car business in India

first_imgAfter posting a growth of 66 per cent in the last six months, German luxury carmaker Audi is planning to enter the used car business by 2011 and is looking at adding more models to its portfolio.The company sold 1,876 cars from January-August, 2010 against 1,128 units sold in the same period of the previous year. It expects to sell 2,700 units by the end of this year.”Having successfully surpassed last year’s annual sales performance, we are confident that this consistent growth, which Audi India has been witnessing through 2010 will help us achieve our goals for the year,” Michael Perschke, head, Audi India, said.The company will ramp up its output by 50 per cent in India to about 3,000 units next year.Audi also said it will bring more models to the Indian market.This includes the launch of luxury sedan A7, a new variant of A6, import a completely new version of A8 and a 4.2 litre TDI version of Q7.The company currently assembles luxury sedans A4, A6 and sports utility vehicle Q5 at its Aurangabad facility.last_img read more

Depleted but India still dangerous at home: Cook

first_imgEngland’s ODI captain Alastair Cook Wednesday said even a depleted India would be quite a handful in the upcoming series as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men would be playing on home turf even though his own side will have no problem in adapting to the conditions.England whitewashed an injury-hit India 4-0 in Tests and beat them 3-0 in a five-match ODI series when Dhoni and his men came visiting in July earlier. But Cook said the dominance in that series counts for little in the five-match series starting October 14 here in the southeastern Indian state Andhra Pradesh.”I don’t read too much into the favourites tag. It is going to be a very different challenge, I don’t see any relation between what happened in England and what is going to happen here. India is historically strong at home,” he told reporters, a day after his team’s arrival for the series.Once again India wear a depleted look with the missing list including the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma due to injuries sustained on the tour of England.Asked if the lack of experience of bowlers in the Indian team would work to England’s advantage, Cook stressed that despite lack of international exposure, they would still be quite a force because of their grasp over local conditions.”They might be inexperienced in international games, but they are experienced in local conditions which is an important thing. Obviously it is going to be a tough challenge,” he said.advertisementReplying to a query, Cook said pitches in the sub-continent do spin and that his team is expecting slow wickets.”We managed to cope with the weather conditions where we played, I don’t think that is a hindrance to us,” he said.On how much a factor dew would be during the series, he said, “It is going to be same for both sides. I am not too sure exactly how much dew will be there at each venue. We will have to cross the bridge when we get there.”Asked about the new ICC rule changes, under which runners have been banned, Cook said he is not too sure about how it will affect the game.”The team that adapts quickly to the changes will have an advantage,” he said.Asked about the Decision Review System, Cook said his team “enjoyed the system as it can get more decision right with the help of technology.”last_img read more

Jayalalithaa completes deposition in assets case, answers Special Court’s 1,339 questions

first_imgWinding up her deposition before a special court in Bangalore, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday maintained the disproportionate asset case against her was “politically motivated” and “fabricated” at the instance of her rival DMK.Appearing for the fourth time since last month before special judge BM Mallikarjunaiah in the 15-year-old case, she completed answering 1,339 questions framed by the judge, who recorded her statement in the closed door hearing held at the high-security makeshift court hall at Parapana Agrahara on the city outskirts.Jayalalithaa, who had replied to 580 questions on Tuesday, fielded the remaining 192, special public prosecutor B V Acharya told reporters after the more than three-hour-long proceedings.”With today’s deposition she has answered all the 1,339 questions which were framed by the court under section 313 of CrPC (relating to recording of statement),” he said.The AIADMK supremo had appeared before the court on October 20 and 21 when she replied to about 571 questions.She deposed in the court on Tuesday for the third time after Supreme Court rejected her plea for exemption from personal appearance and seeking permission to submit written answers.Apparently relieved at the completion of the deposition, Jayalalithaa who emerged out of the court greeted the onlookers with folded hands and sporting a smile as she drove to the airport en route to Chennai.During Wednesday’s proceedings, Jayalalithaa also filed “a very detailed” statement along with several documents in addition to her deposition, he said adding in her statement she had asserted the case was fabricated at the instance of DMK which was in power in 1997. “Therefore it is a politically motivated case.”advertisementAcharya said the court adjourned the next hearing in the case to November 29 when it will record the statements of the other three accused including Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala, at the regular special court in the city.In her statement, Jayalalithaa also said the case was taken up and an inquiry ordered under the CrPC on the basis of a ‘false’ complaint by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy.She also stated that the search warrant was only taken in respect of her 31/3 Poes Garden residence and not the adjacent house. Therefore, the search (in the other house) was illegal.On seizure of costly sarees and matching accessories like footwear and watches during the raids, she said as a famous actress she had acted in about 120 films in various languages, where she was required to wear them with matching accessories.”Because a saree once used in a film will not be used again, she had kept all these as a momento and police is wrong in valuing all these sarees and footwear,” Acharya quoted Jayalalithaa as telling the court in the written statement.She termed the investigations by police officials as ‘illegal’ and said permission was granted only to probe the complaint filed by Swamy.She said searches of all her properties in Hyderabad was illegal as the court has no right to issue a search warrant for properties outside Chennai.Jayalalithaa alleged that the case has been instituted by her political opponents to defame her and tarnish her image in the eyes of the public.She, however, admitted that music director AR Rahman attended the marriage of her estranged foster son Sudhakaran in 1996 and also performed at the instance of the bride’s family. “We have not received any payment for it.”She said Rehman produced some silver articles given to him by the bride’s family while inviting him for the marriage.Jayalalithaa denied the statement by an IAS officer that she had used government officials for her private purpose.She also stated that during the check period, she had no other property except the Poes Garden property.She said that during investigation, the then law minister Madhavan and DMK leader Arcot Veerasamy interfered in the process, which she termed illegal.Jayalalithaa’s senior counsel B Kumar, said she answered all the remaining questions “correctly and to the point.”He said she has also filed a written statement detailing her grievances and that her examination under Sec 313 CrPC has been completed.Kumar said the questions pertained to investigation by police and documents acquired by them during the raids.Kumar said the “whole case is false and engineered by her opponents and is totally mala fide.”last_img read more

Ex-cricketers back youngsters for Team India

first_imgAs Team India’s struggles continue down under with the failure of the big guns in Tests one after the other, former Indian greats believe that it is now time for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to make some hard decisions. Most of the senior batsmen of the struggling side have failed to score consistently in their last seven Test matches overseas. Former skipper Sourav Ganguly said, “Time has come to bring in young players as well. There has been talk about Laxman being left out. He is being made a soft target. There are others who have not performed either.” “For me it is not about seniors or juniors, it is about the non performers… Selectors, who I hope are watching me, it is important to decide who the performers are. He could be a 39-year-old or may be a 21-year-old,” Ganguly said. While no one doubts the credentials of these match winners, the lacklustre show from the seniors since the start of the England tour has repeatedly raised question marks. Their performance in the last seven away Tests highlights the fact that there was need for a change. “You speak to the likes of Laxman, Dravid, Sehwag, how much value they out on their performance. They just have not scored big. If India have to be the number one side, they need to win overseas, which has been the biggest problem… Four Tests in England, three here (in Australia), I have not seen an Indian team performing so poorly,” Ganguly said. While question marks were raised over the performance of the likes of Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman, Ganguly felt that any particular individual should not be made a scapegoat. “If Laxman goes, there are many others who must also. Team never loses with age, it wins or loses with the number of runs you score or number of wickets you take,” he said. Apart from Ganguly, former cricketers Madan Lal and Chetan Chauhan also felt that Team India needed a drastic change. They said time had come for the BCCI to make some tough decisions.advertisementlast_img read more

Grand old restaurants in Delhi get better with time

first_imgTradition and taste rule Delhi’s eat streets. Ask the restaurants that have opened with much talk of ambience and decor, only to quietly shut shop and disappear soon afterwards. Or ask Kwality, which opened its doors to Delhi’s diners in 1939, and still packs in the crowds.Or United Coffee House,,Tradition and taste rule Delhi’s eat streets. Ask the restaurants that have opened with much talk of ambience and decor, only to quietly shut shop and disappear soon afterwards. Or ask Kwality, which opened its doors to Delhi’s diners in 1939, and still packs in the crowds.Or United Coffee House, Moti Mahal Deluxe, Gaylord, Embassy or Pindi-all over 50 years old and still running to full tables every day. Clearly, great restaurants never die. They simply get better with the passage of time.What makes them special is that, in this age of modern eat-and-scoot counters, these restaurants hark back to an era where time wasn’t money. When conversation was as palatable as the dishes that they served in style. The most vital ingredients of their success are food coupled with comfort, ensuring that these golden oldies continue to score over all the new kids on the chopping block.Gaylord is now divided into three sections-a deli, a coffee shop and the main dining area for lunches and dinnersGaylordOpened: 1952 At: 16 Regal Building, Connaught Circus Tel: 51502030-34 Cuisine: Indian and Continental Timings: 10 am to midnight Snacks from 10 am to 7 pmEstablished at a time when the concept of fine dining did not exist in the capital, each of these started out virtually as great halls of tables and chairs with food served on steel plates. Over the years, each moved up the luxury chain, adding fancy china and elegant seating.Barring Gaylords, none of them has lost its old world charm. Interestingly, all these are family-run businesses, or shall we say, dynastic restaurants. Each successor has brought with him his own set of strategies, making sure that the cash registers never stop ringing.Pishori Lal Lamba graduated from Lahore, came to Delhi and started Kwality with his friend I. K. Ghai. They began by serving only ice cream and milkshakes. In March 1942, an American soldier came to the restaurant, and fell in love with the ice cream. He polished off half a block of vanilla ice cream, and then disappeared, only to resurface with his friends who were staying at the nearby Hotel Marina. One of the American friends, for a grand sum of Rs 400-a fortune in those days-taught Lamba how to make ice cream sundaes. He also gave Lamba an invaluable tip. “He told me to stay open till 1 a.m. and serve ice cream outdoors on the verandah. I did, and literally tripled my profits. After late night movies, people would come to have supper at Kwality,” remembers Lamba.advertisementUnder Sunil Lamba, the Kwality empire spread its wings to many other areas in the capital and NCRKwalityOpened: 1939 At: 7 Regal Building, Connaught Circus Tel: 23742310, 23742352 Cuisine: Indian and Continental Timings: 12 pm-11pmBut it’s Kwality’s Chana Bhature that actually set the bar. Lamba had got the recipe off a cook from Rawalpindi, the original chana capital. On August 1, last year, Kwality celebrated its 65th anniversary. To mark the occasion, it offered a discount of 65 per cent to every customer who came in on that day. For the rest of the month, it offered 10 per cent off every bill.Kwality is now managed by Lamba’s son Sunil, a hotel management graduate from Cornell University. Under him, the family empire has grown to include the Village Restaurant Complex at Asiad Village, Breads & More at Greater Kailash I and Kwality Express at Gurgaon’s DT Mall.Lamba and Ghai have more than just Kwality to their name. Having made a success of that, they opened Gaylord in 1952. “At that time, Gaylord was the fanciest restaurant in the city, outside of Imperial Hotel,” says Ghai’s grandson Gaurav. Strictly a black tie place, many European bands performed there. “Gaylord has evolved with every decade. For instance, maintaining our international flavour was impossible when alcohol was prohibited. We then started concentrating on Indian food,” explains Ghai. Gaylord suffered with South Delhi overtaking Connaught Place (CP) as the entertainment venue in the Nineties. But with the Metro Rail and improved infrastructure in place, Ghai believes CP is set for a revival. Which is the reason for Gaylord’s recent makeover. FAMILY PRIDE: Clockwise from top left, Pindis Yash Pal, Vinod and Anuj WadhwaPindiOpened: 1954 At: 16 Pandara Road Tel: 23387932, 23387171 Cuisine: Indian Timings: 11.30 am-midnightAbstract paintings and photographs of Qutab Minar and India Gate adorn the new green walls. Gaylord is now divided into three sections-a deli, a coffee shop for snacks, and the main dining area for lunches and dinners.Fortunately, for regulars the signature continental dishes haven’t gone off the menu. “We wanted to adapt without losing the essence and soul of our food,” says Ghai.Pandara Road has long been synonymous with good Punjabi fare. Pindi, the oldest restaurant in that block, can take credit for that. Founder K.L. Wadhwa started off by selling chana bhatura from the roadside at India Gate, and then moved on to a small dhaba at Pandara Road before opening Pindi in 1954.advertisementToday, his 23-year-old grandson Anuj Wadhwa is gearing up to take over the reins. Pindi mainly relies on its old loyal clientele, says Anuj. “We get a lot of repeat business. It’s a pleasure to see three generations dining together, and our good food and friendly staff ensure a pleasurable experience for all,” adds Anuj.Meanwhile, his 78-year-old grandfather continues to supervise the kitchen. “He comes every morning to ensure that everything is running smoothly,” says this proud grandson. With increasing competition-and a new marketing brain at the helm-Pindi is now considering launching print advertisements, for the first time in its history. “Just to let people know that we’re still around,” explains Anuj. Monish Gujral of Moti MahalMoti MahalOpened: 1947 At: M-30, Greater Kailash 1 (Tel: 2923040); Gurgaon: DT City Centre Mall (Tel: 95124-5068126); Noida: G-49, Sector 18 (Tel: 951202-517007); Faridabad: Sector 12/2 Destination Point (Tel: 95129-2277811) Cuisine: Indian Timings: 12 pm-3.15 pm and 7 pm to midnightPindi’s other marketing strategies include giving sachets of its special spices to regular customers. About its home delivery, Anuj says: “We don’t have a minimum order policy for free home delivery but people usually shy away from absurd requests. However, I would deliver even half a tandoori chicken to Noida.” Care to put him to the test?You can’t talk about old Delhi restaurants and not mention Moti Mahal. After all founder Kishori Lal Gujral is believed to have invented butter chicken and the tandoori cuisine in Peshawar in the 1920s.Post 1947, the first Moti Mahal on this side of the border opened in Daryaganj. Jawaharlal Nehru was said to have been completely floored by the tandoori dishes that Gujral cooked for the wedding of a minister’s daughter. Till today, Moti Mahal caters for the Gandhi family.Kishore Lal’s grandson Monish is now the man in the hot seat. “Successful restaurants need to have four USPS: superior quality of food, consistency in standards, the ability to change with the times and a strong PR base. We are strong in all four,” says Gujral.The restaurant moved out of Daryaganj in 1976. “We realised that Daryaganj had lost its appeal as a restaurant location. The parking arrangement was inadequate. Besides that, all the action had shifted to South Delhi so we too decided to shift base to Greater Kailash,” explains Gujral. Moti Mahal has been successfully expanding since then. “I now have restaurants in Gurgaon, Noida and Faridabad, besides Mumbai. It would be foolish to not operate out of malls today,” reasons Gujral. UCH is like a coffee shop outside a hotelUchOpened: 1940 At: 15-E Connaught Place Tel: 23742310, 23742352 Cuisine: Indian, Italian, Chinese and Continental Timing: 9:30 am to midnightThe decor of the new restaurants is far more contemporary than that of the GK one. Photographs of celebrities and political dignitaries eating at Moti Mahal don the walls. What remains unchanged is the quality of the food, which Gujral is personally involved in.advertisementIn fact he says he is passionate about cooking, and can dish out “anything on Moti Mahal’s menu.” Next in line are canned versions of the restaurant’s delicious daal and butter chicken gravy.Sunil Malhotra of Embassy has the simplest same plan “Keep the quality of food consistent and customers will definitely reurn,” he says. Malhotra believes that his regular patrons enjoy a sense of familiarity when they come to Embassy. “For them, it’s a trip down memory lane. So my policy is to not make too many changes,” he says.Which is why Embassy’s menu hasn’t undergone too many changes since the time it was run by Malhotra’s father. Prem Nath Malhotra left a restaurant behind him in Karachi during Partition. But he brought his chefs with him to Delhi, and these chefs and their sons still run the Embassy kitchen.This restaurant is very proud of its old recipes and says diners can find dishes like Daal Meat, Chicken Musalam and old English style Cream pudding “only at Embassy.” Adds Malhotra proudly: “Fusion is considered fashionable these days. But we dabbled with it long back. For instance, our Chicken Musalam is a continental chicken in white sauce. But we spiced it up with an Indian touch.”Sunil Lamba with Embassy’s signature puddingEmbassyOpened: 1948 At: 11-D Connaught Place Tel: 23416434 Cuisine: Indian and Continental Timings: 10 am to midnight”My food is timeless. I don’t bother with the latest trends,” explains Malhotra. Nor can he be bothered with expansion plans. He explains, “My father once told me that expansion is easy, but retaining control is difficult. I’m happy with my business.”Equally happy with his business is Akash Kalra of United Coffee House (UCH). What started off as a cafeteria selling tea and snacks 65 years ago is today a multi-cuisine restaurant with a seating capacity of 150.”We only make changes when required. We love the way we were,” explains Kalra whose grandfather Lala Hansraj Kalra and great uncle Sudarshan started the restaurant. In fact the only modern touch is probably the large TV screen, to ensure that UCH doesn’t lose business on the days of big sporting events.Central to UCH’s charm is that it operates like a coffee shop outside a five star hotel. “I don’t limit my customers to a lunch menu or a snack menu. Everything is available at all times,” says Kalra. UCH also has a well equipped bar. “I house all the international brands and the finest liqueurs. My bartender can make all the fancy cocktails- from margaritas to dai quiris to Cosmopolitans,” he goes on to add.UCH has a Happy Hours scheme going, to keep the numbers up in the evenings. Three months ago, Kalra introduced live music to pick up business on his slower days – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. “It’s a one man show on the guitar and synthesiser. In tandem with the overall ambience, I wanted only oldies,” he says.The way we see it, these restaurants will carry on till eternity.last_img read more

NBA: Anthony sees no problem playing power forward with Thunder

first_imgArgentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges “I have no problem with playing the four,” Anthony, who mostly suited up at small forward for much of his 14-year NBA career, told ESPN’s Royce Young. “I actually like that, I actually embrace that. And for this team, I think it will be better.”Although he has never considered himself a typical “stretch four,” the 10-time NBA All-Star said he’s used to playing the position, citing his earlier years with the Denver Nuggets as an example.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’ve been playing the four almost all my career,” he added. “Even in Denver…we kinda started going playing that small ball, putting me at the four, picking up the pace. We kind of started that.”The move comes as no shock to most fans, as the Thunder also managed to land superstar Paul George in the off season, who would likely take up the small forward slot. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Anthony’s strong physique would also help ease his transition better, as George was not really fond of playing the four during some stretches when he was with the Indiana Pacers.Still, Anthony relishes the chance to play for a legitimate contender and credits today’s “position-less” basketball for allowing him to pair up with both George and Russell Westbrook.“Now, it’s just whoever,” he said. “You have two-guards playing center now, guys 6-foot-5 playing center. So, it really doesn’t matter at what position it is, what spot out there, as long as you fill those spots.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Carmelo Anthony (7)  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)After laughing off a reporter’s query as to whether he’s willing to come off the bench for his new team, Carmelo Anthony said he had no problem sliding to the power forward position for the Oklahoma City Thunder.The team’s head coach, Billy Donovan, recently made it known that the 33-year-old superstar would indeed be filling in at the four position full-time.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Maliksi’s scoring prowess delivering results for Blackwater Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View commentslast_img read more

Gymnastics doctor facing at least 25 years in prison

first_imgFILE – Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar (L) with defense attorney Matt Newberg (R) in the 55th District Court where Judge Donald Allen Jr. bound him over on June 23, 2017 in Mason, Michigan to stand trial on 12 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKYDETROIT — A sports doctor accused of molesting several girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University will plead guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and face at least 25 years in prison, a person with knowledge of the agreement said Tuesday.The person was not authorized to publicly discuss the agreement ahead of a Wednesday court hearing for Dr. Larry Nassar in Michigan’s Ingham County and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Smalling defends himself after England omission Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Malditas save PH from shutout Nassar, 54, is charged with molesting seven girls, all but one of whom were gymnasts, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic. He’s facing similar charges in a neighboring county and lawsuits filed by more than 125 women and girls.Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among Nassar’s victims.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe plea deal in Ingham County calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years, but a judge could set the minimum sentence as high as 40 years. In Michigan, inmates are eligible for parole after serving a minimum sentence.The girls have testified that Nassar molested them with his hands, sometimes when a parent was present in the room, while they sought help for gymnastics injuries. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ “He convinced these girls that this was some type of legitimate treatment,” Assistant Attorney General Angela Poviliatis told a judge last summer. “Why would they question him? Why would they question this gymnastics god?”Separately, Nassar is charged with similar crimes in Eaton County, the location of an elite gymnastics club. He also is awaiting sentencing in federal court on child pornography charges.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021last_img read more