Month: November 2019

Big win by Aric, bigger triumph by league

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Once [the league] grows, it will be like the NBA,” Pacquiao said in Filipino. “If they have East and West, here we can have North and South.”“There are lots of cities that wanted to join,” he added. Pacquiao said the queue of teams knocking on the MPBL door was enough for a 20-squad roster but league organizers opted to limit the participating teams to just 10. “Unfortunately, we already had a program set. But they’re welcome to join the next conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships PLAY LIST 01:30Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Recognizing also the forgotten and obscure Read Next Pacquiao, the eight-division boxing champion, believes that the MPBL do for boxing what weekly prizefights did for his boxing career.“I got into boxing when I was young because weekly, there were fights staged in our place. I see it the same way here, that we can do that in basketball,” said the 39-year-old Pacquiao. “In time, we can discover good basketball players because anybody can play here.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe MPBL Anta Rajah Cup tipped off at the Big Dome with Daniel de Guzman of Parañaque scoring the league’s first basket. The Patriots went on to score the inaugural victory, 70-60, over the Caloocan Supremos.Gab Dagangon led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds as Parañaque gifted the well-loved Del Rosario a win to mark his return to coaching. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MPBL founder Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonSen. Manny Pacquiao finally unveiled his Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Thursday evening, raffling off cars and motorcycles to patron ticket holders and watching Aric del Rosario return to coaching on the saddle of victory.The turnout was enough to embolden Pacquiao to go after even bigger goals—like turning the MPBL into the country’s version of the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Rousey shifts to wrestling with surprise Royal Rumble cameo

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City The former UFC bantamweight champion also told ESPN that she’s fully committed to wrestling and not just planning cameos at WWE’s biggest events.“This is my life now. Yeah, they have first priority on my time for the next several years,” she said. “This is not a smash and grab, this is not a publicity stunt.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRousey appeared to roaring fans Sunday night after the women’s Royal Rumble in Philadelphia, challenging winner Asuka to fight at Wrestlemania — scheduled for New Orleans in April — by pointing to a sign as Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” blared through the arena.Rousey fed into the surprise with a little misdirection before one of wrestling’s biggest pay-per-view events of the year. Before getting in the ring, she had ruled out an appearance at the Royal Rumble in an interview and even posted an Instagram video over the weekend of herself in Colombia enjoying a night out with the crew filming her latest movie, the action thriller “Mile 22” with Mark Wahlberg and John Malkovich. MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UFC President Dana White said Rousey will never fight again for the company, and Rousey said she hasn’t followed MMA in the past year.Rousey adopted the “Rowdy” nickname from WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. She notably stood side-by-side with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as they fought off the villainous Triple H and his wife and fellow executive, Stephanie McMahon, in a segment at WrestleMania in 2015.Rousey also appeared at WWE’s Mae Young Classic. Rousey and fellow MMA fighters Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke were known as the Four Horsewomen — a tribute to the nefarious Ric Flair-led Four Horsemen stable of the 1980s and ’90s. Baszler now wrestles for WWE, and the rest of the Horsewomen stable confronted WWE stars Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Bayley at the female wrestling tournament.“Name the time. Name the place,” Rousey told the WWE stars in a tense standoff.Rousey could lead her Horsewomen against a WWE faction at WrestleMania on April 8.“I think with her main eventing in UFC, she obviously opened the door for us to be taken more serious as superstars,” said Flair, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. “It’s one thing to show up one night. It’s another be a WWE superstar. I’m on the road with all the other girls, all the men and women who are on the road 270 days a year. We bust our butts to be called WWE superstars.“She’ll have to put in the work if she wants to be a part of what we do.”The best scenario for WWE could be Rousey being used sparingly and steamrolling every opponent, much like she did early in her MMA career to earn the reputation as the Baddest Woman on the Planet.“Ronda Rousey should go out there and just smash everybody. Ronda Rousey’s matches should look like her early UFC career where she was out there for a minute, 2 minutes, just submitting everybody,” UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier said. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Still, she had frequently met with WWE executive Paul Levesque, better known as wrestling superstar Triple H, to discuss her interest in a deal that finally came to fruition.She has not fought since she suffered a 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December 2016. Rousey (12-2) lost two straight bouts in 13 months and took a break to extend her entertainment credits, including a stint as team coach in the reboot of “Battle of the Network Stars.”WWE fans have been clamoring for Rousey to make the move and speculation (correctly) ran wild on a Royal Rumble appearance at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Rousey has made cameo appearances on WWE programming the last few years and even trained at the company’s performance center in Orlando, Florida.It’s unclear whether Rousey plans to fully give up on the UFC and mixed martial arts, and she would not commit to saying she’s retired when asked directly by ESPN.“That’s what everybody else seems to say — I mean, I never retired from judo. So that’s what you guys want to think,” she said. “All I know is I really want to devote 100 percent of my time to wrestling right now and whatever people want to call that they can call it.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japanese stars reign at Royal Rumble NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers FILE – This July 15, 2015, file photo shows mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey working out at Glendale Fighting Club in Glendale, Calif. The former UFC champion Rousey could soon make the move to WWE. She’s met with WWE executives and has seemed excited about the possibility of becoming a wrestler. Rousey may not debut at one of WWE’s signature events this weekend in Philadelphia because she’s filming a movie in Colombia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)PHILADELPHIA — Ronda Rousey’s next bout in the ring won’t come in mixed martial arts but in the world of professional wrestling.The biggest superstar in women’s MMA officially made the jump to WWE on Sunday night with a surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

He called bank: Lassiter clutch 3 one of biggest shots of his career

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the pivotal Game 3 in the semifinals on the line, Marcio Lassiter just wanted to give San Miguel Beer a chance to win by attempting a shot before the buzzer sounded.“I looked up and I saw we had about six seconds left so I knew I had some time to kind of get up for a shot,” the San Miguel Beer swingman recalled on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “From there, I just wanted to make sure that we can get a good shot off. I was just creating enough separation to get a good shot off.”READ: Lassiter nails clutch 3 as Beermen slip past Hotshots FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt wasn’t exactly a good shot with a defender in Star’s Justin Melton hounding him in the left wing, but it beat the clock, hit the glass and went through the nylon.“One of the biggest shots of my career and I just wanted to be ready. It’s not over until the last second and I always play up to the last second. I threw it up and it looked good.” “It was a Game 2 vs. Rain or Shine, it was just like a split second [late] like a 0.1 tenth of a second I didn’t get it off. I’m just kinda glad that this one went in and it just seems like God blessed me today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Great escape for Beermen World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Lassiter said he intended the bank shot and stressed his clutch basket was no fluke.“I called bank. Yeah, I meant to do that,” he said with a big grin after scoring 12 points in a 111-110 win that moved the Beermen on the cusp of another finals appearance.READ: Lassiter heats up as San Miguel cruises to PBA semis The 30-year-old Lassiter, one of the deadliest shooters in the PBA today, also shared a similar moment last year in Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semis against Rain or Shine where he banked in a triple at the buzzer only to find out upon review that his shot failed to beat the clock.“You know, it was kinda cool to be in that moment and I don’t know if you guys remember, last year I also had a buzzer-beater so you know, this is not like a fluke shot,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Pogoy shrugs off nerves to get career best in first PBA Finals trip

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRoger Pogoy was a bundle of nerves heading into his first finals game in the PBA.After all, despite his reputation as big-time shotmaker, he’s just a 24-year-old rookie playing in the grandest stage against the most dominant team in the league today.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “Honestly, I was really nervous,” the TNT swingman Pogoy told INQUIRER.net in Filipino after helping the KaTropa take Game 1 of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup Finals with a 104-102 win over the San Miguel Beermen. “But my coaches and teammates gave me a lot of confidence and once I hit the court, I felt different.”READ: Smith game-winner lifts TNT past San Miguel for 1-0 leadFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTrue enough, there wasn’t a trace of anxiousness the way Pogoy played and it felt as if he had been in the league for quite some time.It’s rare for a rookie who claims to be nervous to still put up career-high 27 points, 13 in the fourth quarter, built on five 3-pointers, which goes to show Pogoy breathes rarefied air. 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 Gamescenter_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Pogoy said he just repaid the coaches’ faith in him and coach Nash Racela response to a reporter’s question regarding his guard’s career performance proves how much the team believes in the former Far Eastern University star’s capabilities.READ: Keys to Victory: San Miguel-TNT finals series “Did he (Pogoy) play well today?” Racela asked. “I really didn’t focus on those things. To me, I think what I got from Roger today was the normal things we were getting all along. Maybe it was extra special because he scored a lot.”But despite Pogoy’s offensive brilliance, what stood out the most to Racela was his contributions on the other end of the floor.“His defense was crucial and that’s something that we always require of him. I think he was just blessed today to hit 3-pointers and that’s something that is part of his arsenal.”ADVERTISEMENT Smith game-winner lifts TNT past San Miguel for 1-0 lead LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Pogoy expects the Beermen’s defense to also tighten up on him in Game 2 after his outburst but he will be ready for the challenge ahead.The KaTropa will shoot for a 2-0 lead on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View commentslast_img read more

Yee staying with Lady Maroons for now

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJerry Yee clarified Wednesday he’s still the head coach of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons after his supposed departure from the team last week.A talk with Assoc. Prof. Ronualdo Dizer, Dean of the UP College of Human Kinetics, persuaded Yee to stay with the Lady Maroons until the school decides to find a replacement.ADVERTISEMENT NBA legend Mutombo looking to purchase Houston Rockets Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet The Lady Maroons were then poised to duplicate their Cinderella run in Season 79 going 4-0 in their first four games but they failed to sustain their momentum losing four straight after the unblemished start.Yee said he hopes to lead UP to a better outing in Season 80 as they look to improve from their 7-7 record.“I’m working with the team, we’re trying to focus, and hopefully we play better in the UAAP, return to the top four or a podium finish if possible,” said Yee.Still, Yee didn’t rule out a sudden exit if UP finds a capable replacement.“Whatever happens, I’m willing to give way if they find someone whom they want to replace me with.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I wanted to [leave the team] but Dean wouldn’t let me, so the decision’s up to them,” said Yee after their game against BanKo Perlas in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.“The job’s been so stressful, there are issues beyond our control, so I was really tired,” said Yee in Filipino. “I wanted to leave, then I got a call from Dean and I talked to the players so I decided that I will stay for one more year. I’m not that difficult to talk to.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn a Facebook post last Saturday, Yee said he was “calling it quits” after four seasons but the post has since been deleted.Yee steered the Lady Maroons to a Final Four entry in Season 78 of the UAAP where they finished with an 8-6 record but fell to eventual champions De La Salle University in the semifinals. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

IN PHOTOS: Kuala Lumpur Sports City ready for 2017 Southeast Asian Games

first_imgWorld-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony A vibrant sports hub awaits the region’s best athletes when Malaysia hosts the 2017 Southeast Asian Games from Aug. 19 to 30.Showcasing world-class infrastructure, the Kuala Lumpur Sports City boasts of a massive National Stadium at its heart. The multi-million project spearheaded by Malaysian Resources Corp. Berhad (MRCB) and Populous also features the refurbished National Aquatic Centre, the Axiata Arena, the National Hockey Stadium and a sprawling plaza.Photos by Jasmine W. Payo and MRCB.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo ‘Sharp’ Beermen get Grand Slam bid going with rout of Elite National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Aerial view of the world-class Kuala Lumpur Sports City.KL2-The new National Stadium sits at the heart of the sprawling Kuala Lumpur Sports City complex.KL3-Twisted blades wrap the National Stadium. The design provides protection from the sun and also allows natural ventilation.KL4-A canopy walkway linking KL Sports City to the train station makes it accessible to sports fans.KL5-The lit-up LED facade of the National Stadium. Like a big digital wall, it can flash images as each blade can be programmed into any kind of color or graphic.KL6-Boasting a seating capacity of 85,700, the National Stadium looks just as impressive inside. It also features high-definition big screens and state-of-the-art lights and sounds.KL7-Check out the pixelated seats at the National Stadium. It’s a design concept that gives the illussion of a crowd even if the stadium is empty.KL8-Check out the pixelated seats at the National Stadium. It’s a design concept that gives the illussion of a crowd even if the stadium is empty.KL9-The posh corporate suites featuring floor-to-ceiling glass at the National Stadium.KL10-One of the modern locker rooms at the National Stadium.KL11-The ice baths inside the National Stadium locker rooms.KL12-The facade of the National Aquatic Centre.KL13-A 10,000 square meter, single piece membrane roof from France provides shade for athletes at the competition pool and diving platform at the National Aquatic Centre.KL14-A 10,000 square meter, single piece membrane roof from France provides shade for athletes at the competition pool and diving platform at the National Aquatic Centre.KL15-The warm-up pool at the National Aquatic Centre has a movable floor that can go all the way up and serve as a multi-functional space.KL16-The Axiata Arena, where badminton will be played, features a perforated steel facade.KL17-The refurbished National Hockey Stadium.KL18-The KL Sports City makes sure it has ample green space as thousands of trees and shrubs nestle inside the complex. View commentslast_img read more

Guvs seek to double Raj Bhavan budget

first_imgGoverners want more money to be sunk for refurbishing their highmaintenance palatial abodes. Struck hard by inflation, the offices of 27 governors have put in demands with the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) to double the expenditure budget for the stately British-era Raj Bhavans.In response to a right to information (RTI) application filed by Mail Today, the MHA has revealed that the revision of expenditure ceilings for Raj Bhavans is now under the “active consideration” of the government.The MHA has provided 108 pages of documents under the RTI, including letters received by the MHA from the offices of the governors across India. To satisfy the demands made in these letters, the ministry will need to double its total existing annual expenditure ceiling of Rs 12.5 crore to nearly Rs 25 crore for all Raj Bhavans.Among all the Raj Bhavans, Maharashtra has cited inflation to seek the fattest increase. It wants the annual expenditure ceiling to be tripled from Rs1.5. crore to Rs 4.6 crore. If its plea is accepted, the Raj Bhavan in Maharashtra will be the costliest to maintain in the country along with the Tamil Nadu governor’s house which has asked for a similar hike.The increase in prices of basic food commodities and petrol, more expensive air travel as well as the steep maintenance cost of the sprawling lawns are the three reasons given by the Rajasthan Raj Bhavan for an increase of over 200% in its expenditure budget.While it has sought a budget allocation of Rs 1.13 crore from the Centre, the governor’s houses in Gujarat and Karnataka are looking for a 150% hike to take their expenditure ceiling to Rs 1.07 crore and Rs 1.12 crore, respectively. The Raj Bhavan in Gujarat has even suggested that the MHA do away with ceilings altogether.advertisement”Having regard to the position of governor as the constitutional head of the state, it may be appropriate for the Centre to leave the matter of propriety of expenditure to his prudent judgment… Ceilings serve as restricting norms?affecting the governors’ convenience and dignity in performing his duties,” the letter by the Gujarat Raj Bhavan to the MHA stated.The MHA began fixing expenditure ceilings for Raj Bhavans since 1987. The amount is charged from the consolidated fund of the respective state governments. The MHA last revised this ceiling in 2006. The governor’s house of Sikkim is the only one not to ask for a raise.The Maharashtra Raj Bhavan has written to the MHA that while the emoluments of a governor have seen a 2000% increase since 1987 and that of a clerk have gone up by 778% in the same period, the hike in expenditure ceiling for the Raj Bhavans has been merely 79%.”The prices of commodities and services such as such as the Mumbai-Delhi airfare, electricity, petrol, water, foodstuff, telephone services, soil and manure have increased manifold,” the letter to the MHA by the Maharashtra governor’s secretary stated.Why states need more allocation?- Renewal of furnishings – Hospitality expenses for official guests – Entertainment expenses for patronising art, culture and music – Office expenses of the Raj Bhavan – Maintenance & repair of furnishings – Contract allowance for stationery, laundry, sports, maintenance of vehicles – Tour expenses for governor’s travel by air, road or rail – Maintenance of gardens and lawnslast_img read more

India vs Pakistan highlights: Stars glitter in Mohali

first_imgThe  stars were on the field, in the stands and among the crowd as Mohali came to a stand still to witness the culmination of days of expectation, nervous anticipation and chestthumping patriotism. The lazy roads of the city met at one point on Wednesday as the PCA Stadium here burst at its seams to accommodate all the politicians, VIPs and celebrities who came from all over the country to be a part of a spectacle that was the World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan.There were frequent traffic jams on several routes – except the one meant for VVIPs – before the match.On Wednesday, the Chandigarh airport remained one of the busiest destinations with several chartered and scheduled flights landing and taking off prior to the match.As the Indian and Pakistani teams warmed up before the toss, the 28,000 fans had a tough time sifting through the personalities on and off the field.It is not often that the crowd turns its back when Sachin Tendulkar is going through the drills near the boundary. But that is what happens when Aamir Khan, Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, Mukesh Ambani, Vijay Mallya, son Siddharth, Deepika Padukone, Shashi Tharoor, along with various tinsel-town stars, turn up.But even these distinguished guests had to take a back seat as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani made their way to the ground. They were greeted by ICC president Sharad Pawar, BCCI president Shashank Manohar and PCB chief Ijaz Butt and were presented mementos.advertisementThe two then made their way to the playing arena, where the Indian and Pakistani teams stood side by side, soaking in one of the most mesmerising sights in competitive sport – the national anthems of two countries joined by a common yet turbulent past. As soon as the anthems were played out, the two PMs came out on the field and met the players and wished them the best.If any player was trying to keep the political and cultural significance out of his mind, the meeting with the heads of state put them face to face with stark reality; it was more than just a semifinal.Manmohan Singh first met Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, who then introduced the rest of the squad to the PM, with Gilani right behind him. It was then the turn of Gilani to give his best wishes to Dhoni and his boys. However, the Indian skipper only greeted the two dignitaries and didn’t introduce his players to them, allowing the two to meet the squad themselves.All formalities done, it was time for business to start and the fans who had thronged the stadium in all shades of blue, with a smattering of Pakistan fansin green, to shout their hearts out and cheer for some high-voltage cricket.Though the Pakistan fans were outnumbered, they did everything in their capacity to lift the eleven players from just across the border.The overpowering presence of police, commandos, paramilitary, special forces and dozens of bomb-sniffing dogs did have most present at the venue a bit edgy. The security personnel even frisked policemen in charge of manning the stands at the PCA gates.There was tension when two senior Punjab police officers were not let in. Later, senior police officers intervened to diffuse the situation. But once the first ball was bowled by Umar Gul, all apprehensions faded away as it was time to watch cricket.last_img read more

World Cup trophy wasn’t a replica: ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat

Army launches cricket tournament to bring peace in Valley

first_imgSummer is usually a busy time for the army and the police in Jammu and Kashmir, with protests from separatists and stone pelting youth keeping them on tenterhooks. This year too the security personnel are having a hard time. But rather than engaging militants or stone pelting youth on the streets, they are busy organising the Kashmir Premier League (KPL).Being played on the lines of the Indian Premier League, the KPL is also a Twenty20 tournament where 14 teams are battling it out to corner glory.Time and again sports has been used as a medium to bring social change. Be it in India or elsewhere, sports has acted as the fillip and the passport to a better life.In the North-East, disciplines such as football, boxing and archery had made a major impact in weaning youth from drugs. Likewise, in Kashmir, the army wants to use cricket not only to improve ties with the people, but to also provide the youth a chance to showcase their talent and hopefully make it big some day.An initiative of GOC 15 Corps, Lt-Gen. Syed Atta Hasnain, the T20 cricket tournament is part of the army’s ‘Operation Sadhbhavana’ – a public outreach campaign.And that the campaign is bearing fruit can be noticed with the drop in protests, while stone pelting – it had been a major cause of concern both at the state and the Centre with the death of 112 people, mostly youth last year – has become almost non-existent. And in this atmosphere of peace and normalcy, tourism too witnessed a boom in the Valley this summer.advertisementOn Monday, the cricket tournament was thrown open by chief minister Omar Abdullah. The first match was played between Srinagar Shir Dils and Budgam Badshahs at the Delhi Public School grounds. Fourteen teams from all the 10 districts of Jammu and Kashmir are taking part in the tournament whose final is slated for August 3. The winner will receive a cash award of Rs 5 lakh with the runners-up getting Rs 3 lakh.The importance of the sporting event was subtly acknowledged by the chief minister but he also had a word of advice for the army. He said the tournament should not be abandoned in the years to come or else it would give of an impression that it was organised to avoid another summer of discontent in the Valley.”I hope this tournament prospers and succeeds in future. I urge GOC Hasnain that this tournament should continue in future as well. It should not vanish from next year. Then people will presume that this tournament was not for our boys, cricket or their future, but was organised to avoid another year of turbulence, especially since the situation was not good in the last three summers. This will also be cheating the players,” Omar said.Hasnain assured Omar that the tournament would be held every year. He also expressed satisfaction with the enthusiasm shown by the people towards the tournament.”There is great enthusiasm among the cricketers in the Valley to be a part of the tournament. In one district 84 teams participated in the qualifying rounds,” Hasnain said.But the separatists are not impressed with the army’s latest effort. The hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference said that the army would not be able to wash away the crimes it had committed on the people of Kashmir.”The Indian Army is involved in war crimes in Kashmir. They are involved in fake encounters, custodial killings, rape and arson. They can’t wash these crimes by holding cricket matches and tournaments,” Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of the Syed Ali Shah Geelani- led hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, said.The massive street protests that swept the region last year were triggered after three youth were killed in a fake encounter by the army in May. More than a hundred youth died in the protests that lasted through the summer. Since then the army and the police are on a campaign to improve their image.Akbar said the state government and security agencies have imposed a “peace of graveyard” in Kashmir.”They don’t allow us to move around, keep us under house arrest and conduct these shows to show that Kashmiris have forgotten their crimes. They have not,” Akbar said.He said the army and the state are carrying out politics “in the name of cricket”, but warned that it won’t succeed.”Unless the issue of Kashmir is not solved in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiris and the UN resolution, these things ( cricket matches) will not help,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Gambhir should be fit to bat today: Team manager

first_imgIndia opener Gautam Gambhir should be fit to bat on the final day of the first Test against England if required, team manager Anirudh Chowdhary declared at the end of the penultimate day’s play at Lord’s in London on Sunday.”It was an impact injury. We have got it x-rayed and there is no fracture, nothing of the sort. He is presently icing it and he should be good (to bat tomorrow),” stated Choudhary.Gambhir was hit on his left elbow by a full-blooded sweep shot by England’s centurion Matt Prior while fielding at forward short leg.He did not come out to open India’s second innings, giving the place to Rahul Dravid.There was some more good news for India concerning Sachin Tendulkar and the perceived slow over-rates of the Indian team which, if otherwise, could have resulted in a ban for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni ahead of the second Test at Trent Bridge.Tendulkar, apparently, is on his way to recovery from the viral infection that stopped him from fielding for 215 minutes during England’s second innings.He came out to field after tea and will be able to bat tomorrow either after 98 minutes or at the fall of the fifth wicket, whichever is earlier.The word on Zaheer Khan was ambiguous which in other words implies that the left-arm seamer could be struggling to recover from his hamstring strain for the second Test.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

London Olympics: Lightening fast Bolt proves he’s the greatest ever

first_imgGrease lightning. That’s what Usain Bolt was like on Sunday night as he sprinted to glory in front of 80,000 fans in the Olympic Stadium and more than a two billion TV audience around the globe. Coming into the 100 metres final with a bit of a question mark against his name, following defeats at the hands of compatriot Yohan Blake, the defending champion — in less than 10 seconds — left none in doubt as to who the world’s greatest sprinter is. He stopped the clock in the giant arena at an incredible 9.63 seconds, the second fastest time ever.Bolt, a major showman, was not the fastest off the blocks. In fact, he was only the fifth fastest at the start. But the Jamaican got into his upright sprinting position fastest and then completely blew away the field. Blake ran a great race, clocking a personal best at 9.75 seconds, but it was more than a tenth-of-a-second slower than Bolt.It may have been the greatest 100 metres Olympic final ever with seven of the eight runners clocking under 10 seconds — and that too only because the third Jamaican, Asafa Powell, pulled himself out at 40 metres and then almost limped home in a jog-like 11.99 seconds.Trinidadian Richard Thompson, silver medalist four years ago in Beijing, clocked 9.98 seconds, but was good enough only for seventh place. So fast was the race.Standing at six feet and five inches, Bolt was among the tallest in the finals. And that was not merely physical as he stood head and shoulders above in deeds too.advertisementComing to London with all kinds of pressure, a constant back niggle needing treatment and in second place behind Blake in the Jamaican trials, Bolt was under the scanner. Or so we thought. But once he was in perfect position within the first 20 metres or so, he just pulled away with every stride and was almost two yards clear by the finish.On a night when 800 pounds was the asking rate for a ticket to the evening session, every penny spent seemed worth it. Bolt showed his class, swallowing the track and purring away like a Ferrari.Four years ago in Beijing, Bolt looked sideways before the finish and even gave an early victory signal, but he took no chances this time. It was pure speed and sheer focus.An estimated audience of two billion people watched Bolt win, according to official figures. It was by far the biggest for the Games so far.Once the race was done, Bolt was into his showman mode. He grabbed hold of a Jamaican flag and began his victory lap, high-fiving with fans and friends in the stands along the way. He even rolled over in front of the VIPs in the Main Box.And yes, for the record, Blake, took silver in 9.75 seconds, while American Justin Gatlin won bronze in 9.79 seconds. The result also completed a Jamaican double in 100 metres, with the women’s dash already in the bag before Bolt came on view.For the record, after Carl Lewis in 1988 at Seoul, this is the first time an athlete has defended his 100 metres title in back-to-back Olympics.Bolt obviously comes into the category of a true legend as in Beijing and London he has raced like none else can. As for all-time great Lewis, he became champion in Seoul only after Canadian Ben Johnson flunked a dope test.Comparing Bolt in Beijing and London, it is clear the superstar had a lot to prove here. Four years ago, he actually could ease off after 65 metres and turn his neck. On Sunday night, with the world watching, Bolt did not take any chance as he kept looking straight and ran each metre with mind-blowing intensity.last_img read more

SRK and several Bengali stars for KKR’s royal reception

first_imgThe eastern metropolis is all set to accord a “royal felicitation” to IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday at the Eden Gardens, with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee altering an important tour schedule to attend the occasion in the company of team owner and Bollywood ‘baadshah’ Shah Rukh Khan and a host of Bengal film celebrities.The hour-long programme would be attended by a number of state ministers, former cricketers and other sports personalities and cultural icons from the state.The state government is hoping for a full house at the historic ground where entry would be free.However, Sports Minister Madan Mitra said fans wishing to watch the gala would have to collect passes from the local police stations.”We will give a royal felicitation to the team. We are hoping for a packed stadium. If even on the day, we find some genuine sports lovers like say former players keen to join the celebrations, we will issue passes on the spot,” he said.SRK and Juhi Chawla will be present in the royal receptionThe programme – to be jointly organised by the state government, Kolkata Police, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) – would begin at 1 p.m.Shahrukh, likely to be the centre of attraction, would arrive Tuesday morning, while team co-owner and former Bollywood diva Juhi Chawla arrived with KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir, Yousuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla and some other players by a Monday evening flight to a rousing welcome.Hundreds of delirious fans shouting “KKR, KKR” danced in joy as Gambhir stepped into the city holding aloft the IPL trophy that his team won after a three-wicket win in a thrilling final against Kings XI Punjab at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore Sunday.Sports Minister Mitra and CAB officials were present at the airport to receive the players.The felicitation ceremony programme was finalised at a high-level meeting at the state secretariat Nabanna, where CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya, Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee, city police commissioner Surojit Kar Purokayastha and some cultural personalities were present.Mitra said the players and the support staff will be given mementos, but refused to disclose the details.”If there is no secret, the fun and excitement will be lost,” he said.He said Banerjee will felicitate the players after the programme begins with a cultural show.However, unlike in 2012 when the KKR lifted the title for the first time, the authorities have decided to do away with a roadshow of the victorious team, fearing rains.The chief minister, known for her love for cultural megashows and big ceremonies, kickstarted the hectic pace of developments Monday morning itself in a series of Facebook posts and tweets.She congratulated the Knights for their victory, and announced a felicitation programme on “public demand”.”We will felicitate KKR tomorrow (Tuesday) in Kolkata for IPL victory. There is a public demand,” she tweeted.Later, talking to media persons at the Kolkata airport before embarking on her official trip to north Bengal, she referred to the spirit of Kolkata that relishes sporting events.”The people deserve to celebrate… the people in Bengal have always loved sports like cricket and football. It is their spirit. I congratulate KKR for the win and they will get a reception tomorrow (Tuesday),” she said.Banerjee’s north Bengal tour was meant to run through five consecutive days.However, she will now return to the city Monday night – after her day-long administrative meeting in the north Bengal secretariat Utarkanya in Jalpaiguri district – to be in time for Tuesday’s ceremony, official sources said.She will return to north Bengal after the reception.After the 2012 triumph, the chief minister had feted the team outside the state secretariat and then travelled in the team bus with Shahrukh to the jampacked Eden Gardens where a civic reception was given to the victorious side.Now, the city’s cricket buffs are waiting with bated breath for a replay of the 2012 jamboree.last_img read more

Trail Blazers send Bulls crashing to fifth straight loss

first_imgChicago Bulls forward Wendell Carter Jr., right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — The Trail Blazers are taking advantage where the schedule allows.CJ McCollum had 24 points and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away in the final quarter to send the Chicago Bulls to their fifth straight loss, 124-112 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After a tight first half, the Blazers led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter but the Bulls kept the margin from getting any wider until Meyers Leonard’s dunk put Portland up 106-94 with just under eight minutes left in the game.A pair of consecutive 3-pointers from McCollum and Seth Curry put the Blazers up 112-96 and Portland went on to lead by as many as 19 points down the remaining stretch.“Rebounding and our pick and roll coverage wasn’t the best tonight,” Carter said. “It was just an effort thing, we didn’t stick to the game plan like we were supposed to. We’re learning and growing. I have no regrets about what we did tonight. We learn and move on.”Bulls coach Jim Boylen said before the game that Bobby Portis would be on a 24-minute restriction. Portis returned Sunday from a sprained right ankle that kept him out of seven straight games. He finished with 15 points in 19 minutes against the Blazers.Portland was without Maurice Harkless, because of left knee soreness. Jake Layman started in his place. Harkless, who had surgery on the knee last March, has missed 14 games this season because of the knee.ADVERTISEMENT The Blazers held a 30-29 edge after a close first quarter but they began to pull away in the second, going up 41-35 after Nic Stauskas’ 3-pointer. Portland briefly extended the lead to 10 points and 54-45 but led 56-51 at halftime. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 12 points at the break, while Zach LaVine had 12 for the Bulls.Nurkic was called for his fourth foul with 6:30 left in the third quarter and headed for the bench. Portland began to pull away late in the quarter, with Seth Curry’s 3-pointer putting the Blazers up 95-85.In his seven previous games, Nurkic he averaged 21.9 points and 11.9 rebounds. He had 20 points in Portland’s 111-101 victory over the Knicks on Monday.Chicago, which had six players in double figures, fell to the Nets 117-100 on Sunday before embarking on the five-game road trip.The last time the Bulls were in Portland, in January last year, McCollum had 50 points in a 124-108 Blazers’ victory.TIP-INSBulls: Forward Jabari Parker has played in only one of the Bulls’ last six games, and has been a coach’s decision DNP in eight total games. It has led to speculation that Chicago is seeking to trade the four-year veteran out of Duke. Parker signed a two-year, $40 million deal with the Bulls last July. He has appeared in 30 games with the Bulls this season, with 17 starts, and is averaging 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds.Trail Blazers: It was the first of two meetings with the Bulls. Portland won both of the games against Chicago last season. … Lillard was holding his left arm when he came of the court at the end of the third quarter but Portland’s trainers did not attend to him, so it did not appear to be serious. “I went up for an offensive rebound and my arm got caught up and I turned my elbow a little bit,” he said.BENCH RULES: Portland’s bench outscored Chicago’s bench 56-41. The Blazers improved to 6-0 when the bench has at least 50 points.“I liked the activity, more than anything else. I liked the activity and the flow of the second unit,” ‘Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? UP NEXTBulls: Visit Golden State on Friday night.Trail Blazers: Host Charlotte on Friday night in the last game of a five-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Anthony Davis stellar double-double as Pelicans crush Cavaliers SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and eight rebounds but got into foul trouble and came up just short of his fifth straight game with 20 or more points. Portland has won three straight and five of its last six games.Damian Lillard, who leads the team in scoring, said he’s been good with letting others take some of the load. Lillard finished with 16 points and 10 assists for his fifth double-double of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We had a stretch we played against all playoff teams. Not looking down on any of our past few opponents but they’ve been teams where we’ve been able to get things that we might not have been able to get against those other teams because we’re so familiar with them, their style,” Lillard said. “So I’ve just kind of been letting the game happen, making the right plays and guys have been playing really well.”Wendell Carter Jr. had 22 points to lead the Bulls in the first of a five-game road trip. 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Filipinos winless in Pacquiao-Broner undercard as Jayar Inson drops split decision

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Steele (9-2-1) bounced back from his loss to Sanjarbek Rakhmanov on December 7, 2018 while Inson (18-2) dropped his first fight since losing to Thulani Mbenge in June 10, 2017. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Inson’s loss saw his five-fight winning streak snapped and it also followed up the Rey Perez’ defeat to George Kambosos Jr. earlier in the card.Perez (24-11) lost via unanimous decision to Kambosos (16-0), who is Pacquiao’s sparring partner for the fight against Lucas Matthysse.Earlier, Rey Perez fell to Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partner George Kambosos Jr.For #PacBroner updates, visit The Pacquiao Files.ADVERTISEMENT Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman PLAY LIST 01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman00:50Trending Articles01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It’s Philippines vs. Texas, who will win? 🥊#InsonSteele#PacBroner pic.twitter.com/W3CCZyrDhk— MayweatherPromotions (@MayweatherPromo) January 20, 2019MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines went 0-2 in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s title defense against Adrien Broner Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJayar Inson, who hails from Davao city, lost via split decision to American Jonathan Steele in their eight-round welterweight contest.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Blistering start helps Hornets blow out Suns View commentslast_img read more

Indian cricket team selection faces charges of favouritism and parochialism

first_imgEven as the Indian cricket team unpacked its bags in London, the buzz of speculation back home grew louder and louder. For once, the prospects of S.M. Gavaskar and his “boys’ on the unpredictable green pitches of England took a back seat to charges of favouritism and parochialism that filled,Even as the Indian cricket team unpacked its bags in London, the buzz of speculation back home grew louder and louder. For once, the prospects of S.M. Gavaskar and his “boys’ on the unpredictable green pitches of England took a back seat to charges of favouritism and parochialism that filled the air. Six of the 16 are from Bombay, and this raised hackles all over the north. In a politely disapproving letter to S.K. Wankhede, the grand old president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), 11 of the 27 affiliated units requested a general body meeting to discuss the selection of the team.The five-member national selection committee is headed by former Test cricketer Polly Umrigar of Bombay. Gavaskar is reputed to have considerable influence on the committee. The team announced included new players Ghulam Parkar and Suru Nayak of Bombay, and others thought they had been unjustly preferred to Mohinder Amarnath of Delhi – whose dogged innings in the Ranji Trophy final brought Delhi victory over Karnataka – and Rakesh Shukla, also of Delhi and a steady all-rounder who has time and again proved himself in the Ranji meat-grinder. What is more, there is no back-up to wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani, although both Parkar and Yashpal Sharma can keep wickets.Accusations: The fireworks began immediately after the list was announced. I.S. Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association, said that the Indian cricket team looked more like a Bombay Ranji Trophy team. The representatives of three BCCI units – Railways, Punjab and Delhi – alleged that the non-inclusion of a second wicket-keeper was a “ploy” to deny Ved Raj of the Railways a chance and bring in Bombay’s Zulfikar Parkar “through the back door” during the tour. As for the supposed emphasis on youth, they asked pointed questions about Maninder Singh and Gursharan Singh, two young players of the north who have made their mark this season.The Delhi unit was particularly peeved because only one national selector, Vijay Mehra, watched the Ranji Trophy final, where Delhi overtook a massive Karnataka total, anchored by Amarnath who fell just short of a double century. Gavaskar also watched this match. The Ranji semi-finals, too, were treated casually by the selectors. In fact, the 16 for England must have been chosen even before the last, crucial stages of the domestic season were through.The BCCI’s acts of omission and commission set the scene for accusations about “godfathers” in the selection committee and team vice-captain G.R., Viswanath was driven to appeal for an end to the controversy, in case it demoralised the players. There is a real fear that the BCCI may be split down the middle if Wankhede does not call the general body meeting and the disgruntled units go ahead with their own.Balanced Team: Controversy apart, the Indian team is no better or worse than its predecessor. Most of the players select themselves. Nayak is relatively unknown and the only left-handed batsman in the party. He is a seamer who can also bowl left-arm spinners. If he gets into the Test team it will have to be at the cost of Randhir Singh, because India cannot afford to field six bowlers – always assuming that both left-arm spinners Dilip Doshi and Ravi Shastri will play: Doshi because he is familiar with English conditions, and Shastri because he can bat in a tight corner. Off-spinner Shivlal Yadav does not fit in the present scheme of things – play as tight as possible with the over-rate as niggardly as possible. The happiest inclusion is that of Ashok Malhotra of Haryana, a hard-hitting batsman who came off well against Keith Fletcher’s side a few months ago.However balanced the Indian team is, England in England is a slippery proposition. Cold and damp weather, tricky pitches, and the depressing precedent of having been rubbed out on the last tour in 1974 will all combine against the Indians. The only silver lining is that England will be without Geoff Boycott and Graham Gooch, who have been banned from English cricket after their “rebel” tour of South Africa. This is, however, counterpointed by the fact that with Fletcher’s unimpressive showing as captain in India, the English selectors might turn again to Mike Brearley and his magic touch. In that case, it is going to be a long, hard summer for the Indians.advertisementlast_img read more

Seven minutes to attain perfect mind, body and soul

first_imgSlow and SteadyThis week, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has laid out a simple,new guideline: run at slow speed for just seven minutes every day and cut down on your health risks.Scientists studied over 55,000 adults over a 15-year period to figure out the relationship between running,Slow and SteadyThis week, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has laid out a simple,new guideline: run at slow speed for just seven minutes every day and cut down on your health risks.Scientists studied over 55,000 adults over a 15-year period to figure out the relationship between running and longevity.Runners had a 30 per cent lower risk of death from all causes and a 45 per cent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.They lived,on average, three years longer compared to non-runners. Oddly,those who ran less than an hour a week seemed to have the same health benefits compared to those who ran more than three hours a week. See graphic to know the benefits of running.Fast and IntenseA new set of high-intensity workouts-with just body weight,a chair and a wall-comes from the American College of Sports Medicine.These high-intensity workouts, done at maximum capacity, can produce molecular changes within muscles,comparable to those from several hours of running or bike riding.The 12 exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, with 10-second rests in between.They alternate the large muscles in the upper body with those in the lower body, which makes the order of the exercises important. You could get slim and fit by doing them for just seven minutes a day.Sounds too good to be true? Just try it.last_img read more

Ray Parks makes PBA debut, Blackwater beats Meralco in OT

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Former Ateneo stars Alyssa Valdez, Den Lazaro have high praise for current Lady Eagles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ray Parks of Blackwater shoots a jumper during a game against Meralco in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Mall of Asia Arena. The Elite won in overtime. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ray Parks finally made his long-awaited PBA debut and Blackwater outlasted Meralco, 94-91, in overtime at the start of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Stocky import Alex Stepheson thew his weight around and finished with 21 points and 31 rebounds for the Elite while Parks, the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, had 20 points and eight rebounds but also committed eight turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “I’m just happy that the players stuck together even though Meralco got the lead,” said Aris Dimaunahan, who also made his debut as the Elite’s interim head coach.“They executed our offense. I’m proud of them for making stops in the endgame and they didn’t fold. I believe in these guys. They’re built for this,” added Dimaunahan, whose squad came back from 11 points down in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGani Lawal did the heavy lifting for the Bolts with a game-high 34 points and 21 rebounds but he missed a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.Blackwater also drew 21 points from Mike DiGregorio, whose free throws gave his team a 93-89 cushion with 17.7 ticks to go. MOST READ Lawal knotted the count at 85 with 45.8 seconds remaining in regulation. Trevis Jackson had the chance to win it for Meralco but he misfired on a short jumper as the clock expired, paving the way for extra time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

PVL: BanKo-Perlas ekes out win over BaliPure

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines–BanKo-Perlas hacked out a 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16 triumph over BaliPure Saturday for its first win in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.The Perlas Spikers sized up the Water Defenders in splitting the first two frames before finding traction to handily take the next two sets. They recovered from a loss to the PetroGazz Angels.ADVERTISEMENT Kathy Bersola scored 15 points for BanKo-Perlas which handed BaliPure its second successive defeat.The Perlas Spikers got the Water Defenders on their tail early fourth set, clutching a slim 8-10 lead before Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon hit their marks, and imports Lakia Bright and Yasemin Yildirin blockaded scoring zones for BaliPure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Pascal Siakam comes from small settings to star on NBA’s big stage Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

Heart attack symptoms

first_imgSymptoms of a possible heart attack include chest pain and pain that radiates down the shoulder and arm. Some people (the elderly, people with diabetes, and women) may have little or no chest pain. Or, they may experience unusual symptoms (shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness).Women are more likely than men to have symptoms of nausea, vomiting, back or jaw pain, and shortness of breath with chest pain.Review Date:8/14/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more