The Delhi Police on Thursday registered a case of negligence and started investigating the circumstances leading to the embarrassing accident involving three members of the Ugandan contingent, including the chef de mission and the press attach, at the Commonwealth Games Village on Wednesday night.The incident had upset the Ugandan sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi and even apologies from his Indian counterpart M.S. Gill and Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell could not pacify him.Gill had apologised for the incident to Bakkabulindi and Ugandan High Commissioner to India Nimisha Madhvani over the phone. But continuing with their protests, the Ugandans skipped the dinner hosted by Gill on Thursday night.Gill’s apologies failed to move the Ugandans as they wanted a personal meeting with him and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna rather than a telephonic chat. They were unhappy also because of the delay and the way case was handled by the Indian authorities.Bakkabulindi had on Thursday sought an apology over the accident in which a tyre-killer at one of the Village entrances allegedly malfunctioned and hit the vehicle carrying the Ugandan officials. Apparently it happened as the security camera could not read the security pass on the vehicle.
Pavitra Chalam, 28At the age of 21, she was already an established name in art circles. A graduate from the New York Film Academy, she has 35 documentary films in her kitty including the award-winning Anamika: Her Glorious Past. Having done stints at various news organisations as a journalist, she,Pavitra Chalam, 28At the age of 21, she was already an established name in art circles. A graduate from the New York Film Academy, she has 35 documentary films in her kitty including the award-winning Anamika: Her Glorious Past. Having done stints at various news organisations as a journalist, she finally realised that her passion lay in filmmaking. Her narrations are compelling and undeniably affective and have forced the world to sit back and take notice.Time travel: The art of story-telling has fascinated me since I was three. In my stint at NDTV and BBC as a journalist, I realised that filmmaking was my calling. I wanted to share my experiences and narrate stories on issues that affected many in our country. My journey began with Bus at the Youth Initiative for Peace in 2003 in Pakistan and I haven’t looked back since then.Above the line: Filmmaking has been a transformational experience so far. For instance, I saw my friend being overpowered by drug addiction and it changed me to an extent that I wanted to share this experience with everyone. This art has given me a vent to bring about sensitivity in the masses. It has reaffirmed my faith in what I do and what I have been doing.Lights, camera, action: Filmmaking is an honest medium and its purpose is to convey issues that matter. My films always have a human interest angle and I plan to keep it that way. I am fascinated by the styles of different filmmakers but I want my films to be beautiful and show what I have seen. I am inspired by the lives and struggles of those I film and this makes it even more imperative for me to narrate their stories.Intermission: I feel blessed to have a supportive group of friends and family. And when I am not making movies, I try to be around them as much as I can. Being an athlete, I try to catch up on kickboxing and various other sports. I adore soft toys and chocolates and have not been able to give them up, which I think is my only vice. Apart from that, I am an avid tea drinker and cannot seem to get more of it.Stepping stone: Having studied filmmaking, I knew the basics and this helped me move forward with fresher topics and a new style of presentation. In the initial days, my audience was niche. But it soon graduated to a large number of people. This overwhelming response pushed me into doing things even better.Feat of life: I still have a long way to go in terms of achievement and am still in the learning curve. Yet, every piece of my work is special and something we are meant to do. I see change around me and this ability to inspire drives me to do something unparalleled.The path to glory: It is very important to focus and develop an ability to be able to tell stories honestly. Films should glorify life and motivate everyone to help those who are deprived. If young filmmakers realise this gift, a complete transformation in how we tell our stories can happen.advertisement
Wary of an Indian backlash after their humiliating loss in the series opener, South African batting coach Duncan Fletcher on Friday asked his players to hit visiting team “hard” from ball one in tomorrow’s second cricket one-dayer here.South Africa had crushed India by a huge margin of 135 runs in the first one-dayer at Durban on Wednesday.But going by India’s performance in the tour so far, South Africa cannot afford to relax as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and company have made a strong comeback in the three-match Test series, drawing it after losing the first Test by an innings.”Just got to be very wary that this happened in the Test series. But I don’t think it will. There seems to be a very good attitude amongst this one-day squad. They seem to have learnt their lesson. It’s just important that they go in there and hit India hard from ball one again,” Fletcher told media on the eve of the second ODI of the five-match series.”And make sure they don’t get complacent. India are quite an experienced side. Although they’ve got young players, if but they are pretty experienced. You got to be wary this fact.They know how to play out of these situations. South Africa have to be careful,” added the former England coach.Fletcher, however, is not happy with the home team’s handling of the Power-plays.”I’ve always believed they haven’t really believed when they have taken it. If sides or captains want, there are a lot of possibilities on how to take them.advertisement”It’s just been a misinterpretation as how you play within the Power Play. Sometimes you’ve got to look at it as there are other advantages of taking it at a certain time,” he said.Talking about the changing face of the game in the wake of Twenty20 cricket, Fletcher said: “It (T20) had an influence right through cricket. The players are going to be more attacking, but 50 overs is a lot of cricket.”If sides think they can go out there and adopt a Twenty20 attitude from ball one, sure on a given day they might be successful, but not over a period of time. They got to be very wary that in 50 overs there will be periods when you have to be more patient.” .Fletcher also said that international teams should have the ability to adjust to different conditions and playing surfaces and was satisfied with the Proteas team on this front.”I believe South Africa matches everyone as far as one-day cricket is concerned. They haven’t been fooled by the wicket they bowled on. They won’t bowl on that wicket very often, but when they get on it they play very very well.”When they go to India the wickets may be a bit slower and a bit flatter, but they just have to get used to it. They have to adapt a bit quicker. Bowlers at the international level have got to do that. They’ve got the skill and the ability to do that,” he said.Fletcher made no bones about the fact that South Africa was missing Jacques Kallis but said the upcoming all-rounders are really bright.”Obviously they’re going to have a problem with the all-rounder. South Africa always had plenty of all-rounders which has given them depth. They’ve got into the area that without Jacques Kallis they might need a bit of depth but the backup batters are good enough. All it needs a little bit more experience I guess,” he said without taking any names.
Dr Coralie Srivastava’s astrological forecast raises a toast to staying fit this summer. Here are a few tips.Aries: March 21-April 20Aries is a fire sign, which imparts enthusiasm and dynamic energy. You would do well at rigorous sporting activities like kick boxing and weight lifting. Team sports like football or cricket are also a good idea for you.Taurus: April 21-May 20Playing tennis, badminton or squash would be a good idea to keep your body and mind fit. A practical person like you would otherwise consider exercising a waste of time, if it does not mentally stimulate you.Gemini: May 21-June 21A Gemini loves entertainment and partying with a group of friends. Workouts which can give them an opportunity to meet new people would be ideal for you. Activities like Bollywood dancing and gymnastics would fit the bill.Cancer: June 22-July 23Cancerians are always more comfortable at home. A relaxed environment while exercising would keep you fit as well as happy. You can set up a mini gym in your basement or a spare room. Running on a treadmill is a good option.Leo: July 24-August 23Leos cannot do with boredom, and tend to get lazy at times. So, exercising in the gym under the supervision of a trainer would be beneficial for you. You can also try swimming or Bollywood dancing. A dynamic workout would keep you upbeat all day long.Virgo: August 24-September 23Virgos are a perfectionists and like to push themselves harder to attain the unattainable. Rigorous running in a cross country marathon or skiing is perfect for you.Libra: September 24-October 22Refined taste and a strong aesthetic sense come naturally to you. A love for luxury and all things beautiful encourage activities like golfing in a plush golf club or exercising in a well equipped gym. A workout is more appealing when you can socialise at the same time.Scorpio: October 23-November 22Scorpio represents one of the strongest signs of the zodiac. This deep well of strength needs to be channelised in right direction. Kick boxing, karate and power yoga are good options for this powerful and intense sun sign.Sagittarius: November 23-December 22You love adventure and outdoor sports. Activities such as sky diving, bunjee jumping, mountaineering and rock climbing would give you a much needed adrenaline rush. But extreme sports involves risk. Take safety precautions to avoid danger.Capricorn: December 23-January 20A Capriconian is driven by ambition. Their structured minds would do well at golf where they would be able to exercise while expanding their networking circle.Aquarius: January 21-February 19Physical exertion is not your cup of tea. A dedicated soul like you would be more interested in alternative therapies. For instance, enrolling yourself in a Tai Chi, Chi Yung or Sudarshan Kriya class would be your key to fitness and relaxation.Pisces: February 20-March 20You are gentle, sensitive and like to live in your imaginative world. Make an effort to keep yourself calm. Healing activities like Surya Namaskar and light workouts such as cycling would release the tension and give you a fresh perspective on things.advertisement
BJP president Nitin Gadkari has gone hard on Home Minister P. Chidambaram. Firing on all cylinders, Gadkari has challenged Chidambaram to come clean on the 2G issue. In an interview to India Today Editorial Director M.J. Akbar on Aaj Tak’s Seedhi Baat, Gadkari claims to have proof that could embarrass Chidambaram. “Chidambaramji ko 2G spectrum ko clear karne ke liye bohot Lakshmi darshan hua hai (Chidambaramji’s palms have been greased in order to get the 2G spectrum nod.),” Gadkari told Aaj Tak, adding, the BJP MPs will soon provide the CBI evidence against him, seeking a probe. “Soon our MPs will go to the CBI and show them the evidence against Chidambaram, ask for an inquiry, lodge an FIR and take action against him,” Gadkari said. Gadkari alleged former telecom minister A. Raja and other corporate honchos currently in jail are not the sole beneficiaries of the 2G scam. Chidambaram too has a stake in it, the BJP chief says. “Chidambaram has signed at least 10 papers, relating to the clearances in the 2G spectrum, which shows he got money,” Gadkari says. Ironically, the allegation coincides with the Reliance Industries Limited or RIL’s apology for an employee’s remark against Chidambaram. RIL’s K.R. Raja, in a taped conversation with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, had suggested that Chidambaram was a beneficiary in the 2G spectrum scam. Chidambaram had dismissed the allegations saying, the statements attributed to K. Ramachandran Raja are totally false and defamatory. The conversation between him and Ms Radia is reckless and malicious gossip, he had said. Chidambaram had sent a legal notice to the company. The Home minister is facing heat from all corners. Earlier this week, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa demanded his resignation on charges that he won his 2009 parliamentary election by fraudulent means and now the BJP is dragging him into the 2G scam. The Congress has stood by the minister, terming the allegations as baseless. But for BJP, the latest from the Radia tapes has given it new ammunition to target the UPA. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement
China’s 2004 Athens Games champion Teng Haibin has pulled out of the London Olympics gymnastics competition with an arm injury. Teng, the 2004 gold medallist who missed out on the Beijing Games, picked up the injury during the team’s training in Northern Ireland. His place will be taken by Guo Weiyang.Teng burst into tears after realising his Olympic dream was over, Xinhua reported.”It’s a challenge for us in the London Games with a series of injuries hampering our effort to win the team title, but I haven’t lost confidence in the Chinese team,” he said.China’s head coach Huang Yubin said: “Once one bad thing happens, many other things become more difficult. Now, I’m very worried about the Games.”China’s men won seven of eight golds in the men’s artistic gymnastics events in Beijing but have played down their chances of a repeat in London.
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MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Manny Pacquiao’s knockout loss against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 did not bother him as much as the setback he suffered against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015.According to Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach, Pacquiao was never the same fighter in the aftermath of being stopped as a pro. But he explained that Pacquiao, who suffered stoppage defeats in the early days of his career, saw the knockout loss as just another part of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “Manny Pacquiao knows that being knocked out is part of the sport and accepts it more than anyone else,” Roach told boxingscene.com. “It’s part of the sport, unfortunately, things happen and that night things did not go our way.”Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is training under Roach, best friend Buboy Fernandez and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune for his defense of the World Boxing Association (WBA) “regular” welterweight title against Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe contest scheduled Jan. 19 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Showtime Pay-Per-View carrying the bout.In the same Las Vegas venue in 2012, Pacquiao faced Marquez for the fourth time in their rivalry. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting New season—not ROY plum—on Perkins’ mind TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening In the sixth round, Pacquiao appeared to be on the verge of securing a stoppage win when Marquez, in the final seconds, clipped him with a perfect counter and the Filipino star was knocked unconscious.While there was always some talk of a fifth encounter, Marquez made a career decision to reject that option and eventually retired.“We were a a punch away from getting the same result on the other side. If Manny had not lost his balance, he would not have been beaten that way,” Roach recalled.“When they knocked me out the first time I was never the same, but Manny Pacquiao sees it as part of the sport and that’s why I think he’s so efficient.”In 2015 also in Las Vegas, undefeated five-division world champion Mayweather beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision in the bout billed as “The Fight of the Century.” —BOXINGSCENE.COMADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:42PH 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOBarangay Ginebra battles TNT on Sunday at the cavernous Philippine Arena to formally open the PBA’s 44th season, but coach Tim Cone said that the Gin Kings’ crosshairs remain focused at San Miguel Beer.“I don’t think there are teams to beat, I think there’s a team to beat and that’s [the Beermen],” the decorated mentor said. “Until someone knocks them off their stretch of four [Philippine Cup titles] in a row, I don’t think you can look at it as ‘teams’ [to beat] at this point. It’s just one team right now.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s all kind of reasons to make them favorites, and it’s up to us—the rest of the teams—to improve and go out there and get them,” Cone added. “We were able to get them in the second conference. Of course we got Justin Brownlee at that point, but I think we can hold our own.”But Cone, the grizzled tactician behind two Grand Slams and owner of the most championships for a coach in the league, knows that the rest of the PBA is catching up.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“No doubt, teams have improved. Teams improve every year—through the draft, through experience or knowledge of each other, getting guys back off injury,” he said.And Cone believes that the Kings are at the forefront of that movement. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 Team keeps Pacman from training burnout Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “At this point so far, we’re healthy, which we haven’t been for a while,” he said. “Art dela Cruz is coming to lineup. I think he’s going to make a huge impact. He’s really playing under the radar. Nobody’s talking about him but I think you’ll be talking about him months from now.”Aside from Dela Cruz, Ginebra is looking to make the most out of rookie Teytey Teodoro.“I hope he can help us,” LA Tenorio told the Inquirer in Filipino. “I can see he’s ready for the PBA. He’s like a veteran; a shooter, too.“So I think he’s one of the key players we need in the team considering the kind of system we’re running.”TNT, for its part, will be drawing boosts from its old reliables when they take on the crowd darlings in the curtain-raiser that will feature the usual parade of teams’ muses.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The festivities will start at 4 p.m.KaTropa will be fielding a squad now devoid of star guard Terrence Romeo but one with newcomers like Brian Heruela, and big men David Semerad and Mike Miranda.The event will also feature performances by Parokya ni Edgar, rapper Shanti Dope, and the TNT Boys.Also scheduled is the annual Leo Awards, where the league are set to name the past season’s top individual performers.June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer is the favorite to win a fifth straight MVP trophy, with NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle providing the challenge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane with team owner Joe Gibbs after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFPDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joe Gibbs closed his eyes during a tribute lap for his late son, while crew members raised a banner to honor the co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing.J.D. Gibbs had been hand-picked by his father to run the organization, changed tires during the early seasons, had a brief stint as a driver, pushed for a pivotal switch to Toyota and discovered Denny Hamlin. He signed Hamlin to drive the No. 11, his number from his football days, and it is his name above the driver door on Hamlin’s car.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Women’s basketball teams honor cancer survivors Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. J.D. Gibbs died last month following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease and Hamlin dedicated this NASCAR season to Gibbs’ memory.When Hamlin crossed the finish line Sunday night to win his second Daytona 500 in four years, Joe Gibbs could not hold back what the moment meant to him. A Hall of Fame NFL coach with three Super Bowl victories ranked JGR’s third Daytona 500 win as top.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s the most emotional and the biggest win I’ve ever had in my life in anything” Gibbs said. “J.D. built our race team, was the guy that ran day to day operations for 27 years. He invested his occupational life in our race team. It was the most important night in my occupational life.“I know J.D. and everybody in my family was emotional.” LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ View comments Busch, now winless in 14 Daytona 500s, was initially openly disappointed in falling short.“He’s got two, I’ve got none, and that’s just the way it goes sometimes,” Busch said.But he reiterated the JGR and Toyota goal of working together to win the race and noted he didn’t have much of a shot at beating Hamlin because the field had been decimated by a flurry of late accidents.“Was trying to make sure one of us gets to victory lane, first and foremost,” Busch said. “There wasn’t enough cars out there running at the end. I don’t know how it would have played out.”Hamlin and Busch alternated as the leaders during the handful of late restarts, and the final rush to the checkered flag was a push to hold off Ford driver and reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano. The Ford camp went 1-2-3 in both of Thursday’s qualifying races and was favored to win the Daytona 500.Logano, who started his career at JGR, settled for fourth and also took a moment to honor J.D. Gibbs.“I’m not a Gibbs driver but for what J.D. has done for my career is the reason why I’m sitting here today,” Logano said. “As bad as I want to win it, it is pretty cool to think that the first race after his passing, to see those guys one, two, three, it just says he’s up there watching and maybe gave (those) guys a little extra boost there at the end.”Hamlin last year suffered through his first winless season in the Cup Series and made a crew chief change during the offseason. When he won the 500 in 2016 it was his debut race with crew chief Mike Wheeler, and this victory came in his first race with Chris Gabehart.Hamlin’s first Daytona 500 victory was in a photo finish against Martin Truex Jr. and the celebration was a blur. This one, he said, he will enjoy.“I think I was so dumbfounded about everything that happened the first time with the photo finish and everything,” Hamlin said. “This one lets me soak it in a little bit more. I’m going to have a terrible hangover tomorrow, but I’m going to enjoy it the rest of my life.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hamlin came to Daytona determined to honor his late car owner with a victory.He delivered a storybook tribute.Hamlin led JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium in overtime and was met in victory lane by the entire Gibbs family, including J.D.’s widow and four sons.“He meant a lot to me and it’s hard for me not getting choked up because I’ve been choked up about 100 times about it,” Hamlin said. “Just to have Melissa (Gibbs) and all the kids here, it’s just crazy.”Kyle Busch and Erik Jones finished second and third as JGR became the second team in NASCAR history to sweep the Daytona 500 podium. Hendrick Motorsports did it in 1997 with Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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
MANILA, Philippines–It was déjà vu all over again on Wednesday after Jalen Green, the prolific Fil-American guard, put the 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto on another poster in the 2019 NBTC League National Finals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments READ: Jalen Green puts Kai Sotto on a poster: ‘I just want to put on a show’But as if it still wasn’t enough, the 6-foot-5 Green got a steal on the next play then flushed home a two-handed slam off a lob.Green, who is the top US high school recruit in the 2020 class, dunked on Sotto during the same tournament last year. The only difference was, his latest poster had a little more emphasis.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES PBA: Alaska arrests skid, trumps Meralco to keep playoff hopes alive Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Green, who just seemed to have Sotto’s number, blew past his defender before exploding to the rim from the left baseline and threw down a nasty one-handed dunk over the Ateneo star in the second quarter of the game between FilAm Sports and the Blue Eaglets.JALEN GREEN POSTERIZES 7’2 KAI SOTTO! 😱 @JalenRomande #NBTConESPN5 #MadnessInMOA pic.twitter.com/6mFLn3oCSWFEATURED 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— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) March 20, 2019 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 MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director
Drama is in very short supply so far in these playoffs. Close games? Few and far between (more on this later). Ratings? They’re down double-digit percentages from last year, a massive hit that suggests casual fans aren’t watching if LeBron James — out of the playoffs for the first time since 2005 — isn’t playing. Tickets? There were seats on the secondary market available for Monday’s Milwaukee-Detroit game for as little as $18.That’s $18, by the way, to see a Bucks team that was the best team in the NBA during the regular season. The Bucks have the likely MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Pistons fans had to have known it would be their team’s last home game of the season. And it was, with Milwaukee winning in a rout to finish off a four-game sweep.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, logisticsA predictable one, at that.The divide between the haves and the have-nots in the NBA looks like a canyon right now. Unless San Antonio takes two of the next three against Denver, or someone rallies from 3-1 or 3-0 down, the eight higher-seeded teams will all win in the first round for the first time since 2008. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles On the one hand, that means the second-round matchups could be really good. Boston-Milwaukee. Golden State-Houston. Philadelphia-Toronto. None of them are set yet, but they would all be fascinating if they happen.“You take control of a series by winning games on the road,” Golden State star Stephen Curry said. “We’ve been able to do that.”This past weekend, all the higher-seeded teams took control by winning away from home. Road teams went 4-0 on Saturday. Road teams went 4-0 again on Sunday. That’s never happened in NBA history. And with lower seeds not cashing in on home-court advantage, this first round might wind down real fast.Boston swept away Indiana. Milwaukee swept Detroit. Houston could sweep Utah on Monday night. Philadelphia, Golden State, Toronto and Portland all have a chance to win in five games. Entering Monday, only one series — Denver vs. San Antonio — was assured of going six games. There might not be a single Game 7 in the first round. The last time that happened was 2011.Fans might want the drama that comes with close games, long series, back-and-forth tussles. Players, of course, don’t mind going without. There have been moments, of course. Portland-Oklahoma City has given us flashes of Damian Lillard vs. Russell Westbrook. And Brooklyn-Philadelphia had some on-court shenanigans, plus Nets general manager Sean Marks somehow getting into the referee locker room to complain and a Nets owner tweeting to the league’s chagrin.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) defends against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he drives up court in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)ORLANDO, Florida — If there was a silver lining for Indiana fans after the Pacers were the first team to be bounced from the 2019 NBA playoffs, it’s this: They won’t have to watch any more first-round games.For that, they should be thankful.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hot tempers, yes. Great games, not so much.“Not worried about it or paying attention to anybody else right now,” said Toronto guard Danny Green, whose team is up 3-1 over Orlando. “We’re focused on us and Orlando. We don’t skip steps here. We can’t think about the next series. We haven’t won this series yet. Can’t even think about the next series. Orlando’s our focus. They deserve all our focus. They’re a pretty damn good team. And we’re not looking ahead because we haven’t beat them yet. The job’s not finished.”Out of the first 31 games in these playoffs, road teams have gone 17-14. That’s absurd.And just two of the 31 games have been decided by three points or less. The average margin of victory so far in these playoffs: 14 points per game.So there’s been lopsided games, and for the most part, lopsided matchups. By Wednesday, most of the second round might be set. By Thursday, the first round might be completely done. 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Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal met Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his 65th birthday in New Delhi on Wednesday.The world number one shuttler, who recently won the silver medal at the World Badminton Championships, gifted Modi the racquet which she used in Jakarta.”I am happy to meet the PM after one year. I wanted to congratulate him and wish him for his birthday. I actually gave him one racquet of mine,” Saina said.PM is supportiveSaina said Modi had discussed about sports and had congratulated her for her medal winning performances at the World Championship and 2012 London Olympics.”Very happy to have a PM who is very supportive. He was telling me that a lot would be done for sports in future. It’s really good to know that he follows every sport regularly,” Saina said.Saina said Modi was very knowledgeable about sports and that he wanted to improve sports in the country.”He was talking about sports infrastructure. He said he wanted to improve sports and make sure that a lot of players come from India and do well at the international level,” she said.Saina climbed to the top spot in badminton women’s singles rankings in spite of losing to Spanish sensation Carolina Marina in the final match in Jakarta. She was ousted from the Japan Open after she lost to local shuttler Minatsu Mitani 13-21, 16-21.
March 16, 2017 Umesh Yadav celebrates the dismissal of Australia’s Matt Renshaw on the opening day of the third Test match at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium in Ranchi on Thursday. – Reuters COMMENTS COMMENT SHARE Published on Skipper Kohli suffers injury in Ranchi Test × Captain Steven Smith struck a plucky half century to guide Australia to 194 for four at tea on Day One of the third Test against India here today.Smith (80*) was in the middle alongside comeback man Glenn Maxwell (19*) in a session where Australia scored 85 runs in 30 overs at the loss of Peter Handscomb (19).It was a less productive session for the hosts, who had taken three crucial wickets in the first two hours of play, reducing the visitors to 109 for three.Ajinkya Rahane was the stand-in captain in the middle as Virat Kohli missed majority of the second session after hurting his shoulder with an awkward dive in the morning.Trying to save a boundary at deep midwicket in the 40th over, Kohli landed heavily on the fast and hard outfield of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association International Stadium Complex.Such was the impact that he had difficulty in standing up and was seen grimacing in pain, clutching his right shoulder to be rushed out of the field immediately.However, it was a memorable outing for rival skipper Smith, who became the third fastest batsman in terms of matches played to complete 5,000 Test runs in his 53rd Test.Sir Don Bradman had reached the milestone in his 36th Test, while Sunil Gavaskar took 52 matches to get past 5,000.Smith went about his job as usual on way to his 21st half-century and shared an undefeated 54-run partnership with Maxwell.Umesh looked the most impressive Indian bowler and gave the the only breakthrough of the session when he trapped Handscomb LBW with a brilliant inswinging yorker.After Handscomb’s departure, Smith found a fine ally in Maxwell.Earlier, Smith won a fine toss as their openers Matt Renshaw and David Warner played with a positive intent and cruised to 50 for no loss in 9.3 overs.But after spin was introduced at both ends in the 10th over, Ravindra Jadeja (1/49) struck in his first over with Warner (19) offering a simple return catch to the left-arm spinner.Renshaw’s first 24 runs came only in boundaries as once he cleared a fielder the ball would race past the rope.The seventh over and Ashwin came in with his ‘bunny’ Warner at the opposite end.At the other end, Warner took his time and hit his first boundary after 22 balls with an elegant cover drive off Yadav.With Warner looking to break free, Kohli employed spin attack at both ends and Jadeja was welcomed by the Aussie vice-captain with another crunching drive.The next ball, a juicy full-toss and Warner offered Jadeja a return catch for the first breakthrough for India. null Jadeja’s five-wicket haul limits Australia to 451 Umesh Yadav celebrates the dismissal of Australia’s Matt Renshaw on the opening day of the third Test match at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium in Ranchi on Thursday. – Reuters Pujara’s defiant century guides India to 360 for six cricket RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL
First Published: November 1, 2019, 11:53 AM IST Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid to join Juventus last year, will be playing for the club till the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Ronaldo has shortlisted two sides that he would join after his contract ends with Juventus. The Portuguese is either expected to make a return to Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain.There is a thin possibility of Ronaldo joining Manchester United in the near future as the Red Devils are on the path of getting back to their best, suggests a report in the Fox Sports Asia. Ronaldo believes that Manchester United will revive and make a comeback among the best by 2022, which would be a suitable time for the Portuguese star to make a return to the club. If Manchester United fails to make a comeback to the Champions League by 2022, then Ronaldo will opt for Paris Saint-Germain.Ronaldo left Real Madrid to join Juventus in 2018 in a deal that is expected to be around 100 million euros.For now, Cristiano Ronaldo fans will just have to wait to see which club he will play for after his contract with Juventus runs out. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Advertisement(Photo Credits: Dreamsgrillo)South American Giants Colombia kicks off their World Cup campaign on Tuesday when they take on Group H underdogs Japan, who’ll be playing their sixth World Cup this time.The last time Colombia and Japan locked horns was in June 2014 which saw Colombia thrashing Japan 4-1. Los Cafeteros are unbeaten against Japan. The South American Giants have qualified for their sixth World Cup this time, their second consecutive World Cup in a row after missing out on it in the previous three editions. 2014 World Cup was the last time when they have topped their respective group in the tournament. Let’s see how they fare in their journey this time.Será el cuarto enfrentamiento entre Colombia y Japón. El récord: dos victorias para los suramericanos y un empate. El último juego fue en la @fifaworldcup_es Brasil 2014. Ambos participan por sexta vez en la máxima competencia del fútbol. 🧐📘🏆#MiCorazónTricolor #Rusia2018 pic.twitter.com/oZOTDfSbpn— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 19, 2018Speaking of Group H underdogs Japan, they’ll be playing their sixth World Cup this time, reaching every edition of the tournament since 1998. However, their record against the South American sides has been really disappointing as they have failed to register even a single win over a South American side in the tournament. Well, let’s see how both the nations will perform in this edition of the World Cup.The match is set to be played at Mordovia Arena, Saransk. The match will begin at 5:30 pm (IST), on Tuesday.Here are lineups for the game:TEAM NEWS | #COLJPNHere are the Starting XIs…#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/86LFG2Ssjv— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 19, 2018Also Read: England vs Tunisia Review (Video Highlights)Advertisement
• Lamar Russ (17-2, 8 KOs), 31, of Wilmington, North Carolina. Began his career 14-0 until losing a decision to longtime contender Matthew Macklin on HBO in 2013.• John Jackson (21-3, 16 KOs), 29, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The son of former world titleholder Julian Jackson fought for a vacant junior middleweight world title in 2016 and lost by eighth-round knockout to Jermell Charlo.• Devaun Lee (10-3-1, 5 KOs), 30, of Queens, New York. Lee turned to boxing and away from the streets when he was 16 and a friend was shot and killed. He’s coming off a 10-round decision loss to Vaughn Alexander in March.Advertisement AdvertisementPremium pay television network EPIX® has announced the 16 fighters who will be facing off with one another for the championship belt on the revival of boxing franchise series The Contender this fall. The highly anticipated 12-episode season, from MGM Television and Paramount Television, will premiere on EPIX on Aug. 24, 2018 at 10 PM ET/PT.Hosted by undefeated boxing champion Andre “Son of God” Ward, the first-of-its-kind competitive documentary series for the network will feature 16 fighters pushing their limits in grueling elimination-style fights and testing their grit and determination to achieve their boxing dreams. The fighters will be overseen by legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, and renowned Philadelphia trainer Naazim Richardson.“The Contender takes unscripted TV to its grittiest. It has incredible professional fighters and real professional fights. The edge of your seat drama and true stories sets a tone that our audiences will be expecting and I love it,” said Mark Burnett, President of MGM Television.“With this new iteration of The Contender, the focus is on the gritty, personal stories of the fighters battling for boxing glory,” said Michael Wright, President, EPIX. “It was important for us to find individuals who not only displayed the boxing chops and resilience in the ring, but who also showed a depth of heart and humor outside of it. Our 16 fighters are vivacious, tough, funny, sensitive, driven and inspiring, and we are excited for our fans to get to know their stories and root for them inside the ring and out.”The 16 Contenders come from a wide variety of professional boxing backgrounds and stations in life, bringing their unique stories, personalities, strengths and motivations to the series.Each fighter will be vying to be declared the new 160-pound middleweight champion of The Contender and take home the winner’s six-figure purse — a prize, which, for all the fighters, represents a better life for their families and loved ones who have been there with them through all the ups and downs of their journeys.Here’s a look at the 16 participants:• Ievgen Khytrov (16-1, 13 KOs), 29, a native of Ukraine fighting out of Brooklyn. A former top prospect who has won two fights in a row since he was upset by Immanuwel Aleem via sixth-round knockout in 17 months ago.• Eric Walker (15-1, 8 KOs), 34, of Plaquemine, Louisiana. Incarcerated at 15 years old, he spent 14 years in prison for robbery and attempted murder. He learned to box in prison. He’s coming off his first loss, a 10-round decision to Patrick Day last July.• John Thompson (18-3, 6 KOs), 29, of Newark, New Jersey. He won the 2015 ESPN Boxcino junior middleweight tournament, a win that landed him a vacant world title shot later in the year that he lost by seventh-round knockout to Liam Smith.• Brandon Adams (17-2, 12 KOs), 28, of Los Angeles. He lost in the final of the 2014 ESPN Boxcino middleweight tournament and then won three fights in a row before losing to Thompson in the final of the 2015 ESPN Boxcino junior middleweight tournament. Adams has not fought since.• Malcolm McAllister (9-1, 8 KOs), 27, of Long Beach, California. He turned pro in 2014 and is coming off his first loss, an eight-round decision to unbeaten prospect Chordale Booker.• Quatavious Cash (10-0, 7 KOs), 26, of Las Vegas. The Atlanta native turned pro in 2012 but had a three-year layoff before returning in 2017. He’s a four-time Golden Gloves state champion.• Shane Mosley Jr. (10-2, 7 KOs), 27, of Santa Monica, California. He’s the son of former pound-for-pound king and three-division champion Shane Mosley. He has not fought since an eight-round split-decision loss in Australia on the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn undercard.• Daniel Valdivia (14-2, 10 KOs), 25, of Tulare, California. A real estate agent by day, he’s moving up in weight after consecutive eight-round decision losses to Vladimir Hernandez in his last two fights.• Michael Moore (15-1, 7 KOs), 31, of Cleveland. He participated in the 2015 ESPN Boxcino junior middleweight tournament but lost in the quarterfinals. He’s fought only twice since, but won both bouts.• Gerald Sherrell (8-0, 4 KOs), 24, of Pittsburgh. He’s a prospect who has been fighting four- and six-rounders. He grew up as a fan of the original “Contender” series.• Morgan Fitch (18-1-1, 8 KOs), 34, of Pittsburgh. The married father of three lost for the first time when he stepped up in opposition, dropping a 10-round decision to 2012 Brazilian Olympic bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao in his last fight 13 months ago.• Marcos Hernandez (11-1, 3 KOs), 24, of Fresno, California. Hernandez has yet to face any name opposition but he has overcome a lot in life after an accident left him with burns on 30 percent of his body, which led him to be bullied as a child. He’s raising an autistic son.• Tyrone Brunson (26-6-2, 24 KOs), 33, of Philadelphia. He began his career with 19 consecutive first-round knockouts and is one of the most experienced fighters in the field. He knocked out former welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron last year.
Advertisement(photo credits: Hindustan Times)The opening night of the Global T20 Canada league saw a run fest as Toronto Nationals defeated Vancouver Knights chasing a total of 228.Put into bat first, the Knights set out with the destructive opening pair of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis. The universal boss made 17 runs before getting out to Nikhil Dutta.Lewis carried on to make a superb knock of 96 off 55 balls before giving his wicket to Kesrick Williams. Russell then continued the onslaught by scoring 54 of just 20 balls. His knock comprised of 3 fours and 6 sixes which lead to Vancouver scoring the mammoth total.Nikhil Dutta posted the best figures after the first innings claiming 2 wickets for 26 runs in his four overs.Chasing 228 to win Toronto Nationals lost Nizakat Khan early. Johnson Charles played a cameo scoring 30 off just 12 balls to keep Toronto still in the game. After his wicket, former Australian skipper Steven Smith and New Zealander Anton Devcich notched up a stand of 91 to take the game away from the opposition.Devcich recorded an unbeaten knock of 92 that comprised of 10 fours and 6 sixes. He was well supported by Smith who scored 61 runs playing his first game after the infamous sandpaper scandal.Thus Toronto Knights registered a 6 wicket victory defeating Vancouver with 4 balls to spare.Brief Scores:Vancouver Kings: 227/4 (Evin Lewis 96, Andre Russell 54*, Nikhil Dutta 2-26)Toronto Nationals: 231/4 (Anton Devcich 92*, Steven Smith 61, Fawad Ahmed 1-35)Also Read:Cricket: Suspended Steve Smith makes a spectacular return to competitive cricket in Canada Advertisement
Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: India Today)The hype last Wednesday reached unexpected levels as fans were eagerly waiting to witness the arch rivals, India and Pakistan go head to head after they last met in the Champions Trophy final last year.But the game failed to live up to the expectations as Pakistan who were put in to bat first bundled out for a cheap score of 162. India then wasted no time and chased down the target in ease to close this rather one sided affair.Last year though it was a completely different story with the bat and ball as Pakistan thumped India to lift their maiden Champions Trophy after Fakhar Zaman shined with the bat and Mohammad Amir produced a gem of a spell to bamboozle the Indian top order.Recalling that joyful occasion, the twitter handle of the PCB posted the highlights of the game ahead of their Asia Cup encounter in a bid to increase their fan’s intensity. But to their surprise, the video left them in a tussle after the caption contained a spelling mistake.There was a spelling mistake in it which read, “Here are the highlights of what ‘hepoened’ when last time #INDvPAK ODI was played. Can Green Shirts redo today what they did at the Oval last year?#HarSaansMeinBolo“Here are the highlights of what hepoened when last time #INDvPAK ODI was played. Can Green Shirts redo today what they did at the Oval last year?#HarSaansMeinBolo https://t.co/VINLNzwIqK— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 19, 2018After Pakistan’s horror show later on that day, the Indian fans wasted no time to prance on the post and troll the twitter handle following the error.This “hapoens” to be Pakistan Cricket Team’s official Twitter account. 😂😬😂 #INDvPAK #INDvsPAK #PAKvINDhttps://t.co/ayvDSZfajb— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) September 19, 2018 Hepoened? What is that?Atleast for an official handle hire a literate person!Build more schools for education rather schools for making boom boom 💣💣🔥🔥— Dr. Vedika (@vishkanyaaaa) September 19, 2018 Here’s the highlights of what “hepoened” today . #HarSaansMeinBolo BAAP BAAP HOTA HAI pic.twitter.com/DLt7e8ZivU— Rushikesh Sabale (@Rushi1617) September 19, 2018 Inshah Allah it may not ‘hepoen’ 😂😂😂— AGNEY FERNANDES (@AGNEY65102108) September 19, 2018 Advertisement They didn’t intentionally make a mistake. It just “hepoened” Aur fir Kashmir bhi chahiye inko 😂😂😂Inshallah, may the boys play well#INDvPAK #AsiaCup2018— Manav Joshi (@TheManavJoshi) September 19, 2018 Trophy can’t buy English 😂😂 #INDvPAK #AsiaCup2018 And it’s not gonna be “hapoened” tonight 🤣🤣— Banit gogia (@Banit515) September 19, 2018Also Read:Cricket: Take a bow Shahbaz Nadeem; 8 wickets for 10 runs!