Home » 2019 » November

Mega Builders force rubber match for PVL men’s crown

first_imgMega Builders snatched a five-set win over Cignal, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13, to set up a do-or-die in the championship series of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference men’s division Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Volley Bolt tied the series at 1-1 with Ismail Fauzi firing a game-high 24 points in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Jimmy Alapag named new Alab Pilipinas head coach WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Mega Builders head coach Dong Dela Cruz said the fifth set all boiled down to whoever executed its plays better, rather than who has the better players.“When you get to the fifth set it won’t matter who are the better players,” said Dela Cruz. “The team who plays better will take the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMadzlan Gampong and James Natividad provided ample support for Fauzi as they put up 17 points apiece while Kim Malabunga played fourth option as he finished with 10.Lorenzo Capate led the HD Spikers with 23 points. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games In the bronze medal series, Sta. Elena forced a third match against Philippine Air Force coming away with a five-set win, 27-25, 22-25, 18-25, 25-19, 16-14.Joven Camaganakan had 22 points to lead the Wrecking Balls while skipper Berlin Paglinawan added 19.Jeffrey Malabanan had a game-high 26 points to lead the Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Continue reading »

LeBron thanks ‘patient’ Philippines for welcoming him back

first_imgMOST READ James is in the country for his Strive for Greatness Tour sports giant Nike organized.The four-time NBA MVP was supposed to visit the country in September of 2016 but it was cancelled due to “logistical challenges.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt took almost a year for James’ return to happen and he fulfilled his promise with a private session with members of the Gilas program and the media.“I’m thankful for you guys accepting me with open arms,” said James. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sharapova throws shade at Wozniacki: Where is she? SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games James spent the afternoon guiding the press and select Gilas Pilipinas players in an intense workout.RELATED VIDEOLeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time5.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51center_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERLeBron James thanked the hoops-crazed nation for welcoming him back for the third time after his 2016 visit was postponed.“First of all thanks for being patient, I told you guys I’d come back,” said James Saturday at Kerry Sports during his media session.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Continue reading »

GlobalPort ‘lends’ Franz to Adamson

first_imgCoach Franz Pumaren can now focus on his mission of turning the fortunes of Adamson Falcons in the UAAP around.This developed after GlobalPort management and Pumaren reached an agreement that allowed the multititled coach to go on leave so he can concentrate on his task at Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s our turn to give way to Adamson’s dream of winning their second UAAP championship,” said GlobalPort governor Erick Arejola. “Adamson allowed Franz to handle GlobalPort for a season so this time we will return the favor to them.”Though the Batang Pier failed to get past the quarters under Pumaren’s watch, Arejola was still grateful to Pumaren for all the sacrifices he has done for the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If not for some heartbreaking losses we could have done better,” added Arejola. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA keeping close watch over referees LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Continue reading »

Santos happy to show what he can do from the bench

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Fajardo: San Miguel can’t start flat again MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img 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 “We had a bad start, and who gave us the bad start but our starters. So I have to pull out from my bench. That’s why I’m so thankful because they gave enough energy to boost our defense,” said Austria.Leading the bench mob was Arwind Santos, who kept San Miguel afloat early, dropping eight of his 16 points in the first period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The team badly needed it. I came in and we didn’t have any score, so I thought we couldn’t do anything but to show what we can do. We were already tired standing there and cheering from the sidelines. I’m just thankful that we’re able to close in before the end of the first quarter,” he said.Santos’ excellent sniping opened the floodgates for San Miguel’s offense en route to a 102-88 win to equalize the championship series to one game apiece. What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel coach Leo Austria isn’t really known for putting much responsibility on his bench as he prefers to use a short rotation and maximize the minutes of his starters.But when push comes to shove, just like in Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals when the Beermen found themselves on an early 17-0 hole against TNT, he knew he had to make changes.ADVERTISEMENT After his huge night, the Kapampangan forward said the game was a proof that Austria can lean on his bench with guys Brian Heruela, Ronald Tubid, Gabby Espinas, and the others who are capable of carrying the load as well.“Actually, I’m just thankful for my teammates. Sometimes, I have to admit that I’m not happy with the limited minutes that I have because I know I can help the team more. It’s still far before we can say  I’m already past my prime, so maybe, this is one of the proof that I still can contribute,” he said.Santos also urged Austria to trust his bench more in the coming games.“He should try us, trust his second unit because we’re just there. In the end, you can’t just lean on your first five. You need to have that second five.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Continue reading »

Neymar pledges glory for PSG

first_imgA PSG fan holds a PSG yellow away jersey, marked with the number 10 and the name of Brazilian star Neymar, after he purchased it from the Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) football club store on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on August 4, 2017.Brazilian superstar Neymar was expected in the French capital early Friday, promising to bring glory to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a world record transfer deal with the ambitious Qatari-owned club. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZBrazilian superstar Neymar was expected in the French capital early Friday, promising to bring glory to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a world record transfer deal with the ambitious Qatari-owned club.The 25-year-old forward doubled the previous record fee with his 222 million euro ($264 million) move from Barcelona and will earn a reported 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year under the new deal.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Neymar’s Brazilian international teammate Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele have both been linked.There is also scepticism at the role played by PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022.Spanish newspaper El Mundo described the move as a “state signing.”Spain’s La Liga initially refused to accept payment for Neymar’s buyout clause in a bid to stall the move over allegations of transfer irregularities, but Neymar’s ex-teammates wished him well.“My friend I wish you the best in everything that comes!!!” Luis Suarez posted on Instagram alongside a picture of the two hugging.“Also thank you for your support, for everything that I learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” Neymar said late Thursday.“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want. 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“Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge. “From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.” National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress NBA MVP Curry fires respectable 74 in pro golf debut Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant PSG said that Neymar will appear at a press conference at the club’s Parc des Princes at 1130GMT on Friday.He will then be presented to fans at the same ground at 1345GMT on Saturday before the season-opening Ligue 1 fixture against promoted Amiens.PSG wasted no time in pressing Neymar’s commercial value by announcing that shirts bearing his name will be on sale Friday at the club’s megastore on the city’s iconic Champs Elysees.Football legend Pele congratulated Neymar on his move, telling his successor in the famed Brazilian number 10 shirt: “Good luck for your new challenge”.“Paris is a beautiful city and one of my favorites in the world,” three-time World Cup winner Pele wrote on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES The transfer is more than double the previous world record set by Manchester United’s capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus last year for 105 million euros, leaving many commentators aghast at the rampant inflation in football transfer fees.Leading coaches such as Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho lamented that the move could cause even greater inflation in transfer fees and player wages.“It also looks like the inflation is accelerating,” said Wenger, whose 21 years at Arsenal have been characterized by prudent spending.“It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”‘A state signing’However, in the French capital there is huge excitement at PSG having landed a star name to finally make them feared among European football’s elite with even French president Emmanuel Macron enthused.“It adds attractiveness. Yes, it’s good news,” said Macron.“Paris at his feet”, splashed Le Parisien as Neymar dominated the French front pages Friday.“A king comes to Paris,” crowed L’Equipe newspaper.The mood is understandably more sombre in Barcelona where attention has turned to who the Catalans can sign to replace Neymar in the month before the transfer window closes. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Continue reading »

TNT posts 3rd straight win, beats Star

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Consistent Ravena a steady force for Ateneo so far in Season 80 Then, Racela was called for a technical foul allowing Paul Lee to cut the deficit to six, 91-85, from as high as 16.Star was called for its first foul after Jio Jalalon hit Jayson Castro with 4:07 to go.Despite the foul situation, TNT managed to hold on to win with Rice hitting a dagger of a jumper with 26 seconds remaining that gave the KaTropa a 102-96 lead.Rice finished with a game-high 43 points to go along with 19 rebounds, and nine assists while Castro, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy each had 12 points.Kristofer Acox led the Hotshots with 18 points and 18 boards.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA IMAGESTNT chalked up its third straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the expense of Star, 104-99, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.The KaTropa improved to 7-3 to overtake defending champion San Miguel, which has a 6-3 card, for the fourth spot while the Hotshots stayed in sixth place. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ TNT head coach Nash Racela liked that his team was able to play through calls that didn’t go their way.“We’ve been going through ups and downs but I think the more important thing is us finding ways to win and that’s exactly the same message I had for Glen (Rice Jr.) during one of our timeouts because he was complaining about the non-calls,” said Racela.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I just reminded them the refs won’t adjust for sure and the only we can do is find ways to win.”Rice had three quick fouls in a span of 10 seconds early in the fourth quarter. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Continue reading »

Wrestlers bag 4 medals

first_imgIndian wrestlers bagged a gold, a silver and two bronze medals in Greco-Roman events at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Wednesday. Rajender Kumar won the gold medal in the 55 kg event, defeating Azhar Hussein of Pakistan. Manoj Kumar won a silver in the 84 kg event. He lost to Agbonav Bare of Nigeria. Sunil Kumar won a bronze in the 66 kg Greco-Roman wrestling. He beat B. Howthorn of the Wales. India bagged honours in the 120 kg Greco-Roman category as well with Dharmender Dalal clinching a bronze.last_img read more

Continue reading »

Triple joy for India as boxers hit the jackpot

first_imgOn one of the most unforgettable evenings in the nation’s boxing history, all three Indians in the fray clinched gold at the Talkatora Stadium on Wednesday.Asian champion M. Suranjoy Singh (52kg) got a walkover against Benson Njangiru of Kenya, Manoj Kumar crushed former European champion Bradley Saunders of England 11-2 while Paramjeet Samota (91+kg) got the better of Trinidad and Tobago’s Abdul Tariq Haqq 5-1 to help India improve their CWG boxing record.With the three yellow metals added on Wednesday, India rounded off their campaign with three gold and four bronze, since Amandeep Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Dilbagh Singh (69kg) and Vijender Kumar (75kg) had lost in the semi-finals.India had only two boxing gold at the Games before Wednesday – with Mohammad Ali Qamar having triumphed in 2002 and Akhil Kumar in 2006. On Wednesday, the Indian national anthem was heard thrice; the first after Njangiru failed to appear owing to a groin injury.The announcer called Njangiru’s name but he didn’t turn up and the referee raised Suranjoy’s hand to declare him the winner. This sent the crowd into raptures.Suranjoy, who clinched his seventh gold medal in the last year-and-ahalf, said he never thought his road to glory would be a cakewalk.”I never thought it would be that easy. The crowd support has been just fantastic. I dedicate this medal to my parents, who could not come to see me because my mother is unwell,” the diminutive Manipuri said.A few minutes later emerged Manoj, who has struggled for the last two years due to a wrist injury. It seemed as though he was on a mission to turn his fortunes around against an opponent who was touted as the favourite.advertisementSaunders is a 2007 world championship bronze medallist and a 2009 European champion. But with a series of counter-attacks, Manoj not only stunned the Englishman but also thrilled the stands. The Indian was ahead 4-1 after the first round and extended his lead to 8-1 after the second.Despite such a big lead, Manoj didn’t get complacent and kept scoring on hooks and upper-cuts. With three points in the final round, he confirmed the second gold for India on the day.”My preparations were up to the mark and I was toiling hard at the national camp. I was waiting for an opportunity to prove my worth,” said Manoj.National coach Gurbux Singh Sanhu was all praise for his ward. “Manoj is actually the find of the tournament.He really impressed with his rock-solid defence and powerful counter punches,” he said.In the last bout, Samota demolished Haqq – who was bulkier and taller than him. “It’s not about your body structure or muscles – it’s your willpower that wins you the battle,” Samota said.last_img read more

Continue reading »

Pietersen admires Viru the game-changer

first_imgHimself a game-changer who pioneered the switch-hit, England batsman Kevin Pietersen feels destructive Indian opener Virender Sehwag and West Indian Chris Gayle are the other two batsmen capable of turning a match on its head.England batsman Kevin Pietersen”There are a few players I admire as game changers today. Virender Sehwag is one of them, he opens the batting and you know as an opposing player that within 10- 15 overs of a Test match or 10-15 overs of a one-day international, the man can change the game,” Pietersen said.”Another game changer is Chris Gayle from the Caribbean, who does a similar job as Sehwag. These are the two guys I love watching and love playing against,” he added. The flamboyant 30-year-old, whose switch-hit gets him as much applause as criticism, said he always tries to innovate so as to make the game interesting for the fans.”Change the game to me means constantly trying to bring something new and something fresh to what you do. In the current highly competitive scenario, it’s really important to surprise the opposition with unexpected actions and to change the face of the game by pushing the boundaries,” Pietersen said.”Cricket is a sport that has evolved so much and being a part of that evolution… bringing something new when we play… keeps the fun alive, not only for us but for the fans as well,” he added.Pietersen, who would be featuring Pepsi’s ‘Change the Game campaign’ for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, said he practices the switch-hit for long hours at the nets. “I spend hours and hours in the nets, practicing the switch hit, trying to perfect it. I have perfected it a couple of times in the game situations. But yes, it’s something new, something fresh, it’s a game changing shot,” he said.advertisementRecalling the first time he used the shot, Pietersen said, “We were playing against New Zealand a couple of years ago; Scott Styris was bowling offcutters at me with a packed leg-side field, the only way to hit a boundary being the orthodox way. I could either play straight or take a risk by hitting over the fielders. I decided to apply all the practice and the preparation that I had done for the switch-hit.””I knew that if I will hit it, it will land in a safe area and if I miss hit, I will probably be outside the line of off-stump.””It went on well the first time. The next time I switched, Styris was clever and bowled a slow delivery. This time it came out as a better shot as I had time to hold my stance and power the ball away,” he recalled.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Continue reading »

NZ vs SL: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 112 runs

first_imgKumar Sangakkara scored a century and offie Muttiah Muralitharan scalped four as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 112 runs in the World Cup Group A match at the Wanhkede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.Chasing 266, New Zealand were all out for 153 as all their batsmen fell for partly totals. Captain Ross Taylor, standing in place of Daniel Vettori, was the top scorer with 33 in the last league match for both teams.Skipper Sangakkara pipped Muralitharan for the Man-of-the-Match award for his impressive century. With this win Sri Lanka moved on top of the table with nine points.Earlier, Sangakkara’s ton helped Sri lanka post 265/9 in their stipulated 50 overs against New Zealand.And it wasn’t the kind of start that Sri Lanka would have asked for as their opener Upul Tharanga ended up getting run out in the third over when the score was 13/1. A few minutes later the other opener Tillakaratne Dilshan too departed with Tim Southee claiming his wicket in the fifth over with Jacob Oram taking a fine catch in the deep. He fell for three when the team total was 19/2.But post that wicket, Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara and senior batsman Mahela Jayawardene got on with a partnership that helped the Lankans cross 100-run mark. The two put on 145 runs for the third wicket before Jayawardene departed on 66.But Sangakkara carried on to help Sri Lanka post 265 on board.last_img read more

Continue reading »

CBI orders preliminary probe against oil ministry’s dealings with private firms

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has ordered a preliminary enquiry into the hydrocarbon case after Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) draft report indicted the government for favouring private oil firms, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Cairn India.The CBI was expected to call former secretaries of ministry of petroleum and natural gas, directors general of hydrocarbons (DGHs) and officials of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and RIL.The CBI has asked for all files relating to the blocks of the oilfields where exploration period was extended for RIL between January 2003 and December 2009. It has also asked for files relating to the ONGC blocks where exploration period was extended.The agency has sought files containing representations of RIL after it failed to meet drilling deadlines in 14 blocks. It would examine files of processing of oil rig by ONGC for 2007-2009.Documents relating to approval in grant of capital expenditure from $2.4 billion to $8.8 billion for RIL’s KG D-6 basin would also come up for scrutiny. The agency would also look at the vigilance inquiry instituted by the central vigilance commissioner against DGH V.K. Sibal.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.last_img read more

Continue reading »

AIADMK govt wants Kanimozhi’s poems out of Tamil Nadu textbooks

first_imgJayalalithaa wants poems written by Kanimozhi to be removed from textbooks in Tamil Nadu schools.Schools in Tamil Nadu are set to re-open for the new academic session on Wednesday. But students will have to troop to their classes with empty school bags, for they have no textbooks to study from.The change of guard in the Tamil Nadu assembly has led to a legal battle over the textbooks to be prescribed for all students except those in Classes I and VI. The AIADMK government wants, among other things, the poems written by DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi to be removed from the curriculum.While the syllabus and textbooks introduced in Classes I and VI in the previous academic session will continue in 2011-12 session, it will take quite some time for students in other classes to know which textbooks have been prescribed for them.The peculiar situation arose after the AIADMK government, which decided to defer the new uniform system of education envisaged by the previous DMK government, approached the Supreme Court after the Madras High Court came in the way of its decision.The state government had filed a petition before the apex court challenging a stay ordered by the high court.The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the constitution of an expert committee to examine the ways and means of implementing the uniform system of education, to look into objections to the textbooks and the syllabus for all classes except Classes I and VI. A vacation bench comprising Justice B. S. Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar refused to interfere with the curriculum for Classes I and VI, where the new system of education was introduced last year.advertisementThough the introduction of uniform system of education had already been upheld by courts earlier, the issues to be settled now include the modalities for implementation and the contents in the books.The state government has admitted that the validity of the new system had already been upheld by the high court and the Supreme Court but stressed that it had decided to postpone implementation till textbooks were prepared and norms were put in place.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.last_img read more

Continue reading »

Doping: Sacked coach Yuri Ogorodnik claims innocence, accuses SAI of poor standards

first_imgA couple of days after being sacked, Ukraine based India’s athletics coach Yuri Ogorodnik on Friday accused Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the poor standards at NIS Patiala.”We don’t have a doctor. We do not have food or good supplements. We don’t have good places. The temperature soars to 40-45 degrees,” Yuri, who was given the marching orders after six out of the eight athletes he coached flunked the dope test, said.The beleaguered coach claimed innocence, saying that he never gave any anabolic steroid to his wards and said that the food supplements consumed by the athletes might have been contaminated.”When we request they (SAI) give us only vitamins and proteins because they don’t have money. But for Olympics you need modern food supplements which are very costly. Here you get only rice and spicy food which is not good for the athletes. The supplements come from China etc… which are not good quality supplements,” the former coach revealed.”We bought supplements together. I have given them only food supplements and no other tablets. You know somebody can mix something with food supplements then how would you know that,” he insisted.The Ukrainian said that his only fault was that he wrote the schedule to be maintained by the athletes.”I must be responsible because I write the schedule but I have never mentioned any anabolic drugs,” Yuri told CNN-IBN in an interview.Six quarter-milers — Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur, Juana Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Pawar — who were being coached by Yuri tested positive for methandienone.advertisementSini, Ashwini and Mandeep, were a part of the 4x400m relay team that won the gold at last year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games. Ashwini also won the gold in the 400m hurdles at the Asian Games.”I am a professional coach. Every month, these girls are tested and their tests have never shown positive because I have never given them any drugs,” the coach said.Yuri maintained that the girls were very sharp and never took any supplement before going through the details and said they were disciplined in their approach.”The girls are very sharp and well disciplined. Check food supplement first. Maintain very good discipline,” he said.The former coach said he didn’t know what is happening and said “the federation shoots first and asks later”.Yuri reiterated that he fears for his life in India and warned that if anything untoward happens with him it will invite more trouble for the federation and SAI.”I think that I must quickly go home because if I stay here in the same situation, I will die. The federation and SAI will then have more problems if I die here. I am confine to one room, don’t have food and am not allowed to go outside.People are happy to see me in trouble,” he insisted.The coach, however, said that he wants the truth to come out.”I am (an) old man, can come back if girls want me to coach them. I am very attached to them and love them like my family. I don’t believe that they have taken any drug. I don’t know what is happening and I also want truth to come out,” he said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Continue reading »

Yuvraj included in India’s T20 World Cup squad

first_imgYuvraj Singh on Friday was included in the Indian cricket team for the World Twenty 20 Championship in Sri Lanka as well as the two T20s against New Zealand in September, within months of his recovery from a rare germ cell cancer.In another interesting pick, senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has also been recalled to the team after a gap of one year along with veteran seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji, who makes a comeback after three years.Yuvraj’s selection was on the cards after he was declared fit by the physio and trainer at the National Cricket Academy where he had been camping for the past one month.”Yuvraj has been declared fit, so he makes a comeback.And all of us know, if he gets going, he can singlehandedly win matches,” chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth told reporters after the meeting.The two T20 Internationals against New Zealand, slated for the first week of September, will be a test for Yuvraj who underwent chemotherapy in the US earlier this year.Ever since his diagnosis, the left-hander has remained out of action since the second Test match against West Indies played from November 14-17 in Kolkata.The selection committee took around three and half hours to decide on the two squads — the bone of contention being the selection of Yuvraj and Harbhajan.According to sources, Yuvraj’s selection wasn’t exactly unanimous as couple of selection committee members were apprehensive about picking him for the T20 World Cup starting September 18 as he has not played a single competitive match for the past nine months.advertisementHowever, his class and experience in the shortest format was the logic behind his selection apart from the popular sentiment to bring him back which definitely played a part.Harbhajan’s selection was simply based on his past record as India’s spin department is pretty thin on experience.Harbhajan last played for India against England at Trent Bridge last July-August before he flew back with an injury and has not been considered for selection since then.The surprise inclusion has to be bowler Piyush Chawla, who has done precious little in the domestic season gone by but dearth of quality leg-break bowlers was the reason behind the player getting the nod ahead of the likes of Rahul Sharma and Amit Mishra.The inclusion of Balaji is based on his impressive performance for Kolkata Knight Riders in the last two editions of the Indian Premier League. The 30-year-old’s ability to bowl effective slower deliveries at the death has led to his selection over Umesh Yadav.The only tearaway pacer in the squad is Ashok Dinda while the other two seamers will be the experienced duo of Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan.The squad consists of eight players – Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh – who were a part of India’s historic T20 triumph in South Aftica five years back.The Indian Squad for T20 World Cup and T20s against New Zealand: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Manoj Tiwary, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Ashok Dinda.last_img read more

Continue reading »

I have no friends in the industry, says Sonakshi Sinha

first_imgSonakshi Sinha gets along famously with all her co-stars but rues the fact that she has no friends in the industry as she has not worked with other actresses.”I don’t think I have any friends in the industry. If you look at my films, I have done only solo roles and I have not worked with any other actresses in the films. So, I don’t interact much with others. If at all we meet, we meet at award functions,” said the Dabangg star. Sonakshi Sinha plays a boxer in HolidayAsked if she would like to do a film which has multiple stars in it, she said: “Why not? Of course, I would like to and my next film Action Jackson is such a film.”While the audience is yet to see her as a part of an ensemble cast, Sonakshi will be next seen with Akshay Kumar in their forthcoming film Holiday.”I was introduced to Vijender Singh (boxer) by Akshay to learn the body language of boxing. He helped me with the basic body language of boxing and it helped me a lot,” said the actress, who will be seen as a boxer participating in an inter-college championship in the film.The 26-year-old might have needed some help from the experts to make her role look convincing but the student of fashion designing likes to give inputs to designers she works with.”I give some inputs as far as outfits are concerned. So, whichever stylist and designer works with me, I interact with them and they give me options. I give lot of inputs so, it’s a joint effort,” Sonakshi said.advertisementlast_img read more

Continue reading »

French Open: Andy Murray’s mother calls Maria Sharapova a ‘tea bag’

first_imgJudy Murray’s tweet comparing Sharapova to a tea bag has left the Russian ace puzzledWimbledon champion Andy Murray’s mother comparing Maria Sharapova to a tea bag in her tweet has left the former world number one puzzled after she made it to the French Open semi-finals on Tuesday.Judy Murray had tweeted that Sharapova is like a tea bag, adding that one should put her into hot water and they will find out how strong she is, after the Russian star defeated Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 to reach fourth successive Roland Garros semi-final and fifth of her career.Sharapova is like a tea bag. Put her into hot water and ul find out how strong she is. judy murray (@judmoo) June 3, 2014According to Sport24, when questioned about the tweet, Sharapova said that she is sorry as she did not know who Judy is, adding that she is a big tea drinker and does not understand what she means. However, when it was explained to her what the tweet meant, Sharapova applauded the Wimbledon champion’s mother’s tweet, saying that it is great, adding that she is very creative.When Sharapova becomes Shriekapova, you know she means business. Volume is everything. @RolandGarros judy murray (@judmoo) June 3, 2014Sharapova also said that Judy could have put it in many different ways, but she chose to go with the English version.last_img read more

Continue reading »

World Cup 2014: Cometh the hour, cometh Neymar- the man for Brazil

first_imgInevitably, it was all about Neymar. Nobody lives up to expectations like the young Brazil forward.On the day he got his 50th cap, Neymar was once again the star of the show, scoring Brazil’s first and second goals in their 3-1 opening day win over Croatia.They were his fifth and sixth goals in his last four Brazil games and take his international total to 33. Only Pele scored 30 in so few games.Neymar began the Group A match quietly, but was never hesitant or overawed like some of his team mates. Although Brazil went a goal down, he was always probing for an equaliser.When it came, he was lucky to be on the field. In the 27th minute he elbowed Croatia midfielder Luka Modric in the throat and was fortunate only to get a yellow card.But he survived and was there to pick up a loose ball just outside the centre circle a few moments later.Neymar advanced, dragged the ball on to his left foot and his shot, while slightly mis-hit, was so perfectly placed that Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa could not get a fingertip to it, even at full stretch.In the second half Neymar was the man Brazil turned to in the key moment of the match. Fred threw himself to the ground, won a penalty, and Neymar had no hesitation in stepping up.It was no surprise. Neymar got his first caps wearing the No. 11 shirt but asked to have the storied No. 10 jersey before last year’s Confederations Cup.advertisementIt was a significant gesture that said, ‘I am ready to take on the responsibility that once sat on the shoulders of Pele, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo.’ He is mature beyond his 22 years.Again, Pletikosa was unlucky. He got a hand to Neymar’s spot kick but there was enough power behind the shot to ensure the ball hit the net.The local hero was taken off seven minutes from time to a standing ovation from the home fans. It was a job well done. Inevitably.last_img read more

Continue reading »

Trail Blazers outlast Nuggets in record-tying 4 OT playoff thriller

first_imgMOST READ “A lot more basketball to go, though. A lot more basketball.”The Blazers and Nuggets played a lot already.It was just the second quadruple-overtime playoff game in NBA history, joining a 1953 game between the Boston Celtics and the Syracuse Nationals.CJ McCollum matched his career playoff high with 41 points and Damian Lillard added 28 for Portland, which stretched its winning streak at home to 12 games dating back to the regular season.Hood scored seven points in the final OT and helped the Blazers remain unbeaten at home this postseason.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood reacts after making a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth overtime of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Friday, May 3, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — Rodney Hood checked back into the game, a fresh body among the weary ones all over the court.Eager for postseason redemption after struggling in the playoffs last year, Hood got his chance Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue McCollum played 60 minutes.The Blazers, in the conference semifinals since 2016, have won the last two games after second-seeded Denver’s victory in Game 1.Maurice Harkless started for the Blazers after rolling his ankle in the second quarter of Game 2 and sitting out the rest of the way.Torrey Craig was also day-to-day but started for Denver, wearing a clear mask after his nose was bloodied in Wednesday’s game.Portland led by as many as 10 points in the opening half but the Nuggets pulled in front 38-37 on Murray’s running 3-pointer. Portland went into the break with just a 48-47 edge.TIP-INSNuggets: Denver was 3-1 over the Blazers in the regular season. … Gary Harris fouled out with just over a minute left in the third overtime. Red Rocha and Paul Seymour of Syracuse set the NBA record by playing 67 minutes in the March 21, 1953, quadruple-OT game in Boston.Trail Blazers: The Blazers showed Lillard’s 37-foot shot that clinched the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder before the game and the crowd at the Moda Center against cheered. … Portland was 32-9 at home in the regular season.MAN IN THE MASKThe Nuggets called Craig’s injury a nasal contusion. The clear mask he donned was from a previous injury. LATEST STORIES “Obviously I don’t think it’s comfortable. I don’t think it’s something that he prefers,” Malone said. “But with the injury that he sustained and the bleeding, and the fact that this is similar to another injury that he incurred, it’s being really preventative and making sure it doesn’t get any worse. Torrey’s one of those guys, he makes no excuses. He’s a tough kid.”KANTER’S SHOULDEREnes Kanter finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, but said afterward he re-injured his left shoulder — originally hurt in Game 5 against the Thunder.“I will just go home and get some rest. I don’t know if I can play the next game but I will do my best to be out there with my teammates,” he said.UP NEXTGame 4 is set for Sunday in Portland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img ‘Political chaos’ envelops tennis as French Open approaches Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess All he had to do was wait until an NBA postseason record-tying fourth overtime.Hood hit the key 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 140-137 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.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, logisticsHood was a starter for Cleveland last season when the playoffs opened, but fell out of favor and refused to check into the final minutes of a blowout win over Toronto in the second round. He was acquired by the Blazers in a February trade.“I didn’t give up. I didn’t give up on myself, just kept playing, kept working,” he said. “I had no idea that I’d end up in Portland in this type of situation. But to be here, to have my family in the crowd when I saw a lot of sad faces last go-round, to be here is very emotional for me, to be quite frank. Nikola Jokic had his third triple-double of the playoffs with 33 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists, but missed a crucial free throw with 5.6 seconds to go. The 7-foot center played 65 minutes, two shy of the postseason record.Jamal Murray had a playoff-high 34 points for the Nuggets. Game 4 is Sunday.“We fought, we fought, we fought. That’s all you can ask for. Too many second-chance points too many turnovers, that was the difference in the game,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “But that was a hell of a basketball game by two very good basketball teams.”Hood’s jumper tied the game at 133 with just over a minute left in the final overtime. Will Barton missed the first of two free throws for Denver before Hood added a baseline jumper. Paul Millsap’s hook shot with 27 seconds left gave the Nuggets the edge.But Hood’s 26-foot 3-pointer gave Portland a 138-136 lead as time wound down. Jokic missed the first of two free throws for Denver and Seth Curry made free throws for the Blazers to close it out.Hood finished with 19 points.“Rodney Hood a huge impact on the game, and they went to him,” Malone said.In the first overtime, McCollum’s layup tied it at 109 with 8.7 seconds left and Jokic missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer.With the game knotted at 118 in the second overtime, Jokic missed a 3-pointer and a jump ball with 5.7 seconds left was grabbed by McCollum. Portland called a timeout with 4.1 seconds on the clock but Lillard missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out.Millsap’s jumper with 32 seconds left gave the Nuggets a 129-125 lead in the third overtime, but Lillard’s bank shot closed the gap and he added a layup that re-tied it again with 8.4 seconds left. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more

Continue reading »