Taller Cambodian rival continues to haunt Alora

first_img“But this was the best fight I had against her, maybe next time I can get back at her,” said the Rio Olympian.READ: Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer “No regrets. It was a good fight. I did my best,” said Alora who in the third round of the middleweight final tried frantically to score but still can’t find her range.Her defeat came after Francis Aaron Agojo fell to Vietnamese Nguyen Van Duy, 30-17, in the men’s bantamweight semfiinals.Agojo barged to the semis with a dominating 35-5 win over Cambodia’s Va Mithona.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next What she can’t solve?READ: Alora falls to familiar foe, settles for silver in taekwondoFEATURED 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“Her height. I tried to intercept but every time she has (arms and legs) sticking to me,” said the 27-year-old, five-foot-8 Alora in Filipino.Seavmey is reigning Asian Games champion and just also recently defeated Alora in the Asian Championship/Olympic qualifying held in the Philippines. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Traffic welcomes Ray Allen in Manila LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ But he found himself in the same bracket as the Vietnamese who dealt him a defeat in the gold medal match two years ago in Singapore.The Philippine taekwondo team will go home with two golds—via men’s poomsae team and Samuel Morrison in men’s lightweight—three silvers and four bronzes. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Faced with an enemy four inches taller, Filipino top taekwondo bet Kirstie Elaine Alora lost a 14-6 decision to settle for silver in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Alora tried to fight through the outstretched arms of 6-foot Cambodian Sorn Seavmey up to the last second but still fell short against the opponent that has beaten her four times already.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Undefeated champ Andre Ward retires, desire no longer there

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president FILE – In this June 17, 2017, file photo, Andre Ward celebrates after defeating Sergey Kovalev during a light heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas. Ward is retiring from boxing with an undefeated record because he no longer has the desire to fight, according to a statement on his website Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Andre Ward decided to end his career on top.Ward announced Thursday he is retiring from boxing because he no longer has the desire to fight, leaving the sport at age 33 with an undefeated record and the light heavyweight championship.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NBA refs can rule reckless closeouts as flagrants or techs Ward released a statement on his website titled “Mission Accomplished ” thanking those who helped him throughout his career and explaining his reasons for his retirement.“I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,” he wrote. “If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.”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 shutoutWard is currently rated the best “pound for pound” boxer by Ring Magazine. But in an interview with ESPN’s First Take, he said he no longer wants to do the work leading to his bouts.“People see what I do fight night, they see under the lights, but they don’t see the toil, they don’t seethe grind, they don’t see just the pain, the physical pain that you go through, not just in the fights, but to prepare and to get ready for those battles,” he said. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I felt the physicality of the sport, not just in the ring stuff, but the training and the preparation, start to take its toll on me for the last two or three years and I bit down and continued to push through and at this point, it’s time and I know it’s time.”Ward declined other interview requests through his publicist, saying he wanted to celebrate his retirement with family and friends.Ward has won all 32 of his fights, with 16 knockouts. He won the Olympic gold medal as a light heavyweight in 2004. Ward won the WBA super middleweight title in 2009 when he defeated Mikkel Kessler and unified that title in 2011 when he beat Carl Froch in the Super Six super middleweight tournament final.Ward then battled shoulder problems that kept him out of the ring and later went 19 months without a fight because of a protracted legal dispute with his former promoter, the late Dan Goosen.Ward got back in the ring in June 2015. He won the light heavyweight title in a disputed, unanimousdecision against Sergey Kovalev in November 2016, taking all three belts in the process. Ward then beat Kovalev more decidedly in a rematch in June that was stopped in the eighth round.Kovalev said Ward’s retirement will be good for boxing because it will allow “good and strong” fighters to compete for the vacated titles. He also said through his Main Events promoter that he doesn’t concern himself with the possibility that Ward’s retirement won’t stick.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “I don’t think about him at all because I’m looking forward (to reaching) my goals,” he said, adding that his last two fights are “history” and “I forgot it already.”He said he would have been happy to get a third fight, but not if he had to wait and take lesser bouts in the interim. Kovalev does wonder if Ward and his handlers are playing psychological games.“They did before second rematch,” he said. “I don’t know. I don’t care at all.”HBO said Ward will work as an analyst on its boxing broadcasts.“Andre Ward ends his boxing career as he only knew how to live it — as a champion at the top,” HBO executive vice president Peter Nelson said. “To watch Ward was to marvel at constant mastery of craft in the ring, to say nothing of his being the consummate role model outside it. The Hall of Fame will be lucky to have him.” Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more

Nash, Kidd among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Driesell took four different schools to the NCAA Tournament and won two ACC Tournament titles at Maryland. Tomjanovich led the Houston Rockets to consecutive NBA titles in 1994-95. Mulkey won an NCAA title as a player at Louisiana Tech and two more as the coach of the Bears.The 1953-58 Wayland Baptist University teams that won 131 consecutive games and four AAU national championships is the lone team finalist.In addition to the finalists, Andy Bernstein and Doris Burke were named recipients of the 2018 Curt Gowdy media awardFinalists must receive 18 votes from the 24-member honors committee to be enshrined.The entire class will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio. View comments “Enhancers of the game, and made everyone else better than they probably were,” Worthy said. “Jason Kidd had a flair that was like Magic Johnson, he just had angles. And Steve Nash was the same way.”There are other strong contenders outside of Kidd and Nash, with Hill’s college success and Allen’s prolific shooting marking the strongest arguments for each of their respective candidacies.Allen’s 2,973 three-pointers made are the most in NBA history. He won NBA titles with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and Miami Heat in 2013, memorably sending Game 6 to overtime on a tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation.Hill was a two-time national champion and two-time All-American at Duke, but injuries kept him from reaching the same heights in the NBA during his 19-year career.Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Rudy Tomjanovich and Baylor’s Kim Mulkey made the final ballot as coaches. Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and longtime NBA official Hugh Evans are also finalists.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kidd ranks second in NBA history with 12,091 assists, and Nash is third with 10,335 assists.Nash won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006 with the Phoenix Suns. He made the All-NBA first team three times during his 18-year career with the Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers and helped kickstart the development of the sport in Canada with his freewheeling style. Nash was also a two-time WCC player of the year in 1995-96 at Santa Clara and engineered a memorable upset of second-seeded Arizona in the NCAA Tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKidd was the 1994-95 NBA rookie of the year, setting the stage for a 19-year career in which he made the All-NBA first team five times and All-Defensive first team four times. Kidd won an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and is second all-time with 2,684 steals. He also was named Pac-10 freshman of the year in 1993 and Pac-10 player of the year in 1994 during his two seasons at California, and won gold medals with the U.S. in Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Beijing Olympics in 2008.James Worthy, the standout Lakers forward who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, saw plenty of both Kidd and Nash as a television analyst. Worthy thinks it would be fitting for Kidd and Nash to be inducted in the same class. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 25: Jason Kidd #5 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball upcourt on the fastbreak past Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half during the NBA game at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. Victor Decolongon/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday morning.Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also made the cut, but the two standout point guards are all but locks to headline the class, which will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LeBron says he ‘will definitely not shut up and dribble’ MOST READlast_img read more

Lakers ink rookie Ball to four-year deal

first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lakers new team president Magic Johnson described the 19-year-old Ball as the “new face of the franchise” at a news conference last month.READ: Family affair: Lakers grab Lonzo Ball with 2nd overall pickFEATURED 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 starsThe Lakers are in desperate need of offensive help as they finished with the second worst record in the Western Conference after winning just 26 games last season. They finished 41 games back of the first place Golden State Warriors in the Pacific Division.“You have to have a great leader and somebody that can make their teammates better and somebody that has incredible basketball IQ,” Johnson said. What ‘missteps’? Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball, right, and Magic Johnson smile as they answer questions during the NBA basketball team’s news conference, Friday, June 23, 2017, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES—The struggling Los Angeles Lakers have signed second overall draft pick Lonzo Ball to a multi-million dollar, four-year contract, the NBA team announced on Monday.No details were released but the deal is expected to be worth about $30 million which is the allowable amount for a No. 2 overall pick under the collective bargaining agreement.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: Lonzo Ball ‘blessed’ to play for Lakers, Johnson“He is somebody that can get his teammates to follow.”Ball averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists per game as a US college player last season.The Lakers also signed forward Kyle Kuzma and guard Josh Hart.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 Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gamescenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Wimbledon: Venus in tears, Murray, Nadal stroll as Wawrinka falls LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more

Top prospects mum on PBA Draft plans, keep options open

first_imgView comments No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ll see. I still have other things I need to focus on so I’m not thinking about it that much,” he said.Same is the case for bluechip amateurs like Jeron Teng and Raymar Jose, who will also see action for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup.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’m not thinking of the PBA just yet. Right now, I’m just focused 100 percent on the task and that is to really play well for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas. I want to focus on that so I can play my game,” said Teng.For now, Ravena said he’s keeping the door open for opportunities and prefers to represent the country and play in different international competitions. “When you decide to play in the PBA, technically that’s it and your life will revolve around it. It’s gonna be hard for other options and opportunities like these to come in,” said Ravena, who is coming off a fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last month.Ravena has been everywhere since playing his last UAAP game for Ateneo in 2015.He suited up for Mighty Sports in the Merlion Cup and Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, tried his luck with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, represented the Philippines in the Fiba 3×3 events and SEA Games.Ravena also said he doesn’t have any preference as to which PBA team he wants to play for.“I don’t want the people to think that I’m just waiting for a group to pick me, that I’m not willing to play for any other team,” the 23-year-old guard said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Alab Pilipinas taps Ivan Johnson as import Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse chargescenter_img “I’m always ready. It’s going to be a challenge for me that whatever team picks me, I have to find a way how I can make an impact right away as a rookie.”So far, only Fil-foreigners Christian Standhardinger, Jason Perkins, and Davon Potts are the big names who have declared for the draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith the deadline of submission for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft fast approaching, top prospects are still yet to decide on whether to make the jump to the pros.Kiefer Ravena shared he’s still mulling his options as he keeps his eyes on the October 12 deadline set by the league for local-born aspirants.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Gameslast_img read more

CWG construction work may drag on till October 3

first_imgJust 25 days ahead of the Commonwealth Games, deadlines for completion of key projects continue to be pushed further with Delhi Government on Wednesday saying that some works would drag on even till October 3 — the day the mega sporting event begins.Top officials admitted that some of the key projects including the all-important Barapullah Nallah elevated road project linking Games village with Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue of the event, will not be completed even before the September 15 deadline set by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit late last month.In July, Dikshit had set August 31 as the final deadline for completing all the Games projects but extended it till September 15 following incessant rains.”We will finish everything before commencement of the event,” Principal Secretary to Chief Minister P K Tripathi told a press conference.PWD Principal Secretary K K Sharma said the Barapullah Nallah elevated road will in most likelihood will be completed by September 18 while another key project UP Link road is expected to be over by September 20.”The PWD has taken up 24 projects out of which 16 were completed and eight are in progress,” he said. Sharma said all the projects related to strengthening and resurfacing of roads will be completed by September 25.Asked about persistent delays in completion of projects and extension of deadlines further when the Games are round the corner, Tripathi blamed multiplicity of authorities for the delays and said “valuable time was lost” due to procedural hurdles.”There are so many projects which do not have direct link with the Games. The Games will take place even if they are not completed. We took the opportunity and included them in the list of Games projects so that infrastructure of the city could be improved,” he said.advertisementInterestingly, Sharma said two road over bridges, being built by PWD will only be completed in November, almost a month and half after the event gets over.Holding that some projects were delayed because of court cases and late approval given by Delhi Urban Art Commission, Tripathi said the government was trying its best to complete them.”There are processes in democracy. Every agency has its role. We are completing some of the projects, including the Barapullah Nallah road project in record time. Otherwise in normal course, these projects would have time much longer time,” he said.last_img read more

Dhoni is the ‘Obama’ of cricket, says Praveen Kumar

first_imgIf being inspiring is a measure of leadership skills then Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is comparable only to charismatic American President Barack Obama, feels paceman Praveen Kumar.India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. AP”He is the Obama of cricket,” was Praveen’s reply when asked what makes Dhoni a special captain.Lauded for being cool and composed in trying match situations, throwing his weight behind players he believes in and for trying the unconventional, Dhoni’s leadership has rarely been criticised since he took over in 2007.Obama, who became the first Black President of the United States, is widely seen as an inspirational leader and Praveen considers Dhoni no less influential as far as Indian cricket is concerned.The 24-year-old bowling all-rounder, who will be playing in his first World Cup, is naturally excited although there are a few butterflies in his tummy.”I am living a dream right now. World Cup is no ordinary event and we will play in our country. The level of intensity and excitement will be of different level. I can’t really wait to get into the thick of things,” Praveen said over telephone from Bangalore.’PK’, as he is fondly known in the cricketing fraternity, is currently undergoing a rehab programme at the National Cricket Academy for his injured elbow which cut short his tour of South Africa.”I am feeling pretty good now. The rehab programme is on the right track and hopefully I will strike a good rhythm before the tournament starts.”advertisementAsked about India’s chances at the cricketing extravaganza, Praveen said, “The quality of cricket that we have produced during the recent times makes us the favourites.Look at our team, we have such world class players. The preparation has been good. Hopefully, we can win the Cup.”For the new ball bowler, England will be the other team to watch out for during the tournament.”England has also put up some consistent performance of late so one can expect a good show from them,” he said.Praveen Kumar and Sachin Tendulkar. APPraveen, who relies more on his ability to move the ball both ways, admitted that the adjustment of length on the dusty sub-continental pitches will be key to success for the medium pacers.”Obviously when you play in South Africa or Australia, you can hit back of length but on Indian pitches where the ball keeps low, you have to vary your length according to the situations. The more variations you can use, the better it is.”He didn’t forget to mention the amount of guidance he has got from the likes of Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra.”Zaheer bhai and Ashish bhai have always supported me.They have guided me in pressure situations and have come up with some really useful tips,” Praveen, who has taken 57 wickets from 48 ODIs, informed.For someone who comes from a family of wrestlers, his uncle being a Bharat Keshri, Praveen is known to use the long handle to good effect but has underperformed as a batsman.”I know my capabilities as a batsman as I have opened for Uttar Pradesh and India A. But if you have a look at our line-up, we have some class players. However, I will be more than happy if I can contribute with the bat too,” he signed off.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Ind vs Eng Test: Massive defeat for India

first_imgOnce again England got their act right and India didn’t and ended up losing the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham by 319 runs. Score | PhotosThe only point where the visitors scored above the hosts was with regards to the Ian Bell incident. On Sunday, Dhoni called Ian Bell back after he was run out on a bizarre fashion.Bell is the same man who had played the ‘jelly beans’ prank on Zaheer Khan way back in 2007.ICC promptly termed the move akin to the “Spirit of the Game”, something that is gone a miss these days.On the match though India couldn’t score and their famed batsmen fell like a pack of cards on Monday.England started the day with 441/6 on board – a lead of 374 runs – with Matt Prior (64) and tail-ender Tim Bresnan (47) at the crease. But Praveen Kumar scalped Matt Prior on 73 and their partnership soon ended.Praveen pitched the ball outside off and a faint edge off Prior’s bat was taken by skipper MS Dhoni, though Dhoni fluffed it before grabbing it when the England total was 458. England lost their seventh wicket, but the lead by that time had crossed 400.Post the drinks break in the first session, Stuart Broad ended up getting run out and Tim Bresnan fell on 90 off Kumar’s bowling, but that didn’t help India as by that time England had gone past the 500-run mark and were leading by a massive 473 runs.The long-drawn England innings came to a close on 544 when Ishant Sharma got rid of last man Graeme Swann on 3.advertisementChasing a mammoth 478-run target, India openers Rahul Dravid and Abhinav Mukund started the innings cautiously even as the England pacers hunted for early wickets.The cautious approach didn’t help as England paceman Stuart Broad sent Rahul David, who scored a ton in the first innings, back early. A nick of his bat was easily gathered by Prior behind the stumps. And India were down to 6/1.At lunch, the India score was 8/1 and they needed 470 runs even as VVS Laxman and Abhinav Mukund were busy trying to figure out a way past the daunting target.Immediately into the second session, Laxman was seen walking back with his off stump uprooted to a James Andreson ball. India were down to 14/2.And it was Sachin Tendulkar’s turn to live up to the challenge.A few tensed moments later, another wicket fell. This time it was the other opener Abhinav Mukund walking back to a Tim Bresnan ball on 3 and India were down to 31/3.But Bresnan hadn’t finished as yet. Next on his list was Suresh Raina. A short one to the left-hander was hit towards the boundary, but it failed clear substitute Scott Elstone in the fine-leg region. India were down to 37/4.Post that fall, England pacers got busy tormenting Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar with their seam and bounce, but the two could be seen utilising the right-left hand combo for their purpose.Tendulkar was batting steadily while Yuvraj was fretting a little.Bresnan had batted well and now he was busy giving his best with the ball. The next man from the Indian camp who became his victim was Yuvraj Singh.An edge off Yuvraj’s bat was lapped up by Alaistar Cook in the slips. Post that wicket India skipper MS Dhoni was seen following suit. He fell leg before to Bresnan on the very next ball. Bresnan didn’t complete his hat-trick, but he certainly had the Indian batsmen on mat. At tea, India were 68/6 and required 410 runs.The Master Blaster continued to bat in the third session while on the other side Harbhajan Singh too hit a few fine shot.The moment Master Blaster completed his 60th fifty, his fans at the Trent Bridge Stadium and across the world started praying that their ‘God’ goes on to convert it into a 100.But, he failed and a James Anderson ball trapped him leg-before on 56. India fell to 107/7.Then Tim Bresnan came around to take Harbhajan Singh as well. Harbhajan flashed his bat and wanted the ball past the boundary, but it failed to clear the substitute Elstone in the deep. He fell for 46 – the second highest total among the Indian batsmen after Sachin’s 56.Soon the India’s innings came to an ended and England won the match by a massive 319 runs.last_img read more

Cong-BJP pact for normalcy after turmoil in Parliament

first_imgThe Congress and the BJP on Monday appeared to have struck yet another mutually beneficial deal to resolve the Parliament logjam over the CAG report on the Commonwealth Games.After forcing adjournment of both Houses of Parliament for the day without transacting any business, demanding the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and seeking action against Sports Minister Ajay Maken for “misleading” Parliament, the BJP mellowed down in the evening after back channel talks with Congress managers.According to the deal, the government has agreed to a discussion (without voting) in both Houses on Maken’s statement in Parliament on the NDA government’s role in the appointment of Suresh Kalmadi as CWG organising committee chief, on Tuesday. BJP MP Kirti Azad is expected to initiate the discussion in the Lok Sabha to which Maken will respond.Government sources said senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who had moved a privilege motion against Maken, would not press for any action against him.NDA leaders, including L. K. Advani, discussed the issue in the morning. Later, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said: “We seek the ouster of Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit.” BJP MPs stormed the well, demanding Maken be sacked as soon as the Houses assembled.They also raised slogans against the sports minister, plunging the Houses into turmoil and adjournment.But the situation changed dramatically by evening after finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal held talks with senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Swaraj.advertisementlast_img read more

Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s govt gives panchayat land to Virender Sehwag and Subhash Ghai

first_imgThe site of Virender Sehwag’s schoolCricketer Virender Sehwag and filmmaker Subhash Ghai are among celebrities who have been given large swathes of panchayat land by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana government. Over the years, the state government has been gifting or leasing land to corporate houses, politicians and businessmen, allowing,The site of Virender Sehwag’s schoolCricketer Virender Sehwag and filmmaker Subhash Ghai are among celebrities who have been given large swathes of panchayat land by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana government. Over the years, the state government has been gifting or leasing land to corporate houses, politicians and businessmen, allowing them to run petrol pumps, gas agencies and stone crushers. The lease of five acres of panchayat land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, that has Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra and Rahul Gandhi on its board, to build an eye hospital and research centre in Gurgaon’s Ullawas village is one of a long list. It’s a move now challenged by petitioners before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.All lease and sale of panchayat land has to be approved by the state government. The lease amount varies from district to district and is five per cent of the price fixed by the district collector for the land. For instance, the lease value chargeable from the Rajiv Gandhi trust and Sehwag’s society is Rs 3 lakh per acre annually, with a provision for a 5 per cent increase every year. While a total of 151 sites belonging to panchayats have been approved to be gifted, sold or leased by the state government since January 1, 2001, Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, alone has got 75 sites to set up Satya Bharti schools to impart primary education.Bharti Foundation Chief Executive Officer Vijay Chadha says the foundation paid Rs 11.99 lakh as lease fees last year and this year will pay more as there is a five per cent hike built into the agreement. The foundation, which retained 46 sites and returned the rest, has now written to the Haryana government seeking a waiver of the lease amount. It has cited the example of Punjab where it pays no lease for 90 sites allotted in the state. Says Chadha, “We want it (lease) to be waived as it’s all for charity. We are fighting it out. Also, we’ve given the government an undertaking that we will not undertake any commercial activity in these sites.”advertisementSite for Subhash Ghai’s film instituteREALTY BITESInstances of panchayat land in Haryana being given away since 2001Trusts of Chautala/Devi Lal family75 acres of land was given between June 2001 and July 2004 as a gift.Rajiv Gandhi Charitable TrustOver five acres of land on lease for 33 years since February 2010 in Ullawas village.Virender Sehwag’s schoolKrishna Drishti Educational Society got 23 acres in October 2008 on lease for 33 years for sports complex and school.Bharti Foundation75 sites totalling over 70 acres since June 2007 on lease for either 20 years or 33 years; Bharti has retained 46 sites, returned the rest.Rohtak resident Rajinder SinghSix kanals (less than an acre) on a 33-year lease since April 2010 for a petrol pump.New Anil Stone CrusherOne acre on lease since May 2008 for 33 years.Rulthan resident Vijay PalBought 505 sq m for gas agency in September 2001.Saraswati Sugar MillBought eight acres of land in May 2008 for sugar mill.Subhash Ghai’s Mukta ArtsBought 20 acres in September 2010 for television and film institute for about Rs 8 crore.KCL Milk ProductsBought 60 acres of land in October 2010 for milk plant.Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government accounted for the sale or gift of 39 of these sites while the remaining 112 were handed over after March 2005 when the Congress government came to power under Hooda as chief minister. Chautala family-managed trusts and societies were the single largest beneficiaries during the inld’s term when seven sites measuring over 71 acres at different places in the state were ‘gifted’ to them. Officials say that government policy earlier provided for gifting, but not any longer. inld President Ashok Arora insists the Chautalas did nothing wrong. “Our stand is clear on this matter. Let the government come out with a white paper on this. Let it list all allotments and land releases since the forma-tion of the state. We demand an inquiry by a Supreme Court judge. They have been giving away land to whosoever they wished,” he says.The list of beneficiaries during Hooda’s term includes some heavyweights. In October 2010, the government sold 20 acres of Bahadurgarh panchayat land in Jhajjar to Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts to set up an international film and television institute and multimedia complex. Virender Sehwag’s Krishna Drishti Educational Society was given over 23 acres of land in Jhajjar’s Shilani Kesho village in October 2008 on a 33-year lease for a sports complex and a school at Rs 3 lakh per acre.Most of the beneficiaries have big business plans which involve charging steep prices for services.advertisementPallavi Farwell, head of human resources and public relations for Sehwag’s Krishna Drishti Educational Society, says the proposed school has 315 students so far, having opened only this academic session. Asked about the fees and other charges the school levies on students, she says they are “very nominal, but from 2012 onwards the institute plans to charge Rs 3 lakh per student annually, which will include the sports academy charges as well. This amount is for boarders while day scholars will pay around Rs 1 lakh less.”Ghai’s Whistling Woods International institute hasn’t decided on fees as the facilities will take about three years to be ready, but it will be high if the institute’s Mumbai chapter is the yardstick, where it is Rs 6 lakh a year. Ghai says the fees are not high given the “infrastructure, technology and faculty from abroad”. “The land cost Mukta Arts around Rs 8 crore and comes without any further government support or subsidies,” says Ghai. “Film schools the world over get subsidies from governments, not ours. When we approached Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda, he visited our Whistling Woods International campus in Mumbai with his team. He then extended his support to us to set up an international film, television and multimedia school in Haryana and we were offered 20 acres of land as per government rules in Jhajjar’s Badsa village. It will take at least three more years to establish facilities,” adds the filmmaker, who is chairman and founder of the institute.The Haryana government leased six kanals (less than an acre-eight kanals make an acre) of land to Rohtak-based Rajinder Singh to set up a petrol pump in Hisar district in April last year and sold eight acres of land to Saraswati Sugar Mills in 2008 to establish a sugar mill in Ladwa in Kurukshetra. Sixty acres of land was sold to KCL Milk Products India Private Ltd to set up a milk plant in Kaloli in Jhajjar in October last year.”I cannot believe that the Haryana government can actually lease or sell land for purposes such as a petrol pump. That’s a big scam,” says Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Chetan Mittal, who is arguing against the state’s action to lease panchayat land to the Rajiv Gandhi trust, which has snowballed into a controversy. Alleging that the village sarpanch was forced into signing the lease with the trust, some of the residents have moved court protesting against the ‘low’ lease amount.Haryana Town and Planning Principal Secretary S.S. Dhillon says, “Panchayats are free democratic bodies. What’s wrong in leasing out land that’s not giving you any income for money? Yes, earlier there was a practice of gifting land. But we have stopped that practice now.””The state government should inquire into the use of panchayat land by trusts and societies and allotments should be cancelled in case the land is found to be used for purposes other than what it was allotted for,” said Congress MLA Sampat Singh, who headed the finance ministry in the Chautala government.advertisement”There is something called transparency,” says Mittal. “Issue an advertisement in the media, invite bids and then consider giving out land. How can the state allocate land based on its whims and fancies to just about anyone?”last_img read more

Rafael Nadal loses to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid as clay slump continues

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain reacts after missing a point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the Madrid Open tennis men’s semi-final match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Tsitsipas won the match. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — For the third straight time this season, Rafael Nadal won’t be fighting for a title on his favorite surface.Nadal’s slump on clay continued on Saturday at the Madrid Open with a third consecutive semifinal elimination, adding to his worst start to the clay-court swing since 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I’ve won a lot over the years on this surface,” he said.” But this year it hasn’t been the case. I’ve been really close, but I haven’t been able to win.”Nadal, who was yet to lose a set in Madrid this year, had beaten Tsitsipas all three previous times they played, without losing a set, including in the semifinals of the Australian Open.The 20-year-old Tsitsipas converted on his fourth match point to close out the victory on the Magic Box center court.“I’m really happy that I managed to keep my nerves down and fight back. Probably one of the toughest victories I’ve had in my life,” Tsitsipas said. “Adding variety and being unpredictable was the key today.”The young Greek played aggressively from the start, breaking Nadal’s serve six times. He saved 11 of the 16 break opportunities he conceded.ADVERTISEMENT Cherry Rondina, Bernadeth Pons team up anew as PH hosts FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour “I think that to beat these players, Novak, or Rafa, you need to have this little luck, this momentum going for you, and that was not the case today,” Thiem said. “Some break points for me were a little bit unlucky and some of them I missed, which I usually don’t do.”BERTENS WINSLast year’s runner-up Bertens defeated Halep for her second title of the year, adding to her victory in St. Petersburg, Russia.“I am really proud of this week. I played some good tennis,” said Bertens, who next week will reach a career-high No. 4 ranking.The seventh-ranked Dutch became the first woman to win the Madrid title without dropping a set. She had victories over three Grand Slam champions in the Spanish capital — Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova. Bertens lost to Kvitova in last year’s final.Halep, winner in Madrid in 2016 and 2017, lost the chance to take over the No. 1 ranking from Naomi Osaka. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I really liked my fighting spirit,” he said. “I went on the court and I was mentally prepared for a fight.”Tsitsipas will be playing in his fourth final of the season and will have a chance to become the first player to win three titles this year, adding to his triumphs in Estoril and Marseille. He is the tour’s winningest player in 2019 with 27 wins.“I have to be mentally prepared for a tough match,” said Tsitsipas, who defeated Djokovic in Toronto last year. “He’s in a pretty good state of his tennis, so it won’t be easy.”DJOKOVIC ON TOPDjokovic can add to his Australian Open title on Sunday thanks to his confidence-boosting win over an in-form Thiem.“Dominic is one of the best tennis players in the world at this moment, especially on this surface, so this was a very big win for me,” Djokovic said.The fifth-seeded Thiem, who beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, had won two straight against Djokovic and was trying to make his third straight Madrid final following losses to Rafael Nadal in 2017 and Alexander Zverev in 2018. The Austrian was also attempting to become the first player to win three titles this season, adding to triumphs in Indian Wells and Barcelona.“I thought he was the favorite coming into this match because of his win in Barcelona and the way he played winning against Roger yesterday,” said Djokovic, who will be trying to add to his Madrid titles from 2011 and 2016.“I was still kind of trying to find my best game on clay,” Djokovic said. “These are exactly the matches that I need. I’m very, very pleased with this win.”Thiem played well in both sets but Djokovic prevailed in both tiebreakers. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES He lost to ninth-ranked Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will try to win his third title of the year in a final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) and will have a chance to tie Nadal for the most titles in Master 1000 tournaments with 33.In the women’s final, Kiki Bertens beat two-time Madrid champion Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “It wasn’t my best night,” Nadal said. “I knew what I had to do, it was clear to me, but I just wasn’t capable of doing it. I didn’t have a good feeling to do the things I wanted to do and that’s it. We don’t have to dwell too much on it.”The second-ranked Spaniard, still seeking his first title of the season, had also failed to make it to the final in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, tournaments he had won the last three consecutive seasons. He lost to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo and to Thiem in Barcelona. This is the first time since 2004 that Nadal had arrived in Madrid without a title.last_img read more

‘Officially done’ with college studies, Thirdy Ravena to take master’s degree

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Exemplifying the role of a student-athlete, Ravena has completed his academic duties and he posted his graduation photo on his Instagram account on Friday.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, logisticsThe 22-year-old Ravena has come a long way after he was forced to sit out UAAP Season 78 due to academic deficiencies.Ravena, who studied AB Interdisciplinary Studies with Communications and Information Design as tracks, said he plans to take a master’s degree in either communication or management. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Blackwater flaunts depth in win over Rain or Shine Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—Thirdy Ravena has garnered a long list of accolades throughout his young basketball career, having won two UAAP championships and a pair of Finals MVP awards for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.His latest achievement, however, shows that the do-it-all forward can also get it done off the court.ADVERTISEMENT But before that, Ravena still has one more mission left to accomplish for Ateneo.He has one year left of eligibility in the UAAP and he wants no less than another championship to cap off his colorful collegiate career. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Head injury

first_imgHead injuries can range from a minor bump on the head to a devastating brain injury. Learning to recognize a serious head injury, and implementing basic first aid, can make the difference in saving someones life. Common causes of head injury include traffic accidents, falls, physical assault, and accidents at home, work, outdoors, or while playing sports.Review Date:1/1/2013Reviewed By:Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img

Man behind Maggi ban moved out of FSSAI, shifted to Niti Aayog

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 22 (PTI) Food safety watchdog FSSAIs CEO Yudhvir Singh Malik, the man behind the ban of global giant Nestles popular noodle brand Maggi, was today moved out and shifted as Additional Secretary in Niti Aayog. Malik, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was appointed to the post of Chief Executive Officer in Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under Health and Family Welfare Ministry, only in September last year. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet(ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the appointment of Malik as Additional Secretary in the Niti Aayog, an order issued by Personnel Ministry said. He has been appointed in the newly created post by cancelling the appointment of Keshni Anand Arora, his batch mate from the same cadre. It was during Maliks tenure that samples of Maggi noodle samples were subjected to lab tests which found that it contained added Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and lead in excess of the permissible limit. FSSAI had on June 5 banned the instant snack that has had a level of global resonance thats unprecedented for the Indian food regulator. However, the ban was later lifted by the Bombay High Court with the condition that manufacturing and selling would be allowed only after fresh tests. The ACC also approved appointments of Kavita Gupta and Kiran Soni Gupta as Textile Commissioner and Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports respectively. PTI AKV SKL GSN GSNlast_img read more