Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ LATEST STORIES “Towards the end, my last foul was a guard driving to the basket with nobody guarding him,” Davis said after finishing with 20 points and nine rebounds.It was a sorry defeat for Chinese Taipei, which shot 9-of-24 from downtown.“Gilas is very strong with their guard play, so we knew this was gonna happen. That’s just something we gotta work at,” said Davis.Chinese Taipei are now 0-2 after getting blown out by reigning Fiba Asia champion Australia to begin its campaign but Davis said that his team shouldn’t be discouraged and instead, look at its current situation as a reason to get better.“Gilas played their heart out. But I’m very proud of us because we never did give up. We really kept it close, we gave up some late 3-point shots in the end, but overall, we gotta let this be learning lesson for us, and hopefully, we’ll prepare to get them back when they come to Taipei,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Gilas Pilipinas’ Kiefer Ravena drives and draws Chinese Taipei’s Quincy Davis’ fifth foul. Davis fouled out with still 1:59 remaining in the game. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERChinese Taipei center Quincy Davis III said that one of the keys to Gilas Pilipinas win over the Taiwanese was the performance of its guards.“The Gilas guard play, the way they attack the basket was very tough for us,” Davis said.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Antetokounmpo downplays spat with assistant coach Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Taipei gets another crack at the Philippines sometime in June next year. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Davis was instrumental in the visitors jumping to an early 17-3 lead that silenced the crowd inside Smart Araneta Coliseum, He poured in 10 points in the opening frame alone.But Davis got into early foul trouble and he wasn’t as dominating since with Gilas center June Mar Fajardo and guard Jayson Castro playing aggressive throughout the game.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“I got in foul trouble early, just major mistakes that really hurt us. I think my defensive fouls really cost me and the team,” said Davis, who sat on the bench for the majority of the third period after picking up his fourth foul when he tried to spin around Fajardo.Davis was then whistled for his fifth and final foul while trying to stop a driving Kiefer Ravena with still 1:59 left. View comments
LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NBA says 3 calls hurt Heat in overtime loss at Washington The Portland weekly’s report included a transcript of Cuban’s phone conversation with a police detective, with the Dallas owner strongly denying the claim while expressing concern that he would have difficulty defending himself in court.In the SI report, former Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. Ussery was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, two years before Cuban bought the team. He worked for Cuban for 15 years.Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report, which included claims that superiors were seen as unresponsive to complaints.The SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed also was fired.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments “The NBA league office is reviewing the 2011 allegations against Mark Cuban and the subsequent findings from the Portland police investigation,” Bass said.The report Tuesday in the Willamette Week came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks. While Cuban wasn’t implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCuban flatly denied the woman’s allegations and provided a prosecutors’ report detailing the decision not to file charges.Prosecutors wrote that “there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant’s statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim.” The report also said the woman didn’t want to proceed with the allegation. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stands on stage before a news conference in Dallas. Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after a weekly alternative newspaper in Oregon published details of a case that prosecutors didn’t pursue, saying they didn’t believe there was evidence to support the claim. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)DALLAS — The NBA is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the investigation that led to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter, a day after a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman’s claim that Cuban put his hands down her pants and touched her inappropriately while they were taking a photo at a Portland nightclub.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conflict of schedule reason for nat’l team departure, says Daquis 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have won handily in Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, 102-88, on Friday, but June Mar Fajardo remains wary against a motivated TNT side ahead of Game 3.“We didn’t expect this. But TNT is a strong team so we have to focus on our game plan for the next game,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Though San Miguel equalized the best-of-seven series to one game apiece, Fajardo noted that there are areas of concern for the team.The biggest fault in the Beermen’s game was their lackadaisical start, where they fell to an early 17-0 hole before Arwind Santos came off the bench and spurred the rally.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That’s one thing. We can’t start flat in the first quarter. If we could go hard, we should go hard immediately. We’re just lucky we still got the win,” he said.Fajardo, though, commended San Miguel’s defense after that forgettable six minute-stretch to open hostilities. What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Locking down on defense after that sluggish start, the Beermen reversed the roles in the second frame, holding the KaTropa scoreless for seven minutes as they grabbed the lead and never looked back.“We had a better defense and it’s credit to my teammates,” he said. “They saw that I’m having a hard time defending TNT’s import and they helped me. Our coaching staff had a good adjustment, and kuya JayR (Reyes) and kuya Yancy (de Ocampo) taught me on how to defend the import better.”After two games, Fajardo knows the series is bound to be a chess match and San Miguel is expected to also make adjustments to be in a better position to snag the all-important Game 3 on Sunday.“We were able to adjust from what they did in Game 1, so we expect them to do the same for the next game. We’ll see what we can do more for Game 3,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
In its bid to promote the traditional version of the game in the age of slam bang Twenty20 cricket, the ICC is contemplating of introducing a Test league from where top four teams would qualify for a quadrennial play-off event to begin in 2013.Apart from the Test play-off, the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC), which assembled here for a two-day meeting that concluded today, also recommended an ODI league from next year.”The Future Tours Programme should consist of a Test league to provide context for all Test matches. The league would determine the top four teams to qualify for an ICC Test play-off. The play-off should be held once every four years to determine the Test champion team with a request to hold the first such play-off in 2013,” the ICC said in a statement.”The FTP should also consist of a One-Day International league, the first to run from April 2011 until April 2014, culminating in the crowning of an ODI league champion. This would run separate to the ICC Cricket World Cup,” it said.The CEC also recommended that the game’s governing body should consider a 10-team format for ICC’s flagship event, the Cricket World Cup, from 2015 and 16-team format for the men’s World Twenty20 from 2012.The committee also recommended the introduction of Twenty20 International rankings.”I am really excited by what the CEC has proposed.Restructuring international cricket is a significant strategic challenge and one that must be dealt with. I am grateful to the CEC and its working group for making such far-reaching proposals to tackle this important issue,” ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said.advertisement”Achieving balance and unanimous agreement is not easy but it is a very important piece of work that requires a strategic response,” he said.
Delhi cricket coach Manoj Prabhkar is absolutely clear in his mind about his goals: guide the team to at least three Ranji Trophy finals in the next four years.Manoj PrabhakarFormer Test all-rounder Prabhakar, known for his fighting qualities and confidence, says that even if he is not with the players in future, he wants to raise a fighting team that will give opponents a run for their money for a long time to come. Prabhakar was Delhi’s bowling coach in the 2007-08 season when he had a limited role.Now, for the first time, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has given him a free hand to execute his plans and Prabhakar is gung ho about his task. “My goal is to prepare a team with a solid combination of seniors and juniors that can’t be pushed for the next five years and who play three Ranji finals in the next four years,” he declared on Saturday.”There was a time when playing for Delhi virtually meant that you have 50 per cent chances of playing in the Indian team. I want to restore that belief among the players.” Some players with whom Prabhakar had worked with two years ago are still around. But apart from them, the former Delhi captain says he would also induct a few young guns who can make a big difference.”I will definitely give chance to youngsters. If I get a few good youngsters, I can polish them. I will tell them to aim higher and try to break into the Ranji team, and not just be content with playing in the under-22 or other lower categories,” Prabhakar told MAIL TODAY.advertisement”They would remember me for what they would learn from me. And I will help them even when I am not around in an official capacity.” Many people believe that apart from coach Vijay Dahiya, Prabhakar too played a prominent role in Delhi winning their seventh Ranji Trophy title in 2007-08. But the DDCA did not give another opportunity to Prabhakar in the next two seasons.They have called him now, after Dahiya excused himself for a year, and also appointed former India pacer Sanjeev Sharma as assistant coach. Prabhakar has, however, begun with a handicap. Due to DDCA’s internal problems, his appointment was delayed even though Dahiya had told the association well in advance about his plans.He comes in only a few days before the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Tournament, which begins here on Wednesday. “Now, I don’t have time to work separately on each individual,” he points out. A master of reverse swing, 47-year-old Prabhakar is expected to back the pacers in the Ranji Trophy that begins on November 1.”Delhi are playing five of their seven matches at home and we can prepare pitches according to our strength. If we have pacers in good shape and form, we might go for green-top pitches, though it remains to be seen how sporting they would be,” he said. Prabhakar’s other goal this season is to establish a solid bench strength, especially in the absence of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, permanent members of the national side.”If Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan are available, it’ll be good as they will form the core of the team. We also have some bright youngsters like batsman Unmukt Chand, leg-spinner Vikas Mishra, and left-arm pacer Pawan Suyal. Even if they sit out, they would learn something from their seniors,” he pointed out.”During longer durations matches and once the team is set, I can work on the players and only then will we know where Delhi stands.” DDCA has announced only a 15-mmeber squad for the Mushtaq Ali Trophy, but those who are expected to replace some of them for the Ranji Trophy, like Mayank Tehlan, Parvinder Awana, are also attending the nets at the Ferozeshah Kotla.”I have got the team I wanted, though I hadn’t seen some of the players as I was away for two seasons. But the youngsters and I have already broken ice, and they can come and ask me anything. The atmosphere at the Kotla is good and people at DDCA are supporting me.”
Two actresses can clearly not be friends in Bollywood. Never mind that they belong to different age groups. We hear that all is not well between Sonakshi Sinha and Malaika Arora Khan, both of whom worked in the film Dabangg. At the recently held Sahara India Sports Awards, Sonakshi marked her stage debut with a performance of the Munni badnaam hui track from the film, originally picturised on Malaika.Everyone applauded Sonakshi for her first stage act, which she performed with much grace and aplomb. However, sources confirm that Malaika was disturbed that Sonakshi performed on Munni when she could have chosen any other number.”Malaika is using Munni as her big ticket song, to be performed at various stage shows. She doesn’t want anyone else to perform to it,” said a source.While Salman Khan launched Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter, Sonakshi, Malaika is his bhabhi . Malaika is miffed because she wants the song to remain exclusively associated with her.Ever since the movie was released, Malaika has been spotted at various events performing to the popular track. However, she was not approached for the Sahara awards. The show was hosted by Shah Rukh Khan and the Munni number was one of the highlights of the event.
Skin Deep: An Inside Out Approach to Looking Good Naturally! The opening line ‘What we put as food in our mouth is more important than what we put as creams on our skin,’ sets the tone for this book. It talks about how eating right (healthy carbs, good fats, green leafy vegetables and seasonal fruits) can do wonders to the way our skin looks and feels. To make things appealing to an average reader, Santhanam, a well-known dermatologist, has divided the book into four sections. In the first section, Santhanam suggests a simple expect test (X:X factor, P: Pores, E: Evenness, C: Clarity, T:Texture) to identify your skin type and how to make it better. The second section covers the benefits and drawbacks of different food groups such as carbs, proteins and fats. For instance, she explains how incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids can keep the oils flowing to your skin and how the right amount of anti-oxidants(Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene and selenium) can keep wrinkles at bay. The third section on the A-Z of skin foods including flaxseeds, herbs and oats is a delight for anyone looking at sporting beautiful skin, the healthy way. The last section featuring beauty recipes made with common kitchen ingredients is a bonus! In all, a book that does complete justice to its title.
Shipla Shetty has a stake in Rajasthan RoyalsRajasthan Royals, winners of Season 1 didn’t know until four months before Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 4 whether they would be playing. They’ve added sponsors this year, their tally swelling to 18. Last year’s runners-up, Mumbai Indians, have similarly added four big-ticket,Shipla Shetty has a stake in Rajasthan RoyalsRajasthan Royals, winners of Season 1 didn’t know until four months before Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 4 whether they would be playing. They’ve added sponsors this year, their tally swelling to 18. Last year’s runners-up, Mumbai Indians, have similarly added four big-ticket sponsors, ensuring their profits outstrip last year’s Rs 7 crore. Even newbie Pune Warriors, owned by Subroto Roy Sahara, the most expensive team in IPL at a cost of $373 million, has managed to put together an A-list of 15 sponsors with TVS as the lead sponsor.Mumbai Indians’ Nita Ambani with son AnantWelcome to the Indian Paisa League. There are more matches (74 compared to 60 last year), higher TRPS (7.14 compared to 5.9 last year for the opening game) and even higher tv revenue (an expected Rs 1,000 crore compared to Rs 700 crore last year.) Everyone is a winner. Even the losers. Despite an average performance, Kings XI Punjab made an operating profit of Rs 29 crore in 2010, while the down-at-heel Kolkata Knight Riders made Rs 5.6 crore in 2010. Shah Rukh Khan co-owns Kolkata Knight RidersBarely a week after a 45-day energy sapping International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, IPL 4 underlines that the cricket economy is alive and well. Almost everything, from the scorecard to the sight screens, is up for sale. If ESPN-Star Sports has made close to Rs 940 crore from the just- concluded ICC World Cup (it spent $2 billion on the 10-year icc broadcasting rights), showing once again that if India wins, advertisers, sponsors, broadcasters and marketers go home with big grins, IPL’s official broadcaster, SET MAX has raised the spot ad rates to a record level. A 10-second ad-spot on the channel during the league stages will cost Rs 8.5 lakh-nearly double what it cost last season. “Ad slot rates have gone up by over 25 per cent. We are yet to decide the packages for the semi-final,” said Rohit Gupta, president, Multi Screen Media, the company that runs SET MAX. According to media buyers, the channel has still kept around 20 per cent of unsold inventory where the rates can cross the Rs 11 lakh mark for 10 seconds in the final.advertisementClick here to EnlargeCelebrities, cheerleaders, cricket. It’s a heady cocktail of sports. New revenue streams opened up by Lalit Modi last year have added ballast to the bottomline-IPL’s two-year deal with Google for live telecast of the event on YouTube for $7 million, a blimp sponsorship with MRF for Rs 15 crore for 24 matches, strategic timeouts sponsored by Maxx Mobile for a year for Rs 17-20 crore and theatrical rights sold for Rs 330 crore-a whole new world of opportunity was unlocked. How many of them come a cropper in the post-Modi dispensation will be known as the new season unfolds.From a purely Return on Investment (RoI) perspective, the enterprise values of each of the original eight IPL teams has more than trebled. The winning bid price for the two new IPL teams, Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers, was $373 million and $333 million respectively. Compare this with $111 million, the winning price for Mumbai Indians, the costliest team in 2007. Now here is how it works to the detriment of the new teams. Rajasthan Royals, which bid the lowest at $67 million, has to pay a franchise fee of $6.7 million per year while Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers have to pay $37.3 million and $33.3 million respectively annually. In order to make profits, the entry cost has to be minimum and revenues maximum.Click here to EnlargeResearch by IIFL, an equity broking and consulting firm, points out that the most profitable franchises will earn Rs 108 crore, spend Rs 65 crore, thus making a profit of Rs 43 crore while the least profitable will earn Rs 114 crore and spend Rs 95 crore, making a profit of Rs 18 crore. For the most profitable franchise, central broadcasting revenues will be Rs 67.5 crore, central sponsorship revenues will be Rs 10.8 crore, team sponsorship will be Rs 15 crore, gate receipts Rs 10 crore, in stadia advertising Rs 2.5 crore, merchandise sales Rs 2 crore, and prize money Rs 1 crore. The costs will vary dramatically as the ones coughing up large franchise fees will take the biggest hit. Ditto for players’ salaries. Other heads like stadium fee (Rs 50 lakh for every match), travel and stay cost, and team promotions are more or less the same for all the franchises.The real big change is the big number-central broadcasting and central sponsorship on the revenue side. The eight original franchises will now have to share this with two new entrants. Will powerful franchise owners such as Mukesh Ambani, Vijay Mallya, Shah Rukh Khan and even N. Srinivasan, who is also secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, let their share of the central pool of Rs 67.5 crore plus Rs 10.8 crore remain the same? The IPL also continues to be a significant contributor to the bottomline for the listed companies-as much as 5 to 10 per cent of profits for GMR, United Spirits, India Cements and Deccan Chronicle.advertisementClick here to EnlargeLast year’s controversies, have, however, eroded the brand value of IPL by $460 million from $4.13 billion in 2010 to $3.67 billion in 2011, according to a Brand Finance report. According to Brand Finance, the brand value of Mumbai Indians is $57.13 million, followed by Chennai Super Kings with $55.37 million. The Vijay Mallya-owned franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, is at third position with a brand value of $47.58 million. Shah Rukh Khan-owned Kolkata Knight Riders’ consistent non-performance on the field for three seasons has seen the value remain unchanged. Kolkata Knight Riders’ brand value is $46.05 million, just a minor increase of $50,000 million over last year. Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab-the two most controversy-scarred teams-are valued the lowest. “As costs like players’ wages rise, the early commercial success of IPL will be tested. The honeymoon is well and truly over,” says Brand Finance India Managing Director M. Unni Krishnan. Not surprisingly, co-owner of Kings XI Punjab Mohit Burman says cryptically, “It is looking very bad, we will lose Rs 20 crore this year.” Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Deccan Chargers, according to Brand Finance, are in a state of flux and seem to have lost their balance in key areas of cricketing excellence, while Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab have to set their house in order to arrest erosion in their brand values.Click here to EnlargeAt different points in time, franchise owners have contemplated selling out-Delhi Daredevils owned by GMR, Rajasthan Royals owned by Emerging Media have both appointed advisors for a possible stake sale in the past while Kings XI Punjab nearly hawked the franchise to private equity firm ISIS Equity Partners. Will Season 4 bring them luck?
Two Supreme Court judges, who were scheduled to hear the bail plea of 2G scam-tainted DMK MP Kanimozhi on Monday, recused themselves from the hearing on Friday.According to sources, justices P. Sathasivam and A. K. Patnaik conveyed their decision to recuse to Chief Justice of India S. H. Kapadia.Instead, Justice G. S. Singhvi, whose bench has been monitoring the case, will hold a special hearing on Monday with Justice B. S. Chauhan to decide the bail applications of Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar.Earlier in the day, the CBI filed an affidavit in the apex court opposing the bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Kumar on the ground that if released, they could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses.The CBI contended that Kanimozhi and Kumar were key conspirators and the Rs 200 crore transferred to Kalaignar TV were part of a bribe and not a loan as claimed by the accused. It said that since investigation into the 2G spectrum case is at an advanced stage, it will not be proper for the apex court to grant bail to the accused.The apex court had on June 13 asked the CBI to explain where the Rs 200 crore, allegedly diverted to DMK-owned Kalaignar TV in the 2G scam, went and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time.A bench of justices B. S. Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar had also asked the CBI to come up with a status report on the loss to the state exchequer because of the award of 13 licences to one of the telecom operators and trial proceedings in the CBI special court.advertisementKanimozhi and Kumar had moved the apex court seeking bail on June 10, challenging the Delhi High Court verdict rejecting their bail on the ground that they have strong political connections.Named as accused in the second chargesheet for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 200 crore, the two were arrested on May 20 after the special court dismissed their bail pleas.Both Kanimozhi and Kumar have 20 per cent stake each in Kalaignar TV, which allegedly received Rs 200 crore through a circuitous route from DB Realty.DMK chief Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who has been left out of the list of accused, owns the remaining 60 per cent shares in the channel.- With PTI inputsFor 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.
Rattled by a dope scandal, Indian athletics finally got something to cheer about when long- jumper Mayookha Johny led the Indian charge with a gold medal on the opening day of the 19th Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, on Thursday.Long Jumper Mayookha JohnyDiscus thrower Vikas Gowda added a silver while Asian Games gold medallist Preeja Sreedharan bagged a bronze in the women’s 10,000m race.Mayookha leapt 6.56m in her second jump to open India’s gold medal account on a rain- hit opening day at the Kobe Universiade Stadium to emulate her idol Anju Bobby George, who had won the Asian Championships gold in 2005.China’s Lu Minjia took home the silver by jumping 6.52m while the bronze went to Saeko Okayama of Japan, who had an effort of 6.51m.The women’s long jump event was delayed after the stadium was lashed by rain, which affected the performance of the athletes.Mayookha’s training mate and Commonwealth Games silver medallist MA Prajusha finished sixth with an effort of 6.27m.Mayookha’s effort, though, was below her season’s best of 6.63m, which she recorded in the national inter-state meet in Bangalore last month, and her personal best of 6.64m, which she came up with at the Asian All Star Meet in New Delhi last year.She also failed to go past the 2012 London Olympics and next month’s World Championships ‘B’ qualifying standard of 6.65m.Earlier, in the morning session, national record holder Gowda’s performance was also affected by weather conditions as he finished second with an effort of 61.58m, behind Iran’s Asian record holder Ehsan Hadadi, who also had a below- par 62.27m. The bronze medal went to Wu Jian of China ( 56.61m).This was the Iranian’s fourth consecutive Asian title, though he was well below his season’s best of 65.89m and Asian record of 69.32m.advertisementGowda, who has a season’s best of 64.91 and three marks over 64 metres, has already crossed the Olympics and World Championships ‘ B’ qualifying standard of 63m, while he is yet to touch the ‘A’ standard of 65m.It was a bit of a disappointment, though, for the Indian camp as Preeja had to settle for a bronze in 10,000m.Preeja, who has been struggling to reach peak form, clocked 33:16.55 sec, well below her Asian Games gold medalwinning timing of 31:50:28.Compatriot Kavita Raut, who had won silver in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, was a poor sixth with a below- par 35:24.35, much below her personal best of 31:51.44.SE Habitegbrel of Bahrain won the gold in 32:47.80 while compatriot and 2007 champion Kareema Jasim Saleh took silver in 32:50.90 With inputs from PTI.
Noting that India has just hosted a superb World Cup, a leading London daily on Monday said India’s economic rise has coincided almost exactly with the career of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.”India’s victory in the World Cup was not just a story about cricket. It was an economic success story as much as a cricketing one,” Ed Smith wrote in The Times on Monday.”It is true that India have won the World Cup before, in 1983. But that was an underdog victory that did not reflect the real cricketing balance of power. In 1983, England still shaped and administered the game,” the report said.”Now, 28 years on, India haven’t just won the World Cup, they lead the world in every department of the game.”India has the most lucrative and influential tournament, the Indian Premier League, that dictates terms to the rest of the world. It has the biggest market and the most iconic players.”And it has now hosted a superb World Cup, dominated on the pitch and achieved both with the assured touch of a nation at ease with its supremacy,” the report added.India’s position at the summit of the cricketing world is inconceivable without its parallel economic journey. In 1989, when Tendulkar made his Test debut as a 16-year-old, “you couldn’t buy a Coca-Cola in India.” Only in 1993 were Coke and Pepsi allowed into the Indian market. Now these two have a different battle; not to get on the shelves, but to land the biggest endorsements.When Pepsi secured M.S. Dhoni, the match-winning Indian captain, on a huge deal, Coke responded by signing up Tendulkar as an “ambassador”.advertisement”In fact, Tendulkar’s career coincides almost exactly with the Indian economic revolution that began in 1991 with Manmohan Singh’s liberalisation reforms – and the newly rich Indian middle classes have seen Tendulkar as the embodiment of their aspirations,” the report said. The report also said, “Tendulkar once looked to England to complete his sporting education and to earn a living. “When Tendulkar played for Yorkshire as their overseas professional in 1992, it must have felt like playing for Manchester United.”Yorkshire was the most famous team in what was then the world’s most prestigious and lucrative domestic league.”Now, in the age of the IPL, for an Indian star to play at a windswept county ground in front of a handful of fans would require an act of charity rather than economic self-interest.”For a cricketer to get rich these days he has to crack the Indian market; anything else is minor league. Dhoni’s annual income is estimated at $10 million,” the report said.– With inputs from PTI
The National Cadet Corps (NCC), India’s military youth movement in schools and colleges, is all set to grow with the defence ministry planning to increase its sanctioned strength from the existing 13 lakh to 15 lakh cadets.The outfit is also readying to change its training syllabus, refining the philosophy to make it contemporary and meet the aspirations of the country’s youth.These issues were discussed at the NCC Central Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting chaired by Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju recently.”The important issues discussed during the CAC meeting included introduction of a new syllabus based on the refined training philosophy to make it contemporary and meet the aspirations of the youth of the country.””In addition, an increase in authorised strength of cadets to be enrolled in NCC, raising of additional NCC units and enhanced role of NCC cadets in social and community development programme were also discussed during the meeting,” defence ministry officials said.Addressing the meeting, Raju complimented the NCC on the excellent performance of its cadets in various activities pertaining to training, sports, adventure, social service and community development.Describing the NCC cadets as “leaders of tomorrow,” Raju said since they are the key instruments of social change, economic growth and technological innovations, there is an urgent need to channelise their energy in proper direction with care.On the occasion, NCC Director General Lt. Gen. P.S. Bhalla presented a detailed update on NCC activities in the past two years to the members of the CAC.CAC is the apex body that advises the government on policies regarding the constitution and administration of NCC.The CAC also consists of nominated members of parliament, the tri-services chiefs, and eminent educationists.- With inputs from IANSadvertisement
Till a few months ago, India’s middle order looked rock solid in the longest format of cricket. However, with the departure of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, Indian selectors and the team management have been short of ideas as far as their replacements are concerned.However, the solution might already be there in Indias playing XI. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni might look to Delhi batsman Virender Sehwag to anchor a solid role in the middle order rather than using him in his usual role as an opener as India take on New Zealand in the twp-Test series beginning in Hyderabad on Thursday.Sehwag can bring solidity to the middle order if he curbs his natural playing instincts. In fact, Sehwag had himself expressed his desire to bat in the Indian middle order earlier this year.No doubt, Sehwags solid starts have been central to shaping many a wins for Dhoni’s Devils in the longer version. However, the exit of highly dependable Dravid and crisis manager Laxman has left a big hole in India’s batting order.And the onus is on the team management to either plug the gap in the middle with youngsters like Cheteshwar Pujara and Suresh Raina or offer Sehwag his much sought after slot at 5 or 6.Dhoni, in his media address ahead of the opening Test against New Zealand, had said that India would miss the two top batsmen, but he also insisted that the youngsters needed to step up to fill the gap.The presence of Mumbai’s Ajinkya Rahane could provide India an opportunity to experiment with the Gautam Gambhir-Rahane combine at the top against the inexperienced Kiwis.advertisementSehwag’s record as an opener stands testament to his prowess with the new ball. However, for a batsman who started off with a debut Test century batting at number six on a hostile Bloemfontein track in South Africa in 2001, one cannot deny Sehwag’s utility as a middle order batsman.While it has been a catch-22 situation for Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher, if the explosive Sehwag can prove his mettle lower down the order against the Kiwis it would certainly lend some much needed strength to India’s batting mix.Moreover, the move could provide India some much-needed dependability and experience in the middle before the more dangerous Englishmen and Aussies come calling.Teams (from):India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Subramaniam Badrinath and Piyush Chawla.New Zealand: Ross Taylor (Capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tarun Nethula, Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Kruger van Wyk, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.Match Starts at 9.30 AM IST.
Woman at work: Uma Bharati takes the fieldThe story goes that when Uma Bharati wanted a decision taken in a hurry in the Sports Ministry she didn’t pick up the phone. She asked her secretary to list the hierarchy of the minimum number of bureaucrats required to clear a file,Woman at work: Uma Bharati takes the fieldThe story goes that when Uma Bharati wanted a decision taken in a hurry in the Sports Ministry she didn’t pick up the phone. She asked her secretary to list the hierarchy of the minimum number of bureaucrats required to clear a file (five, it turns out), and then summoned the gentlemen concerned to her office.She had them discuss the situation, arrive at a consensus, pass the papers from one to the other in front of her, sign them and be done with the deed. It is not quite governance by the rule book and a little confrontationist, but in the Sports Ministry these days confrontation is the rule.Bharati, Union minister of sports and youth affairs, has had her office designed according to the principles of Vaastu, has books of theology on the shelves and Indian sports officialdom on her mind.Whether it is the mighty suits of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the political animals of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) or the bloated bureaucracy of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), they have all gone toe-to-toe with the honourable minister in the recent past and have the bruises to show for it.It may seem like an incongruous contest: a 42-year-old woman who barely tops 5 ft dressed in distinctly unathletic saffron robes versus the Indian sporting establishment, renowned for its long life and thick skin.But the BCCI is reeling after what boxing judges call a technical knockout, the IOA has won a couple of rounds against Bharati but is being made to huff and puff through the rest, and the SAI has retreated to a neutral corner hoping that she runs out of steam.advertisementUma’s New Rule Book National sports federations have to provide accounts or risk losing their I-T exemptions.The Sports Authority of India is a target of scrutiny over its functioning and expenses.After the Sharjah fracas, the cricket board is being made to wait for an audience.Hockey bosses on the defensive over an India versus Pakistan series planned for Dubai.Afro-Asian Games officials have been asked to give estimates of medal tallies.This is in keeping with Bharati’s image of a “firebrand” politician, a tag she staunchly rejects in favour of a kinder, gentler image – that of a concerned didi to athletes, the folk who drew her close to a field she had no interest in before becoming a minister.”I used to swim and play badminton but never read the sports pages of newspapers. When I talked to athletes, I began to understand more about sports.” If her dealings with the BCCI are any proof, she understands sports administrators far better and her heart does not bleed for them in the slightest.The BCCI’s famous run-in with the ministry came over the question of playing Pakistan in Sharjah and its terribly miscalculated threat not to play in the World Cup and the ICC Mini World Cup unless it received a clarification from the Government.Singularly unimpressed, Bharati retorted that the decision not to play was the board’s own “headache”. Three weeks after the announcement, BCCI officials, headaches and all, are pulling every string in the Government to fix a meeting with Bharati’s office – to explain themselves.They haven’t succeeded. Bharati’s anti-Pakistan stance is now so well documented that Indian Hockey Federation Secretary K. Jothi Kumaran did not even mention a proposed Indo-Pak hockey series in Dubai when he met her recently.The Government does not covet the BCCI’s wealth, she clarifies. “We are happy that the cricket board is rich, but it should use the money for cricket. Sport should be sport, not an industry.”Bharati even had a suggestion for the BCCI: take cricket to areas where there is unrest among the youth who, for lack of diversions, were driven to drugs and terrorism. She stops short of saying that the match-fixers should lead this evangelical drive as a sort of community service, but it wouldn’t be out of place if she did.Bharati switches from plain speech to courtesy with ease and brushes off talk of confrontation with sports officials. “The Government knows it cannot do the work of the federations. But if the federations misuse their autonomy, if they think of it as freedom to do what they like and if they don’t realise what their duties are, then it is not correct,” she says.”If” is a word that has dominated Bharati’s dealings with officials – except it’s not the lofty Kiplingesque “if”. More like an “or else …” Bharati has decided to use the preparation and conduct of the controversial Afro-Asian Games as a platform to scrutinise the working and finances of sporting federations.advertisementAt a recent meeting of federation officials, secretaries were ticked off for the absence of their presidents and presidents asked for prospective medal tallies in their respective sports. The ministry reckoned 18 would be all – no one dared contradict the figure. “Federations have to take responsibility for the results. If you don’t get those results after taking help from the government, then you have to explain,” she says. For the first time, federations (which claim tax exemption and government grants) have been asked to send details of their expenses.”How much of the money collected goes to athletic competitions and how much is spent in administrative costs? Why should our athletes travel in autos while officials travel in air-conditioned cars? If we find any financial irregularity, we will not hesitate to derecognise the federations,” declares Bharati. The word “if” again…After quitting the Lok Sabha last year, Bharati had said she was “not one for team work”. Today, working in the most tangled team situation, she clarifies, “That doesn’t apply to the ministry but to the working in an organisation. In the ministry I accept the existence of the secretary.”A sports official says, “I don’t think she has ever read a government document and has to depend on advice. But she is sharp and very direct. If five people are talking, she can figure out who’s right and who’s wrong.”Bharati may have lit fires under several chairs but the establishment does have a fire-station. An official says, “People like Suresh Kalmadi and Randhir Singh are pros. They have seen 10 governments and 20 ministers. They are entrenched, immune and are hardly going to be worried.”In her second term as sports minister, Bharati says she is “determined” to make “radical” changes. Her pet projects are putting sports on the priority list in the 10th Five Year Plan, setting up sports academies in every state and a complete restructuring of the SAI.Uma Bharati has sent a storm blowing through the Indian sports officialdom but she will be not judged on that alone. She will be judged on whether the storm is a mere billowing of dust which irritates the eye briefly before losing strength or a tempest which will change the country’s sporting landscape.
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann of AAP. Photo by Rajwant Rawat.Bhagwant Mann, 41Constituency: SangrurDefeated: Shiromani Akali Dal veteran and former union minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa by 2,11,721 votes.He joined Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption with 400 other young men sporting basanti pagris (yellow turbans) in 2011. “We went there to mark Bhagat Singh’s attendance,” says forty-one-year-old Bhagwant Mann who has just completed a seamless transition from being Punjab’s most loved comedian and satirist to becoming the new kid on the block who recorded a slam-dunk victory over one the Shiromani Akali Dal’s tallest stalwarts S.S. Dhindsa in Sangrur.Mann, who made his political debut as a nominee of Manpreet Badal’s Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) against former Congress CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal from Lehra (Sangrur) in February 2012, chose to go with Aam Aadmi Party in Lok Sabha 2014.This after Manpreet tied up with the Congress and subsequently even contested the Bathinda seat against Harsimrat Badal on a Congress ticket. “Bhagat Singh opposed the Congress so how can his followers join them in an election,” Mann says not in the least trying to mask his aversion for the path his former mentor chose.Employing his full repertoire – his ever-ready repartee, incredulous wit and decidedly deft turn of vernacular phrase, the comedian, a household name and face in Punjab, captured the collective imagination of Sangrur’s electorate.Using the invariable presence of young people at his poll rallies he would routinely crack a joke or two but always end on a serious note that struck many raw nerves: “Why are there so many young people here.. do they expect that I will give them tickets to contest the coming assembly elections? They are here because they don’t have jobs,” Mann would say. And the youth. They loved him.advertisementAnd they loved it even more when he took on the Badals – chief minister Parkash Singh and his son Sukhbir. Village women at his nukkad sabhas were in fits when he suggested that they “scrub hard” to erase the CM’s image from the utensils being distributed by the SAD-BJP government at a pre-poll freebie. “Comedy is very serious business because it is much easier to make people weep than get them to smile or laugh,” Mann says happily elaborating on the “boundless capacity of politicians to bring tears to people through price rise, unemployment, pollution, corruption.” And now that he will be in Parliament, all of us can expect a good measure of cheer around the Lok Sabha sessions.
“I rather do three sets, but today (Karlovic) was playing well, and first match, too, the guy was playing really solid,” Nishikori said. “Yeah, these two matches can go, you know, I could lose these two matches. So I just need to recover well. But, I mean, it’s only two matches, so I’m not too tired yet.”Nishikori dropped to his hands and knees after winning the last three points of the tiebreaker, relieved to secure his spot.He later joked that he’d faced more aces in one match than he himself would serve in a year.“He almost had it,” Nishikori said of how close Karlovic got to victory. “One serve and it could have gone his way.”To force a fifth, Karlovic, who is 2.11 meters (6-feet-11), had served six aces in a row — two from 30-30 in the 10th game and then another four to close after breaking Nishikori’s serve to close out the fourth set.ADVERTISEMENT After missing last year’s Australian Open because of injury, Nishikori reached the fourth round at the French Open, the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the semifinals in New York, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the last two.He reached a career-high No. 4 ranking in March, 2015 — a record for an Asian player in ATP rankings history — and his runner-up finish at the 2014 U.S. Open made him the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlready with a title in Brisbane to open 2019, he’s starting to believe he’s ready for the next step.But after twice being taken to five sets — he lost the first two sets of his opening match but won 15 of the next 17 games before Kamil Majchrzak retired while trailing 3-0 in the fifth — he’d prefer to take a direct route through the third round. He next plays Joao Sousa, who beat No. 32 Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4. Expect the ‘best version’ of Joshua Pacio in his first ONE title defense “Never easy. Kind of frustrating if you can’t get the serve like three in a row.”After trailing 4-1 in the 10-point tiebreaker — a new addition at the Australian Open this year __ and then taking a 7-6 lead thanks to a video replay review at 6-6 — Karlovic was closing in becoming the oldest man since Ken Rosewall in 1978 to reach the third round at the Australian Open.But Nishikori stepped it up, sparking chants of “Nishi-kori, Nishi-kori” from a section of Japanese fans at Margaret Court Arena.“I had to reload in the fifth,” he said. “It was really tough. Could go both ways. I really returned well — focussed well.“We both played great tennis — and he served really well. I’ll try to carry on this confidence to the next round.”Rain showers halted play on all courts soon after Nishikori’s win, forcing organizers to close the roofs of the three main show courts.The Japanese fans were still in place after the break to watch U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka advance with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tamara Zidansek.Nishikori said having more Japanese fans in Australia than at any of the other majors always gave him a boost.“You can tell there is so many Japanese. And also many Asians. I’m sure I feel more comfortable playing this Grand Slam than other Grand Slam.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s Kei Nishikori celebrates after defeating Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Kei Nishikori wants to extend a Grand Slam sequence. He’s not making it easy at the Australian Open.Eighth-seeded Nishikori withstood 59 aces from Ivo Karlovic, and had to save three break points deep in the fifth, before beating the 39-year-old Croatian 6-3, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (7) to reach the third round.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño 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 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 MOST READ View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next