The Dyip bucked a lethargic start and crawled their way back into the game during the second period all thanks to a brilliant performance by Rashawn McCarthy.The Bolts had a chance to pull the rug from under Columbian after Chris Newsome hit a triple with 38 ticks left to bring Meralco within one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBaser Amer and Cliff Hodge squandered the opportunity to put Meralco ahead missing two looks in the final 13 seconds of the game.“I told the guys to forget what happened in the past six games but don’t forget about why we lose,” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel, whose squad improved to 3-4, said in the post-game presser. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? And it paid dividends as the Dyip now see the this new stretch as “a brand It’s a brand new conference,” he added.Colubmian takes on a struggling Blackwater side this Friday at MOA Arena. Meralco, on the other hand, will try to arrest their losing streak when they face Magnolia in Cagayan de Oro City this Mar. 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Columbian snapped its three-game skid at the expense of Meralco, 86-85, in the resumption of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup hostilities Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP volleyball: Judith Abil stars as UE picks up 1st win, sends Adamson to 0-3 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “We’re lucky we started the second quarter good,” he added. “The first quarter we felt like we didn’t know how to shoot the ball.”Skipper McCarthy posted a new career-best scoring performance with 30 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.The craft guard was held scoreless in the opening salvo and then posted 10 points in each succeeding quarter. Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson pumped in 14 and 10 markers respectively.Meralco drew 17 points from Newsome as Cliff Hodge and Ranidel de Ocampo chimed in 14 each. Amer contributed 10 more in the effort.“It’s a good start for us. After the long break, [we are] much better because we had two wins,” Cardel said. “[T]he break has given us an opportunity to give the boys a time off from basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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
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.
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Dodgers (Men’s Open) and Crushers (Women’s Open) sit atop the premiership ladder in the respective elite divisions after some high quality fixtures dominated second round action Friday night in Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s 2006 Powerade Isotonic SEQTL.The in form Dodgers machine picked up from where they left off last week in the Men’s Open division with a slashing 11 – 6 score line over Country Club United.Fielding only eight players due to injury and other commitments, the Dodgers boys worked brilliantly together to cover for a lack of numbers by working a six- player rotation across 4 positions with young wingers Terry Thompson and Jesse Green admirably playing the whole game without a substitute.It’s early days yet, but with a number of State and National representatives to come back into the side, Centre bet may be tempted to make the “no more bets” call on the Labrador lads as the odds shorten of a maiden premiership crown in 2006. Boasting a strong understanding and combination across the playing roster, the Dodgers boys are amongst the most talented teams in the competition. Blessed with a strong NTL winning Sharkies flavour, the Coasties are spoilt for choice turning on a variety of expansive or short games to suit the occasion at will.Australian Open Representatives Ben Robinson, Ben Mc Cullen, Riki Best, Nathan Jones and Qld Open Men’s player Ryan Pollock mix up their game easily with their Kiwi superstars and a host of young up and comers from the SQBD region.Whilst things “weren’t exactly treasury” for Country Club on Friday night, to their credit they never stopped trying, with evergreen veteran Dave Raper directing traffic better than Tom Croydon at peak hour on the South East Freeway. In the early feature match on Field One at 7.20pm, Redcliffe Colts and Uni-Rebels squared off in what was always going to be a keenly contested affair.Uni-Rebels had a narrow victory over premiers Crushers last week, and despite losing the north side battle in their first game against CCU, the Colts boys showed enough to suggest that they were going to cause some real headaches when they hit their stride.Colts mixed up their traditional power driving and short game with some great expansive ball movement to defeat Rebels 6 – 4.Uni-Rebels overcame a sluggish start to reel in a 3 touch down deficit on the stroke of half time to take the score to 3 –2.Shortly after half-time Qld Open Mixed player Damian Moar, making a welcome return to Uni-Rebels, crafted a touchdown for his team and at 3-3 it was game on.The game ebbed and flowed with both sides threatening to blow the contest open at different points. Eventually Colts got the decisive touchdown, with Uni-Rebels veteran Graham Whyte being dispatched to the bin for dissent in the aftermath.The game was all but gone when Colts iced the game cake at 6 – 4 with the fat lady half way down Cavendish road as the full time siren sounded.Benny Roberts and Troy Clark were in everything and at their scheming best for Colts, whilst Jason Powell and Damian Moar were the pick of an inconsistent Rebels side that will no doubt lift for next Friday’s big game against the undefeated Dodgers.In the 8.10pm game on Field 6 Crushers had a narrow 3 –2 escape over the young CTA Slammers outfit that produced a more settled display in their second competition game of the season. Crushers needed to call on all their experience to keep the Caboolture boys at bay.Down 2 – 1 at half time, an intercept ‘meatie’ by Jay Latumanhina kept Crushers in the contest.The Premiers had to fight all the way before eventually nailing down the coffin on the Slammers combination two minutes before full time.‘The postman’ Chris Farrow, delivered the big play as always, for a 3 – 2 victory to the Crusher Boys.In Round 3 action this coming Friday, The CTA Slammers will feature in an intriguing match up on Field One at 7.20pm against CCU in the match of the round.The young CTA Slammers side will fancy their chances to notch a maiden premiership game victory after their performance against Crushers, and CCU will be keen to atone for their defeat at the hand’s of Dodgers.In a tough one to call, Crushers take on Redcliffe Colts at 6.30pm on field 2 in the early bird- two for one- seat special, and Dodgers and Rebels square off in the nightcap game at 9.00pm on Field 5. In Powerade Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open action, Premiers Uni-Rebels flexed their muscles in a dominant 6-1 victory over the young Country Club United outfit.The star-studded Rebels side, who by their own admission, had a spluttering start to the season last week in a narrow loss to Sharkies, came out firing to shell shock the CCU girls early.Uni-Rebels and Australian Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman, was much happier with the completion rates, ball movement, and finishing skills of her team as they cranked into gear and showed just why they are the benchmark team in the competition.Renee Murphy made a welcome return this week, and immediately added great direction to the team along with 2005 SEQTL Player of the Final, Sally Urquhart medallist Kylie Hilder.Qld Open Schoolgirl Jess Shaw continues to step up and play well in Open company, and the mercurial Teena Mc Ilveen donned the cloak of invisibility and glided undetected through the CCU defence at will. The “Mc Daddy” had a fantastic game mixing intelligent hole running and sonic fast feet to stamp her authority on the game. After trailing 5 – 1 at half-time the North side girls regrouped and came back determined to not let the score line blow out like a Bronco in the off-season.CCU’s Qld Open Mixed player Rebecca Tavo led by example and left it all out on the field for her team, and the Tupuhi sisters Toni and Delwyn, gave solid support to restrict Rebels to only one second half touchdown when the full time siren sounded.In the TV game on field 1 at 8.10pm Crushers and Redcliffe Colts shared the points in a thrilling draw that was full of high quality driving, great ball movement, resolute defence and a frenetic ‘bizaro’ finish.Both teams were down important personnel with four key players for Crushers unavailable and Colts without pivotal Youth World Cup representative Nikki Etheridge and the experienced Casey Clark. Despite the missing stars, both teams turned on a great display of power Touch for such an early stage of the season and, like all other teams, have much to look forward to as the Powerade Isotonic SEQTL unfolds.Incredibly, for 36 minutes of the contest there was no score. Then in the last four minutes the two teams traded touchdowns not once, but twice, to settle things at 2-2.The game was end to end, a real battle of attrition. I was calling for the water bottle and I was just watching from the sidelines!Playing at break-neck pace, something had to give, and Colts winger Carolyn Luschwitz found the chink.Coming out from her own end, she seized on a Crusher’s defensive error to scoot 50 metres to score and put Colts up cradling the lead at 1 – 0.Crushers Co-Captains Michelle Gilpin and Alyce Hulbert, refusing to concede defeat, moved the ball cleverly from left to right to NZ Women’s Open Player Anita Kerrigan who expertly drew the defence to give winger Kathrine Moore a narrow passage to the line.At 1-1, with barely a minute and a half on the clock, both coaches were reasoning that a draw was pretty indicative and a fair take on the game.Australian Open Mixed coach Gary Madders famously said to his Country Club United girls in the third of their four grand final victories in 2003 when they were narrowly up with not too much time left on the clock, “The game always has a long way to go” Everyone participating in last night’s game now knows what that means.After a penalty on the score line and some clever interchange of passing, Lauren Potter backed herself, ran at a hole and dived low at the score line to put the Colts girls up 2 –1 with 30 seconds left on the clock.From the restart Crushers Youth World Cup player Bindi Hammett worked a short play with Qld Open Mixed representative and big occasion specialist Nicola Slade.Slade, who had an industrious game, ran an outside line then snapped in spearing between the middles to score the equalizer with not too much time remaining.Colts Coach Craig Morrow was delighted with the focus and application his team mustered in driving out of their own end. Employing a very “Mets centric” rucking ideology, the Colts girls drove with a lot of discipline to earn great field position consistently during the game.Australian Women’s Open player Peta Rogerson was in everything for Colts, causing more headaches for the Crushers defence than a World Cup victory for Socceroo supporters.Lauren Potter, Aleisha Kuhn, and Gemma ‘Bruiser’ Etheridge all stood up for Colts in a really solid season opening. They will build nicely into the season with more training and development of combinations as they go. Crushers, whose defence was a highlight, were best served by experienced new recruit Theresa Anderson who directed traffic well and is making pleasing progress from a knee reconstruction, Kathrine ‘Dooie’ Moore who was solid all over the field, and Captains Gilpin and Hulbert.Round 3 action Friday night features a great match-up at 7.20pm on Field 7.Redcliffe Colts take on Griffith-Sharks who will be fresh after the bye.The “Powerade Power game” in the Women’s Open on field one pits Premiers Uni-Rebels up against top of the table Crushers at 8.10pm.Country Club United have the bye.All teams are building well into the season; expect some engrossing encounters as the best players in South East Queensland do battle in Round 3 of the Powerade Isotonic SEQTL.When in doubt, throw the flick and if you get the chance, Vote for Pedro and your wildest dreams will come true.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley’s two goal striker Chris Wood: We were at our bestby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley’s two goal striker Chris Wood praised the manner of their win over Norwich City.Norwich – fresh from beating champions Manchester City a week ago – never really threatened the lead as Sean Dyche’s men wrapped up a first win since the opening day with an accomplished display from back to front.“That’s what comes of it if we are at our best – we get the three points,” said Wood.“That’s what we try and strive to do every week and it’s nice to put in a great performance and get the three points out of it.“We thrive on home games and try and work hard to get those wins. Thankfully we got another one today and now we can build on that and go forward.“We knew we had a good four games (between international breaks) to hopefully get some points on the board and we’ve started pretty well.“You can look it very happily, knowing that we can build on it and move forward and hopefully get some more results.”
Despite 2016 being running back Ezekiel Elliott’s first season in the NFL, don’t expect the Cowboys rookie to be picking up any massive dinner checks this offseason. With the playoffs in mind, they want the former Ohio State star’s head to be clear of distractions. On Tuesday, TMZ Sports posted this great video to YouTube of Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant saying that the Cowboys don’t playfully haze rookies anymore and that Elliott will escape the tradition altogether because they “need his mind right.”With so many weapons on the field it’s easy to see why. The addition of Elliott behind one of the best offensive lines in the country provides endless possibilities in Dallas. Bringing balance to the potent offense could really open things up for Tony Romo.
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberals and Progressive Conservatives both promised millions for highways and rural roads on the first full day of the provincial election campaign Monday, while the NDP promised millions more to improve access to health care.Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil announced an extra $240 million over four years in infrastructure spending, while Tory Leader Jamie Baillie promised a $2-billion Rebuild Nova Scotia Fund, which relies on half the money coming from Ottawa.Baillie said a Tory government would not go into deficit to come up with its $1-billion share of the fund.He said the fund would be used to twin “Nova Scotia’s most dangerous highways,” build a new Victoria General hospital and bring high-speed Internet to rural areas.“It is my expectation that it will create 10,000 jobs over the 10-year period that we renew our infrastructure,” he said, flanked by workers at an insulation manufacturing plant in Dartmouth.Baillie said his plan would twin more highway kilometres than the Liberal proposal, and includes other safety measures on untwinned sections of the highways.The money would also go toward creating an environmental reclamation and community enhancement fund.Baillie also suggested the newly amalgamated Nova Scotia Health Authority may come under scrutiny to make it operate more efficiently and save money, saying he would provide more details when the party releases its platform.“There’s no Nova Scotian out there that is telling that this new Nova Scotia Health Authority is delivering services either more efficiently or better,” he said. “We’ve actually created more layers of administration, not less.”McNeil said the Liberals would spend $50 million a year on new schools and improvements to main streets, and an extra $10 million a year to improve the province’s gravel roads. The gravel road commitment would add to the $10 million a year already pledged earlier this spring.The work for gravel roads is much needed and long overdue, he said.“There’s no question there has been a level of neglect,” said McNeil. “With the lack of ditching, water is unable to move away … and then we’ve had traffic than has run over top of them, which has rutted them up and worn them down. It will take a complete rebuild.”McNeil also re-announced a Liberal pledge last week to spend $390 million to twin three sections of 100 series highways and to build a new four-lane connector between Bedford and Burnside. The money would also be used for safety improvements to highways across the province.McNeil said the infrastructure spending would also create thousands of jobs, although a specific figure wasn’t provided.The new funding is over and above what was included in the province’s capital plan and the projections were part of last Thursday’s budget, although it wasn’t highlighted at the time by the government.“We see now that they are promising something that was not immediately apparent in the numbers they put forward,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “That’s the trouble you get when you present as they have a non-budget, budget.”Meanwhile, the NDP made a major pledge of its own, saying $120 million would be committed over four years to build new primary care clinics and to hire more doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners.Burrill said an NDP government would work collaboratively with family doctors to determine what resources are needed in various communities.Although he pointed to Statistics Canada figures that indicate about 100,000 people are without a family doctor, Burrill wouldn’t make promises about how much his party’s pledge would reduce current shortages.“On the basis of the numbers we have been able to access, it seems to us that $30 million a year would take us a serious way down the road to significantly grappling with this problem,” he said.Nova Scotians will go the polls May 30.
Mumbai: Mouni Roy says her casting as the main antagonist in Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt-starrer “Brahmastra” came as a surprise for her. The 33-year-old actor, who made her Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar’s “Gold”, says she wants make versatile choices. “I am playing the main villain in the film. I am really looking forward to it. What is more liberating for me is playing different characters that challenges me. I was surprised initially that they wanted me to play the villain. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Ayan Mukherji (director) had seen something from ‘Naagin’ and felt I could play the villain. So you never know what clicks with whom. As an actor you should be willing to experiment and be versatile otherwise you can’t learn and grow,” Mouni told PTI. “Brahmastra” also featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, will serve as the first film in the trilogy. Mouni says working with the team has been an enriching experience. “My life is fulfilled after working with Mr Bachchan. Ranbir and Alia are sweethearts, they are too good. They all are such big stars that you get scared walking on the sets. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “They all have been so generous, welcoming and made me feel comfortable. With great success and talent they als have that humility and are accepting people from outside,” she adds. “Brahmastra”, produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Production, will release on December 20. Mouni will be seen next in “RAW: Romeo Akbar Walter” opposite John Abraham. The film releases on April 5. The actor said she had a great time working with John and is happy with the way her role has shaped up in the film. “‘RAW’ was offered to me after ‘Gold’ and Bramashtra’. This was last year. I am playing John’s love interest, it is integral to the story. She is a banker. It was superb working with John. Both Akshay Kumar (her ‘Gold’ co-star) and John Abraham have lot of similarities like they are so so focused and disciplined.” Her upcoming films also include”Made in China” with Rajkummar Rao, in which she plays the role of a Gujurati housewife, and “Bole Chudiyan” with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. “This girl in (‘Bole Chudiyan’) is very fiery, drives tractors and dances. It is a full on Hindi film heroine. I am excited about it. I was waiting fir something like this,” Mouni says.
Two days after missing out on the opportunity to earn a share of the Big Ten title, Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson learned he won’t walk away from this season empty-handed, as he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year for the 2010–11 season. Johnson beat out Ohio State freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who appeared to have a lock on the award for the first three months of the season before seeing stat lines decline in February. Sullinger won four Big Ten Player of the Week awards this season. Johnson finished the regular season as the Big Ten’s leader in scoring and blocks, with averages of 20.5 points and 2.4 blocks per game. He was also the conference’s No. 4 leader in rebounds, pulling down 8.1 per game. A native of Indianapolis, Johnson’s top scoring performance — 31 points — came in Purdue’s Dec. 18 win against Indiana State; however, his best all-around performance came in the Boilermakers’ Feb. 27 win against Michigan State, when he scored 20 points and posted season highs in rebounding and blocks, with 17 and seven, respectively. In winning the award, which has been given out annually since the 1984–85 season, Johnson became the third Boilermaker to be named the Big Ten’s top player, joining Steve Scheffler (1989–90) and Glenn Robinson (1993–94). Besides winning the Big Ten Player of the Year award, Johnson was an All-Big Ten first-team selection, and was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week on Feb. 28. Johnson wasn’t the only Boilermaker to beat out a Buckeye for an award, as Purdue coach Matt Painter was chosen as the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year. The Buckeyes, however, didn’t walk away empty-handed, as Sullinger was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year, and freshman point guard Aaron Craft was named the Big Ten’s Sixth Man of the Year. Craft downplayed the individual significance of the award. “I am fortunate to play on a team full of incredibly talented players,” Craft said in a press release. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute this season.” Sullinger echoed the humbleness of his classmate’s reaction. “I was honestly surprised to hear I was named Freshman of the Year,” Sullinger said in the press release. “There are a lot of talented freshmen in the Big Ten.” Besides their individual awards, Sullinger was named to the All-Big Ten first team, and Craft was named to the All-Defensive team. Both freshmen were also named to the All-Freshman team. Other Buckeyes honored Monday include fifth-year senior forward David Lighty, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team and All-Defensive team; junior guard William Buford, who was selected to the All-Big Ten second team; senior guard Jon Diebler, who was named to the All-Big Ten third team; and senior center Dallas Lauderdale, who was named the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Sportsmanship award honoree. “We are fortunate to play in a tremendous league with outstanding players,” Matta said in the press release. “To have five of our top six players recognized with postseason honors is a tribute to their hard work.” Big Ten action resumes Thursday with the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.