Ravena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’

first_imgRavena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’6.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball team View comments MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games “We expected that Thailand would put up a fight, but we didn’t expect that we would play that bad,” said guard Kiefer Ravena Monday at Sunway Putra Hotel here. “It was an ugly one for us but we ended up winning and that was the end goal.”CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThailand managed to take a 71-69 lead midway through the fourth and it needed the late-game heroics of Ravena and Baser Amer to lead the Philippines to the victory.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 shutoutGilas went on an 8-0 run to take a 77-71 lead with the backcourt tandem scoring six points in the pivotal spurt.Ravena said that if ever they plan to win the Philippines’ record 17th gold medal in the regional games, they have to be sharp from the get-go down to avoid playing catchup. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next KUALA LUMPUR—Gilas Pilipinas barely left MABA Stadium the same way it came in.Southeast Asia’s most dominant basketball program had to fight tooth-and-nail against Thailand to capture an 81-74 win at the start of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I guess we have to avoid things like these from happening again,” said Ravena, who finished with 11 points but shot 4-of-14 from the field.  UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino 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 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 9 “I know the crowd wants to see a knockout … but tonight, this fight was for me, to go five rounds and prove I’m the best. I’m here to stay. I’m here for a reason,” she said.Shevchenko, a Kyrgyzstan fighter nicknamed ‘Bullet,’ is 14-3.The 29-year-old walked to the side of the octagon, shaking her head in disbelief.“I don’t agree with the decision at all,” Shevchenko said afterward, adding: “I won this fight.”She said she believed she won three rounds, and while Nunes took her down in the fifth, “I was landing more punches from being on the ground (than Nunes from above).”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:25Manny Pacquiao signs deal with Japan MMA promotion Rizin but won’t fight01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding It was the second time Nunes had beaten Shevchenko in 18 months. The 29-year-old Nunez took a unanimous decision over Shevchenko at UFC 196 in March 2016.The two were set to fight in July at UFC 213, but Nunes pulled out the day of the fight with sinus issues.Nunes has smashed her way to the top of her class over the past 14 months. She bloodied and submitted Miesha Tate in July 2016 to take the belt, and then defended it successfully in December with a 48-second dismantling of star Ronda Rousey.Also on the main card, in a bout with a potential title shot on the line, former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos submitted sixth-ranked Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke at 3:43 of the first round of their welterweight battle. The 10th-ranked Brazilian is now 27-9-0.No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, looking for another title shot against Demetrious Johnson, nailed Wilson Reis of Brazil square in the jaw, dropping him to the mat, then pounded him into a knockout 25 seconds into the second round.Swedish veteran Ilir Latifi lived up to his Sledgehammer nickname, lifting up and pile-driving Australian upstart Tyson Pedro head first to the mat in a light heavyweight tilt. Latifi won by unanimous decision.Gilbert Melendez, dropping down to make his debut in featherweight, was cheered as he staggered up repeatedly from the canvas while taking a hellacious flurry of kicks and punches from eighth-ranked Jeremy Stephens. Stephens won by unanimous decision. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Amanda Nunes, top, of Brazil, and Valentina Shevchenko, of Kyrgzystan, battle during their mixed martial arts bout at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)EDMONTON, Alberta — Brazilian brawler Amanda Nunes played a tactical game Saturday night to beat challenger Valentina Shevchenko by split decision and retain her bantamweight title at UFC 215.“I wanted to show the world I’m here to stay,” Nunes said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 to run Nunes’ record to 15-4.It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round. The fans often booed and chanted “Fight, fight, fight!”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 shutoutNunes, nicknamed the Lioness, raised her arms as the decision was announced while many of the fans booed the verdict.She later told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds to wear Shevchenko down and then strike — and hush detractors who said Nunes was an early-round knockout artist and would fade in the long game. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Sore knee could sideline Cavs’ Shumpert for another week

first_imgShumpert is averaging 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 18.2 minutes for the Cavs, who are just 3-4 and take a three-game losing streak into Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.The 27-year-old Shumpert has made one start as coach Tyronn Lue has been forced to juggle his lineups because of injuries.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 shutoutShumpert is in his fourth season with Cleveland, which acquired him during the 2014-15 season in a trade with the Knicks. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Read Next US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go02:27Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center on October 25, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cleveland Cavaliers reserve guard Iman Shumpert could miss another week with a sore right knee.Shumpert sat out Sunday’s loss to the New York Knicks and underwent an MRI on Monday. The team says tests didn’t reveal any structural damage, and he will be out five to seven days while undergoing treatment and rehab.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA PSG, Bayern advance in Champions League; Man Utd must wait View comments MOST READlast_img read more

More comfort, more control, more traction

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES ONE: Aoki ‘really good’ opponent for Askren’s swan song CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA CURRY 4 AVAILABLE IN ALL UA BRAND HOUSES AND SELECTED MULTIBRANDED SPORTS STORES:UNDER ARMOUR BRAND HOUSES;BONIFACIO HIGH STREETMEGAMALLUP TOWN CENTERGREENBELTTRINOMAROBINSONS MAGNOLIAAYALA CENTER CEBUMULTIBRRANDED:SECONDWIND – AYALA 30THLANDMARK MAKATIOLYMPIC VILLAGE- SELECTED STORES ONLYROYAL DUTY FREE SUBICRUNNR ATC AND BGCPLANET SPORTS ROCKWELLTOBYS MOA, AURA AND MEGAMALLRUSTANS ATC AND MAKATISPORTSCENTRAL MOA, BAGUIO AND AURAADVTADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Curry 4 is all about more – Stephen’s insatiable desire to win more, to play more and to achieve more. The shoe was designed from the ground up with one thing in mind – to help Stephen get more, from the first ideation conversations, to sketches, to design iterations and beyond.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Read Next The Curry 4 offers more control, via continuity; a seamless feel between the foot and the shoe, and that is evident when putting on the footwear. Immediately, the shoe conforms to your foot, with no break in period, offering more comfort than ever before.Traction is critical to Stephen’s game; the ability to grip the hardwood with no slippage and ensure the quickest, cleanest cuts to offer that extra sliver of space gives Stephen all he needs to unleash the fastest, deadliest release in the league. Concentric circles, inspired by gravitational waves, achieve more traction, beyond any prior Curry footwear iteration.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 shutoutAdditional tech details driving the Curry 4:Knit internal sleeve creates a structural fit around the collar & forefoot for an amplified performance feelMicrofiber synthetic quarter panel is bonded to the knit material giving the ideal balance of support with reduced weightDynamic seam taping merges the knit sleeve & synthetic quarter panel without adding any stitchingSpeed plate for underfoot structure & performance containment built to handle explosive movementsCross-centric traction pattern is designed to optimize on forefoot-to-heel traction & provide amazing grip on any courtProprietary foam compound for responsiveness under footStephen has helped redefine what success looks like in professional basketball – being quick and light is the name of the game, and Under Armour has applied that approach to the design and functionality of the Curry 4. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

NBA agent killed in Colorado crash; 5-year-old son injured

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Fegan was long considered one of the best player agents in the NBA, a ruthless negotiator on behalf of clients that included John Wall, Dwight Howard and DeMarcus Cousins. In 2016, Fegan was on Forbes magazine’s list of top agents.“Arms around his family,” National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts tweeted. “Rest In Peace, my friend.”He was fired last year as president of Independent Sports & Entertainment’s basketball division, but remained close with the clients he’d worked with for many years.Howard tweeted that his “heart and prayers go out to the family .”ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico The day after: Pyeongchang breathes, bids Olympics farewell Colorado State Trooper Gabe Easton told the Aspen Times the SUV’s other occupants, Fegan’s 5-year-old son and a 29-year-old California woman, were airlifted to a Denver hospital in serious condition.“Today we lost a great man, father, son and brother who always stood up not only for his clients, but also for what he knew was right,” Fegan’s family said in a statement through spokesman Terry Fahn . “We are all shocked and saddened by this tragic development and appreciate the outpouring of support. We ask for privacy at this difficult time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe NBA posted a tweet offering its condolences and thoughts to Fegan’s family.No one on the bus was hurt. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority CEO said the driver didn’t have time to avoid the collision. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 30: Dan Fegan, Chandler Parsons and Matthew Chevallard attend a Del Toro Chandler Parsons Event at Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills on October 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Saks Fifth Ave / Del Toro/AFPASPEN, Colo. — Longtime NBA agent Dan Fegan died in a car crash Sunday. He was 56.The Colorado State Patrol says Fegan was driving an SUV when he tried to merge onto a highway and was broadsided by a commuter bus near Aspen, which is about 180 miles west of Denver.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Citylast_img read more

Tallo returns with a bang

first_imgTallo said that he expected a lot from himself in his PBA D-League debut, but never imagined to produce churn out a scintillating sniping in the rout of the Titans.“I expected that I’ll be able to contribute but my expectations weren’t that high. I know for myself that I still needed to practice, but my first D-League experience was truly great,” he said.Despite his confidence-building start, the two-time CESAFI Most Valuable Player believes that he still needs to improve a lot before he can fill up the hole left by Racal’s stars last conference.“I want to improve my defense because I saw my deficiencies earlier. I’m still adjusting to the system and the officiating,” he said.And he’s hoping to make his adjustments with the guidance of his veteran teammates in Racal, while also trying to raise his stock for the upcoming 2017 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP PH teams up with Japan, Indonesia for 2023 Fiba World Cup bid “My teammates are helping me. Kuya Allan (Mangahas), kuya Roider (Cabrera), everyone of them are sharing their experiences to me because I’m the youngest one here,” he said. “As for the draft, I still don’t know. We’ll see if I think I’m already prepared for the PBA.”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 Mac Tallo. PBA IMAGESWith his academic obligations over with, Mac Tallo can now fully focus on his basketball career anew.And he feels grateful that Racal Motors gave him another shot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READcenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I missed the Aspirants’ Cup because I got injured, and I opted to finish my studies first with SWU. I’m lucky that I was able to recover and coach Jerry Codiñera picked me up again after this team made it to the Finals,” he said in Filipino.The 23-year-old Tallo also shared that he has no regrets over his decision to leave the comforts of La Salle to test his mettle in Southwestern University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I just went on a different path, but the destination is still the same,” he said. “When I came back to Cebu from La Salle, nobody wanted me but Southwestern. So what I did there was improve myself and do everything I can to be a better player.”And on Thursday, Tallo showed that he really means business in his return to Manila, unfurling 20 points built on four triples that went with four assists and three rebounds to carry the Alibaba to a 118-100 victory over AMA Online Education to start the 2017 Foundation Cup. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – LeBron

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ James, who has long been outspoken about matters of race in America and endorsed Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton for president, had tweeted his dismay at the events in Charlottesville over the weekend.“It’s sad what’s going on in Charlottesville,” James tweeted on Saturday. “Is this the direction our country is heading?“Make [America] Great Again huh?! He said that,” added James in a dig at Trump’s celebrated campaign slogan.While James has attempted to use his celebrity to combat racism, his wealth and fame haven’t made him immune.On the eve of the NBA Finals in June his house in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood was daubed with a racial slur.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES 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 Woods had marijuana, painkillers in system at arrest — report Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img A suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators, leaving one woman dead and 19 injured.Trump’s reaction on Saturday, that there was violence “on many sides” provoked a backlash and on Monday he singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis involved as criminals.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 openingREAD: Trump blames ‘many sides’ for violent clashes in VirginiaBut in an exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, a clearly irked Trump again said that both groups were at fault in inciting violence and insisted that those who gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee form a park were not all racist. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ “Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day,” James said at the time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James. AP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reacted swiftly Tuesday to US President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville.“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” James tweeted shortly after Trump angrily defended his controversial initial response to the white supremacist rally on Saturday that erupted in clashes with counter-demonstrators.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

All players indulge in spot-fixing: Latif

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Rashid Latif says cricketers from all Test-playing nations indulge in spot-fixing and some matches are scripted “like movies”.Latif, who retired in 1994 tour to protest suspected match-fixing by his teammates, said Pakistani cricketers are not the only ones involved in such shady dealings.”It is widely believed that only Pakistani players are involved in this practice (spot-fixing), but I have seen it all very closely and I can easily say that players from every country do it,” Latif told ‘The Age’.”There are clever ways to manipulate the game and maximise profits if players are involved. For example, some cricket matches have been scripted, like movies or plays, where it is decided that so many runs are to be scored in the first session of a Test, or how many in a certain over, and so on,” he said.His comments come amid the raging spot-fixing controversy which has led to the suspension Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir for their alleged involvement in a betting ring exposed by a British tabloid’s sting operation.Latif said he was suspicious about the dismissal of two Australian batsmen in a Test match but the newspaper did not disclose who the players in question were.”I am not saying that both players were involved in spot-fixing, but the sequence of events was enough to create a doubt in my mind.”I want to say that a player is called a cheat only when he is caught, otherwise nobody points a finger at him, and believe me 50 per cent of the players fall in this category,” Latif said.advertisement”I was an average player, yet I was offered money for wrongdoings and I brought it into the knowledge of the ICC.”Latif said keeping internet laptops out of the dressing rooms is one way of ensuring that game remains free of corruption.”Now another point of concern for me is the presence of a laptop in the dressing rooms with internet connection, which is mostly used by a coach,” he said.”The laptop with internet connection should not be allowed in the dressing room, because players can use it for betting on their wickets.last_img read more

Australia 134-4 at stumps on Day 1

first_imgUsman Khawaja’s initial eight balls in international cricket provided some of the rare flourishes on Monday in the fifth Ashes Test before he was out for 37 on the last ball of a gloomy, rain-shortened opening day when Australia’s batsmen struggled again to get on top of England.With no chance of regaining the Ashes but hopeful of levelling the series, stand-in captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat despite overcast conditions tipped to favour the England seamers. After 59 overs and breaks for bad light and rain, the new-look Australian line-up was 134-4 when play was stopped.Mike Hussey, Australia’s leading batsman in the series, was unbeaten on 12.All of the top order, with the exception of Clarke, got starts but failed to capitalise.Tim Bresnan picked up the wickets of Shane Watson (45) and Clarke (4) and returned figures of 2-47 for England, while Chris Tremlett and spinner Graeme Swann took a wicket each.Khawaja, the first Muslim to play Test cricket for Australia, got off the mark with a two and a pulled boundary from Tremlett on his first two deliveries – the first two after the lunch interval. He raced to 15 from eight balls but slowed his scoring rate as he settled in, eventually facing 95 balls in two hours. The 24-year-old left-hander’s five boundaries contained a perfectly timed chip off behind square leg – immediately after he got an edge which just failed to carry to second slip – and a risky glance through the cordon.Khawaja, the leading scorer in the domestic competition this season and on the fringe of Test selection for six months, comes into the international arena as the former top-ranked Australia cast wider than ever for replacements to fill the void created by the retirements of international veterans in recent seasons. He is the first batsman to debut at No. 3 since 1993, largely due to regular skipper Ricky Ponting’s long lock on the position.advertisementKhawaja said he was just concentrating on this Test and expected Ponting, whom he rated as Australia’s best batsman behind the great Sir Donald Bradman, to come back at some stage.”I had a ball out there. I just wanted to stay out there as long as I could,” he said. “It was a good start. Got all the anxiousness out of my system.”He said the Test was delicately poised, with Australia still in a good position if they could produce a big partnership in the second morning.Bresnan said the English attack worked brilliantly in conditions that were more suited to them.”We bowled well, put them under a lot of pressure … definitely our day,” he said. “We certainly bowled well in the first session with the new ball and made them play in a way where they are not used to playing, so we’re happy with that.”Although they played really well, I thought we were unlucky not to have them a few more down.”Bresnan said England had no intention of taking it easy despite securing the Ashes last week, with the targets of winning their first Test series in Australia since 1987 and winning back-to-back Tests in Australia for the first time since 1978-79 firmly in their sights.”We’re definitely up for this game,” he said. “We obviously celebrated quite well after Melbourne, but we still have a job to do and we still want to win this game.”Clarke, in his first Test as Australia captain after Ponting was sidelined with a broken finger, is desperate to level the series at 2-2 in the last Test and urged his lineup to show some old-school fight after a capitulation in Melbourne last week allowed England to take a 2-1 series lead – enough to ensure it retained the Ashes.Openers Phil Hughes and Watson played with discipline and uncharacteristic restraint, leaving as many balls as they played and nudging the score along to 55 in 29 overs before Tremlett ended the stand with the last ball before lunch.The England attack tied down the Australians for the entire first session, and although Tremlett troubled both openers, the bowlers weren’t rewarded until the lanky paceman tempted Hughes with a shorter ball and the 22-year-old left-hander feathered a head-height catch to Paul Collingwood at third slip.Watson batted for three hours, facing 127 balls, before edging a straightforward catch to England captain Andrew Strauss at first slip off Bresnan to make the total 105 for two. All his five boundaries came after lunch in a 50-run second-wicket stand with Khawaja.The second session was played in dull, artificial light and featured an eight-minute suspension due to the overcast conditions, with storms threatening until tea was taken early due to rain.advertisementMore than an hour of play was lost before the evening session resumed. Clarke failed to add to his pre-interval score before guiding an attempted cut straight to Jimmy Anderson at gully with the total at 113.Khawaja and Hussey added 21 in good time before the rookie No. 3 attempted to sweep Swann in the first over of the spinner’s new spell and miscued a catch to Trott at square-leg. Rain started tumbling immediately and players left the field for the day.last_img read more

Decision to crack down on Baba Ramdev political: Delhi Police

first_imgThe decision to conduct the Saturday night operation at Ramlila Maidan, the venue of Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike, was a “political” one, a top Delhi police official said on Sunday.The operation, which caught Ramdev and his supporters unaware, began after 1 am and it was almost over within couple of hours.”It was a political decision. Otherwise we would not have carried out the operation although we had given permission only to hold Yaga camp and not an agitation,” said the police official.He said police tried to pursued Ramdev to leave the place peacefully but he did not heed to the request and instead asked his supporters not to leave the venue.The official said followers of Ramdev had pelted stones at police personnel.”We requested him to leave the place peacefully. But he did not listen to us. Then his supporters started pelting stones at us,” said the official.Earlier, police had blocked all the roads leading to Ramlila Maidan.When asked whether there was any political pressure on Delhi Police, Special Commissioner Dharmendra Kumar answered in the negative.”There was no pressure on us,” he told a press conference.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Young, ambitious small-towners emerge as face of television

first_imgIn the picture: Popular small-screen actors at the Zee TV studiosJuhi Parmar literally croaks over the phone. The self-confessed “TV star” is down with a bad throat and flu. But no, she’s not at home languishing in bed. Parmar is busy straddling sets. “I will keep shooting till I die,”,In the picture: Popular small-screen actors at the Zee TV studiosJuhi Parmar literally croaks over the phone. The self-confessed “TV star” is down with a bad throat and flu. But no, she’s not at home languishing in bed. Parmar is busy straddling sets. “I will keep shooting till I die,” she exclaims.”Deadlines are my life.” The lead in Kumkum, a daily soap on Sony TV, she counts herself among the few newcomers to have bagged title roles twice-she was also in Shaheen, a serial that aired on Sony.Like many small-towners who flock to Mumbai with pennies in their pockets and stars in their eyes, Parmar moved in from Jaipur to a rented flat in Andheri, alone but resolute.Today, she brags, she may not sleep nights after pitiless 20hour shifts but she has a following among viewers and soapbox aspirants alike. She croaks again: “I never thought I would be so well-off so soon in life.” And she is only 22.She is like Saakshi Tanwar, the archetypal idealistic bahu in Balaji Telefilms’ Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii on Star Plus. Shooting “35 day months” and “25 hour days”, Tanwar is perennially on her toes. “Thankfully people only see our faces,” laughs Tanwar. “They don’t know that my feet are swollen from all the standing.”It’s a hard act playing leads in two family soaps-she is also on Devi, a half-hour weekly on Sony. What started as a Rs 500-a-month hobby for the Alwar-born arts graduate and IAS aspirant from Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College, is now a “highly-paying” profession.advertisementIn the picture: 1,500 young aspirants turned up for Balaji Telefilms’ audition at a Delhi collegeAmong television’s highest paid stars today (Rs 25,000 a day and above), she now has her own apartment in Malad, Mumbai. Tanwar is also in demand for store-openings, stage shows and endorsements.Tanwar is not just a model bahu but also a role model for the many Pretty Young Things and small-screen ingenues trooping to TV studios every day for quick bucks, overnight fame and prime-time recognition.Over the past six months, every channel worth its name has had its share of slicker serials that look and cast younger stars. Take Love Marriage, Kittie Party and Lipstick on Zee, Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr, Sanjivani and Krisshna Arjun on Star, Par Is Dil Ko Kaise Samjhaye and Kumkum on Sony As TV producer Vinta Nanda attests, “TV is a new employment opportunity for this country. With so many serials, producers are constantly looking for fresh faces.”Enter the telly brats, a young, brazen and ambitious lot that’s emerging as the face of evening television. “There are candidates as young as 14 and 15 walking into my office every day,” says Aditya Narain Singh, owner of Contiloe Films that produces Krisshna Arjun and Shh? Koi Hai for Star.Says Star’s Sameer Nair: “Every three-four years, there’s a new crop of actors that rule for another three-four years. It’s like cinema where you have not just the Khans but also a Dino Morea or an Arjun Rampal now.”The iconic status of the Smriti Malhotras, Aman Vermas and Amarr Upadhyays of the TV world has literally spawned a new generation of wannabe actors and almost-there stars on the small screen horizon.Take Shveta Salve, who juggles roles in two soap operas: Lipstick and Kittie Party on Zee, half an hour of each every other day. The 20-something has no family background in films to speak of-her father is a pilot with Air-India-but she has been on TV for over two years now, as a model (she was a Gladrags runner-up in 1999) and on serials like Hip Hip Hurray, Khamoshi, Sansar and Par Is Dil Ko Kaise Samjaye. She says she’s in it because “people know who the hell you are and it’s so lucrative”.Centrestage: A young hopeful aims for the stars at a Balaji Telefilms’ auditionThe little big stars of yesterday- Kanwaljeet, Shekhar Suman, Archana Puran Singh, Navneet Nishan and Pallavi Joshi-may have had to spread themselves thin because they were the only talent available. They also had to work doubly hard. For today’s stars, there are faster roles, recognition, and more money on the make. Changing scripts and a-serial-a-week dictate a multitude of part- and full-time acting jobs as sisters, brothers, villains, vamps.In a way, the newcomers churned out by the Balaji factory encouraged other production houses to do the same: give absolute novices acting jobs at nominal wages. At this moment there are thousands of portfolios floating in the databases of production firms, and at least 2,000 pilot episodes doing the rounds in the industry. Young, inexpensive actors drive the economics of TV.advertisementFor upstarts, it means fast money overnight (Rs 1,500-3,000 an episode). Plus, there’s also the promise of a career in films, as the Manoj Bajpais, R. Madhavans and Ashutosh Ranas found before them. To top that, there are alternative careers like modelling. Top TV stars get as much as Rs 1.25 lakh for guest appearances at stage shows and store openings.The competition is also bigger. Newcomers are increasingly being pitched against talent from TV’s more glamorous cousin, Bollywood, where even the Karisma Kapoors and the Sridevis are announcing small-screen debuts. So the freshers straddle channels, drawing Rs 2,000 to Rs 30,000 an episode, sporting airs that match the movie stars. They work 16-hour double shifts and only get enough time to catch reruns of their own serials.The auditions are eye-openers themselves. A recent Balaji Telefilms’ audition at the Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College, Delhi, was pandemonium with over 1,500 young aspirants showing up. A corollary of auditions is the growing portfolio business. Photographers charge Rs 10,000 and upwards for a handful of pictures. Kanchan Mirchandani, 27, now in Love Marriage on Zee, got a portfolio done by Dabboo Ratnani for Rs 16,000 when she was still a college-goer.Themore visible TV stars are deluged with offers. But they are not always flattering. When Tanwar got an offer to play Akshay Kumar’s bhabhi in a film, she promptly refused. “I told them to call me two years later,” says Tanwar. With two lead roles and sufficient TV mileage, Tan-war is looking at nothing less than a lead role in Bollywood.But at a time when evening television itself is running a risk of being typecast as emotion-charged family sagas, producers are trying other things. Mozez Singh, the 28-year-old producer of Love Marriage on Zee, says he made the serial to deliberately target “the MTV generation that does not watch soaps on TV”. So Singh auditioned 150 girls from across the country to find Aditi Pratap, Mirchandani, Sheeba Chadha and Tisca Chopra to play his leading ladies, all in their 20s.It explains why colleges are good poaching grounds for TV. Hussain K. K, 25, the male protagonist on Star’s Remington Steele-inspired detective serial Krisshna Arjun, was enacting plays at Mumbai’s Jai Hind College when it struck him to try television. Today, he is in four shows: Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhie Bahu Thi, Kisme Kitna Hai Dum, Kumkum and Krisshna Arjun.”There is better work on TV than films these days,” says Hussain, who drives a black Esteem to work. But does having too much of new talent bode well for TV? “A t times, no,” says Anirudhya Mitra, creative director, UTV. “The actors take on too much work because there is so much insecurity. And they end up losing focus. You can tell that some of them are here only to have a blast.”Bristles Achint Kaur, 32, who started out seven years ago with the hit serial Banegi Apni Baat and is now on Parchaaiyan on Sahara and one of eight leads in Kittie Party on Zee, “There is a mad rush of new actors. But TV has not evolved.” But young producers like Singh disagree and look at the new telly babes as a positive trend: “We are the New TV.” As in all such businesses, the TRPs will have the final say.advertisementlast_img read more

Stunner wives and girlfriends in F1 gracing India

first_imgIsabell ReissIsabell Reiss, 27Reiss was an economics student when she started dating Toyota racer Timo Glock. The leggy blonde was a contestant in Germany’s Next Top Model and makes good use of her time striking poses for shutterbugs.Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger, 34The former lead singer of Pussycat Dolls met Lewis Hamilton,Isabell ReissIsabell Reiss, 27Reiss was an economics student when she started dating Toyota racer Timo Glock. The leggy blonde was a contestant in Germany’s Next Top Model and makes good use of her time striking poses for shutterbugs.Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger, 34The former lead singer of Pussycat Dolls met Lewis Hamilton at the MTV Europe Awards in 2007. She recently slammed accusations of her link-up with Chris Brown after the Internet went viral with a blurry picture of her and the American rapper.Jenni DahlmanJenni Dahlman, 31The former Miss Scandinavia 2001 gave up a career as a model in 2005 to become Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen’s wife. The couple has been living in Switzerland ever since. Dahlman, a former Finnish model, is a show jumping rider and the owner seven horses.Jessica MichibataJessica Michibata, 27The Japanese-Argentine fashion model has been dating British driver Jenson Button for three years. A brand ambassador for TAG Heuer, Michibata can often be seen in the McLaren pit. After travelling worldwide with her beau, she recently returned to her home country to support him at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 7.Winner takes allClick here to Enlargelast_img read more

Nargis Fakhri to be showstopper at BMW IBFW 2014

first_imgActress Nargis Fakhri will walk for Azva in a modern bridal avatar sporting some jewellery ensembles from the brand at the forthcoming BMW India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW) 2014 in New Delhi.The Azva show, to be held Aug 9, will create looks in gold for the modern Indian bride this season with Nargis Fakhri as their showstopper.The sixth edition of BMW IBFW 2014 will be held from Aug 7 to Aug 10″We all feel bridal Indian jewellery cannot be worn beyond the wedding day, but designs in Azva are beautiful and can help style you for occasions other than weddings. Gold jewellery looks quite glamorous if styled well and Azva has created a lovely concept to highlight their jewellery at the show,” Nargis said in a statement.Azva gold bridal jewellery is inspired by ‘Saat Pheras’ (seven vows) of the Indian wedding tradition and brings alive the essence of articulate patterns and detailing in gold jewellery.The sixth edition of BMW IBFW 2014 will be held from Aug 7 to Aug 10.last_img read more

Pacquiao lets son chase boxing ‘dream’

first_imgPH 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 “I said to him that boxing is tough, that training is tough, everything is tough. But he said, ‘Daddy, boxing is my passion,’” Pacquiao, 40, told the Rappler online news site.“I said, ‘Son that’s my line, you are copying my line,’” he added, saying the teenager’s words softened his stance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesKnown for his rags-to-riches climb from the street, Pacquiao said his wife, Jinkee, was adamant their 19-year-old son, nicknamed Jimuel, must not box.“Then Jimuel told her, ‘Mommy, you’re killing my dream.’ So what can we do? We just let him,” he added. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LIKE FATHER Emmanuel “Jimuel” Pacquiao (left) helps dad Manny show his world title belt. “I can’t stand to see my son getting beaten,” Pacquiao says. —GRIG C. MONTEGRANDEBoxing icon Manny Pacquiao said on Friday he had reluctantly allowed his eldest son to follow his footsteps after the younger Pacquiao chastised his parents for “killing” his dream of ring glory.The Filipino legend, who has eight world titles in different weight divisions, said he could not stand the prospect of seeing his son, Emmanuel Jr., getting hurt.ADVERTISEMENT “He is training every day. I see him in his room watching my fights in TV almost every day,” Pacquiao said.“It pains me because I know how hard is boxing. I can’t stand to see my son getting beaten. It’s okay if I am the one who will be beaten.”Pacquiao himself is not keen on hanging up his gloves soon.“If I feel something wrong with my body or if I feel slightly weaker, then I might think about retirement,” he said.“But for now, I’m fine. I feel like I’m 27 or 28 years old,” Pacquiao said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Fiery fuel Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He outpointed US challenger Adrien Broner in Las Vegas in January to easily defend his World Boxing Association welterweight title, improving his record to 61-7 with two draws and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995.Pacquiao said he had not lined up his next opponent, “but I’m sure he is a boxer.” —AFPSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Real Madrid’s European reign ends with shock loss to Ajax

first_imgDusan Tadic, who set up both first-half goals, added to the lead in the 62nd, and Lasse Schone sealed the Dutch team’s triumph with a free kick from a tight angle in the 72nd. Marco Asensio had pulled the hosts closer a couple of minutes earlier.“We always believed we had a chance, and we had 4,000 fans here who believed as well,” Ajax coach Erick ten Hag said. “Over the two matches we definitely deserve to progress to the next round.”In Tuesday’s other game, Tottenham won 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund to go through 4-0 on aggregate, reaching the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.Ajax was playing in the last 16 for the first time since 2006 and will be making its first quarterfinal appearance since 2003For Madrid, it was the fourth straight home loss in all competitions, something that hadn’t happened since 2004, and capped one of the worst weeks in the club’s recent history. The team was coming off two demoralizing home losses to archrival Barcelona — 1-0 in the Spanish league and 3-0 in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Although the hosts kept pressing, it was Ajax that kept threatening the most throughout the game, missing several chances to increase its lead.Tadic got his goal with a left-footed shot from inside the area, which was upheld after a lengthy video review to see whether the ball had gone out of play before Ajax launched a quick counterattack. Asensio gave his team a glimmer of hope in the 70th, but it was snuffed out just two minutes later when Schone’s curling free kick from the left flank beat Courtois and sealed the stunning triumph.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash The humiliating loss meant Madrid was eliminated 5-3 on aggregate in the round of 16, leaving the club looking at a trophy-less season in its first campaign since mega-star Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus.“We were not going to win the Champions League forever,” said Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez, who was sent off in the final minutes of the game. “Reigns eventually come to an end. Something like this was going to happen sooner or later.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn the end, the club renowned for assembling its team with expensive “Galactico” signings was undone by a club centered around a core of homegrown young talents.Ajax, which is enjoying a resurgence thanks to young stars like Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, needed less than 20 minutes to reverse a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, with Hakim Ziyech scoring in the seventh minute and David Neres in the 18th. LATEST STORIES Andrew Bogut rejoining Warriors, adds depth at center P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Out of the Copa del Rey and 12 points behind Barcelona in the Spanish league, the Champions League was Real Madrid’s only realistic chance of winning anything this season.“We are sad. We are hurt,” Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said. “We gave our best but it wasn’t enough. All we can do is come back tomorrow and keep working hard. The season continues and we have to keep playing.”Madrid hadn’t lost a Champions League knockout tie since the 2015 semifinal against Juventus. It had reached at least the semifinals in eight straight seasons and hadn’t failed to make it past the last 16 since 2010.In the group stage this season, it had lost 3-0 to CSKA Moscow at the Bernabeu for what had been its worst ever European loss.Madrid was without suspended captain Sergio Ramos, who was sanctioned by UEFA for deliberately earning a late booking late in the first leg, and the defense struggled from the start on Tuesday. The attack also faltered again, with the forwards missing chance after chance.The Bernabeu crowd went silent early when Ziyech opened the scoring after a breakaway that started with a run by Tadic through the right flank. The already nervous crowd was stunned again about 10 minutes later when Neres added to the lead from close range after Tadic got past a few Real Madrid defenders with a run from near the midfield, clearing Casemiro with a superb spin move and dribble. Neres beat Luka Modric to Tadic’s through ball and went past Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois before finding the open net.Things got worse for Madrid as both Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior had to be substituted before halftime because of injuries — being replaced by Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio.Vinicius Junior was hurt at the end of a long run in which he nearly opened the scoring for Madrid. The young Brazilian appeared to be crying as he made his way back to the bench.Bale struck the woodwork with a shot over Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana just before halftime.Raphael Varane had hit the crossbar with a header less than five minute into the match, and he also missed from close range later in the first half. Asensio and Nacho Fernandez also wasted opportunities as Madrid’s lack of scoring touch was costly again. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Ajax’s David Neres scores his side’s 2nd goal during the Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID, Spain—Kings of Europe no more. Real Madrid’s Champions League reign is over.More than 1,000 days since winning the first of three consecutive European titles, Real Madrid unprecedented era of dominance ended with a whimper when the Spanish giant was stunned 4-1 by Ajax at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Did Thirdy Ravena pursue Bea De Leon? ‘I think he did, but not anymore’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MANILA, Philippines—Thirdy Ravena and Bea De Leon’s closeness may have stemmed from something on the romantic side.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Read Next During De Leon’s guesting in Tonight With Boy Abunda, the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ skipper said Ravena tried his luck on her when both were still in high school but a romantic relationship never blossomed between the two.“I think he did, but not anymore,” said De Leon when asked if Ravena courted her.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, logisticsRavena, the star of the Blue Eagles, seemed to nod his agreement to De Leon’s statements when he posted his Instagram stories during the show.De Leon and Ravena have been public in their friendship showing support to each other during games and hanging out whenever they can. Both are also successful collegiate stars with Ravena being a two-time champion and two-time Finals MVP in the UAAP while De Leon has the same number of championships with one Finals MVP to her name.De Leon added that even though Ravena failed in her romantic bid during their high school days, the Blue Eagle once again tried his chance during their freshmen year of college.“You’ll have to confirm with him, I don’t want to be assuming but from my perspective, I think he tried again like first year,” said De Leon. “I don’t remember, that’s been so long.”Still, De Leon said that she and Ravena are “very, very good friends.”ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV to air Complete Coverage of the 2019 NBA Finals DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READlast_img read more

1st Test, Day 2: Shikhar Dhawan century gives India the lead

first_imgIndian opener Shikhar Dhawan struck an unbeaten ton while skipper Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 86 to help India take a 44-run first innings lead at lunch on Day 2 in the first Test match against hosts Sri Lanka here.The match is being played at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.Dhawan (110), who scored his third Test century, was well supported by Kohli as the duo stood firm to build an unbeaten 199-run partnership for the third wicket to take India’s score to 227 for 2 in 63 overs after the end of the first session’s play on day two.Earlier, the visitors ended their first day’s play at 128 for 2 at stumps after offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin wrecked the hosts’ batting line-up with an impressive six-wicket haul to bundle out Sri Lanka for 183 in the first innings.last_img read more

JNU polls: AISF wins presidential post, ABVP makes comeback after 14 years

first_imgOn September 13, in a major boost to the BJP, RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad made a comeback at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after 14 years by winning the students union Joint Secretary’s post.AVBP’s Saurabh Sharma won the Joint Secretary’s post. The ABVP had last won a post in the JNU elections in 2001 when Sandeep Mahapatra became the president by a vote’s margin.The newly-elected Joint Secretary of JNUSU said that, “I am very happy that ABVP made a comeback in JNU after 14 years. I was confident about my victory as we were fighting on the student welfare issues. I want to thank the students of JNU who showed confidence in me and elected me as their joint secretary.””I also want to thank the JNU unit of ABVP volunteers,” he added. The JNUSU President’s post was won by the CPI-affiliated All India Students Federation’s (AISF) candidate Kanhaiya Kumar, while Vice President and General Secretary’s posts were retained by Left-leaning All India Students Association (AISA). The seats were won by Shehla Rashid Shora and Rama Naga, respectively.Talking about his priorities for the campus, Sharma said that women security and construction of new hostels would be on the top of his agenda. “There are several places in JNU which remain dark during night that causes a risk to the security of female students here. I would try my level best to get street lights fixed at these places and ensure women security in the campus in every manner,” he said.advertisementPraveen Thallapelli, JNU poll’s Chief Election Commissioner said, “The poll results were declared at 8 a.m. today (September 13). Since paper ballots are used for polling and counting is done manually, the counting process takes longer at the JNU.””The voting percentage at the university is also relatively high. The ABVP made a comeback at the JNU after almost 15 years,” he said.The AISF won the President’s post by 67 votes over AISA, while AISA nominee won the Vice-President’s post against his ABVP rival by 234 votes. For the General Secretary’s post, AISA candidate defeated ABVP nominee by 213 votes while Joint Secretary’s post was claimed by ABVP, defeating AISA by 28 votes. Shehla Rashid of AISA is the first Kashmiri woman in JNU history to contest the students’ union polls and win in the central panel. She is also this year’s highest polled candidate (1,387), according to JNU sources.This victory is a mandate for carrying on the struggles for which JNUSU is known. We will carry on the struggle for social justice, gender justice and against privatisation and saffronisation of education,” said Shehla after winning the Vice President’s post.She added that, “We are content with the overall Left mandate, but we have to take cognizance of the proliferation of the right-wing in the campus and work collectively towards establishing a Left-progressive consciousness on the campus.”A total of 22 candidates contested the JNUSU central panel that includes posts of President, Vice President, General Secretary and Joint Secretary. The students’ union elections in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday recorded 53.3 percent turnout, a marginal dip over last year, when the turnout was 54.58 percent.last_img read more

BCCI faces leadership conundrum after Dalmiya’s demise

first_imgAll eyes will be on BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur as the top brass of the cricket board will get together in the next fortnight to decide on the way forward due to sudden demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.While the sudden situation has created a vacuum at the top, the selection or election of the president may not be the easiest of jobs given that BCCI is in a limbo.While Rajeev Shukla’s name is doing the rounds, the UPCA president and Congress leader would require support from eastern state in order to become the president.East’s vice-president Gautam Roy could also be a candidate considering he is the senior-most amongst the five VPs having first been elected as vice-president at board’s Gwalior AGM in 1992. But Roy might not have many backers in BCCI. Ditto for Delhi’s CK Khanna, who is the vice-president from Central Zone.As per BCCI constitution, Thakur will have to convene a Special General Body Meeting to elect the president but it is still not clear whether he can do so considering the next date of the working committee will only be decided after Supreme Court gives its verdict.Dalmiya made India a cricket superpowerAccording to the BCCI constitution, if a president’s post is vacated midway through his tenure, “the secretary shall within 15 days convene a Special General Body Meeting to elect the President who shall be nominated by at least one Full Member from the zone which proposed the name of the President whose term was cut short prematurely. Such person who is so elected shall hold office till the next elections.”advertisementNow if it would have been a straightaway case, then one of the vice-presidents, technically Roy could have assumed chair but that power equations in BCCI are such that it would not be easy to predict the next move.last_img read more