Netherlands beat Slovakia 2-1, reach quarterfinals

first_imgTwo-time finalists the Netherlands scored a scrappy 2-1 win over debutants Slovakia through goals from star players Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder to qualify for the quarterfinals in the FIFA World Cup in Durban on Monday. Full coverage: World Cup 2010The ‘Oranje’, who had won all their three group matches, were clearly the better side with more ball possession and midfield domination but somehow failed to still produce the flair and free-flowing football known of them.Robben, who was in the starting line-up for the first time in the tournament after an injury before the World Cup, struck in the 18th minute with a fabulous finish before UEFA Champions League winner and Inter Milan midfielder Sneijder scored the second goal in the 84th minute at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.Argentina, Germany Set Up QF ClashGhana, Uruguay Knock Out USA, KoreaWorld Cup debutants Slovakia, who shocked Italy 3-2 in a group match to sent the four-time champions home, had very few clear openings in the entire match but converted a penalty through Robert Vittek in the last few seconds of the four-minute injury time (90+4).The Netherlands, who were the losing finalists in 1974 and 1978, will play the winner of the round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile, in the quarterfinal on July 2.Dutch midfield general Wesley Sneijder got the first shot at the goal off a Robben only to see it sail over the bar in the fifth minute.Six minutes later, Sneijder could have scored but shot straight to the Slovakia keeper Jan Mucha after being sent in the clear inside the area.advertisementThe Netherlands’ pressure was tremendous but Robben should take the credit for scoring a gem of a goal in the 18th minute.A long clearance from the Dutch half saw Robben cutting through two defenders from near the right flank and Bayern Munich winger created some space before sending a low left-footer to beat the Slovakia keeper, who was diving to his left, and into the net.Robben, who played for 20 minutes in the Netherlands’ last group match against Cameroon, was though booked for a yellow card by the Spanish referee Alberto Undiano in the 31st minute for handling the ball and was substituted in the 71st minute.Arsenal striker Robin van Persie got a shot at the goal in the 41st minute from outside the Slovakia box but missed the target.Ten minutes into the second session, Robben had an almost similar shot which had produced the first goal but this time after cutting through three defender his low left footer from inside the area was parried by keeper Jan Mucha.In the 51st minute, Joris Mathijsen left-footer from just a hand-shaking distance from the Slovakia goal off a pass from the left by Robben was blocked by the keeper.The Slovakians got a fine chance to equalise but Miroslav Stoch saw his rising shot in the 67th minute tipped over the top by German keeper Maarten Stekelenburg who had a quiet day today. That was the best chance the Slovakians got in the match, besides the late penalty conversion.The Dutch responded immediately with a Dirk Kuyt header off a Sneijder free-kick but it sailed over the bar. Another Kuyt shot from outside the box two minutes later only saw the keeper blocking the long ranger.Sneijder doubled the Dutch lead in the 84th minute when he had all the time in the world to slam the ball into the empty net after Kuyt had beaten the keeper with his low left-footed cross across the goal.In the last minute of the four-minute stoppage time, German keeper Maarten Stekelenburg brought down Jakubko inside the area and Vittek scored from the resultant spot kick and the match ended as soon as the ball hit the net.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar’s dream house up and ready

first_imgIt takes a godly abode to house the God. And in this case it is a five-storeyed mansion that will soon house the God of Cricket – Sachin Tendulkar.The Master Blaster is all set to move into his dream house located on Bandra’s West Perry Cross Road. The mansion has been designed keeping the batting maestro’s love for cars. The second basement of the house can hold 45-50 cars in one go.The first basement comprises the kitchen, master surveillance room and servant quarters. These apart the house has three other floors where the master, who is just one short of his 100th international ton, will live along with his wife and kids.The ground floor has a large drawing room with a separate dining space for the Tendulkars. And since Sachin is a devotee of Lord Ganesha there is a temple on the ground floor premises. The floor will also house a special display area where Sachin’s innumerable medals and trophies will be kept.The first floor has been devoted to the kids, with separate rooms for his son Arjun and daughter Sara, while the top floor has been chosen by Sachin as the floor for Mr and Mrs Tendulkar.The house has been made keeping the vastu elements in mind with special emphasis given to the kids’ quarters.The plushest part of the house, however, is a swimming pool located on the terrace.last_img read more

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Sahara must force Indian presence in their F1 team

first_imgDr Vijay Mallya was all smiles on Wednesday in the Capital as he announced Sahara were coming on board the Force India Formula One team.In recent years in Indian sport, thanks to the Indian Premier League, we have heard about whopping sums being spent on players and teams. Sahara spent almost $ 370 million on the Pune Warriors IPL team, so when they said they were buying 42.5 per cent stake in Force India by paying $ 100 million (approximately Rs 500 crore) it made big news.When sections of the media had highlighted a fortnight ago that Mallya was selling his stake in the Force India team, he had promptly denied it.Today, a sum of $ 100 million is huge not just for you and me but also for Mallya. His airline is in the red and Force India needs this money to survive.Yet, what excites me about the Sahara Force India team is not the results they are going to produce in the last four races (Korea included) but how, from the 2012 season, we may actually see an Indian connect.There is no doubt Sahara have spent huge sums on sponsorship in Indian sport. Be it sponsorship of the Indian cricket team or raising money for Indian hockey, they have done their bit handsomely. In addition, they have also sponsored top individual Indian athletes without, sometimes, getting the mileage.So what is it that has forced Sahara to come into the Formula One circus? Today, almost everyone is writing on how the F1 track at Greater Noida is going to be amazing and how the Grand Prix in India will be a treat for the fans.advertisementIt is not as if the dream of an F1 race in Indian happened out of the blue. The man who runs the circus – Bernie Ecclestone – had given TV rights for two full seasons to a national TV channel in India seven years ago.People were surprised when Bernie did that as the world over, countries pay for F1 TV rights and he is not known to be a man who does anything for free.Four cities in India were seen as potential Formula One venues before Greater Noida pulled it off. Back to Sahara and their role in the Force India team, I am sure they will not be happy just lending their name.THIS is Force India’s third season and the team has made great improvement in terms of pace and now it figures in the middle of the grid.Yet, what has been a huge disconnect is the Indian presence has been almost nil. Mallya loves to portray himself as the face of the team and quite often gets more mileage than drivers like Paul di Resta or Adrian Sutil.With Sahara now in the picture, from the 2012 season, there is bound to be a stronger Indian presence in the team. It is hard to visualise Sahara being content with foreign drivers racing for them while Indian drivers spend millions of dollars and race jalopies on the F1 track.Mallya has repeatedly said he does not find an Indian driver capable of fitting into his team. Not even as a test driver. The point is, if one wants to evaluate an Indian driver against the current crop of Force India drivers, they have to be put in the same car.Without even doing that, how can one say that Indian drivers are not capable of delivering? Mallya’s philosophy of Indians not being up to the mark is bound to change with Sahara’s presence.The 2011 season is virtually over and the new season will be interesting. Then again, in the Force India team, there is no Indian in any other role.Formula One also has a ‘front office’ and a ‘back office.’ Apart from the drivers, there are engineers, those involved in design and those who can work on valuable computer data which is required for an F1 team, and also the mechanics. I am sure with Indians now pursuing specialised engineering degrees in race car technology abroad, we could see them being a part of Force India. I have no hesitation in saying Mallya has loved the attention so far – all along, he has never let anyone else be a part of it.The joke in F1 circles has been how with Force India, an Indian is not considered even worthy of changing tyres of the cars which you see in those short pit stops.For long, the ownership pattern of Force India was not clear. The current situation is that Mallya has 42.5 per cent and Sahara 42.5 per cent while MOL, a Dutch company, has a 15 per cent stake in it.advertisementThere is already speculation that when the 2012 Formula One season begins, Mallya’s stake could get diluted even further.Just to remind Dr Mallya and Saharashree , Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok are with the Hispania and Team Lotus F1 teams respectively. Armaan Ebrahim is a young Indian talent who also needs a break.I think the time has come for these men to be counted as potential drivers for the Force India team, thanks to Sahara.last_img read more

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Fletcher faces test against Kirsten in Johannesburg

first_imgTeam India’s fortunes have really crash-landed since the departure of Gary Kirsten about a year ago when he quit as the world champions’ national coach.Kirsten’s exit became more painful for India as their continuous slide over the year has been coinciding with the rise of South African team, currently being guided by the former cricketer himself.With the Proteas now within striking distance of the coveted Test No 1 status, Kirsten’s climb has further exposed India’s current coach Duncan Fletcher’s fall.”Just hope they learn from what they have played. Just come back from Australia, where we played quite well in the one day series and hopefully we can just move on from there,” Fletcher said on Thursday, a day before India’s one-off Twenty20 international against the hosts.Kirsten said, “I think the quality of our cricket was of a higher standard… We know what we want to achieve and we are all looking forward to that Test series.”As under fire Fletcher cut a sorry figure, his predecessor in the Indian camp has been beaming with positive energy and confidence. The contrasting fortunes of the two coaches is truly telling.While Fletcher’s reign with Indian team has seen its fall from the top of the charts with shameful series whitewashes in England and Australia, Kirsten has guided the Proteas to within striking distance of snatching the Test No 1 ranking with quality performances over the Aussies, Lankans and the Kiwis on the trot.Fletcher’s poor numbers spell Team India’s sorry story since the 2011 World Cup. While Kirsten has successfully guided his men through some tough Tests home and away, Fletcher has struggled to match his superiority in the ODIs as well. His record so far has left Indian cricket buffs hoping against hope to get his act right with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and team.advertisement”We have quite a lot of young players here and we have been trying to develop a young One Day squad and Twenty-20 squad. These blokes have quite played well in the subcontinent and any game they play out of it must be very good for an inexperience point of view,” Fletcher said.While Fletcher might be one of the most respected in the business, his struggle with the Indians has indeed damaged his reputation. But Kirsten is truly on the ascent, marching ahead with his marshals. In the little over six months that Kirsten has been in charge of the Proteas, he has already shown signs of guiding them to the next level.”Very happy with the whole tour actually. I thought it was mission accomplished certainly for what we wanted to achieve as a team through all the formats… I was very pleased the way we went about with our business,” Kirsten said.With a series of home battles lined up in the coming season, Fletcher might well succeed in turning the fortunes for Dhoni and his men. But it is imperative he quickly adopts Kirsten’s winning formula if he wants the Indians to be respected a world force again.last_img read more

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Calcutta HC directs government to file affidavit on Pinki’s case

first_imgThe Calcutta High court on Friday directed the state government to file an affidavit within two weeks on the progress of Pinki Pramanik’s case and submit the case diary before the court on the next date of hearing.The PIL was moved before the division bench of Calcutta High Court comprising Chief Justice J.N. Patel and Justice Sambuddha Chakrabarti.The court has also sought clarification of Pinki’s detention in an isolated cell inside the male prison even before her sex determination test results were out. The division bench gave liberty to petitioners to involve the cyber crime cell in finding out how the objectionable MMS content went viral on the internet. The court has mentioned in its order that the petitioners can file a complaint with the police in one week’s time on how the MMS was circulated.The high court on Thursday permitted a PIL to be moved on the alleged harassment of Asian Games gold medallist athlete.”We appealed before the court to look into the humiliation and harassment issue as far as Pinki’s case is concerned. She has been mentally tortured and her privacy has been affected a lot,” said advocate Bharati Mutsuddi.A former CPM lawmaker from Hooghly, Haripal and an ex-member of the state women’s rights commission, Mutsuddi said that every individual has the right to live with dignity as per the constitutional provisions. “In this case Pinki’s right to dignity has been violated. She was utterly helpless thus we came forward and moved the PIL,” she said.advertisementMeanwhile, leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suryakanta Mishra dubbed the whole issue as the violation of Pinki’s human rights. “It was definitely violation of human rights in the case of Pinki,” Mishra said in the Assembly lobby. He further said that their move to raise the issue in the Assembly was rejected as the matter was already sub-judice.The West Bengal government on Friday pleaded ignorance about the alleged harassment of Pinki Pramanik. “I have not received any complaint from Pinki’s family or any sports body. We have got no written complaints saying whatever is going on is illegal,” state sports minister Madan Mitra said, when asked about alleged atrocities being meted out to the athlete.He said that the government was keeping a close watch on all the developments regarding the gold medallist sprinter.Pinki is fighting a legal battle after she was accused of being a male and arrested for alleged rape. An MMS clip, purportedly showing the athlete completely naked and undergoing tests at a private nursing home, has also gone viral online.The 29 second clip was reportedly circulated after Pinki underwent a gender verification test at a private nursing home in North 24-Parganas district where the sprinter was taken subsequent to her arrest on June 14.Last week, the court of chief judicial magistrate, Barasat, (North 24-Parganas) Anita Mathur, rejected the bail plea of Pinki and remanded her to further judicial custody till July 12. The court also allowed the prosecution plea to take Pramanik for a chromosomal test to conclusively determine her gender.On July 4, stated Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) directed the state government and the police to look into the alleged inhumane torture’ on Pinki in jail custody. The commission had asked the principal secretary (health) to prepare a report and submit it in next seven days. It also ordered principal secretary (home) and the state director general of police to investigate into the matter.The athlete had twice undergone gender determination tests in two different government hospitals but on both the occasions the test results were inconclusive.”The 11-member medical team examined Pinki and sent her blood samples to laboratories outside the state. It will take at least next 7-10 days to receive the test reports. The reports would be submitted to the court only after that,” said SSKM medical super Tamal Ghosh told MAIL TODAY.Ghosh had formed the medical board at the state-run premier hospital for conducting tests on the athlete. The medical panel was led by forensic department head DN Kahali.As the matter is sub-judice, Ghosh declined to disclose the location where the test samples were sent.Pramanik won gold in 4×400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. She was a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.Immensely talented Pinki, however, had been involved in a few unsavoury incidents since she started her career. Pinki’s misery began when she was caught with firearm in her bag in November 2004. It turned out to be a frame-up, as a police probe later unearthed. But a night in custody seemed to have changed her life forever.advertisementPinki’s father Durgacharan Pramanik was a rickshaw puller and the family hails from a remote village Tilakdih in Purulia (bordering Jharkhand).Training in this remotest hamlet meant running about 10-kilometres everyday by the river-side, till she was brought to Kolkata. Hailing from a poor family, Pinki couldn’t continue studies after passing class-X exams. Pinki’s talent got noticed in March 2002 during an inter-district meet. Two months later she created three state records, in 100m, 200m and 400m, in her age-group.Later, the Sports Authority India (SAI) took her under its fold and former national record holder Geeta Zutsi helped in honing her skills. Pinki retired from athletics three years ago.The 25-year-old athlete used to work with Eastern Railway’s Sealdah division as a travelling ticket examiner. She was suspended Pramanik on June 16 following her remand in judicial custody.last_img read more

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NBA: Kyrie Irving fined for NBA fan spat

first_imgThe NBA slapped Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics with a $25,000 fine on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2017, for verbally abusing a Philadelphia 76ers fan. The point guard said he was not sorry for yelling at the fan but said he was only human. AFP FILENEW YORK, United States — Kyrie Irving is off to a rocky start with the Boston Celtics after the league slapped the point guard with a $25,000 fine on Sunday for verbally abusing a Philadelphia 76ers fan.The exchange took place at halftime of the Celtics 102-92 win on Friday over the 76ers when a fan made a reference to Irving’s former teammate LeBron James as the teams were heading to the locker rooms at the Wells Fargo Center arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Irving admitted he yelled at the fan, which was caught on video, but when asked by ESPN.com if he had any regrets said, “Hell no”.Irving then talked about the exchange like it was a run in with another NBA player.“At the end of the day, we’re human. It’s in the heat of the moment, and frustrations arise. We were at halftime, we were down by four, in an environment, a season opener in Philly,” he said.The Cavaliers’ trade of Irving to the Celtics for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, rookie center Ante Zizic and two draft picks in August was one of the league’s blockbuster deals of the offseason.  /cbbADVERTISEMENT 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 Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kings zap Bolts, seize 3-2 edgecenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ “Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for using inappropriate language when responding to a fan,” league vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement.The Celtics aquired Irving in an offseason move after he demanded a trade from the NBA finals runner-up Cleveland Cavaliers.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 openingIt is the second time in as many days the NBA has fined one of its players for an incident with a fan. On Saturday VanDeWeghe announced that DeMarcus Cousins had been fined $25,000 after the New Orleans Pelican player got into a heated exchange with a female fan during a game in Memphis.The fan in Philadelphia reportedly yelled “Kyrie, where’s LeBron” as the Celtics walked past, drawing a response from Irving. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Japan kayaker banned for 8 years for spiking drink of rival

first_imgSuzuki spiked a drink with an anabolic steroid, causing Komatsu to fail a doping test, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency said on Tuesday.The Japan Canoe Federation began investigating after Komatsu tested positive but denied ever taking drugs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAfter Komatsu tested positive, Suzuki admitted putting a muscle-building supplement containing the banned steroid methandienone in his drink.Suzuki was hoping to qualify for the 2020 Olympics at home. But he will also miss the 2024 Olympics in Paris. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid The incident is Japan’s first case of an athlete failing a doping test due to deliberate contamination, according to the Japan Anti-Doping Agency, which handed down the eight-year ban.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim In this November 2010, photo, Japan’s Yasuhiro Suzuki competes in the mens single kayak race at the 16th Asian Games in Shanwei, China. The top Japanese canoe sprinter has been banned for eight years, disqualifying him from the Tokyo Olympics, for lacing his rival’s drink with a prohibited drug which caused him to fail a doping test. The Japan Anti-Doping Agency said Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 that Suzuki was banned for putting an anabolic steroid into the drink bottle of his rival at a national championship in September. (Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — A Japanese kayaker has been banned for eight years for spiking the drink of a rival so he would fail a doping test.Yasuhiro Suzuki drugged his key rival Seiji Komatsu at the Japan championships in September.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Zach LaVine to make Bulls debut Saturday vs. Pistons Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaislast_img read more

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NCAA football: St. Benilde forces decider for title

first_imgPH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Arellano seemed to have gotten in the head of St. Benilde early after Cyrus Sanquilos put his side up 1-0 at the seventh minute.The Blazers, however, couldn’t stomach the idea of a repeat of last season’s runner-up finish and came out as the aggressors in the second half with Major Dean Ebarle knotting the score at a goal apiece which remained until the end of extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAs the match went on to a penalty shootout, Arellano’s Sanquilos, Charles Gamutan, and Roberto Corsame and St. Benilde’s Earl Real Laguerta, Vincent Erik Lovitos, and Renz Joseph Tulayba all traded goals to tie the score at 3-3.Bernate, however, went too strong on his attempt for the Chiefs that allowed Alforque to deliver the clincher. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Zark’s, Marinero emerge as favorites in wide-open D-League Aspirants’ Cup BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives St. Benilde refused to go down without a fight and edged Arellano in penalty shootout, 4-3 (1-1), to force a winner-take-all Game 3 in the NCAA Season 93 senior football Finals Monday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Blazer Moiselle Angelo Alforque sent the ball to the back of the net as he broke the 3-all deadlock in the shootout after Chief Patrick John Bernarte sailed over the crossbar to surrender the win in the tense Game 2 duel.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 “I told the players at halftime that if we score the equalizer in the second half, we’ll win this. And we did,” said Blazers coach Marlon Maro.Game 3 is on Wednesday, still at the historic Rizal Memorial pitch.In the juniors division, Mariano Suba uncorked a hattrick before goalkeeper Jessie Reil Semblano showcased his defensive whiz in the shootout to deliver San Beda to a 3-1 (3-3) victory over CSB-La Salle Greenhills and take home the Red Booters’ 17th juniors crown.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Anthony, Adams lead Thunder past Lakers

first_imgJulius Randle scored all 16 of his points in the first half for the Lakers.The Thunder led 60-54 at halftime behind 16 points from Anthony and 14 from Adams. Westbrook had just two points until scoring eight in the final three minutes of the second quarter.Oklahoma City started strong in the second half. A 3-pointer by George bumped the lead to 11, and a 3-point play by Westbrook midway through the quarter pushed the margin to 14.Westbrook got Corey Brewer off balance with multiple crossover dribbles before blowing by him for a layup that gave the Thunder an 86-70 lead. A 3-pointer by Anthony made it 91-70 and forced the Lakers to call timeout late in the third quarter. The Thunder controlled the game the rest of the way.“They just hit shots,” Kuzma said. “We didn’t really defend them too well. They’ve got a lot of good players.”TIP-INSLakers: F Brandon Ingram returned after missing a game with a mild left ankle sprain. He had eight points in 26 minutes. … Shot 55 percent from the field in the first half, but just 47 percent in the game. … Caldwell-Pope scored 10 points in 15 minutes. He was one of two Lakers to score in double figures.Thunder: Boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather attended the game. … G Andre Roberson returned after missing eight games with left patellar tendinitis. He finished with four points and three steals in 17 minutes.STAT LINESThe Thunder committed just one turnover in the third quarter and outrebounded the Lakers 16-7. Oklahoma City took six more shots than Los Angeles in the period and outscored the Lakers 33-18.QUOTABLEGeorge, on Oklahoma City’s defense: “It always comes down to defense. We got stops. We turned those stops into baskets. When we are scoring, it slows the other team down.”UP NEXT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Whiteside leads Heat to 106-101 win over Bucks PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Anthony became one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history by playing mostly isolation ball, but coach Billy Donovan has asked him to become more of a catch-and-shoot scorer. It worked in this one — the 33-year-old forward made 10 of 15 shots overall and shot 4 of 6 on 3-pointers in one of his best performances of the season.“Once you accept something, regardless of what it is, you become comfortable with it,” he said. “I think you start putting your all into it and you start working on that role and on that acceptance and it’s becomes fun. I think right now, I accepted that role early in December and the game is starting to become fun again. Fun for me and fun for us as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSteven Adams had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and seven assists for the Thunder, who won their third straight. The Thunder shot 48 percent overall and outrebounded the Lakers 54-30.“They just big-boyed us,” rookie Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “Steven Adams, we couldn’t stop him from getting rebounds today. He was the head of the snake in that department.” BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball sat out his second straight game with a sore left knee. The Lakers are 0-8 when he doesn’t play, and they have scored fewer than 100 points in six of those games.The injury news got worse for the Lakers. Kuzma left with a finger joint sprain and did not return, and forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left with a right Achilles tendon strain and did not return.“Just play as a team defensively, just be solid,” Kuzma said. “There’s got to be a lot of team basketball.”Seven of Adams’ rebounds were on the offensive end. The Thunder have gotten used to him bailing them out.“We can take any shot that we want because he will go get it,” Thunder forward Paul George said. “We feel that. Russ feels that, Melo feels that. It puts us in a better rhythm knowing there is a guy that, whether it is a good or bad shot that we take, it’s possible to get an offensive basket anyways by Steven. It allows us to be more aggressive. There is not many guys that physically can match him. He is in a category of his own.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, reaches for the ball held by Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony is getting comfortable in his new role.He scored 27 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-90 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT The Lakers host the Pacers on Friday.The Thunder play at Cleveland on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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Over the hump

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives “I am very happy,” Ricky Dandan, thrust to the head coaching job after Chris Gavina resigned two weeks ago, said of his first win that was tainted by a fight between Eric Camson and Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan late in the second quarter.“This [win] will go a long way in the rebuilding of our ballclub,” said the former University of the Philippines Maroon of the win, which the Picanto last tasted on May 21, 2017 under Gavina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingMagnolia won a third straight game later in the night, outlasting Phoenix Petroleum, 97-91.The Hotshots rose to 4-1, half-a-game behind solo unbeaten leader San Miguel Beer, while the Fuel Masters tied the Elasto Painters at 2-3 after a second straight loss. Eric Camson vs Raymond Almazan. PBA IMAGESKia Picanto is rebuilding, only to find out that this ragtag crew could do just fine.Lumbering in obscurity and ridicule for the early part of the PBA Philippine Cup, the Picanto on Saturday night snapped a four-game skid in the tournament—and an eight-month losing streak—by bringing down Rain or Shine in a fight-marred contest, 98-94, at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte “It wasn’t intended,” Camson said.  “ I was just boxing out.  I am willing to apologize.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READcenter_img SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais A day before, Kia signed up Carlo Lastimosa from the free agent market after getting a release from NLEX.  Team consultant Joe Lipa, the former national coach, also hinted that they will still look to sign a big man and another scorer.Kia came into the game losing its last three contests by an average of over 35 points, while the Painters had all sorts of momentum going their way after a 120-99 ripping of the Fuel Masters on Wednesday.“I’m relieved,” Dandan said. “We really had no choice but to move forward and look at the positives of those blowouts. Our confidence was shot [during that losing streak].”Fines are expected to be stiff for Camson and Almazan, though it was clear in replays that the Kia bruiser took the first shot by landing an elbow on the Gilas Pilipinas center’s head.They were later heard hurling invectives at each other on their way to their locker rooms.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 Lacking funds, Team Manila scrounges for ways to compete—and win View comments LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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Clippers handle Griffin, Pistons

first_img‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Detroit had won five in a row, with Griffin playing in four of those games.Tobias Harris scored 12 points and Avery Bradley had 10. They were the key players the Clippers acquired in last week’s deal that sent Griffin to Detroit.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 openingAustin Rivers scored 16 points for Los Angeles in his first game back from a right ankle injury.Bradley and especially Harris received ovations from the Detroit crowd when they were introduced in the starting lineup, but when the teams came out for the opening tip, there wasn’t anything too unusual in terms of pregame greetings. In fact, Griffin and Bradley were hit with simultaneous technical fouls in the first quarter after battling for rebounding position. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Korver drops 30, James posts triple-double as Cavs top Hawks SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusivescenter_img ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Pistons: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Lou Williams scored 26 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers handed former teammate Blake Griffin his first loss with Detroit, beating the Pistons 108-95 on Friday night.It was a bit of an off night for Griffin, who scored 19 points but shot 7 of 19 from the field. The whole Detroit team faded down the stretch. The Pistons led 80-77 after three quarters but scored only 15 points in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT View comments After the game, Griffin headed straight toward the locker room and did not stick around to commiserate on the court.BIG MENAndre Drummond of the Pistons and DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers came into the game ranked 1-2 in the NBA in rebounding. They matched each other with 17 rebounds apiece.TIP-INSClippers: G Milos Teodosic (right foot) missed the game. … Los Angeles has won 11 of its last 15.Pistons: Jameer Nelson and James Ennis, who were acquired in trades Thursday, did not play. Ennis was not able to make it to Detroit because of snowy weather in Michigan.UP NEXTClippers: Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Bhindranwale’s arrest in connection with Lala Jagat Narain murder case hit headlines

first_imgIt was the most effective personality buildup Punjab has seen in recent times. In one stroke Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a Sikh religious leader, was transformed from a man hunted by the police to a household name. Wanted by the police in connection with last month’s murder of the prominent,It was the most effective personality buildup Punjab has seen in recent times. In one stroke Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a Sikh religious leader, was transformed from a man hunted by the police to a household name. Wanted by the police in connection with last month’s murder of the prominent Jullundur-based journalist, Lala Jagat Narain, Bhindranwale finally gave himself up to the authorities at his headquarters in Mehta, 40 km from Amritsar, but only after prominent Sikh leaders had extolled him as a martyr to the Sikh cause and his 75,000 followers had given him a standing ovation. The price of martyrdom was heavy: a dozen people were killed, a dangerous law and order situation emerged, and the political confusion was total.The Bhindranwale sect, little known till the mid-’70s, has risen dramatically in the public eye since. During the Emergency the sect opposed the sterilisation programme, condemning it as one that interfered with Sikh tenets. Later came a confrontation with the Nirankaris who were accused of misinterpreting Sikh teachings. Again, in April 1980, when Nirankari chief Baba Gurbachan Singh was shot dead in Delhi, the Bhindranwale sect was believed to have been involved and the Sant was questioned by officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).Last month when Jagat Narain, a staunch Hindu who had opposed Sikh extremism and was proprietor of the Hind Samachar group of publications, was shot dead near Ludhiana it seemed that Bhindranwale’s luck had run out. But the announcement of his implication in the murder was premature and Bhindranwale fled from Haryana’s Hissar district where he was on a preaching tour, to the safety of his headquarters – which also houses a gurdwara – in Mehta 350 km away.Sword-wielding Nihangs and other Sikhs attack the police camp: Aggressive devotion by Bhindranwale supporterCharged Atmosphere: Once safe in his den Bhindranwale made a declaration: although he was innocent, he would give himself up to the authorities outside his headquarters on the afternoon of September 20. Though he refused to say why he chose this particular day, the answer was obvious. Apart from the fact that it gave him some time, the 20th was a Sunday and it would be easier to drum up the crowds.While Bhindranwale and his militant men went about preparing for the big day, the state’s political parties held numerous conclaves to decide their plan of action. The police force was put on an alert throughout the state, educational institutions were closed, and the village of Mehta witnessed the kind of security arrangements it had never seen before and isn’t likely to see in a long time. Three thousand policemen moved in, along with 500 men of the Border Security Force (BSF).Bhindranwale’s eight-acre camp, situated about a kilometre from Mehta among lush green fields, behind high walls and barbed wires, was a mini-fortress. Starting on the evening of September 19 hundreds of buses, trucks and tractors churned up a thick column of dust as they transported devotees into the camp. Within the walls, the atmosphere was charged with aggressive devotion. Loudspeakers blared out religious verses and people jostled one another for every square inch of space. The gathering, consisting mostly of men, seemed like some army of long ago: most sported the traditional kirpan, (long sword), and many strutted about with spears and lathis in hand. The Nihangs, the military arm of the Sikhs were the most impressive: dressed in luminous blue, they bore a frightening assortment of arms: swords, spears, poleaxes, shields and, in some cases, guns. They reserved for the outsider their most suspicious and chilling glares.Sudden Assault: Hours before the surrender every Sikh leader who mattered had turned up to lend Bhindranwale moral support. On a raised platform sat Harchand Singh Longowal, chief of the Akali Dal (L), G.S. Ajnoha, head priest at the Golden Temple, G.S. Tohra, president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Santokh Singh, president of the Delhi Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, and leaders of the Akali Dal faction led by Jagdeo Singh Talwandi, the Akali Dal (T). The one prominent absentee was former Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, part of the Longowal group but a moderate in the state’s politics. The refrain of the emotional speeches was more or less the same: Bhindranwale’s innocence, criticism of the Government and a call for Sikh unity. Bhindranwale, a regal sight in flowing white and a saffron turban with a sword and a short spear, was the last speaker He repeatedly pleaded with the congregation to refrain from violence when he surrendered.At the end of his speech Bhindranwale emerged from his stronghold, the crowd poured out after him. They surged around the green Ambassador into which he climbed, and moved with it towards Mehta and the police camp set on a 10-acre piece of ground. It was 2.30 p.m.The vanguard of the procession passed the massed policemen peacefully, although the slogan-shouting had reached a crescendo. The trouble started a few minutes later when a handful of Nihangs danced their way towards the police with unsheathed swords and spears. About 40 mounted policemen galloped forward to stop them, lathi-wielding police following. They drove back the first wave but suddenly another took up the assault. The policemen turned tail and ran hard for their lives. In this successful first attack the Sikhs, many of them Nihangs, set fire to three police tents which were reduced to charred tatters in seconds. Thick black smoke billowed into the sky as a police pick-up van turned into an inferno. The demonstrators then tried to set fire to a jeep and in their frightening fury, attacked a motorcycle with swords and sticks.Angry Sikhs smashing up a jeep with swords and sticks: Frenzied violencePolice Frustration: The police regrouped and launched a counter-attack but were driven back by a barrage of stones and another wave of invaders which totally broke their morale. They could only stand by helplessly as the angry Sikhs ransacked their tents and burnt four of them to ashes. The rioters then turned on a fire tender and, as the firemen fled for dear life, stoned the massive red vehicle heavily. Meanwhile, the police were in utter disarray. The senior officers seemed to have vanished and many of the lower ranks were simply too scared to face the fanatic Nihangs and their cold steel with impotent staves. “Where are our orders’? Where are our officers?”” An elderly inspector was heard to scream in the melee.The policemen’s frustration peaked when a furious constable suddenly tried to open fire. Six of his colleagues where required to overpower him and they released him only after snatching his magazine. All this while, the armed police stood in the background indifferently, as they had yet received no orders. At around 3p.m., teargas shells – in all more than a hundred-were fired into the crowd, but they had no effect and the assault continued unabated. The only people to redeem their self-respect with exemplary courage were a couple of policemen who ran forward with folded hands and repeatedly begged the rioters to withdrawFinally at 3.20 p.m. the long-awaited order came. The gunmen took up position, some lying prone while others crouched low. A few warning rounds were fired and a minute later the air was filled with the sharp cracks of rifles shots as the police let loose a volley into the swarm. The firing continued for eight minutes and the demonstrators retreated helter-skelter. When the gunsmoke cleared, seven of them lay dead on the ground. Five more were to die in the hospital later.The crowd retreated to a safe distance but the authorities were taking no chances. Two BSF trucks arrived from their camp 4 km away and 90 grim-faced jawans jumped out fanning out with sten guns held menacingly. The rioters melted before them and all that was left for the police was the unpleasant task of picking up the corpses and dumping them into a nearby van -and counting their own injured: 12 policemen suffered wounds.Policemen firing in the air: Low morale and fiery mobsRigid Life-style: The bloody drama at Mehta has effectively focussed public attention on the Bhindranwale sect (it gets its name from the village of Bhindran). The Sant’s followers are a puritanical lot – they don’t eat meat, and don’t consume intoxicants or even tea-and it is this, among other things, that led them to term the Nirankaris’ less rigid lifestyle as “immoral”.For most of the year Bhindranwale is on the move with 100 or more of his followers and travels as far as Calcutta in the east, Bombay in the west and Bhopal in the south. His programme is always made out months in advance. During his travels Bhindranwale preaches the Gurbani (the holy words of the Guru) and presides over kaihas and kirtans. Lessons in the use of traditional weapons are also an important part of the sect’s lifestyle.Though Bhindranwale is now being wooed by the Akalis, he has no history of political involvement. Until a few years ago, in any case, the sect was not considered a major one. It is only the recent turmoil that has led the Sant and the politicians to make common cause. As the Sikh religion forms the basis of Akali politics and Bhindranwale is a religious leader, they had to come out in his support and make a martyr of himPoor Image: Mrs Gandhi’s air dash to Chandigarh served to highlight the dilemma of the state Government which has taken a bad beating. In its attempt to handle the situation, the state administration has tied itself into knots: to take action is to invite the wrath of one of the two major communities and to stay quiet is to invite the charge of inaction. As Mrs Gandhi said: “Politics and religion have got mixed up here. It is more of politics and less of religion.”advertisementadvertisementadvertisementPolicemen hauling a corpse towards a van: No winnersWhile the focus in recent days has shifted to Bhindranwale, ironically, the case which led to his arrest has been relegated to the background, probably because there seems to have been very little progress. A senior official in Chandigarh pointed to the similarity in the modus operandi in both the Jagat Narain and the Baba Gurbachan Singh murders. In the Baba case a new car and in the Jagat Narain killing a new motorcycle were used and both were bought under assumed names. The officials refused to say anything about the interrogation of Nachhatar Singh, arrested as one of the trio who allegedly committed Jagat Narain’s murder, and whose statement presumably led the police to Bhindranwale’s doorstep. The other two, Dalbir Singh and Swaran Singh one a proclaimed offender in the Baba case, and the other a nephew of Bhindranwale – are still at large. Admitted the official: “If we are to implicate Bhindranwale, we’ll need more evidence.”A taxi-driver in Amritsar summed up the whole situation correctly: “The public, the police and the Akalis have all emerged losers out of the episode. There has been only one winner – Bhindranwale.”POLITICS: BOOSTING SIKHISM Bhindranwale confers with Longowal before his surrender: Gaining acceptablityWhatever else Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale may represent, he is nothing so much as a bandwagon for the various political factions in Punjab. Last fortnight, many of them were flocking to his side, anxious to bask in reflected glory when the act of surrender to the police raised him to uncommon heroism in the eyes of many Sikhs. Perhaps it was just as well that they were there to witness the violence and death that followed, possibly tragic augury of greater turmoil in Punjab.Bhindranwale rose from total obscurity in April 1978 when an impassioned speech in Amritsar led to the death of 18 people in clashes between his extremist sect and the pantheistic Nirankaris, a sect whose followers are drawn from all religious and regional backgrounds. He was in the limelight again last year, avoiding police interrogation after the murder of Nirankari chief Baba Gurcharan Singh, son of the sect’s founder.While the Nirankaris are nowhere close to being a real challenge to the Sikhs’ faith, Sikh leaders are wary of them as a potential threat who might provide an attractive alternative, especially to the minor Sikh castes who have no chance of breaking into the Sikh politico-religious establishment which has always been the preserve of the Jats and Khatris. The official Sikh objection to the Nirankaris derives from certain tracts published by the sect which the Sikhs claim are derogatory to the Sikh gurus and scriptures. It was obviously no coincidence that Bhindranwale’s arrest was ordered in connection with the murder of Lala Jagat Narain, who strongly advocated the Nirankari cause.Bhindranwale has ridden the crest of a wave of religious revival, fanned by a gnawing fear among Punjab’s Sikhs that they may soon be outnumbered in their homeland. The Sikhs have never really shed their frontier mentality.Today their share of Punjab’s population has fallen to 52 per cent from 54 per cent a decade and a half ago a trend forced by the outward migration of Sikhs and inward movement of agricultural workers who will soon be eligible to vote. Punjab is not unique in its complaints against New Delhi, but it offers up a longer than usual list of grievances: delays in sanctioning the potentially productive Thein dam, the planned neglect of large-scale industry because of the proximity of Pakistan, and uncertainty about the future of Chandigarh.The Akali Dal (L), the largest and most significant of the several Akali factions, decided to launch a dharam yudh, or holy war, on September 7, 1981, to put right these grievances but was somewhat upstaged by Bhindranwale who claimed nationwide attention after the Narain slaying.Militant Politics: The Akali Dal is still smarting from its last election defeat, when it won only 37 seats as compared to the 64 gained by the Congress (I). Though the state is not scheduled to go to the polls till 1985, there is obviously room for militant politics to muster the ranks of Punjab’s Sikhs and, if possible, create conditions for a mid-term poll. Chief Minister Darbara Singh, whose handling of the incident has attracted sharp criticism, realises that his future lies in keeping a lid on unrest, though Akali Dal (L) leaders have accused him of trying to project Bhindranwale as an alternative to the Akalis. “If this is correct, it’s a clever move,” says a Congress (I) politician in Chandigarh, “suddenly, Bhindranwale appears taller than Tohra, Longowal or any other Sikh leader. If he is established as a kingmaker in Punjab politics, the Akalis could be in serious trouble.” But Darbara Singh has already had many problems on his hands. Since he took over last summer, he has had to deal with the Khalistan stir, the anti-tobacco agitation by the Sikhs in Amritsar, the Jagat Narain murder to which roster of woes has now been added the Bhindranwale arrest. And within the party too he has had an unpleasant time. Apart from his running feud with Union Home Minister Giani Zail Singh, he had to face Mrs Gandhi’s imperial fury when, in the last week of July, she angrily asked him to quit as president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (I). Nothing would please the Giani more than an opportunity to see Darbara Singh out of the gaddi, replaced by his own nominee. Small wonder that with so many people interested in his welfare, Bhindranwale was able to choose the place and time of his own arrest.last_img read more

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Trisha Krishnan engaged to Varun Manian

first_imgTrisha, Varun pose for shutterbugs at their engagement ceremonyTamil actress Trisha Krishnan and entrepreneur-turned-producer Varun Manian exchanged rings at a private ceremony in Chennai amidst family and close friends.The engagement ceremony took place at Varun’s residence.For the ceremony, Trisha sported a specially customised sari by Neeta Lulla and jewellery by NAC jewellers, while Varun wore a simple white dhoti.Trisha, Varun at their engagement ceremony.The couple’s wedding date is yet to be finalised.Trisha and Varun have been dating for a few months since the former’s rumoured breakup with Telugu actor Rana Daggubati.Trisha, one of the top actresses in the south, made her Bollywood debut in 2010 opposite Akshay Kumar in Khatta Meetha directed by Priyadarshan.The actress insists she has no plans of quitting films after marriage and that instead, she plans on signing “two new films” soon.This year, Trisha awaits the release of her films Bhoologam, Yennai Arindhaal, RUM, Liona and Appa Takkaru.last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy: Karnataka hang on to force draw against Baroda

first_imgHolders Karnataka just about managed to hang on to force a draw with Baroda in the Group A Ranji Trophy league match on Saturday.A half-century by young Shreyas Gopal (51, 142b, 4×4) and skipper CM Gautam’s battling 30 rescued Karnataka from certain defeat as they finished the day on 153 for 7, chasing a target of 288 after being 50 for 6 at one stage. Earlier, Baroda added precious runs to their overnight score of 204 for 8 with overnight not out batsman Swapnil Singh scoring 50 (114b, 9×4) to raise visions of a possible victory.Baroda seamer Sagar Mangalorkar scythed through the Karnataka innings with a four-wicket haul before Gautam and Gopal added 85 runs for the seventh wicket to save the blushes for the hosts. Yet again, the Karnataka batting proved to be a let down with the top order crumbling under pressure and yet again it was Gopal who is shaping into a fine allrounder after playing a key role in forcing a draw.Baroda, who had taken the first innings lead, picked up three points while Karnataka had to be content with one.Brief scores:At Surat – Vidarbha vs Gujarat, Vidarbha 1st innings 236 all out, Gujarat 1st innings 248 all out, Vidarbha 2nd innings 307 for 8 (Srikant Wagh 20; Ramesh Powar 5/99, Rush Kalaria 3/44) Gujarat 2nd innings 175 all out (Parthiv Patel 73, Bhargav Merai 32; Akshay Wakhare 7/70). Vidarbha won by 120 runs.At Porvorim – Goa vs Assam, Goa 1st innings 175 all out, Assam 1st inninings 435 for eight, Goa 2nd innings 268 all out (Amogh Desai 63, Keenan Vaz 59; Swarupam Purkayastha 6/76, Abu Nechim 2/24) Assam second innings 12 for no loss, Assam won by 10 wickets.advertisementAt Mysuru – Baroda 335 and 254 all out (Deepak Hooda 67, Arvind Sreenath 3 for 27, Ronit More 2 for 50) vs Karnataka 302 and 153 for seven (Shreyas Gopal 51; Sagar Mangalorkar 4/54). Match Drawn.At Dharamsala – Himachal Pradesh vs Andhra, Andhra 1st innings 336 for eight declared (Murumulla Sriram 105; Vikramjeet Malik 3/78) Himachal Pradesh 1st innings 186 for seven (Rishi Dhawan 55 not out; DP Vijaykumar 3/47) Match DrawnAt Delhi – Railways vs Jammu and Kashmir, Railways 1st innings 234 for five declared (Rohan Bhosle 54; Ram Dayal 2/50) Jammu and Kashmir 1st innings 114 all out (Anureet Singh 5/48) Railways 2nd innings 18 for no loss, Match DrawnAt Ranchi – Jharkhand vs Hyderabad, Jharkhand 1st innings 556 for 9 declared, Hyderabad 1st innings 455 all out (Akshath Reddy 133, Ashish Reddy 104; Varun Aaron 5/131) Jharkhand 2nd innings 189 for four declared (Ishan Kishan 84; Akash Bhandari 2/46) Hyderabad 2nd innings 7 for no loss, Match Drawn.At Pune – Maharastra vs Delhi, Maharastra 1st innings 330 all out, Delhi 1st innings 307 all out, Maharashtra 2nd innings 366 all out (Shrikant Mundhe 104; Parwinder Awana 4/68) Delhi 2nd innings 78 for three, Match Drawn.At Agartala – Tripura vs Kerala, Tripura 1st innings 179 all out, Kerala 1st innings 301 for nine (Abhishek Hedge 82; Rana Dutta 4/45), Tripura 2nd innings 295 for nine (Bishal Ghosh 82; Amit Verma 5/61) Match Drawn.At Ghaziabad – Uttar Pradesh vs Bengal, Bengal 1st innings 141 for four (Sudip Chatterjee 60, Wriddhiman Saha 45; Kuldeep Yadav 2/58), second and third day’s play abandoned due to rain, Match Drawn.last_img read more

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Tripura Public Service Examination is hiring: Apply now

first_imgTripura Public Service Examination has invited applications for the recruitment of candidates to the various faculty and teaching posts. The interested candidates must send in their applications on or before March 16.Post detailsTotal no. of posts: 25Name of the postAssistant professor: 6Accounts officer: 1Research officer: 1Sports officer: 16Assistant statistical officer: 1Pay ScaleAssistant professor: The candidates will be paid a salary in the pay scale of Rs 15,600 to Rs 39,100 with an AGP of Rs 6,000 per month.Accounts officer: The candidates will be paid a salary in the pay scale of Rs 9,570 to Rs 30,000 with an AGP of Rs 3,500 per month.Research officer: The candidates will be paid a salary in the pay scale of Rs 9,570 to Rs 30,000 with an AGP of Rs 3,100 per month.Sports officer: The candidates will be paid a salary in the pay scale of Rs 9,570 to Rs 30,000 with an AGP of Rs 3,100 per month.Assistant statistical officer: The candidates will be paid a salary in the pay scale of Rs 9,570 to Rs 30,000 with an AGP of Rs 2,600 per month.Educational criteriaEducational qualificationThe candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university or institute. The candidates must have the degree in their own respective fields be it in mathematics, physical education, statistics or commerce.Age limitThe age limit for the candidates is 40 years.Selection procedureThe candidate will be selected on the basis of a personal interview and a screening test.How to applyThe candidates must submit the application through a proper channel. The candidate can find the application form from the nearest branch of Tripura Gramin Bank.Important datesThe candidates must apply on before March 16advertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup: West Indies delay call on Gayle fitness for quarterfinal

first_imgWest Indies captain Jason Holder says a decision on Chris Gayle’s fitness for Saturday’s World Cup quarterfinal against New Zealand will be left to the morning of the match.Gayle missed the final pool match against the United Arab Emirates on Sunday due to a back injury which required a pain-killing injection, and did not train with his team-mates until Friday.”Chris is out playing this morning,” Holder said on Friday. “He’s had an injection, nothing major. We’ll see how he pulls up today and make a decision tomorrow morning.”Gayle, whose 215 against Zimbabwe is the highest score at the tournament, brings the experience of 268 one-day internationals to the West Indies side.”He’s one of the most feared batsmen in world cricket,” Holder said. “So to have Chris on my squad is a plus for anybody in a sense.”We won the last game at without him so I can’t say we can’t win without him. He’s been a very good player for us over the years. But it’s shown that we’ve got people to fit the bill.”New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said his team had prepared for the match in anticipation of Gayle being fit to play.”I don’t think it changes things too much because we expected him to play anyway,” McCullum said. “He’s obviously a world class player and destructive on his day.”The West Indies team are stacked with match-winners, not just Chris but many other guys in their lineup.”last_img read more

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Kevin Pietersen no longer a great player, says Steve Waugh

first_imgFormer Australia captain Steve Waugh believes controversial England batsman Kevin Pietersen no longer merits a place in the national side.Pietersen was sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) following a series of disputes between him and the team and has not played for the national team in over a year.But he has expressed a desire to play for England repeatedly and opted to play for county side Surrey instead of Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Sunrisers Hyderabad to prove his commitment to the team.”England have got to make a clean break and look forward to the future,” Waugh was quoted as saying by miror.co.uk on Sunday.”Sometimes you have to have short-term pain to get the long-term gain. I don’t think he’s a great player right now.””Setting aside all the other things, I don’t think his form warranted a spot in the England side. He may have been a great player but I wouldn’t class him as one now,” he added.Pietersen has scored 8,181 runs at an average of 47.28 with 23 centuries in Tests, making him one of England’s greatest-ever batsmen. But Waugh thinks he does not deserve a place in the current XI.”First, he has to be one of the best six batsmen in the country, which he’s not. Then is he right for the current set-up? Does he fit in how the team is moving forward? Can he work with the captain and other players? Obviously there have been some issues. That’s part of the reason why he’s not there now,” the batting legend said.advertisementHe said he believes Pietersen cannot transform his personality and suit the demands of the team since he is too self-centred.”Unless he’s changed as a person and a personality – and that’s hard to do – I don’t know how you go back to what happened before.”The number one thing is you’ve got to respect each other. Once this stops you’re in real trouble. And I think that’s probably happened over the past couple of years,” he opined.last_img read more

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FA Cup final: Underdog Aston Villa aim to surprise giants Arsenal

first_imgAston Villa is one win away from ending a 19-year wait for a major trophy and it’s all getting a bit too much for the second in line to the British throne.”I’m nervous now. I’m terrified,” said Prince William, who has supported Villa since he was a schoolboy.The prince won’t be the only famous name cheering for the central English club in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium. Hollywood star Tom Hanks and British Prime Minister David Cameron have also previously pledged their allegiance to Villa, which was European champion in 1982 and has won the English league seven times.The club has fallen on harder times in recent years, though, and is more likely nowadays to be battling against relegation from the Premier League than competing for trophies.This year, Villa has done both.Under vibrant new manager Tim Sherwood, Villa avoided dropping out of England’s lucrative top division only on the next-to-last weekend of the season. And it has reached the final of world football’s oldest club knockout competition by embarking on a surprising run that has included wins over West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool in the last two rounds.Arsenal stands between Villa and a first trophy since winning the English League Cup in 1996. And Sherwood is showing a lot more confidence in the team that the prince.”This is an opportunity to pick up another trophy for this fantastic football club and for the players to put themselves in the history books,” Sherwood said. “There’s a hero in that dressing room somewhere.”advertisementEver the optimist, Sherwood has revitalized Villa in his three months as manager.He took over a team that had plunged into the Premier League’s bottom three on the back of a 10-match winless run. Villa’s paltry total of 12 goals in 25 games to that point was the lowest in the Premier League’s 23-year history.Relegation beckoned, only for Sherwood to breeze into Villa Park and shake things up.”It’s been an interesting season for Villa,” Prince William said in an interview with the BBC that will be broadcast on Saturday. “The guys have battled through. They’ve done seriously well, and I’m really excited about Tim’s leadership – he’s doing a really great job with them.”Sherwood hasn’t reinvented the wheel – he has just played to the team’s strengths.Like getting the ball up quicker to striker Christian Benteke, who has scored 12 goals in his last 12 games.Like telling Tom Cleverley, a player low in confidence after being loaned out by Manchester United, to start getting forward more from midfield. Cleverley has scored in three games in a row, increasing calls for a recall to the England squad.Like giving Jack Grealish, one of English football’s most highly-rated youngsters, regular starts in the playmaker role. The 19-year-old local talent is now on the radar of England’s national team.Sherwood gained a reputation as a lively if erratic figure on the touchline in his only previous job in management, with Tottenham. In one match – which was against Villa and actually proved to be his last in that job – he plucked a heckling supporter from the crowd, handed him his sleeveless jacket and sat him down in the manager’s chair.”That guy is an expert,” Sherwood said at the time. “Every week he tells me what to do, so I gave him the opportunity to have a go.”Sherwood was fired after five months at Spurs, even though he had a good record and helped Tottenham qualify for the Europa League. He was linked with a number of top-flight jobs but it was Villa which finally took the chance – something the club isn’t regretting now.Sherwood, who once acknowledged being an Arsenal fan, knows his team is the underdog on Saturday. Arsenal finished third in the Premier League and was arguably the top team in the second half of the season. Sherwood describes Arsenal as “probably the best football team in the league.”But don’t mistake praise for his opponent as a lack of faith in his own players. Sherwood firmly believes Villa can win the cup for the first time since 1957.”The older generation (of Villa fans) has seen a lot of history and they remember good times,” Sherwood said. “Their sons and family members are probably fed up of listening to it and they want to see some themselves.”So I’m just praying I can give them that.”last_img read more

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Germany, Argentina, Dutch hockey teams qualify for 2016 Olympics

first_imgReigning Olympic champions Germany, along with Argentina and the Netherlands, have qualified for the 2016 Olympics as they grabbed the top three places in the men’s Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final here.Germany emerged champions following their emphatic 4-1 win over host nation Argentina in the final, while the 2012 Olympics silver medalists the Netherlands crushed Canada 6-1 in the third place play-off on Sunday. With these results, the top three teams also qualified for the HWL Final to be hosted by India from November 28.Germany took a 2-0 lead with goals from Christopher Ruhr and Niklas Wellen before a penalty stroke from Argentina’s Juan Gilardi reduced the deficit at the Centro Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo (CeNARD) stadium.World Cup 2014 bronze medallists Argentina came close to leveling numerous times, but late strikes from Ruhr and Florian Fuchs confirmed a notable competition victory for coach Markus Weises men.Ruhrs double strike made him the competitions joint-top scorer alongside Spain striker Pau Quemada with six goals, while the impressive performances of 20-year-old Wellen saw him named as the competitions Best Young Player in the prize giving ceremony. It was also a good day for 2014 World Cup runners up the Netherlands, who powered to a 6-0 win over Canada to claim a third place finish thanks to a brace from Constantijn Jonker and goals from Billy Bakker, Mink van der Weerden, Robbert Kemperman and Robert van der Horst.Canadas fourth place finish leaves them within touching distance of a ticket to Rio, although they will have to wait until the conclusion of the Continental Championships before knowing if they have done enough.  The brilliance of Canadian shot-stopper David Carter was recognized at the prize distribution ceremony, being voted both the competitions Best Player and Best Goalkeeper.advertisementEarlier in the day, Spain kept their Olympic hopes alive by defeating New Zealand 3-1 to claim fifth place, while South Korea ended a disappointing campaign on a positive note by finishing seventh thanks to a 1-0 win over Asian rivals Japan. Egypt and Austria finished 9th and 10th respectively.last_img read more

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