Surging Painters wrest top spot

first_imgMOST READ Jason Perkins also had the finest scoring performance of his young career, pouring in 27 points and grabbing nine boards for Phoenix.Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright both chimed in 16 including a couple of crucial plays in the fourth period, but they fell flat when it mattered.Garcia lauded his wards who made significant contributions in the tussle.  But his words of praise came with a warning: They could not take their next assignment lightly.“We play Magnolia on Wednesday and it’s going to be difficult because we know throughout the conference, they’re only going to get better,” he said.First Game:RAIN OR SHINE 98—Belga 16, Rosales 16, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12, Nambatac 10, Norwood 8, Torres 6, Borboran 5, Maiquez 4, Daquioag 4, Yap 2, Mocon 1, Ponferada 1.PHOENIX 94—Perkins 27, Wright 16, Abueva 16, Mallari 12, Jazul 7, Kramer 6, Mendoza 5, Marcelo 3, Napoles 2, Dennison 0, Chua 0, Revilla 0.Quarters: 24-20, 45-36, 70-61, 87-87 (reg.), 98-94 (OT) Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college D-League opener pits UAAP champ Ateneo versus Go for Gold In the nightcap, Arwind Santos was on fire all night while Terrence Romeo mounted his best scoring performance in a San Miguel uniform as the Beermen made mincemeat of sister team Magnolia Hotshots, 113-92.Santos paced San Miguel with 29 points while Romeo had 23 more as the four-time defending champion improved to 4-3.Magnolia has yet to win in two starts.Rain or Shine, now flaunting a league-best 6-1 record, takes on the Hotshots on Feb. 13 before the league takes a break for the national team which resumes its bid in the Fiba World Cup qualifying matches on Feb. 21 and 24.Phoenix, which dropped to No. 2 with a 5-1 slate, takes on NorthPort when  the tournament resumes on Feb. 27.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan beats three Phoenix players for the loose ball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLouie Alas regarded Rain or Shine the next hottest team to his Phoenix Pulse.On Sunday night, the Elasto Painters turned that around, carving out a 98-94 decision in overtime against the Fuel Masters in the PBA Philippine Cup curtain-riser at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Another good win for us. Phoenix came back …  They didn’t stop. That’s probably why they’re on the top: they never give up.  They fought their hearts out,” said coach Caloy Garcia after pinning a first loss in six games on Alas and his Fuel Masters.With James Yap struggling all night, it was Kris Rosales who made the most impact. He fired 16 points to tie his career-best scoring output.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“James wasn’t as lucky, but other players stepped up,” Garcia said of the veteran, who has been crucial in Rain or Shine’s previous victories.   “Today it was Kris in the beginning.  We had a good start and our bigs in the end were the factors in the end—when Raymond (Almazan) got that rebound, even Beau (Belga) was setting good screens.”Belga also had 16 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists.  Almazan accounted for 13 in the affair, four of which coming in the extra period. View commentslast_img read more

Tyler Extols Liberian Media

first_imgSpeaker J. Alex Tyler has commended the Liberia’s independent media for what he described as “the professional and splendid coverage of the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial Election in the country.”At a reception marking the official opening of the 4th Session of the 53rd National Legislature yesterday at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, Speaker Tyler thanked the media for its “balanced, credible and on-the-spot reportage in the recently ended election nationwide.”“For the first time in my political life, I witnessed such keen and professional work done by the media. As watchdogs of our democracy, they help keep the process honest by being in every nook and cranny of the Republic during dark and difficult nights, making sure that only genuine results were communicated,” Speaker Tyler declared.The Bomi County Representative asserted, “Without smart-phones or laptops or other sophisticated gadgetry of the Western media and, without any immediate pecuniary dividends deriving to themselves, they labored in rain, in stress-and-strain and many other difficult conditions to ensure that only the truth, and nothing but the truth about the elections got out.”He pledged his unflinching support, with the assistance of his colleagues, to ensure that appropriate budgetary consideration be made to facilitate proper training for the media.According to him, the proposed training, if approved, will be conducted in collaboration with the National Elections Commission (NEC) with the intent to ensure a sustained, continued and robust reportage in the area of elections coverage.“Indeed, you are the watchdog of our democracy, the harbinger of the new Liberia and the heroes in the quest for honesty, integrity and fair play in electoral politics,” he declared.The Unity Party lawmaker praised members of the Electoral Body for conducting a peaceful and credible election across the nation, adding that their role played was vital.He then welcomed the 13 new senators-elect to the Capitol Building, noting; “Please remember your promises made to the people that were not made under threat or duress.”Speaker Tyler reminded his colleagues from the sister chamber about their duties which include, representation, supervision and crafting laws, as imperative and must be kept uppermost in their minds and actions at all times.“For those who lost or were not considered by the people this time, I say, take heart. Better days are yet to come; and I pray that you become a part of Liberia’s golden years, in public or private service, yet to come,” he asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Inaugural Fort St. John Colour Me Rotary Run happens Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Sunrise Rotary Club of Fort St. John is going to be putting on the first-ever Colour Me Rotary Run this weekend.For the 10 kilometre run, participants are encouraged to wear as much white clothing as possible, since the powdered colours will be provided on the day of. Sunrise Rotary Club President Wanda Smook says that interest in the run is high, which is evidenced by all 500 spots selling out in less than 61 hours.The run takes place at Northern Lights College this Sunday at 10:00 a.m.- Advertisement –last_img

Consumer group demands firing of state Insurance Commission attorney

first_imgSACRAMENTO – A consumer group demanded Thursday that the state insurance commissioner fire one of his top attorneys, saying the department lawyer tried to help insurers avoid paying $300,000 in court costs stemming from a fight over auto insurance rates. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said it obtained a series of e-mails showing that William Gausewitz secretly collaborated with insurers to file a declaration in court. It says the document supported the insurers’ claim that court costs should be paid by the state, not them. Gausewitz is a former insurance industry lobbyist who is senior counsel to Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. “The documents obtained by FTCR show that Mr. Gausewitz continues to work closely with, and on behalf of, the insurance industry, albeit in a covert fashion – conduct that is utterly incompatible with your pledge of an independent and open administration,” the foundation said in its letter to Poizner. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It was signed by Harvey Rosenfield, the group’s founder, and Doug Heller, its executive director. A spokeswoman for Poizner, Jennifer Kerns, said the foundation’s criticism is unfounded. “While Harvey’s work is admirable, he’s just plain wrong on this,” Kerns said. “The fact is, it is not uncommon for the Department of Insurance to submit statements of fact on particular issues, which is what Bill Gausewitz did in this case.” The dispute involves a lawsuit filed by the insurance industry in 2006. It sought to overturn regulations that limited use of motorists’ ZIP codes in setting their auto insurance rates. Consumers groups favored the regulations, saying rates should be based primarily on driving records and not on where people live. Several groups, including the Santa Monica-based foundation, joined the attorney general in successfully defending the regulations. They then urged a Sacramento County Superior Court judge to order the insurers to repay them for their court costs. Jeff Fuller, a lobbyist for the Association of California Insurance Companies, sent Gausewitz an e-mail on Aug. 24 asking the department to give the judge a declaration the industry had drafted. “We believe that the court should be aware of the information contained in the declaration and that (a) signature by the insurance commissioner or someone else in the Dept. of Insurance is appropriate,” Fuller wrote in an e-mail obtained by the foundation under the California Public Records Act. Gausewitz asked that the declaration be rewritten and returned to him. “Send the draft declaration, in Word format, to me alone,” Gausewitz told Fuller. “Please don’t talk about this to other folks until we have talked about it further.” Gausewitz subsequently sent a copy of the declaration to several people, including an attorney for Consumers Union, another of the groups involved in defending the regulations. Gausewitz said the declaration provided historical information about the department’s payment of consumer group court costs from a fund set up to enforce Proposition 103. That initiative, passed by voters in 1988, governs auto insurance rates. He said in the e-mail to the Consumers Union attorney and others that the declaration was “provided to give factual information only. No (department) position is implied by or should be inferred from this declaration with respect to any legal issue before the court in this litigation.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Colton star may return Friday

first_imgShareece Wright’s broken left hand is healing ahead of schedule, according to Colton High School football coach Harold Strauss. Wright, a star running back/defensive back for the Yellowjackets, had X-rays taken Tuesday at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Strauss said Wright is able to move his fingers and could play defense in a short cast on Friday when the Yellowjackets meet Redlands at the University of Redlands. Or if Colton elects to hold him out of Friday’s game, Strauss said Wright could return at full force the following week, to play both offense and defense. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We’ll see what they say at the (Riverside) Sport Clinic,” said Strauss, who said Sport Clinic personnel is going to examine the hand today. Wright injured his hand in the second half of Colton’s loss to Los Angeles Crenshaw on Sept. 23. After being treated, it was estimated that he would miss anywhere from four weeks to the rest of the season. Despite playing in just two-plus games, he ranks fifth in the county in rushing with 605 yards on 35 carries (17.3 average) with six touchdowns. Both Colton linebacker Allen Bradford and Wright are being heavily recruited, with coaches from California, Arizona and Oregon showing up at last Friday’s game against Yucaipa, a 66-0 Yellowjackets victory. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Softball Claims Two MVC Weekly Honors For Second-Straight Week

first_imgST. LOUIS – For the second-straight week, the Drake University softball team claimed two Missouri Valley Conference Softball weekly awards, the MVC office announced on Monday, March 28. This week junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) was named the MVC Player of the Week while freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) was picked the MVC Newcomer of the Week for the second-consecutive week. Sowa had a great week at the plate capped with an outstanding three-game stretch against Indiana State to close the week as the team went 4-1 overall. In the five games, she batted .556 (10-of-18) with two doubles, four home runs, 10 runs scored, 14 five runs batted in along with a 1.333 slugging and a .579 on-base percentage. She went 3-for-3 in the first game against the Sycamores with two doubles, two runs scored and RBI. Sowa followed that with a career game the next day with three home runs, including a grand slam, along with four runs scored and a career-high seven RBI. In the final game, she went 2-for-3 with another home run and two RBI. All three wins over Indiana State lasted just five innings. On the season, Sowa is batting .322 and is second on the team in home runs with five along with a team-leading 26 RBI. Frank blistered the softball this past week with a .692 batting average (9-of-13) along with two home runs, six RBI, six walks and 10 runs scored. She added a 1.154 slugging and a .789 on-base percentage. She opened the week with a 3-for-3 day at the plate against South Dakota State and in the next game of the doubleheader went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run. In Drake’s first game against Indiana State, Frank tallied one hit and drew three walks, In the second game, Frank went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. In the series finale against Indiana State, she went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and two runs scored. On the season, Frank is hitting a team-leading .368 along with a team-high seven home runs and she is second on the team in RBI with 20. This is the second career MVC Player of the Week award for Sowa and the third career MVC Newcomer of the Week award for Frank. Drake (16-11, 6-0 MVC) sits in first place in the MVC standings as the Bulldogs are set to host second-place SIU (20-8, 5-0 MV) on Saturday and Sunday for a three-game series. A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday with game number one scheduled for noon and Sunday the series finale starts at noon. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

KCCA thump Police to go clear atop the League standings

first_img Tags: KCCA FCpolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop KCCA FC players celebrating on of the goals on Friday (Photos by KCCA FC Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier League KCCA FC 6-3 Police FC StarTimes Stadium, LugogoFriday, 04-01-2019LUGOGO – KCCA FC thumped Police 6-3 to move 8 points clear at the top of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Friday afternoon.As anticipated, it rained goal on a warm afternoon at Lugogo with Julius Poloto, Muzamir Mutyaba (×2), Mike Mutyaba, Jackson Nunda and Patrick Kaddu all scoring for KCCA FC.Juma Balinya, Herbert Achayi (og) and Derrick Kakooza were on the score-sheet for the Cops.The game showed early signs of goals to come with both sides going all out in attack from the on set and missing a few opportunities.The first real chance fell to Ashraf Mugume on 14 minutes but the Police midfielder shot weakly at Charles Lukwago in the KCCA goal after he (Mugume) was played in expertly by Ruben Kimera’s low cross.A minute later, Julius Poloto made Mugume pay for his earlier miss, shooting in, strongly a Jackson Nunda pass from to hand the Kasasiros the lead.Five minutes later, it was 2-0 as Muzamir Mutyaba sent in a low shot from outside the area, past Police keeper Davis Mutebi and into the back of the net.The goals had started raining in and on 23 minutes, it was 3-0 to Mike Mutebi’s side. After neat work involving Allan Okello and Nunda, the later passed to Mike Mutyaba whose curling effort from outside the area found the top left hand corner.Mike Mutyaba (18) celebrates scoring the second with Allan Okello (25) and Jackson NundaNunda could have scored a fourth instantly but he shot straight at Mutebi after he was played in by Mutyaba (Mike).In an attempt to kill off the game, KCCA kept on pressing and Police had Mutebi to thank for not conceding again on the half hour mark as the youthful shot-stopper made a double save to deny first Filbert Obenchan and then Nunda, both from close range.With the pressure mounting and the home side showing no signs of slowing down, Police were forced to a make a tactical substitution, sending on Samuel Kayongo for Simon Mbazira.Moments after the substitution, Nunda scored again from close range to increase KCCA’s advantage to 4.With 7 minutes of the first half to play, Herbert Achayi who had earlier been booked for an elbow on Kimera, played in Nunda but the lanky-midfielder could not beat Mutebi while one on one with him and the custodian saved his side temporarily.However, he could only deflect Muzamir’s cross into the back of the net, three minutes later for the scores to become 5-0.At the stroke of half time, Mugume released Balinya who calmly finished past Lukwago to pull one back for the visitors.The Cops who locked to be in sixes and sevens were relieved to hear the halftime whistle blow with the scoreboard reading 5-1.At the start of the second half, Police looked a more organized side and started taking the game to KCCA.On 54 minutes, they nearky scored a second but Balunya’s effort from outside the area was deflected argonizingly wide for just a corner.Three minutes later, the Cops’ pressure was finally rewarded as Achayi deflected Arafat Ggaliwango’s cross from the left into his own net to make it 5-2.KCCA who looked to be in charge dispite conceding the latest rwo goal made two quick substitutions in succession with first, Steven Sserwadda replacing Okello and then Nunda coming off for Patrick Kaddu.Two minutes after coming on, Kaddu scored the 6th for KCCA off Muzamir’s assist.With time running out, substitute Derrick Kakooza scored a third for Police to make it 6-3.Despite late pressure by the visitors to score another, the game endes 6-3 with KCCA staying top of the log on 33 points, 8 ahead of their immediate rivals Vipers SC (25).The KCCA FC team that started against Police on FridayFor Police, they remained 6th qith 20 points from 14 games.The other games played on Friday:-Onduparaka FC 0-0 Mbarara City FC-Tooro United FC 1-0 Ndejje University FCComments last_img read more

St Patrick’s Day tragedy as young Donegal teacher killed in Dubai

first_imgA young Donegal teacher has been killed following a tragic accident in Dubai.The young teachers, who was in his late 20s, fell from a balcony.The young man, who travelled abroad to teach, is originally from the Mountcharles area. The man’s family have been made aware of the tragedy.The Irish embassy in Dubai is now liaising with the family and arrangements are being made to fly his remains home.A full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy has been launched by local police.His name has not yet been officially released. St Patrick’s Day tragedy as young Donegal teacher killed in Dubai was last modified: March 18th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deathdonegalDubaifallTEACHERlast_img read more

Evolution Ag announces opening of new Plain City location

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After over three years of planning and construction during the past 12 months, Evolution Ag announced the opening of its new dealership south of Delaware at 13275 US 42, Plain City (intersection of Jerome road and SR 42).Doug Loudenslager, Principal and one of the owners said that the 45,000 square foot facility has been designed to serve not only the agricultural community but the suburban homeowner as well.“Our principle business is to provide agricultural producers the Case IH line of agricultural equipment, parts and service support required to profitably produce and harvest a crop today. We provide homeowners the tools they need to manage their mini-farm and landscapes,” Loudenslager said.The dealership sells and services lawn mowers, tractors and utility vehicles through Gravely, Kioti, and Grasshopper. The dealership is now considered a full-line sales and service center for Stihl handheld power tools and is an authorized Gold Dealer for the Big Green Egg line of smoker/grill. In addition to Case IH, the company will be carrying MacDon, Geringhoff, Great Plains, Unverferth and J&M agricultural equipment lines.The dealership will be home to a regional training center for Case IH. Loudenslager said technicians and other Case IH personnel from throughout the country will be coming to the new facility for technical training on the full line of equipment. Steve Hayes, a former Field Service Manager and trainer for Case IH was recently hired by Evolution Ag to lead the training effort.“This expansion will allow us to better serve our customers with service, parts, technical support and equipment. The Delaware facility had served us well for many years but could no longer accommodate the large agricultural equipment needed in today’s agriculture.” Loudenslager said.The existing Delaware facility will be maintained as an outdoor power equipment center servicing the Kubota, Grasshopper, Gravely, Stihl and Big Green Egg lines. Customers visiting the new dealership will find a state of the art equipment and service center with energy efficiency and conservation in mind. Loudenslager said the wash bay captures the water, oil and debris, and processes it before being reused in the cleaning process.An added feature is a toy tractor and equipment display with over 250 pieces on loan from the Don Loudenslager Trust.“My father collected toys for over 40 years. Since his passing we have been looking for a way to share a portion of his collection. He would be exceptionally proud to have his toys in a place that others can enjoy.” Loudenslager said.In addition to its new Plain City location Evolution Ag has dealership facilities in Circleville, Delaware, Utica, Upper Sandusky and Lisbon. More information can be found on its website www.evolutionagllc.com.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly at Youth Summit: “I want to coach Indian team”

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has said on Saturday that he would like to be the coach of the Indian team, if such an opportunity comes his way. “Though it’s not my immediate goal, I will like to coach the national team. It will be a great honour,” Ganguly said on Saturday while addressing the India Today Youth Summit in Delhi. He will, however, like to do things differently from former India coach Greg Chappell because of which he had to lose his captaincy and later his place in the team. “I think the captain is the boss of the team, the coach should remain backstage,” he said.In the session Going For Broke chaired by Headlines Today Executive Editor Rahul Kanwal, Ganguly said his coaching will revolve around five central rules: friendly relations with media, no use of media to sideline a player, being honest with players, work with the players, gaining their confidence and staying at the backstage. On being asked what keeps him going, the Bengal Tiger said that the love for the game inspired him to make several comebacks. “After I was dropped from the team in 2006, even my father thought I would not get any chance. But I had faith in myself. I still get high when I score runs,” he said. He admitted cricket was not his first choice. Like most Bengali teenagers, his first love was football. But injuries forced him to give up football and he turned to the game he would rule when he was in Class IX. “My elder brother played cricket, so I started going out with him to play. That’s how it began,” said Ganguly. He also said that his cricketing journey, filled with so many ups and downs, has moulded his character. It has taught him that winning was not always everything. “Of course people expect you to win every time, and you can’t move ahead if you don’t deliver, but the most important part is the amount of struggle you go through to achieve your goal.” he said, “There are more bad days in sports than good ones. But people remember the good days only.” He said that failures have made him a better person. On being asked how it felt to sit out of the team, Ganguly said that it was like a punch to his face. “When I was out of the team, the newspapers made me feel like everything I had done for Team India was wrong. Then I got picked up after six months and suddenly people said there was none better than me. That’s when I realised winning is not everything,” he said adding that “it’s not important how many times you fall, but how you get up every time”. He advised youngsters not to worry much about winning as that adds pressure.  “If you are honest to you profession, some day you will surely win.” The southpaw also praised the efforts of boxer Mary Kom who despite several hardships and obstacles has brought glory to the country by becoming World Woman Boxing Champion five times in a row. The most successful Indian captain ever, Ganguly attributed his success to his teammates. “A team-mate is as good as his team. I had so many talented players in the team and they delivered. We must remember cricket is a team game.” Among all the captains he played under he singles out Tendulkar as the best. “Everyone, including my father, points to Tendulkar’s captaincy record when I say this, but I really blossomed as a cricketer under Sachin,” he said. Ganguly, who opened in ODIs with Tendulkar, said that he considered the 60-plus partnerships with the master blaster as the most memorable in his career. “After we lost to Australia in the World Cup 2003, there was a huge public reaction against our dismal performance. Our next match was against Zimbabwe and I was very tense. Tendulkar came up to me and said that it was the most crucial game of his life and we must win it. It was a small partnership, but it changed our course in the World Cup and we reached the final,” he said. On being asked if he could do something differently in the 2003 World Cup final, he said, “I wish we could bowl better. Every time I asked Zaheer to bowl a particular delivery, he did the opposite.” He also admitted that his tactic of keeping former Australian captain Steve Waugh waiting for him during the toss was a deliberate one. “It was my way of being at the same level as they were.” He also recounted his encounter with Steve Waugh the very next year at Brisbane where Waugh had asked him, “Could you be on time for the toss this time?” “Only if you stop writing,” replied Ganguly. Clearly in a mood to interact with the youngsters present at the summit, Ganguly was at his wittiest best. “Was hitting sixes against leg spinners your success mantra,” asked one delegate to which Ganguly replied, “It was my way of venting out my frustration after facing the fire from the Pollocks and Bret Lees.” On being asked how he had felt after taking off his shirt at the Lord balcony after India had won the NatWest series against England, he said, “I felt cold as it was very cold in London.” He also said that he might take off his shirt again if Kolkata Knight Riders win the IPL. Ganguly believes that Indian cricketers are not involved in match-fixing. He however refused to agree that it’s not about Pakistani players only. “The bookies know who to approach. They observe the players, their behaviours and how they speak to the press or on TV.” On being asked how he dealt with the match fixing crisis after he took over the reigns of Team India in 2000, he said, “Almost all the players were new. So we made a fresh beginning. We did not talk about it. I did not have to deal with it much.” Ganguly also sees no wrong in politicians managing sports. “If their intentions are right, anyone can manage sports. But it’s better if administration is managed by politicians and the sports aspect by players,” he said. The former India captain believes that the Commonwealth Games in India will pass off successfully. “India has the huge ability of surviving disasters. It’s not okay to blame one person for what is happening. If it fails, all are to be blamed.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more