Congress promises loan waiver in Haryana

first_imgThe Congress will announce a loan waiver for the poor and farmers in the State if voted to power, Haryana party unit chief Kumari Selja has said.In an interview, she said the Congress would not announce its chief ministerial candidate ahead of the election, and the party high command would decide after the polls. The State Congress chief said the loan waiver promise would be part of the manifesto for the October 21 Haryana Assembly election. The manifesto committee has submitted its report and final touches were being given to it, she said.“When our government comes to power, we will waive loans of the poor, especially people who take small loans. We are also going to write off the loans of farmers who are being pushed to a corner and are suffering under the BJP government,” she said. The Haryana Congress chief said the loan waiver would be implemented within days of assuming power as has been done in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. “We will carry out our promises within days and weeks of coming to power. We will give timelines. We will see to it that people see the difference between us and others who only make tall claims and believe in mere publicity and headline management,” she said. Ms. Selja, who took the reins of the Haryana Congress from Ashok Tanwar, said the Congress believed in fulfilling its poll promises “unlike the BJP”, which only used these to “mislead” the voters. “The dilution of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is another tool the BJP is using to fool people,” she said. Asked to comment on Tanwar’s resignation and his allegations on the Congress being the anti-thesis of democracy, Ms. Selja said, “The Congress has seen such rebellions in the past and has always come out stronger due to its inherent strengths. The Congress has the resilience to take on these things.” She refrained from making comments on her predecessor, and said the party had appealed to everyone to work together. “Ashok Tanwar was named a star campaigner for Haryana. Now, he has chosen to resign. That is his decision. But we must all remember one thing. Organisations are bigger than people,” Ms. Selja said.last_img read more

Assam man gets 7-year jail for killing hog deer

first_imgA man in Assam has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for killing a hog deer (Axis pornicus), an endangered species of mammal listed in Schedule III of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.On October 3, the court of additional sessions judge A. Hakim in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia handed one Ashik Barua of Uparlaopani village the seven-year sentence along with a fine of ₹50,000. The judge also prescribed an additional year of imprisonment “in default” of the fine.The case was based on an FIR lodged by security guard Mridul Sonowal on March 18, 2018, at Saikhowa police station in Tinsukia district. Mr. Sonowal, patrolling the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, said he and his colleague had that day caught a man carrying a dead hog deer on a two-wheeler. On interrogation, the man disclosed the hunter’s name as Ashik Barua, who was arrested and sent to jail.A veterinarian who examined the hog deer said it was female weighing 45 kg and had a lacerated wound on the forehead caused by a blunt object. The deer also had a fractured rib and cut mark on the neck and right foreleg and bled excessively through the nose.The evidence in the case was recorded five times by the additional sessions court between September 20, 2018, and July 25 this year.Delivering the sentence, the judge said that the period of detention already served by the accused shall be set off against the seven-year sentence under a relevant section of the Code of Criminal Procedure.Wildlife specialists welcomed the “unprecedented” sentence. “This is a major judgement in terms of killing a so-called non-charismatic animal,” said Rathin Barman who heads the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at Kaziranga.last_img read more

Nine Maharashtra ministers bite the dust

first_imgThe seemingly unstoppable Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance received a reality check on Thursday.At least nine ministers — two Cabinet ministers and seven Ministers of State — out of a total of 37 ministers, faced defeat in the Assembly elections. The most spectacular defeat was that of Minister for Rural Development and Women and Child Welfare, Pankaja Munde, who lost to her estranged cousin, the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Dhananjay Munde, by more than 30,000 votes.Ms. Munde, riding on the legacy of her late father, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde, lost in Parli, which witnessed an acrimonious pre-election campaign.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s election rallies in support of Ms. Munde in Parli came a cropper. Similarly, Ms. Munde’s ‘politics of tears’ following a bitter slanging match with her cousin over his allegedly ‘obscene remarks’ towards the end of the campaign failed to generate much public sympathy.The other major upset was in Karjat-Jamkhed, a BJP stronghold since 1995, where Ram Shinde, Guardian Minister of Ahmednagar as well as Water Conservation Minister, was upstaged by the NCP’s youthful Rohit Pawar. Mr. Shinde lost by more than 43,000 votes.Despite Mr. Shinde having the advantage of the BJP machinery, Mr. Pawar’s strong presence in times of crisis, notably the drought this summer and the water scarcity in this constituency, carried the day for the NCP.The ruling party paid a heavy price for not heeding the threat of rebellion within the party ranks. In Maval, the BJP suffered a massive defeat after the NCP’s Sunil Shelke beat two-time MLA and Minister of State for Labour, Environment, Relief and Rehabilitation, Sanjay ‘Bala’ Bhegade, by 95,000 votes.Mr. Shelke, a long-time BJP member, joined the NCP just ahead of the polls after the BJP denied him a ticket.In Purandar (part of the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency) in Pune district, three-time Shiv Sena MLA Vijay Shivtare, the Minister of State for Water Resources, was trounced by the Congress’ Sanjay Jagtap. Mr. Shivtare, who has been vocal in his criticism of the Pawar family, earned the wrath of Baramati MLA Ajit Pawar.In Jalna, the Sena’s Arjun Khotkar, Minister of State for Textile, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, suffered an upset at the hands of the Congress’ Kailas Gorantyal by nearly 20,000 votes. Mr. Khotkar, a four-time MLA from Jalna, had supported his adversary, the BJP’s Raosaheb Danve, in the Lok Sabha election. However, Mr. Khotkar’s defeat has cast aspersions on the fragile nature of the BJP-Sena ‘alliance’ in the district.In the Morshi Assembly seat in Amravati, Agriculture Minister, Anil Bonde (BJP), lost to the Swabhimani Paksha’s Devendra Bhuyar. Mr. Bhuyar, a grassroots activist handpicked by Swabhimani Paksha chief Raju Shetti, was dragged out of his car (which was torched) and beaten by unidentified criminals on polling day on October 21.Jaydutt Kshirsagar (Sena), Minister for Employment Guarantee and Horticulture, was trounced by his own nephew, the NCP’s Sandeep Kshirsagar, from Beed. The senior Mr. Kshirsagar had switched allegiances from the NCP to join the Sena in May after resigning as an MLA. He was promptly inducted into the Cabinet by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in June.In the Aheri Assembly seat in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli district, the NCP’s Bhagwantrao Aatram defeated BJP’s Ambrish Atram, the Guardian Minister as well as Minister of State for Tribal Development, by nearly 15,000 votes. BJP’s Madan Yerawar, Minister of State for Energry, Tourism, Food and Drugs Administration, lost to the Congress’ Anil ‘Balasaheb’ Mangulkar by a margin of 8,000 votes in Yavatmal.last_img read more

Kashmiri students attacked at varsity

first_imgA group of students allegedly thrashed four fellow students from Jammu and Kashmir at a private university at Gangrar in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan late on Friday, sparking off tension on the campus. One of the injured students, Tahir Majeed, was admitted to Sanwaliyaji Government Hospital in Chittorgarh.The clash occurred at Mewar University, when the two groups had an altercation over gate passes. The Kashmiri students alleged that the students from Bihar insulted them and attacked with knives and iron rods.Bilal Ahmad, Mohammed Ali and Ishfaq Ahmad Qureshi sustained minor injuries. The university’s dean and proctor rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.The police have registered a First Information Report under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. Four accused were placed under preventive detention under Section 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code.Nasir Khuehami, spokesperson of the J&K Students’ Association, demanded immediate steps for the security of Kashmiri students at the university and medical care of the injured. “Such incidents will increase the sense of insecurity and anxiety among Kashmiri students and their parents and relatives,” he said.The university’s admission coordinator, Amit Kumar, told The Hindu that “nothing serious” had happened, and the issue was sorted out. Over 30 students from Jammu and Kashmir are enrolled at the university, and they had come under attack several times in the past. In 2017, some locals attacked Kashmiri students when they went to town to buy fruits and groceries. Four students were beaten up in 2016 over rumours of their cooking beef.last_img read more

Malaysia bans travel to North Korea, football match postponed

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City St. Benilde, San Beda sweep their way to NCAA table tennis titles Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In this March 9, 2017, file photo, the North Korean flag is seen behind razor wire on top of a wall at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia has banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs. The foreign ministry announced the ban in a statement Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, and said it would last until further notice. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia on Thursday banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs.The travel ban prompted the region’s football governing body to postpone for the third time an Asian Cup qualifier match between Malaysia and North Korea scheduled for Oct. 5 in Pyongyang. The match has already been delayed twice due to security issues.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Asian Football Confederation said in a statement it will have to decide on the future status of the match.Malaysia’s foreign ministry cited North Korea’s missile tests and related developments as the reasons for the travel ban and said it would last until further notice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNorth Korea has been targeted in recent months by stricter sanctions and increasing diplomatic pressure, with Kuwait and Mexico expelling its envoys in recent weeks. Since July, North Korea has launched its first intercontinental ballistic missiles, has flown midrange missiles over Japan into the Pacific and has detonated its sixth nuclear test.Malaysia is one of its few remaining diplomatic partners in the world, even though tensions escalated after the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February. Both countries imposed travel bans on the other’s citizens that were lifted after a deal was reached in March. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Two women from Vietnam and Indonesia have been charged in the murder, widely believed to have been orchestrated by North Korea. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Golfer Tiger Woods sorry for arrest, says no alcohol involved

first_imgA police mugshot of Woods looking bleary-eyed and unshaven rapidly went viral, underscoring the protracted fall from grace which has befallen the superstar athlete once renowned as a clean-living, corporate pitchman. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Woods, 41, was arrested by police near his home in Jupiter, Florida, around 3:00 am (0700 GMT) before his release later Monday after being charged with driving under the influence.READ: Tiger Woods arrested on suspicion of drunk drivingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nadal, Djokovic cruise in French Open as Muguruza downs ex-champ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Injuries haven’t been the only disruptions to his on-course career.In November of 2009 a car accident outside his Florida home led to revelations of a series of infidelities that wrecked his marriage. He later went to rehabilitation after the accident, reportedly for sex addiction.Amid the lurid tabloid headlines, Woods took a break from professional golf that lasted until the 2010 Masters.Woods chances of overhauling Nicklaus’s tally of 18 majors look remote. He has not featured in a major since the 2015 PGA Championship, when he missed the cut. He also missed the cut in that year’s British and US Opens. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentscenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Woods hasn’t played competitive golf since pulling out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February after one round because of back pain.He had spinal fusion surgery on April 20 — his fourth surgery in three years to treat his troublesome back which has limited him to three tournament starts worldwide in the past two years.Personal life tormentWoods wrote on his website last week that since his latest procedure he was feeling better than he had in years and remained committed to returning to competitive golf.“My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse,” Woods wrote.“I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry. But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.”Woods made his comeback in December after missing all of the 2015-16 season.But his return quickly ran aground as he withdrew from the PGA Tour event in Los Angeles in February, the Honda Classic and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.He even cancelled a planned press conference at the Los Angeles tournament saying doctors had advised him to “limit all activities”.He pulled out of the Masters in early April, missing the first major of the year on the 20th anniversary of his epic 1997 victory at Augusta National that marked his first major title and signalled a new era in the game.Woods, once widely expected to surpass Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major championships, hasn’t won a grand slam title since the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines. MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Tiger Woods apologized on Monday, May 30, 2017, after he was arrested for driving under the influence. He denied alcohol was involved saying he was taking medication. The Palm Beach County (Florida) police released the mugshot of Woods. PALM BEACH POLICE COUNTY PHOTOMIAMI, United States — Golf superstar Tiger Woods was charged with driving under the influence by police in Florida on Monday, dealing a fresh blow to the former world number one as he struggles to resurrect his career.The 14-time major champion blamed his arrest on a reaction to a mixture of prescription medication he has been taking, insisting in an apology to fans that alcohol was not involved in the incident.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in a statement quoted by US media outlets, which stressed that “alcohol was not involved.”“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly,” Woods said.“I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too.”The TMZ.com entertainment news website had earlier cited law enforcement sources as saying that Woods was stopped after being spotted “driving erratically, all over the road.” The website said the golfer refused to blow into a breathalyzer.The arrest is the latest gloomy episode to hit Woods, who once towered over his sport before being engulfed by turmoil in his private life and a series of debilitating injuries.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Despite roaring return, Laminou admits he’s not in top shape yet

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We have trust in the coach and we hope that we can make it into the Final Four. We want to make it good this year,” he said. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShowing no signs of rust, Hamadou Laminou took the spotlight on Friday as he helped Emilio Aguinaldo College nab the 74-64 win over St. Benilde to kickstart its NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball campaign.The Cameroonian big man looked like he didn’t miss a beat as he roared in his season debut, posting 21 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and tallying seven blocks in the dominating victory.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Though there are no doubts on Laminou’s capabilities, it’s still a surprising performance considering that two weeks ago, his status for the opening week was still up in the air because of the MCL injury on his left knee.READ: EAC takes command with rout of St. BenildeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLaminou himself admitted that he’s still far from tip-top shape, but he’s doing his best to keep up with his fellow Generals.“I feel like I’m at 60-percent,” he said. “Actually, I just came back from my injury last Monday. I didn’t practice for almost two months. I’m trying my best to be in condition.” View comments At 37, Venus Williams looking for a 6th Wimbledon title MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Fortunately for Laminou, he has his fellow veterans Sidney Onwubere and Francis Munsayac by his side as he reintroduces himself to the flow of coach Ariel Sison’s system.“I get all my confidence with my teammates Sidney and Francis. Last year, we tried to help each other and we look at it the same way so we can make it good this year,” he said.Sison acknowledged that Laminou’s return is a huge boost for EAC, noting that had his foreign player didn’t go down with an injury, the team could have made it far in the preseason tourneys.“If Laminou played, we might have had a better showing in Filoil,” he said.But Laminou, with enough trust on Sison’s system and the camaraderie he has with his fellow Generals, has his full confidence that the squad can fulfill their preseason goal and make it to the Final Four for the first time in school history.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

NCAA postpones Tuesday’s games

first_imgLyceum head coach Topex Robinson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe NCAA has postponed its Tuesday’s games due to heavy rains brought about by tropical storm “Isang.”Juniors and seniors games between St. Benilde and Arellano; Perpetual and Emilio Aguinaldo; and league-leader Lyceum and Mapua were once again affected by the bad weather.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo These were the same set of games that were postponed last July 28 due to tropical storm “Gorio.”The Pirates would have had a chance to complete a first-round sweep Tuesday against the Cardinals.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 openingNo new schedule of the games has been announced.center_img Triathletes Huelgas, Mangrobang snare gold; Chicano, Adorna take silver 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Benilde runs Perpetual aground for third win

first_imgMOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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. Saunders and Monroe want Golovkin-Alvarez shot LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde registered its third win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament after taking apart Perpetual Help, 83-55, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blazers improved to 3-9 while the Altas slipped to 4-7.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Prince Eze had six points and 16 rebounds to lead the Altas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games This is Benilde’s second win over Perpetual after the Altas had their 69-65 opening game victory against the Blazers forfeited after wearing the wrong uniform.Blazers head coach TY Tang used their earlier game against the Altas as a source of motivation and to prove that they can beat Perpetual without the help of some technicality.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 opening“We had that as a motivation on our part that we just want to prove a point,” said Tang. “This time we wanted to win convincingly. We just played good basketball on both ends of the court and we were composed.” Edward Dixon led the Blazers with 21 points with four rebounds while Clement Leutcheu put up a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. View commentslast_img read more

Embattled swimmers hope to make a mark at CWG

first_imgIt is a discipline which has never fetched India any medal in the Commonwealth Games and the swimmers are not exactly expected to create a splash even this time around with a dope slur and concerns about the venue’s preparedness adding to their woes ahead of the event.Indian swimmers have never created much of a buzz at the Commonwealth level given the competition in the pool features powerhouses such as Australia, Canada and England among others.Australia has 557 medals at the Games and are expected to rule the pool even this time.Home advantage could have been factored in India’s favour but the swimmers have hardly got a feel of the still under-preparation Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Complex.Swimming Federation of India (SFI) Secretary General Virender Nanavati says there is nothing like home advantage for the locals.Another swimmer M B Balakrishnan suffered injuries after being assaulted by yet-to-be identified persons, and there are chances that he might also be ruled out of the October 3 to 14 event.Even coaching and training of the swimmers for the Games was not complete without controversy.Nanavati complained that despite the SFI providing a list of 12 coaches to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and also finalising the name of Australian Alan Thompson as chief coach, SAI failed to strike a deal. This had not just left the federation red-faced but also hampered India’s preparations for the Games.But internal matters are not the only obstacles standing in India’s way of winning medals, there are bigger challenges awaiting the national swimmers during the competition itself.advertisementThe dominant Australians, the ever-improving England and even the South Africans are set to rule the podium.Although three-time Olympic champion Stephanie Rice’s pullout due to a shoulder injury and Ryan Napoleon’s doping ban had weakened the Aussie squad a bit, but it still has the potential to give its opponents a run for their money.Australia’s triple Olympic champion Leisel Jones and former world champion Geoff Huegill would lead a 52-strong swimming contingent.Swimming accounts for 127 medals and despite having some improving bunch of swimmers led by Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal, it would be difficult for India to get on the medal sheet but Nanavati wants to stay positive.Nanavati has pinned his hopes on Sejwal, Aaron D’Souza, Rehan Poncha and Khade to bring laurels for the country.”On the basis of their past performances and the way they are training at the moment and making efforts against all odds, I am confident they will shine at the upcoming Games,” insisted Nanavati.last_img read more

Ask the weight-loss coach

first_imgI believe daily exercise is a must for a healthy heart. What is the ideal fitness regimen to keep my heart strong? – Sameera AbhichandaniAn active lifestyle, regular exercise and a sensible diet are the three pillars of a healthy heart. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, at least 30 minutes (up to 60 minutes) of low-to-moderate cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise done on most days of the week will help you maintain and improve your heart health.Walking, weight training, jogging, cycling, swimming, aerobics, dancercise are also excellent. All exercises should be done at a moderate intensity. An increase in intensity will certainly burn more calories and make the body stronger but will also increase the risk of injuries. Intensity should be increased depending on your age and fitness level. When it comes to weight training, one has to be selective. Isometric exercises are to be avoided at all times and strength training should be done using low resistance (lighter weights) and more repetitions. Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates can be included in addition to the aerobic workout. Consult your physician before joining any exercise programme, though. Here are some suggestions to enjoy your workout and get it right:Take professional guidance for exercise and diet.Exercise for an hour on all days of the week.Exercise with friends and choose an activity you enjoy.Nisha Varma is a Reebok master Trainer based in delhi. Write to her at nisha.v@ preventionindia.comlast_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

Blog: Sania-Paes thrash St Lucia in CWG mixed doubles tie

first_img7.20 pm –  Sania and Paes beat the St Lucians 6-1, 6-0 in the first round of the mixed doubles event at the Commonwealth Games.7.15 pm – Sania and Paes coast towards win, up 4-1 in second set.  7.10 pm – Paes and Sania lead 3-1 in second set.7.05 pm – Indian pair leads 1-0 in second set.6.50 pm – Paes and Sania win first set 6-1, opponents are clueless.6.40 pm – Paes and Sania go up a break to lead 2-1 against Alberton Richelieu and Stacey Roehman, opponenets from St Lucia.6.35 pm – Attendance sparse. Probably because it being an opening day. Security is very tight again.6.30 pm – Sania and Leander on court. Huge welcome for mixed doubles pair at centre court, RK Khanna Stadium.last_img

Ponting fined for arguing with umpire

first_imgAustralian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee for arguments with the umpire during the Test against England in Melbourne on Monday. Ponting was charged with a Level 1 offence relating to “arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision”. He pleaded guilty to the charge.  Ponting had picked up an argument with umpire Aleem Darafter batsman Kevin Pietersen correctly survived a caught-behind referral. Replays showed no inside edge from Pietersen’s push, but Ponting remained convinced there had been a mistake. His mostly one-way conversation carried on for so long that the crowd started to boo. Pietersen, who was on 49, was then met by Ponting mid-pitch as the captain continued to vent ire.last_img read more

Tiger Pataudi- the born leader

first_imgM.A.K. Pataudi, who passed away on Thursday in Delhi, was a born leader – someone who defied the odds to emerge as one of India’s most successful captains.After 12 captains in a decade and half, there was a crying need for a stable, unbiased, charismatic captain in the 1960s. It is at this stage that Pataudi made his entry on the national scene. With the seniors unwilling to take on the responsibility, a 21-year-old Tiger, just three Tests old, suddenly found himself installed as the team’s skipper in March 1962.Though few knew it then, a new era in Indian cricket had begun – the Pataudi era.Even with his visual impairment, he showed the foresight of a champion.After becoming the youngest captain in the world, he made some bold moves that went on to define his leadership. In a first in world cricket at that time, it was Pataudi who had the guts to employ the spin quartet.Against conventional thinking, as had become customary with him, Pataudi regularly used three spinners against the opposition, realising India’s only chance lay in playing to their strengths.The Nawab of Indian cricket led India in 40 off the 46 Tests he played between 1961 & 71, leading India to nine famous victories to make him India’s most successful leader for a long time to come.Fittingly, it was under his captaincy that India clinched their first Test series win on foreign soil, when they defeated New Zealand 3-1 in 1967-68.Sixties was the decade when Indian cricket started becoming a force to reckon with. Be it the formation of the famous spin-quartet or the ushering in of a vast improvement in the fielding or the forging of a winning spirit in a disarrayed team, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was at the head of them all.advertisementHe was called Tiger not for nothing. It wasn’t just a name, it was an attitude.last_img read more

Gujarat was a major example of helplessness: Former President K.R. Narayanan

first_img“Naik has become khalnaik.” Suresh Pachouri, Congress leader, on Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, after the petrol pump allotment scamVOICES “A s a president, I often felt helpless when delegations told me their woes and I couldn’t do anything about it. Gujarat was a major example of helplessness.” K.R. Narayanan,,”Naik has become khalnaik.” Suresh Pachouri, Congress leader, on Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, after the petrol pump allotment scam VOICES “A s a president, I often felt helpless when delegations told me their woes and I couldn’t do anything about it. Gujarat was a major example of helplessness.” K.R. Narayanan, former President “Let us not have any assumption that an election is the key to the solution. That is over-optimistic.” Karan Singh, former Union minister, on the elections in Jammu and Kashmir “It was the duty of the Weightlifting Federation of India to fully inform lifters about the rules pertaining to doping tests.” Uma Bharati, Union sports minister, after two weightlifters failed the dope tests at the Commonwealth Games “They go to Dubai on chartered flights and entertain the dons. All these threats are because of this.” M.N. Singh, Mumbai Police chief, on a section of the film industrylast_img read more

‘Arjuna Award has been reduced to a farce thanks to political lobbying and corruption’

first_imgPlaying a dirty game”With the mud slinging and public washing of dirty linen by sportspersons and politicians, the Arjuna Awards ought to be renamed the ‘Duryodhan Awards’.”-Jinu Mathew, on e-mailThe Broken RunYour cover story has exposed the darker and gloomier side of the state of Indian sports (“Prize and Prejudice”,,Playing a dirty game”With the mud slinging and public washing of dirty linen by sportspersons and politicians, the Arjuna Awards ought to be renamed the ‘Duryodhan Awards’.”-Jinu Mathew, on e-mailThe Broken RunYour cover story has exposed the darker and gloomier side of the state of Indian sports (“Prize and Prejudice”, September 3). The Arjuna Award, once the pride and dream of Indian sportspersons, has now been reduced to a farce thanks to political lobbying and corruption. What is equally disheartening is the plight of past Arjuna winners who are forced to sell their trophies for survival.-Rohit Bhandiye, PanajiIt is a shame that in our country recognition doesn’t come on its own for the deserving – it depends on one’s ability to pull the right strings.-K. Balaramakrishnan, ChennaiMilkha Singh’s decision to decline the Arjuna Award is not justified. It is, after all, a national honour. But I’d also like to add that the complaints aired by him and a few others cannot be ignored. If the country’s best prize for sportspersons is awarded to people unworthy of it, upcoming sportspersons cannot be motivated to perform well in the international arena. I suggest that a rule be made that any person whose name is being considered for the award should have at least one international medal to his name. Secondly, the number of Arjuna Awards given per year should be reduced. Only then can its value be restored.-Lokesh Thakur, ShimlaArjuna was a warrior and even the Arjuna Award emblem depicts him taking aim with his bow and arrow. I, therefore, find it disgraceful that this award is not associated with soldiers but with sportspersons.-Lt-Col (Retd) R. Nandkeolyar, LucknowadvertisementSleeping with the EnemyThe custom of sharing brides among the Gurjjars in Rajasthan is nothing but prostitution in the garb of marriage (“Family Bride, September 3). I am convinced that the women hardly have any choice in this matter though your report seems to suggest that they are quite happy as they are freed from doing household chores. It is preposterous and utterly shameful.-Jayati Mandal, on e-mailThe story of the gurjjars’ dearth of females calls for an introspection into our demographic guidelines and the rules by which we dilineate our population parameters. It brings to mind the vulnerability of another ethnic group which is on the brink of extinction – the Great Andamanese.-J. Mathew, on e-mailThe story offers a lesson to all those who believe in a patriarchal society: indulge in female infanticide and foeticide and pay the price.-Aruna Saxena, PuneNot GuiltyI find it distressing that you are trying to denounce the means adopted by Tehelka (“The Truth Uncovered”, September 3). Your report smacks of double standards because the means to unearth misdoings at the top echelons cannot always be above board but that does not mean we try to stop the pursuit of truth. Besides, such unconventional means are adopted by many media houses for exposes. Moreover, it diverts attention from the main issue: corruption in high places. Why is there an urgency to launch criminal proceedings against the Tehelka team when there’s a greater urgency to book the bribe-takers?-Dr R.N. Trivedi, KanpurIn a Different ContextYour article on George Fernandes and his reinduction into the government is regrettable (“Doghouse Woes”, September 10). In describing his exclusion from the Government Fernandes has been quoted as saying that “it is a grave injustice to me” when his actual statement was that a question pertaining to his inclusion in the Cabinet was an injustice. Besides, the NDA has made no complaint about the slow progress of the Justice Venkatswami Commission. It is unfair to say that the SP is “griping” about delays in proceedings of the Commission.-Dr Shambhu Shrivastwa, General Secretary, Samata PartyStatus QuoYour story on the “commendable work” being done by the Gujarat Government came as a shock (“Turning a Calamity into an Opportunity”, September 3). It seems your reporter did not visit Gujarat, let alone Kutch, and even if he did, he probably spoke only to those in power and not the hapless victims of the quake. The victims are still running from pillar to post for succour and aid. The government has failed miserably in providing that most fundamental necessity: a shelter.-B.G. Varghese, AhmedabadThis was an advertisement feature and not an INDIA TODAY report. – EditorRank InefficiencyI am not surprised at the poor performance and bad results of the tourism minister (“Ministries of Inaction”, August 27). While foreigners find the food here to be cheap, entrance fees to monuments are very high. It is my third visit to India and I appreciate the kindness of the people but I must say that visiting India is quite a financial burden for a family man as far as monuments are concerned.-Nicolas Geiger, FranceYour analysis of the ministry of Tourism portrays a sad picture for a remarkable country. After spending a month here on holiday, I am still surprised by the government legislation that makes the tourist’s life unpleasant, difficult and expensive. The US$20 Taj Mahal entrance fee is outrageous but would not be so bad if one could guarantee that it would be spent on maintenance of the building or the surrounding area. Instead, I suspect that it will form part of a government official’s holiday fund to a foreign country which has realised that such blatant discrimination is detrimental to its tourism industry.-Alex Marshall, on e-mailadvertisementGoing by the grading system you have adopted for the ministers, the petroleum and natural gas minister should be the topper. After all, nobody outside the Government is interested in attributes like “understanding of issues” or “commitment to reforms”. It is the “achievements” that count.-B. Rita, on e-mailI was dismayed to see that Laloo Yadav is the most preferred chief minister of Bihar (“Missing a Leader”, August 20). What about the fodder scam, caste carnages, and non-existence of tourism and industrialisation? Srikrishna Sinha, the man responsible for putting modern Bihar on the map of India, has been forgotten. And it was only after 1961 that Bihar and Biharis became the butt of jokes.-Suresh Shankar, PatnaCaste and CharacterIn the editorial on violence in Kashmir, you mention that “part of the problem is India’s national character” (“Passive Resistance”, August 20). It is this “character” perhaps that made an English magazine state after a thorough exploration that except for two, no Hindu temples were attacked in Kashmir. Again, it must be this “character” that tries to rationalise every action of the terrorists and opine that anyone who reacts in provocation is the scum of the earth.-Ashok Chowgule, president, VHP, Maharashtra PradeshCurriculum of the BabusIn her column, Tavleen Singh tries to deflect the blame from our disastrous present Government (“Missing the Point”, September 3). She tries to pin the blame on the Congress by saying that in the 40 years that it ruled us we had an education system that was designed to turn India into a nation of clerks. Is she not aware that our country produces the highest number of competent engineers, as also a large number of other professionals? And what about herself? Was she educated abroad or does she think she hasn’t risen above the level of a clerk considering that she was a product of the same system she talks of so contemptuously?-C. Sunita Reddy, HyderabadI couldn’t agree more with Tavleen Singh. Both A.B. Vajpayee and Sonia Gandhi need to understand that what we teach is more important than how we teach it. The most important point of quality of education is sidelined by both the BJP and the Congress: where is our education system headed? As an instrument of change and development, the education system in India must be depoliticised and modernised.-Aashish Opal, ChandigarhadvertisementOptical DelusionPlease desist from publishing irrelevant comments of B.S. Bedi (“Captain Cowboy”, August 13). He seems to be suffering from a delusion of grandeur. Though a great spinner of the 1970s, he was recently spitting venom while discussing the lack of character of current Indian cricketers. Not only a foot, he put both his legs in his mouth. It is beyond any doubt that Sourav Ganguly has some “pet” cricketers. But what is the harm in backing competent cricketers? At least he is not promoting provincialism and aiding incompetent ones as done by his predecessors.-Mahasweta Mitra, Jayant, Madhya Pradeshlast_img read more

Rene Catalan makes case for ONE title shot

first_imgMOST READ Catalan, a decorated wushu world champion, thought he had done enough to finally earn a title shot having won five consecutive fights over the last two years, including a second-round stoppage of Chinese prospect Peng Xue Wen last January and a one-sided win over Stefer Rahardian five months ago.“I think my previous performances can vouch for my position as a contender for the belt. I scored five-straight victories against top-tier opponents, which qualifies me to be a title contender,” Catalan said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefDespite waiting for another time to get a crack at the crown, Catalan said he accepts ONE’s decision in choosing Saruta.“I respect their decision for choosing Yosuke Saruta. Of course, there is a reason behind it. I accept it wholeheartedly. It’s not my time yet,” he said. “I am patiently waiting. I know it will come.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino Rene Catalan felt he was worthy to be the replacement challenger to compatriot Joshua Pacio for the strawweight title in the main event of ONE: Eternal Glory on January 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia.Pacio was initially to defend his title in a rematch against Hayato Suzuki but the Japanese had to withdraw from the fight due to an injury and another Japanese in Yosuke Saruta was put in his place.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Catalan, who turned 40 this month, believes his time will eventually come.“My goal is to keep on winning until my time to compete for the title comes,” he stressed. “This kind of situation motivates me more. I expect big and favorable things to happen this 2019.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 30, Bucks beat Celtics LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Kemba Walker’s big finish gives Hornets win over Suns

first_imgCharlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) makes a pass around Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — Kemba Walker didn’t have much of an impact in Charlotte’s game Sunday night against the Phoenix Suns — until the final 4 ½ minutes.Then he was the Hornets’ everything.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES But four seconds later, Walker converted a three-point play and the Hornets were back on top for good.TIP INSHornets: Charlotte swept the season series with Phoenix 2-0 last season. … Walker ranks second to LeBron James in fourth-quarter scoring at 8.27 points per game. The Suns’ Booker is third (7.50). … Charlotte doesn’t play another home game until Jan. 17 (Sacramento). … The Hornets won for just the third time in nine games.Suns: Crawford joined Dell Curry as the only NBA players, since starting lineups were recorded, with 11,000 career points as reserves. … Booker’s back problem brought an end to 11 consecutive 20-point games for the Phoenix star guard, the second-longest such streak of his career. … Phoenix entered the game fourth in the NBA in steals at 8.98 per game.UP NEXTHornets: At Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.Suns: Host Sacramento on Tuesday Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tony Parker added 20 points, and Willy Hernangomez and Marvin Williams 16 for the Hornets.T.J. Warren had 23 points, Josh Jackson a season-high 22 and Deandre Ayton 19 for Phoenix. Jamal Crawford scored 16. The Suns’ Devin Booker left the game with back spasms in the second quarter and did not return.Phoenix fell to 0-6 with one game left on a seven-game homestand. The Suns had won five of seven when the homestand began.The Hornets were on the second stop in a season-high, six-game road trip that began with a loss at Denver on Saturday night.Walker was 5 of 8 from the field and 7 of 8 on free throws in his late surge, which ended with a basket at the final buzzer from just beyond midcourt. Initially it was waived off but allowed after a video review.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img “I always said Kemba is one of the most underrated players in the league, even with making a couple of All-Stars,” Crawford said. “He’s just a handful and a guy like that, once he gets it going, he’s pretty much unstoppable.”Charlotte outscored Phoenix 11-4 over the last 1:17, with Walker scoring all of them, after Crawford’s 20-footer put Phoenix up 109-108 with 1:21 to play.Neither team led by more than eight points in the tight contest.“Losing Devin Booker in the first half kind of changed the game plan,” Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said. “He’s a big piece, he’s a big part of our team. We had to adjust on the fly and kept the game close.”Kokoskov said he didn’t know about Booker’s availability for Tuesday’s game against Sacramento.There were 13 ties and eight lead changes in the first half, with neither team up by more than six points, and the Suns were ahead 60-57 at the break.Ayton had 15 points and seven rebounds in the first half.Charlotte took an 85-81 into the fourth quarter before the Suns tied it 85-85 on De’Anthony Melton’s 3-pointer from the corner with 11:02 to play.Parker started the subsequent 8-0 run with a layup and ended it with a 16-footer that put Charlotte up 93-85 with 8:55 to play.The Suns came back and repeatedly cut the lead to one before Crawford’s basket finally gave them the lead. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Bigger roles ahead for Brian Heruela, David Semerad at TNT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Walker scored 18 of his 29 points in that late surge — punctuated by a halfcourt heave at the buzzer — and Charlotte pulled away to hand the Suns their sixth straight loss, 119-113.“This isn’t anything new,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “He’s done this most of his career. He’s a fourth-quarter player. He shines brightest in those moments.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWalker scored his team’s final 14 points.“In these kind of situations my teammates look to me to make big plays and that is what I try to do,” he said. “I try to make the right plays. Tonight was me getting to the basket and finishing. My guys, coaches, they count on me big time in situations like this.” View commentslast_img read more

World Cup 2014 match preview: Spain play against Chile for World Cup survival

first_imgThe magnitude of Spain’s opening 5-1 loss to Netherlands comes into sharper focus on Wednesday when the defending champions must fend off World Cup elimination against Chile, less than a week into the tournament.Spain and 2010 runner-up Netherlands were expected to advance from Group B, but plenty of pundits – including Brazilian great Pele – tipped Chile as a genuine contender to progress at the expense of one of the European powers.The Chileans opened with a 3-1 win over Australia, and a second straight victory by the South Americans almost would certainly knock Spain out of the competition.The Dutch play Australia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, in the first of Wednesday’s three matches. That is followed by Spain vs Chile and the Group A match between Croatia and Cameroon.The Change in SpainSpain coach Vicente del Bosque stuck with the core group of players who have helped deliver two European championships and a World Cup in a tremendous streak starting in 2008. But after the humiliating loss to the Netherlands, he has forecast changes. Spain needs at least a draw against Chile to remain in contention.There’s speculation that Cesc Fabregas could replace Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez could come in for David Silva. Captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ spot is also under close scrutiny.”In life, there are solutions for everything,” Del Bosque said. “It’s still in our hands.”Chile hasn’t beaten Spain in 10 games.”A draw is not bad, but this group of players does not come with the idea to draw a game,” midfielder Marcelo Diaz said. “We came out with the idea of winning.”advertisementBig games by Arturo Vidal and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez are crucial to Chile’s chances. Vidal, the creative midfielder from Juventus, is recovering after knee surgery and played for an hour against Australia.last_img read more