Reyes, Valdez say team needs chemistry

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Finals stint an achievement for Bali Pure, says Gorayeb Valdez added: “It’s a nice way of training because right now we are working on team plays. But there’s a need to jell with one another.”Valdez missed the team’s participation in the Asian Clubs in Kazakhstan, but the 23-year-old star said she looks forward to more training abroad with the team before flying to the SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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 What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken On the first day of practice after the final roster was announced, the Nationals worked on their drills and combination plays that Reyes said “would really require knowing each other well.”Also present in the morning practice at Arellano University were Ces Molina, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Gen Casugod, Kim Fajardo, Denden Lazaro, Aby Maraño, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Pontillas and pool member Ria Meneses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJaja Santiago missed the training because she was practicing with National University, while Rachel Anne Daquis was absent for personal reasons.“It’s still a long process because we rarely get a complete team. But we really try to train despite the busy schedule with our clubs,” said Reyes. “We need to see each other. There can’t be a no-practice week.” Philippine volleyball team captain Mika Reyes and college rival Alyssa Valdez agreed on the need to work on their chemistry.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Gasol to opt out of deal but re-sign with Spurs — report

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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 Pau Gasol reportedly plans to re-sign with San Antonio Spurs for next season. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Spanish center Pau Gasol will decline a $16.2 million NBA contract option for next season but plans to re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday.The 36-year-old 7-footer (2.13m), who won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, would become a free agent but hopes the move would help him obtain a longer-term contract.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ What ‘missteps’? View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Teng takes over as Philippines wins 3×3 World Cup closer 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Gasol taking a lower salary would enable the Spurs to spend more money to offer other free agents deals for next season, adding talent to a lineup that produced the second-best record in the NBA last season but was swept out of the Western Conference finals by eventual champion Golden State.Gasol, a six-time NBA All-Star taken with the third overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, averaged a career-low 12.4 points with 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots over 64 games in his first campaign with the Spurs last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis career averages over 16 seasons are 17.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 1,119 games with the Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.Former All-Star forward David, 34, is expected to opt out of a deal that would bring him $1.6 million next season in a similar move. Lee averaged 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds over 79 games for the Spurs last season. CBBlast_img read more

Pacquiao: There will be a rematch

first_imgRobredo: 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 Owing to the tremendous success of “Battle in Brisbane,” which reportedly enriched the city coffers by $25 million aside from gaining worldwide attention, Brisbane officials have endorsed Pacquiao-Horn II.Informed of the development, Pacquiao said he won’t mind returning to Suncorp Stadium to seek revenge on Horn.“Even in Brisbane, no problem,” said Pacquiao, who’s out for revenge. “There will be talks.”One of the chief concerns is when will the bout be staged.The original timetable is for Pacquiao to fight in November, but it still hinges on Pacquiao’s work as a senator and how swift negotiations between the Pacquiao camp and Horn’s handlers will be done.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tiger Woods says he has completed intensive program Side issues include the fighters’ purses and the event’s coverage.In the first fight, Pacquiao reportedly got $10 M and Horn $500,000. ESPN aired “Battle of Brisbane” on free television and posted viewership record.Back at home with his children, Pacquiao said he would rest for a while the Senate is on break. “I’ll relax first.”But once the rematch deal is signed, Pacquiao will get to work and put his aging body in the best shape possible.With his legacy secured, 11-time world champion in an unprecedented eight divisions, Pacquiao said it would be easy for him to walk away.Closing his career, with a loss however, is unacceptable for Pacquiao. If he retires, it should be on a winning note.RELATED VIDEOHorn’s coach on possible Pacquiao rematch: Bring it on2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines waves at his supporters after he lost against Jeff Horn of Australia, not shown, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sun. 2 July, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)GEN. SANTOS City–Rematch over retirement.Manny Pacquiao guaranteed a return bout with Jeff Horn Monday night, shelving calls to end a sterling ring career outright.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “There’s a rematch,” Pacquiao said after having late dinner at his mansion here.Beaten by Horn in their showdown for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown Sunday in Brisbane,Pacquiao wants to exact revenge on the Australian, who roughed him up to earn a disputable unanimousdecision.FEATURED 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 starsHorn said during the post-fight conference Sunday that he is willing to give Pacquiao a chance to regain the 147-pound crown anywhere, including the Philippines.On Monday, however, when Horn was being feted in his hometown, he announced that if ever there will be a rematch, it should be held again n Brisbane. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection View commentslast_img read more

Wizards announce contract extension for John Wall

first_imgBoston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas (left) defends against Washington Wizards’ John Wall (2) during the first quarter of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Sunday, April, 30, 2017, in Boston. (Photo by MICHAEL DWYER / AP)WASHINGTON — John Wall signed his $170 million, four-year contract extension that owner Ted Leonsis said provides the Washington Wizards with long-term stability.Team President Ernie Grunfeld announced the completion of the deal Wednesday. Wall said in a video posted on Twitter that he had agreed to the extension that begins in 2019-20 and includes a player option for 2023-24.ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic hopes to imitate take-a-break Federer FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wall, a four-time Eastern Conference All-Star, is the third player this summer to get a designated player “supermax” extension, joining Houston’s James Harden and Golden State’s Stephen Curry.“John is an exceptional talent and a cornerstone for our team,” Leonsis said. “It’s John’s unique blend of skill and leadership that makes us a championship-caliber team.”FEATURED 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 starsThe Wizards now have their big three locked up. Earlier this offseason they matched a $106.5 million, four-year offer sheet forward Otto Porter Jr. signed with the Brooklyn Nets and last summer signed guard Bradley Beal to a $128 million, five-year contract that goes through 2020-21.Porter was temporarily Washington’s highest-paid player, but that honor now belongs to Wall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft out of Kentucky who set career highs with 23.1 points, 10.7 assists and 2.0 steals last season. Wall has averaged 18.8 points over seven NBA seasons. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Returning to the only team I’ve known in my professional career was an easy decision for me,” Wall said. “I understand my role as the leader of this franchise and I will continue to work hard to improve my game and make our team better. … I’m excited to bring them and this city continued success and a team they can be proud of.”The Wizards have made the playoffs three of the last four years. Wall averaged 27.2 points a game as Washington got to Game 7 of the second round this spring before losing to Boston.“He has constantly worked to improve and expand his game and has developed into an all-NBA player who has elevated our franchise,” Grunfeld said. “We are thrilled that he will continue to lead us through the prime years of his career and look forward to watching as he solidifies his place among the greatest players in our team’s history.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Ishige proves she’s more than a pretty face as she makes a name in MMA

first_imgHer picturesque appearance doesn’t help her cause either, but with two stoppages under her belt Ishige knows she can break the stereotypical appearance of a fighter.“I always say martial art is my passion and when someone loves to do something, they give every thing to do it,” said Ishige. “Martial arts is my passion, I really give it all.”“It isn’t just me, there’s Angela Lee and Ann Osman they showed the world that girls can’t just do ballet or tennis, we can fight, and our abilities are the same as men’s.”ADVERTISEMENT Gonzales happy with Batangas’ q’finals feat despite exit MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rika Ishige. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMACAU—Rika Ishige walked to the ONE Championship panel at The Venetian Thursday decked in a black Chinese sundress with a white feather boa draped around her neck—a stunning figure in the middle of a crowded hall.Her voice sounded of childish excitement, a stark contrast from what she’s about to do on Saturday at Cotai Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ishige is on her third fight in ONE Championship, this time against Filipina debutante Jomary Torres in the Kings & Conquerors card.An event of such magnitude, especially in Asia, is set to catapult Ishige into greater heights—from an anonymous pretty face from Thailand to being the country’s “face” in female MMA.FEATURED 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 stars“It’s an honor because last year nobody knew me,” said Ishige as she giggled from her realization. “But this year everybody knows me, I want to make not only the Thai women proud, I want to make Thailand proud and inspire everyone.”Standing a hair above five feet and weighing 48 kilograms, Ishige doesn’t look like someone who fights for a living. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Umpire Davis was drunk on eve of Durban Test: SA players

first_imgSouth African cricketers have alleged that they spotted umpire Steve Davis drunk on the eve of India’s series-levelling Durban Test and are now mulling lodging a complaint against the Australian who made two howlers during the second Test.The Proteas reportedly saw the 58-year-old umpire “in a drunken condition” at the Umhlanga hotel where both teams and match officials had stayed during the Durban Test.Sources in the Proteas camp, on condition of anonymity, told the Afrikaans daily Beeld that Davis was regularly seen in a particular bar over the past week. They said he was also seen stumbling into the Sandton hotel in the early hours of the morning during the first Test in Centurion last week.Proteas team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, referred the daily’s query to Vincent van der Bijl, head of the ICC referees Panel, who said he was aware of the “stunning” allegations but declined to comment on whether Davis would face any disciplinary action.”There are established procedures to be followed and (any action) can only occur as soon as we receive an official complaint,” Van der Bijl said.Davis, along with his Pakistani colleague, Asad Rauf, committed quite a few umpiring blunders during the second Test, with lbw decisions involving de Villiers and Mark Boucher being the most important ones.During India’s second innings, Davis turned down a confident lbw shout from the South Africans off Dale Steyn’s bowling but TV replays later showed that he was wrong.Zaheer then went to add crucial 70 runs for the eighth wicket with VVS Laxman after India were tottering at 148 for seven at one stage in their second innings.advertisementIf that was not enough, during South Africa’s chase of 303 runs, the Australian came up with another shocker and gave Boucher out lbw to Zaheer but replays showed the ball was missing off stump.Durban win proved India aren”t dependant on Sachin only: AkramIn New Delhi, the series-levelling victory over South Africa in the second Test in Duban proves that India are no longer a one-man team and can win matches without champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s contribution, feels former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.After losing the series opener in Centurion by an innings and 25 runs, India came back strongly to beat South Africa by 87 runs in the second Test at Kingsmead yesterday.”Even on a wicket like Durban, India performed exceptionally well. The team played like a unit. It’s a team that does not rely on the services of one particular player. I remember, in our times, it was Sachin Tendulkar all the time.”Ten years back whenever we would get Sachin out, it was all over for India. But now, the scenario is different. The opposition team has to make sure that they get all the batsmen before breathing easy,” Akram said.England can beat India “every day of week”: GoughIn London, in what could raise the hackles of the Indians, former England fast bowler Darren Gough on Thursday said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men are champions only at home and England can beat them “every day of the week”.Gough said England were the best team in the world at the moment after their innings drubbing of Australia in the fourth Ashes Test, and India’s performance in South Africa have nothing much to write about.”For me, we’re the best team in the world at this moment. I’ve watched the South Africa-India series and I see nothing to worry about. India are fantastic in their own country and have some great individuals but I’d fancy this England side to beat them every day of the week,” Gough said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Pathan ton in vain, SA win by 33 runs

first_imgHosts South Africa beat India by 33 runs (D/L method) in the rain-marred fifth and final ODI to win the series 3-2 at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday. SCOREChasing 268, India were all out on 234. The win could have been massive but for Yusuf Pathan’s batting blitzkrieg, that saw him score a 68-ball ton towards the end.Yusuf Pathan on way to his 105 in Centurion. APComing in to bat at the stage when India were 60/5, Pathan changed the face of the game with his sixes and fours. Spinners or pacers – all were sent across the park. In fact, the over before he was dismissed he hit two sixes and two fours in Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s over.He forged a 100-run ninth wicket stand with Zaheer Khan bringing down the escalating run rate to run-a-ball. But a lofted shot off paceman Morne Morkel ended his 105-run innings that was decorated with eight sixes and an equal number of fours.Morkel completed his four-wicket haul when Faf du Plessis caught him at extra cover.Keeping aside Pathan’s impressive knock, the hosts dominated the proceedings from the start. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss but failed to capitalise on it. He chose to field first under overcast conditions – a surprising decision keeping in mind that the lopsided Duckworth Lewis method was lurching round the corner.That and Hashim Amla’s impressive 116 not out, took the game away from the Indians.South Africa put 250 on board in their stipulated 46 overs. But the same target after the D/L calculations swelled and India ended up chasing 268 for a win.advertisementBatting second with a huge total looming large and ball doing wonders in the moist air, India had little chance.Opener Rohit Sharma was the first to get a taste of South Africa attack that had become lethal under the prevailing conditions.Even before he could settle down he was bowled out by Lonwabo Tsotsobe on 5 with an inside edge crashing into his stumps. There wasn’t any foot movement and his bat-pad gate was wide open.With a poor stance Sharma’s chances were slim, but what followed could have been avoided as Virat Kohli, who had scored a fine 87 in the last match, too fell early.Morne Morkel’s ball took an outside edge off Kohli’s bat to carry to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. He fell for two and India slumped to 32/2.Then it was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s turn to walk. It’s time he does something about his batting that has hit a new low in South Africa. He managed to score five before Morkel send him back on 45/3.Post Dhoni, Morkel upped the ante and claimed Parthiv Patel too and India fell to 60/4. Parthiv could only score 38, still his innings was a lot better than those who failed to cross the single digit number.Hashim Amla en route to his century. APHowever, South Africa’s experienced pacer Dale Steyn was still wicket-less. He got an opportunity to open his account when Yuvraj Singh edged his ball to Duminy in the slips when batting on eight. India fell to 60/5. He followed that up with Suresh Raina’s wicket.The left-handed batsman scored a four off Steyn but the next ball was tinge higher than what Raina had expected. He played it on the up but failed to clear Morkel in the deep. India were 74/6 at the stage with practically no chance of a win.  Finally, Yusuf Pathan did what he is famous for – go after the bowlers without thinking of the outcome.He along with Zaheer Khan batted on to forge a 100-run ninth wicket partnership that highlighted the Indian innings that came to an end on 234 in the 41st over.Zaheer, who supported Pathan in his endeavour scored a useful 24.SA inningsEarlier, Hashim Amla became the first batsman to score a century in this ODI series even as the rain gods tried to spoil his concentration.South Africa were batting on 226/3 in 42 overs against India when showers pushed the covers on.Post the rains, which lasted for more than an hour, India scalped six wickets in quick succession to reduce the hosts to 250/9 in 46 overs. But Amla carried his bat through the innings to remain unbeaten on 116. The effort earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.As is the norm in rain-reduced matches, the teams batting second get a revised score with the Duckworth Lewis method coming into the picture.In this case too the D/L method was applied and the revised score for India was 268 in 46 overs.advertisementPut in after India won the toss, Amla batted with determination scoring an unbeaten 116. On the way he forged two partnerships even as the India bowlers found hard to contain the Protea charge.South Africa’ Morne van Wyk en route to his 56 in Centurion on Sunday. APFirst Amla put on 97 runs for the second wicket with Morne van Wyk and then got busy with another long innings with Jean-Paul Duminy.Amla and Duminy had put on 102 for the fourth wicket before Munaf Patel scalped Duminy caught and bowled on 35 after the match resumed.From there on the India pacers got busy counting their victims. Zaheer Khan ended up with two while Munaf claimed three wickets.In the morning, Protea skipper Graeme Smith failed to read a Zaheer Khan ball and departed early. Pitched on the off, the ball took a strong edge off his bat and Yusuf Pathan did the rest in the slips cordon. He fell for 7 as the hosts went one down with 16 runs on board.However, India bowlers failed to work on the advantage as Hashim Amla and Morne van Wyk batted on to push the score to 113.last_img read more

ICC TO REINSPECT EDEN GARDENS ON JAN 31 FOR LAST 3 MATCHES

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday gave Kolkata’s cricket fans some hope when it announced a reinspection of the iconic Eden Gardens stadium for the World Cup.The ICC said the Eden Gardens would be reinspected on January 31 for the last three of its scheduled four World Cup matches. These are the encounters between Ireland and South Africa (March 15), Ireland and Holland (March 18) and Kenya and Zimbabwe (March 20).The cricketing body had on Thursday ruled out Eden Gardens as the venue for the February 27 World Cup match between India and England.An ICC inspection team had visited Kolkata on Tuesday and deemed the stadium unfit as it was still undergoing renovation.ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat pulled up the BCCI and the Cricket Association of Bengal for failing to meet the deadlines. “All venues had ample time to prepare for the World Cup matches. We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates, but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks,” Lorgat said. “Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011. Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready,” Lorgat said.last_img read more

Kalmadi, Lalli in Shunglu panel glare over CWG broadcasting rights

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi appears to be in for more trouble after the Shunglu Committee submitted an interim report on Monday on the irregularities in awarding broadcast rights for the Commonwealth Games.According to top government sources, the sacked Organising Committee chief is likely to come under spotlight because of his alleged links with contractors “favoured” with broadcast rights.It is learnt that the committee, which submitted the interim report to the Prime Minister’s Office, has squarely blamed the suspended Prasar Bharati CEO B. S. Lalli for causing a loss worth Rs 135 crore to the exchequer.Lalli has been accused of favouring private firms in awarding broadcast contracts for the 14-day sports extravaganza. Lalli is already under suspension on charges of financial irregularities in other cases related to Prasar Bharti.Officials said the heat on Lalli will also singe Kalmadi as his name has been linked to contractors who outsourced their work.Prasar Bharati gave a contract worth Rs 246 crore to SIS Live, which is in turn being accused of subletting it to Zoom Communications.Zoom Communications got the contract for Rs 177 crore but did work for only Rs 111 crore.Probing these contractors and the opening of the files is likely to lead to Kalmadi’s doors, the officials added.During the course of investigation, Kalmadi may be grilled extensively on the contract terms and whether there were any links of the ” favoured” contractors with Kalmadi or any of his close family members and friends.The panel led by former comptroller and auditor general V. K. Shunglu is racing against time to collaborate and compile all documents related to projects executed by various departments in the run up to the mega sporting event held in October 2010.advertisementThe term of the Shunglu panel has been extended till March 31 to allow it to submit a full report on financial irregularities relating to the Games.The panel’s final report will also look into the alleged bungling in awarding of contracts by several government agencies such as the MCD, the NDMC, the DDA, the PWD, the CPWD among others.last_img read more

All weather country

first_imgOptions in other seasons for these states.Himachal pradesh Himachal Tourism Directorate. Block No. 28, SDA Complex, Kasumpti, Shimla; tel: (0177) 262 5924; 1800 180 8077 (toll free); e-mail: tourismmin-hp@nic.in; tourism@hp.gov.in www.himachaltourism.gov.in Spring for adventure sports: From mountain cycling, trekking, rafting, paragliding, heli skiing to angling Himachal offers all the active sports you could ask for. Rafting is excellent on the Spiti and Pin rivers, while In Manali there is the option of heli skiing and Billing is perfect for paragliding. www.himachalpradeshtourism.org.Autumn for Dussehra: When everyone in the country is wrapping up Dussehra celebrations, Kullu comes alive with the festive spirit. They begin their celebration on Vijaya Dashami, the 10th day. Some 360 deities from villages in Kullu valley are brought down to Kullu town. The processions are accompanied by trumpeteers, drummers and dancers. This year, the celebrations begin on October 6.Winter aboard the Kalka Shimla Railway: One of the best ways to reach Shimla is to take the Kalka-Shimla toy train which takes six hours to cover a distance of 93 km. It chugs through breathtaking valleys, 103 tunnels and countless bridges. During the winter season it is that much more beautiful.KarnatakaDepartment of Tourism, #49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan, Race Course Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2235 2828; e-mail: info@karnatakatourism.org; www.karnatakatourism.orgMonsoon at Hampi: A broken city amidst giant boulders, the ruins of the former capital of the Vijayanagara empire show that it was designed as a showpiece of imperial splendour. The temples are replete with elaborate ornamentation, stately pillars, carved stone wheels and panels that portray stories from Hindu epics. About 365 km from Bangalore.Autumn at Nagarhole and Bandipur: Nagarhole is one of the best managed wildlife sanctuaries in India while Bandipur, home to both the tiger and the elephant, is much known for its scenic beauty. Nagarhole is 95 km from Mysore; Bandipur is 80 km from Mysore.Winter at Chikmagalur: The lush greenery of Chikmagalur district has more often than not prompted even the most unromantic to spew poetry. Rolling hills, jungles, coffee plantations and splendid views at every turn… This will be one unforgettable journey.250 km from BangaloreNagalandDirectorate of Tourism  Opposite Indoor Stadium, Raj Bhavan Road, Kohima; tel: (0370) 224 3124; www.tourismnagaland.comSpring at Dzukou Valley: Also called the Celestial Valley of Charm, the scenic Dzukou Valley is a two-hour trek from Khonoma. The hills around are covered with a unique variety of bamboo shrub to give it a fairytale green carpeted look; the whole valley is coloured red, white, pink, yellow by wild flowers as the season progresses and is blanketed by frost in the winter. 30 km south of Kohima; hire a guide from the tourism department.Winter for Hornbill Festival: To see Nagaland at its most colourful and traditional best, make it to the Hornbill Festival, held every December. Morungs (Naga dormitories) are built in the varied architectural styles of the 16 tribes for the authentic feel of a village, and there’s much dancing and music along with traditional Naga food. 12 km from KohimaSikkimSikkim Tourist Information Centre; M.G. Marg, Gangtok; tel: (03592) 222 1634; http://sikkim.nic.inSpring at Yumthang Valley: The idyllic and peaceful valley of flowers in Sikkim, Yumthang will delight nature lovers. The best time to visit is in the months of April and May, when the whole place is a riot of colours. Just walking around the Yumthang Valley is a pleasure–an experience you will not forget easily. Adventure enthusiasts can opt for different levels of treks. About 140 km from Gangtok.Autumn for the lakes: Sikkim is famous for its high-altitude lakes. For a picture perfect break, visit the sacred Changu (Tsomgo) Lake, which lies high up in the mountains, 18 km from the Chinese border. Also not to be missed is West Sikkim’s Khecheopalri Lake whose jade waters are guarded by pine forests and colourful prayer flags. Changu is 40 km from Gangtok; Khecheopalri is 33 km from PellingWinter at Rumtek Monastery: Experience the sombre calm of Buddhist prayer ceremonies at Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Kagyu or Black Hat order. Soak in the atmosphere as the rhythmic chanting rises to a crescendo around you, while swirls of incense thicken the air. Afterwards, you may just be served some butter tea. About 45 km from Gangtok.UttarakhandUttarakhand Tourism Development Board, 3/3 Industrial Area, Patel Nagar, Dehradun; tel: (0135) 272 2323Spring at Corbett National Park: India’s first national park is a wildlife experience that never loses its appeal. It is a great place to spot tigers, leopards, sloth bears, black bears and some 580 bird species and more than 20 reptile species. Spring is a great time to visit as the animals come out after the winter season. The park is open from November 15 to June 15. Visit www.corbettnationalpark.in.Autumn for tea tours: The verdant tea gardens in the state have become an added attraction and tea tours take you through Gorakhal, Champawat, Nauti-Garisen in Chamoli district, and of course Kausani that ranks numero uno in terms of both its brew and its beautiful landscape. Organised on request by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, Nainital; tel: (05942) 231 504; www.kmvn.gov.in.Winter for snow walking: Yes, snow walking is simply walking over the mountain sides carpeted with snow, and it can be enjoyed by anyone who loves the idea of trampling through soft, newly fallen snow. You set out with snow shoes attached to your regular boots and two balancing poles in hand, taking wider steps than usual–and the fun begins! Snow walking at Auli and Dhanaulti are great options. Call Himalayan Frontiers Adventure Tours, Manali; tel: (01902) 253 946, 250 384.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

City buzz

first_imgCheck out the latest fashion, places, fads and trends.Colour me redConverse, America’s Original Sports Company has unveiled the latest collection ofConverse Chuck Taylor and All star. The range comprises four different styles for the season-Colored Toe Ox, Colored Toe Hi, Flicker Print and Check Oxford.Price: Rs.1,490 onwardsFlower showerThe Body Shop has launched Earth Lovers, its first ever 100 percent biodegradable shower gel range. These are available in invigorating combinations of lemon and thyme, mint and cucumber, watermelon and eucalyptus, fig and rosemary, pear and lemongrass and apricot and basil. The Earth Lovers range is made from a soap-free base with no sulphates, colourants or parabens.Guests at the opening of EMOJuicy CoutureRecently opened Emo has the ambience and trappings of a pub, except there’s no alcohol. Founded by young entrepreneurs Dolby Samuel, Tony Abraham and Dominic Simon, it is Chennai’s first non-alcoholic pub and mocktail lounge. The launch party had Karun Raman’s fashion show and a performance by Molotov Cocktail.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Duckworth gain lost

first_imgChennai Super Kings joined the list of teams who were done in by the Duckworth-Lewis method despite getting a better score in computations in their tie against Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the Indian Premier League 2011 on Monday. The rain-truncated CSK vs KTK match saw Kochi opener Brendon McCullum scoring a quick-fire 47 along with Parthiv Patel to overhaul Chennai’s 135 by 7 wickets.Though CSK were given a revised target of 135 runs in 17 overs, three runs more than the original target, Kochi batsmen found the target rather easy to get and they chased it that way.Brendon McCullum and Captain Mahela Jayawardene got off to a fine start putting 39 runs in 4.3 overs, before the latter fell to an R Ashwin turner on 16.But McCullum remained and along with new man Parthiv Patel charged away at the opposition bowlers.Parthiv’s was the last Kochi wicket to fall as Brad Hodge and Ravindra Jadeja scored the winning run for the team in the 15th over.In the Chennai innings, Suresh Raina scored a fine 50 as Chennai put 131/4 in 17 overs against Kochi in the rain-truncated IPL match.In an early CSK setback, Kochi paceman RP Singh got the better of their in-form opener Michael Hussey in the third over of the innings. The ball was moving away from him and it took the top edge of his bat to land in keeper Parthiv’s gloves for 8. Chennai lost him on 11/1 in 2.2 overs.Post that wicket, southpaw Raina and Murali Vijay got on with a partnership to negate the effects of an early loss. But just when the two were looking good and in rhythm, Kochi’s Sri Lankan import Thissara Perera trapped Vijay leg-before on 28 and Chennai lost their second wicket on 48/2 in 7.2 overs.advertisementlast_img read more

Tendulkar’s birthday turns sad after Sathya Sai’s death

first_imgIconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was a sad man on his 38th birthday on Sunday as his spiritual guru Satya Sai Baba passed away this morning.Tendulkar, who landed in Hyderabad late last night with wife Anjali and two kids, was confined to his room at the Grand Kakatiya hotel.”He did not even have breakfast. No one was allowed to enter his room,” a hotel manager told PTI.There was speculation since yesterday that the Mumbai Indians captain would not celebrate his birthday in view of Baba’s health condition.News of Baba’s demise this morning apparently came as a shock to Tendulkar.A ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign was hung on his hotel room door since the news of Baba’s demise came and Tendulkar did not even meet his teammates, the hotel manager said.Only Mumbai Indians owner Tina Ambani was said to have met Tendulkar and consoled him.Mumbai Indians will take on Deccan Chargers in an IPL match match at the Hyderabad International Cricket Stadium this evening but it is not yet clear whether Tendulkar will play the match.None of the Mumbai Indians players or officials could be contacted for a comment.– With PTI inputslast_img read more

IPL 2011: Delhi and Hyderabad fight for survival

first_imgIt will be a battle for survival when down-in-the-dumps Delhi Daredevils take on an equally distraught Deccan Chargers in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.Having got all their calculations wrong right from picking the right combination of players in the auctions to losing matches from strong positions, Delhi will not only have to win all their remaining matches, but also hope that other results turn out in their favour if they want a backdoor entry into the play- off stage of the IPL. Delhi will once again hope that skipper Virender Sehwag leads from the front as they have their backs to the wall.While the batting depends heavily on Sehwag and David Warner, who has 254 runs from nine matches, the bowlers haven’t come good either.Although Morne Morkel – 11 wickets – and Irfan Pathan – six wickets – have fired in patches, the consistency is definitely missing.Even the back- up bowlers have been off the mark.The domestic players have been the biggest disappointment for Delhi as other than Venugopal Rao, 250 runs from nine matches, most have failed to justify their selection.Deccan on their part aren’t any better off.Led by Kumar Sangakkara, the team has failed to click as a unit. One more loss and they too will be on the verge of an early exit.They have one of the most successful pace bowlers in the world in Dale Steyn, who has picked 10 wickets from eight games at a good economy of 6.85. Ishant Sharma, however, has failed to pick up wickets regularly or stem the flow of runs.advertisementBut Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha have done a fine job and Sangakkara will be hoping that they can spin a web around the Delhi batsmen.In the batting department, the likes of Cameron White – 89 runs from five matches – and domestic star Shikhar Dhawan – 197 runs from nine matches – have failed to take the initiative.It has been a lone battle for San- gakkara – 250 runs from nine matches – who too has failed to get going in tough situations.Having played against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday, Deccan didn’t train on Wednesday.But Delhi hit the nets with a vengeance.While Sehwag was missing as he will arrive only on Thursday morning – celebrating his son’s birthday – Warner looked more than eager to hit out of the poor form that has struck him.In the bowling department, while Irfan seemed to be hitting a nice rhythm as he got the ball to swing in to the batsmen, Morkel was content hitting the deck and troubling the batsmen with pace.Irfan even had a prolonged session with the bat as all the batsmen looked to play the spinners considering that both Mishra and Ojha have been in fine form.With the wicket at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium known to be a batting paradise, it will be interesting to see if Sehwag can stamp his authority or whether the Deccan Chargers finally manage to improve their record at home.last_img read more

Mariam Pitchai, TN minister, dies in road accident

first_imgJaya’s cabinet suffers a loss as Mariam Pitchai pass away.Tamil Nadu Minister for Environment and Pollution Control and Minorities Welfare N Mariam Pitchai died in a road accident in Tiruvelangurichi, about 40 km from Tiruchirappalli, on Monday morning.Minister for Sports and Youth welfare N.R.Sivapathy was also injured when their vehicle collided with another moving ahead of their convoy while they were proceeding to Chennai after garlanding the statue of community leader Perumpidugumutharyar, police said.The body of Pitchai, aged 60, has been brought to Madurai.Pithchai, who was the councillor of Tiruchi corporation, had won from the Tiruchirappalli (West)constituency defeating former Transport Minister K.N.Nehru in the April 13 Assembly elections. – With PTI inputslast_img read more

Fans “emotionally drained” after India’s World Cup win: Dhoni

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said that playing in the IPL just after the World Cup was tough and the fans were also “emotionally drained” after the country’s historic triumph of the coveted trophy last month.”The IPL schedule was tough as it came just after the World Cup,” Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni said after CSK won the IPL 4 title by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs in the summit clash here.”The whole of India wanted the country to win the World Cup and we did. The fans were a bit emotionally drained after the World Cup to come out in large numbers initially in the IPL. But they later came out to watch the IPL,” he said.Talking about Sunday’s comprehensive victory over RCB, Dhoni heaped praised on the opening pair of Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay for setting up a huge total with a 159-run stand.”Well you can say we saved the best for the last. Vijay and Hussey gave us a great start and stayed till the 15-16th over. Hence we could maintain the momentum and score over 200 runs,” he said.”You want to show intent in a final and show you want to win it. That’s what the batsmen did,” he added. He also praised off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for his impressive 3/16 performance.”Ashwin bowled really well, he has real heart to toss the ball really well up even with just two fielders outside. Very contributive performance,” he said.Asked which one was tougher in CSK’s title win between last year and this season, Dhoni said, “Last year we struggled a bit to make the semis, this time it was more comfortable.advertisement”I am happy to have also won the fairplay award, people say you need to play hard. We showed you can play fair and still win it.” .- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Curtly Ambrose says WI pacers don’t scare batsmen now

first_imgWest Indies cricket is in a shambles and its fast bowlers have forgotten how to intimidate batsmen, feels legendary pacer Curtly Ambrose who does not foresee a return to past glory for the team anytime soon.”The present standard is very, very bad and the only way interest can be revived is if we start winning some matches,” said Ambrose, who took 405 wickets from his 98 Tests.Ambrose is disappointed that West Indian fast bowlers have forgotten the art of intimidating batsmen.”I think it’s very important for a fast bowler to be intimidating. He must intimidate batsmen. I used to do it. I liked to soften them up,” he recalled.The giant fast bowler, who terrorised the best in the world throughout the 90s, feels slow pitches have contributed a lot to the decline of pacers in the Caribbean.”Two things have contributed to the downfall of West Indies cricket. Firstly, the pitches in the Caribbean have really slowed down and secondly, there is no deal of great experience which is being passed around in the dressing room,” he lamented.He recollected his early playing days when interaction with Malcolm Marshall helped him finetune his skills.”When I joined the team, I learnt a lot by just interacting with Malcolm Marshall, and later with Courtney Walsh. Now, these guys (the present team) have nobody to talk to; they are just sharing between them whatever little they have learnt from international cricket.”Even though Ambrose was aggressive, it never affected his economy. A third of his 3000-odd overs in Test cricket were maidens and his career economy rate was a mere 2.31 runs per over.advertisementHe didn’t play much against India but his affection knows no bounds for Sachin Tendulkar.”When I first watched him, it was in England in 1990 when he appeared a schoolboy. Yet watching him hit his first century at the age of 17, you knew here was a special talent,” he said.Two years later, they were squaring up in a World Cup game in Basin Reserve Park in Wellington and Ambrose dismissed Tendulkar with a delivery that kicked off from short of good length to take his outside edge.”He was a young guy and I was senior. So I needed to keep that equation,” Ambrose laughed.Being reluctantly pushed into cricket by his mother at a rather late age of 21, Ambrose made it to the West Indies team within three years. Yet, it took him the next two years to really start thinking about the game seriously.”The mantle of being world champions was falling off and a guy like me really had to learn very, very quickly. It helped that I was naturally very strong, very competitive and very aggressive,” he said.For the Antiguan, the toughest batsman he ever bowled to was David Boon of Australia, not to mention former Aussie skipper Steve Waugh with whom he nearly exchanged fisticuffs.However, Ambrose still has a great deal of respect for Waugh.It was the Trinidad Test of 1995 series against Australia. Waugh was repeatedly hit on the body by Ambrose’s bouncers.He let out his steam with a few chosen ones and enraged Ambrose to the extent he stood next to him, glaring and a physical contest wasn’t far away.”I really wanted to hit him. We were trailing the series. I was being frustrated. But we settled it then and there. It didn’t go beyond the pitch.”Ambrose though had the last laugh when he won the Test for West Indies and helped them square the series 1-1.– With PTI inputslast_img read more