F1rst ride of his life

first_imgHe inched out of a melee of engineers and mechanics clad in a famous deep green, out from a jungle of wires, cables, car parts and computer equipment, out over the boundaries that separate the impossible from the possible. One cautious but steady right turn out of the Jaguar Racing,He inched out of a melee of engineers and mechanics clad in a famous deep green, out from a jungle of wires, cables, car parts and computer equipment, out over the boundaries that separate the impossible from the possible. One cautious but steady right turn out of the Jaguar Racing Formula One garage at a racetrack called Silverstone, in the UK, under the kind of sun that warms his home town of Coimbatore, and Narain Karthikeyan had driven straight into the pages of Indian sporting history.Being the first Indian to drive an F1 car is like being the first Indian to step on the moon. Every steering wheel costs $25,000 (Rs 11.5 lakh), team budgets flutter at $80-100 million (Rs 368-460 crore) a year, Porsches and Ferraris ease their way past giant lorries that carry the race equipment around the world and diners in the hospitality “motor homes” recall meetings with the late King Hussain of Jordan and discuss the benefits of signing up popstar Robbie Williams for some Grand Prix publicity.It is not a world for timid spenders or weak hearts. It is a world dominated by European wealth and tradition. The way in is through a very strongly guarded door. Karthikeyan, India’s most successful race driver whose helmet carries the blue “chakra” of the Indian flag on its crown, has got a foot in. “Narain’s obviously got the talent and it’s a significant day for him. So far it’s gone well,” remarked Bobby Rahal, ceo and Team Principal of Jaguar Racing.advertisementRahal exudes the aura of glamour and high technology that is F1, the very peak of the motor racing world. It can intimidate any outsider, why only a first-time test driver: a few rows down from the Jaguar “paddock” where Karthikeyan ate cereal for breakfast before the test, so did world champion Michael Schumacher and his closest competitor, the Finn Mika Hakkinen. Just before he pulled out for the first time ever in a F1 car, the vehicle that exited before him belonged to veteran driver Jean Alesi.But Karthikeyan, 24, an incongruous wisp of a figure amidst heavy machinery, has spent more than eight years in motor racing and knows where everything finally comes to a head: behind the wheel of a machine only 22 men in the world are allowed to race, on tracks that test ability and nerve and strength. In F1 testing, there are no rehearsals, no simulations. All a test driver can do is get briefed, get in, sit down and drive. The car is connected in no less than 100 places to computers in a hushed, air-conditioned it truck back in the paddock that monitors every change in the car. That is all that is silent about the science.When an F1 engine revs up, it is as though an angry beast were beginning to howl at being caged. Once on the track there is a gunshot of defiance when it shifts down a gear to take a corner and the scream down the straights is every driver and team’s call to attention. A few laps around Silverstone and Karthikeyan’s Jaguar – a 2000 model – was howling, shooting and screaming with the rest of them.NO LIMITS: Karthikeyan is aiming to become one of the 22 who get to drive F1 carsAn F1 test though is not merely about flamboyance and speed. “We don’t want him to be breaking world records in a test, it’s not about that,” said Jaguar Racing spokesman Nav Sidhu, a British Asian who moved to the team six months ago. “It is about the smoothness with which he drives, how quickly he adapts and most importantly how well he understands the machine. Everything that Narain does today will be noticed, not just by our guys, but by everyone in every pit. If people want to know how he did, they’ll give us a call,” Sidhu told India Today.The business of getting just a test drive with a F1 car is linked with networking, management and contacts. Karthikeyan’s current test was part of a contractual agreement leveraged by one of his sponsors, Ford India, when he signed on with Stewart Racing (an arm of Jaguar Racing) in the F3 season in 2000 after coming up through the ranks in Asia. Karthikeyan’s manager Steve Robinson who manages F1 phenomenon Kimi Raikkonen told India Today, “We aim to have Narain into a Formula One team – if not to drive then definitely a test drive by the next season.”The “Formula” refers to the specifications and regulations – minimum weight, size, engine displacement, among others – used to categorise single-seaters race cars in a world inhabited by engineers wearing oversized headphones and earmuffs, smouldering women in spandex carrying umbrellas (genus: “Pit Babes”), scuttling pit crew and adoring fans.advertisementRacing a Formula machine is not like a Sunday spin in your Zen. A driver sits in a single seater like you would in a tub, legs stretched out, his feet ready to tap dance on the accelerator and brake pedals, upper body and arms ready to absorb the kind of non-stop bone-jarring impact that Lennox Lewis could inflict for two long hours. Cars scream down the track at 300 kmph and then brake for corners at 40 kmph before stepping on the gas again. The sudden acceleration could snap your neck and it creates G-forces (the force exerted by gravity) that fighter pilots deal with. “You can face up to 4.5 Gs in some races,” says Karthikeyan. That is four and a half times your body weight bearing down on you so that moving a finger is like lifting a barbell. Karthikeyan weighs in at 55 kg (“it’s not a handicap, Alain Prost was world champion and he only weighed about 60 kg”) and admits he was not one for pumping weights but quickly hired a personal trainer, Gerry Convey, a few years into pro racing.The real business is negotiating the car through a maze of machines, looking for the opening to overtake, working out the most precise line with which to take a tricky corner, all the time keeping an eye in the rear-view mirror for the man behind. He could be craftier, he could be quicker, he could be crazier. Race car driving is the walk on the fine line between calculation and creativity, inspiration and insanity, the walk sometimes between life and death. Or as former world champion Graham Hill, father of Damon Hill, put it, “like balancing an egg on a spoon while shooting the rapids”.From the moment he watched a video of the 1989 Formula One World Championship season as a 12-year-old in Coimbatore, Karthikeyan has chased his impossible dream: “For me it was always Formula One or nothing.” Nothing was always an easier option. Do you know what it’s going to cost, his father G. Karthikeyan would ask and the son would say he would find the sponsors. Who’s going to give money to a 16-year-old nobody? Someone. Don’t you know Indians only race and rally at home? Not this one. “To be honest, if we’d been given a choice, we wanted him to do his MBA and join the family business in textiles,” says his father. “We’ve learnt from him about attitude.”Click here to EnlargeInitially the family indulged their second child, though his mother Sheela is still too anxious to watch him race. Narain has an elder sister Deepika who he says understands him best and a younger brother Rajeev who has no love for race cars. His father first built the nine-year-old a go-kart using a 50 cc moped engine and paid $8,000 (around Rs 3.5 lakh) to enrol him in prestigious Elf-Winfield at the age of 16. Once the coaches – who had seen Alain Prost, Alesi and Damon Hill drive in their youth – told the Indian family that this was a special talent, Karthikeyan’s dream went into overdrive.To compete a driver has to pay a team to sign him on. The sums begin at Rs 30,000 per race for the Indian Formula Maruti to Rs 60 lakh per year for a Formula Asia Car, pound 3,50,000 pounds (Rs 2.3 crore) a year for the Formula 3 class in Britain and $1.2 million (Rs 5.5 crore) in Formula Nippon. Karthikeyan’s current ride with Formula Nippon team excite Team Impul has been subsidised because of his past results. But he still has to pay $3,00,000 for the ride, the expenses now taken care by his sponsors, including Kingfisher, JK Tyres, Ford India, which stepped in two years ago, Amaron and for the first time, to everyone’s amusement, a clothing company called Triad. Only when a driver graduates to Formula One does he get paid for the privilege of driving.advertisementIn 1995, the first year Karthikeyan raced in Formula Asia, it was in a second-hand car, his team consisting of one engineer, no spare engine or spare gear box. “I look back now and think it was ridiculous,” says his father. But he put bigger teams to shame. It was his foot on the bottom rung of the ladder. “When I went to England as Formula Asia Champion, they said so what? It means nothing.”In 1999, Karthikeyan raced for Carlin Motorsport set up by Martin Stone and Trevor Carlin and Vicky Chandok, a friend of Karthikeyan’s family and head of the Wallace Sports and Research Foundation, an arm of JK Tyres involved with R&D in motor sport technology. He beat current F1 drivers Jenson Button and Luciano Burti and finished sixth overall, winning two races in England, another first for an Indian. Pushed by Ford India, he was able to move on to the high-profile Stewart Racing (the F3 arm of Jaguar) with whom he shared mixed luck and mixed vibes in 2000, finishing fourth overall. Ford India md Phil Spender says, “Indian drivers are an unknown quantity in Europe but Narain’s been pioneering in that way.”Sanjay Sharma, head of JK Tyres Motor Sports division, says Karthikeyan’s success has changed the way the world of motor sport looks at an Indian drivers. “They look at us now and say, oh Indian team-Narain!” Parthiva Sureshwaran, 20, who has graduated from the Formula Asia series, now races for ME Motorsport in F3 in the UK. Karun Chandok, 18, won all his first four Asian Formula 2000 races in his maiden season. Of the top four places in the current Asian Formula 2000, three are held by Indian drivers, Chandok, Asif Nazir and Kaushik Harita.Which way Narain Karthikeyan’s career goes from this day on is immaterial. In the history books he will always be the boy who dared. The one who stood at the lip of a great chasm and looked not below but ahead. And leaped.last_img read more

Mystery woman leads Indian contingent at Olympics, India clueless

first_imgThe presence of an unidentified lady beside flag-bearer Sushil Kumar in the Indian contingent during the opening ceremony of the Olympics has prompted the country’s miffed officials to take up the issue with the Games organisers.A young lady in red shirt and blue trouser was seen leading the Indian contingent in the march past alongside Beijing Games bronze-medal winner Sushil Kumar and her unwanted presence has not gone down well with the Indians who had no clue as to who she was.Acting chef de mission of the Indian contingent Brig P K Muralidharan Raja is understandably agitated that a person who was not part of the delegation was allowed to accompany the team and hog the limelight in the process.”She had no business to walk in with the Indian contingent and we are taking up the issue with the organisers. We don’t know who she is and why she was allowed to walk in. It is a shame that she was with the athletes in the march past,” Raja told PTI in London.”We were initially told that she would accompany the contingent till the track but she went on to take the entire lap. There was another man also but he stayed back and did not enter the stadium,” Raja added.”We have taken strong exception to this. The march past is for the athletes and officials attached to the contingent. We are totally taken by surprise how a person could just intrude into the track,” he wondered.advertisementThe lady’s presence had created a flutter Friday night itself and the Indian media covering the Games, had sought clarification from the team management.”The Indian contingent was shown for hardly ten seconds in the tv coverage and the entire focus sadly was on this lady, instead of the athletes,” Raja rued.The Indians have fielded 81 athletes, the largest ever in the history of the Games, but only 40 athletes and around 11 officials participated in the parade at the opening ceremony, which showcased Great Britain’s rich heritage combined with dazzling fireworks and stunning visual effects.The Indian men wore traditional blazers and Rajasthani yellow turbans while the female atheletes wore yellow sarees.last_img read more

‘Nuclearisation of India and Pakistan has acted as a deterrent to war’

first_imgIn Search of a Direction “Let nuclear warmongers bear in mind that a bloody battle does not determine what is right, but only what is left.” S. SANATH KUMAR, on e-mail Apocalypse Now Barking dogs do not bite and we have learnt with time that Pakistan barks whenever pushed into,In Search of a Direction “Let nuclear warmongers bear in mind that a bloody battle does not determine what is right, but only what is left.” S. SANATH KUMAR, on e-mail Apocalypse Now Barking dogs do not bite and we have learnt with time that Pakistan barks whenever pushed into a corner (“If Pakistan Nukes India”, June 10). However, if General Pervez Musharraf gambles on biting India with a nuclear strike, he will do so at his own peril as Pakistan will be wiped out. R.S. JOSHI, Bharuch In a nuclear war there are no winners, no losers and no survivors, only annihilation. There is still time for Musharraf to change his stance. But as the proverb goes, can a leopard change its spots? DR V.T. BALACHANDRAN, Chennai Why would Musharraf want to destroy terrorist camps in Pakistan when almost all successive rulers reign only by instigating the Pakistanis to become jehadis in their fight against India? G. BALATHANDABANI, Chennai Our no-first-use policy along with the possibility of a virtual extinction of our adversary should keep a nuclear exchange between the two countries at bay. NAVNEET DHAWAN, Delhi “Liberation is both a single woman’s bravado to conceal her insecurity and a euphemism for promiscuity.” H.R. BAPUSATYANARAYAN, MysoreTill now, the only mature act of Indian leaders has been to generate world opinion against Pakistan. It is time for them to exploit the situation and get Pakistan to enter into a dialogue with us to solve all disputes, including the Jammu and Kashmir one. SONIA GARG, on e-mail The nuclearisation of India and Pakistan has acted as a deterrent to war because the global community can no longer afford to look the other way. But for that, the current military brinkmanship would have burgeoned into another full-fledged, ruinous war. NALINI VIJAYARAGHAVAN, Thiruvananthapuram Despite a nuclear threat looming large on the subcontinent for the past few years, we cannot churn out gory facts about nuclear holocausts each time tensions escalate. Reporting the possible scenario is acceptable, making it look like the inevitable is not. NATASHA JOSHI, on e-mail The conjecture was inappropriate given the tension simmering between India and Pakistan. Instead of dealing with possible solutions for changing the hostile stances or elaborating on the developments in the conflict between the two countries, you chose to focus on the sensational subject of the effects of a nuclear war. Such writing only creates panic. A. ALEXANDER, on e-mail Perhaps your intention was to impress upon the enemy the dangers of nuclear warfare. Sadly, the images accompanying the article only helped in sparking fear in the minds of Indians. Humphrey Hawksley’s Dragonfire- an equally sobering but toned down interpretation of just such an event- makes for better reading. RISHABH GULATI, on e-mail Your article does not answer the obvious question: where would India’s command and control be to retaliate in case Pakistan’s nuclear weapons simultaneously destroy Delhi, Mumbai and a good part of north India? And who would be there to execute the counterstrikes? K.R. SHARMA, Mumbai Is there any way in which one could know if a missile is carrying a nu- clear warhead and how the targeted country should react to such an attack? COLONEL (RETD) RIAZ JAFRI, Rawalpindi Self Assertion It is baffling why India is looking for the cooperation and encouragement of other countries in its war against terrorism (“In Striking Distance”, June 3). In a real sense there is no friendship among countries, only interests-economic or political. It is about time India took an independent stand. DIPTANSU SHARMA, Guwahati Might is Right The prospect of war is never far but efforts to delay the battle should not be construed as India’s weakness (“Defending Kashmir”, June 3). In view of the present crisis,we have to defeat the nefarious designs of the enemy and fight a decisive battle. We cannot and should not suffer the terrorist torment forever. R.R. SAMI, Tiruvannamalai The present crisis reminds me of the words of former army chief General K. Sundarji: “Something deep down bothers me. We seem to be convinced that it is immoral to be strong and virtuous to be weak.” It appears that nothing has changed in the past two decades. C.B. DYUTHIKAR, Bangalore Blight Spirit After witnessing the state-sponsored anarchy during the wedding of Laloo Prasad Yadav’s second daughter, I would prefer dying in a war to living in a peaceful democracy where a Laloo-Rabri Devi combine keeps hurting my sensibilities beyond repair (“Married by the Mob”, June 10). SANKALP PRATAP, on e-mail After the wedding of Laloo’s first daughter, there was an income-tax raid at his house. Wiser, he chose the son of an IT commissioner for his second daughter. Sure enough, there was no raid this time. For the next girl in line, he would perhaps be looking for a groom from a judge’s family. DR MANASH R. GHOSE, Kolkata The only silver lining is that Laloo-Rabri have seven more children to marry off so at least seven more villages in Bihar like Hichhanbigha can look forward to salvation. SHITANSHU PRASAD, on e-mail What is frightening businessmen dealing in cars, furniture and jewellery in Patna? The fact that there is a large brood of the Laloo dynasty which will also be married in the near future. UDITA AGRAWAL, Delhi Historical Court The story of a real king was a welcome departure from the self-made royals of modern India-the politicians (“Crowning Glory”, June 10). India is known around the world as the land of maharajas but sadly we are forgetting our history while Britain continues to accord privileged status to its royalty. NANDITA THAKUR, Nadiad The Other Half It is a relief to know that from now on men can be equally responsible for containing a family (“The Male Initiative”, June 10). In a sense, RISUG spells the actual liberation of women. ANUPAMA RAISANGHANI, on e-mail Messiah of Mute Maneka Gandhi needs to be lauded for her courage and for staying true to her principles in a political world where nothing is constant, certainly not principles (“Custodial Crisis”, June 3). There will come a day when we will recognise that she is far more than a politician- she is a national resource. If not for her, savage humans would be running amok and ruining the world of animals. SANGEETHA LAKSHIMI-NARAYANAN, Bangalore Maneka Gandhi’s idea of enforcing the rules of the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) is ridiculous. In the new era, rules that are almost four decades old are obsolete. It is clear that Gandhi is doing all she can to remain in the limelight. She does not realise that the purpose of experiments on animals is for the betterment of human beings and not to exercise cruelty on them. ANSHU MATHUR, Ahmedabad Since most diseases result from a faulty lifestyle or bad eating habits, why should animals suffer in the search for a cure for these man-made ills? There is no logic in killing animals in the name of research to develop drugs that will save human beings. We should switch to other alternative systems of treatments where no such experiments are required. If this is not checked in time it will also encourage the cosmetic industry to try such experiments and the poachers to have their way. DR RAJIV CHOPRA, Dehradun advertisementadvertisementClan PrerogativeYour article on 50 years of my ascension to the throne covered the event honestly and was visually very pleasing with excellent photographs (“Crowning Glory”, June 10). Unfortunately, when it comes to covering traditional India the media invariably highlights the trivia – the “chiffons and diamonds” – and the exotica – the “pomp and pageantry” with marginalising sidelines like “Indira Gandhi made them relics of the Raj.” The point here is that she may have pulled the official ceremonial red carpet from under our feet but the Gaddi of the clan is very much our own business. Incidentally, contrary to what the article says, my ascension to it was recognised in 1952 by the then President Rajendra Prasad and accordingly I was recognised as a ruler as defined in the Indian Constitution. The privy purses, the official perks and the privileges went with the XXVIth Amendment to the Constitution but the centuries-old Gaddi of the Rathores will remain till such time as the clan and brotherhood will it and with it the social customs, our lifestyles and order of doing things. GAJSINGH, Jodhpur Passion Play With a budget of RS 50 crore, Devdas is the most expensive movie in the history of Bollywood (“Devdas: Bollywood’s Biggest Gamble”, May 20). One must not be surprised at the cost as the investment is not purely in terms of money but also in art and creativity. Devdas could open up new vistas in an industry that is addicted to schmaltzy love stories. RAKESH MOHAPATRA, Bhubaneswar Sanjay Leela Bhansali should be lauded and not criticised for the huge budget of Devdas because unless we pump in money we cannot be the best in any field-perhaps the reason why we lag in the fields of entertainment and sports vis-a-vis developed nations. HIPPU KANUNGO, Cuttack Learning by Rut Our entire system needs to be faulted for the board examination stress: students who do not fare well are shunned in society, they do not get admission into good colleges and lose out on career openings that a prestigious college offers (“Board Games”, May 20). Even at the high school level, those not doing well are denied the subjects of their choice for Class XI. Some schools even refuse re-admission to Class XI. Parents too have become ambitious. Everyone forgets that a three-hour examination is not the only way in which a student can be judged. MAHESH KUMAR, Delhiadvertisementlast_img read more

‘The West Indies need to win against India and bring pleasure back to the Caribbean’

first_imgColin CroftIf things are to change for the West Indies, the change must start with the Indian tour beginning this week.When he took over as president of the West Indies Cricket Board, the Reverend Wesley Hall had said there was a desperate need to do away with old methods.After all,Colin CroftIf things are to change for the West Indies, the change must start with the Indian tour beginning this week.When he took over as president of the West Indies Cricket Board, the Reverend Wesley Hall had said there was a desperate need to do away with old methods.After all the West Indies had lost to South Africa at home last year, only the second time that they had lost a series at home since the 1995 defeat to Australia.In truth, the West Indies should have lost to Pakistan in 2000 too but for one of the worst umpiring decisions ever when debutant West Indian umpire Billy Doctrove ruled Courtney Walsh “not out” after he hit a ball to short-leg with the home team a few runs short of their target at St John’s, Antigua.In due course, Jimmy Adams, then captain, made the winning run. The problem with West Indies cricket is their recent away record. Of the last 27 away Tests, the West Indies have lost 23, with one win and a draw against England in 2000 and a win and a draw against Zimbabwe last year.Coming back: (From left) Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Cameron Cuffy at a training camp before the India seriesThere have been weaker teams and worse results in the history of Test cricket but no team has ever kept trudging through such a wasteland of defeat.Nothing seems to be learnt from the losses and the team continues in the same fashion, seemingly unconcerned by their defeats. Sports psychologists keep reminding us that winning is a habit, just as is losing.advertisementThe West Indies seem to have developed the habit of losing. All attempts at getting to lose that habit are being directed at technique rather than at the attitude of the players. Somehow, the latter seems to be more necessary.Wes Hall, in fact, says, “We know there is an intestinal resistance to change. But we have to change or perish, it’s as obvious as that. We have to look at this ‘dinosaurial’ syndrome.”As a first step, the West Indies decided to break with convention and conduct a protracted camp for the home series and called in some names from our legendary past to pass on tips to the players who will be facing the Indians over the next two months.Sir Gary Sobers, Andy Roberts and Gus Logie were some who were involved in the week-long camp held in Trinidad.When I asked Sir Gary about the possibility of developing the will to fight back in a team that had been consistently beaten in the past seven years, he said, “I’ve been sitting on the outside, so I don’t have the information to make an accurate assessment. But when you have been losing 3-0, 2-0, 5-0 for four or five years, morale cannot be very high.” He believes, “The Indians are coming to win. This is where we will find out how much these boys have improved or how badly their morale has been damaged.”The way ahead for the West Indies, says Sir Gary, is to put the past behind.The way ahead for the West Indies in this series, Sir Gary says, is to put the past where it belongs- behind them. “They need a bit of insurance by having a good start in the series. They need someone to talk to them, to make them realise the circumstances of the game and boost their morale.”Sir Gary, Roberts and West Indian coach Roger Harper spent long hours in discussion about inputs that would benefit the team. The problems that beset West Indian cricket are many.Harper says that the claim that West Indian players were technically strong is a “great myth”. In my conversations with him, the former Guyana captain said, “We have a lot of technical deficiencies-it’s not a case of us having great technique and not being able to execute it. Our techniques are not up to Test level.”His understanding of the situation is that even though the previous generation of West Indian cricketers had no coaches, his generation of players had a number of people who filled in the role and mentored players who-and this is important-“wanted to be the best”.”It was an informal structure that worked wonderfully well. You had old experienced players who took it upon themselves at the club level to develop the young players, imparting the technical knowledge and shared their experiences. After the 1980s, that sort of thing did not happen.”advertisementOlder players-former Test and first-class players-left the game, some migrated or, because of economic reasons, weren’t able to put in enough time at the club level with the younger players.Of the last 27 away Tests, the West Indies have lost 23 and won only two.IT all led to a situation where a generation of players did not grow up in the same way as those cricketers who represented the Caribbean did from the 1970s through to the 1990s.”Young players were coming through without the proper background they needed to have when they got to the first-class level, much less the international level,” says Harper.To this end, the 22-member training camp included four newcomers and two players who had spent three years in the wilderness. The new players in the running are opening batsman Devon Smith of the Windward Islands, off-spin all-rounder Gareth Breese of Jamaica and fast bowlers Adam Sanford of the Leeward Islands and Darrell Powell of Jamaica.Opening batsman Stuart Williams of the Leeward Islands and wicketkeeper-batsman Junior Murray of the Windward Islands, two players who have not featured in recent selections but have played against India, were also called in.Two of the West Indies’ key batsmen-Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan-are returning from injury. Lara has only recently started net practice following a near three-month break from the game and Sarwan returned to first-class cricket after two months off due to a back injury.This is a series that is being highly anticipated everywhere in the Caribbean but especially in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago where 45 per cent of the populations are of Indian descent. After losing so regularly, it would be very difficult for the West Indies to beat India even though we are at home. But it can be done if there is resolve.The two touring Indians spinners-leg-spinner Anil Kumble and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh-have already proved that they are quite capable of blowing opposing batsmen away.The Caribbean pitches-except perhaps Barbados and Jamaica-could be very helpful to them. The West Indies batsmen would have to take out their dancing shoes if they are to cope with the Indian spin twins.The West Indies would do well to win and bring some pleasure back to the Caribbean population. My guess is that fast bowler Adam Sanford could be a surprise selection and a surprise performer-even though this is his debut year in first-class cricket.He belongs to Antigua and Barbuda and has already taken 37 wickets at 24.24 in the Busta Cup Series, the West Indies’ premier first-class competition.If Sanford fires well and the rest of the players rally around Lara, if he is fully fit to play, then the West Indies could be more than competitive. They can actually surprise us all and win.Former West Indian fast bowler Colin Croft is an expert columnist for the website cricinfo.com.last_img read more

Attracted by yoga, Prince Charles’ wife Camilla Parker-Bowles reach Bangalore for alternative healing

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwell, Camilla Parker-Bowles, who happens to be the wife of Prince Charles, has secretly checked into the Soukya Holistic Health Centre on the city’s outskirts for a week-long alternative therapy. However, Prince Charles has not accompanied her.This is her second visit to Soukya, run by the Dr Isaac Mathai. The centre specializes in Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, and various forms of indigenous medicine for treatment and cure of various ailments. It is a popular destination for international VIPs and sports personalities, who want to rejuvenate themselves.Camilla had checked into the high-end centre in 2008 for four days and seemed to be impressed with the various therapies offered there. “She is interested in Yoga and various therapies under Ayurveda. We are giving her a customized treatment package,” a spokesperson of Soukya said, without revealing anything further.Prince Charles has not accompanied Camilla Parker-Bowles.According to police sources, the Duchess of Cornwell came to Bangalore last Saturday and checked into Soukya the same day. She will be leaving Bangalore next Saturday and her visit has been kept secret, as she reportedly felt her presence may disturb her privacy.”We get such requests whenever there are VVIP guests in Bangalore. We are deploying additional security at Soukya to ensure that she is not disturbed,” police officials said. Soukya, located amidst pristine surroundings in Whitefield, Bangalore West, has restricted the entry of other visitors.According to sources, Camilla and her staff have been assigned the Presidential suite, which is isolated from the rest of the centre. “We often have international guests at our centre. But we prefer not to reveal their names, as they are sensitive about it,” the sources added.Soukya has treated several high profile guests. The centre shot into limelight after the Kerala based People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasser Madani, an accused in the Bangalore serial blasts (2008), was referred to the centre for treatment. Madani, who underwent ‘Panchakarma’ treatment, ran a bill of Rs 10 lakh, which the government paid.advertisementlast_img read more

Elite will not tolerate Rabeh Al-Hussaini’s absence from team

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Blackwater head coach Bong Ramos and team manager Joel Co gave one piece of important advice to beleaguered center Rabeh Al-Hussaini.Both had the same message to Al-Hussaini, who hasn’t reported to the Elite’s practice for several days now, and that is he should be able to deal with his personal problems while still having time to fulfill his duties with the team.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES “As a player, he has to separate his personal problems no matter how heavy it is,” said Ramos in Filipino. “If this happened to me I will find time to fix the problem and at the same time, I’ll put the practices first then, do whatever I have to do to fix the problem.”Al-Hussaini has reportedly already received 30 percent of his salary in the form a cash advance and that the 6-foot-7 big man is also wishing for a buyout, something Blackwater ownership isn’t willing to give.“No way we’re giving to buy him out, he already had a 30 percent advance from his one-year salary and then more than month he went AWOL (absent without leave),” said team owner Dioceldo Sy in a report on ESPN5.Co added that Al-Hussaini even told the team that he’s committed to the club and help the squad improve its fifth-seed finish, 7-4, in the Governors’ Cup—Blackwater’s best conference in franchise history.“We had a team lunch, just before Christmas, and he told us of his problem and he somehow made a commitment to coach and to everybody in the whole team that we’re going to move forward and pick up from where we left off,” said Co.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Manny Pacquiao gets visit from MMA star Cris Cyborg Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Co said he and Ramos already talked with Al-Hussaini during the holiday season telling him that they understand the problem but he still has a responsibility as professional basketball player.“Coach Bong and I talked to him and he told us his problem, and we respect that, but regardless of what’s happening we made him understand that this isn’t easy,” said Co in Filipino after the team’s Saturday practice at Reyes Gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“We made him understand that as a professional, regardless if you’re a professional athlete or in the corporate world, of course, you should find a away to separate your problem with your work. A similar thing happened to me before and I brought my problem to work and that is really a recipe for disaster,” added Co.Al-Hussaini, Co said, last reported to the team right before Christmas when the players were given the signal to go on break for the offseason. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Far from satisfied, Team Lakay aims to continue success in 2019

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparc SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “While the rest of the world sleeps, we train, and when the world wakes up, we still train. Hard work, dedication, and learning will bring us success in 2019, despite the challenges we face.”The first test for Team Lakay comes on January 19 when Pacio defends his strawweight strap against Yosuke Saruta of Japan in ONE: Eternal Glory in Jakarta, Indonesia.Team Lakay’s journey to the top did not come without adversities, but Sangiao and the rest of Team Lakay are ready to conquer more challenges in 2019.“Together, we were able to overcome adversity. We’ll do the same in 2019,” Sangiao said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Bradley Beal, Wizards silence Thunder MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “This game is evolving every second. Right now, there is a martial artist out there developing a new training method, working on a new technique, and building a new set of skills we have never seen before,” said Team Lakay’s master tactician Mark Sangiao.“This is the nature of our sport. Mixed martial arts is the ultimate proving ground of combat. It combines every style and discipline into one cohesive system. That being said, the key to success is continuous learning.”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 starsKevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, Eduard Folayang and Joshua Pacio earned world titles in their respective divisions and for them to keep their status, they must continue to hone their craft.“As martial artists, we have to keep learning and improving — that’s the only way we can win. We have to keep up with the competition and train harder than our opponents,” Sangiao said. 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES FILE – Team Lakay now has four current ONE world champions after Eduard Folayang regained the lightweight title following a unanimous decision win over Singapore’s Amir Khan in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTeam Lakay won four world titles in ONE Championship in 2018, but that doesn’t mean the Baguio City-based stable can afford to rest on its laurels this year.Winning is one thing and staying on top is a whole different story.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Toni Basas’ status still uncertain ahead of UAAP Season 81

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PBA: Calvin Abueva nails game-winning putback as Phoenix escapes Meralco “Chinchin is at 50-50 right now because our main concern is the injury on her right shoulder, she still needs to have a medical clearance before she’s allowed to play,” said Pascua in Filipino Wednesday at FEU.“We’re still hoping that she can come back. She didn’t report to us physically but we’ve been keeping tabs through chat.”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 starsBasas also underwent an operation to fix her infected ear during the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.The absence of Basas is a big blow to the Lady Tamaraws’ bid to get back to the championship round after they finished as the runners-up in Season 80.center_img Basas did average 11.7 points-per-game in Season 80 while playing a support role to captain Bernadeth Pons who averaged 15.4 a match.Middle blocker Celine Domingo added that Basas is still resting from the two medical operations she went through and that her teammate is still with FEU.“She’s just resting right now since she’s had an operation to cure her infected ear and she also suffered a shoulder injury but she’s still here in FEU,” said Domingo in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University will enter the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament without one of its most reliable hitters in Toni Rose Basas.Lady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua said Basas’ situation is still uncertain with the outside hitter still nursing a right shoulder injury she suffered before the start of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas PLAY LIST 01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

ONE: Lowen Tynanes triumphant in return from serious injury

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town It was during this time that Tynanes further patched things up with his mother whom he lived with until second grade when his parents split up.“Mixed martial arts is my first love, and it’s always been my number one desire. I really got to see things from different angles. I went back to school, I worked on myself, my relationship with my mom, my family and traveled a bunch,” said Tynanes.“My little sister is turning two, and I found happiness in other things. But I’m back to my first love and the love was never gone. I took a little break and I’m physically ready again.”ADVERTISEMENT Versatile forward Lamar Odom sees self in Warriors’ Draymond Green View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lowen Tynanes dominates in his return to the ring. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Lowen Tynanes proved he’s back and ready for the title picture when he put on a dominant display in ONE: Hero’s Ascent to take the technical knockout win over Honorio Banario in the quarterfinals of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.The undefeated lightweight finished the match against Banario 4:46 into the first round with a vicious ground-and-pound in what he said was the culmination of nearly three years of preparation.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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Tynanes (10-0) was sidelined with a back injury that almost ended his career after he defeated Koji Ando in April of 2016.Since then, Tynanes used his layoff to become slow down and get a different perspective in life.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 stars“I live in the gym and when it was taken away from me due to injury. I went to school, I setup a foundation, and I donated a lot of my time to my little sister,” said Tynanes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Tynanes had a recurring back injury since his high school days but his fight with Ando further aggravated it when he suffered herniated disks that was almost, to some extent, some type of sciatica that left a painful sensation on his lower back down to his buttocks. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

UPA’s PMO swapped Dhyan Chand with Sachin for Bharat Ratna

first_imgDhyan ChandThe Manmohan Singh-led UPA government made the last minute, but vital, change to ignore hockey wizard Dhyan Chand for the Bharat Ratna by replacing the hockey great’s candidature with that of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from Test cricket last year.The dishonour meted out to Chand is visible in the mail trail, accessed by Headlines Today, involving the Prime Minister’s Office which show how the government snubbed Dhyan Chand to favour Sachin, no doubt two greats.On July 16 last year, then Sports Minister Jitendra Singh recommended the hockey legend’s name for the Bharat Ratna which was acknowledged by former PM Manmohan Singh nine days later. The internal PMO note reveals Dhyan Chand’s name was making rounds for the award till early August 2013. This was possible due to an amendment in 2011 to the law which made sportspersons eligible for the country’s highest honour.Sachin Tendulkar receives the Bharat Ratna award from President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi February 4, 2014. Reuters PhotoSingh approved eminent scientist CNR Rao for the award on October 24. But all of a sudden on November 14, the PMO asked the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to send the bio-data of Sachin Tendulkar and that too within a day. The ministry submitted it the same day.The UPA government’s desperation can be gauged by the fact that it was able to get the approval for Rao and Tendulkar for the Bharat Ratna on the same day from the Election Commission. Incidentally, it was the last day of Sachin’s cricketing career.advertisementReacting to the controversial switch, Dhyan Chand’s son Ashok Kumar, himself an accomplished hockey player, said, “It is a matter of great disappointment for crores of Indians that Dhyan Chand’s name was excluded and Sachin Tendulkar’s name was brought forward. It was a political game played against Major Dhyan Chand.”Considered the greatest ever hockey player, Dhyan Chand helped India win three Olympic golds in the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics.Speaking on the issue, Congress MP and BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla sought to distance the two greats. “No comparison should be done between Sachin Tendulkar and Major Dhyan Chand,” he said.last_img read more

Wesley Matthews makes big 1st impression in Pacers win over Hornets

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Initially, Matthews looked understandably out of sync. But as Matthews played on, he emerged as the difference-maker McMillan expected.While the stat line wasn’t spectacular — eight points, five rebounds and three assists — his impact was huge. The long shot he made with 3:57 to play extended Indiana’s lead to 92-82. And his second 3, with 2:15 left, gave Indiana a game-sealing 97-85 cushion.“He’ll take his shots, you see him, he struggled with his shot a little at the beginning but then he hits (two 3-pointers) toward the end that closes it out,” Darren Collison said after finishing with 13 points and eight assists. “That’s what he brings to the table.”Three other Indiana players reached double figures, including Myles Turner, who had 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Thaddeus Young added 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.Charlotte was led by Kemba Walker, who scored 26 of his 34 points in the second half when the Hornets attempted to rally from a 16-point halftime deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations THEY SAID ITHornets: “They’re one of the best defensive teams, if not the best, in the league,” Borrego said.Pacers: “I’m happy to see them, happy to see them playing well now. I don’t expect anything less than that,” Oladipo said on a conference call Monday morning.UP NEXTHornets: Hope to extend a 13-game winning streak over the Magic when they visit Orlando on Thursday.Pacers: Will chase a fifth consecutive home win against Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Just two days after clearing waivers, the veteran guard scored eight points, had five rebounds and three assists and beat the shot-clock buzzer with the biggest basket of the game — a 28-footer to help put away the Charlotte Hornets 99-90. The Pacers have won six straight — all without two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo.“We thought he (Matthews) was great,” coach Nate McMillan said. “Part of the agreement was that he would start when he came and we were OK with that because we thought bringing that type of talent to this roster and having a guy like that going down the stretch and in the playoffs with that type of experience, we were going to need it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt has been a whirlwind week for the veteran guard, who was traded Thursday from Dallas to New York and was subsequently released. After clearing waivers Saturday, the Pacers announced Sunday they had signed Matthews.By Monday night, he wasn’t just wearing the blue-and-gold; he was starting. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Walker scored half of the Hornets’ points during a 10-3 spurt to open the third quarter, made three consecutive free throws to get Charlotte within 64-57 and then made 3 with 1:02 left in the quarter to cut the deficit to 72-71.But Turner and Collison closed out the third with back-to-back baskets, Indiana scored the first eight points of the fourth and Matthews closed it out with his two big shots.“Everybody’s got to do their job,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “Tonight we didn’t have all of our guys on board.”TIP-INSHornets: Walker has scored at least 30 points in five consecutive games. He also had nine rebounds. … Jeremy Lamb had 21 points and Cody Zeller added 18 points and nine rebounds while returning to his home state. … Tony Parker sat out with a sprained back. … The Hornets were 7 of 40 on 3s, 25 of 33 on free throws and shot a season-low 32.2 percent. … Charlotte lost the season series 2-1 and only has one series win since 2007-08.Pacers: The Pacers have won at least six straight three times this season, their highest single-season total since 2003-04. … McMillan moved within three wins of tying Isiah Thomas for No. 6 on the Pacers’ NBA franchise career victory list (131). … Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points. … The Pacers were outrebounded 21-5 on the offensive end but were only outscored 16-8 in second-chance points.FAST STARTIndiana never trailed after taking a 12-11 lead in the first quarter. But the fast starts have become a staple since losing their first four games without Oladipo.They charged out to a 32-19 lead after one, their fifth straight game with at least 30 points in the first quarter, and extended the margin to 39-19 early in the second.“It’s encouraging when you get out to good starts like this, but it’s really (all) defense,” Turner said. “I think we held them to 38 points in that first half.” 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Indiana Pacers’ Wesley Matthews, center, goes for a loose ball against Charlotte Hornets’ Nicolas Batum, left, and Jeremy Lamb, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 99-90. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers signed Wesley Matthews to make a difference.They didn’t necessarily expect it show up in his debut.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes NBA says key call was missed late in Heat-Warriors gamelast_img read more

PBA All-Star promoter more than happy to donate wheelchairs after big scoring night

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants And he isn’t computing costs.“Some things, you can’t out a price on,” said Vasandani, chief of Double V Productions, which promoted the PBA All-Star weekend here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDouble V promised a wheelchair for every triple and every dunk during the two games featured during the annual spectacle: Friday’s Rookie-Sophomore vs Juniors match and Sunday’s North vs South All-Star game.The young turks coughed up 44 wheelchairs on Friday. On Sunday, it was all dunks and triples at Calasiao Sports Complex. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles As the North dismantled the South, 185-170, the two teams combined for a record 45 triples and 37 dunks: A total of 82 wheelchairs.“We wanted to make things more meaningful for this game,” said Vasandani. “And you could see everyone was really enjoying the game on a different level.”“I’m happy with the turnout, I’m happy with the number of wheelchairs. We’re just happy to be able to help while bringing joy to the people of Pangasinan,” added the promoter.ADVERTISEMENT CALASIAO, PANGASINAN—Veejay Vasandani will be ponying up for 126 wheelchairs to be donated to the Alagang PBA foundation.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Pasig Grindhouse books Fiba World Tour ticket after ruling Chooks to Go 3×3 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 Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

MVP performance from James Harden gives Rockets 2-0 lead over Jazz

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Harden put on an MVP performance with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Rockets to a second straight rout of the Utah Jazz, 118-98, for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.The Rockets also won Game 1 of last year’s series easily before losing that second game in Houston. They ended up winning the series in five games, but talked about the importance of maintaining focus after their 32-point win in Game 1 this season to avoid another such letdown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt was clear early that they wouldn’t have that problem this time around.“It was important for us to come out aggressive,” Harden said. “I think it was our defensive effort.” Olympic silver medalist says she also has testosterone condition Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Ricky Rubio was the man tasked with guarding him most of the night.“He’s hard but I’m not going to quit,” he said. “He’s one of the best scorers of all time and we’re going to keep trying to find ways to make his scoring hard.”The Jazz got 17 points each from Rubio and Royce O’Neale. Second-year star Donovan Mitchell vowed to do more after scoring 19 points in Game 1, finishing with five turnovers and no assists. He did have more assists, dishing out six, but managed just 11 points on 5-of-19 shooting and had four turnovers as the Jazz head home needing to turn things around quickly to avoid a series that looks to be headed for a sweep.“We didn’t show up,” Mitchell said. “Simply put. And that can’t happen.”Houston’s big early lead was also helped by 4-of-5 3-point shooting in the first half by P.J. Tucker and 16 points from Eric Gordon, who made three 3-pointers. Gordon didn’t score after halftime and Tucker added four points.The Rockets had a 15-point lead midway through the second quarter when Harden made a 3-pointer, and on the next possession banked in another one as he was knocked to the court on a foul by Thabo Sefolosha. Harden watched the ball go in as he sat on the court and did a little shimmy with his shoulders. The play drew a roar from the crowd and the video boards flashed to a fan holding a sign that read: ‘unguardable.’ before panning to former Rocket star and Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, who raised his arms and smiled.Harden missed the free throw but he’d still helped the Rockets push the lead to 52-31.The Jazz got within 17 on a tip-in by Jae Crowder with about four minutes left in the third, but Houston made the next seven points, highlighted by a 3 from Harden, to make it 90-66 about 90 seconds later.The Rockets were up by 28 entering the fourth quarter and had a 97-73 lead when Harden entered the game for the first time in the fourth quarter with eight minutes left. His 10th assist came with about 3 ½ minutes to go when he found a wide-open Kenneth Faried, who finished with a dunk to make it 107-87.TIP-INS View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jazz: Rudy Gobert had 11 points and 12 rebounds. … Utah shot just 39.8 percent after shooting 39 percent in Game 1. … Jazz finished 8 of 38 on 3-pointers. … Derrick Favors scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds.Rockets: Houston, which had 17 3s, has made at least 15 3-pointers in 11 straight games. … Clint Capela had seven points and 10 rebounds. … Chris Paul added 17 points.REMEMBERING NIPSEYHarden wore a medallion with a picture of rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle, who was murdered last month, to Wednesday’s game. He shared a heartfelt answer when asked why it’s important to remember him.“I’m just here because he’s one of my close friends,” Harden said. “This journey that I’m on is for him. It’s plain and simple. That name Nip. Everybody knows that name now. So I’m just another person that’s just helping that name live on.”THEY SAID ITTucker on the team’s focus: “When we do what we do, I don’t think anybody can beat us. And that’s a fact, I don’t care. If we come out and communicate and when our guys get going and are aggressive, we’re tough.”ODDS AND ENDSHouston is 8-0 at home in the first round since D’Antoni took over for the 2016-17 season. … The Jazz have lost eight of their last 10 playoff games on the road since 2017 including four of five at Houston. … It’s the first time the Rockets have won consecutive playoff games by 20 points or more.UP NEXT Harden, who recorded his third career playoff triple-double, had 25 points by halftime in a game the Jazz were all but out of after the first two quarters.Game 3 is Saturday night in Utah.Harden controlled the game from the start as the Rockets raced out to a 39-19 lead after a first quarter where he scored just two points fewer than the Jazz.“What he did in that first quarter was ridiculous,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Just dicing everybody up. When he gets it rolling nobody’s better.”Houston made 6 of 13 3-pointers in the first and Utah hit just one of its 14 tries. The Rockets didn’t let up in the second quarter and had pushed their advantage to 70-44 at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ After Game 3 on Saturday, the series stays in Utah for Game 4 on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon passes the ball as he drives against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and guard Ricky Rubio (3) during the first half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Houston, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — James Harden and the Houston Rockets didn’t talk about their defeat at home by the Utah Jazz in the second game of their second-round playoff series last season before Game 2 of their first-round matchup on Wednesday night.The Beard and his teammates were certainly thinking about it though.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

World Junior Sprint Queen Briana Williams Fails Doping Test

first_imgKingston: Double world under-20 sprint champion Briana Williams could miss next month’s World Championships after reportedly testing positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ).The Jamaican daily The Gleaner said that the 17-year-old initially failed the doping test after the National Senior Championships between June 20-23 where she placed third in the 100 metres to secure a spot in the national team for the World Championships in Doha. The newspaper said Tuesday that the ‘B’ sample had reportedly confirmed the presence of the substance.Williams’ representative Emir Crowne said they had not yet received confirmation of the ‘B’ sample and insisted that the sprinter had not done anything wrong.Her team reportedly say that the teenager used a contaminated cold and flu medication — which she had declared on her testing protocol form — as the source of the banned substance.”Our primary position will be that Ms Williams bears no fault in the circumstances and there should be no sanctions levied against her. That will be our primary position,” Crowne told The Gleaner.The medication, which does not list HCTZ as an active ingredient, was subsequently sent by Williams’ team to be tested independently in the USA, where it was confirmed that it was contaminated with traces of the banned diuretic, the newspaper reported.Florida-born Williams was just 16 when she won the 100m and 200m at last year’s World Under-20 Championships in Tampere which gained her nominations for the IAAF Female Rising Start and the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Awards.The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) is set to name its team for Doha on September 6.Last week, American sprinter Christian Coleman vowed to fight allegations that he missed three drug tests, saying he is confident a September hearing will clear him to compete at the World Championships. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. athleticsBriana WilliamsDopingworld championships First Published: August 28, 2019, 5:08 PM ISTlast_img read more

Lodha committee tells banks to halt BCCI disbursements

first_img× Apex court takes exception to BCCI plea that state associations are not under it Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Apex court chokes BCCI funds to members till they comply with Lodha reforms RELATED null COMMENT BCCI rejects several key reform recommendations BCCI President Anurag Thakur along with BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke interacts with media at the BCCI headquarters after the SGM in Mumbai on October 1.   –  PTIcenter_img COMMENTS BCCI President Anurag Thakur along with BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke interacts with media at the BCCI headquarters after the SGM in Mumbai on October 1.   –  PTI cricket BCCI’s SGM to consider Lodha Committee reforms adjourned till Saturday Remove BCCI top brass, Lodha panel tells apex court Fuming at the defiance of its recommendations, the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel has “directed” banks, where BCCI holds accounts, not to disburse any funds for the financial decisions taken by the Board at its Special General Meeting (SGM) on September 30.“It has come to the notice of this Committee that certain decisions have been taken at the ‘Emergent Working Committee’ meeting of the BCCI on 30th September 2016 to disburse large funds to the various member associations,” the committee has stated in a letter to the banks.The letter has also been addressed to BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke, CEO Rahul Johri and Treasurer Anirudh Choudhary. “You are aware that by way of this Committee’s direction dated 31.8.2016, no further decisions were to be taken regarding the future apart from routine matters. The disbursement of these amounts are not routine, and in any case, not emergent,” the committee said.“You are also aware that the BCCI has chosen to breach the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court as well as the first set of Timelines set out by this Committee which includes the Fund Disbursement policy to be framed by 30.9.2016.“As the status report is to be taken up for directions by the Hon’ble Court on Thursday, 6.10.2016, you are hereby directed not to take any steps towards financial disbursement of the amounts as resolved/approved after the direction dated 31.8.2016. Any violation of this direction will be placed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court for appropriate directions,” it added.The panel also cited the July 18 Supreme Court verdict, which had told the BCCI to “cooperate and act in aid of the Committee and its directives”.The BCCI is on the backfoot in the ongoing tussle with the Lodha Committee, which has filed a status report in the apex court asking for the removal of the Board’s entire top brass for violating its recommendations in the September 30 SGM. SHARE October 03, 2016last_img read more

Granit Xhaka Stripped of Arsenal Captaincy and Dropped for Europa League Game vs Vitoria

first_img arsenalcaptainEuropa Leaguefans First Published: November 6, 2019, 12:17 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has stripped Granit Xhaka of the captaincy and left him out of the Premier League side’s squad for their Europa League game against Portugal’s Vitoria.”I had a meeting with him and told him he is no longer in the captain’s group,” the Mirror website quoted the Spaniard as telling reporters on Tuesday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang takes over the permanent role, although he was also not in the 18-man travelling squad for the match in Guimaraes and Hector Bellerin is likely to stand in instead.”He (Xhaka) accepted my decision. We need to carry on and focus on tomorrow’s match. I needed to take a decision and now it’s closed,” said Emery.Arsenal are top of Group F after three consecutive victories.The Swiss midfielder has been in the spotlight since he reacted angrily to home fans booing him after he was substituted during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Oct. 27.Xhaka has not played for the club since then.Last Thursday he released an emotional statement to defend his actions, which included storming off the pitch and down the tunnel, and said he had reached a “boiling point” following repeated threats from fans to his wife and daughter. last_img read more

Boxing: Anthony Joshua to fight Alexander Poevtkin on September 22 at Wembley Stadium

first_imgAdvertisementAnthony Joshua will step back into the ring for the first time in sixth months since on September 22nd. Joshua will defend his World Heavyweight Titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium. Russia’s Povetkin is the mandatory challenger to his WBA title, and by fighting him Joshua should secure greater freedom in selecting his next opponent.Joshua will return to the scene where he faced Wladimir Klitschko in a Fight of the Year candidate that took place back in April of 2017. Joshua claimed the WBA title in an all-action firefight that saw him stop the legendary Klitschko in the 11th round in front of a post-war record crowd of 90,000 at England’s national stadium.“I can’t wait to get back in the ring, the end of March feels a long time ago now,” said Joshua . “Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for. He has serious pedigree and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table.“Training hasn’t stopped for me, but the next 10 weeks ahead will be intense both mentally and physically. I will push myself to the breaking point to make sure I am in peak condition for another huge night for British boxing at Wembley Stadium on September 22nd.”Povetkin last fought on Anthony Joshua’s undercard in March where he brutally knocked out David Price.“The battle for the World title has always been my goal,” said Povetkin. “I fought for the moment to face the strongest in the World and on September 22 I get my opportunity. Anthony Joshua has four belts and I want them all. I’m glad that our fight will finally take place, the meeting of two Olympic Champions in the ring is destined to be a breath-taking event.”IT’S ON! @anthonyfjoshua will defend his WBA,IBF,WBA and IBO World heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin at @wembleystadium on September 22! New York press conf tomorrow and London on Wednesday pic.twitter.com/NDCn7EpgvX— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) July 16, 2018“I can’t wait to return to Wembley on September 22 for what I believe will be one of the biggest tests of AJ’s career,” said Hearn. “Last time he was there he produced one of the most dramatic fights and endings in the history of the sport, and I expect this fight to be full of energy and drama — Povetkin is a Top 3 Heavyweight and extremely dangerous, but in AJ I see the best Heavyweight in the world today, and I think we will see a major statement.”Advertisementlast_img read more

DALITS 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS DEL35)(REOPENS DEL35)As per the committees suggestion to organise a “Run for Casteless India” on the lines of “Run for Unity”, an amount of Rs 171.76 lakh has been released to Nehru Yuva Kendra functioning under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.On April 14, the birthday of Ambedkar, NYKS will organise it at 105 selected locations such as state capitals.In another significant move, all 17 volumes of collected works of Ambedkar have been converted into Braille script for the convenience of the visually impaired.There was also a suggestion to give at least 10 decimal land to homeless Dalits for construction of house.The panel also came up the with idea that villages with more than 30 per cent population of Dalits should be declared Ambedkar Adarsh Gram where amenities are created at a priority level.Another suggestion is to open one Ambedkar Residential School in each block in which 75 of seats should be reserved for SC/ST students, where they are free food and cloth.In the first meeting of the national committee on July 23, last year, the committee made a number of suggestions like the need to make efforts for encouraging admission of students belonging to SC/ST in private university.Modi laid the foundation stone for construction of Ambedkar International Centre in the national capital last year and has begun the process for setting up Ambedkar National Memorial at Alipur Road here.Besides, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) Pune, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, has been entrusted to design a virtual museum with 3-D interactive panorama to make people aware of life and works of Ambedkar as a champion of the underprivileged.advertisementSources in the committee say that the preliminary virtual museum has been created by the C-DAC. On January 14, this year, some more artifacts on Ambedkar have been provided to C-DAC. PTI AMR SMN SC SMNlast_img read more