Month: November 2019

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Grand Slam turns into a Grand Slump Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “We won despite all the problems and it showed the great character of the team,” said Nawas, who missed Misagh Bahadoran and Amani Aguinaldo due to injuries.Global defender Dennis Villanueva was sent off in the 70th minute for a second booking after fouling Fumiya Kogure. But Roberts took his chance two minutes later. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was a remarkable feat for the Philippines Football League side considering the fact that only 13 players traveled to Singapore after the squad was hit by injuries to key players.But that did not stop Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas’ side from making history as Roberts was once again on target with a couple of opportunistic strikes in each half, while Patrick Deyto proved his quality in goal with a string of impressive saves and an assist to his teammates’ match-winning strike.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCeres-Negros and Meralco Manila, then known as Loyola Meralco Sparks, were eliminated in the semifinals of the tournament in recent years.Global reached the finals, five years after Meralco became the first Filipino club to be invited to the tournament. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Playing the last 20 minutes with only 10 men, Global Cebu stunned Hougang United, 2-1, last Saturday to become the first Philippine club to reach the finals of the Singapore Cup at Hougang Stadium in Singapore.Former Trinidad and Tobago international Darryl Roberts reprised his heroics from the first leg, scoring both goals again as Global completed a 4-3 aggregate victory against the S-League side and arranged a title clash with Albirex Nigata.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSpeaking to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, the three-time NBA champion once again bared his dream of one day calling the shots as an owner of an NBA franchise.“To be an owner of any team would be crazy,” he said. “If this thing opened up and I’m in a position financially, and I’ve got the right team around me, obviously. “FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough he certainly welcomes the thought of owning the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2003, James knows that the plan remains far-fetched at best at this point.“But who’s to say Dan will (sell)? I’ve always kept it just player/owner at this point. I guess once I come down to that point, if the conversation needed to be had, I’ll have it. But I don’t have it right now,” he explained. Bucks’ Kidd fined $15,000 for criticism of officiating Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. The Nets won 112-107.  AP Photo/Frank Franklin IINetizens have often joked about how LeBron James owns the Cleveland Cavaliers due to his supposed involvement with the franchise’s management decisions.But if everything falls into place, “The King” could actually one day purchase the Ohio-based squad, if current owner Dan Gilbert decides to put it up for sale in the future.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Last May, James also shared his goals of owning a team upon retirement.READ: NBA: LeBron James bares ownership aspiration upon retirementHowever, those aspirations have to wait, as the four-time NBA MVP still has plenty of basketball left in him, and he hopes to lift the Cavaliers from its slump in the ongoing 2017-2018 NBA regular season.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next “Watching the guys at the top, LeBron (James), (Russell) Westbrook, Giannis (Antetokounmpo), K.D. (Kevin Durant), Steph (Curry), guys like that, they motivate me,” he said.Simmons was born in Melbourne but grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales where his father played and coached basketball.He has had good support from his family.“I’m grounded. I have a big family,” he said. “I’m the youngest of six, so they keep me grounded and let me know that I’m the youngest in the household.”He eventually hopes to move past the young stars game and play in the main all-star game on Sunday.“It’s really rare (for a rookie to make the All-Star Game). LeBron didn’t make it, guys like that. I think the last one was Blake (Griffin).“It’s obviously one of those things that I wanted to be in it, but it didn’t happen and we move on.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments LOS ANGELES, CA – Ben Simmons #25 of the World Team posts up on Kris Dunn #32 of Team USA during the 2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game at Staples Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPNBA rookie Ben Simmons had two simple objectives coming into the 2018 NBA Rising Stars Challenge game on Friday night.“I want to win, but I want to have fun at the same time. So having fun usually comes with winning,” said the Philadelphia 76ers player.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Olympic hockey streak over as Canada loses to Czechs in shootout Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 21-year-old Australian is competing in the Rising Stars game which features 20 of the league’s top first or second year players.Simmons was selected with the top pick in the 2016 entry draft by the 76ers. He is still considered a rookie because he sat out all last season with an injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSimmons was the NBA rookie of the month for October, November and January and is on pace to become the first rookie to average at least 16 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists for a season since Magic Johnson in 1979-80.He is one of the frontrunners for the Rookie of the Year Award but is getting some competition from Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. Son of former coach among those who made it to 2016 PBA Rookie Draft PLAY LIST 04:18Son of former coach among those who made it to 2016 PBA Rookie Draft01:58Gene Simmons, Richie Sambora tipping Mayweather in upcoming fight02:45Pringle drains game-winner to lift Globalport past RoS01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Mitchell is averaging a team high 19.6 points per game to also lead all rookies in the league.Simmons said Friday that he is not thinking about the race.“I’m focused on my team making the playoffs,” he said. “So all the other accolades and awards will come in time if I do my job.”Asked if he watches Mitchell, Simmons said, “I’m not an individual type of guy. I watch team games.”He did say he hopes to eventually become of the top players in the league.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra has lightweight Mahindra as a final elimination round foe on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and a win—regardless of how Star and San Miguel Beer fare in their last games—will give the Kings top ranking after having beaten both sister teams.Tenorio and Justin Brownlee scored 22 points each to pace the Kings, while Meralco got 21 points from Baser Amer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAt 7-4 the Bolts are still assured of playing in a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals.Earlier, TNT KaTropa found it hard shaking off a determined Rain or Shine side, needing some big buckets inside from huge import Joshua Smith in eking out a 105-102 decision. Alaska and Star will clash on Wednesday, and if the Hotshots defeat the depleted Aces, there’s a strong chance the Painters could avoid the seventh or eighth positions.GlobalPort, which battles San Miguel Beer at the end of the elimination round on June 2, would also need another win to make it to the next round without a hitch, in case Alaska loses.“I don’t know if we still have a chance [at a top two finish],” TNT coach Nash Racela said. “All I know right now is that we are not at a twice-to-win disadvantage.” Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Throwing his weight around inside the paint with the Elasto Painters losing import Duke Crews at the halfway mark of the third quarter, Smith hit two critical lay-ins before Ranidel de Ocampo canned two free throws with 3.6 seconds left for what turned out to be the final count.The Texters thus closed out with an 8-3 record and qualified safely in the upper half of the quarterfinal draw.And with two more playdates remaining, TNT still has a chance at making the top two if some of the leaders lose their remaining games.Rain or Shine, which won this tournament last season, ended its elimination round stint with a 5-6 record after a second consecutive defeat.The Painters are assured of at least a playoff for the last quarterfinal slot and could even get a free ride to qualify in the middle of the pack depending on the results of the last two game days.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Read Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—Fan-favorite Barangay Ginebra crept closer to the No. 1 ranking in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs after pulling out the stops on both ends in a gripping endgame and surviving Meralco on Sunday night, 90-89, before a boisterous crowd at Ynares Center here.Joe Devance and LA Tenorio scored the Gin Kings’ final four points inside the last 38.9 seconds before Meralco sealed its fate with a blown fastbreak play which could have turned things around as Ginebra claimed a piece of the elimination round lead with idle Star at 8-2.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa lifts Creamline Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY—Stephan Schrock couldn’t have picked a bigger, more important match to make up for all the time he missed away from Ceres-Negros.On another magical night at a packed Panaad Stadium, OJ Porteria and Manny Ott delivered the goals, while Schrock provided the steel and creativity as the Busmen subdued Home United of Singapore, 2-0, to rule the Asean zonal stage of the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The victory completed a 3-2 win on aggregate and sent the Busmen to the inter-zonal semifinals against Istiklol of Tajikistan starting Aug. 22 in Dushanbe. Ceres will host the second leg on Sept. 12.“We left it all out there on the pitch” said Schrock, who rejoined the team in April, which meant he was only added to the squad for the zonal finals. “We put in the performance of our lives in this final. We deserve to make history for the club, the country and Southeast Asia.”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 starsPorteria gave the Busmen an early lead on the away goals rule with a close-range volley off an Iain Ramsay cross in the second minute, before Ott’s superb free kick in the 41st minute doubled the advantage.The first half performance, where the hosts won a penalty that was wasted by Fernando Rodriguez and created a couple more clear-cut chances, was in stark contrast over their uninspired display in the 2-1 loss in the first leg last week. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments “It was a very important game and I’m just honored to be given a starting place,” Schrock said.“I had to prove that I deserve to start because my teammates have been sacrificing the past six months to get us to this stage. I owe it to my teammates and our supporters.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul But even with the visitors pushing men forward in the second half, the Busmen proved resolute, preserving a clean sheet for the first time in six matches.The Busmen broke down in tears upon hearing the final whistle and becoming the first team to rule the zonal stage, which started in February.And considering the fact that the club owned by Leorey Yanson was only a provincial powerhouse five years ago, the achievement was nevertheless impressive.Schrock worked tirelessly on both ends, winning 14 duels and creating five chances in a dynamic display that reminded why he was once a regular in the top-flight in Germany.The midfield maestro said he was merely making up for lost time.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Gonzales wins as Frayna falterslast_img read more

first_imgAccording to a tweet Friday from The Players’ Tribune, the media platform founded by Jeter, Bella Raine Jeter was born Thursday.Her birth came as the 14-time All-Star closes in on a new job. Jeter is a limited partner in an ownership group led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman that has a $1.2 billion agreement in place to buy the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this May 14, 2017, file pool photo, retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, and his wife Hannah walk off the field following a pregame ceremony retiring his No. 2 in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium in New York. The couple have welcomed a baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, who was born Thursday, according to a tweet Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, from The Players’ Tribune, the media platform founded by Jeter. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, Pool, File)NEW YORK — The captain’s team just got a little bigger.Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his wife Hannah have welcomed their first child.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Boston Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34last_img read more

first_imgIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was on Wednesday served a notice by the Commissionerate of Central Excise and Customs here for evading service tax on his income from the second and third season of the Indian Premier League.Harbhajan, who represents Mumbai Indians in the IPL, has been issued notices for his role in advertisements, rental incomes and his participation in the first and second seasons of the high-profile league, said Charanjit Singh, commissioner of CEC, Ludhiana.Singh said that Rs 1.8 crore as taxable amount is recoverable from Harbhajan on account of his income from the IPL.Details regarding his rental income from Mumbai Indians and income from advertisement have been asked from his chartered accountant who appeared on Harbhajan’s behalf before the assessing authority.Similar notices have been served to Punjab XI players Karan Goyal and Gagandeep Singh (both from Ludhiana), Sarvjit Singh (Jalandhar) and T P Singh (Amritsar).Singh said that the notices have been issued as IPL was primarily a business promotion venture and the department did not accept it as a sporting event.Earlier, the Chandigarh Commissionerate had issued a similar notice to Yuvraj Singh, another Kings XI player, for recovery of Rs 1.15 crore, including interest and penalty, as service tax dues.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

first_imgIndian boxers had some contrasting results on Friday night and Saturday. It was absurd to see Vikas Krishan initially winning the bout against American Errol Spence and then losing it after the decision was overturned by the AIBA judges’ panel.But Laishram Devendro’s prequarterfinal victory over 2009 world champion and Beijing Olympic silver medallist, Serdamba Purevdorj of Mongolia, brought some cheer to the Indian contingent.Since it is the AIBA panel, which has overturned Vikas’s result, and India’s protest has also been turned down, the decision can’t be questioned. But the worst part in the whole incident was the role of the referee present in the ring during the bout.According to the AIBA panel, Vikas had committed many fouls which the referee didn’t notice. But my point is if a referee is eligible enough to stand in an Olympic bout, how can he be so ignorant? How can he overlook so many things? I think he had no right to stand there and should be suspended for this kind of performance.Can you imagine the psychological condition of the boxer who is declared the winner in an Olympic bout and then suddenly told that he has lost? For Vikas, the four-year long Olympic dream was shattered within moments.But kudos to Devendro for the quality game he displayed against a world champion. The coaches must have told him to maintain a big lead throughout the bout, especially after Vikas’s result. With his electrifying movements and lightning punches, he had a lead of three points after the second round. It was a treat to watch Devendro made and his natural style of attacking game has so far been a nightmare for his opponents. I think he should continue his natural game in the bouts to come.advertisementIndian boxers should also take lessons from Vikas and Sumit Sangwan’s defeats. Those who are still in the fray, should make it a point to maintain a good lead. And for it, they should play their natural game.(Mohammad Ali Qamar is a 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist)last_img read more

first_imgIt has been little over a year that Mehtab Hossain made his comeback to the senior national team after a stellar season for East Bengal.Having made his senior team debut during the SAFF Championships in 2005, the midfielder’s international career has been blighted by injuries and despite performing well at the club level, he failed to make the cut for the Asian Cup in 2011.Now with a new chief coach – Dutchman Wim Koevermans at the helm, Mehtab is aiming to give his best so that India can complete a hat-trick of Nehru Cup titles, even though players like Bhaichung Bhutia, Climax Lawrence and Mahesh Gawli have retired.”Some of the young players who performed well in the AFC under-22 championship have the potential to succeed at a higher level. It is hard to replace a Bhaichung or Climax but players such as Manandeep Singh have to take up the challenge,” Mehtab told Mail Today.Mehtab, who recently returned from Scotland after undergoing trials at Airdrie FC, said that the experience of playing in foreign conditions benefited him immensely. He says that the team management was impressed with him but he was not able to procure a work permit.”Playing in Scotland was a great experience. The facilities and the environment are excellent and the coaching staff at Airdrie was impressed with my skills. But I was not able to join them because of work permit issues. But I have got assurance from East Bengal that they would support me if I get a chance to play abroad,” Mehtab said.advertisementThe senior team has not played any tournament after the AFC Challenge Cup debacle in March and Mehtab admits that success in Nehru Cup would provide a boost. “The players know the importance of the tournament. The coach is trying to bring in a new style of play and as professional players, we have to try our best to implement his ideas on the field,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgWelcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the first cricket Test match between India and New Zealand from the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Score | PhotosIndia vs New Zealand Day 1Pujara: I am happy that I have made a comeback and I have started well. I like to thank my father for supporting me. It is my immense love for the game that keeps me going. We were playing in tough conditions on the A tour to the West Indies. I knew that I was facing these kind of bowlers and I knew the ground well. I was better prepared. The pitch is slowing down and it is starting to turn. MS Dhoni is telling me to score a double ton and we will look to go past 400.Summary: The day belonged to Cheteshwar Pujara. He has nicely slotted back into the Indian Test team after a gap of 20 months. His first Test century lit up what has been an even day for both India and New Zealand. Both the openers fell to poor shots while Tendulkar was sent back by a wonderful delivery from Boult. Kohli and Pujara shared a 125 run stand before Martin accounted for Kohli. Raina too fell cheaply before Dhoni and Pujara steadied the ship.5:05 pm | 86.6 overs: STUMPS – India score 307/5 on Day 1. Chris Martin to Pujara, no run, back of a length delivery and it nips back in just outside off, Pujara defends it to mid off and that will be stumps. Pujara (119*) and skipper MS Dhoni (29*) remain unbeaten.4:50 pm | 84.1 overs: PUJARA GETS A LIFE! Chris Martin to Pujara, no run, loud appeal for a catch but not given, New Zealand cannot believe it, good length ball that darts back in around the off stump, the ball flicks the glove as Pujara takes the bottom hand off, van Wyk dives to his left and collects it, umpire Gould does not give it out, that is a poor decision. The TV replays clearly point out that he was out.advertisement4:30 pm | 10 overs remaining: New Zealand have taken the NEW BALL. We should have called it a day now, but they’re short by ten overs.MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease4:05 pm | 72.4 overs: WICKET! Raina departs cheaply. His poor form continues. Jeetan Patel to Raina, out Caught by van Wyk!! Oh boy, this is a very unlucky way to go. Quicker ball fired down the leg side, Raina looks to tickle it down to fine leg, gets a feather edge and van Wyk moves to his right to collect a sharp catch, Jeetan is thrilled to bits. Raina c van Wyk b Jeetan Patel 3(13) (India 260/5 in 72.4 overs)3:37 pm | 69.3 overs: 100 UP FOR PUJARA! Franklin to Pujara, 1 run, the crowd erupts as Pujara gets to his first Test century, take a bow, Che Pujara! Short of length ball on the middle and leg stump, Pujara clips it to long leg and punches the air in delight, he is just soaking in the adulation here, many more to come I am sure. And that’s his break-up for the century – 169 balls, 14 fours, 1 six. This is also his maiden international ton. He also has 14 first class centuries to his credit.  3:42 pm | 68.4 overs: Chris Martin to Pujara, FOUR, to third man. And Paujara moves on to 99. You bet, he has batted like Rahul Dravid. Good decision by skipper MS Dhoni to bring him on No. 3 position.Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease3:38 pm | 68.1 overs: WICKET! Thank God it’s not Pujara! Chris Martin to Virat Kohli, out Caught by Guptill!! The Phantom breaks this dangerous stand. Good length ball in the zone outside off and gets it to kick up a touch, Kohli plays away from the body and looks to force it to the off side, gets an outside edge that flies to Guptill at second slip, Kohli is gutted as he walks back. Virat Kohli c Guptill b Chris Martin 58(107) [4s-8] (India 250/5 in 68.1 overs)3:28 pm | 66.2 overs: Chris Martin to Virat Kohli, no run, loud shout for an LBW from Martin but not given, length ball and it nips back in off the pitch, Kohli plants his front foot across and looks to work it to the leg side, he misses it and gets rapped on the pads, but that ball was sliding down the leg side.3:03 pm | 60 overs: India are 219/3 at the stage with Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle.2:30 pm | THIRD SESSION2:10 pm | TEA: India are 182/3 in 54.0 overs (Pujara 54, Kohli 32)advertisement2:05 pm | 51.6 overs: FOUR and that brings up Pujara’s 50. He is definitely living up to his expectations. Franklin to Pujara, FOUR, fantastic shot! Short and a touch wide outside off, Pujara latches on to it and cuts it away off the back foot, to deep backward point, for a boundary.1:32 pm | 44.1 overs: Nicely driver by Pujara towards the boundary. Doug Bracewell to Pujara, FOUR, wonderful shot! Full outside off, Pujara gets onto the front foot, leans in to the delivery and drives it with perfect timing, through the gap on the off side, to the sweeper cover fence.Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease12:54 pm | 34.5 overs: WICKET! It’s a big one …Sachin walks! Boult to Tendulkar, out Bowled!! Lovely delivery! Good length on middle, angled across, pitches and jags back in to the right hander, Tendulkar tries to push at it but the ball goes through the gap between bat and pad, and crashes in to middle stump. Tendulkar reacts as though the ball stayed a little low, however, replays suggest otherwise. Tendulkar b Boult 19(62) [4s-2] (India 125/3 in 34.5 overs)12:30 pm | 29.6 overs: India are 111/2 at the stage. Boult to Pujara, no run, pitched up outside off, Pujara lets it go through to the wicketkeeper.12:12 PM |  25.3 overs: Four and that brings up the 100 to Team India. Patel to Pujara, FOUR, that’s a cracking shot! Too wide by Patel, Pujara had the time to rock back and slap it wide of point12:10 pm | SECOND SESSION – The players are coming back out to the middle. This session is going to be a very important one for both sides.LUNCH – India are 97/2 at the stage. Sehwag and Gambhir got starts but couldn’t convert them into big scores. The Kiwis have got rid of the openers and if they can get Tendulkar soon after lunch, they’ll feel that they have an upper hand. Join us at 12:10 for the next session11:30 am | 25 overs: India are 97/2 at the stage with Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease. They are batting at ease after Virender Sehwag provided the hosts with a quick start.10:55 pm | 15.3 overs: Sachin opens his account. Boult to Tendulkar, 1 run, off the mark with a single, down the leg side and Tendulkar glances it to fine leg for one.Sachin Tendulkar, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:45 am | 14.3 overs: WICKET! Oops Sehwag falls three runs short of his 50! Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, out Caught by Guptill!! No drop catches this time. In fact, it’s a sharp catch! Short of length but too close to the off stump, Sehwag still goes for the cut but he ends up guiding it straight to second slip, he hit that hard but Guptill did very well to hold on. An entertaining knock comes to an end, but India needed more than just 47 from Sehwag.. Sehwag c Guptill b Doug Bracewell 47(41) [4s-9] (India 77/2 in 14.3 overs)10:40 am | 13 overs: India are 65/1 at the stage. DRINKS! Drinks are on the field now . A good first hour for India, but New Zealand are just getting some rhythm going now. Things would have been very different had they taken the catch in the last over..advertisement10:38 am | 12.5 overs: Driven away towards the boundary. Easy 4 there. Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, edged and between 1st slip and the keeper! Oh dear, oh dear. Good delivery that – full and close to the off stump, Sehwag pushes away from the body and gets a thick edge, it goes right between van Wyk and Ross Taylor and both of them leave it to the other. Taylor reacts late and attempts to go for the catch but it’s a bit too late.. will that prove costly?So Pujara has stepped into Rahul Dravid’s boots. Hope he lives up to the expectations. Cheteshwar Pujara, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:20 am | 9.6 over: WICKET! And Boult gets his man of the last ball of the over. Boult to Gambhir, out Caught by van Wyk!! That’s the first strike. The bowling has been good in the last 2 overs and that ultimately consumes Gambhir. Perfect length in the corridor of uncertainty outside off, Gambhir pokes at it as he always does and gets an edge to the keeper. Gambhir started well, but has to walk back now. Gambhir c van Wyk b Boult 22(36) [4s-4] (India 49/1 in 10 overs)10:10 am | 8.2 overs: DROPPED! It was a tough one though. Chris Martin to Sehwag, 2 runs, a harsh man will call that a chance. It would have been an incredible catch had he taken it. Martin digs it in short, Sehwag looks to pull but it gets a bit too big on him, goes off the top of the bat but just clears mid wicket. Flynn ran back from that position and tried to get there but couldn’t.10:10 am | 8 overs: Two quick fours off Sehwag in that over off Doug Bracewell even as India total reach 39 for no loss.9:50 pm | 3.6 overs: An easy FOUR there Boult to Gambhir, 4, edged, in the air, but safe! Good delivery that – full and moving away, Gambhir was drawn into the drive but only manages a thick edge, luckily for him it went between the slip cordon and gully9:46 pm | 3 overs: India are 8 for no loss against the Kiwis even as Chris Martin has completed his over. Sehwag and Gambhir are going easy there.9:42 pm | 2 overs: Boult to Sehwag, no run, angled away from Sehwag who leaves it alone.9:35 pm | 0.6 over: Chris Martin to Sehwag, no run, a bouncer to end the over, Sehwag stays away from that one.9:30 am | Gambhir and Sehwag are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. Chris Martin will open the attackNot many surprises in the Indian playing eleven. Pujara was an obvious choice and Raina has pipped Badrinath for the number 6 spot. The tougher question is: who will bat at number 3? Will it be Pujara – who is touted as the next Rahul Dravid, or Kohli – who has already tasted success at that position in ODIs?Teams:  New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Flynn, Ross Taylor(c), Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Kruger van Wyk(w), Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult, Chris Martin India (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav Taylor: The pitch is hard. We have played here in the IPL and seen that the wicket is hard. It was a disappointing tour of the West Indies but we had 1 and a half weeks to get over it. Chris Martin, Jeetan Patel and Franklin come in to the side. Dhoni: The wicket will assist spinners later on. The last game we played here was a draw. It’s good to see a wicket like this in the sub-continent. There is something for the batsmen and the bowlers. The break helped us, especially in the fitness aspect. We’ll miss Rahul Dravid and Laxman. They’re legends of the game. Rahane, Ishant, Piyush and Badri are missing this game. 9:00 am | TOSS: India have won the toss and elected to bat Pitch report: It’s evenly rolled, but it’s very dry, with no grass whatsoever. We expect the pitch to take turn as the Test match progresses. The pitch has a bit of dampness, which will aid faster bowlers initially. With the humidity around, it might swing, but it will be tough conditions for the Kiwis.last_img read more

first_imgIndia Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2012.With an investment of hundreds of crores and years of hard work, the London Olympics were always going to be a watershed event for Indian sport.While some of the heralded names fell by the wayside, there were others who led the way as India reaped its largest medal haul at the grandest sporting stage of the world.At the end of the extravaganza, six athletes engraved their names in the annals of history and became inspirations for the millions of youth in the country.Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, MC Mary Kom, Gagan Narang and Saina Nehwal were already champions in their respective fields but their success at the London Games have made them household names with a large number of youngsters ready to follow in their footsteps.Five of these athletes will be in the Capital on Friday at the India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2012 to share the experiences of their incredible journeys, which saw their dreams turn into reality.Sushil comes from a humble background and excels in a sport that not many parents would like their children to take up. But the humble grappler from Baprola village in the Capital changed the perception after his bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics four years ago.Not one to rest on his laurels and spend the rest of his life reaping the benefits of his Beijing feat, Sushil kept working hard and went a step further in London to become the only Indian athlete to win two individual Olympic medals.advertisementYogeshwar, who grew up with Sushil and trained under the same coach, had a lot of experience but an Olympic medal always eluded him. Things changed dramatically for Yogeshwar in London where he fought three bouts in a mere 45 minutes to win a bronze for the country.Boxing was always thought to be a male-dominated sport until MC Mary Kom arrived on the scene. Her is one of the most inspiring stories as she has fought all the way to win medals at every level.It was for the first time that women’s boxing was introduced at the Olympics and that gave the five-time world champion an opportunity to add another feather in her cap.Mary comes from Manipur, which is mostly in the news for the wrong reasons. But her bronze medal will go a long way in changing the perception of the state and women’s boxing in general.The mother of twin boys had to increase her weight to be eligible to compete at the Olympics as her preferred category (48kg) wasn’t part of the London Games. Not only did she manage to qualify for the Olympics in a higher weight category (51kg), but also returned home with a bronze medal.Shooters were always India’s best bet for medals in London and Gagan Narang opened the country’s account in the 10m air rifle event. It was one medal that the ace shooter was craving for years, having been on the podium at every other stage.Before the Olympics, armyman Vijay Kumar had won medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asiad. It was now time to shine on the biggest stage of them all.The Indian finished second in the 25m rapid fire pistol event to eventual gold medallist Leuris Pupo of Cuba but Vijay showed that “hard work always pays off”.last_img read more

first_imgHome to many young, promising designers, Hyderabad is fast making its mark on the fashion map. Classic saris rub shoulders with opulent Indo-Western wear even as young designers are going green with recycled materials or luring the modern fashionista with experimental and creative innovations. Join us for a tete-a-tete with,Home to many young, promising designers, Hyderabad is fast making its mark on the fashion map. Classic saris rub shoulders with opulent Indo-Western wear even as young designers are going green with recycled materials or luring the modern fashionista with experimental and creative innovations. Join us for a tete-a-tete with some of the city’s coolest, most innovative designers.Uber chic: Sagar TenaliHe launched his label, Sagar Tenali in 2006 and since then, has been on a roll. A NIFT graduate, he worked with the brand XLNC in Hyderabad, designing men’s clothing before he started his own studio in 2008.With his creations displayed in most leading studios throughout India, he’s carved a niche in the genre of western wear, club wear, resort wear and wedding trousseau. ‘Confident subtlety’ is his mantra and his latest collection titled Oh Bahamas reflects that rather stylishly. Essentially resort wear with a lot of linen jackets, chinos, ponchos and kaftans thrown in, he’s experimented with the embellishing and has used European style stones, crystals and other such adornments. “Expect to see a lot of silver, and black this season is blended with other shades,” he says. Other hot colours this season are slated to be dark emerald green, olive greens, brick red, shades of yellow, and blues like ultramarine and midnight. Layers are back. Like a kurta emerging out of a sherwani, paired with churidars.Style tip: Men can do away with the stoles and dupattas and go in for the pagdi or turban while sporting ethnic wear.advertisementUrbane hues: Asmita MarwaAsmita Marwa’s creations fuse the traditional with the contemporary, producing a chic urbane sensibility. An extensive traveller, Asmita draws inspiration from anything ranging from exotic spice markets to things lying on her desk in her studio. In 2008, she was featured among ‘Nine Designers to Look Out For’ by Vogue and now she’s already got a number of fashion weeks to her credit. Though having received no formal training in fashion, Asmita, a Psychology graduate was always interested in clothing design and has learnt designing through observation and experimenting besides her numerous travels abroad. Besides clothes, she also designs spaces and furniture as a hobby. Her label Asmita Marwa was launched in 2003 and for a few years following that, she retailed from a few stores.Her big break came in 2008 when she showcased her kalamkari collection at Lakme India Fashion Week, Mumbai. “One of the most fascinating aspects of contemporary fashion is the liberty of expressing yourself the way you like without any rigid set of style mantras,” says Asmita. Her latest collection, titled La Vi En Rose, showcased at the Blender’s Pride Fashion Tour this month is all about viewing life through rose tinted glasses even though everything around is affected by corruption, recession, violence and negativity. Her inspiration for this collection came from Woodstock and the times of the 60s and 70s that she keeps going back to.Her designs reflect a hippie chic look with a kaleidoscope of colours and prints. There are two distinct looks for this season-a boyish androgynous look and a more feminine bohemian kind of look,” she says. “Solid colours are the ‘in’ thing with a focus on deep tone shades of primary colours-burnt red, indigo, dirty mustard or military green. The last season’s obsession with purple is certainly over. The silhouettes are more structured and no-fuss. In India, a draped look still works. This translates into kaftan dresses and stuff like that.”Style tip: For evening wear, go in for a crisp white asymmetrical shirt with a pair of black leggings or pyjama pants or even palazzo trousers.Natural pizzazz: Sashikant NaiduEngineering didn’t quite agree with his more creative inclinations and Sashikant Naidu decided to follow his calling when he took up a diploma in designing at NIFT and debuted on the fashion week circuit at Lakme India Fashion Week, 2010. Listed among the top 50 upcoming designers of India in the Femina Book of Fashion 2003, he launched his label, Sashikant Naidu in the same year, but not before facing his fair share of struggles. He still thinks of himself as a struggling designer since he isn’t a cut throat businessman and can’t be one. “I like doing things my way and it’s been good so far-step by step with no overnight breakthroughs.” He started out really small in his father’s garage and not only had to work hard, but also face jibes like ‘After all you’re just a tailor!’ Inspired by Indian culture, heritage, tribes, and colours, Sashikant’s designs are subtle and classy. This season too he continues to work with ikat and kalamkari in silks apart from khadi that keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. When it comes to trends he says, “Burnt oranges, reds, deep purple, dull gold, royal blue, deep teal, primrose yellow are hot on the ramp and peach is the new neutral this season.” According to him, prints and colour blocks with structured cuts, carrying just a hint of sparkle and layering sums up the current look.Style tip: Aclassy shirt dress will always work since you can dress it down for work and up for the evening.advertisementClassy appeal: Archana RaoShe’s among the youngest of the lot and among the most promising too, going by the impressive looks in her look book. Archana Rao made a stunning debut on the fashion circuit this year, launching her label Frou Frou-a name inspired by the rustling sound of fabric-at the Gen-Next show, Lakme Fashion week, March 2012. After a bachelors degree at NIFT, Archana attended Parsons school of Design, New York and was selected to showcase her graduation collection at the prestigious Parsons Line Debut 2009 at Lord and Taylor, New York. That was followed by an internship at Kaufman Franco, New York, and after getting back to India, she started working as a menswear designer. The look for her latest collection Prologue is very androgynous. Classic masculine designs have been tweaked with a romantic, feminine twist. The structured, uniformed style of menswear has been made fluid with the use of oversized garments. “Inspired by the basic principles of line and form, silhouettes this season will be streamlined,” says Archana. Structured clothing with bold fabrics and simplistic style details are the forecast for the season.Style tip: Women should experiment with detachable collars, embellished neck pieces, oversized cuffs and metal belts.Ethnic elan: Ganesh NallariGanesh Nallari’s passion for fashion may have been a late discovery, but is certainly enriched with all that he’s done before, in line with his design philosophy of varied styles and inspirations coming together eclectically. Since art is known to show up in unexpected and often unpredictable ways, the painter, trained Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, theatre actor, and once even a qualified dentist eventually took to dressing up the fashion conscious in the city. After having studied at Domus Academy, Milan and NIFT, he launched his label, Ganesh Nallari in 2007 that specialises in wedding trousseau for women and men. Over the last few years, he’s designed clothes for weddings, styled for several Telugu movie projects and dance productions and also finds his creative expression in theatre. “My brand celebrates the luxury of clothing, originating from the classic Indian art forms,” he explains. Ganesh finds Indian ethnic wear dominating this season in India. Apart from saris and anarkalis, which have been safe bets all through, the half-sari is becoming popular for its mix of fusion elements and diversity in style, allowing women of all ages to adapt to the new interpretation of this traditional attire with easy grace. Traditional fabrics like chanderi, kota tissues, kanchivaram and shaded Benaras georgettes are evergreen and the year 2012 celebrates color in contrasts, with warm hues like golden yellow, cadmium orange, Indian red, bright hyacinth, hot pink, light fuchsia, sea blue-green and royal ink blue dominating.Style tip: Pick the style and colour of your outfit based on your body type. Ink blue, for instance, can make you look slimmer. Larger prints on a bigger body type should be avoided. Shaded colours tend to give you a leaner look.advertisementEarthy femininity: Ishita SinghChic, elegant and comfortable-the words that best describe Ishita Singh’s sense of design. It’s the mantra she follows when dressing film stars and style divas. A NIFT graduate, Ishita has already been around for a decade in the fashion industry and her label, Anhad is all about the use of lots of colour, loads of Indian sensibility, style and simplicity. Ishita has also been designing extensively for films and her designs for actor Genelia D’Souza Deshmukh got her quite a lot of recognition. A socially conscious youngster, she happens to be the first designer in south India to have single handedly organised a fashion show to promote breast cancer awareness in Hyderabad in 2008. Talking about the trends this season she says, “A lot of bubblegum colours like pinks and oranges along with neutrals like dull grays will be in. More fitted silhouettes and sleek cuts will also be seen this season.”Style tip: Let accessories be minimal. A pair of big earrings should be good enough. Or a set of bangles in gold or silver are equally good.Clean cuts: Shravan KumarShravan’s self confessed “ramp to road” creations are a hit with wedding households and high society wardrobes alike. A NIFT graduate, he has been in the fashion industry for about 18 years now with his first breakthrough show being Design 04 at Pragati Maidan, Delhi in 2004. His re-diffusion couture with a definite love for traditional fabrics like kalamkari and namikari has earned him clients all over India and several shows; the latest being the Punjab and Kochi International Fashion Weeks. His collection showcased at the recently concluded Kochi Fashion Week has been inspired by the female matriarchal system in Kerala. While he works closely with weavers, he’s also associated with two NGOs-Passionate Foundation that works towards better education and Impact, which is associated with the treatment of cancer among children. Talking about this season, he says, “There seems to be a colour confusion of sorts, with shades from last season lingering on. So there’s a little bit of everything happening. The look, however, is a clean one with straight lines. Asymmetry is surely out. Frills and flounces are back and so are sheers, laces and net. For the future, the focus is quite certainly shifting rapidly to health fashion.”Style tip: If you’re wearing earrings, do away with the neckpiece; if it’s a statement clutch, go easy on the wrist-allow the focus to be on one eye-catching accessory.The saree soiree: Gaurang ShahHis designs are all about celebrating India and the sari. Perhaps that’s why actor Kiron Kher walked the ramp for Gaurang Shah at the Mumbai Fashion Week Winter Fest by Lakme in August this year. It was a rich collection which won him the Best Indian Designer Award for his kanjeevarams, kalamkari and zardozi saris in festive reds, yellows, pinks and oranges. At the July 2012 Berlin Fashion Week at Lavera Showfloor -Eco Designs Platform, he used a lot of whites and off-whites with splashes of colour. “I cannot work without colour. It’s how we Indians are and it’s who I am.” With no formal education in fashion or textile design, Gaurang learnt pretty much on the job, growing up among saris since his father had been running a textile business for years. Gaurang Shah was raised in Hyderabad and although his roots are in Gujarat, he draws immensely from the aesthetics of the south. Floral motifs are his all time favourite. Another signature motif is the peacock that he uses often in his creations. He believes in first understanding a weaving technique and then coming up with a design accordingly. The result-a healthy dose of texturing that his saris are enriched with. Expect to find unusual creations like a khadi Andhra sari with a pure silk border.Style tip: Choose simple, no-fuss blouses to go with your saris since the focus should remain on the sari, rather than shift to the blouse.last_img read more

first_imgView comments Buddy Hield had a career-best 37 points, including 7-of-14 shooting from 3-point range, and De’Aaron Fox added 28 points and 12 assists for the Kings, who have given up 130 or more points in four of their last five games.“It’s not exciting for me, watching guys just tee it up and go right down the lane over and over and over,” coach Dave Joerger said. “We’ve got to get better individually guarding the basketball, and we’ve got to get a little bit more active in our help.”Fox said the Thunder turned things around after two losses to the Kings by using their height advantage.“We see teams trying to crash (the boards) a lot more than they did earlier in the season because they were worried about us running,” Fox said. “We just have to stop giving up offensive rebounds and second-chance points.”It was a matchup of short-handed teams. The Kings were missing Iman Shumpert, Marvin Bagley III and Bogdan Bogdanovic because of injuries, while Oklahoma City guards Raymond Felton and Dennis Schroder were serving one-game suspensions for leaving the bench area during a scuffle with the Chicago Bulls on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. George had 19 points, Westbrook scored 17 and Adams added 14 in the first half, and the Thunder held a 71-52 lead at the break. Oklahoma City maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the third quarter, though the Kings pulled within nine entering the fourth quarter.The Thunder opened the final period with a 9-0 run — with all the points coming from George — and had a comfortable lead the rest of the way.“We were getting some really good stops, so we didn’t have to do anything tricky,” Adams said. “We were just more disciplined than they were and they missed a lot of shots.”TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook also had six steals. … Adams had a double-double by halftime with 14 points and 15 rebounds. … OKC missed seven of its first 14 free throws, including five straight misses in less than two minutes of the second quarter by Westbrook. … The Thunder broke a three-game road losing streak. … Jerami Grant had 22 points.Kings: Had won their two previous games this season against the Thunder, by 131-120 in Oklahoma City on Oct. 21 and 117-113 in Sacramento on Nov. 19. The teams meet for the final time this regular season Feb. 23 at Oklahoma City.AILING KINGSShumpert (bruised right hip) and Bogdanovic (sore right foot) were both listed as day-to-day, while Bagley (bruised left knee) is expected to miss about another week.REBOUNDING PROBLEMSThe Thunder’s 66 rebounds were the most by a Kings opponent in regulation since the Portland Trail Blazers also had 66 in a 1993 game. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion 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 UP NEXTThunder: At Utah on Saturday. Oklahoma City has won four straight against the Jazz.Kings: Play the second game of a three-game homestand when they host Memphis on Friday. Joerger coached the Grizzlies from 2013-16.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) and guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrate after the Thunder take the lead during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The Thunder won 132-113. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan thought his team spent too much time shooting 3-pointers in two losses earlier this season to the Sacramento Kings. But on Wednesday night, the Thunder focused on their inside game and came away with a win.Paul George scored 43 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and Steven Adams grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds in a 132-113 victory over the Kings. Oklahoma City had a season-best 66 rebounds, compared to 43 for Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “Steven was phenomenal on the glass,” Donovan said. “One of the things we wanted to do is play closer to the rim. I felt we needed to play closer to the basket.”George hit four 3-pointers and went 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Westbrook had 19 points, 17 assists and 11 boards for the 112th triple-double of his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefGeorge and Adams had double-doubles — George pulled down 12 rebounds and Adams scored 20 points — as the Thunder won for the eighth time in 11 games. Nine of Adams’ rebounds came on the offensive end.“(Adams) has been doing that all season,” Westbrook said. “There’s nobody that’s going to stop him from doing what he’s doing every night.” Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Fred VanVleet hits go-ahead 3-pointer as Raptors escape Pacers LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

first_imgPH 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 Eya Laure doesn’t want to think much about becoming the future leader of University of Santo Tomas.But the way she’s playing belies that.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte UST coach Kungfu Reyes lauded his players’ efforts which he said was best in recent years.“Our development was very good, I hope we sustain it,” said Reyes. “Our only minus factor is we lost one player to injury (Alessandrini).”He said he won’t gamble using Alessandrini until the 6-foot-2 hitter is 100 percent ready physically and psychologically.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Playing with a lot of heart, the rookie open hitter scored 15 points to power UST to a 25-18, 25-14, 25-20 rout of University of the East Sunday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Centre.It was the third straight win for the Tigresses in a 5-2 card, good for a tie for second with the La Salle Lady Spikers at the end of their first round schedule.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, logistics“For me it’s about teamwork, playing with heart and communication,” said Laure in Filipino. She teamed up with UST resident gunner Sisi Rondina in burying the Lady Warriors to their fourth straight defeat for 1-6.Later in the day, University of the Philippines recovered from an opening set loss to turn back Adamson, 25-27, 25-14, 25-12, 25-21. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Breakthrough for Fuel Masters Google Philippines names new country director Ayel Estranero, UP’s soft-spoken setter, said their fourth win in seven games was a “morale-booster” after the Lady Maroons suffered stinging defeats at the hands of UST and rookie-laden National University.Adamson fell into a tie with UE in bringing up the rear of the eight-team field going into the second round next week.Rondina finished with 17 points, while Dimdim Pacres and KC Galdones contributed eight points each for UST, which has been playing without the injured Milena Alessandrini.“All of this is for Milena, she gives us motivation that every one must step up every game and do what we do in practice,” added Laure.Judith Abil scored 15 points for the Lady Warriors, including seven in the third set when she single-handedly tried to carry the fight for UE.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgFILE – This Wednesday, March 20, 2019, file photo shows a basketball with March Madness 2019 in a rack before Michigan practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. An Ohio man has made history with a March Madness bracket that’s perfect through 48 games on the NCAA.com’s “Bracket Challenge,” according to the NCAA. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man has made history with a March Madness bracket that’s perfect through 48 games on the NCAA.com’s “Bracket Challenge,” according to the NCAA.Gregg Nigl of Columbus told The Columbus Dispatch he almost didn’t fill out his bracket last week, saying he was home sick just hours before the deadline. But he felt bad about not entering a bracket in his friend’s tournament group.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ In addition to his historic bracket, two of Nigl’s other three brackets are in first place in their groups, the Dispatch said.Nigl has been watching the games closely, stopping on a recent trip with his wife at a brewery in Erie, Pennsylvania, to watch Michigan beat Florida in the Round of 32. Nigl, who grew up in Michigan, is a lifelong Wolverines fan.In his perfect bracket, Nigl has No. 1 Gonzaga beating No. 2 Kentucky for the national title. Duke and Virginia round out his Final Four.While Nigl likes how he picked the remaining games, he isn’t counting on his bracket to stay perfect.“Seeing the odds of a perfect bracket up until this point, I’m not very confident that it will stay that way,” Nigl said. “But anything can happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Heat raise Chris Bosh’s No. 1 jersey to the rafters Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles 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 Instead, he correctly predicted every game through the first two rounds of the 2019 NCAA tournament.The NCAA bracket tracker says the bracket is the only perfect one remaining across all major online bracket games, including Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated and the NCAA’s own contest. It’s the longest streak of correct bracket picks, breaking the reported record of 39 games, which happened in 2017.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, logisticsThe NCAA says the odds of a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion — so bettors, take the under.Nigl, 40, said he researched his picks, doing his homework after the tournament field was unveiled, including watching some of the bracket shows on TV. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “I think he did a great job to make that step,” Divac said. “But moving forward, I just felt like we had to go a different direction. It’s been three years and we made some progress. This year was a good season but I think we could do more, especially after All-Star break.”Divac said he had been contemplating the decision to change coaches for a while and ultimately made it after the team stumbled to the finish with a 9-16 record after the All-Star break. The poor stretch run left Sacramento with a 39-43 record, nine games out of a playoff spot after being tied for the eighth spot in the West heading into the final game before the break.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, logisticsThe Kings had their most wins since having a 44-38 record in coach Rick Adelman’s final season in 2005-06. That ended a run of eight straight playoff berths and Sacramento hasn’t been back to the postseason since for the NBA’s longest active drought.“After the All-Star break, I felt very confident we’d be in the race and we were in the race,” Divac said. “Unfortunately, we fell short.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 FILE – In this April 7, 2019, file photo, Sacramento Kings head coach David Joerger, right, reacts to a call as referee Leroy Richardson runs down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Sacramento, Calif. The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Dave Joerger after three losing seasons. The team announced the decision Thursday, April 11, 2019, one day after finishing its 13th straight losing season _ the NBA’s longest active playoff drought.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, California— Sacramento’s best season in 13 years wasn’t enough to save coach Dave Joerger’s job.General manager Vlade Divac fired Joerger on Thursday after he helped develop the young Kings into playoff contenders before ultimately falling short in the franchise’s 13th straight losing season.ADVERTISEMENT “The next level is to be a team that is going to be a playoff team and down the road a contender,” Divac said. “I think our kids are very talented. We have to believe in them and give them a chance to take advantage of their work and talent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew No rest for the weary Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Divac made the move official just hours after he was given an extension through the 2022-23 season by owner Vivek Ranadivé. Divac took over as GM before the 2015-16 season and helped bring in some of the key pieces that have led to the improvement this year, including guards Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox and big men Marvin Bagley III, Willie Cauley-Stein and Harry Giles.Divac also made a trade this season to acquire forward Harrison Barnes from Dallas in hopes of making a playoff push but the team faltered down the stretch.“Vlade has been vital to what we are building here and I am so pleased to announce his extension,” Ranadivé said. “Throughout his entire career, Vlade is someone who has always made those around him better, both on and off the court. I look forward to our bright future ahead.”Joerger was the ninth coach since Adelman was fired in 2006 with none able to post a winning record or a playoff berth. In fact, since moving to Sacramento before the 1985-86 season, the only winning seasons for the Kings came in Adelman’s eight seasons at the helm highlighted by a trip to the Western Conference final in 2002.Divac is now counting on coach No. 10 being the one that can get the team back to the level it had under Adelman, when the Kings were a contender for several years and played an entertaining brand of basketball.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more