Switzerland-based timing and data handling company Swiss Timing has denied allegations of non-performance levelled against it by the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi.In a press release issued on Friday, spokesperson Beatrice Howald said Swiss Timing denies the allegations of “non-performance of the contract” and will take legal action against such groundless accusations.The spokesperson added, “Swiss Timing has entirely fulfilled its contract according to the stipulations and conditions set and agreed on by both parties. 95 per cent of the invoiced amount has been paid to Swiss Timing so far by the Committee.”The only non-performant actor was the organizing committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi.”Before, during and after the Games, the Swiss Timing experts had to work under disastrous, chaos-like conditions. Despite this situation, Swiss Timing delivered an impeccable service to the athletes.”
It is celebration time in Madurai! For, so swift and sudden has been the change that it has lifted the people of this temple city from their despondency. With a new government taking over, the air of freedom seems all pervasive in the former fiefdom of M K Alagiri.”What next?” is the question that invariably lingers in the minds of the people, who are secretly gleeful at the increasing discomfiture of the Union Minister.With his close aides in jail, the DMK patriarch’s elder son is rattled at the prospect of his turn being perilously close. These were the people with whom the ‘Prince’ ruled the southern districts, holding his court in Madurai. Now his wings have been clipped. The sheen of invincibility too has vanished, resulting in his isolation.Alarm bells started ringing when the police first laid their hands on ‘Pottu’ Suresh, a school drop-out turned Man Friday of the Union Minister. Widely seen as the alter-ego of his master, he came to wield immense power with many bureaucrats, seeking transfers and plum postings, waiting for his appointment. So much so, Jayalalithaa chose to call him Deputy CM as Alagiri was considered the CM of the Southern districts.It was a meteoric rise for someone who was an unsuccessful roadside vendor close to two decades ago. Earlier, Suresh was known with the prefixes ‘nighty’ and ‘bajji’ for selling women’s accessories and then hot ‘bajji’ in the Town Hall Road. Sporting a huge tilak (‘pottu’ in Tamil) after associating with netas, it became his new identity. His final destination was Alagiri and within a short period of time, he edged out old timers and entered the Minister’s inner circle. “Pottu’s words are mine and should be complied with,” was Alagiri’s reported diktat.advertisementNone of the DMK leader’s courtiers, who gained prominence and power, had any stature. Neither were they from the party ranks nor from the family association. The less said the better about their vice- like grip. In spite of their humble beginnings, they have come to flaunt huge wealth which, even the DMK old timers could not digest. Worse, they were despised by the public for unleashing a reign of terror. The more notoriety they earned, the more dependable they became for their master.Doing his bidding without any hesitation is their only creed. No wonder, with the DMK’s crushing defeat in the assembly poll Alagiri’s cronies were expected to face the music. But, none had expected that the crackdown would expose and disarm the ‘ Prince of Madurai’ so soon.His lieutenants who landed in prison include, ‘Attack’ Pandi, an accused in the Dinakaran attack case, G Thalapathy, former MLA, and ‘Essar’ Gopi, accused in the murder of former DMK Minister Tha Kiruttinan. Those awaiting police action include Deputy Mayor P M Mannan, also an accused in the Kiruttinan case.These are only samples as the list is not exhaustive.More than keeping them as henchmen, the DMK satrap went a step ahead by elevating them as senior functionaries in the party. Ever since the pyrrhic victory in the 2009 Tirumangalam bypoll, which was the beginning of the cash for vote syndrome, Alagiri’s writ was never challenged. Despite their criminal background, he got his associates elevated to the DMK Executive Committee as well.Though the Dinakaran and Kiruttinan cases ended in acquittal, the spectre of their revival has come to haunt Alagiri and his associates.As the noose is tightening around Alagiri, no tears are shed either in the party or in the city, which he has made his home for well over two decades. ‘He who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind’ is the reason proffered by the ordinary citizen about the fate that has befallen the DMK strongman and his associates.A man is judged by the company he keeps. It is more so in public life where none can escape scrutiny of one’s conduct.This is particularly true of Alagiri, who, given a long rope by his octogenarian father, turned out to be a law unto himself.He has no literary or intellectual pretensions like his father, who keeps the company of discredited writers and poets, to sing paeans. If the Dravidian movement could be called as anti- intellectual and anti-democratic for parading the halfbaked as scholars and thugs as leaders in the public domain, Alagiri could well be seen as its logical culmination.Wily Marans bunk DMK rally When the DMK took to the streets protesting Jayalalithaa’s ‘politics of vendetta’, one man invited the wrath of party workers by being conspicuous by his absence – Dayanidhi Maran. Both the Marans have flown to distant Indonesia where they are holidaying with their families. The DMK rank and file is not ready to forgive the indiscretion of the duo, who are seen as parasitic time servers. Their grouse is that the Marans consider themselves above the party. Having enjoyed power, they were expected to stand by the party at the time of distress is the chorus in DMK circles.advertisementMaybe mounting troubles could have forced them to stay away from the massive protest in which over one lakh party workers, led by the M K Stalin, courted arrest. With the patriarch taking a back seat, it was left to his younger son to shoulder the leadership. Even a limping Khushboo was seen getting into the police vehicle, raising the morale of the party which is reeling under the ruthless crackdown by the AIADMK government.And this being the first major agitation of the DMK after the humiliating electoral defeat, Maran junior’s absence was not taken kindly.Further, this has marginalised him after his exit from the Union Cabinet. “Are they attempting to make peace with the czarina in order to protect their business interest?” is also a question that is doing the rounds.Babus to face music nowAfter the netas, it’s the turn of babus who ruled the roost during the Karunanidhi regime to face the music. ADGP Jaffer Sait, former state Intelligence chief, has been placed under suspension. This follows a vigilance raid last week at the residences of Sait, his relatives and close associates.He has been charged with acquiring a prime plot in the name of his wife under the social worker category and building flats for sale together with another aide of Karunanidhi. In the run-up to the assembly poll, the EC transferred him to West Bengal following allegations by the Opposition. He preferred to go on leave and was vacationing in Bangkok. The buzz in the corridors of power is who will be the next to face the music.Left gets it wrong, againOnce again the Marxists have proved that they are twice removed from reality. On the emotive issue of Eelam, the CPI(M) has been treading the beaten path, by calling for unity among Tamils and Sinhalese. But, in the aftermath of the colossal human tragedy in Sri Lanka, the party’s formulation has made it a laughing stock among the pro-Tamil groups.In mobilising public opinion it is no match for its Dravidian counterparts. Concerned at the CPI too marching ahead of it in raising this issue, the party General Secretary Parakash Karat came here last week to parrot the worn out formulations. Even its sympathisers are red faced at the party living in the past. Will the Marxists see sense?Jaya seeks to revive dam dispute With Jayalalithaa back in the saddle, the Mullaiperiyar (Mullaperiyar in Kerala) dam issue could gain added momentum.advertisementIt is the lifeline of the six southern districts of Tamil Nadu which are facing the threat of desertification as storage level has been brought down to 136 in 1979 following Kerala raising safety concerns. Later the dam structure was strengthened as per Centre Water Commission guidelines. But, storage is no more the bone of contention with Kerala now pressing for a new dam even after the Supreme Court ordered reverting storage to the original 152 ft in phases.As a first step towards protecting her turf, Jayalalithaa has opposed the Centre’s Dam Safety Bill, objecting to certain clauses which she finds are detrimental to the state. As in all other issues, her bte noire Karunanidhi stands discredited.He had called off a fast due to pressure from the Congress. This presents her an opportunity to outsmart the old fox. Further, it would help her to rob the wind out of the sails of Vaiko and other pro-Tamil parties whose voice has turned shrill against Kerala.
Handed another demoralising defeat by England on a miserable tour, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni bemoaned the injury-crisis that has hit his side, saying that all his plans fall apart due to the lack of options at his disposal.India went down by seven wickets in the rain-reduced second ODI and Dhoni said the bowling left a lot to be desired given that the batsmen had done a decent job by posting 187 in the 23-overs-a-side game.”The bowling department needs to step up a bit. The strength of our bowlers is not speed but it didn’t swing today. Also the variations in pace were not possible because the outfield was wet and the ball came on to the bat nicely,” said Dhoni after England comfortably overhauled the 188-run target.”Presently it is becoming difficult to maneuver them around with just two bowlers. When the frontline bowlers go for runs, it becomes difficult. I tried Ashwin hoping he could upset their scoring but even he went for runs. The first five overs didn’t work out for us,” he added.”Our fast bowlers are not deceptively quick. They are between the 128-132mph speed. If it is not swinging, it’s difficult and a bit tough on them.”Indians stuck to their policy of playing with seven batters even when it meant that Manoj Tiwary was almost straightaway drafted into the playing eleven literally after stepping out of aircraft.”Our lower order batters can’t score big against this bowling attack. Without six batters it becomes quite difficult to score runs. So if it is a low score, even five bowlers can’t defend it.advertisement”I thought 187 was a good score. But once they got 60 in first five overs and 100 in the first 10, they never really had to take any risk.”Dhoni once again rued the injuries that have had a disastrous effect on his team’s performances.”Injuries have been a big concern. We have lost nine players and almost of them feature in the first eleven.” The injury nightmare, however, wouldn’t extend to young Ajinkya Rahane who batted with a runner during his knock of 54 on Tuesday.”He felt a twist in his leg while turning. It’s a bit of inflammation but as of now, he wouldn’t miss the next game.
Spain suffered a surprise defeat in their Olympic football opener on Thursday, going down 1-0 to Japan and having a man sent off. Yuki Otsu was the hero for Japan at the match at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, beating Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea with a strike on 33 minutes before Inigo Dominguez picked up a straight red card for a foul on Kensuke Nagai nine minutes later.Japan could have sealed their win with a breakaway goal on 86 minutes, but De Gea managed to block Nagai’s low shot, before Hotaru Yamaguchi hit the ball over the bar in stoppage time as Spain’s desperate attempts to equalise left them open at the back.The world and European champions had started brightly, with Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata their main creative outlet, but struggled to break down a compact Japanese defence, even before having Dominguez sent off.After the red card, Japan took control and restricted Spain’s shooting chances while creating plenty of their own.Spain’s next match is against Honduras on Sunday, before they play Morocco on Wednesday.Honduras and Morocco drew 2-2 in their opener on Thursday.
Sri Lanka and New Zealand would be the first two nations to experience the effects of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rule changes.The new ICC rules that were approved on Monday will come into effect when Sri Lanka host New Zealand in a Twenty20 International on Tuesday in Pallekele. The ICC has made several important changes to the playing conditions in all three forms of cricket, including amendments to Powerplays, Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS or DRS), no-balls and bouncers among others. The recommendations were made by the ICC’s cricket committee in June and endorsed by its chief executives committee later that month. An official statement from the ICC came late on Monday confirming the changes.Other important changes include amendment to the LBW (leg before wicket) protocols with the margin of uncertainty applicable to point of impact with the pad increased. Besides, henceforth the TV umpire would check for no-balls after every dismissal and advise the on-field umpires.In Test cricket, the participating countries can now decide whether to play a day-night Test match, with the competing boards deciding not only on the hours of play but also the specifics of the ball used. The teams can also change lunch and tea intervals to 30 minutes each with the ICC’s approval.In One Day Internationals (ODI), a maximum of two bouncers would be allowed per over, with blocks of Powerplays reduced from three to two.
India lost their second position to Sri Lanka, while Australia maintained their place at the topThe Indian cricket team dropped a rung to third but Virat Kohli continued to top the batting chart in the latest ICC one-day rankings announced on Wednesday.India lost their second position to Sri Lanka, while Australia maintained their place at the top of the heap.Sri Lanka’s 3-2 series win over England helped them gain one ratings point to move up to 112, the same ratings points as India.However, when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, Angelo Mathews’ side edged out India.In the individual rankings, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained steady at sixth followed by Shikhar Dhawan at eight spot (a loss of one position).Rohit Sharma entered the top-20 at the the 20th position.Among the bowlers, seasoned off-spinner Ravindra Jadeja slipped a position to fifth to be only Indian in the top-10.Elsewhere in the list, off-spinners James Tredwell of England and Sachitra Senanayake of Sri Lanka entered the top 20 for the first time at the end of the five-match ODI series between the two sides that finished at Edgbaston on Tuesday.Sri Lanka claimed the five-match series 3-2 after they sealed the fifth and final ODI with a six-wicket win on Tuesday.Tredwell jumped 18 places to a career-best 12th with 627 ratings points, while Senanayake vaulted 20 places to 13th, with 623 ratings points.Both Tredwell and Senanayake claimed nine wickets in the series. However, Senanayake had a better average of 15.11, while Tredwell’s haul came at an average of 18.44.advertisementMeanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan moved up two places to seventh in the rankings for ODI batsmen, in the only positive movement inside the top 10.Dilshan was the highest run-getter in the series, with 222 runs at an average of 44.40.South Africa batsman AB de Villiers occupies the second place and Australia’s George Bailey holds the third position.
Civil services aspirants are agitating against more weightage given to English in the exam.The civil services examination will be held as per schedule on August 24, the Indian government declared on Thursday in Parliament, while saying that consultations will be held with various parties and stakeholders on the matter after the current session.”As for this year, there is no scope for postponement of (UPSC preliminary) examination,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said as opposition created uproar in Rajya Sabha demanding an all-party meeting immediately.Civil services aspirants are agitating against more weightage given to English in the exam.Naidu said the UPSC issue requires “deep” study and discussion with political parties and other stakeholders as there are both sides of the argument about the CSAT in UPSC.”…after the session, government is ready to discuss it with all” to reach a consensus, he said, adding the government has taken a correct decision in this regard and minds of students should not be disturbed.As members insisted for all-party meeting before August 24, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar said there is already a view among many members that it will not be possible to find a solution to the issue immediately.”An all-party meeting has to take place to discuss wider reforms. We will inform about the date later on,” he said.Earlier, government had announced marks of English will not be included for gradation or merit in UPSC exam.As soon as the House met for the day, opposition parties including SP and BSP raised the issue and demanded that government should immediately call an all-party meeting to resolve the matter as it affects lakhs of students.advertisementIn the Lok Sabha, AIADMK leader M Thambidurai made a strong plea that the UPSC exam should be conducted in all regional languages to provide level-playing field to students from all over the country.
Lionel Messi scored twice to help 10-man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Elche in the debut of coach Luis Enrique on Sunday, with the Argentina star looking eager to put last season’s disappointments behind him.Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble free of a pack of opponents before slotting in Barcelona’s first goal in the 41st. Minutes later Barcelona lost Javier Mascherano to a direct red card when he fouled Elche’s Garry Rodrigues with only goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to beat. But Barcelona’s 18-year-old Munir El Haddadi, starting for the injured Neymar, scored seconds after halftime before Messi got his second goal in the 63rd after again confounding a group of defenders.Elsewhere, Eibar beat Real Sociedad 1-0 for a winning debut in the first division, while Celta Vigo beat Getafe 3-1.After Barcelona lost its Spanish league title in the last round of last season and Argentina lost to Germany in the World Cup final, Messi summed up his desire for the new campaign to begin by writing on Facebook before the game: First match today!!! I hope God is on our side for a great season.It started with a bad omen, though: Just seconds after kickoff, the game was paused when a black cat ran onto the Camp Nou pitch before stewards managed to herd it off. But aside from Mascherano’s red card, there was no bad luck for Barcelona.Messi looked back to his best and his pair of goals seemed the perfect answer to critics who had said the four-time world player of the year had lost a step. He was lively from the start, both in attack and in defense, and scored his goals in classic Messi fashion: putting the ball on his left boot to breeze around his markers before picking his spot in the opponent’s net.advertisementWith Neymar out and new signing Luis Suarez suspended until October, Munir got the nod from Enrique and had Barcelona’s first chance when he fired the ball off the goalframe in the 22nd.Andres Iniesta followed suit with a strike onto the crossbar in the 32nd as Barcelona piled up chances before Messi converted. Sergio Busquets sent an errant Elche pass to Messi, who used four quick touches to open an angle around three Elche players before slotting home his first goal.Moments after Barcelona grabbed the lead, Busquets’ poor back pass forced Mascherano to foul Rodrigues to stop a one-one-one opportunity with Bravo. Elche failed to take advantage of the extra man and Munir, who had only debuted with Barcelona’s B-team in March, doubled the lead with a skillful tap with the tip of his left boot to float Ivan Rakitic’s long pass over goalie Przemyslaw Tyton.Messi added the third goal despite being shadowed by four defenders, skirting along the edge of the area until he saw the chance to slot the ball inside the post.
P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Taylor Statham, who struggled all game, tied the game at 18 but 1Bataan, which played without Sean Manganti, was quick to regain the advantage with Pasaol splitting his free throws to get back the lead.“We had to adjust there for a while because we’ve been playing with Sean since the pre-season but it was easy to play with Kuya Chito,” Assitio said about his veteran teammate Chito Jaime.The Risers, who lost for the first time in group stage no thanks to a Gerald Anderson-led effort from Marikina earlier in the day, won another P100,000 for the third leg crown.“We need to bounce back in the next leg, no excuses,” said Pasol.The President’s Cup returns to the SM Megamall Events Center on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Anton Asistio leads 1Bataan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines— Solidifying the newest rivalry in street ball, Pasig Grindhouse Kings and 1Bataan Risers faced off in the Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 finals for the third time this season.But the Risers pulled ahead in the race to the top of the standings, escaping the Kings, 21-19, in an intense final battle Friday in the third of the five legs of the 3×3 tournament at SM Fairview Events Center.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end LATEST STORIES At 34, Ben Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The victory shored up the output of 1Bataan, led by Anton Asistio, Santi Santillan, Alvin Pasaol and Chito Jaime, to 280, 20 ahead of the Pasig Grindhouse, which won the last leg.The two sides were neck-and-neck until the final seconds but with Pasig Grindhouse missing all of their attempts from downtown for a walk-off win, the Risers pounced on the chance as Santillan nailed the game-winning freebie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We always expect that facing them will be tough because they’re bigger than us, “ said 5-foot-8 guard Asistio of the Kings composed of Dylan Ababou, Taylor Statham, Troy Rike, and Joshua Munzon.Pasig Grindhouse trailed by 10-15 then 14-18 but always found a way to storm back into the match, which is being played at half court with only 10 minutes on the clock. MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments
Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Crucial stretch Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Westbrook says the fan made racial comments toward him during the Jazz-Thunder game on Monday night. The NBA and the Jazz both investigated the matter and released decisions Tuesday afternoon. Westbrook was fined for using both profanity and threatening language, which he did from the sideline.The Jazz say that the fan was banned for “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse” during the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash 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 P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after a teammate scores against the Utah Jazz in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NEW YORK — The NBA has fined Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook $25,000 for the language he directed toward a fan in Utah.Meanwhile, the Jazz have banned the fan from all events at their arena permanently and effective immediately.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “We will ask the help of Mr. (Ricky) Vargas (the Philippine Olympic Committee president) on this matter.”According to the report, the MOA Arena is unavailable because of prior bookings.“Maybe Mr. Vargas can talk to [the Phisgoc] and ask what happened,” he said.The SEA Games will happen after the World Cup in China, and Panlilio admitted that the SBP still doesn’t have a final composition of the team that will play in the biennial conclave.The Philippines has won all but two of 19 cage golds in the Games, finishing second to Malaysia in 1979 in Jakarta and in 1989 in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Harvey Carey hits milestone, plays 700 games with TNT “We need bigger venues for Philippine games,” SBP president Al Panlilio, who is already in Shenzhen for the World Cup draw that will happen on Saturday, told the Inquirer over the phone, expressing dismay as to why this decision was arrived at.“If it would be a game between Myanmar versus Malaysia, which no one will watch, maybe that could be played in a small venue,” Panlilio said. “But if it’s a Gilas game, our countrymen will definitely watch that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesReports have come out on Thursday that the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) had failed to secure the MOA Arena for the cage competition, putting the games instead at Filoil Flying V Centre with a capacity of just over 5,500 fans.And this is a development that does not sit well with Panlilio and the entire national basketball team leadership. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Filipinos have won the last 12 editions ever since that debacle in Malaysia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Basketball, the sport which this country embraces like a religion, will be played in a small venue when the Philippines hosts the Southeast Asian Games later this year.But the ruling Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) won’t take that sitting down and will do everything it can to remedy that.ADVERTISEMENT
Dallas Mavericks’ Tim Hardaway Jr., left, and Luka Doncic (77) celebrate with Dirk Nowitzki (41) after Nowitzki scored a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in Dallas, Monday, March 18, 2019. The basket placed Nowitzki as the sixth all-time league leading scorer surpassing Wilt Chamberlain. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks became the NBA’s sixth-leading scorer Monday night with another of his signature long-range jumpers.Nowitzki took Luka Doncic’s handoff and backed down New Orleans’ Kenrich Williams before hitting a turnaround from the top of the free-throw circle with 8:35 left in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ The basket brought Nowitzki to 31,420 points in his career, one more than Wilt Chamberlain. The 40-year-old German trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan. James passed Jordan for fourth place on March 6.Coming into the game, Nowitzki needed just four points to pass Chamberlain, and he started for just the ninth time this season. His first basket was a 20-footer off an assist from rookie Jalen Brunson.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, logisticsWhile Nowitzki stands only an inch shorter than Chamberlain’s listed height of 7-foot-1, the two reached their point totals with contrasting styles of play.Chamberlain once averaged more than 50 points in a season, dominating inside to such a degree that the NBA widened the paint in an effort to neutralize him. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Nowitzki, meanwhile, has made nearly 2,000 3-pointers in his career, establishing the trend of big men with long-range shooting capabilities. He’s an 88-percent free-throw shooter, 37 points higher than Chamberlain’s mark.“One of his real legacies is gonna be how he helped this game evolve to what it is today,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “In the ’90s and early 2000s, there was a real crisis. Scoring was down. The way Dirk approached the game helped … nudge the game along and open up space. Eventually the value of the 3-point shot to open up space became a reality. And so today, you don’t hear anybody talking about how there’s not enough scoring or the game’s not exciting.”Nowitzki is 872 points behind Jordan but may retire at the end of the season, though he has said he will decide on his future when the season is over. He is the only player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with one team.Nowitzki missed the first 26 games of the season recovering from left ankle surgery and has been reduced to a role player for much of the year, but he has started the past four games and nine out of the last 12 for the Mavs. His season high entering Monday was 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director PH Special Olympian inspires on Humans of New York post
LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Even with still a game left in the group stage, Pasig is already assured of a spot in the playoffs on Friday after the Katara dropped to 0-2 in Pool A. The top two in each pool move on the next round.Pasig Chooks faces top club team Liman at 12:25 am to decide the top seeding in their pool.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Fiba 3×3 Masters: PH’s Balanga Chooks stuns no. 3 Riga GhettoStatham finished with nine points for Pasig while Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup MVP Munzon added seven points. @Munzonn showing less mercy than The Night King!#3x3WT pic.twitter.com/qYiNtZhXJZ— FIBA3x3 (@FIBA3x3) April 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Taylor Statham leads the way for Pasig Chooks. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–Not to be outdone, Pasig Chooks also scored an impressive 21-14 victory over Katara of Qatar to kick off its campaign in the 2019 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Masters in Doha, Qatar.After Balanga’s huge win earlier, Pasig Chooks made it a perfect start so far for the Philippine teams with Joshua Munzon and Taylor Statham, the country’s top 3×3 players, leading the way.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid 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 Fiba 3×3 World Masters: PH’s Balanga Chooks stuns no. 3 Riga Ghetto Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. #3x3WT Final Scores Watch Day 1 of #3x3WT Doha Masters LIVE! 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📺 https://t.co/G7cv5kgogn pic.twitter.com/fxphX5dUx3— FIBA3x3 (@FIBA3x3) April 18, 2019 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments
Indian tennis ace Leander Paes has again changed his partner and will play with reigning French Open men’s singles champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland at this week’s Cincinnati Masters here.Paes partnered reigning men’s singles Olympic champion Andy Murray in Montreal last week where he lost to Andy’s elder brother Jamie, who partnered Australian John Peers in the second round.Paes and Wawrinka, who had won the men’s doubles Olympic gold with compatriot Roger Federer back in 2008, will take on Kevin Anderson and Jeremy Chardy in the first round on Monday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.Indo-Romanian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea have been seeded fifth and have got a first round bye.Indo-Swiss women’s doubles combine of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis are also taking part in the tournament. The reigning Wimbledon champions have been seeded No.1 and have also received a first round bye.
Motorola Mobility on Monday launched the Moto X Play smartphone in India starting at Rs. 18,499 for the 16GB variant. Meanwhile, the 32GB variant will be available for Rs 19,999. The Moto X Play – just like other Motorola phones – will be exclusively available for buy from e-retail website Flipkart starting from midnight tonight. The Moto X Play is an indirect successor to last year’s Moto X (Gen 2), the direct successor being the Moto X Style. It is therefore lacking on the high-end hardware of the Moto X Style, but at the same time it packs in quite a few tidbits of its own to make it stand out. Motorola is banking heavily on two aspects – namely battery life and camera capabilities – of the Moto X Play to make it well worth the price tag.At its price, the Moto X Play forms a connecting link between the Moto G (Gen 3) and the Moto X Style, nestled carefully within the budget segment that is currently simmering with activity thanks to some really good handsets.In terms of specifications, the Moto X Play comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution and 403 ppi pixel density. The Moto X Play comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front. It has a water-repellent nano-coating (IP52 certification) that protects it from accidental spillage. Note that it’s lacking on IPX7 certification like the Moto G (Gen 3), so you cannot afford to dunk it in water.The Moto X Play is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB RAM. The phone supports expandable memory of up to 128GB via microSD card.advertisementThe Moto X Play runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box and like other Motorola phones runs an almost stock version of it, meaning almost zero bloatware. The Moto X Play, like the previous Moto X comes with Active Display and Touchless Control functions. While Active Display lets you preview your notifications and updates (as well as view the system clock) without waking your phone, Touchless Control lets you train your phone to respond to your voice commands even when the screen is off.On the camera front, the Moto X Play sports a 21-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and dualLED (dual tone) flash. It does not support 4K video recording. The front camera is a 5-megapixel.Connectivity options include: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE, NFC among others. The Moto X Play is a dual-SIM phone with 4G support on both the SIMs.The Moto X Play houses a non-removable 3,630 mAh battery that promises two days battery backup on single charge on extreme usage and supports fast charging (using Motorola’s proprietary TurboCharger sold separately). It will be available in the colours White and Black.Motorola did not launch the Moto X Style on Monday. The company also did not divulge details about when the phone is expected to launch in India.The Moto X Play was announced along with the Moto X Style and the Moto G Gen 3 in late August. The Moto G Gen 3 is available in India at Rs.11,999 for the 8GB/1GB RAM variant, while the 16GB/2GB RAM version comes at Rs.12,999.
Los Angeles, Sep 20 (PTI) An original stormtrooper helmet used in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” is set to be auctioned in London. It is one of only a few known to exist in private hands and is expected to sell for USD 90,000 at Prop Stores Entertainment Memorabilia Auction, on September 23, reported TheWrap. “The stormtrooper is one of the quintessential costumes of the Star Wars films. The menacing helmet instantly said so much about the world George Lucas had created. “Today it may be one of the most recognised designs in film history. To own an original helmet is perhaps the ultimate Star Wars collectible,” Brandon Alinger, Prop Store COO, said. Over 450 iconic lots from over 150 films and television shows will be sold at the auction, which will be live-streamed on the stores website for fans to place bids on auction day. Though the films have been popular since the original “Star Wars” was released in 1977, the franchise has been even more present on the pop culture landscape thanks to the upcoming release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on December 18, 2015. PTI JUR PSH
David de Gea said he was left ‘speechless’ by Xana’s death.Sin palabras. Un abrazo muy fuerte para ti y tu familia, mister. DEP https://t.co/NtwCCGc1Ip— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) August 29, 2019″Mister, all our support and love for you and your family. There are no words, but you always have us by your side,” Sergio Ramos said. Míster, todo nuestro apoyo y cariño para ti y para tu familia. No hay palabras, pero nos tienes a tu lado siempre.— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) August 29, 2019 barcelonacancerdaughterDavid De Gea First Published: August 30, 2019, 4:26 PM IST Can’t even begin to understand how you and your family are feeling, this is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with you all.— Chris Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) August 29, 2019 Mucha fuerza míster. Difícil de encontrar palabras en estos momentos… Un fuerte abrazo🙏🏻— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) August 29, 2019 So sorry for your loss. Sending my love to your family in this difficult moment. Rest in peace, Xana.— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) August 30, 2019 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. Adrian posted: “Horrible news that make us rethink our lives and what is really important about it. My deepest condolences Luis Enrique And all your family. FORCES!! DEP Xana.”Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also paid his tribute to Xana, writing on Twitter: “There are no words that that can go along with this pain.””My heartfelt wishes to Luis Enrique and all his family, after the loss of his little Xana,” he said.The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) it “mourns the sad loss of little Xana” and it “wants to show our condolences to family and friends, joining us all today in their pain.” Mucha fuerza para toda la familia y mis más sinceras condolencias. DEP 🙏👼— David Silva (@21LVA) August 29, 2019 Madrid: Former Spain and Barcelona coach Luis Enrique lost his 9-year-old daughter to cancer as tributes poured in from players past and present as well as clubs around the world.Enrique posted on Twitter that his daughter Xana died after a five-month battle with a type of bone cancer. “Our daughter Xana has died this afternoon at the age of 9, after struggling for five intense months with osteosarcoma. We thank you for all the love received during these months and we appreciate the discretion and understanding,” he said in a statement on Friday.”We would also like to give personal thanks to the hospitals Sant Joan de Deu and Sant Pau for their dedication and treatment and to all the volunteers, with a special mention to the palliative priests at Sant Joan de Deu.”We will miss you a lot but we will think of you every day of our lives with the hope that in the future we will meet again. You will be the star that guides our family. Rest well little Xana.”Enrique had stepped down as Spain manager in June after less than a year in charge to be with his daughter.Lionel Messi led the tributes, posting a story on Instagram: “We are with you, all the strength of the world.”Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of Barcelona where Luis Enrique won two Liga titles both as a player and coach and spent 11 years in all, sent condolences on behalf of the Catalan club.”All of our support and compassion goes to Luis Enrique, his wife and all of his family at this particularly painful time,” Bartomeu said in a tweet.All of our support and compassion goes to @luisenrique21, his wife and all of his family at this particularly painful time. All the Barça family are touched by the loss of Xana. Our condolences and all our sympathy for the Martínez Cullell family. https://t.co/yLWe4J4j70— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) August 29, 2019Luis Suarez wrote: “Moment of much pain and sadness. Rest in peace XANITA. A lot of strength Luis Enrique, Elena and family!” Momento de mucho dolor y tristeza. Descansa en paz XANITA. Mucha fuerza @LUISENRIQUE21, Elena y FAMILIA!!!!! 😔🙏 pic.twitter.com/84Svh90w5Y— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) August 29, 2019
Zhuhai/Wuhan: Top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas had trouble breathing and quit his opening match at the Zhuhai Championships on Thursday after calling a medical time-out before the deciding set.The 21-year-old Greek was the strong favourite against unseeded Adrian Mannarino of France and took the first set 6-3 in southern China. But he appeared to labour badly after that, bending over several times on court and putting his hands on his knees.He was far from his best as he lost the second set 7-5, and retired soon after, looking red in the face and burying his head in his hands.Tournament officials said that he had been having problems breathing and was getting medical attention, but did not go to hospital.BARTY PARTYAshleigh Barty marched into her sixth semi-final of the season Thursday, describing her victory over Petra Martic in Wuhan as one of the best matches she’s played in recent times.The world number one impressed in a highly entertaining quarter-final that saw her fire 39 winners en route to a 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-3 win against Martic.Barty now gets a shot at revenge when she takes on powerful Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka on Friday in a rematch of their Wuhan semi-final last year.Against Martic, Barty fell behind early in the first and third sets, but retaliated with some creative shot-making to reach the last four for a third year in a row.”I think that was a very, very high-quality match. I think that was probably one of the better matches that I’ve played in recent times,” said the reigning French Open champion.”It could have gone either way. I was happy how I was able to fight in the end, put a lot of pressure on her in a lot of those service games in the third.”Martic, the world number 22 from Croatia, had not lost a three-setter since March, but saw her streak of 16 on-the-trot snapped by the relentless Barty.”She’s one of the best movers on the tour,” Barty said of Martic. “That (streak) doesn’t surprise me.”Sabalenka, the defending champion and seeded nine this week, overcame a second-set dip to halt the inspired run of Kazakh wildcard Elena Rybakina 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 on Thursday.The 21-year-old is tied at 2-2 in her head-to-head with Barty.Sabalenka improved her strong career record on Chinese courts to 27 wins against just six losses — including 10 victories on the trot in Wuhan.”I just feel that I am thinking clean and I am moving much better,” said Sabalenka, who is enjoying a resurgence this month after struggling to adapt to her rapid rise earlier in the year.”That’s what we’ve been working on. Takes a little while.”Two-time champion Petra Kvitova also booked her spot in the Wuhan semi-final line-up, easing past 19-year-old Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine 6-2, 6-4 in just 72 minutes.Kvitova, who has been dealing with a forearm injury that forced her out of the French Open this year and is requiring her to wear a sleeve in her matches this week, reached her first semi-final since Stuttgart in April.The 29-year-old Kvitova will face off with Alison Riske on Friday after the American upset third-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 to record the third top-five victory of the year.Riske had never beaten Svitolina before and knew she was in for a gruelling affair. The first game alone lasted 14 minutes, before Riske managed to take control of the match.”I knew it was going to be a battle. I think mentally I was just prepared for that,” said the world number 35. “I’m just really pleased with the way I competed.”Riske will be contesting her sixth career semi-final at a Chinese event. Ashleigh BartyatpStefanos Tsitsipastennis First Published: September 26, 2019, 10:16 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.
SHARE Published on Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza made a shock exit from the women’s doubles competition while compatriots Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna entered the men’s doubles quarterfinals along with their respective partners in the French Open here today.Sania and Martina Hingis of Switzerland, seeded number one in the women’s doubles, lost to unseeded Czech Republic duo of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 3-6 2-6 in a third round match.Earlier in the day, the sixth seeded Indo-Romanian pair of Bopanna and Florin Mergea defeated Marcus Daniell and Brian Baker 6-2 6-7 (4) 6-1, while 16th seeds Paes and Marcin Matkowski stunned fourth seeded combination of Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4).But, Bopanna and his partner Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia crashed out of the mixed doubles competition with a 6-2 3-6 8-10 loss at the hands of top seeded combine of Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei and Jamie Murray of Great Britain in a second round match.In the women’s doubles, Sania and Hingis, who were coming into the Grand Slam tournament after their Australian Open triumph earlier this year, were rusty against their unseeded Czech rivals and could not hold their serve five times in the match, including four in the second set.Sania and Hingis gave away a break point to their opponents to lose the first set 3-6. They also began the second set on a poor note as they failed to hold their first two serves to trail 0-4.The Indo-Swiss pair fought back by breaking their opponents’ serve in the fifth game to make it 1-4 but again failed to hold onto their own in the next game to trail 1-5.The Czech combo served for the match but Sania and Hingis were yet to throw in the rowel and broke their opponents’ serve to make it 2-5.But there was not be any further fightback from the Indo-Swiss duo as they yet again failed to hold onto their serve and lost the second set 2-6 to end the match in disappointment.With today’s loss, Sania and Hingis failed to realise their hopes of winning four Grand Slam titles on the trot.They had won Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles in 2015 and the Australian Open in 2016, the season’s first Grand Slam in January. SHARE SHARE EMAIL May 29, 2016 COMMENT tennis COMMENTS
COMMENTS The 22-year-old Kuldeep, who replaced injured skipper Viart Kohli, returned figures of four for 68 in 23 overs after Australia decided to bat and made a resounding start. India did not score any run or lost wicket in the single over bowled by Josh Hazlewood before stumps were drawn. India Keeper-batsman Matthew Wade’s (57) rear guard effort stemmed the rot after the middle-order collapse with Australia managing to reach 300-run mark. COMMENT Umesh Yadav celebrates the wicket of Shaun Marsh. Photo credit: VV Krishnan cricket Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav made a memorable debut with a four-wicket haul that negated Steve Smith’s defiant hundred as India bowled out Australia for 300 on an engrossing opening day of the fourth and final cricket Test, here today. Umesh Yadav (2/69 in 15 overs) once again played his part to perfection while Ravichandran Ashwin (1/54 in 23 overs) got the all-important wicket of Smith, who edged one to stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane at slip at stroke of tea. Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also had a wicket apiece. Umesh Yadav celebrates the wicket of Shaun Marsh. Photo credit: VV Krishnan × RELATED Australia all out for 137 Australia Published on Credit should be given to Rahane, who showed a lot of faith in the youngster by giving him an extended spell. null Every wicket that the youngster got had coach Anil Kumble stand up and applaud. The extra bounce also helped his cause as Warner, after doing all the hardwork, tried to play a cut shot close to his body but the delivery bounced wee bit more and a thick edge flew to Rahane at first slip. Kuldeep was in tears after getting his maiden Test wicket. After the over, Kohli was seen having a chat with the youngster at the boundary line. Australia’s Ranchi Test saviour Handscomb shaped for a cover drive to a fullish delivery that turned in to breach his defence. Maxwell was in a daze as he got the classical wrong’ un (googly for right-arm leg-break) as he tried to play for the turn only to find the bails dislodged. Seven in a row: India beat Australia to win series 2-1 SHARE India’s first ever left-arm wrist spinner in Test cricket, Kuldeep bamboozled Australian batsmen in a terrific post-lunch spell, accounting for David Warner (56), Peter Handscomb (8) and Glenn Maxwell (8). It was surprise element in Kuldeep’s bowling that caught the Australian team on wrong foot. But it was the Kanpur lad, who turned things around after a gloomy first session. In fact the second session saw Australia lose five wickets for 71 runs with home team taking control of the proceedings. All three batsmen dismissed during the post-lunch session were guilty of not reading Kuldeep from his hand, trying to play him off the pitch. March 25, 2017 This was after the visitors were on a roll during the opening session, courtesy skipper’s Smith quality knock of 111. Scoring his third century of the series, Smith along with Warner added 134 runs for the second wicket before Kuldeep weaved his spin magic. SHARE SHARE EMAIL