Urgent call: Make it Pacquiao vs Matthysse

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Meanwhile, Bob Arum has declared Pacquiao vs Matthysse an impossibility.“I see Manny has talked about fighting Matthysse,” Arum told Boxingscene. “But that’s not gonna happen.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting For the record, Pacquiao has not bothered to comment directly on Arum’s choice of Alvarado.Yesterday, veteran sportswriter Nick Giongco reported Pacquiao has bared his choice of a next opponent.“I want Matthysse,” Giongo said Pacquiao told him during a break in the Senate Tuesday afternoon.Giongco said Pacquiao believes his own aggressive style and Matthysse’s penchant for toe-to-toe combat would make for a very compelling bout.Matthysse took the WBA 147-lb belt with a stoppage of Thailand’s Tewa Kiram last month. His record is 39 wins, 4 losses, one draw with 36 KOs.“Matthysse is the fight that I like, a fight fans would also like to see,” Giongco quoted Pacquiao as declaring.Trainer Freddie Roach has himself said he would love Pacquiao to face Matthyse next.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Teng feeling like a rookie again in reunion with Jarencio at GlobalPort Veteran promoter Bob Arum made a promise to provide something unique (and nice) for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight. After a long wait, it turned out the unusual opponent Arum meant was former world title-holder Mike Alvarado.Top Rank Inc. has announced that the Pacquiao-Alvarado bout would be featured side-by-side with the WBO welterweight title defense in April of Australian Jeff Horn against the unbeaten Terence Crawford of Omaha.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Alvarado is a banged-up warrior who got seriously crushed in a losing title defense against Ruslan Provodnikov in October 2013. He was stopped in 10 rounds.As noted by Philboxing.com founder and chief editor Dong Secuya, Alvarado next lost by decision to Juan Manuel Marquez in May 2014, before being stopped by Brandon Rios in three rounds in January 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was in the last Rios loss that he seemed out of it,” Dong Secuya said.It’s a bit puzzling, but if there’s anything unique Arum has found, it could be Alvarado’s four-straight wins (against unranked foes) since his return to the ring. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

Compton rues Alaska’s freethrow woes in quarterfinals exit

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAll those missed free throws ultimately haunted Alaska in the end.The Aces muffed 12 out of their 25 free throw attempts and by simply just doing the math, they would’ve won Game 2 of their quarterfinals duel with NLEX had they made at least just half of what they missed.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Rondina at loss for words after UST’s fourth straight loss Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “We were 13-25 from ft, we missed a lot of free throws. That’s big. We lost by four. That hurts,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton after his team got swept by the Road Warriors following an 87-83 loss on Wednesday night.Compton also cited the Aces’ poor percentage from the 3-point line which he attributed to the Road Warriors’ defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were 4-of-20 from the three. Credit to their defense. They really deserved it. I wish there was something I can complain about but they really deserve it.”Despite their free throw woes and horrible outside shooting, the Aces still found themselves in great position to win the game and extend the series to a deciding Game 3 after taking an 83-80 lead with 3:01 remaining. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving But that turned out to be Alaska’s last basket as they went scoreless for the remainder of the game, missing its last five attempts from the field.Calvin Abueva led Alaska with 17 points and 16 rebounds while Ping Exciminiano added 12 points and seven rebounds. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Cabagnot leads BPC stats race; Ratliffe paces imports

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Next to him is Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (53.5 SPs), Blackwater’s Greg Smith (52.9 SPs), Phoenix’s Jameel McKay (47.7 SPs), and Alaska’s Cory Jefferson (47.4 SPs).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mahindra’s Gavina focuses on positives despite ending campaign with 2-9 card MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Chasing him in second is GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle, who isn’t far behind with a 33.4 SPs.Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar sits in third with 32.3 SPs, followed by Fajardo (32.2 SPs), and Batang Pier scorer Terrence Romeo (31.5 SPs).Rounding out the top 10 are Jayson Castro (31.3 SPs), Marcio Lassiter (31.2 SPs), Chris Ross (30.9 SPs), LA Tenorio (30.2 SPs), and Baser Amer (29.6 SPs).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeanwhile, Star’s Ricardo Ratliffe leads the Best Import race with 65.7 SPs.The returning reinforcement averaged 34.7 points, 21.0 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 2.0 assists in the three games he played this conference. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA player from San Miguel still owns the top spot in the Best Player of the Conference in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but this time, it’s not June Mar Fajardo, who is leading the statistical race.Alex Cabagnot made a surprise leap to be top local, netting 34.7 statistical points (SPs). He is averaging 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Judge, Yankees batter Orioles for 4th straight win

first_imgOrioles: C Welington Castillo (testicular injury) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list prior to the game. He was 0 for 3. … LHP Zach Britton (left forearm strain) threw a successful bullpen session on Saturday and has another scheduled for Monday. On the disabled list since May 6 (retroactive to May 5), the All-Star closer will throw live batting practice on Thursday.Yankees: 1B Greg Bird (right ankle bruise) went 2 for 5 with an RBI for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday in his ninth rehab game. There is no timetable for his return. “Our people determined that he’s not ready to come back yet,” manager Joe Girardi said. … LHP Aroldis Chapman (left shoulder) struck out three and walked one in one inning during a simulated game against minor leaguers on Saturday morning. He has been on the DL since May 14 with rotator cuff inflammation. Chapman is scheduled to pitch one inning on Tuesday with Class A Tampa and another at Double-A Trenton on Friday. Girardi hopes that the 29-year-old can be activated next weekend in Oakland. … CF Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) will not join the club on their upcoming West Coast trip. He will work out with Trenton, although he is not expected to play in any games this week. Ellsbury has been riding an exercise bike, running on a treadmill and playing catch.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (3-4, 5.86 ERA) tries to help Baltimore avoid a sweep in the series finale. He beat the Yankees May 31 in Baltimore despite allowing eight hits and five walks over 5 1/3 frames.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka, originally slated to start, was pushed back to Monday in Anaheim. He has lost five straight starts during the worst stretch of his career, charged with 27 runs in 22 2/3 innings including 11 home runs. Girardi said the Yankees would announce his replacement sometime after Saturday’s game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The crazy life of boxer Johnny Tapia Tillman walked Judge and Holliday on eight straight balls with one out in the second. Castro drove a 3-0 pitch 452 feet over the Baltimore bullpen to make it 9-0, ending Tillman’s outing.Holliday hit a three-run homer in the fourth and Judge added a two-run double in the fifth. Holliday and Judge both had three of New York’s 18 hits and scored three times each.Severino earned his third consecutive win. He was perfect until walking Mark Trumbo to begin the fifth, and all of Severino’s strikeouts came on swings.Chris Davis and Joey Rickard homered for the Orioles.TRAINER’S ROOMADVERTISEMENTcenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Rookie Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 19th home run and the New York Yankees connected five times in all, battering Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles 16-3 Saturday night for their fourth straight win.Starlin Castro, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and Matt Holliday also homered in New York’s biggest offensive show this season. The first-place Yankees have outscored Boston and Baltimore, their closest competitors in the AL East, by 41-6 during their winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Luis Severino (5-2) pitched seven sharp innings, giving up one run and two hits. He struck out eight walked two.Tillman (1-4) was tagged for nine runs in only 1 1/3 innings. He got two quick outs to begin the first before Judge’s homer began a six-run burst.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHolliday then singled, Castro doubled and Sanchez lined a two-run single. Gregorius deposited Tillman’s next offering into the right field seats, extending the lead to 5-0, with all those runs scoring in a span of eight pitches.After Chase Headley walked and moved up on a wild pitch, Chris Carter hit an RBI single. View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao arrives in Australia, set for title fight vs Horn

first_imgView comments The fight is expected to attract a sellout crowd of about 50,000 at the outdoor Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. It is scheduled for early afternoon next Sunday, which will be Saturday evening in the United States.RELATED VIDEOSManny Pacquiao attends church ahead of fight against Jeff Horn6.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games READ: Taking it slow, Pacquiao leaves for Australia underweightRoach, who has trained such world champions as Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya and Wladimir Klitschko, said Pacquiao intends to keep his world title.“He has the best work ethic in the world. He trains hard every day and we do 48 boxing rounds every day non-stop just work, work, work,” Roach said. “We are here to win the fight, we don’t take anyone lightly.”Pacquiao, who now is a Philippines senator, has a career record of 59-6-2 with 38 knockouts. The fight against Horn will be Pacquiao’s first defense of the title he won last November with a unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas.The 29-year-old Horn, 16-0-1, 11 by knockout, is a 2012 Olympian.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao was expected to attend church and have a light training session in Brisbane on Sunday after arriving late Saturday for his July 2 world title fight defense against Australian Jeff Horn.The reigning WBO welterweight titleholder left his hometown of General Santos City in the Philippines and landed at Brisbane International Airport on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img He was escorted to his chartered A330 plane — emblazoned with “PacMan” on the back of the fuselage — by military personnel in the Philippines.The 38-year-old Pacquiao was accompanied by trainer Freddie Roach, conditioning coach Justin Fortune, sparring partner George Kambosos Jr., and other members of his entourage which his spokesman said totaled about 160.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Training is good, we did a lot of hard work, I am very excited for the fans to give a good show to show my best and in boxing ring,” he told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.“Some reports coming out of the Philippines that I haven’t been training hard are not true. It just happens that when some of our friends came around to our training camp, we weren’t doing much and people assumed I wasn’t training hard.” MOST READ Pacquiao on Horn: ‘I never underestimate my opponent’2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Taking it slow, Pacquiao leaves for Australia underweight Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

Letran to enjoy full-strength roster as Quinto, Calvo stay put

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend NCAA Season 93 Preview: Run-and-gun Chiefs continue chase for title China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11NCAA Season 93 Preview: Letran Knights02:49Robredo: 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 Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection John Calvo PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netDespite the controversy surrounding Letran less than a week before NCAA Season 93, coach Jeff Napa is just glad to have his full roster in time for the men’s basketball wars.“We’re glad that we’re complete again and I know for myself that we’re ready coming into the battle,” the teary-eyed mentor said in Filipino during the Knights’ pep rally on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Rumors swirled the past two days that forward Bong Quinto and guard JP Calvo were sitting out this season and reportedly transferring elsewhere.But the two put an end to the issue after appearing at the pep rally, just two days before the NCAA opening on Saturday.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 starsTogether with Rey Nambatac, Quinto and Calvo are veterans who Napa expects will be a pivotal part of the Knights’ run this year.Letran opens its season against Mapua on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. View commentslast_img read more

Mocon quietly making big impact for Red Lions

first_img“This year, everyone is so focused on Robert so I have to make plays. Once they double team Robert, I get free. So when I attack, I can kick the ball out to the open man,” he said.Mocon showed the newest facet of his game as he recorded a near triple-double in San Beda’s 81-74 win over Letran on Tuesday, tallying 17 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.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 starsBut the 6-foot-4 forward gave all credit for his solid game to his teammates.“I just did what I always do every game, doing the extra passes, and luckily, they made their shots off my passes and I got the rebounds,” he said. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ LeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’ View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mocon, though, wouldn’t deny that he’s taking this season, his fourth year in San Beda, differently, acknowledging that this is already the right time for him to hone his skills in preparation for the next level.“Every day, I have to make something better for me when it comes to my skills,” he said, while keeping the Red Lions’ title retention aspirations at a premium. “Every game, we just have to give it all out because all teams are behind us.”San Beda will now take a 10-day break before returning to the court on August 4 against JRU.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Javee Mocon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith much of the attention in San Beda focused on Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon shared that he’s just fine working in the shadows for the Red Lions.And in the process, the 22-year-old has developed another dimension in his game as he embraced the playmaking role for the Red Lions.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Gavaskar says Pawar promised him extra payments

first_imgGiving a new twist to his payment row with the BCCI, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday said it was former BCCI President Sharad Pawar who promised “extra payment” to him for his services as an IPL Governing Council member.Gavaskar had on Tuesday hit out at the Cricket Board for not paying him for his role in the IPL Governing Council, a claim which was promptly refuted by the BCCI.In a fresh revelations, Gavaskar said he is now waiting for Pawar to meet current BCCI head Shashank Manohar to work out the matter.”I am now waiting for Mr Sharad Pawar, the then President of BCCI, to arrange a meeting with the current President of BCCI to help untangle and resolve this ‘demanding’ matter, since it was he who made the offer for the extra payment over and above the original amount given to the former players on the Governing Council and on whose word I agreed to come on board the Governing Council,” Gavaskar said in a statement.Gavaskar has found support from suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi, who said the former India captain had always been forthright in his dealings and never known to be a liar.”A lot has been said about Sunny. All I can tell you is that in all my dealings with Sunny, I’ve never known him to be a liar or anything. Sunny has been forthright. I’m sure they’ll sort it out,” Modi said in London.Gavaskar, who was controversially omitted from the IPL’s Governing Council in September this year, claimed he had not been paid for the last three years but Board secretary N Srinivasan rubbished it, saying it was not factually correct.advertisementWith inputs from PTIlast_img read more

2G scam: CBI questions Loop CEO Sandip Basu

first_imgThe CBI questioned Loop Telecom CEO Sandip Basu in connection with the 2G probe on Friday. The agency is likely to file a chargesheet against the company for being a beneficiary of the 2G scam.Basu and two other company officials were questioned on the shareholding and ownership pattern of the company.The CBI believes that the company was a front for the Essar group in the same way Swan Telecom acted as the front for Reliance Telecom, though the company insists that Essar’s holding was absolutely within the limit stipulated by the department of telecommunication ( DoT).Loop Telecom has cited a recent communication between the ministry of corporate affairs and the DoT, which said the Essar group directly or indirectly held only 2.15 per cent share as on September 3, 2007, when it applied to the DoT for Unified Access Service licence, as an evidence to back its claims.A CBI official, however, insisted that the communication would not affect their probe which is on the line that Essar group is putting up Loop as its front. “Essar had bagged licences in as many as 22 circles and it was due to its complicity with Raja in the scam,” the CBI said.Basu arrived at the CBI headquarters in the morning and was quizzed till the afternoon.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Pro-Tamil protests force Sinhalese pilgrims to return home

first_imgSporadic attacks on Sinhalese pilgrims to the famed Catholic shrines at Vailankanni and Poondi in Tamil Nadu since Monday have forced many of them to cancel their programmes and pack off. Ultra-Tamil nationalist groups have been targeting the tourists ahead of the impending state visit of Lankan premier Mahinda Rajapaksa.        Nearly 184 pilgrims are waiting at the airport in Trichy, about 300 km south of Chennai, to board a special flight on Tuesday night, police said. The contingent, hailing from Puttalam in Central Sri Lanka, comprised of 86 women and 36 children.Coming close on the heels of the deportation of two school soccer teams from the island nation, which were here for friendly matches, the attacks have rattled both new Delhi and Colombo with the latter issuing a travel advisory. Sri Lankans have been advised against visiting Tamil Nadu in view of the hostile atmosphere. While the deportation was on the orders of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who has also directed the suspension of a sports official for granting the Nehru stadium for a tie, her bte noire and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has criticised the move.The annual feast of the Lady of Good Health at coastal Vailankanni in Nagapattinam district and the shrine at scenic Poondi on the banks of Cauvery in Thanjavur district attract a very large number of pilgrims from far and wide.It is usual for a large number of Sri Lankans, both Tamils and Sinhalese, to visit these places during the annual feast.Arriving in two groups at Trichy on Sunday, the Sri Lankan pilgrims headed to Poondi enroute Vailankanni. They had planned to stay in the state till September 15. Trouble first broke when a few Tamil Groups like the ‘Naam Thamilar’ party, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and Tamil Desiya Poduvudamai Katchi (TDPK) gheroed the visiting Sinhalese within the premises of the shrine. Later, they were targeted at Vailankanni taking even the police by surprise. As the contingent neared Trichy, they were waylaid by a group which attacked their vehicle. But, police intervened and safely escorted them to the airport. No one was injured in the incident but no arrest has been made so far.”They are all Sinhalese who know Tamil. Since they are from the Hill country in the island nation, with a high presence of Indian Origin Tamils, they are proficient in Tamil. All of them will be leaving by a special Sri Lankan flight in the night,” Police Commissioner Shailesh Kumar said.advertisementlast_img read more

Spurs ‘starting to figure out each other’ as they go 5-1 on homestand

first_imgLATEST STORIES Popovich spoke of his admiration for Butler, who he is expected to coach on the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team in the 2020 Olympics.“The one thing that stands out to me is he’s a competitor,” Popovich said. “I love competitors, and he’s that in spades. And he’s obviously talented.”Butler was humbled by Popovich’s assessment.“All he wants to ever do is win, but a great guy,” Butler said. “He knows the human aspect of the game as well. For him to say that about me, it means a lot. It means I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing.”CATCHING UPBrown spent time with former Spurs Tim Duncan and Bruce Bowen, who he coached in San Antonio, prior to Monday’s game.“We had a laugh talking about old times,” Brown said. “It touched on basketball, but it was way more just catching up with them and seeing how they’re doing personally.”UP NEXT76ers: Host New York on Wednesday night.Spurs: At Orlando on Wednesday night. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Gay had 11 points in the third as he continued his solid play in his comeback from a ruptured left Achilles tendon two years ago. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 14 points this season, but has averaged 18.8 points in his last seven games.“He’s got a little spunk in his step,” Popovich said. “He likes the group. He’s worked hard to understand defensively and rebounding what we want and, of course, he can score.”Gay has scored 20-plus points five times through 27 games. He accomplished that feat in 57 games last season.Philadelphia raced to a nine-point lead in the opening quarter behind Redick’s outside shooting and Embiid’s inside dominance. The duo combined to shoot 8 for 13 and scored nine points apiece in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer by Redick and a dunk by Embiid.The Spurs rallied by limiting the 76ers to eight field goals and 17 points in the second quarter, and by forcing five turnovers.“You can talk about Xs and Os, you can talk about a bunch of stuff but to me, our spirit was down,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “We are poor in back- to-backs. That is a fact and we have to find a way to do better.”TIP-INS76ers: Brown and assistant Monty Williams worked for the Spurs prior to joining Philadelphia. Brown spent 11 seasons as an assistant under Popovich from 2002-2013. Williams played for the Spurs from 1996-98 and returned to serve as vice president of basketball operations from 2016-18. … Embiid led the team in scoring in four straight games prior to Monday, averaging 30.3 points over that stretch.Spurs: The Spurs held the 76ers to 17 points in the second quarter, which was two points shy of their season low of 15 for the period at Phoenix on Oct. 31. … Davis Bertans had 16 points, the most in four games since a two-game absence following the birth of his first child. … San Antonio’s bench outscored Philadelphia’s 56-35.HUMBLED SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Philadelphia shot 41 percent from the field and 30 percent on 3-pointers in losing for the third time in four outings.“Defensively, they put us in tough situations to execute our offense,” Embiid said. “I had a pretty bad shooting night, Jimmy did (too). They made us uncomfortable.”When the Spurs’ lead over the 76ers swelled to 29 points, Popovich didn’t need to remind his team about the Bulls’ rally.“There was nothing to say, we were engaged,” Gay said. “We were really engaged. I think it was pretty clear that we messed up last game, we let that one go. Two games in a row? Can’t happen. Can’t happen.”Gay was key to the Spurs maintaining the lead. The 13-year veteran took advantage of mismatches when he wasn’t outworking Butler.ADVERTISEMENT San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan (10) passes the ball as he is defended by Philadelphia 76ers’ Mike Muscala (31) and Ben Simmons during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 123-96. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO— While the San Antonio Spurs search for their identity as a team, Rudy Gay is showing that he has returned to form.Gay had 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan each added 20 as San Antonio defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 123-96 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ “I think we’re starting to figure out each other more than anything,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Who’s got the mismatches out there. Usually your best players look for those mismatches and our guys are starting to figure that out. Defensively, we’ve got a little bit more rhyme and reason to what we’re doing and it’s shown in this homestand. I’m pleased with the progress (but) we still have a long way to go.”Aldridge added 10 rebounds and DeRozan had seven assists for the Spurs, who closed a six-game home stand at 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSan Antonio bounced back after squandering a 21-point lead in a loss to Chicago on Saturday night. It was the fifth straight game the Spurs held an opponent under 100 points.J.J. Redick and Ben Simmons each had 16 points to lead the 76ers on the second night of a back-to-back. Joel Embiid was limited to 13 points on 6-for-17 shooting and finished with 11 rebounds. Jimmy Butler had six points on 3-for-13 shooting. View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bucks hold on late for 107-104 win over Pistonslast_img read more

Can Test Cricket be saved in India?

first_imgChris Woakes dismisses Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a duck during the final testIndia had just lost the Test series to England, and as he walked into the press conference hall at the Oval, it was inevitable that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would face the question, “Will you resign?” Dhoni looked the,Chris Woakes dismisses Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a duck during the final testIndia had just lost the Test series to England, and as he walked into the press conference hall at the Oval, it was inevitable that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would face the question, “Will you resign?” Dhoni looked the curious reporter in the eye and said, “You will have to wait and watch if I am strong enough or not strong enough.” Then he added cryptically: “Don’t blame the IPL.”To put it in perspective, the Oval was India’s third-biggest Test defeat ever. India’s batting counted for just 90.3 overs in the Test, marginally bet-ter than the 89.4 overs seen out in the preceding match at Old Trafford. After the victory at Lord’s, India reg-istered their worst run of consecutive innings totals in decades. So it is tempting to guess at the question hanging in the air that Dhoni chose to address: are India now officially an ODI and Twenty20 team? Put another way: can Test cricket survive in India? Kapil Dev spells it out: “If the BCCI doesn’t take it seriously enough, Test cricket will be gone for us.”The 3-1 series defeat highlights the arc of Dhoni’s captaincy going back to India’s previous tour of England, in 2011, when they capitu-lated 4-0. To make it worse, in the 16 overseas Tests under Dhoni during this period, India have won just that solitary Test, at Lord’s in this series. They lost 12 of these Tests.A defeat as comprehensive as this one begs two related questions. Was the captain as good or as wanting as his team? Or, was the team as good or as wanting as the captain? Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, heirs to the legacy of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, got exposed cruelly. Virat av-eraged 13.40 and Pujara 22.20. In the five Tests, India saw a collapse almost every innings-they lost 22 wickets for 98 runs in the first innings col-lapses and 27 wickets for 172 in the second innings overall in the England series. And India’s match-winner at Lord’s, Ishant Sharma, bowled 16 no balls in the three Tests he played.advertisementWasim Akram singles out the lead-ership for the mess: “They knew what to expect in England. Yet they thought things would just fall into place.” There was a touch of defiance to Dhoni’s approach, a refusal to assess the conditions and course-correct when things started going wrong. England scored almost 20 per cent of their runs behind square on the off side, yet India did not bring a third man. His obsession in placing a leg slip yielded not even a single wicket, but the fielder wasn’t asked to move.His insistence on first playing Ravin-dra Jadeja at the expense of Ravichandran Ashwin and then ask-ing him to bowl to a negative leg-side line neither fetched wickets nor stopped the flow of runs. He was brave with the bat amid the collapse but his wicket-keeping was painful to watch. He failed to go for half-chances, and rarely ran up to the stumps to collect throws.”You can fail with the bat or the ball but I was shocked when India did not even try changing things in the en-tire series,” says Sourav Ganguly. “They could have changed the batting order, for example. If Virat was strug-gling at four or Pujara at three, why not swap places and get the in-form Ajinkya Rahane at three, Pujara four and Virat five? I wonder what they discussed in team meetings. They were an embarrassment.”Mohammad Azharuddin suggests radical action: “You need to change the Test captain.” Kapil would have Dhoni change his style. “I have always said we don’t need Captain Cool,” he says. “We need Captain Hot and Aggressive.” One of the big unknowns about Dhoni is whether he prioritises Test cricket. Word from the dressing room is that he gets bored with five contin-uous days of Test cricket. When he needed to rest his back and fingers in the summer of 2008, he decided to skip the Test leg on India’s tour of Sri Lanka, playing instead in the one-day matches. On the tour of New Zealand in 2009, India won the Hamilton Test in four days and rather than travelling to Napier, the sleepy, nondescript venue for next Test, Dhoni’s team took a detour and spent a couple of days in bustling Auckland.Test cricketers also rebuild or set-tle into durable strategy, as the case may be, as a coherent unit. After the retirement of key members of the team that came to be called New India-Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Anil Kumble-their succes-sors are flaking out at a much younger age. Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Gambhir have run out of steam in their early 30s, while New India continued into their mid-late 30s. “It can happen with one player, or two, but with four?” says a former selector. “It was almost if the dressing room wanted them to fail so they could be dropped.”advertisementAfter the Test drubbing, the BCCI has appointed Ravi Shastri as team di-rector for the one-day series. Coach Duncan Fletcher stays on, but his exact role is not clear. It’s as if India want to hurtle forward into the rest of the tour without being detained by a con-structive analysis of their preparedness for Test cricket.Follow the writer on Twitter @vikrantgupta73last_img read more

Ronaldo returns to Portugal for European qualifiers

first_imgJuventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Ronaldo scored the three goals in Juventus 3-0 win.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)LISBON, Portugal— Cristiano Ronaldo is back on Portugal’s national soccer team for the first time since the World Cup.Ronaldo was included in coach Fernando Santos’ list Friday for upcoming matches against Ukraine and Serbia, its first qualifiers for the European Championship.ADVERTISEMENT They will be the 34-year-old Ronaldo’s first games for his country since the World Cup in June, and since he was accused of rape in the United States. He has denied any wrongdoing.Portugal will play Ukraine on March 22 and Serbia on March 25 in Lisbon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRonaldo is Europe’s leading international scorer with 85 goals for Portugal. He is also Portugal’s most experienced player with 154 appearances.Ronaldo’s last game for Portugal was a 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the last 16 of the World Cup. Without him, Portugal had three wins and three draws and reached the final phase of the UEFA Nations League, which will be held in June in Portugal. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy ONE Championship forges partnership with Japanese promotion Pancrase Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Since his last appearance for Portugal, Ronaldo has moved from Real Madrid to Juventus. He scored a hat trick to help Juventus reach the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.Portugal won the 2016 European Championship despite Ronaldo getting injured during the final against France.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief 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 MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View commentslast_img read more

Warriors sputter at times, fall in Game 1 of NBA Finals

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The Warriors shot 44 percent, turned the ball over 17 times and fell to the Toronto Raptors 118-109 in the series opener. Going back to the 1975 finals, the Warriors had won Game 1 of the title matchup in each of their last five appearances in the series. The last time Golden State lost a Game 1 of the finals was 1967.Golden State was playing for the first time in 10 days, and trailed for nearly 43 of the game’s 48 minutes. The Warriors trailed by 10 at the half, marking the fourth consecutive game where Golden State faced a double-digit deficit at some point.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, logisticsIn the last three of those contests, Golden State rallied to beat Portland.Toronto didn’t fold and let this one slip away. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts in front of Toronto Raptors Fred VanVleet during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Maybe it was the rust. Maybe it was the Raptors.Either way, Golden State’s offense was not at its usual high-octane level on Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals — and for the first time in this era of Warriors basketball, they face a 1-0 deficit in the title series.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH 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 Raptors draw first blood, thump Warriors in 1st NBA finals appearance View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 16 field goals; the rest of the Warriors combined for only 18. Draymond Green, who did have a triple-double, shot 2 for 9. Andre Iguodala was 3 for 7, missing all four of his tries from 3-point range.This is a matchup of offense vs. defense, the freewheeling Warriors against a Toronto team that has now peeled off five consecutive wins since falling behind Milwaukee 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals. The Raptors turned that series around by clamping down at the defensive end, particularly against Bucks star and likely MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.This time, it was against everyone.Golden State’s two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP in Kevin Durant isn’t expected back for Game 2, either. The Warriors have said he won’t play until he can return to a full-fledged practice, and earlier Thursday coach Steve Kerr said it was unlikely that Durant participates in a practice before the team heads home to the Bay Area to prepare for Game 3 on Wednesday night.So if something is going to change on Sunday when the finals resume in Toronto, it won’t be with Durant aiding the cause.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

NMAT 2015 late registrations date released by NIMS

first_imgNarsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies has released dates for late registrations of admission applications to MBA, PGDM, PGDBM courses. NMIMS Management Aptitude Test 2015 (NMAT 2015) is conducted by SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) to grant admissions to its School of Business Management for the 2015-17 academic session. It is one of the fastest growing and among the top private universities in the country that has undergone a tremendous transformation since its commencement. The university is a globalised centre of learning, providing its students a balanced exposure to research, academics and practical aspects of the industry.Important dates:Late registrations for NMAT will be held – September 25, 2014 to October 4, 2014Test will be held – October 7, 2014 to December 20, 2014Results to be released – January 22, 2015Fees-The non-refundable registration charges for late registrations are Rs 2,550 for either of Master of Business Administration (MBA) full-time at the Mumbai campus, Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) at the Bangalore campus or Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM) at the Hyderabad campus.The late registration charges will be Rs 3,000 for both MBA full-time at the Mumbai campus and PGDM at the Bangalore campus/PGDBM at the Hyderabad campus.Candidates can make the payment through credit card, cash at bank and Demand Draft (DD).Selection Process – The entrance test will be followed by Case Discussion (CD) and Personal Interview (PI) for shortlisted candidates. The candidates’ previous academic performance, work experience and other similar inputs will be considered for admission.last_img read more

Parupalli Kashyap knocked out of Japan Open

first_imgIndia’s campaign at the $275,000 Japan Open Superseries came to an end as world No.8 shuttler Parupalli Kashyap was knocked out in the men’s singles quarterfinal on Friday.The World No.8 lost 14-21, 18-21 to Chinese Taipei’s sixth seed Chou Tien Chen in just 42 minutes at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Kashyap was the lone Indian who entered the quarterfinals after Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy lost their respective second round matches on Thursday.With win over Kashyap, Chou Tien Chen levelled things up 2-2 in their career meetings.Chen was the aggressor right from the start as the sixth seed gathered five consecutive points in the first game compared to Kashyaps’s three. Among total 35 points played in the game, Chen grabbed 21 to go 1-0 up in the match in style.The Indian came back strongly in the second game but his opponent from Chinese Taipei was too good for him. With six consecutive points the sixth seed surged ahead into the semifinals winning 21 points out of 39 played.Chou Tien Chen will play the winner of the other last-eight clash between seventh seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and unseeded Korean Lee Dong Keun.last_img read more

Dravid has put India A players on right track: Sreenath Aravind

first_imgCrediting coach Rahul Dravid for instilling positive thinking in the team, Karnataka seamer Sreenath Aravind, who has been included in the national T20 squad for the upcoming South Africa series, today said that the legendary batsman has put the India A players on right track.The left-arm pacer, who can also bowl spin, bagged three wickets in the opening unofficial ODI against Bangladesh A and then picked up two crucial scalps today to play a key role in India A’s 2-1 victory in the series. The Bangalore player credited Dravid for the team’s success.”He is a legend and most of the time he is positive in the dressing room and also outside,” Aravind said.Also read: Gurkeerat, Aravind new faces; Jadeja dropped for SA series “He (Dravid) keeps encouraging us even when the chips are down, and that is the main factor we won the ODI series against Bangladesh A,” he added. Akram and Zaheer are role models Aravind, 31, also talked about his role models Wasim Akram and Zaheer Khan and getting vital tips from Australia’s Mitchell Johnson.”My role model has been Wasim Akram and then Zaheer Khan and now Mitchell Starc, who gave me some vital bowling tips,” Aravind said.Also read: Selectors give young Gurkeerat break, but surprise by picking Aravind “I learnt from Starc how to bowl yorkers over the wicket. Also I got valuable tips about having Plan A and Plan B to get into the skin of the batsmen,” he added.IPL was helpful advertisementAsked about the influence of IPL in his performance, the Royal Challengers Bangalore player said the T20 tournament helped the Indian youngsters to rub shoulders with many established international stars, who are adept at handling different match situations.”Yes, IPL was helpful for us, because we get to play with so many international players who play at different situations well,” he said.A shy Aravind admitted that he was surprised at his call-up in the India T20 squad.”I was surprised and was not expecting it for I was concentrating on my game (against Bangladesh A),” Aravind said.last_img read more