‘Srinagar traders have lost ₹1,000 crore’

first_imgThe trade community in Srinagar has suffered an estimated loss of ₹1,000 crore in the past week due to the restrictions imposed after the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 and divided Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories, stakeholders claimed on Sunday.“The average loss of business per day in Kashmir today is to the tune of at least ₹175 crore as life has come to a standstill due to the restrictions imposed by the authorities,” a member of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) said.The trade body leader requested anonymity as “I do not want any trouble from the authorities”.“Bakeries and livestock dealers have been the worst-hit by the restrictions as people are not able to come out of their homes to make purchases. The bakery owners stand to suffer losses to the tune of ₹200 crore as their products have a lesser shelf life,” he said.A bakery owner in Karan Nagar area of the city said he alone stands to lose around ₹1 crore.“I have an inventory of ₹50 lakh and overhead costs of ₹20 lakh. Since there are no sales to show for, the interest on bank loans will break the back of my business,” he said.While some bakeries in the civil lines area of the city were running, the outlets in downtown city were not allowed to be opened by the authorities.Bashir Ahmed, a livestock dealer, hailing from Poonch, had come to Kashmir with his herd of goats and sheep in the hope of making some profit through sale of sacrificial animals on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, but he said he might have to take most of them back with him.“Last year around this time, I had sold off all my herd and was headed home to celebrate Eid with my family. This year I have sold only 15 of the 200-odd goats I had brought along,” Ahmad said.With curbs on the movement of people, the livestock dealer is finding it very difficult to find food for his herd.“As the restrictions were eased on Saturday, we were hopeful that sales might pick up on Sunday and Monday. However, the hopes have been dashed now,” he said, adding that he would make his way towards Poonch on Monday morning with whatever livestock is left with him.Mohammed Yasin, a readymade garments dealer in Lal Chowk, has walked three days in a row from his Hazratbal home to his shop in hopes of selling some of the stocks he had purchased for Eid.“With the situation so uncertain, people are not preparing to celebrate Eid as they would in the past years. Buying new clothes, a tradition among Kashmiri Muslims on Eid, is not on their mind this time,” Yasin said.The roadside vendors, who sell second-hand merchandise from TRC crossing to Polo View, have also been severely affected as they have not been allowed to set up their stalls on the Eid eve.“Sunday market, as this place is popularly known, has been the poor man’s favourite shopping place to buy branded clothing. Not all goods sold here are second-hand.. some of the goods are those rejected by big brands which are then off-loaded at throwaway prices.“We have customers coming here from every nook and corner of the valley –most of them from rural areas of Kashmir — on occasions like Eid but there will be no Eid for us this time and probably no Eid for our patrons as well,” said Sajjad Hussain, a roadside vendor who had come early on Sunday morning to check the possibility of displaying his goods.last_img read more

Semerad’s girlfriend, Rosario’s wife get in shouting match

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ It has been a testy PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series and the tension has escalated to the sidelines with the wives and girlfriends of both San Miguel and TNT side also getting into the action.Eyewitness accounts said that David Semerad’s fiancee Gwen Ruais and Troy Rosario’s wife Mich Rosario engaged in a shouting match after the Beermen’s 111-102 victory in Game 5 Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The parties were seated at the patron section of the venue while waiting for the players to come out from the dugout.The Big Dome’s security men were spotted trying to pacify the warring sides before the players helped out in escorting their partners to the exit.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 starsIn a tweet on her personal account, Rosario explained her side, saying she was merely trying to pacify the situation.“I was trying to pacify the scene when she said to me, ‘Bye bye yaya!’ How can I calm down!!! I’m not the one who started this!!!” What ‘missteps’? ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Fajardo fine with sitting out 4th quarter as Beermen goes for speed China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Torres vows to do best for Philippines in ONE championship debut

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I look at Rika and I know I can take her on,” said Torres in Filipino as if she flicked a switch to turn her confidence on. “I don’t know if I’ll knock her out or submit her but I know I can take her on and I’ll do my best to represent the Philippines.”Jomary Torres of the Philippines ready to make her debut. Photo by Bong LozadaTorres looked like a wallflower in the elevated panel during the press conference but seemed at home when talking to Filipino reporters once she got out of the stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 21-year-old gamely answered in her local tongue and expressed her eagerness to step into the ONE cage come Saturday at Cotai Arena.“Even if this is my first time fighting at ONE, I’ll do my best to win,” said Torres. “I’m excited, I will fight Rika Ishige so I’m pretty excited for this opportunity.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Torres vows to do best for Philippines in ONE championship debut1.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during 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 Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ View comments Possible La Salle reunion as Cardona tries out for Pumaren, GlobalPortcenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MACAU—She may have stuttered in the press conference at The Venetian in Macau, but Filipino atomweight fighter Jomary Torres has the silent confidence ahead of her debut fight in ONE Championship.Torres is set to fight Thai contender Rika Ishige in her first fight in the Asian promotion on Saturday in ONE: Kings & Conquerors here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “I’m quite nervous but I will do my best for the Philippines.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

McGregor has boxing skill, but enough to beat Mayweather?

first_imgConor McGregor speaks during news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Before Conor McGregor had even heard of mixed martial arts, he wanted to be a boxer. He first stepped into Crumlin Boxing Club nearly 20 years ago in muddy football boots and started punching a heavy bag.McGregor returned constantly for the next seven years, determined to become tough enough to dissuade bullies in his Dublin neighborhood. He competed in amateur boxing matches against opponents of all sizes and shapes over the years, developing tenacity and power.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “No fighter can train for what I bring into the ring or into the octagon,” McGregor said. “I am too skilled. I am too diverse. My movement is too much for them. All of these men will fall.”But for McGregor to make Mayweather fall, he’ll either need to land an astonishing home-run punch, or he’ll have to show more creativity and sustained boxing skill than MMA usually demands.While McGregor’s versatility and smarts have made him the UFC’s biggest star, he can use only one discipline against Mayweather — and no serious people outside McGregor’s camp doubt Mayweather has more boxing skill. Still, McGregor has devoted himself to boxing in recent weeks, bringing in former champ Paulie Malignaggi among his many sparring partners and recruiting Joe Cortez, the veteran boxing referee, to instruct him on the finer points of etiquette.“Fighting in Vegas, I just don’t see how Conor outpoints him (for a decision),” UFC President Dana White said. “Conor is going to get in there to rough him up and try to knock him out.”White and McGregor’s other fervent backers believe in his one-punch knockout power, which he showed most memorably in dethroning longtime UFC champion Jose Aldo. But one-punch knockouts are rare in 8-ounce boxing gloves, which diffuse the impact of a blow more than tiny UFC gloves.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor’s ability to pull off perhaps the most improbable upset in sports history likely rests on his chances to land not just one punch, but repeated combinations of blows on Mayweather, who has shown a decent chin on the few occasions he has been hit in the past decade.If McGregor can’t consistently hit Mayweather — and nobody has consistently connected against Money May in over a decade — he can at least avoid embarrassment by not getting knocked out — and there is no doubt McGregor can take a punch. His sparring partners have spoken of his tough chin, and it was evident last year in his two UFC brawls with Nate Diaz. Their second bout in August 2016 devolved into a brutal standup fight that left both men bloodied and bruised.McGregor’s disregard for defense in that bout — or his inability to defend himself from repeated head blows — could be decisive when facing Mayweather, who might be the most precise puncher in the sport. McGregor claims he has worked on defense during his training camp, but his predictions for the fight invariably return to his belief in his own power.No matter what happens to McGregor at T-Mobile Arena, he will rely on the skills he first learned at the Crumlin Boxing Club, where his mother Mags still works out. The club will be full of his fans when it screens the fight at about 5 a.m. Sunday morning.“You will see the culmination of everything I’ve learned and studied,” McGregor said. “A great many people helped to get me to what you will see this weekend.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test View comments “There were no weight rules, no limitations on who you could fight,” McGregor recalled Wednesday. “We would just have an opponent assigned to us. That was always the joke: Everybody at the Crumlin Boxing Club had to fight heavyweights, no matter what size you are. But it was a good lesson. You must be prepared for any eventuality. You must be ready to fight. That’s how I was brought into this game.”McGregor is on top of the fight game this week before his Saturday showdown with Floyd Mayweather (49-0), the most accomplished boxer of his generation. McGregor, a former plumber who has never had a professional boxing match, will make roughly $100 million for stepping into the ring for the first time in the spectacle of the summer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd though McGregor moved into MMA training in his teens and eventually rose to win two UFC belts, he is no boxing neophyte. While he has other strengths, McGregor’s MMA career has been built in large part on his boxing-bred punching power, which is considered exceptional by his sport’s standards.Oh, and he also doesn’t lack confidence, which is no small thing when facing odds as daunting as McGregor’s chances against Mayweather. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Back from the dead, Aces stay in playoff hunt

first_imgCalvin Abueva. PBA IMAGESAfter Alaska’s 0-6 start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the players know that they have no choice but to play like there’s no tomorrow.Not only are the Aces’ campaign this conference is hanging in the balance, but so are their careers as well.ADVERTISEMENT However, if there’s one positive thing their slump gave the Aces, it’s that they can’t take any team lightly.“Before, we’re a bit overexcited. We felt that we could beat anyone, but we were wrong. We realized that it’s not going to be easy,” said Abueva. “Now, I think we’re being more solid. We’re getting our momentum back and I hope we continue this.”Alaska stakes its three-game winning streak against Meralco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That mentality was in full display in the game against the Picanto as Alaska pulled itself back from 10 points down.Abueva was at is best, doing a little bit of everything including getting into Kia import Geron Johnson’s head.With Johnson losing his focus, Alaska capitalized with its import Buck Henton and starting point guard JVee Casio coming through down the stretch.Abueva admitted that Johnson’s aggressiveness caught the Aces by surprise.“We were rattled,” he said. “We knew we needed a win, but we struggled getting any momentum in the first three quarters. But in the fourth quarter, everything clicked and that was when we were able to show our energy and hustle. All we wanted was to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game runcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Our captain (JVee Casio) said that a lot of us have expiring contracts. So if we want to get extended, get a raise, we have to make it to the playoffs,” said Calvin Abueva in Filipino.That explains the heightened sense of urgency of the Aces for the past three games as they snapped their inglorious 14-game losing skid dating back to last conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlaska has now won three straight games with its latest victory at the expense of Kia, 102-94, on Sunday.“We’re willing to die just for us to play well and make it to the playoffs,” the energetic forward said. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

CWG dues: Maken assures fair assessment

first_imgSoon after Australian firms threatened to launch a multi-million dollar lawsuit to recover dues from the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC), Minister of State for Sports Ajay Maken on Thursday ordered for a legitimate assessment of the demands made by them.Minister of State for Sports Ajay Maken.”I have ordered for legitimate assessment,” he told Headlines Today. “I have asked the secretary, sports, to thoroughly verify in 10 days all legitimate payments details of CWG Organising Committee,” he added.Maken replaced M.S. Gill as sports minister during the cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday.last_img

Tahir will be our secret weapon at World Cup: Smith

first_imgThe latest addition to the South African squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup, Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir will be the country’s ‘secret weapon’ at the mega-event, starting from February 19 in the sub-continent, said Proteas skipper Graeme Smith.South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir. APSmith explained that it was a conscious decision not to expose Tahir, who only received South African citizenship midway through the just-concluded tour of India, in the one-day series matches against the visitors.”(Tahir) is someone we want to keep fresh and not allow people the opportunity to see so much of. It was also a tactical decision, with our batting being slightly light in this series (against India),” Smith told a daily SportsDay.Tahir, who came up with some superb performances in local games, is also familiar with the sub-continental pitches.”The conditions in India will be a lot more batting friendly, and we will need to adapt our mindset from a batting and bowling perspective,” Smith said.”The great thing about our squad is that it’s hard to predict what the line-up is going to be. It’s the first time we’re going to a World Cup with a lot of different options.”We need to assess the conditions going into our first game and pick the team accordingly. I don’t think we are going there with a set XI in mind. We are going to pick the best combinations for each game; players we believe can win that game,” added Smith.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC confirms Randiv as Mathews’ replacement

first_imgThe ICC’s event technical committee of the World Cup on Friday confirmed Suraj Randiv as replacement for the injured Angelo Mathews in Sri Lanka’s squad for Saturday’s summit clash against India.The confirmation was conveyed to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on behalf of the committee.Mathews suffered a strain to his right thigh muscle during the side’s semi-final victory over New Zealand in Colombo.Randiv has played in 21 ODIs for Sri Lanka, claiming 22 wickets at an average of 33.5.The 26-year-old off-spinner from Matara has also represented Sri Lanka in three Test matches and six Twenty20 internationals.As with all players in the tournament, the eligibility of a replacement player is subject to approval by the ICC before that player can be officially added to the squad.The event technical committee consists of David Richardson (ICC, chairman), prof. Ratnakar Shetty (tournament director), Campbell Jamieson (IDI representative), Anil Kumble (host nominee), David Lloyd (independent nomination) and Sanjay Manjrekar (independent nomination).- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Kaveree Bamzai on the police’s sensitivity to crime

first_imgShobhit Modi was like any other young man in a Delhi mall. Tissot watch, check. iPhone, check. Chauffeur-driven car, check. That was till he was stabbed to death just outside his posh South Delhi apartment on May 5 and became another statistic for the National Crime Records Bureau. Soon, we,Shobhit Modi was like any other young man in a Delhi mall. Tissot watch, check. iPhone, check. Chauffeur-driven car, check. That was till he was stabbed to death just outside his posh South Delhi apartment on May 5 and became another statistic for the National Crime Records Bureau. Soon, we had a police narrative of his life that went thus: He had more than one girl’s number on his phone. Was he a two-timing Casanova? He occasionally sniffed glue as many boys do in posh schools. Was he part of a drug cartel?Only his family knows the truth, and in this day and age of aggressive individualism, perhaps not even they. But anyone who remembers the initial police narrative on Aarushi Talwar’s murder will hear the echoes. Here was a girl who chatted with her friends, many of them boys, till late in the night. Who was allowed the freedom to go out with her friends unescorted. Who was left unsupervised by a known adult for some part of the day.There is no doubt that there is a clash of civilisations. What one class thinks is indulgent enabling is parental duty for others. What one class believes are luxuries are necessities of metropolitan adolescence. The class that investigates the murder invariably has no comprehension of the lifestyle of the murdered. How can a student with no known source of income afford an expensive phone or daily visits with friends to a mall? Or how can a young girl, barely 14, have so many friends on Facebook who are boys? For that one would have to explain how buying a phone is considered a rite of passage in an affluent adolescent’s life. And how having Facebook friends is a marker of one’s existence. If you don’t have them, you are a non-person.advertisementThese are issues that even the most educated parents are grappling with. And don’t even ask about sexual experimentation and recreational drug abuse. Neither our teachers, who still treat sex education like an embarrassing relative who has to be wheeled out at family functions, nor parents, who cannot even begin to count the ways children find to get high on intoxicants, are prepared for this universe. It’s not surprising. Our police officials see the worst of human behaviour.They see parents who kill their daughters for their izzat, men who set their wives on fire for dowry, and children who are routinely sexually abused. They are also now seeing gigantic financial frauds using the most sophisticated legal advice, murders arising out of cyber bullying, and teenage crime related to drugs and sex. A particularly repulsive movie recently, Luv Ka The End, aimed at the so-called youth demographic, had its hero being part of a Billionaire Boys Club. Their sport? Putting their sexual encounters online and winning points. The highest, 1,000 points, was for bedding a virgin. To use the wonderfully expressive terms of this generation. Eww. Indeed. But don’t be surprised to see it playing at a home near you.last_img read more

Injured Gambhir may skip WI tour, likely to play against Mumbai

first_imgThe Indian skipper of the ODI team for the West Indies tour in June, Gautam Gambhir, has an injury in his right shoulder, sources confirmed on Wednesday. Gambhir underwent an MRI scan on his shoulder on Tuesday. Though the details of report were awaited, according to sources in his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), he was fit to play the crucial eliminator against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday evening. The winners of the match would qualify for the Champions League and would also get a chance to make it to the IPL finals, while the losing side would be eliminated from the tournament. During the KKR’s last league match against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on May 22, Gambhir looked in pain after he threw the ball to the wicketkeeper in the 19th over. He was seen holding his shoulder in pain but stayed on the field till the end of the match. To recover, Gambhir might require a surgery, rehabilitation or just rest. Sources said that the injury was similar to that of his opening partner Virender Sehwag, who played the World Cup despite pain but was out of the IPL midway. If Gambhir misses out the ODI tour, vice captain Suresh Raina might lead India in the West Indies.last_img read more

India beat West Indies by 63 runs in first Test

first_imgIndia allowed the West Indies tail-enders to delay the inevitable before wrapping up the first cricket Test with a comfortable 63-run victory inside four days and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series in Kingston on Thursday. Score | PhotosChasing a victory target of 326, West Indies never recovered from the twin-blow dealt by debutant Praveen Kumar dismissing Darren Bravo (41) and Shivanarine Chanderpaul (30) as they were all out for 262 in 68.2 overs.The final pair of Devendra Bishoo (26, 33 balls, 2×4, 1×6) and Fidel Edwards (15 not out, 54 balls, 1×4) frustrated the Indian bowlers for around 10 overs after lunch. It was Suresh Raina who effected a freak dismissal with the ball rolling onto the stumps after hitting Bishoo’s thigh-pads to bring an end to the proceedings.It was a clinical performance by the Indian bowlers with Praveen being the pick snaring three for 42 and ending with a six-wicket haul in his very first Test match.Ishant Sharma (3/81) bowled some poor deliveries but got crucial breakthroughs. The Indians blew away the middle and lower-middle order in the morning session where the home team needing a further 195 for a victory lose six wickets with an addition of 95 runs.This was India’s second victory at the Sabina Park having clinched the series with a win during their tour of 2006. This is also their fifth overall win on Caribbean soil.The two teams now travel to Barbados where the second Test match will be held at Kensington Oval from June 28.It was Praveen’s incisive morning spell that sealed the issue for the Indians after a 68- run stand for the fourth wicket stand between Bravo and Chanderpaul. From 148 for three, the hosts were suddenly struggling at 149 for five.advertisementThe track was deteriorating as some deliveries kept taking off from the good length spot while a few kept very low. In general, it was a struggle for survival for the West Indian batsmen. All the lower order batsmen like Ravi Rampaul (34, 32 balls, 6×4, 1×6), Bishoo and Edwards showed stomach for fight, it was pity that the top-order didn’t have enough gumption to do so.The first half an hour didn’t have any indication of what was to follow as Praveen got into the act. Bravo who had looked confident shuffled across as Praveen angled one into him that sent his leg-stump for a toss.Chanderpaul was one man who could have been depended for his doggedness but he too perished when a Praveen delivery stopped and came onto him as he committed onto a cover drive.All he could do was to lob a simple catch to Suresh Raina as it was virtually all over for the Caribbeans.Carlton Baugh (0) was done in by an off-break from Harbhajan that kicked up to take his glove off to the leg-slip.Darren Sammy (25, 11 balls, 1×4, 3×6) came in and blasted Harbhajan for three consecutive sixes but didn’t have enough patience to survive.Amit Mishra got into the act as his flighted delivery dipped in late as Sammy failed to check his shot and offered simple catch to VVS Laxman at covers. .Failing to get the ball out of square, Nash missed a long hop from Mishra as the ball kept low and hit him plumb on the sheen. Nash was the eight West Indies wicket to fall.Rampaul on the otherhand carried a grim battle with Fidel Edwards for company. He hit a few clean blows as the ninth wicket partnership yielded 35 runs and helped West Indies cross the 200-run mark.Ishant Sharma who came back for his second spell bowled a few needless short-pitch stuff to Rampaul. However the delivery that got Rampaul was snorter that suddenly rose from short of good length. The batsmen couldn’t get out of the way as it kissed his gloves on the way to Dhoni who had to jump in order to take a smart one-handed catch.For those who had labelled Praveen as a ODI specialist would be in for a surprise after his six-wicket haul in his opening Test match. With favourable conditions, Praveen could prove to be a handful for any opposition with his ability to move the ball both ways.This performance may just be good enough to seal his place in the Indian Test squad that will tour England next month for a four-match Test series. He could well prove to be a an ideal new-ball partner for Zaheer on overcast English conditions.The other positive aspect will be Suresh Raina getting back to form with a fantastic 82 in the first innings and the incisive spells bowled by Ishant Sharma.advertisement– With inputs from PTIFor more News, click here.last_img read more

Shatrughan Sinha on a thanksgiving visit to Bihar

first_imgBollywood veteran and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shatrughan Sinha returned to his native Bihar to thank his fans and well-wishers for praying for his well-being at a time when the world of art and culture had lost many luminaries in the country and abroad. “It is because of the strength of your love, affection and prayers that I am standing back on my feet now,” Sinha said on his first visit to his native Patna after his recent bypass heart surgery. “I have come here primarily to thank you all in person.”Shotgun, as Sinha is fondly called, said that the last two years had been particular bleak for the world of art during which many stalwarts from different fields passed away. “We have lost people such as Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi, ghazal kings Mehndi Hassan and Jagjit Singh, superstar Rajesh Khanna, world champion wrestler-actor Dara Singh, writer-director B R Ishara and many more,” he said.  “I was also hospitaliszed during this period but it is because of the sheer love and affection, good wishes and prayers of the people like you that I have recuperated and am in the midst of you,” he told a gathering in Patna.Sinha said that he was in particular thankful to all the leaders, both from the ruling coalition as well as the Opposition, who used to inquire about his health from time to time. “I am thankful to chief minister Nitish Kumar, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP’s state president Dr C P Thakur, NDA’s state convenor Nand Kishore Yadav who showed concern about my health,” he said.Sinha said that Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and many others also inquired about his health while he was in hospital. “RJD MP Ram Kripal Yadav, in fact, came to the hospital where I was admitted in Mumbai to inquire about my well-being,” he added.Sinha on Monday evening, called on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to personally thank him. During the meeting, he talked about construiction of a sports complex at the Rajendra Nagar Physical Training Ground in Patna. He also discussed the project of an auditorium-cum-food court on the banks of Ganga.The Patna Sahib MP also assured his fans and party workers that he was fully fit to take part in any programmes. He also went to Harmandir Sahib gurudwara, the birth place of the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, at Patna City. He inaugurated the close-circuit television system there.Sinha had undergone a bypass heart surgery at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambabni Hopistal in Mumbai in July this year. He was admitted to the hospital after he complained of breathlessness at his newly-painted home in Mumbai. advertisementlast_img read more

Kawhi Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors rout Warriors

first_imgEarlier in the day, Leonard was deemed questionable while getting treatment on his hip. Toronto coach Nick Nurse spoke to reporters 90 minutes before tip-off and said he was uncertain about Leonard’s status.The Raptors improved their NBA-best record to 23-7. They beat the Los Angeles Clippers 123-99 without Leonard on Tuesday night and then completed a season sweep of the two-time defending champion Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefToronto beat Golden State 131-128 in overtime on Nov. 29. The Warriors played that game without All-Stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, both of whom were back in the lineup for the rematch Wednesday. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Phoenix pounces on chance to get more experience, trades away no. 4 PBA draft pick Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, file photo, Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard huddles with teammates before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Leonard sat out Toronto’s showdown against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Dec. 12, because of a bruised right hip. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)OAKLAND, California — Kawhi Leonard sat out Toronto’s showdown against the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right hip.The star forward was inactive for the second straight game Wednesday night, but the Raptors cruised to a 113-93 win at Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Top two volleyball clubs in Superliga collide in yet another championship duel

first_imgView comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Davao hammers listless Bacoor; Cebu triumphs They have been the two best clubs in the Philippine Superliga and, as another championship unfolds, Petron and F2 Logistics are all set for yet another heavyweight showdown.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers collide at 6 p.m. on Saturday as Game 1 of the All-Filipino Conference best-of-three championship series blasts off at Mall of Asia Arena.It’s the fifth straight finals that Petron and F2 Logistics will face each other, underscoring the rise of their rivalry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe two teams have seven titles between them.At 4 p.m., Cignal and Generika-Ayala collide in the bronze-medal match. Petron opened the conference with 10 consecutive victories in the preliminary round, before whipping Sta. Lucia and Cignal in the playoffs, to keep its hopes of sweeping the conference alive.“We can’t think of the sweep right away; our mission is to win the title first and foremost,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos.“If in the process of winning the title, we sweep all our games, then well and good.”Three years ago, the franchise, made up of an entirely different core, won all its 14 matches to clinch the All-Filipino title.This time, Petron will rely on heavyweights Mika Reyes, Aiza Pontillas, Ces Molina, Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons.ADVERTISEMENT In Petron’s way is a solid crew culled from the country’s most successful college program of late headed by Ramil de Jesus, one of the best local volleyball coaches these days.“We have to be realistic because F2 Logistics also has a solid lineup, a good coaching system and they have been playing together for a long time,” added Delos Santos, whose wards dominated the Cargo Movers in their first encounter, 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-20.F2’s core is forged from La Salle’s volleyball program, with the likes of Cha Cruz-Behag, Aby Maraño, Majoy Baron, Kim Kianna Dy and Kim Fajardo leading the charge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’last_img read more

Reality check

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte A marked man as mentioned by Eriksson before the match, Wu proved to be a cut above the rest as his well-placed effort in the 40th minute opened the scoring for the Chinese.In front of 16,000 fans, most of them Filipino workers spending their day off at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, another moment of magic from the Chinese striker in the 66th minute doubled the advantage, before substitute Yu Dabao cashed in on some indecision from Azkals defenders off a corner.“We knew that one of the two things we needed to before the match was that we cannot give him space, but he still finished twice unmarked. We have to do a better job in this situation,” said Schrock.Defender Daisuke Sato said the Azkals have to be physically stronger at this level after the Chinese refused to pull up on some heavy challenges during the course of the match. Sato had a swollen lip after getting hit in the first half.“You cannot switch off in these types of games, in this level we are playing now,” said Schrock.The midfielder warned his team from looking past Kyrgyzstan, a newcomer in the tournament, which the Azkals have beaten twice two years ago.“We cannot overlook anyone in this group especially now that Kyrgyzstan has a chance to advance to the next round. Like I said, it’s a final. We have more time together and work something out for this game and we will take the challenge.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phil Younghusband shrugs off the challenge from Wu Xi. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ryan LimABU DHABI—The Philippines left this city tired and disappointed after a heavy 3-0 defeat to China last Friday night that left its hopes of reaching the next round of the AFC Asian Cup hanging by a thread.Getting a grim reality check on the level of competition they are facing, the Azkals were punished by a sharp and incisive Chinese side, which capitalized on some poor defending from the Philippines to secure their second straight win and progress to the Round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT A few tactical tweaks by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson did not go as planned as the Chinese overran the Azkals midfield. Manny Ott was relegated to the bench with Carlie de Murga getting a first start.Schrock took an advanced role on the left wing, while Luke Woodland played at rightback.The Azkals, however, seemed to run out of ideas when they had the ball and struggled to settle into the match, unlike in the Korea encounter where they looked comfortable soaking up the pressure, before breaking forward in numbers.Javier Patino, just like against Korea, again couldn’t find a way through the Chinese goal, after he was released by Patrick Strauss on the counterattack.“We were all very disappointed with the outcome but just to defend in a game like this is not enough,” said Schrock. “We barely created our opportunities from our side. We had one golden opportunity with Javier on the counter and that was it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ginebra, TNT kick off season of chasing San Miguel Beer LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening On a high after their impressive performance in the 0-1 loss to South Korea, the Azkals’ pride was pricked by China’s workmanlike and classy display that was highlighted by two sublime goals by Wu Lei.The Azkals still have an outside chance of reaching the next round after South Korea nipped Kyrgyzstan, 1-0, last Friday night, but they would need to beat the Kyrgyz side first and hope that other results go their way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe final group match is slated on Wednesday at Rashid Stadium in Dubai.“We still have hope,” said captain Stephan Schrock. “As you know, South Korea beat Kyrgyzstan last night and so we can still have a little final for the third place for maybe a place in the next round.” 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 Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Kyrie Irving gets cheers and a win at MSG as Celtics beat Knicks

first_img“He’s a guy that’s very polarizing in the NBA and the world so everything he says, even if it’s not really that serious, it’s going to be taken out of proportion,” Morris said. “But like I said, he still comes in, he’s a professional. We all love him, we all want him here.”Damyean Dotson scored 22 points and Kevin Knox had 21 for the Knicks, who dropped their 12th straight.The Knicks dealt Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to Dallas along with the injured Porzingis, getting Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews in return, plus two future first-round picks.The new players weren’t available, so the Knicks started with a backcourt of Dotson and Kadeem Allen.The short-handed lineup hung around into the fourth quarter before opening February with a loss after going a combined 3-24 in December and January.TIP-INSCeltics: Al Horford and Gordon Hayward each had 14 points. … Irving gave his jersey to his father after the game.Knicks: Coach David Fizdale said the new players had been in the arena Friday before the game. … Luke Kornet started at center and scored nine points after missing the last five games with a sprained left ankle.GOODBYE AND GOOD LUCKFizdale said he and Porzingis had a nice chat Thursday, wishing each other and joking about never getting onto the court. He said he didn’t question whether there was more he could have done to keep Porzingis happy in New York. Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Kadeem Allen (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Celtics won 113-99. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving heard the “We want Kyrie! We want Kyrie!” chants that echoed through Madison Square Garden.He seemed more annoyed than flattered.ADVERTISEMENT Irving is one of the headline names in the 2019 free agent class, and though he said at a Celtics fan event last fall that he intended to re-sign in Boston, that may be no guarantee. He told reporters at the morning shootaround to “Ask me July 1” if his plans had changed.Discouraged earlier this season by the play of some of his younger teammates, his frustration now is with the talk about matters beyond basketball, with the trade deadline less than a week away and his name being tied to Anthony Davis’ future as he seeks a trade from New Orleans.So the former New Jersey high school star figured it would be a scene when he was back in the area.“Like I said, I’m appreciative of the fan support I get in any arena, but of course coming back home,” he said. “Obviously what’s going on in terms of that noise and commentary is just a bunch of nonsense right now. Can’t do anything about it so I’m just accepting, I’m appreciative, but at the same time I’ve got a game to focus on.”Marcus Morris added 18 points for the Celtics, who won for the eighth time in nine games and remain supportive of Irving.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Nets guard D’Angelo Russell replaces Victor Oladipo at NBA All-Star Game SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants 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 View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s nothing but a distraction at this point,” he said.Irving and the Boston Celtics handled it as easily as they handled the overmatched Knicks, winning 113-99 on Friday night in the first game since New York traded Kristaps Porzingis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIrving had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists before a crowd eager to start the free agent wooing five months early.The trade to Dallas gave the Knicks money to chase two top free agents this summer and fans showed Irving that they want him to be one of them, cheering him before and during his return from a two-game absence with a hip injury. LATEST STORIES “I can’t think that way. He’s obviously been here and has dealt with whatever he’s had to deal with throughout the course of his career. I can’t personalize that and put that on me,” Fizdale said. “Obviously I really worked hard to build a great relationship with him, going over to Latvia and everything, and really trying to involve him in a lot of the stuff that we’re doing.”KYRIE’S CHEERSFizdale, on the chants for Irving: “You know, I am on a whole other planet when it comes to that stuff. I am just constantly into how do I help these guys win the next play, how do I get them past the last play?”UP NEXTCeltics: Host Oklahoma City on Sunday.Knicks: Host Memphis on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more