LATEST STORIES Not that he’s expecting anything less as Fajardo knows how tall the task is for Gilas to score the upset against the 10th-ranked team in the world in their home floor in Melbourne.“Australia is really a strong team. So we really have to follow coach’s game plan because we can’t beat them individually. They’re bigger than us and we expect to have a hard time against them, but we need to execute our plays as a team,” he said. AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Cebuano slotman and the rest of the national team were subjected to another tough session against these five foreigners led by former Ateneo big man Chibueze Ikeh.From 5-foot-11 Jayson Castro to the 6-foot-11 Fajardo, the Nationals tried to execute their offense against the towering Nigerian bigs in hopes of mimicking what they can expect in their anticipated draw against Australia in three weeks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe four-time PBA MVP, who is used to defending taller reinforcements in the pro league, feels that this is the kind of training that would prove beneficial for the squad.“They’re a big help for us. They help us plan for our game against Australia because they’re big and strong,” he said. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOne of the PBA’s rare behemoths, even June Mar Fajardo was dwarfed by the presence of Nigerians in Gilas Pilipinas’ evening practice at Meralco Gym on Monday.“They’re so big,” he quipped.ADVERTISEMENT Contentious IOC meetings kick off with Olympics set to open NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. dunks the ball against the Detroit Pistons in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — As Larry Nance Sr. waited in the hallway following the best game of his son’s career, the former All-Star was approached by a young Cavaliers fan.“I’m not Larry Nance Sr.,” he said, reaching down to shake hands with the youngster. “I’m Larry Nance Jr.’s father.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC With Cleveland missing three big men — All-Star Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Jeff Green — because of injuries, the Cavs needed someone to step up and Nance came through. Wearing the same No. 22 his father had retired by Cleveland, the 25-year-old Nance had the best game of his young career.“It just kind of felt easy,” Nance said. “The guys were giving me all the opportunity in the world to make my shots, and I just happened to be making them.”It was only one game, but Cleveland’s latest look was encouraging. The Cavs have been in a funk lately as they try to integrate four new players, but they got a win before embarking on a two-week, six-game trip.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue will stick with Nance as a starter while Thompson recovers from a sprained right ankle that will keep him out at least two weeks. And beyond that, it’s possible Lue could keep Nance in his first five.Since joining Cleveland in a trade last month, Nance has shown he can consistently make a mid-range jumper that he rarely tried with the Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games “It was a heck of a pass,” Nance said. “It was right on the money.”PITIFUL PISTONSDetroit fell to 2-9 since Feb. 9 and is 6-9 since Griffin arrived in a blockbuster trade. Drummond and Griffin were both assessed technicals against the Cavs.“We aren’t giving ourselves much of a chance to win because we’re playing so frustrated right now — frustrated with the referees, frustrated even more by the ball not going in the basket,” coach Stan Van Gundey said. “It’s very hard to play like that.”TIP-INSPistons: Van Gundy doesn’t have a timetable for G Reggie Jackson’s return. He’s been out since Dec. 26 with a sprained right ankle. The Pistons are 10-21 since his injury. “There’s nothing imminent with him,” Van Gundy said. “He did a little bit of one-on-one against one of the video guys today, but that’s as far along as he is.”Cavaliers: J.R. Smith had another head-scratching game, failing to score in 22 minutes. He scored 19 in the second half Saturday after not attempting a shot in the first half. … Green (sore lower back) moved with ease while doing drills following the morning shootaround. He felt good enough Sunday to go roller skating along with Smith and James, who posted video of the outing on Instagram.UP NEXTPistons: Host Toronto on Wednesday.Cavaliers: Begin a six-game road trip in Denver on Wednesday. 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His kid put on quite a show.Nance posted career highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds in his first start for Cleveland, and the Cavaliers closed a disappointing five-game homestand on a positive note with a 112-90 win Monday night over the Detroit Pistons, who haven’t won on the road in nearly two months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeBron James scored 31 points before taking a seat on the bench after the Cavs outscored the Pistons 36-21 in the third quarter to blow it open.Nance, though, was the story. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I didn’t know he could shoot it,” Lue said. “He never shot it in L.A. But coming here, just watching him shoot, he has 3-point range also, which I didn’t know. If he can continue to make that shot, it helps our offense out tremendously.”Nance said the new surroundings have freed him up to show more of his game.“Whatever it was, I just wasn’t that comfortable shooting them in L.A.,” he said. “But whether it’s the coaching staff or the guys, they have the utmost confidence in me shooting that shot and I feel great shooting it, too.”James was his usual brilliant self, making 5 of 7 3-pointers and adding seven rebounds and seven assists. With the Cavs comfortably ahead, James sat the entire fourth quarter, a rarity in this odd season.Blake Griffin scored 25 to lead Detroit, which has lost nine straight away from home. The Pistons haven’t won on the road since Jan. 10. Andre Drummond scored 15 but didn’t reach double-digit rebounds for the first time in 19 games.James led the way, but it was Nance who helped negate Drummond and Detroit’s size advantage with several big plays. By halftime, Nance had matched his career best with 18 points.Griffin credited Nance with fueling the Cavs.“Just his energy alone, forget the points, his second-chance rebounds, his hustle plays were a difference maker,” Griffin said. “He plays very, very hard. He’s talented. He’s got a high ceiling.”SUPER SLAMFor the second straight game, Nance upstaged James with a sensational dunk.J.R. Smith scooped a pass toward the rim that Nance grabbed with one hand and slammed home, triggering another eruption from the crowd and his teammates on the bench. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico
OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a play in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — There’s a four-headed, shot-making, scoreboard-breaking monster out West awaiting LeBron James and the Cavaliers.The Warriors are stomach-churning scary.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games James, though, can’t run or hide. With eight NBA Finals appearances under his belt, he is ready to face a team he’s called “a beast.” After all, he has slayed behemoths before.Pushing off any talk about the Warriors until after Sunday’s practice, James was asked to assess the task at hand: beating Golden State’s All-Star-studded lineup of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIs this the biggest challenge of his career?“It’s probably up there,” he said. “I mean, it’s up there.” BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast For the sixth time, James enters the Finals as an underdog, hardly a role he’s accustomed to before June. The only time he won a championship as a Finals favorite was with Miami in 2013, when the Heat upended the Spurs for their second straight title.James isn’t worried about point spreads or any odds.“I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn’t matter,” he said.What does matter is that the 32-year-old is having one of his finest postseasons, and the Cavs are gelling the way they did at this time last year.Maybe James has nothing to fear.“I feel good about our chances,” he said. “Very good.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Stampede at stadium kills 4 fans, unborn fetus in Honduras Cleveland-Golden State 3.0 is the matchup fans worldwide expected and wanted, and James believes they’re in for quite a show.Both the Cavaliers and Warriors have upgraded their rosters from a year ago, when they went seven games in an epic series that spawned the first comeback from a 3-1 deficit in Finals history and resulted in Cleveland winning its first pro sports championship since 1964.That Warriors team James conquered in 2016 won 73 games during the regular season and was being mentioned as one of the best to ever take the floor.Hard to believe, but this version — with Durant — might be even better.Golden State has been putting on a basketball clinic over the past two months, winning 27 of 28 games since March 11 and becoming the first squad to start the postseason 12-0.Durant, who previously faced James in the 2012 Finals with Oklahoma City, has taken a great team and elevated it to a nearly unstoppable level.The Warriors are using Durant in every imaginable way on offense, and James isn’t surprised to see his good friend and Olympic teammate more mobile than he was with the Thunder.“You adapt to the culture,” he said. “You adapt to the style and that’s the same thing that happened to me when I went to Miami. I started to slash more and move more without the ball, shoot more standstill 3s and figure out ways I could be more productive than just having the ball in isolation. So, it’s the right thing to do. He’s one of the most dangerous guys we have in the world already. So it makes it even more dangerous when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys.”On the brink of becoming the first player since the early 1960s to play in seven straight Finals, James finds himself in a similar — and somewhat surprising — situation.The Cavaliers are being given little chance to defend their title against the vaunted Warriors, who have been winning by an average of 16.3 points per game in the playoffs. And then, almost as if he was trying to remind himself that he’s got three championship rings and is frightful in his own right, James recalled other fearsome postseason opponents — San Antonio and Boston.“I’ve played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team,” said James, occasionally sniffling as he continues to fight a cold. “And if you add Pop (coach Gregg Popovich) in there, that’s five Hall of Famers. So, it’s going to be very challenging. Those guys are going to challenge me, they’re going to challenge our ballclub.“This is a high-powered team.”James also took on a Celtics team loaded with big-name talents.“I’ve played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers). So, it’s going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Antonio also bared that there would be a lot of changes in the first 24-man pool that SBP and the PBA had come up with.Filipino-German big man Christian Standhardinger, Kiefer Ravena and Kobe Paras are all being considered for inclusion in the pool, and that would mean that at least three from the original list will be dropped.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 stars“The coaches are discussing (the list) and will come up with a lineup tomorrow (Saturday),” Antonio told the Inquirer.Andray Blatche, Antonio said, would be included in the list as the former Brooklyn Net in the NBA would again be the naturalized player for Gilas 5.0. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Asian Championship gets going from August 8 to 20 with China as the defending champion and the Filipinos trying to improve on two straight runner-up finishes.Team Philippines has been drawn in what is considered the Group of Death, joining China, Iraq, Chinese Taipei and world power Australia in Group B.The Aussies are making their debut in the Asian event together with New Zealand.A conflict in the schedule with the PBA could prevent the league’s biggest stars from suiting up for Gilas in Lebanon, where the national team will prime up for the hectic qualifying tournament for the World Cup starting in November.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick headlines Lions’ NCAA bid LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes is in the middle of talks with PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa as they try to come up with a formula that would allow the country to field in its best players for the Fiba Asia Championship slated in August in Lebanon.Their talk will be crucial as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will submit its 24-man pool to organizers Saturday. From that pool would come the final 12-man lineup, said team manager Butch Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena 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 China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection
CEU halts Flying V’s perfect run, forces Game 3 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES “It had a great effect on the morale of the team that’s why we wanted to move them out of Metro Manila for a change,” said Rueda in Filipino.The Philippines could only win a silver and a bronze two years ago in Singapore.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 openingBut this time the men’s team is shooting for two golds with the bulk of expectations on the shoulders of Emmanuel Escote, Rheyjey Ortouste, and Jason Huerte who won silver in team event in 2015.Also in the field are last SEA Games’ bronze winners like John Jeffrey Morcillos, Regie Reznan Pabriga, Rhemwil Catana, John-John Bobier, Ronsited Gabayeron, Alvin Pangan, Joeart Jumawan, John Carlo Lee and Mark Joseph Gonzales. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR FILE — Rheyjey Ortouste, Mark Gonzales and Jason Huerte celebrate their first international gold with Karen Tanchanco-Caballero (front row, left), president of the Philippine Amateur Sepak Takraw Association and vice president of the Asian Sepak Takraw Federation. —NONGLUCK MATVANGSAENG TITI TUKKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ sepak takraw men’s team is shooting for two golds when competition starts Wednesday at Titiwangs A-indoor stadium here.The coaching staff, including Romulo Rueda, said the 17-member men’s and women’s teams are in high spirits after undergoing a two-month training camp in Iloilo City.ADVERTISEMENT The women’s team, which is hoping for at least a bronze finish, is composed of Kristel Carloman, Lhaina Lhiell Mangubat, Mary Ann Lopez, Rizzalyn Amolacion and Jean Marie Sucalit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ
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At a time when Commonwealth Games Federation seems worried about poor attendance at various stadiums, sports enthusiasts had a harrowing experience while buying tickets at Talkatora Stadium, one of the venues for the ongoing Games, on Friday.For hours, there was no electricity at the stadium’s ticket counter which caused a crowd of ticket seekers. People had come from far off places to watch their favourite sportspersons in action but were left high and dry as no tickets could be issued.Things went from bad to worse when touts started selling tickets at inflated prices. People were seen buying tickets for more than double the price
File photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The Comptroller and Auditor General has, in his report on Commonwealth Games’ Queen’s Baton Relay, made startling disclosure. The report exclusively accessed by Headlines Today exposes how Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi’s personal expenses were billed on tax-payers’ money.According to the audit watchdog, Kalmadi took his wife Meera to London for the Queen’s Baton Relay on the Organising Committee’s money.And that’s not all, accompanying them were the Officer of Special Duty to the Lt Governor and his wife.The report states, “The sports ministry approved the travel of 36 personnel but OC booked 56 rooms (in the hotel) resulting into excess payment of GBP 22910.00. An excess expenditure of Rs 14.07 lakh was also incurred on the travelling of extra people, including Mrs Meera Kalmadi, Mr & Mrs Ranan Mukherjee (OSD to LG, Delhi), relatives of baton bearers who were in excess of the approved list of 36 persons.”The report goes on to blow the lid on how the Organising Committee flouted virtually every rule showing undue favours to certain firms, releasing payments before awarding of contracts and even fabricating documents.For the consultancy services for QBR, the report says, “CVC guidelines were violated as the OC awarded the contract to the highest bidder (in this case Maxxam International) and not the lowest bidder. Maxxam was paid $12925 each for three months even before awarding the work to the firm. The reasons for making the payment were not available in the OC’s record. The OC agreed to bear the service tax liability of the firm, which resulted into an excess payment of $ 242,407. Despite specific mention of cost being inclusive of all taxes, OC bearing the service tax liability was highly irregular.”advertisementFor the hiring of the AM films UK limited the report says, “The company’s registration and VAT registration numbers mentioned in the advance invoice submitted by AM Films were false. On October 24, 2009, Sanjay Mohindroo obtained approval from OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, sent a fax and an email to Jeychandran and essentially processed the transaction for transferring the amount in one day.Jeychandran was in Delhi and cleared the payment but he signed the minutes of the meeting at London. Clearly this is not possible and hence the documentation is fabricated.”
Rapunzel had it easy. Just the length of her flaxen hair was enough to get Prince Charming hooked for good. Things are not as simple anymore. If the hunt for the prince has got tougher so has the decision on the “right look”.But thanks to a range of hair-care products,,Rapunzel had it easy. Just the length of her flaxen hair was enough to get Prince Charming hooked for good. Things are not as simple anymore. If the hunt for the prince has got tougher so has the decision on the “right look”.But thanks to a range of hair-care products, agonising over the colour and style of one’s coiffure has become an experience people are not complaining about if packed beauty salons are any indicators.The hair-colour market in India is estimated at Rs 7,000 crore and has grown 200 per cent in volume in the past year. That makes it the vanguard of the personal-care market that is expected to grow at 20 per cent every year.The fact that three-fourths of the population is below 30 years of age, has high disposable incomes, is willing to experiment, is impressionable and is dying to fit in, all bolster the growth statistics.So when designer Rohit Bal adopted the Adonis blond look, not only nightclubs but college campuses also suddenly teemed with Bal clones. Not since the Sadhana cut, popularised by the winsome actress of the 1960s, has there been such a rage in the hair-styling scene.Trendy shades: A model sports streaked locksA distinct hair style has become a part of the individual’s fashion statement. Like model Diya Abraham who wore startling pink and purple streaks at the Lakme India Fashion Week in Mumbai last year.”I was out to make a statement,” she confesses. The glam look-at-me attitude is not restricted to the Page Three People. “Getting streaks or highlights is like wearing lipstick,” says design executive Arti Agarwal, who plans to get streaks of blue.advertisementAgarwal echoes the sentiments of many housewives and professionals who otherwise tend to lean on the conservative side. Hair colour has spilled much beyond the metro limits.Hairstylist Jawed Habib gives specific instances of two little explored markets-Punjab and the Northeast. Since the Sikhs can’t style their hair, “colour allows them freedom to change their looks”. “And in the Northeast,” says Habib, “people have been experimenting with colour for 10 years. They were using violets and pinks even before any multinational entered India.”Besides the Prada folk (read Tina Ambani, actor Bobby Deol, entrepreneurs Avantika and Yash Birla) who frequent Parisian salons and London stylists, most Indians till recently were dependent on the neighbourhood parlourwali.Click here to EnlargeNo longer. Funky salons like Juice, Ambika Pillai’s, Dilshad’s and Habib’s not only offer a Rs 300 haircut but they are also ambassadors of change. Though treatments can cost up to Rs 2,000, the queues have only become longer.The Lakme Beauty Salon (LBS) that opened in Mumbai in Febr uar y has a daily average of 30 customers lining up for colour wash that costs Rs 1,175. It plans to expand from the present 38 to 200 salons nationwide in the next three years.Queries on cosmetics and brands too have increased dramatically in the past five years. Says Dr Rekha Sheth, president of the Cosmetology Society of India: “My patients have doubled in the past 10 years and 40 per cent of my clientele is men.”And the astute Indian is not just chasing labels. Hair specialist Rita Khatwani points out that an increasing number of clients know exactly what they want and will pay for it. But they expect international quality.” It is the desire for the international look that the multinationals hope to cash in on. While over 46 per cent of the people use hair colour in the US, in India only about 4 per cent opt for it.When global leader L’Oreal set its sight on India in 1996, people were struggling with black dyes or home remedies like henna that leaves an unnatural red tone while camouflaging gray hair. L’Oreal campaigned against colour prejudices by training hairdressers and even having stylists forecasting colours for the season.Trendy shades: Rohit Bal’s hair hue set a new trendJawed Habib, HairstylistThe brand is now available at over 2,500 salons in 36 cities with 51 colours. Lakme has resorted to more conventional promotion drives: During the Valentine week in February, it slashed prices by 20 per cent on products and treatments at select Lakme Beauty Salons.Indian companies like Godrej and Sunsilk have also risen to the challenge. Godrej’s ColourSoft has concentrated on four basic shades and commands, together with the Godrej dye, 45 per cent of the Rs 7,000-crore market.It is the hair-dye powder sachet that is Godrej’s bestseller, even in rural India, with more than 11 lakh outlets stocking it. In contrast, Sunsilk with its range of seven colours has positioned itself as a fashion brand. Association with international stylists and the Sunsilk Salon Awards has catapulted the brand into the big league in less than a year.advertisementDomestic competition has not deterred international companies. Keune, a Dutch brand launched in May last year, is determined to make a splash in a market dominated by L’Oreal and Sunsilk. Olive green and deep blue are among the 72 shades Keune offer to the adventurous.Another newcomer Schwaskopf Professional too is eager for its share. The German company plans to invest Rs 20 crore to build brand equity and awareness. It also initiated the Academy Schwaskopf, a training institute for hair perming, colouring and straightening at Delhi’s Grand-Hyatt in January.All this to persuade customers to wear the right tint and a bright smile. No one can say, however, how long the hair colour fad will last. It might well be a case of hair today gone tomorrow.
According to Bhujbal, however, he has made it past all these claims unscathed – which is why the veteran politician is not bothered about the latest allegations about his involvement in a ‘Rs 10,000-crore,’ Maharashtra Sadan scam. Bhujbal has been accused by the BJP of allowing a small-time contractor to construct the Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi in return for the development rights of an Andheri slum. The BJP claims the scam is worth Rs 10,000 crores.The PWD minister, however, has said that he is not involved and that he would not just resign from his minister’s post but even quit politics if the charges were found to be true. Bhujbal’s optimism is not misplaced.After all, the probe in the ‘scam’ is being headed by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) which functions under the home ministry headed by RR Patil of the NCP. This is the same ACB that tried to give a clean chit to the then Mumbai Congress Chief Kripashankar Singh in the disproportionate assets case, despite evidence to the contrary.So Bhujbal is unperturbed, despite disturbing allegations that the small-time contractor who got the project for Maharashtra Sadan purchased furniture from a firm headed by one of his daughters-in-law, or that the contractor gave a sub-contract to another firm for the construction of the Sadan, which had a couple of Bhujbal’s employees as directors.The Maharashtra government, which has seldom seemed willing to probe cases of graft especially against its own, made a huge song and dance out of an ACB probe that it has allegedly ordered.Allegedly because ACB officials say they have been asked to conduct the probe by RR Patil on whether Bhujbal benefited from the deal. Home Minister RR Patil, however, says no sanction has been given for a probe. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on the other hand says according to him the ACB probe is on.It’s not just the government that is confused: Even the BJP, the party that made ming that the scam was worth Rs 100 crore, then quickly revised that to Rs 1,000 crore, and now pegs the overall cost of the scam at over Rs 10,000 crore.Ganesh gets a new home on the netThe vibrant ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival is traditionally celebrated with street processions of Ganesh idols, accompanied by dancing and singing of devotees.The the idols are eventually immersed in the sea, like this one at Mumbai’s famed Chowpatty beach.Increasingly, however, devotees are giving the queues and messy, loud street celebrations a miss and taking their religion online. Websites allow live streaming of popular idols, such as the famous Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai, and devotees can even get ‘digital blessings’ by tuning in at ‘aarti’ timings.Phone companies are also getting in the game, offering SMS prayers and mobile games involving the Hindu god, while smartphones have pooja apps, opening up whole new avenues for the age-old festival.Post-transfer Dhoble back to old waysOne of the first things the new Mumbai police Chief Satyapal Singh did after taking over as Commissioner was to reign in ACP Vasant Dhoble, who became infamous for his attempts at moral policing. Singh hoped that transferring Dhoble from the Social Service Branch to Vakola in the western suburbs would temper his raiding habits.Within days after taking over his new post, Dhoble returned to his old tactics with the same vengeance – restaurants and bars that stayed open after the 11pm deadline were been fined and even pan shops and juice centres were pulled up.Although hoteliers grumble about ‘moral policing,’ Dhoble has his backers because he goes after establishments that are flouting the law. In fact the ACP is almost a celebrity, with people queing to click photos or shoot videos of his raids when he ventures out. And the man clearly loves all the action – he is often seen posing for the cameras and even waiving at the people who throng to see him in action.State schools get sports diktatIndia’s medal tally in the just concluded Olympics might have marginally improved this year, but its fair to say that in a country like ours with a population of a billion-plus people, the medal tally is quite embarrassing.Unfortunately this reflects the lack of a sports culture in our country, most notably our schools. This is why the Maharashtra government’s recent directive has to be welcomed. The state has now directed all schools in the state functioning under various boards to have a mandatory five hours a week reserved for sports.The state government’s intention is not to make champion Olympians out of the school students but simply to encourage students to get more physical activity. Some schools, however, are trying to resist the move. They have complained that it would include an additional financial burden on them to hire a physical trainer, while other claim that they don’t even have grounds for their children to indulge in sporting activities.Gold’s rising price has led to a peculiar problem for the Mumbai police – an increasing number of cases of gold chain snatches. Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh has decided to crack down on the chain snatchers by booking them under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) which makes it hard to get bail. Singh also uses the unique strategy of putting up banners with photos of chain-snatchers at police stations, to educate the public and also to force the criminals to go into hiding.advertisementadvertisement
The leading sports goods manufacturer and exporter from this town in Uttar Pradesh, who was abducted late Tuesday while he was headed home, has been rescued, police said on Wednesday.Sudhir Mahajan (55), the managing director of M/S BDM & Sons (Pvt) Ltd, was found tied to a tree in Khatauli town of Muzaffarnagar district late Wednesday, a police official said.Earlier, the abductors had demanded Rs.2 crore from the businessman’s family, Deputy Inspector General of Police Zaki Ahmad said. He added that teams were formed to nab the kidnappers. Mahajan was abducted late on Tuesday when he was headed to his Defence Colony residence at the Mawana road here. He left his factory at the Sports Goods Complex on Delhi road in his car around 8.30 p.m. According to police, the manufacturer of BDM cricket kit had stopped briefly to buy some paint boxes from the market. Around 10.30 p.m., the driver stopped the car around 300 metres before Defence Colony to check some noise in the boot space where the paint boxes were kept. However, when he was heading back to his seat, three kidnappers pounced on him from a nearby bush and forced themselves into the car and held the driver and the businessman at gunpoint, police said.Around 11.30 p.m., Mahajan’s son Siddharth received a text message and a phone call in which the kidnappers demanded Rs.2 crore for releasing his father, according to a police official.
If the Guinness Book Of Records ever introduces a section on bureaucratic decision-making, there would be more record-holders in South Block than in the Patiala sports institute. But even by Indian snail-paced standards, one of the favourite contenders for the title of the longest decision-making process must surely be the,If the Guinness Book Of Records ever introduces a section on bureaucratic decision-making, there would be more record-holders in South Block than in the Patiala sports institute. But even by Indian snail-paced standards, one of the favourite contenders for the title of the longest decision-making process must surely be the succession of officials who have been agonising over the proposal to purchase a light transport aircraft (LTA) ever since 1974.The Saab-Fairchild (below:) and (bottom) the Metro: Surprise entrantsNot surprisingly, by last fortnight, the current LTA committee had made what must be considered major progress by whittling down the original array of contenders to three and were reportedly, in the words of a committee member, “just one or two meetings away from a final decision”. But judging by the manner in which the final decision has dragged on interminably, that could mean anything between next week and next year. In fact, even as the Government was claiming that a decision is imminent, two more aircraft manufacturers hove into view over the horizon with their gift-wrapped packages to try and convince Vayudoot, the country’s floundering third-level regional air service that what they were offering would better suit its needs. The presentation of the two offers could not have been more contrasting and yet symbolises the tortuous twists and belly-rolls that the LTA decision has undergone right from its initial stages.High-powered Selling: The first offer is for the Saab-Fairchild 340, the product of a collaboration between the Swedish company, Saab-Scania and Fairchild Industries of America. Saab-Fairchild did it in style. A luncheon press conference at a five-star hotel where glossy brochures and give-aways were reverently handed out, a demonstration of the aircraft for the prospective customer and a high-level delegation headed by the company’s senior vice-president.advertisementThe other offer was, by contrast, almost a casual afterthought. An Indian aircraft dealer called Mr Mahajan, based in the Bahamas, strolled into the offices of Vayudoot General Manager Captain B.K. Bhasin dressed in chappals, T-shirt and jeans and casually inquired whether he would be interested in the Metro-3, a fast-selling commuter aircraft. Both aircraft are, at the moment, highly unsuitable for Vayudoot.Saab-Fairchild is a 35-seat pressurised aircraft that costs somewhere in the region of Rs 8 crore while the Metro-3’s performance and price-tag is hardly compatible with the three aircraft that have been short-listed by the LTA committee which is essentially looking for a 19- to 20-seat unpressurised aircraft for its four customers, Vayudoot, the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Coast Guard and the navy. The three aircraft in the running – the West German Dornier 228, the Canadian Twin Otter and the Spanish Casa C-212 – have comparable seat capacities and price-tags of just under Rs 2 crore. With the aviation business being as fiercely competitive as it is, Saab-Fairchild and Metro-3 were obviously aware that a final decision was just around the corner and yet the fact that they still put in their bids is more than indicative of their confidence that the LTA decision is vulnerable to last-minute changes.Committee Conundrum: Already, the decision has dragged on for nine years and no less than four expert committees after the original Ministry of Defence committee, headed by scientist V.R. Sinha, first met in 1974 to examine the feasibility aspects. The Sinha Committee’s report projected a demand for between 150 and 300 aircraft and also concurred on the key requirement – that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was capable of undertaking indigenous production of the aircraft selected.In April 1978. the Gidwani Committee, headed by then director-general of civil aviation B.S. Gidwani, examined 11 aircraft and recommended three – the same three that are being considered now in 1983, the Dornier, the Casa and the Twin Otter.But, in typical bureaucratic tradition, committees bred faster than rabbits. No sooner had the Gidwani Committee submitted its report than another committee, under Air Marshal J. Zaheer was set up in December 1979 to examine the Gidwani Committee’s report and recommend two aircraft. The aircraft recommended were the Twin Otter and the Australian Nomad. Barely a year later, yet another committee called the Braganza Committee was formed and the entire exercise repeated with the final decision still no closer than when the proposal was first mooted.Aircraft List: Neither was the committee-breeding process over. With the Zaheer Committee’s report still fresh from the printing presses, yet another committee called the Menon Committee was born which short-listed 10 aircraft and insisted on three requirements – short take-off and landing (STOL) capability, turbo-prop and twin-engined aircraft and low operating costs. Of the 10, two types appeared to be ahead of the pack – Dornier and Twin Otter.advertisement(From below) the Casa-212; the Dornier and the Twin Otter: Short-fistedStrangely enough, though the Menon Committee report still remains the basic working paper, the Twin Otter has not so far been invited for demonstrations.Even stranger is the fact that though the Casa C-212 has twice been rejected by separate committees, it still remains in the running, even though its rear-ramp loading system is hardly suitable for an operator like Vayudoot. The fact that Vayudoot only requires around 30 aircraft, or 15 per cent of the total requirement of around 200, is the main argument in favour of the Casa which is only preferred by the IAF.But the fact remains that it is Vayudoot which has suffered the most because of the delay in the decision. Apart from the fact that its fares and seat/kilometre costs are the lowest in the world, and by deliberate political design, its mounting losses are largely because of the uneconomical fleet of ageing Avros and Fokkers which are 44-seat aircraft flying half empty on most of its routes. The other factor is, of course, the fact that a two-year delay in decision-making can push up original estimates by as much as 50 per cent.The only aspect in favour is that the aircraft industry is running through rough financial weather and it is currently a buyers’ market. But that may not last too long. Already, both Casa and Dornier have submitted revised estimates and if the delay extends any further the original total estimate of Rs 400 crore may go haywire.Delayed Decision: Vayudoot’s Bhasin insists that the delay is because the manufacturers keep altering their estimates but admits: “Even with brand new aircraft, we will continue to make a loss unless the fare structure is revised.”The fact that Vayudoot’s initial requirement is only for seven or eight aircraft in a fly-away condition would imply that the stalling tactics are being employed by the IAF and the navy, who have larger requirements. The navy’s requirement is essentially for maritime reconnaissance for which the Twin Otter and the Dornier are eminently suitable.The Twin Otter has been around for almost two decades and has proved itself as a dependable workhorse. The Dornier. which is a newer design, also conducted successful maritime patrols during its demonstration flights in India.But with the IAF still stubbornly plugging for the Casa, the final decision could have no bearing on proven performances. As a senior Indian Airlines official who sat on one of the committees admits: “There are a lot of pressures from various directions.”Growing Pressures: But even with the “pressures”, it is hardly conceivable how a high-level committee like the present one, responsible for the final decision, manages to take so long to decide on a suitable aircraft. Apart from representatives of the four operators, the committee consists of Defence Secretary P. K. Kaul, Secretary for Defence Production, M.C. Sarin, Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence Dr V.S. Arunachalam and HAL chief Air Marshal L.M. Katre. Added to this is the fact that the project has been shrouded in unnatural secrecy from the time it started.advertisementWhat makes matters worse is that all four operators are urgently in need of new aircraft. Vayudoot is in desperate financial straits, the navy’s reconnaissance patrols are necessarily limited by its ancient Islanders, the IAF has already grounded its Devons and the Coast Guard is without any aircraft of its own. As the entry of Saab-Fairchild and Metro into the raee has proved, any further delay will only be a signal for more manufacturers to converge on New Delhi and further confuse what is already a highly confusing scenario.
MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño He never thought he would be at the Ryder — at least not as a player — at the start of the year. Watson had gone two years and one health scare since his last victory. He had thought about quitting, and then he won three times in four months and qualified for the U.S. team.Standing on the 14th green, he couldn’t help but think there might not be another one.“I held my mom right after I got beat by Henrik Stenson in singles,” Watson said. “The game of golf is different for me. The Ryder Cup meant more than golf, more than winning and losing, because it was the last time my dad watched me play.“I remember the time my dad hated it that I chose golf over baseball,” he said. “It’s funny, the whole history of our family and golf is how he hated it. And then he loved it, and then the Ryder Cup. So he got to watch that. For me, that was the most memorable moment. I can remember crying, trying not to look at the crowd. The crowd was like, ‘He’s crying because he got beat.’ I wasn’t crying because I got beat. I was crying because it might be the last one.”Watson turned 40 in November and he is trying not to look too far ahead.He still doesn’t discuss exactly what happened to him in 2017, when he dropped more than 20 pounds and fell out of the top 100 in the world ranking until that victory at the Genesis Open — his third at storied Riviera — got him back on track.Watson now has 12 victories on the PGA Tour, including his two Masters titles, a career record he never imagined. He once joked that he would retire if he ever reached 10 victories, but all that has done is raise the bar for whatever else he has left.“My new goal is three more, see if I can get to 15,” he said.Watson opened with a 70 in his first round of the new year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, leaving him four shots behind Kapalua newcomer Kevin Tway. He plans to play the Sony Open next week for the first time since 2010.The last time he was in Honolulu, he had yet to win on the PGA Tour. The Ryder Cup was just a dream. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The source of his tears at the Ryder Cup in France can be traced to a piece of shrapnel Watson had removed from his father when he died.Gerry Watson was a lieutenant in the Special Forces during Vietnam. Watson says his father was injured by a grenade and removed one piece of shrapnel from under his eye. The other piece was too close to the kidney, so it stayed there until his death from throat cancer in October 2010.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThat was 12 days after Watson played in his first Ryder Cup.“It wasn’t important (to remove it), but I figured why not?” Watson said. “His whole thing was to be cremated. He didn’t serve many, many years, but they fold the flag, and they gave the flag to my mom. She has it, and the shrapnel is right next to it in a little container. My son is very interested. We go over, it’s the first thing he wants to look at. He always looks at it.” That’s why the Ryder Cup is so special to Watson.He is proud of his father’s service in the Army, and Watson always said the closest he could come to experiencing national pride was to play for his country. After he lost in a playoff to Martin Kaymer in the 2010 PGA Championship, Watson was overjoyed because that runner-up finish qualified him for his first Ryder Cup.Fast forward to France.It wasn’t a particularly good week for Watson — the Ryder Cup rarely is. He was sick when he arrived at Le Golf National, and he was on the losing side for the fourth time in his four appearances. The final loss was on Sunday to Henrik Stenson, 5 and 4, moving Europe closer to a certain victory.As the Swede celebrated, Watson wrapped his mother in his arms and was bawling.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Honorio Banario determined to prove worth against ONE’s top lightweights Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Watson hopes France wasn’t his last time in a U.S. uniform. He wonders if he’ll play in another Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, but he desperately wants to be part of it. He was No. 7 in the world in 2016 when he was left off the Ryder Cup team, and then he asked U.S. captain Davis Love III if he could be an assistant.Now, he’s already lobbying to be an assistant at the Presidents Cup in Australia at the end of the year.The captain will be Tiger Woods.Watson says he has playfully pointed out to Woods that the last two times the Americans won the Ryder Cup (2008 and 2016), neither of them were on the team.“That’s our joke,” Watson said. “So I’ve told him, ‘Man, listen, I’ll do anything to help you if you want me. If you don’t, that’s fine.’”If not, Watson will always have the memory of his father watching him in 2010, and the hug he shared with his mother last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Bubba Watson reacts to his shot from the fourth fairway during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)KAPALUA, Hawaii — Bubba Watson is known for crying after he wins. Even with three victories last year, his biggest tears were after a loss.And it really didn’t have anything to do with losing.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments
As the FIFA World Cup is upon us, table clocks of football fans will change the world over. Hosts Brazil, for their enviable World Cup record, continue to be the favourites. But not all in India who will turn all-nighters to watch the matches ‘Live’. Many would be just happy to back the favourites and stay connected with the carnival.For Roberto Da Silva (better known as Beto) and Jose Barreto, though both Brazilians, the occasion means a lot more to them. Barreto spent a decade playing top-level club football in India as he later roped in Beto to make a living, while they struggled for a break back home in the ultra competitive Brazilian football world. “It’s a first for those of our generation since we hosted the World Cup back in 1950. The atmosphere is great. There are a few protests. But it happens everywhere,” says Beto.He will miss the kick off on the 12th as he has to be at work. “I had to give away my ticket to someone before coming to India,” he says. Beto and Barreto will watch Brazil play Croatia in the tournament opener from India where they start their third in a series of football academies to help kids learn football – the Brazilian way.Both the footballers have taken their career call to make good money in India, otherwise ranked 140 odd in the FIFA rankings?. Their chance to give it a shot to become international stars or even performing club footballers at home has long gone for a toss.advertisementFor both, being players and coming from Brazil, they say, they feel for their national stars, who face the challenge of living upto the massive expectations of fans back home. “We can feel for our team?; there is a lot of pressure. It’s important to start well. If we don’t get positive results, then pressure will mount,” says Barretto.And that is the fear. While Brazil have been able to remain one of the giants of the modern game over the years, they are hosting the World Cup after a gap of 64 years. “For us, if Brazil doesn’t move into the next round, it would be disastrous. The mood is ‘we want to be champions’. As it is, finishing second and last means the same for Brazilians,” Beto attempts to simplify what expectation means back home these days.?Both back their team to reach the final, which they call “the best in recent times”?. But what if they fall short? They say in unison, “If not Brazil certainly not Argentina.””Anyone can win but not Argentina,” Barretto smilingly drives home his point. The Latin American rivalry coming to the fore. Brazil has beaten Argentina two of the four times they have met in the mega event but were pushed out by their arch rivals in their last encounter in Italia ’90. Even as the Pele-Maradona greatness debate still rages on, it’s now over to the Neymars and Messis to keep the rivalry alive.If ever Brazil would fall short of support in this part of the world, the Beto and Barretto – Brazilian football academy in Goa, Kolkata and Mumbai will make up. Their cheer may not be riotous but will certainly be boisterous enough, when Neymar scores.
Like the first two One-Day Internationals (ODI), the third and the final match of the series between India and Bangladesh was also interrupted by rain at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Thursday.India were reeling at 13/3 in 8.3 overs when the skies opened up with Cheteshwar Pujara and Manoj Tiwary batting at 3 and 0, respectively. Earlier, Robin Uthappa (5), Ajinkya Rahane (3) and Ambati Rayudu (1) got out.The visitors have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.Earlier, Indian skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to bat against hosts Bangladesh in the third and final cricket One-day international at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.India have made two changes, bringing in R. Vinay Kumar and Manoj Tiwary for Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav.The hosts have replaced Ziaur Rahman with Sohag Gazi.Teams:India: Suresh Raina (C), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel, Mohit Sharma and R Vinay Kumar.Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (C), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mithun Ali, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin Hossain.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “I believe she’s a good seed that would grow into a tree that people will enjoy and people will sit under to enjoy the shade and if you produce fruits, the people will enjoy the fruits of that tree.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines seemed to have found its next star hitter when Nicole Magsarile produced moments of brilliance during the offseason.Magsarile was a former member of the Philippine U-17 team during her high school days with National University and immediately showed her talents with the Lady Maroons in both the Philippine Super Liga Collegiate Grand Slam and Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Godfrey Okumu: PVL, PSL titles give UP boost ahead of UAAP Season 81 Magsarile scored a total of 48 points for the Lady Maroons in the PVL Collegiate Conference playing behind established outside spikers Isa Molde and Diana Carlos but she wasn’t fielded in the title game against Far Eastern University.Okumu said that Magsarile still has a lot to work on before she can eventually call herself a Lady Maroon.“People say she’s playing well but to me as a coach I’m thinking she’s just doing 50 percent and she has room to improve especially when it comes to net defense,” said Okumu.Magsarile does have a lot to overcome before she can crack the lineup since she plays the same position as Molde and Carlos, and Okumu said he wants to develop the former Lady Bullpup as an opposite spiker for Season 82.“I want her to play left and right, she can play outside perfectly well so we’re trying to play her as the opposite and also help her spike from the back because she has a good jump so this is how I’m trying to draw her as a player,” said Okumu.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Come the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, however, Magsarile will be forced to watch the team as a red shirt.UP head coach Godfrey Okumu decided that Magsarile will sit out the 2019 tournament and instead start her UAAP seniors’ career in 2020.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Everybody expected her to be in the team but as a coach sometimes you have to make tough decisions that won’t agree with many people but these are decisions that have to be made to create the balance,” said Okumu Monday at University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics.“Just like the waves in the sea, you won’t find the waves in the same level so sometimes you have to create balance and I hope, and believe, that come next season she’d be one of the best players in the UAAP.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, makes a layup as Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond defends during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Khris Middleton had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 119-103 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.The Bucks can finish off the Eastern Conference series Monday night in Detroit after winning the first three games by an average of 24 points.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pistons: The game was the first postseason game in Little Caesars Arena history. The Pistons and Red Wings both missed the playoffs in 2017-18 and the Red Wings missed again this season. The most recent NBA playoff game in the city of Detroit was April 27, 1985, when the Pistons lost 127-123 to the New York Knicks at Joe Louis Arena after damage to the Pontiac Silverdome’s roof.UP NEXTGame 4 is Monday night at Detroit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 76ers’ Jimmy Butler, Nets’ Jared Dudley ejected in Game 4 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Bucks overcame 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Blake Griffin in his return from a right knee injury. He missed the first two games of the series after sitting out four of the final six in the regular season.Griffin had an immediate defensive impact, forcing two turnovers on Milwaukee’s first three possessions, but struggled to keep up in transition.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, logisticsBrook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe each scored 19 points for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 14 points and 10 rebounds, struggling with foul trouble. Andre Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds.Griffin scored 15 points in the first half to keep the Pistons down only 67-54 at halftime, but Lopez dominated his matchup with Drummond. Lopez had 15 points and three blocks, and Drummond missed eight of 10 shots and had three turnovers and three fouls. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Drummond picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, but Antetokounmpo left a minute later with his fourth.Middleton, playing against the team that drafted him in 2012, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Milwaukee an 85-66 lead with 4:47 left in the third quarter. Drummond returned late in the quarter, but picked up his fifth foul after just 41 seconds.The margin was 100-78 at quarter’s end and the Pistons never put together a serious run in the fourth.TIP INSBucks: The Bucks hadn’t won the first three games of a playoff series since a three-game sweep of the New Jersey Nets in the 1986 first round. … Milwaukee was a plus-23 in the 10:48 that George Hill played in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
Raptors rout Magic to clinch series, set up showdown vs Sixers Nets: Joe Harris, the NBA’s top 3-point shooter, hit his first one since Game 1 with the score well out of hand. Harris was just 3 of 16 through the first four games. … Nets general manager Sean Marks was suspended for the game for entering the referees’ locker room after Brooklyn’s loss to Philadelphia in Game 4. … Simmons smothered Russell and the Nets star was held to eight points on 3 of 16 shooting.76ers: Their 29-point halftime lead was the largest in playoff franchise history. The 31 points allowed matched the lowest in the shot-clock era.UP NEXTThe Raptors went 3-1 vs. the Sixers this season.“You can credit it or you can discredit it,” Brown said. “I’m discrediting it. We have a new group. We have a new opportunity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The teams tangled again in the final two minutes, and the deep reserves had to be separated. Sixers mascot Franklin ran out wearing oversized gold boxing gloves to bring a dose of levity to the ruckus.Philadelphia’s Jonah Bolden and Greg Monroe, and Brooklyn’s Dzanan Musa and Radians Kurucs were ejected.“Our team was physical the whole time,” Simmons said. “I think we need to take that up to Toronto.”Embiid got the last laugh in the second quarter with a baseline dunk over Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and pointed at the hapless defender. Embiid was hit with a technical but by then, who cared? Embiid buried a 3 from the top of the arc that made it 41-17 and about blew the roof off the arena. Sixers general manager Elton Brand, who sits in the first row of the press seating, had his eyes locked on the scoreboard for each replay of the big man’s 3.Embiid had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Simmons had 13 points and no starter played more than 27 minutes in a game that could have been called off after the first quarter.Hollis-Jefferson scored 21 points for the Nets, who head into the offseason after their first playoff series since 2015.“We never made a push back,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I’m surprised we didn’t come out with more grit, more fight.”Brand is as much to credit for the Sixers’ success as anyone, using his rookie season as GM to orchestrate trades for Butler and Tobias Harris that kept Philly humming along in a 51-win season. But even before the trades, the Sixers were expected to make it this far in the playoffs. They did last season and were knocked out by Boston in the East semis in five games. The midseason trades for Harris and Butler were expected to push the Sixers to at least the conference final. Brown has said the goal is to play in the NBA Finals.“They’re going for big things. They can compete for a championship, quite honestly,” Atkinson said.TIP-INS LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Any late arrivals missed the defining moments of the game from a jovial Sixers team that enjoyed toying with the sickly Nets.The Sixers stunned the Nets with a 14-0 run in front of the loudest and rowdiest packed house of the season.Embiid again shook off a bad left knee and had six points and five rebounds in the first two minutes to chants of “MVP!” The Nets later trailed 20-2, and Simmons put an exclamation point on the stunning first quarter when he drove the paint and used a right-handed jam to make it 32-12 — with a thump of his chest for emphasis.“They did whatever they wanted before we could even get on the board,” Nets All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell said.Brooklyn’s Jared Dudley was soundly booed during pregame introductions and each time he touched the ball in the first. Dudley had stirred trouble when he said Simmons was “average” in the half-court. Dudley bumped Embiid in Game 4, triggering a skirmish with Jimmy Butler that spilled into the stands. Dudley heard “Dudley sucks!” chants from opening tipoff and got a view of this rout from the bench in the second half. He flashed a few smiles in the waning moments, his time as a playoff name over.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess 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 Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, of Cameroon, reacts to his basket during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA— Joel Embiid showed no mercy. He buried a 3-pointer that gave the 76ers a 24-point lead and waved his arms like a boss, exhorting an already jacked crowd to get louder.Philly obeyed its most popular player and went wild — and the All-Star center believes the good times have only just started.ADVERTISEMENT “We think we can win it all,” Embiid said.Ben Simmons thumped his chest after a big dunk , Embiid pointed toward an overmatched defender on a slam of his own, and Philadelphia flexed its offensive muscle from the opening tip to beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-100 on Tuesday night and close out their Eastern Conference playoff series in five games.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, logisticsUp next, a second round series against the Toronto Raptors, who dropped their playoff opener before winning four straight against Orlando — the same thing the Sixers did to Brooklyn.“We still have more to do. A lot more to do,” coach Brett Brown said. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ
LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, then China’s head coach Marcello Lippi gestures during the Group A World Cup 2018 Asian qualifier soccer match against Qatar, in Kunming in southwestern China’s Yunnan province. Lippi is set to return for a second stint in charge of China’s national team as the country targets a place at the 2022 World Cup, the Chinese Football Association announced Friday, May 24, 2019. (Color China Photo via AP, File)Marcello Lippi is set to return for a second stint in charge of China’s national team as the country targets a place at the 2022 World Cup.The Chinese Football Association announced Friday that the 71-year-old Lippi, who guided Italy to the World Cup title in 2006, will start back next month. He ended his initial 27-month tenure after China’s exit in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup in January.ADVERTISEMENT “When Lippi was previously in charge of the national team, the players showed a positive attitude and a fighting spirit,” the CFA said in a statement. “We believe that with Lippi and his team of assistant coaches, the Chinese men’s football team will leave no stone unturned in realizing their dream of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.”China’s only appearance at the sport’s marquee tournament was in 2002, when the World Cup was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan.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, logisticsLippi, who led Juventus to the UEFA Champions League title in 1996 and China’s Guangzhou Evergrande to the Asian version in 2013, first took the China job in October 2016 during the last round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup. He didn’t meet that objective.Qualification for the 2022 World Cup starts in September. MOST READ O Canada: Hockey hotbed now produces tennis players, too Lippi succeeds fellow Italian Fabio Cannavaro, who had a brief stint in charge of China’s national team while also remaining head coach of Guangzhou in the Chinese Super League.Cannavaro, the 2006 World Cup-winning captain, quit as national coach after two losses in March to focus on his club duties with Guangzhou.___ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Lowry got up and complained to officials, although nothing further happened. He told The Associated Press the fan repeatedly cursed at him and said he had spoken to the NBA about the incident before leaving the arena.Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder and security officials confirmed the fan who shoved Lowry was ejected and escorted from Oracle Arena.“Hopefully he never comes back to an NBA game,” Lowry said.Lowry said the incident was not like the high-profile one that involved Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook in Utah during the regular season, when the Thunder guard said a fan made racist remarks.“People who sit courtside, they might get in on the action,” Lowry said. “Don’t sit courtside if you don’t want somebody touching you.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Lowry was visibly upset.“There’s no place for that,” Lowry said. “He had no reason to touch me. He had no reason to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me. There’s no place for people like that in our league.”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, logisticsEarly in the fourth quarter Lowry ran down a loose ball and jumped in the air as it was going out of bounds, not far from where Warriors owner Joe Lacob was sitting. Lowry knocked the ball into a referee and landed in the lap of one male fan who appeared to grab Lowry’s jersey with two hands.A female who was standing nearby patted the veteran guard on his back. At the same time, a man wearing a blue shirt who was sitting down extended his left arm and gave Lowry a hard shove in his left shoulder. View comments Curry’s heroics not enough to save Warriors in Game 3 Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The incident overshadowed a breakout game for Lowry. He scored 15 points in the first half to get the Raptors going and finished 8 of 16 from the floor with five 3-pointers. Lowry also had nine assists and four rebounds.“He controls a lot of the pace for them,” said Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who had a career playoff-high 47 points. “He made shots tonight. Tip your cap to him. He was willing to take them. Historically when he plays well in the playoffs they usually go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, middle, gestures next to referee Marc Davis (8) near the front row of fans during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)OAKLAND, California—A fan seated courtside for Game 3 of the NBA Finals was ejected after shoving Kyle Lowry when the Toronto Raptors star crashed into a row of seats while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds on Wednesday night.Lowry scored 23 points and made several big shots in a 123-109 victory that gave the Raptors a 2-1 lead over Golden State. There was as much buzz about Lowry’s dust-up with the fan as his offense.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too