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LeBron’s 39 lead Cavs to OT win against Clippers

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Wade scored 17 in the quarter, 11 on free throws, as he was able to draw fouls with drives and extra-effort plays.“He continues to play the same way and that’s what you need from vets and future Hall of Famers,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Guys like that who understand the game and when it gets tough, don’t panic and continue to play the same way.”UP NEXTClippers: Continue road trip on Saturday in Charlotte.Cavaliers: At Detroit on Monday. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trump welcomes college sports champions to the White House Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ “They made some big 3s,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You have to give them credit. That’s why they’ve been in a lot of Finals.”The Cavs spent all night chasing the Clippers and caught them at 105-all when Love grabbed an offensive rebound and fed James, who dropped an uncontested 3-pointer with 47 seconds left.Griffin missed tough shots on consecutive possessions, giving Cleveland one last chance in regulation but James missed an off-balance left-hander just before the horn.James made a free throw to open OT — he went 1 of 5 at the line — and give Cleveland its first lead. Then, after Love made his two 3s, James sealed the Cavs’ fifth win in six games with a jumper.“Well defended,” Rivers said. “It’s LeBron James.”TIP-INSClippers: Jordan made his first eight shots, three on dunks. … G Patrick Beverely (sore right knee) missed his fourth straight game. … Rivers is “amazed” by James, who just over a month shy of his 33rd birthday, hasn’t slowed physically. “Most players when they get to his age are smart enough now they see everything,” he said. “But usually when they get to that age, they’re too old to do anything about it. He has both going for him. He can beat you with his brain. He can beat you with his power. It’s a daunting task when you watch him on film.”Cavaliers: PG Derrick Rose will miss at least two more weeks with a nagging left ankle injury. Rose’s ankle will be immobilized in a boot for the next week and he could undergo treatment for as many as three more weeks. … Iman Shumpert started again at point, but left in the first quarter a sore left knee and didn’t return. … G Jose Calderon played his first minutes since Nov. 1. … Working toward his return from a hip injury, G Isaiah Thomas got in two on-court workouts before the game. … Cleveland has won 33 of its last 39 home games against Western Conference teams.D-WONDERFULWade’s aggressiveness in the second quarter helped the Cavs shake off an atrocious start. Down 10 points, Cleveland chipped away and despite some defensive lapses, the Cavs somehow tied the Clippers 56-all at halftime.center_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, drives against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James knows about the narrative bouncing around the NBA that Cleveland can be dethroned in the East.He’s ignoring it, and slowly changing it.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “You know I could care less what people say,” James said. “I’m so far beyond that. I don’t care what people say.”Just to make sure everyone understood him, James asked his two sons waiting for him in Cleveland’s locker room to chime in on whether he was concerned about outside voices.The boys had dad’s back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames had another of those games that he only seems capable of, scoring 39 points with 14 rebounds in 46 minutes as the Cavaliers continued to improve from a shaky start with their fourth straight win, 118-113 in overtime on Friday night over the skidding Los Angeles Clippers, who dropped their seventh in a row.Kevin Love scored 25 and drained a pair of 3-pointers in OT, when the Cavs, who didn’t take the lead until the first minute of the extra session, outscored the Clippers 13-8. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Dwyane Wade gave Cleveland a huge spark, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Cavs’ win wasn’t eye-pleasing, but it was another step in the right direction for the three-time defending conference champions, who went 3-1 on a just-completed road trip.On Thursday night, James said he watched Boston beat Golden State to improve to 14-2, a stunning start that has prompted discussion about Cleveland’s vulnerability.James dismissed any concern about the Celtics’ early burst.“I’ve got too much to worry about around here right now trying to get our ship going in the right direction,” he said.The Clippers’ ship is taking on water fast. Los Angeles has lost nine of 10 since a 4-0 start.Blake Griffin scored 23 and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 22 rebounds for Los Angeles, which didn’t give up the lead until the first minute of overtime.The Clippers had chances to put the Cavs away in regulation, but they didn’t execute down the stretch and then had defensive breakdowns in overtime.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Golovkin and Alvarez to meet in May 5 rematch

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:29Police 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Boxer Canelo Alvarez (L) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin pose during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. AFP/GETTY IMAGESGennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will meet in a May 5 rematch with the middleweight title on the line once again, promoters said Monday.Still to be announced is the location, though Las Vegas is considered the front runner for the fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rousey’s WWE deal gets ex-UFC star back in bright spotlight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial 12-round draw in September, after which both fighters said they wanted a rematch. It took promoters months to negotiate the terms for what is expected to be one of the biggest pay-per-view fights of the year.The two fighters have only one loss between them, with Golovkin 37-0-1 with 33 knockouts and Alvarez 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

CEU Scorpions ‘overachieved’ despite loss to Cignal in finals

first_imgRobredo: 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 “I think we overachieved,” he said, after the Hawkeyes dealt the Scorpions a 79-69 Game 2 defeat.“I’m so proud of my players because they always gave their best and that’s the reason why we made it in this stage.”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 openingWith the decks stacked against them, CEU shocked top-seed Flying V in the semifinals to arrange the date against Cignal behind the heroics of Rod Ebondo and the troika of guards in JK Casiño, Aaron Jeruta, and Orlan Wamar.Unfortunately, that dream run didn’t get a happy ending as the Hawkeyes swept CEU in the best-of-three championship series, 2-0. Though Garcia rued the missed chance, the youthful mentor shared that he’s hopeful that the Scorpions picked up valuable lessons through the course of the campaign.“I just told them that every time we’re given these kinds of opportunities, we have to grab it. We can’t be content and we have to continue giving our best to make it to the next level,” he said.Garcia will now prepare CEU for its title retention bid in the UCBL.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters SEA Games: Centeno, Amit on course for 9-ball gold medal battle Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side JK Casiño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Centro Escolar University coach Yong Garcia, there’s no shame in losing to Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.After all, even he did not expect his side to make it this far in his first conference at the helm.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games: Athletes provide the sparks as India clinch three gold medals

first_imgIndia’s Preeja Sreedharan (C) shows the gold medal she won in the women’s 10000m event, at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, on Sunday. Silver medallist of the event India’s Kavita (L) and bronze medal winning athlete from Indonesia are also seen. PTIThe athletes provided a huge boost to the country’s lacklustre campaign in the 16th Asian Games by fetching two gold medals while Ronjan Sodhi brought an end to the gold drought in shooting as India bagged as many as nine medals on an eventful ninth day of competitions in Guangzhou on Sunday.India’s Sudha Singh shows the gold medal she won in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event of the 16th Asian Games at Aoti Main Stadium in Guangzhou on Sunday. PTIAfter a disasppointing medal collection on the first week of competitions, long distance runner Preeja Sreedharan and steeple chaser Sudha Singh stole the thunder with their gold-winning feats on the track to raise hopes of a top ten finish for India on the medal table.Ace shooter Ronjan Sodhi finally brought an end to the shooting contingent’s gold drought by taking the honour in the men’s double trap event.The 31-year-old Sodhi, the world record holder shotgun shooter, made amends for his colleagues’ miserable campaign and provided the first gold medal from the shooting range, which has not been too productive for the Indian shooters so far.India’s Ronjan Sodhi blows onto his shotgun during the men’s double trap shooting final of 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China on Sunday. PTIKavita Raut fetched a silver in the women’s 10,000 m run while star tennis player Sania Mirza and grapplers Ravinder Singh (60 kg Greco Roman) and Sunil Kumar Rana (66 kg Greco Roman) were among those who claimed individual bronze medals.Sodhi teamed up with Asher Noria and Vikram Bhatnagar to claim the bronze in the double trap team event while the women’s archery team comprising Dola Banerjee, Deepika Kumari and Rimil Buriuly also chipped in with a bronze.advertisementWith the addition of nine more medals, India’s medal tally climbed to five gold, 11 silver and 17 bronze. India had finished tenth on the medals table in the last Asian Games in Doha with a tally of 10-17-26.Somdev Devvarman also assured India of at least a bronze medal by storming into the semifinals but Karan Rastogi went down fighting to top seed Denis Istomin in the men’s singles tennis quarterfinals.The men’s hockey team also had a good day as they beat Japan 3-2 for their fourth consecutive win and finished atop the points-table in group B.After a generally disappointing show, Sodhi turned the tide for the shooters as he clinched the top honours with a score of 186 after being second behind China’s Pan Qiang at the end of the qualification stage.Sodhi, part of the silver winning squad in the same event four years ago at Doha in Qatar, also reeled in the team bronze for India with his stupendous effort at the Guangzhou Shotgun Centre.After a generally disappointing show, Sodhi turned the tide for the shooters as he clinched the top honours with a score of 186 after being second behind China’s Pan Qiang at the end of the qualification stage.Sodhi, part of the silver winning squad in the same event four years ago at Doha in Qatar, also reeled in the team bronze for India with his stupendous effort at the Guangzhou Shotgun Centre.Sodhi shot 139 (47, 44 and 48) and was four shots behind China’s Qiang going into the finals competed by six men and shot 47 in the final while the host nation shooter flopped with a 38 for an overall tally of 181.This was the first gold from the much-heralded shooting squad after they started competing on November 13 and it was also the eighth medal hauled in by the marksmen and women who have so far won one gold, three silver and four bronze medals.While Sodhi won the top honours in the individual, he combined with Asher Noria and Vikram Bhatnagar (16, 130) to rake in the team bronze medal with a combined aggregate of 403.In the showpiece athletics event, long-distance runner Preeja Sreedharan clocked a personal best of 31:50:47 in the women’s 10,000m final.Kavita Raut, who won the bronze in the women’s 10000m at the Commonwealth Games last month, walked away with the silver with a personal best timing of 31:51.44.Later, Sudha Singh fetched India’s second gold medal in track and field events and fifth overall by winning the 3000m Steeplechase event with her personal-best timing.advertisementSudha made up for her poor outing at last month’s Commonwealth Games, clocking 9:55.67s to take the honours at the Aoti Main Stadium.The Indian hopes of a gold medal in the women’s singles tennis event were dashed when Sania Mirza settled for a bronze after losing to third seed Akgul Amanmuradova in the semifinals.Sania lost the long-drawn-out battle, that lasted two hours and 49 minutes, against the big-serving Uzbek rival 7-6 (7), 3-6, 4-6 by committing a number of forehand errors to exit from the competition.Indian women archers settled for a bronze in the team event after missing out on an opportunity to stun world number one South Korea in the semifinals shoot-off.After qualifying for the semifinals with an easy 214-202 victory over North Korea, the Indian trio of Dola Banerjee, Deepika Kumari and Rimil Buriuly were leading by two points at 167-165 after 18 of the 24 arrows against South Korea.In the bronze medal play-off against Chinese Taipei, India were trailing from the beginning and they were four points behind after 18 of the 24 arrows.India scored 56 from the last six arrows as against 51 by their opponents to win the close contest 218-217. Indian wrestlers started their campaign impressively with Ravinder Singh and Sunil Kumar Rana clinching bronze medals in their respective weight categories in the Greco-Roman style.Even though Ravinder could not repeat his Commonwealth Games gold-medal winning effort, he opened India’s account in wrestling by winning a bronze in the 60kg category and then another Delhi Games gold medallist Rana doubled the joy with another bronze in the 66kg.While CWG gold medallist Ravinder defeated Muhammad Aliansyah of Indonesia 9-3 in the repechage to bag the bronze, Rana got the better of Sutep Oomchompoo of Thailand 4-2 to register his name in the medals tally.Indian men spikers’ dream run in Games came to a screeching halt after they were thumped 0-3 by Thailand in the quarterfinals.After impressive wins against Japan and Qatar in the league stages, the Indian men’s volleyball team failed to register a hat-trick of wins, going down fighting 20-25 23-25 22-25 to Thailand in the last eight round.The Indian women spikers, on the other hand, slumped to their third consecutive defeat in four matches after they were thrashed 0-3 by Kazakhstan in their preliminary Group B, match.The Indian eves were no match for the Kazakh girls who spanked them 18-25 9-25 10-25 in little more than an hour.In tennis, second seed Somdev, ranked 106 on the ATP circuit, fought back from 1-4 down in the opening set to complete a 6-4, 6-4 win over lowly ranked Chinese rival Zhang Ze in one hour and 51 minute during which he called tournament director Chen Shu of China to court one to settle a controversial ruling by umpire I M Chahoo of Korea.Preeti Beniwal gave India a rousing start in women’s boxing as she advanced to the 60kg quarterfinals with a thumping win in the discipline which made its Asian Games debut today. Beniwal out-punched Mongolia’s Erdene Suvd Oyungerel 8-2 in the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementIn athletics, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Harminder Singh finished a disappointing sixth in the men’s 20km race walk event. Harminder clocked a below-par 1:26:33 to finish sixth. He had clocked 1:23:28 in the Commonwealth Games last month.Another Indian in the fray, Baljinder Singh finished seventh with an effort of 1:28:06.India thrashed Qatar 3-0 in their opening pool B match of the men’s squash team event.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

India vs Pakistan highlights: India beat Pakistan, set up final clash with Sri Lanka

first_imgThe battle of all battles lived up to its top billing. This was the blockbuster India-Pakistan semi-final that everyone had anticipated – in many ways the final before the final in the ICC World Cup.At the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday, over 28,000 watched the action from the edge of their seats while millions followed the action on television and radio. The bare-knuckled slugfest eventually saw India pack off Pakistan by 29 runs and charge into the summit clash in Mumbai, where they will face Sri Lanka on Saturday.The drama, passion and inyour-face brand of cricket made it almost sad that one side had to bow out but ultimately, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s straightforward gameplan and insistence on taking it as just a cricket match and not a political occasion took India to their third World Cup final. Sadly for his counterpart Shahid Afridi, despite playing superb cricket so far, his team failed to come good against India.India batted first and scored 260 for nine with Sachin Tendulkar scoring a lucky yet adroit 85, missing his 100th international century, and the bowlers then hunted in packs, something never seen in the tournament till Wednesday, as Pakistan were bowled out for 231.With Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his Pakistan counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani at the venue, all eyes were on the 22 players and the quality of cricket justified the billing the match got.At the end, when Virat Kohli caught Misbah ul-Haq off Zaheer Khan to wrap up the Pak innings, India were able to maintain their unblemished record of never losing to Pakistan in a World Cup match.advertisementPakistan’s chase never got off the ground. Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal put on 44 for the first wicket in nine overs but all the Indian bowlers kept the batsmen in check. It was only a matter of time that someone blinked and it was Kamran, who was deceived by a Zaheer slower ball, caught by Yuvraj at point.Hafeez played some delectable shots but his attempt to paddle-scoop Munaf Patel, who was bowling consistently close to 140 kmph on Wednesday night, waseasily caught by keeper Dhoni as he departed for 43.The lack of boundaries started to take its toll. Attempting to target the least-recognised bowler of the side – Yuvraj Singh – Pakistan lost the plot. First, youngster Asad Shafiq missed a straight delivery and then Younis Khan checkdrove the left-arm spinner to Suresh Raina at covers.The escalating required rate meant that all the bowlers needed was to bowl straight. Umar Akmal smote a six and a four to end the 77-ball boundary drought but Harbhajan Singh ensured that the 29-run knock was just a flash in the pan, knocking back his off-stump.Misbah kept the chase on track with a sensible 56 as they required 62 off the last six overs. In the end, despite his heroics, it was a bridge too far.Earlier, Dhoni called right and India chose to bat first. The decent pace and bounce in the wicket was enough for left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz to come into his own as he restricted India to 260 for nine and walked away with five wickets for 46 runs, his best effort in ODIs.India began in the fifth gear with Virender Sehwag tearing into pace spearhead Umar Gul as only he can, dispatching the Pakistan speedster for five boundaries in the third over of the match. An on-drive and upper cut in Gul’s next over took India’s score to 47 for no loss after just five overs.Afridi then called Riaz and he struck right away, catching Sehwag on the crease and trapping him leg before. The opener was sent back for 38 off 25 balls.Tendulkar was batting without much hassle but the introduction of Saeed Ajmal tied him in knots.But it was one of the most lucky and scrappy innings played by Tendulkar for some time. Every time he gave a chance, a Pakistani fielder found a way to prolong his stay. The maestro was dropped thrice more – on 45, 70 and 81.At the other end, Gambhir was cut open by Mohammad Hafeez, as he was drawn forward and stumped by Kamran for 27. India were 116 for two in the 19th over. He added 64 for the second wicket with Tendulkar.Riaz then came back to change the flow of the innings. Skipper Dhoni, under pressure to score, was trapped leg before by Riaz, for a 42-ball 25. But SureshRaina (36 not out off 39 balls) made sure that India batted out the overs.last_img read more

Messi and Tevez set to play in Kolkata

first_imgThere’s good news for football- crazy fans of Kolkata as Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and his teammates are set to play a FIFA official international friendly match against Venezuela at Salt Lake’s Yuba Bharati Krirangan on September 2.After various rumours, the official confirmation came on Monday when Celebrity Management Group, along with the state government, All India Football Federation and Indian Football Association announced this at a press conference.”The Argentina Football Association had indeed signed a contract to bring in the full- strength squad including Messi and Carlos Tevez among others. So the contract guarantees their participation,” said Bhaswar Goswami of CMG.The city-based sports management firm that had earlier brought football legend Diego Maradona in 2008 would also organise another international friendly match between Argentina and Nigeria in Dhaka on September 6.”We were given the match on the condition that we have to buy another. We did not think twice and bought both the matches just to make Messi play in Kolkata,” Goswami said.Argentina and Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi. APThe Barcelona star forward and winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or award was recently instrumental in his club’s Champions League win.Giving a brief detail about the itinerary, Goswami said Messi and Co. would stay in Kolkata for four days, beginning August 30.”We are also planning several other events which will be announced later. We are thinking of a minimum ticket price of Rs 1,000 – about $ 20 – a nominal price compared to the ticket prices in other international friendlies.”advertisement”For those who cannot afford to make the match, we would give them another chance as tickets for both teams’ practice sessions would be cheaper,” Goswami added.West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra said he is getting full support from the chief minister to clean up the mess in the stadium where Messi is going to play.”The stadium is completely in a mess. We are leaving no stone unturned to make the stadium match- worthy,” he said.”It’s difficult to give YBK a complete facelift in such a short period. Our list of priorities include better toilets, changing rooms and passage ways. We will also bring a generator from Chennai to avoid the frequent blackouts in the stadium,” Mitra said.All India Football Federation vice-president Subrata Dutta said that the match would be a turning point in India’s football history.”This would inspire others to organise more such matches. It’s going to be a historical day,” Dutta said.In the same vein, IFA secretary Utpal Ganguli said, “I don’t think it would improve our standard of the game but surely it would popularise the sport. I am sure it would help more and more people turn away from EPL and other leagues.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Adarsh scam: Vilasrao Deshmukh bent rules for ex-army chiefs

first_imgThe Adarsh Housing society in Mumbai.Union rural development minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has made the sensational disclosure that he had bent rules to give memberships to former army chiefs Gen Deepak Kapoor and Gen N. C. Vij in Mumbai’s controversial Adarsh housing society.In a 15-page affidavit filed before the two-member inquiry panel headed by retired Bombay High Court judge J. A. Patil, Deshmukh said, “I approved the proposal to relax the domicile norms/conditions in case of Generals Vij and Kapoor. This decision was fully justified and fitting, considering their eminence and their distinguished service to the nation.”Bending the rules enabled the two generals to get membership of the society and qualified them for a flat in the housing complex.Deshmukh, who is a former Maharashtra chief minister, had also held the urban development portfolio in the state cabinet.He had earlier been quoted as saying that he had only played a peripheral role in the Adarsh allotments.His admission before the Justice Patil commission on favouring Gen Kapoor and Gen Vij could prove tricky for the UPA which had probably felt that the Adarsh scam would not return to haunt them after Ashok Chavan was made the fall guy and asked to resign as chief minister.The CBI too was asked to probe the housing scam as the scam erupted.The Patil commission was set up to probe irregularities in Adarsh housing society. Last year, the media reported violations of building and environment rules which were overlooked by the Congress-led government in Maharashtra to allow the construction of the high-rise Adarsh society complex in the city’s Colaba area.advertisementIn his affidavit, Deshmukh acknowledged that he did not entertain any other request for membership to get a flat in the Adarsh complex. The matter relating to Gen Kapoor and Gen Vij was “approved as a special case” and would not be treated as a precedent, the former chief minister said in the affidavit.Click here to EnlargeDeshmukh justified his decision to relax the society’s membership rules for the two generals because they had served in the state for a “considerable period of time”. While Gen Vij had served in Maharashtra for 10 years, Gen Kapoor’s stint lasted for seven years, he said.However, legal luminaries have asked whether armed forces personnel stationed in a command posting can be described as those ‘serving in a state’ for domicile purposes since they are sent to all parts of the country, depending on the unit they have joined.Deshmukh’s affidavit does not clarify this point.The Union minister’s affidavit also states that the Adarsh society land belonged to the Maharashtra government and was never reserved for defence personnel or Kargil war heroes.”The records maintained with the office of the Collector of Mumbai clearly show that the land belonged to the state government and the ownership of the land was never an issue at any stage so far as I am concerned,” he told the commission.The Adarsh society land was not reserved for housing defence personnel or Kargil war heroes either under the development plan for Greater Mumbai or under any of the policies of the state government, the union minister added. However, he claimed, the land was in the Army’s possession.Click here to EnlargeIn presenting the affidavit, Deshmukh appeared to be abdicating his supervisory responsibility by blaming the state machinery for decisions taken on the controversial Adarsh society during his tenure as Maharashtra chief minister.The affidavit begins with a long explanation on the functioning of the state government machinery and how a chief minister takes decisions.For instance, it says that the files put up before the chief minister sets out the clear views or opinion formed by the administration on a proposal.The chief minister is not required to personally scrutinise or cross verify every fact stated in the proposal.In the past chief ministers have been hauled up by the Supreme Court for their supervisory lapses on construction projects.Deshmukh also denied that the state’s revenue department was asked to put up a proposal for allotment of land to Adarsh society at the insistence of the then Shiv Sena MLC Kanaihyalal Gidwani.This was one of the several charges activist Santosh Daundkar had made in an affidavit before the inquiry Commission.”The suggestion that I ordered the allotment of land to Adarsh in an irregular and/ or improper manner to favour Gidwani is fully mischievous,” he stated, but said that he might have met Gidwani during his tenure.advertisementIt has been alleged that Deshmukh approved a proposal to grant additional floor space index (FSI) to Adarsh by taking over adjacent land reserved for BEST depot and converting it to residential type.However, the union minister defended his decision by saying that the decision to change the land use of a plot reserved for BEST to residential was just and in accordance with law. The notification was done in 2006.The due process of law was followed and it was done in public interest, he said. BEST’s interest was also protected and there was no loss to the government exchequer as Adarsh society paid Rs 6.40 crore for acquiring the rights of the plot, he said. BEST never opposed his government’s decision, Deshmukh claimed.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Delhi Belly team launches wacky t- shirts

first_imgIt has released wacky Tshirts with bizarre tag lines. Delhi Belly boys Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur launched an interesting range of tees on June 20, 2011, backed by public popularity. Imran disclosed to everyone that it was his mamu Aamir’s idea to have such innovative tees. They will be available at stores shortly. The trio was seen sporting the tees which have tag- lines based on hit songs such as D.K. Bose and Switty Switty from the movie. The movie has been in the news for quite some time now for its bizarre songs.last_img read more

Stunt video on Mumbai trains:railway police arrests 70 people

first_imgSoon after dangerous stunts on Mumbai trains were exposed, railway authorities have swung into action. After Headlines Today featured the stunts video, the railways have gone on a drive in Mumbai to catch the offenders. During the last two days, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has arrested nearly 70 youth, who carry out death-defying stunts on trains. A 13-year-old boy, Zahid Ansari, who appeared on a video doing what is popularly called ‘train surfing’, even landed in hospital while trying to imitate many others and is battling for his life. Headlines Today had shown how young Mumbaikars hang out of fast-moving trains and move about dangerously hitting poles along the railway lines. Many of them confessed to Headlines Today that they indulged in the dangerous act just to impress women. Train surfing In a desperate attempt to garner their 15 seconds of fame in cyberspace, some youths wish to join a select group of desperadoes from around the world who call themselves ‘train surfers’. Train surfing is not a sport but an act of putting life in grave danger by some thrill-seeking youngsters. On the net, this is generally referred to as an extreme sports, which involves riding outside speeding trains.  Mostly young male adults indulge in this deadly sport, film them, and upload them immediately on popular video uploading sites.  Recently, a 13-year-old boy lost his arm in South Africa, when he touched a high-voltage cable, while running atop a moving train. In October last year, 21-year-old Nilesh Jagtap from Mumbai tried to outrun an oncoming local train, in a bid to do an Aamir Khan act, while copying his train-chasing stunt from 1998 film Ghulaam. He died in the act. Train surfing has been officially declared illegal and banned in many countries. In India, while there is no specific law against it, it still is an illegal act.advertisementlast_img read more

Aparna Sen receives national film award for best direction for 36 Chowringhee Lane

first_imgDeepti Divaker: Multi-dimensionalAll Bombay models have stars in their eyes – film stars, that is. But few get there and fewer still have the kind of vital statistics that Deepti Divaker, 22, flaunts. For starters, a 35-24-35 figure that, coupled with unusual poise and confidence, earned her the Miss India,Deepti Divaker: Multi-dimensionalAll Bombay models have stars in their eyes – film stars, that is. But few get there and fewer still have the kind of vital statistics that Deepti Divaker, 22, flaunts. For starters, a 35-24-35 figure that, coupled with unusual poise and confidence, earned her the Miss India title in last year’s Femina contest. That isn’t all. Under that elegantly-upholstered exterior is a rare hybrid: painter, writer, classical dancer, architect and fashion model, all struggling to get out at the same time. Just back from Britain and an unsuccessful bid for the Miss World title, Divaker is currently back at her drawing board in Bangalore where she is studying architecture. But not for long. Her first priority is to recover the money she spent for her London trip. “I spent Rs 12,000 on that trip from my own pocket. Femina only paid for my return ticket,” she drawls, “I’m determined to recover the money from dancing, modelling, and acting.” Next stop: Bombay, where she intends to take the film industry by hurricane. And then: the world. “I want to be multidimensional,” she insists, “I want to try my hand at everything. What I want while I’m still young is fame, lots of it, and money too.” That figures.(from left)Aparna Sen; Om Puri in Arohan and Rekha in Umrao Jaan: Winning performancesWith two big guns of the Bombay film industry on the jury that decided the 29th national film awards last fortnight, there were rumours that the commercial entertainer might achieve respectability by winning a laurel. However, grand old actor Ashok Kumar, chairman of the feature film jury – his other Bombay colleague was producer-director B.R. Chopra – had other, and better ideas and the Swaran Kamal for the best feature went to Dakhal, the creation of young Bengali director Gautam Ghose. The other awards are less of a surprise. Aparna Sen received the prize for best direction for the film 36 Chowringhee Lane. Om Puri, the exploited peasant of Shyam Bengal’s Arohan, was best actor – he plays a similar exploited peasant in Satyajit Ray’s Sadgali, which got a special jury award, best actress was Rekha, the poetic courtesan of Umrao Jaan. In fact, Muzaffar All’s period piece, set in ceremonious Lucknow, walked away with four awards – best actress, best playback singer (Asha Bhonsle), best music director (Khayyam) and best art direction.R. Gundu Rao: Donkey dropsHeat does strange things to people. With the mercury rising above 36 degrees in Bangalore, Karnataka Chief Minister R. Gundu Rao took cricket bat in hand and led a motley team of legislators, ministers and close friends – including bosom buddy F.M. Khan – out on to the field to confront the High Court chief justice’s eleven. Decked out in sharply creased flannels. his belly squeezed behind a striking sports/shirt, Rao turned his arm over for a few donkey drops before wilting away and letting his team-mates take over. At the other end, Chief Justice D. Chandrashekhar made two runs before he, too, strolled back to the cool of the pavilion. State Finance Minister Veerappa Moily and Khan did their duty valiantly after their master left, but even so the chief justice’s men managed to score 144 runs. In reply, after much huffing and puffing, Rao’s team could score only 129 – which is probably his government’s best performance.advertisementlast_img read more

Ferrari shows good pace, reliability in 1st week of F1 tests

first_imgView comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Although teams often avoid showing their full potential in testing, Mercedes has usually fared better at this point in previous seasons.“They do seem very strong, no matter which kind of fuel load or engine mode they’re running,” Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said of Ferrari. “Whatever you try to correct that for, in any case, they are quick, on short runs and long runs. I think we feel, at this point, that they’re going to be a bit ahead, but obviously it’s impossible to make a detailed calculation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRenault’s Nico Hulkenberg set the fastest time of the week on Thursday with a time of 1 minute, 17.393 seconds at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon. Hulkenberg teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third, ahead of Bottas and his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton. Charles Leclerc, who led the timesheets on Tuesday, ended sixth with Ferrari on a slower tire compound.Hamilton and Bottas totaled only 115 laps with both cars on Thursday, while Leclerc ran 138 with his Ferrari. Testing will continue Tuesday-Friday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix in May.The season-opening Australian Grand Prix is on March 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly of France steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb.21, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)MONTMELO, Spain—The first week of Formula testing ended with Ferrari looking to be a step ahead of Mercedes.Ferrari showed good pace and reliability throughout the first four days of testing in Spain, while Mercedes didn’t look up to full speed.ADVERTISEMENT “I think there is a lot of potential, but it’s not yet quite there,” Bottas said. “But I feel a sense in the team of a bit of an excitement to discover more about the car and to improve it, because at this point, it looks like we are not miles ahead of everyone. It seems like . Ferrari are in a better place.”Hamilton on Wednesday predicted a stronger challenge from Ferrari this year. The five-time world champion beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel the last two seasons in the drivers’ championship. Mercedes has won the constructors’ title for five straight years.Hamilton and Bottas had faster overall times than Vettel and Leclerc, although their laps came on faster tires. Mercedes also ran 12 more laps than Ferrari during the four days of testing.Vettel was the fastest driver on Monday.McLaren had a promising first week, being able to run more laps than in both test sessions combined last year. Williams, which started testing later than the other teams because of delays with its 2019 car, ran only 88 laps in total, the fewest among all teams. Alfa Romeo, formerly known as Sauber, had a promising week, racking up a high lap count and setting fast times.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES MOST READ Mixed martial arts star Georges St-Pierre retires at 37 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more

1st unofficial ODI: Gurkeerat Mann’s all-round effort helps India A beat Bangladesh A by 96 runs

first_imgGurkeerat Singh’s all-round brilliance enabled India A to comfortably crush Bangladesh A by 96 runs in the first one-dayer of the three-match series here on Wednesday.Gurkeerat contributed a quickfire 58-ball 65 to ensure a commanding total of 322 for seven for the hosts, and then effectively bowled his off-breaks to return figures of 5/29 in 7.3 overs as the visitors were bowled out for 226 in 42.3 overs.Gurkeerat’s five-for, In fact, was his best figures in List A as the last five Bangladesh wickets fell for just 19 runs to him.Much was expected of India’s limited-overs specialist Suresh Raina, who was coming into competitive match after a three-month rest, but he looked completely rusty during his 28-ball 16.Also read: Crisis man Cheteshwar Pujara recounts how he made it back  It was Gurkeerat along with young Sanju Samson (73) and Rishi Dhawan (56), who steadied the innings as India were reduced to 125 for five at the halfway stage after opener Mayank Agarwal’s (56) steady innings.This was the 25-year-old Gurkeerat’s second successive Man-of-the-Match performance after his unbeaten 87 won India A the tri-series final against Australia A.His 58-ball innings had nine boundaries as he added 102 runs in 14.5 overs with Samson and another 78 in eight overs with Dhawan whose 56 came off 34 balls with eight fours and two sixes. Dhawan also did well with the ball getting 2/51 in eight overs.Also read: Bangar helped me score the second-innings ton in Colombo, says RahanePut into bat by rival skipper Mominul Haque, opener Agarwal and Unmukt Chand (16) took the team’s total to 44 with India A skipper hitting four boundaries before Taskin Ahmed’s extra pace induced him to edge one to Litton Das behind the stumps.Manish Pandey (1) did not last long as he edged one from seamer Shafiul Islam to Litton. Raina scratched around a bit as he played a few dot balls before he was fooled by a straighter one from offspinner Nasir Hossain.Kedar Jadhav (0) fell short of his crease before opening his account as India were reduced to 76 for four. Along with Samson, Agarwal steadied the innings by adding 49 runs for the fifth wicket as he completed another List A half-century.last_img read more

Real Kashmir Head to Mumbai for Pre-season After Durand Cup Semis Exit

first_imgKolkata: I-League side Real Kashmir on Thursday headed to Mumbai for a two-week-long pre-season after bowing out of the Durand Cup football tournament in the semifinals here.”The team has left for Mumbai for two-week pre-season training. We have not yet decided about our plan after the pre-season,” team co-owner Sandeep Chattoo told PTI. The first week will be devoted to fitness and tactical training, after which they will play a few friendly matches.Having played without any preparation because of the situation back home, Real Kashmir went down to Mohun Bagan 1-3 in the extra time to make a semifinal exit in the Durand Cup on Wednesday.This was Real Kashmir’s first loss at the Saltlake Stadium, where they had beaten Mohun Bagan 2-1 en route to finishing third in their debut I-League last season last year.”It’s been a very, very difficult journey. We trained twice in three months. We came here expecting to play three (league) games. We played one extra game (by reaching the semifinals),” head coach David Robertson told reporters at the post-match news conference.”I can’t fault anything with my team. We have got a team of winners. We look forward to our preseason in Mumbai now. We are a team of professional football players. They have been fantastic and played with heart and desire. It’s a huge asset for this team,” the Scot said.”We go to Mumbai for two weeks because we have not had pre-season. We went there last season as well. We will do the same again. It’s been lucky for us. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. durand cupMohun Baganmumbaipre season First Published: August 22, 2019, 8:47 PM ISTlast_img read more

BCCI appoints Rahul Johri as CEO

first_imgBCCI CEO Rahul Johri. Photo: Twitter/BCCI April 20, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED Unanimous choice Anurag Thakur becomes youngest BCCI President BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. Photo: Twitter/BCCI cricket × HC allows BCCI to hold May 1 IPL match in Punecenter_img The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) today appointed Rahul Johri as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).Rahul, who was last serving as Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager for South Asia, will take on his new role starting June 1 and will be reporting to the BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur, a statement from the Board said.He will be based at Mumbai office.Rahul brings with him immense experience and knowledge on Board and will be responsible for the smooth functioning of operations, stakeholder management and building robust strategies for further promoting the sport.Commenting on the appointment, BCCI President Shashank Manohar, said, “We are pleased to have Rahul with us and are sure his vast experience and knowledge will benefit the Board.His vision, guidance and support will contribute towards the successful working of the BCCI.”BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said, “We welcome Rahul aboard and wish him luck for his new role at BCCI. In the past one year, BCCI has undertaken various initiatives aimed towards transforming the working of BCCI in order to make the functioning more robust. This endeavour is another initiative of the Board aimed in the same direction and will mark as one more milestone towards strengthening the professional working of the BCCI.”Commenting on his appointment, Rahul said, “I am honoured at the opportunity to serve millions of Indian cricket fans.It will be my utmost endeavour to contribute to the Indian cricket. I am thankful to the President and Honorary Secretary of the BCCI for bestowing such faith in me. I look forward to everyone’s support to fulfil this tremendous responsibility.”With over 20 plus years of experience in the media industry, Rahul was last associated with Discovery Networks for 15 years and for the past eight years was leading South Asia operations. Published on COMMENT null Rahul Johri takes charge as first ever BCCI CEO SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more