Voting for the bypoll to the Naxal-affected Dantewada Assembly constituency began on Monday morning amid tight security. The bypoll was necessitated due to the death of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi in a Naxal attack in April. Polling began at 7 am and it will go on till 3 pm, an election official said here. A total of 1,88,263 voters, including 89,747 men and 98,876 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the constituency, which has 273 polling stations. A massive security blanket of around 18,000 personnel, including those from paramilitary forces, and drones have been thrown around the Dantewada Assembly segment, which is part of the insurgency-hit Bastar region, for conducting peaceful polling, a police official said. The counting of votes will be taken up on September 27. Nine candidates are in the fray for the seat, the only one in Bastar division that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to win in last year’s Assembly election. Both the ruling Congress and the BJP have fielded candidates who have been victims of Naxal violence, with the former pitting Devti Karma, wife of senior party leader Mahendra Karma who was killed in the Jhiram Valley attack in 2013, against the latter’s Ojaswi Mandavi, wife of slain MLA Bhima Mandavi. The other candidates are Hemant Poyam (Bahujan Samaj Party), Sujit Karma (Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J)), Bhimsen Mandavi (Communist Party of India), Ajay Nag (Nationalist Congress Party), Ballu Ram Bhawani (Aam Aadmi Party), Yogesh Markam (Gondwana Gantantra Party) and Independent Sudru Ram Kunjam. Stakes are high for the main opposition BJP as it is fighting to retain the seat. In the 2018 Assembly polls, Devti Karma had lost to Bhima Mandavi by a thin margin of 2,172 votes in the Dantewada seat. In the 90-member state Assembly, the Congress won 68 seats last year and the BJP 15. The Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) and the BSP had bagged five and two seats respectively.
Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Thursday campaigned for party nominee Rita Sahu in the Bijepur Assembly seat in western Odisha where bypoll is scheduled to be held on October 21. Hundreds of supporters stood along the roads when Mr. Patnaik undertook a roadshow and addressed people at several locations urging them to vote for Ms. Sahu for the all-round development of their constituency. Many senior party leaders were also present. Overnight stayMr. Patnaik is scheduled to stay overnight and campaign in different areas on Friday. Ms. Sahu had won from Bijepur as a BJD candidate when a bypoll was held in the constituency in 2018 following the death of her husband and then Congress MLA Subal Sahu. As campaigning will come to end on Saturday evening, other major contenders for the seat – Sanat Gartia of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Dillip Kumar Panda of Congress – have also intensified campaign in the constituency. Many senior leaders of the BJD, the BJP and the Congress have been camping in Bijepur to canvass for votes in favour of their respective candidates. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who campaigned in the constituency a few days ago, is scheduled to campaign again to seek votes in favour of Mr. Gartia on Friday. The bypoll was necessitated after Mr. Patnaik, who had won from both Bijepur and Hinjili constituencies, vacated the Bijepur seat.
Pankaj Kumar, a Dalit youth was allegedly strangulated to death in Kamalpur village of Muzaffarnagar. The body was found near a tubewell outside the village on Thursday, police said. According to Vijay Pratap Singh, Circle Officer, Budhana, Kumar was missing since Wednesday night. Three people have been detained so far, Mr. Singh said.“The body was found near a tubewell outside the village on Thursday morning with the help of dog squad,” Mr. Singh said. He said prima facie it seemed like a case of strangulation but the police were waiting for the post mortem report. “The motive of the murder is being investigated. Pankaj lived with his sister and mother in the village. The family suspects three youths from the Dalit community. We have detained Ramesh Kumar and two others for interrogation,” said Mr Singh, adding samples picked up from the spot suggest that liquor was consumed there.
Polling to elect about 2,100 ward councillors is underway in all 49 municipal bodies across Rajasthan on Saturday. According to that state election department, the polling started at 7 a.m. and will continue till 5 p.m. The election has been peaceful so far, an official of the department said. A total of 7,944 candidates are in the fray in 49 civic bodies of the State. The election department said that a total of 33.69 lakh voters, including 17.05 lakh men and 16.01 lakh women, will exercise their franchise on Saturday. Counting of votes will be done on November 19. Election for chairman and deputy chairman of local bodies will be held on November 26 and 27 respectively.
Guiao also had nothing but praise for the 23-year-old Ravena, who won two UAAP titles and a couple of UAAP MVPs with Ateneo“Kiefer, on the other hand, we all know that he can be a go-to guy, he can also create for his teammates, he has leadership. He’s not afraid to take over a game. He’s a very intelligent, high-IQ player, so those are the things that a team like ours could really need.” China Kashgar ousts Chooks-to-Go from title contention with 16-point beatdown Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comNLEX will most likely pick second overall in the 2017 PBA Draft that has head coach Yeng Guiao licking his chops given the potential of talents that would be available.So far, only Christian Standhardinger has officially applied for the draft among the highly-touted prospects eyeing to make the jump to the pros this year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Guiao both described Standhardinger and Ravena as “immediate impact players.”He likes the fact that Standhardinger is a seasoned player having played in Basketball Bundesliga, a top tier professional club league in Germany.“Standhardinger is coming into the draft at 28 years old, he’s mature. He’s got experience, so you don’t need to put him through a learning process,” said Guiao.“He understands the game from what we’ve seen. He’s a hard worker, he can fit right into any team’s system.”The 6-foot-7 Fil-German introduced himself to Philippine basketball when he was tapped to play for the national team in the Jones Cup before suiting up as Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup as a replacement for Andray Blatche.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments But the likes of Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng and other big names could also follow suit.Most coaches keep their cards close to their chest but Guiao didn’t beat around the bush when asked who intends to select.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 shutout“Nothing but the obvious so if Standhardinger is No. 1, maybe we’ll go with Kiefer. If it’s Kiefer’s No. 1 then we’ll go with Standhardinger because most likely we’ll be No. 2, so it’s really that obvious, I guess,” said Guiao.“We have another draft very early in the second round so we’ll see who are the best available talent in the second round.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Runners move along 4th Avenue in the Brooklyn borough of New York during the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya has won the New York City Marathon, holding off countryman Wilson Kipsang by three seconds for his first major victory.Kamworor ran the race in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 53 seconds. He and Kipsang embraced just past the finish line to huge cheers.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Aussie coach, Reyes, Baldwin headline coaches convention Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 American running great and 2009 New York winner Meb Keflezighi completed his 26th and final marathon, collapsing as he crossed the finish.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 shutout John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
It was the first title for LSGH since joining the league in 1998.Coach Marvin Bienvenida dedicated the victory to the long list of players and coaches who were involved in the program from the start.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 shutout“We joined the NCAA in 1998 and for all the players who played since 1998 until today, this is for them,” Bienvenida said, after his wards unseated the Cardinals.Cagulangan, the 5-foot-9 playmaker, once again made the biggest impact by nailing two free throws with under a minute left to put the Junior Blazers ahead to stay. LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The performance capped an impressive three weeks for Cagulangan, who almost singlehandedly carried LSGH to wins against San Beda in the semifinals and against Mapua in the finals opener.The Junior Blazers dropped five of their last six games in the elimination round, before bundling out San Sebastian College-Recoletos in a playoff for the No. 4 seed. Joshua David and Joel Cagulangan sparkled down the stretch as College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills stunned top seed and defending champion Mapua, 75-74, to capture its first NCAA juniors basketball crown on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.David finished with 27 points, while Cagulangan dished out an all-around game of 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Junior Blazers completed a stunning climb to the top, after nearly missing out on the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Reyes lauds Gilas composure vs ‘skilled, talented’ Japanese Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next
‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why The Lions turned what was expected to be a dogfight into a rout, clamping down on the Pirates in the second half on their way to a come from behind victory at Filoil Flying V Centre.“The players got too excited that’s why we started bad,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez whose team is coming off a training camp in the United States. “In the second quarter, I told them to relax and to prepare for the press. With coach Topex (Robinson), Lyceum is a different team. If we want to beat Lyceum we have to raise our intensity level.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Lions went ahead, 51-49, after Ranbill Tongco drilled a triple with 1:15 left in the second period, before ripping the game wide open early in the third behind Arnaud Noah and Clint Doliguez.San Beda held Lyceum to 29 points in the second half. Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing the team tipped to challenge their reign in the NCAA, the San Beda Red Lions gave the Lyceum Pirates a quick reminder of their strength and firepower.Robert Bolick scattered 16 points to lead a balanced offensive as the Lions turned back the Pirates, 96-79, last Wednesday for an impressive start to their Filoil Flying V Premier Cup campaign in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Gilas needs Blatche backup 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo MOST READ LATEST STORIES LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF In other games, Perpetual Help outlasted the University of the East Red Warriors, 72-68, for its second win in four games, while University of the Philippines nipped Emilio Aguinaldo College, 61-59.The Altas saw their 13-point lead cut to one early in the final period before Gab Dagangon and Jack Hao joined forces to restore order for Perpetual.Alvin Pasaol was the lone bright spot for the Warriors finishing with 19 points as Mark Olayon and Clark Derige were each held to six points.Paul Desiderio tossed 18 points while Diego Dario added 14 points, including the marginal basket late in the game for the Fighting Maroons who improved to 3-0.“We started flat but we calmed down ourselves and it was good that we were able to bounce back and it all started in our defense,” said UP coach Bo Perasol. “We need to learn some more on how to close out the game. I think we closed the game really bad but Diego’s shot bailed us out.”ADVERTISEMENT South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
“I hear that a lot,” she says. “But I also hear people saying I’m a lot better than her.”There’s no ground for comparison, to say the least. Daquis, with her all-heart brand of play, media savvy and pretty face, has helped make local volleyball gain the level of popularity it has never enjoyed before.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSoutheast Asian dominanceBut it was Barina-Rojas, a 5-foot-8 open spiker from Cebu, who laid down the foundation for the country’s dominance in Southeast Asia during her 14-year stint as a national player. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage She won four gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games when the Philippines battled Indonesia, not world-ranked Thailand, for dominance in the sport in the region. She helped the country win the gold medal in the 1981, 1985, 1987 and 1993 editions of the Games.Barina-Rojas took the Most Valuable Player and Best Open Spiker awards in the 1987 SEA Games, and was Best Service Receiver in the 1991 edition.Gold-medal droughtIt’s interesting to note that after the 1993 SEA Games, the Philippines has never won a gold medal again in the biennial competition.Barina-Rojas, now 56, embraced the sport when she took up accounting at Southwestern University in Cebu City.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Thelma Barina in her heyday.Some volleyball fans, those who are just experiencing the local sport’s “second coming,” are too quick to call her the Rachel Anne Daquis of her generation.For the record, Thelma Barina-Rojas doesn’t mind being compared to the new face of Philippine volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ She sharpened her all-around volleyball skills enough to land her a spot in the national team as its “captain ball” for many years.“I’m happy with what I see now in Philippine volleyball,” says Barina-Rojas, now a PE teacher at Makati Gospel School and head coach of its volleyball squad. “I’m very positive that we can bring back our glory days in the sport.”According to her, one of the national team’s biggest advantages now is its height.“We have many tall players now who are talented and very smart on the court,” says Barina-Rojas, who married volleyball referee Rodrigo “Buboy” Rojas and bore him three children, namely, Rossinni Tracey, Rodd Tyron and Ross Therese.She says she always watches games, especially those in the UAAP and NCAA, on TV and follows the sport and how it has progressed from being just a niche sport into a full-blown mainstream spectacle that it is today.“Back then (in the national team) we treated each other like real sisters,” says Barina-Rojas. “I guess that’s something no coach can easily teach his players.”She says that kind of relationship among teammates was the key to the country’s volleyball success back then. “We would signal each other (about our intended play) with our eyes and body language,” she recalls.During those years, especially before the SEA Games, the national team would hold training camps in Japan to strengthen the squad’s chemistry.“That’s how we learned about Japanese techniques,” she says. “During the training camps we matured as players and as a team. That’s what we need now if we want to become strong in the sport again.”And that’s coming from somebody who has “been there, done that.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the know View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES Jerome Garcia followed it up on the defensive end, securing the steal which led to two freebies from Onwubere to put his side up six, 75-69.Leo Gabo still made a three on the other end with 6.1 ticks left, but time just wasn’t on the Cardinals’ side as they absorbed their third loss in four games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Fil-Nigerian Onwubere fired a season-high 22 points on a 4-of-10 sniping from beyond the arc, on top of eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in the win to even EAC’s slate at 2-2.Jervin Guzman added 13 markers and three boards, while Juju Bautista wound up with a double-double of 12 markers and 11 rebounds as he kept the Generals afloat despite Hamadou Laminou fouling out with six minutes still left to play. 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MAPUA 72 – Gabo 19, Raflores 17, Estrella 12, Bunag 8, Victoria 7, Aguirre 6, Nieles 3, Orquina 0, Jimenez 0.Quarters: 13-17, 36-30, 52-46, 77-72. Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo regained its form late and turned back Mapua, 77-72, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Sidney Onwubere found his shooting stroke in the second half, drilling four triples in the last two quarters including the shot clock-beating trey off the glass with 27.7 seconds left to push the Generals up, 73-69.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Conor McGregor, Draymond Green trade barbs on Instagram Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I’m thankful because we did not go 0-3. At least, our losing streak didn’t continue and I’m thankful for that,” said coach Ariel Sison, as EAC halted its two-game losing skid.Gabo topped Mapua with 19 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while JB Raflores got 17 markers and eight boards.Andoy Estrella had 12 points and six rebounds in the loss, as the Cardinals failed to close out the game after battling back from a 56-46 deficit early in the fourth period.The Scores:EAC 77 – Onwubere 22, Guzman 13, Bautista 12, Pascua 11, Garcia 8, Mendoza J 6, Munsayac 3, Laminou 2, Tampoc 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0, Altache 0.ADVERTISEMENT
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Isaiah Austin arrives in Manila, ready to get to work for Gilas Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Brandon Ingram. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The Los Angeles Lakers is fully embracing its youth movement in their quest to return as the NBA’s elite.But to be back atop the extremely tough NBA Western Conference, the “Purple and Gold” is heavily dependent on the potential growth of incoming second-year player Brandon Ingram.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The 20-year-old may have taken the task too literally—as he reportedly hit a growth spurt and has grown an inch or two, according to Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell.“I think he’s at least 6’10”. He might be 6’11,” Trudell said of Ingram, who was initially listed at 6’9 during his rookie season.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 opening“I think he might be 6’11”, if not 7 feet,” he shared during an episode of ESPN LA’s “Thompson and Trudell Show”.Aside from possibly adding more height to his already rangy frame, Trudell claims that the 2016 2nd overall pick has also altered his shooting mechanics and developed his leg strength. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ingram’s improvement was on display during the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League, but had to sit out the rest of the tourney after just one game due to an injury.Since then, the sports journalist said the lanky forward has progressed even more.“You’re just going to have to take my word for it for now until you watch him play,” Trudell said. “I think you’re going to be very pleasantly surprised to see Brandon Ingram.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:NBA: Brandon Ingram is the only ‘untouchable’ Laker, says Magic JohnsonADVERTISEMENT 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 Rain or Shine couldn’t afford to lose this one, as it closes out against Barangay Ginebra, Alaska and souped-up Blackwater in its chase for a twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals.“We were lucky to win this game,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said after Gilas Pilipinas regulars Raymond Almazan and Gabe Norwood bailed the Painters out in the fourth. “We started strong, but our intensity was down in the third period.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 openingTNT KaTropa began life without Ranidel de Ocampo by formalizing its entry into the quarterfinals after holding back NLEX, 112-107, later in the night.Glen Rice Jr. churned out a triple double with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists that negated a night-high nine turnovers as the Texters won for the second straight game to improve to 6-3 and take solo third at the moment. The starting lineup delivered in twin digits for the Texters, who dealt away De Ocampo to Meralco in a three-team trade on Monday as TNT went on to deal the Road Warriors their third loss in 10 games.NLEX gets another chance to nail a twice-to-beat incentive on Sept. 24 against Star.Phoenix is out of contention after the Fuel Masters lost for the eighth straight game and dropped to 2-8.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Phoenix’s Brandon Brown gets all tangled up with Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu and Beau Belga. —AUGUST DELA CRUZANTIPOLO—Blowing hot early and finding the resilience to bounce back from a lethargic stretch in the third, Rain or Shine on Wednesday night tripped Phoenix Petroleum, 116-111, to stay in the top four hunt in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters saw an 18-point lead in the first half vanish but regrouped with aplomb when winning time came to rise to 5-3 and gain a momentary tie for No. 4 with San Miguel Beer heading into the final two weeks of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Riviera Classic: Mondilla grabs early 2-shot lead Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
The anti-doping disciplinary panel has left it to the respective federations to take a call on the participation of the seven dope tainted athletes in the Commonwealth Games.While four wrestlers and two swimmers are unlikely to get any favours from their federations, shot putter Sourabh Vij would make the cut as the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has stuck with his name in the squad.The provisional suspension of 12 athletes, who tested positive for methylhexaneamine, has been revoked by the three-member panel which makes seven of them eligible for the Games.The seven, who were initially part of the Commonwealth Games team, include four wrestlers, two swimmers and a shot putter. The only conclusion that could be arrived on Monday was that the six wrestlers were tested in competition and all the 12 will now be heard on October 21.While the suspension of the seven athletes who were part of the CWG squad was revoked in the last hearing on Wednesday, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) failed to convey the message to the three federations.It was only on Monday that the revocation orders were sent to the federations after the threemember panel headed by Dinesh Dayal asked the NADA officials to communicate the order.Arjuna awardee Rajiv Tomar is amongst the four wrestlers who flunked the dope test and were part of the Commonwealth Games squad. Even though the panel’s decision to revoke the provisional ban makes them eligible to take part in the CWG, the federation has made it clear that it will not reinduct any of these grapplers as the final order is still awaited.advertisement”No, we will not include any of these wrestlers in the team because it is just the suspension that has been revoked and the panel has not given the final verdict,” Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president GS Mander told Mail Today. “The wrestlers who have replaced them have had their accreditation done. It is neither nor practically possible to replace them.”If we take them into the team and then on October 21, the panel finds them guilty, it will be a huge embarrassment for us,” he said. The point of contention was whether the six wrestlers were tested in competition or out of competition and the NADA panel was divided on the issue.While the chairman concluded that the tests were conducted out-of-competition, the others – Dinesh Khanna and Dr NK Khadiya -thought otherwise.The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) said that if the CGF allows them to make fresh entries for Richa Mishra and Jyotsana Pansare, they will include them in the team.”We will have to check with the CGF to know the last date of making fresh entries and if it permits us, we will include both Richa and Jyotsana because we will not include them at the cost of other swimmers who are already training with the team,” SFI secretary general Virendra Nanavati said.But the time has ran out for both Richa and Jyotsana as September 3 was the final date for submitting the teams by name and after that the CGF accepts changes only as replacements.
Those who had doubted a successful Games had been proved wrong.A stunning opening ceremony, that was at once magical and sublime, cast a spell over 60,000 lucky spectators at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday evening. In a little over two hours the naysayers, those who had doubted a successful XIX Delhi Commonwealth Games, had been proved wrong and dumped. Their long list of complaints, and their stinging criticism of India was consigned to the incinerator and forgotten.With the clock striking 7 pm, the arena which will be the main venue of the Games burst into revelry, an explosion of rhythm and colour. The energy that had been missing in recent months – as the Games organisers struggled to meet deadlines – seemed to be an aberration.Swaagatam, says Hariharan | Aaj Tak Executive Producer’s take | CWG 2010 – Special Coverage | Live Blog – Blow-by-blow account | Celebrities hail CWG opening | Aaj Tak Executive Producer’s take |It was a different India that was on display on Sunday – an emerging superpower, big on ideas, and the easy ability to surprise, thrill and captivate.On this vibrant night, rarely was a step taken in error.Rocked for years by uncertainty and a painful last month, this was a night when Indian culture, aesthetics and art fused together to make it a memorable show for all.The celebrations started from the moment the aerostat, the giant helium-filled balloon, rose up slowly and majestically off the ground. Rising with it By S. Kannan and Ajit Vijaykumar in New Delhi India awes with spectacular gala were puppets, swaying in the breeze, the limbs moving to peppy drum beats. This was the first time anyone had seen something like this in India.advertisementThe aerostat appeared to have a life of its own, beaming colours, images and lights.And then the other highlight – Jiyo, Utho, Badho, Jeeto is what A. R. Rahman asked India to do and the stadium swayed to every note of the Games anthem.As the time for the extravaganza drew close, the announcer kept asking the crowd if ‘Delhi was ready’. The crowd and the country couldn’t have been more ready.The roar of approval from the crowd was a constant through the evening. They roared when the dancers twirled as they heralded the seasons during the ‘Tree of Knowledge’ performance.They clapped and stomped to the hectic ‘Rhythm of India’ beats at the start of the evening. They gasped as the laser image of a monk emerged line- by- magical line, with each ‘ chakra’ or centre of energy in humans highlighted during the brief presentation on ‘ Yoga’. On to the formal section – the contingents, starting with the Australians, emerged in the middle of the arena. Some teams were applauded more than the others. Even the visiting athletes broke free from their pack, wanting to click images of the Indian contingent.Apart from the home team, the loudest applause went to the Pakistanis.However, nothing could possibly come close to what the Indians had reserved for their own athletes.Britain’s Prince Charles representing the Queen read out her message as he received the Queen’s Relay Baton from champion wrestler Sushil Kumar.He commended the “splendid opening ceremony” and India’s role in shaping the Commonwealth.This was also the moment people were waiting for – would he declare the Games open. He did, partly. “I have much pleasure in declaring the 19th Commonwealth Games Open”. Shortly after President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, said, ” The Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi are now open. Let the Games begin.” PM Manmohan Singh welcomed the world to India. ” Welcome to India, welcome to these Games.It is a proud moment for the country. We invite all our guests to enjoy our hospitality, the Games and incredible sights and sounds of India,” he said.”Millions of people are eagerly waiting to watch the spectacle unfold. We want to celebrate and honour excellence on the playing field, but also courage and character,” he concluded.There was a minor glitch, though. Shera – the mascot of the 19th Commonwealth Games – was missing from the gala opening ceremony, said an IANS report.People crowding the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium waited eagerly for Shera, the smiling tiger who is the face of the Games. But Shera was nowhere to be seen during the threehour ceremony. Spectators, especially children, were disappointed.”It was ridiculous that Shera was not at the opening ceremony. The ceremony was good but Shera would have added to it,” said Priyanshu Singh, a Class V student from east Delhi.advertisementBut again, the Delhi Games are big by all accounts – the largest number of athletes, the longest baton relay, and the largest number of countries taking part. Having crossed a hurdle and captured the minds and hearts of the fans, there is another work ahead, but this time for the athletes.What will be India’s chances at the Games? It came fourth in the last Games at Melbourne in 2006.It’s hoping for second spot this time, after Australia. After the grand opening ceremony, there were many at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium who believed this could happen.
Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki are the International Tennis Federation’s world champions for 2010.It is the second time that Spaniard Nadal has taken the honour, while Wozniacki becomes the first Danish player to receive a senior ITF award.American twins Bob and Mike Bryan were named men’s doubles world champions for a record seventh occasion, while Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pennetta of Italy become women’s doubles world champions for the first time.Nadal became only the seventh man in history to win a career Grand Slam when he won the US Open title in September.The 24-year-old also captured his fifth French Open title and second Wimbledon crown to regain the year-end number one ranking from Switzerland’s Roger Federer.With an Olympic gold medal and two Davis Cup titles to his name, the Spaniard has now won all of tennis’s major prizes.Nadal said: “It is an honour to be named ITF world champion for the second time. After a difficult year in 2009, it was an amazing feeling to regain the No. 1 ranking and finally win the US Open.”My goal all the time is to keep improving and be a better player each year than I was the previous year.” The Spaniard now has nine Grand Slam titles, seven behind Federer.Wozniacki became the fourthyoungest woman after Martina Hingis, Monica Seles and Steffi Graf to earn the year-end number one ranking.The 20-year-old was the most consistent player on the circuit, earning a tour-high six titles, in Ponte Vedra, Copenhagen, Montreal, New Haven, Tokyo and Beijing. Wozniacki said: “What an honour it is to be named ITF World Champion.advertisementTo be listed with all the former ITF world champions is something I am really proud of. I had a great year in 2010 and I’m training hard to have an even better year in 2011.”To be listed with all the former ITF world champions is something I am really proud of,” the 20-year-old Wozniacki, who in October became the first Dane to be ranked number one in the world, said in a statement.Wozniacki knocked 13-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams from the top spot.However, she is yet to win a Grand Slam.In other ITF awards, Youth Olympic champions Juan Sebastian Gomez of Colombia and Daria Gavrilova of Russia were named as Junior world champions, while the ITF wheelchair world champions are Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands and Shingo Kunieda of Japan.The ITF world champions will receive their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner on May 31 in Paris, during the French Open at Roland Garros.- With Agency inputs
South Africa beat India by 48 runs (D/L method) in the rain-reduced fourth ODI at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday.Virat Kohli on way to his unbeaten 87. APIndia were batting 137/6 in the 31st over with Virat Kohli and Harbhajan Singh at the crease when rain halted play.The game resumed only to end within minutes as rain again stopped play – this time for ever as India score read 142 for 6 in 32.5 overs. Virat Kohli (87) and Harbhajan Singh (3) remained unbeaten.Earlier, the duo got busy chipping away from the 266-run target even as the South Africa pacers were busy tightening the noose around India.First South Africa pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who has been in good from throughout the series struck early to claim both openers Rohit Sharma and Pathiv Patel. India were 32/2 post Pathiv’s dismissal.New man Yuvraj Singh had only stayed in the middle for twenty minutes before offie Johan Botha scalped him.He followed the unwritten rule – if you don’t understand which way the ball is turning just sweep it. But the sweep proved costly, the timing was entirely wrong and the ball took the aerial route only to come down at skipper Graeme Smith’s throat. He fell for 12 and India to 49/3.South Africa’s Jean-Paul Duminy en route to his unbeaten 71 against India. APThen Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli formed a 64-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Raina fell to left-arm spinner Robin Peterson on 20. India were 112/4 at the stage.Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2) dropped by for a visit before Peterson thought he looked better on the benches. And India slumped to 123/5.advertisementIn came Yusuf Pathan, famous for his heavy heaves, and up went India’s hopes only to crash land with a big thud.A fatal edge off paceman Morne Morkel and Pathan was walking back on 2 with India score reading a poor 128/6.Finally Virat Kohli and Harbhajan Singh decided to do the unthinkable before rain and Messrs Duckworth and Lewis dampened their spirits.Earlier, the hosts treated their Indian visitors to some fine stitching exercise with Jean-Paul Duminy and Johan Botha showcasing their craftsmanship with the bat.India bowlers were left awestruck as the duo put 70 runs on board for the sixth wicket. The end result was a fine 265/7 in 50 overs.India didn’t fall far behind. They too displayed their wares. In fact the South Africa total could have stretched on had India not used the scissors at the right time.Four quick wickets and South Africa were reeling on 118/5. The figure in the runs column could have been even lesser had opener Hashim Amla not posted 64 before being run out.Yuvraj Singh, who finished with three wickets in the bag, started the snipping job with Morne van Wyk’s dismissal on 15. Wyk departed edging an away moving ball to Virat Kohli in the slips.At the stage the hosts were batting on 106 – not a bad figure considering that they had lost just one wicket (Graeme Smith) before.South Africa opener Hashim Amla en route to his 64. APAmidst all this cutting and snipping, Amla decided to display his running skills. But he was too greedy and paid heavily for it, falling short on the second run and South Africa fell to 111/3. Still his 64 proved to the central piece in South Africa’s design.AB de Villiers showed how good he is at marching. He marched back on 3 with Yuvraj claiming his wicket and the Protea score was 115/4.Young Faf du Plessis knew he was good at running and he has proved it before with a half-ton in the last ODI. But today he ran out of steam and got out run out on 1. By now the hosts had slumped to 118/5.But Duminy with his unbeaten on 71 and Botha, who scored 44 before being sent back by Yuvraj, turned out to be their team lifeguards. Duminy earned a Man-of-the-Match award for his efforts.With this win, South Africa have levelled the series 2-2 against India. The two now meet on Sunday for the final ODI in Centurion.
The 15 days given for the search of a foreign expert for the national men’s hockey team have elapsed without a decision being made in this regard. But some concrete developments are expected to take place within the next week.After the sixth-place finish at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Hockey India had constituted a five-member committee to look for a foreign expert, and though the members felt that 15 days were not enough for such a search, some progress has definitely been made.Three or four coaches have been shortlisted and they are expected to be called for interviews next week. “We are looking for coaches who have handled top teams like Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.We want FIH’s help to find those who are available,” former India goalkeeper AB Subbaiah, a member of the committee, told MAIL TODAY on Thursday.Dutchman Roelant Oltmans is a prominent coach on that list.He has won the Olympic gold medal and the World Cup with the Netherlands men’s team. He also guided the Dutch women to World Cup glory in 1990. Besides, he also has experience of working in the sub-continent – with Pakistan during the 2004 Athens Olympics.Chairman of the panel, Pargat Singh is a big fan of Paul Lissek and pushed his case as head of Hockey India’s development committee in January but the German has some unfinished business in Malaysia.The foreign expert, in whatever capacity, will be in place before the next national camp, Subbaiah – who is at the Bhopal Senior Nationals in his capacity as a selector – said.advertisementIn January, Harendra Singh got the nod to coach the side as Hockey India, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the sports ministry were not keen on a foreign coach to succeed Jose Brasa.But the debacle in Ipoh has prompted a quick turnaround.”SAI and the sports ministry are in favour of a foreign coach now. We have also decided that a foreign coach will be given a longer term,” said Subbiah.Financial constraints have prevented many a good coach from coming to India, but Subbiaiah said that is also likely to change. “Previously, SAI had a salary limit of $5,000 per month, but that has now been increased.They have said that they are willing to pay even more than $7,500 if a coach is really good.” If Oltmans or any other high-profile foreign coach comes to India, it is likely to mean the end of Harendra’s short stint at the helm of affairs. Even the support staff may not be safe.
An Australian politician has questioned Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s decision to award an Order of Australia to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for his contribution to sport.Federal Independent MP Rob Oakshott, who expressed his love for Little Master, said the special award should not be used for diplomatic gain, the ABC news reported.”I love Sachin Tendulkar, I love cricket. But I just have a problem with soft diplomacy as you call it,” he said, adding “Getting in on the act of the Australian honours.” Oakeshott said the Order should be focused on recognising Australians doing community work instead.”I’m not going to die in a ditch over it…but it’s about the integrity of the honours list which should be for Australians,” he said.He said that Tendulkar was an “obvious diplomatic touch point”, and further suggested setting up an inter-nation gong, such as an “Australia-India award”.
“There will be a special care because the SEA Games will be held in the country, but the dynamics have been put in place and we are on track based on our development program,” added Cayco.Currently, the national women’s pool includes Alyssa Valdez, Mika Reyes, Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat, Jasmine Nabor, Risa Sato, Mylene Paat, Aiza Pontillas, Maika Ortiz, Cha Cruz, Jia Morado, Denden Lazaro, Jem Galanza, Aby Maraño, Grethcel Soltones, Melissa Gohing, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo, Majoy Baron and Kim Kianna Dy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte New year, new hair, new Phoenix deal for Matthew Wright Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Although Cayco didn’t confirm it, the men’s team is expected to overhaul the coaching staff and the roster after the team placed fifth in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.“In the women’s team, we will have small fine-tuning, but we will have more work on men’s team,” Cayco told the Inquirer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe women’s team is hoping to at least medal in the biennial meet for the first time since taking the bronze in the 2005 Philippine edition.Now ranked 117th in the world, the country ruled the women’s side of SEA Games volleyball from 1977 to 1993. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volleyball officials are set to make big changes in the men’s national team but very little in the women’s squad, according to a top honcho Friday.Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Peter Cayco convened the LVPI board and team officials to map out the plan for this year’s international tournaments, including the Southeast Asian Games, which the country is hosting in December.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments