Ajit Jogi, facing FIR for forgery, hospitalised

first_imgFormer Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, facing an FIR in a fake caste certificate case, was admitted to a private hospital in Delhi-NCR on Thursday night after he complained of breathing problem. The FIR against Mr. Jogi, a sitting MLA, was registered at the Gaurela police station in Bilaspur district on Thursday night for allegedly obtaining a fake caste certificate claiming himself to be a tribal, police had said.“Ajit Jogi was in Delhi from the last few days for his routine medical check-up. On Thursday at around midnight, he complained of problem in breathing following which he was admitted at Medanta Hospital (in Gurugram),” Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) leader and former MLA Paresh Bagbahra told PTI. The JCC(J) is the political party founded by Mr. Jogi, the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh. His wife Renu Jogi is with him in the hospital, Mr. Bagbahra said, adding the hospital management was yet to release a medical bulletin about his health. Mr. Jogi (73), a bureaucrat-turned-politician, is in the mid of trouble over his caste status issue. An FIR against him was registered following a complaint by Sameera Paikra, the BJP candidate from Marwahi in the 2013 Assembly polls.Mr. Jogi was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record). According to Mr. Paikra, Mr. Jogi had obtained the “fake” caste certificate in 1967, Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal had said.Last week, a separate FIR was registered against Mr. Jogi with the Civil Lines police station in Bilaspur after a government-appointed committee rejected his claim of being a tribal.Notably, Ajit Jogi’s son Amit, a former MLA, was arrested on September 3 on the basis of a separate complaint filed by Mr. Paikra at the Gaurela Police station.last_img read more

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24 elected unopposed in BDC polls in Kashmir

first_imgThe maximum number of chairpersons of Block Development Councils (BDC) who were elected unopposed in Kashmir Valley were from the two worst militancy-affected districts of Shopian and Pulwama.Of the 24 chairpersons elected without contest in 133 blocks in the Kashmir Valley, 10 were from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 14 were Independents. In the block elections in Shopian, six BJP candidates won unopposed and, in Pulwama, two BJP candidates won without a fight.Elections were held in 310 blocks in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Thirteen winning candidates were women.The elections of BDC chairpersons are indirect and they are elected by Panches and Sarpanches of a Panchayat falling within a particular block. The Congress, the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party did not take part in the polls, the first to be held after the revocation of the special status of J&K in August. Most cadres of the political parties, except the BJP, are in detention.The panchayat elections were held in J&K in 2018 and total of 27,281 panches and sarpanches were elected. There are 12,776 vacant sarpanch and panch seats in J&K.As many as 217 Independents won in the BDC elections, of which 101 were from the Kashmir Valley.On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the BDC polls held for the first time since 1947, “witnessed a historic turnout of 98%”. “I am delighted to share that the BDC polls in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh were conducted in a very peaceful manner. There was no violence. This shows the people’s unwavering faith in democracy and the importance they accord to grassroots level governance,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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Raymar Jose credits teammates for MVP honor

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments “These awards are big for players like me that bank on our hardwork. Right now, almost everyone wants to score. They forget the little things like playing defense and rebounding,” he said.Jose became only the third FEU alumnus to win the plum, after Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia, but the 6-foot-4 said awards like these are just a bonus. The biggest prize remains winning the championship.“We’re raised in FEU with the mindset that awards are just bonuses. We just want to do our best to help our team win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESEven Raymar Jose was surprised that he got the Conference MVP award for the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting this. I just gave my best every game, especially on my rebounding because that’s my strength. So I get all my confidence from there,” Jose, who is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Southeast Asian Games, told reporters in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man00:50Trending 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding His numbers, though, back up his victory as he averaged 12.27 points and 10.18 rebounds for the conference to help Cignal advance to the Finals.Though he was unable to help the Hawkeyes complete the championship run owing to his Gilas Pilipinas responsibilities, Jose said that the glory still would not be possible if not for his teammates.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“I’m happy for this because I won’t be able to get this if not for the coaching staff and my teammates, so I’m really grateful for them,” the 24-year-old bruiser said.The MVP recognition is also proof that hardworking players like Jose, who are willing to do the dirty work, could also get their fair share of the limelight even if they’re not topping their teams in scoring. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Read Next MOST READ Philippines wins first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programlast_img read more

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WATCH: Kyrie Irving breaks silence on trade request

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mapua’s Nieles rules NCAA Skills Challenge Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Furthermore, the Duke product also paid homage to the Cavs by regarding them as ”unbelievable human beings.”Irving and his new team will face off against the Cavaliers on opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA season on Oct. 17.  /ra Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters 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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ The specifics of Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics’ blockbuster trade involving franchise players Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas were finally finalized on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).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 shutoutREAD: Finally finished: Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big tradeSince news of Irving’s displeasure with the Cavs erupted last July, the 25-year-old point guard has remained mum about his desire to play for another NBA franchise. In a Twitter clip uploaded by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, a clean-shaven Irving spoke about the intricacies behind his request and even acknowledged his former team and fans in a candid manner.“It’s hard to make videos like this because you understand the magnitude of decisions that you make in your life can affect a lot of people all at once,” the four-time NBA All-Star said.“When you get to that point, and you understand that the best intentions for you, and ultimately to being your truth, and find out what you really wanna do in your life and how you want to accomplish it, that moment comes and you take full advantage of it,” he explained.He also confirmed earlier reports about wanting to “be the main man” in order to maximize his potential.“There are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and wanting to be somewhere where you feel like it’s an environment that’s conducive for you, maximizing your potential as a human being and as a player perfecting their craft. I put a lot of hours in, and a lot of work into just trying to accomplish things that I have dreamt of as a kid.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. VIDEO: A (fresh-faced) @KyrieIrving speaks, now that the deal to the Celtics is finally done. Thanks Cleveland, says “the journey continues” pic.twitter.com/leFoxAIkX2— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 31, 2017ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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Three Team reps skipping LA board meeting

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC F2 eyes third straight win, take on dangerous Cocolife Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in 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 Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Three representatives of the seven-team group wanting to oust Chito Narvasa as PBA commissioner did not board the Philippine Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles on Friday night.Former chairs Pato Gregorio of TNT KaTropa, Mamerto Mondragon of Rain of Shine and Phoenix Petroleum’s Raymond Zorilla didn’t join the trip that is supposed to be the annual planning session of the board.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco, NLEX, Blackwater and Alaska have also indicated loss of confidence on Narvasa.Representatives of the five teams backing Narvasa—San Miguel Beer, Brgy. Ginebra, Star, Kia and GlobalPort—all boarded the flight with their families.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 shutoutIncoming chair Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX, who is supposed to arrive in LA on Nov. 13, is also reportedly not going to the planning sessions anymore, although he could join the rest of the current board members for a leisure trip to Las Vegas on Nov. 16. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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PBA All-Star voting begins on Friday

first_imgPBA IMAGESDigos City, Batangas, and Iloilo are set to host this year’s PBA All-Star Week from May 23 to 27.Voting for the best players to compose the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao All-Star teams will commence on Friday, with fan votes set to be accepted through online at pba.ph and at various playing venues.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trump has a tweet for everything, but none yet for Olympics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The polls will briefly take a break after the 2018 Philippine Cup semifinals before resuming after the Finals through the first week of the elimination round of the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.Gilas Pilipinas will once again be the main fixture for the three-part basketball extravaganza, this time with the national team using the midseason festivities as its preparation for the third window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast year, the Nationals and the Mindanao All-Stars battled to a draw before sweeping their games against the Luzon and Visayas All-Stars in their preparation for the 2017 SEABA Championship.Side events like the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Shootout, and the Obstacle Challenge will also be held for this season’s edition of the All-Star Week. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more

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Ceres seeks payback vs Singapore

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum View comments The Busmen went on to beat Home at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod to rule the Asean zone.“They (Home United) play at home and they need the points like us,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCeres defender Martin Steuble said the 9-0 win over Boeung Ket of Cambodia two weeks ago at Panaad gives the Busmen a confidence boost ahead of Tuesday’s crucial duel.“The team’s spirit is very high and we’re full of confidence,” said Steuble. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img Over at Rizal Memorial Stadium, Global Cebu tries to bounce back from an opening-day defeat as it faces Bali United of Indonesia in a duel of winless sides. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding St. Clare slips past Perpetual Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros hopes to solidify its hold of top spot as it clashes with Home United of Singapore in the rematch of their AFC Cup Asean zone finals last year at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday night.With only the top team in the group guaranteed of making the knockout stage, every game matters for the Busmen, who lost to Home United the last time they played in Singapore in the first leg of the Asean zone finals.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Returning Romeo still re-adjusting to physicality in PBA

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I’m still adjusting to the PBA game because when I was out the only workout routine I did was jogging,” said Romeo in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after the Batang Pier lost to Phoenix 104-100.“Now that I’m back on the floor, I’m bumping against other guys who are really strong so my body was surprised with all this physicality.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt can be noted that, prior to the game against the Fuel Masters, Romeo’s last official PBA game was still under the commissionership of Chito Narvasa who tried to limit the physicality in the game.Current commissioner Willie Marcial has given more leeway to physical play when he was named as the PBA’s boss at the start of the 2017-2018 season. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Romeo, despite finishing 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting, said he was at odds when he threw his shots up.“I’m quite shocked because this is the first time that I’ve seen the defenses again, the traps and all that, before I already knew what to do but now I’m still adjusting,” said Romeo who shot 1-of-7 from deep. LATEST STORIES Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Read Next MOST READ ‘Siklab Atleta’ looks to help make Olympic gold dream a reality GlobalPort’s Terrence Romeo. PBA IMAGESIt took four months for Terrence Romeo to get back to a PBA court again, and he admitted that he wasn’t prepared for the physicality in his return.Romeo was sidelined due to a knee injury since the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup and only returned to action in Globalport’s final elimination game in the Philippine Cup last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more

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Pacman finding his groove

first_imgLike a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces are slowly coming together for Manny Pacquiao’s training for his defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.Trainer Freddie Roach watched Pacquiao spar three rounds each against lightweight Leonardo Doronio and light welterweight Sonny Katiandagho and was contented with what he saw.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast After grading Pacquiao a 4 during a listless sparring session Tuesday, Roach gave his ward a passable 6 this time.And with Pacquiao’s title bout against Australian Jeff Horn still on July 2, Roach knows the jigsaw puzzle will be completed in time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Batang Pier, Kings score Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READlast_img read more

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Santos leads 2nd half charge as Beermen grab 3-2 Finals lead

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netArwind Santos returned to the dugout disgusted with what he felt was a disappointing defensive stance from San Miguel in the first half.That’s why on the other side of the halftime break, he decided to take matters into his own hands.ADVERTISEMENT With young stars in tow, Douthit says Gilas ‘100 times better’ than before MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Santos finished the game with 27 points, eight rebounds, five blocks, and two assists, while Cabagnot added 26 markers, eight boards, and five assists.Charles Rhodes registered a double-double of 20 points, 14 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks, while Marcio Lassiter chipped in 17 markers, seven boards, four assists, and three steals in the win.“I thought in the first half, we already lost. Many says that defense wins championships and that’s what we showed. We got back because of our defense, they refused to lose and we showed our the character,” said coach Leo Austria.Defense really did it for the Beermen, and that showed in the steals (12-6) and blocks (9-2).San Miguel held Ranidel de Ocampo scoreless in the second half after going for 19 points in the first two periods.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player ignited the Beermen’s huge second half charge as they pulled off a huge 111-102 Game 5 victory over TNT to move a win away from the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals title Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Santos spurred San Miguel in the game-changing 20-4 run to open the third period as they battled back from a 15-point halftime hole, 61-46, and grab the 66-65 lead at the 5:46 mark of the frame to set up the tightly contested battle.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 starsAlex Cabagnot joined the party in the fourth period, scoring 10 in the quarter, before passing the ball to Santos with 34.6 seconds left for the dagger layup.Game 6 is on Sunday, still at the Big Dome, with San Miguel having a golden chance to close the series out and claim the title. What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Kris Rosales got 16 markers in the loss, while Joshua Smith contributed 15 points and seven boards.Jayson Castro tried to orchestrate a late KaTropa fightback in the last 3:00, cutting a 12-point deficit, 107-95, to as low as five, 107-102, with 1:18 remaining, but he missed a crucial three in the final minute.The Scores:SAN MIGUEL 111 – Cabagnot 28, Santos 27, Rhodes 20, Lassiter 17, Ross 10, Fajardo 9, Heruela 0, Espinas 0, Semerad 0, Tubid 0, De Ocampo 0.TNT 102 – De Ocampo 19, Rosales 16, Smith 15, Rosario 12, Semerad 12, Castro 12, Reyes 6, Garcia 3, Tautuaa 3, Pogoy 2, Williams 2, Nuyles 0.Quarters: 29-26, 46-61, 82-79, 111-102.POST GAME INTERVIEWS: Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Relieved India face West Indies today

first_imgA few minutes past 3 pm on Saturday, members of the Indian team, while sharpening their fielding skills at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here, received the news of the team’s qualification for the quarter-finals.South Africa thrashed a listless Bangladesh by 206 runs in far off Dhaka to confirm India’s – as well as England’s – passage into the quarter-finals and kill the uncertainty about the home team’s progress to the next round going into a game against the West Indies here on Sunday.It will now be a placement battle in Group B as the West Indies too have virtually qualified on the basis of a better net run rate, though they are tied with Bangladesh on six points. South Africa finished atop the group with 10 points and India and England have seven each.With the four Group A teams having earlier qualified and Group B sides on Saturday, the 42nd and final league game on Sunday will determine the quarter-final line-up.Apart from trying to win the game so that they finish second in the group, India’s other interest in the day-night game would be to test out local off-spinner R Ashwin.Dhoni, as usual, refrained from committing on the XI, especially on the question of Ashwin. He merely said all untried players would get an opportunity before the knock-out round begins, and he can now afford to try out the untested without fear.”Initially, they did not get a chance to play. But everyone would have played at least one game before the knockout stage,” he said, dropping enough hints that the Ashwin would make his World Cup debut in front of his home crowd.advertisementIf Ashwin eventually plays his eighth One-Day International, the Indian XI could have two off-spinners, Harbhajan Singh being the other. Two off-spinners is a possibility as the West Indies have several left-handed batsmen.”That is definitely an option,” he said. “Whatever we have seen from all the games so far, it [the pitch] has assisted spinners and has decent bounce for fast bowlers at the same time, and they are able to get reverse swing. So, we will see how it looks tomorrow.”The lone concern for Dhoni could be Virender Sehwag’s knee, though the issue is not so crucial now unless it is a major injury. Since India are assured of a quarter-final spot, Dhoni can afford to rest the explosive in-form opener for this game, so that he regains fitness for India’s quarter-final to be played in Ahmedabad on March 24.”Viru has got an allergic reaction in his right knee,” Dhoni told reporters. Sehwag has been in fine form in the tournament and currently has the fourth highest tally (327 in five games). If he doesn’t play, Gautam Gambhir could open the innings with Sachin Tendulkar.Since the West Indies, too, have more or less made it to the next round, they would like to give opportunities to those who haven’t got enough matches or are struggling, though captain Darren Sammy insisted on fielding the best team.”Obviously, we will decide on the best XI to play against India. When we play a good opposition there are no considerations,” he said.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Kolkata Knight Riders- KTK win by 17 runs

first_imgKochi made a sluggish start but ended up triumphant against Kolkata beating them by 17 runs during the 45th IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday. Score | PhotosChasing 157, Kolkata could only manage to score 139/7 despite a fine 66 by Eoin Morgan.Kolkata openers Jacques Kallis and Eoin Morgan started the run chase on a high note. The two were making sure that the required run rate was well within control and were accelerating at the same time. In 10 overs the Kolkata scored was 69/0.Finally in the 11th over, Raiphi Gomez did more than what Kochi wanted. He not only scalped Kallis (45), but also got rid of captain Gautam Gambhir on the next ball to put firm brakes on the Kolkata charge. And Kolkata slumped to 69/2.But, Morgan isn’t the kind of batsman, who can be curtailed for long. A few balls later, he once again upped the tempo. He chose RP Singh for his blitz and hit a four and six off him in the 12th over bring the Kolkata chase back on track.Manoj Tiwary departed without making a major contribution to the team total. He wanted to pull R Vinay Kumar across the fence but ended up edging it to Brendon McCullum at mid-wicket for 1. Kolkata were 97/3 at the stage.Finally, in the 19th over Morgan fell, run out in R Vinay Kumar’s over after scoring a fine 66. His 51-ball innings was decorated with eight fours and two over the fence shots. Next ball, Yusuf Pathan fell to an R Vinay Kumar ball on 17 when the team total was 132/5.advertisementBrett Lee ended up getting run out on the third ball of the last over and Mark Boucher on the last as Kolkata finished with 139/7 on board.And Kochi ended their victory streak with a 17-run win at home at the Nehru Stadium.Kochi inningsCaptain Mahela Jayawardene’s dogged 55 Brad Hodge’s late charge helped Kochi post 156/5 against Kolkata in their IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday. Live scoreEarlier, Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field. And he got to see the result of his decision early when Kochi opener Breondon McCullum was scalped by Jaidev Unadkat in the second over when the Kochi score was 6.Unadkat struck again on the second ball of the seventh over to despatch Parthiv Patel on 21 with Rajat Bhatia taking a fine catch at mid-wicket. Kochi were 30/2 at the stage.In the 12th over Michael Klinger, in a bid to up the run rate, charged away at Yusuf Pathan and ended up holing out in the deep to Iqbal Abdulla, who took a good catch inches away from the ropes. Klinger fell on 29 and Kochi fell to 81/3.There was no respite for the Kochi batsmen as Kolkata bowlers pressed on. Ravindra Jadeja, who is known for his quick-fire batting, too could not stay in the middle for long and fell in the 15th over off Ranji Trophy veteran Rajat Bhatia’s ball and Kochi were down to 96/4.In the penultimate over of the innings captain Mahela Jayawardene, who was holding fort with gusto, got run out after posting a dogged 55. Kochi were 134/5 at the stage.But, in the last over of the innings, Brad Hodge hit his Australian team-mates for a couple of fours and sixes as Kochi amassed 22 runs of it and finish the innings with a fine 156/5 on board.last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Strauss equates India series to Ashes

first_imgEngland Test captain Andrew Strauss considers the upcoming series against India as tough as the historic Ashes but is banking on home advantage to upstage the world’s number one side.”This series against India is certainly up there with the Ashes. I think the one thing we have in our advantage over the Ashes is home advantage,” said Strauss ahead of the series starting July 21 at the Lord’s.”We expect to beat any side at home. And so you should because it is a substantial advantage. But you only have to look at what India have done in the last two years to know they will be incredibly confident,” he added.Tough it might be but Strauss said the prospect of facing the world’s top side is also great motivation to do well.”They have a lot of good players and are heavily motivated to win. We will have to be at our best if we want to compete with them. We’re under no illusions on that, but that excites us.”In international cricket, you always need challenges like this. I think we’re better equipped than in 2007. We’ve had a lot of success recently and we’re a more competent unit.We’ve been progressing every series we’ve played over the last couple of years,” he said.”Over the next four Test matches we’re more than capable of winning. That motivation of playing against the best side in the world is just what we need at the moment,” Strauss added.Strauss takes over from ODI skipper Alastair Cook.advertisementSpeaking about England’s experiment with three captains for all three formats (Stuart Broad being in charge of the Twenty20 side, Strauss said he is still adjusting. “The simple answer is I don’t know how it will be,” he said.”I have seen a few of the lads over the last couple of weeks and it didn’t feel particularly different ? but we never know how things are going to work out. You can’t be sure and it would be arrogant for me to assume that it will be exactly as it was.”But it is not like we are doing radically different things. Alastair, myself and Stuart Broad, we are still operating within a general strategy which we have all had a hand in formulating,” he added.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Just not cricket! Govt and BCCI draw flak for proposing India-Pakistan series in December. Opposition parties, even cricket legends slam the decision

first_imgThe BCCI’s initiative to host the Pakistan cricket team for a series on Indian soil after five years has caused a massive uproar in political circles, divided opinion in the cricket fraternity and pushed the government on the back-foot. Opposition parties, such as the BJP and the Shiv Sena, were quick to slam the decision to resume cricketing ties despite Islamabad’s inaction against the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Even the Mahrashtra unit of the Congress lashed out at the BCCI for being insensitive towards terror victims. Cricketers too were critical, with legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar saying: “Being a Mumbaikar I feel what is the urgency when there is no co-operation from the other side.” Faced with severe criticism, the government quickly distanced itself from the BCCI’s announcement. Officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the cricket body was “yet to seek permission for the series”. The statement was in contract to senior BCCI functionary Rajiv Shukla’s indication that there was “no problem with the government”. Politicians questioned the need for cricket diplomacy at this juncture, especially since such attempts have failed miserably in the past. In 1987, Pakistani dictator Zia-ul-Haq visited Jaipur to watch a match featuring the two arch-rivals and promote peace between the country. But soon after, in 1989, there was outbreak of Islamabad-sponsored terrorism in the Kashmir valley. In 2005, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf witnessed the Indo-Pak cricket match at New Delhi’s Ferozshah Kotla stadium. But a series of terror attacks in India again derailed the peace process. More recently, during the 2011 World Cup, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited the then Pak premier Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the semi-final match between the two countries in Mohali. But this peace initiative failed too as Islamabad took no action against 26/11 perpetrators despite it’s promises. The BCCI on Monday announced that it had decided to invite Pakistan to play three one-dayers and two Twenty20 games in December this year.advertisementlast_img read more

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London Olympics: South African rowers win gold in coxless fours rowing

first_imgSouth African rowers pipped Britain and defending champions Denmark to gold at the Olympics in a thrilling lightweight coxless fours race on Thursday. South Africa’s James Thompson, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and Sizwe Ndlovu, world silver medalists, completed the 2-km course in six minutes, 2.84 seconds.The British team of Peter Chambers, Rob Williams, Richard Chambers and Chris Bartley put in a strong finish but wavered at the last to claim the silver in 6:03.09.Denmark, going for their fourth Olympic title, had to settle for bronze after leading for most of the race, in 6:03.09, its quartet of Kasper Winther, Morten Jorgensen, Jacob Barsoe and Eskild Ebbesen suffering fatigue in the final strokes.last_img read more

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Apple iPad mini weighs 0.68 pounds, sports 2 cameras

first_imgApple Inc’s recently launched iPad Mini is 7.87 inches tall and 5.3 inches wide, compared with the full-size iPad, which is 9.5 inches by 7.31 inches. The new device also sports two cameras, on the front and on the back, which the competitors don’t.The iPad Mini is as thin as a pencil and weighs 0.68 pounds, half as much as the full-size iPad with its 9.7-inch screen. The screen resolution is 1024 by 768 pixels, the same as the iPad 2 and a quarter of the resolution of the flagship iPad, which starts at $499.Wi-Fi-only models will ship on Nov 2. Later, the company will add models capable of accessing cellular, LTE data networks.The new model has better apps and is easier to use than competitors such as Google’s Nexus, said Avi Greengart, a consumer electronics analyst with Current Analysis.Apple is charging $329 and up for the Mini – a price that fits into the Apple product lineup between the latest iPod Touch ($299) and the iPad 2 ($399). Company watchers had been expecting Apple to price the iPad Mini at $250 to $300 to compete with the Kindle Fire, which starts at $159. Barnes & Noble Inc.’s Nook HD and Google Inc.’s Nexus 7 both start at $199.”Apple had an opportunity to step on the throat of Amazon and Google, yet decided to rely on its brand and focus on (profit) margin,” said Bill Kreher, an analyst with brokerage Edward Jones.Apple shares fell $20.67, or 3.3 percent, to close at $613.36 after the price was announced. Shares of Barnes & Noble jumped 88 cents, or 6.1 percent, to $15.32. Shares of Amazon rose 53 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $234.31.Apple has sold more than 100 million iPads since their debut in April 2010. Analysts expect Apple to sell 5 million to 10 million iPad Minis before the year is out.With AP inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

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Mighty Sports faces Magnolia in tuneup ahead of Dubai tilt

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Ateneo overwhelms UV to win 2018 PCCL title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “Though a win is a win, we still have a lot of work to do,” Tiu said after beating the Elite.“In a scale of 10, we’re still at level 5,” said Tiu, the younger brother of former Rain or Shine star Chris.  “We need to reach 7 or 8 before we leave for Dubai. The tournament there is very tough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Dubai tilt tips off on February 1 with Mighty Sports in for a grind against some of the toughest clubs from Jordan, Lebanon and UAE.Alex Wongchuking, who co-owns the team with younger brother Caesar, is looking forward to a much better finish this time after the team blew several opportunities in its first foray in the annual tournament two years ago. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I’ll be happier if we can reach the semis this time,” said Wongchuking. “That’s our goal and I’m confident coach Charles, coach Jong (Uichico), coach Woody (Co) and coach Dean (Castano) can bring out the best from Lamar (Odom) and the rest of the team.”Justine Brownlee, the Barangay Ginebra resident import, is expected to lead Mighty Sports. Apart from Brownlee,  former NBA star Lamar Odom and Chinese Basketball Association veteran Randolph Morris will also beef up the squad.Odom, who won two titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, has already joined the team after arriving in Manila on Wednesday.The team is also looking to get a lift from Fil-American prospects Jeremiah Gray and Roosevelt Adams and ex-pros Ty Tang, Joseph Yeo, Jett Manuel and Gab Banal as well as college stars Juan Gomez Di Liaño of University of the Philippines and College of St. Benilde’s Justin GutangADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Mighty Sports coach Charles Tiu feels his team is still far from where it wants to be less than a week before plunging into action in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament.Mighty Sports is coming off a win over the Blackwater Elite in an exhibition game but Tiu wants to see more from his wards when it faces the Magnolia Hotshots in another tuneup set on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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