Manganti game-winner lifts Adamson past UP

first_imgThe Falcons tied Far Eastern U at third place with a 4-2 record while the Maroons dropped to 3-3.UP had one second to either go for the win or shoot for the tie, but Manganti was again on the right spot to tap Jun Manzo’s pass away in the final inbounds play.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 shutoutAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren breathed a huge sigh of relief after his team struggled to create distance from UP the entire game.“I guess we were lucky to win the game, the whole game we were struggling, we had a bad start, a flat start, and we made a lot of mental mistakes,” said Pumaren as the Falcons ended the first quarter behind UP, 25-19. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brazil is in; Argentina still fighting for a World Cup spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “We were going through the motions and I guess is a good test on our part that in the crucial moments of the game we can survive a game like this.”Jerrick Ahanmisi had game-high 21 points, 17 alone in the second quarter, on 8-of-11 shooting while Sarr added six points and 16 rebounds.Paul Desiderio and Manzo had 19 points apiece to lead the Fighting Maroons while Javi Gomez De Liaño missed out on a double-double as he finished with eight points and 14 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSean Manganti’s clutch tip-in lifted Adamson over University of the Philippines, 73-71, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With the scores tied at 71, Jerrick Ahanmisi and Papi Sarr misfired on their game-winner attempts but Manganti was there to grab the offensive board and score the putback with a second left on the clock.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Gameslast_img read more

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Adrenaline-fueled Tenorio dedicates Finals MVP trophy to Helterbrand

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding GALLERY: Ginebra retains title, survives Meralco in Game 7 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Tenorio said his elbow had bothered him for five years since his last year with Alaska in 2012 and it took sheer will for him to power through the pain in the packed Philippine Arena.“It was pure adrenaline, although I take painkillers and it’s the adrenaline that allows me to play through it,” said Tenorio who wore a sleeve on his right arm.Tenorio said the pain comes and goes but a bone spur had developed in his right elbow that the three-time champion knew he had to take medical help.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 And yet it was Tenorio who dedicated his personal hardware to 41-year-old teammate Jayjay Helterbrand.“I want to dedicate this championship also to Jayjay,” said Tenorio in Filipino Friday at Philippine Arena after Ginebra wrapped up the series in Game 7, 101-96, against Meralco. “We talked and he’s still unsure of his plans after this.”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“So I told him that we’ll get this one, Mark [Caguioa] will still be back next year.”And Tenorio finished with 26 points and four assists on his dedication game while nursing a hurting right elbow. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLA Tenorio is no young star in the PBA.At 33-years-old, the Finals MVP of the PBA Governors’ Cup should be the one getting tributes from younger teammates.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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D-League: JRU debuts in style with 29-point drubbing of Mila’s Lechon

first_imgPBA IMAGESJose Rizal University unveiled its new look roster with a rousing 96-67 win over Mila’s Lechon in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Veterans Jeckster Apinan, Ervin Grospe, and Paolo Pontejos steadied the ship for the Heavy Bombers to give head coach Gio Lasquety his first win as a head coach.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian claims third spot, drops Letran in three Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View commentscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:42NCAA Season 93 Preview: JRU Heavy Bombers01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “It feels good. It feels better that I was the one guiding them on the floor. I’m thankful that the players responded and we were able to execute our defense,” said the 24-year-old mentor, who is now the youngest head coach in D-League history.Apinan unleashed 16 of his 20 points in the second half pullaway, to go with 14 rebounds, Grospe scattered 16 markers, and Pontejos got 14 points, six boards, and four assists to lead the charge for JRU.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Heavy Bombers blanked the Mighty Roasters in the second quarter, limiting the latter to just seven points as they took the 39-29 lead and cruised to the 29-point decimation.Leo Gabo paced Mila’s Lechon with 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Andoy Estrella had 13. The Scores:JRU 96 — Apinan 20, Grospe 16, Pontejos 14, Esguerra 9, Dela Virgen 9, Tayongtong 8, Ramos 4, Mendoza 4, Bordon 4, Yu 3, Mvogo 3, Silvarez 2, Sawat 0, De Guzman 0.MILA’S LECHON 67 — Gabo 14, Estrella 13, Acibar 9, Sarangay 7, Iñigo 5, Parala 5, Derige 4, Delfinado 4, Deles 2, Crisostomo 2, Herradura 2, Luz 0, Bellosillo 0, Montuano 0.Quarters: 18-22, 39-29, 68-50, 96-67.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In only his first conference in charge, the former UAAP champion coach of University of Santo Tomas has injected a light and positive atmosphere within the Batang Pier as they make a push for a playoff spot.The Batang Pier went on to register a 108-91 victory over the Picanto as they stayed on track for a Top 6 finish at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach is like a friend to us, but at the same time we give him the utmost respect,” Araña said in Filipino. “The atmosphere has been great whether we win or we lose. Every time we lose, he tells us to move forward and focus on the next game.”Jarencio’s approach is paying dividends with the Batang Pier improving to 5-5 for a tie of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra heading into their final game of the elimination round against Phoenix Petroleum on March 2. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (left) dribbles his way past KIA’ s Reden Celda. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWith more than a minute remaining and victory against KIA in the bag last Wednesday night, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio gave Ryan Araña a free rein to call a play during a timeout, much to the surprise of the veteran forward.Although Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle scored on the next possession, the play designed by Araña wasn’t executed, drawing a laugh from Jarencio and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving 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 “The mind-set right now is to try to get into that Top 6 so we will play a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals,” said Sean Anthony, who had 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals in 27 minutes on the floor. “We want to be playoff-ready and that Phoenix game is another playoff game.”Later, Blackwater tightened up its defense down the stretch to close out the elimination round with an 83-78 trouncing of Phoenix Petroleum to keep its quarterfinal hopes alive.Mike DiGregorio, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose each finished with 14 points, while JP Erram continued his stellar showing with 12 points and 19 boards for seventh double-double of the conference as the Elite wound up with a 5-6 record.“We’re hoping that five wins will be enough for a playoff for the quarterfinals. We’re looking forward to playing more games this conference,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.ADVERTISEMENT Altas seek 11th NCAA men’s plum vs Chiefs MOST READlast_img read more

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No sibling favors

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments Nietes storms elite circle with venom KO AFP official booed out of forum 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 LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Nextcenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Rain or Shine hopes to punch its ticket to the quarterfinals against defending champion San Miguel Beer in the second game at 7 p.m.The Elasto Painters, who hold a 5-4 record, shift their focus on finishing at least sixth to figure in a best-of-three playoff series rather than facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the next round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Elasto Painters will be without their resurgent star, James Yap, who will miss the game due to a calf injury. Yap has been on a tear the past few games, scoring 17 points in the 95-99 loss to Alaska last Friday.With a 4-6 record, TNT can forge at least a playoff for a quarterfinal berth in what has been a battle of survival among six teams vying for the last four tickets to the next round. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Road Warriors already secured their spot in the next round as early as last week following a victory over Blackwater Elite. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving TNT knows it can’t expect any favors from sister team, NLEX. Fortunately for the KaTropa, they will be back at full strength as they try to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive on Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.After missing the past couple of games following a bad fall in the clash with Magnolia, Troy Rosario returns to the lineup, while Jericho Cruz, acquired in a trade with Rain or Shine, is expected to make his debut as the flagship team of the Manny V. Pangilinan bloc hopes to avoid elimination against an NLEX team that has been in inspired form the past three weeks.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Celtics’ Smart fined $15,000 for criticism of officiating

first_imgPolice 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 LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments Real Madrid beats PSG 2-1 to reach Champions League quarters Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Read Next Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) protests a call beside Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of officiating.NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the fine on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving After Boston’s 123-120 loss to Houston on Saturday, Smart said Rockets guard James Harden is among those who receive favorable treatment from referees.Smart told the Boston Globe that “certain players” get “calls that other guys just wouldn’t get.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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Diminutive De Joya plays bigger than his size

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I just told myself that this will be mine and I leave everything to God. I’m happy that I made the shot,” he said in Filipino.The 5-foot-5 De Joya has made a good account of himself since debuting with the franchise last conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLittle as he may seem, the Calaca, Batangas native has shown relentlessness on defense and unbridled courage on his gutsy drives on offense where he goes up against bigger foes game-in and game-out. That earned him tons of praise from no less than coach Eric Gonzales.“He’s slowly understanding how basketball is played because before, he’s not really a natural point guard and we’re still educating him. Now, I’m just thankful to our bosses that they invested on Cedric and somehow, he’s responding to whatever we’re teaching him,” the mentor said. Cedric de Joya. PBA IMAGESHe may be the littlest man on the court, but on Tuesday, Cedric de Joya proved that he had the biggest heart.The 23-year-old playmaker went up against the towers of Wangs Basketball and banked the game-winning basket to carry Batangas to a gutsy 81-79 victory in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments For De Joya, he’s just treasuring this rare chance to strut his stuff and learn from a champion coach like Gonzales.“I always tell myself that I’m being given the chance here by coach and I have to give my best even though I’m smaller than our opponents. I need to show that I can go toe-to-toe with them. It was intimidating at first, but I know that if I get nervous, that won’t help. I just have to continuously work hard,” he said.And he’s hopeful that all of this sacrifice will bear fruit in the end as he chases his elusive PBA dream.“I want to show everyone that I can play despite my size. I’m happy that I’m playing here in the D-League, but I’m still not content. I wish that I can play in the PBA one day,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LOOK: Blazers’ guard C.J. McCollum enters Harvard Business School Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

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Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon tuneup for extra rest

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ronaldo accused of evading millions in taxes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Nadal won a record 10th French Open championship Sunday after also winning clay-court titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid over the last two months.The Queen’s Club event is one of the major grass-court tournaments leading up to Wimbledon. This year’s field includes defending champion Andy Murray and runner-up Milos Raonic, as well as French Open runner-up Stan Wawrinka.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal won the event in 2008. An emotional Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy as he celebrates winning his tenth French Open title against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in three sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, during their men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)French Open champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Queen’s Club tournament, a warmup event for Wimbledon, saying he needs to rest.Nadal said Tuesday in a statement: “After speaking to my team and doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon.” He apologized to tournament organizers and British fans.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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TNT coach Nash Racela fined 10K

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Neymar pledges glory for PSG 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Racela opted to not issue comments about the matter, saying, “It is what it is.”Blackwater big man Kyle Pascual and Kia bruiser Eric Camson also didn’t get away from the fine spree, as they were penalized P5,000 eachfor their flagrant foul penalty one.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 starsGlobalPort forward Sean Anthony had to pay P3,000 for flopping, Phoenix shooter Matthew Wright was slapped a P1,000 fine for his technical foul for use of profane language, while Alaska’s Vic Manuel and Star’s Rodney Brondial were meted a P1,000 fine for incurring technical foul for second motion.All in all, P26,000 were collected, all of which will go to the PBA Players’ Trust Fund. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela’s actions got him in hot water as he got hit with the PBA’s first wave of infractions in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The youthful mentor got fined P10,000 for directly addressing PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa during a live game in the KaTropa’s 106-96 win over Kia last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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India’s golden shooting spree

first_imgOmkar, Vijay bag gold; Gagan and Imran join the party too It appears India’s record of 16 shooting gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games will obliterated soon. On Friday, Omkar Singh and Vijay Kumar clinched gold in 10m air pistol and 25m rapid fire pistol events respectively. This was Omkar’s third gold of the Delhi games; for Vijay, it was his second.Another gold came through the men’s 50m rifle 3 position pair of Gagan Narang and Imran Hassan Khan. In the men’s trap pairs, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh combined to shoot an unprecedented 197 birds, only for Australia to pip them to the gold by one bird.Add to this a bronze won by Gurpreet Singh in rapid fire, and India’s tally after Day 4 of the nine- day shooting event stands at 10 gold, seven silver and a bronze.Narang, who is targeting six gold medals, won his third in as many events, thanks to an outstanding 397/ 400 in the prone round. He then shot identical 385s in the standing and kneeling rounds, while Khan shot 395, 381 and 382 to help India break the 16- year- old Games record of 2,300 points with 2,325.In the meantime, Vijay had broken his own record of 581 by shooting 583 in qualification for rapid fire. Gurpreet shot 569 to lie third, heading into the final. Vijay then shot an excellent 204.5 to beat his final record from Melbourne as well, setting 787.5 as the new benchmark.Despite one off- target shot, Malaysia’s Amir Hasan held on for silver, ahead of a surging Gurpreet.advertisementNavy’s Omkar equalled Samaresh Jung’s qualification record of 584 in 10m air pistol to be four points clear of Singapore’s Bin Gai and then shot 97.8 in the final to finish with three gold and a silver in his four events. Gurpreet finished fifth.There was disappointment for India in women’s trap pairs as they could only finish fifth. Australia won the gold, England got the silver and Canada took bronze.But the real battle of the day was in the men’s trap pairs where Australia’s Michael Diamond and Adam Vella, touted as the best trap team in the world, took on India’s vastly experienced Manavjit and Mansher.Mansher shot a brilliant 99 while Manavjit, who had shot 23 in his first round, went perfect over the next three series to finish with 98 and help India get to 197, a Games record.Vella also finished with 98, but two- time Olympic champion Diamond made it a perfect 100/ 100 to help Australia edge ahead.After the match, Mansher paid rich tribute to Diamond’s performance.”It had to be someone like Michael to beat us because nobody else in the world manages to do what he does regularly. This is what happens in shooting – you do so well and yet lose because somebody else has had a stellar day,” Mansher told Mail Today. The shooter, backed by the National Sports Development Fund, defended his teammate Manavjit, saying his was no mean score either.”Yes he did shoot 23 in the first round but then again, he shot 75 straight thereafter. It was a heavy load to carry and he did magnificently,” Mansher said.last_img read more

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Saina keen to break home jinx with Games victory

first_imgSaina Nehwal will be hoping that she is able to break the jinx of not winning a major title in front of her home fans. Blame it on pressure, but truth is she has not won a major tournament in India.This was evident during the 2009 world championships in Hyderabad where she lost in the quarter-finals, casting doubts on her ability to win at home.On Thursday, she has a chance to redeem herself and become the first Indian woman shuttler to win gold at the Commonwealth Games as she takes on Wong Mew Chew of Malaysia in the women’s final.On the eve of one of the most important matches of her life, Saina played down the pressure angle. “There’s pressure, no doubt about that. For this is going to be one of the biggest finals I have competed in.But I am prepared for it. Nothing less than a win is going to satisfy me,” Saina said after an extended practice session in the morning at the venue. Saina also seemed satisfied with her form in the championships.”I am happy with the way I am playing. There is a slight drift inside the hall but I am used to it now.” Chief coach Pullela Gopi Chand said this was going to be a test of Saina’s mental toughness.”I feel the time has come for her to come out and win this big one at home. I feel she is going to do it this time,” Gopi Chand said. Saina’s has beaten Wong four times this year and there’s no reason why she can’t do so on Thursday.advertisementHer most recent win came at the mixed team championships final in which the Indian won after losing the opener. But Saina did not attach much importance to that match. “I think there is no point in dwelling upon matches that are over.Each and every match is a new one. She is a very gritty player. I will have to play the waiting game against her,” she said.Kashyap bags bronzePeriapalli Kashyap won the men’s singles bronze defeating compatriot Chetan Anand 21-15, 21-18. The 24-year old Kashyap was clearly the better player as he dominated with his powerful smashes and brilliant net play.last_img read more

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John Hastings joins veterans in Aus World Cup squad

first_imgInjured batsman Mike Hussey and allrounder John Hastings will join veterans Ricky Ponting and paceman Brett Lee in the 15-man Australian cricket squad for the World Cup in February and March.Australia will be seeking a fourth World Cup title in the limited-overs tournament to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Victoria allrounder John Hastings (left). APChairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said the squad, which also included Steve Smith and Tim Paine, had found the right balance of youth and experience.”One of the major decisions to be made in this squad was ensuring the balance was right in the squad to provide the best cover for all positions in the event of injury, illness or form issues that may arise,” Hilditch said on Tuesday. “It includes the experience of Ponting, Michael Clarke and Lee, and also some young talent like Steve Smith.”Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin were all also part of the victorious 2007 ICC cricket World Cup squad that went unbeaten in the Caribbean, so there is plenty of character in this group of Australian cricketers.”Hilditch said Nathan Hauritz was the selectors’ preferred spin option because he has a strong record in India.”He will be an important part of our bid for this fourth World Cup,” Hilditch added.Hussey suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday night’s one-day victory by Australia over England but is expected to recover in time for the tournament.Ponting, who struggled with his form during the recent Ashes test series against England, maintained Australia was still the team to beat at the World Cup.advertisement”It’s quite clear we are the number one ranked team in the world,” he said. “… Our World Cup record speaks for itself and we have a really good balance of youth and experience in the squad to succeed in the tournament.”Australia squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.last_img read more

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Launch pad

first_imgFurniture fiestaInternational Furniture Brands is offering Delhi’s design buffs a line of contemporary furniture from Italian luxury label Fendi Casa. The collection happens to be an amalgamation of superb craftsmanship and fine materials. Take your pick from a range of iconic pieces such as the Polo Club and Fabio sofa, Canova dining table and chairs, Diamante bed, Bernini Deco table along with several other trendy home accessories, furnishings and lighting products.At: The Gallery, 13 MG Road, New Delhi. Tel: 011-26802319.A shiny cuppaAs part of its winter collection, Magppie has introduced an exquisite range of art-inspired tea cups, saucers and coffee mugs. Available in stainless steel and porcelain, the line comes in a variety of designs, shapes and styles. Take a look at the 15-piece Platinum tea set, priced at Rs 19,900. At: City Square Mall, Second Floor, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi. Tel: 09873918016.Greedy for 3DHigh-end decor specialist Casa Paradox has introduced a new range of spherical vases sporting designs with 3D effect. Made from wheat straw, they are available in three sizes and five beautiful colours. At: The Gallery, 13 MG Road, New Delhi. Tel: 011-26806441.The creative connectIndian home furnishings store Onset has collaborated with leading American label Robert Allen to provide a unique interior experience to its patrons. Inspired by art, history, nature and architecture, their offerings include table linen, curtains and upholstery. Besides, there are vases, glassware, and candles. At: E-24, South Extension-II. Tel: 011-41641600.Decor chicZolijns has come up with a neat assortment of home accessories by Diamantini & Domeniconi comprising state-ofthe-art wall clocks and geometrically conceptualised vases. Also on offer are wall art and lamps from international brands like Nomon, Progetti and The Polo Art. At: C-19 Nizamuddin West, New Delhi. Tel: 011-41458383.advertisementlast_img read more

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PM invites Zardari, Gilani to watch Indo-Pak match in Mohali

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani (left) and President Asif Ali Zardari to watch the World Cup semi-final at Mohali.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to invite the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to watch the India vs Pakistan World Cup match at Mohali with him marks yet another dogged attempt by him to push the India-Pakistan peace agenda.Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) confirmed that Singh wrote identical letters to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gilani.The text of the letters to the Pakistani leaders says: “I propose to be at Mohali to watch the World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan to be held on 30th March.There is huge excitement over the match and we are all looking forward to a great game of cricket, that will be a victory for sport. It gives me great pleasure to invite you to visit Mohali and join me and the millions of fans from our countries to watch the match.” Cricket has had a chequered role in the diplomatic history of the two countries, and has been used to facilitate dialogue and bring about bonhomie. But ever since the Mumbai attack of November 2008, India-Pakistan relations have been in a trough, despite Singh’s valiant attempts to revive them. This cast a shadow even on cricket ties. The two sides have had just two cricketing encounters since 26/ 11, both in ICC-sanctioned events. And India has not welcomed any Pakistani player in the IPL tournament for two years.advertisementSince it was not certain till Thursday night that there would be an India-Pakistan World Cup encounter at Mohali – that was known only after India beat Australia – the invitation to the Pakistani leaders has quite clearly not been thought through. Sources said that the invitation caught the ministry of external affairs unawares, emphasising the PMO’s control over India’s Pakistan policy. A senior official’s tart comment was ” What will be the impact of the decision will depend on how it plays out.” Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao confirmed the PM’s announcement through her twitter account.” PM Manmohan Singh has invited President Zardari and PM Gilani of Pak to witness World Cup semifinal btw India and Pak at Mohali, Mar 30,” Rao wrote. Gilani has responded positively to the invitation, though the big question remains: Will it yield the kind of dividends that some past cricketing meets between the political leaders of the two sides did? Conversations of top functionaries of the government, made public in candid WikiLeaks cables, show there are divisions in the government on the question of the dialogue with Pakistan. In one cable, US ambassador Timothy Roemer cited M. K. Narayanan as describing the PM as a ” great believer” in talks and negotiations with Islamabad. And of allegedly telling Singh in jest after he referred to India’s ” shared destiny” with Pakistan that, “You have a shared destiny, we don’t.” Experts are divided over the PM’s initiative in inviting Zardari and Gilani for the Mohali match.Ex- foreign secretary Salman Haider said: ” It’ll give momentum to talks. This shows that there is an intention to talk and take things forward. It speaks of India’s desire to take things forward.” However, former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan G. Parthasarathy is sceptical of the purpose of the invitation. ” Relationship should have substance than symbolism. This invitation is meaningless as decisions in Pakistan are taken by its army and not by Gilani,” Parthasarathy noted.Former deputy national security adviser all dialogue getting Why Expressing former said, dialogue seems 26/ Kashmir Mumbai who There Pakistan socalled Former adviser Satish Chandra said, ” I am all for dialogue. But is this dialogue going anywhere? Are we getting anywhere with this dialogue? Why this signal?” Expressing similar sentiments, former Army chief Gen V. P. Malik said, ” There was no need for the dialogue at this stage. Nothing seems to have improved since 26/ 11 – the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and inaction against Mumbai attackers. We all know who runs the show in Pakistan.” There are divisions on the Pakistan side too, between the socalled doves and the hawks. Former Pakistan diplomat Shahryar M. Khan said that with cricket emotions running high, this was the right time to create positive energy between the sides. His enthusiasm was not shared by a former minister Sheikh Rashid.Circumspect about the gains that could come from cricket diplomacy, he asked, “Where is the peace and friendship that such visits were supposed to create?” However, efforts have continued to be made to mend the relations.advertisementAt a bilateral meeting at Thimphu in February, Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir decided to revive the dialogue to discuss ” all issues”. They are expected to meet again in June before the meeting between the foreign ministers here in July. Next week, before the India- Pakistan match, the home secretaries of the two countries will meet in New Delhi and later, in April the commerce secretaries will hold talks.Softening its stand after it suspended the composite dialogue called had revive encouraged meeting Zardari Russia Singh Sheikh Then, Gilani sidelines Thimphu taken meetings secretaries the following 26/ 11 and vowed to resume it after the perpetrators were brought to book, the government last February announced that the countries had agreed to hold talks on all issues including counter- terrorism and Kashmir. In view of the domestic political sensitivities, the process will not be called a ‘composite dialogue’. After the Mumbai attack, there had been various attempts to revive the peace process, encouraged by the US. It began with a meeting between Singh and Zardari at Yekaterinburg in Russia in June 2009 and later between Singh and Gilani at Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt in July 2009.Then, in April 2010, Singh and Gilani met again, this time on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in Thimphu where the decision was taken to resume structured meetings between the foreign secretaries and the foreign ministers of the two sides.Cricket diplomacy hasn’t clicked in past- FEBRUARY 1987 Then Pakistan President General Zia- ul- Haq flew in to Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh stadium, inviting himself to watch a Test match between India and Pakistan- The visit came against the backdrop of escalating tension after the Indian Army conducted the Operation Brass Tacks manoeuvres close to the Pakistan border, and Pakistan mobilised its forces. However, the situation was defused- “Cricket for peace is my mission,” Zia had said after arriving at the Jaipur airport from Delhi, where he dined with late PM Rajiv Gandhi- The Indian team was led by Kapil Dev and the Pakistani side by Imran Khan. The Test resulted in a drawAPRIL 2005 Then Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf visited India to watch the last ODI in the Indo- Pak series at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.- This was his first trip after the fiasco of the Agra summit with then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001. Musharraf had a summit meeting with PM Manmohan Singh during the visit. His constant refrain was ” peace between India and Pakistan” and the requirement of ” soft borders “.- The Indian team was captained by Rahul Dravid and the Pakistani side by Inzamam-ul-Haq. Pakistan won the match and the series Both visits failed to have a lasting impact on bilateral tieslast_img read more

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Bajaj Pulsar 200NS takes on KTM Duke 200 and Honda CBR 150R

first_imgBajaj’s latest release, Pulsar 200NS goes up against the KTM’s Duke 200 and Honda’s CBR 150R to determine which motorcycle trumps the other two. Even though the three of them are worlds apart, they go head-to-head against each other as premium offerings on the Indian market, say reports.LooksThe Bajaj Pulsar 200NS has been given a bit of a different look than the earlier Bajaj Pulsar bikes. The bike features predator-like headlamps, broad fuel tank and high tail light. The bike has been given a sportier touch with the ‘triple-spark’ sticker on the engine.On the other hand, the Honda CBR 150R is way too slimmer and lighter than CBR 250R.The bike features telescopic forks in the front and a tube type monoshock at the rear. The bike features a Y-shaped headlight, layered fairing and contrasting tail section panel accompanied by a deep set tail lamp. It has a smaller exhaust and matte black alloy wheels.The handlebars of KTM Duke 200 have been tapered the same way as it has been done in Pulsars. Apart from the handlebars, the bike includes many Pulsar-inspired features, including cast alloy swing arms and blackened trellis frame too.The bike features upside down forks, unlike telescopic forks that are found in abundance in almost all bikes. Moreover, radiant and bright graphics make the look sportier.Performance and HandlingThe Bajaj Pulsar 200NS has a 199cc engine featuring SOHC liquid cooled cylinder and triple-spark technology for better combustion. The engine churns out maximum power of 23.1bhp and a peak torque of 18.3Nm.advertisementPulsar 200NS does a 0-60kmph sprint in 3.8 seconds.The 138kg Honda CBR 150R has an engine with an approximate displacement of 150cc. The bike features fuel-injected and liquid cooled engine.Honda CBR 250R makes peak power of 17.5bhp and the peak torque of 1.29kgm.The bike features upside down forks, unlike the usual telescopic forks. The bike has a tube type mono shock in the rear.KTM Duke 200 is powered by a 199.50cc DOHC 4 valve per cylinder engine. The motor of the bike develops peak power of 25bhp and maximum torque of 19Nm. It has a top speed of 136 kmph.VerdictThe Honda CBR 150R is certainly ideal for beginners and sports touring, but the pricing of the bike (Rs 1.17 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi) can certainly discourage many of the enthusiasts.Pulsar 200NS edges out the others in terms of styling and looks.The Bajaj KTM Duke 200 is certainly more powerful than both the two bikes. The Honda CBR 150R already lags in terms of its price tag.The Pulsar 200NS has a sub one lakh rupees price tag, while the Bajaj KTM Duke 200 has an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.18 lakh.KTM Duke 200 has an edge over the two as it justifies its price with its performance. Hence, it is the winner among the three.last_img read more

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CM Ajit Jogi finally manages to wrest Chhattisgarh Olympic Association president post

first_imgMATCH WON: Ajit Jogi gets his coveted postMost Indian politicians, for some reason or the other, want to head a sports body. Prominent among them are Suresh Kalmadi, V.K. Malhotra, Laloo Prasad Yadav and V.C. Shukla. Add to that list Ajit Jogi.After a long power struggle between his and Shukla’s,MATCH WON: Ajit Jogi gets his coveted postMost Indian politicians, for some reason or the other, want to head a sports body. Prominent among them are Suresh Kalmadi, V.K. Malhotra, Laloo Prasad Yadav and V.C. Shukla. Add to that list Ajit Jogi.After a long power struggle between his and Shukla’s group, the Chhattisgarh chief minister has finally managed to wrest the post of president of the Chhattisgarh Olympic Association (COA). This also makes him a voting member of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).Some time last year Jogi decided he wanted to represent the new state in the IOA. Most sports bodies in the state were either in their nascent stages or not yet formed. Shukla, a former president of the IOA, meanwhile installed his protege, former Raipur mayor Balbir Juneja.The battle between Jogi and Shukla began over the chief minister’s chair. It stretched to the COA. With the first strike Shukla kept Jogi at bay and his friend Kalmadi, president of the IOA, helped matters along by not recognising Jogi’s Olympics body formed with the backing of 17 state sports associations.The matter went to court with both parties petitioning the Delhi High Court and the stalemate continued. Till Jogi’s only son, Amit, entered the fray on his father’s behalf.Using his surprisingly persuasive skills Jogi Jr managed to do what his father had been unable to do in six months – he got his father the coveted post.The primary objective achieved, it would not be long before Jogi starts gunning for Kalmadi’s job. And if Kalmadi knows better then he should be wary of the son and not the father.advertisementlast_img read more

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Finshing first in the (digital) Olympics race

first_imgHow go the Olympics? If you’ve ever felt stumped at your lack of knowledge about what’s going on at the quadrennial sporting extravaganza in London, help is at hand.Search giant Google has dedicated an entire page to the Olympics, featuring up-to-date results and a live medals tally. It also features trivia about the Games.The Google+ page, meanwhile, allows users to access lots of information about London Olympics 2012. The page features pictures from the ongoing sports coupled with interesting asides. The page also runs regular quizzes that test the Olympics knowledge of its 8,79,260 followers (and counting).For those who’ve missed the flight to London, you also get a live feed of all the proceedings at the Games, via streaming on YouTube. To round out the whole experience, you can take a gander at the sights of London and the Games venues in the form of 3D Maps and through Google Earth.Thanks to the page, I’ve been able to score a few brownie points among my friends by giving them the latest dope on the Olympics. These true-blue sporting fanatics have been left speechless at my “enormous and updated knowledge” about the Games.But they’re friends and so I decided to let them partake of some Games excitement when they take some time off from their high-paying drab and dreary 9-to-5 jobs.’How about a Gaming Olympiad?’ I asked my buddies.’We’ve heard of Maths and Science Olympiads – remember those fierce contests back in school?’ They reminded me. Uh-oh, I need to break it down.’Guys, it’s the Zapak Gaming Olympiad – an online destination featuring live updates from London 2012 and a chance to participate in virtual Olympicstyled events.’ The website offers a bunch of games including, Field Hockey, which is about building one’s own team with 5 players, make goals for them, and play; Hurdles Run, where one needs to reach the finish line fastest without tripping; King of the Ring, for all the Wannabe Vijenders and Mary Koms; and Table Tennis Pro, where all actual rules and points of the game apply.The gaming zone, available on the web as well as well as on WAP for mobiles, features a leaderboard highlighting the top performers in each game. And up for grabs in each category is a motorbike for the one who tops the leaderboard. By the way, this website also provides updates on the Games.Google has also come up with an interesting statistic about the ‘Olympics’ keyword search. The digital giant’s insights for search, an analytical tool which allows users/brands to discover search trends, found that Assam searched the highest for ‘Olympics’ so far this year, followed by Pondicherry, Kerala and Orissa.And out of the top 10 places that searched for Olympics the most, a majority of them are non-metros.The Olympic fever, it seems, has permeated to the distant nooks and crannies of the country.Even if you don’t have Internet connectivity in these remote places, you still have a humble cellphone trawling the World Wide Web – and, more likely than not, you’re looking up the Olympics.RE-BOOTiPod dockQ. I’m a light sleeper and want to fall asleep listening to my iPod. But I don’t want to put on headphones.What would be a good iPod dock? Charu Sharma (via email)A. Most of us don’t get enough sleep these days and falling asleep to the strains of music should help.Q. While there are many good docks from firms such as Logitech and JBL, the GEAR4 Renew SleepClock not only serves as a dock, but also tracks and manages your sleep – without any contacts. Based on your sleep patterns, the device wakes you up only after you’ve had proper rest.A. La Mode Via iPhoneThe fashion week may be getting over today but there’s no reason to not celebrate sartorial elegance. ‘My Fashion Assistant for iOS’ is a must have for any fashionista. Also check out the free apps ‘Snapette Style Tag’ and ‘Style Me’ on the App Store.’Bheem’ in your handsIf your child loves Chhota Bheem – the animation sensation that has kids entranced – this is a must have. POGO and Jump Games have launched Chhota Bheem: Mice Mayhem for Java and BlackBerry, where Bheem has to save laddoos from rats. Check it out.Cooking up some appsVikas KhannaWhat does a celebrity chef have to do with technology? Plenty; Vikas Khanna (in pic ), famous for feeding Barack Obama authentic Indian food at his Junoon restaurant in New York, confessed recently that he is no geek, but an Amritsar boy who loves to stay in touch with his roots.Helping him do this are various apps which Nokia showcased for their range of Lumia phones, running Windows Phone 7.5. The apps were divided into four groups, each with a unique feature, while guests were plied with another kind of apps – appetisers – with wine.Hitting the bull’s-eyeEver wondered what Olympic shooters use to look closely at the shots they’ve taken? Those long lenses are called fieldscopes, which could also come in handy for birdwatchers (of both varieties). Nikon has launched fieldscopes with VR (vibration reduction) lenses in India along with its range of sports optics such as binoculars and laser rangefinders. While the magnification offered by the high end binoculars will gladden the hearts of ornithologists, the entry-level ones are just right for any leisure trip.Olympian productsVijay KumarOlympic medal-winners like Vijay Kumar (in pic ) are set to be honoured, and receive royalties, from Milagrow Human-Tech, makers of specialised tablets and domestic robots, who are making special edition products in their names. “We decided on launching the special edition products before the tournament started… We are not looking for any endorsement but honouring them so that they inspire a billion,” said Rajeev Karwal, Milagrow founder and CEO.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Formula One: Sebastian Vettel claims the Japanese GP, closes in on Alonso’s lead

first_imgSebastian Vettel put in a dominating performance in his Red Bull to win the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on Saturday and close in on Ferrari’s championship leader Fernando Alonso.The German led from the front to cross the chequered flag ahead of Felipe Massa in the Ferrari and local hero Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber.The retirement of Alonso (194 points) on the first lap due to a puncture after a rear-end shove from Kimi Raikkonen helped Vettel close the gap to just four points in the drivers’ standings, with five races remaining.”When you are dreaming at night, you dream one day about racing a car like that,” said a jubilant Vettel. “The balance was so good and that’s why there was a gap behind,” he added, in reference to his 20-second winning cushion.It was Vettel’s third win of the season after Bahrain and Singapore.For Massa it was a first podium finish since South Korea 2010. The achievement may have persuaded Ferrari bosses to stick with the Brazilian for next season.Also in the championship hunt along with Alonso and Vettel are Raikkonen (157 points), who finished sixth to stay within 33 points of the leader, and Lewis Hamilton (152), whose fifth place kept him in contention a further five points back.The F1 trail hits South Korea next week, before arriving in India, Abu Dhabi, the United States and finishing in Brazil November 25.Results:1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)2. Felipe Massa (Ferrari)3. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)4. Jenson Button (McLaren)5. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)6. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)7. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)8. Pastor Maldonado (Williams)9. Mark Webber (Red Bull)10. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)11. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes)12. Paul di Resta (Force India)13. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)14. Bruno Senna (Williams)15. Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham)16. Timo Glock (Marussia)17. Vitaly Petrov (Caterham)18. Pedro de la Rosa (HRT)19. Romain Grosjean (Lotus)Charles Pic (Marussia) Retired, lap 37Narain Karthikeyan (HRT) Retired, lap 32Sergio Perez (Sauber) Retired, lap 18Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) Retired, lap 1Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Retired, lap 1advertisementlast_img read more

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The big bang Cabinet reshuffle: Ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls, UPA II goes for an overhaul

first_imgThe big bang reshuffle by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, billed as the biggest ever in the past two decades, takes place on Sunday (today) morning. It could well be the last shuffle of the Union council of ministers before the next Lok Sabha polls in 2014.After the recent changes in key portfolios of finance, home and power in the wake of Pranab Mukherjee’s elevation as the President, the exercise on Sunday will see new faces in external affairs, information and broadcasting, power, railways, tourism, petroleum, parliamentary affairs, HRD and a few more. This is the biggest single shake-up witnessed in the eight years that the UPA has ruled the country.According to Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony, the ceremony to swear in the new ministers will take place at 11.30 am on Sunday. Though contours of the reshuffle became visible late on Saturday evening after a few meetings between the Congress brass and the PM, and between Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul, a clear picture was expected late on Saturday after a one-on-one meeting between Sonia and the PM to resolve some outstanding issues.Among those expected to be promoted are urban development minister Kamal Nath, who will be given the additional charge of parliamentary affairs and sports minister Ajay Maken, who is expected to move to housing and poverty alleviation. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Manish Tewari, Sachin Pilot and Pallam Raju are expected to get big portfolios. The first three will become MoS with independent charge while Raju will be a full cabinet minister. Veerappa Moily, Salman Khurshid, Dinsha Patel, Harish Rawat, Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar are expected to be rewarded with important and powerful portfolios.External affairs minister S. M. Krishna , information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni, social justice minister Mukul Wasnik, tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahai, minister of state for minority affairs Vincent Pala, Mahadeo Khandela (MoS) shipping -all from the Congress and Agatha Sangma, MoS rural development from the NCP, resigned on the eve of the revamp of the council of ministers. Former Rajya Sabha deputy chairman K. Rahman Khan (who is from Karnataka) is expected to get minority affairs currently held by Salman Khurshid. Fellow Kannadiga and MoS railways K. H. Muniyappa, a Dalit face of the party, may be elevated to the cabinet rank in the social justice department. The state is bracing for polls next year.Another Dalit MP from Kerala, Kodikunnil Suresh (50) is being inducted as MoS in the railway ministry.The 49-year-old K. C. Venugopal (MoS in power ministry), also from Kerala, may get elevated as MoS Independent, while MoS home Mullapally Ramachandran may be dropped. Youth leaders Meenakshi Natrajan and Mausam Noor, sources said, declined to become ministers preferring to work for the party. The rejig has taken special care of Andhra Pradesh which is in turmoil over the demand for a separate Telangana state and the threat posed to the Congress in the wake of Jaganmohan Reddy’s rebellion. The Congress, which has 33 of the 42 Lok Sabha MPs from the state is struggling to retain its vote base.Surya Prakash Reddy and Porika Balram Naik belong to the Telangana region while Kruparani Killi and Chiranjeevi are from Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra. Daggubati Purandeswari, who is likely to be MoS for commerce, also belongs to the Andhra region.Apart from Purandeswari, who is the daughter of late NTR, Andhra Pradesh already has four other ministers -Jaipal Reddy, Kishore Chandra Deo, Pallam Raju and Panabaka Lakshmi.However, the Andhra package triggered a revolt with K. S. Rao, an MP from Eluru, shooting off a letter to Sonia and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, resigning from his parliamentary seat in protest against his non-inclusion in the council of ministers. The five-term MP feels he has been overlooked while greenhorns are being inducted. While the DMK has decided not to reclaim its portfolios, the NCP has dropped MoS rural development Agatha Sangma, and senior party leader Tariq Anwar will replace her.advertisementlast_img read more

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