LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES The four-time NBA MVP reacted to a video posted by Twitter user @tony_hartmann, who instead of burning Irving’s jersey—like what other fans had done in the past when players jump ship—left a note thanking the four-time NBA All-star for his years with the Cavaliers.“That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode #Filayy,” James said in the tweet.Kyrie Irving #2 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after a play in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPContrary to the past few weeks since the news broke that Irving wanted out of Cleveland, James and Irving’s partnership didn’t seem in disarray on the surface in the three years since James returned to his hometown.Together, they steered the Cavaliers to three straight finals appearances–all against the Golden State Warriors—and helped the city of Cleveland put an end to more than five decades of championship drought in major league sports.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Last 3 Filipino boxers standing vow all-out finals stand SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension But after the loss to the Warriors last July in the finals, Irving reportedly wanted to play out of James’ shadow and requested for a trade. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode #Filayy https://t.co/wKYmYsmdgG— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 23, 2017It may have seemed from reports that their relationship was in turmoil but Cleveland Cavaliers’ star LeBron James said he has “nothing but respect” for former teammate Kyrie Irving, who had just been shipped to the Boston Celtics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames finally spoke about Irving directly shorty after the star guard got his wish to be traded and was sent to the Cavaliers’ Eastern conference rival Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a 2018 first round pick.ADVERTISEMENT READ: On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace PLAY LIST 01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:37Protesters 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 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Victolero, Star still positive despite another frustrating loss 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 World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “We have been in negotiations for a while,” White told American sports broadcaster ESPN.“The negotiations went smooth. Floyd Mayweather surrounds himself with smart people and we got the deal done.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhite said two would fight as boxers and it will take place at the T-Mobile Arena.The boxing format heavily favors the undefeated Mayweather who many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor, 28, will be entering unknown territory as he has not stepped into a boxing ring since he was a teenager.White said they would wear 10 ounce boxing gloves and added that his MMA client McGregor is confident of victory.“He is absolutely, 100 percent positive he will win this fight. When two men step into the ring anything can happen,” White said. CBBADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Conor McGregor teases fans as he posts a photoshopped poster of him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on his Twitter account. Photo from Conor McGregor’s Twitter account a tweet stating “THE FIGHT IS ON.” He also included photos of the two combatants.Promoter Dana White said the key to the fight was getting 40-year-old Mayweather to come out of retirement.ADVERTISEMENT
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Conor McGregor knows how to troll in style.The Irish UFC star came to the kickoff press conference for his fight against Floyd Mayweather wearing a custom-made suit lined with profanity.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 starsWhat looked like the usual pinstripes in McGregor’s suit were actually the words”F*** YOU” making up the thin lines.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gilas out to win Jones Cup El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Jul 11, 2017 at 9:03pm PDT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Known as the most notorious trash talkers in their respective sports, Mayweather and McGregor didn’t disappoint fans who were anticipating fireworks as they traded verbal jabs throughout the presser.“I’m going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my words,” said the cocky McGregor, who was more than willing to throw insults at Mayweather.The undefeated American boxer, meanwhile, also did not hold back.“You line ’em up, I knock ‘em down like bowling pins. I’m going to knock this bitch out,” said Mayweather, retired in boxing with a 49-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Closer look at McGregor’s suit. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)It was just one of McGregor’s antics during the presser to launch the world promotional tour for their August 26 boxing bout. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong
NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “We just really wanted to win,” said Perpetual Help coach Jimwell Gican in Filipino.GJ Ylagab added a near double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds while Gab Dagangon chipped in 10 points and six rebounds for the Altas.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 starsEze anchored Perpetual Help’s defense, which limited Arellano’s shooting to just 29 percent, including 5-of-26 from deep.The Altas, meanwhile, shot a decent 43 percent from the field. Kent Salado paced the Chiefs, who suffered their fourth consecutive defeat and fell to 2-5, in scoring with 14 points but needed 14 shots. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LOOK: James Harden flaunts ripped physique ahead of new season Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPrince Eze dominated anew and University of Perpetual Help downed struggling Arellano University, 68-59, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Eze was a man among boys as he finished with 23 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks to power the Altas to their third win in seven outings.ADVERTISEMENT
In the recent controversy surrounding the dope taint on 12 leading Indian athletes, the role of the various national sports federations (NSFs) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in turning a blind eye to the drugs menace has gone unnoticed.It is they who have been found wanting when it came to educating athletes about the banned substances listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), a list that is updated every year. Forget educating them, the sports federations did not even bother to conduct random doping tests – the basic requisite of any national sports body when it comes to controlling the problem.Take the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). At no point did the WFI educate its wrestlers on the basics of doping. Kripa Shankar, a leading wrestler said, ” Not once in the last eight months has any of us been even briefed about the basics of doping. We don’t even know what substances we have to avoid to remain clean.”The wrestler said none of the Indian wrestlers has been subjected to random dope testing in the last eight months. “The WFI did not tell the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) to conduct random tests, even when the Commonwealth Games were less than two months away.” Shockingly, the wrestler claimed, “Certain coaches encourage doping.” He said he cannot back his claims with solid evidence, but “there have been instances when coaches have helped their wards by telling them to do so.”WFI secretary general Kartar Singh denied that the body had not regularly instructed the wrestlers about doping. He said that SAI doctors “have held talks about doping in all our camps”.advertisementHe put the blame squarely on the wrestlers saying that it is they who have an obligation to stay educated on drugs abuse. “It is the wrestlers’ responsibility to keep abreast of the latest developments in doping.”The Swimming Federation of India (SFI), too, blamed its sportspersons alone for testing positive for methylhexanamine (the same stimulant for which the wrestlers were caught). SFI secretary general Virendra Nanavati said the athletes were just too ignorant. “It is the duty of the swimmer to ensure that the drug he or she is taking is not in the list of WADA’s banned substances.”That, however, is not a worldwide norm. In every other country, it is the respective sporting federation that is responsible for educating the athletes and coaches about doping. What is more surprising is that NDTL is a WADA-accredited lab and is comparable to the best antidoping labs in the world. But the national sports federations reportedly never accessed the labs to test their athletes.A top SAI official admitted to Mail Today that India’s nodal sports body does not have enough doctors to educate athletes and coaches on doping. “We just do not have the manpower or requisite expertise to educate our athletes on doping,” he said. “We have sports medicine experts who specialise in injuries and physiotherapy to help the athlete cope and recover. Moreover, three top doctors have left SAI for other assignments, and there is no plan to recruit more. Naturally, dope education does not become priority.”In contrast, China began an antidoping regimen eight years before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. As a result, not a single Chinese athlete was caught in anti-doping tests. Meanwhile, in India, the sports federations say that athletes are lying about random tests being not conducted. “Sheer nonsense,” said WFI’s Kartar Singh when he heard Kripa Shankar’s claim that no dope test was carried out in the last eight months. “We have been conducting random tests on our wrestlers once in every four months,” he added.Meanwhile, the SFI has not had any awareness programme for its swimmers and it merely hands over a list of banned substances in the name of education. Nanavati said: “The federation provides a list of banned items to all the athletes. We are not scientists or doctors to keep a check on what each and every swimmer is taking,” he said.Nanavati said the offending swimmers should have clarified the medication they were taking at the time of tests. “Thirty-nine samples were collected at the senior nationals at Jaipur. Only three tested positive.So, the blame should rest on the swimmers as the majority did not test positive.” Commonwealth Games Organising Committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot said neither SAI nor the federations should be held responsible for the national doping shame.”SAI or any other federation cannot stay with the athletes 24 hours of the day. It is difficult to monitor what these athletes eat. It would be unfair to blame anyone other than the athletes themselves,” Bhanot said.advertisementThe Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF), one of the worst affected when it comes to doping (it had to pay a $ 500,000 fine to the world body to escape a ban after several weightlifters were caught doping) seems to have learned its lessons.Sydney Olympic bronze medalist Karnam Malleswari, currently an IWF vice-president, said that the body had conducted lectures on doping during the senior nationals in Udaipur in February. “We organised lectures every day by anti-doping experts and doctors,” she said. “We had no option.”
India’s top seed Somdev Devvarman breezed into the men’s singles quarterfinals with a thumping 6-0 6-1 win over unseeded Sri Lankan Amresh Jayawickreme in the second round of the tennis competition of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.It was not more than a stroll in the park for Somdev as he mowed down the unranked Jayawickreme in just 41 minutes.Somdev DevvarmanThe Lankan hardly posed a challenge to Somdev and surrendered without any fight. He lost points even when he was in advantageous position in few of the games.He was up 40-0 in the first game but could not pocket it, committing far too many unforced errors, to hand Somdev a break.The India wrapped up the opening set in just 20 minutes.The Sri Lankan, however, managed to hold on to his serve in the first game of the second set to prevent a whitewash.–with PTI inputs
Just before the start, the thought was: at last, the ball will roll. Germany, the host, and Costa Rica, the central American country drawn out of luck, will put flesh and blood and humanity onto the pitch and onto the screens of a global audience which we are told will,Just before the start, the thought was: at last, the ball will roll. Germany, the host, and Costa Rica, the central American country drawn out of luck, will put flesh and blood and humanity onto the pitch and onto the screens of a global audience which we are told will exceed a billion people for this match alone. Do not expect a classic. Do not think that Germany’s players, afraid of their own shadows under the burden of expectancy, or Costa Rica who rely on the enigmatic, erratic Paolo Wanchope for goals, will provide a contest as riveting as the Antigua Test.When a host nation of 82 million plays a visiting country of four million, you expect some imbalance. But World Cup openers are fraught with nerves. There have been shocks, such as Cameroon beating Argentina in 1990 and Senegal beating France in 2002, but fear of failure generally rules.Even so, the relief should be something you can taste, like the spice in food. Unless age deceives me, there has never been a build-up as long or as intrusive as this, never more politicking, more pompous over-statement, more marketing, more analysts climbing aboard the bandwagon.There will be a brief but poignant opening ceremony involving 160 for-mer World Cup winners-aging legends playing a walk on role that -reminds today’s players what went before. Sepp Blatter, the president of football’s world governing body FIFA, and Kofi Annan, the United Nations general secretary, will jointly call for us all “to harness the magic of football to make the world a better place of peace and harmony.” The sport, I agree, can cross every boundary known to man. But don’t preach before the ball is kicked. Don’t trot out the phrases while the fighter planes patrol the skies and the police mass around the grounds. Don’t pretend that the World Cup is the greatest show on earth and the purest.advertisementFootball is the epicentre of global spending on sport that will gross $34 billion this year alone. India may be off the World Cup map, in terms of participation, but be assured that FIFA and its marketing partners are counting on you to fulfil the 100-million viewing figure forecast by R.V. Venkateish, whose TV outlet ESPN Star Sports is one of the 213 around our planet.On The BallBehind every game, beyond all statistics, are remarkable numbers. Keep them in mind on match days. In 1976, a British university calculated the distance covered by footballers in a match, concluding that midfielders worked the hardest. The 1970s midfielder covered 9.8 km in a match; followed by strikers (8.4 km), full backs (8.2 km) and central defenders (7.8 km).Today, these distances are estimated to have gone up by 30 per cent. The World Cup midfielder would run on an average 12.7 km during a game, the strikers 10.9 km, the full back 10.6 km and the centre back 10.1 km.Only two per cent of the distance players run in a match involves contact with the ball. Players rest on an average for three seconds every two minutes.The vital statistics of the perfect free kick, as sometimes produced by England’s David Beckham (right) when struck accurately: the boot makes contact with the ball for 15 milliseconds, the ball moves at a speed of 60-70mph, with between 5-10 revolutions per second. It takes 900 milliseconds (nine tenths of a second) to go from boot to net.The first that the goalkeeper sees of the ball is as it pops up above the head of his team’s defensive “wall” after 400 milliseconds. It takes 200 milliseconds for his brain to process the information and he is left with 300 milliseconds in which to move and stop the ball.If the goalkeeper does get to catch the ball, his hands recoil six inches and the ball transfers 160 pounds of force-approximately equal to his own weight. The World Cup crosses all cultures, all time zones. But now that we have movement, now that the game should become the thing, it is what it means to Germany that is the centre of attention. The opening match is in Munich, in a stadium built purposely to help us forget the 1972 Munich Olympics where the Black September terrorists had used the stage to kill 11 Israeli athletes.Personally, my eye will be drawn to the Brazilians, because they put style and feeling and movement into the game. They win, too. So do the Germans in not quite the same hypnotic style. This is not a great time for Germany on the pitch, their team lacks the charisma of a Franz Beckenbauer, though he is here. Kaiser Franz completes a unique journey in his sport, having listened to the World Cup of 1954 on radio when he was nine and West Germany won the event for the first time. “My mother sewed the No.10 onto the back of my shirt,” Beckenbauer recalls, “so I could play in the street and call myself Fritz Walter.”advertisementWalter was the captain of that 1954 team which created the “Miracle of Berne” by beating the hot favourites, Hungary. Beckenbauer was the captain the next time West Germany won the World Cup, in Munich in 1974. He was coach for the third German triumph in Rome in 1990. Today he is president of the organising committee. “I have had a wonderful life,” he enthuses, “only through football.”Over the last six months, Herr Beckenbauer travelled the world thrice over, extending personal invitations to the 31 nations coming to his tournament. A genuine football man, from his old boots to the snow white of his hair, he had the same message as he touched down in Angola, Iraq, Iran, and all the football capitals from Latin America to Europe: “A Time to Make Friends”.We joked, Franz and I, that Germany would rather be friendly winners than losers over the month of June into July 9. But there are several meanings written into that slogan.A time for Germany, united east and west, to heal its rifts. A time when Germany is trying to build a new, modern infrastructure and to show it off to the world watching in for the World Cup. You think I read too much into a sporting occasion?Maybe, from a player’s perspective I do. Wayne Rooney isn’t concerned about anything but his tiny metatarsal bone in his right foot. Ronaldo frets over blisters. Cafu, the Brazil right back who even surpassed Pele by playing in three World Cup finals, is hoping for a fourth. And Russell Latapy, the oldest outfield player in this tournament, has a very sporting, quite simple outlook on life. He was asked the other day to name his heroes: “Brian Lara is top man,” he said, “after him Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Pele and Diego Maradona.” Who is Latapy? He is a Caribbean, and at the age of 37 has reached his first World Cup, with Trinidad and Tobago. Catch him on your screen if you can, he may not play the full 90 minutes, but when he does he decorates the field with imagination and the sheer joy of being involved in this company.If it’s joy we want, if it’s the true essence of the World Cup in Germany, I suggest we wander into the streets of Berlin. There, in the city that once was split between communism and capitalism, and had a wall that was there at pain of death to keep Easterners from defecting, is going to be a mammoth coming together of people. The mayor of Berlin has arranged “the biggest viewing platform in Germany” every night of the event.advertisementSo the opening match is in Munich? No problem, come to the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of old Berlin, and you can watch it free of charge, in the open air on a gigantic screen. There could be 70,000 to 1,00,000 people around you. If not there, then in the Tiergarten, Berlin’s biggest open park, or down the boulevard to the Siegessaeule, the Victory Column, yet more 60-metre wide screens, and more people sharing the atmosphere transmitted through the summer night air.This, I believe, will be where Germany really opens up to the world. And this, I am also convinced, is what football above all things can generate. In South Korea at the last World Cup, the towns and cities were transformed to great seas of red, with people in their football shirts resembling millions of poppies in fields. Those people discovered the power of football, and injected into it a sense of pride that had their players running so hard they became the first Asian country to reach a World Cup semi-final.Germans, with three triumphs (to Brazil’s five), hardly need this power of the people, this sense of new identity, to propel them on. But though Italy and Argentina remain strong contenders, and England and France believe they can win it, do not be surprised if, in spite of everything the Germans fear, the final features Germany vs Brazil.It will be staged in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, once dear to Adolf Hitler and now, after a renovation that cost $370 million, a monument to the changing host nation for the World Cup 2006.
The sports ministry made a last ditch effort on Thursday to resolve the longstanding power struggle between Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and has summoned the two warring factions to form a unified body.Sports minister Ajay Maken will meet the chiefs of HI and IHF on Saturday. PTIThe ministry has prepared a proposal and sports minister Ajay Maken has called the presidents of HI and IHF for a meeting on Saturday. The minister, however, made it clear that the government was ready to take stern action if any of the two bodies refuses to cooperate.”I cannot share the complete details of the proposal but in a nut shell, the proposal is for a unified body which will have equal representatives from both HI and IHF,” said Maken.”If they (HI and IHF) do not agree with what has been proposed, we will take a firm step and inform the court about it,” he asserted.RK Shetty, the president of IHF, confirmed that he has received the notice from the government and welcomed the move.”It’s a good initiative and we would surely look at it. We are ready for a constructive meeting if it is good for Indian hockey and we appreciate the development,” Shetty told MAIL TODAY from Bangalore.The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has time and again said that it recognises HI as the only body allowed to run the sport in the country. The IHF, which was disbanded by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in 2008, came back into reckoning after a court order.advertisement”We have good people on both the sides and I am sure if we sit together, we will come to a conclusion,” said the minister.Although the ministry has asked for a meeting with the presidents of the two bodies, Mariyamma Koshy, who heads the HI, is down with fever in Kochi and it is likely that the secretary general Narinder Batra may come for the discussion.Maken also revealed that he held a meeting with former IHF chief KPS Gill and HI officials last month but the issue could not be sorted out.The raging issue of a foreign coach for the Indian men’s team has gained momentum after the national team’s disastrous performance at the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament, where it finished sixth out of seven teams.”Hockey India insisted on Harendra’s (Singh) name so we had no choice. If the federation and players demand a foreign coach, we are ready for it even if it means a higher salary for the coach,” Maken added.
The 14 Somalians apprehended off the coast of Unna taluka in Junagadh district along with three Yemeni citizens, earlier this week, were pirates, police authorities said on Wednesday.”It is now certain that the 14 Somalians apprehended from sea near Nandan village of Unna taluka were in-fact pirates,” said Junagadh Superintendent of Police, Dipankar Trivedi, following their interrogation by the joint interrogation committee (JIC).”We are in the process of filing an FIR against them for entering Indian territory without valid documents, for trespassing and under various other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” he told PTI.”Since the hijacking of the Yemen boat and kidnapping of its citizens happened in high sea, we have no jurisdiction with regard to that incident,” Trivedi said, when asked if the alleged pirates would be charged for kidnapping the Yemeni citizens.The seventeen men were apprehended off the coast near Nandan village in Unna on Sunday. Fourteen of them are from Somalia and three from Yemen.According to the three Yemeni nationals, the boat belonged to them. While they were on a fishing trip, the Somalians hijacked the boat, kidnapped them, and took them to an island near Somalia where they were kept for over 15 days.- With PTI inputsFor more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on Saturday raided the Sports Authority of India facility in Bhopal.The NADA team searched the rooms and toilets used by athletes and coaches in the facility.This is the third raid conducted by NADA ever since Indian athletes have tested positive for banned drugs. Last week, raids were conducted in Patiala and Bangalore.The NADA action comes following the Union sports ministry’s strict stand against doping scandal in Indian athletics.Eight track and field athletes had tested positive for anabolic steroids recently following which Sports Minister Ajay Maken ordered an inquiry by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal.
The 3-series is one of the mainstream cars that appeals to the heart and yet is high on practicality as well.When the previous generation of the 3-series entered India in 2007, it created a benchmark for its ride, handling and of course speed.Fast forward to 2012. The new 3-series is here and it is bigger, better and faster than before. BMW has worked hard on this model, code named F30 to make the car suitable even for the chauffeur driven market.Yet it was important to keep the family look intact, so you see a more stretched kidney grille, the famous identification mark of a BMW, along with stretched headlights with their trademark ‘angel eye’ halo look. The bonnet is muscular and hints at what is lying underneath, even as bold lines from the front to the rear hint at sportiness. The rear also has new lights that look like the 5-series.Both front seats are powered, with the driver’s seat boasting of memory settings.BMW has introduced two trim levels in the new car. There is now the ‘Sport Line’ for those who work out at the gym and the ‘Luxury Line’ for corporate fat cats. There is no difference in engine or transmission; the main variation lies in the type of equipment.The good news is that with an increase in overall length by 93mm and in the wheelbase by 50mm, people seated at the back enjoy additional leg room. The front seats are also somewhat contoured from the rear, freeing up an additional 14 mm of knee room. The changed roof line adds 8 mm of extra headroom while maintaining the car’s coupe-like profile. Even space for luggage has gone up to 480 litres, so the great Indian dream of travelling fully loaded can be realised.advertisementInside, the 3-series is typically what you’d expect from a BMW. It is loaded with gadgets of every perceivable order, but what impresses us the most is what is called the ‘Heads Up’ Display (HUD). Available exclusively on the Sport Line, the HUD projects current speed and other vital data onto the windscreen so that you do not need to take your eyes off the road to glance at the instruments. BMW is now offering navigation as well in the 3-series and this is also part of the HUD.This is the first time that HUD is being made available in this class of vehicles in India. Another good feature is the back-up camera that lets you see your vehicle’s posteriors while parking. The Sport Line also features paddle shifters behind the steering wheel so you can play Michael Schumacher when you hit the Buddh International Circuit.Both front seats are now powered, with the driver’s seat boasting of memory settings for up to two people at the wheel. BMW’s patented iDrive system keeps getting better with every generation and now you can actually figure out how it works, provided you had PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) as your core subjects in Class XII.Like most BMWs, this one has an awesome sound system, and it comes with a built-in 12GB hard disk to store your music, as well as for the navigation maps. Bluetooth is standard across the range, and you even have what BMW now calls BMW Apps – these provide you with a whole new set of driving utilities. You can also connect your smartphone through the system to play Honey Singh. Of course, a USB port for your pen drives and a six-CD changer is part of the package.Now that we have waxed eloquent on the features, let us answer the big question. How is the car to drive? The venerable 2.0-litre diesel, which puts out 184 horses and 380Nm of torque, propels you to 100kmph in barely seven seconds. With a light body made from exotic material and a slick eight-speed box, the 320d feels fantastic. It may not be as refined as its competitors, clattering a little at idle and getting raucous towards its red line, but there is no denying that it is the most capable engine in its league.If however you are a die-hard petrol head, then the twin-turbo 328i is for you. Featuring a 2.0-litre engine, this beauty has the go to match its show – find a decent stretch of road and this baby goes ballistic, touching 100kmph from zero in 6.1 seconds – this was the kind of time supercars in the 1980s would boast of.The new 3-series has taken the benchmark one notch higher in the entry-level luxury segment. It is indeed the new class leader and this is the right time to get one if you are looking at making the style statement of the season.advertisementHow the competition stacks upAUDI A4 – Rs 27 lakh*The Germans are fighting it out at the top of the luxury segment in India, and how. The rejuvenated A4 is aggressive, priced well and has tons of equipment in it. It is also a very sharp-looking car with its signature LED headlamp surrounds and dazzling rear tail lights. Inside, the A4 oozes luxury, and has the best touch and feel in its segment. The A4 is a good performer and its ride quality matches up to expectations, though it cannot keep up with the BMW’s dynamic performance parameters in the departments of speed and handling. It’s somewhat softer; Audi clearly is trying to cater to the chauffeur-driven market.BENZ-C CLASS – Rs 26 lakh*The C-Class has just entered the fray in a brand new avatar that makes the car look quite edgy and is more in sync with the demands of the younger buyers. Mercedes has always been thought of as a brand for old fogeys but it is working hard to make its vehicles more appealing to all sections of affluent car consumers; by the looks of the new C-Class, Mercedes has succeeded as well! The interiors are wellappointed, the equipment level is generous and Mercedes has added the firebreathing C63 AMG to the range so that its sporty intentions don’t go unnoticed. The C-Class truly is the answer to the dreams of all those who wish to possess.* Starting price, ex-showroom Delhi
Usain Bolt won Olympic gold in the men’s 100 metres on Sunday, screaming to the line in an Olympic record of 9.63 seconds.The Jamaican collected his fourth career Olympic gold ahead of world champion teammate Yohan Blake, who clocked 9.75 for silver, with 2004 champion Justin Gatlin taking the bronze in 9.79 seconds.”I knew it was going to be like this,” Bolt said with typical self-assuredness.Bolt’s world record of 9.58 seconds, posted in 2009, remained intact, but it was still the second-fastest 100 metres time of all time.The 25-year-old got off to a customary poor start, but switched gear at 50 metres to storm past Gatlin and Blake and across the line.”I was slightly worried about my start, I slipped a little in the blocks. I don’t have the best reactions, but I secured it and that’s the key,” said Bolt.”My coach told me to stop worrying about the start and concentrate on the end because that’s my best.”Bolt adds the title to the 100 metres, the 200 metres, and the 4×100 metres relay gold medals that he won in Beijing.The 2007 world champion Tyson Gay came fourth with 9.80. Result 1 Jamaica BOLT Usain (9.63) OR2 Jamaica BLAKE Yohan (9.75)3 US GATLIN Justin (9.79)4 US GAY Tyson (9.80)5 US BAILEY Ryan (9.88)6 Netherlands MARTINA Churandy (9.94)7 Trinidad and Tobago THOMPSON Richard (9.98)8 Jamaica POWELL Asafa (11.99)
India needs local heroes in basketball to draw youngsters to the game and raise its profile, said Luc Longley, a three time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls.The 43-year-old Australian, who is in the Capital for a basketball clinic, said that it is very important that youngsters have someone they can relate to.”I always played for fun and that is the advice I would give to upcoming players. From whatever little footage I have seen, I can say that the Indian players have talent and can do well with proper guidance,” said Longley, who played alongside the legendary Michael Jordan.”But you need to have role models and the local leagues have to be popular so that the kids can identify with them. There should be a proper platform for the youngsters and the local league has to be broadcast so that people can follow it. Obviously, NBA will be the most followed league but both the domestic league and NBA can co-exist,” the sevenfeet-two-inch ex-player said.Longley, who was part of the Chicago Bulls team that won three consecutive NBA titles from 1996 to 1998, said height and physical strength were important in the game but that should not be stumbling blocks for Indian players.”Height is important but it is not the deciding factor. The player should have vision and if he has the required skills, there’s no reason why he can’t succeed. It is necessary that they don’t get overawed by the physique of other players,” said Longley, the first Australian to play in the NBA.advertisement
A unique feature of the last Indian tour of the West Indies early this year was that unlike most tours in Test cricket, it was wholly free of rows and recriminations over the umpiring. Not so with the current tour.It is no secret that the West Indies were grossly dissatisfied,A unique feature of the last Indian tour of the West Indies early this year was that unlike most tours in Test cricket, it was wholly free of rows and recriminations over the umpiring. Not so with the current tour. It is no secret that the West Indies were grossly dissatisfied with the umpiring in the second test at Delhi, a match in which an Indian batsman Dilip Vengsarkar also expressed dissent after being given out caught behind.Yet, when asked for a comment on the quality of umpiring at their post-match press conference, Clive Lloyd spoke in terms sympathetic to the umpires. “When two men stand out there for five days,” he said, “they are bound to make mistakes.”However, in Ahmedabad, after only two days’ play, Lloyd, in an article published under his name in a Calcutta daily, attacked the umpires in the most scathing manner. “Rao (Hanumanta) and Ramaswamy are the worst umpires I have seen. I am fed up with all this nonsense. I hope this is the last I have seen of them,” he stormed and in his article went on to say that in his report to the Indian Board he was strongly recommending that the two umpires never be allowed to depute against the West Indies. “Rao and Ramaswamy are the worst umpires I have seen. I am fed up with all this nonsense. I hope this is the last I have seen of them.”Clive Lloyd It is impossible to condone the physical assaults on umpires by Richard Hadlee and Colin Croft – Hadlee flung a bail at an umpire in 1976 in Madras, and Croft shoulder-charged New Zealand’s leading umpire, Fred Goodall a few seasons later – and the Gavaskar walk-off for which he at least has had the good grace to apologise, or Lloyd’s criticism of the umpires in print. But that is not to say that there was no cause for grievance.advertisementStrong Steps: Cricket authorities the world over have taken every step to either improve the standard of umpiring or ensure that the best available umpires stand in Test matches.In the West Indies in 1971, the Indians expressed the view that Douglas Sang Hue and Ralph Gosein were umpires of outstanding ability and the West Indies Board appointed them for as many Tests as they could without causing friction between themselves and the various territorial umpires associations.Similarly, in 1983, manager Hanumant Singh told the West Indies Board that his team had great faith in David Archer and they in turn were happy to provide Archer’s services in four of the five Tests.Now, the West Indies have equal respect for Swaroop Kishen who stood in the first Test at Kanpur. “The big fella”, as the West Indies players call him, is rated by them as one of the “best umpires in the world”.If indeed the West Indies have so much confidence in him why does not the Board appoint him for all the remaining Test matches, specially when on more than one tour the West Indies Board has accommodated us as best they could? I posed this question to S. Sriraman, senior vice-president of the Board and chairman of the umpires subcommittee.He replied that “while the playing conditions make provisions for captains to object to umpires backed by specific instances of incompetence, they cannot specify which umpire should stand. We feel we have other umpires who are equally competent and must also get their chances.”Sriraman is no doubt sincere in his belief but if Swaroop Kishen’s burly presence at all the Test matches is to make for more efficient umpiring and more congenial cricket then Sriraman should put greater premium on negotiation and cooperation than on the rule book. He denies that there were official complaints against any Indian umpire by the England team that toured here two years ago or that the West Indies have taken exception to the umpiring in any match of the current tour. He did add, however, that he was still awaiting their report on the Ahmedabad Test.Different Era: There is not a cricket journalist in India or elsewhere who does not hold Sriraman in esteem and affection. Efficient men are usually cold but SS as we got to call him in Australia is a dear man, friendly, helpful and possessing a sense of humour.It was painful, therefore, that during our conversation on the latest umpiring furore he should blame the press and no one else for all the controversies that have cropped up over the last few years.advertisementThose of us who came into the trade in an era of better taste and writing that was less brash, operated for years on the premise that the “umpire’s decision was final” and that being placed where we were, we could not comment in any way.Indeed, we still do not pass judgement on controversial decisions but we cannot ignore mentioning them when 50,000 pairs of eyes in the stands have been witness to a player indicating disapproval or when the incident has been relayed around the world by television followed by a re-examination in slow motion.The fault lies firstly with the system that appoints umpires who are incompetent and therefore so lacking in self-assurance that they are overwhelmed by reputations and deceived by forceful unscrupulous appeals and undermined by gestures of dissatisfaction that follows their decisions. In other words, they crack in circumstances which modern sportsmen describe as “pressure”.There is not a single umpire in the world who does not make mistakes, not even the celebrated Dickie Bird of England, Archer of the West Indies or our own Swaroop Kishen. They know it and so do the players. What then is the definition of a good umpire? He is one who makes the fewest errors and who controls the game with firmness and yet in a cordial manner.To anyone who aspires to esteem as a Test umpire I hold up two Englishmen as examples. They are John Langridge and Lloyd Budd. They are both over 70 and have hung up their white coats. But more than once these venerable gentlemen were brought out of retirement at the insistence of the cricketers who respected their judgement and at the same time regarded them as benevolent uncles.
FILE – Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo crushed an off-form Far Eastern University, 25-21, 25-10, 25-18, as it moves closer to the UAAP women’s volleyball Final Four Wednesday at FilOil Flying V Center.At 9-1, the Lady Eagles need just one more win to secure at least a playoff for the a Final Four berth. But most importantly, they sustained their winning streak to nine.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Kat Tolentino scored 11 points, while Deanna Wong took care of running the offense with 30 excellent sets on top of four markers.The Lady Tamaraws were totally outplayed in all departments. They dropped to 6-4 in a triple-tie at third place with University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFEU also failed to get a single point from their scoring leader Celine Domingo who averages 11.9 points but was scoreless for the evening. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘For my bro’: Westbrook dedicates ’20-20-20′ triple-double to slain rapper Hussle Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles
Mumbai: Tennis star Sania Mirza said that the practice of blaming the wives whenever a player performs poorly “makes no sense.” Speaking at the India Economic Summit on Thursday in Mumbai, Mirza hit out at those who see wives and women in general as a distraction.Mirza cited the example of Bollywood star Anushka Sharma being blamed whenever her husband, talismanic Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, fails to score in an innings. “Anushka Sharma is blamed if Virat makes a zero, like what does that have anything to do with anything. It makes no sense,” she said. “Many a times, including our cricket team and in many teams I have seen that wives or girlfriends are not allowed on tour because the boys will be distracted.””What does that mean? What is it that the women are doing that is going to distract the men so much?” Mirza asked.Mirza has herself been at the receiving end of accusations of this manner being the wife of former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik. After Pakistan’s heavy defeat to India, Mirza was one of many who bore the ire of fans.”See the thing is that comes from a deeper problem which says that a woman is a distraction she cannot be a strength,” said the tennis star who holds three women’s doubles titles and three more in mixed doubles.”If we address the problem that a woman can be a strength or is a strength rather than a distraction or a weakness we might conquer these issues,” she said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Anushka Sharmaanushka sharma virat kohlicricketsania mirza First Published: October 4, 2019, 10:32 AM IST
Beijing/Shanghai: Houston Rockets sneakers and other merchandise were pulled from several Nike stores in major Chinese cities amid the furore surrounding a tweet from the team’s general manager in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.Managers at five Nike stores in Beijing and Shanghai told Reuters during visits on Thursday they had been told in recent days via a memo from management that all Rockets merchandise had to be removed. Reuters was unable to view the memo. Although Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has since apologised for his tweet last week, National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner Adam Silver further angered authorities when he said the league backed Morey’s right to exercise his freedom of expression.Despite the controversy, the NBA was pressing ahead with an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai on Thursday night. Promotional events earlier in the week had been cancelled.The stakes are high for NBA, whose league business in China is said to be worth more than $4 billion. The world’s most populous nation is Nike’s top source of revenue growth as other regions slow.Three Nike stores in Shenzhen also kept Rockets merchandise off the shelves, as well as NBA products in general, staff told Reuters by phone. Three Nike stores in Chengdu, a bustling inland city in southwest China, also removed Rockets products.Nike and its China office did not respond to multiple Reuters requests for comment.A specialist NBA store at Super Brand Mall, a major shopping centre in the Shanghai financial district of Lujiazui, has also removed all Rockets-related merchandise.”Other stuff, there hasn’t been any impact, and no one has said we need to withdraw it,” said a store manager, laughing. “If they say that all NBA stuff has to be withdrawn then our store will go bankrupt.”At two basketball-themed NBA Playzone family entertainment centres in Shanghai and Beijing opened by NBA China, staff confirmed that Rockets products had been removed.”Rockets products were hot before and when you stepped into the store, it was full of red. Now, it is mostly yellow and blue,” the colours of the Golden State Warriors, said a manager at the Shanghai Playzone, who like the NBA store employee declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.NBA China did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment about the entertainment centres.WIDER BACKLASHMajor Chinese e-commerce platforms Alibaba (BABA.N) and JD.com (JD.O) have taken Houston Rockets merchandise off their sales platforms, including mobile apps.Searches for sneakers with the NBA logo on Alibaba and JD.com also yielded no results. Those include collaboration sneakers marketed with brands such as Nike and Carlyle-backed (CG.O) Supreme.A handful of individual online merchants still sell the sneakers.Alibaba, which declined to comment, told domestic media that Morey’s comments had seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people, and that there was no room for negotiation.JD.com, which also did not comment, told local media that the firm deeply resented and strongly condemned Morey’s remarks.Two of the largest online resale marketplaces for sneakers in China have also removed all branded shoes connected to the NBA, according to four sneaker traders.Poizon and DoNew, two mobile shopping apps popular among fans of designer sneakers, have taken NBA shoes off their platforms, traders said.A Reuters search on Poizon and DoNew’s apps with the keyword “NBA” returned no results.Poizon did not respond to an emailed request for comment and phone calls to DoNew’s office in Shanghai went unanswered.”As long as the bosses of Nike and Adidas don’t come out and say something stupid and get banned by China’s central government, I think sneaker resales in China will remain pretty profitable,” said Zhu Junwen, a reseller in Guangzhou.Adidas is in the middle of a reported $200 million, 13-year endorsement contract with Houston Rockets star guard James Harden, who is the centrepiece of the apparel maker’s basketball shoe lineup.”But if (Nike and Adidas get banned), that would be the end of it,” Zhu said. ChinacontroversyDaryl Moreyhong kong First Published: October 10, 2019, 3:26 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Published on The Winter Games 2018’s systems, including the internet and television services, were affected by the hack two days ago. File Photo – Reuters × South Korea probes cyber shutdown during Olympics ceremony SHARE RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping Cyber security researchers said in January they had found early indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping and Olympic organisations COMMENT sport February 11, 2018 The Winter Games 2018’s systems, including the internet and television services, were affected by the hack two days ago. File Photo – Reuters Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organisers confirmed on Sunday that the Games had fallen victim to a cyber attack during Friday’s opening ceremony, but they refused to reveal the source. The Games’ systems, including the internet and television services, were affected by the hack two days ago but organisers said it had not compromised any critical part of their operations.“Maintaining secure operations is our purpose,” said International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams. “We are not going to comment on the issue. It is one we are dealing with. We are making sure our systems are secure and they are secure.”Asked if organisers knew who was behind the attack, Adams said, “I certainly don’t know. But best international practice says that you don’t talk about an attack.” The Winter Games are being staged only 80km (50 miles) from the border with North Korea, which is technically still at war with the South since their 1950-1953 war ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty. The two teams marched together at an Olympics opening ceremony for the first time since 2006.South Korea has been using the Pyeongchang Games to break the ice with the reclusive North, which has been trading nuclear threats with the United States recently. “All issues were resolved and recovered yesterday morning,” Pyeongchang organising committee spokesman Sung Baik-you told reporters. “We know the cause of the problem but that kind of issues occurs frequently during the Games. We decided with the IOC we are not going to reveal the source (of the attack),” he told reporters.Russia, which has been banned from the Games for doping, said days before the opening ceremony that any allegations linking Russian hackers to attacks on the infrastructure connected to the Pyeongchang Olympic Games were unfounded. “We know that Western media are planning pseudo-investigations on the theme of ‘Russian fingerprints’ in hacking attacks on information resources related to the hosting of the Winter Olympic Games in the Republic of Korea,” Russia’s foreign ministry said. “Of course, no evidence will be presented to the world.”Cyber security researchers said in January they had found early indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping and Olympic organisations in retaliation for Russia’s exclusion from the Pyeongchang Games. Stakeholders of the Olympics have been wary of the threat from hacking and some sponsors have taken out insurance to protect themselves from a cyber attack. 2018 Winter Olympics COMMENTS