Flying V survives close call, draws first blood in D-League semis

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City this December Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESFlying V survived a testy challenge from Centro Escolar University and hacked out a gritty 65-61 Game 1 victory to draw first blood in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With the Thunder holding a precarious 63-61 lead with 21 seconds left, Gab Banal drew a huge charging foul on the driving Rod Ebondo to halt the Scorpions’ fightback from nine-points down, 59-50, before Jerick Cañada iced the win with two freebies in the final 3.6 ticks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games FLYING V 65 – Teng 17, Banal 12, Salamat 12, Torres 6, Austria 5, Dionisio 4, Thiele 3, Cañada 2, Paredes 2, Tampus 2, Koga 0.CEU 61 – Ebondo 20, Aquino 17, Wamar 9, Cruz 8, Jeruta 6, Casiño 1, Fuentes 0, Guinitaran 0, Intic 0.Quarters: 14-13, 31-32, 54-46, 65-61. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flying V almost lost the game after Thomas Torres was slapped with a flagrant foul penalty one on Orlan Wamar with 21.0 left, but CEU’s diminutive playmaker uncharacteristically muffed both shots.Altamirano reiterated that for the Thunder to advance to the next level, they should have their A-game on the defensive end for Game 2.“We need to do a better job in controlling the rebounds and blocking out their bigs. We just have to continue doing that because we’re gonna need more of that, especially in the second game,” he said.Rod Ebondo was dominant anew in the glass, scoring 20 points and pulling down 27 rebounds, two boards shy of the record 29 set by Jay-R Taganas in the 2015 Foundation Cup.Art Aquino added 17 markers and four rebounds in the losing effort for the Scorpions.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Read Next K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments “I think when it comes to those situations, you really have to assert yourself defensively,” said coach Eric Altamirano. “I think this game really boiled down to the stops. We were able to make the crucial stops, especially the one Gab had on Ebondo. But overall, we had to grind it out since CEU played a really good game.”Jeron Teng flirted with a triple-double as he tallied 17 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists, while Banal got 12 markers on a 3-of-6 shooting from threes, to go with five boards, and two steals.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 shutoutEric Salamat also chimed in 12 points, three rebounds, and three dimes in the conquest, which stretched the Thunder’s winning run to 11 straight games.Game 2 is on Tuesday, still at the Ynares Sports Arena. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Blazers hand Suns worst loss ever in season opener

first_imgIt was the most one-sided season-opening loss by any team in NBA history and the most one-sided loss by the Suns in any game in their 49 years.Suns coach Earl Watson said he was “embarrassed” by what happened.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“Portland came in here and basically kicked our butts as bad as they could,” Watson said. “They didn’t have no sympathy.”Damian Lillard scored 27 points and Pat Connaughton added a career-high 24 points, making 4 of 6 3-pointers for Portland. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “It’s going to be hard for me to sleep tonight,” the Suns’ Devon Booker said.The Blazers dominated even though they were without one of their best players, guard C.J. McCollum, who was suspended one game for leaving the bench area during a tussle involving the Suns’ Alex Len and Caleb Swanigan in a preseason game a week ago.“That was a great way to start the season,” Stotts said. “I was really pleased with our defense through the whole night. Offense got off to a slow start but picked up.”Portland led 60-35 at the half and outscored the Suns 64-41 in the second. The Blazers led by as many as 58, for a time flirting with the most one-sided game in NBA history, a 68-point blowout of the Miami Heatby the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 17, 1991.The Suns shot 31.5 percent to Portland’s 49 percent, made 7 of 27 3-pointers to the Blazers’ 14 of 24 and were outrebounded 57-33.Phoenix had the league’s second-worst record last season at 24-58 and looked at least that bad throughout the opener. The Suns have not made the playoffs in seven seasons, the longest drought in franchise history. They are trying to rebuild with youth. That takes time and some painful moments, such as the one Wednesday night.Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting. Booker added 12 on 6-of-17 shooting. Bledsoe was 1 for 6 on 3s, Booker 0 for 3.Portland’s bench outscored Phoenix’s 61-26.After Booker’s 13-footer tied it at 17, Lillard sank a layup and the Blazers bolted away from there. 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Bledsoe’s three-point play cut the lead to 45-35 with 4:38 left in the third quarter, but Portland scored the final 15 points of the half 60-35 at the break.The Suns shot 29 percent in the first half (14 for 49) to Portland’s 44 percent (22 for 50). Phoenix was 1 for 11 from 3-point range in the first two quarters to the Blazers’ 7 of 13. Most tellingly, the Portland bench outscored its Phoenix counterparts 24-0.It only got worse (or better from Portland’s perspective) after that.The Blazers led a numbing 98-55 entering the final quarter.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: The one-game suspension, for taking a few steps off the bench in a preseason game, cost McCollum $165,000. … Connaughton, a fourth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, had a previous career high of 15 points. … Portland had six players in double figures. … Blazers have won four consecutive season openers. … Trail Blazers don’t play their home opener until next Tuesday against New Orleans.Suns: Len sat out the game with a sprained left ankle. He was injured in Saturday’s practice. … Rookie Josh Jackson started and made a 3-pointer with his first shot, but was 3 for 9 the rest of the way with only two rebounds. … Marquese Chriss made 1 of 5 shots and had one rebound and five fouls in 12:05 minutes.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Indiana on Friday night.Suns: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Shabazz Napier of the Portland Trail Blazers high fives Pat Connaughton after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 18, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Trail Blazers defeated the Suns 124-76. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — If the Phoenix Suns were a Broadway show, they’d close for good after opening night.The Suns weren’t just bad in their 124-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in their season opener on Wednesday night. They were historically awful.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments UFC president calls Jon Jones ‘biggest waste of talent ever’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Trail Blazers outshot, outrebounded and outhustled the Suns from the opening tip.Portland tied the second-largest margin of victory in franchise history. Only a 50-point win against Cleveland (129-79) on Nov. 21, 1982 was larger.“The obvious statement is we played really well,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.The 48-point rout exceeded Denver’s 139-93 (46-point) victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on opening day in 1987.The blowout also topped Phoenix’s 44-point loss to Seattle (151-107) on April 2, 1988.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READlast_img read more

Afflalo suspended 2 games for fighting with Bjelica

first_imgNEW YORK — Orlando’s Arron Afflalo has been suspended two games without pay by the NBA for fighting with Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica.Afflalo punched Bjelica in the head in the fight that took place with 7:28 left in the second quarter of the Magic’s 108-102 victory on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Though both players were ejected after Bjelica put Afflalo in a headlock, only Afflalo was punished Thursday by NBA executive vice president of operations Kiki VanDeWeghe.Afflalo will miss Orlando’s games at Cleveland on Thursday and Sunday at Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao wants Matthysse; Arum picks Alvarado

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Whoever will get his way will likely be known within the week, otherwise Pacquiao’s comeback timetable will be pushed back to May.Matthysse, on the other hand, called out Pacquiao after knocking out Tewa Kiram in the eighth round to clinch the World Boxing Association welterweight crown on Jan. 27 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor his part, the 86-year-old Arum had earlier announced that he’s close to forging a doubleheader pitting Horn against Terrence Crawford and Pacquiao against Alvarado on April 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York.On Tuesday, however, Arum changed his mind and said that he’s moving the promotion over to Las Vegas, particularly Mandalay Bay, so as not to deluge New York with boxing cards. LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC While the venue is a non-issue as far as Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 knockouts) is concerned, the Fighting Senator likes Matthysse (39-4, 36 knockouts) over Alvarado (38-4, 26 knockouts) to be his opponent.Arum, of course, prefers Alvarado because the former world champion is, like Pacquiao, with his Top Rank Promotions.—ROY LUARCA View comments Urgent call: Make it Pacquiao vs Matthysse AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Boxer Manny Pacquiao and his coach Freddy Roach chat as boxing promoter Bob Arum (R) looks on at a press conference in Beverly Hills, California on September 8, 2016, announcing the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas on November 5th. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWNBoth Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse want to fight each other.But promoter Bob Arum insists it’s not going to happen, leaning on Mike Alvarado to get a crack at Pacquiao when the eight-division world champion returns to the ring in April.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Lady Chiefs keep NCAA volley title

first_imgMOST READ The game was in stark contrast to Friday’s Finals opener where Arellano needed five sets to hold off San Beda.Arellano raced to an 8-0 start in the third set before widening the gap to 14-2 on the way to the big victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the pivotal stretch of the duel came in the second set when Arellano rallied and saved four set points with Arocha scoring three of her team’s last four points for a 2-0 set lead.In the men’s division, Perpetual Help regrouped after a third-set meltdown to beat Arellano, 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, and extend their duel to a deciding Game 3 this Thursday. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Abueva vows to make most out of Reyes’ trust AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University overwhelmed San Beda, 25-13, 29-27, 25-15, in Game 2 of their best-of-three Season 93 finals on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan and retained its title in the NCAA women’ volleyball tournament.Regine Arocha, named Finals Most Valuable Player, led the Lady Chiefs to their third crown in the last four years.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Altas coach Sammy Acaylar said his team’s meltdown was all “psychological” as his players tend to let their guards down when in the lead.“We relax big time whenever we take a huge lead,” Acaylar said in Filipino. “But that’s not to take anything away from Arellano. Arellano plays with heart.”The Altas, who weathered the Chiefs’ rally in the first set, restored order in the fourth behind senior setter Warren Catipay and hard hitters led by rookie MVP Joebert Almodiel.Catipay dished out 40 excellent sets while Almodiel finished with 13 points. Ridzuan Muhali led Perpetual with 15.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View commentslast_img read more

Top Rank deal pushes Ancajas to work harder

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And for Ancajas, joining Arum’s promotion is one way of making him work harder than ever before.READ: Arum excited for Ancajas’ Top Rank debutFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s rare for a Filipino boxer to join Top Rank and the boxers in that promotion are on a different level,” said Ancajas in Filipino during the PSA Awards Night Tuesday at Manila Hotel.“I’m just so lucky that Sir Bob chose me as one of his fighters, and with this I know I’ll be working even harder.” 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Boxer Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLike appearing out of thin air, Jerwin Ancajas has become undoubtedly one of the biggest Filipino sporting heroes of his generation.The 26-year-old Ancajas went from obscure title-holder to a legitimate boxing star in less than two years and his ethereal rise prompted Bob Arum to include IBF World super flyweight champion in his stable of greats.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa TNT win no giveaway as NLEX simply played ‘terrible’center_img View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Ancajas joins a pantheon of greats in the Top Rank stable that includes former Olympian Mikaela Mayer, Terrence Crawford—who once held all four super lightweight belts—, WBO World super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, and the iconic Manny Pacquiao.Ancajas first owned the IBF strap in September of 2016 when he beat McJoe Arroyo at Philippine Navy Gymnasium in Taguig and earned $3,700 for his efforts.His little-money fights are now history as Ancajas has now got to the six-digit dollar mark after he defended his title against Israel Gonzalez on Feb. 2, 2018.“The first thing that Sir Bob told me was I really put on a great fight and he also told me that I have a bright future ahead of me,” said Ancajas.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivinglast_img read more

Jarin: Bulldogs will learn from Filoil experience

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University head coach Jamike Jarin said Wednesday they can’t do anything about their early exit from the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier but use it as a lesson months before the UAAP season begins.The Bulldogs had a chance to enter the quarterfinals but fell short against University of the Philippines, 59-56, in their final group stage game.ADVERTISEMENT 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 “It was very disappointing because we were looking forward to going to the quarterfinals, but hats off to UP because they played really well despite their three key players not playing,” said Jarin as his team finished their run with a 4-4 record.NU played against a depleted UP team that did not include Paul Desiderio, Diego Dario, and Juan Gomez De Liaño.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJarin added the Bulldogs will use their experience in the preseason to help them prepare better for the upcoming UAAP season.“Of course we will learn from this and pick up from what we learned and just keep moving onwards to the UAAP,” said Jarin who is on his first year as NU head coach after leaving San Beda. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “You have to stay confident and the good thing about this is the UAAP will not start tomorrow so we still have two months to work on our team.” LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments MOST READ San Beda stays immaculate with beating of JRU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Colonia fifth in weightlifting

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Filipino weightlifter Nestor Colonia. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Not even the presence of Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz could carry the Philippine team in weightlifting competitions here Monday.Nestor Colonia failed to make the podium finish during the men’s 56-kilogram division at MITEC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Diaz flew in to this city to help up with Colonia backstage, harking back to their teamwork that helped the Zamboanga lass end the medal drought for the Philippines ini the Olympics.“We will come back and prepare in the Asian Games, we have five women’s events,” said weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThere was no women’s competitions in this edition of the Games. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Centeno, Biado lead 4-gold haul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

An extra mile to lose flab

first_imgHere’s a quick, easy and safe weightloss programme.A trip to the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium to watch the opening ceremony of the Nineteenth Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Sunday evening turned out to be just that.If the long walk to one’s respective entry gate could not manage to burn a few calories off an average spectator, the thorough frisking at security check points did find one ( reluctantly) relieved of a few – prohibited – possessions and, consequently, a couple of hundred grams.But the intensive and, perhaps, a little- too- strict security couldn’t dampen the average Delhiite’s spirits on Sunday evening.Anticipating a show like they had never seen before, the public had mentally prepared themselves to encounter a much greater degree of inconvenience.”I had imagined the worst as most of the media reports had warned of incessant frisking and bag checks. But this wasn’t that bad. Heck, it was breezy, I say,” said Kamla Choudhury, a first year student of Delhi University, straining her voice to be heard above the Indian Air Force helicopter hovering over the stadium.There were some, however, who found dealing with the walk and queues a tough proposition.Dushyant Aggarwal, CEO of an electronics company in Noida, and six members of his family had boarded a Games park- and- ride bus to reach the opening ceremony venue.”We had tickets for Gate 9 and informed the bus staff. They said they would drop us nearby. We have been walking for an hour and crossed several gates, but Gate 9 is nowhere in sight,” Aggarwal said. He said the long walk had taken a toll on the women.advertisementTo gain access to the opening ceremony venue, which looked nothing short of a fortress, spectators were frisked twice and had their bags subjected to two manual checks and one X- Ray check.The police, in the process, confiscated several items.The entire stadium was enveloped in an impregnable security blanket of 7,500 personnel, including commandos. While the IAF provided air cover to thwart and terror attack, every residential building around the stadium had a sniper atop it keeping an eye out for any possible trouble.”Ticket holders will go inside the stadium, those without will have to go home,” a PCR van blared incessantly.The security check, though more or less smooth, did manage to evoke a few grumbling voices when the Delhi police personnel confiscated coins for it is on the list of 65 items prohibited in the stadium.”I was surprised when they took my money off me! It was strange and a bit ridiculous actually,” said Dunlan McEwan, a photojournalist from Scotland travelling with his country’s team, who had to drop his coins off in a cardboard security box.Coins were on the list of prohibited items even during the hockey World Cup the city hosted in March.The logic was coins can be used as a weapon when thrown from a distance.Mamta Singh ( 33), a housewife, had no intention putting her five rupee coins to any malicious use, but she too ended up throwing them into the all- consuming cardboard box, which had also gobbled cigarettes, matchboxes and chewing gum, among other things.But the cops didn’t seem to evoke any pleasure in confiscating items, either. The unawareness among Delhiites on which items were prohibited was a source of frustration for them.”Why can’t people just travel light these days? It seems no one is aware of what they cannot bring in,” said an irked security personnel as the journalist was found guilty of carrying a ceramic mug in her backpack.As for the mug, it was quickly offered to the all- consuming security box.last_img read more

Owe no money to Gavaskar: BCCI

first_imgThe BCCI on Tuesday refuted former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar’s claim that the board owed him fee for his role as an IPL governing council member. BCCI president Shashank Manohar said no payment was due to Gavaskar.  He said he was ready to meet anyone wanting to see him. Manohar said there had been no request to him from Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to intervene in the matter. Gavaskar had earlier met Manohar over non-payment of dues during his tenure as IPL governing council member. But he had refused to divulge how much the dues were. Gavaskar had also denied links with the Kochi IPL team, saying he was yet to make up his mind whether to accept the franchise’s offer to head its cricket operations.  Earlier, the BCCI had removed Gavaskar from the IPL governing council at its annual general meeting in September. While the board did not give any reason, there had been reports that it could be a result of a payment dispute.last_img read more