Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi’s name is not mentioned in the Games legacy report prepared by authorities in Delhi to give a bird’s eye view of delays, successes and other issues in the conduct of the sporting extravaganza.Sources said the four-volume legacy report and a 50-minute film on the Games, which focuses on minute aspects of preparations of the event held in Delhi between October 3 and 14 last year, mentions every thing except the sacked top boss of the OC.”We have not mentioned any individual’s name. There are many Function Areas heads who were handling different responsibilities in the conduct of the Games. We are not giving any photo or name of anybody in the legacy report,” CEO and Chairman of OC Jarnail Singh said.He said the report will have all aspects including how contracts were awarded and executed and what led to delays in implementing works on time and escalation of costs.Sources said the decision not to credit any individual was taken unanimously by the OC considering that Kalmadi and sacked Secretary General Lalit Bhanot among other former officials have been involved in the CBI investigation into financial irregularities in the conduct of the mega sporting extravaganza.They said the report, both in print and electronic format, will give details of the work carried out by those in-charge of 278 function areas like overlays, sports, technology, accommodation, sponsorship and event management among others.One of the crucial aspects mentioned in the report is the number of contracts delayed by certain unnamed OC officials who did not follow Games master schedule prepared by the international federation, the sources said.advertisementGiving details of the delays in awarding overlays contracts, the report said the work was given in a hurry to a contractor in April last year, about a year after its expected deadline of March 2009.Interestingly, the fact that out of a total of 540 contracts to be completed by 2009, OC had executed 37, which led to supply of inferior quality products at highly-inflated rates, is being mentioned in the report.Remaining 503 contracts were carried out by the firms after January 2010, the sources said.”Most of the contracts by the OC were well behind the deadline set by the international federation for Commonwealth Games. Thus, to complete all of them on time, the officials had to violate certain official norms and procedures which attracted the eyes of CVC and CBI for financial bunglings,” an OC official said requesting anonymity.The legacy report is being reviewed and will be finalised within two months time and made public, the sources said.CBI, CVC, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department are probing several cases related to financial and managerial bunglings in Games-related projects carried out by OC, civic and construction agencies like Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi Development Authority, Public Works Department and New Delhi Municipal Council.
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The British government has been accused of spying on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, sparking an outrage among civil rights campaigners in the country. A video released by WikiLeaks claim that three cameras have been erected outside the entrance of his temporary home in Ellingham Hall, Norfolk, to keep track of people visiting him. “We suddenly noticed them appearing since we have been here. We believe they are monitoring everything that goes in and out of the property,” Sarah Harrison, one of the WikiLeaks’ team, was quoted as saying in the video, titled ‘House Arrest’, published by Telegraph online. “I am not an expert on cameras but I believe that these take number plates and report number plates. I think the country is full of them but I don?t know why I need quite so many of them around my house,” said Vaughan Smith, the owner of the Ellingham Hall, where Assange moved into in mid– December as he fights extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual crimes. The 39-year-old Australian has denied charges. But the clamp on his movement and spying on his visitors has sparked an outrage, with civil liberties campaign groups slamming the government. “Regardless of the allegations made against Mr Assange, he has not been charged with any crime,” said Daniel Hamilton, director of Big Brother Watch. “For his movements ? and those of his visitors ? to be monitored in this way constitutes an outrageous invasion of personal privacy. These cameras must be removed immediately,” he demanded.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor 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.
Sreesanth mocks Hashim Amla after dismissing himIt may come as a bit of a shock, particularly to Andre Nel, but Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is actually a good, respectful Indian boy. When he puts on an India uniform, be it blue or white, something else happens: rather than adopting a disguise, a,Sreesanth mocks Hashim Amla after dismissing himIt may come as a bit of a shock, particularly to Andre Nel, but Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is actually a good, respectful Indian boy. When he puts on an India uniform, be it blue or white, something else happens: rather than adopting a disguise, a disguise adopts him. Then come the glares, the stares, the dance and the prance.It’s difficult to ignore the sideshow that make the bowler that is Sreesanth, but in Johannesburg, India took it all. Primarily it came accompanied by the most delicious outswinger since Kapil Dev’s and the most decisive Test match spell by an Indian fast bowler since Ajit Agarkar’s six-wicket haul against the Aussies in Adelaide in 2003 and before that Javagal Srinath’s 6-21 vs South Africa in Ahmedabad 10 summers ago. Sreesanth’s hijinks on the Highveld have led to a first-ever Test win on South African soil, a 1-0 lead in a three-Test series, with the hosts in a sweat and the match referee sitting up in his chair.But behind the manic Indian strike bowler is the boy Gopu who instructs his family to keep a lamp lit in the family prayer room during every big game he plays. It started with school cricket and the flame stayed lit all through the Johannesburg Test in the family home in Palarivattom on the outskirts of Kochi.Sreesanth is now being called the ‘character’ of the team who lights up the dressing room.Only the second Test cricketer from Kerala, Sreesanth’s profile in his home state has gone from being a local celebrity to the player whose giant portrait stares out from Nike posters.He is now being called the ‘character’ of the Indian team, the cricketer who lights the spark in the dressing room and it is easy to think of him as the clown. But somewhere behind the antics is a kernel of hard resolution and ambition. Old friend Pinku Thomas remembers Sreesanth solemnly, declaring he would play in a cricket World Cup and the rest of them laughing, “A Keralite playing in the World Cup. We could not imagine it!”advertisementHis bat, ball and body language psyched the oppositionJust like his tiny state in sport, Sreesanth has revelled in punching above his weight in cricket. As a young boy, he would voluntarily join weaker teams to try and beat stronger sides. “For all of us, playing cricket was just fun, for him it was sacred-like going to a temple,” says Thomas. A boy who took his college psychology textbooks to heart and read self-improvement books wrote in his 2000 diary that he would be playing for India by 2006.A Kochi coaching camp held in 1997 by a former Karnataka Ranji player Sashikanth changed Sreesanth’s life. Sashikanth recommended that Sreesanth move to Bangalore to join Florence Public School which had good facilities for cricket training.The next big step was in Chennai’s MRF Pace Academy, which eventually opened his way to cricket’s big league. After taking 22 wickets in his first seven matches for Kerala, he found his way into the south zone Duleep Trophy team, usually the platform for the best players to India colours. As the 2005 season witnessed a cleanout of old faces, a superb performance in the Challenger Trophy propelled him into the India team, where his idiosyncrasies caught the eye as much as his bowling.”He may look like it but I don’t think he’s a lunatic, there’s a lot of intelligence in his bowling” Sreekumar Nair, his Kerala state captain, believes it is the MRF Academy that sharpened the edges of an otherwise quiet, bespectacled boy. Nair usually carried two bats into the nets when facing Sreesanth, just in case one of them would break after by a succession of yorkers.Rahul Dravid came out of a corporate match in Chennai with his eyebrows raised and asked South Zone selection chief and former national selector V.B. Chandrasekhar if the nagging youngster had made the zonal team. That season he had not, on the advice of the Kerala selector who cited an “attitude problem”.Chandrasekhar, who faced Sreesanth two years ago in a company match, remembers the experience well. “I was 42 years old batting with a broken thumb, and this guy kept coming at me… short balls, yorkers, good reverse. He wouldn’t let up. I went away feeling that this is a guy India could need. He may look like it but I don’t think he’s a lunatic, there’s a lot of intelligence in his bowling.”advertisementEarlier this season in the Challenger Trophy, a batsman ticked Sreesanth off for marching down the pitch eye-balling him too much. When team coach Lalchand Rajput asked him later what he was trying to prove, Sreesanth said he tended to get “charged” while bowling and tended not to notice who the batsman was. “Don’t ever come that close to me again,” Sachin Tendulkar is rumoured to have said during the Challenger Trophy match. Due apologies were issued later.Suddenly the boy from Kerala is everyone toastIn a short career that is merely over a season old, Sreesanth has taken 27 wickets in six Tests at an average of 24.62 runs and an economy rate of 3.24 runs an over, a much better return for his work than in his ODI stats (22 ODIs, 29 wickets at an average of 34.37 runs, economy rate of 5.58).His future depends on the state of his fitness and how he is handled by the Indian team management. Chandrasekhar says, “The approach has to be well-balanced. If you try to admonish him, you run the risk of him going into shell and that’s not a good idea. You have to let him be himself but keep reminding him that he has a great deal of responsibility.”There is little doubt that Sreesanth enjoys all the attention and is engaging material for the cameras and the reporters’ notebooks. The son of S. Santhakumaran Nair, a retired officer with Life Insurance Corporation and Savitri Devi, a district treasury officer, the fast bowler’s family is full of performers. No mean dancer and drummer himself, Sreesanth’s elder sister Nivedita is an actress in Malayalam cinema and TV, brother-in-law Madhu Balakrishnan, is a prominent playback singer and brother Deepu runs a TV production house, but has spent the last few days handling the flood of endorsement offers that the most famous member of the family has received. Another celebrity cricketer in the making, and he better last.
The Supreme Court on Friday cleared the decks for N. Srinivasan to take over as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president later this month.Srinivasan will take over the reins of the cricketing body at its two-day annual general body meeting starting on September 19. At present, Srinivasan is BCCI secretary and had become president-elect during the board’s general body meeting last October.An apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice R.M. Lodha passed the order after counsel C.A.Sundram, appearing for the BCCI, told the court that assumption of office by Srinivasan would be subject to the outcome of the main petition that would be heard by a three judge bench.Counsel Gopal Subramanium, appearing for Srinivasan, too made a statement endorsing the BCCI position.Former BCCI president A.C.Muthiah has moved the apex court challenging Srinivasan’s election as BCCI president on the ground that he was involved in a conflict of interest with the cricketing body.Muthiah has also challenged the amendment to BCCI rules that paved the way for Srinivasan’s India Cements to own IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.Asking the court not to entertain Mutiah’s application, Subramanium told the court that his client would maintain highest standards in conducting the affairs of the cricketing body and would not participate in the board meeting when it would discuss the matter concerning India Cements.Both Sundram and Subramanium made the statement after counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Muthiah, asked the court that it should make elevation of Srinivasan conditional subject to the outcome of main petition.advertisementAs Singhvi pressed for an order to restrain Srinivasan for taking over as BCCI president, Justice Alam asked: “If we give you what you have sought, what will we give you while deciding the main petition?”Justice Alam also told Sundram: “You will have a tough time in defending that amendment” to the BCCI which paved the way for India Cement to become an IPL franchisee. Srinivasan is the vice president and managing director of India Cements.BCCI rules bar its office bearers from engaging in commercial activities that conflicts with the cricketing body’s commercial interests. However, by the said amendment, IPL was taken out of the ambit of this clause, thereby permitting India Cements’ Chennai Super Kings to participate in IPL tournament.Singhvi said that this amendment was contrary to the spirit of the provision which said that “thou shall have no conflict of interest”, adding that this amounted to saying “you should have Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark”.Referring to the split verdict of April 28 by the bench of Justice J.M.Panchal and Justice Gysan Sudha Misra, Justice Alam told Singhvi that one of the judges had said that being an ex-president of the cricketing body does not grant Muthiah the status of an administrator of the BCCI.After the split verdict, the matter is pending to be referred to a larger bench for a fresh hearing.
British soccer star David Beckham, his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, and their son Brooklyn have been depicted as Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha in a painting titled From Zero To Hero to be shown in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.Seated on a throne, Beckham has a pregnant,British soccer star David Beckham, his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, and their son Brooklyn have been depicted as Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha in a painting titled From Zero To Hero to be shown in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.Seated on a throne, Beckham has a pregnant Victoria in a strapless dress on one lap, his son on another.Kaur sisters: Amrit Kaur Singh, Rabindra Kaur Singh; From Zero to HeroThe work by British Indian twins Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh has enraged Hindus in Britain, but say the artists: “The couple are seen in the light of the perfect union between sport, celebrity and media.”
Uruguay’s Diego Godin after scoring the first goal of the match. (AP Photo) Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the World Cup, although the victory was overshadowed by a biting incident involving the South American side’s star forward Luis Suarez. Match Photos Four-time champion Italy, meanwhile, is heading home after the group phase for the second time in four years.Godin rose above a crowd of defenders to meet a corner with his left shoulder and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had no chance.Moments earlier, replays showed Suarez apparently bite the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini as the pair clashed in the Italian penalty area.Suarez was already sanctioned with a heavy ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the English Premier League in 2013 and FIFA can sanction players for biting with bans of up to two years. Luis Suarez is tripped up by Italy’s Andrea Barzagli during the group D World Cup match. (AP Photo) Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio was shown a direct red card for putting his boot into Egidio Arevalo’s knee in the 59th. Mario Balotelli picked up his second yellow card in two matches during the first half, and was benched for the second period. Costa Rica was the surprise winner of Group D with seven points following a 0-0 draw with England on Tuesday. Uruguay finished second with six, while Italy and England went home with three and one point, respectively.advertisement Uruguay had to win to go through while Italy needed only a draw and it was clear that the Azzurri were playing for that result when coach Cesare Prandelli replaced Balotelli with a defensive midfielder, Andrea Parolo, to start the second half. It appeared the tactic could work when veteran goalkeeper Buffon stuck his right arm out to deny an excellent effort from Suarez in the 66th on a sizzling afternoon at the Arena das Dunas. But Godin was waiting to meet a corner from substitute Gaston Ramirez, who had come on three minutes earlier. With his back to the goal, Godin managed to redirect the ball into the far corner. Uruguay had argued for a penalty in the 51st when Edinson Cavani got his legs tangled with Leonardo Bonucci, but Mexican referee Marco Rodirguez motioned to play on. The last time Italy failed to proceed from the group stages in two successive World Cups came between 1950 and 1966, when Italy was eliminated in the first round four successive times. Italy controlled much of the match with its passing accuracy in midfield while Uruguay relied on swift counterattacks and even attempted to surprise Buffon with shots from its own half. FIFA listed the temperature at a sizzling 33 C (91 F), and clouds gave way to sun about midway through the first half, providing no relief for the players. Uruguay fans took over one entire corner of the stadium – which is named after this coastal city’s massive sand dunes – and greatly outnumbered Italy’s supporters. In the 22nd, Balotelli was shown a yellow for a needless foul on Alvaro Pereira. Balotelli practically leapt over the midfielder, hitting the back of the opponent’s head with his left shin. Pereira was already the victim of a head injury in Uruguay’s 2-1 win over England. Italy fans cheer before group D World Cup match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. (AP Photo) Team Lineups: Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Matteo Darmian, Marco Verratti, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Mattia De Sciglio, Mario Balotelli, Ciro Immobile. Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Alvaro Pereira, Alvaro Gonzalez, Egidio Arevalo Rios, Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Rodriguez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.
Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor will walk the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 ramp as a showstopper for designer Manish Malhotra.Kareena’s association with Malhotra has been a long-standing one. From red carpet events and film premieres to social events and get-togethers, Kareena has often sported the designers’ creations with utmost elegance.LFW will take place from Aug 20 to Aug 24 at the Palladium Hotel in MumbaiShe will showcase yet another global runway trend that is big this seaso n- The Gloss Look, crafted by the Lakme Bridal Dream Team.”I have always loved working with Kareena. She is the perfect combination of a gorgeous face and a confident personality. Every season, LFW has a trend story to tell and the finale accentuates the trend in the most elaborate manner,” Malhotra said in a statement.”I’m looking forward to crafting a special look for Kareena with my latest collection which is inspired by the Gloss look; a trend that is creating waves internationally and is being spotted on runways around the globe,” he added.LFW will take place Aug 20-24 at the Palladium Hotel in Mumbai.
Djokovic defeated Murray 7-6(1), 6-7(1), 6-2, 6-4 in a 3-hour-32-minute gameThrough a pair of back-and-forth sets, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray put on a display befitting a matchup of past US Open champions.They tracked down would-be winners and somehow got them back, prolonging points that involved 10 or 20 strokes or more, extended by Djokovic’s slides and splits or Murray’s gifted anticipation. After one 30-shot masterpiece on his way to victory, Djokovic raised his right fist, bellowed, “Come on!” and windmilled his arms to rile up the crowd.Eventually, the physically demanding action proved too much for a fading Murray, and Djokovic pulled away to win 7-6 (1), 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-4 and reach the tournament’s semifinals for the eighth consecutive year.”I knew coming into tonight’s match that it’s going to be tough, that he’s going to go for his shots, and the more aggressive one would win it,” the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Djokovic said. “I’m glad I managed to stay fit in the end and pull it through.”It took a while for him to push out front in a 3-hour, 32-minute match that ended after 1 am on Thursday.Novak Djokovic reacts after winning his US Open match against Andy MurrayAsked in an on-court interview to look ahead to facing 10th-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan in Saturday’s semifinals, Djokovic joked: “My thoughts are just directed to sleeping right now.”That drew guffaws from spectators, and he continued: “Or party. What do you say? Let’s party. I think my coach right there would chase me with a little baseball bat if he saw me going to the city to party right now.”advertisementNishikori became the first man from Japan to reach the U.S. Open semifinals since Ichiya Kumagae in 1918, outlasting third-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(7), 6-7(5), 6-4.In the women’s quarterfinals, top-seeded Serena Williams dropped the first three games before quickly turning things around to defeat 11th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-3, 6-2.Williams, who counts five US Open titles among her 17 Grand Slam trophies, will play 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the semifinals.Taking advantage as the eighth-seeded Murray’s lively forehand dipped in quality and the Scot’s service speeds slipped, Djokovic broke to go up 3-1 in the third set, then fended off a pair of break points in the next game. On the first, Murray sailed a backhand long to end a 28-stroke point, then leaned over and put a hand on his knee. On the second, he dumped a forehand into the net, then slammed his racket against his right thigh and yelled.Soon, Murray was turning to his box to say, “Nothing in the legs.” In the fourth set, a trainer came out to deliver a heat pack to Murray.”I got stiff in my hips and my back….I don’t know exactly why,” said Murray, who beat Djokovic in the finals at the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013. “I didn’t hurt anything. It was just, I think, fatigue.”He had back surgery a year ago, and dealt with cramping in his first-round match in New York last week. Murray looked fine since then, but he couldn’t sustain his top form against the relentless Djokovic, who won the US Open in 2011.”He was fresher toward the end,” Murray said. “I tried to hang in as best I could.”Until the third set, anyway, Djokovic-Murray was reminiscent – in terms of pure entertainment value and setting, if not quite star power – of the 2001 classic between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, which also was a quarterfinal, and also under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium. That one, won by Sampras, featured four tiebreakers, because neither man broke serve even once.Djokovic and Murray combined for 11 service breaks, seven by Djokovic, including in the final game. They are both brilliant baseliners and retrievers, and it helps that they know each other – and each other’s patterns – so well.Wednesday’s opening set was a 73-minute exercise in shape-shifting and shot making. In the tiebreaker, though, Murray lost his way: He double-faulted, put a return into the net, flubbed a backhand and, before he knew it, that set was gone.Djokovic went up a break in the second set. Murray broke back. Djokovic took another of Murray’s service games. And, yes, Murray again broke back, delivering a forehand winner that left an angered Djokovic swatting a spare ball off the serve-speed digital readout.”We always,” Djokovic said afterward, “push each other to the limits.”advertisement
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“He deserves everything good that happens to him,” Doncic said. “It’s amazing the things he has accomplished, but this one is really amazing for him.”Nowitzki finished with eight points, giving him 31,424 in his 21 seasons — trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan.The two jumpers were a fitting way for Nowitzki to pass Chamberlain, whose listed height of 7-foot-1 is only an inch taller than Nowitzki. But the two achieved their point totals with contrasting styles of play.Chamberlain once averaged more than 50 points in a season, dominating inside to such a degree that the NBA widened the paint in an effort to neutralize him.Nowitzki, meanwhile, has made nearly 2,000 3-pointers in his prolific career, establishing the trend of big men with long-range shooting capabilities. He’s an 88 percent free throw shooter, 37 points higher than Chamberlain’s mark.ADVERTISEMENT Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots as New Orleans Pelicans’ Kenrich Williams (3) defends and Pelicans’ Julius Randle (30) and Anthony Davis (23) watch in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, March 18, 2019. With the basket, Nowitzki became the NBA’s sixth-leading scorer. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS— For the 7-footer who has built a Hall of Fame career shooting from the outside, it was the perfect way to reach his latest milestone.Dirk Nowitzki swished a 20-foot jumper with 8:35 left in the first quarter Monday night, passing Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA’s career scoring list — but it wasn’t enough for the Dallas Mavericks.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Payton and Frank Jackson each had six points in OT for the Pelicans, who ended a six-game losing streak.“It’s great, especially after what happened the other day,” Payton said, referring to Saturday’s overtime loss to last-place Phoenix. “To be in a similar situation as far as a close game, to be able to pull it out is big.”TIP-INSPelicans: Anthony Davis had 20 points in 21 minutes. Jackson scored 19.Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 points. Salah Mejri scored a season-high nine. … Doncic has scored 20 or more points in 38 games, second among Mavs rookies to Jay Vincent (53) in 1981-82.UP NEXTPelicans: Visit the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.Mavericks: Visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Elfrid Payton had his fifth straight triple-double and Julius Randle scored 30 points to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Mavericks 129-125 in overtime Monday night.Nowitzki moved past Chamberlain (31,419 points) by making his first two shots of the game. The first was a 20-footer off an assist from Jalen Brunson. Then the 40-year-old German took a feed from Luka Doncic and backed down Kenrich Williams before turning and launching from the top of the key.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, logistics“I took my time and faced him up like I’ve done a million times and tried to shoot over him,” Nowitzki said. “It was good to get it over with in the first two shots.”Payton had 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Dallas rookie Luka Doncic turned in a triple-double of his own with 29 points, 13 boards and 10 assists, including the pass that put Nowitzki higher up in the record book. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “The league wanted a change, and I came in at the right time,” Nowitzki said. “They basically forced teams to do a little more movement and more pick-and-roll. All the guys now can shoot and spread the floor. It was just perfect for me and for my skill set.”Nowitzki’s skill set has naturally diminished with age, especially this season. He missed the first 26 games after offseason ankle surgery and has averaged only six points per game — 15 below his career average. He started for just the ninth time Monday and played 12 minutes.“Not many people on the outside know the kinds of sacrifices to be on the floor to accomplish something like this,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s just another credit to how he’s approached his entire career.”WITNESS TO HISTORYRandle, a Dallas native who grew up watching Nowitzki and admires his inside-outside game, was in the arena for Nowitzki’s previous major milestone as a member of the Lakers when Nowitzki passed the 30,000-point mark.“I was just happy he didn’t hit the shot on me,” Randle said. “It’s crazy to see he’s breaking a record every time I come. It just shows you his accomplishments and his achievements.”HOME SWEET HOMEAlso serendipitous was Nowitzki reaching the milestone in Dallas — he is the only NBA player to spend 21 seasons with one team. The club launched a new marketing campaign Monday called 41.21.1, commemorating his uniform number and his tenure with the team. It is anticipated that this will be his final season, though Nowitzki has only said publicly he will decide at the end of the year. He reiterated that statement after the game.FRANTIC FINISHRandle scored 11 points in the final 3:29 of regulation, helping the Pelicans rally to force overtime. Doncic made the second of two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to tie the score at 110, and Randle missed a turnaround at the buzzer. Jazz wallop Wizards to start crucial road trip in NBA playoff race MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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MOST READ 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—A decade ago, Sonny Thoss was considered as one of the best big men in the PBA commanding the post as if he was the only center in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite hurting hand, Chris Banchero good to go for quarterfinals Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Alaska head coach Alex Compton joked that they’ve found the Fountain of Youth and bottled its contents to give to Thoss during timeouts.“Sonny’ been awesome this conference, we’ve actually found what Ponce De Leon was looking for in Florida—the Fountain of Youth—so we bottled it, gave it to Sonny and that’s what he’s been drinking in practice,” said Compton whose Aces will next face first seed Phoenix in the quarterfinals.“He’s invigorated, so he’s turned back the clock this conference about 10 years, he’s been great, he’s been active, he’s been asserting himself,” added Compton.Thoss, a two-time PBA Mythical First Team member and the 2013 Philippine Cup Finals MVP, said that he’s trying to maintain his health and keeping his focus on making his knees and back better.“I’m grateful to the medical staff, they’ve been working with me, trying to get my knees and back better. I guess that’s been helping a lot so credit to them,” said Thoss.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Age has since caught up to the 12-time All-Star and he settled for being the second fiddle in the post as power forward Vic Manuel rose to prominence in the 2015-16 PBA season.With Manuel out in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, it was up to Thoss to patrol the middle as if it was 2007, but that didn’t faze the 37-year-old as he showed some vintage class against NLEX in the do-or-die game for a spot in the playoffs.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, logisticsThoss cooked the Road Warriors to the tune of 21 points, on 10-of-14 shooting, with five rebounds, one steal, and one block in the Aces’ 88-80 win Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“I was just trying to be aggressive, it’s working my way at the moment,” said Thoss who averaged 8.9 points and 5.4 rebounds before the game against NLEX. “My scoring, I think I got lucky with my shots going in.”
India’s very own Mars Orbiter Mission popularly known as Mangalyaan, was launched by Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) back on November 5, 2013. Today it has finally made its entry into Mars’s orbit, making the mission a successful bet. Not only in India, the success is being celebrated and appreciated worldwide. In the words of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi “History has been created.” Here are top 8 facts about Mangalyaan that you need to know:1. India is the first country to conduct a successful Mars mission ‘Mangalyaan’ on its first try after US, European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union.2. Mangalyaan’s on-orbit mission life is less than ten months.3. The essential target of the mission is to showcase nation’s rocket launch frameworks, shuttle building and operations capacities.4. Mangalyaan is equipped with at least five solar powered equipments which will accumulate the information on Martian Climate and water, if it still exists on Mars. The Orbiter is expected to investigate the surface of the planet, availability of minerals and environment.5. The closest and farthest points of the Orbiter from Mars will be 365 Km and 80,000 Km respectively.6. The Mission was carried out in a period of 15 months, utilizing an amount close to Rs 450 crores.7. The Indian Deep Space Network will take care of navigation and keeping a check on the operations of the mission. NASA’s Deep Space Network will assist in administrations amid the non-visible time of the Indian Deep Space Network.8. The dry mass of the shuttle is 500 Kilos while will carry 850 Kilos of Propellant and Oxidizer to fuel the engine. advertisement
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed an “unbelievable” performance by David Silva in their 3-0 romp against West Bromwich Albion in their Premier League opener on Monday and said he would look to strengthen his squad further.Spain international Silva was at his scintillating best, pulling the strings in midfield alongside a resurgent Yaya Toure as City cruised to victory.”It is very important to start the season with a win and to win in the way we did — scoring goals and playing as a very consistent team without giving West Brom any real chances to score — is pleasing,” Pellegrini said in an interview posted on Manchester City’s website (www.mcfc.co.uk).”I enjoy seeing technical players play well. David really played well — especially in the first-half. It was an unbelievable performance. He did not make any mistakes.”Toure scores twice Toure, who scored twice, showed the sort of form that has helped him propel City to two league titles in the past four seasons.The Ivorian’s blend of power and pace proved the perfect complement to Silva’s brand of slick passing. And with Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas stretching the play out wide, City dominated from start to finish.Sterling debut Pellegrini was also satisfied with Sterling’s competitive debut.City’s 49 million pound ($76 million) man provided the energy that was sometimes lacking last season and came close to marking his first league appearance with a goal.”He had two clear chances to score but he is starting at a new club with new teammates with a different way of playing,” Pellegrini said.advertisement”It might not be his best performance but I think he played in a good way.”The Chilean said he was still looking to strengthen his squad.”If we can, we must have a stronger squad because we must play four competitions,” Pellegrini was quoted as saying in British media reports.”There are a lot of games so we can do it and if we can bring in players that will improve our squad, we will try to do it,” he added.
Roger Federer is back in the semifinals of the US Open for the 10th time. To get back to his first final at Flushing Meadows in six years, he’ll have to beat someone he knows quite well: Swiss Olympic and Davis Cup team-mate Stan Wawrinka.The No. 2-seeded Federer and No. 5 Wawrinka both won quarterfinals about as handily as can be Wednesday night. Federer never faced a break point, compiled a remarkable 50-8 advantage in winners, and needed less than 1 1/2 hours to dismiss 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in Arthur Ashe Stadium.”No doubt about it: I think I played a very good match,” Federer said. “I felt the ball great.”He won five consecutive titles at the US Open from 2004-08, then lost in the 2009 final and hasn’t been that far again since.Forced to play in Louis Armstrong Stadium because of two lengthy women’s quarterfinals plus a 1 1/2-hour rain delay earlier, Wawrinka eliminated 15th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-4, 6-0. The match took 1 hour, 47 minutes in all, but the third set, in particular, was about as lopsided as possible: Wawrinka won 24 of the 29 points.Wawrinka solved the 6-foot-8 Anderson’s serve, converting 5 of 8 break points. Anderson had been broken a total of four times through his first four matches combined.”For sure,” Wawrinka said, “the best match of the tournament for me.”Most of his career, Wawrinka has lived in the shadow of his older and far more successful countryman, Federer. While Federer owns a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles, Wawrinka didn’t break through with his first until the 2014 Australian Open. But Wawrinka added No. 2 this year at the French Open, beating Federer in the quarterfinals along the way.advertisementStill, that was only Wawrinka’s third victory in 19 career matches against Federer.”Stan played a wonderful match against me in Paris, and I was very happy for him that he went on to win the tournament. He deserved it. He’s been such a great player throughout his career. He always improved a lot, kept on working really hard,” Federer said.”Couldn’t be happier to play him here, to be quite honest,” Federer added. “Two Swiss in the semis of the US Open it’s very cool for both of us.”Asked whether he expects a vast majority of spectators to be pulling for Federer on Friday, Wawrinka replied: “Everybody loves Roger. He’s the best player ever.”In Friday’s other men’s semifinal, No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia will play defending champion Marin Cilic of Croatia. Djokovic has won all 13 of their previous meetings.The women’s semifinals are Thursday night: No. 1 Serena Williams of the United States vs. unseeded Roberta Vinci of Italy, and No. 2 Simona Halep of Romania vs. No. 26 Flavia Pennetta of Italy.It’s the first time two Italians reached the semifinals at the same major tournament.Halep and Pennetta advanced Wednesday by beating two-time major champions. Halep rested up and composed herself after the third-set rain break and defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, while Pennetta edged Kvitova 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
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. New Delhi: Struggling star Sushil Kumar sealed his berth in the India squad for the World Championship pipping a spirited Jitender Kumar 4-2 in a bitterly-fought 74 kg final here on Tuesday. The consistent attacks from both the wrestlers in the fast-paced final bout had the fans on the edge of their seats as close to 1500 gathered at IGI stadium to watch their favourite star in action. Sushil opened up a 4-0 lead in the first period and ended up causing an eye-injury to Jitender early in the second period. Sushil, whose return to mat after a year at an event Belarus met with a disappointing end, apologised immediately.Later, another attacking move from Sushil had Jitender wincing in pain as he suffered an elbow injury.Nevertheless, Jitender did not give up and thrice he had got hold of Sushil’s right leg but lack of proper grip meant that he could not convert it into points.Sushil was feeling the heat and it was obvious that the two medical breaks he took was a ploy to catch some breath.With two push-out points, Jitender reduced the margin of defeat.It still is not over for Jitender as the Federation has given him the option to book a World Championship berth in 79kg by challenging today’s winner Virdev Gulia.”Everyone saw how he (Sushil) fought. I was just doing wrestling and he was … I had trouble seeing after that eye injury. I had prepared well. He was also taking unnecessary breaks,” alleged Jitender, his left eye still red-shot and elbow wrapped tightly.”In a day or two I should be fit. I will try to make it to squad in 79kg,” he added.His coach Jaiveer accused Sushil of indulging in unfair practices.”He did it on purpose. He has been doing it for years. He employed same tactics in the 2012 Olympics. It was definitely deliberate. The referees were also hand in glove. They don’t want any other win against Sushil,” alleged Jaiveer.Sushil, India’s only individual double Olympic medallist, though outrightly rejected the charge.”It was not done deliberately. He is like my younger brother. It was a good fight and if such bouts are fought consistently, the country will see good results,” said Sushil.”My style is not rough. My style is to win by technical superiority or pin the opponent. Today the instruction from the coaches was to just win the bout. It’s an art to win wrestling bouts. I wish Jitender all the best. He respects me and even touches my feet whenever we meet,” he said.The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh also backed Sushil.”It was not rough. When Vinesh Phogat suffered a broken knee, was her opponent rough. It happens in wrestling. No wrestlers comes with hands tied on wrestling mat,” said Singh.When asked if it was fair on Gulia to be asked to fight again despite winning the trials today, WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar said, “This is not to favour any one particular wrestler. We want to send a strong team. Jitender is an excellent wrestler and should be given a chance to go to World Championships.” Rahul Aware (61kg), Karan (70kg), Praveen (92kg) abd Viderv Gulia (79kg) won trials in non-olympic divisions. Jitender KumarSushil Kumarworld championshipwrestling First Published: August 20, 2019, 4:13 PM IST
Mies: India will be hosting the 3×3 basketball qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in March next year, basketball world governing body FIBA has announced.The tournament will feature 40 teams (20 in each gender), the location for which will be announced later. Six tickets (three per gender) to next year Olympics will be awarded at the Olympic qualifying tournament, said FIBA in a press release.”It is a great honour to host such an important event in India and to see our players give it all on home soil for a berth to the first-ever 3×3 Olympic tournament,” said Basketball Federation of India (BFI) President Govindaraj Kempareddy.”We are delighted to host the Olympic qualifying tournament in India”, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said.”Following the successful organisation of two consecutive FIBA Women’s Asia Cup in Bangalore by the BFI, we are looking forward to organising now a key 3×3 event in a country where our new Olympic discipline already has a strong fanbase.”In addition to the host teams, the remaining of the 40 participating teams are qualified via the FIBA rankings and the results of the FIBA World Cup held in Amsterdam.On June 9, 2017, 3×3 was added to the Olympic Program and the discipline will be making its Olympic debut in Japan next year where eight-team tournaments will be held for men and women. 2020 tokyo olympics3x3 basketballbasketballIndia First Published: October 8, 2019, 11:34 AM 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.
England lost six wickets to collapse to 302 all out as Australia roared back in the first Ashes Test on day two at the Gabba today.The tourists were building their first innings in an 83- run partnership between Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali before Malan’s dismissal triggered a clatter of wickets before lunch.Joe Root’s team tumbled from 246 for four to be all out as Australia seized the upper hand following an attritional opening day.Fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins each took three wickets and spinner Nathan Lyon two to bundle out the tourists with six wickets for 56.Malan, the Middlesex left-hander, hit 11 fours in his third Test fifty before he top-edged a Mitchell Starc lifter and was caught by Shaun Marsh at deep square leg for 56.Seven balls later, in the 104th over, off-spinner Lyon removed all-rounder Moeen Ali leg before wicket for 38, with the dismissal confirmed on review.Lyon, who was threatening with his drift and turn, struck again with the first ball of his next over, bowling Chris Woakes for a duck.Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow followed shortly afterwards for nine, as he attempted to pull Pat Cummins only to dolly to gloveman Tim Paine for his first catch on his Test return after seven years in the wilderness.Jake Ball smacked three fours before he was snapped up by a diving David Warner at leg slip off Starc for 14, and Stuart Broad was dropped by Marsh before he went for 20 to an outfield catch by Peter Handscomb.Starc finished with three for 77, Cummins took three for 85 and Lyon two for 78.Malan had looked in command before his false shot to a Starc lifter and batted for 130 balls in his first Ashes Test, hitting some impressive boundaries. November 24, 2017 Published on RELATED Australia’s David Warner dives unsuccessfully to take a catch hit by England’s Jonny Bairstow during the second day of the first Ashes cricket test match. – Reuters cricket Cummins grabs breakthrough after England dominate Australia’s David Warner dives unsuccessfully to take a catch hit by England’s Jonny Bairstow during the second day of the first Ashes cricket test match. – Reuters × Fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins each took three wickets and spinner Nathan Lyon two to bundle out the tourists SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENT COMMENTS
barcelonacontractfootballlionel messi First Published: October 19, 2019, 7:41 AM IST Barcelona: Charly Rexach, the man who helped Barcelona discover Lionel Messi, has said he made the star footballer sign the contract on a paper napkin when he was just 12 years old because he knew he was too talented to let slip.Rexach was a Barcelona executive in 2000 when he met Messi. Rexach himself played for Barca between 1966-81. “His father felt that things were not all too clear and told me they would leave,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN.”It was then I decided [to sign him] on the fly. Once in Barcelona I decided to sign him on a paper napkin that a waiter gave me because I couldn’t let him get away,” he added.Messi was recently presented with the European Golden Shoe for the sixth time. He was the recipient of the award as he scored the most league goals across Europe’s top division, by scoring 36 goals in 34 league appearances between 2018 and 2019.Messi was presented with the Golden Shoe at a ceremony here, where his sons Thiago and Mateo handed him the latest trophy. 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.
New Delhi: All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with German Football Association (DFB) in New Delhi pertaining to football education for coaches and referees, apart from national team exchanges and marketing initiatives. The signing of the agreement coincided with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to India for talks with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF and Friedrich Curtius, General Secretary, DFB, signed the document to formalize the relationship between the two football governing bodies. The MoU was signed in the presence of Joint Secretaries — Inderjit Dhamija, and LS Singh. Swati Kothari, General Manager, AIFF, and Dr Fabian Ulrich, Head of International Relations and Strategic Projects were also present on the occasion. The MoU covers a wide range of areas pertaining to Indian football such as coach education (including grassroots), talent scouting and promotion, deployment of professional referees to India, exchange between national teams and visit of DFB all-star team (if feasible), joint marketing initiatives and sports administration via discussions on their competition management solutions. Football cooperation among states is also one of the agendas in respective Government’s discussion.Conveying his delight at the MoU, Das said: “It is a great honour for AIFF to get into this agreement with DFB. I am sure this will immensely benefit Indian football significantly.””Signing of the MoU coincides with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to India and her talks with Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi-ji for strengthening of bilateral ties between the two countries,” the General Secretary stated.”Germany are renowned for their footballing prowess, and the work done by them at the grassroots level stands out. The MoU represents a great opportunity to learn from their experience and expertise through mutual cooperation and collaboration.” aifffootballgerman football associationgermany First Published: November 1, 2019, 5:12 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.