Mercado suffers high-grade ankle sprain after chasedown block

first_imgMercado writhed in pain at the baseline as the Gin Kings tried to force overtime, but Brownlee’s one-hander went short and the Bolts escaped with the 85-83 victory to level the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals to two games apiece.“It’s unfortunate because that was a game-saving play by Sol, but he got injured doing it,” rued coach Tim Cone.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 shutoutMercado declined to give interviews after the game as he was taken out on a wheelchair and was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center.Gin Kings assistant coach Olsen Racela shared to the media the initial findings from the team doctors, who ruled it a high grade ankle sprain. But the team is still hoping that the injury won’t keep Mercado out of their lineup for the duration of the championship series. View comments “You never know about sprained ankles until the next day. The swelling dictates what grade it is, one, two, or three. If it’s a grade one, he’ll get a chance to play, but if it’s two or three, he won’t make it on Sunday,” said Cone.Mercado has been a good barometer of Ginebra in the Finals as he averaged 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.5 steals in the first two wins, but went scoreless in Games 3 and 4, both Gin King losses, to go with 1.5 boards, 1.0 assist, and 0.5 steals. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra is keeping its fingers crossed that Sol Mercado’s injury isn’t serious.The 33-year-old playmaker suffered a high grade left ankle sprain after a bad landing following his chasedown block on Jared Dillinger in the last 15 seconds of Game 4.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Meralco nips Ginebra, ties PBA Finals CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Amid doping scandal, skeleton federation suspends 4 Russians

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The IBSF isn’t waiting.“I understand that it was a difference of culture and that the Russians don’t believe they did anything wrong,” U.S. women’s skeleton veteran Katie Uhlaender said after the IOC decision to strip the medals and issue the Olympic bans was announced Wednesday. “But this was the only way to fix it.”Uhlaender will be promoted to the bronze medal spot once Nikitina, as the IOC has ordered, surrenders what had been her bronze from Sochi and the IBSF updates the results. Tretiakov was the men’s gold-medalist; the revised order of finish for that event will now have Latvia’s Martins Dukurs getting gold, Matt Antoine of the U.S. bumped up to silver and Latvia’s Tomass Dukurs, Martins’ brother, will become the bronze medalist.Uhlaender, who was fourth, will soon officially be third behind gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold of Britain and silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S.Sliders have lauded the IOC for doing the right thing, though noted that racers like Uhlaender and Tomass Dukurs — even once they have medals in hand — will never be able to replicate the moment on a podium that they should have had in Sochi.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Elena Nikitina of Russia celebrates her bronze medal win during the women’s skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The International Olympic Committee has banned four more Russians for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, all competing in the sliding sport of skeleton and includes men’s gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov and women’s bronze medalist Nikitina. AP FILE PHOTOThe two Russians who had their medals from the Sochi Games stripped because of doping have been barred from competing in World Cup races, at least temporarily.It’s the latest sanction against Aleksandr Tretiakov and Elena Nikitina, who had their medals — gold for Tretiakov, bronze for Nikitina — taken away Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) after it was determined they were part of Russia’s state-sponsored doping program at the 2014 Olympics. They have already been banned from future Olympics, and now may have no place to slide.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Raisman embraces role as ‘Fierce’ advocate for abuse victims Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ “Having the physical medal’s cool, but most of it in my opinion is the experience of everything that happens,” Antoine said. “That’s what you cherish the most.”Not having the top Russians on the World Cup circuit figures to have a major impact on the points standings.Nikitina was the World Cup women’s points leader after the first two races of the season, and was coming off a victory last weekend in Park City, Utah. Tretiakov was fourth so far in the men’s standings, including a bronze at the season-opening race in Lake Placid, New York. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation handed down the suspensions Thursday (Friday Manila time), effective immediately. Tretiakov and Nikitina were both planning to compete in World Cup races at Whistler, British Columbia, this weekend.In all, four Russians have been suspended by the IBSF. Along with Tretiakov and Nikitina, Mariia Orlova and Olga Potylitsyna — who have been racing on the lesser-tier Intercontinental Cup Circuit this season — were also banned, just as they were by the IOC. All four are expected to appeal, and the IBSF said they will be entitled to a hearing if that happens.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“Sport is all about who’s the best on that day and if anything compromises that, like the situations in Sochi, it taints everything and kind of undermines the fundamental belief in the system and the competition itself,” said USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele, also is a vice president with the IBSF. “This is kind of righting the ship.”The IBSF’s decision is a strong one and is in stark contrast to one made by the International Ski Federation, which is allowing Russian cross-country skiers who were found guilty of doping at the Sochi Olympics to compete in World Cup events this weekend. The FIS wants to see detailed reasons why the IOC disciplinary panel reached its decisions about the Russian athletes. View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

How Abdul-Jabbar became Kareem and decided to talk about it

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Radio host loses job after sexual comments on teen Olympian 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting And although he didn’t realize it until looking closely at a class photo taken in the third grade, he was often the only black kid in class, a circumstance that in later years would expose him to repeated episodes of ugly racism, no matter his fame or success, that would leave deep emotional scars that sometimes took decades to heal.So he kept his game face on, both on and off the court, and persevered through setbacks and successes.“I did the book because I thought that the process that I went through could be very useful for young people right now,” Abdul-Jabbar told The Associated Press during a wide-ranging interview this week at the offices of the Skyhook Foundation, the charitable nonprofit he created several years ago to provide educational opportunities for elementary school children, the same group he targeted his book for.After its publication, sports broadcaster Roy Firestone, a longtime friend, suggested he share those experiences directly with live audiences, telling him his words would not only resonate with young people today but provide a chance for Abdul-Jabbar to clear up some lingering misconceptions dating to his playing days. The clipped, seemingly curt answers he often gave during postgame interviews, for example, frequently came across not as shy but as surly, especially coming from someone who stood an intimidatingly tall 7 feet, 2 inches.“And that was very unfortunate,” Abdul-Jabbar says softly now. “I think it kept me from a head coaching job and commercials and stuff because people wanted to assume the worst.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “Well, you know, seeing how there is no alternative — I’ll take it,” he says of turning 70 last year. “But I don’t know about that ‘life begins at 40’ stuff. What happened at 40 is I started getting old.“There is something wrong with that scenario,” he adds, laughing again. In this Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 photo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar poses in his office, in Newport Beach, Calif. Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. This fall Abdul-Jabbar will embark on a cross-country tour as part of “Becoming Kareem,” a stage show in which he’ll discuss his life, answer audience questions and talk about the key mentors in his life he says helped him achieve his goals along the way. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived.One thing Abdul-Jabbar has never been — at least not in public — is chatty.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img “I’m not known for being a blabbermouth, you know?” the soft-spoken Abdul-Jabbar concedes with a smile, something else he was never particularly known for during his playing days. But, he adds, still smiling, his public can expect to see that change — and soon.This fall Abdul-Jabbar will embark on a cross-country tour as part of “Becoming Kareem,” a stage show in which he’ll discuss his life, answer audience questions and talk about the key mentors he says helped him achieve his goals. Among them: civil rights heroes Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, his legendary college coach and lifelong friend John Wooden, and fellow superstar athletes Muhammad Ali and Wilt Chamberlain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe tour was inspired by the 2017 best-seller “Becoming Kareem,” a memoir of his years from childhood to age 24.Inspirational, poignant, funny and occasionally heartbreaking, it recounts the coming of age of a bright and hardworking but painfully introverted kid, one who was always the tallest in class. 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 Articles01:29Police 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 MOST READ Not that he hasn’t had a storied life and career before and after basketball.Abdul-Jabbar played on six NBA championship teams, was an assistant coach for two others, won a record six MVP awards and is the leading scorer in NBA history with 38,387 points, a mark that’s never been seriously challenged in the 29 years since he retired.He’s written more than a dozen books ranging from children’s adventure novels to histories of prominent African-Americans to crime novels featuring the adventures of none other than Mycroft Holmes, older brother of Sherlock.“I enjoyed Sherlock Holmes from when I was a kid,” he recalls, adding with a robust laugh that until high school he actually believed the master detective was a real person. Learning he was Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation, he concluded the author gave short shrift to Mycroft and set out to fix that a few years ago. His second Holmes book came out last year, and he’s working on another.“That and this tour will hopefully keep me pretty busy,” he said as he sat in a chair in his spacious office.It’s an office filled with memorabilia commemorating not only his basketball career but his African-American roots and his work as a civil-rights advocate. Sitting near NAACP Image Awards are dozens of basketballs, many autographed by members of the Showtime-era Los Angeles Lakers teams he helped lead to five championships in the 1980s. On the walls are posters of him launching his signature skyhook shot over the likes of Charles Barkley and guarding Bill Walton.The sounds of jazz, the beloved soundtrack of Abdul-Jabbar’s life, play softly through the office until he silences them to talk. (His father, Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, whose name he shared before changing his in his early 20s upon his conversion to Islam, was not only a New York City police officer but a talented jazz musician.)If not as shy as he once was, Abdul-Jabbar is still somewhat guarded in conversation, although he can be playfully funny as well.Yes, he confirms with a grin, it’s true that after President Donald Trump sent him a name-calling note for criticizing Trump, he crumpled it into a ball and skyhooked it into a wastebasket.Although he suffered from leukemia that’s now in remission and underwent quadruple bypass surgery three years ago, Abdul-Jabbar looks little different than he did during his playing days, appearing trim and athletic in Tommy Hilfiger jeans and an open-necked shirt. AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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PVL: San Sebastian recovers from opener loss, sweeps JRU

first_imgView comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Joyce Sta. Rita paced San Sebastian with 16 points but she got ample support from Nikka Dalisay and Daurene Santos who finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively.San Sebastian head coach Roger Gorayeb wants his team to stand on its feet after the famed three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones left the squad due to graduation.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 opening“This is their time to shine, they can’t reason out that Grethcel isn’t there anymore,” said Gorayeb. “I hope they can fix their psychology. I want them to dream big.”Shola Alvarez top-scored for JRU with 13 points while Dolly Verzosa added 11. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Sebastian bounced back from its brutal opening loss and swept Jose Rizal U, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, in the the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Stags are now at 1-1, after losing to Far Eastern University 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, in their first game, while the Lady Heavy Bombers are at 0-2 to bottom Group A.ADVERTISEMENT Incoming Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball shares plans to visit PH next year Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Gameslast_img read more

IPL 2011: Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab- DD win by 29 runs

first_imgDelhi beat Punjab by 29 runs in a high scoring IPL cricket match that saw 433 runs being scored in the day. Score | PhotosDelhi captain Virender Sehwag and David Warner scored 77 runs each as Delhi posted a massive 231/4 at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Saturday.The target proved too much for the Punjab team, which lost the match by 29 runs. Still hats off to them for scoring a 200 plus soccer batting second. And the onus for this goes to Aussie Shaun Marsh who scored a quick-fire 95 of 46 balls, hitting nine fours and six sixes.Chasing 232, Punjab lost their in-form opener Paul Valthaty early. He fell to Irfan Pathan in the fourth over when the team total was 25.Post Valthaty’s wicket, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh batted on without losing a wicket till the 10th over. However, they were nowhere near the Delhi scoring rate. After 10 overs Punjab were a decent 96/1, but that was 19 runs short of Delhi’s total of 115.However, Punjab soon lost a wicket in the 11th over with Gilchrist falling to Delhi paceman Varun Aaron on 42 when the team total was 97/2. Next to take a walk was Dinesh Karthik. A pull of Ajit Agarkar that went wrong was lapped up by captain Virender Sehwag at square leg and Punjab were down to 117/3.David Hussey tried hard to up the tempo and even hit a massive 106 metres six off James Hopes, but could not stop the inevitable – Punjab’s loss. He fell on the next ball, this time the elevation was missing and Sehwag caught him in the deep on 20. Punjab lost their 4th wicket on 153.advertisementThen Shaun Marsh attempted a late revival smashing over the fence shots and boundaries at ease. But, one such shot of Morne Morkel that was not well-timed took a long loop in the air only to settle in the safe hands of Delhi captain Sehwag at mid-off. He fell five runs short of a ton and Punjab lost their fifth wicket on 184.Punjab managed to post 202/6 in 20 overs.Delhi inningsDelhi captain Virender Sehwag and David Warner scored 77 runs each as Delhi posted a massive 231/4 against Punjab in their IPL match.Earlier, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and put Delhi in the middle in this 26th IPL match. And Delhi openers Virender Sehwag and David Warner went on charge right away at their home ground Ferozeshah Kotla.The two blasted away boundaries even as the opposition bowlers found it hard to break their stand. After 10 over Delhi were an impressive 115 – the average was just a shy off 12 runs an over.Sehwag was especially brutal and he picked David Hussey for his batting blitz. In the 12th over, he hit Hussey for three sixes and went for another big one but failed to get the desired elevation and Dinesh Karthik took a fine catch to dismiss him on 77 and their opening stand ended on 146. Sehwag’s 35-ball 77 was decorated with 8 fours and four sixes.Next man Yogesh Nagar too kept up the tempo playing his shots on the up, but he did not stay at the crease for long and departed while trying to hit Abhishek Nayar over the long off boundary. Ryan Harris caught him on 11 and Delhi lost their second wicket on 164/2 in 14 overs.But Warner was still at the crease and he was have a good stay in the middle. He and Venugopal Rao continued to pound the Punjab bowlers in this IPL match.Finally Warner fell to Praveen Kumar in the 16th over on the same total as that of Sehwag. However, his 77 came off 48 balls and included seven fours and four sixes. He too holed out to Harris at long on and Delhi lost their third wicket on 179/3.Aaron Finch was the last wicket to fall for Delhi and post that Rao and Naman Ojha put on an unbeaten 47 runs for the fifth wicket as Delhi scored the highest total of IPL-4 with 231 on board. The total is also the third all-time highest score in IPL.last_img read more

PM ready to come under Lokpal purview: Sources

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh is learnt to have expressed readiness in coming under the purview of the proposed Lokpal bill.Sources told Headlines Today that Singh has conveyed to senior ministers in his government that he has nothing to hide and is willing to come under the Lokpal’s purview.While the prime minister has shown readiness, senior functionaries in the government are not too comfortable with the idea. They feel this would set a wrong precedent and leave the prime minister vulnerable to frivolous complaints.Civil society representatives have been pushing for bringing the prime minister, chief justice and other judges under the Lokpal, but the government isn’t keen on it.The issue has become a major sticking point between the government and civil society members of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee.Anti-corruption activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi had said the offices of the prime minister and higher judiciary should be brought under ambit of the Lokpal Bill.But Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, according to agencies, felt it was desirable to exclude the prime minister as he was the “keystone of parliamentary structure of the nation” and any complaint against him would render the incumbent “dysfunctional” as it would lead to an “institutional instability”.Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh was reported to have favoured the inclusion of the prime minister under Lokpal but later said he would only go with the decision of the Congress.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.advertisementlast_img read more

Lakhimpur minor rape case: HC rebukes UP govt for filing incomplete status report

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Friday rebuked the Uttar Pradesh government for filing an incomplete status report on the rape and murder of 14-year-old Sonam by policemen in Nighasan of Lakhimpur.The Lucknow bench had earlier pulled up the CB-CID for delay in submitting its report even while the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Friday accused the policemen of the crime.Advocate general Jyotindra Mishra, who appeared on behalf of the state government, said the complete status report of the investigation would be submitted on the next date of hearing on July 4.The bench of justices Sri Narain Shukla and D. K. Arora asked the CID why the process to attach the properties of the absconding policemen had not been started. It also expressed displeasure over the way the CID was probing the case and asked why the accused policemen were still at large.Prince Lenin, who appeared on the litigant’s behalf, said: “The court was very unhappy with the progress in the investigation. The CID said the report couldn’t be completed due to delay in the forensic report. The court asked the state to declare the accused policemen absconders and attach their properties under Section 82 and 83.””My submission was that while the first postmortem report suggested asphyxia as the reason behind the girl’s death, the second postmortem report said it was strangulation – both reports remained silent on the motive. Since the crime was committed by the policemen and the CB- CID – an agency of the state police – has been handed over its inquiry, there was every possibility that the victim’s family would be deprived of justice. So the case is fit for a CBI inquiry,” he added.advertisementGovernment sources said the CB-CID too had earlier questioned the two postmortem reports, which had rejected any possibility of rape before the murder.”Keeping this aspect in view, Madan Pal Arya, officiating Lakhimpur DM, has forwarded Tarannum Begum’s letter (the victim’s mother) to the department of home. She has sought a CBI probe. Her letter assumes significance in the backdrop of CM Mayawati’s statement that she would recommend a probe by a central agency if the family members so demand,” a government official said.The high court had asked the investigating agency to file its report while responding to a PIL filed by an organisation, We the People, seeking a CBI inquiry and a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to Sonam’s family members.Meanwhile, the NCSC visited Lakhimpur to inquire into the death, spoke to the victim’s parents and made an on-the-spot assessment. After its inquiry, it concluded that the girl was raped, strangulated and later hanged from a tree in order to pass it off as suicide.Sonam was found hanging from a tree near the Nighasan police station on June 10. The state government suspended 12 policemen, including SP D. K. Rai, who were posted at the police station.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.last_img read more

Howzzat: A fictious diary of Imran Khan

first_imgI’m back from London and there’s an epidemic of dengue fever and violence in Pakistan. Of course, it wouldn’t occur to me to do a dharna for the poor children who got bombed by the Taliban on their way to school or the Hazara Shias who got lined up and gunned down by the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.The Taliban and Lashkars are much misunderstood, poor things. It’s not their fault. It’s the Americans’ fault. Which reminds me, I was walking through the seedier parts of London when I came across a shop with purple velvet curtains that said, “Fortune Teller and Mind Reader”. So I went in, hoping to learn when the Americans would leave Af-Pak so that rivers of milk and honey can begin flowing again (as they did in the 1980s and 90s, before 9/ 11).But the Fortune Teller was an ugly old crone hereas the Mind Reader was a hot young chick. So, no prizes for guessing where I went first! The Mind Reader sat me down on a stool, closed her eyes, concentrated really hard for what seemed like an eternity mumbling, “I’m trying to read your mind ?” Eventually, she gave up and said, “No ? nothing ? nothing at all ? an absolute blank!” “That’s amaaaazing” I exclaimed, “how did you know?” Thing is, in England, you get what you pay for. Not like Pakistan, where everyone’s a fraud.After London, I drove down to Oxford. You know of course that I was at Oxford which was a tremendous learning experience because there were lots of beautiful women there. In those days, I used to own a blue sports car. As soon as I came within sight of the university’s tall turrets, I said to myself, “Aah, the City of Screaming Tyres”. Then I began to get a series of desperate emails from my followers in the Tehrik-e-Insaf. “Have you reached?” one read. “Return soon” read another. And so on. But the day before I left, Naomi Campbell rang up and said she was going to see her old (emphasis on old!) friend Nelson Mandela in South Africa and would I like to come. Her Russian oligarch boyfriend was taking his Lear Jet so it’d be a free ride. Why not, I thought.advertisementMandela, I’m afraid, is black. Even the president is black. He shook hands with me, cameras clicked and then he said he was very sorry, he had to go off and run the country. Then we got back into the Lear Jet and returned to London. I slept soundly all the way there. When we disembarked at Heathrow, I said to Naomi, “You know, I somehow see myself in Mandela”. “I think you should go back to bed, darling”, Naomi said, “you’re still dreaming.”Im the Dimlast_img read more

Controversies cloud Wisden awards, but tribute to Indian cricket greats saves the day

first_imgKapil Dev with the Cricketer of the Century AwardIt was a sight to behold: all the biggest names in Indian cricket walking along a red carpet with people lined up on either side at the Wembley Conference Centre.There were the old spinners- Bishan Singh Bedi and S. Venkataraghavan-followed by the,Kapil Dev with the Cricketer of the Century AwardIt was a sight to behold: all the biggest names in Indian cricket walking along a red carpet with people lined up on either side at the Wembley Conference Centre.There were the old spinners- Bishan Singh Bedi and S. Venkataraghavan-followed by the two pillars of the Bombay school of batsmanship, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sunil Gavaskar. Then he arrived.Knighted but more regal than any king, his playing days over but the power still in evidence, a man with a shining pate and a rolling gait. The effect on the crowd was instinctive. Every man, woman and child stepped back in deference, not daring to interrupt his walk. Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards had arrived.They called it a celebration of one hundred years of heroes-and they filled a hall full of them. From Mushtaq Ali, whose gait at 88 years would do a Royal Guardsman proud, from the halting figure of leg-spinner Bhagwat Chandrasekhar to the familiar quick step of Gavaskar, the confident tread of his great contemporary Kapil Dev and the orderly file of the current Indian cricket team.The line up: Mushtaq Ali with Sir Viv Richard and Clive LloydCrowds didn’t break down the door at the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century awards ceremony, but Indian cricket’s big nightout did what it had to do: recognise the richness and heritage of the country’s most beloved sport.The player who finally left with the main award of the evening-the Indian Cricketer of the Century, a choice based both on reason and emotion-was to the mind of many judges Mr Indian Cricket himself.advertisement”Indian cricket is about spirit and enthusiasm and passion-and Kapil Dev is the man who more than anyone else portrayed that,” Richards said. “It had to be Kapil, for all-round ability, more than anyone else,” echoed former Indian wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer.As hard as many in cricket tried, the award was difficult to ignore purely because it was the first of its kind, instituted by Wisden, considered the Bible of the game.The awards were decided by a jury of 35, including famous names in Indian cricket-Mushtaq Ali, Vengsarkar, Bedi, Ajit Wadekar, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Rahul Dravid-and four from overseas: Richie Benaud, Imran Khan, Clive Lloyd and Nasser Hussain.There was a smattering of media members in the jury, which also included the late Madhavrao Scindia who cast his vote before his death. For the main award, every member of the jury had to list his top five cricketers (the members of jury did not nominate themselves) and then pick No. 1; the top one picked up two points and the other four a point each.Winners all: Sunil Gavaskar, Chandrasekhar and G. Viswanath at WembleySachin Tendulkar (right) was at ease with the audienceThere were rumblings when the award for the best bowling performance was given to Chandrasekhar for his 6-38 at the Oval in 1971, ignoring Anil Kumble’s 10-74 vs Pakistan.Similarly, the Team of the Century Award went not to the World Cup-winning team of 1983 but to Gavaskar’s 1985 team that won the World Championship of Cricket in Australia. It sparked off another round of whispers that this was to ensure that Gavaskar didn’t leave empty-handed.It didn’t make a difference to the audience of 1,200-odd people who had paid 50-150 (Rs 3,700-12,500) for the privilege.They cheered and whistled repeatedly when names and faces came up on a giant screen-it began with Kapil Dev running back to take Richards’ catch looking over his shoulder on that other day at Lord’s and continued to a crescendo with the ar rival of India captain Sourav Ganguly on the main stage to present Chandrasekhar with his award.The line up: (from left) Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Bishan Singh Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Anil Kumble and G.R. ViswanathIn the presence of such a bloodline, the cur rent heir to the lineage, Tendulkar, was given the People’s Choice Award, arrived at through a public poll. Looming over the event was the presence of Mohammed Azharuddin.Or rather his absence. Originally invited to the event, expenses paid, there were reservations-old players and current ones felt they would not be comfortable sharing a stage with the man banned for his involvement with bookies. The invitation was withdrawn and, say insiders, it infuriated Azharuddin who, ironically, is in England to attend a wedding.Hussain gave away the least contentious award of all-the Batting Performance of the Century-to V.V.S. Laxman for his 281 vs Australia. Then, the father of all stylists and the first Indian to score a century overseas, Mushtaq Ali stepped forward to receive his award.advertisementAt the end, there were some memorable moments. Desmond Haynes, talking about the West Indies’ defeat in the 1983 World Cup final: “It was the worst day of my life. When we went back to the hotel, I could only see Indians.” But the quote of the evening came from Shane Warne, when he said: “Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Tendulkar … I’m getting a nightmare already.”last_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Knicks in Christmas debut

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, looks to pass during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Giannis Antetokounmpo was so eager to make a rim-rocking Christmas debut that he overshot the basket on his first attempt, a dunk from one side that ended with the ball all the way in the opposite corner.“I was so excited that I went a little bit too high and I thought the rim was a foot taller,” Antetokounmpo said.ADVERTISEMENT James Harden’s 41 helps Rockets beat Thunder Antetokounmpo was angry that night with Knicks forward Mario Hezonja, who had dunked over him in the first quarter, then stared and stepped over him. Antetokounmpo felt it was disrespectful, vowing to punch Hezonja in the groin next time.The Greek Freak was perhaps a little too pumped for the rematch — Brogdon grabbed the rebound of his errant dunk in the corner and fired in a 3-pointer — but he quickly got untracked.It was only a seven-point game midway through the third quarter when Antetokounmpo began to seize control. His jumper followed by layup pushed the lead into double digits, and he scored 11 points in the Bucks’ 36-point period that ended with them leading 84-68 cushion.“We played them really (well) in the first half — down two — in the locker room felt pretty good,” Knox said. “But that third quarter, defensively, offensively, just something slips with us.”Noah Vonleh had 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 points and 10 boards but shot just 4 for 18 for New York.TIP-INSBucks: Antetokounmpo was chosen Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday, the third time this season he’s won the award. He was also voted the player of the month in the conference for October-November. … The Bucks are 3-2 on Christmas.Knicks: Rookie G Allonzo Trier had eight points in 18 minutes after missing seven games with a strained left hamstring. … Hezonja didn’t play. … The Knicks haven’t won on Christmas since beating Boston in 2011 in what was the NBA season opener following the lockout.ADVANTAGE, BUCKS?Both coaches were asked about the idea that a Christmas Day game favored the visiting team, which could treat it as a regular road game while the hosts were at home, perhaps surrounded by family celebrating the holiday. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 17 points for the Bucks, the NBA scoring leaders who bounced back from a season-low 87 points in a loss to Miami on Saturday to win for the fifth time in six games.“People come to see Giannis play but they’ve got to watch all of us, so it’s definitely a great opportunity for the rest of us to showcase as a team what we can do,” Brogdon said.Rookie Kevin Knox scored 21 points for the Knicks, who have lost six straight Christmas Day games and fell to 22-31 in their NBA-record 53 appearances on the holiday.“It’s on me to stay even in this whole thing, not be up and down emotionally because I (have) to keep their spirits up,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “They feel it. They’re human.”New York has lost five in a row and 10 of 11 since rallying to stun the Bucks 136-134 in overtime on Dec. 1 at Madison Square Garden.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue 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 Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer dismissed the notion, saying the Bucks brought plenty of family members and had a big team dinner on Christmas Eve so they could mix basketball and the holiday.Fizdale’s thoughts?“Well, I look at this team, Milwaukee’s coming in with an advantage anyway,” he said with a laugh. “They’re a better team than us right now.”KNICKS’ KNOXKnox had his third straight 20-point outing. He came in averaging 20.3 points in his previous seven games.UP NEXTThe teams complete their season series Thursday night at Milwaukee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening He and the Milwaukee Bucks eventually settled down and showed they belonged on the holiday stage.Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 14 rebounds, and Milwaukee celebrated its return to the Christmas schedule by beating the New York Knicks 109-95 on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“This is one of the highest stages,” Antetokounmpo said. “Special teams play Christmas Day, and just it’s an opportunity for us and we’re really happy.”Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Bucks, who played on Christmas for the first time since 1977. They were selected for the showcase slate of games largely because of Antetokounmpo but the timing also was perfect to show an emerging team, which improved the NBA’s second-best record to 23-10. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more