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Flood relief and rescue operations in the State took a political colour on Saturday with the Opposition accusing the government of manipulating flood management for electoral gains. Leader of the Opposition, Dhananjay Munde (Nationalist Congress Party) said that relief material distributed in flood-affected regions had pictures of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP MLA Suresh Halvankar. He alleged that the government took two days to print the stickers for relief material and, therefore, deliberately delayed the distribution of packets meant for the inundated areas. “What is the priority of this Government? It is to print these stickers and show off, putting people’s life at risk. This is a selfish Government,” Mr. Munde said releasing pictures of the stickers pasted on the rice and grain packets distributed in Sangli on Saturday. In response to this, BJP workers released pictures of senior NCP leader Jayant Patil distributing food packets with his name on the relief packets. Reacting to the allegations, Mr. Fadnavis said, “There should be no need for pictures of any political party or person.” The CM said all parties must unite in the time of crisis. “My appeal to all political parties is to not politicise this situation. We are ready to hear and act on your suggestions. It is time to stand united to provide help and support to the flood-affected,” he said. Meanwhile, NCP supremo and former cabinet minister Sharad Pawar continued his tour of flood-affected areas and said all people of Maharashtra must come together to tackle the floods. “You stay united…We will overcome the situation collectively and show the world how a Marathi manoos defeats any crisis with unity,” Mr. Pawar said in Ambave village in Karad taluka in western Maharashtra. Mr. Pawar said other states must also come forward in support including Gujarat, Bihar and Assam, to reciprocate the help received by them during their crisis. The NCP said it is organising its own relief programme and has written to the Centre to provide more assistance to the flood-hit areas.
As many as 29 residents, including 22 women, of Gopapur village under Khallikote police station in Odisha’s Ganjam district were arrested on Tuesday night for their alleged involvement in torture of six persons, aged between 55 and 65 years, over suspicion of witchcraft.The arrested persons claimed the victims were witchcraft practitioners who were responsible for diseases and deaths in Gopapur.“On the night of September 30, eight teeth of each victim were uprooted and they were forced to eat human excreta. They were also beaten up and forcibly restrained at a community hall in the village,” said Sub-Divisional Police Officer Utkal Keshari Dash. On October 1, after receiving information about the incident, a police team reached the village to rescue the victims but faced stiff opposition from the villagers who threw chilli powder and stones at them.“The police managed to rescue the victims and admitted them to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. Later, the accused persons were rounded up and arrested,” said inspector-in-charge of Khallikote police station Satyaranjan Pradhan.Tensions gripped Gopapur two weeks ago after some villagers suddenly fell sick and three of them died. The villagers alleged some sorcery practitioners were causing the ailments and deaths. On September 28, more persons fell ill and the villagers started collecting money to call up a sorcerer to identify the alleged witchcraft practitioners. The same day, the Ganjam district administration and the police tried to intervene and make the villagers see reason.Medical teamOn September 30, a medical team from MKCG Medical College and Hospital reached the village to take blood samples of the inhabitants for tests and treat the sick. But these measures failed to convince the villagers who rounded up the six victims, based on details given by the sorcerer, and tortured them. The victims were all men in their late 50s and 60s.
Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Jerome Garcia tried to salvage the game with a corner three with 9.7 ticks left to cut the deficit down to one, but Allyn Bulanadi could only muster a split from the free throw line in the last 7.5 seconds.Unfortunately, Francis Munsayac panicked in the waning seconds and passed the ball to Jervin Guzman, whose jumper rimmed out at the buzzer to hand the win to San Sebastian.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“I imagined all of our games to be close, but at times, we fall short in the end. This time, we’re glad that we’re the ones to come out on top,” said coach Egay Macaraya.Navarro also contributed four assists and three rebounds in the win for the Golden Stags, who bounce back and even their record at 4-4. Mayweather warns of hefty fine if McGregor kicks him in their fight LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRenzo Navarro drilled the big plays late as San Sebastian slipped past Emilio Aguinaldo College, 75-73 in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The diminutive playmaker scored all of his five points in the final minute, drilling the huge corner three and following it up with a reverse to give the Golden Stags a 74-70 lead with 13.8 seconds to play.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 75 – Calisaan 19, Ilagan 12, Costelo 11, Calma 10, Gayosa 5, Navarro 5, Are 4, David 2, Baetiong 2, Mercado 2, Valdez 2, Bulanadi 1, Quipse 0, Capobres 0.EAC 73 – Onwubere 22, Munsayac 16, Guzman 10, Garcia 7, I. Mendoza 6, Diego 4, Bugarin 4, Bautista 3, Pascua 1, J. Mendoza 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0.Quarters: 17-16, 40-37, 50-53, 75-73. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Ryan Costelo also had a hand in the victory, unfurling all but one of his 11 markers in the fourth quarter, on top of two dimes and two steals.Michael Calisaan still was able to top San Sebastian in scoring with 19 points and two rebounds despite being ejected at the 1:14 mark of the third quarter for incurring two unsportsmanlike fouls against Sidney Onwubere.RK Ilagan also went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to wound up with 12 markers, five boards, and three assists.“The good thing about this is we’re hoping we could sustain this. We’re ok being 4-4 this year compared last year that we only got one win in the first round,” said Macaraya.Onwubere topped the skidding EAC (3-5) with 22 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, and five blocks, while Munsayac had 16 markers in the Generals’ third straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Liverpool bounces back with 3-0 win at Huddersfield Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons rebounds between Robin Lopez #42 (L) and Justin Holiday #7 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPDetroit Pistons centre Andre Drummond was named Tuesday to replace injured Washington Wizards guard John Wall on the Team LeBron James’ squad for next month’s NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.NBA commissioner Adam Silver selected Drummond for the February 18 contest. It will be his second all-star appearance, having previously represented the Pistons in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Wall was selected by NBA coaches as an all-star reserve and selected by Cleveland’s James in the talent draft to fill out rosters for his squad and a team led by Golden State star Stephen Curry.But Wall, expected to miss up to six weeks after treatment for a left knee injury, will be unable to play. When an all-star is sidelined, the commissioner selects a replacement from the same conference as the lost player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDrummond is averaging an NBA-best and career-high 15.1 rebounds a game as well as 14.7 points, 1.37 blocked shots and career highs of 3.8 assists and 1.54 steals. The six-year NBA veteran has 176 assists this season, 19 more than in his previous two campaigns combined.Drummond had the most votes from coaches for an all-star reserve spot among Eastern Conference players who weren’t selected. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University earned its first string of back-to-back games after brushing off winless University of the East, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tamaraws improved to 3-2 and took a share of third place with Ateneo while the Lady Warriors, who played their first match without beleaguered former head coach Francis Vicente, dropped to 0-6.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pascua, however, wanted more aggressiveness from his players after they dropped the third set.“They’re too kind to their opponents, so I hope that the they can unleash the Tamaraw spirit,” said Pascua. “They just have to charge because sometimes they stop attacking, but when they get it going it’s a quick victory for us.”Bernadeth Pons led the Tamaraws with 21 points while Domingo added 19 points.Heather Guino-o and Toni Rose Basas also topped the 10-point mark with 12 points apiece.Mendrez had a season-high 21 points to lead the Lady Warriors with Shaya Adorador adding 18.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments Celine Domingo, who is a former Lady Warrior, got going in the clutch for FEU when she first gave the Lady Tamaraws a 23-19 lead after a block on Mary Ann Mendrez.She then followed it up with an off-balanced kill that gave the Lady Tamaraws their first match point at 24-21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFEU head coach George Pascua was satisfied with how his team strung together two consecutive victories, essentially recovering from their back-to-back losses.“It’s a good comeback because we lost two straight before this one, so hopefully we can sustain this the whole season,” said Pascua in Filipino. “Our goal every game is to win, be it in five sets or three.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lakers rout Mavericks in Lonzo Ball’s return
Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? LSU didn’t reach the NCAA Tournament in Simmons’ lone year in Baton Rouge before becoming the top pick by the Sixers last year, and Washington finished 9-22 this season with Fultz.Of course, that’s about where the connections between Fultz and Simmons end. They have different skillsets and personalities, but will likely be at the core of how Philadelphia tries to return to relevance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFultz is a natural talent on the court that moves with fluidity and ease, and his abilities and tendencies have been dissected heavily heading into Thursday’s draft. Off the court, he is exceedingly loyal to those that believe in him.He is also a fan of posting trick shots to social media. A lover of Chick-fil-A and his own homemade fried rice. His drive and humility comes from once being cut from the varsity of his high school team. MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Fultz was hyped as a possible No. 1 draft pick from the time he stepped on campus at Washington. Whether he was worthy of such a selection was debated endlessly because of the failures by the Huskies. They lost the final 13 games of the season, six of which Fultz was a spectator because of a knee injury. The head coach that first believed Fultz could be a star, Lorenzo Romar, was fired from his alma mater.“It was very tough. Nobody went in thinking we were going to lose that many games,” Fultz said recently after a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers. “But I think I built relationships and we learned more than you could ever learn losing that many games. How to fight through adversity, sticking together, sticking with each other through everything off the court, on the court. I think that was pretty big.”Despite the losing, there have been very few questions raised about Fultz’s capabilities as a pro. He’s been hounded with comparisons to fellow point guard Lonzo Ball — and the success Ball had with UCLA in his one college season. But it’s not just Ball that Fultz will forever be compared to. It’s De’Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith and the rest of the talented point guards in the class.“I respect all of them. They all got different types of games,” Fultz said. “I believe I fill in every box on both ends of the floor. I think that’s what the difference is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Amar’e Stoudemire considering NBA comeback Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “When I’m on the court, I feel at peace really,” Fultz said in an interview last October with the Associated Press. “It feels like my home. I’m always thinking of something creative to do like trick shots or something like that. It’s just something about the basketball court that touches me, it makes me feel like nothing is wrong on the court.”Kelsey Plum, the former Huskies guard and NCAA all-time scoring leader in women’s basketball, became buds with Fultz during the one season they were both at Washington. She says Fultz has remained grounded despite the circus atmosphere.One of her most vivid memories: A Friday night that Fultz joined Plum for dinner after her game even though he already had eaten.“He came and sat with me while I ate at a restaurant. I don’t know any number one pick that would do that on a Friday night. God knows what you could be doing in college on a Friday night,” Plum said. “That’s just the type of guy he is. I’ve always respected that about him. He really has never changed who he is.“For someone that is such a superstar, he stood out to me because he was so humble and under the radar,” she continued. “That’s kind of an oxymoron, but I mean he is so not into himself.”ADVERTISEMENT In this file photo, Washington guard Markelle Fultz (20) is shown during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona, in Tucson, Ariz. Fultz is the likely No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. APIn the often unpredictable world of the NBA, there is some symmetry in Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons likely becoming teammates as pros.Barring an unforeseen change, Fultz will be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, joining Simmons with the Philadelphia 76ers in an attempt to invigorate a once proud franchise. Two stars worthy of the top pick in consecutive years, neither of which was able to lead their college programs to team success in their one season on campus.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
While he’s glad that his players will be in familiar territory, the PBA legend turned mentor is also wary that the same scenario could throw off the players and make them overconfident.That’s why he’s quick to remind his Chiefs to maximize that advantage when they host the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m. Thursday at Arellano Gym in Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It helps to have home court advantage because we’re familiar with the gym and we have to utilize that,” said Codiñera, whose Chiefs prevailed over the Mapua Cardinals, 91-82, last Saturday.“But we shouldn’t bank on our home court alone. We have to outwork them too because we know what San Sebastian is capable of especially after watching them give San Beda problems.” Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The Stags pushed the Red Lions to the limit before fading down the stretch in a 76-67 loss last Saturday.But there were plenty of encouraging signs for coach Egay Macaraya as Michael Calisaan, RK Ilagan and Enzo Navarro worked well together for large parts of the game, giving the Stags a boost on both ends of the floor.Still, their efforts were not enough to lift the Stags, who got outrebounded, 54-32, by the Lions.“The character of the players is there,” said Macaraya. “We don’t have the tallest of players but the energy and effort is there. We’re going to get better as the season goes on.”The Stags will have to deal with fleet-footed guard Kent Salado, who led the Chiefs with 24 points against the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Blu Girls turn back hosts in Canada Cup “We can’t take them (Stags) for granted,” said Salado.The San Sebastian Staglets and the Junior Chiefs meet in the first game at 2 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Arellano U coach Jerry Codiñera feels having home court advantage under the new format of NCAA Season 93 could be a double-edged sword.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I’m surprised of the three San Sebastian players. They can play and they just play. The same goes with St. Benilde. They really enjoyed their time even if they came from different schools,” he said, praising the attitude of San Sebastian’s Ian Valdez, Kevin Baytan, and Alvin Baetiong, as well as St. Benilde’s JJ Domingo, Edward Dixon, and Gerard Castor.With the midseason festivities now done with, Fernandez’ focus is back in the second round as San Beda returns to action against St. Benilde.“We know the second round will come on Tuesday. We’re enjoying this now and tomorrow, we’ll already focus on the second round,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Boyet Fernandez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez isn’t putting too much thought his victory over Topex Robinson when his Saints prevailed over the Heroes, 84-80, in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game on Friday.“It’s a different situation. Even though Topex is coaching the other team, it’s still an All-Star game and we’re just enjoying today’s game. It’s for the fans and the students of the member schools of the NCAA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Fernandez was finally able to get one against Robinson, as the Saints team, made up of stars from San Beda, Letran, San Sebastian, Perpetual, and St. Benilde, escaped the late rally from the Heroes crew, comprised of standouts from Lyceum, JRU, EAC, Arellano, and Mapua.The Red Lion mentor the rare chance to have players like Rey Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and eventual All-Star MVP Prince Eze in his team.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“They’re really good. You know them when you’re facing against them, but once you coach them, you can really see their basketball IQ,” he said.Fernandez was also caught by surprise with how the unheralded players from the Golden Stags and the Blazers worked hard in practice. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ View comments PBA: Globalport stuns TNT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Ashish Kumar has reached where no other Indian gymnast has gone before. With a silver medal in the vault, he gave the local crowd at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex something to shout about for the second successive day.After a bronze in the floor exercises on Thursday, he wrote a chapter for himself in the history annals of Indian gymnastics.But he will be left thinking of what might have been.Leading the field of eight gymnasts going into the last of his two attempts, after a display worth 16.150 points, the gold medal seemed within his grasp.But the lad from Allahabad gained more height than expected in his take-off and had to lean forward and put his hands on the landing area to keep his balance.The discrepancy brought his score from the second attempt down to 14.475, taking his average score down to 15.312.Ashish, thus, had to settle for silver behind England’s Luke Folwell (15.762) while Ian Galvan of Canada (15.037) clinched the bronze medal.Ashish had led the field in the qualification stage and was the favourite to take top honours. His first attempt only solidified his claim. With a tsukuhara and 2-1/ 2 salto with pike, he brought the house down. A degree of difficulty of 7 and execution of 9.150 speaks about his performance.But the 6.6 degree of difficulty and 8.175 execution in the roche hand spin put paid to his chances of a gold.Ashish, himself, was in a bittersweet mood after the event.”I would treat it as a gold medal missed,” he said.advertisementBut foreign coach Vladimir Chertkov had more positive feelings.”I think this is the beginning of a great chapter in the history of Indian gymnastics,” the Russianturned- American said.”What Ashish and the other gymnasts have achieved in a year, take four to eight years in other countries.This will give a boost to the sport in India and open some minds to the possibilities.”We had some bad luck at this Games that two of our gymnasts got injured. But they are all mature now and all the other teams now treat us with respect,” Chertkov said.Ashish said he had his sights firmly set on the yellow metal.”I was going for gold and the crowd support really helped. After winning the bronze yesterday, I had no pressure today. But I gained more height in the second attempt and that created a problem in the landing,” he explained.However, the two medals seem just rewards for the years of practice starting at 4.30 every morning.”I used to spoil everybody’s sleep in my house, but no one complained. When I used to leave home, everybody else in the world seemed to be in deep slumber,” Ashish recollected.Missing the upcoming world championships in Rotterdam, however, is a sore point with the gymnast as well as Chertkov.”I am disappointed that I will not be participating there. I would have competed against the best gymnasts in the field and would have had nothing to lose,” Ashish rued.Chertkov used stronger language to denounce the decision of the Gymnastics Federation of India not to send its team.”It’s the biggest act of stupidity, unbelievable nonsense,” he exclaimed. “Moreover, we will have to pay a penalty for not participating, and the amount is bigger than what it would have cost us to send the team,” the coach said.
India opener Virender Sehwag on Tuesday consulted his personal physician for a rib injury he suffered during a practice session last week.Sehwag took a day’s break from training after being hit by a local bowler at the nets last Friday.Though it is not a major injury, the dashing batsman is not taking any chances keeping in mind the upcoming matches in the ongoing World Cup , sources claimed.Sehwag’s fitness has been a cause for concern for the Indian team management of late.The batsman, who hurt his left knee while attempting a cut shot in the first match against Bangladesh in Mirpur, is also carrying a mild shoulder injury that has prevented him from bowling.He scored 35 in Sunday’s dramatic tie against England and was there in the field for the entire duration. India take on Ireland in Bangalore on Sunday and they are not taking any chances in the game after Ireland beat England in a high-scoring game on Friday.- With PTI inputs
Kyra ShorffAll of 18, she is known as India’s latest tennis sensation. She has won many accolades in her fledgling career. Mumbai’s Kyra Shroff is a teen idol and is being christened the next best thing in Indian tennis. At 12, Shroff was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes but her talent couldn’t be stemmed. She made it to the world ranking of 946 in the doubles in the women’s category as of January 2011.And today, four doses of insulin a day are all she needs to keep her going. “Life needs to go on. My father, Firdaus Shroff advises me to take it in my stride, consider it a speed breaker and drive over it,” says Shroff who studied at St. Anne’s High School. Supplements recommended by her dietician, Nataly Haddard help her serve aces in the court. Born and raised in a family of sports lovers, Kyra finds her inspiration from her parents and her siblings. At six, she walked into the Wodehouse Gymkhana where her father used to play tennis. She first picked up the racquet at 10 and started regular practice sessions. Sporting a headband and professing her admiration for Roger Federer, she wants to take on the mantle. Her biggest inspiration is Lance Edward Armstrong, the former American professional road racing cyclist who is best known for winning the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, after having survived testicular cancer. Shroff first came into the limelight after winning the international U-18 singles tournament in 2008. Till date Shroff has won 12 Singles and 15 doubles All India Tennis Association (AITA) National level tournaments. Her never-ending spirit comes from the family who believes that playing well is in their genes. Her father played county cricket for six years in Surrey, UK and has won the Maharashtra juniors in badminton. Her sister, Maia loves playing badminton, rugby and football while her brother Porus is the captain of Maharashtra (U-16) football team.”My brother is very talented,” reveals Kyra. “He has done exceptionally well in football over the past eight years. He represented the Kenkre Football Team travelling to Sweden for the Gothia Cup 2010 as well as will be representing the Maharashtra MSSA U-16 team in the Manchester United Cup this year. I hope as a sister I have inspired him in some way,” smiles Kyra.advertisement
A bent left knee, a high left elbow and the ball meeting the middle of the bat and rushing towards cover- point. That was the sight cricket fans the world over had been waiting for since October 11 this year, when Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar had reached his 49th Test century against Australia in Bangalore.Click here to EnlargeOn Sunday, leading an improbable rearguard in the company of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Tendulkar delivered exactly that picture, scampering through for a single off the top bowler in the world, Dale Steyn, and making himself the first batsman to reach 50 centuries in the 133-year history of Test cricket.As he ran across the 22-yard strip at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, he raised his arms skywards and then, as is his wont, looked to the heavens for blessings from the almighty and also his late father. After the day”s play, Tendulkar dedicated the ton to his father. “Yesterday was my father”s birthday. I dedicate this century to him. As for myself, I am happy to have scored runs. I really don’t know how to express my feelings,” he told reporters.Perhaps even more than the sheer mountain of statistics created by this diminutive colossus, it is the context of this knock that needs to be put into perspective.Fourteen thousand-plus runs in 175 Test matches and 17,598 runs in 442 One-Day Internationals wouldn”t have mattered a jot if Tendulkar had got out early. After all, having shot India out for 136 and posted 620 for four declared, South Africa were going for the jugular and had reduced India to 277 for six.advertisementCounter-attack was the name of the game for Tendulkar as he displayed his trademark mix of caution and aggression in his unbeaten 107 (226 balls, 13×4, 1×6) and, with Dhoni blasting his way to a half-century at the other end, suddenly the hopes of a cricketmad nation rose again.Tendulkar himself has been doing his best impression of a phoenix in this calendar year, rising from the ashes of his injury and form woes of the last few years to stroke seven hundreds in Test cricket since January 1, 2010.His overall tally of 1,539 runs in this calendar year so far has come at a staggering average of 85.50. Add the epoch-making 200 not out in an ODI against the Proteas in Gwalior in February and it just proves that not only is Tendulkar far from finished, he is also enjoying the greatest period in a career strewn with purple patches. No wonder Time magazine has listed his ODI double ton as one of the 10 greatest moments in all sport this year.Speaking about his streak, Tendulkar said: “It”s a state of mind. For the last two years, I have been doing well. I have been really enjoying my batting. I believe doing well is a habit and a good habit. So if you have this good habit, you shouldn”t let it go.”When it all began on November 15 in sunny Karachi 21 years ago, the promise was there for all to see. After all, there was an unbeaten triple hundred in a then world record 664-run partnership with good mate Vinod Kambli for Shardashram Vidya Mandir in the Lord Harris Shield in 1988 and a ton on his first-class debut for Mumbai.But a meagre return of 15 runs and a bloody nose, courtesy fellow debutant Waqar Younis, seemed to add steel to the baby-faced 16-year-old, and almost every bowler in the world born in his era suffered as a result. The first Test hundred was nearly achieved on a difficult tour to New Zealand in 1990, but Tendulkar fell 12 runs short in Napier and had to wait six more months, till August 9, 1990, till an off-drive for three off Angus Fraser took him to three figures for the first of 96 occasions at Old Trafford in Manchester.Tendulkar then sealed his growing reputation as the one to watch out for with a sparkling 148 at Sydney in the New Year Test of 1992 against an Australian attack featuring Craig McDermott, Bruce Reid, Merv Hughes and a debutant leg-spinner named Shane Warne. India went on to lose the fivematch series 4-0 but one knock that stayed in the minds of pundits was 161-ball 114 on a lightning fast Perth wicket against four quicks.From there to greatness was just a series of steps for Tendulkar and, while there can be no doubt whatsoever about his feats as a batsman, one just needs to imagine what it would be like to actually be him in this country of cricket fanatics. And yet he remains modest and intensely private as ever.advertisementHis message for his fans was simplicity itself: “I thank all my fans who have supported me all these years. I promise that I would continue to perform and make you all happy. I hope that I will keep getting your support in the future too.”-(With agency inputs)
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All eyes will be on former India captain Sourav Ganguly when bottom placed Pune Warriors meet Kings XI Punjab in a battle of the basement teams in their Indian Premier League encounter in Mohali on Sunday. Desperately looking for a win to salvage some pride, the inclusion of Ganguly will boost their sagging morale. After being cold-shouldered by Kolkata Knight Riders, the 38-year-old Ganguly has a point to prove and going by the number of hours he has been putting in the nets in the past couple of days, Ganguly is all set for some action.For Kings XI, who have suffered five losses from eight games including four in a row, Friday night’s 85- run crushing defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore would be weighing heavy on their mind. However, they still have six games left and have slim hopes to make it to the play-off stage while Pune’s campaign is all but over after having suffered seven losses from their nine outings.Pune had a rollicking start to their campaign and Yuvraj led the new franchise to an emphatic win against his erstwhile team Kings XI, but the seven losses on the trot after two wins have been demoralising. It is a crucial game for the Adam Gilchrist-led KXIP as they are languishing at the ninth place with just six points and find themselves in a must-win situation to keep their thin hopes alive for a place in the play-offs.Gilchrist, rising star Paul Valthaty (in pic) and Shaun Marsh have earlier displayed in the tournament their capability to tear apart any bowling side on their day, but it has also been the bane for Punjab side as the batting has been heavily depending on these three. Punjab’s batting has simply not been up to the mark despite Mumbaikar Valthaty’s early heroics.advertisementThe bowling has also looked ordinary, with medium pacer Praveen Kumar and leg spinner Piyush Chawla failing to impress and domestic player Luv Ablish proving a disaster in the last game. But nothing has been going right for Pune either with skipper Yuvraj Singh admitting that he has no clue as to what is the reason behind Warriors’ unending misery in the IPL.YUVRAJ RELYING ON GANGULYYuvraj Singh said on Saturday that Pune are now looking forward to Sourav Ganguly to restore some pride in their campaign. “Hopefully, he will get us a win. It’s good to have him back. I just feel someone who has been captain of Indian team for a long time can always help the youngsters. Hopefully, he will hit few sixes with the bat,” Yuvraj said.With the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman featuring in the IPL, Yuvraj said there was no reason why Ganguly should not be part of the lucrative Twenty20 league. Asked how he sees Ganguly playing under him in a sort of role reversal, Yuvraj said: “It feels great that Sourav is playing under me. He has always helped me as a captain (of the Indian team) and now it’s my duty to help him.”-With PTI inputs
South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has been forced to retire from international cricket because of an eye injury.In a statement read out by South Africa captain Graeme Smith on Tuesday, Boucher said the severity of the injury he suffered in a tour game against Somerset had ended his Test career.Boucher, who no longer plays international limited-overs cricket, would have reached 150 Test appearances in the three-match series against England that was also expected to be his farewell tour.Boucher sustained a ruptured left eyeball when he was struck by a bail standing up to the stumps to legspinner Imran Tahir on Monday.He underwent surgery for nearly three hours to repair the damage, but Cricket South Africa (CAS) said the long-term prognosis for Boucher was “unclear.”