North Korean flag flies in South before Olympic Games opens

first_imgFlags of participating countries flutter in the wind at the Olympic village in Gangnueng, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. In a rare sight, North Korean flags flew in South Korea on Thursday as the South prepared for the Winter Olympics that has brought a temporary lull in tensions surrounding the North’s nuclear program. The Olympic village in Gangneung turned into a selfie site as volunteer workers posed under a North Korean flag that has been raised in the country for the first time since a hockey tournament in April last year. (Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — In a rare sight, North Korean flags flew in South Korea on Thursday as the South prepared for the first Winter Olympics on its soil that has brought a temporary lull in tensions surrounding the North’s nuclear weapons program.The Olympic village in Gangneung turned into a selfie site as volunteer workers posed under a North Korean flag that has been raised in the country for the first time since a hockey tournament in April last year.ADVERTISEMENT North Korean flags were also raised at the other athletes’ village in Pyeongchang and stadiums in both Pyeongchang and Gangneung, where North Korean athletes are expected to compete during the Feb. 9-25 games, according to Pyeongchang’s Olympic Organizing Committee.The flags’ hoisting came hours before 10 North Korean skiers and skaters arrive on a rare flight between the war-separated rivals. North Korea is sending a total of 22 athletes, and the rest 12 all female hockey players have already been practicing in the South with South Korean teammates for a unified team competing at the games..FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If feels amazing (that they are coming),” said Choi So Eun, a college student who volunteered for translation and other work during the Olympics, after taking a selfie with a fellow volunteer under a North Korean flag at the Gangneung athletes’ village.“I thought only high-level officials in South Korea could see a North Korean in person, but I think I can see them here so I’m excited,” Choi said. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for 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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another volunteer, Choi Sangyoung, said he hopes that the Olympics would help ease animosities between the rivals and lead them toward a “peaceful and good” direction.South Korea is preparing to host hundreds of other North Koreans during the games, including a 230-member cheering group and a 140-strong art troupe who are due to arrive next week. The Koreas have agreed to jointly march under a single “unification” flag during the opening ceremony.The Koreas’ Olympics-inspired reconciliation steps came after an extended period of animosity and diplomatic stalemate over North Korea’s advancing nuclear and missiles programs. Seoul sees the developments as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with Pyongyang. Some outside experts say the North may aim to use improved ties with South Korea as a way to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions.North Korean flags also flew during the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, the last time the North sent a big delegation to a sporting event across the border. Displaying North Korean flags in public is banned under South Korea’s anti-Pyongyang security law, but the South has allowed exceptions when it hosts North Koreans for international events.Pyeongchang, a relatively small ski resort town, will host the ski, snowboard and sliding events during the Olympics. Gangneung, a larger coastal city about an hour’s drive away, will host the skating, hockey and curling events.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Ginebra signs big man Prince Caperal Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Win-win situation for Macaraya as CEU, San Sebastian thrive in D-League

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Serving as a consultant for CEU and concurrently the head coach for San Sebastian, Macaraya knows that this stint in the developmental league could only bring positives for the two teams’ respective campaigns in their collegiate mother leagues.“Yes, it’s a win-win situation for both teams,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For CEU, it’s a good learning experience for them. For San Sebastian, they learned that it’s all about teamwork. Even if (Rod) Ebondo is dominating every aspect of the game, all the CEU players were still working hard to defend them. Bottomline is the team that plays defense wins the game.”Building a dynasty with the Scorpions, Macaraya has been vocal in his desire to replicate that success with the Golden Stags. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOEgay Macaraya wore a pink polo shirt on Tuesday, but the veteran mentor clarified that he was rooting for both teams when Centro Escolar faced Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“I’m rooting for no one,” he said with a grin after the Scorpions’ 105-88 rout of the Revellers.ADVERTISEMENT And little-by-little, through exposures in tournaments like the PBA D-League, he believes that his players are being subjected to high-level competition which could only be beneficial for all the players and the team moving forward.“I’ve already brought that in my second year in San Sebastian. But of course, coach Steve (Tiu) has his own system with Che’Lu,” he said. “Again, playing in the D-League is a different competition because this is the next level before you get to the PBA. I guess it will help the players with their confidence.” LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 1 MOST READ Read Nextlast_img read more

Feats of Klay important than Warriors winning

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I was happy with my performance on (the other) side of the ball, being locked in defensively. It didn’t matter who I was guarding, I was trying to make it tough on them just to get a good look.“If we have that same defensive effort collectively, we’ll be really tough to beat.”The Warriors forced 20 turnovers while committing only four, matching an NBA Finals record low, and kept the Cavaliers to 34.9 percent shooting (30-of-86).“We know Cleveland is going to play better on Sunday,” Thompson said. “They’re obviously not going to turn the ball over as much. They will probably shoot the ball at a higher clip. But I still think if we play defense like that, we can come away with the win.”Acting Warriors coach Mike Brown has not worried about inconsistent playoff outings from Thompson.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 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 BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “That’s not a big deal at all,” Thompson said. “If I score six points a game and it gets us four wins and an NBA championship, I can do that every year.“I’m not about getting numbers. I’m not about getting these gaudy stats. If you win the last game, you had a great season. And that’s our goal. That’s what we come to expect every year now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile Thompson went 3-of-16 from the floor, his defensive work was impressive. Rivals shot only 1-for-12 against him, allowing Durant to strike for 38 points and guard Stephen Curry to score 28.“Obviously I could have shot the ball much better. Hope to make a few more of those on Sunday and instead of win by 20, win by 30, I guess,” Thompson said with a laugh. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ After a dunkfest in Game 1, Cavs must slow Warriors at rimcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Golden State guard Klay Thompson has been happy to adjust to star forward Kevin Durant joining the Warriors, surrendering scoring chances to help turn the squad into an NBA juggernaut.Thompson averaged a career-high 22.3 points a game this season, his scoring numbers rising all six seasons in the league, but his playoff scoring is off 10 points a game and he had only six points in Thursday’s 113-91 Warriors win over Cleveland to open the best-of-seven NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “To be a great shooter, you can’t have a conscience, and when it comes to shooting the basketball, I don’t think he does,” Brown said. “He knows he’s a great shooter, if not the greatest in the world, and so he’s not even thinking twice about it, he’s going to let it go.“That gives me the confidence that it’s always going to go in. He’s been doing so many other things for us that we need him for on the floor. He has defended well, dribble, drove and (passed) very well. And at the end of the day, he needs to be guarded. So that creates space for others to be able make plays.”Toasting the streakThe Warriors, off to a record 13-0 playoff start to match an NBA post-season win streak record, could become the first NBA champion to run through four playoff rounds undefeated.But Golden State approaches history with caution. The Warriors won a record 73 regular-season games last season only to fall one game short in losing the NBA Finals to Cleveland.“Last year’s playoffs felt like a war every game,” Thompson said. “This year we’re 13-0 and playing at a very high level. But we’ve still got a long way to go. Our goal is a championship. But up to this point, you couldn’t ask for a better start.”Or it could be magic. Thompson autographed a toaster for a Warriors fan on March 13 and Golden State is 27-1 since, the only loss coming when several starters sat out for rest.“That toaster is still living,” Thompson said. “I hope that streak will continue because it’s a beautiful streak.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian GP; Sebastian Vettel second

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland (center) leads into the first curve at the start of the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (Photo by DARKO BANDIC / AP)SPIELBERG, Austria — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas made a great start from pole position to win the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished just behind in second to extend his championship lead over main rival Lewis Hamilton.Bottas did just enough to hold off Vettel’s late charge, as the German driver crossed the line 0.6 seconds behind.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo showed great ability to defend third place from Hamilton, who almost passed the Australian driver on the last two laps but had to settle for fourth.Bottas clinched the second victory of his career – both have come since he joined Mercedes from Williams this season. His first career podium was on the same Spielberg track, when he finished third for Williams in 2014.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 starsHamilton started from eighth on the grid on Sunday.The British driver had the third fastest qualifying time behind Vettel and Bottas, but was demoted five places for an unauthorized gearbox change after the last race in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, which Ricciardo won. 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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’ Creamline grounds Air Force for 3-0 start LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao commends McGregor, Mayweather

first_imgLATEST STORIES Mayweather scored a technical knockout victory over McGregor to take hold of a perfect 50-0 record, boxing’s greatest win-loss record ever.Heavyweight icon Rocky Marciano was once the owner of the sport’s best record at 49-0, a feat Mayweather replicated in 2015 when he defeated an overmatched Andre Berto in lopsided fashion.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 openingAs for McGregor, this was his first fight in a boxing ring after emerging as the UFC’s poster boy when he held the lightweight and featherweight belts consecutively.RELATED VIDEO View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor awed by clinical Mayweather1.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, embraces Conor McGregor after a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao gave praise to both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor after the two matched up against each other Sunday (Manila time) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.“Respect to McGregor for taking a chance but congrats to Floyd on #50!” Pacquiao posted on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jack pummels Cleverly to take light-heavy crown MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Uyloan says D-League stint with Cignal ‘rejuvenated’ his career

first_imgJonathan Uyloan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Jonathan Uyloan playing somewhere else is better than not playing at all.With Meralco set to put him in the reserve list, the sharpshooting guard made the bold decision and asked the management to allow him to play for Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “I asked Meralco if I could play with Cignal and everything worked out well. Some people may think it’s a demotion, but for me, it’s a blessing. I have a contract with Meralco and I have a contract with Cignal. I was pretty much working two jobs,” he said.Turns out, it was the right move with Uyloan going as far as citing this stint with the Hawkeyes as one of the best decisions he’s ever made.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“It was probably the best move of my career. It made me love basketball more,” he said. “I came from the PBL before, and I was a practice player for Rain or Shine. The move helped me go back to where I came from. I wasn’t the superstar, I had to work my way up, so going back to Cignal rejuvenated my basketball career.”Suiting up in time for the playoffs, Uyloan averaged 8.0 points on a 39 percent shooting from threes, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as he became a valuable contributor for Cignal’s back-to-back title wins in the developmental ranks. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 But more than anything, what the Fil-Am guard treasures more is the chance to be with this group of guys, a mix of veteran campaigners and aspiring amateurs, all seeking to make it to the PBA.“It was great, being around with guys who are hungry to get better in basketball and are trying to make it to the PBA. I’m happy to help out and show that it all starts with integrity and hardwork first. And it all paid off,” he said.With this short stint now over, Uyloan is positive that he has made a good account of himself as he returns to the Bolts.“I just hope that they see that wherever I’m at, I’ll work hard. With Rain or Shine, I was able to win a championship for the first time. And then, when I was with GlobalPort, that team went to the semifinals for the first time. With Meralco, we made it to the Finals for the first time. Then here in Cignal, we became back-to-back champions. Every team I’ve been on, it’s been a blessing,” he said.“I don’t know what it is. But I just know that where I come from, it’s all hard work and you got to show it in every team you go. Every part of the team is valuable and whatever they bring individually, collectively, it’s going to be great.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READcenter_img Emotional Morrison wins gold in taekwondo, avenges teammate’s loss View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

CWG: India shoot to second spot with five golds

first_imgIndian wrestler Ravinder Singh with his coach Satpal after winning the gold medal.Two pairs of shooters were bang on target while the grapplers made a clean sweep of all three titles at stake as India grabbed five gold medals to climb to the second spot in the medals table below Australia in the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.The Indian men’s 10m air rifle pair of Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and world record holder Gagan Narang started the gold rush for the country in the morning which was sustained by women shooters Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayeed who picked up the pairs 25m pistol event for women in style.Two more silver medals came India’s way from the Dr Karni Singh shooting range before greco-roman style grapplers Ravinder Singh (60 kg), Sanjay (74 kg) and Anil Kumar (96kg) made a clean sweep of all three gold medals on offer from the wrestling mat to round off a splendid day for the hosts.The two silver medals were earned by Deepak Sharma and Omkar Singh, in the men’s 50m pistol pairs event, and the woman’s duo of world champion Tejaswini Sawant and Lajjakumari Gauswami, who stood second in the pairs 50m rifle 3 position.The five gold and two silver medals boosted the hosts’ overall medal tally to 5-4-2 on the second day of competitions after the weightlifers gave the country two silver and as many bronze medals yesterday.The three wrestling gold medals pitchforked India to the second place behind Australia after England overtook the home country briefly through their first two golds from the pool won by Liam John Tancock (men’s 50m backstroke) and Francesca Jean Halsall (women’s 50m butterlfly).advertisementThe day commenced in scintillating fashion for India when Bindra and Narang ended the first day’s gold medal drought with a Games record of 1193, overtaking their own mark of 1189 set four years ago in Melbourne, to clinch the men’s 10m air rifle pairs event.Their feat was followed by a superb display of calm nerves and dead centre shooting by the women’s duo of Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed who added the second gold in the women’s 25m pistol pairs event with a championship record of 1156 to boot.Sharma and Omkar ended up second in the men’s 50m pairs event (1187) behind Lim Swee Hon and Gai Bin of Singapore.Later Tejaswani and Lajjakumari finished second in the women’s 50m air rifle 3 position, by equalling the 2006 Games mark of 1143 points, Singapore’s Aquilah Sudhir and Jasmine Xiang Wei who broke the previous record by six points.”Many thought I am a dictator, since I had imposed a gag order on the shooters prior to the Games. But whatever I was doing, I was doing for the country. And we have got the reward for that,” said a beaming national coach Sunny Thomas after his team members won a medal in each of the four events they took part in during the day.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

TN: Youth goared to death during Jallikattu

first_imgA youth was on Friday killed and another was injured during Jallikattu (bull taming sport) at a temple near Madurai, police said.The incident happenend during taming of the bull at Ambalakarapatti temple near Melur, 30 km from Madurai on Friday, they said.The organisers of the festival had not taken permission to conduct the Jallikattu, they added.- With inputs from PTIlast_img

Abu Salem and Arun Gawli live life on their own terms in jail

first_imgAbu SalemA remote prison on the fringes of the city holds the only two crime lords Mumbai Police has collared: Abu Salem alias ‘Captain’ and Arun Gawli alias ‘Daddy’. The star inmates share little in common except a lengthy criminal record and a mutual loathing of Dawood Ibrahim’s Karachi-based crime,Abu SalemA remote prison on the fringes of the city holds the only two crime lords Mumbai Police has collared: Abu Salem alias ‘Captain’ and Arun Gawli alias ‘Daddy’. The star inmates share little in common except a lengthy criminal record and a mutual loathing of Dawood Ibrahim’s Karachi-based crime syndicate. That could be the reason why deported gangster Salem, 44, and Mumbai’s only resident don Gawli, 60, chat occasionally in the open spaces within the 20-foot-high walls of Taloja Jail. Gawli was shifted here in 2009, Salem a year later. Located off the Mumbai-Pune expressway, nearly 50 km from the city centre, the prison was inaugurated in 2008 in a distant rocky crop of hills. Since then, the long arm of Mumbai’s real estate-a signature sprawl of 20-storey apartment blocks-has begun snaking towards the prison boundary.As the newest destination for the city’s undertrials, Taloja Jail was meant to decongest the Arthur Road Jail in Byculla, bursting with over 2,100 prisoners, more than double its designated capacity. The jail, which takes its name from a village nearby, is still under construction and will accommodate 2,427 prisoners when it is completed in two years. For now, it has 867 inmates, including Somali pirates, Bangladeshi migrants, members of the Indian Mujahideen and Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as well as eight accused in the September 2007 Malegaon blast case including Lt-Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, 39. It has members of the Bharat Nepali, Ashwin Naik and Salem gangs. Salem and Gawli, however, are the stars.Click here to EnlargeA Maharashtra home department official says the state government always sends Dawood gang rivals to Taloja to avoid showdowns in Arthur Road Jail. However, the bifurcation has helped the gangsters virtually run their activities from behind bars. Arthur Road Jail is close to Dawood’s den in Nagpada; it’s easy for the gangsters’ couriers to pass on his messages to the prisoners. Taloja Jail is close to Dawood’s rival Chhota Rajan’s stronghold, Navi Mumbai. Rajan’s trusted aide D.K. Rao was sent here instead of Arthur Road Jail after his arrest in journalist Jyotirmoy Dey’s murder case in 2011. However, the others arrested in the case, including prime accused Satish Kalia, a sharpshooter of the Rajan gang, are lodged in the Arthur Road Jail.Taloja Jail features double-storeyed ‘anda’ high-security cells-thus called for their circular shape. Each floor has 50 10×5 cells. Salem inhabits one of these. Former Taloja inmates such as Irfan Ali (pseudonym) recall meetings between Salem and Gawli as being hot on the jail grapevine. “Simply because there was little else to do. No satellite TV, no movies, everybody watched everyone else,” says the property dealer from Thane who recently served a six-month term in a cheating case. “You get the idea how different the dons are from the way they dress,” he says. Salem stills looks the way he did when he got off the flight that brought him back from Portugal in 2005: Impeccably dressed in jeans, T-shirt, white sneakers and, unusually for humid Mumbai, a dark velvet jacket. Gawli, the earthy don who is known to have never set foot outside India, sports white kurta pyjamas and his trademark Gandhi topi.advertisementArun GawliBoth lord over tiny empires in prison. Salem has two gang members with him. Gawli, arrested within days of the March 2008 murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlesh Jamsandikar, has six gang members for company. Ali says Gawli is particular about his health, but with no major ailments warranting his shifting to a government hospital, he spends most of his time in one of the barracks doubling as a hospital, being ‘treated’ for minor ailments. He is guarded by his henchmen including Dinesh Narkar, a tall, well-built man, and spends most of his time smoking hashish smuggled into the prison by human couriers. Salem, on the other hand, smokes only imported Marlboros. He works out regularly in his cell and plays badminton, a court-granted privilege. He walks in the prison with a touch-me-not menace, ignoring the salutations of fellow inmates. He once snarled “Goli yahaan khayega ya bahar khayega? (Do you want to be shot inside or outside the prison?)” at a jail staffer who asked him to hurry up a meeting with his lawyer in the common meeting area.Yet it was an aluminum spoon that landed Salem in Taloja Jail. Gangster Mustafa Dossa slashed Salem’s face with the improvised prison weapon in the Arthur Road Jail in July 2010. The man who prides himself on his movie-star looks briefly appeared with a bandaged face. The attack on Salem was not a stray one. Two criminals, John D’Souza and Azgar Ali Mehendi, were killed in the jail in 2006 and 2007 respectively. In September 2010, Salem’s aide Mehendi Hassan, an accused in the Pradeep Jain murder case, was attacked in Arthur Road Jail by two undertrials. In January this year, a murder accused, Akram Khan, was beaten to death by another inmate.advertisementIt is not known what sparked the argument, but Dossa and Salem were instantly separated: Salem to Taloja and Dossa, deported from Dubai in 2003 for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, to the humbler Thane prison. Police officials believe the argument was a set-up, meant to move the two high-profile gangsters away from the blinding glare of India’s most famous prisoner: Ajmal Amir Kasab. Ever since the sole surviving gunman of the November 26, 2008, Mumbai attack arrived, the colonial prison has been under heightened scrutiny and security, stifling the gang bosses’ lifestyle. While Gawli is known to pay for services within the prison-his gang is still active in central Mumbai-Salem has stridently refused to pay the estimated Rs 1 lakh per month for special privileges, including meals from outside twice a day. A lawyer who knows Gawli well reveals that the gangster has informants everywhere in and outside the jail premises. “Be it a vada pav vendor or a tea stall proprietor, everyone is loyal to Gawli,” he says.Jail is the safest place for gangsters to run their syndicate, says a well-known criminal lawyer who has handled several high-profile gangsters. Their modus operandi is very simple. A gang member deliberately commits a crime and refuses bail. Eventually, he is lodged in the same jail where his master is. He takes instructions and contacts from his boss, secures bail in two or three days, comes out of the jail and executes the supari (contract) he has taken. “Salem and Gawli have also adopted the same tactic. That is why their operations are in full swing from behind bars,” the lawyer says.”Salem has only two cases pending against him in the Delhi High Court. He will be free soon, in two or three years,” predicts his former lawyer Ashok Saraogi. “He has time on his side,” he says. Salem discontinued Saraogi’s services in 2008 following differences. Salem wanted to contest the 2007 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections by floating his own party. He suspected that Saraogi was serving his own political ambitions in his client’s name. Saraogi, however, refutes the charge. “Salem could not contest the election because he was not a voter in the state. His name was removed from the voting list soon after he fled Mumbai.”A school dropout, Salem hawked electronics at a departmental store in Andheri, Mumbai, in the 1990s and began work as a courier for the Dawood gang before parting ways in 1998 after a turf war with another Dawood lieutenant, Chhota Shakeel. Salem has spent an estimated Rs 40 lakh in legal fees in the past few years. He has generated the cash through hawala transactions for some influential politicians. “When he was deported in 2005, Salem entered into a pact with one of the leading investigative agencies in India. The agency agreed not to give him third-degree treatment in the jail in lieu of his destroying evidence against the politicians’ hawala rackets,” a senior officer told india today. The “friends and well wishers” are still bearing the expenses of his legal case.advertisement”Gawli is safest in prison,” says Billu, a police informant in his early 30s. “Understand his psyche. This is a gangster petrified of death. He once refused to step out of a police van during a drive of over 200 km from Pune’s Yerwada Jail to Mumbai because he feared he would be shot in an encounter. In October 2004, when he was contesting an election from Chinchpokli as an independent, Gawli had refused to cast his own vote fearing senior police inspector Vijay Salaskar posted outside his home would kill him in an encounter. Gawli is known to stay alert in Taloja. He stands with his back to the wall when his cell is being cleaned. Having spent over two decades in prison, he knows the four walls are not safe.”State Home Minister R.R. Patil had admitted in the Legislative Council in March that there was inadequate security in the state’s prisons. “The jails in the state are over populated. Some jails are very old and need to be repaired,” he said.With curbs on police recruitment, the demand for higher security is unlikely to be met anytime soon. In effect, the crime lords will continue to rule in prison till they are freed.last_img read more

Late Olympics qualification a blessing for men’s recurve team

first_imgThe Indian men’s recurve team qualified at the last possible opportunity and the archers and the coaching staff are looking at it as a positive going into the Olympics.They feel it will be easier to carry their form for a short duration, and the confidence and momentum will stand them in good stead when they step up to the line at Lord’s.”Our scores at the Ogden World Cup last month were very good. Before that, in Shanghai and Turkey too, we performed well. So our confidence is high,” Jayanta Talukdar, a member of the trio, told Mail Today.Talukdar was the only one of the archers who had secured his individual berth beforehand. He had done so at the 2011 World Championships in Turin.”Before Ogden, most of our focus was on our team performance. We devoted 70 per cent of our training time to that. After we qualified, we divided our time equally between team and individual training,” the man from Guwahati said.The 26-year-old archer has won two individual World Cup gold medals – in 2006 and 2009 – and leads his team in the shooting order during competition, followed by Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee.He knows what the team needs to work on to be among the top medal contenders at the Olympics.”We need to improve on our starting, especially our first three arrows. That is why even in training, we shoot a round or LIMBA RAM two before going for a one-onone match. That helps us get into rhythm,” he said.advertisement”Every other team that has qualified for the Olympics will be working as hard as we are so there will be no pushovers in London. We’re ranked No.4, behind Korea, the United States and France. But there are teams such as Italy, China, Japan and Chinese Taipei who can spring a surprise any day.”The Olympics comes once in every four years and one cannot harp on the negatives and problems, and one has to give his best,” Talukdar said.National coach Limba Ram has high hopes from his men’s team. “All three archers are equally good and have been shooting well over the last few months.”The weather during the Olympics also does not concern him. “It will be cold in London and the archery venue at Lord’s is expected to have swirling winds. But whatever the conditions, they should not affect our archers too much,” the threetime Olympian said. “The men’s team did not have a very good season in 2011, but they have turned it around this year. I am very hopeful of their chances.”last_img read more

Public protest over Doordarshan inability to telecast football World Cup

first_imgGolden PumpkinIt took a public protest at Kochi Doordarshan Kendra for officials to become worried about their inability to telecast the ongoing football World Cup. Having lost out in the bidding to Abdul Rehman Bukhatir’s fledgling satellite channel, TEN Sports (which reportedly paid Rs 20 crore for the event), DD,Golden PumpkinIt took a public protest at Kochi Doordarshan Kendra for officials to become worried about their inability to telecast the ongoing football World Cup.Having lost out in the bidding to Abdul Rehman Bukhatir’s fledgling satellite channel, TEN Sports (which reportedly paid Rs 20 crore for the event), DD showed little urgency in damage control, perhaps convinced that football was a passion indulged in only by beer-drinking louts and yobs with painted faces.Not true, says DD Director-General S.Y. Quraishi. “We don’t have Bukhatir’s deep pockets. We did bid for the rights but couldn’t afford them.”They tried, he says, but TEN Sports continued to play “hide and seek” with them until B4U finally offered them the terrestrial rights-a peculiar move given B4U is a satellite channel. DD has now signed a deal with B4U, which will pay Rs 50,000 per half-hour for daily highlights of 60 matches between 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. B4U will market the event and DD will save face, somewhat.DD will show the opening and closing ceremonies in full as well as the semi-finals on National Network. But don’t pop the bubbly yet: even these matches will not be shown live.”I’m not happy,” says Quraishi. “In 1998, I sat up to watch all the matches on DD till 3 a.m. every day.” Fancy that.last_img read more

Politicians should also have a retirement age like cricketers

first_imgKaveree BamzaiIn 1990, British Conservative MP Norman Tebbit devised what he thought was perfect proof of a British citizen’s loyalty. His means test was cricket: Whether you cheered for England or the land of your origin in a match. I propose a few other tests borrowed from the world of,Kaveree BamzaiIn 1990, British Conservative MP Norman Tebbit devised what he thought was perfect proof of a British citizen’s loyalty. His means test was cricket: Whether you cheered for England or the land of your origin in a match. I propose a few other tests borrowed from the world of sports for our politicians. Even a partial application will transform governance for the better.The VVS Laxman Test Politicians should know when to retire. Look at the master batsman. All it took was the suggestion by a selector that the series against New Zealand would be his last and a couple of critical columns. And he was gone, poof. We know a few veteran politicians who need to administer this test to themselves with immediate effect. We could start with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.The Mary Kom Apology Mary Kom, a farmer’s daughter from Manipur, overcame tremendous odds to win India its first bronze in women’s boxing. Yet she apologised to the nation. We still haven’t heard anything even remotely apologetic from Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi-we’ve been waiting 10 years. Or from Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.The Sushil Kumar Test Sushil Kumar won us a wrestling bronze in 2008 and a silver in 2012. He could retire and make enough money off endorsements from hair oil to underwear. Instead he is hungry for more, dreaming of a third medal in Rio 2016. And then there is Rahul Gandhi who seems to have lost his appetite for the big fight after spearheading the Congress loss in Uttar Pradesh.advertisementThe Gagan Narang Shot As you can guess, I am not a bronze-sceptic. I truly believe the Bronze Age of Indian Olympics is a prelude to the Golden Age, especially in previously unheralded sports where fire in the belly has to meet high tech training systems. Narang is a particular favourite. Which other man can call three cities his home, being equally comfortable in shooting ranges in Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune, and shift seamlessly between all three? We would suggest the test be administered to some politicians who can’t win an election from anywhere-we could start with Ghulam Nabi Azad but first we would have to find him.The Vijay Kumar Seize Your Moment Test Strike when the iron is hot. The nation loves you now. So be like Vijay Kumar and demand a promotion in exchange for your shooting silver. That would have been Priyanka Gandhi during the 2011 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Will her appeal extend beyond Rae Bareli now? Or has her moment passed?The Saina Nehwal Test This is a variation on the VVS Laxman Test but involves ending one’s career on a winning note. “I am now going to watch movies and eat chocolates. I don’t care even if I put on weight,” said the badminton ace after winning a bronze. We would like Mamata Banerjee to have said this in 2011 after wresting West Bengal from the increasingly out-of-touch Communists. Pity Mamata chose to govern, instead of devoting all her time to painting and writing poetry.And finally, may I suggest the Kevin Pietersen Test? If a star performer misbehaves, no matter how starry his performance is, be like the English Cricket Board. Drop him. Mukul Roy would head this very long list of Union ministers to whom it should apply.last_img read more

Gilas experience gives Abu Tratter edge in PBA Draft

first_imgLacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tratter is also the tallest player in the draft standing at a shade over 6-foot-5 and this size of his makes him a valuable asset for any team.Tratter, however, isn’t worried about the hype that may surround him, saying he’s just concerned with helping the team that picks him up.“I don’t want to say I’m the best big,” said Tratter. “The ‘best big man’ label is just hearsay so I’m not really entertaining it and I’ll just work to show my capabilities and see where it goes from here”“I’m not going to say I’m the best but I’m comfortable in my ability coming into the Draft.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Abu Tratter has had a long road to the PBA but he picked up some valuable knowledge along the way.After becoming a UAAP champion with De La Salle University, Tratter then made his way into the international scene when he was chosen to be part of the Philippine national team pool that played in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Tratter was part of the Gilas squad that went up against the Australian national team losing 84-68 in Melbourne back in February of 2018.And it was in this international tour of duty that Tratter learned from PBA stars like Juner Mar Fajardo and Gabe Norwood.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I think it allowed me to kind of pick up some ideas and thoughts on how to come about making basketball a job for me,” said Tratter. “I was taking all the advice from the older cats like Gabe or watching June Mar work.”“It helps me to stay focused on what I’m going to do next level.” Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue #KicksStalker: ‘The Grail’ hits home SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Duke rises to No. 1 in AP poll again, Kansas drops to 5th

first_imgNo. 20 North Carolina State (11-1) moved into the poll for the first time since 2013 after knocking off then-No. 7 Auburn on Wednesday and South Carolina Upstate on Saturday.No. 25 Oklahoma is ranked for the first time since hitting No. 4 in last year’s poll.VOTER DEATHIndiana beat writer and AP Top 25 poll voter Terry Hutchens died last week after being critically injured in an automobile collission. He was 60.“Hutch” covered the Hoosiers for CNHI Sports Indiana . FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo, Duke guard Tre Jones gestures to teammates during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech in New York. Duke has regained the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 following a win over No. 12 Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)Duke moved to No. 1 after blowing out Kentucky in its season opener, only to lose the top spot two weeks later with a loss to Gonzaga in Maui.Well, the Blue Devils are back at No. 1.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue ‘Difficult, rewarding’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Following a 21-point win over Air Force in their only game last week, the Wolverines (12-0) moved up two spots in this week’s poll, passing Tennessee.Michigan has its highest ranking since hitting No. 1 during the 2012-13 season and still has that stifling defense, allowing 55.8 points per game, good for third nationally.VOLS JUST SHORTTennessee won in two blowouts last week and added 10 more first-place votes than the week before.It wasn’t good enough to keep the Vols ahead of undefeated Michigan.Tennessee, which lost to Kansas on Nov. 23, finished a single point behind the Wolverines in the overall voting, 1,472 to 1,471.BUZZING HOKIESVirginia Tech entered the 2018-19 season with high expectations. The Hokies are living up to those so far under coach Buzz Williams.Virginia Tech moved into the top 10 for the first time since 1995-96 after beating North Carolina A&T in its only game last week.The Hokies have one blemish on their record, by one at Penn State, and have a win over then-ranked Purdue on their resume. The Blue Devils stayed in the top spot until a rally against Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational title game came up short. Duke worked its way up to No. 2 and slid into the top spot after routing Princeton and holding off No. 12 Texas Tech last week.The 69-58 win over the previously-unbeaten Red Raiders had a March-like feel at Madison Square Garden as two Elite Eight teams from a year ago played for the first time.“This is a great night for college basketball,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.WOLVERINES RISINGMichigan’s follow-up to its national title-game run a year ago keeps chugging along.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No. 6 Nevada, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Florida State and Virginia Tech rounded out the top 10.Duke (11-1) started the season No. 4 in the preseason poll, but moved to No. 1 for a record-tying 135th week in the first regular-season poll after turning its opener against then-No. 2 Kentucky into a laugher. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Buoyed by a win over No. 12 Texas Tech and Kansas’ loss at No. 18 Arizona State, Duke moved atop The Associated Press Top 25 released on Monday, receiving 35 of 64 first-place votes.No. 2 Michigan received nine first-place votes, No. 3 Tennessee got 12, and No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Kansas received four each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SUN DEVILS (BARELY) RISINGNo. 17 Arizona State picked up one of the biggest wins in program history by knocking off top-ranked Kansas 80-76.The Sun Devils (9-2) picked up only one spot in this week’s poll, thanks to a road loss to Vanderbilt the previous Sunday.The Jayhawks dropped four spots to No. 5, but should get big man Udoka Azubuike back soon after he missed four games with a sprained ankle.RISING AND FALLINGNo teams made significant jumps in this week’s poll. No. 10 Virginia Tech and No. 16 Kentucky were the biggest movers, adding three spots each.No. 21 Buffalo had the biggest drop, losing seven places after losing to No. 18 Marquette. No. 12 Auburn and No. 14 North Carolina lost five spots each.Furman’s first run at being ranked came to an end this week after the Paladins lost by 20 to LSU.Nebraska dropped out of the poll from No. 25 despite winning its only game last week.IN AND OUT View commentslast_img read more

Paul George steals show as Thunder escape 76ers

first_imgPH 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 LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “That’s PG,” Westbrook said. “You don’t get too excited anymore about those I mean they happen so many times. PG’s doing what PG does and we just got to see it and get a win.”Philadelphia had one last chance, but Butler missed a 3-point attempt in the final seconds.The 76ers have lost 19 in a row to the Thunder. That streak that was on Embiid’s mind when he decided to play after he was a game-time decision because of back tightness.“The Sixers haven’t won against them in like 10, 11 years,” Embiid said. “That’s just ridiculous.”George finished with 31 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Westbrook had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, and reserve Dennis Schroder also scored 21 points.The Thunder had dropped five of six, including a 138-128 overtime loss against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.Embiid had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. JJ Redick scored 22 points for Philadelphia, and Ben Simmons finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.Oklahoma City led by as many as 16 points in the first quarter, but Philadelphia rallied in the second and trailed 59-56 at the break.BOUNCE BACK GAMEThe Thunder were glad to leave Philadelphia with the win. Embiid had a different opinion of the play.“I think I was going for the block and I think he lost the ball, but I was already in the air,” Embiid said. “I don’t know what, why he was mad. I have no idea. But he’s always in his feelings, so I have no idea.”Westbrook and Embiid have had a couple chilly exchanges over the past couple years. Asked if he was “cool” with Embiid, Westbrook used an expletive before saying “No.”Westbrook fouled out with 14.9 seconds remaining after he got Embiid while shooting a 3-pointer. Embiid made all three foul shots, tying it at 113, and Jimmy Butler’s driving layup put Philadelphia in front with 6.9 seconds to go.But George drained a 3 while being fouled by Butler and made the foul shot.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We lost the last two games, so it was pretty tough,” center Steven Adams said. “It was just good. It’s obviously good to get a win under our belt, just against this team, obviously they had a lot of really good sets.”BIG PICTUREThunder: George went 4 for 9 from 3-point range. He also went 11 for 11 at the free-throw line. … Adams had 16 points and nine rebounds. Terrance Ferguson added 11 points. … Oklahoma City had 20 assists and 10 turnovers, compared to 28 assists and 17 turnovers for Philadelphia.Sixers: Embiid has 20 games with at least 30 points. The last Sixer to accomplish that feat in the first 45 games of the season was Allen Iverson. … Redick has scored in double-digits in 54 consecutive games. … Injured guard Markelle Fultz (thoracic outlet syndrome) watched the game from the Sixers bench. There is no timetable for his return.UP NEXTThunder: Visit the New York Knicks on Monday.Sixers: Host the Houston Rockets on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George, left, celebrates with Russell Westbrook at the end of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Thunder won 117-115. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)PHILADELPHIA— Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid tangled once again.Then Paul George stole the show.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño George converted a four-point play with 5.1 seconds left, sending Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-115 victory over Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.George’s clutch shot capped a wild finish that included another memorable moment in the rivalry between Westbrook and Embiid. Westbrook absorbed a hard foul from Embiid on a break with 1:46 left, landing out of bounds under the basket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWestbrook then got up and rushed toward Embiid before he was restrained by his teammates.“I don’t think he just landed on me,” Westbrook said. “He had a little extra to it, you know what I’m saying? But it’s ok.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte With fire in his eyes Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

ONE: Danny Kingad barges into Flyweight Grand prix after overcoming Japanese foe

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Danny Kingad vs Tatsumitsu Wada in ONE: Hero’s Ascent. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Danny Kingad upped his winning streak to four matches after taking a unanimous decision win over Tatsumitsu Wada in their flyweight division contest in ONE: Hero’s Ascent Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The win, the first for the Filipinos tonight, propels the Team Lakay bet into the Flyweight Grand Prix where the best in the division will fight their way to the top.ADVERTISEMENT Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 It was a tightly-contested match with both fighters both getting his respective moments throughout the bout.Kingad (9-1) had the early control from the ground and nearly completed a rear-naked choke but Wada (20-10) had his left hand in the way preventing the Filipino from locking in the hold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWada was then called with a warning in the second round for repeated shots to the back of Kingad’s head in the second round.Both fighters opted to go to the ground for most of the action in the third round. Wada had the better position in the final minute of the fight before Kingad reversed it in the final 10 seconds. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ONE: Thai bet Rodtang Jitmuangnon gets love from Filipino fans in convincing win MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Facebook, Twitter, Google score during FIFA World Cup

first_imgTwitter and Facebook lit up in a World Cup frenzy this week as millions of people around the world took to social media to share in the ups and downs of the matches.Defending champion Spain’s stunning elimination Wednesday after a 2-0 defeat to Chile generated a lot of buzz, though not as much as the Cup’s opening match between Brazil and Croatia.Google, meanwhile, tracked more than 641 million World Cup-related searches. In the week leading up the U.S. team’s game against Ghana on Monday, there were 10 times more searches for the World Cup in the U.S. than for the NBA Finals, which were in progress at the time.Here’s a look at how the World Cup fared online this week:TWEET DELUGEThere were 4.9 million tweets sent out Monday during the U.S. team’s match against Ghana. That compared with 12.2 million during the opening game last week between Brazil and Croatia, the most tweeted-about match so far. In comparison, there were 19.1 million tweets sent about this year’s Oscars, but that was within a 12-hour window surrounding the award show. All 32 participating World Cup teams have Twitter accounts – latecomer Iran joined just in time last week as @TeamMeliIran.THE LITTLE GUYNotice anything different on Google Maps this week? Look a little closer. That’s right, the little yellow guy that guides users through the Street View feature (“Pegman,” as he’s called), has been dressed up in black shorts and a white T-shirt and is holding a soccer ball. While you’re at it, you can also look inside all the World Cup stadiums using Street View.advertisementWHO’S TALKING ON FACEBOOK?Watching the U.S. beat Ghana on Monday, men aged 25 to 34 were posting about the match the most, followed by men ages 18 to 24, then men 35-44. Women between 25 and 34 came next. As for countries, the top 5 countries with the most posts were, in order, the U.S., Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand and England. In all, 10 million people generated 15 million “interactions” on Facebook, which include posts, comments, likes and shares.Why Thailand, you ask, considering it’s not in the tournament? The country’s military junta, in an effort to “return happiness to the people,” negotiated a deal with the tournament’s broadcaster to allow all the games to be shown for free. Previously, the broadcaster had only planned to show 22 of the 64 matches for free.GOALS ON GOOGLE?Google is sharing some World Cup stats that look at what people are searching for during the matches. In anticipation of Saturday’s Germany vs. Ghana game, for example people in Germany were searching for Ghana player Kevin Prince Boateng 20 percent more than for his brother Jerome Boateng – even though the Jerome plays for Germany.Germans were also searching for caipirinhas more often than people in Brazil, perhaps because Brazilians already know how to concoct their national cocktail, made from cachaca, sugar and lime. In Brazil, which tied with Mexico on Tuesday, searches for a Mexican TV character called the Crimson Grasshopper soared after Mexico fans dressed as “El Chapulin Colorado” to support their team.last_img read more

World Cup 2014 match preview: Netherlands face Mexico in 2nd round

first_imgCoach Louis van Gaal shares a light moment with Robin van Persie during their official training session in Fortaleza, Brazil, on June 28 ahead of Netherlands’ match against Mexico in the second round. (AP Photo)The Netherlands will put its perfect record on the line in today’s second round match of the World Cup, taking on a Mexico side aiming to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since hosting the 1986 tournament. The Dutch have scored 10 goals in their opening three matches, more than any other team at the tournament. But Mexico has conceded only one, and that was a late consolation goal in the 3-1 win over Croatia. In the other game, surprising Costa Rica will face Greece in a match between two teams that have never before advanced out of the group stage at a World Cup. NETHERLANDS vs MEXICO The Netherlands has plenty of star power on its team, and several of those stars have plenty of World Cup experience after reaching the final in South Africa four years ago. With Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben leading the Dutch attack, goals can come quick and easy. But Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has a new worry in Brazil as the team heads north to face the Mexicans in Fortaleza, a coastal city with a tropical climate. FIFA can call for official cooling breaks to be implemented if the temperature is excessive, but they were only used twice in four matches in the hot and humid Amazonian city of Manaus in the group stage.advertisement Van Gaal is hoping there will be more cooling breaks on Sunday to help his team against a Mexican squad that has been impressive so far, winning two games and holding Brazil to a 0-0 draw. “Drinks will be along the sidelines if FIFA doesn’t take care of it,” Van Gaal said. Mexico is led by coach Miguel Herrera, one of the most entertaining figures of the World Cup. The emotive Herrera wears a suit and a tie on the bench, but he rumbles up and down the sidelines and shakes his arms in the air when his players score. And score Mexico did against Croatia, with three goals in a 10-minute span from Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. COSTA RICA vs GREECE Costa Rica has been one of the biggest surprises of the World Cup, getting through a group that included four-time champion Italy and always hopeful England to reach the knockout stages for the first time. The Central Americans will face another team which has never been this far at the World Cup, but Greece does have some experience being an underdog at a major tournament, winning the 2004 European Championship as rank outsiders. Greece advanced from Group C with a late penalty winner against Ivory Coast. But Costa Rica made its way through Group D as the best among a group of teams loaded with world-class quality, including Italy’s Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli and England captain Steven Gerrard. The Costa Ricans opened with a 3-1 win over Uruguay, then beat Italy 1-0 and drew 0-0 with England. Another win on Sunday will see another European team eliminated at the hands of the Central Americans.last_img read more

And kids, that’s how I played in the World Cup: Guillermo Ochoa or Ted Mosby?

first_imgAs Mexico bid farewell to the FIFA World Cup after losing to Netherlands, we couldnot help but notice Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.He looked a lot like TV actor Josh Radnor who plays the character of Ted Mosby in the hit series How I Met Your Mother. Well, it seems we were not the only one to notice the uncanny similarity. Soon, the Twitter was flooded with the comparison between the two.Can you see the resemblance betwee the two?Even Josh Radnor joined the jokes and memes and tweeted:Been tough playing goalie for Mexico while also rehearsing this new Richard Greenberg play but I’m getting it done. #multitasking Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) June 22, 2014Here are a few tweets pointing out the resemblance between the two:Kids, let me tell you about the time I played in the 2014 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/dtvCN3As95 The SPORT Bible (@TSBible) June 29, 2014Ted Mosby? Guillermo Ochoa? Who’s who? ? #WorldCup2014 #NEDvsMEX #Ochoa pic.twitter.com/RdgUM6Yvj0 Aj Recodo (@ajrecodo) June 29, 2014Oh my god : Guillermo Ochoa is Ted Mosby !!! #HIMYM #Ochoa #NEDMEX (with @TomFevrier) cc @Nico_Buz pic.twitter.com/AvlXU6oJTG Renaud Fvrier (@Chiamata) June 29, 2014Bye bye Mexican Wrestler Ted Mosby. You’re a “Great Keeper” #HIMYM http://t.co/jYOaT2oDq6 Gerard Guyada (@siyarkboi) June 30, 2014I didn’t know ted mosby joined world cup this year pic.twitter.com/f3JN88fjre Weijie (@Weijie_Chan) June 30, 2014last_img read more

Swiss female cyclist forced to ‘pause’ in a race after catching up with men’s pack

first_img“After the neutralization, I was caught up again and finished the race on the 74th place,” she said.The racing event also reported in its Twitter account the “neutralization of our women race” because of “very slow men’s race.”Neutralisation of our women race at railroad crossing in Sint-Denijs-Boekel in #OHNWomen #ohn19 due to a very slow mens race. riders will restart with same timings— OmloopHetNieuwsblad (@OmloopHNB) March 2, 2019“Neutralisation of our women race at the railroad crossing in Sint-Denijs-Boekel in #OHNWomen #ohn19 due to a very slow men’s race. riders will restart with same timings,” it said. /jpvSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 For this female athlete, this bizarre incident was an “awkward moment.”A breakaway female cyclist said she was forced to stop during a prestigious one-day cycling race in Belgium on Saturday after catching up the tail end of the pack for the men’s cycling event, which kicked off 10 minutes earlier.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for around 30 km…,” Hanselmann wrote on Instagram.“But then an awkward moment happened and I almost saw the back of the men’s peloton… May the other women and me were [too] fast or the men [too] slow,” she added.Hanselmann continued that she was given a headstart and allowed to resume after a five-minute pause but fell back and eventually finished the contest in the 74th place.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Swiss Nicole Hanselmann, a professional cyclist from Bigla Team, said she was halted during the annual Omloop Het Nieuwsblad race after establishing an early sizeable lead in the women’s pack and was in danger of being impeded by the men’s support vehicles. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Now the hard part P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View commentslast_img read more